Thursday, March 6, 2014

Give away time

If you have been following along for a while you might remember my Blanket Challenge a little while back.


I madly designed a stitched a wool embroidered blanket and never actually showed you the end result. Not because I didn't finish it...


 ...oh no, I was really happy with the end result, possibly my happiest blanket to date, but because...


...it was whisked off to be photographed for Inspirations magazine - I know my little hand held happy-snappy simply does not compare. There is a funny story about this picture. See the plant with the red flowers in the back ground? Well the plant didn't actually have any flowers and was looking rather drab - so we (gently) raided a garden bed to put the red flowers in there for a bit of colour. It did the trick, don't you think? Then...

... when the image was chosen for cover - we had to photoshop them back out again - ah, the tricks of the trade and the joys of technology !

Issue 81 is out now and the good people at Inspirations have kindly given me a couple of extra issues - So it is GIVE AWAY time. Since it is my Birthday on Sunday and I love birthday wishes, all you have to do is send me a birthday wish in the comments and if you are lucky I will send you one of the two issues with a little special surprise. What could be easier?

I hope you have a fabulous Friday and can look forward to a nice and relaxing weekend.
Anna x

42 comments:

  1. happy happy birthday to you! And congratulations in being published in such a wonderful magazine. your blanket is beautiful

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  2. Happy birthday Anna! The blanket looks gorgeous and I love the colors.I think I fell in love with this blanket when I saw it in SF. Congratulations!

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  3. Gosh what exciting news to accompany your birthday celebrations! I LOVE that blanket, it is beautiful in every way. I wish you the very happiest of birthdays, and I hope the coming year is as full of wonderful stitching and success as this last one! I'll keep my fingers crossed for the magazine, Chrissie x

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  4. The blanket is just beautiful! I wish you a sunny happy Sunday Birthday!!! :)
    Happy Birthday and all good for all the years to come, Anna!

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  5. Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met je verjaardag!
    Happy Birthday!
    The blanket is beautiful, love the colors!

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  6. The blanket is beautiful ! And Inspirations is such a wonderful magazine ! I wish we had an equivalent in Europe...
    My best wishes from Paris for the most romantic birthday you could dream of...
    And let us dream with your wonderful embroideries for long years to come !

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    1. Thank you for your birthday wishes - the 'romantic' bit made me giggle. We will be working in the vineyard all day getting ready for harvest. that is just about as unromantic as anything can be. LOL

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  7. Congratulations on the cover, and a happy birthday too! I hope you have a very happy year with your new focus on your own stitching. :D

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  8. Susan in New EnglandMarch 7, 2014 at 2:40 AM

    The blanket is indeed gorgeous; it doesn't need red flowers to zip it up! Not only the blanket but final photo are both beautiful as is. I really like the way you've arranged the strong red blossoms on the blanket with them toward the perimeter of the design, keeps it "open" and fresh-looking, to my mind.

    And Happy, Happy Birthday! I am honored to share my birthday with you: we're what the Amish call "birthday twins", although I've a few years on you. ;)

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  9. Another beautiful blanket! Love this design. I have the book Blissful Beginnings and plan to do your "Bundle of Joy" blanket in the future for my daughter Joy's hope chest. Working on Gentle Touch at the moment, very slowly. I hope you have a very pleasant and Blessed Birthday!

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  10. What a gorgeous blanket. Love the technological trickery with the photos! Very clever. Wishing you a happy and special celebration for your birthday on Sunday. Hope it is filled with family fun.

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  11. Beautiful blanket! Hope you have a wonderful birthday. Rcoyle at olemiss dot edu

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  12. May your needle always be sharp, and your scissors near. May you always find the perfect color to use. And may your birthday be filled with all the love and care you use in your embroidery. Happy birthday, Anna. E.

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  13. Happy Birthday! It must be SO exciting to have your blanket featured in a magazine. That's a great birthday gift for you. :)

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  14. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful gift being published in Inspirations. One of my favorite magazines. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. Happy Birthday Anna! Featured on the cover of Inspirations, now there's a birthday 'card' with a difference! Hope it's a good one :)

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  16. That is just the most exquisite blanket ever ! We are all so proud of you having a picture of it on the front cover of Inspirations magazine . Sending you happiest birthday ever wishes ! Daisy Debs : )

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  17. Happy Birthday to you, in red, white, and blue--
    Your work is enchanting -- a tribute to you!
    (Sing to the tune of Happy Birthday).
    I hope I get to stitch this beautiful blanket, as I've been delighted to stitch other items you've offered in your shop. My friends are amazed, but that's because your designs are so lovely!
    From half a world away in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA

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    1. Oops. Forgot to mention that I subscribe to inspirations, so no mag giveaway for me.

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  18. Sending you best wishes for a very Happy Birthday! The weather is going to be warm for working in the vineyard but at least it will not be in the 40s. I hope you enjoy a delicious dinner and wine to celebrate your special day on Sunday evening! I think this at least "another" cover of Inspirations for you. Congratulations. I love your designs. Dianne
    PS. I already have the magazine so please do not include me in the give away this time.

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  19. You have designed and stitched a beautiful blanket! Happy Birthday and happy stitches!
    Pat S.

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  20. The blanket is beautiful! I love the color combinations. I love everything about your blanket ~ Happy Birthday to you! (My birthday is March 21) It's pretty cold here. No sign of Spring yet. Thank you for all the inspiration!
    Happiest of birthdays to you.

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  21. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Anna, Happy Birthday to you. Congratulations on you Inspirations Cover! I just met Connie Lynn Bourserin, From the Judges Corner and am so thrilled to be taking lessons form her.

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  22. Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous day!

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  23. Happy Birthday to you. I do hope you have a sunny fun filled day. Congratulations on being published in Inspirations. Great magazine

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  24. Have a wonderful birthday. And being on the cover of Inspirations must be quite a present! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Heather M.

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  25. Congratulations on Inspirations magazine!!! You have inspired me :)
    Happy Birthday!!

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  26. Happy birthday! Your blanket is beautiful, and looks quite cozy.

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  27. Happy Birthday Anna. Saw a sneak peek from an Inspirations email but didn't want to let the cat out of the bag too soon. I love the blanket!

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  28. Happy Sweet Birthay to you, Anna!

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  29. Happy Birthday to a very talented lady.

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  30. Happy birthday for Sunday from sunny Portugal! Lovely blanket and thank you for the chance to win a copy of this beautiful magazine.

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  31. Happy birthday, Anna! Your blanket is so inspiring!

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  32. Love your blanket, colorful and so light and airy! My birthday is coming up on Wed. so I too an looking forward to a "Happy Birthday".

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  33. Well, well, well, Happy Birthday to you! Sie lebe hoch!

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  34. Happy Birthday from a crewel newbie! Thanks again for your pattern!

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  35. Birthday greetings and best wishes on your special day. The blue blanket I feel is your best up to now. It is so French and restful and happens to be in my favourite colours. The setting showcases another lovely design beautifully. Well done, Anna!

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  36. Happy birthday and happy stitching! As they say here: Hartelijk gefeliciteerd en nog vele jaren! (in Dutch),

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  37. Happy birthday! My granddaughter's birthday is today as well. The blanket is beautiful.

    Theresa W
    foleywestrup at Hotmail dot com

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  38. Everyone should have a great birthday I hope you do to!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy day
    tgif@toughcountry.net

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  39. Happy Birthday Anna, hope you had a special day.

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  40. Happy happy birthday Anna!! I so enjoy seeing your projects!! You do such wonderful work. I hope your day was special!
    vincie

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