Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My Very First Blog Giveaway!!!

Where do you look for inspiration? Nature, art, architecture, blogs, magazines, books or maybe all of the above? There isn't a right or wrong answer to that question and the happy thing about it is that it differs for everyone. How fun! Awhile ago, I was given the book Where Women Create and have enjoyed every page of it...over and over and over again. The book highlights the creative workspaces of a variety of women - it's true eye candy and is inspirational on so many levels. Did you know that Jo Packham and Jenny Doh are releasing another book called Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women? (Insert squeal of delight here.) It's due out on April 5th - you can check it out for yourself and pre-order yours today here.

Where Women Create also has an awesome blog where you can lose yourself for hours, if you're not careful. Be sure to check out the WWC BLOG here, or click on their button in the lower part of my left sidebar to visit. They have put together a wonderful couple days in September called The Creative Connection. Crafters come together over a few days in Minneapolis to take classes and enjoy creativity...it's going to be on my calendar; how about yours?

I was ecstatic when Stampington announced that they were creating a quarterly magazine that would feature more creative spaces of women on a regular basis. I've purchased every issue since the first and frequent the pages for a quick creative fix or a peek into someone's studio...a mini vacation.

I'm happy to announce my very FIRST BLOG GIVEAWAY!!! One lucky reader will receive the Spring 2010 issue of Where Women Create (a $14.99 value)! I MUST share this creativity with you!!! Here's a sneak peek of one of my favorite articles in this issue (PAPER SOURCE!).....

Here's what you need to do to enter the giveaway...two easy steps:

1) Become a 'follower' in my Google Friend Connect window in my left sidebar. If you are already a Google Friend, fantastic and thank you! Skip down to step #2.

2) Leave a comment letting me know the URL name of your favorite creative or inspirational blog. I'll write a post later highlighting some of the great blogs you mention.

Also be sure to leave your name and an email address so I know how to get a hold of you when you win!

Giveaway is open to US residents at this time only.

One entry per person please.

Enter through Saturday, March 20th at midnight CST.

One winner will be selected via random.org on Sunday and announced here sometime on Monday, March 22nd.

Do YOU have the luck of the Irish? Be sure to enter to see if you do! Have fun!


(Images courtesy of Where Women Create and Amazon.com)


T said...

http://www.younghouselove.com/ is one of my favorite creative blogs!

PattyMara said...

My latest fav is Blue Jean Gourmet:

She's sassy, funny and her recipes sing with possibility. After a long day at my potter's wheel I love to cook a savory feast, and serve it in my mica clay pottery. Often I'm cooking in my clay covered overalls, a la Blue Jean Gourmet.

PattyMara Gourley

Sandi said...

I am a follower and thanks for the giveaway.

Jamie said...

Happy to find your blog! I am now a follower! What a wonderful giveaway! I love Where Women Create - such inspiration. One of my favorite blogs is Dottie Angel

Jamie V in MT

Jessica Canham said...

I just became a follower and I find so much inspiration on Nichole Heady's blog. Thanks for the chance to win! WWC is one of my favorite publications!


The Prickly Pinecone said...

I became a follower. I always gain inspiration from oneprettything.com

Thanks for the fun!


annie yu said...

i just became a follower :)
my favorite inspirational blog is http://makeandmeaning.com which has tons of wonderful articles that inspire, encourage and invite the creative community to talk about different issues that artists are a part of.

seasecrets @ gmail dot com

Susan said...

just became a follower
love this blog http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/
thanks for the chance to win

Barbara Barrett said...

I find inspiration at http://www.katillacshack.com My heart sings with her recycling of found treasures, and her use of her talents to enrich the lives of others.


Starr said...

I have a special site for you to read if you haven't already. http://www.ihaveanotion.blogspot.com/ This gal, Kelly, is knowledgeable, fun, witty, makes you feel like you been friends forever and fabulous business woman. She inspires all whom she comes in contact. Once you meet her, you will feel she's been a friend forever! Hope you enjoy her site and help her celebrate her first year in business. Tell her "hi" from Starr

Tammy Jackson said...

My amazing friend Ngaire Bartlam in Australia writes the most wonderful blog and shares all of her wonderful creations here: http://scrapblogmebaby.typepad.com/blog_me_baby/


Mags Bonham said...

Thanks for the giveaway! But I can't pick just one:
But I look forward to checking out some of the ones mentioned here.
Mags Bonham

Sandi said...

Hi there! I'm a huge fan of WWC and was pleased to find you and become a Follower! One of my many favorite creative sites is:


Not only is Dawn a talented artist, but she's directed me to many other creative and beautiful blogs that I probably wouldn't have found on my own!!


Lesley said...


Great inspiration here!!

Michele said...

There are so many inspiring women out there. Every day that I get a few minutes of "me" computer time I visit a blog and then visit one of their favs and then one of their's and I am always amazed and awed and inspired but I have to say that the one that inspired me the most and continues to inspire is my "first" - the first blog I ever visited and from there/her I discovered a whole new world of inspiration. Her name is Amy Powers and most fittingly her company name is Inspire Company and her website is www.inspireco.com. I would guess that if you were to contact most folks on her list of favorite blogs they would tell you that she inspired them to blog, she inspired them to start their business, that she was their "first" as well. Her life, her business, her blog has grown and changed over the years yet she has never ceased being real, being true and being inspiring. I once said to a friend that she (Amy) was the woman I wanted to be when I grew up - never mind that I'm old enough to be her mother! She is one of the inspiring women that built this oh so amazing and oh so inspiring community that means so much to all of us....OK I'll shut up now...honestly, I usually don't talk THIS much and I almost never post comments (usually cuz I can't remember passwords)but I just had to do this. P.S. I did become a "follower"

Amanda Howard said...

Just wanted to say Hi, unfortunately I can't enter as I live in the UK, but I've enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to my next visit. Mandy x

hollie chantiles said...


if you don't know jen...and i do only a little from trading a few emails and reading her blog for years...you should check her out. her words and images are so true and honest and down to earth. they make me think and touch my heart and tickle my soul...and sometimes they even make me cry.

lovely page...glad i found you on WWC...

xoxo hollie chantiles

RoseofSharonStudio said...

Mine is Park City Girl or Amy's Creative Side (she is changing the name of her blog).
Amy has quilt alongs, and other artist/quilters as guests. Thank you for the give away!

wndrfl2nt said...

Great Blog, I am now following! Thanks to the link via WWC on Facebook:)
My blog www.papermellie.typepad.com, because of course, I am biased! and another one of my faves is www.abushelandapeck.typepad.com.

DebW said...

I'm a follower of your blog now! Love it!
My daily inspiration comes from Ali Edwards.
She is a life artist who not only encourages creativity but also photographing and documenting life.

Tawnya said...

What a joy to find this blog today. And a contest... it doesn't get any better! Your blog is inspiring, and I have found that I am inspired, frequently by http://rebeccasower.typepad.com
Her devotions to "art" is inspirational to me, as she doesn't spend a small fortune to creat beautiful art. She uses things that speak to her, and therefore, speak to others. Her devotion to her faith, family, etc. is also inspiring to me. I use her list of other artists from her blog to help me, as well.


she dreams big! said...

You have a new follower - ME! How lovely to find you through WWC. There are so many blogs that inspire me in different directions - I love so many different styles. I choose http://52flea.blogspot.com. Her pictures always inspire me to strive for better pictures of my own! Not to mention her decorating ideas!

Elizabeth said...

Just found your blog through WWC and became a
follower. Cute Blog! I have so many favorites that I love, it's hard to name one but to narrow it to the ones a follow the most would have to be....
and of course http://mytatteredrose.blogspot.com/

SherryRoseBella said...

I love this...just came from WWC & am now a follower of yours. It's difficult to pick a favorite blog but the one that is very inspirational to me is http://karlascottage.typepad.com. Karla is so much fun and such a talented artist.
thanks, Sherry http://sherrysrosecottage.blogspot.com

whyte said...

I'm now following you, can't think of a better giveaway than the next issue of WWC. One of my favorite inspirational blogs is Thoughts from Alice W It always gives me a lift! Love her photography.

Ann On and On... said...

I went to bed early to read and found your blog. I am so excited. I have never seen this magazine and would love to read it!!! Thanks for the giveaway. I am your newest follower. :D
amerskine at hotmail dot com

Ann On and On... said...

I love to read (http://helloowl.blogspot.com/) Hello Owl and How about Orange...(http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/)

amerskine at hotmail dot com

Thanks again!

Katsui Jewelry said...

I just became a follower and would probably consider Amy Powers as my most inspirational blogger. I see that she has already been mentioned.


Amy is a person who has a lot of grace and loveliness inner beauty. She writes of her life, her family and her crafting, which is so charming. She often shares "how she does something" which I consider the mark of a generous blogger. Her color schemes are bright and happy and always make me smile. Right now she has many, many women who are doing a Stitchalong to her 39th birthday.

I also would like to be her when she grows up and, yes, I, too am old enough to be her mother.

Mu daughter and I just started blogger and hope you will visit.


Melissa said...

I follow through friend connect.

missavene (at) gmail (dot) com

Melissa said...

My all time favorite creative woman blog is MADE
But I love love love Ashley too

missavene (at) gmail (dot) com

Alison said...

I am now a follower. Thanks for a great blog!

Alison said...

Currently my most inspirational blog is for the Mixed Grill Favorites podcast. Cindy interviews an artist each week. It is great to learn about these women, how they make creativity work in their lives, what inspires them...I get so much out of it.


Martha Carolyn said...

I am following your blog! Thank you for hosting this great giveaway! I would love a copy of this magazine.

I love looking at The Canadian Cottage's blog: http://canadiancottage.blogspot.com/

There are so many blogs that inspire me, it's hard to pick just one!


natalie said...

following - and one of my favorite blogs is The Kitchen Witch - a great mom and wonderful inspiration in the kitchen