Thursday, January 27, 2011

The 1,000th Post & My First Giveaway!

My heavens...1,000 posts!
I must have had lots to say in the past 3 1/2 years.
One thousand posts seems a little exorbitant, don't you think?
Yes, it is excessive and also a reason to
C E L E B R A T E.
Because you know I always love a good celebration.

I may have done a lot of waxing poetic, griping, rejoicing, bragging, creating, extolling, thinking-out-loud in these 1,000 posts; but I can tell you one thing I've never done is a giveaway.

I'm fixin' a change that.

What I'm giving away:

An adorable hand-knit creation from THIS etsy shop.
Marci is a friend of mine from high school.
She knits the most "awwww!" inspiring confections for the top of your babies heads.
I mean...look.

I love them.
Love. Love. Love.
Each one is cuter than the first.

She makes her hats to order from 0 months to 4 years size.
She also says she'll make adult sizes too...
so if you have a hankerin' to wear an owl on your adult-sized noggin, your wish is her command.
(I don't advise an adult wearing an owl on her head...for the record.)

I also want to send you one of my favorite books.

The winner may choose from one of two fabulous reads.

Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kenison

The amazon site is HERE.
My glowing reviews are HERE and HERE.

This book will change the pace of your days as a mother and your perspective of what is valuable in life.


Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach

The amazon site is HERE.
My reviews of Sarah's work are HERE and HERE.

This book is (almost) the sole reason I went back to nursing school a few years ago.
It challenged me to do a little soul-examination and (in tandem with my Bible and prayer time) led me to realize I needed to take life by the horns and seize my day.
One of my favorites, for sure.

How to enter the giveaway:

There are several ways to enter.
Each avenue you take will give you an additional entry.
So, do one or do them all.

1 - Comment on this post.
But first, go to Marci's shop and peruse her hats.
Tell me which is your favorite in your comment.
Share the knit-hat-goodness love.

2 - Become a follower of She's Star-Crossed.
Right over there on my right sidebar is an option to "follow" the blog.
Click there and follow; you do not have to have a blogspot account to do this.

3 - Twitter about this giveaway and link back to this post.

4 - Write a status update on your facebook about this giveaway and link back to this post.

5 - Blog about this giveaway.
In your blog post you must leave a link back to this post AND to Marci's etsy site.

After you do all (or one) of these things, come back here and post a comment letting me know what you've done to enter, this is the only way I'll know how many entries to give you!

I will randomly pick the winner and announce it 10 days from now.
Monday, February 7th.
So check back to see if you've won and we'll nail down all the details like which hat you'd like and which book you choose.

For all of my faithful little followers (that sweet, small group) who were followers before I ever entered the world of blog giveaways, you will automatically get TWO entries more added to your entry tally. The rewards of sticking it out with me and my 1,000 silly thoughts.

Now, go!
Go forth and blog, twitter, facebook...whatever it takes.
And WIN this giveaway!

KAYLA was the winner.


Kimberly Ginn said...

Cute stuff by Marci! I want the silly dragon hat in an adult size so I can wear it out in public. Just kidding...I need an adult size because my son has an enormous head!

Deseree said...

I love Marci's crochet owl hat. It is adorable and would go either for boy/girl which would be perfect for our newest addition coming.

Jamie Willow said...

I also love the owl is just so whimsical and wonderful!

and I have loved reading all 1000 of your posts! a few of them more than once :)

Jamie Willow said...

I did a facebook post!

Andrea said...

Oh my word, these are adorable! They would make awesome photography props for photoshoots, I love the lade bug one & the pink on with the ear flaps and flower attached. So cute!

Thank you for being such an inspiring blogger to me!! Happy 1000th post Mrs. B!!

Andrea said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

I also facebooked about this giveaway!

And, I'm a faithful follower of She's star crossed!

Jamie Willow said...

I just tweeted too! yay!

Lacy said...

I love love the owl hat!!

Lacy said...

I'm a follower, I need to catch up:)

Lacy said...

I posted on facebook!

Rae Nolt said...

I follow! AND love your work! Its a favorite to read! Plus, I love the so so cute! Easton would look super cute wearing one! :)

[not the] Best Blog Ever said...

Ok... fun times... You go, girl - way to drive traffic to your site! :) Time to start making some moola off this thing? (Side note: you should apply to become part of's network...)

So far today I've become a "follower" of your blog, and I've visited Marci's shop. Super cute. I love the beanie with felt flower and vintage button. So cute for a little girl!

More completed action items to come...


[not the] Best Blog Ever said...

p.s. I also just tweeted for you. :)

The Arnold Family said...

I think all the hats are cute. But if I am thinking towards a little boy, any of the animal hats. They are all so darling. :)

Alexandria said...
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Alexandria said...

this is fun!!!

alright ... over all, my favorite hat is the maroon one with the flower on the side ... the mini ear flaps are the cutest. but i am also a little head-over-heals for the mouse one! i think it'd be so cute & quirky on a little fuzzy head.

i love your blog. way to go, sissy!!

Katie said...

What a super fun way to celebrate 1,000 posts, Ashley!!

I LOVE Marci's hats.

I'm hopelessly in love with the grey beanie, so much so that owning it, would force me into having another baby to fill it. :)

Now it's time for me to tweet, blog and FB about this fun little giveaway!

Katie said...

Update: I tweeted, blogged, and FB'd this. I also joined the blog, but I think I may have already been a member under another email address...MAYBE. I couldn't see all the members to see if I was or not, so, I am now. Weeee!

Alicia Marie said...

I am a follower...obviously.
I love the owl hat the best, hands down.

I blogged about it here

I also posted the blog on facebook, which is rather indirect, but you can decided if that works.

Congrats on 1000 post and here is to another 1000!

Lindsey B. said...

So fun! I love your blog Ash! So I just found out we are having a baby boy so the grey beanie is my favorite! I am also posting this to my status update!

Mrs.M said...

I am a follower...of course. <3

I LOVE the Owl AND the Silly Dragon. Since you said to choose one....well, I'll go with the owl. I would very much rock that owl in Alaska! Did anyone say Christmas pictures? I can see us wearing the Owl hat and Silly Dragon hats!

I blogged about it.

I posted it on Faceboook.

And I tweeted about it. My twitter name is Pattycakesm

I look forward to reading your blog everytime there is a new post. Here's to many, many more entires that continue to inspire each and every one of us!

Maegan said...

Cute hats!! I love the Owl one!

I have been following you forever and I just posted you on my facebook :)

Wow.. 1000 posts?!? That is awesome I think I started around the same time and I have about 100 :)

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Dang Girl!
Mitten String for God! YET ANOTHER thing we have in common!
OK, you entered mine, now I am entering yours. I have baby showers to go to so I need that book! I always give it and another handful of my favs out...
OH, guess what, soon, like in the next day or two I will have "Teach Your Kids to Eat", that blog series I did, for sale in book form! I am so excited!
Here is to me winning - and you too on my giveaway! I haven't won anything in FOREVER!

I love the gray hat!

Hanna said...

I love the crochet owl hat! it's so cute

Sarah said...

WHAT?!?! How did I miss this?? I will blog and FB it! Happy 1,000th post! I love this little blog!

The Malko's said...

I LOVE knit hats! The silly dragon one would def be my fave for my little man!

The Malko's said...

I follow your blog!

Jamie Willow said...

I finally blogged today! home sweet home :)

Kayla said...

Oh man! I love all the cute beanie hats for a little girl and the owl or puppy hat for a boy. I don't know that I can pick just one :-)

Congratulations on your 1000 post! I absolutely love reading the variety here - your family, your amazing cooking, your creativity, your homeschooling posts, your book posts, your party posts, of course the bachelor posts, but what I think I need the most is the little inserts about your faith. Thank you for being you!

Ruth Ann said...

You mean I have to choose 1, only one???? I LOve them all,but would prob go with a girly one!

Ruth Ann said...

I follow 'She's Star-crossed'

Becca Groves said...

My favorite is the grey beanie hat. And I've got the sweet baby boy who is ready to wear it!

And I'm a follower now! Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway!


Jessica said...

Love ALL the hats! I think my kiddo's at work would love the alien hat- so adorable!

I am also a follower of your blog

I will post on FB too!

Michelle said...

Great blog and Marci's hats are awesome.
I especially love the silly dragon hat, it is definitely my fave because my little girl LOVES dragons and dinosaurs and MUST HAVE one of those hats!!! So, if I win one, I have to order an adult size one to match and if I don't win one then...well, still have to get Kira one at the least, lol

Michelle said...

I meant to tell you the number of entries...oops.

2-became a follower
3-facebook status


Michelle Fox said...

Congrats on such a successful blog! Super cute hats by Marci. I like the beanie with the felt flower and vintage button in the 2T-4T size. I'm too plain jane for anything too fancy.

Michelle said...

I am a follower now! Don't know why I wasn't before... :/ ? Follow I will follow...

I think I'd have to choose the purple flowered beanie for my Elly girl...or the gray with a brim for new baby boy...or...OK it's hard to choose :)

Thanks, as always, for your wonderful blogging that speaks to my heart and often mirrors my own thoughts, but states things so much more eloquently than I ever could :) :)

s ward said...

It's for my daughter and I think she would like the purple knit hat with flowers. I'm also a faithful follower!

Deseree said...

I facebooked your giveway!

Stacy said...

Happy 1000 posts! Hooray!
(I like the purple beanie.)


I'm also going to become a follower if I'm not already one!

Truly His said...

Cute stuff!! I really would like the book :) hehe! Although the owl hat is radiant! Happy 1000!

Mrs. V. said...

Love, love the dragon hat.. I'd love to give that to my lil nephew!

Mrs. V. said...

I'm also a follower, and I facebook'd and tweeted about this :)

Congrats on the 1000th post, Mrs. B! Can't wait to read 1000 more <3