Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A lot happening this week....including GIVEAWAYS!!!

So, it's "Small Business Week", "Ride Your Bike to Work Week" (the Bay Area's "Ride Your Bike to Work Week" was last week, but the rest of the country celebrates this week...go figure...we Bay Area folks are a little "off", aren't we?), and Susan Beal is coming to the Nest on Thursday!  What does this mean for you?

GIVEAWAYS!


Comment on this blog post and tell us about ONE of the following:

A. Your desire to start (or experience in starting) a small crafty business; OR

B. What type of bike do you own and where's your favorite place to ride it to?; OR

C. Do you have a favorite quilting technique (paper piecing, applique, stitch in the ditch, a binding trick, etc.)?


In honor of "Small Business Week" we are giving away a copy of 
Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time, by Vicki Howell.



And for "Ride Your Bike to Work Week" a Po Campo "Armitage Satchel" in black!

Finally, for Susan Beal's visit on Thursday from 5-8pm we are giving away a copy of
Modern Log Cabin Quilting!



Winners will be picked at random from the comments and announced on Thursday afternoon before the book signing with Susan Beal (Thursday 5/19, 5-8pm).  So, if you are coming to the signing, you may have a book waiting for you!

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18 comments:

Steffany said...

I've been 'pushing my craft' on my friends for years and in return they've been trying to convince me to start my own business. After my boy/girl twins were born I saw a need for coordinating baby blankets. And after my third baby was born, I decided to listen to my friends and to start a * b * and 3 to make and sell hip and luxurious baby blankets. It's amazing how long it's taken to get things (almost) off the ground and I am so thankful to have so many crafty and encouraging friends around me. And, I love that I have a local store like Bobbin's Nest where I can grab some thread, notions, or inspiration (like the Modern Log Cabin Quilting book, I cannot wait to buy it).

RC said...

I love using Heather Bailey's binding tutorial for binding my quilts. It's the only one I use and it works great!
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/continuous_quiltbinding/index.html

jadephire said...

I have a green Raleigh bike and I love riding it to the farmer's market every week. It makes me feel good about not using the car AND buying great food. I also love taking my green machine on errands to Target and the grocery store and anywhere else I can get to when the weather is nice. Just cruising down the street is awesome, too!

I've had it over a year now and it's the best thing I've purchased since living in the Bay Area!

tracy stuntz said...

I have a Raleigh cruiser that I ride to school and back.

Northside Knitter said...

I do not currently own a bike, but I dream about owning a cool retro cruiser bike (recapturing my youth.....). I would then join my DH and DD on bike rides along the Guadalupe Creek Trail or for zipping over to Japantown.

Jamie said...

I have a Trek mountain bike. I enjoy riding at Coyote Hills park in Fremont. Riding up one of the hills kills me but the scenery is beautiful.

Liz said...

I'm a two-bike girl. I have my Trek road bike (I love that it also looks like a creamsicle) and then my old college bike that I use to haul my kiddos in the bike trailer. With the kiddos, we love riding to the Rose Garden and around the neighborhood. For my own route, I love heading out on Almaden.

sndy1 said...

My favorite quilt technique would have to be when the quilt is completed! LOL
No, really, I like trying any technique that looks fast and easy!

cpurl17 said...

I don't have a bike but would love one of those cruisers. I envision bike rides to the Farmer's Market with a cute basket in front and, of course, a baguette. The reality is that it would probably gather dust sitting alone in the garage!

Jessica said...

I would love to start a cute little craft business. I've been sewing for about 6 years and love to give my creations as gifts. My mom is very encouraging and constantly tells me I should sell my items. So,with encouragement from many, I started a blog. On my blog I talk about fabric and projects I've made. I even have a couple of items listed for sale. Hopefully, this is in the right directions for later success!

Oraxia said...

It's actually National Bike Month--Bay Area has a Team Bike Challenge going on for the whole month of May; I'm captaining my own team, as I have every year since 2009 (when I moved to this area).

I ride a Fuji Roubaix, probably a 2006 or 2007 model (I bought it in between seasons, can't remember which "season" it was); its name is Hermes, and it is silver and black. One of these days I should get a pannier and a bike rack for it so my stuff isn't always on my back :P

Terasa said...

I have a vintage Schwinn Cruiser that I bought at a charity auction. I'm thinking about getting a trailer so I can bring my little dog on bike rides with me.

Jennifer D said...

I have a bright yellow w/black accent TREK and is fondly named "Buzz" after Georgia Tech's Yellow Jacket mascot. I ride him mostly to the gym and the farmer's market. That satchel would look super cute on him! :D

Alison said...

I have a Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike that I mostly use riding up and down the Los Gatos Creek Trail. My favourite ride is the cliff-top path at Wilder Ranch SP - fabulous views on one side, brussel sprouts on the other!

Addie K said...

Oh this is fun: I tried to start a handmade children's clothing business and although it was loads of fun to pick the fabrics and even do the work it was impossible to charge enough to make it a viable business. I love my bike: a red "Carmel" hybrid and I ride in mostly to go downtown or in the park in Chico, CA where I live. Thank you for the terrific giveaways. I'm a wanna be quilter and have been eyeing that book, totally my style.

Glynis said...

Greetings! Wish we could be there for the signing and fun this week!
Do you know that small business owners are the most trusted people in the country, second only to the military - That's according to Frank Luntz 2010 survey! So congratulations!
My daughters and I are learning paper piecing, and while we should have started with a project that had larger pieces, it is addicting! We have learned to be a little more generous with our scraps, as somehow they seem to shrink when we stitch them down. ;)
Make it a great day, and enjoy your signing party tonight! Again, wish we were there to meet Miss Susan, get a copy of her work, and visit y'alls shop in person! InJoy!!

Jennifer A. said...

Not sure it is too late, but I love the last part of the quilt; hand sewing the binding.

Oz said...

I have a Marin mountain bike and I love riding it out to Shoreline and back home. I have a 10 mile and a 20 mile loop that I like to do. The trail allows me to mostly ride on a trail and experience some beatiful local nature. Thanks for asking :-).