Monday, June 4, 2012

200 Follower Giveaway!!

It's here!!!!!!!

Finally! Right?!!!! I wanted to do this earlier but the weekend got crazy busy and last night I had a little time to stitch one part of the scissor fob I'm making for the giveaway!

So here's the details of what I'm including in the giveaway:

1. LHN Bee Pinkeep design, the center part made into a fob
2. The Bumble Bee Chart
3. A bit of natural linen and threads to start the Bumble Bee design
4. Some extra little goodies from me!!

I don't have a full picture of everything yet because I've been hunting for some extras and haven't found them all yet.  When I do get everything together, I will add the photo to the side bar.

The Giveaway Parameters. I will close the Giveaway on June 22nd and draw on June 23rd using the Random Number Generator, since I don't feel like typing and cutting names!!

1. Be a follower
2. Leave a comment on this post only
3. Tell me about your very first cross stitch finish you made and/or your very first blog post where you introduced yourself to the world!! Don't forget to add your link if you chose the first blog post option!! I would love to read it!!

That's it! My very first cross stitch finish was my mom-in-law's Christmas present which was a little pinkeep.  She loves it even though there were flaws.  We all start somewhere!

My first blog post.  So funny to go back and read it! Oh how unsure I was of blogging and what I was getting myself into!!

I hope you enjoy this giveaway.  I truly appreciate all your lovely comments and support! It means a lot to me!

Titus also says hello and wishes you all good luck!!

Yes, he has his paw on the linen and threads I put together for the bee scissor fob.  See how he loves to help!!

Big hugs to all!!

Anne and Titus!


Parsley said...

Congrats on the blog success!

I'd love to be entered. Oh, my first cross stitch was making the eyes and mouth on a snowman.

Kaisievic said...

Congratulations on 200 followers. Please enter me - such a lovely giveaway. My first cross stitch was so long ago that I cannot remember what it was. But here is a link to my very first post nearly a year ago: But not one person commented - I amazed that I had the fortitude to keep going with it! Of course, it includes a photo of my two little furbabies!

I will put your giveaway in my sidebar, also.

congrats again,

hugs, Kaye

butterfly said...

Congratulations on reaching 200 followers.
Would love to enter your give away.
my first stitching was a little mat for my moms table I was 5 yrs old and it was on something like 10/11 count.
My first one after was about 20yrs ago it was a Welsh Dresser.
I stared my blog almost a year ago.
Thanks for sharing, hugs.

Mouse said...

ooooo you made it whoop whoop :) oooo I do hope I win this ... she says trying to type while Bentley sat on my lap saying hello to Titus :)

ooo my first cross stitch was a mouse sat reading a book on a horse shoe with flowers behind which I designed for my mum using a calender picture for the mouse ..... unfortunately I haven't got the original back when I lost my mum and not sure where it will be now ... but somewhere I do have a photo of it in the back ground :)
love mouse xxxxx

mdgtjulie said...

Oh, Anne, that pic of Titus is FABULOUS!!!!! I love it. And grats on two hundred followers. I'm going to be doing my giveaway for the same number next month. Can't afford to do two in one month, lol.

EveningEmma said...


I would love to be entered.

My first cross stitch was a Beatrix Potter sampler, though I never finished it. My first finish was, I think, a little mouse which came with a magazine, I gave it to one of my boyfriend's brothers as a birthday card.

My first blogpost was about a year after I started cross stitching.

Marlene said...

Please enter me into your give away, my first blog is here
I can't remember my first cross stitch, I was a child so probably it was my name on a hanky

Chris said...

Good Morning Anne & Titus!
Please enter me in your celebratory give away.
My first blog post was titled "I Don't Stitch Well With Others" and you can read it here
Have a great week :)

Entre puntadas e hilos said...

Hello Anne, my name is Olga and I would like to enter in your celebratory give away.

My first cross stich project was a beautiful yellow house with a fountain and gardens surroinding it.

I have a blog call Entre puntadas e hilos and here is the link to the firs post

I am afraid is in Spanish but there is the google translator in it.

Kind regards

natalyK said...

I would love to enter your giveaway. I am a follower and enjoy seeing what is happening in your stitching corner.

Is Titus included in the giveaway?? He's beautiful.

lesli said...

Congratulations on 200 followers! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!
My very first cross stitch was...gosh..AGES ago! I was in high school and my friend's mother always sat stitching in their living day she offered to teach me, and I went out and bought my first kit. It was a sampler of each state and across the top was America. Sadly, I never finished it (got started on it, then started new ones and new ones).....that was 24 years ago!

gracie said...

Wonderful .. the 200 mark! My first project was way way back in 1958! Too far to remember what it was, but it ws using gingham check cotton! So, how about my first blog page? here... will hit the 200 mark with 6 more new friends! Right behind you....

Vickie said...

Titus the supermodel! I am a follower, but don't count me in. I kinda have a thing about bees and butterflies. I don't stitch them cause I don't really like them. So anyways, the first piece I stitched still hangs in my mother's bedroom. It is an orange tiger cat with his head stuck in a fishbowl. "Somethings in life are easier to get into than out of." That's what it says. It is framed. It stitched it at about 12 years old. :)

Melissa said...

Congratulations on 200 followers, Anne! I will pass on this giveaway only because I just got goodies from you so I will let other have a chance! (See the halo glowing over my head?)

Have fun!

Barb said...

Congratulations on 200 followers!! I'd love to be in the drawing. My first cross stitch was called "Pumpkin Stew" I chose this because a friend said the count was big enough to do in a car. Plus, I'm a major Halloween lover!!!!!

Yana Hanim said...

Titus is so cute!

My first work and also my first post is:

thanks for the chance and congrats for 200 followers :)


JennyPennyPoppy said...

Hi Anne,

Congratulations on now having 200 followers! I believe my first cross stitched piece was of a small red and white house and the words Home Sweet Home. My first blog post was rather pathetic and can be found at:

Thank you for having a giveaway,

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great giveaway and a fun competition. I actually read every comment before leaving mine LOL.
The first piece I ever stitched was a mat with a house and a border in Year 2 of Primary School. The first piece as a grown-up and the start of my addiction was a mini sampler by Anchor. There is a picture on my blog here:
Here's my first post (just over a year ago):
Imaginative title or what?!!

Congrats on the 200 followers too.

McKenna C. said...

Congrats on 200 followers! I am a follower, and would love to be entered! My first cross stitch piece was a bookmark that I stitched a present on the front of. My puppy got a hold of it and there is now a hole in the corner of now it hold the memory of my first cross stitch piece, and my first dog! :)


Ellen said...

Congrats on reaching 200+ followers!

Sure would love to join your giveaway, thank you for the chance!

I love flowers, the first piece I stitched was a small flower design from Cross Stitch Magazine " Quick n Easy".


Carol said...

YAY! You're up to 215 now, Anne--congratulations! Oh, my--you're asking me to go way, way back to recall my first cross stitching. I know it was in the early '80s (before you were even born--boy do I feel old!). I think it was a tiny Santa and Mrs. Santa that you put into some little plastic frames to hang as Christmas decorations... I remember being so amazed at how a picture could be formed from little X's!! And yes, I still have those little gems :)

Stitching Noni said...

Congrats on getting past 200 Followers! Well done :o)

Titus, you are gorgeous as always!
Anne, what a lovely giveaway - please add me to the list.

Goodness me I have been racking my brain for a day or so trying to work out what my first stitching piece was way back in the 80's.. and I really can't remember - but I do know what I stitched in the first year of stitching as I still have it unframed!!! It was a Pierrot clown. I have another 2 or 3 in the set sitting in my stash!!!
Now my first blog post - well that is easier - link below (if it worked):

Fireflies & Cats in the Garden first post

Hugs xx

Margaret said...

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, of course! I'm trying to remember my first cross stitch finish, but I'm just not sure what it was! lol! I'll see if I can find my first blog post instead.
There you go. :D

♥ Nia said...

Congrats on your milestone!! :)
I would love to enter your giveaway! I'm already a follower ;)
Ohhhh my very first cross stitch piece? I was really young :p I started learning when I was little and I have memories of stitching and showing my works to the family :D hehehe Always looking for nice words and applauses! hahaha And guess what? I still have those pieces, old, very old, but still in this world! hahahha :D

rosey175 said...

Woohoo, enter me, enter me! I wanna celebrate, too! :D

My blogging began less than a year ago so perhaps that doesn't count. So, I will go with my first piece! I can't remember how young I was when my mom bought my first attempt, a printed pattern of bunnies in a garden, I do believe. I think she wanted me to do something that would make me sit down and shut up, ahaha~ Well, it didn't work; I never sat down nor shut up long enough to finish it. I still have the piece, though, with all my horrendous child-stitches!

The piece I taught myself when I finally learned to sit down and shut up was back in '09 (ages ago, right?) and was one of those tiny kits with a plastic hoop. I never took a picture of it, but it's hanging on my mom's fridge.

Lesleyanne said...

Congrats on 200+ followers. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. My first cross stitch was the letter "L" that I made into a paperweight. My mum still has it on her bedroom window. My friend taught me how to cross stitch and helped me make the paperweight.

Veronica said...

Every time I see a pic of Titus, my hand itches to stroke his silky fur. Give him a hug from me please. He's just too adorable ^.^

Anyway, please do enter me in your giveaway :) Here's my very first blog post which answered your question of my first cross stitch finish too.

That was about fifteen years ago o.O Since then, I've split up with the guy mentioned in that post but I still gotta thank him for bringing me back to cross stitch.


mdgtjulie said...

LOL, Anne, you've certainly developed your online personality, and your stash. Grats on the followers!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congratulatons on your 200 followers!!!

My first finished project was a stampped cross stitch of a siamese cat and a vase for my Mum.

Catherine said...

Congratulations on all of your followers! The first stitched piece that I actually finished into anything was for my grandmothers. I stitched them each a little floral motif and then "framed" them in a wooden hoop and edged them with lace. I was about 12-13 years old.

DebbieSFL said...

I love bees and would love to be entered. I am giving you a link to my first post...only started because my sister was driving me crazy about starting a blog!!!

Love your kitty!!!

missy said...

YEOW!!! Love this blog. Hmmmm my very first finish was a quilt design I stitched for my mom over 15 years agi and she still has it hanging on her wall which is a miracle as I framed it myself. lol lol

Rhona said...

Congrats on having 200 followers! It was lovely to read your first blog post, here's a link to my first post
As for my first cross stitch piece it was in a craft course I enrolled in, and when the teacher said we were going to do some cross stitch, all I wanted to do was walk out the class but thought it would look rude, so I stayed and became addicted!! lol

alliecat said...

Aww what a gorgeous cat!! I love animals, but cats especially :D

I'd love to be entered into your fab giveaway please! I first stitched at school, but didn't do it for years and years, until last year when I got my crafty flair back and I stitched myself an eeyore bookmark! It's very cute.

Congrats on your followers :)

Allie x

Carol R said...

Congratulations on 200 followers!

I can remember my first stitching. It was 'chicken scratch' red thread on blue and white gingham which I made into napkins for my mother - I was 9 or 10 years old and they were exhibited in the school hall together with a blue and white knitted scarf and bobble hat. After the early start I did not stitch for many years - read my first blog post here
which tells you how I started again!
Please enter me into your draw - shame that Titus isn't included but then I doubt he would enjoy the trip across the Atlantic!

Gizzimomo said...

Wow, I've been stitching for so long I can't even remember my first finish so I'll have to share my first blog post ( from 2010..... seems like such a very long time ago.

Great giveaway and I'd love to be included!

Mary Joan said...

Congratulations on reaching over 200 followers. Please enter me in your Giveaway. I remember stitching on bina fabric, mostly different stitches, when I was about 5. Here is also the link to my first post. ( I have also posted your giveaway on the sidebar of my blog.

Happy Stitching
Mary Joan

Teresa S. said...

Congratulations on reaching 200+ followers!
I am a new follower (thanks for stopping by my blog).
My first cross stitch project was in the 60's. It was printed on the fabric and said "Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out after it" And there was a little boat on it.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

Hi Anne - my name is Amanda - I would love to be a follower of your blog - love your sense of humour - so cute! And to think some people have frogs as pets! - they really are pesky things aren't they? - they seem to croak loundest at night - My first cross stitch was a kit I picked up 4years ago from here in Taiwan - not much selection here - a cutesy bunny sitting in grass with a flower boarder and a butterfly flying above him - I stitched this for my daughter - give Titus a big kiss for me - he does look gorgeous

Cristina said...

Congratulations, Anne!
I am very happy that so many people be your follower ^^
My first cross stitch project was a puppy design of a magazine... embroidered with three strands of thread!! Rookie failures ¬¬'
Hugs, lovely!!

Jan said...

Congratulations on your 200 followers. I recognise the quilter who designed the dog fabric - Lynette Anderson- a fellow Aussie like myself. My first cross stitch was when I was 12. It was a proper grown-up counted cross stitch featuring a large basket of flowers. I still have it and love it.

Rina said...

So happy to find your blog and become a follower today! And then there's a bonus of a giveaway! I've only dipped my baby toe into the blogosphere by contributing to the Cottage SAL blog hosted by Vonna, but I'm constantly lurking on my favorite stitch blogs looking for inspiration. My first finish was a tiny Christmas Stocking kit that my friend's mother had in her stash when I was about 14. Small start to a big addiction! Congrats on reaching 200 followers!

Lianne said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my first post. It was published yesterday and can be found at:

It has taken me months to follow-through on my intention to blog and now I can't stop thinking about what I should write about next!

Anonymous said...

this is such a great giveaway!
everything Titus helped doing would be more than welcomed here by the grey tailed.. :D
here you find words about me and my first stitches.. and my mom as well.. ;)
it's also the very first part of the blog I wrote, weeks before I took the step of having a blog myself.. :D
congrats for the 200 followers!
happy xxx!

Virpi said...

I love the fob you made so I really have to participate =D. I'm your follower. My first cross-stitch finish was a pigeon and a rose and I stitched in on linen. No one has taught me to stitch - I only started stitching...

MoonBeam said...

Congratulations on your huge flock of followers. You must be doing some right here.

I would love to be entered in your giveaway. June 22 is my birthday, so I'll keep my fingers crossed!

Not sure I remember my first cross stitch project, but one of the first was a basic street scene from OSU (Ohio State) for my brother. It had the script Ohio in it. It was fun!

I did uncounted embroidery as a child, taught by my grandmother. I remember being amazed as an adult to see the scene recreated in counted cross stitch done by my sister on a blank piece of fabric...I had never heard of counted cross stitch! And, of course, the rest is history!

Have a great day!


Mindi said...

I'm not sure how I missed this! I'd love a chance to win your cute fob. I think my first cross stitch finish was actually a Prairie Schooler design, one of the smaller Santas, and it was stitched on some sort of evenweave. It was my neighbor that got me started on stitching, but as a small child my grandmother taught me some simple embroidery stitches.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Congrats on your milestone! I don't remember my first finish but I do remember my first post. My blog-o-versary is coming up in a couple weeks! Here's the link:

Lisa V said...

Congrats on your 200!!
I would love to be included in your giveaway please, I am already a follower.
My first cross stitch was of a teddy bear holding a love heart, it was one of those small kit ones that came with a plastic frame, I was 15 years old.

fabstitches said...

Do include me in a giveaway.
My first cross-stitch was a Joan Elliot pattern for my second child's nursery.
Both of the kids loved it...and I'm glad that got me started on stitching

Marcy said...

Congrats on such a successful blog! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. My first cross stitch was a brown tabby sitting on the floor in the sunbeams coming in from a window. I have no idea who designed it.

geeky Heather said...

Bees!!! I love them! =) The fob is too cute. Let's see, I *think* the first piece I ever stitched was a small owl that was a "learn to cross stitch piece". It was either that or a cat that went in a glass paperweight with "PTL" (Praise the Lord) over it.

And here's my first blog post (such as it is, LOL!): Casserole de Corn

blue star stitcher said...

Titus is so cute!

My first finish was a journal my neighbor helped me make, that I stitched my name and some roses on the front of. I was 12, and I still have the journal today 20 years later.
Congrats on your blog reaching 200 followers!

Ewa said...

Well, that's what I get for being behind on blogs :( I miss all the giveaways - sigh - congrats on 200 followers, that's awesome!

Cats are so helpful, aren't they? The other day Vincent decided to be SO HELPFUL that he pulled my knitting needle right out of my project.