Wednesday, August 12, 2009

And the Winner Is....

Before I announce the name of the winner of the giveaway, I just wanted to say a very big thank you to everyone who visited and commented on Lacey Thread to be entered into the drawing. Most of you were first time visitors, and I hope that you will visit again often! Because I had so many new people visit, I decided to do a first prize (the three leaflets originally offered) as well as a second prize of one leaflet of the winner's choice (of the three originally offered).

And I decided to do it low tech, and have my granddaughter draw names from a bowl...

First place winner is Colleen!!

Second place winner is Kahlie!!!

Ladies, please email me at with your addresses, and I will get those leaflets out to you immediately. Kahlie, please be sure and let me know your choice of leaflet!

Congratulations, and be sure and check back often for more giveaways! I had such fun doing this and finding new stitching friends, that I plan on doing this on a regular basis! Thank you everyone for participating!

Here is a video of the drawing:

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Summertime Giveaway!

In celebration of all I have been given, I am having Summer Giveaway! I will be drawing a name to receive three leaflets from Lacey Thread Designs, My Heart's Garden, Allison's Ring Pillow and Quaker Inspiration! If you would like to be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment for me under this post. I will use a randomizer to select one winner on Wednesday, August 12th at 5:00 pm PDT,, and will announce it right here on The Lacey Thread that same evening. If you would like your name entered into the drawing twice, simply post about this drawing on your blog, and leave me a comment with your blog's url.

Good luck everyone!!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

On Being a Grandmother

I have been asked occasionally by women who are not yet grandmothers what it is that makes being a grandma so special. For a couple of years I could not come up with a good explanation, but now I think I know.

As a young mother I would often take my children out in public to meet the world, and I was usually rewarded with wonderful comments about how cute they were, how smart they were, etc. Since I had “created” these children, and they were such a big part of me, these comments made me feel good about myself. But it seems invariably, that following the complements, there were always the unsought questions and words of advice that made me fe
el incompetent as a mother, and not so good about myself. “Is she sleeping through the night yet? She’s a year old and not weaned yet? She’s how old and not potty trained yet? Are you sending her to preschool yet? Home school? Are you crazy?

If the child would (horrors!) have melt down in public, it is, of course, the mother’s fault. If, as a teen, the child rebels and gets into trouble, all eyes automatically look to the parent as being at fault. I think every mother alive can relate to these situations and feelings.
So what is so special about being a grandmother? Well, for me, it is the fact that I can take my grandchildren out to show them the world, and I still hear the wonderful comments…she is so cute, she is so smart, she looks just like you…and not a single person has asked me…is she sleeping through the night, or is she potty trained yet? It is so sweet to just enjoy them and not have my competence as a grandmother called into question!!! I have resolved to make it my aim to always make every young mother feel like I do as a grandmother.