I was born in 1970, and my when my parents built our house in the middle of the cornfield in 1974, my mom did her very best to deck it out in country-esque fashion. There were antiques and floral wallpapers and blue carpeting and wallpaper borders and fake brick linoleum floors in the kitchen and wooden geese and ducks everywhere and I hated it all. I loved the antiques and the woodwork, mind you, but the rust orange sofa? The “classic” floral wingback chair? Forget about it.
Sample wallpaper here – that’s me, second from the right. To my left is Lisa – check out those glasses. <hi Lisa!> My two younger cousins are on the ends. I’m 99% certain Shawn had never been anywhere close to Texas.
You’ll notice by the clothing, and by my stylish Swatch, this is the 80′s. My folks maintained that decor until I went to college and moved away, at which point, they promptly redid everything with very nice replacements – even a fireplace. Then, not much later, they divorced and sold the house. The new owners put on brick red shutters, installed some kind of knight statue on the porch and built a giant pole barn over our orchard. Ah, memory lane…
Wowsers – still with me for the free stuff? Ok.
This giveaway would be way cooler had I not given a bunch of stuff away just a few days ago, before the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day was announced. Oops! Ah well – it was a pleasure to send the Moda layer cake over to The Bitchy Stitcher, and two additional small parcels to other readers. Well, it will have been a pleasure, after they go into the mail tomorrow.
The Free Stuff Today: Classic country-style fabrics I bought in what can only be described as a fit of uncontrollable and inexplicable nostalgia for the 70′s… the 70′s I endured and hated (at least the half for which I was self-aware,) with its disco music (which I now <shudder> adore,) its bellbottoms, its ridiculous lapels… ok, still mostly hate the 70′s apparel.
I bought this here fabric on an Ambien shopping binge. I made some 9-patches out of them, still have a metric honkload left over, and no idea what to do with them. Want them? Yay! The pieces are mostly fat-quarter-sized or larger, and are pre-washed (thus, they have frayed edges… it is, alas, ani mperfect world,) and the three around the top and sides are at all probably a half-yard or better. I think the two top pieces are probably Japanese prints, but in my drug-induced haze, they translated as “COUNTRY.”
But wait, there’s more! A small-sized handmade hairkerchief, made in my clumsy, amateurish style. Perfect for a little girl or an elf-sized adult! Or one very unfortunate dog.
The Winning – How to Do Eet:
You’re probably doing a lot of this today, right? Are you sick of adding people to Twitter and linking back on your blog? Well, you don’t have to link to me on your blog; I don’t want the fantastic, creative world of sewing and quilting blogs to become an endless circle of giveaway links. The internets crave content! Save the internets! (Of course, that being said, I’d love it if you’d give me a line on your blogroll.)
Alrighty, let’s fire up the winning machine:
* 1 entry for each distinct commenter on this post who tells me something interesting; an anecdote, a favorite recipe, a treasured memory, your favorite style of quilting, what kind of pets you have, your favorite kind of thread and why, how you got into sewing/quilting – anything you want to share. Interesting comments are fun for the whole crowd!
* 1 additional entry if you follow me on Twitter – use the “Follow Me” button on the right edge over there (I promise to actually start updating Twitter… no really. Please indicate your Twitter ID in your comment if you have done this.)
* 3 additional entries if you add me to your RSS feed (likewise, please let me know if you do so in your comment)
* 5 additional entries if I select your comment as The One Bestest, Most Interesting, Funny, Poignant or Insightful Comment to Which I Have Ever Borne Personal Witness. I realize this is hugely subjective, but I am fully prepared to be impressed with what you all come up with.
Now if my math is up to snuff, those there are eleven ten opportunities to win! \o/
Deadline for entry is December 6th at 11:59pm Eastern time.
Shipping to US addresses only… sorry…
On the 7th, I’ll go over all entries and give everyone the appropriate number of draws. Everyone’s names will be all jumbled up together, then a winner will be drawn and announced on Monday, December 7th… sometime in the evening, after I get home from work. Certainly by bedtime.
Good luck to you all, and I can’t wait to see what comes in. (And I hope my server survives without crashing; I don’t know if I should expect 6 visitors or 6000.)
[EDIT: Holy wow! So many awesome things on other peoples' blogs! I've been adding nifty new people to my Google Reader and currently have more than 400 500 600 700 800 900 (holy cow!) posts to read through. Jinkies, but what fun. Hope you are having a good giveaway day!]