Sunday, September 4, 2011

Third Blogoversary Giveaway!!! And It Must Have Been Fate!!

Actually tomorrow is my true 3rd Blogoversary, but why not start the celebration early, right?  I can't believe that I have been blogging three years, have 600 followers, been enabled by all of you so much (my husband definitely doesn't thank you!), and met so many wonderful people (some of them in person).  It truly has been a great three years!   So I think that it's time for a giveaway, don't you?   But first a little bit of other things and if you don't want to read about that, then scroll down to the frog!  Otherwise, here's what's been happening this week.

Actually a ton of things have been going on, but if I wrote about them, we'd be here all day.  Some of them happened during the summer when I was such a slacker in posting and commenting, so I'll slowly get to those over time.  Will give me something to talk about when my life if I don't get as much done now as I hope.

After stitching more on Ann Hall, I switched gears for a little bit and worked on Mary Allen as I'm suppose to be working on this with Loraine.  As much as I love, love this piece, she hasn't been fun to work on probably due to my fabric choice, so I've picked it up here and there and this is where I am to date:

Before:

As of today:

Certainly not stellar progress, but at least it's a little bit.  I should have been much further than this by the end of August, but that month was pretty much a bust as far as me getting a lot of stitching done, so I'm hoping to have my August installment done by the end of September.  The good part is coming with some of the center portion.  I can't wait to get to that.

Now, do you believe in fate?  Well, I do and I'm becoming more of a believer the older I get.  Remember this sewing machine that I bought?


It's a vintage Singer 301A sewing machine!  And thanks to Cyndi this baby became mine.  Seems that Cyndi just loves vintage sewing machines and she had more than she needed (and is probably adding more as we speak, right Cyndi?  LOL).  Anyway, I bought this from Cyndi and it sews like an absolute dream - the most beautiful stitches I've ever seen and it's in what appears to be in a case original to the machine.  Only problem is that I didn't have a table for this baby and I hate just sitting a machine on a table and trying to sew - it doesn't work.  This is where the fate comes in.  My baby, affectionately named Samatha (actually Cyndi named the machine and to prevent the poor machine from being confused I kept the name) has a new home!!


Isn't it a beautiful table?  It's gorgeous - in just the most beautiful shape!!  But wait - that machine isn't Samatha!  What's going on here?  Samatha is two toned!!!

Gosh, are you seeing double?  No, you're not.  Samantha is now residing in her new home and Rebecca is sitting next to her.  Seems that I've acquired ANOTHER machine.  And this is where fate comes in.

One day I was contemplating how I would find a table for Samantha.  I really wanted to start using her, but it didn't feel right sewing on her if she was sitting on a table and not in one.  Craig's List didn't have any for sale and who knew how many garage sales, estate sales, etc., I would have to go to in order to find one.  Then the light bulb went off (it doesn't happen much, believe me), and it dawned on me that Terri, lover of all things antiquey and estate saley might come across one in her travels.  So I sent her a text asking her if she came across to let me know.  Now I hit my fair share of these sales myself, but Terri gets out to a lot more of them than I do, so her chances were better.

Not a half hour later, Terri is on the phone telling me that she saw one at a sale she just left and has to go back later, it was a beautiful table and did I want it?  Well, yes I do, but there is a slight caveat - the table was $120 and included a machine.  I didn't need another machine.  And I didn't want to pay that price.  Well, she went back to the sale later and called me again and told me that the table was in really good shape and the sewing machine looked to be as well, AND, the price had come down to $70.00.  Well, much better, but I was still hemming and hawing about the machine.  While I'm trying to make up my indecisive mind, the person lowered the price another $10, so now it's $60 for both.  After the briefest of hesitation, I told her SOLD!  I figure $30 for the table (bargain as it's so beautiful) and $30 for the machine (that I didn't have a clue as to what I'd do with it).  And I'm so glad that I told her yes!!!  The table is beautiful, and so is the other machine, now known as Rebecca, although she's in need of a little TLC from my friendly sewing machine repairman.  But what to do with her?  Sell her, put her in a corner??  What??

Well, that problem has worked itself out.  DD has wanted to learn how to sew so problem solved.  She will have her own vintage sewing machine - one made very well and hopefully will last her for a long time.  Now.......I need another table!  Oh Terri, can you find me another one?  Please???  Preferably without another machine this time!  LOL  I can't believe that it happened the way it did!  Thank you Terri!!!

Now the frog!  Cute little guy, isn't he?  But this isn't the frog that I'm giving away in celebration of my third blogoversary.  This is the frog:

And along with the frog, I'll include a pair of Gingher Alicia scissors:

I heard mention that these are limited edition.  I thought they all were limited edition as they seem to come out and are gone before you know it.  I know that Gingher planned to have another pair come out next month, so these were a totally unexpected find at Joanne's.  And they can be yours, along with the frog and I may have a few other goodies to throw into the mix (undetermined at this point).  So to win, just be a follower and tell me what project you're working on right now!  That's it.  Very simple.  I'll draw for the winner on Wednesday, September 14th!!

So that's it for me except that, as much as I love having the kids home during the summer, Tuesday marks the beginning of Happy Dance time for me!  DD will be back in school and I'll be able to get back to sewing and doing all the things I love.  And a lot of catching up.  Seems that during the wild summer that we've had around here, my craft room looks like a hurricane went through it.  In spending one day down there I realized that I have way too much stuff and it's time to get rid of some of it, so in a week or two I'm going to set up a sale blog and off some of this stuff.  Some you will laugh at some of the things (they're pretty old charts) and probably not want to touch any of them with a ten foot pole, but someone may want it.  You know, one man's trash is another man's treasure.  If no one wants some of what I post - at least the charts - my local library will be happy to have them for their book sales.  Might as well help out the community right?  So in a couple weeks I hope to have a sale blog up and running.

It's really hard to to describe how much I value all the comments and friendships that I've made over the three years of blogging.  Your comments have lifted me up when I've been down, encouraged me when I needed encouraging on a project (like Ann Medd), and made me smile over your posts and I've Ooooh and Aaaah over all your beautiful projects and you've enabled me to no end. I really feel blessed to have "met" so many wonderful people and I hope to hear from you for years to come.

Hope that everyone has a wonderful Labor Day!!

124 comments:

JillMN said...

I have been a follower of yours and I am working on the new Chessie & Me "All Hallow's Eve" and am loving it! Congrats on your blogoversary!

Tracey said...

Congratulations on your 3rd Blogoversay, with many more years to come! I would love a chance at your wonderful giveaway... frogs & scissors...2 of my favourite things! I am a follower and my current project is " To Laugh Often" by Twisted Threads. (Shhh... it's a secret though; I'm stitching it for my daughter's graduation from University.) I'm thrilled to say that I have only a few words left to do and then it's done! :^)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Deb ~
Congrats on three years of blogging. It is fun, isn't it?
I'd love to be entered in your give-away. I am not working on any stitching project, but am hooking a small horse rug that will be a Christmas present.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Catherine said...

Congrats on three years and all the followers! I'm in love with the pink frog and the scissors - beautiful!! I'm currently working on a design from Beth Twist of Heartstring Samplery called "I sew'd my heart".

Love your sewing machines & table!! They don't make them like they used to!

Yvette said...

LOL!!! Every time I visit I see a new sewing machine. Very nice! I have a cabinet I am trying to get rid of but it also includes a sewing machine. I won't say anymore. LOL!!!!

Great stitchery! How are you doing on your Farmer's Wife?

Josie said...

Congrats! I love the frog and scissors. I,m currently stitching Mirabilia's Venetian Goddess.

stormybrew57 said...

Wow three years of blogging is great! I read often but I am not brave enough to have my own blog. I have been stitching the Autumn Sampler Of The Season by Brenda Gervais. It is fun and beautifully designed. Thanks for the fun giveaway! I love pink glass. Beth N. (stormybrew57@aol.com)

Winona said...

Congratulations on 3 years of blogging. I am a follower. I am afraid there is not enough room here to list all the projects I am working on, so I'll just hit on a few. I am doing a redwork piece, working on a wedding sampler for our daughter and her husband (who got married 8 years ago. I'm a little behind.LOL), working on a cross stitch project of mountains and Indians, making a 36 patch quilt for our bed, working on the Farmer's Wife and several BOM's, plus working on several different quilts. Let's just say I flit from project to project. LOL

dq said...

i follow your blog and I am working on Blackbird designs gathering basket.

I love blackbird designs! bogfairy@yahoo.com

Wrought By LaDonna said...

What a great find!

~*Shar*~ said...

Congrats hun on your anniversary; I know time sure passes quickly now; it seems the older I get the faster time goes..:) I'm working on Jolly Jack now; hopefully I'll finish tonight. Please enter me in your drawing..

Hugs, Shar

woolwoman said...

hi Deb - congrats on all your followers and your blogaversary - do you know why the "followers" are not showing up on the sidebars any more? Anyway - I am currently on vacation and my mom and I decided to start halloween projects on our trip - my choice was Chessie and Me All Hallows Eve - I'm enjoying it except for the over 1 alphabet urghhh - fun story about the sewing machine and table - awesome deal! that terri - she is amazing. great your dd wants to learn to sew. Inspiration from her DM I imagine. Would love to win the pink depression glass flower frog - I've been coveting a pink one - of course I am a follower and friend - take care Mel

Pam said...

I love your sewing machine story. I have a few 301's and absolutely love them. They are my favorite vintage machine to date. I had to buy a cradle for the machine that I use. I never saw a 301 in a table that fit it. You did good!

I just finished making a Halloween apron for a granddaughter, three little pouches for my daughter and her two little ones, and some Christmas stockings for our troops. Those are a work in progress as I have 100 to make. I am planning on quilting a quilt to give to a friend tomorrow.

Shelly said...

Congrats on your 3 years of blogging! And here's to many more because I enjoy reading your blog.

I am working on a freebie from Plum Pudding Needlearts called Blessed Be, a tiny design that I'll turn into a hanging pillow. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!

missy said...

Oh what a beauty of a machine you have there and that table is perfection. I can't believe the great price you bought it for.

I just bought a really gem of a sewing machine, more on that later on my blog.

Thanks for the ubber lovely contest. I am a follower.

I'm currently rotating three projects. A Halloween ornament for an exchange, another ornament for my niece and a BOAF stocking.

averyclaire.org said...

I left my message on the wrong post...I am working on Nora Corbett's Halloween Fairy from Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine a couple of years ago. Hope I win the scissors and frog...you are very generous and your blog and stitching are delightful.

mainely stitching said...

Many congratulations on your blogaversary. :) Looking forward to another 3 years of your wonderful blog!

Jackie said...

It was a great day when I stumbled on your blog - I can't even remember how I got there. I've enjoyed our virtual friendship. You are such a talented stitcher, quilter, and purveyor of frogs! :) Thank you for the inspiration and the friendship. Happy 3 years and many more!!!

Ellen said...

Congrats on your 3rd blogoversary! Would love to enter your giveaway, thank you for the chance.

I am working on Susan Rambo currently. It's a big project because I am stitching over 2 on 28ct Monaco. I am enjoying it!

Hugs,

gracie said...

First congrats on 3 years and 600 friends. I have been a follower and enjoy your blog...I would love to win your frog and scissors. Right now I am working on an exchange piece, an embroidery and a SW design that has been sadly ignored. And you are corrrect, these scissors sell out very quicjly and I would love to have a pair.....

WoolenSails said...

Well right now, nothing, I am blog hopping, lol.
I made a new freebie tonight, so that was my crafting for today. The kids came over to visit and a cookout, so I enjoyed the company. I am working on an ark piece, so I will get back to that as soon as I do my review this week.

I would like to do more designs, just need to organize my time better. Still need to make the adam and eve into a pattern.

Debbie

Chris said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!
I love that you have named the sewing machines?

Right now I am working on the With Thy Needle mystery sampler.
Thanks for the chance for this giveaway?

Joanie said...

Hello, my friend! I owe you such a long email and a package! I haven't forgotten!

Love your new machines! I wish you guys lived closer, Terri could find a table for my sweet, Janie, Janome. (Yes, I name my appliances, Stanley is the vacuum and Munchie is the handvac...)

Anyway, I follow you and I'm working on With Thy Needle and Thread's, Candycorn. I'd love to win that frog as long as you keep the real ones away from my stitching!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Congrats on the anniversary, Deb! No need to include me in the draw, just wanted to wish congratulations on three years of inspiring blogging! Well done, GF!!!

Becky K in OK said...

Happy Third. I am a follower. Don't those older sewing machines have character? Right now I am working of Blackbird Designs Winter Wanderland.

Myra said...

Congratulations Deb! I always enjoy reading your posts. Your WIP is so pretty, love the colors. I enjoyed reading about your new machine and table - it had to be fate. :o) Such a lovely frog and generous giveaway - I would love to add my name to the pot.

Jennifer Gail said...

I'm making paper pieced string blocks. Yay on three years!

samplerlover said...

Congratulations Deb on your anniversary. Ohhh your table is lovely isn't it. I can see why you were so excited to get it.

Mary Allen is looking lovely. Such a lovely sampler.

Well, as you know I am now working on a Tablet Sampler. - Sandra. btw I am a follower lol.

Nancy said...

Nice progress on Mary Allen, she is beautiful!

Congratulations on 3 years of blogging! I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I am a follower and am currently working on "Little House Neighborhood".

Nice purchase on the sewing table and machine, you got a good deal!

Cyndi said...

Hey Deb! Wow, Samantha looks great in that table...I'm sure she's really happy in there! :o) So far, I haven't bought any more machines, but you just never know when that's going to change!

That flower frog is sooo pretty, and I love Gingher scissors, so please count me in on your give away. And congrats on three years of blogging and making loads of new friends....I'm looking forward to following you for a long time to come!

Have a wonderful Labor Day, my friend!

XOXO,

Cyndi

P.S. Almost forgot...I'm working on finishing up the quilt I'm making for my mom, and on one for myself as well.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Happy Third Blogaversary. I'm already a follower and I'm currently working on Mary Allen too.

Deborah said...

Congrats on 3 years! love reading your posts. What a wonderful and generous giveaway. Thanks for letting me enter. I have been following for quite awhile.

Julie M said...

Love the story about Samantha and Rebecca! Hope Terri comes through for you again!

Awesome giveaway! I'm a follower and I am stitching on Double Dutch, Tuscan Rose, Elizabeth and Quaker Noel!

Faye said...

Oh wow!! Happy Blogaversary!! How I NEED a frog, and can you believe, I do not own a pair of Gingher's?? I have other scissors, but none of the Ginghers....Count me in on all the fun and again, thanks for the great 3 years of inspirational blogging~~~

Rebecca said...

Congratulations on the anniversary. I have been following for maybe a year.
I usually work on several project charts at the same time sort of speak. Large and small projects, but I am currently stitching this weekend on Tulip Man, oop charts by Barrick I think. I finished Tulip women and ordered frames for both this weekend. These are a Christmas present for my DSL. (she doesn't blog)

Alison said...

600 followers??? Wow! I'm impressed. I'm also one of them LOL. At the moment I'm in a bit of a cross-stitching slump but I am sewing instead. My current project is a winter coat and it's just gorgeous. Love your machines. Terri is such a great shopper, isn't she?

yorkie mom said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary!! I am just green with envy over your new sewing machine and table finds! good for you! Definately fate!

Jan said...

Well done on your blogaversary!!! I am a follower. I really enjoy reading your blog. I'm working on a seasonal English garden sampler which is a Marjolein Bastin design.

gill said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm a follower and currently I'm making a 'Garden Fence' quilt!

lanybleu said...

Congrats on your 3rd anniversary and on your table and sewing machine find, what a bargain..
I am currently working on Teresa Wentzler English Cottage Sampler, very nearly half way through.

I have been a follower for a while now and love reading your blog.

lanybleu AT gmail.com

Mouse said...

ooo well done on the followers and 3 years of blogging .. way to go on the machines and tables find and woo hoo for DD wanting to learn to sew ..... mmm what I am working on atm ... it would be easier to say what not working in on hahahah got sooooo many on the go some as presents/ exchanges / competitions.. SAL and ooo the odd one for me too hahahh soo take your pick go to my blog and have a looksie ;) take care love mouse xxxx
www.talesofastitchingmouse.blogspot.com

Cath said...

Happy Blogoversary !
I'm a follower ,and would love to enter your giveaway please .
At the moment I'm supposed to be working on LHNs Lavender Hill , but not getting very far , lol.

Siobhan said...

Congrats on the 3rd year mark!! You go girl!

Nice progress on Mary Allen--it's such a fun sampler!

No need to enter me in the giveaway--I'm sure the flower frog would be waaaay heavy to mail. Thanks, though!

Congrats on the machine score!

natalyK said...

Happy Blogiversary! I am a follower and would love to enter your fabulous giveaway. I am currently working on Just Nan Halloween Party and A Petit Sampling Etui. I am enjoying both but have many WIPS in the workbasket.

Giovanna said...

Many happy returns to your blog! I'd love to be entered in the draw, please - I just became a follower (I also subscribe with Google Reader, which is why I wasn't a follower until now...). My main current project is Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow.

Mary Allen is looking good!

Roberta (Cottonwood Lane Primitives) said...

Congratulations on blogging for three years. I've been blogging about 7 months and it makes you realize what a commitment it is, but meeting other wonderful crafters online is fun. I'm working on a Halloween sampler by Blackbird Designs and I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. I'm already a follower. Thanks for hosting this! ~Roberta

tina said...

Congratulazioni!!!Fai dei ricami splendidi!!!

Baci

Tina ...Italy

Susan said...

Great sewing machine finds! I love sewing on my mother's machine - it's a Singer from the late '50s. My newer one (early '80s) is nice, but Mom's just seems to work a little better. Anyway, Congratulations on your blogiversary. Right now I'm stitching Chatelaine's Hawaiian Garden mandala, but later I'm switching over to With thy Needle & Thread's Birds of a Feather sampler.

krisgray said...

Congrats! My mom loaned me her 301 and I agree, it had the best piecing seams ever! I like it better than my featherweight. I have several projects, of course. I have an embroidery QAL and the sampler from WEloefrenchknots. Then I have two quilts to FMQ.

Sherry :o) said...

Hey Deb - congrats on the anniversary! As far as listing what I'm working on - I have so many WIPs it would take forever...so I will pick one - the Christmas pocket from Kindred Spirits SG. Trying to knock it to the finish-finish pile!

Love that flower frog - and the scissors are really pretty!

So you are doing Mary Allen too - I have been conversing with Terri about that one - beauty!

Have a fun day Tuesday without any kiddos around. Hopefully it won't take too long to clean up the sewing room so you can have some fun in there!! If you're purging any French General, you know you have a buyer LOL!

Marion said...

Congrats on your Blog Anniversary!!!
I'd love to enter your giveaway...I've followed your Blog for sometime now...and by the way, you can never have too many sewing machines!! I've got "a few"..LOL
Marion
(who hopes the fall weather will enable me to get back to my poor, lonely blog...)

Marion

Me and My Stitches said...

Congrats on your 3 year anniversary! Cute little frog, and I love the scissors. I am working on a BOM from 2005 (yes, I said 2005) made in 30's repros. Someone please tell me what I was thinking!

doris said...

Congrats on your three years! You didn't even take a year off like someone we know.

Lucky sewing machine finds! I have a 40's era Singer I love. Enjoy!

Teresa said...

Hi, I am a follower and I am working on a couple of fall exchange pieces and a Halloween Biscornu.
Enjoy the new machines.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

doris said...

Rats! I forgot to tell you I'm working on Ann Wheatley by NeedleWorkPress. If I had a brain, I'd be so dangerous.

Darlene said...

I've been following your blog for a long time but now I'm an official 'follower'. :-)

I'd squeal with absolute delight if I won your incredible giveaway.

I do a ton of quilting and embroidery but in recent weeks I've been doing quite a bit of x-stitch and having a ton of fun.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Your progress looks great to me. Funny tale of the sewing machine fate, and as fate has it, my frog is just filled... I'd love, love to have one with the pink bottom! I've been a follower for some time, and congratulations on your third blogiversary!!

Stephanie M. said...

Love your blog, just became a follower. I am working on multiple projects, but mostly on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow.

Judy said...

Congratulations on your 3rd blogoversary and I am one of the 600 followers. I enjoy your blog so much. Thanks for the opportunity in your wonderful giveaway. Right now I am working on a design by Pam Schmidt (Prairie Sampler) that she designed for an upcoming exhibit of our local sampler guild.

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary :)

Penny said...

Congratulations on your third blogoversary! I love seeing your vintage sewing machines.

Christine said...

Congratulations on your blogoversay. Your vintage machine and table are beautiful.
I'm one of your followers and I'm working on more different things than I can count at the moment!

Michele said...

Happy Blogiversary! I would love to be included in your drawing, that frog is lovely!

Your old sewing machine is great!

Nancy M said...

That looks like some good progress to me!! I know my Mom's sewing machine is soooo heavy and old and she has mentioned getting a new one and then the sewing people tell her not too. My cheapo version is so lightweight and doesn't seem to work real well. Guess sometimes old is better! I'm still working on my Mystic, but also started a new Detroit Tigers piece. I'm thinking they are going to make the world series again!

Mommarock said...

I am a follower, who is working on another hexagon quilt. I am trying to give it an Asian feel by giving it a different pattern, and using red and white and black fabrics. It is something for my dd. Okay stupid question here.. what is a frog for? I've never seen one.. and would dearly love to know because it is simply beautiful.

Katherine said...

Hey Deb, just wanted to say congratulations on your three years! YAY! You know, yours was the very first blog that I followed - once I figured out what "following" was! Hey, listen, nice giveaway, but don't put me in for it; I don't know where I'd put another frog - or pair of scissors. They're very nice and all, but I just wanted to tell you that you've been a joy to read and get to know as well. All the best for another three years!

Peggy Lee said...

Thank goodness for Terri, huh? How sweet of her.

Congratulations on 3 years and on your growing follower list. I (like Catherine) am currently working on a sampler given to me by Beth Twist called "I Sew'd My Heart".

Thanks for three years of fun and also for this very generous giveaway. I just love that scissor frog and the scissors are a MUST HAVE!

:o)

Carol R said...

Congratulations on your 3rd blogeversary. Please enter me into your giveaway draw. I have been coveting the Alicia scissors since they were released but as I live in the UK it's impossible to get any! Beautiful glass frog too. I am already a follower!

Carol R said...

Opps forgot to say I am stitching on Jane Rees - a Bristol Orphanage sampler.

Valerie said...

Congrats on your blogoversary, Deb! It is wonderful to have such a great blogging friend!

I would love to enter your giveaway! I have been a follower for some time now. I am currently stitching Rebecah French, a Canterbury, New Hampshire sampler by The Essamplaire.

Have a great week!

Erin in MI said...

What a beautiful flower frog!! Ok, the other guy is cute, too :) What a wonderful give-away! Thank you for doing it :)

Hazel said...

Love your vintage sewing machines. Wonderful giveaway. I would love to join but is UK too far?? No prob if it is, I will still be a follower for as long as I blog. x

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging/making new friends. I have also made many, and love following all of their blogs. Cyndi is one of them and I do know how much she loves sewing machines! Sandy. :)

valerie said...

Happy blogiversary Deb! May you have many more to celebrate. Love the progress on your sampler and that sewing table Terri found for you is gorgeous!

I'd love a chance at your giveaway. I am stitching (slowing) away on L*K Christmas Rules! I should reach the halfway point tonight! Yay!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary! I can't believe someone let that gorgeous table go from $60. As you say, one man's trash. . .

I'm currently working on Grace Mason (Of Female Worth) and loving every stitch.

Amy said...

Happy 3rd! I am presently working on a freebie from the internet. I would love to be entered in your drawing! I am also a follower for some time now. Amy from Oklahoma

Michele said...

Deb, I've been following your blog for a couple of months now. I was a cross-stitcher for 10+ years, then turned to quilting with a passion. It was following your blog and seeing your progress on your samplers that reminded me how much I enjoyed counted cross stitch. After a long absence, I am currently working on am over 1 Maureen Appleton Christmas ornament from 19...? I've done about 3 of her ornaments and decided I should tackle another. Happy stitching to you. And thank you! Michele G

Katrina said...

Oh I hope I win :-). Fun sewing machine and I love Mary Allen. I am waiting on my threads so I can start her!!!

Happy Blogaversary too!!!

Terri G said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging! I am a follower and enjoy your blog! I am working on the iStitch Mystery SAL and on a square for Love Quilts.

Thanks for your lovely giveaway!

TerriG

StitchinManiac said...

I have read your blog for a long time, but just became a follower. I'm new to this "follower" thing, because my blog is on wordpress, I guess.

I love the work you do, and thank you for sharing it these past few years.

I am currently working on a few items: LHN's "From Sea to Shining Sea", DT's "Marriage of the Minds", and the Mary Busby repro.

Mary said...

Congratulations on your blogoversary - that's a real accomplishment!

I am currently working on finishing up the Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler (need to pick up some Dried Thyme - since I'm changing the floss used for the alphabet).

I wouls surely love to win you generous giveaway - I stop at my JoAnn's every day, but nobody seems to know anything about those lovely scissors - and who doesn't love a beautiful frog!?

Thanks for the opportunity!

Mary in Mn

m_kaeding@hotmail.com

Cross Stitch Queen said...

Congratulations on your 3 year Blogaversary. Time flies right?

I was able to pick up Alicia on my travels. Isn't she wonderful? I think that the colors are super.
So I won't participate in the giveaway.

Your sewing machines are fabulous!
Have a great time with them.

I will be having a giveaway soon celebrating my 100th reader. Just 5 readers shy.

I will put your giveaway on the sidebat of my blog.

Cheers,
CSQ
http://betweenthestitches.blogspot.com

Jenny said...

That is a really pretty frog and I am a scissors nut, so count me in, please.
I think that Terry and you did great - I would definitely have paid $60 for the table, so you and DD got the machine for free! Doesn't get better than that, in my book.
I can definitely understand why you are feeling a bit bored with Mary Allen right now. I am not a real big fan of stitching letters, but you are right; you have a gorgeous motif to look forward to!
Oh, I need to tell you what I am stitching on right now... I am trying to stick to the Hare Pyns class pre-stitching (Patricks Woods), but I keep straying and finished a few smaller projects this weekend (one super-cute freebie, Easter Basket by Shepherd's Bush and Ollie by Just Nan).
Take care and have fun reading through all the comments!

Jan said...

Congratulations on your three years of blogging. I am stitching away on Pompeji Gardens by Martina Weber, Cleopatra's Eyes needlepoint, Past and Present by Rosewood Manor, and an original totally hand quilted wallhanging of our home,

Thank you for your giveaway.

Jan

Berit said...

Awesome story! I really want to get or make a sewing machine table myself! I am just thinking it would make all the difference in the world! Of course, I also would love it to be collapsible like a card table, lol!

Sounds like it was fate! :D

I couldn't have put it better about the value of friends in the blogging community! (P.S. I am getting closer to starting my Bull's Eye quilt! Picked up some of the neutrals for it at Joann yesterday. :D)

I'll sit this giveaway out as I am not frog-mad like the rest of the stitching world. But, thanks for the generous chance!

Jane said...

I would love to win the frog, I have been admiring them on your blog for quite a while. (Plus, one can never have too many scissors, right?) I am not officially a follower, but I am a subscriber, through Google reader, I hope that counts.

Jane

Kimberly R. said...

Congratulations and I'd love a chance to enter! I am a follower and am stitching on the Mary Wigham Sampler from Needleprint using DMC Linen Threads. Love your antique sewing machines - I hope to be a collector some day :)
Thanks!
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

jonette said...

I enjoy your blog! I am working on my Autumn Samplermaker's project and on a Christmas stocking for my youngest grandson.

Cindy said...

congratulations on 3 years...i am at about 2 months, and i so admire those of you that inspire and enable me...lol...right now i am working on Homespun Elegance's 'Snowmen A Gathering' :D

HollyXSing said...

I am a follower!!!! Right now I am working on way too many projects...but the one that has my attention at the moment is a Reproduction Sampler that I am stitching the model for Margriet Hogue of The Essamplaire! If I gave you the name, I would have to kill you;)

-Holly in VA
Blog: The Stitching Muse

Carol B said...

Congratulations on your 3 year Blogaversary. I enjoy following your blog. My most active current project is A Petit Sampling Etui. There isn't room to list everything I'm working on! Thanks for the chance to win the very pretty frog and scissors.

Paula said...

I could relate to your post. My 11yo started sewing on my machine this weekend (oy!). My mom offered me an old nice machine a couple of months ago that was her sister's. I didn't really need or want another machine, but now I am thinking Yes!
Congrats on 3 years of blogging.
Those Gingher scissors are adorable and I wold love to be entered for a chance to win.
Oh yeah, I'm working on a Raise the Roof Halloween design.
Have a great day!

Paula
pmcfee@roadrunner.com

Loraine said...

Oh wow! Congrats on 3 years Deb! I'm so glad that I started blogging, so that I could meet you. It's been a real blessing to know you.
Love the sewing machines...You are so lucky to find 2 of them! Don't worry about Mary Allen. I'm not doing that much on her either, although I guess we better both start putting some stitches in soon, if we ever want to see it on our walls! LOL.
My computer in my sewing room has a virus! It won't even show my main screen right now, so it may take me a few days to get back to e-mails.
Hugs to you!

BrendaS said...

Deb --
Nice progress on your stitching. As I always say, "some progress is better than none".

Great finds on the sewing machines and table. Yeah to you:)))

Wonderful giveaway. I would love to be entered. I am currently working on Miss Lila's House by CHS and some LHN ornaments. Also doing some punch needle too.

Great post. Hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.

Teresa S. said...

Samantha is the identical twin sister to the sewing machine I learned to sew on in 8th grade Home Ec (circa 1971) My youth didn't appreciate it for sure!! Love the giveaway, so pitch my name in!

Teresa S. said...

Oops! Forgot to tell you about my current project(s)-Le Printemps by BOAF, Istitch mystery sampler, 2 more Crazy Jan Challenges to finish, BBD Autumn Song, Penny America, L'Atelier Perdu 3 part mystery... ok, that's enough (even though there is more) Have a great day!

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats! Seems like yesterday doesn't it? (they always say that)
Cyndi is such a sweetie and has a kind heart to have sold you her machine. What a dream! She is one of those people that you add to your holiday gift giving list for sure!
I think I need to get out for sales more....always reading about what wonderful finds there are but for some reason I always see junk.

Littlebit said...

I love your sewing machine cabinet! I would be most happy to be included in your wonderful giveaway..I have searched high and low for a pink flower bowl to go with my pink frog! It's beautiful. I am currently working on Elizabeth Sheffield..and I would be too embarrassed to name how many other things I have started, but I say, if you own it, start it. :) Happy Anniversary!

Juels said...

Happy 3rd Blogoversary, Deb! Your blog is my go to blog as you are always up to so many good (and enabling) things!

I stitched all of Flora Virginia Homes except the lettering as I need a little more magnification than what I have, so It is lingering in a chair. I think it is mcuh better to perhaps tackle the less liked lettering first as you have done on Mary. And you did accomplish quite a bit in doing so. Congratulations! And Congraulations on your newest sewing machine(s) and Samatha's new home. Your sewing room may have to be expanded to house such wonderful finds LOL!
ANd I LOVE the frog and scissors! I never find the limited edition scissors at any of the many Joanns near me. They are so much fun to collect! Thank you for a chance at your wonderful giveawat!

Sally said...

Congratulations on your 3rd blogoversary:) I am a follower. Hmmm I'm currently working on a few projects so will just mention my favourite piece to stitch on at the moment and that is LHN Travelling Stitcher as I'm SAL-ing with my surrogate sis:)

Love your Mary Allen. So pretty and gorgeous colours.

Wow those sewing machine are lovely!

Patty C. said...

I just love the Ann Hall design - it is so pretty

The flower frog is just gorgeous - And who wouldn't want some scissors - Congrats on reaching Your third year of blogging - Count me in for the Giveaway ;)

therealfrannie said...

Congratulations Deb on your 3rd Blogoversary!! What a beautiful frog and scissors too! I collect frogs and this would be an awesome, beautiful asset to my collection. I have been pining for a pair of the scissors, but not able to get any to date. My Joanne's doesn't have any either :(
I am so happy my sister turned me onto your blog. She is right about you - your work, etc. is fab-u-lous!! Thanks sis and thanks Deb!

H said...

Happy Third blogaversary. :o)
I love the frog and scissors both. What a lovely giveaway! Thanks for being so generous.

Right now I am working on some mill hill Christmas ornaments. (trying to get a head start) as well as the cat sampler by Jardin Prive.

Have a great day and thanks!

Hilly

Terri said...

I would love to be entered into your drawing!

Love your new machines and the table. Wow, great deals!

Gorgeous stitching, too!

Oh, I'm working on a memorial piece for a friend of my son's who was killed in Iraq.

Terri
Tpatterson1961@gmail.com

Meari said...

OMG, that is one gorgeous sewing cabinet! And you got a steal-of-a-deal. Wow *wiping drool off*. LOL

Congrats on your 3rd blogversary! I follow you on Google Reader. Right now, I'm working on Blossom Splendor. Please include me in your giveaway.

And yes, some progress is better than none - from one who knows ;-)

Katrien said...

Congrats on your blog-oversary! And waw, that's a gorgeous table!

I've been following your blog, and right now I'm working on a kit from Lanarte: Inca and Maya Cultures. I'll start on a stocking for my daughter soon. Please include me in your give-away (if living in Europe is not a problem that is)

Michelle said...

COngrats on the 3rd blogiversary!!! That's fantastic! And your Mary Allen is beautiful, yet another on my "to buy and stitch" list! What a find on the sewing table - Terri can definitely work her magic!!

Melody said...

Congrats on your blogoversary! I'm a follower of your blog, and would love to be included in your giveaway. Those scissors and frog are beautiful!

Congrats on the vintage sewing machines. I agree the online stitching community is awesome.

Thanks.

Mary said...

The table for Samantha is amazing - such a lovely piece.
Such a lot of work in your sampler - it is looking lovely though and you seem to be getting through it in very quickly.
I love the flower frog, and the gingher scissors are absolutely beautiful. If you include overseas participants, I would love to be in the draw.
Mary

Mindi said...

Congratulations on the Blogoversary! You have quite a bit of progress on Mary Allen, hang in there! She's actually a really fun sampler to stitch. I know how hard it can be to stick with a project when you don't like the fabric, that's why my poor Jane Rees only gets pulled out and worked on every couple of years.

Lois said...

Yes, I definitely believe in fate! You were just meant to have another sewing machine and this gorgeous table! Nice progress on Mary Allen! If you don't mind sending overseas I'd love to be entered in your blogoversary - congrats on 3 years!! What am I working on at the moment? Three Crows by GH!

Sinta Renee said...

Cyndi is a wonderful person... I was so surprised to see that she let go of her machine! But it is in great hands... I loved your story and how your friend aided in your good fortune!
I am so glad to have found your blog recently! I have been enjoying it-- happy blogiversary:)

Nancy D. said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! I have really enjoyed it. I'm a follower.

Kellie said...

Happy third blogoversary, Deb! I'm a long time follower.

Wendy said...

I'm a follower! What am I working on? Well I am trying to finish a number of projects that have been dragging on far too long...namely a tote bag and a queen sized quilt called Cinnamon and Nutmeg, and a Thimbleberries table topper and ...well you get the idea!

lynda said...

Congratulations...I enjoy being a follower of your blog and would love a chance at your giveaway. That frog is just beautiful and I can never seem to find one here. If you do choose my name though, please choose one more for the scissors, since I already have a pair (and they are gorgeous!) And among other things, I am currently stitching "Summer Splendor" from LHN. Thanks!

stitchinpeanut said...

Congrats.... I enjoy reading your blog a great deal!!! Thank you for making it fun!
I am working on several things right now... I am almost completed with a demo stitch piece... and am working on a few halloween ornaments from the new magazine... Pirate Sock monkey... giggle... but I just bought the new Just Nan kit with the Owl Pin Cushion... Owls of October... I just might have to start this tonight. I do not have a pair of Gingher snips and have wanted a pair for so long!!! Maybe I will get lucky!
Thank you for posting this giveaway!

Sherry said...

Ann is just beautiful. Happy Blogiversary! I hope you continue for a long time. I always enjoy seeing a new post from you and drooling over your stitching and finds. What a cute frog - both of them! I probably don't have enough scissors to warrant another frog but it is a beauty. Good luck to all who enter. Keep on posting, dear friend!

Raven/Missy said...

Happy Blogoversary! Your sewing machine looks great!

I would love to be included in the giveaway. I am a follower and am currently working on "Quaker welcome" by The Stitcherhood as a gift for my DMIL.

trillium said...

Congrats on the 3rd Blogoversary!

I'm working on my Fair & Square project--Round 26 squares, and on Dimensions kit "Beautiful Bird."

Please include my name in the giveaway. I need some scissors.

trilliumcreates At gmail DOT com

Kathy H said...

Congratulations on your third blogaversary. What luck to find the machine and table. I am a follower and am working on a hand appliqued pumpkin wall hanging. I hope to quilt it by hand too. Haven't tried that yet.

Wagapapa said...

Congratulations for your blogaversary!

I'm a new follower and I'd like to be entered in your giveaway, I have posted it on my blogroll: http://wagapapacreations.blogspot.com/

Thanks for the chance!

Natasha said...

Congraatulations! Happy Bloggversary! I was a follower of yours for some time and then I decided to stop stitching and delete my blog.

but I am slowly getting back into the swing of things and slowly trying to stitch again. I am working on an exchnage piece due to be sent out in two days. So I better get cracking LOL

Suzanne said...

Congratulations on three years of blogging! Mary Allen is looking lovely