Friday, August 22, 2014

"Miles OF Pillowcase Smiles" Challenge!

September is almost upon us, which means the wonderful folks at Conkerr Cancer will be kicking off their "Miles Of Pillowcase Smiles" Campaign in honor of Childhood Cancer Month.  We'd like to help them reach their goal of making 44,000 bright & cheerful pillowcases (20 miles), each one representing a child currently in treatment, by hosting a pillowcase drive.   The recipient of this drive will be the Conkerr Cancer chapter in Milwaukee, WI. To enter, all you have to do is make two pillowcases per Conkerr Cancer's specifications, and send them to us here at Arrow.  This time we are offering first, second and third place prizes!  Our first prize winner will receive one of our adorable thread caddies, and the two runners-up will receive a rolling tote!



We have listed the complete rules below, please read them over carefully, and if you have any questions, email us at rebecca@arrowcabinets.com.  With your help, we know that we can make lots of smiles for some sick kids!

The Rules (please read carefully):
1.  Make two pillowcases following the guidelines posted here on the ConKerr Cancer website:  http://conkerrcancer.org/pillowdirections.html    Remember, these are for kids, so they should be bright and cheery (you may think that rose print fabric is the bomb, but trust us, the kids won't)!

2.  Wash your cases, seal them in a ziploc bag, and mail them to us at:
Arrow Cabinets
PO Box 410
Elkhorn, WI 53121
 
Please make sure you include your name and return address!  Pillowcases from pet-friendly homes are great, just make sure you bag them immediately after they are washed and dried.
 
3.  Cases need to be received by Tuesday, Sept. 23rd, 2014 to be eligible.
 
4.  We will select a one random winner from the eligible entries to receive a thread caddy, and two random winners will each receive a new rolling tote!
 
If you can swing it, we'd love to get some pictures of you with your finished pillowcases to post on our Facebook page ( this is not a requirement for entering).  Please feel free to share this contest with all of your sewing friends, we'd love to have to rent a truck to deliver these!  
If you'd like more information on ConKerr Cancer, please visit their website at www.conkerrcancer.org.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pinterest Procrastination: Punching In The Dark!

What do you do when you're at work, it's raining outside, and you can't get anything accomplished because the power is out so you have no phones or computers?  Well, here at Arrow, we punch!   We decided it would be a great time to cross another Pinterest project off of our list, so we all gathered by the window and worked on Hether's project - punch needle.


We used our cabinet with a clear blank in the opening, and a placed a battery-operated light on the platform to create a light box to transfer our designs onto weavers cloth.


We have to give a big shout-out to our friends at Clover, who generously provided us with our punching supplies! 

We punched away for about an hour and a half, but didn't have time to finish before the lights came back on.  We'll post pics of our projects as soon as we get them done!

If you are forever pinning projects and never getting around to trying them, join the Pinterest Procrastination Challenge with us (check out our pins here:  http://www.pinterest.com/arrowcabinets/arrows-pinterest-procrastination-challenge/) and send us some pics as you complete your pins.  Post them on your board and include the hashtag #PinterestProcrastinationChallenge, or email them to us at rebecca@arrowcabinets.com

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pinterest Procrastination: Solved!

Do you pin and pin projects you'd love to try on Pinterest, but never go back and actually try any of them?  Here at Arrow we do that all the time, so we are challenging ourselves to complete one pin a month.  

For the month of July, Joy picked one of her pins -  how to make a burlap wreath.  For each wreath we bought an 18" wire wreath ring, 20 yards of burlap garland (2 rolls of 10 yards for one wreath), 7 yards of colored wired burlap for the ribbon (1 roll per wreath) and some floral wire.  To make 4 wreaths it cost us approximately $55.00.


 Joy, Hether, Jo and Jessica with their creations!

Here are our suggestions if you decide to make one yourself:
 

Joy:
1.Weave in and out top to bottom
2.Don't wear black
3.You can fluff and tighten to suit your preferences

Jessica:
1.There is no wrong way to do it.
2.Make sure you tie down the end of it to keep it in place.
3.When doing the colored burlap, just tuck it in and pull a little
through the back to make it stay where you want it.

Jo:
1) Use 2 rolls of burlap- 1 for each side of the wreath
2) Prop the wreath on a table and sit in a comfortable chair when
tucking in the loops
3) I wrapped  the wired accent ribbon around the finished wreath and
added a bow to the top - easy and quick

Hether:
1. Buy a wreath!  For one of the easiest projects I did not do so well.
2. Cut the 10 yards in half as weaving 10 yards in and out takes
forever.  You need to use more wire, but I think it is worth it.
3. Don't do this around your cat.  Lilly found it fun to dive at the
strips weaving in and out.
4. Don't wear shorts!  Burlap is itchy.  Do in a well-ventilated area
too!
Next month,we'll be trying one of Hether's pins...punch needle embroidery!

Join the Pinterest Procrastination Challenge with us (check out our pins here:  http://www.pinterest.com/arrowcabinets/arrows-pinterest-procrastination-challenge/) and send us some pics as you complete your pins.  Post them on your board and include the hashtag #PinterestProcrastinationChallenge, or email them to us at rebecca@arrowcabinets.com

Sunday, June 1, 2014

15,500 Fans Gidget Giveaway!

Last week we reached 15,500 fans, which means it's time for us to give something away!  For this celebration, we'll be giving away one of our Gidget sewing tables:


(desk only - machine & other accessories not included)

Since we have so many new friends, we want to make sure that everyone understands how the giveaway will work.  In order to be included in the random drawing for the giveaway, you must be registered.  However, you only have to register ONCE.  If you have registered with us since our big "Sewing Suite Giveaway" when we hit 10,000 likes in April of 2013, you don't have to register again.  If you haven't registered with us, you will need to sign up by clicking on the purple "Sign Up for Our Giveaways" block located under our timeline photo on our Facebook page

If you're only able to check-in on a mobile device, visit this link instead:   http://on.fb.me/XzJzcV  This will also give you a chance to update your contact info so that we can reach you when you're a winner. 

If you can't remember if you've registered or not, just try to enter your info.  If you have already registered you'll get the following message:  "An entry with this Address/Email has already been recorded".  That means you're all set!  Please note - do not try to register with multiple emails.  As we have done in the past,  duplicate entries will be deleted.  Our giveaways are open to residents of the United States and Canada.*  We'll be drawing a name  this Wednesday, 6/4/14, so make sure you're signed up!  Registration closes at 5 pm Eastern on 6/4/14.  Good luck everyone!

*Due to the prohibitive cost of shipping internationally, registration is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Holiday Smiles Needed!

We recently held a pillowcase drive, and received a wonderful letter from one of the ConKerr Cancer coordinators, Celine.  Hether ended up having a lovely conversation with her on the phone, and was surprised to hear just how many pillowcases they need.  One of the hospitals that this chapter serves has 200 pediatric beds - that's a lot of pillowcases.  She also mentioned to Hether that they are in desperate need of Easter pillowcase, and all of the other holidays as well.  We told Celine that we'd be happy to host another pillowcase drive, and help get some holiday smiles to the hospitals!  To enter, all you have to do is make one Easter-themed pillowcase, and one other holiday pillowcase (any holiday will do, even Easter) per Conkerr Cancer's specifications, and send them to us here at Arrow.  We'll pick one winner to receive our cute and very useful Thread Caddy!




We have listed the complete rules below, please read them over carefully, and if you have any questions, email us at rebecca@arrowcabinets.com.  With your help, we know that we can make lots of smiles for some sick kids!

The Rules (please read carefully):
1.  Make two holiday pillowcases (at least one Easter) following the guidelines posted here on the ConKerr Cancer website:  http://conkerrcancer.org/pillowdirections.html    Remember, these are for kids, so they should be bright and cheery (you may think that rose print fabric is the bomb, but trust us, the kids won't)!

2.  Wash your cases, seal them in a ziploc bag, and mail them to us at:
Arrow Cabinets
PO Box 410
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Please make sure you include your name and return address!  Pillowcases from pet-friendly homes are great, just make sure you bag them immediately after they are washed and dried.
3.  Cases need to be received by Monday, Apr. 14th, 2014 to be eligible.
4.  We will select a random winner from the eligible entries to receive a thread caddy!

If you can swing it, we'd love to get some pictures of you with your finished pillowcases to post on our Facebook page ( this is not a requirement for entering).  Please feel free to share this contest with all of your sewing friends, we'd love to have to rent a truck to deliver these!  
If you'd like more information on ConKerr Cancer, please visit their website at www.conkerrcancer.org.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Get Ready For Shirley!

Thanks to all of you, once again we have reached a milestone on Facebook!  Currently, we have over 15,000 fans, which means it's time for us to give something away!  For this celebration, we'll be giving away one of our cute Shirley sewing cabinets:

(desk only - machine & other accessories not included)


Since we have so many new friends, we want to make sure that everyone understands how the giveaway will work.  In order to be included in the random drawing for the giveaway, you must be registered.  However, you only have to register ONCE.  If you have registered with us since our big "Sewing Suite Giveaway" when we hit 10,000 likes in April of 2013, you don't have to register again.  If you haven't registered with us, you will need to sign up by clicking on the purple "Sign Up for Our Giveaways" block located under our timeline photo on our Facebook page

If you're only able to check-in on a mobile device, visit this link instead:   http://on.fb.me/XzJzcV  This will also give you a chance to update your contact info so that we can reach you when you're a winner. 

If you can't remember if you've registered or not, just try to enter your info.  If you have already registered you'll get the following message:  "An entry with this Address/Email has already been recorded".  That means you're all set!  Please note - do not try to register with multiple emails.  As we have done in the past,  duplicate entries will be deleted.  Our giveaways are open to residents of the United States and Canada.*  We'll be drawing a name  this Wednesday, 3/12/14, so make sure you're signed up!  Registration closes at 5 pm Eastern on 3/12/14.  Good luck everyone!

*Due to the prohibitive cost of shipping internationally, registration is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Help Some Kids Start The New Year With A Smile!

It's a new year here on the Arrow blog, and we thought we'd kick it off by helping out some others!  Once again we're hosting a pillowcase drive for  Conkerr Cancer, the organization that delivers bright and cheerful pillowcases to pediatric cancer patients.   The recipient of this drive will be the Conkerr Cancer chapter in Nashville, TN.  A little birdie told us they need pillowcases! To enter, all you have to do is make two pillowcases per Conkerr Cancer's specifications, and send them to us here at Arrow.  We'll pick one winner to receive our Kangaroo Kabinets rolling tote!




We have listed the complete rules below, please read them over carefully, and if you have any questions, email us at rebecca@arrowcabinets.com.  With your help, we know that we can make lots of smiles for some sick kids!

The Rules (please read carefully):

1.  Make two pillowcases following the guidelines posted here on the ConKerr Cancer website:  http://conkerrcancer.org/pillowdirections.html    Remember, these are for kids, so they should be bright and cheery (you may think that rose print fabric is the bomb, but trust us, the kids won't)!


2.  Wash your cases, seal them in a ziploc bag, and mail them to us at:

Arrow Cabinets
PO Box 410
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Please make sure you include your name and return address!  Pillowcases from pet-friendly homes are great, just make sure you bag them immediately after they are washed and dried.
3.  Cases need to be received by Friday, Feb. 14th, 2014 to be eligible.
4.  We will select a random winner from the eligible entries to receive a new rolling tote!

If you can swing it, we'd love to get some pictures of you with your finished pillowcases to post on our Facebook page ( this is not a requirement for entering).  Please feel free to share this contest with all of your sewing friends, we'd love to have to rent a truck to deliver these!  

If you'd like more information on ConKerr Cancer, please visit their website at www.conkerrcancer.org.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Nook: Skirt-A-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith

Hello everyone!  It's time for another Book Nook!  This week, we will be taking a peek at Skirt-A-Day Sewing by Nicole Smith from Storey Publishing.  I have a terrible weakness for boots, and am always looking for a great skirt to go with them, so I was very excited about reviewing this book!



The author, Nicole Smith, is one busy lady.  She teaches sewing workshops and classes in New York, designs clothing, jewelry, accessories and sewing patterns, and is part of the Etsy marketing and merchandising team.  She has written for various fashion and sewing publications, and is a regular contributor to Stitch magazine, so she definitely knows what her subject matter!  Visit Nicole's website at www.styleschematic.com to learn more about her and check out her blog.

Now, let's talk about the book! The first three chapters are all about getting prepared - Chapter 1 goes over your basic sewing, pressing and patternmaking tool kits, Chapter 2 goes over construction how-to's like materials, ironing, interfacing, types of seams, etc., and Chapter 3 is all about drafting your own custom patterns.  For me, Chapter 3 is the foundation that the rest of the book is built upon.  It gives you an easy to follow method for drafting your own custom-fit skirt pattern.  Once you master this, you can easily tackle the skirts featured in the following chapters.

The rest of the book is devoted to showing the reader how to make four basic skirts - wrap skirts, straight skirts, flared skirts, and high-waisted skirts.  There are seven variations for each style, which gives you a total of 28 different skirts to create!

The book doesn't have a spiral binding, but the pages are printed on nice heavy paper, so it stay fairly flat when it's opened.  There are a lot of illustrations, which make the instructions much easier to follow.  Overall, we give this book a "two thimbles up"!

Thanks to Storey Publishing, we have a copy of this book give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline for comments  is Thursday, Nov. 7th, 2013 at 5 pm Eastern time. Good luck!

We'd also like to announce the winner from our last Book Nook:

 Maree Whitley of Stanfield, NC

Congratulations Maree!  We hope you and your granddaughter will enjoy it!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Nook - Sewing School 2

Summer is over, so it's time to snuggle up with a good book and get some projects done!  This week we're reviewing  Sewing School 2 by Amie Petronis Plumley and  Andria Lisle.  If you have kids or grandkids that are interested in learning to sew, then this is the book for you! The book is intended to help kids master sewing with a machine, and they can easy follow along with the instructions and step-by-step photos.



The authors, Amie and Andria, teach a Sewing School day Camp each summer, and had the kids test all of these projects.  If you'd like to find out more about the authors, visit the Sewing School blog at http://sewingschool.blogspot.com/.

 The book starts off with an introduction for the adults, then a welcome for the kids.  Following that, there are twelve lessons for the kids that will teach them how to use the book, how to choose a machine, what you should have in your sewing kit, etc.  Lesson Thirteen is a "pop quiz" of three simple projects that will test what the kids learned from the first twelve lessons.  After that, it's time for the projects!

There are 20 projects in all, and they are divided into four different categories - In My Room, Let's Go, Time To Play, and The Great Outdoors.  The projects are rated by difficulty.  We especially love the stuffed guitar in the Time To Play section!

 The book itself has a covered spiral binding, which means it lays flat when it opens - very handy when you're trying to follow along on a project.  It also has patterns inside the back cover for all the projects that need one.  Overall, we give this book a "two thimbles up"!

Thanks to Storey Publishing, we have a copy of this book give away! Leave a comment here telling us why you'd like to win it. Make sure the comment also includes your first name, last name, city and state so we can find you. Be sure to like us on Facebook as well, and fill out our contest registration form - the link is located on our Facebook page. Deadline for comments  is Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013 at 5 pm Eastern time. Good luck!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Another Gidget Winner, and Shirley Is On Deck!

Wow, we have given away so many Gidgets this year, we can't believe it's time to announce another  winner! Thanks so much to all of you that join us on Facebook and make these giveaways possible.  Don't forget - we're giving away one of our adorable Shirley cabinets when we hit 15,000 likes - that's not too far away!
 
(machine and accessories not included)
 
Now, without further ado, our winner  is Susan Bennett from Rogers City, MI!  Congrats Susan, we'll be emailing you shortly! 
 
Lookout 15,000 - here we come!