Thursday, 22 March 2012

a 'thank you' giveaway

Hello my lovelies
I hope you are having a nice week

Today my blog is one year old!
I really can't believe that
I have been blogging for one whole year
It took a lot of courage for me to take the plunge
(I'm a bit of a scaredy cat)
I ummed and ahhed for months
trying to pluck up the courage
I am very shy in 'real' life
but I can honestly say that I am so happy that I did
that I was brave
It has enriched my life
YOU have enriched my life


 I LOVE reading all of your comments
 I still get excited when I see that I have a comment or two
waiting for me
It's just so lovely
It has been heart warming to share happy times
and all of your support and kind words
have helped me through some tough times
and even if you don't's lovely to have you here
thank you for visiting x

I have made some wonderful, like-minded 'bloggy' friends too
So to celebrate I thought I would have a little giveaway

Anyway....enough of my ramblings
Would you like to know what you could win???

 There is a choice

A bird pocket bunting
which has five linen pockets each one decorated with little birdie images
(I guess, by now, you all know how I love the birdies)
If you would like to see more photos and info you can here



A sweet patchwork needle case
in pretty pinks and greens
(my favourite colour combination of the moment)
you can see and read more here if you'd like

The choice is yours
There will be one winner who will receive their choice
of either the bird pocket bunting or the patchwork needle case

To enter my giveaway
please follow my blog

 ♥ For one entry 
Just leave me a comment on this post telling me which you would like to win
either..... the bird pocket bunting or the needle case

  For a second entry
 Mention my giveaway on your blog 
and leave a separate comment letting me know

My giveaway will be open until the 29th of March
and I am happy to post anywhere in the world

So all that is left to say is ....
'thank you' (again)

Lots of love
j x



  1. I'm sure your as much as blogging has enriched your life, that likewise other people's lives hav been enriched with your pictures and words. I love the fresh colours and gorgeous sewing....only problem is, given the choice of two things it's hard to pick....I think I would choose the needle case.

    I have been meaning to blog for a couple of days, so if I get my act together, I will mention you then, although I will comment back as my memory is like a sieve!

  2. Happy Blogiversary!
    I love birds too so I'd love to win the birdie bunting!

  3. Happy blog birthday! I would love to win the bunting - it is gorgeous! Thanks.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Many congratulations on your first Blogaversary Jooles!
    Your lovely blog brings much happiness to your readers too :o)
    Thank you for offering your superb prizes, if I was lucky enough to be chosen I'd love the sweet little bird pockets.
    Enjoy the rest of the week.
    Rose H
    Love the little shelf of buttons and snowdrops.

  5. Hi there! We received Master Moss and already love him. Sophia immediately ran off to her room with him and is now proudly displayed on her doorknob! Well congrats on your blogiversary, hope you're having some cake to celebrate and pretty pls can I be entered in your giveaway?!
    Love ya, Cx

  6. I am a recent follower to your blog, having being led to it via a mention on another blog. I am in awe of your creativity and would love to be included in the giveaway - the bird bunting would be my preference, but they are both lovely gifts. Keep on blogging!
    Best wishes

  7. I would love the needlecase. If I don't win, I guess I'll just have to make one...

  8. Here's to many more years! I wish I had found your blog earlier, but I have had a look through your older posts to catch up!! You are very generous Jooles, thank you for the chance of wining one of your gorgeous makes. Chloe's birthday is the 29th - is that a sign?! ;0) I don't have blog because I feel the same way you did, I'm a shy one too, but I'm so very glad I have lots of fab bloggy people like you, to say hello too xx

  9. Oooooooh I would love to win the bird bunting, I just love it.....and it's my birthday on the 28 th March so would make a lovely gift ;0) thanks for having this give away x

  10. Bunting with pockets??! Girl, you are a GENIUS!!!
    So that is what I would love to win in your Super-dooper giveaway.
    And happy blogiversary too, my lovely.

  11. Happy blogiversary! I'm so pleased you enjoy blogging as much as you do, I'd definitely miss reading your lovely posts if you stopped!

    I would lovvveee to be entered in your amazing giveaway! What a generous choice of prizes to choose from. You must have put a lot of time and effort into making both prizes.

    I'm not sure where I could hang the bunting and I am in desperate need of a needlecase (I've been searching for my one for more than a fortnight now!), so I would love to choose that. It's gorgeous!

    Ashley xxx

  12. Oh yay! Congrats on you blogiversary :D I'd love to have my name put into the hat please! I would sooooo love one of your gorgeous needlecases!!! *swoon* Thank you!

    Jo x x x

  13. Wooooooooo, what a giveaway yippeeeeeeeeee. I think i would like the birdy bunting if I win ( fingers, toes, everything crossed)...yup that's what I choose, because I love a bird or two, and its ever so spring like isn't it?
    Thank goodness you do blog, what would we do without you?
    Nattie x

  14. The birdy bunting is so gorgeous. Congrats on reaching the 1 year x

  15. Hello Jooles...
    Congratulations on reaching your first blog anniversary..I have only recently found you but am enjoying reading your posts so much!
    I would love to enter you fabulous Giveaway please..I am struggling to make a choice between 2 such lovely prizes though..Oh my...I can't decide!...O.k ..I am going to be sewing quite a lot over the next few weeks (hopefully some patchwork projects)so I will go for the pretty needle case...but it's a tough one because I love your birdie bunting too!
    Susan x

  16. Hello Jooles,
    Just to let you know I am going to add a link on my blog for you too...
    Hope you have a great day,
    Susan x

  17. my how that year has gone by fast!

    & what a lovely give-away to celebrate, i'm rather fond of your bird bunting & sure i could find the perfect home for it!

  18. Oooh, I'd love to win the needlecase!! It's so pretty!
    Congratulations on a year of blogging - it looks like we started our blogs a day apart!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Maria x

  19. Congratulations. I can't believe you have only been blogging on year. YOu blog is always fun to read. You are so creative.
    I love that bird bunting with the pockets. Soooooo cute.

  20. YES!!! a Jooles giveaway!
    That bird bunting maketh my heart sing......count me in!
    I can't believ it's only been a year - you blog like a pro my friend!
    Happy week to you too - and not long til the weekend. Lets hope the sunshine lasts too...fee ♥
    (just seen a little spring bird over at Helen's blog...had little spring bird to check this out)

  21. I love the Birdie Bunting.

    Aire & Angel

  22. Congratulations on your first blogiversary Jooles!
    We share the same date, I'm three today!
    I love visiting your blog and seeing what you're up too and if I was lucky enough to win I would love the birdie bunting, it's so gorgeous!
    Vivienne x

  23. HAPPY BLOGGY BIRTHDAY! My business turned one a week ago so I know how exciting extra birthdays are! :D
    The birdy pocket bunting is just the cutest ♥

  24. Happy, Happy Birthday Sweet Violet Jooles.

    Now, please don't worry about entering me into the giveaway ... both prizes are truly delightful but I'm taking a self-imposed giveaway break just now. My kids all insisted that I choose something to give up for Lent and that was what I chose, with the proviso that if there's yarn on offer the deals off!

    Here's to your every success in year 2!

  25. I read your blog every week, does that count? I recently 'discovered' fabric after many years of cross stitching and am loving trying new things. Your blog is an inspiration. I particularly adore the needlebook.

  26. iwould love to win the neddle case soooooo pretty i have not long found your blog and now check back all the time lots of fun things thanks for the chance to win

  27. Just found your blog through Helen Phillips. I'll give you a mention on my blog this evening. Amanda x

  28. Happy birthday sweetie :) Your bird pocket bunting is just gorgeous and I'd bee happy if I won this! I love your blog, hope you are having a happy week.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  29. Oooh what a gorgeous giveaway! I am spoilt for choice....but have finally decided that the birdie bunting would be perfect in my studio if I was lucky enough to win! I have put a link on my sidebar to your giveaway, and of course I am a follower. Congratulations on your year of seems you have been here much longer though:-)
    Have a lovely rest of the week.
    Helen x

  30. Happy Bloggie Birthday to you Jooles!! Wow, a whole year....I love to sit and read your blog when I have a quiet moment, it always makes me smile :) Please do keep blogging, I would really miss it if you stopped. I absolutely ADORE both of your gorgeous creations, but my favourite has to be the luverly needlecase! ♥

    Love Caroline xx

  31. Congratulations on your first bloggy anniversary! I envy you - for all your talent and creative ideas, and for having the courage to start blogging in the first place! I've never dared! I'd love to win that gorgeous birdie bunting. Been gardening all afternoon and a very tame blackbird's been keeping me company, so maybe that's a good luck charm for me.

  32. Hi Jooles! Happy Blog-o-versary! I don't blame you for excitement because I really, really get how scary starting one can be and how exhilarating getting past that fear and being 'in' it is! Truly, I congratulate you!
    If I won, I would love the needle case, but believe me, choosing is not easy!

  33. Happy blogiversary!!! Congratulations on reaching your 1st birthday.
    What a gorgeous giveaway, if I was lucky enough to win I would adore the birdie bunting!
    Your stuff is always so different and pretty. If I post tomorrow I will give the giveaway a mention.

  34. Congratulations on your 1st blogging birthday! Thank YOU for giving us all such super posts and such a lot of gorgeous craftiness to goggle over!!! :-)
    What an amazing giveaway. It is extremely hard to choose.... Hmmm.... I think I'd have to go for the birdie bunting, as I could put it up in my crafting room and look at it every day!

  35. Hey Jooles, happy Blog birthday to you........I honestly thought you had been blogging alot longer, as you are a dab hand at the whole thing...

    Always nice to visit you at Sew Sweet Violet and see what's been happening in your little corner of the globe.

    I'm a bit of a birdy lover too, so if I won I would love to hang your birdy, pocket bunting in my sewing room where I could admire it and fill it with treasures.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter, enjoy your weekend,

    Claire ❀❀❀

  36. Happy blogiversary Jooles.
    I LOVETH the bird bunting so very much. I already follow you (what crazy loon wouldn't) so if I was the winner, I would pick that. It is very clever. Brainy Birdy Bunting. What's not to like.
    Hope you have a bloggy cake (ie any cake) to scoff at your leisure. Must go, a Thai green curry is awaiting me!
    xxx x x

  37. Happy Blogiversary! I love reading your blog and have a few of your lovely creations brightening up my home. Both your creations are beautiful, I would love to win the needle case! you're such a talented lady, congratulations on your first year of blogging! x

  38. Happy Blogging Birthday! Thank you for posting such great things - I do love your blog (not just saying that as you're having a give away, honest!). I would have to plump for the bunting as I just love the birds. Gillian x

  39. Congratulations on your year of blogging. Love your posts......xx

  40. Oooh Happy Birthday jooles!
    Please count me in for the birdy pockets. so many bits and bobs could hide away in there!

  41. Happy blog birthday to you. I adore your first image....what is it about buttons that are so darling...buttons and sprinkles...I need to find button sprinkles...that would be joyx100!
    What darling giveaway items....that birdie bunting is sooooo adorable {but I have already won one of your giveaways so don't enter my name..let someone else win on of your beautiful creations.} xoxoxo HUGS

  42. I always read your blog I would love to win and both are lovely so would be happy with whatever one it is.Lesley x

  43. Hi, Jooles! Happy blogiversary! Only one year! It seems I know you much longer :o) Thanks for the chance to win in your cute giveaway! And it was a difficult choice, but I have finally desided that the neddle case will be more useful for me and my eldest daughter too :o) I`ll post a link on my sidebar to your givaway and I`m already your follower :o)
    Have a very sweet weekend

  44. Hi Jooles, Happy Anniversary!

    Your blog is so lovely and a delight to visit.
    Thank you for the lovely give away!
    Will put a link on my next post and will let you know.
    Fleur xx

  45. Ha, ha there is hope for me yet, I have remembered to remember and hit publish, so there goes my chances! x

  46. Happy 1st Blogaversary. If I was lucky enough to win i'd love the needle case :)

  47. Hi Jooles,
    Just to let you know I've added a link to my new post ... pop over and have a look too as I've just added my current Work In Progress.

    Two entries now, I've got my fingers crossed!!!

    Fleur xx

  48. Wow Jooles what a lovely way to celebrate! Congratulations on blogging for one whole year! I really love reading your blog and you have given me so much inspiration and so much advice, thank you!

    I would love to enter the giveaway, but it is so hard to choose! I think I would have to go for the birdie bunting, it is just too pretty!

    Love Jewel x

  49. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Thanks for having the giveaway. I think the needle case is gorgeous, and I would use it a lot for my knitting projects.

  50. Congratulations Jooles on your blog being one year old! I would love to be entered for a chance to win. Love Katie x

  51. Congratulations! I love all the beautiful goodies you make. I would love to win the needle case because my needles are in desperate need of a permanent home.

  52. Hello sweet Jooles! I am popping over here from Fleur's lovely blog! It is so nice to meet you! Congratulations on your blog anniversary! Your blog is lovely and it is so nice of you to have a giveaway! I love your beautiful creations! It is hard to decide, as I love them both, but I think I would like to enter for the lovely birdie pocket bunting! It is so unique and I love birdies too. Thank you! Have a lovely weekend! xo~ Paula

  53. Hi Jooles,
    I have mentioned your giveaway over at my place - in a post all about the scones I made using your super-duper recipe! :-)

  54. Hello lovely Lady.... I would love to enter please! I love both of them......
    it doesn’t seem possible you’ve been blogging a year! :0)
    have a fab weekend Jooles X

  55. Hello Jooles
    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway please - that bunting would look just perfect on my dresser! You know I'm a life-long member of the Bunting Appreciation Society!
    Happy blog birthday to you...
    Have a great weekend
    Emily x

  56. Blogland is definitely a more lovelier place because of your lovely blog - doesn't the year go quick.
    Lovely give-away and such pretty prizes.
    have a sunny weekend

  57. I just love pink and green for the spring time, so I would like to win the needle case. It looks just perfect for my sewing box. Not sure how you would contact me if I was lucky enough to win though as I don't have a blog!

    Happy blog birthday too.


  58. Happy 1 year Anniversary! So nice to have found your blog. And so happy to find a giveaway that's so pretty and functional at the same time. They're both lovely, but I can't lie, that patchwork needle case is calling my name. Hope I win! :)

  59. Happy Anniversary Jooles! You seem such a pro at this I would have sworn you had been doing it longer. I really love to stop by and read your lovely words and look at your lovely pictures.

    Its tight as they are both nice but I think my fav is the bunting (I'm a bunting-aholic). Thanks for the chance to win, you are very generous indeed!

    Helen xx

  60. Oh the bunting is stunning (yes, please!)

  61. Happy Birthday Jooles! Pretty pink needle case please.... S x

  62. I have a dilemma and wonder if you can help... I am new to blogging and so far have followed a few blogs and started to add some comments. But to be honest I feel a bit uncomfortable because I don't have my own blog!!! Is it easy to start a blog? What if I spend a whole year blogging and don't have any followers? Would it take over my life or is it easy to start your own blog? Oh dear - so many questions .... Love your blog- you have inspired me!! Xx

    1. Hi LoozzieB.... Thank you for popping by x
      I commented on other peoples blogs for a looong time before i had my own, bloggers LOVE comments and really don't mind if their commentors have blogs or not. I found it fairly easy to start my own blog and in fact blogger have so many templates etc that you can really make your blog just how you want it.
      I remember thinking the exact same things as you x
      I tinkered around with mine for ages before I made it public, i found that that built my confidnce too.
      Blogland is a lovely friendly will get comments and followers. Personally i have found it truly inspiring and caring and other bloggers welcomed me with open is fab.
      I'd say 'be brave and bite the bullet' and then if you don't like it, well you don't have to continue.
      It will only take over your life if you want it too! it can be a wee bit addictive in an exciting way.
      I hope that has helped, if i can help further please drop me an email
      not that I am an expert or anything.....far far from it!
      love jooles x

  63. Lovely Jooles- The bunting is so, so pretty. A wee chance at winning that would be lovely! Already a follower. Can vouch for the friendliness of blogland too, Jo xx

  64. I'm new to blogging in my second month and it took quite a bit of courage to have a go!!! I'm delighted to have 2 followers and a few hits from all over the world. How great is that! But look at you with all your followers and well deserved. I would love to enter your give-away and would like the needlecase if I am lucky enough to win.

  65. The birdies for me please I just love them

  66. Arr happy 1 whole year of blogging! :)
    I'm still getting the hang of it myself :) Your bird bunting is so beautiful and such a brilliant idea of including little pockets! :)
    And utterly randomly, I LOVE that photo at the top of your post with the little jars of buttons! When I get my own place again, I'm going to save all my jars to fill with random, colourful things :)

  67. Happy blogging anniversary!!
    Already a follower, usually trailing behind everyone else though LOL!! Love both of your generous give away gifts, but the bird bunting has to be my choice please.
    Here's to another year - take care, Karen -x-

  68. ooooh how did I miss this? Blogger has been a bit naughty and not updating me about every new post from the blogs I follow.

    Anyway.....if I am lucky enough to win another Sew Sweet Violet giveaway I would plump for the birdie bunting pockets. They would look suuuuuper in my Bird Box!! But it does seem a little unfair to others if I did win more of your divine bunting.


  69. Congratulations! I enjoy reading your blog, the bird bunting is lovely, what a great idea!

  70. Congratulations on your first year of blogging. Your birdie bunting is super sweet, Best wishes for your next year

  71. Oooh I'm just in time!!

    Please enter me into your give away for some birdy bunting :-) That would be a lovely prize!

  72. I'm a new follower, and I love to read your blog.
    I would love to win the needle case.
    I'll take a chance!
    xxx Corien

  73. One year! Congrats. Both are super cute, but I really like your needlecase.

  74. Can't believe I missed this - thanks for telling me!! Happy blog birthday! I can't believe it has only been going for a year - thought you were a veteran!

    I love both prizes do please enter me!!! Lovely giveaway, thank you xxx

  75. Congratulations!Thank you for the chance to win one of your fab goodies :) Love your work Nicky xx


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