Anyway, this post isn't about lifestyle shopping it's about the beautiful things I've been sent recently. Over Christmas I entered a number of Giveaways and Prize Draws and was rather lucky! Here is some of the stash I received. BTW you can see my mad carpet behind some of these prizes!
This was the contents of a box which arrived from Dixie Samplar. I am slightly obsessed with other people's followers' numbers and love it when I become a "round number" follower, eg 50 or 100 or in this case 200. I said "Hi from follower 200" and Terri decided that was worth a prize! Wow! Look at this, Lizzie*Kate, a Red Alphabet by Sheepish Designs, 3 hand-wrapped parcels and not one but 12 Santas by Heartstrings.
Just as I was wondering how I would stitch all those Santas (one large piece of fabric, 12 small, 3 groups of 4 etc) I opened the parcels and found the perfect 25 count fabrics. So that's decided for me, 2 groups of 6. 6 on each fabric. My Mum thinks some of them look like certain nationalities, there's a definite Scandinavian one and a Scottish tartan one so maybe that will make a fun blog game - spot the country!
The little red, pink and silver things are the famous Hershey Kisses. I have heard of these but never seen/tasted them. I nearly didn't taste them this time thanks to the Large Boy but we have shared nicely.
The most beautiful pillow, so nicely finished with grosgrain ribbon and a lovely button.
See, perfectly chosen fabric to make the pillow co-ordinate with the stitching:
This cute reindeer is from Nia from Caixinha de Pirlimpimpim (which means Little Box of Pixie Dust in case you wondered!). It seems I commented and posted alot on her Christmas Party Giveaway so I deserved a little something despite not winning a "big" prize! This is a Jingly Bell Reindeer which had hubby and the postman wondering over the noise. He comes with a little bib to stitch one of the designs on but it covers the bell up so I might hang it behind him and just stitch Nia's name and the year as a reminder of where he came from.
This is fresh from the Mouse House:
And finally, from Riona of Oubliette, I can Hear the Sea Call! Along with some lovely theads from ye Olde Willow Stitchery. They have lovely names like Byberry Township Green and Quaker Gold. I think they will be just right for the Mary Wigham Sampler which I am still considering. They are linen threads so maybe I need a piece of linen to stitch on?