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a valentine’s day giveaway!

hello dear readers! i woke up this morning full of love and wanted to show my appreciation to all of you by hosting a giveaway for my etsy shop!!

giveaway ends on wednesday, feb 16th! here are the details:
- {for 1 entry} leave a comment on this blog telling me (a) what you most love about yourself AND (b) what item you most love in my shop.
- {for 1 entry} become a fan on my facebook fan page kelsicreates. (if you are already a fan you already have one entry!) leave a comment.
- {for 1 entry} follow me on twitter (kelsi creates).
- {for 5 entries} post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to mine. then comment on my blog telling me about your blog post. remember to leave your link.

the winnings: a $20 gift certificate to anything in my shop!

$20 can buy you:

plus more! or it can go towards a quilt. or something a little more.

so go on. what do you love?

a new item and a new giveaway

all holiday orders have been finished and shipped. with my adrenaline pumping i am working on christmas gifts for our own family and friends. but i am also thinking ahead to january when i stock my etsy shop with some new items.

i wanted to host one more giveaway, the last of 2009, as a thank you for everyone that has purchased something from me, supported me with encouragement and kind words, given me invaluable feedback, and for you all that are just interested and wish me well. thank you!

this giveaway is for my new beaded circle flowers. i think they are super cute and i hope you all do too! they can be customized for wearing as a brooch/pin or in your hair with a hair clip. the hair clip can also be attached to a head band. you see, i am a simple girl and i love items that can do more than one thing.

to be entered in the random drawing on friday, leave me a comment here or on my “kelsi creates” fan page on facebook telling me what you really, really want for the holidays this year.

(i am crossing my fingers for snow, lots and lots of snow!)

november giveaway details

$15 discount from any purchase in the shop is the grand prize for this giveaway.

if you win you can choose to use $15 off a monogram pillow or get 2 peony flowers or felt tissue holders for free!! you can use the $15 however you choose … oh the possibilities!

this november giveaway will end this friday, november 20th. this will be a fun way to close up shop until after the holiday season. mark your calendars if you are waiting to order something, friday, november 20th is the last day to order if you want your items guaranteed to be delivered by the holidays.

1 winner will be selected by a random using like my previous giveaways there are several ways to enter, and you can be “entered” up to 6 times, increasing your chances of winning! the following is how …

1 – one entry: become a fan of KELSI CREATES on facebook. if you are already a fan you will be automatically entered once.

2 – one entry: go to my shop at choose your favorite item and drop me a comment on my fan page to let me know which one it is and why you like it. if you don’t like any of my items and have a suggestion for a new item i am always open to your feedback!

3 – two entries: post a status update on facebook to give your friends an opportunity to participate in this giveaway. status update should include: a link to my etsy shop ( and the name of my fan page “kelsi creates.”
IMPORTANT: once you’ve posted the status update, leave me a comment on this fan page to let me know that you posted it. this way you guarantee your additional entries.

4 – two entries: blog about my etsy shop and fan page. mention something you like. help me get the word out. again it is IMPORTANT once you’ve posted on your blog, leave me a comment on this fan page to let me know that you posted it. this way you guarantee your additional entries.

thank you all in advance for your interest in my silly little dream to do what i love every single day. thank you! thank you! thank you!

last day to enter

just an early morning reminder that today is the last day to enter to win home garden grown and canned bread and butter pickles. click here to enter.

ps – i am on my 2nd jar. they are so yummy. even the husband, who doesn’t like pickles, likes these.

bread and butter pickles and another giveaway

i have officially canned this year. oh my. this is a big deal. we didn’t think we would be able to can anything from our garden this year but yesterday was the big day. we had a rush on cucumbers and decided to make bread and butter pickles. i have never canned cucs before. apparently i am not the best packer inner because there is quite the amount of liquid/space at the bottoms. oh well. extra pickle juice. who would complain?

i used the recipe from aka my canning bible. it used the ball simple creations bread & butter pickle mix that i found a wal-mart on clearance the other day. this recipe makes 4 (32 oz) quarts or 8 (16 oz) pints.

you will need:
7 lb pickling cucumbers (about 28 small to medium)
5 cups vinegar
5 cups sugar
1 3.5-oz pkg ball simple creations bread & butter pickle mix
4 (32 oz) quart or 8 (16 oz) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands

1.) prepare boiling water canner. heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. do not boil. set bands aside.

2.) cut cucumbers into 1/2-inch thick slices, discarding ends.

3.) combine vinegar, sugar and contents of package in a medium saucepan. heat to a boil.

4.) pack slices into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. ladle hot pickling liquid over cucumbers leaving 1/2 inch headspace. remove air bubbles. wipe rim. center hot lid on jar. apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.

5.) process filled jars in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes, adjusting for altitude. remove jars and cool. check lids for seal after 24 hours. lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed. (side note: don’t get discouraged if lid continue to flex up after removed from canner. mine took over night but are all sealed up now.)

in about 4-6 weeks these bad boys should be super yummy!

shannon sent me a message saying one of these jars should be my next giveaway. i agree! (under the pretenses that these are my first jars and i haven’t yet tasted the goods.)

so the same rules apply. to enter to win a jar of pickles from our garden you do the following:

there are two different ways to increase your chances. first, leave a comment to this post.

second, blog about my giveaway and give people this link. snag any of the photos here to put in your blog post. blog it. twitter it. facebook it. do any of that and it gives you FIVE extra entries. then come back and tell me about it with a link to your blog.

i’ll close the contest at 7:00pm US EST on Monday, October 12th. ALL winners will be selected by random draw using a fancy computer program that is way more complicated than putting names in a hat.

i hope you all are excited and enter to win!! good luck!

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