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Wednesday July 7th: Getting-to-Know-You Giveaway

Hi Friends!
It's me, Sarah, the other side of The Blog Guidebook and Beautify My Blog! Thank you so much for joining Lyndsay and me on our adventure into the blogosphere...we are having tons of fun reading all your blogs and getting to know you.

A little bit about me: I'm forty-ish, a mother to three lovely daughters ages 2 1/2, 5, and 19, just moved to the midwest from So Cal, and I love to garden, decorate, take photos, make jewelry, cook and bake, shop at garage sales (which are awesome here!), flea markets, antique malls and thrift stores. I've been known to love Target too, of course. It's been interesting learning to adjust to life with two young daughters, and one far away in college, a husband not working from home, a large home to care for(we went from 900 sq.ft. to 2400 sq.ft. - that's big to me!), snow in the winter and heat and humidity in the summer, and being away from friends and family. But I can definitely see that I will love this place, especially with blogging as my companion, it will all work out! My personal blog is (named after my little schnauzer who is a bit different...), where you can read about my travails in home decorating, shopping, health, business start-ups and my favorite things.
Lyndsay and I have had several requests to tell how we got started together...we will save that for another day...hee hee.


My giveaway is going to consist of several things. Because I am a self-proclaimed "dabbler", I am giving away a few it will be a Dabbler Bag of Goodies! This giveaway will include:
1 Martha Stewart Rotary Cutter Blade
1 pack of Christmas cardboard tags
1 handmade rose & diamond clip for scarves or hair
1 collar charm (scottie dog or schnauzer)
1 brand new journal
1 brand new copy of "get togethers with Gooseberry Patch"
1 new copy of House Beautiful's 500 Favorite Paint Colors Spring/Summer 2010
1 unique pair of Halloween earrings made by me.
1 mini cow milk pitcher in white
2 original prints from a 1917 botanical/bird book
1 William-Sonoma Pumpkin shaped pocket pie mold (yum!)
3 Blog Guidebook bumper stickers

Giveaway Items...

This giveaway will be open for the next week and close at midnight on July 15th. All you have to do is go to my personal blog, become a follower and tell me what you think of my blog and how I might make it more interesting, then come back here and let us know you did that by leaving a comment here! Hope you like my blog! Please leave your name and e-mail address in the comment section below. Only one entry per person. One winner will be chosen with and posted the following day. If we don't hear from the winners within 24 hours, they will be forfeit, and a new winner will be chosen.

And the winner is....Callie's Menagerie!!!
Thanks me at
I'll need your address!


  1. What a great bunch of stuff. I'd love to win.

    You're blog is great, easy on the eye and easy to read. One suggestion would be to have a search of your categories. I'd like to be able to look up if you have other gluten free recipes.

  2. What a fantastic giveaway! I have really enjoyed following this blog and am so glad I signed up to be in the guidebook.

  3. Pam,
    That's what I was thinking too! I'm working on that right now!


  4. Hi again! I added a Search box. But also, you can click on "Food Related" in my Cloud (just below the search box), and it will take you to all the posts about food and recipes.

    Hope this helps!


  5. Hello Sarah,

    I have visited your fantastic blog and have left you a message there. My email address is:
    I would love to be entered in your giveaway... whow!!
    Thanks for sharing everything.

  6. I really like your blog!!! I am from the Midwest - so way cool!!! I would only suggest a search button - but someone already said that:)

  7. yes way cool blog, I'm hoping to learn a lot... like getting a menu on my blog!(or search?) Thanks for the totally generous giveaway

  8. Wow... what a fun giveaway! Became a follower of your blog and left a comment over there. I think you blog is great... variety keeps it interesting! :)


    studiojru (at) stanton (dot) net

  9. What a great giveaway! I've been over to your lovely blog and am now a follower. What suggestions do I have to make it better? None, I'm afraid. You seem to have covered everything!

  10. Went to your blog, now I'm following. Can't really think of anything regarding your blog, it's interesting, varied, and colorful!

    Best wishes.

  11. I love having access to your blog here and there. I am a midwestern gal from Missouri living in Maryland. Miss home often. Thanks for the opportunity to be listed in you book.

  12. Okay, I'm back! I just went to your personal blog and became a follower, left my only teeny weeny suggestion on how to make it more interesting which was DIFFICULT because your blog is already very interesting!!!

    Fun giveaway, I'd love to be in the running. :0)

    Bella Rosa Antiques

  13. Here is my name and email ...I forgot to leave it on the last post:


  14. I visited your blog and left you a comment. Became a follower and look forward to getting to know you. Great giveaway!

  15. Hi! Found your blog and it's awesome! I live in southwest Missouri as well, near the Oklahoma line! Going to explore now... signed up as a follower, can't wait to see who wins your fabulous giveaway! Hope it's me - that Gooseberry Patch book looks awesome!

  16. I visited and commented like you asked. You;ve got a great blog and this is a fantastic givesaway!



  17. I recently found you and am so glad I did. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  18. I found you through Karen Valentine's recent post. Thank you for adding my name to the Blog catalog. I found your blog and am a follower now. You certainly create beautiful spaces, so I am sure that your new home will be equally as lovely.


  19. Hello Sarah! Just visited your blog, Different Dog, and left I hope was a helpful comment ;) I also became a follower and have added your blog now to my google reader under the category Where Blogger Create II so that I can keep up with your posts. I'm also adding the Guidebook under the category of Blogging so I can follow all your great tips on blogging. Fun giveaway and looking forward to being listed in The Guidebook. Fondly, Roberta

  20. Hi Sarah, I'd love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway. I'm linking to it on my sidebar!

  21. I have been a follower on the blog and love it!

  22. Hi! I became a follower of your blog & left a comment there. Your blog is sweet! I like that it's about many different things! There's nothing I would change! Glad I found you, and I'll be joining the Guidebook also! I think it's such an awesome idea! Patti in TX

  23. Hi. I posted and am a follower on GFC. I think it would be wonderful if you could post more of your craft items and more of your recipes on your blog.

  24. Hi Sarah, Just got back from visiting your wonderful Blog. Thank you for sharing your interview and look forward to checking out your blog more often:O) Isabel

  25. Hi Sarah,

    I just left a comment on your personal blog. Once again thanks for the chance to win such goodies! :)

    Greetings from Munich,

    PS: My email address is on my blog. :)

  26. Am now a follower and would love to be entered in the giveaway. Am enjoying reading all the info here
    and think this is such a great idea. Thanks!

    Smiles and Blessings,

  27. Am now following your blog as "Beth Stone Studio." Your blog is cute - I would love to see a pic of your schnauzer - I have one that's a bit different too. :o) Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Sarah...I agree with Pam your first comment...I love the search boxes! Especially when I see a tutorial that someone links back to the original source...but they link to the blog and not the I have to thumb through archives to read when there is a search box...the angels sing :) Your blog is lovely however and I enjoyed reading it! thanks for the giveaway. My name is Karen and my email is

  29. I would not change a thing. I left a comment on your blog. What a great giveaway!

  30. i just love your blog,it;s easy to read,enjoyable,very down to earth.your giveaway is just fabulous,i would love a chance to win it,it in turn would be helping a newbie to the crafts world.i do art therapy,due to being disabled,
    but i still love it....
    barbara hopkins at