Saturday, March 8, 2014

Bloggiversary and Giveaway!

Guess what?

Today marks the Two Year Anniversary of this little blog!
I started this blog at about 1a.m. on the morning of March 8, in 2012!
Back then, this blog was a place to share my thoughts and lighthearted little ramblings,
but, since refocusing and taking blogging seriously last spring,
it has really transformed from it's humble beginnings!
 So really, I only feel as if I have been blogging for one year, not two. 

As a way of saying thank you
for being such a wonderful community of blogging friends,
I am having a giveaway!

this anniversary kind of snuck on me,
so I wish I had more to offer you,
but I think someone out there might be excited to receive
some Vintage sewing patterns!


As you can see,
two are Simplicity dress patterns from the 60's
and the third is a Vogue pant and top pattern dated 1975.

Both dresses start at bust size 31 and up to 38 inches.
The other pattern starts at bust 31-40 for the top,
and the pants are 33-42 in the hips.

These of course are used patterns,
and I haven't checked to see if all the pieces are there,
but I know they come with the original instruction guides!

To Enter:
*Leave a comment below. 
I love to getting to know my readers, so let's do this, 
tell me where you are writing from...state/country!

*You must be a follower of this blog.
In the comments, also let me know how you are following,
via Blogger, Bloglovin', or e-mail. 

I will leave this giveaway open for 1 week,
with the winner to be drawn at random and announced next Saturday!

Thank you for reading Gladness of Heart
and for all of your wonderful support and much appreciated comments!

God bless and good luck!


  1. Congratulations, sweet Desarae, on two years of blogging! I am so thankful you started a blog and the Lord allowed our paths to cross - you are a blessing :) Hugs to you!

    1. Thank you, Stephanie, I feel the same way about you. :) Blogging has been a joy and I'm so blessed by all the people I meet through it. :)

  2. I enjoy your blog very much from here in the state of Maine and follow you with bloglovin'and Google. Your creative refashion inspires me and I always find a reason to smile here. In high school I had a shirt like the one in the 70s pattern. It was made of lightweight denim and I loved it! The date was the same too ;). Happy bloggy birthday and many more!

    1. Well Marilyn from Maine, thank you so much for your sweet words! They made *me* smile. :) I love long, tunic tops, that one in the pattern looks like it would be pretty comfy! I'll put your name in the drawing!

  3. Congrats! You are a delight to read about and love all the refashions which is what introduced you to me. Blessings and blessings as you go where God leads you on this life journey. I love your blog by email I guess. I don't need to win anything, not sure what I'd do with them . . . have a few of the old patterns of my mom's from the 60's and '70's myself as I am a child of the 60's (1960) and my mom sewed all of our clothes/dresses (I thought all the moms did that until I bought my first store made dress at 14 because mom was too busy to make one! I loved her handmade dresses best!) I am a crafter not a sewer but am trying to refashion things and/or reuse different fabric or outfits. You have blessed me so richly this year and just had to let you know. Thank you! Oh, I have been in FL for a long time (44 yrs) but am a Northern Illinois mid-west gal!

    1. When I was younger my mom used to sew clothes for me too-- I remember her making me Easter dresses! That was always fun to have a new dress each Easter. :) Wow, how did you end up in Florida all the way from Illinois? I bet the warmer weather is pretty nice!
      Thank you for reading my blog, Chris, and I'm so glad that you enjoy it!

  4. Congrats on your bloggiversary!!!

  5. Congratulation for blogversary! No way!! I just wondering other day if any on my blog friend could offer a book pattern of vintage college. Woohoo! I am so hoping that I could wind this.
    I also followed this blog on GFC and bloglovin :) you are sweet!
    And I am know it!

    1. You just make me smile, Delvalina, every time I read your comments! :) I'll enter your name, best of luck! :)

  6. DO you have an email that I can talk with you? If you don't mind :)

    1. Yes I do- I would love to to write you! The best way would be this: click on the "Contact Me" tab up at the top of this page-- you can enter a little message, tell me what you email is, and then that message gets sent right to my email and I will be able to reply to you. By doing it that way though, no one has to put post there email here at the blog, we will be the only ones that see. :) I look forward to hearing from you!

  7. Yay!!! Way to go on a two-year bloggiversary!!! Those sure look like some cool patterns! The middle one looks like Nancy Drew:) I do follow you by email and by checking your blog everyday:D Hope you have a good day!

    1. Thanks, Janessa! It is pretty cool. :) That pattern does look similar to some of Nancy's looks. :) I'll enter you name in the drawing!

  8. Congratulations on two years of blogging, Desarae! That is a real accomplishment. You learned so much, so fast, about sewing - that is another real accomplishment.

    Those patterns look so similar to what I wore as a teenager - no wonder, I suppose, since that was in the 70s :)

    1. P. S. I follow your blog from Nova Scotia, Canada :)

    2. Thank you so much, Jenny! It has been great, I really enjoy blogging, and it is comments by sweet people like you that make it so rewarding. :)

      My favorite pattern is the pant/top looks so comfortable, and I lean towards long tops anyway. :)


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