So, as it turns out, patience has never been a real strong characteristic of mine. And usually my impatience level doesn't result in anything good for anybody...but today, it does!
You see, for my 1000th post I was going to do something I have never done before on this ol' blog. History was going to be made and YOU were all going to be a part of it. But as I was making plans for this milestone (well in advance)...well, I just couldn't wait till I hit 1000 posts.
So I figured I'd celebrate at 950 posts! No reason why that can't be just as exciting of a milestone...right? (And even that I was itching to reach - you may have noticed me being a bit more post-happy than usual in the past couple of weeks!)
In honor of this grand occasion, I am hosting my very first blog give-away! Yup, that's right. It's never been done before on this website. You are all part of history!
So what am I giving away, you might be wondering? Well, I'm glad you asked. But first things first; I need to take care of some logistical business. I'll try to be brief, but sometimes I can be known to be a bit long-winded in my explanations of things! Besides, since this is my first give-away, I want to be sure I've covered all the bases!
#1: Only one entry per person. I'm not making you jump through any hoops of doing different tasks to increase your number of entries. You don't have to tweet it, blog about it, or "like" anybody's page in order to enter or get extra entries. You. Are. Welcome.
#2: In fact - further to #1 - not only do you not have to tweet it, blog it, or facebook it...please DO NOT do any of those things. I have two reasons for that. First of all, even though this blog is public and it's possible for anybody and everybody to read it...there are certain people who I wouldn't choose to purposefully lead to my blog. And secondly - this give-away isn't meant to be an 'advertisement', so-to-speak, for my blog. The intent is not to gain more readers/followers through this (although I gladly welcome any!), but rather to celebrate my 950th post with the readers who have been with me for part - or all - of the ride thus far; the ones who choose to read it because they want to, and not because they just want to win a prize. So since spreading the word won't get you extra entries, I ask that you respect this guideline and just leave the contest for whoever happens to stumble across it on their own.
#3: You must comment on this specific post in order for your entry to qualify. (Detailed instructions on how to leave a comment will be outlined at the bottom of this post for those who may be a commenting rookie...ahem...MOM!!)
#4: The winners will be chosen at random. Yes, I said winners - PLURAL!
#5: The contest is open until 10pm on Tuesday, August 30th. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, August 31st by 9am.
#6. You will have 24 hours to contact me with your shipping info (even if you think I have it - you must confirm). Otherwise a new winner will be selected.
#7: Contest is open to Canada and US residents only.
Okay - so that was the list of 'rules.' Wanna see what you have a chance at winning? My friend Kristin makes b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l jewellery. I am purchasing one pair of her earrings to give away to one lucky winner, and Kristin has been so gracious as to donate a second pair to award to another lucky winner. Take a look at these beauties! I actually own a pair of the leaf ones and they are my absolutely FAVORITE earrings (and I'm wearing them today, in fact)! And the other pair are actually next on my wish list!
If you don't have your ears pierced - or perhaps you're not sure they will suit you (although I'm sure they would!) - they'd make a great gift for someone else! But regardless, pop on over to Jolie Handmade Jewellery on Facebook and check out some of her other creations. If you like what you see, feel free to "Like" her page - but no obligation to in order to participate in the giveaway. Although, she is doing a give-away of her own once her page reaches 100 'likers' (wink, wink!). You can also find her on etsy here.
Now, here's what you have to post in your entry in order to qualify. There are 3 small things that your comment *must* include in order to be eligible for the draws:
#1: Tell me how long have you been a reader of my blog. This doesn't have to be exact by any means; just an estimate. Have you been reading from the get-go (just over 4 years), have you been reading for a year or two, a couple of months...or has it even been just a couple of weeks, or even mere days? The length will not increase or decrease your chances (as the winners will be selected at random), I'm just curious. And please don't hesitate to enter if you have only been around these here parts for even just a couple of days. If you consider yourself a reader of this blog then you count! Even if you have never commented before, don't let that stop you from participating!!
#2: Tell me what is one thing (or more) you have learned about me through this blog.
#3: Ask me one question (or more) that you'd like to know about me (answers will show up in a future post).
And that's it! Oh right - and don't forget to make sure your comment has your name in it!! That is a must in order for your entry to qualify.
So without further ado - go forth and enter to win in this historical giveaway!! Who knows if/when it will happen again!
(ps: Those of you who are local and would be interested in having a jewellery party hosted by the lovely Kristin @ Jolie - let me know and I can hook you up - or feel free to contact her via one of her web pages!)
And last but not least...How to leave a comment if you are not a fellow blogger:
1. At the bottom of this post, you will see the tab "Singin' With Me". Click on that link to bring you to the Comment screen.
2. On the right hand side you will see a box that says at the top, "Leave your comment."
3. Click your mouse in the box and start typing what you want to say.
4. Underneath that box, in orange, it will say "Choose An Identity."
5. Click the circle beside the option "Anonymous."
6. Just make sure your NAME is included in the body of your typed message so that I know who "anonymous" is in case you are the winner!
7. Click on "Publish Comment" and voila! You have successfully commented on this post.
8. See? That wasn't so hard...maybe this will help you get over your fear of commenting and you'll do it more often!
Good luck! And thanks for celebrating this milestone with me!!