Thursday, 6 June 2013

fifteen minutes of fame & a giveaway

Hello my lovelies

How lovely it's been basking in late spring sunshine this last few days
I hope it's sunny with you too

The BIG news that I teased you with on my last post is this .....

It must have been around a year ago now when this adventure started
(although it seems like f o r e v e r)
I had a lovely email from the Mollie makes team
asking if I would consider making a project for their new book
Mollie Makes feathered friends
are you kidding????
YES   P L E A S E.

I was absolutely honoured and blown away to be asked
ME ..... WOW!
My whole face was a smile
how could I refuse?
I love Mollie Makes magazine
and you know how much I love birds .....

The only problem I could see, was keeping it top secret
I can't even buy my family a gift without excitedly blurting it out to them
or handing 'something amazing' over to them before the big day
Sweet B especially (she is so fun to buy for)
gets her birthday and Christmas gifts dotted throughout the year
..... how was I going to manage?

anyways .....
I set about firing up my brain
get the creative cogs turning .....
and I came up with this

A Party Bird Brush Roll

I hope you like it

Little bird is wearing her party crown

It could be used for storing all sorts goodies really
Crochet hooks, pencils, Cadbury fudge bars  ;o)
I used the sweet folklore bird fabric by Tilda
which is the prettiest pattern ever I think.

Now let me tell you, this book is GORGEOUS
so many beautiful makes
and all with a bird theme

Flying parrots
paper-cut cards
a gorgeous cross stitch cushion
a sewing set
a penguin pillow
the list of loveliness goes on .....
..... need I say more???

Then a couple weeks ago I had another email
asking if I would be happy for them to use my project
to advertise the new book in the Mollie Makes magazine
Of course, I delightedly said
I thought it would be a little photo to give a taster of their new book
which would have been wonderful
when my Mollie Makes came through the letter box on Tuesday
(I was into that magazine like a shot ..... let me tell you)
flicking through, I caught a glimpse of something familiar
and there it was
but not a little taster
Oh No
my entire project!

I was beside myself
I jumped up and down a bit
ran to tell Mr Sweet
tripped on the back door step
(saved myself)
jumped up and down again
put the magazine down
picked it up
texted friends .....

I am so excited, honoured and jolly happy
Thank you Mollie Makes
you have made my year.

To be quite honest I'm rather nervous
it's scary putting oneself 'out there'
but I know you'll be kind

Even more excitement .....
(I can't take much more)
Mollie Makes has kindly offered a copy of the beautiful
Feathered friends book as a giveaway prize
so if you'd like your very own copy
here's what you need to do

  For one entry   

  Just leave me a comment on this post

 For a second entry 

kindly mention this giveaway on your blog or facebook page with a link 
and then just leave me a separate comment on this post
telling me you have done so

 The giveaway will be open until Friday 14th June
The book will posted directly from Mollie Makes HQ 
and they are happy post anywhere in the whole wide world
 so don't be shy


EDITED TO SAY ..... This giveaway is now closed
Thank you to everyone who entered

It's going to be super busy in the Sew Sweet residence
 this next few weeks
Sweet B is coming home ..... Yip-a-dee Doo-Dah
(It's been tooooo long)
It will be my birthday
Mr Sweet's birthday
my lovely mum's birthday
my little niece's birthday
my father-in-law's birthday
a new carpet is going down too
(at long last ..... I can't wait)
anyway ..... what I'm trying to say is that
I may be a bit vacant for a little while, here on my blog
(Mr Sweet would say 'whats new?' 
but I think that would be just rude)

BIG love 
x Jooles x


  1. Wow Jooles that is BIG news!!! Well done and so well deserved, your project looks wonderful - i love the Tilda fabric you used, and the pretty velvet ribbon, it's all so pretty and a useful item too.
    You must be so excited!
    And lots to look forward to, sounds like you're going to be busy and happy!
    I'd love to enter the giveaway, please pop my name in the hat!
    Gill xx

  2. Congratulations, I can understand how excited you are, it's amazing. My copy of Mollie Makes arrived yesterday and I was just flicking through when I came to the make up brush roll. I thought that would be perfect for my eldest to take on holiday with her and then I noticed that you had designed it. I was so excited for you and will definitely be following the instructions. Will let you know how I get on. Well done. xx

  3. Congratulations on all your fame Jooles, well deserved too!! :) I do like the idea of having a Cadbury Fudge bar holder! ;)
    V xxx

  4. I've just popped your giveaway on to my sidebar!
    V x

  5. That is fabulously exciting and well deserved! I think I will have to make Mollie Makes this month's magazine purchase. I love the brush roll - such a sweet combination of fabric and trimmings. Would love to be entered for your giveaway!

  6. wow Jooles this is wonderful! I don't know how you managed to keep quiet, you must have been fidgety with excitement! Your brush roll looks so pretty - I think it would make a beautiful crochet hook holder and I'm very tempted to give it a go (though my sewing skills leave a lot to be desired!). Congratulations on your lovely 'in print' project xxx

  7. Wow!! How cool is that!!! Huge congratulations to you and you certainly stepped up to the mark with the brush roll, it is blinking gorgeous. Hurrah hurrah to you Jooles on this lovely sunny day :o)

  8. Yes, my copy also arrived on tuesday and Your roll is my favourite thing in there so thank you.. how exciting!! Big advanced birthday greetings to all and hope the new carpet is wrinkle free... Cx

  9. Dear wonderful Jooles,

    I cannot bear all this excitement! I'm so, so thrilled for you. Clever you :-) And your beautiful daughter is coming home, AND it's your birthday! Yippee!

    I would be truly thrilled to be entered for your giveaway Jooles.

    Enjoy this month of June! May it bring you sunshine and plenty of love.


  10. Wow! congratulations!
    I love anything birdy

  11. Wow, fantastic new! your make is so gorgeous :) saw it in this months Mollie Makes and loved it :) count me in please!

    Bee happy x

  12. I have that feathered friends book on my wish list. Clever you x

  13. I am so proud of you my friend! The roll is stunning, the colours are beautiful! I'm gonna make you autograph my magazine... ;-} cx

  14. Wonderful news, lovely Jooles! I'm so pleased for you, how thrilling! Your pretty birdie roll is beautiful, as all your projects are, and I think this is just the beginning for you! Would love to enter the giveaway too.
    Wishing you a wonderful time with so many birthdays to celebrate, and Sweet B coming home too :)
    Helen x

  15. What a wonderful news. I 'm sooooo happy for you , Jooles. I will keep an eye out for that issue.
    Have fun with all the upcoming birthdays!!
    Please put my name in the hat for the giveaway.

    Happiest June,
    Anne xx
    PlumCreek22 Studio

  16. Hello my dear, sweet Jooles! I am so over the moon happy for you my darling friend! I am so proud of you, but not one bit surprised that Mollie Makes wanted you to contribute to their lovely new book! You are such a creative and talented artist and your sewing is perfect! The book is beautiful and I love that it is a bird theme! I love birds too! Your make~up case is gorgeous! You are so clever! I love those pretty Tilda fabrics and the bird and feather stamps! I love that this pretty case can be used for so many different things too! Oh, icing on the cake!!!! I am thrilled you are in the magazine too!!!! Again, I am not one bit surprised! Oh sweetie, this is all so exciting! Bless your heart, I am sorry you nearly fell! I could feel your excitement as I was reading all you shared and wanted to jump up and down too! I can hardly wait to get that issue when it arrives in the US and see one of my dearest friends and her beautiful project in the pages of Mollie Makes! Yay!!!! How wonderful they are giving a book away! I would love to be entered! Dear heart, I wish you a wonderful and happy Birthday! You deserve the very best and I hope all your wishes come true! I also hope that all of your dear ones will have wonderful birthdays! I know there will be lots of yummy cake! :) I am so happy to hear your sweet B will be coming home. I know how much you miss her! Love you much and wish you a very happy rest of the week and weekend filled with happy things! Paula xoxo

  17. I would love to win that feather my nest. Thank you kindly. Eco Ethel xx

  18. Hello Jooles...My Mollie Makes magazine came in the post today and your project looks really wonderful!...In fact, I was drawn to the beautiful photograph and gorgeous colours straight away when I flicked through...and then I saw your pic! I'm thrilled for you and it's so well deserved!
    Such a lovely Giveaway too...the book looks wonderful...Could you pop my name into your hat please? I'm off to pop a link on my blog now and then I'll be back...Ooh, so much excitement for you with your lovely Sweet B coming home and birthdays to celebrate too...have fun!
    Susan x

  19. Have added a link on my blog for you Jooles...(now I'm going to close my eyes, cross my fingers and make a wish!)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    Susan x

  20. I saw it yesterday and thought how lovely it was, I'd love to be entered into the giveaway.....thank you! :) x

  21. Many congratulations Jooles, a very worthy feature addition to Molly Makes magazine :o)
    Please enter me into the giveaway - looks like a super book.

    Best wishes
    Rose H

  22. Oh hiw fabulous Jooles ... Fame at last!

    Please enter me, it looks a lovely book, and big, big, congratulations!

    Love Claire xxx

  23. What an adorable project. I would love to win the book - thanks for the chance. AnnieS.

  24. That's great news Jooles!! I have to say that it was my favourite project of the magazine this month and I loved the Tilda fabric that you used! (I was thinking of using the same to make a round skirt for my daughters!)
    Congratulations for the commission and I hope that many more come your way.
    Thanks for the great chance to win this book! Pati xx

  25. Fantastic...congratulations! My Mollie Makes came through today and I had already earmarked this for the 'to do list'!

  26. Oh and I shared on facebook both on the Priddy Priddy page and as me!

  27. How fantastic, congratulations. I would love to be entered into your draw xx

  28. Congratulations - that's such fantastic news!! No wonder you were so exciting, what an amazing thing to happen!
    I'd love a chance to win - fingers crossed!
    Maria x

  29. that's fantastic Jooles - and so well deserved!
    Please count me in to your to see if you're selling these rolls as my hooks might need one...fee xx

  30. So exciting ... I think I would have burst ... well done ... it all looks great ... Bee xx

  31. Hi Jooles I have popped over from Anne of Plum Creek who gave a shout out...what an amazing project and many congratulations. Fancy seeing yourself in print...well done your work is beautiful. The new book looks gorgeous and thanks for offering it up as a giveaway, Jane x

  32. Wow Jooles,
    You are a clever lady indeed, I love your brush roll....huge congratulations on being published, it is completely and utterly deserved!
    Have a wonderful weekend, and a very HaPpY BiRtHdAy!!!!!
    Lots of love,
    Caroline x x x
    PS. Please enter me into your fab giveaway ;)

  33. I have added a link to your giveaway on my blog....fingers crossed :))))

    Caroline x x x

  34. What excitement ... and the project is delicious it's no wonder they featured the whole thing. Sarah x

  35. It must be so exciting to have a project published! You are quite creative. Thanks for the giveaway.

  36. What fab news Jooles, you are a clever little thing ;0) I bet you were super excited to see your handiwork in MM, it was very well deserved. Hope you have a super-duper birthday. June is very busy for birthdays in our family too, any excuse to eat cake! xxx

  37. So exciting for you! Ive come here whilst reading mollie makes and seeing your lovely pattern! I make something very similar with ric rac trim and put in cake forks as gifts!

  38. Well done Jooles, you deserve this exposure, your stuff is gorgeous.

  39. Hi again, I also shared this on my facebook page Made By Dolly. Sorry I cant hyperlink from this device x

  40. Well done! I was excited for you when I saw your lovely handiwork in MM. I think I will make one to hold cutlery in my picnic basket! Please count me in your giveaway.

  41. Oh Jooles, WOW!!! I am so happy for you, you totally deserve this. I will have to buy that mollie makes now just for your article. The brush roll is beautiful by the way. I love the cool, delicate colour palate and fabrics you chose. I would use it for crochet hooks. You have SUCH a talent and I'm thrilled that word is growing about your products. xx

  42. How busy are you going to be with all those birthdays!! I have already got my fabric ready for your lovely brush keeper to make for my daughter's birthday next month.

  43. Ooh, now that is exciting news! Well done!!

    June is a big birthday month in this household too ... have fun!

  44. Got my copy of Saturday and thought your project was the best one!! Absolutely lovely!

  45. OMG Jooles. I am so excited for you. I love Mollie Makes too. Please count me in for a chance to win the book. I would be so happy. Have a wonderful week. I'm smiling too!! hugs and happiness, Jane x

  46. Well Done Jules. Please count me in.

    Aire and Angel

  47. I have my mollies makes open and your 4 page spread us amazing - congratulations x

  48. What wonderful news, congratulations. Thanks for the giveaway.

  49. Congratulations, it's such a pleasure to see Mollie Makes taking care to choose and recognise such talented crafty ladies. This is very beautiful and yes you are right that birdy fabric is gorgeous xox Penny

  50. Thats a great book, please enter me :)

  51. Hi again Jooles, Please put my name in the hat again. I blogged about your giveaway on 6 June. Hoping your family has had some fun b-day celebrations. Today is my brother's b-day. I will encourage our local libraries and bookstores to stock up on the new Mollie Makes book!!

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you.....

    Anne xx
    PlumCreek Studio

  52. This is fantastic news, congratulations, I'm so happy for you :)
    (I'm very behind on my blog reading, I'm catching up slowly though so you may be seeing me popping by again soon ;p ) x x x x


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