Posts Tagged ‘giveaway’

Oh No…

I have just had a notification regarding “spam” email from WordPress.

Unfortunately, some of it is not “spam” at all.

I would like to apologise to everyone who left a message on “My Dilemma”, and who did not get an acknowledgement.

In particular to  Le Minis di Cockerina, who left me a kind message and whose very enjoyable blog (I love the selection of Christmas miniatures) is here http://leminisdicockerina.blogspot.it/

I am truly sorry.

WordPress has something called Askimet and this filters out “spam” emails.

I could switch Askimet off, but when I do this I receive a huge number of peculiar messages. Admittedly some of them have very inventive addresses which (sometimes) make me laugh, but despite this they are still not my favourite reading matter.

So, dilemma time again…

I could say, the first person to leave a comment gets the “giveaway”, which would be nice and quick from my point of view, but it is unfair because of time zones and Askimet.

I could promise to check my “spam” folder – this sounds sensible and practical but will I remember to do it?

If I feel guilty enough, I might.

So, as I am feeling more than just a bit guilty, I will try one more time.

These fans are too delicate to survive in my “Think About These” box.


I had help with these photos


The black shape is the top of a bottle of Hugo Boss aftershave.

If anyone would like a fan, please leave me a comment, letting me know which colour tassels you would prefer.

You can say both if you like.

I will check my “spam” folder daily.

On the 1st of March, a friend of mine will pick two names/numbers, and I will contact the winners.

Lastly, but by no means least, Ersilia of  Dadasdollhouse  mentioned that when she makes fans she uses fans from the Graphics Fairy’s online collection.

Ersilia’s (dual language !) blog is well worth a visit. It features some excellent projects to make and her collection of links for printable materials is truly impressive. (You may need to scroll down to see Materiale da stampare – Printies on the right hand side of the page).

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Please see “How to Make a Miniature (printed) Fan” if you are interested in how I made these / would like to make one yourself.


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My Dilemma

Open House Miniatures - dolls house paper theatre kit  prize Magazine - slightly over 12th scale

My New Year’s Resolution (as usual) involved tidying up and making room to work.

This Resolution then collided with Reality and caused a Dilemma.

To read about The Dilemma, please skip The Giveaway and scroll down.

The Giveaway

I have three sets of magazines (details in previous post) and a miniature card theatre (details in a previous post) and no space.

If I continue to create more printables (and try them out) I am going to have even less space.

So, if you would like a set of 6 miniature magazines, or the theatre (or both) please leave a comment at the bottom of this post letting me know if you would like the set of magazines made from –

  • Basic supermarket paper
  • Best quality eucalyptus paper (the paper does not smell, it is just paper made from fast-growing, “sustainable” wood)
  • Premium coated paper


  • the theatre

(you can, of course, also say something else like – “nice idea” – “are you mad?” – “more please!” – “when are you going to do a new printable?” etc.)

One comment per person, please.

If you would like the theatre and a set(s) of magazines, please say so in one comment.

When someone leaves a comment I will write their name and number on a piece(s) of paper and, depending on what they would like, that numbers will go into one of four separate bags.

The winners will be picked at random on Sunday (oops Sorry ! SATURDAY) 2nd February 2013, at midday (UK time).

(Remember, one comment each please. If you would like the theatre and 1/2/3 set(s) of magazines, I will make sure that your number is put in each bag.)

Please be aware –

  • When WordPress sends me notification that someone leaves a comment, they also include the sender’s email address – I never store, share or keep that email address.
  • I will contact the four winners via the comments on this blog (anyone who looks will be able to see who has won, and what).
  • I will also contact the winner(s) by the email address supplied by WordPress. At this point the winner(s) will need to give me a delivery address – I will not store, share or keep that delivery address.
  • I will put the magazines and theatre in the post as soon as possible, but delivery may take up to 14 days or, if the weather is bad where you live, even longer.

The Dilemma

I haven’t blogged for ages and this is my third blog post in under 24 hours.

What is going on ?

I did start to write an explanation and, after I had filled three sides of A4 paper, I concluded that a list was easier to read.

  1. Thanks to the nice person who commented a couple of days ago, asking about printables, I started to feel guilty
  2. I am a terrible record keeper (and I have been very busy)
  3. This blog is supposed to make me keep track of what I am doing (it’s not working)(and I have been very busy)
  4. I think blogging about “what I made this week” is Monumentally Boring (and I have been very busy)
  5. I like making things (and I have been very busy)
  6. I am interested in what other people make (I am never too busy for this)
  7. I like being able to share things to do and make (sometimes I wish there were more hours in the day)
  8. So do I –
    1. Make kits? This is not cost-effective – for me, or the person paying postage
    2. Make downloadable plans that have to be paid for? I doubt very much that anyone would buy them AND, even if they did, they would not be cost-effective for me
    3. Make  printable freebies for this blog? These are expensive time-wise and I can’t do them every week, but they do give me a chance to try out some ideas and they are a lot more fun than “blogging”

What do I do with the examples I make for the blog ?!?!?!

  1. Bin them? – I hate throwing things away – even failed projects have a box of their own ( Get a Grip, Elizabeth –  you do not have space for another box !!!!)
  2. Sell them? – 9 times out of 10 – this is not going to be cost-effective – for me, or the person paying postage
  3. Give them away?  – How?!?!?!? – I don’t belong to a miniaturist’s club, I am not going to any fairs soon/this year/ever again, and you’d be amazed how many people I know who Do Not Have The Slightest Interest in Dolls’ House Miniatures…

So I investigated the Online Giveaway Process – (and started to feel worried)

  • Rafflecopter, etc. = data capture (I do hope everyone keeps a separate email address especially for entering giveaways)
  • Facebook app thingy = you have got to be joking !!! (Advertising gone mad, why should everyone know what everyone else buys?)
  • Etsy Giveaway??? – Etsy provides a page full of links to individual blogs. They don’t host them.

Full circle back to this blog.

Result – The Giveaway

Open House Miniatures - doll house paper fairy Tale Theatre kit (made up)  Open House Miniature 12th Scale Prize Magazine for Children

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