Sunday, March 18, 2012

thank you for reading, how about a GIVEAWAY!

Hello there friends!

I love having this blog. I love the writing outlet that it is for me and since I'm so bad at making actual photo albums, I love that I can document my life here! I also love that it provides a way for me to keep my family and friends updated on what Kell and I are up to. And strangely enough, knowing that people care to read my little corner of the internet is part of what motivates me to have a creative and active lifestyle to write about!

So thanks for reading!

Another reason I love having this blog is because it serves as a place for me to introduce and feature my paper goods! As you may know, I officially tagged the name of Yours Truly Paperie to my craft of designing and producing papergoods back in December 2011. I since then have been creating a small line of greeting cards and offering my custom design services on Etsy in hopes of getting enough interst to establish myself as a freelance illustrator. I haven't received a whole lot of interest yet, but I am not discouraged.. I just need to put more time and energy into promoting my products! It will take a lot of hard work and risk taking (especially since I have no experience in marketing and business) but I have a feeling that I will look back one day and know the certain and good worth of my pursuits!

In order to calculate the best ways to begin promoting my shop.. I need a little information on just how many people check in on this space.

So here's where you come in, friends...

Don't be shy! Show some love. I am so surprised when I go to church or when I am at work or when I bump into old friends and someone mentions that they read my blog and have been for a while! My response is usually this... "WHAT? Really? That's AWESOME, THANK YOU! I thought just my mom and all of her friends who she forwards the link to read my blog!" (and I love my "mom's friends" readers by the way, they are fabulous!)

If they had not mentioned their readership I still would never know.. because I rarely get comments! THANK YOU to those of you who do comment, I appreciate your feedback and sing a happy song of joy when I get them :)

So, please feel free to comment.. it would be such an encouragement to me to know that I'm not just putting this all out there for no one! It would make me feel like less of a dork.. but in reality.. I kind of am, so maybe not.

Feel free to get mouthy! Help me promote. I'll be working hard to promote my blog and shop through other blogs and entering into more craft markets and hosting frequent giveaways and offering discounts! I'd really appreciate your help in this endeavor, please let your friends and family know about my shop if you think they would be interested. I also do custom wedding, shower and event invitations, so if you hear of someone getting married or having a baby or party, send them to my blog or Etsy shop!

So let's kick this off right with a GIVEAWAY!

THE PRIZE: A card set of your own choosing from my shop, Yours Truly Paperie

WHO CAN ENTER: absolutely EVERYONE! Long time readers and first time readers alike, feel free to be a part of the fun!

HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this post an answer to the following 2 questions: How long have you been reading this blog? And how did you find my blog?

*if you don't have any of the profiles needed to comment, then select "anonymous" but be sure to include your name somewhere in your comment! :)

At the end of the week, on Friday the 23rd I will use a random number generator to select TWO winners! Winners will be announced on Saturday the 24th so be checking!

You can receive one extra entry if you mention this giveaway on your own blog, facebook or twitter account! (share the link to your blog, facebook or twitter mention as a SEPARATE comment on this post).

Also, everyone who enters will get a discount code just for being great :) I will post it on Saturday the 24th once the give away is closed.

HAVE FUN and thank you again for all of the love and support!

update: WINNERS are Kitty and Carla! See all of the details here at this post.  


  1. So fun!
    I started reading your blog when you decided to do our Homespun Chic Marketplace show! :) So it has been a few months that I have been around. I think I found it from your etsy shop or your show application. :)

    Good luck with the illustrating endeavor!

  2. facebook "share" credit for Cyndi R.

  3. Anna, You continue to be a fabulous young woman!!! I started to check out your blog and Etsy since you announced it on FaceBook. I like to see how you are doing and enjoy your creativity! Cyndi R.

  4. Hey Anna,
    Even if I wasn't your mum~z, i would be a fan! Been reading from the very beginning!
    love, mumz

  5. Hey Anna,
    Glad I checked on here today and saw you have a "giveaway". I never win anything but I wanted you to know I love your blog and I get to see what new venture your up too that your mom may forget to tell me. I can't wait to see what you come up with for my niece's wedding (no hurry). lol. Talk to you soon. Love, Carla

  6. Hey Anna! It's Katherine Keen (now Velasquez). I hope you're doing well! I've been reading your blog...well...i'm not sure how long. The first thing I remember was when you announced that you were going to make a different recipe each night of the week :) I love reading things that friends write, and your blog always makes me smile :) I really love all of your beautiful cards - i've actually been meaning to order some. I will definitely tell my friends about your etsy shop. Good look with market your stuff! It's all so so pretty and unique - i'm sure that you will reach your goal eventually. Say hi to your sweet family for me me! I hope that you and Kell are well :)

  7. I've been a long time reader - I think since the very beginning :). Since we live in different towns these days, it's a fun way of keeping up with your and Kell's adventures! Thank you for letting us be a part of your Orlando life through this blog. I read every new post. Love you girl! Amanda N.

  8. Facebook post added :). Amanda N.

  9. Hey Anna! I've been reading your blog for a while now - it was probably at least a year ago that saw a link on your Facebook page. I love your mix of crafts, food and life adventures :). And your Etsy shop is really growing, so that's great to watch. Keep it up!

  10. Hi, Anna, I've been reading your blog from way back when it had a different name. Your dear mumz told me about it. I tried subscribing by e-mail- am I the only one who can't get that to work? Anyway, I enjoy reading it very much!

  11. Hey Anna, I was reading back when it was called "Whimsy" and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE being able to keep up with what you and Kell do and be inspired by your many projects! I found the link on your facebook page! Keep posting and keep inspiring please lady!

  12. Just posted on Facebook! Forgive the delay... I've been neglecting my blogs this past week!

  13. Hey anna, I just saw this I have been a little behind on reading your blog but I have been reading your blog for awhile. I love when you write about crafts you are working on and I originally found out about your blog through facebook. I will be telling all the ladies I work with about your custom cards!!! They love stuff like that and I plan on ordering some myself!!! Also thank you for the card you sent and for the gift card I used it to buy a small china cabinet that was on clearance!