Sunday, January 22, 2012

We Have A Winner!

What a crazy, wonderful week it's been!  New followers, old friends, and such an outpouring of support for this blogger's first blogiversary!  Thank you all so much for your kind words and sentiments.  I know that in my last blog I said you had to post to be entered.  However, you need to know that I have dear friends and supporters who, for whatever reason, find themselves unable to post and therefore send me email on a weekly basis to comment on my postings.  Then there are the friends who faithfully comment on Facebook, or mention my blog when they meet me out and about.

How can I possibly exclude those dear people?  I know you bloggers would agree with me that they need to be included!  So include I did, and wound up with a list which combined all of the above. Names were added to the list in the order received.

  1. Trisha G
  2. Nancy R
  3. Linda S
  4. Roberta S
  5. Lynn L
  6. Sandy B
  7. Judy H
  8. Judy H - FB
  9. Nancy W.
  10. WW
  11. Mary K
  12. Karen F 
  13. Kasia
  14. Kasia
  15. Lorraine - FB
  16. Martha
  17. Soccer Mom
  18. Incipient Wings
  19. Denise
  20. Karey-Ann
  21. Karey-Ann - FB
  22. Tee
  23. Tee
  24. tmc480
  25. Fran
  26. ryanac32
  27. Kathy
  28. Valarie
  29. Sandra K 
  30. Elysia
  31. Ashley T 
  32. Anonymous
  33. Terri
  34. Judith
  35. Laurie

Daughter Melissa hit the RNG button

So, without anymore blathering....our winner is the sweet KASIA.  Congratulations, me as soon as you can with your snail mail addy.   I've posted the RNG at the end of the blog since it's format is creating crazy things when I type.

This giveaway was so exciting for me and I'm so thankful for ALL of you.  I wish I could send each of you a gift, but instead I will have more giveaways...hmmmm, this one generated more followers, and I think "100" is a great benchmark number, so maybe that would be a good time to have another!  Spread the word and let's get to 100!!

In the meantime, I've got some swaps to share with you...
Tee is having a lot of great swaps on her blog.  The first is a Tag A Month and here's the sweet January tag I received from Denise

And here's the one I sent to Denise...

Tee's next swap was Vintage ATC and I received this charming one, and all those goodies, from Elysia

And the one I sent to Elysia....

Tee offered a Stick Pin Swap with holder and, sadly enough, I was so excited to send my pins and holder off to Elisabet, that I forgot to take pictures of it!!  But, here's what dear Elisabet sent to me...
3 lovely stickpins with a tag holder...

and goodies to boot!

Wendy holds a monthly swap and January's theme was World of Jane Austen.  I received a darling Jane Austen ATC from dear Laura, and look at those darling altered pins she gifted me...

Here's what I sent to Laura...

I'm sending off some swaps this week (and I've taken pix of them!!) but I can't reveal yet as they have to get to their new owners.

However.....if you're still with me, let me share with you the FANTASTIC swap our Tucson Swap Queens shared this past Tuesday night.

Queen Debbie hosted for us at her beautiful home
isn't she the cutest grandma Queen you ever saw?
the remaining Queens brought yummy dishes to share and we had a royal feast!

see the cards on the table?  Explanation to follow!

But the best part of the evening was really our swap.  The challenge was to decorate a 6"x9" white envelope and stuff with lots and lots of good stuff.  Everyone was assigned a number and you had to represent your number in some way, on the outside of the envie.

After dinner, Debbie took those cards from the table (each had a number) and we got to choose the appropriate envelope....
I created envelope number 4, which Geri chose...

 fabric covered back
And here's some of the goodies inside!
of course I had to put the littles in envies too

which held these....

and these....

and these!
I chose...

which was the creation by the lovely Laura, who was sick...poor baby....and couldn't attend
bursting at the seams!

had to show you first this gorgeous fabric!!

vintage post cards

dates ranging from 1909 - 1951....and still just needing a 1 cent stamp!

Well, sweet friends, that about does it for me this week.  Next Monday I will be in Anaheim for the CHA Winter Show, so I won't be home to visit with you.  I promise a smashing post the following week with lots of pix from the show and all the latest and greatest being launched in the craft, hobby, and art industry.  I'm a newbie, never having been before, so it should be a blast.  More to come....

Thanks again for the most wonderful year.  I will officially begin my "new year" on January 28th and I know it will be fahbulous!!
Be good and keep the blogfires burning!

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Unknown said...

Thank you dear Karen, so much for this wonderful giveaway!!!! Im SO SO SO happy! :D Give your girl a hug for pulling that number, 13 always works for em! :)
Looks like you had an eventful week! The food and the swaps look delicious! (yes, the swaps do too) :)
Again, thank you so much for this great giveaway once again!


Fran. said...

Good morning Karen! Congrats to Kasia!! How blessed you are to have a swap group that you are able to do things with!! I would love to have that around here!! It looks like so much fun!! That is why I like being part of Tee's group!! Have fun at you new adventure!! XO Love, Fran.

lynn said...

congrats kasia... karen is such a sweetie... her blog is such fun every monday.
karen.. wow i wish i lived closer and was able to have a crafting party like that.. and love all the creativity.. those envelopes looked so yummy!!! great job..
and i hope you have such fun on your cha trip... lucky you getting to see all the goodies we will just have to have.. :)
have a great week .. big hugs
lynn l

~*~Patty S said...

Congratulations on your first year dear's to many many more

Lovely new blog design and so much eye candy

thank you for sharing

Mixed Media/ Altered Crafts said...

Karen You Gals Know How To Have Fun! And Who Are The Chefs Cooking The Wonder Food? Wish I Was There! Lol. Hugs,Tee

Trishia said...

Karen, merci beaucoup for visiting my blog and thanks for the healing prayers. your tucson group sure looks like a lot of fun:) i keep thinking i need to start spending my winters in AZ!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said... looks like you have been having some fun!!

Denise said...

Thank you for including my tag.I get so busy in making my gift swaps that I never take photos of what I make.So sorry that a tip of the snow flake came off-Well ,now it can be shabby chic.This post was amazing with all the wonderful photos of fun gifts.How nice to be able to get together with other bloggers for a REAL party.Your winner I'm sure is thrilled.God Bless Denise

Electra said...

Hi Karen, I can't find any way to email you-we are swap partners for this month's Blissful-could you please email me at and we'll exchange addresses?

Laura B said...

I love looking at your pictures! I'm so glad you liked what I sent. *hugs*

Lori Anderson said...

OH MY GOODNESS. I just want everything in your photos. Your daughter is gorgeous, too!

New follower!