The lovelySarah Jackson. I shall be compiling your box this week. And you may even receive it by spring!
(Gratuitous photo; Millennium Park)
Random thought: I'll bet it's cold in Chicago today!
I remember the first winter we lived there. I was trudging to work downtown wearing 4 layers, scarf wrapped around my entire face, hat pulled low over my ears. A bus happened along and I decided to hop on. The driver took one look at me and burst into laughter and asked, "Lady, what's gonna happen to you when it gets cold?" It was November, after all.
I haven't done a give-away in a while. And to be honest, I haven't even mailed Harley's loot yet. Soon Harley, I promise! But what the heck.
So, for the truly brave out there, I am doing a SURPRISE give-away. That's right. You will receive a parcel from me. Someday. And it will contain completely unexpected thingS. And they will be good, I promise. I mean, really good.
Entry is simple. Leave me a comment for 1 chance to win. Link to Burrow House, or add me to your bloglines for an extra chance. Let me know in your comment how many chances you are in for. Simple.
So, you may remember the weirdness that was going on in my house a few weeks back. I'm happy to say that things have calmed down for the most part. The thumping and bumping continued for another week or two, and then quieted down. But not before two of our kids, unbeknownst to each other, each came to tell me that our recently departed dog had been walking down the hall in the night.
Dang, I miss that dog. He was so unbelievably naughty, it sounds about right that he would take the unencumbered approach to mischief.
But that story is not nearly as spine tingling as the winner of my Ghost-y Give-away. Congrats Harley! I need you to email me a picture of your house, so I can make a set of notecards for you. Kinda like these.
A funny thing happened at my house today. And by funny I mean creepy, bizarre, and weird.
So, I'm sitting in our family room on the 2nd floor. Alone. Actually working on a project. Blissfully. And I hear a series of crashes. Each sounds like it's coming from a different place in the house. Now, the dog is outside. No sign of the cat. So I jump up to investigate. As I run past my daughter's room, the door slams. I stop. I stand there. And then in my brilliance, I kick the door open. Hard. It flies open, but instead of smashing into the table that rests behind the door, it kind of hits something much softer. Crap. NOT how I want to spend my alone time.
At this point, I run to let my ferocious (yeah right) hound in the house, dialing the police as I sprint into the kitchen. Do you know what they told me? GET THE HELL OUT OF THE HOUSE!!! So after I let the dog in, I double locked the back door, walked past the stairs that any self respecting robber would have to use to come get the silver, and I headed out the front door.
About 3 minutes later, 5 police cars swarm my house. Eight officers scour every inch of every room. (damn, why do these things always happen when my house is in shambles!?!)
Know what they found? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Every window locked and sealed with storm windows. Every door locked. No possible way someone could have gotten out of the house without leaving a clue. No sign of anything that would explain the smashing I heard. And get this. The only thing that seems to be missing is a tiny picture of my son as a baby that was in a little frame on the refridgerator.
Now I feel like the loony lady in the neighborhood. You know, the one with the unkempt house and a wild imagination. What do I say to the force of police standing in my front hall, wondering why they jumped up and left their lunches? "Uuuuhhhh...Sorry guys."
But the thing is, I know what I heard. And I know a door just slammed in my face. WTF!!!
As the officers are leaving, one of them says to me, "Do you believe in paranormal activity?"
Holy crap! The police just told me I have a ghost. Do you think that's code for "Coo-coo lady, keep your hand on your gun." ? A ghost? That's just nuts people. Really?
Coincidentally, I had planned to do a Halloween give-away. But now, I need a little mental support, so I'm going to start it early.
Here's the deal. To get in on the give-away, you have to leave me a comment with YOUR ghost story. On Halloween, I'll pick one.
The prize? A set of 10 notecards with YOUR house on them. Haunted or otherwise. Here are a few I've done in the past, just so you can get an idea.
This is my haunted house. It was built in 1893. (Not that I BELIEVE that it's haunted...yet)
Can't wait to hear your stories. And p.s. DON'T TELL MY KIDS!!!
I have done the random draw for the "one to grow on," but before I get to that, I have to share something I am SO excited about!
For those of you who don't know who this is (and I'm presuming that's just about everyone), his name is Zahi Hawass. I'm the most faithful member of his fan club. Seriously people, I've fantasized about what I would say to this man if I ever met him in person. You know, if I just happened to bump into him on the streets of Cairo. Or better yet, out on a dig in the middle of the dessert.
I'm totally star-struck by this man. Now, you may not know this about me, but when we lived in Chicago I worked for a great jeweler. I was on a first name basis with some seriously famous people. Not once was I ever in awe.
Which just goes to show you what a dork I am. So let me just say that I am giggling and dancing around the house because I HAVE TICKETS TO SEE HAWASS!!! Out of the clear blue, I heard that Hanover College is bringing him to town for a guest speaking engagement! HERE! Who would have ever thought it! WOOHOO!!!
Okay, enough torturing you! It's too hard to dance and type at the same time.
And the winner of my first-ever-give-away is..............
Now, since I've had so much dang fun with this thing, I've decided to give the OTHER one away! Because, well, it was just too exciting to draw that piece of paper from the bowl. I HAD to do it again. So the SECOND winner of my first-ever-give-away is.............
COFFEE CHRIS!!! Chris has won one dark haired girl. I've been thinking of her as a Betty, but feel free to change her name.
Now, I'd ALWAYS be open to do a little swap. If anyone really wanted one of these little creatures, and wanted to do a swap, just drop me a line!
I have LOVED each and every comment you guys have left. SO much so, that I'm sure to do another give-away in the fairly near future! I'm really happy that you all have come to visit The Burrow. The door is ALWAYS open.
This post is SO HEAVY on pics that I'm going to save my tutorial for another day. Please feel free at any time to leave me a comment to "hurry up with the tut!"
Okay, first I'm going to show you all the amazing loot we got last night...
Brenda made these lightswitch covers. We each got to choose TWO!
Erin made LOUNGE PANTS ala Amy Butler! How on earth she cranked out EIGHT PAIRS is beyond me! I may not ever take them off again. Seriously. I wore them to the grocery at 7:30 this morning.
Laura made decanter tops. Okay, shot sucks, but they are SO COOL!
Lisa made these great jewelry boards. I SHOULD have shown you the tangled mess of necklaces on my dresser! HA!
Lynette made these jewelry travel cases. The inside is FILLED with tiny pockets. It's BRILLIANT!
Marcia made these stone coasters. Well, she didn't make the stone, but you know what I mean. And look at her tag! It's a paint chip! Is that clever or what!?
Rosalie joined us for her first evah swap. Hmm. She pretty much has the hang of things! She took a base paper (linen?) and wrote on it with china marker, then distressed it with a walnut ink. BEFORE she covered these cute little boxes with it. How cool is that?
Suzanne made these necklaces from a sheet of sterling that she had. First she cut out the pendants, and then she hand-etched the seagrass onto the pendant. Wow.
And then, there was mine...
I saw these cuties over on Angry Chicken, in one of her June posts. Hers came from here. Do you know what it is?
It's the "one to grow on" for a birthday cake! I LOVE them! In fact, it has been a bit sad parting with them, but I know they have all gone on to wonderful new homes. They are shown here on tiny chocolate cakes with maple buttercream frosting. (the cake came with the craft) Maybe I should do a tutorial for that frosting. Mmmm.
And the next one to go to a wonderful new home will be one of these...
That's right. The winner of the give-away gets to choose which one they get!