Friday, August 30, 2013

Carry It Forward Giveaway!

Thank you so much for the comments on my little skirts! I really enjoyed making them. They were easy and fun to make. I hope you'll try making some too. Please leave a link if you do!

Now I have very exciting news to share. I had the great fortune to win a very special giveaway a few weeks ago. Janine, of the lovely blog Simple Things, held a Carry It Forward giveaway and I was the winner chosen at random! This is a unique giveaway because it requires the winner to make something special to give away to someone else. The winner, in turn, makes something for the next recipient, hence the name Carry It Forward. I had been watching this giveaway since before I had my own blog, as it was carried forward by two other delightful blogs I enjoy reading: Jelly Jam and HenHouse, so I was honored and thrilled to win the giveaway myself and have the opportunity to carry it forward too! Janine's package arrived in the mail last week, and we were all very excited to open it. She had wrapped it in pretty tissue paper and tied it with string, which is how I often package gifts too.


Janine lives in the UK, and her card has an adorable heart-shaped Union Jack on the front. I love the folk-art look to the card. And in a weird coincidence, the card arrived the day after I made that little felt heart ornament I shared recently. We must be on a wavelength! Janine wrote a very sweet message inside, letting us know that she and her kids took the time to look up our city on a map. We did the same thing with their hometown! It's nice to know that blogging has also given our families a lot of interesting learning experiences; my small Bears were overjoyed, hyper even, to receive a package from another country.


We opened the package and found wonderful things inside. Janine's giveaway had an owl theme, the giveaways that I observed before Janine's had Christmas and Valentine's Day themes, respectively. I was so excited to find such pretty handmade things and other lovely trinkets in Janine's package.


Janine sent me a gorgeous crocheted owl ornament and crocheted rose brooch, both of which contain my favorite color, purple. She didn't know this, of course, but it was very fortuitous. She also included two tea light candles, an adorable wooden owl ornament with the word "special" on the owl's tummy (it is special!), some pretty rosy clothespins and an assortment of beautiful wooden buttons, some with roses and others with hearts and daisies, in two sizes. Everything is pretty and just my style. Thank you so much, Janine and family. We all love this package of goodies and we are glad we (I) participated in your giveaway and we (I) have had the opportunity to connect with you in Blogland. I hope my readers will stop by and say hello to Janine and check out her lovely blog. She is a wonderful lady.

As the winner of Janine's giveaway, I am obliged to carry it forward! See how it works? I was so excited about winning Janine's giveaway that I got right to work on my own giveaway package because I wanted it to be something special that one of my own lovely readers would like to receive. Here's what I've come up with:





My giveaway has an autumn theme. Autumn is just around the corner and I don't know about you, but I like to be ready. Here's what you'll receive if you win my giveaway: two autumn-scented votive candles, two different kinds of buttons (apples and small green flowers), a set of "jewel" stickers (perfect for scrapbooking) and a hand-appliqued tea towel. Yes, I've branched out to housewares with my applique-mania. It was the next logical step!


Here's a closer look at the applique work on the tea towel. I've been practicing my embroidery skills and I think I'm starting to improve. It's my own design, just trying to be creative. The pumpkin, stem and leaves are cotton calico fabric, affixed with Heat N Bond. The hand-stitching is done with all-cotton embroidery floss. The tea towel itself is simple white cotton and probably should be handwashed, to protect the appliques and stitching. I really enjoyed doing the tea towel and I hope it will be a nice addition to someone's fall decor.

To win this giveaway, you must be willing to carry it forward, meaning that you, in turn, offer a giveaway on your own blog which includes something you make for the winner. It doesn't have to all be handmade, though that's certainly an option if you would like to do it that way. I know that giveaways with "strings" attached tend to be less popular, but I believe that I have one of the kindest, friendliest readerships in all of Blogland and I know that many of you would love to participate in a giveaway like this. So pleeeeease play along! You won't be sorry. You'll have the pleasure of receiving something handmade by me (I put lots of love into it!), and the added pleasure of making an item for the next person.

I won't require you to follow my blog to join the giveaway, but would be pleased if you did, so that we can get to know each other better. I do ask that you be serious about following through with the CIF aspect of the giveaway if you enter; it would be a shame to have this happy chain of giving be broken by someone who didn't carry it forward. You need to have your own blog as well, so that you can offer your package to the next lucky winner. There's no time limit, you create your package as you're able. If you would like to be included in my giveaway, please leave a comment on this post. The entry period will be open for one week; I will close it on September 6, drawing a name at random and announcing the winner soon after that.  The giveaway is open internationally. Good luck! Thanks for participating.

23 comments:

  1. How fun! I'd like to be part of something like this :)

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  2. What a lovely, sweet, generous idea! I love the little gifts you received and the little goodies you have prepared are lovely, I adore the appliquéd tea towel, such beautiful work. I would love to be a part of this and would be absolutely thrilled to carry it forward too.
    Marianne xx

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  3. What lovely things to have been sent Jennifer, the owls are so cute. I bet that you will love looking after them! I would be very grateful to be included in your giveaway and I already running through things in my mind I would love to make to give away to someone else. This really is a great idea isn't it. The things you have collected for your giveaway are great, especially love the tea towel, just right for the upcoming time of year! Anyway, be lucky enough to be awarded this or not, so lovely to see such crafty bloggy loveliness and sharing!

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  4. There's such a feel good vibe about this sort of giveaway Jennifer, it's so lovely to connect with other like minded bloggers from all around the world and receive a pretty package of goodies and then have the fun of choosing your own special package to keep the happy love going forward.
    I just had to come out of hibernation to enter this.
    kim x

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  5. I'm so glad you had good luck with the "pay it forward" giveaway. I have to opt out as I did a pay-it-forward and sent out 3 gifts to 3 bloggers and not one of them posted my things and hosted a pay-it-forward (none gave things away to keep it going). I do hope you have better luck than I did! :-) We're off to the State Fair today!! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. What lovely things to receive and what a lovely idea. I haven't come across this give it forward idea, but I love it and would love to be a part of it, so please pretty please include me in your giveaway as I would also love to be the proud owner of that very gorgeous teatowel. Sending you much love xoxo

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  7. Hi there, so glad you enjoy my goodies!! It was a great family experience to post them to the other side of the world!! It was also really wonderful (if a little surreal) to see my makes on your lovely blog!! I'm really glad you enjoyed your parcel - it was a pleasure to give it. Your tea towel is absolutely gorgeous!! Variety in craft means for interesting times!! Trying to convince myself that it's still summer although the nights are drawing in :0(
    Congratulations on your lovely giveaway please don't put my name in the hat as that'd be a bit weird - much as I'd love to use your tea towel for my drying up!! Well done for doing it so quickly too! J9 x

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  8. Jennifer, I think its a brilliant idea but I will have to pass this time because I am on holiday soon for 2 1/2 weeks and wont have time. I love the goodies you received and the ones you are paying forward.Loving the tea towel with the pumpkin applique work on it!

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  9. What a great idea! sounds like fun. What lovely things too!
    I hope you that you don't mind but I have nominated you for a Liebster blog award hope that's ok.
    xx

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  10. Share the happiness! Please count me in, I would be thrilled to receive your beautiful gifts and to make some lovelies to carry forward! Chrissie x

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  11. How exciting to receive such lovely gifts Jennifer and I just love that tea towel that you've put your sweet energy into - please count me in, I'd love to have that teatowel and to pass on a few little treasures! Thank you!
    Joy x

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  12. I LOVE this idea for a give-away! The gift that keeps on giving ;) Yes, please, count me in on this. You've done an amazing job on the embroidered tea towel, and the gifts that you received from Janine are really cute. Have a great weekend Jennifer! Wendy x

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  13. This is a lovely idea! I've been seeing a lot of people who have started a pen pal with a handmade gift attached. How wonderful. :)

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  14. What a fabulous way to connect with fellow bloggers and share the love of all things creative. That owl is super cute, and I have those exact same wooden buttons, they are great! I would love to take part in this CIF give away, but I fear that I don't have nearly enough readers on my blog...

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  15. What a wonderful idea for a give away, I would love the chance to win then pay it forward.

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  16. Please count me in, I think it's a great idea. Am inspired to make some skirts for my granddaughter after reading your last blog. I too blog for myself as a record of what I make. I'm on folksy, but not in a serious way, just wanted to claim a shop for the future if I find myself being made redundant, as its been a hard couple of years with cutbacks at work. I love reading your blog.
    S xx

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  17. Lovely idea. Kindness is a great art. Please count me in!

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  18. Love this idea of a pay it forward giveaway, though do NOT include me in this giveaway! I know that sounds peculiar, but I am not crafty, so I don't "make" things. The only thing I do is scrapbooking and sometimes, card-making.

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  19. I would love to be involved!!
    I often send out little gifts anyway, so I'd really like to be join in!
    Tammy xx
    PS... That crochet owl is gawjus!!

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  20. I would love to be involved!!
    I often send out little gifts anyway, so I'd really like to be join in!
    Tammy xx
    PS... That crochet owl is gawjus!!

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  21. That is a fabulous way to conduct a give away ! You are on a roll lately :)
    Love the crocheted owl. I have been doing up scarfs in the evenings lately.

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  22. I would love to be involved!!
    I often send out little gifts anyway, so I'd really like to be join in!
    Tammy xx
    PS... That crochet owl is gawjus!!

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  23. Lovely idea, the world needs kindness.
    Carol xx

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