Friday, August 13, 2010

Whimsy Week Day 5 - Whimsy Sticks: How-to and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Day 5 of Whimsy Week, where we are celebrating the release of designer Kari Mecca's newest book, More Sewing with Whimsy! Visit the rest of our posts from this week as we have shared behind-the-scenes videos, excerpts and previews of the book, a special interview with Kari, and best of all - GREAT giveaway opportunities every day! We will announce a selection of different special "Whimsy" prizes each day this week. Reply to the posts of the giveaway(s) you would like to win and we will announce the winners next Monday, August 16, 2010.
Today's giveaway is 3 combo sets of Kari Mecca's Whimsy Sticks! Head to the end of this post for more information and to enter. Kari Mecca's latest innovative invention, these creative tools are used to make precise loops that are easily transformed into an endless variety of trims & flowers! This simple technique of wrapping ribbons and trims around these "sticks" will have you creating mounds of embellishments for your favorite projects in no time. Made of high quality acrylic, each Whimsy Stick is a different width for varying sizes of flowers and trims.

Be sure to check in with Kari on her blog this week as well, where she is celebrating Whimsy Week with even more sneak peaks and free downloads. Check out her Tips & Tricks and inspirational photo collection!

On this last day of Whimsy Week, we have a great video that we shot at the July School of Art Fashion in which Kari explains how to use a Whimsy Stick to our editor, Kathy Barnard. Tune in to learn more about these cool tools!



Today's giveaway is 3 combo sets of Kari Mecca's Whimsy Sticks! To enter, reply below with your name and email address. We will announce the winner of this and the rest of our Whimsy Week giveaway prizes next Monday, August 16th. Entries will remain open until then!

113 comments:

  1. Wow, Kari!! What a great give a way!! I watched you demo these at MP in Feb. Love them...but didn't buy them. I want them!! Thanks for the chance to win them.

    Debi
    dkerbes@comcast.net

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  2. What fun!! Kari is so creative with embellishment. Wouldn't we all love to have a set of her whimsy sticks?!

    Thank you SB for such a fun week on the blog. I have learned so much. It was the next best thing to being in Huntsville. ;-)

    Jerry Roberts
    niener987@comcast.net

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  3. I am just getting back into sewing after a few months recovery from surgery! This looks like a great accessory for my 7 year old granddaughter. I hope to be sewing for her this week! Thanks for offering these.
    Jancie
    djlevi@frontiernet.net

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  4. Beautiful beyond words!
    Ammie Cain
    ammie.girl@gmail.com

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  5. I love Kari's first book,can't wait to get new book. Would love to win her whimsy sticks!
    Donna

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  6. Sharon Edwards
    theedwards6@gmail.com

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  7. Britni Tucker
    BritniLTucker@yahoo.com

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  8. Diane
    dwa1220@aol.com

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  9. Great Giveaway!

    Karen Bradley
    silverpansydesigns@yahoo.com

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  10. Cool! I'd love to win these and give them a try!
    juditupp@yahoo.com
    Judith

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  11. Oh yes please!! Sign me up.

    firstpeter1v3@hotmail.com

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  12. Sign me up too! Love Kari's creativity!! mapakettlenh@msn.com

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  13. I would love to work with these! I always love Kari's work and inspirations!!!

    Cheryl Jacaman
    cheryl_jacaman@yahoo.com

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  14. great!
    Kathryn
    kcashner@hotmail.com

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  15. pianokeys3@hotmail.com
    Koren

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  16. Dianne Brown,
    I sure would like to win this. I love it..
    ruffled_edges@yahoo.com

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  17. Was not able to watch the video(problems), but watched previous ones. Anything that makes sewing a little less frustrating is ok with me, like you stuff, excided about getting your book.

    Lena Hodges

    lenamarie005@yahoo.com

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  18. This week has been so much fun, and now a chance to win another great prize. SB is just the best! Good luck to everyone. These tools do look interesting.

    Shirley C.
    clarlclay@bellsouth.net

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  19. I have got the books, I have watched the video, now all I need is the whimsy sticks to make flowers.

    carol@pclnetnet

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  20. Would love a set of Whimsy sticks! The video made it nice and clear on how to use them... Thanks a bunch!

    MegRoss at aol dot com

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  21. Thank you for this opportunity! Karen at ksupper1@verizon.net

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  22. Fantastic, I have to make a rose before I forget what you did. Gita

    quiltnb@hotmail.com

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  23. Would love to give these a try. I so love the flower embellishments on Kari's dresses.

    Nancy
    nanke526@aol.com

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  24. These look like so much fun I think I would put roses on everything well maybe I will spare my sons' clothes LOL!

    Karen
    KJRum@aol.com

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  25. This looks really fun! Can't wait to try it.

    sharie Bergquist
    bergquist5@gmail.com

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  26. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the video - the whimsy sticks are ingenious - very inspiring! I will definitely be on the lookout for this great invention (if I am not lucky enough to win a set here)!! Thank you for the opportunity.

    Belinda Karls-Nace
    designer@blueribbondesigns.com

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  27. Love it - and so does my 5 year old!

    Sandy Jones
    sandramjones@bellsouth.net

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  28. The versatility of these is staggering!
    Marliese Thomas
    marliesethomas@hotmail.com

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  29. Love it!

    Stefanie Freeman
    mnmom3 at msn dot com

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  30. I've used the previous "Sewing with Whimsy" for inspiration sewing for my great-neice. I'm looking forward to getting the new book for new ideas. I'd sure love to win a set.

    Rosemary Coole
    rjcoole@yahoo.com

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  31. I love the whimsy sticks!!

    cindy_sews@yahoo.com

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  32. Would love to have these!!
    Pam Hodnett
    p_hodnett@yahoo.com

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  33. Genius!

    Esther Grant
    egrantva@aol.com

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  34. Wow!!!

    Corinne Harrup
    blessedwith5@hot.rr.com

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  35. I need Whimsey Sticks, I hope I win them -- I can not afford to buy them.

    Eager to get started on a Mecca project.

    Katharine
    gbarbier@bellsouth.net

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  36. These are wonderful! I would love to win a set!

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  37. These are amazing;I would so enjoy them.

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  38. I love whimsy sticks!
    linda holder
    lindakholder@yahoo.com

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  39. My favorite part of the tutorial is Kathy asking Kari how she came up with this idea! I guess that's just how creative minds work.

    Donna

    3dears at gmail dot com

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  40. Fabulous!! So very creative...

    Patti
    pattisaj@gmail.com

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  41. The girls would have so much fun with these!
    Eileen Maylone
    eileen@eileenm.com

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  42. Wow I would love these.

    Cindy
    pywackit@charter.net

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  43. I so need a set of those!!! Pick me... Pickme!

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  44. Thanks so much for providing these videos.

    Martha
    pastryhaus@numail.org

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  45. Looks like so much fun. And a wonderful way to sahre the concept. Thanks for sharing
    Kandy
    markmorris67@gmail.com

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  46. I could make all kinds of cute things for the little and not so little ones in my life.. Thanks for this awesome gift.
    Pat Hutchison
    hutchisonpat1@gmail.com

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  47. These Whimsy Sticks are the most clever(est) of "inventions" .. ever!!

    Cyrena Downing
    gdowneng@bellsouth.net

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  48. Kari This is an amazing video. You are so creative, and all of your work is great. I have the whimsey sticks on my wish list.

    thomisonc1@cox.net

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  49. Would love a set of the sticks to go with my new
    book.

    Linda
    lindastein7@yahoo.com

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  50. Yep... these are on my wishlist as well!!

    Kim Martin
    cazzincali@aol.com

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  51. She makes it look SOOOO easy! Thanks for sharing this video for those of us who weren't as lucky as who got to go to Lace Camp!!!


    rett at neo dot rr dot com

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  52. So creative and adorable.
    Rebecca
    rwr128@aol.com

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  53. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Kari's stuff. As my twins are getting older (they're 10 now) and have opinions about what they wear, Kari still gives me cool ideas for embellishing that I can use as they decide certain things (that I love) are "too babyish".

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  54. yes, I want them.
    sanch5@frontiernet.net

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  55. Please put my name in.... Angela apmaddux@yahoo.com

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  56. I could definitely use these!!
    Elise woolstenhulme
    the.sweet.eats@gmail.com

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  57. Absolutely great!!

    Judy Wolf
    wolf.judyh@gmail.com

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  59. These look like fun!

    Laurie
    l@jandle.com

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  60. These would make a very nice birthday present, lol!
    Cassie
    pio@twinmounds.com

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  61. ohhhh I would love one of these!

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  62. I would love to win this.

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  63. I would love to win this.
    Chris
    sewkrazy1@msn.com

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  64. So much fun!
    Carol
    cshortteach@yahoo.com

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  65. Nice to see a demo. I had been wondering how they work exactly!
    bdbnchm@hotmail.com

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  66. I would so love to win these Whimsy Sticks!!!! 5 granddaughters & not much money LOL!

    Margaret
    ttimes33@juno.com

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  67. How beautiful and fun. I would love to embellish my little girl's clothing and mine. Thank you for the chance.

    Lklonaris@att.net

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  68. So easy looking, can't wait to try! kewscruggs@yahoo.com

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  69. Add me --

    Louise Griffith
    tomlou06@sbcglobal.net

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  70. amazing!

    mms0131@gmail.com

    ^___^

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  71. This is the first time of seen these - they look like fun.

    Linda Mc
    emlin@twcny.rr.com

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  72. I would love to win these. They are definitely on my wish list!

    Merry G
    prissy_missy_50@sbcglobal.net

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  73. I would love to win this!
    Rebecca
    rrm45@tx.rr.com

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  74. Please enter me too! I love Sew Beautiful! Thanks for the demos & giveaways! Teri... terigram@hotmail.com

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  75. Absolutely amazing! Please enter me, Brandy...
    brandygrapper@gmail.com

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  76. Those are really nifty!

    rmangerer@verizon.net

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  77. What a lot of fun we could have with these. @ Girls that love to make things would sure keep us busy in these winter months in Australia. Keep inspiring us Kari:)
    Robyn Jordan jordhome@gmail.com

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  78. how fun!! i'd love to enter!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  79. These look awesome. So hoping I win!
    mary_romance@cox.net

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  80. Susan Spiers spierssusan52@gmail.com

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  81. Was wondering if this is open to the U.k.i do hope so there is nothing like this over here and it would be so nice


    Pat

    family 300l@aol.com

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  82. she makes it look so simple!

    g*g
    hramsey000@centurytel.net

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  83. It's amazing how you come up with such great ideas.
    Blessedbystitches@bellsouth.net

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  84. would SEW LOVE to win these!! Cinda
    cindasbryant@yahoo.com

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  85. These look like a lot of fun!

    smilepapers at gmail dot com

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  86. This really has been a fun week on the blog! Thanks for all the goodies!

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  87. Kari is SO clever!!

    Kim Corliss
    corliss4@swbell.net

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  88. So creative! Would love to win the whimsy sticks! Kari is so talented!!!!! Thank you for this fun week!!!

    michelle@campnc.com

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  89. Would love to be able to win, so I could learn how to use them!! I could use them on my niece's little outfits who likes me to sew for her. Please enter my name in the give-away. Debbie
    wdumais@aol.com

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  90. Very nice idea, would love to have them.
    Linda
    pinkmagnoliacreations@gmail.com

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  91. Now I understand the whimsy sticks. Great video!

    Kristen
    kris10benjamin@yahoo.com

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  92. I have both of Karri's books and love her style of designing. Hoping for a 3rd book! Would love to win the Whimsy Sticks! Bette

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  93. what a treat these would be! Fingers crossed.
    ilvtoys@aol.com

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  94. Wow what magic this is! I can think of all kinds of projects to use these on. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. WOuld sure be thrilled to win!

    Mary
    www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

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  95. interesting giveaway. Amazing gadget.

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  96. Those look so fun! I would love to win them. Thank you.

    Sivje Parish
    sivjegoose@sbcglobal.net

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  97. Wonderful!
    Rebecca
    rrm45@tx.rr.com

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  98. Would love to win these!

    Gina S.
    gina@fabricsilove.com

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  99. Luv the video & beautiful flowers- whimsy magic!!!

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  100. I love this demo! you make it so easy, I think even I could make a rose! Thanks d_rhinehardt@hotmail.com

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  101. Love this video! Can't wait to try it!
    gammapam@comcast.net

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  102. would love to try!
    scchild@msn.com

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  103. Wow. This looks like fun. Cant wait to try it on my granddaughters clothes. Dizyliz@hotmail.com

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  104. Wow!!! I would love to win these and boy, do I need them.
    Thanks,
    Marshell
    mgw58sew@gmail.com

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  105. Beautiful and fun!!!Love it!
    Jody
    jozinn100@Aol.com

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  106. Excellent just what I need to help design my own clothes for my grand daughter who is a vey girly girl at 18 months, so these will be used and used and used.
    Wendy
    mobfib@bigpond.net.au

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