So, my birthday has come and gone. Its been a week actually. While I loved the increase in blogging time, sewing, and photo shoots, I’ve actually enjoyed my time away. I stop in today to wrap up the birthday give away.
This year there were a few snags on my birthday. There were a few repeats from last year forthe give away this year and in order to avoid sending someone the same gift two years in a row, I set up a blog (feel free to go check it out) so people could choose their own gifts. Good idea right? Well maybe in theory.
The first problem was that when I set up the blog it didn’t test the comments. As it turned out my comments were set up so that I had to moderate a comment before it would show up. Well, I mass emailed everyone (almost) and then took off for an hour or so only to return to an inbox full of comments that needed to be moderated. The problem was that multiple people commented on the same gift without knowing it. As I hung my head in shame I sent out an e-mail telling them what a fool I was and how sorry I was and asked them to choose a different gift.
Problem number two was that I didn’t realize the amount of organization that needed to happen if I wanted to give a specific present to a specific person and send that to a specific address, multiplied by 30 (31). Magnus and I organized gifts, recipients, and their addresses as best we could. To my knowledge everyone got the correct gift shipped to them but don’t hold it against me if I made a mistake.
One last problem was that as I was choosing names I accidently chose 31 instead of 30, the number of gifts I made. I shipped out the bulk of the gifts on Monday and then finally figured out why I was missing a gift; I had 4 names and only three gifts. I recounted my the names from the list I made of people I chose, people I emailed, and people listed on the announcement post, yep I had chosen an extra name. I waited until all the gifts were chosen and then e-mail the last person, explained what happened and then offered a choice between a zipper pouch and a covered notebook. They graciously told me to surprise them and so I went with a notebook cover. I really never tire of making them.
So here is the final gift of the year.
The final 4 gifts were shipped out today. So winners, start watching your mail boxes, presents are on the way.
Thanks again for a great month. While the actual give away part was a little crazy this year, the making part was wonderful. My brain is already spinning with ideas for next year.