Monday, April 2, 2012

April Giveaway







































It's the first of the month and time for my monthly giveaway!  Time has gone by so quickly and we find ourselves at the fourth giveaway already.  I am so enjoying these giveaways and all the fun things I learn about you through the question I pose each month.  This giveaway will run through Thursday, ending at midnight.  I will announce the winner this Good Friday, winner selected by random generator.


To Enter:

~Please be a follower of Sewn With Grace
~Tell me about an Easter tradition in your family

You will win:

~This beautiful selection of fabrics and pattern
to make the darling ShelbyMine bag
~Three vintage strawberries and some other surprise vintage goodies!


Jodi from Pleasant Home has some wonderful kits to offer
and she has a fabulous blog, you can visit her here.

Smiles,

76 comments:

  1. I am a follower. We always have a family Easter dinner. Last year it was hosted by my nephew and he is doing it again this year. So wonderful that I no longer have to always host the get togethers. Thanks for a chance at this lovely giveaway.

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  2. I'm a follower. We try to have a family get together. :)

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  3. I am a follower. When I was young, we used to have an egg hunt, but one year it rained :-( So my mother designated one room in the house for each of us and hid the eggs in there for us to find. It worked out so well, that we did it that way every year after. We even lost the "egg" part and eventually just had candy hidden around the room. The best part was randomly finding candy at other times of the year - score!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  4. I'm a happy follower!
    We have church in the morning then a huge family lunch!

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  5. I am a follower and enjoy your blog very much!
    My husband and I have been in full-time ministry for many years now, so Easter as always been for us and our children a very special time of the year. We are spending Friday through Sunday together and looking forward to a wonderful time on Sunday when other friends and family will join us for an afternoon together. Our desire is to attend the Sunrise service but I don't know how many from our family will go with us. :)

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  6. I am a follower! We always have an Easter lunch and when the grandchildren arrive they go egg hunting all over the house because I have already hid eggs (plastic of course)filled with candy and money! They love it!

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  7. I am a follower of your blog and love it! We always had an egg hunt and family get together when I was growing up. Then my children always had an egg hunt. Now my grandson has egg hunts. It is a long tradition.

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  8. I am a follower!
    We always have an Easter Egg Hunt!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. I'm a follower. Our family attends Easter vigil services on Holy Saturday evening. The service is very beautiful, but almost 3 hours long. When my children were little, we always had an Easter egg hunt. Even though they are 26 and 23, I still put together an Easter basket for them every year using the baskets they received as toddlers. We bake and decorate a lamb cake (with the help of a Wilton lamb shaped cake pan) every year. This year, my daughter will take over the preparation. She is home for a year between college and graduate school. Last year, she wasn't able to get home, so we brought the cake to her along with other goodies to serve to the students after church services Easter Sunday morning. A lot of them missed being home with their families so we were happy to bring a little bit of Easter to them.

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  10. I'm a long time follower...I always make a big Easter dinner and after church the family would come over, but now that we've moved we have to start a new tradition.

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  11. I'm a dedicated follower, dear Renee, and thank you so much for the chance to win this fabulous giveaway. What gorgeous colors and print!

    For the past 36 years we've been coloring Easter eggs on Holy Saturday...each person has a specific color with their name on the egg. We have special egg cups just for Easter that serve as place cards at Easter dinner, with the person's egg. Gram's favorite color was yellow and she always received that egg with "Gram" on it in that colorless crayon. When she passed in 2001 we continued the tradition and her egg and egg cup sit in front of her picture in our living room.

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  12. We do the usual Easter stuff...egg hunt, ham dinner and too much chocolate!

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  13. Having three sons scattered in ages, we held Easter egg hunts long after the first son was too old. To keep it fun, we started putting money in the eggs. The big prize was a $20 bill while others held $1 or $5 bills. (My husband loved this and often went overboard!)We continued this until all sons were grown and left home. (One summer, while mowing the grass, we found a $5 egg! We had 3 acres with lots of trees and flowers, so it was easy to lose track even when trying to account for all eggs.)

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  14. The major traditions are our Easter Sunday church services--this year we are doing a portion of the Messiah with not only piano and organ but also a string quartet to accompany us.
    One of our pre-Easter traditions is baking bread--although now that I bake bread once or twice a week, it may be a little different. However, we still make hot cross buns.

    I am a follower--your blog is a bright spot in my day.

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  15. Lots of Easter traditions! Dying eggs, hiding eggs, church, lamb for dinner, visiting with family. And lots and lots of jelly beans!!

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  16. Oh this is lovely.Love the strawberries Renee.

    Lets see an Easter tradition would be on holy saturday, the day before Easter that night, we go to church for hours.lol.You can stay as long as you want some stay til Easter morning praying.Then on Easter sunday we have a dinner of ham and chicken and greek cookies.Pickled eggs greek lemon soup.Our Palm Sunday is next weekend.So this year we are behind one week from other christians.Easter sunday is the 15th.


    Have a lovely day!

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  17. HELLO!
    HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    AFTER EASTER SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES,WE GATHER AS A FAMILY FOR DINNER AND A GREAT TIME TOGETHER!
    THANK YOU FOR A NEAT GIVEAWAY!
    BLESSINGS,LINDA

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  18. I'm a happy follower too! i so hope I win!~ I've been in a bag making mood lately. It wouldn't be Easter without deviled eggs here. ;-) Thanks for the fun!!

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  19. We have a family dinner. I always think I should change up the menu but am told NO we look forward to the same menu!

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  20. Hi, I'm a follower. Our Easter tradition is to color eggs and my husband and I make Easter baskets for each other (even though we unfortunately don't have children) we still make jelly bean trails around the house (although sometimes the cats play with the jelly beans). Then we go to Easter services where I'm on the Altar Guild and our family gets together for a delicious Easter meal.

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  21. Sou seguidora.Eu tenho mais de meio século de tradição e passando,agora com netos.Na igreja católica,todas.Mas...Vamos para quando crianças:Todos nós ganhávamos um coelho de verdade uma semana antes da páscoa(já comprei para meus netos),para que cuidássemos dele.E entre uma coisa e outra fazíamos os ninhos,e cada dia o coelho era posto em um deles,para escolher em qual ELE ia pôr os ovos,kákáká.Na Sexta-feira minha avó escondia tudo,ninho,coelhos,ração,mato.Seguia daí a tradição da igreja.SILÊNCIO????Como,26 netos reunidos em casa,coitada de vovó...Domingo pela manhã o milagre acontecia:Apareciam do nada tudo de volta,e a caça aos ovos,era uma guerra a parte.Os mais velhos iam para o quintal e os mais novos varanda e dentro de casa.Só podia abrir os ovos e alguns doces,depois do almoço,se não...A AMEAÇA DE NÃO COMER NADA.Depois de bacalhoada,macarronada,peixe assado,e tudo que uma família Italiana e gulosa...aí sim podíamos comer ovos de chocolate a vontade.Sacanagem da velha amada e querida.Esta foi a tradição de minha avó materna que eu segui com minhas filhas, e estou começando com meu neto de 19 meses.Sempre pulei a parte de não poder comer antes do almoço.Uma grande PÁSCOA para você e sua família.Muito obrigada.

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  22. Hi Renee! Thanks for such a sweet giveaway! I am a follower, and a favorite tradition when I was growing up was having egg races and Easter egg hunt. The race was so fun, and messy. You had to see how far you could walk with the raw egg in between your knees. My sister and I never got far!! :) xo Heather

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  23. Hello Renee. I am an excited follower of your encouraging and uplifting blog! My Easter tradition. Going to church, fixing ham and hiding eggs if I am with my grandson, watch 2 timeless classics Moses and the 10 Commandments and The Sound of Music... I praise God for sending His son, sing my favorite song.. "And because He lives...I can face tomorrow.... " and color eggs just for the sake of coloring them!! I do it every year even if I am alone!! Have a blessed Easter Renee!!

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  24. I am and have been a follower :) Easter Tradition in our family has always been a large ham dinner with Hot Cross Buns and ALWAYS Jelly Beans lol!!

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  25. we traditionally bake "nests", it's a braided yeast dough ring, you put an empty egg (like you would use for colouring and hanging in the easter bouquet) in the middle, when it's done you exchange it for a "onion peel coloured" egg. We have been collecting the onion peel for weeks now, you wrap the eg in it and use some thread to fix it to the eg and than you just boil it, it get's a lovely brown colour with a texture like a batic. (btw. brown eggs are better if you want to use colours on them, they get darker/stronger).
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. Since it is just my husband and I, the only tradition we have is going to church that day, which we do every Sunday anyways. Our church has a potluck every Sunday but this Sunday is always themed with Meditaranian food.

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  27. I would love to win your giveaway. Oh my you already had 33 comments.
    Since before our boys could walk, we have had an Easter egg hunt right after church before we have a big Easter dinner. I thought that tradition would stop as they became preteens and teenagers. Nope, we continued as they all grew up until we had grandchildren. Now all ten grands and their parents still look forward to our big family Easter Egg hunt, even the teens. We are such a competitive family, that it is still fun for all.
    Hope you have a blessed Easter with you family Renee. Thanks once more for a fun giveaway.

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  28. I follow Sewn With Grace!!

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  29. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. We have always celebrated Easter with my hubby's family. There is a big picnic with egg hunts, (raw) egg toss, and lots of great food.
    I am a long time follower :-)

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  31. And I have wanted that bag pattern forever and those fabrics are so cute! Our family tradition: All six of us siblings along with our growing brood of grandchildren and great grandchildren visit my 84 and 86-year-old Mom & Dad. We eat, hide eggs and just enjoy each others company. Thanks for the chance to win! (And, oh, please pick me.:)

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  32. I am a happy follower of your blog. Thanks for the chance to win. Easter is a special time in our home as we celebrate our Lord's death, burial and resurrection. After Church we have a family dinner with ham, stuffed baked potatoes and spinich salad with Strawberry Shortcake for dessert.
    loriginsberg@juno.com

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  33. Every Easter we have lunch and an egg hunt with my husbands family. I am a follower.

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  34. I am a follower of your blog.
    for easter we always make easter decorations and have chocolate eggs.

    k_rampersad03(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. Happy Easter, dear Renee!
    The sweetest Easter tradition in my family is calling each other early Easter Sunday morning and saying...."HE IS RISEN....HE IS RISEN INDEED"!
    What a wonderful message of hope in our troubled world!
    Thank you for your kind giveaway!
    Blessings in our Lord, Savior and Messiah, Jesus!
    Carolynn....grammycarolynn(flickr)

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  36. Hi! I'm your newest follower :) All the family gathers at our home after church on Easter. We have a lovely lunch and the grandchildren hunt for easter eggs. Good food, good times! Happy Easter!

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  37. Oh--this contains one of my favorite color combos right now! What a wondeful giveaway!

    A family Easter tradition? We used to always get new Easter dresses. My mom usually made them-right up through my junior year in High school--I wore that one again my Senior year also.

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  38. Hello there. I am a follower, and an Easter tradition is turkey dinner with as many of the family as we can gather---plus a few strays : )

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  39. Church is our only tradition that's written in stone...but when the children were small we hid and hunted eggs until they collapsed from exhaustion! Blessings, Marlene

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  40. I follow. I always make the same dessert, Cherry Cheese Pie. We all love it and I only make it at Easter.

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  41. Always enjoy the sunrise service. Loved going to Old Salem very early in the morning and waiting...hearing the brass band and the minister proclaiming..The Lord is Risen! Having grandchildren now just reminds how important traditions are...I am a follower

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  42. Easter is my favorite holiday! We attend the Holy Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil on Sat. night. Easter Vigil is my favorite celebration of the church year. On Easter Sunday, we always have a family dinner.

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  43. I'm a follower....we don't usually have any traditions for Easter other than always attending church. The meal is a nice meal but no special lamb or ham. We've just never celebrated with special foods. Growing up we always had new clothes and hunted eggs. I didn't carry on that tradition with my family, but we still have a good Easter and enjoy the holiday with dad off work.

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  44. Definitely a follower. Love your blog. We go to church for Easter and celebrate the Resurrection of our Savior. Then the entire family in the area has dinner - we rotate which house we are at. Thank you for your wonderful giveaway.

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  45. If this is a duplicate, please forgive me. I can't find my comment. But I have several favorite traditions regarding Easter. I love all of Holy Week. But on Easter Morning, I love to wake up early, put on new clothes, and greet everyone with "Christos Anesti!" the response is "Alethos Anesti!" my husband is Greek so this goes around the family all day!

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  46. I am a happy follower of your blog. We really have no Easter tradition, other than all trying to be in touch with each other at Easter.

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  47. I became a follower! An Easter tradition we have is an easter egg hunt for the children.

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  48. We almost always have Easter dinner with the whole family and DIL's parents. But this year we are going to Santa Barbara to be with our daughter who is unable to come home this year.

    The giveaway is awesome! Thanks so much.

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  49. Easter tradition....definitely hot cross buns! Hope you have a lovely Easter, and happy crafting, Jenny

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  50. A follower of Sewn with Grace!

    One of our favorites is coloring Easter eggs...everyone gets into seeing what beautiful colors they can make. Then Dad always creates one stone colored egg - for the stone that was rolled away!

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  51. As children we got large plastic eggs filled with nuts, dried fruit, carob and small toys. These were wonderful and we loved finding them where the bunny had hidden them. We rarely got chocolate as it wasn't a huge favourite in our family. I love doing this with my children and I have found the most wonderful fillable eggs at Ikea - very big, perfect for all the goodies to go in and in the most wonderful colours too.

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  52. As a little girl I can remember getting ready for Easter Sunday always meant a new dress, shiny new shoes, a hat and a shawl. I loved my Easter outfits. Now as a mother, I get to pick out those Easter outfits for my children ... but more importantly, I have had the pleasure of educating my children about the real meaning of Easter!

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  53. We don't have too many Easter traditions, although my husband is a pastor! LOL Of course, we always go to church (that's non-negotiable every week of the year), and I like to have a nice Easter dinner. We celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday! :)

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  54. Beautiful giveaway! Our traditions are kind of the usual. We all get together for a big brunch and egg hunt.

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway! We will attend a sunrise service with some of my husband's friends and then regular Easter services at our home church. Very special day!

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  56. Due to my mother in law's religion, we don't celebrate holidays or birthdays either. So we really don't have any traditions. I am hoping that she goes out of town this weekend though, cuz then I can roast a turkey. LOL

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  57. Happy Easter! We attend Mass together on Sunday morning. After Mass, we join neighbors for a brunch. Next, we load the family into the car to join DH's family for Easter dinner. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

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  58. Hi, every year my Husband picks out a tie to use to color eggs with the pattern on the necktie transfers to the shell of the eggs
    and we give them to the easter egg hunt at the church. the Kids are delighted. and the parents are amazed. try this.

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  59. My mother and I attend church services. Sometimes we attend a family gathering too yet this year we will stay home and relax.

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  60. Love that fabric. The colors are great.

    I'm a folower.

    Hiding plastic eggs filled with candy, money, etc for the kids.:)

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  61. I have just started following you on Pinterest too. The fabric for the giveaway is gorgeous. On easter Sunday we always visit my mother in law with the whole family for a huge chocolate hunt around the garden.

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  62. I'm a follower. Our Easter tradition is the Easter Bunny who spreads LOTS of eggs in my dads garden (this year the bunny had spread 248 eggs!!!)

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  63. I am a follower. Our tradition is the men of the family take all of the Easter eggs outside and hide them. While the kids are waiting nervously in the house, trying to peek out the windows. The grand prize a huge chocolate bunny is usually hidden very well and its alot of fun looking fo rit. The kids line up on the fence, then someone does the countdown and they are off!

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  64. I visit your blog every week - but duh, I'm now a follower! :D Glad to have it official, and glad to have a chance to win. Thank you.

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  65. We always have an Easter Egg hunt at my parents' house right after church.

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  66. I follow your blog. :-)

    Our kids are young, so we are just starting our family traditions. We attend church during Holy Week and of course on Easter Sunday, followed by an Easter brunch/lunch.

    We are going to dye eggs this year and I have some plastic eggs I'll hide for the kids to find. (My kids are 3.5 and 1.5.) :-)

    Caryn
    sweetpeacaryn at gmail dot com

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  67. I follow your blog, and my favorite tradition takes me back to my childhood. My mom would always buy me a new dress to wear for the spring.
    Thank you for the chance to win. From Kimiki_straw2000@yahoo.com

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  68. I always make coconut cake. I have a recipe from paula dean that I sent use.

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  69. I am a follower. I really really miss the traditions with my grandmother. We would go to midnight mass at church and she would take her basket of goods, bread, ham, etc. and she made the best food and especially her bread.

    I started my own tradition with my daughter and that is to have an egg hunt.

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  70. I am a follower. Tonight starts our Easter celebration. We are going to the Maundy Thursday service at church. This is one of my favorite services of the year.

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  71. I'm a follower. We will have a family gathering at my grandma's house and for the dinner! Thanks!

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