Friday, 21 September 2012

A Giveaway!


Hello there! Before I forget, thank you all so much for your generous words about my crochet cushion, they made me so happy. You are all lovely. I really do appreciate your support, your friendship and your kindness.

I have finally got around to organising a little Autumn giveaway for you. Some handmade goodies to say thank you for stopping by and reading and, since I have been very fortunate in other blog giveaways, I want to share the crafty love. I should say at this point that I am not a sewing professional. I can't promise that my bag will be lined, my seams straight or my stitching perfect. But they are made by me with love and I hope you like them.

First...a linen shopping bag. Not super-perfect, but the sort that you can shove at the bottom of your handbag for when your are out and about and need a bag for your groceries or library books. I made the handles nice and wide so that it is comfy on your shoulder. Grey linen with oak leaves appliqued on, a pretty bag for this time of year.


Next, a linen tea towel, decorated rather appropriately with jars of jam, as these months are full of jamming, pickling and preserving.


Lastly, a pretty little bookmark (in the same Liberty fabric as the oak leaves and jam jars, you may notice) for cosying up in an arm chair with a good book and a cup of tea, while you switch on the table lamp and watch it get dark outside. (We can dream, can't we?)


The bag and tea towel are my designs, and the bookmark is from Chloe Owen's book All Sewn Up.

To enter all you need to do is become a "follower" of this blog (how I loathe that term - it make me sound like a cult leader) if you aren't already one, and leave me a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to everyone and I will post worldwide. That's it! I will randomly select a winner in one weeks time, on Friday 28 September. 

It has turned cold here and my thoughts are turning to stews and soups. The heating is on and the quilt is back on the bed. Have a lovely weekend everyone.

50 comments:

  1. Thanks for a lovely giveaway! I'd love to join in!
    We haven't got the heating on yet but blankets are back on the beds and a stew is in the oven!

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  2. They look very professional to me! Please pop me in the giveaway! Have a great weekend! Ada :)

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  3. Hey what a lovely give away I have already a follower or your cult haha! But I also added your blog into one of my posts a while ago about new blogs I'm following I hope that is okay x

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  4. Ooh yes please Gillian! Lovely makes, you're very clever ... And good luck with your entry in my giveaway too!

    Enjoy your weekend

    Claire xxx

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  5. Oh Gillian, they are so pretty, please include me ... they all look great ... why have not opened an etsy shop ... had our first soup last night ... lovely butternut squash and sweet potato ... yummy ... Bee xx

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  6. Hey what a lovely bag and goodies! I would love to be included in your giveaway please! I am already a follower and enjoy reading your blog, Ali :)

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  7. Hello. I'm not adding a comment in the hope of winning the give away, as lovely as that would be, as being related to you is probably a bit unfair. But I'm a bit confused about whether I'm a 'member' or a 'follower'. I've signed in just as I did when you first started blogging using my yahoo account. It shows my name on its own on the right side of your page where other people are listed below as followers. Also, I don't got email notifications of your responses to my comments or your posts. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? xxx

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  8. Such lovely gifts, the shopper is so pretty, and I could imagine a delicious batch of scones sitting on top of the the towel. Good luck with your Giveaway. Roberta.

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  9. Your giveaway gifts are gorgeous. I absolutely love the jammy tea towel it's a lovely idea. Already a follower... Oh great leader. Sarah x

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  10. What fabulous giveaway goodies! I'd love to be included please ~ Jackie:0) xx

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  11. Please put me into the draw - thank you xx

    gholmes724 ((at)) gmail ((d0t)) com

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  12. Oh my word - not perfect.....it's blooming beautiful! All of your stitcheries are.

    Have a fabulous weekend.

    Nina x

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  13. Oh my goodness ..... what beautiful treats, you have been so busy and is easy to see how much work and thought has gone into your gorgeous gifts, it all looks very perfect to me.
    Ohhhh pLeAsE pop my name into your hat!
    have a super weekend
    love jooles x

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  14. Love the bag - yes please count me in!
    ellie
    x

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  15. A gorgeous giveaway! I love the bag especially. Please count me in. Thank you!

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  16. beautiful giveaway, you have such a natural talent. i also love your crochet cushion. x

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  17. What a lovely giveaway and the best part is that it's handmade by you!! The bag is so awesome! I would proudly carry it daily (it would not be stuffed in my purse). And the hand towel and bookmark are so perfect for this time of year. It's not yet cold enough where I live for the heat, quilts and yummy stews (hopefully soon). Have a great weekend!

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  18. What a lovely giveaway. You can certainly count me in!!!
    June

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  19. Wow how fantastic! All lovely. You're so talented! xx

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  20. Dear Gillian
    Please enter me for your blog giveaway - what lovely things to win. We've had the heating on this week and the blankets are piling up too. I am looking forward to a nice sunny day tomorrow apparently, before the rain arrives.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  21. Wow, what a great giveaway and how talented you are! Please enter me :) It is colder lately, I thought about putting the heating on for the first time today, and I bought a veg pack for a stew too x

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  22. You are very clever! It is all beautiful. x

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  23. Hi Gillian! I am already one of your blog friends and would like to be included in a chance to receive your giveaway. Your work is lovely! Also, I am inviting you to visit my blog and comment before September 30, 2012 if you would like a chance to be chosen to receive the giveaway I am sending someone to celebrate my first year of blogging and my 100th post. We are back to turtleneck and sweater weather here in Portland, OR, and our heater is on, too :) xx from Gracie

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  24. Hey Gillian,

    I hve ben following your blog for a couple of weeks. I am not at all crafty, but loved your crochet cushion so much, I am joining a craft group! Honestly! Please include me in your giveaway. The last thing I won was a toaster in a school raffle in 1986.... xxx

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  25. How clever are you??! These are really beautiful. Please count me in : )
    Jude xx

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  26. Such beautiful things, so very clever! Please count me in. xx

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  27. What a beautiful bundle of goodies. Hope I'm the lucky one! x

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  28. What a fabulous giveaway, I'd love to be included please. How I'd love to be able to sew.

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  29. Beautiful bag, tea towel and bookmark. You're so talented - I love the design on the bag - perfect for this time of year. I'd be extremely chuffed if I won this selection of goodies xx

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  30. The pattern on the bag is lovely and I'm sure no-one would shove it in the bottom of their bag.

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  31. Hi Gillian
    Silly me, I thought I was already following your blog, but I wasn't, but now I am : -) Love all your homemade goodies. What a lovely giveaway. Please count me in. Cheers, Trudy

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  32. Hi Gillian, I have been reading your blog for a couple of months, but now I am following it also!

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  33. Hey Gillian! What a very thoughtful giveaway. I've been part of your "cult" for a long time now ;)And very happy to be so too...

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  34. I'm in the mood for autumn
    very pretty bag

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  35. Wow, what a fabulous giveaway - you should give yourself more credit. The prizes are amazing! Oh, and I'm already a member of your cult ;-) x

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  36. That is so, so pretty! I'm hopeless with a needle and thread, so please include me in the draw for this very generous giveaway! I admire anyone who can sew without stabbing their fingers or making things wonky!

    Made a wonderful casserole today for lunch, something of a family celebration meal ... shoulder of lamb, chopped into four large chunks and cooked yesterday in red wine and shallots. Chilled overnight, skimmed, and then re-heated thoroughly today, and served with leek cheese gratin, runner beans, and tiny herby roast potatoes, followed by Bramley apple and blackberry crumble and custard, all home made of course. And a rather nice bottle of champagne to go with it. The meat was also from an excellent butcher, not a supermarket, who sells locally farmed meat.
    Fire on this afternoon, autumn is here!
    Margaret P

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  37. Totally a member of you gang! Such a great giveaway- seriously lovely things- you are very clever, Jo xx

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  38. First time to your blog but just become a follower, that bag is so lovely, very clever
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. absolutely love the bag please include me its the first time to you blog i found you via the attic24 you look like you have a very busy lifexx

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  40. I'd even be your follower if you'd be a cult leader... that would be an interesting cult! Would linen bags be part of the cult? I'd love to join the giveaway!

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  41. That tea towel is special! Please count me in :) xx

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  42. Can boys enter too please?? I love everything home-made and as I shop, read and do the dishes, I would love a 'Happy Home' original.
    Ivan;-}

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  43. I'm such a numpty - I've been "following" you for a few weeks, but I didn't realise that I could register to be an official follower!!!! Done it now though, so can I join your giveaway? Love your photography too - what camera do you use? Jen x

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  44. I am already a follower and adore the bag

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  45. What talent you have Gillian! I'm hoping we Americans can put our names in the hat as well!

    xx
    Jenny

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  46. Wow, I don;t know how I managed to miss this! Glad I found out about it in time to enter, I love it all - your applique skills are very impressive! I've been a follower for ages of course, because your blog is so lovely. Rachel x

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  47. I too do not know how I managed to miss this - thankyou for reminding us. Your giveaway is amazing - you are so talented. I am a devoted follower!

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  48. Yay Gillian - what a fabulous giveaway... each item so perfectly quaint & special.

    & gifts made with love... with little imperfections added by your own two hands, are the best gifts ever ;-)

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