Thursday, June 17, 2010

100+ Followers = A Giveaway!!!


Well, would you look at that? I have 100+ followers. When I started this blog two years ago, I didn't really expect anyone to want to follow it.

Initially, this space was just a way to keep myself focused on my sewing. My projects were photographed on a dress form and it was a long time before I was ready to put myself in the pictures. When I finally did start photographing myself, I made a concentrated effort not to put too much thought into my photos. Mostly I'd just get up from the sewing table, put on some shoes, pull my hair back and snap a few quick shots. I think I was worried that it would seem self-centered to try to look too put together. That, and I was afraid that I'd be ridiculed for getting things wrong era-wise or not being enough of a super-fabulous pin-up type girl.

Then I discovered so many other vintage and sewing blogs where people do write about their lives, or how sewing and wearing vintage makes them feel, and blogs in which people are brave enough to just do simple daily outfit posts. I have been SO inspired by the vintage and sewing blogging communities. You've helped me to put a little more of myself in the picture, literally, and I've begun to write about other things in my life besides sewing (although I'm still shy). It's been surprising and wonderful to discover that there is so much support out there for this silly little hobby/lifestyle of ours. Seems like we all want each other to succeed. How cool is that?

I want to thank you all for supporting me and for supporting each other. Y'all have been nothing but nice to me and its been great. In the future I vow to do better at responding to your comments and I might even try to post more than once a week.

Now for the giveaway!

I will be giving away everything you see here: a raspberry brooch, a pair of bamboo hoop dangle earrings, and a pretty red garrison cap (all made by me), as well as this lovely pattern.

The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere, with a proper mailing address, and ends June 23rd at midnight PDT. Simply comment on this post to enter. I'll draw one name at random and post the result on Thursday June 24th. Good luck!

33 comments:

  1. the cutest little hat, maybe i will win...

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  2. Congrats on reaching 100+ followers! I love your blog! Count me in for the giveaway!

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  3. Congrats on the followers! =D What a lovely giveaway. And I love the picture of you - very cute.
    -Andi x

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  4. Oh, I love it all! Especially the garrison cap! Pick me! :)

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  5. Oh man, that hat is adorable! I'll try my luck. Thanks for running the giveaway, and congratulations on your blog milestone!

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  6. You have a lovely blog. Keep sharing yourself with the world.

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  7. Ooo terrific! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  8. Thanks for sharing your sewing adventures with us!

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  9. Congrats on your milestone!! Enter my name in the hat please! I just reached 300, so be sure to pop over and enter my giveaway too! xoxo
    http://vavoomvintage.blogspot.com

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  10. Hi Gabriella,
    I have always enjoyed your blog. I find it truly inspiring. I do love your style. It just seems you are having fun when you post your latest. Keep up the fantastic work. I look forward to seeing more of your creations.
    Angela.

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  11. Congrats on your followers!!! Sometimes when I read your blog, I think maybe sewing isnt so hard!!

    Patti Darling xxxx

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  12. I just want you to know that exactly what you said is how I feel, and I never thought of it that way untill reading your post. Your blog has been a source of sewing mojo many times and inspiration as well as a kick to get me to start blogging once again. Love your creations and love that hat! The pattern is quite a gem such an outlandish over skirt for entertaining I would make it up with out the pockets so I wouldnt look like a crazy lady. Whats the point of huge pockets if all your guests are going to be aware of whats weighing down your skirt apron but its still amazing!

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  13. Congrats on reaching 100 followers!
    Count me in on your lovely giveaway - I love raspberries! :)

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  14. you look amazing in this photo! i love that you have over 100 followers!!! :)

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  15. Congrats, I found your blog through one of the Vintage Queens blogs. I'm new to dressmaking and I find your blog fun to read. It has actually given me a little more confidence when sewing, even when you admit to mistakes.

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  16. Congrats! Super sweet giveaway :-)

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  17. cool bananas,I'm in...(love the brooch especially)

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  18. congrats to you! what a fun giveaway!

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  19. CONGRATS Grabiella!!!!!!!!! 100 followers!!..in fact right now you have 109 !! Cool!!!
    Your give away is just great!! .....I hope the size of the pattern fits me!! hehehe.......BECAUSE I AM GONNA BE THE WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I know all I need to enter to the contest is to leave a message but I'm gonna post about it in my blog! =)

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  20. Congrats on 100 followers. Love the giveaway, especially the cute pattern.

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  21. Congratulations! I love to read your blog!

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  22. As someone with 3 followers, I heartily congratulate you. I hope one day to have 100.
    And as someone who finds it hard to put herself in the picture (my makeup isn't right, my bottom is too big, etc.), I find hope in your journey.
    And you look so cute in that outfit! I love it.

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  23. Congrats on the hundred! I always do like your blog, and I have always loved the fact you're not worried about being SO period correct.

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  24. What a nice set of things - love that pattern - please count me in

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  25. You have such a cute, dapper little blog! Can you do some sewing how-tos on some vintage clothes you make?

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  27. Congratulations on 100+ followers! And what a terrific giveaway - please count me in ;) Thank you for offering those adorable goodies!

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  28. Awesome blog - you inspire me to fire up my 1940's Singer. I also like that you plan on getting a tattoo of the Anne Adams pattern logo - I have it tattooed on my ankle.

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