Thursday, December 19, 2013

Happy Blogiversary!


One year ago, I wrote & published my 1st ever "post". I talked about a lot of "change" in that first post and it was probably a little confusing to some. I believe I said, Change is good...change is bad... Well, a year the wiser, I can say that change is good...change can be hard, but the results can be good!

Now 16 years in this industry: a shopowner for 9 years, finisher for 7, design partner for 5, and now solo designer for 1, I feel as if I am constantly changing...and, while the change has been hard at times, the results have been great! (and for those of you doing the math...a few of those jobs have overlapped!)

What I didn't realize, but certainly should have, was the huge amount of change that would happen in my personal life as well. I won't go into details, and if you have been following me, you already know all about me...and will certainly hear more about life in the year to come!

Now on to the celebration! I've got a fun Blogiversary giveaway: a Spring Bud kit from yours truly (includes everything you need to stitch a sweet little cushion!), a kelly rae roberts bookmark, a custom made Journal from artist Michelle Palmer (you have to check out her etsy shop), and some fun snowflake ornaments - it can snow anywhere with these!

 
How do you win this? Just leave a comment on this blogpost. It is not necessary to follow (but I do several giveaways throughout the year). You are welcome to visit my facebook page as well. I keep that page hopping with lots of pictures! (https://www.facebook.com/handsondzn)
 
I will choose the winner by random number generator on Sunday, December 22nd at midnight (cst)
and post the winner's name on Monday. Be sure to check back to I can get the winners address.  
 
How about one more giveaway? I designed this little guy for Cindy of FanciMats & More last summer for her shop hop & have distributed it at other getaways. I thought it was time he made a debut for everyone!
 
(BTW Cindy is just one of the terrific people in this industry. Someday I hope to get to her store in CO & visit her Mom's studio...haha. I usually visit with "Mom" at markets to talk finishing and we joked one year about our studios...mine was in the basement and hers was the laundry room!)
 

Click here for a printable pdf. http://www.handsondesign.biz/snowman_comp.html

Thanks for the like, for the follow, for the comment, for the year. The next one is already setup to be a busy, design filled year!

Happy Stitches,
Cathy



 

25 comments:

  1. Happy 1st year, Cathy! It's been great reconnecting with you this past year. Cheers for you and your blog!
    ~Hugs, Anne

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  2. Happy blogoversary!!

    What a cute little snowman! Thank you!

    Also, please enter me in your contest.

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  3. Happy 1st year blogoversary.......hope you have many more! I would love to make the little cushion. I think I would enjoy living where there were snowflakes year-round. Thank you for the chance to win these lovely gifts.

    Paula

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  4. Happy Blogiversary Cathy! I can't wait to see what you come up with over the next 12 months!! And I love the freebie, thank you, will print it now. Hmmm, I know someone who is amazing at finishing snow globes…. ;-) Congrats to whomever wins your drawing. (I could only win if I were the only one entered!). :-) And Merry Christmas!!!

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  5. Congratulations on your first year ! I would love to be included in your giveaways. I love your designs.

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  6. Happy blogoversary!! I'm always glad when I find a new blog on cross stitch. Please enter me in your contest.

    pat

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  7. Happy Blogiversary!!!
    Congrats!
    Please enter my name for the drawing.
    Thank you also for the cute Snowman!
    Marilyn

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  8. Just saw your post on the 123MB and found your blog; love it! I've added it to my blog list, so I'll be watching for new posts. :)

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  9. Thanks so much for the cute chart. I love snowmen.
    Happy Blogiversary!

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  10. Congrats on your first blogiversary! Would love to win, of course. Thanks so much for the freebie...what is winter w/o a snowman?

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  11. Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for the freebies. What a Merry Christmas pressie! Please enter me in your drawing...and thank you for that!

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  12. Congrats on your Blogiversary! Thanks for sharing your freebie!

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  13. Happy Blogiversary .
    I'd love to be entered in your giveaway , please .
    Thank you and Merry Christmas xxx

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  14. Happy Blogiversary! Thank you for offering this giveaway, and for your freebie patterns!

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  15. Happy Blogversary, Cathy! Is that snowman the one you had at PALS? It's adorable. I'd like to be included in your giveaways. I always say change is good. :) Even if we don't like it, lol.

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  16. Happy Blogversary! Thanks for the snowman - he is cute! Pleases enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!

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  17. Cathy, Wow! 1 yr congratulations on the blog and all your other accomplishments. Thanks for a chance at giveaway.

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  18. It would be an honor to be included in your gift away! Happy Bloggerversary!

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  19. Wow a year already? It has gone fast and you have had fun I know, the changes were good and the boys are doing great it appears so life is GOOD! Have a wonderful Christmas....

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  20. I especially like the new series in "Cross Stitch & Needlework"! would love to win.....best wishes in 2014

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  21. Happy 1st year Cathy, I don't know where the year went, but it flew. I would love to enter your giveaway. My embroidering is what helps keep me going. Have a wonderful day. Merry Christmas. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

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  22. Congrats on your 1st year Kathy...time sure does fly. Does not seem like it has been a year already. You have gone thru a lot of changes but seems like it is all working out for the best of you. Here's to another great year ahead for you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !

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  23. Congrats on your blogiversary Cathy!
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Hapyy New Year!

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  24. I would love to win a little gift to myself for Christmas! Everyone else is taken care of - I just have to wrap everything tomorrow. Thank you so much for the giveaway! Merry Christmas!!
    ChrisTea
    botm2@yahoo.com

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  25. Happy 1st blogiversary Cathy!! One year, where did the time go? Ummm...let's see designing, stitching, finishing, traveling, etc etc.....I hope that every day until the next one will be filled with only good things for you!!
    Connie in Omaha
    connieblue@cox.net

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