Aug 25, 2016

Hornbook offer

Greetings folks.  After many hours (days, really) working on only three little labels, I have given up.  I don't know if the new inks in the printer have changed formula or what, but they are giving me fits.  Changing to pink or green tones when glued, changing again when sealed, so I am using the design I had printed a while ago when I thought about making these before the ink cartridges were replaced. Whatever the reason, I can't waste any more time on a little inexpensive item.  And after staining them all, I realized they look so much better on a solid background, so I am doing a paint wash in dark brown over the stain. 
 Because of all this trouble, I wanted to burn them, but decided to calm down and grow up.  Things happen, go wrong, create more work, require more patience, cause stress, but they are things.  Things.  Not my health, not my family, not those fricking brat cats, just things.  I am heartbroken at the news of my cardiologist, a wonderful kind man, and also a friend's DIL at 46 years of age.  Devastating and unexpected diagnoses that leave very little hope.  And I'm going to get upset over little hornies that I want to be perfect for my stitching buds?  Cause myself to become Velcro Velma 24/7 with these hot flashes?  Make my monitor beep again?  No.  I'm calming down, enjoying the crock pot's kielbasa and peppers aroma.  So.  For you.  A very small offer.  A little hornbook giveaway.  They will be available when I list the boxes in a few weeks, but thought packing one and shipping it away would be a small symbolic get the hell away from me and satisfy the snark.  I can be thankful, I can calm down, I can accept the insignificant annoyances, but if menopause has taught me anything, it's that the snark must escape or there will be consequences. 
 
If you would like this small offer (these are printed labels, not actual stitchery), you know what to do.  We've done it enough times!  The 3-in-1 hornie measure is 2" across, 3" to the top, and 4" with the handle to gauge your project's stitching or linen margin, but please don't expect them to be exact!  After sanding they may be 1/16" off.  I know it's not even worth mentioning but I don't want any emails correcting me.  Yes, it happens!
Leave your initials in your comment, email me if you are unable to leave a comment, and I will draw a name on Sunday 28 at 8pm. 
 
Have a great weekend,
stay safe, snark with a thankful heart.
You can quote me.
 
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86 comments:

Vicki Jo said...

Well those little things are just cute as a button! I hope you draw my name. VJO

Gale said...

You make my day! And thanks for the giveaway. GOC

Patti said...

Oh how I love your little hornbooks! So sorry that they gave you fits :( but they are darling! Your posts always make me smile - thank you for that! As a professional worrier and agonizer, I try to keep things in perspective, but am rarely successful.
Blessings, Patti PAG

gracie said...

They came out lovely. Who wouldn't want one...I do!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

The hornbooks are extra special because we know how much effort and cussing have gone into their making, and I would love to be the proud owner of one. Sorry that life's a battle sometimes and all is not well with your friends. LKK

Heritage Hall said...

Bless your heart for all your effort...I believe we would all pay
for one if available ...but why torture your creative spirit? Please
throw me into the basket with the myriad others MHG...

debbie haggard said...

DH- I would Love to help relieve the snark by taking one of these off your hands! Love it!!
And so sorry to hear you received sad/bad news regarding your doctor and your friend.

Mary said...

Keep "things" in perspective can be difficult when it is happening to you. I had awful menopause sweats for 5+ years. Better now not normal but better, I don't think I have worn a sweater in a decade. Really it was unbearable! If you have a husband who will keep the temps down just for you ,you are lucky. My neighbor's wife has been suffering for 15+ years. He keeps the house very chilly and just wears a sweater, he is such a sweetheart. Please add my initials for giveaway. MLV

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Oh Marly...So sorry they caused so much strife. In spite of that they/it is adorable.
So very sweet.
BJS, of course, I would be honored.

Take care with much Peace,
Barb

deb said...

Oh dear oh dear oh dear - sad for you that the pretty little things gave you such fits. Even more so that you received bad news about people dear to you. Would offer a hug but that would surely set off another hot flash.

Gonna cross my fingers now, though that will probably affect my typing and stitching... DAH

capecodgirl565 said...

Well, I am ready, willing and able to relieve your frustration by taking one of your adorable little hornbooks off your hands! Funny, how we get caught up in the little things in life, but nothing snaps you back to reality quicker than the news of someone else's suffering. Prayers that things will go well for them. In the meantime, throw my hat in the ring!
Vanessa

CathieJ said...

I think that hornbook is beautiful. I am so sorry that your new cartridges are giving you fits. As you said, it is an annoyance but not a life-threatening event. I wish you happier days. I am sending prayers for improved health for all.

CathieJ said...

Oops I forgot the initials.....CTJ

diamondc said...

Marly: Okay here is what I did, I looked and looked to see where I could click and buy one, this was before I read the article, stupid ass me. So I will enter my name, this is what happened to my brain in the last month and a half, it turned to mush.
Thank-you for a chance at a giveaway.

Blessings
Catherine

Victoria Thornbury said...

Love the hornies! Hoping one will come to me...VART

Mary Locklear said...

Love hornbooks and yours are adorable. . .wish me luck I win one or at least have the opportunity to purchase one when they're available.
MAL

Anonymous said...

Hi Marly, as others have said, it IS adorable and I would love to purchase or win one! I too struggle with the looking for perfection in an imperfect world, causes many arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh moments. But it does look perfect!
I am sorry to hear of poor health issues to those you care for, very sorry.
Hope you will be free of your monitor and get good results soon.
Thanks for all, Debbie in IL DD

rosek1870 said...

Thank for the wonderful give a way. You're blog always brightens my day. Pleasee include me!
Hugs,
RK

Diana said...

The hornbooks look great to me! Would love to win one. Thanks for all your hard work. DJ

Merry Wind Farm said...

Would love to win this!
Melinda

sheravery said...

Hi Marly,
I just LOVE these hornbooks. I would be thrilled to win one. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. SLA

-Sherry-

dq said...

omg!!!Count me in and pick me!!!!!
dq bogfairy@yahoo.com

Carmen Sutton said...

Oh I love it, you have put into words what I have felt so often when making large quantities of an item even if everything went right by the end of it you don't even want to look at them any more. If it makes you feel better I would be most happy to take the cute little beast off your hands. They are precious. Thanks for spending the time to create.

Anonymous said...

These are delightful. I’m sorry they were such a pain to make. Please include me in your drawing. Carolyn M

Phyllis said...

I think that is so cute..would love to make it mine! Phyllis

Sherry B said...

I love the sampler hornbook. Been there, done that with projects that take on a life of their own. You always make me laugh out loud !!!

Cathy B said...

I absolutely love them and need to throw my name in the hat!

Anonymous said...

I wish that these little hornkbooks were something you enjoyed making because
I would put in an order for a couple to put in my stitching baskets not only to use but to decorate with. You are just so talented! I know that y o ur blog makes my day as it does so many other sister stitchers.
Here's hoping
Sunday will be a lucky day for me. Thanks for all of your hard work.
Quin10

Janice C. said...

I think they turned out really cute. I would love to have one. Sorry you had so much trouble with them, I've had that happen too and it is so frustrating. But, I'm glad you they are finished and you are offering one of them in a giveaway. That is so nice of you. Have a great weekend and I hope you pick my name! JCC

samplerlover said...

My goodness Marly, you are so talented. Love these and would love to have one. It would look lovely in my sewing basket. Fingers crossed. Sandra M.

Barb said...

I really try hard to keep perspective on things as you are doing. I'm not always successful!! But that doesn't stop me from trying again. I would love to win that cute little hornbook and thanks for the offer. So sorry you got bad news about your Dr.

Truus said...

Marly what a sad news about your cardioman. Can understand why you are upset.
Love your little hornbooks -they are so cute.
Have a wonderful weekend
Greetings Truus from Holland

Michele Inman said...

Your little hornies are darling - I'd love to win one. MI

myriam said...

i love your lovely hornbooks
thank you for this offer to win one!
MM

Nupur said...

Marly - thank you for making me laugh at your descriptions of your travails... And for teaching me 'new' words (like Velcro Vilma)... Hope I am lucky enough to win this hornbook you so desperately 'need' to give away!
Take care

KimM said...

You always make me laugh. How I love itty bitty things like this. Please count me in the fun. KAM

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terry a said...

Marly...you need to give yourself a pat on the back for bringing some laughter into the lives of many people!!!! TAA

Lynda Harrison said...

Hello Marly - your little hornbooks are perfection! So lovely, and you are such a clever lady, making such tiny things, and having the perseverence to see the project through to the end!
I should love to be entered into your draw, please.
Have a lovely weekend, and Happy Stitching!
Lynda Harrison.

Jonette said...

Beautiful! Would love to win! JT

StitchinByTheLake said...

This past weekend a dear friend of my sister lost her beautiful and talented daughter to suicide. How can we even speak of our own minor aches and pains in light of such hopelessness as she must have felt? Our hearts break for these losses, even when they aren't really ours. I'd love to win your little hornbook. Things made by the hands of those who touch our lives in even small ways are a treasure. Your blog has been a source of learning for me, as well as a good belly laugh on occasion, and that mustard...I canned 8 pints last week and we love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Blessings, Marlene Bush

StitchinByTheLake said...

Forgot to leave my initials...wouldn't you know a former teacher can't follow directions! Mb

debra said...

love the hornbooks always anxious to see if my name will be drawn I just don't know where you find the time thanks for the chance to win dlk

Winnie Nielsen said...

Hi Marly~ Thank-you for offering this opportunity to win a little Hornbook! Please enter me in your drawing. I hope you have a nice weekend!!
Winnie Nielsen

Maryann Olsaver said...

Your hornbooks are just wonderful as is all your work - would love to win one - love your blogs - MO

GrandMary said...

I would love to win the Hornbook! Thanks for offering it to all of us! Mary

Tina McFadden said...

They are absolutely fabulous !!!!!!! Tina

Simple Pleasure said...

I think they are wonderful...please throw my name into the mix!
Patricia

Brenda said...

I'm sorry to hear about the news about your dr. I agree with everyone else. I think they are just perfect! I would be honored to have it come live in my house! BW

Teresa said...

I think they are fabulous!
Thank you for sharing.
Have a nice weekend.
Teresa

Karen said...

It makes me sad to think of your suffering and the suffering of those you know. Suffering is everywhere. Nothing ever stays the same and we weep for it to stay the same. Maturing helps, but it never takes away the pain. But I can wish you health, joy, and safety. Oh and happiness, like you have created happiness in your little "big" project! KC Karen in NC

Ms Peppercorn said...

l almost feel guilty adding my name to the drawing....not that guilty! ALK

Mary Margaret said...

You crack me up! Thanks for the chance. MMK

Ruth said...

I love Your hornbook. Please draw my name.
Ruth

Lenore Legnetti said...

They're just adorable. I'd love it if my name was drawn! Thanks so much for a great and thoughtful giveaway. LL

Carol said...

I'm sorry to hear about your cardiologist and your friends DIL, Marly--that does put our troubles into perspective when a relatively young person gets a heartbreaking diagnosis... Love the way your little hornbook turned out--so teeny and cute! Please throw my name in the hat :) CI

Kathy L. said...

They are so cute Marly. Please enter me too.

Kathy L.

Fran Caswell said...

They look just perfect to me! I would love to win. Thank you for the chance.

stitchinrose said...

I think they are adorable, please put my name in the drawing. Your writing is great, I read it and laugh and it makes me feel better. I always enjoy your writings no matter what you write.

Deborah Tate said...

These are so cute, Marly! Please include me in the drawing. My initials are DJT.

Elizabeth Guadagnini said...

lovely! Thanks for the giveaway.

Elizabeth Guadagnini said...

Oh I forgot my initials- e.g. Thanks!

Lillian Carol said...

Love 'em Marly! Enjoy your blog so much. You give me laughter and perspective.....most days I surely need both! LCR

CalamityJr said...

What a great idea, and a lovely way to measure those pesky distances. Thanks for sharing! MJM

Chrie said...

Hope to be lucky winner! Love your work and your humor! CG

Joan said...

Your generosity continues to astound!

Joan in VA

Karen said...

Lovely hornbook! I enjoy your blog so much. KSM

Linda said...

The hornbook is lovely. I love anything small and kudos to you for working with the smaller piece. Your blog makes me smile. I think you might be a sister I never knew. Thank you

Margaret said...

Way behind on commenting, so of course I will comment here for a chance to win. :D I'm sorry about the diagnoses for your friends. It puts everything in perspective. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

What a great little hornbook! Thanks for the fun posts-and giveaway!
L.M.R.

Kathy Barrick said...

Oh me, me, me!!!
xoxoxox
Kathy (KB)

patty said...

Please include me in your giveaway Thank you 😀😀😀😀
PJG

patty said...

Please include me in your giveaway Thank you 😀😀😀😀
PJG

country 74 said...

j'adore ces hornbooks, ils sont magnifiques.
merci pour ce partage.
bonne journée.
chantal CA

Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I love your blog!
Lou ann

vivian said...

Well those pesky little things can find their way to my house anytime...teehee
It is very thoughtful of you to offer them to us after all the work you put in it.
I LOVE THEM......VRC

Anonymous said...

Marly, your creations are lovely! I would love to give one a forever home, I'd add it to a round box of yours I already own ... The beginning of a wonderful collection! Thank you so much for another sweet giveaway... You are so creative and generous. Cheryl C.

Pat said...

They are so cute. Thank you for the chance to win one. PAD

Melody said...

These are so cute! I'd love to be included in the drawing.

laceystitcher said...

Love the hornbooks, but so sorry about your sad news. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you so much. PL

Linda in Maryville, IL said...

I too would love to be included in the drawing. I have a sweet friend who reminds me always..."it is hand made and special in that itself".

Diane in Texas said...

I would love to win one! Thanks!

joelle said...

Bon, désolée,j'écris en français. J'ai beaucoup apprécié ce joli petit ouvrage, il es vraiment superbe et c'est gentil de ta part de nous le proposer. Il ne reste qu'à croiser les doigts pour le gagner.
Je ne suis pas certaine d'avoir tout compris dans ton article mais si je ne me suis pas trompée, je te souhaite toute la sérénité possible et
Bises
Joëlle

Lisa Driscoll said...

I love your hornbooks. Please include me in the draw. Lisa

Maggee said...

Don't care that I missed the giveaway--just popped in to say that the Hornbook measuring thing-y is really cute! Really! Hugs!

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