And the Mother of the Year, Decade, Millenium Goes to…..(also Bee’s Halloween Giveaway Final Day!)

So, I am now officially “Mother of the Year!”  Wanna see how I won this prestigious title?  Take a look…

Meet Connor (aka Teen Caveboy)…he’s hanging out with Shim, lead singer of Sick Puppies!  You may know Sick Puppies from this very famous video….

(Why not go ahead and watch it again? It will brighten your day and chase away those Monday blues...)

Connor and I headed out to a Sick Puppies concert yesterday.  It was FANTASTIC!  They are amazing entertainers and the band was very kind in the autograph line.  (Connor was first in line, of course!)  So how exactly does all of this make me Mother of the Year?  Sit a spell and I’ll tell ya!

Sick Puppies management made it VERY clear that NO photos were allowed to be taken with any band member personally.  They would allow photos of the autograph signing, but no “one on one” photos with any band member PERIOD.  Not Gonna Happen…Don’t Bother Asking…Just get your autograph and go. Totally understandable since there were over 500 people (seriously, no joke) in line for autographs.  Well, being the rebel that I am, I saw an opportunity after they were done doing autographs and just went for it.  I wanted to make this special for Connor. I found a staff member who seemed open to my request and thought the worst that could happen was that he would say no.  No big….But…he said YES!  So off we went to meet Shim!  He couldn’t have been nicer…this guy absolutely rocks!  He was very, very kind to Connor.  It was truly one of the highlights of Teen Caveboy’s life!

Some highlights of the show….

So there you have it!  Mother of the Year!  Who’s your Mommy now?!  (Thanks Chilly, again, for my awesome camera! I’ve had the best year in picture taking EVER!)

***BEE ALERT!***

Don’t forget that today is the last day to enter Bee’s Spook~tacular Giveaway! Winner will be chosen via Random Generator tomorrow.  Entries will be accepted until midnight Mountain Time tonight. (Monday)

Go HERE to check out all the goodies!  There’s also a few extras that were added HERE.

Good luck!

New Additions to Bee’s Spook~tacular Halloween Giveaway! Deadline Extended to Monday!

Happy Saturday!  Just thought I’d throw in a few new additions to the Spook~tacular Giveaway!  Who knows what else might end up in this freakishly fab giveaway!?

These little beauties are hot sellers for Black Crow Boo~tique!  I know you’ll love them too! 

If you haven’t seen what’s in the entire giveaway, just click HERE…or scroll down to the post below!  It’s filled with all sorts of tricks and treats for your haunted home!

Today is BONUS entry day!  Once you’ve done the mandatory entry on the original giveaway post, come back here and leave a comment about your favorite Halloween costume or memory!  That’s it!  

Here’s a reminder on how to enter!

*MANDATORY entry ~  Just leave a comment on the original giveaway post about which item is your favorite in the ginormous Halloween giveaway!
Want some extra chances to win?  All righty, then!
*Follow my blog = 1 entry

*Become a Facebook Friend = 1 entry  (You can also Twitter about giveaway if you choose not to do FB..just send me a link to it!)

*Blog about my giveaway = 1 entry  (send me a link please)
Please leave a separate comment for each entry. This increases your chances to win!  Also, if you already follow my blog or FB, just leave a comment telling me that:) 
*Originally, giveaway was ending on Sunday 10/24 at midnight.  Due to popular demand, I’m extending the deadline to Monday 10/25 at midnight!  
Open to US and Canadian bloggers.  Thanks!
For those who’ve inquired about Black Crow Boo~tique….As many of you know, I own a boutique Halloween business, Black Crow Boo~tique.  The last couple of years we have had to limit our business to local operations due to my husband’s mulitple terminal illnesses.  We appreciate all of the amazing support we’ve received…it’s overwhelming!  As a result, we will re-open BCB on the world wide web come next spring.  (Yep, spring…believe it or not, people start shopping then!)  We’ll have a new website up and will still continue our local parties, sales, and party consulting.  Thank you so much for your continued support!  Big smoochies to all of you!
Now go enter this AWESOME giveaway!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Fiends….

All right…She’s not really a fiend, but she sure is cute!  Miss Irish Dancer Girl performing at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival…caught in mid-air! back to my original plan for this post….I love October!  I adore Autumn, Halloween and we have Irish dance performances at various festivals to enjoy.  We’ve been busy putting our spookalicious touches around the house to celebrate the season!  Thought I’d share a bit of the boo with you!

Even Snow White joins the Halloween fun at our house!

That’s just a wee bit of the Halloween mojo we have going on!  Because I love this holiday so much, I’m hosting a Halloween ~ Autumn themed giveaway this week!  Check back in a day or two to see what freakishly fabulous goodies I have in store for you!  Also, a Perricone giveaway is coming soon too!

Happy Autumn!

Bee Exposed! And the Return of the Nerdanderthal…

The Return of the Nerdanderthal..

The Nerdanderthal made his triumphant re-appearance last night. At approx. 7:00 pm MST, he lumbered over to a comfy spot and clicked on the TV. Within seconds, he was making all sorts of giddy Nerdanderthal noises…What is the reason for this creature’s return to our humble abode? Big Brother has returned for it’s 11th season…it brings out the Nerdanderthals like rain brings out the wild creatures in the desert…scary….

As with American Idol, the Nerdanderthal aka Chilly has rarely missed an episode of Big Brother since it’s very beginning…11 years ago…He is in Big Brother heaven right now because it’s on multiple days of the week and Showtime airs it’s BB After Dark show for 3 hours every night….oy…..There is a blessing that comes with the return of the Nerdanderthal…it frees up my evenings for blog time! Woo hoo! Thank you, Big Brother!!

Bee Exposed!

The lovely Kim over at The Mommy Machine has very kindly included me in her Friday Five Interview today! It’s a revealing look at the inner workings of the Bee and Rose…when I say revealing, I mean fully clothed, (sorry Chilly)…I would be honored if ya’ll would clickety on over to see what she was able to drag out of me! She has a wonderful blog! She lives in Alaska, has twin toddlers and takes beautiful photographs! She’s also a very kind soul and I just know you’ll adore her too! OH! Catherine would be delighted for you to go over and read all about her contribution to the interview too! Thanks!

Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner!

Looky what I’m gonna win!!! That’s right! I don’t even know why I’m telling you about this super fantabulous giveaway because I am destined to win this gorgeous necklace from Kristen’s Custom Creations! I guess, if you really feel you must, you could click on over and check out Kristen’s SPECTACULAR giveaway! You get to choose from one of the five necklaces shown in the giveaway! This is what I’m winning…Don’t hate the player, friends….hate the game….


The Curious Case of the Bee and Rose Button


Want to make a bloggy button??? It’s easy peasy when you click here or go visit April Showers)! April did the easiest blog button tutorial I’ve ever seen! I made my own button in less than 10 minutes! She has wonderful tutorials for favicons too!

Well that wraps it up for today! Have a wonderful weekend! I will be enjoying (NOT!) the 112 degree heat we are expecting on Sunday…good times!



(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, 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:


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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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

comment: Megan said… 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

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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!!!!!!

April 6, 2009 8:49 AM

Prize #9 ~Decorative Owl Plate from Anthropologie!~

Shannon (..::IT’S TRICKEY::..!)

Prize 9

Random Integer Generator

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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

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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.

April 10, 2009 9:31 PM

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


Prize 11

Random Integer Generator

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Comment: Doreen said…

Blogged also!

April 7, 2009 4:49 PM

Prize #20 ~Tattoo Rubber Duckie~

Jen Sue Wild (Diamonds, Fur and Laundry!)

Prize 20

Random Integer Generator

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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

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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~


Prize 22

Random Integer Generator

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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

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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

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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

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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:


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 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!

Something to Crow About! No More Blogout! Final Entry!

(Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!)Scroll on down if you’d like to see the items available this fall in Black Crow Boutique!

Before I start my usual ramble, I want to say thanks for being there for me during my blogout! Even though my laptop was returned on Monday, we’ve had a few issues getting it running properly so I’ve not been able to get around to blogstalking much yet. We’ve actually been back to see the Geek Squad, and they were enormously helpful once again. It appears that finally, we are “go for launch!” Hooray! I will begin my super stalking today! Woo hoo!

The Monster Giveaway is coming to an end tomorrow! We’ve had fun, haven’t we? We’ve had blogout drama, we’ve shared some laughs…..good times! I love it!

Today I am offering one last chance to enter this ridiculously huge giveaway!

As you may know, I own Black Crow Boutique, specializing in enchanted needfuls for your haunted Halloween home! This is an exciting time for us! Our website is undergoing a major expansion and makeover! Our Etsy shop is up and we are getting ready to begin adding items over there just shortly! (I don’t have any of our Etsy items ready to show you yet….That’s a surprise! What is listed below is from our actual shop!) We are gathering lots of new products for our upcoming fall season, and I would love your input!

Some of our collections include Shabby Eeek!, Creepy Carnival, Toile-a-ween, 3 Witches Cafe & Brew, The Owlery, Pink-a-boo, Goblin Hollow, and Bobby Boo! (all names are creations of Black Crow Boutique dba Black Crow Boo-tique on Hysteria Lane…all names are copyright protected.)

So this is how to get extra entries in the Monster Giveaway! Browse through the photos below and leave a comment on what catches your fancy! (And if you don’t see anything you like, that’s fine too….I’m gonna let all comments on today’s post count in the giveaway!)

If you leave a comment about which items you like, your comment will count as two entries! If you can’t find something to crow about, that’s ok too…any comment today counts as one entry!
Many of the items in the MONSTER Giveaway are from Black Crow! (Voodoo Toothpick Holder, Skull & Bones Garland, Bobby Boo Treat Sack, UglyDolls, Whisk Broom, Devil Ducks and more! Go check out the MONSTER Giveaway here! And away we go!
Our friends, the UGLYDOLLS!

Owl Soap (Gianna Rose Atelier)

Glitter Crow & Bat Harp Dangles & Glitter Crow Garland
(Bethany Lowe Designs)
Snowy Owl Puppet (Folkmanis)

Lots of Vintage & Primitive Style Halloween Designs!

Artisan Crafted Enchanted Brooms!

Handles come with tree spirit faces (you can also choose plain handles.)

Shabby Witchy Woman Pumpkin

VooDoo BabiesAdd Image (these are just a few of the styles…we’ll have lots more!)

That’s just a smattering of what’s happening at the Crow this fall!!!! Your input is greatly appreciated! Hope you will come and see us this fall! Thank you!

All of the giveaway prizes will be listed tomorrow in one post for a final look-see! Good luck!

p.s. The items in this post are not included in the monster giveaway (although there are Uglydolls, a small Enchanted Whisk Broom and mini Owl Finger Puppet from our shop in the Monster Giveaway. This post is to offer you an additional entry in the 26 prize Monster Giveaway that concludes tomorrow! Thanks!

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!)


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!!!!

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!

Coming to You Live From Chilly’s Office!

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

If I had a Wordle this weekend, it would be here! But alas, my hubster’s office computer doesn’t have any fancy software for me to use, so just pretend you see my Wordle here!)

It’s Saturday and that means Shannon over at Last Shreds of Sanity is hosting Weekend Wordles! Clickety on over and check out the fun!

Also, please excuse any drooling you may encounter on your visit here today. Chilly was watching the Food Network before we left and it was all about BBQ ribs….all I can think about now are BBQ ribs…..

We’ve had quite a week here at Bee and Rose! Let’s recap, shall we?

We started by kicking off the MONSTER Giveaway to celebrate my 100th post! There are 20 fabulous prizes up for grabs with still more opportunities to win! (We’ll get to all that fun in a minute!)

We had a malicious power surge that took down “My Precious” (I always say that like that creepy Golem dude from Lord of the Rings) aka my laptop, our flat screen tv and my son’s XB360. Thankfully, the XB360 was repaired with the help of Microsoft within minutes of the tragedy. Of course, the priority was the XB360 because a tween without his gaming console is a horrible thing to witness. Then my laptop was whisked off to the intensive care unit at the Geek Squad hospital where she is currently being treated. She may not be released until (and I’m going to try to say this without crying….) NEXT WEDNESDAY! So I am skulking around stealing time on my parent’s computer until my precious laptop is returned. (horrors!) I am actually writing this to you today from my husband’s office computer which is 40 miles from my home!

My sweet Chilly offered up his office computer so I could catch up on my blogstalking and comment love spreading today! (Do you hear the hallelujahs??!!) He has a big old 22″ monitor and a big cushy chair so I’m feeling spoiled.

So….do you want two more opportunities to enter the giveaway? You do? Well, here’s what you need to do….

*For Saturday’s entry, go on over to visit my friend Claire at Laurora (her adorable Etsy shop). Claire is the designer of those “suh-weet” fabric fortune cookies in the giveaway! Come on back here and tell me what you liked over there. Voila! There’s an entry for ya!

*For Sunday’s entry, please head on over to Raven’s Etsy shop, Dirty Pretty Things and once again, return here to comment about what you like there. Raven is the creator of the fabulous silhouettes in the giveaway!

FINE PRINT…You must visit these shops on the specified days for your entries to count!

Now for the BIG Giveaway News!!!!

Because you all have been so incredibly supportive and understanding of my lack of commenting and communication due to my computer issues, I am adding….hold on….wait for it….FIVE additional prizes to the giveaway!

That’s right! I said FIVE!!!!!! I will announce them on Monday so be sure to come back over for a visit! Make sure that if you are entering the original Giveaway for the first time that each entry requirement is left as a separate comment.

For Example….

Comment on the original Monster Giveaway Post = One Entry

Add Yourself as a Follower = One Entry

If you already follow, tell me that you do in a separate comment = One Entry

Blog about the Giveaway and comment that you did with a link = One Entry

I am using to choose the winners so entries must be made separately in order for you to have multiple chances to win!

You can also go to additional posts here and here for other entry opportunities!

Don’t forget to come on back by Monday so you can see the new prizes added!!!! I know you will be tickled silly when you see them!

And again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, for understanding my plight. I’m not trying to be rude by not commenting or visiting your blogs. I’m actually quite the stalker /commenter when my computer is up and running! I am going to try to get around as much as time allows here at Chilly’s office today and say hello!

Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Easter!