Monday, August 20, 2012

My first giveaway ... a sampler!

Hello, everyone,
I am excited to host my first giveaway!  This is not in honor of any milestone, but because it drives me crazy that I have l20 followers and get an average of 8 comments!  Not to belittle those people who always comment...I love you and am so happy to get your comments!  I'm just hoping to generate some new followers and new commenters (is that a word?) and make some new friends!  The rules are as follows:  Leave me a comment on THIS post telling me what you enjoy about my humble little blog,  for one entry.  Post this giveaway on your blog for another entry(and make sure you let me know).  I will choose the winner on August 30.  I won't use any fancy number generator, because I don't know how :), will just put everyone's name on a piece of paper in a box and draw one.

Here's what I'm offering.  The winner has her choice of two samplers.  The first is Houses of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplers.  It is stitched on either a 34 or 35 ct, and measures 19 3/4 x 15.  I have stitched MD Cole in the year 2010 in the first block, but you could very easily pick that out and add the name and year of your choosing.


The second choice is Sarah Moon 1791, an Ackworth School reproduction sampler.  I believe it is on 32 count, and I have aged it with walnut dye.  It measures 17 3/4 x 15.


Both samplers are unframed for ease in mailing.  They are also both stitched on linen with DMC floss.

Hope you like them, and looking forward to hearing from you!!!!!!!

Hugs,
Melinda

110 comments:

  1. Hello there......Please enter my name in your wonderful give-away. ...and what a marvelous give-away it is! The first sampler reminded me of the day (when I was a little girl) and my Mom and my Grandpa took me along to the cemetery where my Grandma was buried. Grandpa loved poems so when we got there he started reciting "Remember me as you pass by". My Mom was not too happy that Grandpa was saying that to a wee little girl like me! But I have never forgotten that poem! Sorry to go on so. Thank you for the give-away!

    Susannah





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    1. Hello Melinda, I can see that you share the love of samplers as I do! Never enough samplers to have. I have a whole wall in my dining room with nothing but samplers! I only do the copies of the antique ones and I love putting them in an nice old frames and the old glass if I can get it. I am always looking for good samplers to work on. It is so relaxing to me to be working on one. I am so pleased to have found your site and am putting it in my favorites. I got it from Carmen. She does beautiful work and is truly such a nice person as well. Good luck with whatever you try to do. Your samplers are just beautiful and I see that you enjoy working Marsha's from The Scarlet Letter as I do.I think her things are some of the best out there. Thank you for your time and hope that you have a good day. Sincerely, Barbara

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  2. Melinda ~
    I like that you are a fellow buckeye, cross stitcher, hooker, and gardener. I like that you share your life with us. I especially like when we get a glimpse in your home (hint...more!).
    Many times I feel the same as you do about a lack of comments!
    What a generous give-away!!! I promise if I am chosen I will give the sampler a REALLY good home.
    Pug hugs :)
    Lauren

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  3. Melinda!!! You're giving away your samplers??!!! You are one generous soul!! Wow! And such beautiful work too! How could you bear to let your stitching go? Well, since I've already got Houses of HRH hanging on my wall, I'll have to go with Sarah Moon, which I want to stitch but probably will never get around to. So please put me down in the giveaway for Sarah. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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  4. Hello Melinda! Wow, this is quite an extravagant give away. It takes me so long to complete a sampler that I would not be able to part with it. Please enter my name on the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. Hugs to you - Kelley Secrest

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  5. Melinda, both of those are beautiful. You certainly are blessed to live in that wonderful house and do the things you love. I love reading about your activities. As for followers.I have been very slow, in my opinion reaching followers for blogging almost 2 years. It depends on how many comments are left, to what I have posted about. Lack of comments bothered me for a while, but I remember the blogs I read for a year and never commented on. I truly enjoy blogging and reading blogs. Have fun blogging, that is what it is all about.lol Those are such beautiful samplers, as are all of yours.

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  6. Your samplers are beautiful. I'm relatively new to your blog but looking forward to learning more about you. I just took up stitching again after many years.

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  7. Gurlfren, I'm not entering your giveaway because I don't do samplers. But I will still agree with the comments. AND, the things I like about your blog are those GORGEOUS hunks of horseflesh, (I use to have a horse when I was a teen) and the occasional hooked or penny rug piece you will post (I'm a hooker). But keep up the good work and keep those beautiful horse pictures coming. Oh, also liked the kittens but the horses more.

    Saundra

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  8. I recently came across your blog and became a follower. Your samplers are just beautiful. I can't imagine the hours you have put into all of them. I would love to be entered in your drawing and look forward to seeing what you're working on next. blessings...pam

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  9. Just discovered your lovely site - what beautiful work! I'll be back! Elinor

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  10. Just discovered your lovely site - what beautiful work! I'll be back! Elinor

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  11. Hello Milinda, oh my, love your endearing blog, the gardens,your samplers and you.I`m a follower of your blog, plesae enter me in your great giveaway,oh ya. Blessings Francine.

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  12. Hi Melinda, heavens to Betsy you are giving away your beautiful samplers. I always enjoy visiting your blog to see your beautiful work. You have some beautiful samplers in your collection. I have Sarah Moon hanging in my house, bit I would love to win HOHHR - Sandra

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  13. OK-I admit it-I am one of the 112 followers who usually lurk but don't comment. Here is my excuse-I hope it is good-I follow over 250 blogs and am behind just in reading them most of the time. Please include me in your lovely giveaway :)

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  14. Beautiful giveaway.I'm guilty don't always comment but do enjoy seeing all your hand work.I'm posting to my blog as well for the extra chance.Warm Blessings!~Amy

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  15. I don't think those of us who love your blog understood how important it is to comment! I love your blog because the samplers you highlight are exactly the type that I love. Right now, I'm needlepointing a stocking for a beloved grandson, but can't wait to get back to samplers. Reading your blog just reminds me what I love most.

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  16. I love your blog Melinda - I check it almost every day. Just seeing your samplers inspires me to stitch - stitching like mad on Margaret to catch up now. Your blog is great - looking forward to seeing more of your garden, kitties and your home. (and of course, your samplers.) I have also stitched Houses of Hawk Run and have started Sarah Moon so no need to include me in give away - just wanted to support you and your blog. We are out there looking even tho we do not comment,

    Brenda

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  17. I so enjoy visiting your blog, but am also guilty of not commenting. Your samplers are works of art and inspire me as well to try and stitch a little (if not alot) everyday! Love seeing pics of your home and gardens as well! Thank you for this chance to win one of your beautiful samplers... and keep the inspiration coming!!

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  18. Wow! I just found your blog and I am so impressed with you stitching. Thank you for sharing all your wonderful samplers.

    Pam

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  19. How can you stand to part with either of those, Melinda? Such lovely pieces - I can't imagine giving them away. I hope they go to a good home. Did I mention that I have a good home?! LOL. I have been a follower for a long time but just realized, when I saw your post on another blog, that I hadn't read anything from you in a while. Somehow your blog dropped off my blog roll. One of the things I love about your blog are your gardens and of course, all of your beautiful stitching. Not a new commenter but so glad to add you back to my blog roll. I wonder who else might have dropped off?? Now I'm worried.

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  20. Oh my goodness me!! Are you serious??? How can you bear to part with either of those beauties. I mean the charts would have been great but a stitched up piece???? Oh please put my name down. I would be honored to win. Love them both but if I get first choice then I'l go with Houses. But either are just as nice. Thanks for the chance. xxx

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  21. Hi Melinda
    What I love about you blog? everything!!
    I read you and I am either laughing or I'am smiling.
    I love your stories I love your animals and I love looking
    at your work.
    I don't comment and I should and I will in the future.
    Thank you for all the smiles you give me
    Please enter me in your drawing and
    Thanks for the chance
    Darlene North

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  22. I am just starting to figure out this blogging thing. I think I have finally gotten the hang of commenting. I love your blog especially the name. Merry Wind Farm so sweet. I love your beautiful stitching. Such gorgeous samplers! I love the giveaway. Please enter me too. Such a generous giveaway. Who ever benefits is one lucky follower. Promise more comments coming your way!

    Kathy L.

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  23. WOW!! Wonderful give-away!! I hope i will win.....

    Greetings from Debby

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  24. PS: I love all your beautiful pictures of samplers!

    Debby

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  25. I have been a follower of your blog for awhile, I love to come and see all of your wonderful samplers and then sit and wonder how you get them all done! Your blog is a great source of inspiration to me so please keep it up! As for you drawing I can not believe what your giving away. Someone is going to be a very lucky person. I'm putting a link and a must come see on my blog right now!
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  26. Hi, Carmen has sent me scurrying to check out your blog. Thank you Varmen, and thank you too for this wonderful give away. Fingers crossed. Irene xxx

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  27. Hi, Carmen has sent me scurrying to check out your blog. Thank you Varmen, and thank you too for this wonderful give away. Fingers crossed. Irene xxx

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  28. I just found your blog from Carmen's post. What an amazing thing your are doing with your giveaway. So much time you have invested in those samplers. I checked out your blog a little and will come back later to get better aquainted with you. I too am a sampler lover as well as quilting, antiques and cats. I am most interested in making new blogging friends. I will get a post on my blog with in the next couple days as I am off work. Will let you know when done. Have a great day and it is so nice to meet you via your blog.

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  29. Thank you for your give-away! New to your blog but loved seeing your stitching. We have stitched many of the same. I don't blog myself (or im or tweet) as it would take away from stitching time. I also have given away many repros to family and friends as my walls are full and I sure won't stop stitching. Will follow your blog from now on and comment although I don't do much of that either. All the best to you! MJ Quincy IL

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  30. Melinda,

    When you said you were having a give-away you should have said you were having a GIVE AWAY ! What wonderful items. As far as what I love about your blog, that is an easy one-EVERYTHING ! The house, the gardens, your decorating, your stitching ( really give me an incentive to get busy with all mine ) Please stick a piece of bubble gum on my entry so it sticks to your finger when you pull the name :) Thanks again so much for the give-away. Jo Ann

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  31. I would be honored to be the winner of your sampler give-a-way. You do such beautiful work.
    Helen in Michigan

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  32. Wow, where does one start? First, the giveaway is beyond amazing! Next, you have got it all going on..the lovely home, gardens, rugs, and samplers...you have hit every one of my buttons. Can't believe I am just finding this blog now! In short, fantastic blog, love it all.

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  33. What Beautiful Samplers !!!! I admire all the work & hours spent carefully stitching ! My eyes get tired & I think it would take me years to complete a sampler like yours ! I collect houses & heart things & love to paint houses, so my favorite sampler is Hawk Run Hollow. I have never visited your blog before....was Fun to visit you today !

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  34. Hi Melinda,
    I love to stop by and get a "farm fix" by reading your lovely stories of life on the farm and I have always loved the name...is sounds so happy! I LOVE Samplers and am beside myself that you want to gift someone with one of these gorgeous works of art by your hand!! Please enter me to win the Hawk Run Hollow, as I collect both houses and hearts!!
    Thank you so much for this very generous Giveaway!!
    Warm Blessings~~
    Julie

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  35. Hi,just found your blog from carmen,I have become a follower.
    I would love to be entered in the draw,love either of them
    Just going for a nosey,just starting to get into samplers so looking for inspiration

    Tina

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  36. Hi just found your blog from Cardan Antiques and Needlework - what an amazing giveaway! I of course am now a follower! I would love to win either sampler but if I have my choice it would be the Hawk Run sampler. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a grand prize!

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  37. Hi, Melinda ~ your samplers are gorgeous and this is an amazing and very generous giveaway. I love to stitch and know the work involved, I can't believe you are giving one away. I have been a follower for quite awhile and apologize for not leaving more comments. I would love to win either sampler.
    thanks,
    pam

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  38. I can't believe that you're giving those beauties away Melinda. Don't enter me into the draw as I have both of them, but had to peak at what you were giving away. Some beauties. I just love coming to your blog to see all the samplers that you have done. You're a source of inspiration!

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  39. I just found your blog and am so impressed with your beautiful needlework. I love everything about old linens and the samplers you have found are wonderful. Would love to display your work in my home. Thanks for the chance. No blog of my own yet..its in the works...I'm kind of a chicken, afraid no one would be interested in my stuff. We'll see........

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  40. Hello Melinda!
    I just found your blog courtesy of Carmen from Cardan Antiques and Needlework. Samplers are my passion and the ones you offer in this giveaway are gorgeous!
    Please don't enter me in your draw however...I am just stopping by to become your latest follower and drool over all these lovely samplers!
    So nice to 'meet' you...
    Peggy Lee
    :o)

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  41. I love your blog because I love samplers and you sure have stitched plenty of them. Please enter me in your give a way. And
    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you pick my name.
    Thank you

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  42. Wow, I can't believe that you are giving away these beautiful samplers. What a super generous offer! I would love the opportunity to win Sarah Moon as I have the chart for HoHRH to stitch one day. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  43. I'm brand new to your blog and you have some amazing samplers! Can't believe I've been missing out on your posts.

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  44. What I enjoy about your blog is looking and reading about all the samplers. They are my favorite kind of needlework. diana.h@comcast.net

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  45. You are an amazing stitcher!!!! And what a giveaway! You have shocked the blogger world of stitchers with this generous offer. I love to see the pictures of your stitching and the frames you put on your samplers. Some great work! And just to read what you share of yourself...blogging is so fun for us to get to know each other. Thank you for entering my name for a chance at such great works.

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  46. I was just directed to your blog. What an amazing give-away. Pleas enter my name . I will also post this on my blog called "Wicked Stitcher" Thank you for the chance to win such an amazing gift.

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  47. What a beautiful blog you have. I love seeing your home and your stitcheries. I used to be an avid stitcher and still would love to do some more. I'm more into Rug hooking right now but I do miss that needle and thread! Thanks so much for the opportunity to have one of your samplers. I also did all reproduction samplers and just loved them all!!

    hugs
    cyndi

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  48. I am so glad to discover your blog. What beautiful samplers! Would love to win.

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  49. Dear Melinda,
    I am so glad I have found your blog, I have arrived here through Cardan Antiques.I love everything about your blog, you are my kind of lady. We have 3 horses, 4 dogs, 2 cats and 200 chickens. I love samplers they give me peace, and my garden gives me calm and tranquility, (except for the weeds!!) I would love to win the Houses sampler, although how you can bring yourself to give them away I don't know. I would treasure it and would definatly not remove your name, that gives the sampler history. It would originate in America and travel onto me in England, what a journey, and who knows where it would end up in say, 200 years. Lovely to meet you, you have made my day. With love Julia in England UK

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  50. Melinda - have been directed to your blog on several occasions by my good stitching friend here in Lexington who is blotto about antique samplers, much like yourself. Very generous of you to encourage comments by offering one of your spectacular samplers - you are sure to get a lot of chatty people signing up. Keep up the beautiful work.

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  51. I just was directed to your blog. WOW, what a site it is!!!! Your stitching is amazing, I Love Samplers. I'll be a regular for sure. Please enter me in your fantastic drawing. Marion

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  52. Very cool giveaway and blog!

    shankyouverymuch11 at yahoo dot com

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  53. What a great blog- and a great giveaway- I love the charm and the
    nostalgia that it brings. Please enter me.
    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

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  54. WAAAAAAAAAAA
    I AM SHOCKED - by your generosity-i would choose the 1st sampler for the autumn colors but i dont think you'd get any complaints for either piece....
    This is the most amazing giveaway - Whoever the winner is will be so very blessed!
    I love the color of your blog -who doesn't love red!
    And i can't get enough of beautiful samplers -gorgeous work.
    I will post your giveaway on my blog as soon as i can ;)

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  55. Hi Melinda,
    What an awesome give-away! It's really caught people's attention..... even the rug hookers like myself are here drooling over your beautiful work! I am fairly new to your blog and will be adding yours to my blog roll. Love the horses and glimpses of your home! Thank-you for the chance to acquire a piece of your fabulous stitching...Hawk Run Houses would be my choice!!
    Blessings!!
    Cathy G

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  56. Hi Melinda,
    I am a brand new follower...I just found your blog from Barb (Wicked Stitcher)'s blog. That is an amazing giveaway--if I ever finished a sampler of that size (I have many, many unfinished ones) I would not be able to part with it! Having said that, please include my name...I really love the Quaker although HRH is great too.

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  57. Patty directed me over, and wow what an exciting giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  58. I am a new follower. I love the samplers. Thanks for the chance to own one of them.

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  59. I would love to be entered for the quaker sampler as I actually want to stitch the other one! You are one generous soul to offer such precious pieces - I am now a follower and will also post your giveaway on my blog

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  60. I posted your giveaway on my blog - hope you attract lots more followers!

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  61. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  62. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  63. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  64. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  65. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  66. Wow! I love looking at all your samplers and find inspiration in all you get done. Please enter me in your very generous giveaway. Bridget

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  67. Where have I been that I've never known about your blog before now?
    So many beautiful samplers to ooh and ah over :)
    I saw the link on another blog and am now following.
    I'd love to enter your giveaway.
    Thank you!
    Margaret

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  68. I have put the link to your giveaway on my blog.
    Margaret

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  69. Melinda hi,
    My friend Margaret - Solstitches at A Sampler of Stitches blog, just emailed me and told me all about your site and your incredible giveaway. I'm sorry I had not come across your site before but I am settling down now,with a cup of coffee, to enjoy a good browse :-) I love your stitching especially Sarah Moon. I dream wistfully of having a collection of Quaker samplers one day but I think I have left it too late....haha! I wish I had started years ago!
    Thanks so much for your amazing generous giveaway. I don't have a blog but I do have a picturetrail here:
    www.picturetrail.com/angelasweby
    My email is:
    john.sweby@btinternet.com.
    Thanks again. Angela

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  70. Melinda, well this is certainly one way to amp up you comments :). What a fabulous give away. I would love to be entered. MartyG

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  71. I would love to win "Houses of Hawk Run Hollow"! What beautiful work you do and what a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. I'm your newest follower and have posted on my blog, CrossN' My Stitches about your blog and your giveaway.

    I just found your blog this morning and I absolutely love it. Your love of flowers as well as cross stitch is why I love it. Your gardens make me think of my on yard back in New Hampshire. We had 3/4 of an acre back there and the whole yard was nothing but flowers. People would stop when they were out for their walks just to admire the flowers. I miss that yard so much.

    Don't be dismayed by the lack of comments. Unless people subscribe by email, they don't know when a new post appears, unless they check back often. I know how you look forward to comments though, as I do as well.

    So for now. Enter me twice for your drawing and thank you once again. I'll be back often. Keep up the great work on your blog.

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  72. Wow! I can't believe you are actually giving away your samplers?!!! That's amazing! I found your blog through Patti from Hanging by a thread. I am a new follower and will be a commenter too :D I adore samplers and am working on one right now called Jane Philpott. Just purchased two from the Scarlet Letter, and will most likely purchase more because it's a site I'm obsessed with. I am going to take some time drooling over your sampler photos...wow you have stitched a lot just like Margaret from Days of a sampler lover!!! I am so glad to have found you! I will post your giveaway on my side bar...as for a choice..so hard but my heart LOVES Quaker designs and I've always wanted to stitch a big Quaker (it's in the works for next year). So I'll have to go with the beautiful Sarah Moon!!
    Hugs!

    Anne from Doll's Musings
    http://dollsmusings.blogspot.ca/

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  73. OH MY WORD, you have more than 8 comments now!~ Please add me...I love Hhrh...love your heading and anything homey with your stitching! Dianntha

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  74. This has to be the most generous giveaway ever! HHRH would be my choice.

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  75. Would love a chance for HHR would not have to change a thing my last name is Coles I can just add an s easy.Thanks
    bcoles729@gmail.com

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  76. I'm new to your blog and am amazed that you are giving away such beautiful pieces! I would love HHRH if you pick my name. Thanks!!!

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  77. Hi! I'm a new follower of your blog and found you through another blogging friend. I absolutely love your samplers! Just beautiful!!
    I see that you have fur babies too. I'm a huge cat lover.

    This is an extremely generous giveaway and I would love to join in on the fun. I've posted this on my blog as well. Please include my name in the draw. I'd love to win HoHRH. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  78. Hi I found your link through a new found friend and LOVE your blog! I think your strategy is workin ;)

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  79. I would love to enter for Houses of Hawk Run Hollow! I love the header of your blog, and I also LOVE all the beautiful samplers on your blog too! :)
    I love samplers myself and I have just been inspired by you to start one soon.
    I have posted on my Blog about your most generous giveaway,with a link included. :)
    Thank You for the chance!
    Raggedystitches and Blessings,
    Louise in NC

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  80. Good Morning, I located your blog a few months back but I have been in a stitching slump of late and have not visited many blogs nor have I stitched much. I do have 4 new samplers in my to basket that I have wanted to start and your blog is spot of inspiration to get going on those.

    Your samplers are beautiful. I do not wish to enter I just wanted to stop by and tell you that both the samplers you are offering are just beautiful and what a VERY generous drawing :) I agree I love getting comments on my blog I guess I need to get to stitching and posting that might help LOL

    Have a great Day!!

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  81. Are you kidding ??? Is this a Joke??? The samplers are absolutely, positively awesome. So VERY generous. Yes, I am a follower and It would be an honor to be included in this amazing 'Give Away'.
    I wish you much luck and many more followers that you so well deserve.
    Have a great day and Peace be with you,
    Barb

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  82. What is there not to love about your blog!!! l found your wonderful giveaway on another blog, also a new visitor to me, and saw their post. So hopped on over here and felt at home straight away. Love your home, your samplers, your garden and the animals you show. Will be back to have a good long look again and again. Many thanks for this very generous giveaway.

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  83. I just found your blog today through another blog. I just love it here, I will back to spend more time. I would love to be included in your amazing giveaway. Thanks....Pat
    p.matejcek@yahoo.com

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  84. Wow, this sure is an amazing giveaway!! I'd love to e entered!! Way to generate some comments too!

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  85. i stumbled upon your blog and love the Scottish Samplers you had posted a few moons ago. i also love the Hawk Run sampler and have wanted to stitch it but of course other samplers got my attention. thanks for a chance to win it, i would love to hang it in my craft room and enjoy knowing you stitched it. i just joined so hope to see many more of your incredible collection.

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  86. Hi Melinda, what a fabulous giveaway you are offering! I love visiting your humble blog for many reasons, love the sampler collection you have, so much eye candy to behold. Gorgeous garden photos and I love your inviting home. Merry Wind Farm looks like a lovely place to live. Thanks for sharing a part of you with all of us around the world. Smiles...

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  87. Melinda, I would love to win the samlper of the houses of Hawkes Run. They are so pretty and would look great on my wall!

    I love your blog and you are so creative.

    Thank you so much and keep the ideas coming.

    Maggie C.


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  88. Melinda, oh how I would love to have the Houses in my home. It is so beautiful that I can hardly imagine your generosity in giving it away. I will certainly give it a loving home. Thanks for giving me a chance to have it in my home. Your samplers are lovely.
    Ruth on the First Coast

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  89. I just joined your site and I think you have a beautiful blog with an excellent collection of samplers. Your stitching looks lovely and I bet you have an extensive collection of samplers. My favorites.
    Good luck with your give away. The followers do love them!

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  90. Hi Melinda,

    I just discovered your blog from a posting at Cardan Antiques and Stitching.

    I love, love, love your samplers - each one is more gorgeous than the previous one. You should feel so very proud to have accomplished so much! I also like your animal and decorating pictures - thanks for sharing so much.

    Your giveaway is just fabulous. I would love to have either one of your giveaways. They are just beyond generosity.

    - Margaret

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  91. I found your blog from Wicked Stitcher. I love it. Just became a follower. Your give away has certainly generated the comments! Www.stitchinginmygarden.blogspot.com.

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  92. I found your blog from Wicked Stitcher. I love it. Just became a follower. Your give away has certainly generated the comments! Www.stitchinginmygarden.blogspot.com.

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  93. I just found you thanks to Carmen's blog (Carden's Anitques and Needlework). How generous you are to give away one of your beautiful samplers. I would love to win one. I would also love to have you create a garden for me. Yours is so beautiful and friendly. It looks like a great place to stitch or read. I look forward to folowing your blog and seeing your work. Thanks, TNladybug.

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  94. Wow! Hi Melinda. I just followed a link to your blog. What eye candy! I loved seeing the samplers, kitties, horses, etc.
    What an amazing giveaway. I would have a hard time parting with either piece. I have often admired those designs, but wonder if I would have the patience to finish them.
    I see you are from Ohio. I am from southern Ohio myself.
    I've added you to my favorites, so I will be checking in again. I am guilty of reading a lot and not posting much.
    Have a great day!
    Paula

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  95. Your samplers are lovely. I was amazed at all the ones you have pictured. Blogs have definitely changed my view of the world. There for awhile I thought everyone was just interested in making money and that hand work was an artform that was quickly disppearing. I love looking at all the beautiful things people are making and all the wonderful ideas that are out there.

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  96. I have visited your blog on several occasions and have enjoyed seeing your farm and gardens. I love, love, love your samplers. Have you been making any rugs lately? Are you going to the Maria Barton class in Tipp in November? Hope to see you there.
    Bev

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  97. Oh my goodness! I just found your blog today and it is tremendous! My favorite post so far is the Christmas open house back in Dec 2011. Your decorating is superb - you're a woman after my own heart. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Ronda

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  98. What an amazing and generous give away sweetie - Well now you're making me think of getting my own freebie ready now instead of waiting for a milestone!

    I'm now following you and so glad I've stumbled onto your homey little place here.... and have listed your give away on my blog.
    Love all the samplers on here. Gorgeous!
    Blessings
    Debbie
    Barefoot Primitives

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  99. I found you through another blogging friend and so glad I did!! I'm looking forward to learning more about you. This is an amazing giveaway ~ I can't believe you're willing to part with these! Thanks so much for the chance!

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  100. OOOh, I hope it is not too late to enter your giveaway! You are so generous! Gorgeous samplers - how kind of you to be gifting them on.
    I am a new follower and now commenter and what I love of your blog so far is your bold choice of a red background - gorgeous!

    My blog is http://kittenstiching.blogspot.com and my email address is KayeDeP@gmail.com

    I will post about your giveaway on my blog.

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  101. Hello Melinda-
    I am a new Follower to your wonderful Blog.
    Your samplers are so Beautiful. Love them all.
    Your stitching as amazing.
    I posted your Giveaway on my sidebar.


    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  102. WOW what a wonderful giveaway. I'm a new follower and would love to win one of your beautiful samplers. Thank you so much!

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  103. I love your home. I have one a little like it, I live in a saltbox and the front looks a lot like your home except for no front porch.
    I also love your “Samplers” they are all beautiful. My daughter-in-law recently talked me into doing a wall collage with some of my samplers, at first I fought her on this idea, but then gave in and am so glad I did. I also am impressed with your flower garden, wonderful. I have just recently found out about these blogs and wonder where I have been that I have not found them before. So many people with the same “tastes” as mine and I have felt so alone here in Western Kentucky because there are so few women that have like the same things I so enjoy. Sending you an email may not be the way I was suppose to enter your very generous contest, but please enter me in the Houses of Hawk Run Hollow. I’m hoping to start a blog one day soon. Maybe!!!

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  104. Oh, my goodness, what a wonderfully kind and generous giveaway! It would be an honour indeed to own such a treasured sampler! I love them both! And I am so pleased to "meet you" via your lovely blog, Melinda ~ I just stumbled upon it in my blog readings today and I must say, what a treasured find! I dearly love all your Samplers ~ and how wonderful to have so many beloved treasures hanging on your walls ~ a constant source of joy, indeed! And akin to you I adore all Scottish Samplers and would love to add more to my stash! I think your home is amazing~ so warm and inviting~ And your Garden ~ Well, it's absolutely lovely and I can just imagine sitting there of an early morning~ enjoying a coffee ~ stitching and/or reading or just admiring the wonderful view! I am so happy to have found your lovely blog, Melinda and I look forward to many return visits ~ I have been quiet for far too long in the blogosphere but you are an inspiration, indeed! Thank you and blessings always in stitches ~ Lizzy

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  105. Well, I have had you in my FAVORITES for some time and check in with you bi-weekly but I didn't realize I could follow you since I don't have a blog. My daughter is home visiting and I showed her the colors of your house(which I love) and she showed me how to follow AND leave a comment. It's a new day!!!! You bring so much pleasure and inspiration to me. I'd be a sad girl if you were stop blogging. I'd comment and tell you so too. Thank you for sharing with strangers. Krissy B.

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  106. Hello!!! A friend emailed me (and several others) asking us to look at your blog and see if we knew what one of the samplers was hanging on your wall? I got to your blog and was awe of your beautiful home and all your lovely needlework!!! I was so surprided that I hadn't seen or heard of your blog before. I am in a weekly needlework group that meets every Thurs night, and we are always talking about blogs and all the new patterns and samplers we would love to stitch. I am a follower of yours now and will add you to my blog list. Thanks for sharing your love of needlework and all the lovely photos. Your home is so beautiful!!!! Many Blessing to you and yours~ Kim

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  107. Well...looks like I missed your sweet giveaway...but I would love to become a follower of your blog. The samplers are beyond gorgeous. I am sure you are over whelmed and delighted at the comment response!
    What I like about your blog is the banner of your home sweet home...it tells a sweet story just from the photo.
    Blessings to you and yours
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

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  108. This comment is coming long past your giveaway, but I just had to comment upon what a generous gift you offered to your followers! Both samplers are beautiful, and I'm sure the winners must have been quite happy with their prize.
    I love Carriage House Samplings, and am ALMOST finished with Village of Hawk Run Hollow (hopefully today!) Here's a link if you'd like to take a peek: http://cabbagenkings.blogspot.com/2013/02/nearing-finish-line.html?m=1

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  109. Melinda what a generous and lovely giveaway
    Please count me in.
    What I love about your blog is the inspiration that
    you give to me anyways. your blog is a blog to get lost in and that's a good thing.
    Thanks for the chance
    Have a good one
    Darlene North

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