Debbie of Debbie's Corner. Congratulations Debbie!! I will get this into the mail to you tomorrow. I only had 5 people that were interested in stitching this pattern. So I numbered them in the order in which they posted and then asked Mark to pick a number from 1 to 5. He picked 3 and then looked at me cluelessly so I had to tell him that the person with that number would be getting the pattern I had just finished. Now, I am sorry that you all aren't winners but you will have another chance. Just sign up and follow Debbie and you could be the next one to stitch it.
I have to tell you that the only reason I had entered into this one was because it was Halloween. I usually don't go for this kind of pattern but I felt that it had some bit of charm to it that said to me...Ok go for it. Well, little did I know that I was going to enjoy stitching this piece so much! So, I went looking to check out Bonnie Sullivan of All Through The Night's designs as I had never heard of her before stitching this piece. I am not usually one for Folk Artsy kinds of designs but I did see some designs of hers that I really like. In fact, when I saw her designs, I immediately thought of some ideas that she would probably do fantastic at designing and may have to contact her. These ideas that I have in mind are right down her alley and I am willing to just suggest it to her and hope that she decides to run with it. These ideas as designs I would love to stitch because I know they would remind me of my childhood and where I grew up. Anyway, I do believe that I will be buying a few of her patterns and hope that she gets to be more well known as this pattern travels to more destinations and more people realize just how much fun her designs are.
Now, I will tell you that I almost didn't finish this piece. I received a post from someone that was having an issue with the traveling pattern as she feels that it takes money away from the designer each time we pass it on. Well in a way she is right......but in a way she is wrong. One small piece that goes to a number of people to stitch and that person looks up the designer and likes more of her designs and buys them to stitch, passes on the traveling piece and that person stitches it up and enjoys it and checks out the designer and likes what she sees and buys some of her work and then sends the traveling pattern down the road to the next one and the same thing happens. Whatttttt is happening???? Well the designer is getting known and she is getting her designs sold. Or we could do what this person that posted me suggested and just stop it from travelling. What happens? The designer doesn't get to be more well known as fast and then she probably doesn't get as many of her designs sold. Now would I do this with a big pattern that cost alot? Absolutely NOT!! But one that doesn't cost that much, by doing this could end up making the designer so much more money then even she realizes. So Kathy even though you don't agree with this happening, it is not a copyright infringement and since it could help the designer get more well known and make more money, I am sending it on. I hope you realize that a business has to be open to ways that it advertises and believe it or not, we are the ones doing the advertising for Bonnie. Advertising is very costly so $4.00 a person is not much for the percentage that she could gain.
So, that is why I finished it with happiness and will be sending it out tomorrow to the next person. Here is what my finished piece looks like. I did not go with the suggested threads and used what I had and even blended my threads for the table to make it look more like a marble table. I love the way it came out.
Oh, I wanted to mention that Nancy of Victoria Motto Sampler Shoppe is having another giveaway of a $25.00 gift certificate to her shoppe. She has some beautiful items. So just go to the giveaway section of my sidebar and click on the links for her giveaways and when you post to enter her giveaways tell her that Nancy from A Lil Bit of Stitching sent you!!
Now off to finish stitching my Halloween piece that I had started last year and put it down because I hadn't finished it by Halloween. I think I will be able to finish stitching it before Halloween this year although I don't think I will get it completely finished as I am not sure what I want to do with it yet.
I hope everyone has a very happy and stitch filled week!!
I will leave you with a picture of my furbabies enjoying the patio.