81. the one with the zombie snowmen – giveaway (closed) + winner

i don’t normally make anything christmassy for my shop – this is mostly DENIAL that the year is almost over – but i fancied doing something really traditional this year…
embroidered zombie snowmen

zombie snowmen.

i’d been tinkering with a few ideas (i hope i have time to develop some of the others… by christmas 2016 maybe?) but i went with snowmen. in truth, mainly because i wanted to knit some cosy miniature hats and scarves for them :)

i don’t draw much anymore, so my sketchbooking is really basic, and i’m always thinking ahead to what i can realistically do & within a certain time frame. (i’d like to work with real carrots & weave my own fabric from unicorn fur for eg, but things need to be affordable at the end. and not be made out of rotten vegetables i suppose.)

sketchbook snowmen

as soon as i’ve sketched a vague idea, i like to just jump straight in and make the thing,
simplifying or adding detail, making notes and adjustments as it develops.

cutting & sticking

… the problem with being impatient like this starting without a proper, fully tweaked pattern, is that if it doesn’t work first time all that labour intensive applique & embroidery time is wasted. sometimes i’m lucky… sometimes not.

free machine snowman

free motion heart

this is the unpredictable part of handmade that i both love and hate – even when i think i have it “just right”, i never know what’ll apear when i turn ’em.

“you’re like a beautiful freak emerging from a calico chrysalis”
zombie turning

these are all destined for the bin. product development:fail snowmans

no blog post would be complete without a picture of the anakin dog – here she is keeping her nose out. the fruit bowl is the safest place for work that occurs outside of my sewing room.

after knitting 78346535674378563478 teeny tiny hats and scarves, each one was carefully handwashed (i do wonder what the neighbours think about my washing line) so they don’t smell of apples.

zombie hats & scarves

and then the best bit: dressing my little zombie snowmen up in their winter outfits :)

3 zombie snowmen

very limited stock available here (they’re £28 + £3 p&p for a set of 3), but for now…

*** GIVEAWAY ***
so, it would appear that i never grew out of playing dress-up with my dolls.
i also still love colouring in and cartwheels.
what childhood thing do you still love to do? or wish you could still play or do?
don’t be embarrassed, it’ll just be between us – no one else will know, honest.

the winner will probably be chosen at random by a senile border collie.
competition closes on friday, 18th october at 12 noon.
and i’ll announce the winner right here, as soon as possible after the draw.

thanks and good luck!

***EDIT friday, 18th october:


54. the one with some kind of giveaway – now closed (& WINNERS)

2012 was punctuated by crap for me, but so much good stuff also occurred and i sewed so very many things (to make the voices in my head shut up)


to say thankyou (like a bribe) for sticking with me, for supporting me and for buying stuff from me, i wanted to have a little giveaway when i hit 400 sales in my folksy shop, or when i hit 2000 likes on facebook.


but because i’m a bit rubbish (look, i had 7 seasons of supernatural to watch. it’s all about priorities) i’m just getting round to it now.
better late than never, eh?!!


my new year resolutions for 2013 were simple:
1. get my s*** together and sort my life out.
2. stop using the floor for fabric scraps & snipped threads. use the bin.

it’s only the 7th of january and so far i have failed in both.


what was your new year resolution, and – most importantly – have you failed yet?

the prize is that i’ll make the winner something nice. whatever they want**
(**DISCLAIMER: to keep it in the realms of reasonable, either a sketchbook or a gadget case or a purse.  and to keep it within the realms of possible, an existing design – zombies? flowers? zombie flowers? squint at the tiny images above, or have a look through my sold items on folksy for ideas)


the winner will probably be chosen at random by anakin.
competition closes on friday the 11th of january at 12 noon.
i’ll post the winners name here, and be in touch shortly afterwards so we can discuss your prize.
if entering my giveaway from outside the UK you agree to pay postage.

thanks and good luck!

***edit  friday 11-01-13
congratulations BIGFATBIFFA (i know who you are) and AMY AMES AMY – i had to pick 2 winners after a great response like that. thankyou everyone x
winner 1

i’ll be in touch later today so we can figure out your prizes!winner 2