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,
Posted by Florence (Flossie Teacakes)