Next week, Wednesday, January 20th, is my birthday....my 61st Birthday!!!! I love birthdays. I think every day that you open your eyes and can swing your legs over the side of the bed and get up is a really good day! Sure, some days I feel like I'm 80...aches and pains that come with aging but for the most part I feel no where near my age! The majority of my friends are younger than me, not by design but they do keep me alert...LOL! So, in celebration of my Birthday, I'm giving away some things that I LOVE and I hope you will like them, too. If you would like a chance to win, all you need to do is leave a comment telling me what has been your favorite age so far and why! Please enter just one time to make it fair for everyone. If you follow my blog but have never commented, I hope you'll pop in and say hi. If you're visiting for the first time...Welcome in! If you are already a blog friend...please know how much I appreciate your visits and your comments...I love you all!
OK....first I want you to see what you could win....
Are you familiar with The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond? Her blog is filled with mouth watering recipes and funny, funny, stories about life on the ranch. She recently came out with this cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and you will devour it. I ordered 2 copies. One for myself and one for this giveaway!
Anyone who knows me...even my husband, knows how much I love punches. I have lots and lots of them and use them all of the time in paper crafting so I've included this
Martha Stewart border punch as part of the package...
I love Valentine's Day so as a nod to that special day, a cute tea towel and a small ceramic heart dish....hmmmm, maybe I should get some holiday M&M's to go along with that!
There is also a cute rubber stamp that says dream....
I have loved the art of Mary Engelbreit since the early 80's. Her cards, her stationary, her books and calendars...I have collected for years. I have every issue of her beloved Home Companion Magazine and cried (no, really...I cried) when it went out of publication. Michael's has been carrying lines of Mary's items in their $1 section for a few years. The new things out for Spring are the very cutest I've seen! I wanted to include this little grouping because of the quote...She who laughs...lasts! My philosophy exactly!
There are also 2 little packages of chipboard embellishments to use in your crafting!
Cath Kidston is another artist/designer I've admired for some time. She creates tote bags, home linens and stationary in the dreamiest prints and colors. Most of her things are not available in the US and it's very pricey to have things shipped from the UK but I did manage to find us some notecards and the most darling envelopes. I dare you to actually use these and not just sit and gaze at them...
Bath & Body Works Cherry Blossom is one of my favorite scents so I'm including a few items from that line
Lastly, If you've been reading this little blog for any length of time, you know how much I love dressforms. I have a collection of dressform-themed rubber stamps which I wrote about here
and I have several wire forms as well.
This dressform is actually a pin cushion but you could use her for holding your vintage pin collection or dressing her up with jewelry for display. Have fun with it!
Now this Birthday Giveaway is intended to be fun for you and me both but
there is one other issue that I want to address.
In the past three days, the news has been filled with sad details of the disaster in Haiti. Many thousands of lives have been lost and homes have been destroyed. I can not begin to imagine the devastation and horror for the people in this country. Haiti is the size of the state of Maryland, and tonight I heard that there could be as many as 140,000 who have perished!. We are hearing of many groups who have come out in support of the relief effort and I would like to do my part also. This is what I promise to do...
For everyone who leaves a comment on this post for my Birthday drawing, I will contribute $1 to
Lutheran World Relief for Haiti. 100% of the money donated to this organization goes directly to the cause. I am so grateful for the blessings that God provides for me in my life and I am happy to make this commitment I will do this in honor of all of you.
This giveaway will run until Wednesday evening, January 20th. I will randomly choose
a winner after I've had my cake and ice cream.
Don't forget to include your email address so I know how to contact you if you don't have a blog...
Thanks sweet friends!
(What do you think about my new header and background? The background is from Smitten Blog Designs here and the header is one I pieced together. Thanks, Mimi, for walking me through this!)