Thursday, July 8, 2010

Giveaway Winner!

I am SO behind you guys! I am so very sorry that this was not done on Sunday, as i promised. bad... bad...

I appreciate all of you so much! Thank you SO much for all the kind things you said about Sugarplum Stitches and Raggedy Haven. I always say this... but seriously! What i do just simply would not be fun without YOU! Your encouragement and all your kind words - they keep me going!


So, without further adiou...

our Giveaway winner is:

Wendy shared all over, and several different times!! Wendy, thank you SO much for sharing all those links about us! We sure appreciate it!

Now, because i feel SO GUILTY about being so behind...

i want to add a second prize!
Our second winner will receive one set of Three of these Wool Lavandar Angel Pillows/Ornies!

and that winner is...
Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement!
Ladies, please send me your mailing address' and i will get your goodies off in the mail! xoxo

Thursday, July 1, 2010

YOU are Magnificent!...

... Jeffery R. Holland said it;

so i KNOW it's true!!

You ARE Magnificent!

My Mom is amazing!

All you mom's out there... YOU are amazing!!
Thank you for all that you do to raise your babies and by doing so... making the world a better place!

I thank GOD every day for the chance i have been given, to be a Mother.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

4th of July - American style!

Make It and Love IT!
OH! my goodness! I LOVE this little project! I am SO making me one, and maybe the kids and Bart too... if they are lucky! My sister Jen is coming tomorrow! Maybe we can do them all together!
HURRY! go and check out the 'how-too' HERE! easy peasy!

i love you... do you?

When you give yourself credit for something, you take pride in what you do!
that doesn't mean you think you are better than someone else...
it just means that you value who you are & you send that message to the world.
-- jillian michaels
I watched "Loosing it with Jillian" today and this quote in last nights episode with the Vivio Family touched me.
receiving accolades has always been hard for me. i personally have struggled with this my entire adult life. i know that a lot of it has to do with an abusive relationship that i survived 11 years ago. I was never good enough, pretty enough, smart enough, tough enough... just never enough. It is amazing what you start to believe, feel about yourself, and start to change who you are and how deep it goes, when someone that is supposed to love you, makes you feel this way.
That relationship was a lifetime ago and i am definately no longer that person anymore, that was changed by an abusive relationship, however i continue to deal with some of the residual effects of not feeling worthy of greatness or feeling worthy of good things or praise in myself when someone extends me a compliment.
i saw in this episode, similarities between this mom and myself with my own 12 year old son. He struggles at times with his self esteem. It made me think... do i have something more to do with his esteem than i think i do? Does he do as he sees me do? My heart broke!
I love my son more than my life itself. I am vowing today!- to give myself more credit for the good things that i do. for my accomplishments-physical and spiritual. and i am determined to make sure that my kids... all four of them... know Every SINGLE day; how proud i am of them and how AMAZING i think they are! because they are!
I wonder too, am i the only one that deals with this? i have a feeling that i am not. i come in contact every single day with people that i think are amazing! i would hope that all of you know how amazing you are!
Do something good... and then be willing to give yourself credit! Be PROUD of yourself!
You inspire and touch my heart every day! Thank you!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


SugarPlum Stitches wants to celebrate! We are listing on eBay again!

and... we need your help! We want to get the word out there about our eBay and I know you can help me do that! Here is what we'll do!

If you would pretty please... take a peek at our new eBay auctions (RaggedyHaven) and pick the one that is your favorite. Then share it with your friends! Either share it on your wall over at Facebook or how bout your Blog? Maybe twitter? or even on your MySpace!
( here is the link to the giveaway you can share with your friends:
and here is the link to our eBay: just copy and paste the link where ever you would like to share them! )
Once you do, just come in here to this post, and let me know how/where you have shared the news with your friends by leaving me a comment!
I will be most grateful, and add your name to the drawing for this adorable QT that i just know you would like to take home with ya! Ü
She measures approx 12" tall. Just the perfect size to add a bunch of prim charm to your home.
I would also love to include a sampling of just some of my Hang Tags to share with you.
You have until Saturday to enter. I will choose a winner by random drawing on Saturday night and announce our winner on Sunday.

You mentioned it on Facebook, Blog AND Twitter you say? Well Hot DOG! Each one/"share" will get you an entry to win!

I seriously couldn't do this without all of you! and it is my Customers; with such encouraging comments and lifting words that makes this so much fun for me!

THANK YOU for all you do to help and lift me! xoxoxo!

Monday, June 7, 2010


My Friend Wendy of Primitives From the Attic (or on facebook)is having Another ADORABLE giveaway!
Isnt' she adorable!? I am lucky enough to already have one of Wendy's pieces and LOVE IT! So, why in the world would i come into my blog-to share the good news and possibly lessen my chances to take home this sweet lil' girl myself?
Well, just because i think Wendy's work is adorable! Plus she is a super sweetheart! and... I want YOU to be lucky too! Ü
OK, so you need to go HERE and leave a comment on how amazing and wonderful she is... AND... please tell her i said hello! Ü cause she IS wonderful!
good luck!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Signs of Summer

courtsey of Tasty Kitchen
You Scream, I Scream... we ALL scream for ICE CREAM!
I'm going to tell you a secret, something you might not know about me. When i grow up, I want to be an ice cream truck driver! It's true! For years i have dreamed about the cutest lil' ice cream truck with twinkling music coming from the speakers!
Fun! right?
Is there anything that Screams louder that SUMMER is coming, than ice cream?
and just LOOK at what the Tasty Kitchen has put together! WOW!
Ice Cream to your sweet lil' hearts content!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sneak Peek....

i've been creating...
just a lil' bit. i have missed it so very much!
with all the craziness going on around my house, its a wonder i still have my head screwed on. might not be straight, but it is still attached!
anyway, just wanted to give ya a sneak peek at a lil something i have been up too!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Have you been inspired today?

(May 2009-my first Full Marathon in Newport Oregon - crossing the FINISH line!)

I want to know; What motivates you?

What are you doing that makes you Proud?

Are there certain things or people that inspire you to be better? To DO better?

What, or Who are they?
THIS is what has inspired me today...
(it is kinda long, a full movie- but for me, it was well worth the watch)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My New Life

Please watch this video. Please be inspired.

We each have our own troubles and trials. None of them are the same... however, each of them is just as trying. One is not bigger or of more importance then another. We each have our personal struggles to deal with. It is how we deal with them, that is what is important and helps us grow.

Sunday morning, i was listening to the radio as I readied myself for church. I heard the quote

"Trials are inevitable - Misery is an Option"

I know this to be true. I have tested it. I have lived it. I know it.

Sunday, for us, could not have been a more perfect day. Hearing this quote as my day began, put a smile on my face as i remembered things that i have faced, dealt with and Conquered in my life that were HARD and it set the precendence for the rest of an amazing day; and the end to a Very hard week.

I am Thankful for my trials. I am Thankful for things that are hard. I am Thankful for the chance that I have as a mortal being, to grow and to learn and to Be.

Stephanie is someone I want to be more like. I think she is beautiful, and is certainly someone who continues to inspire and encourage me - even though we have never met.

I am Thankful for angels that surround me.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

i heart daisies!

i have never met a cookie that was too pretty to eat...
for the full recipe and HOW TOO... just click here--->

does anyone even really EAT Peeps?...

... EW! Maybe they are just made to make adorable blog posts like this one!
Anyone that knows me, KNOWS that i can not pass up a cookie!!! So is it any surprise that i love a blod called "The Decorated Cookie"? pushaw! This one I thought it was adorable and hilerious! Stop by the Decorated Cookie to see the entire post! too cute!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Sunshine in my Future?

Maybe if i 'think' it hard enough... it will come? still dreaming about spring! If Mother Nature won't bring me spring flowers... maybe i'll just make my own! I can even make them smell good if i wanna! Ü

some of my favorites: (just click)
some others i found on YouTube.
paper flower making on

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Winter Storm Warning... another 3-8 inches *sigh*

Ok, so i can dream about SPRING... can't i?

iF and When the weather starts to break here in Utah, i would love to make me some of these!
and here is how:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Influence of a Mother...

"There is No greater good in all the world then Motherhood. The influence of a Mother in the lives of her children is beyond Calculation."
--James E. Faust
I found Justin last year, through his 30 Strangers project, 2009. About three weeks ago, I was so thrilled and beyond excited when I received an email from Justin, telling me that I had been chosen to participate and to be involved in Justin Hackworth’s 30 Strangers project for this year, 2010!!
The timing of my Mom being in town was Impeccable & Justin was absolutely accommodating.

I was so anxious to meet Justin. The time for us to go and meet him, finally came on this last Saturday afternoon - Finally, we would be strangers no longer. I was filled with excited nerves.
Justin was amazing! He has the kindest eyes. Right away; he set us at ease and made us feel like we were never Strangers at all, but lifetime friends. Even as we walked into the building and headed up the stairs, we were welcomed by a welcome sign, with our names, printed right on it!! How fun is that!? Small detail, but Very fun! (I now wish that we would have asked to keep it)

While in Justin's studio, We told jokes, giggled, and felt beautiful!

It didn't take me very long, to get emotional as i watched Justin at work, trying his very hardest, through his camera lense, to find & capture what was most beautiful about the special ladies that accompanied me that day. My heart just swelled! As Justin snapped away, i found myself not only fighting back tears... (didn't wanna mess up my make-up!) Ü but also fighting the urge to tell him every last detail of how each of them were so beautiful on the Inside too, and why I loved them each so very much! As I watched, I realized that this was just more than a fun day of getting our pictures taken by someone neat! Most of all, Justin has recorded a "new beginning" for me in my life. A new phase. I get to be a 'Mom', in a new and little bit different way then I have been the past 12 1/2 years. I have found Happiness this past year that I have never known. This happiness certainly comes with its own challenges, but finally having the family of my dreams, makes it all worth it. Justin has, in a sense, recorded the beginning for me and i am SO looking forward to what the next bazillion years will bring. I am excited to watch these two amazing and BEAUTIFUL daughters of mine, grow and develop and I just can't wait to see what they become.
And I have a Mom that i will always admire and be Thankful for.

I LOVE the calling that i have been given to be a Mother. I am very thankful for the blessing that my Heavenly Father has given me to be a Mother. This awesome responsibility also at times, has me overwhelmed and scared to death. The thought of having charge over four of Heavenly Father's most precious spirits, scares the pants right off me sometimes. I will only do my best, love them with all my might, and pray constantly for guidance and protection over them.

This last weekend was also General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints.

It was a full two days if spiritual enlightenment. My soul has been filled, and I feel renewed.

I was especially touched by the talk Mothers - Elder Bradly D. Foster He spoke directly to me. I hope that you all take 10 minutes to listen to his words.

Mom, I love you & thank you for all that you have taught me; so that i can hopefully be a better Mother.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Have I Done Any Good in the World Today?

"Pillar of Heaven" Nativity by Kim Lawrence PRE-ORDER for 2010

I collect Nativity. I came across this one today and absolutely FELL IN LOVE!? Do you think i could talk someone into getting it (or at least reserving it) for me for Valentines Day? *Ü*

***If you are my Mom, or Sisters reading this... and a certain someone asks... ? Now you know a Perfect suggestion! hehee!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Sister Carrie...

... is AMAZING! She comes up with the CUTEST ideas and is seriously the most "over the top-FUN Mom EVER!" Just go over and take a peek at a few of her blog posts!
My Niece Addison's 2nd birthday party for example HERE I mean HELLO! Just check out the spread for that party! I wanna be 2 again... just so my sister can throw me a party!

BUT!... the post of hers that i want to share with you (she is my guest 'speaker' today and she doesn't even know it yet.... ) is her Valentine's she made for her kids! I mean... just check these out! SO CUTE! I mean... i helps that my niece and nephew are so DELISH!!! Seriously!
I love these Valentine's SO MUCH... i am MAKING my kids pass these out as their valentine's this year... wether they want to or not! Ü Even BOTH of my boys! (thanks Care!)

SO... without further AIE-Due... ;) Here is my sister Carrie!

School Valentine's
A couple of days ago I was taking some pictures of Maya to make invitations for her upcoming birthday party and I was hit by an idea for our class Valentine's this year.
These were SOOOOOOO easy.

I put up a white poster board on our garage door and snapped some pics of Maya and Kai with their arms stretched out and their hands in a fist...

and then through the powers of photoshop I turned them into this...

I sent them to the hour photo at Costco and paid 13 cents each for 4x6 prints. I then slit some holes in the picture at the bottom and top of their fists and slipped in a sucker that I found in the $1 bin at Target.
Here is the finished product.....

...and there you have it.

School Class

Monday, January 25, 2010

Facebook Fan Page Giveaway WINNERS!

The time has come!
With the pay of dinner, (an excellent dinner i might add... ;)) I have enlisted the help of my four wonderful assistants, and they have agreed to help me pick our winners. You will also be happy to know that we came up with TEN winners instead of the EIGHT as previously announced.
We used as our number pickers.

Our winners are as follows:

Rita Tincher
Silvia Andreoli
Craftie Lady
Melane Noack
Anita Butler
Erin Pappas
Donna Maurer
Casie Metcalf Hitchcock
Lisa Goode-Clark
Karrie Reindart Rose

ATTN Winners!:
If your name has been chosen, please contact me by email at jodi (at) sugarplumstitches (dot) com. I will need your mailing address in order to send you your gift. You have until FRIDAY, JANUARY 29th to contact me. If I do not hear from you, then I will assume that you are not interested and I will reassign your gift to another FAN.

Thanks to all for being a loyal fan of SugarPlum!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Facebook Fans Giveaway

We are so excited that our fan base is growing on Facebook!

Another thing that we are excited about? SugarPlum Stitches has a new line of "Sparkle"!
What is Sparkle you say? Well, we hope that you can come and check it out! Either in our ETSY SHOPPE or over @
I have had so much fun putting together adorable necklace glass pendant charms for you to enjoy.

We are so excited about all these new things, that we want to have our first giveaway of 2010, centered around our Facebook Fans! Why not combine the TWO!?
So, for our first giveaway of 2010; I will be giving away EIGHT pieces of our brand new line of "Sparkle"!! I will be picking our lucky winners ONLY from our Facebook Fans list. What does that mean to you? Well... if you aren't a facebook fan yet... ? ya better hurry! Just become a FAN of SugarPlum Stitches by clicking here & then clicking on the become a FAN button on SugarPlum Stitches fan page once your there.
OR... just click on the FAN button over there to the right-------> Ü

Monday, January 25, 2010 @ 9:00pm MST -- I will have my four lovely assistants pick our winners! (i let them do all the hard work! ;))

You can check out more of the "Sparkle" line here: SPARKLE

Monday, January 11, 2010

Keeping up with...: It's all about the countdown!

Keeping up with...: It's all about the countdown!

If you click on the link above, it will take you to my sister's blog. What a cute blog! I am so lucky to have a sister that appreciates good things! Ü hehee!