Saturday, March 14, 2009

Giveaway of the century*!

Here it is!  My hundredth post!  To celebrate this exciting landmark I'm having a giveaway.  Not one... not two... but three of you lucky people reading this will win a prize!

What could you win?  Read on to find out...

Hulder Gocco Print
One lucky winner will receive one of my hulder gocco prints.  Don't panic if you have no idea what a hulder is (although its a sure sign that you have not been a faithful reader - tut tut!) because each print comes with a copy of the hulder's story tucked inside its protective plastic sleeve.  This was my first ever gocco print and no two prints are exactly the same (each one has a unique imperfection - ha!) but they are all lovely in their own way.  Only 73 prints passed my ever so stringent quality control and each print is signed, dated and numbered.  The one shown here is the one I have hanging on my own wall.  You will be receiving print number 4.  If you win, that is!  The actual printed area is about 8cm by 14cm but it has been printed on A5 sized paper, leaving a handy white border for framing.  You can see another (better) photo of one of my hulder prints on Claire's flickr.

Framed Big Daddy Lino Print
How did you spend your Saturday afternoons back in the day?  Many of mine were spent with my sister, watching oversized men in undersized leotards grappling in the wrestling ring.  I'm sure television was more exciting back in those halcyon days, not that I don't enjoy the comparatively tame Saturday Kitchen and all the other food show repeats that they trail out after it...  This is Big Daddy, one of the greatest British wrestling heroes of all time.  It's official!  Honest, guv'nor!  I originally carved this lino for Graham's birthday but have since printed a few more copies.  I printed them in black ink on the insides of recycled security envelopes, so that each one has a pretty... er, I mean macho... patterned blue/grey background.  This particularly blue version is the actual print that one lucky reader will receive.   It comes in a white frame ready for hanging and, including the frame, measures about 5" by 7".  The print is signed and dated but not numbered.  I've only made twenty odd copies so far but the numbers could be in the thousands, nay millions, by the time I get bored of printing it :)

Dot and Pat Notecards Set
It's no secret that I love Eastenders.  Do you love Eastenders too?  If so, you might want to start spreading the word by using some snazzy Dot and Pat notecards for your correspondence.    I made these images on the computer in much the same way as I'd make a collage with my trusty pritt stick.  I do plan to get some of these professionally printed one day but these ones are prototypes, printed at home by me and cut out by hand.  As such, they may be faded by the time your grandchildren inherit them, and there may be tiny variations in their size or a slight wobble in what should be a straight edge.   But they are highly exclusive items!
Sure to brighten any Walford-ite's day, this pack contains four notecards (two each of two designs) with four white envelopes.

Want to enter?  Of course you do!  
This competition is open to anyone at all (I am so giddy with love for my now fully fledged blog that I am happy to post prizes to anywhere in the world) and all you need to do is leave a comment on this post.  On the evening of Friday 20th March, I will put the names of all commenters in a hat and pull out three lucky winners.  If you have any particular preference for a prize, let me know and I'll try to give you your heart's desire.  If your first choice is already gone, I'll give you one of the other prizes and expect you to consider yourself lucky to have won anything at all :)   Make sure you leave either your email address or a link to your blog/flickr/whatever so that I will be able to get in touch with you should you be a winner.

Good luck, and remember that telling others about this generous giveaway will only bring you luck and increase your chance of winning!

*celebrating one hundred posts (not years) of dropstitch :)


  1. Whee! I do love a tombola! As I already have one of each of these prizes in my very own house, I will ask to be entered so I may keep them! I have frames for my dot and pat and should i ever have a spare moment at home, they will be going with big daddy on the bathroom wall. I will spread the word!

  2. Congrats on your 100th post! Once upon a time I lived in England and when you mentioned "Pat" and "Eastenders" it all clicked! I used to be an avid fan, they were showing it here on BBC America but I'm not sure where it went?......

  3. Ooh, exciting! Your gocco prints turned out great - I'm sure you'll be totally addicted soon :)

    I especially like your hulder print - it's a lovely colour of green.

  4. Congratulations!

    I do love that hulder print - especially the tail!

    My brother and I used to spend some of our Saturday afternoons watching wrestling - Jimmy "Super Fly" Snooka was one of the wrestlers I remember.

    Well - cheers to you - love your work!

  5. Congrats on 100 posts!
    Love your prints - very unique and fun!
    I never understood why fat & muscular men with long hair and wearing hot pink spandex were considered macho. A strange sport, professional wrestling is.

  6. Yay for 100.
    I just love your Hulder Gocco Print.
    Who does not love a gal who wears seemed stalkings.

  7. What a fun blog! Congrats on your 100th post!

  8. loooove the big daddy print! Congratulations on the success of your blog.

  9. i always loved big daddy too, he beat giant haystacks for me, if only because his real name was shirley. can't imagine why he became a wrestler... ;-) and happy one hundred posts! x

  10. Congratulations on your 100th post AND for giving Dot and Pat their close-ups! These two women are to our generation what Elsie Tanner and Ena Sharples were to our parents'!

  11. I just wanted to let you know that I have featured you on Cuteable today.

    Lynsey x

  12. Love your Dot and Pat! Awesome!

  13. congratulations! Always good to see local crafters. The hulder print is excellent although they are all good.

  14. Hello!
    Just found you and I love the dot and pat postcards and continued to scroll down to try and buy some but if I can win some, even better!!!!!!!!
    Please put my name in the hat!
    Thanking you!!!

  15. I'm not sure if my Cuteable comment above counts as an entry or not but I would love to be included too!! Feel free to delete this one if it does count as I wouldn't want to be counted twice.

  16. Hello again! My husband points out that he was in a band with a person who's mother went out with Les Kellet!



  17. Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway. I wish you could all win something. I'm even tempted to make eleven more prizes as your not winning is making me feel horrible :( I will try to have another giveaway soon so please do check back. And congratulations to Jane, Emma and Daisie, the three lucky winners :)


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