a birthday + a give away

last weekend marked the first birthday of this here patch of the internet. that's right, i've been at this blog now for one whole year. what started out as a way to give my facebook friends a break from my inane drivel has turned into a great little hobby that i very much enjoy spending time on, and one that others choose to read. being part of the blogging community has not only helped to boost my ego with all the wonderfully kind things i get tweeted or left in my comments on a daily basis, but i have honestly made a great deal of quality friends that i am slowly starting to meet in person. like this lot:
 
 
i had no idea what starting this blog would involve, especially considering i had zero experience with coding and the internet still seemed like a google box to me, but i am glad i made the decision to start writing - and i am truly impressed that i've successfully kept at it for the past twelve months. more so, i'm extremely grateful and overwhelmed to have gained so many friends and readers as i have over such a short time. so, as a special 'thank you' to all of you who read along every day with me, i have pooled together with some of my greatest blogging pals, and we have an epic birthday present for you.
 
these 8 fab ladies have been generous enough to contribute their time and hard earned monies to help me say thank you to you! to enter you must already be a reader of being erica**, and for bonus entries see the rafflecopter below.. their amazing gifts have been combined into one incredible prize pack, for one very lucky winner... feast your eyes on this:

prize includes: bunting necklace, set of dahlia rings and forever 21 nail accessories//a dress from donna's #27dresses project or a selection of handmade earrings//a handmade crocheted flower garland//an adorable plush owl from nat's shop and a pack of adorable scrap fabric//a gorgeous iphone 4/4s cover and a handmade bow from katy's shop//two handmade soy candles, a tea pot and belfast-brewed loose leaf tea//homemade raspberrry jam and sass & belle hanging heart decoration//an MUA undress me too palette//two h&m lipsticks and necklace from ever ours.

 
good luck guys, and thank you again for being such great supports in my favourite hobby x
 
**this competition is designed to say thank you to the friends who have been here since the start. so, the competition will only be open to friends and readers of the blogs involved - if you have just joined us here, a very warm welcome to you! there will be more competitions for you to be a part of going forward, but i'm sure you can understand why your entries won't be accepted this time. thank you again for being here and sticking by while i found my feet in this crazy community. you will never know how much your support and constant kind words mean to me. happy birthday!
 
congrats to jess of girl booklet who was the luckiest winner around!