Thursday, 10 November 2011

A Giveaway - Christmas Crafting In No Time

I recently bought" Christmas Crafting In No Time" by Clare Youngs...

... and liked it so much I have since bought another copy to offer as a giveaway gift.

I'll also include a bar of my favourite chocolate.

To enter: please have a blog, stay in the UK (to keep p&p costs down) and leave a comment on this post by midnight on Fri 18th Nov.

It is a lovely book, full of wonderful craft ideas just perfect for Christmas. When it arrived I was surprised at how thick it was - 176 pages - lots to keep you inspired. Here are just a few pages to tempt you...


I've already had a go at the owls:-

I'll be making more as they're to be donated to forthcoming school & nursery Christmas Fairs.

So far I like the purple one best. I got the eye beads from ebay (here's a link)

I also had my first attempt at quilling. More fiddly than I expected but I think I was trying to make my spirals too loose.

I finally managed to clear my desk so I could "arrange" my Christmas crafting materials on it. Now that I'm starting to gear up for the Christmas Fairs there's no time to finish off the crochet blanket...

...last seen here chasing the cat. It's the one furthest away, some of those pesky ends can be spotted trailing from it.

By the way (as they say) I bought both copies of the books from The Book People (here). They also have the KirstieAllsop Craft book which I'd browsed in TK Maxx (too expensive at £12), noticed on Amazon (still a little pricey at £10) then bought from The Book People for £6.99. It's the most I'd pay for it, it seems a nice book (have only really flicked through it so far) but contains too many photos of the contibutors for my liking.





28 comments:

Stocki said...

Hi Anne... oh I do love a giveaway! This is a lovely one too... a book AND chocolate.. Your owls are so perfect, you must have very nimble fingers... :)x

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Hi there,the book I love and if I don't win this I think i may well have to buy it, in fact I know I WILL buy it and possibly Kirsties book. Owls are brill... Suzy from rusticvintagecountry xx

Hazel said...

Oh wow! Love it and LOVE the owls!! Please enter me. I would love to win. xxxxxx

Jackie said...

Love the little owls ~ they are fabulous! I'd love to be entered into your giveaway please ~ it does look like a great book ~ Jackie :O)x

Anonymous said...

I haven't got a blog but that is a lovely book; I saw it in the book shop the other day. There are some really nice things in there. I love the embroidered dala horse. The book has quite a Scandanavian appeal I thought. The only thing stopping me buying it was that I knew it would be cheaper on line! Your owls are beautiful.

Kirsty's book looks beautiful but I felt that it was all style and little substance. When it boils down to it, there is little in there that I would actually want to make.

Pomona said...

It looks a really lovely book - and the chocolate is pretty tempting too! I really like your little owls - your stitching is beautiful.

Pomona x

Clicky Needles said...

Oooooooo, I'd love to go in the giveaway please. That book looks lovely.

selfsewn@summerfete said...

Ooh ooh please miss!!!

Julie said...

Is that co-op chocolate? Its yummy!
I love the photo of the blanket in motion - how is the little kitty settling in?
Your owls are fantastic - so much delicate detail. Juliex

Karen said...

What a lovely looking book and like everyone else I love the owls. Lovely gifts for wise teachers too...I also adore the quill birds - very pretty.
I have my fingers crossed! x

Chaos, Kids, Crochet and Cake said...

Oh how I miss The Book People! Books here are ridiculously expensive.
I admire your ability to make blankets so quickly, it seems to take me forever, and those owls are super cute.
It looks like a beautiful book, obviously I'm not in the UK, but my Mother is...!
Sandra x

Habbie tot said...

I love the owls, so much detail, they must have taken ages! Think I may be buying a new book ;-)

Sara said...

The book looks great. A few years ago I tried quilling but I had forgotten about it until now....goes off to find quilling stuff!

Beth said...

I'd love to be entered please, the book looks great and I am in need of inspiration for decorating the house, I spend so much time making shop things that the poor house often gets neglected. Chocolate....hummmmmm. Beth (the linen cat) x

VintageVicki said...

Sounds like a good book and I've a chance to win a copy. Also that chocolate is lush - orange chocolate is the best :)

My MIL was into quilling at one point - she got really good.

Cute owls too - I bet they'll be great sellers :)

Country Girl said...

I keep seeing that book in The Book People and being tempted - I'll enter your giveaway instead and cross my fingers!
Love the owls.

Victoria said...

I keep being tempted by this lovely book so please include me in your giveaway.
The owls you made are so cute!

Terrie said...

Looks like a lovely book!

I love your blanket - the colours are gorgeous x

Mrs. Micawber said...

I'm not entering the giveaway, but I must just leave a comment to say that your owls are adorable. And quilling seems like such a fun and addictive type of craft. I love messing about with paper. (I seem to remember someone in Sense and Sensibility - either the estimable Elinor or the detestable Lucy - doing a bit of "fillagree" for the spoilt daughter of Lady Middleton. Is that the same as quilling?)

Have fun with your Christmas crafts and your lovely giveaway!

Peeriemoot said...

Oooh, I was planning on getting that book from The Book People too! Nice to read a real person's opinion of it, if you see what I mean. I'll not order yet, just in case I win then :-D. I like the look of the quilling - I remember my dad doing quilling back in the seventies!

periwinkle said...

What a lovely giveaway, the book looks as though there are a few child friendly things to do which is also a bonus in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Loved the owls and the books look super. Trouble with these books (like cookery books) there is just one item you make and no others and you need so many bits and pieces for all these makes. At least with odd bits of wool they can go into blankets. But well done. dojo

Simone said...

The owls are fantastic! I bet they were great fun to make. Good luck with fund raising for the school.

driftwood said...

oh that does look like a lovely book, dont enter me though, I just won a book in another giveaway and dont want to be greedy.... I was too tempted by the bookpeople price for Kirsties book so had to have it. my daughter loves that program, maybe I can pretend it's for her.... x

Victoria said...

Hi! Thanks for your comment over on my blog. The snowflakes are from a book called '60 crocheted snowflakes' by Barbara Christopher. I got it from Amazon.
Have a look for 'snowflake monday' on this blog too - http://www.snowcatcher.net/
- lots of free snowflake patterns.

Conny's Cottage said...

Wat a great book!!!


Greatings send you Conny

WinnibriggsHouse said...

I had just been admiring your owls, when I came across your giveaway. What a super prize. I am keeping my fingers crossed 'cos I guess that book will be sold out by the time I get to ordering it.

annemarie said...

Oh would I love this book - those owls are the cutest thing ever. I am new here and so glad I found my way here!1 It is so nice to see another Anne who spells her name with an E!!

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