Fresh Wreath & Garland Giveaway

November 25th, 2011

Hi all, one last giveaway before signing off for the weekend. This one couldn’t be timed any better!  You’ll recall I’m a huge fan of Lynch Creek Farm having shipped their greenery to my home twice this past year. 

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Their wreaths are HUGE compared to other store bought versions, measuring 26” across and weighing seven pounds, and they smell absolutely amazing!   

All the greens come from local farmers in Washington State who trim boughs from their forests, they do not cut down trees. Lynch Creek Farm is dedicated to preserving the forests and habitats of the Pacific Northwest.  

  Can you smell the Christmas cheer?  

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Great news!  This weekend Lynch Creek Farm is offering three winners a fresh 26” wreath or 18 feet of fresh garland (winners choice) shipped to your door ($40 – $50 value) plus free shipping. 

Eligibility to win one of three free wreaths (or 18’ of garland) from Lynch Creek Farms:

1) Hop over to Lynch Creek Farm and pick your favorite wreath or garland, then name it in a comment.  

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

Three winners, US only, giveaway ends Sunday November 27th at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry. 

That’s all folks, have a great weekend!

Ho ho ho,

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In the Spotlight: Matthew Mead

November 25th, 2011

I think it’s exciting to hear from inspiring designers and stylists and I love doing interviews with them when I get the chance.  There’s no better time than the holiday season to hear from one of my favorites, Matthew Mead.  Matthew is a stylist, writer, author, and photographer who’s been in the magazine and publishing industry for years and someone I had the pleasure to work with earlier this year. 

Matthew is the former style editor of Country Home magazine, and last year launched his own magazine, Holiday with Matthew Mead. Currently, Matthew is the official food photographer for the Associated Press and a regular style contributor to and Better Homes & Gardens publications. I asked Matthew to answer some questions for me and he graciously agreed.     

CG:  Tell us how you got started in the business of designing, styling, and eventually authoring your own publications?

MM:  I wrote a letter to Mary Emmerling, Queen of Country Style back in the late eighties and was lucky enough to meet her at her South Hampton Long Island cottage compound overlooking the Atlantic.  She offered me work on her new magazine MARY EMMERLING’S COUNTRY and that was the start of my career back in 1992.  I’ve worked in the industry steadily ever since… that led to books, magazines, the creation of my own brand of publications and products.   

CG:   Where do you look for inspiration for all of your projects or magazine shoots?

MM:  I am very drawn to vintage items, antiques, collectibles, colors… you know that about me… when we met at your home the first thing we did was go out antiquing.  Its in my blood, its my soul… I feel so intimately connected to the past, the flea market, the much loved and used items. 

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CG:  The holidays are upon is and as the song goes it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right?  People often feel the stress of the season and can forget it’s more about the celebrations.  What are some tips you can share for effortless entertaining?

MM:  Keep it simple… have several small parties over the month with a few couples instead of one big party.  Serve foods that you love, keep it comfortable and casual.  Consider just desserts and specialty coffees, or appetizers and drinks.  I like to pile colorful fruits on a platter and add greens for a simple centerpiece.  Embellish napkin rings and create lots of votive candles by adding spices, cranberries or succulents.

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