Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


When I first started blogging, I can remember being beside myself with joy when I had my very first follower!! Wow! Someone actually took the time to read what I wrote and liked it!! Gradually, that list continued to grow and each time someone joined, I still had that same feeling of unbelief and wonder!!

Now as I have actually reached 203 followers, it is time again to say Thank You, and as a way of showing my appreciation for all your sweet comments, encouraging words and interest in my little world, I would like to share one of my handmade creations with one of you!! It will be a Velvet Pear Pinkeep, made using a wonderful Stacy Nash pattern!

 The Pear is made using some lovely vintage cotton velvet, and has been firmly mounted to a distressed glass candlestick. I have featherstitched all three sides, and have added a variety of pins and a small emery strawberry as well! It is topped with a brown wool stem and will be signed and dated by me!

In order to participate for ONE chance please do BOTH of the following:
1) Be a follower of my blog (open to US and CAN)
2) Post a comment on THIS POST 

If you would like a SECOND chance, just add this to your sidebar and let me know you have done that and I will enter you again!

I will close it on Aug. 16th at 10pm Pacific time and will announce the winner on the 17th! I wish each of you the best of luck and thank you for entering!!

I have to honestly say that when I first started this blogging adventure, I NEVER would have expected to reach this milestone and am STILL amazed every day with your interest and support!! I so wish I could be a better blogger, posting more and always having wonderful and interesting things to say and to share, but alas, I have to just be content with BEING ME, and after all, that is WHO you are following, right?

I wish I could give each one of you a gift, but since that is not possible, please know that I am sending you my Heartfelt Thanks!! All of you are important, and make blogging so meaningful…from the newest ones…a BIG WELCOME, to the earliest ones….my humblest gratitude!

Wishing you a Joyous Day, my friends~~



Anonymous said...

Julie, I love the pin keep. Never would have thought to make one from velvet. I am a follower and will post on my sidebar.
Country at heart

Penny said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered in your give-away -- the pinkeep is just lovely!
I don't have a blog so I cannot post on the sidebar, but I am hoping that my one entry will do the trick!!
Have a great day!

Raspberry Hill Crafts said...

That is a really beautiful pin keep. Would love to be entered in your giveaway, have posted this great giveaway on my sidebar

Raspberry Lane Primitives said...

Congrats on such a nice blog! Please enter me in your prim pear giveaway...it's darling!

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Hi Julie,
Congratulations on your followers!
I LOVE your pear make do!!
Please enter me into your amazing giveaway.
Of course, you know, Im a follower.
*August 16th is my 41st Birthday, maybe this wonderful pear could give me a reason to smile on that day. Heeehee!! :)

I will post about your giveaway on my sidebar.

Thanks so much!

Susan said...

Hi, Julie...Please enter me in your giveaway for the Velvet Pear Pinkeep. I also have a Sidebar Post of your Giveaway on my blog. I am in the "awe and wonder" stage with my blog as you describe in your post. You are one of my first followers and I've got a whopping 17 total! I'll always remember this little group and be grateful for the support you all gave to me.
Your blog is beautiful and I hope someday I can be really proud of mine as I know you must be of yours.
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MA

cottageprims said...

I always felt amazed so many people were interested in my blog too.You do beautiful work and I'd love a chance.I'll post to my blog for the extra chance.Warm Blessings!~Amy


Hi, congrats on "204" followers, i would love a chance to win your pinkeep. I am a follower and will post on my sidebar. Thank You!

Patti said...

Congratulations on such a milestone! Please enter me in your lovely giveaway. Your pear is just gorgeous!
Blessings, Patti

The Humble Stitcher said...

Congratulations, Julie! It looks like you now have 205 followers!!! I love your pinkeep and think it's really sweet of you to offer such a wonderful giveaway. I'd love a chance to win :)

Christine said...

Wow, a beautiful giveaway.....it would be a thrill to win it!! I also do not have a blog, but enjoy reading yours and viewing your lovely works!

Penelope's Beehive said...

Dearest Julie...Such a kind and generous gesture! It is ALWAYS a treat to visit with you, and ogle your handmades...lovely, lovely, LOVELY!
I would be ever so grateful if you would please add my name to your giveaway...thank you most kindly!

Warm & gentle hugs...

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Congrats on your milestone Julie! I love seeing what you've been doing. I'd love the chance to win this gorgeous pinkeep you've created. I have also added your giveaway to my blog sidebar.
Prim Blessings,

Carol Stuck said...

I love the pear pinkeep!!!! I am so happy I found your blog. I love it and congrats on your milestone. Please enter me for a chance to win and I am also going to post your giveaway to my sidebar.

Thanks, Julie!!!


Gayle said...

Julie - Isn't blogland a wonderful place? And all of your followers feel lucky to read a little bit about your life & projects when you share! Thanks for the chance to win this lovely pear pinkeep - your work is beautiful!

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

Congratulations on your milestone accomplished. The pear is lovely and I would love to be entered for a chance to win. It has been great getting to know you through blogging!! I will post on my side bar also!

Carmen Sutton & Jean Hohulin said...

Its awesome to think that you have 203 more friend then when you started. I love to see all of the things you do keep the posts comming. I would love to be entered in your drawing for the awesome pear!

Tina's Primitive Attic said...

Congrats on all of your followers... Your pinkeep is lovely!! Please enter me, I am a follower and I posted on my sidebar...

Beckyjean said...

Hi Julie~

I love reading your blog & seeing all of your wonderful creations. I would love a chance to own that beautiful pinkeep. I am a follower & have posted on my blogs sidebar.

Have a wonderful evening~Becky

Ashley said...

Hi there! I'm your newest follower and I can't wait to read more. Your blog is lovely! A velvet pear pinkeep was a fantastic idea! The velvet gives a bit of lux to the prim.
of Wooly World

Diane said...


I'm totally new to the blog scene, but will be following yours. You have wonderful items and I would be honored to be entered into your giveaway for the beautiful pinkeep.

In friendship,

susiedele said...

I love your prim, pear make-do. Please put my name in the hat...Susie

HomeSpunPrims said...

YAY! You are up to 212 followers! I LOVE your blog Julie. You are the sweetest person and I always enjoy your posts and seeing what you've been up to. Please do enter me in your giveaway. Your pear Pinkeep is beautiful and I would count myself blessed to win it. Have a great day my friend. I hope it's filled with blessings as you have blessed others....hugs, Lori

lilraggedyangie said...

I am a new follower, it is nice to meet you , I found you through Tamera Country at heart! Great Blog look forward to reading your posts! Please do Not enter me for your beautiful give away , leave that for all your dedicated followers since i am new! congrats on the milestone! Enjoy your day ! hugs lil raggedy angie

dee begg said...


Congrats on reaching 200 followers. I am a follower and would love to be entered into your perfectly prim pear pincushion giveaway. Wow! Say that 3 times fast! LOL! I will also post on my blogs sidebar for you. Thanks for the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway.


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Thanks so much everyone for signing up! Just a quick note to let you know that this is open to ALL FOLLOWERS, both new AND old, so just be sure to leave a comment!! I would love for all of you to have a chance if you want one!!
I love what Dee said, "say perfectly prim pear pincushion 3 times fast!! I tried it and you will all be happy it is not required!! LOL
Take care and good luck!!!

•♦•The Olde Weeping Cedar •♦• said...

Thanks so much for visitng my blog, Julie!
It's so nice to meet you, you have a lovely blog, and so many friendly followers-Congrats! Fellow Bloggers are just the best!
Your work is just beautiful.
Enjoy your day and have a happy week ahead!

Heather said...

Please do enter me in your giveaway! I'm a follower through google reader, but I joined your reader tab for good measure :) Oh, how I loooove velvet and how I love pears! so what a lovely giveaway! crossing my fingers... :)

Joanne said...

What a wonderful generous give-a-way Julie - Whoever wins your giveaway will be blessed to have one of your handids and will treasure it for sure - you are one talented lady!

TheCrankyCrow said...

Hello Julie!!
At this very point in time, I'm your newest follower...Wow!! Can't believe I haven't stumbled on you before...It's like we might be kindred sisters or something!! I love everything I see here! The pincushions, the birds, the prim dolls...the SHOES!! And I adore Stacy Nash's desings....I would be so honored and pleased to be entered in your wonderful giveaway....This pinkeep makedo is awesome!! Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I have posted to my sidebar as well. Looking forward to seeing much, much, more of you and your talents!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Home In New England said...

Hi Stacy!
I want to first thank-you for leaving me such a kind comment on my blog, congratulations on all of your followers!!I simply adore your pinkeep giveaway too! My sister and her husband have just re-located to the beautiful state of Washington last week. I'll have to look and see if she lives near your shop :-)
Blessings, Bonnie

Lynn said...

Please enter me in your blog giveaway.
Thank you so much.

WoolenSails said...

You do wonderful prim work, love blogs that inspire me and ideas to decorate my own home. I am a new follower.


Mary said...

Good Grief!!!! I have never worked so hard to win a giveaway, LOL. I posted a comment last night before I posted your giveaway to my sidebar. It clearly didn't take and have tried to post 10x since. Every now and again I come across a blog where my comments just won't stick. Hmmmm............. PLEASE let this one take, LOL.

Mary said...

It stuck it stuck!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!!!! No idea what I did different. Just glad it took for a double chance to win that gorgeous pear!!!!
Willow Ridge Primitives

Tam said...

New follower here, Please enter me, what a great blog you have.

Laurie - Downriver Primitives said...

I am a new follower and I posted your giveaway on my sidebar. Thank you so much for this generous giveaway, I am crossing my fingers :)

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Beautiful piece! I am a follower, please enter my name in your giveaway. I am having a Fall one, if you want visit my blog and enter too. Also, I will be posting it in my blog.

alltheseboys said...

So glad I found your blog. What a beautiful pear pin keep. I am a new follower and would LOVE to be included in your giveaway.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie ~
Congrats! I see you are now up to 225 followers. I am like you getting excited with each new follower. I just passed 200 myself ~ woo hoo!
Please enter me in your give-away. I'd give the pinkeep a place of honor!
Pug hugs :)

dee said...

This is just darling; sure hope I win!!!


Primitive Echoes said...

Congrats on over 200. I am a new follower and would love to be entered. I am so glad I found your blog, it is so wonderful.
I also posted on my sidebar.
Thanks for hosting. I hope I win, I love the pinkeep.

old crow said...

Congrats on your blog Julie, you and Jeff have really made this such a beautiful blog!! Love all your stories, and the pictures are always lovely!! Good luck to the winner of this beautiful make do....someone is sure to be very happy out there in blog land!! :)

mamatkins said...

I am a follower. Thanks so much, I would love to win. mamatkins@Hotmial.com

Ruffles and Relics said...

I am a new follower..congrats on the blog milestone!! Thanks for the lovely offer..

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I love the pin keep and would be honored to win it.
I am a follower.

~The Boyd Homestead Farm~ said...

Hello, I'm a new follower and I must say, I love your work! Your pin keep is so cute :) I would love to be entered into your giveaway and I will post on my sidebar!
Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs, Trish

Jeni said...

What a beautiful Blog! I just found you today, and hope to read your blog often! The pear is really sweet! Hope to win!

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

What a lovely pear pinkeep! It would make a wonderful addition to my sewing room. Thanks for offering this kind giveaway. I have been an official follower of your blog for some time.

Brenda said...

Congratulations on having so many followers! I have enjoyed following your blog, and reading your posts. You are a decorating inspiration... beautiful work. :)

wickedfaerie said...

Hi I am a new follower, and just in time too. Love your blog. Please enter me in the giveaway. Stop by sometime I am also having a giveaway.

wickedfaerie said...

I am a new follower and just in time. Please enter me for the draw.

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Lucky me, I just found your blog and would love to enter to win the awesome velvet pear that you have created. I just became a follower. Going to do some checking of your older posts now. Congrats on your 200 plus followers.

Farmhouse prims said...

Congratulations on all of your followers, please enter me in your wonderful giveaway! Thanks, Lecia