Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Friday, 8 August 2014

Mediterranean Giveaway ....updating!!



 It is about time that is what I'm thinking!!!

I've been meaning to do my giveaway since the beginning of July because it was three years ago in July when I hesitatingly started my blog.... but work did not slack off as I had expected so I just couldn't get down to it.
That is good by the way ...having more work that is....being self-employed I do not turn my nose up at extras when they are offered to me.

Three years of blogging!!!   Amazing!!! I have to say it is very true what I have expressed in the title of this post. I continue to have fun and I continue to enjoy blogging tremedously.


I am not sure if the following that I am going to comment is the norm where 2-3 year or well seasoned bloggers are concerned but I find that this last year of blogging I have changed my outlook and attitude to how I blog.
I seemed to have settled down to a certain way of blogging which makes it feel much more manageable and less stressful for me. As stated in previous posts there was really no way I could keep up with frequent posting and constant commenting on fellow bloggers posts. I now comment and respond when I can. I also try and comment with something to say and not just an empty nonsensical remark if not I just do not comment because I've nothing to say! 

This had to be!

I think blogging should never be stressful and I could envisage in my case I would have had to give it up eventually if this had continued.  Perhaps it was because I came to an agreement with myself that if I wanted to continue blogging and enjoy it I had to push to one side thoughts such as having to reply to every comment,gaining more followers or wondering why some blogs I follow from the very start have not even recognized my presence on theirs. I've turned to a much more relaxed view and am happy for people to follow me if they want to or not . As for non contact from a blog I follow that's fine too because I will continue to read and comment on it because I enjoy that blog.
 I have also to add a big thank you to the niche of fellow bloggers who continue to keep in contact although I can't always reply ......believe me I follow your blogs and I read your posts and all your comments on mine and I thoroughly enjoy hearing from you. 


I consider I receive much more than what I give back .......this giveaway is of course in no way in lieu of payment for all the delight I have received since becoming a craft blogger three years ago but it is in gratitude!

 Now then lets get down to the nitty gritty!!!

 My giveaway consists initially of 7 x 50gram balls of Coats SMC Bravo yarn in sea colours  and some sea treasure.
 I am sorry but neither the basket nor the sea shell is included!
Please focus on the underlined initially at the start of this paragraph. There is more to come! The yarn is the main part of my giveaway but there will be a few more Mediterranean surprises included which I'll add to my next posts.

What do you have to do to win the giveaway???
Not much ...it isn't at all painful!!!

It is open to craft bloggers world wide and beyond (Klingons,Silvan and Middle Earth Elves are welcome to participate) although unfortunately I cannot accept anyone signing anonymously.

TO PARTICIPATE:
You do not have to be a follower if you do not want to be although I would be delighted if you do become one. :-)
  • Leave your comment here on this post indicating you wish to participate 
  • Please upload the GIVEAWAY image at the top of this page to your blog roll and link it to here
  • OR  mention my giveaway in one of your next posts.

and that is all

 

Have I forgotten anything????
Yes I have.....

The giveaway will end on 24th August at midnight Spanish time!



Sigh!!!     Now I feel much better I have finally got my Giveaway out into blogland

Enjoy your weekend

Amanda :-)

PS: Keep a look out for the extra bits that I'll be adding to that basket!
 




65 comments:

  1. Oh boy! *C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S*!* on your blogaversery! Goodness.. how do you spell a word that isn't a word? LOL! I'd love to toss my hat in the ring on your giveaway. ((hugs)), Teresa :-) I hope it's okay if I have your blog on my blog list! :-)

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    1. Hello Teresa
      Many thanks! Well that is where I got stuck so I didn't bother writing it :-) Thats fine!

      A x

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  2. awe I always enjoy when I see a post from of course this the kind I love lol a prize. You always seem to pop up at times I am going through something to day you didn't disappoint me just seeing your around and you are good makes me smile.And of course I want to join also

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    1. Thanks for visiting Tami. So...nice of your to say that!!!
      I have placed your entry in the hat so best of luck!!!

      A x

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  3. Of course I want to join the fun too! And I'll do my best to upload the image in my next post. I'm limited to my iphone for the next few weeks. :-). I'm so glad you're here in bloglsnd my friend.💞
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  4. Wow! lovely collection of yarn. I am always game for more yarn :)
    Thank you for expressing your thoughts about blogging so well. I am going to take the cue from you and blog because I love to and not because I have to, without worrying about losing readers and fewer comments etc.
    Congratulations on you blog anniversary. Regards.

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  5. Well done for 3 years of blogging, I find my bloglife has changed, matured maybe, moved on since I first started, it's a natural progression I think. Hope you enjoy many more years of stressful blogging. Joy x x

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    1. Many thanks Joy. I like the expression matured.
      I am taking that you mean non-stressful blogging :-) Can you confirm if you wish to participate in the giveaway please.
      A x

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  6. Hi Amanda, congratulations on blogging for 3 years. I've been blogging for 2 and a half years now and I can totally relate to what you said about finding what works that isn't stressful. My method now is to think of blogging as a record for myself but for others to enjoy (hopefully) too. This seems to be working for me at the moment and I also seem to be able to keep up with my favourite bloggers posts much easier. When I write a post I try not to think too much about it and get it written without spending ages on it. Like you, I didn't want to give it up. I'd love to win your giveaway! Lovely yarn. Have a great day. X

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  7. I'm a Middle Earth Elf :) but I am probably the only one who has never seen the movies or read the books - just not my thing. Wow and yay for 3 years!

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    1. Hello Kimberley ....the Middle Earth Elf Many thanks for visiting and your entry has gone in the hat so best of luck :-)

      A x

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  8. Congrats on your bloggiversary! I always love reading your posts, especially as I have fallen in love with Spain over the past couple of years. And I totally agree about your approach to blogging, sounds just about right to me!

    Please may I join in the fun giveaway?

    Helenxx

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    1. Many thanks Helen! Your entry has been added to the hat. Best of luck!

      A x

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  9. Congrats, Amanda!!:) three years are a lot and you have kept with blogging even though you started working . I can understand the blogging concerns but the important thing is to enjoy what we do. Keep up the creativity and keep blogging:)
    Please count me in for your giveaway.

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  10. Congratulations Amanda!!
    Count me in please!

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  11. Love you approach to blogging , that is how it should be pleasure and not stress. Congratulations on your 3 year achievement.

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  12. Congratulations! I can't believe it's three years already Amanda it just seems like yesterday when you wrote your first post. I'm glad you feel more relaxed about the business of blogging you have expressed it so well and that is how it should be. Of course I would love to be included in your giveaway and I will be mentioning it in a post sometime this week. Have a great week. :) xxx

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  13. Congratulations on your anniversary....!
    And, yes, your Blog is always so colourful
    and full of lovely things....Shame...Some are
    a bit bland and barren...Dig! Dig! :).

    No need to put me in the draw...I do knit of
    course...But...As your not adding the basket..
    And, there's NO pink wool.......HeHe! I won't
    bother....! :>). ~(^..^)~

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    1. Many thanks for your kind comments! I can't add the basket but I CAN ADD some pink wool if you would like Willie?? :-)

      A x

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    2. Just trying to think what to knit....
      I have a 12ft pink scarf...a silly pink bobble hat...
      God knows why l knitted that, never wear hats..
      Don't have the patience to read books, so, l always
      used to knit...Years ago, when they were all the fashion,
      l knitted a pair of multi coloured ankle warmers...Remember
      them....HeHe! Still have them too..! :).
      Ah! As l always say....."Every street is a cat walk".

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  14. Congratulations .... and may you blog on happily for many more years Amanda! And I concur .. blogging because you want to and enjoy to .. that's the way for me also ... my little blog is my online journal, for me to look back on and relive happy times and gorgeous projects, and along the way I have encountered the loveliest people, like you :) Would love to try a new yarn, something I always enjoy xxx Pat

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  15. Congratulations! And thank you for the giveaway, I love the sea theme. I don't have a blog, but I pinned this to my Pinterest board.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. Thanks for visiting Dovile. Could you give me a link to your blog please.

      A :-)

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  16. Congratulations on your 3rd blogging anniversary, dear Amanda!! 'I' will also be 3 in a month!!!! I totally agree with your blogging philosophy and I am happy to see friends visiting whenever they feel to do so. I appreciate my posts in greek are not very pleasant to read (the automatic translation is awful !) so, from now on I will keep to my initial decision to post in both languages. I was so pleased by your comment and your invitation to join your giveaway!! Thank you so much!
    Your beautiful image and the link are already on my side-bar.
    Many hugs!!! Have a happy weekend!

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  17. Amanda.... Good Luck with everything including loving your blog. Thanks for staging such a lovely Giveaway and thinking of me lately. Love Linda x

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  18. Thank you for visiting my blog, lovely to pop over here! Congratulations on your blogiversary! Chrissie x

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  19. How exciting! You KNOW I love the colors of the sea! And I even brought my crochet needles to the mountains with me. I would be so happy to have this beautiful yarn. Congrats on lots of wonderful blogging my friend! I'm a follower and I will get your info button on my sidebar right away! Enjoy your weekend! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  20. 3 years! Congratulations, how lovely. Beautiful sea colours (my favourite by the way!!) I am a follower and I will certainly get your info button on my blog. Thank you for sharing :)

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  21. Well, if I can't have the sea itself, then I'll take the colors in yarn! LOL. And I want that seashell too, dammit, cuz I'm greedy! Hehehe. Now really, beggars can't be choosers. Please throw my name in the hat. Glad you came to terms with how you want to blog and that you don't have to do it the way anyone else does. Blog on (when you feel like it), sister! ♥♥♥

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  22. Please count me in ^_^ i love visiting your blog XoX

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  23. Congratulations Amanda. There is always something colourful and fun to see here on your blog.
    I'd love to be included in the draw please.
    Margaret x

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  24. Just having a lovely catch up of some of my favourite blogs. I completely agree with you, blogging should be fun. I found I wasn't enjoying it as much as I used to so took a long break and now only do what I feel I can, I'm much happier as a result!

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  25. Hello Amanda! I found you through Linda's Craft Corner and I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. I'd love to participate in the giveaway as well. I don't know how to add anything to a blogroll, but I can mention the giveaway in my next post. I'm also going to pin it to my pinterest board - that should get the word out pretty good.
    You and I are much alike. Crochet is my favorite yarn craft, but I also can knit and embroider, I just don't enjoy them so much. Music is so much a part of me that I randomly burst out into song several times a day, much to the annoyance of my kids. I owned a bookstore and one of my "happy places" is Powells City of Books in Portland, Oregon. Seriously cool place!
    What is it about buttons? I have jars and jars full of them around here and I love them. Yes, I use them. But mostly I just collect them in jars. One of my pinterest boards is dedicated to buttons. Another to doors. I notice those when we drive through new towns. Love an interesting door!
    And then there's geocaching - have you heard of it? The ultimate treasure hunt and WAY fun!
    So anyway - nice to meet you!

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    1. hello Karla. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments.
      Could you send me a link to your blog too please.

      A :-)

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  26. Hi Amanda, Congratulations!!!!!
    Today is the first time I visited your Blogs http://craftyinthemed.blogspot.com and http://annabooshouse.blogspot.com, there're a lot of interesting post here, my internet connection is so slow, so, I'd like to read some of them
    I'm a computer engineer. I'm a crafter, crocheter, knitter in my free time
    Please, count me in, I really love these yarn colours
    Thank you

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    1. Hello Jany
      Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Could you send me a link to your blog please.

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  27. Okay how did I miss this post when I read every single post you write? Count me in!!!!!
    Meredith

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    1. Don't worry I would have reminded you!!! :-)

      A x

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  28. Congratulations on your anniversary, As a relatively new blogger and follower, I was very interested in reading your views. I shall stop worrying when life stops me blogging an d just blog when I can. I would love to be counted in the giveaway, it you don't mind posting wool to Middle Earth, really Peter Jackson live 15km from me! He has a replica of the Hobbits dwellings and such on his farm, as well as the one in Matamata. Ps Your last post with the wrap is just awesome. I will put the image on my sidebar and mention you in my next post, probably this weekend.

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    1. Hello Zana
      The giveaway is open to the World and beyond so I certainly don't mind posting to Middle Earth should you win.

      keep well

      Amanda :-)

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  29. Wow, congratulations on 3 happy blogging years! I don't know why I haven't visited before - or maybe I have and just don't remember. I've seen you around the neighbourhood forever, of course. :)

    Thanks for all you said about stress-free blogging. Sometimes the social pressure gets to be too much, and the only way around it is either to a) quit one's job, neglect one's husband, and do nothing but read and comment on blogs, or b) take a rational approach (like yours). It's hard but there it is!

    Please count me in to your lovely giveaway.

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  30. Happy Bloggy Birthday! And here's to many more... Just catching up after my break so thanks for letting me know about your lovely giveaway, and please do pop me in the hat :-)
    xx

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  31. Congratulations on your blogiversary. Im glad youve been able to keep blogging at your own pace and in your own way. Just as it should be! Please put my name in the hat. :)

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    1. Hello Mokki

      Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. Could you give me the link to your blog please.

      A :-)

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  32. Well done on your anniversary, I have just found you and you have a new follower! Please count me in!

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  33. please consider me in this give.. found your wonderful site thru a link from another blogger.. glad I came and have become a follower of your blog.. congrats on three years and hope you never stop blogging

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments. I have put your entry in the hat! best of luck!

      A :-)

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  34. Congratulations, Amanda! I just found your blog and after reading a couple of your posts I decided to follow you. I'm quite new in blogland, my own blog is just a couple of weeks old, so I just can't imagine how it feels to blog for such a long time. But I' m happy that you still continue and will follow your ongoings. Please count me in your precious give-away! Have a nice weekend, Viola

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    1. Hello Viola
      Many thanks for following my blog. Blogland and blogging is wonderful. I never really thought I would get so attached to it and now I can't be with out it. There are also lot of great people out there.

      keep well
      Amanda :-)

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      Many Thanks for visiting my blog Could you send me a link to your blog please.
      A :-)

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    3. Thanks for that! I counted your entry all the same of course :-)

      A.

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  36. A couple posts ago I linked to your blog Amanda because I featured the pretty plate that you sent me for our swap, and because of the generous treasure [which I am still using/finding use for] you sent me in our swap I won't put my name in for your generous giveaway. Congratulations on three years of blogging and on finding the way of doing so that pleases you and those of us who enjoy visiting you :) xx

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    1. That was ages ago Gracie so I think it is fair you participate too!!!

      A xx

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  37. I would love to win his yarn. I have never won a giveaway so that would make it special too.

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    1. Many thanks for visiting my blog Ingrid. Your entry has been put in the hat :-)

      A

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  38. I'd love to enter if I may please Amanda, as I've just rediscovered the joy of crocheting! I've always followed your blog and thought I was a follower, this has happened a few times lately, so I have re-followed you and now definitely appear on your merry band of followers! I will try and upload the image (technophobe alert) but failing that will provide a link on my last blog post.

    Love Claire xxx

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  39. Dear Claire
    I consider you a follower! I hadn't noticed you weren't on my follower's list but thanks for renewing it. I have always had you on my blog roll anyhow ….that is when it behaves normally and blogger doesn't get up to its tricks and starts eliminating icons there. Tch!
    Have just put your name in the hat so best of luck :-)

    Keep well

    Amanda xx

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  40. I would love a chance at your giveaway-love yarn-getting back to my weaving-thanks for the chance-

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    1. Just in time Kathy! You entry has gone in the hat :-)

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  41. Hi there Amanda, I completely agree with you. I have tried to put less pressure to blog and to comment on the blogs I love... Otherwise it becomes a huge stress for me. With 2 teens getting ready to graduate this year and a full time job it's very hard sometimes to get all done. I do love to read your blog but sometimes I'm almost asleep when I'm reading and cannot get my self to make a comment.
    Congratulations on your 3 years and I'm so happy you continue to blog because I do lobe your blog, your picture and your projects.

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I love to receive your comments and I read all of them. Unfortunately real life does get in the way sometimes, so as much as I would like to I cannot always reply to every comment, however I do my very best to keep in touch.

Amanda :-)

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