Thursday, November 01, 2007

That crazy Great Pumpkin

Whew. I am tired. A whole month of hard work is behind me at last. Birthdays are done, parties are over, Halloween is past. I think we are going on an a little impromptu camping trip this weekend before the weather turns too cold. I look forward to sitting in my chair and reading books while Jack digs in the dirt.

Thank you for all of the costume love! Jack's costume was a big hit here in the neighborhood too. Coming up with an owl is harder than I thought it would be, and all in all I was happy with the results. He even wore that mask for the first hour or so.

He was awesome last night, running from house to house, clutching his treat bag, making his owl noises and saying trick or treat. We trick or treated for nearly 2 whole hours and he would have gone on all night, but we were pooped! When we got home he did what every kid does on Halloween, he sat on the floor and piled all his candy around him while digging for treasures. Too cool.

He asked for a ride in the baby swing this morning, and while I would ordinarily try and encourage him to use our other swings, I gave him a few good pushes in the baby swing anyway today. I am acutely aware that his baby swings days are quickly ending, and he reminded me by telling me to push "fast, really fast, not so slow!"
This great pumpkin wants to thank all of you for visiting us here everyday, so she has a little gift for you too. All you have to do is a leave a comment on this post and sometime next week I will have the Jack attack draw names. Be sure to leave a way to get in touch with you and include which quilt you would prefer to be in the drawing for.

You can choose between this smaller quilt (toddler bed sized), and I think of a newer vintage. (1980s maybe? Hard to tell with the fabrics in this one.)
Or this bigger one, definitely of a 1950's vintage. (Some of the fabrics are barkcloth, and there are gold prints, so don't forget you CANNOT use Oxiclean on this quilt!)

They are both tied and in good usable condition (the pink one does need some stain removal), and my only condition is that you have to promise not to chop them up. :-) Picnic on them, let the kids roll around on them, nap with them, pet them, sit and admire them, anything but the scissors, ok? Good luck to you!


  1. Anonymous10:58 AM

    Wow! Sarah, I can't believe you're giving away such beautiful gifts! That is so nice of you. Both quilts are gorgeous. I'd love to be in the drawing for the bottom one - the 1950's era one. Absolutely beautiful! {And I promise, I could never cut it up! I LOVE vintage quilts.}

    I love your blog. All of the cute pictures and sayings of your little guy. And the great vintage finds that you always manage to snag. Thanks for doing this drawing!

    Glad you guys had a great Halloween with your little owl. :)


  2. Wow - what a generous giveaway! How nice of you! i love the 1950's one and before I even got to the part about not cutting it up, I thought about how lovely it would look on the grass with a nice picnic on it and a few of my favorite people!

  3. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Great quilts and it has been fun seeing your vintage Halloween finds!

    Can I put my name in the hat for the draw, I like the 50s era one too!

  4. Anonymous11:43 AM

    I have loved your Halloween posts-such fun. Isn't it amazing when littleys get big enough to really enjoy the whole event for the first time-such BIG eyes! I love both quilts and would like to be in the lottery for the pink one. Thanks a lot! Gill.

  5. Anonymous11:48 AM

    Oh wow, I was dying over the second one before I even saw the give-away part! What a generous offer. I would pay big money for it, so the chance to win it is happy indeed!

    Sandi (contact!!)

  6. OH MY! SARAH I WOULD DIE FOR THAT 50'S QUILT!!! I promise I would treasure it always if I won. (I'd use it a lot, but still treasure it!)
    You are too sweet to inspire us and then as if that wasn't enough, you offer a crazy cool giveaway! Thanks!!!
    I think you have my email, right?

  7. Anonymous12:13 PM

    I love watching kids grow up. They sure make everything better. Cale was full of funny questions this year. Two hours is pretty impressive. I think mine lasted 30 minutes. He likes giving candy just as much as getting it though.
    Your owl turned out so cute!

    The 2nd quilt is so pretty. I can't help but want it. :D

  8. Sarah,

    I love Jack's costume!! You did a great job:) Did it take you long to attach all those feathers? Are they made from felt?

    I'd love to enter for the quilt drawing! They are both wonderful,so
    it doesn't matter which you enter me for LOL!!

    Thanks for such a nice giveaway!


  9. Anonymous12:31 PM

    is this for real sarah? incredible! please put me in the drawing... 1950's quilt. it is just stunning!

    enjoy your camping time with jack, sounds perfect.

  10. You know how much I looooovvvvveee quilts! Wow! Your giving one away? You crazy girl! :) I love the 1950s one.

    Your Halloween sounds great.

  11. Are you kidding me??? I can leave a comment for one of these quilts??? Please-add my name to your hat!!! What a lovely giveaway--you rock!!! xo-Mel

  12. Anonymous1:42 PM

    You are so VERY generous! I'd love a "new" vintage quilt to add to the collection of quilts we have for the toddler (and soon enough, the baby on the way!) to roll around on. The larger one would work best for us.

    Your blog is really cute and quite helpful. Seeing Jack and hearing all the stories about his antics and preschool-ness really helps me get through the bouts of toddler-hood at our house. Just think tantrums and you'll get the picture.

    You can reach me at nifersATyahooDOTcom.

  13. Two hours! Wow! My 13 year old barely lasted that long. I love to watch them poke though their treats after. It's all over but the trading!

  14. Yes the costume was gorgeous. You are soooo talented. I wish I had the half the talent you do with a sewing machine!

    Ooh!! Pick me for the 1950's quilt. It's irresistible! My email is

    Come on Jack, you can do it...pick me!!!

  15. A quilt? Are you kidding me? That's too generous! Love the last quilt. The colors are purty.

  16. Am I still in time for this give away?! I love the 50s quilt. I'd never cut it up, in fact would probably put it in the rotation for our guest room! Come to my blog for my giveaway!

  17. I would love to try for the 50's quilt. What a doll you are to offer.

  18. You are a super cool blog buddy and that is why I come visit so often. Sorry I don't leave comments as often as I visit.

    Can I still be in the drawing, pretty please??? I like the bottom 1950ish, but I would cherish either one.

  19. what a generous gift! the 1950s one is absolutely to die for. It looks like the perfect quilt to snuggle up under while reading a great book.

    glad to find your blog.


  20. I love the 1950's era quilt! And what a cute owl costume!

  21. This has been one heck of a month for you, hasn't it? I can imagine how much of a relief it is for you to have it all over. Just in time for us to get all geared up for Christmas, right? ;) Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve! :)

  22. Anonymous7:39 PM

    Hi Sarah,

    I just found your blog and love it. Your son is sooooo cute. I enjoy reading about your outings.

    I can't believe you are giving away those quilts. That is awesome. I'd love to be in the drawing for the 1950's era one. I collect quilts and would love to add that one to my collection.


  23. Anonymous7:42 PM

    Jack looked adorable in the costume, and it sounds like he had a blast! Sylvie was a little too shy for the trick-or-treating this year, so we hung out on the stoop and passed out candy to all the neighborhood kids. What a great holiday.

    Love the quilt give away, and I especially love that Jack will be selecting the winner. How sweet! Count me in please!

  24. Me, me, me, me! :)

  25. what a sweet babe. those days are truly drawing near an end. savor every minute. and i adore the quilts!

  26. Anonymous8:57 PM

    Hi! I hate to post anonymously, but I don't have a blog. YET! I get tons of inspriation from yours and enjoy stopping by daily and checking things out. I'm Hayden in Hawaii and I LOVE the 50's era quilt! You can reach me at, if I should be the very lucky one!

  27. Anonymous10:23 PM

    I like the toddler quilt. Please put me in that drawing.


    homeandgardenparty4u at yahoo dot com


  28. Gosh Sarah -- what a great drawing offer! Now you must rest after all your Halloween work and before the drawing LOL. I never, ever cut up quilts of any kind unless they are ragged and beyond repair and it drives me nuts when quilts get hacked up!

  29. Ummm... wow! That's just about the most awesome giveaway ever! I love the 50's one... I can't imagine how many you must have now! I never get that lucky when I get shopping!:)


  30. It's hard when the baby days are over. N. is almost 7, and by no means a baby anymore, but this morning I encounted a hard transition for mommies. I dropped him off at school and he didn't want to hug as usual; instead he gave me a tiny, hidden wave. What happened to his public displays of affection? :)

  31. We had a great Halloween here as well. I was so sad we have it the super hero years. How sweet to do sucha nice giveaway. I am in love with the bottom one from the 50's. Have fun on your camping trip.


  32. Anonymous7:35 AM

    A quilt?!?!?! You rock, Mama! And man alive that costume was SO cute. The winner, hands down. Yay for camping! Have so much fun!

  33. Anonymous8:20 AM

    A quilt giveaway? WOW!! I'd love either one but would probably pick the pink one if forced to choose. I love reading your blog, and I bow to you for being so crafty while taking care of your home and little guy! Whew, you're a regular Wonder Woman!

  34. I love the quilts. Both of them. The 1950's quilt catches my eye a bit more, though. You are quite generous with your giveaway.

  35. Oooh, a quilt give-away!! Count me in!
    You are so right on about mothering... we know that we matter, but at times it's hard to measure from day to day. Now that my kids are grown, I can look back and have no regrets... the sacrifice was worth it.
    Hang in there... your precious Jack is blessed to have you as his Mom!

  36. Wow! What a generous give-away!! Both quilts are beautiful, but if I had my druthers, I'd love the second, larger one. And, I vow, absolutely NO scossors would ever make their way near it!!

    Loved Jack's owl costume...I was wondering what you'd conjure up for him...too cute!!

    Have a great weekend,

  37. they are both gorgeous, but I'd love the bigger one... how nice of you to love on your readers. happy november!

  38. Did I miss it? love with the quilts! Yes. 1950's were a good bunch of years. Thanks for visiting my blog a bunch!

  39. What a generous give-away. Love the 1950s quilt.

  40. Hi, Sarah. I loved your "Why I Craft" meme. It was really fun getting to know you more, and yes, it did all make sense.
    I would love to be included in your drawing. The toddler quilt would be just perfect for my new daycare, Puddle Ducks.
    Have a great day!

  41. Wow! How nice!! I love reading your blog, Jack's Halloween costume was so cute.
    Both of the quilts are awesome, but if I get to choose, I would choose the larger quilt.



  42. please count me in the draw for the bottom quilt. How generous of you to do a 2 quilt giveaway!

  43. Anonymous10:18 AM

    Love your blog. Please enter me for the bottom quilt. I would treasure it always if I won.

  44. What an awesome giveaway! I've enjoyed all of your Halloween posts though I haven't had a chance to do any commenting. I love Halloween and decorating for it but sadly this year I didn't get the time. And can you believe I have NO vintage Halloween items?!? So wrong. I never come across them though. You have some great stuff.

  45. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Dear Great Pumpkin, I hereby solemnly swear not to take shears to quilt...I like to preserve things, too. :) I like what you said about creating to stay sane in the beginning of motherhood. It helps me to feel I've accomplished something in the midst of all the demands from the youngsters.

  46. Anonymous11:18 PM

    uh, duh, I forgot to say which quilt I wanna be drawn for...the 50s quilt!


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