Sunday, 11 September 2011

Red Letter Post...and MEGA Giveaway!

Walking Jessie on Wednesday I came across a section of ground at the back of my local Church that was covered with yew berries. Absolutely beautiful!   Even though I know they're poisonous I still thought they looked yummy - rather like raspberries on chocolate.  I had lunch the next day with my friend and wanted to show her the yew berries but disappointingly the mower had been around and they were all gone :-(
This time of year I love the chestnuts (conkers) that are falling and lying under chestnut trees.   I wish my hair was the colour of the reddish brown glossy globes.   Sadly it's not!
I also have a new tutorial for you.  This is for a "taggy".  In case you don't know what this wonder is, it's a little security blanket for a young child and it has ribbons attached which children find curiously calming.  My granddaughter loves hers but sadly she lost it recently.  She asked me to make her a replacement which of course I did.  This is what it looks like:
and you can get the tutorial here.

This is what is called a red letter post.  You may recall I mentioned that I was getting a site made for selling both my bags and bagmaking items.  This is because I have been buying my components in bulk to save money but I often have to buy quite a lot.  So I decided to sell on what I don't need for myself.  So I'll be launching my shop today and to this end I'm also having a giveaway of a collection of bagmaking goodies and stuff.   Firstly here's the giveaway:
 A copy of September's Sew Hip magazine with my Pleated Hobo Bag pattern inside - plus -
 A selection of bag making components: handles, frames, metal fittings, buckles, magnetic fasteners etc, - plus -
This lovely spotty bag.  Ths bag is great as a nappy/diaper bag, toddler bag, shopping bag, or handy, roomy bag about town.  Here's the view of the inside (you don't get these contents)
This is the prototype of the Easiest Ever Nappy/Diaper Bag.  It will come with all the bag making goodies and the magazine packed inside.  If you want to make yourself one of these bags here's the FREE tutorial.
Here's what you have to do to win this swag:
  1. Visit my shop and leave a comment here about it.  
  2. Mention this post somehow on the net: facebook, twitter, blog, forum, or anything else you use and     include the details of your mention in your comment here.  (You can leave one comment with both references or two separate comments, it doesn't matter)
  3. Check back on Monday 19th to see if you've won.
  4. YES international entries are welcome.
  5. I will post your prize using normal surface mail, so if you win and live outside the UK you may choose to contribute to the postage - but you don't have to!
  6. If you leave separate comments I will only count you once
Good luck.

Finally, I thought I'd show you my latest make for Sew Hip. A wristlet that is spacious enough to take a normal day's essentials.  It's in Amy Butler fabric and has a detachable wrist strap and a zipped closure.



Sallie said...

Looks like you thought of everything! Love the colorful zips and the Matroyshka dolls in your shop. Thanks for the giveaway!

SewHappyJan said...

I adore your bags, you have the wonderful ability to give confidence to sewers of all levels with your patterns. For that I thank you :)

:: miss m :: said...

I love the "Warm Soft Fabric Handbag/Work bag/Diaper bag" - both for it's size but also for it's fabric. Very Autumn-y! :)

I tweeted it too:!/memoryanddream/status/113672497370644480

*fingers crossed on the contest!* :)

:: miss m :: said...

(Oh and since I misread and thought you had to mention an item from your shop, I also tweeted the contest as well.)

SewChristine said...

That's fine miss m. I was beginning to think no-one else was going to enter my giveaway *sob* Glad to see you entered at all :-)

The undomesticated scientist said...

such beautiful bags, very jelous! (finger crossed i win now!

The undomesticated scientist said...

i tweeted your giveaway (@undomsci)

The undomesticated scientist said...

and i shared on facebook, fingers are so totally crossed.

chrissie said...

I love your bags, and the shop is great, have posted one of your bags on my FB page

gill said...

I love the AB fabric you've used in your latest Sew Hip bag!
Your shop looks great - I'm just going back to place an order!

A. Doll's Garden said...

Your bags are really cute and super sweet. I love the details like the applique birds or flowers. I am in awe of the fact that you are so brave and have your work published. Awesome to you! I am going to put a link to your site on my blog. I live in the USA, so I would love a chance to win the bag (and awesome loot), but I understand that shipping would be expensive to send over here. Either way, you have a great blog and a neat shop and I wish you the best!!!

Nicki said...

I'm so excited! This is what I posted on Facebook, "Found the cute diaper bag pattern I've been waiting for on, and she's hosting a giveaway! Check it out!"

Carla said...

Wow what a great shop! I love all the metal findings for making bags.

I shared on facebook:

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

April said...

I ove your site, I think it might be my new favorite :)

Amanda Joy said...

Love your bags, been reading your blog for a little over a year now from the States. Also greatly appreciate your tutorials. The Little Birdie Bag on your shop is especially adorable - the fabric placement is just perfect! Thanks for the generous giveaway!

Amanda Joy said...

Been reading your blog for a little over a year now from the States. Stumbled upon it for the great tutorials (thanks!) enjoyed perusing your shop. My favorite bag is the little birdie - the fabric is adorable and the placement is perfect!

sandyandcosmo said...

I love the fabric and the design of your Little Birdie Bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

Gill said...

I just love your site, everything about it, love your bags and the inspiration you give, thanks. Posted on my facebook page
Thanks for the chance!

wendy potter said...

i love all of your stuff! i have followed you on facebook for a while now and i so enjoy your posts. the website was a great idea! it's really user friendly, too. LOVE IT!

Lily Bets said...

Your colored bags are very nice,I love them.I will follow you.Nice week end.