Tuesday, 11 June 2013

2nd Blogging Birthday Giveaway

Today’s my second ‘bloggiversary’ – hooray!  I really can’t believe that I’ve been doing this for two whole years!

I LOVE blogging.
I sometimes feel as though I put too much pressure on myself to get posts up, and I sometimes get annoyed with myself for spending too much time sitting in front of my computer. I get a bit nervous before I post things about myself, or before I do a show-and-tell of something I’ve made. I worry that people won’t visit me here, or that they might not like what I’m doing. I feel guilty if I haven’t visited certain blogs for a while, and I feel bad if I don’t get around to replying to the comments people leave me here..... 


I love playing at being an author and a photographer, and I love keeping a record of all of the crafty (and some not so crafty) things that I do. I love receiving comments and emails from 'visitors', and having the chance to ask for feedback on what I’m doing. I love visiting other people’s blogs, getting inspired, and chit-chatting with like-minded souls from all around the globe. And, most of all, I
LOVE all of the wonderful bloggy FRIENDS that I’ve made over the past two years!!!

I really can’t believe how great blogging pals are – and I’m so grateful to all of you for visiting me here, writing to me, encouraging me, and just being such blinking brilliant friends!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! 
And, to say
THANK YOU once more, I’m going to host a little giveaway. If you enter, you could find yourself winning these summery Crafted by Carly goodies:

There’s a stripy (CK fabric) sunglasses case.....

..... with a spotty-dotty lining.....

..... and two little rosette pins (one blue and one red).....

All matchy-matchy, of course!

To enter, all you need to do is:
1)  Follow my blog
2)  Leave a comment under this post, letting me know what’s YOUR favourite thing about blogging 

I’ll leave the giveaway open for two weeks, and randomly pick a winner on Tuesday 25th June.  Of course, it’s open to everybody, no matter whereabouts in the world you are. 

Good luck!

Hugs to you all!




  1. Hi Carly, Happy 2nd blogiversary! Don't be so hard on yourself - you're only human (aren't you?!!). Lovely blog and as you know I have followed you for a while. The thing I love about blogging is it makes me see things differently, I seem to notice and appreciate things more. Have fun celebrating (will there be cake?). Lovely goodies in the giveaway too.
    xx PS. One thing I've been meaning to ask you for a while is how do you reply to comments direct to someone's email? It's something I think is great but can't work out how to do.

  2. Happy happy second and well done on reaching it!!
    lovely giveaway...count me in please...my fave thing about blogging are the people that come into our lives and gently influence us in the best possible ways....!!
    bestest d xx

  3. Hi Carly, happy blogiversary :)
    The best thing about blogging is meeting all the like minded crafty people out there in other parts of the country/world that I would never meet otherwise, you are all so kind and inspirational, when I get comments they are always lovely and encouraging, for me it's become part of my life which I really love.
    I'm having a give-away too, just to say thank you to all my visitors, I hope you can join in :)

    Emma x

  4. Happy 2nd blogiversary Carly!!!! What a cute giveaway! I agree with you, blogging can get tough! Sometimes I find it hard to do both, write and keep up with favorite blogs... It can get a little overwhelming at times, but then the positives always seem to outweigh the negatives! My favorite thing about blogging is the relationships I've made with people from all over the world! When I started blogging I never imagined the friends I'd meet!
    Anyways, I love reading your blog, love looking at your pictures, and always love the fabulous colors and patterns in your projects! Keep it all coming! :)
    Kate :}

  5. Happy 2nd bloggiversary! I very much enjoy reading you blog and hope there will be many more.
    My favorite aspect of blogging is sharing information, inspriation & to know that someone might be reading my words or look at my pictures right now.
    It's exciting!
    I also have a Giveaway on my blog right know, if you want to check it out:

    Cheers, Anni

  6. oh lovely giveaway...please count me in! I love the people that blogging has introduced me to and of the confidence it has given me to do or make things that might otherwise never have come to be! I think we ALL experience those feelings you describe, but overall blogging has been a really positive aspect in my life x

  7. Oooooohhh! Happy, happy days Carly. What I LOVE about blogging is all the new people and lives I get to "meet" through it! I love popping by other parts of the world and seeing what my new friends are up to :) That has to be my favourite part :) Hooray! Also I love your prizes... my raybans would look awesome in that case :)

    Hazel x

  8. happy days indeed!
    I thought I already followed you blog but just checked and I didn't...so do now.
    Congratulations on your blogaversary - I too love blogging (as you know) and feel all the same pressures/guilt as you!
    My favourite thing though is meeting like minded people all over the world and knowing that, if it wasn't for blogging, I would never have met them!
    fee xxx

  9. Hi Carly, please count me in on the giveaway draw.
    Congrats on the two year bloggiversary! Mine will be two years in October, where does the time go?
    Its the feeling as if you are part of a large like minded community that is most enjoyable for me.I also like the fact I'm leaving something about me and mine for my descendants many years in the future.

  10. Congratulations Carly!
    Although I don't have a blog myself I have 'met' so many lovely people through blogs!

  11. Happy second bloggy Birthday. I love blogging too, the best thing about blogging has been the meeting of so many like minded souls. Discovering that there are as many mad collectors out there as me. Lots of inner grannies. xo

  12. Happy second blog birthday, Carly! I love blogging because I can share the little things I love, like pretty fabrics, flowers and stitching, with other like minded blog friends around the world who love the same things!! I also like the blog friendship and sense of humour that we share as well as a creative connection. Your giveaway gifts are really beautiful, just like everything you make :)
    Helen x

  13. Dear Carly, congratulations for the second blog aniversary!
    As you, I love blogging because I can meet such an amazing audience.
    I hope I'll win this lovely giveaway !I'm almost sure I'll:-)

  14. Congrats on making the two year mark! I started my blog as a way to try and focus my attention on my art, instead of just letting free time drift past. It's really focused my attention on my crafting, which has been a good but unexpected outcome, and I can't believe how much I've made in the last year because of that! Then other people's blogs have directed me off to more learning and inspiration, and my knitting skills have advanced so much.
    Although I still struggle with posting regularly, I love how it has made me much more aware of time passing on the crafty front, sort of feels like constantly working with a craft deadline in mind, so am much more focused and productive (on my craft anyway ;p )

  15. Happy bloggiversary! What a gorgeous giveaway, I would love to be included! I am already a follower of your lovely blog.
    M x

  16. I agree with everything you have written, I love the way my blog helps me think creatively and record precious memories. I really love "meeting" and getting to know so many similar fabulous crafty folk.

  17. Congratulations Carly on your second blog birthday...it's always lovely to visit you! I love meeting like-minded people in the blog world and feeling inspired to learn new things too (like my crochet which I may never have done!)
    Such a beautiful Giveaway...can you pop my name in your hat please?
    Happy Friday!
    Susan x
    P.S I agree with everything you have written here too!

  18. Happy 2nd blog year...I like blogging because you can play at making your very own magazine full of inspiring people and enter fab giveaways. Eco Ethel xx

  19. Hello lovely lady .... i love this post and i think everything you wrote about blogging ~ positive & negative just about applies to us all! it made me giggle.
    Two years .... congratulations and such a gorgeous giveaway, i would LOVE to be entered please, and after i finish typing i shall have everything crossed!
    The thing that i love most about blogging is finding new like minded friends, just like you, its wonderful.
    happy weekend
    love jooles xxx

  20. Hello and happy 2nd. Anniversary!! I started blogging because due to being ill so much l spend a lot of time at home. Not easy when one really is a restless social being l can say :-). I love blogging because l have discovered some lovely people with similar interests to myself. I love the way people encourage eachother and show genuine concern for eachother. I love getting inspired by all the lovely creativity in blogland and getting to meet other creative souls even if l am not able to travel round the world anymore. Hope your weekend is a lovely one, Pam xx

  21. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog and I love writing one cause I can make friends in another place and hopefully people like reading what I am writing.

    Have a wonderful weekend xx

  22. Hello there Carly! What a fab little giveaway...I am dotty about polka dots! Its funny that Ive just written a similar post in fact and I have to say my favourite thing about blogging is meeting lovely like-minded folk who appreciate my ramblings and inspire me a lot xx Blogland is a wonderful place indeed! :)

  23. Happy blogiversary! I love blogging too! I love meeting people and getting inspired by their work (e.g. yours!!!). KOx

  24. Happy blogging anniversary - I love bloging because it helps me remember all the fun things I do and also enables meet to meet lots of new interesting people all around the globe xxx

  25. Happy 2nd Blogiversary Carly - I think your blog is fab - I don't comment as much as I should but I am always lurking ;-) Don't put yourself under pressure to write posts - we'll still be here. Congratulations X


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