That’s not to say I don’t love Halloween and the giveaway – but burn out: I has it.
Congrats to Blu, Annette’s sent out the email and I know she’ll forward your reply on to me so don’t worry about that. To answer a few questions I got during October:
1. Yes, they let me out of the padded room once a year. 😉
2. I spend about 8 weeks in prep time for the giveaway. Not everyday and not hours and hours each day, but on average I’d say each project takes about 6-7 hours. AVERAGE.
3. I do it because I like it. Halloween is a favorite holiday because it’s only purpose is fun. No family pressure, no hours of cooking and clean up. This also serves as my “payback the Universe” this year. I don’t do many giveaways, I don’t do too many RAKs, and my other exchanges – are exchanges, I get something back for those. The Halloween Giveaway is my thank you to all the stitchers out there, thank you for all your blogging, giveaways, and general kindness.
Two more packages arrived as of late.
The design is My Pretties by Plum Street Samplers, I stitched it just as charted on 40ct flax linen and finished it just like the picture too. Right down to filling it up with candy corn.
This is one of Just Nan’s Crow Jackers finished up as a scissor fob. After stitching I iron light weight interfacing to the wrong side, this is a good thing to do on items you will be filling with crushed walnuts shells. The shells themselves won’t come through the fabric but on woven materials (like cross stitch fabric) the dust will. I made the cording to match, and the backside Boo is taken from Boo To You by Prairie Schooler. The front and back are sewn together with a beaded whip stitch.
I know I won’t be blogging evey day, but I will try to keep it up a bit more often than I was before Halloween started. I will be busy later this week with The International Quilt Festival here in Houston & I will also get to see my partner in crime Annette. I’m very lucky she, her mother Pat, Cheryl, Amanda, Marie (who lives here – but she counts), and Jo are all planning on attending. I’ve been lucky enough to meet everyone but Amanda in person, but I just think it’s so wonderful to get together with all my “internet friends”.