Wednesday, April 14, 2010

“Just Because”

Now and again I like to press the ‘pause button’ and to take the time to reflect upon some of the recent happenings in my life.  Without making this post soppy and philosophical, I would just like to say that I have much to be thankful for…friends, family, a comfortable life and reasonably good health.  Can one ask for much more?

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I feel good and I’d like to share that feeling so I’m having a giveaway…”Just Because”.   All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment at the end of this post but please make sure that I can contact you by email otherwise someone else’s name will be selected to replace yours.  If you are set as “no-reply” then please include your email address when you leave your comment.  Everyone is invited to participate and I will ship internationally.

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So without further ado, here’s what I’m giving away.  “Just Because” it’s Spring, how about a notions box that I designed and painted?

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The inside…notions not included…sorry.

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And I’m also giving away one of the string needlecases that I made for Stephanie’s challenge…”Just Because”.

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The inside…

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And to recap…

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The winners will be selected on Sunday the 18th…”Just Because”

Until then…

Happy stitching!

Kaaren ♥

EDIT:  Many of you are coming up as 'no-reply' bloggers.  Perhaps you are not aware that you have set yourself up that way.   I will not be able to respond should you be selected as one of the winners.  To check your settings,  go to your dashboard. Click on Edit Profile.  Tick 'show my email address'.  Then don’t forget to Save Profile.

110 comments:

Terry said...

I agree Kaaren...sometimes we just have to take time to stop and smell the roses, so to speak. Thanks for the great giveaway! :0)

synnove75 said...

The box you painted are beautiful! And the needlecase is lovely:-) Thank you for a chance of winning one of them!

Linda said...

How beautiful, I would be honoured to win.

Darlene said...

Taking time to do something "just because" is good for the soul. I got tears in my eyes when I saw your box - it's beautiful and I'd be soooo honored to own it. Wonderful giveaway, Kaaren.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Hi Kaaren! What a lovely "Just Because". These are such lovely items and I would love to be entered in your sweet giveaway :-)

ferne said...

Such a sweet post and a very generous give a way! You do such lovely work someone will be blessed to have one of your creations.

Susannah said...

Oh...please enter me, Kaaren! The painted box is beautiful and the needlecase is so lovely. What beautiful work you do, Kaaren! Thank you for offering a "Just Because" give away. You are so very thoughtful.

Klazien said...

Kaaren I love to read your blog and I love your FFF every month just because...
A lot of succes with your freebees and your blog!

Quilt Hollow said...

I love your just because...it makes one feel so good...a simple act of kindness.
Your painted box or even needle keep would be well loved here in my home at the hollow.

Sandy said...

How beautiful your gifts are Kaaren. I am almost finished with your Stitching Annie and she has been so much fun to create . Thank you so much for sharing!
Sandy
cha16946san@epix.net

BJ said...

I love doing things "just because" and on the spur of the moment. It's to easy to get caught up in the "have to's" and miss out on the beauty, joy and fun of life. I made up a saying in childhood that I hold on to to this day, "Every Day a Happy Day, Every Day a Party!" There are so many blessings how can we help but smile and "party"?!

Marie said...

What a special person you are! To share your own happiness and contentment is beautiful.

Marie

Diane said...

I so agree, it's good to take a little time and reflect. When I do, I have to say my life is not perfect, but it's darn good.

Brenda said...

I love the notion box and the needle case. It does us good to stop and reflect on our blessings. Thanks for blessing someone just because!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Just because is a reflection of a generous heart...thank you for a fun giveaway. blessings, marlene

julieQ said...

Just because!! How freeing...and I am glad I feel free, because I am off work and able to browse the blogs!! Thank you, Kaaren, for your generosity.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Stopping to take stock of life is better than a pill anyday. A piece of your artwork would be something wonderful to own, count me in on the draw please.
hugs and thanks my friend
Miche'le

sophie said...

The painted notions box is fabulous and, like the needlecase, beautiful AND useful. What a sweet and generous give-away.m Please count me IN.

ShirleyC said...

I love the painted box. You are so talented, and the needlecase is too cute, and so practical. Thanks for having a giveaway.

Anna Rosa Designs said...

Hi Kaaren,
I love this giveaway "just because"
Oh, to have an original design painted by you and such a handy piece.
Thank you,
Hugs,
Anna

Janet said...

How gorgeous, what a lovely generous giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win it, It would truly be treaured if I got lucky. Wow.

Carrie P. said...

Win a giveaway, have a giveaway! Congrats on winning Stephanie's giveaway.
The box is so pretty. Someone is going to love it.
Look for a package from me. I was going to let it be a surprise but I forgot to add my blog name so I wasn't sure if you remember my whole name.

Elyte said...

I am leaving a comment just because I like your blog, I would love a prize, we are moving into autumn and I like quilting. And just because of your generous spirit - thank you.

Winona said...

Kaaren, these are both lovely. This is very sweet of you. Nothing like a 'just because' gift! Winona

Sue-Anne said...

"Just Because" is so important. We get caught up with this fast paced world we live in and sometimes forget the simple things that are special.

sawn61 said...

Isn't it wonderful to have a day such as you speak of on occasion.Everything seems to fall into place with no effort at all. If only we could capture that feeling on those days and recall them when needed the most.

Stephanie said...

I find pause buttons helpful and necessary. Sometimes I'd even like a rewind button! Lovely treasures from a very talented you.

West Side of Straight said...

What nice items for your giveaway. I'd love to win! You paint beautifully. Love both the box and needle keeper! Thanks for doing a giveaway.

Cathi said...

Wonderful items for your giveaway -- that notions box is fantastic and the needlecase is too.

Annette said...

What a sweet post and giveaway! "Just because" you are so nice. You have a beautiful talent, the box you painted is stunning.

Margie said...

Where do you find the time to do all you do? The hand painted box is so pretty, and have been meaning to make myself a needle case. Thanks for the "Just Because" Take care!

Tarnyia said...

Kaaren what a great title for a giveaway ''just because''... love the box it is beautiful and you work is beautiful always.. :)

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

Oh I want to win "just because" I love your work!! What a fun idea, thank you for this chance!

Just Ramblin' said...

As I read your post I never cease to be amazed at your many talents! And you are so thoughtful to share them with us. The box your painted is lovely! Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Nola

Erin in MI said...

Oh my gosh - that box is gorgeous! I love your paintings :) What a wonderful giveaway.

Tudy said...

I Love the giveaways that are just put out there for no reason. Love the gifts in yours. I hope I win.

Lynn said...

What a generous giveaway. The box is beautiful, really will be a keepsake for the winner.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I just stopped by to read your site--and here you are doing a give away--how sweet---and whether I win or not that box is to 'die' for--it is soooo beautiful--what a talent you have!!! Have a great day
Hugs, Di

Monica said...

Absolutely gorgeous Kaaren! Count me in.

Rita said...

The best gifts are when someone does something "Just Because". I, too, have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for all your generosity, Kaaren.

Patty said...

taking time to appreciate what you have and being thankful is a good way to live life. Thank you for reminding me to pause and smell the roses.

Orcsmom said...

I am very thankful for you, just because.....you are very thoughtful and generous! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Hugs!!

Pam

Bev said...

Doing something for someone else "just because" is something more of us should do. Quilters and stitchers are the most "giving & sharing" group I've ever encountered, whether it is a bit of fabric or a great tip. Thank you for a fun blog and giveaway.

Diane H said...

Thank you, Kaaren - for all you share and give.

Karen said...

I like "just because" kind of stuff. I very much appreciate you and all your kindness.

Gerry said...

Kaaren, you are so very right. I've been fortunate, that's for certain.
I love blogging and bloggers. I, too, am attempting to Play It Forward by having giveaways.
I believe I have more fun giving that entering and winning.
That said, I would love to have a notions box of your design.
:^)
♥♥♥
Hugs,
Gerry

Pat said...

OMGosh Kaaren what a beautiful notion box. You are such a giving person. Seone is going to be very lucky. Good luck to everyone and thank you Kaaren for the chance to own such a treasure.

Betty said...

What a lovely notion box. Your painting is very nice. I would love to win. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Kimberly said...

With or without a 'just because', you are a sweetheart Kaaren!

(Don''t enter me in the draw... I have a lovely from you already that I enjoy very much!)

Hugs, Kimberly

Taryn said...

I would like to win one of your giveaway prizes. How thoughtful! The collage in your header has some great pictures. Is that your home? I am soooooo jealous!

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

You are very generous! The notions box is lovely...just gorgeous.Thanks for a such a great giveaway! You have such talent!

Carol said...

Great giveaway! Useful items to anyone who does any type of needlework. And so pretty! So thoughtful of you.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

You are very sweet Kaaren! The painting on the case is so pretty!

Quilts And Pieces said...

How sweet of you that is - "Just Because"!

Janet said...

Thank you, just because. :)

tnmomwith3kids said...

Awesome! That would make a lovely stitchery carry case. Love all your work and thanks for all those freebie patterns..love them all!

jennigalloway @ aol. com

Béa said...

I love all what you made or share. Thanks for the giveaway.Hugs from France.

Stina said...

Just Because... :o)
Wonderful gesture Kaaren... you do have such a generous soul...giving this beauty away... just wonderful...
Good to hear you have taken time to just be... so have I ... and it feels good... And at Spring time... with everything coming to live again.. it feels like a good thing to do...:o) More sun..more energy and just because... :o))

Liven said...

Nice things in your giveaway - and the background important.-).
From Norway I want to take part - exiting:-)

Ullis said...

"Just because" must the best reason ever! The notion box is so beautiful, I wish i could paint like that!

Marielle said...

How sweet of you to give away 2 beautiful gifts. Thanks so much!

Fleurette said...

I love flowers and the design you've painted on the notion box is so beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway. Happy Spring!

Lissa Jane said...

Kaaren
some days I wish I could put everyone on pause and let me have time to be me! everyone and every-furry-one...
It is a very very generous giveaway!


Lissa
Australia

polly said...

I have alot to be thankful for also!
pollycolumbus@sbcglobal.net

Tatkis said...

What a wonderful idea to make a "Just Because" giveaway! Thank you so much!
Best wishes,
Tatyana

Jantine said...

With a son recovering from almost three weeks of sickness I realize I am thankful for good health. And a partner to share all the burdens with, I had a hard time coping when being on my own last week with this sick child. So very glad he is back!!!
Love the notion box and assume you decorated it yourself. That would make it an even better treasure for who is winning. I love to win, but I won last time, so that is almost too hard a chance to reckon with. Still trying ;-)!

Mar said...

Hello from Spain dear Kaaren,I like so much your blog and the things you say on it. I like the most the feeling of goodness and charm, the smell of a beauty life that is good to be live. Best wishes.

Lynn S said...

I really enjoy reading your blog! This gives me another opportunity to thank you for sharing your talents and inspirations...just because! Isn't spring wonderful? A fresh day full of newness!

May Britt said...

Just because is such a great giveaway. The box is so cute and you know we quilters love boxes :)

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Such a sweet sentiment for a give away. The painted box is just too lovely. You can reach me at my blog or at allmycats@yahoo.com. Thanks for the give away!

Quiliting in Mequon said...

Hi Kaaren...I just love the painting you did on the notion box... You are so talented and the needlecase is very cute.. I do not own one and a chance to win this would be wonderful... Thanks for the chance in your giveaway... :)

Rumi said...

What a nice thing to do. Yes, we must all be thankful for the loveliness in our lives.

Melissa C said...

Your painting on the box is beautiful and the needlecase would be so handy. Thank you for the great giveaway and the reminder to appreciate where you are and enjoy it.

Jane said...

Great giveaway!!!!!! Please enter my name and I hope I am a "reply" blogger!!!

Charlsey said...

That is a beautiful sentiment and reminder. It is so important to put yourself in "time out" and to also reach out to others. Your blog is very uplifting and always a joy to visit.

Evonne said...

Beautiful! And indeed, we do need to take time to reflect and smell the roses along life's highway. Thankyou for the chance to win such a beautiful piece! Evonne

Edna said...

Get giveaway and great reason for it too! Love the painted box!

Trish said...

You are so very talented! Of course I would love to win your fabulous give away.
Trish www.quilttalesandcattails.com

Doina said...

Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Sharon said...

The box you painted is so beautiful! Thank you for the "Just Because" giveaway. :)

Maggey and Jim said...

I sure hope I am set right because I love how you paint and quilt..I like how you reflect and recognize your blessings. I have been doing that today.. God is so good.Have a good weekend,
Hugs,
Maggey

GeeGee said...

I love your blog and visit often, working on some of your FFF. Your "just because" gift is lovely, the work is just beautiful and I would be so honored to win. Thanks for being so generous and have a great week-end!!

Judy C said...

Karen, Thank You ....just because!

marcab77 said...

wow! a hand-painted notions box and a needle case!! please count me in. please count me in.
rita

Loretta said...

Kaaren, it is so nice to find you again after many years. You were on a painting list I as on. Glad to see you creating in others ways, "Just Because" lol.

Loretta-Neighbors@comcast.net

Mandy said...

Well said! We all need to appreciate now and then <3!

Great giveaway :)

AnnieO said...

What a lovely way to say how much you love life!

Both giveaway prizes are handmade beauties and very special. I'd love to be the winner of either.

rozhearts said...

Hi Kaaren, I too often say to myself to take a break from the mundane things we all encounter and step outside for awhile to breathe the fresh air around us and be ever so thankful.
I have followed your blog for quite some time now and find it ever so inspiring. I don't often leave comments but after seeing this beautiful little notions case I thought I may as well have a go at winning something precious.
(((HUGS)) Roslyn

Heidi said...

Hi Kaaren! Taking breaks online often mean life is busy for me...lol. I have little computer time right now with arranging things needing done when we get the keys for the new house in September. Will answer your email today hopefully.

Just because are on my list of favorite things. My family loves to give each other Just Because gifts and they speak from the heart.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Kim D. said...

Kaaren, Love your notions box it's adorable and the needle case is sweet too. Thanks for the chance to win your just because giveaway. How special!!

Bonny said...

Hi!
I think too often we do not take the time to be thankful for what we have. Now that we are retired, it is so much easier to slow down - so nice and enjoy the simpler things and be thankful for our lives. Thank you for the great giveaway - to get one of your beautiful handpainted pieces - to be so talented and generous!
Bonny

Miss Nancy said...

What a great giveaway. And all we have to do is take a minute to be thankful for all that we have. I know that I am fortunate and appreciate all that I have. We should all take a moment every so often to reflect on that thought. The notions case and the needlecase are lovely, such a great giveaway. Thank you for sharing.

Have a super great day.

Francien said...

What a great giveaway Kaaren...and we already are so lucky to get your freepatterns every month..thank you to give me a chance to win one...
have a great weekend ♥ Francien.

made it myself said...

The gray days of winter are over and the spring shows us all of our many blessings. Your box and needle case are wonderful - please include me in your drawing.
Thanks
Jan

Sherry said...

What a great reminder to all of us to be thankful for what we have. The painted box and needlecase are both lovely and I would love to be entered in your giveaway

Vivian said...

You are truly talented. I would love to be the winner of one of these great items.

Ronda said...

Kaaren your work is beautiful! I would love to have a chance at winnign your box. I travel in my job and it would be so much fun to carry my stitching in your box. Thanks ROnda

MamaT said...

oh what a beautiful giveaway! Count me in!

quilting1954 said...

I love your painted box, thanks for having a "just because" give-away. The easiest way to reach me is rykans@hotmail.com Sue

Richardson said...

Wow amazing, they are absolutely beautiful. I would be honored to have these in my home. Thanks for your willingness to share.

Hugs,
Vicki R
sunraesban@yahoo.com

Karen H said...

I really like the FFFs. Thanks for sharing them. The painted box is beautiful as well as the needlecase. Thanks for the delightful giveaway.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Oh Kaaren, "Just Because" I like to stop by your blog I get to enter in your great giveaway.
You do such beautiful work and so generous with your creativness.

Siobhan said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for including my entry, Kaaren!

Robin said...

As always, your things are lovely. Thank you for the tip about the email address. Thank you for the giveaway.

Susan said...

Kaaren your painting is lovely and who wouldnt be blessed by your acts of kindness? Today my doctor encouraged me to take more time for myself but somehow I think "just because" is better medicine. Thanks for your generousity!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

Kaaren, your painting is exquisite...

Donnelly said...

How beautiful your work is! I have had to remind myself to pause and breathe multiple times this week. Thank you for the giveaway!
Have a great day!

Dreamlake (Laura) said...

I love all what you made. :-)

Linda said...

How kind of you to offer your handiwork as a giveaway. One of my blessings is to know bloggers like you. Thanks!

Barbara said...

Thanks again for a beautiful giveaway gift. You do such nice work! Contact me through my blog at PiecefulDays.SquareSpace.com if I win or my email address. Thanks again!