Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to me!!

I read a ton of blogs...I read for inspiration, tutorials, information, humor, ideas... many reasons..

Occasionally a blog I read has a giveaway...everyone loves giveaways and I used to add my name to each one in the hope I would win something..  the problem was I didn't care WHAT I won...and so I have some items in my sewing room that will never be used as they aren't my taste.  No more.. Now when I see a giveaway I look very closely and say to myself "will I use this", "Do I like this style", "Do I like the (insert giveaway item here)''...  Most of the time I will pass...I will not comment or if I comment I will let the blog owner know that I am not interested in the giveaway...

And then there are those times where I leave a comment while my fingers are crossed and I really really really want to win...

Here are two of those - They were both delivered today even though I certainly wasn't expecting anyone to add a trip to the post office to their last minute list of many things to do before Christmas...

First up is a giveaway by Pat Sloan..  Pat was the very first designer I stumbled upon after starting to quilt..  I even went on a McCalls Cruise because she was a teacher... She has such fun patterns and her great sense of humor and laughter is contagious...  This is what I won...


A Simplicity Deluxe SideWinder...  It will be well after Christmas before I have a chance to unpack and play with this... but I think I should get loads done if I don't have to stop, unthread my machine and wind a bobbin all the time..

And then I was completely surprised to find out that I also won these from Amber at A Little Bit Biased...


3 fat quarters

four patterns

a red and green pennant..I know that's a terrible photo, but I really wanted to hang it up..lol
A beautiful pillow...that now has center stage on a chair in my living room..


Amber has a great blog with tutorials, Tuesday Tips and more inspiration than I will ever need.


If these two blogs aren't on your daily list of must reads...go visit..you might find something you like..like a giveaway!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours...I hope you all have a wonderful Holiday Season with family and friends...  I'll be back after the first of the year.

Nancy

6 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Merry Christmas to you Nancy!! Yes those are two very special wins from two great blogs! Hope you will have lots of sewing time in 2012 Nancy.

Pat said...

What great things you won....and how nice you won a pretty pillow after having to give up one for a gift that you really wanted to keep! I, too, have been very careful about which giveaways I enter. I feel it's a shame to win something that I don't really want and take that item away from someone who would really enjoy using it. (I did win two things in the recent blog hop of over 250 blog giveaways....but I only entered about 20 of them.)

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Here's my tip on your side winder. I have one too, and you need to buy 2 spools of the same color thread. If you have to use the thread on your machine, you might as well wind the bobbin on your machine.
Merry Christmas!

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Anne D said...

Congratulations!
What a great Christmas surprise.

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

I used to have that same problem -- that of entering give-aways willy nilly. Hence I have some things I'll never use, but can't really re-give-away for fear of offending. Now I only enter the occasional give-away. I'd say you scored well.