As you can see, I’ve reverted to my regular look and while I still love Halloween, I’m glad it only comes once a year [Or if you're in a feed reader, I'm back to my Kylie-drawn graphics and have packed away the witch for eleven months.]
A few packages are still in transit (btw, Canada Post? You BEST get your act together. We will have words if you mess up another delivery. Got that?!?) and the final ones will be out this week. (International recipient + work <> quick mailing).
Over the month, I logged 110+ distinct individuals commenting for the giveaways. Most days had 27 – 40 eligible entries with the draw yesterday from 113 entries. Five folks managed the 13 entries for commenting each and every day on both blogs.
A couple questions from the comments:
When do you start planning all of this?
Last year when I was in Houston, I talked to Missy Ann about working with her for this year’s giveaway and extending the time period. We haven’t had any discussions on next year other than it won’t be 31 days I’m absolutely planning on doing it again next year!
As for the crafted goodness that made it in each package, the planning started almost immediately with a few test items early this year. No source was sacred – quilting magazines, stitching magazines, the excellent charm selection at my local bead shop, previous finishing I had done. All was used for inspiration.
I started buying supplies in July and actual crafting began in August and was completed, technically, last night LOL. Most of it was done by the 1st of October. I worked up a spreadsheet early for each item I had settled on and how many I would need. This helped determine the shopping lists and what needed to be done early (anything painted or stitched) and what could go later (beaded fobs). My spreadsheet also organized the contents of each package, so there wasn’t much thought needed when it came time to do the teaser pics and packaging for each day’s winner.
My goal for this year was a wide variety of items and techniques. Items were stitched, painted, sewn, stuffed, beaded, braided and drawn (outsourced that one as I can’t draw a straight line). Kylie was happy to help and the bookmarks she did (the drawings and the braids) came out very nice. I was proud to put them in their respective mailings Candy that wouldn’t suffer from the Arizona heat was included in almost all packages (I missed one. Bother.) and I found the stamps and pencils to round them out.
Next year will probably not be quite as eclectic. We’ll see. If you have any comments on what you received or what you’ve seen, please feel free to share them here or email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Where did you find that… (charm, fabric, etc)?
All the charms and most of the beads came from my local bead shop: Beads Galore. If you find yourself in Arizona, the shop is in Tempe and definitely worth a visit. A few of the beads (the Halloween glass ones, notably) came from, of all places, Oriental Trading Co. They were also the source for the stamps and bendy skeletons.
The fabric is tougher to pin down. It may not surprise you that I need absolutely no reason to buy Halloween-themed fabric. I have quite a stash of it. I also bought several fat quarters last year in Houston. Online sources were Fabric.com and Fabriclovers.com. I know fabrics from both of those sites ended up in finished items.
And a final Thank You….
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the best partner-in-crime-ever, Missy Ann. You were a great inspiration last year and I’ve got more ideas for next year
I also logged a personal blogging best in October, posting every day! I don’t think I’ve done that in the seven years this blog has been in existence! Definitely won’t see it in November… I’ll be off on Thursday to Houston for the International Quilt Festival and general mischief with Missy Ann, Cheryl, Amanda, Marie and Mom. I’ve got crochet blocks and two quilt tops to share yet this week… and hopefully more packages arriving safe and sound!
(Canada Post… I’m looking at YOU!)