Friday, November 4, 2011

{the awesomeness that is CurlyPops and Meet Me at Mikes}

Wow, what a time it's been!  So much goodness happening over here and I'm bursting at the seams to share.  Alas, the time is not quite here.  Yet.  You'll have to wait just a little longer for all my news, including a major leap, the big reveal on my super-secret squirrel business and the launch of another very exciting collaboration coming next year.  I am running as fast as I can and I still can't keep up.

For now I am truly excited to finally announce the kick-ass giveaway that I've been banging on about for weeks, and that CurlyPops alluded to in her sneaky post last week.



The lovely and generous Pip of Meet Me at Mikes has kindly given me a copy of her newest book Make Hey to giveaway to one lucky visitor.  Most of you probably already know Pip and Meet Me at Mikes, but if you don't, hop-skip-quick and check out her blog and crafty goodness.  I could go on and on about Pip and what she has done for the creative community and how much I admire what she has achieved as a creative business woman.  I could also wax lyrical about how awesome this new book is and how it makes even me want to sew {and anyone who spends any time with me knows I don't like to sew}. 

I could also tell you how I sometimes feel green with envy when I see her doing her thing.  It's a hard thing to say out in the open but it's true.  We all feel it.  We all make assumptions and judgements about others, their lives, their achievements.  We're all prone to attacks from the green eyed monster {mostly out of fear I think}.  This year as you know I'm challenging myself to be different.  Instead of being envious I'm celebrating the success of awesome creative people.  Instead of harbouring a secret fear that there's only so much success to go around I'm remembering that there's room for all of us in this creative world and that seeing others being successful is a great reminder that it's possible for me too.  I'm also being honest, saying it and owning it, instead of pretending.

But back to Pip.  It was in part thanks to Pip {and Kelly Rae Roberts} that I started blogging.  I can't even remember anymore how it all came to be but I know that they were the blogs I was reading for a while before I decided to dive in and start my own.  From there it's been a journey of self discovery, becoming an artist, finding a community and so much more.  And then of course there's CurlyPops.  No Pip = No Blog = No Crafty Community = No CurlyPops!  And that's just unfathomable.

There's a story about me and CurlyPops and how our friendship was meant to be over here if you want to read it.  My crafty-partner-in-crime and so very much more.  She's incredibly talented, enormously brave and one of the most generous friends I've ever known.  I've loved sharing our creative journeys over the past few years and I'm blown away by what she has achieved.


So what better combination than a copy of Make Hey teamed up with a fat quarter of Go Granny - the awesome new fabric designed by CurlyPops and printed right here in Melbourne.  Just think of the gorgeousness you'll be able to make!

If you would like to win your very own copy of Make Hey and a fat quarter of gorgeous Go Granny fabric just leave a comment.  Make sure I'm able to contact you via your comment if you're the super duper lucky winner.  I'll draw a winner sometime in the next week.

{thanks Pip and Cam for your huge generosity - for the giveaway and generally}

Happy weekend peeps!

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Thanks for the fantastic response to my call out to build a Blogtoberfest team.  I'll be in touch with everyone who put their hand up as soon as I can.  Just letting you know it might be a few weeks.

89 comments:

  1. I would love to win this prize! I love all things pop and curly pops!!!

    Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

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  2. Ooooh I would love to win this prize!

    Thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

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  3. Thats a great story of friendship, inspiration and bloggy goodness. And a great giveaway! Cheers

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  4. imagine making something from pip's book with cam's fabric. amazing!!
    can't wait to hear all about your secret squirrel business :D

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  5. I think you have hit the nail on the head. Without these two lovely ladies the Australian blogging scene would be so different and definitely not as nice either. Their generous spirits shine through and inspire other ordinary human beings to be just that little bit special themselves. Cherrie

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  6. Awww 'twas meant to be my dear friend! x

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  7. Oh wow, what an awesome giveaway! .. I'm rolling around the floor excited about the chance to win!!!

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  8. Cam and Pip are both so inspiring, what a great giveaway - making some thing from Pip's book with Cam's gorgeous fabric - match made in crafty heaven!

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  9. Lovely!
    What wonderful friends you have!!
    han.dolls@yahoo.co.nz

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  10. This would be an awesome prize for someone who desperately needs to dust off her sowing machine and learn to sew.

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  11. yessum!

    would be an honor to put both to good use.

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  12. What a fantastic competition with awesome prizes - i would love to win it. I love pip from Make Hey especially after spying her on The Circle.

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  13. Emma (possum-magic@hotmail.com)November 4, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    How delightfully gorgeous!! My fingers are already tingling at the thought of creating goodies with that fabric, and no doubt Make Hey would uave plenty of inspiration!!

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  14. Lucky No.14 commenter...Such a lovely giveaway, I'm sorry too I haven't joined in with blogtober fest this year, tooooo much going on, however always next year! Enjoying reading your posts, your still inspiring everyday...x

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  15. xeafra@gmail.com (Anna Walker)November 4, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Already dreaming of all the rad things that are possible with Curly Pippity Pop combo...Oh please, make me a shiny, happy winner!

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  16. Oooh cool giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  17. great blog Cathy. :-) good luck to all the entrants!

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  18. Thankyou for your own contribution as a cornerstone of Melbourne's blogging community.

    Back in March 2009 I was searching the internet for information about a wonderful upcoming event called the Stitches & Craft Show. I found a blog with the odd name of Tinniegirl - it said Tinnie is a colloquial term for lucky. I read about your 'tinnies' and the little stall you were going to have at the Show. I went along and saw you at your stall - and got too shy to introduce myself. It seemed weird to tell a stranger I'd read their blog. Visiting your blog again later, I saw what a big, gentle heart you have and wished I'd taken the leap to meet you.

    I really do hope all your dreams come true.

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  19. Yeah, I wouldlove to enter. If I win my sister in Brissie could bring it to Holland forme. I'd use the fabric myself and give the book to my other creative sister. As mentioned on twitter my parents are over to visit and left with a very serious book request from me...

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  20. I would love to enter ... can't imagine anything better to have as a prize!

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  21. Fab giveaway, would love to win xx

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  22. Fantastic giveaway, I'd be stoked to win it xx
    spongent@hotmail.com

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  23. What a fantastic giveaway package Cathy!
    Big fan of both of these blogs. I think Meet Me at Mikes was one of the first I read too when I discovered the "blogosphere".
    It would be fun to makes something from Pip's book with Cam's funky fabric.
    x

    p.s Can't wait to hear about your next creative adventure, sounds exciting!

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  24. gorgeous giveaway - they are certainly both inspirational

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  25. Gosh! The fabric spells magic:)
    Email : elizabethquah@gmail.com

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  26. OOOOH! That fabric is so awesome! And the book!!!! What a wonderful giveaway! YAY!

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  27. Yes, please count me in. These two ladies are inspirational to me, too!

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  28. What a marvelous giveaway!! Perfect for when the crafty muse whispers... I'd love them. :)

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  29. i love all the colors! i hopes i win ;) raineoc@yahoo.com

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  30. Me, oh please pick me! I am delicious and nutritious and one of those sad lonesome little beings who has never won a thing. You, you have the power to change that, you can lift me up, and put me on a pedestal and I can cry, No more, no more, for I am a Winner! And oh the sun will shine, and the birds will sing, and I will read good books and sew good things. And that is a promise!

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  31. Thanks for hosting Blogtoberfest. This was the first year that I had ever participated and I had a blast. Thank you so much!

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  32. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway!
    I love Pip - I have her first book - Meet Me At Mikes.
    I also love Cam's work too. Great creative items, a crafty person to admire! The Go Granny fabric is super cool, funky & fun!
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    regards Nicole :)

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  33. You're right to inspiring creative people ....who wouldn't want to win a little piece of their work.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Would love to be part of this giveaway, thanks

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  35. *jumps up and down* i loved watching Cam design this fabric... I still can't believe how wonderfully colourful it turned out!!

    xo Steph

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  36. I found meet me at mikes, curlypops and you when I was just a 'net surfer' and you all 'made' me start blogging too! Love the prizes - thanks for the chance.

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  37. What a wonderful giveaway, combining two no make that three talented ladies!

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  38. Very generous giveaway, count me in (though I do have my very own go granny fabric on its way, which of course just means I can make more fun things with it ;)

    Oh count me in for any blogtoberfest team, if you will have me and there is room (havent had a chance to email yet) Im a firm advocate of Blogtoberfest!!!

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  39. Wow! What an awesome giveaway!

    peatmoss83 at hotmail dot com

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  40. I remember that story Cathy! I believe I read it after 'meeting' you through the Artful Journey online group and thinking what a wonderful story it was, and still is...

    I love what you have written here in all it's honesty - I am absolutely with you on feeling the sting of Envy sometimes, but as you say, it's a wonderful reminder that if they can succeed, I can too, and so can YOU!

    If I could personally thank the person who created blogs, I would do it - blogs are so amazing in the way they bring people together and from all parts of the globe too! Blogs are a fabulous thing indeed =-)

    I'm off to read your recent posts and learn about your big project!

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  41. What a fabulous giveaway, these are two of my favourite blogs and such talented ladies. Karen

    karendotmcneilatoptusnetdotcomdotau

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  42. Oh how exciting! What a wonderful giveaway!

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  43. Fantastic give away - thanks. The fabric is gorgeous. Go Melbourne girls.

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  44. Pip and Cam are definately two very talented ladies.

    Which makes ofr an awesome giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  45. I love hearing about bloggy freindships and how they started... so cool!!

    Great giveaway... love it!

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  46. It would be awesome to win this book as our local bookstore has closed :(
    I've been looking out for it everywhere!

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  47. would love to go in the draw :D

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  48. Oh, oh, pick me, pick me she cried jumping up and down in excitement!!!!

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  49. I have just come across your blog from Pip's Meet Me At Mikes and I suppose it would be unfair to win Pip's book, although very nice. But I promise to come back!!! I have signed up for your blog.

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  50. This prize is great! I really want this book!!!

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  51. i found you via Pip's website. So far I haven't begun sewing and making, I'm still just enjoying her website and now yours! maybe with this book...
    kcorby@fleetwash.com.au

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  52. That would like a dream comes true, oh i much busy i would be

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  53. Yes please! What an awesome giveaway.

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  54. Oh how I looooove that fabric! And I am desperate for a copy of Pip's new book!

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  55. Would love to win both of these! But even if I don't, I'm glad I stopped by! I'm inspired! :)

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  56. Super Duper giveaway, please count me in ... everything crossed :) Thanks in Advance :)

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  57. thanks for sharing... di
    deananddi@optusnet.com.au

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  58. I'd love to win a copy of Pips book!

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  59. What a lovely post and giveaway ! Thankyou

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  60. Oh yes please!
    Would love me a copy of that wonderful book, thank you!
    xoxox

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  61. this double explosion of gorgeousness might be just what the doctor ordered! and if my first time crocheting doesn't work out, at least i'll have your FABolous faux granny squares to console me *^.^*

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  62. Wow, that new fabric is fantastic! ... and Pip's new book! ... very nice!

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  63. Thanks for such a lovely giveaway. I have been drooling over both book and fabric for a while; such happy colours. :)

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  64. Oooh, how lovely! (feltasaurus@gmail.com)

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  65. I too get a little green eye but realised all the creative successful bunch I have known have all been a huge inspiration to me including Pip. It strives me to reach my goal. Hooray to all success stories! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and your inspiring post :) All the best to your creative endeavours!

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  66. How exciting, I so want, NEED one of these books would love to win, win, win, so many possibilities with that gorgeous fabric, fingers and toes crossed Mx

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  67. Pip's blog is great and it's via her that i've found my way to yours so that's cool.

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  68. Leave a comment to be in with a chance to win the latest lovely book from the lovely Pip? I can do that! ;)

    (love the winnie the pooh/piglet quote!)

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  69. Wow what gorgeous fabric!! and it would be so lovely to make some of Pips fantastically crafty creations with it! Thanks for the inspiration ladies xx

    (Adelaide -> ajones34@scu.edu.au)

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  70. That would be fantastic to be the lucky one! I found about Pip in the magazine "Mollie Makes".
    Kaiva
    narbuteka@hotmail.com

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  71. oooo!! love that fabric and the book too! Awesome to hear about such amazing friendships found through blogging! you girls are amazing.

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  72. Oh I would LOVE to win!! Thanks for the chance xox

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  73. ooo Lovely giveaway!!!
    Xx

    hello@pomegranatedesign.com.au

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  74. Ooh oooh hope I'm not too late, that would make a fabbo early Crimbo pressie for erm, well ME actually!!! yay!

    BTW - I LOVE the new jewellery range (hmm, another thing to add to my Christmas list!).
    http://jambochameleon.blogspot.com

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  75. I have followed you both since I started blogging around 4 years ago and your friendship is way up there I must say. My blogging days have slowed down a lot since face book but I re visit reasonably often stiil and love both of your work. I would love to enter as I just haven't got around to making the purchase yet!
    Thanks so much for all the enjoyment and the truths you tell !
    Miriam, aka bubbachenille and mimmis X

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  76. Oh that really is a gorgeous giveaway!! A couple of super clever ladies to be inspired by..

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  77. Please please please am I to late to enter? Love these ladies stuff.
    princesspoppy@gmail.com

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  78. so generous, thanks for the chance!

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  79. I'd love to get my hands on some Granny squares fabric. Love, love, love it. Thank you also for your Blogtoberfest reads. I enjoyed.

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  80. WOW. This giveaway is symbolic of so many important things in your life. Fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  81. I'll throw my hat into the ring for this one too please Cathy! Wonderful prizes. A girl can never have too much Go Granny or too many craft books!

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  82. I recently bought my mum some Go Granny fabric and she loved it and is giong to make herself a handbag from it. :D

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  83. hmm, this is the 3rd comment I have left...3rd time lucky. Sorry if the other two turn up, truly not trying to cheat!

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  84. cathy!
    it's been forever since i've visited you blog!
    and look what loveliness you've been up to. :)
    your new jewelry is beautiful. and the fabric offered in this giveaway would be so much fun to put to use - christmas gifts to make and all!
    happy thursday to you!
    elizabeth

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  85. I love the Go Granny and I seriously need more books! really, I need inspiration!

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  86. Fabulous giveaway - how have I not seen that fabric before? Too cute!
    c3074281@uon.edu.au

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