Sunday, 14 November 2010

GIVEAWAY TIME!

ohhh!!!!!!

On the first day of Christmas, MimiLove gave to me... a Sparra wot talks Cockneeeey!!

On the second day of Christmas, MimiLove gave to me... a book by Mrs. Ray...first name Aimeeeee!

Howdy doo folks...well s'not quite Christmas but I am having a giveaway..huzzah!

My mate, the frankly fabulous Aimee Ray Queen of the Stitchy Universe and the folks at Lark Publishing have not only mentioned me in, but have also sent me, a copy of Aimee's new book: Doodle Stitching the Motif Collection, to giveaway to one of you lot...ooooo you lucky Bloggers!

Yoink! Photo courtesy of DreamFollow.com

I do owe Aimee a massive debt of gratitude as she was one of the folks who inspired me to take up stitching in the first place. If you haven't ventured into the stitching world yet but always fancied a go then I really can't recommend her first book Doodle Stitching enough. It was the catalyst to all the stuff you've seen me knock up on here...so you've got Aimee to partly blame! x;0)


Yoink! Photo courtesy of DreamFollow.com

But it's well written with brilliantly clear illustrations and instructions on a variety of stitches and some really lovely, simple to follow projects to make too. The latest book is a follow up to the first with some gorgeous motifs and again some really lovely and useful projects from homewares to clothing and jewellery and even includes a cd with the motifs on for you to copy and adapt

Yoink! Photo courtesy of DreamFollow.com

 
Perfect for all levels of skill and the projects would make rather spiffing handmade gifts for the impending festivities, thereby giving you a warm fluffy feeling inside knowing you've given truly unique personal gifties, when everyone else is copping a box of Harpic scented bath "cubes"....thanks for those last year by the way...you know who you are! ;D

So to go with the book I'm bunging in a dollop of MimiLove in the form of this fella...


Acrylics, hand embroidery and chock full of stuffin' for your squidging pleasure!

Mr.Cockney Sparrow looking a wee bit peeved
Cockney lesson no 5 now repeat after me...
"Strike a light!
I'm bleedin' cream crackered!
Make us a cup o Rosie Lee, I'm spitting feathers 'ere luv!"

To translate:
"Goodness me I'm tired. Would you mind awfully making me a cup of tea, as I'm really rather parched"
Cream crackered = knackered = tired
Rosie Lee = tea



Surrounded by feathers and a birds and glittery goodness and comes with a spotty red ribbon for suspending off a tree or knob of your choice...snigger...

To get your mitts on our stitchy/booky bits just leave me a comment..in rhyming slang if you like (not necessary but will keep me amused!)



Comments close on the 28th November 2010 so approx 2 weeks Mimi-Time and I will bung all your names into a bag and make someone else pick one out so I don't feel guilty about anyone missing out...you can blame them then.

Winner will be announced on 5th December and I will post as soon as I have your details. I will post internationally too cos I'm lovely like that x;0)

Righto I've got stitching, naps and all manner of cup cakes to fit in today so I'm off for now, but stay tuned folks cos in addtion to announcing the giveaway winner and hot mincepie action, I'll have shed loads to fill you in on when you come back including Christmas commission heading off to Alaska again...bbbrrrrrrrrr!


So a big thank you to Aimee and Lark Publisher's for giving me the chance to have this giveaway and again thank you to all my lovely chums for droppin' by! x;0)

135 comments:

Jo Ashcroft said...

Would you 'adam and eve' it... a giveaway!? Please can I 'bottle of gin' this one, I never win anything...ok that one was made up! I am off for a cup of Rosie and heading down the apple and pears for some bo peep!!!

Jamie said...

Blimey! Such a wicked giveaway! I would enjoy a lovely
book an' a little sparrow very much. Nuff said, yeah?

Sweet Birdy Love said...

Hey Karen, what a fab giveaway, so much stitchy goodness, who could resist entering.

Love to win that cute little bow and arrow along with the Captain Hook but my rhyming slang makes me sound a bit Daff-a -down -dilly and you'd probably have a good old Turkish bath at my expense!!

Sorry, bout such a lame effort, but it's late and the old brain is about to shut down for the night.

Hope you have a great weekend, and have a cupcake or two (or three) for me.

Claire X

Carol Q said...

woo hoo, can't miss out on this gorgeous giveaway!! thanks Mims!! lol

toda la tela said...

what a great idea. I would love to participate in your give away draw.
I am Mariel, from Argentina and I am writing and embroidering at the same time on this sunday morning.

Mariel

beefranck said...

What an awesome giveaway! :D

oddnumbereven said...

I'd love to have a butcher's at that book and the sparrow is marvellous.

MSunflower said...

Blimey! You've gone right out o' yo' tree old son! Wha' a bleedin' cracka' o' a giveaway.

I just 'ope you send to Steak'n'Kidney or me trouble'n'strife'll chuck me out on me Germaine Greer!

Right, I'm off to kitchen sink an Aristotle of young'n'frisky til I get Molly the monk and Nellie Bligh off the scandal til the ducks'n'geese come get me.

Ciao ciao!

iHanna said...

Yo sis!
I like your biz,
wanna win,
everytin',
specially da bird
tell 'im'
to fly ova to my sweet hand
in the swedish promise land,
bara-bing!

XOXOXO

disobedientchild said...

Cor blimey, why have I not stumbled upon your blog before! You make such beautiful things :) I would write in rhyming slang, but I'd be more rubbish than Dick van Dyke, so I'll spare you ;)

giddy99 said...

Oh, count me in; I'd be right proud to hang sumthin I had to "interpretate" for my kin (i.e. I'd love to display something that I would need to translate for my relatives here in Tennessee)! ;)

Kaaren Bordner said...

I love your work!
joyjoyhappy

The Cosy Crafter said...

First time I've had a go at this comment thing!
I hope you don't mind that my ryme don't sing.
But I'd love to win, a bird and a doodle,
perhaps i'd find you stuff on google.
Any way a lame atempt I think you'd agree,
but please don't use this to judge me.
I would love to win such a beautiful bird,
I'm much better person than you have heard!!

:o)

Marce said...

wow! thanks for this giveaway, is awesome! the book is perfect and i want win!!!!!! thanks again!

Penny said...

Oh my...you are hilarious!! This is my first time here...blame that on Aimee...she just sent me! Pick my name, you hear? Now I'm off to explore your blog! :)

Teleri said...

Your work is so beautiful :) I especially like the feathers. And an Aimee Ray stitch collection? Can't say 'no' to that ;)

kelley brown said...

Love the bird, and a beautiful technique. I love the mix of the stitching and painting!

Sara said...

Wow what a beauty of a prize! Wish me luck!!

Abigail said...

lovely giveaway!!
it would be worth it just for the sparrow, but i do like the book too!

cockney slang is quite fun, 'King Rat' by China Mieville has enough to make your head spin (and it's a interesting story! and and i found out the other day that he was actually NAMED after some Rhyming slang....how cool is that?!?)

Vixie said...

Well have a butcher's at that! What a luv-er-ly giveaway!

huntressofnostalgia said...

What a great giveaway! My rhyming slang always ends up sounding like a pirate.....sooooo shiver me timbers, what a jolly good giveaway! I hope the winner is me you remember.....ok I'm embarrassed now.

Pepe said...

I heart this book! Hoping for a chance...

Gingermelon said...

What a lovely giveaway! Please add me!!

keNi said...

i just stumbled upon your blog recently and it's brilliant! that sparrow is just fabulous! i would love to have a go at the giveaway!!! thanks for the opportunity!!
-keni

NadinetheMinx said...

I'm afraid I do not have any rhyming cockney, but your little indignant handful of a bird has won my heart; and to add such a great book--- I'm doing a happy dance over here in the gray, soon to be snowy again, Midwest--feh! Some colorful stitching would be a welcome distraction!!

TZel said...

Wow, I love the first book, this one must be even more awesome,,, Thanks!

Helen M. said...

such a perfect giveaway!!! :)

Monica said...

Oh my G...I couldn't rhyme to save my life...LOL. But I'd surely love win to anyway. Thanks for the chance to win

Anita said...

Oh if my husband were awake he could help me out. He is a big fan of cockney rhyming slang - I'm hopeless at it. I usually just look at him and say please don't wait for me to figure this out, we'll be here all night. I think cockney rhyming slang is lost on most Americans, or at least this one....

lacer said...

Oooh what a lovely prize! I'm a Londoner but I'm afraid I can't do cockney slang though lol!

I love Aimee Ray's stuff, her first book was one of the first embroidery books I bought, ahhh back in the day . . .

Rose@craftymcgee said...

Geaarh fab! It'd be Robin Hood to be that chicken dinner.

(Yeah, I'm obviously American - hope that doesn't knock me out of the pool)

LittlePokiGirl said...

Oh! I'd like try it! ^^ I'm a girl from Spain, my email is layalga@hotmail.com and my blog www.cutrecitosart.blogspot.com

I'd like participate! ^^

D and D said...

Love your blog. First time here, referred by Aimee. Love how you combine painting and stitching, really wonderful.
Diana
sdsunshine@sio.midco.net

Alison M. said...

Must give props on the radical bag.
Wouldn't mind embroiring myself a... uh... rag.
And going outside to play some... tag...

Okay, I'm bad at rhyming. But thanks for the giveaway! Whoever wins will be a lucky person indeed. ;D

Also, your blog looks awesome. I'm definitely going to keep following it. <3

Digital Misfit said...

Oh! These goodies are a right fanny magnet! Yer stitchin' has me smugglin' peanuts fer sure!

:P
Heidi

RobynE said...

Eeeee *faints*

Ramona Burke said...

I'm American, so know no rhyming slang, but I had to enter because I really really really want your birdie! he's GORGEOUS!

Ana Salomé said...

This is a fantastic giveaway...and your blog is lovely!! I'm so glad I've found you ;)

Fyrelizard said...

I couldn't Adam and Eve me apple pies when I had a butchers at yer giveaway! Now I'd better brush me Barnet as I'm off for a Ruby Murray, but I'll be keeping me fingers crossed!

Simona said...

Amazing giveaway!! Hope to be the winner :) hihihi Thx

Laurie Anne said...

This book is on my christmas wish list! I would love to win it instead...and the little sweet gift would be such a treat!

Margo B said...

Oh, the things I would love to create
I would make things both small and great
I think this book and bird would inspire me the most
Fingers crossed you'll pick my post

Sew Lovins said...

So glad I took a look, Would I love to win this book! ;)

Nanou said...

Thanks a lot for this great giveaway.
Have a nice crafty week.

Tara said...

I'm not so good at this rhyming thing, so do please forgive. But I would love to win these offerings, so that I may create and live:~)

Laura Maxell said...

fabulous... i love them both.
pick me... pick me...
:o)

Stilin Studio said...

Oh me oh my - I can't imagine a better Xmas gift!! One reason I love your work so much is that it combines both of my loves, painting and embroidery - and oh, that cute little sparrow with the slang chirps - just to-die-for great!!! I hope I win!! Thanks for the opportunity!

thejoysofjess said...

Ohhhhhh! I saw this on flickr and I NEEDED it and I am psyched you are doing a giveaway for it.

And now to stalk the rest of your blog because I am liking your work a lot.

Jill said...

The crackered bird I love, and the book I'm craving! I have her first book and it's one I refuse to lend out!

Madeleine Allcock said...

I love your sparrow so much!!!

bee. said...

both with works promting such adoration,
i find my sources of inspiration!

Julie said...

Oooh count me in! What a wonderful giveaway!

Rachel said...

Your art is amazing! hope I win!

Emma said...

First time looking at your blog, love it!! I came here from Aimee's blog. I would love to enter the giveaway, your stitching and painting is lovely and I love anything of Aimee's!!!
Thank you so much...
pickerofflowers@gmail.com

Amy said...

Oh, LOVE! Awesome, thank you so mych :)

tlh from one crow hill said...

What a Fabulous giveaway! Count me in!

Virginia's Virtues said...

Love the giveaway!

So Bella said...

Awesome book giveaway
Thanks for it, eh?
Gotta leave a comment to enter
So that book's comin' my way...

okay so my rhyming is pathetic at best, lol!

Michele Pacey said...

i'd love me a giveaway
of a fine book for stitchin'
but a wee painted birdy
would be doubly bitchin'...

great giveaway batman. new follower.

Hands Sew Full said...

Oh How exciting! I have the first book too and have been drooling over this one for a while! I can't make slang rhyme to save my life.
So I'll spare you the reading of such strife!

Alanda Jacobs said...

I have two cats that would just love that little bird... Or at least be amused by it...

Laura said...

I have been drooling over that books for about 2 weeks now. Pick Me!

Sam said...

Ooh, love love love!
dove dove dove!
glove glove love!
want want want!
(gosh, what rhymes with want?)
font font font?
hmmmm.

thank you! thank you! thank you!
....bank moo! bank moo! bank moo!

Veronica said...

Oh man, I loved the first book so much! One way or another, I have to get my hands on this one. Thank you so much for sharing!

Emily Elizabeth said...

Wow, I can't be nearly as creative as some of these other comments - it's a bit too late for me!

Mindy said...

Sorry, I'm not very good with the lingo you described, but I do adore the prize! I hope that counts for something. Awesome work!

Copper Diem said...

i'd love to win!

lofthaena said...

i wish i'd seen this before i went up the apples and pears to bedfordshire, i hope i'm not Terry Waite. so wish me some friar tuck because your stuf is a right john deut

Things Hand Made said...

Beautiful

lyndylou said...

Love your stuff, the robin is so so pretty,
If I don't win it, I will throw a total hissy!

tee hee hee

lovely blog, keep up the good work

Mary said...

Awesome giveaway. I would leave a rhyme, but you really don't want me too!!!

jen said...

Bally Jerry, pranged his kite right in the how's-your-father; hairy blighter, dicky-birded, feathered back on his sammy, took a waspy, flipped over on his Betty Harpers and caught his can in the Bertie.

Not really rhyming, but perhaps amusing nonetheless?

Beautiful giveaway! Count me in!

Kristin said...

Such an awesome giveaway! Hope I win . . .

Little Miss Shabby said...

Fab Giveaway! I'd love a chance to win--I'm afraid my cockneying and blimeying aren't quite up to snuff and I would embarrass everyone with a horrid little rhyme...so we'll leave it at this. =)

Jill said...

ooh wot a lot of competition - suprise, surprise. congrats on the book entry young woman ;)
Jill x

"Lily" said...

What a lovely give away! I'm not a poet but here's to you. Please enter my name :)

Nicole said...

Oh wow! Being Dutch makes English slang a bit difficult....
Anyhow, I just want to say:
what a cool exciting giveaway!
Peace y'all :-)

Lee said...

A stitch'n lil birdie giveaway! Thanks! butler83ataoldotcom

Sandy said...

This giveaway puts me in stitching bliss. Thank you for thinking of us--I'm blowing you all a big kiss!!

Faith said...

Your work is so beautiful! I love the way you combine watercolor with embroidery. Gorgeous!

Mark said...

Awesome giveaway, and some terrific inspiration in the form of a book and an original piece. I heart sparrows! filmresearch (at) gmail.com

kate said...

what a great giveaway! Hope I win :)

hedgehogandrabbit.com said...

Both of her books are on my Christmas wishlist. I'm hoping for one of them this year, we'll see. She's also the artist that inspired me to draw more. Still looking for time to stitch out her embroideries. They're all beautiful. In particular I'm eying the totem animal set and the mermaid circle. So fricken kewl!
[Warning: this comment lacks rhyming. The author of this comment regrets that she is not very good at it and would like to learn, but midnight classes on an iceberg are all she could find.]

Sarah said...

Great contest! *fingers crossed*

Michelle said...

Awesome giveaway - I've been wanting that book and the little sparrow is beautiful...

Jennie Panic said...

Everything you do, is magic- you!
And all that you make is better than cake.
I'd love to win, so here's to a chance
I comment much better, than I ever could dance!

JaneO said...

All right my lover - gurt lush giveaway (as we say in the West country). That sparrer needs a bit of fresh country air, love to give him a good home.

Vanessa said...

Fantastic count me in.

birthine@it.dk said...

Lovely give aways so one can doodle away with a little bird to stay :-)

h.winter said...

What a treat! Thanks for the give-a-way!

Marni said...

Aimee's book is beautiful - would love to own it and take a look at your work up close! Thanks for the opportunity.

The Hungry Crafter said...

oh my, I am not up for the rhyming challenge here, as much as I would love to embarrass myself for your amusement! Cockney is just not in my bag of tricks! But thank you so much for the giveaway chance!

rinoamog said...

Winning this would be about too good to be true - inspiring stuff!

Lisa Leggett said...

This is a terrific giveaway! Please toss my name in that bag :o)I'm dying for a cuppa rosie lee!
Weeeeee!
Lisa

Natalie said...

Well Well! I love Aimmee's Noms and Embroidery! So i will comment! OF COURSE!


COMMENT!!! :D

Little Green Doll said...

OMG! What a great and wonderful giveaway!!! Thank you so much!!! (impossible for me to write in rythm slang...) Have a nice week!

Moniqui said...

Cracking my brain over some rythm slang
cant seem to do it,dang!
Please enter me anyway
for this awesome giveaway!

Camilla said...

Oh my, thats a sweet deal.
LOVE your sparrow art - so inspiring. how do you do that?!
I Love Amiee's work a have pinned her photos lots of times on printerest.com to spred the lovelyness, so to win her book would be fantastic.
I'll be pinning your sparrow.
Thanks for letting us internationals be in on it too, i feel left out of so many nice giveaways co's i live in europe. :)

Artygal/Lalheg said...

I'd be a 'berk' not to join in with this one - please enter me into the giveaway

Mel said...

Love the sparrow and your painting stitch technique.... and would love to see it translated into geordie too!
Here's my shot at it..;)

Wey ya bugga, man! Am bloody knackered...Myek iz a cup a tea, Pet! Am gaggin' ower here.

Love the blog!

Caitlin said...

What an awesome giveaway and an equally great book!

Karey said...

I don't have any slang for you, but that is a lovely prize! A MimiLove original, and a stitching book by Aimee? Crazy awesome!

Funky Finds said...

Excellent giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win :) Stay funky, Jessica D.

Stephany said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! Can't say I can think of any rhythms right now. :( The bird is just beautiful though!

Jenn said...

Crossing my fingers to get this copy

alex said...

my ryhming is not devine,
but i hope this does just fine.
please oh magic hat
pull the name of this hopeful cat.

alex

Kateri said...

Aah, this is so wonderful!

Atreau said...

I'd love to win! I adore Aimee's work.

Rachel said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

Michelle said...

Pick me, pick me! : ) Love her book and fabulous designs!

Lesa said...

Such a wonderful giveaway. Would be a treasure to win.

Linda Urban said...

Would love to have the book. Would love even more to do the rhyming slang -- but as an American I have no practice or skill at it.

Can I have the book anyway? Please????

trackster said...

Oooo. Love Aimee!

Sarah aka chestnutgrey said...

As I said on you lovely flickr site, every time I see a wee sparrow I imagine him talking in cockney they are a british import to New Zealand after all.

I'd love a piece of your work and that book looks pretty cool to. :o)

BTW I'm chestnutgrey on flickr

grrl + dog said...

bloody Norah,
this is beaut,

I'll have to gave a gander at that .

craftythrifter said...

Glad to get my name in for this. That embroidery is gorgeous!

beckz said...

just dropped over from aimee's blog. and i love how you combine painting and embroidering! can't believe i didn't think of it as i do both (separately). i can't rhyme though. but i'd love to be entered in to win this wonderful giveaway!! thanks :)
becky mackeigan

Jen O said...

pick me pick me, please! i'd love to try out this book and hand the ornament on my Christmas tree!

BigHeart said...

Fantastic giveaway! :)

Beverley said...

Would yooor sparrow like to live with me. he's lovelie. OI could larn him and hev a mardle in norfook , do may be Scots, whils' livin' 'are in Essex. tha will confuse him

doni said...

What a great give-away. Thanks so much.

doni @ Oregon coast

Kayla coo said...

Wow Mimi, what agreat give away,hope I'm not too late.
M x

J said...

Cor blimey! winning this would save me some bees -n- honey!

pippirose said...

I'd love the chance to enter your great giveaway!
Your little sparrow is adorable!
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

wildish woman said...

Please enter me too!

ARTISANNE said...

Long time no see! Life is just galloping away, trying to catch up on it all.... absolutely loving the 'spurdy' as always, ya clever old bird ;))

Sarah said...

I do not know any slang, for which I am deeply saddened. I decided to compose a haiku in your honor instead.

Your lovely paintings
and embroidery always
make me drool. Indeed.

Bex said...

Blargh, I'm foaming at the mouth, I want to win this so much!

Francesca Di Leo said...

ohhhh ME please pick ME. i have been pining for a piece of mimi goodness for a long time now since discovering your awesomeness. and since i've been working on embroidery this would be a double whammie gift.. remember ME, ME, ME..

Bea said...

Thanks for this great opportunity! I love her work and this book is so cute! *.* Hope I could win!
And thanks to her I've just discovered your blog so I'll follow you too because your work is soooo charming! ^_^
Hugs!

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Alright me ol china?
Gaw blimey, luv a duck, Treacle! Mighty generous of ya luv

Now I wanna add me hobson's choice n 'ave a dicky bird about all these potential chicken dinners. I would've given you a bell but I ain't got your jelly bone numerical, but then we would ave given it a bit of ol bunny ...

See I've got a cunning Manfred Mann and I'm beggin on me hairy knees to win your prize. So if you could sort it luv, that my monica gets pulled then i'd be over the moon

If you could pop it in the beans on toast that ud be luvverly jubbly

Tom Hanks
luv n stuff
xo

Lesley said...

Ah'd give me alan whickers to win this! Must go coz the currant bun's atchly awt n the ole christmas log needs 'er walk! xx

jo said...

Would love a chance to win but as for Cockney rhyming slang...not easy for a Geordie brought up in the West Country LOL!!!

Lesley Purcell said...

I've got to leave a comment and give myself a chance of owning the lovely sparrer... may favouritest bird. What a fantastic giveaway...I want!!!

Jolie said...

well, I couldn't believe my mince pies when I saw the prize - it's not Barry Manilow, but that sparra's a right Tutti Frutti! (thanks for the gorgeous - and generous!) giveaway!