Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Giveaway Story!

Many of us in blogland have giveaways from time to time. I love having them, as well as winning them - who doesn't! Since I began my blogging journey I've had quite a few giveaways. They are a great way to make new friends, entice more people to come look at your blog and the best part for me is being just plain generous! I love to share with my fellow quilters! Have you ever wondered what happened to the item(s) you gave away? Are they still waiting to be used languishing in a drawer or closet? Are they currently WIP's? Have they been made into personal works of art? Today I'm going to entice you to find out about one!

Back in January I had a birthday giveaway! Penny from Sew Take a Hike was the winner! Below is a little collage of Mr. Squash (he shares winner-picking duties with Sophie) drawing a name from the bowl, the items I gave away, and the winner! Whenever I pack up the gifts and send them to the winner I always include a few extra surprises - most often one of them is chocolate --- I mean you have to have something good to eat while you're opening the package!

I got the most wonderful thank-you from Penny in the form of a winter hat she crocheted herself, some of her homemade hot chocolate mix, and homemade chocolate lollipops! I must say I never expected such a thank-you!! Penny and I have gotten to know one another much better since then. She lives in Colorado near where I lived when I was younger! I spent a lot of time in her town and loved every minute of it! I enjoy Penny's "out and about" posts which reminds me of all the fun times I had living in Colorado! She is also a very creative and gifted quilter, not to mention an incredibly generous person!

Now I would really appreciate it if you went over to Penny's blog for Part Two of the Giveaway Story to see what she did with her winnings! You're going to be so amazed...could there be another Giveaway???

I have several small sewing projects currently in the works. Nothing is really at any stage of showing, so instead check out this photo of part of my cottage garden from yesterday afternoon. It was a gorgeous day!

14 comments:

Melanie said...

It is lovely when you can give someone a little thank you after they have been so generous with a giveaway. I think it is lovely when you meet new people in Blogland who just click with you and a friendship develops.

Libby said...

Such a journey for that quilt already. It will be so fun to see where it ultimately lives *s*

Love the cottage garden - such a fresh and sunny spot.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a sweet post. I agree it is fun to see what becomes of the giveaway.

Darlene said...

Thank you for sending us to read about the quilt - admittedly I had crocodile tears in my eyes as I read her story. :-)

Mary said...

Candace, thank you so much for letting us know about the "Surrender" quilt. What a nice story that was. And it was so very nice that you received such a thoughtful "thank you" gift in return. Sounds like you have nurtured along a beautiful friendship.

Linda said...

It never ceases to amaze me where our faith will take us. Gorgeous garden photo.

Ulla said...

Amazing story. I totally agree with Melanie about blogland friendships. Your garden looks great!

sewtakeahike said...

I love the flowers next to the sunny yellow house with white trim! Great photo Candace and you just have such a way with words. Thank-you so much for your friendship! You are a treasure indeed!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

You think of giveaways as I do, it is such a wonderful way to meet new "friends". I now will go and read part two!!

Sherri said...

Isn't blogging wonderful!

Carrie P. said...

I just went and read the other part of the story. Fun. and what a great quilt she made.

Quilt Hollow said...

Wow Candace...I'm absolutely stunned and speechless..eyes all watery. I'm truly amazed at friendships made through blogging and stories we learn not only about others but our own selfs.
Sweet little cottage garden photo to top it all off. Nice touch. Hugs!

Mel said...

That's what makes giving fun! That happened to me when I gave Sheri (A Quilting Life) a FQ, she made me a wristlet in return!

I couldn't believe it!!

Lovely garden!! I want to sit and sip lemonade and read a book there!

jacquie said...

i love this story...it's so like penny too...isn't it great how you never know what might happen, the people you might touch with a little giving. congrats to you candace!