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Small Marie Antoinette giveaway, work in progress and gifts from my sister.

Hi everyone, apologies for the delay since my last post, I have been very busy helping my husband landscape the front garden, I have found muscles I did not know I had! We decided to remove a small picket fence and replace it with a pretty hedge, it looks much nicer now but obviously I had no time to spend in my craft room.

Speaking of my new craft room, I still have not had the chance to finish off the painting touch ups that needed doing after the fitting out took place, I also need to get some curtains and a new chair, when I have done that I can than show you the final results. I am undecided whether to make curtains or buy them, the windows are not too large so it would be quite easy to run up some window treatments but I need to have a good look around for fabric and see if I can find anything suitable.  

Small Marie Antoinette Mini giveaway

Whilst sorting my craft room I came across these Marie Antoinette gift tags, I purchased the gift tag image from an Etsy shop (can’t remember which one) and trimmed them with pretty pink ribbon, I also made a thankyou card with one of the images and sprinkled glitter on the card and the gift tags, they look really sparkly but the photo does not really show them at their best.

The gift card.
Please note – my cross stitch blogs name will not be on the original card! 
All wrapped in a cello bag ready to send. 
EDITED :This giveaway has now arrived at its destination, I added a couple of extras, you can read the post here  
How to enter      
Just leave a comment on this post before the closing date of Saturday 11th May GMT time of 6pm and I will choose one lucky winner at random  to receive the five gift tags and one thankyou card, the winner will be announced on Sunday 12th May 2013.
This giveaway is now closed
If you are already a follower you will get another chance to win, new followers welcome, just let me know in your message that you are a follower and I will add your name twice.
Stitching news

I have been making progress on Santas Village, I should have finished this one by now because the next one has arrived, I am hoping to get a move on with this and get it finished.  
It looks a bit crumpled because I forgot to iron it.
Freebie Friday 

I have made some pretty lace effect digital bookmarks, I will post them on Friday for you to download.
Hopefully I will also have the next cat in the mini series ready, it is a summer cat to add to your collection.    
My sister bought me these gorgeous fabrics for my birthday, she knows I love anything Paris related,  I just love them!
This one is ideal for pin keeps or box lids. 
This one is ideal for pin cushions
Mmmm – yummy!!!!!
This would be ideal as a quilted pillow
Until next time happy stitching!

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. May 5, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    The village is looking lovely. Good taste your sister has in fabrics. (a belated Happy Birthday!) & a very sweet giveaway as well :)

  2. May 5, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    Your stitching looks great .
    Just love the gift tags and card please add my name to the hat, hugs.

  3. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I too am a Paris lover!!

    And I'm already a follower!

  4. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I would love to be included in your giveaway please, I am already a follower.

  5. Count me in for the draw, if I win I'll show you the photo of me with Big Marie Antoinette Hair!
    Love those fabrics you've been gifted, they are so unusual. I couldn't bear to cut into them though, I'd just frame them as prints.
    Looking forward to Summer Cat too.

  6. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    I have just recently got into cross stitching again. Was searching the internet for blogs and glad I found yours. Your blog is inspirational.

  7. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    The material looks beautiful. I wanted to participate in your giveaway. I'm not a blogger so if you wish to contact me my email is bigmomjohnson@gmail.com. I haven't decided if I want to do a blog or not yet.

  8. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Construction on Santa's village is moving along nicely. Love your card and gift tags. The fabric from your sister is beautiful. I have been wondering about your. Raft room and look forward to seeing it all completed.

  9. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    The fabric your sister gave you is beautiful. I wanted to enter your contest. I don't have a blog but I've been thinking about doing I'm just not sure if I can make it look like the ones I've been seeing. I've been following you for months since I got my computer. As a matter of fact you were the first blog I ever checked out.My name is Melanie Johnson.

  10. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    your stitching looks perfect, I wish mine looked as good – the card and gift tags are very pretty, love the sparkly detail – Amanda

  11. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Loe your gift tags! Thanks for chance! Happy stiching and sewing! I'm already your follower!

  12. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Your Marie gift tags are so elegant and lovely. I enjoy your blog, it is so inspirational. I love your technique of using the single strand of thread and the loop. I follow your blog.

  13. May 6, 2013 / 6:05 am

    Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, I also follow you via Bloglovin. Happy belated birthday! :)

  14. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Lynn – I, too love Paris and Marie Antoinette. The fabrics are – oooo-la-la ;)
    Your loyal follower,

  15. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I would love to be in your giveaway. I love Paris too! My blog address is nswvml.blogspot.com

    Your stitching is lovely too. Thank you!

  16. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I am a follower. These are great. I also love your new fabric. I wish I could find nice things here in Philadelphia but it is all about production. There is no quality in things anymore. I can't even find interfacing at my craft store.

  17. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I love your stitching and these are wonderful pieces. I love your ideas for accompanying things for stitching.
    PS the paris fabric is to die for.
    think i may have posted twice

  18. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I love your stitching and hte ideas you have for accompanying pieces. I am already a follower on your blog.

  19. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Your village is coming along nicely and I'm sure you'll be caught up in no time. Love the fabrics your sister gifted you. I love all things Paris, too but who doesn't?
    I would love to win your pretty gift tags! I'd have to save one just to put on my board in my craft room – truth is, they're so pretty, not sure I could actually give any of them away.
    I am a follower.

  20. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Thank you for such a wonderful give away!I am a follower, and love to see all of your beautiful stitching.

  21. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    I'm in for your giveaway!
    And I'm a follower too.
    Have a nice week!

  22. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    Bonjour Lynn,
    Votre blog est superbe et vos étiquettes Marie-Antoinette me plaisent beaucoup !
    Merci pour votre générosité et votre bon goût.
    A bientôt

  23. May 8, 2013 / 7:15 am

    The village is looking lovely and the fabrics your sister gave you are so pretty.

  24. May 10, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I am a long time follower of your blog.

  25. May 10, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    Lovely tags – this post so so beautiful – love all your work.

  26. May 10, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I love anything Paris related too. I would love to win the M.A. thank you notes.

  27. May 10, 2013 / 2:58 pm

    I love anything that is Paris related too. I would love to win the M.A. thank you cards.

  28. May 12, 2013 / 7:11 am

    Love all those pretty fabrics! Please add my name to your giveaway too. Thanks!

  29. May 25, 2013 / 8:28 am

    Wow !, super !