Friday, 23 March 2012

Busy at Home and Give-Away Time!

It been a while since I knitted something and I've been missing it so I've just bought some beautiful soft Eskimo wool to make this, my very first project on Ravelry. I'll let you know how I get on. It's on big chunky 9mm needles so it shouldn't take very long to finish.

Look at my poor  garden. It really has been neglected hasn't it? After several years of tough play from my children (and plenty of other people's too!) it looks forlorn and very sad doesn't it?

Time for a make-over!

A bit of wire wool action, my trusty can of lilac spray paint and a few other bits and bobs, it's now spick and span and ready for the next onslaught!

                             ~*~*~Now for my give-away! ~*~*~

As I've just tipped the 400 mark with my followers I thought it was time to say a big thankyou to you for adding my little blog to your reading list! I love your visits and to read your comments and appreciate the time it takes from your busy day. :)


To the lucky winner, I'm going to give away my original watercolour painting (pictured above) and a brand new set of compressed charcoal. All you need to do is to tell me you'd like to be included in the draw in the comments section of this post and of course to become a follower (if you aren't already!)

This charcoal is the more softer kind, not the scratchy sticks that crumble and break easily. The black is smooth, rich and velvety.

The painting measures 7 x 10 inches (that's approx. 18 x 25cm) and is painted with lovely bright Schminke watercolours, my favourite kind.
I'll have the draw in a week or so and I'll tell the winner before announcing it here. 
Good luck! :)


Els said...

Well Jessie, it just might be my lucky day ;-)
Sometimes the garden is a bit neglected and just needs some TLC .... that's what you gave !
It's no surprise that you choose those lovely "Drops" colours. Ha !

Bella said...

I was about to say I never win anything but actually there was a Christmas raffle where I won some whisky one year (yuck).

I see you have taken your colour scheme into the garden with those soft purples and greens. I hope it survives this year's footfall.

Purpletreebird said...

Thanks Els, yes you never know!

Thanks Bella, I'm sure it will. My lot are grown and the next generation are small (at the moment!)

Robin Larkspur said...

Great makeover on the swing; lucky kids enjoying your garden. Congrats on the 400!! I would love to enter to win you lively watercolor, and the charcoal. I have been a follower for quite a while! Take care now and enjoy knitting away!

rossichka said...

When I look at this lovely wool I'm thinking that I haven't knitted for ages! I have a winter shawl to finish...
You garden is full of life now, ready to welcome kids' steps and laugh!
The giveaway is so tempting, Jess, everyone would be happy to have your beautiful painting and the charcoals! Me, too!:)

Country Rabbit said...

helloooo lovely! ive just spent a very happy hour here catching up on postings- enjoying your amazing art work and your country pics and enjoyed it! ;0)

lovely charcoals and beautiful colour combinations in your art! so impressive x

Kim Mailhot said...

I love your party girl !

What a sweet giveaway !
I am glad you are enjoying Spring so very well, Jessie.
Light and love to you !

busybusybeejay said...

That pattern and wool look lovely and should be very quick to make.I'm crocheting at the moment as I have a cracked rib and knitting hurts!I would love to enter the giveaway.Fancy having 400 followers.Amazing

busybusybeejay said...

That pattern and wool look lovely and should be very quick to make.I'm crocheting at the moment as I have a cracked rib and knitting hurts!I would love to enter the giveaway.Fancy having 400 followers.Amazing

Trish said...

I would love to be included in your wonderful giveaway....the painting is beautiful,and the charcoles sound wonderful, I have only ever used scrathy ones!
Love the wool you are knitting

millefeuilles said...

A purple knit for a purple bird! Perfect! Your garden, Jessie, seems to have a lot of potential. It was probably good you milked its child's play potential for a few years; now it's time maybe to move on to a new phase.

I would love to be included in your amazing giveaway and, oh dear, I would very much like to apologize for NOT responding to your mail about that beautiful garden girl (my name for it) painting I have my eye on. I must confess I would very much like to buy it... perhaps I should ask about the price first? ;-)

I really am sorry to have been so lacking in manners. I took a step back from my computer for a while as I could almost hear my nerves jangling as I strove to do too much. Inevitably the wonderful world of mails and bloggin was first to be sacrificed. Will you forgive me?


Anonymous said...

Yae! Your garden looks refreshed and ready for spring! :)

Julie said...

Yes please, I love that painting! I had bookmarked your site and was visiting it daily, now I'm officially "following" as well :)

...Tabiboo... said...

Oh wow - I've just taken a peek at your beautiful pictures - they really are lovely.

Nina x

ps. I've just popped over from Pipany's and wanted to say hello. N x

Anita said...

Lovely blog.

Rachel said...

I'd love to be included in the giveaway, what a fun painting. :-)

Great work on the garden, looks like your all set for the summer now.

Jae Fae in Avalon said...

Aww- thank you for following me and inviting me to take part in this, I would love to be added to the draw and I have added you to my follow list too

Kim Mailhot said...

Hi Jessie !
I tagged you in a fun meme on my blog if you feel like taking part. Check it out at
No obligation !

Amalia K said...

Wow, that's quite a makeover! Can I bring my kids there? (although I'm sure they wouldn't want to go home after that!)

And how generous of you to give away those lovely gifts...congrats on reaching 400 followers! (^_^)

Ana said...

I hope I'm not too late to participate :)

Purpletreebird said...

Thankyou everyone for entering my giveaway draw. :) If you've only just visited me, there's still another week to leave a comment if you'd like to be included. It might even be after the easter weekend if I don't get a chance to do it sooner!xx

Julia Guthrie said...

The garden looks fab... better than mine! LOL

And I love the painting... looks just like me in my purple spotty PJ's :)

Cynthia Schelzig said...

I have had to spend a lot of time in my garden too....all the work pays off as you show.......and ooooooh oooohhhh another beauty up for grabs...ohhh how I would love to add it to my collection but beings that I am already lucky enough to have one of your beauties I have to let the others try their luck,,,DARN!!!

Mari Jose Molina said...

Beautiful work, it so nice!! :)