Thursday, August 19, 2010

What? a 200 follower giveaway!!!

So I've been working on a little something, something for a while now, but I wanted to know I had it right before I put it out there in etsy land. I loved making our laundry soap so much that I am now making it to sell in The Old White House, along with reusable dryer 'sheets' made with vintage cotton bedding with wonderful prints and filled them with lavender. My kitchen smells heavenly!
This is the full sized bag of laundry soap, scented with lavender essential oil and all natural~safe for the earth and your family~ ingredients. It is double bagged, a muslin inner bag that you cut the top to open and a reusable/refillable cotton bag with a drawstring to close it. It also smells wonderful but is not overpowering on your clothes, and let me tell you... doing laundry has never been so RELAXING!!!
These are the dryer 'sheets' they freshen your clothes with lavender and are reusable, you just store them in an airtight container (I keep mine in the dryer with the door shut cuz we do A LOT of laundry) and then give them a good crunch in your hand before you toss them in with your laundry. easy peasy! No more chemical filled dryer sheets that are clogging up our landfills, and no more chemicals on your families skin!
This is my trial size... you get enough soap to do 8 or 16 loads of laundry, depending on the type of washer you have. The HE washers will get 16 loads or if you do smaller loads well then only 1 tbsp. will work for you! Yup, that's right only 1 tbsp. per load, how crazy is that?!!!
So there you have it... I have been handing out samples all over the neighborhood and to family and to strangers to get some feedback, everyone LOVES this soap and the dryer 'sheets' are a big hit too!
Here's where you come in... I don't know if you noticed this but I have recently acquired just over 200 followers! CRAZY!!!
I never thought that I would have that many people who care about what I have to ramble on about or see the silly things I do. And then ... there you are, waiting in the wings for me to post something! Cmon let me think you are waiting in the wings o.k.? ;)
Seriously, I love blogging ~ just ask my family ~ You all have been so welcoming to me, listened to me while I share a little bit about life here at 612. I have met some amazing people here, and am enjoying the journey so much! There are so many inspiring people out there in blogland and I have made so many friends with some of the best!

I really want to thank those of you who comprise those 202 followers, who for no other reason but my charming personality and slightly skewed craft photos have decided to follow me... now where we are going, I can't be sure but I will tell you this, Hang on it could be a bumpy ride! I vote we all take the bus and enjoy the ride!

So here's how it goes:
If you are ALREADY a follower, leave me a comment and let me know why you follow me.
That's it.
I tried to do this another way and just surprise a follower by picking a number between 1 and 202 but I couldn't figure out how on blogger to see my followers by numbers.

SOOOOOOO, remember this contest is just for those who are already followers...
Not that there won't be future giveaways for everyone, but I really want to thank those of you who follow me without the carrot dangling in plain sight! ;)

What do you win? Why, some fabulous handcrafted laundry items from The Old White House ~ The Clothes Line section of course!!! Plus you just know that I usually can't resist throwing in some extra goodies, just cuz I like you that much!!!

Go ahead let me have it... I will pick a winner one week from today... August 26th!

I'm linking this up to one of my favorite parties... White Wednesday stop by and visit Kathleen and the rest of the party goers!

Thanks for stopping by, truly! Theresa xoxo

50 comments:

  1. Theresa,

    I knew you were up to something... you had hinted in an email...well I am so proud of you! What a wonderful venture! So let me help spread the word...Give me a button or tell me which pic to use and I'll post on my sidebar right away Ok?

    And we must discuss this for Genesis too!

    I am just so thrilled, I'm doing my happy dance. Whoo Hoo You!

    oops I'm supposed to say why I follow you.....

    Cause I luv ya gal, you know that. :-0

    xxxx

    z

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  2. Hi there,
    I am a new follower; I just saw you over at Cindy A.'s. Please drop by my blog sometime too, I am new at blogging. Of course do enter me in the wonderful giveaway. I love stuff like that :)
    Smiles,
    Kim
    http://agypsyangel.blogspot.com

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  3. Theresa you caught my eye with your crazy sense of humor. I can't remember off hand what post it was but I remember commenting that your blog was a breath of fresh air. It is just so simple and what I love, family, art,and a simple way of life. You are so talented and fun to read.
    I get a kick out of your family stories and the pictures you share.
    It is eerie how much we seem to have in common as well. Not only birthday weeks but style and tastes.
    I always look forward to your new post and when you comment on mine. You make me smile.
    I am so happy for you finding something that you love to do and want to share it with everyone you know.
    Congrats on your 200+ followers and I am sure that number will continue to grow as you continue to just be you and share it with all of us.
    Thanks for all the kindness you have shared
    Amy

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  4. Theresa of course you know I am a loyal follower and always enjoy your visits to my place. I love this idea, i think it is fabulous! the packaging and name is great and i think with the "Green" movement this will be a hit! Lavender laundry packets are a great idea! And just in time for the holidays, it is packaged so well that I think it would be a great gift! Wedding showers, Oh, would this be natural enough for babies laundry, baby showers. You did good kid! Let us all know when you get it on Etsy! It's heavy, how expensive will shipping be? Oh, why do I like your blog....because of creative ideas like this!

    Carol

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  5. I am a follower. I haven't been following you very long, but I loved what I saw on your blog. You loved the same kinds of things that I did and besides that you have a great and inspiring blog in a humbling sort of way. Love that picture you use on your header. I'm crossing my fingers for your giveaway.

    -Danielle

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  6. I'm a follower! I fell in love with your blog awhile back. I follow because you have lots of blog candy. Congrats on your 202 bloggers!!

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  7. Hi Theresa,
    I'm a follower...Oh my gosh, this is GORGEOUS!!! What an amazing idea you came up with and it is beautiful...wow. I agree, the picture is so beautiful, you should use it on your header...
    And why do I come to your blog? Because you're so sweet, that's why!
    But, one other thing, I was raised right near Riverside Drive in California and when I saw it for the first time, I thought we were from the same home town!
    Oh, but I forgot--your header is awesome, so I don't know how you can have this pic on here all the time, but it is beautiful!
    Love,
    Cindy

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  8. I come by to be inspired and smile~ I love your new creation~

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  9. Why am I a follower...hmmm? For one thing you entertain me! That's why I wait in the wings...the show is so much better from that view! You always have wonderful tips and treasures. Because I am artistically challenged (they don't allow me scissors here in the home), I'm always in awe of those like yourself who are. Finally, you always leave me the sweetest, most heart felt comments. Who doesn't love that. Put them all together and they spell Y-O-U...are you singing this? Remember, I love to laugh and you never fail to deliver!
    Debbie
    P.S. With or without a carrot, I'd follow just for the fun you provide! BUT...that laundry soap does sound heavenly!

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  10. I'm a follower!! Just discovered your blog not too long ago, and so glad I did :)

    beachcovejewelry@gmail.com

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  11. I'm a follower! And I would love to win your wonderful giveaway. :)
    D

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  12. Hi Theresa, you are always coming up with the most clever ideas. These are the most charming laundry detergent and dryer sheets I have ever, ever seen. I imagine if my pjs could smell like lavendar, I would be sleeping tight every night. :) I wish I was one of your neighbors so I could have snagged a free sample. They are just adorable and will be a big seller for you I am sure. Who doesn't want to go green? Best wishes for a fabulous Friday and a wonderful weekend. Tammy

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  13. Hi, hope it's OK to contact you here. We would love to include your blog on our giveaway search engine: Giveaway Scout (http://www.giveawayscout.com). Have a look and if interested, use our online form to add your blog (http://www.giveawayscout.com/addblog/ ). thanks, Josh

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  14. Congratulations on reaching over 200 followers! I've been a follower for awhile because I really enjoy the variety of your posts and just don't want to miss one!

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  15. Theresa, Of course I follow you....who else would lead the way with such great ideas!!! You always have something inspiring and creative!
    Good luck, this is a wonderful product and nothing smells better then lavender!!!
    Hugs,
    Margaret B

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  16. Theresa, I just added myself as a follower! What a great giveaway. Have an awesome day.

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  17. ...sometimes you just meet someone you feel an instant kinship towards...and their hearts desires are very similar to your very own. Providing a better way of life for our dear families, such as these wonderful new products you are offering is just an example of that! I adore the picture of you holding the basket of something I take very great care in doing for my own family ~ living a more "green" life can be a little extra effort...and doing laundry is something I actually enjoy, especially hanging the clothes on the clothes line!! I would loooooovvvvvvve to have some charming laundry products for my "greener laundry room!
    Congrats on your many followers, I'm so happy to be one of them :)
    xo, Rosemary

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  18. Wait! I have a question...I do follow you but not thru blogger follow...mine wont' let me follow any more( I love so many places...lol)...so I have a direct link from my blog list to you....is that the same does it count too? I have had it ther for a good bit of time now...please I wouold love to try your soap...I am allergic to many so a home made one might be my ticket...

    Well thats my speel...is worth a try right....hehehe! anyways I love your blog and your posts....good luck on sales of your great new product

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  19. Of course I'm a follower, you are just a fabulous gal, how could I not be? :-)

    Have a wonderful Friday!
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  20. Great giveaway! Lucky neighbors that got to be the(guineapigs) I mean testers!!! lol. I have to admit that my husband does all the laundry but it sure would be great to win!! he needs a little incentive sometimes.
    I think I started following you months ago when you started doing WW and have loved you and your blog since! congrats on the over 200 followers!!!
    xo
    Carole

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  21. Hi Theresa!
    I have been following you around for awhile now and loving every minute of it.

    I'm excited about your new laundry soap and those lovely dryer sheets.

    This is an exciting giveaway!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  22. I love following you cuz you give and share with your heart!! Your stories are so cute and your love for your family shows!! And well your style just totally rocks!!! I feel so blessed to have met another fellow Michigander!! Keep on keeping on with your creative thoughts, it always motivates me!! Love, Francine XO

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  23. hello there! i just found your blog and love it! isnt it so fun to get to 200 followers? it is very exciting! I am going to become a follower now too..so there is one more for ya! come see me sometime i would love to have ya! congrats to you!

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  24. Thanks for stopping by. I can see why you would not sell your art work in an antiques booth, you would never get what it i worth. you can ask a lot more on the web, it is just a lot more work. 35% seems like a lot, but that is probably about what I pay with rent and 10% of sales. It is a ton of fun, you know that from consignment. If you get a booth and have any questions, please holler.

    Carol

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  25. I follow and get inspired by all your ideas! Keep them coming, I really enjo your blog! 200 woohoo!

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  26. I'd LOVE some of your stuff!!!

    I need to win something ..heehee

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  27. btw ... could you send me a copy of that picture on your header ... I want to make you something special for your celebration of 200 followers...

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  28. Wow! Such a great giveaway! I'd love to try your new products!!

    Amy

    P.S. Yes, I'm a follower. :)

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  29. Why am I a follower? cause I lubs your blog, its fabulous to read and inspriring too! Oh and I really love the crown wallpaper on the background ;0)
    alicia

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  30. You Go Girl ~ Your always coming up with something New & Great..... We all need to do laundry, at least if we want to have Friends we do! Wow 207 followers today, Your doing something right~ Please enter Me.... Looks & I'm sure Smells Wonderful ~ Hope your having a bit of a cool down like me, Autumn, Here We Come!
    xox
    Cheryl

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  31. I didn't know you have been up to this!!!How cool are you!!! What is not to love about a girl who makes her own laundry soap? You have it packaged so cute too! Maybe I'll get lucky :)

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  32. What a girl you are... Not only homemade soap, but dryer sheets too! I just told Lib yesterday that I wanted you for my neighbor.
    You can move in anytime. And I totally follow. I kind of even "stalk" you, LOL.
    I do miss you, and I promise, I will get back to blogging soon. Well, maybe after a long cold snap sets in. Can't get enough of that beautiful weather this summer!
    Kate
    PS- and why do I always seem to follow my sis? (I am already calling about the "getting lucky" comment...)

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  33. those looks so pretty and old-fashioned-love the rose fabric

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  34. I do love the look of your sachets! I'm sure they are wonderful to use in the dryer--What a wonderful old fashioned way to package your very modern laundry soap!

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  35. I don't know why I didn't follow before but I'm definitely following now....I just added your sweet blog to my home page!

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  36. OK...how did I miss this post??? I just went back and looked at the date on the post and now I know why I missed it...I was taking Alex to college (which went just fine...can you believe I didn't even cry when we said our goodbyes!).
    Sorry...I digressed! I would love to be entered in your giveaway and if I don't win I'm going to be visiting your etsy shop to buy some. It sounds amazing.
    Have a great Wednesday!
    Jane

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  37. Hurray for you ~ what a great idea. If it works anywhere near as great as it looks, you've made the big time!!! Best best best of luck with this new wonderful venture.

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  38. Hi, I'm a happy follower. If I win, I'll be a happy laundry lady!!

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  39. I love the creative flair you have. What a great idea for a giveaway... I love the smell of lavender and have three plants in my garden.
    I'm a new follower. My niece Tammy from T's Daily Treasures tuned me in to your blog

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  40. What a great giveaway!! I just added myself as a follower.
    Blessings,
    Virginia

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  41. Theresa, I found you through White Wednesday and was so intrigued by your laundry soap and dryer sheets, I flew over to Etsy and ordered the sample combo. I love great smelling laundry so I can't wait to try it! Good luck with your new products! :)

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  42. This is so sweet! I'd love to be the winner. I'm a follower of your blog and enjoy it thoroughly!

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  43. OOHH I know, my girls canceled this week for watching it together, but that is okay sometimes I like to watch by myself to take it all in.
    Tonight is going to be soooo goood! TEAMS always exciting.
    I will have plenty to say tomorrow, I'm sure.
    :)
    Have a great night
    Amy

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  44. congratulations! i am your follower and yes, it must be your charming personality!

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  45. Hi Theresa,
    Thank you so much for visiting! I couldn't wait for people to read about the Katrina piece...it's quite emotional here this weekend for everyone...
    Hugs,
    Cindy
    xox

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  46. Now that's what laundry supplies are supposed to look like! So much better than a box of obnoxious colors screaming "NEW and Improved!"

    Give me some muslin and lavender any day.

    Great idea and lovely to look at too!

    Just now found you so I'm not in time for the giveaway, but hey, better late than never. lol

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  47. Hola Theresa, it`s been so nice finding you!!! All your creations are so lovely and charming and the treasures you find are wonderful!!!
    Greetings from Chile
    maria cecilia

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  48. G'day~Nice to meet you and I love your blog design how fun!

    Please count me in on your giveaway they sound fa-Boo-lous! ~Cheers Kim

    P.S.~New follower

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  49. Hi there....found you over at Z's. I travel in a motorhome in the summer....and am always looking for laundry soap that is natural and ecologically made. Please throw my hat in the ring.

    xo

    Jo

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Thank you so much for visiting me here at The Old White House, your comments make my day! ~ Theresa xoxo