Tuesday, July 6, 2010

200th Post - Framed Finish - Giveaway!!

18 months it has taken me to reach 200 posts.
In these 18months, I have 'met' such a variety of wonderful people who share my interests and obsessions: cross-stitch, patchwork, thrift stores.
I have learnt and tried new techniques - some that worked for me, others that have turned into something else along the way.
I eagerly check my list of favourite blogs several times a day - and I love being allowed to share in your daily world and family events. At times I feel like a favoured aunt, sitting on the sidelines watching you laugh and cry, sharing the highs and lows.
I've lost track of one or two bloggers, where life has interrupted their online journals, and hope that it is merely the strain of blogging of an ordinary day that turns them away.
It was the intention at the start, that this blog was to be a journal of stitching - recording in picture and print my creative finishes. Along the way, I have shared with you my daily walk - I don't see kangaroos every day, but when I do it's magic and too precious to hold to myself.
In my male-dominated household, I long to visit with like-minded women, and by burying myself in my bloggy friends list, I do. I've met with one or two of you - and would love to meet up with some more of the local lasses for a cuppa, a cake and a good ferreting session in their local thrift shop - (I might make that a springtime project for the Melbourne girls!)
My crafting has expanded - from almost exclusively cross-stitching - with the occasional stitchery thrown in, to pretty much full-blown quilting. There are so many talented bloggers out there who are inspirational and motivational and I seem to add more to my reading list weekly.

Now it is time to show off a finish from last year - the Papillion SAL for 2009 - "How does your Garden Grow?" I stitched it on some lovely hand-dyed evenweave received as a RAK. I used the new DMC variations. I enjoyed stitching this one, however never quite managed to get the 2010 sampler underway
I took a lot of samplers to my favourite framer and picked this one up first. Isn't it devine?? I really love the frame - it was one of the first things I picked out, I just knew one of my samplers had to have it as it's frame! I've tried to show the detail in it. I am so lucky that this works nicely with the colours in my loungeroom. I've decided that my family tree sampler will no longer sit solo on the wall. I'll be putting most of my samplers on it and watch it fill up!

As this is my 200th post - AND as I've nearly reached 100 followers - it is well and truly time for a giveaway.
I've made a few parcels up.....and will have some fun adding more stitchy items over the next couple of weeks!
  1. Cross-stitch kit of the Post Office
  2. Cross-stitch kit of bluebells & daffodils
  3. 3 Patchwork magazines and at least one fat quarter
  4. A group of cross stitch charts
My 100th follower will get a stitched/sewn gift.

Please leave a comment on this post, indicating which gift you would prefer. Please feel free to let others know - share the fun!
I'll leave this competition open until I draw a winner from the comments list on the 24th July - (This would have been Mum's 80th birthday - the bowl of destiny will be one of my lovely pieces of pink glass!)

Good luck - and thank you for your inspiration in the past 18 months!


beck said...

Oh, congratulations Bronny!! You little superstar. I love to read your blog and I always enjoy your comments on mine. I'm so glad you have found a happy home in blogland, what fun! If I win your giveaway I would love the patchwork magazines as I am keen to learn more. Happy bloggy birthday to you and may there be many more xo

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Happy bloggerversary and happy 200 followers.
I would be happy with any one of the prizes.
Please include me. Thank you so much for the chance.

Micki said...

It seems that we both are having a blog anniversary. Happy Anniversary to you. How wonderful to celebrate it with you. I would be happy to enter your giveaway, and thanks for entering mine.

Siobhan said...

Happy 200th! I'll pass on the giveaway because I've been so lucky lately, but wanted to say congrats anyway. ;)

LOVE the framed sampler! It's beautiful, and the frame moulding is perfect. Great choice!

Here's to another 200. :)

Raven/Missy said...

Congratulations! I agree with you about the experience of blogging. I have met some wonderful people through blogging.

Your sampler is absolutely gorgeous!

I would love to be entered in your giveaway if you don't mind.

Bette said...

I just wanted to say your Papillion is gorgeous. I love the framing. You're very generous with your giveaway. I'm going to let someone win it though as I have too much as it is and really should not bring in anything else. But thanks for offering it up.

sharona said...

As I was reading your blog for the last few months i never became an "official" follower so today I decided to go to all my blog spots and sign up to be official. After I officially signed up I started to read your blog. I discovered I am the 100th follower! yipee!!!1yipee!!! I am so happy have never won on a blog. I can't wait to tell my yahoo groups about my win!! you may send me anything you like. I like anything stitched! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
Sharon ftsharona4@yahoo.com

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Hi Bronny, your Papillion finish is lovely, was so nice to watch these samplers progress over the last year.

Thx ever so much for the mention on the Blueberry Pinkeep!

Congrats on your 200th post (not entering), have fun with your giveaway:)

Micki said...

Thanks Bronny for a wonderful giveaway! Congrats on the 200th post!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Thank for joining my blog. I have joined your, please include me in your giveaway. I love your projects.

Val Laird said...

Congrats, Bronny, on 200 posts - quite an achievement. Bluebells and Daffodils - sigh - sounds a great way to cheer away the winter blues.

Pike said...

Congrats, Bronny! I would love to get my hands on the charts #4, please.

Pirjo from Finland

Solstitches said...

I'm not sure how I arrived on your blog but I see some beautiful work here so I'm glad I did.
Congratulations on 200 blog posts!
I need to go back and read through some of them.


Marjorie said...

Congrats on 200 posts (it will probably take me about 5 years to reach that point, lol) and 100 followers! Please include me in the giveaway for XS items as my quilting skills are somewhat lacking.

nutmegg said...

Well done on 200 posts, please include me in your give-away any cross-stitchy for me as I'm a real dunce at quilting....thank you....

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Congrats on the blogging milestone! I certainly enjoy your blog and love todays post with your pink bowl. I have begun collecting pink glassware and just LOVE it! I will pass on your giveaway - for now, I have more charts than I will ever possibly stitch.

Kate said...

Congratulations Bronnie and Well done on a wonderful Blog.I am afraid to tell you that I hold you totally responsible for my addiction to blogging too..lol.Think you may remember our meeting in the Op Shop? What i did not know was that your Dear Mum and I shared the same Birthday...fond memories will remain in your heart forever ...

Donna's Stitching said...

I love your blog please enter me in number 2 or 4 thanks Donna I am going to be following you to learn how to blog


just said...

Thank you so much! Ilove cross stitch, and I enjoy reading blogs!

Thank you, Janine

Stitchinowl said...

Bronny, Congratulations on reaching 200 posts - well done. I enjoy reading your blog. I am also a snowmen lover and like seeing your finishes. Please include me in your generous giveaway - I would like to try for #4 - a group of xstitch charts. Teacups up for your Mum.
rcscg at aol dot com

Pat in KY said...

Bonnie, Thank you so very much for this give-a-way. I would like to enter for the group of cross stitch charts. Pat in KY USA

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I have visited your blog - Congrats on #200! You have finished so many wonderful projects!

Alex from 123

Kim R. said...

Congrats and Beautiful Finish of the Papillion!!
I'd love a chance to enter for the #4 cross stitch charts.
Thanks so much :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Bridgette said...

Congratulations on hitting 200 followers!! I am just starting out in the blog world, so that seems almost unreal to me at this point.
Your stitching is beautiful and I would love to be entered. Thanks for offering such a fun opportunity.

Clare said...

Congratulations on your 200th post - love your pictures and hearing about your stitching.


Anonymous said...

hey bron....

congrats on the give-away entries!!

looking forward to the 300th....400th...........post

sharona said...

As I was reading your entries for the give away I realized i got so carried away with being the 100th follower i forgot to tell you to enter me in the give away. How silly of me! PLEASE enter me in your fabulous give away. i don't have a blog so can't enter it. i will let my yahoo group know now. Thanks again for such a lovely blog.