Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Tax Man Cometh so enter my Gift Certificate Giveaway

Dear readers,

I hope you've finished your taxes. I haven't. Still plugging away. In honor of taxes being due April 18 this year, I'm having a giveaway.

The giveaway is really a moving present from me to you, in honor of moving my store to ArtFire from Etsy. ArtFire offers easy gift certificates that don't impose fees on the seller, so I'll be offering gift certificates in my store very soon.  But I wanted to try one first and make sure they work well. 

My giveaway is an $18 gift certificate to my ArtFire store. A pretty nice way to celebrate a move, and it will cushion your tax burden by a teeny tiny amount.

I'm only imposing one rule. To enter the giveaway, you have to post a comment to this blog post, telling me about a sewing project that is more taxing than you thought it would be when you first embarked on it. We've all had those experiences. You read the instructions for inserting the zipper, and it seems like a snap. You struggle for 2 hours to no avail. The project gets pushed under a bunch of other unfinished gems in a box at the back of the closet. Sound familiar?

Anyway, post your comments between now and April 18. I'll have the drawing on the 18th and hope to bring a smile to someone's face.


JacksonFabricArts said...

Martha, I want to hear about a sewing project that has taxed your brain and hands recently....

Gypsy Thread said...

I have this scarf that I've been working on for months now, grrr. The goal was to unravel the ends and knot or crochet them with beautiful beads mixed in. I obviously picked the wrong fabric because the strands like to knot all on their own creating a HUGE mess. If I ever finish it I certainly won't be able to sell and price it based on labor hours... unless anyone wants to pay $1K or more. So, it's sitting under other fabric at this very moment.

candlevixen said...

I actually have too many of those projects tucked into the closet of the extra bedroom, which is supposed to be my craft room too.

However, I can think of one that has kicked my backside for a couple of years now.

My mother quilted for a few years, and she made custom quilts for the kids. Mine has the backing has fallen apart. I carefully researched the backing material, finally deciding on a heavier weight backing. Now, getting it to marry with the original theory it would be a weekend.
In's been a couple of years and a move since I've attempted it again.
(Joanna Ward Green on Facebook)

dondi522 said...

I have a quilt I started and the last step was to hand sew a circle onto the middle. It didn't turn out so good. I put it away and haven't taken it back out because it is TOO TAXING!

JacksonFabricArts said...

I think we should have an unfinished sewing projects meet up. Everyone would be given someone else's project to finish, and no one could go home until the job is done!

Kim Barron said...

Maybe if we just traded unfinished projects?
I can't remember where I saw the story, but someone suggested that when you sit down to craft you spend 15-30 min on an old project with the goal to just get a little bit more done. Don't aim for the whole thing all at once. And once you've put in some time you can go on to something more enjoyable.
My project is curtains for the bedroom. I have the fabric, the rods and the windows. And it wouldn't even be that much work. Sigh.

S. said...

For the past three weeks I have been rearranging scrappy quilt squares on my display wall. I am still not satisfied with the outcome. My shoulders,knees and ankles have been "taxed to the max" from so much reaching and bending! (Never thought I would get this much exercise making a quilt.)I'm thinking about removing all the blocks and starting over with a totally different layout. Thanks for the opportunity to win your moving present. Speaking of moving...I had better get "moving" too!

sewphie said...

I entered a contest to sew a mini-wardrobe of four pieces to compliment a fifth one which was already in my wardrobe. Thinking this would be a snap, I set about making the items, not realising that when I finished, two of them didn't really go with the others style-wise. A more difficult task than I originally thought!

wlstarn said...

I foolishly agreed to replace a zipper for someone who happened to be in the fabric store when I was. No zipper in the store long enough, so I had to add Hooks & eyes at the top few inches. The longer I worked on the garment, the clearer it became that the seams were all busting because she had gained weight! She did pay me, but never again will I be so foolish!