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NEED. WANT. Plus a Give A Way!

Seriously, I NEED this fabric!! It was love at first sight and I want it, NOW! We are talking about organic cotton hemp blend, hand screen printed, limited edition, eco friendly inked awesomeness!
Available colorways:
Robins Egg on Cream
Deep Red on Unbleached
Gold on Cream
photos courtesy of Ink & Spindle

What color to select? Therein lies the problem, folks.
 I’m leaning towards the Robins Egg on Cream or the Gold on Cream simply because I already have an awesome mushroom print in a deep red.
Second setback, it’s wicked expensive. One cut is 70 X 50 cm which is approximately 27 X 19 inches. I need at least 2 cuts and with shipping that puts me back about $50. BUT, the super awesomeness is well worth the investment. At least that is what I keep telling myself. What to do, oh what to do.
Now onto the fun stuff for YOU!
It feels like forever since I last held a Give A Way, so what better time than the present? In appreciation of you, my lovely readers, I am offering up an Organic Lip Balm Trio in the flavors of your choosing, all found HERE, wrapped up in a handy reusable fabric bag, for TWO lucky readers!
To qualify, and there are multiple chances to do so, just leave me a comment. Second is to follow my blog or let me know you already do so. And third, be our friend on facebook. See, it’s Easy Peasy! Winners will be selected, at random, on Monday July 5th! Good Luck and a Happy 4th to you!!

The Random.org gods have smiled upon commenters #6 & 12.
Congrats Tree and Judy!! I will be contacting you for your lip balm choices and fabric bag color!
Thanks to all who entered! I love give a ways so be on the look out for another one in the near future!! Maybe an organic body oil next time around?? πŸ™‚



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I won. This is what I made.

I really enjoy reading fellow crafters blogs, especially those with a purpose. One blog I follow regularly is Teresa from Green Bag Lady. I love what she is doing and the impact it is making!!
A few weeks ago Teresa had a give-a-way for 3 yards of organic cotton from Harmony Art. We are talking about organic goodness that is 110″ wide people! I entered the drawing and guess what, I won! Woo Hoo!! Last fall was a good crafting karma season for me as I also won this fabric from A Print A Day. Anyway back to the point of this post. I was given the option of all 3 yards in the same fabric or I could split them up. Personally I’m not a pastel person and would have selected all 3 in blue. However, since this was going to end up as a gift for a favorite tot I needed to choke back my selfish seamstress tendencies. I decided on 1 yard in each color.
Upon receiving my fabric I smiled when I saw this on my envelope.

I always recycle my packaging at Pixy Patch, and I am glad to see how many other businesses are doing the same! I even save the envelopes we get at work from our vendors. They are the perfect size for mailing lip balms and body oils! πŸ™‚

When I left my comment on Teresa’s blog I told her that if I won I would use the fabric to make something for my niece, which I did. His name is *Bunny* and she loves him!!
The aqua and pink fabrics were both solid. The blue has pin stripes on one side, so I decided to use the *wrong side* since I wanted the patchwork for this project to be uniform. The eyes are buttons and the nose is black embroidery floss. Thankfully I only had three small details to sew since I had to stuff bunny for placement and then unstuff him to sew them on. You can also see I’ve been putzin’ around in photoshop backgrounds!


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And the Winner is…

Everyone was assigned a number and thanks to the help of Random.org the winner of their very own clothes pin bag is…Craftlady! Woo Hoo congrats!

I am headed on a road trip and will be back in a few days. Craftlady please send me your address and I will get your bag into the mail as soon as I return! πŸ™‚
You can email me your info at danielle @ pixypatch dot com. πŸ™‚

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Home Crafting & A Give-A-Way

I have what seems to be a never ending *Create/Learn to Do* list that just gets longer and longer as the years pass. Someday (very soon) I am going to try my hand at felting, soap making, quilting, jewelry making and wire wrapping. Since I don’t have enough time to devote to those crafts at the moment, I decided to create a few projects that will give me a quick sense of accomplishment!
Project #1 – Plastic Bag Holder

Nine times out of ten when I go to the store I have my own fabric shopping bags, which I sell in my etsy shop as well as on the website. I try to avoid plastic bags at all costs! When I do end up with some I ALWAYS reuse and recycle them and I hope you do too. πŸ™‚

I made this bag holder using a cute vintage mushroom print that was given to me years ago by another stitchin’ mama. For the front patchwork I used hand dyed hemp scraps that were left over from a pair of patchwork pants I made for my brother. He is a HUGE Green Bay fan!
Project #2 – Clothespin Bag

If the weather is nice you can bet my laundry is outside drying on the line! Not only it is a great way to conserve energy and keep your electricity bills low, but there is nothing that compares to the fresh scent of sun dried laundry!

My super cheap commercial clothespin bag finally bit the dust last weekend, so I decided it was time for a handmade replacement. I used a sturdy marble green upholstery fabric and accented the opening with black bias tape. I ended up making two bags so that I could offer one up as a give-a-way here on the blog!! Woo Hoo!! I know it’s kind of late in the season and the weather is getting cooler so line drying clothes here in the North East will soon be coming to an end. Fortunately not all of my readers live in this temperate zone, and for those that do there is always next year!
I think I am going to be making more to list in my etsy shop. I just want to tweak my pattern a bit and make the top opening slightly smaller. The bias tape doesn’t quite touch at the top. You can’t see it because the hanger covers it but it bothers me a bit.

For a chance to win just sign up to follow my blog and leave me a comment so I know that you did. If you are already a follower just leave a comment! The winner will be selected at random next Friday September 18th. Good Luck! πŸ™‚
Oh Yea, and the give-a-way is for the bag only, you have to supply your own hanger and clothespins! tee hee!


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Yes, I am a Bag Lady

But in a good way, a green way. I always have fabric bags with me when I go places. Not only is it better for the earth but some shops give you a discount for bringing your own bags! Grocery stores in California actually charge you for NOT bringing your own bags!

One of my goals this year is to make a serious dent in my ridiculous fabric collection. I have so much fabric that both, yes both of my shelving closets are at maximum capacity. Well the one is more like 90% and the other is at 110%. I actually have to remove the entire stack to extract the particular fabric I want. Yes folks, I have a serious fiber addiction, but hey, half the battle is admitting you have a problem…right??

I am able to rationalize having all this fabric because of my business. Eventually IT WILL be used and a lot of it is already designated for certain pieces that are still floating around in my head, they just need to be drafted onto paper and brought to life. In the first closet most of my fabrics are organized by color, hand dyed hemp is on the top shelf and vintage is on the bottom, which is two rows deep. The closet shown on the right is mainly corduroy, fleece, flannel, natural hemp, bamboo and a few ultra fabulous $25+ a yard I got on my last trip to Boston. Most shelves are two rows deep. Almost all yardage has been tagged with the purchase price. This way I don’t have to dig through years of *archived* tax records searching for a particular receipt when calculating a finished garments’ price. Everything is washed and ready to sew. I must admit it is nice to go shopping for fabric without leaving the house! All I have to do is open the closet doors!!

Now that I feel better having justified my obnoxious hoard of fabric to the online community I can get to the point of this post….Green Bags! I decided to start making that dent in my stash by creating fabric bags as another *low priced* item to add to my website and etsy shop. They are simple, no frills, fabric shopping bags. I will eventually be making some heavy duty duck cloth bags but wanted to start with these first. I think they will also be a good seller at the festivals since they are geared towards all consumers, not just those interested in hippie style patchwork and handmade clothing. So far I have cut out and sewn about 15 bags in the past 2 days. I still have a stack of fabric waiting to be made into more. Here is a picture of the ones I made today. Good things come to those who wait…or more like read. If you’ve made it this far you are in for a treat. In a conscience effort to save the planet, spread some love and keep my karma in check, I’ve decided to have a Green Bag give away! All you have to do is leave a comment about what you’re doing to save the planet to be entered into the drawing, which will be chosen through random.org. This means you can’t post as anonymous. It also makes my blog stalkers come out of the closet if they want a chance to win. The lucky reader will be chosen and announced next Sunday. Here is a picture of the bag being offered up for grabs.It measures approximately 17″ across the top, 13″ along the bottom and is 14″ deep. Good Luck! πŸ™‚


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And the Winner Is…

Tiffany Carter!! Lets give her a big round of applause…or how about the free Tea Wallet filled with gourmet teas like what was promised instead! Congrats Tiffany! Please select any of the available tea wallets from my website as your prize!

I’ve decided to start hosting random give aways as a way of saying Thank You to my very valued customers. The only qualification was you had to make a Pixy Patch purchase from either the website or Etsy during the month of November, no minimum dollar amount required. The first drawing was for a Tea Wallet like the one pictured below.

I would like to start doing these on a regular basis, maybe every other month or so. Each time offering up a different prize. I mean who doesn’t like winning something, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Kind of like the way my second supa spicy Bloody Mary is making me feel right now. MMMMM πŸ™‚ And it’s kind of healthy, there’s vegetables in it, well V8 anyway! OK I’m gonna stop myself right there before I end up on some incoherent ramble about who knows what! Congrats again Tiffany!


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