Monday, October 22, 2012

The Lots to Celebrate Give-away - {Part 1}

Welcome to Part 1 of the Lots to Celebrate Give-away
As I shared a week or two ago, we'll be adding TWINS to our family in the spring!  That's the majority of the celebration... but Pear Tree Stitching also has over 500 followers now... my Etsy shop hit 250 sales... and I just realized the page views turned over 200,000!  
LOTS of reasons to celebrate - and what better way to say thank you to all my lovely readers than by giving away a few fun handmade baby items?  


The first of 3 give-aways starts now!
And one of my very own custom made quilted stroller blankets are up for grabs!
 Here are just a few blankets I've already made... and they also double as a changing mat or burp cloth in a pinch!  They're washable to boot, and I kept one in my diaper bag until Eli was potty trained.  Modern, fun, and oh so useful!


 I'll let the winner decide what color (or colors) they want their made-to-order stroller quilt to be.  I aim to please :-)
Each stroller quilt measures about 18"x22".


And here's a quilted blanket in action - when Eli was just a little fella!

Let's see... to enter just leave a comment on this post giving your best piece advice for caring for newborn twins.  If you have no clue about that (which is very possible - as I have almost no clue myself!) just say your favorite twin names.  Easy enough!

And as a bonus entry to my followers, just leave a second comment saying you're a follower!
International entries welcome!

This give-away is open now through Fri, Oct 26th.  After that I'll update this post with the winner!

**comments now closed!**

And the lucky winner is....

Jodi  - Congratulations! How exciting! I do not have experience with twins, however my kids were 15 months apart so I often felt like I had twins, hehe. Since you've already had a little one you already know you need to sleep and get your rest when the baby is sleeping. I'll also say housework can wait and don't forget to take a few minutes for yourself.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

Jodi - I've emailed you for your pertinent info and what color(s) you'd like your stroller blanket to come in.  Congrats!
xo 
Cristin

56 comments:

Megan Wenger said...

I wouldn't have the first clue about caring for twins. But should you have boy/girl twins how about...

Oliver and Olivia?

Lydia said...

I always say to any new mummy (or any mummy) do what ever you want to do. Don't feel pressured by anybody's "advice". Everybody feels like they have to have their say about your baby but nobody will love and care for your bub more than you. And if you need anything don't be afraid to ask!

Amys Crafty Shenanigans said...

Wellll - twins!!? No clue - maybe earplugs!!?? Thank you for having an International giveaway :)

Kelli said...

Make sure you are intentional about spending quality time with each one individually, even when they are little and especially when they get older. They will always be paired in life, but I think it's important to celebrate their individuality. Sometimes the best times to notice these characteristics is when they are alone.

M-R said...

If you can, get two swings. Sanity saver for a good friend of mine! Congrats on all the exciting news!

Adrianne said...

Congratulations! I can't give you any advice on caring for twins, but I thought I would share an amusing twins story. My grandmother is a twin, she was born prematurely back in the 1920's, and her mother was quite unwell, so she and her twin sister were named by a nurse. What delightful names did the nurse choose? Letty and Betty.

Adrianne said...

Also, I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for making your giveaway international!

jmj said...

the best advice is arrange for some help. when people offer to help say YES!!!

Marcia W. said...

Though I don't have that twin first-hand knowledge, a family members' twins turned 1 this Saturday. They were premies. My observations: The mama learned how to hold both at the same time while still doing something with her third hand. The daddy jumped right in because it is "our job" to take care of the twins. Both know to take time for themselves too and eager grandmas, greatgrandmas, and greataunts are there to care for the twin boys.

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Best advice is to treat them as individuals and just enjoy them!

Heather D. said...

Oh boys, twins. I don't have any advice! The only thing I can think of, which applies to babies in general and not just twins, but even more so with twins maybe, is to be willing to ask for help. :)

Thanks for the sweet giveaway.

Heather D. said...

I follow your blog. :)

Kristin said...

I follow your blog and I have to say Eli is a cutie!

cakegirl said...

my advice is to enjoy every second of those first few precious months. the time truly does fly. thanks for a great giveaway.

Cal said...

My first thought was to get a lot of helping hands! And patience, as reasonable expectations. I had one baby at a time, so no real tips I am afraid.

Alice and Stuart?

Emilia and Jack?

Peter and Josh?

Max and Minie? (It is a funny one!)

Rachael said...

Don't feel guilty for having to split your time!

Carly said...

So fun! Beautiful giveaway. I don't know that I have any good advice for you on caring for twins...I know you will do a great job! What about Simon and Silas for boy twins??

Carly said...

I follow! :)

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I am a twin and my Mother told me that she just needed extra help but was too timid to ask for it. So, my advice is to take care of yourself, too, and ask for help. :)

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I am already a follower!!!

Peggy said...
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Peggy said...

I'm already a follower.
Thanks, Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

JD said...

Two of my daughters had twins, one is very laid back with no schedule. That is hard. They are 18 months old. The other daughter has the twins on a schedule with both of them eating and sleeping at the same time. That has worked for her, they are now nine months old and doing very well. Anyway you look at it you need some help for a little while just to get the hang of things.
Favorite names, Ethan and Ellie, Xander and Gavin.

Peggy said...

I wouldn't have a clue about caring for twins, but my advice would be to have lots of helping hands. Hope your hubby helps out.
Thanks, Peggy
Peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Dawn said...

Sophie and Samuel. I don't know if they are sctually twin names but they sound like it to me. ;)
I don't have a clue about raising twins....just double everything and pray for lots of help. Best of luck!

Jennifer said...

emma and ethan for boy/girl
emma and madison for girlies
sean and ethan for boys

I have no babies but twins run in my fiance's family.. dun dun dun hahathanks for the chance!!

Susanne said...

What about Lena and Lola? :)

Susanne

Susanne said...

Of course I follow :)
Susanne

Gill said...

My advice would be to take any help that's offered!!

Gill said...

I'm a happy follower!

Laurel09 said...

With twins I guess that I would say to make sure you find a way to get a full night of sleep at least once a week, and I would draw on any available help to make sure that happens!

Laurel09 said...

I am a follower via google reader. Thanks you for the chance to win -- I have several friends with new babies and would love to send one of your stroller quilts to one of them!

Lauren said...

With twins I have no clue! I would say that my advice from one is, say yes to help, work towards a schedule and enjoy every minute!

Lauren said...

I follow via Google Reader!

Kathy Gordon said...

Just double up your love, patience and take time for YOU, I am a follower. Congrats on ALL your celebrations.
Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures and CMQG.

Margaret said...

I have not one clue about caring for twins. I babysat twins once and it seemed like they both needed changing, feeding, burping etc at the same time every time. It was nuts. Hope all goes well. I have twin siblings named Ricky and Vicky. My brother changed his name to Richard when he graduated from high school.

Barbara said...

Hire a babysitter one morning per week and give yourself three hours to do whatever you like. Alone.

cherylj said...

I don't have any advice for twins but I would suggest twin names that do not rhyme.

Heather A said...

I don't know much about twins, having none in my family. I do have some friends who are twins and my kids have friends who are twins as well.

The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions twins is when my first child was born. I was stunned to learn that there were more sets of twins in the maternity ward of our city at that time than single babies. I remember watching as all these moms of twins were learning "football holds" so they could master nursing two babies at the same time. I was struggling enough to learn how to take care of one baby let alone TWO! Since then, I've had an especially profound respect and admiration for the parents of twins and all the challenges that must come up especially in those early years.

Heather A said...

I am a follower!

EgayZra said...

I have always loved the names, Abby and Isabel

EgayZra said...

I am a happy follower :)

Trish said...

You will need help. Do not expect to be able to stay on top of things without a lot of help.

becky said...

Twins double wow.Congs.and Thank-you for the great give away Love your site.Thanks again Becky
derry04@yahoo.com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Congratulations! How exciting! I do not have experience with twins, however my kids were 15 months apart so I often felt like I had twins, hehe. Since you've already had a little one you already know you need to sleep and get your rest when the baby is sleeping. I'll also say housework can wait and don't forget to take a few minutes for yourself.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I'm a new follower. I found you via The One Stop Giveaway Blog.

Thanks again for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

My advice would be, don't get in the habit of comparing them. Don't label one as the "happy twin" because she happens to be more jolly than the other, and especially don't say, "She's happy, he's glum". I suppose what I mean is, be sure that you are seeing them for themselves, not just in comparison to their constant companion. Better for them, better for their relationship later.

Congratulaions! Lucky you, lucky them.

Myself said...

Wow, twins :) Double happiness :) I love the names Tamara and Ben!

Myself said...

I'm your happy follower by GFC! Thanks for the great givaway!

Brynn said...

Caring for twins - um, start freezing dinners now? My friend found that her twins wouldn't sleep well unless they were near each other. So they shared a crib until they were almost one! Good luck!

Brynn said...

And I'm a long-time follower :)

eric.n.nikki said...

Congratulations on expecting twins. My best friend's family has NINE sets and I'll see what words of wisdom they may have :) Thanks for the giveaway.

Kim said...

Congratulations! I don't have any twin advice. Girl names, how about Mieka and Mandi.

kbzelazny said...

Let people help you! And be glad you're not having triplets! Thanks so much-

Elisha said...

I don't have twins, but one thing that I've learned with one is to ask for help when I need it. Sometimes I like to try to do it "all" and I just end up an exhausted mess, so I am slowly learning to swallow my pride and ask for assistance when I'm overwhelmed with being a mom :)

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Elisha said...

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