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Advent Days Seventeen, Eighteen and Nineteen

I’ve been a bad Advent Blogger and haven’t blogged about my swap goodies since a brief post on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday I only spent about half an hour in my house after work before heading out to Christmas dos. I headed straight to bed when I got in both nights, so didn’t even have a chance to open my advent swap presents. I feel as though I need another week before Christmas!

I was too keen on opening my advent presents today to take a note of which was which! Here are all the three I opened today:

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I opened a slow cooker cookbook,purple feathers and a blue polka dot wide ribbon.

I sent:

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Handmade star earrings

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The Snowman cross stitch card kit

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Blue polka dot ribbon!

Things have quietened down, a bit, so hopefully I’ll be back to blogging the swap goodies once a day again soon!

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I won!

I have had a few giveaways on my blog, but have never won one, until Friday. I read The Sewing Boutique’s blog as it has pretty fabric and great tutorials. The blog is a bit quieter than it used to be, but that is due to the success of the  shop.

If you love fabric you will like The Sewing Boutique shop. There are some lovely fabrics, such as this pretty Michael Miller Print, which is the favourite print of the week.

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As well as all the  fabric you can also get ribbon and lots of haberdashery bits. I love how postage charges are easy to understand and are very reasonable.

So, what did I win? This lovely bundle of four coordinating fabric and two coordinating ribbons:

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The picture above is the one on the giveaway blog post. The photo below is one I took under artificial light after unpacking it all.

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I am a lucky lady!

99…100… Giveaway!

I promised a giveaway when I reached 100 followers, and now I’m there! As this is a blog about my makes, I’m giving away things you can use to make something.

You all know I’m a button fan, so how about these:

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12 wooden painted flower buttons

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20 cute bear head buttons
And

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2 of both heart and star shaped plastic buttons in yellow, pink, purple and blue.

I also like beads.

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A string of coloured beads

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Wooden painted beads (two different colours and sizes)

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Four polymer flower beads

What about ribbon?

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You could have 1m of each of the ribbons above.

For those of you who like direction in what you make, how about these?

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A Fizzy Moon Christmas card kit (complete with chart of course!).

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The Art of Crochet Issue One

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Complete with the dvd, crochet hook and some wool.

Apologies for the dark photos – I’m only home when it is dark at the moment!

So how do you win all of this?

This is a giveaway to celebrate my followers, so this is open to followers only (although I won’t say no to new followers). There are four ways you can enter (feel free to do all four!).

1. Comment below with what you would make from the goodies.

2. Write a blogpost about this giveaway and pingback (or reblog).

3. Tweet about it, including @mrsmmakes AND write a comment here to tell me you have done so

4. Like Mrs M Makes on Facebook and write a comment here to tell me you have done so (existing likers feel free to leave a comment saying you already like me!).

You have 10 days to enter this giveaway. It closes at midnight (GMT) on November 16th.

Good Luck!

A Mini Giveaway

During my sort out I came across this booklet:

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Thus Cath Kidston booklet was free in the Saturday Telegraph a while ago, and has instructions and templates to make:
– Hankie Bedcover
– Sugarbag Doorstop
– Framed Flowerpot
– Heart Tea Towel
– Padded Placements
– Spotty Sheet & Pillowcase
– Tea Towel Tablecloth
– Stanley Cushion
– Zip-Up Washbag
– Crazy Patch Cushion
– Pot Holders & Oven Gloves
– Needlecase & Pincushion
– Stripe Rug
– Cot Quilt
There is also information on what to have in your basic sewing kit and needlepoint and sewing basics.
All the projects come from either Sew or Patch by Cath Kidston. I have Sew and none of the Patch projects appeal right now, so being ruthless, I don’t need the booklet. Do you want it?

My teacup pincushion appears to have gone down very well. On Sunday this little blogs maximum number of views was smashed. There were five times the previous maximum number of views. I couldn’t quite believe it!  As a result I’m going to giveaway a bit more than the booklet above. You could also win 1m of these ribbons:

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If you fancy these, leave a comment below. If you want another chance like me on Facebook and leave another comment.  For a third chance follow me on twitter (@mrsmmakes) and leave another comment. Of course if you already do any of the above, just leave  separate comment staring so. Each comment counts as an entry, so make sure you leave the correct number of comments!

This is only a little giveaway, which I will post (internationally if appropriate) on Friday morning. You have until 9am on Thursday 1st November to enter.

Good luck!

Sew and So

Whenever I explore a town I always visit markets, if they have them. My favourite type of market are permanent covered markets which can be both historic, visually appealing and contain some real gems. Most of you know my favourite charity shop is in Oxford covered market.

In Bath, near the Abbey, you will find the town hall and next to it is the Guildhall Indoor Market. I hadn’t researched it at all before entering. This market is a lot more functional than Oxford covered market, with pet food shops, diy shop etc. We entered from the riverside and explored. I had to have a groan at the name of the sweet shop – Bath Humbugs (although I did have to explain it to Mr M who didn’t read it that way to start with).

At the opposite side to where we entered, on the outer circle of stalls, I spotted the end of Sew and So.

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Little did I realise that this haberdashery would keep going for almost 1/4 of the outer way round the market.

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It is huge. Even Mr M was amazed at the size of it! He commented on all the ribbon, and he only saw the outer bit. You can just about see some of this on the 2nd photo above this paragraph!

Mr M even called me over to look at the button collection.

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He asked if I’d ever seen so many buttons in one place! At this point he offered to get a capuccino and sit in the cafe whilst I explored. He is lovely, isn’t he!

I explored the ribbons and had far too much choice! Mr M had only seen some of them. This is what the inside bit looks like:

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See, lots of ribbon! They even had a column of just bias binding:

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I was very restrained and only bought a few ribbons, and only 1m of each. As you can tell I got bits which I think I will use over the next three months:

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As for buttons, I was also restrained there. I got more red buttons to add to my collection, ready to make my sister something.

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I have seen plenty of polka dot buttons, in lots of sizes and colours, and they had lots here. I can’t remember ever seeing strippy buttons before, so treated myself to a few in one of my favourite colours.

Sew and so also have a small line in beads. I didn’t have a look at them as Mr M had returned, and was bored, but I did treat myself to this board:

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I’ve been meaning to get a bead board for a while. I’m hoping this will stop my beads rolling around too much when making jewellery on the sofa. It should also save me having a tape measure out so much. At £4, this seemed a similar price to these I’ve see on the web.

In conclusion – I want Sew and So to be near me! I went into another crafty shop where another visitor was commenting on bits on sale in said shop and directed her to Sew and So! As great as he was, I want to go without Mr M so I can spend ages exploring everything. If ever in Bath, go!

Giveaway!

Last week I found I had 50 followers and decided to have my first ever giveaway. I now have a few more followers. I’m going to send a surprise to whoever wins the giveaway as well as the items below:

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1m of five different ribbons

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15 painted wooden buttons

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An assortment of other buttons

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Some lampwork beads

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An assortment of other beads

And finally:

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A selection of jewellery findings including wire, earring hooks, headpins, ring bases, lobster clasps and more.

To win all of this and the mystery item, write a comment below as to what you might make with the goodies you would get if you win. You can gain an extra entry by either reblogging or mentioning this giveaway on your blog and then writing another comment on here to let me know. The winner must be Mrs M Makes follower.

The giveaway is open until midnight on Wed September 5th. Good luck!

Present Birthday Card

I know I’m not the only one who finds male birthday cards hard to make. I decided to go relatively simple for FIL’s birthday. I couldn’t quite decide what paper to use as I didn’t have particularly boyish colours, so I made two!

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I wrapped the ribbon around the paper before sticking the square down so that the edges didn’t appear to be cut.
Happy Birthday was stamped using my new alphabet stamps (also used here).

Now I need to decide which one to give him (or maybe I’ll get his son to choose!)