Free Stuff Friday!

Good morning everyone!

For Free Stuff Friday we are giving away the Hidden Treasure Pillows pattern from Sweet Seams. This adorable pattern turns ordinary pillow covers in to multi-taskers.  This pattern can turn a pillow into a treasure holder as well as a stuffed animal.  Pattern comes with designs for a owl, mouse and a rabbit.

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Great for long car rides this coming summer!  If you would like to enter for the giveaway answer the following question in the comments section below.  And check back on our blog later in the day, we’ll be posting a winner from Nancy Zieman’s Sew Knits with Confidence Blog Tour!

Question for Free Stuff Friday: Did you enjoy the summer car trips with the family? Where would you go on a family car trip?  What were some of the more memorable events?

Check back Monday to see who won!

Happy Sewing!


 Free Stuff Friday!

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42 Responses to Free Stuff Friday!

  1. Pat says:

    My family traveled by car every summer. My sisters and I had fun (and turf wars) singing songs, playing Fish and counting red convertibles. What wonderful memories.

  2. Evelyn says:

    When my children were young we would drive up to the San Francisco area to visit their great grandparents. Once when we were at the Embarcadero my son pulled a fire alarm switch in an office building after being told not to touch. Talk about embarrassing!

  3. Cherie says:

    My family didn’t take summer car trips! We took winter car trips, instead. We would sometimes go to a beach. We would stop at a donut place on our way to the beach. These trips were fun!

  4. Enis says:

    Oh yeah, we loved those crazy car trips as kids. My favorite part was when all of us kids (5 of us) pretended we were dead in the backseat every time we passed a car. We were pretty silly about it and my parents would get all kinds of strange looks. Great fun.

  5. Maria says:

    My favourite car trips were to visit family. We would sometimes get to have takeout fried chicken for lunch then have ice cream afterwards, or sometimes we just had a picnic. It was always a big adventure.

  6. Diane G. says:

    I remember going to Lake Erie every weekend, a one hour drive. It seemed like forever! Windows rolled down, hot, dusty air coming in as we flew down the gravel roads to our Grandparents’ cottage in Newport, MI. My brothers and I asking, ‘are we there yet’, fighting with each other in the back seat and the poor dog trying to find a lap to climb on to stick her head out of the window! Our poor mother, trying to settle complaints of, ‘she’s looking at me’ and ‘he pinched me’ and ‘the dog scratched me’ and ‘I’m getting carsick’. My Dad, with the inevitable, ‘don’t make me pull this car over’. Ahh. Memories.

  7. Wendy Downey says:

    We love just planning a mini destination. As we go we stop at different things, its very relaxing . The best was nantucket in a blackout. It took us back in time for an entire weekend

  8. Cyndi says:

    These look very interesting. I would make some for my grandchildren who trravel 4 hours to see me!

  9. Jayne Berghorn says:

    We had a family travel vacation every summer. Winter and spring were spent on research and planning, considering National Parks and Historic sites along the way. We all built up anticipation and had loads of fun!

  10. Marilyn S says:

    As a kid we rode in the back of a camper to Bear Lake, Star Valley, California and lots of places to camp and boat. I have a lot of fond memories of those time.
    As a parent, we’ve take our kids to Yellowstone, So. California and Colorado and have had great times. I want to go back to Yellowstone — I want to see bears in the wild.

  11. Roberta Schultz says:

    We traveled around in our dad’s 64 Chevy pick-up all over the US. Some of the trips were in the pouring rain and the cab leaked. Dad is gone, but we still have that old pick-up.

  12. Trudy L says:

    not as a child because my mother didn’t drive. but when our four kids were young we had a few family car trips and always brought home fun memories!! Especially the year we drove to Macinaw Island and biked all over the island; it was fun!!

  13. Barbara Norton says:

    My very best family vacation memories were those when we all cramed into my aunt’s station wagon (as many in our family that we could fit in) and took off for places unknown. We kids never knew where we would end up but the trip was always as much fun as whatever we did, We would stop at a store and get sandwich fixings and eat at roadside picnic tables. We left early in the morning and came home late at night. My uncle could whistle like a train. He would do the whistle for us as we went through tunnels or crossed railroad tracks.
    Thanks for this contest, it has brought back such great memories!!

  14. Mary Mag says:

    When I was a kid we didn’t take too many summer car trips. When we did it was Mom, 6 kids and the dog in the big station wagon. We would go from California to the Pennsylvania to visit relatives. We’d stop at tourist attractions and my favorite were the Painted Desert and the Grand Canyon. My brother and I were the two youngest and were always in the very back of the station wagon where we could move around and play. It was always great fun!

  15. marymartha rose says:

    I never had a real planned summer vacation I grew up in the miltary and we traveled . Each move was a mini vacation in its self. Depending where we we going We always managed to stay with grandparents. One set lived on a farm and there was chickens to feed and tractors to ride. The other grandparent was a widow and lived in a very small town. Here I learned, to paint, sew, crochet, and quilt. Then there were train rides, car trips and planes across oceans.

  16. Donna Wertz says:

    We took car trips to Northern Michigan. We would travel to Mackinaw City, spend the night, and take the ferry for a day trip to Mackinac Island (No cars there). Then returned by car along the Lake Michigan shore and stopped at the grandparents home for a visit.

    My boys used hard plastic bed/lap trays with side pockets for coloring and drawing and paying travel games. The pockets stored crayons, books, etc.

  17. Pam Dixon says:

    We would travel to Louisiana to see my parents. Twelve hour trip with two kids. Would always have a “surprise” bag for the kids. If they were good each, hour they got to reach in and grab a surprise.

  18. Donna says:

    My parents raised and showed dogs, so every weekend was a drive to a dog show. If no dog show, a long drive to nowhere just to get out and enjoy. A little snack and some kind of animals were usually at the end of the road. My dad just loved to drive but when I started driving he would sit in the backseat and play with all the buttons and knobs in the car. I had just started to sew-so I made him a “Busy Box” for him to use on our trips. Many good laughs and times with dad’s toy.

  19. Niki says:

    Loved family car trips! The best was an odyssey across the country from Arizona to Indiana with man stops along the way to see family and old friends. We still talk about it today!

  20. Mary Mac says:

    My father was in the Air Force so we moved every three years and with six kids travel wasn’t much fun. Most of my travel is now, as an adult. My husband and I have a beautiful RV and travel to different campgrounds. Our favorite place right now is Cape Hatteras. We are planning our next trip in three weeks.

  21. Nicole says:

    Adorable. Although with my niece, she’d prob end up using it to sneak attack her brother :)

  22. judy revell says:

    We lived in michigan and traveled to Arizona very year, there wasn’t expressways or highways we took the old main roads through every little town. I always enjoyed the trips, i use to color and cut out pictures and stick them to the windows in the back seat for fun. Dad drove late into the nights and when he got tired he would find a cemetery to pull into and sleep. when we woke up mom would take us out to find the oldest grave stone.. I loved doing this and still love looking for them. some think it’s unusual to sleep in the cemetery but it was how we did it and i didn’t know any different.. i always thought mom took us out on the grave stone adventure for fun but now i realize it was so dad could sleep.

  23. Norine says:

    As a child I used to enjoy our summer car trips. We played “slug bug” and the ABC game. Great memories with our family!

  24. Olivia leary says:

    Theses are adorable! So many uses.

  25. Carol K E says:

    Our summer trips were mostly across Nebraska to visit our grandmother. Nebraska in summer is hot, dry, and very beautiful if one is not on the interstate. We were always amazed when we left North Platte to arrive in Ogallala at the very same time ( due to the time change). I still love Ogallala — there is a great quilt shop there: The Silver Thimble.

  26. Tracy Nevins says:

    I LOVE car trips!! Still do, in fact…but only if we take our time and stay the night somewhere. We always had fun food…games…stops along the way to see intereting sights! I’m thinking it’s time for another one this summer with our kids!! I’m sharing this giveaway with my readers on my Facebook page…it’s fun to read the responses!

  27. Janice Baldwin says:

    Family car rides were fun. We would drive to see the cherry trees in DC when they were in bloom. So lucky to live close enough to see them

  28. Constance M. Bunn says:

    I’d take my grandbabies to Holiday World in southern Indiana. They’d have “quiet” toys to play with to make the trip more enjoyable. These pillows would make nice snoozing companions! ( Nine and ten year old boys.) We’d have fresh fruit and veggies for snacks. We’d stop someplace scenic for a picnic, and bring a tent to camp out in near the amusement park. If we had time to plan ahead, we’d schedule a stop at a festival on our way to make the trip not seem as long, giving everyone a chance to stretch their legs and check out a car show since there’s usually one at these small festivals, and of course, BOYS like cars! I’d want to cram in as many fun things as I could on our road trip to make it more memorable since we hardly ever get to see each other! Grandmama wants her boys to want to do MORE road trips with her!!

  29. Pam Rohrkemper says:

    Every other summer, my family would drive from San Jose, CA to Idaho Falls, ID. We stopped overnight in Reno, NV…my Dad always had to have a Pan Roast at the Nugget’s Oyster Bar. Then off the next morning, through the desert, to Salt Lake City, UT to visit my Great Aunt. It was in Salt Lake City that I first saw My Fair Lady and Gone with the Wind in the great theatre downtown and hot fudge sundaes at Snelgroves. Then, we would travel on to Idaho Falls, ID and spend a couple of weeks with my grandparents. One of my favorite memories there was going to the baseball games with my grandfather at the stadium down the street and stopping by the little market and have a Spud candy bar. My grandmother first taught me to do my own manicure out in the back yard under a big ole tree with lots of shade. I also remember how they didn’t have fences around their homes (we wouldn’t have thought to have a fence around our home in CA) and an alley in the back of the yard where the trash man came to pick up the garbage. I am 64 years now and these memories are as fresh as if we were making the trip this summer!

  30. Diana Faulhaber says:

    I grew up on a farm and we never went on any summer family trips.

    When our sons were growing up we went on camping trips in the summer. We live in mountains so that was a natural. We all liked the time away in the beautiful world of wildlife and flowers.

  31. Tara says:

    Car trips as a kid were not the best! 4 kids crammed into the backseat, having to share a seatbelt if you sat in the middle, and a little sister who needed to use the bathroom constantly and sneezed snot bubbles…
    Lets just say getting OUT of the car was fun! Haha. We loved going to Silver Dollar City and water parks. My favorite memories involve SDC-back in the day they handed out sheriff badges. I still have an umbrella they painted my name on!

  32. Tricia says:

    I remember taking several trips with both sets of grandparents. They would pack lunches for everyone and we would stop at the roadside picnic areas. Fast food wasn’t so easily available and the picnic roadside areas were small and quiet, not like today’s big interstate rest areas. Thanks for bringing back good memories!

  33. annette lee says:

    Oh, yes! We were an outdoor family, so most of our trips were local, pre-dawn-to-dead trips. We always had snacks, wet washcloths, and clean clothes to make the ride home better. Wish we’d had these adorable pillows, LOL

  34. Kath says:

    I love summer car trips and who doesn’t like to go to Disneyland?

  35. Jane Coombs says:

    As a child most of our car trips were to the family cottage and back. Looking back on it I loved the places where we stopped–the farm stands and the antique shops, altho in those days it seemed to me it was just old furniture. The games we played did not involve stuff! We played hand games and I spy.
    The theme of my granddaughters room is the owl. I would love to make this for her.

  36. ellenk says:

    we’d go ” down the shore”, which means I’m from New Jersey:) I remember i wanted to sit in the back near the mini tv, for the long ride, then my brother explained that theres no electricity in the car, and i couldn’t watch tv on the drive. Kids today have it made!!

  37. Sue Haver says:

    I always enjoyed car trips with my family when they were young, when we drove up Scenic 7 Highway through Arkansas, and to the Hill country of Texas. Now I enjoy car trips with my grandchildren!

    My older grandchildren and I drove from Texas (home) to visit Graceland because my 8 year old grandson was an Elvis fan and wanted to sleep in the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. We did!!! We also went to the sugar white beach at Pensacola, and to Daytona Beach and toured the Nascar racetrack!
    Just 2 weeks ago, my younger set of grandkids and I got to visit the Bluebell Creamery in Brenham, Texas, a Wildlife ranch, and for the first time in their lives, they got to play in the surf on a beach in Aransas Pass, Texas. Fun, fun!

    Love my grandkids and the opportunities I get to spend with them!

  38. Julie E. says:

    I’m on to grand kids now and I love the idea of such sweet pillows for their car rides – especially when its an hour and one-half to get to me. Adorable. Thanks!

  39. Kelli says:

    We took a Sunday drive almost every Sunday. One Sumner we drove to Disneyland which was about 14 hours. We had fun playing games & telling stories.

  40. Gina says:

    Ugh, was crammed in the back seat of a Dodge Dart with my 2 brothers! We went on a lot of trips to the beach and mountains.

  41. Kristy says:

    We did do a lot of traveling when I was a kid, but being that I get carsick very easily, I usually slept through the getting there part. Funny thing is, if we travel anywhere now that I am an adult, if I’m not driving, I still end up falling asleep if we are in the care more than a couple of hours! LOL! have a son just like me too!
    Thanks for the sweet giveaway chance!

  42. Amy says:

    Love this! Family car trips were fun. We had activity books. I remember visually collecting license plates, riddles, mazes, and fun games with the family. We mostly just went to visit relatives, but it was always an adventure.