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Thursday, December 7, 2017

I'm Celebrating My Birthday!!!

I had a wonderful evening last night. I had the opportunity to attend the annual fashion show at Fleet Feet Sports here in Chicago. The store has a very inspiring history. In 1976, running was a male dominated sport, but 2 women, Sally Edwards, and Elizabeth Jansen, only 28 years old, both teachers, and best friends, decided to go against the odds and open a running store. They purchased a run down, old Victorian home in the poorest area of downtown Sacramento, CA and opened Fleet Feet Sports. This powerhouse combo began a lot of firsts in the area, the first marathon, the first fun run, and the first triathlon. It wasn't long until they opened a second location and people began to ask about opening their own Fleet Feet stores. Now it's a chain that spreads across the United States. Each store is locally owned and operated, and committed to enhancing the local running and walking communities. 

Saw lots of fun things last night. There was a jacket that was a combo jacket and vest. It was held together as a jacket with magnets, so just a matter of pulling the upper jacket portion away from the vest. There was a zippered back pocket for storing the upper portion of the jacket. Such a great idea for days when you begin the workout and it's cool and then you heat up and need to pair down. When the model pulled away the top of the jacket, she threw it to me, so I was able to take a closer look. Then she came back and had me push the piece into the back pocket. Fun! They also had a jacket that had a built-in piece that would go over the hand and act as a glove. I really loved that as I am always starting out with my sleeves pulled down over my hands until I begin to warm up.

The only negative part of the evening was that the store was so, so crowded after the show, rather claustrophobic actually. I'm planning to head back next week to take a closer look when things are not so chaotic. If you live in Chicago, you might want to check out the show. The cost is $20.00, but you come home with a great goodie bag, and a really nice store coupon. So between the bag and the coupon, the experience more than pays for itself. Hey!, and it's fun on top of it all :) 

It's that time of year...another day older, and thankfully, not deeper in debt!!! By all means, a good thing :)

My actual birthday is December 12th, so a few days away still. I always like to do a little something fun for my birthday, so this year I thought I would host a giveaway that you might enjoy. You may remember the sewing caddy I made HERE back in October. It has become my favorite sewing companion.



In case you missed it, I did a video on making 1 for yourself. 

   

The fun news is that I have 3 to give away. I will draw the first name on my actual birthday, Tuesday, December 12, 2017. The second on Wednesday the 13th, and the final on the 14th. 

If you would like the opportunity to win one of my little caddies, just leave a message on this post by Monday, December 11, 2017, 11:59 pm, CDT.

Good Luck!
 Rhonda



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39 comments:

  1. Sounds as if you had a great time at the show & the jacket/vest is very interesting. I wonder if there is a website/link to see what it looks like & if it's possible to make/ hack a pattern for it. Hmmm.
    I'd live to win one of your cute caddies.
    Happy Birthday & may this coming year hold joy and bring no sorrows with it
    Becca G

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    1. When I visit the store next week, I will see about trying the jacket on. Maybe I can sneak in a few pics, or even a little video. It was really interesting. Simple design, but ingenious with the magnets.

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  2. Happy Birthday! And thank you for all the wonderful tips and tricks throughout the year.
    Have a wonderful next year,
    Sue from Sequim, WA

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  3. OMG, YOU'RE MY TOKAY!!!! My birthday is Dec 12th (1977) too!!! Into my arms! Ok, I'm in, for the principle of the thing! #sagsarethebest

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  4. Guess I will go first probably not so lucky. I would love to win one to give my mom. Drhodes9 @cox.net

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  5. Hi Rhonda- Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day doing things you really enjoy- with a few dog kisses thrown in.
    Would love to win one of the caddies and when it's cold and snowing in Chicago you can think of it in my sewing room- in the sunny and hot southern hemisphere

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  6. The Fleet Feet story was very interesting and the garment sounded interesting also. Happy Birthday! The date was my Dad's birthday also.

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  7. Happy Birthday Rhonda, I would love to win one of the Caddies. Every time I sew I spend so much time hunting for stuff and I think the caddy would solve that problem

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  8. Happy birthday! Have a great day. Love your caddy but you don’t need to enter me in the draw - too far to post if I won!

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  9. Happy Birthday!!! I always enjoy your posts :)

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  10. Happy Birthday! I love fashion shows. So nice you were able to attend and will get to see the goodies up close and personal!

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  11. Happy Birthday Rhonda! You brought me to tears this week. I too had an abusive first marriage. But Life for me is long and I now have a wonderful marriage.
    AND now I want to win a caddy!

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  12. It sounds like you really enjoyed a pre-birthday celebration! Even though I hate crowds, I think I'd enjoy this event. I do like your sewing caddies and would like to be in the running for one! Enjoy your birthday and keep on celebrating!

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  13. I hope you have a great birthday! Thank you for your give away, a definite useful companion by the sewing machine.
    Marie

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  14. Happy Birthday! and many more. I would love to win a caddy.

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  15. Happy, happy birthday. May it be the best ever. Thanks for a great blog and a chance to win this caddy. My fingers are crossed.

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  16. Happy Birthday Rhonda. I always enjoy your blog. Today I learned about Fleet Feet. We must not have one in my area as this was the first I heard of it. Love your caddy and would sure like to win one.

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  17. Happy Birthday! I love our local fleet feet store. Your caddy is great - I plan on having one in my sewing room one way or another.

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  18. Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for all of your tips and tricks I have this sewing caddy on my list to make. I love your blog.

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  19. Happy Birthday! I hope you do something special on that day..it is your day! I would love a caddy. I was just looking at a mess near my machine so I could really use one!

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  20. Happy birthday! That’s so nice of you to share gifts with us.

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  21. Happy Birthday! Thanks for all you share here!!

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  22. Happy birthday a little early! May you have a wonderful year!
    Paula H.

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  23. Firstly, happy birthday! I am intending to make a sewing caddy and thread collector but haven't got around to them - so it would be lovely to win one!!

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  24. Thank you Rhonda - Happy Birthday! you are so inspiring and motivational -- I really appreciate all you do!

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  25. Hope you have a fabulous birthda, Rhonda. Always enjoy your posts.

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  26. Happy Birthday to a fellow Sagi! Hope your day is grand!

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  27. Happy Birthday, my daughters is the 14 so I would give this to her.

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  28. Happy birthday Rhonda, I've just celebrated mine and I would love to win one of your sewing caddies

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  29. Wonderful birthday wishes Rhonda.

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  30. Happy Birthday! Thank you for the giveaways -- and the three chances -- as well as the great tutorial. Great really useful idea.

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  31. Happy Birthday Rhonda, wishing you many more.

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  32. Happy Birthday Rhonda, I am so glad you had a great time. That is so sweet of you to have a giveaway for your birthday.
    Thank you so much.

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  33. Many happy returns of the day! I'd love a sewing caddy - especially as I sew at the dining room table and the sewing machine has lived there for days! the family work around it ;)

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  34. Happy Birthday Rhonda! My Mom will be 90 December 18, and she is really looking forward to it. Hope yours is wonderful and full of happy!
    Hugs, Joy

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