Saturday, October 10, 2009

Blogtober 10 - Fabulous Blogtober-versary Giveaway!

(Not to be confused with the Super Special Tag-Team Marathon Blogtober Give-away at the end of the month! This is just a warm-up!)

I can't believe that it has been almost one year since I started this blog! (And day 10 of Blogtober!) I think my first motivation to blog was just to participate. I felt like I was looking in the window at a great party and I wanted to join the fun and the conversations. I have really enjoyed becoming a part of the community!

Over the months, I have met some wonderful people who have been very generous with their knowledge and encouragement, and I hope that I have been able to help someone along the way, as well.

I have learned so much and gotten so many ideas from other blogs. I have also sharpened skills that I already had by working on projects that have been inspired by what I have seen.

I wanted to commemorate the milestone appropriately and have given it much thought over the past weeks - (especially since I intended to mark my 100th post and didn't get it done!)
I think that I have come up with some things that you will enjoy!

To be entered in the 'drawing' just leave a comment on this post between now and October 15th (the one year mark!) I love discovering new blogs that inspire me, so in your comment, tell me one or two blogs that inspire you.

If you want to.

If you don't want to, you don't have to. You can still be entered to win!

I will draw names to select three winners.

The first winner will receive a fabulous Stitch-it Kit by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching. I discovered Jenny's designs while shopping with Ms A at a tiny shop in Kansas City called "Spool" many years ago. Those designs were the impetus for me to pick up a needle and hoop after a break of about 20 years!

This kit has everything you need to get started doing embroidery. If you are an experienced stitcher, you will enjoy the 35 original Jenny Hart design transfers that are included, along with 7 skeins of floss and two tea towels to embroider. The tea towels are a smooth weave, sort of like percale, so they would also be great as a dresser scarf or small table topper.

There is also an adjustable hoop and a book of instructions. There is even a needle included in the kit! If you already have all these things you can re-gift it to someone else!

The second winner will receive a pair of stamped tea towels with green border stripes with floss to embroider cookies and milk for Santa. If you don't have little ones, or don't celebrate Christmas, you can wash out the stamping and use the towels for any design.
Or none - just use them as towels or wash the car with them!

The third winner will receive a vintage Vogart Sesame Street sampler kit from 1980. Featuring the Muppets in costumes from the Renaissance!
The design suggests birth announcement statistics, but the banner is blank, so any occasion could be recognized, or just add a name! I will include 12 skeins of floss from my stash in the colors listed on the package, as well.
So, again, you can stitch the sampler, or use the floss for whatever you want!
Leave a comment on this post to be a contenda'. (I challenge you to de-lurk, if you have never commented - you have a pretty good chance at winning, you know!) I will announce the winners on Friday, the 16th! - Because the 16th is an even number Blogtober day!

I really appreciate your comments and encouragement and I thank you for your love and friendship!

And thank you, Dearest Sister, for mentoring me in this adventure! (And for sharing all your mad skilz with me!)


Lynne said...

Count me in on this! Well, I can't list your blog as one who inspires me (although you have inspired me to pick up embroidery again) because that would not be in the spirit of the game, so let me think and I'll add a link or two later ...

The giveaways look FABULOUS!!!

Gaynell said...

Doesn't seem like a year! Babies and blogs make time fly! I am enjoying blogtoberfest so much. Thanks to you and DS.

Martha said...

Congratulations Jan on your one-year anniversary. This is a wonderful give-away to mark the occasion. Of course, you know that you have inspired me, but since you want others, I will suggest two of my favorite bloggers who inspire me and also share our love of vintage and antique quilts.

Ann at Ann Champion's Blog

Kathie at Inspired by Antique Quilts

Looking forward to your blogging journey for another year.

Allie said...

Only a year? I guess I came into the blogging game late, lol...but like you, I felt like I was looking in a window and wanted to get in on the party. Congratulations on your anniversary!!!!
Blogs that inspire me - oh my - Jenny from Elefantz, Posie Gets Cosy [first blog I ever read] Among the Gum Trees cuz those ladies are uber-talented. And so many, many more...I'm addicted to blogs.
Great give-away gifts you have - I wish everyone lots of luck!

paula, the quilter said...

Well now, Happy Blogiversary! I have my four year coming up in 13 days. Don't know what I'm going to do yet. Here are a couple of blog links for you:

With Heart and Hands: A Quilter's Journey

Simply Libby

Iron Needles said...

So glad you came to the party. It's never been as much fun without you to share the experience with. Blogtoberfest has been great.

PS The prizes look great and I am sorely tempted, but I think I will recuse myself from the drawing. I do not need another thing to master. I will leave you to be the embroidery master of the fam.

paula, the quilter said...

Yes, the whole quilt is 4"x6" and can be mailed through the postoffice.

>So, when you say postcard, you mean
>it is the size of a normal
>postcard? It is very beautiful!

Cha Cha said...

Congrats on your blogoversary!

Kate said...

I want to enter! Now that all my bulbs are planted I need a new thing to focus on! Congrats on your anniversary. :)

jan said...

Thanks for all the comments and good wishes! I have enjoyed spending some time this weekend exploring all the suggested blogs!

pippirose said...

Congratulations on the blogiversary!
I have serious A.D.D. issues when it comes to projects, too. Do I stitch...or quilt...or knit...
EVERY blog is inspirational!
pippirose59 at gmail dot com