Giveaway winner!

Butterick giveaway

Thanks to all those who entered my giveaway for this lovely summery pattern.

The winner is…

The 32nd comment on the blog was Alison from Peggy’s Pickles! Yay! Although I suspect Alison, it may have to wait to be made up, eh? 🙂 Not much room for baby in there!

I’ll email you later to get your address! Congrats and thank you to all who entered 🙂



And the winner is…

Random nos generator

Yay – my first ever giveaway winner is Forrest of Presser Foot Propaganda (nice name Forrest). Forrest wrote:

“Love this fabric! Gorgeous! I’m dreaming of going to India! Maybe for my honeymoon next year?”

Well done Forrest! Pop me an email on with your deets and I’ll get the silk off to you!

Sabaidee! Did ya miss me? God how I missed you… so here’s a giveaway!

Hallo lovely peeps. First off – can I just apologise for the radio silence in terms of my comments on this blog and others for the last couple of weeks? I’ve got a good excuse though – I’ve been in Laos and Thailand soaking up sun and culture! By the wondrous power of wordpress  I was able to pre-schedule a couple of posts to publish while I was away but responding to comments and keeping up with all my favourite blogs proved to be nigh-on frickin’ impossible. I did log on once to google reader to find no less than 468 unread blog entries to get through (I follow A LOT of blogs). I’ve given up on trying to catch up – I’m afraid I did the unthinkable and marked ALL AS READ. Don’t hate me! This is year dot. Let’s begin again, eh?

And what better way to begin again – than with a giveaway! My first giveaway in fact. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for ages, considering I’ve already benefitted from the most marvellous giveaways from Jane and Marie. I’ve just been looking for the perfect item – and I think I’ve found it.

Laos (along with  Thailand) is known for producing beautiful naturally-dyed silks. Whilst in Luang Prabang I was lucky enough to witness the daily dawn offering of alms by the locals to the monks who walk barefoot from street to street in total silence. The meditative peacefulness of the event, along with the beautiful saffron robes of the monks was really something amazing to behold. Here’s a (sensitively taken! no flashes and more than three metres away from any monk) picture:

Monk procession through Luang Prabang

Inspired by this I came across three metres of this rather stunning silk, purchased in Luang Prabang and I’m giving it away! It’s the most gorgeous saffron-orange – the picture probably doesn’t do it much justice but the way it shimmers in the sunlight… bliss! It’s not very wide – about 88 cms so hopefully the length should help you do something with it.

Saffron silk

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this blog entry telling me where you’d love to go for an adventure! The giveaway is open until 8pm (GMT) on Friday 17th February and is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Good luck!

P.S. Going from 35 degree heat to sub zero London does not a happy Joanne make. It took me an hour to defrost after walking home from the tube last night! I was most unsuitably dressed (denim coat, pumps, light trousers) for the big freeze. Brrrrrr!