Saturday, 9 May 2009

At Last

DRAW DEADLINE 5PM (British time)TODAY WED. 13TH MAY
Entries for draw closed now, but still feel free to comment.
results later.


Have you noticed, if you live in the UK, how the weather forecasters always say what lovely weather we're having when its nice in London?
Well I live in the North. The wind is howling around our moorland village and creeping in through all the gaps in our old house, one of the highest in that village.
The central heating has broken down and we are COLD.

To take my mind off it I am having my bloggiversay at last.
One whole year of blogging(and a couple of weeks).
One hundred and forty five posts, 2,528 comments, 110 followers, 233 subscribers in reader, I don't know how many photographs, 365 days of fun.
Because of my blog I have
  • coped over the recent sad days with your support and comments.
  • enjoyed my trip to Marrakech all over again when I relived it on the blog.
  • been encouraged to pursue pieces of work through the reception they have had here.
  • Found lots of lovely friends in blogland
  • received amazing gifts from far and wide
  • had an exciting development (can't mention it yet)publishing related.
  • been invited to exhibit in an arts trail
  • sold lots of pieces of my work on etsy and by requests.
I only had two nasty comments all year ..actually one was an e mail the other was from 'anonymous' who didn't believe we were really friends.
Not a great deal of spam except the usual Chinese stuff.

At times I couldn't work blogger but you were all there to help.
I learnt how to link, how to stop links, how to use Google reader, and how to install stat counter.

Now for the thank you. Because I really want to say a big thank you to everyone I have communicated with in any way.
I said I would make a special thing for the giveaway but my creativity has been under pressure lately so this is what I'll do.
I am going to draw 5 names from 'the hat'.
The first name can choose one anything from my etsy shop or from this post.
The other 4 names can choose a little round brooch (now featured on Cuteable)from the 21 below .
(I put the other picture of these on flickr and its been a great success going straight into 'explore' and getting loads of comments. Its great but I don't know why. I preferred the one of them in their box.)


I am offering this piece as first prize but you may not like it.


Its about 8 inches square and is based on Ancient Greek Motifs.
really much nicer than it appears here.
But as I said, you can choose.

I've finished these pieces as brooches now.




Because of their irregular edges I couldn't stitch the back on so have had to rely on a combination of bondaweb and pva, but they are up for grabs in the giveaway.
All you have to do is leave a comment here. You could tell me which is your favourite post if you like but you don't have to.
Now I don't want anyone saying to themselves ' I won't comment because it looks like I only do it if I want something'.
No .
And come on you lurkers. You are just as important as the regular commentors.
Even if its your first visit, feel free.
All those lovely people who commented in the last fortnight when I was so sad. Leave another.I would esecially love to include you.
All the regulars as well..come on!
I wish I could make something for everyone but I can't.
I'll do the draw midweek. Wednesday evening perhaps.

Now although I wasn't feeling creative, I was committed this week to decorating our church for a wedding today, so last Thursday I worked my socks off and bunged all these flowers in various arrangements.I was absolutely shattered by 5.30 having set off at 10.30 am to buy the flowers and been on my feet all day. I haven't slept very well since 'you know what' and it takes its toll.

The bride is a girl I used to teach. She and my son were schoolfriends. She often looked after our dogs when we went away, until she got her own,and she is absolutely mad about animals.
I hadn't seen her for a few years when one day last year I was walking Willow up the hill towards home and a white van screeched to a halt and out jumped Yvonne and her Adam, delighted to see Willow again.

So it was little surprise to see how she arrived at church.

Bless!

Barefoot too.
Shoes put on later.
She loved the flowers.
They are honeymooning in Ireland so they can take their dogs.

123 comments:

karen said...

the truth...I am commenting because I want to win!
oh, and how do you find out how many google reader lists you are on????

soggibottom said...

Er.... Excuse me.... the weather man always comments on the weather in the North... how windy and cold it's going to be... never mind us down here in Devon. London and the East... Northern Ireland. Great weather. The mist from the moors.... DARTMOOR comes across. WHAT DOES THE WEATHER MAN KNOW about Dartmoor. Nothing...... or about the weather in Devon so it seems. YOU ARE NOT ALONE......! ...er greetings from Devon by the way.. The weather tomorrow in the North is cold and windy... and we are going to be the same. SO SNAP.... enjoy Summer x x x

Terri said...

Happy Anniversary! I've always admired your lovely works of art. I am going to cross my fingers and toes that I may be a lucky winner. Here's to another year of blogging.

'fancypicnic' said...

Blimey!! Third comment, please note....not 33rd, for a change!!

Bunged? Beautifully arranged!

What a year...a wonderful one, eh? So glad to have 'acquainted' myself with you, Jackie - it's been a pleasure.
I was just thinking that my cuff could do with a rest....I'm wondering if perhaps I need a new one....I've come to the right place - hee hee!!
Best Blogaversary Wishes to you xx

'fancypicnic' said...

Pardon??? Terri snuck in there a bit quick...I should type faster.

*goes off muttering...*

lilylovekin said...

I've only recently discovered your blog and your etsy store. But I love your work. And was very touched by your posts re: your dog. Looking forward to following you through a new year.

Peggy said...

I saw these on flickr first and had to check out your blog...these are so vibrant and fun! That second "irregular" one really caught my eye. And about the weather...well, I live on the so-called Sunshine Coast of British Columbia (Canada) but we've had an incredibly long winter and all our flowers are about a month behind schedule. So thanks for showing your amazing work ~ it cheered me right up!

Patricia said...

You should be here with us in our heavy 80 and then some heat and humidity, but it is supposed to cool a little soon. Your year has been a good one and you should pat yourself on the back for all of your accomplishments! Your work is fantastic as is your generosity.
Thank you for ending the posting with this lovely message of spring, love, and renewal.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'd feel so lucky to win anything you made!! Happy blogiversary to you (I could put something here to say that I was singing it, but that's too much for the internet world to handle).
btw...are those triangular-y flowers calla lilies? Whatever they are, they look like they smell heavenly.

Vicki W said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love checking in on your blog.

Jackie said...

Here I am inflating the comments but
I just wanted to thank the first few commenters, point out the differences in climate between us and to say that the triangley flowers are arum lilies, unfortunately they don't really smell.

Jackie K. said...

Heigh Ho Jackie - and happy blog-n-2-weeks-versary.
Thank you for a year of visual joy - such cheerful colors/colours despite the cold and chilly weather!

Cathy said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I would love to win anything! I get so many lovely compliments on my cuff you made.
The wedding looks beautiful. Flowers were perfect!

Denise said...

Hey!! Happy Blogging! I loved your Marakesh trip - I don't know how long I've been following you, or even remember if I'd comment before, but I've been here long enough to know that your creativity is inspiring! I also love the way the bride did her thiing on her wedding day!!
Cheers, Denise

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Happy Blogiversary!! I really enjoy looking at all of your lovely art pieces. They look so tactile and such yummy colors. Plus those wedding flowers looked outstanding. Kudos to you!

arlee said...

Love the irregularly edged pieces :}

Jacky said...

Happy Bloggiversary Jackie...and thanks for all of the wonderful posts (sorry, cant choose a favourite).
Wonderful giveaways...your textile work is amazing (love those velvets and variegated threads).
What a beautiful story of Yvonnes wedding, thanks for sharing the pics. Love how she rode up on horseback and she is taking her dogs on their honeymoon!
Hope the weather warms up for you soon...getting chilly over our side now and we have been having fires lit each night...winters coming!

Jacky xox

Morna said...

You know I have been a fan of yours since forever! I hope you feel cheerier soon.

Nellie's Needles said...

Happy Blogaversary! I'm one of those registered in Google Reader and am pleased to follow your creative endeavors and feel privileged to have an occasional peek into your life.

Ruth said...

Congrats on the bloggiversary! Your pieces are always so wonderful, I'd love to add any of them to my collection.

connie said...

Pick Me, Pick Me!!! I love all your work. If you draw my name it will be a tough choice but I can rise to the occasion!! Have a wonderful Mothers Day! Oh, and Happy Bloggiversary.

Dot said...

You are very generous to do a giveaway on your blog. I would be thrilled to win anything of yours!

Sending much love to you - have been thinking of you every day and hoping the pain over Willow's loss is easing a little.
Much love

Dot xx

Dot said...

P.S love the photo's of Yvonne's wedding xx

Doreen K. said...

Happy blogiversary. Love the pieces you make, the colors and the detail are fantastic. The flowers are beautiful. Here in Nevada, USA the temps are in the high 90's heading for 100 plus.

Robin Olsen said...

I'd be thrilled to win any of your pieces! Congratulations on your blogversary--it's always a pleasure to see what you are doing.

Anonymous said...

I am one of the quiet visitors so ashamedly I have come out to wish you Happy Blogaversary with hopes of winning a treasure of one of your exquisite pieces. Thanks for sharing you work.
Missy from the bayou

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Ah, what a perfect wedding. I loved her mode of tranportation, and the flowers were sooo lovely.

"They are honeymooning in Ireland so they can take their dogs." How wonderful is that?

Many warm congratulations on your blog anniversary! I'm very glad you are out there...I love coming to visit! And so does Edward!

Stay warm tonight!!

Chris said...

Please include me. I have always enjoyed your posts from your walks in the countryside. In to the Blue from May of last year is one of my favorites. Happy year one!

verobirdie said...

I've discovered your blog two weeks ago, and I like it already.
I usually don't comment on bloganniversary post, but since you say I should :-)
And yes, a brooch would be nice :-)

paddysdaughter said...

Congratulations on a year in Blogland, it is indeed a great place to share one's creations and to make friends all over the world. How good to see a photo of Willow on your blog too. Please don't include me in your giveaway draw, as you know I have one of your lovely brooches already, and enjoy it very much. Cheers,

Menopausal musing said...

I loved the Marrakesch (spelling??) posts, that's when I "joined" you, and then absolutely fell off my chair with laughter at the "cat's nostril" piccy. May you continue to enjoy blogging. x

Carol said...

I feel the same about the weather man, they forget Wales too, mind we mainy aways get rain, so if they do mention us they are often right! I love the main piece, ovey balance and ove the edges too. The 3rd brooch down is lovely too because of the edges.

Daisie said...

Happy Bloggiversary!

I find all your posts interesting and your work and photos beautiful. The highlight for me wasn't found on the blog but on a cold day in December in Preston last year when you spent an age teaching Francesca and I to wet felt. Oh, and of course calling my work homemade, still makes me smile! I think it's the finest compliment.

If I get picked (but hey, what are the chances), I'd love a little round brooch in blue.

Fingers crossed!

xxx

maggik1 said...

Well, haven't you been busy! Lovely brooches - they look just like cupcakes? And gorgeous flowers too - lucky bride to have you to do the flowers. Can anyone tell me why the BBC weather 'thing' just does a little 'slalom' around the North West? I guess it's because we don't matter - but it still makes me cross!!!Wrap up warm ...

alcoholinky said...

yes, I definitely desire one of those gorgeous brooches. having just tried some free machining I have great respect for your accuracy of stitching!! also a talented flower arranger too! LOL

katie said...

oh thank you - a giveaway!! yay!! - a happy anniversary to you and thank you for your generosity in sharing your world!
loved the horseback bride!

Anonymous said...

Hi I would also love to win - so sorry it is cold - it is also cold down here in New Zealand but our heating is working well Rebecca in New Zealand

Heather said...

Do hope your heating will soon be fixed - we had to wait a couple of weeks for ours to be done recently and I have been permanently cold. Here in the south west it has been blowing like mad and wet, and I can't believe we sat in the garden a month ago having lunch in the sunshine. Mad climate. Happy bloggyversary and any piece of your work would be a first prize - it is all so lushious (is that the right spelling?) I would love my name to be put into the hat. So glad you have had such benefits from blogging - I have found the same. Your wedding flower arrangements are beautiful and what a great way to arrive for your wedding though I would have needed a cardy too!!

jan said...

Happy anniversary, I would love to win! I always read your blog and love what you create, fingers crossed!

Cecile said...

Please count me in ! I don't usually follow your blog, but you're one of my flickr contacts, I always admired your work.

Cecile, in grey cold France

nicki said...

Well, just to upset all of you struggling with nasty fog, rolling mists, snow and ice (ok, I'm exaggerating!)....Dorset and especially Bridport has been beautiful and I have a bit of a tan! Sorry!!!
I love the picture of the bride on horseback....she looks beautiful and so happy. I hope you took lots more photos....
As for prizes...well, yes, we all want one!! No pressure then......
Enjoy reading all the comments from all of us who read your blog....how cool is that??!
Nicki x

Anonymous said...

Maggie, you are my hero(idol).....I absolutelylove your work and your books, although I can't buy all of them here in New Zealand, and can't afford to buy from Gt Britain. I love following your blog and seeing your work. I don't know how you ever manage to fit everything into a day. Do you ever sleep. I would be soooooo excited if I won anything of yours. I'm very new to all this internet stuff - blogging etc. but love it and I think you are marvellous that you have learned so much in one year of blogging.
Glenys

Gina said...

Me too... I'm commenting because I would love to win (The brooch I already have is much admired) Your work is beautiful as ever - such gorgeous colours. The flowers in the church are fabulous... obviously multi talented! It's been a pleasure getting to "know" you Jackie.

lisa_crofts said...

I would love to win on of your brooches. My favourite posts are the one about marrakech.

Leisurely Lesley said...

I am just as impressed with your flower arranging as your textile work. Beautiful!

kate fern said...

In Australia for half the year the weatherman says 'an afternoon storm for Darwin' Oh if only it came that regularly!! The rest of the year they say 'sunny and 33' and they're pretty much right.

I'd love to win anything you made, it would be a tough decision to choose.
Congrats on a year of blogging and looking forward to the next.

Kitty said...

I'm not going in the giveaway Jackie. I just wanted to say (a) It's bloody cold here too, and (b) I'm so very glad I 'met' you. I admire you and your work enormously.

x

silverpebble said...

Many congratulations on your first year of blogging Jackie - and your etsy and intriguing-sounding publishing success. I've enjoyed reading DDC so much andthe gorgeous colours in your work have leapt out at me and helped to cheer me on tricky days sometimes.

I think you've left one of the funniest comments I've ever had - on my silly vervet monkey post - about an elderly lady after her parky sea swim - I was scrolling through my archives and found it and it gave me a great belly laugh - thankyou!

I'd love to be popped into the draw if that's OK.

Emma x

ANNA said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love your work and would truly love to win a piece so please enter me in your draw

Clucking about said...

You did a great job on the flowers they looked beautiful as did the bride, she must have been frozen!so nice to have the priviledge of knowing her when she was younger and having someone like her to care for willow..bless her..
Happy Anniversary!! xx

sesga loves 1950s said...

What a fabaronney year you have had I have loved reading all about it .My favorite was Marrakesh all the Amazing photos!! feels know a bit more about the country now and makes me want to go there even more .

I love your blog soooooooooooooo much !!! so here's to another and hopefully even more successful year .Thank you for sharing it with us .I love your honesty and your witty writing style .
Love and a blog hug from sesga xxx

Deb said...

If I do win my biggest problem is which brooch to choose. Such problems!

"I feel yah" as the kids say, about the furnace. We have just come through a whole year without central heating or AC and it will be a while before we can replace the furnace.
I feel tough, though.

jennyflower said...

Happy anniversary, thanks for a lovely year!

Swirlyarts said...

It's so true about the weather especially on the radio! Hope you are feeling a bit warmer now - it has been cold up here the past few days hasn't it? I would love to be considered for the giveaway.

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

This is me.
Commenting.
Because your brooches are "not exactly gross"
;oP

Linda said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary!
I joined you about 2/3 of the way through the year, fascinated by your 'About me' as much as your work!!!!

Celia said...

Acording to the weatherman we were going to have a lovely sunny day yesterday. I'm sure the sun was shining - above the 10/10ths low cloud.
And we are only 70 miles from London...

Seriously - great post, lovely textiles. lovely flowers, lovely horse, lovely bride!

WendyCarole said...

Happy blogversary. Its freezing here in Yorkshire too.

Love the pictures of the bride on the horse.

Always enjoy your blog

jill said...

Happy blogsville. I agree with you about the weather; being a Northern girl too I know we're used to it but it is a little parky today! I love the first prize as well as everything else so would be happy with anything... My favourite posting was also Marrakech but I do enjoy your chat.

Diana said...

Weeeell... yes, I am commenting because I would love to win a piece of your work. I don't often comment on blogs because, TBH, I would be here all day if I did, but I do find other people's lives and work absolutely fascinating and everyone is so friendly. I did post a comment when you lost your dear dog, but other than that I have nothing special to say except keep up the wonderful work - it's inspirational!

beadbabe49 said...

Happy blogaversary! Color being one of my major loves, your blog has just delighted me from day one...and on some of our grey wet days here in Oregon, your lovely work has truly been a "bright, light spot" in my day...thanks!

KATIE said...

I would love to win something you made - everything is so gorgeous! I live in Isle of Man so we share your weather, it was VERY windy here.
Hope you are feeling a bit more cheerful.
Kathryn (and Moses and Dave the cats).

Chris Gray Textile Art said...

It usually rains here in Wales too - and my house is on the top of a mountain which is frequently in a cloud!

..But on a nice day we have lovely views.......

Love the new brooches (and all your other work too!)

Ati. Norway. said...

Your blog is always a delight to look at and I follow you on Flickr too :)
Unfortunately I cannot leave a note on the Flickr photo, I don't know why, but my fave brooch is #8 when you count from the top from left to right. Pink with pink :)

Ati. Norway. said...

sorry, pink with blue ;)

milkcan said...

I'll admit that I'm a lurker. I read your blog through Google Reader and this is the first time I've commented. Love your art!

chrissythreads said...

Now that's the way to arrive for a wedding!Glad you're feeling a bit better.

Emmy said...

OOO yes I want to win to I love your art

Anonymous said...

Choose my favourite blog post,that's like saying look at this huge box of chocolates and pick one.
Thank you for all the laughs,smiles and a few tears.
Judith.

Corryna Janssen said...

This is wonderful work! Happy anniversary! I would love to be in your drawing.

Christine said...

I love your blog and I love your work, but I rarely comment on blogs for fear of sounding gushing. But of course even talented people sometimes need (preferably positive) feedback, so I'll try not to lurk any more!

PS Totally right about the weather forecast - in Scotland, we even find the BBC has distorted the UK map to make Scotland look about the size of Yorkshire. (And NB all Met Office forecasters, what are "bits and pieces of rain"?!)

Carol said...

wonderful brooches Jackie
Can't believe its a year since you started blogging :) The weather man doesn't know North Wales exists
hope the heating is sorted soon.

Anonymous said...

I, too, am a long time 'lurker' and love your work. Congratulations on your year of blogging. JoyceR.

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

I keep popping across to read your blog. I love the bracelets that you make, such lovely colours and textures. I would love to be in the draw for a chance to try and win one of your textile creations.

Julie said...

Happy Blogaversary Jackie! Did you not know there is no weather past Watford gap? You're right about the weathermen and ladies only being interested in the South East, apart from the odd storm warning. I hope you get your heating fixed soon, we've got ours on this weekend. Brrrr!

Your flower arrangements are beautiful I'm sure the bride was delighted, if a little chilly!

Here's to the next year of blogging and lots more fun :o)

Linda said...

Hi Jackie.... I can't remember how I first found you - but I'm so glad I did. You know I love and admire your work and these new brooches are just delightful.I'm keeping everything crossed (except my eyes...LOL!)
Great wedding pics!
Love
Linda x

Izabela said...

how lovely, anniversary of blogging and so many people love to visit you, I don`t really know which is my favorite post (I only come here for couple of months) but love your work, I love that you share bits of your life, too...

and of course, I would love to be the winner of your giveaway but don`t worry, if it won`t be me I still come to visit you again

love
I.
x

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Happy Bloggiversary Jackie! I might be emailing you about links etc - what a record, here's to many more. BFN. Lesley

paulahewitt said...

oh jeez..77 comments already. the odds of winning are dropping, arent they? sure you cant make something for everyone ;)?
happy bloggiversary! and many more to come

joanne May said...

Hi Jackie,
Thank you for replying to my comment and following my blog.
Happy Anniversary!:)
I will visit you again soon, to see if you make anymore textiles with velvet. The brooches are very special.:)

Julie said...

HI Jackie, thanks for lreaving a comment on my blog and thus leading me back to yours. Lucky old me commenting today on a giveaway post, I am keeping my fingers and everything else crossed! I am so very sorry to have read about your dog Willow, what a very sad time for you.... X

julie king said...

you are one creative lady!! all those gorgeous brooches and creatively stitched pieces AND you do lovely flowers as well??!! so impressive!!!

i'm not shy at all . . i'd love to win one of your pieces so please count me in!!!

Kim said...

I couldn't miss the chance to have a piece by you... mostly I lurk, but I do love your stuff!

Anonymous said...

This is my 1st time here and I am blown away by your work !! Please let me be the winner ! I would turn those pieces into pendants , pin's earrings!!!Even if I don't win can I purchase these beautiful little works of art?? I live in the state's and you have a new fan!
Have a Blessed Life! Debra
dgibson@bak.rr.com

MargB said...

Congratulations! And thankyou. And I would like to win also.

Jude said...

Hello Jackie, it's me...thank you for your support over the last week, yesterday was very very hard.
I won't mention the weather.....
Of course I love the Ancient Greek motifs,but as you know I am a great lover and supporter of all your work.
x

Guzzisue said...

how could i resist? happy blogversary

Heloise said...

Snap, that is for a blog giveaway, though very different.
Happy blog anniversary.

Raggy Rat said...

hello hello
i am always impressed by your huge long blogs posts
if i tried same i would either lose track or find 3 year olds damaging something big ...
thanks for admiring my woollen dog the other day, i dont know if he is tweed, without the selvedge edge that has been on some of my fabrics ... but i was thinking you might like some of my stash your self, or some off cuts?
perhaps i could call the dog harris :-)
please count me in to owning more of your work :-)

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Fave post? But I love 'em all. During my prolonged blog abscence Dog-Daisy Chains has been one of the very few I've made sure I can carry on reading. Your work is inspirational, your anecdotes are hilarious, your shared sad times have brought a tear to the eye and your photos are fab.
(Oooh - getting mushy now.)
Congratulations on a whole year. May there be many, many more. xxxx

Denise Burden said...

I love your use of colour and the tactile quality of your work. I only discovered you a couple of weeks ago - about the same time as your very moving blogs about Willow.

I was blown away by your use of colour and the very tactile quality of your pieces so I'm looking forward to seeing more of your work in the coming year.
And I'm crossing my fingers!

Jules said...

Hey Jackie

Hope it's beginning to get a bit easier for you, have been silently wishing you well from my little corner of Cheshire.
Hoping you are enjoying the glorious sunshine today though - hope that Cheshire is sharing it with Lancashire anyway!
Bon chance to all the followers, subscribers & lurkers in your lovely giveaway - what beautiful pieces you have made - they are inspiring me to begin the long job of tidying my office enough to actaully relocate my sewing machine - I know it's in here somewhere!
Jules

Robin Mac said...

I have only just returned home and am trying to catch up on blogs - yours is one of my very favourite ones. I love your brooches. Hope the weather is improving a bit by now. Cheers, Robin

ferinn said...

I,ve been reading your blog for some time now and drooling over the way you put colour together.I'd be "over the moon" to be lucky enough to win one of your pieces.My blog is sooo dull in comparison to yours.
Weather here today (BRISTOL) is brilliant,sunny but windy but not to continue we have wind and rain forecast for the rest of the week!

Heather said...

Thankyou for your kind wishes left on my blog Jackie. I have actually sold a picture so may be they worked!!

Simmy said...

Happy Blogiversary Jackie. Your work is as inspiring as ever just wished we lived closer so it would rub off on me a bit!

Sandy said...

It would be wonderful to have any of your lovely things. They always inspire me, so those are my favorite posts. Wonderful way for a bride to arrive at her wedding.

Painting the town with Barb said...

I really love your blog. If I won, it would be hard to pick which of your wonderful projects I'd like.
Barb

Mary said...

Hi Jackie! Happy Anniversary. Well, you know I love all of your work and your blog, so pick me or not, you know I'll just keep right on visiting - but I'll cross my fingers that I'm one of the lucky few chosen :O) You sound like you are feeling a little better these days - glad to see that. And those flowers - shazam girl! you are amazing.

marie said...

In regards to "you know what"...a big hug to you. My heart is with you.
I am so-o-o excited about your giveaway! All the prizes are lovely. Happy Blogaversary! Stay warm. peace to you : )

cocoa and blankets said...

Oh Jackie you have opened the flood gates...100 comments already...i will admit...i love your creations and would be tickled pink to win..know what you mean about the cold...we have our heating back on....

Sally said...

Your work is so very beautiful! I would love to win one of your dazzling pieces! Enjoy your flickr stream and your blog (which I've just discovered)!

Irini said...

The small pieces are some wonderful cross between ancient symbols and lovely threads of silk and buttons like you would see at the Silk Museum! Your larger pieces often remind me of walled cities like Monemvasia or seafront Ventian influenced towns like Chania. Lovely!

Ingrid said...

Happy Anniversary!thank you for a chance to win one of your gorgeus art work.Ingrid

hippopip said...

Congrats on a great blog with some beautiful eyecandy.

JaneO said...

I don't know how you will ever be able to get any work done with so many comments on this post, but happy anniversary from cold and windy South Glos - I confess we have given in and put the heating back on in the evenings even if it is after May 1st.

Bags and Buds said...

I have enjoyed reading your blog and would love to win one of your pieces. Thanks for having the giveaway.

ZenCrafter said...

This is my first visit after following a link from spiritcloth and enjoying your Flickr photos, and what a great treat! Happy blog anniversary!

Micki said...

Happy Blogaversary!! I love your work and your brooches. Sooo many comments, but well deserved. I usually just lurk but had to comment, would love to be a winner.

Jo in NZ said...

Long time lurker, occasional commenter..totally enamored with your work :)

Clevelandgirlie said...

Been visiting your blog (with occasional comment) for a long, long time Dog Daisy. I would be thrilled to win one of your absolutely delicious little pieces. Your art is such an inspiration in color, texture, imagination. So happy you are here.

kleinzonnetje said...

A whole year! Happy anniversary!

Threadspider said...

Congratulations on all of your wonderful, inspirational work and the blog posts-and thank you for always taking the trouble to come by and visit too.
As for weather forecasting-I may live in the south but seem to be in neither south east, south or west country. I have no weather!

Greedy Nan said...

Golly, there's a few comments to work through here so hope that when it comes to putting the names in the proverbial, mine will be the first you pull out so that I win that fabulous piece of embroidery work. And if not that one, that I might be fortunate enough to get something else or have the knowledge and expertise to be able to make something similar.

Miss*Laurence said...

Haven't posted acomment on blogs for ages. Arrived here from Flickr... we are not far from each other I think I'm in Cheshire.
Lovely brooches, am I allowed in the draw?

Wabbit said...

What bugs me is that all the ads are trying to sell us flowers that would never survive this dry heat in summer and snow blowers we have no use for in the winter! My eldest nephew is a weatherman for a big TV station in (another) large city and I love him dearly but really weather people know nothing of reality!

Congratulations on your blogaversary, Jackie. Thank you for doing it! HUGS, Marilyn

Robyn said...

I really want to win! What more can I say?.......................
Happy Anniversary!

mELANIE said...

I am a first time visitor!
I found you on Cuteable, I enjoy reading her posts, and I saw your beautiful brooches being featured.
She said your were giving one of those beauties away, so here I am!




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Claire said...

Happy Blog-Anniversary,
Love to see the items you make - they're always beautiful...

Claire said...

Hi Jackie
Thanks for the comment on my blog! :)
I'm based in Ennis, Co. Clare - you probably passed through it when you were in Galway and Clare.

alice c said...

Congratulations Jackie!

Kayla coo said...

Wow! Sorry I missed this and I had to comment because I have never been 121st commenter before!
I love your blog Jackie so keep up the blogging!
Michala xx

Lauren said...

too bad i missed your giveaway, but had to comment on your brooches -- SUCH BEAUTY! i promise to subscribe right now.



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