****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:
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...)
So without further ado here are the winners of our drawing:
The winner of the Babylock Elizabeth Sewing Machine is.......
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!!!
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!
And the winner of the boxes of thread are:
The ladies from Skirt Fixation
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:
Next up is a gift from another long time friend that has been with us for years. Riley Blake Designs:
And again this year they are giving away 2 of there adorable fat quarter bundles.
The winners of these bundles are:
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:
And last but certainly not least we have a $50 Sewing Box from Pick Your Plum
And the winner of this prize is:
Welcome to Emmaville
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
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.
So…I watched the Lego Movie again last night with Simon and Grace after the fireworks. (Instead of putting in the linky party….I’m sorry but it’s in here now!) And I was thinking...
At the end of the movie Emmett…an ordinary Joe…is talking to President Business and he says:
Emmett: I want you to join me. Look at all these things that people built. You might see a mess….
Lord Business: EXACTLY!!! A bunch of weird dorky stuff that ruined my perfectly good stuff!
Emmett: Ok. What I see are people inspired by each other and by you. People taking what you made and making something new out of it.
(Pan to weird lego creations….)
Emmett: You don’t have to be the bad guy. You are the most talented, most interesting, and most extraordinary person in the universe. And you are capable of amazing things. Because you are the Special. And so am I. And so is everyone. The prophecy is made up, but it’s also true. It’s about all of us. Right now, it’s about you. And you… still… can change everything.
I KNOW its a nerdy kids movie…but I love it…and that scene makes me think about all of us. We ALL have something to offer to the party. NO matter our style, tastes, or skill level. We all have something special to offer…to share with each other…something that will help to inspire someone…whether or not we follow the instructions!
You only have a few days left to link up your children's summer sewing projects to the linky party! The party closes on the 30th and one randomly selected participant will receive a surprise sewing package in the mail.
Just a quick reminder that we have our sewing linky party going on this weekend over at Simple Simon and Company and you are all invited to come on over and link up the sewing and handicraft projects that you've been working on this week.
Ok....maybe that isn't exciting enough to set an alarm for but we are pretty excited about it.
This month is our 4th blogging birthday so we wanted to give ourselves a gift.
And the best thing we could think of was a party every Saturday where we could get together and share what we've sewn during the week with other like minded ladies.
(Well, that's a lie. The best thing we could think of was to magically get all of us together and sew every Saturday for a few hours...and drink soda...and eat nachos. But we couldn't make that happen so a weekly sewing linky party was the next best thing.)
So, you are all invited over to our place...stop by link up...show us what you've been sewing up. We LOVE LOVE LOVE to see what you are doing. (For real, we love it.)
The party will be up all weekend. So come on over because next to a real life visit there isn't anything we would like more.
Project Run and Play has been around now for 9 seasons (10 if you count All-Stars) and we have had a lot, A LOT, of amazing designs, designers, and inspiration over here.
We (Simple Simon and Company) were lucky enough to compete in Season 2 and as most of you know had the opportunity to buy PRP after our season, which we did, and we've loved running it ever since. BUT....as time has gone by and seasons pass...we want to keep participating in all of the weekly challenges!
We actually spend a lot of time talking about what we would like to make and saying "I wish this challenge was in our season". And we started to think...maybe some of the other contestants feel the same way. So a few months ago we emailed some of the darling contestants from the past and asked them if they would like to participate in "Flashback May".
To participate they could pick ANY theme from ANY season (except their own) and then share their design with us this month.
We think so...and we are excited to have a group of our old friends back visiting us again and sharing their talents with all of us!
So come back tomorrow (and everyday for the rest of the month) and see who we have visitng and what they have to show off! This is going to be fabulous!
It's my favorite time again--the beginning of another season!!!
(I just love beginnings...hate endings...but LOVE beginnings.)
And today is the start of Project Run and Play Season 9.
So let's get going!!!
This week the theme is: Put Me in the Zoo.
What does that mean?
Welll...It means....take inspiration from your favorite (or your child's favorite animal) and design and construct an outfit based on that inspiration. Remember to make it "inspired by" and not a literal costume. (And it can be any animal...mammal, reptile, bird, etc.)
We are so excited about this challenge...we've already seen some of the designers work and can't wait to see what you've come up with.
So, with that said, let the season (and the linky party) begin!