Monday, 15 February 2010

Secret love letters and TWO WINNERS!

Secret love letters
spelling affairs of the heart
with passionate words

1. Back of some vintage postcards 2. Naturals and red 3. IMG_3298 4. Melissa's Piano Hinge Book by Susan Pages 5 & 6 5. Love letters 6. Petals and sketches 7. Listen to your heart 8. Package :) 9. Objectart 1/emotion 10. Untitled 11. Old sewing box 12. Drops 13. For you

Thanks to the wonderful and talented artists and photographers whose work is included here. Please click on the links to go to the artists' work

I was absolutely delighted with the response to the "Pass the Book" Valentine's Day giveaway and loved hearing about your favourite childhood books. I have made two prizes

The Winner

The winner gets the book that Emma - Silver Pebble first donated to the "Pass the Book" giveaway. Emma covered the book and decorated it with her lovely illustrations and I was the first recipient

"Time Remembered" by Miss Read is a charming book about a young girl moving from London to live in the countryside, discovering a deep love of nature and an idyllic childhood school life - you will love it!

The book is to be read and then passed on through your blog to another reader (with a few handcrafted goodies) but you get to keep the goodies!

The winner's goodies are:
  • Lovely milk chocolate hearts to enjoy while you are reading the book
  • Valentine's day red heart fairy lights
  • A little wire heart which I beaded with black/silver beads
  • A red heart card topper I stitched
  • Red/gold heart ribbon
  • 3 packets of red beads
  • A Gisella Graham red metal heart that says "Best Wishes"

  • Three hand crafted mixed media tags that I made - each tea dyed and distressed with copper metallic paint and distress ink, decorated with paper hearts, ribbon, text, vintage lace, printed calico and buttons

  • A "lucky penny pocket heart" that I made from cotton and velvet with a little calico pocket on the front that contains a button and a real penny for good luck!
  • Red homespun fabric
  • Vintage images and 3 little "With Love" cotton patches
  • Some fancy yarns in shades of red and 3 red glitter pom poms

The Second Prize

The second prize is a little different
  • Silver foil card making kit with heart templates
  • Vintage Alma Lynne Valentine's Day Card
  • Vintage images and 3 little "With Love" cotton patches
  • Pink ribbon
  • 4 Pink/silver bangles
  • 5 packets of red, pink and purple beads
  • Pink ditsy fabric
  • Homespun red/blue hearts fabric
  • Some fancy yarns in shades of red and 3 red glitter pom poms
  • A couple of small rubber stamps
  • A packet of red 3D heart confetti

  • A "lucky penny pocket heart" that I made from cotton and velvet with a little calico pocket on the front that contains a button and a real penny for good luck!

  • Three hand crafted mixed media tags that I made - each tea dyed and distressed with copper metallic paint and distress ink, decorated with paper hearts, ribbon, text, vintage lace, printed calico and button

Now the time has come to announce the two winners. There were 138 comments spread over three posts but some of them were duplicated so I made a list of the 116 entries and used a random number generator to pick two winners ...

... and the winners are, coincidentally, both called Cathy

19 - Cathy - One Pink Goose
67 - Cathy - Menopausal Musing

Congratulations to you both!

I made a couple more tags for my sketchbook too

Happy Valentine's Day

Began to kiss urgently

A couple more textile art beads

I haven't forgotten about showing a few holiday photos - I've just been a bit pre-occupied with the books last week. I will sort a few out for a posting later in the week

Have a good creative week ahead

Carolyn ♥


Gina said...

What fabulous prizes and very lucky winners!Your tags are gorgeous.

Heavens2Betsy said...

Congrats to your very lucky winners. Love your tags. Love your hearts. All very wonderful. said...

Lucky winners! I love your work , and I can't wait to see your photos! suzie xxx

Chris Gray said...

Great prizes......

...what a pair of Lucky Ducks!

x Chris

Gez said...

Lovely post on a Monday morning Carolyn. Congratulations to your winners. I am loving all your red & your tags are looking awesome. Great haikus too.xx

Hope you have a lovely week. Hugs, Gez.xx

ger said...

Love letters... - does there exist such a thing as love e-mails...?? your tags, as always, are indeed delightful...

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Thanks for all that eye candy - gorgeous stuff there :-)

Diane said...

Well done to the lucky lucky winners!! Such a beautiful giveaway. You are really clever Carolyn. xxx

Mrs Moen said...

Congratulations to the winners; such gorgeous prizes!

La Dolce Vita said...

what a lucky pair of Cathys!!

Kaye Turner said...

Congratulations to the lucky winners! Thanks for showing us all the lovely goodies :-)

Elizabeth said...

Such suspense!! and Such lucky winners!! Loved the presentaion and the wonderful gifts!!! You are amazing miss Carolyn and I am so very glad to ahve another wonderful book to add to my reading list!!! Valentine hugs!

libbyquilter said...

i hope that your valentines day was full of fun and maybe even some romance~!~

LOVE your tags~!!~


Heloise said...

Beautiful tags and great collections for the give away. I feel sure the winners will be delighted.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

Wow, they have got lovely prizes. I love the tags

Alexandra Mason said...

Beautiful gifts, congratulations to Cathy and Cathy :) xx

bad penny said...

I'm in heaven just looking at these goodies ! ooh ! lucky girls !

Menopausal musing said...

Aren't I just sooooo lucky to be a winner? THANK YOU! :o)

Julie said...

Congratulations to Cathy and Cathy. What wonderful prizes!

Debrina said...

Congratulations to your winners Carolyn. You have put up a marvellous and very generous set of prizes here and for that you deserve teh biggest CONGRATS of all!

Melisa Waldorf said...

Hi. I was just trying to hop around and leave comments on all the other participates for the Inchy by Inch challenge blog, but I am not able to post messages on your inchy post. So I'm leavin' you some love on this one.
I LOVE your inchies!! How clever for you to use a photo of your sister!!

Amelia said...

what fantastic items you have here, wish I'd visited earlier to be able to enter!
Thanks for the inspiration though!


JP said...

lucky winners !! - the tags are fabulous

Val said...

What a fab post Carolyn - as always. Beautiful tags - and everything! Congrats. to the two lucky Cathys.

Julia said...

Another beautiful post - I love the colours, I love the tags..oh I love everything! Im not at all envious of the two gorgeous winners - well alright I am just a bit - but who wouldnt be!! :D

Much love
Julia x

Dot said...

Hi Carolyn
Congratulations to the luck winners! You are such a generous and loving soul. I love visiting your blog.
Dot xx

Cathy said...

Hi Carolyn. So very thrilled to have won your giveaway and cannot wait to receive my parcel of "Loves Stitching Red" goodies. Your work is always so beautiful and thoughtful. Thank you very much for picking me out of an abundance of bloggers. I will read the book and pass it on as you suggest through my blog. I don't think my handmades will be anywhere near as lovely as yours

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Dear Carolyn,
Just want to say I have been totally inspired by your art and have been immersed in your blog the last couple of days. Oh, how I wish I had the time to indulge in such bliss! For now, I am thankful to steal a few moments here and there!
All lovely and inspiring!
Blessings to you from the Cabin,
Claudia O.

The WestCountryBuddha said...

You are incredibly generous :))

Deborah Younglao, Silk Painter said...

Wonderful goodies and lucky winners as always, Carolyn!

I thought you were more than deserving of a Sunshine Award, so I've passsed one on to you, on today's post at

blueberries in the fields said...

oh my gosh, i am so jealous ! okayyyy, i guess this is not right, will be a good girl and say congrats to the 2 lucky Cathys. :)
Carolyn, these iare such wonderful gifts,i just had to let you know how everything is lovingly sweet. super adorable giveaway. i must keep track of that book, maybe it will be passed to me one day !

Jackie said...

Lucky people. What a beautiful collection and I love the idea.

Twiglet said...

Beautiful prizes and those tags are just perfect!

mimilove forever said...

B*gger I missed it!!
Well done to winners and hearting the hearts and tags! x:)

missy k said...

Your posts are so inspiring! I have to keep telling you it is better than a magazine!!!!

Love Karenx

~ Phyllis ~ said...

What lovely prizes. Congrats to the winners, Cathy and Cathy.