Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

*GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED *300 Blog Post Milestone GIVEAWAY !

* * * GIVEAWAY  IS  NOW  CLOSED * * * 
Hello readers, I hope you have had a lovely lovely Sunday ! As promised, Maddabling is holding a little giveaway to celebrate the 300 Blog Post Milestone. Again, I want to take the opportunity to thank you for taking the time to read my blog and for the sweet comments that you leave. It really means so much to me and I do enjoy spreading the handmade love! I sincerely hope that you continue to enjoy my blogging journey with me.

So whats up for grabs ? There is Bath Tea, Bath Milk and some handcut gift tags. The Bath Milk is made with food grade ingredients, except for the fragrant oil. The bath tea is made with soap making grade botanicals and ground oatmeal, the picture directly below shows what is in the Sensitive Souls and Sleepyheads Bath Tea Bags.
There are three prize packs on offer; a first, second and third place. Although in Maddablings' eyes, you are all winners ! They consist of luscious bath products - bath milk and bath tea, and the first place prize pack has some gift tags too. Here are some pictures and details of the prize packs. 

                         First Place Prize Pack :  
                         1 x Apricot + Freesia Bath Milk, 
                                    1 x Sleepyheads Botanical Bath Tea Bag, 
                                    1 x Sensitive Souls Botanical Bath Tea Bag and 
                                    1 x set of 8 Handcut Gift Tags.
                          Second Place Prize Pack :
                          1 x Yuzu Bath Milk, 
                                     1 x Sensitive Souls Botanical Bath Tea Bag
                          Third Place Prize Pack : 
                                     1 x Apricot + Freesia Bath Milk, 
                                     1 x Sleepyheads Botanical Bath Tea Bag
How to enter the Giveaway - rules, terms and conditions:
1. Be a fan on Facebook and let me know in a comment here that you are AND 
2. In the same comment, for an additional bonus entry, let me know if you are follower of the Maddabling blog AND
3. In the same comment, for an additional bonus entry, tell me what is your favourite way to beat the Winter Blues ? 

Now for the fine print : 
The Giveaway is only open to Australian Residents this time around. Entries will close at 7pm West Australian Time on Sunday 8th July 2012. I will draw the three winners using  random.org . The winner will be announced on the Maddabling Blog by 8pm Sunday 8th July 2012. A link to the blogpost will be placed on the Maddabling Facebook Page and the winners MUST contact Maddabling by 8pm West Australian Time on Monday 9th July 2012 to claim their prize. 

As I am promoting this on the Maddabling Facebook Page, the Facebook Promotion Guidelines state that I must make the following disclaimers :
1. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Maddabling and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this giveaway.
2. In the promotion's rules 
(a) A complete release of Facebook by each entrant or participant. 
(b)Acknowledgement that the promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.
(c.)    Disclosure that the participant is providing information to [disclose recipient(s) of information] and not to Facebook.

Wishing each one of you the best of luck for the giveaway - let the fun begin !


  1. Hi Maddabling. Trying again..
    I am afan on facebook and I've looked at your blog,not sure how to be a follower but I think I said yes to updates..
    My favourite way to beat the winter blues is a hot bath and a cnadle with some relaxing oils.
    Just curious.. are you based in Albany WA? I've seen your business card at the VAC, Sarah

  2. Well done on 300 blog posts Samara!
    Yes, I am a fan of your lovely FB page and I am a follower of your blog via GFC. I like to beat the winter blues by going for a run or reading a good book with a big cup of tea.
    :) Deb

  3. Congrats on 300 blog posts :)

    I'm a facebook fan (as jewelflyt) & I follow this blog. I love sitting by the fire with a good book & a hot cup of tea :)

  4. Well done on 300 posts! :)

    I already follow your blog lol, and just followed you FB page.
    In regards to the winter blues, I find a little patch of sun and a nice, big cup of tea :)

  5. Hi Chicky
    congrats on your 300 blog posts - you are far more disciplined than me.
    Love to enter your giveaway.
    Follow FB, Blog
    Winter Blues - love to curl up in front of the fire and do some crochet (such an old nanna I am)
    I actually quite like winter

  6. Congratulations on 300 blog posts :)
    I am indeed a FB page and am a follower of your blog.
    My favourite way to beat the winter blues is to curl up by the fire with hubby, watch a stack of movies and eat chocolate :)

  7. Kerry O'LearyJuly 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Congrats on 300 blog post. I am a fan on facebook and would love to enter your competition. Like nothing better than to snuggle up in bed with a good book and the fur child (once the real children are in bed).

  8. I am, I am! :)

    I love a snuggle with my puppy, nice hot chocolate with Jade, and cuddles with the kidsleth.
    Or a pot of soup and crusty bread :)

  9. Congrats on 300 blog posts - that's fantastic!
    I'd love to enter your giveaway.
    I am a follower of your FB page and your blog.

    There's nothing better than snuggling up in bed on a cold winters evening with some knitting :)

  10. Wow 300 Posts!!! Congratulations Samara, that's an awesome body of work and a fantastic record of your development and reflective process.

    ok to the rules.... I do... I do and snuggling on the couch with a good book, good coffee and something yummy to munch on :)

  11. Hello!
    I am a fan on Facebook of course and I beat the winter blues by wandering around the house in slippers, my dressing gown and a beanie!

    Kristen Till

  12. Hi Samara, Only just had a moment to add my congratulations to your 300 Blogs, well done you! You do such a fabulous job supporting our little crafts and businesses, thank you. So, yes, follower on fb, found many fabulous pages thu your page, and I look out for your blogs. My favourite way to beat the winter blues, this year I have found putting the column heater on in the studio to take the edge off the chill, warm water in my bowl of throwing slip and get potting. My north facing window shares every moment of sunshine with me. Love the sound of all your prizes, but I am just glad to take the opportunity to offer my comments, regards Vicki of Wonky Pot Pottery.

  13. 300 wonderful posts! Congrats Samara xxx
    Yes I follow your blog and am a fan on facebook. A Good book, a cuppa and a big block of chocolate always warms me up

  14. I am now following you both on facebook and following your blog, pretty cool.
    I love snuggling up with my kids and some blankets and watching some movies!

  15. Great blog Sam. Will be sure to check it out now I have found it!
    Kylie Owen

  16. WooHoo 300, congrats.
    Yes I'm a follwer on FB and your blog :)

    Beating Winter Blues ?!?
    Hmm, I love winter and don't get them so one of my favourite things I love to do on a foggy drizzly winter's day is go for a TrailRun. And a long hot recovery bath afterwards is equally enjoyable, Jen Greeneklee.

  17. Samara, you are a better person than me to have been the creator of 300 blogs! Congratulations are in order! Well done. I am a Facebook Fan. This is only the second time I have been to you blog, so I guess that would not classify me as a follower, but will be now I know about it! :) I love winter, it gives me a chance to catch up on those things that I neglect when it's too good to be inside. My scrap booking, cleaning out those cupboards and sorting out my photos on the computer. I adore the winter sunrises and mist, and a crackling wood fire, my comfy slippers and sloppy jumper, and rediscovering cup-a-soup (with croutons of course!)! Cheers, Shelley of Cloud Nine Spa Chalets

  18. Well hello there Maddabling I am definetly a fan SOOO I had to come join in :D Hopefully it will be MINE...300 pretty impressive :)

  19. Wow 300 thats impressive, congatulations :) and I am a fb follower xx

  20. Hey well..I have just become an official fan but I have been admiring your work for over a year..you are one talented woman!!..I used to beat the winter blues by going for a run in the freezing rain, ipod blasting..but alas those days are over..so I have been really enjoying making delicious desserts to spoil the kids with the added bonus of oven warmth while donning a fashionable pair of pj's (of course) :D

  21. Hey Sam ;) yeppo I'm a fan of Maddablings facebook page and blog..love seeing all the funky stuff you do and make !
    For Winter ?? hmmmmm love making a few new knitted scalfs, a bit of crochet and trying not to eat too much scrummy soul food ! x Danielle W

  22. Oooh, some lovely goodies to win! I'm already a Facebook and love seeing your posts, especially your photographs. A cuppa and some crafting is always a good way to beat blues of any kind but especially the winter blues :-)

  23. You are so talented sweet and absolutely love your facebook page and your blog page. Love the goodies you create and the amazing pictures you take :) xoxo

  24. Congratulations Samara -Keep being creative- Maddabling is exciting - wonderful for you and wonderful for us.

    On a cold winters day I like to curl up on the lounge with a nice fire going and watch a good movie. The bath, candles and wine thing - I keep for the warmer months.

  25. Woot! Congrats on 300 posts! xoxo Emily

  26. Congrats on 300 blogs, love your photos, keep them coming.
    Megan R.