Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recap of the Year

Since the year is coming to an end, I thought it would be fun to recap what we've done this year!

First and foremost, I started the blog in March.  And I never imagined that it would grow to what it is today!

In May, my baby turned two and he had a Cars Birthday Party.  My printables from the party brought over 300 people to the blog from Google searches!  



We did a week long course on coupling in May! {Did you know I had a short stint as a couponing/deal blogger?...only lasted a few months.}


In August, I hosted Sew Chic Upcycling Week with Seamingly Smitten and it was so much fun!




In September, we went to Disney World!  And I had a very brief stint on Crafting with the Stars!


In October, This Crazy Blessed Life got a Facebook Page!

And this month, we did a Week of Giving complete with our first giveaway day!


There's been guest posting on blogs like Delicate Construction and The CSI Project.

And the blog has been featured on some big blogs like Tatertots and Jello, Copycat Crafts, and Sugar Bee Crafts.

Thank you for reading.  And commenting.  And subscribing.  Thank you for an awesome 2011!

Tomorrow, I'll share the top visited projects!


Monday, December 26, 2011

Merry Christmas and don't miss out!

I apologize for being absent over the past week!  I'm sure that you all were just as busy with the Christmas festivities as we were!

We've celebrated for the past three days and we are warn out.  But our hearts are full from spending time with our family.  And the kids were super spoiled!

And since I didn't get to say it yesterday, I'll say it today....

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Also...today is your last chance to enter the last of my giveaways from our giveaway day last week!  They end tomorrow morning.

There are still two open!  And all you bloggers better enter for the chance to win a month of free advertising for your blogs on two great blogs!








Monday, December 19, 2011

{Giveaway Day} Winners!!!

First, a big thank you to all the sponsors!  They are listed over in my sidebar.  Go check out those amazing blogs and shops!!

I'm announcing the winners of the giveaways ending today @ 10 am!  The others will come later :)

Oh, and here's how it worked:

#1-3 are comments from Day 1's Post
#4-8 are comments from Day 2's Post
#9-11 are comments from Day 3's Post
#12 is comment on Day 3 from Facebook
Then the comments from the giveaway post will follow.  

Make sense? If not, don't worry about it :)  I'll figure out who won!

And Winners....send me an email!!!!!!

First up... Johnny in a Dress Shop!  Winner gets an one item from the shop :)



Winner is..... Natasha!!  

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Next is....the super cute scarf from A Bible and a Hairdryer.



Jenny @ Seamingly Smitten!!

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Bitty Bundles of Joy with an adorable set of baby legs!




Brooke Kenny!!!!!

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Now a $10 credit to All Things Cute Bowtique!!!



Jenn Houston!!

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Seamingly Smitten was just so generous that she gave away 2 patterns to 2 people!!!!  Isn't she a doll!?!
{And she's getting some good back since she won already!!}







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Next up... Posy Floral Design's super cute personalized ornaments!




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Hang in there...a few more!

Any item from Blessed Be's shop



Briana Richardson!!!   Congrats!!

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Next is a super cute mini nest necklace from Natsprat!





Lindsay Mortimer!  {Commented on Day 3 on Facebook}

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Cute Things in Life $20 Credit!!!

Brooke Kenny..again!  Congrats, Brooke!

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Delicate Construction gave away a $20 credit to her shop too!



Jenn Houston, again!!!  Yay, Jenn!

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Last, but certainly not least...Bossy Sprockets!  She's giving a necklace and blossom bobbies set!



Daria!!

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Again, if you won, send me an email!!!! Or comment here with a way to contact you!!!!

Thanks for participating in this fun week!






DIY Personalized Stationary Gifts

So, I posted this lovely gift idea over at delicateConstruction a few weeks ago!
I know it's still a month away, but one of my resolutions for 2012 is to keep it personal.  With my friends, my mom and sisters, my husband, and my kids.  And the best way that I can think of to keep it personal is handwritten notes.

I don't know about you, but like my kids, I love getting fun things in the mail!  So this year, we're going to do more "Thank Yous," "Thinking of Yous," and "Just Because" notes.

And along those lines, I wanted to make some cute little stationary sets for my friends {and myself!!}.

It was so easy to do...and I had everything on hand!

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{Sorry for the poor lighting...trying to take picture at night :)}

You'll need:

Printer Paper {with a decent weight...copy paper is kinda thin for this}
Printer
Envelopes
Photoshop or Picnik or even Word

First, find some super cute fonts.  I like daFont for free downloadable fonts.  I used Channel and Century Gothic.

Using any program, design what you want your header to look like.  I kept mine simple...and it was easy to switch out for my friends!

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I wanted to be able to get two pieces of stationary per sheet of paper, so I cut my pieces in half horizontally giving you a 8" x 5.5" stationary.  The easiest way to print them is to change your paper orientation to landscape and align this all the way to the top left.  Print.  Insert paper to print on the back and print again.  Cut up the center and you're done!

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I added little envelopes and finished with a cute little ribbon.

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Super easy...super cheap...and super cute!

Thanks to Michelle for having me again this week!  And I hope you guys come over and visit me at This Crazy Blessed Life!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

{Giveaway Day} Bossy Sprockets


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Next up for our week of giving is a cute little shop, Bossy Sprockets!


This shop has adorable jewelry and hair accessories.  And they have a Christmas Sale going on with 40% off!  If you order, use the code CHRISTMASSALE40!


And Bossy Sprockets is giving away an adorable necklace and Blossom Bobbies set!



Entry Options- Leave a separate comment for each one
Follow This Crazy Blessed Life
Heart Bossy Sprockets on Etsy

And though not required, if you'd like, we'd love for you to follow Bossy Sprockets on Facebook and This Crazy Blessed Life on Facebook

Giveaway ends tomorrow @ 10am!!! Enter now!

{Giveaway Day} Delicate Construction

After this one, we have one more!

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This is an awesome prize to win too!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction has a super cute blog and a super cute shop!


This cute shop has jewelry, hair accessories, and more.



And you can win a $20 Shop Credit!

Entry Options - Comment for each one individually
Follow This Crazy Blessed Life
Visit Delicate Construction Etsy Shop & tell us what you'd pick


And though not an entry option, you can follow us on Facebook too!


Oh, and giveaway ends tomorrow @ 10am!

{Giveaway Day} Cute Things in Life

I'm excited for this one!

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This shop has lots of cute things!  Cute Things in Life is run by one of my childhood friends and neighbors and she makes such adorable products :)




And she's giving away a $20 Credit!!


Entry Options - comment separately for each one

Follow This Crazy Blessed Life
Share this giveaway on facebook, twitter, or your blog

Giveaway ends tomorrow @ 10am!!!

{Giveaway Day} Natsprat

I am excited for this giveaway too!  I pretty much bought Natalie out of these necklaces...and chances are, if you will be getting a gift from me, you'll be getting one of these!

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Natalie runs this adorable blog, Natsprat!  We've become friends through blogging and she is someone that I would LOVE to meet in person!


Natalie also makes super cute necklaces and sells them!  She just sold a whole bunch as a fundraiser for her little cousin with cancer and donated over $900 in her proceeds to their medical expenses!  Don't you want to hug this girl!?!


One of you will have the chance to win the mini nest necklace!

Entry Options - comment separately for each one

Follow This Crazy Blessed Life
Follow Natsprat
Tell us who you'd get it for and with how many eggs

Oh, and though not an entry for the giveaway, we'd love for you to follow us on facebook!

Giveaway ends tomorrow @ 10 am!