July 14, 2010

400th Follower (Friend) Giveaway Winners...

Today is the big day!
Thank you to everyone who regularly follows and reads my blog,
and thank you to all the new friends who have decided to get to
know me better. I spent the day yesterday creating all the gifts
for my 400th Follower Celebration. Goodness, I hope they're
"swoony" enough for you. You're all so "swoon-worthy"!
But, if your name doesn't get chosen, don't dismay.
I have something else up my sleeve, if you're interested.
More on that later...

What I'd like to do first is show you the four gifts I've
made for the lucky followers this time. First name chosen will
have first choice. Second will have second choice and third
will get to choose after that. I really hope that "Fourth"
doesn't feel like they got "leftovers", and is equally happy
with the final gift being given in the celebration.

Kes and Handsome came into the studio more than once
yesterday just to ask me what the heck "swoony" meant. I'd
just pick up the project I was working on and say, "I think
this is swoony." They'd smile (well, mostly Handsome did that)
and then they would turn around and walk out.
I made this necklace, featuring the celebration image, one of my new acorn charms and sparkly beads on a silver chain. There is resin covering the image, so it will be protected, although not waterproof. Is this swoony?
Then, I made a table runner. This is the last project I finished - after dark - so the color looks different from the next pieces, but they were all created from the same fabric, so it's just the studio lights that caused the image to color shift. I played a bit in Photoshop, but it's still not as accurate in color as the next images. I placed a pocket, embellished with the same image and then added handmade, vintage crocheted lace. The ruffle is unbleached muslin, and there is futher vintage crocheted trim on the top of the ruffle. The winner may choose to have me add a little color to this (I'll explain later), or leave it creamy, as it appears here. Is this swoony?
Using the same vintage, hand crocheted lace, I created a set of three, lavender-filled sachets for one of the winners of the giveaway. Not too big, but not small either.
They'll arrive stacked and tied with a muslin ribbon, which I hand stamped with my acorn logo stamp. Are these swoony?
Finally, one of the winners will receive this lined tote. Also made in canvas with a heavy cotton toile lining. Oh! Did I tell you that each of these gifts was cut and sewn together using one painter's canvas drop cloth from Home Depot? I even have enough fabric left over for a few more ideas. Anyway, the tote is a perfect size for a quick trip to the grocery, or can be used as an open handbag.
Here's a closeup of "The Girls", along with the vintage buttons, laces and trims I used to make it more special. I placed a muslin ruffle on the top edge of the front pocket.
There are more pockets (made from blue toile) on the inside, so the winner will have a place to tuck their cell phone, notepad and pen away for safekeeping. So, do you think this is swoony?

Here are the winners of Brynwood's
400th Follower Celebration Giveaway:

  • First Choice goes to: # 76 Meri Wiley of Imagimeri's Creations (UPDATE 7/15/10 - Meri has chosen the tote. Next...)
  • Second Choice will go to: #37 Marva of Purple Paint (UPDATE 7/15/10 - Marva has chosen the necklace. Your turn, Tracy!)
  • Third Choice will be selected by: #150 Tracy Suzanne of Cotton Pickin' Cute UPDATE 7/15/10 - Tracy has chosen the sachets)
  • The winner of the final gift is: #61 Ramona of Create With Joy (UPDATE 7/15/10 - Ramona will receive the table runner.)
Congratulations to all the winners!!

I'll be emailing these friends to let them know they've won. If you've won, I'll let you know when a choice has been made so you know which gifts you can choose from. If the winners of the sachets or table runner would like me to add colored ribbon to their prize (like I did on the tote) please let me know when you make your choice. I can add pink or blue trim if you'd like.

Now, here's the little surprise...
If you were entered in this drawing, I'd like to send you one of my Artist Trading Cards using the ballerina celebration image. If you'd like one, please email your address to me and I'll send one out to you early next week. (If you'd like to know if I already have your name and address, just email me to ask.) If you're not sure if I have your name and address, please just email the information to me. I'm going to make these ATCs after I find out how many of you would like one. You'll only have until Friday at 5 pm to let me know if you'd like one, along with your address. Just my way of saying "thank you" for being a friend.

25 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

Lady Farmer said...

Oh, all of your winners will be thrilled with their sweet prizes! Congratulations to all! They are all blessed, indeed! You do such beautiful, beautiful work! It will be a hard decision for them to choose one prize!

The French Bear said...

Dee, what beautiful gifts, most definitely "swoony"!!!!!!
I know they will be so thrilled....... I think you make the best gifts!!!!
Congratulations to them all!!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Oh yes your gifts are very swoony. Congrats to your winners. I know several of them and they will be thrilled.
I'd Love one of your atc's. I'll send my address.
Thanks so much

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' Donna!!!! I just checked my email one last time before bed and saw that I was a winner! Goody, Goody, Goody. And everything is SO swoony! I'm kinda of glad I'm the third winner because I want them all. How selfish am I? At least this way I'll have less to choose from. I can't believe you create so many fabulous things so quickly!

Love you Sweetie!!! Thanks for sending me to bed with such a joyful heart.

Tracy :)

The Paper Princess said...

Thank you so much Donna and congrats to all of the winners - I am lucky #4! I am so glad I get to be surprised and don't have to choose among your lovelies - what an impossible decision that would be! You are just the sweetest kindest soul - thank you ending my evening with a huge, huge smile!


Liszha said...

Amazed by what you made for your winners and also inspired although my needleskills aren't that well.
Congrats to all the winners! Enjoy your prizes.
I would love on of your ATC's but couldn't find your emailaddy.

Liszha said...

Oh, how could I miss that emailbutton? Sorry about that. Already send you a message and oooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh, no I just realise I didn't include my adress........sigh........sometimes.....

Lisa Leggett said...

Wow, what a fantastic job you did with the ballerina prints! Congratulations winners!!

Donna, I would love one of your ATC cards to add to my inspriation board, I'll email you my info.

Beautiful work Donna, you always manage to outdo yourself!

Meri Wiley said...

Donna Dearest,

I'm beside myself with glee......OMG, thank you, thank you, thank you.........whew.....I just swooned! I'm so honored to be a follower of not only one of the most talented seamstresses I've seen, but such a generous soul as well. Thank you for honoring me with this and as the other ladies attested........all of your gifts are gorgeous, perfect and definately "swooney." It will be one of the hardest decisions to choose one of those pieces of artwork. Thank you, again.

Love ya'

Gunda said...

Congrats to the winners. How I missed this great giveaway? I don/t know
Hugs Gunda

Carol said...

Congratulations all you lucky ladies.

But I am lucky too, because when I was gawking at the wonderful prizes, I kept wondering about the fabric you made them from. Then low and behold, the Universe handed me the answer on a silver platter!! Thank you.

You are so generous. I enjoy your blog more than you know.

Anonymous said...

How did I miss all of these lovely posts?! My thumbnails for Brynwood Needleworks in my favorites aren't showing all your newest ones. :-( Well, Donna, I'm catching up!

Denise in VT said...

Congrats to all... we are all lucky ladies to be in Donna's circle of friends and family! Beautiful gifts from the heart...
I would love an ATC, Donna. You know were to find me. Have a great day everyone!

Michelle May said...

Wow! Swoony indeed! I love everything girlfriend! I think the tote is my favorite. Love the lining!
I'm already blessed to have 2 of your ATC's, so I will let you share these with others. As always, I'm so glad to be friends.

Tins and Treasures said...

Good Morning, Donna,
The winners are oh. so. lucky. All of your handmade gifts are lovely. Congrantulations to the girls.

I'd love to receive one of your ATCs. I'm heading over to send you my address.

Have a thoughtful Thursday. ~Natalie

Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

Oh, my, what loveliness you have created, Donna!!! Truly beautiful each and every one!

Congratulations to all the winners!!

And thank you for giving us all a gift too!! I'll be emailing you my address. It will go inside my revamped carrying case!


Debra@Common Ground said...

EVERYTHING is sooooo very swoony! Love it all and the image is just wonderful!!!

she dreams big! said...

Darn! How could I have missed your celebration! Must have been on vacation (or at least my brain was!). Congrats to all the winners! Belive me, you will LOVE anything Donna creates for you! And Donna ~~ congrats to you for this milestone! I'm still in awe at all you do!


Diva Kreszl said...

congratulations to al the winners! I am emailing you my addy as I would love one of your ATC's :)

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

These four lucky ladies have to be a bit swooney theirselves this morning as I am for just looking at what all you made for this lovely giveaway.
Actually I am speechless and for that to happen to me is something.
How could number 1 pick what she wants. OMG I would of had to be number 4 because no way could I pick from these beautiful pieces. You are such a gifted precious woman and I thank God everyday for sending you my way.
I almost forgot Congratulations to all the winners. I know I don't have to tell you how lucky you are. hahaha
Love you sweet Donna and today rest with Handsome and Kes
Just read your funny comment at my site...wasn't Rose on the Golden Girls the goofy one...hahaha

Createology said...

Ooh Donna...You are Swoony! Your gifts are beyond wonderful. I didn't see my name chosen however Congratulations to the lucky ladies. I am definitely emailing you my address for one of your ATC's. Everything you make is over-the-moon beautiful and swoony! Happy creating...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

To: Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls)
Got your email with your address. Thanks! I'll be making the ATCs this weekend and sending them out next week.

I'll do a post about them when they're all ready to go.

Marydon said...

They each will soon see how exquisite your gifts are & how lucky they are to win one of them ... your creations are treasures to behold, Donna.

Yes, I'd love one of your cards ... I believe you still have my address?

Have a lovely weekend.
TTFN~ Marydon

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What beautiful gifts, Donna! Congrats to the winners! Definitely all swoony. : )

nancy huggins said...

Congrats to some very lucky winners. I did email you about a card...That is very nice of you to do all that work for us :)


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