Thursday, 9 April 2009

Gear Up For A Give Away!!

OK, as promised, I'm back with a SUPER GIVE AWAY!!

As well as the launch of the "Girl Stuff" pattern ...



I'm re-launching an existing range of Tag Along Teddies patterns. The patterns from the "Card Kit" range have undergone a 'make-over' and are re-emerging as "Wonderful Weekend Kits". Each "Wonderful Weekend Kit" comes with the instructions to make the project pictured on the pattern cover, a paper copy of a the stitchery design, a piece of background fabric on which to trace the pattern, a blank gift tag which features a photo of the project and a laminated bookmark featuring the finished project. The "Wonderful Weekend Kits" make a great gift idea - just write a message on the gift tag and "HEY PRESTO" you've got a fun crafty gift ready to give a friend. Or spoil yourself! So many of us work full time, so only have weekends to 'play' with our craft and all projects in the WWK range are designed to be finished in a weekend - start it, finish it - then go to work Monday and brag about it! Tee! Hee! Hee! There are currently four patterns in the WWK range: "Lavender Tea" (which many of you will have seen recently!); "Love Bears All Things"; "Grow With Love"; and "Beary Christmas Stocking Ornament". The "Love Bears All Things" and "Grow With Love" kits also include laser-cut timber buttons made by Lisa at Button Bliss. The little bear in "Love Bears All" is my Tag Along Teddies teddy, but the daisies and lots of other wonderful buttons are available on Lisa's web site, so check them out. Here's a photo of the five patterns included in the give away, along with the bookmarks for the "Wonderful Weekend Kits" and an example of the gift tags. (The others are in the other room and I'm in a hurry to get this posted!!)



So ... I will be giving away one each of these five patterns. All you have to do to be in the prize draw, is to leave me a comment on THIS post telling me about your dream/ideal weekend - things like: what would you do, where would you go, who would be with you, what would you eat (always important, right!!). And you have just over a week to do this. Entries in the draw will close on Friday April 17 (Australian Eastern Standard Time) which may mean my overseas friends need to leave their comment by Thursday April 16. I'll draw four names out of the hat, and they will receive the prizes in the order they are in the photo - so first winner gets "Girl Stuff", second gets " Beary Christmas" etc. Hope that's not too confusing!! I'll contact the winners by email (so please make sure you include your email in your entry if you're a "No reply" blogger) and then post the winners names on Saturday. PHEW! There's a lot of work to a give away!! :0) So now ... GET COMMENTING!!

And now, I'm off to gather up my sewing gear and pack a port (suitcase!) because we're heading off to visit my parents for the Easter weekend, while friends come and stay in our house to attend the Easterfest music festival here in Toowoomba. I'd like to wish you all a happy and safe Easter and hope that as you enjoy the holiday, spend time with family and friends and enjoy your Easter gifts, that you remember the priceless gift that Easter commemorates! Til next time - Bear Hugs!

CHEERS!
KRIS

61 comments:

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Oh oh I am first woohoo!!! Unless of course someone else types a bit faster than me.
My dream weekend is one spent in the company of great friends, drinking coffee, browsing through shops whilst leaving ample time to simply sit and watch the world go by with stitching or a good magazine on my lap. Of course there would be chocolate and Foccacia of some sort and if I was totally relaxed and not driving anywhere some lovely bubly champagne.....aaahh...oh and if I could see or hear the ocean even better....
Hope your Easter weekend is wonderful, please drive safely and have a wonderful time,
Kiss Noises Linda

Stina said...

Ok...
YOu know this one is tough...there are so many things you would like to do...and to squeeze it in at a weekend.. pheew...
But among one thing... I´d love to spend a weekend with some of my new friends found from different countries... and of course I havent forgotton my old friends either :o)... just pop in for a nice cup of tea..maybe sew some, shop some ..relax, talk and of course lots and lots of chocolate..:o) And I´d love to eat Thom Kah Gai...that is something I just LOVE!!! :o)
Im a simple woman..and I like simple pleasures...and I love my friends..:o) That is what I would do!! :o)

Shiree said...

Hi Kris,
what a generous lady friend you are! I have my dream weekend every time we head away for the weekend to our holiday home in Twizel, the fresh air, the mountains, the lake, long walks, bike rides, our friends hot tub late at night under the stars on a clear night, sitting in the shade of a tree in our backyard, reading or... yes! stitching!!! Where does it all end. What more can one want huh
HAPPY EASTER!!!

May Britt said...

What a great giveaway Kris :)
I know exactly what my dream weekend would be. To meet all you wonderful bloggerfriends. Imagine how fun we would have, all that we had to chat about, all the laughter and great friendship. And what to eat..... I really do not know what to serve so many people so I guess we just have a barbeque.

Happy easter dear.

Jeanette said...

Hey Kris not sure where i'd go but as long as it was peaceful so i could sit,sew, relax & read anywhere would do. If i couldn't find a friend to accompany me just time out by myself would be great. What to eat? well chocolate would have to feature somewhere. Simple meals would be great to. Hugs, Jeanette

i cant sew said...

my dream weekend comes around myabe three times a year. my friend of over 20 years has a unit at kings beach caloundra which is in walking distance of EVERYTHING. we head up there without any children or husbands and ask as many of our girfriends as possible (so far it has only ever been three of us)we get there late friday night and drink and social smoke till very late then a lazy day saturday getting snack foods and walking on the beach or whatever we wish. then we head to the tavern for dinner and karaoke and stagger home when it all finishes. oh and i have a flutter on the pokies too. then the next day we pack up and head into the markets. that is it i love these times they really refresh my soul.
thanks for the chance to win something maybe this time i will be lucky.
%*_*% rosey

Laura said...

Ciao

beautiful GIVE AWAY.
weekend it is nice to be with family and cook all together,
Playing with the kids, walking with our golden.
A very colourful hug

Laura

laurapaolap@gmail.com

Janelle said...

Hi Kris

One of my ideal weekends would be to go on a craft retreat (that I didn't have to organise!!) in a nice peaceful location with my Mum and other friends and then I can craft and chat all weekend (although I tend to do more chatting than crafting!) without four little children needing my attention (I do love them though) and then I would be eating lots of yummy food... anything I don't have to cook! I could think of many other dream weekends away though!

Nancy in Norway said...

Oh what a great give-away! Count me inn :-)

My favorite weekend would be with a great mix of family and friends making reel Mexican tacos and all that great stuff to go with. This weekend would be a great mix of chatting, football (for the guys), stitching/ sewing (for the girls), eating, drinking wine or beer and tequila, fire on the outdoor fireplace and quilt to keep evening chills away.

Linda said...

Hi Kris,
Just popped in to wish you a very Happy Easter, I hope that you have a great trip away.
Best wishes.
Linda

Purpleflowerpatch said...

Our youngest kids are mid teens now so it's only a matter of a few years before I can finally head off with hubby on OUR dream weekend. Firstly we need a panel-van (remember the old Sandman?) complete with mattress in the back, a supply of chocolate and berries, ample vegemite and Saos, and we'll head to a deserted beach and spend the weekend swimming, sleeping, loving, eating, and reliving our youth...before heading back to the real world once again. I am so hoping this is one dream that becomes reality! :-)

Sew Useful Designs said...

Hi Kris! First of all, I LOVE your new idea! The WWK's look fantastic - something unique, and like you say, what a great gift for a crafty friend! LOVING IT!!!

I think I've just had one of my greatest weekends away (!!) But if I could have another one it would include mountain views, my lovely man, kids that don't require any maintenance and play happily ALL the time without tantrums (we can fantasise can't we?!!!), fresh air, chocolate and pastries... and uninterrupted sewing & painting! Yep - that should do it! :-)

Have a great Easter weekend! :-)
Vikki xx

clare's craftroom said...

Kris how could I resist . My ideal weekend would be the house to myself stitching while watching Test Cricket . Yeah I know boring for some , heaven for me !

jannimary said...

Hi Kris, I love your new patterns. What a great giveaway.
My ideal weekend varies, but at the moment it would be staying at home with my hubby, preparing yummy homemade meals to eat on the verandah in the beautiful autumn weather, doing a bit of stitching and reading and no housework.

simplestitches said...

Hi Kris, Happy Easter!
My ideal weekend....the house to myself to sit, sew, eat whenever and whatever I want, no one to go and pick up, drop off or allow to come over...just me, the computer, some food, and of course loads of stitching!
cheers Julz

Bev C said...

Oh the perfect weekend would have to include a lovely place to stay, some lovely crafty type shops to visit plus a great cafe thrown in. Of course I would take some craft and gardening magazines along for a lovely read. And my companion for the weekend would have to be my husband. Happy Easter.

Debbie Lane said...

Ohboy! First,I'd get a flight to Melbourne, meet all my galpals who have come as well, then we'd retire to a luxury motel suite with spa tub, set up shop, then sew/eat chocolate/drink champers/chat/girly stuff.Then we'd go for a walk, find a place to eat dinner, then hit the theatre to see WICKED the musical, followed by supper at a really good coffee shop, falling into bed around 3am. Sleeping in, coffee and croissant, more spa and lounging, sewing, till time to fly home...aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh....

Ariane said...

I would rent a nice cottage on the lake that has a nice beach. I would go with my family. I would spend the weekend swimming, roasting marshmellows and weiners by the fire and listen to the kids and my husband make jokes and play silly games. No TV or electronic games, just relaxing by the water...and sleeping in...yep... would love that.

debbie said...

My dream weekend would be to go to a day spa have a massage, do a little stitching, have a nice meal at a fancy restaurant(prawns maybe) with my hubby and children.I would also watch the movie Australia again, I Love it. Thanks for a nice giveaway. My birthday tomorrow, my daughter is going to make a lovely dinner for me. Cannot wait.

Joy said...

Oooh, I love them!! They're just gorgeous!!! Oh I'd definitely like to win one :o) ...... so
.... Ok, my ideal weekend would be in Summertime for sure, near the beach, or a river ... anywhere I can go fishing with my darling Husband. Then we'd go back to our caravan and eat yummy pumpkin fruit cake ... oh, and I'm guessing there would be chocolate too, cos you can't have an ideal weekend without chocolate LOL!!
Have a fabulous Easter Kris, enjoy your weekend with your parents ;o)!! We're having a quiet one .. a welcome change from the busy-ness of the past few weeks ... phew :o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Colleen said...

I would spent my dream weekend with my husband in a cabin in the mountains. We would hike and drive the roads looking for deer and visit and mostly do nothing. We would eat his wonderful Dutch oven cooking.

Thanks for the give away.

Sheila said...

My dream weekend would be a visit with my grandchildren on the other side of this great country of Canada ,that would make me extremely happy.

What a great give away.Thanks
Sheila

Priscilla said...

My dream weekend would be spent with my husband in the Blue Mountains/Southern Highlands area in spring/early summer, with a quilt show and carft fair going on somewhere, like Katoomba/Berrima, and after the show we would have Devonshire tea, and the next day we would go walking. This is what we used to do, years-and-years back when we were living in Australia. Ah, those good old days... :-)

Kristina
www.priscillacraft.blogspot.com

Liz Schaffner said...

Kris, of course there are thousands of places I would love to go to but if time, money and distance were not an issue, I would pick Australia ! I am not saying this since you live there. I am saying this since Australia has all the best magazines, pattern and quilty things.

I guess I would bring my DH along ( not a really good choice for this kind of trip but he can carry all my purchases ..LOL)For this kind of shopping trip I would rather bring my best friend but don't tell my DH that :-)

Where would I go ?? To every quilt shop I could find ! LOL
I would buy all the lovely patterns, magazines, threads and everything else I always see on the net but can't get. I would shop till I dropped or till my Visa exploded ! LOL

I have no idea what I would eat?? Since I have never been there before ...maybe I would get exotic and try Kangaroo ?? I am sure some nice Aussie would tell me what to eat & drink...I wouldn't starve to death.LOL I am sure it would all be a fabulous experience.

If only my trip was possible...I really have to buy more lottery tickets :-)
In the meantime I hope I win in your giveaway..it would be almost as good as being there ;-) ..the Girl stuff bags are to die for:-)
Hugs,Liz who is dreaming of her trip ...ahhhhh :-))

Hanne said...

Hi Kris :-)
My dream weekend would be to meet with a lot of blogger friends - you included - for a sew-together. Preferably somewhere with a good climate, where we could go for walks too.
We could rent a chef to do all the cooking, or call for food.
Chocolate, pies and fresh fruits in abundance for snacks, an a lot of good wine would add to the experience in every good way!
Not to forget - plenty of good coffee and tea!

Your patterns looks great - good luck with the promotion !!
I would love to be the lucky winner of one :-)

Karen said...

Hi Kris, this sounds like funnn...My favorite weekend right now would be spent on a nice quiet beach with crafty friends. We would each bring a project to do with a kit for everyone there. We would craft all weekend;) As for food...anything would be fine as long as someone else fixed it and cleaned up. Oh yeah...with lots of chocolate too;)
Happy Easter;)

Greedy Nan said...

I'm thinking that the travelling is free and not part of my weekend because otherwise I'd spend it all in a plane! What I'll do is go to the Litchfield National Park near Kakadu in the Northern Territory and swim in the rock pools there. I'd like to eat back in Cairns. There's a fabulous Greek restaurant [might be called Fetta] and they do lovely food and the staff are all really kind and friendly too. We went there three times in 5 days! And of course, I couldn't go anywhere if my lovely man wasn't there to share it all with me.

Amanda said...

What lovely prizes. And such fun to read what other people's dream weekend would be. My ideal weekend is very simple - staying at home with my DH and having my sons to visit. We'd go out for lunch to a local vegetarian restaurant, have a long walk in the afternoon. Supper would be something simple, like jacket potatoes and salad. And then a Dr Who special in the evening! Sunday would involve a leisurely start with breakfast out whilst reading the newspapers. And I'm afraid I like nothing more on a Sunday afternoon than watching an old film and dozing (it's my age I think!). And if I could squeeze in some stitching I'd be in seventh heaven.

Tudy said...

Great give away. I would love any of it.

Dream weekend would be home with no TV or Phone calls. So I would have time to rest, sew and just do what ever comes to mind. No time table to meet. Just what ever.

Happy Easter.

Michelle said...

My dream weekend.......a girls day out at Ahu Ahu Villas right by the sea with a group of friends....dining at the local restaurant.... plenty of chocolate and nibbles....lots of laughs....stitching....more chocolate.....more laughs....more stitching................and maybe a little shopping on the side.......

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love your kit ideas--different and they look lovely---
I have just read about 30 comments so far on your blog and I began to have all the same ideas as they did--but then I realized that i am lucky in fact that I get to stitch alot--so I think my perfect weekend would be volunteering at an animal shelter that had a variety of animals that needed some "loving"--and as long as I took along my stash of chocolate and a project to work on after hours--I would be a happy camper!!
HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY--FROM Di

bluebird-lyn said...

Happy Easter Kris, my dream weekend would be to go on a quilting retreat with my good friends Fiona and Julie.....indulge in Yum Cha...never done that.....sit and sew......with no worries,distractions or responsibilities....live in my jim jam's, get up when I felt like it...hmmm a massage in there somewhere and of course hit the shops.....patchwork, oppie shops...... Hugs Lyn

GARI said...

Dream Weekend: I would spend it at the beach with or without DH. I would be reading most of the time, eating fried oysters and planning my next quilt. Oh, that sounds so good.

Kim said...

I would spend my dream weekend near a lake or oceanfront. I would have no phones, no tv's just a radio or CD's. There would be coffe in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon, and a nice bottle of wine for the evening. I would want my husband and if they could be there some great friends. I would of course have my sewing machine and a project or two lined up. A beautiful view when I sew is what I love!
Thanks for sharing,
Kim P.

Jantine said...

Hi Kris, Your new patterns look awesome! There are a few weekends I dream about... 1: Havening the house all for myself, so I can sleep in my own bed as long as I want and go and play in my sewing room for as long as I want without having to bother about food and drinks and looking after kids or husband.
2: A weekend with all my quilting bee buddies, so we can chat and quilt for the whole weekend instead of just one morning.
3. Taking my best friend for a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland and visit my friends over there on sunday...

Anne-Lise said...

Hi Kris, Happy Easter.
A springtime weekend at an old inn in the English countryside. The sound of birds singing and a view of green meadows where lambs frisk around and the rabbits hop in and out of bushes. Sunshine warming me as I sit with a good book or sewing in my hands. A cream tea on the table, mmmm. I would be quite happy by myself, but would also enjoy the company of good friends.
Oh, must wake up now! Love the patterns, Kris!

Kerryanne English said...

Hope you have a wonderful weekend visiting your parents Kris. Gosh, I hope the Easter bunny can find you...[giggle].

I think your new packaging on the kits is a super idea and a great gift idea too.

My ideal weekend... hhmmm, tough one?? I'd have to have great food, sunshine and be surrounded by my bestest friends and family. Of course it goes without saying it would involve crafting and treasure hunting.
Happy Easter ~ Kerryanne

Kim said...

My Dream weekend after working 2 jobs for 3 years, would be one of two things. I would relax in a clean and organized house being lazy with nothing to do or no where to go all weekend. The other would be spent with family and friends cherishing my relationship with each and every one.

Beautiful patterns, a nice giveaway.

Happy Easter.

Mondstein said...

My wonderfull weekend begins with breakfast in bed, doing some stitchery, drink a lot of good tea and have time with my family.
I like it quite on the weekend, no hurry, just relax.

Plese put me in ....
Have a great Easter Weekend.
Maike

Sweettata said...

My dream weekend would start off with a nice drive along the coast with my Husband and my Yorkie Princess Penelope. Our destination would be a cozy Bed & Breakfast located on lake front property in a woodsy area with lots of trees and flowers. On our agenda would be R&R,walks around the lake, and one full day of browsing/shopping at nearby quilting/antique/thrift shops.

Please include my name in your drawing - good luck to all!
Sweettata
lanettehill@yahoo.com

Chriss said...

What would we do? Oh that is a hard one.. let me think!!! Not! Sewing and stitching of course, with all the other sewers and stitschers and nice poeple in the world so I could neet you all.
Where would we go? Somewhere sunny and warm with brilliant scenery and a wait staff of thousands to cater to our every wish, and they would do the most fantastic food and all the dishes of course, and it would be amazing and we all would just have the best time and create lovely stuff to give away to others who didn't get to go.
Dreaming......
Chriss
cjasper50@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

My dream weakend - every time we head away to our cabin in the mountins(north part of Sweden) A lot of snow (this time of year) driving my snowmobile, the children (grown up ) comes to visit us and just spending time together. Fire outside, cold, dark and talking almost all night!
Eva in Sweden

limpingalong said...

Read your comment elsewhere re: rats in the ceiling! Try baiting traps with peanut butter. We did away with our rat population that way! (If they come back I promise to find some of the samonella contaminated peanut butter just for them!)

Suze said...

Lets see..dream weekend...I would spend with DH, watching movies, eating some tasty food (prime rib or roast lamb comes to mind), doing a bit of quilting, sleeping in til whenever I wake up...gotta work some chocolate in there somewhere..
Oh wait...I just had this weekend, LOL!

Al said...

My dream weekend - jetting off to Strahan in Tasmania with my lovely husband, Steven..... we would stay at the Wheelhouse apartments and indulge on fresh lobster, luscious bubbly and (of course) special chocolates! When Steven has recovered from his cancer, this is our plan for our belated 25th anniversary!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Kris what a wonderful generous give away...Dream weekend.....goodness now that is hard...to have the opportunity to meet all my blogfiends.. and to have under my roof, my three sons all at the same time with their girlfrinds....food, if I had that baked beans on toast mould be a feast...LOL...

Judith Tetley said...

Hi Kris....after having such a wonderful time at the 'Girls Day In The Country' on the weekend of 21st March all I can say is that; I'll have a REPEAT PLEASE. Yes great friends...tasty food and stitching, stitching, stitching. thanks for the opportunity to be in your giveaway.
Kind Regards
Judith
www.creativestudio10.blogspot.com

Laila L S said...

Nowadays I`m in desperatly need of some time alone. I would love to stay at home all by myself (in a clean and tidy house). I would be making bags, tablerunners and whatever I wanted to. Of course the weather have to be nice, then I can sit outside doing some stitchery or knitting in between, or reading a book.
At dinner time saturday a chef would come over and make a lovely BBQ for me and my friends the sewing sisters. And I`ll spend the rest of the evening having fun with the girls.

If you ask me another time the answer will probably totaly different.

Please pick my name for one of your patterns, I would love to win...

Valerie said...

My dream weekend would be going to the Smokie Mountains with my honey and going to some of our favorite places to eat. Thanks for the super give away!

Scottish Nanna said...

Hi Kris
What a great giveaway.My weekend would be to stay at home with hubby and relax.Have a roast meal and do some stitching.
Hugs Mary.

Angela said...

Any weekend I can enjoy with my kids and hubby is a good weekend. I have 11-year-old triplets (B,G,G) and a 2-year-old little boy, but it seems like everyone is busy, busy and we dont seem to get enough quiet time together! But I would sneak some sewing/quilting in there too... :o)
Thanks for the chance to enter your drawing!

Lynda said...

Hey Kris
Love the metamorphosis of your kits. My ideal weekend would be somewhere in the mountains that I didn't have to plan, organise or cater for myself. With a busy extended family it would be great to sit back, relax and see what the days would bring.

i cant sew said...

hello my sweet, have finished yet another item, so tick me off again!
%*_*% rosey

Martina said...

Thanks for your give-away. So great!
My dream weekend is sitting in our garden under a tree, reading a good book, stiching and just talking with my hubby and kids. And a real treat would be to eat the famous swiss Schwarzwäldertorte. Mmh!
Take care!

Noela said...

Just had my ideal week-end, spent with my hubby at the hotrod Nationals in Goulburn. Hubby was happy looking at hotrods, I got time to stitch in between checking out the cars, no cooking or cleaning and the company of good friends as well.

julia said...

Hi Kris,
wow, what a giveaway...congrats on the re-launch!!!
Hmmm...my perfect weekend? Hard question, there are so many things I still haven't done yet & so many places to visit...but I'll give it a try...
My perfect weekend {and sorry, if my idea isn't really new}:
Meet my favourite bloggers {yep, of course I'm speaking of you too ;o)} in a wonderful all-inclusive-more-than-any-quilter/crafter-could wish retreat somewhere in a beautiful surrounding, needing no sleep, having fun, fun FUN making quilts/other projects, learning from each other, showing our creations, shopping in the built-in quilt shop, and talking faster than e-mail or blogs do allow us to...
AND I'd wish the retreat were located in a "time-hole" so it would last much longer ;o)
I wish I could hug you in person & we could make the happy dance together *zippety-hoppedy-clonk* {last one is me accidentially hitting the wall}!
xoxo, Julia

Anonymous said...

My favourite weekend will be one filled with crafts. Because of two painful arms I mostly have to watch all the wonderful blogs around instead of making thing myself. But I get lots of ideas ! To spend a weekend with my hobbies would be wonderful.

Lise said...

My favourit weekend would be in our cabin near the mountain, go for a walk,eat tasty food and of cause lots of stitchery or quilty stuff. Lamb too eat and reed wine in front of the fireplace and my DH beside... Yes! Lovely patterns you have made, perfect for a weekwnd like this ;-)

Ann-Maree K said...

Wow a dream weekend for me would consist of lazing around in bed till late preferably close to the beach hearing the waves roll in. Then going for a late breakfast or brunch and having pancakes, icecream with some chocolate sauce thrown in. Then of course there would be time spent with the family and probably a bit of stitching and maybe even fabric shopping. Of course there would be more chocolate eaten and maybe a bit of seafood on the beach to finish the day off.

Jules said...

Oh am I on time....The lucky last hopefully...........It would be lovely to be lucky in winning. Your patterns are beautiful. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

Jules

Renee said...

my dream weekend would involve a little cottage, with a fire burning inside. A glistening lake outside that we can look out the window at while sipping red wine in front of the fire...

what a lovely giveaway :)

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