I am blessed to have a wonderful blogging community; a group of giving and gracious bloggers who have supported me in my blogging journey as well as for the launch of my latest project, The Blog Boutique.

To all of you, I say “thank you”

To jump start the unveiling of The Blog Boutique, I set up a drawing and offered free advertising space, plus a personalized graphic, for a period of 30 days to six lucky winners.

I read each comment of the above mentioned post to determine who wanted to be included in the drawing (based on #2 of the rules).

Seventeen of you said “Pick me”.

Listed below are those who wanted “in”, with each of you having a number assigned to your name.

  1. Sam Liu of Thoughts, writings, coffee…
  2. Evita of Evolving Beings
  3. Davina of Shades of Crimson
  4. Deb of Sirius Graphics
  5. Julie of Sage Advice
  6. Lori of Think Like A Black Belt
  7. Vered of Mom Grind
  8. Evelyn of Abundance Tapestry
  9. Heather of Heather Villa.com
  10. Betsy of Passing Thru
  11. Julie of JBulie’s Blog
  12. Joella of Blogs With Wings
  13. Tony of Trottersville
  14. Janice of Sharing the Journey
  15. Zeenat of Positive Provocations
  16. Barb Hartsook of Over Coffee
  17. Linda of Forced Green

To pick the winners, I utilized Random.org.

Oh how exciting….the contest is nearly over….

And, …..(drum roll please) the winners are, in random order:

#14 – Janice
#11 – Julie
#17 – Linda of Forced Green
#16 – Barb Hartsook
#09 – Heather
#04 – Deb

Congratulations to those who won. Be watching for an email from me in which I will ask what you prefer to advertise – you, your blog, a service you offer, or a product (such as an ebook).

For those who did not win nor entered the drawing, stay tuned for future drawings in which I’ll be giving away more advertising spots on The Blog Boutique.

For your continued support, I am forever grateful.

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  1. Yay! I won! Thanks so much Barbara. You’ve inspired me to host a giveaway too. I have a one minute video up on my blog that you can choose your favorite painting of mine and I will send it to you. 🙂 Contest ends Weds., March 24th.

    Cannot wait to check out my prize. I hope you win over at my site.

    Good luck and please feel free to invite your friends to participate.


    Julie ~ jbulie’s blog
    .-= Check out Julie @ jbulie’s blog´s awesome post: jbulie’s blog ~ I ? my readers giveaway contest. Enter by March 24th to win. =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Julie,

      Ooooooh, A giveaway on your blog, too? I’ll be by to check it out.

      I’ll be in touch with you with regard to your ad. You mentioned wanting to advertise your ebook, so you can let me know if that still stands.

  2. Congratulations to the winners! If anyone hasn’t yet looked at your new site, Barbara, they’d better head over there right away, because it’s awesome! And Julie, wow, I can’t wait to get over to yours now and enter! Thanks.
    .-= Check out Betsy Wuebker´s awesome post: What I Should Have Said =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Betsy,

      And, thank you for being a cheerleader. Over the last few days I worked on more free headers. Now I just have to organize them and get them published.

  3. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to all the winners. Do you have to make any more advatars for these winners, and if so, will you be making note of the ones that you have designed? You’ve developed quite the portfolio so far.

    Julie I just popped over to your blog and your art is gorgeous. My vote is in.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Davina,

      Yes. I’ll be making more advatars for some of the winners. I’m guessing Deb will just want to use her beautiful avatar, but for the rest, I’ll leave it up to them. Oh….what fun!

  4. Dear Barbara,
    I am sad 🙁 I saw my name and got so happy..and then I read the winners names..and I am happy for them 🙂 …but not for me 🙁
    But, I am gonna hope I win someday….till then I will flood your posts on both your blogs with comments 😉
    So Much Love,

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Zeenat,

      Don’t be sad. Like I mentioned, Ill be having more drawings in the future so you’ll have many more chances to win. 🙂

      Thank you for your continued support. ((hugs))

  5. Deb DorchakNo Gravatar says:

    YAY! Thanks so much Barbara! What great news for a weekend evening!
    .-= Check out Deb Dorchak´s awesome post: The Perfect Page =-.

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    You’re welcome Deb,

    I’m happy I made your evening. I’ll be in touch via email in the next few days….

  7. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. I’ve some catching up to do .. congratulations to all who won .. and good luck with the new project – wonderful direction to be going in .. I’ll get there one day ..

    Hugs – it’s officially Spring!! Hilary
    .-= Check out Hilary´s awesome post: Spring Cleaning and Passion …. =-.

  8. Dennis EdellNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to the winners!

    I must have somehow missed the intro to this. I’ll have to see what The Blog Boutique is all about. 🙂

    Ironic considering my current post also. 😉
    .-= Check out Dennis Edell´s awesome post: Would You Like a FREE Banner Ad Position? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dennis,

      You and I must be on the same page. I’ll be over to see what you’re offering. Sounds fascinating. 🙂

  9. OMG! I’m just now getting to my google reader the weekend and your blog is always one of the first I look for and I can’t believe I open this and my name is on the list! Woot! Thanks Barbara! You have made my Sunday!

    Congratulations to all the other winners too!
    .-= Check out Heather Villa´s awesome post: Weekend Reading: My fav’s from this week: 3/19/10 =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Heather,

      WooHoo! You’re a winner. 🙂

      I’ll be in touch with you via emal to go over what you want to advertise and how you’d like it presented.

  10. Barbara,
    Congratulations to you for your great new beginnings and all the winners. I just love Z’s honesty and humor! Have a great week!
    Tess xo
    .-= Check out Tess The Bold Life´s awesome post: Life Is Good, Don’t Miss It =-.

  11. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Congrats to all the winners! Wishing you success for your new site too!
    .-= Check out Evelyn Lim´s awesome post: Use The Pink Bubble Technique for Creative Visualization =-.

  12. janiceNo Gravatar says:

    I can’t believe it – I seldom win any draws, but since joining this community, I won a book at Tess’s place last year, and now this! I’m absolutely thrilled – thank you!
    .-= Check out janice´s awesome post: A Patchwork Post: Daffodils, Haiku and Chickens =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Janice,

      Be thinking about your ad. I’ll be in touch with you in the next day or two.


  13. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    Oh it is so fun to have winners! of this wonderful prizes…I hope we will be able to check them all out as they display their prizes
    what fun
    Thank you Barbara
    .-= Check out Patricia´s awesome post: A Nice Tall Drink of Water =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Patricia,

      Yup! As soon as all of the ads are up on The Blog Boutique, I’ll let you all know.

      Fingers crossed the ads will help to bring them more traffic.

  14. That was a great way to launch the Blog Boutique. And it’s nice of you link back to all who entered. Congratulations to your winners. And thank you Barbara it was fun.
    .-= Check out Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella´s awesome post: Keywords For Blogs – Increase Your Reach To The Masses =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Joella,

      This has been fun, hasn’t it? And be watching the blog; in the future I’ll be having additional drawings for more ad spots.

      BTW: Thank you for your continued support – your posts as well as your tweets. I truly appreciate it. 🙂

  15. Lori HoeckNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Barbara for throwing the contest and linking back to sites. You always know how to treat your readers!
    .-= Check out Lori Hoeck´s awesome post: Self defense requires guts, instinct, and intutition =-.

  16. Barb HartsookNo Gravatar says:

    Oh thank you!!!

    My blog will be back — it took a side journey somehow to another hosting company. One where I registered my domain, but have uploaded nothing. I’ve got a pleading request into them to switch me back!

    Glitches. Glitches. But I’m learning each time I have to fix one.

    So, when I comment and there’s notcomment luv, it’s not ’cause I don’t love you all. It’ll all be back. 🙂

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Barb,

      Trust me. I know you’re not too far away. It’s unfortunate your blog is going through a glitch, but I, and the others know where to find you when it’s back up. See you Over Coffee….. 😉

  17. EvitaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara

    Oh this was an exciting contest and idea of yours! Congrats to the winners and thank you so much Barbara for putting it together and even sharing all those who participated 🙂
    .-= Check out Evita´s awesome post: Communication – The Cornerstone of All Relationships =-.