Feeling lucky …

10/02/2013 § 26 Comments

I was, and I won an amazing prize!

Firstly, I must thank Wendy of 1st Unique Gifts who has organised the Handmade Monday link-up (over 100 of them) and who set up Handmade Harbour “It’s a friendly place for the handmade community with interviews, tutorials, craft business advice and more.”

I can’t quite remember when I first joined in with Handmade Monday, but I soon realised the huge benefits that result from popping over to see what other ‘creatives’ have been up to, catching up with their projects large & small, seeing their amazing completed works and leaving (and receiving) cheery comments.  Secretly, I suspect that Wendy is an awesome character, even though we’ve never met.   To run a business and create such a buzz for others requires a very special set of skills, a strong character and a keen interest in people.

Leaving a comment, to enter one of the celebratory 100 Handmade Monday giveaways, I crossed my fingers and HOPED I’d win.  The prize was something I really needed and it had come along with just-perfect timing.

“A Personalised Marketing Plan”

This giveaway is a really exciting one for anyone running a small handmade business!

Mike Carthew  and Anna Ward, authors of Commercial Creatives and owners of Two Red Trees are offering the following to someone running a creative business:

a personalised assessment of one lucky winner’s work, marketing and online strategy.  It will cover customer profiling, copywriting, SEO, photography, etc., and will lead to a marketing strategy for the winner.

and I won!

What a fantastic prize.  Mike has been in touch and asked lots of sensible, leading questions.  I’m having a good think about the answers!  Many thanks to Mike and Anna for offering their time for this prize.

I’m excited and am full of hope that during this year my little Adaliza textile hobby-business will grow, and flourish.  I think of Adaliza as rather like my bay tree – she arrived in a tiny pot which I sometimes forgot to water, any care I gave her was rewarded with new shoots & leaves, since outgrowing her pot, she’s now planted in the garden and at this point, my beautiful bay tree grew and grew.  Adaliza – you’ve just been planted out – put down your roots and reach for the stars!

There’s another chance to win the prize again here (there’s a link to the magazine where it’s offered).

Now, I’ve got a quilt to finish and a huge crochet blanket with just a couple more rows to go, PLUS some questions to answer, a calendar of fairs to organise and some amazing fabric that I’m not allowing myself to even look at until current WIPs are completed!

Do pop over to see what everyone else has been up to at Handmade Monday 103 – and join in!

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Adaliza x


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§ 26 Responses to Feeling lucky …

  • Chris Porter says:

    Hi Adaliza – congrats on winning your prize, and I hope it is really helpful. I love your heart square – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Have a great week, Chris x


  • I love that quilted heart! Wishing you every success with your business. If its anything like mine, it will grow like tipsy and take up all your spare time, and you’ll love every minute!

    Have a great week,
    Alison x


  • freespiritdesigns says:

    Well done on a well deserved win! I hope it helps your business go from strength to strength now its roots have room to stretch out a bit 🙂 x


  • Clare Lewis says:

    Congratulations on winning the competition, I look forward to seeing your finished quilt.


  • Congratulations on your win and I really love your quilts. xx


  • Congratulations. I love the analogy of Adaliza. I really hope you reach the stars. 🙂 Good luck.


  • fiddlyfingers says:

    Congratulations on winning this fantastic prize. I can’t wait to see your finished crocheted blanket. Good luck with your business 🙂


  • Pickle-Lily says:

    Congratulations – an amazing prize. Love the heart! Jo x


  • fatmonica says:

    What a fabulous prize you won.Congratulations!Love the heart.


  • t1ckledp1nk says:

    Congratulations on winning the prize and good luck with it. I love the heart, and echo your sentiments about Handmade Monday and Wendy – what a wonderful community she has created.


  • Planet Penny says:

    Congratulations on your prize. The quilt is looking wonderful!
    Penny x


  • Gertie says:

    Congratulations on your win and I wish you every success in your business.

    Can’t wait to see your finished blanket and quilt.


  • Simmi says:

    Ohhh well done – what an amazing prize! Good luck with taking your business forward. Simmi x


  • Congratulations on your prize 🙂

    Jan x


  • Congratulations on your win – a fantastic goody to have won and I am looking forward to hearing how it works out for you. Hope you have a good week.


  • Yvonne says:

    Wow that’s a fantastic win, I’m sure it will bring you lots of future success x


  • Well done on winning the competition xx


  • Ali says:

    Congratulations on your prize, it sounds amazing. I’m sure you’ll go from strength to strength.
    Ali x


  • CatkinJane says:

    Congratulations on winning the prize
    I love your comment that “any care I gave her was rewarded with new shoots & leaves” – it always amazes me that I am continually surprised that putting effort in tends to make a difference!!


  • Wow, fab prize. Am feeling a wee bit envious….


  • Hooray for your win! Keep us posted of all of your resulting successes!


  • adaliza says:

    Let’s hope so!


  • Janneke says:

    Congratulations with your prize! You made a lovely quilted hart. I just read a lot of your blogposts and I was touched by the pictures of Bella with the duck. Nowadays I’m keeping myself busy with gardening more than needlework and as a result my hands are not suitable anymore for stitching and so on, my own fault I don’t like gardening with gloves so I often have cleaves in my fingers. England is our favourite holiday country, especially with our border collie Snarf when we stay in rural hide away places far from the madding crowd.
    Regards from Snarf to Bella and Misty.


  • adaliza says:

    Lovely to hear from you, Janneke. I’m looking forward to doing a bit more in the garden this year – but I will be wearing gloves! We too, like rural hideaways – by the seaside and long beaches if possible. Love to Snarf x


  • Colleen says:

    Congratulations on your winning! Love your heart quilt. Just in time for Valentine’s Day. 🙂


  • adaliza says:

    Don’t tell ‘Himself’ but I’m hoping to have this quilt finished in time to wrap it up as a pressie for him (and me)!


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