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Monday, March 12, 2012

Anniversary Giveaway Extravaganza

Well, I promised I would kick off my big one year blog anniversary giveaway today, March 11th. It's hard to believe I have been blogging for an entire year. I have learned so much and made so many wonderful friends and I just am so humbled that so many of you care so much...you check in when I haven't posted, you pray for me and my family, you encourage me when I am down and you are always willing to help...Simply said, you guys are just the BEST and I appreciate that you all take the time to read what I have to say.

When I started blogging I didnt tell any of my friends or family (except the hubs, but he struggles with email and trying to explain a blog to him was interesting to say the least...but he's always been my biggest fan and told me just to go for it...we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary just the other day and I am blessed to be married to a  man who is not only my lover and companion, but my very best friend and confidant)...Ok, ok, I will stop making you all jealous (haha) cuz man, he is a keeper for sure.

 I did have one friend who found my blog and she pops in now and again (Hi Heidi) , but basically I started blogging to see if I had any real talent and to see if anyone would want to read what I had to share and I needed unbiased opinions and since none of you all knew me, you provided me the information I needed....To my utter amazement in just one year I have 298 followers and I am humbled and amazed at your interest in me and my little prim corner of life. I treasure the comments some of made about my rug hooking tutorials and all the encouragement to write a book....I am actually thinking about working on it in my spare time.

Oh gosh I could go on and on about how you all have helped me reconnect to a world in which I no longer felt I had a place. Having been ill and alone so long, you all have given me the confidence to pursue some long time dreams and  I want to thank you by doing a great giveaway. I want to make it really easy too. Each remaining Monday in March I will add another giveaway prize and will even be sneaking some smaller prizes in over the next several weeks and will be drawing winners on March 31st. I will end up with probably 5-10 winners depending on how many extra prizes I get finished. Some of them will stay a secret too.

Well lets get down to business...the first weeks offering is a great rug hooking/quilting book by Polly Minnick and Laurie Simpson...
This book is filled with coordinating patterns for matching quilts and hooked rugs along with step by step instructions.

The rules are really simple..Each day I list a prize, you can enter by commenting on that days post ONLY . I will be adding new prizes at least, every Monday (with those little suprises scattered in too, so check back often) from now till the end of March. You will need to leave your name and the name of your blog if you have one or your email so I know how to get in touch with you if you win...All the winners will be announced on March 31st !!! You do need to be a follower (and of course I love you new followers too). If you want to post it on your sidebar or facebook or twitter or write a post about it, let me know in the ONE COMMENT you leave for each prize and I will give you an extra entry for each place you post. The giveaway is open to all US entries (sorry, but I just dont have the extra money to ship internationally).

Just to tease you a little there will be some wool given away, maybe a rug hooking kit, perhaps some stacking boxes, maybe some candles...I promise it will be stuff you all will like.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making this blog the bright spot of my year. I hope to expand and do more now that things are settling down around here (yeah right)

OK...I gotta go, its late and I am actually sleepy enough to maybe sleep so.....Thank you again for being such wonderful friends.

Grace to you,
Margie

61 comments:

  1. Congratulations Margie and your One Year Anniversary!! I enjoy reading your posts and you certainly are very creative and talented! Someday I would like to try my hand at "hooking." Thank you for sharing with us,,,

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  2. Margie ~
    Time flies when you are having fun!
    Don't enter me this week. I already own that wonderful book!
    Hubby sure sounds like a keeper. Lucky you!
    Hugs :)
    Lauren

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  3. Margie,
    Congrats on your blog anniversary! I always enjoy popping by to see what you're up to! I'd love to add that book to my hooking library! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    Hugs,
    Courtney

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  4. Count me in for the giveaway! Congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary.
    Laura

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  5. Margie~ I feel blessed to have gotten to know you.Happy Blogiversary! Warm Blessings!~Amy
    Ps I'm twitting for a extra entry.

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  6. Congrats on your 1 year and your success. I am relatively new to following blogs but am enjoying it. Like Lauren, I already own that book, so you can skip me as well for that drawing. ... jan (pjrutledge1@verizon.net)

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  7. Yippee - Congrats Margie on your One Year Blogaversary! It has been fun following along on your blog.
    I'd love to be entered in your giveaway...you are so generous! I'll post a link on my sidebar!
    Thanks so much - enjoy your week.

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  8. Congrats, Margie on your one year blogiversary. I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway. Thanks a million.
    pam

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  9. Hi Margie,
    CONGRATULATIONS KIDDO...you know...I think lots of us had the feelings you did when we first started to blog - I know I did. I actually started to blog and then stopped for several months because I wasn't sure of myself - I started in an entire different vein than I ended up doing.

    I have been following you almost from the get go - always loved your tuts and YOU KNOW I LOVE YOUR WOOL!

    Please enter me in this great-great GIVE AWAY.
    I'm posting it on my sidebar too!
    Thanks for doing this for us.

    Karen
    My Colonial Home Blog

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  10. Hi Margie!
    Congratulations on your 1 year blogaversary! I have so enjoyed reading your blog and getting to know you. You are such an inspiration to me~ sharing the struggles of your disease as well as your talents. I'm glad to be a follower of your blog!
    I have added your giveaway to my blog sidebar.
    Have a great week Margie!
    Blessings,
    Jean

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  11. Blogs are amazing things, what a fun way to celebrate 1 year of bloging. I would love to be entered in your giveaway this will for sure have march going out like a lamb. Thanks so much!
    Carmen
    Cardan Antiques and Needlework Blog

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  12. Margie, Congrats on your one year blog-versary!!! I know I felt the same way you did, when I jumped in just 2 years ago...what would I say...etc... Love ya! And of course I would love to be entered! OLM

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  13. Ok...first off...Congratulations on 25 years of marriage...Not always the easiest thing to do, even with your soul mate...Me n hubby are so close and it's been ups and downs for 35 years...Your guy sounds like a one in a million !!!
    Next, speaking from my heart, I just found your blog not that long ago, but feel like I already know you...We all care about our Blogger Buddies, so big hugs !!!!
    You have wonderful talent and your tutorials are DA BOMB !! I say write that book !! and start making folks happy and put a little spare change ion your pocket....lol
    And lastly....ENTER ME PLEASE PLEASE ???? lol
    What a great giveaway !!!
    Robin

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  14. Happy 1 year anniversary. I stumbled onto your blog a couple of months ago when I began to learn to rug hook. I follow you regularly but have not actually linked to follow you. So you actually have 299 followers.

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  15. Congrats Margie on your one year blogversary and 25th wedding anniversary! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the help you have offered to me.I would love to be entered and will post this giveaway on my sidebar.Many blessings my friend.Hugs,Jen

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  16. Margie,
    Congrats on your one year anniversary. I love your work and would love to be entered in your giveaway.
    ELLIE

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  17. Happy Anniversary! Always proud of who you are!

    Heidi
    "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." Corrie Ten Boom

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  18. I would love the chance to win the book or any of your prizes...congrats on the one year anniversary !

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  19. Congratulations Margie on your 2 Anniversarys!!! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. You are such a kind person,and it was such a pleasure to know you through swapping. I will post your giveaway on my sidebar. Have a great week. Hugs,
    Linda

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  20. Hi Margie! Congratulations on 1 year blogging and 25 years of bliss! This is my 25th anniversary year also! Giveaway sounds like fun. I am very much into folk art!

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  21. Hi Margie, happy 1 yr bloggerversary!I love following you blog and someday I would love to to be able to try rug hooking. Happy 25 th anniversary too :) What a fun contest, please enter me:)

    have a wonderful week!

    hugs, Trish

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  22. oops, just noticed it's for U.S. residents only, so just scratch my name off, lol, but i do love following you :)

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  23. Margie Congrats on your one year blog anniversary and your 25th anniversary with your dear hubby!!!

    What a wonderful giveaway ~ sounds like fun too! I'm a follower and would love to be entered in!!! I'll post on my sidebar!
    Prim Blessings
    Robin

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  24. Congrats on year #1----for your blog and #25 for your wedding anniversary. Thank you--for answering all my questions, especially making your blog sent by email. Your wool is so wonderful to look at and also buy. Marie

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  25. Late to the party but here. I will add to my sidebar.

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  26. Congrats on your anniversary Margie, please enter me in your very generous giveaway!
    Warm wishes,
    Kim

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  27. Woo Hoo Margie! I was going to email you to see if you are ok, then I found this post! I don't know how I missed it earlier! I got my project all hooked and discovered that I had navy blue mixed in with the black!..lol...I couldn't tell it until I looked at it in daylight! I guess I can't see squat in the living room, at night! Congrats on your first year and please enter me in your giveaway.

    Blessings~Karen

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  28. Hello? Hello??? Remember me??? Awww...my dear, sweet, Margie - so very sorry to have been so long gone. I just did some catching-up here, and don't even know where to begin....left off at the hives (and having shared similar experiences, know your pain - but Axe - really??? Oh my heck!) So sorry to hear of your FIL and will add him, your MIL and the rest of your family on my prayer list....as well as your son. Wow - how scary that must be. I'm a "helicopter" mom myself and worry when my son is just gone for a weekend. I truly can't imagine the anxiety that must wreak. On to brighter things - congratulations to your and your wonderful hubby on 25 years.....Hope you celebrated in style - and made more magical memories. And congratulations on your one year blogiversary.....Mine was the very end of February I think - but, I'm so far behind, I don't even know that for sure. I just can't get the hang of this "balance" thing. My son is still recovering from his second surgery which was also unsuccessful - another appt today and yet another on Wednesday for a second "second" opinion....Add to it that my mother has been hospitalized twice in three weeks and is now in a nursing home (and, no, it was not fun bouncing today b/w the university, her appts, and my son's.....)....Argh sorry for the rambling mess. Anywho - congratulations....and looks like it's going to be a wonderful round of giveaway madness. Please sit me out....I've not been a very good blogger buddy and feel horribly about that. (And I think I might actually have that book somewhere??? Wow...that's really bad not to know for sure....Now I'm scared of myself...) I will, though, post on my sidebar.....Take good care - and hope your heart forgives me. Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

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  29. Why would you ever think no one would want to read what you write? We all do! Congrats on the first of many years of blogging.

    kathi pinkston
    gayclark69@gmail.com

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  30. Happpy anniversary, Margie, to you and Hubs. You have hit the silver milestone! Sure, I would like to win a "Prize". That book cover is so enticing; could get my juices bubbling all over again for the wool pile is growing beyond reason! Gardening season will put that in halt/neutral for awhile; Hmm? Well, gotta go do some rat, er moth killing. Bye bye.

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  31. Oh, btw, gotcha lined up with my favorite blogs hanging over here in my sidebar. Several readers of mine will delight meeting you with your beautiful 'wooly' creations. Have no fear, just trust, Maggie, and all will work out for the highest good. Remember, there are NO accidents.

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  32. I am not sure if I am too late to enter for this give a way or not .. I am hoping I am not.

    Happy Anniversary.

    thanks for a chance.

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  33. Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary and your blogiversary too. I'm a quilter and curious about rug hooking.

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  34. Congratulations on a year and your Anniversary as well not too many couples stay together this long you are lucky in love
    I would love to win this book I have so wanted to learn to make both I have sew for years and sad to say the only quilting like I had done was a xmas tree skirt and it was simple granny squares thank u for the giveaway

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  35. Hey, girlfriend. How are you? One year anniversary, I can't believe I'm approaching one year either. It has saved our lives blogging hasn't it?
    I'm posting to my sidebar, please enter me.
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  36. Congratulations on making both of your great milestones! I hope that you and the Hubby will have many more memories together and I sure hope you will stick around in the blog world for a long time too.
    Judy

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  37. Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary and your blog as well! I'm a rug hooker as well as a quilter and cross stitcher so I love your blog. Keep up the work on your blog--you are so inspiring to me. Hugs from Barbara S. in Cumming, GA email: bstillma@yahoo.com
    P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!!

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  38. Hi Margie. Congrats on your one year anniversary. I've passed mine quietly. I will post on my sidebar so please throw me in the pot for 2 entries.

    Thanks Felicia

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  39. just wanted to tell you how much I love your header, very cool.
    hugs, pam

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  40. Hi Margie,
    Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! It really is a blessing to be married to your best friend...I know the feeling I married mine 28 years ago.

    Congrats on your Blogiversary! You're rug hooking looks perfect...you really inspire me!
    Keep blogging! I'll keep reading.
    Enjoy your day,
    Leanne

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  41. Congrats on both your anniversaries. I just love popping in and reading your posts. Keep on blogging!

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  42. Congrats on your anniversary! The blogging world sure is a wonderful place!
    Blessings, Patti

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  43. your blog is always informative and entertaining! you have a natural writing ability and you have given me inspiration for my crafting! please enter me in your giveaway... thanks, cindy@ jcheisler76@yahoo.com

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  44. Congratulations on your 1 yr Blogiversary!
    I am a follower, but don't always leave a comment! I Love your work!!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  45. Congratulations on everything, you're doing a great job. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thanks again.
    ronnietall@gmail.com

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  46. Congratulations on both anniversaries! Please throw my name into the hat. I've posted on my sidebar for you too.
    Thanks for such a generous giveaway!
    Katherine

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  47. wow ... i just came across your blog looking at some rug hooking tutorials you did... loved the star rug you showed. I am a new follower and would love to be entered for this neat book! Grownbygrace blog / nurselishie@aol.com

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  48. Hello! Oh please do enter me! How generous of you to have such a wonderful giveaway. Congrats on your anniversary!

    Chris

    homespunhandcrafts at yahoo dot com

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  49. Congratulations Margie on your one year!! That's awesome! I know that it took me awhile to get into blogging, I was scared as to what people thought as well. I just only started a few months ago, and can't believe the friends and comments that I have received, it's wonderful! I do this for myself, as no one that I know really knows that I do this. The support out there is amazing and it's gotten me back into creating again, something I stopped a long time ago, and now that my children are getting more self sufficient, I've been able to do more and do more creating with them - it's all good and getting better :)

    ps. I would love to be entered into this giveaway, something I've always wanted to try!

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  50. Just found your blog! Love it! Congratulations on your anniversary. I would love to be entered in your giveaway!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    Lucy

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  51. Awesome book, would love to add it to my library. Thanks for the chance to win.

    hugs
    cyndi
    jagstitch@aol.com

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  52. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, I would love to learn how to quilt and do rug hooking one day! Please enter me in your giveaway, I am a follower. Hugs, Lecia

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  53. Would LOVE to have this - I love making prim/folk art things, but I need a little help in this department!

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  54. Wow congrats on the year anniversary crazy how time flies and then its always neat to go back and read those first few posts of when the blog started... Please enter me... I love PRIM!

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  55. Thanks so much for the email reminding me to go back and enter each giveaway. Your blog has become on of my favorites. This book looks like it would be great to own, please enter me.
    lschind@pcpros.net

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  56. You have had your blog for a year!!! I'm not even brave enough to start one but I love the sharing of rug hooking. I'm a lone hooker in Northern MN. Kindred spirits are evrywhere! Krissy B.

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  57. Congrats on your anniversary!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. Margie I am so glad I found you and your blog! I look forward to getting to know you and your family! Katie

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  59. Congrats on one year!!! Please enter me in the giveaway!

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  60. hello, my name is lori. lorik30@aol.com. i hope i have all the directions done correctly. i love the coasters and would love to adopt them into my home. i would like to win the finished set as i have tried hooking and these old eyes are not hooking friendly anymore. ha!this is as good as the big lottery.

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  61. Hi Margi,
    I am so glad I came back and read my post. I must have hit the 2 key instead of the one key. So Congrats again. Email is gypsyluv1010@gmail.com. Blogs is countrypickins.blogspot.com. Hugs again, Linda

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