Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winners, gifts and a UFO finish

Hi everyone,

It's time to announce the winners of my giveaway.
First prize goes to Debbie
Second prize goes to Kaye

Congratulations to both of you! I'll mail your gifts as soon as I have your mailing address.
Thanks to everyone who entered. Hopefully I'll do another giveaway before too long.

On to other things..........
I finally finished long term UFO Sanctuary by The Drawn Thread. I've been looking longingly at everyone's new year starts and finishes but knew that I had to bite the bullet and focus on this piece. Here it is stitched on Elegant Bean linen using NPI SILKS.

Here's a close up of each of the four quadrants. I think the pictures should enlarge if you click on them.

Now to show you some gifts I have received that never made it onto the blog before now.
There are two new mermaids in my collection. The first is a beautiful pinkeep stitched for me by dear friend Hazel (no blog) in the UK

The other is a gift from friend Angela and also in UK. It's hard to get a good picture of this mermaid as she is made of clear glass but take my word for it she's gorgeous.

Finally these lovely gifts came from Sandra in UK.

I absolutely love the sewing machine thread holder and the gorgeous quilting fabric. There is also a FQ of cream evenweave.
Sandra doesn't have a blog but she has the most awesome Picasa album
Take a look and prepare to be blown away.

That's all I have to show this time but I'll be back soon with pictures of the latest bag I'm making.
The new word verification thing on Blogger is driving me demented so I have changed my setting to moderated comments so that you don't have to be bothered with trying to read unintelligble script.
As always many thanks for visiting and for your encouraging comments.

Friday, February 17, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway

Hi everyone,
I mentioned in my last post that I was approaching 200 followers and that my next post would be a giveaway to show my appreciation of you taking the time to visit my blog and for the lovely comments that you leave.
I've made this little set before and a lot of you seemed to like it so here it is again
a tiny sewing bag, needlecase and round pincushion.

Here's a picture showing the inside of the needlecase. All of the fabrics used are by Australian designer Lynette Anderson.

I made a little coin purse to give as a second prize for the runner up
The front has a stitchery design from Lynette's Quilting Cats and Dogs book.

The back of the purse and the inside are finished using the same fabric I used on the bag set

When I told my friend Angela I was doing a giveaway she kindly offered a couple of her beautiful pinbooks to include with each of the giveaways.
These little pinbooks are printed onto good quality cardstock and gently distressed for an aged look.
The insides are finished with wool felt, a tiny bow for decoration and three marking pins.

The winners may each choose one from this selection

inside looks like this

If you're not lucky enough to win one Angela makes the pinbooks to order. She has a wonderful range of designs as you can see here. If you're interested just contact me and I'll put you in touch with her.

So if you'd like to enter the giveaway all you need to do is leave your comment on this post only. I'll draw two winners on 28th February. Good luck!