Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Gifts and Giveaways

Good morning, my stitching friends! And how are you doing in this very last week of October? Is everyone ready for Halloween? I so miss those days when my sons would fill the house with the excitement of creating their costumes (with just a bit of help from mom!), mapping out their trick-or-treat route, carving pumpkins, and at the very end of Halloween night, laying out their candy by type on the floor of our family room in a massive trade-fest (and generously giving all of their coconut candy bars like Mounds or Almond Joys to me because I'm the only one who likes coconut in the family!). What fun memories...

I want to thank all of you so much for those wonderful comments you left on my last post. I'm so touched that you liked the goodies I made for Lynn at Happiness is Cross Stitching and now that I've received her part of the exchange, I know you'll be absolutely blown away! Lynn started off making me the most beautiful fabric box in a pretty fall print of red and gold. On top of it she attached a stitched "C" monogram and added a touch of cording and a pretty crystal pin as the "opener." It is tiny--not quite 3" X 5"--just the way I like things! I really need to learn how to make these fabric boxes myself, and, luckily, Lynn has included detailed instructions in her tutorials blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to put together your helpful tutorials, Lynn!

Fabric box made by Lynn in our October exchange

Inside the box were two more beauties all done in the same shades of red and gold--a bottlecap pincushion and a needlebook with a pretty butterfly clasp...

Bottlecap pincushion and felt needlebook from Lynn

Here is a close-up of Lynn's darling creations:


And to package them, she made me this cute bag:

Stitched pouch from Lynn B.

It was so nice getting to know you over the past year, Lynn. I loved your treats--everything was so perfectly stitched and assembled and I know I'll think of you whenever I admire them. Thank you again, my friend!

Exhange gifts from Lynn B. at Happiness is Cross Stitching

And look what arrived from down south! My North Carolina friend, Myra, surprised me with this adorable candy corn mug mat for my favorite "brew"--too cute! I love it, Myra--you really made me smile!!

Candy Corn Mug Mat from Miss Myra!

Do you remember this little Shepherd's Bush Thanksgiving design which I won from Tricia? Well, I stitched it not once, but twice--once "over one" on 28 ct. cashel linen and the second time over two using two strands of thread on 40 ct. linen. 

"Give Thanks" by Shepherd's Bush--twice over!!

GIVEAWAY #1: Now the little chart is ready to move on to a new home. Who would like to stitch it next? If you want to stitch it up quickly (it only takes a few hours) and send it along to another stitcher, please let me know in your comments. This giveaway is for the followers of my blog and please be sure to leave your email if it is not included in your profile. Oh, and for fun, tell me the name of your favorite Halloween treat!

 Giveaway #1 for the Shepherd's Bush "Give Thanks" chart

GIVEAWAY #2: But, wait--that's not all!! I decided to stitch one of my little pillows out of one of my finishes and offer it up as a giveaway, too... The same rules apply--this giveaway is for the followers of my blog and you must leave your email if it is not included in your profile. For fun, please share with me the name of your favorite Halloween treat, too. And for this giveaway, if you are a regular commenter (and you know who you are!) you will get an extra entry. This Thanksgiving pillow is stitched over one on 28 ct. cashel linen and includes a variety of autumn colored ric-rac, ribbon, fabrics and cording. It is backed in the same fabric shown on the left side. (The drawing is for the pillow only--the scissors are not included).

 Giveaway #2: "Give Thanks" pillow

If you are interested in either giveaway, just let me know in your comments and I will draw two winners in November. I'll set the deadline for this drawing as November 10th. Good luck, everyone!

Well, I'm off tomorrow to my yearly stitching retreat at a bed & breakfast with four of my blogging buddies (yes, we all met online and have been meeting up like this for four years now!). After that I'll be driving directly to New York to visit my parents so I may be out of touch for a bit. I hope each of you has a delightful Halloween night--stay safe and be sure to eat some of your children's or grandchildren's chocolate for me!! Bye for now...


HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL!

111 comments:

AnaCristina said...
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AnaCristina said...

I´m not a regular commenter because my English is not very well but I`m a regular visitor LOL because I love stitch and I love your blog and I would like to do every thing I see here LOL LOL but the time is very short!
Those giveaways are for the followers who lives in other countries too?

Annie said...

Beautiful gifts. Lynn is such a fabulous finisher. And what a sweet gift from Myra. A candy corn coaster is just too cute.

Have a great time on your retreat!

Robin said...

What lovely items you received from Lynn! Know you will enjoy them! Have a wonderful stitching retreat with your friends and a safe journey to see your parents.

I would love to be entered in giveaway #2, please. It is a toss up between favorite Halloween treat -- Kit Kats or Mounds.

Robin in Virginia

butterfly said...

Fabulous , What beatiful treats and gifts love the box Lynn made for you and all those extras Wow and the lovely coaster from sweet Myra.
You know I love anything you stitch I can't hold back would love to win your giveaways, so would love you to add my name to the hat.
I love a any kind of candy I have a bucket ready for the children but alas it is going down each day I think I will have to go shopping again.
I adore your header it looks so beautiful.
Have a great time with your friends hugs.

Kate said...

Carol, beautiful gifts from Lynn. I'd love to enter your giveaway #2. I look forward to reading about your retreat - enjoy yourself.
My favourite Halloween treat would be chocolate bars!

Vickie said...

The exchange you and Lynn had really worked out fabulous. It is so obvious you both took great care for each other. Wonderful!
I was going to say I would pass on the pattern again, like I did on Tricia's blog, but. I will ask you to enter my name in #2 please. I passed on the pattern, because I stitched up a pattern that is so very, very similar in September myself. But your finish is beautiful. And it looks very different than mine. I love dark chocolate. ;)

Melissa said...

You can really see the love and care Lynn put in her goodies for you :) they are so lovingly finished!

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway!

Happy Stitching (and Happy Halloween!)

Melissa
stjohnsstitcher.blogspot.ca

Beertje Zonn said...

Beautiful gift!
Happy Halloween, Sonnja

michelle M said...

Hi Carol...I love your blog! Your stitching and finishes are amazing. I particularly loved your box you made for Lynn! So beautiful! I'm new at blogging so maybe you can follow me on my blog as well. Nice to meet you! Michelle

Unknown said...

What nice gifts you received. I would like to be entered into your second draw. Have a wonderful time with your friends - the world is getting connected by cross-stitchers. Enjoy the moments with your parents especially your father.

take care
Elizabeth B

Mónica Silva said...

Hello Carol, beautiful gifts from Lynn. I'd love to enter your giveaway #2. I look forward to reading about your retreat - enjoy yourself.
My favourite Halloween treat would be chocolate bars!
Hugs :)

Lisa V said...

Dear Carol, I have always wanted to be the lucky owner of one of your gorgeous finishes, so please enter me for the chance to win your giveaway 2.
Enjoy your time with your stitchy friends. Lucky Ducks!

thegreytail said...

oooh, those gifst are incredible! lucky you!
thank you for the wonderful giveaway too, I'd love to take part and stitch my own Give Thanks.
thank you for giving us the chance to wind one of your beautiful pieces, this one is AWESOME! perfect fabrics and colours!
lots of hugs and happy xxx,
chiara

Shirlee said...

Beautiful gifts Carol! Lovely giveaway but please do not add me this time around : ) Praying for you to have a safe trip!

Michelle said...

Have a lovely time Carol with your stitching friends how lovely. Lovely gifts. Please include me in drawing 2 your cushion is so pretty. My favourite candy is chocolate (my downfall really) but as I am now dieting I will be giving it away for Halloween! Have a safe trip x

Mary Ann said...

Carol, your gift from Lynn is beautiful, and I love the candy corn mug mat you received from Myra!

Please enter me in giveaway #2, and thank you for the chance to own one of your lovely finishes. I don't know the name of my favorite Halloween treat, but here is the recipe--in a bowl mix candy corn with peanuts--YUM!

Have a fun visit with your stitching friends at the retreat!

Mii Stitch said...

What a lovely exchange!! Have a fabulous time at the retreat (so wish I could go to one of these!!) & count me in for giveaway #1, this little chart would be a joy to stitch :)

Elizabeth Ann said...

Ohhhh my your box and accessories are beautiful! Have a wonderful time at your retreat! What will you be working on there? Enjoy your stay with your mom....

Linda H said...

What lovely gifts- the fabric box is so sweet and the mugrug is perfect for your Hallowe'en brew - I suggest spiced hot apple cider!
I LOVE your sweet little Give Thanks pillow. You do such a a perfect finishing job! I'd love to be entered in either/both giveaways! My fav. sweet treat at Hallowe'en (or anytime!) is dark chocolate.
Have great fun on your stitching retreat!

priscilla said...

Beautiful gifts and I love your little turkey stitching ! The Halloween stitching at the bottom of your post is fabulous !Have a great stitching trip .. and a good trip to your parents ! Safe travels :) Happy Halloween !

Dawn said...

Everything is so nice, beautiful gifts. Please enter me for your pillow #2. I love it and admire your beautiful finishes.

Favorite Halloween treat would be hard candy apples, takes me right back to my childhood.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What a fun post, Carol! The gifts you received are wonderful, and I LOVE your sweet stitching on the Give Thanks pattern! : ) So glad you enjoyed it!!!!

Tricia

Giovanna said...

What lovely gifts from your friends, and great finishes by you - well done!

Cole said...

Gorgeous gifts & exchanges Carol! Both Lynn & Myra do such gorgeous work (and you too!) :D

I'd love to enter your giveaways ~ my favorite Halloween treat is Rockets, which I believe are Smarties in the US... our Smarties are chocolate ;)

Jeanne said...

Love the box Lynn made for you Carol - what a treasure to have.

Great autumn finishes...we're finally getting cooler weather now in the southwest thankfully. Please throw my name into the drawing and thanks for the opportunity! My email is in my blogger profile.

Melissa said...

What a great exchange you received from Lynn - red heaven!

I love what you have stitched up too, Miss Over-One Queen!

Have a lovely retreat with your buds. I am sure it will be lots of fun!

Enjoy your visit with your parents! Safe journey!

Barb said...

Such lovely gifts Carol, I love the cushion you have made for the giveaway but being in the UK and knowing what postage costs are over there I will pass on the opportunity.
Have a fabulous time and safe journeying. Look forward to hearing all about it.

Judy said...

I am a new follower although I have been reading your blog for awhile. I love the little thanksgiving cross stitch. Please enter me in your giveaways and if I win the chart I would be happy to pass it on.

Thanks so much!

plustik@comcast.net

kcenya1950 said...

i read your blog in my reader and have not been following it for a long time but i love it and once found read it all the way back to the beginning. your finishes are inspiring. i would love to win either one of your give-aways -- can i enter both? my email is kcenya1950@gmail.com and my favourite halloween candy is baby ruth, or maybe baby snickers, or maybe -- too hard to choose!

Scattered Threads said...

Very beautiful exchanges Carol. Please enter me in the drawing for both (pattern and pillow).
Enjoy your retreat.
Hugs,
Jackie:)

Gabi said...

Beautiful gifts and wonderful sticheries.
Have a wonderful time with your stitching friends ans a
Happy Halloween from Germany

Linda said...

Wonderful gifts Carol. Your stitching and finishing is fantastic as always. I would love to be entered for either giveaway.

Linda

Melanie said...

The gift from Lynne was so beautiful, I follow her blog and admire all that she stitches.
I have a little bucket full of goodies for Halloween and this year have made 2 pumpkin lanterns to let the children know they are welcome.
Please enter me in both your giveaways, I would love a chance to win one if your lovely giveaways.
Enjoy your retreat x

Lorie said...

Always look for your posts and love all the PS designs that you do
which causes me to go through all my PS stash. Such a nice gift to receive from your friend. Your sent gifts are wonderful also.
Please enter me into your giveaway.
Yes, have to agree on the Mounds and Almond Joy as a favorite!
Take care,
Lorie

Shirley said...

Hi Carol, I do not wish to enter the giveaways but just want to wish you a good trip. The shoe pouch is really cute.
all the best,
Shirley
xx

Małgorzata Zoltek said...

Wspaniałe prezenty dostałaś ,a Twoje również są piękne. Życzę dobrej zabawy na Halloween :)

LoriU said...

What a cute little box Lynne sent you!

I would love to be in your giveaways! Just love the colors on that turkey! Thank you!

Lori
stitchpro @ hotmail . com

PS...is this the yearly retreat in Erie? Or maybe I have it confused with someone else...

Joy said...

I love the box. It has now inspired me on how to finish the box that I've been contemplating on finishing!

Please enter me in both giveaways. It looks like a fun pattern to stitch and you always make the best pillows so it's win/win! gadgettrek@yahoo.com

LoriU said...

OOPS...my favorite treat is Reese Cups!

Terri P said...

I am a follower of your blog via GFC!

I love Giveaway #1 and will be happy to pass it on.

My favourite Halloween candy is Candy corn (the kind w/ the chocolate tip) and cashew halves. :)

Terri P
pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

jhm said...

I would love to have either little turkey. I love things for Thanksgiving and can never find enough! I have never seen this chart before and would love to stitch it and pass it on as well.

JHM
http://needleworkerssamplings.blogspot.com/

Margaret said...

Wow, I love what Carol made for you! So gorgeous! Lovely gift from Myra too! I can't believe you stitched that piece twice! Well, actually I can. You're amazing! Isn't two strands on 40ct tight? Looks great though! You are so sweet to have giveaways! I feel guilty whenever I win one, so I'll probably pass. But I love your finishing as always!

pj said...

Carol,
As usual, you outdid yourself on this little giveaway and I would soooooooooo love to have something that you stitched and finished. This is adorable and I hope you will include me in your giveaway.
My favorite Halloween candy is KitKat bars!!! I try to stay away from them but those little ones are so tempting.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful finishing with us and I can see why you are so happy with that exchange gift. Lucky Lady you are!!!!

Happy Halloween and enjoy your retreat time.

pj said...

Carol,
Sorry I didn't leave my email or that I am the "pam from iowa"....
as I think there is another in blogland....

pjstitcher at mchsi dot com

**you can delete this if you recognize my name 'pj' from our emails in the past. tks

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Carol, your posts are always so much fun. I'd love the chance to win either the chart or your special finished piece. Enjoy your time with your peeps and be safe on your trip to see your folks. I hope your visit with them is good. Have a great week! Hugs to you!

Lesley said...

Love all the photos on this post,lovely stitching.
Hope you have a fantastic retreat Carol and a lovely visit with your parents.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Carol, I love that Judith Kirby at the end...one of my favorite patterns ever :)
and your sweet, thanksgiving turkeys...how lovely! Of course I want a chance to win an original! :)
My favorite Trick-Or Treat "treat" is Milk Duds! Oh golly...love those things :)

msmartello said...

Hi Carol,
Please include me in giveaway #2. I would love to win something stitched and finished by you. What a treat that would be. Oh, speaking of treat, my favorite would be jumbo tootsie rolls. My aunt just got me addicted to those on our recent trip to VA.
Take Care

Maureen

lynda said...

What a lovely gift from Lynn! She always makes such beautiful things.
I would love to be entered in both of your drawings ( am I being greedy?) the pillow is so cute, and I would keep that little pattern moving along for sure.
Fave candy ? Anything milk chocolate...but I am also a coconut lover....love those almond joys and mounds!

cucki said...

Hello dear,,
Beautiful gifts from Lynn....
I'd love to enter your giveaway #2. enjoy for the retreat..
My favourite Halloween treat would be chocolate bars :)
Big hugs x

denise said...

i'm a regular reader but i don't comment much. love the thanksgiving pattern.your finish is beautiful.denise[cheermom1954@aol.com]

AnaCristina said...

Hello, Carol! I would like to be entered in giveaway #1 and #2, please! thank you!

And my favorite Halloween treat is jelly beans!

kisses

Bianca said...

Hi Carol. I would love to be entered in giveaway 1. I don't have a personal blog, but I am a member of the Random Acts of Stitching Kindness blog group, and would be more than happy to pass it along there when done. Oh, and my favorite Halloween treats are Kit Kats.

Sherri said...

I love seeing your finishes as well as Lynn's. So talented! I'd love to be the proud owner of one of your finishes. However, if I won #1, could I contract you to finish it? As for favorite Halloween candy, Reese's peanut butter cups. I count it as a protein! Ha!

Barb said...

Wonderful gift and beautiful stitching! I would love to win either of you generous give-aways. Have a wonderful time with stitching buddies, and a very happy Halloween to you! Oh yes, I LOVE M&Ms!

Ellen said...

Wow, gorgeous gifts from Lynn! Both you and Lynn are so creative and talented!

I would love a chance to win your beautiful pillow, thank you! We do not celebrate Halloween in Singapore but I love Reese's peanut butter cups.

Enjoy your stitching retreat and your visit to your parents!

Happy Halloween!

Melody said...

Hello Carol! I would love to be included in your giveaway! I would love to receive something stitched by you... so I would choose #2.

Halloween memories are such fun. I was the only one who liked coconut at our house too.... :)

Have a fun retreat!

Melody said...

I forgot to tell you my favorite candy... would have to be snickers. However, a good homemade popcorn ball was also a treat on Halloween.

Friendship Crossing said...

Wow Carol, such wonderful gifts from Lynn!! and that adorable candy corn mat from Myra ~ how cute!

LOVE your darling pillow, so I will choose #2 and I do comment fairly often. :))

My fave candy right now is the miniature M & M's in the little plastic tubes.

Thanks for letting me join in!
Hugs,
Tanya

Mary said...

Lynn's gift was beautiful as yours was for her, Carol.
I love how you finished "Give Thanks."
I will pass on your giveaway as you have been so generous to me.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your stitching buddies....so much fun to look forward to!

Fiona said...

Oh wow!! I would love to enter your giveaway if I may. I always love looking at your finishes, I especially loved your bowl of smalls series last year, I ended up adding so many extra charts to my wish list as a result though!! My favourite Halloween treat is probably gummi bears eaten while watching some kids Halloween film or show like scooby doo :)

Elia said...

Querida C arol,
me encanta tu cabecera del blog, con tus trabajos de Halloween, adoro todo lo que haces !!!
estos acabados son fantásticos, son de lujo,
admiro la sensibilidad que tienes para hacerlo !
Te lo digo con el corazón ^^
Me gustaría participar, solamente por esta ilusión de esperar, vale la pena intentarlo,

un abrazo muy grande, gracias ^^
Empieza hacer bastante frío por aquí...

cuídate !!
besos^^


Belinda said...

Hi Carol,
As always I love your blog posts. I so wish we celebrated Halloween here in Australia but it's not highly done here. We normally do have a few groups of trick or treaters knocking on our front door every year, so I always have chocolate waiting in the cupboard. The way you celebrated with your sons made me smile, how lovely! I love coconut chocolate bars too.

I would love to be entered into giveaway number 2 please! What a gorgeous cushion. My favourite Halloween treat would be any chocolate bar. I am a chocoholic!!

Your stitching retreat sounds like so much fun!! Have a lovely time away, look forward to hearing about it.

Lumiruusu said...

What a most beautiful fabric box was the beauty Lynn made for You! I really love your blog and want to someday have more stitching talents to do as beautifully stitchings as You.I have only stitched four years so I have lot to learn. Lovely post as allways.

With blessings,Maija from Finland

Chris said...

Hey Carol!
What great Halloween Memories. This is such a wonderful time of year.
Your exchange with Lynn is fabulous. You both did such amazing projects. Such treasures. I love the reds that Lynn worked with.
I hope that your retreat is fabulous and I am looking forward to hearing about it.
Please put my name in the hat for either giveaway. My favorite Halloween treat.... I could give you a long list but I am back on my diet :)
Hugs!!!

Christina said...

What lovely gifts you received. Thank you for sharing your fun holiday memory. At Easter time the children in the family would always give me and my grandmother the black jellybeans. No one else liked them. :)

Your SB finishes are adorable. I would love a chance at your beautiful pillow. My favorite Halloween treat is Reese's PB cups.

Have a wonderful time at your retreat and with your parents. Wishing you safe travels.

Julie said...

A super header picture as your blog opened, it looks beautiful.
Fabulous giveaway, good luck to all who enter, the little ornament is wonderful.
Have a safe trip and lots of fun with your stitching friends and I hope all is well with your parents.
Much love x

Southpaw Stitcher said...

What a fabulous exchange you got from Lynn! And your "Give Thanks" is super cute! Please enter me in Giveaway No. 2. Thanks for having such a wonderful prize.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Oooh--forgot about the treat: it's not specific to Halloween, but chocolate (Lindor Truffles) go great with any season!

Lynda Harrison said...

What beautiful stitching, I can't tell you how inspired I am by reading your blog and seeing your wonderful finishes. Hallowe'en stitching is so colourful and vibrant, and I would dearly love to be entered in to your giveaway for the beautiful little cushion. My favourite part of Hallowe'en has to be the carved pumpkins, glowing with candlelight on Hallowe'en night, and the smell of candle wax and pumpkin! Hallowe'en is not celebrated as mush here in the UK as it is in the US, which is a great shame. My children used to love dressing up to go Trick or Treating, and them home for a slice of pumpkin pie - still my daughter's absolute favourite! Happy Hallowe'en to all!! Lots of love, Lynda. (Email gamlingay1@sky.com)

passionfruitprincess said...

Lovely gifts you got! The box looks perfect! It's so cool how you stitch over one...looks darling. And I love the way you finished the little pillow with all the ribbons and ric- rac. I wish you a Happy Halloween and
have fun at the retreat and enjoy the time with your parents. Hugs,
Ana Paula.

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Melanie said...

What fabulous, fabulous pieces from Lynn! Each piece is exquisite. She must have put a lot of time into them, I'm sure. You two outdid yourself with this exchange!!! :)

The candy corn mat is super cute. I want to make like a million of them now. lol

It must be a quick pattern if you did up twice so quick like that. Just love the pillow you did up for the giveaway. (Hmmmmm, but what did you do with the OTHER one you finished stitching? It will be a future surprise, I'm sure!)

Happy Halloween, bb!! :)

Myra said...

Wow! What a gorgeous exchange Carol. I love your little turkey finish - so cute. Enjoy your retreat, it always sounds like you had a great time.

Catherine said...

Beautiful gifts, Carol! Treasures for always! I would love a chance to give your turkey pillow a home ~ your sweet finishes always inspire. Hhhmmmm....since I am a sweets lover, it is hard to pick one thing ~ I guess I'd have to say candy corn is a favorite ~ ooohhhh....but this year there were Halloween Cadbury eggs!
Hope you retreat is filled with love and laughter ~ looking forward to reading all about it. Have a safe journey!

Lillie said...

Lovely exchange from Lynn and gift received.

Please enter me for Giveaway 2.The pillow is finished beautifully like always.

Have a good trip, enjoy the stitching retreat and meeting your parents.

Happy Halloween !

Karoline said...

Your gifts from Lynn are just gorgeous & the mug mat from Myra is very cute.

Congratulations on your turkey finishes.

Please enter me into giveaway 2, I think my favourite halloween treat would be Haribo sours.

Have a lovely time at your retreat

Lynn B said...

Hi Carol,
I am so glad you liked what I have stitched for you my friend, it was a pleasure to make these for you. I usually post on Sunday and Wednesday but my computer lead has died and I awaiting delivery of a new one, hope it arrives today then I can post your photos on my blog!
I love what you have stitched for your giveaway but obviously I will pass on this as I have already received some of your gorgeous stitching.
Thank you for doing the exchange with me, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sally said...

Wonderful gifts Carol. Both are just so beautiful.

Cute finishes of Give Thanks. Please can I enter for your stitched piece :)

Karen2683 said...

Hi Carol,

I'm a newbie here, but not to cross stitch (30+ years!). Excited to read your blog! I'd love to be entered in both giveaways. Thanks! I look forward to participating!

Karen

Jennifer said...

those gifties are beautiful Carol! I would love to be entered in your draw! My fav candy treat is reese's pb cups!
I hope you have a wonderful time on your retreat and a great visit in NY with your family . I am going to finally stitch tomorrow so hope to update my blog soon .
Have fun!

Lisa T said...

Hi Carol,
I found your blog through Lynn B. I just love the gifts your received & you have a beautiful blog.
Please include me in your fabulous giveaways.
Kind Regards,
Lisa
miniaddictions.blogspot.com

Nicky said...

Lynn and Myra sent you some beautiful gifts Carol, absolutely gorgeous! Love your Thanksgiving stitching, you must have enjoyed it to stitch it so beautifully twice!

valerie said...

Lovely gift and love the candy corn coaster from Myra! How clever. :) I feel like I shouldn't enter the giveaway since I already have a few well-loved items "made by Carol" but I will share what my favorite treat is. I love Take Fave candy bars. I was told today that they came in fun size and I am so happy I didn't know that because I may have eaten a whole bag since I don't get trick or treaters! Whew...perhaps my waist line is saved. I hope you have a fantastic time on your retreat. I can't wait to hear all about it! And a good trip to NY too. I know your mom will be so happy to see you. Love and hugs...

Judy said...

Hi Caorl,
Your exchange pieces from Lynn are lovely. And the candy cane coaster is a cutie. Ofcourse, I would LOVE to be entered in giveaway # 2. Anything hand made by you would be far greater than stitching it myself! I could admire the turkey while eating my new favorite candy--almond snickers.

Your retreat sounds like a spectacular get away. And enjoy your visit with your parents. I especially hope your Dad will give you a big hug.

Judy heartland stitcher

Lesleyanne said...

Have a great time at the retreat. A gorgeous exhange received f4om Lynn.

Lesleyanne said...

Have a great time at the retreat. A gorgeous exhange received from Lynn.

Meari said...

Beautiful gifts from Lynn, and that candy corn coaster is so cute. I like the card, too. Adorable!

Congrats on your SB finishes. I would love to be included in the giveaways.

Enjoy your retreat. Should be fun!

Angela P said...

Lovely gift from Lynn! Lovely stitching too :)

Kathy Ellen said...

How thrilled you must have been to receive that gorgeous box filled with so many beautiful goodies inside. Lynn's finishing is always so wonderful.

I would love to be a part of your giveaway of your beautifully stitched "Give Thanks" pillow. I wish that I had even the teensiest bit of your creative finishing, Carol.

Hope that you and your stitchy-bloggy friends have a great weekend together.

Blessings!

Andrea said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous!! Love the exchange you received from Lynn. The boxes that she does are amazing aren't they? Please don't enter me in the giveaway, we are not really a "Happy Thanksgiving" country in the UK, but I just wanted to say I just adore the liitle pillow. Those colours and finishing design are just stunning.

Kath said...

what a fabulous give-away treat. Speaking of treats, my favorite has always been a Snickers bar.
I'd love to win a pillow made by you but would take either.


Love the candy corn coaster and the notes she attached. Too cute! Have loads of fun with your blogging friends.

Best,
Kath

Sharon said...

Gorgeous gifts! Your retreat sounds delightful, have fun!

Karen said...

Love the way you finished the little pillow with the fabrics and trims you chose. Very cute!

happy stitching...

Maggee said...

Hope you are having a great time at the retreat! Stitching with friends is the best! I would love to win a stitched piece by you, so would like to be entered for number 2! Chocolate is my choice, everytime! But I didn't go overboard TOO bad this year... Am loving the mug mat and your exchange pieces! Hugs!

Bekca said...

I hope you have a wonderful time at the retreat Carol, I can't wait to hear all about it :)
Best wishes.

Wanda said...

Carol, I never cease to be amazed and impressed by your beautiful blog! Love your new header! Black cats and witches compete for my two favourite things at Halloween but my favourite treat are the little Aero chocolate bars - just melt in your mouth goodness! Your gifts from Lynn and Myra are beautiful. Your Give Thanks ornaments are so beautifully done (recurring theme - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!) You are so generous! Thanks as always for the joy you bring by sharing your stitching and life with us.
Have a wonderful time with your friends. Enjoy your visit with your mom and dad (hugs).
Do you remember the name of your Halloween picture at the end of your post?
Happy stitching, Wanda

shannon doyle said...

I would love to be entered in your drawing! Love the Give thanks over one.

Cindy's Stitching said...

they are all so pretty. What nice giveaways. As always, i get a smile when i read your blog.

Bobbie said...

Oh, I would love to win either one! I need a turkey for my "smalls" collection. I so enjoy reading your blog, always full of fun and inspiration. I just wish I could stitch things up as quickly as you seem to do! I'd have to say my favorite Halloween treat is those peanut butter kisses wrapped in the orange and black papers, but when I can't find them a Reese's peanut butter cup will do. Have fun on your stitching retreat!

♥ Nia said...

Halloween around here is a small thing yet, not the party and fun like it is over there! hehehe I usually decorate my house and make something different but not this year.. I've been on baby mode this year ;) heheheh

Lovely gifts you have received! :)

Ohh!! such a wonderful finish you have there! :D That giveaway gift is gorgeous!!! :D
But since it's a thanksgiving theme, I will pass the chance, makes more sense to keep it in the USA ;) heheheh
I'm sure the lucky winner will love it!!! :D

hugs&smiles to you!!

Marie said...

Wow, Lynn's exchange takes my breath away...beautiful!

Your little turkey pillow is to cute.

Hope you enjoyed your retreat.

Pam in IL said...

Lovely exchange pieces from Lynn and that candy corn coaster from Myra is adorable!

Your Give Thanks finishes are wonderful. Such a cute little design and I love the way you finished it.

I really enjoyed your Halloween memory and that's exactly what we did when I was a kid and I passed that on to my girls -- who are now grown up.

Oh, and I'm the only that likes coconut in my house too, which is good since it's my favorite, lol.

Valma said...

the gifts you received from Lynn are amazing :)
she is so talented !
lucky you :)
I hope you had a great time with your friends, but also that everything was right with your parents
you made a wonderful piece for your giveaway sweetie
this pillow is so beautiful. you always give me new ideas to use fabrics & ribbons for my finishes =)
I really would enjoy a piece made by you...so I'd be happy if you could put my name in the hat for #2 =)
and of course, I already told you...I never ate candy corns...would be nice to try a day =D
Big big hugs
xxxx

Bonnie said...

Please enter me for both drawings. Love the way you finish your stitching would be so thrilled with a finish of yours. Halloween treat fav is Kit Kat really most candy or sweets as I can not have them.
Hope you had a great time a the retreat and with your family. HUGS
bcoles at dot gmail.com

Giovi's Creations said...

Your gifts are so beautiful, you deserve it!
I'd love to participate for Giveaway #2! I really love your little pillow, so delicate and cute.
Have a great November!
Giovi

Sue said...

Both are nice but I'd prefer Giveaway #1. Thanks:) suew930@yahoo.com

Kay said...

So beautiful! I love to see what you share all the time. Wonderful gifts you got, they are divine! I would love to be entered for giveaway 1! Hope you had a great Halloween!

Anne said...

Oh dear, I missed the chance to win something handstitched by you! I love the monogramed box Lynn made for you and all the little smalls that came along with it. The give thanks pillow is beautifully finished. You have the eye my friend!! Hugs!!