Friday, 25 November 2011

Fa La la la la it's give away time!

Recently when I hit 100 followers I asked readers whether they'd prefer some fabric to make with or something made by me.  The feeling I got is that you're all a greedy lot equally keen on having a handmade goody as you are making something yourself. So with that in mind I hope I can do a couple of give aways to cater for both! The last few days I've got a bit preoccupied with sprucing up my cottage. It's involving a humongous spring clean, pulling out furniture, huge decluttering and lots of dusting and polishing.

I've found these poppies in the bottom of dishes and vases. I no doubt will find more. Every year I end up buying more than one poppy because I can never walk past a seller without putting some money in their tin. I lose a lot of them so they do need replacing. The one's that survive end up strewn about the place.

  Poppy collectiong

I have been cracking on with more pre-crimbo cleaning  today and there are no other progress pictures because at the moment I'm at the stage where it looks like I've been burgled by some particularly messy burglars. 

So onto the giveaway - no it's not those poppies!  

A little treat for my readers ;-)

I have a charm pack of Fa la la la la by French General for Moda to give away. The palette is reds, greens, taupes and beiges. There is some lovely scripty text fabric in amongst the florals. It is one of the less obvious Christmas fabric ranges so if you made a quilt or cushion from this range it wouldn't look totally out of place if you had it out all year round.

I will also throw in a little baggy of those silver bells I showed you recently. Lots of you asked you what I was going to do with them. Well I've been working on some bunting with bells on the points. If I was super organised (rather than super dusty from housework.) I'd have finished the bunting to show you with this post.  I've been using five inch charm squares so the winner may choose to do something similar with this charm pack - or not; the choice will be the winners. I'll throw the bells in just in case.

So now for the rules and regulations.

Just leave a comment below. No hoops to jump through. I'm not advertising this give away so I can give regular readers the best chance of winning.  It is open to international readers and I'll keep the give away open until Wednesday 30 November 2011.  After which time I'll use Mr Random Number Generator to pick a winner (then spend about 3 hours trying to get a picture of the RNG result on the blog!)  Please make sure if you enter that there will be a way for me to contact you should you be the lucky winner.

If you're not sure what to leave a comment about you can give me some spring cleaning/storage house hold advice. Believe me I need all the help I can get for this little hobit hole.

Good Luck!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

42 comments:

  1. My best cleaning advice is that cozy lamps and dim winter lighting, not only greate a warming glow but hides dust quite well! :)

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  2. I'm not good at doing this myself but I think "If in doubt, throw it out!" is a probably a good tip :)

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  3. It's called 'Spring' cleaning for a reason! Keep sewing!

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  4. I don't think I have any good advice on cleaning as I tried really hard not to do any!?! More time to quilt and knit that way. Thanks for the giveaway. C

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  5. My Granny always says "a place for everything and everything in it's place" which works for me. Even when my house isn't very clean it is tidy and LOOKS clean! *g*

    P.S. Jingle bells!! Woo-hoo!!!

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  6. Great giveaway J! Cleaning is a waste of good sewing time! Let the fairies do it when you're sleeping! Jxo

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  7. cute poppies that you get in Britain. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway. If you saw my house you wouldn't be asking me for cleaning advice. I will say that I do a little bit of something every day or so and it usually keeps the house in reasonable shape. When it gets out of hand I tell DH that he has to clean. :)

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  8. All of the advice you've received is spot on! I particularly agree with Gill! Great giveaway :-)

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  9. Fa La La is a gorgeous line of fabric. My best advice for cleaning as I too have a small home, is to give away/throw away things you will never use and to be tough with the decision.

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  10. Many years ago I studied chemistry at university, and the one and only thing I remember is that, according to thermodynamics, things are more stable when they're very random... and the proof of this is that things don't pick themselves up! So obey the science and keep your house at the most stable energy level!!

    I like the sound of those fabrics... I've been searching for a nicely cooordinated set of colours to make some coasters out of!

    Congratulations on the followers! :)

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  11. Aggie reports that you still haven`t got Chief`s naughty coffee stain out of that sofa arm. Come on girl - put a bit of elbow into it! Thanks for letting us abroaders play - lovely fabric and congrats on 100 plus!

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  12. Oh! I thought you were giving away your poppies!! Best cleaning tip-don't bother - you'll have to do it again in a week or two! Thanks for the giveaway-it's lovely fabric!

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  13. Hi!
    Your blog is great!
    Don't deal with cleaning :) everything finds its place at the end... Just keep sewing! And share your works with us!
    suzy

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  14. It's winter not spring - so I'm not cleaning. I'll think of a new excuse by then to avoid it once again!

    Lovely giveaway!

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  15. I could use some of those poppies, I buy them and then the kids lose them so I have to get more. Not thatI begrudge donating the money but I'd like to have the poppies when we need them :) My storage tip is to take a trip to IKEA. I did that this week and we now have places for everything!

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  16. I like Fiona's Cleaning suggestion!
    We aim to do a BIG clean this weekend and not really looking forward to it to be honest, but I do like my feather duster!
    xxx

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  17. Yeah I'm totally rubbish at this kind of thing, however on a slightly unrelated note I have discovered that dry paint can be washed out of clothes with one of those colour run remover kits.

    kerry_l_wilkinson(AT!)hotmail(DOT!)com

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  18. Oh I bet you'll find some really great/odd things as you keep tidying!
    Thanks for the giveaway xxx

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  19. What, no hoop jumping? Damn, and I had my largest hoop all lined up...

    My best advice is to raid Ikea/B&Q storage section to clear things away into :o)

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  20. I throw out tons of stuff once or twice a year. I just love the relief of not holding on to all my old crap. If you're not sure if you should keep something or toss it, put it in a box. If it's still in the box in 6-12 months time you know you'll never use it and it is safe to throw out/ donate/ give away.

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  21. My tip is to focus more on fabric and that way you don't notice the dust! I heart the French General so would love to win some fa la la la la!

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  22. Ignore the cleaning for as long as is hygienically possible - then get a groupon offer to book in one of those companies who come and scrub the whole house (under beds, behind wardrobes, in kitchen cupboards etc) from top to bottom and leave it gleaming for you!!

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  23. I only clean when visitors are due, but my "tidy" advice is to chuck at least 50% away..... works for me ;-)

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  24. dont look too close at the dust just relax it is almost christmas

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  25. What a co-incidence I was talking to someone about this range yesterday...

    Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la

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  26. Thanks for the give away. I don't Spring clean! I try to do a bit each day, so it doesn't get overwhelming. With two dogs, a husband, and lots of thread bits, that's been working for me.

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  27. wow, great giveaway. As I said previously: don't tidy up because you will never find anything again - I have just about found everything from when I had my big clean up a few weeks ago!!

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  28. Thanks for giveaway Jan, and nice easy rules too! My de-cluttering rule is 'if I haven't used/worn something for 2 years it gets thrown out'. I hope that helps!

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  29. Congrats to you on 100 followers, that is fantastic! I've really been enjoying getting to "know" you and seeing all the lovely things you make :)

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  30. Oh Jan, if you could see my sewing space you would not welcome any advice from me!
    Lovely giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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  31. Sorry I have no cleaning advice. thanks for the chance

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  32. I agree with Lynz' granny! Oh, and get a tub of Bar Keepers' Friend - it's fabulous! Also, set a timer for, say 30 minutes and see how much you can get done...then reward yourself with a sit down and a cup of tea!

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  33. Now that you've mentioned bells, I've realised that I NEED some to complete my Elf Christmas stockings! Thanks for the chance to win some in your lovely giveaway :)
    I'm rubbish at cleaning and need to have a blitz here, but can recommend IKEA for storage solutions (and fabric!)

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  34. Do a little each day, then you'll stay on top of it and have more time for other things like sewing! Cheers!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  35. No cleaning advice from me either, I'm rubbish at it!! (habithacker lasted about 5 mins with me!)
    Thanks for the giveaway though, fingers crossed!
    R x

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  36. Don't buy any more fabric or do any sewing! Just clean up for the rest of your life! It will take you that long!

    Only joking! But it will never be perfect - embrace that!

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  37. I was off on a holiday and almost missed my chance!!

    I've thrown tons out and it does feel good to just let it go!

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