Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The Story of my Profile Pic & Giveaway!!

Its been a while since my last post but just when I have 2 things to share with you I discover the timing of this post is mighty strange.....I have achieved 2 things today, 1500+ fans on my facebook page and the comeback of my 'Dotty Chunky Hearts'! I find it a bit weird that just as I share & celebrate a whopping amount of fans I also & write about a bunch of hearts that have played such an important role in growth of the business. And there's more.....this is my 100th post, now thats freaky!


Way back when when I first started Muddy Puddle I came across 11 small & 3 large papier mache hearts stuffed in the back of a box in a craft shop. Having only painted flat things I had to have them! The 3 large ones were painted up straight away and given to 2 friends and my daughter. The other 11 just got painted as and when depending on what colour paint pot I had open. Their colours weren't exactly planned they just happened. Each little one then traveled around with me from crafts fair to craft fair, they brightened up my stall no matter how I displayed them. They hung on branches at Easter time, the red one hung with the Christmas decs, the pastel ones sat with my pink & blue baby products & gradually they sold. I never intended to repeat them but as they summed up all things colourful & dotty I decided to use them as my online identity picture. Frequent comments came along straight away with oohh's and ahh's asking how to buy one. But with no supply of blank ones I turned the custom away.

Then last summer while on holiday in France I came across almost the exact same scenario. In a craft shop at the back of a shelf were 10 random hearts! They were the sameish size but wooden rather than papier mache. I of course bought them and turned them into these above. This picture has now become me! I have opted against using my logo to identify myself as these have served me so well!
So back in France last month I headed straight to the craft shop. They had them in but again had very low stocks. I bought a dozen which today became these 12 above! 7 of them were pre ordered and posted out today so that just leaves these.....
So with a giveaway to sort and a product to keep alive I call on your help. Each time I paint them I try to come up with a few new colour combos, the 5 above are all new.
139 blog followers + 1506 FB fans = 1645 of you.
So my giveaway prize to one of you is £16.45 worth of free Muddy Puddle products!!!
To enter please leave a comment telling me the colour combo you would like to see in the next batch of hearts!
Good luck, the winner will be chosen at random in 1 week x
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44 comments:

  1. Congratulations, thats some followers. I'd like to see a candy pink one with bright yellow dots.

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  2. Oooh, teal and red would be nice! xx

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  3. green and red x and gold and pink x i love your blog hun i check you every day on facebook xx

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  4. Well done on all those milestones! I'd like to see a chocolate brown with candy pink spots :) x

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  5. I love white background with multi colours of green red blue and yellow.

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  6. does it have to be 2 colours, could it be multicoloured, i'd love to see rainbow ones xx

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  7. I'd love a fucsia pink heart with very pale almost white dots.. or maybe even flower or butterfly shape?, i lost my little girl four years ago and have four boys. I try and indulge in as much pink as possible in my life, whether it be bedding or pajamas or items around the house, without my sons thinking i'm odd. So the more pink the better!

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  8. pale blue white and pale pink ribbon please :) loving your stuff as always Heather xxx

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  9. Hello matey - congrats on the milestones...just a thought, why don't you keep one wooden heart to make papier mache ones from for future orders...I know you can papier mache as I remember a certain totem pole you made many, many years ago! :-)...oh, I and think a teal and orange one would zing...I quite like your baby pinks & blues with browns too! xx

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  10. I would love to see duck egg blue and aubergine. great colour combo. x

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  11. brown with tuquoise spots of burgundy with cream spots x congrats on all your achievements!

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  12. Ooooh teal & purple! And I know somewhere you can buy papier mache hearts.....

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  13. white with grey spots and a random silver one or two spots for me.

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  14. Hello Jo from a FB customer, just want to say love your blog and FB page, life without colour is a very dull life, and you bring alot of colour into my life with your lovely creations.

    My favourite colours are orange and chocolate brown
    xxxxxx

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  15. I would love a lime green one with turqoise and white hearts and a brown polka dot ribbon on it, would look gorgeous in my new little boy's nursery! lOVE YOUR BLOG AND YOUR PAGE, YOU ARE ONE OF MY FAVES ON MY PHONE AND COMPUTER XX

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  17. i would love purple and red with maybe a few black dots

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  18. Ice blue with electric blue spots! boys would even love them! This is a suggestion from my 7 year old.

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  19. I'd love a dusty grape colour with lilac spots. Keep up the good work! hopefully someone will see your post and tell you where you can buy these hearts wholesale. x

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  20. Congratulations Jo on all your followers! I love your little hearts, but am a bit of a traditionalist, i love all the ones with white spots the best... so for background colours, I would go for a lovely delphinium blue, a sage green or a rich teal! have a fab week xxx

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  21. I love pale green and cream as a combination.
    Gillx

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  22. White heart with multi-coloured dots! :-)

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  23. They are lovely, Choc Brown with Green spots would be Lush ;o) x

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  24. Orange and purple. I had to say orange, being my fav colour and that! and WOW over 1500 facebookers! well done you, proof, if proof were needed that your things are beautiful. x

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  25. Duck egg blue and brown or brown and pink. Love the hearts, well done on all the followers xx

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  26. Hi
    I've always loved these hearts, I'd love to see one that was green with yellow spots or vice versa.
    Tracy
    x

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  27. blue, red and pink - 3 colours would be amazing. Congrats on all your followers. Amanda....x

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  28. Love these hearts... how about Purple with Yellow Spots??

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  29. Love your hearts, and like all the beautiful, vibrant colours!! I think my fave one would be duck egg blue with red spots : )

    Sharon xx

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  30. White hearts with black spots and Black hearts with hot pink spots!
    x

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  31. I am a huge fan of all the cheery colors you use in your crafting adventures. Glad to have happened by today. Happy crafting!

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  32. wow i love ur site! ur so talented, the love hearts r so cute

    please visit me some time....
    www.ragheartcraftz.blogspot.com

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  33. wow love ur site ur so talented, the hearts r so cute
    please visit me some time

    www.ragheartcraftz.blogspot.com

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  34. I did a fabric colourway (many moons ago, am a house frau now) that was maroon/claret with mustard yellow. I also quite like khaki and scarlet.

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  35. Love your work, it has inspired me to tidy my home in order to put in lovely homemade things

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  36. <3 <3 <3 <3 Congratulations on your milestones!!! <3 <3 <3 <3
    I do really admire your hearts,
    would you consider doing black and white hearts? and maybe red with black or red with white? it wouldn't matter what the which way round.
    <3 <3 <3 <3

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  37. <3 <3 Congratulations on your milestones! <3 <3
    I do admire your painted hearts they look so fab! Keep up the talented work!
    Would you consider black and white hearts?
    <3 Thankyou <3

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  38. Hey hunni *wave*, I'd like to see duck egg blue with cream spots xx
    Paper Panda

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  39. Don't think you can ever go wrong with navy, red and white.

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  40. I will have the lime green with purple dots please ... they are so lovely. Glad I found your blog just in time!

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  41. I love your hearts and would buy the lot up if I could!
    I think you have some lovely combinations so it's hard to think of more.
    I think that as I bought mine to represent my children I'd maybe have -
    Baby blue with silver spots.
    Candy floss pink with silver spots.
    Fushia pink with white spots.
    Mid range blue with white spots.

    I also think the following would be lovely -
    A plain deep red with a single butterfly painted in one corner in maybe pink.

    I'm looking at what my children are wearing as I'm typing and thinking about mid-blue with light blue stripes/dots, like my sons jumper.
    Or navy blue with white dots like my daughters leggins. OR she also has on a peach top with a silver floral hair clip, so maybe peach with a silver butterfly print.
    Or maybe blue with green stars like my sons socks. lol

    I think also for more grown up colours how about Beige with cream spots.

    Or how about three colurs like a red base with orange and yellow spots!
    Or a mid pink colour with dark pink and white spots.

    Oh wow I could come up with all sorts, just looking through my kids wardrobe. lol

    Love your shop and can't wait for more !!!

    Emilie Roe
    Jamie at Home with Emilie

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  42. I think teal and brown or pink and purple would look great......otherwise lemon and fuisha!

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  43. Hello, found you on FB, I think fushia pink and tangerine orange would be fab. We're in the house moving process too, add 3 little boys to the mix and I'm finding it hard to see an enjoyable bit! Getting a garden is keeping me going though, good luck xx

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