Saturday, March 19, 2011

Matchboxmania, Blogiversary Giveaway & A New Swap

Now that I've settled into the new job a bit and have some weekend time to enjoy, I'd like to catch you up on all the matchbox swapping that's been going on. I participated in another of Heather's swaps at Speckled Egg. This was the Flea Market Edition and as always, so much fun.
This lovely box was from my partner Marian. Marian is not a blogger, but what a great swap partner!
She spoiled me with lots of goodies outside the box as well.

Rhea, of Miss Rhea's Sweet N Shabby Roses created this gorgeous box for me.
It was packed full of all sorts of wonderful treasures
in and outside the box.

My box for Marian,

and for Rhea.

In February the Matchbox Swap group on Flickr did a romance themed swap and my partner Jen from Australia sent me this little package of sweetness.

And this was for my partner, Les, in Canada.
In the flickr group we swapped the little matchboxes and Jen and I were both shocked when it cost $10 for her to mail that tiny, lightweight package to me. As much as I adore swapping with my international friends, it is certainly not within my budget to do so on a regular basis.
So for all my US and Canadian friends interested in swapping these little gems, I'd like to host....
With spring upon us, winged creatures seems like a perfect theme. Butterflies, birds, bees, fairies, dragonflies, angels - really anything you'd like to give wings to!
We'll make it very simple.
Email me with your name, mailing address, blog url and email. Please put "Matchbox Swap" in the subject line.
Alter one SMALL (32 count) matchbox. I buy mine at Dollar Tree, 10 in a package for $1. Fill it with winged and spring things-be creative!
I'll email you an invite to join the swap flickr group where you can post pics of your creations,, and where I'll post a partner list.
Mail out to your partner by April 15th.
This is a quick, inexpensive but really fun way to swap. I hope you'll join in.

On to the giveaway announcement - my one year blogiversary is the 28th of this month!
Could there be a better time for a giveaway?
I'm going to alter one of the BIG matchboxes and cram it full of surprises for the lucky winner.
To enter once, leave a comment after this post.
Twice, let me know you're a friend (aka follower).
Three times, grab my giveaway button and link it back to this post.
These entries don't need to be in separate comments.
The swap, for solely economic reasons, is open to anyone in the US and Canada.
I'll announce the winner on my blogiversary, March 28th.
Good luck to everyone!


Sassy Marsha said...

Hi Joanne!

How's the new job going?

Congrats on your blogiversary! Ohhhh, what a wonderful giveaway!

I am a friend **wink** and I will post your giveaway on my sidebar!

I'm in also on the small matchbox, just one, right?

I'll be emailing ya!


BLISS angels said...

Wow okay that means my blogversary must be coming up too .. how the new job going? hugs wendy and count me in for the matchbox swap

BLISS angels said...

# 2 yes i'm your friend

BLISS angels said...

and I will post about in the wek and button is going on now

Terry said...

Done times three! Beautiful altered match boxes sent and received. Love all the details in such a tiny creation! Happy almost Blogaversary!

1CardCreator said...

Wow, all those matchboxes are awesome! Happy Blogiversary, I am a follower and I posted your giveaway on my sidebar. Thanks for the opportunity. ~Diane

Lynn Stevens said...

Hi Joanne,
I'd love to join the swap. sounds fun.
Happy blogaversary, yes I'm a follower and I'll be back after I post you link on my sidebar.
hugs Lynn

Lynn Stevens said...

Its posted,
I'll send you a email with my information for the swap.
BTW, my very favorite song in the whole world is playing on your blog. Stay!!!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Joanne,
love all the matchboxes!!
Congratulations on your blogiversary and many more to come.
I'm a friend too and I'll post your giveaway on my sidebar.
Have a great Sunday.

FarfallaDK said...

Happy Blogiversary!

I have just put a link on my blog to your giveaway and I am already a follower. Your blog is so pretty and I like to see whenever you make your beautiful creations.

Best regards,

Lesley said...

Hi, I'm a follower and would love to take part in your giveaway. but I'm in the UK so I suppose that rules me out. Ah well, such is life. Happy blogiversary and Blessings

Jeanie Callaghan said...

I am already a follower and have put your giveaway link on my blog. I assume your swap is not available to use in the U.S.?

Have fun!



I do love those little matchbox swaps! Your's rec'd and given are so sweet.
I'm "IN" for the giveaway and I'm a follower also! Thanks for having a giveaway.
I'm also IN for the matchbox on one, right?! I'll email you.
Happy Blog Birthday too!

Mina said...

Oh Joanne, what beautiful boxes and treasures! Your giveaway is so generous as well. I am definitely a friend and I have put your button on my side bar as well. I hope you are having a beautiful spring day!

Kim said...

Congrats on one year blogging! I'll be emailing you my info for the matchbox swap and would love to be entered in your giveaway.


Dorthe said...

SOOOOO many wonderfull boxes, they are all filled with wonderfull stuff- and all of you must have been smiling very much opening your swap boxes :)

I will love being in your giveaway,and I will post you on my sidebar--and I am a follower,too-

Congratulations with the "birthday"

Mic said...

Great matchboxes and swaps!

I'm a friend! Love your blog!

Pam N

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Wowsa! Loving all those Gorgeous matchboxes given and received!!...and all that lovely treasure!!(swoon!) I love Heather's swaps.
Awww, would to have loved to joined your swap but i'm in the UK (Sob!)but I do understand what you mean by the international postage.
Congrats on your Blogiversary JoAnne, I'm alreading following you, and off to post your giveaway in my side bar. Will keep my fingers crossed now! ;)
Jan x

Jennifer said...

What fun - I am signing up for the matchbox swap! These are so beautiful!!

Jennifer said...

I am a believer, oh sorry I meant follower!!

Jennifer said...

You beautiful button along with the link is set up on my blog - Happy Blogiversary!!

Kathy B. said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! Cool giveaway!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy B. said...

I am also a follower of your terrific blog as lakecorv aka kathy.bruner.

Tart Deco™ said...

Hi there! I just finished the petite swap too and I am so addicted to them now! Actually that is how I found your blog. I am a follower now too.

Please enter me in your giveaway. Your other matchboxes look marvelous and I would love to get one from you ;)

I will email you about your small matchbox swap too.

Steph @ Tart Deco
tartdeco at gmail dot com

Tart Deco™ said...

Here is my official #2 comment for being a follower

Steph @ Tart Deco
tartdeco at gmail dot com

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Joanne,
Wow this is so exciting about your blogiversary! And what a fabulous giveaway.

I love the pieces you received--they are totally gorgeous and delightful!!

A Magical Whimsy said...

Hi, Joanne
I have been viewing your blog for a long time...and now that I have my own blog I have become one of your followers!
Please enter me in your really lovely giveaway!
I love the title of your blog and your awesome banner.
Teresa in CA

A Magical Whimsy said...

Oh! Goody!
I get to leave another comment. Your matchboxmania swap looks like so much fun! If I could figure out how to post buttons on the sidebar on my blog I would post yours. I will learn how to do it eventually.
Anywho, nice to meet you!
Teresa in CA

A Magical Whimsy said...

I need to click my email so you can contact me if I win anything.
Thank you.
Teresa in CA

Lesley said...

Hi there Joanne,
it's me Les in Canada. I am still enjoying your matchbox and all the loveliness you provided me with. That card is beautiful.
Please enter me in your giveaway, Canada isn't that far away. only 3 weeks by postal ROFL.
I am off to send you an email about the wing swap.
Take care and love visiting your blog.

Lesley said...

Me again JoAnne
I am already a follower and I posted your blogaversary button giveaway on my blog.
Tanks so much.

cri-cri said...

I would like to enjoy your give away...such a disappointment that shipping is that expensive for such a little box ...because I was searching a place were I could do a matchboxswap...and I´ll became a follower;-)

joy said...

Hi! I found my way here through Marie at Lost Bird Studio! What a nice giveaway - I have become a follower and will be putting your button on my sidebar right now! Thanks for the chance to win a matchbox!!

Tammy said...

What a wonderful swap idea....I just recently created a matchbox decoration on my blog. It was fun to try...Maybe I should try the exchange. Sounds like fun! I am a follower already...posting this on my sidebar. Thanks for the chance of winning something spectacular.

Anonymous said...

YES YES YES....enter me in your wonderfully generous drawing! I'm a follower (who isn't???) and would be thrilled to win!

Hugs from Colorado,
It's still snowing by the way!

lynn said...

joanne congrats on your blogaversary, and for offering such a wonderful giveaway.. who wouldnt want to win that.. thank you also for your gorgeous blog.. i adore it..
big ladybug hugs

lynn said...

ohh i forgot to add that i am a follower of your blog. ;)
big ladybug hugs

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

Hi Joanne,

Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and commenting on my chunky art book post. It WAS lots of fun and I'm already contemplating another.

Thanks also for the invite to one of your matchbox swaps. I would like to try one, just not this time. April 15th is fast approaching and I've got other projects to focus on and finish.

Have a great weekend!


Cassie said...

Congrats on your blogaversary. I just found you blog the other day. I did sign up to follow it and I sent you an email regarding the swap too!

Jann said...

Somehow I missed this, although I am one of your followers! Congrats--and I've got your giveaway button on my sidebar--would love to be entered! Have a great weekend!

Kim Hanauer said...

Hi Joanne,
Please countme in for your matchbox swap! My email: I`ll check on your giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful matchboxes. I haven't ever done anything like that before. Would love to be entered in your giveaway.
Peggy H.

Kim Hanauer said...

I am a new follower and will grab your button and put it on my sidebar. Also link back to you!
Have a Blessed day~

Linda M. said...

Happy Blogiversary, Thanks for the chance to win. I am a follower.

Rhiannon said...

I just had my 1st blogiversary as well :) all your swap packages look so awesome, I wish I could participate in them, but being over here in new Zealand makes postage very expensive.

Rhiannon said...

And I'm a new follower.

alveen said...

Happy Blogiversary! What a lovely giveaway.
Those altered match boxes filled with little goodies are so delightful. I would love to win one created by you JoAnne, so please count me in. I am already a follower too.
Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my giveaway. Good luck

Rhiannon said...

I have blogged about your giveaway here:

Nikki Noo said...

Hi There
Would love to enter your giveaway please, and I am also a follower of your blog.

tartankiwi said...

Wow! Your matchboxes are beautiful. I would love to receive one of your little boxes of goodness :-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for an awesome experience while visiting you! I'm a new blogger, actually today was my first! Your matchbook swap has inspired me (could it be I'm still up at 3am?!) I will be following you from now on and if you could be patient, I WILL grab your button and figure out how to get it on my blog!!

Anonymous said...

I am to excited! I am a new follower and I love your blog! Those matchboxes are just amazing...So #1 I am a follower; #2 I am leaving a comment (obviously) & #3 I am grabbing your button and taking it over to my blog. You gotta check my blog out too. I love visitors who choose to follow and leave a comment or bit of advice for the new blogger...Okay I am rambling now. Thanx so much, tiff

Cinner said...

Congratulations on your blogversary,I am a follower. It looks like a wonderful giveaway. thank you.

Something Special said...

I hope I am not to late to get in on your little matchbox swap. I will email you for sure right away! That sound like an intriguing little quick swap.

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cmoh said...

Last but certainly not least I have announced your fabulous giveaway on the sidebar of my blog.

Juliana T said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary! Thanks for the chance to win!

Juliana T said...

I became a follower. I love your's so vintage!

Juliana T said...

I've posted your giveaway on my blog