Yay! to All of You!!
First, here’s how I did the drawing: Due to the fact that the number of contestants was manageable, and it was fairly easy to do a drawing without using an outside random generator, I decided to save the money, and do the drawing myself. I used index cards and assigned one card for each entry of each person, (and assigned a number to each entry), writing on each card a small number in the corner. I shuffled the cards thoroughly, and cut the deck, and used a different system for drawing the winner each time I drew, (counting from one end and then another, I counted out cards equal to my age, my daughter’s favorite number, the perfect number 7, half of the number of index cards, etc., and the card I came to next was the winner). During the whole time of the drawing, my eyes were closed. After counting out the cards, I drew a card, all with my eyes closed.
I drew for the three most valuable prizes first, from most valuable to least, in order: in other words, everyone was in the drawing for the most valuable prizes. Then, after those three, all the prizes were pretty much the same value. I numbered sticky notes with the numbers of the remaining prizes, and with eyes closed, mixed them up. Before each drawing, with eyes closed, I shuffled (I’m always accused of overshuffling), and cut the deck. Still with eyes closed, I went through the process mentioned before, for drawing a card. After each drawing, still with eyes closed, I reached out and picked a sticky note, and attached it to the card. I didn’t know until the very end of the drawing which numbers (or in other words, which people) had been picked. After all the sticky notes (prizes) had been drawn, and attached to an index card, I wrote down the number of the prize, and the number of the winner next to it. Until this moment of typing the following list, I still have not actually looked to see who won what.
Here are all the winners! Congratulations to all of you!!
The first three prizes drawn, in order by value:
Nicole at Help! Mama Remote won Beauticontrol’s Detoxifying Body Facial (valued at $41)
Steph at Mommy of 2girlz won Giorgio Eau de Toilette (.13 fl. oz.) and Body Moisturizer (1.6 fl. oz.) (valued at approximately $15)
Kel at Between the Lines won “No Greater Joy, Volumes 1-3”, by Michael and Debi Pearl (valued at approximately $14)
Then, the rest of the prizes (all valued at approximately $10 each):
Alyssa at Days to Remember won “To Train Up a Child” by Michael and Debi Pearl along with the Magnetic Notepad and matching Recipe Cards
Heather at Fields of Heather won the Bath and Body Works products (Gift card)
Jen at Be Thou Exalted won “The Excellent Wife” by Martha Peace
Colette at Jamerican Spice won the eGift Card for Amazon.com
Rachel at Finding Joy won the “Pick Your Level Weight Loss Pilates DVD” with Ellen Barrett
Amber at He who watches over you will not slumber won “Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman
Susan at Susieqtpies Scraps of Life won “Wrestling Prayer” by Eric and Leslie Ludy
Again, Congratulations to the Winners!
and Thank You so much to all who entered!
Important Notice To the Winners: (I will be contacting you by email, if you gave me the information, or I was able to find it, or I will be commenting on your blog to let you know you won).
If you are a winner, you have until Thursday night, April 22, 2010, 10 PM CST, to contact me at email@example.com with information on where to send the prize (your name and address), or I will draw another winner for that prize, and announce it here on my blog. After receiving information on where to send the prize, I will send you a confirmation email, and let you know when I have sent the prize.