First of all, a big THANK YOU for all the sweet comments you left about the Funky, Forky bracelet....you made Sara's day! We closed the comments at midnight last night and will be announcing a winner on tomorrow's post. Since this is my first big giveaway...I will be doing this very high-tech ~ by putting all your names in a hat and Sara will draw the name! I hope to capture this with my camera for the post tomorrow! I know there are fancy, computer thingys out there to do the job and be really fair and square, but you will just have to trust us! We are not that technical. (yet)
I love home made gifts - and this year topped any year I can remember for some incredible and thoughtful, unique presents. Elizabeth painted this for me....it is her paddling team from camp this past summer. She can name each kayaker and has painted them in their respectively colored kayaks, life jackets and helmets. Elizabeth is in the white kayak and helmet....around five years ago, she went through a phase; her favorite color was white....everything - phone, camera, Ipod, Kayak, helmet, computer...had to be white. Thank goodness Steve Jobs liked white too :)
This little clip board was painted by my two year old Godchild...the ribbons and
hand drawn note just top it off! His mother is super creative and is always producing something fun and cute with her children!
My nine-year old Godchild made this and I just adore it...it is so unusual and so practical....a napkin holder! I use it every day and think of him.
This was such a surprise...Sara gave it to me....she found this photo among my 30,000 photos on the computer, cropped and edited to black and white....like most of you, I am the photographer in the family, therefore am in little to no photos ~ so this is special.
Now on to "non home made" gifts...this is kind of a combination of home-made and purchased! It is my gift to my husband....my blog in a book! I discovered this last year at Blog2print.com (here is the link...Blog2Print Book) and they do a fabulous job. However, I am doing a bit more blogging these days so
this year's edition was quite thick!
It is a glossy, hard back covered book with the photo of your choice on the front and back.
Inside, your blog is printed on high quality paper, very similar to your blog as it appears online.
You even have an official looking "Table of Contents"
Don't be intimidated ~ I am not a "techie" and I made this book in no time flat....it is
unbelievably EASY to upload your blog and make it. I really LOVE this product and it is so nice to have your blog in a book ...especially when you don't scrapbook or make photo albums. My children love to sit and thumb through it.
One of my "bucket list items" is to write a book....does this count?
Next on the list is the frother from Nespresso given to me by my mother....I have tried many a frother over the years and none even come close to this awesome machine. You pour about 1/4 cup of milk in this gizmo, press that beautiful button and it is completely full of froth in less than a minute. I had one for two years and wore it out so my mother gave me a replacement this year! I had forgotten how much I loved this gadget!
These were given to me by Ellen and Elizabeth along with matching double point needles. They went in the knitting store to buy some circular needles for me, so I can make some various size hats, and the store clerk talked them into buying these. The clerk said they amazing to knit with...as you can see they are sadly still in the package, but that is about to change very soon as I am taking the train to visit my mother and plan to KNIT, KNIT, KNIT! (and visit with her!)
And finally - I do not have a photo of this, but I do have a link!
The best water bottle I have ever used....seriously ~ check it out. I will be giving these as gifts from now on....thanks for the idea and the gift Dottie!
Don't forget to check back tomorrow to see if you are the
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
FUNKY, FORKY BRACELET!!!!
I am really enjoying doing this giveaway - I will see if Sara will make a beaded bracelet for us as many of you commented on how much you liked it....and we will do another!
Have a great day!