Thursday, 15 October 2009

Blogtoberfest Day 15: Giveaway Day!

Here it is - finally - very late for my blogiversary, and even later for my 100th post (currently the tally is at 194...oops!). But here it is anyway, in time for blogtoberfest. Since I am sooooo overdue for this I am giving away TWO handmade items so you get two chances to win a prize.



For second prize, I decided to whip up a boxy bag from the fantastic tutorial over at patchyapple. The only problem was, with kids in bed I only had what was in my sewing box to rummage through for materials. And so the Baby Boxy was born! Made with a 7" zip instead of the 14" one, it really is a little zippered pouch. However small doesn't necessarily mean it can't be useful. I can imagine it being a coin pouch or lippy pouch in someone's handbag, or a knitting gadgets (like stitch markers) pouch in a knitting bag, or hold some handy little sewing things for the sewers and quilters out there. This, I thought would cater nicely to everyone that reads my blog. I did, at one stage, think I was crazy doing my first one so small as it was a bit fiddly getting the zip in, but it seemed to work out okay. The handle is the same size as it would be for a full sized version as I figured that your fingers still need to fit through!
The first prize is this cute little buttercup bag - perfect for spring for those on this side of the hemisphere, or to brighten those dark gloomy winter days on the other side of the world. With Christmas just around the corner too, it would make a neat little gift for a friend if it's not your style. This was the first time I inserted a magnetic snap but it was no trouble at all with the very detailed instructions that came with them from Nicole Mallaleui.


The bag is lined with a pretty blue contrast that follows on with the leafy filigree that is on the cute yellow birdie outer.


I also decided to add ric-rack as suggested by the bag designer herself, Rae over at MadeByRae. And the final touch was my first flower yoyo using a clover yoyo maker. I accidentally pushed the centre of the flower to the back rather than the front, but I think it looks even better with a cute little covered button centre anyway - I wasn't too sure about poking the wrong side of the fabric through the centre. If you don't win, or would prefer to make one yourself, you can find the free pattern here. Luckily, it was pretty quick to make as I have had my hands full with the littlest one of late, teaching her to sleep better.
To enter, just leave a comment by 5pm SA time on th 31st October, with a way of contacting you if you don't have a blog and I'll get the boy to draw a couple of names to send these little bags to. An additional small surprise will be hiding inside each bag. Good luck!

52 comments:

Kris said...

oo, first comment!

I'd love to enter, happy 194 blog posts!

Congratulations on winning the tapes btw, can't wait to see what you use them for

Kylie said...

Popping in to leave a comment. Happy belated Blog Birthday ans almost 200 posts.

Leah said...

Cute bags Joy :) I've had the buttercup pattern printed out... for some time.

Carolyn said...

ohh- ill put my name to that :D thank you for your generous givaway!

~Tanya~ said...

commented on the sneak peek, but these pics are even better!! Gorgeous, beautiful, amazing!

Liam's Mummy said...

Gorgeous bag! Love the ric rac and yo-yo flower. Whoever wins that will be very lucky!

Anna - tillytom.com.au said...

Happy blog birthday to you! Love the bag, beautiful fabrics and the little boxy purse is cute too!

Bec Clarke said...

Very generous of you joy, congrats on your belated bloggiversary.

she knits said...

Happy Blogtober :0)
Gorgeous bags :0)
Good Luck getting Maddy to sleep better.

Ezri47 said...

Oh they are gorgeous bags! I'll definitely be looking up the pattern to those ones!

sue said...

Ooh they are both delightful bags, and I cant decide which one I like best. Congrats on 194 posts too, nearly near the 200 already!

Car said...

Happy Bloggy-versary Joy :) I'm impressed that you manage to get any sewing done in the sleep deprived state you are in, you poor thing. Hope the new routine is working out :)

Emma said...

What lovely bags! I hope you manage to get some more sleep soon, and have a bit more time for sewing!

PJS said...

you could always claim it early as a giveaway for 200 posts!

Miss Rosie said...

I agree you could claim it for a 200th post present

Cynthia said...

I love your giveaways! The little purse is so cute with ric rac and a fabric flower! Love yellow and red together.

Tas said...

Gorgeous! I'm jumping on the bag making bandwagon of late. Fun to make and lovely to have or - in your case - give away if you can bear to part with them.

Lilly said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!
These bags are so adorable! Thanks a lot for the chance!
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Mands said...

Gorgeous bags Joy - where do you find the time?
Mands x

Mrs May said...

Gosh I love those fabrics, actually I just love your blog in general....all this sewing, you're a girl after my own heart.

Happy blog birthday and good luck changing Maddie's sleeping habits.

jodesisme from Rav :-)

Jules @ MoonCat Farms said...

What a great giveaway. The bags are really cute. Thanks.

humel said...

Oh wow, these are both gorgeous! Loving that buttercup bag in particular, will have to check out the tutorial (while keeping fingers crossed that I won't need to make my own...) Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Rainbow Child said...

They are both super sweet :)

Renee G said...

Please include me in your drawing for the darling bags.
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Brissmiths said...

Gorgeous gift to celebrate. Love fabric and design. Susan :)

becanne said...

Count me in - love both items, although Jack is sitting on my knee at the moment saying "look, MY car Mum!" and trying to get the little green car off the screen (he has a similar set).

Great pics of Austy 'knitting' too!

Heather said...

How fun! I'd love to enter your give away, I read your blog all of the time and am the worst commenter ever :) I'll be better.

Jo's Place said...

They are both very very cool. Happy Blogiversary :)

Claire said...

Happy almost 200 posts :)

I hope you have some success with your little girl soon and get some more rest :)

Tanya said...

thanks for the giveaway, great fabric, clever one!

Kim said...

They are fantastic, i would love to enter your giveaway.

Tam said...

I love the little boxy!

Grace Wong said...

yay, I love both of the prizes!

shou.milk@gmail.com

Mama Llama said...

They are both so cute! Either one would brighten my day.

Miss Muggins said...

ooh how exciting, a hidden surprise. Would love to win.

amummy said...

I love the bag. Please add me into the draw.

Kate said...

Gosh they are lovely bags you have made. Well done on reaching 200 posts ( I gather you have by now!). I am 9 away from 100 myself and have only had a blog for 3 or so months!

Sereknitty said...

Both of those bags are gorgeous! You are a talented lady :)

Woolly-de-Rosie said...

Very cute bags. Thanks for linking to instructions for them. I'm going to have a go at the boxy bag :)

Woolly-de-Rosie on Ravelry.

sewfunky said...

Please enter me in the draw!

Loving your blog... :)

Ellie said...

Well done JOy. I always love looking in on your blog. Your fabric choices are always divine.

Becky said...

A wonderful giveaway. Thanks :)

Jennifer Conway said...

I'd love to win, as I happen to know you send great packages ;-)

I like looking at all your projects and family pics - didn't realize until today that you had a blog!

Jennifer
aka moonshh on ravelry

w said...

Great fabric. I love the Buttercup bag!

CRAFtando said...

Really cute give aways! I´de love to get one of them!
Greetings from Germany,
Daniela

Liberty said...

Great job on the bags!! I LOVE making buttercup bags. They are so fun.

LMA76@comcast.net

xxoo,
Liberty

Vic @ Punky and Me said...

I love both of these bags!

karen said...

Gorgeous bags, please pick me!

Sasparilla Sue said...

I love blogtoberfest!! I discover so many new (to me) lovely blogs! I absolutely love that purse!
Happy belated blogiversary and almost 200th post!

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow, gorgeous bag, great giveaway!!!
pop round to my place if you like, I have a giveaway going aswell.

Birgit said...

I just love your bags -- thanks for this great chance! :)

Greetings from Munich,
Birgit
swappinghowdies@yahoo.de

Elizabeth said...

oh! both bags are lovely!

i have a thing for little zip pouches. and i really like the birdies on the purse. so i'd be happy with either one you want to send my way! :)

and hurray for blogging and blogtoberfest!