Archive for the ‘Contest’ Category



Emmy Lu Printable Giveaway Winners!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

I am so excited to announce the winners of the Emmy Lu Printable Shop giveaway today! Bethany of b*spoke offers great printables through her Emmy Lu Design Shop; all of which would make some great last minute gifts for that special someone on your list! Two lucky winners have been chosen at random to receive a set of printables of their choice including a calendar, a set of notecards, recipe cards and gift tags.

To enter, everyone was asked to share their favorite holiday traditions. There were so many amazing responses and it was such a pleasure reading each and every one of them! Below is what each of the winners had to say:

Congratulations ladies! Bethany will be in touch with you shortly! Thanks to everyone that entered and thank you again for sharing all your great traditions! Happy holidays to you all!



TapeSwell Giveaway Winner

Friday, December 10th, 2010

I’m so excited to announce the TapeSwell giveaway winner today! Drumroll please..!

Congratulations Allison! You’ll be hearing from the lovely ladies at TapeSwell regarding your prize soon.

Thanks to everyone for entering and don’t forget, you can still get 10 % off your TapeSwell order by using code: T&T at checkout. Also, if you haven’t already seen it, be sure to watch this short clip including 7 tips for how to ship your holiday gifts. Happy shipping everyone!



b*spoke Giveaway

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010


Images by Emily Steffen

As if the Cup of Cheer cup sleeve freebie from Bethany of b*spoke weren’t enough, we’ve got another giveaway to kick off today! Bethany is generously offering TWO readers a pack of printables from her Emmy Lu Printable Shop. The winners will receive printables of their choice including a calendar, a set of notecards, recipe cards and gift tags.

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To enter: Visit the Emmy Lu Printable Shop to see all her beautiful goods then come back here to answer the following question:

The holidays are all about friends, family and traditions. What’s your favorite holiday tradition and why?

Be sure to include your email address along with your first name and last initial. Only one entry per person please!

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Giveaway closes Wednesday, December 15th at 10pm PST. One lucky winner will be randomly selected from the comments and announced Friday, October 17th. Best of luck!



Better Homes & Gardens Contest Wrap Up

Monday, November 22nd, 2010


My four completed Better Homes & Garden’s projects

As many of you know, I and three other bloggers were featured in the October issue of Better Homes & Garden’s magazine. We competed in a four part contest where we each had to submit a project based on a fall theme. At stake, a full page feature in the 2011 fall issue.

The competition was amazing and it was so inspiring to see how we each interpreted the challenges. The other bloggers competeing were Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely, Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House, and Suzonne Stirling of Urban comfort. We just got word on the final tally of votes so I thought I’d share the results.

For the first round, we each had to create a Halloween mask using a simple plastic mask form as the base. I created a peacock inspired frock and made the feathers entirely out of paper. Sadly, my mask was not well received and I came in 4th place.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Butterfly Mask by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Earthly Girl mask by Making It Lovely, 3rd Place: Fairy mask by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Peacock mask by Twig & Thistle

For round two we had to make a home decor item using real or fake leaves. I took ordinary floral leaves and spray painted them different shades of purple to create a gradated decorative wreath. I did better in this round and came in second place.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Phone Tree by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Purple Wreath by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Leaf Table Runner by Urban comfort, 4th Place: Leaf Napkin Ring by Making It Lovely

The task for round three was to create another home decor item but with pumpkins this time. This was my favorite project of the bunch and I made glittered candle holders from foam pumpkins. Came in second again!


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Pumpkin Placecards by Mabel’s House, 2nd Place: Glittering Pumpkins by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Hole-Filled Pumkins by Making It Lovely, 4th Place: Fabric Pumpkin Leaves by Urban comfort

The fourth and final round proved to be the most difficult for me. We were tasked with decorating an outdoor space for fall or Halloween. My address pumpkin was my favorite part and I came in second once again.


Clockwise from top left: 1st Place: Silhouette Door by Making It Lovely, 2nd Place: Fall Decor by Twig & Thistle, 3rd Place: Trick-or-Treat by Mabel’s House, 4th Place: Swag and Lanterns by

This was an incredible experience for me and I’m so glad I got to share it with everyone. Thank you again to all that voted for me and cheered me on. This was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done. The timeline was insane and I was shocked at how incredibly time consuming and difficult each of the projects were. From trying to come up with something I hadn’t seen before, to executing and then photographing each step, it was quite the undertaking!

I’m glad I had the opportunity though and I’m thrilled that I was able to compete with such talented ladies. Congratulations to Elizabeth Owen of Mabel’s House for the BIG win! I’m disappointed that I never made it into first place but at least I’m consistent and stayed in 2nd place after the first round. I’ll definitely be looking for Elizabeth’s feature come next October!



Minted Giveaway Winner!

Friday, November 19th, 2010

With the holidays rapidly approaching the Minted giveaway was a popular one, and I wish everybody could have won! Only one could win this go around and the lucky winner is…

Congrats to Mckay on winning, you should be hearing form Minted soon! If you didn’t win, don’t despair we have a few more fun giveaways before the year is out!