Monday, July 9, 2012


Good morning sweet friends.  I think it is about time to shake things up a bit at the old farm and have a "Christmas in July" giveaway for all my beloved followers.  But before I give you all the juicy details, I wanted to share a couple of pics with you.  We were at Mr. Wonderful's parents farm and found this cute Roadmaster Trike buried under a pile of stuff.  Of course, I could not pass it up and felt a strong need to rescue it from a pile going to the dump.  No, no, no....not going anywhere but home with me.  We figure this little trike is from the late 50's/early 60's and ridden by Mr. Wonderful's younger siblings.  It is in GREAT shape only missing the rubber foot pedals.

We have been under an extreme heat wave and drought for our area since the middle of May.  The daily ritual includes numerous trips outside to water everything.  Here are a couple of pics of some of my flowers that are continuing to flourish despite the heat.  The first pic is my moon flower plant and one of my personal favorites and then the second is some of the wave petunias on our back porch. on to the fun stuff.  Since my birthday is this month, what better way to celebrate than a "Christmas in July" giveaway.  Here are the goodies that are included:

A 16 inch black Santa made from a TFC Folkart pattern.  His suit is red wool, the trim on his suit is antique white felted wool and his beard is  raw sheep's wool that has been needle felted to his cute little face.

Also included are 6 vintage style candy canes made using a pattern from The Wooden Nail.  This is one of my favorite patterns as I think these candy canes look  like a true vintage find.  And last, three of my own six inch gingerbread men finished with my own spice mixture giving them a just- baked look and a wonderful scent.

Here are the rules:  You must be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment on this post only.  As always, new followers are very welcome to join in.  That's it; very simple.  If you would like to earn additional entries then read on....

For an additional entry, add my giveaway to your blog sidebar and link back to this post.  For two additional entries, do an actual blog post with a link back to this giveaway.  Please let me know how many you do in your comment.

Please MAKE SURE to leave me your contact information if you do not have a blog or if this information is not available on your blog.

The giveaway will end on July 23rd and we will draw the winner on my birthday, July 24th.

Have a GREAT week and stay cool.



The Bear's Blog said...

Good Morning, Miss Carol;

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (early). I would love to be included in your giveaway. Are teddy bears allowed to enter? Giggle.

We are putting your giveaway on our sidebar and on our post on Friday (I only post of Friday) we will have the information and linky thingy.

Okay, that means I have a 1,000,000 chances to win, right? Giggle.

Heaps of Hugs
Prudence ♥

Lee Hill Primitives said...

Carol, Everything looks awesome as always. Please, enter me in your giveaway. Thanks

Hillcresthome Prims said...

Hi Carol, I LOVE, LOVE your Wonderland Christmas in July Giveaway! Christmas is my FAVORITE holiday!!!!!!!
Please enter me in your giveaway!!!
Thank you for doing a Chirstmas in July giveaway. It makes you forget that it is HOT outside, not to much today, but it has been.

Michelle said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for hosting such a cute giveaway! Please count me in on the fun. Have a wonderful birthday.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Carol, your Moonflower is beautiful and the wave Patunias, love your porch,decorated so primtastic!!!! So glad you rescued the little trike to. I would love to be entered in your Bday/Christmas in July givaway, I need that Black Santa, also the candycanes and the cutest gingerbread men, oh boy oh boy, I love Christmas!!!! Will post on my side bar to. Have a great day, Blessings Francine.

TheRustyThimble said...

OH OH ............. Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Us, Happy birthday Happy birthday!!!

Ok ok, OH please add me
I follow.........I will add to my sidebar, and I am on my way to do a post.

Once I hit publish and let you read this comment LOL, Happy birthday to YOU!!! and many more

Cindi said...

Who wouldn't want to be included in this giveaway???Such awesome prizes to win. Please enter me. of course am a follower and I will post it on my sidebar! So that is 2 chances for unlucky me! LOL.
The trike is darling! What a neat find. I think your flowers look great, mine haven't fared so well but they are trying.
Have a great birthday month!!!!!
Be blessed,

Kathy MacKie said...

I am a new follower and Happiest of Birthdays!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you to give gifts for YOUR birthday! I would just love to have some of your sweet creations! I'm a follower and a friend! Thanks!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hello Carol! I'm so lovin' your giveaway gal! The Santa is great and so are the candy canes and gingerboys. Please, please enter me in your giveaway. I'll be posting a link on my sidebar and making a post about your giveaway too.
PICK ME! Lol Thanks Carol and have a great day!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Oops...forget to say I love the little bike and a special


Primitive Stars said...

Hi Carol,oops, silly old me, will do a post also so I have a better chance to win,thanks. Hugs Francine.

Mary said...

Happy Birthday to you....Happy Birthday to you....Happy Birthday dear sweet Carol, Happy Birthday to you! Ooooh my gosh, I sure hope I wasn't to off key...hehehe
What a great find!!Love your new trike :) and your flowers are fairing extremly well, one would never know they have been going through all that extreme heat! Great job in taking care of them. Love your moom flowers....for some reason mine never came back this year :(
I would be extremly excited if you would kindly enter me into your Christmas in July. So very generous of you to share your Birthday with us all by giving us a chance to win some of your wonderful creations...I will do a post sometime tonight on my blog along with posting on my sidebar....will let you know when I do.
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead...Hugs Mary

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Hello Carol!
Oh my Goodness! I Love that old tricycle!
Hope you get some relief from the heat and drought soon! We could use rain here also!
What a wonderful Giveaway! Please enter me!
I am a Follower of your Blog!~
I posted on my sidebar.
And I did a Blog post linking back to your Blog. Have a wonderful week!

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

I have 2 santas who'd love to have the company of your hand made one!
I am a follower too!

Barb said...

Hi Carol,
First LOVE the bike-unfortunately brings back so many memories of pushing my little siblings around on it. Could I be that old?
Love your giveaway and would love to be entered. I will add this to my side bar.
Happy Birthday to you!!
Enjoy your day,

BumbleBeeLane said...

Happy Birthday Carol! Oh my I'm in love with that sweet santa! I'm in for 2 tries added it to my sidebar as well.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Ruffles and Relics said...

Happy Birthday to you! I am a new follower and would love to be entered in your sweet giveaway!

Tam said...

HAve a great, please enter me.

jody said...

im glad i found your blog and am a new follower! your flowers are so pretty and yes doing well despite the heat. we are fighting the heat up here in mn. enjoy your day! and stop by my blog sometime.

frontporchprims said...

I feel for you having to water multiple times a day. I have to as well. That's the only way anything is going to grow around here. The bike is really neat. I am glad you had the mind to rescue it. It is in great condition. How fun to have a giveaway for your birthday. I will post on my sidebar for you too:) Thanks for the chance and have a great day.

Farmhouse prims said...

Happy Birthday my friend!!! It has been miserable hot! We are having a little cooler weather today, hope you are too! What an awesome giveaway, please count me in!!! have a great eve. hugs, Lecia

Judy said...

Hi Carol, Happy Birthday month! I am excited at the chance to win your awesome give a way..please enter me. So glad yor rescued the trike--would be awful to put that in the trash! I know the pain of watering too..has become a challenge to keep things alive. I ask everyone to please do a rain dance! Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy your month.

Judy heartland stitcher

Lori @ applegrovetreasures said...

I would love to entered into your giveaway! I will post to my sidebar...have a great birthday month & thanks:)

Theresa said...

Happy Birthday Carol!!!
Please sign me up for your giveaway. I'm a follower and I've posted about your giveaway on my blog as well :0)

Mary Goode said...

Happy summer Birthday, Carol!

I am a new follower and would love to be part of your giveaway fun!

Thank you!

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Wonderful giveaway!
I love Christmas decorations, especially these handmade goodies.
I would love to be entered into your fabulous giveaway.

A Primitive Homestead said...

Wishing you a most happy birthday. Wonderful giveaway. Yes please enter me. Blessings!

yorkie's primitives said...

Carol I love that tricycle! You are sooo lucky to find that!!
I would also love to win your Christmas in July Giveaway! I know they would be adorable hanging on my tree and sitting beside my tree this Christmas!
I am a follower of your blog
I have posted it on my sidebar
I have made a post on my blog
Thanks for such a great giveaway, Valerie

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Hello Carol!
Been looking for a little tricycle ~ love the one you saved from going to the dump ~ would of been a shame. Beautiful flowers ~ the heat really took its toll on mine:(
Love your Birthday giveaway ~ I'm a follower and would love to be added to the list!
I'll post it on my sidebar!
Prim Blessings

Kays Kids said...

I certainly hope you get a cool change soon, So you can open the windows and let the cool air blow through. Hugs

Simply Primitive said...

I just love your birthday give-aways and following your blog. Please add me to your list.

bettyj said...

What a find! How cute to use at Christmas near the tree. Love your give away goodies!

Caroline's Creations and Antiques said...

I would love to be entered in your Bday/Christmas in July givaway, I am a July Bday girl also.I would love to have some of your wonderful creations!Really like the Moon Flowers. Have to see if they grow in Texas. Thanks! Caroline

Karen said...

Good morning Carol...before I write anything I want to say....I AM EMBERRASED THAT I HAVEN'T HAD YOU ON MY SIDEBAR BLOG LIST and THAT I HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING YOU...I honestly don't understand it. I hope you can forgive me as you have been such a sweet blog friend. that all that's said...YOU ARE ON MY LIST AND I'M FOLLOWING YOU.
BUT...i'm not signing up for the giveaway as I already have some wonderful treasures from you...Ms. Mouser and her adorable friend the sheep!!!!
I wish everyone good luck in this great giveaway.

We all are having that horrible heat wave/ sad. We have a huge Service Berry bush that INSTANTLY yesterday the leaves turned yellow and they are falling like rain drops. I think it's very stressed with the drought.


Debbie said...

I just found your website and am glad I did. I love the items you make. I saw a sheep thats calling my name that I need to check But, thanks for letting me enter your giveaway I am now follower. Thanks so much.

Cat Haven Crafts said...

Hi Carol,
First of all Happiest of Birthday wishes to you! Second, your moon flowers are gorgeous. I am having trouble keeping my garden greens and flowers from dying too with this heat and lack of rain! Third, your giveaway is fantastic and I would love a chance to win (actually two chances as I posted about your giveaway on my blog's sidebar).
Bestest Regards and Prayers for Rain!

Kendra said...

Oh Carol, I love the trike and who needs pedals it's not like yo plan on riding you, LOL!I would love to be entered in your giveaway, I will do a post and a sidebar as well.

I have a question for you, are Bellah and Buster very similar?

Thanks Carol and Happy Birthday!


Raggedy Creations said...

Hey Carol, throw my name in the pot. I will do a post for you and put it on my side bar.


Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Hi, Carol:
Please include me in your wonderful giveaway. Happy Birthday to you, Carol!

C. M. Designs said...

Merry Christmas in July.. What an honor and so much fun to win your birthday give away.. I love everything that you've chosen as the prize.. Please enter my name in your give away.Thank you ! Charlotte

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Plz enter me in the giveaway would love to win and Happy Birthday

tlmann217 said...

Hello, again, Carol! I'll enter your giveaway! Count me in! Tamara

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BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I'm a new follower. This is such a fun blog. I love all the Christmas pics posted along the side.

Firecracker Kid said...

Oohh, I love your flowers, so pretty. Good job keeping them watered.
Happy birthday to you on the special day :)

Jessica @Blessings in the Country said...

I just love your flowers! It's so dry here and I never got to go out and get flowers so it's pretty blah around here without the pretty colors flowers bring.

I would love a chance in your drawing! Thanks for hosting this generous giveaway, and happy early birthday too! :)


I would love to be entered, I will post on my sidebar, I hope I win.!

Michelle said...

Hi Carol,
I just posted on my sidebar, so please count me in for one more.

Old Road Primitives said...

Hi, Miss Carol! Happy Birthday (early)! I ~love~ that darling little tricycle! Just think of all of the fun things that you can do with it! I also ~love~ your flowers and all of the wonderful things that you have made for your giveaway! You are such a generous person! Please don't include me in your giveaway, as I'm lucky enough to have several of your darling little creations! I would love for some of your other "Prim" friends to have the chance! (Hugs)

Trace4J said...

Happy Early Birthday!
What sweet creations. You are a talented friend.
I thought your mice were amazing but that Santa is awesome.
I love all your flowers too.
Stinkin cute trike find.

mamatkins said...

I love christmas! Thanks,

TheCrankyCrow said...

Oh Dear Mousemaker Extraordinaire....This is positively delightful!! You have such an amazing talent with your little rodent friends, I sometimes forget how very talented you are in so many arenas.....that Santa is exquisite! And the candy canes...perfectly vintage!!! And....awww....what sweet, sweet, gingers! I'd be honored to be entered in your wonderful giveaway!! (And happy, happy, birthday month!!) I have posted on my blog sidebar, and included your giveaway in a post I did today....Thanks so much for the chances!!

Love the trike! Wow...can't believe it was in the dump pile. And your moon flowers are gorgeous! I had some for several years, but found that they were very invasive....Beautiful though.... Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Gayle said...

Great way to celebrate a birthday! I've always love the idea of celebrating Christmas in July! LOL Your Santa doll is amazing - and the candy canes are primitively perfect! Please enter me in your giveaway - I'm a follower......

Beckyjean said...

Hi Carol~

Love that picture of your back porch!! My flowers are terrible this year. I'm so glad I get to see some pretty ones.

I would love to be entered to win your Christmas in July Birthday giveaway. I'm a follower. I have posted on my blog sidebar. And I have done a blog post about your giveaway. Enjoy your Birthday!!


alltheseboys said...

Happy Birthday Carol! Two of my babies have July birthdays. My "old" baby will turn 19 on the 22nd, and my "new" baby turned 6 yesterday! With the heat we've been having...I love Christmas in July! I'd love to be entered in your giveaway! Katie

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

Good morning.
Hope you had a wonderful birthday. I would love to be entered in your Christmas in July give away.
Thanks so much.

Carmen and the Primcats said...

Love that trike! So cute!

Pleas sign me up! That santa is wonderful!

Carmen and the Primcats

Becki said...

Hi Carol - Your handcrafted items are wonderful! Please enter me in your giveaway. or

Blessings - Becki

Lynn said...

I just joined your wonderful blog, please enter me in your giveaway. Have a great birthday celebration! I just love the gingerbread men. Hugs, Lynn

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Count me in miss Carol!!! I love all your fabulous goodies, who wouldn't want to win all this. :-) I will make sure I post this to my blog today as well. Thanks for your generous giveaway.


Shelley said...

Hello,I am a new follower...I will be adding this give away to my sidebar,and also share a post with a link back to you. Its a wonderful give away...thanks so much for the offer. The moonplant does well in high temps and drought grows well here in Texas..yours is beautiful :)...blessings to you my new blogging friend.

~Sara said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to be entered. They are all adorable. Happy Birthday to you as well. Blessings ~Sara

Little Girl Lost said...

Hi Carol! Thank you for the Giveaway, I would love to take part!following you now!

Thank you for visiting my blog! if you liked the blog, please do follow or subscribe! thank you!


Danice said...

Happy belated birthday to you, Carol. Please enter me in your giveaway. I also put this on my Homespun Hannah's sidebar. Thank you :)

Hearthkeeper In Christ said...

I'm a new follower and love your blog! Thank you

Prims By The Water said...

Love the Santa, gingers and candy canes. Please sign me up and I have posted o my sidebar. Thanks for hosted a great Christmas in JUly giveaway! Take care, Janice

Debbie said...

I am a follower. I love your giveaway and a chance to win. Hope you have a Happy Birthday.

Rhissanna said...

New Follower! I found you through the ever-wonderful Cranky Crow. I love your gingerbread men; they look good enough to eat! So, yes please, enter me in your giveaway!

cindy said...

i'm a new follower too! just read about your giveaway from cranky crow.... i would love to win your goodies! please sign me up.. cindy @

Marta said...

Is this giveaway open also to people out of the country?
If it is...I'd like to join and... I'm one of your followers and I added your giveaway to my blog sidebar with alink back to this post!!!