Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Birthday Giveaway!

So, I'm turning 25 today - a quarter century! And the weather has even turned warm and sunny again in honor of my birthday! ;)

It's funny, I usually ask myself every year if I have changed, if I feel older, and usually I think "nope, same old, same old". I guess the changes that happen are just too gradual. I did pick up some changes this year, though. Mostly concerning my "being relaxed with myself", I think. I participated in a couple of improv/stand-up theater workshops this year, and I managed to be way more relaxed with the improvisation part, just going with it instead of thinking "oh no, what to do, what to do??". I mean, I've always been ok with being on a stage. Playing an instrument and singing in the school choir, and later in my drama group. I've never had problems doing a presentation in front of the class. But I was never comfortable with being put on the spot, and the one time I got a solo line in a choir song (back in my junior year), I almost couldn't sing for hyperventilating. *g* I had a bit of a solo improvisation in our recent choir concert, and not only did I ask for it, I managed to do it without getting terrified. :) (Honestly, it didn't turn out wonderful, but we hadn't rehearsed it, so it was ok... *g*)

Ok, enough introspective rambling!

Not only is it my 25th birthday today, my blog has also recently acquired its 25th follower! I think it's pretty awesome that not only are there people out there who read what I write - you care enough to come back and read regularly, to post comments, and that is a great feeling. Being part of this Sewing Blogger Community, giving and receiving feedback, getting to know you all, even if sewing is just a small part of your life - it's great and it means a lot to me!

So, to celebrate you lovely people, along with my birthday, I've decided to have a giveaway!

First, I'm giving away one matching set of handmade jewellery. It consists of a fabric necklace, bangle bracelet and button earrings. I actually haven't made the bracelet and earrings yet, but here is a picture of the necklace, made with Tilly's tutorial. :) I'm going to use the same fabric for the bracelet and earrings, it's a dusky blue with roses printed on it.

The second item I'm giving away is a Lonsdale Dress pattern from Sewaholic! The timing of Tasia's new pattern announcement was so conspicuous that I decided I had to give away this pattern for my birthday... :) Also, the dress looks so cute and perfect for summer!

Now, the giveaway is open until July 13, 23:59 GMT and everyone can enter. If you'd like to participate, please answer this question: What was your favorite birthday gift, ever? Also, what is your favorite birthday cake/treat?

Please also specify which of the two prizes you'd prefer. Don't forget to leave your name and a means to contact you (if you link your blog, that should be alright). Of course I'd prefer for you to be a reader of my blog, but since I can't verify it anyway, if you stumbled over this giveaway by accident, feel free to enter anyway. And while you're here, why don't you read some more and maybe you like it enough to come back? ;)

I hope you're having an awesome day and a wonderful rest of the week!


  1. Happy Birthday, Alessa! Wishing I could bake you a cake and we could all have a piece together. It's so sweet of you to have a giveaway on your birthday! I should be making a present for you instead. I bought the Londsdale dress pattern too! Can't wait to get it.
    My favorite birthday give ever was my 30th birthday surprise trip to Lisbon.
    As for cake...pretty much anything chocolate or tiramisu.
    Have a fabulous day!

  2. Happy Birthday! Well, I got married two days after my 20th Bday so I guess that would be my favorite birthday present! I love cheesecake so usually I stop by the Cheesecake Factory for some AMAZING cheesecake.

    And I'd love the jewelry!

  3. Happy quarter century Alessa! I was given a ring by my boyfriend for my 18th birthday that I wear and treasure everyday (we're still together 6 years on :p) . I havn't bought the pattern and it looks like my kind of dress so that would be my choice if I was lucky. : )

  4. Happy, happy birthday, Alessa!! :)

  5. Happy Birthday!

    I think the most impressive birthday gift I received was a complete aquarium with the works...including the fish! It was for my 12th birthday. It was the first time I was given live animals, LOL!

    And I would love to win the Sewaholic Lonsdale pattern so enter my name for that one.

    How generous of you to have a drawing for your birthday. Good for your karma, I'm sure!

  6. Happy birthday! I hope you're having a lovely one.

    I think my favorite birthday present was the serger I got a couple of years ago. Not a surprise, and really more of a combination birthday/Christmas present, but oh so fun and useful! (A close second would be the Kindle I got this year for my 30th. Thanks, Mom and Dad!)

    Favorite birthday treat-- the chocolate-ier the cake, the better!

    And I'm going to say the pattern, because I meant to pre-order it and I got sidetracked and missed the deadline, lol!

  7. Happy birthday!!! Sounds like it's been a good year for you! =).

    Two favorite presents, I think. The first, when I was 16, from one of my good friends - he gave me the third Harry Potter book just as it was coming out - I absolutely loved it and loved that he somehow knew that I loved Harry Potter before it was big (this was ... 1999?), and I made the mistake about raving about it in front of this guy who had a crush on me and who had bought me a very nice necklace (with 2 friends) for my birthday and I didn't say anything at all about the necklace. *Huge social faux pas!*

    Other favorite: My first year of college, my good friend from high school who was also in my college made me a beautiful, bright, cheerful bouquet of origami flowers, complete in a vase and everything (she's terribly artistic). That vase followed me through 5 different rooms in college, would've gone with me to China except I didn't want to lose it, and currently resides at my parent's place.

    Favorite treat? Ice cream cake for sure! I request it every year =).

    Both look fabulous, but I'd have to say yes to the jewelry!

  8. Thanks for your lovely birthday wishes, everybody, and thanks for sharing your birthday likes with me! I had a fabulous day yesterday and I'm going to share the 20s dress I made for my costume party soon... :)

  9. Happy Birthday, Alessa! I want to see that 20s dress.

  10. Happy belated birthday Alessa, I too am eagerly awaiting a pic of the 20s dress. My favourite birthday treat? My mum's chocolate cake. And dinner cooked by someone else! Best ever present? Maybe a bike when I was fourteen! Can I be considered for the jewellery. X

  11. @Stitch Parade: The post is up now! :)
    @Minnado: Mmh, chocolate cake! And of course you're in the running for the jewellery. :)

  12. I would love a chance to win the Lonsdale dress!
    Favorite birthday gift might be a pretty pair of shoes from my mom. Thank you.

  13. Happy belated birthday! My favorite gift was what I received this year for my 21st birthday. It was an Itouch from my parents and a vintage tablecloth from a dear friend of mine.

    Favorite birthday treat...white cake hands down.

    I'm not sure which thing I would want better. :)

  14. Happy Birthday Alessa!

    My favourite birthday present was my sewing machine! I only got it last year too. I am lucky enough to be spoilt each year by a very generous husband and family.

    I've got the Lonsdale pattern on its way from Tasia as I bought it in the presale, so if I'm lucky enough to win I'd love the handmade jewellery. The fabric you've used is just beautiful!

    I'm playing the Pay it Forward game too with Andrea over at Stitch Parade, who got involved through your blog.