Sunday, November 11, 2007

Two Awards and Giveaway Winner!!

Wow! The final count for the giveaway was 140 entries! That's absolutely amazing!! Thank you to everyone who entered. Because of the overwhelming response, those of you who didn't win will have another opportunity to get this tree. Details on that later.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketBefore I announce the winner I wanted to thank a few people who have honored me with some awards. First, I would like to thank Joyce at Brookside Cottage who gave me the "Golly, You Make Me Jolly" award. This is such an honor (and a relief actually) for me because I love Christmas SO SO much and the feelings the Holy Season evokes and I'm grateful that you lovely bloggers aren't sick of me and my Christmas posts already. Thank you again, Joyce and it is my honor to pass this on. I would like to extend this award to Linda at Restyled Home, Melissa at The Inspired Room and Joanne at The Keeping of Christmas. These ladies are so wonderful in their attempt to help everyone this holiday season from taking the stress out of decorating to remembering the 'true reason for the season.' So Linda, Melissa and Joanne, this award is for you because "Golly, You Make Me Jolly."

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketMy second award is The Friendly Site graciously given to me by Sharon at Rose of Sharon, Dena at Swaddle Cottage and Brenda at Country Romance. I am so blessed by you lovely ladies that it is entirely my honor to make you feel welcome and at home when you visit me. Passing this award on to other friendly bloggers isn't as easy as you would think. Everyone is friendly - not a wicked one in the bunch. So how do you pick just a few? I would love to give it to everyone (and trust me, in my heart I have) but please allow me the honor of giving this to: Alexandra at Silver Bell Cottage, Jo at Neere and Dear Creations and Tammy at My Gentle Retreat. These ladies have reached out to me in 3 different ways but still touched my heart the same. You 3 ladies are so very friendly, I had just had to bestow you with The Friendly Site award!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketSo now without further ado... Congratulations to Cynthia of Springmont Cottage. You are the lucky winner of our giveaway!! Please be sure to email your home address to us so that we can send this out to you in plenty of time for Christmas decorating.

Thanks again to everyone who entered and be sure to check back this week for another chance to receive this beautiful tree for FREE!

Blessing of the Day: I know that I am blessed because this upcoming Holy Season reminds me of the greatest gift One could ever give.
"And it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well ..." Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"


FarmHouse Style said...

Congratulations to Cynthia! What a lucky girl.

And Congratulations to you too for your much deserved awards. It couldn't have happened to a nicer gal:)


T*mmy said...

I'm so happy for you that you got those are well deserving of them! Thank you for thinking of me, you are the sweetest we say down in are as sweet as shugah 'lasses!

I'm so happy for the gal that won that beautiful crystal Christmas tree...I'm sure she'll be thrilled to bits!

You have a wonderful day, I woke up to sleet hitting my windows this morning...I think I'll stay in my jammies today!

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Thanks Julie, for my award! As I have told you before, my dear, you already have everything you need for a beautiful Christmas. You have a warm and giving spirit, you have a wonderful family around you, and you have a relationship with the the One that was born that Christmas! You don't need to stress with that winning combination!


PAT said...

Congratulations to all!!

Thanks so much, Julie, for the word of caution about the card box. That thought occurred to me as I was putting it together. I was mentally going down the guest list!! We'll put this in an obvious place. This is the first time, we've used an open card container. Hope it all works out ok!

Thank you for the sweet comment about the receiver!

Pat said...

First off ...let me congratulate you for all of your wonderful awards.. By golly you sure are Jolly!! and one of the most "real" giving persons I have ever met...

Second let me congratulate Cynthia for her lovely crystal tree that she won!!

Third...let me THANK YOU ... for my beautiful award... you are so sweet!

Today I am grateful for finding you.. The Lord led me here and I thank HIM...



Anonymous said...

Awww.. thank you, Julie. Now, you have to tell me how to put this on my blog. When I right click to copy, I don't know where to go from there. :(
And the blessings go right back to you. I love coming to your blog because it is so heartfelt and authentic. You write on home, family, food, frustrations while uplifting others and at the same time being real and genuine. You are a blessing to soooooooooo many of us. If you were here I'd give you a sweet kiss on the cheek. :)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Yay Cynthia, way to go you lucky girl :) Hope you are having a relaxing and peaceful Sunday Julie.


Joanne said...

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for passing the award on to me :) I'll proudly post it on The Keeping of Christmas!
Hugs, Joanne

BittersweetPunkin said...

Congrats to you deserve all that and more!! You are such a sweetie and I love the wonderful comments you leave for me!!

Back Through Time said...

You deserve all the awards you win!! You are one special person.
And congrats to the winner of that beautiful tree!

lori said...

YOU deserve those little awards!!
You are such a joy to visit!!

It's a treat to visit here and a treat to have found your little spot in the world!

Sandi said...

Dang...I didn't win.
Congratulations to Cynthia!

restyled home said...

Oooh la la...that beautiful banner!! It definitely gets me even more in the spirit!!
Congrats on your awards (there is no one more jolly than you!!) and I am honoured that you gifted one to me as well!!

P.S. I'm working on your homespun post, it'll be up this week!

Linda xox

Cre8Tiva said...

congrats...please stop by my blog for another giveaway today...blessings, rebecca

BittersweetPunkin said...

Thanks Julie...I fixed it so the comment thingie is working on my post!!

Pearl Maple said...

Congratulations all around, to you and the lucky recipients of your blog give away.

Great pic in the banner and the countdown sure is a cute one.

joan said...

Congrats on your awards! And congrats to Cynthia for winning your beautiful tree. So sweet of you to do that.

Cottage Contessa said...

Congratulations Julie on your well deserved awards! I'm only pretty new to your blog, but already I feel quite at home here, thanks to you! Have a wonderful day!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Aww, great song choice, Julie! Now you're getting me in the mood for Christmas. congrats to Cynthia...sorry it wasn't me, LOL.
That's such a pretty tree.


justabeachkat said...

Congratulations to you for your two well deserved awards and congrats to your giveaway winner!


lori said...

LOOK at YOU...A girl from the BURGH knowing all about Cajun cookin! I should send out a prize for the first one to BUZZ in this Monday morning!!

We are heading to the great state of New Jersey ~
Most of my family (immediate) has left Pittsburgh or passed away now...they have all slowly started south..
but the New Jersey people (my husbands) that is a different story~ they are all there...

ARE YOU KIDDING, if I were ANYWHERE NEAR PITTSBURGH, I would be coming to the ATTIC for a visit...I may have to climb in my sister's suitcase and over Christmas...they go back more often, her husbands family is there....
NOW with YOU there, there is a reason to come back:):):)

Happy Monday!!!

Naturegirl said...

Congratulations to your winner of the giveaway and a special congratualtions to you Julie for your win of these awards!! hugs aNNa

bj said...

CONGRATULATIONS to you on your awards. You are so friendly and make everyone smile!

BellaColle said...

Oh yeah! love the new banner!

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Congrats on your Etsy shop! I'll heart you guys!
vEry lovely indeed...