Monday, November 28, 2011

... A Handmade Christmas Giveaway!

- This giveaway is now closed -

Click here to see who won.

This is my 100th post!  To celebrate I have been working on a hand-made Christmas prize-pack to give away to a reader.

The gift pack includes:

* 8 red crocheted stars
* 8 white crocheted snowflakes
* 1 x 1m length of hand-crocheted ric-rac in red
* 1 x 1m length of hand-crocheted ric-rac in green
* 1 x 1m length of hand-crocheted ric-rac in white
* Double-sided Christmas fabric bunting (2.4m length)
* 1 x 40 x 40cm Christmas patchwork cushion cover (to match the bunting)
* Postage to anywhere in the world where the winner lives!

More details and photos of the prize pack are below, but first here's how to enter:

All you have to do is leave a comment on the post below, and tell me what you are wishing for this Christmas.  Entries close at midday here in Switzerland, Monday 5th December (GMT+1). The winner will be selected shortly after by, or by Miss S drawing a name out of a hat :).

Entries from anywhere in the world are accepted, but any entry which is made where entrant is "anonymous" and leaves no contact details will be void, and won't be included in the draw.  This means you must log in to leave a comment (so I can contact you via blogger), or if you wish to post "anonymously", please include your email address like this:  "me(at)myemail(dot)com".

Good luck!

LM x


Details of the prize-pack:

The snowflakes I made using this great tutorial from the blog Attic24.  Both the snowflakes and stars are made from 100% cotton yarn and have been blocked and gently starched.   Watch this space as I will do a tutorial on how to crochet the stars - they are very easy and a satisfying evening project.  I have actually crocheted over 30 of them in the last week as they are also going on all my Christmas gifts this year.  Both the snowflakes and the stars have a loop attached so are ideal for hanging on the Christmas tree, stringing along a garland or swag, decorating presents, or you can snip the loop and applique them on to a garment or sewing project.  Lots of uses!

The ric-rac I made using this tutorial from the blog Foxs Lane.  Again, it is 100% cotton and each strand is 1m, although you can stretch it to about 1.2m.  It's perfect for draping on the tree, making into a garland, wrapping presents or you can sew it on to your projects in the same way you would normal ric-rac.  Note: because it is made using one continuous strand of cotton yarn, you cannot cut it without it unravelling.  If you want to cut it, you will need to immediately sew the cut ends to avoid unravelling.

The patchwork cushion cover is made from printed cotton and on the back features three of my Grandmother's vintage buttons with crocheted loop fastenings.  It will fit any 40 x 40cm cushion inner and looks good whichever way around you place it.

The bunting is double-sided so can be hung in a window and enjoyed from both sides.  My idea was that you could create a little Christmas book reading corner with the cushion and the bunting.  Just add a basket of your favourite Christmas picture books, and you have a really cute space for some serious Christmas relaxing!

LM x
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