Saturday, September 1, 2012

Gratitude, Gifts, and Prizes!

You may have seen me write that I have so many things to be grateful for. I really believe that focusing on what you are grateful for increases joy in life. I was once given an exercise to write down five new things each night for which I was grateful.

Finding five things that you're grateful for each day isn't so hard, but five NEW things each day really opened my mind to what I COULD be grateful for. I kept up the practice for nearly a year, and now I see the world differently as a result. Have you ever tried an exercise like that? If so, I'd love to hear about it!

So lately I have another thing to be grateful for: I've been winning a lot of giveaways. The first is this gorgeous fabric (a fat quarter) designed by Carina of Carina's Craftblog. I started following Carina's blog when I started crafting a couple of years ago, but I keep following her blog for the world she shows me. It's not overly perfect (like some of those super-stylized blogs), but it is interesting and often full of gorgeous colors.

This morning I felt inspired to use some of Carina's fabric to make a tablecloth for Cupcake Cottage's kitchen alcove. That's the picture you see at the top of this post. I love how it turned out. Thank you, Carina, for your gorgeous prize and your precious friendship!

The next giveaway prize that I want to tell you about is from Saara of Saaran Nukkekoti  (Saara's Dollhouse) blog. She took a fabulous trip to Rome and then fashioned a giveaway around her trip. I won the grand prize, which included all of these goodies:

The Italian packaged foods are adorable, and I've already added one of the maps to Dad's Dollhouse study. Thank you, Saara! I love the fantastic prizes you sent!

Before I move on, I have to show you one of Saara's handmade cute blog characters. Its name is Mau, and what a cute kitty it is! Saara is so talented, and she makes custom kitties, if anyone is interested. Check out this link on her blog for more fun characters that live in her dollhouse.

Finally, I received some lovely gifts from Birgit of BiWuBaren on the Blog. I could hardly believe what came out of the box Birgit sent. It was like Mary Poppins' carpetbag! First, here are the ready-made gifts:

There are jars of candies, board games, a shabby chic tray, children's books, lemon cupcakes, and even a Fluby bear cake--how cute! Next, Birgit sent some wonderful craft supplies. I already have plans for the ones in the front row, and the rest will keep me busy all winter! Thank you so much, Birgit! Your gifts are so lovely and thoughtful. I am so grateful, too, for your friendship and for your blog, which keeps me laughing.

I am getting behind on my posts. There are more prizes, final photos of Dad's Dollhouse now that it is complete, and updates on Cupcake Cottage's progress. Plus, there are stories to tell and a giveaway to announce. Yikes! I'd better get busy! ;-) Keep having fun! xoxo Jennifer


  1. Gorgeous gifts and prizes Jennifer! Those positive exercises are very worthwhile for personal growth...Hugs J xx

  2. Quante mini stupende Jennifer!buona domenica e un bacione!

  3. felicidades por esos maravillosos regalos que has recibido , seguro que pronto les daras utilidad , creo que es una muy buena filosofira eso de estar agradecido a cosas que se tienen, supongo que hace que aprecies mas lo que tienes



  4. wonderful things you got! can;t wait for all your next photos and blogposts!!
    Yes..thinking positive is a great thing to do...i try to do so when feeling down..adding up things to be thankful for, and then the list gets longer and longer and new energy comes up! :)

  5. Hi Jennifer, what beautiful presents you received.
    The tablecloth you made looks like summer, such nice colors.
    I never tried an exercise like that, but I find it a very interresting point off vieuw,finding five new things every day to be greatful for, because thinking positive is so important !
    Thank you Jennifer for sharing this with us :)
    Have a great week.

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  6. Absolutely lovely post Jennifer!
    So many beautiful gifts that you have won, I bet you have some wonderful ideas for them!
    Wishing you a lovely day! x

  7. You're right about being grateful - I for example am grateful for this lovely post, your kind words and for having met you in blogland. Congrats on winning such pretty prices - now I'm curious where they will go to...


  8. Lovely post, Jennifer. You have such a sweet attitude towards everything that each time I read your posts, my spirits lift enormously! Thank you for that. All good wishes and happy crafting!!

  9. I'm so happy for you Jennifer, you deserve it!! Enjoy these wonderful gifts a lot!! Hugs

  10. Great miniatures! Lucky you Jennifer! Enjoy!

  11. Congratulations, Jennifer. This are really great gifts - and also beautiful tablecloth!
    Ina :)

  12. What a lovely post, I really agree with you about being greatful. You've won some amazing prizes and recieved some really beautiful gifts. I love the table cloth you've made with Carina's fabric and Birgit's gifts are fantastic, I love the fluby cake :) You more than deserve all these precious goodies Jennifer and I'm sure that all the people who have sent them are really happy that they've gone to such a loving home!!
    Hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

  13. Wonderful prizes and the gift from Birgit are all so wonderful. I think the cake is directly from Flutterby, because it have strawberrys on the top.
    Hugs from Craftland

  14. I agree with all your friends about this lovely post :) I go through phases where I am good at positive thoughts but I then forget until something like your wonderful post reminds me again lol You got a lot of wonderful prizes and gifts. Enjoy your beautiful treasures.
    Hugs Maria

  15. You are so right Jennifer, we really have to be grateful. Having wonderful friends sending and receiving fantastic gifts. I myself, am very grateful and lucky to count you among my most special friends. Enjoy your lovely treasures.
    Hugs, Drora

  16. Wow you have been lucky! Maybe you should run out and buy a lottery ticket? :)

    I LOVE that cat and can't wait to check out Saara's blog.

  17. Felicidades, son unos regalos preciosos.

  18. Felicidades por los regalos!! Que suerte!!

  19. Cuantos regalos tan bonitos, tendrás para hacer un montón de minis.
    Feliz semana y millones de besos.

  20. Jennifer I love your gratitude exercise! I agree it is a powerful force. I have used it in my life for many years. I found that being grateful in the worst of times was the real test for me. It's paid off big time. :)

  21. I agree with you.
    I'm glad to count you among my frinds.
    Beautiful prizes and gifts.
    Kiss Faby

  22. Hi Jennifer! I agree with all your friends about this lovely post. Being grateful for little things is a very good thing to do each day :)!
    Enjoy your gorgeous gifts, lucky you :D!!
    Hugs, Ilona

  23. ¡Cuanto regalo más bonito Jennifer!!! Tu te mereces TODOS los regalos del mundo!! Por que eres una maravillosa persona♥
    Un beso

  24. Ciao Jennifer, quanti regali!!!Sono bellissimi, davvero tanti complimnti alle ragazze che hanno creato queste piccole meraviglie, dove le metterai?
    Sono curiosissima!!!
    Un bacione,

  25. The tablecloth is fantasic!!
    Congrats to all your great prices and to your fantastic gift from Birgit.
    You are a lucky girl!!!

  26. That kitty is so cute! At first glance, I thought it was real!

    -Baby Cat

  27. Hello Jennifer,
    I always love your posts. Not only do I see beautiful artwork, but you are such a fun person to get to know. I admire your great outlook.
    big hug,

  28. ¡Que disfrutes mucho con tantos regalos!. Un saludo, Eva


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