A Friend, a Party, and a GIVEAWAY!

June 1, 2010

Greetings friends, I’m baaaaaaack from a whirlwind trip to Southern California.  Sadly, we drove south to pay our respects to my beloved uncle who passed earlier in the week.  Despite the circumstances, I reconnected with aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family – that was completely wonderful.  

I had a chance to meet up with fellow Californian and blog buddy JJ from The Blah Blah Blahger who I met at the Blissdom conference back in February.  

    me n jj

JJ is so much fun, it was great to get some gal time with her and chat all about blogging and life and our shared passion for great wine.  That’s what I love about this blogging adventure, the opportunity to mix and mingle with great people from across these fruited plains.  Big hugs JJ, can’t wait to meet up again in Sonoma !

I also spent two days in Carmel-by-the-Sea, oh me oh my, talk about gorgeousness all around in one charming town.  Will post pics later ! 


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It’s party time peeps !

I’m not one to throw blog parties very often, but since I love the Fourth of July, and since we’re throwing a patriotic bash this year, and since YOU all are a fantastic source of inspiration, let’s have a party gang ! 

No doubt many of you are getting your craft on in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth, plus I know many of you love to bring out the red, white, and blue in July, plus I also know many of you can whip up some amazing summer recipes, so let’s celebrate, shall we ?  

Mark your calendars ! 

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Anything decorative or DIY or delicious will do, as long as it has something to do with the red, white, and blue.   Just about anything related to the Fourth of July works for me, so link up with your decor related posts, or party planning tips, or scrumptious recipes!  I’ll be sure to work up something snazzy as well. 

And I’ll try to get some sort of button thingy in the sidebar. . . . HTML – it boggles my mind sometimes. 


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102Before I forget, the lucky winner of the Geezees giveaway is none other than lucky #102, Heather S. who won because of a Tweet, congratulations Heather !

Heather will choose these words for her personalized canvas, “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.”  

Oooooh, a fellow Beatles fan, I love it.  Heather, send me your contact info in an email so you can collect your lovely prize.



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Finally, today I’m excited to bring you a giveaway from The Pleated Poppy !  

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The Pleated Poppy offers all sorts of fun and feminine accessories, from zippered pouches to notebook covers to stylish aprons to pleated poppy pins !

 pleated poppy collage

I’m in love with these petal pusher ruffle pins – perfect for adding just that dash of panache to your lapel, your hairband, a purse or hat.  

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Call me eccentric, but I do believe these would looks fantastic on a banded lampshade, wouldn’t that be so flirty ?  

There will be two lucky winners of this giveaway !  Each one will receive a $30 dollar shop credit to The Pleated Poppy

Eligibility to win one of two $30 dollar shop credits to The Pleated Poppy: 

1) Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy and pick your favorite item.  Come back and tell us all what you’d choose if you won in a comment, that’s it ! 

2) For a second chance to win, either post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, OR tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (with a link), then leave a second comment telling where you linked (either FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Saturday June 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. PST.  Two winners chosen by Random.org.  

Good luck friends !



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227 Responses to “A Friend, a Party, and a GIVEAWAY!”

  1. Melissa N. says:

    i love hte zippered pouches

  2. Carol in Indian Springs says:

    I love the petal pusher for myself but I would have to get a couple of crayon rolls as gifts for a good friends boy and for my grand neice. Those are just too cute!

  3. tracy says:

    This is a great giveaway! I love the petal pushers in various colors. tbsmidget at gmail dot com

  4. tracy says:

    i posted the wrong email, sorry, it’s tbsmidget at yahoo dot com

  5. Jill says:

    I would put the give certificate towards the green sour apple full apron! It is beautiful!

  6. Ellen Gilchrist says:

    I love the petal pushers, especially the heather grey & sterling ones.

  7. Daisy says:

    Petal pusher for me please, in colors watermelon or the pewter/gray/charcoal…

    Thank you much!

  8. Her flower pins are adorable…and kind of addictive. :)

  9. aj says:

    Well, I know my Son would LUV the super hero cape…but I would chose the Covered Notebook – 81…and use it to write down all the inspirations I get from reading your blog! I have so many things I want to do, and of course, not enough time to do them…but I love, love, love your remakes, remodels & refinishes…Thanks!

  10. Brooke says:

    I love the petal headbands, and the petal pusher pins. Soooo cute in the watermelon shade!

  11. Cindy T. says:

    Petal pusher or purse would be fantastic!

  12. sangeetha says:

    Chubby button hairclips

  13. Bob says:

    I would choose either zippered pouch or Petal pusher …. for my gal pal.

  14. Amy B says:

    I adore the petal pushers! The crayon rolls would be so cute for my budding artists.

    Thank you for the chance.

  15. Jane Little says:

    I love the Pleated Poppy! I would probably choose a zippered pouch. I love the scissors print. Or, maybe some hair clips. Thanks for offering a giveaway!

  16. Denise says:

    I am absolutley torn between an dapron for myself or a superhero cape for my nephew. Then, of course, my purse wouldn’t be complete without a chelcbook cover. Thanks!

  17. Sarah says:

    Cute! I like the tea towels and the check book covers: http://thepleatedpoppy.bigcartel.com/product/checkbook-cover-54

  18. Susan says:

    Oh, I just love the Full Apples and Raspberries Apron! So cute (and practical, too)!

  19. I love the pouches! Beautiful work!

  20. Heather says:

    I think I’d choose a zippered pouch and a check book cover to organize my purse beautifully! Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. Derika says:

    Snow White Petal Pusher – Simple, fun, lovely!

  22. Heather C. says:

    I LOVE the full apples and raspberries apron! How adorable! I would love to see the ruffled aprons, but apparently they’re all sold. :[ I’ve been wanting an apron for a while… too cheap to splurge on a super cute one though, haha. Thanks for the awesome giveaway– love reading your blog!

  23. Carla says:

    I would love the Sour Apple full apron! However, I’m thinking a zippered pouch would be ideal for carrying my asthatic son’s inhaler, etc. Much cuter than the ziploc I have now!!

  24. angela jennings says:

    so hard to choose but I guess I would go with the petal pushers, too!

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