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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Amy Jo's Birthday Bash & Blog Hop Winners



Hi Dear Friends!

I am so sorry for not choosing our winners sooner, but somehow my days have been crazy this past week!  I finally have some energy and in fact, it's a little too much so I've been doing to much, which has made me have more pain today. Aak! I always forget to not overdue it when I'm feeling well.

First of all I would like to thank my wonderful participants in my blog hop for my birthday.  These ladies were awesome, weren't they?  They really went all out for this hop and totally rocked my birthday!  Thanks so much to the blog hop gals.  I have been receiving cards and sweet gifts ever since before my birthday and things are still coming in the mail!  As soon as I get my craft room organized I will post some pictures of what I have done with the lovely projects I have received.  I can't tell you how honored I am and how special you all made my day.  This birthday will definitely be remembered! ;)

Next I would like to say thank you to our generous sponsors and ladies who gave away blog candy.  I am touched by everyone's generosity and am honored that you would help me out for my first blog hop.  It was such a success!

Finally, I would like to thank everyone that stopped by my blog and facebook page on my birthday.  I was overwhelmed by all of the birthday wishes, oh so kind comments, and the amount of new followers we all received!  I was literally reading comments all day (on everyone's blogs as well as my own) and I can honestly say, I have never  had that many people wish me "Happy Birthday" and celebrate with me.  I didn't leave the house for my b-day, yet I had one of the best b-days I have EVER had!  Every single one of you made it so very special for me.  Often the comments were so endearing that I had to grab tissues!  I felt (and still do feel) like the luckiest girl (yes I still call myself a girl-LOL) in the world! :0)

Now it's time to do a little more to show you my appreciation.  I have several goodies to give away to some lucky followers.  It's very important to me that I honor my followers because they are the ones who have taken the time to actually look at my blog, give me their opinion on my projects, and get to know me.  I don't like to give away goodies to people that are just passing through to see how much candy they can win.  This is not about that for me.  Gifts [should] come from the heart.  I personally will not enter to win candy unless I plan on following the person giving it away and I expect my candy recipients to do the same because I value building relationships.  You guys are my only real outlet for my struggles and triumphs besides my hubby and very few close friends.  Since I have developed Fibro, I have lost some of my best friends in the world because they couldn't handle what the illness is doing to me, and have lost the close relationship I had with my family, but have gained so many caring, compassionate, empathetic friends here in bloggy land that it has often saved me from falling into terrible depression.  Fibromyalgia can be a very debilitating condition and many people don't understand what all it does to the person who has it.  Those of you who know me, do know that I struggle often with severe bouts of pain and exhaustion and many of you have been my inspiration to keep doing all I can do to stay creative, which in turn helps my mental health greatly.  That's what I mean when I say you have no idea how much your comments, concern, prayers, and friendship mean to me.  I look forward to them every single day.  I love making projects to share with everyone and I love being on teams as well.  Blogging and papercrafting have been one of the best experiences I have had in my life and I am so grateful to all of you for helping me build my dreams and helping me to follow through.

Thanks ladies, for listening and I'm so sorry to get so off track!  You are all here for candy, right?  Okay, without further ado, here are our winners! ;0)

#1.  $20.00 Gift Certificate from Scraptastical Kreations is....
Bhawana - Congratulations!!!  Thank you so much for that nice comment.  That was very sweet of you and I'm thrilled that you won!  Please contact me via email (listed below).


#2 - Winner has been chosen by Angela.  It was Me! LOL - She used random.org to pick a winner from the comments she received on her blog.  The number was 11 & that's my lucky #! ;)
  
#3 - Winner of a Gift Certificate to is...

Lisa!!!  Congrats Lisa!  So happy to announce that you are a winner!  You are always working so hard! :)  Thanks so much for the nice birthday wish and for joining me in the celebration! Please shoot me an email and I'll have Cheryl contact you!

#4 - Winner of a Handmade Pin Set from Jessica....
  is...


Heather!!!  I'm so glad some of the girls in my hop are winners!  Yay!  You guys deserve it for all the hard work you did.  Thanks for joining me and for your super kind comment.  I appreciate it so much! :0) Congrats Heather!  Shoot me an email & I'll send your info to Jessica.





#5 - Winner for Crinkle Ribbon from...




 is...
Sherrie!!! - Congrats Sherrie!   I can't believe it!  Two girls from FCCB are winners!  So very happy to announce you won!  I'm soooo sorry for missing you on my hop, Sherrie.  You will definitely be in my next one! Shoot me an email & I'll get your info to Julie! :0)




#6 - Winner of my surprise blog candy is...

















Yay Kate!  I'm sooooo happy to announce you as a winner!  Woot woot!  I have a special prize in mind for you but I need to find out if you have it already. I'll catch ya via email unless you catch me first! ;)  Kate, shoot me an email with your mailing address please & I'll ship something special out to you! :0)


Congrats to all our winners!  I couldn't be happier with Random.org's picks! :0)  I did have one winner that was not a follower so I had to pick someone else. Thank you to everyone who participated in my blog hop!  You made my first one a huge success so you can bet, I'll be doing more in the future!  :0)


XO ~ Amy Jo  amyjrockstar at gmail dot com

10 comments:

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Congrats to all the winners. It was a very fun blog hop and a great group. Glad I could be part of it to make your birthday special Amy. Big hugs

Bhawana said...

Hey Amy have been thinking about you and wanted to know about your birthday celebration. Happy to know that you felt happiest that day. Thanks for choosing me as a winner. Dont think about bad happened to you. We are always here to cheer you up. Next time I will be joining too :).

Just a point you connect me in many ways,felt so after reading your whole post.

Love
Bhawana

Sherrie K. said...

Yippy, I am so excited to have won! I love 3 Girl Jam ribbon:)Thanks so much AmyJo! I am to email you!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I am so happy to read that you thoroughly enjoyed your birthday and feel honored to have been a part of your celebration. Congrats to all the lovely winners!!!
:O)
Jessica

Linda said...

So very happy my dearest friend that you had a fabulous birthday. Big congratulations to all the winners.

Sending you all my love and lots of hugs
Linda xxxx

kim.scrapper said...

Congrats to all the lucky winners!

missstamper said...

Congratulations to all the winners!

Ands thanks to y'all for having such a fun hop!

girlia said...

Congrats to all the winners

Got2BCrafting said...

Hi Amy Jo! I just wanted to stop in and say thank you so much for your awesome comment on the Spotlight Sunday post today and on my blog a while back. I am so flattered by your words; it really means a lot to me. :)
I would also like to wish you a (late) Happy Birthday... it sounds like you had a great day. I am so sorry about the struggles you face, I hope your days of pain will be few. You have such a great spirit and you are a true inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story and your amazing talent with us. I am a new follower and look forward to visiting your blog.
Hugs,
Lori

Kate said...

First of all, I've been waiting ALL day to be able to comment here! In fact, I'm eating supper at the computer - which I don't usually do - but was too excited to wait any longer.
Congratulations to all the winners - and thank YOU so much, Amy Jo!! I'm so excited to be chosen as a winner and can't wait to find out what my surprise is!!
I'm so glad to read that you had such a wonderful birthday. I'm sorry that you were in too much pain to go out, but thankful that so many friends came together to bring happiness to you. That's the way birthdays should be! It saddened me so much to read that you've lost relationships over your fibro. Sometimes, people just need a bit more education to understand the situation.
I'm still praying that you'll have some relief and more and more good days! Thanks for bringing happiness to my day too! xox

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