One year ago I was visiting with my sisters and one morning Marlene sat down with me and helped me set up my blog. I needed a picture for my avatar so we used one from an e-mail I'd sent to show them my paper mache Santa figures. I wasn't even sure I wanted to blog because at the time I knew nothing about blogging. The only blogs I'd visited were by sisters' and then only when they called me and said they had just posted and I should go see what they'd just made. I told Marlene that I was sure no one would be interested in what I was making and I was certain the only followers would be her and Maggie. I was so wrong about everything back then and I'm here to tell you that it's been a fantastic first year. I've made so many wonderful new friends. Thank you all for being so supportive and caring. You make this old lady feel like a million bucks. Do people even say things like that? So in honor of this momentous occasion I'm going to share a few things about myself with you.
Little known facts or Maddy trivia:
March is a month full of anniversaries for me. March 3rd was the anniversary of the day I was discharged from the US Air Force. Yes, I'm a veteran; bet you didn't know that. I studied to be a missile systems analist at Chanute AFB but ended up being assigned to security police and law inforcement because no other female made it through the program and they couldn't have me sharing sleeping quarters with a male partner when we were sent out in the field. That's how it goes some times. You study to do one thing and end up doing something you've not been trained for. Can you imagine me being a cop?
I would be celebrating a wedding anniversary on March 5th or March 19th if I'd stayed married. No, I wasn't married twice to the same man. On March 20th, 10 years and one day later I was divorced from hubby number one.
When I made the doll for this giveaway it triggered a time of experimentation with patterns and stitching. I worked on shamrocks and made a leprechaun and none of those experiments were worth writing home about. So much for my St. Paddy's Day decorations. Maybe in a weak moment I might show you the results of some of those experiments but not today. Instead I'm going to show you some of my favorite things.
This is my White Rotary sewing machine. It runs on foot power. No electric equals no light, so I have to have a lamp nearby. The user manual is in the top left drawer and the top right drawer has bobbin storage that I should have photographed. I have another treadle machine, it's a Singer and is quite lovely but it's sitting in a spot where, at the moment I can't get at it to open it up. I've had several treadle machines over the years but am down to just the two.
These are some of the things that I've been working on. I've had the Bunny Hop on the brain all week. I've finished about 20 bunnies in various poses and fabrics. The ones you see here are made from OOAK fabric that I painted 16 years ago. I made the fabric for some pillows and padded picture frames and never could figure what to do with the leftovers until now.
Here are some that I've made for a special friend.
I couldn't resist showing you what I use for a pin cushion. With all of the marvelous pin keeps out there you'd think I'd want to trade up. Well, I'm attached to this plain old thing. I made it when I was 18 years old and had just started a new job working in a tailor shop. It's stuffed with layers of wool worsted cut from mens' suiting fabrics used in the shop. Sitting on top is one of my thimbles. I use a tailor's thimble which has an open end. Unlike the thimbles that most of you use, this is meant to protect just the side of the finger not the end of it.
And now that you are all going, "Enough is enough already... when are you getting to the reason we're here?" I'll stop running my mouth off, or in this instance typing and tell you who the winner of my lovely Miss Kanin is.
There were 32 entries in the giveaway so chances of winning were pretty darn good. Imagine if there had been hundreds or even thousands...yes, your chances of winning were very good. I know that in the past I've employed some very creative or at least amusing ways of picking the winner in my giveaways. You have to remember the blind folded knife throwing, right? Maybe some of you remember Ginger, my little red headed witch who stirred her caldron and conjured up the winner of another giveaway. Well, this time I'm doing something completely different. I numbered pieces of paper to correspond to the list below and put them in a bag and had my son reach in and pull one out. Simple but effective.
And the winner is.........(insert drum roll here).....
Number 5, Prudence from the Bear's Blog.
1. Ria Vogel
2. Katy Cameron
3. Jan Conwell
5. Prudence - the Bear's Blog
6. Lisa - LLA Creations
7. Pam - Yoborobo
10. Laura - Cobblestone Creations
11. Linda in New Mexico
12. Erin Tame Designs
13. ArtSings 1946
16. Lois - Huckleberry Lady
17. Crafty Stitchers
18. Kay - Kay's Kids
20. Jan – Laughing Dog Arts
21. Colleen - Colleen's Craft Shed
22. Mona - Wsprsweetly Cottages
23. Iris - Boo-Bah AKA Iris
24. Lisa Stubbs
25. Miyako - Orchid's Daily Voice
26. Mary - Colony Mountain
27. Raggedy Creations
30. Christel Hutson
31. Lavender Dreams
32. Maggie - Off My Rocker
Congratulations Prudence. You asked if a bear could enter the giveaway, and not only can she enter, she can even win it. You should see how excited Bellamine was when she found out your entry was chosen.
Okay, now this is such a coincedence! If you look you'll see that this is also my 100th post and that must be celebrated too.
I'm having my son reach in the bag and select another number for another winner.
The second winner is.....(you know the drill, insert drum roll)......
20. Jan – Laughing Dog Arts
I wish all of you could have won. I know everybody says that but I really do mean it.
Thanks again for making my first year of blogging such a wonderful time for me. Thank you for your encouragement and friendship and for being such a lovely bunch of people.
Prudence and Jan, please e-mail me your mailing addresses. I will be sending your prizes out within the next few days.
As always, thanks for stopping by.