Thursday, August 11, 2011

happy st patrick's day - a giveaway!!

*** this giveaway is now closed. thanks for all the lovely comments! and stay tuned for future giveaways! ***

okay, i know it's not really st patrick's day, but i wanted to share these with you. these are some really cool embroidery designs by Sara over at the split stitch. a while ago, she sent out a request for interested persons willing to stitch some of her designs. when i read it, i jumped at the chance!

she then sent us a list of patterns we could choose from and when i saw "st patrick's day" i knew my choice was made...

as a native irish born lass, it appealed to me straight away. i couldn't be more excited to incorporate some fun irish embroidery into my homemade crafts. so i got to stitching!

sara drew up a bunch of cute images, which i have come to call 'irish icons'. they're simple, straight to the point, mini patterns of what every person probably thinks about when they hear about 'the irish/ireland'

although i'm irish, i'm a non-drinker... so the following pattern represents root beer for me. mmmmm! i can't get enough root beer. seriously. i could never get bored of that drink!

while stitching these little cuties, i had to go out and find a smaller embroidery hoop than my 14-incher. although 14" works, it was really too big for these guys. so i bought this really cute small embroidery hoop. and guess what? i'm giving it to one lucky reader! complete with this cute leprechaun hat stitched loveliness. it's probably my favourite pattern out of the whole group. i haven't mounted it permanently on the hoop, in case the lucky winner wants a working hoop.

the second item i'm giving away to the same lucky winner is this irish themed clutch. isn't it awesome?! i found the pattern for this clutch while blog surfing, when i came across Anna's clutch tutorial.

i included some more stitchery on the front of the clutch, with the ireland flag as the ruffled background.

i found this funky clover fabric at Joann's a couple of years ago, which works perfectly for the back. and i used some other green fabric from my stash for the insides.

so that's my giveaway. these two beautiful items up for grabs! simply become a follower of my blog, and leave a comment below telling me what your favourite thing about ireland/the irish is. i can't wait to hear your responses!

so, good luck to ya!

the giveaway will close on friday 19th august at 10pm mountain time. so that gives you a week and a day to enter. it IS open internationally - i know what it's like to live in a different country than the US and not be able to enter stuff!

[also, apologies for the BAD lighting in these pictures. maybe i'll retake them tomorrow with better lighting...]


Sian said...

that's so lovely! I've seen those gathered pouch things and always wanted to try making one. you did such a good job! I already follow and have never been to ireland but it looks so green and lush.

Jennifer said...

Ireland sent some of it's best souls to America. Richard Barron and Ellen Scullin came over about 1850 and settled in Michigan. One of their daughters, Margaret, married a Hughes boy, and two of their boys married Conklin girls. Joseph Hughes and Agnes Conklin had 13 children, and #8 was my grandmother, Patricia Agnes Hughes, born on March 17 (St Patrick's day). She had 10 children, of which my mother, Patricia, was #2. So I owe a lot to Ireland. I love your stitching! Have a great day! said...

I'm following you by email now!

I love so much about Ireland! Mainly the Irish culture, it's always fascinated me. Between the music, the people, the food, and even the country itself, there's just so much to adore!

DDTipken said...

I myself am a quarter Irish. I like the field stone walls in the rolling green countryside. They give me a peaceful feeling when thinking about them.

Lauren - Ambitious Stitches said...

I love the landscapes in Ireland. It's always been a dream of mine to head over there, rent a small cottage in the countryside, and spend hours just looking out over the hills and valleys, taking in the colors. I've always been drawn to that area of the world!

Hannah - City Stitcher said...

I'm a (new) follower and I've posted your giveaway on my blog:

I'm not going to lie, what do I like about the Irish? Guinness, I really like Guinness :)

annemarie said...

Oh how I would love this - I love everything about Ireland as my ancestors came to the US during the potato famine. I guess my favorite would be anything shamrock!! Hope my Irish luck hold out.

sara without the h said...

Ireland is on the top of my list of places that I want to travel to! It looks BEAUTIFUL!!

I'm now a new follower too! : )


Crunchy Con Mommy said...

My favorite thing about Ireland is that it reminds me of my Grandad. He was such a special man and very interested in all things Irish. We even went there together and kissed the Blarney stone the same day!

I'm a new follower of your blog-loved your stuff for stitchin' angels!

Canadian Kristin said...

Adorable! Though I'm not Irish, my reddish hair always gets people to asking, so I do tend to collect "kiss me I'm Irish" things... who doesn't love an extra kiss now and again! ;-) I love how you've just come up with your own designs and the two greens you've used in the phrasing is great! And the clutch... sew fun! Thanks for the chance to win!

Aimee B said...

Erin go Bragh! We are Irish and proud, also! Thanks for a chance to win!

Tiffany said...

My favorite thing about Ireland... hrm... the countryside. Its gorgeous :) And those accents are pretty awesome even if I can't understand 1/2 of what people saying even tho they claim to be speaking English ;-)

Megan said...

Thanks for the post with the purse and link to the tutorial. It's given me a few ideas of my own. :)

My favorite thing about Ireland is how friendly and helpful the Irish are. When I studied in Dublin, I left my phone on a city bus. I rang it and ended up drinking tea with the woman who found it and her daughter in their home.