Monday, June 27, 2011

Let's celebrate! Five-year blogiversary giveaways!

Yes I haven't posted in awhile but I have been stitching to celebrate my five-year blogiversary today.  Wahoo!!  Where did those 5 years go so fast??  It's hard to believe it's been that long.  Okay, I know I don't post enough, and I don't get as much done as some of you but I still love blogging. I love reading what the rest of you are doing and I think it's great how stitchers support each other through the ups and downs we all have in life.   I have learned so much in the past 10 years from online interaction with other stitchers. My online adventures started out when I joined a Yahoo quilting group and one of the members was talking about her Yahoo Drawn Thread group - so I joined that and the rest is history.   From there I joined a few other Yahoo groups, then I added in  stitching bulletin boards like Cross Stitch Corner, the Teresa Wentzler board, Legacy Embroiderers and a few others.   I often wonder what has happened to some of the "regulars" on the bulletin boards who I don't see blogging.  I hope they are well and stitching!  Over the years I have saved off hundreds of photos to my computer that inspire me (probably some of your very own projects).  I've also saved tips and instructions, and been inspired to spend countless amounts of money on stash thanks to all of you 'enablers'  LOL.  I'm sure my husband now regrets telling me years ago that I needed my own computer!   Thank you all for adding to the love I have for my stitching hobby.

Now onward to the giveaways!   I have 3 prizes that I've made to give away. I also am working on 3 not-so-random RAK's (I've selected the 3 people already)  but they're not quite ready yet so it will be sometime in July before I can post those.

The all-important 'rules' -

#1 giveaway will go to one of the  current followers of my blog as of this morning.  I'd like to reward one of these nice 156 stitchers who have stuck with me even though I'm not the most exciting blogger. Thank you people!   I will use the random number generator to select a number between 1 and 156 to award the first prize shown.  

#2 and #3 giveaway winners will be chosen randomly by my husband from all who leave a comment on this post.  Doesn't matter if you are a follower or where you live to be included in the giveaway for these 2 prizes. You can post a comment (one per person please) anytime up until next Tuesday morning July 5th at 7:00 am Arizona time.   If anyone has trouble posting a comment you can send me an email (my email address is in my profile) and let me know so that I can include you in the drawing.  I'm giving you a week as I know many people travel around the July 4th holiday.   Please be sure your profile either shows your email address or you put something in your comment so I can contact you if you win.

Photos of the giveaways........

Giveaway #1  -  this is a needlebook I made from Little House Needleworks 'Rose Sampler' pattern.    Some Bohin needles will be included, a pair of Gingher stork scissors with matching stitched fob, and a rose-patterned project bag that I made to coordinate with it all.

Giveaway #2 - I finally did something with one of the stack of tins that I have!   I used the pattern from Jane Timmers "Whitman Tins Sewing Set" to make the little coordinating pincushion and lining for the tin.   I added an oval magnet on the inside lid of the tin to hold your needles, and 2 counting pins are in the pincushion.  You can see the 2 sides of the pincushion in the photos.  Also you will receive a package of Bohin needles, a pair of Paula Kelmscott mini-stork scissors with matching tassel, and a project bag I made out of some gorgeous batik fabric.

Giveaway #3 -  This is a flatfold I made from a freebie pattern I saved off years ago from Maryse's free pattern blog.  It's called "Les Temps des Cerises" loosely translated as "Cherry Time".    It's backed with some cherry fabric of course, and you will also receive a mesh project bag I made with a cherries theme (approximately 10" X 10"), a cute pair of Paula Kelmscott mini-stork scissors in black, and a package of Bohin needles.

Good luck everyone and thank you for coming by to visit!