A Stitched October’s Heart-Bits Giveaway

I took “Our Strange Creature”, some recycled coffee filters and paper, red and black thread, a needle, a pen, a handful of mirth, and stitched it into a 5-page book. I felt a blast of soothing yum as I wrote and ripped and eyeballed and stitched up my words. The result is rough—firsts often are. Still, if you win it, I hope you love it as I do.

The title is written on a coffee filter I never used. It was the runt of the pack, missing a chunk that kept it from being bathed by the brew. But… it gets to be art. So, all is good.

I was tired when I got to the last page. There was a wee bit of over-ripping, the thread twisted here and there… My exhaustion added character to the piece, methinks.

The pages are stitched together in the middle. The 3 strings are just fed through the center stitch. Tie them up to secure them… or remove them if you don’t want them.

I made a bookmark out of the blackout bit that partly inspired “Our Strange Creature”. But I’m not giving it away. I almost did. Then, my muse and greed and moi decided to keep it. But worry not, I’m replacing it with a stitched quote ready to frame. Once you win, fly over to my Instagram word-garden, look around, tell me which, and I’ll stitch.

Entering the giveaway is rather easy
– just leave a comment letting me know that you want the stitched poem and quote.

You’ll get extra entries, if…
– you are an October’s Heart-Bits with Magaly participant. Yes, you can still join in.
– you leave/left a comment on the original poem.
Three is a delicious number. So, a total of three possible entries feels just right.

If you are not a regular reader of my blog, if you don’t follow me on Facebook, haven’t liked my page, or we aren’t friends on Instagram, please make sure you add your email to the comment (I need to be able to contact you if you win).

This giveaway is open to anyone who can legally enter it. I will announce a winner on Tuesday, November 7th. Best of luck, my Wicked Luvs.

And the winner is… Dimitra. Congrats, dear lady!

Of Red and Black Stitches and Freakishly Wild Things

I have spent the last few weeks (perhaps more *cough*) working on the logistics of readying an Etsy shop, which was supposed to be opened to the public today… When I say “the logistics” I mean “the nightmare”. So, before I get to the real purpose of this post, I want to take my cyber-hat off to Sharon, Lorelei, Stacy and every other Etsy goddess who sells her art online gracefully enough to make it look easy. You, freaking tricksters!

Anyhoo, my original poetry handwritten and stitched with ink and heart, won’t be found on my Etsy shop for a few more weeks. But… to those of you who have already fallen for one of my stitched poems or blackouts (and have been waiting patiently… or not so patiently), I’m making them available through PayPal.

If you see something you love and want, email me (magalyguerrero @ live . com), and I will get back to you. Soon, (after the Beautiful Freaks Fest), I will share a post (or three) with more details about the process.

For now, because you’ve been so patient with me, I want to share a few images of framed pieces with you, and host a pre-Freaks Fest giveaway. The details for the giveaway will be added to the end of the post.

This “Must Love Freaks” tanka poem is handwritten on a recycled passion fruit tea bag, and stitched to a 5×5 piece of recycled handmade paper.

“Powerful Freaks” is a quote handwritten on recycled coffee filter paper, and stitched to a 4×4 piece of recycled Moleskine parchment. This specific piece is not available for purchase because it’s mine! But worry not, my Luvs, I can craft a new one just for you.

Someone wanted to see a blackout poem bit on “its natural environment”. To which I said that what’s natural to me could look quite queer to him. But, since the prospective costumer is always right, here is a piece (not for sale) on my natural environment.

I made this blackout last night, and photographed it this morning (I’ve been playing around with light and such), to see when is the best time to photograph my poem bits (obviously, close to dawn is too blue of a time). It’s stitched to a 5×7 piece of recycled handmade paper.

Most of my poem bits available for sale will be One of a Kind or limited to 3 original pieces. But a few (certain quotes and “Motivational Snarks” *more on that later*) will be sold as Limited Editions (I haven’t decided just how many yet). “Made of Wild” is an example of what I mean:

That’s what I’ve been up to, these past few days, weeks… plus writing fiction, poetry, and delighting in other deliciously wicked things. What about you?

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(super easy) wee giveaway notes…
– For a chance to win the “Made of Wild” quote or the “Reality Is Disaster” blackout poem (frame not included), leave a comment telling me which piece you would like to win… and what you like best about it. See? Super easy. 😉 A winner will be chosen after the BFF.
June 27th – the winner of the giveaway is… Victoria.

The Book of Dust (and my tote bag lust)

“Go places without actually moving.” These words appear on one of the tote bags I got at BookCon. I love the quote because it’s true—books take us to all sorts of wonderful, terrifying, heart-ripping, mind-teasing, entertaining and enlightening… places, and the only thing we must do is read them…

…unless you like to read your favorite books before they are officially out…

…if that’s the case, then there might be a serious amount of moving involved…

…but if you are anything like moi—and Rommy and my Piano Man and the rest of the word lovers who attended BookCon 2017—then you won’t mind the walking one bit.

Let’s see, I got a copy of The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, which contains a few pages from The Book of Dust, a new volume in His Dark Materials. Inside the book, I also found a lovely print that celebrates the upcoming publication. Yes, I’m all giggles.

There were other yummy books, too… even some doubling for sharing with you later…

…plus miscellaneous goodies…

…that include audio and electronic books yum for sharing with you… now. Just tell me which one you would like, and it’ll be yours. First tell, first serve… until they are gone.

I will even face my deep greed and the wrath emanating out of my Tote Bag Lust, and share one of my delightful totes, when the sharing of the printed books comes. Unless you are wishing for my banned books or A Clock Work Orange totes. “Mine!”

Oh, and yes… I am an unremorseful ellipsisoholic.

And if you haven’t joined the Beautiful Freaks Fest, well… why not? It will be freaking fantastic and beautifully festive. Emma told me. And I believe in the wisdom of her Groovy Gothic ways. Just follow the link, and help us celebrate wonder and weirdness.