Archive for ‘Giveaway’

November 11th, 2011

Happy Haul-idays for the Geek and a Safer Future

by Gwen


I really love how the folks at Chronicle have made this contest even more special this year by giving away $500 to your favorite charity as well!

Every 2 minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. (RAINN)

The charity that I would choose to win this prize is called The SARP Center, Sexual Abuse Recovery & Prevention Center, here in San Luis Obispo, CA. Not only are they there to support victims and their families, but they are actively out there, with educational programs. It is one thing to be there to help and they go the extra mile, trying to stop the violence in the first place. That is huge in my book. Being a part of the change, rather than just dealing with the aftermath.

Let’s get to the fun part of this contest … the wish list.

The Architecture Nerd in me wants these-

100 ideasDesign SketchbookArt_Deco_San_Francisco

The Crafty Girl in me wants these-

craft incBook ArtQuilt


For the burgeoning Foodie (geek)-


For the fun of it-


I could go on and on with all of the goodies that Chronicles offers, couldn’t you?

The good news is that if I win, one of my lucky readers will win too!

$500 worth of books for a great cause, SARP.

$500 worth of books for my wish list.

$500 worth of books for a treasured reader.

I think that Chronicle might just be my favorite Elf of Santa’s.

October 31st, 2011

Christmas Brought to You By Shutterfly Plus a Giveaway!

by Gwen

Last year, I told you all about the hard time I had picking out Christmas cards, this year, I decided to have fun with it. 2011 has been the year of stepping back, taking stock,  and enjoying the simple things in life. My Christmas cards should reflect that, right?

There are so many cards to choose from that it can be daunting though. Luckily, my dog Murphy is pretty photogenic, so I had plenty of good shots to include.


Murphy 3lick

See what I mean? Priceless.

Shutterfly has tons of photo cards to choose from and even with my slow internet, I was able to upload my pics easily. Before I knew it, the UPS guy was at my door with the cards.

{insert drum roll here}

0Christmas 2011

See, there is nothing serious going on here. This is what happens with the best laid plans. You put a red cashmere sweater on your dog, thinking that he will be able to act normal long enough for you to get a great shot. As usual, the dog has other plans…

So here’s the deal….

I am running sort of late on this post and instead of having a giveaway/sweepstakes, I am just going to throw these out here.

I have three codes for 25 cards each from Shutterfly. The first three people to comment and promise to use them, gets them. Deal?

Now I want to go order a photo mug for Murphy’s Daddy…

This post was brought to you by the lovely folks at Shutterfly, they sent me free cards, but that doesn’t mean they bought my opinion.

November 12th, 2010

Happy Haul-idays with Chronicle Books

by Gwen


Chronicle Books is having a killer contest and you and I could both win $500 of Chronicle loot! The Happy Haul-idays Contest will have two winners, one chosen from the bloggers that post their wish list and the other chosen from one of their commenters.

$500 is a lot of book moola and Chronicle has TONS of great books. Seriously, there is something for everyone here; even the yahoos in your family that don’t have the love of reading that we do.



1001 moments


I like to think that I am pretty good at living in the moment. However, there are a few loved ones in my family that could use a few tips. I am not going to point fingers, they know who they are. Or… at least they will when they get this in their stocking.






Amy Butler


There is only one thing better than Amy Butler’s fabric and that is her patterns. This baby is staying with me.








Lotta Jansdotter


I am all about handmade, handcrafted, & hand painted in my life. The simplicity of the Scandinavian style in Lotta Jansdotter’s Handmade Living really appeals to me.







Craft Inc Planner


I already have Craft Inc and still need help with my business planning. This will be great and don’t forget,  Creative, INC


I can’t seem to stay out of the kitchen lately, so for Christmas gifts, this will sure come in handy. Get ready to have some snazzy looking jars of jams, jellies, and cookie mixes!

Pretty Pantry Gifts

Lincoln 3d


My friend and I enjoy everything and anything Lincoln. We may have to fight over this one or I could just send her one of her own to Illinois.

Can you imagine seeing real pictures of Lincoln in 3D?!?!?




FLW Fallingwater



SQUEEEE!!! A Frank Lloyd Wright book. My collection is close to bursting, but there is always room for more.









I could go on and on and I am still not up to $500. I can’t forget this one though. Do you like classic movies? I am a Turner Classic Movies junkie. It all started almost 20 years ago when I couldn’t sleep and PBS was playing Meet John Doe in the wee hours.

I fell in love with Gary Cooper that night. Soon after, I fell in love with John Barrymore. Leave it up to me to fall in love with drunk alcoholics. That little issue is something for my therapist to deal with. Nothing to discuss here people, move along.


Like I said, that doesn’t even make much of a dent in the prize of $500. There are a few Moleskines that I have my eye on, books for the kids, the always fun mashups of Jane Austen and I read a great review of Booze Cakes in the San Francisco Book Review What would you get?



October 13th, 2010

Apple Picking, Central Coast Style & Giveaway

by Gwen

The weather here has been wacky for the past month or so; some days it is well over 100 degrees and the next day pouring rain and/or fog. While it was nice to finally have some summer weather, all of those changes weren’t great for the apple orchards.

It seems that apples fall from the tree when there is a heavy rain and if they aren’t picked up quick like, they god bad fast. Many of the orchards in the See Canyon area were running u-pick specials, 1 bag for $7. The difference was that you were picking them off of the ground instead of from the tree. Off we wentto the See Canyon Fruit Ranch.

see canyon

Where we dug though the piles of apples, passing on the bruised ones and snatching up the good ones.. while dodging the yellow jackets.


Now what is one to do with all of tose apples?  Luckily, MyBlogSpark and Pillsbury came to our rescue. They sent me a kit that included everything I needed to make my first apple pie!

pillsbury pie  crusts_final

You can see all of the great pies we have created at the "Love the Pie" Facebook Page and even better, you can enter to win your very own “Love the Pie” kit right here. (thanks to MyBlogSpark and Pillsbury)

Before you enter, I will show you my very first apple pie that I didn’t purchase in the freezer section of the grocery store. She may not have been beautiful, but she was scrumptious!

apple pie 2



To cover my rear- I need to tell you that my kit was provided by Pillsbury via MyBlogSpark and the giveaway prize will be too.

July 22nd, 2010

Got Books? Giveaway ~ The Alchemy of Murder & More!

by Gwen

Got Books

If you haven’t heard about Got Books?, check it out and come back. I’ll be here when you get back, if you get back. (insert evil laugh here) You still here? Well that means that you are a book blogger and if we haven’t met, Howdy.

Up for grabs on at Chew & Digest is a SIGNED copy of The Alchemy of Murder by Carol McCleary. She saw my review earlier this week and offered to sign a copy for the winner. Isn’t that cool?


I also will sneak in the ARC of The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, & June by Robin Benway.


I will keep it short and sweet, there is a lot going on tonight. To enter, leave a comment. I will pick a winner at midnight on Saturday night/ Sunday morning.