Saturday, December 10, 2011

Second Saturday Giveaway: Win an Apron OR Bag Combo from Lisa Napier Sews!

Posted by Crystal Pepperdine, Founder and Executive Director of Flint Handmade

For our December Second Saturday giveaway, we are featuring Lisa Napier of Lisa Napier Sews!

This is Lisa in her craftroom.  I asked her to tell me about her workspace:

"My workspace is right in my bedroom. I have everything I need at my fingertips.

My sewing table was my Grandma Adelia's and I sew with a picture of her next to me.

I have my books and patterns for references/ideas/how to/inspiration on sewing, crocheting, crafting and art.

I have a little bit of everything for all sorts of projects I currently do and for some future projects as well.

In the summer I take my sewing outside. I just set up everything I need right out on the patio so I can take in the fresh air. Summer is my favorite time of year."

Lisa really does fit A LOT of craft supplies in one room!  She has...

...fabric and thread...

...baskets of yarn...
...crochet hooks and books...

...scissors and much more!

I asked Lisa how she got into crafting:

"I've been crafting for as long as I can remember. I've been exposed to it all my life. Everything I know about sewing I learned from my mom and grandma. Everything else I just picked up along the way. If I see something I like I take a good look at it and try making it later. It will become one of those "I think I can make that" project.

I always liked fashion so I started out making myself my own clothes. I made pretty much all of my son's Halloween costumes throughout the years and he always seemed to ask for a costume that had no pre-made pattern to follow so I had to make them from scratch.  He even decorated my sewing machine with stickers when he was a toddler.

My first crocheting project was a baby blanket for my son. I really love how when you crochet you are actually making your own fabric. Plus it gives me something to do while I'm watching television."

It turns out that Lisa is a classic movie fan!  When I visited, she was watching an old Lauren Bacall movie:

"When I sew in my room I have TCM (Turner Classic Movies) on. Turn on my television and TCM is on! I love all the old movies and actors: Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart."

In fact, I got a photo of her with an old movie playing on the television.  Also featured are items represening her other two passions: Elvis and Hello Kitty! 

Lisa even has a small Hello Kitty Pez Dispenser Collection in her craftroom for inspiration.

Lisa also makes papercrafts like the bottle cap magnets above.

She has plenty of paper for another project that she wants to try...decoupage!

Lisa hopes to cover these three nesting boxes soon.

When I visited, Lisa was planning to decoupage the holiday countdown calendar shown above.

And, by the time I had a chance to post this interview, she already finised the front of the calendar!  (Photo: Lisa Napier)

My final question for Lisa was about the projects she would like to work on in the future:

"A new wardrobe for myself is my future project.  I think it's time to start sewing for me again. I use to make myself clothes all the time and have put it off to the side over the past few years.

I use to work at the Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet store and dressing up was required. Since I couldn't afford the really nice designer clothes I started making myself my own work wardrobe and used a lot of brocade fabric, which is my favorite material.  Anything made with brocade fabric turns out quite nice no matter how simple it is. 

Customers use to ask me where I got my clothes from or what designer it was!" 

Well, we definitely think that Lisa could be a designer based on the clothes she made for herself...and the TWO prizes she donated for the giveaway this month!

PRIZE 1: An awesome floral apron with front pocket, which I made her model in the kitchen!

PRIZE 2: A bag and coin purse combo made from a fall leaves print!

For YOUR chance to win the apron OR the bag combo from Lisa Napier Sews, just complete steps A and B:

A) Follow Flint Handmade via the blog, Twitter, Google Reader or whatever newfangled "following application" tickles your fancy. Or, if you don't do the whole following thing, email us at and we will add you to our email list.

B) Leave us a comment in response to this blog post by 5pm on Saturday, December 17, 2011 answering the following 2 questions:

1) How do you follow Flint Handmade?

2) Tell us which prize you would rather win (apron OR bag combo) AND how you would use it if you won.

Please be sure to answer BOTH questions to qualify for the drawing.

The winner will be selected at random and posted on the blog within one week after the deadline. The winner will have 30 days to claim the prize.

We hope to hear from YOU and we hope you enjoyed our December Second Saturday Giveaway!

SPECIAL NOTE: As usual, we are taking the month of January off from Second Saturday Giveaway, but check back for a new giveaway on February 11, 2012! 


  1. I follow you on Facebook and would LOVE the apron! I would use because I am in the kitchen all the time with my 4 year old daughter. She loves to bake, and as a veg family we are always trying out new recipes and trying to get her to like new things. Next time she throws some flour at me I can be prepared!!

  2. I follow you on FB and through my Google Reader - I LOVE the apron! I would definitely use it while baking in the kitchen.. especially since i don't have an apron at all!

  3. I follow Flint Handmade on Facebook, blog, twitter, and email. Don't want to miss any of the great updates. I would LOVE to win the apron because I love being in the kitchen. Having a great apron to wear while cooking and baking would be great.

  4. I follow through Google Friend Connect.

    I love the bag combo. I'm always looking for fun and unique bags to cart around all of my stuff. :)

  5. I follow thru email, FB, google, and of course, up sloce and personal!
    I LOVE the apron, I'm always cooking and tend to be a messy cook :)

  6. Lisa- what a wonderful interview!! My favorite part is the stickers on your sewing machine... that's so sweet that you've kept them there! And that advent calender you did- gorgeous!!!

  7. I follow through email, blogger and facebook! I LOVE the apron! I make aprons as well and would use it while I bake and cook in the kitchen, I love to cook and wearing an apron makes it that much more enjoyable!

    Such beautiful stuff Lisa!

  8. I follow you on Facebook and via email. I am the iconoclast that would love the purse combo. Why? Because I LOVE showing off handmade treasures made in Michigan and that would be seen by more people. :)

  9. I follow the blog, Facebook, and by email. I LOVE this apron, I think it is so cute and I would use to to bake my loved ones some delicious holiday cookies and breads :)

  10. I follow through facebook, email, twitter, AND google reader! (can you tell that I love you guys?)
    I have to admit love for the apron. I cook, bake, and can so I'm in the kitchen pretty much anytime I can be and tend to go straight from the kitchen to hanging out with friends and family, so the apron would be great for those times I don't want to dress in "covered in what I'm cooking chic"!

  11. I follow your blog & facebook.
    I would love the apron because I knew Lisa back in junior & high school and to own one of her creations would be emotionally special. I am a hobby cake decorator & would use the apron when baking & when crafting with my own kids!

  12. 1. I look forward to the emails in my inbox.

    2. I would love to have that apron! It is adorable. My favorite crafts are knitting and baking. I would definitely get some use out of that apron!

  13. 1.) I follow through email, facebook, and I have the blog bookmarked.

    2.) I would wear the apron for practical apron purposes, like protecting my clothes from melting chocolate when I am making delicious yumminess.

  14. 1. I follow through emailings, facebook and blog.

    2. I already own one of Lisa's bags, which I use for carrying around my knitting, as well as some of her magnets...I love her aprons, she has such good taste in fabric, but I would love the handbag since you can never have enough!

  15. 1) I follow FH through e-mail, facebook, and the blog.

    2) I would love to win the apron! I would wear it while playing the role of sous chef in our kitchen ... because you gotta wear something! :D

  16. I follow through facebook of course.
    Please pick me to win the purse combo. It is pretty, darn straight cool. I have purchased many beautiful handmade things from Lisa Napier Sews and she is awesome! Love her!Great article too!

  17. I follow on facebook and google reader. I just love that apron and I would wear it to cook AND craft. Great interview!

  18. I follow Flint Handmade through Facebook. Lisa's creations are awesome!!

  19. I own a couple of aprons that I have bought from Lisa. It always reminds me of my grandma, she always wore an apron while cooking. I follow Flint Handmade through email and Facebook!

  20. I follow Flint Handmade through e-mail, facebook, & blogspot!

    Lisa's creations are an inspiration. The bottlecap magnets are great gift ideas & I love mod podge crafts!

    I would want to win the apron because I love to bake and cook. I would wear it while baking holiday gifts and goodies as well as through out the year in my culinary endeavors!

  21. I follow FH through e-mail
    I don't wear an apron so the bag combo would be wonderful. I also love to be outside in the summer but I attend to my vegetable garden. I love all the featured crafters, the diversity is amazing and inspirational.

  22. I follow FH in every way possible! I would love the apron. We moved this year and now I have an awesome functional kitchen! I'm trying new recipies all the time. I feel so crafty when I cook!

    Jill @ Barrel of Monkeys

  23. I follow Flint Handmade through RSS feeds on Google Reader & on Facebook.

    I would love to have the bag combo. I am a bag lady at heart and love to tote things around with me. Also because it is totes adorable!

  24. I follow you on facebook, and I just signed up for your newsletter via email! I would love to win the apron. With a young son eating purees right now, I'm moving toward making more of our family's food from scratch. (Next step, bread!)I could really use a new apron for not only the function, but the inspiration! Thank you.

  25. I follow you on facebook. I would love the apron. My granddaughter wants one for Christmas. If it's too big for her, I'll keep it and make her one to match.

  26. i follow you on facebook and email. i would love either (and i really LOVE bags) but i have a ton and adore the print on the apron - so in this case i would love to have the apron! i would use it to bake, and to make baby food for our 7-month old.

  27. i follow you on facebook and email. i love both, but i'd love to have the apron because i have so many bags, and i love the apron print! i'd use it to bake, and when i make baby food for our 7-month old.