Saturday, August 6, 2011

First blogaversary + first giveaway!

--Giveaway closed!--

It's my blog-a-versary!! (blogiversary?)...anyway, I'm having my first giveaway to celebrate. Last year I started this blog as an experiment. I'd started checking out other blogs long ago, most often when I was looking for a technique or tutorial - except for a few knitting or general sewing/craft blogs I'd followed more diligently.

It has been a fun year of testing this out. I've posted only 67 times, but I wanted to post at least once a week, so I more or less averaged out to that.  I have posted many crafty projects, large and small - and I have a really nice small group of cool followers, both through Google/blogger and through Facebook. I entered contests (with some success), giveaways (random success a few times), a charity quilt project (H2H just finished), and even submitted a block design to Fat Quarterly - all things I would not have done if I hadn't been blogging. Even as a part-time crafter this is a really great feeling to have after one year.

So for any of you who would like a little giveaway - here's your chance!  I'm sure it won't be my last because I have now won 4 giveaways at least, myself (recently a couple of charm packs from lovely blogland shops). So I need to keep the kharma flowing.

Here is what I am offering (please note that if you are strictly a knitter and not a sewist or quilter I could be persuaded to swap the fabric for some yarn from my stash...)

First this little stack of 4 Michael Miller FQs - from some fabrics I bough recently and though it would be fun to share. I think they are just so pretty and remind me of a summer garden. 



And second is a little zipper pouch made from a cute Japanese owl print and a gold stripe lining - 



The pouch and fabric make a cute little bundle tied in twine and they will be sent out to a lucky winner in honor of my happy 1st blogaversary (blogiversary?). (Remember, if fabric is not your thing - even if fiber in general is not your thing I am sure I have something in my crafty stash to send out...so please celebrate with me!)

To enter, just leave me a comment below. Tell me anything you want about your summer so far - has it been good? crazy? international? campy? homey? hopefully not too natural disaster-y...

If you are one of my faithful followers (or if you want to become one), you can leave an extra comment telling me so for an extra entry.

Mr. Random Number Generator will choose a winner on Thursday 8pm PST.  PLEASE leave an email address in your comment if you are not a blogger or on google connect with an email reply option - "No Reply" comments are impossible to notify if they win! You can be tricksy and just write the at's and dot's out to avoid spammer-spies or whoever may want access to your email through viral invasion type means...

Yay!

22 comments:

  1. What? I'm the first comment... Summer has been wet, just got some good weather. Tim's a fishing maniac and the freezer is full of salmon.

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  2. Hi, Janet! My summer has been crazy - full, hot, fun, weird, unexpected, you name it, it's happened! But it's been blessed! Happy first blogiversary and here's to many, many more!!!

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  3. Hey Janet! Happy Anniversary!
    I am a long time crafter, first time commenter ... Has been a very full summer. Looking at colleges for Emma ... (You are probably doing the same thing) ... Ada broke her ankle. Waiting for more sun! Thanks for sharing all your fun ideas .

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  4. Happy First Blogiversary! My summer has been calm, so far. It's about to change, my nearly 12 year old grandson is arriving today for 3 weeks of non-stop fun. Thanks for the give away.

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  5. I love reading this. It keeps me up on what you're doing, and I marvel at your energy. I'm still a knit-a-holic, but not much sewing going on.

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  6. I love your blog & your creative outputs! My craft project has been finishing a shades of pink baby quilt that I cut out in May. I made a major goof up on the machine quilting & am now taking out a good piece of it. It turned out cuter than I feared, though. njo connectatmsndot com

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  7. CONGRATS on your blogiversary! WOO HOO! I finally found someone else who is not positive about the spelling! In terms of my summer, I may actually have an international news item (blush)...My older daughter lives in Sweden with her Swedish husband and son and daughter -- and after an absence of 7 or 8 years, she came back to the United States for a visit! It was so absolutely wonderful!

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  8. Thanks everyone! This comment is an extra entry for my "anonymous" mom who is following me twice now but won't think to put in a second entry (not sure she wants anymore fabric, but she likes the little pouch!)

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  9. One year of blogging - something to celebrate! Congrats! thanks for the lovely giveaway! My summer as been busy - kids home from college and big work changes.

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  10. I am a new follower of your blog - thanks!

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  11. Happy Blogaversary!
    Summer so far has been c**p! we had to cancel our family holiday as my hubby needed emergency surgery - but thankfully he's out of hospital and slowly recovering

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  12. Our summer has been hot and not very rainy after a terrible fire in the local mountains earlier this summer. About 60 homes and some businesses burned down, including one of our quilter ladies. Then once the rains started, the burned areas caused flash floods. Big time bummer all around.
    Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Happy Blog Anniversary!!!! Isn't blogging fabulous! Our Summer has been very different. It's been rather quiet, but good. Hot and dry!

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  14. Happy blogavary! My summer has flown by! I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy so it's been a little uncomfortable BUT I sure do love the warm.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  15. Happy blogiversary! My summer has been ... hot...hot...hot. Today was much better. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Hey there,sis! i don't officially "follow" unless you count clicking on your links from Facebook. I love the owl bag! And the denim enbroidered bird bag! My summer has been good with a trip to Puerto Vallarta and sending Thomas on a trip to Sweden for the World Scout Jamboree. Built a fence in the back yard, too. And have been riding my motorcycle near and far.

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  17. Happy Blogiversary! My summer is over! The kids started back to school on Monday. We did have a fantastic summer while it laster!

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  18. Things have been good this summer, I started homeschooling my oldest (1st grade) its too hot to do much outside anyway (in the 100s) so when the temps cool we will break to enjoy and then be out longer for Christmas. We started a local charity quilt bee also this summer, made 3 given out 2 of them and 1 in the works....so things have been good :)

    Congrats and thanks for sharing some sweet looking summmer fabrics and pouch.
    -annabelle

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