July 29, 2009

Imperfectly Beautiful...In the Spotlight and a Giveaway!

I want to start off saying, "How wonderful blogging is!" I have found so much happiness in new friendships, inspired by creative ideas, moved from heartfelt stories and have many laughs from funny posts. I never knew this world existed until I myself decided to open up and become a part of it all...I am very glad I did. Thank you all for adding this joy in my life!

The Whimsy Spotlight this week has been one of those friendships that has brought me happiness. Every time I visit I am always in awe of her creativity, bargain finds (love that!), witty sense of humor, eye for design and she is Beautiful inside and out! What could be more perfect? Her blog name says it all...


How ironic that something that seems so perfect could be Imperfectly Beautiful! Meet Amanda the owner/designer behind this creative blog and Etsy shop.



She is a down to earth, funny, go getter,bargain shopper, mom of 4, wife to a great husband, Mississippi southern girl, did I say "Beautiful", and very talented women!
Amanda has stated on her blog, that she started blogging"in hopes to inspire other women to embrace their creativity". She is passionate about making her house a home, a safe haven, a place of beauty. Being a bit of a Perfectionist...(I relate to this) she didn't want those tendencies to hold her back from creating for fear of failure. This is where she made a change in her ways and realized that beauty has flaws and that she just wants to be her own kind of beautiful. I love that! This is just one more reason that I adore Amanda.

There is so much to see and read on her blog. She has a way of making you feel welcomed, like you have just stepped into her home and are a close friend. Amanda loves to decorate and enjoys having input from her readers. She recently posted on her style "Funky Traditional", which fit's her to a T! Her blog has great tutorials, bargain finds and fun projects to see. Here are just some of her great design and creative ideas she has shared...

Love her style!
Pops of color with some traditional elements.



How cute are these?! Fabric covered candles.


I am inspired by her lampshade makeovers.



Gorgeous fabric used to recover her piano bench.


A whimsical frame, monogram letter and
yard sale fabric makes for divine art!




A $3 ugly duckling~painting turned
into a beautiful swan~chalkboard!

As you can see many great posts! I love that Amanda loves playing with color and thinks outside the box. Amanda is not only creative in her home, but her Etsy shop is full of fun, whimsical colors and design...it really is "letter perfect' as I teased!

Imperfectly Beautiful Etsy shop opened in March of this year. Amanda loves to create and craft, so having the ability to make a little money doing something she loves has been a dream come true for her. These signs and letters can add a fun element to any room. Such beautiful colors and patterns!


Fun and bold colors stand out on this mantle.
Vintage Dress Form Notecards. So cute!

Custom order names.
A great way to personalize a child's bedroom.




These clipboards make a great gift for teachers!


These block letters are handcut, sanded and painted.
This set is done with Amy Butler paper.

Perfect for a little girls room!



Christmas will be here before we know it...so pretty!

That baby elephant is adorable!
As you know Whimsy Spotlights are so giving! Amanda is going to be giving away something very fun that will add some whimsy to your home! She is showing you all some love and having one of you win both of these fun and Imperfectly Beautiful items here...



This could be in your home or a great gift for a friend!

Look at this fun "Family" sign to match!
I know you all are ready to check out Amanda's Etsy and visit her blog. Now is a great time to shop for Christmas, especially if your looking for a personalized gift for someone. Amanda does custom orders for any of these items.
O.k. I am sure you want to know how to enter! It is "Easy Peasy Mac and Cheesy" as Amanda would say...

1. Go visit Amandas,Imperfectly Beautiful Etsy shop. Come back here and leave a comment on one or more of your favorite things.

By doing more than one entry makes your chances of winning all the more better!

2. I would love to have you Follow my blog, great to share my ideas with you all! (If you already are, please leave another comment as a entry),

3. Grabbing my cute button, makes me feel loved! (again if you already have this, let me know in a separate entry),

4. Blog, FB or tweet about this post. (separate entry for each thing)

5. Show Amanda some blog love and stop by Imperfectly Beautiful blog and leave a sweet comment...add another one for you!

Please make separate comments for each entry being that I am going to use random.org for the giveaway!

Make sure I have your info. if you win. You have until Sunday, August 2nd at midnight Pacific time to enter. Make sure to enter before Midnight! The winner will be announced on Monday, August 3rd.

This is opened to US residents only.

Good luck!

Hugs friends,

105 comments:

  1. Yay!!! Amanda is one of my favorite bloggers (for reals!) because she is herself. I wish I had a pinkie-sized amount of her creativity. I am so psyched that you are featuring her. :) :)

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  2. Oh, if I won, I'd choose the vintage dress form OR the Eiffel Tower notecards. They are all fabulous!

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  3. Oh, I am GIDDY! I am now a follower of hers! I left Amanda some words of love, too! What a fun blog and a fabulous shop! I am loving her blocks and her notecards! Lori

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  4. I SO have your darling button on my blog! It is the cutest- and so are you! Lori

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  5. Wow, so much to choose from! I love her Family wall hanging in the tan, red and black, Eiffel Tower notecards and the Faith and Pray blocks!

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  6. I have your button on my blog as well! :)

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  7. I love the BABY ELEPHANT Door Hanger

    heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Victoria...you are a sweetheart. I don't even know what to say. Thank you for all of your kind heartfelt words. Seriously, you brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad we're friends! Thanks for doing this fun series spotlighting us gals. Did I say you totally RAWK? Well, you do!

    Love and Hugs ~ Amanda

    (obviously, this is not an entry into my own giveaway, lol, I just had to give you a shout out!)

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  9. I love the Birdy Fridge Magnet and Note Holders.

    zippieee@msn.com

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  10. LOVE the "Family" letters! How cute are those?! And I am SEROIUSLY in LOVE with jungle-animal nurseries, so I would DIE (okay, maybe not really DIE, but close!) for that cute Giraffe sign!

    craftrookie.blogspot.com and wesanddanifrisby.blogspot.com

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  11. I'm a follower!

    craftrookie.blogspot.com
    and
    wesanddanifrisby.blogspot.com

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  12. I have your button, for shizzle! Add mine!!!

    craftrookie.blogspot.com
    and
    wesanddanifrisby.blogspot.com

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  13. tweet
    http://twitter.com/zebastyandylan/statuses/2911595797

    zippieee@msn.com

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  14. I left a comment on Amanda's blog!

    Love your posts, as usual. :)

    Dani

    craftrookie.blogspot.com
    and
    wesanddanifrisby.blogspot.com

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  15. Loving the Vintage Dress Form Notecards
    (i tweeted - @MeredithRae)

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  16. I agree - Amanda is SUPER! I am glad she sent me over to you. You can count me in as a follower. I love all the letters!

    Charla

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  17. Hi Victoria!

    How fun! I love Amanda too - she has great ideas and is such a sweet, nice person. I also love your blog and you!

    XOXO
    Jen

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  18. I adore Amanda too! I wish I had her creative bone! I will follow you, as well!

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  19. I follow your blog, dear....
    and would LOVE to be enetered!!

    Love~ Miss Jen

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  20. I actually found you through Amanda's blog... I blog-stalk her :) I've never been to her etsy shop, though, so that was awesome. My particular favorite is the set of FAMILY blocks in green... that matches my living room perfectly! But really, all her creations are awesome.

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  21. I follow Amanda's blog and love it!

    I love the Blocks that say "Pray" would match my living room perfectly.
    Please enter me.

    I'm grabbing your button now...lol
    Blessings, Fine Linen
    www.simplyfinelinen.blogspot.com

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  22. I love the Initial Plaque. amsbolda@hotmail.com

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  23. tweeted. amsbolda@hotmail.com

    http://twitter.com/1amypugmire/status/2912962862

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  24. I also just became a follower of your blog...
    If you'd like please join in my giveaway. I'm giving away a handbag I made for my etsy shop.

    Have a lovely day, Fine Linen
    www.simplyfinelinen.blogspot.com
    www.bluebellcountry.etsy.com

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  25. Love her stuff....I like the believe blocks...I am ready for the holidays!

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  26. I totally love Imperfectly Beautiful and Amanda's great style. I love seeing what she does, and I am a new follower of her. I love her bench and her chalk board best. Allthough her mantel display is funky and oh' so cute. I would love to be entered to win any of her creativity. P.S. You are so kind and sweet to say all that you have said about Amanda "Spotlighting her" JenGlamGirl

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  27. Have been following Amanda's blog for awhile now. And have drooled over her Etsy shop things too. She is going to make some Ho Ho Ho blocks for me. I love those cute babies.

    I also love the family wall hangings.

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  28. I am already a follower and have a button

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  29. I love Amanda's cute clipboards and signs!

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  30. Amanda is wonderful, isn't she? I'm proud to be her friend. I know her only through blogging, but isn't it fun that you can get to know someone pretty well through reading her blog? Thank you for featuring her.

    Now on to you. This is really a win-win, because Amanda's post today told about this post--and she's featuring YOU! I've been meaning and meaning to get over here to visit, and this was just the little extra nudge I needed. I can't tell you how much I appreciate the kind comments you've left me. I'm ashamed that I haven't already taken the time to explore your blog. . . but I'm here now! And I'll be back, you can bet on that. This is a beautiful place you've created. Thank you for sharing your style and your heart.

    Blessings,
    RIchella

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  31. I love Amanda's blog as well! I love the 'Home' letters :)

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  32. I love the clip boards! cute, cute! I also like the paper mache letters and the block letters!

    Cute things!

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  33. Wow! What adorable, creative ideas!
    I love the wall words and from your blog, the fabric covered candles really caught my eye.

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  34. Wow, great stuff
    faith blocks look great
    KawaiiNeko2008 at aol dot com

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  35. I am a reader of Amanda's blog and I commented over there.

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  36. I love her "believe". Anything with the Eiffel Tower on it always appeals to me. She is just fabulous!!!

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  37. Oh I am visiting from Amanda's blog. You are so right she is a really a sweet girl. She is one of those girlfriends that you want to meet for lunch and have her kids over to play...I am sorry I can not pick just one thing to love, well maybe her little journals she had at her craft show last weekend. And I love your purses. I sew, but nothing like your beautiful work. You are very talented. Enjoyed my visit, plan on being a follower...

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  38. Amanda is one of my favorite bloggers! I've visited her shop before, and she has such cute things. My favorites right now are the note cards and the Pray blocks.

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  39. I love the Elephant door hanger!

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  40. I follow your blog!

    cherryblossomsdesign at hotmail

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  41. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/CherryBlossBaby/status/2922244711

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  42. I have your button:
    http://peonieblossoms.blogspot.com/

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  43. I left a comment on Imperfectly Beautiful Blog!

    CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

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  44. Amanda's creative ideas are so inspiring!! There are so many things I love in her store. I really like the PRAY - Paper Mache Letters, along with ALL the "Family" signs....soooo cute!!

    lisabradford101@gmail.com

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  45. I follow your very lovely blog - of course :)

    lisabradford101@gmail.com

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  46. I stopped by Amanda's sooo cute blog and left a comment!! I enjoyed her blog so much, I subscribed to her e-mails!!

    lisabradford101@gmail.com

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  47. I love the believe Christmas set the most so far.

    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28503548

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  48. And I added you on my facebook follow blog thingy. I didn't know that existed! I ended up making one for my own blog as well.

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  49. I seriously love that crazy Amanda! She is one of my very first bloggy friends and you got it so right in this post about her. I LOVE LOVE LOVE her blocks that say pray. I'll be adding you to my follow list. Kudos to you for supporting other women in bloggy world.

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  50. Thank you so much for introducing us to Amanda and Imperfectly Beautiful! I checked her Etsy shop and I love the Believe blocks (because I am a Christmas fanatic!) and the Family wall letters (because, well, I am a fanatic about my family! :-) And the colors are great!).

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  51. I blogged about the giveaway!

    http://scrapbliss.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaways-galore.html

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  52. lovely stuff. i would love to win the 'family' blocks.

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  53. I love the Pray blocks and the Eiffel Tower note card. Love all the color and patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Thank you for sharing all of her great pieces!

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  55. Love your blog and Imperfectly Beautiful's blog as well! I love your cupcake pincushion!

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  56. I'm a brand new follower! Looking forward to frequent visits here!

    Mary

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  57. I just visited her sweet new shop and I love it all, especially the HOME blocks. Would look great on top of my mantel.

    Mary

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  58. Hi Victoria,,, thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I love visitors:) I cant wait to take a look at Amandas blog and Etsy shop.Thanks for introducing us to her.
    Happy Creating, gail

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  59. I love the note board! Really. . . I love everything. I like how you said her kind of beautiful! I just love how that embraces beautiful differences! I love both your sites:)

    Whimsy is also one of my favorite words, though with a house full of boys, I don't often have the opportunity to use it:)

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  60. Hi there! My sister just informed me that we may meet up with Amanda at the Canton craft fair. NOw how cool is that! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  61. family wall hanging, actually the same one in the last picture on this post

    barefootwithbrandy@gmail.com

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  62. I can't decide which item is my favorite.. I love them all!!!
    This house is in desperate need of one of Amanda's creations! :-)
    marisacoble@yahoo.com

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  63. I love the custom order wall letters. I would have my daughter's name done.
    tarasteele7@hotmail.com

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  64. I am a follower
    tarasteele7@hotmail.com

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  65. I left a comment on the Imperfectly Beautiful blog.
    tarasteele7@hotmail.com

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  66. I like the Pray blocks :)

    contact me at:
    celeste@mail4me.com

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  67. Blog follower!

    contact me at:
    celeste@mail4me.com

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  68. I absolutely love everything on the Imperfectly Beautiful site, but if I had to pick some of my faves it would be the Home blocks & the pink personalized clip boards! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  69. I'm subscribed to your blog! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  70. I've left Amanda some blog l♥ve! :)

    april_vereb@yahoo.com

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  71. Sooo cute and clever. I love your items so creative!!
    teachermistie@yahoo.com

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  72. I love the PRAY blocks, I will have to add these to my Christmas list wants!! :o)

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  73. Yay for Amanda! She was one of my first bloggy friends and continues to be one of my best! I LOVE her Etsy shop, and would love to have the "believe" blocks for Christmas.

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  74. The clipboards are very unique. The new school year is getting ready to start and I can guarantee none of the other teachers would have one like that! So glad I found your blog.

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  75. The baby birds door hanger would be perfect on my daughter's door. Love your products!

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  76. forgot to add that I'm a new follower!
    beccamormino1@gmail.com

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  77. Wow! Everything is so cute! I like the colorful word blocks and the wall designs.

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  78. Visited Imperfectly Beautiful's blog and left a comment. :)

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  79. I just recently found Amanda's blog, and I love it! Her Etsy store is just full of great stuff, but I have to say that I love the blocks - too cute! Thanks for the great giveaway =)

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  80. Oh, and I am now a follower of your blog - can't wait to dig through the archives when I should be doing laundry haha! Thanks again!

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