Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Awards, The DIY Scavenger Hunt Game & Giveaway!

This is long - I apologize in advance but it's full of blog introductions, info about me and a game with a fun giveaway at the bottom of the post.

It's time to celebrate my 100th post and surpassing 300 followers (THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!) with a Giveaway and a fun time with a game -

First, I have had an especially wonderful week blog-wise. I've received some awards lately (and not so recently - sorry Cheri!) and I'd like to pass them on.

From Cheri at It's So Very Cheri.
Cheri, thank you so much for tagging me with the
Lemonade - Attitude for Gratitude Award.
If you're not familiar with Cheri's blog, she hosts some super blog parties and is always so helpful, full of tips and great posts.

The rules of accepting and sharing this award are:

  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs that show an attitude of gratitude
  3. Link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received this award
  5. Share the love and link to this post and the person who nominated you for the award. Tell us how you've come to have an attitude gratitude.
I've come to have an attitude for gratitude because I'm so blessed with a loving husband, two beautiful girls, our health, our home, our family and friends.

The Fall Festival lead me to meet a lot of new people. Followers have passed 315 (my birthday number) and I am so pleased to meet each one of you and love visiting your sites too. The DIY Show Off submissions are awesome. I love showing them off, making you feel 'famous' for a day and perhaps introducing you to a few new friends. Thank you so much for your continued support, for sharing your creative genius and inspiration, your encouragement and for your sweet comments which not only make my day, but I know mean so much to those featured. Thank you. Who knew that blogging would open up a whole new world of wonderful, special friends?

Here are 10 bloggers that I feel have an attitude for gratitude, some long time and some new blog friends. I admire their strength, creativity and faith:
  1. Tricia - Boutelle Family Zoo. I love Tricia's sense of humor and beautiful DIY projects. I love stories about her 3 little monkeys too. She's become a very special friend.
  2. Courtney - Project Pretty. Courtney is so sweet and so full of ideas and DIY talent. She has also become one of my best blog friends forever.
  3. Kelly - Kelly's Korner Blog. Kelly's faith and beliefs are her priority and keep me inspired and remind me that inspiration doesn't only come from pretty decor photos. She has an awesome "Show Us Your Life" feature that provides so many more opportunities for making new blog friends.
  4. Whitney & Ashley - Shanty2Chic. I just "met" Whitney and her blog is beautiful and her projects are amazing.
  5. Katie - Along the Way with K+J. I'll be featuring Katie's projects soon. She has great ideas and a fun new Trash to Treasure party. Just my kinda thing!
  6. Judy - Gracious Southern Living. I featured Judy's drop cloth drapes and feel like I made a friend for life. Her sweet personality makes me wish I was southern.
  7. Lauren - FikleChik. Lauren is so generous, so helpful and so artistic. I'm just green with envy. Go see what I mean. You can't help but love her
  8. Stacie - The Creative Crate. Another talented DIYer with a fun blog full of ideas and projects. Seriously. You will walk away with another project added to your list after seeing what she comes up with.
  9. Joan - For the Love of a House. I Joan's house. I could read her journey over and over. The transformation is unbelievable and beautiful.
  10. Karli - Rockybella. A beautiful blog, new etsy shop and fellow doxie lover.
Courtney from Wedded Whims tagged me with the Premium Meme Award. AW! THANKS COURTNEY! Courtney is so sweet and a fellow DIY-er with so much creative talent. She's become quite a good friend.
For this award, I'm to list 7 random things about myself and tag other that I want to know more about. This is hard. But here goes:

1. I'm a procrastinator. While I admit that I do work better under pressure, I blame it on my creative addiction. I'd rather be DIY-ing a project, blogging, reading blogs or decorating than actual work. I work from home as a medical transcriptionist. I love the flexbility but I really, really need some time management lessons.

2. I want to give up my current occupation and do something fun and creative that I enjoy. I'm motivated to do it. I'm in a position where I can go for it and have so much support and encouragement but I'm still not quite sure which area to focus on and I sometimes lack the confidence to believe that I can do it. Do you get like that too?

3. My husband calls me Mittens and his pet name is Mutz. :)

4. A little over two years ago when we were shopping for our forever home, I immediately saw the potential in this old farmhouse and the night after the showing, I started sketching all of the changes and dreams that I had. We engaged in a bit of a war with another interested party but ultimately our offer was accepted and two years later, we're still enjoying making it our dream home and DIY-ing the projects as time/money allow and learning as we go. I think we'll have projects to last us a lifetime!

5. We have two pets: A spoiled chunky dapple dachshund, Niski, who lives at home and a fluffy cat named Sneaks who lives at Mr. DIY's law office. Sneaks has his own office.

6. I have two beautiful daughters. Bri (20) and Ali (16).

7. I count my blessings daily. I'm thankful for even the simplest of things. :)

I honestly had to go to for the definition of "meme" and I'm still not sure but my interpretation is someone whom I admire and who gives me the impression of someone I strive to be. I'd like to know more about:

1. ALVN at WhisperWood Cottage - beautiful photos. DREAM bedroom makeover and so much inspiration!
2. Rachel at One Pretty Thing - every time I can't decide on a gift to make or a craft project to do, I head to One Pretty Thing. She rocks. She finds the coolest projects and features them daily.
3. Jen at Sanctuary Arts - A previous DIY Show Off. She is so talented and I want everything in her etsy shop. Check out her "You Should Have Seen It Before" party and have a blast.
4. Melanie at The Old White Cottage - Lovely home, projects and the cutest little angels!
5. Shari at Spearmint Baby - the best baby-inspired blog ever. You don't even have to have a baby to appreciate all of the beautiful baby eye decor and info featured.
6. Christy at Domestic Princess - a great friend, a great blog and on her way to being healthier. You Go Girl!
7. PK at Room Remix - talented, creative, budget-friendly interior designer. Need I say more?
8. Linda - Restyled Home. One of my favorite places for inspiration. While you're there you HAVE to look at her home. Her pictures are a beautiful place for cottage inspiration.

Sarah from Pewter Sage is another good friend blogger of mine. I admire her sense of style, love her home and her silliness. She's tagged me with the Fabulous Blog Award. I am so flattered and honored to receive this from her. I think Sarah is pretty fab herself.

As recipient of this award, I'm to name 5 obsessions and tag 5 fabulous blogs. Here goes:

  1. I'm obsessed with blogging. It distracts me from my work. Like I mentioned above, I work from home. I'm on the computer. The temptation to click over from a boring word document to fun, inspiring and creative blogs is too great. I have an addiction. I love reading what other bloggers are up to and seeing their projects. It really does make my day, make me smile and sometimes laugh out loud at those that take the time to leave a comment. I get excited to see a new follower and love browsing through my list of followers/blog roll to see what's new. I frequently check my site meter to monitor my numbers and build up a huge anticipatory rush to peek at my blog ranking. I can't get enough and need my blog fix every hour or so. I'm sitting at the computer anyway - it's a nice break from boring monotonous doctor voices. Did I mention I have another blog? Evangeline's Vine.
  2. I love HGTV. I love every show. I love the designers. I watch very little tv but when I do - I could sit in front of HGTV an entire weekend without getting bored, moving from the couch or getting dressed. I need a day like that. It's been a while. ;)
  3. I am obsessed with comfy lounge pants and cute socks. After years of dressing professionally in suits, skirts and heels...I'm a little too comfy in my lounge pants and love cute socks.
  4. I have a new little nephew being born next month and I can't stop looking at baby clothes, accessories, gifts and furniture. I'm so excited to meet and spoil him!
  5. I dream about winning the lottery or winning an HGTV room makeover - anything that gets me 1 step closer to completing projects. But in reality, Mr. DIY and I enjoy working on making this old house our home and the sense of accomplishment we receive from doing the work ourselves without debt and seeing our dreams for our home come true is so rewarding.
It's so hard to chose just 5 blogs that I think are fabulous. I think everyone's blog is fabulous! Seriously, there are 1000+ in my google reader. I think they gave up on counting! I told you I'm addicted. But I've made friends with these ladies too and want to tell them that I appreciate their friendship and love their fabulous blogs:

  1. A Penny Saved - Britt is a.m.a.z.i.n.g! Decorating on a budget and beautiful, beautiful tutorials and projects.
  2. Hirondelle Rustique - so talented that if I didn't love her so much, I'd hate her. Creative genius.
  3. A Shopaholic Mom - a beautiful blog with great ideas, helpful posts and inspiration that's just my style.
  4. Embellished Bayou - cutest little etsy shop, talented and creative DIY-er.
  5. How-to-Gal - A quote from her blog sums it up: "Join me in my journey to transform the ordinary into one-of-a-kind treasures." A DIY heaven.
The DIY Show Off Scavenger Hunt

I've listed a lot of links to blogs in this post. Guess what? Some of them have a clue on their blog.
How to play?
I don't think it's too complicated, but if you have questions, leave me a comment! :)
Contest starts Thursday, Sept. 10th (tomorrow) through next Friday, Sept. 18th.
  1. Blog about or post this button on your blog with this link:
  2. Become a follower. Winner must be a follower of The DIY Show Off. (If you're already a follower, you're good to go!)
  3. Visit the links above and look for the clue on each site. Some blogs have clues, some don't. Some clues are listed more than once.
  4. Collect the clues (there is one here on the side bar), solve the message and complete the game. Have a paper/pen handy and write out the message as you find the clues.
  5. Email your answer (the decoded message) to to let me know that you're participating.
  6. Have fun! You must complete all of these steps to "play". (If you don't have a blog - email me for different instructions on participating.) Good luck!
You'll make some new friends in the process AND be entered to win a prize. Winner will be selected by from those following the rules and emailing the correct answer.

What's the prize?
Something that every DIY-er needs!

Grand Prize:

Black & Decker 7.2V Project Kit with Bag

Your OWN tools!
If you have a husband like mine, he loses his tools and they're scattered everywhere - wouldn't your very OWN set be awesome?

2 runner up winners...prizes to be announced. :)

Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section and check back for an answer.

Good luck and thank you from the bottom of my heart again for your support, comments, for following and being a friend!

A friend accepts us as we are yet helps us to be what we should. ~Author Unknown


C said...

Thank you so much for the award and for your sweet words. I'm SO so glad we're blog friends!! The scavenger hunt is such a fab idea! love it!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hey there my super sweet bestest bloggy friend!
Thank you so much for the award. I will pass it on lovingly and with sincere gratitude. You brighten my day, Roeshel.
Then on to the obvious. I am so excited to play along, show you some love, and meet some new bloggy friends! Can't wait!
What a fun idea!


ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Holy awards, Batman!! Thanks for passing one on to me!! I am honored!! I'll post about it soon!!


How-To Gal said...

Roeshel, I am honored by the award and think you are pretty fabulous yourself!! BTW what an EXCITING game...can't wait to get started!

Mrs. Querido said...

This was a lot of fun! Still loving The DIY Show Off! Great job!

pk said...

Thank you so much for the award! I was surprised (and very honored) to see my name on your list. I'll do a post about it soon, but today I'm posting your scavenger hunt, of course!
pk @ room remix

Sarah said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze me!!!! A blog scavenger hunt?! Awesome!! I love puzzles.

You sincerely and truly deserve all those awards. I can only imagine how much work you do behind the scenes to keep the DIY Show Off bio running along so swimmingly. Thank you, thank you for being one of those people that gives, that leads, that inspires, that doesn't ask for credit or praise. We all owe you big time:)

Building Materials Supplies said...

you DIY Show Off!

Great job

Kayleen said...

You really amaze me! This scavenger hunt and giveaway is such a fun idea!

The DIY Show Off said...

Thanks you guys!

I'm so glad you're having fun participating!

Remember to email me with the answer and don't give it away! It's our secret!

Remember to do what the answer says & to link the "I'm playing" button with the link this post.

You guys made me feels so good today! It's been a blast!


Domestic Princess said...

Awww...thanks Roeshel! you're the best! Now, if I could only find clue #11. Anyone want to give me a hint?

The DIY Show Off said...

Here's a hint: #11 - It's So Very hidden.



Stacie said...

Thanks so much for the awesome award Roeshel!! I absolutely LoVe your blog too...and...this {fabulous} scavenger hunt idea! You are awesome!! Thanks again!!:)

farmhouse wares said...

congratulations on your 100th post! Can't wait to see #200.

Hirondelle Rustique said...

Hey Roeshel! I love your scavenger hunt idea! I haven't been in the blog world for very long but that is a really creative way to do a giveaway and I've never seen anything quite like it. I love scavenger hunts!

I've been super busy this week with school starting up and didn't have time to check my blog until this morning and WHOA, thank you for the award! I was floored when I saw it - what a nice thing to wake up to! I'll be doing a post about it as soon as I have another break in between classes lol. Thank you so much! :)

Jen said...

Well Roeshel, you have done it again! It was so much fun to hunt around and check out all of the amazing bloggers you have been fortunate enough to become friends with! What an amazing and creative idea!!

Thank you so much for the award as well! You are a pretty fabulous person yourself and I feel blessed to have "met" you :-)

jenweinman said...

THis is fun! I can't find #3, 8 or 10....but I can probably guess :-) Any hints would be much appreciated!

The DIY Show Off said...

I'm so glad you're all having fun!
Thanks for participating!


Jen - here's some hints:

#10 BABY

Good luck!


MeLiSsA said...

I had so much fun on the scavenger hunt! There are some Amazing Blogs out there!!! WhisperWood Cottage was one of my faves... The photographs are unbelievable... It inspires me to try and capture more details in every picture I take!! Thanks for the fun!

mub said...

What a fun idea! I found everything except #5, so I'll have to go back and check again in the morning when I'm not so tired =)

for the love of a house said...

First of all... Congratulations on your 100th post and surpassing 300 followers! That's amazing, and well-deserved!!
Also, thank you so very much for including me in your blog list! Wow, I am so honored.
I look forward to visiting all the other blogs!
Thank you Roeshel!

Building Materials Supplies said...

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