Saturday, November 16, 2013

My Great Giveaway Win!!!

Some very exciting news to share this week - I recently won the absolutely fabulous "300 Followers Giveaway" hosted by the lovely Meggie of Cross Stitch Cottage!!! Unfortunately, Meggie has had to take her blog down for the time being, but I really hope life settles down for her soon and that she'll return to writing again :)

Before she left the online world, Meggie very kindly gave me her blessing to make one of the beautiful cross-stitch charts she sent a Travelling Pattern, and I'm thrilled to be able to share her generosity!!! I've never hosted or participated in a TP before, so I'm still working out all of the details. Since it's me, it'll likely be a little different ;)

I'll let you know ASAP! But for today, I just wanted to show you the amazing gifts:

It felt like Christmas when I tore into Meggie's package outside the post office ;) She had also wrapped everything wonderfully, but none of that survived to make it to the photos LOL! It's a little hard to see everything, so here's some close-ups:

Here is the card she sent, a great (and very useful!) heart-shaped magnetic needle-minder, beautiful Pink Ribbon scissors with beaded Fairytale fob (the charm is a cute little castle!), paper Bunting kit and "Live, Laugh, Love" sampler by Helen Philipps.

Just look at all these gorgeous overdyed DMC Colour Variations!!! I was SO happy to open these, and I've never even seen most of these lovely colours before ;) Here's a close-up of the label numbers in case you're interested in a particular colour:

From left to right: 4065, 167, 4090, 4220, 4245, 4250, 4042 (Christmas mix!!!), 4122 (Autumnal mix!!!), 4210 and 4190. I'm just starting to get into using overdyed threads, and I can't wait to work with these, especially the Christmas one ;)

Meggie very kindly included some extra Just Nan charts when I told her that the lovely little ornaments - "Rosebuds" and the Christmas-themed "Snowberries" - would be my first experience with the designer :) That was incredibly thoughtful and I can't thank her enough! The extra charts are the ornament "Primrose Path" (which I can't show because there is no finished image) and the magnificent "Harmony":

From what I can gather, "Harmony" was a special limited edition kit that came with unique overdyed silks and charms for each of the four seasons. While researching the design, I came across this great stitching finish, using the kit materials!

Finally, Meggie sent two other beautiful charts - "Love is a Garden" by Waxing Moon Designs - complete with a cute little butterfly button! - and "Geranium House" by Country Cottage Needleworks. Both designers are entirely new to me too :)

The Mascot for this Giveaway was the cute "Little Bear" Meggie crocheted, and she was a little bewildered when she was first unwrapped, after her long trip overseas...

But Mr. B. Floofy, being the gentleman that he is, hopped right over to say hello...

And now bunny and bear are the very best of friends :)

Little Bear is fabulously soft, carefully crocheted in some sort of wool blend, and is perfectly finished with a cute ribbon bow and little heart button on her belly!

I've been calling her Little Bear ever since I received her, and it works, but (like Mr. B. Floofy himself last Easter) I think she needs a special name :) Any suggestions?!

Many thanks again to Meggie, and to all the kind stitchers who share their stash :)


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

What a lovely giveaway! I hope Meggie comes back to blogging soon.

I'm a big fan of Just Nan and have never seen the Seasons design before, it's gorgeous. Maybe a little bit too big for a TP though!

I have some rules for a TP on my blog from when I took part in a couple. You are welcome to copy and paste those onto your blog. Everyone pretty much uses the same rules.
You can either get a list of people and set out who mails to who from the beginning and it will return to you at the end.
Or you can send it on to one person who will advertise it on her blog and so on. That way the pattern keeps going on and on with new people "meeting" all the time.

Karen said...

Lovely patterns! I'm sure they'll provide many hours of joyful stitching.

I enjoyed Meggie's blog and hope she comes back once things settle down for her.

The Travelling Pattern sounds like fun! :)

Anne said...

Such a wonderful giveaway she sent Aurelia!! Those charts are lovely and the bear is so cute. I hope she comes back as well!!

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! What an amazing giveaway package! I remember seeing the giveaway on Meggie's blog (hope she is ok and we see her back again real soon)
Nice to see that sweet little bear has settled into her new home :o)
The over-dyed threads are gorgeous - those colours, beautiful!
Like the idea of a TP!
Hugs xx

Mii Stitch said...

You were the lucky winner!!!! A great parcel full of goodies. We all miss Meggie, I truly hope she'll come back to blogland soon xx

Zeb said...

What an amazing giveaway, so many lovely goodies :)

You KNOW I'm a Just Nan fan, but I also love Helen Phillips. Don't think I've seen that design before!

Aurelia Eglantine said...
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Aurelia Eglantine said...

Sorry for the belated reply, thank you all so much for your lovely comments! And for the best wishes for Meggie too :) Also, I'm very excited that there's interest in a Travelling Pattern (thanks for the helpful info Jo!), I'll keep you all updated!