Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Other Mama's Birthday Bash- Day 5- Basket of Home Accents Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Random.org chose commenter #27 who was Danielle from The Heller Family. Congrats, Danielle! I'll e-mail you with all the info!

"Well paint my door red and call me Elizabeth Arden!" I have had so much fun this week! I'm a little down that the week is over, but I'm on birthday overload, so it might be time to rest!

But I fully expect 172 comments when I get back to regular posting and not giving anything away next week, okay?

Now, if you are a regular blog reader, you might have asked yourself, "What the heck happened to Hillary's kitchen remodel?" Or maybe you have your own life to keep track of. But there are actually several people out there who wondered about that. You peeps are so good to me.

If you have just joined this party, we started talking about and showing our walls coming down FIVE months ago. Then I started teasing you with prep shots of uba tuba granite, then partially completed granite. The truth is...
WE STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED THE KITCHEN!! {**enter "rink rink rink" sound from horror movies**}

But, I truly feel that a home is a small extension of yourself {and its a major part of me}, so since I'm focusing on home accents, today, I am biting the bullet and showing you our kitchen remodel "Almost After and Really Dirty" pictures.

For a refresher, here is a before from the living room looking into the kitchen {and I'm pretty sure I was saying the words, "Don't worry. I won't post this on the blog" as I was taking this shot}:

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And here is an after from tonight. Nice. And. Clean. HA! {Please pretend you don't see that stack of dishes in the sink. It is my birthday and I refused to do dishes.}

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And here is a before from the kitchen looking into the living room {please note Easter eggs from April}:

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And the after:

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This has been the biggest and most wonderful change. We love that the space feels completely open {much like that of a house of this century} and that I can yell at children while I'm prepping lunches in the morning. It's perfect! And the flat top stove is so much better than MeeMaw's that I was using from 1971 {original to the house}. It has a down draft, so that leaves the space above much more open, as well.

Also, the kitchen sink and tile work {all done by Handy Manny Hubs} makes me want to do dishes. {I do still love my dishwasher.}

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Kind of.

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Some days. {Tile and faucett from Lowe's.}

So there you have it folks, much like it's owner, this kitchen is a work in progress!

On to the giveaways!
Today's giveaway is a Basket of Home Accents from more of my favorite people!

* I love to decorate and make things personal. Like my little monogrammed curtain over the kitchen sink. What can I say? It makes me happy. Another thing that makes me happy is my dear friend, Sonia. If you do not know her, I am sad for you. She is that wonderful.
And she sells AWESOME Uppercase Living products. Go ahead and click over to her page if you aren't familiar with their items, but they have ADORABLE customizable wall art.

Here is a piece in my breakfast room that makes me happy whenever I see it:

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Before you ask, that wall color is Deep Cowslip #5 by Laura Ashley sold at Lowe's. {Why is Lowe's not paying me??}
And that picture is Henry at 1 year. We have the same picture of Ollie in the same outfit at one year. All done by my pal Melissa.

I also love this little Welcome sign from Uppercase Living.

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This is in my foyer and I just set it up there tonight, but can't wait to use it for a party {*ahem* if we ever finish our kitchen, that is* And this is for ME and Jason; please note I'm not trashing my wonderful hubs.}

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It is basically like a fancy, sturdy sticker and you can put it on a wall, plaque or anything! Sonia told me that this would fit perfectly onto a plate at Wal-Mart, so I took the plunge and went to Wal-Mart this week to find it and, sure enough, it's perfect!
I literally stuck it on tonight with their little scraper while on the phone with Sonia. SUPER EASY.

I also have another big piece to go in the entryway that's not up, yet because I'm going to paint those walls another color. This is what is there right now. You can tell it's REAL high quality and I just hope that the parts that I had to GLUE on will come off.

I have raved Enough! Sonia is generously giving a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner at her Uppercase Living Site! Please go send her some love. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

* Next, my new friend Kasi from Southern Living at Home is donating a pair of Rosedale Planters! Aren't they so cute? I think I would put napkins and silverware in them for a party or even use them to plant some fake faux flowers because I kill live things.

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I have long professed my love for Southern Living at Home and my absolute favorite piece is their Nativity. I got excited even thinking about getting them out for Christmas this afternoon!

Not only is Kasi giving away these awesome planters to the lucky winner, she is also GIVING US THE HOOK UP for the brand new sale items. I cannot tell you how excited I am because many of the Gail Pittman Pottery Items are on sale and it's a pattern that I have!!! YAY!

Please see the whole sale flyer here and e-mail Kasi to order your stuff ASAP. Because they sell out very quickly. And I'm serious. I will definitely be purchasing the Green Bountiful Planter {page 3} that is regularly $50 and is now $19 with some of my birthday moo-lah.

Kasi is also giving us special access to the September Specials! Here is the flyer for these DEALS!! I have wanted that Entertaining Bucket and Tray {page 2}for about 2 years and it's calling my name at $16.95.

*note: You only have to make a minimum total purchase of $29.95 to purchase the September customer specials. The sale Gail Pittman items are included in the $29.95 minimum order.

If you want in on the deals, please e-mail Kasi as soon as you can and she will make sure to get your order in!

* One more thing to complete your home accents package!
Remember my friend Holley who manages the (in)courage website? She also donated a Beautiful Pitcher from their online store!

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It has John 10:10 on it and I think it's perfect-o! "I have come that they might have life and have it to the full." Amen!

Holley, you are fantabulous! Thank you!

In closing, I hope this is your pay day Friday!
Because you have some shopping to do!
And you have some commenting, because this home decor is FUN: A $25 gift certificate to Uppercase Living, a set of Adorable iron planters from Southern Living at Home and a Beautiful Pitcher from (in)courage!

My word. I hate to say there are rules, but you know there are.
To enter to win:
* Leave a comment in the comments section. To do this, click the word "COMMENTS" directly below this post. Then type in the big blank section on the top right and click Publish Your Comment. Easy peasy.
* You have to leave your e-mail address with your comment. If you know your e-mail is attached to your Blogger account, then that's fine, too. Want to do this and don't know how? Read my quick tutorial on it here.
* One entry per comment.
* But you can gain another entry by becoming a blog follower and then leaving a comment to tell me so. If you already follow this blog, then you can click for another comment to let me know that. Please read my view of becoming a blog follower and what it is if you have any questions.
* Or you can Tweet about this giveaway and reference the post and leave a comment to tell me you did. I'm @theothermama and Holley is @HolleyGerth just FYI.
* Or you can write about it on your blog and link to this post and leave a comment to tell me you did. {WOW that's FOUR ways to enter!!} {And a max of 4- not 4 per day.}
* One winner will be chosen at random on Monday at noon and will be notified via e-mail.
* Please let me know if you have any questions at all about entering.
* Each giveaway is separate, so if you entered Monday's great Homemade Gourmet giveaway {that is now closed}, Tuesday's awesome Lisa Leonard giveaway, Wednesday's exciting Design Chicky giveaway or Thursday's Basket of Hope Giveaway, you need to also enter this one separately. The Lisa Leonard giveaway will close today at noon {CST- God's time}, so I hope you got in! The other giveaways are still open until, so head on over there and sign up, if you haven't already!

Happy Birthday Bash! Thanks for coming to the party and I'm so excited for all you who are going to win. The weiners.

Happy Long-weekend, Football-starts Friday!

77 comments:

Kelli said...

I hope you're still enjoying your birthday week!

That pitcher is BEAUTIFUL! I have a thing for pitchers - I love them so much! I have so many from our wedding gifts a few months ago... but what's one more! And I definitely don't have one that looks like that!

Kelli said...

I can't believe I was the first one to comment! I'm a follower...

The Lemmings' Family said...

Happy Birthday! By the way, feel free to decorate my house anytime!! :)

Norma said...

Hillary, I know you must be tired after this week long birthday bash, but oh, my goodness what a fun way to celebrate! You'll just have to rest over the long holiday weekend.
I enjoy your blog so much. May God continue to bless you and yours.
Norma

Jenny said...

Love it ALL and I'm glad you had a fabulous birthday! I've been pondering having a party w/Sonia, and I may just have to go and do it now! Thanks for having a week full of goodies. It's been fun, even if I don't win, which I really hope I do!!

Jenny said...

And I'm a follower x5.

Ashley said...

I hope you have had a great week, love the kitchen make-over, we did our kitchen a couple years ago, I love it!
Hope I win, Love all the giveaways!
Ashley
ashleyandcraig@msn.com

Ashley said...

follower still..............:)

Christian Frugal Mama said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Christian Frugal Mama said...

I am a follower!

Sabrina said...

Wow! What a week. I hope that you have had a wonderful birthdy week! Count me in for the giveaway.

Sabrina said...

I am alo a follower.

CL said...

Glad you've had a great but busy birthday week!

CL said...

Still a follower!

CL said...

And blogging about it too!

Jennifer said...

Love the Kitchen remodel!

Suzan said...

Happy Birthday-- hope you had a great one!

Unreasonable Grace said...

ooooooohhh!
Just looking at what you are doing to your house makes me feel all domesticated and wanting to tear down the wall between my living room and kitchen. I've been threatening to do that for months, but feel more motivated now.
Your decorating pix look like something out of Southern Living or BHG. You are my hero.
My house needs some help. Pick me!
Kim

Unreasonable Grace said...

And I already follow (yeah, I know...) your blog.
Kim

Katie said...

Oh my this week has been fun! I mean I always love your blog and enjoy each post, but you've been in such a giving mood this week on YOUR birthday and that shows your true spirit. I hope that you do realize however that you can never go back to just a normal birthday week. Your peeps will be marking their calendars for years to come!
Thanks for brightening some tough days this week!

Katie said...

Following!

Lauren said...

Hope you had a great birthday! I NEVER buy home accents since I became a mommy, so maybe winning some will get me inspired.

laurenhbeck (at) yahoo.com

Lauren said...

I'm a follower too!

laurenhbeck (at) yahoo.com

pendy said...

Great giveaway! Love it ALL...thanks for the chance to win!

pendy said...

Oh, and I'm a follower!

Roo and Wren's Mama said...

Love love love the 'Welcome' sign/platter... and all the fun wall art on the Uppercase site... My daughter's middle name is Welcome, and it is one of my most favorite words. :)
What a fun giveaway!

the heller family said...

So many great sites. Hope your birthday week has been amazing!
micahanddanielle@gmail.com

the heller family said...

already a follower
micahanddanielle@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Remodels are such hard work!! We changed our garage into a master bedroom...and it took forever. It was worth the wait. My sister also came over and organized my daughter's room and kitchen. She wants to start organizing professionally, so I told her she could use my house for before and after shots. Not a bad deal on my end!! :) gbysma@yahoo.com

Lori said...

Hey girl! You've done a great job on this giveaway week. I'm just starting an obsession w/ vinyl lettering and will also have a giveaway coming up soon along that vein... :) Have a great weekend!

Lori said...

I'm a follower!

Tricia said...

Your kitchen looks nice. And even after you mentioned them and I looked really hard, I still didn't see dirty dishes in the sink. :) Enjoy the rest of your b-day week. God bless.

Gray Matters said...

You've been such a busy bee - hope you had a wonderful day yesterday!

anointedwithgrace said...

I love your new kitchen--and the now open floor plan! Also, that uppercase living stuff is very glam. I love it.

Happy Birthday to You! (I now realize this is just a way for you get LOTS O BIRTHDAY WISHES every day....and I may have to steal your idea :)

Allison.anointedwithgrace [at] gmail [dot] com

The Incredible Shrinking Woman said...

Yeah, love the granite. You are so awesome to do the work yourselves. It will mean so much more in the long run when you see it complete. My personal goal for Labor Day is to finish the bathroom floor (which is now half tile, half grubby carpet. Seriously, who puts carpet in a bathroom anyway? Obviously they never had little boys who want to see how far back they can stand from the toilet and still hit the bowl...sigh)
Have fun coming down from the birthday/sugar high!!!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Well, congratulations on your almost finished kitchen! It looks beautiful! I love Uppercase Living!! Granted, I don't own a single thing from them, but I want to. :)

glassmom said...

Hill, you crack me up!! I have those Rosedale planters and LOVE them. I got two sets- put candles in the small ones and all our daily bathroom products in the two big ones. Mousse and moisturizer never had it so good!

Elyse said...

Love the kitchen - it looks pretty finished to me.
I love all of your giveaways, too. Good luck to me. Thanks so much!

Elyse said...

I'm a follower...

Scott & Liz said...

Hi Hillary,

I'm finally de-lurking! But that's only because the little girl is captured by Baby Einstein. Glad to hear "Ollie" likes his new pre-k; our little man is loving Challenger Kindergarten. And I love the pics of your house; it's beautiful & calming; post more so I can find a home-peace even vicariously! (One day we'll get our master bath re-done.) Happy, happy bithday & many more (happy days as well as birthdays!) (If you can't find my e-mail address on this post, let me know in the comments. I keep up with too much other stuff, so I'm deliberately tech-inept!)

Liz Mince

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

i have heard of uppercase living and love their stuff...and all the other stuff you are giving away is awesome too! i want to win!!!!!

April said...

Love that pitcher! Thanks for the giveaway

April said...

I'm a follower

Becky said...

i'm here. and i want.to.win....

Becky said...

does it make you feel better for us to tell you ovah and ovah how much we follow you? cause i was wondering, lol!!

Carrie said...

Love the wall art. I want to do something like this in my kitchen.

Carrie said...

I follow!

The Writer Chic said...

I have totally lost track on if I've left all my possible comments per day per giveaway.

You're not making my life any easier, girl.

Okay, entry one.

The Writer Chic said...

Entry two. I follow you, I follow you, I follow you. Wait....are we married now? Oh, sorry -- channeling "Cold Mountain" there for a minute. Moving on....

The Writer Chic said...

Tweeted as required. Now pick me, thanks. Muah!

Melissa said...

I see you saved the best for last! Love this prize pack! Especially since Sonia & Kasi arwe good friends of mine! Pleasae, oh please let me win this giveaway! Happy Birthday!

Melissa said...

I'm following you!

Jen said...

Yay! Another giveaway! Not sure if my email is attached, so it's luvtoteachu2@yahoo.com. Love your blog!

Jen said...

I'm a follower!!

Anonymous said...

Mom said....
I love all of this stuff!! Hope your relatives can win!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mom said....
I love all of this stuff!! Hope your relatives can win!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mom said....
I love all of this stuff!! Hope your relatives can win!!!!

Anonymous said...

Mom said....
I love all of this stuff!! Hope your relatives can win!!!!

Eve said...

I LOVE that pitcher and everything else sounds great, too! Also a big fan of Southern Living Home...
Hope you're having a great birthday week!

Eve said...

and I'm a follower...

Matt, Carrie, Lucy and Molly Allen said...

ps-i am a follower and LOVE your monogrammed kitchen valance!

Vanessa said...

I love that pitcher!!

annieck said...

Your kitchen looks AWESOME! Love how y'all are so talented. I wish you could help me. I'm clueless about anything 'decorating'. I need HELP!

As for the giveaway...pick me! :)

annieck said...

As always, I'm a follower! Love ya!

amydc said...

You are too stinkin funny!!!

amydc said...

And I'm still a follower.

Tina said...

Would love to win any of this beautiful stuff!! The kitchen is looking GREAT! I am a HUGE Lowes fan too!!

Amy Kennedy said...

I love it all! Pick me, pick me!! And where is your monogrammed kitchen valance from?

Jennifer said...

Wow, a birthday week! My sister in law is a follower of you and I'm following you as of now. Cute page!!!

Dawn said...

wow- what a difference in your kitchen :) and your living! I would love to be able to see into my livingroom... but I would loose so many cabinets. and seems that i gotta lotta stuff in there! oh well!! your home give-aways are beautiful!!

Melissa said...

Love the kitchen remodel! Sign me up for this giveaway too! What a sweet thing to do for your blog friends!
melissab1274@gmail.com

Beth said...

Hubby's not gonna be happy with this post since I'll be dreaming up some redo's of the house! Of course I'd have to consult with you for decorating... I love your style! Where did the monogram curtain come from?

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

I LOVE all of this stuff!!! I just love making our house a home!! And, that Uppercase Living is so much fun!

Mrs. Nurse Boy

Mama said...

TOO CUTE!

sylvia
averybryce@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

Hey Girly! I just mention your giveaway again in my newest post! Here's the link:
http://thelittlestlobo.blogspot.com/2009/09/its-diptastic.html
I really want to win this basket! I also linked up to Boo Mama's Dip Party! Fun!

Kim said...

The kitchen looks great! Hope you have a great weekend!

Kim said...

still a follower...

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