My friend Vanessa wrote this great book all about adding texture to your world. It's definitely her niche and she does it well. I've tried a few projects from the book with much success. The book is full of all kinds of smaller projects (and a few quilts, too) that are sure to inspire.
The first project that I tried sewing was this great adorable dress. (The image is from the book.) I fell in love with as soon as I saw the photo. You can see the dress I sewed for my daughter here. As I said before, the ruffles were a bit of a pain, but were well worth it in the end. The instructions for the dress have you measure your child, so the dress is sure to fit your little girl to a T. A custom fit garment is a fabulous thing! My daughter has worn her dress and loves it. And she looks pretty darn cute in it if I do say so myself.
The second project I tried from the book was the decorative balls. (The image above is from the book.) I did this craft with my kids. My 11 year old and I ended up doing most of the gluing. He thought it was great that I actually let him use the hot glue gun. It was a nice afternoon activity, except for burning our finger tips! (I've gotta look into a low temp glue gun.) But again, the results were worth it.
My son did so well with his...he picked the green color and did it pretty much on his own. I think he did better than I did. :) We've only made 3 so far, but have plans to make at least a few more...or enough to fill up the tray. It's going to add some fun color (and texture!) to my coffee table. Hurray!
Now, for the fun part! I have a signed copy of the book to give away to one of my readers, compliments of Vanessa herself. If you would like to enter your name into the drawing, please leave me a comment in this post. In your comment I'd like you to include what your favorite summer time beverage is...just for fun. Only one comment per person and also, please make sure that there is a way to contact you in the event that you win.
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Looks like a fabulous book! My favourite summer time beverage is predictable but I can't help it. I love lemonade!!
This is a GREAT giveaway. I'm dying to get my hands on that book. My favorite summer beverage is homemade root beer.
The first photo had me sold!! Everything looks so fresh and pretty. My favorite summertime beverage is black tea and peppermint ice tea.
nothing says summer like lemonade!
Wow looks amazing this book!!
My favorite summertime beverage, has to be watermelon juice.
Absolutely love it
I would love to win a copy of the awesome book!
I love to drink Pimm's!!
I'd have to say lemonade with fresh strawberries or raspberries - just delicious! Her book looks terrific. Thanks for the chance to win it. I love those fabric covered balls - so colorful! Thanks again....happy summer!
Absolutely love the ruffle dress! Favorite summer time beverage has to be sweet tea.
Ruffle dress is super cute and may try making those fabric balls myself! For my summer time drink - I love making sun tea, but state fair lemonade is so good too!
My favourite summer time beverage is ice tea. Thanks for the giveaway.
I love sewing books! My favorite summer drink is ice water with a slice of lemon. If it ever becomes summer here...
Thanks for hosting this giveaway! My favorite summer beverage is raspberry lemonade.
I'm really boring, but it's water. Very, very cold.
Those balls are gorgeous!! My favorite is a nice cold Coke Zero with a dash of scotch ;)
Living in the deep south, my favorite summer time (or anytime) beverage is SWEET Iced Tea. Chick-fil-a has the best around :-) Thanks for sharing a copy of Vanessa's book.
So neat! My favorite summertime beverage is Lemonade (or maybe beer...) Thanks for the great giveaway!
HELLO! MY FAVORITE SUMMER BEVERAGE IS LEMONADE WITH SMUSHED STRAWBERRIES!
THANKS FOR SHARING A NEAT BOOK!
My favorite summer drink is Rasberry iced tea. So refreshing. Thanks for the give away. I love the fabric balls.
All the projects look so fun! Summer drinks are so fun. I love a good sweetened iced tea but recently fell in love with water with lemon and mint ice cubes. So easy and so delicious!
Lovely! And I'm a big one for Sangria. :)
What fun projects, I love Vanessa's stuff! My new favorite summertime drink is Pineapple Agua Fresca!
This is one of the books at the top of my wish list. I would love to win a copy! I like the fabrics on the balls you made.
(I missed the summertime beverage part, so I deleted my first comment. Hope it doesn't mess things up.)
I love Kiwi Strawberry Snapple. Cool, not too sweet and refreshing.
My Favorite summer time drink... it's a big toss up between Ice tea with mint leaves and Lemonade...
Love the dress, I wonder if my sewing skills are up for the challenge of making dresses...
Those are fabulous projects. I would love to win the book so I can try them. Thanks for the giveaway.
My favorite beverage... spring, summer, fall and winter.. is Diet Pepsi. :D
how fun! I love the dress you made for your daughter! My favorite summer beverage is a nice white wine. Thanks for the chance!
What a great book!
My favorite summer beverage is homemade lemonade that I add herbs from my garden to. Sometimes I make a simple syrup using lavender or mint or even thyme and then add that to sweeten my lemonade :)
I have to say that I absolutely love making frozen strawberry margaritas when the strawberries are fresh . . . so I only ever make them in the spring/summer. :)
I'm a big iced tea lover in the summer...hot tea the rest of the year.
This book looks lovely, thanks for the chance to win a copy. :)
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Mmm, I love sweet tea in the summer! Thanks for the chance to win!
The more projects I see from this book, the more I want it! My drink of choice is a tall glass of fresh brewed sun tea! OHHHH!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Hands down! Freshly-squeezed lemondade - yummy!
Thanks for the generous giveaway!
Hi, Like many others my favourite summer drink is lemonade. Love the book and the projects you did.
Love it! Her stuff is great. I can't wait for her fabric to come out as well! Thanks!
My favorite summertime drink has got to be standard yellow lemonade!!
It is SO refreshing & I just can't get enough of it!!
Well, I love those balls and would like to make some too. As for a favorite beverage, decaf iced tea - home brewed. Love it.
Yea! Something fun to sew for the summer!
It's addictive and bad for me but:
McD's Large Diet Coke with a shot of vanilla syrup from the McCafe. So wicked good.
Pink Lemonade! :) I would have some with my granddaughter, after I make her the dress in the book. ;)
Thanks for the chance to win. My favorite summer time beverage is a coffee colada from Dunkin Donuts!
Lavender lemonade...homemade :)
Thanks for the opportunity to win Vanessa's book. I am currently working on her Houndstooth baby Quilt. It is going to be darling! My favorite summer beverage is Cherry-Limeaide lo cal drink. (The Wal-Mart Brand) I get the single serving pack and have one a day. It's my treat!
ok I confess...there's nothing like an icy, minty mojito! Thanks for the opp!!
My favorite summer time beverage is sweet tea. But of course, if we are talking grown up drink, well then there's nothing like a sweet/tart Margarita - extra salt please. ;) April@ Little Mama Hen
Iced coffee!!! Looks like a really awesome book, and I love seeing your versions of what's in the book. What fun!
Cold Green Tea (unsweetened)! I drink it all year here, because it's always warm out
The book looks wonderful. My favorite summer drink is water with lemon.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Love those decorative balls!
My favorite beverage in the summer and all year long is Vanilla Dr. Pepper from Sonic!
No matter what season, I love coffee. I would love to win the book. firstname.lastname@example.org
Looks like a lovely book. I love to drink lemonade made out of elder flowers - eldernade? :-)
Thanks for the chance!
My favorite summer drink is Sprite (fizzy lemonade) mixed with ice cream. Thanks again!
Thanks for the chance. Love new projects!
Arnold Palmer. Yummy.
The book looks awesome! My FAV beverage is sweet tea. Great with ice! Thank you for the chance~Amy
My favorite summer beverage is mixing half and half Fruit Punch and Mountain Dew (or Sprite). Always reminds me of summers as a kid!
Cherry juice (just the juice - no added) with sparkling water.
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I love the fabric balls. My favorite summer time drink is ice water with a little bit of lemon juice.
Love flavored ice tea from Teavana.
Oooh, homemade root beer! Even if the dry ice still makes me nervous...
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We love lemonade, but add something, like a can of Kerns Apricot to it. I love summer drinks!
Giveaways are so much fun! I just love the ruffled dress! My favorite summer beverage is coke with ice. Yes, lots of sugar, but it seems to hit the spot. Hope I win. Cynthia
I would go for a cold fruit iced tea or water with some lemon juice! Refreshing!
Thanks for the giveaway!
I love fresh limeade.
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Fresh limeade. Yum, yum.
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Cool, thanks for the chance. Smoothies for me.
I always have a lemonade in my hand during the summer.
Lemonade of Course
Freshly squeezed lemonade!
Mojitos! This looks like a fun book. Thanks, Amanda Jean!
Sweet tea! I'll always choose that over anything else. Just ask Tara. :)
I'd love this book. Vanessa's cover bag was featured on Purse Palooza just the other day, and now you have shown us that great ball project. I can do either while my sun tea is steeping outside with a long sprig of mint, waiting for the lemon juice and simple syrup. I am thirsting.
My daughter and I would love to make those fabric balls. My favorite summer time beverage is the same as my all year beverage: coffee (1/2 caff with cream please). Thanks for the giveaway!
koolaid! I love it!
My favorite beverage is an iced black tea lemonade. Thank you for the chance to win this great book. email@example.com
I would love to win! My summertime beverae is lemonade! I just love it!
Oh I'd love to have V's book - love her blog!
Pink lemonade is my favorite drink for summer time.
I love those balls and think I should whip some up soon. My favorite summer drink is a cherry limeade preferably from Sonic, too bad we no longer live close to one but a girl can dream.
This book looks like it is full of fun activities - my apartment could sure use some pop of colour, those balls would be a great place to start. My favourite summertime beverage is a classic vanilla milkshake - of course made with homemade ice cream! I would be lying if I said that a milkshake or two didn't replace a meal at least twice a summer!
My favorite summertime beverage is lemonade with lots of ice! I can't wait to check out Vanessa's book. --Carla
Those fabric balls look like fun! Maybe I can get my husband to help me out...
My favorite hot weather beverage is sparkling water with a bit of lime juice and a splash of grenadine. Pretty and yum!
thanks for hosting this giveaway! my favorite drink is homemade syrup with menthe and salvia, yummy!
Thanks for the chance!
My favourite summer beverage is fresh-brewed rooibos iced tea with lemon and agave. Sounds pretentious but it's simple and delicious.
I love to make Horchata or Lemon Water (1 Tbs citric acid, 1 Tbs lemon extract and 1 cup sugar to 1 gallon of water - a less sugary but refreshing lemon-aid).
And I would Love Vanessa's book!!!!
This looks like a great book! Congrats to your friend! My favorite hot weather drink is any cold drink sitting outside with my husband on our future patio!
I seem to be stuck on Iced Tea with a teeny bit of sugar. I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks for the chance!
This book looks so fun! My favorite go-to drink in the summer is iced tea. Though, I have to admit we've been making pina coladas at home lately and they are super fun!
Those balls are so cute. I need to make myself some! My favorite cold drink is iced coffee latte!
Neat looking book. My favorite summertime drink is limeade.
Lemonade from fresh squeezed lemons is my favorite.
awesome giveaway...can't wait to get my hands on that book! my favorite summertime drink...Hoppy's Cherry Lemonade from the iowa state fair...i only get it once a year and boy do i LOVE it!
I am pretty boring when it comes to beverages. I like a plain simple glass of ice water with fresh lemon slices. It seems to quench my thirst the best.
I´d like to make some of the shown projects! My favourite summer drink is homemade elderblossom lemonade...and 'Hugo', a cocktail with spritzer, elderblossom syrup and fresh mint. ;-)
Iced Tea, usually Arizona but I want to start making my own "sun" tea. Add some lemon slices maybe some frozen berries... ummm!
I love iced tea.
My favorite summer time beverage is a toss up between lemonade (made from concentrate) and a root beer float. I am impressed that you did glue gunnning with the kids.
I have a few V & Co patterns, and love them! My favorite summer beverage is sweet tea. =)
sweet sun tea or fruit smoothies!
Lovely give away (and am very impressed with your 11 year olds skill). My favourite summer drink? Pimms and lemonade (and it is better with all the fruity bits)
I would LOVE to get my hands on this book!!
my fave drink is Cherry Limeade!
the recipe is here: http://imjohnsdaughter.blogspot.ca/2009/07/cherry-limeade-ingredients-2-packets.html
It's soooo yummy and is always impressive!
Lemonade!!! No question!
Lovely dress! My favorite summer drink is mango limeade. Julia.vickery @ Gmail
I'd LOVE to win your book! My favorite summer (as well as anytime drink is always the same: Diet Pepsi!) I am really hooked!
Love the book and Vanessa's projects! Her patterns are really well explained. My favourite beverage is a typical Spanish one: "clara" which is simply a lemon refreshment with beer.
We are pleased to have looked at the book. My favorite drink - Russian kvass!
I would love to win that book. It looks amazing. My favourite summertime drink has changed recently. I would have said water, but since I was introduced to the wonders of the Mojito I'm a convert. Even in mid-winter it is summer in a glass!
Those fabric balls you made look great; I love both the color and texture! My favorite summer time drink is probably cucumber water (especially it's on my hammock in the backyard!)
I love that little dress! Strawberry Lemonade is my summertime favorite! Thanks for the chance to win.
I would love this book! Corona w/ lime.
I would love this book! I would be sitting and reading it while sipping on sweet iced tea ;-)
Love the fabric balls you made! A beverage for a Southern girl - of course Sweet Tea!
Raspberry Tea (with real raspberries) YUM!
Lemonade or a nicely chilled Chardonnay. Thanks!
I would love this book. Pick me, please! My favorite summer drink is ice-cold cider.
I love good cold root beer in the summer time! I love the ruffle dress you made from this book1
Summer beverage? I'm just an ice water girl so I guess it's an all time beverage! Thank you so much for a chance to win the book. I've been eying it for awhile!
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A strawberry Coolata from Dunkin Donuts. Only on a super hot day though
My favorite summer beverage (also good in the fall, winter and spring) is sweet tea.
My favorite summer beverage is frozen lemonade.
Not to sound like I am kissing up but right now my fave summer drink is the rhubarb iced tea you put us onto...its delish...if its not that then I guess its gin and tonic or rum and coke...gee that makes me sound like a lush!
My favorite summertime beverage is Cherry Limeade from Sonic.
Please pick me- I would LOVE a copy of Vanessa's book!
My favorite drink in summer is 1/2 iced tea, 1/2 lemonade. (The best of both worlds!!!)
Great projects chosen to make. My favourite summer beverage has to be Kool-aid, there are so many flavours and ways to mix it.
Thanks for an awesome giveaway =D
Love the book. My favorite summertime beverage is lemonade.
Looks like a wonderful book. My favorite summertime beverage is "Sun Tea" brewed on the front porch. Fill a gallon jar with water, throw in a handful of loose tea leaves and little honey and whatever spices you like. Let it sit in the sun for a few hours, strain, add ice and enjoy.
What a great book! My favorite beverage is iced herbal tea-either raspberry or lemon.
This book looks really fun!!
My favorite summertime drink is iced tea with lemon!
Thanks for the giveaway.
That book looks awesome and has been on my wish list. My favorite summertime beverage is raspberry lemonade.
I love fresh lemonade. Mmmmmmm!
Perfect for summer!
The decorative balls are very neat looking and I love the ruffled dress.
What a wonderful book! My favorite summertime drink is suntea:)
If I wasn't on a diet, my favorite summertime (anytime) beverage would be a margarita. But since I am, I'll say a tall glass of really cold ice water will be my drink of choice this summer
Looks like a fun book.
My favorite YEAR ROUND beverage is ice water. It's all I drink!
Hi, I keep having trouble trying to comment with Google, so let me just say how adorable the book looks, my favorite drink is Dr. Pepper lemonade, and I hope I win something for all this perseverance!
I love the fabric wrapped balls! In Summer I love a nice tall cold glass of ice tea.
Peach Margarita (drinking one now...ha!)
I have this book but it's not signed. If I am the lucky draw I will happily give my copy away ;) Thanks for the chance. Smiles~Beth
I love iced coffee, with a spoon of vanilla ice cream and ice cubes! Thanks for the chance to win.
The dress you made your daughter is so cute. My favorite summertime beverage is either iced tea with lemon and sugar or a cold beer. Thanks for the chance to win.
I don't have a favorite drink, but my husband's is kiwi strawberry Shasta mixed with pineapple juice. Mmmm.
Cute book! I hope I win ;)
Half lemonade, half lemon-lime seltzer. Unless there's a cold homemade margarita around. Then that would win...
Diet Lemonade that comes in a 2 liter bottle.
Would love to win this book. Favorite warm-weather beverage, boring ice water.
I love lemonade when it is served very cold on a very hot summer day. Thanks for a great giveaway.
This book looks amazing!
As for summertime beverage: strawberry lemonade. LOVE strawberry lemonade. Although I won't turn down a good root beer float.
My favourite summertime drink is definitely iced tea. Always has been :)
The dress in that book looks soooo cute!!! My favorite summertime beverage is iced tea (unsweet) with a wedge of lemon.
Would love to have a copy of the book. Those projects look wonderful. My favorite year-round good-for-you drink is icy cold water. My favorite year-round not-so-good-for-you drink is iced mocha cappuchino - creamy, sweet, icy, chocolatey and coffee! Yum!!!
That book looks so fun! My favorite summertime beverage is peach iced black tea. Thanks for the chance to win! My e-mail is lea_elina@yahoo dot com.
LEMONADE. Lemonade, lemonade, lemonade.
Love the projects you chose to do. Vanessa is a stylish lady and it's nice to see she's made a book!
I like the projects you highlighted from the book. And I think my granddaughter needs that dress, lol. My favorite summer drink is a Raspberry Lime Rickey. I don't know if this is just a New England drink, but it is soda water with lime and raspberry, yum!
I'd love a copy of the book!
My favorite summer drink is lemonade. Although I've had a strange urge to drink some sweet tea the last three weeks....but I've never drank tea in my life. lol
My favorite beverage is and always will be Bailey's and milk. I love a cup before bedtime!
I love pink lemonade! There's nothing better on a hot day. Thanks for the chance to win!
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I'd love a copy of the book. That dress you made is adorable! My drink of choice in the summer is iced tea! Deborah
I love Sweet Tea in the summer! It's a perfect thirst quencher! Don't forget the lemon!
Iced tea - so refreshing in the summer, but no sugar please...sometimes with lemonade.
What a lovely book; I hope it's mine!
For me - it's a pina colada yum yum
The book looks like it's got some great patterns. Thanks for the chance to win.
Looks like a fun book! My fave summer drink is an iced coffee. Thanks!
I love a Mojito.
Looks like a great book! I like ice water sometimes with a little lemon balm
an icy cold beer on a sunny patio.....sorry, got distracted, book looks great, love the fabric balls
It's hard to beat ice cold water on a hot day.
Freshly brewed mint tea is a nice summer treat as well. Here's hoping our mint plant grow big enough this year to make some.
Favourite summer drink? Italian Sodas!
I love this book so much, I'll have to buy it if I don't win it! New favorite summer drink - Summer Shandy-mmmm.
Love the balls you made! My fav summer beverage is a mojito. Of course, I drink them year-round too! :)
I love all the projects that I've seen from this book! I would love to have the book to try them for myself :) My favorite summer drink would have to be a pina colada... yum! my email is jacy468 at aim dot com
My favorite summer beverage is frozen citrus slush added to gingerale or a light coloured pop. This book looks great. rpshandATnsDOTsympaticoDOTca
my favorite summer time beverage is sierra mist with orange slices in it. delish.
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Oh, I would love this book!
Last night I made Summer Sangria. 1 Bottle of white wine, three cans Fresca and fresh fruit -- strawberries, peaches, blueberries. Oh my! Served it at a girls gathering and it went QUICK!
Don't put me in the drawing...I already have the book. Those are great balls. Yeah, low-temp glue guns. I burned myself so bad once on a high temp one, I got a huge blister. It was the last time I used one. I like the low temp ones better. And they set up faster.
Ice cold lemonade for me. Thanks for the chance to win this, I love seeing the projects you made from it!
Definitely it's lemonade! Your daughter's dress came out beautifully.
For me its limeade with fresh mint and lots of ice!!
Love the ruffle dress and can't wait to see one of my girls in.
I love the fabric balls you made! So bright and cheery. I love adding texture to a room and especially to a quilt!
My favorite summer time beverage is probably Cherry Vanilla Slush from Sonic. Although I don't get many of them any more!
Thanks for the giveaway! I loved the ruffled dress you made. My fave summer drink is probably iced coffee :)
Great Book, favorite summer drink iced tea with a slice of lemon and lots of ice!!
lemonade/iced tea mixed 50/50
I love crazymomquilts
Ice cold diet coke!!! Thanks for the giveaway!
Great book! I like iced Chinotto. Thank you for the chance to win. Barbara from Italy
Like many others it is a perennial favorite-Lemonade: pink or yellow. I just love it's tangy freshness and super sparkly feel on my tongue.
The yarn balls are great-I hear you about the burned fingertips-I dislike that too. Low Temp glue gun may solve that; I have never owned a glue gun, maybe it's time to get one.
I have to say an iced beer. delightful
Ooh! These projects look like great fun. I'd love to get my hands on the book, but I'm not sure if I'd be eligible as I live in the UK.
My favourite summer drink is NAUGHTY, but oh SO NICE!.............. Baileys with ice - yum.
I have been eyeing up this book for a while - I would love to win it! My favourite summer drink is Pimms. Delish!
My favourite summer drink is lemon lime and bitters. Thanks for the fabulous give away.
I have been eyeing that book for a while. My favorite drink in the summer would be a crisp chilled white wine.
The book looks great and I'd love to win a copy.At the moment my fave summertime drink is white tea with elderflower - good hot or cold and of course being British I've had a lot of Pimms lately!!
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book! Nothing says summer like fresh squeezed lemonade!
The book looks wonderful. My favorite summertime beverage is Half and half( ice tea and lemonade)
My favorite summertime beverage is plain ole unsweetened ice tea. We drink it by the gallons at my house. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your give away.
Love sweet tea!
I looooove watermelon lemonade :)
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How fun! The dress is adorable, I like the bag pictured too. As for summer beverages... A super cold beer is usually my go-to :)
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Love that little girls ruffled dress! My favorite drink for summer is Pimms :)
This book is on my wish list - I love lemonade.
That dress is adorable. My favorite summer drink is lemonade! Pink Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, any lemonade!
I love the Dress you made it is so cute and the fabric ball look so good. my favorite summer drink is Lemonade with fruit!
I love this book! My favorite summer beverage is a blackberry lemon sweet recipe that I have - I get requests for the recipe a lot. Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks for the chance to win. I love lemonade! Especially if it is freshly squeezed!
I'm pretty boring. I love to drink the same beverages all year round--coffee and water. :-) Thanks for the review of the book and the giveaway.
Love this book! My favorite drinks are many from iced water, iced coffee, iced tea & lemonade - love variety! Thanks.
Would love to win this book!
My favorite summer beverage is iced coffee... yum!
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