4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway

Some of my favorite bloggers and shop owners are joining me today to make this 4 year blogiversary month even more special! I can’t thank these lovely ladies enough for making this giveaway super special for you guys! One lucky reader is going to win the entire prize package, valued at over $200!

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Let’s take a peek at all the goodies being offered:

CREATURE TYPE is giving the lucky winner a Creature Type prize pack including one 8×10″ Dang, Girl illustration print, one hand-painted wooden donut brooch and a set of five 5×7″ postcards. Michelle sells all of these cute items in her Etsy shop!

MY BILLIE DESIGNS is offering one of her pre-made Blogger templates! She’s got 12 different designs in the shop and the winner gets to pick any template! They feature a lot of things that you won’t find with most pre-made templates like customization of header, colors, navigation and installation!

KITTY AND BUCK is generously offering two months of large ad space over on her amazing blog. Shell is a professional motion graphics designer and an amateur musician, photographer, dancer, traveler, baker, maker and creator of little things!

WENDY TOWNLEY is giving away a hand-knitted color block scarf from her Knitting by Wendy shop. Perfect for fall, this hand-knitted scarf features a combination of cozy wool and soft cotton yarns in dark pumpkin and deep plum. The long and skinny design allows the scarf to be wrapped around your neck two, possibly three times.

BRIDGETTE is offering Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara – Packaged in two separate bottles, the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers are used together to enhance and magnify your OWN lashes. A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural.

And yours truly is giving the lucky winner 2 months of basic ad space!

Enter below using Rafflecopter and good luck!! This giveaway is open through November 4. The winner’s name will be chosen randomly and announced soon after. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry.

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Let’s Play Q+A

For this week of my blogiversary month, I thought it’d be fun to do a Q + A! Ask in the comments below and I will visit back to this post to answer any questions you may have. If it’s a quick answer, I’ll respond in the comments. If it’s a longer one or will take some more thought I’ll make a blog post out of it in the future!

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RULES:

• You can ask anything you want, but please remember that everyone has boundaries.
• If I feel a question is either overly-personal or creepy, I reserve the right to not publish (or answer) it.

• You have between now and Friday, October 25th to get your questions in! I’ll answer in the comments as the questions come in. If a lot of you are interested in something specific that requires a longer answer, I’ll do my best to turn it into a future post.

I will try to get to all of the questions this week! So ask away!

Photo from deathtothestockphoto.com

Half Off Sidebar Ads To Celebrate 4 Years!

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To say thank you and to show my appreciation for y’all I’m offering 50% off of my sidebar ad spaces for the rest of the month! Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for all of your encouraging comments. Thank you for all the emails, tweets, pins, and Facebook messages. Each one means so much to me, so thanks a million!

And the cool thing is, since I am using Passionfruit, even if the October spaces fill up, you can still buy a space for an upcoming month at this super discounted rate! Purchase advertising spaces HERE and just enter code “4YEARS” for the 50% off discount!

Small ad spots are now only $5 (grab one here)

Medium ad spots are now only $10 (grab one here)

Feature ad spots are now only $20 (grab one here)

Jasmine took this photo for me / limit of 1 ad space per person / limit of 90 days per person / other restrictions

Four Years of Blogging!

When I started my blog, I could have never imagined where it would be today! Since I’m celebrating four years of blogging this month, I thought I’d give y’all a little history of how it all got started. Then for the rest of the month I will have some other special posts and surprises for y’all!

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In 2009, I had been at my agency job for a few years and I wasn’t really feeling satisfied by the design work I was doing anymore. I decided to start a blog to get some of my ideas out. It started as a photo dump. I would post my random iPhone pictures with a little caption and might expand a little here and there. I had no plan and no organization. Soon after, I left my job to start my own business and I knew that I needed to create a portfolio site that potential clients could check out. So in 2010 I decided to take my site and blog to the next level. I started posting on a regular basis with relevant and consistent content. It has been growing ever since into what you see today!

I love networking and meeting new people who I probably would have never had contact with if not for blogging. In January, blog friend and contributor, Mariah and I roomed together at Alt Summit and at Circles Conference last month I got to be roomies and hang out with another blog buddy, Patti! I love hearing about adventures of other bloggers who work for themselves and love following along with other creatives!

One of my favorite opportunities that has come from starting this blog was being able to attend Alt Summit this year! It was SO inspiring! When I walked into the Bing It To Life Lounge at Alt Summit the LAST thing I expected to see was my travel map pin board, but there it was, and it was huge! Bing took submissions of ideas to showcase and my DIY creation was chosen to come to life! It was really special to see bloggers from all over interacting with my idea and pinning their business cards to the map! It was so surreal to see it all over Instagram and it was such a cool way to see where everyone was from.

I’m always trying to take this blog to the next level and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the next four years! Thank you so much to all of my readers for encouraging me, challenging me to keep creating unique content and for all of your comments over the years, it really means the world to me!

Jasmine took these photos for me.

Exciting Blog Announcement!

To exist is to change

My goal for this blog has always been to create an inspiring place for both myself and my readers. Over three years, I have been putting more and more effort and love into this space, as much as I possibly can. But when I get busy with freelance work, it’s hard. I always want to have great content for you guys, so because of this, I have decided to add some regular guest contributors! This blog is my baby so I have carefully chosen contributors that are creative, full of positivity and fresh perspective.

I’m so excited to share with you the new team of creators and new features coming to the blog! These guys will be sharing recipes inspired by fonts, carefully created round-ups and advice on blogging, freelance and photography! This means, that in addition to my regular posts, you will get ever more content starting this week! Head over to the Blog Contributors section to read more about them and their new columns! As I add more contributors and/or columns that page will be updated.

DON’T FORGET:
>> I’m still offering HALF OFF of ALL sponsor spots
>> You can still enter the huge 3 year blogiversary giveaway
>> AND the Meet & Greet is still going strong – so go chime in

3 Year Blogiversary Giveaway (closed)

3 Year Blogiversary Group Giveaway

Some of my favorite bloggers and shop owners are joining me today to make this 3 Year Blogiversary Party even more special! Today I’m kicking off the biggest giveaway this blog has seen in it’s three years! I can’t thank these lovely ladies enough for making this giveaway super special for you guys! One lucky reader is going to win the entire prize package, valued at over $100. Let’s take a peek at all the goodies being offered:

1 // OH, WHAT LOVE STUDIOS is giving the lucky winner a vintage Kodak Duaflex IV camera with Kodet Lens. This camera was created between 1947 and 1960 and takes 620 roll film. Perfect as a wedding or photography prop, shelf decoration or to add to your camera collection.

2 // DIXI is offering a beautiful Thousand Wishes Necklace. This delicate yet statement wishbone necklace can make all your dreams come true!

3 // CHANTILLY SONGS is is generously offering two of her albums (Up to the Moon EP and Caught Light). Her voice is so beautiful, you should go check her out!

4 // PRETTIFUL DESIGNS is giving away a $15 credit to their shop full of digital scrapbooking paper and clip art.

5 // YELLOW BIRD + YELLOW BEARD is offering an adorable 10ft handmade Fall leaves paper garland! The perfect decoration for this time of year!

6 // And yours truly is giving the lucky winner a medium sponsor spot for November!

 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: I’m using Rafflecopter to track entries so you can login below through Facebook OR your email and it will allow you to enter multiple ways! Good luck!! This giveaway is open through October 30. The winner’s name will be chosen randomly and announced soon after. Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. Must have a USA or Canada shipping address to be eligible for entry.

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If you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form. 

 

Don’t forget I’m still offering HALF OFF of ALL sponsor spots! AND the Meet & Greet is still going strong so go chime in!