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Blue & Green Giveaway Winner

Behold your bevy of blue & green gifts, Cyndi!

Congratulations to Cyndi from Arkansas. You are the winner of the Blue & Green kitchen giveaway. You’ve just won two (2) Crate & Barrel kitchen towels, eight (count ’em, 8) green Chantal ramekins, and two matching silicone hot pads/mats. I hope you enjoy your goodies! Thank you to all who participated.



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A Blue & Green Giveaway

Update: Congratulations to Cyndi (comment #1), winner of the Blue & Green Giveaway! This contest is closed. Thank you to all who participated! -NB

I love blue and green (my favorite colors).

And I love finding super cute stuff for really great prices.

And I love sharing these treasures with friends.

So… because I love blue and green, and because I love cute kitchen stuff, and because I think one of you deserves a special treat, I’m opening up a giveaway for the following items:

Two super cute Crate & Barrel kitchen towels

Two sets of four Chantal 1/2-cup ramekins

Two coordinating honeycomb-patterned silicone hot pads/mats

So to recap, that’s:
Two (2) Crate & Barrel cotton kitchen towels in super cute patterns
Eight (8) Chantal oven & microwave-safe 1/2 cup ramekins in green, and
Two (2) cute honeycomb-patterned silicone mats for handling hot ramekins

You know you want this blue & green kitchen dream!

Please read all the rules:
1. Leave a comment on this blog to participate. One entry per person, please.
2. Use a legitimate e-mail address so I can contact you. It will not be shared.
3. You must be a resident of the U.S. with a mailing address (no P.O. boxes).
4. This giveaway closes at 6:00pm Central Time on Friday, November 4th.
5. The Complete Package will randomly draw one winner from all entries.
6. The winner will be notified by e-mail. If they do not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be drawn. (Please don’t make me do that!)
7. Once I have a confirmed winner, I will post an announcement on the blog.

The disclaimer portion of this post: All prizes were purchased by me (aka NanaBread) with my own cash money. No portion of this giveaway was donated or sponsored in any way. I’m just a girl, standing in front of a pile of cute kitchen stuff, asking you to love it. And if you’re the first to name that convoluted movie quote reference, I’ll give you a second entry. Good luck to all who enter!


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Where do you find your inspiration?

When I buy magazines, I don’t save them or put them on a shelf in the study. Nope. I’m a ripper. I enjoy reading all sorts of magazines, but when I’m done, I immediately start ripping things out. Recipes go into my recipe drawer, but craft projects and home decorating ideas go onto the inspiration boards in my sewing room. My main board is a large, inexpensive cork board that I framed with a half-price open-back wood frame from Hobby Lobby. Total cost: around $25. It’s a great way to display the things that inspire me, and its much more effective than putting them in a drawer or envelope and forgetting about them. When I have extra time or I’m stuck in the house due to bad weather, I go to the boards and pick a project. When my green throw pillows in the family room started fraying around the edges, I made new pillow covers based on this photo from a Pottery Barn catalog. So easy. Sew easy? And I love that tree quilt pattern. When I took down the old denim curtains in the family room, I didn’t throw them away. I washed them and used one as the backing on a quilt for Jonah Bear. When I found these awesome bottle cap photo magnets in a Martha Stewart magazine, I e-mailed everyone I knew and asked them to save their bottle caps. The result? A fabulous craft project for our annual girls only family weekend. Each of us walked away with magnets created from a box of family photos. See those pumpkins in the bottom left corner? Styrofoam balls covered in yarn, then brushed to make them fuzzy. The stems are crocheted. How cute is that? Looking for a fabulous idea for table decorations for a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception? How about making these gorgeous photo luminaries? I love this project. You scan and convert photos to a sepia finish, then print them on velum paper, frame them with matte boards, connect 3 of them and place a lighted candle in the middle to illuminate the photos. This idea knocks me out. It would also be fabulous for a 50th anniversary celebration, a graduation party, 50th birthday…the possibilities are endless. And check out that white pillow with the layered felt “buttons” all over it. Some day, I’ll make a pillow like that. Maybe. If I can find pre-cut felt circles so they’re perfectly round. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that I’ve been making a lot of tote bags lately (again, for our girls only weekend in March), but I’ve had my eye on this little beauty for years. It’s a felted wool tote bag. I love the color and texture of this bag. So much so, that I think I may have ripped this page out of a magazine in a doctor’s office. I never do that, but I couldn’t stop myself in this instance. Sorry, Dr. Greenberg. I hope you’re not reading this from your retirement home in Arizona. For the record, I have no idea how to felt wool, and I have no wool to felt, but some day I WILL make this tote bag, because it calls to me. Speaking of felt, these little felt Christmas ornaments are adorable. I ripped these out of a Crate & Barrel holiday catalog (yes, it was mine) a few years back. I can’t wait to make these. They’re adorable. They would make a great Christmas garland if you tied them onto a pretty ribbon. Or you could attach one to a folded piece of colorful card stock and make your own Christmas cards. Or you could hang them on your Christmas tree, or give them as gifts at a school holiday party, or use them as place holders at your holiday table. These are on my “to do” list for Christmas 2011. I’m leaning towards the garland for my fireplace mantle or the handmade Christmas cards. Maybe both. I love those beaded snowflakes in the same photo. I can picture myself tying them to gift boxes and bags, or stringing them onto a white or silver ribbon and hanging them across the top of my kitchen window for the holidays. They would also look great on my mother’s Christmas tree, with her hand crocheted snowflakes. And while we’re on Christmas trees… I love this little table-top tree. It would be great for someone with very young children who wants to decorate a tree without fear of it being pulled over on top of a toddler. Or on a teacher’s desk. Or even on your own desk if you want to perk up your office for Christmas. It makes me happy. Like these snowmen. Is it wrong to want to cover every surface of your house in fluffy quilt batting (fake snow) and cute snowmen? If loving snowmen is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Some day, I’ll create an army of adorable snowmen and take over the world, one Scrooge at a time. And if my snowman army needs help, I’ll enlist these little paper-mache Halloween cuties. These are just too stinkin’ cute! These will require more work and skill, but I’m up to the challenge. Besides, these will last forever and can be added to my collection of family treasures to pass along to the kids some day. They could be my crafting legacy. Check out that photo of a perfectly organized closet in the top right by the Pottery Barn pillows. I only WISH my closets looked like that! This photo is definitely one that I saved for inspiration. It’s probably the most unrealistic of all the projects I’ve posted on my idea boards. I cannot foresee a day when I’ll ever be that obsessive…er, I mean anal…uh, I mean organized. I dream of it, but I don’t see myself fulfilling that dream. Oh, well. The idea behind the boards is inspiration. Who knows if I will make all of this stuff, but at least I can look at it and sometimes even attempt it. My boards spark creativity. They compel me to try something new and fun, and I find that inspirational. And that’s why I go back to them over and over again. Ideas are everywhere! What inspires your creativity?


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