Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Angel of the New Dawn, and a welcome giveaway

I did it, I actually did it!  I finished my part for my 2013 Mirabilia Round Robin, after a sleepless night or two.  May I present to you Angel of the New Dawn...

This is stitched on Picture This Plus Heather, in 28 count Lugana.  I really love this fabric, and my angel really pops.  She looked quite boring on the pattern cover, but the colours are brighter and more sweetly pastel at the same time, especially once I'd added the beads. 

Three fabulous ladies will be stitching on this over the next nine or so months.  In the left hand box will be one of the fairies from Spring Topiary Garden, inverted so that she faces inwards; in the middle, Madonna (and baby) of the Garden; and last but certainly not least, on the left, the hunky Archangel.  So, yeah, even though my theme is In the arms of an angel, only two of them are actually angels.  I just didn't like the other angels, or they didn't work with my layout.  I haven't quite figured out what to do about the bottom part.  The title looks, well, a little wispy and wimpy.  And I wanted to stitch another rose to the right, and a "subtitle", something like 2013 Mirabilia Round Robin, followed by all of our names, but I ran out of time to make it work.  Right now, this piece is about to cross the pond, to Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.  She called dibs on the hunk :)

Oh, and I mentioned a giveaway in my post title.  I am so very happy that you have all decided to follow my blog (and grateful to Karen for sending you to say hi).  Welcome everyone!  I look forward to getting to know you all better through your comments and your own blogs.  So, to show my appreciation, I thought I'd have a small, winter-themed giveaway.  Appropriate given today really feels like winter here, with outside temperatures around -29C (or -20F) with the wind. 

First up is a duplicate copy of the January 2013 issue of Cross-stitch & Needlework, which features the oh so lovely Winter Faerie designed by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia fame, as well as a Little House Needleworks, "Cardinal Winter", which I liked so much I unknowingly bought it three (!) times, along with a skein Crescent Colours English Ivy (not shown) to stitch it with. 

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and/or comment on this post.  Do both and I will enter you twice.  I will draw a name this Sunday, January 27, around 6:00 p.m. EST.  Good luck everyone!

And now back to stitching, since it's so cold outside even the dog doesn't want to go out. 


  1. Your Round Robin piece is so beautiful!!!! I am a follower and would love to have my name thrown in for your giveaway.

  2. Yay! You finished it in time! Congrats! It's really pretty.

    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. I love Nora Corbett! I am a follower, and I commented. :)


  3. That is beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished piece! Please count me in on the drawing - I am a follower and obviously commented :-)

  4. aww your rr piece is so pretty..i love it so much..
    please count me in for this sweet giveaway..
    love for you
    big hugs xxx

  5. Your stitching is gorgeous, well done! :D

    Please, count me in for your generous giveaway. Thanks for the chance. I'm a follower and have also posted it on my blog's sidebar so more people come to your blog and know you and your stitching work.

    I'm having my 2nd blogaversary giveaway on my blog, feel free to visit me and join the fun.

    Have a nice day! xoxo

  6. Hello

    Beautiful stitching!

    Please count me in for your lovely giveaway.
    Happy stitching!

  7. Wow, your angel looks stunning! She's so pretty, congrats are in order for finishing your part :)
    I'm already a follower & would love love love to be entered in your giveaway!!! I love LHN designs & am struggling to find them in shops (saying that, an other blogger gave me a link for an online shop in UK, they have a few of them...Might get to spend some money :P). Sorry, I stop babbling & please please count me in, Mii x

  8. WOW is all I can say. I always love to watch the progress of round robins and am always amazed at how creative you all are with your layouts. Please don't enter me in the drawing as I have, as Jo says, enough to keep me stitching until I'm 104!

  9. I'm already a follower.

  10. Hi - I'm a new follower.
    Your angel is beautiful.

  11. Your Mirabilia piece is beautiful.

    I am a new follower and will enjoy your updates.



  12. Lovely stitching and an exciting giveaway!


  13. Hi!Just came from McKenna's blog! What a gorgeous Mirabilia! I'd love a magazine I can't reach my hands on in my country!Good luck with blogland!I am new myself but a bit older than you!http://AriadnefromGreece.blogspot.com

  14. How sweet of you to offer this giveaway! I already have the magazine but I just wanted to pop in and say hi! Love the Angel on your round robin :) Just gorgeous!!! Will put your giveaway in my blogs side bar :)

    Happy Stitching!

  15. hello Julie! love your work, it is so beautiful! Would love to enter to your giveaway if it open for international entries and vitit my blog! I have a 3d blogaversary giveaway on my blog - join the fun)

  16. Your work is beautiful!
    I'm a new follower.
    It's been super cold here, too (NW Ontario). On Tuesday morning, it was -47C with windchill. It has since warmed up a little. This morning, it was a balmy -25, with -35C windchill!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  18. Your stitching is beautiful!
    I am a follower

  19. It is so amazing and will be so beautiful when it is all stitched. You will love it. I know I do!!!
    I am going to follow your blog and my address is theflying itchesneedle.blogspot.com. Warning ~ I have not blogged for quite sometime so get done what you have to and I will try and add something since I have my RR finished, too.
    Take care and God Bless your stitching fingers ~

  20. Lovely giveaway! I am a new follower.


  21. Please enter me for your wonderful giveaway, I'm a passionate stitcher of Christmas designs. Here is my Christmas tree with stitched handmade decorations:
    Best wishes!

  22. Hello
    I'm a new follower.
    Your angel is beautiful.

  23. I'm already a follower. http://alenkiy-zvetochek.blogspot.ru/

  24. Having received the RR piece I can honestly say the photos don't do it justice! It really is stunning in person.