Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Mr Teacakes' imaginary giveaway


Last night Mr Teacakes happened to glimpse my copy of Sew Serendipity on the table (review in the last post). It prompted his, now familiar, delighted discussion over how much sewers seem to love to use play on words for book titles, and he made me laugh until my ribs ached for nearly an entire hour, culminating in him going into the ins and outs of a competition that he'd like to run on my blog (no, I'm not actually going to let him do that). His idea was that people with dual interests (he realises that I don't have those, but thinks that other people might) should have magazines, manuals and books produced combining both sewing and their other hobby...and that people should come up with names for them.

These are some of his own favourites:

For Farmers: 'Sew Succulent Poultry'
Flying Fishing: 'Sew Many Trout, So Little Time'
For water sports enthusiasts: 'Sewking Wet'
Darwinists: 'From Sew Simple a Beginning'

He then ventured into the realm of sewing-related self-help manuals:

For the cantankerous: The Grumpy Sew and So's Guide to Rudeness
For those that repeatedly fail to heed advice: I Told You Sew!
For the unenthused: 'Sew-So: A Practical Guide to Overcoming Indifference

When he'd finally finished coming up with titles (although he was still coming up with titles this morning, so I'm now looking upon this time as a pause, rather than a cessation), I asked him what he would be offering up as a prize. He said that he'd really love to give away a signed diagram of how he injured his finger playing football last year (he drew one at the time - with the other hand - and has obviously felt permanently slighted that I declined to add it to my blog, although I did make a special finger mention at the end of this post). But he has also suggested that I might want to put a fat quarter of something nice with the diagram, as in reality it may not hold very much pull for sewers (other than for those that might like a sewing related football book: Sew Close - England's Near Misses).

His analysis of all this, as well as making me laugh, makes me feel slightly fascinated. Do we really like word-play more than other groups of people? Even Queen of Sewing, Amy Butler, seems to love it, naming her books: In Stitches, Little Stitches for Little Ones and Sew-It Kit. And Anna Maria Horner has found herself similarly enamoured with Seams to Me.

I have told Mr Teacakes that I think the phenomenon may be explained away by it being a logical way of getting one's book to appear when one types certain sewing terms into an Amazon search box. He is convinced that this is not the case.

Wishing you a sew happy Wednesday,
Florence x

17 comments:

  1. Hi Florence! Are there any more, like him, at home? I've laughed myself silly over his little game! I'm glad you've got a lovely, funny Mister. Lots of love, Amanda xxx

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  2. There seems to be a similar situation with blog names too - quite exhaustingly terrible in some cases.

    ps. what about a book for the indifferent AND indecisive: Sew What?

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  3. So so funny! Mr Teacakes sounds heaps of fun - and rather clever too. I've been chortling away to myself while reading this. Too good to keep to myself though - I know my daughter will love those book titles too. Thanks for sharing Flossie; very enjoyable!
    Siobhan

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  4. Well done, Mr Teacakes - though I do incline to your theory about internet search engines. Husband's contribution to the list, by the way, was that reading craft blogs can be sew habit forming :-{

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  5. hilarious! I'm completely loving the puns this morning. Thanks for a nice way to start my day!

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  6. When I was trying to think up a name for my blog/etsy/folksy etc one of my daughters suggested So Christine as she reckons that my designs are unique to me. However I changed it to Sewchristine as I thought it was more expressive. I can also it as encouragement "Sew,Christine"! I also love the pattern books that have names like Sew Easy, Sew Pretty etc. Your hubby sounds like a lot of fun!

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  7. I had a wonderful chortle over these. Please tell Mr Teacakes he brightened a very overcast day!

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  8. I just stumbled upon your blog last night looking for a tutorial. I'm loving it! Thanks for the Wednesday morning laugh! Sounds like something my husband would do!

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  9. Thanks for the good laugh Mr, Teacakes! I for one would love to see the diagram of the broken finger just because I'm odd that way.

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  10. Really funny!

    As an amateur in all things sewing I should write "Sew Absolutely Knot" which would be a sad catalogue of my stitching mis-adventures, nightmares and the like!

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  11. That Mr Teacakes is such a card and sew sew funny. I do believe these men are all the same, my husband is just like him only I bet Mr T's don't get ruder the more he carries on.

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  12. Surviving a broken heart: 'I am sew over you'
    Now I'm going to be thinking about the possibilities for days.
    Love your blog by the way, and thank you for the tutorials.

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  13. The memoirs of a baking, sewing musician (such as myself): 'Dough Re Mi Fa Sew'. Now let's see that diagram!

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  14. Say it isn't sew.

    I think it is just that sew / so offers endless possibilities. I'm sure that stamp collectors and sky divers are wracking their brains for word play options...

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  15. Nina! I think you may have come up with the ultimate title...you have made my husband feel like an amateur at his own game!

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  16. Bless him, I love it when husbands offer their views on crafting business. I have come up with a title for a book that would d suit me which as I knit and sew would be : And sew to knit. It probably exists already but it sounds exactly the sort of book I would love. So far the only projects I've had that combine the two crafts have been knitted bags with fabric linings, might need a b it of expansion on the theme.

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  17. I love your husbands sense of humor. We need more like him in the world. Does he have a single brother 40ish? Even in my non sewing years I always signed my emails-Piece always,-Ive hat the clueless(no sewers obviously) ask how an English major, teacher, now library teacher could not spell piece correctly. After I explained it they looked at me funny and suggested maybe I should change it so I wouldnt look illiterate. Needless to say I didn't. Im a new follower btw! COme visit me!

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Florence x

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