Thanks all so much for the fabulous response to the Liberty lawn giveaway! I am pleased to announce that the winner is Liz M. Congrats to her – I will be in touch Liz.
Now that I am not selling Liberty lawn fabrics any more, I am so happy to be able to promote my rival (although to be honest, I never reached the same level of excellence!), Duck Egg Threads, as my new blog sponsor.
Tailored to quilters and crafters, who often do not need to buy larger pieces of a premium fabric when only a little is needed, their Liberty Tana Lawn is mainly sold in the very useable size of fat eighths (33cm x 50cm), but you can also buy in fat sixteenths too (33cm x 25cm).
Something I always wanted to do, but never quite got round to, was to stock a range of solid coloured cottons that worked with the Tana Lawn. Sarah has that all sorted, stocking the Pure Elements line of solids from Art Gallery Fabrics – as you can see, Duck Egg Threads has lots of colours in stock, with lots more to come in the near future:
Of course, this means that Sarah has the opportunity to put together some bundles of Liberty prints and coordinating solids. Love this classic grey and mustard combination – Sarah says one of her big influences is Orla Kiely and I can see that in these colour choices:
A big draw for me is the We Love Liberty Monthly Club, where you get a lovely bundle of fabric through your letterbox each month.. Sadly the subscription club is closed at the moment, but you could always sign up to go on the waiting list via the Contact Form.
Really usefully, there’s also a range of notions that’s small, but absolutely perfectly formed if you are interested in hand sewing and/or English Paper piecing – and who isn’t when you are sewing with Liberty lawn? So there are Aurifil threads in all the right colours (shades of grey and cream of course!), Black Gold needles, Clover clips, quilting pins, and my favourite Sewline glue pen, amongst other goodies.
To celebrate the this auspicious event… Sarah has very kindly put together an AWESOME bundle for me to give away to one lucky reader.
The prize is:
Fantastic or what?!
To be in with a chance of winning simply subscribe to the Duck Egg Threads Shop Update newsletter (you’ll find the subscribe button in the top left corner of the shop home page), and then leave a comment on here to tell me that you’ve done so. And that’s it!
If you’d like to be in with an extra chance of winning, all you have to do is share the giveaway on social media, and leave extra comments (1 per share) to tell me that you’ve done so.
The giveaway is open to Very Berry readers in the UK only.
I will make the draw on the evening of Sunday 24 July, so enter before about 8pm on Sunday to be in with a chance of winning.
I absolutely could not resist saying a great big YES when Stewart Garden got in touch to ask if I would like one of their ‘Essentials’ garden planters to review. Although they have the standard brown, green and black of plastic garden planters, they now also have loads of gorgeous vibrant colours (Cornflower Blue / Mocha / Lavender / Cherry Red / Pistachio / Light Blue), AND they come in 3 different sizes (and they are pretty good value at £2.99, £3.99 and £4.99 each).
Stewart sent me a large cornflower blue pot. So off I very happily went to my local garden centre to get some new plants to put in it (these freebies sometimes come with a price tag!). I picked up a tray of sweet purple violas, a Nemesia Wisley Vanilla – which smells incredible – and a variegated ivy… but then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted MORE of these fabulously colourful planters… so I picked up a small Cherry Red and a small Pistachio pot… And then some more plants found their way into my shopping trolley. Some little bush basil plants (I forgot to plant basil this year) and a stunning sedum called Sunsparkler…. well, you know how it is…
The pots are really sturdy, and although they got very muddy whilst I was planting them up, the soil brushed off really easily without affecting the plastic (I find some plastic pots look dirty right from the start). I am so pleased by this colourful array tucked up against my garden bench – just close enough so that I can smell the delicious vanilla scent of the Nemesia and start dreaming about ice cream…
I think they look especially good against the gravel round the raised beds in my vegetable garden, and I think this combo of the cornflower blue, cherry red and pistachio (more ice cream!) work so well together.
I can also imagine them looking fabulous for indoor use in a conservatory – or the smaller ones would be great for herbs in the kitchen. And with the colours available, your bound to be able to find one that matches your food-mixer😉
Hope you have been finding time to enjoy your garden on this beautiful sunny and hot (well, here in the UK anyway) Tuesday. Hope I have got you thinking of a trip to the garden centre at the weekend… Thanks so much to Stewart Garden (here’s their Facebook page too) for the opportunity to review these fab planters.
Just a quick update to let you know the winners of the Empress Mills quilting thread giveaway:
Comment 20 was left by Jackie W – well done you – I will email shortly.
Comment 9 was left by Ellie S – congrats to you Ellie – I will be in touch.
Thanks to all who joined in! There will be lots more giveaways in future so better luck next time (as one of my boys says to me every time he annihilates me in Mario Kart…).