1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

YOU GUYS! I’ve made it to 1 year of officially blogging! What what!Β It’s been a roller coaster ride so far but I absolutely LOVE being able do this thing that I’m passionate about and share it with you all πŸ™‚ One year ago, my first month of blogging, I barely got a thousand views. I didn’t know anything about social media and I didn’t know any other bloggers. Fast-forward 1 year and I’ve made SO many amazing bloggy friends and I’m now getting nearly 50,000 views a month! Say what?! That’s all thanks to you, my lovely readers! Thank you SO much for coming on this journey with me as I explore and strive to provide beautiful solutions for your everyday lives.

By the numbers…

Here are some more numbers from where I was 1 year ago to where I am now. They may not be big numbers to a lot of people, but to me it shows how much I’ve grown and how much I will continue to grow!

Email Subscribers:Β Last April – 3; CurrentlyΒ – 208

Bloglovin’ Subscribers:Β Last April – 0; Currently – 284

Facebook Followers:Β Last April – 79; CurrentlyΒ – 3,672

Pinterest Followers: Last April – 280; Currently – 3,708

Twitter Followers:Β Last April – 69; CurrentlyΒ – 547

Google+ Followers:Β Last April – 0; Currently – 390

Instagram Followers:Β Last April – 19; CurrentlyΒ – 1,116

I’m also SO blown away to have the privilege to have made it onto the 2015-2016 Silhouette Creative Team, started a partnershipΒ with Behr Paint, and have been featured on so many great sites like Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Elle Decor and more. I was even listed on The Penny Hoarder’s ‘Blogs to Follow’ list up there with greats like Emily Henderson, Miss Mustard Seed, and Young House Love. You guys. My mind is blown. Seriously, WHAT.

To thank you all for being so awesome and supporting me and all my bloggy endeavors, I wanted to do a little giveaway to celebrate! I’m celebrating all that has been, all that is, and all that will be on this little blog of mine! I hope you’ll celebrate along with me πŸ˜‰

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One of my favorite, FAVORITE things that I’ve discovered this year is my Silhouette Cameo. I’ve been creating like mad with it ever since hubby gifted it to me for Christmas. I’ve created some awesome wall art, spruced up some old kitchenware, and used some glitter heat transfer material to kick up the glamor. And I want to giveΒ a fabulous creation to YOU so you can have a little bit of Dwell Beautiful in your home πŸ™‚

So, up for grabs is a one-of-a-kind gold foil canvas wall art piece handmade by yours truly:

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Isn’t it lovely? The gold foil really shines and pops and makes for a really chic piece of home decor. This would look fabulous in a gallery wall in just about any room in your home – craft room, bedroom, nursery, you name it! Β I might just have to make another one for me πŸ˜‰

Just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below, and for each one you complete you’ll get an entry (or 3)! Best of luck and I hope you win! πŸ™‚

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What would you like to see most from Dwell Beautiful this coming year?



  • Congrats Erica! Awesome achievement!

  • Congratulations and great job on your first year! You have accomplished so much and deserve all the wonderful features! I can’t wait to see what’s next for you in the upcoming year. Have a wonderful weekend and happy Easter!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Aww, thank you so much Katie! I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of my lovely blogging friends! You guys have been such an encouragement to me πŸ™‚ Happy Easter!!

  • My favorite animal, zebras, of course!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you SO much Stephanie! It’s crazy to think that I’ve been doing this for a whole year already!

  • Kristi says:

    SUCH a huge congratulations for not only making it through a year of blogging (who knew that would be such a feat when we started out?!), but for totally rockin’ it along the way! You have come SO far and should be super proud of what you’ve accomplished! Way to go girl! I’m incredibly grateful to have someone SOOOOOO fab to walk this crazy blogging journey with! xo

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Haha, making it a year is TOTALLY a feat! Thank you SO much for being such a wonderful friend and for supporting me on this roller coaster ride. Your encouragement and support has made it worth all the while! Have a Happy Easter, dear friend! πŸ™‚

  • Favorite animal? It’s a straight tie between jellyfish and seahorses. I was the curator of both when I was an aquarist at an aquarium πŸ˜‰

    HUGE happy happy blogiversary to you friend! I am so happy to have found you and am so freakin’ proud of all that you have accomplished this year! Big virtual hug and high fives πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Ooh jellyfish and seahorses are so cool. Ocean animals just blow my mind!

      And a big thank YOU for being such a wonderful friend and supporting me on this crazy journey. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my wonderful bloggy friends like you! I just know we are both gonna go far this year πŸ™‚ Definitely virtual hugs and high fives all around!

  • brepurposed says:

    Ahhh, congratulations on one year! You totally deserve all the amazing things that are happening for you and I’m not surprised at all at the amazing strides you’ve made since last year. I’m so glad we crossed paths and became blogging buds and can’t wait to continue on this journey together! XO

    Oh and my favorite animal…hmmm. Definitely dogs πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Aw, thank you SO much Bre! I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without all of you lovely ladies encouraging me and supporting me and answering my questions. It’s so great to have you has a friend and that we can ride this roller-coaster of a bloggy journey together! <3

      And dogs are awesome! My hubby and I are hoping to get a shiba inu sometime this spring πŸ™‚

  • My favorite animal is a dog, but I love all kinds of animals: pigs, giraffes, miniature donkeys… πŸ˜‰

    • Erica Sooter says:

      I love dogs, too! I’ve never had one, but my hubby and I are hoping to get a shiba inu in a few months! And I’ve never seen a miniature donkey before but I just googled one and they are SO CUTE! Eeeee!

  • lesley says:

    probably cats since we have two but i just love all animals

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Cats are one of my most very favorite animals too! We have two of them as well. They can be crazy sometimes but nothing beats kitty cuddles πŸ™‚

  • Amy C. says:

    My favorite animal is an owl!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      I just ADORE owls! Such smart and majestic animals. You’ll definitely find owl stuff all over my house! If anyone ever gets me a gift it usually has owls on it πŸ™‚

  • Lori says:

    To another great year that I am now following.

  • Rachel says:

    My favorite animals are elephants!

  • Lindsay Lea says:

    I would love to see some curb appeal ideas…I’m struggling there.

    Also, meerkats…clearly the best animal ever. Kind of like dancing chimpmunks, but different. πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      You bet, Lindsay! I’ll definitely write some up some curb appeal posts – we are trying to do the same thing here now that it’s nice enough to work in the yard! And meerkats rock – whenever I see one I think of you πŸ™‚

  • Ashley Perez says:

    I love monkeys!

  • Happy blogiversary, my friend! You are knocking it out of the park! So happy for all of your accomplishments! πŸ™‚ My favorite animal is the eel. OK wait, I don’t know . . . I like ’em all. πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Aw, thank you so much, Bre! I wouldn’t be where I am without all of you awesome ladies to to support and encourage me! And I’ve never heard of anyone’s fave animal being an eel before – so unique! They definitely are cool creatures πŸ™‚

  • Your first year has been so amazing! It’s been incredible getting to “know” you and seeing all your absolutely gorgeous projects. Congratulations on rocking everything blog-related. And a horse πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Cat! It’s been so fun to go on this crazy journey with so many fab bloggers like yourself! πŸ™‚

  • YAY!! Congrats, friend! That is SO excited, and you’ve accomplished so much in a year!! I’ve loved following along and getting to know you, and I can’t wait to see what else you create! And, I’m boring; I love cats. πŸ˜‰

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you SO much, dear friend! I’m so glad that I’ve gotten to know you and see all of your awesome projects along the way. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without fab bloggers like you to back me up πŸ™‚ And cats are one of my absolute faves, too. We’ve got two and they are my furry little children!

  • Amanda says:

    Congrats! That is amazing and so encouraging. I am in my first month of blogging, and while I LOVE it, seeing my 11 page views for the day is a bit disheartening! Thanks for the inspiration. I hope I can be saying the same thing a a year from now!! πŸ™‚ I love my silhouette too, and the gold foil is gorgeous!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Don’t be disheartened! It definitely takes time to build up all those numbers, but I have no doubts you’ll get there – your blog is already so amazing! Your projects and posts are amazing – I just know you’ll go far! πŸ™‚

  • Alina says:

    CONGRATS! Favorite animal – dolphin

  • Sean says:

    Great accomplishment. My favorite animal would have to be butterflies. They are just so lovely.

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Sean! Butterflies are just gorgeous – it always brings a smile to see them fluttering about my garden πŸ™‚

  • Rebecca B says:

    Congratulations!! The first year of anything is the hardest and so exciting!
    My fave are giraffes, can you imagine being up in the clouds all the time:)

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Rebecca! I agree – the first year of anything is totally hard, but totally worth it! Here’s hoping that it gets a little easier from now on, eh? πŸ˜‰ And giraffes are my mom’s fave, too! Such interesting and unique animals. So much fun!

  • Amy W says:

    Congrats on the one year mark!! It’s hard work, but so much fun! =)

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! You’ve definitely been a huge inspiration to me on this blogging journey πŸ™‚

  • Nicole B. says:

    Happy first blogiversary!! So exciting! And such impressive numbers for the first year! You’ve rocked it girl!!!!! Cheers to another fabulous year of fun!!!
    Oh and I love all critters, I can’t possibly pick a favorite!!! πŸ™‚

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Nicole! Having you ladies has definitely helped keep me sane more times than I can count! It wouldn’t be worth it without the great friends and community I’ve found πŸ™‚

  • Heather B says:

    I am an avid animal lover but sea otters have a special place in my heart. Congrats on your first year!!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Oooh, I love sea otters! They just have so much personality πŸ™‚ Thank you so much and best of luck in the giveaway!

  • Vicki G says:

    Congratulations! I love cats-domestic and wild. I think they are fascinating.

  • Katie Heath says:

    I love cats! So funny and entertaining!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Hehe, me too! Our 2 cats are totally crazy and do so many hilarious things! Gotta love the free entertainment πŸ˜‰

  • My favorite animal huh…hmmm…maybe a camel? Just because they are cool looking and I got to ride on once at the circus. Congrats on the blogiversary! You’ve grown so much! Something to be really proud of girl! Wahoo!

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Thank you so much, Kyla! It’s been a whirlwind year for this blog, but I’m just so happy to be doing something I love! And camels are awesome! I just love unique and interesting animals. I’m pretty jealous you got to ride one!

  • congrats, I just discovered your blog & social media pages today and okay i’m hooked lol … and now I just ran into this contest too so woohoo double score!!
    fav animal is chubby little birds like chickadees lol

    • Erica Sooter says:

      Oh my goodness, Angie, you seriously just made my day! I’m so flattered! Welcome, welcome and I’m so glad you’re here πŸ™‚ And chickadees are adorable! I absolutely love birds, too πŸ™‚

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