Lisa Oceandreamer of A Whimsical Bohemian developed a wonderful giveaway event several years ago that in which anyone can participate.
What IS ONE World-ONE Heart? It is a blog-wide giveaway event. The original idea behind this was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet.
I'll explain more about the drawing and rules for newcomers below (thanks to pasting in some of the details from Lisa's "One World" blog. But you will probably want to visit that site to make sure all is here -- I edited for length.
But first, here are my three drawing items...
This hand-painted silk scarf has soft pinks, greens and lavenders, blending together like a Monet-styled watercolor.
"Christmas with Jinny Beyer" is a book with 50 projects for the holidays, with a heavy emphasis on quilting, but including wreaths and floral arrangements as well. It has good diagrams.
The third item is a collection of dessert recipes in a tag book similar to this one (all are slightly different.)
So, do enter with a comment, and please stop by The Marmelade Gypsy at other times, too, to see if you want to return when you're not commenting on this drawing!
On a personal note and for newer bloggers, I have to say that this is a wonderful blog event. I have discovered many new blogs that have become "regulars" through last year's event and many discovered mine. I was fortunate enough to be a winner as well!
Here is more information, as seen on the One World, One Heart site: It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way.
Last year's event had nearly 100 participants and many connections were made because of it......friendships that are still going strong.
How do you become a participant? To be a participant in the event all you have to do is offer up something to give away. It can be handmade, which is encouraged but not mandatory. You (This year I am giving away several things, and one is a book I think might appeal to some bloggers.)
You can offer up more than one item so there is more than one winner if you like.
The giveaway item(s) are entirely up to you. Once you have determined what your giveaway will be, you must post pictures of whatever it is in a post on your blog.
You will then come to Lisa's One World blog and in the comments leave the link to THAT post!
NOW THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT leave a link just to your blog....it must be to the actual giveaway post. This enables those going blog to blog to get to it immediately without having to scroll to find it.
Also DO NOT leave a link UNTIL that post is up and ready. As the giveaway posts are ready and you then leave the link to it at Lisa's site, she will add it to the list of participants that will be on the sidebar.
Return to the One Heart site as often as you like so you can be sure and visit those on the list throughout the event.
Deadlines: This year the giveaway date will be Valentines Day - February 14th. You must post your item(s) by February 1 (or as close as possible). This will give two weeks for people to get to your blog and enter their name.
You should end the chance to enter by the evening of the 13th.........there are time differences to consider so keep that in mind.
Winners should be announced on your blog on the 14th(or as close to that as possible).
Who can enter a giveaway? Anyone! The original idea was that this be for those with an active blog, so they could meet and visit other bloggers. Some blogs may choose to participate. At The Marmelade Gypsy, anyone can enter -- BUT, if you entering without a blog, please include your e-mail in your comments, so if you win, I can notify you.
How do you pick a winner(s) and what happens after the winner(s) is announced on your blog? How you choose the winner(s) is up to you. Some write the names or print out the comments and cut them up....put them in something and do a random draw. There is also a random number generator that was created by the husband of Carrie at Violets Are Blue. Visit the One World rules page for more about this.
(Or, you can do like I do -- with every post, I write down the name and it goes into a bowl. I will pick three -- or enlist The Gypsy to help! He helped last time!) Once you have a winner or winners and announce it- you must instruct them to contact you via e-mail with their mailing address and a link to their blog.
Winning items should be mailed as soon as possible but no later than the end of February. If there should be a delay the courteous thing to do would be communicate that to your winner(s).