the very special third blogiversary reader appreciation give-away

Update: I’m going to keep the contest going until Monday (midnight, PST), so don’t forget to say hi and you’ll be entered!It’s been one of those weeks where I leave for work at 8:00 in the morning, after feeding chickens, making lunch and whatever other little chores need doing, and then, after working all day, running multiple errands, including a visit to the dentist that wasn’t much fun, and pulling back into my driveway at 8:00 in the evening, after which I flop on the couch, eat a PB & J sandwich and try, unsuccessfully, not to fall asleep in front of the TV. I’m so tired that I’m not even going to try and re-write that very awkward sentence. Anyway, the point is that I’ve not been organized enough this week to take pictures of the first prize goodies, and I want to share those before I close the contest.

Update #2: No good picture of the special handbound book, but I promise it’s cute. I did, however, make a cute bag to hold all the loot for the grand prize winner. Here it is, along with the knitted rose corsage pin:
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I was careful to include the mother hen and chicks fabric :o)

I’ve finally gotten it sort of together for the promised celebration give-away. I really appreciate everyone who comes here and reads my little blog, especially those that aren’t actually related to me. I also love love love getting comments, so those of you who regularly lurk will have to come out of lurkdom, since you’ll have to leave a comment to have a chance to win.


My sister suggested I make it a little challenging and have a quiz, so I will, but I promise it won’t be all that hard. Here are the rules:

I have four sets of gocco printed and stamped postcards (with a little stamping on the back side as well, from a hand carved stamp, fancy!) and four sets of gocco printed bookplates (they don’t have adhesive, you have to tape or glue them yourself. I’m just not that high-tech yet) and four mix CDs for four lucky winners. Three of the winners will be drawn from a pool of everyone who comments on this post between now and this  Friday, March 9th.  All you have to say is hi and you’re in! Although I’d love to know how you found me and how long you’ve been visiting.

A first prize winner will also get a little hand-bound book and knitted rose corsage (pictures to come in the next day or two). Everyone who correctly answers the five questions below will go into the drawing for the first prize. They aren’t too hard, and can all be found somewhere on my blog and/or Flickr account.

1. When is my birthday?
2. How many siblings do I have and what are their internet names?
3. Name at least three of my pets, past or present (chicken names are acceptable).
4. What kind of car do I drive?
5.How many Flickr contacts do I have? (I promise not to add any between now and Friday) :o)

And since my sister already asked, of course if you are related to me, you can have any of the above items if you are interested, just let me know :o)


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go go gocco

Happy President’s Day! It’s a stock market holiday, which means I have
the day off. It’s pouring rain outside, so I’ll be inside working on
some fun things, one of which is my new Print Gocco.

I got myself a little treat with my bonus last month. While most of it went to exciting things like bill-paying and car-repairing, I found a print gocco on ebay for a really good price, and snatched it up before anyone else saw it. They’ve typically been going for well over $100, but I found a slightly used one for $55, and even with the shipping from Japan, it was still well under $100. I tried it out this weekend, and made myself some personalized note cards:

I love the way they came out, and it was so fun to do! To see how this clever little contraption works, here is a good explanation. It’s sort of a cross between screenprinting and stamping. I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with it!


My next project here on the farm is going to be a couple of beehives, hence the vintage beehive clipart :o)

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