I have been on a bit of a bit of a good luck kick winning things lately. At night, before I go to bed, I enter a few online sweepstakes. I like instant win contests like this one: Mars Candy Last week I won three candy bars, a $5.00 debit card, a $10.00 debit card and a $15.00 debit card. Hey, that's $40.00 plus some candy! Not bad!
Then I also entered this sweepstakes: Thanksgathering You can win a $1,000.00 VISA card to be used to go home for the holidays (you can use it for anything, but that is the point of the sweepstakes) or you can win a $250.00 VISA to help you host the holidays. It is an instant win contest, so you know right then if you have won or not. And GUESS WHAT? I won the $1,000.00 VISA card. In the words of Gomer Pyle "SHAZAM!" When the confirmation screen popped up that said, "WINNER" I just stared at it for about ten minutes like "Whut?" I got the email and faxed in my affidavit and the VISA should be here in the next day or so. You guys really need to play! I know many people online that have won - it is possible!!!
BUT WAIT, there's more!
Friday I went out to all the Holiday Open House events out on the street where I have my booth. About a dozen shops were having an Open House with refreshments and drawings. I, of course, signed up for those drawings. I'm no dummy. :) I never pay attention to what the prizes are - I just sign my name, fold it up accordion style (more edges to grab when they reach in the bowl) and go on about my way.
Sunday I had a text with the photo of my entry on it saying, "You won!" I texted back a big thank you and said, "What did I win?"
That's when they sent me a photo and a message that said, "A lot!" Apparently everyone in each booth had donated something and I WON THEM ALL!!! Eighteen handmade and very nice things.
This wooden sign is big - 3 feet across. It's heavy and well made, but needs a bit of pizzazz. I might have my buddy Lara fix it up somehow. The French sign is on canvas.
This is a gallon size vessel - super heavy - full of what looks like glass glitter with a Mercury Glass Candle holder inside. It is incredibly fancy and really pretty.
A very big handmade Santa doll, a set of fancy cheese serving tools, a fun coffee mug, a neat divided box, six primitive candles and a Joyeux Noel sign.
A giant metal angel - I mean it's BIG, a nice handmade book page wreath, a pink vase, handmade brooch made just for the raffle, a barn board rack with bird hooks and a couple packages of hand-painted clothespins.
When I picked it up, they told me that the vendors had thought that each item would be given to a different person, so they were all generous in their prizes. I think if they had KNOWN it was all going to one person it would have been a lot more smaller things. And, it really should have been! I mean, that is a LOT of stuff! And, not to sound ungrateful or anything - but most of it is not my taste really. But, it was a heck of a nice thing to win! I'm keeping the divided box, the clothespins, the Joyeux Noel sign, the cheese knives and maybe the barnwood hook sign. The other things I will give as gifts or they will make it to the booth in town. I hope that isn't tacky. I mean, it is mine now, right?
Anyway, I have to go buy some Powerball tickets. IT COULD HAPPEN!!!!!
*Thank you for all your nice words about our boy, Tiger. He is surely missed. I know everyone has gone through it and understands what it is like to lose a pet. I can always count on you guys for a virtual hug. :)