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Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Mini Celebration and a Few Giveaways

Monday morning I start my new life. My new life as a stay at home worker! I'm officially coining SAHW just for me. I've had my own business for many years, but at the first of the year I decided to give it up and go to work for a company. Self employment can be rough during an economic downturn, and keeping employees has been tough. So, I went to work managing a sewing machine company.
While working my new job, a series of things just fell into place when I least expected it, and now I've decided to leave that job and pursue my first creative love. I design women's work aprons. Not just any apron, but a bonafide, certified, carry everything on you that you need, apron! Not the ruffled fluffy kind, but the stay with me while I work and don't move an inch unless I want you to kind. They are pretty, and they are practical..................which is my mission in life - to create pretty and practical fun things.
I finally found a factory to make them so I can sell bulk quantities to distributors and fill retail orders once I get the store opened. And, now that I have no commitments to anyone but myself, I'll be getting that store open very soon.

So, that's one reason I'm celebrating today. The other? Well it's you guys of course. Back in the beginning of my blog I promised to do a giveway once I reached 50 followers, and then each 50 followers thereafter, up to 500. I know I said I'd give a gift to follower #50, #100, and so on. What I didn't know back in those early days was that you don't know specifically who joined in number order. So, everybody's name goes in the hat. (Please don't ask me to use random generator. I barely have basic blogging figured out!)

Here's the deal....................
You get your choice of gifts. There are three to choose from.
Option #1 is one of Make Mine Beautiful's exclusive work aprons!
Here's a few snippets of what it looks like.

Option #2 is a selection of fabrics from this shelf:

AND, a few trims to match from this wall:

And Option #3 is a Christmas Pack that includes one of these stockings, and a sofa pillow to match! Or, two stockings and no pillow, or 2 pillows and no stockings.

Of course every giveaway has it's rules, and here are mine:
1. The giveaway is open until Wednesday night at midnight, mountain time. The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving morning.
2. If you are already a follower, your name is already in the hat - well, in the silver bowl actually. Feel free to post a comment telling me which gift you'd prefer.
3. You must be a follower to win this giveaway, since it is a follower appreciation giveaway, but you do not have to have a blog.
4. If you encourage someone else to follow my blog, be sure to have them tell me who sent them over in their comment. They will get one entry, and you will get another one. For each person you send my way, you get an additional entry. Feel free to link to this giveaway. If I get a lot of entries, I'll give away all three gifts.
5. Regardless which gift you choose, to win you MUST be willing to post a picture of it in use on your blog. If you choose the fabrics and trims, once you make a project from them, you would post about that. If you choose the apron, we must see you wearing it and give us your feedback on it. If you post the stockings or pillows, you would show us where you used them. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BLOG, you would email me the pictures and I will post about it here on mine.

That's it, Easy peasy. Good luck to each of you. These are really nice gifts I'm sure you will enjoy.


  1. Oh my what a fun giveaway!! Yippee I am a follower so I'm in! Love the work apron but would enjoy any of your precious gifts!

    Blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Hi, I'm a new follower who found your blog courtesy of Brenda at Cozy Little House. I would love to win the work apron! I think that's such a fantastic idea you had! I wish you much success in your business! Patti

  3. Oh Polly, that beautiful work apron would be wonderful! I can't tell you how many times when I'm on an interior decorating job that I have to get down off a stepstool or ladder because I left the screwdriver {or the screws} on a table or the floor. I really should get one whether I win or not ~ it really is a necessity and would make life so much easier.

  4. Good Morning! I have just this morning found your blog-Brenda at Cozy Little House wrote about you and was very excited about your blog, so I knew I must have a look! Wow is all I can say!! I love it and will be reading it everyday! I am so glad you are opening an apron company! I love aprons! I have all sorts and am making some for Christmas presents. I would love my name to be thrown into the pool for your give away. If chosen, may I have a work apron? Don't have one of those! Have an awesome day and thanks for sharing all your things and ideas!
    Deb P.

  5. Polly, you are so talented that I have no doubt you will be succdessful. I've practically been stalking your sewing projects - and I don't sew!

  6. Polly,
    First of all, congratulations on your new endeavor. That is such exciting news and I think you have a winner on your hands!
    Now speaking of winners....I would love to win your fabulous giveaway. I'm already a follower so put my winning entry in the hat!! I love all of the choices but I'm crazy about the work apron.
    Have fun with your new company.

  7. OH Polly!! What a fantastic giveaway. I'm really excited about this one. I'm in a pillow phase right now so count me in for 2 pillows! And fur shurr I will blog about it!!

  8. Hello Polly. I am over from Cozy Little House. I am so glad I came!! Have been reading backward and having a great time on your blog. I signed up to follow you! Your giveaway is so generous and thanks, I'd love to be entered! The apron is TOO FLIPPIN' CUTE!!!
    Thanks, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

  9. It's about time I had an apron, I suppose. I'm a klutz and end up with whatever I'm cooking on me. I am so happy for you, for I can tell how excited you are! And those are the best kinds of endeavors. The ones where we can use our innate creativity, which is boundless! You're going to do great, Polly!

  10. Wishing you all the best! Oooh, and I am a follower,too! You are so creative!


  11. Your aprons sound wonderful. I'm a practical gal, but like things pretty at the same time. Congrats on your new pursuit.
    Living it up at Lakewood,

  12. I came over here to tell you that I posted about some favorite blogs today and mentioned YOU! I am a follower and would love to win the apron! I would be pleased to wear it and post pics! What fun! You are SO sweet!

  13. Congrats on your endevour Polly! Your stuff is fabulous! Can't wait to see it in real action. :)


  14. Hi, im a new follower.I came here courtesy of lavender Dreamer.I would love to win the stocking and a matching pillow.

    Congrats on your new adventure and the best of luck! Becky

  15. I am already a follower, thanks to Brenda at The Cozy Little House.

    I actually came to read about the HGTV episode she wrote about on her blog, and became a follower on the spot!

    I would be SO happy to have the work apron!!!

  16. Hi Polly. Glad to find your blog through Brenda at Cozy Little House. I love all your prizes, but I'm partial to that apron. It looks great. I am now a follower, and look forward to reading all your past posts and future ones too.

  17. I too found your blog through Brenda at Cozy Little House. I would pick the apron. I'm now going to sign up to be a follower as well. Great giveaway!!!

  18. I am here from Brenda's Cozy Little House. LOVE the blog and would be thrilled if by chance I win. Welcome to blogland!

  19. Polly, I know you will be a sucess at your new business. I can't wait to see your store and hope you are able to get it open soon. Love the apron idea and am anious to see one in full detail. Great idea and I know coming from you it will look good as well as be functional. I am a follower and hope to be a winner too.

  20. Wonderful idea! I would love the fabric and trim! I wish you all the best in your new business venture!

  21. Wow! So many great responses. I'm getting the names ready to go in the bowl! There are 74 entries that means I'll be giving away all three gifts!!
    I wish you all could win.
    Good luck to each of you, and thanks for following me. I sincerely appreciate each of you. I'll be back in the morning with the winners.


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