Friday, January 20, 2012

Time for a Contest: Win My New "Halloween Jacks" Pattern!

I promised to release details today for how you can win my new "Halloween Jacks" candle mat pattern, which is finished and headed to the printers this weekend.  I'm really excited about this design because it was fun and easy and the model turned out sooooo cute!  I keep moving it around on top of my little breakfast table, worried that I'll spill coffee or something on it and not wanting to put it away until fall!  Unfortunately, I am NO photographer and my pics are crummy, so please bear that in mind and have pity . . .




Fortunately, my stitching and typing skills are better than my photography, so I'll be able to fill you in on my first contest of the new year that begins NOW and ends January 31!  The winner will receive a free copy of "Halloween Jacks" by their choice of snail-mail or instant download.  There's lots of ways to enter, and you can do ONE or ALL of the following to get extra chances to win:
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  • Leave a comment on this blog = 1 chance to win
  • Become a follower of this blog = 1 chance to win
  • Get a friend to leave a comment or become a follower of this blog (be sure to let me know who your friend is) = 1 chance to win
  • Share this blog post on your Facebook page (there's a little Facebook link in the left-hand column of this blog) (be sure to let me know) = 1 chance to win
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Where else can you get four chances to win a free pattern?!?  Good luck everyone, and I wish you ALL could be my lucky winner!  In the meantime, if you would rather skip the contest and pre-order your own copy of "Halloween Jacks" shipped to you as soon as it's back from the printers, just drop me an email at melanie@americanpiedesigns.com and I'll add you to the list. Regular price is $9.99, but  pre-order price is only $7.99, which is good until I post the pattern to my website sometime next week.

Don't forget to check back, because also coming next week is a tutorial for making "Halloween Jacks" showing some of the important steps that will help make your own project a success.  The tutorial will show you how to transfer the template pieces to wool, which simple embroidery stitches to use, and lots of other great tips for applique.  This candle mat is very easy to make, and I especially loved the stitchin' time I was able to enjoy while my hubby was absorbed in his favorite John Wayne flick on HBO (girls, you know what I'm talking about here!).

Gotta close now, as I'm starting work on my next project.  I can't decide between another candle mat, a table runner or a yummy little Christmas quilt that's forming in my brain.  Have a good weekend, and happy stitchin'!  xoxo --Melanie

40 comments:

  1. I will share on facebook and get a friend to sign as she does really neat hand made things. It is very cute Melanie!
    Lynn Behlen

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  2. Thanks Lynn! That will give you THREE chances. Good luck, and thank you!

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  3. cute and a little bizarre - perfect for the fall season. Will send on to my hooking group.

    Kathryn Worley

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! You get TWO chances, and good luck!

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  4. Melanie, I really like these little guys, but I have a daughter in law that really into Halloween, and i'll probably make it for her.

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    1. Oh I forgot to sing it. It's from me Margaret Felix.

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    2. Hi Margaret! Thanks very much. I'm so pleased you like the pattern. And good luck on winning!

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  5. Hi Mel, Your Halloween Jacks turned out great!
    Will share it on my facebook page for everyone to see it!

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    1. Hi Lynda! Thanks for sharing on your Facebook page. You are my favorite designer and I love your new Wabbits design!

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  6. Love the new pattern. The pumpkins are so happy.

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    1. Thanks for commenting Brenda. Good luck on winning (another copy, hehehe). :)

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  7. I have always admired all the work that goes into a penny rug. I thought one day I would try my hand at it and this looks like the perfect subject for me to try. I love Halloween and the pumpkins are just perfect!
    M
    PS found your give away on FB through one of my contacts.

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    1. Hiya! I'm so happy you like this design, and I'm also pleased you found me through Facebook. I hope you win (gosh, I hope EVERYONE wins!).

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  8. Love, love, love your Halloween Jacks pattern. Just found your site through one of my FB friends. I am a follower! Your blog has some great ideas! Thank you for the contest.

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    1. Pamela, your comment pleases me to the bone! I'm so happy you like the pattern and my blog. You made my day! --Melanie

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  9. Oh I would so love to win this pattern! A Halloween girl here!

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    1. Cathy, I hope you DO win this pattern. I love Halloween too! You are entered to win, and good luck!

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  10. Also want to say Lynda Hall sent me to your post, please give her credit for sending me, as i will tooo!!!Thanks Lynda!

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    1. I will definitely give Lynda credit for sending you here. She is a wonderful person and a fantastic designer. In fact, I'll email her right now . . .

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    2. This is an adorable little jack o'lantern mat! Would love to make some of these for my favorite decorating season!!

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    3. Thank you! You are entered! Good luck, and yes, Halloween is my favorite decorating season, right alongside Christmas (I just can't decide!).

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  11. I love it, very nice Design. would be great for autumn. Thanks Lynda for the letting us know about the new designer.

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    1. Thanks for entering, and good luck. I appreciate that you like the design! And yes, thanks to Lynda at Primitive Pieces by Lynda (http://www.primitivepiecesbylynda.com and http://primitivepiecesbylynda.blogspot.com). She's a wonderful designer!

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  12. Such a cute pattern! Thans for the opportunity to win!

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    1. Thank you for liking the pattern! You are entered, and good luck!

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  13. Hi! Love your Halloween Jack candle mat, so so, cute. Would really love to make this for my fall decorating. I posted on my facebook page your link and joined your blog. Thanks, Angie

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    1. Angie, thank you so much! That gives you THREE chances to win. And . . . I'm happy you like the pattern!

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  14. I really need this pattern...it's way to cute! My grandson "Jack" would be thrilled with another Jack decoration next Halloween....Posting on my blog and of course I need to follow your great blog...will post on FB as well!

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    1. Hahaha, that is so cute about your grandson "Jack". Thank you for posting, Facebooking and joining my blog. That gives you THREE chances. Good luck!

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  15. This is so adorable!! I would love to win it BUT if I don't win, I will buy it!! Too cute!

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  16. Marsha, thank you for calling it "adorable"! And thank you for posting a comment. I hope you win!

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  17. I love love love Halloween and those jacks are sooooo cute. I hope I win!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I hope you win too, and I love it that you like my little "Jacks"! Good luck, and thanks for posting!

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  18. I posted the link on facebook yesterday for all to see.

    Margaret felix

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  19. Hi Margaret! I saw your previous comment--thank you. Thank you also for posting to Facebook, and I see you're a follower of this blog, which gives you TWO MORE chances. Good luck on winning!

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  20. I'm having a heck of a time getting my comment to post. Here goes again. I've done it all - hope to have four chances. Love the Halloween Jacks.

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    1. Yaaaay Louise! You are entered for FOUR chances! Good luck, and thanks for liking the pattern.

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  22. I just love your new pattern! My sister, my mother, and myself are cat lovers, and love Halloween decor...thanks for coming up with this design.

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    1. I'm happy you like the design (and I love cats too!). Halloween is also my favorite decorating season of the year, followed by Christmas. Thank you for entering, and I hope you win!

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