Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How about a Sneak Peek??? .... and a little giveaway????

Last week on my birthday an extra special package arrived on my doorstep....

a box of goodies from Patty Young of ModKid Designs! Patty's new line of fabric, Flora & Fauna is set to debut in a couple of weeks at the Fall Quilt Market in Houston and she was looking for a but of help getting her samples ready for the show....so I was lucky enough to get to see this gorgeous fabric up close and make a new Frida for her booth!

These fabrics are simply gorgeous... wonderful prints and rich colors.... 44 new designs in all!

I'd love for you to post your favorite colorway and prints from her new collection.... give me some inspiration for prints to order for Betty's Closet on etsy

I will pick one lucky winner from the comments received to win a stack of 8 fat quarters from Patty's Mezzanine line... you get to pick your favorite 8!

Eily in the size 4/5.... not too happy to model!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

We've got a winner!!!!!!!

this was the winning comment.....

CurlyGirlD said...

OK, ther are just too many sweet choices on etsy! But I think my favorite "Fall `09" piece is the "Isobel" yoga-waist skirt. It's so pretty, yet looks so comfy. It would be just darling on my DD!

Thanks for the great giveaway! Fingers crossed...

so.....CurlyGirlD...leave me your your email or contact information so I can get your prize sent out! Thanks all for joining the fun .....

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What's Cooking??

I asked this question yesterday as I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner...I posted it to Twitter and Facebook and got some great ideas! Lynn a fellow teammate from etsy posted vegetarian stuffed pepper casserole!

I thought as my thanks for the delicious suggestions yesterday I would share a family favorite from our house...

Tempeh Fajitas with Cucumber Salsa
from Jeanne Lemlin's Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures


* 3 tb Tamari soy sauce
* Juice of 1/2 lime
* 1 ts Brown sugar
* 2 tb Vegetable oil
* 3 cl Garlic; minced
* 1/4 ts Crushed red pepper flakes


* 3 Bell peppers; cut into 1/2"
* 1 md Red onion; halved vertically


* 2/3 c Low-fat yogurt
* 1/2 sm Cucumber; peeled, seeded,
* And finely diced (1/3c)
* 1/4 ts Ground cumin
* 1 tb Minced fresh parsley


* 8 8" flour tortillas


Combine the marinade ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the tempeh, bell peppers and onion. Marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Preheat oven to 450 F.

In a small bowl combine the salsa ingredients. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Sprinkle a little water on each tortilla and rub it into each tortilla with your fingers. Stack the tortillas, then wrap in foil. Set aside.

Spread the marinated tempeh and vegetables on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and tempeh begins to brown. Do not toss while cooking.

Place the tortilla packet in the oven for about 7 minutes. This will heat the tortillas with a little steam to soften them.

To serve, place a tortilla on each plate. Spoon some of the tempeh mixture along the center, cover with a little cucumber salsa, then fold and roll to enclose the filling.

Monday, September 14, 2009

DIY desk Organizers....

With back to school in full swing I thought I would share one of our ideas for organizing the kids desk drawers. We have older, second hand desks that sport deep drawers...easy to fill up with junk and hard to find anything in! After seeing what was available to buy in the stores I decided we could fashion our own that would be just as nice & personalized to match each kid.

for this project you will need:

1. empty boxes such as cereal, tissue, cracker boxes
2. tape (we used duct tape but packing or scotch would work too)
3. decorative paper - or if you want to be really eco-friendly, use the sunday funnies when you are done with them
4. pencil
5. scissors

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Step One: select a height that you would like the organizer to be - probably a couple of inches...but if it is going into a shallow drawer you might want to measure the height of the drawer to be sure it will fit.

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2. we taped our box together along the upper edges as it came open after we cut it...adds a little strength too....

3. trace the outline of the bottom of the box on a piece of decorative paper - cut slightly inside the lines and place paper in bottom of box

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4. trace each side of box on decorative paper and tape to each side of box - we wrapped tape over the top edge to reinforce it

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5. place in drawer and fill with goodies!

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there are lots of ways to personalize these boxes...add your child's name, label the box with what will be put in it, for younger children they could cut photos out of magazines of what they will place inside....the options are endless!

Hope you have fun with this idea...if you make some yourself I would love to see your photos!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Halloween Giveaway from gock's frocks!

I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway on my blog for halloween....

"Why Not ? " replied my daughter eily....so...this is what I am giving away...your choice of one of the following...

1. Halloween Skirt from my etsy shop
2. applique halloween tee to match a skirt in my shop
3. surprise handmade Halloween home decor item - I realize that not all of my followers have kids so I thought I would offer something for everyone!


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So...how can you win???? Easy...there are lots of ways to get an entry - for each leave a comment below letting me know that you have done this as I will use the random # generator to pick the winner :)
1. become a fan of gock's frocks on facebook
2. subscribe to my blog
3. join my mailing list (on my blog)
4. follow me on twitter
5. blog or tweet about the giveaway (leave me a link here to check it out!)
6. check out my etsy shop and let me know your favorite from my new fall '09 collection

whew....lots of chances to win some Halloween goodies from gock's frocks! remember to leave a comment for each entry !



Have fun!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Back to School...
.......or more aptly titled "Mama's got the baby blues!"....the kids headed back this week and to my surprise I found myself feeling very sad to see summer end.

Granted we had our fair share of squabbles and spats but as Monday drew to a close I realized the carefree days of summer were behind us ... our adventures at an end.

I met the buses with mixed emotions as I waved my kids off to another year at school... time marches on and each day they gain a bit more knowledge, independence, and stretch their wings away from me.

I only hope I can continue to influence them to be the best that they can be, treat others as they want to be treated and be a great citizen of this world....


my 7th grader...where has time gone?


4th grade...peace!


2nd grade...not so sure he wanted to go! mama's baby! look what he asked for in his lunch!


salami, mustard, and nicoise olives on a baguette! gotta love it...my little gourmet!

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Fall Fun!

This summer I had the good fortune of being contacted by the talented Suymey Benson of Blossom Portraiture Art asking if I would be interested in working with her... I loved her photographs and jumped at the chance to send her some of my designs...Eily wasn't too sure she liked someone else modeling gock's frocks but she has gotten over it!

I am thrilled with the photos I received from Suymey and promptly got all of the pieces listed in my etsy shop yesterday...

I hope you like them as much as I do - and if you are in the Dallas area be sure to contact Suymey if you are looking for a fantastic photographer!

Introducing my new 3 way dress....features a removeable, reversible apron




a couple of new skirts.... and a new crazy daisy tee



and a fun new peasant style bubble top!


check them out now in my etsy shop!