Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Hooray! Hooray! A Blog Giveaway!!

Welcome to my very first ever blog giveaway!!

I thought of doing a Halloween themed giveaway, however with Halloween being next week, by the time your prize arrived to you, Halloween would be just about over. So...that brings us to the giveawy that I chose instead! With November and December fast approaching, the Holiday Season is almost upon us. What I've decided to do is this: Just leave a comment to this giveaway post telling us what your favorite holiday tradition is - what do you and your friends/family love to do each year? Whatever you celebrate during this time of year, we'd love to hear about it! The contest will run from now until midnight of this Thursday (10-25-07). I will compile all of the names and then draw one from the list. The winner will be announced on Friday morning! Be sure and spread the word!

This is what you will win!! It's a cute banner that I made especially for the winner. It's done in sweet pinks and greens - lots of roses and gingham, polka dots and glitter! Each flag of the banner has a pretty, sparkly white letter that spells out "DREAM". They're all sewn to a cute pink and white polka dot ribbon. Darling for a little girls room or for those of you who decorate in the shabby chic fashion at Christmas, this would be perfect for hanging along a mantel!
and have fun!!


Kari & Kijsa said...

OOOH- We love the sound of that banner- and hint-hint -we both have girls (with one room in a showhouse for this Christmas!!!)
Lets see- We grew up in a big family, and we always wrote a letter to Santa. On Christmas morning, our father would read aloud the latter, along with Santa's response and details about each child's life that year. (A little naughty or nice expose, you could say!!) We still do this to this day, with my father still issuing his witty repose under the guise of Santa! We save these letters as well-they have become somewhat of a family journal of our lives! this is one of the many traditions we still carry on- love this idea, can't wait to hear other traditions!

kari & kijsa

Anonymous said...

That banner is very pretty. I am glad you enjoyed the pain au chocolate. I've received the curtains and have them in place. I will post pics tomorrow; they look even lovelier than I imagined in Silver Bell's kitchen. Hugs. And I've already written a poem draft in the "notebook". :)

justabeachkat said...

A fun tradition for my family is one in which my Mom, my Aunt and my daughter and I make Christmas cookies together each year and while we cook we wear silly Christmas hats. I did a post about it and showed pictures from a few years. You can see my post here -


Nunnie's Attic said...

I love Christmas. And our home is steeped in tradition. Christmas Eve is to Italians what St.Patrick's day is to the Irish. And our Feast of the Seven Fish has been going on forever. Now that I'm married, Christmas day is at my house. Christmas Eve is still at my parents.
But, a tradition in my husband's family that I adore is the throwing of the nuts.

See, when Santa arrives in your neighborhood, he throws walnuts through the ceiling to let you know that you should be getting to bed. Now my kids are 13 and 14 but as long as they live here, Santa will always come. And they still run up the stairs to go to sleep when they see the walnuts 'coming through the ceiling.'


Jacki said...

Hi Erin, the banner is adorable! Count me in for the drawing. Racking my brain to think of a tradition we have. The only thing that comes to mind is we HAVE to put the xmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. But it's a lot of fun and we enjoy it.

Question - can you tell me how you put the picture as a header on your blog? I'd love to do something like that but don't know how. Thanks!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Thank you for stopping by for a visit! I love your blog and will have to read through your posts!!

Please add me to the list for your drawing. I would love to win the banner! I have made these before, but LOVE yours with the DREAM on it. Too precious!!

We have six trees, all different sizes, but one is always the "family tree" with the children's ornaments hanging on it. Each year I bought a Hallmark ornament for my children, wrote on the flap a little message and saved them for when they are adults so they will have memories of their childhood Christmas'. Most of the ornaments had to do with something that they either liked or a hobby they did. It is fun and they love to remember the past Christmas'. xo, Becky

Laurie said...

Have fun with your giveway! I think it's a great idea.


the feathered nest said...

We have quite a few holiday traditions, some newer than others. But the one we've had the longest is that every Christmas my daughter and I spend a few hours picking out one ornament each. I put the date on hers. When she was little I picked out the ornament for her but even at 1 or 2 years old she could choose what she liked (usually Mickey or some other Cartoon character). When she leaves us for her own home (sob!) she'll take all of her ornaments with her and hopefully the memories of shopping with mom.


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

The banner isn't showing up for me, but I'm sure it's just beautiful!
We have lots of holiday traditions....
One of my favorites is that my mom always bought a bag of mixed nuts at the holidays. We had a special nut bowl, and that was one time of year you could count on it being full. Simple pleasures, but special memories!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Fun giveaway! Oh, we have so many traditions. Here is one for you. Every Christmas Eve we could open one present. And, no surprise to us, it was always new pajamas! So my sister and I could look super cute in our Christmas photos!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

What a sweet banner. We had and still do have the tradition of letting the kids open up one gift on Christmas Eve and guess what? It was always new red pajamas for picture taking on Christmas morning. (Just like Melissa of theInspiredRoom). My boys are grown now but we still do it.

~~kattz*cottage~~ said...

Hi Erin!
Your banner is SO PRETTY!! Instead of buying store bought gifts my family - mom, dad, sister, & brothers - make a special handmade ornament or goodies - anything Christmas-y for each other. It's been so much fun through the years to add each one's special handmade treasure to the tree. I need ideas for this year!! Maybe I will make a BANNER!!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog....love yours too!