December 17, 2009


First, I just have to say a big thanks to my friend Sam who first introduced me to the phrase, "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner."  It's just so homey!  It evokes thoughts of warm biscuits wrapped in a blue gingham napkin, a favorite quilt passed down from one generation to the next, a rocking chair on the porch, and of course that comfort of all comfort foods, good-old fashioned fried chicken. 

Must be near dinner time, because I'm thinking food!  Ah yes, 5:00 P.M. PST, and that means it's time to announce the winners of the lovely jewelry, so generously donated by my friend Iris of Arco Iris and Till Death Do Us Art

Here's how it all broke down:
  1. Holly Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  2. Holly Posted Giveaway on Sidebar
  3. Holly Posted Giveaway on Sidebar
  4. Holly Posted Giveaway on Sidebar
  5. Holly Is a FB Fan
  6. Kys Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  7. carma Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  8. Molly Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  9. Amy Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  10. Amy Is a FB Fan
  11. Amy Did a FB shout out
  12. Lysa Entered by following TDDUA & Rook No. 17, and commenting on fav jewelry piece
  13. Lysa Did a FB shout out
  14. Sara Tried to follow, but had tech difficulties. She's a FB fan, and her effort merrits 1 entry
Using, the first winner was:  #12: 
Lysa ~ Mini Harvest Leaves Trio Pendant

Using, the second winner was #9: 
Amy ~ Tasi Earrings


If you didn't win, hang on there...I'll try to make it worth your while:

I am so incredibly grateful to the 7 ladies who took the time to lend their support to me and to Iris by entering the contest.  I can't even tell you how much this meant.  These contests can be a double-edged sword in that if they are a popular success, you get a lot of warm fuzzies and feel like you've "done good".  If the contest doesn't generate much interest, it can really make a gal second guess herself.  I put out a plea to my SITStas, posted to linkys, put a post on my FB Wall, and even sent a personal message to some friends.  I'm a little beside myself.  I know that it's a very, very busy time of year (an understatment, I know), but something still doesn't jive. 
Are the giveaways worth it?  Am I delusional?  I've been blogging along thinking that I've been writing some interesting posts, giving away a lot of free recipes, craft tutorials, clipart, graphics, and more.  I follow a lot of other blogs and try to be a thoughtful commenter, frequent visitor, and all-around cheerleader for my peers.  I enter other bloggers giveaways, not always because I'm really jazzed about the item, but to show some support (not that I'd ever be disingenous, but you can tell when someone is getting disheartened, and I like to be there to rally their spirits). 

Am I reminding you of the little blob from the Zoloft commercial yet?

Well, blah, blah, blah, poor little me.  A fellow blogger reminded me today to focus on all the blessings in my life.  There is certainly much to be thankful and happy for.  My online "popularity" shouldn't make or break my spirit.

oh Calgon, take me away...
Well, if you've stuck with me through the emotional quicksand above, I'd like to offer Holly, Kys, carma, Molly and Sara a little gesture of gratitude in the form of a consolation prize ~ this way, everybody wins.  Just email me let me know where I can mail my token of appreciation! 


  1. www.tilldeathdousart.blogspot.comThursday, December 17, 2009

    Mama, I just want you to know how fantastic a blogger, and person I think you are!!! :) You are my blogging insperation, and dont let a busy time of year get you down!! You and your blog are appreciated and loved. I wouldnt send people your way if I didnt think so much what you do. :) Your kindess in helping this newbie learn the ropes and your unflagging support has truly meant the world. As I was telling your brother today, your my favorite online friend. :) Hopefully in person again soon!!! XOXO

    To ALL the ladies who entered, I truly wish I could send ALL of you your favorite pieces! :) Thank you for your support and kindness!! It is appreciated more than you know!

    Iris :)

  2. My goodness, I can't believe I missed your giveaway.

    Congratulation to the winners.

  3. Awww...look how sweet you are!! Such a great heart and way to stay positive!

  4. Sorry you had such a poor turn out for your giveaway. I honestly meant to come back and enter once I came home from work (I read about it in reader and I have yet to figure out how to or if there is even a way to comment from there) but LIFE took me away.

    You are a wonderful blogger and I for one appreciate all you post and your comment love!


  5. Aw gee...I thought I had entered, too. Oh well, maybe I didn't follow the rules because I think all I did was comment. You bet I'm going to follow your contests a bit more closely in the future!

    I do want to say that this was an awesome giveaway and the winners well deserving. You're the best!

  6. Oh man! Well, somehow that giveaway slipped past me! DANG IT!! The jewelry is great though and i TOTALLY would've signed up if I'd known.

  7. I thought I had entered, too, but...? Maybe I need to check the rules better next time *blush*

  8. Well, I missed your giveaway- but would definitely have entered had I seen it in time. That said- I totally bite my nails each time I run a giveaway too! It can feel so disheartening when there isnt a good turn out. I've just found you, but I know already you are a top notch, quality blogger. So maybe you just need to give people time to catch on???

    To that end, i just added you to my side blog roll. Those are the blogs I check most frequently- maybe that will remind me to check yours more often! And next time I wont miss your giveaway!! lol.


  9. Congrats to the winner! I feel bad that it took me so long to get around to this post. I've been taking it easy during my holiday break.

    I have no idea why more people didn't enter your giveaway. Sometimes the things that happen in the Blogosphere don't make sense to me.

    I do know that you have an awesome blog that I always enjoy reading. I am glad to have met you this year and really appreciate all the comments you leave on SFA.

    All the best to you in 2010!

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