Saturday, October 31, 2009

Revealing the December Mystery Giveaway...

O what fun it's been hosting my monthly random mystery giveaway these last few months.  Letting do most the work and select my lucky day each month, and randomly select a winner from those leaving a comment on the lucky day.  Commentors don't know which day is lucky or what the prize might be.  It's been a blast for me!  But, rules were made to be broken, right?  So.  I've been plotting my final (December) giveaway for a while now.  I knew I wanted to give away something a little extra special, like a pair of the Mia Gingher scissors:

since they are so perfect for Christmas.

BUT WAIT, there's more.......I started having visions of a matching scissors block. 

What's that, you say?  A matching scissors block?  You've never heard of such? 

Me neither!!!  Neither have I seen one anywhere except in my head, so I've been scurrying around and fritzing around with this idea for weeks.  While I'm really good at visualizing the final product, the "how to" steps are always a tad harder for me to figure out.  But, after shopping for just the right fabric, a little trial and error, I've come up with this tartan (5 scissors) cube.  Hope you like it.

Are you ready? 

Brace yourselves:

the front

pockets on sides

And the backside is the perfect poke place for pins.  As you can see, the base is a styrofoam cube, covered in felt, wrapped like a Christmas present to create the side pockets, fastened with gold buttons.  I've really learned alot in making this little cube, like when you iron over styrofoam, you should stop before the crackling noise starts.  And how to use a curved needle to sew buttons on to awkward places. 

One of the really neat things about this project is, if you tire of the tartan, all you need to do is clip a couple of buttons off, unwrap your cube and rewrap it in your new favorite fabric! 
How great is that!?!

The lucky winner will also receive 4 extra gold corsage pins (like on the front) in case the owner would like to push them into the bottom and make "feet" for the cube. 

So, here's the deal.  I will still have a November give-away as usual.  In December, I'll still let select a lucky December day but that day could be as early as the 1st so all commentors from November and December will go into a hat and one lucky winner will recieve the Mia Ginghers (new in box) and the matching scissors block.  And who knows, maybe there will even be a matching scissors fob by then!

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. Happy Halloween Marnie. I'll be back to leave comments in November and December... what an awesome giveaway.

  2. Wow, your scissor block is wonderful! You are so creative! Hope you have a happy and safe Halloween.

  3. What fun!! Love the block and since I'm reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon...which is about a Scottish Highlander...the tartan is speaking to me right now...

    In fact, based on your post about the scissors I used my JoAnn coupon for the big pair but they didn't have any of the embroidery scissors...

  4. This wee lassie (well, maybe not so 'wee') loves anything tartan. What could be better than tartan scissors AND a tartan scissor cube!

  5. Thank you for visiting, Marnie! It was good to hear from you. for the tartan. OooLaLa!!! You are very clever with your scissor block. I'm impressed!!! And scissors to boot??? what could be better?

  6. I spy with my little eye a "Vima" tassle in your scissor block! Well done...

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  7. Beautiful scissors but I love the scissors block - very snazzy!

  8. Don't you just love plaid? And to have plaid scissors is just the most amazing, fantastic thing! Then you add plaid fabric to a cube! Over the top!