Monday, June 13, 2011

A Thousand Thanks Celebration and Giveaway!

This Giveaway is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered!



Happy Monday!

I'm so glad you could make it! Today I'm celebrating a truly nifty milestone: this blog's amassing of 1000 Google Friend Connect followers. Happy happy joy joy!!! It seems impossible, but there it is in black and white down there in the foot of the blog. See? I'm not even making this stuff up. I'm so chuffed about it I can't even say...

And speaking of following, I also want to acknowledge my lovely email and RSS subscribers. I want you to know that I haven't forgotten you. One day you'll get your very own celebration, never fear. You too are important to me! And needless to say, you are most welcome to stay and play today, as is everyone.


So what are we doing? We're sharing. Sweet eh? I'm going to tell you a little bit about me. And, eventually, you'll do the same. But I'll get it started. Here are some things I've never told you before.

Ready? Okay... here goes nothing:

  • I'm very shy. People don't believe me when I tell them this, but it's true. I'm afraid of you. You scare me.
  • I don't do the dishes every day. Sometimes I skip a day and just let the pile grow for another day. And oddly, I really hate doing 2 days worth of dishes but sometimes I really hate doing ONE day of dishes. It's a circle.
  • I'm ambidextrous. I use my left hand for eating, writing, and cutting. My right hand I use for handling a computer mouse, playing sports like hockey and baseball, and weeding. And despite cutting with my left hand, I cannot abide left-handed scissors. They're just awful.
  • I'm not colour blind, but sometimes red is green and green is red. Unexplainable.

  • I'm modest to the extreme. Sometimes I wish it was winter all year round. That way I wouldn't ever have to wear small clothes. I've literally gone years without swimming to avoid wearing my bathing suit. Canada with its long winters is the place for me.
  • I have a temper; I've been known to get angry much much.
  • I used to do a lot of acting. I co-starred in a local children's television series in the 1990's. We recorded only one season.
  • Frequently my brain itches, and I can't reach in to scratch because it's inside my brain.
  • Warm scarves are crucial, essential, necessitous to my existence. My first few inches are permafrost so I'm cold, always cold... I'm cold right now.
Hey, that went pretty smoothly...


Okeedoke. Now it's your turn. Wanna know what you're playing for? Alrighty then!

The giveaway prize includes:
  1. A small spiral bound notebook for sketching or recording your precious ideas.
  2. A set of 8 fine-point sharpies including a twin-tip black.
  3. 10 squares of felt (4-1/2" x 4-1/2" each)
  4. 3 (10 g) spools of DMC cotton perle
  5. All of the above neatly packaged in a pretty Michele-designed reversible fabric gift box. (Note: See my tutorial and template HERE to make your own, if you just can't wait.)

The rules of giveaway-play are:
  • Anyone, anywhere can enter.
  • Have a solid email address.
  • Leave a comment on this post telling me one little-known fact about yourself, anything you like.
  • If you are a follower, you get a second entry!
The winner will be chosen ever so randomly on Friday June 17th, 6 am EST, and divulged in Friday's post.


Finally I'd like to say that the blogosphere is a big overwhelming place sometimes. Yet you, my friend, have allowed me to stake my claim on a tiny piece of it, call it my own, and share in it with you. I am so tickled by the lovely comments you leave, your thoughtful remarks, and your genuine support of the work I do. I thank you for being part of this with me.


So now it's your turn. Is there anything you're just itching to get off your chest? Come on, don't be shy now...

This Giveaway is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered!

173 comments:

  1. A thousand congratulations... and such an inspiring blog it's no wonder we all want to read it..... a little known fact about me.... i have written an HIV/AIDS training programme ...
    Hugz

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  2. I really love that box you made so I am makign sure my 'followers' entry is included!!
    Hugz

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  3. What a lovely giveaway and for such a lovely gal. For being shy you are learning your way out of it. As for something that few people know about me . . . I hate to shave my legs. As an adult I now wear pants and am thankful for an office job. No one knows :)

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  4. I am a newish follower. I still see my photo in your Google Friend connect. Although new I'm still happy to be following you!

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  5. Woo! Love the giveaway! One little-known fact about me: I can spit. Far. I won spitting contests in my teen years. Not a skill I utilize these days! LOL

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  6. Please put my name in the hat for your beautiful giveaway! Michele, you are scared of US? But we love you! I'm sure you would get over that if we could all come over for cookies 'n milk. Have you got 1004 kitchen chairs?

    Let's see, something revelatory, hmmm...okay, I have a bad habit of waiting until all but one of my socks have holes before going out and buying new socks. It's a very silly way to run a sock drawer and I do not recommend it to anyone.

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  7. 1004 followers wow, I am amazed I have 60!! Congratulations. I love your little boxes. Okay my little secret is...I have a tattoo from my wild motorbiking days, it's a seahorse, it's on my shoulder so I can decide whether I hide it or show it off!!!!

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  8. Congratlations!
    It's funny, we have several things in common. I'm as well very shy, extremely shy in my childhood, it's getting better.
    I'm also modest, but living in Spain with extreme hot summers has made me even use a bikini (first time last year, and I'm "only" 40!!! Cannot still believe it!
    And then there is the temper. I have a very bad temper, have tried to improve and soften it a little, but it keeps coming back ; )
    Thank you very much!

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  9. Yes, I'm a happy follower of your blog!

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  10. Ooh! First comment? By the way, this is my first time commenting your blog, so hello!

    I am also easily cold, although I live in the tropics.. It's the air conditioner tho.. I am stressed out at how air conditioner-ed buildings usually are, so I need to always have a jacket near me.

    www.papercrafties.blogspot.com

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  11. I once ran off with the circus...

    Also, I read your RSS via LiveJournal, does that count?

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  12. Hello, my name is carla and I'm Spanish. I have a blog of handmade things that you can visit if you like!
    my mail: rojocaperucita@gmail.com
    blog: rojocaperucita.blogspot.com

    kiss

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  13. hi! first, sorry for my bad english....but i will do my very best!
    i like your blog and love following you.
    mhhhhhhhhh, a fact about me? i like trying a lot of things, and sometimes it´s like a infection, at the moment i´m crocheting buttons in any free time ;o)
    bye, nico

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  14. I like your blog and your creativity.
    You are very generous with this fantastic drawing.
    - I can make clear to my you that I am shy, the people confuse it with antipathy.
    - I am skillful, but I use the left side to cook, and to use the tools of the land.
    - I have a small garden (in the garden of house of my parents) in honor to my mother. It is the way of being near her, of feeling it more near my, without having to enter the house, that it produces to me a sensation of enormous emptiness.
    - my social skills are small, and since my mother died I am doing a constant effort in relating and learning myself of the people.

    I am telling you intimate things, which I liked to explain. Thank you Michele.
    Kisses.

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  15. congratulation for this really big number of followers, and thank you for speaking of you, it's so difficult.

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  16. Wow 1000 followers is certainly a milestone to celebrate although I'm not surprised you got there so quickly. One little known fact about me is .....I'm a very indecisive person living up to my Libran star sign of always weighing up the pros and cons when a decision needs to be made. I drive myself crazy being like this.

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  17. What a great giveaway!

    I'm also pretty shy. I've got more random facts about me on my blog.

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  18. so, a little known fact - well it's a tough one as I'm quite mouthy and don't keep much to myself! I had my belly button pierced when I was 18 and then spent the next 12 years being scared of it until my husband took it out for me last year.

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  19. Congratulations Michele with the 1000+ followers! Love to follow your blog to always find so much joy and positive, beautiful writing!

    A little unknown fact about me... as a child I was often told by my mother that I had a strange and ugly body (tall/skinny, broadshouldered and broad hip joints). This made me so shy that I was afraid to ware pants, to enter rooms and to stand up in public.
    When I met my husband he told me I was beautiful, but it took me some decades to really believe him. I loved the years of oversized fashion!

    And now I’ve gained so much weight that I’m kind of square...

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  20. Congratulations! I'll have to check out your fabric box tutorial. Little known fact ... I procrastinate WAY too much and I have two high school diplomas - one from Secondary 5 (grade 11)in Quebec, and another from OAC (grade 13) in Ontario.

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  21. I already follow you - google reader is my poison! I've been following since the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day last month.

    Sarah

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  22. Until recently (like the last year or two) I always ate soup with a teaspoon.

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  23. I love to cook & eat too :D
    Congrats again & Thanks for the chance!

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  24. Congratulations Michele! What a generous giveaway. I have been a follower since you posted about those little denim Christmas trees last summer I think.

    Little known fact - I have never been to a circus.

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  25. I like knowing things about you ...
    I need my workplace this sorted for best inspiration ... but not always ...
    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  26. I follow his blog long ago ...
    Greetings from Tandil, Argentina

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  27. it was good to know you better.i understand your shy side, but you should not hide yourself because nobody has nothing to do with your body. Something about me? I am a craft'holic... i like to try all kinds of craft.
    Sonia / Brazil

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  28. love your blog! been following you on google reader for a bit now :)

    fact about me--i have trouble distinguishing left and right. i think there's actually a term for that, but i can't remember what it is :P

    ~Erica

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  29. I can't even imagine getting 1000 followers, but you are worthy!

    Anyway, your post reminded me of my days as an air traffic controller in the US Navy - one of the first things that they test for, before they send you to air traffic control school, and every year thereafter, is whether you can quickly distinguish red lights from green lights. I'm guessing this would not be a good career for you.

    Anyway, in the interest of still being able to move in my house, if I win, I would very much like the fabric box, but the other things I have in great quantity, so I might suggest you send them to someone else.

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  30. i love chocolate! im addicted!!!
    einateliash AT gmail DOT com

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  31. i am a follower
    einateliash AT gmail DOT com

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  32. wow we could be twins..as many of your things you said about yourself is ME TOO lol except I do it all with my right hand..ha. congrats on the followers! your love your blog..one thing about me most ppl dont know I do is collect inkpens..I'm a horder of those in so many ways! so those markers would look nice with them :)

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  33. and i've been a follower :)

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  34. Congratulations on your reaching 1000 followers.

    I consider myself *almost* bilingual, I learned English at school and through watching TV. I was born and raised in a French-speaking part of Canada, by unilingual French parents. 99.99% of the people I meet or hang out with speak French.
    But when I'm alone in my car or at home, you'll often catch me speaking to myself... in English. Just so, you know, I don't forget how to speak the language, or something like that. Yup. Weird, mutant frog... lol

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  35. I'm so happy for you, Michele for all your success! I usually dislike answering questions like this. I LOVE the song of the meadowlark. I'm excited at the prospect of moving back to the country so I can hear that daily all summer long.

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  36. Congrats, Michele! I'm a proud follower :)

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  37. Little known fact... I am much like you in that I am extremely shy but have a terrible temper.

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  38. Sono felice per te per questo bel traguardo e grazie per questa possibilità di vincita
    ti ho inserito nella slidebar di kreattiva
    un caro saluto dall'italia
    rosa.kreattiva
    goccedioceano2000(at)libero(dot)it
    blog creativo: http://kreattiva.blogspot.com/

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  39. i am old follower ;-)
    bye rosa kreattiva
    goccedioceano2000(at)libero(dot)it
    blog creativo: http://kreattiva.blogspot.com/

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  40. congrats! i love mango but am allergic. but once in awhile i have to treat myself!
    rwvanvoorhisatgmaildotcom

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  41. and i follow you!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmaild to com

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  42. Congrats again Michele! Must say this is a tempting and awesome giveaway!
    Fact: I can divide my attention without showing it - talk with someone and at the same time listen to everything said by others. Strange? I don't think so. It comes very handy at times :)

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  43. WOW, 1000!!!! Congratulations! Your blog always makes me smile. Keep up the great work.
    ps. I love the little box!!

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  44. To name a few, not necessarily hidden facts about myself, but facts nonetheless: I really hate raisins (the ones that are all plumped up) in things, especially in salads and muffins. For some reason, I like them in rice pudding, go figure.
    I love to wear dresses and skirts, but nothing too short because like you I do not love wearing my bathing suit (and this summer I told my daughter that I would take her to the waterslides, and I absolutely hate standing around in my bathing suit in front of strangers).
    I would love to learn to play the harp ( I already play the piano and have meddled around with the violin, the guitar and some wind instruments). Unfortunately, harp teacher are few and far between and harps are EXPENSIVE! I would also love to own and run my own business some day, and I am not in lack of ideas... just have to settle on something that will work!
    Thanks for sharing some of yourself and some of your goodies! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  45. LOve your blog! would be nice to win!
    my fact...I love cold chicken. :)
    altered-art@hotmail.com

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  46. a little known fact about me? Well, I do my very best to keep this under wraps since it is so embarrasing, but I cry at the drop of a hat! about anything- sad or happy. Weddings, movies, tv shows, commercials with abused animals in them, songs of the radio... And I dont just mean I get teary-eyed- I have been known to openly weep because of all of these things.

    I'm by no means a sad person, and most peopler would descrive me as very laid back and calm, so I think my friends would be surprised to see how emotional I really am!

    thanks for the giveaway- if I win... I promise not to cry! ;)

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  47. and I follow your blog in my rss feed, does that count?! :)

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  48. A little known fact- Butterflies and Sunflowers actually make me very sad

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  49. I love reading all about you and your commenters! Sparrow ran off with the circus? wow! Anyway, congratualations on breaking into the quadruple-digits!
    God has saved my life (at least) three times: when my mom was 5 months pregnant (someone offered to pay for her to get an abortion), then again when she was 8 months prego (drive-by shooting), then again when I gave birth to my eldest son (blood clots went through my heart into my lungs - long story). So I know that I'm here for a reason and I praise God for it!

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  50. Blogger won't let me post a comment...
    Manon from the previous comment (9h07)
    here's my email toujours_27 AT yahoo dot ca
    thanks !

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  51. What an action packed post and giveaway box!
    I'm a roller coaster fanatic.

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  52. You know I'm always here for you!

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  53. It's totally true! I fell madly in love at first sight with a singer for the Cirque du Soleil, we met up once while he was in town, and a few months later, we'd been conversing by email, and he invited me up to SF visit... When I arrived, we cozied up on the couch with a bottle of wine, and he promptly told me all about his new girlfriend. I kinda lost it, French dudes, WTF?!

    Anyway, not wanting to deal with the drama, he introduced me to a gal who worked in the costume department, and with our shared love/hate of the dude, we got on like a house on fire. A few months after that, a city-by-city job opned up in the costume department, I flew out to DC (ended up sleeping overnight in the Atlanta airport, that was wild) and promptly signed on for my glamorous job...

    Doing laundry! Yeah, all those pretty cosumes need a lot of maintenance, and I was responsible for most of it. It was kinda a lousy job, but I was there every day backstage, helping the players get dressed, being yelled at by clowns, dealing with acrobat drama, and generally having an amazing time.

    My job made me stay way after all the beautiful people went home, so I got to know all the technicians really well, and kinda fell in with one of them, a French Canadian dude. We spent Christmas in Quebec City, where I promptly got pneumonia, but hey. Christmas with nothing but snow, and a roaring fire!

    I ended up staying with that tour for three and a half cities before I burnt out. 60+ hour weeks for eight weeks, and then two weeks with nothing to do kinda stresses people out. It's not actually the work that's hard, it's the complete stop at the end of the city that kills you. Everybody gets a serious case of the blues. I applied for a permanent position with the tour, and when I ended up not getting it, I kinda realized it was time to move on.

    Still, I so would not trade it for the world. It was drama-tastic, but hey, I had just turned 18, everybody's live is drama-tactic at that age, at least I had fun!

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  54. Yay! I've actually tried making this box from your template but it never turns out as good as yours. A fact about me... I only use regular deodorant, not anti-perspirant because I heard that a chemical in that has been linked with Alzheimer's. Interesting fact, yes?

    So pumped for this giveaway!

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  55. I think most of my friends know this, but nobody in blog land does. I didn't think I'd ever get married, or I'd get married later in life. Instead I married at 22 and it wasn't a shotgun marriage or anything like that. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. I follow in google reader and with google connect just to be covered. Thanks!

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  57. Haha! I had to laugh at the dishes. I'm exactly the same way. I'm staring at a pile that needs to be tackled right now. Grr.
    Something about me... hmm... I can write script backwards!

    And congratulations on all your followers! You genuine sweetness and awesome ideas are what got you there. :)

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  58. Look at all these people who know about you and I'm just finding your blog today!! I've enjoyed my stay so much that I signed up via RSS feed. Something about me? Anyone who knows me already knows this....but I LOVE the smell of skunks...always have growing up and still do at almost 60! I can't make money on that little tidbit of information, but it probably sets me apart from the average blogger, don'tcha think? :)

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  59. I follow by RSS feed. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

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  60. A thousand is an amazing record. Little known fact about myself - I had a show steer at sweet sixteen and used the profit from the auction to start my first savings account.

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  61. Hummm, a kind of secret about me...On Friday I was kissed (at last) by a friend that I feel very special...we are almost 30 years old, but we were embarrased like teens...

    helenytroy@gmail.com

    keep my secret!!!!

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  62. So many people ! Imagine inviting us all in your living room ???? Come to think.... I remember those discussions a loooong time ago about a novel called " the machine " , before internet even existed and we all used to say how dehumanizing human relationships would become ...Well , so I was wrong and then maybe I am wrong still when I don't understand why so many people waste their time growing virtual things on their virtual farms .... that's something I had never even told myself , so I am playing the game , well congratulations for your original blog because it is so ...personal !!!

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  63. One thing about me is that I hate being hot. If it weren't for central air, I would suffer through out the summer. Thank God we have such a short summer. LOL!! So we both love winter. LOL!!! See, that's another thing we have in common. I just love wrapping myself in a quilt. Congratulations on having 1000 followers. You are doing amazing.

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  64. I can identify with about half of your "true confessions". I, too, leave the dishes go... alot of the time. But the item I want off my chest is that I am still - after 43 years of marriage, I am still in love with another man... that I haven't even seen since before that. That's pretty kookoo, I'd say.
    Love your stuff!

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  65. Oh, and I,too, am a follower - for quite a while now. Loved every minute of it, too.

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  66. Michele I really love your blog and your giveaway would be perfect for my never ending projects. We have the shy and modest thing in comment and a little fact about me - I love your name, I have a daughter named Michele - one l as well. Do I get extra credit for that? Oh, and of course I'm a follower.

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  67. I love to do puzzles and the smell of the sea breeze :)

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  68. and I'm following you and love it :))))

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  69. Loving the blog Michelle. I didn't know about the google Follow thing until i read this post. So here I am! Hello!

    Unknown fact about me.. When I was a little girl I helped my Dad train a Kestrel (amongst many other birds he had, the Kestrel was mine.) He escaped a couple of times, but he was always came home eventually. He was called 'Bob'!

    x

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  70. Congratulations on this huge milestone ! One little fact about me , well now I hate to eat alone , especially at the table ,will take my meal into the living room and sit ,weird I know .

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  71. Stephanie BrewerJune 13, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Congrats on your followersary (pretend that word makes sense please lol). Something that others don't really know about me is that I won't spend more than 10 dollars for anything on myself for fear that my kids will need the money for something more important.

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  72. I am a follower and would so love to win this great giveaway!

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  73. A little known fact... I was always able to switch into dreaming... instantly. Even today, not being a child anymore, it is so easy and I love it. I create a whole range of worlds and stories, a lot of characters and adventures inside my head. I love doing this while travelling, when you have nothing to do because your just on your way. I call this being "between the times" / "between time" (it is a little bit difficult to translate one to one into english :) ).

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  74. And of course I want a second chance to win ^^ You know, I am for some time now a follower of you. I don't know whether I told you already.. but I came over per chance by during quit time when I saw you pincushion there :)

    I love you fabric box with your kind of swirls! :)

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  75. I do not do the dished every day either...not sure it's a secret though :) and I have six kids (only 5 at home). Yesterday, we did three dishwasher loads. yikes!

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  76. I was a subscriber and now am a follower too!

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  77. You are so awesome with your sharing-very bold! LOVE the children's show one-sounds great! Little known about me, but I am very proud of the fact that I got my motorcycle license. Only drove one for a few years, then little ones came along. But it was fun! Congrats on your 1K!!!
    Vanessa

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  78. Hi Michelle. Afraid of us after we've reached 1000+ ? No need - you are an inspiration.
    But I'm glad you've shared that. I've started a blog a few months ago encouraged by friends and I thought they would be the only ones visiting. and suddenly... BUM - 1500+ visitors. And yes I'm TERRIFIED. Not all of them are followers but I'm happy that they like my work. Their appreciation keeps me going. I've shared your blog with them too. Maybe some of them are part of your 1000+ :))

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  79. And of course I love everything on the giveaway package. Specially the fabric packaging:))) Count me in.

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  80. Im a follower!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. A little known thing about myself... hummm... I bite my nails.
    oh- I met my husband online. yep- ChristianCafe.com
    They allowed a free week trial and I used 2 different email address for one week of trial and the last try I just emailed a bunch of people (male and female) to just make friends.

    Dave and I started talking online and met about 4 months later at a movie.

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  82. Congratulations! And boy are you courageous! But I'll take the leap and let out a tidbit. I am an animal protector to the extreme. I've even picked up worms from the sidewalk after a rain and put them back in the grass.

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  83. And, of course, I'm a follower too! :-)

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  84. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing with us, well I guess I should share that I don't like summer and I live in So. California.

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  85. I truly love everything you give with your blog. My unknown snippet is that I want to make a third of our house into a work/craft room for myself..shhh.don't tell my family, I'm going to try and do it in sections and very secretly...hopefully no one will notice..

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  86. Already following, couldn't resist your blog..I can relate to the content!

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  87. Now, I want to say congratulations on millenium and what a lot of love went into your giveaway! Beautiful box and lots of good seed material inside too. A few years ago is was told my blood group was B+, get it? Be positive! I needed to hear that as I have had a tendency to be negative (B-):)

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  88. I can relate to your color issue because I have the same problem with the numbers 7 and 9. If someone is reading a long number to me I will often hear 7 and write 9 or the other way around. One of my other oddities is that I no longer have a belly button due to many abdominal surgeries, but sometimes I have phantom belly button itch. It is mildly annoying when it won't go away, but mostly just funny to me. It does however give me great empathy for what the amputees with phantom pain must go through.

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  89. Congrats on all the followers! I am an RSS subscriber and I always find great stuff in your posts.

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  90. about me - i am a vegatarian
    love your blog! thanks!

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  91. I'm a follower of your blog :) Thanks!

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  92. Congrats on the 1K of followers, that is great! Small fact about me..I hate water. I used to water ski and swim and loved the water as I grew up and now I'm terrified of it. It's getting worse too :( Yikes!

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  93. Little known fact about me...sometimes at night after I'm asleep...my thumb unconsciencely finds its way into my mouth!!! Don't tell a soul! LOL

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  94. I am also a follower of your blog! Thanks so much for all you share!

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  95. Something about me? I love staying up all night cleaning. I don't like to clean during the day.
    katrina_hertzer2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. Hey this is Amber and my little known fact is that although I interpret sign language all day I never actally come in to contact with a Deaf person. Its all over a video phone.

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  97. 2nd entry for being a follower!~

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  98. !!!!!!!!!!!YAY!!!!! celebrate good times, come on!!! (You know you were signing that one)

    Little known fact about me: I sometimes wish I owned a large passenger van just so I could paint a unicorn on the side. How awesome would that be?

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  99. Hi,

    Congratulations, a thousand times over! I'm a follower, so please count my entry twice! Little known fact about me: I have a very keen sense of pitch. Not perfect pitch, but nearly so. Makes my ears very sensitive, though, to certain sounds.

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  100. A little known fact about me? hmm . . . I hate showering. Taking a bath, no problem, but showers? Ugh. NO idea why.

    laurie

    lauriedyer(at)msn(dot)com

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  101. Something about me, I am very shy till I get to know you then look out you can't get me shut up. I try a lot of crafts. I hurt my back in 1997 and had to stop working so I took up crafting. I love to sew and make greeting cards the most. I am glad you let us know a little about you. Thanks for the giveawy and have a great week.

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  102. Wow! Congratulations for your goal!
    I am a follower of this blog for three reasons:
    1- I like your work and your creativity expecially in recycling
    2- you are humorous
    3- I have the same problem as you with dirty dishes, the bikini and Co.!!!
    Don't forget to put my name into that hat and continue to make marvels!;-D

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  103. Hello, Michele! I just came here to tell you that my papercuts from brown packing paper are ready and can be seen in my blog. If you remember, I wrote in your post "Monotonous Monday" about it. And - what a surprise! You have a giveaway on such a special occasion! Congratulations! It must be very pleasant to know how many people like you and what you are doing with your golden hands! Well, I won't miss the chance to participate, so... here's something about me. I love music - I play the piano (I attended classes for 12 years) and sing. I've been doing both things throughout the years as a puppet theatre director and actress. (It was interesting to learn you had been acting, too!)
    See you!:)

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  104. A little known fact is that I married into a sewing machine. I have tried to learn how to use it and have, thus far, FAILED. I certainly lack the patience and precision to be successful at sewing.

    Ah, maybe in my next life.

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  105. I've been following your blog through my google reader for months now. Maybe I'll try sewing something one of these days.

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  106. Thanks Michele. Please enter me to your gorgeous giveaways. I'm a follower for a long long time! Moi! oh well I love travelling and madly in love with everything Japanese. Hope that's enough - Hugs Nat

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  107. Wow, Michele, what a beautiful gift and huge congrats on 1000 followers!! I've been a follower for a while.

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  108. Little known fact about me... when my husband and I met he was the guy that delivered my milk and ice cream to my restaurant ... so I married the milkman. :)

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  109. I have been known to put things back in order when I go to the library.

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  110. I am a follower. Congratulations on 1000! I am sure there are many more to come.

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  111. I do the dishes about 4-5 times a day. I hate the dishwasher and I can not let even a spoon lay in the sink without being washed.

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  112. I am a follower.
    suburbsmama@gmail.com

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  113. Just found your blog today and it's clever, crafty and colorful! Love your tutorials, too. The little known fact about myself is that I was a contestant on three episodes of a teenage television quiz program about a thousand years ago.

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  114. Just found your blog today and it's clever, crafty and colorful! Love your tutorials, too. The little known fact about myself is that I was a contestant on three episodes of a teenage television quiz program about a thousand years ago.

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  115. Wow, we have more in common than I knew...I too am very shy with a temper! And I feel very uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit or sleeveless shirt even.

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  116. I notice--and abhor--typos in the newspaper.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    --Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  117. I would love to win that little gift box even if it was empty! Little known fact about myself: I'm kind of a squirrel whisperer. I can get them to take peanuts out of my hand.

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  118. I am now following your blog and I am so glad I found it!

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  119. Congrats on 1000 followers! A little known fact about me is that I'm actually a good cook, I just hate cooking (so everyone thinks I'm bad at it.)

    I'm also a GFC Follower!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

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  120. I'm a follower of your blog and I'd love to win this giveaway. A little known fact about me? Hmmm I won a design a garbage pail kid when I was younger, I think my entry was Fiery Freda :)

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  121. Sounds like you and I have A LOT in common! Especially the modest, shy and temper part. Although, as I have gotten older, and for the last 22 years I have shared my life with a wonderful, patient man, my temper has really improved! I enjoy your posts a lot. So glad you are reaching out! Thanks!

    lostexangj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  122. I followed you! So cute I can't believe I've never found your blog before!

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  123. Congratulations on the mile marker :) someday I hope mine will reach that number. A little known fact about me is I am a crocheter love fiber arts but deep down inside I'm just a smidge jealous of the knitting ladies.

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  124. My little known fact is that I own 2 chameleons, a Panther Chameleon and a Nosy Be chameleon. Google it, they're amazing!

    http://classycleverchic.blogspot.com/

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  125. i love cooking and kniting


    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

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  126. blog follower via GFC


    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

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  127. Many, many congrats!
    Not alot of people know this but I have refuelled a VC10 aircraft at Calcutta airport!
    Please drop my name in the hat!

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  128. AND.........Im a follower too lol
    What a natty little fabric box! And such vibrant colours to giveaway, thanks for the chance to take part.

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  129. I don't like peanut butter
    :)
    Rory
    rfgoaliegirl@gmail.com

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  130. I love to bake from scratch even though I dread the clean up after =).

    starhoney111@gmail.com

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  131. Big congratulations!
    As for a little known fact about me... hm... it's trickier than I thought... I love reading various kinds of books but my favourite ones are fantasy and children's (ok, let's make it young adult) books.

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  132. And I'm a follower (although I'm more of a lurker, but still I visit regularly)

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  133. I'm addicted to learning.


    Melody J
    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  134. GFC Follower.


    Melody J
    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

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  135. One little known fact about me is that I love to weed my garden. I find it very refreshing... and it's a great excuse to be outside!

    -Heidi

    writeme at heidimail dot com

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  136. Congrats!
    Even though I am a law student, I'm very shy and terrified of speaking in public, but I am pretty good at hiding it!

    logans_momma09@yahoo.com

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  137. Congrats on the number of followers and thanks for the chance to win...fact about me is that I love anything chocolate..lindacrosby(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  138. Such a cute box, I might have to try making it on summer vacation.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  139. I love, love, love paper and sharpies. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

    whosyerbuddie AT yahoo DOT com

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  140. My fact is that I am also very, very shy! I wonder, how can you be shy and have been an actor? Acting is something I know I could never do!

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  141. I also follow your blog! :)

    reneelasater(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  142. I have a stationery tower. And it has to be extremely organized, or else someone will be very grumpy.

    jo.tee35 AT gmail DOT com

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  143. A little known fact about me is that my middle and my last name are the same!

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  144. congrats on all of the followers!

    my random fact: I can wiggle my ears, sorta like Alfalfa :)

    jessiebear.jf(at)verizon(dot)net

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  145. ok little known fact about me, I read the narnia books when I am stressed :) now I have a kindle I can do so on the train!

    alice(dot)godridge(at)gmail(dot)com

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  146. My little known fact: I'm scare of moths. They scare me.

    jjweichel(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  147. One little known fact about me is that I went on a mission's trip to Panama when I was 16. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    giveaway.raes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  148. I'm now a follower of your blog via GFC. :o)

    giveaway.raes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  149. generous giveaway, count me in! =)
    some things about me... I spend a lot of time browsing and creating art :)

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  150. Great giveaway! My well known fact, the one I always use when we have to share a "fun fact" about ourselves is I used to have a pet monkey when I lived in Cambodia.
    My less known one that's been on my mind recently is that I am a terrible arguer. I am okay when debating a topic or meaning or event or whatever. I mean the little fights I have with my boyfriend or whatever. I get totally immature and cry and hang up on him and break things and irrational stuff like that. But in the middle of being upset, it's not like I can go, "Whoops, sorry, let me turn my mature switch back on and we can talk about this."

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  151. I was an exchange student on a tropical island my senior year of high school and still managed to valedictorian even though I can't spell!

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  152. I think you're brave :o) I find a lot of actors (actresses) are shy. Weird but true. I guess it's okay to be in front of people when you are being someone else? Congrats on 1000!

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  153. I rarely like my hair when I get it colored but never care enough to fix it.

    lifewithjding (at) gmail (dot) com

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  154. What a great giveaway! A little known fact about myself is that I love anything relating to the paranormal. I'm obsessed with watching shows about ghost-hunting and I would love to spend a night in a haunted building to do some of my own ghost-hunting!

    Maggie T.
    dunder_mifflin@comcast.net

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  155. I also wanted to let you know that I am a follower of your blog via Blogger/Google Friend Connect!

    Maggie T.
    dunder_mifflin@comcast.net

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  156. i'm your new follower :)
    i'm struggle with my final assignment to graduate next month >.<

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  157. Hmm toads terrify me from some unknown reason. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bmweida at yahoo dot com

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  158. We have a few things in common - I'm cold-natured here in the mountains of NC in the US, but I wear sweaters instead of scarves. I had not thought of scarves, but might try them. I'm shy, but I hold my head up high when I walk into the room with a patient, because I know they may be just as nervous as I am. As for the dishes - well I don't mind loading the dishwasher, but I HATE to unload it. That is a problem when I need to load it again. So, they stay in the sink for a day or so, until I finally unload it.

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! Your giveaway prize is absolutely precious and so Michele. Anyone who wins that will be one lucky person. Put me in the pot.

    As for my little known fact: I can read upside-down, and pretty quick too. It has come in handy at times!

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  159. Hi, what a cool giveaway!

    Something about me: In the summer of 2001, I stayed on a Hopi Indian reservation. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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  160. Oops! I forgot to put my email address in my previous comment!

    Lcg842(at)comcast(dot)net

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  161. This is fun! Very few people know that I rowed a dory through Eye of the Needle rapid on the Salmon River in Idaho (River of No Return). Obviously, I returned!;)(tootsvh@aol.com)

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  162. THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!
    I picked up my fabulous present this Friday at the post office. It couldn't have arrived in a better moment, we are getting through a very hard time/big problems in my family and this was just what I needed to cheer aup a little. I LOVE the box (and the content of course), must try to make one myself, but have to learn how to make that kind of embroidery first. I have some fabric that matches with the floss, so I have no excuses ; )
    Big hug from Spain!

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