I'll be taking today and Friday off since we're not doing any work on the house this week, but I'll be back on Monday. Don't forget to enter the photography class giveaway, if you haven't already!
I’m very excited today to announce my first giveaway! And it’s one that I’d want to win myself: a free photography class. (Don’t worry, you aren’t required to do a million things to enter.)
Craftsy has offered to give one of my readers a free course. They asked me to choose the subject, and it was a pretty tough, but I went with photography, due in part to the surprising popularity of a post I wrote with three tips for taking interior photographs.
If you haven’t heard of Craftsy, they are a very cool company that offers online courses (over 350 of them) on over a dozen crafty subjects. Once you sign up for a class, you can watch the videos whenever you’d like and your access never expires. The class being offered normally costs $59.99, but of course, for one of you, it’s FREE.
Click here to enter to win your free photography class from Craftsy. If you already have a Craftsy account, just log in and you are entered. If you don’t have one, sign up.
You don’t have to leave a comment, like me on Facebook, Pin it, Tweet about it or Instagram yourself doing a happy dance over it. (Though those would all be welcome–especially the happy dance.)
If you don’t already have a Craftsy account, it’s super easy, all they ask for is your email address. If you want them to email you about promotions and classes, they will; if you don’t, they won’t. They are straight-forward and honest. I’ve been signed up for a long time and have been very happy.
The giveaway will close next Monday, March 17th, at which point, Craftsy will use Random.org to choose a number, and the entrant that corresponds to that number wins! They will let me know who wins so we can all cheer for you and then nag you to show off what you’ve learned, and Craftsy will email the winner with the link to their free course.
While your waiting to hear that you’ve won, I highly recommend looking around their site. Not only do they offer over 350 different courses, they have a number of free mini classes, covering everything from homemade pizza to knitting to micro torch basics. I particularly enjoyed the Know Your Wool class. They also have a shop now, where they sell patterns and craft supplies.
Have you taken any Craftsy classes before? Planning on taking one while you wait?
* Disclaimer Time: Craftsy is not paying me to host this giveaway, so this is not sponsored content. The links to Craftsy, however, are affiliate links. *
12 years ago, when I was a young, single woman, I had the amazing opportunity to go to South Africa. Everything about it was awesome. I brought back tons of treasures. So many, in fact, that my friend and I had to stop at a luggage store on our way to the airport to buy additional suitcases to get it all home.
One thing I brought back was this hand-carved chess set.
I purchased this in a tiny second floor studio in a little town. I purchased it even though I don’t (and don’t have any desire to) play chess, because it was gorgeous and full of character, and from South Africa, and very affordable.
If it were the only thing I had purchased to bring home in South Africa, I would be keeping it. But it’s not. Yes, it will be the latest victim of our simplifying.
Don’t get mad at me. It will be going to a better home, where it will be appreciated and admired and hopefully on display and used. Here at our house, it sat in a box. While I would love to have it on display, the pieces fall down too easily, and can you imagine dusting that regularly?! I’d settle for using it occasionally, except, I don’t like the game of chess.
So, instead of putting it back in the game chest where it will be neglected and take up space, we are donating it to our church’s silent auction.
The decision was easy. But following through was not. We set it up one last time and admired it and waffled a little bit, but we packed it up. It will be handed off this weekend, and it will be hard. But we have no reason to keep it. I’d much rather someone have it that is going to enjoy it.
Besides, I do have other beautiful, hand-made treasures that I brought home and still use all the time.
This decision had nothing to do with our simplifying game, by the way. But you can be SURE that I am going to count it. Now the only question is, how many items does this count as? Normally I’d say one, as it’s a package deal, but I think I should get some bonus items since it’s so special. What do you think?