Monday, November 26, 2012

A Ruby Star Wrap-Along with Sew To Speak!

For the first winner: all this plus a few other surprises.. ;)

Have you seen or read the book Ruby Star Wrapping by Melody Miller and Allison Tannery?
Melody graciously gifted me a copy at Quilt Market and I really love it!
I had already been thinking about changing my holiday routines this year and committed to buying all my gifts from locally owned and independent stores (if not hand-making them myself) but now I will definitely be wrapping them in reusable materials!!!


While the book's true contents are beautiful and inspiring suggestions for thoughtful giving, I found one statistic within it's covers that solidified my resolve;
"According to the Sierra Club, if every American family wrapped just three gifts this year in something that could be reused, we would save enough paper to fill 45,000 football fields."

It's such a wonderful concept and a much needed movement, so I've asked some great bloggers to join us here at Sew to Speak and do a little Wrap-Along!! We'll be linking to one post per day over the next 2 weeks, with 2 GIVEAWAYS in-between. Follow along with us and comment on one or all of the posts for chances to win a copy of the book plus a bundle of fabric, trims & other goodies to help with your own wrapping!!!

Here's the line up:

Tues. Nov. 27 - Mary Dugan of Molly Flanders

Wed. Nov. 28 - Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated

Thursday, Nov. 29 - Kara of Me and Elna

Fri. Nov. 30 - We will announce the first winner here... sometime in the morning..

Sat, Dec. 1st - Amanda of Sasikirana Handmade 

Sunday Dec. 2nd - I (April Rhodes) will post on my personal blog

Monday Dec. 3rd - we'll post some of our projects here on the Sew To Speak blog

Tues. Dec. 4th - Made by Rae

Wed. Dec 5 - Ericka of Low Beam Studios 


Thurs. Dec. 6 - Emily of The Boy Trifecta


then finally, on Friday  Dec. 7 - another winner will be announced @12 EST!!

Will you join us?

For the chance to win leave a comment, here on the Sew To Speak blog. You can comment on one or all of the daily posts. Please comment once per post and please be sure to include your email address or change your settings so you are NOT a No-Reply Blogger. We will randomly choose the post and comment # to get our winner! 

For the first win, this Friday, the randomly drawn winner will receive a copy of Ruby Star Wrapping, 1/2 yard of some of Melody's beautiful fabric, 1 yard of pom-poms, 1 yard of an awesome wide vintage style ribbon, 1 yard of Anna Maria Horner chevron ribbon, 1 yard of ric-rac plus a few other surprise bits to sweeten the pot ;) 


It's true that another group is also wrapping along with the book at Sukie don't you know... I did know this going in :) But after I ran the idea by Miss Melody, she told me not to be discouraged. Our's takes a bit of a different spin.. a little smaller scale, but still lots of fun. Plus I should mention that this is actually our very first blog-along of any kind!
Finally there are just sooo many ideas and ways to rework the projects in this book so be sure to follow them, follow us and most importantly...
wrap your gifts with love and care! 

April

61 comments:

Treehugger_31 said...

I Try to wrap my gifts creatively. I really love making my own reusable felt bows!
Hroy_76@yahoo.com

Jenny said...

i love reusing wrapping!

Patchwork and Play said...

I try to recycle lots of wrapping! But fabric bags are a great idea!

Emily said...

Fun. Something pretty that can be used again and again? I like it.

andrea creates said...

ooh so fun! i love wrapping gifts creatively :)

Kayla Fujimoto said...

count me in! I am also doing an all local/handmade holiday and wrapping is my favorite part!

adventure reno said...

I can't wait to follow along- you've got an all star line up!

Tong said...

Beautiful book filled with wonderful ideas! Thanks for the giveaway, and I'm looking forward to checking out all the stops in the blog hop!

Linda said...

Very interesting.

Mindy said...

What a great idea!

Jenny said...

i love mary's felt envelopes!

Janie said...

love Mary's felt envelopes and love the book. Such great ideas to recycle and reduce what we throw out.
lovinthesunnow at yahoo dot com

selfsewn said...

Ooh love pretty wrapping and my fav designer too xx

Robin (noteverstill/noteversewing) said...

I love beautiful wrapping!

Julie said...

I would love this book!

mammalchupie said...

So many awesome projects! Wonderful inspiration!

leosandvirgos said...

So exciting! I love melody Miller's fabric! I can only imagine how great this book is!

hueisei said...

I love beautiful wrapping! :D

Laura said...

I love the concept of this book and would love to win it. Thanks for the chance!

Lise said...

What a lovely giveaway! The book looks wonderful. Thanks so much for the chance!

Ana said...

Love the idea of the book!

Emily said...

I hav been meaning to shift to fabric re-usable wrapping for a few years (ever since I bought what I said would be my last roll of wrapping paper). Sounds like a great book!

kim said...

these beautiful wrappings sure beat using old newspaper!!

at.philly said...

i love these ideas!

Eleanor said...

I love using reusable wrapping ideas - partly because I suck with wrapping paper. :)

LauraH said...

This book looks great! I'm going to try to do some fabric gift wraps this Christmas! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nanc said...

I love the ideas and concept, but need to get into the practice!

Diane Harriman said...

My 3&1/2 year old makes all our wrapping paper using stamps, stickers, markers, etc. I give him a piece of brown paper cut to size and he goes to town!

Rachel~ At the Butterfly Ball said...

I love the idea of the wrapping being part of the gift! I started doing this a few years ago, but I'd love to get some new ideas... This looks like a fun book, can't wait to read it {hopefully soon:-)}

Rachel~ At the Butterfly Ball
atthebutterflyball (at) gmail (dot) com

Angela said...

I can't wait to get my hands on this book.

Marie said...

This looks like so much fun!

Nancy said...

Oh my look at those lovelies that could be won. Looking forward to seeing all the creations. Thanks for the chance to win.

Heather said...

What a great idea for a book. I like the idea of wrapping in something that you can re-use later. Also a nice way to get rid of some larger scraps. keepitthimble@gmail.com

corinne said...

This book looks incredible. Thanks for the chance! xo

Jen from SewnNatural said...

Looks like an absolutely delightful read - lots of inspiration! thank you for the chance

Monica said...

Fun! Several years ago, armed with excess Christmas fabrics, I stitched a huge stack of various sized bags for gift giving. It has simplified wrapping presents -and I feel so good knowing that we're not filling our recycle bin with needless paper!

Lela Thorne said...

I reuse wrapping, but rarely use fabric. I like these ideas!

thatmoxiegirl said...

I'd love a copy of this book! I'm totally a horder, I mean an upcycle/reuser. ;)

Brienne Moody said...

Beautiful book, great opportunity, thanks!

jae jun said...

I really need this book really badly. I just love wrapping beautifully to see happy faces!

Linnae said...

I've seen this idea, but wasn't sure how to put it into practice. This book would be great! Thanks for the chance to win.

The Schlich Family said...

Great ideas, would love to see more in the book!

Viva said...

I would love to win this!

Amy said...

We always use brown bags but would love to spice them up!!

Gina Thorpe said...

Not only do I make many of my own gifts, I love creating another crafting opportunity by making fun wrapping materials...taking the boring brown packing paper from packages and allowing the kids to fingerpaint or stamp it makes fun wrapping paper and a great "extra" treat for the grandparents.

DanaK ~ WaterPenny said...

I often wrap presents in fabric from my stash. My husband does this too. It's always fun to see what he pulls out. Less fun putting it all back...

Amy said...

We always use brown bags but would love to spice them up!!

HeatherK said...

Creative wrapping is best!

Rosi W. said...

I will have to try some of these ideas this Chrismtas! Love to see what else there is in the book.

angela said...

I have been trying to incorporate many of these ideas in my wrapping this year. I'd love to get the book to see the other ideas!

dheape said...

I love to use my children's drawings and paintings! They are colorful and gorgeous!

dheape said...

oh, and my e-mail address is: dheape@hotmail.com

Nancy Gilbert said...

Beautiful projects!! Can't wait to see who the lucky winner is.

Kathie Mennetti said...

Great ideas!
kathiemennetti@gmail.com

Rebecca said...

Wow, what a beautiful book, I'm feeling inspired already!

hueisei said...

Beautiful book!

Shelleybb said...

I'd love to share this book with the teachers at my school!
Shelley

Sally said...

Oh, I've so wants this book! It looks amazing!

Breanna S. said...

interesting way to do a blog tour giveaway!

Ann Kapala said...

What a treasure awaits someone!

Tina Weikel said...

Followed a link from Made By Rae and am so excited to see the lovely options this book offers! Feeling inspired to create some lovely gift wrapping options!