August 6, 2012

Give Away!!!

August 13th is the 2 year anniversary of Happy Little Cottage!  Little did I know on that muggy and hot August day how much I would love blogging and how wonderful it is to be part of a community of creative and supportive people! I appreciate so much all of you who visit and chat and encourage and share your ideas!

To celebrate, I am having a GIVE AWAY!!


Just leave a comment below to enter! If you are a blogger, tell me why you blog!! If you aren't a blogger, tell me why you love reading blogs!! For an additional entry, follow me on Facebook and come back and let me know that you did! Please make sure you include or link to your email address!
COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED!!!
I will draw a name on August 13th and I will send the winner a one of a kind Vintage Fabric Bunting Banner!!

Thanks so much for being here!

72 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie, I must say that I just love some of the things that you've made. I love reading blogs because it shows me how many talented people there are in the world and how beautiful their creations are. And of course, I also read them as inspiration. That's also one of the reasons that I started blogging. It gives you the opportunity to get in touch with likeminded people who can help you make the most beautiful things... Congrats on your 2-year anniversary!!! (I'm not too fond of posting my emailadress on the internet, so I'll give you the link to my blog instead: http://mycrazycraftiverse.blogspot.be/)

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  2. Bonjour Debbie!! Quelle jolie Giveaway!! :O) J`adore!!! Je fait le blog car j`adore faire des trouques des choses interesent!! :O) Et j`adore gardening et encore j`adore photografier!! :O) Et m,ettre les fotos deb se que j`ai fait sur mon blog!! :O) L`idee du blog c`est ma mere qui ma proposer! :O) J`ai voullee m`excuser que je ne peux pas vous following dans le Facebook, car je ne l`ai pas! Et ca je veux demander est que je peux partissiper dans votre giveaway sans following vous dans le Facebook? :O) Je veux trop partissiper car vos drapeux sont just MAGNIFIQUE!!! Voila mon e-mail : macha.glazacheva@gmail.com
    Et si vous voullez la linge internette de mon blog: http://maria-glazacheva.blogspot.com/
    Avec L`amitier !!
    xxx Maria xxx

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  3. Adorable bunting! I read blogs to get a glimpse into the lives of other woman in different parts of the world. It's fascinating to me to be able to reach out and connect with someone that lives across the world who I never would have known just a few short years ago. I do have a blog and love the people that I've met (virtually ....) since I started.

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  4. I am pretty new to quilting and do not have a blog but read blogs to learn more about quilting techniques, fabric selections, and design ideas. I found your blog after I purchased my first few fabric collections which still remain some of my favorite (ruby, vintage modern, and fly a kite) and saw that these seem to be some of your favorites too. I love all of your fabric choices and your different quilts.

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  5. Congrats on 2 years!! I blog because i like the sense of 'community' that I've found. I don't have many friends who quilt, so I love chatting with those who know what I'm talking about. I love that I have friends all over the world, many of whom I hope to meet in real life some day. I love that quilters pitch in to make quilts for families whose lives are torn apart by floods, earthquakes, and fires. I love that if I need inspiration, motivation, advice, or a particular piece of fabric, I can ask any time of the day or night and someone will be there with a comment!

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  6. Congrats on 2 years! I don't blog, but love reading blogs because it gives me a lot of inspiration!! I love seeing the projects that all the talented bloggers make! Your bunting is adorable and I just love your little shop on Etsy!
    Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Jen Nelson

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  7. I follow you on Facebook :)
    Thank you again!
    Jen Nelson

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  8. I love reading blogs because it "connects" me to like minded souls. Sometimes kinda hard to find in the "real world." Angela

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  9. I liked you on facebook! Angela

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  10. I love blogging, and reading blogs, too. I think of my blog as being a bit of a diary..I'll be able to look back someday and see how far I've come in my quilting and sewing, etc. I read blogs for inspiration. I get new ideas and can aspire to be a better quilter!

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  11. Happy 2nd anniversary!! So glad I found you blog awhile back, your things are so happy and sweet, I can't help but smile. I started my blog to keep in touch with family and friends, it has grown over the years to include so many wonderful ladies that inspire me to do more each day. Love your buntings, I really should make one but there are already so many projects piled up I can't take on one more thing. Following on FB

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  12. Super cute giveaway! I blog to make sure I spend more time researching, photographing and enjoying my vintage finds and collections. I most enjoy the community of like minded souls I have found in blog land. If I had more time, I would sew more which is why I love visiting your beautiful blog so much.

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  13. Blogging keeps me sane. Writing and posting photos is cathartic for me. I have loved every moment of blogging since I started my blog 4 1/2 years ago!

    Happy Anniversary!

    xo
    Claudia

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  14. I blog to connect with other women who have similar interests as me and for the encouragement the give. I read your blog because it inspires me to sit behind my sewing machine more and be creative.

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  15. Good morning Debbie,
    I am a big fan of your work, would like nothing better then to hangout with you as you make the sweetest things.
    I am not a blogger, no time as I preferr to read them. They inspire me to do better and help me to expand on my sewing and crocheting.

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  16. I love your blog! I have liked your page on Facebook,too, and enjoy seeing your beautiful photos pop up on my news page. The colors you use are so bright and happy and you are a talented quilter as well as blogger. Keep up the good work! I also have a blog that I try to squeeze into my crazily busy life!

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  17. lisawalsh@frontiernet.netAugust 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    I love reading blogs because there are so many creative people who inspire me! Congratulations on 2 years!!

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  18. Hi Debbie, I had a hard time getting started, my daughter had been blogging for quite some time before I started, she just encouraged me to jump in any time. Then when I really got started, I just loved it. Meeting so many wonderful women who love doing so many fun things! Inspiration and connecting! So glad I met you on your blog. Happy 2 years and hopefully many more!

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  19. congrats!! how darling is this banner - blogging is such a wonderful ADDITIONAL creative outlet....yes, we all love to create (paper, fabric, quilt, etc) but blogging adds another dimension of creativity and the inspiration we GET BACK from others sharing their work is so wonderful! happy happy 2 years to you!

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  20. Hello Kathy...I do not blog, but LOVE reading blogs. I check yours several times a week! You are so creative, you have started me wanting to TRY to become more creative. Thank you for sharing and congratulations on 2 years! joy@wellertech.com.
    Joy

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  21. We love to read blogs who share our love for creativity in a cottage kind of way and we blog about what is happening in our house of fabric. We are going to be two years old this week also. Congrats to you!! We love your seeing what you are creating.

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  22. Also following on facebook!

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  24. Congratulations! I blog at http://squaregrannie.blogspot.com
    I blog because I like to share what I am doing and also keep a record of my craft projects. I also love to read blogs because I get so many great ideas about crafting. Bloggers are so inspirational to me!

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  25. Hi Debbie,
    Congratulations on turning 2! I've just started blogging so that I have a creative outlet in writing, really. I always wanted to write and now that I'm studying towards a degree in art history and languages I thought that writing a blog would be good practice and maybe give me some confidence in my writing (even though it's not in the academic style). Maybe I just like the sound of my own voice! :D
    I enjoy reading other people's blogs because I love the sense of community and shared experience. Sometimes you feel like you're going through life alone, but flicking through a few friend's blogs can bring your perspective back into check, bring you out of yourself, connect you with someone else's life and give you fresh inspiration. It's like a breath of fresh air :)
    Here's my blog address (I think you have my email already): http://harrietshiddenblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  26. Hi Debbie! I found your blog through Allsorts (and found that doing a search for craft rooms) and I love it! I am not a blogger, but I am a "quilter-in-training" and have found much inspiration here. Most patterns that I find require a long arm quilting machine which I could no way afford or find room for, but yours are just simple straight quilting (besides being so stinking cute I can't stand it). I actually think that I can do this! Thanks so much.
    (gnqlbq@gmail.com)

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  27. Oh I love your Bunting. So adorable. Love the tag as well.
    Happy Anniversary.
    I am a blogger....2 1/2 years now. I stated because I loved reading a blog of a friends. I love writing my Christmas letter every year. It seemed I was always thinking of events that I wanted to write in that letter. So I decided to blog. I didn't know what direction I would go. It has ended up a little of everything.....but mostly about what goes on in my life.
    I love reading other blogs, including yours. It's like a peek into other's lives. I have made some amazing friends. It has been a great adventure.

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  28. Congratulations!!! I hope you are going to have a cake and party too! I love to read blogs for inspiration and fun. This summer one of my aims is to make my first cathedral window pincushion, after seeing so many of yours which are just stunning I want to try it. Such a lovely giveaway too.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  29. Congrats Debbie! I am so thankful for people like you who blog, for people like me are blog readers (and commenters sometimes too lol). I do alot of crafts & I always think about sharing my progress with blog friends....but, I am TERRIBLE at taking pics so that's what keeps me from blogging. I have made a resolution to start a blog though & I do have the basic outline completed - just gotta get over that picture taking hurdle! So thanks for all your hard work in posting pics & projects - I get soooo much creative inspiration from the blogs I read (and pinterest now too).
    Smiles, DianeM

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  30. Blogging was a birthday present from my daughter. I would NEVER have been able to figure out how to begin, but she was patient and it was the PERFECT gift. My blog is my own personal journey. Do I dare admit I go back sometimes just to read my entries and relive them once again ( does that sound ego driven)????
    If I won the banner, it would be displayed for my Mom's 90th birthday. Then I would keep it in my home to remind me of the wonderful day and the blessing of having my Mom so many years. She is my dearest friend and always my mentor. I love that you and your daughter seem to be the same way. I love her blog, and love yours too!!! XXX

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  31. Hi, I am a follower of yours and a blogger.I love blogs and have made lovely friends since I started my own.Love the fact that we all support each other and show each other what we get up to Im completely addicted to this little special life.Love Jill xx

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  32. Hello,
    I love reading your blog! I am new to the world of blogging, after a very disasterous-stepping-on-toes previous blog I can now be found at Armchair Antics (www.armchairantics.blogspot.com), I blog because I love making new friends and although I have very few followers (only 3!) it still creates a massive grin on my face when I see that 3 people think its good enough to read!! I also like to document my crafty adventures.

    Your bunting is beautiful, I'm in awe of bunting but have not had the confidence to make any as yet, mainly because my sewing is rubbish! I would display it at the Macmillan Coffee Morning fund raising event I'm organising!

    Happy blogaversary!! :) I look forward to reading lots more!

    Jerra xx

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  33. Congrats! I blog some crafty stuff, some canning stuff and lots of doggie stuff!

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  34. Hello Debbie and happy 2nd anniversary to your gorgeous blog! I am new to blogging and I am doing it as a way to share my crafty efforts as not many of my non blogland people share my love for crafts. And I love reading blogs because I just find it so random and so encouraging, you never know what you are going to read next! If I am lucky enough to win the bunting it will take pride of place in my blogging corner at home! Yvonne xx

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  35. Most of the time I live on my own and blogging and reading others blogs makes me feel part of a community. I get lots of ideas too. I've been reading blogs for about 18 months and blogging myself since January. Did you know your blog if featured in Love Patchwork (which I bought today) as a favourite for inspiration. Congratulations on years and being so successful.

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  36. Congratulations on your 2 years blog anniversary, Debbie! I have always enjoyed your gorgeous blog. I love blogging because it is a way to share crafty things with people who also like to share crafty things :) It's fun and inspiring too. What a delightful giveaway....please put me in the draw.
    Helen x

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  37. Total & utter escapism into a world of sweet creative & a whole lot of funny lovely friends, its the best part of blogging :)
    Lots of love Karen x
    ps I already follow you on facebook x

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  38. Happy Blogaversary Debbie! I also follow on Facebook, so yeh, throw me into the drawing for that gorgeous bunting! My blog is EatWriteDreamStitch.blogspot.com. I started two years ago also. Blogging simply changes your life. It fuels your inspiration, makes you look at everything differently, motivates you, and suddenly draws you into this wonderful creative family of the most amazing people. I love it more and more all the time. Crafty hugs! Sandy Leigh (xstitchdiva@msn.com)

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  39. Hi Debbie,
    Congratulations on 2 years. Your blog has grown so much in these two year. I have loved reading and watching your blog become Happier and Happier!!
    xoRobin❤
    Count me in I follow you in all locations!

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  40. I would love to be included in your giveaway. The banner is so cute. The reason I started blogging was I had followed many blogs and have been so inspired by them, I thought maybe I could give someone else some ideas on crafting or decorating. I was surprised how much I love blogging, mostly because of the friendships that are formed and the comments that you receive.It's certainly a two way street. Anyway, that's my blogging story. Here's my address http://brookhollowlane.blogspot.com/. Thanks and congratulations!

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  41. Congratulations Debbie! Your blog is so beautiful, it's one of my favorites:>) Your color and design sense are brilliant and I always smile when I come by for a look. I blog becasue I have mnet some really wonderful kindred souls. I love the sharing of ideas and encouragement and it is so much fun to have something that is totally mine!

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  42. What absolutely gorgeous bunting! I read blogs both to get inspiration, and to get a little glimpse into other peoples worlds... which is also in a way inspiration as well. I write my blog (it's only new) to document what I'm making, to share it with others and to give me that extra motivation to keep crafting. x

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  43. Why do I blog? That's a good question. I thought about it for a very long time before I began, just eight months ago. I still wonder what I'm doing.:) Hopefully I have some words that are a little upbeat.

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  44. I blog to remember....I've been blogging since July of 2008 and it's fun to look back and see what's been happening in my life...as I get older I need the visual prompts my blog provides! : )
    I also blog so that my out-of-state extended family can get to know my sweet little grandchildren.
    Thanks for asking and thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. i blog because i love the gifts we've all been given as women and how we're able to share them with each other as bloggers ... for support, encouragement, and just plain cuter than cuteness inspiration! ♥

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  46. I don't blog but I have been thinking of trying it for a while now. I do love to follow your blog!

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  47. I don't have a blog but spend hours reading other peoples! They have so many brilliant ideas and I love trying them out. Maybe one day I will get around to having a blog of my own.

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  48. Blogging is like one big show and tell! I love to see what everyone is making, and like to keep a record of my own makes. Everyone is so supportive, and it's fun! Congrats on 2 years Debbie, your blog is super, and I love to visit. I would like that banner to come home with me : )

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  49. I started blogging as an outlet for my overactive brain lol! I blog now because of the wonderful blogging community and the people who have become friends. Bloggers are natural "sharer's" and so creative....they're my place to escape and find rest and inspiration. I'm a new follower to your blog, sorry but I don't "do" facebook:( Your bunting is so sweet and would wonderful in my quilting room lol!

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  50. What a wonderful giveaway! I blog because I love to connect with others who enjoying making our homes lovely. Mary

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  51. What a sweet blog - just discovered it recently and have enjoyed perusing!!! Happy anniversary!

    gena

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  52. Well, I love visiting the creative blogs since I love creating/sewing, but I don't have one myself. I often think about having one but my time is already stretched with two young kids (one having autism). But, because I'm mostly housebound I discovered the blog world a few years back and it gave me a window to peer into the colorful, vibrant, creative world I always wanted to be a part of. I can remember many years ago before blogs were invented thinking where were the people who were like me at? People who liked to find some cruddy castoff at the thrift store and transform it into something pretty? People who got excited over some tiny random thing they made? The first blog I remember reading about was Alicia Paulsen's when her home was featured in Romantic Homes...I went to the computer wondering what a blog was & clicked in...that is when the heavens opened up and felt like rainbows were exploding all around!! There were so many like-minded ladies who had similar vision...they got me - I got them! It was that "I'm home" feeling. Needless to say I was so inspired to get back to crafting/sewing again which had been dormant for so long.
    So, I want to thank you and all the creative bloggers who lift our spirits and realize that crafting/sewing/creating is alive and well and soul satisfying. Congratulations on your blog anniversary!

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    1. Hi Tammy! I love "rainbows exploding"!! That's exactly how I feel. Alicia is the reason I wanted to start a blog! :)

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  53. I am a lapsed blogger. As a full time carer (for my lovely Mum) I don't have the time I need to devote to preparing the images and words as I want them to be for publishing. I love to write supporting words for my photography, which is my top hobby. I love macro and landscape shoots the best of all. I love reading blogs, and wish I had more time to read. I have a diverse reading list, and really enjoy the ones I follow. Also, I would love to make my page look more together, like yours does! I love the red and aqua header! Congratulations on your upcoming Second Anniversary! May they be the first two years of many more delightful blogs to follow!

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  54. Hi and congratulations on your 2 years! I still feel like a new blogger (I started at the beginning of the year) but love it so much! Part of it is motivation to actually finish things I start (I'm much better at starting than finishing!), part of it is keeping track of what I've made, but my favourite part is reading the comments I get. People are just so encouraging, and it's great to get feedback from like-minded people who really get what crafting is all about. Thank you for your lovely giveaway, and enjoy all the blogging years to come :)

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  55. Btw, I'm also following on facebook :)

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  56. Happy Blog-o-versary! I'd love a chance to win some of your gorgeous bunting! What I love most about blogging, like some of the others before me have mentioned is the inspiration and motivation, but even better is the friendships. I have met, both online and in real life, some of the nicest, supportive, encouraging people on the planet! Blogging is a way for us to grow our friendships over the miles and oceans between us and stay connected with each other. I love it!

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  57. p.s. I'm also following you on Facebook :)

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  58. You have such an beautiful and inspirational blog!I am a new follower of yours. I started blogging when I wasn't able to go to my quilt guild any more and it became a great outlet for sharing and encouraging... trying new methods and a great benefit is the friendships that are formed here in blogville. Happy blogiversary to you! Thank you for sharing!

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  59. Yes, I blog. I love reading blogs that inspire me. I am a new quilter and you make the most beautiful quilts I have ever seen. Your blog is full of cute things that are such fun to look and make me swoon.
    Blessings to you.

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  60. I'm not blogging now, and unfortunately taking some time away from regular creative work. So reading blogs is an extension of my own creativity - a sense of continuity, so that even when I'm not able to make things myself, I'm still part of the community of people who do. Reading about inspiration,technique, execution and just the pure sensory love that handmade provides carries me through until the time I can get back to work myself. I'm so grateful!

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  61. I enjoy blogging for lots of reasons, but one is all the nice creative and really sweet people I have met. I get so much inspiration from all who are willing to share what they love. It also gives me an outlet to share what I love and that is my family, sewing, activities and a place to document some of my life.
    Yours is an especially creative place for inspiration. Thanks for such a sweet giveaway.

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  62. I blog to escape, lol, I know that sounds a bit terrible, but a little over a year and a half ago I had no idea what a blog even was. Then one evening I was searching for something related to crochet and landed on Attic24's blog. I started reading and was HOOKED! I found myself in the wee hours of the morning in a labyrinth of blogs, one leading to another, discovering people with similar interests. I was addicted and kept telling myself that I wanted to be a part of this beautiful group of people who were kindly encouraging, sharing and faithful to be there. I got my feet wet the end of December 2010 and have loved every minute of it. I wasn't even sure anyone would want to read what I wrote but I now have 118 followers. It doesn't take any effort at all to be a friend on here. There is a lot of kindness and understanding. It is great to see what others have been up to and it sure has given me a boost to know that I can contribute and help someone as well. These people are amazing and I am so happy to be a part of the blogging community.
    Thank you for offering up this giveaway. Bloggers are so generous. Congrats on your 2 year Anniversary!!!!!
    Susanne :)

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  63. Hello Debbie!
    I love reading your blog! Happy Little Cottage makes my heart happy always! You know me from Tea Cups & Knitting Needles {my blog}. I love to blog and read blogs because I find so much inspiration out there. I am always amazed by the beauty others create. I love to see the color combinations other people come up with. It just makes me feel good all over to get a glimpse into the world of someone else and it makes my fingers tingle with anticipation for my next project. The wonderful world of Blog is always such a happy place!

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  64. That is adorable. I love to read blogs and get inspiration. I don't have a blog but love to read them.

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  65. Hello Debbie,
    I've been a follower of yours for quite some time now and I can't keep away. Great blog!
    I halfheartedly started my blog way back in July 2011 not quite sure what I was going to say on it.My blog was a bit pathetic to begin with I popped in occasionally writing posts to myself mainly and hesitantly following a few blogs; unsure whether to comment or not. I suppose I was feeling my way. It got to a point that I was considering deleting my blog all together that is until Mrs Thrifty became my first follower and I was actually in contact with someone and someone who was crafting. I then you could say "saw the light" and decided to continue and made up my mind that I was blogging to meet other crafters, to learn and to give and to enjoy. I haven't stopped since and do not want to.
    I would love to participate in your giveaway Debbie and most certainly would like to win your Bunting Banner.
    I'm off to follow you on facebook now

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  66. Me again have just followed you on Facebook

    Amanda

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  67. Hi Debbie!
    Happy Anniversary! I just love coming over to your blog, as I find your creativity so inspiring. I also have an Etsy shop. I don't sew, but knit. I love your use of colour. I enjoy following all sorts of blogs from knitting to cooking, and especially parenting. With three kids I need all the advice I can collect! This weekend we are turning our spare room into a place for all my supplies and yarn. Your bunting would look amazing in that room.....just saying ;)

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  68. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary! I just found your beautiful blog and I'm so glad I did! I started blogging to have a place to share my love of everything happy and homey. I try to make it a happy place for everyone that visits there. That's why the name: A Happy Valentine ~ because every day should be filled with love!

    Now I'm going to sign up as a follower to your blog. Now that I found you, I don't want to miss a post!

    P.S. In the wonderfully happy chance I should win your beautiful prize, you can just leave me a message on my blog and I'll be sure to get it.

    Smiles, Sherry

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  69. I'm a blogger taking a long break, but I still love to stop in and read what some of my favorite blogs have going on. I'm constantly inspired by the amazingly creative women that are out there doing what they love. I'm new to your blog, but I'm looking forward to reading more. I would be honored to throw my name in the hat for your giveaway!

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