Take Two

Okay so something super weird is going on with either my blog or my link over at SMS. Repost!

Hello (again). I’m going to cut right to the chase: I’m giving away one box of SURPRISE CRAFT SUPPLIES. I will be moving soon so I am clearing out everything I don’t plan to use in the near future. Expect to find fabric scraps, notions of all kinds, ribbons and lace, maybe even some acrylic paint.


This photo shows a small selection of the items I have pulled out.

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment. Any comment.
For an extra entry, like my Facebook page and then leave a second comment telling me you did.
Comments on the previous post will also count toward this giveaway.

(I apologize if you have been here twice… something is broken. 😦 )

Giveaway is over

I’ve received the winning number from random.org… check your in boxes everyone!

I’ve heard back from my winner so I can now announce that the winner of the bag is Margaret who shared that The Wizard of Oz is one of her favorite things!

I really enjoyed reading all the great things you all shared with me, and replied to each one! I truly hope to see you all around again. I recently got a smartphone so now I can blog wherever I am!

I also want to mention that I loved your comments so much that I’m thinking about picking a few more winners………. wondering if I have anything else around here to give away…

Giveaway Day!

Hey hey! It’s Giveaway Day! I’ve been slacking on blogging lately, but I’m excited to meet a lot of fellow bloggers and hopefully make some friends. If this is new to you, go check out the Sew Mama Sew blog to find hundreds more giveaways running this week!

Before I get to the goods, let me introduce myself! I’m Jamie, but I’ll also answer to Molly or Merri. I’m a US military wife and currently stay home with my daughter. I run an Etsy shop, do some freelance SEO writing, and am active in my unit FRG (that’s a military thing). I love doing artistic things, especially sewing and other textile arts, writing, and jewelry making. I’m a very lazy blogger, but I always do intend to write. 🙂

Okay, enough about me. What am I giving away?!

alice pouch

It’s a lovely cosmetic pouch, featuring Alice-in-Wonderland themed fabric! It’s completely handmade and handsewn. The pattern is improvised to make the most of the scrap of fabric I had, so I hope you like it! (Christmas tree not included.)

I WILL ship internationally, so don’t hesitate! This giveaway will close on December 8, and I will contact the winner as soon as possible after that. The winner will have 2 days to respond or I will pick another winner.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on this post telling me something that you call a “favorite” (because Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite things)!
(Edit: Well, forget the Rafflecopter. Thanks to everyone who clicked over. Just leave a comment and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner!

As a special bonus, those of you who make a purchase in my Etsy shop this week and drop by here to tell me will also receive a special surprise gift with their purchase! (Oh, and you might want to try using the code SHELLS for even more of a bonus!)


I am just so amazed at the turnout this week. I started this week with a little over 700 pageviews; I now have more than double that. I had less than 200 comments total, and now I have over 400!  (Half of those comments were, and still are, me – I respond to every single comment that comes to my blog.)

Previously, my highest one-day page views was around 30. I was amazed when I passed 100 on Tuesday, and posted a second giveaway to celebrate. Little did I know that I’d soon get 40 pageviews in a single HOUR, and recieve 329 views just on Wednesday. Suffice it to say that you guys BLEW MY MIND.

I received 107 entries in my original giveaway! I wrote down each name on a bit of paper (the margins of my printed coupons for next week’s groceries), put the slips in a pickle jar, and had my daughter choose one at random.
This is the name she chose:
CONGRATULATIONS, calikisses! Check your email inbox! You are the proud winner of a whole bunch of fun crafty things and a handmade bag!

Now for the second giveaway! 32 of you followed me and left a comment on that post to enter. I wrote all THOSE names down on margins of papers and put THEM in the pickle jar. This time my medicated husband reached in the jar and chose:
CONGRATULATIONS, radiya! Check your email inbox! You are the proud winner of 4 lovely pieces of fabric!

Both winners have been contacted by email. Seeing that it’s a holiday weekend, I will give them until MONDAY at 9pm EST to respond before I draw another winner. Both winners have responded and I will be shipping their prizes soon. Sorry, everybody else.

Good luck to all on the other giveaways you may have entered, and I hope to see you all back here again soon!
I’ve really enjoyed this giveaway thing, and I think I’ll be doing it again. I may or may not announce them in advance. I’m the sneaky little thing who might just draw a name from the comments on a post and send them a gift. 😉

Score! A Bonus Giveaway!

~Both giveaways are NOW CLOSED! Stay tuned to find out the WINNERS!~

In celebration of the fact that I received over 100 pageviews today (and nearly 100 yesterday), I’m announcing a SECOND GIVEAWAY.

It’s been super exciting, watching your comments roll in for my Eclectic Bundle giveaway! As the end of today neared, I wondered if I’d break the mythical number of 100 pageviews (I’m a small blog, okay). And I did!

As a big THANK YOU to everyone, I’m offering up a second prize. My bundle is up for grabs to anybody who comments this week; this giveaway is for FOLLOWERS! All you need to do is FOLLOW me and leave me a comment telling me how you follow (via your WordPress account, by email or an RSS reader, or by Twitter). (I have internet mojo – I will know if you lie. 😉 ) The links for all of those are over in the right sidebar – super easy to find.

Now, for what you really want to know: THE PRIZE IS FABRIC! Some of you mentioned that I ought to have included yarn and embroidery floss (and maybe some paint) in the previous one, and I thought about it, but, well, who doesn’t love fabric.

I had a dig in my (very small) stash and found these four pieces of fabric.
— A red-on-ivory toile – it’s oddly shaped but it’s about the size of a fat quarter, and it’s a very heavy fabric
— An orange-and black tiger print – fat quarter
— A bright pink tiger-y looking print – about half a yard
— and a yard of a bright hippie-ish print (see below for a better shot of it)

Don’t you just love that jaunty little birdie?

Just to clarify – comments on this post are NOT entries in the other giveaway, just to make it easier to determine a winner. To enter this giveaway, follow and comment here. To enter the other, comment on any other post on this blog.
Sorry, but both giveaways are US-only. Maybe next time, Internationals!
This giveaway will close at 6 pm PST on Friday May 25.

It’s Giveaway Week!

~Both giveaways are NOW CLOSED! Hang tight for the WINNERS!~

A couple times a year, Sew Mama Sew hosts a “Giveaway day” party, and I decided to be part of it this year. You can click that link above to find other blogs where you can enter to win fabulous crafty prizes, but first, read on and find out what I’ve got!

For the new visitors, let me introduce myself. Hi, I’m Jamie B. I make a lot of things and I spend way too much time on the internet. I publish a weekly list of cool and awesome things I’ve found around the internet, as well as my own craft and recipe tutorials. This week I’m delaying my internet roundup (I’m planning to post it on Tuesday) and I’d love for you to come check it out. I’ve also got a great recipe in the hopper to share with you, and maybe a few surprise posts as well.

I thought long and hard about this giveaway, and decided to gather up a collection of fabulous supplies for your crafting pleasure!

Here is a quick shot of all the supplies gathered together. I selected them carefully to represent different parts of my own crafting personality. I like to be diverse in my life and my blog, so here’s what may be the most diverse prize you’ve ever won. There’s something from just about every Arena of Crafting that I participate in.

In the photo above you can see a small packet of beads in various colors (I just dove into my box and chose a handful), a package of jump rings (perfect for making 12-in-2 Flowers!), a bottle of black crackle nail polish, 2 packets of cupcake decorations (they are Irish themed), a gorgeous green-and-gold ribbon (it’s quite long), and a nice big piece of fabric in pink-and-brown stripes.

AND this isn’t even all! These lovelies will be accompanied by a SECRET HANDMADE ITEM that I think you’ll love. I already know what it is; it’s sitting right next to me. I just felt like being mysterious. shipped with a HANDMADE velcro-sealed bag. It measures approximately 7×7 and is designed to be used like a sandwich baggie. It’s lined with very thin vinyl and the outside is a pretty brown and ivory floral print. Just wipe it out and reuse. I don’t have any photos of it because I’m lazy.

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO is leave me a comment! I embrace diversity in my crafting, and I yearn for discussion on my blog. So let’s talk! Tell me what your favorite kind of crafting is! Do you like sewing, or maybe beading? Maille? Knitting? Maybe you’re into fashion arts, or even food! I want to talk about it with you!

For additional entries: come back all week and join in the discussions! I’ll be posting several times this week, and every comment will count as an entry in the giveaway! Tweets, facebook posts, pins, and the like are appreciated but will not count as entries. I will delete all spammy comments or anybody who’s being mean.

This contest is open from Monday May 21 at the time of posting until 5pm PST on Friday May 25 – so enter early and enter often! I will contact the winner by email, so make sure you leave a contact email when you comment. I do screen comments so yours may not show up immediately – just be patient!

Remember to COME BACK (you can subscribe by email or RSS if you’d like) throughout the week to join in the fun and grab more entries! I can also be found on Twitter (I automatically tweet a link to each post), Pinterest, Tumblr, and a couple other places which you’ll find listed in the right sidebar.