Sunday, December 4, 2011

"C" is for Crow....

It's been a long time in the coming....but here it finally is:



My little "C is for Crow" pinkeep....Stitched 2 over 2 on 35-count Abecedarian linen, using hand-dyed Gentle Arts flosses.  Embellished with wool pennies and antique ivory buttons.


And a little crow also made by my hands...with applied wings with feather stitched detailing, and mother-of-pearl button eyes....holding a wool bittersweet berry in its beak.

Both are patterns by Brenda Gervais at Country Stitches.

It is my giveaway.

It isn't much, I know, but I wanted something that I had made myself. I tried to choose something that wasn't overly prim, as I know not all of my followers are primlish; yet many are and I wanted something that might appeal to them as well. It had been intended to be done several months ago - so I apologize it is not exactly "Christmasy" in theme - but I'm hoping when the winner sees the crow they will think of me with a smile.
It was a labor of love, as working on linen truly challenges me these days.
And please do not feel obligated to enter - honestly, I will not be offended! I would prefer someone who really will appreciate this to win. For those who are much better stitchers than me (and there are scads of you), I will do another giveaway when life becomes balanced again....and it is highly unlikely that it will be another cross stitched piece.....

Details:  This is a thank you to my followers as of today.  While I love and welcome new followers, this isn't about gaining new followers...it's a very, very, small token of appreciation for the friends I've already met.  So please DO NOT post or otherwise announce this. To enter, just leave a comment on this post....and this post only....saying you would like to be entered.
Entries will be open until December 15th, and I will announce a winner sometime, obviously, after that.....And, yes, it is open to international followers as well.....

Thank you for your friendship and kindnesses.....

75 comments:

Mary said...

OHhhh my Robin...Your Lil' Labor's of Love are truly wonderful! Please enter me.... I would be so honored to have your wonderful creations bless my home if I was lucky enough to be the winner. I hope your son is doing much better, since his surgery and hows the snowdog doing? Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Holiday Season! Hugs Mary

Orange Sink said...

Robin,
Your stitching is wonderful! And the crow is adorable!
I would dearly love to have such beautiful pieces of your work! Please include me in! I'm on a roll winning give-aways! We'll see if it holds! Fingers and toes crossed!!!
Thank-you for such a generous give-away! I'm happy we connected in blog land! Hope all is going well there!
Hugs!
Cathy G

Nancy said...

Oh yes please, enter me in your special give away. You are such a treasure my friend. I hope your son is doing better and give huggies to snow dog for me. It is very cold here like 24 degrees and going lower. I do think it is winter. Big hugs to you.

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Hi, Robin! What a sweet surprise! I would love to be entered into your giveaway! You've been hiding your light under a bushel. Very tricky.....
These are beautiful and you know I would give them a good home.
Thank you for being such a dear.
Hope the boy is doing well.
And Snowdog???

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Oh my gosh Girlfriend ~ such awesome talent you have!!!
You've been holding back!
I LOVE your C for Crow creations and I would also LOVE to be entered into your wonderful giveaway!!!
Thanks for being such a great friend! I feel very blessed!
Prim Blessings
Robin

lilraggedyangie said...

You may be a packers fan , and a lil cranky but YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME ! I would love to be entered for this awesome give away ! but for posterity sake...ITS BOUT TIME , SLACKER LOL
HAVE A GREAT WEEK MY FEATHERED FRIEND HUGS YER LIL RAGGEDY PAL!

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

Robin-you do such wonderful work!!!!
Please enter me in your giveaway~
Thanks, Pamela

oldgreymare said...

Robin,

Oh my these are lovely. I look at them and feel nostalgia for my lost, or at least misplaced, needle arts. I cross stitched for over twenty years and have not cross stitched for as many...and wool, oh my favorite of all...I too loved making birdies but this guy makes mine pale in comparison.

These will be a generous and wonderful gift for one lucky gal. ..so please enter me and I will cross my fingers.

Hope things are looking up a bit out your way, I actually have an interview tomorrow. WoOt, so more finger crossing. :D

I am enjoying your music BTW
xx
z

quiltsbycheri said...

Oh were it such that i was or had been a listed follower.....there will some very honored winner of these wonderful handmades by you.....

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

I think you did an outstanding job Robyn! Enter me please!!
And send your good luck my way! hehe.
Cindy

Kaisievic said...

Hi Robin, gorgeous stitching and I love both of your gifts. I am a follower so please enter me. Have a lovely christmas, Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Christine said...

Oh I'm so thrilled,Robin - thank you for thinking of your overseas followers - And I can definitely say 'friends'! - from other places!
I love Brenda's patterns and you have done these to perfection!
You are one thoughtful, sweet crow!
Blessings
Christine

Angela said...

Robin, Such a perfect giveaway. I so love items given from the heart, and ones that can be displayed all year. I so hate to put away items when they are given from friends and such a sweet reminder of those special folks when I see them in my home. Love, love, the pinkeep. I tried my hand at CCS but just not my cup of tea. I admire those of you who have the patience to do this craft. And I so love the crow. Such great detail. Please make my day and add my name to your giveaway. Have a blessed day.
Angela

Ronda said...

Robin,
Such beautiful work...I'd absolutely love to have these items made from your hands. I always enjoy visiting you my friend. Have a wonderful day.
Blessings,
~Ronda

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
You are much more talented than you give yourself credit for. I'm not sure I could stitch on 35 count linen. I'm much older than you are :)
Please enter me in your give-away. I'd be honored to win.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

BumbleBeeLane said...

Oh girl~ They are lovely.Count me in.I already think of you often but the little crow is the perfect sentiment..smile..Hope things are going better for your son.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Deppen homestead 1862 said...

Hi,Robin~ what a sweet giveaway~ sincerely~ dear~ handmade items~ very~ very pretty~ and yes you have talent~ and a very special way of touching all of our hearts~

Please enter me ~ I will keep my fingers crossed~ would love to give them a home~

Wishing all Good luck!!

~ Sending Prayers for your son's healing~ you can see I have been a bit behind~

Big Crow hugs to you for your generosity~giggles~ did I ruffle your feathers with that hug~giggles~

smiles
Teresa

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

I am so drawn to th little pin keeps lately!! And by drawn, I mean obsessed!! I would love to have these...cherish them and they would be displayed always!! Oh, I hope I win!! Thanks for the great giveaway. You do beautiful work...and I know you're super busy!
Hugs!!!

tamera-country at heart said...

Robin, you sneaky little crow, how nice to think of us and what nice work you have done, so perfect. I would put them out to look at everyday to remind me of you and your friendship. Thank you my friend, for the chance to win.
Tamera
Country at heart

Raymond Homestead said...

Oh Robin, I love what you have made and I would love to be entered in your giveaway! I think you do beautiful work! I'm going to keep my fingers and toes crossed!! It's going to be hard to walk, but hey, whatever it takes! lol

Stacy said...

Hi Robin~such a lovely gift..I would love to be entered. :)

Thank you for your friendship and kindness!
Hugs~Stacy

Shirlee said...

Robin! What a beautiful, generous giveaway! Not much??? You've got to be kidding! Nothing is more special than something handmade! Please do enter me me for a chance at these. Blessings, Shirlee

Kim said...

Hey Robin,
You've got some talent there!! I would love to be entered in this giveaway and give your little mini-me crows a new home.
Kim

Jacqueline said...

Your work is beautiful. And I love the feather stitching on the wing of the crow. I would love to be entered.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Sheila said...

What a beautiful giveaway! Please enter me as I'd love to give these treasures a good home.
All my blog friends are near and dear to my heart and always in my prayers.
You, my dear are certainly among them.
Blessings,
Sheila

Me and My Stitches said...

Oh Robin - they are adorable! I haven't done any cross stitching since I started quilting, but I sure do still love it! Thanks for the chance to win.

Nicole said...

Great work Robin! Your labor of love is so cute. I love the crow :) Please enter me in the giveaway. Hope you have a great Monday!
Hugs,
Nicole

bettyj said...

What a beautiful pin keep!Please enter me.Have a great day.

frontporchprims said...

Oh Robin. As I was looking at your wonderful pin keep I thought to myself. "Wow" this is awesome. It would be neat if this was a giveaway!!! And it is!! How wonderful to receive something as special as this. That is a lot of beautiful work and the crow with the applied wings is awesome. I hope whoever wins this is truly appreciative and a good blogger friend to you. This is truly a special special giveaway and one I would cry to receive. You are such a neat and talented lady and such a good friend to all. Congrats on having a give away. They are so much fun to host. -Steph-

outjunking said...

Is there nothing you can't do? You are most talented and I can't think of a nicer blogger to have so many talents. Please, please enter me to win.
Lisa

ArtyMarti said...

Your work is wonderful. Don't ever think otherwise. I would be honored to be able to display these, so you can enter me. Thank you for think of us.

HomeSpunPrims said...

Robin,
Both pieces are wonderful! I would be honored to have these works of your hands in my home. Thank you for offering them. Hugs, Lori

annie said...

These are just wonderful, I love the pennies and buttons , and esp. the crows. So generous to give them away.

laurie said...

your work is just perfectly you.Such talent, I wish I had the patience to do this work. Its a beautiful give away for sure.I would love to be entered!

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Good Morning Robin... I love the Crow and the pillow... Your labor of love turned out very nicely...You have more patience then I do and it surely shows in your beautiful work.
I don't normally enter giveaways but I love the crow and he would look cute sitting on my shelf so please enter me. If I win I will have that little Crow to remind me of my dear Friend and knowing it was made by your hand will make it even more special!!

Hope your son is doing well after his surgery.
Also hope that you have found a few moments peace during all the craziness your life has been dealing with...

Have a Great Week dear Friend!

Holiday Blessings
Tonya

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Well I think you did an amazing job on both!!! Great job. And you know I would love to have both these wonderful it's in my home. :) Please sign the Primcats up... they like birds. ;o)

Carmen and the Primcats

Patti said...

Oh my goodness gracious! What a generous giveaway of such lovely creations! How will you part with them? Please enter me as I would be honored to treasure that sweet bird and pinkeep.
Blessings, Patti

Kendra said...

Robin, how sweet of you especially with everything you have going on right now with your son and his care. Please enter me in your drawing I would love to have something you made in my home and I do think of you and our conversations often : ). Kendra

myomyohi said...

Good morning Robin. Please include me in your giveaway. I too love crows.

Linda said...

When I first saw the picture and had not yet read the words I thought...how delightful...they are so sweet...and you my friend...are the one that we need to thank!You are such a delight and I look forward to visiting with you and having you come to my site as well! I would love to be entered...they are precious!I hope all is going well with your new job, your son and snow dog!

Rhissanna said...

Crows are for Christmas! Didn't you know?

Thank you so much, Miss Crow, for being one of the sweetest, nicest people here in the Blogiverse. I always look forward to your comments and they are always witty, welcoming and kind.

Good luck to everyone and Merry Christmas.

Ellie's Country Accents said...

Robin,
Your pillow is so pretty and I would be honored to have it in my home if I win. My prayers are with your son & hope he is feeling better soon. Thank you for being one of my first blog friends, Wishing you a wonderful and blessed Christmas.
Ellie

Siobhan said...

Oh my gosh Robin, they're both wonderful! I'd be pleased as punch to win your giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

Becky said...

Robin,
The little pillow and crow are so very cute. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks so much for putting this on.
Becky at Ginger Creme Hollow

Pam at Antique or Not said...

Robin, when I saw the pic of your gorgeous pinkeep, I thought to myself, "Wow, I wish Robin would give this away!"

And you ARE!

Please enter me in your drawing; I would dearly love to have something made by my sweet new friend from Nod.

Hugs,
Pam

Beckyjean said...

Hi Robin~

What wonderful handmade goodies you're giving away!! They are both simply fabulous!! I would love to be entered. Thank you for the chance.

Have a wonderful evening~Becky

Gayle said...

/Robin - Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous giveaway - what a LOT of work that took! And I love the Sarah McLachlan song you're playing......

Mary said...

Robin..I am addicted to cross stitch so I can truly appreciate the work you put into this beautiful piece. You do amazing work. I would love to be entered into your drawing. I would cherish it.

Traci said...

ROBIN... Holy smokes, I thought you were sharing some of your work just for us to drool over... Heck no, you're giving it away! It would make me just plum happy if you were to enter me please.

Hope your son's PT went well today... Sending hugs, Traci

PS I thought "C" was for cranky ;)

Linda said...

I would be honored to win your lovely work. Crows are one of my favorites too. You have won some beautiful treasures. Hope your son's recovery is progressing well.

Karen said...

Hi Robin, I'm very new to your blog, just a week or two or three in the making.. and to be honest, I'm not sure how I got here -- but your blog name and design and words drew me in, as I am very partial to the Crow and the Cardinal !! Long story but for some reason I found you here.

I just wanted to say that your hand work on the pinkeep and the crow are very special -- thank you for sharing them - - even if just for a viewing. I will look for the patterns on Brenda's site... (maybe that's how I found you : )

Take care !

Karen

Lois--Huckleberry Lady said...

Hi Robin, When I saw the crows, I thought how appropriate you making crows for yourself since your a crow lover. I had to re-read it again when you said you were giving them away!!!! They are lovely!!! Soooooo, please enter me in your generous giveaway.

Lois

Robin said...

Robin...I need that pinkeep and crow. I mean I REALLY need it. They are BEAUTIFUL girlfriend. What an awesome gift for someone.

Raggedy Creations said...

Ah Robin, I consider it an honor to have gotten to know you and call you friend and I would consider it a privilege to own your "labor's of love". Please enter me in your lovely giveaway.

Hugs
Felicia

Raggedy Creations said...

Ah Robin, I consider it an honor to have gotten to know you and call you friend and I would consider it a privilege to own your "labor's of love". Please enter me in your lovely giveaway.

Hugs
Felicia

oldecrow said...

Beautiful stitching! I think since I am a "Olde Crow" I should win! haha! I am a loyal follower who enjoys every word of your blog!Thanks for offering a wonderful giveaway!
Wanda
Olde Crow Mercantile

Cottonwood Lane Primitives said...

Hi Robin: You know I'm a follower and probably a pest as well :-) I was reading through your post thinking you were offering this wonderful piece for sale so I'm absolutely thrilled to ask (beg?) you to include me in this drawing. Have a good week! ~Roberta

Penny said...

I've only recently found your blog, so no need to enter me in the giveaway. :) Just wanted to say beautiful pinkeep, I love the little touches you added to finish it. Love the little crow too!

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Wow, an awesome surprise, you are giving this precious creation away! So lovely, would look perfect in my Cabin. Hugs to you!
Connie

A Primitive Homestead said...

I would love to be entered & thank you. Your giveaway is beautiful. Blessings!
Lara

~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

Oh Robin, just love your labor of loves!! I honestly wish I had your talent! I would be honored to be entered into your awesome giveaway :)i hope you have a wonderful week,
Hugs, Trish

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Hi Robin.
Please enter me in your lovely give away. You did a wonderful job.
Thanks so much.
Janet

dee said...

Please enter me in your drawing. Dee

Karen ~ Life In A Primitive English Cottage said...

Robin you really shouldn't put yourself down as the stitching in the pin keep is nothing short of perfection, you can tell the hours of work that has gone into making it, I can see a true labor of love and I would dearly love to be entered into your giveaway.

I sincerely hope that I am lucky enough to win as I would treasure such a beautiful piece of work and it would have a special place in our home for many a year to come.

Thank you my friend for offering such a wonderful giveaway to your loyal followers
Blessings
Karen

Judy @ A Meek Perspective said...

What a talent you have! I look forward to exploring your blog more. This is one of the reason why I do love giveaways...the chance to meet someone new and learn a new blog. Thank you!

Carolynn Cecilia said...

I love hanging handmade, stitched decorations like your crow on my tree each year. You are rocking it lady!

deb said...

I not only want to enter, I want to WIN.....lol......those are AMAZING gifts!!!!!!!

Farmhouse prims said...

Hi Robin, your pinkeep is beautiful! I love it and your crow, I would love to be entered in your giveaway! And I am so glad that you are my prim friend, I cherish our friendship. Hugs, Lecia

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Miss Robin....that is a very generous giveaway and love your crows! Someone is going to be thrilled to pieces to win those beauties!

Katherine said...

Robin, you do lovely work! Please sign me up for your generous giveaway. I have a prim doll with an empty lap that really wants to hold them...

Katherine

Lee Hill Primitives said...

OMG! Robin, They are beautiful. Awesome work. Please, enter my name on it. Thank you, Eve

Mary said...

Well dah!!!! Of coarse I would like to be entered. What lovely work you do. I only wish I could get motivated to get my needle moving.

Cindy said...

How wonderful! I love the crows! You are so very talented! I have three huge crows that hang around our house, always clowning around and making me laugh. Silly birds..I would love to be entered into your give away!

Farmer's Wyfe said...

Oh, boy!! I got over here just in time!! :) What a fun treat!! You make beautiful things, too! :) And I LOVE the music over here! :)

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

OMGoodness!
Somehow I almost missed this!!!
If I'm not too late please throw my name in.
Wonderful!
Hugs,
Tam