Thursday, August 16, 2012

It's Blogiversary giveaway time again!

Well really, it's PAST time for a blogiversary giveaway but I don't think you'll mind that I'm late.  My goodness how fast these blogiversaries roll around, seems like it was just 5 years and here I am at 6 years!   I'm so happy that so many of you have chosen to read and follow my blog and I thank you for all your visits and comments.  I wish I had more time to read and comment on all of yours.  Right now I follow about 240 blogs in Google Reader.  I wish there was a magic button that would automatically add all the blogs from followers to my list but there's not.  I thought I would try to go through my list of followers and add any blogs I don't already follow but oh my it's tedious work.  You have to click on each follower, then go look at their Blogger Profile to see if they have a blog, etc.  I know there are probably many of you not yet on my reading list but I do try to add in more as I can.   There just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with all the interesting posts.  And the more I read, the more I want to stash & stitch!

SO.....on to the important stuff!  

I didn't really have time to stitch gifts for my giveaway this year so I decided to do something a little different.  I've kitted up 2 prize packages.  You don' t have to be a follower or post a link on your blog or anything special...just leave a comment on this post and I will choose a first prize and second prize name from those who comment.  Deadline for entering is Sunday evening Aug 19th.  You must either leave your email address or have your email address in your Google or Blogger Profile.  If I choose your name and don't find an email address to contact you, I'll pick an alternate name.  

First prize:  I've kitted up a sampler I just love called "Beauty & Grace" from Tree of Life Samplings.  Jan designed this for a retreat last year and after a year she released it for the rest of us.   You can see a nice photo of this on the header of the Tree of Life Samplings blog.   You will receive everything you need except a needle!  I've included the chart, a lovely piece of 32-ct "Mello" linen by Picture This Plus (plenty of margin space for framing), all the overdyed flosses, and one of my  sampler project bags.  Also included is a pincushion I made - it's red, white, and blue, backed with wool and filled with crushed walnut shells.

Second prize:  The newest Little House Needleworks ornament has been kitted up for you.  It's called "Hot Chocolate" and you can see it at the bottom of their ornament page here.  I've included a piece of 28-ct natural linen with the chart, plus all the DMC threads called for, and a Christmas project bag I made.   You'll also get a pincushion made by me.  (I love making pincushions!)

I've been stitching away on a few different projects in recent weeks.  I managed to get a tree stitched by Lizzy & Darcy on my Pride & Prejudice sampler.   I did the tree 'free hand' - just started stitching and looked at some trees on charts I had for inspiration.  I think they like it.  :)   Then I started stitching the house I'm calling "Rosings Park" - my facsimile of it that is. It's almost done except for the door.     The house I charted myself on graph paper - houses are pretty easy to chart so by looking at the photo of the house from the A&E mini-series I came up with my own smaller version.  It still needs a bit of landscaping of course  and I want to add Mr Collins & Charlotte who lived nearby in the parson's house.  Feel like I made some good progress on this BAP this month!

Belton House, used as filming site for Rosings Park in mini-series

Rosings Park - my abbreviated version

I finished up another little patriotic small while watching some of the's the "Glory" fob by Shepherd's Bush but I wanted a pillow not a fob so finished it with a few patriotic fabrics. I found a perfect little blue heart button in my button box - love when that happens! I've also made it to the halfway point on the "Strawberry Summer Sampler" for my clock insert. It goes fast as it's only a 3" wide band sampler...hope to finish it up soon I've just been bopping back and forth between projects.

I've got an ornament kitted up from Brooke's Books to stitch for August but not started it yet.   It's called "Eternity" and has a lovely pinecone on it but I think when I finish it I will rotate it so the pinecone is pointing down.   I was picking up a few of the overdyed threads listed for the design at the LNS this week and couldn't find 2 of the Crescent Colours flosses on display.   I finally had to ask someone at the store and found that they were actually Belle Soie silks.  I'll be using the DMC substitutions for those as I can't see spending ~$15 for 2 skeins of silk used in just an ornie!

Next weekend my DH is out of town so I plan to have a serious non-stop weekend of stitching and movie watching - I'll probably have stiff hands by Monday morning!

Good luck everyone on the drawing!


  1. I love your progress on your P & P sampler! You always do the neatest things. Great job on that tree too!

    I'd love to have a chance at the giveaway. I'll cross my fingers that I might be the lucky one!

  2. Vanessa1:15 PM

    Very nice and generous giveaway. I would love a chance at winning.

  3. Found your blog via Edgar's blog list! What cute bags you make!! I would love to be in your giveaway...thank you and congratulations!

    stitchpro at hotmail dot com

  4. Anonymous1:45 PM

    Your giveaway is wonderful. Your project bags and pincushions are just amazing. I would love to be included in your fun.
    I love the tree for Lizzy and Darcy. I think your right they look very happy under it. You did a wonderful job free handing it. The charting of Rosings is perfect. Love the coopalo that you did on top. Have you thought about adding a bee hive close to Rosings with Mr. Collins. I love the seen where he is showing off his garden with the big bee hives in A&E's production.
    Have a wonderful weekend stitching marathon.

  5. Happy blogiversary Jeanne :)
    What a wonderful giveaway. Love the project bags and the pincushions you made.
    You are doing some amazing work on your P and P sampler. What a masterpiece you are creating.
    Your SB pillow is adorable, Strawberry Sampler is gorgeous and that is a very nice design you picked out for your next ornament.

  6. I'm a happy follower and would love an entry! Thanks!!! ruparanoid2 at yahoo dot com

  7. really nice pieces you are working on. I really like the patriotic piece. 6 years, great for you. It does go quick. I am a follower and would love to win.

  8. Two wonderful give-away prizes Jeanne, your bags and pincushions are so pretty! I would love a chance to win either.
    Lovely progress on your gorgeous wips and just love your SB finish.
    Happy Blogerversary!

  9. Carol2:34 PM

    I would love to win either of your beautiful prizes. All fingers and toes are crossed but it is hard to walk like this!!

  10. What a wonderful blogiversary giveaway! I love your pin cushions and your project bags and the kits you've put together are fabulous!

    I Love, Love, Love your Rosings Park house. You did a great job on that - just spectacular. I can't wait to see a pic of the entire project.
    Your SB finish is adorable, too. Great job with the finishing andy our choice of fabrics. You have been a busy girl!

    Congrats on your anniversary and thank you for the chance!

  11. gosh gorgeous goodies you have picked for your give away :) would love to be in with a chance :)
    lovely stitching you have been working on your wee pillow is sooo cute too :)
    love mouse xxxx

  12. Happy blogiversary! I'd love to be entered of course. Your work is wonderful. I love your WIPs, especially your Jane Austen piece. So cool!

  13. Congratulations on your blogiversary! Thanks or sharing your progress pictures. The P and P sampler gets better and better. I love the little pillow!

    Your giveaway is so generous! Please enter me--sdryburgh at hotmail dot com

  14. Great stitching.
    I especailly like the Shepherd's Bush pillow, what a great finish for that design.
    I would love to enter your generous giveaway, and congrats on your blogaversary!!!

  15. What WONDERFUL giveaways! Thank you so much for your generosity. Your pin cushions are beautiful.

  16. Love the P&P pieces!
    Hope to win, and Happy Blogiversary!

  17. Happy blog adversary. I always enjoy looking at your projects. Always a pleasure. Wonderful giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  18. Wow, your P&P piece is really coming along...I just love it! Your Glory piece came out lovely as a pillow. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I would love a chance at your giveaway. I would like to say I'm most interested in Prize #2 so if my name comes up for prize #1, you can pass it on to the next person. :)

  19. Loved looking at your stitching. That SB pillow is adorable.
    Thanks for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway!

  20. Hi Jeanne,

    Please enter me in your generous giveaway. I love reading your blog and, as I love Jane Austen anything, I am inspired by your Austen stitching. You will definitely have a very creative and unique heirloom when finished.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter. Happy Stitching!

    Karen in Maryland

  21. Please enter me in the giveaway. The prizes are wonderful love your blog.

  22. Hi Jeanne! I dob;t remember now how I found your blog, but I'm glad I did! Hope you'll come for a visit to mine soon too.

    What fun, wonderful giveaways! I'll look forward to your big announcement on Sunday.

  23. What a fabulous giveaway! Please count me in.
    Happy Anniversary to you, and congratulations on six years. I'm so glad to have found your blog. You always inspire me.
    I was in AZ last weekend. Sort of a last minute trip to see some family, and I thought of you. We should plan a get together sometime, as I seem to pop down there every other month or so.
    Love the stitching. I would love to stitch the season pieces for the clock. I have that clock too, and could never decide what to put in it. It is looking wonderful, and so is your Jane Austen piece.
    Have a great one and thanks again for your very generous offer.

  24. great give away and congratulations on your longevity, please include me in your give away!

  25. Recently found your blog. Really enjoy it. Would love to be entered in your giveaway!

    Kathy L.

  26. Happy 6th Blogoversary, Jeanne! Your Glory fob is real cute, it makes me want to finish everything as pillows lol! Great giveaway by the way! Thanks for the chance!

  27. Congratulations on your 6th blogarversary! I know the challenge of blogging...and I've been at it for a year. The pincushions are adorns! Love Rosings Park too. Thank you the opportunity of a lovely drawing.

  28. Thanks for having a really generous giveaway!I just love your patriotic finish. So cute.

  29. Happy Blog Anniversary. I love reading your post and what awesome give away prizes. I would love to be included. Thank you'

  30. Happy blog anniversary! Lovely give-away. I totally love the colours! And I love reading your blog, and looking at your wonderful stitching!

  31. You've done some lovely stitching there, your Rosings Park is just like the one on the TV, the finished sampler is going to be awesome.
    The little pinecone ornament you're planning to stitch is really sweet.
    Congratulation son 6 years of blogging. Please enter my name in your giveaway

  32. Beautiful projects, and great giveaway! Please enter me in the giveaway. Happy Blogoversary! Carol B

  33. Congratulations on your Blogaversary! Pleas put my name in the hat for this giveaway.
    I think thet your tree looks perfect. This is such an amazing project. I love seeing your progress on it.
    The SB finish is sweet too, wonderful finishing!
    Have a great weekend!

  34. Jeanne hi,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful generous giveaway. Happy blog anniversary. I love that design and the beautiful little pillow and project bag you are adding to the gifts. I would love to be included.
    What a pretty finish on the SB pillow. The fabrics you've chosen are perfect.

    I can't decide what I enjoy most about visiting your blog, your beautiful stitching, your P&P sampler which has inspired me to start my own - Jane Austen being my big love,( sadly, it seems as if the P&P sampler that you took your pretty figures from is no longer available) or regularly seeing your wonderful bright eyed companion Buster. He reminds me so much of our dear loved Shadow, very sadly missed this past year.
    Many thanks Angela

  35. Happy Blogaversary! Thank You fortaking the time to show us all your beautiful stitching Hope you have many more years of blogging! Beth N. (

  36. Lovely stitching , especially the SB finish .
    I'd love to be entered in your draw , thank you .X

  37. Anonymous4:48 AM

    I recently found your blog and I am enjoying looking at all your stitching. I certainly would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway!! Your bags are lovely.. Thanks

  38. Can you count me in on your giveaway please - happy blogaversary! Love how you charted up the house.

  39. What a great giveaway, please count me in!

    Your patriotic finish is adorable. I love what you did to finish it off, and I like what you're doing with the Jane Austen piece too.

  40. Happy blogoversary! Six years of sharing your beautiful stitching and great adventures - thank you! And what a lovely giveaway, well, two, actually. Please include me in your drawing.

  41. Happy Blogaversary!!!!! What super Gift-a-ways, please include me in your drawing!!

  42. Anonymous7:02 AM

    Happy Blogaversary. I love your P&P sampler. Thanks for the chance to win a kit.
    Char Brooks

  43. WOW! Six years of blogging--I'm so impressed, Jeanne...sometimes I wonder if I'll make it to four. I seem to be slowing down these days (could it be my age?!)...

    I love your finishes and that little Glory fob pillow is just adorable--beautiful finishing :)

    Enjoy your non-stop stitching weekend!

    I'd love to enter your giveaway--your pincushions are so pretty!! Thanks for the chance :)

  44. Hi Jeanne, what a fun giveaway, please add me to your list.

    Love your progress on P&P and the little SB ornament is really nice.

    I agree that the pnecone should go the other way.

    Happy Stitching

  45. Happy Blogiversary! I especially like the heart you added to the Glory fob/pillow. I LOVE hearts & put a heart on everything I finish. Please enter me in your giveaway.
    Carol S

  46. Happy blogaversary!! Your stitching is beautiful!

    I would love to be entered into your drawing!


  47. Congrats on your blogiversary! What lovely giveaways- please enter me! :) I love your P&P pieces.. Darcy and Elizabeth look just like the actors from the A&E/BBC version. :)

  48. Beautiful stitching I love your rosewood park. Such a cool version.
    please sign me up for your giveaway

  49. Hi Jeanne.
    Please enter me in your wonderful drawing for your blogaversary!

    My email address is

    Thank you so much!

  50. I'm a lurker on your blog - love your sampler stitching and been following your progress with the American Sampler. What a generous giveaway. Please count me in. Email: crossed Happy Bloggaversary :-)

  51. Your tree looks great, so does your Rosings Park, this is a wonderful project you have undertaken. BAP is a bit of an understatement :@

    What a very generous giveaway! Love a chance to win.

    LiBBiE in Oz

  52. Marlene3:41 AM

    I'm a new follower. I had the idea of creating my own sampler of P&P and searched the internet for inspiration. Wow, and what an inspiration you gave me! I am just sitting here behing my laptop with open mouth! But I am afraid that (as often) my ideas are bigger than my skills, so maybe it would be wise for me to lower my ambition and make a design that is a bit simpler than yours. But I certainly will continue to follow your blog to see any progress on your site and keep myself inspired.
    My compliments (from the Netherlands).

  53. Congratulations on your Blogoversary! I just celebrated my first (and still have a giveaway going if you're interested), but really admire you for sticking with blogging for so long.

    Your Pride and Prejudice sampler is looking amazing.

  54. Anonymous5:56 PM

    Throwing my name in the hat for your giveaway. I love your pups!

  55. Happy Blogoversary! Sure would love to join your giveaway, thank you for the chance!

    Love your beautiful stitching and finishing!


  56. Happy Happy Blogoversary! I'm one of your followers (I think - or at least I have you in my bloglist?). Your stitching is lovely, and the P & P fab.
    I'd love for my name to be tossed into the giveaway pool. Thank you very much! and Happy Sunday too!


  57. I started blogging about a year after you did...time does fly.

    I am impressed with your tree & house design. There is a book that you might find helpful, if only I could locate it in my not so neat craft room...I will look and get back to you. :D

    I love your SB Glory, so cute.

  58. Happy Blogaversary! Your blog is a joy to read and very inspiring. Nice progress on your P & P sampler. Love the way you finished Glory into a pillow. It will be a nice remembrance of the 2012 Olympics.
    Please include me in your wonderful giveaway.

  59. Time flies... Love your give away! I hope you had a great stitching weekend. This weekend it was so very warm in Holland, no fun doing any thing. I took the garden hose, to get Rover a bit cooler, and he loved it. Maybe I have to use it for myself too....

  60. Woah! I'm behind on my blog reading/commenting and almost missed this one. What AWESOME giveaways to celebrate your Blogoversary. Time certainly DOES fly by - way too fast for me. :0) Your project bags are just so nice. Beautiful stitching and fabric choices. Your pin cushions are adorable, too. You've been a busy lady. Anywho, thank you for the chance, even though I'm probably the very last one to comment before it's over! LOL Happy week!

  61. Oh my! What lovely things for your giveaway. Please pic me! Your WIPs are lovely. My email address is

  62. Happy blogaversary! Beautiful wips/finishes. If not too late would love to enter giveaway

  63. Happy blogaversary! Beautiful wips/finishes. If not too late would love to enter giveaway

  64. Great progress on P and P. Any chance of a piccie of the whole thing again please? Pretty please?

    I would love to enter your giveaway please. I love both prizes, they are very generous but my favourite has to be the second one.

    Hope you enjoyed your hubby free time!!

  65. I would love to be included in your giveaway! Such a beautiful chart and I love pin cushion! I love your Lizzy and Darcy!! Great job on the free hand!

  66. Beautiful projects, and great giveaway! Please enter me in the giveaway. Happy Blogoversary! Carol B


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