GIVEAWAY: Bend-the-Rules Sewing


I’m driving off to the desert this week on a little artist retreat to do the final round of edits on my book with the girls from Mix Tape and Yes, Please, then jetting off with my little girl to see JACINDA, CLARE, AND QUINN IN DALLAS WOO-HOO.  No fear, Jacinda will still be here laying mad DIYs on y’all and I’ve lined up a few really fun guest posts for the week so stay tuned.  AND, since I’ve been blessed with this vacation-y gift of friendship and time, I thought I’d share a little gift with you, a new giveaway!

We love this book from amazing blogger Amy Carol of Angry Chicken. Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew “brings stitchers everywhere a down-to-earth introduction to sewing, including thirty projects so adorable and cool they’ll inspire anyone to pick up a needle and thread.”  Amy has a great way of distilling every project to it’s simplest terms and helping you really learn how to sew: “Written with Amy’s characteristic warmth and flair, you’ll find information on basic equipment and supplies, advice on choosing and using fabrics, and a fantastic section on techniques. In addition, Amy walks readers through easy, inspiring patterns designed for the fashion-savvy crafter. Playful, modern projects, which include pillows, aprons, and purses, help novices master sewing skills while providing immediate sewing gratification—and confidence. Best of all, Amy explains what’s easy, what’s hard, and when not to sweat the small stuff.”

So for this giveaway we ask you to share a rule in your house that tends to get broken.  For example, in my house I want my daughter to eat healthy meals and display an undying love for vegetables and international cuisine.  In reality I allow the consumption of far too many marshmallows, cupcakes, and candied bacon.  What can I say, it makes me happy when she gets excited about something I’ve made!  Don’t judge me….

Ok, your turn.  You can enter once a day, entries will close upon my return Tuesday March 16th at midnight and a winner will be selected via random.org.  Tweet about the giveaway, share it on facebook, or blog it and leave another comment letting us know for an additional entry.  Come back every day for a new entry.  To win you must live in the US and also you must be awesome.

If you want to skip this giveaway just click here to go ahead and order Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew

Good Luck!

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91 Comments

kpmattingly

I would love to check out this book!
One rule in our house that often gets broken is tv watching. I try to limit our little guy's time in front of the tv but all too often he ends up getting away with more than I plan for him to!

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semicrunchymama

TV time is the rule that gets broken more often than I'd like. My husband & I agreed early on that we wanted to limit our toddler's TV time…but there are days where that rule gets tossed right out the window!

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courtney

bedtimes are usually broken. it is so hard to put my daughter to bed when i just want to play and snuggle a fe wmore minutes.

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Kristi Lou

The rule in our house that gets broken is no table scraps for the dog! Both my husband and I continually break this rule. He's just do darn cute. Wait 'til the baby comes and he gets all her "spills!"

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iris

The broken rule: lights out at 8:30. I really try to get everyone (including myself) to be in bed by 8:30pm since we have to be up by 4:00am. It's sooooo hard for me to not want to do another load of laundry or watch some tv.

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Suzy

Our rule that gets broken all the time now is "morning clean-ups." Mommy has been less than motivated to get everyone moving lately!

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Emily

Drink only water! I tend to stick to that until I reach the afternoon blahs. Then, it's a diet coke iv drip.

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Jenny Lynn

So awesome!! I would LOVE to get this ๐Ÿ™‚

I have more rules that are broken than rules that are followed but one rule in our house is for me to cook almost every night each week. The reality is that last week I had cereal for supper two nights while my husband had leftovers and we ate out twice. Whoops!

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DoberGirl

The rule, my son is to nap in his crib. Most of the time he ends up sleeping in my arms on the living room recliner so I can catch up on a few zzz'z too!

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Amber

Our big rule that gets broken is "we will keep the house clean." LOL! I'm just too right brained to be organized. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hillabeans

My rule is that laundry should be folded as soon as the dryer is finished running. In reality is usually sits in the basket, or worse in the dryer, for a day or two before I get to it. Oh Well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Leah

The rule my house always seems to break is the "if you start a load of laundry, you have to finish it! No more yucky smell!" But alas it seems to get broken every time I am not the one doing the laundry!

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EHC

Oooooh, I am a stickler for "no street shoes in the house," but unfortunately my husband is not. Makes me want to at least use a Clorox wipe on the soles of his shoes when he's not looking to stop the spread of germs!

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Sandy

This is an awesome giveaway! I am new to sewing and could use all the help I can get.

The one big rule that gets broken in our house is no eating at least 1 hour before going to bed. We usually end up eating dessert in this timeframe and it's never a good idea to eat anything right before sleeping (at least that's what I heard).

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Plum Handmade

The current rule I'm working on is to get my daughter to sleep at night in her crib. What tends to happen is she starts out there and then ends up snuggled in bed with me. Oh well! We both get a bit more sleep that way but its still a work in progress.

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Jessica@SewHomegrown

This looks like a very cute book! Our rule is put your clothes away when you take them off your body – dirty clothes basket, in a drawer, or hanging up. This almost NEVER happens – why is it so hard? – and we end up with mounds of clothes on the chair in our room. We never sit in that chair… I'm pretty sure its just there to hold the clothes ๐Ÿ™‚

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kylene

I would love this book! A friend made me the purse on the cover and I would love to check out the rest. One house rule we struggle to follow is cleaning up dishes and running the dishwasher right after dinner. Working 12 hour shifts, the dishes always seem to get pushed until the next day I'm off.

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violetfacehead

I can not seem to keep the coffee table free of clutter! We made it a rule when we got the table, but it's like a vortex that sucks everything in! I see keys and my sewing bag and a sweater and unopened mail and a stack of cards that need to be sent and my camera and my phone and baby clippers and board books and colored pencils and rubber cement and two squirrels and……..geez.

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Tulip and Turnip

Oooooh, how I would love to win this book!

Our current broken rule: You can wear your dress-up plastic bejeweled high heels and tiaras in the house, not to daycare or the doctor's or to the restaurant.

But lately, my boy-girl twins have been wearing the heels and tiaras everywhere. And I must say, the boy pulls it off just as well as the girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

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EvaBabeDesigns

I would really like to win this book and sew all sorts of cool things!

Our current broken rule: playing with the laundry and tossing it in the air instead of sorting it. Sometimes, we just need to go with the flow and let the rules go.

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mrs. olson

We rarely stick to our 30 minutes of wii a day with our almost 4 year old…mostly because my husband and I get into it and have fun playing so we don't want to turn it off.

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Amy

Loading the dishwasher after each meal!! This is something that I have always wanted to keep on top of, but never happens!! Bummer, I would love to have a clean kitchen! ๐Ÿ™‚

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judean

taking turns cleaning the house–since my twins were born, I have been all about letting husband do the dirty work!

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~kjirsten~

One rule that always gets broken…folding the laundry right after I take it out of the dryer so I am always caught up. That rarely happens!! Oh well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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PumpkinFreckles

Our broken rule is going to bed–in your own bed. I love to snuggle up with my daughter and read in our (my husband and my) bed. This leaves my hubster to carry our 8 year old down the stairs like a sack of potatoes. This wouldn't be so bad, except that my daughter is HUGE! She's almost 4' tall! My thinking is how much longer is she going to want to cuddle with her Mom??? This window of time is too small. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Emily

Sadly, too many to choose from! Let's see…I guess a major offender is no eating outside of the kitchen/dining room. Oh well, vacuuming is good exercise, right?!

adamandem at yahoo dot com

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Erica

A rule I break way too often is to rinse or wash the dishes before going to bed. I'm always just. too. tired.

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Jillian

Well, I don't have any kids yet, but the rule we always seem to break is the "next weekend, we can't spend this much money" one.

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katie

I tried to make it a rule to live by a schedule. monday – wash, plan meals/ tuesday – grocery shop, mop/ wednesday- clean kitchen and bathroom/ thursday – creative day, work outside, friday – good solid vacuum, dust.. instead days turn into take a walk, drink coffee with friends, play… much more fun than schedules!

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Jacinda

I didn't take a shower this morning, my 10 month old had a scone for lunch, I let my toddler touch the germ-y toys at Goodwill and forgot to sanitize and I just realized I haven't drank a non-caffeinated beverage all day.

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ESax

i enter most of the give-aways and i haven't won…. oh please, random picker, pick me, pick me. i just posted it to my facebook also ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jessye

Rule I break constantly- think before I act. It is problematic in most areas in my life, but it when it comes to baking and sewing… let's just say the seam ripper and I are very close.

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Marielle

The rule that is most broken in my house is no scratching the furniture. My cat is a rebel! Maybe there is a catnip sachet I could sew with that crafty book.

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Amie

No food on the carpet. It's just too easy to give them their snack and let them run off to play. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ammie

Thanks for the giveaway. This book looks fantastic!

Like many others here, we break TV rules. In particular, almost daily we disregard the "no TV during dinner" rule. Yipes!

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Amanda @ This Is Mimi Leigh

My rule for my 4 year old son is that he undress in the bathroom when he needs to use the potty. (He somehow thinks he needs to completely take his clothes off from the waist down. Frustrating.) Instead, he comes running through our kitchen, flinging pants & undies through the air with his foot and then heads to the bathroom. It's hilarious, but so annoying!!!!

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nursenicki

Oh my, I'm pretty sure Ms. Karol read my mind before writing this book, because it is MADE for me!

My personal rule that gets broken…homework (for my NP Master's program) before blog-reading. Perpetual fail on that one.

Thanks!

nursenicki at hotmail dot com

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Patricia

Sweet book, thanks for the chance to win it! The rule I break most often is a dinnertime rule. When we had our son, we decided we wanted to eat our dinner at the dining room table (not in the livingroom at the coffee table like we used to). Reality? My crafting (sewing, beading, painting, whatever) is usually spread across the dining room table a couple nights per week…

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Erica

A rule that we frequently break is eating dinner while watching TV. I can't remember the last time my husband and I ate at the dining table. But, I'll let it slide until my 8 month old baby is big enough to eat with us; then I'll probably enforce the rule.

Totally awesome book by the way!

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coco

one of our rules regards the things we say: if it isn't kind, helpful or neccessary, it should be kept quiet. A wonderful thing to aim for but not always kept. Still… a lofty and hopeful goal!

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Christy @ MCH PHOTOGRAPHY

ooh I so want this book.

The #1 rule we break is eating in the living room instead of eating as a family. Grant it baby eats in the highchair in the kitchen we eat later on the coffee table.. ooh could be alot worse right.

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Hannah

Let's see…in my house ALL of the above rules are broken: eating healthy, TV time, laundry, dishes. Can't imagine how many excuses I'll be able to foster up once I have kids!
My biggest slack is not making the bed, though. I can "fake" everything else, but I HATE making the bed!

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Sarah

Definitely bedtimes! My hubby often returns home later than expected so bedtimes seem to be getting later and later as they grow ๐Ÿ™‚ Now if only bedtime would dictate how early they wake up!!

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Stephanie

We have a baby on the way so right now it's up to my hubs and I to break the rules. Our worst offense is definitely eating while watching tv (we're getting better!) And the cat scratches the furniture when he wants to go outside – why can't he just meow?!

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Sandra

Here is another bedtime one: go to bed early so we can get up early. Usually I manage to get up early, but I still go to bed late, and then sleep deprivation takes hold of me. ๐Ÿ™

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Hannah

My husband and I recently wrote out a list of rooms for us to clean each day of the week (ex: Monday-clean the living room). We're lucky if we get two of the rooms done. Right now I blame it on the fact that we have a 2-year old son, and I am 36 weeks prego. I'm sure it will only get worse once baby arrives, but I guess at least we have goals to work toward.

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Lindsey

I reeeally want this book! ๐Ÿ™‚ A rule that is often broken in our house is washing the dishes up every night before bed so that we wake up to a clean kitchen. Course it's generally me breaking that rule because I'm tired. lol Thanks for the great giveaway!

ladyufshalott at yahoo.com

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Bethany K

Broken rule: No ice cream until after dinner…who can wait? Sometimes we eat ice cream for dinner.

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Rachel

My current fave rule to break is eating 100% healthy during pregnancy. While I eat healthy a good 90-95% of the time, I just love chocolate,mini white powdered donuts, frosting by the spoonful-mmmmmm! Shall I keep going? lol!

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marlo no๋l

someone said bed by 8:30. it would be amazing if we were all asleep by 2! i don't even get home from work till 9, which means dinner before 10 (if i'm lucky…) oh, and limit the sugar intake. those girl scouts make it so hard!

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Brandy Kenny

One broken rule in our household: Kids stay in their beds all night – most nights of the week they are camped out on our bedroom floor. ๐Ÿ™‚

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abby

A rule that gets broken often is the no TV after lunch rule. I tell myself that when the weather gets warmer it will easier to keep that rule because we can go outside to play!

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Erica

Lots of rules broken here! One we frequently break is getting to bed too late. With a baby who likes to wake up at 5am, an early bedtime is so important for my sanity.

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Marielle

Living alone means fewer rules but I'm still undisciplined so today's reminder of bent rules is to empty the litter box as soon as I get home. My cat is my kid ๐Ÿ™‚

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asklisam

Many rules get broken since having a new baby. The most is probably my 6 yo tv tme keeps getting longer.asklisam(at)gmail(dot)com

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Laurie

Our TV time rules get bent at times. Especially when this Mom of 3 needs to actually finish a project… ha.

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Aho, Gabs, Waiola, and Kupa'a

Before we had children, we decided we wanted our bed to remain OURS. Alas, when we wake up in the mornings, we often find our toddler and our puppy snuggled in between us. They're lucky they're both so cute! It makes it hard to stick to some rules.

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Melody

The rule that almost always gets broken in our house is that if you open the dishwasher to get clean dishes out, you are to unload all of it. But we often use all the clean dishes up out of there before we know it. LOL, oh well it's a good idea in theory. Thanks for the chance to win.

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bimbi

thank you for the giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a 5,5 y.o daughter, and a 1 y.o son, the rule that i bent often lately is 'keeping the house clean and tidy' specially while I'm sewing something, so after the sewing is done, I'm happy (the kids too) and smiling ready to clean up all the mess they made. It's a win-win solution ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Alex

Wow a rule in my house that doesn't get broken? Only one…

How about "No paci's unless its nap time"
or
"No cussing in front of the 19 mth old so he'll stop saying bull****"

If Mom cooks, Dad cleans up.This rule is NEVER EVER followed!

really really wanna win ๐Ÿ˜€ i'm ready to purchase my first sewing machine and i'm a complete novice!

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Krista

The rule that gets broken in my house is eating in front of the TV. My son is only 20 months, so I haven't so much told him that he shouldn't do this… But I don't want him to. So why do I eat there all the time? I'm a bad example, that's for sure!

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Susan

The rule that gets broken the most is "Eat only at the dining room table". They alwasy want to eat in the living room to watch a movie. I give in and let them eat on the floor but not on the new furniture.

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Erica

We just broke another rule last night: Have the baby in bed by 7:15pm. We took her out to dinner with us and didn't get her to bed until 8:45pm. At least she slept through the night then.

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asklisam

Lots of rules get broken but lately the one that is just bugging me is clothes. My son can not but his dirty clothes away I find them everywhere but the hamper!
asklisam(at)gmail(dot)com

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Jessica

I've tried to make a rule for myself to get up 30 minutes before my one year old does so I can collect my thoughts before the day. Never happens ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mom2three

What a great give-away! We have older kids (2 teens and 11 yr. old) and the chore that gets broken at our house is doing your chores before Daddy gets home or before you eat. I'm with Alex on the whom ever cooks, does not have to clean – most of the time, I end up cleaning up somehow…

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Sarah

Rules are made to be broken! We break bedtime rules, eating rules, dog training rules… But we are a happy home:)

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Larry and Pam

I have to say I try to bend ALL the rules around my house now, because I finally retired from the USPS in December!! I finally get to stay up late, mostly cruising the web looking at great websites and blogs like yours!! I have a couple dozen projects going all the time, mostly sewing for my new granddaughter Olivia. Bending some sewing rules might be fun, since I started sewing way back in 1967.

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nursenicki

Jeepers, I just realized that I could enter every day! Here in Michigan, the rule to keep the thermostat at what it's programmed gets broken a lot in our not-so-efficient house during the winter…and again in the humid summers…

Thanks for mentioning me in your project roundup!

Nicki

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Brie

We break the no sippy in bed rule. It is one of the only times our son will sit down and drink so in the bed it goes.

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liqidimond

ENTER ME IN! A rule that gets broken in our house is: USE YOUR INSIDE VOICE.

C'mon how can I carry through with it when I see my 5 & 3 year squeeling, screaming excitedly,
"BE A DINOSAUR DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when my husband gets home? They LOVE being chased by him and pretending they are little carnivores being pursued by the biggest Carnivore they know.

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Tracy Chaplin is Gretel Girl

Housework (at least 30 mins a day) before creativeness!!!…
But when that treasured time comes… when the kids are having an afternoon nap… and because they are asleep, they have ceased creating more mess in the house….. WHAT DO I DO…. not housework… I pull out the sewing machine.
At the end of the day, my husband looks pleased at having a messy house but a happy wife!

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Adventure of the Hoffman family

As I naturally gravitate to "bend the rules sewing" I would love to apply this book! With the summer time here the rule broken most often in our house is not eating dinner at the table. My husband has let the kids eat while they watch movies at dinner A LOT. Which I must say is a plus because even on days we are home all day that is the only t.v. time they get! So it is a give and take.

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