I’m Thankful for Crafty Friends

Saturday (the 24th) is Small Business Saturday.

It’s a day that everyone is encouraged to go out (or online) and support your favorite small business.  Later this week, I will be providing a list of great online (and off-line for those local to me) places that you can support if you don’t already have a list of your own.

But today, I want to focus on just one small business:  My friend, Kristina and her online shop called Sew Curly.

I don’t even know where to begin to list all that I love about Kristina and her work.

She is the definition of why supporting small businesses is so important to me.

Let me give you her words about her shop first:

Sew Curly was born out of my need to be more than just a mother to the 3
girls we had in 3 years.

I took my passion for sewing and designing and put
it towards creating things that made our lives as a family easier and more
convenient. Every product I make is thoroughly tested by my own kids (who
are very honest and picky critics). Every product is used daily in our
home, minus the baby items that we have now outgrown.

I love doing custom orders and collaborating with
customer’s visions. In the shop and you’ll find snack and sandwich bags,
chalkcloth placemats, personalized blankets & burp cloths, and appliquéd
shirts & onesies, along with some other items.

Go and take a look at the shop and you’ll find that I make things you’ll love for the loves in your

Kristina makes amazing things.  Every time someone in my life has a baby, I order bibs and burp clothes and snuggle squares or snack bags…you name it.  When Charlie was born I had a hard time choosing what to get…I wanted to get one of almost everything!

But Kristina is more than just cute product.

Kristina is a friend.

That is what I am finding is my favorite things about meeting small business owners.  You get to chat with them about products and customization.  The next thing you know, you’re gabbing on twitter a couple times a week.  Then following each other on instagram.  Maybe you start reading each other’s blogs.

And then you take the big step…becoming facebook friends.  Not just “liking” each other’s pages (you do that too), but actually friending.

You might even text each other from time to time.

You might commiserate over this thing we call Momhood.

That is what Kristina has become to me: a real friend.

She checks up on me when she knows things are rough.

She reminds me these things are only phases.

She celebrates with me during the good.

And I hope I am as good a friend to her as she is to me, but I doubt it.  She gives way more than I deserve.

So I want to share her with you, this friend Kristina who makes pretty things.

When friends and family who don’t understand this finding friends on the internet thing ask me about examples, I always talk about Kristina.

I can’t sing the praises of her work and it’s quality enough.

Both Eddie and Charlie wore things by her forEVER and they never frayed or came unraveled.

Her embroidery is top notch.  We have burp clothes from her and I have given them as gifts confident that they will be well-used and well-loved.

If you have small people on your shopping list this holiday season, I hope you will remember Kristina and Sew Curly.

She puts so much awesome out in the world…she really deserves to get some of it back to her ten-fold.

Celebrate Kate birthday giveaway WINNERS

I have been having a LOVELY birthday weekend!

Which is why I am four hours late in announcing the winners of my giveaways.

But here they are!

The people who are getting gifts today on MY birthday!

First is the Hugs and Kisses $25 shop credit:

Gina (@gsc418) who said…

If you didn’t win, don’t forget that you can get 25% off through tomorrow (March 28) with the code HAPPYKATIE !


Next up is the Herbal Philosophy organic tea (3 tins):

Miranda (@mylifeinsideout) who said…

If you didn’t win this one, you can get 15% off until March 31 with the code SLUITERNATION.


Next week have the TWO winners of the snack bags with embroidery from Sew Curly:

Suz B (@suzstreats) who said…

AND Tracy Mossburger who said…

If you didn’t win this one, you can still get 10% off through Tuesday (March 29) with the code SLUITER


And lastly, we have the $33 shop credit from Eleri Evans Designs:

Stephanie T. who said…

And if you didn’t win this one, you can still get a whopping 33% off by using SLUITER33 at checkout!


Yay!  Congrats to all the winners!  I will be contacting you soon and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will redraw a winner.

And now I will leave you a sneak peek at how awesome my day has been:

Full Birthday in Review coming tomorrow…stay tuned.

And thank you all so much for all the wonderful birthday wishes.

I am truly so very lucky.

Celebrate Kate Giveaway: Sew Curly

It’s my birthday week, so I am celebrating stuff I love…and I love YOU guys!

So for my birthday?  I am giving YOU presents with GIVEAWAYS and DISCOUNTS!

Next up is a very good twitter friend of mine, Kristina of Sew Curly!

Here is Kristina to tell you about her shop:

Sew Curly is a shop that sells items for babies & children and specializes in eco-friendly personalized bags for snacks and small toys.  We also make embroidered burpl cloths and bibs.

People?  This stuff is WAY cute! See…

Those snack bags need to live with me.  Only in boy colors.  I may have to make this happen.

You want some of her goods?  Yeah, you do.

You COULD go shopping right now!  Kristina is generously offering ALL of us 10% off until Tuesday night!  That is amazing!  All you have to do is enter the code SLUITER at checkout to get your discount!

Wait!  There’s more!

Kristina is giving TWO of you 2 snack-size bags WITH embroidery!  That is TWO winners!  Yay!

You have TWO ways to enter:

1) Tell me about your favorite snack.


2) Tweet about the giveaway and then come here and leave a comment that you tweeted.  You can make something up, but if you are all lazy like I am, you can just copy and paste this:

Say happy birthday to @ksluiter and enter to win snack bags from @sewcurlyk Enter now: http://wp.me/p1qChn-vB

That’s it!

Of course you should go browse (and then buy!) in her shop.

You should follow her sweetness on twitter.

You should like LOVE her on facebook

and of COURSE you should follow her blog!

This giveaway ends on my BIRTHDAY: Sunday, March 27 at noon est.  Winners will be chosen by Random.org and posted that same day.


The fine print:Sew Curly is providing the spoils for this giveaway.  I have gotten nothing in return other than the joy of giving you something on my birthday.