Thursday, August 6, 2009

100th Post Giveaway - Something for Everyone!

Edit: I'll leave it open until midnight central time tonight!!

I am celebrating some small successes here today. (To see more mom successes, visit Faith & Family Live). (and I've re-arranged the post a bit.)

1) I've been quietly collecting stuff to give away in celebration of my 100th post. Because I don't want blogging to take up too much of my time, let alone my money, most of it is thrifted (cough*used*cough) or homemade. (Please note that I've dinked around with the formatting for way too long . . . and this post will look different on the page versus in a reader versus in e-mail anyway, so I'm waving the white flag! Please excuse any extra white space and/or other wonky formatting!)

Without further ado, here is the list of goodies:

A pair of my homemade baby & toddler leg warmers. Go here and tell me which pair you like best, and chances are good that I'll be able to accomodate you. (Guide: it goes Animals, Girly-Girl, Solids, Plaids, Stripes, Argyles, Boyish, Christmas, Misc.)

A homemade taggie blanket - as you can see, it's pretty gender neutral. It is seafoam green minky fabric and ivory fleece. There is one pink ribbon and one blue ribbon, with the rest neutral.

A homemade bathtub fishing game - directions on how to make your own will be in an upcoming Frugal Friday post! The foam sticks to the tub and floats so your little fisherman or fisherwoman can catch them with the included homemade net (with no handle, so no one will be in danger of losing an eye). Goose tried hers out last night and had a pretty good time.

The fairy wings still aren't quite done. I have redone them, but I still can't quite figure out how to put them together. No worries, I'll enlist my MIL's help on them if I don't come up with something and they'll rock your socks. You'll have to stitch them on something your fairy already has. I'll update again when I do get them finished. And, if you happen to not care for my flowers, they're SUPER easy to re-do - I'll let the winner know how.

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding: Sixth Revised Edition. There is a 7th edition out, but this one still contains TONS of great information. (Happy World Breastfeeding Week to any nursing mamas!)

Better Homes & Gardens Patchwork Projects - 15 Full Size Patterns, including ones for each season. The quilt pictured is the only one included, I think, so lots of other stuff!

The Woman's Day Book of Granny Squares and Other Carry-Along Crochet - with 31 projects, a section "all about granny squares" and 50 ideas for using granny squares. Whoof!

Avon's Beautiful Holiday Ideas (apparently collaborated with Better Homes and Gardens on this one!) - with chapters on Deck the Halls, Share the Fun, Open Your House, Enjoy Tradition, Wrap it up, and Celebrate the Day (recipes). Use the make-up tips from 1980 at your own risk! :>)

Better Homes and Gardens Homespun Christmas Crafts - includes stuffed fabric small animal ornaments, fabric mantel bells and a garland, weaving straw, embroidered stockings, wreaths with natural items, quick and easy wreaths, a VERY CUTE storybook pillow, and painted fabric ABC blocks.

Selected Tips from Heloise - chapters are Creative Cleaning, Sprucing Up Your Home, Tackling Laundry Days, In The Kitchen, At Your Leisure, On The Road - And Off, and Personal Best.

A set of repurposed tins - I picked these up at the thrift shop and covered them with scrapbook paper (from this reading the whole internet post) Disclaimer - to get the lids to come off and go on easily, I had to trim a bit of the paper, so some of the old design shows near the top when the lids are off.

So, how do you win??? First, please have a US shipping address - it doesn't even have to be YOU . . . but I don't have the budget for international postage, sorry! (Unless you want to paypal me the shipping charges, I guess . . . ) Then check out the categories in my sidebar and tell me which of them is your favorite or that you'd like to see more posts in. It's that easy! To make things a bit more complicated, though, I'll let you CHOOSE what you'd like to win - up to three things. I'll number your comments and use to pick numbers. The first number will get their first choice. The second number will get their first choice if it's still available; if not, they'll get their second choice - and so on.

Want more entries? Do one of the following and leave an additional comment or comments:

* blog about this giveaway (please include the link)
* tweet it if you're on Twitter (please include the link . . . I don't do Twitter but I'd like to see it anyway!)
* share this on Facebook (honor system since I wouldn't be able to see it)
* subscribe to me in a reader or via e-mail (again, honor system . . . and believe me when I tell you it took me ALL of one day's LONG naptime - thank goodness it was long - to get the subscribe by e-mail box here) or follow me from your blogger profile.

It's your choice as to whether you list the same thing(s) that you want or change them up in subsequent entries . . . but what you have listed in the comment number comes up is what I'll go by to award the goodies.

The giveaway will end Thursday, August 20 at noon central time. Winners will be notified via e-mail and I'll post it, too, so you can see who the lucky people are.

Please PLEASE make sure there is a way for me to contact you, either via your blog, or leave an e-mail address (you can use the cryptic form of yourname at domain dot com if you wish), and please indicate what you want - up to three things, and leave separate comments if you help me publicize this as noted. If you have a question about something that I've made too complicated or would like a bit more info on any of the prizes, please feel free to e-mail me at the address in my sidebar.

And seriously, I have a big stack of fun vintage craft books earmarked for giving away but one of my proofreading paychecks is going to be blown on the postage as it is. Maybe I'll give away one a month or some such . . . any suggestions?

You probably have already forgotten, but at the beginning of the post I was mentioning my small successes. The others are:

2) I have managed to stay relatively calm while the toddler insists the ceiling fan (last night) and light (this morning) in her room be OFF! then ON! then OFF! then ON! accompanied by lots of crying and thrashing about. Believe me when I say I'm *thisclose* to yanking the whole thing out of the ceiling.

3) I scored some very fun things at the rummage sale yesterday for a grand total of $7.70. They can be found here.


RR said...

I like the homemade gifts category. Great stuff!

RR said...

I forgot to list the things I'd like to win: I'd like the tag blanket, the bathtub fishing game, and the tins. Thanks!

ViolinMama said...

GREAT successes, and great stuff!

TZel said...

I like the Frugal Fridays category and would love the homemade baby & toddler leg warmers in Sock Monkey Stripes for size 6T, the bathtub fishing game and the set of repurposed tins- thank you very much!

Zimms Zoo said...

I love the reading the whole internet catergory. I have already made several things off of there and so have my girls.

1. the legwarmers-sock monkey
2. the tins
3. the fishing game

I have you on my blog roll but will subscribe too.

Angela said...

I like your Reading the Whole Internet category!

1. I LOVE the legwarmers. Any of the animal ones - but the pigs are my favorite.

2. The bath game.

3. The fairy wings.

Vanessa (Creative Counterpart) said...

I would love to see more posts in your small successes category, and I'd love to win the taggie blanket!

:) nice blog fellow Nebraskan! :)

Rachel said...

I love the homemade gift section and the Kitchen Tip Tuesdays. :) You are soo crafty!!

If I won, I would LOVE the tins. Also, well...just tins. :) I would also take a cute photo of my niece!!;)

Rachel said...

I also have posted this on twitter awhile back, and facebook and twitter today! :)

Rachel said...

Last (I wasn't sure if I needed to separate these or not), I am now a subscribed member of your blog-I am not sure why I didn't do that before today!! :)

Rachel said...

Ok, I just tried to edit my post to add my twitter account, but I can't. So here is ONE more post with my link:

Heather said...

Super cute stuff and very generous of you! My top 3 are...

1. Toddler leg warmers
2. Fairy Wings (would they work for 5 year olds?)
3. Breastfeeding book

I really enjoy your blog. In many ways we have very similar priorities, although I'm VERY jealous of you living in the country. Hopefully sometime soon we'll be out of the city!


Heather said...

Oh, forgot...I LOVE your reading the whole internet posts. Keep 'em coming as I know we'll be needing more of those toddler ideas soon!


Vanessa (Creative Counterpart) said...

I FB'd It :)

Again I like the little successes category and would love to win that taggie blanket!

Heather said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. I do Frugal Finds every Friday, but am taking this week off as we've been in like 5 states in 2 weeks and had a first birthday too! Life is crazy, but great.

I just posted on facebook and my choices are still the same :)

I love your blog too!

Zimms Zoo said...

I subscribed. I want to keep the lists the same.

Zimms Zoo said...

I also posted about it on my blog.

Sarah said...

Let's see - I'm commenting, I subscribe and I'll share your link on facebook. In the next few days, I promise! :) I know you'll be able to check up on me!

Oh, and the things I'd want to win.

1)The leg warmers in grey/black argyle or the owls. Super cute.

2)The quilting book. I'm thinking of starting quilting, can you believe it?

3) Christmas book.

Congrats on your 100th post and first giveaway!!


Sara Macklin said...

Enjoying your blog. I haven't read all of your categories yet, but enjoy the "all things baby." I enjoy anything about parenting toddlers. As for prizes, any of the kids stuff would be great. I like the leg warmers, but worry that Meggie's chunky legs wouldn't fit!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a fabulous giveaway you are having!! I love the tins, so that would be my first choice... and I know the fairy wings would be a HUGE hit here! Thanks for the chance!!

valerie (at) frugalfamilyfunblog (dot) com

Zimms Zoo said...

I FB'd it.

Tania said...

I also like the homemade gifts category, gave me some new ideas. (-;

I love the owl leg warmers. I have a friend with an owl theme for her baby room! Too cute!

Sarah said...

:) I, too, am a fan of homemade I really enjoyed your posts on that one. :) Also, I'm "the friend" with the owl theme for the baby, of course, I like the owl leg warmers! ;) BUT, Tania shared this info w/ me on I vouch for her to get another entry! :) But, yeah...I love the idea of legwarmers...

the owls or sock monkeys :)

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I like to live vicariously through my crafty friends... so I love the Crafting up a Storm category.

I want a tag blanket or bathtub fishing game or leg warmers or ... all the rest. :)

frugalfarmfamily said...

I like all of your topics, but I would most like to see more articles in the homemade crafts and gardening categories.

frugalfarmfamily said...

I blogged about your giveaway.
I am not sure what I would like to win at this point. There are many of the items I like and could use just about all of them!

Heather said...

I just subscribed! My choices are still the same :)

I'll be posting later, but I'll come back and comment when I do.

Thanks for all the chances to win!


Heather said...

I finally got the post up. You can see it here

Thanks for the 4th entry :)


ecochicmama said...

Oh how lucky I feel to have stumbled across your blog. What a great giveaway - I LOVE the leg warmers:

1. Owls - too cute
2. Piggies
3. Kitties

I will a REGULAR for sure.


ecochicmama said...

I just subscribed.

My choices are still the legwarmers as I know they will be much enjoyed by both girls.

Thanks. Shawna

Hélène said...

I like the Books and More Books category. Since I love books, I am always up for blog posts about them.

I would love to win the giraffe leg warmers. They are adorable!

Veronica said...

Thanks for a great giveaway! My favorite items has to be the:

1) Leg warmers
2) tag blanket
3) the Quilting book because I am just starting to learn quilt

Thanks :)

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

Hey woman. I've had a crazy week. Seriously crazy! All week I've been saying in my mind, "The 20th, don't forget the 20th!" And so this morning I finally remember it's the end of YOUR giveaway and I'd better get busy. Last week I went through all of your categories and had a BLAST reading up on everything, clicking on dozens of links, and leaving comments. I don't like that you're making me pick one. Not one bit. Because it doesn't matter the category, I ALWAYS look forward to your posts -- even when I'm busy or have places to go. I'd rather just sit and read your stuff. NO joking!

So...if you're making me pick just one. I really love your "reading the whole internet" finds because they show a wonderful variety of your interests and ponderings from the previous week. But I also love homemade gifts and crafting (which I find a lot of in your RTWI posts, too).

My choices would be:

1) leg warmers (those chocolate ones are SO darling and would match my 1-year-old's tiger shoes)
2) bathtub fishing game (my kids are needing more incentive to bathe and they're running out of bath toys)
3) crochet book (I had this one listed first, but decided I should think of my children, right? That should get me extra points. :wink:) to tweet and announce on Facebook. :)

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

I'm already a follower and have you in my reader. :GRIN:

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

I've posted your giveaway on Facebook.

2Shaye ♪♫ said...

I tweeted. But I'm not sure how to put the direct link to a single tweet. But here's a link to my account:

Connie said...

I like the homemade gifts category. My choices for winning are:
1. The granny squares book
2. The baby leg warmers - Christmas
3. Tag blanket

Anonymous said...

More recipes, please!!!

Laressa said...

Thanks so much for the blog and the giveaway! I'm still exploring (and enjoying)all of your posts, but if I had to pick one section, I would say Reading the Whole Internet as it brings in most of the other subjects. My picks, should I win =), are:
1) Legwarmers (owl- too cute! or narrow blue stripes- very versatile)
2) Patchwork Projects book
3) Crochet book
Thanks again!

Laressa said...

I've also subscribed in my reader.