Saturday, November 9, 2013

Birthday Giveaway!

The water is back on at my house and now I can turn my attention to something more fun!

One of the most pleasant surprises about blogging has been the opportunity to win prizes from my fellow bloggers. I think giveaways are really fun, especially when there's a handmade item involved. I have been lucky to win several wonderful giveaways over the past year, each unique and lovely. I've won handmade crocheted and knitted items, fabric, jewelry, household and crafting items. I'm thankful to my blogging friends for the chance even when I'm not the winner. I've never been a gambling woman (I've never played the lottery and I'm often hesitant even to buy a raffle ticket), but this kind of friendly giveaway is fun and exciting for me.

With these happy experiences in mind, I've decided to have another giveaway myself. My giveaway is really meant to celebrate my birthday, which is coming up later this month. I love my birthday. I was born on Thanksgiving Day, though the two only coincide every six or seven years. I was supposed to be born much closer to Christmas and my parents were going to give me the middle name Noel, in honor of Christmas. They decided not to use it when I came early, and instead I got a feminized version of my father's middle name. I was born in Atlanta, in a large university teaching hospital named for one of the inventors of anesthesia. I'm told that one of then-President Jimmy Carter's grandchildren was born in that hospital around the same time I was.

Back to my birthday...it usually falls somewhere around the holiday, often during the holiday weekend, but this year it's almost a week before Thanksgiving. That means it feels a little more distinct from the holiday. As a child, the closeness of the two days bothered me, but I don't mind as much as an adult. We always do something fun to celebrate (usually dinner out) and the Bear buys a cake. I'm thinking about requesting one of my favorites, the amazing Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods Market. I really love this whole season, from Halloween straight through to New Year's; there's something festive and fun happening throughout. I'm having a giveaway to share my happiness during this season and also to thank my dear readers for being friendly and supportive all year long.

Here's what you can win in my birthday giveaway, which is Christmas-themed. I know Christmas is still a few weeks away but I wanted to leave enough time for shipping in case the winner lives in a distant place.


The giveaway winner will receive all of the above items. There's a crocheted Christmas garland, made by me from the beautiful Maybelle Squares from Annette's blog, My Rose Valley. The Maybelle Square is all the rage right now in the hooky-blog world. I made these Christmas-y, in alternating bright red and dark green, with cream-colored outer rounds and string. There's a small counted cross-stitch kit featuring a delightful hedgehog holding a green balloon. You'll also get a roll of Christmas ornament-festooned washi tape, a spool of ribbon with a snowflake motif and a package of sparkly gingerbread house stickers.


The cross-stitch kit includes everything you'll need to make a cute little decoration, for yourself or for a child in your life: Aida cloth, a hoop/frame, embroidery floss, a needle and a stitch chart. This could be a fun way to pass the time at home on your holiday break, or while you're traveling.


The washi tape and ribbon are pretty and versatile. You could use them for Christmas cards or packages. Washi tape has a very special place in my heart (I'm addicted) and a crafter can never have too much ribbon (or so I tell myself).


The gingerbread houses are really pretty, and there are lots of them because the package has two sheets inside. There are also candy cane and peppermint stickers. Glittery stickers bring out the 80's kid in me. It's part of who I am.



The Maybelle Square bunting is made with 100% acrylic DK yarn. The red and green yarns are both Stylecraft Special DK, in Lipstick and Bottle shades, and the cream yarn is King Cole Pricewise DK in Natural. The squares are attached to a crocheted hanging string.


Here's how the garland looks on my dining room hutch. There are five squares and it's pretty long, so it could be stretched across a much larger piece of furniture or a wall, or even displayed on your Christmas tree. The end ties are long enough to make a small slip knot.

If you'd like to win this giveaway, please be a follower of my blog (you can become a follower now, via the method of your choice, if you aren't one already) and leave a comment on this post. I'll close the giveaway in one week, on November 16, and randomly choose a winner from the comments. The giveaway is open internationally.

Good luck! I hope you'll want to win these goodies from my heart. I would love knowing that my handmade garland is decorating your home during the upcoming festive season and that you are using the other items to brighten your day or someone else's. Step right up, don't be shy! Help me celebrate my birthday with a gift to you!

57 comments:

  1. Fistly wanted to find out your water is all fixed,i hope it is.Secondly im so excited with your give away,who ever wins walk away with some serious goodies X

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  2. Hello Jennifer. What a very very lovely giveaway.. How generous and kind of you... I have been a follower for some time now... yes, you are right Christmas is only a few weeks away.. How can that be??? Have a lovely weekend. Hugs Judy

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  3. What a great giveaway! The bunting is so pretty and all the christmas goodies too :) I love this time of year too, it all starts with Halloween and goes right through to the new year. It's a magical time of year. Have a wonderful weekend Jennifer! xoxox

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  4. It would be lovely to win this giveaway for your beautiful crochet bunting alone Jennifer, and I know a little grand girlie of mine who would adore those gingerbread stickers.........she'd have to fight me for them though, lol.

    Christmas is my most favourite festivity of the year......twinkling lights, the smell of pine and the little ones in the family hardly containing their excitement at the prospect of Santa's visit on Christmas Eve.......such a magical time for young and old.

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  5. Lovely Jennifer. I would find it hard to part with that bunting if I had made it, but you are so talented that you have probably run yourself up a set too! I know that it is still early, but Happy Birthday in advance. Hope that you get the cake you have your eye on. xx p.s. please enter me, I would love to own some of your crochet! xx

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm just making some Christmas bunting too. Great minds think alike! :)
    Have a great weekend. x

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  7. What a sweet giveaway, Jennifer! The bunting is so sweet, and I can think of several places for it in my home! I love the sparkly stickers… my daughter would be all over those! Thank you for offering this to us… you really are so generous. And thank you for letting us celebrate your birthday month with you. The Berry Chantilly cake from Whole Foods sounds wonderful, and just perfect for a birthday.

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  8. What a great giveaway! Please enter my name in the draw!

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  9. Your bunting is gorgeous, please enter me in your lovely giveaway. Thank goodness you have the water back on, it was sounding a bit dire for a bit :) xx

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  10. I follow you through bloglovin, love the banner, so cool!

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  11. Please count me in Jennifer, I am already a follower . Love your bunting, that would look perfect in my home!!

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  12. First.. *H*A*P*P*Y* * *B*I*R*T*H*D*A*Y*!*!*!* And second.. count me in! What a nice, generous and fun collection of goodies! Your garland would really be a fabulous addition to my holiday decorations! Have a fab birthday! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. Happy birthday, Jen. It's a busy time of year but you seem to be very organised! Please count me in, these gifts look divine. I'm a follower, have been since I started blogging ( almost 12 months now!)xx Deb

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  14. What a lovely giveaway Jennifer, thank you. I know exactly who I would stitch the hedgehog for - someone small who loves all living things and would no doubt squeak with joy. I hope you have a fantastic birthday, that cake sounds good, I hope there'll be a photo! It is indeed a wonderful time of year, even though there's no thanksgiving here. Hope you all have a great Sunday.

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  15. So,so glad you're having a better time of it Jen. How gracious of you to have such a sweet giveaway. I won't enter because postage abroad would cost you an arm and a leg to here should I be lucky enough to have won but good luck to whoever does win. Some lovely goodies there, especially your Xmas Bunting. I must go and have a look at that pattern. Have a Sweet Sunday, Sweet Lady.x

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  16. Ooh, how lovely! The garland is so pretty, but my heart is stolen by the Christmas washi tape and gignerbread house stickers. Too cute for words! I'm a follower (you know that!) and think it's very nice of you to open it up internationally, as we all know postage is expensive. Please count me in, what a lovely giveaway. x

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  17. I'm so glad your water is all fixed up again Jennifer - it's a health hazard to be without such an absolute necessity! It's so nice to hear you excited about your birthday coming up my lovely friend, you are such a naturally lovely person!
    I would love to win this very lovely giveaway from your heart Jennifer , and thanks so much for the opportunity! I hope your weekend is going well for you and your lovely family. Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  18. What sweet gifts, what a lovely giveaway! Sign me up please! :-) Chrissie x

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  19. So glad to hear the waters back on Jennifer. Ooo count me in please for your lovely giveaway x

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  20. Glad the water has been fixed; Happy Birthday! And please enter me in the giveaway x

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  21. This is awesome!!!' Sign me up!!! Your garland is so gorgeous friend!! I would be honored to have a piece like that to display for Christmas! And how awesome are you for sharing your birthday joy with us!!! You rock! ( thank goodness the water is on!). A happy weekend to you!!

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  22. Wonderful giveaway. Please sign me up. I love the garland, and the fact that it is handmade by you makes it the more special. I follow too. Elaina xo

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  23. I would be thrilled to win your awesome giveaway! I *love* your Christmas garland - it would look so pretty strung across my buffet in the living room. I'm already a follower of your blog through Bloglovin'. :-)

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  24. I would love the chanch to win your very generous give away.

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  25. Beautiful! What a lovely giveaway! (And I'm so happy your water is back on) Yay! =)

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  26. How lovely tinkle a little more about your birth date and place, it always fascinates me. I can see why as a child it wouldn't appeal that much, but I bet it's heaps of fun now. I so often wish that we celebrated thanks giving here, it always looks like such a wonderful gathering for the family to me. When I grew up in SA most of our influences came from America. Our sitcoms were American and I always dreamed of living there. I don't think that dream has ever stopped! It is such a lovely giveaway and I would be thrilled to bits to win this Jennifer. I love the gorgeous garland you made, it's really lovely! Please enter my name on the list and I'm keeping everything crossed. Xoxo

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  27. Oh great!! I have never win any giveaway, wish me luck ;)

    Have a lovely day darling!

    Lluisa x

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  28. Happy Birthday from Australia! What a beautiful bunting, must be hard to give that away :)

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  29. Oh please include me too Jenny. This sounds like such a good hi give away and so very good of you.
    Rosie

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  30. Hello Jen ... I've just found your lovely blog via Teresa's and have enjoyed reading your posts and admiring your pictures right back to about august. I'm a keen crocheter/blogger and am going to add you to my Blogroll so I can follow your posts. Please don't include me in your giveaway draw as that wouldn't be fair to those who have followed you for awhile. Just wanted to say hi. Cheers, Dorothy from Australia. xox

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  31. What a lovely giveaway, you're so generous, it should be us giving you gifts for your birthday, not the other way around. You've chosen some lovely things to include, not to mention that beautiful bunting that you've made, I can imagine that hung between my two rooms, it would look gorgeous. Glad your water is back on, I can't imagine anything worse than being left without water for a long period of time.

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  32. Hi Jennifer. I've just had fun exploring your blog and really love your crochet, a skill I've never learned, though I love to knit. I'm your latest follower and would like you to put my name down for your giveaway.

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  33. Thank you for a fun and generous give away! I am very impressed with your hand work. I do not crochet so a project like this is even more delightful to me!
    I'm glad your water is back on! There are two things I cannot live peacefully without - my car and my water. I can compensate for anything else!

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  34. Happy Birthday,have a lovely day filled with laughter,joy,happiness,lots of friends and yarn.Lovely giveaway,love everything,so generous of you.

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  35. What a lovely give-away! I fell in love with the garland, and it would look very pretty on the wall above my fireplace ;)
    I would love to join for a change to win this goodies!
    Lisa

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  36. So glad the water situation is now sorted out! What a gorgeous giveaway, thank you for the opportunity...I would love to be included.
    Marianne xx

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  37. Glad to here your waters back, what a generous way to celebrate your birthday with a giveaway, please include me, I hope you have a wonderful birthday.
    Clare x

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  38. My youngest was born early (4 days after Thanksgiving). He was supposed to be a lot closer to Christmas also :) I make sure that he has a separate birthday that doesn't get forgotten with all the holiday craziness.

    I'm glad that your water got turned back on, that must be a lot less stress!

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  39. Hello Jennifer, you have a delightful blog here, and I love that you live in New Mexico, one of my favourite places in the world. What a lovely idea to have this great giveaway to celebrate your birthday, which must be close to mine (end of November). And thank you for joining my blog :)
    Patricia

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  40. Jennifer. It was the hedgehog which did it for me. But that is all about young William at the moment and his lovely Hodge. His Grandma would love the other lovely gifts you are offering too x

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  41. Hi Jennifer,

    What lovely handmade gifts and wonderful Christmas giveaway and neat that it is a way of celebrating your birthday. So glad to hear that you have the water back on - as we have found out, when our tank ran low, you really can't live without water .
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  42. Hi Jennifer, I am new just found you from Jo at Through the keyhole, read through some of your previous posts, I like your blog, the giveaway looks lovely. Christmas is never too far away I need to seriously get busy! I will add you to my blogs I read list. Glad you got your water turned back on we had that in the summer not fun, then when it came back on we had a day of brown then beige water. Have a great birthday!

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  43. I'm a new follower, happy birthday! :) I love the crocheted garland, it is exactly the sort of look I'm trying for this year with our Christmas decorations. I've made a good start by making a small wreath for our door and some bauble garlands, but I can't crochet!

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  44. Hey Jennifer,

    What a wonderful giveaway in honour of your birthday!! I'd love to be entered. I'm glad to hear that you are finally with water - no more hoody over head then? ;) Here's to getting thoroughly spoilt, and having a lovely day.

    Leanne xx

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  45. I am following on Bloglovin' but have only just discovered your lovely blog. Have a very Happy birthday, and thank you for running such a beautiful Giveaway : )

    Lesley

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  46. Hi Jennifer, I follow your blog on bloglovin (prob not seen as this name though!!) but only recently discovered you and your fab blog! Thanks for running the giveaway...I hope you have a super birthday :-)

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  47. This is a great giveaway Jennifer, and I love the idea of giving a gift in celebration of your own birthday!! Your bunting is very sweet & colourful. Please count me in :) Enjoy your day! Wendy x

    PS So glad your water was restored ... you must feel so appreciative of such an overlooked necessity.

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  48. So, I'm here me too! Thank you Jennifer and HAPPY birthday!

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  49. I'd love to take part please Jennifer, your giveaway looks gorgeous. Thanks for giving us a potted history of your birth, it's always lovely to hear a bit about our blogging friends - things that you wouldn't normally hear about unlike the friends we see and meet up with in our everyday lives. So glad you have overcome the problems you'd been having regarding the water.
    Patricia x

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  50. What an amazing giveaway! You are so generous, especially since you made the bun ting yourself. It's lovely :-) x

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  51. I just found your blog. Happy birthday. What a lovely giveaway! Please add my name to the hat. I'm off to have a browse now.

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  52. I'm late to the party and almost missed it completely. I'm just now seeing this post. What a fun Christmas giveaway! Please count me in.

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  53. This is my first time visiting your blog. I so enjoyed reading about the old cookbook. Being in my 60's I remember reading my mothers cookbooks from the same era. It was a most different time and one that I have always enjoyed peering in to. Anyway, hope you had a lovely birthday.
    Thanks for offering this giveaway, please include me.

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  54. I just discovered your wonderful blog through Posie gets cozy and your split pea soup recipe - I have so enjoyed reading through your posts and am following you now. I hope you have a wonderful birthday and look forward to reading your adventures in cooking, crafting, and parenting.

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  55. Your split pea soup recipe brought me here today...can't wait to try it! I celebrate a near Thanksgiving birthday too! Hope yours is happy!

    Jodie

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  56. Better late than never- Happy belated Birthday wishes:)

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