Friday, 30 September 2011

Flower Button Give Away Winners

Josephine had some Friday afternoon fun selecting the 10 winners from our new flower button give away.

The winners are:
con il (heart) e le mani,
Blooms & Bugs,
Happy Cottage Quilter,
My Lucky,

Congratulations to all our winners. If you see your name here before I have a chance to email you personally, please email me with your postal details so that I can send you your new Incomparable buttons.
We look forward to seeing what use you find for our newest buttons and are sure you'll love them as much as we do.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Delicious, Healthy Bran Muffins & the 1st 3 Winners from the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along

These yummy muffins are so easy to make...great for lunch boxes too.
They freeze beautifully.
Makes 24 large muffins.
Mixture can be made and stored in refrigerator overnight before baking.
Can be made just with raisins or a mix of whatever you have on hand - see step 4.

200 C.  For 20 minutes

1  Mix together 3 cups bran and 1 cup of boiling water

2  Add 2 cups buttermilk and 1 cup oil

3  Add 2 lightly beaten extra large eggs

4  Add 3 cups of any mix of the following

Pumpkin seeds
Sesame seeds
Sunflower seeds
Dried cranberries
Chopped dates
Flax seeds

I put a little of all of the above...and a full cup of raisins.
But any combination is good...I just love raisins.

5. Add 2 and a half cups cake flour and 2 and a half teaspoons of bicarb and half a teaspoon of salt.

6. Add 1 cup brown sugar.

Store in fridge or divide into 2 greased muffin tins and bake now.

Can sprinkle tops with flaked almonds before baking.

Delicious with jam or just as they are.
The muffins keep well stored in an airtight container for up to five days...enjoy with a hot fresh cup of tea!

And now to announce the first 3 of 36 button winners from the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along hosted by the Quilting Gallery:
For Pat's Red & White Block - Flamingofan 
Santa's Mittens Block - Nunu's Quilt World
This Little Light of Mine - Tiny1949

Congratulations to this week's winners.
We will be announcing the 10 winners of our new pastel flower buttons tomorrow.

Monday, 26 September 2011

A Little Bird Told Me...

...that these pretty new flower buttons are being given away this week...

Just follow our blog and comment about how you would use these buttons to have a chance to be one of 10 lucky winners anywhere in the world...

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Another Fabulous Give Away

Our newest set of pastel flower buttons is here...and we are so pleased with them we want to share them with you immediately.

Ten followers of our blog stand a chance to win a set of these flower buttons.

All you need to do (besides being a follower) is to comment here and let us know how you would use these buttons.

This give away closes on Thursday 29th September midday South Africa time!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

New Button Giveaway

We thought we would wait a while before our next giveaway seeing as it was just the other day that we sent out the prizes to the owl button competition. But we just cant wait ;-)

We are so excited about our very latest teeny tiny flower buttons (still hot out the oven) that we just want to share them with you. So it is time for another giveaway. This time the total prize value is a $100... to 10 lucky winners... Giveaway and all details will be posted here on our blog starting tomorrow.


Friday, 16 September 2011

Quilting Gallery Quilt-Along & Button Give Away

Michele over at the Quilting Gallery is holding a Quilt-Along with new blocks added each week for you to create. 
Upload your completed blocks to her flickr pool and you could stand a chance to win sets of our Incomparable buttons...
Go across and take a look and happy creating...

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Are We Related?

Welllll...I dino...but relatively speaking...!

I think our dino, being so much smaller than the dragon...had better behave...or he may just become extinct!

My nephew has just turned four and wants his party to be dinosaurs and dragons. (He prefers dragons because they have wings and he would like to fly!)

Do you sometimes look at very loved but very different relatives and wonder how they could have possibly fallen from the same branch...let alone the same tree?
As they say, variety is the spice of life!

Monday, 12 September 2011

A Day at the Beach

Free Cross Stitch Sampler.

Here is a holiday inspired free cross stitch for you to print and make. A palm tree sways in the breeze while a happy crab watches a boat out on the ocean. A quick and easy design we hope you will enjoy crafting.

This is the end result...

... and here is the pattern for you to print... (click to enlarge)  

Grid size 61W by 61H
Design Area 10.34 cm by 10.34 cm (57 by 57 stitches)
Buttons - Incomparable buttons L74 - of course you can just email us if you would like to purchase the cute handpainted set of buttons to go with this pattern... incomparableinc (@)

We recommend framing your finished work of art.

Suggested Key:

Circle with dot - DMC-307 (lemon)
Oval - DMC-444 (lemon-dark)
Circle with diagonal - DMC-445 (lemon-lt)
Small Circle - DMC-801 (coffee brown-dark)
C - DMC-809 (delft blue)
Circle - DMC-820 (royal blue-very dk)
Diagonal Oval - DMC-995 (electric blue-dk)
Back-stitches: DMC-444 and DMC-820


Thursday, 8 September 2011

Love Birds

Today we are loving our feathered friends.

These blocks incorporate fabric painting and stitching and of course a button or two.

Birds offer great inspiration and are timeless and classic.

We try to encourage birds in our garden with the flora and trees for food and shelter.

We are lucky enough to have a huge variety of birds on the farm - from Malachite Kingfishers to Cape Eagle Owls, Spoonbills and Guinea fowl to Cape Robins.

Which is your favourite feathered friend and have you created artwork incorporating birds?

Monday, 5 September 2011

Are we there yet?

The call of the 'I'm getting bored in the back here in my car seat where I've been confined for at least the last five minutes...and really there must be more fun ways to spend a morning and so I'll ask for the thousandth time this minute' child on a road trip. 
A terrifying sound!

My niece on a family holiday when she was just 18 months old was absolutely content while we were in motion but the second we had to stop at a red light, she would command imperiously from the back 'dwive gwanddad dwive!'

Which should undoubtedly be Jen's next stitching block!

How do you amuse young children on car journeys?

Friday, 2 September 2011

Fun(ny) Little Greeting Card

Inside the card reads:  'Now that's a hoot...'

This funny little card is really quick and easy to make. 
Draw some branches for the bird to sit on and then glue (or stitch) the bird and owl buttons into place...add a colourful envelope and you're done!

It's sure to make the recipient giggle!

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Christmas & Halloween Collector's Edition Buttons

With Halloween (& Christmas!) just around the corner, we are offering 2 special limited edition collector's theme sets for sale.

Christmas Set - a moose, plum pudding, candy cane, cool snowman, Christmas tree and angel to name a few.
Halloween Set - bats, cats, ghosts and spiders as well as a few other bewitching designs...!

The buttons are sewn onto cards which have been signed & dated by one of our artists.

One set of 10 buttons is US$19,50 with free shipping worldwide. (Euro 13,65 or GBP 12)
Any two sets of 20 buttons are US$30 with free shipping worldwide. (Euro 21 or GBP 18,50)

To take advantage of this limited offer, click on the paypal button on the left sidebar.

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