How we used to do it ….

by Helen on November 11, 2012

First of all, thank you so much to everybody who entered my Reindeer Kit draw.  I can hardly believe the number of comments – and all your wonderful – and so creative – suggestions for his name.  I am sorry to say that I have been so busy reading and chuckling over(!) your ideas, that I haven’t yet counted all the entries, taken out any duplicates, applied the Random Number Generator and identified the winning commment.  I will do that later on today after I’ve taken Ben out and announce the winner tomorrow.  Promise!

Meanwhile .. I thought you might like to see how, when Bustle & Sew was very young, giveaway winners were chosen – below is an extract from a blog post from 3 years ago when Amy (Ben’s adoptive mum) was still with us …

 The comments were numbered in the order they appeared on the blog. Thank you to everybody who entered. The judges were ready ….

A yummy selection of dog-biscuits were numbered. (with non-toxic pen. Also testing was undertaken to ensure no preference for a particular shape of biscuit!)

The paw (Amy’s) came out …. watch carefully or you’ll miss it – she’s very quick! (In fact I missed the winning biscuit – it had vanished by the time I pressed the button on the camera! This was a special re-run so you could see exactly how she did it). 

 And when the biscuits were lined up again, amid great objections from the judges, number 14 was found to be missing, so (back in 2009), number 14 won the prize!
This isn’t the result of the 2012 Reindeer Kit draw, just a reminder of how we used to do it!    The Reindeer kit was amazingly popular with  many more than 29 entries, and I think I might lose the will to live if I had to write numbers onto 250 dog biscuits – though I think the black furry one would enjoy munching his way through them! 

Christmas Garland

Meanwhile, just to let you know – I have listed the new set of Christmas designs from SewFlapdoodle in my Christmas store, “A Christmas Garland of Patterns” – that’s it above.  And, later on today, I’ll be sending out not one, but two free SewFlapdoodle designs to all my free newsletter readers…. so don’t forget to check your in-box later!
Back tomorrow with the Reindeer kit giveaway result! 


Today is a bit of a SewFlapdoodle Day!

by Helen on October 7, 2012

My friend Jacqui of SewFlapdoodle is fired up and full of enthusiasm for creating embroidery designs.  She’s never sewn herself, but simply adores the way that her drawings can be interpreted with needle and thread.  I am hopeful that one day I might even persuade her to develop her own needlework skills, as she is so excited about the potential of this new (to Jacqui) medium! 

 Meanwhile, she is keeping me very well occupied stitching up her latest designs….. there are two Halloween goodies….

Trick or Treat?

 “Trick or Treat?” (above)  and “Night Flight” (below). 

Night Flight

And two designs inspired by the current US Presidential election campaigns.  Jacqui’s brother and his family live in the USA and so she is well informed about US politics – unlike myself who, whilst being aware that elections are taking place, doesn’t know too much at all about all the ins and outs of the campaigning.  But I do know that Jacqui’s little animals are adorable – whatever party you support.  Shown here in strict and un-biased alphabetical order …..

Democrat or Republican?

I loved stitching these designs – but now they are finished as an English person I don’t really have a place for them, and it’s a shame for them to languish, unwanted in a drawer.  So, if anyone would like to purchase either of the finished embroideries above,  please email me and I will contact you about payment. 

They are shown mounted in 7″ hoops, and are stitched in DMC floss on creamy vintage linen.  I will send them by airmail and the cost will be $12.50 for the embroidery and $5.00 for postage/packing.   

If you’d like to stitch any of Jacqui’s SewFlapdoodle designs yourself, then you will find all the above patterns (and more) listed on the SewFlapdoodle page of this website.

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