Thursday, October 25, 2012

Winner of the Sock Monkey Mania Giveaway!

We have a winner! This go around, we had 831 entries in our giveaway for the Sock Monkey fabric, thread, and Gingher curved blade scissors.


Comment number: 206: Sarah Moss is our winner!
Congratulations Sarah! Please contact us within 48 hours at: designsbyjuju@comcast.net and we will get your information and send your package out to you. I can't wait to see what adorable creations you come up with!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! I enjoy doing these giveaways and look forward to more in the future!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Sock Monkey Mania Blog Giveaway!

ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED AS OF 12:07 AM OCTOBER 25. A WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN VIA RANDOM.ORG TOMORROW MORNING AND ANNOUNCED HERE ON THE BLOG AND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

If you are not aware, we have launched a 5 day Super Harvest Spectacular sale where all design sets are just $4 each. Buy more and save more. You can find the details on our homepage. This is a great time to stock up on designs for the holidays!

It's time for another fun giveaway here on our Designs by JuJu blog. I don't know why I didn't think of this one for the first giveaway, but I've been anxious to let the cat out of the bag. Now that the goodies have arrived, it's time for our next giveaway! We get question after question asking us where we get the sock monkey fabric, where we get the thread, what kind of scissors do we prefer, etc. I've decided to show you, and give some away!


Sock Monkey Mania Blog Giveaway
sock monkey fabric giveaway Designs by JuJu
This giveaway will include the following shipment:
1) 2 yards of Moda Funky Monkey Monkey Texture Brown fabric. This is the coveted "sock monkey fabric you all are always asking me about!
2) 1/2 yard of Moda Funky Monkey Dots Cream (cuz it's just plain fun!)
3) THREE spools of Floriani FuFu 11 (this is the color thread we use for our filled sock monkeys! So much fun and gives them that sock monkey look. :)
4) Because you need to get a GOOD clean, sharp trim on your applique, we are giving away also a brand new pair of our favorite scissors for applique: Gingher 4 inch curved blade embroidery scissors. I use these for cutaway applique.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY

ONE lucky winner will win the above lot of goodies. These items have been purchased and supplied by Designs by JuJu.

All YOU have to do to enter to win this giveaway, is leave a comment TO THIS POST ONLY telling us what project you plan to make with your Designs by JuJu Sock Monkey designs. Do not put your comment under a different blog post. ONLY comments under this post will count towards entries.

**IF YOU ARE COMMENTING AS "ANONYMOUS", YOU MUST WRITE IN YOUR FIRST NAME AND LAST INIITAL SO YOU CAN BE IDENTIFIED IF YOU ARE THE WINNER :) THANKS!

We have made it as easy as possible to leave comments. Anonymous comments are allowed and we do not have one of those annoying boxes where you have to type in the letters to prove you're not a robot. We understand that occasionally someone might have a problem posting. There are so many different variables that play into it and unfortunately, nothing is fool proof. If you have trouble, we encourage you to try another web browser..

Comments are numbered. The numbers do not show up in Internet Explorer (unfortunately, it's a browser thing that I have no control over) I prefer Firefox or Safari browsers and find them far superior to Internet Explorer. For the sake of the drawing, please note that I can see all the numbers in either Firefox or Safari.

We had a lot of entries in the last giveaway. Blogger only displays so many at a time. If you've submitted your comment and don't see it, it may be that it is further down. Please don't worry.

Comments for the giveaway will CLOSE Wednesday night, October 24, at Midnight, East Coast time. The winner will be chosen using Random.org on Thursday, October 25. The winner will be announced here on the blog as well as our Facebook page.

ANYONE can enter for a chance to win. You simply need to leave a comment to this blog post letting us know what you'll make with our Sock Monkey Machine Embroidery Designs.

Would you like to earn extra entries to try to win? There are several things you can do to get extra entries into the giveaway. Below are a list of various tasks. If you complete one, leave a separate comment that you have done that task. If you do three different things, you need to leave three different comments so you will get credit. If you comment and mention everything in one comment, it only counts as one entry because entries are differentiated by comment numbers.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO GET ADDITIONAL ENTRIES

1) SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER by subscribing under "Newsletter" to the right hand side of our blog. Make sure you confirm your subscription. Post a separate comment letting us know you've signed up!

3) FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK by clicking the red Facebook button to the right! Post a comment letting us know you have done so, or if you already like us, let us know that too!

4) Do you follow blogs regularly? FOLLOW US by clicking "join this site" under "followers" on the left. You would need a google account for that.  Make sure you leave a comment letting us know you've done this!

4) Click the Facebook button at the bottom of this post and SHARE on your Facebook page or timeline about our giveway. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us where you shared it! **If you don't see the Social buttons under this blog post (it could be a browser thing) look up on the left where there is a "share this" link. :)


5) FOLLOW US ON TWITTER by clicking the green Twitter button to the right under "follow us". You got it, comment that you've done so!

6) TWEET about our giveway. Be sure to link to us!...and yup, comment. :)

.............I know it's a lot of comments, but your comments ARE your entries.

7) PIN IT! Be sure to Pin something from this post onto your Pinterest page! Leave us a comment. Do you want to pin something from our website? Great! Pin away and be sure to comment here (separate comments) letting us know you've done so and a link to your pin!

8) FOLLOW US ON PINTEREST Click on the blue Pinterest button on the right under "follow us"

...and last but not least..

9) BLOG  about us and link to our blog. Share with others about this giveaway! And of course, comment with a link to your blog post.

REMEMBER.....
1) Entries will close Wednesday, October 24 at midnight
2) Leave a separate comment per entry completed
3) If you comment under "anonymous" PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put your First name and last initial at the end of your comment so I can identify you if you should be the winner! :)
Check back here on Thursday, October 25, or on our Facebook page where we will announce the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to contact us.
If you comment that a task is completed, please be sure to link to where, if possible, so we can verify should your comment be the winner.
Thanks!!! Have fun and good luck!!

ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED AS OF 12:07 AM OCTOBER 25. A WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN VIA RANDOM.ORG TOMORROW MORNING AND ANNOUNCED HERE ON THE BLOG AND ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.




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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Welcome To My Office Studio!

Happy Sunday everyone! I wanted to share with you a special project...em....journey...I have embarked on. It's the very odd, foreign concept that is very new to me. It is called:
O-R-G-A-N-I-Z-A-T-I-O-N
I can easily debunk any preconception of myself that I have been in any way, shape, or form organized.

Ask Margie, my beloved tester. 

Margie: "So Julie, what's next?"
Me: "North Pole Village, Heavenly Inspirations Set 2"
Margie: "Great!"

A few days later, arriving in Margie's inbox--snowmen. LOL

Speaking of snowmen, have you seen our new Simply Snowmen Applique release?
cute snowmen applique machine embroidery designs collection


Project "Organize My Life"

A few months ago, I emptied my office of the old furniture and took a trip with my family to IKEA in Stoughton, MA. I purchased all new furniture including a desk, bookshelves, long sewing table, and three 3-drawer chests to arrange for a nice cutting/work table for myself. I also bought some cool accessories from IKEA for the walls. I'll try to link to everything as I show you pics.

ETA: Ok..how quickly my memory fades! Before taking the trek with the family to IKEA, I took the trek to IKEA with my awesome friend Janel. :) Visit her blog here!

*Janel* and her friend Corrinne and I scoured IKEA and got a lot of the furniture together and we got some cool stuff for Janel too! I couldn't have gotten it in the car without them.

Hubby graciously lugged it all into the house and put it all together for me with the help of my 10 year old son. Though I made the scrappy valances, and put some stuff away, the office studio remained a mess and I was still overwhelmed, wasting time trying to find things and I had not tackled my new filing system. 

Recently, I was sitting at my desk contemplating the path of a design, and the words "professional organizer" popped into my head. (Can we say A.D.D?)  Just for the fun of it, I googled "professional organizer Southern NH" and this magnificent lady popped up at the very top of Google.
Luv2Organize4u
I decided to inquire. The next day, she came to do an assessment and had some great ideas. We set up times to work and got going. We tackled the office and organized the filing first. That took a couple of days. With her help and guidance, I started cleaning out and purging one area at a time. It. Felt. SO. Good!  She had me pick out colors letting me know "you need color in here!" I sure did! She went over to my embroidery thread and color coded it all, which I chuckled at because it just never would have occurred to me to do that!

First we cleaned out, arranged, and organized the office. Here are some pics.
The cubbies on the walls are "Billy" wall shelves from IKEA

The makings of a cutting table. Three 3-drawer chests from IKEA. These are the Trondheim line, but I think they were discontinued as I cannot find them on the website right now.

BRING ON THE COLOR

Today, Alicia Lastowka, my professional organizer from Luv2Organize4u came back with her husband to further work on the office and they painted the entire thing for me!They made it look so fast and easy and did a fabulous job. The picture above was taken yesterday. These pics are from today, October 14, 2012
Emily LOVES to watch!

I LOVE the color. Love love love it!

Notions, that I can well...FIND! She does not yet know that I have a TON more downstairs.
I have 9 awesome, DEEP drawers in this cutting table arrangement for great things like, oh, I don't know.....FABRIC! We'll have even more fabric storage in the closet when it's done.




Voila! Finished! And my doggy, Bella even posed for you!

Here is a closer pic of my work area and my desk:

The desk is also from IKEA, but of course. It is a Vika Amon table top, with  on top of a Vika Alex drawer unit on the right and Vika Alex Storage Unit (for the computer) on the left. Over the desk is a Billy wall shelf 


Over on the left you will see a nice LONG Vika Amon table. It is simple..just 4 legs. It houses my Janome Platinum sewing machine, my Bablock Evolve serger, more thread and....


My little girl, Emily's, special space in my office to work with mommy. Alicia was so kind and brought Emily a nice older Singer sewing machine. This is Emmy's FIRST big girl sewing machine of her very own! Emily is a great little seamstress and does a fantastic job sewing straight lines.

That little white ledge/shelf above the machine is also from IKEA. It is the RIBBA Picture Ledge. Underneath it is this really cool "clothesline" type thing from IKEA called Dignitet Curtain Wire.
That is REALLY cool for hanging pictures and stuff from.

We have more storage ideas for thread on the wall and more IKEA accessories to get up so I'll update with more pics when we get that done, as well as when the closet storage is done. I can't wait!

Finally, we posted a close up photo on Facebook of our Scrappy Valances for our office studio. These were so much fun to make. I LOVE Riley Blake Designs fabrics, and couldn't possibly have chosen just ONE or TWO for window treatments, so I was just ecstatic when I found this awesome idea on Pinterest. Here is our close-up of one window:


I just used regular curtain rods and cut 2 inch strips x the width of the fabric, cutting off the selvedges of course. Then, I tried to sort of oranize them a little in a pattern...pinkish, green, yellow, blue etc..but trying not to use the same fabrics ever close together. Here are a couple of links to some "how to" blog posts to make your own scrappy valance.


So, there you go. My "almost finished" office and sewing/embroidery studio. I cannot wait to sit in my happy room and make some decorations for it!

If you would like to know the paint colors I used, they are as follows:
The green is Behr Ultra 420c-3 "Celery Bunch".
The pink is Glidden "Pink Salmon" 99RR 27/498
I am SO happy with both of them!

I am so very thankful for Alicia. She is helping me in other parts of the house also and I can already feel how being organized brings you more hours in your day. THANK YOU ALICIA!

  

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our very first blog giveaway! We had a fantastic response: 1052 entries! We look forward to sponsoring many more giveaways in the future so be sure to keep checking back.

Comment entries closed at 12 midnight last night. With 1052 entries, we randomly generated the winner using Random.org.

The winner of our Riley Blake 24 Fat Quarter Pack of "Santa's Workshop" fabric is:

Comment number: 522

Congratulations to Melody Shingler!

You have won this adorable fat quarter pack of Riley Blake Designs "Santa's Workshop"

Please contact us within 48 hours at designsbyjuju.customerservice@gmail.com and provide us with your mailing address so we can get this shipped out to you. We must receive contact within 48 hours. 

Congratulations again! We can't wait to see what you create!
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We have lots more planned for the future from free downloads to more awesome giveaways! Be sure to follow us so you don't miss it. 

Thanks again everyone!
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New Release, FREEBIE, And Our First Giveaway!

ENTRIES FOR THE FAT QUARTER GIVEAWAY HAVE NOW CLOSED. 

A WINNER WILL BE CHOSEN TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10. WE WILL POST THE WINNER HERE IN A NEW POST AS WELL AS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR ENTRIES! 

As promised, we are listing our first blog freebie today. Also, today marks the start of our very first giveaway!

NEW RELEASE!
First...drumroll please...our long awaited Sock Monkeys Applique Alphabet is now released!
There is a boy and girl for each letter. This is available in a variety of sizes at the links below:
5x7 here
4x4 here
Jumbo (6x10 and 8x8) here

FREE DESIGN DOWNLOAD
I know it is cliche, but I seriously cannot believe October is already upon us! I'm not sure I'm wild about how time flies faster and faster the older we get. I plan on offering freebies regularly here on the blog, so I thought our first one should be a Halloween theme!
Enjoy this cute little applique ghost kid from our Treats n Tricks Halloween Applique Too embroidery designs collection. The file is a multi-format file and includes FOUR sizes! I hope you enjoy him! To download the file, click the DOWNLOAD ME NOW link below the image. Our terms of use apply to all of our designs, both free and download. Please do not share the design or the link, but rather direct friends and family to our blog to download. Thanks so much!









ENTER TO WIN OUR FIRST GIVEAWAY!
This is the giveaway that almost didn't happen. I am new to the blogosphere in this arena, and I have spent HOURS trying to figure out how to "number" the comments so that we could do this, and future, giveaways. It just wasn't happening.

Two microseconds before smashing my computer with a hammer, (I'm not really violent) I discovered that it wasn't ME. It was Internet Explorer that was not displaying the numbers! If you don't see numbered comments, use Firefox or Safari. They're there. :)

We are giving away a precious Riley Blake Designs fat quarter pack. There are many options to enter to win this darling 21 fat quarter pack "Santa's Workshop" valued at over $65 USD!

One lucky winner will receive this set shipped via USPS First Class Mail. The giveaway starts today and we will stop accepting entries on Tuesday, October 9 at midnight, EST.
The winner will be chosen using a random number generator from Random.org. We will post the winner of the giveaway here on the blog on Wednesday, October 10. We will post the winner here on the blog and on our Facebook page.

HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:

IMPORTANT: All entries MUST be in the form of comments here on the blog...not Facebook. You can comment away on Facebook, but ONLY the comments YOU make here on the blog will count.

Please make sure you post a separate comment for each entry performed. Comments are numbered and that is how the drawing will take place. If you put more than one item in only one comment, it will only count once. If you are an anonymous commenter, that is fine. The drawing will be by post NUMBER. I will post the winning number here and it will be the winner's responsibility to contact me.

Please note that the winning comment will be verified that the task was completed.

Ok..onto the good part!

The following items all count as entries:
Please be specific and be sure to leave a DIFFERENT comment for each item completed. Thanks!

**If you are posting as anonymous, please put your first name and last initial in your comment.

1) Comment on this blog post and let us know your favorite embroidery design collection, or what you might do with this precious fat quarter pack.

2) Sign up for our newsletter by subscribing under "Newsletter" to the right hand side of our blog. Make sure you confirm your subscription. Post a separate comment letting us know you've signed up!

3) Follow us on Facebook by clicking the red Facebook button to the right! Post a comment letting us know you have done so, or if you already like us, let us know that too!

4) Do you follow blogs regularly? Follow us by clicking "join this site" under "followers" on the left. Make sure you leave a comment letting us know you've done this!

4) Click the Facebook button at the bottom of this post and share on your Facebook about our giveway. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us where you shared it!


5) Follow us on Twitter by clicking the green Twitter button to the right under "follow us". You got it, comment that you've done so!

6) Tweet about our giveway. Be sure to link to us!...and yup, comment. :)

.............I know it's a lot of comments, but your comments ARE your entries.

7) PIN IT! Be sure to Pin something from this post onto your Pinterest page! Leave us a comment. Do you want to pin something from our website? Great! Pin away and be sure to comment here (separate comments) letting us know you've done so and a link to your pin!

8) Follow us on Pinterest! Click on the blue Pinterest button on the right under "follow us"

...and last but not least..

9) Blog about us and link to our blog. Share with others about this giveaway! And of course, comment with a link to your blog post.

Remember, entries close Tuesday, October 9 at midnight EST. The winner will be chosen from a random drawing on Random.org and announced here on the blog and on our Facebook page on Wednesday, October 10.

The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize via email. If they do not claim their prize, a new winner will be chosen.

I'm really excited to try this first giveaway! I have lots of ideas for future giveaways as well so let's have fun and let it begin!

Blessings,
Julie
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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Welcome To Our New Blog!

Welcome! We decided it was about time we start a blog. :)  We have lots of new designs on the horizon, new fresh changes to our website in progress that will greatly enhance your shopping experience, and some fun giveaways for you here on the blog!  We plan to offer free downloads and tutorials as well.

Tutorials
We are always open to collaborating on project tutorials. If you have a project tutorial that you would like to share, email us and we will share it here on the blog and link to your blog or website.

Coming soon!
I am busy as a bee working on our upcoming Sock Monkey Alphabet Applique! There will be a boy and girl for each letter. Here is a sneak preview:
sock monkeys alphabet applique embroidery designs by juju
Our Newest Release
Have you seen our latest release? Scarecrows Applique has been a well received addition to our embroidery designs collection. Isn't he cute??


scarecrow applique embroidery design
We are planning our first blog giveaway so stay tuned! We also hope to have our first blog freebie listed within the week. Be sure to follow us for updates!

Until then, have a FABULOUS remainder of your weekend! Be sure to visit us at www.designsbyjuju.com

Julie aka "JuJu" :)

**PLEASE NOTE: Please do NOT leave your giveaway entry comments under this blog post. This is not the blog post where the entry is announced and unfortunately, comments under this post will not count in the drawing. Please follow the instructions in the giveaway post here: http://designsbyjuju.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-release-freebie-and-our-first.html

In order to be fair to everyone, everyone must play by the same rules and follow the instructions stated in the giveaway post. Thanks so much!
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