Sunday, 15 April 2012

Theme-a-licious April Update and my Blogaversary Easter Treasure Hunt Giveaway Winners!

Nice long title there!

April's Theme is Amazon April, stitch on your biggest BAP.  I've decided to go for A Dark Alphabet as it's a 26 parter which is pretty BA.  It'd be even bigger if I'd stitched it over 2 so I'm quite glad I didn't.  Here is the bottom half so far:

See that, I'm on the bottom row now!

 And a close-up of the Wyvern itself:
I stitched him using a DMC variegated number 4145.  I am wondering if I should have stitched a solid outline first like the Kelpie but he's done now and I'm not frogging over 1 stitching.

Here is X for Xaphan the Demon:

He's rather cute for a Demon, he fans the flames of Hell, hence the bellows.

And now onto the exciting bit, the Easter Treasure Hunt.

The Mystery Phrase was indeed Chocolate Bunny as worked out by everyone!  Well done, I hope you all enjoyed blog-hopping as much as I did and found some new blogs to follow.  I gained several new followers and a couple of stalkers who aren't officially following (yet).  Hello New People (waves).

I put all the names into two piles and selected one from the Picture Posters and one from the Treasure Hunters.  If you did both then you went into both piles.  If you remembered it was my Blogaversary then you got your name put in twice.

The winners are - Drum Roll -

Picture Posters - Christine from The Alchymyst's Study

Treasure Hunters - Lelia
(I believe Lelia came from the Mouse House to visit)

Then, because Cross Stitcher magazine gave some sweet little cards as their cover gift this month, I decided to do four bonus draws and send those people a little Thank You card.  It won't be the designs in the mag because I don't like them, it will be something else!

1. Katica
2. Mel
3. and 4. I'm not telling!
(I have your addresses already so it will be a nice surprise LOL)

So there we are, Easter all over until next year.  My next event will be an online Summer Postcard Trail which will start on 1st June and last all Summer, so be thinking about what you have/would like to stitch.  I'll tell all in mid May.

As I mentioned it was my Blogaversary on April 8th, my First Blogaversary!  Here are a few stats:

1 year,
111 posts,
29,503 page views

The most popular post was the Advent Calendar with 859 views, not surprising as it was updated every day for 24 days.  Then it was my First Post with 345 views.  I guess alot of people come to the blog, read the recent posts then go back to beginning to find out how I got started.  I often do that with new blogs. 
The next 8 most popular posts all have more than 100 views and are all Activities or Giveaways including Travelling Patterns and Granny.

I'm so pleased with the way this blog has grown and developed over the last year.  I've "met" so many lovely people and taken part in so many great Giveaways (Giving and Receiving) and Activities.  I have a whole new vocabulary - TUSAL, WIPocalypse, Theme-a-licious, IHSW, SABLE, PIF, RAK, SAL, ORTS, Followers.  I have a new awareness of the phases of the moon too.

Finally I'd just like to say a Big Thank You to everyone who follows, stalks, comments, joins in, pops by, reads, or just looks at the pictures.  Without you, I'd just be talking to myself, nowhere near as much fun!


McKenna C. said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Wow! You have done an amazing job for only blogging 1 year. Keep it up! :)


♥ Nia said...

Congratulations to the lucky winnners! This was fun :D
Nice recap! Those stats look like a Christmas tree ahahha :)
Happy Sunday to you

Anonymous said...


I've juat joined your blog.

Congrats on your blogaversary and congrats to the winners of the giveaway.

Your Dark Alphabet looks great.

You have some lovely stitching on your blog.

Thoeria said...

Congrats on the 1 year bloggerversary! And congrats to the winners :)

Deb said...

Congratulations to the winners! I've never seen your large BAP before but it's very interesting! I give you a ton of credit for doing it over one! I'd go blind.

CalamityJr said...

and Thank You for such an enjoyable blog and being one of my new friends thanks to your year of blogging!

Christine said...

Dark Alphabet is fabulous, Xaphon is adorable from the tips of his horns to theb bottoms of his little hoofie-woofies ;D
Thanks for organising the egg hunt, it was fun, and thanks for drawing my name

Anonymous said...

Hi Jo

Thanks for becoming a follower.
I'm afraid that I would like to hang on to my chart for now in case I want to do another one.

dulcinella said...

Congratulations to the winners!
I loved the hunt and did indeed discover some new blogs:-) Happy blogaversery to you.

Mouse said...

oooo well done to all the winners :) it was a fun Easter hunt :)
well done on your BAP too :)
heheheh love all the words in your new vocabulary ...
love mouse xxxxx

Anna van Schurman said...

Ooh the next event sounds like fun. You sure know how to throw a party! Happy blogiversary!

Shirlee said...

Congratulations to all the winners & again to you Jo for your one-year blogaversary!

Melissa said...

Congrats to the winners! Thanks for putting together such a fun event, Jo! :)

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Your stitching looks great and no way I'd frog over one, either! Congrats on the blogaversary!

Mary said...

Congrats to all the wonderful winners. Thank you Jo for being so generous and hosting such a fun giveaway for blogaversary, Wishing you many, many more fun years to come! Hugs Mary
Oooooh first time seeing your BAP, wonderful job...I love how it is all coming together.

Julie said...

That is so cute! I am now looking it up so I can do it myself.

Erica said...

Congrats to all the winners, congrats on your first year of blogging (and may you have many, many more!) and most of all, thanks for making the effort to share new blogs with everyone!

geeky Heather said...

Congrats, winners! I love the wyvern!!! I think the color looks great as it is. Loved the blog stats, too. =)

Unknown said...

Congrats to all the winners and on your blogoversary. Alphabet is looking good.

Giovanna said...

Great going on the Dark Alphabet, it's smashing! And huge congrats on the blogaversary.

Fiona said...

Congratulations to all the winners. You have achieved a lot in just a year, you should feel proud.

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

Congratulations to the winners, and here's to many more posts and followers :)

Ewa said...

Congrats, Jo! Those are some impressive numbers :)

Susan said...

Your sampler is amazing - I am really enjoying watching your progress. Congratulations to all the winners and you have some very impressive numbers.

Kaisievic said...

Wow! One year - fantastic Jo. Congrats to all the winners. I would have loved to take part but with all my travels I am so behind on my blogging - I will look forward to the summer postcard trail (even though it will be Winter here). Love following your blog. ... and here is to another great year for you.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Anonymous said...

congrats to the winners and congrats to you on your stats!

Anonymous said...

OMG It only took me 210 mintues to leave a comment wow thats a record!

Anne said...

Jo! Im commenting on your blog! Not sure how my wireless will hold out though, so I'll make it quick!!

Congrats to the winners and I'm glad to know the answer!! Great progress on the Alphabet!!

Also, congrats on your 1 year of blogging! You've got some stellar stats there (way more than me and I'm coming up on two years :P ) Like you, I enjoy going back to a person's very first post. It's kinda cute to see what we say our first time in blogland!!!


Joysze said...

Almost done with Dark Alphabet. Can't wait to HD with you!!!! :D

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

lovely stitching :D

Julie said...

A lovely post, just having a catch up blog reading session.
Congrats to your winners Jo.