For Gigi … A Letter to Heaven

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Today there is a happy celebration in Heaven as it would be my beautiful grandmother Gigi’s birthday.  Gigi was definitely the most important influence on my life and it became crystal clear to me how deeply when I was asked to write the eulogy for her memorial service a few years back.  I decided to send a letter directly to God explaining what amazing treasure was on it’s way.  It is a letter meant to bring smiles and giggles.  Thanks in advance for allowing me to share that special letter with you today as we honor her memory:)

Dear God,
On the day I was born, you bestowed upon me a truly precious gift…my grandmother.  Gigi, Mimi, Gram, Grandma…she had many names, but one heart overflowing with love for her family. There’s not a day that goes by that Gigi doesn’t influence me in some way. 
 
PhotobucketSometimes it’s the crocheted potholders I use when getting Catherine’s pizza out of the oven.  Some days, it’s watching Catherine put on her lip gloss and earrings to start her day because Gigi always told her that’s what ladies do…(sorry, Gigi…I haven’t been able to convince her about the bed making thing yet! I’ll keep working on it!) Or it could be Connor wanting to take us all down in a game of Monopoly…Gigi turned Connor into a total Monopoly addict!  Not to mention, she turned the entire family into a bunch of card sharks!
Sometimes, it’s playing “Riddly Riddly I Dee Dee” with the kids or finding pictures in the clouds…Steph and I have learned the value of a good Word Find puzzle or a game of Solitaire from Gigi…You could always count on Gigi to have a great Word Find book laying around!
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Every morning I see Gigi when I fold the pink and white blanket she made for Catherine as a gift on the day she was born. That is an heirloom that Catherine will treasure forever. And there hasn’t been a single Christmas in my adult life that my Christmas tree hasn’t been covered in crocheted snowflakes compliments of Gigi.  
Every time I drive my car, I have Gigi to thank.  She took me out for driving lessons in her green Maverick when I was 16.  We had some good times in that green machine even if she did pull a few Starsky and Hutch moves across route 23 on more than one occasion!  
And of course, there is the infamous Poptart incident….I can thank Gigi for making sure that I will never eat a piece of bologna EVER…I walked in the kitchen one sunny day to find Gigi enjoying a strawberry Poptart and bologna sandwich!  Gross!  But put a lima bean in her face or a glass of water with ice and you’d have thought you were trying to torture her!  
I can’t count the times we dressed her up and she patiently donned whatever costume or hat was requested…she always did it with good humor…even if it required wearing fake boobs with tattoos!  Which leads me to a few things you need to know, God…
Although Gigi seemed to be very sweet and innocent, she could be quite ornery on occasion!  Like the time I spent the night with her and she woke up at 2 am giggling like crazy!  She fell asleep with her dentures in and they fell out into the bed.  After searching around the covers, we discovered the wayward dentures…attached to my leg!  She had a bad case of the giggles for the rest of the night and I slept on the couch after that!
Or how about that time when she paid a stripper to dance for me! What in the world!!! Hello! I’m the modest grand-daughter! Oh, and let’s not forget, tossing back a few shots of Jack Daniels with Clay and Stephanie!  And I cannot even count the times she put “bunny ears” behind me when the kids were around.  There was also that game of late night Ring Around the Rosie out in my parent’s front yard that still remains legendary to this day.  Good times are coming to Heaven, God!
PhotobucketBut the most important thing for you to know about Gigi is how much she loved children. When she worked at the hospital, she used to hold the newborns up to the windows so Steph and I could see them.  When Connor was born, I called her the Baby Whisperer because she could calm his marathon crying episodes in a matter of minutes. She had no problem playing GI Joe with the boys, dolls and dress up with the girls or board games with both.  She even ate a heart-shaped cookie made out of Playdoh because Catherine “baked” it for her!  No joke…took a bite and told her it was delicious!  She is truly the best grandmother in all of your creation.
        I can’t imagine what my life will be without her…she has been my confidant and my sweet best friend…and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life.  I noticed recently that I can see the shape of her hands in my own…Thank you, God for giving me her hands…may they give the same deep love to my family that hers gave to me…I will honor her memory by using my hands to bring happiness to those I love just like Gigi did…Her hands were busy hands…holding those she loved, helping with chores, making good food, a healing touch when a loved one wasn’t well, writing cards for all occasions, making beautiful things, and of course, putting on the lipstick and earrings.  She was a class act and you’re really lucky to be welcoming her home.   
Treasure her, God….she touched so many lives here on this Earth with her generous heart and her smile.  Make sure she has her “shows” up there…I know All My Children might be cancelled down here, but I’m sure you’ve got some pull on that side, right?  Give her some Poptarts and bologna, some baby angels to love on, and she’ll spread the love up there as well. Thank you for loving me so much, Lord, that you gave Effie Eunice Lauerman to me as my grandmother.  I will wrap myself in her memories for the rest of my life…that is the blanket that she made for me….
Love,
Dawn  

Fun Facts about Gigi

She liked to shake her booty

 
She loved babies (she was a baby nurse!)


                                                                   (Gigi , Connor and Cat)
When Gigi was born, she was so tiny she could fit inside a teacup!
She made cool stuff like blankies, snowflakes and awesome noodles (that are illegal in many states!)

She liked to play with us, get her groove on to some funky music and dress up in fancy costumes

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Is this lady cool or what????
****WARM FUZZIES****

Gigi was always good for a fit of giggles!
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(my awesome nephew, gigi and pre-tween caveboy) (gigi and pre-tween caveboy)

She was always a snappy dresser!

(Check out her fabulous polka dots!)

If you asked her nicely, she’d wear all kinds of hats
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She LOVEd to be a goofball!
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She’s a true Princess in my book
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(Gigi with Catherine on her 1st birthday)

We miss you so much, Gigi each and every day!

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday in Heaven, Gigi!  Love you!
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Dear So and So…Happy New Year Edition (I’m officially One today!!)


Dear So and So...
(I know I’m a day early for Dear So and So…oopsy!)


Dear Blog,


Happy 1st Birthday! You are growing up so fast! It seems like only yesterday I was changing around your headers and sidebars…feeding you with lots of words and pictures to help you grow.  I realize I have been sort of a latch~key Momma lately.  I promise going forward into the new year that I will take better care of you!  I will spend more time nurturing you and a new makeover is coming!   I also promise more play~dates with old bloggy pals and we’ll make some new ones too!


With Much Love,
Momma Bee


Dear New Toothbrush Holder,



You are simply freakin’ cool. I know my family thinks you are weird, but I love you.  I know you are for holding toothbrushes and toothpaste, but I think I’ll hang some jewelry on you instead.


Thanks for the giggles,





Dear Teen Caveboy,
Thank you for giving me your old iPod when Santa brought your new one. I loved that you wrapped it too! You are awesome! I am happy to be the recipient of any of your “old school” techie gadgets…I can’t wait to see what Mother’s Day brings! (hint hint…how about moving your sweet flat screen TV to my office?) Yeah, I know…that’s just Mommy crazy talking again:)


Love,


p.s. For the family members who asked for a photo of Teen Caveboy’s room re~do…His flat screen now sits where his Christmas tree is in the photo…Will take more photos later….


Dear Stupid Blog Comment Spammers…



REALLY???  Stop with the stupid Viagra and Cialis comment spam already!  Obviously, you don’t read my blog or you would know that I do NOT have a penis so therefore would not have use of those medications…and why is it that you keep spamming the same post (Marshmallow World?)  Sounds like you might be describing your own “you know whatsy”….just sayin’….


Sick and Tired of Rejecting Your Comments,
Frustrated BEE


Dear New Year (2010),

I welcome you with open arms!  I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!  We would love a year of happy~happy / joy~joy at the Smith house in 2010!  Please feel free to keep away all illnesses, hospital visits, financial ruin, etc.  (Oh, and go put some clothes on…it’s too cold to be running around in a diaper and top hat…)


Thanks for your very kind understanding,

Dear Fellow Citizens of Blogland,

I LOVE YOU!  I am truly and deeply grateful for your unfailing support over this past year!  You stuck with me through my computer crashing, my challenges with Chilly and his health….you are all simply the BEST!


Wishing all of you a very prosperous and joyous New Year!


With Much Love and Gratitude,

Fast Track to Funk-y Town

Don’t be afraid…Tween Caveboy and Irish Dancer Girl have removed the pms crime tape and hard hat signs! Peace and harmony have been restored to the land of Bee and Rose again!

Let’s talk about the train to Funk-y Town. Word on the street is that some of you have been riding it too. I know some of you jumped off, you lucky ducks (or should I say “eagles” wink..wink..), and saved yourselves! It appears that a blog funk has settled upon the land of Blog again. Have you fallen victim to the Funk? I actually stayed away from the computer (except for a few moments to check on some emails and write my posts) for two whole days!!! I actually tried to do some blogstalking but in my exhaustion, everything I was reading was reducing me to tears…even the really funny stuff! So I hopped off the train to Funk-y Town and fast tracked it to the Cave of Restorative Powers….This was my attire for the last two days…

My supermom cape was tattered, my blogger superpowers were deactivated, and complete exhaustion was the order of the day. Combine that with the nasty computer crash, Irish Dancer Girl’s knee injury (a bad thing when you’re an Irish dancer) and Chilly’s rapid decline in good health (big time suckfest with that) and you have a recipe for disaster! And that doesn’t include the hours and hours I spent going through over 1,ooo emails, sorting and counting entries for the giveaway and spending a good chunk of time with random.org choosing winners! Oh…and did I mention I homeschool my kids….and of course, during all of this hullaballoo, we had field trips. Whew! I’m tired just reading that!

So it was off to the Cave of Restorative Powers to rest and rejuvenate. I finally feel human today.

I am going to make a wee attempt at stalking today (since Irish Dancer Girl seems to be in a funk all her own….let’s just say “whine” is definitely on the menu at our house this morning!)

However, tomorrow…WATCH OUT, BLOGLAND! I am spending the entire day blogging. I am giving myself one full day to play in the land of blog to spread comments (as I’ve mentioned to my dear friend, Jenners…) like Johnny Appleseed! I have tons of friends to visit and I am excited to feel excited about that again! So goodbye, overwhelming anxiety and exhaustion! Hello, happy happy joy joy!

Oh! One more thing before I release the prisoners…

My sweet friend DiPaola Momma over at Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom shared a wonderful post yesterday about her walk to support breast cancer research. It is a deeply moving post and she is also supporting her friend Nicole in her upcoming Avon Breast Cancer Walk. Nicole could use our support so scooty on over and give her a shout out here http://www.goodgollymissblondie.com/. She has some awesome giveaways going on over there too! Don’t forget…save the ta-tas! Feel your boobies!

Speaking of giveaways….Winners…don’t forget to email me your addresses so I can ship off your goodies!

Have a rockin’ Wednesday!

WINNERS REVEALED!

(Sorry I’m late today! A wee family emergency occured, but all is well now!)

It’s time…. (I know you’re thinking…”seriously…we’ve been waiting all freakin’ morning, lady!) Sorry for the delay…it’s a long post to write! lol! Let’s get started!

Over 600+ entries….and thousands of emails….(no, I’m not kidding..)

Computer crash drama….

Love spread around the Land of Blog…

The day has come to reveal the winners of the first annual Bee and Rose Monster Giveaway!

I loved doing this so much that in September we are doing a Black Crow Boutique Monster Giveaway featuring the whimsical items you’ll find in our shop! I’m also going to do a monthly giveaway here at Bee and Rose! Stay tuned!

Are you ready for the list?

Here goes….drumroll please….(preferably played by some hottie who’s shirtless..)

By the way….some lucky duckies are dual winners!

A special “First Guest Prize” is being awarded to the first commenter on the Monster Giveaway!

The first commenter was…

YaYa!

Yaya, I will be sending you a surprise gift for being the first to arrive at the party! Woo hoo!

Prize #1 ~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~

Shalee B-Speechless (Sometimes it’s Good to Be Speechless!)

Prize 1

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

332

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:35:37 UTC

Comment: Shalee- Be Speechless said…

Oh thank you for the Shout Out! That means a lot. I am so happy I stumbled upon your site thanks to the SITS. 😀 Its amazing what randomness will bring you! I personally love the Sterling Silver Lucky Necklace! I truly do feel so lucky with my life. I have a wonderful husband who treats me like a princess and we just bought a yacht! Can life get better than this.. I submit that it can not!

April 7, 2009 7:01 AM

Prize #2 ~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~

Tamara B!

Prize 2

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:



245

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:46:02 UTC

Comment: Tamara B. said…

I follow. tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

April 8, 2009 11:51 AM

Prize #3 ~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets Dirty Pretty Things!~



Prize is for one silhouette in winner’s choice of gender and Angel or Devil design. Also included are the owl magnets!

TJ and Amy! (at Tj, Amy and Ava Pugmire!)

Prize 3

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

166

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:52:34 UTC

Comment: Tj and Amy said…

I love the Custom Personalized Mixed Metal Handstamped Necklace at kristens custom creations. darling. amsbolda@hotmail.com

April 7, 2009 9:33 AM

Prize#4 ~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~



Deb (Dirty Socks and Pizza!)

Prize 4

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

446

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 08:58:05 UTC

Comment: Deb said…

i love the owl soap, too. and the voodoo babies. you are pretty incredible, dawn, to be doing all of this.

April 16, 2009 3:54 AM


Prize #5 ~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~(please note this is for one reversible doll…it’s a 2-in-one doll!)

Jillene (Jillene’s Journal!)

Prize 5

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

552

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:01:53 UTC

Comment: Jillene said…

I love the ugly dolls but my favorites are the Vintage Halloween stuff. That is right up my alley!! Can’t wait until your shop opens!!

April 17, 2009 7:07 AM

Prize #6 ~Forest Friends Fun!~


Katrina (My Life As A Married Girl!)

Prize 6

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

197

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:06:01 UTC

Comment: : Katrina said…

I live kristen’s jewelry! =) congrats on 100!

April 7, 2009 5:21 PM

~Boo-boo Trio!~


Megan (INfertile Myrtle!)

Prize 7

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

353

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:10:33 UTC

comment: Megan said…

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_1&listing_id=21977165&ga_search_query=resolve&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5355571I love the patience one.

April 7, 2009 7:22 PM

Prize #8 ~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~




Jill (a bubble in the stream of consciousness!)

Prize 8

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

41

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:16:36 UTC

comment: jill said…

congrats on your 100th post!this is a totally AWESOME give-away…you have raised the bar for the rest of blogland!!!!!!
heading4heaven@yahoo.com

April 6, 2009 8:49 AM

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Shannon (..::IT’S TRICKEY::..!)

Prize 9

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

11

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:20:40 UTC

comment: Shannon said…

I love #14 – I’m a Burt’s fan! Love that you’re doing a huge giveaway 🙂

April 6, 2009 5:08 AM

Prize #10 ~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~

Jennifer Jensen!

Prize 10

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

290

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:23:17 UTC

Comment: Jennifer Jensen said…

I ventured over to Stampin’ Mom’s etsy shop and I liked what I saw. I love anything chandelier. The ribbons and jewels are beautiful…i could go on forever.

jennijensen@gmail.com

April 10, 2009 9:31 PM

Prize #11 ~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~



YaYa!

Prize 11

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

183

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:28:08 UTC

Comment: Yaya said…

Blogged about it

April 7, 2009 1:42 PM

Prize #12 ~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

Tranquility (Tranquility…and Turmoil!)

Prize 12

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

513

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:32:40 UTC

Tranquility said…

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those Ugly Dolls… and I don’t know why. There is just something fun and appealing about them! That Owl soap is also very, very neat. I would be afraid to actually use it though – so I guess I just might have to stock up so I can have fresh ones to use on a whim. I’m not really into Halloween (I know… what’s wrong with me, right?), but your goodies do look like a lot of fun and I might have to do a bit of extra decorating this October 😉 – Those VooDoo Babies are hilarious! I love that they have those little hearts, making them seem so innocent and sweet – haha!

April 16, 2009 1:37 PM

Prize #13 ~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~




Wendy (the corividarium)

Prize 13

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

90

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:35:32 UTC

Comment: Wendy said…

Congrats on turning 100 :)What great prizes!!! I don’t know how to choose which I like best… I have some serious Ann Taintor love, and who wouldn’t want the Queen Bitch book??? I ask you! But then there’s those band-aids… and the owl journal… good golly!

April 6, 2009 2:50 PM

Prize #14 ~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~



And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Mimi (Screaming Mimi!)

Prize 14

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

424

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:38:29 UTC

Comment: Mimi said…

Mandarin ginger soy candle looks amazing!

April 12, 2009 10:00 AM

Prize #15 ~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~

(I’ve added some Anne Taintor Retro Post-its..not pictured…since moved the cowgirl magnet to the Boss Lady prize..)

Bobbi-Jo (It Works For Me!)

Prize 15

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

168

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:42:23 UTC

Comment Bobbi-Jo said…

I’m now a total follower – blog follower that is 🙂 Thanks again, and a huge congrats!

April 7, 2009 9:34 AM

Prize #16 ~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~



News From Around the Blogs!

Prize 16

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

298

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:48:35 UTC

Comment: News Around The Blogs said…

Woot Woot another entry for me! I like the Stripes and Dots Quilt that Claire made!

April 11, 2009 8:17 PM

Prize #17 ~Bobby Boo Treat Sack + 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~





Included is our Bobby Boo Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! I’m throwing in some other fun surprises too!

Donnetta (Life in the Fast Lane!)

Prize 17

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

25

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:54:54 UTC

Comment: Donnetta said…

CONGRATULATIONS on 100 posts!!! And you made me tear up with your daughter talking about Tuesday’s waggie ride. What a tender heart she has. What I like….Hmmm…LOVE the fun boo-boo bandaids!And who wouldn’t want a Queen Bitch display book!!We love us some games around here, so the birthday party game would delight baby chicklet!

April 6, 2009 7:24 AM

Prize 18 ~Artisan Crafted Enchanted Whisk Broom~ (from Black Crow!)

Jillene (Jillene’s Journal!)

Prize 18

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

331

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 09:58:14 UTC

Comment: Jillene said…

I just poped over to Kristen’s site and I LOVE the Mommy or Grandma Hammered Necklace. SO cute!!

April 7, 2009 6:58 AM

Prize #19 ~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~

Doreen (Treasured Giveaways!)

Prize 19

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

192

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:01:50 UTC

Comment: Doreen said…

Blogged also!http://treasuredgiveaways.blogspot.com/2009/04/100th-post-giveaway.html

April 7, 2009 4:49 PM

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~



Jen Sue Wild (Diamonds, Fur and Laundry!)

Prize 20

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

616

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:04:07 UTC

Comment: Jen Sue Wild said…

BTW I am fallowing you..I thought I was befor..

April 17, 2009 2:20 PM

Prize #21 ~Pirate Booty~


Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets



Polka Dot Moon!

Prize 21

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

426

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:07:43 UTC

Comment: Polka Dot Moon said…

Oh I just love “Lita and the Tea Cup Full of Birds – Original Art”! Simply darling 🙂

April 12, 2009 2:33 PM

Prize #22 ~An Evening with Jane~

stephilinn!

Prize 22

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

61

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:14:42 UTC



Comment: stephilinn said…

I follow your blog religiously!

April 6, 2009 10:22 AM


Prize #23 ~Ice Bat Uglydoll~

Becky (The Branches!)

Prize 23

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

567

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:18:52 UTC

Comment: Becky said…

I love anything and EVERYTHING with OWLS! And you know this from my blog 🙂 I really hope I win something 🙂 And thank you for putting on this great giveaway! Yeah!

April 17, 2009 12:10 PM

Prize #24 ~OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder ~



Blognut (More Mindless Rambling!)

Prize 24

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

453

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:23:12 UTC

Comment: blognut said…

I LOVE the VooDoo babies! I’m going to have to get some of those because now my life cannot be complete without them, you know? I need to add them to my collection of office toys.

April 16, 2009 4:48 AM

Prize #25 ~Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush~

B (Simply B, Simply Me!)

Prize 25

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

414

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:37:02 UTC

Comment: B said…

Besides those stinking cute fortune cookies I love those pillow case dresses. I’ve been thinking about making a couple of those for my miniature since it does seem nice weather is finally here, but buying them seems like a great option too!

April 11, 2009 2:38 PM

Prize #26 ~Boss Lady Cowgirl Loot ~

(compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum and Cowgirl Magnet from Stampin Mom!)



Tutu’s Bliss!

Prize 26

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

134

Timestamp: 2009-04-19 10:42:46 UTC

Comment: TuTu’s Bliss said…

hmmmm the rosebud salve but WOWZA this is serious!! It would be like winning the lotto but better because you don’t have the hassle of all your friends and family trying to borrow a buck. 🙂

April 7, 2009 2:26 AM

If you didn’t get a chance to see Cat Chat’s announcement about the giveaway, scroll down and check it out!

Thanks to everyone who participated, shared the love and hung in there with me for my very first (but certainly not last!) giveaway celebration!

WINNERS: Make sure I have a way to contact you about shipping your prizes!

Happy Monday!

Bee and Rose is still working on her makeover! Excuse my trash, poor makeup choices and other assorted nonsense until I can sort it all out! In the words of Chilly…”We ask that you bear with us during this transition!” lol!

Let’s Rock and Scroll! Monster Giveaway Finale! Prize Gallery is Here!

Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!

Today is the final day of the Monster Giveaway! Hooray in advance for the winners! Hooray for everyone!

There are 26 prizes to be won! And yes, it is possible to win more than one prize per person!

If you still want a chance for a double entry, CLICK HERE!

Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of my bloggy heart for understanding that my laptop crashed last Tuesday. Your support is just overwhelming and much appreciated!

Let’s get this party started! Ready to Rock and Scroll?!!!

Allow me to introduce you to a fabulous and talented blogger friend, Jen Sue Wild over at Diamonds, Fur and Laundry! Jen Sue is the designer and creator of the Massive Sunshine Bag that so many of you love! She designs aprons, bags and offers some fantastic tutorials! Look for her Etsy shop to open soon! In the meantime, please go give her a shout out at her blog to tell her how much you LOVE that gorgeous bag! Not only will you get to see her fabulous designs, you will make a new bloggy friend! And as a final entry opportunity, if you head over to visit her and come back to this post with a comment on which tutorial you like in her sidebar, that will earn you a final entry! (I know I said yesterday’s entry was the final one, but I changed my mind!)

I will be choosing the winners over the weekend starting with Prize #1 and going straight down the prize list. Comments will be numbered in the order they were received. I will announce the winners in Monday’s post!

Here is the Prize Gallery in all it’s glory!

Prize #1 ~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~


Prize #2 ~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~


Prize #3 ~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets Dirty Pretty Things!~


Winner will choose silhouette gender and angel or devil.

Prize#4 ~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~

Prize #5 ~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~(please note this is for one reversible doll…it’s a 2-in-one doll!)

Prize #6 ~Forest Friends Fun!~

Prize #7 ~Boo-boo Trio!~


Prize #8 ~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~


This fun prize includes a Good Eats Recipe Card Binder, Retro Housewife Magnet and 2 Owl Tea Towels from Paperchase!

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~


Prize #10 ~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~

Prize #11 ~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~



This book is hilarious! You can actually display a new page every day because it has a display stand! Filled with retro images with a dose of bitchiness!

Prize #12 ~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

Prize #13 ~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~


Includes *2 packages of Sniff Tissues (purse size!) One says “Has anyone seen my hormones?”..the other says “She liked imaginary men best of all..”
Also included is a package of sticky notes that says “the day was in dire need of a Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and a note pad that says “more paperwork please.” I love Anne Taintor’s vintage office products!

Prize #14 ~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~


And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Prize #15 ~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~


Prize #16 ~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~


Vera B’s owl design!!! You will win a clip zip id purse and 24 matching pencils in VB’s awesome owl print! Prize #17 ~Bobby Boo Treat Sack + 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~



Included is our Bobby Boo Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! (Fun to use for pirate parties too!)

Prize 18 ~Artisan Crafted Enchanted Whisk Broom~

Prize #19 ~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~
I use this every day! It’s creamy and the pinky brown color is fabulous! It tastes like chocolate too! (not that I eat it or anything…cause that would be weird!)

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~


From my special duckie to yours!

Prize #21 ~Pirate Booty~

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets


Prize #22 ~An Evening with Jane~

Mug reads “For what do we live, but to make sport for our
our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”


Prize #23 ~Ice Bat Uglydoll~

Prize #24 ~OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder ~

Prize #25 ~Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush~

Prize #26 ~Boss Lady Cowgirl Loot ~

(compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum and Cowgirl Magnet from Stampin Mom!)


I really wish I could win my own giveaway! Lets do a quick review of the rules since it is the last day!

You can still click over to the original MONSTER GIVEAWAY Post and enter if you haven’t done so already! Here’s how to enter:

*Leave a comment on the MONSTER Giveaway about what you like in the giveaway = one entry

*Follow my blog (only if you really want to..I love lurkers just as much!) Please leave a separate comment to tell me are new! = one entry

If you already do follow, please leave me a separate comment that you do = one entry

PLEASE NOTE: For this particular giveaway, following is just that…commenting that you are a follower and plastering your cute icon on my follower list up there! Subscribing does not count as an entry in this giveway. Thanks for understanding!

*Blog about my giveway and link to it = one entry
(Be sure you tell me when you do it!)

I will accept comments received on today’s post using the above criteria for the original post as entries here today. If you have already commented on original post using that criteria, your original comments will count as your entries. Thanks for understanding!

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because I am using Random.org to choose the winners.

Giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST on Friday, April 17.

Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday April 20 on my post.

Please add your email address in your comment if it’s not available on your blog. That way I can notify the winners by email. Thank you!

For additional entry opportunities, please use the following links…For these entries to count, you must comment on the post links below. Comments made here using the criteria shared in the posts listed below cannot be counted in the giveaway so make sure if you want the extra chances that you comment on the links below! And again, thanks for understanding!

Entry Oppty. #2, HERE

Entry Oppty. #3, HERE

Entry Oppty. #4, HERE (Originally, you needed to visit the shops mentioned on specific days…for today only, I will offer an additional entry if you visit one or both of these shops and return to comment on what you liked today!)

Entry Oppty. #5 HERE

WHEW! That’s all, folks!

Wishing you lots of good luck! We will have a very special post on Monday to announce the winners!

UPDATED! Tuesday’s Tribute: Here’s Your Sign (aka Prizes, Anyone?)

UPDATE! Two more prizes just added to the 4 already listed!(1:00 pm mst!)

My Tuesday Tribute is dedicated to…and you may have already guessed this…the GEEK Squad!


Oops! I just had a geekasm! My precious laptop has returned home! Hooray! Let the confetti rain down on my geek parade!

It was exactly one week ago today that my laptop suffered a mind-swipe due to what seemed to be a power surge, but what I believe was a really well disguised alien abduction.


Once the dust cleared and I realized something horrible had happened, I raced precious to Best Buy General Hospital. While driving at ambulance level rates of speed, I prayed for a sign that all would be well. For Heaven’s sake, I had just launched a monster size giveaway on Monday! Upon arriving at the “hospital”, a man nearly knocked me down trying to get into the store ahead of me. I almost tried to trip him until I noticed the back of his shirt. It read “I’m Always Here to Lend a Helping Hand.” Whoa! Nice work, Jesus! That’s a pretty clear sign!

I get to the Intensive Care Unit at the Geek Squad where the Geek Docs are waiting to help. (I was sad to see all the other laptops all lined up on life support on the counter.) I knew what their families were feeling.

This is where sign #2 showed up.

The names of the two FANTASTIC Geek Docs that assisted me were Milt and George. That is a HUGE sign for me…here’s why…

My dad’s name is Milt and we have a close family friend named George. Dad and George always work well together and can fix just about anything they work on. I knew immediately that God was letting me know all was not lost! I left my trusty laptop with these fellows and hoped for the best.

On Saturday, I checked in on my precious. A very helpful Geekster named Tom listened patiently to my blathering on about this and that. He offered up comforting words and reassurances that they were doing everything they could to save my precious. He’s a great guy, that Tom!

Yesterday morning, I called for an update and another kind Geekster named Omar said it was time for my laptop to come home. However, she had amnesia and there was no way to restore her memory. She had become a vegetable. I will no longer be able to stroll down memory lane with her and look at photos or listen to my iTunes downloads…sniffle..sniffle…(For the record, I’m stickin’ with the alien mindswipe theory…;)

So this tribute is for you, Geek Squad at the Best Buy on Calle Santa Cruz in Tucson, AZ! You guys are rockin’ GeekStars! Your customer service was top quality! You all deserve a bonus!


Here is precious with her doctors, Omar and Tom. (Cat’s Frankenbangs are growing out nicely, aren’t they?)

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to post the five extra prizes yesterday. I spent the entire day out and about trying to gather the things needed for my precious laptop’s continued recovery. It also took several hours to get it loaded into the computer. I’m still not done! I hope to be fully functional by this evening.

Here are four of the five (maybe more!) prizes being added to the MONSTER giveaway!
I will add the others later today (if I can get some time on the parent’s computer if my precious is still not fully up.) Can I just say…they are flippin’ awesome?!

Prize #21 (Pirate’s Booty)

Set of 2 Accoutrements Pirate Finger Puppets




Prize #22 (An Evening with Jane)

Mug reads “For what do we live, but to make sport for our
our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”


Prize #23 Ice Bat Uglydoll
Prize #24 OUCH Voodoo Toothpick Holder

Prize #25 Cupcake Kitchen! Jessie Steele Cupcake Apron & Cuisinart Pink Kitchen Brush!

Prize #26 Boss Lady Loot! (compact mirror, coin purse, cinnamon gum!)



If you haven’t already entered the giveaway, go here.

If you’d like additional entries, go here and here.

Stay tuned for one more opportunity to enter in Thursday’s post!

And finally, THANK YOU for sticking with me, my dear friends in Blogland! I will be spending the next several days visiting my new friends, catching up with old friends and spreading the comment love like wild fire! I will also catch up on all of my email…(let’s just say it’s in the triple digits! Crikey!)

Warmly,
~dawn~

Not Me Monday! I Am NOT Adding More Prizes to My Monster Giveaway..or am I???

NOT ME Monday is brought to you by the fabulous MckMama over at My Charming Kids. Please send your well wishes for her wee Stellan. He needs our love and prayers. Thanks!

I did NOT curl up and rock back and forth sucking my thumb in a dark corner for hours last week because of the stupid surge that sent my laptop to the Geek Squad hospital during my MONSTER giveaway. I would NOT act like such a baby. Also, I did NOT cry so hard on Tuesday (and Wednesday) that my right eye was actually swollen shut for a while. I would NOT be so emotional over a computer. My son did NOT tell me I was EMO because I did NOT wear black all week and act depressed.

I did NOT stand in the middle of my yard shaking my fist to the heavens and yell (in my Scarlett O’Hara voice) “As God as my witness, I will never be laptop free again!”


I also did NOT roll around in agony in my yard screaming..”WHY? WHY? WHY is this crap happening to me!!!!???? Why this week????””

I did NOT feel HORRIBLE because I was unable to comment, say hi to my new bloggy friends and visit blogs due to my lack of computer access all week. My family did NOT tell me to seek therapy for this. I did NOT tell them to shove their therapy talk where the sun doesn’t shine.

I did NOT gasp out loud when passing by this magazine at Borders. I am a grown woman and that would NOT be appropriate. Also, I did NOT whistle when I looked inside this magazine that I did NOT pick up and flip through. People did NOT stare at me and shake their heads in pity.

I did NOT receive a terse note from the Easter Bunny reminding me that as of 6:30 pm on Saturday evening I still had no egg dye or candy for the kids. He did NOT sign the note “Smooth Move, Exlax.” The Easter Bunny is NOT that rude.

Chilly did NOT ask me what I got him for Easter. After pausing for several seconds, I did NOT say, “uh…that would be a big nada.” He did NOT then reply…”Wait you just did…You just gave me 3 minutes of silence.” Chilly is NOT that big of a NeRdAnDeRtHaL!

Catherine did NOT freak out over how the Easter Bunny was going to enter our home. She did NOT go into a begging spasm at Hallmark when she found this. I did NOT buy this because I do NOT give in to tantrums. (you can totally tell I’m lying, can’t you….you know this freakin’ key is hanging on my door…don’t you…)

I did NOT have a FABULOUS time making Easter dinner with Cat (age 6) for the first time. We did NOT make this feast while dancing around the kitchen in rabbit ears and singing songs from “iCarly.” I would NEVER behave like such a whack job in front of my child.

I am NOT happily adding FIVE more prizes to the giveaway because I am NOT grateful for all of your kind understanding and support during my laptop’s illness. I would NOT be so desperate for you all to like me. NO, NOT ME….

And I am NOT adding a few more days for the giveaway to give you plenty of time to enter! I would NOT be so helpful.

I will NOT accept entries until Friday, April 17. (ok…so maybe I will…) I will NOT announce the winners on Monday, April 20. (ok…so maybe I’ll do that too… Be sure to check back on Monday!)

(I will be announcing the additional prizes in a post later today! I still have a few things I may want to add…(yep…it may even be more than 5!) I’m still kicking a few nifty prize ideas around. If you check back for that post and leave a comment, it will count as another entry! I know…I am a crazy woman!
Hugs and smoochies to you all!!!!

dawn
p.s. I tried to do some stalking from Chilly’s office over the weekend, but only had a short time to do so….Miss Kitty became ill and we needed to scoot back home to get her all better for the Easter Bunny’s visit! I PROMISE you I will be back to commenting as soon as my laptop is repaired! I PROMISE! Hope you don’t give up on me! I love to comment…I do! This whole thing has been a nightmare for me! lol!

Thankful Thursday aka You Can Have Another Entry in the Monster Giveaway!

Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!

Even though the last two days were a gigantic suck-o-rama, I realized I have so much for which I’m thankful!

I am thankful that Tuesday night after the Suckfest began, Chilly took us to McDonalds for dinner so I wouldn’t have to drag myself into the kitchen in the midst of my despair. I am grateful that during the dinner conversation, the word “Automatic” came up so that Chilly and I could then say…”It’s systematic…..It’s Hyyyy-dro-matic….Why! It’s Greased Lightin’!!!” And then we broke into the whole song and dance right in the middle of McD’s. Again, my kids were completely mortified…mission accomplished!


I am grateful that she didn’t show up in my bathroom this morning….(for you newbies, go here if you hate PMS…)
I am thankful that I live 40 miles from Nogales, Mexico because there have been sightings of the Chupacabra down there…{{{shudder}}}….I know this because my son made me watch “Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes” and they said so….


I am grateful for YIKES Toy Store in Tucson because they have fantabulous toys and gifts. (Remember those Kissy Bandaids? They came from YIKES!) If you’re ever in Tucson, go check them out!


I am thankful for Obnoxious SAHM for including me in her Sunday Spotlight! Go read her awesome blog!!! She just started a fabulous Mom’s group…go over and check it out! I am a proud member!!!

I am grateful for the Blonde Duck for sharing this awesome award with me! Go visit her too! If you like pie, delightful stories and cute puppies, this is a must read blog! (Can you say S’more Pie???)

I am thankful for all of my fabulous bloggy friends, old and new, who have been so loving and supportive! You’re the best! If I haven’t formally introduced myself to you yet at your blog, I promise I will soon! Then you’ll probably want to change your blog address because of my relentless stalking!

I am grateful for Kristina P and her Snuggie wearin’ blog…She is a blog super hero! She makes me spit my coffee all over my monitor all the time…hey…maybe my laptop drowned! (just kiddin’!) My poor Precious is probably cold and lonely at the Geek hospital. I bet she’s dreaming of a Snuggie right now….sniffle sniffle…


I am thankful for Jamie over at Stampin Mom and her awesome Etsy shop! To celebrate more giveaway madness, I am offering another opportunity for an entry! Scooty on over to Jamie’s shop and come back and tell me what you like! Poof! Another entry!

I am thankful that you have all been so enthusiastic about my giveway, that I’ll will be hosting one on a monthly basis! Now they won’t have 20 prizes, but I’ll make sure they’re interesting!

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, go here!


Go get your gratitude on, my friends and enjoy your day!

Dawn (pretend it’s my fancy signature….)

p.s. I know some of you might be reading this on Wednesday! lol! I had to hijack my parent’s computer so I could post…I haven’t lost my mind completely! I really do know what day of the week it is! Hee hee hee! I will update the post date in the morning…

Tuesday’s Tribute and More Ways to Win the Monster Giveaway!

Hi! Comments are now closed so we can prepare to announce the giveaway winners!
Thanks for participating in the Monster Giveaway!

First, thank you so much for the many, many kind words and lovely comments on my 100th post! It made my day! (especially since my day was a huge suckfest in real life! I tried something new yesterday….having a migraine…yeah, I love trying new things….)

Next, welcome to all of my new followers! Wow! I am honored! I hope you like it here!

I want to give a special shout out to my very special bloggy friend, Shalee Be Speechless! She was my very first follower, and I will always be so grateful to her. Please go read her blog! She is adorable! I love you, Shalee!

My Tuesday’s Tribute is dedicated to Tween Caveboy, Irish Dancer Girl, Chilly and their very close friend, Sarcasm. Don’t get me wrong here. I mean no disrespect. Sarcasm has brought a lot of joy to my life. It has been a dear sweet friend and brought much needed comic relief to our home, especially since Chilly developed his heart issues.

I will share with you a fine example of the kindness of Sarcasm…

Sunday night I am preparing the items for the giveaway. I am laying them all out in groups on my dining table. I am giddy with excitement! The 6 year old Irish Dancer Girl comes into the room doing her dance moves. She stops at the table, her eyes grow big and she says (really, really loudly), “Are you putting those hooters in your giveaway?”

I quickly pat down my chest (and I mean all the way to my knees…can you say “L cup…for long?”) to make sure my hooters are still attached to my body. Then I realize she’s talking about the owls. Of course, Tween Caveboy cannot help himself…he must interject, “Who’d want to win those?” he snorts. Ah yes, I see Sarcasm has plopped himself on the couch right next to Tween Caveboy.

I huffed, “Well, heck, I don’t know, but someone out there actually might want to win some hooters!” Tween Caveboy pipes up again, “Yeah, Dad would so become a follower of your blog if he could win some hooters!” Real nice influence you have there, Sarcasm.

(Here’s a photo of me from my Hooters Days….Chilly, I realize you didn’t know I used to work there, but I wanted you to marry me for my brain…by the way, this is my “stop staring at my hooters and order your dang food” look…)

So dear bloggy friends, while I am not offering “those kinds” of hooters in my giveaway, (I know, I can hear you screaming in despair…why????? what? no hooters???) I do have lots of the “wild kingdom” kind of hooters and other fabulous goodies ready for you to win! (Can you say Philosophy? Vera Bradley? Kristen’s Custom Creations? And LOTS MORE!)

Today, you can add another entry to the giveaway if you visit Kristen’s Custom Creations and come back to this post to comment about what you like over there! Kristen makes the most amazing jewelry! I love everything she makes!

Here’s a link to the giveaway if you haven’t already had a chance to enter. It’s filled with 20 fabulous prizes! I wish I could enter my own giveaway!

p.s. Most of you know about my issues with Verizon…I am hoping to get this worked out quickly. Please know that if I haven’t been around, it’s because my gigabytes are really limited until the 18th when they re-set. It’s driving me crazy not to be able to visit you all every day! I just got them to remove the $500 fees they were charging me for over usage. Chilly, my hero, is offering me up his office computer this weekend so I can stalk the heck out of “all ya’ll! You’re in for it now!!! Mwooohahaha! Thanks for understanding!

Guess Whoooo’s 100? (It’s the Mother of All Giveaways!)

(Update! Comments are now closed for the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!)

Whooo’s 100?

I am! This is my 100th post!

To say I am astonished and humbled by the incredible support of my blog from fellow bloggers, friends and family would be an ginormous understatement! I am truly, deeply grateful that ya’ll stop by and visit me! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

(I had this scheduled to post at midnight, but for some reason, it didn’t! I got up to check it about 1:30 am and discovered blogger’s mischief! Sorry if you came by then!)

All righty then…do you have a cup of coffee, hot cocoa, tea, martini? How about a masseuse? You’re gonna need it! It’s my 100th post and by the time you are done reading it, you’ll probably feel as old and tired as Rip Van Winkle! You know me and my long winded rambley-ness! (….the giveaway is here..I promise!)

So, this is what I’ve come to know about blogging in the last 100 days….

Blogging is like taking a vacation to a place you never knew existed, but once you arrive, you never want to leave. There’s a new language, customs of the natives to learn, and amazing treasures to discover! (who can resist all of those cupcake blogs!?) Inspiration and creativity abound in the Land of Blog!

I love getting my words on a page to share with others. I decided to blog to honor that creative part in me that no longer wanted to be silent. I wanted to set an example for my kids to follow their dreams. In order to do that, I needed to start following my own.

I recently shared with a very sweet bloggy friend that each morning, I love to grab my coffee, power up my computer and begin my travels through the blogs to visit old friends and meet new ones along the way. For me, blogging is about connecting with others as much as writing now. (although with this stupid limited gigabyte deal with Verizon, my comment love to you all is not what I want it to be…boo hiss boo…)

I also shared with this same friend that not so long ago I was feeling very overwhelmed coming to terms with the reality that my kids will probably lose their father to his illness while they are still very young. Normally, I’m a pretty upbeat girl, but I was starting to feel really depressed. I started to cry…you know, one of those big ugly cries. My darling daughter asked me why I was sad. I hugged her close, but was unable to speak. She cupped my face in her 6 yr old hands and said, “You should go make people laugh on your blog, Mommy. Laughing always makes me feel better.”

I was amazed. She continued, “Remember when we took our wagon to the park for that little girl who lives in Heaven? I bet she was happy her mom had a blog to tell everyone to take their wagons to the park.” In that moment, the grace of God came through my daughter and poured into my heart.

I suddenly realized blogging provides a place for a voice no matter how small to be heard. It’s a place to share our joyful times, our a-ha moments. Voices that are sad, afraid, lonely also have a place in this land of Blog. It’s a place to gather support and feel helpful when things seem helpless. As I shared with my friend, I may not have thousands of dollars to donate to a cause, but I can write about it. Maybe my words will reach someone who can.

I have met the most amazing, creative and awe-inspiring people during my short bloggy life! I LOVE you all!!!

(If you’re new here, I am normally pretty ornery, but since I’m 100 today I am a bit reflective. Old age does that to you. Ornery-ness will re-commence tomorrow!

And now…..drumroll please…..to show you how grateful I am, I am hosting a MONSTER giveaway! I will be breaking up the giveaway into lots of groups of goodies so you have lots of opportunities to win!

And away we go!!! Remember, it’s HUGE and I LOVE owls!!! You’ll probably notice some old blog post themes too!

Prize #1

~Wise Owl Necklace by Kristen’s Custom Creations!~



I LOVE Kristen’s jewelry! She has so many fabulous designs to choose from and her blog is fantastic! Please go visit her Etsy shop here and her blog here!

Prize #2

~Philosophy’s Amazing Grace 3-in-1 Shower Gel, Shampoo & Bubble Bath (full size!)~


Prize #3

~Dirty Pretty Silhouette & Owl Magnets from Dirty Pretty Things!~


Winner will choose silhouette gender and angel or devil. I LOVE these! Raven’s shop, Dirty Pretty Things has lots of lovelies! These cute little owl magnets are from her shop too! Head on over there and browse around! Stop by her blog while you’re out and about!

Prize#4

~Massive Sunshine Bag from Jen Sue Wild! ~


This gorgeous bag is made by fabulous blogger, Jen Sue Wild, who is an amazingly talented seamstress! I fell in love with this bag the very moment I saw it! You can meet the wonderful Jen Sue here!

Prize #5

~UGLYDOLL Bop & Beep!~

You get two Uglies in one 14” huggable doll! I sell these through my shop Black Crow Boutique (online store re-launch coming soon!) We always sell out of these! Very soft and cuddly!

Prize #6

~Forest Friends Fun!~


This adorable group includes fabulous Forest Friends Domino Magnet Set, Folkmanis Mini Owl Finger Puppet, and Owl Stickers by Paperchase! Jamie over at Stampin Mom is the designer of these darling domino magnets! I love her magnets and all her goodies in her Etsy shop (here.) Stop by her blog too!

Prize #7

~Boo-boo Trio!~


Make it all better with fun boo-boo bandaid strips! You get Crime Scene, Kissy Lips and Devil Duckie designs!

Prize #8

~”Dreams of the Every Day Housewife” Package!~


This fun prize includes a Good Eats Recipe Card Binder, Retro Housewife Magnet and 2 Owl Tea Towels from Paperchase!

Prize #9

~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Umm…yeah…Anthropologie and I go way back…

Prize #10

~Birthday Party Game by eeboo!~


This was chosen by my 6 yr old daughter! We LOVE this game! ! Eeboo makes fantastic children’s games! We offer wonderful things like this in our ebay store, Monkey McNoodles!

Prize #11

~That’s Queen Bitch to You! Display Book!~



This book is hilarious! You can actually display a new page every day because it has a display stand! Filled with retro images with a dose of bitchiness!

Prize #12

~Green M&M Computer Screen Cleaner!~

This little cutie has a soft chamois back that wipes away dust, dirt and smudges without scratching your computer! You can use it again and again! Comes new in the box!

Prize #13

~Anne Taintor Retro Office Fun Stuff!~

Includes *2 packages of Sniff Tissues (purse size!) One says “Has anyone seen my hormones?”..the other says “She liked imaginary men best of all..”
Also included is a package of sticky notes that says “the day was in dire need of a Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and a note pad that says “more paperwork please.” I love Anne Taintor’s vintage office products!

Prize #14

~Good Fortune Feel Good Stuff!~


Includes a set of 5 fabulous Fabric Fortune Cookies from the amazing Claire, owner of Etsy shop, Laurora! Get on over there and see all the fabulous goods she has up! I went bananas over these fortune cookies! They are perfect for gifts, party favors and more!

Also included is Smith’s Rosebud Salve from Anthropologie. (You can also get this through Sephora.) You can use this for chapped lips, diaper rash, blemishes, cuticles and more! You will love it! I’m throwing in a Burt’s Bees Chapstick too! (There’s your Bee and Rose stuff!)

And you will also receive two little keys (not shown)….the keys to love and prosperity!

Prize #15

~”Owl” Remind Ya’ Kit~


Includes a Vinyl Catch-all Bag and Journal from Paperchase in one of my favorite designs..owls! Bag is a perfect place to keep pens, post-its, band-aids, gum, etc. I keep mine in my car. I LOVE it! Journal is great for shopping lists, reminders and more! Also included is another awesome domino magnet from Stampin Mom! It’s a cute vintage cowgirl! (I do live in AZ, doncha’ know!)

Prize #16

~Whooo loves Vera Bradley?~


I do!!! This is so fantastic I had to include it! It’s Vera B’s owl design!!! You will win a clip zip id purse and 24 matching pencils in VB’s awesome owl print! This rocks my socks off, people!

Prize #17

~Bobby Boo Bag and 3 packages of Skull and Bones Paper Garlands from my shop, Black Crow Boutique!~


I realize Halloween is down the calendar a little ways yet, but it is my favorite holiday and I do happen to own a whimsical Halloween boutique! (whew, that sentence was almost as long as this post!) I want to share some of our best sellers with you! (ummm…maybe you can come and visit me when you’re ready for Halloween?)

Included is our Bobby Boo Trick or Treat Sack with our hottest selling design! My son uses this to cart his video games and stuff around. It can be used year round! Also included are 3 skull garlands from Bethany Lowe Designs! (Fun to use for pirate parties too!)

Prize 18

~Custom Handcrafed Whisk Broom~

Another very popular item at Black Crow Boutique! The artisan who makes these is in very high demand and we are always fortunate when we get them in! (You may remember that cute little broom with the face in my “Cleaning the Witch’s Cottage Post”…we sell those too!)

Prize #19

~Too Faced Chocolate Bunny LipBalm!~
I use this every day! It’s creamy and the pinky brown color is fabulous! It tastes like chocolate too! (not that I eat it or anything…cause that would be weird!)

Prize #20

~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~


From my special duckie to yours!

UPDATED! To see the additional six prizes added, go HERE!

Whew! There you have it, my sweet bloggy friends! Twenty fabulous prizes! All you have to do to enter is the following…

*Leave a comment on this blog about what you like in the giveaway…

and/or

*Follow my blog (only if you really want to..I love lurkers just as much!) I have no shame anymore…I enjoy having followers! (If you already do follow, just leave me a separate comment that you do…) ***This must be a separate entry to count in the giveaway so Random Generator can count it as two separate entries***

and/or

*Blog about my giveway and link to it… (Be sure you tell me when you do it!)

and/or

*Each day over the next 10 days, I will post other ways to enter! Be sure to check back! There will be lots of opportunities to enter multiple times!

Make sure you leave a separate comment for each type of entry because I am using Random Generator to choose the winners. Thanks!

Giveaway entries will be accepted until 11:59pm on Friday, April 17. Giveaway winners will be announced on Monday, April 20. Please add your email address in your comment if it’s not available on your blog. I want to be able to notify the winners by email.

Contest is open all over the world! Shipping outside US will be first class post. Please note I cannot be responsible for lost or damaged shipments outside the US.

Let the fun and games begin!!!!