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Quilt and Stitch Village

I’ve decided to enter another quilt competition and wondered if you also might like to?

The Quilt and Stitch Village 2013 is at Uttoxeter Racecourse (not too far from me!) from 26th-28th April 2013. I know this sounds like it’s absolutely ages away, but if you plan to make a new quilt especially for the show like I do, it’s really not all that long!

It costs £5 to enter (plus return postage costs) and you must complete the entry form and pay before the end of January. Categories are for quilts but there are also embroidery categories as well if that’s more your bag. Categories include wall hangings, innovative quilts and bed quilts, plus there’s a category for kids too. It seems a lot simpler than the Festival of Quilts and that’s not a bad thing! International and group entries are also welcome. It’s run by Sally Stephens who was the editor of Popular Patchwork during my time on Popular Crafts, so I feel like I sort of “know” her even though we only met a couple of times. More details can be found on the website HERE.

I’m planning on doing a pictorial quilt for the Innovative category (of course), but instead of my usual applique style I’m thinking of a pieced pixelated one…. but not sure of the subject matter yet! I thought of maybe making one of a musician or an actor, but nothing cliched like Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or The Beatles, someone more modern but will be iconic in the future. The only people I can think of right now are Morgan Freeman or Stephen Fry.

Would that be weird? I have other ideas if so, what do you think?

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Fat Quarter Shop Fun

There’s a big giveaway over on Quokka Quilts right now where you design your own fabric collection using those already available in the Fat Quarter Shop. It has been a lot of fun putting mine together- I love colour and Feedsack reproductions! I chose to loosely go with yellow and brown base colours, with a healthy splash of teal and a bit of red….

Also you may like to know that issue 2 of Crafteroo Magazine is out right now! To be perfectly honest I’m glad to see the back of this issue, it’s been a lot of hard work. I’m going to sit on my new slouchy sofa with beans on toast and watch Charlie Brooker’s Review of the Year because I deserve it 😉

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PennyDog’s Bumper Jewellery Giveaway

I’m having a big clearout at home because I’m sick of living and working in a dump. None of my craft stuff has a permanent home yet because of financing the garage renovation, so this week is the week it get SORTED, or at least we start to.

I’ve also been entering a lot of giveaways in the blogosphere recently so it’s only fair I offer you one, dear reader! And also it will help me clearout some of the stuff I keep clinging on to…

So here’s the prize….

That’s right, three pieces of jewellery for one lucky winner each representing different times in my jewellery making life, here’s more info about them…


This necklace I made 3-4 years ago with precious metal clay, which means it is 99.9% pure silver (though I have added a patina to it which is why parts look dark). The stone in the middle is a garnet and I remember setting it to be a total nightmare and after shouting at it, my OH set it for me, cos he’s good like that. The chain and jump ring are sterling silver and I still have a tag on it from a fair, priced at £28.


This one is even older, I’ll have probably made it whilst I was at sixth form, or the first year of university. Beadweaving was my thing back then when I was less impatient and time-poor, and this small to medium size bracelet is circular peyote in pink around a memory wire core with a magnetic fastener. I remember magnetic fasteners were really hard to get hold of in the UK at the time- they were the new thing! This was around the time when Bead and Button had to be specially ordered from The States though as it wasn’t readily available in Smiths. The clear embellishments on it are tumbled chips of rock crystal. Shiny.


Last but not least, this piece is about 18 months old and is pretty fabric in resin on a black ribbon necklace. I just randomly selected this from my £12 craft fair display since I don’t sell jewellery at fairs at the moment.

So there you are, three pieces of handmade jewellery retailing at around £50. To enter to win, leave me a comment on this thread before midnight on Sunday 30th and I will draw the winner on Monday 31st October 🙂

Surprise surprise!

I’ve won TWO online competitions over the last 7 days!

Last Wednesday I received a lovely drawsting ringArose project bag (which I now use as a handbag for my masses of stuff- including some sewing!) that i had won in a Crafts Beautiful online giveaway. I’ve had a lot of nice comments about it already. It’s this “Bow Ties” bag (though the colours seem a bit brighter in the picture, mine is more of a paler blue), and it retails for £29.99…

My next win I was notified of this morning. Remember my post about the sew-alongs? Well a picture from each sew-along is selected from the Flickr pools each week (so four prizes each- 12 in total) and my picture from my first week on the “In a Pear Tree” project won! I also got the book I wanted out of the bundle too which was fantastic luck!

Here’s my picture….

And here’s my prize!

Exciting times!

Chocolate winner

I know I am really late with this one, but I have been so busy making Jesus replicas (yes seriously) that I only just drew this now. The winner is Amber!

Congrats, I will be making you a fresh choccie box very soon!

Chocolate Giveaway! Yes- seriously!

Some of you will know that I am working on setting up a chocolate business as I plan to0 give up the craft fair side of PennyDog in the New Year and instead tour with my new venture! At the minute I am working on my recipes (official testers for the new recipes wanted for the website BTW if you are interested in free chocs!) and I am waiting for my assessment date for my food safety certificate and having a new website built so it won’t be happening this side of Christmas unfortunately.

Anyway, the fun part! I have this milk chocolate “sewing box” with white chocolate sewing paraphenalia inside up for grabs! If you would like it, all you have to do is leave a comment and/or go on Twitter and tweet the following, “I want to win the choccy giveaway on @pennydog’s blog! https://pennydog.wordpress.com”. UK only entries please to ensure it gets to the winner in the best condition.

The winner will be drawn on 8th November- good luck!

A couple of quick things…

Firstly, the Flickr competition has been extended until Christmas now as I am adding more bezels to the shop later and it would be unfair to release these so close to deadline. The group explains what is goiung on, but basically if you take a picture of anything you have made with a PennyDog acrylic bezel and post it there, you could win a lot more of them!

Secondly I have put some of Penny’s best moments on Facebook, these pictures make me smile and I hope it will help to undo making so many people cry!

I need your help bezel fans!

Since I posted about the cupcake bezel class, it seems loads of people want to get hold of that shape, moreso than the hearts and stars, so I wondered, what other shapes should I start to offer? I plan to introduce the cupcakes to the range very soon, so this is the current list;

* Heart Pendant (black, though white is on the way!)
* Star Pendant (black, again white on the way)
* Bracelet Squares (black, white on the way)
* Bangles (white)
* Circle Pendant (white)
* Cupcake pendant (white)

I’m thinking maybe ring blanks at this stage? Suggestions please! 🙂

Don’t forget to enter the bezel competition! www.flickr.com/groups/pennydogbezelcomp

They are here! Plus Flickr competition!

The acrylic bezels are here! I spend all last night gluing these babies together! There are plans for more styles and colours to be available very soon so watch this space, for the time being there are hearts, stars and bracelet components both singly and in packs of 6 available in black.

I’m running a mini competition on Flickr until October 31st in light of this. If you buy one of these bezels, please photograph what you make with it and enter it here, I will then choose the most striking and/or imaginative piece as the winner. The winner will receive a bracelet multipack plus two more bezels of their choice and will be contacted via FlickrMail week commencing 1st November.

And the winner is…

So with 30 comments and 11 tweets, I organised them comments first, then tweets in date and time order…

The winning number was 30 as picked by random.org, which means that the last posted comment is the winner of the voucher! Well done Sophie! Vucher is coming over to you now!