August 13, 2011

The Nothing Will Happen Club and a Giveaway

Remember this little girl and the revolution she started?

She's my little "nothing will happen!" girl friend.  If you haven't read the post, you'll need to do so in order to understand what the heck I'm talking about.

Click  to read about the Amazing Miss Ray Ray starring in: Nothing Will Happen 

I've wanted to do a giveaway for weeks, but simply haven't had the time.  I know, I guys probably gave up on me.   It's been a really busy summer!

I feel lucky to have gotten to know a little about many of you who read and follow my blog.  You are inspiring, interesting people who have shown me your gracious hearts and given me the courage to reach out and share my stories and hobbies with you.  Thanks so much!

So with that being said, I introduce you to

                           The Nothing Will Happen Club.

Each month I'll be doing a giveaway celebrating a little dolce far niente.  Translated as "the art of doing nothing" (but sounding much better in Italian),  making time for "doing nothing"  has never been my top priority.   We all love our families,  have jobs to be done and hobbies we enjoy.  But, making the commitment to slow down is vital.  As hard as we try, we simply can't do it all.

Yes, a little dolce far niente.   Abandon a few of the "shoulds" in our lives and adopt a few more "coulds".  Read and laugh and dream away an afternoon instead of doing the laundry.   Stay in your pajamas all day once in awhile.   Do something for yourself without feeling guilty for indulging your own pursuit of happiness and calm.   Breathe, rest, renew.  Nothing will happen. 

Do you want to hear a deep and disturbing confession?  I eat chocolate ice cream cones in bed.  Yes, right up on all the pillows with new sheets and everything.  I can hear you gasp out loud, but as a recovering neat freak I can tell you that it's fun as shit.  For those of you who don't understand Texas lingo, that means that it's really, really fun.  And why can't I eat ice cream in bed anyway?  Nothing will happen!

Have I dripped that chocolate-y mess on my sheets?

Absolutely.  A little rub with a Tide to Go stick and everything's fine. And, it's no telling how many white tees I've ruined.  OK,  I do know how many.  FOUR!  But, so what?  I needed new painting shirts, anyway.

Y'all know what I'm talking about. And trust me, my friends-  I still have to work at it.  It's difficult to slow down.   But, it's getting easier.  Or, it could be the sugar high.   I'm not really sure.  ;  )

So... excuse the badly lit photos (it's past midnite) and take a look.

This month's giveaway ...drum roll please...will include the following:

Embroidered linen apron and a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card.  Woo Hoo!

Keep in mind that this card can be used at Williams-Sonoma, Williams-Sonoma Home, Pottery Barn, PB Kids, PB Teen or West Elm.

 The apron is 100% linen and was purchased at Wisteria.  I did the embroidery.  The one in the photo is an example, but you will receive an apron just like this.  I chose a very pale shade of aqua for my initial, but the winner can certainly select their preferred color if something different is desired.  The  charming chair embroidery pattern came from Urban Threads.

Entering is simple!

 1.) Leave a comment telling me what kind of ice cream cone you'd drip all over the place, if you were so inclined.  I've broken up with Ben and Jerry and have taken up with Haagen Dazs Dark Chocolate.  

2.) Become a  follower of What We Keep and a member of The Nothing Will Happen Club, if you haven't already.   Let me know in your comment that you are a follower. 

That's it!  I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, August 17.   I'll happily embroider the winner's initial on the apron as another token of my appreciation.  I'm new to BlogLand so your chance of winning is pretty darn good!

Thanks for being a "keeper" and I look forward to getting to know some new friends and finding new blogs to enjoy.

Have a great weekend!


Note:  WS, Haagen-Dazs and Tide did not ask me to endorse their products.   I like what I like!


  1. I have too many flavors I like to make one choice. I'm already a follower, and live by the "Nothing Will Happen" philosophy.

  2. Chocolate cookie dough icecream! I am on a "diet" so I can't actually eat it...just let it drip and dream about what it used to taste like?

  3. follower! I'm glad you invited me over, what a nice blog you have here!

  4. I love your blog! By the way...after reading your profile, we like to do all the same things!

  5. So nice to meet you! Moose Tracks...that's my flavor!
    I will follow along! :)

  6. My favorite flavor that would surely drip all over the place in this 108 degree temperature would have to be Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappacino! Mmmm.... Sidenote, my ex used to fall asleep, uh hum, pass out, eating fudgesicles. I dreaded dealing with those stains. However, four and a half years later... I have happily embraced the joys of eating ice cream in bed and the hand tide to go stick. And my flavor leaves much less of a stain!!! I am a new member of the Nothing Will Happen Club and follower of this wonderful blog!

  7. Great giveaway; cute blog! And, I'm a plain ole chocolate ice cream kind of girl.

    New follower :)

  8. Love your 'nothing will happen' post! Good reminder ;-)
    Ah, ice cream--my one true love! My favorite thing is cheap chocolate ice cream made into a chocolate malt. I like the cheap stuff because it makes little ice crystalies, which I adore. But if I'm going to eat a cone...I'd choose Farr's German Chocolate Crunch Cake on a sugar cone!

  9. I love to drip Rum Raisin everywhere!
    I'll follow along,...nothing will happen, right?

  10. I love anything chocolate, including ice cream, and the darker the better. I'm not sure I've ever eaten ice cream in bed, but I never pass up a challenge!!!!

    The apron is gorgeous! love your addition of the initial!

    I'm now following.

    And am happy to join the club!!

  11. Oh what a cute apron. I would love a chance to win.
    My favourite Ice Craem is Pralines and Cream in a sugar cone.
    I am now a follower and happy to join in the fun.

  12. I just found your blog and thouroughly enjoying your writing! (Blogger is giving me issues so I can't follow you via GFC yet, but I'm working on it.) I do follow you via email and I think the nothing will happen club is pretty amazing!

  13. I'd be dripping green apple gelato. I can't get enough of that stuff in the summer. :)

  14. I've been one of your followers for over 30 years and following your blog since the beginning. From the moment you first shared with me Miss Ray Ray's innocent philosophy, I cannot even begin to express what a life changing experience has occurred. I can only hope that through the application and testimony we share about the "Nothing will happen club" that we will be able to revolutionize the way others think and feel. I am honored to be a member. I will share with all those overworked, underworked, out of work, heck..we're all a piece of "work" ;) I've reclaimed a part of myself that I thought was lost forever through the simple knowledge that nothing will happen....if I (today) take time to post this very important message. And gasp...I almost forgot about the ICE CREAM...yes please! I enjoyed blue bell strawberry cheese cake in a strawberry sugar cone just last night and dahlin' it was marvelous! .

  15. Strawberry! Or maybe just plain ole vanilla,I am easy to please,lol!

  16. Suuuper late entry here! This is one of those situations where I meant to do something, intended to do it, thought about doing it, and then tricked myself into thinking I actually HAD ALREADY done it.


    SO! I would eat Chunky Monkey in bed. In a bowl, not a cone, because a cone doesn't hold enough ice cream and I don't wanna get out of bed and fix another cone when the first one's gone.

    Also, I've been following for awhile now, because you make me snort.


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