Pashima Rescue - and a giveaway!

My roses are loving this fall weather!

I love my rather ridiculous extensive collection of Pashmina scarves. I have them in everything from the real deal cashmere to the highly affordable viscose rayon. I wear them all year round and enjoy giving them as personalized gifts with the addition of embroidery monogramming.

I get all my gift pashminas from  Susan at  All About Blanks  and everyone who has receives them seems to be thrilled to pieces. Last year I did them for all the review nurses on my husband's team.. 20 very happy women let me tell you!

Alas into every life a little rain must fall and  while embroidering this one  it got caught up under the machine making a rather a mess of things and no longer being gift-worthy. I hated to just trash it so I took a strip of some of my very favorite voile ( light as air and that color!).. I cut a strip wide enough to cover the boo-boo  front and back and then sewed it on with a rather sweet but naive looking running stitch along the top and bottom thereby saving the scarf and making it one of my favorites!

Mind you the fact that I always keep a stock of these and other embroiderable blanks around makes it very easy to whip up a quick gift at a moments notice. Right now I am starting to think about the holidays in a BIG way ( are you?)  So these are a few of my favorite All About Blanks items to have on hand for those holiday hostess gifts-



Handtowels - always appreciated during the hectic holiday season when laundry never gets done fast enough ( or maybe that is just me?). Add a monogram or design to fit the kitchen of the hostess and you have a really nice gift.



Cocktail parties are still all the rage in the wake of the MadMen tv show.. so cocktail napkins are in demand and these are so much more swanky than paper that is for sure! I love these with a witty phrase or but embroidery in the center


And not to forget the little girls in my life ( I will admit boys are harder).  These headbands are quick to embroider or embellish for last minute birthday gifts with a price point that cannot be beat.. Susan so knows what she is doing on this point!


So.. guess what?... I think you need to stock up on some of these quick to embellish items too!.. and to that end I have a two things for you.


1) Susan has been so gracious as to offer my readers a free shipping code anywhere in the U.S. on any size single order ( hint hint to those of you with small embroidery biz's or lots of people to sew for -time to stock up!)  The code is  "sisters"  ( without the  '' of course), put that in and hit recalculate and it should remove your shipping!.. yippee!  START SHOPPING HERE

2) Susan and I want to get you started on your shopping!  She is offering a $25 gift certificate to one of my readers just because you are so great!  So we are going to make this simple ( I hate complicated). Leave a comment  with a quick note about something you are doing to get ready for the upcoming holidays and if you are a No-reply sort of person please leave me a way to contact you if you win!  I will draw for the certificate on Friday the 11th

Bonus - if I end up with over 50 comments I will draw a second name for their very own pashima out of my stash of gifty goodness!  So pass this on via facebook and Twitter so those comment numbers climb!

WOOT!.. we have a winner(s)........ via a drawing using the 29 numbered entries via the comment form on this post the winner is comment 26 which was made by SHERRY who said "'m currently shopping for a new sewing machine so I can finish up my patchwork Christmas pillows" 


And since I can't leave well enough alone I drew for the Pashima  ( nope.. did not get 50 comments but what the hell, it's the holidays!)


The winner there is number  Ami who said "Love what you did to rescue the pashmina! Genius! 

To prep for the holidays, I'm starting to get ready for a card-making blitz. My goal is to have them all done within the next week or so so they don't hang over my head longer than necessary. "



Ladies, please  contact me at maddie6@bellsouth.net within the next 48 hours to arrange to get your prizes!!




And everyone please remember to thank Susan at All About Blanks   and remember to use that free shipping code that is good on one order placed before the end of the year!!


~ As a note- Susan is just a darling friend and I love showing off her business since I believe in her and her products.  I am not compensated for this post or giveaway

31 comments:

sandiqltr said...
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sandiqltr said...

Thanks, Maddie, for introducing me to this source for Blanks. I would love to be the winner here. I want to try my hand at embroidery and this would be a perfect time to do that. Thank you for this offer.
sandiqltr@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Maddie - these ideas are so great. And I love the blanks. What a neat way to make gifts and learn new skills. Love it. B

Chelley said...

I hope 4 is a lucky number! I'd love to have some blanks to get me fired up about embroidery again. I need to dust off my machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

Brenda Cregger said...

Well I'm not sure why my post just said I was annomous...It's Brenda Cregger.

alittlered said...

What a great resource! I'm finishing up dozens of gift bags... no more paper gift-wrap for the holidays around here!

Ami said...

Love what you did to rescue the pashmina! Genius!

To prep for the holidays, I'm starting to get ready for a card-making blitz. My goal is to have them all done within the next week or so so they don't hang over my head longer than necessary.

Thanks for the chance to win! amililley (at) gmail (dot) com

Carol n said...

Until two days ago I never thought that I would be interested in machine embroidery, then a good friend lent me a machine. I am obsessed! I didn't even know about blanks. Silly me! I headed over to All About Blanks in a few just to droll over those cocktail napkins.

Stacey said...

I love your scarves (btw), I'm working on decorating jeans for myself and my daughters that a really great teacher (wonder who) taught me to do recently.

AnnaPK said...

I have a long Christmas list and I am trying to make as many gifts as possible this year. Those scarves look perfect for the preschool teachers or the aunt I am at a loss of an idea for.

kirkwood0419(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kathryne said...

Maddie, I always enjoy your info.
Even being an old codger, I can always learn new tricks. And it is always nice to be a winner.

I need to get with it to do a Thanksgiving breadcloth and Christmas tablerunner.

Gene Black said...

I am planning items to make for co-workers. I have purchased fabric and made plans. hopefully after Thanksgiving I will have time to make them all.

sewmeow said...

Wonderful way to save one of your pretty scarves. Yes, I knew about All About Blanks. Embroidery is sew much fun and I've been doing some of it too! Some special embroidered towels are on my list for Christmas gifts.

Thanks for the lovely giveaway...saw it on fb.

Kelly said...

How can I resist this? The cocktail napkins are great. No headstart on Xmas gifts....

Lollie said...

Love my Pashminas! Could always use s new one. And love the dish towel & cocktail knapkin idea for holiday gifting!

B. said...

thank you for the opportunity to win goodies. have fallen in love with the hankies, especially since I am presently working on needle books.

B.

The Ellis Crew said...

Thinking the headbands would be excellent to add to our PTA fundraising stuff.

Embroidery Mimi said...

I love "All About Blanks" and I love your blog. You are so "real" and I appreciate that! Thanks for the insight you bring as well as the uplifting commentaries. I always feel better after I read my "email" from you.

Eryn said...

I'm getting on top of my Christmas gift giving this year and already have a few quilts made and ready to go! I love the idea of the blanks - these would be great gifts for my Brownies to make for their Moms. Love it!! Thanks so much for introducing us to another wonderful source of creativity!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maddie,

Thanks for having another gift giveaway. I love to use blanks to embroider gifts for family and friends. I am working on pillow cases for the grandkids.

Linda Palmer
lpalmer7@juno.com

kristin said...

Oooh! I've ordered from her before, and she's got great stuff! This year, I'm trying to fit Christmas gift sewing in around the edges as we've moved 10,000 miles away and are trying hard to settle ourselves. I'll be ordering blanks to bring back to Singapore after a quick trip to the States to celebrate Christmas!

mimi-Lyn said...

Thanks for reminding me of this great resource. I have ordered from them before, but it's been a while!
Love your blog! ... :) lyn

Turtle Sparks said...

I read your note in the Bernina yahoo group and just found your blog! It's wonderful! I have bookmarked it to return often. I'm working away on personalized and useful gifts for my friends. We are mostly of a certain age and don't need any more frivolous clutter. I've bought from AllAboutBlanks before, and this is such a great gift as well. Happy Christmas!

Elizabeth said...

Maddie,

Thanks so much for sharing this source with us. I'm fairly new to machine embroidery and plan to do some of the scarves for holiday gifts.

Would love to win a gift certificate from All About Blanks. On my way over there now to use that free shipping code .. gotta love free :-)

Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information about "All About Blanks" - I would love to try out some of these beautiful ideas!
tsorensen55@yahoo.com

Sherry said...

I'm currently shopping for a new sewing machine so I can finish up my patchwork Christmas pillows

Midge said...

Try All About Blanks baby wrap towels. They're the best baby gift!

Linda said...

I love Susan's site too. I have yet to get a pashmina though. Now that I will have thyroid surgery soon, I will need to get some to cover my incision until it heals. I am looking for some inspired Jewish related projects. There are tons of Christmas ideas--but not so much in the realm of Channukah

Susan S. said...

I love Pashminas! I've never tried embroidering on one, but I'm willing to learn. Any hints you can give us? Just took a look at Susan's website -- LOTS of nice things just calling out to be bought and embellished!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Ok... the cut off is 29 who entered... lets see who wins!

Anonymous said...

Maddie, I'm sorry I missed your pashmina giveaway! I've been so busy I haven't had time to catch up on reading the Bernina Yahoo posts. Like your Blog!
Robin, Huntsville TX