Saturday, July 19, 2014

Exciting News!!

As promised I have a very exciting news to announce to everyone!
While the timing of this is as yet unknown (I will update when I know), it has been confirmed to be happening and almost all my requirements for submission have been met (I have to send some extra photos in still).

I was approached a couple weeks ago by Cross Stitch Collection Magazine. They are running a series of features on stitchers who blog, where we chat about why we have our blog, what we stitch and other stitchy questions. I'm sooo very excited!!

Now I know many of you are thinking, but Mel you used to work in magazines and that wasn't near as exciting... Well the difference for me is this is a magazine about my absolute fave thing to do in the world. And I feel it's a HUGE compliment to be chosen.

Now here's the thing that I know with absolute certainty. This feature is a huge compliment to all my followers as well, yes that's you!! Because without all of you to encourage me, vote, have dialogues, give opinions, etc. this blog would be nothing. So I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers, new and old, over the last 5 years. This blog started as a way to track my Dragons progress, and to meet other stitchers and it's become so much bigger than I could have ever imagined. All because of my readers! We've been through some crazy life events over the last 5 years; including surgery, health issues, living with my man, buying my first home and so much more! Nevermind all the XS projects including the continuing epic of Dragons, Mirabilia Fairy, Raven, Lizzie Kate Halloween fun, Cottages and sooo many more!

As a big thank you I'd like to hold a giveaway!!! Yep that's right, a big thank you to all of YOU. :)
There are two different packages to enter for, you can enter for both or just one as you prefer.

Giveaway Requirements! 
1) You must be a follower of my blog
2) You must comment on THIS post and indicate if you want to be entered for package 1, 2 or both.
3) To get additional entries you can do one of the following:
    - Post about this giveaway on your blog (please comment with a link)
    - Tweet about this giveaway (please comment with a link)
    - Tweet about my Etsy shop (please comment with a link)

The Prizes! 

Package 1:
All patterns I've stitched in the past and finishes I've shared on this blog over the years:
- Just Nan: Merry Old Elf
- Lizzie Kate: Spring Basket (Snippet)
- Just Nan: Over the Top (Glow!) - pattern only
- The Trilogy: Domes of Doom (Haunted Heads) with Liberty Street Designs 28ct Caramel Toffee linen

Package 2:
My favourite "easy" stitches are Mill Hill Bead & Button kits on perforated paper. So here's two for you to work through, or try out if you've never worked on perforated paper before.
- Mill Hill Holiday Ornaments III (Frosty)
- Mill Hill Autumn Series VII (Autumn Garden)

Good luck to everyone!!

Other updates: Dragons is continuing on and looking great on this page (though filling in the giant spaces of just white or ivory is kinda boring). Current Mill Hill (herb garden) is actually getting worked on AND I worked on my Mirabilia a bit this week, pics of the Mermaid to come. 

Truly thank you to absolutely all of you for making this blog what it is today and for sticking with me for so long! 


Linda said...

Congratulations on the magazine article Mel. I would love to be entered for either 1 or 2.

Thank you,

Rachel said...

Congratulations on being chosen to appear in the magazine. I'm not surprised as you do have a lot of interesting articles on your blog! I do not wish to be entered in either draw but wish good luck to all those who do enter. Hopefully with the magazine article your followers will zoom over the 500 mark! :)

Shelly said...

Great news Mel! You are very deserving of the honor! I'm not entering either draw, just wanted to congratulate you. Congrats!

StitchyDon said...

Hi Mel, congratulations, this is so exciting !!!!! I would love to be included in both giveaways, thank you for all you've done with your group, I've loved being a part of it !!

Heather said...

Congrats that's so much fun! I can't wait to see your dragons progress and am excited to see if you start another huge project when you're done. I'll stay tuned! I'd post about your giveaway on my blog but I don't have any followers yet as it's still new but good luck everyone!

Joy said...

That is exciting.

Please enter me for both. Although I love the Mill Hill kits so I will really be doing a happy dance if I win #2.

Unknown said...

I would love to be entered!
I know I follow you on Blogger, but I think it is one of the ones that I followed when I was under anonymous and I haven't figured out how to change it.
I posted about it on my blog
Thank you :)

Bekca said...

Your blog is one of my favourites Mel, I'm so glad that's been recognised by Cross Stitch Collection. I'd love to throw my name in the hat for Package One please, thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing your Mirabilia Mermaid :)
Best wishes.

cucki said...

Congrats my dear on coming in the lovely mag ;) I am so happy for you.
Please count me in the giveaway and I love no 1 so much ..please count me for it and I tweet about the giveaway on the twitter too :)
Thank you xx

Anonymous said...

Congrats in being featured in the Cross Stitch Collection magazine.. Is one of my favourite magazines as well.. will definitely look out for your article..This is such great news ;)

I'm a new follower of your blog and would like to take part in the giveaway.. :D love to have my name placed in the Package 1 set.. :D
thank you for a chance to win. ;)

Anonymous said...

I've shared over twitter. Link as below:

Annie said...

Congratulations on such a big honor! No need to enter me, just wanted to congratulate you. I'm looking forward to getting that magazine, opening it up, and saying "hey, I 'know' her!"

Leonore Winterer said...

Congrats on being chosen for this magazine - it's so exciting, please let me know once you find out which issue you'll be in :D

I'd love to be entered in both giveaways, those are such lovely proces there :)

Shebafudge said...

Wow! What a brilliant feature for them to run. Congratulations on being featured.

I would love to be entered in the giveaways please. They are both lovely. xx

Mama Dog said...

Congratulations! I would love to be entered into the giveaway for both. What a great way to share you excitement about the magazine!

KimM said...

Oh my! How exciting!!! Good for you! I can hardly wait to see the issues…..
Please enter me in both drawings. I'd love either one - and I posted on my blog.

lanybleu said...

Congrats on being chosen, wonderful for you, I would love to be included in both of the giveaways. xx

Kaisievic said...

I am a new follower (came across from Kim's blog). Congrats on the mag articles - that is pretty awesome. It is a great feeling to see your name in print, I find (I work in publishing). Please count me in your giveaway - Package One please, I will also post about it on my blog.

Thoeria said...

Congrats on being featured :) No need to enter me but just wanted to congratulate you on such a wonderful achievement :)

Unknown said...

How great you've been chosen for this! Congrats.
I would love either 1 or 2.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Alice said...

Please enter me in either or both giveaways. Thank you for thinking of this for us.

Miamina said...

Congratulations on being featured! I don't want to be entered for the giveaway, but that's a lovely thing to do :)

Susan said...

Congratulations! What an honor!

Carla - Alaska Wolf Pack said...

This is so exciting!! Congratulations on being noted :D

Tough decisions here but I think I would appreciate being entered in for both 1 and 2 please <3

And thank you again for all you do!

The Crafty Princess said...

Wow that's fantastic news, what an honour. I'm not entering your generous comp, I just wanted to pop in and say "WOO HOO Way to go!!"
xo Alicia

Stitchinowl said...

Congrats on being featured in the magazine! I look forward to reading the article. Not entering your giveaway, just wanted to tell you how proud I am of you!

Precious Crafts said...

Congrats on the honour and recognition for doing what you love! :D

Ligue 1 Live said...

Its amazing being featured in the magazine. not entering your giveaway, but that a interesting matter to do. Thanks very much.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Wow! Congratulations Mel - very well deserved :) You have a wonderful blog, and SFS has been amazing so far - thank you for the Giveaway! I'd like to be entered for either 1 or 2, and I've shared the good news about your feature at the end of my latest SFS Post :)