fabricworm and a giveaway!

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Good morning!

I'm pretty happy to share the news of fabricworm becoming The Sleepy Time Gal's newest sponsor!

I've actually been a pleased customer of fabricworm over the years and love to regularly scroll through all of their modern, hip fabrics, especially their children's fabrics.  I'm actually waiting any day for a package of new fabrics for sewing to come in the mail!

If you're new to fabricworm, they have the most incredible collection of designer fabrics from Lotta Jansdotter, Liberty of London, Heather Ross, Jay-Cyn Designs, Anna Maria Horner,  to Creative Thursday.

I love the quality of fabricworm fabric!  Here's a handful of projects I've made with fabricworm fabric:

johanna's quilt{Johanna's quilt}


treasure bags{drawstring treasure bag}


{Christmas placemat}


{basket liners}


 {taggy blankie}

rowan's room

 {boy's bucket}


 {fabric message board and snack sack}

There are so many possibilities with such a variety of fabrics!!

I love that you always save $5 on orders $50 or more everyday.  And if you get their newsletter, there are frequent sales and discounts.


Now for the giveaway!!!!


I think you'll be pretty excited about fabricworm's giveaway:



The winner gets to choose two yards from the whimsical Emily Isabella for Birch Organic Fabric the Yay Day! collection.  I was just drooling over these prints a few days ago on fabricworm!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment in the comment section.  For an additional entry, share the giveaway anywhere online: your blog, Facebook, etc., then let me know as a separate comment.

The giveaway closes midnight Sunday night.  The giveaway is extended to end tonight (Monday night) at midnight.

I know what I would do with the fabric if I won-- baby bibs or dining room placemats.  Take a second to check out their fabrics and good luck with the giveaway!


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featured sponsor: oiseaux and a giveaway

Good morning! I'm so thrilled to share a new sponsor today with you, Oiseaux!  I have been in love with their vintage book plates and I know many of you have been, too.

Oiseaux has an incredible variety of beautiful images to choose from of book plates and posters for every person, boy and girl.  I still can't decide which is my favorite for Annabelle and Ainsleigh for Christmas.

Here are some of my favorites:

Not only does Oiseaux make book plates but beautiful prints with your child's name featured.

And this is absolutely ideal for the indecisive person-- a variety of bookplates.  There are varieties for girls, boys, of fairies, and...

for the Holidays!   Wouldn't these be beautiful on the inside of your favorite Christmas children's books??

I hope you check out all of their beautiful book plates and prints-- I absolutely love them all.

 And to welcome Oiseaux to The Sleepy Time Gal, we have a giveaway!  How would you like to choose anything from the whole Oiseaux shop??

Simply peruse their shop and leave a comment below.  You can enter the giveaway until midnight this Sunday and one lucky winner will get their choice of one special item from Oiseaux!  The winner will be announced Monday morning.  And if you're looking to get some bookplates for Christmas, their shop will close December the 19th, so order soon!

Good luck and welcome Oiseaux!

the sleepy time gal

the winner


Good morning to you.  Thanks again for joining me for such an exciting week on homemaking last week.  I was thrilled to see how many times the cleaning station (and some of the other projects) had been pinned last week on Pinterest--212 times for the cleaning station!  I'd love to hear how many of you try something new to encourage fun with cleaning with your children.

Which brings me to something new--you'll notice I now have a Pin It button (to pin on Pinterest) at the bottom of each post for easy pinning.

Now for the winner.

The winner to the ultimate homemaker's kit is comment number 31, Andrea, who wrote and linked:

Ideas for sprucing up two classic standby lunches

Please pass along your address in the "Contact" section for me. And congrats!


I've loved bringing the whole Homemaker's week full circle by reading what so many incredible things you do in your home.  Thanks for being involved and being such purposeful homemakers.


See you back tomorrow!

the sleepy time gal


homemaking for the modern mama: the giveaway

(Yesterday's Cleaning Station made it onto Ohdeedoh!  Check it out.)


Thanks to all of you for being involved in this week's Homemaking for the Modern Mama series.

To end this week, I personally have put together the ultimate homemaker's giveaway.


Check out what is included in the giveaway:


  • homemade laundry detergent featured Monday
  • homemade wool dryer balls featured Tuesday


  • natural terry cloth fabric to make your own personalized cleaning cloths (enough fabric to make eight) featured Thursday
  • homemade all-purpose cleaner in a handy spray bottle (our recipe of Thieves and distilled water) featured Thursday
  • a stack of Sleepy Time Gal notecards with envelope


Here's how to enter to win:

  1. One entry for leaving a comment.
  2. Another additional entry if you've left a link to your blog about anything relating to homemaking.  Just comment that you've left a link.  One additional entry per link you've left.
  3. Another additional entry for linking anything from the Homemaker's series to Facebook or your blog to share with other women.  Just comment that you've shared it.
May the most enthusiastic homemaker win!  Giveaway close Sunday midnight.

If you haven’t yet, add a link from your blog to the Homemaking for the Modern Mama list of all things “homemaking”.  Simply leave a link to your blog post. Contact section above and it will be added to the list.  Because of the many incoming links about homemaking from your blogs, please add your homemaking link to your comment in the comment section.  It will also count towards another entry in the giveaway!


Links for more ideas on Homemaking for the Modern Mama:

simplifying : : at Karla M Curry blog

unexpected organization : : at Karla M Curry blog

be green : : at Karla M Curry blog

homemade yogurt : : at Karla M Curry blog

whipped butter : : at Karla M Curry blog

gardening : : at Sharm’s Outlet blog

learning moments at home : : at Busy as a Bee in Paris blog

demands of a homemaker : : Busy as a Bee in Paris blog

homemade house cleaners : : at Only Small Things blog

homemade liquid soap and spices : : at Only Small Things blog

homemade detergent : : at Only Small Things blog

crafting with children : : at The Evolving Homemaker blog

making memories scrapbook : : at the Nostalgic Knucklehead’s Journal blog

home is where family is : : at The Chicken Coop blog

homemade grocery list pad : : at The Blue Basket blog

chemical-free cleaning : : at The New Mommy Files blog

practical life with a toddler : : at The New Mommy Files blog

Montessori toddler’s closet : : at The New Mommy Files blog

autumn sensory boxes : : at Like the Car blog

inspiring kid's closet : : at Amie Simmon's Pinterest

sewing/upcycling : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

couponing, Stacey-style : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

a day in the life of me : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

organizing : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

homemade frilly apron : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

cleaning day : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

decorating on a budget : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

gardening : : at Nostalgic Knucklehead's Journal blog

easy menu planning : : at Momma Maven blog

eating well for less : : at Momma Maven blog

...see more homemaking links from other readers' blogs in the comment section.

Missed a post in the Homemaking for the Modern Mama series?

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Homemade Wool Dryer Balls

The Home

The Cleaning Station 

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persimmon and pink, welcome

Persimmon and Pink.  What can I say?  I love their shop, their beautiful prints, and love that I can share them with you as a sponsor on The Sleepy Time Gal.

I first came to love Persimmon and Pink when I discovered their mulit-colored I am a Child of God print.  It embodied everything in our children's library where it now radiantly shines.


I've had so many comments on this particular print on my blog and on Pinterest that Persimmon and Pink and I thought, why not give a grand discount for their featured post today?

IMG_7040 So how 'bout it?  I'll share some of my favorite prints from their shop and then we'll let the discounting begin!

Above is another Persimmon and Pink print that hangs purposefully by my bedroom door, Did you Think to Pray?.  I love the quality of their giclee prints and especially the variety of color choices.


Here is another favorite print, Count your Blessings, I'd love to have in my home: simple message, beautifully expressed. Please check out more prints at Persimmon and Pink.  Let me know what you think.

And by the way, from now until September 27th (that is a whole week!) get 30% off your entire order!!!  Pretty exciting!

Simply type in SLEEPYTIMEGAL in the coupon code when you check out.  This is such a great deal for family and friends on your Christmas list.  Go check out the shop here.


Thank you Persimmon and Pink!

the sleepy time gal

repurposing: kitchen valance to skirt

{424 boxes!  Check the Flickr group on the side bar for MORE of your boxes that just arrived in Japan.  I'm getting closer to having two new locations to ship boxes to in Japan!} IMG_4108

When these homemade kitchen valances were replaced this winter, I kept them folded up alongside my fabric piles.  Maybe they would take on another life...


It doesn't get any better than repurposing Sound of Music-style.  Caroline and I had the exact same idea at the exact same moment yesterday around the sewing counter.  What if we turned the curtains into skirts, like Maria??

This sewing project is a piece of cake.  Like a total of 20 minutes until you have a skirt.

  1. Thread wide ribbon through the curtain rod loop.
  2. Sew both short ends of the valance until you reach the curtain rod loop.
  3. Continue the seam on the other side of the curtain rod loop.  (That way you won't sew your ribbon into the side seam.)


4. Press seam open.  Tack down if necessary.

5. Flip ribbon through the opening onto the other side of the skirt, the right side.  Done.


The ribbon can be tied in the front, side, or back.  Your preference, or hers.  I love the over-accentuated gathers.


One valance skirt down, one to go.  Now they'll match my spring hand towel!


Do you have any sewing repurposing happening this spring?

happy birthday, STG!

IMG_1206 It has been one year since The Sleepy Time Gal blog was born.

What can I say.  This blog has been a place to accept myself, meet a world of people just like me, and laugh and cry through it all.


(Photo compliments of Caroline)

Early on it took much planning and discipline to write a post, with photos, five days a week.  Okay, it was really difficult.   But something kept driving me, like I needed it.  It would make something more of me if I could write, tell my tale, day by day.

Time has passed and incredibly, this blog has become so much a part of me.  Something that is just a part of my life, a part of my world.  I hope it is a space that uplifts and motivates you because it is healing to this individual to share this space.

So thank you for reading and returning.  Thank you for sharing your little patch of this world with me.  Thank you for making this big world feel like a cozy neighborhood.  The Sleepy Time Gal wouldn't have survived without you caring.

Here's to many more moments together in this space!

And now for the Print Art Kids giveaway winner of 4 custom notepads!

The winner is Lynn Greenway who wrote,

"Nicole, Fun giveaway! I’ve been wanting to do some art projects this week,but the kids have been sick.

So, I’ll have to settle for just commenting and not uploading photos to flickr. But I still want to be counted in!"

I can't wait to see what artwork you choose for your notepads. I hope you share it with us via flickr.

Happy Monday!

print art kids giveaway!

IMG_5522 This is such an exciting giveaway!  Remember Print Art Kids, and the beautiful notepad I shared with you some months ago with Caroline's artwork printed in it?

Well, the Sleepy Time Gal and Print Art Kids are back with an awesome giveaway.

Using Print Art Kids to make beautiful, functional products is easy.  It is an awesome way to transform your child's artwork from this to this!

You can also use photography instead of artwork to create notebook covers, notecards, address labels, etc.  (I'm actually doing this for Mother's Day coming up--what grandparent wouldn't love a notepad with their grandkids' photo on every single page!)

How would you like to win a pack of Print Art Kids notepads?  The best and most exciting part is that you and your child(ren) can get involved in the creative process!  We want to see what your children are creating and now is the time to show all!

How's how you can enter to win four custom notepads:

1. One entry into the giveaway simply by commenting.

2. Two additional entries when you submit your child's artwork (that you would love to feature on the notepad if you win) to the Sleepy Time Gal flickr group. We want to celebrate art for children and would love to see what all of your children are creating!  Simply take a picture of one of their creations and upload it to the STG flickr group.   (See along sidebar.)

3. One entry for "liking" Print Art Kids on Facebook.

4. One entry for signing up for Print Art Kids Newsletter.

In total, you can enter 5 times into the giveaway!  The winner will be chosen at random.

The giveaway ends midnight Sunday. That gives you time to enter in your children's favorite artwork. Remember, you can look through all of the entered artwork in the Sleepy Time Gal flickr group as artwork is uploaded.

Let the art show and giveaway begin!

a christmas giveaway

IMG_8936 This is the Sleepy Time Gal's first Christmas blogging in this space.  How happy, grateful, and blessed I feel to have a place to share my thoughts and life, through my blog.  How grateful I am to know so many of you, because of my blog.  So I couldn't be any happier than to give a special gift to you this Christmas season.

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And what would be better to give than Red Thread Soap Co.'s soap that gives 5% of its proceeds back to women around the world in need.

I'm happy to announce that 3 of you will win--not just 1 soap but 3 soaps a winner!

The varieties of soaps you could win are:

How to enter to win:

  1. Leave a comment including your email if there is no link to it.

Oh, I'm so excited for whoever wins!  I've been enjoying the Red Thread Soap Co.'s new products: Sweet Shea Butter Bar and their Warm Apple Cider Hand and Body Soap in my home.  Annabelle already tried sinking her teeth into one of them.  Don't worry, I'm keeping that one.

Giveaway ends Christmas day!

Check out their new Stackable Sugar Scrubs while you're at it.  It is such a beautiful company that Ann from Yoga for Congo Women has started.

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mother's day giveaway

In honor of Mother's Day, I wanted to celebrate women and all they do for the world.  IMG_3165

For this weekend's giveaway, I'm giving away a travel size version of my writing box, packaged with two sets of blank notecards.  There are six notecards of leeks I photographed and 6 notecards of persimmons, with accompanying envelopes, inside plastic sleeves. IMG_3142 IMG_3127 IMG_3147

Simply leave a comment to enter into the giveaway. 

If you want an extra entry, leave a piece of advice of something that works well in your mothering or in your experience observing others. 

The giveaway ends Sunday night, 12pm. 

Hope you all have a special weekend--I'm still amazed that I'm without children, (but with my sister's) in the magical world of New York City.  Much to share next week!

the sleepy time gal