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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Year Past, Year Ahead


 *GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!*


So, it's the new year. And what else would be better than having a giveaway to celebrate? :) I've been planning and waiting with baited breath to host this giveaway since about October. The theme? Year Past, Year Ahead. The past year with all of it's ups and downs, and the year ahead with all of it's expectations... presidential elections, included.

I've contacted several Etsy shop owners, and have been able to find a few lovely ladies willing to donate some prizes. So without further ado, may I present these 6 beautiful items selected for the giveaway. :)

1.
Roses and Pearls Necklace
 from

 2.
 Blue Bells and Bright Copper Earrings
 from

3.
Coffee Scented Pillar Candle
(With Real Coffee Beans)
from

 4.
 When Life Gives You Lemons Necklace
 from

 5.
Set of 9 Rogers & Astaire Notecards
 from

 Vintage Button Wire Wrapped Sapphire Blue and Gold Ring
from

 Aren't these beautiful? Now I'm sure you all want to know how you can enter this giveaway. :) So here goes...



RULES:
-This is going to be for USA residents only, as not all of the donators ship outside the US.
-Please leave a comment for each entry (1 comment for 1 entry, 2 comments for 2 entries, 3 comments for 3 entries, and so on).

mandatory entry (1 entry):
Answer any or all of the year-themed questions below, in a post on your blog, leaving the link in a comment. If you do not have a blog to put the questions on, just leave them in a comment.


EXTRA ENTRIES:
  • Follow the King's Bookworm. (3 entries)
  • Favorite each of the sponsor's Etsy  shops. (2 entries each)
  • Post on your Blog, Facebook, or Twitter about the giveaway. (2 entries each) If you don't have a blog, FB, or Twitter, email 5 friends about this giveaway, and comment telling me you did so.
QUESTIONS:

There is a question for each month of the year, starting with January's. Then there will be a few extra ones to cover the whole kit n' kabootle. :)

1. What do you do each year for the New Year? Stay up late and wait for the ball to drop, go to a party, etc...?


2. How do you celebrate Valentines Day? Do you go all out (decorate the house, go out to dinner, etc.), do you just give each other Valentines or chocolate, or do you not acknowledge the day at all?


3. Do you get snow in the winter? How much?


4. How do you celebrate Easter?


5. "April showers bring May flowers." Does this saying describe where you live?


6. June is a month well known for weddings. How many people do you know that have been married in June?


7. Do you celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks? What is your favorite kind of firework? 


8. Ok, so August gets really hot. How do you like to cool off on a hot summer day?


9. Ahh... September the month when you get in your last digs of the summer, the leaves might start changing colors, and you start school. What do you like best about September?


10. October... now that involves pumpkins. :D Do you and your family go to a pumpkin farm or the store and get pumpkins? What do you do with them? Do you carve them or make pies out of them (if they are edible ;))?


11. Thanksgiving is a wonderful start to the Holiday Season. What are you thankful for this past year?


12. Christmas is such a wonderful time... how do you celebrate Christmas Day?


13. What was the most memorable thing that happened to you this past year?


14. Was there something this past year that you were able to learn from in a major way?


15. There are ups and downs in every year. What was the happiest thing that happened? What was the saddest?


16. What are you looking forward to this year? Have you any super duper plans ahead of you?


17. What is the funniest thing that happened last year, that never fails to make you laugh?


18. What was your favorite month last year?

Well, that's all for the questionnaire. I'll try to get up my own answers in a few days... possibly. :)

Please make sure to share with your friends!! :D

And yesterday I turned 21... that's just a little scary. :D Some of you may have seen the birthday post put up by my sister who "hacked" me. ;) So here's a little quote that's a favorite of mine (and that several blogger friends have used before me - I'm being a little of a copy cat ;D).


Rapunzel: So mother, earlier I was saying tomorrow is a really big day, and you didn't really respond, so I'm just gonna tell you: IT'S MY BIRTHDAY! Tada!

Mother Gothel: No no no, can't be. I distinctly remember, your birthday was last year. 

Rapunzel: That's the funny thing about birthdays, they're kind of an annual thing. 

-from Tangled

38 comments:

Jenna said...

Hi Stephanie,

A while back you entered in the Lilla Rose Giveaway that I hosted. Since the first winner did not get back to me, you were chosen for our new winner of a $15 gift card to Lilla Rose!!

Please email femininefarmgirl at gmail dot com to claim your prize!

Blessings,
Jenna

Miss Sophia said...

Here's my entry! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

http://revolvingattwospeeds.blogspot.com/2012/01/year-past-year-ahead.html

Miss Sophia said...

1. I follow you!

Miss Sophia said...

2. I follow you!

Miss Sophia said...

3. I follow you!

Näna said...

Hi Stephanie! Is it okay if I answer the questions here?


1. What do you do each year for the New Year? Stay up late and wait for the ball to drop, go to a party, etc...?

We always stay up till 12 and watch the ball drop. Some years we will go to a party, others we'll have people here for a party...it really depends! :)


2. How do you celebrate Valentines Day? Do you go all out (decorate the house, go out to dinner, etc.), do you just give each other Valentines or chocolate, or do you not acknowledge the day at all?
We decorate the house and then eat a huge lobster, shrimp bisque and steak dinner. It's pretty awesome.

3. Do you get snow in the winter? How much?

Oh, yes! One of the best things about living in MD! Typically we get several multi-foot snows but this year has been a very bad snow year.


4. How do you celebrate Easter?

Church, big dinner with friends, egg hunt, new dresses, resurrection cookies...

5. "April showers bring May flowers." Does this saying describe where you live?

Eh, sorta. March-May is our rainy season but it does get sunny and beautiful some days in May.


6. June is a month well known for weddings. How many people do you know that have been married in June?
I have no idea...only one I can think of off the top of my head.


7. Do you celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks? What is your favorite kind of firework?
Yeah! We got to Antietam Battlefield or Baker Park and see the fireworks...that's basically what everyone in our area does for the 4th.


8. Ok, so August gets really hot. How do you like to cool off on a hot summer day?
Sometimes. Rarely past 100, though. Last year we had an extremely mild August barely reaching the 80s.


9. Ahh... September the month when you get in your last digs of the summer, the leaves might start changing colors, and you start school. What do you like best about September?
VACATION!


10. October... now that involves pumpkins. :D Do you and your family go to a pumpkin farm or the store and get pumpkins? What do you do with them? Do you carve them or make pies out of them (if they are edible ;))?
We go to a store after Halloween and buy them for cheap! Ha! :D That's pumpkin picking in the North ;)


11. Thanksgiving is a wonderful start to the Holiday Season. What are you thankful for this past year?

Growth and healing.

12. Christmas is such a wonderful time... how do you celebrate Christmas Day?

Presents, friends, lots of Italian food, It's a Wonderful Life, caroling.


13. What was the most memorable thing that happened to you this past year?
My baptism on Easter.


14. Was there something this past year that you were able to learn from in a major way?
Healing is painful but always results in something beautiful.

15. There are ups and downs in every year. What was the happiest thing that happened? What was the saddest?


16. What are you looking forward to this year? Have you any super duper plans ahead of you?
Happiest: birth of Carmella. Saddest: I don't know! :D

17. What is the funniest thing that happened last year, that never fails to make you laugh?
Oh goodness...I laugh a lot but can't remember...

18. What was your favorite month last year?

Hmmm...probably November. We had the *best* vacation ever in November.

Näna said...

I follow TKB!

Reilly Clan 13 said...

Here are my answers to your questions

1: we stay up late watching whatever movie we pick that year and then at midnight go out side and either bang pans or shoot off the cannon.

2:Cards and some times chocolate.

3:some times. we got 6" so far this year but most years it is about 3 or 4.

4:A fancy dinner and read the Easter story.

5: not very often more like April showers bring May showers bring March showers and flowers.

6:1 I think?

7:yes. and the big ones.

8:AC

9:Pictures! it is one of the best months for pictures outside.

10:we don't get pumpkins

11: Phillip

12: with close family.

that is all I am going to do

Reilly Clan 13 said...

I follow you

Reilly Clan 13 said...

?I follow you, again

Ana Belen said...

1. I always stay up till midnight but other than that, it depends.

2.We don't celebrate it other than if Dad takes Mom out to dinner.( we do give cards though!)In one case, my sister was born on the day!

3. just as much as you do. Around nill.

4.Dress extra fancy for church, read the ressurection story, and somtimes get together with friends.

5.Definitely! Flowers bloom in may, though we get showers all 12 months...

6.Ummm...I haven't been to many weddings.

7.Get together with friends, have dinner and desert then watch the fireworks, of course!

8.Well, if we DO get some kind of a summer, I like to go swimming. Either that or lemonade.

9. Sometimes we have vacation, other times we scurry to stick with the school schedule!

10. We don't do pumpkins, usually. But we have a lot of birthdays!

11.Family and Friends that stick by me.

12.Christmas trees, It's a wonderful life, joyful spirits, and lots of secrets. ( I have never gone caroling, but oh!,do I want to...)

13.My baptism in September

14. You need to change your heart before you van change you attitude, actions or thoughts. And God is the only one who can do that.

15.Happiest::Asher was born.Sadest::Finally realizing how sinful I am.

16.I don't know...CH Conferance? maybe getting together w/ cousins?

17. Well it didn't happen this year, but once at thanksgiving, my little sister saw Mom take the turkey out of the oven and asked; " Is that a zebra?" she was two, and the zebra was her newest word!

18. Always December, the Christmas Season never fails to make me happy!


Thanks for the chance to enter!)

Ana Belen said...

I followed you!

Ana Belen said...

I posted about your givaway on my blog!

Ana Belen said...

I emailed 5 friends!

Sveta said...

I did a post on these questions!

http://sveta-nl-photography.blogspot.com/2012/01/q-fun.html

Sveta said...

I follow you!

Sveta said...

i follow you!

Sveta said...

I follow you

Sveta said...

I shared about this on my blog.

Sveta said...

I shared about this on my blog.

Carrie said...

I answered the questions on my blog. =D http://awritingmaiden.blogspot.com/2012/01/year-past-year-ahead-giveaway.html

Carrie said...

I follow your blog. =D

Carrie said...

I follow your blog. =D =D

Carrie said...

I follow your blog. =D =D =D

Carrie said...

I posted on my blog.

Carrie said...

I posted on my blog (the one with the answers to the questions).

Carrie said...

I favorited LizEdgar's shop. (1)

Carrie said...

I favorited LizEdgar's shop. (2)

Carrie said...

I favorited felinity's shop. (1)

Carrie said...

I favorited felinity's shop. (2)

Carrie said...

I favorited islandescapescandles. (1)

Carrie said...

I favorited islandescapescandles. (2)

Carrie said...

I favorited chickylovit on etsy. (1)

Carrie said...

I favorited chickylovit on etsy. (2)

Carrie said...

I favorited Lizzy Brown's shop on etsy. =D

Carrie said...

I favorited Lizzy Brown's shop on etsy. =)

Carrie said...

I favorited RingsofDesire on etsy.

Carrie said...

I favorited RingsofDesire on etsy.