Monday, October 15, 2012

Addressing those stitching questions, and a giveaway...

(the new blog face is still under construction, but we're almost there!! Thanks Keren!)
I get asked a lot about doing a series of tutorials on embroidery stitches, and even though it can seem like a great idea, I have this thing about re-inventing the wheel. You see there are some great tutes already out there, and one of the best is Helen Stubbings' "Stitched Sunday" series.
Visit HERE and scroll through her "Stitched Sunday" posts for step by step photos of a huge variety of embroidery stitches, plus you'll have a project at the end!
Now, because I am a visual person, and I learn by seeing things done, I understand why many of you desire to learn the same way. Just the other day after dropping Blossom at work I found these great books teaching basic styles of embroidery...

 ...and I thought to myself, "You could offer these as a giveaway!". So I bought them for just that purpose!
 
 
 Lookee here, a wee elephant...
 ...and lots more inside.

Would you like to win a copy for yourself? Just leave ONE comment below. 
I'll post the books anywhere in the world, but draw the line at Mars. ;-)
Two winners will be drawn on Sunday 21st, the day after Kezzie's wedding. 
Only five more sleeps until my big girl changes her name from Miss Reynolds to Mrs Allen. \o/ 
It's all VERY exciting!!
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In the sewing room I have been busy finishing the basting, quilting, and binding of "Promises & Borders". Oh my, its lovely...
I've decided that the blocks for this quilt will remain on my blog as a permanent FREE gift to all my readers. The Lord blessed us with those promises, and He gave me the creative skill to design and stitch the borders, so 'to Him be the glory' always and forever. 
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My time lately has also been spent in the kitchen. Winding down my magazine means more time for me to prepare the foods that we love; the foods that nourish our bodies, and bring smiles and good health to my family.
I love doing the morning prep! Today I have Chia Coconut Pudding 'gelling'...
All those little chia seeds become transparent by the end of the day, reminding me of the sago/tapioca puddings I used to make.
I also have blueberries thawing to serve with it, and a bowl of falafel mix ready to cook into balls and wrap with salad and raita inside fresh chapati breads when Blossom comes home from work...
 Lastly, I made a Banana & Date loaf...
...but it's still in the oven. 
If there is any left tomorrow I'll show you a pic, but knowing how popular it is with Mr E and Blossom I wouldn't count on it. ;-)
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My sewing room blind died months ago and ever since I've had it hand rolled and pinned so I could have light in there, but now the fierce tropical sun has arrived for an early summer I have had to avoid the room as much as possible. 
Until last Thursday!! The odd jobs man finally got permission from our landlord to replace the blind, and it's a venetian this time. I have a working sewing room again!!
Did I mention that I use it for household planning as well??
Friday was planning day for menus, grocery shopping, bill scheduling, and Bible study.
I even changed the room around and was surprised that it worked so well. More light, more room - perfect. 
Have a lovely week. Do something wonderfully unexpected for a loved one, 'just because'...



234 comments:

  1. Your blog is looking lovely Jenny! Er, not that it was looking bad before...just saying :) The summer heat certainly has hit, my blind is going to have to go up in my room soon before my cutting mat starts to melt! Thanks so much again for your fabulous work of Promises bom, it is lovely stitching something pretty and inspirational.

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  2. Love the changes so far. I know what you mean about the early summer - I live in SE Qld and it feels so hot already although thankfully the nights are still cool. I would love a chance to win the book - I haven't seen that one before. Thanks

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  3. You cook up a storm! It all looks delicious. I am one of those people that tried the Sunday Stitchery...... and now I am completely hooked. That is some achievement by the lovely Helen, since in classes my embroidery was never acceptable! I always have some stitchery on hand (to sooth me). Thank you for the chance to win a real actual book!

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  4. Lovely look to your blog Jenny. What a lovely book to win...please put my name into the hat. From Gill in a vey wet UK !!

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  5. Fabulous book, I am fairly new to embroidery so please put my name in for the draw. Thanks for including International too! I feel like I am from Mars some days :-0 Hugs

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  6. Kedves Jenny! Régóta szeretek nálad járni. Szeretem amit csinálsz, és most szeretnék egy ilyen jó könyvet nyerni. Nálunk nem igazán vannak ilyen színvonalas kiadványok.
    Üdvözlettel Zsóka

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  7. The blog is looking great Jen. Beautiful book. Your cooking looks great. Hugs,

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  8. I love to read your blog. THE Books look good. Have amice wedding ! I wish your daughter à happy live with her woon-to-be husband.

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  9. Congrats on a wonderful new look to your blog, loving it :OD My daughter is also getting married the same day as yours nearby to you as well, in Mackay :OD we are flying over on Wednesday and taking her dress with us. I am sure you will all have a wonderful day and cant wait to see pics.
    Tracey

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  10. your blog is great. love to follow it. hugs

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  11. Love the new look blog... Thanks for the giveaway.


    Sandyn

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  12. This looks a great book - I'd love to win a copy!
    Have a fabulous day at the wedding won't you!

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  13. Love the new logo! I plan menus too, and a giveaway, what a great idea :)

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  14. a wedding is a nice way to increase the family...everyone is always so happy. congrats.

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  15. love the new frock your blog is wearing, it suits so well, hmm now a book for refrence would sure be easier than turning the computer on and hunting for where I stored that download from that blog or was it the one over there,hmm yes book would be a good idea..I think when I come to eat at your house it may be best if I don't see the prep stage LOL..I'm still thinking that chia seeds is a big scoop out of the pond...hehehe.good to hear the smile in oyur homely duties...cheers Vickie

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  16. Jenny - how lovely is your give away - and of course there is an elephant in the book! I'm sure the venetian blind will help a lot - keep out the glare but let in the light.

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  17. What a wonderful giveaway. The things you write are so inspiring and I am impressed with your face washer. I crocheted two doilies and have been wondering about making dish cloths.

    Enjoy the wedding. Blessings to your family.

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  18. Hi Jenny hope the wedding goes well.
    A lovely give away I would love it, I to have to have visual and hands on to get the hang of things.
    The web page is looking good.

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  19. Congratulations to you & Kezzie & have a wonderful wedding day. Sounds like you have been having fun in the kitchen. I certainly admire you making the changes necessary to be able to give time to what is most important to you & your family. The blog is looking wonderful, the new logo so sweet & so you. Tracee xx

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  20. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I love books!

    And have a wonderful, perfect wedding day!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  21. Would love to win the book. Enjoy the wedding - you are one busy lady!

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  22. the bog redesign is coming along nicely. i would love to be entered into your giveaway too

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  23. WOW, Jenny, your blog is looking SO beautiful ! Love it ;>)
    Hmmmm.... And your new stitcheries are just the cutest.
    Crossing my fingers AND toes that I could be the lucky winner of your generous giveaway.

    Smiles from my little corner!
    XOXOXO
    NADINE

    PS : And YESSS, as you say, those "just beacause" gifts are the best for our loved ones ;>)

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  24. Lovely post
    Hope the wedding goes well Bet she will be a gorgeous bride Can't wait to see the photos

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  25. Lovely new look for Elefantz Jenny! A wonderful feel good post...please count me in your giveaway...that's something I need!

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  26. Thank you for the link to Helen's site, Jenny! Lots of good stuff there. Hope everything goes well on Sunday and that there's very good weather!

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  27. Your blog is looking great. I am now trying to impove my blogg page. I am so amazed at how much I have learned about using a computer this summer. My son should be impressed. He is a computer programer and should be teaching his mother something but they don't have the patience so I rely on my friends to teach me. I think you learn more from your friends anyway. That looks like a nice book and I love books. Nice give away.

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  28. adomesticprincess@yahoo.comOctober 15, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    I have only found you in the last couple of months and I love your work and website. Simply stunning post after post.

    I would love a chance to win a copy of this book.

    I hope your daughters wedding is all she dreams for it to be. Congratulations to the happy couple.

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  29. Thank you for your giveaway. I love your blog and always look forward to your blog posts and the beautiful projects you have made :)

    All the best for the wedding day!

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  30. Your new blog looks great.Very soft colours and easy to find around.
    I know what you mean with hot weather, speacially by night.
    We have been in Spain for 3 weeks
    and it has been really hot.
    The book looks great and thank you for the chance to win.

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  31. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway, I hope everyone has a wonderful time at the wedding

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  32. I pray for a beautiful weather day for your daughter and all of you as the Lord blesses her wedding vows. After this week, I will start working on putting all my quilt tops together and ready for the quilt machine. In the winter I spend a lot of time stitching and binding quilts. It is nice to snuggle under one in my nice easy chair. Thanks for a chance to win this book, it is always nice to have a reference guide

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  33. Your new header is simply beautiful - so perfectly you! And I love the look of the new blind in your sewing room. There's nothing like lots of wonderful light for stitching and reading. I'd love to win this book...anything I can learn about embroidery is good. :) blessings, marlene

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  34. Hallo Jenny
    i wish you all have a pleasant day friday and lots off luck for kezzie
    and i think this book is a good help voor us embroiderers greeting Jitske from the Netherlands

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  35. Oh Jenny , I just love the blog . I loved the "old" one too. I love the designs you c ome up with and love trying to do t hem. Somehow , they just don't measure up to yours. :( So maybe IF I win this giveaway , I can do much better. hugs, Eileene eileeneg2002@yahoo.com Wishing me luck.

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  36. My goodness, you have been the busy little bee, haven't you? Thanks for the chance to win your book. My college roommate taught me how to do crewel embroidery (and I must admit that I skipped a few classes - I was that hooked!). I haven't done any in quite a few years, but would love to embellish a quilt one of these days.

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  37. Love the elephant, what a lovely give away! Hope the wedding day is lovely!!

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  38. A big hug for kezzie and her weeding!!!
    I love this blog version and thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

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  39. Hi Jenny, your new look is just beautiful (always love your blog), just as I love your stitcheries. Please put me in your comp as I could always do with learning more embroidery. xxx

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  40. Jenny,your summers sound a bit like ours here in Texas...long and scorching! Just want to tell your followers that Mary Corbet has Terrific videos for those that need to see the stitches in motion.She is a wonderful teacher.Gotta go, kitty nis trying tokj type.

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  41. Your work is the inspiration that has me trying embroidery! At almost 60 yrs young it is challenging but all your patterns will be worth it. I have been scouring the internet looking for printed material on the stitches so I could look at it and try to duplicate it but am not having much luck. One of those lovely books would be PERFECT!
    Happy Stitching!
    Donna in LA...USA

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  42. I forgot to mention Mary's blog it is Mary Corbet's Needle and thread.Your blog site looks very professional,very nice. I loved the old look, it was cozy and inviting,warm...I'll get used to this one.Gentle blessings..oh no, here comes the kitten!

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  43. Ciao cara Jenny, auguri per il matrimonio di tua figlia!
    Posso partecipare al tuo giveaway anche se vivo in Italia?
    Se ti capitasse di passare da queste parti avvertimi, ho una bella stanza degli ospiti e potrei riceverti nella mia casa.
    Un abbraccio.
    Marina

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  44. Hi Jenny, I would indeed like to win the book. My daughter has recently taken an interest in needlework, embroidery so this would be a great addition to our library. Thanks!
    Dolly

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  45. Hi Jenny, I haven't seen Helen's Stitched Sunday, but I used to use Sharon Boggan's stitch dictionary on the net. I'm not sure if it's still around, but it was great to have as a reference. I'm going to have a look at Stitched Sunday, even though I'm reasonably proficient with most stitches, I always work on the assumption that we can always learn something.
    Hope the wedding goes well.

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  46. Hello Jenny. It always brigthens my day to see a posting from you arrive to my in-box, and your blog is always a pleasure to read.

    Love your sewing room - so bright and airy, which must make it an enjoyable place to craft (I know I sometimes like to nap in my sewing room just for that reason!)

    A couple of weeks ago I attended one of Helen Stubbing's Colourque workshops and, now that I've done the tracing, colouring and sealing of my project it needs to be finished off with the embroidery around the edges and for the stems, etc. Not having really done any embroidery before I think that the books you are offering may provide some confidence - after all, anything the 'master embroiderer' recommends must be very good!

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  47. I would love to win a copy of the stitches book. I love you blog and all of you stitching patterns. Thanks.

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  48. Loving the new blog look! Have a great wedding! :)

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  49. Hello and Good Morning from Tennessee, USA! Your blog and web both provide so much inspiration. I want to thank you for your kindness and your faith. I try to make each project I stitch better than the last and I certainly could use all the help available. Thanks too for the info about Helen's Stitched Sunday. I'll check it out. Melanie Truesdale

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  50. As always I enjoy reading your blog, Jenny. Though we have never met in person, I feel connected as we share many interests and loves; the main one our Love for God and his Son Jesus!
    You are entering summer - we are entering winter, that's how it goes when one is 'worlds away' geographically speaking. How great to have the internet to have those worlds touch!
    Have a blessed day! And yes, that book looks great... !

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  51. I love the new look on your blog :)

    And, it's fun to read about how things are other places in the world. Here it's a very rainy day today, but the comfort is that it's mild, no frost :)

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  52. Your blog upgrade is looking lovely - I love that your elephant is taking centre stage... Embroidery is my creative pursuit of choice but since returning to work from Maternity leave I have had to stop going to my Embroidery/Fibre Arts group (they meet on 1 of my 2 work days) and I am missing the guidance as I learn my new skill. I am finding blogs, books and magazines are my valuable source of inspiration, guidance and advice as I continue to stitch and learn.

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway, embroidery is so relaxing. I truly enjoy your blog and designs. Your cooking of such health food is inspiring me.

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  54. I love your blog - read it every day! The new blog look is great & your sewing room looks so inviting. I don't embroider much so could use a basic stitch book - thanks for the chance!

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  55. I am new to embroidery and have been trying to learn stitches so I can make the wonderful things in your magazine. I am a new blog follower and magazine subscriber with one month of your creations whirling in my head. I would be so happy to win one of your books. May God Bless you for your generosity and may He bless Kezzie in her marriage.
    Hugs, Linda P

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  56. Hi Jenny,
    Your new blog looks great, lovely colors.
    I'm fairly new to embroidery, so thank you for a chance to win this book.
    All the best for the weddingday!
    Greetings, Anita

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway. Yout blog is beautiful. Ciao Rosanna

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  58. Jenny I do look forward to your blog entries, just the right amount of content and never boring. I am hoping to win this particular prize for a friend I am trying teach stitchery too. The book looks great.
    Thanks so much from Utah.
    Happy Wedding Day!

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  59. I love the new look on your blog,great and I love cooking too.

    Hope the wedding goes wonderful !!

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  60. Dear Jenny, this would make a wonderful birthday gift for me because I turn another year older on Thursday. I do wish your daughter and her husband a beautiful day on Saturday.

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  61. Love the look of the book.
    All the best for a great day on Saturday.

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  62. Just think you are getting a new son! Enjoy the wedding.
    I love embroidery and your patterns are wonderful; so creative.

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  63. I love your stitching, so if this book can help mine look that good, I would love to win it!

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  64. Hi Sweet Jenny...I love your blogs new look. Also got your newsletter today and am completely smitten with the sneak peak stitchery you shared with us in that, can't wait to see the next magazine! You must be completely overwhelmed with the magazine, wedding plans for Kezzie and just life in general. Just 5 sleeps until her wedding...where or where does the time go? I hope you will share lots of pictures from the wedding day. The stitchery book look perfect for any stitcher, Thank you so much for thinking of us when you saw them. What a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win one of these treasures. Keeping you and yours in my thoughts and prayers as always. Big, Big Hugs...

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  65. So nice to grab a cup of tea and visit your lovely blog! I find it so peaceful here and restoring!

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  66. The Embroidery book looks dreamy, and I thank you for the giveaway and for leaving your Promises BOM up for good, I came in late and look forward to doing them someday.

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  67. It's always a treat to see an email from you in the morning! Thanks for all your hard work . . .

    Jane

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  68. Congrats on your daughters wedding Jenny! My daughter was just married on Sept.21st! I hope you have as happy a time as we did!

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  69. O you Chia pudding does look good for my family likes it also. i'm working on the promes quilt Theresa\o/

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  70. Love your new logo! You always have fun embroidery designs. Love the chance to win the embroidery book.

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  71. I would love to win a copy of the stitchery book Jenny! I have so enjoyed re-learning embroidery from your Promises blocks, and I intend to continue some form of stitchery now that, sadly, it is done. Of course, I fell a little behind and still have the last two blocks to complete. What a lovely thing to do, keeping the blocks as free forever! I am looking forward to seeing the new and exciting things you are planning on your blog! So far I love the new look. Best wishes to Blossom in her marriage & God bless you all!

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  72. Wishing happiness and a beautiful wedding for your daughter Jenny. Love the new changes on the blog - and all of your designs are so precious. Thanks so much, Louise

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  73. Enjoy a wonderful week before the wedding! Such a special time.

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  74. I love the blue ribbon pot-a-dots on your site. Thank you for keeping the Promises Quilt free. I wanted to share it with my women's group. Caroline W. from Ventura, Calif. USA

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  75. I would love to have this book!
    I wish I could make embroidery like you!

    Hugs
    Marcia

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  76. Hi Helen, what a generous lady you are. May the wedding be as special as you wish and more. Love your blog jenni

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  77. I love your blog and enjoy reading it. Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway.

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  78. I love you Jenny. I can't wait to finish my borders and promises. Would love to win the book.

    Joane from Tennessee USA

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  79. Oh wow, Jenny. So many changes happening in your life....one daughter marrying, one moving toward a new life. And the new look to your blog is darling. Enjoy all these moments with your family.

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  80. What a wonderful post. So glad to see you a little more 'centred' - hope the wedding goes well. What a blessing daughters are!

    Speaking of Helen Stubbings, I was fortunate enough to take a stitchery class with her recently. She came over West for a few workshops. Such a very nice lady. And I got to see her "Sunday Stitching" in person. She has lovely work. So I'm finally learning to stitch a little. Hopefully I can build on my stitch knowledge and develop a smoother hand. If that makes sense in some weird way. Too late for me to think straight. Have a fabulous week. All the best to your eldest and her soon-to-be hubby.
    Hugs - Shari

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  81. I love the new look. I'd love to win an embroidery book. Always interested in learning new stitches and new techniques with stitches I already know.

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  82. Beautiful like always. Would love to
    be able to duplicate your work.
    A copy of this book might just be
    the ticket!

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  83. Love the new look of your blog and can't wait for Issue 17 to come out. My want to do's far outreach my time for doing them but maybe I should work harder on my weekly planning like you do.
    Thank you for the chance to win the embroidery magazine, I would love to expand my stitch knowledge.
    And good wishes and prayers for all of your family as they head off to their new adventures.
    L,A-

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  84. Always love seeing your emails in my box! Just getting back into embroidery after a 30 hiatus and would love a new book. I can never have too many books!

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  85. The new blog look is beautiful.. your work is always eye candy to me... but you have got me back into stitchin so I am grateful.. I would love the chance to test run this book at my home.. thanks so much.. and I love the light emitted in your room... mine is dark and dungeoning..lol

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  86. jenny, i cant wait til we are in heaven and get to sit across from each other with a stitchery in our lap and a cuppa on the table...you have always been such an inspiration to me. i know that life has not always been easy, but, even in your humanity, you show humility and total reliance on Him, choosing JOY!!! i always think of the verse "today is the day which the Lord has made, i WILL rejoice and be glad in it" when i think of you.....thank you for your example of His light shining for the world to see.....
    hide it under a bushel? oh NO! good thought for a new stitchery yeah? LOL
    ok, the comment has turned into a novel....

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  87. Thanks for your continued gifts of design... Love your sewing room. ddoersch@yahoo.com

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  88. Your blog looks great! I am working on my Promises and Borders blocks, I have enjoyed them so far and I am hoping to complete them soon so that I can put my quilt together. Happy times for you this week with your daughter's wedding, have a wonderful week.

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  89. Your blog is one I look for every day. Your sweet spirit just shines through!
    Thanks,

    Jonna Baker

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  90. christine.zigler@yahoo.comOctober 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    What a great giveaway, thanks! Crossing my fingers :)

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  91. I love adding embroidery to my appliqued quilts. What a great resource one of these books would be. Thanks for the opportunity to add one to my library.

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  92. Thank you so much for sharing all of your talents with us. Our question of the month for our guild newsletter is "What designer would you love to spend a weekend retreat with? ". I chose you. My dream vacation is to travel to New Zealand and Australia and be inspired by all the talented designers there.

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  93. All this news is so exciting. I love coming here and being blessed by your loveliness!

    I am so excited for your daughter. :)
    Looking forward to seeing pictures.

    Have a great week!

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  94. Hi Jenny. I'm following you from Spain. I'm not sure if I can participate in this give-away, but I'm trying.
    Mis mejores deseos para tu pequeña. Un momento feliz para toda la familia, aunque también quizás algo nostálgico.
    Espero tener suerte.
    Kisses from Manresa (Barcelona)

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  95. The new look on your blog look so fine, and I am looking foreward to see some pictures of your daughter and son-in-law from there wedding. I would be so happy if I am the lucky one in your drawing.
    Many happy thoughts from cold Denmark
    Susanne

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  96. Your blog is pretty. I am a bit behind on my Promises and Borders, but I will finish it. I love it. Thank you for your generous gift to us. I would love to win this book. I am kind of new to embroidery. I stick with the basic stitches so far, but would love to learn some other things.

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  97. Jenny, your energy amazes me. You accomplish so much and I am blessed with all you share!

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  98. Congratulations to your daughter and your family on the up coming nuptials. I wish them happiness and longevity. The blog is pretty, love the header! I am finishing up an embroidery project and could use more help. That book looks like just the ticket! Lol!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    hugz
    Pam

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  99. Hi Jenny: What a lovely give away, thanks for this opportunity!

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  100. What a wonderful gift.

    Marti M

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  101. wow, books you cannot have enough of them. I would like to join the give-away.

    Greetings

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  102. Love the new look!! And would love to win the book!!
    I volunteer in Cambodia teaching embroidery to underprivileged kids. This book would be a great help and inspiration!
    Check out my blog about embroidery classes in Cambodia >>> http://dorothygriffith.blogspot.ca/2012/02/and-sew-it-goes.html

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  103. Loving your new blog! Besides quilting, I love embroidery, that's how I happened upon your site. Would love to win one of the freebie books. Thanks!

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  104. With all you have going on in your life, it is amazing that you thought to have a giveaway! You truly are a very special person Jenny and I hope Kezzie has a beautiful wedding day. Best wishes to you all.

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  105. Great projects you have going. I want a better look at that lovely folded-up quilt. The book sounds like just what I'd love to own. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

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  106. thank you for the chance to win this great reference book...it will so improve my stitching! After I've perused it, it will be donated to an orphanage school in Kenya where my friend is helping the women support themselves by crafting. The new blog is looking wonderful!

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  107. Jenny, where do you get the energy to do all that you do? LOL You have so many irons in the fire that I'd forget which one went in what fire. These books look awesome. I hope I get to win one, but if not, I'll just have to get over it and be glad for the ones that do. =) Looking forward to this coming issue!

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  108. I love the new web site. i'm almost done with my promices and borders quilt. God bless. lisaursino@msn.com

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  109. Hi Jenny: The book looks like it would be a great help. I am behind on my promises quilt but am determined to finish. The new look is very beautiful.

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  110. I appreciate your comment about the Promises and Borders blocks....God has indeed blessed you with a talent and you are generously sharing it with all of us! Many thanks!

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  111. I had found you via BillieBee several weeks ago! I am a fairly new stitcher and would love a book by my side. I follow via email. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    jbechosend (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

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  112. Great giveaway! Crossing my fingers!

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  113. Could always use a how to book on stitching. Just getting back into it after many years. Thanks for chance to win. Love the new look to your blog.
    CathyC in Alberta
    cathyc1950@gmail.com

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  114. What a lovely book to win! I would like to join the giveaway. And I hope Kezzie's wedding would be fine and perfect!

    Saule

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  115. Hi Jenny,
    Just carry on as you are. Your ideas and inspiration are beautiful.

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  116. Dear Jenny, I love the book in the give-away. Very nice to see how you can do the embroidery and other things.
    Hope you have a beautifull and blessed weddingday.

    With love, Ann

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  117. Love the look of your blog and please throw my name into the hat! Thanks.

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  118. Thank you so much for your sharing heart. The blog looks very nice. I have been following for a long time and you only get better and better.

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  119. I love your blog, I love your stitches and would love to win the book :-) Congratulations with your daughter.

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  120. Hi, Jenny. I just adore your blog and am coveting the book and wanting to win a copy. Congratulations on the forthcoming wedding. I'm sure a wonderful time will be had by all!

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  121. What a wonderful, stressful time you are having. Our firstborn daughter got married 2 years ago and we are now expecting our very first grandchild! We absolutely love our son in law. You have such blessings ahead of you!
    I would love to receive one of those embroidery books. I am in love with hand embroidery. I want to do as much of it as I possibly can because I was diagnosed with Essential Tremors and I don't know how much longer I will be able to do it! But for now, I LOVE it!!

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  122. I am just learning to embroider and that book looks like it would be great!

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  123. You are such an inspiration and are so very generous with your talents. Weddings are so fun and exciting.

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  124. Love your blog and your patterns. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

    Janet

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  125. Chia pudding sounds wonderful. I've never had it - been experimenting with Flax seeds and they are tasty and healthy. HOpe you'll put up a recipe someday.
    Congratulations and blessings to your DD and her groom; may they truly live happily ever after!

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  126. OOpsy... was so consumed thinking of your DD's wedding and the Chia pudding, I forgot to say thank you for op to enter the book drawing. Thank you!

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  127. I love how pretty your blog is looking lately. I am so glad you are keeping the Promises up for us. I started printing them out but had way more started than I could finish this year let along starting another monthly project and I so wanted to do this. Had been thinking that I needed to get some more ink soon so I could finish printing out the remainder. So glad they will not disappear before I get a chance to do that!

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  128. Love your new design page. I would love the chance to win the book, I have started to embroider but it does need a lot of work. Good luck mfor the wedding. Diane x

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  129. I really enjoy reading your blog, and the changes you have made are so pretty. I know that whatever the weather, that the wedding will be perfect for you and your family.

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  130. Love the new look of your BLOG Jenny, Happy Wedding to Kezzie for Saturday, hope all goes as expected. The embroidery books are just gorgeous, please add me to the give away. Hugs xoxo

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  131. Would love the embroidery books. One of my favorite things is hand embroidery.

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  132. What neat books. Have a great time at your daughter's wedding.

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  133. Thank you for the chance to win Jenny.

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  134. I love any kind of handwork. It would be awesome to win a new book.

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  135. What a wonderful giveaway love your blog so fresh looking too Congratulations to your daughter everything will be perfect on the day

    Hugs Val

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  136. Like you Jenny 'visual' does it for me and that little book looks precise and clear. I have my fingers crossed. Love the colour of your new blog. xox

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  137. Your sewing room is so nice and bright. Great place to quilt and do other things. I know you are excited about the wedding.
    I would love a chance at your giveaway. thanks.

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  138. I have thinking about getting back into doing hand-embroidery. I haven't done it for years and really need a refresh on old skills and some help with all the new stitches I've been seeing. This book looks like just the ticket!

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  139. Wish that I could fly over to Australia to sample your creative dishes at dinner time. Thanks for selecting helpful embroidery books for your giveaways. I could use one, as have no idea as to what to get. I have read some of Helen's, but my desktop tower and monitor don't fit in my lap when watching tv! Best wishes from Florida, USA.

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  140. Hi Jenny
    What a wonderful giveaway and thank you for the opportunity to enter. Hope the wedding goes well for you and your family.
    Absolutely love your work and enjoy your blog and newsletter

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  141. looking good thanks for the giveaway

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  142. Love your blog and the cute stitcheries you have been doing. Thanks for offering the book giveaway. It's always such fun to learn new embroidery stitches and techniques.

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  143. Your stitchery work is just gorgeous. Thanks for the nice
    giveaway!. Enjoy your daughter's
    wedding, it goes by so quickly!

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  144. Hi Jenny, your new blog layout looks lovely. I really enjoy visiting and seeing what you have been making. The chia coconut pudding looks interesting. All the very best for your daughter's wedding and thank you for the chance to enter your giveway,
    Cheers, Janette F

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  145. Your blog is looking great Jenny , always a pleasure to visit and see what lovely designs you have created .
    Hugs sheila

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  146. Trying again to post - and hoping it takes. Love the look of your new blog. I bought some embroidery floss and am getting ready to foray into hand embroidery. My nieces do it and love your BOM. They are Mennonite and have used some in blocks they make for friendship quilts. I also print off your blog entries for them to read. They don't have internet access. Keep the faith and know there are so many who love and appreciate you and your work!

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  147. As I told you before, your art is really beatiful! And of course I love reading a learning with you through your blog. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing! And congrats to your daughter!
    Love,
    Andrea.

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  148. How sweet of you to purchase the book to give away. And what a book it is! It will be a great addition to anyone's library. Thanks. You do have a very nice blog.

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  149. Oh my, you kept me up late last night.

    I was reading the latest magazine last night and was inspired by so many things. I love the projects!

    I went to the wedding video and on to John Piper (I think) website and downloaded the marriage book.

    Most importantly, I was, as I read your challenges this year, I was moved to reach out to other ladies and form some friendships. I'm in my sixties and happy at home but I need others, too. So I signed up for a challenge at my gym and some of my classmates are joining me!

    Thanks.

    Katzber

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  150. You're just the sweetest thing! Giving away your Promises and Borders design is so generous of you. The light of your spirit just shines for all of us! I'm so happy for Blossom and the excitement of your upcoming wedding. Blessings on the dear couple. My best to you and your family.

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  151. I love the new look of your blog. Thank you so much for all you share with us.

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  152. Jenny I am so in love with your stitches. It all goes together easily and it seems to match my taste every time.
    I would love to win a book or two.
    Sending you many hugs and happy wishes, BFN Lorraine H

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  153. Hi Jenny, I love he embroidery books, Nice give away.Thanks Debbie Kelly
    http://somewhereinstitches.blogspot.com

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  154. what a great giveaway! thanks for the chance

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  155. I agree with you that "Stitched Sunday" is a great way to learn basic stitches. I love your new page design. Enjoy the warmth!! It is Fall here, and it just started raining for the first time since July 1st. We really needed the moisture, but cold and damp is never great fun. Have a wonderful week!!

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  156. What a lovely giveaway.
    I hope the wedding day is beautiful with weather to match!
    How kind of you to leave Promises and Borders on your blog permanently, that is wonderful. I do print them out each month but I have a habit of losing things ( or putting them in a safe place- lol.
    I must try the Chia seeds Jenny a lot of people put them in their refrigerator oats for brekky- it helps to thicken them as it is an " uncooked brekky". :D

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  157. Thank you for the opportunity to win a book that's sure to help me perfect my hand stitching. I love your work and your blog.

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  158. I have been downloading the promises and borders quilt and cannot wait to actually get the needle & thread happening & start it.
    How awesome would it be to win a copy of this awesome book, i am new to stitching & am loving it so far :).

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  159. Wow 158 comments!!! Love the new look of the blog Jenny.

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  160. Oh my! How are you going to get through all these comments? I love your light and bright room. Just perfect. Funny you should mention Chia seeds looking like sago because I said the same thing to my hubby yesterday morning when the brekkie I had prepared the night before looked the same. It is a yummy breakfast with oats, yogurt, milk fruit etc and chia seeds tha you refrigerate. I hope your daughter's wedding brings lots of sunshine. I am amazed that girls do not keep their maiden names in this day and age. Don't forget to show us all some pics of the wedding and ofcourse, the mother of the bride!

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  161. The new blog look is beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing the Promises and Borders quilt.

    Please enter me in the book giveaway!

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  162. what a lovely give away, I would love to winn it!
    Hope the wedding day will be lovely:-)

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  163. Oh, yes please! And many blessings on the wedding couple. I pray their special day is beyond imagining!! Be especially blessed, Kathy

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  164. I love reading your blog and seeing all the sweet things that you do. Have fun at the wedding. Thanks for including me in your giveaway.

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  165. Jenny I am having some trouble with this. I just love your patterns. I know who ever gets one of the books will enjoy it, I know I would. I just wish I could get all of your patterns. There were some in the past I couldn't get because of lack of funds. But you just keep on trucken!

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  166. Love the new look and the great giveaway.
    Fortunately I don't live on Mars ( even thought I sometime think I live on another planet! )
    XXX

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  167. your site was a great find awhile back have enjoyed and learned alot from you Thank-you for all your hard work with the site and such a great give away.Becky
    derry04@yahoo.com

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  168. Hi, thanks for sharing so much.
    Have a good week
    casquios@gmail.com
    fm Spain

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  169. Oh, I would love to win a book. I'm a beginner and I'm working through the promises and borders quilt. I certainly have a lot of room for improvement. :-)

    frmpjr@juno.com

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  170. Congratulations on the wedding!

    I'm also learning embroidery, this would be a great resource!

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  171. Thank you Jenny:
    You and your blog are so nice. I would like participate in this awesome giveaway tahnk you for your generosity.
    And Congratulations for your girls'wedding.
    xoxo Flor Franco.

    aleci_pat@hotmail.com

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  172. Ficou tudo muito lindo e meigo,Deus abençoe.Gostaria sim de ganhar,obrigada.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  173. I love the changes you are making to your website. I love your patterns. It's fixing to be winter here, so I definitely would love to win one of these books to work with during the cold winter months. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  174. Looks like a good informative book.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  175. Oh my birthday is the 21st! What a wonderful win this would be! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Susan

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  176. Wow!!! How lucky I would be to win this.

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  177. Wow. How lucky I would be to win this book.

    hobbysewer@gmail.com

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  178. lovely book, it would be great to win it!

    have a wonderful day with your family on Kezzie's wedding day, I wish them all the best for ever and ever!

    Kristina

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  179. That book looks so helpful! And congratulations on almost being a mother-in-law, I bet you're soooo excited. :)

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  180. Lovely book, I am not so good in stitching so winning one will be like jack pot for me.
    Love you Friday - especilly Bible study preparations.......

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  181. Just joined your email list and following your blog. I have loved reading everything. Congrats on your dd's upcoming wedding! And thank you for offering the book as a giveaway!

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  182. This is the first time on your blog and it is nice. Congratulations on not loosing a daughter but gaining a son!! Thank you for the book giveaway. The book looks very interesting and a good one to have.

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  183. You are such a generous person. I could really use one of those books so please put my name in the pot.

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  184. Thanx for the opportunity to win this book. I would love to have it.
    Dianne

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  185. What a great book that would be. Currently, I glance at the internet then make up my own technique! I rarely am near the computer when I am trying to embroider.

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  186. Love to win!
    Shari, Houston, TX
    gritsngreens@comcast.net

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  187. Pat My mother started me on embrodiery when I was a little girl and I quit later and have started up again but don't remember how to do certain stitched and would love to have this book.

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  188. Beautiful books and wonderful blog. I really enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on the wedding. I'm sure it will be wonderful!

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  189. Wishing everyone a wonderful day and my congrats go out to the happy couple! I'd love to own this book, too. Thanks.
    sweepster49 at comcast dot net

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  190. I have been following Mary Corbett's embroidery blog and have renewed my interest in embroidery. I would love to win this book!!

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  191. First time here and what a fun blog. I can't wait to spend more time here visiting.

    Thanks for a chance to win. I'm just now trying to re-learn embroidery. I have forgotten how to do it. Already transferred my patterns, just need to practice stitches.

    Have a great time at the wedding.

    Debbi

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  192. As a beginner to embroidery who is struggling to teach herself, this would be a blessing to win!

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  193. Thanks for the opportunity ... your blog is delicious!

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  194. I would love to win! I'm just learning (at 53 years old) how to embroider. Have crocheted for years, but I'm enjoying the embroidery so much, I haven't done too much crocheting. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  195. Thank you for this wonderful give-away! Would surely love to win this book and perfect my stitching. Draw the line at Mars?!?!?!? Certainly hope not! LOL!
    Thanks again -
    Barbara MARS

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  196. That looks like a great book. I'd give it to my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  197. Hi: It is my first visit in your blog and it is interesting, thanks for the giveaway, I would like to learn more stitching.

    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  198. It's almost Christmas, and I'm doing sewing projects for gifts this year! I'd love to win one of the embroidery books, to add some lovely stitches to my pillows!!!
    Jill S.

    jillshope@yahoo.com

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  199. Would love to win the book, my embroidery techniques could use some help!

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  200. Thanks for the opportunity to win this helpful book. I am sure it will be a welcome addition to my stitching library if I were lucky enough to win. Love our blog style.

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