Jan Constantine, Queen of Embroidered Cushions, has only gone and published another book. I know. And the good news is, in between scratching my mosquito bites, I’ve got hold of a copy to give to one lucky HomeShoppingSpy reader…

Love Stitching is full of decorative appliqué and hand-embroidery projects from Jan, featuring some of her best-selling designs for cushions, throws, wall hangings, aprons and bags.

While her first book (Heirloom Embroidery) focussed on traditional embroidery, Love Stitching takes a more modern approach, with bright colours and strong shapes in a series of graphic, bold designs. I like the anchor cushion project best:

To win Love Stitchingsimply leave a comment on this post including your email address and we’ll pick a name out of the (hand-embroidered) hat at 6pm on Thursday 4th August. There are some helpful Terms and Conditions, here. (In case you’re not feeling lucky, it’s published by Jacqui Small and costs £20. You can buy it here.) – Ellie 

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Christmas gifts GIVEAWAY!

December 17, 2010

Ho ho ho, have we got a treat for you today! Lovely designer-makers from We Make London have created a fantastic goody bag packed full of gorgeous handmade Christmas gifts worth £360 in total…and we’re giving it away! Still got shopping to do? Never fear! Help is here!

This festive gift giveaway includes: A beautiful hand-crocheted bib and hair slide set from Nyoki; An amusing ‘Will Perform For Cakes’ side plate from Jimbobart; A luxury notebook from Eva Sonaike; A floral purse from Laura Fallulah; A plush rabbit toy from Hope and Eden…and there’s more…

A cute Liberty-print baby’s bunny t-shirt from Milk Two Bunnies; A festive knitted tea cosy from Chi Chi Moi; Three lovely hand-made cards from Nyoki; A pair of pretty hand-made knickers from Circe’s Knicker Draw; A pair of smart silver butterfly stud earrings from Red Fox Blue Monkey; A leather red bow hair clip from Sew Smitten…plus more gorgeous gifts including wall stickers from ChickP, a retro Oyster card holder from Sew Smitten again, and a funky black recycled tyres belt from Re-Collect. Phew! SO MANY We Make London GOODIES. Perfect for gifts. Or keep them for yourself…mwah ha haaa. Just leave your name and email address in a comment after this post to enter. At 6pm on Monday 20th I’ll pick a name out of the hat and post off the goodies next-day-delivery to the lucky winner (UK only). Click here to see the lovely TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Feel free to enter if you live outside of the UK, but please note the prize will not be delivered before Christmas! – Ellie

Angie Lewin: GIVEAWAY!

November 23, 2010

Talented artist Angie Lewin has collected 80 of her nature-inspired prints, together with collages, textile designs, drawings and paintings from her sketchbooks, to create a beautiful book: Plants and Places (£25, Amazon) out this month.

If only you could get your hands on a signed copy of this lovely new book. For free. What’s that you say? HomeShoppingSpy is giving away five signed copies of this gorgeous book to five lucky people who leave their name and email address below as a comment? We are? Well, that’s jolly good news.

Angie’s work is inspired by the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast and the Scottish Highlands. She depicts these contrasting environments and their native flora in wood engraving, linocut, silkscreen, lithograph and collage – and this book shows you her processes in real detail.

So, just leave your name and email address below this post as a comment and on Tuesday 30th November, we’ll put all the names in a hat and pick out five at random to win one of these lovely signed books. (Click here if you like reading Terms and Conditions. – Ellie

Ideal Home needs YOU!

June 30, 2009

I’m always looking for clever decorating or home-related tips and tricks from our readers – and I’ve got a sneaky suspicion that as an interiors-obsessed reader of HomeShoppingSpy, you might have a trick or two up your sleeve that you could share with other Ideal Home readers. We’ll give out fab prizes for the best tips and publish them in the magazine, too, so don’t delay!

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If you’ve got a handy home-related hint – whether it’s to do with painting, wallpapering, interior design, mood-boarding, cleaning, sewing, styling or anything else – please email it to ideal_home@ipcmedia.com or post it to the address above. Remember to include your full name, postal address and mobile number in your email or letter, so we can contact you if you’re a winner. – Ellie