All the extra Giveaways are listed in our Etsy Shop…

First of all, thank you so much for the wishes and congratulations you sent my way today on my One Year Anniversary of this blog! You were all so kind and sweet and thoughtful and it felt wonderful on my end.
It has been a fun week for me, thinking of Giveaways, drawing out names each night, (although staying up each night till midnight to pick the winner was getting a bit wearying…), packing up the prizes and sending them out…it was all a lot of fun for me and I hope you enjoyed it. I wish everyone could have been a winner… there’ll be more Giveaways…so stay tuned.

There is one last winner… the person who won the Skinny Scarf… I did like each night before; put the names all in a pile, mixed them up face down…

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…drew a name out and the winner of the last Giveaway is Sylvia! She picked the Navy and Turquoise Skinny Scarf!

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Send me an email with your address and I’ll get your scarf mailed out on Monday. I’ll get the other two scarves listed in our Etsy shop soon.

Rebecca and I got busy today… mostly Rebecca, and the prizes that didn’t get picked went into our Etsy shop… you can see them HERE. Plus, Rebecca got on a roll beading this afternoon and didn’t want to stop. My part is the slow part… taking pictures and loading them all… Here are a few things listed in the shop…some things sold before I even got them all listed. (check out this cameo necklace… I’ll show you here, but it’s already sold…)

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But these items are hopefully still there for you to see…

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She’s got some big ideas coming and I hope you’ll keep an eye on our shop.

I’ve got to get busy with some “Back to School” outfits… it’s 13 days till school starts here!

I hope to see you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Happy 1st Anniversary & my Final Giveaway!

Well it is here… my 1st Anniversary! Last year, on August 1st, 2014, I pushed that “publish” button to start this blog, not having a clue what lay ahead. In my study of how to do a blog and be successful at it, I found out one of the most important things you could do was be consistent. So I sort of secretly set a goal for myself to post something every single day for the whole year and I did it! I’ll be honest with you…I wondered many times over the course of the year if I could really do it every single day. How long would it be before I ran out of things to share, what if nobody subscribed, what if I got tired of doing it, what if it took up too much of my time???

This is actually my 366th post; I am still finding things to talk about, I have gained 119 subscribers, I’m not tired of it yet, and yes, it does take up some of the time that I used to spend sewing…but would I do it again? In a heartbeat… YES!

The friends I’ve gained, the encouragement you’ve showered on me, the gifts many of you have sent, the new customers I have welcomed, all have kept me focused and more determined than ever to keep it up. One of my favorite things over the past year was when someone shared how they learned something new from what I shared…like how to sew on buttons so they look like a flower, or what that little hole in the middle of the snaps is for, or the joy of someone making pickles and sharing them with their guests, or seeing a little girl learn how much fun it is to sew. I love that my blog is small enough that I can still answer your comments and questions and I enjoy doing it. You think “you” get inspiration from me? I get it from you and it is new and fresh every day. I love to share an encouraging word when needed, or help with finding something you are looking for, and just be a friend to those who might be having a lonely day.

At the risk of this sounding like some Country Music Star accepting an award and thanking all of their fans…I did want to thank all of you very much for sticking around this past year. I couldn’t have done it without you…well, I guess I could have, but that wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun!

My very first post was full of hope for the coming year but also full of apprehension. I look back on it now and realize I didn’t have anything to worry about. I’m absolutely certain I have the best subscribers in the world! Thank you for reading each day… I hope you’ll stick around for “Part 2.” If you happened to want to see my very first post, you can see it by clicking HERE.

This past week I had a Giveaway every day… Monday was a pair of American Girl Fingerless Gloves…

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Tuesday I gave away a pair of earrings…and the winner got to choose the pair they wanted…

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Wednesday I gave you a choice of a doll slip…either for the American Girl Doll or the Little Darling Dianna Effner dolls…

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Thursday it was something for the seamstresses out there… a box of all kinds of goodies…

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Friday I let the winner choose an American Girl Doll necklace…

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There were 16 people who entered the drawing for the necklace… I wrote everyone’s name down, turned them over, shuffled them…

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…and the winner was Regina…

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She chose the red necklace for her granddaughter! Congratulations Regina! Thanks for playing along.

So we’re up to today… my “Actual One Year Anniversary!”

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My last and final GIVEAWAY is something for YOU again! It’s one of our Skinny Scarves that we sell in our Etsy shop. I’ve created 3 different ones so you can choose the one you like best. They are made from 40-60 strands of yarns and novelty threads. I’ve added the colors on the pictures to help you decide… purple, blue, or navy & turquoise. If you want to trim the fringe on the scarves, it’s super easy to do…just cut them off a few inches… :O)

The purple one is a long scarf that has been loosely braided. You can tie it however you wish. I’ll send you directions for my 2 favorite ways to tie it if you like.

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The 2 blue ones just slip over your head and are sort of like a yarn necklace. They are already tied in the knot and the “bling” that Rebecca made is stitched on. You wouldn’t think so, but they are really warm.

Here is the blue one with a concho and some “bling by Becca…”

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…and the Navy & Turquoise skinny scarf with “bling by Becca…”

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Here’s a close up of all three skinny scarves…look them over and decide which color or style you like best.

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You have until midnight tonight to post a comment for which scarf you would like. [Central Time zone, IL]

Okay, let’s get the comments going on this last and final giveaway. I’ll let you know the winner of the scarf tomorrow.

See you on Day 1 of Year 2 tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Giveaway Number 5…

Well, I’m just about out of Giveaways! Tomorrow will be the last one as it will be my “One Year Anniversary” of the day I started writing this blog. I hope you all have enjoyed the fun this week. Each day I showed something either my daughter Rebecca or I made. If it was something you might like to try and win, you just had to LEAVE A COMMENT at the bottom of my blog on the day that item was featured. You could also send me an email and leave a comment too. It didn’t have to be a long comment…just a comment. (Today’s post will run until 12:00 midnight Friday night. (Central Time Zone, IL)

[I just did a post on how to navigate my website a few days ago. If you get my blog post through your email with the blue title, you can click on the blue title and it will take you straight to my website. The comments can be left at the bottom. That is actually the easiest way to read it or leave a comment.]

***!!!*** I have a new feature on my blog…a SEARCH box! You can type in whatever you like and if that word is mentioned in a post I wrote, it will pull up all the posts where it was mentioned. I think you’ll like this new feature…I had to try it out myself and it’s pretty fun!

Yesterday’s Giveaway was for a box of goodies I picked out from my stash… believe me, you can’t even tell I gave those things up… I thought it might be a fun giveaway for all of my subscribers and readers who like to sew for their dolls. There was quite a variety of things and I got PLENTY of comments… 35 in fact and several emails.
Just as I’ve done all week…I wrote everyone’s name down on a little slip of paper, flipped them all face side down and then I shuffled them around…

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Then I closed my eyes and drew out the winner….

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Congratulations Betty! I hope you’ll enjoy all these trinkets and let me know if you make something pretty for your doll. Maybe I’ll show everyone what you did. Please email me so I can get your address and send these off to you.
Thanks to everyone else who participated…but missed out… :o(

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Today’s Giveaway is for something my daughter, Rebecca made again. This time it’s for a pretty necklace for your American Girl doll. She does a really nice job and has sold over 900 doll necklaces on Etsy to lots of ladies. Sometimes she’ll sell a half dozen at a time. (Each sale counts as one transaction, not each necklace…) Of course if you go look in our Etsy shop now, you’ll find it’s pretty bare… she’s had a busy semester at college this year, but she’s made a few today and you can pick the one you like best.
Again, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this post, before midnight tonight, (Central Time, IL) or send me an email, letting me know which color necklace you would pick if you are the winner.

Here are your choices… Plum, Lavender or Red. They are all made of glass beads and glass pearls and have a magnetic clasp in the back for easy on and off.

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…and just a couple of quickie shots to show you how it looks on the dolls…

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Pick your favorite color necklace, leave a comment, and check in tomorrow to see who won… and also see the last Giveaway!

See you tomorrow,
Signing off for the last time in my first year of blogging!
Blessings, Jeanne

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Giveaway Number 4…

This first section is the same as yesterday…

It’s almost here…the anniversary of the day I started writing this blog. In honor of my 1st anniversary on August 1st, I am planning to have a week of giveaways. The way it will work is, each day this week, I will show you something either my daughter Rebecca or I have made. If it is something you might like to try and win, just LEAVE A COMMENT at the bottom of my blog on the day that item is featured. You can also send me an email and leave a comment too. It doesn’t have to be a long comment…just a comment. (Today’s post will run until 12:00 midnight Thursday night. (Central Time Zone, IL)

[I just did a post on how to navigate my website a few days ago. If you get my blog post through your email with the blue title, you can click on the blue title and it will take you straight to my website. The comments can be left at the bottom. That is actually the easiest way to read it or leave a comment.]

***!!!*** I have a new feature on my blog…a SEARCH box! You can type in whatever you like and if that word is mentioned in a post I wrote, it will pull up all the posts where it was mentioned. I think you’ll like this new feature…I had to try it out myself and it’s pretty fun!

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Yesterday’s Giveaway was for a pretty sparkly tulle slip for either your American Girl doll or your Dianna Effner 13″ Little Darling doll. I had lots of comments left for this giveaway, but sorry, there can only be one winner. I asked you to choose the slip for the American Girl doll or the Dianna Effner Little Darling doll.
As I did last night, I wrote everyone’s name who left a comment, on a piece of paper. There were 31 ladies who left comments or emailed me. Then I shuffled them…

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I closed my eyes and drew out the winner…

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Congratulations Theresa! I hope your dolls will be happy with the slip you won for them! If you’ll just email me with your address, I’ll get the slip out to you. Thank you for playing and thanks for reading my blog.

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Today’s Giveaway will cater to those of you who sew! Many of you are probably like me… you sew for the dolls and aren’t really a “collector” so to speak. You make things to sell and your dolls stand naked on the shelf until it’s their turn to model something. Or maybe you are someone who sews for them and keeps your outfits. I sell everything I make and then move on to the next outfit. I know many of you sew and I picked out some of my favorite things and put together a little goodie packet that I hope you’ll enjoy. There are some yard lengths of lace and some half yard ones too. Everything is new (unless it’s vintage) and is from my smoke free, pet free sewing studio. There are buttons, “button brooches”, vintage baby rick rack, lace, trims, appliques, ribbons, felt flowers, etc. I did a post on “Embellishments” (HERE) and I thought I’d just help you out with a few embellishments of your own. I hope you like what I picked out…

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All you have to do is leave a comment on my blog post under today’s post, (anytime from now until midnight Thursday night [Central Time, IL] I will draw out a winner again like I’ve been doing all week and send this package to you.

Thanks for everyone who has been participating in the drawings all week. I like to keep you guessing and coming back each day, and hope you are enjoying it. Saturday is my One Year Anniversary of writing this blog and I’ll have something special that day! Hope you’ll keep checking in each day.

See you tomorrow for Giveaway #5!
Blessings, Jeanne

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