Thursday, September 30, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: Industrial Pioneers: Scranton, Pennsylvania and the Transformation of America, 1840-1902 by Patrick Brown -GIVEAWAY CLOSED



When I was offered the opportunity to read and review this book, I couldn't refuse. Having been born and raised in Scranton, PA, I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about Scranton's formative years and the industries that shaped it. I was not disappointed! Here's a description of the book taken from the author's website, http://www.industrialpioneers.com/:

During the nineteenth century, Scranton was the face of innovation, immigration, industrialization, and a rising America. Scranton was “the electric city” when electricity was the most exciting invention in the world, and a hub of technology and innovation—between 1840 and 1902, the city of Scranton changed from a lazy backwoods community to a modern industrial society with 100,000 residents. During this time, Scranton’s citizens desperately tried to adapt their thinking to keep up with the overwhelming changes around them, and in the process forged the world views that would define the twentieth century. As globalization, technology and immigration transform the United States today, this book revisits how the people the forefront of the industrial revolution moved from chaos to a new order, and how they found meaning within a rapidly changing world.

Periods of total societal transformation often provide the best material for historians. The way that Scranton’s residents reimagined their value within society in response to the changes around them did not evolve in step with technological and economic progress—rather, those living through these changes slowly and painfully adapted extant modes of thinking in light of their new life circumstances. This book weaves a cohesive narrative that explains how Scranton—and America—went from the personal, egalitarian society of the early days of the republic to the rigidly institutionalized society that endures today.

This book’s investigation of the history of Scranton allows the reader to witness the development of the distinct and interrelated ideologies that defined industrial America.






Now, I have to admit, I am not much of a history buff. My least favorite subject in school was always history. That being said, I still found this book to be fascinating! The way Mr. Brown uses a well-known and much-loved poem of the time, The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as a basis for comparing the ideals of the time and the ever-changing climate in Scranton, in my opinion, was inspired.

I truly enjoyed reading about the ever-changing political, economic, and societal situations that drove the formation of Scranton. From its rather humble beginnings as a small scattering of dwellings known as Slocum's Hollow, with a meager population of 100, to the booming industrial town fuelled by anthracite coal and iron production that Scranton became, Mr. Brown skillfully weaves Scranton's history with intricate familiarity and detailed narrative into a truly fascinating story.

Anyone who has ever wondered or wanted to learn more about how industrialization changed the face of our nation's small towns will find this an excellent read. I give it 4 pawprints!
And now for the giveaway! I was sent an unbound galley print edition of Industrial Pioneers to read for this review, and would like to offer my blog followers the chance to read it, too! If you are interested in reading Industrial Pioneers, plese fill out the form below, and I will send along my copy to one lucky winner!


Mandatory entry requirement:

Optional extra entries:
1. Follow Crazy Cat Lady's Library publicly on GFC
Giveaway ends 10/10 11:59 PM CST




***FTC Disclosure: I was provided with an unbound galley proof of this book in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all opinions are my own***

September Awards for Crazy Cat Lady's Library!

Crazy Cat Lady's Library has been blessed with 3 more awesome awards this month, in addition to the Cherry on Top Award received back on September 6th from Joann at Joann's Best! I am going to list them here in the order they were received:
9/13: The Life is Good Award
from Jenai at Bookingly Yours

To accept the award you must link back and thank the person who gave you the Life is Good award (done!), answer the following 10 questions (done!), and pass it along to 6 other blogs (done!). :)

1. If you blog anonymously are you happy doing it that way; if you are not anonymous, do you wish you had started out anonymously so you could be anonymous now?

I blog anonymously in order to preserve the privacy of myself and my family. When I first started blogging, I did not do so anonymously, and after an enterprising hacker was able to access some of my personal information just months after I began blogging, I regretted using my real identity fairly quickly. Of course, I have many, many friends and family members who follow my blog and know who I am, but I feel much more secure now using my CCL alias.

2.Describe one incident that shows your inner stubborn side:

I would say not letting the above incident stop me from blogging definitely showed my stubborn side!

3.What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

A middle aged woman whose clothes are always covered in cat hair! LOL!

4. What is your favorite summer cold drink?

Fresh-squeezed lemonade!

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

Long, bath-salt or bath-bomb scented soaks in my garden tub/jacuzzi with a good book and a cold drink.

6.Is there something you still want to accomplish in your life? What is it?

I want to help both of my daughters realize their full potential and accomplish THEIR life goals. And to hold my future (waaaay-future!) grandchildren in my arms and watch them grow up, too!

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever , the shy person, or always ditching?

I was the "scholarship kid" at an elite prep school, so I spent most of my time studying and then racing to my after-school jobs.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment of your life what would you see?

The tears in my husband's eyes and the huge grin on his face when he told me "It's a girl!" when our older daughter was born. AND seeing that same exact expression on his face again when our younger daughter was born!

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people or events?

I tend to "talk" too much, so I have to actually be careful to keep focused on topic and NOT blab on about myself!

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read or talk on the phone, which would you do and why?

I. am. so. definitely. NOT. a. phone. person!!! Or a TV person, or a loud music person, or a "social butterfly" kind of person. I definitely prefer silence and solitude and the company of a good book or my family.

I pass this award to:

1. Momma Told Me
2. MoonCat Farms Meanderings
3. My Life With Rats and More...
4. Puss Reboots
5. Emmy's Boos and Rawrs
6. Evoluchun's Misc. Blog

Thank you, once again, Jenai, for sharing this lovely award with me!

9/20: The One Lovely Blog Award
from Traci at Traci66

The criteria for accepting the One Lovely Blog Award are:

1. Add the logo to your blog. (done!)
2. Link to the person from whom you received this award and thank them (done!)
3. pay it forward to 15 more blogs (done!)
4. Leave a message on their blog, letting them know they are "One Lovely Blog"! (done!)

1. Along for the Ride
2. Between the Lines
3. Bookend Diaries
4. Butterfly Feet Walking on Books
5. Carol's Prints
6. Catladyland
7. I Have a Dream
8. Jamerican Spice
9. Katt Food
10. Lunches Fit for a Kid
11. My Reading Room
12. Reading Angel
13. Socrates' Book Reviews
14. The Literary Gato
15. What Book Is That?
Thank you, Traci, for sharing this award with me!

9/26: The Versatile Blogger Award

The criteria for accepting The Versatile Blogger Award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award. (done!)
2. Share 7 things about yourself (done!)
3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic. (done!)
4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award. (done!)

So, seven things about me:

1. My birthday is this month!
2. I am addicted to cookies, cakes, and pastries
3. I like making crafts but can't sew to save my life
4. I love otters, hummingbirds, and cats
5. I am not a morning person...at all!!!!!!!!
6. I LOVE Renaissance Fairs
7. I'm half Irish and half German

The Chosen Ones:

1. A Few of My Favorite Things
2. Astonishing Handmade
3. Badass Bookie
4. Bags, Books, and Bon Jovi
5. Book Bookie
6. Books at Midnight
7. Bridgette's Boutique's 411
8. Bury the Castle
9. Busted Plumbing
10. Children Teaching Mama
11. CrAzY HoUsE
12. Emeraldfire's Bookmark
13. Live, Love, Laughter, Laurie
14. Never Fading Wood
15. Rex Robot Reviews

Thank you, Kate, for passing this award on to me!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Book Review: Allegra Fairweather, Paranormal Investigator by Janni Nell



Allegra Fairweather isn't your run-of-the-mill ghostbuster. In fact, if you call her that to her face, you had better be prepared to protect yourself from serious bodily harm. Standing well over 6 feet tall with short, spiky, bright red hair and a big toe that tingles when something paranormal is near, Allegra and her drop-dead-gorgeous guardian angel Casper chase down supernatural bad guys and solve paranormal mysteries all over the world.


When Allegra gets a call to investigate the mysterious appearance of a Dedfield Rose, also known as the flower of death, near the shore of the small town of Loch Furness, Scotland, she hops on the next available flight to go investigate. Upon arrival, Allegra meets Douglas MacGregor, the town's innkeeper and the man who summoned her. Between periodically hearing a banshee's wail, finding (and then "misplacing") two dead men, fighting for her life against a 300-year old ghost and his psychopathic human devotee, and trying to solve the mystery of the rose bush's existence, Allegra still manages to find a few spare moments to entertain Douglas' romantic overtures, alienate half the town's population, and hurt her guardian angel's feelings.

This book started off a bit slow, and it took a while for the authour to set up the scene, introduce the characters, and really get into the action part of the story, but once it took off, it was worth the wait! As a reader who often finds herself figuring out the ending halfway through a book, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I would not be figuring anything out ahead of time with this one! I enjoyed reading it to the very last page. I sincerely hope that this will end up being a "Book 1" of a series, also, because I would very much like to get to know Allegra and Casper better! I give Allegra Fairweather: Paranormal Investigator 4 pawprints!

***FTC Disclosure: I was provided with an e-book version of this novel through NetGalley.com in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all opinions are my own***

Facebook Like You Back


Welcome to Facebook Like-You-Back, hosted by Kelly’s Lucky You, Coupon Mommy of 3, Simply Stacie, Stockpiling Moms, and Heavenly Mommy!

Are you looking for new Facebook pages to follow and new friends who like your page? Then join us!

1. Add your Facebook page to the MckLinky (you only have to add it to one and it will appear on all).

2. Click on the Facebook link for the five hostesses and “like” them on Facebook. Leave a comment on their wall and they will like-you-back.

3. Like as many more Facebook pages as you want, leaving comments with links so they’ll know where to like-you-back.

Want to help spread the word and add this MckLinky to your blog?

Write your own post telling your readers about FLYB. Below the linky box, you’ll see “Want to be a part of this Blog Hop? Click here for instructions and code”. You can also find the code for the Facebook Like-You-Back Button on Kelly's Lucky You's right sidebar.

The Facebook Page of the Week is Hot Mom Tips! She takes the #6 spot on the linky and will get a shout out on each of the hostesses Facebook pages! Next week’s page of the week will be drawn from all of the entries from this week’s hop.

Thank you for participating and let’s have fun!

Please link up directly to your Facebook page only. All other links will be deleted.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blogmania Winners!!!!

All four of my winners have been confirmed and the sponsors have received their shipping info, so now it's time to announce them to the rest of the world! After going through my entries and eliminating duplicates or inelegible entries, I ended up with a total of 1130 viable entries! Then, using Random.org's True Random Number Generator, and some advice from fellow bloggers on how to "snip" the image, I chose my 4 lucky ecipients. So now, without further ado, here are my September 2010 Blogmania winners:


Prize Pack #1
Reading is the Cat's Meow #1
(Total Value $121.00)

And the winner is...
Alicia S.!


Prize Pack #2:
Reading is the Cat's Meow #2
(Total Value $115.00)


And the winner is...
Cynthia R.!
Prize Pack #3:
Reading is the Cat's Meow #3
(Total Value $120.00)

And the winner is....
Lynda M.!

Prize Pack #4:

Just "FUR" The Kitties!
(Total value $106.00)


And the winner is...
Michelle @ The True Book Addict!

Congratulations to all four lucky winners!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Guardian Legacy 4 for 4 Giveaway!


Author Ednah Walters is having another huge giveaway!
She is giving away 4 things to 4 winners!
This week, the 4 items in each packet are:
1). A signed ARC of Awakened.
2). A Guardian Legacy T-shirt
(Black. Female sizes small, medium, large or Xlarge)
3). A Guardian Legacy pen.
4). A Guardian Legacy bookmark
Ends this Thursday, September 23rd!
Click HERE to enter

BH Cosmetics 120 Eyeshadow Pallette Giveaway at Momma Told Me Blog!



Another fabulous giveaway from Momma Told Me Blog!
A 120-Color BH Cosmetics Eye Shadow Pallette!
*****CLICK HERE TO ENTER*****

Win an Activeion Ionator HOM at Health, Beauty, Children, and Family!



The ionator HOM™ converts regular tap water into ionized water, a powerful dirt-removing cleaner! It also kills germs upto 99%!

It's a revolution in eco-friendly cleaning - effective cleaning without nasty chemicals!

Visit Health Beauty, Childern, and Family blog to enter to win!

*****ENTER HERE*****

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Blogmania Kudos, Thanks, and Welcomes!

Ladies and gentlemen, Blogmania has come to a close for 2010. I have drawn all the winners and will be e-mailing them shortly. I will announce the names of the winners early this coming week once all of them have had time to answer their e-mails and confirm their wins. If any winner doesn't reply within 48 hours of the time I send the announcement e-mail, I will choose another winner, so it may take a few days to hear back from all 4 winners.

This was atruly eye-opening experience for me with much more participation that I could have ever imagined. My giveaway alone had 1,146 entries!!! My GFC, twitter, and facebook follower numbers all increased at astronomical rates, as well, making me happy to know my future book reviews, other assorted posts, and giveaways will be reaching even more wonderful people just like you!

There were a few people that really worked their hearts out making his September '10 Blogmania event such a rousing success, and I want to take a moment to properly thank them. If you enjoyed this event as much as I did, please take a moment yourself to visit each of them and leave them a comment letting them know!

The Hosts:
Lynda @ Between the Pages – The founding mother of Blogmania. This is her baby.

Gina @ Parker PR Online – She invested hours of hard work into Blogmania and really made it a success. If you want to participate in next year’s Blogmania in April 2011, she’s the one you should contact!

Bree @ Bree Bee’s Thinking Outside of the Box - She was right there with Gina the whole entire time, making sure everything was going smoothly and that the entire blogosphere knew about Blogmania. She is Blogmania's Twitter expert, will have an even bigger role next year, so make sure to check her out!

I also want to thank the other 161 bloggers who participated in this event for their comeraderie, support, and cooperation. Whenever you put that many people together in a constantly evolving situation, things can get tricky and sometimes even unpleasant, but this absolutely fabulous group of bloggers was wonderful, and as a very new blogger they welcomed me into the group, taught me so many things about blogging that would have otherwise taken me years to learn, and provided unconditional support not just to me but to every blog host in the group. I sincerely hope I can remain friends with all of you and get to know you better as individuals for many years to come!

And of course, I can’t forget to thank the people that made my own giveaway possible. Please take the time to visit each of these websites and see what they have to offer! I’m sure you can find something, either for yourself or for that special purrbaby or purrbabies in your life!

Crazy Cat Lady's Library's Sponsors:
akmoose68
Altered book purses, recycled materials jewelry, and upcycled houswares
Ferdinand Home
Screenprint, Gocco, and letterpress designs on clothing, stationery, jewelry, and accessories
MissJenniesPlace
Fun and Funky clothing and jewelry for people and their pets with a focus on recycled materials
Marjji - Folk Art & Whatnots
Whimsical hand-felted wool animals and hand-crafted and vintage ceramics
Beaded wine charms, beaded and ribbon bookmarks, cell phone charms, and zipper pulls
Quirky, captivationg screen-prints and lino-cut prints on stationery, clothing, and accessories
Hootiebee's
Hairbows, headbands, hairclips, hats, necklaces, and other accessories for women and their pets
Cat-Toure
Clothes and accessories for the well-dressed feline
TC Witchcraft Factory
Scrapbooks, cards, tags, needlework items, hand-carved rubber stamps, home deco and more
Mollie Ink
Paintings, prints, jewelry, magnets, and clay-mache dolls and figuirnes
Julia Anna's Handmade Art Studio
Hand-sewn felt and fabric dolls, journals, handbags, hair accessories, and home decor items
Country Charmers
Tole-painted wooden ornaments, pins, and other country keepsakes
LaBerge
Original watercolor paintings and prints of animals and nature and custom animal portraits
Watercolor and acrylic paintings and prints, silk floral arrangements, charmed dream catchers, greeting cards, masks, and custom portraits of people and pets
Lepassage
Hand printed and embriodered sachets, silk scarves, shawls, hats, bags, treasure boxes, and more
Cierra's Sweets
Yummy novelty chocolates, fudge, candy, and more - custom order specialist
Sparkling stained glass panels, suncatchers, ornaments, plant stakes, etc.
Danie Amyotte designs
Shimmering and colorful handmade jewelry often showcasing elements from nature
Sideshow Stamps
Hand-made rubber stamps featuring retro, vintage, por-art, quirky, unique and beautiful things
Vintage and handmade beaded jewelry
My Lil Pumpkins
Handmade embellished greeting cards, personalized journals, bookmarks, and gift baskets
Glitter Tart Designs
Pillows, coasters,table linens, wall hangings, magnets, and stationery - custom order specialist
Sticky Kitten
Kitschy and cute jewelry and accessories
Digital scrapbooking designs and templates
Cottage Creations
Handmade hanger covers, herbal moth sachets, bone-shaped travel pillows, hand-crocheted beaded bookmarks
spooklufibo
Stimulating and fun catnip crinkle mats with homemade fringe and recycled materials
Pet products, pet theme gifts, sterling silver jewelry, and macrame jewelry
zadyball.com
Soft stuffed toys with multiple knotted streamers ideal for babies and pets
Handmade fleece toys, crickle sacks, and crinkle tunnels for ferrets (and cats!)
Gifts and Goodies
Flip-flops, necklaces, scarves, earrings, handmade cat toys, and more
crabappledesign
Blank books and journals, collages, stationery, vintage ephemera, paper and fabric accessories
Magnetic spice racks, specialty spice gift sets, and magnetic catnip bottles

Thank you all for making this September 2010 Blogmania a resounding success! To my 150+ new GFC followers, 86 new Facebook “likers”, 103 new Twitter followers, 99 new e-mail subscribers, and the hundreds of visitors I’ve had over the last few days, I hope you’ll stick around and like what you see. I’d love to hear from you, too, so feel free to comment any time! You can also contact me privately by e-mail any time with comments, post ideas, or concerns. I’m always open to suggestions and discussion!


Friday, September 17, 2010

CLOSED!!! It's Time for Blogmania!!! (Open to the US Only)

BlogMania has finally arrived!

Sept. 15th at 12:01 AM (EST)

thru

Sept. 16th at 11:59 PM (EST)



That's 48 Hours of Giveaways!

You have 2 days to enter to win one of the FOUR prize packages below, and then follow the link list at the bottom of this post
to go to the next blog in the hop!

If you enter ALL the giveaways (about 200 blogs), you'll
have a chance to win $40,000 in prizes!!

And now, here are Crazy Cat Lady's Prize packages:



Prize Pack #1:


Reading is the Cat's Meow #1


(Total Value $121.00)



A Cat-Themed Altered Book Purse from the etsy shop akmoose68

A Cat Lover's Gift Set from the etsy shop Ferdinand Home

(Contains a leopard shirt, a set of cat notecards, and a set of cat with girl reading notecards)

A Pair of Persian Kitten Earrings from the etsy shop MissJenniesPlace

A Handmade Felted Plush Moonflower Cat from the etsy shop Marjji - Folk Art & Whatnots

A Gold Cat Beaded Bookmark from the etsy shop Friendship Matters

A Small Nerdy Cat Printed Moleskine Notebook from the etsy shop hiengtang

A Cat-Themed Headband (winner can choose pattern!) from http://www.hootiebees.com/

And a Set of 4 Cat-Toure Hopsters from the online shop Cat-Toure


Prize Pack #2:


Reading is the Cat's Meow #2


(Total Value $115.00)

CLEO: The Cat Who Mended a Family by Helen Brown* from Crazy Cat Lady

A Hand-Carved Stretching Kitten Rubber Stamp from the etsy shop TC Witchcraft Factory

A Stacked Cat Pendant from the online store Mollie Ink

A Handmade OOAK Mini Cat Notebook/Journal from the etsy shop Julia Anna's Handmade Art Studio

A Birdhouse Kitty Ornament from the etsy shop Country Charmers

A 7.6"x9.6" Back Kitty "High Hopes" Watercolor Print on 100% Cotton from the etsy shop, LaBerge

A 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" Celtic Love Cats Blank Folded Greeting Card from the etsy shop DreamingPhoenix

A Hand Painted and Embroidered Lavender Cat Sachet from the etsy shop Lepassage

A Small Nerdy Cat Printed Moleskine Notebook from the etsy shop hiengtang

And a Set of Eight Pawprint Lollipops from the etsy shop Cierra's Sweets

(5 sprinkled white paw prints and 3 white paw prints with BLUE imprints in each package)


Prize Pack #3:

Reading is the Cat's Meow #3


A Black Tommy Cat Stained Glass Suncatcher from the etsy shop Red Pine Designs

A Pair of "What's New, Pussycat?" Earrings from the etsy shop Danie Amyotte designs

A Cute Little Retro Kitty Mounted Rubber Stamp from the etsy shop Sideshow Stamps

A Cat Bottlecap Pendant from the etsy site DarylsDarlingDesigns

A Set of 4 Cat-Toure Hopsters from the online shop Cat-Toure

A Black Kitty Cat Paperclip Bookmark Card from the etsy shop My Lil Pumpkins

A Gorgeous Multimedia/Handpainted Cat Picture from the etsy shop Glitter Tart Designs

A Stuffed Kitten Plushie "Jane" from the etsy shop Sticky Kitten

A "The Cat's Meow" Journal from the digital scrapbooking blog KD Designs : Ahhh Scrap!

And a Hand-Crocheted Bamboo Thread Book Thong with Cat Bead from the etsy shop Cottage Creations


Prize Pack #4:

Just "FUR" The Kitties!

(Total value $106.00)



A Set of 4 Cat-Toure Hopsters from the online shop Cat-Toure:


A Catnip and Crinkle Play Mat for Cats - Made with Recycled Materials! - (winner's chooses which one!) from the etsy shop spooklufibo


A Crochet Catnip Toy Goldfish with Bell and Bag of Catnip from the online shop FurPetsCreations


A Rainbow Stripe Zady Mini with Catnip from zadyball.com


A Purple and Pink Kitty Friend Stuffed Animal Toy From the etsy shop Scrivener's Retreat


A Kitty Cat Catnip Toy* from the etsy shop Gifts and Goodies


A Vintage Kitten Notebook from the etsy shop crabappledesign


A Snowflake Kitty Ornament from the etsy shop Country Charmers


And a Black and White Fat Cat Picture Frame by Warren Kimble* from Crazy Cat Lady
A Magnetic spice jar filled with organic catnip and personalized with the name of the winner's cat from the etsy shop Gneiss Spice

Disclaimer: All prizes are being shipped to the winners directly from the merchants listed unless marked with an asterisk (*), which means they will be sent by Crazy Cat Lady (CCL). CCL will contact each merchant with the appropriate winner's name and address as soon as she receives each winner's address and within 72 hours of announcing the winners on her blog. CCL is not responsible for a merchant not sending the item or for the item being lost or damaged in transit to the winners.



HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:


***ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED***

MANDATORY TO ENTER:


Your Name


Your email address


Your choice of prize(s)


You must publicly follow Crazy Cat Lady's Library on GFC





BONUS ENTRIES (PURELY OPTIONAL):



1. Subscribe to Crazy Cat Lady's Library blog via Email (in the right sidebar). You must confirm/verify your subscription by checking your email inbox to complete the process. (+3)





2. Follow Crazy Cat Lady's Library on Twitter.
Must provide twitter name for verification. (+1)



3. Tweet about this giveaway. Copy and paste:


WINNING IS THE CAT'S MEOW! #WIN @CrzyCatLdysLibr during #BlogMania2010! Ends 9/16 at 11:59 PM EST. http://bit.ly/aHhJQN #giveaway #ppro.


Must provide link for verification. (+1)

5. Become a fan of Crazy Cat Lady's Library on Facebook.
Must provide facebook name for verification. (+1)



6. Post about this giveaway on facebook. Copy and paste:


WINNING IS THE CAT'S MEOW at Crazy Cat Lady's Library during Blogmanie 2010! Win prizes for yourself and your purrbabies! http://crzycatladyslibrary.blogspot.com/


Must provide link for verification. (+1)



8. Follow Crazy Cat Lady's Library on Networked Blogs. (+1)



9. Friend Crazy Cat Lady's Library on Goodreads. (+1)

*Total Bonus entries possible on entry form is 9.*






*Open to residents of the USA only!*
*Crazy Cat Lady will not share your email with third parties.*
Giveaway closes September 16th @ 11:59 EST*


*Winners will be chosen using the Random.org. widget located in my left sidebar*


*Winners will have 48 hours to respond to my email, or another winner will be drawn.*





Once you are finished entering here at Crazy Cat Lady's Library, use the link list below to "Hop" on over to the next Blogmania blog!














The above list contains all of the blogs hosting a BLOGMANIA2010 giveaway. They are labeled with US, US/CAN, or INT based on who their giveaways are open to - US residents only, US/CAN residents only or INT - world wide!!! Each blog should have this link list - in case you are looking for specific giveaways only - at the bottom of their giveaway post. However, BOOKMARK this page and keep track of what number you are on - Good Luck and HAVE FUN!!






ALL BLOGMANIA RELATED QUSTIONS MAY BE SENT TO blogmaniapr@gmail.com



THE FINE PRINT: Please read each giveaway 's directions carefully as entry methods differ, and giveaways may be open to different world areas than previously noted on our list. Please make sure you leave a way (valid email address) with your entries to be contacted if you win. All blog's are responsible for drawing their own winners and contacting those winners for their shipping addresses. All blogs are responsible for providing this information to the companies that are shipping the prizes to the winners or providing the prizes themselves directly to the winners in a timely fashion. Parker Pr Online and BLOGMANIA 2010 are not responsible for any giveaways or prizes.



Thursday, September 16, 2010

Enter to Win a Full 7 Day Meal Plan from Bistro MD at Momma Told Me's Blog!



Jenna over at Momma Told Me is giving away a complete week's worth of meals and snacks from Bistro MD tailored to your specific dietary needs! That includes 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners, and 14 snacks! Regular retail value is approximately $200.00!!!

Now, I have to tell you that your Crazy Cat Lady has some health issues that have made me look into different diet delivery services, and if I could afford it, Bistro MD would be the one I would choose! So I really hope I win this one, but I just had to share this amazing opportunity with all of my wonderful new followers!

So stop on over at Momma Told Me and enter for yourself, and if you aren't interested in winning this fabulous prize for yourself, enter the contest anyway and tell Jenna to send it to me if you win! LOL! (Just kidding, Jenna.....)

Win a Kindle in the Blogmania Giveaway Hosted by Bitten By Books!













My fellow book blogger over at Bitten by Books is hosting an awesome Blogmania giveaway! The prize? A brand-new, state-of-the-art Kindle e-book reader from Amazon.com!



Now, I am already a Kindle owner and absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Kindle! As an avid reader, the convenience of carrying multiple books around in a device roughly the same size and weight of justone book is a major plus for me. Add the ability to download and listen to music as well, access basic internet services, and even have your book read to you as you complete other tasks, and it just can't be beat, inmy humble opinion!



So, if I already own a Kindle, why do I want to win another one? Well, I have two teenage daughters, who are also avid readers! They are constantly "borrowing" my Kindle to download and read books, also, and I'd love to get my hands on a second one so I could have one all to myself!



But if you'd like a chance at winning the Kindle for yourself, I don't mind the competition! Just hop on over to Bitten by Books and enter yourself to win!



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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BLOGMANIA EXTRA ENTRY OPPORTUNITY (AND A 40% OFF OFFER!!!) ~ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: KELLY'S KORNER AND KD DESIGNS

Today's Sponsor Spotlight features Kelly from Kelly's Korner, KD Designs, and Kelly's Digital Designs! Kelly is offering one of her "The Cat's Meow" Journals to a lucky CCLL Blogmania winner!





You can see the entire lineup of goodies I have confirmed for the upcoming Blogmania event on September 15-16 by clicking THIS LINK!

And now some Q&A time with Kelly:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I am a 31 year old mother of two (13 and 6), wife of a Youth Pastor, and the Arts and Crafts Director for the US Army where I live in Europe. I have been crafting since my mom gave me my first pair of scissors! I have dabbled in just about every craft you can imagine, but right now my obsessions are sewing (clothes), digital scrapbooking, and book making.

2. What was your inspiration for opening your own online shop?

I opened my Etsy shop some years ago to sell my ceramics, but after several pieces broke in the mail, I kind of gave up on selling ceramics. My Etsy shop is pretty bare right now as I am presently focusing more on sewing for myself and my kids. I have one Beer Coaster Book listed, but I have plenty, so I'll keep re-listing it as they sell! My digital scrapbooking store is alive and well! I started selling my digital designs under the name KD Designs in the spring of 2009 and bought Ahhh Scrap in January 2010.



3. Where did the names of your online shops come from?

KD Designs stands for Kelly's Digital Designs and is the name of my graphic arts store. Kelly's Korner has been my crafty name since just out of high school. I have a thing for alliteration...

4. What kind of products do you sell?

KD Designs is Digital Scrapbooking graphics. Kelly's Korner on Etsy currently just has the Beer Coaster Book listed. I also sell hand-made books on consignment in our local craft store.



5. What product(s) are your best sellers?


From KD Designs my best sellers are the Commercial Use Templates, like the Mat Templates and the Flower Templates. My best selling book by far is the Beer Coaster Book. I sell them in the local craft store and they sell about as fast as I can make them. They're just so handy and fun to grab for a gift!

6. Do you sell specific items that you would recommend for the upcoming fall and winter holidays?

KD Designs has a scrapbooking kit called Countdown to Christmas that I really love. I used it for Christmas cards, labels, and some gift items last year. I loved making the kit too! There are a couple of coordinating products that I also recommend: the Holiday Text Paths and the Christmas Paper Pack.

7. Any new and upcoming additions to your current list of products?

Right now I am concentrating on being the Ahhh Scrap shop owner, so I haven't been able to do as much designing. However, I can let you in on a little secret... our October Collaboration kit (where all the store's designers contribute) is going to be AWESOME!!!

8. Anything else you would like to share with my readers about your shop or your items?

Just a warning - be careful if you start digital scrapbooking! It is highly addictive and may cause temporary bouts of refusing to cook, clean, or shower!

And now for a fabulous special offer from KD Designs, exclusively for CCLL readers!

Kelly is offering 40% off any KD Design product that is $2 or more - expires 9/30! All you have to do is use the code CrazyCats when you check out!!! So please pop on over to KD Designs, take a look at all the fabulous goodies Kelly has for sale, and maybe you will find that perfect something you have been looking for!

And as a special incentive to visit Kelly's shop, I am offering the opportunity for you to gain some extra entries into my upcoming Blogmania giveaway!!! Simply go to KD Designs and heart it as a tell me your favorite item to get one extra entry. And if you see something you just have to have, go ahead and buy it, because that will give you 5 more extra entries! Of course, you have to follow CCLL also, but that's easy-peasy, too ~ the Google Friends Connect boxes in my right sidebar are easy to find, and you only have to pick one or the other! Then just fill out the form below to have your extra entries counted!

Blogmania Extra Entry Form (click here)

Stay tuned for more Sponsor Spotlights, coming soon!

Hugs~

CCL

Monday, September 13, 2010

BLOGMANIA EXTRA ENTRY OPPORTUNITY (AND A 10% OFF OFFER) ~ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: LA BERGE

Today's Sponsor Spotlight features Nancy from LaBerge and WatercolorByMuren! Nancy is offering a 7.6"x9.6" Back Kitty "High Hopes" Watercolor Print on 100% Cotton to a lucky CCLL Blogmania winner!


You can see the entire lineup of goodies I have confirmed for the upcoming Blogmania event on September 15-16 by clicking THIS LINK!

And now some Q&A time with Nancy:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I love color and light and I love to paint. I raised 4 children who are all starting out on their own happy and very creative lives and the time I spent being creative with them and my husband was very fun.

2. What was your inspiration for opening your own online shop?

I have spent quite a lot of time showing in galleries, juried art fairs, etc... those venues are a lot of work with very few people actually seeing your art. Etsy has such a large audience that it is much more likely that someone interested in your kind of art will see it and buy it. Also, I do not have to give 50% of my sale to the gallery owner or pay to set up a booth, so my savings can be passed on to the buyer, making my etsy shops much more affordable.


3. Where did the names of your online shops come from?

I have three shops. The first one I opened was laberge.etsy.com. Laberge is my childhood name and it is so pretty and artistic, who could give it up? My second shop is WatercolorByMuren.etsy.com. Muren is my husband's childhood name and many people know me by that name and it is shorter. I also wanted the names to indicate what you would find if you went to my sites. My third shop is ByHeart.etsy.com, and it sells Vintage items. I wanted people to be able to easily remember this one's name and to know that I put my heart into this site.

4. What kind of products do you sell?

Laberge.etsy.com sells cute watercolor prints and original watercolors of mostly animals. WatercolorByMuren.etsy.com sells more fine art. I had to separate the two because they were very different and took away from each other's strengths when sold together. Also, on ByHeart.etsy.com, I sell vintage items. When I need to relax I go to thrift stores and look for the most unusual thing I can find. Etsy gives me a place to sell these things because my house is getting full!


5. What product(s) are your best sellers?
I am having the best luck with originals. They are barely in the shop for a week, and the sell more often than not. It is hard to keep up with that because I like detail, and watercolor has to go on layer by layer with each layer drying before the next, so painting with watercolor is very time consuming.

6. Do you sell specific items that you would recommend for the upcoming fall and winter holidays?

Portraits are very popular for the fall and winter holidays . I can make a portrait of a loved one, pet, child, car, etc... all original. For smaller gifts I sell pocket mirrors with my cat illustrations and packages of playing cards with any illustration from either of my watercolor sites. And of course, vintage items are fun because they can bring back memories or they can become converation pieces.


7. Any new and upcoming additions to your current list of products?

I will be adding more originals and prints!
8. Anything else you would like to share with my readers about your shops or your items?

I have painted hundreds (maybe even over a thousand) of original paintings and I have done quite a bit of commissioned work . Feel free to contact me if you have a picture you would like me to capture in watercolor for you or someone special!


And now for a fabulous special offer from LaBerge and WatercolorByMuren, exclusively for CCLL readers!

Nancy is offering 10% off on any small or large print in laberge.etsy.com or WatercolorByMuren.etsy.com! All you have to do is mention you saw her Sponsor Spotlight on Crazy Cat Lady's Library when you place your order!!! So please pop on over to LaBerge and WatercolorByMuren, take a look at all the fabulous goodies Nancy has for sale, and maybe you will find that perfect something you have been looking for!

And as a special incentive to visit Nancy's shops, I am offering the opportunity for you to gain some extra entries into my upcoming Blogmania giveaway!!! Simply go to either LaBerge OR WatercolorByMuren (although I would recommend checking them both out!) and heart it as a favorite to get one extra entry. And if you see something you just have to have, go ahead and buy it, because that will give you 5 more extra entries! Of course, you have to follow CCLL also, but that's easy-peasy, too ~ the Google Friends Connect boxes in my right sidebar are easy to find, and you only have to pick one or the other! Then just fill out the form below to have your extra entries counted!

Blogmania Extra Entry Form (click here)

Stay tuned for more Sponsor Spotlights, coming soon!

Hugs~

CCL

BLOGMANIA EXTRA ENTRY OPPORTUNITY (AND FREE SHIPPING OFFER!) ~ SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT (AND 20% OFF ANY ORDER!): MY LIL PUMPKINS

Today's Sponsor Spotlight features JoAnn from My Lil Pumpkins! JoAnn is offering one of her Black Kitty Cat Paperclip Bookmark Card to a lucky CCLL Blogmania winner!


You can see the entire lineup of goodies I have confirmed for the upcoming Blogmania event on September 15-16 by clicking THIS LINK!

And now some Q&A time with JoAnn:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

I live in Hawaii, mother of 2 teenage sons, and have a wonderful husband I call Sweetie Pie! My background is in the technical field but in 2008 I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and had to leave my wonderful job and learn to RELAX and keep the Lupus in check. I tell my friends that every cloud has a silver lining and this is so true. I've been able to rediscover crafts and I love it. I find it very therapeutic and relaxing. I started making little cards and notebooks for my friends as thank yous for being so supportive throughout my illness and being the very best friends. They were the ones who convinced me to try selling my cards and little gifts online!

2. What was your inspiration for opening your own online shop?

I've always had a passion for paper products. I could spend hours in those beautiful card stores and yes, I'm the person that keeps all the beautiful handmade cards that I receive! My favorites have always been embellished cards and I absolutely love cards that give you a little something extra. Knowing what I LOVE...I decided to make products that come with "a little extra love" like my paperclip/bookmark card --- a card with a gift!!


3. Where did the name of your online shop come from?

I named my shop after my sons --- yep, you guessed it, I call my sons "Pumpkin". Even though they are both in High School already, they'll always be my lil pumpkins to me!!!

4. What kind of products do you sell?

Embellished Cards, Personalized altered composition books, steno pads, and notebooks. Recently I've been asked to make gift baskets with my personalized items and party favors.


5. What product(s) are your best sellers?

The paperclip bookmark cards. With school starting, I was selling a lot of the composition and steno pads. The funny thing was that a few were for the students...but most were teachers buying them for themselves!!!

6. Do you sell specific items that you would recommend for the upcoming fall and winter holidays?

Everyone loves personalized items ----- I think they are perfect "thank you" gifts ---- for your vet, for your teacher, for anyone!


7. Any new and upcoming additions to your current list of products?

I'll be adding my party favors online soon!

8. Anything else you would like to share with my readers about your shop or your items?

Everyone has a dream...and a passion.... I'm living mine though my love of paper products. Making something that will make someone feel "special" drives me and my heart!!!

And now for a fabulous special offer from My Lil Pumpkins, exclusively for CCLL readers!

JoAnn is offering 20% OFF YOUR ORDER All you have to do is mention you saw her Sponsor Spotlight on Crazy Cat Lady's Library when you place your order!!! So please pop on over to My Lil Pumpkins, take a look at all the fabulous goodies JoAnn has for sale, and maybe you will find that perfect something you have been looking for!

And as a special incentive to visit JoAnn's shop, I am offering the opportunity for you to gain some extra entries into my upcoming Blogmania giveaway!!! Simply go to My Lil Pumpkins and heart it as a favorite to get one extra entry. And if you see something you just have to have, go ahead and buy it, because that will give you 5 more extra entries! Of course, you have to follow CCLL also, but that's easy-peasy, too ~ the Google Friends Connect boxes in my right sidebar are easy to find, and you only have to pick one or the other! Then just fill out the form below to have your extra entries counted!

Blogmania Extra Entry Form (click here)

Stay tuned for more Sponsor Spotlights, coming soon!

Hugs~

CCL

BLOGFEST WINNERS!!!

I have my five Blogfest winners!!!

But since they each will have to choose what book they want me to send them from the list I posted on the contest, I will only be posting their names and their choices as I hear back from them, so please be patient!

First Place:
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Amy said...
I'm a GFC follower
September 11, 2010 12:39 PM
Amy has chosen

Second Place:
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jhitomi said...
following you on gfc as jhb
September 12, 2010 1:10 PM
Jhitomi has chosen
Third Place:
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Kim@Chubby Cheeks Thinks said...
follow you on twitter @chubbycheeks143
September 10, 2010 11:06 AM
Kim @ CCT has chosen

Fourth Place:
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Wendy said...
I follow you on twitter
September 11, 2010 1:40 AM
Wendy has chosen

Fifth Place:
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BrittanyLovesBooks said...
I am a follower! :D Great giveaway!
September 12, 2010 9:30 PM
Brittany has chosen
The Unbidden Magic Series (Moonstone, Moon Rise, Moon Spun - Uncorrected Galley Edition) by Marilee Brothers!

And the Grand Prize Winner, who gets to pick any book of their choice, mailed to them from Amazon or Book Depository, up to a $15.00 maximum value:

BrittanyLovesBooks!!!


All 6 winners were chosen using my True Random Number Generator Widget from Random.org! I didn't learn how to "snip" the randomizer image until I was drawing the grand prize winner, thus the first 5 winners do not have images but only the words and numbers used to generate the random numbers.




 
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