Thursday, 16 February 2012

Fugly fabric winner

Sorry it's taken me a few days to post this (thanks for all the entries, I can't believe how many I had!) - Archie and I have been locked in negotiations about his fee for this draw.  Let me tell you, he drives a hard bargain!  In the end we agreed on a dozen bits of puppy food (free sample from the vet - they're about the size of a pea...) which would be used in the draw and then a mini marrow bone type biscuit afterwards.  He wanted a big one.  I said no - it was a small one or nothing and he agreed.  He even agreed to get out of bed to perform his task!

Here's the plan...(sorry about the dark photos, the clouds are out and the sun is hiding!)

Negotiate with Archie about payment for the task and persuade him out of bed...

I'm not sure it's worth getting out of bed for, it's lovely and cosy in here...

You promise I'll get that biscuit afterwards?  Any chance you'll super size it?

Cut out and fold all the entries...

This takes far longer than you'd think!!

Put them in a conveniently empty food bag, add a dozen bits of food and shake...


You can just see one of the 'biscuits' at the bottom.

Get Archie to bring me a piece of paper...

Hmmm, didn't quite think this one through - I think he might be eating the paper!

Persuade Archie to take his head out of the bag and explain the rules...again! (No photo, I was busy trying to explain the concept of 'there's more to this than eating the biscuits' to a dog who was determined to get his head back in the bag!)

Result!

Do you know, I don't think this is food after all...what's all the fuss about?

Very kind of you to offer, I hadn't even considered swapping them,
I thought I'd have to bribe someone to take them!!  You can send something if 
you want but you don't need to!

Congratulations, Josie!  I'll be sending you an email as soon as I've published this post!

(No paper was eaten in the making of this post - I checked!)

I'm off to catch up on some blog reading and then do a spot of hand piecing - I'm stitching the grey borders on my Drunkard's Path blocks and I'm pleased I chose the Kona medium grey, it works well with the City Weekend fabric I've used.  I'm also planning my fabrics and blocks for Sarah's QAL - not sure when I'll get round to starting all that cutting though!


Thanks for popping in!


P.S.  I'm having a lucky streak at the moment!  In the last few days I've won a Pezzy charm pack from Lucy, a beautiful pair of earrings from Karen's friend Catherine (I chose the turquoise pair!) and on Susan's blog I won two pouch patterns from Kat's shop.  Thank you to you all, I'm thrilled!

P.P.S.  Thank you, Giles and Marjorie - I'm very honoured!  I'm going to ignore the rules and post some more random facts over the next few posts instead of what I'm supposed to do, I hope that's ok!


Random Fact Six I've had my ears pierced five times - I wear four (small!) studs in each earlobe and two (still small!) studs in the top of my left ear.  I remember going out for my first 'Christmas do' at my last job and the deputy head said (in horror!) to the head 'I didn't know we'd employed a punk!'  I think you could say it was a very traditional school *wink*

Edited to add:  Kelli and Rebecca are hosting a 'Drama Free 2012' giveaway - pay them a visit and leave them a comment for a chance to win a Little Apples layer cake! 

25 comments:

  1. Archie will be joining a union next and letting them do the negotiating for him! Love the earring story and fab that you have won won so much.

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  2. Good fun Archie?
    Well done on all the winning x

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  3. Great post as usual - good old Archie.
    Have missed a couple of your posts, am using that "next" button and it seems to forget some of my favourites!!
    Loved bothe your cushion & Nicky's tho I think you might be certifiable making those teensy weensy blocks - phew.

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  4. Archie will be demanding an agent and contract for next time ;-)

    Well done on all that winning. Been a long time since I won anything, but feels more recent as a prize too a while to get to me!

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  5. Yay! Congrats on all the fab wins!

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  6. Wow you've been very lucky. I won a giveaway too for the Zippered pouch on http://mommyforreals.blogspot.com.

    I would also like to mention
    I'm holding a swap on my blog. If you're interested feel free to check it out =D
    http://ibescheraldine.blogspot.com/p/swap-time.html"

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  7. Thank you Archie, I am doing a very happy dance (with no one watching, just as well)I have always loved Stained glass quilts and now I get to play. I hope you get an extra treat.
    Josie

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  8. Congratulations on all your wins, Helen! And, of course, to Josie. And well done to Archie. He's certainly a dog who knows how to drive a hard bargain :)

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  9. Congratulations Josie and well done Archie and congratulations to you on your wins. Oh you rebel you!! Punk!! I have two tattoos from our mad motorbiking days...luckily I had enough sense to have them where they are out of sight.....most of the time!!! Hugs

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  10. Vof Archie! Thanks for a funny post! When I did first time this drawing thing, it went surprisingly well. I had a scarf on my eyes and I just smelled a little bit the papers and then picked one. After that it hasn't gone so well. I guess I need to ask also goodies and biscuits.
    You did great job!
    Hugs from Nero

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  11. Congratulations to Archie for his selecting prowess and negotiation skills, to you on your wins and to Josie who was lucky enough to win your fabric ; )

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  12. Congrats on your negotiating skills once more, and, of course, to Archie on his superb selecting abilities... As for the giveaways, lucky mare ;o)

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  13. Did you think your ear could be a Pincushion? I could have sent you a nice soft one- no need to resort to extreme self harm measures, Helen, just for a quilting career.

    Lucky Josie to win such yukky fabric!

    Poor Archie! He could have suffocated in that bag.
    I shall have to report you to The S.A.F.....Save Archie (from silly situations) Fund.

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  14. Congratulations to Josie! The picture of Archie with his head in the bag is priceless!! Now had it been one of the buns there really wouldn't be any paper left, LOL.. ;) Ellyx

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  15. Well done Archie and congrats to Josie. Congrats to you too on a fab winning streak. Now I have an image of you in my head which I'm sure is nothing like the real you!! Jxo

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  16. Congratulations Josie!
    If I knew you had that many holes I would have thrown some earrings in the package!! I used to have lots too but when I took them out they healed horribly so I'm sticking to tattoos - less painful anyway :)

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  17. ha, ha! I love the Archie selection process, it's always completely random and worth a giggle! good going on the piercings too! x

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  18. Way to go Archie for picking the winner and not eating the paper. :o) You are living on the edge with all of those piercings.. I just have the standard boring two. ;) Hope you're having a great weekend, Helen! xo
    p.s. I have to go round up Buster and put him in the garage, he WILL NOT stop barking it up out there! Love to Archie!

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  19. Have just seen you've won some fuglies yourself!
    Ha Ha...gotta see what you create
    All from Charm About You...
    Lucky you... Archie roo.

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  20. Do you feel lucky punk? Ha ha! Had to slip that Clint Eastwood quote in as it seems to fit so perfectly!

    Bless that doog, such a sweetheart. My old family dog used to like to snuffle about in empty crisp packets. She ate one once and her poo came out inside the packet! Really odd.

    xxx

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  21. Do you feel lucky punk? Ha ha! Had to slip that Clint Eastwood quote in as it seems to fit so perfectly!

    Bless that doog, such a sweetheart. My old family dog used to like to snuffle about in empty crisp packets. She ate one once and her poo came out inside the packet! Really odd.

    xxx

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  22. Do you feel lucky punk? Ha ha! Had to slip that Clint Eastwood quote in as it seems to fit so perfectly!

    Bless that doog, such a sweetheart. My old family dog used to like to snuffle about in empty crisp packets. She ate one once and her poo came out inside the packet! Really odd.

    xxx

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  23. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much, the fabric is even prettier in real life. I have a lot of ideas spinning round in my head, I've looked through old magazines and books for inspiration. Best wishes to Archie, with perhaps one small treat.
    Josie

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  24. What an amazing way to do a draw! Big fans of Archie! Jen@madeinminch

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  25. I laughed sooooo hard...my cheeks ache! Well done Archie - love ya!

    Congrats on all the goodies x

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