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May 26

May Giveaway Day: Results

For starters, I really REALLY !!!! had a hard time trying to figure out who to give this dress to.  I was hoping there would be that ONE magical comment that would make me say “YES” and instead I just wish I could give one of these to everyone.  You sure know how to make it hard on a gal…  heh  :)

I was blown away by all of your sweet comments.  You all seem to have fallen in love this dress for the same reasons I did: the color, the frothiness, the waistline detail, and the extraordinary skill and care the owner took to making this dress.

I really appreciate the fact that many of you recognized how hard it is for me to give this dress away.  But this only confirmed that I am making the right decision to give it away instead of letting it collect dust in my closet.

There was no shortage of touching and heartbreaking stories, occasions big and small.  There were weddings and proms and hard times.  In reading over everyone’s reactions, I feel that everyone here is worthy of this dress.  Everyone is deserving.

But one comment stood out to me.  Her description made me feel like she sees this dress like I do, and would take good care of it.  While it was a really tough call to make, I’ve chosen to give this dress to Clare S. of Jane of All Trades who said:

Wow, what a stunning dress! It’s very generous of you to offer it, especially as it means so much to you. Though I think I understand – I think of vintage items and antiques as not mine, I’m just their caretaker: I get to enjoy them, but it’s my responsibility to look after then so someone else can enjoy them, too. It seems like that’s what you’re doing.

As for what I’d wear it for, I know exactly. My partner spent 6 years training hard to become an architect (his dream since he was a child), but, of course, he finished in the middle of the recession and architecture jobs have been very, very few and far between. He’s been working in a bar for the past year and a half, constantly sending his cv out to all architects in the area and even doing free design work for friends and family to build up his experience. I’m so proud of him that he’s kept going and kept his chin up. It’s not been easy in that time, we’re scraping by financially, but I’m hopeful. Today he finally had an interview (the second in all that time to give you an idea of how bad it’s been) and I’m hoping he gets it. We’ve said that when (not if!) he gets his architecture job, we’re going to treat ourselves to a special meal. He’ll wear a waistcoat I’m making him (he likes vintage styling, too) and, if I were lucky enough to win, I’d wear this dress, so he and I could both enjoy it and celebrate at last.

And if I don’t win, well I’ve found a new blog to follow, so no loss there!

Thanks again for offering this amazing giveaway – someone out there is going to be very happy!!

Clare S. I hope you’re the very happy one!

Clare, I feel confident in giving you this dress that it won’t ‘waste away’ in your closet.  I felt that you would be the perfect person to ensure that this dress will continue to be passed along to make other people as happy as it’s made me (and I hope you too.)

In this rough economy, it’s hard for people to get their dream job, let alone any job.  So to Clare, I hope this will make the perfect celebration dress for you and your husband once he does get his architecture job.  I’m sure it will happen soon.

Thank you all SOOOO much for entering in my giveaway; you’re all lovely people and I hope our paths cross again.

  1. Renay / May 26 2011

    Congrats to you! You will HAVE to post some photos of you wearing it :-) Its such a beautiful dress and I’m sure you will feel like a princess in it!

  2. Clare S / May 26 2011

    Oh my goodness. I am quite lost for words. I had to read this about four times to check I was reading your post right. Even now, a little part of me is wondering if I’m just seeing what I want to see!

    Thank you doesn’t really sum it up adequately, but perhaps telling you my reaction will show how really grateful I am … After the reading and re-reading of your post, when it started to sink in, I had a little cry. Pathetic, I know, but not in an “OMGz, I won a pretty dress!” way, rather in a lot of other ways … That there are people that kind and generous in the world who would do this for another person they’ve never met, don’t know and who lives 1000s of miles away … That someone cares about what I, my partner and a lot of other people in our generation are going through … And this is maybe the strangest and silliest reason: that I’ve had this piece of luck and now maybe that means my gentleman will, too – he should hear about this interview next week, I have everything crossed – and it gives me hope (or, rather, bolsters the hope I already had). (He’s my long term (over 4 and a half years) partner, though we’re not married, just for the sake of disclosure! We’ve spoken about marriage and will do at some point, but obviously can’t afford to really think about that yet. This recession has a lot to answer for – and we’ve not even had it as bad as some people, so I am thankful of that at least!)

    Sorry, I’m now rambling, aren’t I? I’m also finishing my teacher training dissertation at the moment (it’s due in tomorrow), so this is also a lovely beacon of joy in the middle of all the paperwork, and that’s probably why I’m waffling now!

    Wow, I really do feel lucky. Thank you, Liz. I really am honoured, and I hope I’ll do you proud and make you feel glad of your choice.

    • Liz / May 26 2011

      Hey Clare! I’m so happy I get to be the bearer of such great news to you today. Like I said in my post, I’m confident you’ll give this dress a great home and I do hope it brings you and your partner good luck!

      Congrats again!!!

    • Stephanie / May 26 2011

      Sounds like you really needed this. Best of luck with your dissertation and your partner’s job hunting. My husband is a graphic designer and he spent quite a while as a waiter after graduation before finally finding a job, so I know how you feel! :)

      • Clare S / May 26 2011

        Thank you, Stephanie – everyone here seems to be so lovely!

  3. Sascha / May 26 2011

    Wow! I love that the dress is going to such a great gal. Hopefully we’ll see pictures of that special dinner sooner rather than later. It’s great to see the dress go to someone who truly appreciates it’s beauty.

    • Clare S / May 26 2011

      Thank you, Sascha – there will definitely be photos when it happens! I’m really touched by the kindness of yourself, Liz and other commenters. Thank you all.

  4. seeks / May 26 2011

    Good choice, though I’ll still have daydreams about that dress. ;) I love that the dress gets a home that is clearly respectful of its value and the importance of hope and persistence. Best of luck to you and your parter, Clare!! And thank you Lize for choosing someone who deserves such a wonderous confection of cloth.

  5. Liz / May 27 2011

    Hey Guys! I just wanted to officially thank you guys for your graciousness and support. I was quite worried about being happy to announce who I chose as the winner without offending anyone.

    You guys are all so gracious and lovely. Thanks!

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