Update – April 15: Christine Haynes, the author of the book, tweeted today to thank me for hosting this giveaway of her book! She was excited about it and I added her tweet into the comments section.
We had a total of 70 entrants for the Equinox Celebration Sewing Book Giveaway! The book is Chic and Simple Sewing by Christine Haynes, and is divided up into sewing projects designed for the four different seasons.
The entrants were from all across the globe and were asked to tell us their favourite season. It was so exciting to find out where everybody was from and why they chose their season. I compiled the information into a chart. CHART!! (The science and math geeks just perked up :)). Some people chose all the seasons as their favourite. D’oh! Way to skew a chart! LOL.
Spring was the clear winner with autumn/fall and summer (the dry season in the tropics) practically tying for second and third place and winter (the wet/monsoon season in the tropics) coming in a distant fourth.
The following are a few of the simply beautiful and poetic quotes for each season, written by YOU! The comments really allow everyone to see why you love your favourite season and made me appreciate seasons that may not be my favourites, by being able to see them through your eyes. I was right there with you! I thank you for that. Your thoughts were truly lovely, you poets you! A book or song should really be written; read on to see what I mean. (Can you find your comment?)
WINTER – Wet / Monsoon Season
The storms are so wild and huge and you feel so small in a good way. The monsoon, it’s hard to comprehend. There is just so much water in the world, all raining down on you at once!
I love the look and the sound of snow.
I love when you’re all warm and cozy next to a fire with a nice hot cuppa and u can hear pitta patter on the window.In the tropics, the monsoon is in full swing. Nothing like falling asleep to the rain on your roof and the sounds of distant thunder!
I like the beautiful view after a snow storm, when everything is blanketed in pure white.
SUMMER – Dry Season
It feels like the climax to my year…. I adore the long evenings and early morning sunshine, I can walk the dog and have had my breath of fresh air by 6am… wonderful stuff!!
If I had to pick, I’d go for the last days of summer, with the plentiful fruit, the somewhat tired heat, the foreboding of darker days.
It’s warm and sunny and if you’re lucky enough to have a garden, it peaks in mid-July. We cycle and swim outdoors, we go mad because winter will begin again in November.
I love hot and humid weather, iced tea, pools and ocean time.
I get to sleep in as much as I’d like and my children are all home with me. What could be better?
I love sitting in the garden sewing. We live beside a river, so a glass of wine outside as the sun goes down is just lovely.
The rains stop for a while and we get to have sunshine.
Lucky for me I live in the desert, constant summer!
It means BBQs, hikes, camping and swims.
AUTUMN / FALL
I think, it’s the most beautiful time of year, full of colour and charm.
I love that it’s still warm but the colours are changing. It often brings the best of the weather. It also feels ‘new’ to me; a hangover of the new school year starting, I guess!
I love the trees shedding their leaves not to mention the beautiful warm colours that are associated with autumn- orange, chocolate, tan, coral, khaki, cream and cinnamon.
I love the change, the drama, the unpredictable weather.
I love Autumn, the crisp air and the changing colours of the leaves. The chilly mornings where fog lies low in valleys and the smell of woodfires is on the breeze.
My favourite season is early autumn, where it is still warm but not too hot, and late flowers are still blooming but the air is already getting an earthly smell. It just gives me a happy warm feeling.
Cool nights for snuggling.
Perfect weather for watching the amazing sunsets over the ocean!
The smell of autumn leaves is delicious.
Autumn always feels like a big relief that the heat is over.
The hot winds of the desert blow through the basin. The air is clear and the heat is sharp and by this time the garden is bursting with color and fragrance.
I love the freshness.. the new growth… planting a garden… daffodils…
I’m big on light layering and I love to see the new growth appear.
I love that it’s hot and sunny, and seeing all of the flowers blooming after a dreary winter.
Cherry blossoms in the spring. That is what I’m waiting for.
I love spring because it’s fresh, new, and hope for what’s to come!
The days are getting longer, and everything is still green from the winter rain.
The grass starts to turn green, the leaves begin to bud, flowers start to bloom. Bliss.Spring is so full of new beginnings for so many things. There’s always new baby birds flying around and all the plants come to life and are blossoming everywhere, I just love it.Everything is bright and beautiful and it leads to summer.
Cool crisp mornings and evenings and the newness of Spring with leaves emerging on trees & flowers blossoming everywhere.
I love spring, when all that has been sleeping in winter comes back to life. Warm days and cool nights that usher in refreshed fields of color and the wonderful perfume that springs from it.
Days are getting longer, but it’s not too hot yet.
I love Spring the most because the newly appearing rays of sunlight after a long winter make me happy and make me feel alive.
After a cold, wet & snowy winter, the flowers are beginning to bloom, the trees are turning green and the birds begin to sing. The temperature is not too hot & not too cold and it is so nice to be able to go out and get my garden started. I love the colors of spring as well, the yellow daffodils, the red tulips and purple pansy. I love to get inspiration for my sewing from the flowers. You can see many colors in one flower.
The transition from cold grey wet days into slightly less cold, occasionally blue wet days here in Manchester is always welcome.
And, something to be said for the beauty of ALL seasons:
There’s something grand about the circle of life, and the different feelings the change of seasons evoke that I enjoy more than “just” a single season.
I love every season, especially when they are beginning. The blooming flowers in spring, the warm summer nights, putting on the first cozy sweater in fall and I love a good snow fall. By the time the seasons are changing, I’m ready for the new one.
In NZ, colours are so much greener all year round, so these wonderful changes are a little more muted.
Missjoiedevivre from A Charm of Magpies, also shared an interesting seasonal factoid for us:
“Here in New Zealand, we mark the turning of the seasons on the first of the month, not the equinox/solstice. So it has been autumn since March the first!”
I had no idea!! Does anybody know why? Please, do share.
Because this Giveaway induced a very contemplative, calming and thoughtful vibe, Kitty thought that he would take his initial draw officiating ceremony idea, down a notch and also relate it to the seasons. (However, do not fret, Kitty fans, I have just won the Wellington Pattern Pyramid from Laura over at miymdiary, so for the winner of that draw, Kitty is going to put his original plan into action and let loose his boisterous side).
Inspecting Spring Flower Buds
I listed numbers from 1 to 70 on tiny bits of paper, that looked like hopeful spring flower buds. Kitty inspects the flower bud numbers, and they are then placed at the beginning of the Kitty Tunnel, which depicts the hot yellow sun, clear blue sky and calm blue water of a gorgeous summer day.
A blow dryer was then set up and aimed at the flower bud numbers. The blow dryer was turned on and Kitty delighted in watching as the flower buds create a lovely winter storm and swirled around frantically and hypnotically inside the windy tunnel.
Tunnel Eye View
Kitty then bravely enters the eye of the hurricane. Oh, our gallant and fuzzy beast. Will he persevere over natures elements?
Kitty stands strong, never taking his eyes off the prize.
He grabs fruitlessly in the air, on the ground, in the tunnel; so many paws, so much paper, such wind.
Kitty tasting the paper numbers
Kitty leaves no sense underutilized and even tastes the spring flower buds, to ascertain which paper holds the possibility of being the winning entrant. Kitty then exits the tunnel, patiently watching his targets fly out of the tunnel and flutter delicately to the ground. Like gentle autumn leaves, departing their spring and summer homes on the trees, they fall softly to the ground.
Kitty waits for the bewitching autumn leaves to land while contemplating his next move. He inspects the items, never quite pinpointing just one, moving effortlessly between all the spring buds/fallen leaves, until…..his eye sees what it wants.
Kitty does it!! He hones in on, and dutifully captures a solitary flower bud/autumn leaf! He gets his paws on the winner!!!
The paper is unfurled like a beautiful tulip in Spring,
You are Taking Too Long, Let Me Help You!!!
Ah, the Sweet Smell of a Lovely Spring Tulip
…the winner is…..Number 33!! Which corresponds to……Elise Lin from What the Dormouse Sews, whose favourite season happens to be: Autumn.
Congratulations Elise!! Kitty and I are both so happy for you. Please email me with your specs so that I can mail/post you, your brand new sewing book!
-Thank you to everybody for stopping by the blog and entering the giveaway, and for your engaging commentary on nature’s finest hours.-
I will leave you with Nick Drake, metaphoring on the seasons with the hauntingly beautiful, The Time of No Reply. You’ll thank me (after you’ve finished rocking back and forth in the fetal position, while weeping gently.) You’re welcome. (click on the song title to view it, you won’t regret it).
Kitty retiring to his tunnel, with the winning number, to contemplate Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness…….and Tuna.
photo and comment credits: Giveaway entrants favourite season comments, quoted in this blogpost, have been edited, by me, for grammar and spelling as well as for brevity and are the sole property of the authors. The original comments and their corresponding authors can be found on the Giveaway sign-up post, here, in the comments section.
Photograph of the four seasons courtesy of: winter, summer, autumn, spring Photograph of Kitty in Spring courtesy of Halo Pets.