Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Journal Give-Away!

I know I'm still so new to blogging, but I have been loving every minute of it!  I loved reading the blogs of others before I ever decided to take the plunge and start one of my own.  I wasn't sure if it would be something I could do, and I was so worried no one would be interested in it - but here I am on my 102nd post and feel like I'm going strong and with a lot of support!


 

I love the creative outlet my blog provides me: whether it be thinking up a post or sharing my paper crafts, a recipe or a scrapbook page. But what I love most of all is the connections and friendships I have made through blogland.  I can't thank you enough for the wonderful support during your visits - and sweet comments. They mean so much to me!! So I wanted to give back a little with this:

 
 

I am continuing work on an "embellished journal" that I would like to give to one of you wonderful people out there. I'm also including this colorful dual tip marker set. But wait there's more! Lol  What's not pictured is the candy I also plan to include and a fun Spring item as well. I have a friend that recently opened a special little store in my town and I plan to pick up a little spring goodie or decoration of some kind from there to throw in too.

 

I love a fresh new journal to write down my thoughts. I think journals are also nice to doodle and draw in , write down memories in, or even keep special photos in....kind of like a mini scrapbook! Well I decided to take a plain journal and embellish it a little bit to make it even more special as something from me to you. Here's a closer peek at just a few of the pages:

the cover was plain with just the polka dot fabric prior and I glued on a few romantic spring embellishments
 
 
 
 

many of the pages I just left alone - lots of room for your own journaling, but some pages here and there I added some fun little surprises (glued on, doodled on, or stickers I stuck on)
 
 
 
wouldn't it be fun to pull up this little pocket tag and add a special photo or message?
 
 
 
even a little dedication page in the front so you'll remember where the journal came from & when
 
 

I will be finishing up the embellished pages (& grabbing the additional prize goodies) over this next week and will draw a name next Wednesday March 4th and I will announce the winner by next Friday. At first I was afraid to do a give-away as I thought, "what if no one participates?" - but even if I only have one person to give it too I will be so happy! I just want to give thanks in some way for how grateful I am to be part of blogland. 

 

All you have to do to be entered is leave me a comment (between today and next Wednesday) about what you love about reading another person's blog or about blogging yourself. You don't need to have your own blog to be part of the give-away.  I will write down all of the entries and have my daughter draw a winner. I may have some extra goodies by the time I'm done so I may draw a runner up too!  Then you will just need to share an address with me if you win so I'm able to ship the prizes to you! I will give you my email address where you will be able to send it privately.  Good luck and check in next week to see if you've won!

 
 

**on a side note I just wanted to let Sandra at Diary of a SAHM know how much we loved her handmade goodies!! Everything is so beautifully made (& those wash cloths work great!!) But my daughter has taken over the blanket and claimed it as hers and refuses to share! Lol

 
 
 
 
 
 

18 comments:

  1. very nice blog! such a sweet gift! I recently just closed my blog for a little rest, but I do enjoy reading other blogs! so I'm not sure you could still get a hold of me, my email is suehemann at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much for entering Susan and for the lovely comments! I'm so glad you still do some blog visiting. ;)
      Good luck!

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  2. What do I like about blogging? It's the sweet people I meet - like you! I've been so blessed by the blogging friendships I've made with people I otherwise would have never met.
    Your giveaway is very special - thanks for doing it!

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    1. Aw - thanks Mari. Right back at ya! ;)
      Good luck!! xo

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  3. Welcome to blogland! I am also new to blogging; started last Sept. right before the "write31days" challenge. I love blogging...like you, I had read several before I finally decided to give it a try. I've loved writing for some time; as a teenager, wrote poetry. Later as an adult started journaling; and that has continued ever since. Once in a while I get an inspiration and write another poem; but nothing as much as I have been blogging. It is a way for me to get things from my mind and heart, to the pages of a place where I can go back and read them; and share with others who encourage and inspire me. I love reading others' blogs and sharing with them. It's the CONNECTIONS that draw me...

    I LOVE the journal; and your decorations make it simply perfect! I would LOVE to win your give-away; but it also gives me inspiration to embellish one myself!

    Thanks for sharing, and for offering your give-away! Good luck to your followers!

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    1. Thanks Barbara! I love your blog and your sweet heart with all that you share. You're such a lovely faith-filled spiritual Lady and it touches my heart. So happy to have met you here in blogland.

      Good luck! xo

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  4. Ooo a giveaway, how exciting! I'd love to be in the hat so to speak :) Your embellishments to the journal are really lovely :)
    I love blogging for the feeling of community I've found :)
    Good luck with your giveaway! Jillxo

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    1. Yes - you're familiar with the give-away concept. Lol ;)
      I've loved getting to know you on here sweet Gal. So glad you're tossing your hat in too.
      Good luck! xo

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  5. The best thing about blogging is meeting new people - lovely lively happy ones like you!! I would never have know you existed without blogging, and what a shame that would have been! Blogging has restored my faith in niceness of people! xx

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    1. I couldn't agree more Amy and what a lovely way of putting it! I can't imagine not knowing you lovely Ladies now. I feel blessed to have such a lovely community in blogland.
      Good luck! xo

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  6. What a lovely, thoughtful gesture Carrie! The journal is so pretty, and filled with personal touches which makes it ever so special.

    It's easy to see you love blogging. It shows in each and every post you write, and that's why you will no doubt be in it for the long haul.

    As for me, my blog has evolved since I began nearly three years ago, but one thing hasn't changed, and that's the joy and fulfillment I receive when I'm fortunate enough to meet wonderful ladies like you. :)

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    1. Aw - that's so sweet Doreen! I hope to be here for the long haul!! I love spending my time in blogland with you wonderful folks!! That is definitely what will keep me here too. Good luck!!

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  7. I started blogging when I turned 40. I have always wanted to write, and I thought this would be a great start. This was 6 years ago (yes…I am 46, lol), and I really didn’t know much about the blog world, so my posts were shared with just a handful of people, mostly family. Just recently I found the link-ups, and found such wonderful little communities within those. What I like most about blogging, is also following other bloggers, and moms like myself. Where we can see how we are faced with a lot of the same things in life, and through blogging we can encourage one another, sharing a comment, or just putting our hearts out there for someone else to read and think you know what, if she can do it, I can!! I am so grateful that I have found the link-ups and such wonderful friends!!

    This journal is so cute!! A journal...new markers....candy!?!?!?! Just. Stop.

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    1. You've only got me beat by a few years girlie - maybe it's something about the 40's in general? Lol
      I'm so happy to have found you and all the other wonderful peeps on here!! You all make it a true joy.

      Here's to blogging into our 50's! Good luck on the journal! xo

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  8. What a lovely giveaway! The journal is so pretty! As the others have said, it's about making those connections for me too. I've met such a nice bunch of people in blog land that I wouldn't have met otherwise, with similar interests and stories to share. xx

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    1. I just love having met you through blogland Alison!! I look forward to all of our wonderful time "spent together" hopefully in the YEARS ahead. xoxo Good luck with the give-away!

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  9. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Carrie! What a lovely prize!

    My favorite part about blogging is visiting places, gathering material and photos, and spending time with the people I write about! It inspires me to enjoy life more.

    My favorite part about visiting the blogs of others is gathering their neat ideas, enjoying their photos and humorous videos, laughing at their funny stories, and getting to know them better--and I love leaving comments, especially when I can think of clever remarks (which I seem to have run out of at the moment). ;)

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    1. You are adorable and clever! And you were entered in the drawing dear Gal. I'll announce tomorrow! ;)

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