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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Time to Hop! Another Creative Team Blog hop and Fabric Giveaway!

I started this week intending to get so much done.  I have...but not the stuff on my list.  I've had to attend to the other stuff that creeps ahead of all that you want to do, and prevents the kind of productivity that makes me happy. Today was a classic example. This morning, I laid down in a dentist chair for 4 hours. All that dental work that I had been putting off since last summer, I finally didn't have an excuse that I would be out of town, that deadlines were looming near, or that I ran out of FSA or that I couldn't arrange for someone to watch the kids that long.  Everything lined up, and I was at the mercy of my dentist for as long at the work would take. Good news...it's now done...and over with.  Bad news...I'm way behind on my blog post, cleaning my craft room, and working on some fun new projects that are about to burst out of my head, and I have two aching teeth despite all the work that was done. (no fault of the dentist...just my mouth over reacting to the crazy construction work that was performed within today.)

Okay...onto the good stuff.  It's BLOG HOP time again!  Yeah!  My team has been working hard and they are ready! I think we have a full house...that means LOTS of inspiration for you! Also, I have exciting news...we have a new addition to our team. Many of you may know her already, or are familiar with her crafting style. May I present to you, the fabulous, Jimmi Mayo...she is one heck of a talented lady and she has stepped in to replace Katherine Bley. Katherine stepped down to attend to family matters and we wish her the very best, and are sad to see her go.  

Okay...onto my project to start off the hop...it comes with a story....a continuation with my CHA experiences, and it really does have to do with the project I'm sharing with you this month. For those of you who attended the show, you will know that we shared the convention center with an unlikely group of people...many who were quite opposite of the crafting bunch. The Body-building and Fitness expo was going on at the same time as CHA...just a hallway separated our two shin-digs.  

From my hotel, I had to walk down from the side of the hall where the Body Builders and fitness gurus lined up waiting to get into their event. Many of which were wearing all black, with multiple tattoos and piercings, spiky hair-dos, and scruffy faces...not that there's anything wrong with that...it was just that it was such a contrast to many of the ladies on the other side of the convention center with their quilted jackets, and knitted themed sweaters, and colorful home-sewn bags, and all the other creative paraphanilia that goes with the crafting crowd.  


So as they were waiting to get into their event...I walked down the hall in my home-sewn skirt made in my fabric that is florescent pink, with brown ruffles, multi colors, and a ruffle rosette. I would hear snickers and comments like, "what is she wearing?" or "you've got to be kidding me..." "whoa...need my sunglasses...that is BRIGHT." or similar sniggerous remarks.  However, as I approached home turf where the crafters were gathering, I heard comments like, "how cute." "do you think she sewed that herself?" and my favorite, "oh, I love that fabric." Both sets of comments made me smile, I have a sense of humor, and the whole thing was rather humorous.


Now unfortunately, the photos dull down the effect fabric--especially when you don't have proper lighting when taking pictures...but just know that the fabric is bright. VERY bright! It is fun, it is cheerful and it makes me happy, regardless what anyone might say about it. I'm proud of my skirt...it is literally the 3rd thing I've sewn for myself, and the first thing I've sewn for myself in about a decade.  I had so much fun, that I definitely will be trying more patterns out soon.  I encourage you who are new to sewing...TRY it out!  It's a blast, and the rewards of making something yourself are indescribable!

This pattern comes from the ingenious designer Kay Whitt. Her book called: Sew Serendipity is a brilliant effort to simplify a bunch of patterns into a series of base patterns that can be modified slightly for a completely different look.  Her techniques are totally approachable for the beginner and I appreciate that she has photos of just about every step that you will have to take in completing your project. The book is a bargain considering how many patterns are included with the book. I am not affiliated with Kay, I have met her, I know that she is a talented lady and I'm happy to promote something that I think is fabulous!  Kay, you rock!


This last photo is here...sheerly for the purpose of showing off the sassy pair of Delman shoes, that I couldn't bring to CHA.  I would have loved to have worn them with the skirt...but heels are insane at a show like that. You are literally on your feet all day...and there is a lot of walking involved.  So I brought what I thought was a smarter choice. Some suede wedge loafers...seemed sensible to me, right? But I was wrong...OH SO WRONG! My advice to you...now that I know...never ever bring a pair of shoes to CHA that you haven't tested on your feet for at least a whole day of active walking. The shoes I chose were probably more brutal than the heels ever would have been. I paid for wearing them in a sum of 5 blisters on the toes of each foot, that are still in the process of heeling. Okay...silly I suppose. But I just know that there are other shoe lovers out there who would appreciate a good shoe story.

GIVEAWAY!
Now for the good stuff...Leave a comment on my blog...enter for a chance to win a fabric bundle from my Enchanted Garden line...or Cowboy 2 collection with Riley Blake Designs.  Your choice.  You can win extra chances by leaving comments on any of the other blogs that follow mine in this blog hop.  Also, remember to click the like button at the top of the post to share the chance with a friend. Good Luck!  

Time to hop!  Just look for the Samantha Walker Logo and click on it (or just below) to hop you to the next blog.  Lots of inspiration is waiting!  Enjoy the ride!




If for some reason you get lost along the way...these are the stops on our hop today. 

ENJOY!

58 comments:

  1. Wish I had seen you at CHA!! Eh, what do body builders know about appearance, right?! What a crazy group to have at the Conv Center at the same time as the crafters! Love the skirt and the shoes. And at CHA, I always wear tennis shoes. Every time I've worn "cute" shoes I have regretted it!

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  2. your skirt is really lovely!!! bodybuilders don't give a damn what girls wear and they don't appreciate our fashion!

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  3. I love your skirt!! Good for you! i have a sewing machine and I feel so lost with it! need to take some kind of classes to learn. I love the idea of making my own clothing! Thank you for the wonderful inspiration.
    pattig161 at yahoo dot com
    http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com

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  4. Loved the hop Samantha! Thanks for all the inspiration along the way ;)
    And thanks for the giveaway chance.I love to sew - that skirt of yours is definitely one to bne proud of! I'll be checking that book out for sure

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  5. I feel for your little piggies.. I'm scrunching mine up in mock hurt whiles I sip coffee and type this. I love that oh so cute skirt and sassy shoes. Hope your toes heal up quickly.

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  6. I think the skirt is marvelous! (um and the shoes too!) LOVING the fabrics!

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  7. well I personally think the skirt is FAB!!!!!

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  8. I love the skirt pattern:) It is both sassy and fun!!! Loving the little ruffles...

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  9. What a great skirt. Your sewing is spot on I couldn't see any flaws and the patterns you used were all complimentary. Body builders dont know "squat". TFS
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  10. wonderful fabrics.. love the bright colours. the skirt is just lovely. the big flower is stunning. love it. Makes me want to go sew something. I just need some fabric!!hehe

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  11. Oh yummy...that skirt is fabulous! I want to make one now! Love it Samantha!

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  12. Oh my goodness, your skirt is so cute and I love the story! I am looking forward to the hop! smiles...

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  13. Okay, don't know what happened to my first post, but I really enjoyed this whole blog. I love your skirt and those shoes are to die for! Great job!!!! Thanks for sharing!
    pattig161 at yahoo dot com
    http://pattisscrapingtime.blogspot.com

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  14. Your skirt is amazing - both the fabric and the pattern. And thanks for the heads-up on the book too, I've got it on my wishlist :)

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  15. That skirt is SO sassy and fabulous!
    and the shoes...well I'm a shoe girl and they are 2 die 4!

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  16. P.S.
    I wear my heels to CHA and never regret it ;)

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  17. Really cute skirt! Nice job on the sewing. I love the bright colors and the rosette is gorgeous!!

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  18. What a gorgeous skirt! Love the ruffle trim detail!:)

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  19. What a beautiful skirt!!! LOVE it! I was laughing about the body builders too.... there was no mistaking who belonged to what convention :) As for the shoes, LOVE those!!! Let me tell you, I wore some really good sneakers to the Chicago show and my feet were DYING. Wore my flipflops the next day and was fine. This show I wore my ugly pink Crocs and was so comfy ALL show.

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  20. Samantha, this skirt is one Ooh la la skirt....I so love the design of it, now I want to make one...LOL... And I so enjoyed your post about your experience with the two different groups...LOL...that contrast was sure funny...

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  21. Samantha, the cowboy 2 set was made for my family! I have a son who team ropes, and a daughter and granddaughter who live on top of a horse! Love it!

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  22. Well, I loooove the skirt, and the shoes! I will begin sewing soon, as soon as I can spark the memory of working the machine. It seems to have fell within a chapter of my life that has went into survivor mode and "forgotten itself" Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful accomplishment. ScrappyScavenger/yahoo

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  23. Sounds like tons of fun. A runway twirl in front of the body builder types would have been icing on the cake!

    Your skirt is fab! Kay does rock!

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  24. It's my first Samantha Walker Blog hop--I'm so excited! Your skirt was BEAUTIFUL!

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  25. I love making Aprons!!

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  26. Fabulous flower and I love the fabric too! Thanks for the chance to win! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

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  27. I love that skirt, and the colors are adorable and what a cute story about the guys versus the girls .. Love it.. Thanks for being an individual.

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  28. Holy adorable!!! This is so cute!

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  29. I still say I know one of the most talented crafty ladies in the country. Your new fabrics are super cute.....maybe you should have offered to sew a cute gym bag for one of the body builders?!?!?!

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  30. Love your skirt. So cute!!!

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  31. Sooo cute. I love the retro look.

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  32. What a delightful recount of your CHA vs. CHAPS experience! Your description of the "other" event patrons just had me smiling out loud! Sorry your CHA experience was dampened by bad shoes and sore feet! OUCH! Your skirt is GORGEOUS and oh so creative! Great job!

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  33. Just had to leave another comment after completing the hop - oh my but these ladies are so talented!

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  34. That is funny I love the different sets of comments on your skirt! Love those shoes too!

    I'd love to get sewing if we can figure out what's wrong with the sewing machine!

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  35. oh so beautiful!!! i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that skirt. and those shoes are tdf! sorry to hear about your feet - i did the same thing on a business trip to vegas - brought flats! and still ended up with terrible blisters. LOL thanks for the chance to win!

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  36. I would totally wear that. I bought the book for a friend who has more sewing experience. Maybe I should pick one up for myself.

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  37. Very pretty I have tried and tried to sew I flunked Home EC.. I just cant get it.. But I try...:O) My dream is to learn how to do a button hole..LOLOL

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  38. Well, I LOVE your skirt and you can make one for me...and I'll proudly wear it in all it's brightness!!! ;) It's really fab! Love your team blog hops and hooray for Jimmie joining your team! TFS!

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  39. Gorgeous skirt!! I'm glad that you were proud to wear it! I'm just finding your blog and glad to be here:)

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  40. Love that skirt- super cute and those shoes I want!!! TFS. Hopping along....

    tabitha4cm at yahoo dot com

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  41. How fantastic girl!!! I luv it!!!!

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  42. Great fabric! Love yur DT - they all rock!

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  43. Love, love, love, love, love!!! And tell me you are giving the shoes away.....love those too! LOL :)

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  44. I love your skirt. I can't believe people would say things like that. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

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  45. Janette S.9:22 AM MST

    I am new to your blog but I love your skirt and all that went into it! So beautiful! I haven't sewn in many years but you inspire me!

    janetteschulte at comcast dot net

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  46. what a great skirt i love the fabric choice

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  48. That is the CUTEST skirt!!! I love the design, the fabric, the brown trim, the flower. I'm glad I just pulled out my sewing machine!

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  49. Lovely lovely. I got such a kick out of thinking about that other group, and what they thought of the crafters. LOL Fun stuff.

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  50. I love that skirt! Oh those shoes are just to rockin.. Nowadays I you can find me in running sneakers or boots because of this winter. Now as far as those Body Builders hmm spray on Tans and baby oil..Just Green w/envy you got to rock w/your cute self!

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  51. I love ur skirt
    And this hop too
    Ur work inspires me

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  52. Love everything about the skirt. I'd love to have one exactly like it. But I'd have to have the shoes too

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  53. Your skirt is fun and beautiful! you know body builders are just tight ... anyway lol what do they know about fashion? After all look at what they wear to strut their stuff, pretty much nothing lol. I, like all the other fashion experts at CHA think it was AWESOME! I vote a good pair of tennis shoes no matter how pretty the dress when doing a days walking! Hot Pink would have worked great! tfs
    Barbara

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  54. Such a wonderful blog hop this was my first time and I will be back! Such awesome talent wow! thanks for putting this together!
    Barbara

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  55. Gorgeous fabrics! And I'm impressed that skirt is handmade! I'd love to win and share this fabric with my mom who is a quilter and me, I just started sewing little things with my Pixie! :)

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  56. I'm new to sewing and will take up your advice to try to make something for myself. =) thanks!
    superrosesmom at gmail dot com

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