Monday, July 16, 2012

Celebrate Good Times!!

July 25th is the fist anniversary of my blog!!! I know everyone says this, but it's true, where did the time go??  At the time, I thought it would be a nice vehicle for me to share what I was stitching at the moment.  I had no idea how generous and encouraging you'd all be. To show my gratitude, I'd like to offer a give-a-way. First anniversaries are usually celebrated with a gift of paper. With that in mind, I'd like to offer a gift of a pattern. Not just a pattern, but a pattern that is kitted with the called for fibers and beautiful fabric. My friend Laura has a blog called 2012 Year of the Smalls.  For those of you who may not be familiar with her blog, on the 15th of the month, Laura announces the name of a new pattern that she has our local needlework shop, The Inspired Needle,  kit up for all of us to stitch together. As chance would have it, this month is my turn to choose the "small". I chose the pattern, Sunflowers and Acorns by Beehive Needleworks.


It was designed to be a pin pillow, but I chose to frame it. I also substituted over dyed fibers for the DMC used for the sunflowers.The kit will include both the DMCs and the Gentle Arts fibers. It also comes in three different count fabrics.  Take a moment to check out Laura's blog. If you are interested in having an opportunity to win "the give-a-way", please leave a comment on this post. I'll announce the randomly selected winner on July 25th., my anniversary.  Good Luck, everyone!!
Speaking of winning, I'd like to share the wonderful Candle Wrap I won from Sandra at  Plain and Fancy Merchant.  The linen, cording, and ribbon are just beautiful!!



She also included a patter for the cutest Scissor Fob.


Thank you so much, Sandra!

Those of you who are regular followers know what's coming next. Here it is:



Thank you all so much for your kindness and support and for being such loyal followers. Here's to another year of stitching and sharing!!
Linda

P.S. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my niece, Megan, who got me started and answers all my "cries for help"!! 

36 comments:

  1. Happy blogiversary! I still remember running across your blog for the first time -- I think it was when you started it. I always enjoy seeing posts from you! Love your July Wordplay -- so cute! And the giveaway -- you are a generous soul! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  2. Happy blogaversary!! I love your finish, so cute!! And I would also love a chance to win the kit. Thanks!

    tpatterson1961@gmail.com

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  3. Happy first blogaversary. Your July Wordplay looks wonderful. I really like the candle wrap chart and linen ribbon you won. Looking forward to seeing it all stitched up.
    Thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway.

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  4. Happy 1st blogaversary! Your Wordplay looks great and I must mention that you are a wonderful stuffer. The pillow is perfectly stuffed. Thanks for chance to win this month's small. I love it.

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  5. Congrats on your 1st annversary. I love your July Wordplay stitch and finish - wonderful! I enjoy Following your blog.

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  6. Happy Anniversary. I often stop by to see what you have been up to. Love your Word Play. You have done it all beautifully. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your give away.

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  7. Happy anniversary! What a lovely finish of word play, love the fabric you chose! Id love to be entered in your giveaway. Wishing you many years of blogging success!

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  8. My dear Linda,

    congratulations to your 1st blog anniversery!
    I am happy to have found it and you because you are such a friendly person.
    Your new creations are lovely, Wordplay July wonderful, as usually...;-)
    The Beehieve Needleworks sunflowers are amazing framed, perfect for summer decoration

    hugs from Germany
    Gabriele, entering your give-away

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  9. Congrats on 1 year already!!!
    Your finish looks great in the gold frame, and Wordplay is nice also.
    I would love to enter your giveaway.
    Thanks!
    Marilyn

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  10. Congratulations Linda! The year has flown by hasn't it? The cross stitch/ blog community is so great, it really put a major jump start in my stitching.
    Please put my name in the hat for this lovely giveaway!
    Have a great week!

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  11. Congrats on your first year of blogging, and here's wishing you many more to come. Great finish on the Wordplay, it's very cute.

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  12. Beautiful stitches! I think you chose the perfect finish and frame for the Sunflowers and Acorns! It makes the whole piece glow just like a real sunflower! :-) You are very fortunate to have a great needlework shop close to you.

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  13. Congratulations on your bloggiversary!! Here's to many more. I have joined the year of smalls and love this months selection. I love the color changes you did. I would love to have an opportunity to enter your giveaway. The Wordplay came out excellent and I just LOVE those bells. Too cute!!

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  14. Congratulations on your blogoversary!!!! YEY! I love your july wordplay finish - I love that series and am currently waiting on August to reach my mail box :) CANNOT WAIT!

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway as well please :)

    Happy Stitching

    Melissa
    k73mmf@mun.ca

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  15. Happy blogoversary to you!! Hope you have many more to come.
    I would love to be included in your giveaway as well please. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  16. Time certainly does fly :@ Happy 1st blogoversay! You are lucky to have a niece like Megan to help answer your questions.

    Beautiful finishes, and lovely offering.

    LiBBiE in Oz

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  17. Linda -- What a wonderful giveaway! I already have the pattern, etc so don't enter my name in. LOVE LOVE the July word play. You are doing a great job of keeping up with these.

    Nice win from Sandra! Can't wait to see it stitched up.

    Stay cool today:)) Hopefully you will get lots of stitching time in.

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  18. Fun post!!!! Hope I win :-). Love your finishes, those monthly pillows are so sweet.

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  19. Happy 1st blogoversary! We almost share anniversaries, mine is July 31. I love the small you chose for this month, and the overdyed floss is perfect for the sunflowers. Thanks for the chance to win the kit. Your July Word Play is adorable, Brenda just keeps coming up with great designs each month.

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  20. Happy 1st anniversary in blog land. I can't believe it has been a year as I have been watching your posts from the start. Love the 2012 Smalls Idea and have a few of the posted choices but do also like this one. Great job with colors and would like to be included in the giveaway! Your group is amazing and I know Cathy loves all the inspirattion that comes from you ladies. Thanks for sharing....pj in iowa

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  21. Happy birthday to your blog!! As usual, your pictures - and your stitching, of course - are amazing. Please put me in the running for your giveaway!

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  22. Happy 1st Blogaversary! I've been following you for AGES too! I remember asking about your blog name.
    Please enter me in this lovely anniversary themed giveaway.
    ps 2nd is cotton so looking forward to some threads next year!

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  23. Wishing you a Happy Blogoversary! Sunflowers and Acorns is a pretty design and I love the July Wordplay too! I have all of them so far and have yet to stitch one. :) I would love to be considered in your giveaway!

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  24. A year certainly flies by, doesn't it, Linda!! Congratulations on your one year blogoversary!! I would love to enter your giveaway--thanks for the chance :)

    Of course I love your July Wordplay--that little crab is adorable. I really can't wait to start stitching them next year for myself... Thanks for the inspiration and enjoy the lovely win from Sandra!

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  25. Love the July wordplay!!!!! Love your pick for the small this month! And isn't it great that you won the Homespun Elegance give away!!!! Don't enter me in your drawing cause I already have Acorns and Sunflowers .... just wanted to say Happy Anniversary to your blog. Aren't you glad you jumped in???

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  26. Congrats on coming up to your 1st anniversary Linda! What a sweet piece you're offering for your giveaway and I'd love to be entered. Love your July wordplay and what lovely goodies from Sandra.

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  27. Can't believe it's been a year already Linda - I do so enjoy your blog and all your beautiful finishes. The july wordplay is awesome. I meant to email and say how much I liked your choice for the smalls blog - I love Ms. Judy's designs however I have not had time to think about stitching this one so please do enter me in your blog giveaway - thanks for the generous chance. Take care mel

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  28. Happy almost 1st blogiversary! How exciting! Love your July Word Play finish...so pretty! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks for the chance!!

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  29. Hi Linda!!! Congrats on your Blogiversary!!! I love your "space" and so glad you do too!!! Your July Wordplay is just adorable. I will come and visit it often since that is the closest thing I will get to it... :( Thanks for the latest blog visit- I soooo appreciate it- and sorry I missed you on Tues. night.

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  30. Happy 1st Blogoversasry and many many more

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  31. Happy blogiversary! It sure does go fast doesn't it. I just had another one myself so will be having my own giveaway soon. I love the Smalls project you picked for this month....I am a member of the blog but am a few months behind on projects.

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  32. Happy First Blogiversary! Love all your lovely stitching. I love smalls too. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a pretty present.

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  33. Happy Blogiversary, congratulations on your first year of blogging.

    Your July Wordplay is lovely & the candle wrap project looks interesting.

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  34. Congrats on winning the candle wrap! It's beautiful! Gorgeous word play too!!

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  35. Happy blogaversary! Beautiful stitching and congratulations on your win.

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