Happy Birthday Little Willow Tree!

My birthday is tomorrow. Big ol’ 28. Yup, I said it. My age. I’m not ashamed! But it’s not my  birthday we are celebrating here today, its The Little Willow Tree’s!!

One year ago today I sat down and wrote out the first post that would become what Little Willow Tree is today. And I am so proud of my little blog.

It’s neat to see the changes over the past year and how much I have grown. From the photos…

Then:

Now:

{Ok, so I could still use some improvement}

To page views over the year…

Wow! Pretty amazing if you ask me. 

{Thank you readers!!!}

I also noticed that I have done a lot more crafting and diy’s than sewing, which is essentially what the blog was all about when I first started. But it has grown into so much more than just my sewing adventures. My ‘diy’ tags are quickly catching up with my handmade tags…

Not to mention making my posts more legit by adding a signature, then changing it to something a little more me

So; when are we going to get the party started??

Right now!!

To celebrate the blog’s birthday, and mine as well, I want to give my readers a present. It’s to show you how much I appreciate you and what you have done for me and The Little Willow Tree. Cause let’s face it; I could blog and blog and blog all I want, but it wouldn’t be what it is today {and what it will be tomorrow} with out you! 

And because it’s a present, it’s a surprise… so no revealing what the present is here, nope. You’ll have to wait till it comes in the mail!

All you have to do is leave a comment wishing Little Willow Tree a Happy Birthday! The first 10 commenters will receive a present from me! I’m celebrating all week long!

Thank you for all of your support over the year and for helping me make this blog into something bigger than I had envisioned a year ago!

Happy Birthday Little Willow Tree! 

*Sunday I will email the first 10 people to comment to get your contact information*

P.S. A very big announcement is going to be made on December 1st so keep an eye peeled. You wont wanna miss it!!!


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Movember Mustache Necklace Giveaway!

Movember. Spread the awareness of men’s health! Women’s health is in every magazine, spread across headlines in newspapers, and major stories on talk shows and news shows. But what about Men’s health? Men are human too and we want to keep our men around!

I love mustaches, so naturally I love this month! And because I want to support Movember I’m having a giveaway!

A mustache necklace made by yours truly.

Wanna win it?

Awesome!

All you have to do is head on over to my MoSis page and make a minimum of a $1.00 donation to support Movember. Then come back and leave me a comment letting me know you did. Of course, you could make a donation in any dollar amount over $1.00 – Movember & Sons would like that!

Please spread the word. Share this with your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, the guy next door.

*Giveaway ends November 21st at 11:59 pm PST. Open to everyone who donates. You may make more than one donation, but only one will count as an entry. You must make a minimum of a $1.00 donation to be entered. Winners will be picked and announced the next day. Thank you and good luck!*


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BraggAbout and Halloween Winners!

I am so happy to announce the winners for the giveaways on the blog this past month.

First up is the winner for the BraggAbout Awareness by BraggAbout Creations giveaway of ‘The Breast Hat Ever’. Seriously, this thing is so cute!

Congratulations to Leah!

You will be contacted shortly for more information. 

Next up is the Halloween Giveaway I had.

A Halloween surprise goodie bag!

Congratulations to Cora!

You will be contacted soon for more information.

And thank you to everyone who entered the giveaways! Mariah over at BraggAbout Creations greatly appreciates the support as do I!

Hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!


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Last Chance Giveaways!

Today is your last day to enter some awesome giveaways!

I’m hosting a great giveaway for Mariah at BraggAbout Creations. Its her ‘Breast Hat Ever’ to celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Breast Hat Ever

Giveaway ends today at 11:59 p.m. PST

And one more…

A Halloween Surprise Goodie Bag! 

Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. PST

Be sure to enter! These are great prizes!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!


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BraggAbout Awareness by BraggAbout Creations Giveaway!

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, BraggAbout Creations would like to reveal their newest creation, The Breast Hat Ever, with the goal of spreading knowledge that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Mariah, co-creator of BraggAbout Creations, began her education in a cancer research facility.  The focus was always on how to eliminate the disease that already existed but, never on prevention.

As a new mom, she is currently learning the challenges that come with breastfeeding.  It is a difficult task that is well worth the health benefits for both mother and child. BraggAbout Creations, being a health conscious business, would like you to know that women with a family history of breast cancer can reduce their risk of premenopausal breast cancer by almost 60% just by breastfeeding.  Other studies have shown that breastfeeding can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and we all know there are mile long lists on the positive effects for breastfed babies.

Help BraggAbout Creations spread awareness by supporting breastfeeding mamas and their partners {daddies that have to put up with us crazy mamas}.

Mariah from BaggAbout Creations is giving away a this really adorable knit {breast} baby hat to help spread this awareness and educate everyone on the benefits of breast feeding and its link with eliminating breast cancer! I mean seriously; how cute is that hat?

In addition to this giveaway, BaggAbout is offering a 10% discount to The Little Willow Tree readers and participants in this giveaway. You can get this discount with the code AWARENESS. They will also be giving 25% of the sales from “The Breast Hat Ever” to cancer research facilities.

Want a chance to win this adorable hat for a cause? Please follow BraggAbout Creations on Facebook, Instagram and favorite their Etsy shop. Tweet about this giveaway saying “BraggaAbout Awareness by BraggAbout Creations is having a giveaway of #thebreasthatever on The Little Willow Tree blog!” and link back to this post. Leave a comment with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Etsy name and you will be entered. **You must leave a comment in order to be entered!!** Earn extra entries by posting this photo on IG using hashtag #braggaboutawareness by #braggaboutcreations and tweeting each day.

This giveaway runs until October 31st at 11:59 p.m. PST.

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SAH Cloth Diapering Mama Giveaway!

As some of you know, cloth diapering has been a huge staple in our home for the past few months. I jumped on the bandwagon after I had Oliver, but researched the heck out of what cloth diapering was all about right after he was born and finally took the plunge. Now I cloth diaper full time at home and when out.

One of the things that goes hand in hand with cloth diapering is using cloth wipes. Lets just face it; there is nothing better than wiping baby’s booty with soft flannel wipes! I was so inspired that I started to make my own set. Then I just made it another treasure to put on Etsy.

When I was researching cloth diapering, I came across the blog SAH Cloth Diapering Mama it was full of information on cloth diapers so I started to follow. Whats so great about this blog is that the owner is just like me – a WAHM just trying to figure it all out. And though I don’t blog as often as I would like about my cloth diapering journey {believe it or not, we haven’t really had any issues!}, she and I are pretty passionate about saving money, saving our earth, and saving our baby’s bums one cloth diaper at a time. So when I saw that she was looking for people to host a giveaway for I poked my head up and said ‘me, me!’. I am giving away a set of {12} amazingly soft and splendidly cute organic cloth wipes!

Check out her post for entry details, rules, and more information!

Oliver’s Treasure Chest Cloth Wipes Giveaway!

Be sure to swing by her blog and give her a follow! You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook

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Halloween Giveaway!

I think it’s been a while since I had a giveaway. So to celebrate Halloween I thought I would have another one!

What’s inside, you ask? Well, it’s a surprise! You will receive this bag containing a bunch of Halloween goodies. Don’t worry, there is fun in there for all and some sweet stuff!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your Halloween plans are. Heading out for a night or tricks and treats? Dressing up like Cher? Or staying in and passing out treats {or tricks!} to all the ghouls and ghosts of the night?

You have until October 24th at 11:59 PM to enter. One comment per person please. Open to US residents only. Please provide email in comment or your entry will not count. Be sure to share this giveaway with all of your friends! Winner will be announced the following day.

Have fun and Happy Halloween Month! Good luck!

Xoxo

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National Sewing Month Recap & Giveaway Winner Announcement

September was National Sewing Month and there was a lot of fun and informational things going on here on The Little Willow Tree. Missed what we were up to? Well here is a little recap for yah!

I vowed to sew {at least} one project a day for the entire month of September! 

And for the last two days

Wow! I am pretty proud of myself to sew 30 items in one month. And I really did sew one project each day.. even when we went out of town for three days to my brothers wedding! Thanks to my bestie.

Speaking of bestie, we stayed at her house while out of town and I taught her how to make a tote bag! I made her one, then she showed me all she learned by making me one. Take a looksie!

She did such a good job! A lot of her downfalls were not knowing the lingo. Good thing I was there and good thing for my post on Sewing Vocab and Their Meanings!

Once you got the lingo down you could find some great tutorials from a list I put together and links to some great blogs for inspiration. And if you still needed help with some sewing, I gave you a calendar of classes at Beverlys Fabrics.

As if that wasn’t enough, I celebrated National Sewing Month by sharing a couple of tips and ideas for you all to eat up.

I also left the house not once, not twice, but five times with out nursing pads! On one occasion, I gave you all a quick fix to something that could be pretty embarrassing.

A lot of awesome things happened this month, too. I added lots of new items to my Etsy shops, changed the design of a few of my items, and landed shelf space in two local stores! I am so very happy! That puts me in three local shops so far.

Aside from all of that fun and neat things going on I also hosted a Sew Swap! I had a huge turnout and am so excited to get everyone linked up so we can all share and see each one’s creation and experience. This is my first ever swap as a host and participant! Look for the post and linky party on the Sew Swap in a week.

One last awesome thing was a giveaway I had all month long. If you commented on any post tagged ‘National Sewing Month’ you were entered to win and vintage grab bag put together by me!

I have gathered up all of the commenters {only one comment was counted per person for the giveaway} and a winner was chosen at random.

Congratulations Sarah Pinault! 

An email will be sent soon for a mailing address. 

Thank you all for your participation and support! I am truly blessed to have such a huge bloggie support and cherish each and every one of you! Please share your adventures below for National Sewing Month and if you’re on Twitter and/or Instagram be sure to use hashtag #nationalsewingmonth so I can see what you were all up to!

Can’t wait to plan for next year!


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Pin Cushion Storage Mason Jar

For the Sewing Party I hosted I made these as little goodies for my guests – they loved them! I even made one for myself.

I was able to utilize some of my grandma’s fabric scraps for this project!

I had one extra so I thought I would use it for a giveaway. If you would like to win this, head over to my Facebook page, like it, and you’re entered. Once I reach 200 likes I will choose a winner at random and announce it on Facebook! Share my page with your friends, family, anyone you know to help me get there. Thank you for your support!

*This is a Facebook exclusive giveaway only. Commenting on this post will not enter you in the giveaway. You must ‘like’ my Facebook page.

Look for a tutorial on how to make these soon!