Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Midnight Owl Mug Rug + a Giveaway!

So, I've been keeping secrets again! You know me and my secrets...


That's right, I've got a project in the Fall 2012 issue of Stitch Craft Create magazine, woot! This is the Midnight Owl Mug Rug and I am in love with it (I am allowed to say that when it's my own project? Oh well)!


This cute little guy combines both patchwork and cross stitch into a quick and fun seasonal project. The colours used here are more modern-Halloween inspired but you could easily change them to reflect another season or decor-style. The pattern includes the instructions (um, ya, obviously Kaye) as well as the cross stitch chart and floss key.


I used a mix of solids and prints from various collections; I think both the blue and green solids are Free Spirit and the grey is Kona (Medium Grey, I believe). There are a couple of Kate Spain prints, some Tula Pink, Laurie Wisbrun, Sandi Henderson, and a bat print from one of the older incarnations of The Ghastlies.


I just had to show the backing because I love the way that it works with the colours in the front! It's a print from Nel Whatmore's Sleeping Beauty that I had leftover from the Flying North block tutorial. The thread colour I used here for quilting is one of my absolute favourites - it's Gutermann #860 is a really lovely shade of golden orange-yellow.


This issue is available on newsstands now and features lots of really rocking projects! But wait!! Maybe you'd like to win your very own copy instead?! Well, one lucky person will since I have an extra copy just hanging about here (there were actually three copies but my mum scooped one and obviously one is mine)! Here's what you gotta do:

1. Leave a comment letting my know what your most favourite thing about Fall is.
Fall is my favourite season so I'd like to hear what you think! 
(If you don't have Fall where you live just come up with something fun to tell me!!)
2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog.

That's it! Two easy-peasy ways to enter! I will close the comments in a week (on September 4th) and announce the winner here on the blog. International entries are, as always, welcome! Also, please remember that I have comment moderation enabled so if you don't see your comment right away it just means that I haven't had the chance to approve it yet (duplicate comments will be deleted).

*the giveaway is now closed*

96 comments:

  1. Oh my.. I would say the cooler temps and the colors of the leaves. I love the owl rug... my daughter collects owls.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Well, Let me be the first to congratulate you. Here in Washington...we have lovely fall colors. Hope I win...

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  3. I love the smells of fall - cinnamon, apples, pumpkin and the pies baking in the oven.

    Love your mug rug. The owl is so cute!

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  4. I follow. Love your blog .... love the cute owl.

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  5. I love the changing colors of the leafs during fall and the smell of cinnamin cooking.

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  6. I follow your wonderful blog and I think that your owl is so cute :)

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  7. I love the colours of Autumn!
    Thanks for a great giveaway - I haven't heard of this magazine!

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  8. I like that fall is one season closer to spring.

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  9. so cute! I'd love to win. my favorite thing about fall is the end of 100 degree days!

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  10. Falling leaves and the smell of them burning! I know, a tad weird, but I love it!

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  11. We call it Autumn here. What I love about it is the coolness in the air. The break from Summer. It's my favourite season too.

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  12. The change in temperature and all the warm coziness you eat and drink (soups, wassail, etc).

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  13. my favorite thing about Fall is Pummpkins!!!

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  14. I am so hungry for chili, that's my fall favorite. In fact even though it's 92 degrees here today I might still make some!

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  15. Oooh what a cute mug rug! I love it! And how exciting to be in a magazine! My favorite thing about Fall is the weather turning cooler so I can pull out those handmade quilts and sweaters and actually USE them. :)

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  16. I love the patchwork/cross stitch combo. Great project! My favorite thing about fall is definitely the improving weather. I love the cold!

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  17. I love the fall colours - perfect for amazing photographs!! Thanks for the chance - love your mug rug, the owl is adorable!!

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  18. I am already a follower - woot woot! Thanks for a second chance!

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  19. Such a cute little owl! Usually I love fall because I love to wear my sweaters and cozy socks but I'm not quite ready for it yet...we've had a very rainy cool summer and I need a few more days of sun!

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  20. Congrats on being posted in the magazine. That is great! I love the cool weather of fall and being able to open up all the windows to enjoy it!

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  21. Congrats on being in the magazine.
    I like the fact that the days and nights get cooler in fall. You can leave the windows open and not burn up or freeze. Ok, more like not burn up for me. I've been known to freeze in the middle of summer.

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  22. I am a very happy follower via GFC

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  23. I love the leaves changing colors - but hate raking. Lol.

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  24. Around my house, fall means LOTS of leaves on the ground - from our over 200 trees. So my favorite thing about fall is the yard guy coming in November and chewing them all up with his tractor! No more raking for us!! We can enjoy them on the ground without the work....

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  25. And of course I'm a follower! Congratulations on your publication in the magazine!!! Awesome!!

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  26. Halloween is my favorite part of fall! :D

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  27. I am a follower of your blog! :D

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  28. no seasons where i live but when i lived in Europe, my favorite things about fall were definitely fall colors and long cool walks in nature.

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  29. Cooler weather and pumpkins!! :) my favorites!! Kristen

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  30. Congratulations! I love Fall for the cooler days.

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  31. Favorite thing about fall is birthdays in October. Many many family members have October birthdays including me! :-)

    Thank you for a chance to win. :-)

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  32. Lovely mug rug. I love the colors and that is one stunning owl. My favorite part of fall is that the kids go back to school ;) . . . really, though, I love the colors of the trees. Thanks for the chance.

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  33. Congratulations on the published project, Kaye! Cute owl. My favorite color is orange and we see a lot of that in the fall. Thanks!

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  34. I am a follower of your blog, Kaye.

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  35. Autumn is beautiful - all the colours changing, and I get to start wearing layers and scaves. I like that!

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  36. My favorite thing about Fall is Pumpkins (eating as well as decorating them) and Halloween!

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  37. I love the smells -- fireplaces, baking, cinnamon, and leaves in the wind. I love it!!

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  38. Congrats! Your owl is pretty dang cute. :) Living in Seattle, fall means rainier and greener days which I tend to enjoy quite a lot (summer can be pretty dry and brown). There is also some traditional fall color, halloween, and pumpkin pies to look forward to as well. :)

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  39. I am a follower! Thanks for the chance. :)

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  40. I love the cool weather, the sunshine, the beautiful colours of nature and the quietness as the tourist season wanes. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

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  41. I love the shift to fall fashions -- boots, blazers, scarves, lots of layers, dark jeans. I live in Atlanta, so we have long, hot summers. Fall is always a lovely relief.

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  42. I love all of the warm & toasty things about fall: sweaters, soups & stews, fireplaces, colors. Love your owl! Thanks for the chance to win!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  43. I am a follower! Thanks for the giveaway!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  44. Congratulations. I love owls, cross stitch, and patchwork so this is perfect in my eyes. During Autumn I look forward to Bonfire night on November 5th, in England we have bonfire parties and fireworks including the ceremonial burning of Guy Fawkes. Of course there is lots of yummy food to be had that night, we always had toffee apples and cinder toffee as a child. Thank you for the giveaway.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  45. Sweet little owl, Kate! My fav thing, hands down, is pumpkin pie.

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  46. I love the rustling of leaves as you walk through them. It reminds me of walking to football games in high school.

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  47. I'm also a follower. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  48. I love the fall leaves changing colour and the need for a sweater or light jacket but not for bundling too much--I also love an opportunity to wear a fun scarf!

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  49. I love playing in the colorful leaves with my husband and children. Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  50. I am a GFC Follower (missreneer)

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

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  51. Hi Kaye! I'm so looking forward to fall this year -- it's been a hot summer here! So I guess my favorite thing about fall is wearing light sweaters again :)

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  52. Our fall is kind of random on how it presents here, but my favorite is when it suddenly gets dark in the middle of the day, and a thunder and lightening storm starts up with a giant wind that makes you feel like you're going to be blown away! It doesn't happen too often but I have such great memories of that as a kid walking home from school that it always sticks with me!

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  53. I am a follower too, thank you for the giveaway! For some reason I haven't gotten my hands on a copy of this magazine before even though it always looks like it has great projects.

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  54. I loved the colors of the fall leaves and the winds. :)

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  55. My favorite thing about Fall is those crisp chilly mornings. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  56. Fall means the Minnesota Honey Crisp apples are in season.

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  57. Fall is by far my favorite season. It means jeans and sweaters, which I love, and my birthday!

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  58. I think my favourite thing about fall is walking my dog on the trails near an old train station in my hometown!

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  59. I love the cool crisp days in fall.

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  60. We are just leaving Winter and into Spring, but it's still cool enough for hot chocolate and cinnamon toast to still be on the afternoon tea menu for the school kids when they get home at the end of the day!

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  61. I am a follower of your blog :)

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  62. I love the way it smells after it rains on fallen leaves.

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  63. I'm a big owl fan, and love the owl mug rug. Hmmmm something funny to tell you....maybe I shouldn't scare you at how twisted my warped sense of humour is lol

    Maybe I'll stick to saying that my favourite thing about Autumn (Fall) is that it means it's getting closer to Christmas and all the fun things associated with it, but that you still have a bit of time left up your sleeve to prepare for it!

    Hugs
    Naomi

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  64. I'm a follower.

    Hoot Hoot
    Hugs
    Naomi

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  65. It's cliché, but I love the changing colours of the leaves during early fall.

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  66. Oh crap...I'm going to need to get a copy of this magazine! My peas would LOVE to stitch that owl up and make that mug rug for family for Christmas! Brilliant!

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