November 20, 2009

We Now Return You To Our Regularly Scheduled Programming...

Things got back to normal yesterday. No worries. No more snakes. Sorry if I freaked anyone out. I've got a few things to take your minds off the mild trauma of it all today. First, I've got a photograph of the two finished ornaments for my swap partner at Ravelry. Think she'll like them? (I hope so!)And then, I wanted to show you the sweet bookmarks I made from the beautiful handmade egg beads from my dear friend, Marion. I'm going to send her one of the finished ones (along with some other surprises) as a thank you for her generosity. Each bookmark has a 14" length of birds' egg blue velvet ribbon, one of Marion's beautiful blue beads on one end (along with Swarovski crystals), and a bird charm with crystals on the other. I got the idea from a recent cover of Somerset Life. I knew I'd just have to try it!And finally...and I've been thinking about this for a few days...I've noticed that my following has climbed to over 150 members. I'm going to add another giveaway gift if we get to 200 by the time the 200th Post Giveaway ends. Here's what I'll offer if we can celebrate a 200th Follower Giveaway:I'm offering another color-themed gift package...First a vintage washboard. It's about 18 1/2" tall and I'd love to see what the winner does with it. Also included is a hardcover book called Heirlooms From Loving Hands, by Sandy Lynam Clough. It's chock-full of her wonderful, painted images and inspirational words and ideas. You'll also receive a cool wine bottle gift box. I have one in my studio that I use to store knitting needles. I'd love to know how you decide to use it. And, finally, a velvet "Joy" ornament (I didn't make this one, but I loved it).

So, if you haven't already told your pals about the 200th Post Giveaway, or you haven't posted up a button on your blog yet, here's another incentive. I'm thankful for each and every one of you this year, and if we get to 200 followers here by Thanksgiving, this is how I'll show my gratitude.

Tomorrow I'll be sharing the Brynwood Needleworks Acorn Ornament pincushion tutorial with you!

Here's a button you can add to your blog to crow about the 200th Follower Giveaway. If we get to 200, one lucky follower will win all of the items in this photo! I'm crossing my fingers for y'all!

In the event we don't make it to 200, I promise I'll keep this gift set together until we do! Someone is going to win this - either next week, or very soon.

23 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Donna. Congratulations on your 152 followers so far. I bet you make it to 200 in no time. I love the ornaments you made. I'd love to have the chance to win your giveaway. Thanks!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Barbara said...

Donna, Love all the items....betting on 200 soon.

I love the blue bookmarks, how gorgeous.

Happy Thanksgiving.

DeeDee said...

Good Morning Donna... I really like your swap ornaments...the glittery effect is perfect for my eye to see. and look at you adding on more stuff ..wowsers... you are one special lady for sure..I love how you can birng your personality out thru words here....I feel like I really know you. have a great weekend my blogland friend

The French Bear said...

They are beautiful, I love white ornaments!!!! And sparkly too....... love sparkles!
Margaret B

Claudia said...

Goodness, those bookmarks are so beautiful, Donna! I saw that Somerset Life and thought they were so pretty, but the addition of the blue beads and the bird charms really make them extra special.

I know you are going to hit 200 followers soon! I just hit that number the other day.

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes!


Paula said...

I hopped over here from the Rustic Victorian blog and was so excited to find you! What a lovely blog, lovely creations, and generous giveaway! I'm happy to add myself to your following and look forward to your next post. Please come by and visit me at

All good wishes!

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Yay, I can't wait until next Friday! It's so far away!!

snickers4 said...

I think your ornaments are stunning! How long to make one. Can't wait to see what's next???? Love, LAE

sharon said...

Hi Donna , and thanks so much for visiting! You are too much girl with these giveaways!! is the Christmas ATC link for you, although I see it closed on the 20th. Maybe Sandra will let you in yet?!!
Hugs to ya! Sharon

The Rustic Victorian said...

HI Donna!
The ornaments and bookmarks are beautiful. I bet Linda likes the blue, fits. I bet you do reach 200 this weekend!
See you soon!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

The ornaments are lovely! Those pretty sparkles calling me to get decorating for Christmas! (Have to wait until after Thanksgiving:o-)
And the bookmarks--I LOVE them! I saw them in Somerset too--just beautiful!
Have a wonderful weekend--I've got to get to work? (too much fun!) You've inspired me so!!!
Blessings to you from the cabin!
Claudia O.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Your bookmarks are beautiful! Glad life is back to normal for you. Good luck reaching 200! I love the new giveaway items! Twyla

Carol at Serendipity said...

Well, you have had quite the week! Glad things have calmed down.

Have a wonderful week!


beedeebabee♥ said...

Hi Donna~ Your sparkly ornaments and those bookmarks are just stunning! You do such lovely work! Your giveaway items are wonderful...I really enjoyed your photo album...such a beautiful family! ;) Paulette

Jane said...

I love the bookmarks you made..they are absolutely beautiful. 156 followers and growing!!! I don't think you'll have any trouble reaching 200.

sweetjeanette said...

Girl, I just realized you're in Florida!!! I'm so excited to have a new friend right here in Florida!!! Howdy neighbor!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Donna...

Love your little acorns, by the way!

Yes, please enter me into your fab very generous. I love it.

Warm blessings,

Valeree said...

I love your ornies!! They are beautiful. And possibly another giveaway?? What fun! Thank you!!

Karen said...

i love your bookmarks, especially the one with a bird on it .. i am always looking for different bookmarks as i am an avid reader of more than one book at at time ... will have to rememeber these to try making something similar

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Those are gorgeous ornaments and the bookmarks are divine! You are then Energizer Bunny when it comes to making things! I can't believe how much you get done!
bunny hugs,

Linda K. said...

You have 41 followers yet to follow. I see them coming down internet road. They'll be here shortly, Donna! LOL My best to you dear friend! You've been a sweet blessing to me!

Linda ^~~:*""*:~~^

Linda K. said...

p.s. I adore your bookmarks!

downsize said...

Oh! I almost missed this posting! I love what you did with the eggs. Can't wait to see it for real. Just ran across one of the "didn't quite measure up" egg beads and wondered what you would make them into. So excited to be getting one. Thanks Donna for letting the secret out, I will be looking forward to it. Marion


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