October 15, 2010

Reader Spotlight and a Winner!

Wowzers…it’s been eons since I last posted a reader spotlight. I will say, though, that the blog I have to share today was certainly worth waiting for.

Until I decided to earnestly take the leap and make a go of Positively Splendid, I had no idea how many delightful, lovely people I would meet through the blogging community. I find it so encouraging that in a cut-throat world, there are still generous souls out there making a successful go of it. I count myself immensely blessed to be in the company of all of you! What a fun ride this is!

Last week, I posted about a tool I’ve found that lets you use your regular sewing machine to create a faux rolled hem. (If you haven’t already seen the post, head here to take a look.) In my post, I mentioned one of my favorite pattern companies, Izzy & Ivy, as being one of those that utilizes a lot of rolled hems in their garments.

Fast forward to a couple of days later when I received a comment from a reader on that particular post. Shasta from Izzy & Ivy stopped by to let me know they had shared my tip with her readers on her blog, and she asked if I would send her my address so she could send me a little something to thank me for mentioning them. How kind is that?

I hope you don’t think that I’m trying to imply by any means that the reason to show appreciation for fellow bloggers is so you can get something in return. What I have hoped to convey is how immensely blessed we should count ourselves to be a part of such a beautiful community of creative individuals, and how, as stewards of the talents we’ve been given, we can use our gifts to brighten someone’s day.

Thank you again, Shasta, for your sweet gesture of kindness!

So what inspirational goodness will you find when you venture over to the Izzy & Ivy blog? Where shall I begin?

There are obviously patterns – glorious patterns! – to covet. I adore the Macy Giggles dress, but I have to say I am chomping at the bit to sew up a version of Ruthie’s Romper (one of the gifts they sent me!!) for Tink.

Isn’t this Halloween outfit adorable? The skirt tutorial and applique are both available for free! 
I am in **love** with the Lola Goes Shopping bag.
Their blog is also a terrific resource for honing your sewing skills. Be sure to check out their posts on gathering, applying bias tape, and rotary cutting, just to name a few!
I do hope you’ll stop by their place. You’ll be so happy you did!
Thanks so much to everyone who played along for our Blue Dragonfly giveaway. The lucky winner is…
#3 – Lee!

Congratulations, Lee! I will contact you so you can tell me which necklace you would like to receive as your prize!

Happy weekend, friends!
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