Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Shop-Opening, (Birthday-)Giveaway and More!

Hello World!

Wow, what a busy week this is! There are Birthdays everywhere I look (including my own), I've finally managed to set up my Etsy-Shop (although it still needs some fine-tuning here and there), and although I've got this week off from work, it just seems to fly by with the speed of light! Be prepared for a longer post and stay with me, because there's something to win, too! :)

Remember my last post, when I looked for a pattern-tester for my new Star-Mandala?


Boy, that was a tough decision! I feel a little bad that I had to disappoint so many of you, because unfortunately I couldn't pick all who offered their help, but I really appreciate all your enthusiastic comments! In the end I decided to give this pattern to Samantha from Betsy Makes, a lovely site you shouldn't miss, I'm really glad I've found her and her blog. Thank you, Sam, for testing and your thoughtful feedback, you helped me a lot!

I also had some comments from my German readers, and so I thought I could - for the first time - translate one of my patterns to German, too. So, if you're from Germany and would like to test the German version, please leave a comment here and I might come back to you!



So, and on we go: Have I mentioned that I've finally opened my Etsy-Shop? :) >>Come on in!<<

The shelves aren't as full as I hoped they would be on the Grand Opening Day, but if I wait until I've taken pictures of all my finished items, written all the descriptions (both in German and English), and calculated all the shipping costs, well... Christmas would be over and nobody would want a Star-Mandala anymore anyway, right?

So, for now you can purchase the pattern for my Star-Mandala in the English version as PDF with instant download (it works: John was so kind to invest some money in me and was my first customer to see if it works smoothly), or - if you're not a crocheter yourself - you can also go for some ready-made Mandalas in different color-combos, like this one:



Or - you can just enter my Giveaway here and now, and maybe you will win the PDF-pattern which will be send to you in an e-mail - great, isn't it?



So, as I mentioned before, it's the week of Birthdays: on Monday I turned one year... better, and tomorrow it's John's turn. Happy Birthday to us! :) I think I've never mentioned my exact age here on this blog, did I? Wanna guess? Don't worry, I won't get mad if you judge me 20 years older than I am, I'm feeling a little more relaxed about this whole age-thing than I did some years ago. Maybe because I'm married now *lol*. And we're not talking about age anyway - all I want to know from you (to win the Giveaway) is the year of my birth. The first one who enters the correct year, will win my pattern. Fair, sweet and simple. The Giveaway will be open until the correct answer is given.

Good Luck to all of you!!


25 comments:

  1. These are really beautiful!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY as well. I am glad you were able to get your shop open. I love your blog. I haven't been around in a long time. My old laptop got a virus and broke completely down a year ago. I just got a new one a few weeks ago. Now, I'm making my rounds to all my favorite spot :-)

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  2. Congrats on opening your new Etsy shop! And Happy Birthday to you and your hubby!

    I'm gonna take a guess and say that you were born in the year 1983. :)

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  3. Congratulations, Barbara! ...on your shop and on your birthday ;-) Lovely mandala.

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  4. Happy Birthday! How about 1974? I'm basing that on absolutely nothing!

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  5. Happy Birthday.....I am going to make a wild guess and say....1979? I am heading over to have a look see at your shop...

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    1. Hey, you are right - I was born in 1979! Thank you for the Birthday Wishes and Congratulation to YOU on winning this pattern! I'll try to contact you via your g+ profile!

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  6. I love these, there are so pretty! I'm guessing your birth year is 1979 :)

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    1. aawh... unfortunately you were 2 minutes to late with the right guess! :(

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  7. Happy birthdays! Love this pattern. My guess is 1981.

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  8. Congratulations on your Etsy shop and your birthday! I am going to guess 1979.

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    1. Thank you for playing and the Birthday wishes! Unfortunately Vikki was a little quicker with the answer, 1979 is correct.

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  9. Happy Birthday!!!
    I'm from 1972, maybe you are too??

    Have a nice Birthday :)

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  10. Happy birthday and congrats on your shop. My guess would be 1985.

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  11. I love birthdays! My guess is...1978?

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  12. Happy Birthday Barbara and to hubby too! it was mine yesterday too there does seem to be an awful lot of November birthdays around. I would say 1980, but good luck to anyone who is lucky enough to win. Congratulations on your new shop, I'm off to have a look around now, Have a great day! xx

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    1. Thank you Linda, and Happy Birthday to you, too!

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  13. Happy Birthday, I love the look of the shop. I'm not entering this contest, I just wanted to say that the new shop looks great and to wish you success.

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  14. Happy birthday! I would say that you were born in 1978. Enjoy your day ;)

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  15. I'm trying to give away that lay not as a pressure on me haha

    i am from 1968 but i am thinking you are the half of it haha

    hugs jenneke

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  16. Thank you all so much for the Birthday wishes! The correct answer was given in the middle of the night (in Germany) so I couldn't moderate them until this morning. The year of my birth is 1979, and Vikki Hooks was the first one to give the the right answer - Congratulations, Vikki!
    This giveaway is now closed, but thank you for playing!

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  17. Happy birthday! And I'm guessing ... 1976.
    best wishes
    Ute

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  18. Best of luck with your new shop. i hope that all goes really well.
    Rosie

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  19. Happy Birthday, I think your Star Mandala is stunning.. Love it.. I think you look about the age of my son.. 1976. A great year. Hugs Judy

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  20. Love your Site & Glad your still with us as your Talent is Superior in designing. Love you

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