Omgosh, omgosh, omgosh....I am sooooo excited. It is time to vote on the butterflies.
And it was only when I recieved a picture of a butterfly this morning that I realised how appropriate the competition was.
Firstly I asked people taking part to make the butterfly their own: to use their imagination and creativity and I have to say with total honesty, all those who entered have indeed made it their own. From what I know of the entrants from their blogs and fb pages, I can see their own individual characters in the butterflies. How totally amazing is that?
Secondly, the butterfly is a creature of transformation. The metamophasis from caterpiller to butterfly has scientists completely stumped: to go from a living organism to a living 'soupy gloop' to a butterfly is still a process not fully understood.
And that is very symbolic as I move from the energy of being a victim of a crappy health diagnosis with crappy outcomes (for my age group) to someone who fully enjoys life, is thrilled by the simplest of pleasures and who is now designing and finally has a 'job' I really love. And I didn't even consider the symbolism of the competition until I received an entry yesterday. I could be a butterfly, just without the gloopy bits...well, actually I guess there are a few gloopy bits but hey, as long as they stay healthy gloopy bits, that's fine by me!
Over fifty people asked for this chart (I had to count fb requests, blog requests and email requests). How amazing is that! I am stunned! I know what we are like as stitchers, we put our charts in a pile and they sit and wait patiently until we feel like stitching them, so I don't mind that not all of you joined in. It was a real ego-boost that you even wanted the chart. Thank you!
So, what would I like you guys to do? I would like you to vote.
To be completely fair to everyone, I have added photos of the butterflies and each has a designated number rather than name. Just go to the poll on the side bar and vote for the one you like, the one you feel has really been made 'their own' by the stitcher. I don't envy you: I couldn't choose one but to make it a bit easier for you guys and as guilt free as I can I have 'adjusted' the prize.
The person with the most votes = Ten pdf charts or a 45.00 euro voucher to use as they wish in my shop: They can hold on to it or use part of it etc.
Second Prize: Five PDF charts of their choice.
All other entries: Two pdf charts of their choice.
There is no rush to claim the prizes bearing in mind I have five new charts being released next week alone!
So please, please vote. And when you look at the pictures also please bear in mind that we are struggling with winter light and photos are quite difficult to take! So well done stitchers for perservering with the dreaded cameras!
Feel free to click on the individual photos to get a better look: some have beads, metallic threads, buttons, the most delicate of variagated threads, and all are stunning. So please vote, and spread the word. Lets big up these amazing finishes!
Withdrawn: the owner didnt realise it was going in a competition: she tells me she had a ball and I know that just like all the other butterflies it def. deserved to win. The stitcher did it to support me and my butterflies. Thank you sweetie!!!!
Thank you to all who entered, and thank you for voting! Added note; please do not say who you vote for, Thank you xxxx