‘Tis the season to be merry

As most of you know by now, we love Tastes Orangey.  Her artwork blends nature with human emotions in a very beautiful and dramatic way.  And because it’s the season of giving,  Clare was so gracious to offer 5 incredibly lucky winners their choice of one 13 x 19 print.  Any of her wonderful prints can be made into the larger size. Here is a sampling if some of her new pieces that all of us around here love.











Just tell us your favorite Christmas song. We will pick our favorite 5. Deadline for this giveaway is Thursday December 15th.  Mine is “Bluegrass White Snow” by Patty Loveless.

holiday cards


It feels like Christmas is tomorrow.  I don’t know where the time goes.  It’s holiday card time and I’m aiming to get one out this year.  If I can’t pull it off it’ll be Valentines from the Powells again.

If you can’t seem to get your act together either… maybe this will help.

Our friend Megan at Toast and Laurel has offered an awesome giveaway.  It basically takes all the stress out of of getting your act together!

One lucky winner will receive….


Holiday Suite from Toast & Laurel’s 2011 Holiday Collection

  • 75 holiday photo cards (with blank white european flap envelopes)
  • 24 gift tags
  • 1 return address rubber stamp



The winner will choose the design (you can see all 12 designs HERE and HERE) and be able to personalize each item (the card with their favorite photo & text, the tags with a holiday greeting, and the stamp with their address).  The cards and tags are both printed on a premium 120 lb. bright white card stock.




To be eligible to win leave us a comment and let us know the worst (or most random) gift you’ve ever received!  If you are afraid you might get busted you can use an alias name in our comment form, just be sure to use a legitimate email address so we can track you down.

It’s been about twenty years, but one Christmas my mother bought my 8 year old (male) cousin a pair of slippers… thankfully the camcorder was rolling when he opened the box.   He took one look at them and said, “I think I’m going to kill myself!”

And a few years ago my dad had someone at work give him a pack of these. He thought it was a joke, it wasn’t.


If you’ve never  been on the receiving end of a random holiday gift then you can leave a comment and let us know… do you like eggnog?