I've been meaning to post this for a while - and in the meantime, the generosity has increased and I've still not done something about it...
A while ago Lindsay posted a really pretty TW finish called Greetings, and Karen shared her lovely Button Tree by The Drawn Thread. After commenting on how lovely both pieces were, Lindsay lent me the JCS magazine (April 1990) with the TW chart in, and Karen sent me the Button Tree chart - on the basis that I pass it on once I've stitched it. I was really delighted when they both arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago.
I then won a couple of giveaways (must be my lucky month!). First of all I won Sara's giveaway, in celebration of her having reached 30 followers. She's not sure exactly what she's stitching yet (a girl after my own heart), but it's really exciting that something will come at some point in the future! The second giveaway I won was Karin's - and I got the lovely 'green' prize, including Vicki Clayton's dragon earth thread and some of Karin's beads. The deal is that I stitch something with the thread and send a photo to Karin... any suggestions anyone? What I wasn't expecting were the lovely extras - a piece of hand dyed fabbie (a much prettier shade of green than the photo suggests - it reminds me of springtime, perfect for this time of year), some Krenik braid, mill hill seed beads and a lovely scissor fob. The parcel was wrapped in some pretty tissue paper and tied with a lovely ribbon, which of course I will also add to my stash. I feel very spoiled.
A while back, Avivah came to the UK to stay with Sarah, and she joined us at my house for a stitch and bitch. We got on really well, and since then have been blogging buddies and facebook friends. She asked me to send her some English tea before Christmas, which of course I was happy to do, and I squeezed in some chocolates as well. On Thursday I received the most amazing thank you present... 4 skeins of fingering weight yarn, hand dyed by Avivah, two sets of the cutest kitty stitch markers (which she also made), a bar of soap (and made by one of her friends) on a little soap dish that Avivah made in her ceramics class, a cross stitch kit of a Cochiti drummer and a copy of the Subversive Cross Stitch book. Again, I am blown away by her generosity (I mean, I sent her tea bags...).
If you like Avivah's yarn and stitch markers, she sells them on Hairball yarns. The yarn is a wool/bamboo/nylon mix and is amazingly soft. I keep stroking it...
So all in all I have to say thank you to each and every one of you. Your generosity is astounding, and each package was a special treat to receive. And I know that at some point there's another treat coming from Sarah! Yup, I'm a very lucky girl!!
So... in honour of exceeding 50 bloggers here (which I've been meaning to do for a while), and to mark the amazing generosity of my blogging friends, I'm hosting my own giveaway. I'll stitch something (no idea what - well some idea, but nothing concrete) for the lucky winner, and add a few goodies to the package. To enter, comment on this post before midnight a week today (Saturday 19th March).