Monday, April 27, 2009

Sis Boom..Rah Rah Rah!

no it's not a cheerleading's a celebration of the gorgeous new fabrics from Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom fame!

Jennifer sent me a delicious package of fabrics to play with last week - with the promise of some samples for quilt market in May.


I snuck a little play time over the weekend and the result was this....

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and a bit of this....
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I love how her fabrics mix and match across collections - it was fun exploring my stash of older sis boom to see what works with the new.

Let me know if you would like to see these in my etsy store!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Oh Happy's another giveaway!

Aren't you glad you popped by today! I have another fantastic giveaway to offer my faithful blog readers.

Last week I was contacted by CSN Rugs to see if I would be interested in offering one lucky blog reader a FREE RUG! Yes...a free rug from CSN rugs

! They will even ship it to you free if you are in the United States or Canada.

So...what does this rug look like you ask....believe me it was a hard decision to pick just one as they have a beautiful selection on their website. I was torn between something for the kids rooms or something a bit more versatile so I settled on this beautiful accent rug


This area rug is beautifully versatile in design and color, and complements a broad range of decorating styles. This Chocolate and Blue Floral Wool Rug offers an intricate design in a vibrant chocolate brown and blue coloring.


* Hand-tufted in China of 100% better quality wool
* Vibrant and intricate floral rug
* Primarily colored chocolate brown with blue accents
* Available in the following sizes: 2' 6" x 4' 6" OR 2' x 3' do you win???

Leave a comment on this post - be sure to leave me an email address so I can put you in touch with CSN Rugs if you are the lucky winner!

Good Luck & have fun!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Another gock's frocks giveaway!

One of my favorite ebay designers Cree from Bowznstuff contacted me last week to see if she could interview me for her new endeavor....This Is Boutique. I was very flattered that she had asked and heartily if you have not had your fill of me yet, pop over to her new blog and check out my interview and the giveaway that she is sponsoring!

Good Luck!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Women to Watch...

Last week I had the honor of being nominated for a column in our local paper called Women To Watch....They interviewed me and I had a little photoshoot at my house with one of the photogs from the paper - it was a lot of fun and surprising how many people commented to me afterwards that they had seen me in the paper!

Occupation: Owner and creative vision behind gock’s frocks…individually inspired designs. A handmade clothing and accessory (for children and women) business — primarily web-based at but I also participate in a few regional shows.

Community activities: Co-leader of QABATS youth program at Third Presbyterian Church, leader of Discover Great New Writers/Cornell Alumni Book Group at Barnes & Noble; dining room ministry at Third Presbyterian Church; steering committee Fine Arts Festival Calkins Road Middle School; parent volunteer coordinator Calkins Road Middle School; Pittsford PTSA Room Parent; Listening Post Parent Coordinator Calkins Road Middle School.

My favorite thing to do in Rochester: I love taking my kids to some of my favorite places from my childhood in Rochester: Cobbs Hill Reservoir, Skywalk downtown, Highland Park Conservatory, Charlotte Beach and the river, Manhattan Square Park, Jines, the Little, Anderson Alley to visit the artists…

Biggest challenge I’ve overcome and how I did it: Just after we were married my husband and I moved to Poland as part of a volunteer program that he was participating in. We went after receiving only 2 ½ weeks of Polish language instruction. We continued with lessons once we were there and immersed ourselves in the culture to better understand our new home. We stayed for 3 ½ years and were fairly fluent in Polish by the time we moved back to the states. We still have our own special “Pol-english” we use at home if we don’t want the kids to understand what is being said!

One thing I have always wanted to do but never have: Oh, a long list...I would love to travel to Asia someday and I would also love to give my kids the opportunity to spend time living abroad. It gives you such a different perspective on life when it is viewed through another lens.

If I could change one thing about myself it would be: I would love to be a more patient person…both with myself and others.

The talent I would most like to have: I’ve always wished for more grace on the dance floor.

The one thing I can’t live without: Only one? How about good strong coffee, books & fabric!

The song that best describes my life: “What a Wonderful Life.”

One of my favorite sayings is: Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Actress I’d like to portray me in a movie about my life: Emma Thompson.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Washington DC - part 3

The Cherry Blossoms.....

dreamy, cotton candy pink
blue sky, clouds drift by
pink snow falls, dappled light glows

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

New goodies at Betty's Closet!

I finally got around to listing the fabulous Andalucia Ribbons I have that coordinate with Patty's gorgeous fabrics!

and I have also just listed 2 of Patty's patterns - Frida and Kyoko!

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Back to our tour of Washington DC....

At the Museum of the American Indian - which is an amazing piece of architecture

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I turned the camera over to Eily and she got some great shots of her brothers!

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Klem was having fun modeling for his sister!

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where there is will find Leo with a "boat"

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Drumroll please...........

I am thrilled to announce the winners of my 200th post Blog Giveaway!!! My daughter and her friend had the honor of drawing my 3 lucky winners....

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all of your entries were recorded and placed in a time I will set it up a bit differently so I can make use of the random number generator - you live & you learn!

The first name was chosen to win the prize of a $50 gift certificate to my etsy store!

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and then we drew the next name for a log cabin pillow cover.....

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and the 3rd winner for the fat quarters...
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Congratulations Ladies! I will be contacting you shortly!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Our Trip to Washington - Part 1

2 weeks ago we snuck the kids out of school for 2 days to take them to Gettysburg & Washington DC. It just so happened that it was the peak weekend for the cherry blossoms and the festival was in full swing.

Our first stop was the Capitol ....we arrived Fri night& popped into the city to see the sites all lit up.

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dinner in Chinatown after seeing the Capitol!

Saturday morning we headed back to the Mall to visit the Smithsonian and the monuments. Sunny but cold & WINDY! When we arrived the groups were lining up for the Cherry Blossom Parade - we got to see a really fun battle of the bands, te Cherry Blossom Queen and lots of other fun groups....

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stay tuned for part 2!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Red Carpet Debut!

we arrived home last night after 4 days away with limited internet access so imagine my surprise & delight when I opened an email from Style Cafe Moms letting me know that one of my skirts had graced the red carpet!

Back in February I had purchased a spot in 3 celebrity gift baskets that were being sent to celebrities to help raise awareness of the CPSIA and its impact on the handcrafted community. I sent along childrens items for Jenny Garth, Brooke Burke & Jessica Alba's children. In return I received photos from celebrity cafe moms of all of the items sent in the gift baskets...quite a few things to say the least! I pushed it all to the back of my mind until last night when I checked my email.

Brooke Burke's daughter Heaven Rain wore my skirt to the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and had her photo taken on the red carpet! I let out a yelp of glee which left my husband perplexed but my kids thrilled (fans of nickelodeon that they are!), without further ado...I am pleased to present Miss Heaven Rain in her very own gock's frocks Olivia skirt!