Archives for November 1, 2012

Phoebe’s Birthday giveaway

My girls have been loving Joanna Johnson’s latest book, Phoebe’s Birthday for months now, even though I haven’t had a chance to make any of the patterns that the story includes yet.  This children’s picture book includes not only a sweet story with lovely illustrations, but both knitting and sewing patterns to make the story come alive as well!  (You can get a peek at the knitting patterns on Ravelry:  here and here and here.) The sewing patterns are great as well.  I especially love the spool quilt pattern and the mermouse!  We are huge fans of Joanna’s first book, Phoebe’s Sweater (I’ve knit two of those sweaters!  here and here) and do hope to make at least the little mermouse from Phoebe’s Birthday.  My friend Nicole’s daughter made a little mermouse and Nicole wrote a great review that you can read here.

**All of Joanna’s books and patterns are available for purchase here.**

I have had an extra copy of Phoebe’s Birthday sitting on my shelf waiting to be given to one of you, courtesy of Joanna, and I thought that with all the holiday crafting going on now, it might be a good time to share it!  For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  I’ll use the random number generator to choose a winner on Monday, November 5th, and announce the winner within this post.



The winner is Amy:  “My girls would adore this book!  What a fun week this is on your blog, with all the giveaways!!  Thanks so much -”

Thanks, Joanna!


November Sponsor News

Welcome to new sponsors:

knitting organization

madbird :: We are a husband and wife team specializing in handmade tools for knitters, crocheters, and spinners in high quality, unique cotton prints.  We offer project bags and totes in many sizes, organizers for hooks and needles, pattern storage solutions and more!


sweetpod :: SweetPod baby gear patterns are downloadable PDF patterns designed by homeschooling mom of 6, Jessica, from Because she’s always had one little baby or another for the better part of 12 years she has designed sewing patterns to make her life easier. She hopes they can make your life easier too by keeping that precious little bundle close.


Maya & Ruhi :: Pearl Bhasin is a self-taught jewelry artisan, work-at-home mom, living in London, UK. With artistic inspirations including 1920s Art Nouveau, the art and poetry of the Pre-Raphaelites, Mughal paintings, baroque music, desert sunsets, Istanbouli pottery, and Marie Antoinette, MAYA & RUHI is an ever evolving range of jewelry that promises you your daily dose of classic chic. When she is not tinkering about in her box-room studio at home, she is busy watching her daughters grow up, the real Maya and Ruhi.

Made by Alejandro :: Made by Alejandro makes reenactment toys for children to inspire their imaginations so they can become heroes, dragon slayers, and protectors of their moms. Each item is a unique piece of art made from quality leather, designed for active play, equipping your little knights and princesses to lead the charge through the leaf piles for years to come.

Welcome back!

Springtree Road ::  Maya sells beautiful luxury hand dyed yarn, and recently updated her shop with lots of gorgeous colorways.

Alphabet Glue ::  Alphabet Glue is an e magazine for families who love books, featuring fun paper crafts and reading lists

Brambleberry Yarns ::  Beautiful, high quality, plant dyed yarns and fibers. Cynthia has a new website, but her Etsy shop is still up and running too.

Wooly Moss Roots ::  gorgeous handmade wooden buttons, herbal goodness, and wooly delights.

Stubby Pencil Studio ::  eco friendly art supplies and other creative goodies

Gypsy Forest ::  Handcrafted quilts and beautiful things– Everything in the shop is hand-sewn, hand-dyed, and designed by Stephinie.

Armadillo Dreams ::  High quality handmade wooden toys including teethers, pull toys, animals, figures and more. Check out our new Fall/Halloween line! Also, be sure to “like” us on Facebook to receive updates and our daily specials!

Luna Grey Fiber Arts ::  Luna Grey Fiber Arts is the work of Jackie Vlcek – Mama of two spirited little boys living an inspired life on the sunny, western slope of Colorado. Jackie creates colorful, hand dyed, natural fiber yarn in her home studio. Each skein is hand painted or kettle dyed making for truly one-of-a-kind works of art.

Maestro Classics ::  Maestro Classics produces Stories in Music™, a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12 and their parents. Entertaining and educational, these CDs have won over 45 national awards.

Mamma 4 Earth ::  wonderful knitted animal and flower patterns and toys from a mom of four

Little Spruce Organics::  Little Spruce Organics offers a unique selection of organic baby apparel, organic cloth diapering products, breastfeeding apparel, and natural wooden & organic cotton toys. We specialize in wool for babies and are committed to carrying only apparel & cloth diapering products that are made from organic and natural fibers.

Connected in Hope::  Gorgeous scarves and baskets handmade by women who once were fuel wood carriers in Ethiopia. Connected in Hope Foundation introduces, promotes, and sells the women’s handmade products in local and global markets providing the women a predictable, sustainable, fair-trade income.  Use coupon code SMALLTHINGS to receive 10% of your order.

The Blog Maven ::  In addition to blog design and moving blogs to WordPress, Jeni helps bloggers grow their blogs while remaining true to their unique style. She moved my blog to WordPress last year.

Please visit these lovely small businesses and watch for giveaways every weekend!
I am very thankful for all of your support.