My favorite part of hosting a giveaway is that I discover lots of great new blogs thanks to the nice comments left on my posts. Before I reply to a comment, I like to click through to that readers blog and take a look around. One thing leads to another and before I know it, I am clicking and clicking and clicking~wrapped up in the beautiful pictures, creativity and insights of my fellow bloggers. This is my favorite way to make new blog friends.
This giveaway also brought me nice surprises from two of my old blog friends. My friend Kim from Musings from Kim K surprised me by posting about my giveaway and has sent many new friends my way. Kim was the first blogger I really made a connection with in my first months of blogging. She replies to comments quickly and always has the nicest things to say. We love all the same vintage collectibles and she has a passion for doll houses (what more could I ask for?). Whenever I have some free time, I read her old posts to discover even more things we have in common like holding onto every Mary Engelbreit magazine ever printed!
Jane from Mary Jane's Tearoom posted a link to my giveaway on her sidebar and I have enjoyed meeting many of her friends. This blog is beautiful inside and out. A knitter and an illustrator, Mary Jane fills her blog with a beautiful mixture of pictures and illustrations in her soft color palette. She hosts many giveaways herself and is always pointing me towards cute etsy shops as well as inspiring the crafter in me.