i've been wanting to hold a giveaway for a long time, as a small way of thanking you all for your encouragement and business. and what better day to hold it, but on one that asks us to care for something that has given us so much!
after making a bunch of billy button necklaces for the shop, i realized now would be a good time for a giveaway. i really want to encourage everyone to participate, even if you're new to commenting on my blog. and if you've ordered something from me before, you still should comment. i'm so grateful for your business, you have no idea. also, i understand that a lot of you cannot afford the things in my shop but your support still means so much to me - you should go ahead and comment too! everyone should get a chance, and remember, this is a benefit to me too to see who and how many people are reading this.
there is something i'll ask of you though in return. thankfulness and generosity have been on my mind a lot lately, and i'd love if you took the time to tell me a story of someone who has shown you generosity that has inspired you to do the same. but i won't ask that you share something that i can't share myself. the examples of generosity that have changed my life are the ones where i know the person is giving me something that's a sacrifice to them. two recent examples come to mind.
the other night, i got upset with doug for not understanding me in a stressful moment right before he had to leave the house. he returned with a beautiful bouquet of flowers and ice cream, and the most generous gift of a promise to listen to me without fighting back. i had been mean, but he stretched himself to care. i knew it wasn't easy or natural to him, and he inspires me to be kind even when it's hard.
also, some of you might remember a shop update a while back that jenny made, where things didn't get uploaded on time? the reason they didn't get uploaded was because i was having a major mental breakdown and called jenny right in the middle of her workday and she took the time to talk to me for 8 WHOLE HOURS!!! she graciously called it "something urgent," and not a word was said about the real reason. she's like this all the time, people! i'm so lucky to have a friend to aspire to be like.
i'll let you comment away at least for a couple days, just make sure to leave some way for me to track you down, like an email or link to your blog. but if you're family or someone i know, don't worry, i'll figure out how to get a hold of you. thanks everyone!
the giveaway is over now: whitney's the winner, although i wish i had a necklace for everyone ;) you guys rock!