Posts Tagged ‘Giveaway’

Stitch with Love — CLOSED –

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Have you seen a cushion or a bag or even a little kitchen towel that you almost felt in love with it as soon as you saw it?  I remember seeing a needle case made by the great-grandmother of one of my friends and wanting it to be mine so bad that I almost cursed my great-grandmother for not making one or at least not keeping it for the future generations (i.e. me, I would be even angrier if I knew there it one in the family and it is not mine!).  I find that these designs are incredibly simple, but is the tiny details that make them so pretty, like a little embroidered flower, or a hand-stitched ribbon, or sometimes is just the wear-and-tear that add that charm that no fabric or lace can provide.

But when David & Charles sent me Mandy Shaw’s latest book, Stitch with Love, I knew straight away that there was hope for me to own a needle case so cute that I will keep forever.  Stitch with Love is full of easy projects, all with pretty embroidery designs and all in that classic style and colours that will look good today and in years to come.

The projects are quite diverse, so you will find bags, cushions, aprons, journal covers, a sew tidy, Christmas decorations, gifts for new born babies, even gift tags!  I can picture myself receiving a present with this tag and ignoring the present but cherishing the tag for years (unless of course is that overlocker that I have wanted for years).

Another good thing about this book is that has instructions for both right and left handers.  I’m left-hander and it takes me forever to learn some crafts because I have to mirrow the instructions.  This time, I might have a good chance to learn without tears.  I am going to give a try to that needle roll using one of the linens that we have in shop, and regardless of how it looks when finished, I will keep it and handed down to future generations.

To pass on the love, I am giving away a copy of Stitch with Love to a lucky person.  To enter just leave a comment on this blog, and tell me if you have got something handmade by you or someone you love that you treasure and want to keep forever.  The winner will be picked next Monday 16th May, 2011 and announced in this blog.  The competition is open to all UK and European readers this time.

TStitch withLove is published by David & Charles (ISBN-13: 9780715338490)

How to win 4 patchwork and quilting books

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Hhhmmm… It has been so long since the last time I updated this blog that I had no idea how to start writing again, so my dear friend Fiona from The Sewing Directory gave me the perfect excuse to get on a roll again.  We are having the best giveaway ever… or so I think. The prizes are 4 amazing books that will inspire you and will glue you to the sewing machine for hours without end!

What do you think? Pretty cool eh! How do you win one of these books?  Very simple, just go and have a peek at our New Items and Coming Soon section and let us know which one is your favourite, and don’t forget to let us know which book would you like to win.  Your answer should be submitted here before Tuesday 8th March before 18:00hrs.  Terms & Conditions and more info regarding this giveaway can be found here.

Hope you like the fabrics that we have in stock, and whilst you are browsing, don’t forget to also check the items on Sale ;)

Good Luck and Thank you for taking part in this giveaway!

A wonderful waste of time

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Owning an online shop is in some ways bad news for me, or for the Belcher household if one must be honest.  I could easily click away my whole afternoon from blog to blog, passing by Etsy and Folksy shops, then back to Facebook and always with a window open for Twitter.

But on the other hand, I have a lot to thank the online community for, I get a lot of my questions answered in Twitter, amazing support in Facebook, kind words of encouragements post on on my blog and lots of inspiration from Flickr and the blogs that I read.  And let’s not forget the amazing people that I have met through social media!

So as a way to say Thank You, and to give something back to you all, I have created a Flickr group .  I am inviting you to join it to share and show off your lovely creations (and if you are up for it, the ones that didn’t come out quite as you thought).  On my side, I will be hosting regular giveaways among all  members to keep things yet more interesting.

And to start off on the right foot, our first giveaway will be The Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam published by David and Charles.  I am sure you know about this amazing book, but can read more about it here.

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on this blog next Wednesday 1st of December (yes, we are on the last bit of 2010 already!)

Any questions, doubts and queries regarding the Flickr group please direct them to me, but don’t expect for a highly technical answer as I am still new to all this.

Good Luck and Enjoy!!


About presents

Friday, October 29th, 2010

I am absolutely mad about buying presents, specially for my loved ones. I am not really into buying lots of presents, I rather give one or a couple of good ones, carefully chosen, than give lots of presents just for the sake of it. Another thing that I like about present is choosing the wrapping, ribbons, tags, etc. I have even designed and printed my own when I can’t find what I want.  I have always thought of the wrapping as part of the present.

Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and after buying his gift I went to all of the shops that sold wrapping paper but couldn’t find one that made me 100% happy. So I thought of putting my stamp on it and wrapping with fabric. After all this is what I am, a fabric lady :) So here it is how it looked:

Prince Charming loved it, both the present and the wrapping. I am sure you agree with me that it is such a great feeling to see people that you love with a big smile on their face. But the very best part of the whole thing was that after he went off to play with his new gadget, I still got a bit of fabric to use for my hexis!

And seeing as we are in a celebration mood, I have teamed up with Fiona from The Sewing Directory for a Giveaway.  For the chance to win a £15 voucher from The Fabric Loft just let us know which fabric or fabric designer you would use to wrap a present, or you would love to receive as a present from the ones that we have in stock (of course feel free to add these to your Fabric Loft wish list and send it to your loved ones!).  Send your answer to or by filling out this easy form.

You must be quick, the winner will be drawn at 6pm Monday so you have only got this weekend to let us know which one is your favourite!

Same old game but with new rules

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If you have followed my blog you already now that I am in a joyful mood.  October has always been a birthday month for me, and not only because I was born in this month, but because I share my birthday in this month with one of my sisters and with quite a few of my friends and loved ones (yeap my hubby too).

So I wanted to pass on this happy vibes and do something special, the first thing that came to mind was to have a giveaway.  But then I thought that there are giveaways everywhere at the moment, and it is just a matter of patience and perseverance and you will hit one.  But don’t get disillusioned, don’t go back to check the weather forecast again, not just yet.  I still think giveaways are brilliant, so I am sticking with my initial idea, but I am targeting only special people.  Who is special? Well, my clients are special.  They (you) support me, write comments, send me emails, request fabric samples, even request fabrics that I don’t have in stock so I can get them for them.

Every single order makes me immensely happy, it is not a greedy happiness.  I honestly feel honored when someone buys from my shop, I do feel special, and I try to deal with every single order as good as I can, and then I try harder.

So from now on (unless you hate the idea and ask me to stop it) at the beginning of each month, I will draw an order number and give a gift voucher to that person.  This will be a monthly giveaway, so all orders placed in one month will participate in that month’s giveaway and the winner will be announced early the following month.  If you place more than one order in a month, you will increase your chances of winning.

What do you think? Do you want to play?

Cafe Mocha Bundle

We’ve got a winner!!!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010


This month the prize is a gift certificate of £10 and

Angela (WandaFish) is our first giveaway winner!

I would loved to give a voucher to every single one of you who entered,

but I must remind myself that this is a business and certain things are just not possible.

If you left empty handed try your luck next month, keep checking our blog and our Facebook page for any updates!


Results given by


To choose the winner I created a list with the names of all the kind people that took the time to comment in our blog,

then we used to help us choose a lucky one.  


For those interested, I still haven’t made my mind about the 2 fabrics that I am going to use to make the bag,

but I am seriously thinking of using

Nicey Jane Pocketbook in Moss for the outside

and Lindy Leaf in Blue for the inside.