Tuesday 24 December 2013

Advent :: Day Twenty four

Well here we are... Christmas Eve! I've done another twenty four days of blog posts in December and 1000 posts in total. Who would have thought it... not me! I've met so many lovely people through blogging - some of you in real life and some of you just virtually but each and every one of you have been a pleasure to get to know and have made blogging such fun... so I would like to say thank you. Thank you for sticking with me (some people have been around since that first post in July 2007), thank you to new followers and readers, thank you for leaving comments, thank you to those who quietly read!
And by way of a thank you I would like to make some thing for you. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post between now and New Year's Eve and tell me would you prefer a notebook...
An apron...

A tea cosy or a cushion cover (cushion pad not included).

You then need to tell me what words or phrase you would like on your item (No more than about six words!) and leave the rest up to me. I will pick out one winner from all the comments and custom make their preferred item. Go on... what are you waiting for!

I'm now having a few days off during which time I hope to sort out my email - sorry I've been unable to reply to your comments. So I would like to wish everyone who reads this blog...
 A Very Happy Christmas.
May your days be merry and bright!


  1. I'm a new reader so not sure if I qualify for a giveaway.
    Well done on 1000 posts.
    Love the notebook.
    Just Notes is fine

  2. Ooh was reading at just the right time today! Congratulations for making it to 1000. In the unlikely event that I'm a winner, I'd like an apron with "Cooking just ain't Rock'n'Roll"
    Have a really lovely Christmas and a well-deserved rest
    Lots of love Gill xx

  3. Congratulations on 1000 posts Gina, it's always a pleasure to drop by and read what you've been up to! :)
    As for choosing, my you've made it difficult, I love it all but I do love the cushion and a bunny related one would be gorgeous! ;)
    Wishing you and yours a very Happy Christmas and I'll see you on the other side! :)
    V xxx

  4. Congratulations on a1000 posts. happy Christmas, they are all wonderful but being cats, I just love the cushion.

  5. Aw Gina this is a very generous giveaway, love your makes!
    Congrats on a 1,000 posts! I'll have to go and look at my stats,can't remember the exact year I started blogging or how many postings.
    Although I'm a cat lover, I do particularly like the tea cosy pictured. It has spots,'Time for tea', a teacup and saucer and serves a great purpose -hopefully keeping my teapot warm!

    Have a great Christmas and an even better 2014!

    Sandie xxx

  6. Gosh, well done on 1000. I love your posts and am always inspired. If I'm lucky enough to win, i would like a notebook with " Well.......get on with it then" on the front.

    Best wishes for Christmas.

  7. Congratulations Gina on your 1000th post. I see I have a long way to go before I catch up with you, only 349 so far.

    I think I would go with the tea cosy and "always time for tea" like you did for my mother-in-law (not necessarily the same colours but the same words) and that will inspire me to get a tea-pot. I do drink tea lots but made in a thermos which keeps it nice and hot through the day, but there are times that you can't beat a nice pot of proper tea.

    Have a great Christmas and see you in the blogosphere in the New Year

  8. Gosh Gina, 1000 posts is a fantastic effort, I haven't been following you for quite all that time. I love your notebook with just the word notes on it. Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Cheers

  9. Congratulations Gina!
    I'm looking forward to the next 1000 posts!!
    I love the notebook!

  10. Happy Christmas Gina to and yours x

  11. Happy Christmas Gina, to you and your family.It's lovely reading your blog and seeing the wonderful things you make and this is a very kind and generous giveaway. I love the apron, by the way!

  12. Ahh Gina, I think that by now you know that I am a big fan...and hope that we will be able to have an actual meeting before to long.

    Congrats on the 1000 posts...that's really something!

    How I would love to have an apron that you made. It might say, "I bake for Christmas"

    Whlch leads me to wish you a very Happy Christmas!


  13. 1000 posts!! Congratulations. I've got a long way to go to catch up with that - not even half way there. I'd love a (ginger) cat cushion that read "Not on my chair!"- I can't tell you why, but Marvin is in disgrace with Mr T.
    Love your lively and interesting posts and look forward to a lot more in 2014.

  14. Congrats on 1000 posts! That's fab isn't it and we have all enjoyed following your crafty activities. I love your "time for tea" tea cosy. Maxine's charity is having an "afternoon tea party" in May and I could just see one of those gracing the tables. She has me collecting oddments of vintage china and vintage table cloths too. All the best for Christmas and the New Year - x Jo

  15. 1000 posts! You deserve a medal... or at least a break over Christmas. Have some time away from the pc and enjoy the holiday with your family. Thanks to you in return for all the great ideas you've shared this year and the inspiration you give. I'm looking forward to bumper creativity in 2014....

  16. Oh, well done on your 1000th blog post and thank you for the opportunity to win your fab giveaway. I'd be really stuck for choice but would probably opt for the cat cushion (definitely no cats on the sofas here!).

    Wishing you a very merry Christmas.

  17. Congratulations on 1000 posts. I'd love either the tea cosy or apron as I have neither, would be quite happy with the words that you've shown!
    Have a wonderful Christmas x

  18. Congratulations! 'Cats allowed on this sofa' would be good on a cushion.
    Have a great Christmas.

  19. congratulations Gina - that's some going. I always enjoy your blog posts which is why I'm still here lol what a choice! notebook!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and wishing you much creativity in 2014,

  20. Wishing you bright merry days too Gina - have a lovely Christmas and good luck with your pesky email! J xxx

  21. Congratulations on so many inspiring posts Gina! Always a treat to read what you've been up to. Have a really superb Christmas and New year! Your giveaway is so generous and I would choose a notebook with Lucy's lists on if I were lucky enough to win. Xxx

  22. What a generous giveaway Gina. I think I would prefer an apron if I am lucky enough to have my name drawn out of the hat, then perhaps I can be a hostess with the mostest, like you. I love the one in your photograph.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, and another lovely year of blogging to look forward to.

  23. Blog-tastic! 1000 blog posts; and I have read nearly every one from the beginning.
    Have thoroughly enjoyed reading your posts on the run-up to Christmas again - always entertaining and I never cease to be amazed by your inventiveness and ingenuity.
    Merry Christmas to you, Stewart and the family - may 2014 be the year of trouble-free appliances!
    Kim x
    P.S. If I am the lucky one, I would love an apron please, but can I think about the words...

  24. Congratulations on your 1000 post, that 's awesome.
    I would love the tea cosy for our summer house, just as it is, if I'm lucky enough to win.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog, always a pleasure to visit.

  25. Love all your posts, look forward to the next ones. Have a great Christmas - hope Santa gives you a new washing machine .

    love the note book .... ' Things to do ' would be the words I'd choose!!!

    Merry Christmas


  26. Congrats on your 100th - I love reading your blog. It was a pleasure to meet you in person in Canterbury earlier in the year. I would love an apron if lucky enough to win, with just Nannie Annie on! All good wishes. x

  27. 1000 posts?! Wowee!! Well done to you, Gina :)

    If I am lucky enough to win your wonderful giveaway, I would choose a cushion with a Rosie Mae lurcher dog on it (no dogs on the sofa - although I'm not sure she can read!).

    Merry Christmas!


  28. Havea wonderful Christmas and I love your kitty cat cushion.

  29. Well done on achieving 24 posts through December and 1000 posts since starting. I'm 151 behind you :-) It's been a joy following you and learning from you both online and in real life. If I won I would love the pinny (showing my age), for my Mum. Can't think of a slogan but flowers would be lovely.

  30. PS Have a fabulous Christmas Day xx

  31. (not entering but) reading and enjoying all your work in virtual. I <3 each one ;~)

  32. I hope you are having a great Christmas day, here it is warm and sunny with a walk on the beach. 1000 posts, I think I have passed that but have been blogging longer. What a wonderful give away not sure, the apron is calling, I have only just started wearing one, in my old age! But I really love the note book too, I am agreat note taker, with just notes on it if I should win.

  33. Very Happy event free Christmas
    Have a good rest. Oh, notebook please words up to you.

  34. You made it, not only through Advent but to 1000 posts as well.

    I have enjoyed reading every one.

    Happy New Year to you and yours Gina.

  35. Fernley wants you to know he had a very merry Christmas and he wishes all his brothers and sisters a happy new year! I add my wishes for a productive and fulfilling new year for you.

  36. Wow! 1000 posts, what an achievement. I haven't been a 'follower' since the beginning, but have been for quite a while. I always love reading the posts, they're so real-life.

    Hope you've had a good Christmas, and had time to relax. And hope you get the appliances sorted!

    Oh, and if I'm lucky, I really like the notebook.

  37. Merry Christmas Gina, thanks for allowing us to follow you throughout the year and I look forward to the next 12 months and all the wonderful creations you make. I love the notebook, just as it is.

  38. Thank you Gina for all the laughs , smiles and a few tears,sharing so much with us.
    A very Happy New Year, keep on bloging . A surprise would be good.

  39. Congratulations on 1000 posts, so glad you decided to do the advent blog and to achieve your goal in 2013. A gift for me would have to be an apron, as I wear one everyday, but need a prettier version stating domestic goddess! Looking forward to more stories, craft ideas, book reviews and of course the great recipes.

  40. Congratulations on a THOUSAND posts Gina! Thanks for taking the time to write such a great blog for us. As for me, I'd love an apron just like the one you have pictured!

  41. Well done Gina on your 1000 posts, I've yet to reach a 100 so I need to get my finger out.
    Please put me in the hat for the apron saying...... I'm in charge.
    I'd give it to my daughter who is a a Food Tech teacher.
    Every good wish for you and yours in 2014.

  42. Congratulations on 1000 posts. I have been reading your blog for a number of years but have not commented before. Love the notebook. Hope you had a lovely Christmas and that you have a Happy New Year. x

  43. Amazing to have done so many posts. I enjoy reading your blog and like the different information that you share with us all. An apron would be wonderful.
    Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.

  44. Congratulations on your 1000 post. I rarely leave comments, just read and take in all the lovely ideas and amazing crafts, however I love the cushion. I have a beautiful British Blue who sleeps on a cushion on our sofa, if I qualify for the giveaway.. just the words, this sofa belongs to the cat!! Have a Happy New Year.
    Regards Lynda x

  45. well done - love your makes - you always get me thinking - have been reading a few years now - I think I would like a cushion with a rainbow on please

  46. These are all lovely! I would love the note books with "Notes for 2014" on it. Happy New Year!

  47. Fantastic to write that many blog posts :)
    I would love an Apron please ... Some of mine could do with retiring...but I must stop thinking up displacement activities nd get on with making my coat!

    Have a fantastic new year...

  48. Brilliant - 1000 posts and you managed all the lovely Advent posts. I love the tea cosy - There's always time for a brew - would be my wording.

  49. I'm amazed and impressed by folks who keep up blogs. I don't have the focus yet. Congrats on 1000! If I was the lucky one I would love the apron as is or notebook/journal. I love your stitch work.

  50. Congratulations on your 1000th post. What a generous giveaway. If I'm lucky in the draw, I would like a cushion cover please. I would put the cushion on the guest bed and would like the words 'Good night, sleep tight' on it.

  51. Wow Gina.....1000 posts! Quite an achievement. I think I have been following you since 2009. I have often found you to be a great inspiration.

    I would love anything you make although the tea cosy appeals the most.

  52. Gina,
    We especially love your apron (although the tea cosies we gave as Christmas gifts were very popular and having stuff nicked by siblings is a sure sign of success - in this case my sister and the holly hair bobbles!)

    I'd like my husband to win an apron with this text:
    & an Excellent cook

    Layout is critical (the uppercase letters are supposed to be vertically aligned but I can't do so in this comment) - but I'm sure you're up for the challenge.
    My reason? He enjoys cooking, especially to relax when stressed and a free "tastes of Bedfordshire" apron doesn't have any kudos!

  53. Hi Gina, congratulations on 1000 blogs. I am still making the Sockys and am so grateful for you teaching us in Jersey. The profits go to 2 Children's Hospices. I would love to win anything you make with that lovely robin on it. Have a wonderful New Year. Vera.

  54. I was attempting to say how much I loved the shiny new red mixer but ended up here. So here goes. Love the shiny red mixer......would also love to be included in the giveaway as I seem to have missed this blog and am very late commenting....Happy new year!!

  55. Thank you for all the fun and inspiration throughout the year, Gina! If I won, it would have to be the apron, saying "Cake next week!"

  56. I would love the cat cushion with a grey cat saying "Brenda's spot. Bums off!"

    Lovely :-)
    Karen S
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

  57. Amazing 1000 posts! But I wish someone would invent 'taste' Internet for some of them? The cakes look fab.
    Hard to decide what to choose if I should win one of your lovely bits but I think it would have to be the book cover, just as it is but with a few musical notes hidden amongst the hearts and flowers then I could keep my music for my new ukulele Christmas present in it!

  58. congratulations on 1000 posts! If I won I'd love a notebook with Ideas on the cover - then I could try to fill it with good stuff:)

  59. fantastic achievement!! i love the apron with the words bake me a cake! on - gorgeous colours!

  60. Congratulations on 1000 posts. I am amazed at how much you manage to do - and that you find time to write about it as well! I challenged myself to make one six inch crochet square every week this year for a blanket. 25 big squares and 140 small ones later (I decided it needed borders between the panels), I started blocking and finishing yesterday - a throw rather than a blanket. If only I had kept a record of all the other things I made along the way I could use it to justify why I didn't complete the blanket inside a year! I would love a notebook with the word 'create' on the cover - I could use it to note everything I make in 2014. Thank you for the inspiration.

  61. That's creativity for you! Love every thing especially a note book to remind me of the great time we had with you in Tollesbury!
    Have a wonderful Hogmanay ( yes I'm sending from nr Edinburgh!)All the best for 'Health and Creativity' in 2014
    Alison Harker

  62. Congratulations on your 1000th post :-)
    I have loved using my Christmas lists notebook so a notebook for all year round use would be my choice.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  63. That's quite an achievement !!
    I'd prefer a notebook with Get on with it ! on the front if I was lucky enough to be chosen please.
    As I really need to get on with it.
    Twiggy x

  64. Congratulations Gina! 1000 posta is an amazing achievement - especially as it has gone in parallel with your degree work, teaching, incredible quantities of baking + family life. Bring on the next 1000!

  65. would love to have had a notebook, but am staying over Christmas and New Year at my sons'. Just in his shop and am viewing my hundreds of emails and found yours. Happt
    y New Year, hope you'll be back to Devon soon.


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