Monday, January 22, 2007

Hotpads and a Giveaway



For years I have loved a green and red vintage tablecloth. In its heyday it actually went on the table. Then it went out on yard picnics with the girls. After sustaining a few poorly-mended tears it became Albert's night cloth and covered his birdcage in style. Recently though it gave out badly and came apart in the center. But the margins! They were still good!

I got carried away cutting the good parts up into squares for a big batch of hotpads. It's a beautiful stack, but it's more than I need. So I've decided to celebrate the abundant Hotpad Harvest with a giveaway--I'll send out a little package with a hotpad, a delicious 1940's vintage housedress pattern, and some other goodies. If you're interested, say so in a comment. On Friday I'll pick a name out of a hat, and a little bit of the Schoolhouse will go out in the mail!

I love having readers!

136 comments:

lacey@mesarchik.com said...

i'd love to get the goodies in the mail... it would be just what I need after being so down. My husband is currently deployed to Iraq, and I have been caring for our 15 month old daughter alone in his absence. As a stay at home mom this leaves little for adult interaction and your blog provides the a great alternative!

Mary Ann said...

I'm interested!:-)

Christine said...

They are so pretty! You are just so talented! Blessings!

Victoria said...

Put me in the hat! You are a truly inspiring woman and I've been so blessed by your "scenes" of life and creative home projects. What a fun idea!!

clarice said...

Anna, you pot holders are lovely. yopu did a wonderful job. Clarice

EEEEMommy said...

oooooh! I'm definately interested. I notice there are strawberries on those hotpads and I have a strawberry girl!!! It's hard to compete with a woman whose husband is deployes to Iraq though! (Blessings to you Lacey, I will pray for his safe and swift return. Thank you for the sacrifice you are making for our freedom!)
On another note, I thought of you today as I discovered a blog dedicated to Grace Livingston Hill. If you haven't already heard of it, go check it out. I think it's right up your alley and you could add so much to it.
http://neatanddaintyasaflower.blogspot.com/index.html
Blessings, Angel

Anonymous said...

Of course I am interested!
mrstlc

The Dunnes said...

Add me to the hat, too! I'd love a little bit of the schoolhouse in my house. What a great idea.

Mirissa

Kendra said...

Those are really cute, and I love that they're made from fabric that has served so many uses!
I would love to participate in the drawing :)
Thank you for your lovely blog, it is so inspiring.

Rebecca said...

Anna, I'd love to possess a little bit of Pleasant View. :-) Please include me in the drawing.

Laura said...

What fun! Please add my name to the hat! Thanks!

Amy W said...

Toss my name into the hat too. They are so lovely!
What a wonderful idea.

Mrs. Ward said...

I've been knitting so much lately that I would love to receive something someone else has made. Count me in the drawing please.

Emma said...

Oh Anna! I love the pot holders... they are beautiful!

Emma

Carmen said...

Count Me In Too! (This Friday huh? Hope I am don't go into labor before I find out who gets a little bit of Pleasant View goodies!)

emily said...

Please put my name in the hat, too!

Would you mind posting a quick explanation of how you made these? Is there some kind of batting between the outer layers? I have a stack of vintage dishcloths that are too worn for regular dishwashing, and I've been looking for the perfect way to use them in another way. I love your idea!

Mrs. Lockhart said...

Oh, I'd love to get counted in on this drawing. I love your blog and the many neat things you make!

littlejennywren said...

What a generous offer. I would love to be included in the draw. Thanks so much Anna.

Anonymous said...

I am a new reader to your blog and I love it. I have tried a few recipes and our family enjoys them. With the beautiful photos and hand made items, I am inspired and your blog is a regular stopping point for me. I would love to be added to the drawing.
Blessings and thanks, Leigh

Erin said...

De-lurking for this very lovely reason. Many thanks for your blog---it always is a Pleasant View.

Miriam said...

Precious, hand-made hotpads...bring them on!

maven said...

Please put my name in the hat. I love your lovely blog and visit almost every day.

Stacy said...

Are you serious?!?!
What a delightful idea!
Add me, please-- to your drawing!
~Stacy

Anonymous said...

Anna... what beautiful potholders! Please put my name in! Gail

tonia said...

oh my...that will even draw ME out of lurking status. I would love a little package in the mail!

Thanks for the contest.

Carrie said...

Please add my name, too, Anna! I think I'm commenting for the first time ever, although I have been reading for ages and have you linked on my blog. Your blog is so inspiring and the photos are so beautiful. I really enjoy reading about your life!!

Wendy said...

Oh, wow. Please put my name in the hat, too!

Mrs. Sue Gorecki said...

Hello!

I read your blog daily...it is so nice to find someone who is so like-minded! You do beautiful work and your pictures are gorgeous...thank you for sharing your life with us. May the Lord bless you abundantly! ~Mrs. Sue Gorecki~

Anonymous said...

Another lurking showing her face to say, "Oh, boy! Count me in."

Guess I should add that I love your blog. I've been reading for a few months now.

Susan L (who never wins anything, but it's worth a shot!)

momof4boys said...

Oh this is so exciting! I love your blog and would love to have a hotpad! Thanks for sharing to whoever might win! :)

Kim said...

Oooh, count me in. I love that pattern! And the hotpads are a great way to use that last bit of good fabric.

Kim

Charity Grace said...

i'm in!

Shannon said...

That IS a good idea! Add me to the "oooh, I hope I win" list!
~Shannon

Turkey Farm said...

Count me in, I love vintage linens and I love your blog.

Shelley Jo said...

Oooh! I'm drooling with anticipation of being the winner! Thanks!

Candace said...

I'm interested! Add me, if you will...

Mrs. Wilt said...

Oooh, count me in!

I pop in here daily for a fresh dose of the Schoolhouse. It's like having a neighbor just over the back fence. :o)

Anonymous said...

Though this dust-covered-Bernina-owning-sewing-challenged Mama would LOVE to own one of your beautiful creations... I say give it to Lacey, the first commenter!

I create with paintbrush and oils or watercolor. Would LOVE to peek over your shoulder to see exactly how to sew beautiful things other than the funky polar fleece scarves I have made. You are a true artist with needle and thread!
~KatherineJ

Roberta said...

I love your blog and would like to enter your contest.
The cloth is so beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Ohhhh, pick me, pick me!!!!! I would love to be in the drawing too. Can hardly wait until Friday.
Julie P.

Leslie said...

I would love a chance to have a little bit of the Schoolhouse in my home. I am amazed at how similar we are. I made chili one night, only to discover you had done the same. I love Cath Kidston & decorate w/ red & green. But last night, I was pinning bias tape on a hot pad I 'm making out of a quilt block I "inherited" from a country neighbor.

sarai. said...

I'd love to be in the drawing too please! Your work is lovely.

Christian said...

Throw my name in the hat!

Christian

tonia said...

hmmmm...my link doesn't want to show up for some reason.

tonia @ thesacredeveryday.com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog daily and love your photos, recipes, sewing and housekeeping hints. Please add my name to the list.
Barbara

Cheryl said...

I Am Interested!

A while back my daughter showed me your site to share something that you had sewn (she found out about your sewing on Sense & Sensibility) and both she and I have been back several times to see how you've been inspired.
I am impressed to see what you can do with your time-and have a blog on top of it all. I do try to get food on the table for 9, clean laundry, teach a bit and maintain a slight sense of order in my home and them am often too tired to create-even though I would love to do more.

Cheryl

KimW said...

What a great idea! Put my name in the hat too please. Kim

Susan P. said...

Please put my name in the hat, too! What a generous offering!

Donna said...

I'm a new reader of your blog and a big fan of the 40s! I would be interested in participating in the drawing!

Jeanne S. said...

oh, well, of course! who wouldn't want something from pleasant view schoolhouse? love your blog, by the way -- just found it this week through another blog's link. ooooh, what a fun find!

Kimberly said...

I'd love to be included in your drawing!~Kimberly

Leigh said...

Please add my name! They are lovely!! You are so talented and you inspire me all the time!

Sylvia said...

Please add me to the drawing. I love all things homemade!

Anonymous said...

Hello to you all from the UK.I found your wonderful blog recently and the sounds of your giveaway, have encouraged me to lurk no more.
We are a home edding family also.
Thanks for sharing your life, its very inspiring.
all love & sunshine
Denise
xx

momof3blessings said...

That is so nice of you!! Since I can't sew (yet : ) ) I am definitely interested. Please thank your photographer too for his wonderful work!

Mrs. Bonnie said...

Oh what fun, the pot holders, the drawing, your blog-all of it!
I would love to be included, and I'll ahve to echo Carmen and hope I don't go into labor before friday!

Sorry if this comes up twice!

Morgan said...

Add me too!!! Thanks.

MrsSM said...

LOL! Looks like you're going to have fun with this one! I'd like to add my name to the hat:).

Krista

Nicole in MD said...

I would love to receive a package! I love packages!! I also wanted to comment on the photography on your blog. It is absolutely gorgeous. It reminds me of the photos that used to grace the pages of VICTORIA magazine.

Lyn said...

Okay, I will delurk for some pretty hotpads. I love them. They look so pretty in their stack. And ready for a hot pan of muffins or some yummy chocolate chip cookies!

Cindi said...

How could I not add my name to the list! Please.

Rebecca said...

62 comments?!? Wow-now you know how loved you REALLY are! See how many people you have inspired?

Add me to the list...and you might need a bigger hat! :-)

Bethgem said...

Me too! If this shows up 3 times, I'm really not trying to rig it, just having some trouble with my account. :)

Anyway, they're so pretty! And what a great idea.

Mrs. Huckabay said...

Add my name to the hat too, please. I love reading your blog, and the photography is wonderful. Your vintage sewing projects always make me want to run to the fabric store, and I'm hoping after this new baby arrives (#5!) I'll have time for some more sewing for both me and my two girls.

Betty said...

Add my name to the hat!! This is fun!

mommyoftwinboys said...

Me! Me! Me! I love them!

Karen said...

Add my name to the hat, please. I love coming here to see what you've been cooking/creating. You inspire so many women to do similar things in their own houses.

~Karen

deb said...

Just found your blog a week or so ago after friends at church told us they read Pleasant View Schoolhouse blog. So we've been perusing lots of your past posts. You have a nice place here! Please add my name to your drawing; creative idea for making something with your vintage cloth!

G.L.H. said...

My goodness, Anna, I see that you already have 68 comments!!!

I am interested, OF COURSE, in your contest. Please add my name.

Anonymous said...

I thought I posted but wasn't sure it came through and since I don't see it, I will try again. I was commenting on how many readers there are that come to life once something is offered from The Pleasant Schoolhouse! I hope you see what a blessing you are to us as you impart loveliness and inspire us to do the same. Please keep posting more - particularly how you manage to accomplish all that you do (I'm interested in your homeschooling schedule as well). The photos are also very inspiring.

God bless - Barbara in AR

kirstin said...

Oh please pick me!! I have been so encouraged by your blog. You encourage me to be a better homemaker...we now clean our homein zones throughout the week before starting our homeschooling day. What a great system! I also love the photos you post...my compliments to your son. Does he take all the photos?
thanks again for the encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm interested! I have been inspired by your lovely blog.

Mary D.

Jessica said...

Count me in too! I love your blog...and am inspired by all the lovely things you create!

Troy & Sherry said...

Sure i would love some hot pads!

Julian said...

Id love to get one too!
Christina

MrsBurns said...

Please add me to the grab bag of names. I was just recently introduced to your glass house here and I love your style and willingness to tackle a tough project. All the best!

Wendy A. said...

I'm glad you love having readers! I love being one of them! We homeschool, too and I am a lover of all things domestic. You have an encouraging site!

Alli said...

I would love to participate in the drawing! They are beautiful! :)

Mrs. W. said...

Well, sign me up! Who wouldn't want some goodies and these all sound and look yummy!

Thanks for thinking about your devoted readers!

Nichole said...

How delightful! Please add my name to the hat!

Blessings,
Nichole

Hannah said...

Please add my name to the hat, they are truly beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be put into the hat: our family policy is to keep personal information private from internet friends.

However, count me among your delighted readers.

Jora

BrendaM said...

I'm interested, too! :)
Brenda

Julie T. said...

What a nice idea! Drop me in the hat! :)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! It has been an encouragement to me. I would love to be included in your drawing.
Sheri

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog every day fo the past couple months. I aspire to be awife like you someday, although right now my life is much more eclectic than yours.
I'd love to be in the drawing, and wanted to actually post a comment to say what a wonderful positive blog you have without excluding anyone who simply wants a beautiful life regardless of personal choices or religion.
Megan M

Kate said...

Hello Anna'

Please put me in the hat! Ilove strawberries, and have done my kitchen in them. Your blog is always such an inspiration.........I love to frequent it!
God bless!
Kate

jen said...

They look beautiful! Please include me in your drawing. I read your blog everyday, and I am inspired by your ideas, creations and yummy recipies.
Thanks!
Jen

Copper's Wife said...

The hot pads are so pretty. Yes, please, do sign me up for the drawing, too! Thanks, Anna!

Ryleesmom2004 said...

Hi from Northern Ontario Canada. I would LOVE to win goodies from The Schoolhouse. We own the original log schoolhouse for our area built in 1899 so we also have an appreciation for all things old. Your potholders would be cherished!! Love your blog!

MIchelle said...

WOW! 90 Comments. I hope you are able to pick just the right people to bless. They are beautiful. :)

Kelly said...

Count me in please!

Kathryn said...

Count me in....they look wonderful! Your blog is always such an inspiration to me!

Jane said...

Please count me in too! Your site is wonderful. I appreciate your thoughtful and intelligent posts. The photography is also excellent. I've been enjoying your site for several months now. Thank you for introducing me to Grace Livingston Hill, your Excellent Chicken Salad and knitting, just to name a few.

Huskerbabe said...

What a great idea! Put Lacey's name in the drawing in place of mine. (My husband was in Desert Storm, and I was home alone with 3 little ones. It's really hard.) She deserves something special.:>)

I'll just steal your idea! LOL

And my mother introduced me to Grace Livingston Hill when I was a teen. I still pull out a book when I want to read something light and fun. Crimson Roses and White Orchids are two of my favorites. But then I like Spicebox, and...well, I'll stop!

Carrie said...

Please add me to the hat. I read your blog everyday and love looking at the wonderful photos your son takes. Thank you for all your amazing ideas, they truly motivate me.

Michelle deMoose said...

What a wonderful idea! Perhaps you should read the book "Something from Nothing" to your family. It's very sweet and your post has reminded me of it.

Heather said...

Goodness Anna! What a following you have! It is a joy to know how you have positively influenced the lives of so many - you are indeed a blessing!
I too would be interested to know how you have insulated the pot holders - I have used special quilted heat resistant fabric but it was terribly hard to sew and very costly. Everything else I have tried simply allows the heat right through!
I love recycling fabrics and if I can find a tablecloth or bridge set that is good but for one stain or tear, I like to make the good into something new and useful!

Kelli said...

They are beautiful! I would love to be entered into your contest. I enjoy your blog so much.
Kelli

Anonymous said...

Your blog is a continuous inspiration to me and has inspired me to start a blog of my own which is just in the beginning stages. Thank you for the opportunity to enter my name in your contest! Keep up the fantastic creativity!
Sincerely,
Lynne

Anonymous said...

You probably shouldn't put me in as I'm in the UK but I wanted to post to say that I love your blog. It is my moment of serenity and inspiration in the midst of days of trying to turn a new house into a home.
Sarah

Anonymous said...

Hello Anna!
I'd love for my name to be put in the hat as well! Thanks for your generous spirit and lovely blog!
Wendy (aka "sunlady" on the S&S Board)

Anna said...

Ladies, thank you so much for your overwhelming interest! So everyone can rest easy, I'll announce right here and now that Lacey (see first comment) wil be getting her very own special package with a hotpad and some other surprises, and won't need to depend on the good favor of the hat!

Drawing at noon on Friday!

stephanie said...

Oh, how fun! Please add me to the list!

Kathy Frazier said...

I like the hotpads! They are so pretty! I am interested!
Kathy Frazier

Lacey@mesarchik.com said...

Anna-

I can't express in words my gratitude.... thank you, thank you!

When my husband comes home I'll have quite a story to tell him about the new hotpads!


Sincerely...
Lacey

Anonymous said...

Please add my name to your lovely contest.

Tonya
davisfamily@ohiohills.com

Heather said...

WOW! This is indeed going to be a rather large hat. Please count me in. Your blog is a creative inspiration to me and my life as a wife and homeschool mom. I do wonder how you balance it all??!!

I've been reading your blog for a few months now and when I have extra time, I go back and read archived entries. So fun!

Thanks for the time you take to blog!
Heather

Coming Along Nicely said...

Totally interested!!! What a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Please count me in!

Blessings -

Mrs. Callard

Mrs Pea said...

I'd love to have my name put into your hat, Anna. Thanks for such a sweet competition.

Rennae said...

Hi Anna, Iwould love to be included in the draw, but to be fair I must let you know that I live in Australia. Thank you, Rennae

Anonymous said...

Wow! How neat! Pick me, Pick me! LOL!

Brenda said...

...and we love reading (and viewing the beautiful pictures)!

Heather said...

I would love to have my name added to the long list of contestants!

Thanks!

Garden Girl said...

How fun!

My daughter and I found your site from the Sense and Sensibility site:) We visit "Pleasant View" everyday to see what's new!

Anonymous said...

HI, I am interested in the drawing too. I enjoy the recipes you share, the vintage finds,pictures, clothing you make etc...
God bless,
Barb

avenuemomATyahooDOTcom

Anonymous said...

Please add my name in the hat, too! Your projects are such an inspiration. Thanks!

~Persis

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carol said...

add me to the long and growing list of one who loves your blog! You can please add my name into the hat too!
:)

Valerie said...

Oh my-- as my sweet sister, Victoria (who has commented also) just said to me on the phone... I would love to have the goodies (they are very beautiful), but I don't know if I could deny lacey@mesarchik them! So maybe you could put another piece of paper with her name on it in the hat instead of mine? I love your site!

Chrissy said...

Precious! Just what I need for my red kitchen. Please add my name to the hat as well...

Abigail Joy said...

Announcing the 123rd...

I like potholders and strawberries and red and green all in a tumble. (Judging by the numbers, I guess half of the world does, too.)

Please put me in a hat.

Anonymous said...

ohhh--ohhh me--me-pick me!!

Funny, how many comments were left on this post;0)

Lissa Smith
lissa@otelco.net
e mail me for address please, if I am picked.

Thanks--cute blog, inspiring

Janet said...

I'm interested too, Anna! What a wonderful giveaway! I so much admire your sewing skills!

Lisa said...

Anna,
I want to be counted among your faithful blog readers. :) Your blog is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing bits of your beautiful life with us.
Blessings,
Lisa

Kelly said...

Your hotpads are quite popular, I see:) I'd love to be included, thanks so much:)

Kimberly said...

I'm definitely interested. Your blog has brought me much joy. May God bless you as you delight in your family.

Serena said...

Very pretty, juicy strawberries. I am now inspired to make hotpads. (Just like I've been inspired to make a housecoat, etc., etc.)

clou said...

Wow! What a lot of comments! I'm just a long time lurker coming out from my corner to say I'm interested as well. Your sewing talent amazes and inspires me. My almost daily vists to your blog are a real treat.
clou

Elise said...

Are you sure those hotpads aren't for eating? They look yummy!
I'd love to be entered in the drawing - Hooray!

Joyce said...

Anna, I love the color of the hot pads. Put me the drawing.

Thank you for all your wonderful ideas.

Andie said...

Goodness, what a crowd! I'm not surprised, though, your blog is just beautiful.

Please add my "me, too!" to the hat.

Anonymous said...

They are beautiful! I would love to be in your drawing!
I enjoy your blog so much.
Best wishes to you...
Natalie M.

Anonymous said...

hi-
I was just checking to see if my last comment showed up which it didn't so I'm entering again if it's not too late. I LOVE your beautiful blog with inspirational tidbits. Thanks!
Rain

Joyful House Farms said...

Anna! I am tickled you have so many comments! I am probably too late for the drawing since I had computer problems all week, but that's okay. I still wanted to comment to say how much I appreciate your blog. When I discovered it last spring, I immediately read the entire archives! It has been such an encouragement, inspiration, and blessing to me. Thanks so much!
Lovely hotpads!
Cara

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