Happy Birthday to Giveaway Tuesday!
I have been absent from my blog for a while. I've been sick. :( But also, it is our busiest time of year and I am just getting these holiday order out as fast as I can!
Normally I try to ship one order a weekday. This is everything I've completed since yesterday morning!
So I am super duper busy right now. This is just my work. My seamstresses have also been completing and shipping out orders.
I may not return to my blog until around Thanksgiving, but I couldn't let today pass with a Giveaway Tuesday post as it is Giveaway Tuesday's FIRST birthday.
Giveaway Tuesday was a significant change in business for me and I wanted to tell you a little about it, and thus a little about myself.
Our first giveaway was a set of 16" village blue/natural zig zag pillow covers!
I started the sponsor program where we help families in need about a year ago in Sepetmeber. I made my seamstresses aware of this program. Their response was (direct quote): "I was wondering if you could tell us how you pay us? I just want to make sure it is fair." I think they thought the money for donations would be coming out of their checks or something. But anyway, this was a huge blow to me. I was hurt. After I had given them work, paid them in advance and given them bonuses and then they accused me of not being fair, I was so hurt.
Following this event they quit taking the funds I had paid in advance and left without completing their work. I basically lost all faith in humanity at this point. I remember thinking to myself, "That's the last time I try to help someone out!" But I knew that wasn't right. I knew that I wanted to help people and to give. This all happened on my birthday last year. My birthday is on the 16th, which fell on a Tuesday last year.
I was just beside myself. I really felt like I didn't ever want to do anything for anyone ever again. But I knew that would only make me bitter. So immediately, to counteract that thought, I posted a giveaway to our Facebook followers to win a set of 16" village blue/natural pillow covers from us!
As people would leave comments to enter the giveaway I started to learn so much. People would say things like, "I've been eyeing these for a long time and just don't have the extra funds." Or "My mom would love these!" And it got me thinking that I could give a little more to make someone's day a little better. So we started doing it weekly! To give designer decor to those who normally can't afford it, or who also want to share it with someone to make someone else happy during these very difficult and trying times in our economy. It's hard to think about others and giving thoughtful gifts to others when you are just tryring to keep your own head above water.
We started venturing away from pillow covers and moving up to valances (above) and other window coverings. This gave us an opportunity to try out new patterns and give away our "prototypes" to people who might have the money to have one custom made.
My point in telling you the Giveaway Tuesday story is so that you will all know that this is an effort from us to share and provide even just a little happiness to brighten someone's day in these financially difficult times.
We would like to give away $30 to you and $30 for your friend to use in either our etsy shop or our clearance section. (Which was just updated before this post).
Leave me a comment here telling me if you will use your $30 toward a custom window treatment or if you will use it for our clearance items and tell me the friend or family member whom you'd like to share the giveaway with.
WINNER will be posted on TUESDAY of next week, NOVEMBER 20th. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check back. Ic an't tell you how many of these I've done where I have picked a winner and they just never respond. :)
Thank you all for participating and for following us and helping us grow! We appreciate you all.
It has been such a fun year hearing everyone tel me where and how they plan to use their giveaway winnings!! I really do enjoy it and enjoy seeing all the pictures of the items once you have received them. We hope to have many more Giveaway Tuesday birthdays to come!!