Tuesday, November 23, 2010

one year on....a crafty christmas giveaway

Fri 3/12/10 Giveaway is now closed, thanks so much for all your comments! Will announce winner Saturday 4/12/10 ...
About a year ago my friend Anna came round to my house with some felt, fabric glitter pens, velisofix and other crafty things.  She wanted to make some stockings for the two children of our friends that had gone to live overseas, and she thought we could make one each. My first thought was.....I have no idea how to make a christmas stocking.....and.... how are we going to sew it up??!!!  Luckily Anna said we would just do the decorating and her mum could sew them up for us as neither of us knew how to sew.
It was pretty funny trying to work out how to use the velisofix stuff- we wasted a fair bit of it by having the iron on too cool as we had no idea how to use it. And we decided that we most definitely didn't want to sew around the letters on the stocking as that would be far too tricky which is where the fabric glitter pens came in handy- we used them to hide the raw edges!
I remember Anna asking if I had a sewing machine and me telling her I didn't even know how to fill the bobbin up and that I thought it was broken. It hadn't been used since we moved into our house over two years ago.
Well, things sure have changed... One year on and Anna now makes gorgeous dresses for her little girl and her friend's children, beautiful patchwork baby blankets, bags and even applique art works. And as you can see on my blog I caught the crafting bug too! I've learnt most of my sewing over the last year from craft books, tutorials on the web and sheer perseverance as my hubby can attest too. I've loved making bags, purses, toys and other goodies and also learning how to crochet. Next year, learning how to knit and also sew clothes for me and the girls is on my list among other things!
So to celebrate learning how to sew, one year of crafting and to say a big thank you to all of you for reading my blog, I've gathered up a few goodies for a crafty christmas giveaway which includes...
* a mousehouse waterproof zip purse
* two fat quarters of red and green floral fabric
* red and white bakers twine
* a christmas tree stamp and a black ink pad (great for making your own wrapping paper or gift cards!)
* 2 sheets of cute label stickers
* a set of mousehouse gift tags
* a french christmas postcard
* a 'Love' christmas decoration
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post or a comment over on the giveaway post on my mousehouse facebook page.  If you have a favourite family christmas tradition I'd love to read it, otherwise any comment is fine!
For extra entries ...if you want you can 
-follow my blog
-'like' my mousehouse facebook page 
-put my giveaway button on your blog. 
Just let me know in the comments section if you already do or have done any of the above- each one above gets you an extra entry :)
Entries close Friday the 3rd December, anyone can enter (non bloggers just leave your email address ) and international entries welcome.


Happy christmas crafting and thanks again so much Anna for introducing me to the crafting bug!
Megan x

109 comments:

BigLittle said...

Hi Megan,

My Christmas tradition is baking gingerbread men (and ladies and babies) and packaging them up sweetly to deliver to neighbours and friends. I just love the smell of them cooking and it marks the start of the Christmas season for me :)

I am already a follwer on FB, and Blog. Will put your button up too..

xx

Lady Muck said...

Great giveaway Megan! We have heaps of Christmas traditions in our family. Every year I set a colour theme and design the Christmas dinner table (my sister does the brunch table). Every year I try to top last year's design - it's a lot of fun!

Things have changed now we don't live in NZ anymore but I still love all the creative opportunities that Christmas presents... x

Lady Muck said...

PS - I put your giveaway button on my blog's sidebar :)

El said...

I follow you on facebook, and took the link over here to tell you that my favourite Christmas tradition is advent calendars. It's so fun to count down to the day with a little chocolate treat! I'm so glad that my daughter is so enthusiastic about it.

seemommysew said...

One of my kid's favorite's is decorating gingerbread houses. We actually just use graham crackers and the last few years we've hotglued them together! We do use frosting for the candy, though!

Melinda said...

Wow - you have come a long way in a year. Once you start sewing clothes for your girls there will be no stopping you - that is so much fun, especially if they like what you have sewn!

Our Christmas tradition is that when we go to buy the Christmas tree (which is just across from the airport) we always go and buy a huge punnet of strawberries and sit by the airport eating them as we watch the planes taking off. It's a lot of fun.

Congrats on 1 year of crafty goodness :)

Simply EC said...

You've only been sewing for a year!? That's amazing! Congrats and thank you for the lovely giveaway.

Simply EC said...

I am a follower of your blog!

sandandstarfish said...

What a long way you've come in a year! Congrats!!
My favorite Christmas tradition is making grophens. I have a small post about it on my blog...
http://sandandstarfish.com/a-little-of-this-a-little-of-that/grophens/

sandandstarfish said...

I follow your blog :)

sandandstarfish said...

s. rager likes you on facebook !

winnibriggs said...

Gosh what a difference a year makes. bet you're glad that you persevered. Lovely give away and please may I join in.
Our Christmas tradition is to only open one present at breakfast time, and then when lunch is over we all sit round the Christmas tree, someone is 'elected' Father Christmas and we give out all the presents. We're not cruel though, the little ones get to open theirs first thing!

gill said...

I love Christmas!
We always decorate the tree together as a family the weekend before Christmas even though only one son lives at home now!
Gill

gill said...

I follow you!
Gill

Dee said...

wow, what an entirely delicious giveaway! LOVE!!!

Dee

Seaside Siblings said...

Lovely giveaway! I think one of our nicest wee traditions is an advent calendar which has all the little nativity figures behind each door and we pull one out a day to make up the full scene by christmas eve.

Seaside Siblings said...

already a follower of your blog :-)

Johanna said...

AH this is so so cool. I'm in a new flat this Christmas and not really sure what to do for decorations etc so this would be SO fun to win.

greta @ topography said...

Sounds familiar - I wasn't really sewing a year ago either, but now I can't stop! Decorating the tree with my brother was always a big deal when I was little, my Nana still puts up a picture every Christmas of one time when we were trimming the tree and it was (apparently) too hot to wear clothes!

greta @ topography said...

And I follow and love your blog :)

patchworkpalace said...

Hi! Christmas traditions....in family we have a tradition for tree presents. Everyone has little gifts which are left under the tree after the main present opening in the morning. After we have had our tea in the evening we open the tree presents....it keeps the children awake until after tea and once they've opened the gifts they all go to bed!!

lovestitches said...

Our family doesn't have any traditions but I would love to start one when I have children. I thin it's even more exciting as child to hae something specific to look forward to doing as the 25th approaches.
What a generous giveaway!

Meg said...

Oh I love your blog, you've come a long way since then haven't you? I'm loving learning to sew and do crafty stuff too.

tartankiwi said...

WOW! I can't believe that you have only been crafting for 1 year... gives me hope for my newly found enthusiasm for both crafting and blogging. I hope I'm making things like you after a year!!!

We started a new Christmas tradition last year of making salt dough decorations for the Christmas tree. It is great fun and gives a totally unique Christmas tree!

tartankiwi said...

I am a follower :-)

tartankiwi said...

I "like" you on facebook :-)

Jen said...

what a neat giveaway

congratulations on being crafy for a year

shall go and befriend you on face book :)

Jen said...

opps I meant like you on fb :)

Katie said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway! And congrats on a whole year of crafting.
This Christmas will be baby's first one so I am hoping to start some traditions that we can carry on through the years. I'm joining in the ornament swap this year and hope to do something similar every year. And I certainly hope to make a decoration every year and have already made some in previous years too.

clare said...

Hey Megan, So amazing to think of how far you have come in a year! You and 'mousehouse' will always be a bit special to me, thanks to your support for me and my blog when I first started out, and for being my first real customer in my felt shop!! You know I am following you here, and on FB! Your giveaway looks awesome and my fingers are crossed!!

Katie said...

I also like your Facebook page :-)

Gaijin Wife said...

Who would have thought one year ago .....
Don't enter me for the giveaway. It would be wasted on me although I'm sure one day the craft bug will start to rub off. I guess it has. I get all excited about buying the stuff i just don't know what to do with it :) See you in a few weeks craft queen.

Renee said...

Are you for real??? You only started crafting a year ago??!!! That is amazing - I thought you've been crafting/sewing since childhood!

What a lovely giveaway...my favourite Christmas tradition is opening one present in bed once we're all awake. The small one comes into our bed, the dog hops up and we each have a wee present to open before we get up for the day. Such a special time.

I'm liking you on facebook and have popped your button on my blog and am, of course, a follower, too :D

Stella said...

What an amazing giveaway! Favourite family tradition? We have a theme every year which helps get everyone into the mood... We are doing 'The Great Gatsby' this year which I'm pretty stoked about!

Jacqui said...

Congratulations on a year of sewing! You've come a long way to say the least, I would never have thought you were such a newbie!

My favourite Christmas tradition is the only one I've managed to retain since moving to New Zealand (gingerbread houses go too soft in the summer humidity!) is having stollen on Christmas Morning. It's not Xmas if I don't make myself sick eating it for breakfast :)

Jacqui said...

And I'm already a follower of your lovely blog :)

Fay said...

Wow awesome giveaway. I too can't believe you've only been sewing for only a year, amazing!

I'm a follower, I 'like' you on facebook and I'm just about to pop your giveaway button in my side bar : )

MissMollyCoddle said...

Ooh...very cute. Am already a follower and liker and I'll link to you on my blog. Was very surprised to read the other day, that you've only been sewing a year! Well done :)

A Christy Production said...

I'm a new sewer too! Well done on making it a year! I'm sure there are maaaanny more years to come.

A Christy Production said...

I'm a follower

A Christy Production said...

Your giveaway button is on my blog!!

Tanya said...

How fun!
We started having lobster on Christmas Eve a few years ago. We also put out "reindeer food" so Santa can find his way. My daughter loves that part!

Joan J said...

What a fun giveaway! My favorite Christmas tradition is piling the family (which now includes my grandson) into the car on Christmas Eve eve to go view a local park that has an extensive drive-thru Christmas light display. Then home for hot chocolate and donuts.

Joan J said...

I'm following your blog now.

Joan J said...

I added your giveaway button to my blog, How to be a Housewife, http://joanoh2.blogspot.com

Vintage Mum said...

Megan! I would never have guessed you were new to sewing (and I'm also shaking my head that you used fabric glitter pens!) As far as Xmas traditions go we don't really have anything exciting apart from making decorations and getting up super early Xmas morning to see what Santa has left (actually that's probably just me because DH and Mr3 like to sleep in)

Vintage Mum said...

'Like' you on facebook, am a follower and there is now a button on my blog with your name on it :D

FaerySarah said...

holy crap i want this!

Deb said...

That is such a cool story. Making things is awesome and I'm glad you have the bug!! I like you on facebook too xx (and I follow you here if that counts)

Notchka said...

Such a generous giveaway Megan. Lovely to hear your reflections on a year (I'd swear it was a decade) of crafting - you must have the gene for it?

A tradition we have is to go fruit picking - raspberries are our favs. Its a great day out with young ones, and I get to cook up a storm with the produce.

I'll grab your button to pop up on my blog. I'm already a follower on Blogger and Facebook (both Ninotchka McKay and The Wardrobe).

makeitgiveit said...

Awesome giveaway!!!! I am so impressed with your crafty progress. One tradition I am working on at my place is to make my boys a Christmas decoration every year so when they leave home they will have a set to hang on their own tree. Hopefully full of happy memories.

Rosie said...

You have done sooooo well Megan! I am so very impressed by your craftiness!
A Christmas tradition in my family growing up was to spread out the opening of presents over the morning. Stockings as soon as we woke up, then one before breakfast, one after, one when we were ready for church, one after etc etc. Sounds like torture for kids but was actually really cool and spread out the fun!!

green tea and red nails said...

oh i would love to win this! what a great giveaway! my favourite christmas tradition is the early morning present opening - it makes me feel like a little kid again (even at 25!!)

kel x

Lesley said...

Hi there Megan.... congrats on a year of blogging and crafting and sewing... I'm just embarking on a similar journey - hope my year can be as fruitful as yours!

I have no specific traditions, but I once read of a family who all got new pajamas on Christmas Eve to wear. I think having something to open on Christmas Eve is special.

Heading over to like your FB page too.

Megan said...

Congratulations! You have come a long long way in just one year, you've learnt so much and make such beautiful things! Wow, I had no idea you'd been doing it for such a short time.

I'm already a follower and a facebook fan :)

nzgreenbuttons said...

not really a tradition, but I do try and make as many of the gifts as possible and I love to make decorations with my daughter

nzgreenbuttons said...

I'm also a follower!

sewfunky said...

what a lovely giveaway... :)

sewfunky said...

I have been following your blog for some time both here and on facebook too!

Johanna said...

This is super awesome. I'd love to win

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your advances in crafting over the last year! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is buying a Christmas tree on my husband's birthday (Dec. 10). His mom started the tradition when he was young and he looks forward to it every year... it's so cute. :)

Rachel said...

... and I'm a follower!

meeks said...

Has it only been a year! You are doing amazingly! This is a great giveaway, thanks so much!
I can't wait to see where you are a year from now!

We have a special tree where the kids put up a decoration whenever we caught them doing something good. We took advantage of a spare christmas tree and extra ornaments we had. The kids really enjoy it.

I posted about it last year:
http://jugglingmotherhood.com/2009/12/17/family-traditions-our-special-tree/

meeks said...

I just "liked" your facebook page, and I think I was the 200th person!!!

meeks said...

I am a follower

Bellgirl said...

What a journey in only one year! I look forward to seeing what you've got planned for the next year.

Bellgirl said...

...and I'm a follower of course!

Bellgirl said...

I couldn't work out how to put up the button, so I've posted about the giveaway and put the button in the post on my giveaway blog: http://quarterinchfeet.blogspot.com/2010/11/mousehouse-giveaway.html

aimee @ lily pad designs nz said...

Oh this is the most beautiful Christmas giveaway I have ever seen!! well done Megan. OUr special Christmas tradition is to celebrate Xmas in the morning, and my hubby's birthday in the afternoon. He is a Christmas Day baby, and we try to make his day super special. x

aimee @ lily pad designs nz said...

oh and I follow you on facebook and just putting your button on my blog now http://ontopofalilypad.blogspot.com

ottomania said...

What an awesome Christmas give away.

Family tradition here....making decorations with the kids.

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

i am your 268th happy follower... :)
and happy to be entered for such lovely treats!
THANK YOU !! for your generosity !

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

Fave Family tradition ?
Christmas breakfast with belgian waffles, chocolate sauce or berries and whipped cream, tea in fine china, silverware ~ loveliness to begin the day of festivities and worship ...

Faith Hope Cherrytea ~ said...

your button is on my FHC sidebar :) very cute!

Naturally Carol said...

So many comments, this will be like a tiny needle in a haystack! But...I laughed when reading about the bobbin episode, 'cos I had just got my sewing machine back from my daughter...it was new 6 years ago, but I hadn't used it at all, hadn't sewn anything for about 9 years...and I couldn't figure out the bobbin either. I thought it was faulty...my sister rang from NZ and I was almost in tears of frustration. Then, genius idea...put different colours in bobbin and top thread... outcome..bobbin thread was fine!!! top thread needed a tension adjustment....feeling pretty silly!! That was 6 months ago, started blogging just over 3 months ago, I love the whole journey, sewing and blogging and a bit of crochet!

Naturally Carol said...

P.S...I just became a follower. If ever you want to, feel free to come over and visit me at my place, you're more than welcome!

Kim W. said...

my christmas tradition is decorating the tree! its the best part! well.. on the top ten list... hehe i am a blog and facebook follower! such a cute giveaway too... yay

The Clip Cafe said...

How Lovely! I follow already :-) We just love the family closeness this time of year - holidays are great :-)

The Clip Cafe said...

Also posted in my side bar.

Jodz said...

I have become a follower. Whoop, whoop.
My fav tradition is that we have a Christmas eve get together where our older children and close friends come over and we have a lovely afternoon tea with drinks and nibbles. Then that night we open the presents that have been sent by family members that we don't see on Christmas day. I love Christmas.

familyofgirls said...

What a lovely giveaway. My favourite Christmas tradition involves books. Every year on the 1st of Dec we give the girls a new Christmas themed book each. I put their name and the year in the front cover so that when they leave home and start their own families they can take their books to start their own collection. At the end of the month we put the books away with the decorations and the tree to keep them special.
I am a follower of your blog and fb page :)

Kristin said...

Happy 1 year of sewing! This is an awesome giveaway and I'd love to win... I'm a follower on FB too (Kristin Sullivan). We don't have any christmas traditions, but reading all these I am very inspired to start some!

quilary said...

I'm following now.

Sarah said...

I love your blog and I've been a follower for ages. Love your generous giveaway too! We have so many traditions around here, we seem to gather new ones each year. Our first Christmas thing starts tomorrow with the village Christmas parade. After that's over we come home and decorate the tree. Carols will be played and photos of the girls hanging their favourite decoration will be taken.

Bee said...

Hi Megan! What a cute giveaway, thought I'd join in on the fun. We don't have any Christmas traditions as such, but we'll put up our mini tree & I'll make some crafty decorations. We'll also do lots of cooking & baking. And then, relax :)

quilary said...

Congratulations on your year of blogging, creating and learning. I'm patting you on the back from over here!
Our tradition is we always have a 'real' Christmas tree and now the kids won't even let us think about getting anything else. They have grown up associating the smell of pine with Christmas.
You have put together a beautiful giveaway package - I have my fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance.

Posie Patchwork said...

Gorgeous, what amazing things you can create with all those goodies, love Posie

littleminx said...

Fantastic Megan, congrats on your "crafting advances" over the year. You must be so proud, and your blog is always a joy to read.
Christmas traditions, we probably have more than I realise, but one thing that drives the hubby nuts is that every year I buy a new Christmas CD, usually as many "old crooners" as possible, so it's a growing collection. Out come the decorations, and with them "the CD's" (this year he groaned and announced "I thought I had hidden those" he he). x

Becky said...

Hi Megan,
I have found your blog through Twitter, only joined yesterday! Amazing how quickly you can find similar people in such a short time. I am a self taught sewer and have only been sewing for 3 months, but I absolutely love it. Our family tradition is going to the local garden centre, to the Santa grotto every year, buying a new xmas tree decoration and making up the tree together. I am a new follower. Check out my new blog hazelandbluehandmade.blogspot.com, I am a novice but learning everyday! Good luck everyone. Bx

Maxabella said...

Megan, I loved reading your story about learning to sew so quickly. It gives me hope that when I finally (FINALLY) get up the courage to drag out the sewing machine I just might (MIGHT) get there. Thank you!!!

My fave Chrissy tradition is the advent calendar. x

Catherine said...

so sweet and beautiful... (your blog and your giveaway!) We're still trying to find our own christmas traditions (with both sides of family more than 3 hours drive away, we haven't yet had the chance to try out a family christmas at home) - I'm thinking an advent calendar would be a good tradition to start!

Catherine said...

I'm already a follower too x

eva mei and me said...

I am going to do something this year that I have never done before and that is to make my own advent calendar. I have not decided on the exact design yet - but it should be fun for my kids.

eva mei and me said...

And I'm already a follower of your blog but I will pop your button in the sidebar of my blog.

thanks so much

Caroline said...

Lovely giveaway, I am a follower of your blog. We just try to keep Christmas as low key as possible, avoid all the hype and try to make it seasonally appropriate (no songs about snow at my place)! You certainly have come a long way with your sewing in one year, I would never have guessed that you hadn't been sewing for ever. :)

Jennie said...

Wow Megan! (you put my giveaway to shame!!)
You are making so many gorgeous things - its exciting this making stuff thing isn't it?!
Much love, Jennie.

Lisa said...

I am now a follower.. Glad to have found your blog. I live in NZ. :0) Thanks for the opportunity. I will put a link up on my blog.

Kylie said...

Congralations - wow you have come so far in just a year - looking forward to what the next year brings.

Kylie said...

I have liked you over at facebook and also added ou to my page 'Mealy and I'

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway!
We have started to celebrate advent from the 1st of December, so tomorrow is a big day and requires a bit of organisation - we have a different christmas book every few days, we light candles each Sunday and we also have a mary and joseph and donkey moving along 25 stars until they make it to the stable - knitted by my mum for last christmas, they are just beautiful.
Thanks for the chance to win
Rachel
thesimes@gmail.com

monkeemoomoo said...

Wow, just one year on. Amazing. You make so many gorgeous things. Congratulations. Thanks for inspiring the rest of us!

I am already a follower:)

And I have posted your giveaway in my side bar.

Jo Ashcroft said...

Hey Megan, I like you on facebook and am following the blog. I am sooooo impressed by your craftiness!
Our xmas traditions have changed since we came to NZ... now we make pancakes on the barbie for breakfast, open a present each on Xmas Eve and swim at the beach on the day. Bit different to being in the UK!!!

daisy said...

As my two kidlets are quite young we are still working on our own family christmas tradtions, but one thing my son and i did last year together which we enjoyed was to create a xmas tree decoration using a photo of him and his sister, which i think we should do again this year and each year to add to our tree. Our tree consists of fallen dead branches off our massive (dead!)gum tree that my son and I collect together, so that could be another unknowing tradition! I also like the idea of watching cheesy xmas themed family movies together in the lead up!

spectacularfairywren said...

thanks for visiting my place. Isn't it funny what we can do when we sit down and try!
Love your story - thanks for sharing.

Sandrine said...

Thats a lovely story on how you caught the cafty bug:)Thanks for the chance to enter such a beautiful giveaway!

Knicky Knacks said...

Looks like I got in with a knick of time. What a fantastic giveaway and may I just add, that knowing you couldn't sew a year ago has given me courage to dust of my machine and get stuck into it. Love your blog. Been a follower for a while now and always love your postings.

Knicky Knacks said...

Oh, have just added your giveaway to my sidebar - double the chances, double the happiness. Trace

Astrid said...

What a great package! I do hope it comes my way!

Astrid said...

And I'm following you, too!

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