Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Day Two :: Gina's Crackers*

* Thank you to Isobel for the title of this post... take it whichever way you will but I know what my family think!
 
 
My cracker giveaway on Facebook was a success... and my likes soared to over 1000. I was just a little bit excited but then it doesn't take much!

 
So I got to thinking that it would be good to have a tutorial for people to make their own because much as I would have loved to give a cracker to all my "likes" I wasn't too keen on the idea of making 1000 crackers.

 
For the best part of three days, in every spare moment I have stitched, photographed (in appalling light), written, edited and edited again until I've ended up with something that I hope can be understood.

 
And finally I have loaded it all into my Etsy shop and it is available HERE!

 
It requires a basic knowledge of free machine embroidery although I think it could easily be adapted so that it could be finished off with normal sewing and a bit of hand stitching.

 
And for those of you not on Facebook, I have decided to give another cracker away but this time to my blog followers. All you have do do is leave a comment on this post and on Sunday (Day Seven) I will pick out a name at random. So if you are a Facebook fan and a blog follower I guess you have a second chance!

 
See you tomorrow!

28 comments:

  1. Woohoo I get two goes! ;)
    They are lovely!
    V x

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  2. Gina, I think that your cracker design is terrific...I can imagine them arrayed around a Christmas table, adding just the right amount of extra sparkle to a festive setting.

    It's great to hear how your Facebook count rose. As you know, I am still hovering around the outside walls of all these sorts media.

    Lots of Christmas card painting going on around here. I laughed at your reaction to the notion of making 1,000 crackers!

    Seeing your lovely Advent Calendar (with ... Chocolate!) has reminded me to open window number 2 on my own little calendar as soon as I sign off here.

    xo

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  3. Love the cracker idea and several would look fantastic on the Christmas table. Hope to win one of yours as It would take forever to even begin making one myself !
    Michaela

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  4. I put my hand up and admit that my first thought on reading the heading was 'yes, I know, has she only just found out and admitted it to herself?' but of course, I realise you now meant the other crackers. Silly me. I suspect they will be beyond my skill level but I hope the tutorial will 'pull' in the punters and that sales go with a 'bang'.... I'll stop there but I could have thrown in a few more 'cracker' jokes for good measure. You have been spared....

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  6. The crackers are so lovely and would make a beautiful gift for someone special. I would love my name to be put in the hat for the blog giveaway.

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  7. Thank you for the tutorial, I will pop across and have a look, though they will not be anywhere near as nice as yours.

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  8. Thank you for the chance, I seem to have missed the FB one. They're so pretty I don't think they should ever be pulled!

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  9. They are so pretty Gina! I love the title of the post too!! xx

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  10. So many inspirational ideas on your blog, and I love the crackers!

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  11. !! I think I need to buy your cracker instructions now in recompense...but glad to be of service! Super huge congrats on reaching 1000 - I agree, it's exciting seeing the numbers click up, but I get a bit obsessive about checking. I think I will pass on the advent blogging though, I'm behind already!

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  12. These are certainly a "pair of crackers " :)

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  13. perhaps, just perhaps I will win something, just perhaps. lovely to have two goes before I finally go crackers. Thank you Gina.

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  14. Gina, I do love your colour choices for the crackers - they are so vibrant and so pretty. Hopping over to Etsy now! Thank you.

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  15. These are rather sumptuous I must admit. And so pleased you FB followings soared. I will have to seek you out there.

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  16. Hello, Gina, I have discovered you through Janie Crow, who shared your gorgeous crackers on her FB page today. In order to increase sales on your ETSY page, I'd like to suggest you add the words "Christmas" "Wedding Favor (our)" "Birthday Party", "Bachelorette Party" "Hen Party",etc., because I can see your design being used in all sorts of celebratory occasions. I think your great design has potential to attract the eyes of those who don't necessarily think of crackers at Christmas time. Hope it's ok to give this advice. Warmly, Marie - Marketing Expert to the Crafty :-)

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  17. Looking forward to getting cracking on these (pun intended!)

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  18. The. Crackers are beautiful, too good to give away.
    Annya

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  19. Fab crackers and my colours too. Would love one, fingers crossed xx

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  20. couldn't resist - they are so gorgeous Gina. Off to look at Etsy next.

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  21. Hi Gina, They are so pretty and I would love to see one "in the flesh"!!! Vera,

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  22. Oh yeah! 2 chances! Your FME crackers are so pretty. I'd love to win one! Thanks and wishing you have all the Blessings of the Season.

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  23. Struggling to buy the tutorial - why does PayPal hate me? Would love to win a ready made cracker , but will keep trying to find out how to make one of my own

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  24. These are really gorgeous Gina. I don't often 'do' facebook and blogging is more me. Thank you for the chance to win. I don't know where you find the time to do all the things that you are into at the moment. Sewing, baking, writing, decorating the cakes, etc.

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