Sunday, September 5, 2010

Giveaway!

Hooray! I've got 100 followers! When I started this blog in April, I thought it would take at least a year to reach 100, but here I am. Thanks to all of you for reading and commenting, encouraging and sharing!

I mentioned awhile back that I had submitted an application to participate in a craft show, and that I'd been accepted. This was thrilling, indeed...that feeling of "They like me! They really LIKE me!" For some reason I thought it was a reasonable expectation to place on myself: sure, I can make 30 felt crowns, 20 knitted hats, and various other items to sell. In November. Forget the fact that I am a kindergarten teacher, chicken farmer, and the mother to 3 kids 5 and under. I so WANTED to do it! For the first time in 6 years, I am not pregnant, breastfeeding, or caring for a tiny baby...my youngest is 18 months old. Isn't it time for me to get going on the things I've wanted to do for so long?

Apparently not. After 2 weeks of stress, frustration, and resentment, I regretfully contacted the organizers and told them it just wasn't possible at this point in my life. When I jokingly mentioned that, if they had a blacklist, I prayed I wasn't on it so that I could apply again someday (like, when my kids are in their twenties), they assured me that they'd look forward to future applications from me. Hooray for mamas supporting mamas! If you're in the Ottawa area, don't miss this show! It's called Handmade Harvest, and takes place in Almonte on November 6.

My point is, by really listening to my inner voice (I think there might be two of them, as there was some serious internal arguing going on for awhile there), I've freed myself up to do knitting for the people I really care about! On my needles at the moment is a mitten for Margot; the challenge is NOT knitting a mitten. It's knitting the PAIR that always trips me up.

Fox-and-Geese-and-Fences Mittens for my husband: started in 2007.

So I'm not offering a pair of mittens, or you may never get them. I'm offering one of these:
A baby fairy!

This one I knit when Margot was having her surgery...the making of her kept my mind and hands busy, and each stitch was a prayer. So she'll be staying with us. Yours isn't on the needles yet, and she'll emerge organically as most of my knitting does...we'll just see what colour she turns out to be, and what her personality is as she unfurls! Perhaps an autumny fairy for your nature table!

To enter to win a one-of-a-kind baby fairy, please leave a comment below. If you're a follower, you can enter once daily until I randomly select the winner on Sunday, September 12th! If I knit away until then, she may just be ready to mail!


37 comments:

  1. WoooHooo! I *love* that baby fairy, and I'm sure to love the one that is just a creative twinkle in your eye at the moment :-)

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  2. happy 100, and congratulations on such a lovely blog.
    Loving that fairy xxx

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  3. That fairy is adorable and I would love to have one for my neighbors' toddlers to play with while their parents work. Husband and I look after them several days a week in our fairy-tale courtyard.

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  4. Happy 100th follower! Your blog, creativity and wisdom are a gift to all of readers. The fairy is beautiful. I'm sad I won't get to see your products at the show, but am so proud that you said no. It's the hardest thing, yet when we learn to say no, we empower ourselves to feel in control and at peace with our lives. Way to go!

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  5. Congratulations on 100! We like you! We like you! ;) Love the baby fairy- would love one of my own...

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  6. Wow! Congrats on 100 Followers! I hope you enjoyed your little "blog break", and I have to say I'm glad to see you back :) And how cute is that baby fairy?! My daughter is all about fairies lately, and I know she would love it. Thanks for the chance at winning it!

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  7. Oh man. I'd really like to win this one. Beware fellow followers. I'm very persistent!! Congrats on 100 followers. I hope to achieve that someday myself!!

    Stephanie
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  8. I think you made the right decision to step out of the show--although I'm sure the things you would have made would have been beautiful, you'll save yourself a lot of stress.

    No need to thank me for keeping you on my blogroll. I love your blog; it's honest and real. Keep up the good work. :)

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  9. Lucky duck! I've had my blog for going one
    2 yrs with um, let's see 7 followers?!! Hahaha! How bout' you follow me??!! I do enjoy your blog lot's though. . .

    ~Samantha

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  10. Yes...I'd love to win! One less thing I'd have to make at Christmas...and I mean Robin could just drop it off on his way to work ;)
    xo maureen

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  11. too cute, had to pop back again xx all love xx

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  12. Think of the money you'd save on shipping if I won!?!
    enter me again!
    xo maureen

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  13. I get to enter again! HA!

    Stephanie :)
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh, good strategy, Maureen! Robin could drop it off at Maureen's, and I could pick it up on *my* way to work. Wait, that's silly - Robin could just drop it off to me *at* work!

    Here's to the freedom of saying, "Yes...later" :-)

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  15. Really like the fairy, so am entering again. Will come and pick it up too if I have to :)

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  16. I have been enjoying your blog. I especially like that you discuss comprises many of us have to make just to ... make it.

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  17. I've had to pull out of a Craft fair before too...better safe than sorry and what a weight lifted, eh?
    Baby Fairy is super cute....
    xo

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  18. Congrats on making it to 100! That's awesome!!!

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  19. Before you know it, you'll be hitting 500!! I will try to remember to post every day for the little fairy. My daughter would love it!

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  20. Welcome back and congratulations! I really do love your blog and Lily would love the fairy!

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  21. Entering again! I'm going to be persistent...until I get a fairy of my very own!
    xo maureen

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  22. Another day, another entry. I'm giving Maureen a run for her money :)

    Stephanie
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  23. I'd love to give this toy to my wee one. I think she'd love a fairy!

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  24. I want a fairy. I want a fairy. I want a fairy.

    Hugs,
    Stephanie :)

    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  25. Darn it, I missed entering yesterday. But I still really really want a beautiful Stephanie-made baby fairy :-)

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  26. Yeah. It's me again. And I'm going OOT with questionable internet connections but I will do my VERY best to enter tomorrow and Sunday too. I want a FAIRY!!!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  27. oh i love it all!!!! and congrats on being such an excellent blogger...so happy i found you, or you found me! LOL

    xoxoxo

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  28. Happy 100th! You are so creative. Love the baby fairy! Did you ever get my link for pool noodle cupcakes? If so, hope that they worked out.

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  29. You are a mighty talent! I will write more to you one day soon. I definitely hope to win a fairy made by your hands. Thank you for keeping this blog.

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  30. Lovely work. I have two little "fairies" of my own, who would love to love her...

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  31. am loving it, loving it, loving it xxx

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  32. My first time to your blog and I stumble on a giveaway...how fortunate is that? Also I love your writing style and humor. We've all been there so we know the exact feeling you are describing.
    Now I am going out to collect our own chicken eggs. Don't you love the country? We do!

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  33. Yes, happy 100th! I'm not the least bit surprised that you got to 100 so quickly :-)

    Today, I'm going to say YES to winning a gorgeous lovingly made-with-great-talent baby fairy!

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  34. I have my fingers crossed...feeling lucky!
    Can I come pick apples on Monday? I could pick up my fairy at the same time?? ;)
    xo maureen

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  35. I'm out of town and I still want a fairy!!

    Stephanie :)
    www.simplicitymom.blogspot.com

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  36. Thanks for the shout out, of course we understand!

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