I was so very happy with the response to my “Enjoy Being a Girl” giveaway! So many awesome peeps entered but alas there could be only one winner… and that was Katie from Fashion Frugality! So happy for her because she gets to partake in all of my favorite girly goods! I loved doing this giveaway so I have a sneaking feeling that there will be more in my blog’s future…
I enjoy being a girl, don’t you? I enjoy the support and love that I have felt from all the ladies out there who have helped me make this blog into something that is growing and growing into something that I am proud of. As a thank you to all of my readers (and soon to be readers) I wanted to pay it forward sort of, or maybe pay it around, I guess, to people that I consider part of my online community of ladies. I have compiled some brand new awesome stuff for just this type of occasion and I am hoping that you like! These are legitimately my favorite things and I want you to have them too! You may have even seen posts on these very things! I guess this is my MUCH lower key version of Oprah’s favorite things episodes. So what am I giving away?
For lookin’ and feelin’ like a lady: Tresseme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Aveeno Daily Moisturizer Lotion with Sunscreen and Maybelline Volum’Express Mascara in Very Black For girls nights in: Bridesmaids on DVD For a quiet night on your own: Tyra Banks’ Modelland And to carry it all: Felix Rey Sequined Tote Bag
So all you have to do to enter, is leave a comment telling me how you follow me! You get an entry for each way you that you keep your eye on my blog (Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest) and if you share it somehow? Totally an extra entry. Just make sure leave comments for each. Totes easy!
*This contest is 100% sponsored by me and I just want you all to enjoy being a girl! Giveaway runs until December 17th and I will totally choose a winner with random.org. Even if you are my real life family member or a new online friend, everyone has an even shot! This is international although be aware that Bridesmaids is a Region 1 DVD.
Wow, I had such a good time with all the feedback that I got on my blogiversary! I would like to thank Gale of Wichser Studio, Erin of Petal and Pink, Kristen of Creative Stash and Stephanie of Earth Mama Artistry for making some absolutely fabulous items for one lucky reader! And that lucky reader is…. Ashley of Hudson’s Happenings!
Congrats Ashley and thank you to everyone who entered or sent me words of encouragement/congratulations! Yay for keeping with it!
So I recently discovered Gale at Wichser Studio and let me tell you that I am SO.EXCITED! Her jewelry has got a dash of vintage, a smidge of romance and a whole lotta character! I love handmade jewelry that is unlike anything you could purchase in a normal, run of the mill kinda store… and Gale designs just that! Take a look at some of my favorites from her Etsy shop. They are sure to please ❤ Let me know what you think!
Hey and you know what? Gale is doing a giveaway ending on February 4th, so head on over and enter before it’s too late! Gotta love a good giveaway!
So I decided to make a smocked cuff for the 6 gals that commented on my blog post about my new creation. I have been smocking all weekend and cannot wait to get the cuffs out to ma girls! So if you commented on my blog post, expect an email from me in regards to your shipping address! YAY!
Remember, once you get it, I would LOVE feedback! XOXO Amanda
So anyone who knows me knows that I am OBSESSED with smocking. I will smock until the cows come home. If I don’t have a project that I feel like working on? I’ll sit and smock like others knit. It’s just something that I have found that relaxes me, that I am good at and that I am pretty proud of… and I have only been doing it for 6 months. Anyways, I have been trying to figure out how I can work my smocking into my creations. My first swing around the block, I came up with a smocked cuff bracelet. Let me know what you think!
I chose a fabric that I happen to really like. Peacocks! The feathers are awesome and I felt comfortable enough in my smocking skills to use a fabric that I care about.
So I took half a fat quarter and started working. I used this technique and smocked it in probably one episode of Top Chef haha. I liked the effect because this fabric is a little stiff and definitely kept its shape when I smocked. I then folded it in a half like a strip, steam ironed the fold down and hand sewed the sides together for a clean edge. I measured my wrist and how long I wanted the cuff to be.
I wore this out last weekend and had SO many compliments that my heart was filled! People wanted to know where they could get MY cuff! I told them I made it myself and they were amazed. It was quite the confidence boost that something that I made garnered the attention that it did. So here is what I want to do. I want to make one of these for someone so they can #1 Let me honestly know what they think of it and #2 Have a one of a kind Amanda of Prim and Propah creation! Holla! So here is what I propose. You leave a comment on this post between now and Monday January 24th and I’ll pick someone random to make a cuff for. In your comment, be sure to let me know what color schemes you love and I will do my best to accommodate! Geesh, I hope I actually get some comments on this post!