We Have 3 Winners!!

Hip, hip, hooray!!
Yay!!!  It's time to announce the winners of the 250+ Fans Giveaway! 

Thank you to everyone who joined in, your comments were so encouraging and each one warmed my heart! ❤  Thank you, Thank you!!  My hope is to continue to grow Ami Amore into a place where anyone can learn how to make amigurumi and fun crafts! Hobbies are important, they reopen our imaginations to creativity, release stress, and make us happy! Plus, there's just nothing like making your own plush! So satisfying! 

Anywho, onto the good stuff... The winners are:
1st place - McJilly Math who will receive the Dandy Lion 
2nd Place - Sarah O'Neill will receive the Pink Narwhal 
3rd Place - Courtney A. who will receive the baby Gray Narwhal 

Congratulations to each winner! I've sent each of you an email, you have 2 days to respond to mine with your address so I can send you your sweet ami animal!  I'll pick new winners if I don't hear from you by Friday. 

The flagstaff outside my window at work 
I'd like to take a moment and honor those in Boston. It's always a shock  when such hate and violence is displayed. In this time of confusion and anger, may we stop and say wholeheartedly: Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Boston! May God mend your broken hearts and heavy wounds. May the perpetrator pay for his crimes, may justice prevail! 



250+ Fans Giveaway!!

This giveaway is now closed:

250+ fans!  Woohoo!! This little giveaway is my way of showing gratitude to you all! Thank you, dear fans, for all your support! You all are the best :D 

Enjoy and Good Luck!!

The Prizes:  

First Place: Dandy, the Sunny Lion finished Amigurumi Animal
Second Place: Large Pink Narwhal finished Amigurumi Animal
Third Place: Baby Gray Narwhal finished Amigurumi Animal

The Rules:
  • There are two ways to enter the giveaway: 
    • #1 Leave a comment below
    • #2 Become an Ami Amore follower, join this blog!
  • International entries are welcome!
  • Everyone has two chances to win!
    • Sharing this post is also appreciated to help spread the word, but it will not count as an entry. (I won't be able to see the names of anyone that's shared it.) 
  • Giveaway closes at midnight, Sunday, April 14th.
    • I'll use a random number generator to pick the three winners.
    • I'll be posting the winners on Tuesday, April 16th. I'll contact the winner through email. 
    • If I don't receive a response from the winners within two days, I'll choose a new winner(s).
 Thanks, everyone!


*Facebook is no way involved or responsible for this giveaway in any way, shape, or form and it entirely owned and operated by me, Denae, the owner of Ami Amore. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*


Craft Swap with LouLovesThis...

On Monday of last week, my package from Louise arrived in the mail!! I immediately grabbed it and ran down stairs to open it with my husband (we work in the same building). I opened it and I was so surprised! Everything inside the box was beautiful!! I wasn't able to take any pics when I opened it the then, but decided to wait until the weekend for a bright sunny day. 

If you haven't seen Louise's dolls or her blog, please take a moment and visit her site. As you can see, her handiwork is amazing! I was very excited to do this swap with her, she is a good friend of mine- super sweet lady- and plus, I wanted one of her dolls!!  I had never been a part of a swap before and neither had Lou so we made up our own rules and both of us requested an item to be made by the other person. She wanted an amigurumi dachshund to go with her dolls and I wanted a fox doll. 

The box's contents laid out in all their glory!g

Look at all the goodies she sent me! Wow! the doll blew me away and the extras were amazing! Lou was super generous! 

I'd like to go over the doll in detail, Sylvie is too gorgeous to just pass over quickly! 

Sylvie is made from a high quality felt as was her cape. Every stitch was hand-sewn. Every single one. Her body, dress, basket, even the apples were hand formed and painted by Louise! 
Her hood has little slits for her ears to peak through and longer slits on the sides for her arms.  
Here you can see the stitches better. Look at how perfect they are! 

Sylvie's face is so sweet! I love her little nose and smile :]
The gingham cloth inside the basket was edged in red with with her monogram in the corner. Each apple was super cute and realistic! Here's a close-up:
Aren't they amazing?!?! I am a detail oriented person and each of these little details are great treasures, each one mean so much to me.
Her cute cotton dress :] The toile underneath was so soft! 
Her backside :] 
The patch is such a great idea! I'll never forget her name! Can you see the tiny heart in the red running stitch? Eeek! So adorable!! Also the cotton used for her underpants has little giraffes on it! lol super cute! :D 
Sylvie with all her accessories :]  I was in awe when I unwrapped her for the first time, she's so beautiful! I'm going to keep her for forever! I already have a shelf picked out, I'm going to set her in my craft room where she can watch me work and inspire my imagination!
Louise also wrote a lovely handwritten letter, sent a felt kit, a bunch of wonderful chocolates made near her home in Northern Ireland, they tasted delicious! Also, a big bag of English tea, lip balm, body wash, and body butter that smelled wonderful!
The big bag is full of different kinds of yarn she had and generously passed on to me. I look forward to trying the different textures and types of yarn with my amigurumi! The colors are a lovely range of pinks, yellows, a green or two, and a few others too. 

This swap has been wonderful from the very start! It's been a great opportunity to know Louise better, grow as a crafter, and blogger. I have so much to learn! I hope to do another swap with Lou sometime this year! 

If you're curious, Lou posted about the package I sent her here

Everything she did with my doll is the same quality and attention she puts into all her dolls! She loves making each one and it certainly shows! Please check out her blog and her shop, you won't be disappointed! 

Thank you so much for my lovely doll and all the goodies, Lou! 



My Sweet Saturday

Aaaaaaah! Saturday :] It's my favorite day of the week so I'm always looking forward to its arrival. My husband and I always try our best to keep our Saturdays empty - no plans, nowhere to go, no one to see. Just me and him bumming all day! 
I usually start and end the day looking like this, haha! I love my baggy jammies!
I start my day off bright and early (11am) in the kitchen.  I love that utensil crock, it was a Christmas present and  when I opened the box, I was so surprised! It had my name on it in blue!! 
While the coffee is brewing, I make myself a wonderfully fatty smoothie for brunch. Lots of cream, some coconut milk, a scoop and a half of protein powder, 4-5 ice cubes, and two spoons of cocoa later:
Lots of yummy, chocolate-y goodness that lasts me until dinner! Oh, and yes that is our coffee in some old, really ugly mugs. The "mugs" that came with our servingware set were more like tea cups.  Coffee is always supposed to be in large mugs :] 
While I sip my coffee and drink my shake, I almost always plop on the couch to make an amigurumi or two and check my email. This Saturday was bright and sunny! Spring finally is here and I'm very excited to see flowers popping up and birds singing in the trees!
In our apartment, we're not allowed to own any pets, so I made friends with these hens and chicks! I have about 4 different varieties that I planted almost a year ago. They've overgrown their pot but I haven't bought a new home for them yet.  I love growing these! Succulents are hard to kill, just don't over-water them, put them in a sunny spot, and they're happy! 

What do you do on your weekends? Stay in, shop, hang out with friends?