Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrate with me and score some loot!



Small Town Stitcher is a year old today!!  I can't believe it.  Blogging really is so much fun.  I've learned so much and enjoyed making new friends in this wonderful online community in the past 12 months.  What I love most is the encouragement to keep on keeping on.  If I didn't have my blog and blog-friends, I know for a fact I wouldn't get as much done.  But knowing that I have to have something to post about and knowing that it will only happen if I make one of the million cool ideas I've found online or thought up a reality is what keeps me going.

a sample of the projects I made in the last year that are documented on this blog

I want to thank everybody who has supported me this year and read this blog and left comments.  I want to thank the other bloggers out there who support each other with linkup parties, quilt-alongs, sew-alongs, and tutorials.  I am so glad to have found this place where I can be creative and inspired.  :)

So...to thank everyone with more than just words, I've got a GIVEAWAY for y'all!  But, I actually decided to do two giveaways.  I love y'all that much!!  That and the fact that  I HATE having to jump through hoops to enter a giveaway.  I don't want to sign up to follow someone's blog just to win something if I wouldn't follow it anyway.  I don't do twitter and I hate clogging up my facebook to the point that I don't see my actual friends' posts.  Please understand, I'm not trying to be negative or say that I think people who require all of those things are wrong.  I think to each his own, and if it works for you, go for it.  But I have limited time online between my dialup connection and everything I do all day.  AND...I'm easily distracted, so I don't need anything else to use as an excuse for not getting the housework done!

BUT....I wanted to reward those of you who click the follow button and keep up with me.  It means a lot with all of the blogs out there that you want to read what I have to say.  When I started this blog I said I'd be happy to get to 25 readers.  And I'm up to 78!!  Wow!  It means so much to me when you out there take the time to press the follow button and even more when you leave a comment.  It's less of me talking to myself and the lonely internet, and more of a conversation between friends, right?

So, I decided to have 2 giveaways!  Giveaway 1 will be for non-hoop-jumpers like myself.  All you gotta do is leave a comment.  Giveaway 2 will be to reward followers, old and new.  So, enough chatter, let's get to the fun, right???

GIVEAWAY 1:
  This one is for a charm pack of It's a Hoot by Momo from Moda.  I LOVE this line and bought the charm pack awhile back, but haven't used it yet and I always think if you want to keep it, it's a good gift!  Just leave a comment at the end of this post.  But...let's make it interesting.  Leave me a comment on what your favorite fall dessert is.  I LOVE sweets, so lay some new goodies on me!

Moda ITS A HOOT Charm Pack Fabric Squares Kit


GIVEAWAY 2
   This prize is a $25 giveaway to Connecting Threads!  Have you shopped there?  I love it because their prices are reasonable and they are coming out with more and more cute fabric all the time.  Plus, they just had a fabric design contest that we're still crossing our fingers for Lee to win, so there'll be even more cute designs before long!  I've used both fabric and thread from them, and both were high quality.  Plus, I love that you can load up your cart a little more there with $25 since their prices are lower.  No, there's no Moda or other famous designers, but the fabrics are great and there's something for everyone.
   This giveaway is to reward my faithful followers, so to enter this one, just leave me a comment telling me you follow and you're all set.

High-quality Quilting Fabrics, direct from the mill, starting at $4.96 per yard. Quilting Kits designed by quilters with free instructions. Fabric Fat Quarters, Fabric Charm Packs, and Fabric Strips. 100% cotton Quilting Thread. Quilting Books, Tools and Supplies at discount prices.


So, one more time through the details and we're ready to play...Giveaway 1 requires a simple comment telling me your favorite fall dessert and you're entered to win the It's a Hoot charm pack.  Giveaway 2 requires you to be a follower (new or old) and leave a comment saying you are and you're entered to win the $25 gift certficate.  You can enter both giveaways, of course!!  And I'll close the giveaway one week from today, so you've got till noon (EST) on October 10 to enter!!   I'll let the random number generator (or my husband) choose, but I promise everyone's got an equal shot!  And no one is sponsoring this giveaway other than me. All prizes are courtesy of me and my choice in giving.  Now, if someone wants to start sponsoring giveaways on this blog, I'm all for sharing the goodies with you...

Thanks again for being here and going on this journey with me.  I can't wait to see where Year 2 takes us!

89 comments:

  1. I adore the charm pack! and congrats to you !
    My favorite fall dessert is apple crisp.

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  2. I love a good pumpkin cheesecake! Mmmm

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  3. And happy one-year! I'm a follower and I'm sharing your giveaway at http://www.craftbuds.com/giveaway-roundup/

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  4. And I love, love, love, It's a Hoot. I do wish that I bought a FQ bundle of this.
    Apple and red berry crumble would be my favourite dessert with whipped cream.

    Congrats on your first year of blogging...and many more years ahead!

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  5. LOVE apple desserts...Ina Garten's French Apple Tart recipe (foodnetwork.com) is not only easy but super delicious. I highly recommend.

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  6. congrats and thanks for sharing some hoots with us ;)
    -annabelle

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  7. Oh darn, someone stole my favorite dessert already. Ah well, I'm still goin' with apple crisp, 'cause it's sooo dang good!!!

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  8. Annnnnd, I'm already a follower. $25 sounds good to me. :o) Congrats on the year....may you have many more to follow!

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  9. My favorite Fall dessert is mincemeat pie! It seems as though mincemeat (in jars) is only available in the Fall, so since it is one of my favorites, I like to have it several times!

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  10. I am a new follower, and I absolutely LOVE Connecting Threads! The quality of their fabric is excellent, and they have more and more cute fabric lines! Fingers crossed....

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  11. Love the charm packs! Congrats on your anniversary!

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  12. Hmmmm, so many fall deserts to choose from! I think I will go with Apple Crisp. I have a good recipe with apples, cinnamon, honey, oatmeal, and a little bit of whole wheat flour--delicious and pretty good for you : )

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  13. Oh, and I am a follower. Congratulations on one year!

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  14. Have you tried pavlova, it's nice for the warmer months but you really can enjoy it anytime at all and there is a recipe over at Pat Sloan's blog: http://patsloan.typepad.com/files/sullivan-2011-blog-hop-recipe-file.pdf
    I love it, but try this when you bake it, put the oven a little hotter and cook for 10 minutes and then turn it down for the rest of the cooking time at the recommended temperature. This gives a nice, crisper crust I find. The lower temp and slower you cook it the thicker the crust becomes. I hope you like it?!:) It's pretty good on the calories but that depends on how much cream used for decoration and dont forget to cover it in whole or sliced strawberries or sliced kiwi fruit pineapple or just any fruit you like and passion fruit is the real Aussie finishing touch. Bon appetit. I like your charm pack, it has...charm!

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  15. I'm boring, maybe, with Apple Crisp. But it's good and I like to think it's healthy :)

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  16. One of my favorite fall goodies is Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins. Yum! There are so many more and I cant think of a bad one. Thank heaven the weather is cooling off, so I can get to baking! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Congrats on your one year blogiversary! I am a new follower and look forward to your future posts. Heres to another great year!

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  18. Congratulations, Kelli! I completely agree about the hoops! You are so sweet and I'm so thankful we "met"!

    Hmm, fall dessert? Well, I'm not much of an apple-dessert person, but I'll run you over to get pumpkin bars! I'm going to the grocery tomorrow to hopefully get some more pumpkin to make those blondies you posted. Cant wait!

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  19. Of course I follow you, silly!

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  20. I adore peach cobbler, although that's sort of summer/fall. Pumpkin pie is probably my favorite official dessert. I also LOVE homemade applesauce, especially while it's still hot!

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  21. I'm a longtime follower. Congrats on your blogiversary!

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  22. Happy blogiversary! Ooh, fall desserts, hmmm... I love all desserts but I really like good old apple pie. I used to have a Mexican food type version made from flour tortillas instead of pie crust but I can't find the recipe. Arrgghh!!

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  23. I'm a new follower, but I have been here before!

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  24. Mmmmmm I love fresh dutch apple pie! Also apple butter on warm biscuits!

    Thanks for the fun! (It's a hoot is one of my fav fabric collections!)

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  25. I'm your newest follower too! Nice to "meet" you! :)

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  26. Pumpkin Pie - morning, noon and night!

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  27. I love apple crumble and custard!

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  28. i'm a follower. thanks for the giveaway!

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  29. Happy blogiversary! I'm a new follower!

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  30. As commercial as it is, I'm going to have to say my favorite fall dessert is Dairy Queen's pumpkin pie blizzard. YUM!!!

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  31. Congratulations on one year!! I love reading your blog. :)

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  32. Lovely charm pack! and congrats to you !
    My favorite is cheesecake.. Haha..

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  33. Hey Kelli - You've definitely picked up the crafting pace since college! Favorite fall dessert would probably be pumpkin bread.

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  34. You're my favorite crafting blogger that I follow!

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  35. I love It's A Hoot too. My favourite is like everone else, pumpkin pie, with lots of whipped cream! Yum!

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  36. I'm a new follower, and I know we'll have fun!

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  37. It's a hoot...it's so cute...(groan). I have an overdue baby quilt (the quilt is overdue...not the baby) to make and this would be perfect!!

    Congrats on year one!!

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  38. I'm a new follower.

    Oh and Pumpkin Cheesecake (with bourbon whipped cream topping...oh no, now I have to go home and make some...)

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  39. Apple Pie! Congrats on your one year blog-versary!

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  40. Oh man, ONE favorite dessert? It's a toss-up between pumpkin pie and black forest cake. Today I'd pick the cake.

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  41. I also don't like jumping through hoops to enter a giveaway. But your blog looks really interesting, so now I'm a new follower!

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  42. Being a good-ole southern girl...give me sweet potato pie any day of the week. Love the give-a-way.

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  43. And I like what you have to say so it is easy to become a follower...good luck on the next year.

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  44. woohoo! I'm number 100 - congratulations!!

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  45. Favorite fall dessert - I have this upside down pumpkin dessert recipe that is to die for! Mmmmm.

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  46. I'm a new follower - I think #101!! I arrived here from Hoosier Toni's blog.

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  47. Favorite fall dessert would have to be apple cake with cinnamon sauce...mmmm.

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  48. I follower you in my Google reader!

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  49. I'm your newest follower. :)

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  50. Favorite fall dessert.. gingerbread pumpkin trifle. YUM.

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  51. I think my favorite fall dessert is pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese icing!

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  52. I'm a new follower and happy to be one!

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  53. I love a warm blackberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream. Congratulations on one year blogiversary!

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  54. Congratulations on your blogiversary! My favorite fall dessert is pumpkin pie. Boring but yummy! :)

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  55. Favorite fall desert is apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream! Happy Blogiversary!

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  56. I'm a new follower! Looking forward to getting to know you.

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  57. My favourite is traditional apple crumble with LOTS of cinnamon!

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  58. I am a new follower and that brings you to 105!! yippee :)

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  59. I make an incredible apple pie! It is my favorite!

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  60. There's a delicious but sime recipe I love. I think it's sopapilla cheesecake? It's crazy easy to make but soo good.

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  61. My favorite fall dessert is anything flavored pumpkin!!!

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  62. My fave autumn dessert is apple and blackberry crumble. What a lovely giveaway!

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  63. My favourite Autumn pudding is apple crumble with either ice cream (toffee is good!) or custard (which is also yummy on its own!!) - thanks for the giveaway!

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  64. I'm a new follower - looking forward to reading future posts!!

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  65. I think you did a really good job on your first blogging year and congratulations to your anniversery! And just since you asked: I like "Apfelstrudel" it's from Austria like my granny was.

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  66. Love those fabrics. Amazing giveaway.

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  67. Favorite dessert? Apple crumble! :)

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  68. Posting that recipe for you @ my blog. :)

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  69. What a wonderful giveaway! Picking a favorite fall dessert is tough... fresh apple pie has to be one of my top picks, though. I like it warm from the oven or room temperature the next day. Either way, it's best when homemade from scratch!

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  70. Our peach tree had the biggest peaches this year. I bottled until I'd had enough and then I made peach crisp, peach crisp and more peach crisp. Every bite was delicious! Thanks for your giveaway.

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  71. I love pumpkin pie and have since I was a kid. My nickname is "pumpkin pie" still. thanks for the giveaway.

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  72. I have started following you also.

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