January 2, 2009

1-Year Anniversary Celebration & Bloggy Giveaway!

this doll was almost as big as me!
Marty, my faithful rabbit sidekick, suggested that I have a bloggy giveaway to celebrate the 1-year anniversary for Cottage Days and Journeys. I couldn’t agree more with the little furball! So I put on my thinking cap, got to work, and came up with a couple of handmade prizes for my readers.

Everyone loves to “nest” during the cold winter months. So these winter-theme prizes reflect some of my favorite activities during this peaceful time of year: sewing and reading.

For sewers, I have created a pincushion with bali fabric in a blue and white snowflake motif, and embellished it with dark blue wool felt, perle cotton, and stacked buttons.

I want to make one of these pincushions for me too!
For readers, I made a set of three bookmarks using heavy waxed linen thread and a hodgepodge of blue and white beads.

two of these bookmarks will fit paperbacks and one will fit a hardback book
Here’s how to enter:

(1) Leave a comment on this post and tell me which prize you would like to win: pincushion or bookmark set. (Pick only one, please!)
(2) For an additional entry, snag the anniversary photo above and put it on your blog with a link back to this post. Be sure to tell me in your posted comment if you have done this!
(3) Entries outside the U.S. will be accepted. However, only entries from bloggers with active web sites will be eligible.

The last day to enter is Wednesday, January 7. Good luck and thank you for helping me achieve the 1-year milestone!


  1. You were so adorable my friend. I love that picture. I would like to enter and I would be happy with either one.I love to sew and read, just not at the same time lol.

  2. Well you are a sweet thang!
    I love the bookmarks but both are equally lovely!
    I will pop it on my sidebar too

  3. How lovely - you're on my sidebar! You know I LOVE to read. :)

    Happy, happy!! It's been great getting to know you, Donna.

    God bless.

  4. That picture is so sweet ~ I was wondering if it was you when you were little and it obviously is!!
    I would love to win a bookmark ~ as I read lots!!
    I am still trying to work out how I get that picture on my blog ha ha ! But will hopefully manage to work it out!!
    Happy first blogaversary!
    Love and hugs Tabitha XXX

  5. Happy New Year & Happy Anniversary!

    I would be happy with either one, but my daughter and I BOTH read, so maybe the beaded bookmarks would be a great choice.

    I'll add your giveaway to my blog with my next update.

  6. I love that pin cushion ( LOL..and need one too!I gave the one I bought from Judy away) This one has such pretty colors!
    congratulations on your first year
    Donna..it has been such a pleasure reading your entries and the pictures are wonderful...like I said once before..you have taken me to places I have never or will ever see...thanks much my friend! Cindy

  7. Hi Donna, Congratulations on 1 Year! I'm a bead girl, so I'm partial to the bookmarks. I've put your picture and a link to your sidebar on my blog.

  8. Hi Donna,

    Congrats on your one year anniversary. Since I can only sew on buttons that fall off(LOL) and I love to read I would pick the beautiful bookmarks. But are so pretty and fun!

  9. OH! I would love to add your snowflake pincushion to my collection! It's just wonderful!

  10. Oh, Donna, it has been such a pleasure getting to know you this last year. Well, I guess we didn't meet until May or June but, oh, well.

    I would just love that beautiful pin cushion. You are one talented lady. I'm so glad you have time to create such beautiful things.

    I'll post a link later. My blog time limit has expired for this sitting. So I'll do that on my next blog visit.

  11. Whew, good thing I started posting again, huh? What a nice thing you're doing! Both items are wonderful, but I haven't sewn anything in ages! I would have to go for bookmarks for sure.

  12. Congratulations on your Anniversary! You have a wonderful blog, Donna.

    I just put up a post about your Anniversary and I also put in a plug for selling your Cottage! It is beautiful...

    I would be happy with either gift, but can you believe? I do not have a pin cushion! Best wishes for the new year!

  13. hello -

    thanks for stopping by my little blog! congrats on your blogiversary!

    xo heidi

  14. Happy Blogiversary! Your rabbit is darling. And the bookmarks are beautiful!

    What kind of sewing do you do? I'm guessing, it being my first time here, that I could scroll though and find out, huh?

  15. I enjoy reading your blog and having you as one of my new blog friends this year! If you are so kind to pick me I would like one of the book marks!

  16. Congrats on your blog anniverseray! Time goes fast doesn't it?
    I would love that pretty pincushion!

  17. I just found your blog via Joan's Journey. What a lovely giveaway. I love both prizes but if I have to pick one I would pick the pincshion.

  18. Congrats to you in East Tennessee from a gal in West Tennessee on your first Anniversary.

    I am a "blue" person and that pin cushion is wonderful. I have taken down my Santas from my cup-saucer shelf and now will replace it with the "regulars" which are my pin cushions.

    Great minds and hobbies go together. It would have a welcome and special place in my house.

    Enjoy Carol

  19. Got you on my sidebar!
    Happy Sunday Donna!

  20. adorable handmade treasures...you are just so creative and you really do inspire me to just take the time to be creative...happy anniversary dear friend, it's been a joy meeting you this year ~

  21. Woohoo congrats on your 1 year! Now how cool is that! I am leaving my post and also adding the pic to my blog!


  22. Congrats on a year...time sure does fly. I've joined the blogging community....still learning alot.

  23. I love the bookmarks. They sure beat the heck out of the blow in cards from magazines that I usually use as one.

  24. Hey Donna!! What to choose, what to choose, what to choose......hmmm....well, okay....I love them both....but I would love to have the pincushion should my name be pulled! That way, everytime I stick a pin in.....hmmm...no shouldn't say that..........everytime I LOOK at it....yeah, that's it....everytime I LOOK at it I will think of you!!

    OH! I also posted your photo (love that photo) and the URL on the sidebar!

  25. Hi Donna...just following up on your question...I did not leave a preference of gifts because I feel like I already received something adorable and thoughtful from you...I make a better giver than I do a receiver...but wishing those who have not experienced your creative talents the best of luck in the drawing.


  26. Happy One Year Anniversary Sweetie!!!
    And Poor Marty!!! He was over at my place...snockered!!!LOLHahaa...
    Happy day Sugar!hughugs

  27. What a fun idea. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I guess I should do something too! I would love to be a part of your drawing and I really need a new pin cushion and yours is so pretty. The bookmarks are cute and my books would appreciate them as well! I'll post a link to your blog!

  28. Happy Blogoversary....
    It goes by fast, doesn't it?
    I'm a reader, and never seem to have a bookmark, so enter me please for a chance to win one. Love the beads.
    Happy January!

  29. Oooo! Got my Internet working just in the nick of time. Please enter me for the bookmarks, though either gift would be wonderful.

    Thanks for all the encouraging comments you've left on my blog while I've been out of action.

    Blessings & Happy New Year!
    Nita Jo


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