Home for the Holidays Swap

UPDATE: We have just a few more days to sign up and send in your questionnaires. I have updated my email address versus the link some were having a problem with during the Yahoo issues so hope all is well now. There were a few who said they would be sending a questionnaire, but I haven’t received them yet. I’m reading all the questionnaires carefully and trying to get a good idea of each so when I pair you all up you’re sure to have fun! So if you know anyone who would like to sign up, now is the time!

I have received questionnaires from: Cary, Chrissy, Diana, Diana, Fawn, Heather, Heidi, Heidi, Holly, Janine, Jenna, Jennifer, Kris, Melinda, Michelle, Stephanie and Susan. If your name should be in this list please contact me at tamyandthesgt@sbcglobal.net.

Join me in the 1st
Home for the Holidays
Christmas swap!!!

I love participating in swaps of all kinds, and have formed some wonderful new friendships through swaps. I have decided it was time to host my own swap! The theme is, “Home for the Holidays” which will set a theme and tone for you to have a home style goodness & some holiday goodies too! To me the best part of the holidays is being with family and friends, decorating our homes, baking cookies and rum balls, making special one of a kind Christmas gifts for those you love with the scent of cinnamon wafting through the air as the Christmas carols play in the background.

Please be sure that if you sign up you will follow through with your assigned partner. I’m hoping that this swap will create some WONDERFUL new friendships. Chat with each other and really get a feel for your partner’s personal style, and try your hardest to prepare a swap box that you would be thrilled to receive yourself!! I always try to remember the Golden Rule and what Dear Abby (always give a gift you would love to receive) said when I prepare a swap box.

I really want all of you to be super happy with your boxes, so let’s make this first swap at 3 Sides of Crazy super FABULOUS & FUN!! I know all of you will make this such a fun and great experience for each other. I’ll start a FLICKR group so we can all share our boxes with each other.

Let’s get to the rules….
Rule #1 – Have FUN
1st) Leave me a comment on this blog only, letting me know you would like to participate in the swap. 2nd)Email me at tamyandthesgt@sbcglobal.net. Please include the following form completely filled out so that I have your information.

Mailing Address:
Email Address:
Blog Address:
Personal holiday style (vintage, modern, traditional, country, primitive, glam, funky etc!):
Favorite holiday colors:
Favorite holiday foods, candy, snacks:

Any special collections (Santas, angels, snowmen, certain styles, etc):
Any special dislikes:

Anything else about yourself, your family, your life, etc, that would be helpful to your partner:

Would you be willing to swap with an international partner?:
Would you like to Angel swap*?:
* This should only be if we have an odd number of participants or an emergency arises.

After you email me the filled out form, I will email you back with a confirmation, letting you know that I have included you in the swap. Make sure you receive an email back from me. If you don’t receive a confirmation within a day or two, email me again so that I don’t miss anyone who wants to be involved and be sure to check your spam folder just in case! I will leave the swap open to sign up for until November 17th, and then I will assign partners. Your boxes should be sent by December 8th, so that everyone can enjoy their holiday goodies in time for Christmas!!!

As for the contents of your swap box, I’ll leave that entirely up to you! You can buy things, make things, glitter things, bake things, etc…! Just make a fabulous swap box, full of holiday spirit! (Examples: ornaments, stockings, holiday decor, holiday goodies, yummy candles, Christmas books, etc…) Be creative! After your partner receives the questionnaire with all your information, it will probably help you make up the swap box! The only stipulation is that something has to involve
something for the home (whether it is an ornament, candle, garland, etc…)! I can’t wait to get started and I hope you decide to join me for this fun and fabulous swap! There is a limit of $20-25 dollars on this swap plus shipping. Let’s have some fun with this and not go overboard.

Please use this graphic and add it as a button to your blogs, or post about the swap!! Spread the word so we get lots of fun participants!! The more the merrier! It is always so much fun to meet new bloggers, and what a fun way to get to know everyone!! Let’s spread the “Home for the Holidays” Christmas spirit!

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An Island Life Giveaway

Have you seen the new line of shoes by crocs? Yes, crocs! An Island Life has a giveaway you will seriously be interested in.

From the site: “Originally, Crocs™ Shoes were intended as a boating/outdoor shoe because of its slip-resistant, non-marking sole. By 2003, Crocs™ Footwear had become a bona-fide phenomenon, universally accepted as an all purpose shoe for comfort and fashion. Despite our rapid success, we still stand behind the core values of Crocs™ Footwear. We are committed to making a lightweight, comfortable, slip-resistant, fashionable and functional shoe, which can be produced quickly and at an affordable price to our customers.”

To Buy it! Stop by You by crocs and check out their new fall line for the whole family. I can guarantee that you’ll be as impressed as I was.

To Win it! Are you ready? You by crocs has generously donated TWO pairs of footwear for TWO lucky winners! To enter: Go to An Island Life and enter.

  • Want another chance to win? Stop by 5 Minutes for Mom where they’re giving away 2 pairs of their own!
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There is a new giveaway over at SITS!

There is a new giveaway over at SITS!
Go check it out!
The WONDERFUL people at Bissell are donating a new……
Healthy Home Vacuum.
* Non-Stop Suction: for superior cleaning

*Airtight HEPA Filtration System: collects 99% of the particles as small as .3 microns and 100% of slightly larger particles like pollen, ragweed, dust mites and mold spores. Purifies the air while you are vacuuming!

*Microban Antimicrobial Protection: fights the growth of odor causing bacteria.

Go Here and watch the video, so you can truly understand this amazing vacuum!
Then head on over to SITS and enter.

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Holiday Cooking Blogger Style

For the past couple of years Overwhelmed with Joy has hosted a big Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange and has been delighted with the impressive participation from her fellow bloggers! She is hosting the recipe exchange again this year on 7 November and hopes you’ll join her!

To help encourage you to spread the word, she is going to give away a set of 20 personalized, blank recipe cards to one lucky winner. She’ll design the recipe cards using photoshop and print them out on card stock. They’ll have your first and last name on each one. She’ll probably use some kind of Christmas theme, so that you can use them to share recipes with family and friends this year. Check back with Overwhelmed with Joy because she’ll post a sample picture when she gets a chance to whip up a design!

All you have to do to have a chance to win a set of these recipe cards is to publish a post about her upcoming Holiday Cooking, Blogger Style recipe exchange on your blog and then stop back here and leave her a comment with a link directing her to that post. If you do that, she’ll throw your name in the drawing for the free personalized recipe cards.

Spread the word! See you at Overwhelmed with Joy on November 7th!

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Very Vintage Halloween Swap

Thanks to Heidi over at Foxgloves, Fabric & Folly for being the perfect hostess!

My partner was Heidi over at Swirls of Creativity.

This is the package I sent to Heidi. I found this great burlap pumpkin scarecrow, Halloween treat bag with a ghost cookie recipe and cookie cutter, a sparkly ceramic ghost I made, a fall scented tower candle, hand made Halloween shaker box, and for her little ones a spring up pumpkin full of peeps, candy corn and peanut butter kisses which are all mandatory Halloween candies in this house – LOL.

Heidi sent me this adorable box with the cutest mugs for apple cider, pixie sticks, lots of adorable labels and tags, an altered journal and some super vintage fabric and bindings.

I also won this over at Mississippi Songbird. Stephanie had a Halloween Lantern giveaway. She added the cutest towel and some great candy too.

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Lucky Duck I am ~ Book & a an Apron

I recently won 2 different blog giveaways and am such a lucky duck as I can use them together and they arrived just a few hours apart. The Flavor Bible is an awesome book that I’m only 3 pages into, but already love! I won this from Joy over at Joy of Desserts and this awesome Jesse Steele Apron with the most adorable cherries fits like a glove. Lisa over at Confessions of an Apron Queen has the most amazing shop full of both new and vintage aprons. Go visit Rick Rack Attack and take your Christmas list with you, she has something for everyone! Lisa also hosts Vintage Thingie Thursdays.

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