Birthday Giveaway & The Heartfelt Roots Behind Delightfully Noted


Disclaimer: This post may be a little long- winded. Even though it is uncanny of me I’m feeling a little emotional this evening. There's only two possible explanations for this; either the husband laced my food tonight or I have some serious damage to my hypothalamus from when I banged my head on a cabinet earlier. I've really contemplated sharing this story! Nonetheless, take advantage of it, I don’t get heartfelt like this very often.  Tomorrow I’m back to being an ice-cold broad.
I remember one year today jumping for joy and proclaiming to the hubby that I finally posted my first item on Etsy! I had spent the previous three months spending every waking hour trying to teach myself graphic design {Trust me, it wasn’t always lollipops and unicorns, I recall a certain night that I flipped out because I couldn’t figure out how to use the software to draw a circle!} and attempting to absorb every piece of information that is out there about running your own handmade biz. I remember the hubby saying “I don’t want you to be disheartened if you don’t have any sales right away.” In which I responded, “I won’t. I’m giving myself 6 months and if I don’t get a sale by then, I will reconsider this whole thing.” Eight days later I practically peed my pants when I woke up one morning to see that someone had actually purchased an item from my shop! Wow, someone likes my stuff and it isn’t my mom {or maybe it was and she was purchasing under some alias name???}.

{I took a picture when I was preparing my first order.  I was so excited I swear I must of took two hours cutting and packaging this one! }. 

I had discovered Etsy two years prior to the birth of Delightfully Noted, when we were I was planning our wedding.  I’ve always enjoyed being creative and after designing all of our bridal stationery I kept thinking in the back of mind that it would be fun to open up my own on-line store.  But then all those doubts started creeping within----who would want to buy what I have offer? These excuses allowed me to keep this dream in the back of my mind. Fast forward a few years later and I found myself trying to make sense of a tragedy that had struck my family.  In the midst of dealing with the trauma that was unfolding around me I received the sad news that one of my best friends had unexpectedly passed away.  These grievous blows were finally what inspired me to take the leap of faith and open up Delightfully Noted. If misfortune has taught me one thing it is that life really can change in the blink of an eye. Failure won’t matter to you on your deathbed but regrets will.  

{Little girl, Big dreams}
Ahem…. now for my Oscar speech {I’ll be expecting my little, naked, gold guy in the mail next week!}. To each and every one of my customers; I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be in some small way a part of your lives; in particularly the happy moments!  Delightfully Noted has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done for myself. It has, in many ways, been my form of therapy and with out my customers, well, I would have had to turn to crack. I kid! I kid!  I also want to note how grateful I am for all my friends and family who have been incredibly supportive of this little endeavor of mine {You didn't laugh in my face when I shared my dreams! Now what you did behind my back is your business} A BIG, BIG THANKS to my hubby who does all the grocery shopping, and cleans the kitchen, and makes me dinner every night so that I can come home from my day job and jump right into finishing my orders. Hugs to him for only commenting every other week about me allowing our house to look like a bomb test site. And mad, mad props for the fact that he never loses his patience with me even though every morning I mumble profanities at him from underneath our comforter when he notes for the hundreth time that he has no clean socks.  Lastly,despite thinking I’m addicted to my computer, he still hasn’t forced me to seek treatment and for that I thank him!

I have to admit when you feel like you are always living your life in "crisis mode" you become a little jaded when people talk about what the future beholds.  For the past couple years, I've dreaded New Year's because I fear what kind of bad news another year will bring.  But I do have blessings and Delightfully Noted is one of them and in this instance, I can't wait to see what's in store for me and my little dream! So again, thank you to each and every one of you!


Now on to the part you care about; the giveaway!
This giveaway is for two different winners.


Winner #1

$50 Kohl’s Gift Card + Set of 10 Delightfully Noted Chevron Thank You Cards {$15 value}
Winner #2

Set of 10 Delightfully Noted Chevron Thank You Cards {$15 value}








Here’s how to enter:

**Please leave a separate comment below for each entry!**


MANDATORY ENTRY IS:

--Leave a comment telling me one of your dreams in life! It can be a goal to run a marathon or perhaps you’d even love to open your own biz one day. Whatever it is, I want to hear about it!


FOR EXTRA ENTRIES {Don’t forget to leave a separate comment for each entry that you do!}:


--Become a Delightfully Noted Blog Follower. If you’re already a follower, leave a comment telling me so! Make sure if you are "no reply" follower that you leave an email address for me to get ahold of you!


--Like Delightfully Noted on Facebook, already a fan tell me in a comment!


--Share this giveaway on your Facebook page and leave a link to your page in my comments {it’s best if you tag me in your post!}


--Follow Delightfully Noted on Twitter


--Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter

Remember the more you do the higher your chances are of winning! I know this because I was a scholar at math. Wink-wink.

*Contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, August 31st*
  *Winners will be announced here on Thursday, September 1st*
*Your entry is your comment/comments left here*
*Open to US & Canadian residents only*


Good luck!



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132 comments

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I would love to be able to write a book. It's been a wish of mine through my life. It may never happen...but maybe it will! ;)

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I am following Delightfully Noted on GFC!

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I like you on facebook! Katy A.

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I am following you on twitter! KatyLMA

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Katy~The Country Blossom said...

tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/106315510156771328

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Lytles said...

I'm a follower of this blog.
thelytles@hotmail.com

Lytles said...

My dream is to be able to go to Paris some day!
thelytles@hotmail.com

Rebecca said...

I want to visit Everest base camp.

rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

Rebecca said...

I follow on twitter (@RebeccaFH).

rebecca.nvcl (at) gmail.com

sherri lynn said...

My lifelong goal has been to write a book! Don't know if it will ever happen, but I would be a dream come true!

sherri lynn said...

I am a GFC follower!

sherri lynn said...

I like Delightfully Noted on facebook!

sherri lynn said...

I follow you on twitter (@sherrilynnpuz)

sherri lynn said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

sherri lynn said...

I tweeted about this giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

I dream that my small business will be successful enough so I can afford my daughter's schooling (would love to send her to private school)

Elizabeth said...

New fan on FB!

Elizabeth said...

New follower on twitter!

Mary Beth said...

My dream is to open up my own formal dress shop one day.

Mary Beth said...

I also follow your blog through GFC. Thanks for the giveaway!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I've always dreamed of writing a book! And then having it turned into a movie! A girl can dream, right?!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I'm already a follower!

Sam @ The Junk House said...

I liked Delightfully Noted on facebook as The Junk House!

Krista said...

I am a blog follower!

Krista said...

My dream in life was to be a momma. After years of infertility and then experiencing infant loss with our twin daughters, I thought I would never realize this dream. Fortunately for me, my dream came true in Oct 2009 when my son was born. We are expecting another boy in Oct and couldn't be happier. Through our tragedy, I have learned to never take anything for granted and I cherish every moment I have with our little guy!

Cat said...

Oh goodness ... happy birthday to you shop! You are so talented ... I am seriously in love with your note cards!

My dream ... it is simply actually ... get out of the rat race and work for myself :)

♥ Cat brideblu

Cat said...

ps. following you!

♥ Cat brideblu

Thanks for the chances and for hosting such an amazing giveaway!

Lindsay said...

I would love to have a very successful blog one day. :)

Awesome giveaway, by the way!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Maggie Mozdzen commented on your blog post "Delightfully Noted turns ONE! Birthday Giveaway & the Heartfelt Roots Behind DN" on Dreamers Into Doers -- marthastewart.com

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One of my goals this year (hopefully 12/3) is to run a 1/2 marathon! I have begun training and am currently working my way up. I will be participating in a 5k on 9/3!! Wish me luck!

Anonymous said...

one of my dream is to travel to japan

uk7ss AT yahoo.com

Maggie said...

I am a blog follower!

Emilee said...

I would love to go to New York with my mom.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Maggie said...

I tweeted your awesome giveaway!

Emilee said...

I'm a follower.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Emilee said...

I like you on fb.

emileenreynolds@yahoo.com

Emilee said...

I follow you on twitter.

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Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

It is SO cool to hear about your journey and how you started and where you are now with your store! I SO admire your hard work and your husbands supports seems wonderfully helpful too! (I have a husband like that too!) Anyways as far as my dreams go.... I always dreamed of becoming a dentist... and now that I am one I guess it is time for a new dream. I would love to start and etsy shop..... for some reason that just scares me so darn much! I guess that is a good one to put on the top of my new goal list! Gosh and that one might be more fun to achieve than dental school :o)! Anyways----what a wonderful giveaway!!! :o) yayyy you!
Jaime

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Of course I am a blog follower also :o)

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

Andddd a facebook follower! (I don't have a twitter account or I would do that one too!)

Patty White said...

I would love to open a muffin shop some day.

patty432@live.com

Patty White said...

I like Delightfully Noted on facebook~ Patty White

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Patty White said...

i follow delightfully noted on twitter ~ Patty432

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Kelly said...

I would love to travel to Italy and Greece some day... DEFINITELY a bucket list item!

Kelly said...

I folllowed your blog

Also forgot to post my email above Kelly {at} Humphreyshandmade.com

Kelly said...

I followed your twitter

kelly (at) humphreyshandmade.com

bukaeyes said...

One of my dreams is to travel to Italy!
bukaeyes@aol.com

bukaeyes said...

I like Delightfully Noted on Facebook (Betsy Hoff)
bukaeyes@aol.com

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

My dream is to spend a month in Europe :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Happily following you! Thanks for linking up at Market Your Biz and Giveaways :)

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I'm your fan on fb :)

Jenna Hesselink said...

my dream is to spend a few weeks in Greece feeding my historical appetitite

cmuchick2006@hotmail.com

Jenna Hesselink said...

gfc follower

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Jenna Hesselink said...

fb follower

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Jenna Hesselink said...

twitter follower

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Shae Johnson said...

My dream is to be a very talented piano player... a concert pianist? Perhaps.

shaejohnson10@gmail.com

Samantha said...

One of my dreams is to have a very large family! Always wanted many kids!
dmb161@aol.com

Roxanne K said...

I'd love to visit Japan!
monorox (at) gmail (dot) com

Roxanne K said...

Became a Delightfully Noted follower
monorox (at) gmail (dot) com

Roxanne K said...

Like Delightfully Noted on Facebook / Roxanne K
monorox (at) gmail (dot) com

prov3130grl said...

One of my goals is to become a youth counselor. I just need to get through 2 more years of school - it's seeming like it'll be forever... ~ Andi

andreatrautman812@gmail.com

prov3130grl said...

I follow your blog. ~ Andi

andreatrautman812@gmail.com

Maggie said...

following you on Twitter! Tweet! Tweet! Tweet!

prov3130grl said...

I like you on Facebook (Andi Bauer trautman)

andreatrautman812@gmail.com

Andonia Christina said...

My dream is to go back to school. I know it's far off in the distance still, but I look forward to it!

Liz Taylor said...

My dream is to be the best mom i can without going crazy. Adding a new baby to my house has been so hard. I want to be more positive in my life.

Liz Taylor said...

I'm a blog follower!

Liz Taylor said...

i follow you on FB

Stephanie @ henry happened said...

That was such a great story! So glad you are going for your dream (and I relate about the house being a bomb site!) My dream is to be a writer!

Michaela said...

I would love to write a book too, a children's book or something fiction. Outside of that, I want to travel, marry the love of my life, and have a family :)

Michaela said...

I'm a follower!

Laura said...

I would love to travel the world with my family!

Laura

Laurasu82 at yahoo.com

captainliss40 said...

I want to be fluent in Spanish! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Okay...here we go...my dream is to have my blog grow into a business where I can make money working from home!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I follow your blog.

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I like you on Facebook.

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I follow you on Twitter.

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

I tweeted your giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I want to teach yoga to teachers so that they can easily use it in their classrooms
yogachrisy@centurytel.net

Jess said...

My dream is to be a photographer... I know it doesn't sound like much but that's it!

Dan said...

My dream is to take my dad on a big vacation!

Dan

Dcbaseball23 at yahoo.com

Kristi said...

My dream is to birth a child. I have a 12 yr old stepson but have never conceived or birth a baby. Hubby and I have been trying for 4 long years. :(

Heather J said...

Hooray! Happy Birthday Delightfully Noted!

I'd love to have my own clothing/home decor boutique some day.

Heather J said...

I am a follower! :)

Sarah B. said...

I'd love to write (and publish!) a novel someday :)

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Sarah B. said...

I follow your blog via GFC

Sarah B. said...

I like you on FB (Sarah Bee)

Sarah B. said...

I follow you on twitter (@yes_teacher)

Sarah B. said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/107788805578297344

Sarah B. said...

I shared your giveaway on FB (Sarah Bee) and tagged you :)

sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I would love to be able to own my own house someday.
haydensmomma0329@yahoo.com

Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I already follow you GFC.
haydensmomma0329@yahoo.com

Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I already follow you on FB.
haydensmomma0329@yahoo.com

Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I follow you on Twitter.
JMuoioDOM
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Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I shared it on FB & tagged you.
Jessica Muoio
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Jess@Drops of Motherhood said...

I tweeted it.
https://twitter.com/#!/JMuoioDOM/status/107858355485278208
haydensmomma0329@yahoo.com

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

First off... your stuff is amazing and you should be very proud of yourself for the lovely things you create! :)

Second, I'm a huge dreamer... I have dreams and dreams and dreams. But one of those dreams is to write and illustrate a children's book. I think it would be such fun and I'd love for my (future) children to have a book (or books) that include characteristics of them.

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

I follow your wonderfully, delightful blog. :)

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

I facebooked it... but it wouldn't let me tag you... very strange: http://www.facebook.com/#!/livedelightfully

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

I "like" your page on facebook! :)

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

I follow you on Twitter! :)

Regina of Live Delightfully said...

I tweeted! :) http://twitter.com/#!/reginakayxo

Maggie said...

I have place your button on my new business page!

http://tidytown.vpweb.com/Things-We-Love.html

Maggie said...

I tweeted!

Maggie said...

I updated on my facebook! Page 1

Maggie said...

I updated on facebook! page 2

Maggie said...

I "pinned" your shop!
http://pinterest.com/pin/149785509/

Paula said...

I would love to visit Italy one day and see where my family came from : )

Paula said...

I'm your newest follower!

Paula said...

I liked you on facebook!

Paula said...

And I follow you on twitter : )

Kaylee said...

My dream is to raise my three little girls to become smart successful and independent!

Kaylee said...

I am a google friend!!

Rita said...

I have always wanted to run a marathon but the problem is I don't really like running. I have been thinking of trying to start the C25K program so I can learn to love it.

ritaasmom@gmail.com

Rita said...

GFC follower

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Rita said...

like you on FB as Rita Suzanne

ritaasmom@gmail.com

Rita said...

follow you on twitter as ritaasmom

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Leslie said...

I would like to have my own photography business!

Leslie said...

I now follow your blog!

Leslie said...

I am now a facebook fan!

Misty Staggs said...

My dream is to see my children grow up to be more amazing than I ever thought about being!

Michelle said...

My dream is to live in the country when I retire!

Samantha A said...

I dream of all sorts of things... A craft room! Time to use it! Happy, well-adjusted, successful children! A Mediterranean cruise! :-) But running a marathon *is* on my bucket list... ;-)

Samantha A said...

I follow... :-)

reedanna at gmail dot com

Samantha A said...

I've liked you on Facebook for awhile... :-)

Samantha A said...

Following on Twitter! #reedanna

This Mom And Her 3 Girls! said...

I would luv to open a business with my husband that we can pass on to our 3 lil girls in the future to insure that they always have some kind of income!!

This Mom And Her 3 Girls! said...

I "Liked" Delightfully Noted on FB Tara Caudillo

Mares said...

My biggest dream in life is to be able to grow my business into a party planning business! The competition is steep but a girl can dream! :)

Mares said...

I follow Delightfully noted on FB already! :)

Mares said...

Following the blog now! :)

Mares said...

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/#!/PigCastle/status/109117190820724737

Mares said...

Shared on FB!! :)

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