Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling

Monday, January 19, 2015

Give-A-Way #3

The Beatles sang "Love is All You Need".
Love is wonderful, whether it is from family, friends 
or from the warm feeling you get when you
 exchange a warm smile and a "good morning" with a stranger 
while passing on the sidewalk.


Love has so much power.
The Lord said in 1st Corinthians 13:13,
"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; 
but the greatest of these is love".
How wonderful would our world be if all people would abide in Love :)
This banner is part of Give-A-Way #3. 


The banner and these.


I hope that you have had fun helping me celebrate 
my three lovely years of blogging.
It has been so much fun.


The rewards of blogging are so much more than sharing ideas.
It has truly been a journey of new friendships and much love,
and for this I thank you all.


The winner of Give-A-Way #2 is:
Ann of Ann's Snap Edit Scrap
http://annssnapeditscrap.blogspot.com/ 


I will be sending her an email to get her mailing address :)

This week I also made this banner, 


for a dear sweet friend.   


And this banner 
 for my kitchen window.

It has been a very nice week.
Remember to enter for this Give-A-Way 
by following these two simple rules:

1. leave a comment
2. be a follower on Google Friend Connect
That's it!

The winner will be announced on Monday, Jan 26th.

Keep Smiling,
Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

84 comments:

  1. the banners are beautiful! Such a much needed pop of color,

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    1. Hi Laurie, I am delighted that you like it . . . who knows maybe you'll be the winner, good luck :)

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  2. Hi Connie, congrats to the winner of your second giveaway. Wow what a beautiful banner, pot holder and towel you made for your 3rd giveaway! Congrats again on 3 year blog anniversary and what an accomplishment. Wishing you many more years of blogging!

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    1. Hi Julie, I love blogging and I do not see myself quitting. I've made so many lovely friends :)
      Good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  3. oh I sooooo would love that banner for my entry way! thank you for all your cheerfulness during these winter months :)

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    1. Hi Anna, thank you for following my blog . . . I love making new friends. Who knows that banner could end up in your entryway . . . someone is going to win :)

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  4. Love all the giveaways. You are so talented. The banners are adorable! I have wanted a banner but alas do not sew much at all! So I'll just cross my fingers on this one. I'm a follower Google friend connect. Wishing you a wonderful week.
    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda, thanks so much for stopping by and good luck. One of you gals will win and it could be you:) Thanks so much for your sweet wishes. The sun is shining and we are having a day that feels like springtime. So, I plan on spending some time outside :)

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  5. Love your sweet creations.

    I quite agree about love ... love from my neighbor who gave us a door for our garden house - just because ... love from a former student who ran past us on our walk the other day - turned around to hug me and tell me that he is graduating from college in the spring ... love from my sweet pup who is snuggled up next to me on the window seat right now.

    LOVE is simple yet meaningful gestures!

    I forgot 1

    LOVE is my dear friend Connie who made me a special banner - just because. That banner is going to hang on the door of my new garden house when it gets decorated.

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    1. Hi Carol, Oh, I am delighted that you like that banner and that you plan on giving it such a grand place of honor. You are a sweetie pie:) Who knows you could win this one too . . . someones going to win, good luck. I hope that you are feeling better and getting stronger. My Steve and I just started a daily walk, too. Not as long as yours, but it's a good start to living a healthier lifestyle :)

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  6. Congratulations to Ann and thanks Connie for holding these wonderful giveaways. Your bunting is gorgeous as usual and I love the happy colours you've used for the kitchen window bunting, it looks so pretty.
    Ali xx

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    1. Hi Ali, I needed a little change in my window to make me thing of springtime. We are having an exceptionally warm day today and the sun is shining, so I plan on getting outside when I'm finished replying you all of you lovely ladies. It's a great day to be alive . . . here's wishing you a wonderful day and good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  7. Congrats again on your three years. Your banners are just so cute. Thanks for having the giveaways.

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    1. Good Morning. thanks so much for helping me celebrate . . . I love blogging. I've gotten so many ideas and made so many sweet friends. Good luck on the give-a-way, someones going to win and it could be you :)

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  8. Cute give aways.....I am doing one also, stop by Connie. I did not hear who won your 1st give away....oh well, guess it was not me...:(
    Have a good day!
    Louise

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    1. Hi Louise, I'm sorry it wasn't you, but it was Cindy, The Bee Lady From Hilltop Farm. If you have not visited her site, please do, she is a sweetheart.
      Well, today you have another chance to win, good luck and have a wonderful day :)

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  9. I love banners and polka dots...so sweet!

    ~Trisha

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    1. Hi Trisha, thank you so much . . . I'm very fond of polka dots too. When I was just starting school, way back when, they were very much in style and my Momma made me some lovely polka dot school dress. Good luck on the give-a-way and thank you for helping me celebrate my blogging birthday :)

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  10. Your banner and other lovely projects certainly would brighten up these winter days! What a nice giveaway...congratulations on three years of blogging, and thanks for all you do to inspire others with creative projects.

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    1. Hello Jacque, Thank you so much for your sweet words of encouragement. I do hope that I inspire some of my readers, because I certainly get inspired my the blogs that I visit. Someone is going to winner this and it could me you . . . it would be nice to bright up your winter, good luck :)

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  11. Is it only three years Connie? I feel like we have been blogging friends for a lifetime! Your bunting is so cheery and sunny and welcoming ~ just like you :) Bye for now, Jane

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    1. Jane, you sure know how to flatter a girl . . . thank you, I needed that :) I'm delighted that you like it and good luck on the next drawing of names :)

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  12. All your projects are so sweet. I do follow you on GFC

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    1. I am delighted that you like the things that I make . . . good luck on the drawing, someones name will be picked and it could me yours :)

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  13. I think I'm going to dub you the queen of banners. :) These are all wonderful.
    I'm so excited that I'm your winner for giveaway #2. I already answered your email. Thank you so much

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    1. Congratulations Ann, I will check my email and get your prize in the mail this week :)
      I have been on a banner roll . . . that's kind of how I go, getting stuck on a fun project and trying my hand at different designs. Then after a while I get going on something else. A few years ago it was aprons; I just couldn't get my fill of making aprons :)

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  14. Congrat's to the winner!
    I LOVE the red banner and dish towels that you are giving away for your 3rd blog birthday!!! Thank you for giveaway such nice gifts. I hope I win this one.
    warmly,
    deb

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    1. Hi Deb, well you have as good a chance as anyone, good luck. I am delighted that you like it so much, you have made my morning :)

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  15. Hello, my crafty friend! I'm very excited to be entering giveaway #3...everything you make is so beautiful!

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    1. Melanie you are a sweetie pie, thank you so much and good luck :)

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  16. Congratulations Anne, enjoy. Connie you are truly a generous soul to give away such beautiful gifts I hope your winners love them as much as all the love you put in to making them.. Xxxxx

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    1. Fran, you say the sweetest things. Thanks for stopping by to visit and good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  17. Congratulations on your 3 years of blogging. Thank you SO much for hopping over to my blog and following. I am thrilled to become part of your giveaway!!! Here's to many more blogging years ahead!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet and encouraging words and for following me back. Good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  18. You've already put in three great years of blogging. Keep going! "All you need is love, da, da, da,da,da, All you need is love, love. Love is all you need." I think I'll be singing that for the rest of the day!

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    1. Hi Denise, I am delighted that I could put a song in your heart for the day :) Don't let it distract you from your writing . Have a great day and good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  19. I came over from Ann's place. What cool banners indeed and love is a wonderful thing.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Hi Sandee, I'm happy to meet you and thanks for stopping by :)

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  20. Hey Connie - this is my first visit to your place and I like what I see! I like so much that I've become a follower. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging .... and may there be many more. :)

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    1. Welcome to my little blog and thank you for following. Good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  21. Thank you for visiting my blog! and for signing up as a follower, though I don't expect that, but it was nice all the same.

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    1. You are very welcome. I followed because I found your blog interesting. I like seeing and hearing about what others are doing in their studios.

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  22. Connor you are a thoughtful kind generous lady! I love those banners you created!

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    1. Hi Christine, thanks for visiting and good luck on the drawing :)

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  23. Hello Connie. Your crafts are delightful. Susan

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    1. HI Susan and thank you . . . I'm happy that you like them. Good luck on the drawing :)

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  24. Hi! You must be one very busy lady to make all these things! Yes, I would like to enter the contest! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, actually I have been busy. Yesterday was an exceptionally warm day and I spent the day working on our fences. Then today I put together a shelving unit from Home Depot and cleaned and organized the well house. I had these gifts made a couple of weeks ago in preparation for my 3 year blogging birthday. So, this week and last week I have been organizing and cleaning. I think our few days for warm weather gave me a little taste of "Spring Fever". Here's wishing you good luck on the give-a-way, your name is in the hat :)

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  25. Wow Connie, what a beautiful blog! Your pictures really capture your lovely items. Congratulations on 3 years! I have made so many friends through my blog and now I have one more!

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    1. You are so sweet. Thank you for visiting and thank you for following. Have a great day and good luck on my give-a-way :)

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    1. Hi Connie, thank you so much . . . good luck :)

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  27. Hi Connie! Looks like I made it over in time to enter the giveaway for #3, so count me in! Happy 3 year Anniversary/Birthday!!! So great to connect with you thru blogging! xoxo, tracie

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    1. Hi Tracie, I'm very happy that you made it over, and just in time . . . Good Luck.
      I'll be drawing a name Sunday evening.

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  28. connie, your banners, towel and pot holder are just darling! congrats to ann! and happy 3rd year!!

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    1. Hi Lynn, thank you! I was just at your blog and I love your new wall dividing your living room and kitchen. That new pantry that you are building sounds amazing, nice and big. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  29. Hi Connie, not entering again since I was the lucky winner of the first give a way, but just wanted to say how much I love your crafty posts. You are very talented. The bunting is fabulous. Do you leave the edges raw when you make your bunting or do you turn it under? I want to make some at some point this winter.

    Cindy bee

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    1. Hi Cindy, I do them both ways. If I'm going for the shabby chic look and my fabric is medium to heavy, I like to leave them raw, but if it is lightweight quilting fabric I like to made them double and turn them right side out like a little pillowcase :) Did your package arrive yet? I didn't get it mailed until Tuesday, so it should be showing up soon :) Have a great day!

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    2. Hi Connie
      Thanks for the info. It has not arrived yet but I'm sure it will soon. So nice of you to have a give away. I mentioned it on my blog again. You have a great day too!

      Cindy

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  30. You make the prettiest things, Connie! Love the banner!

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    1. Hi Dorothy, thank you and good luck on the drawing :)

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  31. Hi Connie..
    You have made some adorable banners!
    How sweet of you to make one for your friend, also.

    ~K.

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    1. Hi Kerin, if you only knew my sweet friend, she is always doing kind and generosity things for people. She has a heart as big as Texas. This little banner was nothing compared to the love she and her husband have pasted our way. Thanks for stopping by and good luck on this give-a-way. I am delighted that you like my banners, they are so much fun to make :)

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  32. Lucky Ann....and thank you to her for sharing about your blog on her blog!
    What a wonderful giveaway you're hosting...thank you for a chance at winning!!

    I love your kitchen banner...it's so bright and cheery!!

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    1. Hello Marie, Thank you for popping over to visit and for following my blog. Ann is a little sweetheart and how nice of her to send you here. I love making new friends and will be popping over to visit your blog, too. I am delighted that you like my banners and good luck on the drawing :)

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  33. You have inspired me to get my sewing machine out while I still have some time this winter : )

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    1. Hi Michaele, Winter is a good season for sewing. I love doing lawn work, but gladly trade it in, in the winter for arts and crafts :)
      Have fun sewing . . . and good luck on the give-a-way.

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  34. What a sweet banner! Congrats on 3 years!!

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    1. Thank you so much, it has been a lovely three years :) By the way, I love the name of your blog.
      Good luck on the give-a-way :)

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  35. tHANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING ME ...i JUST GOT MY COMPUTER BACK TODAY FROM THE SHOP... I will be starting new projects now that my right arm is working a little now...still in tthearpy but I think working on crafts will help. I love your giveaway and thanks again for following me
    suzan

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    1. Hello Suzan, I do hope that your right arm is better soon. I injured my right hand about six years ago and lost 80% of three fingers. The pointer and the thumb still work very well, and I have learned to do just about everything that I did before. It's just a bit harder and more painful, but you can't keep a willing soul down. You will be in my prayers. Thank you so much for following me and welcome to my little blog. Good luck on the give-a-way :)

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    1. Hi Teresa, thank you and good luck on the drawing. Who knows it could be your name that is drawn out of the hat :)

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  37. Well, I am just beside myself to have this adorable banner and the little tea towel and hot pad in the most wonderful of colors RED...I can see how cute they would be in my black and white kitchen...thanks so much for giving me a chance to win....and thanks for stopping over with heads up on this generous giveaway.
    I've been a follower for a long while. :)
    xo bj

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    1. Hi BJ, I am delighted that you like them so much. It sounds like they would be perfect in your kitchen, good luck :)

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  38. Hey Connie...thanks for followung me...NOW I'm following YOU. .watch out...I'm behind you...BOO!! Lol...silly language, huh...please put my name in the hat!! HAPPY SUNDAY BLESSINGS to you...

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    1. Good Morning Charlotte, I'm drinking my morning cup of Joe and then heading out to get my day rolling. Thank you for following me back and good luck on the give-a-way :) I think that we will be great blogging friends.

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    2. Hi Connie! Finally getting around to visiting you! Lovely blog! your new friend ~karen

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    3. Hi Karen, welcome to my little blog and thank you so much for following. I love making new friends :) I'm adding your name to the hat and getting ready to draw a name. I should be announcing my winner in about an hour or so. I just need to put another post together :)

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  39. Crafty home cottage is so appropriate! I adore your banners and like I said before, I don't believe I have only known you 3 years...It seems like many years! How fun would that be it you made a trip one year to the Polka Dot Flea! I think you have a camper right? The fairgrounds has tons of camping spots available!

    Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, we do have a camper, but it is an old one . . . I'm not sure that I would want to drive it that far, but I do have air miles on my credit card :)

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  40. Your blog is such a delight to visit! I love all your giveaways and of course the red and white are my two favorite colors! The banner is just darling and love the tea towels also. Did you free machine stitch or hand stitch? Either way, they are all darling! Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a happy, creative day! God bless.

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