Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Meet the Designers: Marte from Compagnie M

Hello! I’m Marte and I blog over at Compagnie M. I’m really excited to be here today. This is my little story on when I started to sew and how this passion became my fulltime job. Compagnie-M_julia_t-shirt_fragile_fabric_adult_version 1
One day I got pregnant and as an expectant mother (of twins), I wanted to create something for my babies but I didn’t own a sewing machine. Luckily my partner, Bjorn, did! He collects everything that smells like old stuff and one day he got this lovely old sewing machine from his parents as a present. What a nice gift! So this very old, manually driven Singer, became my very first sewing buddy. But except for sewing straight, straight and straight, it wasn’t really helping. And to be honest with you: I was a lousy one-hand-sewing-lady! After investing in new machines & some lessons, I started to feel the urge to share my creations: my blog, Compagnie M. was born! logo-01
What once was a small blog became a true adventure! Besides sewing I started to draw my own patterns and felt the urge to share them. The reactions were so heart warming, that I took the decision to turn my passion into my job! A dream came true. I’m living on Cloud9 ever since and I hope this feeling is here to last! But of course I’m not just floating around. I’m selling kids clothes’ sewing patterns with a twist. Patterns, you like to sew as a mum and that your kids love to wear. That’s why I choose Compagnie M. as a name. I guess we all have the same goal. We want to create garments our kids love. I just draw the patterns and I let you and your creativity do the rest! Compagnie-M_Louisa_dress_Hamburger_Liebe 7
Thanks for reading my little story. I hope my creations will inspire you! Marte from Compagnie M.
Monday, September 1, 2014

The UnOfficial Start of Season 10!

Today is the unofficial start of Project Run and Play Season 10!
HOORAY!!!!
 
That means that tomorrow starts the first day of our "Meet the Designer" days.
 
This is going to be so fun.  We are ready to get this party started!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Project Run and Play Season 10 Themes

Alright ladies...
The wait is over!!!!
Here are the themes for Project Run and Play Season 10.
 
 
Week #1:  80's Cartoon Inspired
The 80's cartoons are taking over the fashion world!  Use your favorite 80's cartoon as inspiration for an everyday outfit. Think inspiration not costumes.  (Really...no costumes...:)
 
 
Week #2:  The "Hand-me-down" Makeover. 
Using hand-me-downs (or upcycled clothing) make something modern and fashionable for your child to wear.
 
 
Week #3:  The Denim Challenge
Using some sort of denim for the majority of your outfit create something fabulous for your child to wear.
 
 
Week #4:  SIGNATURE STYLE
 
Soooooo....there you have it!
And week one doesn't start until September 8th so you have some time to start brainstorming and sewing.  We can't wait to see what you make.  (Especially for week one....I'm dying to see week one....)
Friday, August 22, 2014

Skirting the Issue Final Numbers, Winners of the Drawing, and a Sincere (even if belated) Thank You

****Oh my goodness I wrote this two nights ago and just remembered I didn't post it over here!  Seriously...how could I forget something like announcing the winners over here on Project Run and Play as well as over at Simple Simon.  I swear I am loosing my mind....Anyway, if you haven't seen it over at Simple Simon yet, here it is:*****
 
 
As I write this I am sitting here curled up on my couch in my ratty old pajamas and eating Riesens (love these things). It's after midnight so everyone is asleep and the house is quiet which means I have some time to all to myself to think. So before we get to the winners from the drawing you are going to have to indulge me for a minute.
 
Almost 5 years ago when Elizabeth and I started this blog we didn't know all the places it would take us, all the fun we would have, how much work it would be, and how much we would love every minute of the journey.
 
These past few weeks as I've read your emails and opened your packages I've felt so blessed. I've been surprised at how much I feel like I know you ladies even though most of us have never met. As I handled many of the items you made each skirt told me a little something about you....from the pattern and fabric choices to the construction...each piece captured a little portion of the maker and it was a sweet experience to be able to sort through them.
 
So many of you ladies have touched our lives and we feel like you are our dear friends...we talk about you like you are here with us...what you write in comments or in emails...we think about you and we appreciate you. And we want you to know that we are so thankful for all of your love and support...you truly enrich our loves and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Again this year we feel like Skirting the Issue was a terrific success. Every year we hope to have 100 skirts donated for foster care girls and every year we have been able to exceed this goal. This year was no exception.
 
This year, after counting all the skirts that have been made and donated...our grand total is:
664 skirts
That is a lot of skirts!
 
So many in fact that we are going to split up all the ones that we received and share the wealth by giving them to several different foster care closets. And that my friends, is awesome...
Now...on to the drawing....for every skirt that was made a ticket with the makers name (or number if you were in the linky party) was put into a giant tin and yesterday Elizabeth and I drove down to one of our favorite stores (Hey Hey Provo Cotton Shop!!!!) and had the fabulous ladies there draw all the names for the prizes.
 
Rochelle called the prize and then Teresa drew out a name and then I wrote down who won what and all the while Elizabeth snapped photographs. (It was fun...next time I think we should video it...we were all nervous and excited as every prize and name was called...)
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So without further ado here are the winners of our drawing:
The winner of the Babylock Elizabeth Sewing Machine is.......
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Moana Burns!
Congratulations Moana! I use this machine almost everyday and I LOVE it...and not just because of it's name! (Although "The Elizabeth" is a FANTASTIC name :) )
You are going to love this machine!!!
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Babylock was also generous enough to send us to send us 2 boxes of delicious MadeiraThread to give away to 2 of you as well!
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And the winner of the boxes of thread are:
The ladies from Skirt Fixation
and
SJH Original
Congratulations ladies!!!
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The Fat Quarter Shop (who we LOVE) supplied us with two $50 gift certificates to their fantastic online shop and the winners of those certificates are:
Julie Summers
and
LaVee Kawakami
Congratulations ladies!!!
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Next up is a gift from another long time friend that has been with us for years. Riley Blake Designs: Riley Blake Seaside Fat Quarter Bundle
And again this year they are giving away 2 of there adorable fat quarter bundles.
The winners of these bundles are:
Jeanette Parker
and
Jennifer Nagel
Congratulations!
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The Ribbon Retreat is one of our favorite companies in the entire world to work with....and they are giving away two $35 gift certificates to their online store.
And the winners of these two certificates are:
Elaine Roundy
and
Karla Hundley
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And last but certainly not least we have a $50 Sewing Box from Pick Your Plum
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And the winner of this prize is:
Welcome to Emmaville
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Then finally Elizabeth and I wanted to add to what the sponsors had given so we have put together a little surprise package just from us and the winner of that package is:
Terra from Mama Says Sew
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We appreciate all of these sponsors who have all been so generous. Each one of them have been outstanding to work with (year after year) and we are so lucky to be able to have their support. They really are terrific companies.
 
With that said....I think that officially wraps up another year of Skirting the Issue...
Thank you again...how glad we are that we have been able to cross paths with all of you kindred sewing sprits through this little speck in cyber space....keep coming around...we enjoy your company.
-liZ
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Calendar of Upcoming Events

Hello Everyone!
 
With a new season of Project Run and Play about to begin we thought it would be a great idea to calendar out our upcoming events.
 
Here's what's going on:
 
*Tomorrow:  A recap and final numbers from Skirting the Issue this year as well as the winners from the drawing.
 
*Monday, August 25th:  We will be announcing the weekly themes from Season 10
 
*Monday, September 1:  We will begin with our traditional "Meet the Designer" posts to introduce you to the contestants for Season 10
 
*Monday, September, 8th:  The official beginning date of Project Run and Play Season 10
 
 
Getting soooo excited for these next few weeks!!!
Monday, August 11, 2014

And the Season 10 Designers are.......

We are so excited to begin Project Run and Play Season 10 in
a few weeks.  We will post the themes next Monday so you too have time to sew along and some other fun guest posts until our opening day which will be Monday, September 15th.  That day the linky party will open to show off your week one designs and the voting will begin on Tuesday September 16th.
 
And now the Season 10 designers!!!!

Cassie from Lily Shine Boutique
Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs
Marte from Compangie M
Rachael from Imagine Gnats
Al, Jo and SarahLynn from The Shaffer Sisters
 
It is going to be an absolutely fantastic season!!!

The Contestants for PRP Season 10 will be Announced TODAY

Hello!
Today at 10:00 AM  (MST)  your line up of contestants for PRP Season 10 will be announced.
So stay tuned!!!!