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!
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.