archive: December, 2011

giveaway winner day 1

December 12, 2011

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happy monday, lovelies! we are on day 4 of our cross country trip back to north carolina for the holidays, and we’ll be arriving at home later today! we’re so excited! for now, i just wanted to pop in with the winner for our first giveaway from the lovely shabby apple.

going home to roost

congratulations dale (#26!).

pssst! don’t miss the other giveaways still open for entering!:

tuesday: enter to win this chic antler deer pillow! (ends 12/12/12)

wednesday: enter to win a set of these genevieve necklaces! (ends 12/13/12)

thursday: enter to win a $20 gift card for paper goods! (ends 12/14/12)

friday: enter to win scrapbooking software! (ends 12/15/12)

 

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This white chocolate peppermint latte is little like Christmas in a mug! Quite similar to my peppermint mochoa latte recipe, this recipe is perfect for those who don’t like cocoa or just want to try something different. The white chocolate is smooth and creamy, while the peppermint is cool and refreshing. This recipe is just for one latte, but it can easily be doubled for two at a time.

Ingredients

1/2 cup milk or soy milk
1/4 cup white chocolate chips or chopped white chocolate bar
1 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 ounces espresso or strongly brewed coffee

Directions

Begin by combining the milk and white chocolate in a double boiler or a glass bowl atop a pot of boiling water (which is what I did). It is possible to just combine them in a pot, but you risk scorching the milk.

Whisk the mixture until the white chocolate is completely melted. This could take ten minutes or so. While white chocolate is melting on the stove, prepare your strong coffee or espresso.

When the white chocolate has melted into the milk, add the vanilla and peppermint extracts. Continue to whisk periodically until coffee has brewed.

Pour your white chocolate syrup into a mug, and then add coffee. Top with whipped cream and crushed candy canes if you wish!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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giveaway a day: day 5

December 9, 2011

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to round out our week of giveaways (hasn’t it been fun?!), today you’ll have the chance to win the latest digital scrapbooking software from my memories, and i think you’ll love it!

digital scrapbooking software giveaway

rated #1 by amazon, my memories suite allows you to create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, cards, calendars and gifts right at home! it comes with over 1,500 papers, 1,000 page elements, and over 30 album templates and is available for either the mac or pc. it’s a fun and creative way to share memories, and is incredibly easy to use!

not sure about making your own scrapbook? i think this would also be a great way to doll up your blog! use the papers and elements to jazz up your photos or posts. calendars, cards and photobooks also make great gifts, which makes this giveaway perfect timing for the holidays.


in addition to the giveaway, my memories has also offered each of you a coupon code for $10 off of their software (woot woot!). better yet, when you use this coupon for $10 off, you get another coupon for $10 to use in their store!

use code “STMMMS48069” during checkout to receive $10 off the my memories suite software (only applicable to version 3).

 

 

 

 

here’s how you enter!

head on over to my memories and pick out your favorite digital paper pack or layout. then come back here to comment letting us know which one you like, or just let us know why you would love to own this software. it’s that easy!

the nitty gritty:

one comment per person, please. giveaway ends thursday, december 15th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on friday. good luck!

pssst! don’t miss the other giveaways going on this week:

monday: enter to win this beautiful skirt! (ends 12/11/12)

tuesday: enter to win this chic antler deer pillow! (ends 12/12/12)

wednesday: enter to win a set of these genevieve necklaces! (ends 12/13/12)

thursday: enter to win a $20 gift card for paper goods! (ends 12/14/12)

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our yosemite trip!

December 9, 2011

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happy friday, friends! i’ve finally gone through our 900 and some pictures from our yosemite trip, and wanted to share with you just a few of them today.

our trip was spectacular. we couldn’t have asked for better weather and more beautiful surroundings. during the 4 days we were there, we hiked about 40 miles and climbed an accumulative 15,000 feet (i think i just got my legs back!). for david and i, there’s just something about being in the back country. it makes us feel alive and it draws us back to the basics.

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

2011 trip to yosemite

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giveaway a day: day 4

December 8, 2011

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giveaway day 4

i’m starting to get used to this giveaway a day thing, it’s fun! todays comes from our very own lovely contributor, ashley pahl from indie pretty projects. she’s giving away a $20 gift card to either of her beautiful etsy shops: ashley pahl or nature party! i think you’ll find both to completely wow and dazzle you (she’s so my style!).

here’s how you enter!

comment here letting us know what your favorite item is from either ashley pahl or nature party. to enter twice, you may “like” indie pretty on facebook and leave another comment here letting us know you did so.

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends wednesday, december 14th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on thursday. good luck!

pssst! don’t miss the other giveaways going on this week:

monday: enter to win this beautiful skirt! (ends 12/11/12)

tuesday: enter to win this chic antler deer pillow! (ends 12/12/12)

wednesday: enter to win a set of these genevieve necklaces! (ends 12/13/12)

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2011 gift guide: books on crafts gifting someone of the crafster variety this year? how about a book on their craft? or maybe one on how to sell it or taking pictures of it? i personally own eight out of ten of these books (a bit of an obsession?) and can vouch on how truly wonderful they are. chock-full of useful information, you or your recipient will surley leave full of inspiration and better equipped to take on the world of craftiness!

p.s. do you have any favorite crafty books?

row 1: how to make money using etsy | the handmade marketplace | creative, inc

row 2: craft, inc. | how to sell your crafts online | print & pattern

row 3: a field guide to fabric design | a crafter’s guide to taking great photos | martha stewart’s encyclopedia of crafts

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giveaway a day: day 3

December 7, 2011

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giveaway a day

today’s giveaway comes from twillypop where the lovely sara makes beautiful handmade ribbon necklaces and accessories. this giveaway is for three (count them, three!) ribbon necklaces that you can layer together or separate and give as gifts (or keep for yourself!).

here’s how you enter!

head on over to twillypop and pick out your three favorite genevieve ribbon necklaces (you may choose from these). come back here and comment letting us know which three you chose!

the nitty gritty:

giveaway ends tuesday, december 13th at midnight, pst. one winner will be drawn by a random number generator and announced here on wednesday. good luck!

pssst! don’t miss the other giveaways going on this week:

monday: enter to win this beautiful skirt! (ends 12/11/12)

tuesday: enter to win this chic antler deer pillow! (ends 12/12/12)

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2011 gift guide kitchen goods i don’t think it’s any secret that i have a special affinity for kitchen textiles, so they are an obvious gift choice for me during the holidays. i love having pretty things around in my cooking area, and feel extra special when i’m wearing a beautiful apron. so, here are a few of my favorite kitchen gift ideas!

aprons

julia vol. 1 – $42 | reversible linen apron – £36.00 | watering can apron – $30

tea towels

tea towel calendar – $30 | moose tea towel - $18 | be happy tea towel – $16

oven mitts

resourced fabric oven mitts – $26 | yellow geometric oven mitt – $18 | church flowers oven mitt – $14

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