It was a pretty small giveaway this time, so your odds were good – was it you that won a copy of our new Dracula embroidery pattern?! No. 8, c’mon down: Lee, who made a furry Clifford the dog costume for her daughter! That’s so awesome, halloween is the best holiday ever. Lee, your pattern is on its way to you by email – I really hope you enjoy it!
And I just wanted to say thanks so much to those of you that entered – we want to offer you a lovely little 10% off in the Little Dorrit & Co. embroidery pattern shop! Just use the code SPOOKYSCARY at checkout – the code is valid until October 31, 2013!
I. Love. Halloween. I’m all excited because tomorrow is October 1st and that means I can start celebrating a month of Halloween. Horror movies for weeks. Spooky, scary. No, one day isn’t enough, dangit! It’s the best holiday in the whole universe. If you know me in person, or were reading along this time last year, you probably know this about me already. Some people start celebrating Christmas in November; I like a month of Halloween.
So of course Little Dorrit & Co. had to make a Halloween embroidery pattern, right?! Meet our new Dracula pattern: all spooky drama with trees and mountains and bats and a gloomy, scary castle! With more than a little nod to Vlad the Impaler and his influence on Bram Stoker. ‘Cause we’re nerds. It’s how we roll.
Our Dracula pattern is quite heavy on the embroidery – as you can see. We like ’em juicy – don’t you?! We’ve done our best to keep it manageable – we’ve kept the stitches large and using lots of strands to cover space efficiently, and we’ve kept the stitching to back stitch and simple straight stitches wherever possible so that those areas go quickly. But in case you need a quicker project, we’ve also included a larger version of just Dracula and his cuddly bat friend to stitch up on their own.
As always, our Dracula embroidery pattern includes a full stitch and color guide and special stitch instructions where needed. And as you can see, I’ve made my finished embroidery into a trick-or-treat tote! Ok, I might be a little old now for trick-or-treating, but grown-ups can have a Halloween tote too, right?! So, coming up tomorrow: a tutorial for turning your finished Dracula embroidery (or just a piece of fabric, if you like) into a charming little Halloween tote!
But in the meantime, we want to give one of you lovely, spooky people a free copy of our new Dracula pattern! Hurrah, a Halloween giveaway! All you have to do is tell me about the best Halloween costume you ever had (or just fancy dress costume, if you’re not a Halloween celebrator), what you’re planning to dress up as this year, what your children are going to be, or maybe just a really awesome costume idea!
Here’s mine: when I was about 12, I went out with a friend as a pair of dice. We painted large cardboard boxes, which had head-holes cut out of the top, wore all black underneath and painted on rosy little cheeks. After trick-or-treating, we went down with her parents to watch the Halloween parade and were pulled into the parade by the local high school, nicknamed ‘Dice – who had a pair of dice marching with their band as well! They let us march with them to the end of the parade and we danced around and waved to people like superstar dice. I think that was the last year I trick-or-treated – I went out in style!
Tell me your stories and win a free embroidery pattern! Entries will close and The Random Generator will chose a winner next Wednesday, the 9th of October, at midnight, UK-Time. And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for a trick-or-treat tote tutorial!
Mr. RandomMan picked Vanessa who told us this about a recent thing she’s done for someone else:
My husband was away on a business trip for a week and just got home Friday evening. While he was gone I wanted to surprise him with our bedroom being repainted and window treatments redone – fresh and clean – he loved it. I also embroidered on stock card paper a card for him that said I love You ! with a cloud around the words!
Gifted an infinity scarf that I made to a co worker.
Gifted hand knit socks to my daughter.
Which I have to admit, was one of my favorites. Surprising a loved one with a huge project in a really short time like that! You’d really have to plan it out to get it done so quickly, which is so sweet! I also loved Karen’s comment, who had just given me a gift (she did! And I loved it!) and Kate’s, who had to struggle to get a gift to her equally generous friend without being paid back in return, and Jessica’s, who has been sending cards out to friends (including myself, I got one just right this second while writing this!) — and all of them, really! I have to say, I’ve been having a bumpy couple of weeks, and your comments really made me feel like the world is full of lovely, generous, thoughtful people. So you kind of gave me a gift back. This whole gift thing rocks.
As for the end of my 29 Gifts challenge, here’s my final thoughts: I loved it. So much. But it was crazy hard too. And I think it might’ve been even more fun if nobody knew I’d done it, so they were like little no-reason gifts, and maybe I’d do it again that way one day. But I wanted to tell you all about it, and anyway, I also kind of liked dedicating a whole day to one person at a time, and letting them know they had this special day that was all about them, gift-wise. Also, here’s a funny thing: I could swear I got extra little gifts and nicenesses from people during this time too, as if the generous spirit was contagious! I hope it sticks with me, and I don’t get distracted by everyday nonsense and forget to keep doing these small nice things for people. It made me feel awesome, too.
So with Gift #29, my challenge is officially over. Vanessa, you win any two patterns of your choice from either of my pattern shops – I’ll email you shortly to find out which you’d like!
Comments are now closed! I’ll pick the winner and post here on Saturday, March 23rd – WHEEEE!
This is it. The last one! The final gift. (Except that I still owe two. More on that in a minute.) When I first started this challenge, I knew I wanted to do a giveaway. I’ve done stuff with / for other internet-based friends, how could I not do the same for my readers?
Except the thing is … the only thing I really have to giveaway at the moment is my patterns! I hope one day I will have something more exciting, but I hope you don’t too much in the meantime. :)
So I will give away TWO PATTERNS to one randomly-drawn awesome winner, and the reason it’s TWO PATTERNS is because if you are a knitter you can pick TWO KNITTING PATTERNS and if you are a stitcher you can pick TWO EMBROIDERY PATTERNS but if you are, like me, both, you can pick ONE KNITTING PATTERN AND ONE EMBROIDERY PATTERN. I will email or send via Ravelry, or send by carrier pigeon, or get to you in any other manner you like!
More on how to enter in a minute, here’s the final rundown of my 29 Gifts challenge:
(If you’re unnaturally observant, you might notice a missed #23 – I swear I didn’t skip it, I just appear to have mis-numbered or mis-listed somehow.)
GIft #24: This is one of the ones I still owe. Someone I wanted to gift with something is away right now and I didn’t want to skip her just because she was busy doing something else. It didn’t seem fair. So I put #24 on hold until she returns.
Gift #25: I bought my Dad a new album I thought he’d like.
Gift #26: Lottery scratch cards for the whole family! No one won, sadly.
Gift #28: …. Um …. Ok, I admit it: I totally forgot! I got all distracted by something I’m working on, and I think I thought I already had it sorted. Except I didn’t. So I still have another gift to give today. I’m not sure exactly what, but I expect it’ll be a small family-based treat just to say thanks and stuff.
And Gift #29 is you guys! I hope you enter and take a chance to win! Especially if you’re normally a silent reader – I see my blog stats and reader subscriptions and I know there must be people out there I’ve never heard from!
So just leave me a comment before midnight (UK time) next Wednesday, 20th of March 2013, and tell me about a gift you gave recently. Or, even better, go out and give one and then come tell me about it! Don’t forget it doesn’t have to have been a formal, wrapped gift to celebrate an event. Just something nice you did for someone recently!!!
Giveaway time! Not here though, you’ll have to go visit Accordion To Kellie and join in Kellie’s Literary Heroine Blog Party to enter. Kellie was kind enough to ask us to join in the fun, and we’ve donated a special bundle of heroine-themed embroidery patterns from Little Dorrit & Co. as part of her massive giveaway! Definitely go over there to check it out, there’s some great stuff up for a chance to win!
Also, for anyone interested, here’s an update on my 29 Gifts in 29 Days challenge: it’s definitely not easy to come up with something every day, especially if you don’t necessarily see lots of people each day in person. But that does make it more satisfying when you come with something good! Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Gift #1: a small package to my BFF, #2: a small package to a blogger friend (I assume neither has arrived yet, since I haven’t heard anything from the recipients), #3: a knitting pattern for a lovely friend / member of my knitting group, Caroline, from her Ravelry wishlist, #4: a few small Liberty pieces and a little mini-sewing kit to another dear knitterly friend, Holly, who’s been hit by the paper pieced hexagons bug lately, #5: a completely hand-stitched mug rug for my Mom, who loves Valentine’s Day:
#6: Tulips and a wee bundle of chocolates for my little hand-sewing mini-group, Karen and blog-less Christa, #7: A small donation to help make this short film, “Mr. Happy”, via Kickstarter. I chose to receive no reward in exchange for my donation (not even a copy of the completed film) because that would’ve been a purchase, not a gift. #8 (today): Tuna fish for breakfast and dinner for my bestest furry pal, my darling Oscar bear:
(Not a post-tuna photo, just one of him looking particularly happy and gorgeous.) Oscar has a special diet, so tuna for his meals is a special treat.
I have an idea for tomorrow but I’m not sure I can do it in time, and a little list of people I’d like to hit with a gift during this challenge, so I think I’m doing pretty well so far. 21 gifts to go!