{Photo} Print Swap | Landscape Theme

My honey, Richard {of Richard Fusillo Photography} is hosting a photo print swap with a landscape theme!

I’m joining in on the fun and you should too!

Open to photographers beginner to professional in the US and Canada.

Landscape theme print of an 8×10 or 8×12. Must be your photograph taken by you!

Head on over to his blog for more info, dates, rules, etc. How fun to give one of your prints in exchange from a print from another photographer to display in your house?!

Share with friends, family, anyone you know who takes photos and would be interested!

#printswaplandscapes {Twitter and IG}


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Secret Squirrel Fall Swap

A great bloggie friend of mine invited me to join her Secret Squirrel Fall Swap with co-host Laura from Semperfi Mama – a swap about all things that you feel ‘Warms the Soul’. And whadda yah know.. I got paired up with her! Shannon from Sassy Lemonade! {You may have seen her name around here a time or two.. like when I was lucky enough to interview her!}

Shannon sent me some amazing goodies! {Warning, I took these photos at night, right after I opened the box, in horrible lighting because I was so excited to receive it! Sorry.}

I love every single thing she sent me! A gorgeous scarf that scream fall, a yummy candle that I lit immediately {it smells so delicious}, an adorable owl coffee mug that I have used every day since I received it that I am enjoying with the coffee she also included, a pretty necklace that I can’t wait to put on, a journal and pens that I am currently using for my Bible study lessons, and… red velvet cupcakes with icing! I have no pictures of those made because they were eaten before I got a chance to take a picture. So. Darn. Good.

Thank you, Shannon, for the lovely gifts! I hope you love yours just as much!

Happy Fall Swapping friends!


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Share Your Style Swap

Thanks to the lovely world of Instagram, I was able to stumble across an awesome swap called ‘Share Your Style’.

Share Your Style

The premise is to make handmade hair pretties and swap with your partner. I was paired up with Andrea McCave at Shabby Kitteh! She’s an awesome wife and mom of three with incredible, sassy style. Which got me excited because I was sure to get nothing less than amazing.

And that I did! I love, love, love what she sent me. Totally my style and in my fave colors! Even the card was fab. I hope she likes what I sent her. {Forgot to take pics of those – ooops!}

Thank you Maria & Nichelle for putting on an awesome swap! I made a good bloggie friend and now have three great blogs to follow.

{#shareyourstyle}

Happy Swapping!


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Recipe Swap

*Signups are now closed! Thank you to everyone who has signed up. You will be hearing from me shortly!*

How fun is this? My friend Cora {past guest blogger and creator of the most amazing reusable swiffer duster ever!} planted this seed in my brain and since then it has grown! I am introducing to you a Recipe Swap!

Recipe Swap

Who loves them so good ol’ fashioned kitchen cookin’? I do, I do! When I get the chance, I love going into the kitchen to cook up a meal for my family. And I am a full on recipe woman. Throw a bunch of ingredients in from of my face and tell me to cook it and I will cowl and hide. Hand me a recipe and you’ve got yourself a meal. You know, they say, ‘The way to a mans heart is through his stomach’. Well, the way to my heart is through my stomach too! Plus cooking and sitting down for a meal with the people you love brings you closer together. What a better way to bring us all together than having a recipe swap?

Here’s how it works:

You will be paired up with someone to swap recipes. Once swapped, cook up that delicious meal and blog about it! Then come back and link up with me!

Easy Peasy.

Here are the steps:

Step one: Email me at willow.little {at} gmail {dot} com telling me you want to join. Please include your name and address in the email. A followup questionnaire will be sent out shortly after. Signups close November 7th.

Step two: Spread the word. If you know someone who might be interested, forward them to me so I can sign them up. The more, the merrier! Tell your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or your blog! If using twitter or IG, use hashtag #recipeswap

Step three: On November 10th I will email you your partners information. {Be sure to follow them! This is about making friends!}

Step four: On or before November 17th mail out your recipe. Please be sure to mail it out no later than November 17th.

Step five: Receive your recipe and get to cookin! You can take photos of the process or just the finished dish. Whatever works best for you!

Step six: EAT!

Step seven: Blog about the recipe. Include photos and be sure to put the recipe in your post! Remember; if you’re sharing on Twitter or Instagram, use hashtag #recipeswap!

Step eight: Come back and link up! I will be having a linky party November 30th. {This gives you plenty of time to cook, blog, and enjoy Thanksgiving before linking up!}

Here are a few rules and information:

If you are new to cooking or not that great, thats okay! Just be sure to let me know in the questionnaire.

Please folks, keep your partner in mind. The questionnaire I will send out will be very specific. If someone is a vegetarian, do not send them a roast duck recipe. We want them to try something different, but they need to be able to eat it too!

All recipes sent must be reasonable. Do not send a 40 ingredient recipe with a 1 hour prep, 2 hour cook time. Most of us are busy mamas and may not have that kind of time. We are not June Cleaver!

No; you yourself does not have to cook it. Hubby is the cook in the house? He is more than welcome to accomplish it. Just remember to snap a few photos and always KISS THE COOK!

And most importantly, HAVE FUN!

*Open to US and CANADA only*


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You’ve Been Mugged | A Mug Swap!

*Sign Ups are now CLOSED! Thank you to everyone who signed up!*

Who doesn’t love sitting down and enjoying a nice cup of coffee or tea? And what a better season to enjoy all those yummy flavors? {Pumpkin Spice Latté anyone?}

Well…

You’ve Been Mugged! A mug swap to help prepare you for all those yummy flavors and make some lovely friends at the same time! Get warm and cozy in front of the fire and meet…

Heidi from Mustache Mama

&

ME, Ashley Marie.!

When Heidi asked if I’d co-host a mug swap with her I jumped all over that! I had sew much fun with the Sew Swap and have participated in a bunch of other swaps after that; I just couldn’t pass this opportunity up. Plus I’ve been {secretly} wanting one of those herringbone mugs from Target that I never got a chance to get my hands on… {hint hint}. I also need a new mug to pour all these awesome fall flavors in to.

What to do and dates to remember:

-Email one of your hosts that you want to sign up! {We will then send you a few questions to answer}

-Sign ups close October 24th

-You will receive your partner information on October 31st

-Shop for your partner and mail off their mug by November 12th

-Come back to either mine or Heidi’s blog to link up on December 5th

Don’t have a blog? Post your mugs on Instagram using #youvebeenmugged and tag us @mustache_mama and @littlewillowtree

Tons of fun, right?

Hurry and sign up now! We can’t wait to mug you!

*Open to US residents only*

Email:

Heidi: themustachemama {at} gmail {dot} com

or

Ashley Marie.: willow.little {at} gmail {dot} com


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September Sew Swap Linky Party

Oh, I am so excited for this post! I cannot wait to see all the link ups!

Sew Swap

Last month I hosted a Sew Swap and had such a blast with it. It was the first Swap I had ever hosted and participated in and once I started I just couldn’t stop. I signed up for two more swaps last month too! A Pen Pal Swap and a Toddler Busy Bag Swap. So much fun! We had 50 people participate and among those 50 were two kiddos and one guy! Awesome! Such a great turn out.

I was assigned to sew for Mary Kate of The Bubby Files. I sent her a cute little felt owl plushie made from serger scraps, a little letter needle book, and four fabric scraps. The needle book was hard to giveaway because I used some of my favorite fabrics!

I sure hope Mary Kate enjoyed her items!

The person sewing for me sent me some amazing items! The purse is fantastic and I love me some chevron fabric. Not to mention having in possession teal bias tape. So awesome!

Amazing, right?

I had sew much fun organizing this, sewing my items, and seeing all the #sewswap items up on Instagram so far.

All through out the month I kept checking up on Instagram under #sewswap and kept getting excited at all the posts!

Here are some photos shared with me from ladies who don’t have a blog, but still wanted to show what they received..

Mary sent over some photos of a tote and two bookmarks that she sewed for Jennet as well as what she received from Crystal

Jennifer B sent over what she received from Elizabeth

And Holly sent over a photo of a lovely floral credit card holder from Mariah at BraggAboutCreations

Thanks for the photos ladies!

If you participated in the Sew Swap and have blogged about the fun, link up! I can’t wait to see what everyone sent and received!

Pen Pal Swap

Earlier in the month I had participated in a Pen Pal Swap hosted by Aimee, Kristin, and Nicole. A good ol’ sit down and handwrite a letter to your pen pal and include a few fun things as well. I was paired up with Alys from Beautiful Imperfections.

When I was in the 5th grade I had a pen pal from Denmark through our school. Her name was Sara and she was the same age as me; we even looked the same! I remember us exchanging handwritten letters, photos of our family and town we lived in. I even remember us taking a picture of our rooms and arranging them the same way! After 5th grade we stayed in touch for a few years and then high school just kind of got in the way of things and we stopped writing. Then technology came and we got a computer and no one hand wrote a note anymore unless it was a ‘note from home’ excusing me out of school for some ‘appointment’.

I love the convenience on the internet, how fast you can get something typed up and sent out to someone, but nothing comes from the heart more than a hand written note or letter, which made me want to jump in on this swap right away.

My pen pal and I immediately got in contact with each other to find out our likes, colors, etc. and we had a lot in common! We are both nursing infants so no caffeine for us, we both hand {knit or crochet}, sew, love tea and coffee {decaf, of course} and lead very busy, yet fulfilled lives. I immediately went shopping for her and made a couple of handmade items and popped them in the mail –  two days late! Then I find out, so did she! We have both been on the same page from the get go, haha.

I couldn’t wait to get my snail mail and I was excited for her to get hers. I opened up the package and just laughed – we both had made coffee/tea cozies! And both sent coffee/tea related items. My pen pal is so cool. And I LOVE what she made me!

I got an email from her after she received her package and she was happy with what I sent her! Yay!

Today I am going to sit down and hand write out a letter answering all of her questions and comment on what she sent/wrote me so we can get to know each other a little better.

Thanks ladies for hosting this! I had a lot of fun and it was a great break from the Sew Swap I am hosting this month! And thank you Alys, for being my Pen Pal!

Sew Swap!

Thank you everyone for participating, signups are now closed. If you signed up and confirmed your address you will receive your assignments on Sunday the 16th. Be sure to fill out the questionaire before then so the person sewing for you can get to know you better!

xoxo,

Ashley Marie.

You’ve heard of {and maybe participated in} a mug swap, right? Well this is the same concept, but with a handmade {by you} sewn item!!

 The swap is all about creating a little {or big!} handmade, sewn item and sending it off to another sewer, receiving an item yourself. This is such a great way to build friendships in the blogging world and receive a sweet gift at the same time!

If you would like to participate, here are the steps:

 
Step one: Email me {willow.little@gmail.com} and let me know you want in. I’ll sign you up and contact you for a mailing address. Signups close Sunday, September 9th.
 
Step two: Spread the word. If you know someone who might be interested, forward them to me so I can sign them up. The more, the merrier!
 
Step three: On Sunday, September 16th, I will email you with your assignment. 
 
Step four: On or before SundaySeptember 23rd, please have your little creation finished and dropped in the mail for your recipient. This means that your creation should be mailed no later than the 23rd.
 
Step five: Receive and document your gift. Blog, Instagram, Tweet your Sew Swapping Adventure. Be sure and use #sewswap on Instagram & Twitter so other Swappers can find you!
 

Step six: Link up! I will be hosting a Linky Party on October 8th for those of you who are bloggers and want to link up your posts! (This gives you plenty of time to make sure your gift arrives & talk about your adventure!)

 I would love to have you all participate!

The mug swap on some blogs offer FAQs so I’ll do the same for the sew swap:

1. Do I have to have a blog to participate?

Nope!

But you do need a sewing machine!
 
2. Do I have to spend a ton of $?

Nope.

You could probably make something out of the pile of scraps you have lying around!

3. Does it have to be big?

Nope.

You can make something teeny tiny if you’d like.

 4. Am I sending to and receiving from the same person?

Nope.

I guess technically you aren’t “swapping”, more like a daisy chain of handmade items flying through the skies via USPS. You will

send to one person and receive from someone else. This way you get to know at least two people!

 5. Is it a secret?

Kinda.

I will only be telling you who you send to. And you will find out who sent to you! But thats it. No other information is shared.
 

6. What should I make?

Whatever you’d like.

You can create something technical or simple; whatever you can in the time that you have.

 
7. I never got my assignment.

When you email me signing up – I WILL reply confirming you are IN.

(And asking for your mailing address).

If you did NOT hear back from me, it means I did NOT get your email.

Make sure you follow up.

I don’t want anyone to miss out!

Here is the logo for the swap

I will email you the button to put on your blog when you sign up.

*Open to US Residents Only! Sorry!*

So excited! Lets get our swap on!

National Sewing Month | September

Oh how I love the month of September. We transition from summer into fall. The skies are a different color, the trees changes their hues, and its the approach of my favorite holiday in November; my birthday! Haha, just kidding. It’s Thanksgiving.

Another awesome thing about September is that it’s National Sewing Month. And sewing is what I absolutely love to do. Thank goodness for President Ronald Reagan who declared September National Sewing Month in 1982 ‘in recognition of the importance of home sewing for our Nation.’ Couldn’t of said it better myself!

I have a month full of things planned and I am excited to share something with you all every day of the month. 

Things to look forward to:

A handmade, sewn creation by me every day of this month, posted every day on the blog

A sewing related giveaway

Tons of sewing information posted on the blog

A sewing swap

I will be teaching a newbie sewer the ins and outs of their machine and the completion of a sewing project

Special discount on my handmade sewn items in one of my shops {restrictions apply}

A sewing party hosted by me

If you would like to participate in the sewing swap, please email me at willow.little {at} gmail {dot} com.

If you would like to participate in the sewing party please call, text, snail mail or email me.

If there is any other way you would like to contribute or participate, please contact me. And if you’re hosting something fun on your blog for National Sewing Month too, let me know! I would love to link you up.

National Sewing Month

Happy Sewing!