Thursday, December 30, 2010

12 Days of Christmas swap, Day 5 and two giveaways

Before I open today's package, I want to let everyone of my readers and followers know about two wonderful giveaways being offered in blogland. Just like every other giveaway I tell you about, neither of these come with any strings attached.

Because Patty's giveaway ends first, I'll list it first. Her New Year's Giveaway includes so many goodies I'd be here all day. So please stop by Patty's Magpie's Nest and enter for a chance to win all these goodies by January 6. And just to be clear, here is what Patty wrote:
all are welcome to join in…near or far…even if you’ve won something here before…no need to have a blog to play along…just be sure I have a way of contacting you…
The other giveaway is given by Marilyn Rock who is offering one of the most beautiful mixed media pieces I've seen. Everything about this piece screams "lovely." Per Marilyn's instructions, "all you have to do is comment here . . ." so hop on over and enter for your chance to win.

Good luck to all who enter these awesome giveaways. Now let's open some packages!

My UK friends would call this day 6, but we started opening our gifts on December 26, so we will complete the swap on January 6, which is Epiphany.

Day 5 is wrapped in tissue and there's a matching gift for me (as the host). This one is from Marilyn, who lives in Australia. Again, I don't believe Marilyn has a blog.

This is one lovely piece that my camera simply cannot pick up the detail on. The five golden rings and hearts rest on some lovely raised paper that has been swiped with gold ink or possibly paint. I swear this is a beautiful and detailed piece and I was unable to capture the depth, detail, and design. This is Marilyn's first time swapping with me, and I am totally impressed with her art. Additionally, hers was the package that had the furthest to travel.

Marilyn sent everyone a gift, too. Isn't that a cute little clothes pin? She explained to me that she got these in Australia and they don't make them anymore. Along with that, are three bunches of hand dyed ribbons. I probably should have untied them so you could see how lovely they are, but hindsight is always 20/20.

I stand corrected about a statement I made regarding yesterday's post. Michelle, who made the awesome hybrid art square I had so much trouble photographing, has a blog called Ponderings of a Mind. PLEASE, please visit Michelle's blog because her photographs are stunning and so detailed. Not only that, she writes lovely reviews of each of the art squares after she unwraps them. But that is not the only reason to visit Michelle's blog. She has some lovely pieces made for challenges like the Three Muses, Mixed Media Monday, Wednesday Stamper, Sunday Postcard Art, and Art on the Darkside. She draws, sketches, paints, collages, and makes digital art. I am only sorry I just now learned of Michelle's blog, because I will be visiting often. I hope you will stop by Michelle's Ponderings of a Mind if for no other reason to check out the lovely 12 Days gifts that are photographed so stunningly.

10 thoughtful remarks:

voodoo vixen said...

Another wonderful piece of art for your collection! What will you do with them all when it is over? Make a book?

olive said...

you are such a giving person Elizabeth, as always thanks for sharing other sites on yours. So many fantastic journeys I have had to other sites. Lots of love Olive xxx

Cindy McMath said...

Elizabeth, I have been enjoying following your 12 days of Christmas pieces - such fun! Thanks for the giveaway links too! Happy New Year my friend.

Cindy :)

Susan Allan said...

Hope you enjoyed your days away and that you are back at your desk ready for another year of crafting fun! You have some cute little gifts and that gold piece looks wonderful.

Have a great and happy new year, best wishes.
Sue xx
(Somewhere on my blog, I think August, I have a whole host of clothes peg dolls, you may have spotted them.)

sharon said...

Lovely goodies you got Elizabeth!

I love how you always introduce us to new and special blog glad I founf\d you this year!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Happy New year Elizabeth. Thank you for your generosity throughout the year. I am sending you snowflake kisses and warm woolen mitten hugs for the New 2011! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

see you there! said...

You really have the best bunch of swappers! Each package is just as delightful as the next one. Thanks for letting us in on all the fun.


Marilyn Rock said...

Such lovely gifts and so nice of you to share with us! Happy New Year! xxoo

Halle said...

These pages are very fun too! Almost wish I'd been in both groups. :)
Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Poeticthnkr said...

Thanks for sharing the giveaways Elizabeth and also directing me toward 2 more beautiful blogs. Thank you for everything!!! I am so happy that I was able to participate in the swap with you! =)