January 7, 2011

The Plaid Scottie Presents: A 10,000+ Hits Celebration Giveaway!!!


Since it's a mini tradition for Whiskers to be my "fur Vanna" and pose with the giveaway items (here and here), I went to go fetch him once I collected all my goodies. But when I saw him peacefully napping on a snuggly pile of quilts, I didn't have the heart to disturb him :)

So here we go, sans Whiskers....

In celebration of the new year + my blog surpassing 10,000 hits (I know...some blogs get that in a week or even a day, but it's a lot in my eyes!) There will be FIVE winners in this giveaway. Wahoo!!! Four of the items are pictured below, and the fifth item is a mystery prize to be awarded according to a different set of rules. Yes, I know what the mystery item actually is...it's not a stall tactic! And yes, the criteria for winning said item is also a mystery....ooooooooohhh....what could I be up to? I'll be sharing this information with a 2nd party before the item is awarded so they can vouch for my honesty :)


ITEM #1: Henna Garden Fat Quarter Bundle
(from Top to Bottom: spring, melon, pink, raspberry, citrus, leaf, brown, and speckle)

ITEM #2: It's a Hoot + Classic Kona Charm Packs

ITEM #3: 1/2 yard each (1.5 yards total) of three different Ruby Star Rising prints
(From Left to Right: Viewfinders in Multi, Vintage Ladies in Ivory, Transistors in Orange)

ITEM #4: Copy of Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts 
(I know it's been out for a few years, but it's a fabulous book and my go-to for gifts)

So now all you need to know is how to enter! Well there's the usual...

Entry #1: Leave a comment.
Entry #2: Become a follower, or if you're already a follower, leave a comment telling me so.
Entry #3: Blog about this giveaway, and leave a comment telling me so.

And the unusual....

Entry #4: Leave me a helpful tip about using Photoshop Elements. I have version 9, but I'm sure there are more similarities than differences between versions 8 & 9. Know of a fabulous tutorial? Leave a link. It'll make my day! But please don't do a 2 second Google search and slap down any old link you find...I'm really looking for links to tutorials you've actually used before and have found to be helpful. Know of a fabulous book/user guide? Give me the name and author.

Entry #5: My husband and I are looking into buying our first home. Leave us a pearl of wisdom! (prayers are also appreciated, but definitely not required ::wink::)


If your email is not listed on your Google profile, leave me your preferred email address. IF I DRAW YOUR NAME AND CANNOT FIND AN EMAIL ADDRESS FOR YOU, I WILL IMMEDIATELY CHOOSE ANOTHER WINNER. The winners will be announced next Friday, Jan. 14th.

This giveaway IS open to International participants. Prizes mailed within the U.S. will be sent via Priority Mail. Prizes mailed Internationally will be sent via First Class Mail.

Muah! I heart you all and wish you good luck ;)


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What a lovely giveaway! Thank you!

I am a follower through my google reader!

Oh dear. My husband and I have been house hunting for more than 2 years and we've found the process both exciting and frustrating. In the market where we live, prices are still really inflated and we're still young so our savings isn't quite what we'd like it to be. We've really taken our time weighing the pros and cons of many homes we wish we would've made an offer on and then failed to get an offer in on time on. I would really suggest to anyone (and to myself at this point) that you really follow your gut in terms of what you think is the right house. Follow your gut and your heart so that you make the offer quick enough and then be wise in your offer by protecting yourself with a home inspection and worrying about some of those details after you've made your offer. If you love the house, chances are someone else will love it too and so making a decision about making an offer is so important! Good luck with the process. Have FUN!

Ohh. An Elements suggestion—well, I'm a PS user and I don't get my hands on Elements very often. What I would say (and count this as an entry or not) is get yourself Adobe Bridge. The camera raw processor built into Bridge is absolutely phenomenal and you don't even have to shoot in raw! Bridge's camera raw processor will let you open RGB files of the JPG variety where you can correct almost any image with a few little sliders. It's really amazing and I think a much more fool-proof tool. HOWEVER if you are stuck with Elements (it's a good program, too, don't get me wrong!), I would go download the actions at Studio MCA's site and use their tutorials and their free downloadable actions as a start. They have a couple meant for optimizing (sharpening, sizing, and adjusting color space) for the web which will make your life much easier. Check out Studio MCA's post here: http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2010/12/why-your-photos-may-look-bad-on-facebook-and-the-web/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+pwphotography+%28Pioneer+Woman+Photography%29

This was my first time visiting your blog, and I am looking forward to sitting down with my coffee this morning and seeing all of the things that you have created.

As for buying a house, I am sure that you have heard this multiple times, but take it slow. A house takes so much work, and so much love, and choosing the right home is as important as choosing the right spouse. You never know how your spouse or your house will change over the years, and you have to love it enough to see it through the long haul.

I am now a follower in Google Reader, and I look forward to your updates.

congrats and you are so sweet for letting the little one nap...

Photoshop, never used it, but the software I have I just keep playing to find out what it will do and there is always the help buttons that are amazing

congrats on becoming a home owner, I always have someone check out the house for me, a contractor who know plumbing, electric, structure, etc.. I don't worry about the small stuff like the color of the walls or whats on the floors and that is minor and can be changed, worry about what is important and always put in a lower bid, who knows you might get a great deal, I did.

Congratulations! And thanks for the giveaway!

Also, good luck on buying your first house! My tip: don't buy anymore furniture until you move in! You don't want to end up not liking it in your new space.

Congratulations and thank you for this wonderful giveaway!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

I'm a new follower!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

I love prizes #1 and #2! Ooh and I love a surprise!=)

I just recently got Elements 9 and will be looking back through the comments myself to see if anyone has any helpful tips or sites about it!=)

As far as buying a home is concerned, I would advise you not to jump into the first thing you see. Make sure it is a home you can see yourself in forever. We bought our home when we got married 15 years ago with the intention of "moving up" later on. We are still in it all these years later and will probably never move.

My family and I have moved several times and my advice would be: start by listing what you want and need as well as what you don't want and don't need and it will be much easier to decide if a house is right for you. When we were planning building the house where we currently live, we read a book that was a great help for us; it's "The not so big house" by Sarah Susanka. It has many useful advice and I recommend it. Good luck! :)

What fabulous gifts you have for your giveaway! Can I have all of them?

Ooh, I do love a giveaway - can I win Whisker?! Can't help with the house part, but maybe I can help with Photoshop... *off to write another comment*

Photoshop: (caveat: this may not be true for Elements, because I run Photoshop - I'm a web designer, but it is still my favourite Photoshop hint EVER and saves me so much confusion!) If you're using layers and some are hidden, you can easily delete hidden layers - there's an option for it on the layer palette dropdown menu.

And my second, related, tip would be that if you're doing anything more complicated than just cropping an image: use layers. You will be SO glad you did when you have to edit one tiny bit and nothing else!

And I have subscribed to your blog on Google Reader, too!

There is some great advice here. Make sure to have a good inspection done and most definitely check for previous flood damage. It's all about the location, schools/crime rate, and making sure it meets your needs now and to come. We moved a couple of years ago, when we had another child. We were bursting at the seams!

Don't let the crazy paint color, or carpeting deter you! You can always redo it and get them to lower the price for you to do so! We saw one house that had 4 walls each painted a different primary color. What was their real estate agent thinking?

Congrats on the 10,000!





Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!



A bit of advice re: buying a house... (before I stayed home with my kids I was the branch manager for a financial planning company)

Figure out what you want to spend yourself from your budget...do an online calculator based on morg rates available to get your target price. I never let a realtor or car salesperson know what I want my payment to be... they will manipulate the loan to their advantage to get to spend more. When a car salesperson asks what do you want your payment to be, I say none of your business. Also, if you get a loan at the max the bank says is ok (28% of your income), you will be house poor...15% is much more appropriate. (and check to make assessments of some sort aren't coming soon on the property!) Good luck

Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment! Thanks for sharing with this awesome giveaway - I'd LOVE that Ruby Star Rising or It's a Hoot or really, ANY of the prizes :).

Wow, what a contest! I bet the hit count went way up with this one!! I'm trying to set up a quilt blog despite a dying computer. If it works, I'll blog about your contest and let you know.

When you're buying your house, my 3 pointers are: follow your heart, stick to your budget, and get a house inspection!


House Tip: Be sure to ask about the cost of utilities. We bought a house in NC years ago and the first winter we were there we were blown away by the heating costs. Something we had not budgeted for...

Congratulations! Thanks for a great giveaway!

Thanks for the generous giveaway! I wish I would have seen your Japanese quilting bee last year, it looks like so much fun!

I'm looking to buy my first home as well...my husband checks redfin.com daily!

how can i compete with 640 comments? ha!
such a great giveaway! i am following you.
i don't know much about elements to give you any advice. :(
but i do work for a mortgage bank in california. if you are going to buy, get pre-approved (this is always useful in the long run when searching for the home and not looking at something out of range of what you will get approved at) and then wait a little bit. rates are not at their best right now but should be going down a little.
also, they are asking for an arm, leg and maybe a left ear nowadays to approve people but really its for the borrowers benefit.
OHDEAR! im rambeling)

GREAT GIVEAWAY! that is all :)
michellemoen @ gmail.com

as far as buying a home Patience, patience, patience and a good home inspector.

How exciting - this is my very first attempt to win a giveaway!

As to the house, when you get in take pictures of every room and do that every year... amazing how much you change things but also it helps make sure you don't get stuck in a rut. And also when you actually move, make your bed first, you will spend lots of time putting stuff away and the last thing you will want to do is make up your bed late in the evening!

What a wonderful giveaway, I would love to be entered to win!

Congrats on the huge number of hits! Excellant! Great prize packages too!

I included your giveaway in my blog today:

What a fun giveaway, thank you for your generosity! Congrats on your 10,000 hits!

I blogged about your giveaway:

When you buy your first house, be sure to shop around for your mortgage as well....compare APRs, which will factor in the closing costs and gives you an "apples to apples" number to look at for all your options.

Congratulations! It is quite an accomplishment to have 10,000 hits! Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

Cool giveaway, love Sir Whiskers! I have two scotties; a black one Dagwood and a wheaten named Blondie :)

New follower :)

Count me in please, how could I not love a blog about fabric and a scottie?

And, I'm a follower, of course

And about house buying...I just sold my first house this summer {so sad}. It was a great house that we loved, the best feature was that the house had so much privacy, even in the village with a house on either side. It sat back a little further than the other houses. Although this might give you a smaller back yard {and larger front}, it was great to have the yard be more private! My parents have done the same thing and I doubt they would sit on their deck if it weren't further back than everyone else's! Good luck {and prayers too!}.

what asweet giveaway! congrats on the 10,000!

Ooohhh! Great giveaway. Add my name to this long list.

OOOooo... nice giveaway!! pick me, pick me!

I'm a new follower too. Thanks again!

O.k. tips on PhotoShop... can't help you there. Tips on buying a house... always remember, "there's always a better deal" so don't feel pressured to jump into something if you don't absolutely love it and if you don't get it always remember "there's always a better deal" (also applies to many things in life) Goodluck!!

What a fantastic giveaway. You are so generous and I thank you for the opportunity to win!

I am now a follower of your blog ;)

Great way to celebrate. Fun giveaway. Congratulations.


Congratulations to you. 10,000hits. I think that is a huge number. Your giveaways look great, thanks for the chance to win.

I posted about your giveaway on my page where I share insights on contests & giveaways: http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html


What a fantastic giveaway, thank you!

My advice for buying your first home: go to your home inspection and follow the guy/girl around with a notebook. Ask all the questions you want - they are not bothered and seem to like that people care about their opinion. They give you so much helpful advice about things they wouldn't write on the report necessarily. Crazy things like 'trim this bush back from the house because it is not letting the siding breathe and it will rot'.

Oh, I love these fabrics!!!

Just found your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Great prize! My advice for the house - don't settle! Think about how you'll really live in the space. We turned down a house because the backyard had a blind spot and I wanted to be able to be in the kitchen and see my kids in the backyard... our realtor thought we were crazy but we knew we couldn't live there!

Wonderful blog and giveaway - thanks for a chance. Hugs to Whiskers - he's a cutie.

What a great give away! Thanks for the chance!

My pearl of wisdom: You can fix up a house the way you like, but you can't move it. Location, location, location!!

These are beautiful fabrics! You are very generous to offer them in a giveaway. Thanks!

Have been following your blog for a while. Always enjoy the new thoughts on fabrics and quilting. thanks.

Congratulations! Thanks for the great giveaway. I hope you find your dream home.

This is a great giveaway. Congratulations on having so many hits.

A tip for the new house. Make sure you have worked out your budget and don't be tempted to go over the price you have set. Owning a house is a lot of work, but it is very rewarding.

Thanks for the chance to win! 1st entry!

#5 the best advice I can offer on buying a new home is not to look at what's there but what could be there...I watch a lot of those house hunters type shows and always laugh when people complain about the paint colors or flooring. Those things can easily be changed to suit your taste for not much money. Hope that helps & good luck in your search!

Hi fabulous giveaway thank you so much for including international. Your dog is so cute.

Linda in France

It's difficult for me to give you a pearl of wisdom for house buying as I have only bought in the UK and France, so it could be very different where you live, but the advice I give here when people are buying is, don't appear too eager, think before you make an offer, go back for a second look and never ever give the asking price....always make a lower offer first. Good luck with your house search. Linda

Wow what wonderful give away...reminds me that spring will arrive in our future!

I'm leaving a comment :)...

...and blogged about this giveaway :)

It's a wonderful giveaway and I'm very happy that I discovered your blog :)

So glad I stumbled upon your blogg thanks to this giveaway. I'll be reading it to it's start tonight that's for sure! Such an adorable little doggie and so many beautiful projects! <3

Congrats on your readership!

What a great giveaway!!! congrats on 10,000+ hits. Wow.

My pearl of wisdom about home buying is pick the one that feels the most like home. It's a very intuitive thing I think, and you'll know the right one when you see it!

fantastic giveaway!


just signing up to be a follower, too!

as for buying a house, my tip os to make a list of deal-breakers (things you MUST have), and a separate list of wants to compare to properties you look at. also, be patient, and make detailed notes (photos are even better!) of each house you look at, as they do all start to blur together after a while.


Such a fabulous giveaway. Thanks for your generosity!!!

On the move... good luck! Location, Location, Location!! You can change almost everything about a home except for that.

Congrats on the 10,000, I just found your blog via A la Mode! Will make a note of it now and bookmark you!

Wow! Congrats on getting 10,000 hits! That's a lot in my eyes, too! I hope to get there with my blog eventually. :)

Hmmm...I don't use Elements, just plain old Photoshop. There are a million little tricks that I've learned over the years, but one of the good ones is cropping a picture with the "perspective" box checked. You can use this to square up a slightly skewed picture of a rectilinear object...like a quilt!

I hope this helps!!

I hope to be jumping into the real estate world for the first time this year, too! There are a million things to keep in mind when house-hunting, but something that's really important to remember is that you're buying the house, NOT the decorating! So don't let yourself be discouraged by an ugly interior, or seduced by a beautiful one.

But since you'll likely beat me to it, I'll be needing YOUR advice after you've found your new place!

placed the giveaway on my blog sidebar....

thanks for the chance to win....

we had a scottie while I was growing up. His name was Sir Robroy Dundee McGregor...you have very cute doggies!!

#5 chance-if you are "handy" at all....look into the repo houses and don't forget about the house auctions, there are great deals out there, but be careful!!

What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

I am a follower

I just found your blog via flickr. I love the modern meadow quilt above. it looks awesome!

I signed up to be a follower too.

We bought our first home 3 years ago...wow, what an experience. Make sure you love your realtor. Ours unfortunately didn't really work for us and actually made the process more stressful.

Best advice for house buying is a home inspection...will be your best friend and protect your interests:) It's an exciting time!
Congrats on 10 000 hits! I'd absolutely love to win the henna garden prints...I've just had my second daughter and would love to make a quilt out of it!
As for photoshop advice, I don't have much as I'm newer to it myself.
I'll be becoming a follower---great blog!

blogged about it here:


I am a follower. Good luck with the househunting. It can be frustrating, but think of it as an adventure. (easy for me to say, right?)
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Congrats on your 10,000! Thank you for organizing a fun giveaway!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

My advice with househunting ...2 points. #1. Go to open houses or house viewings when it's raining. You'll be able to tell if there are water problems by the way the house smells. If there is a candle lit, there maybe a reason why...ie masking moldy smells etc. #2. If you're really interested in a house, go back and talk to a neighbor sometime (without the realtor). There are some restrictions on what a realtor can say or can't say....regarding crime area, school district etc.... if you want the 411, go the neighbor, plus you can see who your potential neighbor might be.
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

What a beautiful blog! I'm just getting into quilting and am loving all these inspiring blogs that I am finding. Such a fun giveaway as well.

I could just die! These are all such fabulous (and very generous!) prizes!!! Thank you!

When shopping for a new home, have a list of what you're looking for. Go to your friend's houses and take note of what you love and what you don't care for.

Also, it's a good idea to have some measurements. Rooms always seem a little bigger than they are, and you want to make sure your stuff will fit, and not guess about it.


Digital Scrapper on YouTube has awesome tutes that show you the way. Plus, as a scrapper, it's more applicable than general graphic design tutes. Enjoy! :)

those are some generous giveaways! ...buying a new house is so exciting.....good luck!

My advice along with the usual things to watch out for in the house itself would be to get to know the neighbours as well...these are people you are going to have to live next to for quite a while!

Count me in! I'm so glad I found you via flickr. : )

aww whiskers is cute- great giveaway


following your blog


On buying a house, find one that you really love. We lived in the same house for 30 years. Just last summer we moved into more space, but we looked for a year before we found "our" new home. We feel so blessed as it has been a wonderful place for kids to hang out, and to entertain guests. Think (and pray) hard and try to picture yourself in the new house.

Congrats on the hits. As far as the new house goes make sure you consider the parking situation - most people don't think about that.

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