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And the winner is (plus bonus pictures)

After lots of time numbering comments and checking facebooks and pinterests and blogs and consulting random number generators, I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the giveaway is… # 49, Samantha of The Hot Mess Housewife  Congratulations Samantha! (even if she doesn’t like licorice, which is frankly disgraceful). I’ll be in contact shortly about shipping addresses and hopefully you’ll get your goodies just in time for Christmas! The good news for the rest of you is that Samantha didn’t want the Maudella pattern, so it will appear in a future giveaway! And, for the entertainment portion of this post, here is me in the Seven Year Stitch apron, making apple pies for Thanksgiving at my in-laws lovely house.

Duck attack!

My parents have flocks of ducks on their farm in Hawaii, and every time I go home for a visit I pester them to put a clutch of eggs on to incubate. Their ducks are mainly khaki campbells and mallards, but they keep a few muscovy ducks (muscovy are to ducks what donkeys are to horses – they can breed, but their offspring will be sterile ‘mules’) as mothers.  Muscovy are much better mothers than many other duck breeds – they are devoted nest sitters, and intensely protective of their young.  My parents let their muscovys (and muscovy-cambell hybrids) create nests and lay a clutch of sterile eggs, and then they swap them out for fertile khaki campbell or mallard eggs. On my last trip home they started a clutch of eggs the week before I arrived, to hatch the week I would leave.  I waited and waited, and the darn things didn’t hatch.  On my last weekend Mum and I went away to Kalaupapa (if you haven’t read that story you really must), and when …


The giveaway is now CLOSED.  I’ll post the winner tomorrow So when I did my last giveaway I promised that I would do another giveaway soon, but this one would be sewing themed.  So, just in time for the holidays, a red, white, & green sewing giveaway. This giveaway is open to anyone in a country I can legally ship it to. So what’s up for grabs?  This: That is 1.9m of tabby weave cotton with a delicious Japanese inspired print of cherry blossoms and irises in pink, red, jade green, and black on white; bias hemming tape (you know how I love that stuff) in jade green and red; piping in red and green; bias ribbon in red and white check; thread in pale yellow, white, and two shades of green; plus a measuring tape (because you can never have too many of those). Plus, pick your favourite of these four patterns: They are: Simplicity 6276: a great early ’60s pattern with a cute shift dress, but the real prize is all the shirt …