Sunday, April 24, 2011

Title's too long to write...,

  It's the Countryside Softies, book blog tour, book giveaway, live web chat, plus retro Owl post!

Have you been following the tour?  So far it's been to Australia, USA, USA again, the UK, back to Aus, the off to Finland.  Today it's my turn, so, let's get down to business ::

1. Have you got the book?, if not, you can get it either from here or a signed copy direct from me on Etsy.

2. Leave a comment on this post by midnight (GMT) on Friday 29th April, and you will be in with a chance to win a copy.  You can also win a copy at every stop on the book tour and don't forget there is nothing to stop you commenting on every post so you go into every draw.

3. All the book winners will then move onto a separate draw to win the Robin Softie.

4. If you have got the book, please do join the Countryside Softies Flickr group and post your creations.

5. There's also the Lucykate Crafts... Facebook group as another way of keeping up to date with design news etc...

6. This evening (as in easter Sunday), I will be here online from 9pm (GMT), see down at the bottom of the blog, there is a Wibiya bar, click the 'join chat' icon and sign in, this will open up a chat room box which is where I will be (not literally, but you know what I mean)

Don't worry about me being a 'billy no mates' for my web chat.  When I say I'll be here live, it will involve sitting by the computer with my feet up, a bit of sewing on the go, a (large) glass of Pimms and an easter egg with the chat box open.

Talking of sewing, remember my hankering for all things retro, Lucienne Day-ish, and the fabrics which I bought?  Well, here is the result.  Taking a motif from the atomic design era,


and we have eyes,


add a little embroidered cross hatching for a crest, 


and we have an Owl.  A retro Owl.


Although once I'd finished, I wished I'd used greens and browns instead.  Guess that's my sewing for this evening sorted!

Well, if you're around later, I'll see you for the crafty web chat, if not, the there's the rest of the tour to follow, continuing tomorrow with the lovely Manda...

monday 25th april - treefall design 
tuesday 26th april - i heart linen 
wednesday 27th april - sometimes crafter 
thursday 28th april - plush you 
friday 29th april - allsorts

70 comments:

Michelle said...

looks like a fabulous book. Would love to included in the draw to win a copy :) x

Jopsy said...

Hello
Very excited about the chance to WIN! If I don't I will treat myself to your book anyway (As I bought it my sis & I NEED one now!)
Hope chat goes well x

Therese Marie said...

Wow, love the eyes on that owl. You are so creative. Do hope to win a copy of your book. Would love to have a go at a number of the softies I have seen pictures of so far. I am following the tour and am loving the opportunity to get to know some new blogs. Good luck with the chat later on.

Colleen said...

I am so excited about the book! You have the most adorable designs! Thank you so much! :)

Lisa Marie said...

Every picture of every animal from this book is adorable! Thanks for the chance to win.

Esther said...

It looks a fabulous book and many of the photos I have seen are animals I could make for boys and in my family that is a major consideration. Love the owl too.

Vicki K. said...

Ohhh...the blue looks so soft on the owl - sweet, sweet! I've been following several of the sites for the book tour - I like how different things strike each of the hosts.

MummyCat said...

I would love to win this book so please add me to this freebie x

Jacqui said...

This really does look like the best book. I've got a birthday coming up, so if I don't get lucky on the tour I know what I'm getting myself for a present! I'm particularly excited about the squirrel I gather is in the book, but those bunnies and the hedgihogs (been watching too much Charlie and Lola) are pretty darn adorable too. Thanks for the chance to win!

Bagladee said...

Gorgeous little owl, I think the colours are lovely very fitting for this time of year. Would love to win a copy of your book,

thanks
Emma x

Plushpussycat said...

Love your book, love the critters, love your retro owl! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book! :-)

WoolenSails said...

Love how the owl came out, and love the colors you used. Enjoying touring on the hop and meeting new bloggers.

Debbie

Sharon said...

Your book looks wonderful, please add me to the draw. :)

Best of luck with everything, I love the style of your softies!

Thank you!
Sharon.

Bettina Groh said...

Lili and I love your softies and would love to win your book. It's neat to have a grand daughter who loves the things you do! Please enter us in the drawing.

Julie in WA said...

I think your owl is perfect wearing those colors! I'd love a copy of the book!

Sarita said...

I would love a copy of this book! It looks amazing.

Claire said...

I love retro owl!
And yes please, I'd love the chance to win one of your books!
xx

JO SOWERBY said...

aw the owl is well cute and i adore the colours. if he wants a foster mum he can fly by somerset and live with me and my other owl adoptees,
Jo xxxx

kerrie said...

Hi Amy .. I love your book .. so gorgeous!! I would love to win a copy. All the creatures from it that I have seen so far are wonderful. The fox is very cute!! Thank you.

jojoebi said...

please put my name in the hat! I am in love with the fox on the front cover :o)

Bron66 said...

I would love to win your beautiful book! So inspiring. The animals look so cute!

quilary said...

Looks like a beautiful book, I'd love to be entered. Thanks!

mandy said...

I love your softies, very adorable! I would love to be entered to win your book.

VickiT said...

This book looks like a great one to have. It would be fun too let my Granddaughter pick out any animal she would like me to make for her. They are all just so adorable in the book from those I've seen during the blog hop so far. Great job! The owl in your post today is super cute and I really love those eyes. Awesome job.

Ramona said...

Your book so wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win it. If not, I will be purchasing it as the critters are so darn cute!

ramona_murray at comcast dot net

Bev C said...

Hello,

That owl is super,love that you don't need huge amount of supplies to make your projects.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Pepa said...

I love your soft owl. The gray-blue wool and the funny pink fabric is perfect for it. Congratulations.

Sandy said...

What a great book....and I love that cute owl. I would love to win this book and thank you for sharing!

Sandra :) said...

I've had your book on my wishlist since I found a preview weeks ago that showed a bunch of the amazing projects in it - if I'm not lucky enough to win a copy I'll hit the "checkout" button on Amazon and order it, lol. Thank you for such an inspiring book, and thank you for this fun blog hop and all the chances we have to win a copy!

inkywu said...

The fox on the cover steal my heart. I am following the tour and hoping I can get a copy of the book. Thank you for doing the give away.

Maman A Droit said...

I'd love to make some of these animals for my toddler-they're soo cute!

Lise said...

I love the way you did the owl's eyes, very pretty and creative... That's such a nice howl !

Bozena said...

Your owl is terrific!
I'd like to win a copy of this beautiful book
Bozena from France

Lisnaweary Quilts said...

Your book looks really great, love Mr Fox on the front cover!

Little Creatable said...

I love this book! I love this owl...so much goodness all in one post *eek*

MadCraftyMama said...

Such gorgeous little creatures! And unique! And, oh that owl!! Love it!

Deb said...

I'd love to win the softies book. Thanks for entering me.

Little Green Doll said...

All the projects in your book are so wonderful!! I'm sure it'll be a success!! Thanks for this giveaway!! :)

gill said...

Looks a great book!
Count me in please!

edyB said...

Love your retro owl! He's a Cutie!!!
The book is fun ~ would love to win a copy.
Thanks for a chance to do so...

yorkie mom said...

I love that book...so want to win it! Thanks for the chance! Allison gougeonathome@charter.net

julia said...

yay...i've just received my copy of your book and i love it! my family not that much, because now i'm looking at their clothing with a completely different eye (my mom's new cashmere sweater was already claimed if it will ever be worn out...hehe).

Jenny Kearney said...

Your book looks wonderful and if I'm not lucky enough to win a copy I'll be buying one shortly :)

Laura said...

I just can't get over how cute that fox is! Would love to win this book!

petajean said...

Your fox on the cover has so much character!

Georgia said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous softies. I just found out about you from ric rac. Love the expression in their faces!!!!!

Penny said...

Love the owl & would love to win the book!

Jagels said...

I love the owl, he's so cute. i would love to have your book . thanks.

Annabanana said...

Oh, I would love, love, love to win a copy of your book ! All of the softies are adorable !

Scented Sweetpeas said...

Please enter me into your giveaway, I do love your creations, so cute!

Mhairi said...

I love your owl!!!.
Would love to win this book as I love softies and would like some more ideas.

Indianna said...

I love all the cute critters. Now I've a use for those jumpers I've been hanging on to....now they can be rabbits :o)

~Kathleen said...

What a cute retro owl! You are so talented, I can't believe it. I love to see what you come up with next. :)

Wendy said...

Thanks for a great giveaway, I'd love your book!

Renee said...

Congratulations!
You have been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award. Check out the post here - http://reneeschirpings.blogspot.com/2011/04/versatile-blogger-award.html
Renee

Clare said...

your owl is perfect - what fun you must have playing with all tht fabric.

Fintage said...

I would love a copy of your book, would you send it internationally if I was lucky enough to win though? If not, I'll just have to wait til it comes out in NZ and go buy a copy :)

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Love your inspired owl, what a hoot eh! ; ) Really see the retro style coming through.

Vickie said...

Your creations are so wonderful and whimsical - loving the owl!!! Congrats on your book! I know it will be a best seller....

Vickie C

Mimi said...

I love, love, love your whimsical style... wish I could make lovelies like you! Maybe if I win the book I can learn and try. Thanks for the chance!!

Paty Patch said...

How lovely!

JakDeeandKids said...

Wow! It looks like a great book -- Congrats! Thanks for the chance to win it!

Elisa said...

I would love to win a copy of your book, I've been reading your blog for a good while now and find it a wondeful source of inspiration! I particularly like the gorgeous, soft, muted down colours of your softies.

Byrney said...

Ooo I would love the chace to win a copy, it looks great.

Saule said...

Your book looks wonderful, please add me to the draw. :)
Thanks for the chance to win it!

Saule from Lithuania

Storycloth said...

The owl is really gorgeous. Gilly

Teri said...

Oh I really want your book, and since I am on a spending freeze winning would rock!

Steph said...

Just found your book this morning. If I don't win a copy in the blog tour I'll be buying it. It looks perfect!

Béra Dijon said...

I'm absolutely addict with your creations. You now marriage wool and cotton, add a simple details which change all. Like everyone, I'd like to win your book. I'd like to make all your softies. I made fancy peacok but I could not give it The Life like we are used to make. Thanks
(My english isn't very good)
Béatrice

Miranda said...

The book looks so great. Would be awesome to win. I LOVE! LOVE! The owl. I have a thing for owls anyway :)