Monday, April 23, 2012

Who would've thought? Oh and a giveaway!

I want to share a bit of excitement that I experienced a few days ago. I will take you on a little journey with me -that started out as a mundane errand to the store to buy buttons.While at Joann's I decided to wander over to the papercrafting section....big surprise I know LOL- and the new signage and marketing material in the Cricut and cuttlebug area caught my eye! I was soaking it all in and frankly really admiring the fresh new look {not sure how long its been up, I hadn't been in a long while}
 I suddenly gasp out loud...OK lets be honest I probably made a small scene considering I was alone! {feel free to laugh at me, it was not my most calm and collected moment} *wink* BECAUSE..... right there as big as life is a beautiful sign...IN JOANN'S with one of my Cricut projects on it!!!!
 I had NO IDEA that it was used for the new marketing, so imagine my shock and utter delight to see one of my pillows up on that sign...but wait there is more!!! There is a second project in the binder that they have stationed at the Cricut section....AND the photo of the pillow is also in the take home brochure!!!
  So like a total goofball I fumble in my purse with a {giant}Cheshire cat grin on my silly face and start taking pictures with my iphone to show my family.....at this moment I'm in my own little "I can't believe what I am seeing world"  I'm texting my husband and my girls and I'm as giddy as a  toy loving child on Christmas morning...and I look up to see a lady gawking at me like I had 3 heads *giggle* clearly I was less than smooth and casual about it all! She must still be wondering what in the world was so exciting!

 
 Now I have to tell you that was heart stopping over the moon elation for me, because it has been my dream for almost 20 years to have a sign in Joann's...it all started when I was learning to sew. I would pour through the pattern books and wonder what it must feel like to have your handiwork in the McCall's pattern book...or even better to have a big 6 foot sign hanging from the ceiling?!!! I know its sounds like a silly thing to have as one of your hearts desires...but as the saying goes "the heart wants what the heart wants"  I never ever ever....EVER thought that it would or could happen....ever!!!! To have it happen- and to have it be such a surprise..is just about as sweet as it gets! How lucky can a girl be?

Now If you have managed to hang in there with me through all of my silly gushing...I have a cartridge to give away...the super cute Robot party cartridge! It's such a fun cartridge filled with cool and crazy gear loving goodness! I think there are even some good images for fathers day on this one! how would you like to get your hands {or Cricuts as the case may be} LOL on this one? 

Just leave me a comment and be sure to follow Inkingpink and I will choose one random winner to be announced this coming Friday! Good luck!
PS....thanks for letting me share this with you! hugs~ Shantaie

43 comments:

Diana Joy said...

I'd been giddy also. How cool and congrats. I don't have that cart...could be fun. thanks.

Houses Built of Cards said...

Awww...congrats!!! Definitely well deserved! Now I will have to go check it out at my local Joann's store!!!

housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

Josie0602 said...

How exciting!! I would have been jumping up and down if that had been me!! Congratulations!!!

Tracy
http://scrappininthewoods.blogspot.com

Nancy said...

What a shocker for you to say the least, I'd have been over the moon as well, Congratulations to you.
Shouldn't they have contacted you somehow to ask to use your projects (just curious).
Very happy for you!

Shantaie said...

Nancy, I knew the flower pillow had been used for the cover of a Cricut cartridge, just such a bonus for them to be used on the signage! :)

Scraprageous said...

How wonderfully exciting for you!!!! Also how generous - thank you so much!!!

Sharon Chatterton said...

Thank you so much for being so generous. Your blog is amazing!

ScrappinMomma said...

Congrats! Love the pillow ideas and the colors too!

jrugg said...

WOW-how exciting! I am a long time follower and can tell you that you deserve the recognition!

jrugg@sctc.net

Amanda said...

That would be so amazing! Congrats to you!

Amanda (als1048@gmail.com)

Traci said...

OMGosh, I would make a fool of myself too! I would have been telling the lady why I was acting like a crazy person which would only confirm to her that I was a crazy person! LOL. Congrats on the fulfilling of a dream, it's very cool.

Adrian said...

Congrats! I would have done the same thing!!!

Godot's Girl said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this cart. I have Robotz, so this would be a great addition! Cute site, so sweet of you to do a giveaway.

CraftyOldBat said...

I got goosebumps reading your story; how exciting! Following your blog now and can't wait to look around some more. Thanks for the opportunity to win and congratulations!

Lynn B. said...

That is very cool, congratulations!

Angela said...

Wow! That is just fantastic! I would be telling everyone in the store! Congrats, you deserve it!
Hugs,
Angela L.

flowerdisco said...

The pillows are gorgeous!!

So dreams really come true, huh? :)
So happy for you.

Avril Tanner said...

Congrats on the advertising piece! It is so exciting to have a nice little surprise like that! Thanks for all the cool projects you share with us and the wonderful giveaway!

TeacherMom said...

Congrats! A real dream come true! You deserve to be on the ads!! Thanks for the chance to win. I would love the robot party cart!! The boys in my grade one class would adore the projects on it!
TeacherMom
Gaudet5 at Rogers dot com

Cheryl Winget said...

I have been following your blog for a while now and am so NOT surprised that Cricut has recognized your talent and used it to help sell their products. Congratulations and thanks for sharing that talent with all of your readers and inspiring us to no end!

MulticrafterAmy said...

You have every right to be giddy about it. I know I would be. Congrats!

Lillie said...

How exciting!! That is a great surprise! Thanks for sharing and for the great giveaway!

Adele said...

Congratulations Shantaie...Wow !!!!
How cool is THAT!!!! LOL
No wonder you are so delighted, so would anyone who has just had their hearts desire become reality...Wow !!
Huge hugs and congratulations again
Adele x

Anonymous said...

Congrats, that is so exciting! Even more so as it was unexpected for you debbie018@hotmail.com

Susie Craft Happy! said...

Woot-Woot Shantaie!!!! You go girl! Not that it's hard to believe that your work would be plastered all over eternity, but that it made you so happy is the icing on the cake! Enjoy it!
susiecrafthappy at gmail dot com

Sara Andrews said...

I think that's the best thing EVER! Just goes to show you that no dream is too big or too small to accomplish. I'm proud of you. And now I can tell people I know who made that!

chanceysmomma said...

And that is the EXACT talent talent that has inspired me (and many others) in so many ways, and helped boost my courage to expand my crafting capabilities & I have now launched my own blog & started consulting with Close To My Heart. Congratulations & Thank You for all your wonderful inspiring post.
chanceysmama
klumsykrafts.blogspot.com
toniap.ctmh.com

Anonymous said...

Gurl, I am where you were 20 years ago... dreaming about getting my creations in Cricut magazine and becoming a design team member for anyone (keep getting passed over).

Congrats on your success! I would've lost my mind too! I would visit often and have someone take my pic with the signs etc. Your experiences gives me hope that in time, if I chug on, I will make it too! Thank you! xoxo

La-Vie
l_borde at yahoo.com

Nana's Paper Things said...

Oh, I think that is just so super cool! I can imagine how excited you were, I think it's GREAT!!!! I love your projects and I'm so happy that yu are getting such wonderful recognition!! I do follow your blog! Thanks for the chance to win!
LizW in TX

Linda Harris said...

Congrats!!! I have to go to JoAnns today and will check this out!! Awesome feeling I bet. I could only imagine. Thanks for the chance at the Robotz Party I do not have this and have wanted it.

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

Awww good for you Shantaie! So very happy for you - you sure deserve this! Don't enter me in the drawing for thus cart as I already have this one! Have a fab day!

Sherri said...

Congratulations on the pillow being featured in the marketing promotional materials. I am a follower and you inspire me, amaze me, and enable me. I look forward to reading your posts with my morning tea.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Good luck everyone.

Myrna said...

Shantaie
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
So wonderful that dreams CAN come true.
Myrna

Becky said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! That is truly amazing. How exciting?? I would have been jumping all through the store :) I love shopping at JoAnn's -- I think I need to stop there on my way home from work to see "the" sign. hehehehe

Kris said...

Wooo Hooo! Congrats and I'd be shouting to everyone in the store that it was my creations!;o)

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Donna Schnees said...

I to0 would have been doing the same thing. And probably dancing down the aisles LOL. Congradulations!!

TFS:)

Cindy said...

So cool!! I probably would've lost it!! Congrats!

JustJules said...

Very cool! So happy for you to have realized a dream at such an unexpected moment! What a way to have your day or month made!!! Congratulations! So enjoy your blog!

Julie

Patty P. said...

OMG! Your blog is amazing! I love the strwberry card and I love cupcakes I gotta get that cupcake embossing folder, super cute!
Patty P.
pattystyle_freak@yahoo.com

Amy E said...

Wow!! I would have been thrilled too! How did they get ahold of your work in the first place? Had you submitted it to them in hopes of publication? Or how did they find it? That's so cool!!!!

www.publicsurplus.com

Shaunta said...

I was excited reading this so I could only imagine how YOU reacted! Congratulations!!! ~Shaunta

pammers said...

Wow! That is so cool! Your projects are so wonderful; I am not in the least bit surprised that you have received such an acknowledgement! Congrats!

KathyJo said...

I feel giddy for you! That had to be such a thrilling moment. Congrats!
KathyJo
http://skrappindiva.blogspot.com
skrappindiva29 at hotmail dot com
My Cricut Craft Room Design Team member