Creative Goodness at QuiltShopGal

Welcome to another #CreativeGoodness Linky Party in March.  As this is International Craft Month we definitely want to be creative!  There are a few things changing for this party this week, but pretty minor.  I’ve moved the actual Linky higher up in this post, as many are aware of what is going on.  Still, as there have been some changes, I want to encourage everyone to read thru the entire post this week.

~ Create ~ Share ~ Inspire ~ #CreativeGoodness ~

Any form of creativity that you create can be shared in this Linky Party.  And bloggers and non-bloggers are welcome to share. While not required, I do appreciate it when bloggers share a current post and encourage others to come share their creativity.  I also hope everyone will click thru and visit all of the entries, for more inspiration, as well as to check out the blogs that have shared, as they frequently have very creative blogs with oodles of #CreativeGoodness.

Who is curious about the Surprise Prizes?

Periodically, on various blog posts, I may share that a particular item will become a “Surprise Prize” during our #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties.  I’ve struggled with making announcements on winners and what they actually won, as that goes against my idea of a “surprise prize”. It also takes time and right now I don’t have a lot of time to spare, so I’m looking for ways to simplify the process of giving prizes. Followers also know I give a variety of prizes out every month where I do take time to maintain logs (eg. 2015 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge and Giveaways throughout the month).

I recently asked some winners for recommendations on how best to handle this and Missy (Missy’s Homemaking Adventures) suggested that periodically I share what the prizes actually were.  Then, it is up to the winners to share if they were the winner or not.   I like this approach and thought I’d do a share insights on the pool of prizes to-date this year (includes March).  Keep in mind that 5 participants each month are randomly selected for prizes.

Five winners were sent handmade fabric envelopes, made by yours truly or a book donated by Martingale.  But somehow I misplaced pictures of items awarded in January.  ERR.  I’ll update this post, as soon as I can find those photos.  Here is my list of other “surprise prizes”.

Welcome Home, published by Martingale

Top Your Table, published by Martingale

Welcome Baby, published by Martingale

The Art of Mistakes

Make It Take It

Remember, the #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties are all about sharing creativity and inspiring others.  The prizes are meant as little thank you presents for participating and not meant to be the reason people participate in these linky parties.

Are there Themes for Sharing ?

Themes are totally optional:  You can always share anything you have created and you need not worry about a theme.  It just needs to be something you created and want to share with others to inspire them. You may want to include tips, tutorials, recipes, etc.  Totally up to you.  Of course, as having themes can be fun, in March we have several “optional themes” March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects and to honor National Craft Month, ANY FORM OF #CraftyGoodness is welcome.

“Optional theme” schedule:

– March: Greens, St. Patricks Day, #KidFriendlyProjects (National Craft Month)
– April: Pastels, Spring, Easter
– May: Blues, Greens, Creams, Flowers
– June: Whites, Brides,Weddings, Anniversaries, #KidfriendlyProjects,#SummerCamp
– July: Red, White and Blues (Patriotic), #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– August: Summer Colors, #KidfriendlyProjects, #SummerCamp
– September: Primatives, #FallGoodness
– October: Orange, Black, Purples
– November: Primatives, Browns and Blacks
– December: Holidays, Sweets, Blues, Silver, Reds, Greens, Whites, #GlitterGoodness

 

Guidelines:

1) Sharing is quite flexible and open to Bloggers and non-Bloggers.

2) Like non-Bloggers, Bloggers can share old things.  But, of course, I do appreciate those that take time to write new posts, as well as those that encourage others to come join these weekly parties.  As you can only share an old project one time, you’ll need to remember if you shared it previously.  Thus, sharing new blog posts is so much easier to know if you have previously shared (or not).  I do want to clarify, participants in other challenges (eg. 2015 FMQ Challenge) also have the option of sharing in these weekly #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties, as appropriate.

3) Non-bloggers can participate in weekly linky parties by using Flickr.com and uploading a photo of their projects to a Flickr group “CreativeGoodness.  They can upload as many photos as they want to share to this Flickr group, but they are only allowed to link 5 photos to the linky party (any weekly linky party). And, once they’ve lined a photo they can not share that link in future linky parties.  Links shared must also fit the weekly theme for the respective weekly linky party.

4) When you join one of these linky parties, you automatically give me approval to snag a picture from your post, whereby I can share it in a future post with a link on my blog to highlight your project.  To clarify, periodically I will showcase a participant and their entry to help increase awareness and inspire others.

5) Winners of “surprise prizes” will receive an email.  If they do not wish to claim their prize, or they do not claim it within 5 days, their prize goes back into the pool for a future drawing.  Due to my schedule, no prizes will be awarded for June-July-August, but we’ll have a larger prize pool in the Fall that will include participants who shared during the summer months.

6) A new linky party will be hosted on QuiltShopGal every Friday.  I hope you’ll come join the fun.

Email QuiltShopGal if you have questions at Darlene at quiltshopgal dot com.  Of course, I’d also like to hear any suggestions you may have too!

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Creative Goodness landscape copy

Here is a list of links to previous #CreativeGoodness Linky Parties:

 

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1 Comment on #CreativeGoodness Linky Party – March 13th

  1. I don’t participate because of the prizes. If I win something, then it is a bonus. I like to participate because I actually got something done. Don’t work too hard. Keep it fun.