Thursday, 11 December 2008

A Speedy Recovery and a Giveaway!

Puppy is being very impatient, but first a quick catch up! Thank-you all for your kind messages about our beautiful boy! The poor little chap had tonsilitis! Not in our plans for this week! Nativity plays, Santa Express steam train trip, Christmas Lunch and Carol Concert but decidedly NOT tonsilitis! Thankfully by Monday midday his little system was already fighting it off and the kind G.P. gave him vile tasting anti-biotics (think undilitued orange squash!) so, by Tuesday lunchtime he was back on fighting form and I took him into school so that we could see our little King in his last Nativity!
Not that I had realised it.
That this was his last Nativity.
Apparently after Year 2, no more Nativity. Did I cry a few tears? You bet I did! Another milestone passes. Another little stage of his childhood closes. I weep for every one. Sad to see it go and feeling so very lucky to have him and to be able to share every precious moment!In addition to all the other goings on, he has been keeping me company in the workroom in the evenings making gifts for his teachers. I love to watch him sew. That steady hard concentration...
and a particular way he has of holding the needle so that the thread doesn't slip out at a crucial moment. This tree decoration is finished and ready to be wrapped..
I especially like his idea to add triangle 'spikes, to make it all three-dimensional'. Just perfect.
This brooch is still a work in progress and will be finished off tonight. I find it so hard to give these works away but he makes them with such love for a particular person in mind that they really aren't mine to keep!
I have also been busy and have stitched more Retro Owls and Big Dogs so that I can keep my Etsy store stocked into the New Year.And now...

Ta DA!

"About time too!!" I hear you cry - "We have been waiting ages!"

My '10000 visitors' giveaway!
A Pinkest Pink Patchwork Puppy and a length of vintage fabric party bunting!

Puppy is handmade from vintage recycled fabrics, stuffed with fresh new polyester filling, and trimmed with vintage buttons and hand embroidery.
Puppy measures approximately 18 cm long by 14 cm high to the tip of that fidgetting tail.
Please note this is not a Christmas giveaway. I know, the timing and all, but it's really not! A puppy is for life not just for Christmas and I wouldn't want you to think I was encouraging anyone to think otherwise!
Plus there is nothing Christmassy at all about the bunting. It can be used all year around and that's just what we do here in the kitschen- any excuse; Birthdays, special visitors, holidays, sunny days - every day feels better with a bit of bunting!
So, if you would like to give puppy a home, leave me a comment on this post and I will do something very technical to randomly and impartially select a winner!
If you would like two goes in the hat (I know, very technical! But it's a very fine hat!) just link to this post and tell me where to find your link and I'll pop your name in twice!

Good luck everyone. I'll make the draw at 6pm on Wednesday 17th December!
t.xx

53 comments:

Gem said...

The tree your son has made for his teacher is gorgeous. The idea about the spikes is inspired!
x

Flossie and Tom said...

Love the tree that your son has made.

I think its great when the kids come up with brilliant ideas.

Glad he's over the tonsillitis, my son has had it on 5 of his 12 xmas days - just hope we dont have the dreaded visitor this year !

Apparently they grow out of it as they get older !!

Merry Christmas

sara
X

Anonymous said...

I can't believe they stop Nativity plays in year 3 here. So upset.. still I've got one to go to at least.
Your lovely little boy's sewing skills are amazing.. there's something about watching children sew isn't there. PLEASE ENTER ME for the giveaway.. such a gorgeous puppy, and a girl can never ever have enough bunting!! xx

thevintagemagpie said...

Oh poo, that comment was from me before.. the anonymous one.. all these festivities are hitting my brain really hard!!

Deb said...

Frist, I love the tree, second, I love the puppy and would give this adorable creature a most loving home = } Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!!!

carolyn said...

Oh poor little chap,I trust that he is fully recovered? He did a great job with that Christmas Tree, it must be hard for you to let him give tham away as pressies.
Congrats on all those 000's!

Devon Dumpling said...

I am pleased to hear that he is on the mend! I love his 3D christmas tree - children are so creative! I would love to win your puppy: my dog is a bit under the weather at the moment and I am sure he would love some canine company!!!!!!! x

LittleGem said...

Oh that puppy is absolutely gorgeous I would love to win him!! I found you via MelMels blog and am enjoying your blog very much. X Gemma X gemahogan@hotmail.com

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi T!
I'm very glad to hear that BB is feeling so much better - obvioulsy those lung-fulls of good, clean Norfolk air do his immune system the power of good!! (And he was able to grow a beard for the nativity play - amazing for a year 2!)
Glad he was fit and well enough to create those wonderful masterpieces too! Teacher is going to be thrilled to bits!

Am I allowed to enter the prize draw? Puppy would feel very much at home in my pink livingroom...
;-))

Niki x

MelMel said...

hi there, glad he is better! Wonderful tree!

I'd love to win a puppy...for Olly!xxxx

Lottie said...

Its brilliant to see that BB is making a good recovery - and he sure has his mother's talents doesn't he.

It would be such a thrill to be entered into your draw for a puppy - and I promise - should I be the lucky one to adopt him - he will have pride of place on my duvet for life - not just for Christmas.

I have added a link to my blog on 'Allotment Lady' which you can reach by clicking on my name.

P.S.
The word verifications is asking me to type in becat - how weird and funny is that - must be feeling left out for not being a dog!

Libby said...

I remember well suffering endless bouts of tonsillitus. Fortunately my girls never suffered.
Your patchwork pup would have a lovely home with me, I have always liked the idea of a puppy and one that never has to go out in the cold weather would suit me down to the ground!!

Claret said...

My daughter would just love that pink pup - it would go with our own very much alive lurcher pup!

thriftymrs said...

Love that tree.
Gosh I hope your little one is better, nothing like seeing them suffer. As for no nativety after year 2?! Wow that is so, so young. I'd have sobbed.
I love the pup, what a cutie.

Rachel said...

Congratulations on your milestone! I would love to give your pink puppy a home! Our school only does a Christmas play in Key Stage 1 (not even the nativity sometimes!) - too sad, I think the older kids could put on a fabulous performance.
:)

vanessa said...

I'm so glad your sweet boy is feeling better............ his last nativity! Growing up happens fast doesn't it! And I love the fact that he crafts with you........... a truly modern little man!
Puppy is just adorable! I'd love to have my name in the giveaway.................. thank you.................

Greedy Nan said...

I'd like to be included in your giveaway please and if I was technical I'd go in for it twice like you said but I'm not ....

Jane W said...

Wow - the tree your son has made is wonderful. He obviously has picked up your skills. He should be very proud.
Please enter me into your giveaway - your puppy is adorable!

Josie-Mary said...

I love the tree decoration... what a clever boy & he's been ill... WOW!! I could give that fantastic puppy a good home so please enter me.... thank you :)

Heart in the country said...

I've heard several people say that after yr 2 their children no longer do Nativity plays.....my boys, youngest is now in yr 9, went up to yr 6 doing a nativity and end of year show.

Love the Puppy, so sweet :0)

Kx

said...

What a talent in both of you! And what patience. The puppy would be well looked after over here....!
Jo
x

Hen said...

The Munchkin has never had a traditional nativity at his school so I actually think you've been lucky to get one until yr 2 but I can certainly see why you're sad it's the last year for it. I would have loved for the Munch to have been in a proper nativity - hankies at the ready! BB looks marvellous and what fab sewing, too. He's v much like the Munchkin, I bet they'd get on like a house on fire!

Enter me in the giveaway, ooh yes, pretty pleeeeease...

Hen x

Kristin said...

Thanks for letting me know, t! Count me in on the giveaway!! Very cute puppy

The domestic novice said...

Lovely post. The tree is just wonderful and I'd love to win the wee pup.

Have linked to you over here - http://thedomesticnovice.blogspot.com/2008/12/dash-of-more-cheer-on-this-fine-frosty.html

C x

dandy said...

hello- i met you at your mother's open garden and have followed your blog ever since- you have inspired my sewing all autumn! love your vintage stuff.
dandy

Harriet said...

What can I say......... I want that puppy!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and I do love all your other stuf too, I just made my sons first Shepherd outfit he is only two, bless I shed a tear and it's still 2 weeks until the nativity.

Harriet

Attic24 said...

oh soooooo adorable!
What a wonderful giveaway, I HAVE to win that gorgeous puppy, she would be right at home in the Attic24 household, as would the beautiful bunting!
Perleeeeeeeeease do enter me into your gievaway draw, any way I can cheat and rig the draw??

lxx

Adventure Mother said...

Ahh! Glad to hear your little one is better. My little darling was also in his last nativity this week (sob!) and thankfully no illness yet (fingers crossed!).

Gail :) said...

I love the spikes added to the tree! How clever. 10000 visits what a crazy thought. Congrats!

karen said...

Hi there I found your blog via Allsorts blog roll. Its delightful. Congratulations on 1000 posts!!


Please enter me in your draw and have a great holiday

Ragged Roses said...

I'm glad your son is feeling better, tonsilitis isn't fun is it! Glad he made the nativity though, they always make me cry, so lovely and moving. The Christmas Tree he made is just wonderful, love the photos of him sewing. Take care
Kimx

Jenny said...

I love the fabric you've used on the retro owls. Congratulations on reaching such a milestone with your beautiful blog :)

Bellgirl said...

Congratulations on your post, and on your son's fine sewing, his Christmas tree is a treasure. My own little boy has just made his first cut-and-paste decoration and I love it sooo much!

Sarah said...

Wow, congrats on the 10000! I'd love to be added to the draw.
And I did the linky thing, here:
http://industriousfern.blogspot.com/2008/12/bugs-berries-and-pink-doggies.html
Thank you!

PS. E's nursery did their nativity in August. It also starred Elmer the Patchwork Elephant because they let the children help 'direct'.?!?!

Jackie46 said...

So glad you're little boy is well again it's so sad when their ill you feel so sorry for them,I love to give your puppy a home he will be so loved with me,Have a happy christmas and a peacefull new year,jackie.

scj said...

What totally gorgeous goodies there are here on this post! Your son is amazing - I just love his Christmas tree and the heart. What talent you both have. I would love to win the puppy so please include my name in the 'hat'. Thanks Sheila

Lucy B - Vintage Floral and Gingham said...

what a lovely little boy!! how thoughtful and generous of him to be making his christmas presents, and so well he's made them too! fantastic, what a sweetheart!

your dog looks the cutest, and we love bunting in our house, please enter me in the draw!!!! pleassse! ;-)

xxxx
V,F&G

"Madeline" said...

I always enjoyed the little ornaments my son would make at school and church. I keep them all in a box for him to put on his own tree one day. Pink pup is adorable!
Blessings,
Madeline

dottyspots said...

Ah, you must be so proud of your son. I enjoy watching mine sew too, my 12 year old has started to use a machine and he really works hard on it.

I love the dog and would love a chance to win.

You might want to use http://www.random.org to pick a number (as it will generate a random number for you). HTHs.

I'll also link to your blog from http://www.ninnynoodlenoo.com/blog

MarmaladeRose said...

What a sweet photo, such concentration! I desperately neeeeed bunting. I really don't think you'll be able to part with that lovely puppy, so I'm quite willing,(if I win) for you to slip your aga in the package instead. Just a thought!

Sue Cahill said...

I love your pink puppy, so sweet, and my favorite color! If I were to be lucky enough to win him I would promise to give him a wonderful home.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

JoAnn said...

'ello,
I'm planning to title a series of photographs as "kitschen" and I was curious to see how others may have already used that punny word. So I just googled my way here. I love your creations and I think it's wonderful that your son seems to enjoy them, too.

Happy Holidays!

Take Care,
JoAnn

PunkyBandKitKatC said...

oohh, just found your blog for the first time. Very excited to peruse.

wendy said...

Love the puppy!! oooh to win this!!

http://reluctantmemsahib.wordpress.com said...

beautiful beautiful stuff. can i send Hat to play?

Fancy Elastic said...

the puppy is lurvely.

we've had a week of hectic plans disrupted by a poorly little boy too... always at the worst time, hey?!

x

Vera said...

I just found your blog trough ninnynoodlenoo. Cant believe I've never come across it before!
Love the puppy and your xmas trees!

Donna said...

Oh your little man looks so cute in his nativity and the concentration on his face as he sews is just gorgeous! I wish I could get Alfie to show an interest in sewing, maybe if I made a pattern for Ben 10 characters?!

Taz said...

Wow I wish I was your son's teacher that Xmas tree is amazing.

Tea with Willow said...

What a talented little boy! And what a lucky teacher to recieve such a beautiful gift! Hope I'm not to late to enter the 'Puppy' giveaway!
Willow x

It's A Wonderful said...

Oooh, I need a pink little puppy! And a sewing boy?! Awesome! My husband can sew...and he looks like a lumberjack! Huge finger, but so nimble. Little boy will make a great husband someday!

Clare said...

Hi Teena, I would love to enter - I think we need a puppy here to tame the felines who think they are in charge!! Clare x

Kitschen Pink said...

Thank-you everyone for joining in! The draw has been made and I'll post the winner later! t.xx