Monday, 17 March 2014

Four Amazing Years to Celebrate!

It probably sounds a little cliché with the idea that when I began my work, I never intended it to grow this much nor did I see it being what it is now. The truth, however is... that it's a fact! Firefly was a very whimsy attempt during a spring break in my 3rd year at Indus and I don't think I've really looked back since then. My vision for Firefly has grown. It's definitely broadened, and for a fact we've achieved several milestones. All I can say is, ALHAMDULILLAH! Isn't He Awesome?!

Every Year Allah Kareem grants me a few gifts to celebrate Firefly's birthday in March.
Here's what we've done this year...

-Managed Giveaways for PepsiCo for Pakistan Idol
-Produced handmade flowers and marble magnets for Daaman's Press and Media Kits for Fashion Pakistan Week 2014
-I, the Firefly Girl was awarded with Young Entrepreneur in the Spotlight at the 6th Annual Ladiesfund Women's Awards (that, too on 1st March!)
-We're at 18,000+ fans on Facebook
-We have 500+ loves following us on Instagram



That's probably the most remarkable bit to my journey. The unknown is beautiful... and the surprises are always breathtaking. Alhamdulillah! :)

I've been a bit of headless chicken.. my attention's been all over the place.. and it's been a lot of work trying to ground myself to life and routine here. Slow and steady wins the race, no? :)

I request each of you to make dua for me, and those of you that pray for me, I appreciate it and cannot thank you enough.

The Give Away!




Without further delay, I want to celebrate 4 years of my precious Firefly. I've been writing in it often, will think about sharing some of my writings with you all :) To party it up with our confetti, I'm rolling out the Giveaway. Given it's Crafts Month, let's celebrate by gifting one lucky crafter these gorgeous gifts to help them kickstart their crafting and inspire them to create <3


 
What's Included?
-12x12 Café Mediterranean Stack by Die Cuts With a View
-Tim Holtz Ideology Trinket Pins
- K&Co Birthday embellishment stickers
- Making Memories ornate frames
- Prima Mulberry Blooms
- TPC Studios Calendar Stamp Set
- My Mind's Eye Kate & Co Stamp set
- Acrylic Block
- Fiskers flower punch
- 4 solid color washis
- 3 patterned washis
- 1 set of bottle caps (metallic)
- 1 set of hand dyed mini pegs
- Perfect Pearls
- 4 packs of Basic Grey embellishments, canvas tags, pieces, etc
- 2 packs of Journaling cards/Pocket Pages made easy (chalkboard style)
- My Mind's Eye Collectible Wooden buttons
- mini vial packed with diamond dust
- mini vial packed with shaved ice
 
These items are all valued at over Rs 10,000!
 

How do you take part?
1- Go over to the Firefly Page on facebook. (Fb.com/whimsical.firefly)

2- Visit our product archives and go through the photos. Pick out ONE Handmade project done by me that you love.

3- Share that photo and write what you love about it, and what makes it stand out for you on your Profile Page (make it public)

4- Leave a comment here on this post once you do with your Facebook Profile Link :)

5- You can share multiple projects you admire, but do write constructively in your feedback.

6- Last date to share is the 30th of this month (March)

7- Winners get announced here on the blog on the 31st! InshaAllah.

8- All participants must have a Pakistan based postal address to ship the goodies to!

WINNER SELECTED! :D

I wanted to take out a moment to say thank you to everyone that took part in this giveaway. Reading through some of these posts and shares, I could see some very genuine feedback and appreciation, and it means a lot to me to have you share those thoughts out loud.

Out of all the entries, I fed a count into random.org's generator... we have Zain  Saleem as the lucky winner of our Craft Month and Birthday give away! :D Congrats love! inbox me your postal address so I can mail out your crafty treats!

From the shares, it's quite evident everyone loves the Romance Novel mini albums I did! :D

I have compiled the entries I had visible access to. :) It is always a blessing to be able to inspire and help others grow... and encourage them to learn. Thank you everyone for giving me that opportunity :) xx























 

38 comments:

  1. Dear Varah, I am simply in awe with your work. Its amazing! You have turned out to be a huge source of inspiration for me and I have started crafting after joining your fb page. Though i really get confused over the sort of materials i should have but im trying it out. I pray that you have immense success in your work. I would love to have the give away but of course will have to wait and see who the lucky one is :). Please check my profile!

    https://www.facebook.com/SweetDamzel

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  2. Rafia Azam
    https://www.facebook.com/rafia.azam.3

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  3. https://m.facebook.com/chakkolate?ref_component=mbasic_home_header&ref_page=%2Fwap%2Fhome.php&refid=7

    done :-)

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  4. I just loved your work its inspire the beginners

    https://www.facebook.com/noureen.chagani

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  5. https://www.facebook.com/eventive.cards?ref=tn_tnmn

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  6. Dear Firefly! I love about this PROJECT is that it symbolizes the positive happy thinking, the things that warm the heart . Everything in this project is handcrafted with love, care and a warmth to celebrate the beauty of relations and this makes it standout among the others :)
    heres my fb link
    https://www.facebook.com/eventive.cards?ref=tn_tnmn

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  7. https://www.facebook.com/nidz.sh

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  8. I love the way you arrange stuff on your projects because the outcome is always beautiful.. The album I have mentioned about is my most favorite one among all your work coz of the reason I have mentioned here

    https://www.facebook.com/zainsaleem.aries

    Thanks a lot for a chance to win :-)

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  9. I love the way you arrange stuff on your projects because the outcome is always beautiful.. The album I have mentioned about is my most favorite one among all your work coz of the reason I have mentioned here

    https://www.facebook.com/zainsaleem.aries

    Thanks a lot for a chance to win :-)

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  10. Dear Firefly! I love about this PROJECT is that it symbolizes the positive happy thinking, the things that warm the heart . Everything in this project is handcrafted with love, care and a warmth to celebrate the beauty of relations and this makes it standout among the others :)
    heres my new fb link kindly view it
    https://www.facebook.com/eventive.creations?ref=tn_tnmn

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  11. Allah swt has surely blessed you with brilliant capability, extra-ordinary skills and no doubt He has blessed me more ... by having an artist like you!
    can count on you to make my loved ones special moments memorable!

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=609135792495723&id=100001979221997&_rdr

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  12. Done :)
    I've been admiring Firefly's work for quite a few years and being the extremely critical crafter myself, I have found you to be one of the very few whose work really strikes me as creative and full of life!
    I could surely use the gifts from the giveaway for by own projects :) Looking forward to the results ^^

    https://www.facebook.com/cerealinc33

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  13. hi varah i luv ur work n the way u mange lots of thing single handedly

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  14. Done!
    Here is my profile link: https://www.facebook.com/tayyabak123

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  15. Done!
    Here is my profile link: https://www.facebook.com/tayyabak123

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  16. i love all those projects which you make for a family members .. ... https://www.facebook.com/quratulain.annieain

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  17. I love your projects... They are just so whimsical in true sense
    Keep up the good work
    https://m.facebook.com/nayyab.zehra

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  18. Simply LOVE! Way to go long way with all the happiness! Ameen :)
    https://www.facebook.com/shazeenmustafa?ref=tn_tnmn

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  19. It was really hard to select one :)
    https://www.facebook.com/asna.yousuf.3

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  20. done!
    www.facebook.com/Studio.de.Creationz

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  21. I went through all your albums again and I must say I was amazed as to the detail of the work you do and the lengths you go to in both the handmade and printed items.
    Just had to write + post about more of your work, it was only natural. :)
    http://facebook.com/cerealinc33

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  22. Done :)
    heres my fb link
    https://www.facebook.com/eventive.creations

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  23. May Allah bless u vth more success!!! :) i hav mentioned the reasons i love my favorite craft project of firefly here:
    https://www.facebook.com/aimiat.ayub

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  24. https://www.facebook.com/sadia.gilani841

    I did it twice. <3

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  25. Done :)
    link to my fb profile:
    https://www.facebook.com/AmnaEmm

    I love your amazing work Varah. And admire every bit of it.
    May Allah bless you with more success in your work . My duas and wishes are with you.
    Lots of love xx

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  26. Hey!!! Done!
    here's the fb link!
    hope to win!
    https://www.facebook.com/hfxa.shahid

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  27. Im sure for everyone who has commented above, its not just for the competition and the giveaway, its because firefly means a lot and Varah every crafted piece is not only beautiful but inspiring! Its really hard to pick just one, I myself have countless favourites! May Firefly live to see a 100 years and more! A very very happy birthday once again!

    https://www.facebook.com/hasan.amna

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  28. I have shared my entry. Loved this one the most. Here is the link:
    https://www.facebook.com/Hafsiii/posts/10151972044721244?stream_ref=10

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  29. I shared a box of memories I loved by you but then couldn't stop myself from sharing a project depicting Pakistan! Everything is so beautiful MaShaALLAH.
    Here is my profile link: https://www.facebook.com/riffat.alam

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  30. Done! :)
    Here's my fb link :
    https://www.facebook.com/AmnaEmm

    Looking forward to order and learn more things from you. You are really an inspiration.
    Much love xx

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  31. Done
    done!
    Loved the way you have used the romance novel paperstack, would love to own this wall peice :)
    https://www.facebook.com/sabeeta.sabeeta.3

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  32. Aoa ! love your work :) was really tough though to select even multiple handmade projects, all of them are made with so much effort , love and care .Keep up the good work .
    https://www.facebook.com/noor.amc

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  33. Hii varah. Finally done..probably the last entry but yeah I finally managed to b a part of it! Hope to win InshAllah https://facebook.com/rung.colors.of.life

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  34. V theres no one thing that I love. Everything you create speaks of the love you put inside it. Happy 4th birthday to Firefly and may it have many more.
    https://www.facebook.com/anaum.g

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  35. Done
    https://www.facebook.com/sabeeta.sabeeta.3

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