Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Domestic Goddess Giveaway!

***Giveaway is closed…will be back soon with the winner!***

Hello, my friends!

Hope your day is going well… Got a little giveaway fun for you today!

But first, a little card I made last night to get our theme going here…(it’s been dark, gloomy & rainy here…sorry about the photos!)

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The Domestic Goddess in all her kitchen glory—complete with wings!  One of my favorite images in the “Domestic Goddess” Creative Scraps by Crafty Secrets

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Didn’t do too much to this one…just some aging of papers and seam binding with “Vintage Photo” ink, and some framing with Platinum Stickles…

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…and some perfect vintage jade-like buttons to finish it off!

Today’s post will be a little bit different.  I’m so excited to introduce you to a true Domestic Goddess…and one of my very best friends—Barb Romero.

Barb is one of the most talented and interesting women I know…She was a theater major in college, and is one of the best storytellers I’ve ever heard…can enthrall a room full of wiggly  children in an instant.  

A  professional seamstress, she excels in costume design, (has been called on to make or alter beautiful wedding gowns!), interior design, gardener extroardinaire…

…and is also an expert on wildlife—she’s my boss at our County Park’s nature center—what a joy to be able to teach the school children of our area with her!

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(Here’s what one of our typical “work” days looks like—not bad, huh?!)

But best of all, Barb and I share a love of  our family histories and all things vintage—I so wish you could see her house—one of my favorite places to visit…oh, and her garden…aaahhhh!

Well, this wonderfully talented friend of mine is now in business with her daughter, Brynna (very talented as well—creates the most beautiful clothing for girls!), and is offering up her beautiful, vintage-inspired aprons in their Etsy shop, “Varinia Rose”…

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Here’s what Barb said about her inspiration:

“One of my many memories of childhood was wearing a very large and very long apron that covered all of my Sunday clothes. It actually did hit the floor but I never got one spot on my Sunday best.

“I later found out from my mother (Granny Ann) that this had been one of her mother's aprons, so years ago, I very carefully unpicked this worn and faded turkey red and blue apron apart and started making them.

“Before I knew it my sister got into the mix and we'd spread a tiny bit of our history to the women in the family. I did take another batch to a church Christmas fair and realized that I had a good item! So, after taking one deep breath I'm ready to share them on “Varinia Rose”.

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“Each one is a little different. The aprons are made from 100% cotton decorator fabric…

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“…the aprons are French seamed to prevent fraying. The binding is made from a coordinating decorator fabric. They are machine washable and have a tie in the back just in case you want it to fit a little snugger. I usually just pull it over my head and ‘go’!”

Another page for my heritage scrapbook made last night, inspired by Barb and her new venture…

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Apron-inspired, of course…two more of my favorite Domestic Goddesses…my two great-grandmothers, Mary & Pauline—sharing a piece of pie on Pauline’s front porch…girlhood friends, their children joined in marriage, neighbors, lifetime friends…

…so happy to have this beloved family image now a part of Crafty Secrets’ “Vintage Photo” Creative Scraps…

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I also used elements from “Domestic Goddess” Creative Scraps for this layout—a bit of the collage for background (complete with a recipe for “Fairy Cake”—yum!)…popped-up an apron just for fun…

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…some framing with Platinum Stickles and a bit of rick-rack trim, of course!

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And some perfectly perfect plastic vintage buttons found in my button jar—two of them with rhinestones—love them!

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Now for the fun!

To get Barb and Brynna kicked off in their new shop adventure, I’m going to have a little giveaway here…

* One of Granny Ann’s fabulous aprons…

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* “Domestic Goddess” Creative Scraps

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* “Homemade” Images & Journal Notes booklet

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and

* “Little Chef” stamp set

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A big thanks to Sandy, the lovely owner of Crafty Secrets, for donating these items for our giveaway!

All you have to do is leave a comment here to be entered—nothing fancy!

Leave a second comment if you’re a follower, and be entered twice…

Leave a third comment telling me you’ve been to visit Barb at Varinia Rose and be entered three times!

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That’s it!  I’ll choose a winner using Random Number Generator on Friday, Feb. 18th at midnight.

Well, that’s it for me today—thanks for joining me for some Domestic Goddess fun!

Julie