Monday, April 7, 2014

Friendship Giveaway


And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you knew
You would see, the biggest gift would be from me
and the card attached would say,
Thank you for being a friend.

                                           
In the spirit of friendship, so much of which I have found in the lovely blogging community, I'm having a little giveaway for my followers. I'm thankful for you. It's wonderful to find like-minded people to share with and learn from, who really understand what it means to crave a simple, peaceful life centered around home and family. It's not always easy to find people in "real life" who share this passion but it's everywhere in the blogging community. My blog is not fancy and I don't have ties to magazines or online stores or big names in the crafting world. But still you come back to see what I'm up to and you say awfully nice things about my family, my writing, my creations and my photos. So thank you for being on my wavelength, and for being supportive and kind.

On to the giveaway. One of my Christmas presents was the wonderful book Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson of Purl Soho. I've been addicted to this book since I received it. The projects are beautiful and inspiring; the photos and writing are fabulous too. One project that really caught my eye is the first one in the book, one of the quickest projects featured. They're little felt-and-flannel needle books with an adorable printed fabric patch on the front. The patch, which reads "on pins and needles" as if it's the book's title, is my favorite part. So clever! I kept flipping back to the needle books. I had to try making some. And I've decided to give a couple of them away on my blog.


Joelle made her patches with a fabric printer. How cool does a fabric printer sound? Unfortunately, I don't have one and have never even seen one. I figured out a different way to make my patches. I used plain pink cotton broadcloth and ink stamps! I stamped the saying onto each little piece of cloth with tiny alphabet stamps and red ink. It's probably not waterproof, but I'm thinking you'd keep your needle books as dry as possible anyway. The patches are stitched on with neon green thread, the same color I used to stitch down the inner flannel "pages." The book suggested using thread in a contrasting color, but I have to admit I stole this idea shamelessly from Purl Soho's blog, The Purl Bee. Have you seen the way they've been incorporating one surprising neon shade into many of their knitting and quilting projects lately? I really like the look so I borrowed it here.


The stitching is visible on the books' spines too - just a touch of neon green on pink and turquoise.



Inside each book, there are six white flannel "pages" for storing lots of needles and pins. The flannel is stitched down through the center of the book and you can flip through the pages.


I placed some flat-head butterfly pins on every page, just because. They're part of the giveaway too.


So here are the rules. The winner of my giveaway will receive both needle books. You can either keep them both for yourself, or you can keep one and give the other away as a gesture of friendship. It's like paying forward my friendship with you. The winner can give the second book away on his or her own blog (I won't enter your giveaway). Or give it to a friend or relative who loves to sew. It's up to you!

To enter my giveaway, please be a follower of my blog by the method of your choice (or become a follower now) and leave a comment on this post. The giveaway will close in one week, on April 14; I'll draw a winner randomly from the comments soon after that. I am happy to ship internationally; my giveaway is open to all. Thank you for being a friend!

74 comments:

  1. So cute Jennifer. I love the stamped lattering. How generous of you!

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  2. Hi Jennifer, you can count me for this giveaway! Thank you for your sweet and kind comment on my blog!

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  3. I'd love to be in.

    I am in awe of your neat books.

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  4. Hey Jennifer,

    A lovely giveaway. Friendship through this community is the thing I treasure most. Count me in please.

    Leanne xx

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  5. I made a similar needle book for my mum when I was a child. I've never been much good at sewing, but I tried to embroider Mum on the front of it. My mum still has it, it must be nearly forty years old now. I'm sure these wonderful needle books will also be cherished for many years by the lucky winner of your giveaway. I'd love to be entered please.

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  6. Hi Jennifer
    Thanks for your encouraging and thoughtful comments at my blog. I would love to be in with a chance for your giveaway. :)

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  7. What a lovely handmade gift. My favorite kind. i'm already a follower.

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  8. The needle books are lovely, Jennifer. Please enter me in your draw!

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  9. Hi Jennifer, what a gorgeous little needle book and I just love the butterfly pins. I'd love to be in the draw. I follow you on bloglovin and have tried to add myself to your follower list but have no idea if it has worked as it seems to have done something odd.

    Your blog is great and I love that you write from the heart and share what you are up to. It is your blog voice and character that I come back for as I reckon if we met in real life that you'd be a friend I'd want to catch up with.

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  10. Hi Jennifer. What a lovely idea, please count me in. I'd like to think I have made some great friends through my blog, too. You are right, whilst like minded women may be rare in our physical neighbourhood, there are many around the world. Just imagine the fantastic get together we all could have, one day. I love coming back here again and again. Cx

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  11. Hi Jennifer! I feel the same way about the blogging community. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to actually meet fellow bloggets Taci, Teresa and Gracie. I think I'm a follower, but using my phone here at the lake ir's hard to confirm that.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  12. They are lovely! please count me in. :)

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  13. Gorgeous - count me in please!
    GFC follower!

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  14. Oh how fun! To me, the best blogs are NOT affiliated with any brands or advertising, and the best giveaways are comprised of homemade things. I always enjoy reading here. This is a really cute pin/needle holder. Looks like you did a wonderful job. I'd love to have one AND give one away! Great idea. Please count me in.

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  15. I prefer to read blogs that are not fancy and full of advertising but are 'real'. I always enjoy my visits here. Lovely giveaway, thank you for the chance to enter.
    Marianne x

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  16. I follow by bloglovin and I know just the person to share the win with!

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  17. AHHH!!! This is awesome lady! Those books are so very clever and awesome all at once! I hope the week is good one for you and happy day friend!!! SO glad to have found your blog! Nicole xoxo

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  18. Great minds think alike again! I already have you entered in my giveaway, so please enter me in yours! Lovely, lovely needlebooks, I love hand-stamped lettering, I'll keep my fingers crossed! And yes indeed, how lucky we are to have our supportive bloggy community who "get" us! Cxoxo

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  19. They're lovely Jennifer, beautifully made and very useful. I always love visiting your blog, it has such a calm, comfortable, soothing feel. And I always feel a little better after visiting you here. It has a little sprinkle of magic about it I think. Thank you for the giveaway, and I hope you and yours have a lovely week. CJ xx

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  20. what a sweet little idea, please enter me! Heather x

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  21. Oh boy! How I love those little pin books! If I win one I will share the second one with one of my local blog buddies.. you know who they are. My last night in Ohio.. I'm in a hotel by the airport.. was hard to keep my composure saying goodbye to my 3 girls. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  22. Well... You are welcome Jen.....thank YOU for being a friend too♥️
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  23. What a lovely give away, I would love the chance to win. Thankyou.

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  24. Those are delightful, just like your blog. I am a recent follower, but quickly took a journey back through your archives to "meet" you through your posts. Thank you for staying true to you. It is lovely to read a blog that is so genuine.

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  25. These are just adorable! I think it's so sweet of you to do a giveaway. I really do enjoy visiting you here. I've told you before, I always have a sense of happiness and peace here. I just realized I never officially followed you but I do now, and I've been following on Bloglovin for quite a while.

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  26. How sweet of you! Yes, please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!

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  27. Thank YOU ~ for being a friend :)
    Love the giveaway gifts !

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  28. Oh Jennifer, these are absolutely wonderful! I would love to enter this lovely giveaway. :)

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  29. Very sweet little books with great little insides. I'd love to win one or both. I'd give one to another knitter for sure. My friend Karen. She's a great teacher and she loves stuff like this

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  30. What a lovely give away, you do make some pretty things x

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  31. Oh, yeah, count me in! What a lovely giveaway, thank you. I think I *need* that purl bee book, it sounds like my sort of thing.

    I love a bit of neon, just a bit. On Saturday I popped into my (very tasteful and well known) local yarn store and asked for some neon pink yarn to go with some tan alpaca. I had an idea for edging some mitts in pink - I felt the alpaca was a bit earthy and needed a pop of colour. The poor woman looked at me like I'd asked her for hard drugs, then it was like she pretended she hadn't heard and showed me ten very tasteful, natural, organic shades instead...it was funny! I wish you could've been there, you'd have loved the yarn shop, and the coffee shop we went to afterwards. Anyway, just thought I'd share my neon chuckles with you. :-) x

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  32. What a great idea,
    what a lovely giveaway !
    Please count me in.
    Greetings from The Nederlands,
    Susanne

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  33. Oh really cuuute!! Dear Jennifer count me in. Thank you :D

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  34. Such beautiful needle books! I would love to enter the giveaway.
    I only discovered your blog very recently, but I enjoy reading it very much. Thank you for sharing your stories and photographs!

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  35. How lovely Jennifer, count me in.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  36. These are so cute, Jennifer! I love you blog, as you know, I have been a follower for quite a while now and love to see what you have all been up to! I find your writing very genuine and it's a lovely space for me visit when I am needing some inspiration! :)

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  37. I'm delighted to enter your giveaway! These are the sweetest little needle books! They are like a "throwback" to the best days, when women sewed for utility and leisure instead of buying cheaply made things to last only for one season. I think, sadly, that sewing has become a lost art.
    And we enjoy your blog too, dear friend! Coming here is like a visit to a peaceful oasis in the midst of a grasping, turbulent world. It is so nice to read of a young couple who have solid values and a peaceful lifestyle to share with their beautiful children!

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  38. And thank you so much for being my friend too, means a lot :) Please enter me in your giveaway, you pin 'books' are just so sweet xx

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  39. These are cute and will help me not loose my needles. I don't need to win yours, I will make some for myself and maybe for someone else also. Thanks for showing us them.

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  40. If you're not a big name in the blogging community already, you're certainly on your way there! You are loved for sure :) Your needle books are super adorable and handy too - the best kind of prize. Thanks for your generosity.

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  41. What a lovely post, and how blessed we are too that you started writing your lovely blog and share your life with us. And I do wish we all lived closer so we could all get together for a real,life natter and crafty session! Thanks too for a lovely giveaway, please do pop my name in the hat - and I love the idea of 2 giveaways so the winner can share the joy too. Well done you! Hugs xx

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  42. What a lovely idea Jennifer, especially the get one for you and one to pass on! You are so kind and thoughtful. I love reading your blog, as you know I hope, you are so calming for me! xx

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  43. This is such a sweet idea! I love those little needlebooks, and your own special touches in their design too. I am a recent reader (and even more recent follower!) of your lovely blog, Jennifer, and am so pleased I found it! Please put my name in the hat to win this sweet giveaway!
    Wishing you a happy week.
    Helen xox

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  44. What a beautiful giveaway, so rare to have lovely handmade giveaways these days. I always love popping over here....Mel x

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  45. As William Morris once said, have nothing in your homes you do not believe to be beautiful or useful. The needle books are both! So beautifully made too. Clever you. J x

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  46. Please count me in on your giveaway Jennifer!

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  47. I am a recent follower and relatively new to blogging, but would love to be included in your giveaway.

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  48. Aww these are Super Cute, Jennifer, please include my name in the draw.
    Clare x

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    1. Those needle cases are so cute - I'd be thrilled to win them and share one with my friend. Please count me in for the draw. Always enjoy reading your blog. xox

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  49. Cute little books! Please put my name in the draw x

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  50. Sweet little books, lovely idea for a giveaway. I'm already a happy follower xo

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  51. I'm so glad to have come back in time to please enter your lovely thoughtful giveaway Jennifer. I'd love to have something handmade by yourself and appreciate the chance, thank you! It's always such a pleasure to visit your blog and be one of the many followers of your daily happenings, you're such a sweetie! Hugs, Joy xo

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  52. They are so pretty and really are part of you. I might be just in time! Jo x

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  53. I just found your blog and signed up to follow. What cute needle books. Thank you for the chance to win.
    Matsche.christine@yahoo.com.

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  54. Those are really cute! I need to win about 30 of them if you please! LOL! Going to a retreat and those would make perfect little gifts for everyone!

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  55. This are lovely! I started following via GFC, I'm glad this giveaway brought me to your blog, I have start looking around and I already love so many stuff. Great work! :D Now to keep looking around!!

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  56. What a delightfully cool idea!!! Will definitely share with a special friend!!

    I follow you thru GFC & Email :)

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  57. Jennifer, how adorable youe needle books are, and sharing something you make is a terrific idea.

    :) Pam

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  58. I follow on GFC as Mrs. Kathy Davis.
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  59. How sweet to have one to share with a friend. What a cute giveaway.

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  60. Thanks so much for your lovely words on my last post. You are so very kind. And you are right, entering this giveaway is just the thing for me. I love your little needle cases. They're just too cute!!!!
    Rosie

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  61. Such a lovely idea - fitting for the lovely lady you are. I'd love to enter and if I won - I would certainly share the win! Here's to friendship! J9 x

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  62. So sweet and thank you for being so friendly! I would love to gift one to my daughter!

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  63. The needle cases are gorgeous, Jennifer, and of course I would love to win! I sew every day of my life, and really should organise my needles much more efficiently. Your comment about finding like-minded women via the blog really resonates with me, as I have found the same thing to be true for myself. It is a wonderful bonus on top of a great pastime, blogging about what we think, love and do. xx

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  64. Sweet needlecases m'dear, what a lovely giveaway :)

    I couldn't believe that I wasn't already following you, given that your blog is listed on my Blog Crush page ... but I wasn't and now I am.

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  65. What a wonderful idea! I'm a new Bloglovin' follower!

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  66. What a wonderful friendship gift. So often it's the little things we get from our friends or that they do from us that mean the most.

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  67. SO cute! I follow on bloglovin-karrie smith ksmith8@emich.edu

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  68. Hi Jennifer, the needle books are so lovely! I think this is a very good idea for a giveaway. Thank you so much!

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  69. DorothyApril 14, 2014 at 5:47 PM
    Those needle cases are so cute - I'd be thrilled to win them and share one with my friend. Please count me in for the draw. Always enjoy reading your blog. xox

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  70. Well, I certainly missed this one! The cases are so sweet, just like you are for making them to give away. Congrats to the lucky winner.

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