Monday, February 22, 2010

Spring Tote Giveaway!

I work at a restaurant a few nights a week. I seat people when they walk in. That's right, I'm a host! I've been doing it for a while, on the two nights that my husband's classes end early so he can stay home and study while he watches our little girl. Oh the joys of getting through grad school! It has taught me a lot. A lot of patience, a lot of humility, and it often points out to me how full of myself I am half the time. Let's just say it's good for me.
I've noticed that at our little restaurant there are a string of customers that come in weekly. These regulars are usually quite a bit older and come in with a friend or a spouse. A few come in alone. These cute older couples often request a specific area of the restaurant to dine in or to sit in the section of a waiter that they have become friends with. They seem to look forward to this little tradition in their week when they can come in, eat familiar food, and chat or read while in a comfortable environment. I've become friends with a few of them, and look forward to seeing their warm and friendly faces.
I find myself almost being jealous of them at times. In a world where I feel that what is expected of me includes no free time to dine out once or twice a week, let alone the funds, I sometimes look at their little traditions with longing. It leads me to think about what my life will be like when I am older, what I will make my priorities become.
I suspect my life will stay busy for quite a few more decades, but maybe one day I will find a cute little local cafe where I can sip hot chocolate in the mornings with my sweetheart. Or maybe I can start something sooner than that... maybe I can make something happen. What about you? Have you been able to find a little part of your day that you have decided just needs to be that part of the day when you sit by the window, close your eyes, and ponder?

Well it just so happens that I have made sewing and crafting one of my priorities. I've been adding items to my shop and will continue to add more as I finish projects. I've been stewing over a few potential giveaways in my mind and finally decided to work on this one, although I really want to do them all, so come back in a few weeks!

I made a few Spring Totes that I want to involve in this giveaway. I feel, like I'm sure many of you do, that spring just can't come fast enough. The winner of the giveaway will be able to pick one of the bags, the purple or the red one, the one that is not chosen by the winner will be joining the rest of my products in my Bedtime Tales shop.


I designed this simple bag from scratch and originally had three made, but the first was such an experiment that I deemed it un-giveaway/sellable. My one-year-old daughter is very much a bag/purse/basket type of girl, and so I patched her first initial to the front of it. I was so pleased with how hers turned out that I have decided to make custom orders of initial bags to sell in my shop. Shoot me a message on Etsy or by email if you are interested.


This tote is the perfect size to hang on a little girl's arm, or to hold your scriptures in. The blossoms were a blast to make. I told you before, fabric flowers can be addicting.
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post. Write about anything! Please only one entry per person. The deadline for the giveaway is Friday night (the 26th) at midnight. I will be announcing the winner on Saturday the 27th. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me via my email: madebybedtimetales@gmail.com. If they do not contact me another will be chosen in their place.

I really hope anyone who wants to enter does, family, friend, or other, whether you have a little girl around or not. This would be the perfect gift. It's really easy and completely free. If you have any questions send me an email.

24 comments:

The Rowleys said...

Becky, how in the world do you find time to accomplish all this?! Full time mommy and wife, parttime hostess and etsy shop owner. It makes me look down right lazy! Plus, I just don't have the patience to sew such details--I'm more apt to do clothes where you can just hide mistakes. :) You are amazing--I'm posting your website on my blog again.
-chels

Emily said...

You sure are talented. I love the little "e" and the bows. I got a sewing machine for Christmas! It's a good thing, since I can't borrow yours any more. :)

A Journey For Life said...

I am a follower and love your homemade toys. What a great bag, love the design, now if only I could get my sewing machine to work I could be a crafty as you!

Jenn said...

I'm so glad you started your blog up again, Becky! It's fun to see what you've been up to. You are a woman of many talents :)

Lydia Nelson said...

Yay, this is awesome! I'm so impressed you made up the design for those totes all by yourself! The flowers look so cute!

Jenni said...

You are soooo talented. I wish I could have even half of your creativity. I put link to your blog on my blog. When you coming out this way again?

The Jessee Journal said...

So cute! The perfect scripture bag for my little girl who insists on bringing her scriptures to church in some very interesting purses ... :)

Tricia C said...

What an adorable bag! I have a niece that it would be perfect for:) Great job!

Carrie K said...

Hi! Commenting...

-CK

alysia said...

Sooooo Cute!!! I love them!

Alysia (carrie's friend)

JaNae said...

These are super cute!! I am way impressed with your creativity and skills.

andreamichelle said...

I know that I commented on this post the other day when you posted it, but when I checked back today I don't see it, so maybe I didn't press "post comment" or something....how odd. Then I had to edit my second comment, so here I go for a third try...:) Anyways, I really like how you did these bags. I love the neutral outer color and the colorful linings. Good job, they are very pretty.

gerbdesign said...

These are so cute! I love doing crafty stuff like this too! Where are you selling your stuff? Do you sell anything via etsy.com? If not, you should check it out! :) haha! I just looked around on your page, and saw that you do...whoops! oh well! going to go check it out!

Catherine Newman said...

SO creative! I especially love the flowers. You are an amazing seamstress! Love these bags...Very pretty!!!

Meg said...

These are adorable! Pick me! :)

Erica said...

These are way dang cute! I can't believe you made them. They look really good. I wish I was crafty like that. I admire people like you!

Anonymous said...

Becky! Now I know where Lydia get all her creative ideas of cute things to do and make. It must really run in the family. I love your blog and am so impressed with anyone who can even sew! I have passed on your url to my mom and sisters so they can see how amazingly talented and who knows...maybe they will want to purchase something sometime ;) Good luck! Allison Christensen

Valerie said...

I love the bags! You are very talented.
Valerie

Anonymous said...

I am so impressed with this! I love these bags I ran upstairs to show my mom and sisters and they loved them to this is soo cool! I love LOVE the flowers!!! Kacee Ferrell

Anonymous said...

So cute!! I am Kacee's sister and I loved them as well you are so talented!- Mckaylee Ferrell

mom2beachbums said...

Beautiful and very unique!! What a great idea for a shop ~ will have to check it out! ~Carmen, friend of Carrie's in TX

Karli Newey said...

Wow, what beautiful art work. I am blown away at how amazingly cute each of them are! :) You are amazing.

Rayla said...

hardcore! I wish I was artsy.
-Rachael

Sarah said...

Awesome work! I agree, making flowers can be very addicting.
-Sarah Richardson

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