Monday, July 30, 2012

Our Friday winner!

It may be the only reason we like Monday!  We get to anounce the winner of our Friday swag giveaway!  This weeks prize:

goes to Linda Jenkins from Woodville, TX!  Congrats Linda!  Don't forget, we're giving away a great book this week - deadline for entries is tomorrow, so check out the post here:  Book Giveaway.  We're also on pins and needles (ha ha) waiting to see what you're all making for our Summer Coaster Contest!  Be sure to get those entries in!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Coaster Contest

Summer's here!  That means sunny days, balmy nights, and . . . . sweaty glasses!  We don't want to let those cold beverages put a ring on your furniture, so we're challenging you to a little contest.  We'd love to see you make a set of four fruit-inspired coasters.  Why fruit?  Well, we fell in love with these cuties over on  Purl Soho's blog, The Purl Bee:


Aren't they adorable?  They've got tons of other great ideas on their blog too!  The next time we're in New York, we know exactly where we're going - Purl Soho!  We want you to come up with your own fruity coaster creations, so put those thinking caps on.  We're sure that all of you have lots of great ideas and we can't wait to see them. 

The Rules:

1. Create a set of four fruit-inspired coasters. 
2. This must be a new project made especially for this contest.

3. Take a picture of them, and email it to by Friday, August 10th at 5 pm Eastern time.

4. The entries will be posted in a slideshow on the Arrow blog, and the winner anounced on Tuesday, August 14th.

5. The projects will be voted on by Arrow staff, and the project with the most votes wins!

Remember, creativity counts!! Don't be afraid to go for it! We'll be sending the winner a Mighty Brite light and a June Taylor Cut n Press Mat!


Good luck everyone!

Our Friday Winner!

Another summer weekend has come and gone,  and it's time to send a little swag out to one of our lucky fans!  We're mailing this adorable apron to Kimberly Andrews Booth!  Yay Kimberly!
We'll be doing it all over again on Friday, so be sure to check our Facebook page often!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Nook - Built By Wendy Coats & Jackets

Would you love to make a coat or jacket, but the task seems too daunting?  Well, we've got the perfect book for you!  For this installment of the Book Nook, we're taking a peek at Built By Wendy Coats & Jackets by Wendy Mullin.

Wendy Mullin is the designer behind the Built By Wendy clothing line, and has a loyal following of artists, musicians, comedians, actors, stylists (and a lot of us normal folk too) for customers.  She has lots of experience designing and making coats and jackets, so you'll definitely be getting a ton of expert advice and helpful tips in this book!

Right off the bat, Wendy gives us a little "pep talk" and lets us know what to expect from the book - we're feeling more confident already!  The first chapter goes over the three patterns that are included in the book (a bonus!), how to take your body shape into consideration when choosing a coat/jacket, design details - cuffs, pockets, closures, how to choose the right fabrics for your project, and trims.

The next chapter is all about the utilizing the included patterns to the fullest - how to keep them in great shape so they can be used over and over again, altering them to fit you, and making additional pattern pieces for other elements.  This chapter also has sections on cutting and folding fabric, pattern placement,  and a section on tools.

Chapter 3 tackles the sewing - seams, hemming, facings, attaching details - all those little things that make a difference. Now we're ready to tackle those projects!  Chapter 4 offers six variations based on the fitted jacket pattern, Chapter 5 has eight projects based on the basic jacket pattern, and Chapter 6 shows you how to make nine coats based on the straight coat pattern.  Just think of the jacket/coat wardrobe you could have!

We're giving this book a "two thumbs up" because it's loaded with great info, has patterns included, and it's spiral bound so it lays flat when open - something we think that every craft book should do! We'd like to give you a chance to try this book out, so we're excited that Potter Craft is generously donating a copy for us to 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 Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 5 pm Eastern time.

Last but not least, we'd like to announce the winner for our previous Book Nook. It's Anna Singleton from Williamstown, MA ! Congratulations Anna! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Chair Winner!

Well, we didn't get a lot of entries for our "Show Us Your Red, White and Blue!" contest, but the ones we did get sure made us laugh!  In the end, the Arrow staff chose Heather Littles and her cute little, er, donkey as the winner!

What a great team they make!  Thanks for giving us a chuckle Heather, and congratulations!!  We'll be sending your red Chair-y out shortly!

We'd also like to say thanks to Phyllis Mc Farland for giving us a chuckle too!  She sent us this:

Our friends are pretty good sports, don't you think? Thanks again to both entrants, and don't forget to keep your eyes on the blog for more contests!

Our Friday the 13th Winner!

Friday the 13th may be unlucky for some folks, but we think Jean Brittingham from Xenia, OH will consider it her luck day!  She's the winner of this swag bag,

and we sure hope she can find some time to relax and enjoy some fun reading!  Hope all of you had a great weekend!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Our Friday Winner!

It's Monday, so it must be time to let everyone know who won this:

We hope that Pat Reed from Canby, MN has a nice comfy chair so that she can kick back, relax with a tasty beverage, and read through all of those magazines!  Congrats Pat!

Sending cool thoughts out to everyone, hope you're all making out okay in this crazy heat!  Don't forget, you have until tomorrow to get in your photos for the "Show Us Your Red, White and Blue!" contest!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Our "Give A Hoot For The Bandicoot" Winner!

We have to admit, we were a little surprised at the response to our "Give A Hoot For The Bandicoot" contest!  We thought we'd receive quite a few entries - it was so easy to enter.  But, we only got ONE entry, from the very BRAVE Katie Smith:

That means that Katie is the winner of a brand new Bandicoot sewing cabinet!! Congratulations Katie, and thanks for being so courageous! Don't forget, we're having a little contest and giving away a chair, check this post for all of the details: Show Us Your Red, White and Blue

Get those entries in!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Show Us Your Red, White & Blue!

It's almost the Fourth of July, and we're feeling very patriotic - so patriotic in fact, that we're in the mood for a little Red, White & Blue giveaway! 

If you're in the mood to get a little silly for a chance to win a red Arrow chair, here's what you need to do:

1.  Dress up in your best patriotic outfit - red, white & blue - stars & stripes - heck, you can dress up as the Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam - you know we love creativity!

2.  Make a sign that says "I'd sit on a firecracker for a chance to sit on an Arrow chair!"

3.  Take a picture of yourself in your outfit holding your sign.  Patriotic surroundings like a 4th of July picnic or a patriotic statue in the background will only help!

4.  Email the picture, along with a statement giving us permission to post the picture on our blog and Facebook page, to  Deadline is July 10th at 5 pm Eastern time.

5.  Winner will be picked by a panel of Arrow staff and announced on July 12th.

Good luck everyone!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Our Friday Winner!

Are you all getting ready for the Fourth of July, picnics, and fireworks?  We are!  In the meantime, let's send out this fun prize: 

It's heading out to Lawana Whaley in Hot Springs, AR!  Congrats Lawana!  We hope you all have a safe and happy 4th!