Happy Kitty Sewing: January 2013   

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jammin January Jiveaway!

Jammin January Jiveaway!:

Brought to you by Whispering Sweet Nothing's Shane P.,
Ten Winners in 6 contests:

1. Coffee Lovers DreamJackellynTinaAllieStephanieRachel
-$50 Starbucks GC
-coffee &mug
-Large Ad Space

2. Comfy CozyLeanneMeganJasmyneTabethaLuisaKim Danielle

-Custom beanie
-bath &body set
-5 pairs fluffy ear warmers
-Custom owl pillow
-Cup Cozy
-$10 just B you credit
-reversible tote

3. Accessory Queen:   DeandraJuanitaKellyMindyErinBreannaAlliSharon, Kym
-Jewelry + 250x400 ad space
-Teardrop hoop earrings
-3 bracelets
-Mum earrings + large ad space
-Go Jane Prize package
-3 custom hair bows
-$20 Allena Mistral Designs
-Bronze & Pave bracelet
-Charmed bracelet

4. Jack of All Trades: KristineBetsyKristenMeaganSabzRenee
-$10 Target GC + Medium ad space
-Large ad space + Pampered Chef cookbook
-$10 Paypal cash
-2 styled outfits
-$10 Ulta
-$25 Sephora

5. Photog's Delight:  EmilyAmandaKarlyPhoebe
-$50 to Anna Delores Photography
-Valentines Day Print
-8x10 print
-$20 to English Breakfast

PLUS these 5 blog winnings: 
I love my blog #1
>> Large ad space
>> Large ad space
>> Top Notch ad space
>> 200x200 ad space
>> A year of ad space ($120!)
I love my blog #2
>> Custom blog header, intro, button
>> 220x220 ad space
>> XL ad space
>> Large ad space
>> 2 months 300x350 ad space + two 200x200 Newsletter features

I love my blog #3
>> Large ad space
>> 2 months medium ad space
>> Full custom modern/sleek Blog design
>> Supercool ad space
>> Really really big ad space     

I love my blog #4
>> 2 hours virtual assistance + guest post
>> 200x200 ad space
>> Dating ad space
>> 3 months XL ad space
>> Medium ad space

          I love my blog #5
>> Ultimate ad space
>> Custom post signature
>> Large ad space
>> 200x200 ad space
>> Custom blog planner

alllllllll wrapped into one rafflecopter at the end. So 6 all together. Go enter!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Influenster Holiday VoxBox

You have probably seen a lot of reviews for the Influenster Holiday VoxBox in the last month in blog land.  I was lucky to receive one of these awesome boxes as well.

First, let me tell you about Influenster.  This is the definition that I pulled from their website: :"Influenster is a free-to-join community of invited trendsetters who live to give opinions of products and experiences".

So one day I stumbled upon their website. I don't remember exactly how that happened.  First I filled out a survey that asked what social media I used, and how many people followed me, and my age and if I had any kids.  Basically, they were checking me out to see if I had enough friends, so they could send me free stuff to try out and review.  I am proud to say I passed!  I think it also had to do with my age and that I have an awesome daughter!  I was waiting to write this post so I could include pictures from my iphone.  

***Sad break in informational review: My aunt's dog has been staying with us while my uncle is in the hospital.  She's a papillion. (pap-e-on).  She's a tiny dog that looks exactly like this:
Her name is Zoey.  I allow Zoey on my bed, but for some reason, she has this deep burning desire for me to ASK HER to join me.  She will sit and cry, until I look for her and say "Come on up, Zoey!"  It can be really annoying.  Especially when the covers are a certain way, and she won't jump up until they are moved.  

So anyway, she pulled this on me at 4 a.m. a few weeks ago.  I was super groggy and thristy.  I sat up and started to yell at her to come up.  As much as one can yell, when their croaky voice won't work because their mouth/throat/voice maker is so dry. I reached for my tea on my night stand from the night before.  Then I reached to move the covers over and knocked the tea somehow, and the lid came off and soaked through my duvet blanket. Real quick, my duvet is filled with my Ikea down comforter-which is at least an 9 out of their handy 1-10 scale to rate how "hot" their comforters are.  THEN, it soaked through my second Ikea down comforter-which is a #3, and is comfortable to use in winter AND summer. THEN, is soaked through my super soft, favorite sheets onto my really old, super thin, (useless) down comforter that I use as a "pillow top" for my mattress. The good thing, is that the tea didn't seem to permanently stain anything.  I haven't washed my down comforters yet, and will not until winter is over.

So it's 4 a.m. and I got a dilemma.  Do I get up and take care of this or do I just roll over to the other side of my King bed?  OF COURSE, I rolled over.  I had my iphone by my head so I could hear the alarm go off.  Well, some time between 4 a.m. and noon, my iphone traveled from it's original point of origin, to the end of the bed where the almost-now-damp tea spot is.  The outside of my phone was a bit sticky, but I never dared to think it was ruined for life.  AND it was.  I went to the Apple store and they wanted $149 to fix it.  The technician pissed me off and I complained about him.  NOTE: If you work for a phone store, and someone says "But I didn't even spill, drop, hit, throw, fill in the blank, ECT"in response to you telling them the price of repair.  They are probably in shock at the price, and really don't expect you to reply with what I am about to tell you next.

  DO NOT SAY, "I don't know, MAM, I didn't come to live with your phone, so I don't know how this happened."  If you say it to someone like me, you WILL get told on.  While he put together my phone, I advised him not to say "stupid shitty things like that to people".  

So he quickly put my phone back together so I could get out of there.  I was with a friend that is mellow and totally non-confrontational, meaning he doesn't care if people get shitty with him.  He can smile, walk away, and go on with his day.  I am not that type.  So I told his manager on him.  Don't assume that the manager wears a different colored shirt.  They don't.  They all wear the same color. The manager did the same exact thing that the rude technician "genius" did, and told me the same bad news. That day was January 4th.  How long am I going to have to go without a phone?  I have reviews to publish!!!

***End of sad phone story.

So a few weeks ago I received a box in the mail with a bunch of goodies to try out!!!  I'll be posting about them tomorrow.  I got the same things  as everyone else, so no big surprises there!

Don't forget, you have a few days left to find your fave pair of shoes from solesociety.com to receive $25 off with the PROMOCODE of INFLUENSTER25!!!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Coast to Coast via Google Maps

So Shane from Whispering Sweet Nothings, one of my favorite blogs, is taking your blog information and adding it to a Google Map so we can see what bloggers live near us.  You can see her post to add your info.  You can use your real city/town or use a town/city that is close by. If you don't want to add your info, at least go check out who lives in your area!  Thanks Shane!

Saturday, January 5, 2013


I enter a lot of giveaways.  I like them, because who doesn't like free stuff?  Now, I don't enter ALL giveaways, but if it has anything to do with fabric or sewing supplies, I am definitely on that.  I'm lucky and I win a lot of giveaways.  A lot of bloggers do the monthly sponsor giveaway or giveaways every Friday, and some bloggers giveaway stuff for an entire week for their Birthday.  A lot of the time there are a lot of good prizes, like gift cards to Starbucks, Target, Shabby Apple (YAY!!), Sephora, and you name it, I've probably seen it.  I've won a $50 GC to Anthropologie and Shabbby Apple.  I've been filling out Shabby Apple giveaways like crazy, so I can win another one so I can buy the Heart of Me dress.  So beautiful :)  I've won over $100 last year in Starbucks GCs and $80 in Amazon GCs.  I also win a lot of cool stuff, like nail polish, fabric, sewing supplies, make up, an eyebrow kit, a spa kit, and other things I can't name of the top of my head.  And I am grateful.  I LOVE getting packages in the mail.  It always brightens my day.  I've also won a lot of store credit to some Etsy shops.

Let me tell you what a giveaway is NOT, in my opinion.  A giveaway is NOT a store credit for $10 for your Etsy shop when everything costs $15, and you have to pay for shipping.  The point of a giveaway is your generosity of giving something to another person.  If you cannot fully give something, then don't half-ass it.  There is nothing more annoying when you win something and have to pay for it.  Especially in a group giveaway when you don't have any control in what you win.  Now, don't get me wrong, I love to win handmade gifts, and I have gotten a lot of cool things.  But I didn't enter a giveaway to pay $5 everything I win something.  I have about 6 store credits in my "Contests" folder in my email box, waiting around, until I find something I really like, or have the extra money to splurge on my "winning".

For example, I won a $10 store credit to an Etsy shop.  Well, they only sell 3 different items.  One item I could buy for $8, but it is for a baby.  I don't have a baby, or know any girl babies.  The other item is something I don't like.  Then they have a bag I could get for $15, but then I would be getting a bag for around $8.  I know I sound like Scrooge, but I don't have $8 to spend on a bag I wouldn't buy for any money in "Real Life".  I wouldn't buy that bag for $8 if I was shopping for a bag.  I would buy a $2 store bag from what ever store I was in.  I hate it, because I sound so rude, but it's my reality.

Another thing that gets to me is the person that doesn't mail or email your prize for over a month from when the giveaway was.  I hate begging for my free winnin's!  I feel so cheap and it feels so degrading!! Oh, by the way, can you give me my free shit? UGH!!  Another thing I HATE, is when I have to beg my winnings and it never comes.  DO NOT have a give away if you can not follow through or have the means to give away what you made a promise to give.  I won one of those bubble necklaces from a well known fashion blog, and NEVER received it.  Every so often I go through the magic folder to see if I have received everything I won.  She did note in her original email that it may be a few weeks before I receive my necklace, because they were on back order.  So after a month, I got in touch with her and asked her what the status was.  She said she just mailed it out.  So after a week, I emailed her again, and told her I still haven't received it.  She emailed me back, and said it was delivered to "my house" the day after I emailed her the first time.  I responded and asked her what address she sent it to.  She didn't respond.  I sent out a second email Just In Case she didn't get the first one, and no response.  I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.  There was a million giveaways for those necklaces that I never won ALL summer.  I was really ticked off about that!!!

I'm done ranting ;)  I wanted to post a ton of pictures today, but my iphone isn't working.  I have to take it to a dealer and see what's going on with it.  Thank God I have good insurance on it!  I hope everyone has a lovely Saturday night.  I think I'm taking it easy tonight.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Happy Belated New Year!

I've read a lot of Resolutions this year from my blog friends.  I've read a lot of single words that will describe this year.  I don't plan on doing either one.  I know, I'm such a rebel, right?

I find that I can't do a single resolution.  I basically want to do 50 to change all the negative things in my life, and find it impossible to carry through.  Duh, I know. 

What I'm going to do is focus is on is following through with commitments with people.  The other one is creating my blog.  I pass up the chance to write about the things I care about, but I procrastinate, and I'm not going to let myself do that anymore!

So Happy New Year and I hope everyone is looking forward to 2013 as much as me!  I'm really going to do my best to make it the best year I've ever had.  So this is my short post before I post all the wonderful busy things I've been doing in the last couple weeks!

Can you do the QUICKEST favor you will ever do, pretty please?! Super easy, no sign ups, and you just click a button.  Super easy and fast.

Will you please vote for my favorite blogger, Joanna Haughton, from ModaMama?! 

  She is participating in the "Top 25 Fashion and Beauty Mom Blogs". Her blog is so awesome, she deserves #1 in MY opinion.  Last month, she created Dressember-Dress/December, and every day she wore a different beautiful dress and posted on her blog.  I am so jealous of her wardrobe!  She also has some really cute hairstyle tutorials on YouTube.  See why she deserves this?!

  I seriously posted this link of facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, tumblr, and my last one is here in my blog.  I really appreciate it! All you have to do is click on the link, and you will see the Vote button in the middle of the page.  Then go check out her blog if you haven't already!

The Magic Link: http://www.circleofmoms.com/blogger/modamama?blogroll_id=86