Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 12- Ansley MerMae WINNER!

We have our final winner for the 12 Days of Christmas fun! 

Thank you for all of the comments! It is funny what stays with us in our memory.  

I have to say that I really loved reading everyone's messages and comments over the last 12 days. Thank you so much to everyone who participated!

I went to and let them pick a winner and the winner is.... comment #116 left by kathefner 

kathefner said...
The best Christmas present I got as a child was a big bubblegum machine. The one that excepts coins...I was SUPER excited.

The best gift overall definitely is an early one for this year. Tomorrow it will be a month ago that my 3 year old had her 2nd open heart surgery. She is doing wonderful...she is beautiful and amazing. SHE is my most precious gift this season and always!! Happy Holidays everyone!

What an amazing gift! 

Congratulations to kathefner  Please send me an email at with your address so I can send Ansley MerMae home! I am sure that your daughter will love her!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Day 11- Box O' Goodies WINNER

We have a winner! 

Thank you for all of the comments! I am really blown away by the amount of effort that all of you have put into the gifts you are giving. You have very lucky families, friends and neighbors! 

I went to and let them pick a winner (again… I know…. snooze fest lol) and the winner is.... comment #96 left by HollyCraft Originals!

I want to make a butterfly applique and put it on a tshirt for my niece...she has been wanting one and I just haven't taken the time to do now I am!

Congratulations to HollyCraft! Please send me an email at with your address so I can send your box home!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 12 Event

Meet Ansley MerMae! She has multi colored yarn hair and is made from a long retired cotton print with coral pink sea shells scattered on a robin's egg background. Sweet and girly!

For a chance to win this sweet mermaid, please leave me a comment letting me know what holiday gift from your childhood stands out in your mind as the best one ever! I am sure that there is one that you have never forgotten.

You have 24 hours to comment and the winner will be picked by a random draw!

pssssst.... I'll be using this blog a lot more often so make sure to follow me to find out what's going on! All contests (including pattern naming contests!) will now be run through this blog. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 11 Event

Today's giveaway is a box. Wooohooo! A box! Wait, what?

Make that a medium sized Flat Rate box filled with a surprise mix of designer quilting cottons, flannel, chenille, minky, craft velour, buttons, safety eyes & ribbon! Jam packed, I tell you! There are some large pieces of fabric to make an entire doll and there are some small pieces perfect for making Wittle Whimsies! Don't sew? This box is still fun for crafty little projects!

For a chance to win this box of goodness... just leave me a comment letting me know what handmade gift you are giving this year. It doesn't matter if you made it or if you purchased it, just as long as it was made by hand by someone! It can be cards, cookies, scarfs, pillows, artwork... anything you or someone made! You have 24 hours to comment and we'll pick the winner by a random draw!

***If the winner of this box lives outside the USA, I will put all of the contents in an envelope and ship the goodies First Class International.

Day 9- Carmen the Reindeer WINNER!

We have a winner! 

Thank you for all of the comments! One of my favorite parts of this time of year is the music. I love hearing it in the house, in the car, in the stores…. you get the picture! I also love hearing my kids randomly singing songs that they are learning in music class at school. 

I went to and let them pick a winner (boring, I know…but effective!) and the winner is.... comment #100 left by ~*B*~!

~*B*~ said...
I have many that I love but, Mary Did You Know is one of my favorites.

Congratulations to ~*B*~! Please send me an email at with your address so I can send Carmen home!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 10 Event

Raise your hand if you are a sewing procrastinator!


Raise your hand if you forgot someone on your gift list and you need to sew a gift fast!

No? Not you?

Raise your hand if you love getting patterns on sale!

That's got to be you, right?

For the next 24 hours, all of my patterns on will be on sale 35% off! No promo code needed! Rob went ahead and marked them down for you! How easy is that? So if you are like me and you are a procrastinator and you forgot someone on your list and you like a good sale... then Day 10 is for you!

p.s. I used a picture of Tommy T-Rex because... well... I need to make a T-Rex for my nephew and I will be last minute making him this week! Eeeek! :)

Monday, December 13, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 9 Event

Meet Carmen! She is made from two of my favorite fabrics from one of my all time favorite fabric collections, Meadowsweet. The idea for this giveaway came when we took the kids to see Santa last week and Abby wanted to sing 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' with "the extras". lol All five of us sang it in the car and Rob and I impressed the kids with some "extras" that they didn't know! 

For a chance to win this little gal... just leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite holiday song or carol is! Religious (all!), non-religious, serious, silly... whatever song makes you want to listen or sing along! You have 24 hours to comment and we'll pick the winner by a random draw! 

Day 7- Mug and Tote WINNER!

I really loved all of the comments! We are in the middle of an arctic freeze right now and just reading about some of your favorite warm drinks warmed me up! :) 

I went to handy dandy to pick tonight's winner and the winner is.... comment #5 left by Ashlee!
Ashlee said...
Hot cocoa with cinnamon, and maybe a little Bailey's :) 

Hmmmmm... I have hot cocoa and I have Bailey's so I think I'm going to try this tonight!

Congratulations to Ashlee! Please send me an email at with your address.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 8 Event

How about we do some free shipping for Last Chance doll gifts? The last day that I will be shipping to guarantee Christmas delivery in the States is Wednesday December 15th. I can no longer guarantee Christmas delivery for new packages being sent international. It's never too early to start thinking about 2011 gift giving though! :)

In addition to Free Shipping, how about some new dolls on my website? At 9pm Eastern, will be updated with new dolls for the last time this year... a few Mae's a few MerMae's and a few other dolls as well!

PLEASE READ all of the following instructions to take advantage of this Free Shipping offer!

Since my cart system does not allow for more than one promo code at a time (and I am sure that you want to be able to take advantage of the DIY promo codes!) I will be doing the Free Shipping as a PAYPAL REFUND. You can use the DIY promo codes (details at the end of the post) at checkout in the "promotional code" box and then in the COMMENTS section when you are finishing your order, type "maidsamilking" and I'll know to refund your shipping! Easy peasy but a little different from how we usually do things!

DIY Discount Details

Spend $25, use Promo Code DIY10 to save 10%, Spend $50, use Promo Code DIY15 to save 15%, Spend $100, use Promo Code DIY20 to save 20%. Enter Promo Code at checkout - be sure to click 'Update Cart' before payment.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 7 Event

Rob and I have a thing for coffee mugs. It is our souvenir of choice when we go on a trip and we always buy a pair. We have a lot of coffee mugs! Of course, the first thing that we did with the new Bit of Whimsy Dolls logo was get matching coffee mugs from Cafe Press. Since I love tote bags so much, I got one of those too! Would you like a BoWD coffee mug and tote bag for yourself? All you need to do to enter this giveaway is leave me a comment with your favorite cold weather drink! Coffee, tea, hot cocoa? None of the above? 

One winner will be chosen by random draw. Giveaway runs for 24 hours.

Day 5- Kitty Pattern WINNERS!

We have our winners! This was sooo much fun! I have had a lot of pets in my life and I loved reading about everyone else's. 

Abby helped me make the number papers and then I let her swish them all in a bowl, close her eyes and pick three papers!

The winners are…. comments #43 (kate), #73 (Hannah) and #111 (Haws Family)!!! 

kate said...
When I was a little girl I had a little black kitty named Miffy, after the Dick Bruna books. She was super sassy.

Hannah said...
My favorite pets (can't pick one!) are my two current dogs. They are Chinese Cresteds, and although they are the same breed they are each SO different. My female, LuLu, is almost entirely hairless and my male, Kingston, is covered in long puffy hair on his whole body. They are the sweetest and strangest dogs I've ever had. Also, I'm getting a kitten next week and i'm super excited, so having the Katie Kitten pattern would be great so I can make a look-a-like doll of him. :)

Haws Family said...
We have two cats, Callie and Frances. We had them "fixed" as soon as we could. My 5 girls think it's the saddest thing ever that they won't have any kittens. "you mean they'll NEVER be mothers, mom?"

Congratulations to all of the winners! Please send me an email at and let me know which prize you want!

Friday, December 10, 2010

12 Days of Christmas- Day 6

The MerMae pattern has finally been released! Just in the nick of time for gift sewing and she is on sale to boot!

You can purchase the PDF on my website!

If you are looking for a finished MerMae doll, there will be several available as part of a site update on Monday December 13th at 9pm Eastern!

Day 4- Cain the Elf WINNER!

We have a winner! 

*no fancy announcement... a sick kid will do that!* 

Thank you soooo much for all of the comments! We have  a massive snow storm coming in the next few days and I think I will go pick up some ingredients to do some baking while we are snowed in! Lots of ideas to choose from with 134 comments! (minus my own, of course)

I went to and let them pick a winner this time and....the winner is.... comment #7 left by Tony! Cherry Jubilee is right up my alley!

Tony said...

My favorite is my grandmad cherry jubilee. Cherries, vanilla oyddung, pound cake yumminess!

Congratulations to Tony! Please send me an email at with your address.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5 Event!

On the fifth day of Christmas...
I love kitties! I have 3 real life kitties and I have 3 kitty patterns! Today's giveaway will have... you guessed it... 3 winners! The winners will be able to choose from one of my 3 cat patterns: Katie Kitten, Violet and the Wittle Whimsy Charles and Princess Kitty pattern! If you are not a sewer or already have all 3 patterns, I will offer a $9 store credit so that everyone can play! 

For a chance to win one of these patterns... just leave me a comment letting me know the name of a favorite pet and maybe a little story (not required but would be fun to read!) We'll pick the winners by a random draw!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4 Event!

Meet Cain the "Elf"! Since Christmas 2008, my Nutmeg Gnome pattern has been made into a lot of gnomes and a ton of Christmas elves! Cain is made from sparkly ornament fabric and is decked out with red jingle bells on his toes and on the tippy top of his hat! He has a removable scarf to keep extra warm. 

For a chance to win this little guy... just leave me a comment letting me know what your favorite holiday cookie or dessert is! You only have 24 hours to narrow it down to only one sweet treat! We'll pick the winner by a random draw!

Day 2 - Wittle Whimsies 5-Pattern Bundle Pack WINNER!

Before I announce the winner, I just want to say Thank You for all of you who posted! It was fantastic reading everyone's stories! I have actually read through all of them three times and Rob read everyone once that I know of. We loved reading the many wonderful religious traditions and some of the lighter spirited traditions you shared... by the way, I had no idea pajamas were such a popular gift!  The thing that we love about the tradition we chose as the 'winner' (although I think everyone will agree that we're all better for having read through this list and thought about our own traditions) is that it is relevant to everyone and truly captures one of the most important parts of this holiday season... being grateful.

During this time of year it is easy to lose perspective and to forget why this holiday season is so special. The endless shopping and commitments to work and school and the Go, Go,Go part of the holidays seem to get in the way sometimes. In the end, the one thing almost everyone mentioned as part of your tradition in some way was the feeling of gratitude.  All of the good stuff comes out of our thankfulness... spending more time with our family, spending more fun time with our kids, giving to those who need help.... it all comes from being grateful for what we have regardless of where we may fall in the social or economic food chain - everyone has something they can give, even if it's just a smile to a passing stranger.  (wouldn't it be great if we all just smiled a little more?)  I know that I've had times in my life where I couldn't afford much more than being cheerful... that's ok too!

After a lot of conversation this evening, we've selected 'holdingcatsbytails' as the Day 2 winner.  Incase you missed her tradition (one that we'll be starting this year in our family), here it is:

We make a "gratitude chain" from loops of construction paper. Each child gets some number of strips (perhaps the number of the years they've had on the planet? perhaps ten . . . depending on how grousy they have been or how bad they have had the "gimmies"), and they may write on each strip the things they are grateful for -- and we go around the table & share each person's. After making our chain, we hang it somewhere conspicuous as a reminder throughout the season.

We like the idea of taking time before the craziness part starts to write down the important things & then to have a visual reminder!   Coincidently, Abby came home from school today and spent an hour making the chain at our kitchen table, then asked Rob to hang it right above her bed.  Congratulations to 'holdingcatsbytails', please send an email to letting me know whether you'd like the Wittle Whimsy 5-pattern bundle pack or the $25 Bit of Whimsy Dolls gift certificate.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Day 1 - Holly Mae WINNER!

To select the winner, I asked the kids in order from youngest to oldest to pick numbers.  Billy got to choose a 0, 1, 2, or 3.  Abby and Robbie both got to choose a number from 0 - 9.  NOT counting the one additional comment I put in the string (afterall, I can't enter my own contest, right?) I'm VERY EXCITED to announce that Erin Stewart Hill is the winner with comment number 278!

Erin, please send an email to and include your address for Holly Mae to come home to you ASAP!!!

Thank you everyone for all the comments!  I loved reading what everyone had to say about Holly Mae.  This is soooo much fun! 1 down, 11 more days to go!

Monday, December 6, 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2 Event!

Our family has a ton of holiday traditions - we love them! Some of the things we do include cutting down our Christmas tree on Black Friday instead of subjecting ourselves to the shopping madness and watching the movie 'Family Man' as Rob and I get most of the tree decorated with the kids fast asleep. 

For the Day 2 event, share with me your favorite holiday tradition by adding a comment to this blog post.  DO NOT POST YOUR ENTRY ON FACEBOOK. We'll review them all with the kids and have a family vote on the best one!  

To the winner, will go the offer of the Wittle Whimsy 5-pattern bundle pack or $25 in Bit of Whimsy Dolls credit.  This should be fun and I'm sure we'll all get something out of this contest!