Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Winners

And the winner is....
First let's go to the correct answers to my Summer Contest: The Simba dolls are picture 3 middle and right, picture 5 middle. The vintage doll is picture 2 right. Two of the Simba's were easy to recognize by their hair from my Etsy shop, then knowing their face (all the same) I thought it would be easy to find the third. Can you see the vintage doll sitting with her stiff legs in front of her on the main photo? Also on the detail photo you can see her make up is much lighter than all the other dolls. Clearly my whole concept (four answers to find) was too complicated, because I had the stunning number of six replies, one of them not participating. I decided not to extend the due date, because I hate to linger on and what's not working is not working, period. Due to the few responses I didn't make a draw, but a personal choice of the winners.

So let me present you my six wonderful contestants and their sites/blogs as far as they have one and explain how and why I chose the winners. Despite the lack of responses I had a boost in visitors and made just enough in ad revenue to cover the costs of the postage, so nothing's lost. And now my biggest fun is starting, because I'm going to give away the prizes!

First Mary (m/mi) sent me a PM over from the HGTV Knitting & Crochet board. As turned out in the end, she was the only one who had all answers right and took the trouble to go over to my shop and comment on my work. Unfortunately she won my last contest, so I hope she understands it will have to pass this time...

I'm grateful for Barbie expert Vikki from Pimp My Barbie to have come over and taken the time to really study my dolls and try to name them. Her answers were correct (of course!) but not complete and I would have loved to know what she thinks of my Barbie dresses... Yet I do hope to get her some extra visitors to her blog this way, so she will feel her effort wasn't for nothing.

Debbie, from My Cozy Cottage World, just thank you for stopping by and letting me know. I sure miss you on the (BlogCatalog) boards.

Of course I expected a response from my good friend Jenn T. of The Thrift Shop Romantic. Or perhaps she'd appreciate it more if I mention her new humour blog, Of Cabbages and Kings. She'd be in with two correct answers even though she too forgot my shop, but you know, I did send her that Christmas present last year... Sorry Jenn, I'm sure you understand.

A last minute reply came from Sarisue from the HGTV-boards. With three correct answers and taking the trouble to review my work I think she deserves to win my second prize, the lovely silk scarf. Also because she revealed to me she makes doll's dresses and I'd like to see those some time.

Which leaves me with Cat from down under. I also met her on the HGTV boards, where she profiles herself as the most productive, most enthusiastic crocheter I met so far on line. But apart from that her work is all self designed and quite humourous (I think) and if she does copy she gives it always a touch of her own fun style. On top she shares all her designs on her weblog and website, both named Cats-Rockin-Crochet. And rocking she is. Highly recommended! She's not afraid to show all her try-outs and she does stand critique. Cat had only two correct answers but she did take the trouble to judge my work. On top I find in her an ever enthusiastic responder to my posts on the board, so to thank her for her support and her friendship I think she well deserves to win the first prize. As she let me know in her private comment she likes my polka dotted hearts coasters I will gladly send those over to Australia! Unless you'd really want something else Cat, just let me know!

To end here are some pics of a crazy dress I designed a while ago. Inspired by a thrift shop find of real goat hair sock wool, Ken's curb found sword, Joan of Arc and Wagner's Walk├╝res.

Winners are contacted through PM on HGTV. Thanks everybody, hope to see you again in my next game!


Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Oh, I am finally lost for words. I have never won a thing! What nice things you have to say about me Astrid. I have seen the picture of the viking type dress of the barbie before and either I forgot or didn't know it was one of yours. She is very striking. I hope she doesn't hit any body. LOL. I would be delighted to receive any thing of your work as it is so nice. I'm still quite apprehensive to get out the acrylic paint to paint my head models, I think I will leave it to my daughters friend using yours as an example, thanks again I'll contact you through the board. Cheers Cat.

Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Woop's Barbie is Joan of arc, but she reminds me of a Viking. Sorry.

Le-Chat said...

Viking girl sounds good to me too, Cat. Just any striking strong lady, I guess. She is by far my most feministic design ever, hehe. You probably saw the photo's on my freewebs page.

Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Check this out.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am sorry I missed the contest. I hope to catch the next one.
Congrats to the winner.

I will be visiting your wonderful etsy site as soon as I get a minute. (garden is producing now)
Have a great week!

I_Doll_You said...

I like your dolls and crafts. You seem to have a lot of fun :)
I have a Barbie blog in case you'd like to check it out.

Take Care!!

Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Your parcel came today, thankyou so much! It's going straight to the pool room! (that is a line in an aussie comedy called the castle, It means that the item is so treasured it is going to a favourite room, where it can be admired and shown off).
I love your little surprise too. Tell me is it from recycled yarn?
Your work is lovely. cheers Cat.

Le-Chat said...

Pam, too bad you missed the contest. I'll send you a mesage next time!
'I doll you', I searched on tags "Barbie" on BlogCatalog, how come I didn't find you?
Cat, everything you got is from recycled yarn! The tiny flower is from a fine wool that is so old it was starting to break. Fun is felting it gives it a new life! I forgot where I got it, but I think it's something my mom knitted and then unraveled again... so at least 40 years old. I imagine my work in your hands at the other end of the world right now... Though we never met you're touching me in a way. It's quite thrilling!

Anonymous said...

Debbie from my cottage... is a nice lady . :)

Le-Chat said...

Well, hotnewfriends, looking at your site your reply puzzles me a bit... but truely Debbie is a much appreciated, intelligent, caring online friend of mine. Not sure if she'll feel comfortable with your compliment, but I thank you for visiting my blog and having taken the time to really read some of it :D