Monday, December 12, 2011

somebody's gonna get lucky...

it's giveaway day!!  i love this day so much, i feel like that lady in the target black friday ads, i've got my calendar cleared, my coffee cup sitting on a sweet little mug rug and i say, bring it on! 

since some of you are probably new here, i'd like to introduce myself!

i'm tammie, stay at home momma of four kiddos, and i try to make something every day.  sometimes it's just the bed.
but usually i bake, craft, or stitch something.
and every day, things that seemed so unapproachable before,
like canning, or quilting,
well, they get a little easier.

not yeast bread though.  i cannot get yeast bread to rise.  it hates me.

anyways, for the giveaway today, i would like to offer up a custom quilted notebook!  i use jcasa's quilted list taker pattern, and i love making these notebooks!  they hold a 5"x7" notepad and pen.  i keep one in my bag for shopping lists and coupons, and for impromptu drawing when i need a quick distraction for my kids. 

the winner will get to choose from two fabric palettes.

sugar pop by moda:


or scrappy vintage fabric:


the notebooks pictured are examples only - i will make a new one for the winner!

to enter, i'm using rafflecopter, so hopefully that goes well.  it's my first time, be gentle. (i can't seem to change the contest end time to be 5pm PST on there, but that's when it's over, on dec. 16th)  USA only, please, sorry to my int'l peeps.  hmm, any other fine print i'm missing?  probably.   it will ship by dec. 24th.

EDITED - i'm getting some feedback that rafflecopter isn't cutting it - so i'm going to cut my losses now and go back to the "old fashioned" way of doing this.

to enter, please leave a comment for each thing you do!

1. tell me your best yeast bread tips, or which notebook you'd choose.  
2. tweet the giveaway!  sample tweet:
did you see the amazing notebooks @craftytammie is giving away?!   she rocks!! http://craftytammie.com
3.  like me on facebook or tell me you already do
4. follow me with google friend connect, or tell me you already do!

if you already entered on rafflecopter, no worries, i am going to manually enter you in my comments.  thanks for the quick feedback, maybe i'll try rafflecopter again sometime.



thanks so much for stopping by today!  i am hosting a fabric swap after the holidays, so be sure to follow me in some fashion so you don't miss out on sign-ups!  happy giveaway day!

126 comments:

trillium said...

um, check the King Arthur flour website for help with your bread baking.

I am a follower of yours already, but the giveaway post is not acknowledging this.

trillium said...

And I did "LIKE" the post on FB (under a different name).

craftytammie said...

manual entry for staceyt

craftytammie said...

manual entry for stacy (from rafflecopter)

craftytammie said...

manual entry for stacy

craftytammie said...

manual entry for marie w. from FB

craftytammie said...

manual entry for marie w. from FB

craftytammie said...

manual entry for trillium (already a follower!)

Mary Anne said...

Hi Tammie!

Yeast bread tips? I'm so hit or miss with yeast bread that I am no help there...but I do love the Sugar Pop notebook cover. So cute!

I am a follower on Google and I just "liked" Crafty Tammie on FB - even though I already "like" you in person. ;-)

I'm not a twitterer...but you do rock! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jen said...

Beautiful notebook! Homemade bread is totally my weakness! I always try to make sure to "grow" the yeast in warm, but not hot water. A GREAT bread cookbook is Artisan Breads Every Day by Peter Reinhart. LOVE his ciabatta bread recipe.

Nicole said...

I started using my KitchenAid mixer for the kneading part, makes it so much easier for me. And I would pick the sugar pop version. Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

Ana e os Viraventos said...

I love the sugar pop colourway!

Ana e os Viraventos said...

and I follow you on FB

sandandstarfish said...

Ooo Tammie! Great Giveaway!!

I love the vintage sheet one. I'm a sucker for vintage sheets!

And for me to get yeast bread to rise, I usually have my space heater handy. That seems to be the only thing that helps!

sandandstarfish said...

I'm already a follower :)

sandandstarfish said...

and I like you on facebook :)

Bonnie said...

Everything is so gorgeous!! I love the colors.

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Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I don't eat bread, so I'm not much help there -- :)

BI would choose the vintage-y one, even though I'd be happy to receive either!!

KD-Quilts said...

I love them both, I couldn't decide between the two!

KD-Quilts said...

I'm a new follower!

liz said...

my trick for yeast bread is the breadmaker. i use the dough cycle for the kneading and first rise. then i dump the dough into a regular bread pan and let it rise. perfect everytime!

liz said...

i am a happy follower :)

liz said...

i like you on fb :)

Lauranie said...

I'm a sucker for your vintage fabric finds...AND your quilted notebook covers!! LOVE THEM!! have fun...sorry rafflecopter done you wrong :) xo

Lee said...

when kneeding the bread do not add too much flour. quick and light kneeding and not too much flour. thanks!

Lee said...

I follow w/ Google reader. thanks!

Cricket said...

I love the vintage fabrics!

I make bread a lot. Once you find a recipe you like (my favorite is http://bornambitous-bornimaginative.blogspot.com/2011/03/jackies-bread.html ) it's easy. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer. Couldn't be bothered to make it without the Kitchen Aid, much as the idea of hand kneading is appealing - I'm just too busy.

Emilyplays said...

Love the sugar pop! Such a handy design! For rising bread, I boil a cup of water in the microwave and then put the dough in (leaving micro off at the point!) It seems to rise well in the warm moist air created by the boiling water. Good luck!

Robyn said...

I would choose the vintage scrappy notebook. Thanks for the giveaway! robyn(dot)geddes(at)gmail(dot)com

notes of sincerity said...

Your notebooks are so sweet. :o)
I make yeast bread on a regular basis, and one of the harder lessons I learned was how hot to allow the water to get. I have made it too hot and it killed the yeast. And I have not warmed it enough, and even though the dough rose, it was over a much longer period of time. I hope that helps. I know it can be frustrating. If I can offer any other tips, please let me know and I am happy to do it. :o)
Have a great week.
Sincerely, Trish

Beth said...

Love the sugar pop notebook!!

I'm no help on the yeast bread...I leave that to my mother in law!! :)

tbmroberts at yahoo dot com

leigh7911 said...

My method for perfect bread is to go buy some. :p

The vintage scraps cover is adorable!

Abby teh Dramallama said...

I would probably like the patchworky one! So lovely :)
My mom makes some bread that she found in this really easy bread recipe she got in the NYTimes a long time ago...don't remember what it was called.
dramallama56(at)hotmail(dot)com

Abby teh Dramallama said...

Liked on facebook too!
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Abby teh Dramallama said...

And followed the blog!
dramallama56(at)hotmail(dot)com

♥Duff said...

I do not bake break so I'll say I like the vintage notebook!

♥Duff said...

I follow you on Google rEader!

♥Duff said...

I already liked you on FB or I'd like you again!♥

Sangeetha said...

i'd go with the vintage prints

MissMary said...

I've not made a lot of yeast breads, but using bread flour is always a good way to start. I'm a fan of Sugar Pop :-)

Kristi said...

Proof the yeast first, put it in warm (~110 degree) water for 10-15 min. Make sure you have a warm place for the bread to rise, the oven with just the light on works great.

mindfulhome at gmail dot com

Skooks said...

I love em both! The Sugar Pop made me go ooooohhh, but then I saw the VS and you know how I feel about those!

Skooks said...

I'm already a follower.

Karen said...

I bake bread every week... I dissolve my yeast in warm...not hot water first. It will work if you add your yeast to the dry ingredients and then add the warm liquids your recipe calls for! I love the Moda line...So cute!

Karen said...

I follow on facebook!!!

Robin said...

I love the Sugar Pop notebook! I don't usually make yeast bread but I do make pumpkin cinnamon rolls with yeast. The only thing I can tell you is make sure your yeast is not too old and your water is warm enough (but not hot).

Robin said...

Just "liked" you on Facebook!

camelama said...

I'd pick the vintage scraps notebook, and I have to say: I have no tips for bread because I have never successfully baked a loaf! Even from those frozen bread dough blobs! It just simply doesn't work for me. I think I don't have the "bread baking" gene. LOL

Lora said...

Thank you so much for the giveaway. I would chose the sugar pop one. Very pretty!
I have no tips on yeast breads. I have only used the bread machine.

Catherine said...

Love the Sugar Pop!

Thanks for the chance.

Jenifer Dick said...

Hi Tammie, I can't bake with yeast either (except pizza dough!) and I just followed you (I can't believe I haven't done that already!) Love the vintage one (of course)!

Anonymous said...

Sugar Pop by Moda is my choice.

As for yeast bread tips, the best one I have is to ask my mother to make it! She's an awesome bread maker and has made thousand's of loaves over the years. I bought a Kitchen Aid mixer when she moved in with me so she wouldn't have to labor over the kneading. Lately, I had her make fresh bread for my patients that I knew needed to eat better. It worked.

Alas, she has moved now so I can no longer rely on her for bread. So my next tip. Use the 5 Minute Bread recipe that you keep in the fridge!!

One more tip. Try to get your yeast at a donut shop, it's fresher and better. That was my mom's idea.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Katina
kjkoukla(athotmail...

CMEH said...

I have an obcession with vintage fabric and would LOVE one with vintage fabrics... these are great notebook covers... thanks so much!

CMEH said...

I am a new facebook follower.... looking forward to your swap after the holidays!

CMEH said...

new google follower here..... thanks again....

Amber said...

I'd love the scrappy vintage fabric! It's so pretty and relaxing to look at! I don't often make yeasty bread, but my suggestion is to set it in a warm place (turn the oven real low and put it inside while you're waiting for it to rise if necessary). If you're cooking something else in the oven, setting your dough bowl on top of the burner with the vent and a moist towel on top may be enough. Good luck!

Sharon said...

I don't do bread, either, but I love the sugar pop notebook!

Kristin said...

I love the vintage notebook! I make the dough in the breadmaker then pop it out, shape it, rise it the second time and bake. no work at all.

Sarah said...

I would love the Sugar Pop one!
My birthday is Saturday, and this would be a great birthday present!

Sarah said...

I'm a new follower

Linda said...

Hello, I can't help with the yeast bread issue. I'll check back and see what everyone says thought. I'd pick the Sugar Pop notebook cover although the vintage fabrics are so cute too. Thanks for the chance to win. Linda

rodlindafansler at gmail dot com.

Kim said...

as for the bread...i use frozen bread dough, so i can't be any help. as for the notebook....I like them both, but if i had to choose one, i would go with the Sugar Pop one. Thanks for the chance!

Stephanie said...

I'd choose the scrappy vintage fabric. Mmmm, it's so pretty!

And here's a recipe for whole wheat yeast bread (but you can do all-purpose flour too) that has never failed me. Maybe you could give it a try.

http://baskersfunfoods.blogspot.com/2009/08/whole-wheat-bread.html

Daydream Kate said...

This probably goes without saying, but don't let bread rise by an open window in winter. That will sooooo kill your fun. :)

deserae said...

I would love the sugar pop notebook!

Marci Girl said...

Ok, I'll offer a tip since I will be making some yeast bread this week! Maybe you have your water too warm, thus killing the yeast and it not rising maybe? Keep the water about the temperature you would bathe a new baby in, just slightly warm! Then once everything is mixed, but it in a warm spot to rise, like on top of your refrigerator! Hope this helps!

Marci Girl said...

I am a follower via GFC!

Karie said...

I HEART my kitchenaid mixer for making bread! Saves a TON of time!
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Karie said...

The first notebook is my fave! Sooooo pretty!
Karie
lilbirdsmama@yahoo.com

Julia Badgley said...

I liked you on facebook!

Julia Badgley said...

The first one is my favourite, but the 2nd one is almost equally my favourite.
Now you've probably noticed that I've spelling 'favourite' the non-US way, because I am Canadian. If you choose to include me, and I happen to win (cross fingers), I'd love to pay for shipping to ship it to me if you'd consider that. Whew! That was a mouthful!

Amy said...

Love the vintage scrappy! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Anonymous said...

I would love either...they are both fantastic!
sntbosch@msn.com

jack said...

The only tip I have for the bread is use a bread machine. We LOVE ours - YUMMY!! I would choose the Sugar Pop!

Anne said...

I like the scrappy vintage notebook. :) I'm no good at bread, so my advise is... COOKIES!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Stacey - Elle Belle said...

I can't decide I can't decide... Ok I guess I would pick the moda print.

lorraine said...

i love the first one..the colors are perfect! :) raineoc@yahoo.com

lorraine said...

i liked you on fb :) raineoc@yahoo.com

lorraine said...

im a new blog follower :) raineoc@yahoo.com

Kimberly said...

I love the scrappy vintage one. Very nice. Thanks!

fern said...

i am so afraid to try bread baking with rising yeast! so no tips there! sorry...i like both, i'm thinking the sugar pop wins though...

Jeannie D said...

OK I stopped making bread manually in the 70's and use a bread machine now.Honestly? Can't remember what I did to get the bread to rise!
So I guess I'll just leave you with my choice of cover which is the vintage scrap one. Happy Giveaway!

mynadala(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenny said...

What pretty notebooks! I'd choose sugar pop and give it to my step daughter. :) Thanks for the chance to win!
okiedokiemama at yahoo dot com

CarrieM said...

Maybe your house is too clean! I think really clean houses are inhospitable to yeast breads!

SisterlyLove said...

I LOVE the vintage scrappy notebook!

Best advice: Knead for at least 15 minutes. More if you can stand it.

Genevieve
jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

B Greene said...

I would choose the sugar pop notebook - it is amazing!!!!! For a yeast braed tip - if it is pretty cold in your kitchen, turn the oven on for just a minute. Turn it off (be SURE you do this!) and let the bread rise in there.

B Greene said...

I tweeted your contest, too
https://twitter.com/#!/AlphaBecky/status/146940212377948161

Thanks for the chance!

Bethany said...

haven't made bread in a while. I love the sugar pop notepad, what a great idea!!

Brooke said...

I love to make bread! Once in a while mine doesn't turn out either! My tips- get good yeast! I like the stuff that comes in vacuum sealed packages. Make sure it isn't ancient. I think Flieschmanns and SAF both make good yeast. Make your water is the right temperature.Yeast like water warm- too hot and it gets scalded, too cold and it won't grow. It should feel like Baby's bath water. Warm. :)As for the bread making part, kneading is crucial for a good loaf. Knead it for at least ten minutes. Sometimes I do mine for 15. I think it depends on the flour, too. It should feel smooth and not sticky on the outside and if you pinch the dough the spot you pinched should hold it's shape and not immediately shrink back into the dough ball. Hope that helps some!
brooke at richardchurch dot com

Victoria said...

I presoak the raisins or other dried fruit before incorpoating or rolling it into the dough. Soak in fruit juice or brandy and yummmm!

ylrbmk said...

I 'liked' you on FB.

ylrbmk said...

I buy all my bread ingredients from a Healthfood food in my town and have always had great results. Plus, I use the recipe my mom taught me.

Heather said...

I love the Moda one!

Heather said...

I'll be following with GFC

Lynn said...

the 2nd one! thanks

Amy B said...

I like the first notebook pictured.

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Amy B said...

liked you on FB

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@pril said...

I like the designer fabric notebook

Emilia said...

I now always let the yeast proof, with hot liquid, the sweetness, and usually let the butter melt in there too. then add one cupa t a time and whip up each flour addition very well. knead away. i dont think you can knead too much but you can not enough.

now i love both of the notebooks but something about that big ol flour is poppin!!
thanks

Ann S said...

love the notebook! Can't really help with yeast breads though, but looking forward to the responses myself since I'm so hit or miss in my bread baking!

madj said...

The sugar pop by moda one. Sorry have no yeast tips!
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madj said...

I'm a follower.
jowynj(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk

madj said...

I have tweeted the giveaway.
jowynj(at)blueyonder(dot)co(dot)uk

madj said...

I like you on facebook.
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Shelly said...

These a wonderful...think I'd choose the sugar pop. Thank you for the giveaway!

Pam said...

scrappy vintage all the way !! xox thanks

Jennifer Gail said...

Scrappy please. Merry Christmas

Sewing 1x1 said...

I'd choose sugar pop. They are both lovely!

Carly said...

I love the Sugar Pop! Oh, and I also love my bread machine. :)

Jeanne said...

I leave the bread baking up to my hubz, he is who you need to talk to about yeast breads. I would love to win the first fabric, gosh that is pretty. Thanks for the chance

Jeanne said...

I tweeted the giveaway

Jeanne said...

I like you on facebook

Jeanne said...

I do follow you on GFC

wooLynn said...

I have helped yeast breads rise by putting it near my fireplace, putting it on top of my fridge and even the clothes dryer while it was running...lol

wooLynn said...

I am a follower too. I love the sugar pop colors.

thehappycrochetchic said...

I love both but the moda one is my favorite... I just wish I could make my own bread.. rock on ..

teammckown said...

They are both precious, but I think I like scrappy the best! Thank you for a chance to win! I would give you some tips, but sadly I buy box of bread mix and stick it in my machine. Or I'll make beer bread from time to time and all you need is self-rising flour.

Brooke Crook said...

Like the sugar pop one!
And I put my bread in the oven wrapped in plastic wrap with the oven light on and it rises beautifully!

Katie's been Quilting said...

i like both! great giveaway.

Katie's been Quilting said...

also, i'm a follower.

lemony lucy said...

I get the best, or more effective?, results when I do these things. Take the amount of water suggested in the recipe or by yeast package and place in a much larger glass/ceramic bowl or glass measuring cup. I heat my water up in the microwave usually 1-2 minutes but that all depends on the microwave. The most important thing I do is use a thermometer. We have a candy thermometer that works super well. (They're not expensive either.) The water temperature must be between 110-115 degrees F. That is the best temp for the yeast to start growing/proofing. Pour your yeast in and give it a quick stir (just once or so, not mixing). If you are scared about it working add a pinch of sugar. Yeast likes to eat. I either leave the bowl on the counter to proof or put it back in the microwave if the room is chillier than 75-78 degrees, or so. If your yeast doesn't foam and grow in the next 20 minutes, throw it out and start over, because it won't ever start. Then, as others have suggested, once the bread is mixed and kneaded well (the more kneading the more gluten is activated which is what makes bread chewy) it must rise in a warm environment. If no place is warm in the house you can turn on your oven to 100 degrees while you are making your bread. When it reaches that temp, turn it off, open the door wide (releases excessive heat) put your covered bread in there and leave the door cracked. This can lead to a harder crust as it can dry out, so careful. Good luck!

Ashley said...

I would choose the Sugar Pop notebook. I love the colors! Thanks for offering it in the giveaway!

The Hungry Crafter said...

My best yeast bread tip? Use a bread machine! :) So maybe it's sort of cheating, but seriously, I love mine and you can put it on the dough cycle to get through the rising/kneading phase and voila! Dough ready for you to shape and bake however you like! :)

Anne said...

I like the vintage fabric! For awesome and easy bread, go get yourself a copy of "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" and do what it says. Merry Christmas!

Anne said...

I'm a follower.

Colleen said...

yeast bread tip: Don't kill the yeast by having the water to hot. Water must be luke warm when dissolving.
I love the Vintage fabric notebook
ColleenB.

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