A chalky give away....

...such was the response to the wonderful multi-coloured propelling chalk pen that I had raved about last week, that it would seem unfair not to be responsible for dispensing at least one into the lovely bloggerty online sewing community.

Is it a thank you for all your lovely comments and support and for coming back and reading more? A celebration of my 58th post (because who wants to wait for a round number anyway)? A welcome if this is your first visit?...or a sewing-themed carroty attempt to entice lurkers out of their cosy corners? Well, perhaps all of those.

But do leave a comment if you would like the to win the chalk marker and your name will be entered into Zebra-girl's winter hat....and drawn out by Dinosaur-boy because he can't yet read, and so will be the fairest of invigilators. I am also putting up for grabs with it, a fat quarter of Amy Butler's duck-egg blue Belle French Wallpaper, as it is one of my favourite fabrics and if you like it too, it may prove a wonderful addition to any chalky adventures.

I will announce the winner by the end of the week (or maybe a little before to try and catch the post)...and what a week it will be...I am feeling tired just thinking about it. We are in the middle of ripping our old kitchen out in preparation for a new one being put in straight after Christmas...but unable to find an electrician before the plasterers arrive later this week, we have been forced to venture into the world of electrical faire du bricolage. I have been rooting around inside this box (eyes left!), not because I have any electrical experience at all, or even a desire to gain it, but because without doing so we faced the prospect of no heating and no hot water. So with trusty father-in-law on the other end of my mobile phone I began unscrewing and chopping at the wires with a certain degree of surprise that we actually owned of a pair of wire cutters in the first place...as the level of incompetence became clear, arguments ensued between Ian and me as to who should be doing this: No, I'll do it, you shouldn't be doing this, I love you too much! No, I love you more, I'll do it (I won). Half-way through I got the fear...no, it's all too dangerous, what if I blow the house up? So after getting one of the screws wedged in the wrong place for a worryingly long time, I ended up putting it all back together again, with assurances from the f-i-l that he could be here by breakfast time to return us to 21st century living conditions...only to find that when I turned the electricity back on I had inadvertantly cured the problem just by taking it all out and putting it straight back in again! Mmm, strange....but I have no objection to being called Sparky!


  1. Hi Florence,

    Can you pop my name into Zebra Girls hat please.

    Also, you still haven't told us where we can buy one of these great pens !

    In anticipation.


  2. Hi Viv

    It looks as though an online company called http://www.psmc.co.uk/ may sell them.

    I bought mine from my local sewing shop, but unfortunately they don't do mail order.


  3. I would love to be entered in your draw. Thank you so much!

    Cindy Keery

  4. I'm all for sewing gadgets and would love to be entered into the draw, please!

    Hope life isn't too chaotic for you at the moment with the work you have going on!

  5. oooooh, I want a pen!!! I am in awe at you even attempting to poke about in that electrical box. I think I would do a big girly squeak and fall on the floor in faux electrocution.

  6. Wow electrical work, very brave woman indeed. I can wire a plug, now of course totally useless skill. Brilliant chalk pen, could I enter the draw please.

  7. Hi Florence,

    I would love to be entered into your draw - I think I'm in definite need of one of these great pens as I am rubbish as sewing where I actually should be!!
    Your site is looking fab too :)
    Take care,
    Queen Bee

  8. Very impressed at your trade skills! I always call somebody when I am home alone and heading up to the loft. If I don't call back in 15 mins, they know I've fallen down through the roof and can call the ambulance for me! Mad.

    And the chalk pen is too cool to miss out on a chance of winning, so please may I enter too.

  9. Whooo, i would love to be in the draw, i just found your blog so going to read some more. Good luck with the kitchen.
    Sarah x

  10. I'd love to go in the draw please!
    Taking your kitchen out seems an extreme way to avoid cooking Christmas dinner!
    French Knots.

  11. Hi, just found your blog. I would love to be in the draw as well please. Thanks also for mentioning the site where we can buy some. My blog is at http://madebylova.wordpress.com

  12. Hello.
    I'd love to be in the draw.
    I have bookmarked you recently and keep coming back to see your cute craft achievements - and thanks for interesting links every time!

  13. Hi Florence.. you make me laugh... scary electrics!
    You must be sickening for something! Have a good week.
    PS... short comment.. it must be catching!

  14. Hi Florence

    I have just found your blog (and lovely it is too!) - I actually was attracted to the name before anything else as my mother used to call me Flossie as a pet name (nothing like my actual name so goodness knows where it came from!). Please include me in the draw - I normally find lovely blogs with giveaways just as they announce the winner!

    Best wishes

  15. I like your style. And I, too, would like to know where to buy one of these pens- just in case Z-Boy doesn;t pull my name out of the hat. Thanks.


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