October 11, 2007

one year (and a prize!)

So now it's been one whole year since starting this version of my blog. It's really not easy sometimes to keep it going because blogging just goes against my nature, generally speaking. I'm not *that* into sharing very much of my personal stuff, I do however, have an only child syndrome of wanting to always say, "look at what I did or made"..kinda like show and tell. And then of course (since I'm this freak), I feel silly, exposed and vulnerable! I know, it's just a silly blog you say. It's true.
So! Thanks for putting up with me, is all I'm sayin'. Thanks for checking me out, looking at my pretties and saying nice things.

To celebrate being here one whole year I'm having giving someone a prize! From now through Sunday, Oct. 14, everyone that leaves a comment on this post will have their name put in a basket for a drawing for one of these:

YOU GET TO PICK!! Whichever one you want :) I will draw the name on Monday morning and post the winner then, and that person can tell me which one they would like to have.

These are from the Birds of a Feather chart pack called Halloween Icons. It was an older chart, but they re-released it not too long ago, as a kit with fabric. I stitched them up this past week and just today, sewed them into ornaments.

Now, keep in mind, I am not an "excellent" sewer. Still getting to know my sewing machine and learning the basics. So these are not "perfect" but like me, they have character, lol! Hopefully whoever ends up with one will not even notice little imperfections and just love it anyway.

Maybe this spooky kitty tickles you:

or this frightful jack-o-lantern:

or maybe you like this green faced wicked witch:

I did my best on all of these and backed them with colorful fabric and used black rick-rack for the hanging cord. The first two I did show the most "imperfections" in the finishing ahem but by the last one, I had it figured out, so it's the best looking one (the jack-o-lantern).

So if you'd like to celebrate with me, please leave a comment and I will enter you into the drawing. It doesn't matter if you've never commented before, or if you're close by in the States or far, far away, across the pond or the continent, you can participate! Let me hear from you now, don't wait until it's too late! I'm drawing on Monday :)

Thanks again everyone, and here's to another year of good friends, great designs to stitch, cupcakes to bake and Pugs to love.


Nancy said...

Happy Blog Anniversary Andrea!

The ornaments are wonderful, and I think you did a nice job on them. Aren't these designs so much fun? I'm glad my name will be in your drawing. Fingers crossed!

LynnK said...

Great looking ornaments! You did a good job. These little pillows can be tough even for experienced stitchers. Darn corners don't like to turn properly.

Anonymous said...

I've so enjoyed reading your blog that it would be wonderful to be in your drawing. Cute prizes, too!! Thanks for the opportunity, and Happy Blogaversary to you!

Melissa said...

Andrea! You did a wonderful job on those pillows! My sewing skills are, hum, not great, doesn't stop me from gifting friends with my sewing, just ask Siobhan about last year's Christmas ornament. She must really love me to say my finishing was so nice. LOL

I think they all look great and you reminding me I have that chart in the stash. There is not enough hours in the day.

Happy Blogiversary!

Nicole said...

I think they're adorable! :) I think your finishing is perfect!

Anonymous said...

Andrea Happy Blog-iversary!!! Your blog is always the first one I read.....gee could that be cause they're in alphabetical order? LOL Seriously, it is alway fun to see and hear about you have been up to. The pillows are darling. BOAF has the funniest Halloween designs.

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary, Andrea!! Thanks for a year of wonderful posts--I love your blog! :)

Your finishing is wonderful--as is your stitching!! YGG!

BugnLVoe said...

"Thanks again everyone, and here's to another year of good friends, great designs to stitch, cupcakes to bake and Pugs to love."

Awwwwwwwww that is so nice. I love those words. :-)

If I won... I would pick the black cat... :-) But they are all really cute.


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful generous idea! I've enjoyed ready your blog.
Best wishes for another blogging year!
Jan - GA :)

Anonymous said...

Oops! should have said I've enjoyed reading your blog.
Jan - GA

Anonymous said...

happy first year anniversary blogging!

you've been reading PW too much! LOL!! but aren't you a sweetheart for having an anniversary prize!

i like the black cat first and the pumpking second!

and what a fast stitcher! i stitched up a black cat wanting to turn it into a pin keep and its still on the ironing board! :)

Teresa said...

Cute Halloween designs. I love the black cat. Your needlework has character and there is nothing wrong with that! :)

Sherry said...

You've done a wonderful job! I know just what you mean about the finishing though. In fact that was what my next post was going to be about. I just got the JCS ornament issue and picked out what I want to do. And I'm always excited until it comes to the finishing. But this year I'm just going to take the pluge. Congrats on your finishing and someone will be excited with a new treasure!

Anonymous said...

Happy one year anniversary Andrea!Love your BOAF ornaments... aren't their Halloween designs the best!

Anonymous said...

You described me exactly when talking about how you feel about blogging! LOL!

I love your little pillows, and would be thrilled to pieces to win one. Happy Blogiversary, and thank you for the contest :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE your blog and I'm very very happy you'll be here for a very LONNNGGG time to come!! You are a wonderful inspiration!

Sharon said...

How lovely Andrea! They are beautiful and I would love to participate in your contest. Happy Blogiversary!!

Mscutiepatootie said...

Hi Andrea! Happy blog anniversary!!! I always love looking at your beautiful cross stitch creations. Love & Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversay Andrea. I am so in awe of all your wonderful stitchery. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing pictures of your adorable Pugs. By the way what was the out come of the snip-snip?
Hugs and blessings,
p.s. I must admit I am a sucker for a drawing.

Michelle said...

Darn, I missed out! But Happy Blogiversary. I just awarded you a You Make Me Smile award. Your Halloween pieces are SOOOO cute! Love them!