Saturday, January 22, 2011

Did you ever win a giveaway you didn't even know you entered?

Letters & Journals September Giveaway box

Somewhere in the back of my mind, I knew that my email subscription to the Letters & Journals magazine newsletter entered me for a chance to win the monthly giveaway. But mostly I forgot. I do enjoy the newsletter (called LetterNews, which I also won a previous contest to name!) and seeing the pretty graphics with the well-done letter-writing info in my inbox every month is a joy in and of itself. But lo and behold, imagine my surprise when I won the September stationery giveaway! This isn't just any little giveaway, as the large box above shows, but quite a lot of sponsored goodies come every month to some lucky LetterNews subscriber.

Letters & Journals September giveaway goodies

Wow! What a box of letter-writing goodness!

Letters & Journals September giveaway goodies, all spread out

Here are the goodies all spread out. You can find out about each item with its own link on the L&J page about this giveaway. I will note for the record that the Sakura Stardust gelly roll glitter pens are the glitteriest pens I've ever used, and I am now addicted to them and never want to be without one. I'm already a huge fan of the Quo Vadis Habana journals, and of course Crane cards are always welcome. Pennant magazine has awesome photos and info about fountain pens. Lots of this stuff is right up my alley!

A couple of things I won are items I know I will never use, but someone out there is going to love them, so I plan on doing a giveaway of those items sometime in the next month or two, in order to keep that good karma / pay-it-forward spirit going.

So you've seen all my goodies, which I just happened to win. There are different goody giveaways every month. Do check out the excellent Letters & Journals website anyway, just for fun... and I highly recommend you subscribe to their newsletter. Not only is it beautiful, informative, and interesting, but you just might win awesome stuff, too!


  1. You won really cool things! I love giveaways! I won very first giveaway last year.

  2. What a great surprise!Especially wonderful since it came unexpected. It sure looks like it had a rough ride though.
    Once when I lived in Hawaii I won a contest that I had forgotten I entered. I won a day on the set of Magnum P.I. and lunch with the cast. I haven't won anything in a long time though.

  3. I've also been subscribed for a long time, but not lucky enough to win yet! :( They do send lots of neat stuff. Congratulations!

  4. Congrats! That's quite the loot! It's so nice of L&J to host such awesome giveaways.

  5. I'm just not that lucky. It's my Birthday month and now the Bears lost-ugh!

  6. Thanks for the great post, Ilona. Loved seeing all the pics and getting your feedback.

    A big THANK YOU from Letters & Journals.


  7. The Stardust pens are sweet--I use them to jazz up pen flourishes in bleedproof white on dark papers. Another nice thing about them is they appear to be pretty long-lasting.

  8. oooh I love that flying wish paper! We used it at thanksgiving and christmas and it was very cool (a way to be somewhat in the spirit of things even though we're pretty not religious or spiritual in any way) Great fun box!