giveaway winners

Thank you to everyone for stopping by and visiting my blog. I was blown away by all the comments. I read every single one, really I did and they were so sweet. Made my day! And thanks for checking out our Olliekate shop too. We have added many new designs and can do custom sizes so come check us out again sometime! We have more key fobs in the shop, pillows , tees and more...
On to the winners....

The winner of the pillow is:

Ariel said...
I LOVE that pillow! Would love to win!

And the key fob will be going home to:

Shae said...
your shop is so cute! I really like your stuff

I will email you both today for your address and get your prizes in the mail. Thanks for joining in our first Olliekate giveaway. Have a super week!

weekend in pictures

first swim of the summer
sunny skies...finally!
week 2 of the quilt along
first bike
Hope your weekend was fun and relaxing too. The giveaway closes tonight at 9:00 pm and the winner will be announced in the morning!


the olliekate giveaway is here!

Hello and Welcome! The Sew Mama Sew giveaway event is here and I am so excited to be participating.
How it works: Leave a comment on this blog. Any comment will do, but I would love to hear what you think of the Olliekate shop or just be creative, say hello... whatever!

I will leave the giveaway open until Sunday May 31st at 9:00pm est. I will choose the winners by a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Monday morning! Yeah!

What is up for grabs, you ask?
Well...first is a fab Olliekate pillow! Measuring 14 x 14 inches, the pillow is crafted of 100% linen and appliqued with our 2 trees design. For all you fabric lovers out there, the trees are made of both Heather Ross and Denyse Schmidt fabrics in beautiful oranges and pinks. The back of the pillow is also linen with a patchwork strip of the same fabrics and has an envelope closure. A 100% cotton pillow insert will be included with the pillow.
And since second place is fun too: the 2nd runner up will receive an Olliekate original key fob. I will pick your design, but promise it will be cute. A key fob is perfect for keeping your hands free while juggling groceries, little hands or anything else. It slips around your wrist, you will never lose your keys again! Honest.

Thanks for playing along, visiting the blog and our Olliekate site. You can also click here to see the list of other bloggers who are joining in on the giveaway madness. Have a great week!
Because of the bulkiness of the pillow, I can only ship within the USA. Unless you would like to enter and I can just send the cover (without the insert) internationally.
You can email me at ollie.kate@yahoo.com if you have any specific questions as well. Thanks!
The giveaway is done and all comments are closed. I will announce the winners tomorrow morning.


quilt along with me

Thanks to my quilting hero, Heather over at Brown Robin, I have signed up for a quilt along sponsored by Old Red Barn Co. The way it works is that over the next 6 weeks, she will walk you through a quilt and the process. This will be my first "real" quilt, and I have been wanting to tackle this for quite some time. Heather will be my go to for advice and oh yeah, a walking foot. I figure if I put it out here on the blog, I have to stick with it, right? So I have picked my fabrics, what do you think? This was harder than it should have been for me to decide. Blues, an obvious choice for this lover of all things blue and some greens, turquoise and greys. Lots of Amy Butler, which always seems to happen to me when I have to pick lots of fabric, love her! So I will be posting as my quilt progresses. And if anyone wants to join along, hop over to the site and join in. All the directions are there. It should be fun!
And I forgot to mention, that Dana at the Old Red Barn Co. site is having awesome giveaways each week of the quilt along, leading up to a brand new machine! This week it is a Rowenta iron. Is it so lame that I would love to win a new iron? Mine stinks. And there is also a flickr group where you can see pictures of the works in action from everyone as the quilts progress, and get lots of inspiration too.
Remember tomorrow is the start of our Olliekate Giveaway. Come back and check out what I will have up for grabs. hint: something for your sofa, maybe???
Have a great day!



Lisa from Sweetbeets featured us on her cool blog, ModEco Kids! She uses her blog to talk about her stationery business as well as other handmade and eco friendly gifts for babies and children. Have a look around for lots of fun ideas and companies you can feel good about supporting!
How fun to see our red poppy shirt showcased. Thanks Lisa!


next week:giveaway time

Next week we will be participating in a giveaway sponsored by Sew Mama Sew (one of my favorite places to get fabric, and a great sewing blog too!)
They are hosting a Giveaway on May 27th. There will be lots and lots of blogs with fun items to win all over the web, including us! Not sure what I will put up for grabs. Something fun from Olliekate for sure, so stop back by and enter to win. You will be able to click here on that day to see the other participants or get some more info. as well!
Happy Wednesday....



I am a sucker for letterpress. I love how it looks, how it feels and what it represents. Handmade. I recently came across this sweet shop and corresponded with the creator Lisa. She was so sweet and her letterpress cards are so lovely. I had to share. You can find her on etsy here and her website here. I am in love with this print and may just have to get one for a little dancing girl I know!
In Lisa's words:
"Watching my children play and remembering my own childhood inspired me to create illustrations that would be a sweet reminder of life's simple pleasures. I felt images that speak to the child in all of us would be perfect for greeting cards used to connect us with friends and family."
Isn't that just perfect?


happy mother's day

I received this sweet note from my daughter's teacher. I couldn't say it better. May you all enjoy your mother's this weekend and take some time for yourself too. I am going to visit my mom and I can't wait to spend the day together!

On Mother's Day, some of us celebrate, and some of us mourn. Some of us remember the mothers in our lives with thanksgiving, and others of us with a heavy heart. Some of us have lost children and babies. Some of us wanted more than one, but only one was given. Some of us are challenged by our little ones, those with developmental challenges, and those without. Many of us are overwhelmed with the demands of motherhood. All of us cherish our children.
Life always seems a little bit sweeter on Mother's Day, the day you get to give thanks for this little person(s) who changed your life.
May your Mother's Day be sweet.


fabrics and food

Two of my favorite things in one post!

I ordered some fun Heather Ross fabric from her West Hill line from this lovely shop on etsy. I was all happy when the package arrived yesterday. When my little boy got it from the postman saying it must be for him, I think I may just have grabbed that thing right out of his hands! Can you blame me? A fabric delivery on a wet, rainy blah Wednesday. Yeah! And look at this gorgeous wrapping. It was all done so well with a handwritten note and a free fat quarter included of some cool fabric. That's good customer service I would say. And the fabric I ordered is gorgeous too, on sale here ($6 yard) at Fabricpalooza
And on to the yummy delicious cinnamon rolls we made this morning. Just because. I got this recipe from my friend Mary and have been wanting to try it. Kate asked me why we were having a party when no one was here with us. But we did save some for the boys when they get home. They were yummy. My first try at cinnamon buns, but when you put sugar, butter, and cinnamon , oh and more butter...can you go wrong?

Hope your day is scrumptious!


thankful for today


*waking next to my little one
*a custom sewing order well on it's way to completion
*a little sick girl getting much better
*a secret note from my son telling me he loves me and asking for ice cream in that order
*realizing that I don't really know the metric system and letting my 3rd grader teach me
*walking the yard to see what has bloomed, hello rhododendrons
*talking to my sister on the phone

*sitting on the deck with my husband enjoying the evening, catching up on the day
*a new Thai recipe that didn't stink, maybe my bad cooking streak is coming to a close
*Getting 4 dozen cookies made and wrapped for tomorrow's school event
*time alone while everyone else is sleeping.


Sometimes while cleaning I can find the biggest treasures. This was written by my 7 year old and if you know him, it comes at no surprise!

Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost my tooth in the sand. I couldn't find it. Instead of money I want a laptop or a cell phone because my parents won't let me have either of those things.
PS: My brother lost one in the sand too. Please give him a cell phone or a lap top.

He didn't really lose this tooth you see. He just thought he could trick the tooth fairy with his letter and even put a lego under his pillow because he thought it might look real! Oh, how kids can make us smile.
Here's to getting what you wish for!