|Look at these goodies!|
Hello, Happy Sunday and Welcome to the Farm! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! Did you do anything fun or exciting? Or maybe just plain old relaxing? I sure hope so! Here, we have had severe thunder and lightening storms, with torrents and torrents of rain. Wow, these have gone on for a while now! Looks like they're just about over, though, so that's good. Although, here we are, mid-July, and haven't even had to turn on a sprinkler yet! I guess there's a good/bad quality about this, huh? LOL!
|The cutest blue cup! With|
Kona blend coffee. Mmmm.
In between the beginnings of the storms a couple of weeks ago, I was looking at rolling pins on Ebay. "Why on Ebay," you ask? "Because I have a collection," I answer. And sometimes Ebay has some really interesting old ones. I did happen to come across one that was pretty cool; it was an Ironstone rolling pin, which I've never seen. Bidding was uppermost in my mind, but I didn't really know about the pricing since I'd not seen one before. It was awesome, though! So, since I was extremely interested in this rolling pin, I started searching for some information about it. Although I couldn't really find what it was I was looking for, I DID find THIS: The Ironstone Nest.
|Is this the greatest jar ever?!|
When I first clicked on it, I didn't realize that I would be looking at a blog (cuz I didn't really read the description before I clicked, thank you very much). But as I got into it and started reading it, let me tell you, this is an AWESOME blog! I loved it! (I actually forgot about the rolling pin as I started going through the blog and reading the different posts) This lady loves to collect ironstone and the things she has done decorating-wise are so welcoming and appealing to the eye. I seriously did fall in love with her blog. I'm telling you, you NEED to check it out. No, it's not all about ironstone; there are lots of different things in it. But, trust me on this - you WILL love it. I guarantee it.
|See how old it is? Love it!|
Well, as I was reading through her blog, I saw a post where she was doing an all blue giveaway. Now, I don't normally enter these things, not only because I never win, but because a lot of times what's being given away isn't something that I have to have. Not that they're not nice giveaways; I didn't say that at all! Every one I've seen has been a fabulous giveaway; just not what I'm wanting at that moment. But THIS one - well, it had this awesome old blue mason jar. And I NEEDED that! Desperately. It was cool...it was old...it was authentic...did I mention that I needed it desperately? That's what I noticed first. But that wasn't all!
|Pretty box that the soap|
There was a cute blue cup, with a packet of lovely coffee to go with it; a pack of colorful thank you cards; a huge bar of verbena soap and a candle. Now, this is not just another candle. This one is a sea salt and ginger scented candle. Ooh, now I'm completely interested. But, seriously, I never win. I passed up the giveaway. Later that day, I was still thinking about that mason jar. Hmmm, it will fit perfectly in my kitchen with my decor. I really and truly needed it! I still passed up the giveaway. And went back to researching the rolling pin.
|This is what the soap looks|
like. I don't know if I can use
it, it's so pretty!
Then I went back to Laura's blog (that's her name, you know) and read some more. There was just something homey and comforting about her blog. And then I did it. I read it again (as well as some more posts that I hadn't read the first time) and I ENTERED THE GIVEAWAY. And promptly forgot all about it. Seriously, all the people that had entered and I had a chance? Um...no. Wasn't going to happen. But, I got home from work a couple of days later and guess what? I HAD WON!!! Really and truly, I had won! I read the email a couple of times and then clicked on her link to see where she had announced it, thinking that maybe she had sent the wrong person that email. I won! And, of course, I was happy about that! Woo hoo! Thank you Laura!!!
|The cutest ever thank you cards.|
I know some of you are asking, "why an all blue giveaway?" Well, because Laura has just had a brand spanking new baby boy! What could be more appropriate? Blue! Congratulations, Laura and hubby! I know he's a beautiful little guy!
|Sea Salt & Ginger candle.|
Love the paisley design.
My winnings were mailed out right away and I got them just a couple of days later. It was all I could do to not rip that box wide open, but I took my time and opened it like a lady. Well, not EXACTLY a lady, but you get the drift. My goodies were wrapped very nicely in tissue paper and padding, with a twill ribbon holding it. What a pretty presentation. Me? I throw stuff into a box. And yes, I kept the twill. You know I'll use it for something, right? I did have a slight anxiety attack when hubby went to light the candle (I wasn't ready!) but luckily he backed off right away when I did a little sucking in of the breath, squeaking kind of sound. These are the best goodies ever!
|Love my goodies!!!!|
After you get done taking a look at my loot, how about you stop over to Laura's blog and give it a check out? The Ironstone Nest I promise you that it's worth your time. And, if she ever does another giveaway, DON'T ENTER IT! I want to win that one too!
Thank you so much, Laura, for making me so blue!