Monday, January 11, 2010

Storks, Statistics & Giveaways!

To celebrate making it to 50+ followers, I decided to start doing some giveaways to thank all my followers! But first, I thought I would share a little story about Storks & Statistics before I get to the giveaway! 



As the story goes, one winter shortly after World War II, there was an explosion in the number of storks nesting in some Northern European country. Approximately 9 months later, there was a large jump in the number of babies that were born. Now the link between storks and babies being what it is, many concluded that this correlation of the number of storks and the number of babies represented a casual relationship. Fortunately, science tells us that babies do not come from storks after all, at least not human babies. However, there is something that storks and babies have in common; Both can be "summoned" by cold temperatures and warm fireplaces. It seems that storks like to next in warm chimneys during cold winters. As it happens, cold winter nights also foster baby-making behavior. The apparent cause-and-effect relationship between storks and babies was in fact caused by a third variable; a cold winter.  
Now for the giveaway ~ Many of us are stuck inside right now during this cold winter, but being stuck inside isn't such a bad thing when your passion is sewing! One of my most favorite items to make is a smocked bonnet. Nothing is more precious than to see a sweet baby's face encircled with a beautiful hand-smocked bonnet! For this giveaway, I have my Southern Stitches Ready-to-smock baby bonnet all ready for you to add your own beautiful hand-smocked stitches to! The fabric is white Imperial Batiste and it's my signature tapered bonnet style! The front edges of the bonnet is adorned with beautiful scalloped lace edging.


 


Even if you don't have anyone in particular to smock this bonnet for, you just might 9 months from now! If you don't know how to smock, I have some tutorials that can get you started!
To enter in this Giveaway, all you need to do is to leave a comment about your favorite baby item you like to make and also please share my blog with others - help me gain more followers! I will draw from all the comments left and announce the winner on January 18th. Thanks "sew" much for following my blog & I hope you enjoyed my little stork story!

20 comments:

ShirleyC said...

That is a beautiful bonnet. Although, I have smocked, I haven't smocked a bonnet. I guess one of my favorite things to make for gifts is just a simple handkerchief bonnet along with the little poem for using it on their wedding day. I also like to make burps and little totes.

Nancy said...

What an easy way to get back into smocking, a ready made bonnet. Great idea. I'm unboxing my pleater ASAP. Thank you for the encouragement.

Dawn said...

I read your stork story to my kids - they got a big kick out of it.

I like to make flannel bibs with matching burp pads.

Elisabeth Rose said...

I like to make smocked bishops for girls or little rompers for boys. I am expecting a visit from the stork in May!! I enjoy reading your blog. Thank you.

Janet said...

25 years ago I smocked my daughter a bonnet. She blessed us with a grandson and I smock for him. My son and his wife will bless us with a granddaughter in the spring so I am ready to smock her bonnet along with lots of clothes. Your blog has given me many idea like the diaper cover and t shirt with the embroidered patch. Please continue to inspire us!

bjwhipple said...

One of my favorite baby gifts is a pair of the Southern Stitches in the hoop baby booties with the name and birthdate on the soles. It is always appreciated and totally unique to each baby.

The booties are accompanied by a burp cloth or two and a flannel or knit receiving blanket - 45/45". Mothers love the large size because it can be used longer.

Now to get out my pleater and start practicing pleating so I can do some smocking.
Belinda

Lois said...

Of late my baby shower gifts of choice are burp cloths. I also love to make diaper shirts, knit "drawstring" gowns with a matching knit (peapod) hat and knit receiving blanket.

jhwolf said...

I have gotten into smocking since the birth of my granddaughter 18 months ago. Your tutorials have been very helpful!! Thank you.

My favorite things now are smocked dresses. I love seeing Miss Elly dressed in my creations.

Judy in MO

Sarah Bailey said...

My favorite baby item to make is the diaper shirt. They are great as baby shower gifts. I enjoy putting shadow embroidery on them.

Suzie said...

Thank you for your wonderful inspiration on your blog. I am currently working on a Christening gown form my dear friend's first Grandbaby. A beautiful smocked bonnet would be perfect! I love to smock, but haven't since my girls are older now.

Lisa said...

We've recently been to Strasbourg, France and the town symbol is the stork!
I love to make a simple reversible receiving blanket for precious new arrivals!

Hettie Lynn said...

Your bonnets are always beautiful. I like to smock baby bonnets as well as make all kinds of baby things. Sewing for babies and children is my very favorite kind of sewing. A sweet smocked baby bishop is one of my favorite baby things to sew.

Sisterbill said...

I love crocheting booties. I tried many times to make them and they never turned out correct so my dh's grandmother would make them for me. Shortly after she passed away I began a christening ensemble. I put the booties off till the end believing I would'nt be able to make them. But... they turned out perfect! I truly believe I had help from a special someone who knew how much I had depended on her.

Pam Marshall said...

Favorite gifts is probally quilts.
However these days I'm working on heirloon style bib, bonnet and hopefully booties.
Love your work. You are a daily read of mine. So I already share your blog.

Emily Simmons said...

I love baby bonnets. They are timeless and classic. I love smocking but have never smocked a bonnet. I enjoy making burps for friends and family.

Becky said...

I'm looking forward to getting back into smocking again after a few years, and what easier way to do it than this sweet bonnet. I did give a smocked bonnet once for a baby gift, but lately it's been cross-stitched or machine embroidered bibs and shirts. I'll put a link to your blog on mine and check back for your tutorials to get me refreshed when I'm ready to begin. Thanks.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! I am so excited to have come across your blog :o) A beautiful, beautiful bonnet!

I love sewing, quilting (quite a number of unfinished quilt tops!), crafting and drawing... I love to make and give the personalized name drawings that I have been doing since 1985.

Blessings & Aloha!

Goosegirl said...

Hi Laurie, I love the stork story. I had not heard it before. But Ahnalin loves the stork in the movie "Dumbo". Even though she knows how she came to be my baby, she likes to pretend that the stork from Dumbo brought her to me, since "Baby Mine", the song from the movie, is our song.
My favorite baby item? I make a lot of monogrammed blankets. They are not heirloom style, but are very soft. I make them of minky fabric on one side and either flannel or knit on the other side, bound with petersham. I just made another one today.

Lulu said...

Love the story, love the bonnet. Nice giveaway.
spamtrap27@internode.on.net

Victoria said...

I have always made a point of having a very unique baby quilt for each of my 12 children. Four of my daughters have taken to momma's delight in sewing, croceht, knitting, cooking etc. Now that the grandbabies are coming along we are beginning new traditions. Probelm is.. we only have two Berninas since I sold my treadle. Your bonnets are precious!
.... Blessed Grandma of 9 with two more on the way :)

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