Tuesday, 14 December 2010

One hundred plus give-away

Even though we are having a quiet Christmas we still seem to have been very busy, I expect you are all experiencing a similar rush. The short hours of day-light have the effect of making time feel short too. But I have my sewing machine back, with new innards, and I have managed to squeeze in a few creative moments. I finished hand stitching my four tree panels which I scanned before ...

 stitching them by machine and then hand into a box (As guessed by Clare)

The four-season box


The box is lined with felt and is just large enough to stand a jam jar or empty tin in to act as a liner..


I may put it in my Etsy shop later, but I want to live with it for a bit. I kept a log of how long it took to make and it is quite shocking. I spent at least two hours hand embroidering each panel plus the time before that planning, painting and machine stitching, altogether at least 18 hours - working out a price is very tricky, I hope the quality is of a high standard to warrant a fair price.

My next project involved the photographs I posted in the previous post . Lesley of Printed Material was the inspiration - thank you Lesley - when she suggested a concertina book I just had to get to it. I couldn't find any suitable quotations so I brain stormed lots of  words and selected the most appropriate.



 Finally as a reward to all of you who have stuck with me through out this post and to celebrated clocking up over 100 followers I have organised a little give-away for all of you who wish to join in.
I have put together two packages one of  paper bits and pieces and one of fabric snippets.

The paper pack contains all sorts of paper and card, plain and patterned, that could be used for scrap book or card making. Some come from packages I have got from others scrappers and collage makers. I includes some of my tags.
The fabric pack has pieces of voile, organza, tulle and lace - some new and some vintage, some snippets of silk and embroidered and printed fabrics and a felt flower of mine. I may well add a few more bits in both packages before they are sent off.

If you would like to join in please say which package you would like, or if you don't mind which I will randomly put you in one draw or the other to even up numbers. I will close the draw on Christmas eve - 24th and announce the winner after Christmas. 


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22 comments:

helena said...

the trees are superb - no wonder you want to have it around for a while.

Can't resist packages of assorted bits - put me in the paper draw please

marigold jam said...

Love the seasons box - know what you mean about pricing though - it's not easy.

Love to be included in the draw but can't make up my mind which I prefer so leave that up to you. Congratulations on reaching your century - though I see you already have 102!!

Jane x

gill said...

I love your tree box - I bet the time spent on it is huge!!
Please include me in the draw - I don't mind which either!
Thanks

ju-north said...

What a great idea for a box! Please put me in the fabric draw!

Netty said...

Ooh that tree box is just gorgeous...no I couldn't part with that...and love your ghost booklet as well.
I would love to be considered for any of your terrific giveaways, thank you for this great offer. Annette x

PaperPumpkin said...

A tree box! How creative and original! I love that it's such a good holder for art goodies!! I love your "Summer's Ghost"s. Wow. Gorgeous.
I have a journaling and paper obsession and your paper pack looks like heaven! Congratulaions on your wonderful Blog, and thank you for your giveaway to us all! Happy holidays to you! ♥ Kathy

Robbie said...

Well, I would be thrilled to have any of your stash! But I love the box!! Its wonderful!!!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous box with the seasons of the trees!
What a fantastic giveaway! The paper would be a wonderful prize as I love creating collages.

Eileen said...

The tree box and the concertina book look great. I was lucky enough to get some beautiful mini pictures in your last give-away so don't feel I can put my name in again. Best of luck to those who enter1

Printed Material said...

Jill,
I am not surprised that the box has elicited 'wow' comments. It reflects the hours that you have lovingly crafted it in but that book is something else. Summer's Ghost is such an evocative and inspiring title and if my little idea turned into this masterpiece perhaps I should listen to myself more often and put my money where my mouth is. I think the vehicle and the words are a perfect accompaniment to your stunning photographs. Just lovely! Lesley x

WrightStuff said...

Some beautiful creations you've made there Jill. It is so hard to price things isn't it? Sometimes I see things in shops like Liberty or Anthropolgie that are so expensive (and probably mass produced in China), then compare with something handmade which seems to only sell for a fraction of the price. It's a rum old world...

Anyway, would love to enter your giveaway - don't mind which pack I get if I win.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Menopausal musing said...

My goodness, but I love what you did with those photos............ how exquisite, how very, VERY exquisite. The box is such a triumph too. Don't put me into your giveaway as I have already been lucky enough to win from you in the past. Some bloggers are going to be extremely lucky!

Jee said...

Lovely box - I expect it took a very long time, but the result is superb. Don't include me in the giveaway as, like Cathy, I've been lucky in the past.

Heloise said...

Your seasons box is delightful. Pricing such a piece of work is very difficult, those who do not create have no idea of the time taken. The book is lovely too, maybe one day we will see your family records produced in such a way.

Would be pleased to be included in either draw.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Love the box Jill - I found myself thinking 'that must have been hard work' before reading your description of its making. Good luck with the giveaway - I won't take part as am not 'crafty' enough. x

harmony and rosie said...

Ooh what a great day to pop in, I can't believe I haven't visited you for so long. Your embroidered box is a work of art, such a lovely idea too. I would love to join your giveaway if I may, the fabrics would be my choice but really, anything from you would be a bonus. x

By the way, so glad you like our naughty kittens, although it hadn't really occurred to me I may never wear nice tights again - they keep climbing up my legs, aaaaargh!

JP said...

the trees have turned out fantastically and I love the concertina books - please include me in the draw

flutterbycrafter said...

All of your work is stunning, beautiful and inspirational. You are so talented, the trees are terrific. Have a lovely Christmas with your family. xx

Beabee said...

What a beautiful box, I just love trees. Please enter me in either draw. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas.

Ticking stripes said...

What a wonderfully creative year you have had Jill! I love your tree box. Please include me in the paper draw.

Emma said...

Oh, heavens, I thought I'd already commented on the lovely delights you're offering, just squeaked in! Count me in for the fabric pack, please, a dificult decision tho ;)

Jill said...

Give-away now closed.