Friday, December 2, 2011

Giveaway Time!


Back in October, amidst my days of playing the ‘waiting game’ in anticipation of Sophie's arrival, I missed the little blogging milestone of Homely One’s two year anniversary. Quite a few years ago now, the first blog I ever discovered was sfgirlbybay. I visited a link to it which I’d found in a Real Living magazine and through it, discovered decor8 which in turn led to blog after blog after blog. It became a new hobby and I soon had quite a list I visited regularly for inspiration and ideas. I can still remember sitting in our study, rocking Grace who was only a few months old to sleep in my arms as I read through posts.

One day I decided to bite the bullet and start my own blog in order to create a space where I could share house projects and renovations we did as well as decorating ideas I came across online. Over time, my blog has evolved and changed direction a bit and these days, Homely One has become a bit more personalised and focused on all the happenings in our little household. While I still do read lots of ‘big name’ blogs, it is the smaller ones I prefer these days, bloggers who I have connected with and formed friendships with. I never could have imagined how much I would gain through blogging – I have ‘met’ so many lovely fellow bloggers whose kindness, compassion and thoughtfulness never cease to amaze me.

So, as a thank you to all those who stop by and leave comments and make my blogging all the more enjoyable and to give back a little of the joy I receive through this hobby of mine, I have put together a little pre-Christmas giveaway. It is a package of things I use or have bought recently myself and contains a set of cute herb markers, a butterfly cookie cutter, a CD I often play as background music around our home or when entertaining called ‘Paris Café’, some blue and white cupcake cases, two Cath Kidston guest soaps and a set of Cath Kidston paper napkins.

To enter, all you need to do is be a follower of Homely One and leave me a comment so I know you’d like to be entered into my draw. If you do not have a blog yourself, please leave your email address with your comment so I can contact you should you be the lucky winner. My giveaway will be open until 5.00pm (Perth time) on Monday 12th December.

Good luck and have a wonderful weekend!

28 comments:

  1. My Goodness Amanda..has it been that long already? gosh..and here you are rocking another new baby to sleep ( probably whilst trying to read posts ) ; )

    You have been such an amazing and supportive blogging friend..Happy belated 2 years lovely...heres to many many more ; ) x

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  2. Hi Amanda, what a lovely giveaway. I'm thinking of doing a butterfly-themed little party for Kian's 1st in three weeks (who said butterflies are only for girls??), so the cookie cutter would be perfect. Plus I love those herb markers - just the thing for my new vegetable patch! Vanessa

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  3. Hi Amanda,
    I feel the same way about blogging. It is such an interesting way to connect with people around the world, and it's a fun creative outlet too.
    Such a nice giveaway you have planned! Very thoughtful of you.
    Claudia

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  4. Amanda I love reading your blog. I often get caugth up the big name blogs, but after reading your post I need to get back to the little ones I love, like yours. Actually I really start writing on my own too.

    I love blog reading but I am very bad at commeting. Hope all is well with your grogeous little family

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  5. Happy 2nd Birthday! I love reading your blog as I'm in Perth too! :)

    Julia

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  6. Amanda, wishing you a happy 2 years! Yours is a delightful place to visit and I agree that you are a very supportive blogging friend. Interesting to read how you got into blogging too. As it turns out, my intro was via the gorgeous lady above (Anna and I are from the same mothers group). Ditto your comment about connections with smaller blogs/bloggers - it's like having a lovely modern day equivalent of a pen pal. Happy weekend to you too :)

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  7. Totally agree Amanda...my reading habits have changed and i prefer to read about every day mums and my favs are all Australian.

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  8. Happy belated two year blogoversary! I totally agree with you re the reading styles, smaller blogs are the way to go, much more of a friendly connection!

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  9. Count me in please Sweet Amanda. Nice post too!! Happy 2nd birthday

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  10. I love stopping by and visiting your lovely place and am so grateful for the friendship that we have. Blogging is such a wonderful way to connect with other people who share the same loves and interests. At the start blogging was just about my card making but it slowly evolved to lots of different crafts and sharing my little family's life. Thank you for being so generous and having a giveaway:) And congratulations on two years of blogging I look forward to following and seeing many more. Have a wonderful weekend. xo

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  11. What a lovely giveaway ! If it is open to the whole world I would love to be included too!

    Happy Bloggaversary

    Leah x :)

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  12. Happy two bloggy years Amanda! I really enjoy reading your posts about the happenings in your life and really love when you pop past White Verandah too - thankyou :)

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  13. Happy belated blogiversary my friend! Two years. Wow, it's hard to imagine life before blogs :)
    Aren't those herb markers adorable? Have a lovely weekend x

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  14. Happy belated blog birthday Amanda! xx

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  15. I would love to be entered for your sweet giveaway. Happy blog anniversary! Here's to many more! :-) xoxo

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  16. Wow, two year blog anniversary, congratulations! I would love to be part of your give away Amanda. Have a lovely weekned. ;-)

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  17. Happy second blogversary! I would love to be a part of your giveaway to celebrate the two years.

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  18. I too started a blog when Amelie was a few months old. It was a great outlet and unexpectedly a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers and share their journeys.

    Yours is a favourite. Happy 2nd anniversary.

    Kate
    x

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  19. Paula Kiliçlar (paulakiliclar@hotmail.com)December 5, 2011 at 12:40 AM

    Happy second aniversary! As a new comer this giveaway would be great as I just moved to Turkey and not spending this Xmas with my family. Have a great week. Now I have to read the posts from 2009 and make my way to 2011 :)

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  20. Happy blog anniversary, I would love to be part of your giveaway. Mimi xx

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  21. Congratulations on your two year blogiversary Amanda. It has been a joy to get to know you over this time and share life with you. Please count me in for your lovely give away. xx

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  22. That's so sweet and generous of you! I would love to be entered in your giveaway as all those items are right up my alley! I really value your friendship and love reading your blog and I'm the same... I don't read the 'big' blogs as much but when I get time it's friends blogs like yours that I go straight to :)
    Jxx

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  23. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary as a blogger. time flies! I would love to be in the draw to win your generous giveaway. Jane x

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  24. Oh happy 2nd blogoversary, Sweetheart. I am so thrilled you hit 'Create blog' then so that we could find each other. You are a blessing to me. J x

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  25. i am a follower!!! would def love to win!! :-)

    http://infinitelifefitness.com
    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com

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  26. Please count me in, I'm a follower and very happy to be one! I hardly read any of the "big blogs" any more, too much subtle (or maybe not so subtle!) advertising and so on, I much prefer the " real ones"! Congrats on two years btw! x

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  27. Congratulations , I would love to be entered into your giveaway , so generous . Michelle x

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