Monday, February 13, 2012

HOORAY!



Did you hear the news? I can hardly believe it myself! Somehow I won this season of Project Run and Play. I am quite happy and excited and feel like in the end it could have been anyone of us who started the whole thing. I loved seeing what everybody made each week and was sad when there was one less design to oooh and ahh over as somebody was out each time. I don't envy the judges at all!

Winning is fun, but what truly makes me happy is just all the love and support I have felt. You guys made it happen! And one thing I know for sure after doing this is that I have the most wonderful family and friends! Not just for voting but for everything you did for me so I could make this happen (watching my kids...editing my typos...putting up with my horribly messy house etc.)

But since I did win...I ended up with quite a haul! The organizers (Liz and Elizabeth from Simple Simon) did an amazing job of rounding up prizes! Thank you girls for all of your hard work and thank you sponsors! Check out these awesome prizes:

$80-- Fabric bundle from Fabric Shoppe
12 patterns from Whimsy Couture
$50--gift basket from Pick your Plum
$50--fabric worm.com

I have maybe spent the morning perusing their sites dreaming about what I am going to get! Let me know if you have any recommendations.




This competition has really been quite consuming for the past 2 months or so. Sometimes it was stressful but overall I am so so glad I did it. I feel like in the past I have let myself get stuck not exploring ideas I had for things I wanted to make because I wasn't 100% sure how to make them happen, and felt that if I was going to do it...it had to be perfect. I'd taken part of a pattern making class but hadn't really ever gotten around to doing much with that, and though I thought in theory I could draft patterns...I wasn't totally sure. The greatest gift of this competition was freeing me from being stuck. I just didn't have time for it! I had to plow though and make it work and somehow things always, miraculously turned out how I'd imagined (if less than perfect). And now I feel like creatively, the possibilities are endless. And I know there are a lot of you out there who are interested in designing clothes too but aren't sure how, so I really want to share more about that process with you in hopes that it gives you the boost, or confidence you need.



If you have followed my blog for awhile you know that I am not always very consistent about posting, and when I do the subject matter is varied (sometimes crafts...sometimes chicken farming). I am excited to share more details of each project now that I have a little more time to do them justice, and I definitely plan on sewing more now...but I hope any of you who are new to my blog won't be disappointed that I don't post everyday! I have tons of respect for those who do...I just can't find the time! At any rate...welcome new friends. I'm glad to have you.



So some fun facts about this competition...

1. I was sewing in real time. I could have started earlier but with Christmas and family in town it just didn't happen.

2. Because of that I was still sewing every single week, right up until Thursday afternoon! And for several Thursdays the weather was dark and terrible! Luckily I have huge windows that let in light, but still it was a crazy scramble some weeks to get my sewing finished, kids in the clothes, and photos taken before the light went. And then I had to put my posts together. So if they seemed hurried and incomplete at times...they were!!



3. Taking pictures of kids can be hard...especially when you are in a crazy hurry and its raining/snowing on their heads. I might have promised them, "absolutely anything you want if you just smile!!" I hope you enjoy these outtakes. And while yes I think my kids are cute...they are certainly not always perfect little models as a few comments suggested. They are regular moody kids. I sure love their little personalities!

4. I don't know this for sure, but I have a hunch I was the last one to submit my posts each Thursday. Thank goodness for Project Runway...I think the girls were up anyway watching it so hopefully they weren't too annoyed waiting for me.

5. Those Frye boots Avery is wearing in the last look? Yeah...I bought them from endless.com just for the shoot and was planning on sending them straight back as they have a very liberal return policy. They are obscenely expensive for children's footwear but she LOVES them, so I might keep them? I don't even have boots that nice. She probably earned them though. The things we do for a cute photo.



Anyway...thanks again to everyone who followed along and voted! What an adventure this has been!

And if you have a minute check out this giveaway to benefit a sweet injured dog, passed along my one of my new readers. It'll do your heart good!

Happy Valentines Day! (I have not a single decoration up so...pretty much I'm mother of the year over here;))

30 comments:

  1. Wonderful news, Danielle! Great work!

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  2. Congratulations! I voted for your signature outfit and even made my husband log into his computer and vote as well:) So glad you won - your outfit was gorgeous! That embroidery took my breath away! Looking forward to visiting your blog more often - happy to have "found" you!

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  3. I am SO proud of you, Danielle! Wow! I am IN-LOVE with the gauzy "gathered together" dress and the embroidery on that little coat..but I think my favorite, favorite of all is the dress with all the colors (was that your first entry, I think?). It is STUNNING! Not only is your handiwork impeccable, the design is flawless! I could just stare at it all day! :)
    Congratulations to YOU! You SO deserve it, dear :)

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  4. i LOVED seeing your designs throughout the competition and i'm so excited for you that you won!! congrats :) it is well deserved.

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  5. Congratulations! I've loved discovering your blog from that competition.

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  6. Congratulations!I really loved your designs all the way through the competition.

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  7. What an awesome prize, you deserve it!

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  8. Congrats! That gathered together dress is so sweet! Im in love with it! You deserve it, that was some tough competition! Well, done!

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  9. Congrats! You deserve it. All of your designs were spectacular.

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  10. Hi Danielle! Congratulations!!! I was totally rooting for you. I LOVE your style and how clean and professional your work is. And even though you were photographing in some tough conditions, your photos still come out with so much amazing light - I really loved them. Congrats! You have a new fan :)

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  11. Yah Congrats!! I was rooting for you to win! And I love the outtakes! ;-)

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  12. Congrats! I found your blog through the competition and have really been rooting for you. Your work shows real design, restraint, and it's always beautifully finished. Cheers!

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  13. Yay! I loved everyone's designs but yours were my favorite, so glad you won! Am waiting with bated breath for posts on how you made your projects -- went out and bought a sheer voile today to try out a version of the "alice in wonderland" dress (sorry, don't remember the real name). Very happy to have found your blog, the chickens sound so interesting!

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  14. Congratulations, I'm so happy you won! :-)

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  15. I'm so happy that you won, I was rooting for you all along! I love everything you made, it was all so inspirational! Thanks for sharing more of your process and struggles in the this post.

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  16. Hooray is right!!! I was totally singing the "Celebrate" song for a good length of time after I heard the news, ha ha! I'm so glad you won, and especially that you got to try new things and show everyone your talent in the process.

    Also, these outtake photos are hilarious. I love that you posted them.

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  17. oh man i love these faces! i might frame that second pic of avery. and GOOOOOD JOB!!! you were always a winner to me ;)

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  18. Congratulations, again, Danielle!! I'm so happy for you and I'm also happy that we became better friends during this competition! Seems like the opposite might've happened...maybe we should call each other "frenemies" for a while yet for good measure... ;) Enjoy your winnings! You did an amazing job through the whole competition. I was always excited (and terrified) to see what you came up with. Take care.

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  19. You deserved it, your designs were amazing! My favourite had to be the embroidered jacket. I love the out-takes of your kids, photographing kids is hard!

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  20. Congratulations!! Your creations took my breath away numerous times. I am now inspired to learn how to hand embroider.

    New follower here!

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  21. So happy that you won! Discovered your blog from Project Run and Play and I'm a new loyal reader!!! (and I don't follow every blog I come across!) Your style is right on and I admire your sewing technique so much. Congrats!

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  22. congratulations danielle! i found out about you from run and play. the thing i liked the best about your clothes is that you used natural fabrics. i hate it when mothers dress their children up in synthetics. not only is it bad for the environment, childrens skin cannot breathe. that was why i voted for you. i am now a grandmother. i sewed that way for my children and now i sew that way for my grandchildren. i applaud you!

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  23. Congratulations! What a great array of clothes you produced in that short amount of time. You are one talented lady!

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  24. Danielle, I think you're amazing. So happy that you won.

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  25. Danielle, you are so amazing! You surely deserve all that great prize loot! Your designs are so inspiring, and I can't wait to learn more about patternmaking from your posts in the future. Congratulations!

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  26. Congrats--and what fun prizes! I'm one of your new readers, thanks to PR&P and I'm just completely in awe that you could make such beautiful things AND be a wife and mother. Only in my dreams... I do love to sew, too, and would love to benefit from your pattern-drafting know-how (when you have time). Thanks for inspiring me!

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  27. Wow. These comments are making my head swell, Danielle, and I am only related to you by marriage! Good work, Darling.

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  28. Remember that time that I came over to your house and you were telling me all about this sewing competition that I had never heard of. And you seemed so nervous... and honestly, i kept thinking "why is she so nervous? She's so good, she'll totally win. She no doubt has the best taste, and I don't even know who she's competing against..." I really was thinking that. And then you let me dig through your fabric and ribbon stash and I thought, "if a person owns this much random fabric and ribbon they're just bound to win a sewing competition."

    It was inspiring to watch what your created each week. SO HAPPY you won! Way to go! But I seriously knew you had it in you.

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  29. I just wanted to write and say what an amazing job you did and how inspired I was watching what you created each week and how much fun it was to be a part of the competition with such talented ladies like yourself in it. It was a joy! You are so talented and what a job well done! Happy fabric shopping! Big hugs!

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  30. The photos in this post are fantastic! What a chuckle to see those grumpy faces. Very cute. The outfits are gorgeous and unique. I wouldn't mind a few of them in a big girls size myself!

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