Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The First ES Christmas Giveaway!

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).


Please leave a comment, with your e-mail address, on this post!

It's that simple! I know giveaway contest rules are often more complex, but I want to make this clear: if you already a Follower, wonderful! (and thank you very much!); if you are new to the site, please consider Following only if you like my regular content and ES in general; there is no need to join if you just want to enter this contest!

Please note that since I've recently been forced to make changes to my commenting policy to combat spam, you will need to have a profile account to comment on this blog. Happily, these services are free; if you use a web-based e-mail service, chances are you already have one and don't know it! Also, OpenID is another easy way to set up a commenting profile and it's also free! If you run into trouble, please e-mail me.

For Bloggers: If you'd like to spread the word about this giveaway, you can do so using the graphic at the top of my sidebar; if you have trouble saving it, please e-mail me, and I'll send it to you directly. Please link the graphic to the URL for this post. Posting about this giveaway is NOT a requirement to enter, and I won't be giving away any "extra entries" as I'd like everyone to have an equal chance of winning, so share only if you are genuinely enthusiastic about this contest :)

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.



Cross Stitch Queen said...

Congratulations on your first giveaway! They are sooooo much fun!! I think that I am the first to comment on this terrific Christmas giveaway. I am sure that you will get lots of entries.

Good luck to all who enter.

I am having a Halloween giveaway, so if you would like to try for some Halloween stash, feel free to pass by.

Congrats again,

Parsley said...

I am so happy to find your blog and would love to enter your kind giveaway. I happily follow now and look forward to more blogging posts.

Sallie said...

Thanks for the chance at your giveaway!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Fantastic giveaway.

bigmick at austin dot rr dot com

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EveningEmma said...

Scratch that, I'm being stuuuupid and forgetting I'm not in the UK anymore ¬_¬
Good luck to everybody else!

Wagapapa said...

I'm a new follower from Bilbao, Spain and I would like to be entered in your giveaway if you change your mind and open it to anywhere in the world, think UK and north of Spain are too close. If not, I'd like to wish good luck to everyone and I've also posted your giveaway in my blog's sidebar, so my UK and US readers can join it, Xmas is great!

Noemi (

Mouse said...

ooo well done on your first giveaway .... oooo I am a follower .. live in the UK and my email addy is clearly on my blog on the left hand side under a few pictures

good luck to every one else who enters :) love mouse xxxx

Karen said...

So very sweet of you to offer a give-away! Please enter my name in the draw. I'm pretty sure you have my email address already. ;)

Hannah - City Stitcher said...

hello - what a lovely giveaway. Please enter me! :)

my email is in my profile.

I have a giveaway too, if you'd like to enter:

H x

Meari said...

Very exciting and generous of you to host your first giveaway. I wanted to comment, but no need to include me in the drawing since I don't do a lot of Christmas themed-stitching. I'll post about it on my next MM update, though. :)

Peggy said...

Great giveaway. I have posted about it on my blog.

Rita E in AZ said...

I posted about your drawing on my blog. I am so far behind on so many projects that I am afraid to enter your contest for fear I might win these goodies and get even farther behind.
You really have a very pretty blog

Tanya Blake said...

Thanks for the chance at this wonderful giveaway.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments! I'll be e-mailing each of you individually to confirm your entries :)

Please note that I have just OPENED THE GIVEAWAY WORLDWIDE! See new post for details, but please try to keep all entries on this post. Best of luck!

***For those of you with International addresses who have already left comments here, you are now qualified and do NOT need to re-enter***

Erica said...

Great stuff! Sign me up!
Best luck on your giveaway.

Karen said...

What a fantastic giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to enter.


Rumi said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway.
Margaret (

Susi said...

Thank you most kindly for holding this lovely giveaway.

I am having a lovely time looking through your blog. So many gorgeous pieces of stitching to admire.

Many thanks,


Kimberly R. said...

Love your blackwork finishes!
I am a new follower and would love to enter your first giveaway!!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

CrazyStitcher said...

What a truly lovely idea, and so generous too! A fantastic collection of goodies.

By the way, the Christmas Giveaway graphics you have added to your blog look amazing. x

Blu said...

Congrats on your first giveaway! And be aware that they can become addictive (and a bit nerve-wracking)

Please count me in! My profile links to my email~

Dian said...

This is a very pretty blog site. Please enter me in your contest. Thanks for the opportunity.


trillium said...

Ooh, what a great giveaway! It's just what I need to get me into the Xmas spirit of gift-making and ornie stitching.

Please enter me.

trilliumcreates AT gmail DOT com

Nancy said...

I have now found you. I don't know you yet but I look forward to getting to know you know that I found you. I like to check out the blogs that other bloggers follow and through them I found another and then I found you. I have to tell you that as I was reading through your giveaway blog entry, my eyes kept getting drawn to the right side and looking at your beautiful stitching. I sure do look forward to seeing more of your work. I hope you will enter me in your drawing and I hope I win but if not, it will be ok because I am already a winner since finding another blog that I enjoy reading and looking at the pics is always a win with me. I don't have a blog yet but I have made myself a promise and eventually I will have one. Take care and see you soon!! Nancy

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you all again for your interest! I have sent out e-mails to confirm your entries; if you haven't gotten a confirmation e-mail, please contact me (at the addy in my sidebar) :)

Also, this is the entry for Monique C., who had trouble commenting and sent me an e-mail with her information.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Please enter me for your Christmas Giveaway! I'm in the UK and I'm a new follower today.

Beauty Bonnet said...

hello! just discovered your blog by way of someone else's, your stitching is lovely and your photos so clear.. what camera do you use, if you don't mind my asking? i am from asia, so i'm glad to read that i have a chance at your draw.. in any case, nice to meet you, blog-wise!

grannystitches said...

Please enter me in your wonderful Christmas giveaway, this is so generous.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Beauty Bonnet: Thank you so much for your lovely comment. I use a Kodak Easyshare Z700 that's a few years old, but that I love immensely :) They're no longer being made, but I've heard that the new models are excellent.

Please send me your e-mail address when you get a chance; I have no way to contact you to confirm your entry, and I'm afraid that without an e-mail, I can't enter you into the giveaway. Thank you!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Also, Karen, at this profile, who left a comment on September 22, 2011, please send me your e-mail address; I'm afraid that your comment came in without it. Please note that I cannot enter you into the contest without your e-mail address. Please contact me at the e-mail in my sidebar, or leave a new comment with your address on this post. Thank you!

Debbie1085 said...

I have been a lurker and have been checking your blog for some time. I enjoy seeing what you have stitched and you do a fantastic job. Please enter me in your drawing and may the lucky person win enjoy the stitching!

Nana Crystal said...

Oh yes, please! I rarely win anything and have never won anything as nice as this goodie basket!!


Sarah said...

OH what a lovely give away and generous too. I would love to be entered and will post on my blog.

Hugs in stitches xxxx

alliecat said...

Hi, what an amazing giveaway, please enter me, I would love the chance to win all these goodies!!!

Allie xo

Making it vintage said...

Oh my goodness, I have only just stumbled upon your lovely blog and would love to be entered into your gorgeous giveaway........I feel I must now go make a cuppa and take a wander through all your stitching loveliness.

Making it vintage said...

I was so excited I forgot to leave my


Karen said...

Christmas is the best season of the year!! I just love to stitch Christmas items. I could stitch them all year long if other items didn't need to be done.


Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you all for your interest :)

To the Karen who entered right above this comment (September 27, 2011), thank you very much for your lovely comment, but I need to your e-mail address to qualify you! Please e-mail me :)

Debbie1085, I see that you came here from Meari's MM update, LOL, but I'm afraid that I can't enter you without your e-mail! Please send me your information.

My e-mail address is at the top of my Sidebar!

Katrien said...

I'd love to enter (live in Belgium). My e-mail is princesje at skynet dot com.

Stitching Noni said...

What a lovely giveaway! Christmas is such a great reason to celebrate :o)

I would love to be entered in your giveaway - I live in Australia and my email address is attached to my profile. I am now a follower after seeing your blog on "Between the Stitches". I will also add your giveaway to my blog.

Thank you!

Freddysmama (Kirstin) said...

What a wonderful prize for your giveaway!

Am now following your blog and will post a link to yours on mine :)

Please do enter me in your giveaway!


Kay said...

Oh my! I love all things Christmas, and so must add my hat to the draw.

Thank you so much for visiting me at my little home on the web, and I am so glad to be able to come over and follow you back.


Blu Stitcher said...

I just found your wonderful blog. I will post your giveaway on my side bar and I would love to be entered into your giveaway

stitcher mom said...

Congrats on yor first giveaway. Please enter my name for the giveaway.

SoCal Debbie said...

Your blog is beautiful! I found out about your giveaway from Stitching Noni. How nice of her to pass it on so the rest of us can find you! My email is typenstitch AT

Deborah said...

Your Blog is very nice!! I will definitely be checking it from now on. Would love to win this giveaway!!
Thank you.
in Iowa

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Thank you all for your interest! I am so surprised at the number of entries, and at the many new people who have chosen to follow me :) Welcome! And thank you to those of you who are posting about this Giveaway on your blogs!

This is also an entry for Widdy, who had trouble leaving a comment. If you should encounter any issues, please send me an e-mail, at the address in my sidebar.

Rainy Day Crafter said...

This is such a wonderful giveaway and I can't resist all the gorgeous Christmasy stitchy goodies, lol, so please enter me! :)

Xeihua (Sara) said...

What a gorgeous giveaway you're having, I had a look and I couldn't resist on trying my luck so I would love if you could consider me :)
my e-mail is

Joyce Clark Frank said...

What a great blog, enjoy checking it out. What a great give a way.
I would love to be entered in it.

Beauty Bonnet said...

oops, here is my email - heymj11 at yahoo dot com
again thank you for the chance at your giveaway!