I met Heidi on Etsy, one of my favorite online stores! She's giving away a $15 gift certificate to her Etsy shop to one lucky WSBS reader. (She sent a yellow and pink version of this lovely tee to Miss E---how sweet!)
I am a child of The King, wife, mom, RN, junior high teacher, fifth grade teacher, kindergarten teacher, embroiderer, digitizer and business owner. In between housework, cooking, errand running, designing and stitching, I sneak up on my kids and try to impart knowledge without them thinking I am teaching them. My 13-year-old daughter sometimes whispers to my 11-year-old son, "Watch out, here comes a Sneak Attack."
I have been known to stay in my studio through lunch and start making dinner at 7pm. I don't always have anything to show for my time in there. Sometimes I just sit and stare at thread or fabric and let the colors sink into my soul.
My first "sewing" machine was a six-needle industrial embroidery machine that I had been drooling over for 5 years. Every new model that came out heightened my desire to own one. Since that purchase in May of 2010, I have branched out to a ten-needle machine and a little (actual) sewing machine. One of the conditions of purchase was that the machine would pay for itself. I opened an Etsy store on the advice of some friends.
My first project ever was a baby shower gift for a friend expecting a baby on paper from Ethiopia. My machine hadn’t been delivered to the store, yet, so they offered to let me use their display model. There I was, stitching a baby onesie with “Love Brought Home” and cloth diapers with “We brought love home.” in a sewing machine store. Customers and employees asked what I was doing. I loved getting the word out about adopting from Ethiopia. I’ll always wonder what seeds took root that day.
I’ve stitched many baby items with the Heart over Africa design and Worth the Wait. Adoption has been around me most of my adult life. We haven’t adopted--yet. I have been so tickled to be able to support my friends with cute clothes stitched with adoption themed designs.
My Etsy shop, named The Blissful Stitcher, is an assortment of experiments. I am constantly trying new things and stretching the boundaries of my experience. I have a couple of superb computer programs that I use to digitize designs and an inventory of thousands of designs from various sources. My blog and my Facebook page show an assortment of custom items to spark the imagination of a future customer.
Giveaway Begins: Monday, August 29th.
Giveaway Ends: Friday, September 2nd, at noon (CST).
Giveaway Item: $15 gift certificate to Heidi's Etsy shop.
How to enter (up to five times!):
1: Visit Heidi's Etsy shop and tell me which item is your favorite via a comment.
2: Become a fan of White Sugar, Brown Sugar on Facebook, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
3: Become a follower of my blog, and tell me you did so via a comment.
4: Vote for my blog in the Parents' contest (see hot pink button on the right of my blog), and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
5: Promote this giveaway on Facebook, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.
A winner will be posted after 12:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Sept 2. It is the winner's responsibility to set up an Etsy account (free), and contact Heidi to claim her prize.
Thank you to Heidi for her generosity!