Sunday, March 08, 2009

garden notebook cover give away.


I have always thought of noting anniversaries, dates, memorable post numbers and all of that with a give away of some sort. But somehow those dates blow past each and every time, and I realize - oh! Another year! Oh! 250, 500 (or 550) posts...weeks late. So I decided to do a give away just because. Just because is a good reason! I also like to see who is out there - while I love comments from those who are familiar, I also enjoy new comments too, and this is a nice excuse to say 'HI'! So old friends or lurkers - leave a comment!

I pulled out the sewing machine again last week and made a few gardening notebook covers. I like having a nice cover for my notebook obsession...they are great for unlined sketchbooks, lined journals or notebooks. They just look nice, keep things together, and when a notebook is full, you can pop in a new one. This one holds a standard 8.5 x 11 size notebook.


I'm not a professional seamstress, so you will have to forgive me my tiny imperfections, but as it is meant to go with you in the garden (or the cafe) as you write, draw, scribble and dream, it will pick up the earth along the way and develop a character all its own. I will also be adding a surprise to the give away box in addition to the garden notebook cover!

To enter the drawing, comment on this post. I'll do a random drawing this Wednesday, March 11, so be sure to comment by 5PM CST on the 11th!

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added 3/11/09 : 8:30 PM

The random number generator picked a winner - comment # 9 - which is Brianna at serendipity.

Brianna - you can email me your snail mail address at scorch_dc@yahoo.com and I'll mail out your goodies!

Thanks to all for playing! I love all the comments, and am happy to have a lot of new blogs to visit! :)



80 comments:

Joy said...

Awww...that's a really sweet cover. Congrats on 1 yr and 500 posts! Happy blogiversary!

juls4real said...

Happy Anniversary. I just happened by. Your blog is cute. I have a small boy, too. We'll check in on you. Please enter me in your give away. Your cover is nice.

Juls

Sue Anne said...

I love this! It's so pretty. :) Please add me to the giveaway.

Sherry said...

What a nice way to dress up a notebook! :)

Tricia said...

Am I really the first?? Wow...so hi! I've never commented before, but this notebook cover is calling out to me!

Jenn said...

Am I really the first to post? Well, I must say.... it is a lovely notebook cover. Even though I am garden-less at the moment, I dream of returning my hands to the dirt again someday soon.

Nicole Spring said...

congrats on 500!! how sweet of you to do a giveaway!

Crescent Moon said...

A notebook cover is a wonderful idea, since my notebooks always end up dog-eared.
I really enjoy your blog!

brianna said...

that's gorgeous denise! i love this idea, i'll have to get brave and try my own.

happy anniversary!

Dawn said...

Aren't you sweet! Whoever wins this cute notebook cover will be a very lucky person. :)

Annie said...

Lovely! I recognise that fabric. I used some in the bread quilts I'm making! http://annie.paxye.com/?p=725 This is so very pretty of a book cover. It's the imperfections that make it special, don't you think? Otherwise, I suppose we would just buy these things instead of really cherishing them when they're handmade. Everything I make is made imperfectly with love.

Tammy said...

I'd love to be in the drawing! I'm kind of a lurker here, but I do read every post of yours, even though I rarely comment. :)

jumbleberryjam said...

This is lovely! We've just started keeping a Natural Journal and this would be the perfect cover for it! Thanks for offering (to even first-time commenters/long-time lurkers ;-)

Leslie said...

what a great idea....i just made myself a cover but could use many more. it looks beautiful

sarah said...

Oh, it is beautiful. The perfect thing for my own notebook obsession!

Our Quiet Family said...

What a cute idea! I am a fellow Madisonian and first time gardener this year. I enjoy reading your blog for ideas and nspiration!

rae ann said...

hooray! what a lovely giveaway! so pretty and sentimental- i love it!

Kiki said...

draws are so much fun! congratulations on a wonderful blog, I love coming back to it over and over and see what you've created now, whether it's food, crafts, mothering, you're a very talented and dedicated momma!

Michelle said...

How adorable! I'd love to use that to dream in. I just found your blog recently, we spent 4-1/2 years in Madison and it's so nice to see someone from "home."

marcela said...

I really enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing so many great ideas and beautiful pictures.

I love this book cover... perfect for the spring soon to come... thanks so much for sharing.

Gwyn said...

Hi Denise - I've been reading your blog for quite some time now and I'm sure I've never commented - so hello - love your work! My boys would love to take their hammers to the seed pods in your banner photo!

enikő said...

That's really really pretty. Happy anniversary!

Maiz said...

Sign me up! We are just starting to plan our garden, too. I've been reading all of your posts for about a year!

jodi said...

wow so generous of you...and such sweet fabric

ladybug-zen said...

that is really pretty, Denise. and Happy anniversary!

Marjon in NZ said...

Oooh yes please! (Lurking fan coming out of hiding :o) I hope I qualify being on the other side of the world!

Dawn said...

Yay! Congrats to you!!

What a lovely gift, you did a fantastic job~

Happy Monday!
:)

Sam said...

That's a beautiful notebook cover :-)

I'd love to be included in the draw, if you're happy to send it to the UK (if I win!)

I'm going to be following closely all your gardening tips this year, and hopefully making a few shaky steps myself.

Tiff said...

Sooo cute!! I carry one of those notebooks everywhere, how nice it would be to have such a cute cover for it.
Congrats on your 1 year bloggiversary!

Leslie S. said...

We will be putting in our first real veg garden this year in part due to your posts over the last few months...got me and my seven year old interested in the seed catalogue fun! Thanks and good luck with your garden this year!

La Libertad said...

If I ever get brave enough to LEARN how to use a sewing machine, this could be a nice project to try (anything that is all right angles)!

Very cute.

Sarah said...

hello! i love reading your blog--so many interesting projects and things to do with the kids. i'd like to enter the drawing--the cover is gorgeous.

Erin said...

I think the book cover is adorable and would love to be in the drawing! Thanks ...
Peace.

dongdong said...

So pretty. Please enter me.

Jane said...

That's great. . .and I just bought a garden notebook a couple of weeks ago. Love it!

Elizabeth said...

This is beautiful! I've never commented, but I read your blog regularly. Congratulations on your anniversary!

denise said...

Oh - and to those of you around the globe - near or far, wherever you are, yes! comment to enter the drawing! :)

Yarrow said...

Oh, how lovely. I love that idea. Covering those dull notebooks. Count me in please. Blessings.

Erin said...

Lovely!

Heather said...

The cover is so pretty!

I don't think I've ever commented before, but I do visit your blog often. I'm always looking for fun educational ideas for my 2 boys, and am always inspired by you!

Kate said...

Very cute cover! I pretty terrible at winning anything... but I'd love a chance! I used to live in Madison, but still read your blog. I hope your seed starting goes well!

Heart Rockin Mama said...

I love it! Such a pretty addition to any garden!

Lisa Anne said...

Very nice Denise. I love the fabric on the notebook, may be just the thing to really get me excited for this year's farming.

Code Crafter said...

Beautiful notebook cover, please enter me in the drawing! I am really determined to do some real gardening this year :)

Also want to say I really like your blog. So much good inspiration! I don't think I have commented before but have been reading for a while!

Stephanie said...

sign me up, please! that is adorable. :)

STEPHANIE said...

Congrats! I like the fabric you chose.

Mandy aka Mandaroo said...

It's pretty, I like especially, though, that's it's made by you! : ) Count me in!

Anet said...

We're so happy to have found you as a blog friend!
I would love a chance to win your Garden notebook cover.

Heidi B. said...

How cute is that? I would love to have this for our first gardening season! Sign me up,

Tabitha said...

Hi! Your blog has been so helpful. it's a fresh new place to pop in and see what other homeschoolers are up to.

humblewoodcutter said...

I want this. Pick me. Me. Me.

Sherri said...

I love it...Thank you for offering a giveaway!
You are inspiring me all the time here in Chicago. Thanks!
Sher

Momma Kate said...

A happy day it was when I linked to your blog from the Crafty Crow! I really look forward to my blog time every day (or two), and yours is so refreshing. Your positive outlook, calm demeanor and passion for growing (kids, gardens, dreams) are an insiration to me. Thanks!

Poppy and Mei said...

Oh! I'm so glad I dropped by!
Love a good give away.
Missed you, by the way...XXxx

Eluciq said...

wow...this is a great way to see who is reading...fun! Love the material cover for a notebook...just beautiful!

it certainly looks like you have quite a few lurkers by the number you already have on your comments...wowzers!

Karen said...

I've enjoyed your blog for awhile - thank you for all your ideas. I heart Madison, and miss it like crazy!

piscesgrrl said...

Hi! It's me. Your friend in the cornfields. Who doesn't have a notebook cover.

:-)

paxye said...

What a great idea!! and so sute!

LisaZ said...

That's lovely, Denise! I'm glad I popped in to leave a comment...Lisa

Darla said...

500 posts, wow! Wonderful job. I enjoy reading often.

Tracy said...

oooh! a beautiful garden cover that is itching to get dirty! I love it.

Heather said...

Right now my yearly garden plans are tucked up into an old duotang folder, I bet they'd be much happier in such a lovely little cover. ;-)

Zachary and Jennifer said...

Very Pretty!

Happy Anniversary!

Jennifer

linda said...

Very lovely notebook cover...I found you by way of Teaching Handwork. I love all your projects. Please enter me into your generous giveaway.

JenniC10 said...

Hey, there, and happy anniversary! I'm a friend of a friend and catch up on your blog via hers (the friend is Joy). Congrats, and that is a beautiful cover! :)

Mammagiramondo. said...

Really really nice, enter me too!!!

anthromama said...

That's just beautiful! I think the imperfections are the best part, because they say "Human hands made me, not a machine"!

Erin said...

Thanks for the inspiration...I would love to give this garden book to my mother-in-law - just because.... :)

zoogarden36 said...

Love your blog ... makes me wish my boys were small again! I'd love to win the cover!

Gelsey said...

Congrats on 500 posts! The cover is beautiful!

Pampered Mom said...

What a great notebook cover!!

Anonymous said...

very very cutesy! please count me in!

Anonymous said...

count me in. very cutesy!

JessicaF said...

Just found your blog and I love it! All the fun stuff you do with the kids has me inspired! I will be visiting often!

Astrid said...

Very pretty garden journal! I really ought to take better notes about my garden. I always intend to write stuff down but by the time I'm back inside the house I'm usually wiped out (and my memory is gone too!)

Wood Violet said...

That's a lovely journal. I always enjoy your posts. Please include me in the draw.
Karen

Sally said...

so glad to have found you so quickly in my own homeschooling/blogging journey! i am glad that you are here to share with us your life, your children, all your own adventures .... and cool garden notebook covers!

Barbara said...

oooh, I'm making it in under the wire. happy just because!

Nikki said...

Hello there! I didn't realize our oldests have almost the same birthdate! I may need your help as I start to think about my garden for this year. I feel like last year was such a fluke-- it was a great success with very little effort from me. Hopefully this year will be just as productive! Take care and Happy Blog-anniversary!

rubywill said...

Happy Anniversary and thanks for all the inspiration