Thursday, December 12, 2013

Get Ready for Christmas by Giving to Charity: DIY Family Giving Spree on Nestle




Hi Friends! Only 13 days until Christmas! Is your home ready for the influx of fun new things? Get ready for Christmas this year by gathering up used toys and other items around the house in good condition and give them to a charity or local family in need. Get the whole family involved and start a fun new tradition--a Family Giving Spree! Use the free printable and how-to over on the Nestle site to make your giving easy and fun.

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Minute Craft: DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts on Nestle




Hi Friends! Looking for a fast, easy, and super charming little gift to give to your  neighbors this year? I'm over on Nestle sharing this fun idea for DIY Grand Neighbor Gifts. They literally take about 5 minutes to prep. If you can operate a printer to print off your tags and cut string, you can handle this. :)

Head on over to check it out!

Disclaimer: I was hired by Nestle to share ideas for using their line of holiday candies this year. And it was such a fun opportunity! I'd let people pay me and give me free chocolate to write crafty posts for them again in a heartbeat.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Signing! Simple Sewing at Sew to Speak this Saturday!


  • What: Katie Lewis, author of Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners will be signing copies of her new book! 
  • Where: Sew to Speak -- 4610 N High Street, Columbus, OH (See their website HERE)
  • Date: This Saturday, Dec. 14th
  • Time: noon-3pm

Hi friends! I'm delighted to invite you all to a cozy little book signing at my favorite fabric store of all time: Sew to Speak! If you've never been to Sew to Speak, you are in for a real treat! It's one of my favorite shops to visit in all of Columbus. It has a great variety of awesome fabric and notions and the friendliest staff. I'll be there with my trusty Sharpie marker signing copies of my book and chatting it up with all of you! New sewing books + a fun cut of fabric or two is sure to win the heart of any sewing enthusiast on your list this Christmas. So come on in and find some goodies! 

I hope to see you there on Saturday!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Mary from Molly Flanders


Good evening friends and welcome to our LAST STOP EVER on the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners!! Woot woooooot! I couldn't be more pleased that our very last stop is with Mary from her wonderful blog Molly Flanders Makerie. Mary is a local here in Columbus, Ohio and since she works at my favorite little local fabric store, Sew to Speak, I've had the pleasure of running into Mary several times.

Aside from being one of the sweetest people I've ever met in real life, her quilting (and sewing skills in general) are amazing. I love her style and sense of color. And the top stitching. Oh the top stitching! Mary's famous around here for her gorgeous hand stitching on her quilts and other projects and for good reason. I was so excited when I saw the projects she made from my book and saw that she had included her signature hand stitching on her projects. Head on over to Mary's post to see the wonderful journal and book covers she made and--bonus!--a pencil pouch too!

And while you're there be sure to enter to for a chance to win a free copy of the book! This is the last giveaway on the blog tour!

Thanks so much to everyone for following along throughout the Simple Sewing blog tour! I'll be doing an official re-cap soon with links to all of the wonderful projects featured in the tour, but in the mean time, feel free to browse the Simple Sewing tag on my blog for all the posts.

Happy Friday! And happy sewing!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Rachel from Family Ever After


Hi friends! Guess what?! Today is the very last day of the blog tour for my new book, Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners! We have two stops on the tour today and it's especially fun for me because they are both amazing local girls! First up is Rachel from Family Ever After. I got to meet Rachel for the first time a few months ago and it was so fun. For the blog tour today she made this adorable Memory Game from the book with a couple small changes. Head on over to her post to check it all out!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Cherie from You and Mie


Good afternoon friends! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners today is Cherie from You and Mie. Cherie made the Memory Game from the book, but instead of using several different kinds of fabric to match, she showcased all the fun little animals from this one print. Such a fun idea! Head on over to read her post and enter for another chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts


Our next stop today on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts! Mandy made these sweet little hand warmers to replace the disposable ones you can buy at the store. I'm all for making and reusing whenever we can! Head on over to Mandy's post to read more about them and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Adrianna from Crafterhours


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is the wonderful Adrianna from Crafterhours! She was really supposed to post yesterday but I'm pretty sure she was making up excuses so she could just lounge around her house all day and eat bonbons she was in a fight with the internet, so she's gracing us with her presence today instead. No worries. She may be a day late, but she's certainly not a dollar short. Or at least her project isn't. Whatevs. Pregnancy is getting the better of me and my brain no longer works, let alone the rest of my body. 33 weeks isn't too soon to have a baby, right? 

Anywayyyyy... Adrianna used the basic Sunglasses Case from the book and turned it into this amazing gold pleather wonder. I think we all need one. Or ten. Go check it out!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Sabra from Sew A Straight Line


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Sabra from Sew A Straight Line! Sabra let her 5 year old son choose a project from the book to make for his little sister for Christmas and together they made this little baby doll pillow and blanket. How sweet is that?! I love a good 5-year-old-boy-sewing-for-his-little-sister story. It kind of melts my heart. :) Head on over to Sabra's post to read about the great experience she had sewing with her cute son, see more of the finished project, and enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: April from April Rhodes


Hey-o! Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is the lovely April Rhodes! No doubt you're familiar with April after the smashing success of her Staple Dress pattern earlier this year and, since then, her many other fabulous patterns.

Lucky for me, April is a local here in Columbus, OH and I get to run into her and her cute mom at their wonderful brick and mortar fabric shop, Sew to Speak. Both April and her mom Anita were wonderfully supportive throughout the book writing process (not to mention they let me come into the shop and stare at the shelves of fabric like a crazy person over and over again and pretended like it was a perfectly normal thing to do) and it's so fun to have April as part of the book tour now!

Head on over to April's post to see how she used the Simple Bows from the book and changed them into this awesome piece. Can you tell what it is? :)

Bonus: 10 points to the first person who can spot April in the book and tell me what page she's on!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Shannon from Very Shannon


Good morning! And welcome back to the last week of the blog tour for my new book Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners. Our next stop on the tour is with Shannon from luvinthemommyhood, soon to be Very Shannon. (She's in the middle of a site re-design. We've all been there.) :)

Aside from being an awesome seamstress, Shannon also recently released her own book, Journey, which looks like a treasure trove of knitting patterns. Oh how I wish I knew how to read knitting patterns! It's on my list of things to learn.

Head on over to Shannon's post to read more about this wonderful Fabric Basket she made from the book!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Ellen from The Long Thread


Next up on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Project for Beginners is the fabulous Ellen from The Long Thread. I've followed Ellen's blog for many years and I love all of the projects she shares there. Ellen is also known for her wonderful fabric lines (such as the one pictured above) and her books 1, 2, 3 Sew and her brand new book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. Aside from all that, Ellen is a super kind and talented lady and I'm so honored to have her join in the blog tour for my new book!

Head on over to Ellen's post to see which of the projects she altered to make these little goodies. Any guesses? :)

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Emily from Everyday Art


Our next stop on the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners is Emily from Everyday Art! Emily used the instructions for the Pencil Pouch in the book and modified it to turn it into this awesome case for her crochet supplies! It holds crochet hooks, scissors, and a needle! I really need to make one of these for myself. Such a great idea! Head on over to Emily's post for all the details and a chance to win a free copy of the book!

Simple Sewing Blog Tour: Kate from See Kate Sew


It's our last week of the blog tour for Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners! Today through Friday we'll have several of your favorite bloggers sharing their versions of projects from the book and giving away a free copy. Be sure to check them all out for great ideas and lots of chances to win!

Our first stop on the tour today is the wonderful Kate from See Kate Sew. I've loved Kate's blog for years and I especially love her knack for choosing awesome floral prints for so many of her projects. And she is the creator of so many wonderful patterns! She just released her new Penelope Peplum for women and it is adorable. I feel like there have been so many great patterns for women that have come out while I've been pregnant and I can't wait to be a normal size so I can sew up all these goodies for myself!

But, anyway, back to the book. Head on over to Kate's post to see the fun heat pack she made, her great ideas for using Simple Sewing as a BUY + DIY gift, and a chance to win a copy of the book for yourself!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Totally Unrealistic Christmas Wish List


Despite being happily married for the past (almost) 6 years, my husband panics every time Christmas rolls around. Apparently I'm hard to shop for. This has been confirmed by all of my in-laws, including my sister in law that I talk to multiple times a week. They know me well and love me lots, but hate to buy me things because they know that, secretly, deep down, I'm really picky. I'd like to say they're wrong and I'm happy with anything, but, well, what can I say? I know what I like. I just don't like telling people to buy me stuff.

Last year Bryan and I finally started Christmas wish list Pinterest boards with links to stuff we like, but since mine for this year is looking a little sparse, he's been pressing for more ideas. The problem is, I really haven't been able to think of many things I'm dying to have.

I only have a month and a half left (!!) of being pregnant, so I'm not interested in investing in more maternity clothes at this point. And since I haven't been able to wear 99% of my wardrobe for the past several months (and because I very much hope to lose baby weight and get in shape), I don't feel compelled to ask for regular-size clothes either. Maybe by next Christmas I'll be a normal, stable (super skinny hot momma) size, but that's next year, not this year.

And since I just finished my book and it's out happily living on your shelves now, I'm at one of those weird points in my career/creative life where I don't have really big, specific goals to focus on and need stuff for. I might feel more driven to focus on a bunch of new exciting things if I weren't about to have a baby, but, under the circumstances, I've been mentally prepping myself to not have any creative or business ambitions until next spring at the very soonest. (Though, spoiler alert: there is a pattern in the works that I'm aiming to release sometime in the spring of 2014. We shall see. I'm making zero promises as it all depends on how this whole having-a-newborn-thing goes. In the past four years I have totally forgotten everything about how to take care of babies.)

All of this considered, I finally sat down this evening and hand-wrote a list for Bryan of things I'd love to find under the tree on Christmas morning--most of which are free or cheap and require more slave labor on his part than anything else, but which I would genuinely appreciate and enjoy. But because the imagination knows no bounds, I've also decided to compile a list of totally unrealistic Christmas wishes.

Behold: ...