Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lots to share . . . a GIFT for you!!! . . . and I'm a winner!

Phew!!! Boy, it's been an exhausting three days. With Thanksgiving dinner prep and the big event itself, the clean-up, I was pooped. I can say it was wonderful to be with family, but restful and relaxing - not so much. I hope you all had a real nice Thanksgiving with your families. Everyone's so busy these days, it's a blessing when we can all sit down at least for one day and catch up. Son No. 1 came home from college Wednesday, and it's been great having him here. I've really missed him these past three months. He leaves this evening :o( On the bright side, he'll be home in a little over two weeks for Christmas. YAY!!!

I wanted to share pics of my Thanksgiving table. Not so much the place settings or overall tablescape, but the centerpieces. I used Kathy's - Creative Home Expressions - great idea for creating elegant hurricane vases made from dollar store finds. She actually got her inspiration from Melissa at 320 Sycamore. Aren't creative people cool?!




Hey look! It's my Mom and SIL way in the background!

A cool thing I wanted to share, too, are these fun little Thanksgiving trivia cards I created and sat at each place and scattered extras on the table. It was a fun addition to the dinner conversation. Some of the questions/answers were quite informative!

Also, I want to let you all know, in case you haven't noticed over there in my sidebar, I'm participating in Tracey Buxton's of Notes from a Cottage Industry Holiday Home Tour this Tuesday, December 1. There will be tons of beautiful homes to see and great inspiration. I am so thrilled to be a part of her tour. I have followed Tracey's blog for years now. She was one of the first blogs I found, and I instantly fell in love! I hope I can get everything ready by then.

Now on to the GIFT for you all. I really want to share in all the funtastic giving that's been going on in Blogland lately, so I've decided to have my own little giveaway! Not to mention it's a great way to increase followers and readership. C'mon! I'm being honest! ;o)

Actually, the two books in this great giveaway are duplicates of what I have. So, might as well pass them along to some lucky person to enjoy as much as I have. Also included are two of my latest creations. A pair of "paper"skates adorned with glitter and sweet trim, and a Happy Holiday Cone.

So, you all know the drill. Leave a comment here, become a follower if you're not already, and put a little shout-out at your blog regarding my giveaway. Each of those actions will get your name in the drawing - a max of three times. Please make sure you leave a comment for each action.

Oh, the few of you that are personal friends that read . . . you enter too! Below are some
close-up pics of the items.

Vintage Christmas Crafts by Sara Toliver





Below is a Holiday Plans organizing binder from Hallmark. Might be too late to use this year, but would be great to fill in some info for full use next year. For some reason, I bought literally a bag of of these one year. Must have been an after C'mas clearance deal I couldn't pass up!

There's a fill-in calendar for 3-1/2 months. Subject indexes for sections devoted to C'mas Card list, Shopping List, Gifts Received, and Notes, along with pockets for stamps, receipts, etc.












Good luck to all of you! I'll be picking the winner Tuesday, December 1.

Oh, and I just have to share that I was the big winner of the $35 gift certificate to Paper Addicts that Kathy at Creative Home Expressions was sponsoring. I was so shocked! I am NOT a lucky person at all. And this "gift" is perfect for me. Thank you so very much, Kathy and especially Marisa of Paper Addicts!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'm off to decorate my trees . . .

48 comments:

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, I am absolutely in, Carla! I love the pieces you made ~ I could never do a cone that pretty. The books are great! I'm sure there's lots of inspiration in them. I'll be back! :)

Darlene said...

I LOVE your Thanksgiving tablescape....it is gorgeous. The giveaway you are having is FABULOUS so please enter my name....and then pick it...OKAY?!?! Those books look incredible.♥

Darlene said...

Oh, and I am a follower of your wonderful blog too.♥

Carrie said...

What a great give away! Please enter my name. I'm already a follower of your wonderful blog! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Carrie

Carrie said...

Hi Carla, I posted you giveaway on my blog!

june said...

Hi Carla, i posted your blog on my wall... LOVE your Thanksgiving day table. you can tell youe take such pride in your family and your home.. Thanks for sharing your pictures!! Remember us little people when you become famous ! :)

JUNE

Dawn said...

Hi Carla! Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog.. I am now a follower of yours as well!!

Dawn said...

Beautiful tablescape for Thanksgiving, love all of it!

Dawn said...

Me again..gave you a shout out on my blog :) Thanks Carla!

marie said...

Hi Carla,
Your Thanksgiving table looked beautiful! I loved the tidbits of information at each plkace setting...what a wonderful idea!

marie said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog ~ that gives me two chances to win your excellent giveaway!!

marie said...

I'm already a followere so that makes three! Yippee!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Loved your Thanksgiving table and wow what a great giveaway! Please include me in on the fun.

And I love being one of your followers!!

Hopemore Studio said...

Can't miss an opportunity to enter into this giveaway! Thanks Carla!

Hopemore Studio said...

Chance #2, I'm a follower!
Angie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Forgot to come back. I put your giveaway on my blog.

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi Carla!! You know I would LOVE to be entered into your giveaway!!! Such wonderful treasures you are offering sweetie ~ Thank you so much for stopping by to see me too, I hope you have a wonderful week, hugs and love, Dawn

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Carla, I'm glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The hurricane vases look great! I love the ice scates and the cone you made. The "Vintage Christmas Crafts" book is on my wishlist, so it would be just fantastic if I would win your generous giveaway.

Linda said...

What a lovely giveaway...please count me in!

The Lone Dollier said...

First, I wish I could set a table like that! Unfortunately, my mom and I are not quite that creative.

Now the giveaway. That organizer would be so nice and the book - oh I want I want. LOL. Love the skates and the cone. Great work!!!!!

Smiles~
Marilyn
DollsEtc.Blogspot.com

The Lone Dollier said...

I'm a new follower, so please chunk my name into the hat again. This giveaway is great.

Smiles~
Marilyn
DollsEtc.Blogspot.Com

The Lone Dollier said...

Okay I just linked a button on my sidebar to your giveaway. OH I sure hope I was quick enough!!!!

Smiles~
Marilyn
DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Sandi said...

I love the skates.

Count me in for the drawing.

Sandi

Sandi said...

Am a follower now.

count me for another ticket to the drawing.

sandi

Linda K. said...

Is it too late? If not count me in too and I am following. ;-)

Linda

Barbara Jean said...

Oh so many beautiful and wonderful treasures

please enter my name.
I'm checking to see if i already follow or not. if not, I'll be signing up. =0)

barbara jean

Nancy in CA said...

Just found your blog via Dawn at "The Feathered Nest". Love what I've seen so far on your blog, but can't wait to visit past posts and see what I've been missing. I will be back in a minute, as soon as I sign up to be a follower. Thanks,
Nancy in So Cal

Nancy in CA said...

Hi Carla, Just me again to let you know that I have signed up as a follower. Nancy in So Cal

ctemommy said...

Hi, Found you from Dawn at the Feathered Nest and love your blog and your name :)
Carla
Snohomish, WA

ctemommy said...

Carla, Count me in again, I just became a follower.
Carla

Jane Jeffress said...

I would love to have my name put in this drawing. Thank you.

Gypsy Brocante said...

Hello~
I've traveled here from Tracey's virtual home tour post {I'm also on the tour today} ... and I can't believe I haven't found you sooner ... I'm looking at so many familiar faces above! Anyhoo ... your home and decor is truly beautiful ... LOVE the Thanksgiving table, very creative!

Well, I'm now a follower and will be back soon to dig around a bit further, have a great week and thank you for sharing your home with me!

xo
Jill

The Whispering Creek House said...

WOW what a fun blog ! Sign me up I would love to be a part of this! Thanks you for the giveaway! Come visit sometime!!!

Primitive Seasons said...

Wow what a great give away. A beautiful bunch of goodies. I thought your Thanksgiving table was so elegant. I will give you a heads up on my blog too.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blopspot.com

Diane said...

Wow...wonderful creations......I think this is so generous of you...it all looks so "yummy"...I am a cone nut....love making them, love getting them.....theya re just so vintage...thanks for the chance!!

Diane said...

I have become a follower, to...very pretty blog!! I am suspose to be decorating my house....now you have me slacking off!!!

Diane said...

I added you to the top of my side bar.......good luck to me...heehee!!

BellaRosa said...

Congratulations on your great win. I think your Thanksgiving table looks beautiful. Please add me to your lovely giveaway :) Rose

BellaRosa said...

I am a follower now of your lovely blog :) Will come back to visit again, gotta to go look at your Christmas decore pictures now :) Besos, Rose

dianneseavers said...

Hi Carla,
Pretty Thanksgiving table. Great giveaway, count me in.
Dianne
dianneseavers@att.net

she dreams big! said...

Hope I'm not too late to play! Lovin your giveaway stuff. Lovely table - bet your guests were impressed! I'm trying to be a follower but it won't let me in! I'll keep trying! uffda_68787@yahoo.com

she dreams big! said...

I dit it, I did it! I am now a follower! I'll be back again and again!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I came over from Marie's 'Spun by me' Site. Your Thanksgiving table setting was so lovely. And your giveaway here is absolutely wonderful.
I will go over next to become a follower, but don't count it as a 2nd entry because I always follow anonymously... so as to not hurt feelings. But I would love to follow you!!!
Take care,
M.L.

Theory said...

Love, love, love your blog, please enter me in your generous giveaway. What a loving spirit you have. Merry Christmas and God Bless. Theory a country gal in Iowa.

Theory said...

Love, love, love your blog, please enter me in your generous giveaway. What a loving spirit you have. Merry Christmas and God Bless. Theory a country gal in Iowa.

Theory said...

Love, love, love your blog, please enter me in your generous giveaway. What a loving spirit you have. Merry Christmas and God Bless. Theory a country gal in Iowa.

Theory said...

Love, love, love your blog, please enter me in your generous giveaway. What a loving spirit you have. Merry Christmas and God Bless. Theory a country gal in Iowa.

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

count me in on your giveaway!!! Hope I'm lucky to win this time. Would make fabulous Christmas gifts too....Happy Holidays~~~Chris

By the way I am a new follower too. Throw my name in twice!! Thanks.

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