Sunday, December 16, 2012

Grab a cuppa! (also, giveaway winner!)

I wanted to thank everyone for entering my little haphazard mini giveaway. It's been a lot of fun reading your answers and today I wrote everyone's names out, put numbers next to them, and had Handsome Helpful Boyfriend pick a number between 1 and 21. He picked "2" which means that the winner of the giveaway is....


Yay! Congratulations, Sharine! I've already picked the perfect thing for you, so give me a week or two to get it together and I'll send that out! Thanks again, everyone!

I meant to participate in IHSW this weekend. I signed up and everything, worked on Saturday, got sick today and stitched all day, and then I realized that wait a second - I'm stitching secret stitching and can't show you guys :( It's coming along nicely, though, and I really hope I have it finished for Handsome Helpful Boyfriend by Christmas, but I'll definitely report back. 

In other news, a few weeks ago I got an e-mail from Jo of Serendipitous Stitching asking me if she could send Handsome Helpful Boyfriend a present. I had no objections and about two weeks later got a neat little packet in the mail. We opened it up and imagine our surprise at the loveliness enclosed! Picture below, along with my last TUSAL jar of the year.

Isn't it WONDERFUL! Thanks so much, Jo! We really love it! The Hobbit is one of Handsome Helpful Boyfriend's favorite books, so this was quite a treat getting us very excited for the movie.

Which brings me to my next story for this post. Handsome Helpful Boyfriend finished the well he was on Wednesday night, and came home at 3am Thursday morning! We had been invited to go see the midnight showing of the Hobbit Thursday night, but declined thinking that Handsome Helpful Boyfriend had to get up at 5 to go to work Friday morning. This was no longer the case, but we still thought we'd just go see the noon showing Friday since we both had the day off work. Well Thursday night we went out to dinner with a bunch of people who were going to the midnight screening. Turns out they had extra tickets and somehow convinced Handsome Helpful Boyfriend to go to the midnight screening. Here I was thinking I was going to be enjoying my warm soft bed that night but no... off to the movies we went after a quick stop at home for a cup of coffee. 

It was a good time, though. This is a small town so only about 1/3 of the theater was full and some people dressed up as characters as well. The tickets were for the 3D screening, which didn't have much effect on me because of my eyesight, but the movie itself was immensely enjoyable. I loved all the tie-ins with LOTR and the little extras they added. True, it was a tad long, but at least I had fun. And Benedict Cumberbatch plays Smaug and the Necromancer, which brings me to my next (and final) story for the night.


Holy crap I'm super addicted to that show! If you haven't seen it yet and have access to it via Netflix Instant or other avenues, WATCH IT, I say! It is such a refreshingly modern take on a classic without being annoying or over-the-top. Well, ok, a little over the top but Sherlock Holmes' character has to be a LITTLE over the top. There are two seasons out so far, with three episodes per season, each episode being an hour and a half long. I have watched both seasons all the way through, and then watched season one all over again. I keep looking over at Handsome Helpful Boyfriend and saying, "I want more Sherlock." "ok, I'll go produce some." Season three is coming... and I wants it now, precious.


lesli said...

A big congratulations to Sharine! Woop woop! :)

Great giveaway, Ewa...always so generous!!

What a sweet gift from Jo...I bet the boyfriend loved it!!

I have plans to watch Sherlock when my vacation starts (which is Wednesday) so I'll know all about what you speak of!!

Hope you feel better soon and are feeling loads better this week!

sharine said...

Thankyou! I will start stalking the postie soon(although better not. He is my DH's former boss).
The movie sounds great and I will be of to check out Sherlock.
Have a great weekxxx

cucki said...

Hello dear hope you feel better soon..
Congrats to sharine from Jo is so pretty
Love for you x

Melinda said...

Congrats to Sharine - great giveaway. Will have to watch Sherlock.

Looking forward to your Showing of your secret gift

Minnie said...

We went to see The Hobbit and realized that there will be a part 2 until the end of the movie. Part 2 is Dec 2013 and part 3 is Dec 2014. It was rather long but good. DH has watched your Sherlock Holmes show I will have to watch it. I do like this show "Elementary" with Luci Lu you may want to check it out another version of Holmes and Watson.

Melissa said...

I am definitely looking forward to seeing the Hobbit. I watched the first season of Sherlock and thought it was great, and plan to watch the second season soonish.

Can't wait to see your secret stitching!

Anne said...

Big congrats to Sharine!! How lovely of Jo to send your Handsome Helpful Boyfriend some Hobbit memorabilia. I can't wait to see the film next weekend!! LOVED LOTR!! Sherlock is awesome isn't it?! Such an intelligent show!


The Crafty Princess said...

Congratulations Sharine!!

How cool is Jo, what a great gift for HHBF. I can't wait to see the Hobbit, it doesn't come out until boxing day down under.

I totally agree with you about the Sherlock series. I have both seasons and love them.

Can't wait to see your secret project! xox

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

So pleased you liked the cards! Maybe I should get another set for a Giveaway prize LOL.

I want to go see The Hobbit after Christmas with the Large Boy but so does hubby and one of us has to stay with the Small Boy. hmmmm who will win?

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Sharine =)

Oh, the Hobbit-stuff looks fantastic =)

I went to see the Hobbit a few days ago and I really loved it. Already during the Lord of the Rings I was totally amazed by the huge buildings, so I was amazed by the buildings in the hobbit ;-)
Did you watch the Hobbit in HFR? I watched the regular non-3D

I'm so excited to see your Secret Stitching =) I'm sure it will be amazing =)

Stitching Noni said...

Hope you're feeling much better. Well done Sharine!
Lovely gifts from Jo :)
Love Sherlock! Such a great show. Looking forward to seeing the Hobbit over the Christmas break
Have a wonderful Christmas & New Year :)

Valentina said...

Merry Christmas!!

Caitlin Jordan said...

gorgeous present! I really want to see the hobbit. Just need to work out how to.