*** 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...]