Another Family Photo Block and GIVEAWAY!

***** DRAWING 8/20/10 at Noon *****

Just so you know that I haven't been sitting around lazing the summer away (as if that would be wrong somehow ... ??)

Anyway... I recently did another wood photo block, this one with the word family again, but in a stretched version rather than the single block. I made it for a friend that is moving out of town. I hesitated to making her one because I know she didn't need another thing to pack, but I just had to give her something. You can see how to make one here.

I did this one in blues and greens, because she has two boys and her husband is an accountant (in other words, "not frilly.") The paper and thread alternate blue and green, with blue ribbon, and blue and white buttons for embelishment. The paper is standard cardstock, and the letters are embroidered on a natural muslin.

I didn't ribbon-hinge this one, but rather just glued the blocks together.

I love the colors on this one! So cool and "boyish." And the embroidered letters add such a soft, rich effect to the finished product.

(Want to make one of your own but don't have an embroidery machine? I'll be happy to embroider your letters custom for you for $1.50 each! Bargain! Just email me for the details!)

Totally craft-challenged but still MUST HAVE one? Well, you're in luck because I'm offering a give-away with this post -- in celebration of 200 followers! Yippee! Of course, I'm happy to have 200, but if 200 is good then 300 is better, right? So I'm already looking forward to 300 and what I might offer for my give away then.

To enter to win a custom-color family photo block like the one pictured above, just browse my blog and leave a comment as to your favorite tutorial of mine. Based upon the responses, I'll know what to offer at my 300-follower give-away.

So basically, that means you get to define my next give-away! Sound good? Of course, then you'll also want to become a follower so that you'll know when I post for the 300-follower give-away, and at the same time you'll be helping to hurry it along. How long could it take, right?

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  1. These blocks are super cute! I love that the letters are stitched, rather than painted on.

    Your Ice Cream Chore chart is also a great idea!

    ... stopped by from Life in the Pitts.

    carolina {at}

  2. I'm a new follower! Loving your site! I think your ice cream tutorial is ADORABLE! (My suggestion for your 300 follower giveaway) I'm so impressed with your embroidering!

    Love the FAMILY BLOCKS...crossing my fingers to win!:)

  3. I've admired these photo blocks (and bookmarked the tutorial) for some time now. I was especially drawn to the Grandma one you posted awhile back for a gift, but don't have access to an embroidery machine, so Thank You for noting that you will do the letters! I will be emailing you...what's the usual turnaround time to get the letters?
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  4. I love your original idea when you did the photo blocks with individualized names on them. I tweaked your idea a little,(no embroidery machine) and made something similar for a teacher appreciation gift.

  5. I like these or the blocks that had the names and a picture holder attached.

  6. I love the snowmen blocks, and I happen to to have a bunch of 1x4's that are just sitting here. Thanks for the idea. Also of course love the family blocks

  7. I love the blocks. They turned out so cute.
    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

  8. Very cute! My favorite is probably the personalized photo name blocks!

  9. Hi, I am a new follower. The family photo block is a great idea. I like very much the Hinged Wooden Snowman Family too.

  10. This is such a fun idea! What a great gift. Stopping by from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o)

  11. This a great project! Where do you get the photo wire? I loved your little graduation tutorial from another sew and tell. I would love a happy family photo block set. This may be beyond me! :)

  12. What a smart idea... thanks so much for sharing! I'm a new follower. Vicki

  13. Veggie garden chore chart and personalized photo blocks.


  14. Beautiful! Hope you haven't given away the family color block yet. I have 4 boys and this is just perfect - the colors are wonderful and the embroidery adds just the right amount of softness for the lone female. :)

  15. I am a new follower! My favorite tutorial is the Hinged Wooden Snowman Family!!
    I have 3 boys and just love the colors in this photo block

  16. My favorite tutorial was the Recycled Votives! I love them! :)

  17. Oh my gosh...I am so happy to have found your photo block tutorial!!! We do a handmade gift each Christmas for all our family members instead of buying and I am soooo doing this one!!!!

    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  18. I love the rose burlap wreath. Just what I need for my front door. I just became a follower and have so many fun and new ideas to try! I love the family blocks...especially the embroidery!

  19. I liked the Painted Rocks tutorial

  20. I LOVE the photo clip ideas! They'd make great gifts for my family members. Thanks for sharing! Dana (P.S. I'm now a follower of your site!)