Feb 5, 2013

An anniversary is a'coming

Greetings from snowy Pennsylvania.  Not much.  Just enough to aggravate me.  Nitzy (short for Nitwit) loves it.  Since all three love cardboard boxes, I open the flaps and tape them at the corners so they have a deep box to play in.  Some are completely covered with large plastic bags and taped to stay dry.  My deck looks like inventory day at Wal-Mart.  

So here's the deal...my blogging anniversary will be February 14 and you know that means another offering.  I clicked on my blog archive and went back to the very post here.   One thing about that post is not true.  I was ashamed to admit it in the beginning, but I DO eat treats and chocolate while stitching!  I guess I've come a long way, admitting to a multitude of needlework etiquette failures through this last year.  I continued reading and saw that some finishing methods changed as did my attitude about stitching properly.  The only constant has been menopause, my love of samplers and santas, and I still have trouble cutting into a full yard of linen.
  My side bar shows 16 giveaways in these two years, but I can't remember to always label a post and I think there were more. 
 This one will be for the tissue box, since I received so many nice emails and comments about it.   I can always make another for myself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It's dark brown with a tiny bit of red, some dark blue, and natural wood showing through the primitive paint finish on  1/4" wood.
 If you would like to enter for the drawing to be held Valentine's Day at 5pm EST, please leave your entry in the comments on THIS POST ONLY.  No-reply must leave email or name and initials.
 
I want to sincerely thank you all for the friendship and help through blogging these last two years.  I was so afraid to start, and now so glad I did.  I seriously doubt that I would have started stitching again without feeling this connection to others who share their needle's work and inspire many.  For us gals without a shop, your blogs are our source for new items, and old ones we've missed, ideas for finishing, along with the sharing of your tips.
So again I thank you, not only for your visits with me, but for inviting me into your stitching realm.
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119 comments:

Erica said...

What a generous offer!
Your tissue box is a work of art!
I would be honored to be included in your drawing!
Happy Blogiversary!

WoolenSails said...

My kitties do not like the snow, they are happy to stay in, in the winter. I do have strays that seem to like my porch better than other homes, so we have some beds under the benches for them.

Debbie

CarolG said...

Oh I love that tissue box! Pick me, pick me! Please enter me in your drawing - thanks for the opportunity to win such a beautiful work of art!

Angela Cruz-Garcia said...

Your finishing work is beautiful. Please count me in!

jan said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I enjoy your blog for both stitching and kitties. You have great ideas for displaying your work, including the lovely tissue box cover you are offering in your giveaway. ... jan r.

Jan - Life on Buttermilk Hill said...

Hi Marly! Haha! At first I thought you were posting about a homeless shelter for kitties! So glad Nitwit is just camping in the snow!! I would love to be entered for a chance to win the tissue box...it is a beauty!---Jan

Laurie in Iowa said...

Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for the opportunity to win that gorgeous tissue box.

Connie said...

What a wonderful gift. Please enter me in the drawing. Happy Anniversary!
Connie L

Penny said...

Love that tissue box.... And would love to be entered for a chance to win it! Thanks, Marly, and happy blog anniversary!
Penny D.

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wonderful...love the tissue box...please include me.
Happy Anniversary...always fun to visit.
Robyn

Evelyne said...

Happy Anniversary Marly!!
Please enter me in the drawing, because maybe that day i need tissues, it's the day for the results of my husbands cancer!

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your"no-nonsense" approach to life and stitching as I have mentioned before. Sometimes when you takes those short cuts through life and crafting, you wonder--"Am I the only one who does this?" Thank you for acknowledging that I am not alone. The tissue box is wonderful and LOVE the cat photo!
Pat
quin10va@cox.net

Lizzy said...

So enjoy your blog and it would just wonderful to win. I have been inspired to stitch Santas, as I have quite a few patterns. Thanks

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Would love to be in the draw for your very original and lovely tissue box. Irene xxx

Krista said...

Happy anniversary, Marly! I have so enjoyed reading your blog over the past year and seeing all of your crafts and stitching. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Carmen Sutton said...

Happy Anniversary! I have so loved checking on your blog, lots of lovely ideas, finished projects, how tos along with your wonderful products Thanks!
So please keep on blogging as I'm sure that I'm not the only one that enjoys checking in.
You have been most generous in your give aways this reminds me I need to get on with mine.

Faye said...

Congrats on another anniversary and doubled thumbs up on a most fantastic giveaway..... I cherish each of my Marly boxes and would be thrilled to have a tissue cover to use as a complimentary piece.... Each are so beautiful... Here's to Many more fantastic giveaways and inspirations!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Happy Blogiversary ... What a perfect date. I just read your post from 2011. Time heals...not always 100%. Sounds like those menopausal episodes are still with you. I am very fortunate to say that I never had that problem and if I did it was not at all noticeable to me. Your kitties are so entertaining. I hope to get some after we relocate to Utah. No more calif., after this year.
Again you are being more than generous and I would be so pleased to be the proud winner of your tissue box. (email: momshoresbarb@yahoo.com)

Thanks, I always enjoy visiting, Barb

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary, Marly! I would love to give that sweet tissue box a home in my craft room, right next to my stitching chair. What a generous and thoughtful giveaway!

TishaK said...

Happy anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and particularly about your PC struggles. Please enter me in your generous giveaway.

Katherine said...

The boxes must be a cat thing as mine likes them too. Odd, he seems to like being covered - he'll go under the couch, up on the dining room chairs that are pushed under the table, and of course, under the bed. My anniversary is this month too! I have to go get myself organized! Congrats.

~*Sharee*~ said...

How sweet hun; I'd love to be entered for a chance to win this beautiful tissue box..:) Happy Blogaversary also..time goes so by so fast..


Hugs, Shar

Bertie said...

Good gracious Marly those 2 years have flown by!! And to hear you eat chocolate and treats when stitching is really a no no LOL, enjoy it when you can is all I say:)
I would love to enter your fabulous draw, thank you.
Have a good week:)

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Marly, I would sooo love to have one of your pieces. They are all amazing looking. Aren't kitties wonderful? A cardboard box and they are happy. And our two "fight" over turf rights!
Hugs,
Susan

Margaret said...

You know I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! Happy blogiversary! lol about your back porch. Too cute! Cats rule our lives after all!

Lanie said...

Marly you are always so generous with us! Yes, Yes I would love to be included with you Anniversary give away! Your tissue box is fabulous.
You so eloquently expressed my exact sentiments about our stitching community. Always a source of inspiration. And I include YOU as one of the best!

Carol said...

Happy blogiversary, Marly. I love, the tissue box and as usual am very impressed with your talent and creative ideas. Please enter my name in the drawing.

Bonnie said...

Hi Marly,
I would love to win that tissue box. Please enter me in the drawing.

pipersmom said...

Thanks Marly! Happy Blogaversary! This tissue box is lovely and would go beautiful with the wonderful pears that you have so generously given us the patterns for. Wow! Someone is going to be very lucky!

Sandy/NY

Kathy L. said...

HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSERY I am so happy you started a blog 2 years ago. I am still too chicken to go for it but am thinking about it thanks to you and so many others who are so inspiring. I love to read your blog. It is one of my very favorites. I love the tissue box too. You are so very good at making things.

Congrats on 2 wonderful years.

Kathy

msmartello said...

I love your blog and would love to be included in your drawing! You are an inspiration to us all.
My email is tmartell@rochester.rr.com My blog is http:// stitchorizeit.wordpress.com
Thanks

Maureen

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Aww...Marly, I'm glad you are here too! It's been fun visiting with you. Happy Anniversary!

Terry S. said...

Happy Anniversary!! Love to be entered in your giveaway. I love my other Marly Sampler boxes & your blog - you are so good to your cats or brats as you call them.

Vanessa said...

Happy Blogoversary! I do enjoy your blog and you do beautiful work. I myself have been through the valley of hell known as menopause, and am finally coming out on the other side, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel...albeit very dim at times! The tissue box is beautiful and I would love a chance to win it.

Michele said...

First , Thanks for starting to stitch again,you have been my constant inspiration as i also have just started to enjoy stitching again in the last two years.I find your blog funny-silly and so full of great idea's and i love your constant crazy rants...I also love each and every single box you have ever done .Wish i could have them all. I would love to be entered for your tissue box. Thanks for your blog and each entry as i look foward to them all the time. Michele

Carole W. said...

Wonderful "give-away".....I surely would have made it to good use the past two weeks having one of those nasty, sinusy, crummy colds!! Reading your first "post", and thinking about your "respite" from stitching, look at all you've accomplished since you picked that little 'ol
needle, fiber and linen again...
congrats on your anniversary...please include me in your drawing, too!

Linda said...

What a great giveaway. I so enjoy reading your blog. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Linda

Deborah said...

Thanks fir having another great giveaway! I have the perfect spot the tissue box if I were lucky enough to win.

Simple Pleasure said...

Marly
Congratulations on your upcoming blogiversary. I think I'll take some time to go back and read your early posts. I truly enjoy the knowledge, eye-candy creations, patterns, wit, and humor you share with your followers.
It would be an honor to be entered in your giveaway.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

countrykathy said...

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I so enjoy your blog and learn a great deal from it. I just finished the heart pear and love how it turned out.
Please do enter me in your tissue box drawing. It is truly lovely and I would love owning it.
Many thanks and happy stitching.

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Your blog is one that I "save" for last to read since it's always so entertaining! I, too, am going through menopause and so I totally "get" what you're dealing with.

I don't always comment, but I always read. And I've pinned several of your beautiful finishes, most especially the tissue box which I just LOVE!

Congratulations on your blogiversary!

Jeanny said...

A wunderful tissue box, I love it!

MJ Hunt said...

Marly your blog is SOOO fun and informative. So glad to be included in your give-away! Loved the picture of Nitzy! MJ

Catherine said...

It 's snowing in my part of PA right now! I'd love a chance to have this piece ~ love it!

Melody said...

Happy Blogoversary!
I'd love to be included in your giveaway!

Cute snowy pictures of the cat. :)

Jodi S said...

I just love your tissue box! Very nice! I would love to be considered for it! Happy Blogoversary!

Stitcher57 said...

I'd love to be entered in your give away! :). I love A & E things.
Janet

CJ said...

That tissue box is fantastic. I would love to have it or at least a tutorial on how to do it. Love your blog and your pears.

CJ

Maggee said...

My blogoversary is the 15th! Tho it will be 4 years...with Blogger, that is! But nonetheless... we are practically twins! I have a birthday coming this Friday, so I have to get busy posting for a giveaway to celebrate all this goodness! Hugs!

dq said...

great give away please include me
dq

Anonymous said...

I was just recently introduced to your blog by my daughter.
I would love to win the
tissue box.
Marilyn (lmshetler@embarqmail.com

Jen B said...

Happy upcoming blog-iversary!! I love your blog, the boxes I purchased and your stitching! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway too!!

Kath said...

I had to laugh at the thought of kitties in the box covered in plastic watching it snow! Too funny.

What a generous offer of the tissue box. Here's hoping you draw my name. I just found your blog in the fall of 2012 and I love visiting you and reading all about your stitching and the wonderful projects you've completed. Thanks so much for blogging....

Kellie from Indiana said...

Happy anniversary! I would love to be included in the giveaway! I love your blog so, I am happy you got it started.

Myra said...

Silly kitty! My Ziggy loves boxes too and has his own "cathouse" outside. :o) Happy anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing all your new creations. I would be thrilled if you chose me as the winner.

Gabi said...

What a gorgeous give away. I would love to win that box.
Love the picture of your snowy kitty.

Barb said...

Your blog is always a pleasure to read. I would love to be entered in your drawing. I love that tissue holder!

jonette said...

Congratulations!!! Love the tissue holder and would be delighted to win. Would like to buy one if you offer them for sale.

Rebecca said...

Marly, You are sooo kind. The giveaway is wonderful.
Love the post about the kitty's. My cat use to love playing in boxes too. He also loved going out on the screened in front porch exspecially when it was snowing. One night he got out there when I came home late from work and ended up staying out there all night to my dismay the next morning.
He is gone know several years over but I still miss him alot and forgot about that episode until your post. Thanks for helping to recall my memories of him. Enjoy your kitties and give them a hug from me.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
I am so happy you decided to blog. I enjoy each and every post of yours. You do make us laugh and for that I thank you.
This is a wonderful give-away, but please don't enter me since I was a lucky winner in the past!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Stacey Larson said...

Happy Blogaversary. I love reading your blog - I am taking a class in a few weeks on how to stitch Samplers. I'm off to applique academy next week but look forward to returning and starting my new project. :)

Your tissue box is GORGEOUS. I am inspired by your work. Thanks for a great blog.

sandi s said...

Happy Blogaversary! I love seeing what you are working on and reading your blog. Thank you for the freebies you give us also! szil949@yahoo.com

Cricket-bug Corner said...

pick me pick me!! Love that box!! You are so talented!!

quiltygirl1 said...

Happy anniversary! Happy Valentine's Day, too. I love your blog and stitching goodies.

quiltygirl1 said...

I should have added my email to the above post, rashorter@embarqmail.com as when I try to contact you, something goes not right!

Anonymous said...

Marly, I'm so happy you started this blog and that I happened to find it one day while googling a cross stitch pattern. You have helped me to rediscover my love of samplers and I look forward to reading your blog. Please enter my name in the giveaway.
Blondegrl7@gmail.com

Nancy said...

I love the box. I sure do enjoy your blog. Samplers is all I stitch and have for years. Nancy P.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

How sweet. This would be so nice to have in my office. Sign me up and i will be back on Valentines to cheer for the winner and celebrate your anniversary. CJ in OK

Jubama said...

beautiful tissue box !!! happy anniversary !

Ellen said...

You know I am a sucker for boxes of all kinds ha ha! Thank you for the chance to own this beautiful tissue box!

Happy Blogoversary!

Hugs,

Christine said...

Happy Blogoversary! I love the picture of your cat in the cardboard igloo

Damenana said...

Bon anniversaire de France... Je reste sans voix devant votre belle boîte, et qu'elle chance de pouvoir participer même si je ne me fait pas d'illusion .. Comme je suis sur l'autre continent je continuerai a vous visiter régulièrement pour admirerez les beaux ouvrages comme je l'ai fait cette année..
Douce journée créative
Nana

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! on your 2nd anniversary!!! I look forward to reading your entertaining blog every day. Joann macnro@ct.metrocast.net

Vonny said...

Hello - Congratulations from France - I'm so delighted to read your posts - J aime beaucoup vos boites rondes et encore plus cette boite pour mouchoirs - Bravo - j'ai meme brodé un petit ABC que vous avez gentiement offert - Thanks for all - Take care - Vonny from France -

MarianneD said...

Congratulations from the Netherlands!
Beautiful tissue-box,a treasure in the bathroom!
Happy cross-stitching,Marianne

Chris said...

Funny cat!
Please enter my name in the drawing. I just love the tissue box.
Thanks for the chance!

santadeb said...

Beautiful Box, I Love my sampler boxes so much and this would match!!
Deb @deboswell@cox.net

cucki said...

What a generous giveaway..
Your tissue box is so beautiful..
I would be so happy to be included in your drawing...
Happy Blogiversary!

bluetit said...

thanks for this idea
happy birtday
kisses from burgondy

terry a said...

WOW, what a fabulous offer for us! Thank you!
Terry

Heidi Kuijer said...

I stopped in to see if you had any new sampler pears. I want to start stitching them. But I would love to throw my hat into the ring for a chance to win. I never win these things but oh well.

Chocolate and stitching? You mean that is not normal? Isn't that why some stitcher invented dyed linen...to hide our chocolate finger marks? Lol!

Thanks for those wonderful pears which I cannot wait to start stitching.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi
email: lacemaker1899@yahoo.com or heididollquilts@gmail.com

Ruth said...

Your boxes are beautiful and especially this tissue box. Please enter my name in your generous giveaway.
Ruth on the First Coast

Shirlee said...

Congratulations on 2nd anniversary! I'm so glad you started blogging my friend ... otherwise I would've never gotten to know you & your wonderful wit. I also would've never been influenced oh so easily to purchase upteen PS Santa charts, none of which have been stitched thus far! Please do include me in the drawing for the tissue box. It is lovely!

Anonymous said...

As always, Marly, I love your post and all your finishes. I am getting ready to make the February pear...can't wait. Please enter me into the tissue box drawing. My email is sandidurkee@yahoo.com for notification.

J9 said...

Happy Anniversary. The tissue box is stunning. Thanks for the opportunity to win it. I loved the picture of your cat in the snow. My cats have never enjoyed the snow and neither does my mini dachshund despite have a wonderful wool sweater to wear. I guess I can't blame him since the snow is higher than he is tall.

Peggy Lee said...

Happy blogaversary! I am sitting in the dentist chair right now. My tooth has been ground down to a nub and I'm waiting for my crown to bake. I could use your gorgeous box for my boo-hoo tissues right about now! Please include me.
Your kitty is so cute out there in his box.
No snow here yet. YAY!!!

Sue said...

Happy Blogiversary! I love the tissue box and hope I win. I also hope you'll share your secret with me: how do you prevent chocolate from tranferring from your fingers to your linen? I so want to indulge when I'm stitching. Then, again, maybe my precious linen is saving me some calories?

Kay said...

Love it! Thanks for the chance.

Kim McCool said...

I absolutely love your blog! Happy Anniversary. You are so generous with your talents, a true inspiration.

Kim McCool

Anonymous said...

Marly, I check your blog frequently & love your work. This is the first time to enter a giveaway & would love to win it.

Anonymous said...

I love the box!! Thanks for a chance to win and congrats on your blogiversary!! Debra

Debrahscott@yahoo.com

Sarah Beth said...

The box is beautiful. Pleasinclude me in the giveaway

Melanie said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!! The box is wonderful. Good luck to everyone who puts their hat in for it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful tissue box, what a nice giveaway.
Thanks for the chance
Pam Bol

Annmarie said...

YIKES - what a special gift to us. I would LOVE to add your tissue box to our sampler treasures. Thanks so much
Ann - amadges@gmail.com

Jackie said...

Happy 4 years! And many more because I enjoy reading your blog.

The snow on Nitzy looks like beads!

I'd love a chance to win the gorgeous tissue box!

Teresa S. said...

Happy blogoversary!
My 3rd one is in about 2 weeks-so stop by then. I still don't know what the giveaway will be though.
I'm fighting that bug that is going around and can't seem to concentrate on much.

Please enter me in your giveaway. The tissue box is lovely!

Solstitches said...

I'm glad you did decide to start blogging Marly because your posts nearly always make me laugh.
I'd love to enter the draw for the for the gorgeous tissue box.
Margaret

luverlie said...

I found your blog about 6 months ago when looking for some PS santas. I am always on the lookout for one I don't have. This is a very generous offering and congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Thanks for sharing your corner of the stitching world.
luverlie@gmail.com

Carol said...

Have so enjoyed your blog, Marly--congratulations on your blogoversary, too. I'm not entering your giveaway as I won your silk threads so very recently, but, oh, some stitcher will be just thrilled when you draw her name :)

Anonymous said...

I love your tissue box...it is fabulous! And your pears... I can't wait to stitch them up!

Alex B
Mjb08@msn.com

DianeM said...

Happy Anniversary! Please enter me for a chance to win your beautiful tissue box - how generous of you <3.
I love hearing all about Nitzy's antics :)
Smiles, DianeM

C Reeder PhxAz said...

I would love to have the tissue box in my studio. A great piece of art. So enjoy your blog.

Judy said...

Congrats on your anniversary. I really enjoy your blog...your great talent and sense of humor. I would love to be in your drawing for the tissue box. At least your cats are enjoying the snow. Thanks for the opportunity.

Judy heartland stitcher

Pam said...

What a lovely tissue box...and Happy Anniversary in the blogging world! Please enter my name into your drawing...how generous of you! Your blog is a treat to read...thanks so much for sharing with us all.
Pam J

Janice Boucher said...

What beautiful tissue boxes. I would love a chance! Thank you so much for your generous offer.
Janice,MA
June81948@yahoo.com

Anne said...

Happy Blogoversary Marly! I love reading your posts even though I'm horribly behind right now. I would love a chance to win your tissue box! So cool! I thought I was the only one who had a hard time cutting into a large piece of linen. It just feels so wrong!!

Pondside said...

Happy Blog-anniversary. I've enjoyed your posts for some time now - lots of inspiration!

debra said...

happy anniversary What an exquisite tissue box. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway- perfect colors for my sewing room thank you

Anonymous said...

Love reading your blog. Happy Anniversary. Would love to win the tissue box. Thank you.

Kaisievic said...

No snow here in Melbourne so not sure what my kitty cats would think if they ever saw any. Lovely tissue box so please count me in for your giveaway. I will post on the sidebar of my blog, too.

hugs, Kaye

http://kittenstitching.blogpsot.com

Kaisievic said...

P.S. ... and, of course, Happy Blogaversary!

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marly,
As usual, your work is wonderful, as is your blog. What makes you so special is the way you inject your humor and personality into your stitching.
Melinda

Kerri said...

I find your blog full of inspiring ideas. I would love to be entered in your blogiversary giveaway.

Patti said...

I enjoy your blog so much and would love to be entered in your giveaway. BTW, if you have a moment stop on by as I am having a Valentine giveaway as well.
Blessings, Patti

Janice said...

Happy Anniversary on your Blog, I just started following you and really enjoy it. Been stitching since 89, many samplers. I would love to win the tissue box,love it.

Kim said...

Hi Marly!!! Congrats on your Bog Anniversary~I enjoy reading your blog and my stitching group always talks about your posts. You make us Laugh so much, Thanks!!! Would love to win the tissue box, it is lovely!

PegC said...

Happy blog-a-versary! What a beautiful gift to celebrate, thank for the opportunity.

woolwoman said...

beautiful giveaway opportunity - thanks for the chance. You do lovely work - Melody

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