happy birthday, shrimp! | ♥ my readers giveaway

Over the past year, I have gotten to know many of you through your thoughtful comments, your e-mails, and your own blogs and shops. You have made my first year as a blogger a wonderful experience and have given me the motivation to continue this endeavor every single day (okay, okay - almost every day), even when I have a million other things to do.

I cannot count how many times I've laughed aloud all by myself reading your comments. I can't count how many times you've turned a bad day around with a supportive word or some bit of encouragement. Most importantly, however, I can't count how many times I've sat back and thought about how grateful I am for each and every one of you. You are the reason I write this blog every day, and I cannot thank you enough for that.

I can, however, show you a little thanks through this giveaway! One of you will get all of the following:




To enter:

You must be a follower because this giveaway is simply to show my readers how much I appreciate them! You can be subscribed through RSS, a reader, Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin' - you name it! This one ends at midnight on Sunday, April 11.
  • Leave one leShrimp-related comment. Maybe it's your favorite thing about the blog, something you've learned here, what you'd like to see from the next year, or whatever's on your mind! Just tell me something you want me to know about this blog!
  • Be sure you leave your e-mail address in the comment so that I can track you down to give you your goodies!
note: If the winner chooses the necklace, please be aware that it is the pendant only. A chain will not be included.


  1. I love your blog, it's inspiring and well designed, and contains very interesting posts ;) I look forward to reading more!

    You can find me at dk@designkitty.net if you need to :)

  2. Oh wow, love this giveaway. I love surprises (wink wink). Your DIY's are the best. Plus you are my favorite, because you actually take some time to go through my blog and comment on it. You are the sweetest. Now that I have buttered you properly on both sides, you have to pick me! :)


  3. Your posts are very creative and interesting, which suggest your thoughtfulness and dedication. I think the posts about spending less to achieve the similar look are wonderful! Thank you for the wonderful blog posts and this chance. I am really happy to be following this blog! I hope you have a wonderful day.


  4. The reason I have enjoyed this blog so much is because it is a friendly atmosphere. It is the only blog - beside actual real life friends blogs - where I feel like I can comment and say my opinion on anything.

    You have not only opened this blog up as a place to think and learn, but a place to discuss and share.

    Congrats on a year here!


  5. I am a follower on google reader.

    I definitely love your blog and hope next year is even more fun! I find that I really appreciate your how-to's- it inspires my own creative craftiness.


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  7. I love your blog and the giveaway! How can I limit it to just one thing, but everything you do is so simple that I can do it.
    Thanks so much!

  8. I love your tutorials. I sadly never did any of the projects, but you made them look easy. I really am going to do the round chalkboard one of these days. Thanks for the chance :)

    mattles22 at yahoo dot com

  9. Keep it up, Shrimpy!

  10. I'm a new reader but find myself coming back for your nifty DIY's love them! I also love your blog name, it's so quirky and different and can hardly be confused with anything else.

  11. While I love your reviews & giveaways, I really like the tutorials, too. Always something different! Happy Bday!

    logan 4301 {at} yahoo {dot} com

  12. I love the tutorials! I also love the anti treasury posts! I also like your layout! clean and not flashy! xo

    Kimberly.long at gmail dot com

  13. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, and thank you for sharing your goodies with us! I saw your blog linked today in the Independent Fashion Bloggers email :o)

    I have followed you for a while on Google Reader.

    - Ana

  14. Happy Bloggy Birthday! Your blog is among those that put a smile on my face everyday. Thank you!

    irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

  15. The first thing I lurvs about your blog is the name! I mean...who wouldn't want to read a blog called Shrimp Salad Circus!!! I love your honesty too...no sappy generic comments. And lastly I double lurvs your Chalkboard Coaster Toot. I am doing that one this Christmas for my handmade family gifts!!! So, Happy Birthday Shrimp and I hope that you feel the love!!

    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  16. I'm so glad you find happiness in doing this blog. It shows through your work because we love it too!

    Have you seen the movie "Julie & Julia?" If not, I highly recommend it (I actually think I might do a blog post about it, haha). It's about blogging and I identified with it so much.

    I'm so happy to have met you :)

  17. I love how to-sday. I've never actually made anything you've posted, but they always look amazing and brighten my day. I also love the giveaways--it's cool to see some of the fun things for sale on the internet that I wouldn't find otherwise. Thanks for writing and entertaining us all!

    vivalaevolution at gmail dot com

  18. I adore your taste in jewelry, fashion, etc. and especially love "The Look For Less"!!
    Keep up the great posts & remember that we
    are grateful for you too!!!

    email subscriber
    follow via GFC as Tina Barker

  19. I love everything about your blog, but I love coming here because of the tutorials. Your blog is well put together and thoughtful. Your voice in blogging is well defined and honest. (Plus- I love your little shoes)...

  20. I loveddd your 100 things to do before 25! It has inspired me to create my own list!
    Thank you so much for that inspiration! Lovely blog, I enjoy reading =)


    carzooCritters at gmail dot com

  21. I am a fairly new follower of your blog as of a couple months ago, and I really enjoy reading your blog! It is well laid out and easy to navigate, and I like the assortment of things you post about, some of my favorites being the recipes and the looks for less! Happy Bloggy Birthday!

    luv2have at gmail dot com

  22. I love your blog! It gives me so much inspiration and info on style, products, etc.

    Maybe next year you should... I dunno, i can't really pick out any flaws.... :)

    My email: vancouver1995@gmail.com

  23. Lindsay,
    Your blog is amazing and everything I wish my blog was. I think my favorite part of your blog is your crafts. You always have such wonderful craft projects. How, oh, how do you come up with such wonderful projects? Happy Blog Birthday!

    pinkdandyshop at yahoo dot com

  24. Hi , I am a follower through google connect .
    I like how organized your blog is and at the top of the blog you can choose what you want to read about kinda like a chapter book . If you want to see tutorials etc . , they are all there in columns . I also like the little pictures you have in your blog .

    thank you
    Happy happy Birthday to you !!

    tumblemumbo at gmail dot com

  25. I love your blog. I follow through google reader. I think this is such a classy site and I love he design of your posts.

  26. Happy Birthday, Shrimp! I am subscribed via Google Reader, and it's the tutorials that keep me coming back.

    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

  27. I've hust started reading your blog, but I love how well edited it is, the writing, and the look of it. I think it's a great blog!

  28. I've been following your blog for months and I love your tutorials because they're original(especially the sushi cake)!

    Jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

  29. I am a follower.
    I love the tutorials and all those great pics ^^
    Thanks a lot for the chance. And congrats!
    eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

  30. first
    Happy Birthday !!!

    second I'm a follower & reader of your blog

    third your blog is very well written

    forth I love your tutorials !!


  31. I subscribe through RSS.

    My favorite post is the tutorial your wrote for making the coasters w/chalkboard paint. I can't wait to make them this year as Christmas gifts.

    lauriemac982 at aol dot com

  32. aw, this is so cool of you! i love your blog, it's as colorful as i demand my life be! thanks for having so many awesome posts and fashion ideas - you are really expanding my creative mind and giving me new ideas with which to see the world (or at least, make it much more beautiful)! i still love the orange lipstick one so much...! i am a blog follower for sure 8)

  33. Hey, Shrimp Salad -
    You must tell me where that name came from someday, it is so provocative. but then so is your whole blog. I like your style that is why I follow you. You are thoughtful and unique in the way that you think so that I am always getting surprised by little insights. That's a very good, very rare gift. Daily writing strengthens your skills as a writer so that eventually you will step out of your blog and write something stronger. I'll be looking forward to that just as I now look forward to your emails.
    Best to you all year through.

  34. I won't lie, the thing that brought me to this blog is the name. I think it's the best thing ever because shrimp are awesome and shrimp salads are great and well, "circus" does have this aura of adventure to it.


  35. I found your blog when I was looking for a tutorial to make wooden buttons. And that lampion just killed me, love it! So I subscribed to SSC straight away and am a loyal reader since. Wouldn't dream of eating Shrimp Salad, but reading it is a pleasure :)

  36. I love your blog because of you - your personality shines through every post and its always a great read! And I loved that you listened to my opinion when you were tweaking your blog too :) yeay.

    Have a great weekend!!


  37. I love the tut's you do and can't wait to see what you come up with next!
    I subscribe to your blog.

  38. I love the design and feel of your blog, plus the way you write - it's friendly, open and breezy. I feel like everyone's a friend here!

    Plus, I LOVE all the amazing things that you find and share!

    I follow your blog through Google Reader!



  39. I'm really liking the Marketing Minute feature. Just found you through Etsy, and followed you through Google Connect.


  40. I'm a follower (Hofken)

    I love your giveaways!


  41. Happy Blogivervary! Count me in on the giveaway pretty please. xo.

    mousevoxvintage [at] yahoo [dot] com

  42. I love reading your blog posts as they arrive in my inbox each day! I'm inspired by your DIY projects and love how you write.

    Keep up the wonderful work :)

    jrlazar at gmail dot com

  43. i love your blog! thank you for creating this awesome blog and providing contests. I'm also glad that some of our comments can brighten your day! the feelings are definitely mutual! they make me happy too. :)

    oh, and how can i forget?

    email: nik_nik92@hotmail.com

  44. Happy birthday!!! I LOVE your blog, especially the fashion posts you do :)

    Oooh, could I make a request though? One of your cool collages full of fun decorations/accessories/etc. for under $10. I'm a college kid on a budget, and I LOVE the stuff you find!!! :)

  45. (Whoops, forgot email address -- you can delete this comment & edit the one above so I don't get 2 entries :) )

    theonlinenanny at gmail dot com

  46. You are my hero and I want to be you when I grow up. Your blog is funny, unique, useful and just plain fabulous! Can't wait to see you next week -- I'm in L withdrawal!


  47. GFC follower

    I like your different posts. None are boring or hard to read. Your giveaways are cool too!


    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

  48. I follow your via GFC.

    I like your writing style and your fashionable posts!

    shiki6210 at gmail dot com

  49. I love your blog because you have a sweet spirit. You just seem like a really sweet person and I love your sense of fashion. Thanks for the great contest :)

  50. I follow, and LOVE the DIY's. I'm not all THAT handy, but you make them look very easy! :) lockwoodmerrie@yahoo.com

  51. I like your tutorials, they actually seem possible to do. I also like the fact your giveaways are simple to enter and don't require jumping through lots of hoops.

    ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

  52. Happy Blog-Birthday!

    Congrats on having a blog with such fun tutorials. I'm contemplating doing the terrarium this weekend.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. Sorry it's taken me so long to find this blog, but it's fabulous. I'm following on GFC and you've been added to my reader.



  54. (yes, I'm a follower)

    I love your blog!! You always find the prettiest things... :)

    contact me at:

  55. More shoe fashions, please!
    Following you publicly on Google FC!
    Rose Mary W
    formosarose AT gmail DOT com

  56. Happy blog birthday (and many more to come)!

    I really appreciate your inspirational tutorials and the general eye-candy appeal of your blog. Plus, you're a lovely writer. :)

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

  57. loving all the vintage fashion!

    thanks for the opportunity!

    meredith dot targarona at gmail dot com

  58. Enter me please! Following via google (fisiwoman)

    I love your blog because your posts are very creative and interesting. I love thi DIY's!!

    Ana Belén R.M

  59. Hii! ENTER ME pls~~
    I'm Risya
    My Email: Risya271(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Mandatory Entry:
    *I'm your followers^^ (username: Risyaa♥)

    >> I really like your DIY's posts, they really inspire me to sharpen my creativity^^ I want moreee of them pls, it's really useful & fun~~ <<

    I really hope I'll win~
    Crossing my fingers now^^


  60. I'm a follower and I just love your tutorials! So many projects don't include pictures, so I have no idea what exactly I'm to do, but yours are great! And thanks so much for the giveaway!

  61. I'm a follower and have been. I like your diy stuff and the showcasing of some great sellers on etsy, especially now that I don't browse so much.

    Happy Birthday!

    (email in blogger profile)

  62. Wow!

    Well, happy birthday and congratulations! I think you have a great aesthetic and I love when you tell us things like exactly where you got what you're wearing, etc.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway and I follow you with Google Friend Connect.

    Oh, congrats on the 1/2 marathon, too! That's so inspiring!!! :)

    kmorris at wildcatdiscovery dot com

  63. Enter me pleas! I'm a follower via GFC. I'd like to see something about make up :)


  64. Your Blog is an inspiration for me,i love all topics but your tutorials are amazing.
    I made a folding lightbox with foam sheet by using your tutorial,it works wonders,Thanks alot
    My email is craftlicious@gmail.com

    love and best regards


  65. I'm a google friend connect follower and I really love the layout of your blog, the frequency of your posts and your marketing tips!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  66. Anonymous4/07/2010

    I love your blog. You have taught me a thing or two about finding my own inspiration.


  67. I love the designs and positive thought on your blog :D

    sherrygo at hotmail dot com

  68. I am a loyal follower. I love all the wonderful items you feature on your blog. I also love the design because it's so unique! Thanks for the great giveaway and happy birthday!

  69. Loved your chalkboard coaster tutorial. Great idea.


  70. I subscribe with Google Friend Connect!

    What I love most about this blog...hmmm...Can i choose the name? It's easily the coolest one out there! I also love how you're so upbeat, and the site's design echoes that for me.

    happy birthday! make it a good one :)


  71. Hey, you have a great blog :)
    I love the DIY posts. They are so inspiring
    Keep up the good work :P

    ilovevanessasomuch at gmail.com

  72. I'm a new subscriber (via email). I love your blog because it is so clean. There isn't a lot of stuff distracting from the page.

    kowandamcbride at yahoo dot com

  73. Happy birthday! I love reading your posts! :)

    * Follow via Google Friend Connect
    * Subscribed via google reader

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  74. My commnet here


  75. I love your tutorials - they inspire me to be crafty :)

  76. I love the Make Your Own Sushi tutorial.

    missylovsjesus at yahoo dot com

  77. i love all the tutorials. lots of new projects on my list now!

  78. Happy Blog Birthday! I love your blog for all the great finds :) Thanks for the giveaways as well!


  79. Daiane Negretti
    follower: Daya, muito prazer

    i would like to see more about alternative fashion or about vintage

  80. I love your blog! The tutorials are the best! It's so cool how I can learn to make things that I never thought I could make! :D

  81. My thought is that i love the shoes in the heading :)

    Hope i win!

  82. okay, i give! i love the shrimp for the simple fact of the person who is {behind} the shrimp. you are a great blogger who makes us feel comfortable not only with your blog, but with you; that all shows through your blog.
    i am a stalker, does that count? tee hee;}

  83. thanks for the giveaway, my fave thing about your blog is reading all your fun tutorials!

    happy bday!

  84. I love your tutorials especially the crafting ones, although I'm clumsy as God knows what. I also loved the sushi one, although again I'm clumsy and I feel somehow would turn into rice balls.


    toksweah at gmail dot com

  85. i love your blog... so cute! fingers crossed..!! ♥

  86. your blog is very feminine and chick. may it be for fashion or accessories, you are really in!

    I followed you via google connect


  87. I think you are so adorable! You have great taste, I love reading your blog to see what's caught your eye :)

    PS I follow you on Twitter!


  88. miriam dot nussbaum at gmail

    I've been a follower for a while, and I really love the giveaway posts--they're not just a chance for freebies, they're well-written and show me interesting sites I wouldn't have found on my own. Even the links on the sidebar are great! In general I like the 'voice' and the 'tone' of your posts, which is pretty vague....but true.

  89. following :)

    I love your giveaways!

  90. I just found your blog and am so glad I did. It feels like home. I am looking forward to reading your posts.
    I signed up to follow you via Google Friend Connect and Google Reader.

  91. I love your tutorials, looking forward to reading your posts :)

    joanne.j at hotmail dot com

  92. I already follow, already enjoying your blog before this! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

  93. I love the great giveaways you're continually hosting! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

  94. I follow (follower name is Damla). I learned how to make a washed ashore necklace. It's nice!

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

  95. I follow your blog via google friend connect as karryknisley76
    I love the laid back fun feel that your blog has. It is fun to read and explore.
    karryknisley76 at hotmail dot com

  96. follower - I want you to know I love your blog - you keep it really real!

  97. (I follow via google connect - ktkatherine)

    There is nothing I love more on the internet than tutorials... and your's are some of my favorite! Thank YOU! :)
    kkondek at gmail.com

  98. I love reading your reviews and tutorials.

    luvwendy87 at hotmail dot com

  99. I love the DIYs and all of the new ideas I get from here. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Cindyhinckley at msn.

  100. I love your what i wore posts..you have a very cute collection & i like to see it :)


  101. I love how you show such great creative and hand crafted items, it makes me happy and have ideas for things I could do as well. Thank you.

  102. I follow. I like the simple beauty in your posts. I find it inspiring.

  103. I really like the marketing tips. You say a few things that really make me step back and think. Happy Birthday! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  104. Happy Birthday

    new follower and subscriber enjoy your blog great info.


  105. I'm a new follower! But your blog title enticed me to come and roam around! I like it here...vintage things, dyi...it keeps me entertained...LOL


    check me out here: rainbowbriteness.blogspot.com

    <33 Rena

  106. Hi Lindsay! I've just started following recently...not sure why I wasn't subscribed before...but I love the layout of your blog and the sheer scope of what you cover. It's dreamy, pretty, and inspiring!

    Thank you for the giveaway and happy blogaversary!
    carlyjcais at hotmail dot com

  107. I love DIY projects...


  108. Anonymous4/11/2010

    awwww, lovely giveaway!

    i would suggest maybe doing some DIYs for your readers! thanks

  109. Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    I always leave your blog feeling inspired.

  110. I love your giveaways and the attention you give to each review. Really engages the reader! Thanks!

  111. I'm not sure if I needed to leave a separate comment for this, but I'm a follower!