Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Double Giveaway Time!

Hello, Everyone! We've been having a bit of a week here so far: Our 'Fridge decided that it had fought enough of the good fight and all at once destroyed all the food inside. I really couldn't say what happened--it always seemed cold enough, but suddenly the freezer downright reeked of, well, carrion. Yup. It was so strong that when Marc opened it I smelled it from the other room! So, all (and I do mean all) of the provisions in the freezer and 'fridge had to be discarded on Monday night. :( The bad news is that since changing out eating habits last September, we don't really eat much packaged, shelf-kept food anymore. SO, on Tuesday I spent the day contemplating the possibilites of Spiced Jello Soup (why do we "own" 15 boxes of lime jello? Do you think Marc wants me to make some for him, perhaps? ;) with Navy Beans. I also had 2 cans of peaches, and 2 boxes of tomato puree. lol!

Parting was difficult--especially with the artisan cheeses (this time Spring Onion Jack and Havarti). I buy them in double-sized blocks from Sam's and cut 'em up for use (lately omelettes!). We're bigtime cheese lovers, so it was, "Well...maybe I could eat it! Yeah, sure, if we eat it all now it'd be fine! Probably..." Now, Stitchers, even if it had escaped the Evil Influence--eating all that cheese alone would have made us sick, lol!! :D :D :D

The good news is that our Penny-wise Landlord instantly agreed to replace it (not technically legally required by the state), and so a new one is on order as it's a special size (24"w x 58"h). The other good news is that I get to eat the pumpernickle bread (with peanut butter!) we picked up at the store last night--a definite Off-The-Wagon Treat!

This morning, I woke up to find that the chilly weather turned to rain, so I decided it's the perfect time to shake off these doldrums and get on with the Giveaway I've been planning for some time!

A month or two ago, while pining for spring simplicity, I stitched up this biscornu freebie from The Floss Box! I had such a great time that I made two--would you like to add one to your collection?

Just to be clear, this is an "Heir and a Spare" situation--one for me, one for you. So, only one will be sent out. I'll be picking the winner from the comments section, so just mention you'd like to join. :D (No hoops to jump through :)

There is one condition, however: I don't like the idea of the labor of my snail-speed stitching going to someone I've never heard from before and won't hear from again after, so I must recoginze you in order for you to win.

You don't have to be a regular commenter or my close pal--If you're not *sure* I know you, well, enter anyway. If you're drawn, and I can't recall you by name right off I'll have a look at your blog. If I've seen it before even in my wanderings, You Win! :D If not, I'll quietly draw another name. :D

And, because it's just too sad for new-comers to the party to be left out in the cold, I'm also giving away a second prize that Absolutely Anyone is Eligible to Win:

The Chart-only for Bent Creek's Redbird Sampler! I actually won this for the New Year Start giveaway hosted by the Generous Jolene--my first win ever! Oh, I was so thrilled--made my Christmas! This is a FUN stitch, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did!

The Fine Print:

• Comment on this post for entry through Midnight on Tuesday, 18 May 2010.
• Winners will be drawn and announced sometime Wednesday (Yay for Midweek Cheer!)
• PLEASE Do Not type your email addy out in the comments as it's a GREAT way for SpamBots to acquire it. If I don't know the winner's contact info and it's not on their blog page, I'll ask for it at that point.

Good Luck! :D


Stitchers are the kindest people; you hear it again and again, and I really owe so many of you so much! Much more than my stitchy fingers could ever produce, more than even a pocket deeper than mine could hold, so since there's no way I can keep up with paying it back, I'm paying it forward in my own small way. Especially, this biscornu is made and given in honor of those who've been kind to me and extended their friendship even as a Nobody when I was first starting out--Myra, Edgar, BeckySC, Terri (of Raised by Poodles), Nicole, Annemarie, Sharon (of X-stitch Happy), Deb (Thread Gatherer), and so many others! Everyone, Thank you! I'm having such a good time making things, and enjoying your handworks as well through your blogs!

Yours in Thankfulness and Fun,


Patty C. said...

I would love a chance to win either of the giveaway items.
Your stitch work is lovely and I adore the Redbird Sampler pattern.

Thanks for the opportunity

Ranae said...

Yay! for the new fridge. Nice landlord to replace it.
Please enter me for the biscornu, it's beautiful and I love houses. probably why I always have WIP's of them, lol
I also adore stitched items from others as I don't have many.
Thanks for a super give-away

Mama Joan said...

Well, first thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind words--I added you to my blog roll so I can keep up with you. I would love to be in your drawing. Just an FYI, I am not good at leaving comments but I always check out the blogs.

Happy Stitching

Barbeeque4 said...

What a sweet give away - totally throw my name into the mix!!

That sucks about loosing all the fridge stuff - but what a great landlord in the quick replacement!

Take care,

Deb said...

That really is a pain with the fridge stuff. I don't know what we'd do around here because my DH loves to buy all those cheeses from Sam's Club. I can't tell you how many kinds he buys - and expects me to eat them all! NOT!!! I love cheese, but it applies itself to my hips in a heartbeat. :o)

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. The biscornu is wonderful.

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Such pretty finishes, thx for the chance Berit, have fun with your giveaway:) Sorry about your fridge mishap, hope you like your new one!

Sweet Stitchin...

Kellie said...

I hope your week has gotten better. And it is nice that you will get a new fridge soon. We are cheese lovers too, so I am going to have look for the double sized blocks at Sam's. Sounds yummy!!!

I would love for you to throw my name in the hat for either. That biscornu is so pretty, and I would be honored to win something you stitched and finished. :)

Hope you have a good rest of the week. Stay dry. :)

Diane said...

Rotten food, UGH! So glad you won't have to lay out for a new fridge. What a hassle, though.

I'd love to be entered in your drawing for the biscornu. I already have (and have stitched)Red Bird Sampler.

I still have the Mia Ginghers for you. Sorry I kind of fell off the face of the earth there for a while. I have no desire to get on the computer to deal with my own email or blog when I get home, after sitting in front of a computer all day at work. Please send me an email with your snail mail address - I can *read* on my phone, but hate to *send* from it - and I'll mail them this week or early next. Thanks!

Kathy said...

Oh Berit, thhose biscornus are simply beautiful I love the colors. So bright and cheery. I would be honored to be choosen to win this.

Or the chart. Either. please enter me in both.

I am so sorry to hear about your fridge wows. And hope I don't jinx myself 'cause mine is about 25 yrs old. I hope your replacement earrives quickly.

and Rory too. :)

Myra said...

Oh yukky news about the fridge. Ours is limping along now and I am just wondering when it will decide to go the big appliance graveyard.

Love the biscornu and you know I would love to win it. :o) Those floss box patterns are really fun to stitch.

I am so glad I stumbled across your blog way back when (it really wasn't that long ago but just look how far we have come since then). I remember the first comment I left was on your Alucard keychain and I still think it is a work of art! Stitchers really are the kindest people and have helped me so much in all of my creative adventures.

Patti said...

Hi Berit, Just LOVE what you have snail stitched! Have you been taking lessons from me lately? Please please put my name in the hat for your biscornu because I love them both and don't care if I get the heir or the spare!
Lots and Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Daffycat said...

OMG There is nothing worse than rotting fridge. EWWWW! Make some lime jello for that man!!!

And, I am so glad I'm not the only one who considers herself to be a slow stitcher!

Enter me in the draw for the lovely biscornu. I need this for my basket, lol!

Irene said...

The biscornus look wonderful !

Ellen said...

Glad that the landlord is able to replace the fridge so fast.

Love your beautiful biscornus, please enter me in your giveaways.


Kathy A. said...

Whohoo! New fridge - new start!
Love that biscornu - just too cute.
I would be happy with either win. Please toss my hat in both.

Margaret said...

Well, we've just discovered each other! lol! But I'd love to be in the drawing for either. That biscornu is so cute! I love houses.

Catherine said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your fridge contents - but great for you that your landlord will replace the fridge!!

What a wonderful give away - I'd love to be entered for a chance!

Karen said...

Oh...I love your biscornu finishes! Great job.

Gotta hate the fridge deal. Interested to know how you changed your diet. DH is trying to do "mostly" raw foods for a month. Curious if you are doing something similar.

Oh well.....hope you get your fridge soon...happy stitches...

Natasha said...

Oh no :( bummer Lime jello and navy beans YUMMY LOL But the onion jack havarti sounds delish!! I buy a cheese from trader joes carmelized onions and chedder OMG it is SO good. Glad you are getting a replacement.

I would love to be entered into the drawing for a biscornu. what a lovely stitched piece you are offering.

Thanky ou and hopefully your new fridge arrives VERY soon,

Carol R said...

Great giveaways! Please enter me into your draw

lynda said...

Hi Berit...I've just discovered your blog through a link on someone else's, but I'd love to be given a chance in your biscornu giveaway. your stitching is lovely.
Sorry about the's a shame to lose all that food, but lucky for you that your landlord is replacing it. Where is Bloomfield County? My sister lives in Westfield.
Have a great day!

Hazel said...

Oooh what a great giveaway! I'd love a chance to win either. x

Laura said...

Your biscornus are gorgeous! I would love a chance to win one. Sorry about the icky fridge situation. I've been there. Oh, and thanks to you I will now have the image of Pennywise the clown in my head all day!

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Erin said...

Hi Berit-
I just wandered in here from Kathy A.'s blog, and while I'd love to win either of your giveaways, I'd totally understand if I'm not eligible for the biscornu. No matter what, I'll be back, and your stitching is lovely!!

(bummer about the fridge, but at least you have a decent landlord...and don't have to pay for it yourself!)


Carol said...

I'd love to be entered for either giveaway, Berit. Both are lovely :)

I know the agony of throwing all that food away--our power was out for almost 72 hours last summer and all that could be saved from the fridge was whatever would fit in a cooler...

Anonymous said...

Sorry about your cheese and other carrion ;), but Yay for pumpernickel and peanut butter. And, um, Spiced Lime Jello soup. :D

I would love to receive the "spare" in your giveaway. It's adorable.

omashee aka Barb said...

Eeew! Rotten food, Ugh! We had a similar problem but with fish. It was awful! So glad your landlord is footing for a new frig, but how long must you wait. Bother!

Berit, your biscornu are so bright & cheery. I'd love to own one. I don't comment often but I keep up with your blog. I love that "heir & a spare"!

corinna said...

your biscornus are excellent
like a doublemint commercial
at first i thought oh look she did the photo with a mirror, how cool!
then i did the doubletake-there are 2!
well done

mainely stitching said...

You've never been a nobody, Berit!! Please include me in your very cool drawing. :)

Bummer about the fridge! Yikes!! The appliances we got with this rental are ANCIENT and we're wondering which will kick the bucket first.

Elaine said...

I just love the house design on your biscornus. Would love to try my luck on your giveaway.
Hope your new fridge arrives soon.

Siobhan said...

Urgh--I'm glad to hear that your landlord is replacing the fridge, but sorry to hear that you lost all that food. Bummer. I'd have cried over the cheeses, too!

I'd love to be entered in the giveaway for the biscornu--great job! I will pass on the chart, though, because I don't know that I'd stitch it. Thanks for the opportunity!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Man, that bites about the fridge. :( Hopefully you have a new one now!

The biscornu is wonderful! Of course, I would love to be entered for a chance to win. :)

Annemarie said...

Hey, I'm late! But I didn't come here for goodies, I just popped by to be entertained.And entertain me you did, as always :O) That's a very pretty biscornu you made there, Berit!

OMG, the cheeses! That just broke my poor Dutch heart...

Cari-in-VA said...

Berit - you are such sweetie and so generous. It's truly a gift of love when you offer something that you took the time to make! I would love to be entered in your drawing!

Lime jello soup - that's a new one. I bet the lime jello and peaches would have been tasty. I am so glad that your landlord agreed to replace it. I'm with Siobhan, I would have cried over the cheese - I love specialty cheeses.

Have a fabulous weekend!

CalamityJr said...

I know you won't recognize me, because I haven't worked up the nerve to start my own blog, but I've been addicted to reading about the beautiful work of stitchers like you since I discovered them a month or so ago! Please enter me in the pattern drawing - it's a gorgeous pattern, and I promise to get to work on it as soon if it arrives if I should be so lucky as to win. Thanks!

Mary Jane

CalamityJr said...

OOps - I just saw the closing date - sorry! I thought it was the current posting because there's nothing there - did your post get lost?

Mary Jane

Anonymous said...

Love your biscornues, had a look at The Floss Box and just wanted to thank you for the heads up:)
Now just have to decided which pattern to stitch ;)