Annette's Acre

Stitching, knitting, reading, life…whatever catches my eye
November 14th, 2010

A Halloween Miracle

Way back on the 13th of October, Kathy won the daily giveaway.

Kathy spends her winters in Arizona, so I made sure to get her package out within just a couple days to give it plenty of time to make it to Canada, before she left.

Canada Post and I have a history.

Sadly, even though I sprung for the “speedy” postage, the package did not arrive before Kathy’s departure at the end of October.

There was no telling what would happen to the package.  Would it come back to me?  Would it be forwarded?  Would it sit in a mailbox for months?

Happily, my good deeds for the last few weeks were well rewarded 🙂  Not only was the package forwarded by Canada Post, but it made it safely to Kathy, now in Arizona, last week!

What it contained:

  • Snap bag
  • Kylie-original bookmark
  • Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews
  • Duck, stamp, pencil and candy (not shown)

The remaining small odd day packages have also arrived:

Catherine (21st):

What it contained:

  • Small Trick or Treat bag
  • Witch (Prairie Schooler) Needlebook
  • Bendy Skeleton
  • Pencil, stamp and candy (not shown)

Heather (27th)

What it contained:

  • Haunted House (Prairie Schooler) needlebook
  • Braided floss tag
  • Bat toy
  • Pencil, stamp and candy bag

Nia (29th)

What it contained:

  • Snap bag
  • Beaded fob
  • Vampire toy
  • Bendy skeleton
  • Stamp, pencil (no candy… I forgot 🙁 )

I’m headed out of town for work this week, so not sure if I’ll be posting until I return.  I do have a bit of stitching and a book or two travelling with me 🙂  So I should have progress to show on my return!

November 1st, 2010

….and we’re done!

Holy moly.

As you can see, I’ve reverted to my regular look and while I still love Halloween, I’m glad it only comes once a year 😉  [Or if you’re in a feed reader, I’m back to my Kylie-drawn graphics and have packed away the witch for eleven months.]

A few packages are still in transit (btw, Canada Post? You BEST get your act together. We will have words if you mess up another delivery. Got that?!?) and the final ones will be out this week. (International recipient + work <> quick mailing).

Over the month, I logged 110+ distinct individuals commenting for the giveaways.  Most days had 27 – 40 eligible entries with the draw yesterday from 113 entries.  Five folks managed the 13 entries for commenting each and every day on both blogs.  

A couple questions from the comments:

When do you start planning all of this?

Last year when I was in Houston, I talked to Missy Ann about working with her for this year’s giveaway and extending the time period. We haven’t had any discussions on next year other than it won’t be 31 days 😉  I’m absolutely planning on doing it again next year!

As for the crafted goodness that made it in each package, the planning started almost immediately with a few test items early this year. No source was sacred – quilting magazines, stitching magazines, the excellent charm selection at my local bead shop, previous finishing I had done. All was used for inspiration.

I started buying supplies in July and actual crafting began in August and was completed, technically, last night LOL. Most of it was done by the 1st of October. I worked up a spreadsheet early for each item I had settled on and how many I would need. This helped determine the shopping lists and what needed to be done early (anything painted or stitched) and what could go later (beaded fobs). My spreadsheet also organized the contents of each package, so there wasn’t much thought needed when it came time to do the teaser pics and packaging for each day’s winner.

My goal for this year was a wide variety of items and techniques.  Items were stitched, painted, sewn, stuffed, beaded, braided and drawn (outsourced that one as I can’t draw a straight line).  Kylie was happy to help and the bookmarks she did (the drawings and the braids) came out very nice. I was proud to put them in their respective mailings 🙂  Candy that wouldn’t suffer from the Arizona heat was included in almost all packages (I missed one. Bother.) and I found the stamps and pencils to round them out.

Next year will probably not be quite as eclectic.  We’ll see.  If you have any comments on what you received or what you’ve seen, please feel free to share them here or email directly to

Where did you find that… (charm, fabric, etc)?

All the charms and most of the beads came from my local bead shop: Beads Galore.  If you find yourself in Arizona, the shop is in Tempe and definitely worth a visit.  A few of the beads (the Halloween glass ones, notably) came from, of all places, Oriental Trading Co.  They were also the source for the stamps and bendy skeletons.

The fabric is tougher to pin down.  It may not surprise you that I need absolutely no reason to buy Halloween-themed fabric.  I have quite a stash of it.  I also bought several fat quarters last year in Houston.  Online sources were and  I know fabrics from both of those sites ended up in finished items.

And a final Thank You….

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the best partner-in-crime-ever, Missy Ann.  You were a great inspiration last year and I’ve got more ideas for next year 😀 

I also logged a personal blogging best in October, posting every day!  I don’t think I’ve done that in the seven years this blog has been in existence!  Definitely won’t see it in November…  I’ll be off on Thursday to Houston for the International Quilt Festival and general mischief with Missy Ann, Cheryl, Amanda, Marie and Mom.  I’ve got crochet blocks and two quilt tops to share yet this week… and hopefully more packages arriving safe and sound!

(Canada Post… I’m looking at YOU!)

October 16th, 2010

7th and 9th Packages

Myra and Sadie let me know their packages arrived safely. 

7th Day –

What it contained:

  • Bottlecap “cauldron” pincushion with crystal pins
  • Braided floss tag
  • Bookmark
  • Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison
  • Stamp, pencil and candy

It did not contain actual handcuffs LOL.  You can see them on the book cover…  However, I *will* remember that for next year!

9th Day –

What it contained:

  • Snap bag
  • Scarecrow scissor fob
  • Bendy skeleton
  • Stamp, pencil, candy (not shown – same as the other days!)

11th and 13th packages are in transit… hopefully I can show them soon 🙂

October 14th, 2010

5th Day Package

Bella’s package arrived safe and sound this week, so it’s time to share with you 🙂

What it contained:

  • Snap bag 
  • Beaded bookmark with skull charm
  • Bendy skeleton
  • Stamp, pencil and candy bag
October 13th, 2010

13th Day of Halloween

Another day….. another tease!!

Lots going on here… but I’ll give you a hint:

The green is a towel I use for background LOL  It will not be included in the package 😉

Don’t forgret to check Missy Ann’s blog for yesterday’s winner!!

October 9th, 2010

9th Day of Halloween

And for today’s tease……

Isn’t he cute?

Good luck!!

October 5th, 2010

5th Day of Halloween

Today’s tease….

Read the rules, comment here, you know the drill.

Winner chosen tomorrow at 8am (ish) MST.

Good luck!

October 3rd, 2010

3rd Day of Halloween

Today’s tease:

Please review the rules before entering.

Winner will be drawn Monday morning 8-9am MST and will have 24 hours to respond with a mailing address for shipment. 

Good luck!

October 2nd, 2010

Winner – 1st Day of Halloween


Cindy DeRosa!

Email is sent requesting your mailing address 🙂

Thanks to everyone for entering!  Now head off to see Missy Ann today for her drawing 😀

EDIT: My email bounced back.  Please contact before 8pm (MST) Sunday eve to claim your prize or I’ll have to draw again….

October 1st, 2010

1st Day of Halloween

Here we go!!

The teaser:

Please review the rules before entering.

Winner will drawn Saturday morning (between 8-9a MST).  Comments will be closed at that time.

Good luck!!