And the Winner of the 4th Anniversary Giveaway is…

First I’ve got to tell you, choosing a winner was quite a project.  When I laid out the rules for this giveaway I offered you a second entry to telling me where you follow me outside of the blog.  What I failed to mention was to leave a second comment letting me know that.  Entirely my fault.  That meant choosing by random number was out.  Instead, I printed out every single one of your comments, printing those twice that mentioned following me.  Folding that many was out of the question, so they got wadded up instead.  Fancy, right?

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For reference, that bowl measures 17” across and 5 1/2” tall.  My printer is still smoking.  I tossed that baby like a salad, then had my son reach in with one of his giant paws.  Trust me, he didn’t take this lightly – he really dug around in there.  He emerged with this one:

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Congratulations to Maggie for winning this set!

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If you’ve been around for any of my other giveaways, you know how much I hate choosing only one winner.  So, I tossed the bowl again and my willing volunteer pulled out a second winner:

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I’ve already been in touch with Patti and her set will be on its way tomorrow!

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered.  I loved reading your sweet comments.  Some day when I win the lottery I will give all of you prizes.  Step one, start playing the lottery.  I’ll let you know how that goes.

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4th Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Four years ago today, I sat down at this computer (well, not THIS exact computer, but stay with me here) to start writing this blog.  I didn’t really know what I was doing.  At. All.  That first month, I stumbled through some sketchy posts, trying to get my bearings and figure out what I was doing.  A total of 42 people read what I wrote that month, and I think I probably didn’t even know some of them in real life. 

It’s been an amazing ride so far.  I had my first print magazine project published last year and I’ve had the opportunity to appear on some other blogs I admire.  My Etsy shop is thriving, and I’ve branched out to Zibbet and Meylah.  I’ve been the recipient of some amazing opportunities, and I couldn’t be more grateful.  But what I’m most thankful for is you.

Without all of you out there reading this, I’d be talking to myself.  Which I would do, but I’m glad I don’t have to.  All of your comments, likes, links and silent passing through are what keeps this interesting.  To show my thanks, let’s get to this year’s anniversary giveaway!

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Remember my project for Craft Warehouse last month?  They sent my this springy fabric and when I was finished with it I thought it would make a perfect anniversary giveaway!  The pictures don’t really do it justice.  You’d think after four years I’d be a better photographer, but I’m still working on it.  In addition to the One Yard Wonder Retro Bag…

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…you’ll also receive this One Yard Wonder Smart Girl’s Set Phone Case…

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…a One Yard Wonder Jet Set Travel Tissue Pack…

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…a zippered, lined cosmetic bag (which I’ll show you how to make on Wednesday!)…

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…and a reversible coffee cup sleeve.  Surprised?

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How to Enter

To enter to win this entire set, just leave a comment here.  Whatever you’d like to talk about.  I’ll give you a second entry if you leave a comment here letting my know where you follow me outside of my blog (Facebook, Pinterest, Etsy, Instagram, Twitter, Bloglovin’). 

This drawing is open to anyone, worldwide, except my daughter who REALLY wants this bag.  Maximum of two entries per person.  The contest will be open until midnight Pacific time on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  I will choose a winner by random drawing on the 16th.  Please make sure your email address is linked to your name when you comment, or include it within your comment.  If I don’t hear back from the winner by February 23rd, I will choose a new winner. 

I can’t wait to find out who I’ll be sending this to!

Holiday Crafts Magazine Winner

First of all, I want to thank all of you for your sweet comments.  I loved hearing about some of your projects and the kind words and congratulations made my week!

In answer to a few of you, I’m actually a little bit of an introvert in real life.  Even so, there were almost a few strangers who were stopped by a magazine to the face.  And I too thought “At least I can tell the cashier!” but he turned out to be a barely twenty-something guy who would have just looked at me like I was crazy.  The excitement from the people I know, both online and off, was enough to make up for it though!

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If you’re still looking for a copy, I found them at Fred Meyer here, which is owned by the Kroger chain.  I haven’t spotted it anywhere else yet, but believe me, I’m on the lookout.

On to the part you’re waiting for.  I went old-school and printed out all the names, threw them in a bowl and drew one out by hand.  It was the best method I could think of to not end up drawing my sweet husband’s name.  And the winner is…

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Fran!  Look for an email from me in your inbox.  Thank you to everyone who played along!

Giveaway Day 2013

Congratulations to the winner, Katie Avalos, who left this comment:

“Every time I am looking at your projects online, my daughter asks “Are you going to make that for me?” Thanks for the great giveaway. I love the fabrics and buttons.”

I hope she makes something cute for her daughter!

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It’s here again!  Giveaway Day, which has morphed into Giveaway Week, begins today and I’m jumping in.  There are TONS of giveaways, so I’d encourage you to visit Sew, Mama, Sew and enter as many as you’d like before it all ends on May 10th at 5 pm Pacific time.

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If you’re new to Crafty Staci, welcome!  I usually write about sewing and craft projects, recipes and end the week with a round-up of great projects I’ve found elsewhere.  I try to keep things fun and easy.

You can keep up with me at Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’, Twitter, Instagram, StumbleUpon, and Flickr.  I write at Squidoo and I have an Etsy shop at CraftyStaci.

Enough about me, let’s talk giveaway!  Since I just gave away a handmade item for my blog’s anniversary, I decided to go with supplies this time.

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The winner, by random drawing, will receive five coordinating fat quarters, each 18 by 21 inches, and three large buttons.  This giveaway is open internationally, but please verify that shipping fabric from the U.S. to your country is allowed before entering.

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To enter, simply leave a comment here.  My favorites are funny or inspiring.  It won’t increase your chances of winning, but it will make my week better and I’ll be eternally grateful.  Ready?  Go!

Giveaway at The Hartungs

Today I’m passing along the opportunity to enter a giveaway at The Hartungs – and my lens cap pocket is one of the prizes!  Take it away, Sheree!
If you haven’t already noticed – I have some pretty wonderful women on my sidebar at the moment. These women have sponsored me for the last month or so, and are generously participating in the giveaway below! The giveaway opens today, Friday, April 19th, and will close on Tuesday, April 30th. Good luck to all!
Gayle’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Gayle? Read her interview here!
Amie’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Amie? Read her interview here!
Staci’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest // Bloglovin // Etsy
Want to know more about Staci? Read her interview here!
Lex’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin
Want to know more about Lex? Read her interview here!
Charissa’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Pinterest
Want to know more about Charissa? Read her interview here!
Sheree’s Social Media Links: Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest // Bloglovin

To enter, you’ll need to click here  Rafflecopter giveaway, log in and follow the instructions.  If you have any difficulty, you can also enter at Sheree’s website.  Good luck!

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The Natural Parents Network giveaway is also still open!  Enter the NPN Flickr Photo Contest by April 30!

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Natural Parents Network: The Deadline for Our Flickr Photo Contest Is Approaching — Enter Now!
Recently, Natural Parents Network launched a Flickr Photo Pool and corresponding Photo Contest with over $1000 in photography-related prizes up for grabs for our readers!

Many NPN readers have already submitted photos of your beautiful families, showing us what natural parenting really looks like for you in many forms. We are loving the many images that have been added and the opportunity to see the diverse faces of our readers and fellow natural parents. There are almost 500 images added already to the Flickr Pool, and it is turning out to be a very fun way to see and share images of other parents and families like yours!

The April 30 deadline is fast approaching!
Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a fabulous prize package.

Enter your photos into the NPN Flickr Pool from your Flickr account, and favorite the photos you like best. Share the contest, and encourage family and friends to vote for your photos and their favorites.

For details on how to submit your photos to the NPN Flickr Pool and our contest, read our launch post and Photo Submission/Contest Rules.

3rd Anniversary Winner’s Bag

I thought you might like to see what Vanessa B., the winner drawn in my 3rd anniversary giveaway, received.  This was her comment when she entered:

I Love the Sling Bag and my fav fabric is is 131 Grey Hometowns, luvvv that fabric :-) Thank You and Happy Anniversary on your Blog!

I only had a very small piece left of the fabric she mentioned, so after finding out that she likes purple, green and brown, I found some cute options and made this:

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I love how the flower turned out with the stripes!

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Since I already had the fabric out on my table, and they’re one of my favorite things to make, I decided she needed a bonus matching coffee cup sleeve.

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I shipped it off to Vanessa, and this is her response:

OMGoodness Staci, I LOVE It!!! Absolutely Beautiful Bag and how did you know, I’m a coffee fanatic that struggled (hard!) to pick between the bag and the coffee sleeve when I was leaving the original comment for your Giveaway :-) I can’t Thank You enough….Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Vanessa also shared with me that her daughter already tried to swipe it! Smile

My thanks to Vanessa and everyone else who entered.  I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year!

Last Day to Enter!

Just a quick reminder, today is the last day to enter the

3rd Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway!

If you haven’t had the chance to do so already, click over (don’t leave your comment here!) and get your entry in before midnight tonight.  I’ll announce the winner tomorrow.  And for those of you who saw his sweet, supportive comment don’t worry – my husband is disqualified!

Crafty Staci 3rd Anniversary Prizes

3rd Annual Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway

Three years ago today I wrote my first post here.  (Don’t go back and read it – it’s kinda embarrassing – see how there’s no link?)  Where do you start when you decide to jump into the world of creative blogs without much of a plan?  You just do it, and hope it goes somewhere.  Thanks to all of you reading this, it has and I’m infinitely grateful.  I love what I do and I’m happy I’m not enjoying it alone.

Enough being mushy, let’s talk numbers.  Since birth, Crafty Staci has been visited by people from 196 different countries.  Bonus points if you can name them all.  The countries, not the people. 

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Reading the phrases that readers have searched using a search engine that have landed them on my blog is pretty entertaining.  Some of them leave me scratching my head.  But there are a few that come up time after time.  This is the top ten things visitors have searched for and found me:

  1. Robin Hood hat (used for Peter Pan, Prince Phillip, Green Arrow, the Pied Piper and a multitude of other characters)
  2. Fat quarter projects
  3. Crafty Staci (<3)
  4. Coffee cozy pattern
  5. T-shirt refashion
  6. Favorite e-cards (huh?)
  7. Christmas treats
  8. Paracord
  9. Ninja Monkey bag
  10. Paper fortune teller

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On Friday, I’ll share the top ten most popular posts over the last three years.  No spoilers yet, but I will say number one is a landslide.

Now to the most exciting part – the giveaway!  I asked you what you wanted and the majority vote was your choice of something made by me.  Sounds good to me, so here’s the deal.  Leave a comment here telling me which item you’d like to win from the list.  Also tell me a color or two you like so I can choose fabrics.  If there are fabrics you like on my Etsy page, go ahead and leave the numbers.  I can’t guarantee I’ll use them, but it gives me a direction.

Here’s the items you can choose from:

Ninja Monkey Sling Bag

Passport Wallet

Camera Strap and Lens Cap Holder

Luggage Tags

Ruffled Tote Bag

Pencil Drink Sleeve and Paper Mat

Spring Apron

Coffee Sleeve and Mug Mat

I’m also giving you a second chance to enter by following me somewhere.  You can find me lots of places, like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Flickr.  I will tell you, I spend much more time on Facebook and Pinterest, but I’m trying to warm up to using Instagram more often.  Leave a second comment telling me where you’re following me now or where you were already following me.

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Now for the super-boring fine print.  The contest is open until midnight Pacific time on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  I will select a winner by random drawing on the 20th and post the name of that winner here.  Be sure to include a method to get in touch with you in your comments if your email address isn’t linked.  If I haven’t been able to make contact with the winner by Tuesday, February 26, 2013, I will draw a new winner. 

Ready?  Go!

What Do You Want From Me?

Last year, the anniversary of my blog passed before I realized what had happened.  I celebrated anyway, but over a month late.  This year I’m actually ahead of the calendar.  The whole event is still a few weeks away, but I’m scheming right now.

One of the things I’m trying to decide is what to offer as a giveaway.  I really like to give a little something back to you, the readers who are willing to share some of your valuable time with me.  As I’ve said before, if I could I’d send a gift to every, single one of you.  However, until my husband’s lottery numbers come up, we’re looking at a random drawing.

What I’m asking from you today is just an opinion.  A quick click of a button.  If you have a great idea or a wish that isn’t listed here, please feel free to add it in that “Other” box at the bottom.  Thanks for your help!