unexpected crafting and a giveaway

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That seems like an awful silly title for this time of year with all arms length list of gifts I have to make  but I have been doing some very unexpected crafting in the last three days.  If you have been around here for more than two years, you may remember the Etsy stores I used to have.  I used to have them because I shut them down after four great years of making dolls, slippers, rosaries and you name it for my wonderful customers (some of whom still write to me to see if I am still on vacation).  Oh it’s not that I did not want to do it anymore but instead that I found I never had time to make anything wonderful for my own babies.

Well, it seems the chickens have come home to roost because on Saturday, after sharing my Saint Nicholas day post to Facebook, something unexpected happened… someone asked me if I could make them a Sweater baby like the one I made for Livie, and I said yes!  I get requests like this all the time but this time I said yes.  Then I said yes again to another Sweater baby, oh I love making those.  For some reason it was like saying yes hit the restart button and that night sitting in my studio, I looked up into my craft closet and saw my lego organizer.  I pulled it down and opened it and the next thing I knew, I made one lego rosary, two, then four and by the end of the night I was sitting there with nine rosaries.  My babies already have some so who were these for?

Well, they are for you I guess!  After two years of not offering my crafts to anyone, I have decided that I might start to again and I will start here with these Lego rosaries.  I made hundreds of these in the past, do you remember?  I may resurrect my Little Saint Dolls in the future but right now I can offer these, if you want them that is.

Truth be told, I have been wondering how in the world I can generate some income.  I am used to having my farm income from eggs, bread, plants and farmers market sales.  Not having that makes having this blog a bit difficult because this blog does cost something to operate and I need to find a way to cover that.  Also, there used to be money for piano and guitar lessons and just extra money to take the kids here or there and well, that is gone now.  Oh I am not complaining, really!  I am just sharing my thoughts outloud (in a typing kind of way) here with you.

So, anyway to make this a bit fun, I decided to give one of these Lego rosaries away so that one of you can put it in your own babes Christmas stocking in the hopes that you will share this with your friends and I might get the word out that I am kind of open for business.  The kids call this yellow and black rosary the Bumble Bee and it will hopefully be in one of your homes in a few days.  I know that in the few years I stepped away from making these, there are a great many also making them.  But perhaps you want to buy one from one of the original people who started making them (that’s all I will say about that).  Each block is strung onto heavy, strong waxed cotton cord and the decades can be snapped together so that your little one can follow along the family rosary by snapping each block off as the prayers are completed.  The cost is $20 which includes shipping to you 🙂

I am begging a friend (who knows how to work the whole blog thing) to help me put a little store right here on my sidebar.  I don’t think I want to go back to Etsy.  I feel like I just need more control and that way if I have something to offer, I can just offer it here at home, kinda like the old days when people had their businesses right at home.  Would that be of interest to anyone?  Any better ideas of suggestions (I know you ladies are super smart).

Ok so, if you would like to buy a rosary and have it in time for Christmas, please pm me at farmishmomma@gmail.com by Sunday.  ‘You can see some examples of color combinations here at my Facebook page or you could tell me which colors you like.  The giveaway will end Saturday (yeah, I know you want to see if you can win it first hee hee) and the rules for the giveaway are:

Leave a comment and get one entry.  Share it on Facebook, Twitter or your own blog and get another entry (please let me know that you did and where you shared it).  Buy a rosary and you get (5) entries.  OK so that’s it.  I am off to post office, I haven’t done that in a long time 🙂

The winner is Lena:  These would be perfect for the lil’ men in my life.

Lena, Please get in touch me and thank you to all who entered.  I wish I could send each and every one of you a rosary for your little ones!!  To everyone who ordered this week, thank you so very much!

45 Responses to unexpected crafting and a giveaway

  1. Michaeleen December 15, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    I'm sharing on fb! (LOVE the sweater baby, btw!) Blessings…

  2. Lauren December 15, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    shared on facebook!! 🙂

  3. Lauren December 15, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Awesome! My boys will love these! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Molly December 14, 2013 at 11:43 pm #

    I am anxiously awaiting the rosary I bought! My 6 year old is going to love it. Thank you

  5. Michele December 14, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    I so love these! Great job Momma!!

  6. Andrea December 14, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    What a great idea! I love it!

  7. Julie December 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    Great rosaries! My son would love one.

  8. Joanne Gaston December 14, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Would love to win this. My little guy absolutely loves LEGOs. He spends all his free time with them. I found your blog through Cathswap. My crafting has had to be put on hold because of my mom's terminal illness, but I love what you are doing, and hopefully my life will slow down again so that I can have some time to get back into crafting. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lena December 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    shared on my FB page – https://www.facebook.com/joyfilledfamilyblog?ref=

  10. Lena December 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    These would be perfect for the lil' men in my life.

  11. Kelly December 14, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Love these!!! Hoping they will help my lego-loving little guy to love praying the rosary with me!

  12. Sara December 13, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I would like to buy one and would love to win one too!

  13. melanie December 12, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    awww… these are adorable!

  14. Tina December 12, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

    Shared on fb, too.

  15. Tina December 12, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    My four boys are lego fans. They are the neatest rosaries ever.

  16. Theresa December 12, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I will be purchasing!!’ What a perfect stocking stuffer for my littles!!

  17. shannon December 12, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    Lol i just slowed down and reread.

  18. shannon December 12, 2013 at 5:56 am #

    Yes yes and yes on bringing back your Saints..i liked your idea too of offering patterns for them. I want a lego rosary for my kids. But i was so excited i skimmed to fast and probably missed the price.

  19. AmandaRing December 12, 2013 at 3:32 am #

    Would love to win this…these lego rosaries are the whole reason I found your blog in the first place and have been enjoying it ever since! Perfect stocking stuff for my little boy.

  20. amanda December 12, 2013 at 2:07 am #

    Shared on fb!

  21. amanda December 12, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Love the rosaries!!

  22. Mary M December 12, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    How much are the rosaries? Do we order by e-mailing you? And lastly, type of payment do you accept?

    • farmishmomma December 12, 2013 at 4:06 am #

      Mary, They are $20 including shipping and yes just email me to let me know what colors you would like. I prefer paypal but can take a check if you do not have paypal 🙂

  23. Mary M December 12, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    I LOVE your rosaries! What a wonderful Christmas present that would be for the kids I babysit! Sharing on Facebook

  24. pam December 11, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

    Love your lego rosies! Would you consider selling a pattern for the dolls? Stay warm.

    • farmishmomma December 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

      Pam, I am working on that, just need a day with good lighting to take pictures 🙂 No sun = no good pics. Thank you!!

  25. Christinapm December 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    My son has fallen in love with Legos so this would be a perfect stocking stuffer!

  26. Jacki Butler December 11, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    These are amazing! My kiddos and my God children would all love these. What a sweet treat it would be to win this!

  27. Angela December 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    So excited about your store right here on your site! Looking forward to being a customer. Love your sweater dolls!

  28. *kate December 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    Those are so neat! My boys would love them!

  29. Mary December 11, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I bought two rosaries from you. So this should get me 10 more entries. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. God bless your whole family, Trisha.

  30. Holly Gomez December 11, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Can’t wait to see the boys new rosaries to match their sisters. We just took them all to Legoland FL last month.

  31. Holly Gomez December 11, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Shared on FB group Mustard Seed Moms

  32. Holly Gomez December 11, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Bought a rosary. Green

  33. Holly Gomez December 11, 2013 at 8:46 am #

    Bought a rosary. Blue

  34. Christy December 11, 2013 at 3:46 am #

    Oh my gracious- I love the rosaries! My Lego fanatic would LOVE a Lego rosary of his own! I adore the sweater babies too- hopefully one day I will have more little hands to put them into. 🙂

  35. Elizabeth December 11, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    These rosaries are such a wonderful idea! They would make a great gift for my brother and godson.

  36. Lisa December 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I love these rosaries! We were thinking of buying glow-in-the-dark rosaries for our boys, but these fit them so. Much better!

  37. Mary December 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook.

  38. Mary December 10, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Those are so cute and my boys would love them.

  39. MotherOwl December 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Even if I'm a catholic and love your Lego-rosaries – what a great idea! – I won't participate in your give-away. I'm too far away for anything to reach me before Christmas, and my babies too big to really enjoy one of them.
    The idea of a homepage/blog shop really appeals to me, I have the intention of trying to do the same thing with my homemade soap.
    But those sweater babies! This is not meant as an offensive thing, but they give me bouts of nausea when I look at them. In my mind something is wrong in the placements of the eyes. They remind me of Marty Feldman (betraying my age, I am). I's not your puppets specifically, but something in this model. I hope you can explain why the eyes are placed like this. Hope to get my mystification across the language barrier, without sounding abusive or judging. I'm not a native speaker, and really just trying to understand the "why" of this look.

  40. Liz D. December 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    How sweet and wonderful!

  41. Courtney December 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    My five year old LOVES Legos. Praying the rosary? Well, we’re working on building that love with him. Maybe a Lego rosary would be just the thing.

    Hope you’re staying warm & enjoying that beautiful snow. God bless!

  42. Katie V December 10, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    yippee!!! I am excited about a store right here on the side bar! I would love to win this as well 😉 WE have several godchildren in mind for these !

  43. Delsy Gutierrez December 10, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    These are so pretty! Sharing on FB now.

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