Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Last call...and giveaway!!!

It's the last call for participants for the Sweet and Sinister swap! I will only take names until Sept. 1st and then the swap is closed for another year. If you're on the fence, now is your chance. However, don't be too quick to dive in, make sure you can honor your commitment. Check out all the info. on A Year of Color blog. If you're not a member of the blog, you can become one here. If you've signed up, you should have received your partner this week. If you didn't, check your spam folders and let me know ASAP if you don't have the info. Thanks! Since there are so many of us getting into the Halloween mood, I thought I'd do a giveaway for a book that is hot off the press. I don't think it's even on the shelves yet!
The book Happy Halloween is put out by the Country Living team and is a fun mix of pumpkins, decor, recipes, party ideas and costumes.
It's a best of that's been published in Country Living magazine and some new whimsical ideas, with lots of instructions provided. The real strength of the book is the dozens of recipes for seasonal fare and ideas for theme-specific parties along with the gorgeous photography we have come to expect from Country Living. I own most of the Halloween books out there and this is a new favorite.

If you'd like your name in the hat to win the book, please leave a comment here. You do not need to be participating in the swap to enter. Make sure you leave your email, so that I can reach you if you win and also your favorite thing about Halloween. I will draw a winner on Sept. 1st.

Good luck!

70 comments:

Katie - My Paisley Apron said...

Oh my goodness! I may have to get that book even if I don't win it. Autumn is my Most Inspiring Thing Ever. I love it, everything about it - the weather, the colors, the decorations, the holidays, the back-to-school, the foods - it is so refreshing, cozy, homey, wonderful. And your giveaway fits the bill perfectly!!!

nicky said...

I love it! Fall is my favortie season and Halloween is my favorite holiday. I am already getting ready to decorate. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Suz said...

I would love that book, Kari. I almost bought it...and I think I will buy it if I don't win it!!!

So excited about this swap. I never have been excited about fall and halloween before...you have changed me!

xo,
Suz

tricia stirling said...

I got married on Halloween! My favorite thing about it is the whimsy and play of childhood. candy and costumes, masquerade, arabesque! what's not to love?

Julie said...

That book ROCKS!! Thanks for all that you do to keep us inspired, Kari! =) ~Julie

Ellie said...

I'm drooling over the images, this
book looks wonderful! Thanks Kari,
for doing the swap..i look forward to
being part of it!

Fall is my fav time of year; i look
forward to all the inspiration the
swap and your blog will bring!

Thanks,
Ellie

Jane said...

The book looks sooooooo good, Kari! Who wouldn't love to own a copy? I love Fall too - the cooler weather,fun decorations - plus we have a LOT of family birthdays in October! Some years we have a big 'October Birthdays' party, with lots of Halloween decorations and treats. Just no hurricanes, please!
Jane - Jacksonville
jspalmer@bellsouth.net

Jen**SugaredSongbird** said...

I know what your saying Jane, my own b-day is in October, right when the leaves are at full hilt (I guess even Mother Nature has to decorate for my birthday:). I love all things autumn/Halloween!

Sandy Shirley said...

Hey Kari - please enter me in your giveaway. My favorite thing about Halloween is all the good old scary movies they put on tv the whole month of October! I try to watch every one that I can - it really gets me in the Halloween mood! We decorate BIG TIME at our house and plans are already underway for lots of spooky fun!

Jeanne said...

Wow that looks like a great book. Thanks for offering it in a giveaway!
xo
jeanne

Anonymous said...

I just came across your blog-looks like perfect timing! Halloween is the best time of year! Thanks for chance to win a fun book!

jayne
jayne_sinclair@hotmail.com

Sheila R said...

What a frightly fun giveaway. The best think I like about fall is the rich autumn colors, cooler weather and crutch of the leaves.

PA Paper Artists said...

I agree that the book looks like a "must have!"

Barb Buckton said...

I love fall-cooler weather, crisp apples and Halloween fun.

Marianna said...

my favorite thing about Halloween is all the smells! the leaves, the air, the burning candles, the pumpkin guts, the candy mix, the grease paint makeup sticks and on and on the list goes! :)

Stacy/Creativemuse said...

That is such a cute book I adore the pumpkin carving that's always a fav! My mom's pumpkins are already ready!
thanks
warmly
Stacy
sharris 145 at roadrunner dot com

Valarie said...

Oh my, the book looks so wonderful. How sweet of you to share with us. Have a lovley day.Valarie

lindas said...

Thanks for the info and photos about this book!
My daughter and her new husband (now I have _two_ sons!:) just bought a house. Halloween is her favorite holiday and they always give a great party. What a good gift for them!

:) Linda

Lynn Richards said...

What a sweet thing for you to do in the midst of everything else!!!
I am SO looking forward to the swap!!
Lynn
alittlebluesky.blogspot.com
lynnbluesky1@gmail.com

Pamela said...

Thank you for offering this as a give-away.

Halloween is my favorite holiday, don't know why I just know it is. I will certianly have to add this book to my collection of other halloween stuff, so if I don't win it I'll just have to buy it :o)

Kathy said...

Great book!

Lily Boot said...

Oooh what a lovely giveaway. My Abby's best friend - they've been best friends since preschool - Peter was born on Halloween so every year is so exciting - we help put on a huge birthday, halloween party so we're always on the lookout for new ideas.

KathrynAntyr said...

What a gorgeous book! It looks like it is filled with spooky goodness. It has been hot here lately but there are hints of fall coming, like my dog shedding his undercoat! I love, love, love fall and the decorations and recipes for this season. Great giveaway. Thanks!

sweetpeaink said...

I am so very excited about the swap. :) Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
xoxo

Christine Edwards said...

Kari, what a wonderful giveaway. I had seen that book on Overstock and Amazon, but there weren't any inside pics for me to make a decision with. I may have to buy if I don't win. :-)

Cheers,
Christine
flwave [@] hotmail.com

Kathleen said...

Looks like a wonderful book, please drop my name in your hat :)

vntgkitten said...

I just love, love, love Halloween. I am so excited it is my favorite holiday and since we moved into our first house I'm gonna go wild on the Halloween decor. That book would help out a great deal.

Lesley said...

FUN!! Add me.... I can not wait to decorate for Fall/Halloween.

Jenn said...

Oh, I love Country Living. Bonne Chance!

julie (jane's apron) said...

I'd love this book Kari. And I love your new blog look!

Ellen said...

In the Netherlands there isn't much to do about Halloween and yet I love thattime of year !!I wouldbe so so happy to win this book so i can show him to all of
my friends and hope that they get
enthusiastic and join me in this feast. And it's a wonderful birthday present for me too ;-))

~~~ M ~~~ said...

What a fantastic looking book! I'd love a copy!

My favorite thing about Halloween is just the FUN of it all. Hubby has a massive (and I do mean massive) collection of carved pumpkins (the fake kind from the craft store) that get set out all over the yard each year and blink to music on Halloween night. Plus many other decor things that we put on/around the house. Kids and parents both love the pumpkins, and we love all the comments we get. I figure that if little kids, jr high boys, and all the parents ALL love it... we've done good. :-)

We just love Halloween!

Marilyn
accentuate87@aol.com

scrap-n-away said...

I'm signing up for the swap today I forgot all about it. Thanks for the reminder. Please enter me in the drawing for the book it looks wonderful.

Mandy said...

Country Living is my most favorite magazine, ever. I'm a two-year subscriber so far--hopefully many more years to come!--and so thankful I stumbled upon it.

Mandy
mandy@tinymandolin.com

Kimla Kay said...

I just received my etsy goodies in the mail! Wow, Kari...thank you so much for everything and the extra goodies. Love it all, my friend. Thanks so much for sharing all your great estate finds. I enjoy everything I get from you. xo kimla

jacquerose said...

Country Living has been one of my favorite magazines for years.....I have a lot of saved copies. Fall is my favorite season and even hay fever doesn't stop me from loving it. Halloween always brings back memories of childhood.

trish said...

I'd love to be entered into the giveaway! Looks like a great, fun book:)
trishnatey@gmail.com

natalea said...

Oooh! that books looks wonderful! Please enter me in your drawing- I can't get enough Halloween inspiraton! xo natalea
kandeland@roadrunner.com

Heidi said...

Oh man, I have to get my hands on a copy of that book STAT, either by winning one or a quick trip to the bookstore. Of course the former would be more fun than the latter. :) I'm excited for the swap and have already emailed my partner!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Halloween is my favorite holiday!!! Thanks for the chance..

Carol from Sunny Georgia!

Recycled Rita said...

Ooooohhh! I would love to win this! Halloween is my favorite time! I decided to not participate in the Sweet and Sinister this year because I am doing a show on Oct. 10th and am afraid to do too much but last year was AWESOME!!! Of course I was with Jenny Everyday is a holiday! We were perfectly matched and it was sooo much fun! karen....

daddysgrl said...

would love to be added to the pot for the drawing! such a great blog...please keep on writing!

--kristen

Romy said...

Kari! How are you? I hope all is well! The book looks awesome!

Kynda said...

looks like a great book! thanks for having a drawing

snowbear said...

Halloween inspirations abound... always welcomed! The recipe section has my interest as well.. congrats to the lucky winner.

Kathryn Johnson said...

I am so excited for fall & Halloween! Looks like a great book for creative inspiration.

Lisa Cook said...

Always ready for new Halloween inspiration! Thank you Kari.

Grace said...

what a great book that looks like! I love the summer but looking forward to the Fall and all the beautiful colors! I definately have to buy it if I do not win, will also look great on my coffee table.

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Wowsa..way cool! What a sweetie your are...please count me in.

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Hi sweetie!! How have you been? :-)
Is it too late to sign up for the swap? I am in such a swap mood!! You and I should do a swap again :-)
I hope you have a fantastic weekend!! Huge hugs!! Britt :-)

Sandi said...

Pick me. I am such a Halloween lover. My birthday is October 28, so I have always loved this time of year. This gift would be awesome.

Sandi
Impatient Cajun

Shelley said...

Please,count me in on your sweet "Give Away". I loved visiting your blog and will definitely come again.

Blessings

Kelly in Canada said...

Hi Kari,
Okay, you talked me into it. I am going to register for your sway today. I love my son's excitement about Hallowe'en. I love candy corn. I love the chill in the air and the autumn food and decorations and just everything.
Kelly

Twyla and Lindsey said...

We've been anxiously waiting for this book! We LOVE Halloween! Great giveaway! Thanks! Twyla

Wendy said...

That book looks like a lot of fun!

Alicia said...

Fall is my favorite time of year!!! I absolutely love Halloween!! September first is great, would be a nice gift for my September 10th b-day!!! Thanks for the give-away!!!

valarty said...

I have been saving Fall and Christmas magazines for years. I pull them out when the season begins with a cup of tea. That new book looks marvelous! My favorite thing about Halloween and fall is watching the seasons start to change. I love the store decor, hunting for the right costumes and the "parties". Valerie

texcinlulu said...

My favorite time of year.
Thanks for the give away.
Cindy

francine said...

Since my daughter is having her first Halloween Party for her little boy - I'd love to win this book and help her with ideas for her party!

Jill said...

I love halloween-- and I LOVE that book! Oh, and I LOVE your blog too! So inspiring!

Jill said...

Ooops! Here's my email:
stampijill(at)msn.com
Thanks!
Jill

Sew It Up! said...

Oooooo! Those cupcakes look yummy! I love the whimsy of Halloween.

DJ Norton said...

Favorite part of Halloween - that's tough to just pick one. Love creating the Halloween costume from scratch rather than the store bought costume. Close second - eating candy corn mixed with peanuts!
DJ

Erica said...

Oh, fabulous give-away. We're already enjoying some cooler weather here in TX - one of the best things about fall!

lisazahnwrites said...

I love anything Country Living, and my DD10 would really adore that book as she is so into the Halloween decorating. I hope I win it!

Lisa
zahn8 (at) yahoo (dot) com

My Crafty Little Page said...

Looks like a great book, Kari...sign me up please. :)Nancy

LynAnne Smucker said...

Such a lovely book. I love fall and love Halloween too. Thanks for the giveaway.

caryn said...

what!?......you're giving that away??!!!oooo....pick me...pick me!!!

Vickie said...

Love this book! I don't have it yet so please sign me up! I may have to go check it out anyway but I'll keep my fingers crossed!

A Touch of Country said...

just received this post and it said it was posted 36 minutes ago.

I am confused. Did you mean October 1st?