Boy am I glad it's over

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”.

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19 Responses to Boy am I glad it's over

  1. Cheryl says:

    So excited for Houston I can hardly stand myself! As always, the items you craft are so wonderful. I understand your burnout, but you and Annette are very generous to do this month-long giveaway.

  2. Kat says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I was not a winner, but had fun and learned lots, just the same!


  3. Annette says:

    It was fun, but I’m also terribly glad it’s over LOL

  4. Nicole says:

    It was so much fun, thank you both for hosting!! I cannot believe that October ended so quickly!!

  5. Laura says:

    You guys did such a great job and made the whole month fun for everyone. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to this project. I learned that I am severely CAPTCHA challenged, but I had a great time!

  6. Sandy T. says:

    A scissors fob? We (my son & I) think its the cutest little ornament hanging about the china cabinet. Love it. Thanks again.

  7. Thank you so much for the giveaways!!! It’s so generous of you and Annette. You warmed my heart the whole month of October and it was such fun to look at the teasers and to follow the winners. I’ve also discovered so many new blogs. Thank you again and again!

  8. Silverlotus says:

    Thanks again for the wonderful month of giveaways, and the tutorials! You are amazing. 🙂

  9. beritbunny says:

    Wahoo! I totally agree with you on the “spirit of Halloween”/what makes it so great.

    Thanks for subjecting yourself to burnout for us–I had a great time both this and last year!

  10. Valerie says:

    I can totally understand the burn out. Thanks for putting on a terrific giveaway! The packages are cute! I especially love the Just Nan and those needleminders…love love love!

    Have fun at the Quilt Festival!

  11. Kathy K says:

    And thank you for a month of fun! I enjoyed entering (and winning one day with Annette!) and seeing all the fabulous things you two made.

    Thank you again for your hard work.

  12. Colleen says:

    Thank you for your all hard work and generosity on the give-aways. You ladies are just wonderful! If only the world were full of more people like you!!!!

  13. Daffycat says:

    Congratulations to Blu! That lucky girl!

    Thank you so very much Missy Ann. You gave us a month to remember, that’s for sure.

  14. Cindi says:

    Thanks to you and Annette (I have visited her blog already) for a great month of tidbits and gifts. I feel lucky that I was one of the daily winners and love my prize! You two did a great job and I will look forward to see what you have in mind for next year.

  15. Michelle says:

    Many thanks to both you and Annette for all the hard work and creativity that went into this. It’s so fun!

  16. Myra says:

    Thank you for such a fun time Missy. I really appreciate all the planning and effort you put into this for us.

  17. Anne S says:

    As always I’ve loved seeing the Halloween draws take place and seeing all the wonderful treats you’ve come up with – you’re very generous in your giveaways and also so creative, it’s a real treat to see them all unveiled.

  18. Susan says:

    Your Halloween giveaway was a blast – and kudos to you for putting all that effort into it, and keeping us all guessing.

    I hope you have a fun time in Houston at the Quilt Festival – think of me, especially if you find a restaurant with a stripper pole in the middle of the floor 🙂

  19. Grace says:

    Love the broom…hard to believe how fast October flew by~

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