It would seem that April is a big month for starting a blog since there are a ton of bloggists out there who did (and by that I mean Charrette and Lisa). I guess I was on to something when I started my blog one year ago Sunday! So, I’m doing what everyone else in blogdania does and am having a giveaway. Because I might be run out of (the virtual) town on a (virtual) board (whatever that means) if I don’t follow the bloggy protocol.
But wait! This is a very special giveaway for a number of very special reasons.
1. I am not going to ask you to tell your friends. This is for those of you who stop by here frequently, not the masses. Because you’re special! (Still, anyone can enter.)
2. There are 12 items (one for each bloggy month—how is precious is that?) (oops, it would seem there are only 11. I never said I could count.) you can win but you will only be entered in the drawing for the item(s) you wish to own and cherish which means that, potentially, the competition for said item(s) is diminished. Score!
3. You can get up to five entries for each item you want merely by commenting on this post once each day starting today (Thursday) through Monday when the contest will end and I will be home from Utah to select a winner of each item. One comment per day. One entry per day. How cool is that? (Especially for me b/c even though I won’t be posting whilst I am in Utah I’ll still get hits which will prevent me from going into a bloggy decline. ) Be sure to mention exactly which giveaway(s) you want to be entered in—you could do it just once but five times would probably be safer. (Just saying . . .)
4. Lastly, these items are very “special” and by “special” I mean in the same sense that my sisters, after returning home from a semester at BYU, meant special when they would say, “She’s such a special (can you just see the air quotes?) gal.”
See, last week, whilst I was picking up the pieces of my husband and children (in some cases, somewhat, kinda, sorta literally—or at least pieces of the toilet, except that would be a lie because it’s fine, just a bit crooked) I was also going through closets and drawers in an attempt to fit into the house for a teensy bit longer. (We need to fit in the house forEVER because we’re not going anywhere, but I can only ask for one teensy miracle at a time.)
So, even though you are truly special people, my giveaway items are merely “special”. Having said that, all (and by "all" I mean most, or some, or perhaps only one) of these items are possibly worth owning. In fact, a couple of them could be considered antiques and a few others genuine collectibles. So, fear not to make a public claim to my cast-offs. There is no shame in that. Absolutely. None. Whatsoever.
(Come on you guys! This is a humor blog! What’s funny about giving away a book? As for me, I would love to enter a giveaway that offered services such as someone to come finish painting my living room (I hand mixed the paint. A year ago. And it's gone. Good luck.) or clean my house (my motto: Blogging is the new cleaning) or someone to remove the dog doo from my backyard (b/c it would seem the person who does it here has gone on strike).
First up is a beautiful handbag by Mary Coakley Designs. Mary is a local artist in my community and she was at the same craft show in December where I was peddling Miss D. This lovely lady (the purse, not Mary) stared across the aisle from me for a very long seven hours saying "take me home with you!" So I did. She went with me to my first book signing on Feb. 14th, filled with my personal copy of Miss D and a bookmark or two. That is the only time she has been used. It would seem that she is just a bit too-too for me to carry about in public and though she is perfect just sitting around as decor, I already have too many claimants to that honor here in my "quaint cottage". See how she looks at you without looking right AT you? Love it!
How cool are these? We have a very very vintage set of paper napkins and Hawaii themed (wouldn't you know it, IZ is playing on my playlist just now) blank note cards still in the original packaging. My guess is that these are from the 50's or 40's, possibly even the 30's as that was when the man who owned them was married. He and his wife were happening people and threw a lot of parties, only, apparently, none of them Hawaiin-themed. Or, perhaps these were just the left overs. A must have for the mid-century graphics collector. (Can you tell I used to do a lot of selling on eBay?)
This is one of my favorite things ever but I just don't have a place for it. It is the senior picture of a genuine flapper girl from Southern California (I used to think all the Flapper Girls hailed from Chicago or New York but now I know better). Check out that hair-do! And that face! The image is a full 8X10 but it is in one of those permanent cardstock type of frames with REAL GLASS. And, yes, the glass is cracked (hence the line that looks like someone drew on it) but that is no detractor from this wonderful genuine antique image. (The pink coloring along the bottom of the photo is just a camera problem. The same problem-camera I'll be using to take photos of some of you in Utah so if I post a photo of you on my blog that makes you look like you were a little too liberal with the blush, don't say I didn't warn you.)
Peck-Grande Little Women paper dolls. Very cute! They are unplayed with but the package has been opened. Still, a cute thing for your cute girl. Or boy. Just saying . . .
Another cute kiddie item! A Thomas the Tank Engine pillowcase, never used. One of my kids wanted the sheets but not the pillowcase. (Weirdness abounds at my house.) Clearly it is folded in half in the picture. Should you want it and win, it will come to you in the full sized version. Pinky promise.