I am finally back!! Thank you so much for your patience as our family dealt with the tragic loss of our son-in-law and then having our sweet 12 yr old granddaughter move in with us. It's been a huge transition, but the Lord is good and we are adjusting and getting settled as we continue to process our grief. You are all champs for bearing with me during this time!
So............let's look at a few vital statistics for this Hop.
this a fantastic hop???? I deeply appreciate every single one of our
lovely Hoppers and all the kind comments you have left for me during our loss and also about our
Hop. Our numbers were a little smaller than last year and I hope it is just that our Hoppers were very busy with families and real life. We had 79 participants (down from 94 last year)that signed in from 14 countries (down from 17 last year), including 25 first-time hoppers (down from 37 last year). Still I am very happy with this wonderful participation....it is quality and not quantity that we excel in here! Everyone did such a great job leaving wonderful comments and
making projects. The caliber of your cards and projects was totally
Our lovely sponsors......
Sadly, we had a number of our faithful sponsors unfortunately go out of business or choose retirement over the last year. Very sorry to see these wonderful companies go. Quite a few others had to decline my request for them to return as sponsors. There are a multitude of factors involved but I know the crazy pandemic has hit small businesses very, very hard. It makes me all the more grateful for those who continue to sponsor us each year!!!
This year we had 46 fabulous sponsors this year (up from 44 last year)with a total of 59 prizes (down from 60 last year)!! I wish I had a prize for every single person, but I am thrilled to have 59 prizes for 79 Hoppers!! THANK YOU, SPONSORS!!! 💟💟💟
So let's get right to the prizes and winners, shall we?
TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: 1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com. 2. Please put "WINNER 2022 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject. 3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won. 4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital item or gift code) please include your snail mail address. 5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! Sometimes
the naughty kitties in the SPAM filters reach out and snag your emails
and pull them under the couch where I can't find them! So WRITE to me
multiple times if you don't hear back from me in a few days!!
So........with the assistance of Random.org.....here are our winners:
BADGE GIVEAWAY (for posting my Cat Hop Badge on sidebar,social media, blogging about it, etc.) Darkroom Door - Sitting Cat Eclectic Stamp - Fikreta
is a ton of winners!!! Huge congratulations to each of you!!! Be sure
to look at the list carefully because I don't want anyone to miss out
on seeing that they are a winner.
TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE: 1. Please send me an email ASAP to claim your prize: jwoolbright at gmail dot com. 2. Please put "WINNER 2022 Cat Lovers Hop" in Subject. 3. In body of email, please tell me what sponsor AND prize you won. 4. If you won a physical prize (rather than a digital set or gift code) please include your snail mail address. 5. If you don't hear from me within three days, please send me a note again! lol...
I again want to thank my Helpful Hoppers/Guest Designers for the way they really jumped in and gave such cheerful support and help: Angela (Crafting with Jack), Suzanne Harkinson, Becca Yahrling, KT Fit Kitty, Mandy Dodd, Karen Ladd and Carol Jones, and Chris (Catnip and Kitty Whiskers).
If any of the rest of you are interested in helping out for next year,
DO NOT tell me right now or I might decide to not even have one next year!!! lol... Write to me next August or
September. That's when I will be going totally nuts and have a better
idea of what help I need!!! 😄
That wraps up the 2022 Cat Lovers Hop!! I hope you have enjoyed it! THANK YOU for your very kind comments of appreciation. They mean a lot to me. The Hop is more work than you can imagine and each year I am not sure I am up to doing it, but I do love it.
...... If I have not dropped dead or been committed to a mental institution in a
complete state of hysteria by next year, I hope to be hosting the 2023 Cat Lovers Hop next October. As always, the Hop is scheduled for the last full week of October, so IF I DO THIS AGAIN NEXT YEAR......the dates will be: October 23-28, 2023. Hope to see you then, if not before!!!
Thank you for being so
patient with me as our family has undergone a huge transition with
the tragic loss of our son-in-law. We had the funeral on Sunday
and I feel like I can finally breathe again.
Our lovely 12-yr old
granddaughter, having suddenly lost her dad, now lives with us and we
are all getting adjusted to radically different schedules, routines,
and spaces. It is wonderful to have her and it will all work
out, but it has been a challenge while we continue to process our
Unfortunately, this all
happened while I was trying to wrap up the Cat Lovers Hop. So
running the numbers for the winners got put on the back burner till I
could find my footing again. I feel bad for having neglected
all of you, but it was unavoidable.
Today I finally was able to
run all the numbers and I have the winners list all ready to put into
a blog post. I am working on that right now. Depending on
how many interruptions I get and if my internet holds on during this bit of winter weather we are having, I will have it up in a few hours.
I just wanted to update you
all and to thank you for all your thoughtful notes and your amazing
kindness and understanding. Talk to you soon!!
but you can still leave comments and win prizes!! THIS IS THE LAST DAY TO
COMMENT ON PROJECTS
PLAY IN THE DAILY GAMES!!
If you have not finished commenting,
please make sure to SIGN IN HERE(required to be eligible for prizes) and then go to the Main Hop Post to find the linked-up projects to visit.
Leave comments to be eligible
for the comment prize drawings!!!
STORM DELAY....Sorry for the delay in getting this Wrap-Up Day Post up. My internet had been wonky all day yesterday and a storm was predicted last evening. It wasn't even thaaaaaaaaaaat much of a storm, but it must have hit the towers that are associated with our service because it all went dead. We are fine....just a little bit of wind and snow, with everything white this morning. But it was enough that I couldn't get my post up. Thank you for your patience and concern!! ❤
Welcome to the Wrap-Up Day for our 2022 Cat Lovers Hop. TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO COMMENT ON PROJECTS AND TO PLAY IN THE DAILY GAMES. I know a number of you have already finished....but I haven't!! lol... With my crazy internet, I have only made it a little over halfway through the list. BUT I WILL GET THERE!! (Maybe not by tonight, though, but I am going to try!)
project Link-Up closed on Saturday, Oct. 29, but to give as many of you
as possible a chance to comment on the projects I kept comments open
several extra days. Comments close at 11:59 pm Pacific today, Wednesday, Nov. 2nd.
You also have through today to participate in the Daily Games that you will find on each of last week's posts. Comments on each of those posts also go into the draw for Comment Prizes. So if you have not caught up
on the Daily Games, this is the day to do that!
DID YOU THANK OUR SPONSORS??? Each daily post includes links for visiting the featured sponsor blogs, FB, etc. Almost everyone has expressed their appreciation to them on MY daily posts and that is wonderful. But unless you actually go over to THEIR webpages, our generous sponsors are unlikely to see your notes.
SUPER COMMENTER PRIZE DRAWING: If
you manage to make it all the way through the Link-up and comment on
every single project, you can link up your name at the bottom of this
post to be in the special drawing for the Super Commenter Prize.
realize that some are not members of all the different platforms (FB,
IG, Flickr, SCS, etc) where our Hoppers might post projects and will not
be able to comment on those projects. You can still qualify for the Super Commenter drawingIF YOU MENTION IN THE COMMENTS BELOW which platforms you are not a member of, but that you commented on EACH of the other projects.
To be eligible for the Super Commenter prize, you MUST comment on all
the projects AND link up your name in the linky tool below.
all for the Wrap-Up Post. Finish up those comments and then link up
below by 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time TONIGHT to be in the draw for the Super Commenter prize. Don't forget to
tell me in the comments if you couldn't comment on particular platforms.
so much for all your great participation in this year's Hop. I hope
you had as much fun as I did. I will get going on running all the
random numbers.....it is quite a process with this many prizes!!
Hopefully, I'll get the Winners Post up in a few days. Be watching for
it!! See you then.
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