My Blog's First Birthday!

AND A GIVEAWAY!


It's my blog's 1st birthday today! I am so incredibly happy to see how far I've come and how committed I am to my little corner of the internet. I honestly never expected to continue blogging for more than a few months, as per usual whenever I pick up a new hobby or interest. And let me tell you, I have picked up quite a lot of hobbies and gotten bored of them as quickly as they came. You name it, I've done it; knitting, painting, cake decorating, writing, sewing, and scrapbooking. I even tried raising and training bonsai trees. Hell, there were even hobbies that I'd picked up and bought supplies for but never started on it, usually because life got in the way. These include terrariums, model dioramas, and gardening.

I began obsessing over makeup last year in April, because before then I couldn't be bothered dealing with technicalities of finding cruelty-free and animal-friendly makeup that was also affordable. As soon as I found out that it was as easy as baking an apple pie, literally, I got all in. It started out as a hobby, having a collection that grew over time. A few months later, after we moved in with our friend, my partner suggested that I start a blog. He wanted me to have something to work on to burn off my creative juices and occupy my time, so that I wasn't as bored as I usually was. He also wanted it to provide some sort of income, but there was no guarantee that that would work.

This blog was initially named The Thrifty Vegetarian. I created it in hopes that I could reach out to those that were interested and give ideas on affordable cruelty-free makeup and food, especially vegetarian cheese. It was too narrow of a niche so I did a whole revamp last April, and I am really happy with it. I had heaps of fun learning how to work out codes on my own and modifying the template so that it looked completely different. My favourite part of it was to use Firebug to find and edit codes on the blog and other pages, playing around with it without making any changes to the template.

Along the way, this blog has grown, as have I. I've found many wonderful friends among other bloggers, and have really loved getting to know everyone. I've also loved reading blogs and learning so much more about the beauty world. I look forward to so many more years of blogging and sharing content with everyone else, and I can only hope to see it grow even more.

To celebrate my blog's birthday, I've decided to host a giveaway for all of my readers to enter. I'm not rich or anything, and I don't make any money off of this blog, so I thought that something that was personal and handmade by me was the way to go, and I'll put all of my heart and soul into making it. Have you heard of 'amigurumi'? It's Japanese for a knitted or crocheted toy or figure, and that is exactly what I am offering for this giveaway. The winner of this giveaway will receive three 4"(ish) stuffed toys of their own choosing, be it their favourite characters, animals, food or even mythical creatures. I've done several Marvel characters such as Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk, and even Chewie from Star Wars.




To enter this giveaway, you will need to do all of the following:
1. Follow me on Twitter.
2. Leave a comment below that you've entered and what you would love for me to make should you win this giveaway.
3. Please share this

The giveaway competition will last for two weeks and end on the 10th of August at 11:59pm AEST. The winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. I'll then contact you to go over the designs and obtain delivery details. It will take me a few weeks to make the toys and then I'll send it off once I'm perfectly happy with them. Oh! And this giveaway is also international!

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I've been quite busy these days as Greg moved out early Sunday morning, so I've been cleaning the place from top to bottom, and I'm still not finished. There's a lot of work to be done, hence why I've been so inactive on the blog, Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else. I'm hoping to get back to my original rhythm next week and have everything sorted out here. My poor significant other has been afflicted with the common cold so he's been sneezing all over the place. I'm off to Adelaide on Friday morning for two nights, and then I will be grabbing my copy of The Cursed Child on Sunday when it comes out in stores. I'm super excited and just cannot wait to read it!

Anyways, I hope to have a post up on Friday, but I cannot guarantee anything. I promise that I'll be getting back to regular updates starting next Wednesday (Monday is a bit of a stretch, unfortunately).

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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