***And the winner is Rhonda!!!  Such a great story!  Thanks to my sister Jojo for helping me pick! Your stories cracked me up these last few days.  Thanks for taking the time to leave them!!!  Rhonda’s story is below, but if you want a few laughs, you’ll find more about people sewing the shirts they’re wearing right into their projects and more!***
I was making foot prints of my son for fun to put in a scrap book and just as I got both feet painted One Red and One Blue he got away from me and took off running straight through the house~! Lucky for me it was washable paint but it still came out of the rug hard. I had over 50 little foot prints on the floors before I caught him. Now we have a nice story page with pics of the floor in the scrap book to go with the foot prints.

It’s promotion time!  I recently got this book straight from the publisher to give away to one of you, my blog readers.  It’s by Tammie Snow of RoxyCraft and has been so fun to look through – such *cute* little crocheted animals.  The beauty of this book is that it teaches you how to crochet right off the bat so you can get started even if you haven’t crocheted before.  Pretty cool, huh?

 Tiny Yarn Animals Cover

And have you ever seen a cuter penguin profile???

Tiny Yarn Animals

So, if you’d like to be included in the drawing, please leave a comment.  And just to make it interesting, I’d love to hear a funny crafty story.  To get you started, let me share a story that Apryl left in my comments.  She wrote, “I actually dunked my paint brush in my coffee the other day.. then forgot and picked the coffee up and had a sip…mmmmm acrylic…”  Too funny! 

I’ll be announcing the winner in a couple of days.  If you can’t wait that long, this book is also available through Amazon here.

71 Responses to “Giveaway”

  1. 1 Leah August 4, 2008 at 3:17 am

    I’d love to be in the draw – just look at that lemur!

  2. 2 Kerry August 4, 2008 at 4:15 am

    Husband – What are you doing?
    Me – A cross stitch.
    H – Oh Knitting?
    M – No, you make crosses with thread?
    H – Yeah, knitting.

    (count me in please)


  3. 3 alittlemoore August 4, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Last year I was making a dress for the little one and teaching a friend at the same time, I have made this stule many times before yet in front of my friend we got to jib jabbering and I sewed the arm holes together.Funny for her yet completely embarassing for me!

  4. 4 Tania - Jet Designs August 4, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Love the Book!! – Funny story happened today – just finishing off a softie and I was doing the french knots for the eyes and my three yr old daughter was in hysterics, crying that I was hurting the poor thing. It was probably safer in my hands then in hers.

  5. 5 thedailyclick August 4, 2008 at 6:30 am

    I know I’ve never commented on your blog before, and I don’t have a funny craft story to share, but I would love to be in the drawing.
    My 11-year-old loves little stuffed animals and she LOVES to crochet, so this book would be perfect for her.

  6. 6 Amber August 4, 2008 at 6:51 am

    So, a few months ago, I was sewing a dress to wear that night and as I was sewing, I accidentally sewed through my finger. It actually made a stitch and the needle was on the other side of my finger…. When the needle went in, I became so startled that I mashed down the pedal and my finger was bouncing up and down on the presser foot. I started yelling at my husband to come and help me and since my finger was stuck, i couldn’t get the needle out of the machine. I asked him if he could cut the needle. He went downstairs and got this round huge electric thing that had a circular blade on it, it was scary. We finally got the needle out of the machine, without any power tools, and we went to the ER where they finally got it out of my finger.

    As we were sitting in the er, we just started laughing at the funniness of the whole situation…..

    love love the book!

  7. 7 Shanna August 4, 2008 at 7:04 am

    i once happily sewed a pillowcase for my son and didn’t realize that i never had the bobbin in…that’s what i get for multitasking! (i.e. watching TV) it was from his old bed sheet so i already had a finished edge; all i needed to do was sew the 3 sides. i held it up to show my son that i was almost finished and had a HUGE duh! moment!

    love the book! i haven’t crochet since middle school and i seem to have forgotten it all! all i could do back then was make a granny square and now i avoid knitting projects that require just a crochet edge to finish!

  8. 8 Smellyann August 4, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Ooh, I would love to start making some amigurumi! I’ve been considering it for a long time. Hmm, I don’t know how funny this is, but I just knitted a pair of booties that don’t match at ALL! They are made from the same skein of striping, multi-colored yarn, but one is blue and purple and the other is green, yellow and orange! Gack, what am I supposed to do with THAT?!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. 9 rachelchris August 4, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I have no funny crafting stories inky sad ones. I mostly sew and am afraid to say most of my stories would involve the seam ripper.

  10. 10 mel August 4, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I haven’t been crocheting long enough to have any funny stories, just frustrating ones.

  11. 11 Lauren August 4, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Those little animals are so cute!

  12. 12 monkeymanm August 4, 2008 at 8:08 am

    When I first started knitting, I was so proud of my progress on my first hat that I set it down to go tell the BF about it. By the time we got back into the living room, the dog had taken off with the hat, run out the dog flap and done laps around the porch. It took hours to get all the yarn off the porch, the dog and the framework. ¬.¬

  13. 13 Andrea August 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Very cute. I’ve been wanting to give crochet a try!


  14. 14 Yvonne August 4, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Too cute! Count me in too.

  15. 15 elliek August 4, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I actually think this book could tempt me to learn to crochet!

  16. 16 Ann August 4, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I’d love the book! Many years ago when I was knitting a scarf for my then 10 year old daughter. I set the scarf down beside my chair and way too near the guinea pig cage. Those rascals managed to pull the scarf into the cage and had a merry time chomping on it. It took me until she was in college and 19 years old to get around to ripping it back, figuring out where I was in the simple lace pattern and finishing it. We loved those guinea pigs though!

  17. 17 Ashley H. August 4, 2008 at 9:11 am

    I’d love to win! I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet for a long time!

    My craft story isn’t all THAT funny, but here it is: After sewing a pair of darling overalls for my daughter’s favorite doll, I held them up to show them off to my husband and realized I’d mislaid the pattern and the print on the fabric(a one-way repeat)was upside down. Poo.

  18. 18 Heather August 4, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Oh, I’m wanting to learn to crochet and this would be perfect. I’d love to in the drawing.
    I guess my funny craft story is more frustrating than funny. I was getting married and one of my friends was my maid of honor. I was embroidering her monogram on a bunch of different things. However, I failed to take into account that she was getting married two weeks before me and embroidered her maiden last initial on everything instead of her married last initial. I had a lot of ripping out to do once I was done and realized my mistake.

  19. 19 Cindy W. August 4, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I’ve been a fan of your blog for a while now, but this is my first comment post. No funny stories to share yet, but I’m learning!

  20. 20 Rachel August 4, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I don’t really have a funny story to tell, but I would love to have that book! My mom is always mixing up crocheting and knitting. She tells people all the time that I knit, but I don’t even know how! 🙂 It’s on the to-do list though.

  21. 21 Beca August 4, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I’d love to try this! Just found your blog and love it! No funny crafty stories yet as I’ve just begun to “get crafty”. 🙂

  22. 22 Jules D August 4, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I just started learning to crochet by watching youtube tutorials and would love the book. It’s very funny around here trying to keep the yarn away from the cat and the 10 month old.

  23. 23 Siew August 4, 2008 at 10:22 am

    My mom is all old school crafty and used to tell me stories of how she had to sew her own underware (and walk uphill both ways to school). She tried to impart this hard working ethic on me and my first pair I sewed the legs shut. I’m not so good as her.

  24. 24 Heddy_e August 4, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I don’t have any funny stories but I hope I can be entered anyway 🙂

  25. 26 Ramona August 4, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I just found your blog and I love it. I am just learning to crochet and love the looks of that book. It reminds me of my grandmother who used to crochet all sorts of animals. I love to sew and sometimes my seam ripper is my best friend. Sew the wrong piece on, put it upside down. But I love it anyway.

  26. 28 KicsiKató August 4, 2008 at 11:56 am

    Funny crafty story? Once upon a time I tried to sew a simple reindeer. I sewed the body than the hands to the body… It camed Christmas but I didn’t like him so I left him in the box… Som emonths ago I realised, that those are NOT the arms but the horns…:))) Now I like him with the new look:)))

  27. 29 Carolyn August 4, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I would love the book! My youngest daughter is carrying around a little monkey I knitted for her, and I think he needs a few friends 🙂

    My funny story: I asked my oldest daughter if she wanted to learn to knit when she was about three. She told me she didn’t need to learn, she already knew and then she just kind of rolled her hands around like playing patty cake and said, “See, that’s it. I don’t need to learn.”

  28. 30 Penny August 4, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    very cute little book! Thanks for having this giveaway!

  29. 31 Lisa August 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I’d love to learn to make these for my babies!!!

  30. 32 claudia August 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    A generous and cute gift! And the laughter should be worth it! 😀
    Well, once I was so intent while sewing that I didn’t notice that my shirt got caught with the fabric and went through the sewing machine. When I tryied to stand up and was stuck! It was quite a job to cut everything loose and redo the work. At the time I didn’t think it was funny but afterwards, when I told the story I cracked myself up with laughter.

  31. 33 Sara R. August 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    This really isn’t that funny, more pathetic. A few weeks ago I went to finish a blanket for my son and seriously couldn’t remember how to blanket stitch! I spent the whole evening frustrated and annoyed with myself because I even though I hadn’t used the stitch in a while, surely it would be like riding a bike. Guess not. For me at least!

  32. 34 julia August 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    oooh! I like the look of that book but I have just got back from hols and in heaps of washing can’t htink of any funny stories!! Except that whilst on holiday I tried a spot of spinning with a drop spindle but ended up with yarn that looked more like dreadlocks than anything knitable!! x

  33. 35 Fuji Mama August 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Hmmmm, I’ve had lots of frustrating crafting moments, but no funny ones that come to mind!

  34. 36 Michelle August 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Those are some funny comments, and some quite horrific ones! Once I spent a whole night doing some embroidery, and when I got up to call it quits for the evening, I found I’d embroidered the cloth to my shorts… sigh. Funny today, not so funny back then!

  35. 37 Julie Neff August 4, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Ooh, those are the cutest little animals. And truth be told, if I don’t win, I just might have to buy it! So save me the trouble, and the shipping and pick me! 🙂
    Once while crocheting a ball (that required making the halves separately) I spent DAYS trying to get 2 halves to match up. I counted and counted and I swear they were all the “same” but alas they were all different. I was so mad! I finally got two that were the same but still don’t know what was going on! And I still have a bunch of halves that are my rejects.

  36. 38 Rhonda Martin August 4, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    I was making foot prints of my son for fun to put in a scrap book and just as I got both feet painted One Red and One Blue he got away from me and took off running straight through the house~! Lucky for me it was washable paint but it still came out of the rug hard. I had over 50 little foot prints on the floors before I caught him. Now we have a nice story page with pics of the floor in the scrap book to go with the foot prints.

  37. 39 Megan August 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Cute book. I don’t really have any funny stories, unless you count losing a key element (like a pattern piece or shirt sleeve or anything else that you just can’t finish a project without) of *every* *single* project I ever make for at least an hour or so. Yeah, not really that funny, just annoying.

  38. 40 Mearaid August 4, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    I was teaching my sister-in-law to crochet, she decided to start with a simple hat. When she was done it was across between a hat and a doily, very flat and way too big, but the funny thing was my son (who was 2 at the time) absolutely loved it and wanted to wear it everywhere.

  39. 41 capsforqueers August 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Delurking to say that I need a lemur!

  40. 42 Heather B. August 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Oh shoot, no funny stories! I’d still love to be entered! I really enjoy your blog 🙂

  41. 43 Natalie August 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I’m afraid I don’t have any funny craft stories, but I’d love to win!

  42. 44 Spare Ribbon August 4, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    I love the book, it looks like it would have some great ideas in there for my nephew. A funny craft story huh? I was making my dog Chester a costume for Halloween. It was the cutest spider costume. Well apparenlty he didn’t think so because when I walked out of the room for a short 15 minutes or so, he shredded the costume to bits. There was a spider leg on the couch, another dragged into his kennel, and another he hid under the bed. I don’t think he liked his new outfit.

  43. 45 Lil' d August 4, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Um, there’s a lot of things along the lines of having the material facing the wrong way while cutting out a template etc., but probably the stupidest I ever felt was when I thought my sewing machine was broken. The motor was whirring but the needle wasn’t moving. Luckily the kids were in bed, as they’d have picked up some choice words that evening. I was heartbroken that my machine had died at such a young age.

    I later realised that I hadn’t pushed back in the round thing on the side (like my technical terminology?) after winding some thread on a bobbin. Duh.

  44. 46 Jodie Potter August 4, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    HI There!!!

    What a great blog you have…makes me want to start one of my own…along with about a million other things!!

    My funny story was not directly about doing a craft…I wanted to watch a craft show on tv that was on for an hour. I asked (ok, kind of begged) my husband to watch our two year old so I could really pay attention to the show and he agreed. About 40 minutes into the show, our daughter ran by the room I was in and said, “Hi!.” I replied to her. Then I started realizing that it had been REALLY QUIET in the other room during my stolen hour of watching my craft show. Alarmed, I walked out to discover my husband asleep on the couch…and our daughter holding a brown crayon. She traced the entire house (at her level) with the crayon…including climbing upon the couch and tracing around and over my husband’s head–without him waking up, of course!! Even worse, washable crayons, DO NOT clean very well off of builders white flat paint. We had a lovely brown haze circling our entire house, compliments of our 2yo!! Guess she was the one crafting that day!!! We laugh now…but guess who was in the dog house that night?!?!?!?

    What a great book…my daughter (who will be turning 9 on the 12th) would absolutely love the little animals I could make for her with it!!!

    Have a great day!!!


  45. 47 lotusutol August 5, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Hi there
    I don’t have a funny craft story but love the book and your patterna snad your blog 🙂 Rebecca

  46. 48 robin August 5, 2008 at 12:14 am

    I don’t really have a funny story but would love to be in the drawing for this book. The cuteness I could make for my g’daughter! She’d love it.
    cokelush [at] gmail [dot] com

  47. 49 Heidi August 5, 2008 at 5:47 am

    I would love to be in the draw for this book for my friend who does crochet. A funny craft story was us both doing a bag making class and i got carried away and sewed up the top of my bag. Duh!!! thank goodness for seam rippers.

  48. 50 Holly August 5, 2008 at 7:07 am

    As my real job I drive public route buses, but I like to craft when I get a few minutes at the station between routes. One particular day I had a very hectic schedule with only one short break, so I whip out my sewing and get started, then when it was time to go I went to put it away and realised I’d sewn it to my uniform! (that’s what you get for being tired!). So I had to go the rest of my shift with a doll’s shirt sewn to me :p

  49. 51 Colleen August 5, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I don’t have any funny crafting stories–just sad ones like cutting right through the middle of your fabric (where it wasn’t supposed to be cut) with the rotary cutter.

  50. 52 jmillen August 5, 2008 at 9:27 am

    My funniest craft story happened years ago.
    I was feverishly working on a cross-stitch gift for my dear friend who was getting married. My husband and I went to his family reunion and I took it with me. I worked on it as much as I could because the deadline was getting very close.

    We were about 4 hours from home and halfway back, I realized I had left the project in the hotel room. I didn’t worry, though, because it couldn’t have been missed.

    I called the hotel and was transferred to housekeeping, only to be told that no, they didn’t find it. I KNEW it was there, and after many phone calls (and finally speaking to the manager), they said they had found it.

    THey shipped it to me, and now I had no chance of finishing it by the wedding, but at least I could give it to her later.

    When it finally arrived, I was shocked and surprised to see that WHOEVER HAD IT HAD BEEN WORKING ON IT! They had almost finished it (except for the names of bride and groom and date). So I picked up where they had left off and finished it in time to give it as a gift.

    I never told my friend that I hadn’t made the entire thing.

    That was 20 years ago.


  51. 53 Sarah August 5, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Hi, that book looks fascinating. My worst craft disaster was the 10 foot long dolphin my son drew on our wallpaper with black wax crayon – you can still see the marks!

  52. 54 Jessica August 5, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Hi! Book looks awesome. My funniest crafting story is this: I took a class to learn to knit socks. My husband couldn’t understand why I would want to knit socks when you can “buy” them for cheaper and in less time. Once I finished my socks and was wearing them around the house, he asked if he could try one. I said sure… and he’s claimed the pink socks until I make him a pair!!! LOL! So now I have blue ones on the needles for him! 🙂

  53. 55 Annie August 5, 2008 at 11:52 am

    Once I was ironing a project when my son’s deflating helium balloon floated by and melted to the iron while my back was turned. Yeah, not happy about that!

  54. 56 Diana August 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I don’t have any funny sewing stories, but I’ll tell you a funny story anyway. I had just bought my lunch from a Ma & Pop deli. My car was parking right in front of the deli, I’m standing by the driver’s door ready to get in . . . I hit my alarm button. The alarm beeps to let me know that it’s all good. I open the door and the alarm goes off. I’m standing there with the door wide open, my hands full, pushing the button trying to turn it off and nothing is happening. It just won’t turn off. I think what the #@!*. So . . . I take a closer look at the car and I think to myself . . . I don’t remember cleaning my car or reading the newspaper. I take a look around and see my car on the other side of “whomever” car just opened. All I could do was laugh. I shut the door and start walking to my car. I see this couple (who the car belongs to) standing inside the deli looking out the window laughing. They turn the alarm off and wave at me. What luck . . . having a car parked right next to me with the exact same color, make and model.

  55. 57 Jenna August 5, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    I don’t have one particular funny story, but I’m notorious for sewing things wrong side together when they’re supposed to be right side together. I’ve come to the end of several projects only to realize that the fabric is all backwards!

  56. 58 missharleyquinn August 5, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Count me in on the draw, even though my attempts at crochet often resembles drunk squirrels having an all night party with yarn. 🙂

  57. 59 Trying Traditional August 5, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Sign me up! I’ve always wanted to learn to either knit or crochet.

    Funny story:
    In a painting class I learned that spit (gross, I know)is a good way to remove paint fast if you’ve just put it on (especially acrylics.) I always kept Q-tips on hand to put in my mouth, moisten, and swipe off the offending brush stroke. Needless to say, I found my then 2 and 3 year olds chewing on Q-tips with the oddest look on their faces on day. I don’t think they understood what I found so “tasty” about those Qtips.

  58. 60 missharleyquinn August 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Oh, I forgot my funny story…so many…there was the time I sewed my acrylic nails to an Elizabethan over skirt (15 yards of cartridge pleating and a deadline aren’t pretty)…but, recently, I’d have to say was the night of a thousand pajama bottoms. I had a pile of flannel pj pants cut and pinned and was just running them through the serger and sewing like a mad woman…after 2 hours and the pile sewn, I called the kids to try them on and see what they thought of them…4 pairs had the lower waist area sewn as the legs and the legs sewn for the lower torso region….needless to say I haven’t found a charity for people with bellies the size of China and legs 8 inches long…if there is such a thing I’ve got some pj’s for those folks! 🙂

  59. 61 Laura August 5, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    O my goodness, I just discovered your blog today, and you are giving away a craft book of a craft that I would like to try. You are of my own obsessions, not just one kind of craft. Gotta love that. Thanks for the chance. Take care, Laura

  60. 62 bonbon August 5, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I would love to be counted in this giveaway. I don’t have funny crafty stories, but I am totally lost without my seam ripper. She is my best friend, she makes everything ok…

  61. 63 Janine August 5, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Oh, those animals are so sweet! I think it is funny how I became involved in crafts. I’ve always wanted to be crafty, but thought there was not a crafty bone in me. But, then I decided to homeschool my boys. So, I had to teach them art! That sounded so daunting to me! I bought a book called “Watercolor Painting for the Artistically Challenged” and we all loved it. Especially me! Working from that book gave me confidence to go on to many different crafts and now creating things is top on my list!

  62. 64 Marnie Watson August 6, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Perhaps its not ‘funny’ but it makes me feel pretty good- in college my art teacher told me my work was kidergarten/ preschool standard…i think its funny that people now pay me to make crafts for them! I love this little crochet book!

  63. 65 KreativMonster August 6, 2008 at 9:45 am

    What a great give-away! OMG, I want this book sooo much! Unfortunately I can´t remember any funny crafty story… I´m sometimes very lubbery … but I don´t think that´s funny.

  64. 66 Pinky Purls August 6, 2008 at 11:10 am

    i don’t have a funny story. but this is the first time i’ve been to your blog and i love it. i’ve gone all the way to the begining of the blog and see how you have grown in your sewing! you are very talented! i will be back!

  65. 67 Yvonne August 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    The book look great. I don’t know how funny it is, but a bit embarrassing.. My first “quilt” was made up of uneven squares. I did read the instructions, but couldn’t understand why it was so important that the squares where excatly equal. However, I do love that tablerunner – with all the corners not matching!!

  66. 68 janell August 6, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    I love the little animals. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time for crafts these days with my new three month old son.

  67. 69 cakebaker August 6, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    most of my stories are just awful mistakes, serious not paying attention screwups or trying to sew when the littles are underfoot. sometimes they actually push on my foot pedal or reset my tension dial. sigh. the irony is that before i had kids i knew how to sew but didn’t want to. now i want to sew but can’t.

    my name is tammie too, so it seems fitting that you choose me 🙂

  68. 70 Michelle August 8, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I would love to be in the drawing for the book.

    The funniest story I have about crafts is when I sewed a pillow for my Mom. I am a paraplegic making the sewing machine somewhat tricky, because I have to use my arm for the foot pedal instead of my foot. I am a definite newbie and thought a pocket cannot be that hard. Well, silly me. I sewed the pocket and got so overzealous with the sewing that I sewed the pocket SHUT with the sewing machine. HAHAHA


  69. 71 Jess August 12, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Awesome book! I was just going through some of you tutorials that I bookmarked (getting Christmas sewing going) and decided to browse around a little bit. Sure glad I did!
    My funny crafty story is my husband’s reaction to my crafting. He is very supportive of it, but about two weeks ago I told him I’d been asked to teach recycled crafts for a ladies church event and his response was “Uh-Oh”. I was like “Uh-oh, what?”. He said something about it is going to cost us a lot. I guess it might be something you would have to see in person, but I got a good laugh out of it.

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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