A Thank-You & A Holiday Giveaway

photo by Paul Itkin

It's a snowy day here in Indianapolis, our first of the season. The flakes are colossal, falling hard and falling thick.

It's beautiful.

Ty is here this weekend, down from Chicago (which is set to get several inches of snow). We're having a lazy day: pot roast in the crock pot, NPR podcasts, Christmas movies. There's a good chance we'll put up the tree, too.

I'm also excited for the ornament swap. This year, 115 individuals signed up, making it the most successful swap to date! Thank you, thank you, thank you. To show my gratitude, I am hosting a handmade holiday-themed giveaway!


Here's what you can win: 

a How the Grinch Stole Christmas! magnet 
12 gift tag stickers from Pearl & Marmalade 
a sweet, hand-stitched T-rex ornament from World Finds 
coconut oil popcorn from gourmet popcorn store Just Pop In 
10 peppermint chocolate chip marshmallow puffs from 240sweet
sensual, handmade ginger souffle soap from Get Lathered Soap Company
a variety of handmade cards & stationery (featuring Kate Funk and Green Bird Press


The items in this giveaway were purchased from either Global Gifts, a fair trade store, or Homespun, a shop and workshop devoted to contemporary handmade goods. Along with the items above, I'll throw in a few surprises! Good luck, and have a happy weekend!


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45 comments:

  1. ummm I want it all. but mostly the dark chocolate and stationary!! please please please pick me!

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    1. The dark chocolate is pretty tasty! And I can never say "no" to stationery, either. Good luck!

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  3. This is so exciting! I'm glad you blew past your goal for this year's number of swappers.

    I'd like peppermint chocolate chip marshmallows and ginger soap the most but, damn, what a nice package of goodies.

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    1. I'm so thrilled! I never imagined that it would be this big of a swap. I'm looking forward to next year--it'll be the fifth annual swap. I've already ideas. :) Anyway, good luck! I almost want to keep the soap myself.

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  4. Would love to win the cute TRex Ornament... supporting local communities, its the gift that keeps on giving! <3
    Tegan :)

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    1. The T-rex is pretty adorable! I wish I could keep him. ;)

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  5. Sounds like a perfect weekend! We don't get much snow in Dallas/Ft Worth, just ice really, and that cripples the metroplex.
    I love the idea of the giveaway along with the ornament swap! This is my second year, and I look forward to it! I all ready bought my ornament! lol!

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    1. And I think I'd love that T-rex the most!

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    2. Nothing wrong with being prepared! I can't wait to see what you send!

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  6. Ooouh that stationary is kewt! :) I guess that's what I'd want most, but anything you picked is nice.

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    1. I'm so glad you like everything! I'm a big fan of stationery, so I'm glad to hear that you like it. Good luck!

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  7. I basically just want it all, ha! I can't wait to see who my swap partner is!

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    1. Haha. I'm glad you enjoy the giveaway items! And I hope you are excited about your swap partner!

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  8. Ginger soap! Yes please! I'm with Ioana - I can't wait to get my swap partner!

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    1. The ginger soap smells wonderful! I'm sort of sad to have to give it away. :) Good luck!

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  9. I want it all!!! Which means I will take anything (really...no kidding)!

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    1. Haha. Glad to hear that you enjoy everything! I had fun picking everything out. If I had an unlimited budget, I would definitely go wild at Homespun; it's one of my favorite local stores in Indianapolis.

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  10. Ooh...love this whole prize pack!! :-0

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    1. Glad to hear it! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  11. What a great prize pack! I love it all!,

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    1. So do I! I wish I could keep it all to myself, haha. Although ... I did buy myself a different dinosaur ornament to put on my tree. :)

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  12. great surprise giveaway and cant wait to see who my swap partner is. Id like the trex gold star garland the most

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    1. It is pretty garland! It would be great for a table-top tree. I almost picked up some for myself!

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  13. What a great prize package. I love it all and thin it is wonderful to support Global Gifts!

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    1. Thank you! I had fun picking everything out. I wanted to make sure that anything included in the giveaway was handmade or hand-picked in some way or another.

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    1. Haha. I love that little dude, myself! I wish I could keep him. :)

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  15. Well, there is to much to choose from... The gold star Garland or the ginger Soaps sound fun. I'm sure I'd love everything.

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoy the overall giveaway! The ginger soap does smell wonderful, in case you're wondering. :) Good luck!

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  16. Well, there is to much to choose from... The gold star Garland or the ginger Soaps sound fun. I'm sure I'd love everything.

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  17. Hard to choose, but I'm always in need for more STATIONERY!! :-)
    ~Jenn Baum

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    1. Oh, me too! I have a few cards included in the giveaway, but I'm going to throw in a few more from my own stockpile. Good luck!

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  18. Eeep! This makes me excited! I loved doing the swap last year, and am looking forward to it again. I'd love to win the gold star garland-- we have the same one, but it is multi colored, so the gold would actually go perfectly with our tree! :)

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    1. Nice! That's really convenient, haha. I saw the multi-colored one, too, but I ended up going with just the plain gold. Thanks again for joining the ornament swap! I can't believe next year will be the fifth year I will have hosted it. I already have crazy ideas, haha.

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  19. A handmade ornament!! That is very cool! I am so excited to participate in the swap! Thank you for hosting!!

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    1. Happy to host! I love the ornament swap. And good luck with the giveaway!

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  20. I love them all, but I've been dying to try 240 sweet!! Thanks so much for the swap and the giveaway!!! :)

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    1. 240sweet is fantastic! I love their vanilla bean puffs, and their cookies and cream ones. Really, anything, haha.

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  21. woohoo, I'm psyched!! So glad to join. :)

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    1. Yay! So glad to have you in the ornament swap!

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  23. Gold star garland, chocolate & marshmallows! Thanks for this sweet giveaway!

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  24. I'd love to win the organic dark chocolate with raspberries!

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