Tuesday, June 29, 2010

100 Follower Apron GIVE-A-WAY (and why "The Autocrat")

Okay in honor of getting 100 followers I decided on giving a giveaway (made by me!).  .  . wow, it happened way faster than what I assumed from when I first decided.  Yesterday, I had to run to Joann's during lunch to purchase  fabric and then come home to whip up this apron.  Thank goodness I already had the pattern.  I {heart} this fabric!! I love the vintage-y feel it gives off!  If you're the winner, keep it for yourself, or give it as a gift. :)

HOW TO ENTER:
1) Have to be a follower or become one.
2) Leave a comment on this post.

**I will announce the winner on Thursday morning before 8AM. **

Why did I choose "The Autocrat" as my blog name?  I have been thinking about blogging for the whole year of 2009 and finally when it came 2010, I told myself I was going to do it!  As I was discussing a blog name with one of my coworkers, we where going through all of my hobbies and things about me.  My hobbies include sewing, paper crafting and all things DIY.  I love my English Bull Terriers, and my chi-wow-wow, Ginger.  I love shoes but dress overly conservative.  I own atleast 50 button up the front collard shirts with different sleeve lengths.  Yes, I like to iron!  I live in Texas and I am an Aggie, both of which I am proud of.  Then we go onto my personality qualities such as I am a very particular person and VERY obsessive compulsive.  Very organized and clutter gives me anxiety; my house is always clean.  I like things done a certain way and usually in a certain order too.  I like to have plans, hardly ever spontaneous.  Constant list making in my mini spiral that I take everywhere with me.  Very routine and yes, I admit it, I am kinda controlling, but in a loving way.  (Crap, What am I going to do whenever I have kids.  I hear all of these obsessive compulsive traits end up going out the window!)  On this flip side, I do understand that everyone is not like me.  So if I come to your house and it's dirty with dishes in the sink, I don't judge.  I read self help books on relationships & I'm obsessed with how the male brain doesn't work like the female brain. Addicted to Diet Coke & Starbucks.  Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.  Very frugal and have no shame in shopping at WalMart or throwing a clothing item in my buggy while I am there.  So the list goes on and on . . . . .We bounced a few names back and fourth based on my hobbies but none of them were jazzy enough for me.  I wanted something original because I like to think of myself as a pretty original person.  I am pretty outgoing and tend to talk VERY loud.  We kept circling back to the word "Dictator" due to my obsessive compulsiveness. However, every time I hear that word, I think of Hitler, which is not a happy thought for me.  Thus, "The Autocrat" being born, which means the same thing as dictator but doesn't sound as harsh.  It kinda works out, cause King already had the nickname King.  Therefore, we live together in our Fortress of Crafts (not a castle) with King's girlfriend being an Autocrat not a Queen.  That's the story! I always wonder why others choose the blog name that they did.  There are some pretty snazzy ones out there.

48 comments:

mle said...

Congrats on reaching *and surpassing* 100 Followers!! I love rubbing elbows with your craftiness - and secretly hoping some of it rubs off on me : ) & I love hearing about the origin of people's blog names!

★All Thingz Related★ said...

You've hit 100! Awesome! So is that apron! Love it!
{Rebekah}

Amber said...

Friend! I am SO proud of you.... maybe one day I will measure up to you. ;) I wear my apron you made me and I LOVE it! I just wanted you to know that I am very proud to have a friend like you.

Jenglamgirl said...

I adore this adorable stinken cute... APRON!!!! ENTER ME!

Jenglamgirl said...

I follow you too!

Megan @ A Ruffle In Time said...

the apron is adorable! i feel normal after reading your post.. you can still be the ocd, list making girl after kids.. you just gotta make a few exceptions ;)

Missy said...

That is funny, I was just wondering where you got the name of your blog from! I love your apron, it is very cute!

Jennifer said...

i FOLLOW YOU!!!!

Anna C. said...

I have always followed you, just not on FB. You have always been one of my favorite people of the younger generation. I always knew you would be successful! Haley, you are super fabulous! Congrats on reaching 100

californialove3 said...

That apron is super cute! I can just see me rockin it while I make dinner for my family! Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the 100 followers!

Heather said...

Wow you have a lot more stuff posted on here, you must have been busy lately!! :)

Carol said...

I LOVE that adorable apron! Congrats on 100+ followers!

Rachel said...

The apron is too cute...I like looking at all the differenr things you come up with!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Haley. I am so proud of you. You have been an insperation to many!!!!! Laura S.

heather said...

Hey it says I didn't leave a comment, I did but I will leave you another one so I can try to win the apron!!! :) Squeezy says hi!

LisaV said...

Haley, I love looking at your site. There's always a sense of joy and vibrancy in the colors and patterns that you use!

Erin @ Crafts and Sutch said...

That apron is simply adorable! I hope I win! :)

Erin

Heather said...

I'm a follower! L O V E the apron!

Cristan said...

Love the apron! What a fun giveaway! Congrats on reaching 100 followers!! That's awesome! :D

RenaeF said...

Oh my i LOVE that apron! I hope I win! Please Please!

RenaeF said...

I also am a follower!

Kim Kemp said...

Congrats! I love your blog!!

the lovely paper blog said...

love love LOVE this apron and i really want it!! please pick me:)

Sarah P. said...

LOVE your blog! (And thanks for helping me out with the gifts!)

juliesewgreen said...

WAY TO GO! Congratulations. I love your blog. That apron is to die for...

Decorchick! said...

Congratulations on hitting 100! I'm already a follower and that's an adorable apron!

Chasity @ The Intertwined Life said...

I'm a follower - super cute apron :)

Misty said...

I'm a new follower!

Misty said...

Love, love, LOVE the apron!! And the fabric is just darling!

Leslie said...

What an adorable apron! I hope I win it!

Jessica samuel (djsamuel05) said...

Cute apron... You inspire me to be creative :)

Mandy said...

Great job on the apron - - maybe it can be mine :) Mandy, mandybeez at gmail

Homemade Diva said...

i just saw this fabric at the store yesterday and was "ooohhhing" and "ahhhhing" over it!

love it!

Amy @ Creativity Finder said...

I just found you. Love your stuff and this apron! I'm your newest follower :)

Jan said...

Great fabric choices for this apron! Just became a follower.

Larysa said...

You're stuff is so cute! I'm now a follower!

Anonymous said...

I am a follower (RSS feed)!! I have now seen some of your work (and Mrs. Rooster's too!) in person, so I feel quite privileged. Thanks for your inspirations Haley! Love ya!
Princess

Not Just A Mommy! said...

OK, so I'm an email subscriber, but I guess for this cute apron I will make my love public. Congrats on reaching over 100 followers. Man, I wish I could sew.

Adam and Wendy said...

Such an adorable apron!!! :) I'm with you...I looove this fabric! I don't know that I've seen it anywhere else!

And I think I'll follow in your footsteps and do a giveaway of some sort when I get 100 followers...I'm only at 19 now, so I have a little ways to go!

wendyandadam.blogspot.com

shelly @ the familyblt said...

Congrats on over 100 followers! Thanks a caboodle for stopping by my blog-come back and visit anytime-- and your apron is too cute!
p.s. I think I'll follow along :)

Brad and Jessica said...

Such a cute apron... I love it! I'm now a follower. So fun... love finding new ideas to copy :) Thanks for sharing!

becky said...

What a cute apron! I stumbled upon your blog and I am glad I did! Congrats on 100 followers, that's fantastic! Hope I'm the luck winner!

Carrie K said...

I hope I'm not commenting too late! Congrats on 100 followers!

Barbara said...

What a cute apron! I stumbled upon your blog and I am glad I did! Congrats on 100 followers, that's fantastic! I hope I'm not commenting too late, because I follow you with Google Friend Connect!
ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

janet said...

Yay!! Congrats on the followers...I would love a new apron and yours is lovely, I should know..I'm a certified 'Apronologist' ;-)
Also a former Texan of 21 years...Houston.. hubby is retired HPD..now a Fed Agent in DC.

Autocrat...I love it!!!

Kara said...

Oh boo, I'm too late for the give away! I love the way you came up with your name, and I love all of your fun comments on my blog too :-). Your blog is great! I so feel like I can relate. Umm...that wasn't supposed to rhyme. Congrats on 100 + followers...good stuff!

Angel said...

I think I am also too late, but became a follower anyway. Very cute apron, and great blog!

Pippilotta said...

Hello,

I am now a follower, too. I love the apron, it looks so good. Now I will take a longer look at your other posts.

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