it's 12:13 according to my computer, which means that the big giveaway is closed!
thank you so much to everyone who came by to visit and to comment! i really want to to check out the blog of everyone who commented, not to mention reply to a bunch of those comments, so i'll be working on that over the next little while.
the whole experience has been really interesting for me. i've really enjoyed myself, doing a new prize a day was definitely challenging, but it was so much fun too! in the future i'd need to plan better though, this time around i didn't have enough time to actually go enter other people's draws! i tried to this evening after i got home from the Yarnbombing workshop, but quite a few people had closed their giveaways early! after some frustration (i was doing this while waiting for meds to kick in, so i was grumpy and hurting!), i gave up. i didn't want to comment unless the prize was something that i knew i'd really love or appreciate, so i felt like i was just doing a lot of clicking! and you know, really, that's cool. i LIKE giving presents! i'm the same way with swaps too, i always get so into crafting for my partner that i forget that i'll be receiving too!
i'll definitely do this again, and i think i'm going to try to do some random smaller giveaways too. if asked, i think my two items of constructive criticism for the future would be to have a set ending time for all of the giveaways that's followed across the world, and to possibly separate all the prizes that were kid specific. it's not that i don't appreciate kids stuff, i LOVE crafting for all my friends who keep having babies! but i don't feel comfortable entering a contest for something that i myself won't use either, you know?
but anyway, ya da da, whatever amy, get to the point! who won what? that's what you really wanna know!
so. this is what i'm thinking. the problem with giveaways with so many different things like this one is that people might enter because they like one item, and then win the other one instead. i thought about just assigning prizes, and then suggesting that y'all trade among yourselves, like a blog version of tacky christmas party gifts, but thought that would get complicated shipping wise!
so what i'm doing is assigning winners in order. the first person drawn will get first pick of the prizes, second person drawn will get second pick, etc. i think that's the best way to make sure as many people as possible end up with items that they'll actually want/use!
i couldn't just do random numbers, because comments on other posts counted as chances too. there were 255 entries total! as the e-mail notifications came in, i've been saving them in my e-mail under a separate folder. once they were all there, i did screen prints and pasted them into photoshop files, and then printed them out on scrap paper and used my paper cutter to chop them into little strips.
and then i folded them all in half and put them into one of my cool vintage rubbermaid canisters and drew names.
i'm sure there are more technologically savvy ways of doing this, but i'm a cut and paste kinda crafter anyway!
the Prizes are -
Cheerful Bird Song Vinyl Wristlet
Vintage pillowcase Set
Vintage Fabric and Notions Set
Paper/Ephemera Bundle 1 (with the walnut ink crystals)
Paper/Ephemera Bundle 2(with the gold glitter)
i've e-mailed the first few winners, and once i've heard back from them, i'll e-mail a few more, etc, working my way down the list of names i drew. Once everyone has claimed their prize, I'll post the winners!
In the meantime, i hope some of you come back and visit again!I'm hoping to get a "vinyl 101" type post up soon, since people seem to scared of it (it's not that scary, i promise!). i have some machine embroidery to post, and i realized the other day that i never got around to posting the pewter casting that i did ages go!