For every house is built by someone,

but the builder of all things is God.

Hebrews 3:4

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pincushion Giveaway!

Hello Friends! It's time for my first giveaway!
Let me introduce to you, my Country Hearts at Home Pincushion.

This is handmade by me and is available in red, black or burgundy for the giveaway.

Treasure this keepsake for yourself or give it as a gift to your daughter, sister, mother, friend...

Add a box of pins and a thimble, wrap it up real cute and you have a great gift. I will have some great gift giving ideas for this pincushion after the giveaway in case you would like to order some for gifts. They will be available in several different colors.


Here are the giveaway instructions

You may choose to do one, two... or all of the below
1. Receive one entry - If you leave your first name and last initial in the comment section of this post and let me know that you would like to enter the drawing. Indicate if you would like the red, black or burgundy pinchushion. Could you share with me what state you live in? To respect your privacy this is optional and is not required to enter the giveaway.

2. Receive one entry - If you have been a follower on my blog on or before 9/20/09. This is a thank you for being a part of Country Hearts at Home. Make sure you indicate this in your comment.

3. Receive one entry - If you share in your comment why you believe it's important to learn or teach others how to sew or quilt. OR, share how this skill has contributed to your role as a keeper of your home. This can be an opportunity for you to encourage others to be steadfast at home. I would love to use your ideas or comments in a future article on this blog.
4. 2 entries - Post about this giveaway on your blog. Be sure to use the pictures of the pincushion on your post with a link to my blog. In a second comment on my blog, let me know that you have done this and be sure to leave your blog address.

The deadline for entering is October 4th and the winner will be announced on October 5th.

Blessings to you all,

~ Christa ~


Lady Farmer said...

Beautiful Giveaway, Christa!
I have been a follower of your sweet blog for a little while now.
Sewing is a wonderful skill that enabled me to dress my daughters (and myself)in beautiful one of a kind clothing we could not have afforded if purchased. I have been able to create many items as gifts for family and friends and I am now using this skill to make things for my Etsy Store.
I am headed off to post about your giveaway at my blog.
Your pincushions are 'sew' sweet! I love them all ~ perhaps the black one the best!
Raeann D.
Beautiful Washington State

Lady Farmer said...

I'm back and have posted about your giveaway at www(dot)ladyfarmerparables(dot)blogspot(dot)com.
Thanks, Christa!

hip chick said...

Oh those are beautiful! You are very talented. I have never seen your blog before but I will be a follower from now on. I would love to be entered in your give away. I like the black heart because it makes all the other pretty colors stand out so much.
My name is Kara M. (hip chick) and I live in New Hampshire.

hip chick said...

O.K. I have posted about your give away on my blog hip chick's home.
I am not that wonderful of a quilter myself. I have made a couple of crazy quilt big blocks but have not gotten them together yet. I like the hand sewing best.
I do think it is important to teach this skill to our children. It seems to be a dying art.
My daughter loves to sew also although she is much better with the machine than I am.

Sharon said...

Hello Christa,

I found you through Lady Farmer's Parables :) Beautiful pincushions! I especially like the Burgundy one :)Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway! Sharon D. from Colorado :)

LDH said...

Hello! Visiting from Lady Farmer's blog. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. All pincushions are sweet ~ hard to pick a favorite... maybe the black one :)

I have made dresses for my children when they were younger, curtains, home accessories, Christmas stockings and even three quilts. Although sewing doesn't come easy to me and I have been known to become easily frustrated by it, I usually enjoy the finished project.

I live in southern New Jersey.
Kindly, ldh

Mama T said...

I ran across your blog today and it's going to be one of my favorites. I guess it was good timing too with your wonderful giveaway. Thanks so much and may God bless you and yours. P.S. Stop by sometime and say hi.

Mama T said...

Oh yes please I would like to enter the giveaway. I for got about the color. Red please. Thank you

Antoinette K. said...

Ooooo so this is what you are giving away! :) FUN! PLEASE add me to your giveaway! Also, I have been a follower of your blog from the very beginning so that makes 2 entries! ;)

To add another eatery (that makes 3) I would like to share a few words about the gift of sewing, and what a blessing it has been to me, and can be for many others that choose (or are considering) to sew! I have been sewing ever since I was 5 by my dear grandmother and we shared soooooooo many laughs and tears thought it all and I have so many stories I could tell, that would fill an entire book! My Grandmother was VERY patient with me, in teaching me how to sew at such a young age, but I am so thankful that she has shared her love of sewing with me that I can teach my future children the same love of sewing as my grandmother did with me! I would encourage anyone who is wanting to sew, to take the time to learn this wonderful art, and to be able to teach it to your children so that they can teach there children and so one! Pass the gift of sewing around so that it will not become a lost art as it almost was! I will be sewing anything and everything until the day the Lord takes me home I love it so much!

Mrs. Smith, you have been so helpful with some of my sewing as well when we had the sewing classes, and I thank you so much for sharing some of those techniques with me!

Love in Christ,

Antoinette K.

Antoinette K. said...

Ooops! I forgot to mention that I live in Anaheim CA! (but you already knew that!) :)

Anonymous said...

What a fun giveaway Christa! Please count me in your drawing. I have been following your blog since its birth. :~)

My mom taught me to sew a pair of pants at age 7. I did not like it one bit and did not sew again until required to do so in Jr. High. I made the standard apron and tote bag that turned out okay. I did not sew again until I decided to cover my sofa. That was fun! The Lord used the little bit of sewing skill I had to help me make valances and tablecloths that I otherwise could not have afforded in making our house homey.

I am very grateful that my mom took the time to teach my daughter how to sew at a very young age. She will be able to do so much more for her family than I was able to do for mine in stretching the clothing budget and decorating her home.

The biggest blessing my mom gave my daughter is the love of the art of sewing that I never had.

Donna K. from sunny So. California

*I just may have to sew something now.....

Anonymous said...

Oops! I like the burgundy cushion. :) Will be perfect for my mother-in-law

Donna K.

Antoinette K. said...

I just added your giveaway to our blog Christa! :) Oh, yes, I would like the Burgundy one too if I win! ;) Visit our site :

Miss Jen said...

Lovely.... *happy sigh*
Lady Farmer sent me!!!
I would LOVE to enter!
What stunning craftsmanship!!!
I am partial to burgundy.

Many Blessings~ Jenny L.
from- Sunny California

Anonymous said...

Mrs Smith,

What a beautiful gift to give away! I would love to be entered in your giveaway and I like the burgundy pincushion.

Sewing is a somewhat lost art that needs to be taught to future homemakers. It is truly a delight to watch something unfold under the needle of the sewing machine. Having the ability to make clothing and other household linens is truly a blessing. I regret that it has taken me so long to appreciate my mom's ability to sew and her desire to teach me. Perhaps now we can recover those years that the locust has eaten and spend more time sewing for the glory of the Lord. :)

A sister in Christ from Yorba Linda CA,

Megan P.

Camille said...

These are very adorable! You are talented...I enjoy visiting here. I would love to enter the draw and I think the burgundy one is very sweet.

I grew up sewing on my Mom's 1960's machine, which is now mine. When we bought our home 15 years ago we didn't have money to hire someone to sew curtains for us, so...that was my first project! Since then I have redone the curtains on some of the windows. It is a blessing to know how to sew and I plan to pass on the knowledge to our little girl.

Camille J.

Camille said...

Hi again!

Camille here letting you know I posted your give away on my blog. The address is:

Have a fabulous day!

Anonymous said...

Lovely pincushions - thank you for your generosity.

Cathy S. said...

Hello my sweet friend Christa! What a lovely pincushion! Yes, I've been reading your blog since prior to 9/09, it's lovely, but I much prefer our visits in person! :o)) My sewing skills certainly need work but I have been able to make some modest clothing for my girls and I've been able to create some nice simple home decor items to beautify our home. I hope to teach the girls. I think that I like the red pincushion best. Cathy S. and I live in the same beautiful state that you live in!

Sarah Peña said...

The pincushions are adorable! I love them all!

My name is Sarah Peña, I live in California, and I like the burgundy cushion best! I haven't been an offical follower but I have visited your blog several times since I became friends with Antoinette K., so I don't know if that counts as a second entry or not. I'll leave that up to you!

Sarah :)

{ jessica } said...

what fun :)
My name is Jessica C. I like the burgundy one and I live in TN, but I think you probably knew that ;)
Unfortunately, I followed your *other* Country Hearts at Home blog! I didn't know you had this one... but do I count anyways?
I think it's important to teach sewing because it is a very useful home-keeping skill! It is also a opportunity for the older women to teach the younger!

paula h said...

I'm Paula H. I live in Virginia near the beach. I would love the enter for the burgundy pincushion.


paula h said...

I'm a follower.

Egater said...

Siret L -craftteacher in Estonia

Egater said...

I forgot to tell, that I really enjoy your works and I follow your blog

Egater said...

As I said that I amcrafttteacher. Every 10-16 years old girl have to learn hou to sew,knit, crochet, needlework...and so on. This is one part of curriculum.
Why? Because if hands can work, mind will do :) I don't know did I said it correctly, English is not so easy for me :)

Miriam said...

They are so cute! That is much a beautiful item for a hope chest...
My name is Miriam.S.
I like the red one.

Shannon said...

These are so cute, especially the burgundy one! I found your blog through the blog, A Pondering Heart. I would love to enter you giveaway! I think it is so important to learn how to sew because it teaches you so many skills, some being: patience, diligence, creativity, etc. Also, sewing connects you with what your ancestors did for all of their lives. I am definitely going to post this on my blog.
Have a great Day!
Shannon O. from Tennessee

Shannon said...

Hi! I have posted about your giveaway on my blog. Here is the link:
Have a wonderful evening!
In Christ,
Shannon :)

Mia said...

Great giveaway!
I'm Mia M. from Georgia! I'm sewing and always in need of a pin cushion!!


Aik said...

Aik Chien - I'd love to win the red one.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

It's important to learn or teach others how to sew or quilt because this skill will be very useful when we have kids!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Aik said...

I blogged.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

sabrita said...

My name is Sally B from Washington state. Your pincushions are adorable. I like the red version the best. Please enter me on your giveaway. I hope to get back to sewing one day soon. I found it to be a wonderful outlet to express my creativity and loved to make gifts for others. Nothing is quite as special as a gift made by hand with love. Thank you!

Jaime said...

Jaime P
Would love to win the burgundy pinchushion
copperllama at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Christa!

I've been reading your blog for quite awhile now. I'm Cathy S.'s friend from Indiana. :) I love the burgundy pinchushion and know my little girl would love it to add to her sewing things. I believe sewing and quilting are very important. I try to sew lots of my daughters clothes as I can rarely find a modest dress or skirt for her. I also make alot of my skirts too. Also, so many things today that are at the stores are cheaply made. I would much rather make something or find a good quality, well made used item than buy a poorly made new one.

The pincushions are adorable and the quilts are beautiful!


Christa said...

Hello Ladies,
I have been so blessed from reading your encourging comments. Some of your reasons for learning how to sew are incredible and I can't wait to share them in a post very soon. Thank you so much for your kind words.

From my home to yours!

felicit12 said...

I love your pin cushion, Christa! I'm still using my little red tomatoe pincushion that I got when I started sewing when I was 12. It's well-worn but time to set it aside. I have had a lot of good memories stuck in that little tomato!

Sewing is a wonderful skill that has enabled me to get through some really hard times by reusing items and making something brand new out of them. There's something charming in homemade things. You definitely can see the love in homemade things. I've been given store-bought coasters as gifts over the years, but it's interesting that the ones my family chooses to use are my homemade set that have slightly wonky stitching. It's a reminder that things don't have to be perfect, they just have to be given with an open heart.

Thank you for the opportunity to add another homemade item to our home.

Carol M.

felicit12 said...

Oops! I forgot to say that I live in British Columbia, Canada.

felicit12 said...

I'm also a follower! And I forgot to say that I love the Red one.

pippirose said...

I'd love to enter. The pincushion is lovely, especially in red.
Piroska B.
NW Ontario, Canada

pippirose said...

My mom taught me to sew and do other needlework when I was 5--and I wasn't too thrilled with it all.
I was so grateful for the knowledge, when I became a new mom (31 years ago)...and was broke. I had to make our own curtains, crocheted our blankets. When I finally had a little girl, after 2 boys, my sewing streak took off! Pink and frills...dolls and teddies. Loved it all! Our home was full of handmade things, and I took pride in it.
I'm so glad to see a resurgence of handmade things--even knitting has become "not just for grannies" anymore!

Geneviève said...

I am new to sewing and I must admit that I need a pincushion!

I could make one myself but I don't how and I am lazy... plus yours are so cute! ;o) I would particularly would like to win the burgundy one... I don't know why but despite being the same design, this one is definitely cuter in my eye...

My name is Geneviève L and I live in canada

ReillyClan11 said...

These are so pretty. I have just found your blog and plan to read it in the months to come.
(Samantha R {WA.} ['Burgundy'])

The reason I think it is important to learn yourself and teach others to sew it that is can be a great way to minister to other in simple and no so simple way. Also if the US ever has a full crash of your money we can be to ones to help others when they need it as it is no long a every day skill.

Thank you for doing this. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. Smith,

What a cute pincusion! I love it! if you could add me to your give away that would be GREAT!
sewing has been a wonderful and useful skill in my life. I have learned so many different things from it. my mom taught me to sew when I was about seven and I have been sewing ever since, she has always been so patient and encouraging when I come to something I don't understand and always helps me get through it. She always has a new tip or trick for me to learn and I can't wait to pass those tips on to my children in the future and I hope that my children will be able to share them with there children.

I also wan't to thank you for teaching me how to quilt. it has been a great blessing to me! Miss you guys!

Laura T.
cumming, GA

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Oh Christa~I do not know how I missed this until now. I have been a bit busy trying to open my booth.
Please count me in~I love these pin cushions!
I pray you have a wonderful day!
Autumn Blessings~

HannahB said...

Dear Christa- what a great giveaway- my girls' comment was- "Is there anything that Mrs. Smith can't do?"

Here ya go:

1. Please, yes, please enter us in the giveaway.
---we like the burgundy one- and we live in TN

2. We follow your blog- what an encouragement it is.

3. Here is my twist on your question about sewing and quilting. I am a mom of 5 that never learned these skills- (however I did know how to cross stitch when I was younger). Sewing is a skill that you will use all of your life. From the beginning stages of making small gifts for friends and family - to learning to sew for yourself- sewing for siblings and new babies- mending for your husband and learning to make things for your children and grandchildren. This is truly a skill that can be used to bless others through every season. As with anything , something new takes time to learn- and time is not an abundant thing right now- but it is so worth learning. I enjoy learning along side my girls. We had a friend teach some basics to my oldest daughter- and she continues to teach the rest of us. I believe that the skills that our grandparents knew and focused on in their younger years- are the ones we should be learning as well- thank you for encouraging us in this- we love you. SherryB

Sherone said...

I would love to be added to your giveaway. I love pincushions and have started a collection. They move me creatively.

I was taught to sew by a dear home ec teacher in a rural school in Wyoming where I still live. She had so much patience with me. I have a hard time focusing on one project at a time. She helped me to break down the job into single steps, which has helped me in so many ways. Without her guidance, I would have never learned an art that has given me so much pleasure throughout my life.

To pay it forward, I have been teaching sewing through a 4-H club for about 4 years. I love teaching the girls and knowing that someday one of them might create a work of art that the whole world will revere!

Thanks for the giveaway and for giving me the chance to think about my dear teacher and how much sewing means to me.

Cecelia said...

I followed a link to this giveaway, sure that it would be over, only to find the pin cushions even more adorable and the give away still on! I think the burgundy one is prettiest. I am Cecelia R. from TN.

I have found basic sewing knowledge to be a big money saver! I think everyone, even guys, should know enough basics to sew on a button. For me, things like being able to make my own curtains for 1/3 or less of the price is very important to me. Other skills I am working on to be a better keeper at home one day are cooking and cleaning. ;) As a single woman living on my own, I have been trying to cultivate hospitality, which has been very rewarding. I may not be the best cook, but I get great practice by sharing my attempts with others. :)