April 15, 2011

Weekend greetings all, what are your plans?  We’ve got family coming into town so we will be cranking up the BBQ and sampling some wines, also my favorite Antique Faire is this weekend so I’ll be browsing that too. 

Congratulations to the following five individuals who won the five yards of fabric from Waverly Giveaway from last weekend.  #53 Elizabeth White; #155 Chelsea Beauchamp; #794 Madelene Leaphart; #1,114 Kristin Salazar;  #1,706 Bonnie Langenfeld.  I’ve notified the five winners via email, so check your inbox!    swirl snip

Have you heard about the arrival of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER ‘bookazine’ next month?  It’s sure to be filled with all kinds of inspiration for decorating and entertaining with style and simplicity.  I can’t wait to linger over the pages!  

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If you’re familiar with Matthew’s work with the most recent Holiday magazine, and also Flea Market Style, and Better Homes & Gardens, you are going to want to get your hands on a copy!  To purchase an advance copy, hop on over to SUMMER magazine to purchase via PayPal.  It is sold exclusively through the website and ships at the end of April.  

Here’s a two minute sneak peak of what you’ll find inside:


In addition to all the inspiration you see, there’s a feature on several bloggers inside the pages, including yours truly.  We were asked to reveal our favorite thing about summer, but you’ll have to grab a copy to hear my answer!

Be sure to watch Matthew on the Food Network on Saturday at 9 pm EST, he’s offering viewers ideas on Easter entertaining, sure to be fantastic!  

Finally, here’s some good news ~

I’m giving away two copies of SUMMER to two lucky winners this weekend, yay!

Eligibility to win 1 of 2 copies of Matthew Mead’s SUMMER mag.  Answer this question:

1) What is your favorite thing about summer?  Simply leave a comment.

2) Extra entries if you link to this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter, but be sure to leave additional comment(s) naming where you mentioned this giveaway (FB and/or Twitter).

Two winners chosen at random.  Giveaway ends Monday April 18th at 8 p.m PST.


Good luck + happy weekend!



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376 Responses to “SUMMER magazine GIVEAWAY”

  1. Janet says:

    Sun and Sand!!!

  2. Charlene says:

    My favorite thing about summer is visiting the beach and taking in the ocean air.

  3. chris says:

    long mornings and a lot of outdoor activities as a family.

  4. Sharon B says:

    My favourite thing about summer is sitting out on our deck enjoying my pots of flowers and BBQing. I’m from Canada so I hope I qualify for the giveaway. The magazine sounds awesome!

  5. Dalia says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the beautiful scenery outdoors, all the green and colorful blooms, and let me not forget the beach.

  6. Sherri McCombs says:

    Sunshine! We get a lot of rain during the Spring so I love the Summer sun!

  7. Gayle says:

    The warmth……oh what I’d give for just a tease of it.

  8. Ann R. says:

    My absolute favorite thing about summer is the fact that it is a season of being laid back…oh and lemonade stands and wearting flip flops!

  9. shanna says:

    MMM, nothing beats an ice cold Corona with lime on the patio in the Summer time.

  10. nik says:

    I love summers at the shore…perfect weather, gorgeous blooms, pleasant peaceful nights.

  11. Shannon says:

    My favorite things about summer are…sandals, sundresses and my children being out of school!

  12. Paula says:

    My favorite thing about summer is long days on the lake.

  13. catherine says:

    the beach…just imagining the smell of the ocean as we cross the bridge makes me feel relaxed.

  14. Jamie Slay says:

    I love getting to wear flip-flops!

  15. Pam says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the 4th of July. My favorite childhood memory is of that day. Family gathered early at my grandparent’s house for a cook-out and lawn games. It would be so hot outside, and my grandfather kept little bottles of ice-cold pop in his garage just for the grandkids. After dark we’d snuggle down under blankets (because it was a little chilly in Indiana at night, even in July!) and watch the town fireworks from their backyard. Intermission was me, my siblings and my cousins running back and forth, writing our names in the night air with sparklers. That day is a tradition I now pass down with my kids.

  16. Kelly says:

    I love boating on the lake and swimming in the pool.

  17. Diane says:

    I love sitting on the deck and relaxing with friends.

  18. Amy says:

    Wearing tank tops and flip flops on the deck drinking fresh lemonade while watching the kids in the sprinkler.

  19. Kristen M. says:

    My favorite thing about summer are beach bonfires.

  20. Pat says:

    Watching the tomatos ripen on the vine and finally tasting them. Worth the wiat.

  21. Dana says:

    my favorite thing about summer is escaping to the serenity of my north woods cabin.

  22. Wendy says:

    I ♥ the longer sunshiny days!

  23. Laura J says:

    Swimming & reading on the patio. It goes back & forth which one I prefer

  24. Amanda says:

    free time and weekend trips!

  25. Cortney says:

    I love open windows, fresh air, and evening walks just as the sun is going down!

  26. My favorite thing about summer is sitting outside at night. There is something magical about sitting on your patio, enveloped by a warm summer night watching the stars twinkle.

  27. Bethany says:

    SUNSHINE!!! Living in Western Washington, I dream of the sun most months of the year. Come the beginning of July, I can finally count on it for a few weeks!

  28. Christina K. says:

    Kicking back on the patio sippen come cocktails while enjoying the kiddos and friends! It’s a wonderful life!

  29. Pam R says:

    Fresh tomatoes from my container garden.

  30. Emily says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the longer days!

  31. Trish says:

    Swinging in the hammock on a hot summer day!

  32. Claire Rose says:

    Summer favorites of mine are perennials popping through the dirt blooming in all their glory, butterfly bushes in purples and pinks attracting nature at its finest!

  33. Cathy says:

    I jUst love all the cool glimpses of summer in the magazine…it’s a must have for the season!

  34. First favorite summer thing – annual beach trip with friends, thing number two – watching my kids swim on swim team

  35. Helen says:

    spending weekends with the family and all our kids in the backyard, bbq, pool, sun, fun… can’t wait!

  36. Elise says:

    Warm days and cool nights!

  37. Jamie says:

    Sun and longer days!

  38. Kim says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the wonderful in season fruits and vegetables.

  39. jan says:

    warm weather and the beach!

  40. Elena says:

    Walking barefoot in the grass and relaxing outside in the early mornings before it gets too hot.

  41. Tara says:

    My favorite thing about Summer are the long days spent outside by our firepit with friends, family, neighbors, and our pup.

  42. Linda says:

    All the fresh vegetables fruits and beautiful flowers – sitting on my deck sipping ice tea – longer days of sunshine

  43. Eileen says:

    favorite thing about summer… that’s a tough one since it’s my absolute favorite season. But I guess I will pick the warmth- being able to leave the windows open to enjoy the fresh breeze, and go out in just a skirt, tank top, and sandals.

  44. Leslie M.P. says:

    Iced tea, a good book, the beach, and fresh veggies from the garden.

  45. Tracy Wilson says:

    I love the vibrate colors of summer…the green grass and beautiful flowers.

  46. Kate says:

    Love the warm days and cool nights. And the beach (now that we’re CA residents)!

  47. Rebecca says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the warm weather! I love being able to go outside all the time!

  48. Rebecca says:

    I also tweeted! @rebeccaodn

  49. Amy in PA says:

    Shorts & flip-flops!

  50. Christy says:

    Love the heat and long days!

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  52. Erin says:

    My favorite thing about summer is grilling outside and dining al fresco and I also love going to Ravinia Festival. It’s a local out door concert place outside of Chicago. You bring in wine and food and just listen to the entertainment.

  53. Rae-Lynne Spila says:

    Mmmm, home-made ice cream while watching the kids play in the kiddie pool…nothing is more relaxing then that! (Maybe with a glass of wine or beer too)

  54. Eileen says:

    My Favorite thing about summer is the availabilty of so many ripe vegetables/fruits. We can always get them all year long, but nothing tastes better than a fully sun ripened tomato.

  55. Magen says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the slower schedule. All the evening commitment things end for a couple of months.

  56. Magen says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook.

  57. Andrea Watts says:

    Gardening is my favorite thing about summer

  58. Andrea Watts says:

    I shared on Twitter

  59. Deb C says:

    I love to take my sewing machine on the awning covered back porch and sew up anything from clothes to home dec projects.

  60. Ashley F. says:

    My favorite thing about summer is honeysuckle!

  61. Heathery says:

    My favorite thing about summer is having playdates with my niece and nephew!

  62. Kelly P says:

    Since I live in Arizona I don’t actually love summer all that much, so I’ll say the best thing about summer is going on vacation somewhere not as hot!

  63. Stephanie says:

    the concept that you get to laze out in the warm sun, with a book and a cool drink in hand.. in reality, there’s a lot of sweat, dirt and grime….

  64. Beth says:

    Long, long warm evenings.

  65. taysha riggs says:

    My fav part of summer: bare arms!!

  66. Courtney M says:

    The best part of summer is living in flip flops!

  67. Carrie says:

    Just one thing?? hammocks, I suppose. gotta love a summer siesta on a hammock!

  68. Lindsey Adele says:

    Pick only ONE thing I love about summer?!? I love everything about summer! One thing that comes to mind – crabbing and boat camping in the San Juans with my husband and his family!

  69. Jessica R. says:

    My favorite thing about summer is screened porches!

  70. Erin says:

    My favorite thing about summer are the spectacular storms!

  71. kel mcnichol says:

    I always look forward to fresh cut grass, ripe cherry tomatoes off the vine, eating outdoors, walking with no shoes, that sense of fun right around the corner!

  72. Carrie says:

    I can’t pick just one thing about summer. I love it all. I’d live in permanent summer if I could; I know they say you need winter to appreciate summer, but really, I appreciate it every moment of every day if I had it all year long! If I must, my absolute favorite thing about summer is dining on our deck. More light to play outside. No jackets. Flowers. The smell of the air after a storm. The beach. Sunshine. Glorious warmth. See, I can’t pick just one!

  73. Carrie says:

    Tweeted as MakingLemonade1

  74. Erin says:

    My favorite thing about summer is sitting on the beach in the warm sun and cool breeze with my toes in the sand! A perfect day :)

  75. Liz Mann says:

    My favorite thing about summer is hanging out at the pool with the kids.

  76. Mellie says:

    My favorite thing about summer is the fresh smells!

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