take a peek around and then come back here, and tell me which print you would like if you win.
as always, joining as a follower gets you another entry and since this is for my 'cuz, tweeting about it, facebooking it and posting about it gives you extra entires. Just let me know in the comments what you did... on the honor system of course. :)
I might just have one more secret goody to giveaway for one more winner too...
don't you just love surprises?
Drawing open until Wednesday at Midnight Chicago time....
P.S. Join in on the 25th for a "see what I did!" make-over party! Let's see those transformations and projects!
Traci and Suzanne have some great pics of the event on their blogs as well.
There was the wonderful and enjoyable Joan with Jayme and Cindy (who both came in 3 hours from Indiana.). Cindy makes the most amazing soap and Jayme is hilarious. She tells the best chicken stories.
and two wonderful and sweet readers ( we are renaming "lurkers" to "readers" because "lurker" sounds a bit in the bushes after midnight, doesn't it?) Penny and Pat. We were so happy they could come. They are such lovely ladies.
First we ate and chatted, and loaded up on coffee.
Then we started the raffle with lots of wonderful things that people brought or donated, like Tricia who donated a candle from Backyard candle company.
Pat won a wonderful gift from Tara that included sweet, little vintage forks.
Heidi won an awesome pillow from Tracey. Amy and I almost conspired to hide it until the raffle was over.
Sweet Judy was a big winner too with a fabulous basket put together by Pat full of Pottery Barn goodies.
Everyone won something, and after the raffle, we went around and introduced ourselves and were able to chat about blog topics and creative ideas. Annie was too funny. I loved talking to her; She has a great delivery.
Anne Marie came in a sweet frock she had made herself, and I just loved her earthiness and that she is in person exactly as she is on her blog...
I could have talked to these ladies all day, but as the day wore on, unfortunately, we all had real lives we had to go back to.
Thank you ladies for giving me such an amazing day.
So let's do this again? Okay? Summertime? So those of your who couldn't make it last time can come the next time? What do you think?
PS... I didn't forget the giveaway of our gift bags... I am leaving it open until Wednesday at Midnight Chicago time.... Leave a comment on the previous post if you haven't already. I'll announce Thursday. :)
I thought I would treat myself to a new lamp that I didn't have to worry about being a fire hazard. I have a lot of vintage lamps I rewire, but I thought it would be nice to have something a bit modern to spice it up a little. And new.
This is the lamp I have now. I think it's pretty, but a bit fussy.
These are the two I picked up from Homegoods to try out.
Nice, but I think a bit blah. Maybe too modern? I like the shape.. maybe it's the shade?
I don't know what I was thinking with this one, all I need is a lava lamp and a black light.
I still kind of dug the white one so I tried it somewhere else. No go.
So I am back to brave the mini-blizzard out here today for the sake of decorating.
Lately I am hooked on an idea (Which, as usual, I can guarantee that poor Mr. R has no idea about. Until now.), that when I paint my cabinets, I would have to have new counter tops because cream cabinets with a cream countertop just doesn't go.
So even though I would love granite, I am also completely enamored with the idea of wood countertops.
It's not like it's a new idea. After all, it's what they had before man figured out how to grow laminate trees.
Butcher block is old ,old, old and trustworthy.
But I am interested in planked lumber in a lovely dark Carmel-ly tone.