Well, after a long weekend of watching comments come in on the Long and Short Stitch book give-away, and reading and enjoying all those comments, I sat down first thing this morning (at 5:30 am) to put together the drawing… and here’s the winner!
For this morning’s drawing, I did something a bit different. Normally, I keep an on-going list of names in a spreadsheet, and at the end of the drawing, I mix up the names on the spreadsheet (kind of like shuffling cards)… and then I pick a random number (via random.org), and the matching number on the spreadsheet wins.
This weekend, I didn’t have time to keep the spreadsheet, so instead, I picked a number via random.org, and counted down the comments from top to bottom according to the number generated. Either way, I figured, “luck” is still determining the winner, right?
The number generated was 6, and counting down the comments, I came to the sixth one down…. and that’s….
Hey, come to think of it, I could make YOU go back and count down the number of comments to #6….
But since I’ve already made you work hard enough for the give-away, by commenting – and not only commenting, but answering one of those off-the-wall kind of questions – I suppose I could just tell you.
As luck would have it – or more of what I would call a happy coincidence – the winner is Méri! Now, I’m always happy for whoever wins, but I find myself particularly pleased with this drawing for a number of reasons: Méri and I have enjoyed a good long-distance friendship thanks to our needlework blogs (she’s all the way over there in Portugal); Méri has been very generous to me – she’s sent me some beautiful fabric and threads and a great magazine from Portugal; and Méri has followed along with the long and short stitch lessons and been really supportive all the way through them. Congratulations, Méri!
I’m actually not a believer in luck. Happy coincidences (and even sad ones) are generally the work, in my mind, of a higher providence, and I like to think that through this “happy coincidence” I’ve been given the opportunity to repay a friend a little bit! Having said that, I think I was a little lucky myself this morning!
You still have another chance to win something long and short stitch related, though – don’t forget my other give-away ending on Wednesday (for a Trish Burr embroidery kit).
Thanks for participating!