Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ruggles Stitch Giveaway

A bird had made itself a nest under an awning outside our apartment building the other week. I had seen it fly about gathering things for days. One day, I went to take a close-up peek while it was out finding more things, and realized that the little bird was decorating her nest.


I guess we all like to decorate in some way - some people like things simple and clean, just a few statement pieces here and there, while others like collections - with shelves and shelves of pretties to display.

I had posted recently about how cross-stitch was becoming popular again and came upon this darling shop - Ruggles Stitch.

Owner, Alexia, has an adorable collection of wall-hangings to decorate your nest. With lovely cross-stitched sentiments, and cursive typewriter quotes, her store is the perfect stop for something a little different to decorate your home.


Alexia is inspired by the city of Chicago and all that it has to offer. She also draws inspiration from being in love, her friends, a good book, and of course her cursive typewriter (I want one!!!). Along with soaking herself in inspiration and cross-stitching, she also enjoys watching episodes of Arrested Development, spending time with her family, shopping on Etsy, and planning her wedding (so exciting!!).


Her first Etsy endeavor was listing just one item. It was a needlepoint piece that looked like notebook paper that she'd put in a hoop and stitched "Do you know how much I love you?" on it. It sold immediately, and Alexia was excited that a guy had bought it to give to his girlfriend. It was a great feeling to know that something she loved to make was something that someone wanted to buy and give to someone to show love. That is her favorite thing about her art.


Alexia loves to see people enjoying her pieces, and she is giving one lucky reader one of her creations! To enter, please leave a comment here telling me something that gives you great fulfillment, and also let me know which of the last three hoops pictured you'd like if you won. I will announce the winner next week.

(PS. The winner of the Spunk by CM giveaway is Sharon. Congrats!)


Birgit said...

Books are the one thing that fulfill me - reading them, writing them! They're opening whole new worlds and inspire me.

I love the Home Sweet Home hoop.

danaan at gmx dot at

Kori said...

I'm an avid reader especially since I teach English! I think you might be interested in my announcement yesterday...

You probably already know, but did you hear my great news yesterday? Kori xoxo

Rebecca said...

Having a clean house, and a happy husband fulfills me!
I would pick the "I love you so much" hoop!

Jingle said...

My art and my yoga fulfill me. They allow me to access me and let that shine! I would choose the Home Sweet Home hoop! It caught my eye right away!

Amanda said...

I feel fulfilled when I give something to someone, whether it be a gift or a hot meal, or clean clothes. Usually that person is my husband.

I think I'd take the I love you so much's so simple!

Brooke said...

After working all day, the only thing that can brighten my day is coming home to my dogs. And so I like "home sweet home" best.
Thanks for the chance.
shutterboo at gmail dot com

Caroline said...

The pink love typewriter hoop is my favorite! But its a close call. What a lovely shop! I'll be adding her shop to my etsy favorites for sure. And I have to love her even more just because she loves Arrested Development too!

Kaylie said...

Stationery and my family fulfilled me.
I feel peaceful :P

I adore
" Wish you were near "
" Home lovely home"
"become who you are"


andrea said...

Spending time with my friends, especially the ones who live abroad and I don't see that much. The feeling when we all reunite and discover that it doesn't matter that we don't talk very often or live in 5 different countries is amazing.

helen said...

My sister and pet cat give me fullfillment.I am sooooo happy when I get to spend time with them.Beautiful giveaway.Fingers crossed. Helen

Fedulab said...

I adore stay with my friends, cooking and working with fibers.
thanks for the chance
fedulina [at] hotmail [dot] it

Frances said...

Being with my cousins makes me so happy and I laugh the hardest when I'm around them.
I love the "home sweet home" hoop.

The Smith Family said...

I just love it when my kids think that something I've done for them is wonderful and they thank me without having to be asked to do it...that's the best. I love the "home sweet home" hoop. ;)


nannyems said...

I love the "I love you" hoop. I makes me think of how much I love my daughters. Plus it would look great in their room.

Digital Misfit said...

Embroidery is where I find much of my passion. I love designing and stitching - the former brings out my creative side, and the latter is calming and meditative.

I would love the Home Sweet Home stitchery.

Diana said...

Books and music are the two things that fulfill me.
I like the Home Sweet Home hoop.
Thanks you!

artgiote at gmail dot com

Windowfog said...

Adding any kind of comfort or positivity to someone's day for a few seconds gives me a feeling of fulfillment.

And I love the purple skyline.

windowfog [at] gmail [dot] com

Heathery said...

I love the Home Sweet Home hoop! (Machine) sewing gives me fulfillment. I love to sew costumes.

Kimberlee said...

i love you so much or home sweet home. these are so, so perfect!

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

Hi Dionne, thank you so much for the comment in my blog.. i'm so happy whaen i read you in my post!!
I love the art of sewing .. when i was a child I loved watching my grandmother as she did, by trying to do something great and I must say that have never been so convinced of my creations, but perhaps to look at, ,I am to do something!

Sey said...

I always love cross stitch. I am amazed how this little cross' can make an inspiring images.

fernandflora said...

Hmmm. Seeing a pile of freshly completed accessories that I make for my little biz is quite fulfilling. Love to craft.

And I think the "I love you so much" hoop is basically the sweetest thing ever.

Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

Regina said...

I find my fulfillment in simple things like crossing off things from my "to-do" list to grandiose things like planning and organizing a community-wide Easter Egg hunt. Anything that impacts the small picture (my home) to the big picture (community, town, state, etc...) makes me feel accomplished and fulfilled.

I love the "wish you were near" hoop. so darling. and I know exactly who I'd give it to. :)

Marija said...

I love the 'home sweet home' design- too cute!
I get fulfillment from very simple things- finally getting around to things on my to do list, surprising a friend or family member with homemade cookies, or reconnecting with someone I haven't seen in a while.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Morgan said...

The first part of that is easy-Books, time spent with close friends and writing.

The second part is harder because I am in love with everything she makes and have been for awhile. I would be pleased as punch to win any of them.

Roza said...

it might be a cliche, but what actually fulfill me is to be around those i love and who loves me. I mean who wouldn't love to be surrounded by people they love, the luaghters shared, the moments, both happy and sad. It's just wonderful.

It breaks my heart everytime I think about the future and the what ifs that it holds. If only moments would last :)

If I do win, i'd love to own the purple skyline "wish you were near".


the southern hostess said...

Sitting on the couch with a cup of tea and a book, I'm completely content. What an adorable shop, and Ruggles was the name of my first dog, so I love it extra. The skyline is my favorite!

Almalu's Place said...

Baking for my hubby is something that really fulfills me!

My fav piece is the home cross stich one!:)

Courtney Dirks said...

These are darling! I love coming across stuff like this that I haven't seen done before.

In terms of fulfillment, I'm a softy for the simple things in life, from being with friends and family to making something beautiful or clean to even enjoying a simple ole' cup of jo...

It's a toss up on which one is my favorite, they are too cute to choose from!

Felicity said...

I loved the image you created of the little bird decorating its nest, it speaks to me of wanting to create beauty as being such a natural thing.

Connecting with and truly helping others brings me great fulfillment.

If I were to win this gorgeous giveaway I would choose "I love you so much" and give it to my beloved niece.

xx Felicity

sweetwilliam said...

Hi Dionne, lovely news about coming to Melbourne - and yes you are in luck, the next finders keepers market will be in Melbourne on Sat the 1st and Sunday the 2nd of October! Do pop in and say hi!

Asher said...

One thing that gives me great fulfilment is going to work Monday mornings with a smile on my face, knowing I had a amazing jammed packed weekend with my love Tim (

We currently live about an hour and half away, (is that considered long distance?) and since we don't see each other on a day to day basis, we always make the most of our weekends.

"I wish you were near" is definately one that speaks to my heart.

lexacd said...

Something that gives me great fulfilment is when I am teaching three and four year olds .. they are so loving and willing to learn!

It's really really hard to pick the one I want! I think maybe the I wish you were near .. I don't know!

Thanks for this incredible giveaway!

alexandra_digiorgio at comcast dot net

Shortening said...

My husband gives me the greatest fulfillment in life! He is my everything! I couldn't imagine my life without him.

That's why the "I love you so much" hoop is so near and dear to my ticker.

Karina said...

This is such a sweet giveaway :)

I love all of her stuff from her etsy shop :)

What gives me great fulfillment in life is waking up every morning to see my husband and son :)
I love my life and family :)

Thank you for hosting such and awesome giveaway!!

If I won I would chose the "Purple skyline cross stitch" it's my NYC perfectly :)

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

I've been such a huge fan of Alexia's work for some time. Her home cross stitch is what I would get. It's so sweet. And what gives me the most fulfillment is knowing that whatever I dream I can make into reality (just need a bit of magic and some good plans).

Breaking Free From Old Ways said...

Making crafts that turn out cute and not having to buy something because I can make it gives me the greatest fulfillment! I like the I love you so much hoop!


CM said...

What gives me great life with the people I love, both near and far.

I would like the "wish you were near" hoop.

Jess said...

That Home Sweet Home hoop is precious! and speaking of which.... home is where the heart is! I love spending time at home with my hubby and our babies (2 doggies and a kitty). It makes the LONG work days worth it!

somnia said...

I think when I pull an all-nighter to finish my term paper makes me feel like I really accomplished something lol (really shouldnt wait until the last minute but...)

I'd love to win the home sweet home stich

hi_rubychan at

Punctuation Mark said...

very cute... i've tried doing cross stitching but was never good at it... :(

Tina S said...

I love the Home Sweet Home on "lined paper" cross-stitch!

I find great fulfillment in baking bread. I don't always get it right, but when i do and it is delicious, I am so glad!

Stitching in Circles on Etsy
stitchingincircles [at] ymail [dot] com

AMKreations said...

I find the greatest fulfillment doing things for other a secretive sort of way...just sending them something when they least expect it...or dropping something on their doorstep. Knowing that you make someone happy is the greatest joy. =)

I'd love to win the skyline stitchery...because I want to send it to my friend in Africa. I miss her so much. =(

Thanks for a lovely giveaway and a chance to win!

Clare said... racing home on a Friday excited to see hubbie, share some red wine and cosy up with a great film....watching daffodils flower after a looong Scottish winter....taking a bite out of a just ripe mango....summer nights....John Coltrane's, My Favourite things.

i love 'home sweet home'.

Gaby said...

When my little eight months baby eats all her food it's what fulfilling to me, it makes me happy to know she's well feeded.
I love the home sweet home hoop :)

burlap+blue said...

Lately, crafting for myself (non Etsy stuff) has given me great's definitely something just for me! Love the Home Sweet Home hoop!

AmbreRose said...

When I make a list and get everything on my list marked off. That makes me quite happy. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Jel said...

seeing my family happy makes me feel contented and happy :)

id love to win the orange heart, its so cute :)

punkme15 at gmail dot com

Signe said...

Oh these are lovely! What gives me great joy and fulfillment at the moment is packing oyr bags and moving up North! Can't wait :)

viorela said...

The thing that gives me great fulfillment is seeing my family happy and well.
i would like to win the one with "home sweet home".
thanks !!!

weezie said...

Best fullfillment is not living life just for yourself but for God.
If I win I would love the home sweet home hoop

thank you!
weezie33 at hotmail dot com

SweetShenanigans said...

I love the purple skyline cross stitch.
Oil painting gives me great fufillment; it is my hobby.
girl23rocks at hotmail dot com

sunset studies said...

I love making my own jewelry.
The "Home Sweet Home" hoop is my fav, thank you :)
louise_gillies {AT} hotmail {DOT} com

Kim said...

I love making all handmade gifts for my families. I love making jewelry and stitching up sweet gifts for loved ones! xo

I adore the Home Sweet Home hoop! xo

kimberly.long at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

Reading and cooking give me great pleasure, Dionne.
The I love you cross stitch piece is charming!

Have a happy Sunday, my dear friend!

Lyudmila said...

I teach students

I would love to win the "Home Sweet Home"
lusizova at

Sarah said...

This may seem simple and silly, but when I have stayed on top of washing dishes, laundry, and other goals I set for myself, it gives me great fulfillment! I feel happy when I accomplish the small tasks that can so easily be pushed aside.

My favorite is the Home Sweet Home hoop.

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Margit Rosenaa said...

to sit in the sun - with a little crochet project.

This is a great give away - Thay are lovely.. one of my favorits are - the HOME SWEET HOME




Zoe said...

I find it really fulfilling making others happy, like doing something extra special for them that they didn't expect or letting know that you were thinking of them.

I love the home sweet home on lined paper, the wish you were here and i love you so much. These are so amazing and would be a great addition to any home.

Zoe xx

The Breakfast Lover said...

This is so beautiful, love it!

naomemandeflores said...

Cooking is one thing that really fulfill me! Finding out a great new book also makes me super happy!

I love the "home sweet home" hoop, it's adorable!

Camila Faria

Katie said...

Giving my sweet cat, Ernie, a belly rub when I get home from work each day gives me great fulfillment. :)

LOVE the home sweet home cross stitch! Would love to give it a great home!
fashionfrugality at

Mary said...

being able to have the opportunity to succeed and go far in life gives me fulfillment. Im in college :]

i would LOVE the home sweet home one for my form room!!

i love the heart one too :]

mary.c.digiorgio at gmail dot com

Rachel said...

the purple skyline one.

I am fulfilled by learning/expanding my knowledge, which includes traveling and working!

rmaslow a@t yahoo d.ot com

Ingrid said...

I'd love the wish you were near one!

It gives me great fulfillment to finish a short story, and then post it somewhere, and getting positive feedback from people. :)

so.kitsch at gmail dot com

Jessica said...

Having a clean house that I can relax with my family in gives me great fulfillment
I would love the pink love typewriter hoop

babalisme said...

Fulfillment to me is ...

to cook edible food (tasty is bonus)
to be able to play 1 piece of music in piano, though not very good/perfect if it's melodious to me, it's fine..
to be kissed and loved by someone you loved as much

And my choice of hoops is the "homesweethome" one :)

babalisme at yahoo dot com

skipthelaundry said...

My kids give me my fulfillment in life, I love the pink I Love You So Much
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

Bean said...

stacking up a pile of newly made things in the studio gives me a great sense of fulfillment, and also watching my two dogs sleep. The pieces are all beautiful, but I also love the Home Sweet Home one. That's just a classic.

GoAgainstTheGrain said...

For some reason, baking makes me feel like I have a purpose. Its is my stress reliever!

I love the skyline cross stitch! I live 3000 miles away from my family and this would be perfect to send my mom for mother's day!

avant garde design said...

just wanted to tell you, i LOVED these and ordered one straight away for my sister's birthday in may. they are completely adorable. thanks for the fab find!

Dionne said...

Thanks for all your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

nery flan said...

wow great i have read many articles about this topic and every time i learn something new so i appreciate your work...
Thanks for all of your hard work!
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