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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

They Say It's Your Birthday...

Well, it's my birthday too, yeah...




Well, pikelet workshop's birthday to be more precise. It's incredible to think that I've been making these crazy Poppets for only two years. The Facebook page arrived not long after I launched the business but the blog took a little longer. For the sake of being schmaltzy, here's a link to my first blog post.
In just over a year, I've written over 150 blog posts and received over 26000 hits. Fancy that!
I've sold heaps of Poppets (poor fingers), even though there was an almost twelve month hiatus whilst we moved to the other side of the world. 
A big thanks to all of you for sticking around, purchasing my products and listening to my drivel. The online community is an incredibly rewarding place to hang out, I'm a complete addict! And I feel like I've only really skimmed the surface of it. My toes are dipped into Twitter though I haven't really made a commitment to it yet, it makes me feel like I'm being unfaithful to Facebook. Ha! But with all the changes that will no doubt happen to Facebook as it goes public, Twitter may become even more of a necessity for those of us in business.
Who knows what lies ahead, I like to be fairly organic in my approach to business though I should knuckle down a little more in future. I need to get a better camera and learn how to use it, spend more time editing photos etc. I would like to work on some tutorials and post more recipes, and generally just be more regular with this whole blog thing.  And I need to start focusing on cracking the Canadian market in earnest, sometime.
But, for now, I would like to offer up a giveaway in thanks to your incredible loyalty and support.
Here's how it will work...
Simply comment ONCE below, warm fuzzy fluffy posts encouraged (this is, after all, a celebration!) and you will be entered into the draw. Two lucky followers will be given the opportunity to order a custom Poppet each. 
But. 
You can't order an existing design (no pirates or superheros or mermaids please), you have to challenge me to come up with something new. I'm up for it!
This draw is open internationally, and you will have 24 hours to comment (closing at 6pm Toronto time tomorrow). The winners will be chosen via random.org.
You guys rock, and are totes awesome. Thanks again, and good luck with the draw. 
I'll be off now, these family members won't feed themselves...



39 comments:

  1. Congrats on your birthday. Happy Happy Birthday to you (well Pikelet workshop)!

    Love your blog posts, reading all your drivel as you put it. And most of all love your poppets. Hoping to win so I can get a custom done for my twins. And nope want something a little different, my mind is already in overdrive, just in case :)

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  2. Oh Happy Happy Happy Birthday to the Poppet Workshop Jen - what a fine following you have!! I'd sail a million miles to win the chance to order a little Sailor girl poppet for my little girls 2nd birthday.... :-) Or walk a dozen miles to get another one for our baby due in September, hopefully the walk will be blister free like yours and your poppets walk through the streets of NYC - does Dolly love her newly pierced ears? Anyway - H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y P O P P E T W O R K S H O P - we love your work!!!

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  3. OK due to sleep deprivation I wrote Poppet Workshop - I want to blame autocorrect for writing Poppet rather than Pikelet - but instead Im just blaming it on my sleep deprived state this morning.... Perhaps a poppet will make my missy sleep better??

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    1. better pop your email address up here stephanie, your profile doesn't have a link...

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    2. Stephanie AndersonMay 24, 2012 at 7:52 AM

      neilandstephanieanderson@yahoo.com.au - told you I was sleep deprived!!!!!

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  4. Yay for your 2nd Birthday!! and thanks for having a giveaway :)
    We love your stuff Jen and would gladly welcome another poppet to play with -
    Awesome sauce.

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  5. Happy 2nd Birthday Jen and poppets!! I adore your style and want to thank you for being so welcoming and supportive when I joined in the scene a year ago.
    Happy Birthday Pikelet Workshop !!!!

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  6. Happy birthday Jen and the Pikelet family!!! Thank you for bringing joy to so many kids (and Mummies :p )

    xxx

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  7. Woohoo!

    Happy Pikelet Birthday :)

    Heres to many more years and many more Poppets!!

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  8. Have a hap-py birth-day Pike-let, have a hap-py birth-day Pike-let! We didn't forget, we didn't forget, it's your birth-day today!
    Wahoo, so many happy returns to Jen and the Pikelet Workshop poppets!
    Love your work all the way from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, to the paddocks of the farm in the Great Southern of Western Australia.
    xx Clare

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  9. Woot! Woot! Happy Birthday Pikelet Workshop. I wouldnt mind having one of your gorgeous dolls in my house please. I am sure Miss 5 will come up with something inspiring. She is loving Kitties at the moment......

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  10. Happy Birthday!! 2 years is that all? I would love to have a poppet and it sounds like fun coming up with something new!

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  11. Wow Jen!! Happy birthday to you and to Pikelet Workshop!! I have loved following you on your journey around to the other side of the world and am so glad you are back making gorgeous special poppets again!! Now if I could just get my hands on one for one of my little misses :). Congratulations xxxx

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    1. danya, i'll need your email address!

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    2. Well of course that would be handy :) Its bremans2@bigpond.com Thank you xxx

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  12. Happy Bday Pikelet!
    Just want to stop by and wish you all the best.
    You are doing great job, making wonderful toys, writing a great blog ( last summer it was like a triller a bit).
    Just keep on.

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  13. Happy birthday Pikelet Workshop! I love it when a picture of one of your poppets "pops" up. How exciting to celebrate with a new design - I love that idea. Looking forward to seeing the results. Jessie

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  14. Happy Birthday Pikelet Workshop!! If i remember correctly i was the first to purchase from your FB store! We love our poppets-and you know what would make an awesome one...a monkey poppet! Oh Lui would just poo his pants and smear it all over himself in excitement....no, no hang on he did that today for no reason at all...so maybe he would just love a 'monk' cause its a 'monk' (aka a monkey outside our house!)

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  15. Many happy returns to Pikelet Workshop!

    Still fairly new to this world but love all the wondrous poppets - amazing to someone who is "challenged" in the area of craft (mind is willing but...)
    Hope the next 2 years are just as exciting and inspiring!
    Would love to be able to win a coveted custom spot for something different and new!
    Jennifer
    j.thomas@surity.net

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  16. happy 2nd birthday, i love all that you make and would love a poppet to call our very own. you are a very tallented lady.

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    1. don't forget to give me your email address melanie!

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    2. oops mell_murray@hotmail.com

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  17. Hello, i have just found your blog and I am so excited! Love all your poppets, and have enjoyed reading all your lovely drivel! Happy birthday second time around and a big congrats to the Pikelet Workshop. Hmm.... Boho minx would be my choice if i won your giveaway. Please pop over over and say hi at Rowantree. Xx liking you on FB.

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  18. happy second birthday! love to idea of creating something new!

    keep up the great work!

    renee
    reneed27@iinet.net.au

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  19. happy happy birthday celebration!! Lovely, creative, time consuming handwork is always top of the list for me when it comes to beautiful pieces to share our home with!! cross fingers one of your poppets will be heading our way. Hannah

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  20. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! your poppets are original & gorgeous, i had been hoping to get my hands on one or two and then you announced your big move! I absolutely love reading your blog, it is the first thing i look for when i've been away from the computer for a few days! congratulations! :) amyben@iinet.net.au

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  21. Happy Happy Birthday! Not only are you a talented and creative lady, you have the most awesome name too that always makes me smile when I see it! Enjoy your birthday xx

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  22. Happy 2nd Birthday Pikelet Workshop!!! Loving hearing about all of your adventures on the other side of the world. Your poppets are so loved in our household. I would love a poppet for my niece to keep her company on her challenging journey ahead. I have been looking for something that she can share her secrets with, a poppet would fit the bill perfectly!!
    Nat Plummer

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  23. Happy Birthday pikelet workshop, I have recently celebrated my 50th birthday, I know what I would suggest if I won :) Enjoy your celebration x

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  24. Happy birthday Pikelet Workshop! Your poppets are wonderful Jen, and we would so love to help you create a new one. We will have our fingers crossed, and thinking caps on! Thanks x
    Lainie - sisterferbs@yahoo.com.au

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  25. Happy Birthday to you and your gorgeous creations!!!

    kyra-tony@westnet.com.au

    :)

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  26. Happy birthday piklets hope you all have lots of lovely cake today real or imaginary, i can just see them all sitting around and Ikea table sipping tea or green goodness. Congrats and enjoy.
    sherrileej@hotmail.com

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  27. Congratulations on turning 2!!! Hope you and the poppets have a party over there in Canada to mark the occasion.

    Thanks for being a supportive (and mega talented!) fellow softie maker too xx

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  28. Happy Birthday Jen and Pikelet Workshop! <3 Wonderful design and your beautiful character shines through each and everyone of them :) Looking forward to seeing where your journey takes you next x G

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  29. Happy birthday!
    I love seeing your fabric combinations and new designs pop up. I was lucky enough to get a poppet bunny last year for my sons first easter, and now that I'm expecting again I can't wait to see what new ideas you come up with so I can get another poppet for the this new little bundle.
    dmantolovic@yahoo.com.au

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  30. Oh Jen, I've been reading trough some of these comments and it seems I don't have anything new to say but I'll repeat it ecause you so very much deserve to hear it. HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATULATIONS!! You and your crafty little mind have put smiles on te faces of soooo many kids (& Mums who keep your Poppets for themselves). I couldn't decide which of my kids to give our little poppet to so I gave it to my nephew. I miss them both!

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  31. I am a new follower, i found you via Dover & Madden. I look forward to trawling back through your "drivel" (as you put it lol) and learning all about the winderful creations you design and sew. Also i hope to learn more about this exciting overseas adventure you have undertaken :) More than anything i wish to say congratulations on your success and BIG HAPPY HATCH-DAY WISHES to you, as a fellow softie sewer (hobby only - gifts mostly) i have much admiration those of you who have been able to make it a business. Wishing you many many more years of success and enjoyment, well done!!

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  32. Hip hip happy Birthday Pikelet Workshop! Congratulations on your two years Jen - I reckon I have read every one of your 150 blog posts! Well done xxx

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