Sunday, 12 January 2014

Give Away!!!!

Edited: 5pm Sunday 19/01/2014 - The Give Away is now closed.  Thanks to everyone who entered.


To Patching Pixies

Today is my blog's 1st Birthday.  Exactly one year ago, with a lot of trepidation, I set out on my bloggy path.  And haven't I had some fun!  There are so many lovely talented people out there, who have made my journey enjoyable.  So.  To celebrate this monumental event, I have decided to do a Give Away.  And here it is....

A lovely fine china mug made by Maxwell Williams, featuring a gorgeous painting of some Blue Fair Wrens by Katherine Castle.
The description of the Blue Fairy Wren on the box reads:
"The stunning, iridescent blue of the breeding male and their playful personality have made the Superb fairy-wrens a favourite Australian bird.
They live in low bushy vegetation and are frequently seen in family groups in parks and gardens in south-eastern Australia, feeding on insects and seeds"
This is Mr. Wren...

And his little harem (sorry, I couldn't get all three of them into the photo)....

Aren't they the cutest little birds?  They come to our garden once in a while, but we are a little suburban for their liking as they are a bit shy.  They actually live down the road in the bushland, so they are around.

As most of my readers are from overseas, I thought it would be appropriate to offer something uniquely Australian.  Mind you, I am sure anyone in Australia wouldn't mind having this little quartet to grace their tea table.

What's more I am willing to post overseas.

And I am planning a little surprise.

So how do you win this?  Just two simple things:

1.  You will need to Follow my blog. If you are already a Follower, just let me know that.

2.  Leave me a comment after you have done that and tell me what your favourite bird is.  Does it come into your garden, or do you only see it at the seaside/nature reserve?  Oh, and you had better tell me in which country this type of bird is found.


Of course I'd love it if you blogged about the give away too.

I will see if I can find one of those random number generators for the draw, and work out how to use it.  If I can't, I will do a draw out of a hat.  I will do the draw on Sunday, 19th January 2014, after 5pm Australian Daylight Saving Time (Sydney).  That means sometime on Saturday for you folks in the US.

If you would like to know a bit more about the cute little wrens you could take a look here at Birds in Backyards.

If you would like to know a bit more about Katherine Castle, the artist, you will find it here.  She does some beautiful work.

Good luck, and happy stitching.


  1. Congrats on a successful year of blogging! I'm one of your followers.:) I always enjoy the robins that come into our yard in the summer. So cute when it rains and you can see them out on the lawn pulling up worms!

  2. Congratulations Dasha on your first year. What an excellent combination of creating a diary to remember your achievements and experiences, and being able to share with us your beautiful creations. I so enjoy quilting with you and being inspired by your work.

  3. Congrats on the milestone! I am a follower! lol. And I adore the rosellas that are often in our street. I hear the kookaburras quite a lot, but still yet to see one :)

  4. Woohooo for you and one year of blogging. It is such a fun way to "meet" like minded people. Have you heard of Sandhill Cranes? I posted a picture a bit ago here: and here: We have a lot of them in Florida, though they are endangered or possibly just threatened. They stand about shoulder high and are not afraid of people at all. They will often hang out in front yards and walk across streets causing traffic jams. Every spring the mated couples will hang out with their one or two baby hatchlings until they get so big you can't tell who the parents are anymore.

  5. Congratulations on your first year of blogging. We have a pair of Major Mitchells that come during January and not at any other time. They sit on the power lines for a day and then fly off elsewhere. My other favourites are tiny little finches - some with red/brown breast and some with blue breast - they flit about here all the time and are great to watch!! I am already a follower and am at Griffith, Riverina NSW.

  6. Congrats on one year and I hope you have many more!! I am a new follower and love to watch the eagles land on the ice on the river all winter. Some stay here all year and the young ones are black. Great giveaway!

  7. Congrats on your first year! Woohoo! Awesome! And right now my favorite bird is the Chickadee (Maine's State Bird), and we are seeing them in the trees right now! They're such sweet little birds! :o)

  8. And I'm a very happy follower! :o)


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