CELEBRATING OUR 150th READER GIVEAWAY

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I have collected incredible amounts of cross stitch magazines in my over 30+ years of cross stitching. I enjoy knitting, crocheting and cross stitch. In May 2011 I decided to make my dream of sharing my love of needlecrafts a reality and started the online shop, The Stitcher's Market along with hubby. My biggest hope is to pass on my love of stitching to my children. Let's face it, some one has to inherit all my stash. I am shy, but I truly appreciate everyone's comments and friendship. I am glad to help anyone who needs any stitching information. I love to have giveaways and share other bloggers giveaways, so please stop by often. Enjoy your stay!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

And the RECIPIENT of the GIVEAWAY is......

There were 84 entries for this giveaway. I used www.mathgoodies.com/calculators/random_no_custom.html to select the lucky recipient of this giveaway. It chose lucky number 45.


But first, you do want to see what the extra gift is, right?



I have added the Gloria and Pat Merry Christmas 1973-1993 booklet and my favorite Blue Moon Ladybug charm as the extra item for reaching 150 readers. Those who have stitched many decades know that the booklet is very hard to find. It was a promotional piece that shops gave out in 1993. Gloria and Pat celebrated 20 years of needlework publishing that year. 17 gorgeous designs. Yes, the booklet is 18 years old and looks just published. The second little gift that I put in as a personal token is my favorite ladybug charm. I think it is the cutest thing.


It is my pleasure to announce that the recipient of these two items along with the JCS 2011 Halloween issue, the coffee cross stitch kit, the pumpkin stickers, the heart post-its, and the three Sullivans overdyed flosses is:


XEIHUA (SARA)


Xeihua and all of my readers who entered this humble giveaway:

Thank you for participating and your readership. I truly hope that we can all become a community of friends. I enjoy all of your blogs and truly appreciate the time that you spend with with me while surfing the net.


Please join me in congratulating XEIHUA. Sara, please contact me via email so I can get your package together and ready to mail.


THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES IN APPROXIMATELY TWO WEEKS!!!! STAY TUNED FOR MY NEXT GIVEAWAY CELEBRATING 150 READERS.


Celebration stitches......

Monday, September 26, 2011

GIVEAWAY COUNTDOWN

Just a few more hours till the ***ding ding ding, complete your entry and step away from the computer*** portion of the giveaway.

California, Alaska and Hawaii have a few more hours to go.

Yes, I will be adding another item to the giveaway, because we are 152 readers strong.

Don't know what it will be yet, but it will be a fun item (craft related). Will show pic of the goodies with winner's name by Wednesday the 28th. That will give me enough time to tabulate and choose the item.

Remember, because we did reach 150 readers, I will have another giveaway most likely 2 weeks from now. That was my blog challenge.

Good luck to all! There is still at least 12 more hours to go!

Thank you for entering. I am very happy to share stash with you.

Lucky stitches.....
CSQ

Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Trip to Jersey. A Pictorial

Usually, it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes max from our place to Jersey. Half way into the trip, I remembered I had my camera and started taking pictures. I thought you would like to see them since they offer a different perspective on NYC.


Here we go:



going up 57th Street to 9th Avenue


Still going up to 9th Avenue


We're on 9th Avenue


One of my favorite pics on 9th Ave. Love the pig statuette and the store next to it.


Waiting at the Lincoln Tunnel



Still waiting at the Lincoln Tunnel, we saw the blimp overhead the church steeple. It came and left. Still waiting at the Lincoln Tunnel, the blimp came back. I had time to adjust the camera to take picture.


Still waiting at the Lincoln Tunnel, I was able to take the picture of the blimp making it's second turn back.


Finally, in Jersey..... as we were driving, I managed to take a picture of NYC skyline.


Three three hours and 15 minutes later, (yes, we were VERY late), our sweet princess was in a great mood..... priceless... Had to take this picture of her and share it. I think she is very pretty, but I am her mom. She has the fine features, the curly hair and the big eyes. I think she could model baby things. Definitely photogenic. What do you think?


Till next time


Happy stitches.....


Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12th and the days after...

"Two sticks, a dash, a birthday cake with a stick going down" was a code for 9/11. A date that doesn't need a year after it because it was the day terror knocked at our door. How could we forget the face of evil? Since 9/12, I think it is more important remember the faces of the heroes, their families and the love and strength they give us everyday.

We see their faces and hear of them daily when there is talk of their children, or in my instance when I talk to friends of that day and inevitably find out that we had friends in common who suffered great losses that day. On anniversaries we read or hear of the last calls they made. Of the ones we know, most were words of love. They called their parents, wives, husbands, children, friends to say " I love you." Even amidst great fear of the unknown, they felt and wanted to share love.

"And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of these is love."
I Corinthians 13:13.

Simultaneously heroes were on their way to rescue those in need. I truly believe that much love for humanity must have existed within all the responders of that day. For "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. " John 15:13

While I was shaking in fear on 9/11 holding my son thinking that my husband had perished, fear overtook me. When he returned that late afternoon, relief flooded through me. We walked ouside together, smelled and tasted the grit in the air like a meal. Days after, a smell lingered in the air everywhere we went.

Tragedy brought a great deal more of love and unity on that day than any hate could. Lots of love along with the unity of humanity was felt on that day. We are still rising from the ashes day by day. Those that perished give us their love and strength every day for us to continue and enjoy life. I prefer to think they want to be remembered for the love that they gave.

I am friends with one of the first responders and it never ceases to amaze me the peace and the love he has in his heart. These days he suffers from alot of ailments due to the inhaled dust. But, he would not have done anything differently that day. He still works everyday and loves his family and friends greatly.

So today, ten 9/11's later I have faith that we will rise from the ashes stronger than before, I hope that my children never have to live through such devastation again, and feel the love the heroes and their families offer us every day through their daily sacrifice.

Everyone remembers that day differently. I choose to remember the love shown that day, for hate fosters hate and love engenders love. Together the strength of that love will aid in our forging ahead and rebuilding Ground Zero to greater glory.

God bless America and our troops.

Loving stitches...
CSQ

Giveaway Celebrating 100th Reader

Here we are together celebrating a wonderful blog moment. It seems that I have definitely taken blogging seriously this year and I am happy that you come to read my thoughts. Thank you for coming, this giveaway is for you! I wish that I could give something to everyone who spends time with me. For now, please know that I am sincerely grateful for your readership.

It was important for me to giveaway something pertaining to the season. We are heading to Fall here in the Northeast, and Halloween is not far away.

2011 JCS Halloween Magazine
Jolee's by You - Pumpkin & Leaves Stickers
Coffee Bottomless Cup Cross Stitch kit
1 skein Sullivans Overdyed Almond Delight Floss
1 skein Overdyed Champagne Floss
1 skein Overdyed Pearl Cotton Cappuccino
Heart Shaped Sticky Notes

There you have it. I hope that you can see the picture clearly and that you like the items.
The Cappuccino overdyed Pearl Cotton is absolutely gorgeous!


So of course there are a couple of rules.

1.- Become a follower of my blog. Leave a comment only on this entry to be in drawing.
2. Let your friends know about this giveaway on your blog or facebook page. If you let me know that you have put my giveaway on your blog, you will get another entry.

If during this giveaway I reach 150 readers, I will add another item to the giveaway.

This giveaway is open to all parts of the world. Let your friends know especially if they are overseas. They will most likely not be able to find these items as easily.


GIVEAWAY DRAWING SEPTEMBER 26, 2011

Good Luck to everyone who enters!

Lucky stitches......

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

YAY!!!! Happy Dancing!!

What a wonderful feeling!! We are 102 members strong.

You like me, yes, you like me :giggle: giggle. I am like a little girl thrilled with life.

Yay, a giveaway is coming to thank all my friends. I get to share some stash. I love sharing stash. Let me go and hunt for a few things. I thought was prepared for this moment but I am so happy, I can't pick clearly.

I will start the giveaway this weekend....stay tuned. If I am on your blogroll, you will see the giveaway as soon as it posts.

Hunting stitches.....

Friday, September 2, 2011

My review of 2011 JCS Halloween Collection

Today, the JCS 2011 Halloween Collection walked in the door. It was worth the wait I thought.

Links to my review on the shop blog are below. I did a page by page review. Savored it to the end, I did. Then I chose my favorite three.

It is pretty long, but I wanted to pay it the respect it deserved. Many designers poured hours into their craft to make the collection a success. I respect that. That is why I reviewed it in "real time".

If you have a chance, please take a looksie and share with me any comments and thoughts. Maybe even your favorite 3.

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Happy reading!
CSQ