Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Giveaway Time!

Well I have finally reached my 50th post! I know some of you are celebrating amazing milestones like 4 years of blogging (like Stephie at Narrative Self who is having her own giveaway to celebrate with an amazing prize!), and a mere 50 posts doesn't seem that many but it seems like quite a big deal to me.
When my sons helped me set up this blog last June they really didn't expect me to do very much with it, being pretty incompetent with IT and also very busy with the rest of my life. But it has turned out to be the best thing I have done in years, opening up a whole on-line community to me, inspiring me to greater heights of creativity, and enabling me to make such lovely new friends.

So to celebrate I am giving away everything in the photo above!
The 1st prize is 4 greengate fat quarters, regular readers will recognise these from recent posts. Read more about them here and here.
2nd prize is the original leaf needlecase I made from the lovely Japanese book I got for Xmas, plus a box of 18 mini notecards with envelopes, all photos from the gorgeous 'Super-cute crochet' book.3rd Prize is one of my mini quilt keyrings, 2 reels of pretty ribbon and this lovely wall plaque for your sewing room!4th prize is a book called 'simple cushions' - lots of great ideas and techniques here - one of my wee patchwork fishes for you to hang up and these absolutely beautiful fabric (they are like little yo-yo patches) paperclips to brighten up your office!5th prize is a Blueberry Park 'take-away kit' to 'design a shopper', the kit contains a canvas tote bag, embroidery hoop, silks and beads plus lots of ideas about what to do. Plus a Blueberry Park pincushion, handmade by Karen herself. Karen has a great website where you can buy her kits along with a host of other goodies and also one of my favourite blogs. All the prizes not made by me have been kindly donated by my shop, Jonathan Avery (it's great being your own boss!!).

So how do you win one of these great prizes?!

To make things easier for me to explain (for me not you, I am sure you are all used to these givaways!), I am going to treat the giveaway like a 'raffle' where you 'buy' tickets. So you can 'buy' 1 ticket for commenting on this post. You can buy 3 tickets for being my follower (or becoming one!). And you can buy 5 whole tickets for mentioning this giveaway on your own blog!
To make it a bit more interesting and fun, you can buy an extra 2 tickets by telling me your best 'crafting tip' in your comment. That way even if you don't win anything you might gain some wisdom from reading the comments!

To start you off here is my best tip:
When machine quilting, wear surgical gloves. They give superb handling as you move the quilt around. Ask your dentist for a pair next time you go for a check up!

The giveaway will close at midnight on Sunday the 18th of April 2010 and I will post about the winners on Monday the 19th. If you do mention the giveaway on your blog please email me (through my profile above) to let me know. International friends welcome, I am happy to post the prizes anywhere in the world!

Good luck everyone!!