16 November 2010

Giveaway :: The Mini Mart

Marta-giveaway

Even though I spend
an awful lot of time talking about yarn and fabric on this little blog, I still have a secret obsession with paper. Actually, if you took a good look at my craft room you would realize that it isn't a secret at all. But I'm fairly certain that my paper-crafting skills don't hold a candle to Marta's.

I'm also fairly certain that most of you read Marta's blog. I recommend adding her to your reader if you're looking for daily doses of inspiration, daily reminders of how beautiful everyd
ay life can be, daily confirmation that it is hard for everyone to keep a clean kitchen with a toddler toddling behind you, and daily posts that read like you're chatting with your best friend. Plus she lives in Idaho—and that's where I live—so, you know.

Every time Marta posts one of her many paper crafts or brilliant artistic ventures it reconfirms in my mind that she truly is a paper girl. I am thrilled that she is sharing some of her paper wares with you for today's giveaway.


The Details:
Marta is kindly offering a set of 6 homemade holiday cards + 2 sheets of Jolly Old St. Nick stickers to one lucky Narrating Life reader!

How to enter:
:: Check out Marta's shop to get a glimpse of her lovely paper goods.
:: Leave a comment on this post: What makes you feel like the holidays have officially started? For me, it is drinking peppermint hot chocolate—oh yeah, then it's on.
:: Grab the Handmade Holiday button and post it on your blog/website for an extra entry. Please leave me an additional comment letting me know you've done so.
:: Comments close on Thursday, November 18th at 10:00 PM, MST. The winner will be announced on this post so be sure to check back to see if you've won!
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Congratulations Hil! Please contact me to claim your prize!


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55 comments:

Amie said...

I feel that the holidays have officially started once Thanksgiving is done and over...and the radio stations are playing christmas music non-stop. :) amiedanny@msn.com

paws said...

Christmas is here when my decorations are up (after Thanksgiving dinner) and I've watched Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and It's a Wonderful Life.

Rachel said...

I start getting that Holiday Buzz about a week after Halloween. But I consider Thanksgiving to be part of the "Holidays". It's official as soon as I allow myself to start listening to my favorite christmas music. I usually give in about a week before Thanksgiving. I know I am sort of jumping the gun, but it just feels so good :)

Rachel said...

And, I have your button.

mary elizabeth said...

thanksgiving is my official start to it feeling like the holidays!

Emily R said...

I think it's got to be the Christmas music...which I try so hard to hold off until Dec 1st.

Hil said...

Thanksgiving is what makes me feel like the holidays have officially arrived... it's the first big family gathering with way too much food for our own good.

I love Marta's stuff. She is oh so talented.

Amanda said...

When I get the urge to start Christmas crafting I know there's no turning back.

Amanda said...

Added the button!

Cassie said...

Christmas always starts in my mind when they dedicate an aisle in the supermarket to seasonal food - nothing says the festive season is on its way like the sight of mince pies on the shelves.
xx

Staci said...

It used to be the Christmas music, but now that starts before and around Halloween, so I've been withdrawing from that. The funny thing is that holidays start inside me when I get out my Halloween decorations. I'm not much of a season decorator - except for the last 3 months of the year.

Melissa said...

For me in CA, the holiday feeling comes with the first crisp, chilly day. Before that, the beach weather still has us tied to summer. :D

beyond said...

once december starts (chilly weather, backed goods, music...), the holiday season is here!

Melissa said...

I have added the button! :D

Cindy said...

Thanksgiving is the start, but it's official when the tree is up and the candles are in the windows. Thanks for the giveaway!

the Hawks said...

Oh, pick me!
I start "feeling" Christmas as early as March (no kidding). I think the Incarnation is way too cool for a few weeks worth of attention. But practically and publicly speaking, Thanksgiving starts off the holidays for me, and I don't feel they end until mid-January.
I'm posting the Handmade Holiday button right now at our blog: thishawksnest.blogspot.com.

Thank you for the opportunity!

icj,
~j

michelle said...

I do love Marta's blog! How cute are those Santa labels??

I guess Thanksgiving signals the real start for me, that and having my decorations up. I usually put them up the day after Thanksgiving, but I'm considering doing it earlier this year... I've already been listening to Christmas music on the radio, but I haven't put all my Christmas cds in the car yet.

Amanda L said...

Great giveaway- I love Marta!

For us,the holidays have a already started because we're nearly done with our holiday shopping- I'm not trying to brag- we don't have many to shop for, and as my husband says, shopping's my hobby.

Anyway, I agree about the pep hot chocolate- I call it Christmas in a cup!

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chloe said...

seeing the Christmas display in Hobby Lobby- yea!!!!

Justin and Diana said...

For me it's when Thanksgiving is over and the decorations change to Christmas and the music comes out!

Lauren said...

Christmas shopping! I love giving gifts, and I love getting my shopping done early. Plus, the stores are always decked out with holiday music and Christmas trees.

I love Marta's shop and I LOVE these cards!

black tag diaries said...

the holidays have officially started NOW! :) when bloggers are inspiring each other, malls have their decorations up, starbucks is serving seasonal favorites, and i find myself humming christmas tunes.

i love your blog... so happy to have found it today! will definitely be following:) thanks for encouraging handmade!

black tag diaries said...

oh... and got your button too:)

Jason & Makenna said...

When my decorations go up and I start digging through all my yummy recipe stashes of holiday treat. Let the baking begin! :)

April said...

My fabulous addiction to black Friday~that is when the Christmas starts for me.
We have been listening to Christmas music for months in the car on Sundays.
And who knows when (if) my house will get decorated.
Another good Christmas-shove is when we buy our tree and put it up. I love that day.

April said...

I am still loving your button.... :)

Linda said...

it's different every year. This year it's moving into our first home and the thought of hosting Christmas for family.

Camille Lewis said...

Even though I try to let Thanksgiving get it's time to shine, seeing all the decorations in the stores gets me so excited for Christmas!

Rebekah said...

spending a day in my pj's getting out the Christmas decorations & finding the things I got on clearance at the end of least season that I forgot about!

Celia said...

When it starts to get really cold and there's lots of snow and I hear some Christmas music... but the smelly pinecones in the stores also are a big thing...

Claire said...

Christmas has arrived when the spicy candle is lit, wassail is simmering on the stove, and Josh Groban is singing holiday lullabies.
Christmas has arrived the day after Halloween :)

Kimberly J. said...

The holidays have started once Halloween is over!

Mad About Pink said...

Christmas for me is when the weather is getting colder and I start thinking about my next craft project and when I start making polenta! Thanks for this giveaway!

Mrs. JM said...

i love marta's blog and her mini shop!

christmas for me starts as soon as Farr's peppermint ice cream is adorning the shelves in the freezer section!a

Sandra said...

Oh, I adore the Mini Mart! Christmas has started for me when it is cool enough to make white hot chocolate. I start dreaming of paper and ribbon, ornaments and presents! Yay!

debby said...

for me, it's all about the christmas music. once i start listening to christmas music, i know the holiday season is here.

stephanie from texas said...

The hot cocoa does it to me. That warm creamy chocolatey goodness ushers in the holiday!

stephanie from texas said...

and now I have added the button!

Kimberlee said...

The official start of the holidays is a fire burning in the fireplace. So warm and toasty.

Kimberlee said...

My blog is still home to your button.

AnnaVallance said...

For me the holidays start when I put up the Advent tree ( my daughters hang a wooden heart on the homemade tree each day) and when we start playing Dean Martin's Christmas songs.

Dee said...

starbucks gingerbread latte...

The Mighty RandR said...

For me, the holidays have officially started just around Halloween. There is a chill in the air, the leaves are changing color, and hot apple cider all of a sudden seems appropriate. That's when I start getting excited about the good things to come.

Anneliese said...

the holidays have started when we get on the road for the 7 hour trip to grandmas house for thanksgiving!

Julia said...

I get the holiday feeling when the card making and wreaths start popping up, and especially during warm indoor days when the snow is blowing outside.

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Emily said...

For me it's the weather. And since I live in Washington, that means once it starts getting rainy on a regular basis again. I know I'm weird, but I actually love the rainy weather and the smell of rain.

Amanda said...

Christmas is already here--I started listening to Christmas music this week!

Jo said...

Thanksgiving is usually my start to the holidays...planning out Christmas baking and trying to get the kids involved!

Ramona said...

For me the Holidays have officially started once I smell the fires popping up out of my neighbors chimney's. It is so peaceful to sit around a fire relaxing with those that mean the most to you...

Whit said...

the holidays officially start for me November 1 -- when allow myself to start listening to Christmas music (it's not the holidays without it)!

Nancy said...

For me it is when the air gets crisp and downtown lights up with Christmas decor.

mhchong said...

The holidays have started when the Christmas tree is up!

mhchong@aol.com

Marilyn said...

As soon as Thanksgiving is over and the Christmas lights are turned on in my little town of Star, NC. Isn't that a great name for a town?

Marne said...

When I hear Christmas music on the radio, I know the season has started.

cksknitter said...

It feels like the holidays have started when our neighbors decorate their homes with lights. It seems to happen earlier every year!
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