Thursday, April 18, 2013

Summer Love Giveaway

I love summer.  Okay, I know it's only spring, but seeing the rain fall and flowers start to pop up from the ground (and being able to wear an actual short sleeved tee!) gets me all excited for summertime.  We all know that time flies by quickly, so we better start thinking about summer, right?

I promised you all a GIVEAWAY and since I am getting so excited for summertime, I thought I would make this blog post Summer Giveaway themed!  What do you think?  Allow me to share a few of my favorite things about summer and then give you a pack of goodies that has to do with each thing, deal?

{Flowers & Gardens}
Of course we have to start off with this one. We've already got some flowers popping up outside our house and it makes me so happy. My husband and I also plant a HUGE garden and although we have yet to perfect it (we waste a lot of food), it is neat to see something grow from a little seed into actual food! Whether you plan a giant garden or a small one, have blooming flowers surrounding your house or just a few on your kitchen table, there is something about flowers that makes summer... summer!

For this portion of the prize, I'll be sending some seeds for you to grow yourself! P.S. If you've got kids, this is a GREAT summer project for them!

 {I LOVE seeds- we even made these seed favors for our wedding last year.  See the post HERE}

I had to start off with flowers but let's be fair... I might love dresses the most! I am a big dress fan anyways but breezy summer dresses might be the best of the best. I don't know about you but it makes me feel so dainty and free to run around in a flowey summer dress.

The only thing cuter than all of us in a summer dress (yes, you're beautiful!) would have to be little girls in summer dresses! Because of that, I wanted to share with you a handmade dress maker, Julie from Handmade Creations by Julie. Not only does she made ADORABLE dressess (she makes boy stuff too!) but she's agreed to sponsor this giveaway too!

If you win, this portion of the prize will include FREE SHIPPING for any order, wherever you might be. She just finished up her own dress giveaway, so make sure to keep watching her for more.

 {That's her adorable daughter modeling an adorable dress via}

{BBQ Parties}
Summer is all about grilling, being outside and spending time with friends. Yea, my friends tease me about my veggie burgers (I've been a vegetarian for 10 years) but it's all part of the fun! I am a huge fan of glass bottles, mason jars and those striped paper straws! Combine those three with a perfectly grilled burger and you may have entered heaven.

Because of that, I wanted to give you some striped paper straws to get your started on your summer BBQ plans. Add some whimsy to your event and toss them into old glass bottles. You are going to love it!

This one sounds cheesy but I think it stems from my near obsession with anything classic, vintage or old. I love clotheslines. I know that most people don't dry their clothes on the line anymore (although we did sometime when I was very young!) but I love the idea of it. I even took this idea and used it in my wedding- having guests write messages and hang them on the "line"!

Whether you actually hang clothes, add a magnet to pin things to the fridge or use them for crafting, decorative clothespins add a personal touch that brings out the beautiful "old" in your life. That's right, I'm sending you some blank wooden clothespins AND a set of rub-ons to decorate them with! If you are skeptical, just try it!

   {Each design you see there is made from rub-ons.  Isn't that neat?!  Check out the post here}

{Bare Feet}
No, I'm not sending you bare feet but it is something I love about summer. Unless I'm in a public place you will find me barefoot and running in the grass! It is so relaxing and it gives you such direct contact to the earth around you. I love it. My husband is anti-bare feet and always wears his work boots! Funny isn't it?

Remember when you were a kid and made those friendship bracelets from DMC thread? You can do that twist knot (what is that called?) or braid them... whatever you choose. Well, I say we bring those back as adults. They are the perfect ankle bracelet and you don't need to worry about taking them off because DMC thread seems to last through anything. When you see me sporting my bare feet all summer you can guarantee that you will find me with a toe ring and a DMC anklet on.

Trust me... I'm a summer fun professional. This portion of the prize includes a few really fun bright summer colors of DMC thread.


Okay this is year round. If you follow this blog you have probably noticed my jewelry obsession. However, summer is the perfect time for big bracelets, dangly earrings or long necklaces. I have recently stumbled across Origami Owl personalized necklaces and I immediately fell in love! This company creates personalized jewelry to help you share your story with interchangable charms. I actually sent in my application to join the team and am now proud to say that I sell these awesome necklaces!

For this portion of the prize, I will also be offering free shipping on any order- just make sure that if you win you order through me personally and not through the online page. Online ordering is a great option for anyone else, but I want to make sure the winner doesn't get charged shipping.

{That's me and my mom on vacation.  I'm wearing my living locket with my favorite long chain}

{Boating & Camping}
One of my very favorite things about summer is camping, hiking, boating... you get the gist. However, I couldn't think of a prize to send that didn't involve s'mores ingredients! If you have a crafty suggestion for this theme, I would love to hear it and I just may throw a little extra something into the winner's prize package!

{How To Win}
First, let's go over the prizes:
1. Flower Seeds to grow at home
2. Free Shipping on your order at Handmade Creations by Julie  
3. Set of striped paper straws
4. Blank wooden clothespins and a set of Rub-Ons
5. Three bright colors or DMC thread
6.  Free Shipping on any Origami Owl order
7. SURPRISE CAMPING PRIZE.  Give me suggestions!

Now let's tell you how to enter.  You may earn 1 entry for each of the following:

1. Follow this blog and comment below. Let me know what your favorite prize is.

2. "LIKE" Cut, Craft, Create on facebook and let me know what your favorite prize is. Don't forget to comment or you won't be counted.

3. SHARE the giveaway post on the Cut, Craft, Create facebook page on your own wall. You'll find it there on the facebook page.

4. "LIKE" Handmade Creations by Julie on facebook and let her know what your favorite dress is. Don't forget to mention this giveaway in your comment!

5. "LIKE" my Origami Owl page on facebook and let me know what you might put in your own living locket. Don't forget to mention this giveaway in your comment!

GOOD LUCK!  The contest will end Sunday at 12:00 noon EST.  Winners will be announced Monday at 9 am EST.

Happy Crafting,
Kelsie Ann


  1. I love the last giveaway. Clever way to help your journey with Origami Owl. :-)

  2. Oh wow ... Well, first off, I just became a Follower. Thank you for the invitation!!! My favorite prize has got to be the clothesline. Genius.

  3. Hey I didnt know you were having this, I told Shelby about it also. I also told Don about the Owl for Mothers day, I would really like to have some. The clothes pins I love doing things with clothes pins. You and I have alot of the same interest we will have to do some crafting together. Thanks for the invite.

    Margie Spray

  4. follow via GFC I like origami owl prize

    1. Thanks John! If you're interested in Origami Owl (outside of this contest I mean) then check out the website: OR if you want, check out my facebook page for it:

      I can help you design one if you want. I'm here to help!

      Happy Crafting,
      Kelsie Ann