Giveaways: Reminders and Announcements

Hey, y’all (did you know I live in the south?) But, I also lived in Philadelphia for 9 years where I worked very hard to get rid of my southern accent. (If you live there, yoos know wood I’m tawkin’ about.) Unfortunately my southern accent hasn’t come back completely now that we are back “down hee-yar”. Every once in a while I’ll hear myself say Git, but never Fixin’. And I was shocked when my six year old started calling me Mama the other day.

Anyway, sorry for the diversion, on to a few giveaway announcements:

I wanted to remind you that the “Beach in a Bottle” from the Painted Cottage giveaway ends September 30th at midnight EST. That would be tomorrow night! So, be sure to enter if you want these adorable bottles in your home:

Right now I only have 36 entries, so your chances of winning are VERY good. Plus, you can have up to five chances to win!!!

Now onto some exciting news: 

You followers snuck up on me! When I added you up the other day, there were over 550 of you (both Google Friend and Feedburner combined!)

When I started this blog a few months ago, my goal was to empower a few people to take on their own DIY project; to be gently nudged out of their comfort zone; and to feel the sense of accomplishment from completing their own DIY project. I have received so many wonderful comments and emails from readers who have tried something new after reading one of my tutorials. If I haven’t told you, your comments really made my day! And it made every hour I spend on blogging so worth it! Thank you so much.

Way back when (who am I kidding, only 2 months ago) when I reached my 100th follower, I surprised that lucky lady (Sharon from,) by sending her a decorative book with a secret hiding spot.

And, inside was an Amazon gift card! I hope she put it to good use.  At that time, I also promised to have another special gift for one of my followers when I reached 500 followers.

I’ve been working on a special gift for this special giveaway. So, as a thank you for being so sweet and checking back with my posts, I will be giving you this!

 Do I hear crickets chirping?

It is a CD/DVD wallet for your car visor! (If you want to make your own, read the tutorial here.) And if that wasn’t enough, it will contain an Amazon gift card tucked inside! Cha-ching! I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much time to go shopping for the little necessities that I desire. And when I do go shopping, there is bound to be a scene (if the boys are with me, because when are they not!) Can you say, “Emmmbarrrasssing”? So, I prefer to do a lot of my online shopping on

AND… because I appreciate y’all and value your time, I’m not making you jump through any hoops or making you break out your online bullhorn, or leave me any comments (but, you can if you want to), etc. etc. It is simple, if you already follow Pretty Handy Girl, via Google Friend Follower or Feedburner (both available in the side bar), you are in the running to win. If you aren’t – well – I apologize, but I won’t be able to track you down to notify you that you won.

One of my two lovely assistants (my 4 and 6 yr. old sons) will choose one of my followers at random to receive this special 500 follower gift.

Thank you for your precious few minutes that you spend on my blog. I have lots more DIY tips, tutorials and fun in store for you.

P.s. I will enter any and all followers who jump on board up to October 31st. Okay, so maybe I am making you jump through just one tiny hoop.


  1. The cd visor is so great. I desperately in need of one. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway.

  2. How nice of you to give this away! It's adorable!


  3. Happy 500. Woohoo!!!

  4. Congrats on reaching 500! That is awesome! Love to read all about some of your tricks and tips!

  5. I love that cd visor-fabric is cuuttee!! Congrats on #500-amazing in that short a period of time-please do tell how to get that response?- new to the blogging world and it is all so daunting-any tips?

  6. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    Wow, 500, that's amazing. Congrats!

  7. TheVirginiaHouse says:

    Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you this week on We Can Do It Cheaper! Thanks for linking up with such great projects! Come back anytime!

  8. Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) says:

    lovely lovely blog! i'm now following you on twitter and looking oh so forward to blissdom! hope your week is going well! xoxo

  9. How nice of you to do this! And huge congrats on 500+ followers- you deserve it!

  10. What a pretty and thoughtful giveaway. Congratulations on your followers :).

  11. Deanna Jane (cullenkidsmum) says:

    Love the cd case and love your blog so much! I have just started finding all these lovely crafty blogs and yours is one of my favorites~

  12. allthingsnew says:

    I am a new follower! What a great idea :) Thanks for giving us a chance to win something exciting! Love secret surprises…well, I don't guess there are any other kind of surprises :)

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

  13. Just wanted to let you know, I am a follower (on my GoogleReader). Does that count?

  14. MrsScott, unfortunately I cannot see individual subscribers in Google Reader therefore I wouldn't be able to notify you if you won. If you want to be eligible, go ahead and click the "Follow" button on the sidebar or enter your email in the FeedBurner subscriber box just above.

    BTW, I just figured out how to see how many readers are subscribed via Google Reader, and OMG there are over 700 of you!


  15. Thanks for your recent comments on my blog-good advice-I appreciate it-this blogging world can be overwelmimg to a computer generated illiterate!

  16. Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. says:

    So happy for you!!!! Your projects are awesome. :)

  17. That One Girl says:

    Oh my goodness!! I would LOVE this!! My husband bought me a new (used) car because my old car, while in great condition, just didn't have enough room for a family of 4, 2 large dogs and a small dog. If we wanted to go anywhere together, we had to take 2 cars. :-/ Anyways, my old car didn't have a CD player (even tho it was an '05!) and my new one does, but I don't put CDs in there because I have nowhere to put them! LOL

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