30 Days, 30 Gifts, Days 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20 – 6 Winners!

Good morning and Happy Friday to All!   Wow – we have had a crazy week around here.  With the launch of our new Sewing Room Furniture, the start of the Holiday Fab Shop Hop, and the introduction of  Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Clubs, all of those New Quilt Kits, patterns and books,  we spent the better part of the week pinging in several directions… and I did not get any quilting done as planned.. 

So, we are drawing names for several  Days –  15 – 20!.  We have lots of fun gifts, so here we go.  We are going to spread-out the giving in this blog  🙂

Quilt Sampler Club - 2 Publications per Year

Our Day 15 & 16 Winners are…
11/14 #3 – Michelle &  11/13 #13 – Sharon Hettinger !! Congratulations and Thank you!
Both Michelle and Sharon win a 1 year subscription the Quilt Sampler Magazine Club  …  the Gift that just keeps giving!    Quilt Sampler has 2x publications a year – in May and September.  Congratulations! 

From the emails and blogs we’ve received, it sounds like everybody is pretty excited about the chance to win the Suzi.   And, hands down, the most popular Sewing cabinet so far is the Marilyn.  But, I’m not surprised – it is Arrow’s most popular cabinet, too – not only is she compact, but she is a lovely piece of furniture as well.    We had one customer purchase 2 of the Sewnatras – she said she was going to use both as nightstands next to her bed –  and one will hold her machine, and the other to hold a Singer Featherweight  that she has on her Christmas list.  What a great idea!   And, together with the free shipping, Mettler Thread Combo and Vusion Light, it really makes these deluxe cabinets a steal.  As far as the promotional suites that Kangaroo is running right now, the favorite is the Aussie Suite.  Looking at it, it seems to provide the most work surface and storage, but it a bit less expensive than the Kangaroo Suite. 

Quilts & More - 2x per year

Our Day 17 & 18 Winners are…
11/19 – Marcia & 11/12 – Elaine!! Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Marcia and Elaine win a 1 year subscription to the Quilts & More Magazine Club … another Gift that just keeps giving!  Quilts & More has 4x publications a year – March, May, August & November.  Congratulations!

We received the sweetest email Tuesday morning  from Darla T.  She asked us “why are you being so generous – what do you get in return? ”  The email had a lot of other sweet comments, but this just made me smile.  Do you realize how much we feel part of such a bigger picture around here?  It sounds to me that what we are doing is having a profound affect on so many of you – not that you aren’t always givers, but that it seems everybody is making an extra effort to do a bit more.  And, because we don’t get out much, we are also living somewhat vicariously through your good deeds as well.  We all want to thank YOU for YOUR generostity!

And Finally, Our Day 19 & 20 Winners are…
11/16 – Melissa & 11/15 – Irene Schofield!  Congratulations and Thank you!

Both Melissa and Irene win a 1 year subscription to the BHG Quilt Magazine Specials Club .. yet another Gift that just keeps giving!  Better Homes & Gardens publishes 2x Specials each year – in March and October.

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 3 Winner .. and Good News!

I don’t know about you, but I am so very impressed with the different kind of things that you all are doing every day -some of them even give me the chills!    And, I realize it’s not always easy (or at least the first thing we think of) to make somebody else feel good when we are in the middle of our crazy days.   That being said, some things are no brainers … 

I will tell you one thing I did a couple of days ago.  One of Chocolate Donutmy sons is on the school football team, and we’ve had some pretty chilly afternoons –  as you can well imagine.  Well, on these cold days, I’ve  made it kind of ‘our thing’ to pick up my skinny vanilla latte (of which I am addicted!), and a hot chocolate and chocolate donut for him for as soon as he gets into the car  (the apple does not fall far from the tree, here …).  Anyway, I was in the coffee shop ready to place my order, and a grandpa came in with his grandson, who was probably about 9 years old – and the boy made a bee-line for the only remaining chocolate donut.   He was so happy that there was one remaining.   

Yes, I’m afraid that I arrived at football practice sans donut.  Sean hopped in the car, looked around, searched under a couple of things, and then looked at me with a questioning look.  When I told him what happened, he said “That’s ok, Mom.   I’m betting that boy was really happy when he ate ‘my’ donut, and I bet he will always remember that special outing with his grandpa.”  Wow – I was so happy to know that my teenager could be so compassionate!  Of course, he did say “Tomorrow you can get me two donuts”… yes – he is still a teenager – but a least one with a good heart! 

Quilt In A Cup - A Great Gift Idea!

Our Day 3 Winner is…
10/31 #39 Pamela!  Congratulations and Thank you! 
Pamela will receive a fun Quilt in a Cup Kit, along with her choice of fabric pack,  because she did something kind for somebody.   
Thank you Pamela!

Keep on telling us your good deed and kind acts! 

You can blog them to any post this month – and you will be eligible not only for a daily prize drawing, but also the grand prize drawing at the end of the month.  

 
 

Serengiti Snuggler - Click image to view our entire Snuggler Collection

 

Oh – and some great news!
We received word yesterday that the fabrics for the Serengeti Snuggler and Baby Cub Snuggler quilt kits will be here by the end of the week – so all preorders will ship early next week – a week earlier than we initially thought.  If you haven’t ordered yours but have been thinking you might,  you may want to asap, or you might be on the shipment due at the end of November.  Thank you!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, Day 2 Winner .. and Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe!

30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners

This Month of Giving has already been so much fun for us – and it is just Day #2!   We really enjoy reading all of the great deeds you are posting here, and we look forward to an entire month of good deeds.  

Our Day 2 Winner is…
11/1 #4 Susan Cahill!  Congratulations and Thank you!Mural_small

Because Susan did something kind for somebody, she will receive a gorgeous Dashing Roses FQ Bundle by Art Gallery Quilts!

I read a passage last night, and thought you might all appreciate it :  “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you”… John Bunyon

Continue to do your good work, and let us know here on the blog!

Family Recipe Box

With the holidays bearing down upon us, we are going to start passing on some recipes from our family recipe box.   Coming from a large family, these favorites come from grandmothers, aunts, in-laws… the list goes on. 

Everybody in our family always loved when Aunt Kathy would show up with her version of sweet potato casserole for our large Thanksgiving  Dinners (I don’t recall a Thanksgiving when we had less than 25 family members, and usually we were closer to 30!).  Not being a marshmallow fan, but LOVING anything sweet, this was the perfect alternative for the typical sweet potato & marshmallows that usually accompanies the great turkey dinners –  and everybody in my family loved it.  Now that we are all spread around the country, the one thing I know is that each of our families will be enjoying this dish on Thanksgiving! 

thumbnailSweet Potato Casserole

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Ingredients:
1 large can sweet potatoes, drained
2 eggs
¾ cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup pecans

With an electric mixer, mash the sweet potatoes.
Beat in the eggs and ½ of the melted butter, ½ of the brown sugar and the salt and cinnamon.
Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.
Arrange nuts on the top and sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar and butter.
Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners!

With Thanksgiving and the winter holidays ahead of us, we decided that it was time to let all of our quilting Givingfriends know how special you all are to us.  So, we have a special event planned for the month of November – 30 Days, 30 Gifts, 30 Winners!  We hope you all will participate .. not for us, but for those around you!

What Homespun Hearth has Planned:
A Month Of Giving from Homespun Hearth! That’s right – for 30 days we will give 30 gifts to 30 winners for the entire month of November!  Every day we are going to select one participant to receive a special gift from Homespun Hearth.  We know that a lot of people have struggled financially over the past couple of years, and yet this hasn’t stopped them from being kind to others and doing good deeds.  We believe that there’s no better person than a quilter, and we know that you are giving a helping hand at every turn.  We want to let you all know that we appreciate who you are and what you do, and so we would like to reward you the best way we know how … with great quilting goodies! 

How to win:
 30 days, 30 gifts, 30 winners … and one of those could be you! What’s the catch, you ask? No catch! Well, not really. Here is how it goes – for the month of November, we want to ‘reward’ those of you who do a special deed or act  of kindness for somebody… anybody – and you just have to let us know!   And don’t be shy.  What you do may sometimes go unnoticed, but we want to make sure that this time it does not!  Simply post your deed or act on this blog, and we will put your name in the ‘Drawing Pot’.  Well, it isn’t actually a pot.  It’s more like a bowl.  A huge bowl.  But, it works!  Once you tell us your story, you are eligible for a drawing every day of the month.  You can only win one of the daily prizes,  but everybody who does any act of kindness or special deed will be placed in the grand prize drawing … a wonderfulf Queen Size Quilt Kit from our Quilt-a-lisious Grab Bag!  You can do one act all month, or you can get more chances to win if you get your name added every day  by doing a daily deed!  You just have to let us know .  Mostly, we know  that the quilting community will be impressed at the wonderful nature of our quilters!

What we are giving:
We have some pretty great stuff we are giving away – everything from yards of fabric, the new Better Homes & Garden 2010 Quilting Calendar, fat quarter bundles, quilt kits, jelly rolls and books, just to name a few.  Every gift will come specially wrapped, plus you will recieve an additional shopping coupon for your next order at Homespun Hearth!

So, starting today all you have to do is blog something here that you have done today that was just a bit more than you needed to.  Just post to this blog, and beginning on Sunday November 1st, we will begin to draw names!

Thank you for being so giving!

Teresa & the entire Homespun Hearth Customer Care Team!

Sharpest Needle in the Pincushion

Well, I want to say that I’ve never proclaimed to be the sharpest needle in the pin cushion. And, this time I feel pretty dumb … I don’t know HOW, but I somehow got two very different ‘Jennifer’s mixed up … and I’m thankful that I have some followers who set me straight! Duh… but, this certainly does make some sense to me. Somehow, I got Jennifer Paganelli and Jennifer Chiaverini mixed up … could it be that they are both Italian? They both design gorgeous fabrics? You know… the name Paganelli is a pet name for Pagan, which means ‘village dweller’, and Chiaverini is a diminutive of Chiavaro, an occupational name for a ‘locksmith’. So I can see how I got confused. Afterall, I’m thinking ‘village dweller’ and ‘locksmith’ … in the end they both need a quilt! Does that work? No? Well, I thank you all for setting me straight, anyway!

Who’s Who Challenge Continues …

We have a winner .. .and we are a couple of days behind.  How did that happen?  No Idea .. except there is simply never enough time in the day!  We’ve been adding lots and lots of what we call “Classic Fabrics” .. fabrics from some of your favorite collections that have been around for a long time, but have been hidden away in a dark closet for a special time … and that is now!   So, the winner of the Challenge #3 is …. Jenna.  Congratulations!   Keep up the great work!
  Will the fabrics in her booth give her away?

So, now we move on to Challenge #4.  Before we do, here is the ‘hidden’ promotion code … save 10% on your entire Homespun Hearth Order – you must use code BBH784   … this code is valid through Saturday 6/13 – midnight EST – excludes ‘ZM’ items – and remember, free shipping with orders over $150, we ship in 24 hours, and, most importantly, you will be rewarded with a wonderful shopping experience.    Okay – back to the challenge.  First, we want to take a moment to thank you for your donations toward the Avon Walk  … and good luck winning the quilt!  Avon is having a problem with our website, so hopefully it will reflect the correct donations (approx $6,000!), in the next few days.   In the mean time, you have your work cut out for you… again …. So, who is this? Don’t you just love this booth?   Don’t you love all of those quilts?

Will the fabrics in her booth give her away?

Good luck all!  And, be sure to use your discount while it lasts!

The Silver Needle Wool & Naked Sheep Society

Watch Your Wooly End!

Watch Your Wooly End!

Before I do the Who’s Who Challenge,c I wanted to get this blog out … We are SOOO excited! One thing we did at Quilt Market is re-stock our wool department … and it is going to explode! This is where The Silver Needle Wool & Naked Sheep Society was born! We also designed 5 more wool programs that, if you are even the tiniest bit of a wool enthusiast, you are going to love it! I’m not going to elaborate here. OK – so I’ll elaborate some. Stash programs, Auto-ship programs, Christmas programs … woops … that’s it. Check it out!

Pandemonium in full swing!!

Crazy Dayz at Homespun Hearth

Crazy Dayz at Homespun Hearth

What a great, crazy, insightful and fun past few months we’ve had around here.  As you can see, at Homespun Hearth we have finally launched our new website with all of the new cool Customer Interaction elements, (Podcasts, Design Board, Live Chat)  and our favorite – this Quilter’s Vine Blog! 
The blog had a couple of bumpy starts and hiccups – but we are happy to say we are finally Blogging! We sure wish you could have been here through all of our enthusiastic pandemonium! Talk about a fun time; bolts flying, deadlines to meet, new employees to train, software programs to learn, marketing projects to unfold and fabric to fold and fold and fold ….ALL FOR YOU – OUR FAVORITE QUILTERS!!!

We are so excited that our new website is up and running and we believe that you are going to be so happy, surprised and excited when you see everything that we have in store for you here on the blog! Contests, Prizes, New Fabric, New patterns, new programs and so much more!

Be sure to check our blog daily because you could be a winner, get a great discount, learn something new, or just make friends.  With our new interactive site up, you won’t want to miss one single moment of all of the fun we have in store for you!

We are so grateful that you are a valued customer and we want to reward you for your patronage!   Thank you again and let’s get this party started!!!