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Looking back to look forward and a giveaway

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Birthdays are the only times I look backwards and forwards. Normally I just focus on what's in front of me at the moment and don't contemplate the past or future much, that tends to lead to disorganization, maybe it's worth it for the sake of a little more peace of mind.

Celebrating a fourth birthday here on NM has made me realize how much I depend on this journal to document family life as well as creative endeavours. If I were to plan the next year, amongst the many things I want to do is return to documenting more in print, not just digitally. 

Pattern bundle

This past year I've loved squeezing in crochet time. I tried mixing this new crush on crochet with my old love of found pottery fragments. Inspired by Margie's sea glass and crochet necklaces, I realized I could show off some of my favourite pieces using crochet so I've made a few necklaces for myself and for gifts.

The piece above was found in our garden, it's probably Victorian. I loved finding this little bunch of flowers and knew I wanted to pair it with some vintage blue cotton and antique glass buttons. The necklace will be my first blog birthday prize.

A second winner will receive the Anna Tunic pattern by Amy Butler along with a few pieces of fabric (pattern details here). The fabrics aren't large enough to make the Tunic but they're not small enough to call scraps either. The pattern was a surprise gift when I renewed my Selvedge subscription and though I like the pattern, I know there's a whole lot of other sewing I want to do before I'd ever get around to making it for myself.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me what you've most enjoyed making over the past year. The contest will end on Friday, June 3rd when I draw the name of two winners. I will post each prize anywhere in the world so it is open to everyone. Please make sure your email is entered when you comment.

Bunny-pattern,-small And not to leave out another of my firm favourites, embroidery, I will offer this free pattern to all who request it. It's inspired by Gracie and the dozens of bunnies enjoying our overgrown garden at the moment, including a baby bunny that's entirely black!

On a side note, in addition to bunnies, I'm loving drawing, stitching and photographing birds right now and caught site of a pair of bullfinches yesterday - fantastic, nearly neon red breasts. Speaking of amazing birds and amazing Margie, look at these. Wish I could see the show she's curating here which features five incredibly talented, bird-loving artists.

Have a happy Monday.





Jenna Nelson

I got a new nephew this year and I have LOVED making softies and buddies for him.

Silvia - MadameRenard

This year I discovered softies and I made a lot of them!
But probably my favourite project is the patchwork pillow I'm making in these days!
Thank you for this giveaway!!!

Sherri I

I loved making a mini quilt as it inspired me to finish a quilt top and helped me get back to a regular quilting time. Thanks for sharing!


oh my friend, what a nice & generous giveaway you're hosting (as always, I must add !) I will not take part since I already have lots of Joanie's handmade goodness around me & prefer to leave others to have an extra chance to get something from you.
Wishing you a good start of the week. Short school week over here, Thursday is a bank holiday & Friday will be off for everyone.


I really loved (and am still loving as I'm not finished!) making bird wing costumes for my DD's pre school class, it's great to sew with shiny lame and cut up colourful felt!
Also I loved making my DD's 4th Bday tutu and corset top recently, 4th Bdays r great!


I did a quilt for my son as my very 1st sewing activity. Took me long time but turned out better than I guessed.
Thanks for the chance for the beautiful pattern and fabrics.


I really enjoyed making felt birds and crochet hearts with lace kind of structures.

I love to receive the bunny pattern, Gracie makes such lovely drawings !

margie oomen

new friends
colorful pieces of natural dyed fabrics
thank you so much joanie for the chance at this giveaway


I loved making the mosaic for Bodsham school as a leaving present from all the year 6's. All the children put their own little mark on it and it hangs next to the schoolgate so all the the children and other parents can enjoy it every day when they walk passed it. Love the necklace Joan! Looks beautiful.


I love collecting sea glass and sea pottery and I love crochet but cannot do it. Your pendant is really lovely!
Please include me in your giveaway!


Oh, I would so love a copy of the embroidery pattern!


I've just finished my first ripple blanket but I enjoyed making a kaleidoscope quilt the most!!
I would love a copy of your embroidery pattern please!


My fave project was making some new pillows for my parents new ranch house. They turned out lovely! I'd love the bunny pattern, please. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Karen Farley

I have A dutch rabbit named Emma. Please send me your free bunny and baby pattern. It is tooo cute. Thanks.

Cynthia Johnson

I would be so happy to have one of your bunny give aways! Your site is beautiful~soft and loving.
Thank you! Cynthia


Those bunnies are adorable!! I think I may embroider them on nightgowns for my little girls. Thank you for sharing!! :)

Becky Stancill

I rediscovered hand embroidery this year and have been stitching up a storm. Designed and stitched a remembrance of a party we threw last fall that we hope to make an annual event.

Thanks for the cahnce to win the fantastic prizes. I would love to stitch up the sweet bunny pattern for my Grand Daughter.


please send me your free bunny pattern, it's just the thing to decorate a storage bag I'm making for my baby daughter
Thank you


Happy blog birthday, Joanie! I love the necklace. My favourite thing to make the past year has been hand made soap -- my new passion/obsession. I won a sachet in your last giveaway so please don't include me in the giveaway, as much as I love both items. I just wanted to send you "birthday" wishes.

Jane T in NW Louisiana

This has nothing to do with crafting, but the best thing I have made this year using my mother's recipe is bread pudding that is as light as a marshmallow. Happy blogversary!!!


I have enjoyed combining embroidery with felt pieces. And hand sewing in general. Fabulous for roadtrips. And I would LOVE your embroidery pattern. It will be perfect for my daughter starting Kindy in the fall. Thank-you!

Desi wilson

Yes, please I would love to have the bunny embroidery pattern.


Hapy blog birthday again, Joanie! I'm so glad for your online presence and inspiration, and for your friendship. I really hope we have a chance to collaborate on some project soon. And it would be a fantasy fulfilled to see you and Nanou at Margie's show in July. Can we start a fund or something?

No need to enter me in the drawing, since I too am a very happy recipient of your wonderful handmade goodies. But I would love to have the bunny embroidery pattern to tuck away for a future crafty time. My favorite craft this year was definitely the first Cuddle Bunny I made for my son. So much love in the making and the continued cuddling and play!

Evelene Sterling

I am currently enjoying making ruffled aprons for myself and my friends and family. bimbi9 at verizon dot net
Thanks for a chance to win.

Evelene Sterling

I would love a copy of those cute bunnies to embroider also. Thanks bimbi9 at verizon dot net

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