Monday, February 25, 2008

Free Sewing Patterns & How-To's & A DRAWING!!

This freebies page on my website is a project I've been meaning to kickstart for a long time now. I get so much great feedback on my free tote pattern I thought it would be great to give my visitors links to some of the fabulous free patterns and sewing tutorials I've been finding on the net.

Check it out and if
you know of one I should add, please be sure to come back here and let me
know. In fact I think I'll have a DRAWING and give away a free pattern to celebrate
finally getting this resource going!

It's only just barely started, but I read this quote the other day that made me decide to go ahead and put it up even if it was just a few links to start with.


The quote was "Don't let perfect get in the way of good!" That really convicted me! I often let my perfectionistic tendencies keep me from even getting started with my ideas, a habit I intend to break in 2008!

I didn't realize it had been so long since I posted here on my poor neglected blog! It has been pretty crazy around here and I've been buried under mounds of fabric trying to fill all the great orders for purses and getting my prototypes for the new product line done, and getting my press kit created and sent off to Country Living for the Pitch Your Product event in Chicago on March 15th! (I'll have more on that after I post this, um, so that might mean you will read that before this if you get here after I post it, LOL!!) I got my application and press kit in just in the nick of time, which is another bad habit I intend to turn around this year.

Things are popping at Mama's Pocketbook, and I am soooo NOT complaining :) I couldn't be happier, or tireder (see I'm so tired I am letting myself use made up words). I do need to find a solution though that will relieve me of working 20 hours days 7 days a week. Thank goodness I get to go to Chicago in ... what? 18 DAYS!!! Ok, no rest for the weary. I'm going to need every precious minute to get all my orders out, my product ready, my tiara made (that's another post to come) ... so, ok, lets talk about this contest then and get that spur-of-the-moment fun started!
Here's the deal... This Friday, Feb 29th (Sadie Hawkins Day!) I'll run the random number generator on all the comments I get on this post that help me add to my freebies page. And the prize will be the winners choice a one of these very popular and coveted new sewing patterns by Amy Butler:







That's it, no real rules, except be sure that any link you suggest is really a FREE resource and that I don't have it already on the list. I'll be adding to the list myself as often as I can take a minute to search for good stuff to share, so if you post a link that I end up adding this week before I see your post, you'll still get in the drawing. And if you have some of your own free crafting or sewing tut's or how-to's - well, Post 'em if you've got 'em!

Thanks very much! I'll be back to post more about Chicago and all the excitement going on over at MMP for 2008!

11 comments:

Letty said...

Hi, I love reading your blog and what a great giveaway!
This tutorial I think is great, on this blog there are much more great free tutorials (look at the right sidebar)!
http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2007/10/hex-open-bag--1.html
Letty

Lisa said...

Hi Dianne

I would love to be entered into your blog contest. I love your handbags and your blog. Hope your having a fantastic day.

Lisa

Theresa said...

Hi,
You are such a sweet techie. I am not (unfortunately). Here is a link from waverly fabrics for a covered accordion file
See you at MMP, love your blog,
Theresa (Cottage Violets)

http://www.waverly.com/Project/storage_files.asp

Beloved Creations said...

Hi Dianne, I love AB Bags so I hope I win! I enjoy buying fabric from http://fabric.com

Janet Bernasconi said...

Hi Dianne!

What a sweet lady you are to offer a giveaway. Your blog is very pretty and informative. Love it. I just want to wish alot of luck to the winner!
XOXO
Janet
Janet's Creative Pillows

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

Hi Dianne! I'd LOVE to win one of your to die for patterns! =0] Your blog is fab too.

lollysnestegg said...

I love your blog and your bags and wish you so much continued success! Count me in for the giveaway. A couple of freebies:

Knitting:
http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_beginners_scarves.html

Tutorials:
http://www.mediatinker.com/blog/tutorials_index.html

Thanks

~Lolly

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Hi Dianne! Look how neat this one is....http://www.craftbits.com/viewProject.do?projectID=398
This is what I need! lol I love these contest, so much FUN! have a wonderful day!
Stephanie

Andie-The Brown Bee said...

OOOOOhhhhh Dianne, the suspense is killing me! lol ;0] xoxo

Dianne said...

Hmmmm, looks like we have a pretty good list of candidated for the free pattern! I did say I'd give it away today didn't I?!!

Well, I guess I better go ahead and do it since I'm having a very ADD day and I don't want to forget!

I'll be back soon with the results of the drawing!

The Barber Bunch said...

Just surfin' the blogs and stopped by to say Hi.