Seasons Giving Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Seasons Giving Blog Hop + Giveaway!

December 31, 2019

Hello! Welcome to the Seasons Giving Blog Hop. A new year, a new decade, and all I see are possibilities. Wishing you a Happy New Year! 

This hop is all about YOU! Every participating blog is offering a unique giveaway and to increase your chances of winning, leave as many comments as you can.

I'm so excited to be part of this year's hop as The Gray Muse. I started as a crafter in 2014 and posted a lot as rubznaz/thecreativityenabler on Instagram. I started my own enamel pin + stamp shop earlier this year. It's been a really great year doing something new and connecting with creatives in a different way.

Do you collect enamel pins? They've come to mean so much to me. You can wear them on jackets, purses, totes, pencil cases, or on boards to display in your creative space. I've turned so many folks into collectors because my pins have stories behind them. They represent my love for the little things in life, and there's an entire collection of uplifting quotes and reminders for our forgetful selves. 

When people give my pins as gifts to family, friends, and colleagues, the response they get is amazing. The recipient is seen. The giver feels humbled. And all because of a pin and what it represents. 

I designed over 90 pins in less than 9 months and have so much more coming this year. I've retired almost half my designs. I was going to remove the retiring collection end of 2019 but I realized this hop would bring new fans. So I'm leaving it up until the end of this hop in case anyone wants to add them to their collection.

In regards to crafting, I did very little of it. I was working as a social worker but also raising my toddler. She turned one a week after I launched my shop in March and started walking shortly after. And then everything changed for me. Between keeping her safe and running this amazing shop, I had time for little else.

But since I created a line of stamps, I did finally create a card last month that I'd love to share with you. It featured two of my favorite stamp sets: Beautiful Blooms (designed by my friend Alex) and Favorite Card Maker (I'm big on sentiments). 

The Gray Muse Beautiful Blooms Stamp Set Favorite Card Maker

And you can see I created lots of sentiments to use later. 

The Gray Muse Favorite Card Maker Stamp Set

Now for the best part: THE GIVEAWAY! 

I will select one winner. If you're in the U.S., I will send you a flat-rate envelope stuffed with enamel pins! If you're an international winner, I will offer a $100 gift code to my shop. Giveaway ends, Wednesday, January 8th at 11:59 pm ET.

What's your favorite quote or phrase or mantra?

(Lately, I just want to turn everything into a pin lol)

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Thank you so much for the likes, comments, sharing and the immense
support I've received over the years over my love for art and crafts. 
Wishing you a blessed day!

With deepest gratitude,


The NEXT stop on the hop is CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. You can find the entire blog hop list here (it doesn't seem to let me paste all the links here properly).




NatQuebec said:

Beautiful pins and cards.

Karen Kuschel

Karen Kuschel said:

What a beautiful card. My favorite mantra is ""Love Everybody". I love sending pins to my daughter who lives in Chicago to let her know I’m thinking about her always.

Ramalaxmi Swarna

Ramalaxmi Swarna said:

My favorite quote is from Harry Potter “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities”

Jan G

Jan G said:

You do you, boo!

Karthikha Uday

Karthikha Uday said:

Ooh I would love to win your awesome pins!! They are in my wishlist since long :) My fav quote is what my husband keeps telling me often to motivate – ‘Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood’

Natalie Winterstein

Natalie Winterstein said:

Ahhhhh! So amazing! You have been such an inspiration to me over the last year! I took a huge leap and left a loooooong time job (18 years!!) and I am so much happier and healthier! My “mantra” through the year (and really longer) has been “Have courage and be kind”. I know that’s not new but I think it’s so awesome and really what I aspire to bring to every day!

Susan T

Susan T said:

Just do It!!!


Isabelle said:

“I’ll be always here for you” : it’s so important to be present for our friends and even more, to tell them so.
Thank you for the very generous giveaway.

andrea murdock

andrea murdock said:

hmmmm good question. I would say ‘always choose happiness’

Sue D.

Sue D. said:

My first time to your site… amazing… I will be back… OFTEN!!
One of my favorite and oft used mantras over the years – To thine own self be true.

Kelly W.

Kelly W. said:

Ah, new to your site and I just love it! I wear a boring white lab coat to work so guess what I’m going to jazz it up with…some pretty enamel pins from your shop! ; )
My favorite quotes are always from Mother Teresa. “Peace begins with a smile” and “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” I’m also a big fan of “Kindness Matters”. Wishing you a blessed 2020!

Barb Glasier

Barb Glasier said:

Do what matters most.


Heike said:

Think it over, think it under. Winnie the Pooh.

Valerie Ward

Valerie Ward said:

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Thank you for the chance to win! Boy, would I love to win some of your great pins!!


Jen said:

What a fantastic prompt! The line I go back to is, “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship”, Louisa May Alcott.
Best wishes in 2020.



You are asking one tough question. My favorite saying all depends on my mood. I usually lean to being a little snarky . But this one cracks me up every time I see it. "I’m trying to eliminate negativity from my life. Therefore Mondays are now “Taco Tuesday Eve” until further notice."

Julie Schueller

Julie Schueller said:

The soul would have no rainbow, if the eyes had no tears.

Michele K. Henderson

Michele K. Henderson said:

Congratulations on a great year! I have so many favorite sayings, I collect them all in a little notebook! My very favorite lately is: You always have a choice to make someone’s day better or worse. Choose wisely." Have an amazing 2020!
Crafty Hugs,
Michele K. Henderson
Live Your Life in Color!

Dawn Skene

Dawn Skene said:

One of my favorite sayings is a quote from Dumbledore in Harry Potter. ‘We must choose between what is right and what is easy.’

Andrea Lynn

Andrea Lynn said:

Go big or stay home!

Absolutely love your enamel pins. Seriously love them.

Amy Cooley

Amy Cooley said:

“Do Small Things With Great Love” is my favorite quote. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy New Year!

Mandi Holmes

Mandi Holmes said:

Love those pins. I can see them pinned to a purse. I am just going to say “Let It Go”. Now, everyone can have that song stuck in their head for the rest of the day.

Marisela Delgado

Marisela Delgado said:

“Hardships prepare ordinary people for extraordinary destinies.” C.S. Lewis

Lauren Z.

Lauren Z. said:

Mine is " Never say never". Every time I have said “never” to something, inevitably whatever I said never to would happen.


Connie said:

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 The prize you’re providing for the blog hop is very generous! Thank you :)

Marie Bingaman

Marie Bingaman said:

I have always loved this one: Practice makes permanent. My music professor in college always said it about learning to play, and it has stuck with me through all these years. I don’t play any music, I just had to take it as part of my elementary education courses. :)

Thanks for your generous giveaway! :)

Debbie Skluzak

Debbie Skluzak said:

Mine is it will get better. Beautiful card.

Ceal Pritchett

Ceal Pritchett said:

what a fabulous prize! thanks for a chance to win

Laura Fazzio

Laura Fazzio said:

“Everything will be ok in the end. If it’s not ok, then it’s not the end.”

Karen Letchworth

Karen Letchworth said:

“A mother writes on the hearts of her children….things the world will never erase.” – Unknown

Thank you for sponsoring this FAB event.
Karen Letchworth

Lisa Byers

Lisa Byers said:

Something that I have found to be true—Everything happens for a reason.


Kailash said:

“ Life happens while we are busy making other plans” by John Lennon. My favorite quote, love it!

Julissa Padilla

Julissa Padilla said:

So many of my crafty friends & I love your pins! As for my favorite thing to say… “Have some faith, will ya?!” I’m not all that religious, but I do have faith and we all could use a little faith some time!

Lori M

Lori M said:

My food is too hot, says no mother…ever!

Just discovering your shop and LOVE your work.

Michelle Nicholas

Michelle Nicholas said:

This quote from the Bible has been important for me most of my life: When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Vicki Kroll

Vicki Kroll said:

So many beautiful pins and an awesome collection. I don’t own any but admire them. The quote that has always stayed with me is: Live every day like it’s your last and one day it will be.

Joan Kinnischtzke

Joan Kinnischtzke said:

So happy to see your success this year Rubeena! Will you be able to come to Junkie Fest in 2020? Hope so! It would be fun to meet you! Thank you so much for the giveaways and all the inspiration! Happy New Year!!!

Jo Ann F.

Jo Ann F. said:

My favorite quote is “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound.” Your pins are amazing and I wish you good luck in this new year.

Jess K

Jess K said:

Rubeena you have had an amazing year. You are a very talented artist. Your pins, stamps and card you created are beautiful. I wish you all the best in 2020.
Quote : I walk by faith even when I cannot see.

June Swart

June Swart said:

Happy New Year! Love your products and this fun post! I live in the US and my favorite quote is “I tried to contain myself, but I escaped.” Looking forward to seeing all your creativity in 2020!!


Chandhini said:

I love your floral stamps.
My favourite quote is – A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Thank you so much for the chance to win.


Chandhini said:

I love your floral stamps.
My favourite quote is – A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Thank you so much for the chance to win.


Chandhini said:

I love your floral stamps.
My favourite quote is – A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Thank you so much for the chance to win.


Chandhini said:

I love your floral stamps.
My favourite quote is – A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles. Thank you so much for the chance to win.


Lisascreativeniche said:

This is a beautiful card! Love your new sentiments and can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring for you!

Heather B

Heather B said:

Great story of your business! My favorite mantra would be success belongs to the committed. I have a saying in my office with this and it reminds me of a former mentor.

Laine Murphy

Laine Murphy said:

Favorite quote: Ever notice how ‘what the hell’ is always the right answer?

Angie B

Angie B said:

Someone in the stamping community sent me this after I was in a car accident that caused me a lot of pain both emotionally and physically. “there is nothing, no circumstance, no trouble, to testing that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has come past God and past Christ, right through to me. if it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose” Alan Redpath. I spent a year in deep depression after the accident. This thought was something I thought upon and it gave me comfort. Hugs to you and your ventures in 2020!!! Happy New year!

Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl Jackson said:

Your pins are beautiful. And, I like your sentiments, too. I find it a challenge to find good sentiments.
My favorite quote is This, too, shall pass.

Cheryl Jackson

Cheryl Jackson said:

Your pins are beautiful. And, I like your sentiments, too. I find it a challenge to find good sentiments.
My favorite quote is This, too, shall pass.

Lori Sloan

Lori Sloan said:

….And the greatest of these is Love!


Juliet said:

Journey of a thousand miles begins with a step… :D

Happy new year to you and your family and thanks for a chance to win! :D

Angela Tilley

Angela Tilley said:

“Enjoy the Process.” Favorite quote of all time! Whether it’s working out, crafting, or relationships – I want to enjoy the journey. Love your sentiments stamps! ‘You give the best hugs’ :)

Laura S

Laura S said:

Hakuna Matata

Vanessa Rysavy

Vanessa Rysavy said:

This is my first visit to the Gray Muse and I will be back! A quote I use often is (as I am a teacher and I need a lot of coffee!) “But first, coffee…”

Ruth Tacoma

Ruth Tacoma said:

As you begin your day, so goes your day.

Kandice J

Kandice J said:

Be kind to everyone, because you don’t know what kind of battle their fighting!


KathleenA said:

one of my favorite quotes is from a song by Sister Hazel. “If you want to be somebody else, change your mind”. I just discovered your shop on this blog hop – love your site!

Christine M

Christine M said:


Paula Gentry

Paula Gentry said:

Happy New Year – your pins are so so sweet!

One of my favorite quotes is “I’m not giving up, I’m just starting over.”

Andre M.

Andre M. said:

Beautiful blooms and your card are breathtaking! Happy new year and much prosperity to you in 2020. At some point in 2019 I adopted “embrace the imperfections” as it related to my crafting, and I intend to take it into 2020. Thanks so much for your generosity!

Nora Noll

Nora Noll said:

What adorable cards!!! I love the project you created. My favorite mantra is It costs nothing to be kind.

Helen Nguyen

Helen Nguyen said:

I really like “Beautiful Blooms” and think it would make for a cute pin design!

Germayne Turner Nash

Germayne Turner Nash said:

My favorite mantra is God can and He will! I also collect pins so would be grateful to win your giveaway!

Rhonda L Gillette

Rhonda L Gillette said:

Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might!

Beverly Jordan

Beverly Jordan said:

Be still, and know that I am God.


Shandi said:

Have courage, and be kind.


Madison said:

I appreciate you.


Beatrice said:

Happy New Year 2020!
I always say smile it cost nothing
and people will smile back!

It makes you feel better even if
your very ill & in excruciating
Thanks for the opportunity to win!


LisaR said:

Do or do not. There is no try.

Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Jaime Sunshine

Jaime Sunshine said:

“Sunshine Always Shines!!” I have repeated this quote through all lifes trials & tribulations. The most recent was a close family members passing & I’m having a hard time comprehending this whole ordeal but this saying keeps me focused. Also, Holy Moly these pins are absolutely AMAZING!!! They would look stunning all over my craftroom & give me inspiration to organize it, finish setting it up & get back to my happy place of crafting. Thank you for this blog contest, but even more for the huge smile you brought to my heart & face. 🎨☀️🙂💖


Belia said:

Your pins are so cute!! I say “Omgeeee” a lot, so I guess it’s my favorite quote!

Jennifer Berwanger

Jennifer Berwanger said:

breathe – let it go!

Jeanette Y

Jeanette Y said:

This, too, shall pass!

Jessica Porter

Jessica Porter said:

Create the life you want to live

Thank you, for the opportunity and I am excited to learn more about your shop. Will sign up for your newsletter

Brooke Guadagno

Brooke Guadagno said:

My favorite saying is “Life Is Art, Live yours in Color.”
Great give away.


Indy said:

Thanks for being a part of this fun hop! My word is YET. It reminds me to have a growth mindset!

Jessica Crose

Jessica Crose said:

I LOVE all of your pins, especially the sentiments! My husband just said his favorite mantra is “Carpe Diem” and mine is “First comes the rain, then the rainbow” 🌈 💜


Leigh said:

Never give up! Never give up! Never ever give up!


Gab said:

I love your pins so much! Thanks for the chance to win!
Hmm, as far as a phrase goes, it would be ‘everything happens for a reason’


lee said:

I always was telling my kids – Do not worry about things that have not happened yet!

Patricia Brown

Patricia Brown said:

Cute pins! Thanks for the chance to win.


Dianne said:

You only live once!

Natalie s

Natalie s said:

I have a few favourite saying, but they probably shouldn’t be written here! ;-) Currenly, my teenaged kid has been saying Aaaah a lot!

Camille Michels-Ernst

Camille Michels-Ernst said:

I’ve been so intrigued by your pins, As far as mantras there are so many but one is Be Kind.

Gloria B

Gloria B said:

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”

Happy New Year to everyone and good luck.


StacyK said:

These pins are too cute!

Tracy Moloney

Tracy Moloney said:

BEAUTIFUL card and sentiment!
THANK YOU for the INSPIRATION you share all year long, for being part of this AMAZING 8th annual Seasons Givings Giving Blog Hop and giving us the chance to win too :)
My quote is “TODAY is a GOOD day to have a GOOD day”, wise words to LIVE by!

Annette Reed

Annette Reed said:

Your card is lovely. One of my favorite quotes: With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26 and Mark 10:27). Other important ones for me are Philippians 4:13 which says “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” and 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Thanks for being a sponsor of the Season of Giving hop!


Melissa said:

Mine came from a very special friend.
“.Life is a lesson you learn when you’re through.”

Brenda Abbott

Brenda Abbott said:

Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day! Something I tell myself, especially when I am in a pain flare-up. Congrats on your success.

Maria B

Maria B said:

All shall be well and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well. Julian of Norwich


Linda said:

One more drink and I’ll be under the host. – Dorothy Parker

Kelsey Thomas

Kelsey Thomas said:

My favorite quote is actually a chiropractic quote (I’m a chiropractor): “The power that made the body heals the body.” This quote embodies the amazing potential that our bodies have to heal themselves. :)

Carrie Carver

Carrie Carver said:

Happy 2020! “Encourage one another in love.”

Sue D

Sue D said:

When my 4 kids were little a friend gave me the phrase “She who laughs, lasts”

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Liz Ford

Liz Ford said:

I try to remember when I am having difficulty in life, “to give it up to God”. I have become more prayerful each year and this year after turning 50, is no exception! I am enjoying your pins and that is sad that you are retiring some already, but also great for your business! Congratulations on doing what you enjoy and I hope 2020 allows for more crafty time for you! Happy New Year!

Patt H.

Patt H. said:

Your card is incredibly beautiful & Those enamel pins are awesome! What a great prize! My favorite quote is “Let go and let God”1

Amy Wu

Amy Wu said:

My favorite quote is “When it rains look for rainbows, when it’s dark look for stars.” Thank you for the amazing giveaway! :)

tina z.

tina z. said:

Do not worry about things that have not happened yet!

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