Sorry for mumbling about this for so long…..finally I have taken a few pics & now my linking works I can launch this Giveawayheyhey!
I guess the reason I’m throwing it is because I wanted to just show a bit of appreciation for this wonderful online community I feel a part of. You are all stars, so helpful, encouraging, supportive, funny – you name it, I could go on with the descriptors, but you just want to know what’s up for grabs, don’t you? So if you are interested in the reason behind the giveaway, read on after ….
I’ve got two parcels, to offer different size options, so make sure you let me know which one you would like to be entered for. This is open to anyone, I’ll post anywhere. Please leave a comment by midnight 27th May GMT.
Package number one:
- A beautiful brooch by Labybirdlikes on Etsy
- An 8 gored skirt by Butterick, 50s size 30 waist, hip 39. Now I think this is a great pattern if you have never sewn a vintage pattern. It doesn’t have any printing on it (wot no printing?!) but you’ll get over that easily. It’s a good confidence booster! Plus who wouldn’t want to style it with a figure hugging sweater & neck scarf….
- A cute selection of vintage buttons.
Package number 2:
- A cute crocheted cherry brooch by Ladybirdlikes (actually I like & have test-driven it for you just to make sure it works – it does)
- A 60s dress/ two piece dress pattern with that awesome roll collar, bust 38. I adore this pattern, but would need to alter it & the likelihood of me doing that anytime soon is slimmer than something extremely skinny. Please note that the yellow outfit has been drawn on by a previous owner to show a two piece version, but it is actually a one piece dress. (Shows how it could be made up though, you’d just have to figure out splitting the collar at the front rather than the back…)
- A couple of gorgeous belt buckles ….in truth I bought these for myself, but thought they’d make up this parcel match more evenly to the first.
So if you are interested in winning either of the above please leave a comment before 27th May ends. Now if you want to know more about the backstory ….
I’d been feeling all warm & fuzzy about being part of this wonderful community, when in my non-blogging world I came across this video, the Happy Secret to Better Work on TED by Shawn Achor. You may/ may not agree with what he says but I like it. So while this is primarily aimed at the business community, his presentation talks about positive psychology, the “happiness advantage” & how he thinks it is is possible to rewire ourselves to be more optimistic, happier, resilient & therefore more able to be successful (however we define success) & perform at our best…. By undertaking some simple practices for 21 days he thinks it is possible to retrain your brain so that it habituates the positive, retaining positive feelgood experiences, & it was the practices that to me struck many chords with blogging, in particular the online sewing community. These are the practices:
- 3 gratitudes (3 new things you are grateful for each day)
- Journaling (writing about one great experience that happens to you over the 24 hours)
- Random acts of kindness
Now I am not saying this is true, am certainly not stirring up any science on psychology, but I just wanted to explain that it was this that provoked me to hold a giveaway. I am a pretty positive person anyway, but these practices seemed very applicable to sewing/blogging- for example, journaling – don’t we do this quite a bit when we blog? Meditation – well for me that comes to a certain degree with sewing, I become very much in the moment & certainly lose sense of space & time, forgetting to eat & drink (yes it’s true!!) I think that’s as close to meditation I’d ever get anyway!!. It was the random acts of kindness though that had real meaning to me, & I see evidence of this across our sewing community. The advice so freely given, the effort it takes for someone to look up an article on Threads to help with a certain fitting problem or technique, the kind supportive comments that people like you take the trouble to leave. The pattern that appears through your letter box because someone has got a sense that you’d like it. The fabric that someone spies & thinks of you when they buy it …..You people are awesome, and so here is my random act of kindness, the first of many. It’s funny that shortly after I saw this video Karen wrote a post that provoked many comments about the nature of the online sewing community & how it is a very positive online place with various opinions and experiences reflecting this. Worth a peep if you want to dwell on this more. So there you are. Not a totally random giveaway, but the catalyst explained.