Christmas is my favourite holiday! For me, it's a magical time to spend with family and friends, to give thanks for the many blessings the past year has brought and to look forward to the next year with hope and good will. And I love the traditions of the holiday: visiting, baking, feasting, decorating the house, decorating the tree, sending cards, making gifts (many by hand!) and exchanging presents!
And so ever since I first started thinking about the mere idea of starting a stitchy blog, I have intended to have a Christmas Giveaway, and am very excited to share my very first Giveaway, the first of what I hope will be many! I have dug deep down in my Stitchy Stash and have put together a group of cheerful seasonal items that I hope will be enjoyed in your own home this Christmas! They may not appeal to everyone, but this group of stitchy goodies was chosen with a lot of heartfelt good will and best wishes, and I hope that they will be received in kind :)
A closer view of the specialty fibres and embellishments:
And a closer view of the floss and accessories:
This Giveaway Contains:
Santa "Noel, Peace, Joy" Kit, a Counted Cross Stitch Christmas Keepsake by Vogart. (Finished Size: 5 1/2" by 6" inches, on 14 count Aida; all supplies included, including hanging dowels for finishing, as in the kit model);
Santa Ornament Kit, a Counted Cross Stitch by Plaid. (Finished Size: 1 3/4" by 2" inches, on 14 count Aida; all supplies included, including black plastic frame for finishing, as in the kit model);
The Cross Stitcher Magazine, December 2000, featuring the large "Santa Baker" cover project, along with "Isn't He Wonderful?" (Precious Moments, insert on cover), and 27 other charts, including Chrysanthemum, November in the Flower-of-the-Month Angel series (Joan Elliott), a full Ivy Monogram set (Lois Winston), three festive Row House Ornaments (Ursula Michael) and a large Bells & Candles Star Table Topper linen set (Zweigart, from the book Needlework Ideas)!;
DMC floss, in 666 (Christmas Red) and 700 (Christmas Green);
DMC Cotton Perle, #5 (skein) in Blanc/Neige (White);
J. & P. Coats Craft Thread, 100% cotton, equivalent in size and texture to DMC Perle Cotton # 8, in 1001 (White), 3046 (Red, colour match for DMC Christmas Red) and 6228 (Green, colour match for DMC Christmas Green);
Fibre Craft Metallic Elastic Thread, in Gold and Silver (which I've found very useful for making for ornament hanging loops!);
Craft World Blending Filament, a fine metallic fibre, in Red, Green and Silver;
Seed Bead Assortment, Silver Lined metallics, in Red, Green and Gold (I love to use these on Christmas ornaments, because they catch the lights on the tree and sparkle like crazy; please note that the Silver Lined finish is very delicate and may deteriorate with washing, harsh use, or over a long period of time);
Embellishment Assortment, containing sequins in various sizes and shapes (round, star, flower) and Silver Lined metallic bugle beads (long seed beads) in Red, Green, Gold and Silver; see above note on Silver Lined glass beads;
Needlework Accessories, including a magnetic LoRan Needle Case and nickel-plated Needle-Threader, a tall clear Needle Case, and six nickel-plated Tapestry Needles, size 22 (suitable for the 14 count Aida included in the two kits).
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Contest starts today, September 21st, and ends on October 12th, 2011!
Open to Residents in Canada, the US and the UK!
Rules and Disclaimers: All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m., Ottawa Time (Canada), London/Greenwich Mean Time (UK) and New York/Eastern Standard-Daylight Time (US). The Winner will be chosen from all eligible entries (comments on this post, with valid e-mail addresses), randomly, by me, at a time of my choosing, on October 13th, 2011. Winner will be notified at the e-mail address they have provided in their entry. If that e-mail address does not work when I try to e-mail you, your entry is voided and an alternate Winner will be chosen. An e-mail address must be included in your comment! The only acceptable substitute is if your e-mail is clearly available on your blog/site profile, and you leave a message to this effect in the body of your comment.
Please note that these items are being provided to you as a gift, and so they have no monetary value; neither are they exchangable for other products. What you see is what you get! All items are in new unused condition, except the magazine, which has been gently used by myself. This prize cannot be transferred to another individual; if you wish to enter on another's behalf, please have them enter themselves, or e-mail me with your reasoning and I'll see what I can do.
I will ship your parcel immediately, at my own convenience, following my receipt of your mailing address. Please note that your mailing address must be in Canada, the US or the UK. I am sorry that I cannot open the ES Christmas Giveaway to international entries at this time, but hope to be able to do so in future years. I reserve the right to chose the shipping option that is the least expensive for me.