Bocce Ball: Kitty Selects a Winner for Pattern Pyramid!

Yes, Bocce Ball!  A fun, jam packed exciting lawn bowling game made popular in ancient times during the Roman Empire.  Summer is the perfect time for a rousing match, so Kitty decided to select the Winning Pattern Pyramid Entrant through a game of Bocce Ball!

And, since we have no idea how to play Bocce Ball, we made up our own rules!  Best kind of game ever.

Prepping the Bocce Balls with Entrant Numbers 1 to 28

28 entrants – 28 Bocce balls

We had a total of 28 entrants, so numbers 1 to 28 were stuck onto 28 Bocce Balls.  A Winner’s Circle was set up along with a panel of Judges, to rule on any discrepancies in throws.

Winner's Circle and Panel of Judges

Winner’s Circle and Panel of Judges

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!…………….

GAME ON!!!!!

GAME ON!!!!!

Bocce Balls began whirling and rolling in seemingly random directions.  That’s mostly because we cannot throw.

Go For It Kitty!

Go For It Kitty!

Where Did It Land

This way. Throw them THIS way.

Kitty takes full charge of the game, never letting any Bocce ball go by, without giving it his stamp of approval and padding after it, (in popular Canadian Curling style) to maneuver it toward the Winner’s Circle.

Bocce Ball Inspection

Each Bocce Ball Must Be Thoroughly Inspected by Kitty

Kitty inspects each throw, psychically willing every Bocce Ball to land within the Winners Circle.

Kitty impatiently awaits the release of yet another Bocce Ball.

Throw Another One!

Throw Another One! THROW IT!!

Kitty is quick to point out that VERY few Bocce Balls are actually entering the Winner’s Circle.  Which is quite sad, since we did, indeed, make up our own rules, you’d think we’d be able to get at least one into the Winner’s Circle.

Did Not Make the Winners Circle Throw Again

Wow! 0 for 0. You are terrible at this game!

Kitty takes pity on the ball players and opts to offer up some strategic advice for throwing the Bocce balls.

"Throw it a little more to the right.  The right!!  Not YOUR right, MY right!  That way!"

“Throw it a little more to the right. The right!! Not YOUR right, MY right! That way!”

Oh my goodness!!!  Upon Kitty’s sage advice, the game begins to pick up!  Miracle upon miracles!! One Bocce Ball finally enters into the Winner’s Circle!!!  Immediately after, a second ball quickly follows suit.

So Far Two Made it Into the Winners Circle

Two Bocce Balls in the Winner’s Circle!!

The excitement is palpable, Kitty is duly impressed! And, it’s hard to impress Kitty.

Wonder Twin Bocce Ball Powers ACTIVATE

“Excellent Job!” says Kitty. “High Five – Paw.”

Wait!! What’s this??  A third Bocce ball enters the coveted Winner’s Circle.  The judges are bowled over!  (Literally. I had to set them back upright a few times….)

Three Bocce Balls Make It Into the Winners Circle

Three Bocce Balls Enter the Winner’s Circle. Kitty and the Judges are overwhelmed.

Ah, but now, which of the three is the winning Bocce ball?  Lucky for us, Kitty is able utilize his astonishing powers of intuition to sniff out the winner!

Which One Do I Like

Kitty circles, attempting to intuit the winning Bocce ball.

He circles and circles, he is practically vibrating, his spidey senses are tingling.  He peruses and paces….Honing in, getting closer…..

Yes I Feel as if This One is the Winner

“Yes, I’m sensing THIS is the winning Bocce ball.”

And, amazingly, he does it!!Kitty Randomly Selects Bocce Ball 10 from the Winners Circle

IMG_3754YES!!!!!!!!!  Winner Selected!!!!!!!!!!  Bocce Ball Number 10.  And, from the list of entrants, number 10 corresponds to………….(drum rolll)………………….:

"Here.  This is the Winner.  See it?  See it?  Look Closer!  It's the 10."

“Here. This is the Winner. See it? See it? Look! Look Closer! It’s the 10.”

List of Entrants

Fiona Parker from Diary of a Chain Stitcher.

Congratulations Fiona!  Kitty and I are very happy for you!!

Please email me with your specs so that I may get the Pattern Pyramid to you!

"My Work Here is Done"

“My Work Here is Done”

 

Pattern Pyramid COMBINED with Sew Grateful Week Giveaway!

Oooooooh!  Yes, indeed.  Pattern Pyramid arrived yesterday from the lovely and talented Amanda at Symon Sez, so exciting!  This pattern pyramid was originally started by the charismatic bundle of joy, Anne at Pretty Grievances.  It has been quite the world traveller, visiting various continents and countries, enjoying cocktails, romps on the beach, did some shopping and even bought some cute souvenirs for the little pyramids, at home.pyramidsThe Pyramid began with Velosewer, as the first winner.  It then went on to The Material Lady and next to Mrs. Mole at Fit for a Queen.  After this, Pattern Pyramid enjoyed it’s journey to Tulle and Tweed and straight on to my predecessor, the previously mentioned Symon Sez.  Fabulous!

Now, I also wanted to participate in Sew Grateful Weekhosted by My Happy Sewing Place, where bloggers can take the time to thank their readership and other bloggers for their ideas, comments, inspiration, humour, support, shares, insanity, mild profanity and many other things you can think of that put a smile on your face and make you feel loved.  So, with both events looming and with the addition of recently hosting a Pay It Forward event on my blog just 5 days ago, I realized I can’t do it all!!! I’m not a machine!!!!  :).

So, I decided to combine the two events and I am going to add a gift for Sew Grateful Week to the Pattern Pyramid for the next winner to keep.  I racked my brain to try to discover ‘what does an experienced sewist that has everything, need?’  I came up with the answer “I don’t know”.  Yes, a long, hard contemplative second that was.

So, I thought since many experienced sewers have so much, and they are constantly trying to just work through their stashes,  and also because I am a new sewer, I wanted to give a shout out to other newbies and try to light the fire of sewing and crafting inspiration!  So, I chose a book called:  I Made it Myself.  9781407553641_439_480  It is the absolute perfect gift for a brand new sewer.  Some of you must have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, younger siblings, neighbours, that you would like to inspire to learn to sew and create.  This book includes: a sewing kit, a variety of projects to complete, tonnes of pictures, instructions, a fabric and stitches glossary and templates to use to create a variety of fashion and accessory items.  (FYI, on the back it says, suitable for ages 7+ years, and I can see it working all the way up to a teenager, or even older!  Hey, we’re all kids at heart).

Ok, now on to the Pattern Pyramid Specs.  This is how it arrived, all tan and rested, a lovely globe spanning holiday it’s having, for sure.

Top Row:  Small Sizes, Middle Row:  Medium to X-Large Sizes, Bottom Row: Plus Sizes

Top Row: Small Sizes, Middle Row: Medium to X-Large Sizes, Bottom Row: Plus Sizes

Kitty went in to thoroughly peruse Pattern Pyramid. Kitty Peruses Pattern Pyramid 2 He investigated, he took his time, but finally, he selected the winning Pattern.  Note:  Kitty’s tail points directly at the winning pattern selection.  Clever Kitty!Kitty Chooses a Pattern

Pattern to Take Out

Pattern Removed to Keep

To the left is the pattern that I removed to keep for myself.  I will sew and eventually blog this item.  Stay tuned for that fun!

And below, is the pattern I chose to add back into the Pyramid.  It is a top and pants set, and the top has princess seams up the front and back, it is lined and has a front button closure.

Pattern Replaced Back into Pyramid

Pattern Replaced Back into Pyramid

The pattern was purchased before I had ever sewn anything.  I got it home, THEN checked the size….not even close.  So, hopefully somebody who is this size will be able to enjoy it.  Here is a more detailed breakdown of what is in the Pyramid:

Small Size Patterns:  clothing 8-12;  bra 32 A,B,C,D

Small Size Patterns: clothing US 8 – 12 (Eur.34-38); bra 32 A to D (Eur.70 B to E)

Medium to X-Large Patterns

Medium to X-Large Patterns: US 14 to 22 (Eur. 40 to 48)

Plus Size Patterns: XXL to 6X; 18 to 28 (Eur. 44 to 54)

Plus Size Patterns: XXL to 6X; US 18 to 28 (Eur. 44 to 54)

New Pattern Pyramid

New Pattern Pyramid

A quick synopsis of the RULES of Pattern Pyramid for those who are not familiar:

  1. Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by Sunday February 17, 2013.
  2. You must have an active blog.
  3. A winner will be randomly selected and contacted.  I will then post (mail) the pyramid to you, plus the Sew Grateful Week gift (I Made It Myself book).  Oh, how will Kitty top the last giveaway draw officiating tactics???  He is confident he can.  Don’t worry.
  4. The winner will then select a pattern to keep, add a pattern of their own back into the Pyramid and host their own giveaway. They will randomly select another winner and post (mail) the remaining patterns to that person, and etc.

Yippee!!  Good luck everybody!!  And Thank You to everyone for stopping by my blog to say hi!  I AM sew grateful.  :)  Feel free to follow my blog and/or my facebook page, as well, if you don’t already.  And let me know where I can follow yours!