Bag a bag

In the spirit of my last post, I’ve decided to spread a little more happiness by having a give-away. I’m offering you the opportunity to be the proud owner of one of the items that I made for our craftivism exhibition. The embroidery is for sale in my etsy shop, but I’ve decided to give away the “Ditch the plastic bag” bag:

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the bag on display

 

It is made from a repurposed t-shirt, with the message appliqued in felt. Bags like this are, unsurprisingly, quite stretchy, so are not ideal for lugging pounds of spuds home from the greengrocers, but are great for lighter items, such as yarn, tea and biscuits!

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it could be yours

 

I am happy to send this anywhere in the world. If you would like to be entered into the draw to win it, simply comment below, or in the post on the Snail of Happiness Facebook page, or on Twitter (@thesnailofhappy), and tell me what you’d like to put in the bag if you win it. I will include any comments left before midnight on Tuesday 13 June (BST) in the draw.

Good luck!

Free Things Thursday: 24 November 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Ms Emily’s Home for Full-Grown Nerds (note her new blog) and others for Three Things Thursday. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

Over the past few days I’ve been testing out some crochet patterns for my friend Danielle of The Make It Shop in Manchester. There were three of them and each one made me smile

First, a bauble:imgp1105

Second, a Christmas pudding:

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Third, a robin

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Have they made you smile? Would you like them? Well, I’m giving them away.

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Simply leave a comment below (or with a re-Tweet for my Twitter followers) and tell me one thing that’s making you smile this week and I’ll enter you into the draw to win all three of them. I’ll send them anywhere in the world, but I can’t guarantee that they’ll be with you for Christmas 2016 if you are a long way away. Entries will close at midnight GMT on Wednesday 30 November.

If you don’t win, Danielle has kits for sale in her shop to make them yourself.

So, go on, tell me what’s making you smile this week…

And the winner is…

Entries for the yarny give-away closed last night.

All the names were placed in a bowl:

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The bowl of opportunity (note the use of scrap paper)

And a winner was selected by our impartial judge:

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The judge

And here is the draw itself (be patient):

So, congratulations itwasjudith… we will be in touch very soon to get your address so that we can post your yarns to you.

Commiserations to all the rest of you. That was fun, so we might have another one in the new year… watch this space.

 

Last chance

Today is your last chance to enter our yarny give-away: an Arctic tale and some cosy sock wool. Perfect for winter entertainment… or just entertainment if you are south of the equator!

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A gripping yarn

Simply leave a comment on the give-away post for one chance to win. For a second chance, head over to Mr Snail’s blog and leave another comment on his give-away post. Entries must be received before midnight tonight, 6 December, UK time.

Good luck everyone… we will be making the draw tomorrow.

And if you don’t knit, you can nominate someone else to receive the yarn.

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Lovely sock yarn, for you or a friend

Remember to enter our give-away

Just a note to remind you about our give-away for a chance to to win these two yarns

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Ripping yarn and knitting yarn

Whether you fancy a good read

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Kirkenes Blue (reader not included in the give-away)

Or creating a pair of socks

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This is what the yarn looks like when knitted into socks (socks not included in the give-away, they belong to my mum now!)

Our give-away is for you!

To enter, just leave a comment (not just a like) on the original give-away post HERE; and to double your chances of winning, leave another comment on the original give-away post on Mr Snail’s blog HERE. Actually, go visit Mr Snail’s blog anyway… he’s got a lovely new blue background and it’s snowing (he likes snow), plus his latest post has a very scary picture of a spider.

Entries for the give-away close at midnight on Sunday 6 December 2015, UK time… and you can enter no matter where you are in the world.

GOOD LUCK!

 

A couple of good yarns

Do you enjoy a good yarn? Then this is the blog post for you…

To celebrate a month of writing and knitting, Mr Snail and I are having a little give-away. For your delight and delectation we have a package of two sorts of yarn to send anywhere in the world…

First there’s Mr Snail’s book Kirkenes Blue: a gripping yarn of intrigue and deceit under the beauty of the Northern Lights. And then there’s a ball of fabulous self-patterning 4 ply yarn. There’s 100g in the ball which is plenty to make a pair of socks or some lacy item and it’s 75% Merino wool so is lovely and soft, but with 25% synthetic fibre to make it hard wearing.

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Both these yarns could be yours!

If you want a chance to win this pair of yarns, simply leave a comment below; and if you want to double your chances, head over to Mr Snail’s blog and leave a comment on his post about this give-away too.

We will send the package anywhere in the world and all comments left before the end of Sunday 6 December (UK time) will be included in the draw.

Good luck!

Reverse psychology

When I first started blogging, I read a number of articles about increasing readership. One of the suggestions that appeared in various places was to have “give-aways”. It was an idea that I toyed with, but it seemed to me that unless I already had the readers, no one would know about my give-away and so it could only work with additional publicity. Since I couldn’t work out how to achieve this, I put it to the back of my mind.

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Some of the squares you’ve sent me

Then, in December, I had the idea of making my masterpiece blanket. Initially I thought that I would make all the squares myself, but some tentative enquiries via Facebook revealed that some of my friends would like to contribute. And so, I bit the bullet and asked for squares – I put my request out on Facebook as well as here on my blog… and was amazed by the response. I have had offers and received squares from people who I never knew read my blog as well as from existing friends, I’ve had loads of feedback (comments and likes) and traffic on my site has increased in a way I never expected (I’ve just exceeded 20,000 hits).

Admittedly, I have been writing more often during this period, but this cannot solely explain the level of engagement by you out there and the positive comments and support. I am aware that everyone who makes a square is giving me time, but that also they are handing over real money, at least postage and, in several cases, yarn bought specifically for the purpose.

Since I have never run a give-away, I cannot make a comparison, but it is very interesting to see that the converse, i.e. asking my readers to give me something, has had such a positive response. I think this says something about human nature – there are many, many kind and generous people in this world. The project is turning out to be a great way to discover this.

So, I wonder… have you ever run a give-away? If so, did it have a positive impact on your readership? And is it better to give than to receive?

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