November 30, 2011

Giveaway # 3 for the Nothing Will Happen Club

The holidays are upon us!
We're trading out our pumpkins and bringing in the pine, peppermint and panic.
Let's stop right there...
We have all felt it.  The tightening in our chest, the ticking of the clock, the rushing crowds.  
The mentality that we must be more, more, more.
Do more, give more, bake more, shop more.

This year, I pledge to be more giving to myself.

I love winter.  I love cold weather.  I love rainy days for enjoying a good book that I read all day long- with a pot of soup on the stove and a big pan of cornbread in the oven.
I can't remember the last time I actually did that. 
I am way too accustomed to meeting everyone else's needs.
And neglecting or ignoring my own.

Oh, the soup gets made and the cornbread, too.
But, I'm going, going, going.  On autopilot lots of days.
I don't want to be on autopilot any longer.
I want to be conscious of each breath I take.
Each sigh.  Each smell, every experience, each day.
I will be happy and content with each YES and happy and content with every NO.

This is the gift I'll give myself this year.

I know I'll fall off that pony a few times before I get it right.
But, it's okay.

Nothing will happen!

I'm living and learning that each and every day.

The giveaway this month will be a linen Christmas apron with matching potholders.
And, of course...extra surprise goodies.

To enter:

1.) Follow me on Google Friend Connect
or be a subscriber~
2.)  Leave a comment telling me which apron you or blue?

That's it!

I'll pick a winner on December 5.

Good luck!

Linen apron with red stripes "Happy Christmas".
Script is chocolate brown.  Ornament is embroidered in cream, green and taupe.

Linen apron with blue stripes "Buon Natale".
Italian for Merry Christmas - Script is in navy blue.  Red/white ribbon, green/brown pine sprig.
The set of potholders is linen with red stripes.

Thanks for hanging in there while I was away...
I so appreciate each and every one of you.
Your comments, prayers, emails and friendship make me laugh and touch my heart.


  1. very cute.
    Both are beautiful...The blue would be my choice :)

  2. How nice! I pick the red! I am a follower.

    Oh, you and I are kindred spirits,I love the cold,the rain and the shorter days! I gives me the long evenings to knit or spin or sew by the fire...things I have trouble fitting in when the days are long.

  3. Oh, well of course ref would be my pick; it's my favorite color! These are beautiful!

  4. They are both lovely, but the blue one is my favorite :)

  5. don't enter me in the giveaway as i try not to cook or need an apron - ever! :) just wanted to say, i do hope you will give yourself time to slow down and enjoy the holidays w/o the rush. :)

  6. I follow you via GFC. While I think they are both amazing, I am really partial to red right now. I just bought some antique red nesting bowls and would love to add these gorgeous accessories to my new found love of all things red. :)

    I also get your emails and I am grateful that it is so easy to keep up with everything. Merry Christmas to you.

  7. I am a subscriber. I want the blue one! They're so pretty!

  8. Beautiful post and aprons. I love the blue one! Happy Christmas Season!

  9. Those are just my stlye! I'll take both (Ok, if I must choose, I like the red slightly better.)

    I'm already following :)

  10. I would love to slow down and spend the day curled up with a book. And I do love a pot of soup simmering. Alas with work an trying to keep everything together a day of doing nnothing usually doesn't happen! Love those linens, they are just beautiful. I would love any one of them,but I am partial to red.

  11. I'm not sure how to GFC..I'm so happy your back. Best of luck on your store! I like the blue apron. Let's see how many people know Italian. ;)

  12. I don't know how to GFC. I'm so HAPPY your back! Best of luck on your store! I like the blue apron. It would be a great conversation starter. Let's see how many people know Italian ;)

  13. Hi Tina:
    Of course I'm a subscriber! I so love hearing from you and seeing Henry and Sophie's sweet faces. Your friendship means the world to me.

    What a lovely giveaway you're hosting! Reds and Blues are both beautiful, but I'm partial to the Blues.

    I'm so glad you're going to take time to enjoy the holidays, too. This "hustle, bustle, rude" side of the holidays is something I can gladly leave behind!

    Hugs to you and the Corgis
    from our home to yours.

  14. I pick the beautiful blue one and I am a follower. They are both beautiful BTW. Thank you for the chance.

  15. Tina - I am going to be doing a few more vanilla giveaways within the next few months. I'll probably do the Paste again, because I had such a good turn out! So, you will have to enter next time!! You would love that stuff! Thanks.

  16. thank you for the sweet comment friend...xoxo

  17. Tina how darling and I love the red! This is my year to heal and get strong, (after my hip replacement) take care of myself and of course pay it come visit soon!


    Art by Karena

  18. Hi Tina! What a sweet blog you have...I've enjoyed looking around a bit and I'll be coming back to see what I've missed and to catch up. What wonderful items you are giving away...if I was lucky enough to win I would love the blue :) Have a wonderful week!
    Maura :)

  19. O Tina what a beautiful GiveAway! and I am o so late to help you promote it. I would love to be included in on your GiveAway and I o so love the BLUE one :)
    I want to thank you for your support to my threatres and the comment you left me I treasure.

    You have created holiday magic

  20. O and I am a new follower of your inspiring blog!

  21. Your work is just gorgeous, as usual! I love the red one. Hope you find joy in the season!

  22. Tina,
    gosh I hope I'm in time for the apron drawing! They are adorable but my preference would be the red! Love them! You put into words exactly how I feel! I'm going to try to do the same this holiday season and enjoy it for a change! I'm already a follower!

  23. Well, better late than never. I don't think I signed up before..and being busy with a new baby and recovering Mom and 2 year old I barely know my name...let alone what I signed up for...SOOO...Here I am- I LOVE those aprons. They are just beautiful but I have to admit- I love them both equally.(I'm just kinda like that!;>)

    I hope you are having a wonderful week so far! xo Diana

  24. I pick red :)

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