Another Birthday and a give away

So yes. I am not dead yet. Was too scared to kick the bucket. I am well and trully alive, and in a much better place. Thank you to all of you who had me in your thoughts and prayers, and who reached out to me via this blog and email. I am so grateful. I took alot of what you all said on board, and especially enjoyed putting some of them into practice ( eating chocolates anyone), and as a result, I think I have to come up with a new set of measurements for myself as my tops don’t button up anymore.

It is also that day of the year. You know, the day that makes you reflect on your life, your purpose on earth and all. I turned 32 today. Nothing major. I got a new present. Two actually and two cheques. The presents are drying up me thinks.

First up, a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Yeah yeah, you don’t have to gasp so loud. I can hear you from here. Jealous? hehehe. A couple of you suggested I do something like start a new hobby to get me out of my dark maze. So, I decided on graphic and web design as the new thing I want to learn. Actually this might not come as a surprise to some of you who have been reading my blog for some time. I am always playing with the look of my blog, tweaking a code here or there, html here, CSS there. This subscription gives me access to Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Dreamweaver and a host of other software by Adobe. Cool huh?

Then I also got the Wacom Bamboo tablet. Infact, I told Mr.Dibs his inability to procure the tablet would result in a strongly worded letter from my solicitors. Yes, people have filed for divorce for lesser slights. You would think Mr.Dibs would use this opportunity to free himself from the prison that is marriage to me but no. I have the tablet right here with me. I must surely be doing something right. Who would have thought. Surely all the burnt toasts and dodgy eggs would have put him off by now right? Apparently not.

I suppose this is the part where I have to state all the things I am grateful for this year and yadi yadi da. I won’t go into that. I have decided not reflect on my life today. I have been doing that alot lately, and today I am just going to be as positive as I can manage at this point. I am going to a steakhouse tonight with Mr.Dibs and the rest of the little family. I have not eaten much all day because I intend to stuff my face silly tonight. I have decided whatever restaurant we go into MUST have Chocolate fudge cake on the menu else I am not eating there. I am going to have the main course and two deserts. No healthy entree for me today. Nope. I’ll take a few pics tonight and show you what I had. Who knows, a couple of you might actually die of jealousy ( Rach I’m looking at you).


In honour of my birthday, I have a couple of things to give away.

1) Blog makeover

This includes a custom header, navigation bar, sidebar titles, social networking icons and any other thing you want inorder to achieve a coordinated look for your blog. This is limited to Blogger Blogs only. Sorry WordPress peeps.

2) Collete Patterns book

I have had this book for some time now, but I have not made anything from it. and I do not think I shall be making anything from it anytime soon, so it might as well find a new home somewhere else.

3) Sew U Home Stretch book

Sew U Home Stretch: The Built by Wendy Guide to Sewing Knit Fabrics

It is no secret that I love sewing with knits, and it is even less of a secret that people are scared of knits. This book provides a really good way of  incorporating knits into your wardrobe.

4) Sewaholic Cordova Jacket

Image of 1205 Cordova Jacket

Who does not love Tasia’s patterns? I have a couple of them though I have not made any yet. Laziness is the name of the game people. Hopefully that will change this year.

This giveaway will be for 1 week, and will end on Friday 7th December 2012 at Midnight GMT. I shall then pick out the names of the winners. If you are interested in any of the items, just leave your name and what you want in the comments section, if you want all of them, just mention that. I promise I won’t call you a greedy so and so.

Enjoy your weekend, and please, do join me and have a glass of wine ( or bottle?) to celebrate my birthday.



  1. Anonymous
    November 30, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Hi, I have been reading your blog for awhile and very much enjoy your style of writing and of course your creations. Just want to say glad to hear that you are in good spirits (birthday aside), being positive and all seems well. Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

  2. Amaa
    November 30, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    Ms Dibs I don't mind d 4th item but want it already made #hopeItsPartOfIt…kiss kiss..have a fab evening

  3. November 30, 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Dibs! I'm so pleased to hear you're feeling a bit cheerier. Enjoy your night out. And both puddings! Yum!
    I'd love to enter your giveaway… I'd like the Colette book if I'm lucky πŸ™‚

  4. November 30, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    Happy Borthday, I am sipping my wine in a toast to you as I write πŸ™‚ thanks for a lovely giveaway! I would love the SewU book or the Cordova pattern

    Have a great birthday dinner.

  5. November 30, 2012 / 6:44 pm

    So happy to see you are back! I've checked nearly every day for weeks. Happy birthday, and enjoy your cake!

  6. November 30, 2012 / 6:46 pm

    I am glad you are feeling better… I'd love to be entered for the Colette Sewing book.

  7. November 30, 2012 / 6:56 pm

    Happy Birthday to you! I'm glad you're feeling better. I'd love to be entered for the Collette Sewing Book and the Sewaholic pattern. Thanks!

  8. November 30, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Happy Birthday, good to see you back. Thanks for the giveaway, I'm not at all fussy about what I get so I'll leave it for you to decided and then I get a surprise!

  9. November 30, 2012 / 7:25 pm

    So happy to hear that you're feeling better. Chocolate fudge cake has amazing restorative powers. I love ALL of the giveaway items — how can I possibly choose?!

  10. November 30, 2012 / 7:28 pm

    Happy Birthday πŸ™‚ I'm glad to here you are doing better. I'd love to win the new Sewaholic pattern.

  11. November 30, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Dibs! Its good to hear you're doing better now. Nr. 3 or 4 would be nice. Have fun tonight and enjoy the chocolate cake (*_*)!

  12. November 30, 2012 / 7:35 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Dibs! Its good to hear you're doing better now. Nr. 3 or 4 would be nice. Have fun tonight and enjoy the chocolate cake (*_*)! (mijngarderobe is an old profile I don't use anymore)

  13. November 30, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    Happy birthday! I'd love to be entered for sew u home stretch.

  14. November 30, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Dibs! Glad you're back and feeling better. I am so happy to see that you have the Wacom Tablet. I purchased this about 2 yrs. ago and have never used it. Do you mind if I follow along with your progress in using your tablet? LOL You guessed it, I'm a visual learner. lol

  15. November 30, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Fantastic! Wouldn't mind a chance at either the Sew u Stretch book or the Cordova coat. And happy, happy birthday!

  16. November 30, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope the next year remains bright and sunny! If you please, I would love to win the Collette sewing book.

  17. November 30, 2012 / 9:15 pm

    Happy birthday, Dibs!! Good to see you again! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your chocolates and your birthday dinner!

    I'd love to participate in the giveaway… Sign me up for the blog makeover and the sew U home stretch book please. The blog makeover sounds very exciting!

    I have Colette's book. (No, I haven't made anything from it, like you! so, you are definitely not alone! Wishful thinking and hopeful possibilities make us buy. lol.. But hey, it's still cheaper than therapy! πŸ™‚ The Cordova jacket is super lovely , just not for my figure. But, that girl Tasia amazes me with her designs!!

  18. November 30, 2012 / 10:12 pm

    Happy birthday!! Thanks for having a giveaway in honor of your big day!

    I would love to have a blog makeover or the Cordova jacket. Thanks for being so generous!

  19. November 30, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Happy birthday, welcome back! Glad you're feeling happier. Can I put my name in the pot for the Sewaholic pattern? Thanks so much!

  20. November 30, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    Hi! Happy birthday and happy chocolate fudge cake eating! I'd like to throw my hat into the ring for the giveaway and would like the blog makeover, sew you home stretch book, and why not the cordova jacket too, greedy moi? Happy to hear your posts are sounding more positive xx

  21. November 30, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    Happy Birthday! My birthday was just a couple weeks ago! I'm going out tonight and will have a chocolate dessert in your honor! I'd love the Sew U as I am afraid of knits. The Cordova sounds cool too. I've already got the Collette book. The blog update is such a cool idea but I am not actively blogging now. Have a great day! Karen

  22. November 30, 2012 / 10:45 pm

    happy birthday hun, and dont worry I will eating chocolate for u!!!!

  23. November 30, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    Happy birthday, enjoy your cake. πŸ™‚

    I'd love to be entered for the stretch book and the jacket pattern. Both are things that terrify me – it'd be a good reason to be brave!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. November 30, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to you lovely Lady! So sweet of you to do a giveaway (please keep my name outta the proverbial hat my sweet – as I've just ordered the Sewaholic pattern, and I own the other 2 books anyway hehe!)

    P.S. Fancy a wee shopping trip to E17 end Dec / early Jan at all?

  25. December 1, 2012 / 12:29 am

    Happy Birthday. Very nice of you to do a giveaway. I would love to win the cordova jacket.

  26. December 1, 2012 / 9:13 am

    I am glad to see you feel better. Sign me up for the blog makeover and all of the rest, I want it all!
    Happy Birthday!

  27. December 1, 2012 / 9:14 am

    So glad to hear that you are feeling more positive. Happy birthday my dear.

    I'd love the blog makeover or the sew u stretch book, thank you for the giveaway.

    Take good care of yourself and if you fancy a change of scene, get yourself on the train up to Scotland πŸ™‚

    K x

  28. December 1, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    Hi Dibbs,
    Glad you are feeling better. Happy birthday girl. I would love the Colette book and the Cordova jacket.
    Crossing my fingers, (and toes, ears, everything ).

  29. December 1, 2012 / 8:56 pm

    Oh my this has made my day it appears that I share a birthday with you πŸ™‚ happy birthday for yesterday, hope you had a lovely positive day and lots of fudge cake to make it even better!
    I have the bamboo tablet, although mines a few years old now, but I love it, it can take a little while to get use it it but once you do, you love it!
    Your give away is awesome, but I'm afraid I'll have to exempt myself from it, unfortunately I'm trying to down size my stash, so no new sewing stuff for me for quiet sometime I think!

  30. December 1, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    what a fantastic giveaway – and very generous. the choice of prizes are great! πŸ˜€ I'd love to join in them all, but I'm a wordpresser so sadly the blog makeover is outta the question, but I'd be made up to join in the rest!

    Happy birthday hun xxx

  31. December 1, 2012 / 10:36 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday!

    I love the Cordova Jacket! But also the Colette Sewing book would be great too!

  32. December 2, 2012 / 2:01 am

    Happy Birthday! It's great that you are feeling better. Staying positive is key and sometimes you have to "fake it 'til you make it," and it works a lot of the time in getting you to a good place. Now with the giveaway, I would love to enter for ALL of them lol, except the Colette book because I already own it (have yet to make something from it…).

  33. December 2, 2012 / 2:25 am

    Happy Birthday! I hope the cake is chocolicious. Thank you for the giveaway and allowing us to join in your celebration a bit. I think I would like the Sew U book or the new Sewaholic pattern. Thank you!

  34. December 2, 2012 / 7:40 am

    Happy birthday Dibs! I'm so glad to hear you're feeling a bit better – you've been in my thoughts ever since your last post, even though I've never met you in person. *hug*

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway too – I'd be very happy to win any of those (although sadly I'm a WordPress girl, so the first prize won't work for me).

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your new hobby on your blog in the future. πŸ™‚

  35. December 2, 2012 / 12:04 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope 32 is 1000x better than 31!

    I would love to win the Home Stretch sewing book! My contact information is

  36. Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better and hope you enjoyed your birthday meal.
    My local library has not been able to track down a copy of the Sew Stretch book in our county, so I'd love to win a copy instead. Thank you for a great giveaway.
    Judy (

  37. December 2, 2012 / 11:37 pm

    Glad you're feeling better and happy belated birthday!

    I'd like to be entered for the blog makeover and/or the Cordova jacket pattern.

  38. December 3, 2012 / 8:24 am

    Somehow I couldn't comment from my iPad on the day you posted but know that I did have a cup of GlΓΌhwein in your honor. Funny, you're only about 10 days older than me. So I know you'll get back on your feet. We Sagittarius always do πŸ™‚

  39. December 3, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Good to hear you sounding so much more positive. I hope you continue to find your way out of the gloom. Just do whatever you feel like doing I'd say is the best thing, and it sounds like you're right on track…I hope you enjoyed your two deserts!
    I'd love a blog redesign, that's SUCH a brilliant idea for a giveaway! And I'd also like to give sew u home stretch a try

  40. December 4, 2012 / 2:45 am

    So glad you are feeling better. Happy Birthday to you – may the year ahead be just fabulous. On the giveaway front, I would love a chance at the Sew U book or the Cordova Jacket. Thanks for a great giveaway and once again, Happy Birthday!

  41. Iris
    December 4, 2012 / 9:41 am

    A belated happy birthday to you. I'm glad you're feeling better. And thanks for offering a giveaway of all these sewing goodies. I'd love to get my hands on the Colette book and the Sewaholic pattern.

  42. December 4, 2012 / 10:34 am

    Please don't enter me in the giveaway as I have too much stuff already! Just wanted to wish you a very happy birthday with triple helpings of chocolate cake πŸ™‚

  43. December 4, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    Happy Birthday! Mr Dibs is obviously a sensible man πŸ˜‰
    I'd love to win the Colette book.

  44. Anonymous
    December 4, 2012 / 10:56 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Dibs! _Shakira

  45. December 5, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your Mr Dibs sounds like a bit of a sweetie. Could you please count me in for prizes 3 and 4. I could definitely do with some help when sewing with knits and I'd never say no to a Sewaholic pattern.

  46. December 5, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Both of the books look fantastic!

  47. December 6, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    Belated birthday greetings! I am jealous of the bamboo tablet and have been gazing at them on amazon. Count me in for prize no 1 as I really need a blog makeover and have no time or ability to do it myself. xx

  48. December 6, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Happy birthday! Sorry I am late with my greetings – it was great to see you over on my blog. Keep up and enjoy your life as much as possible!


  49. December 6, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Hello lovely Dibs, happy birthday! Sorry for being late with the congrats. I hope you're feeling better now.
    I wanted to thank you for the nice and supportive words you left on my blog, they're appreciated! I keep pushing on my limits, sometimes it's exhausting, but the end result is so rewarding.

  50. aby
    December 8, 2012 / 12:15 pm

    Belated happy birthday,glad to hear you're feeling more positive.

  51. December 21, 2012 / 1:07 am

    Hey Dibs! Glad to hear you are back on form. Clearly I've missed the giveaway, doh, but I just wanted to offer a hotline to any Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign tips you might need. I'm a freelance graphic designer, mostly print based (for a hundred years) but with a few years of digital and coding. Will be glad to help. I think you will have immense fun x

  52. November 18, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I've been debating on rather to take my own photos are not. I always feel weird taking pictures in public and if someone spots me taking a picture of myself…I might just die lol. Photoshop Free Online .

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