If You Guessed San Francisco…

….you’re correct!!

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I stumbled across this yellow suitcase in a thrift store in San Francisco, while visiting friends for a weekend. It called to me. Even from day one it was begging to have its story told.

_TMK0328And the winners of a copy of my book, as determined by random number generator, are:

Catherine, from La Memoire Vive

Hyacynth, from Undercover Mother

And the winner of a copy of my book AND a special surprise from Thailand is:

{drumroll please}

Jennifer Kirkby Tatro!

I’ll be messaging the winners shortly. But for the others who participated, hang tight, as there will be more opportunities in future {hint, hint: Christmastime…}. If you can’t wait that long, my book can be found here on Amazon, through this link for The Yellow Suitcase

Thanks to everyone who participated!!

Giveaway Winner Announced!

Doing this giveaway was so much fun! The only problem I discovered was that I wanted everyone to win. So you know what that means? MOAR GIVEAWAYZ. I’m going to start keeping my eye out for good giveaway items and try to do this more regularly so more of you can win more pretty things.

I also really have to thank Jerin from Out of the Blue. Not only does she do amazing, beautiful stuff, she’s incredibly generous too! I was all set up to purchase the item on the winner’s behalf, but she offered to donate the necklace for the giveaway herself. So, even if you didn’t win, you should check out her shop and see if you might find a Christmas gift in there (or two).

All right, so without further ado….

….the winner (as selected by random number generator) is:

 Alita Araiza-Maini!

Alita, you’ll be receiving an email from me toute de suite. I want to thank everyone for participating and send a big, waving-my-arms, welcome to new followers. I hope you all have a fabulous holiday weekend, and keep your eyes peeled for more giveaways in future!

Scenes From My Weekend – AND a Giveaway!!!

I actually have hundreds of photos from this weekend, but I’ll limit myself to a few because today I have something super exciting to tell you about!! (Well, I’m super excited, anyway.)

Last week, I read this quote by Augusten Burroughs:

“Generosity feels something like gratitude and pleasure blended together.”  - from This Is How

And it really got me thinking. I mean, one, that’s so right. But also, it seems true to me that, when we feel grateful and happy, we become more generous – more open-minded to others, more patient, more giving, etc.

So, in honor of feeling grateful for my readers, old and new (and crossing the 100 fan threshold on Facebook).

And because this week is Thanksgiving, a time to reflect on gratitude and blessings.

And because Christmas is coming up, a time to share and give….

I’m hosting a giveaway right here on my blog!! Jerin, from Out of the Blue, makes amazing vintage-styled jewelry (seriously, you should check it out…I’m in love with these Cameo Bobby Pins), and when I saw the necklace I’m about to show you, I gasped, and thought, “I want that.” That would be perfect for me my readers! And when I contacted Jerin, she most generously offered to contribute one for my giveaway.

People are awesome. Jerin is awesome.

Wanna see the necklace?

Here it is:

They’re word necklaces! Aren’t they charming? If I were to get one, my word would be COURAGE. What would your word be? The winner of this giveaway will receive a necklace with the word of their choice. (Or, if you’re gifting it to someone else, the word you’d want them to have.)

All right, so here are the rules to play. To participate, you can enter in up to three ways:

1) Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what word you’d wear in the necklace.

2) “Like” my Facebook page and post a comment on my wall with the word you’d wear.

and

3) Mention this giveaway in a blog post with a link back to this post and be sure to send me a link to your post too!

So that means you can have as many as three entries to win!

The giveaway closes at midnight, Friday, November 23 Bangkok time. (In case you’re wondering what time that is, there’s a nifty little clock for your reference at the top of the page. It’s easy to remember though: just add 12 hours from Eastern time, so that would be noon on Friday, EST.)

Bonne chance! And thank you.

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