Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Handmade Christmas (the Giveaway!)

A little over two years ago I started this blog.  I think Ordinary Lovely is pretty much what I expected it would be - small, cozy, sometimes prolific and sometimes dry, sometimes... boring ;), usually conversational and drama-free.  But I don't think I knew back at the beginning how much I would enjoy making friends via this outlet.  I've really enjoyed it!  And I really like you guys (fyi: in Western New York, "guys" means everyone - so even if you're a gal, it means you!)  

It's one of my favorite things ever to make stuff for friends and family.  (I probably love it more than they do...  "oh boy, another craft Theresa's trying her hand at... ;0))  The past two years on the blog I've given you a glimpse of the things I've made and given them as Christmas gifts.  But today's edition of Happy Handmade Christmas is so that I can give something to you - my friends and readers!  

My gifts to you are simple, humble, and of course handmade... by me, so maybe they're not as exciting as some other opportunities out there.  (still no sponsors banging down my doors with lots of pretty presents for you ;0)  But I offer what I have to you as a sincere thank you! from me.  Thank you for making it a joy to blog.  Thank you for getting to know me here, and most especially, thank you for letting me get to know you!  

I almost didn't have a giveaway because I really would love to give something to everyone that reads here.  But as it is, I have four small gifts to offer.   Please accept my thanks and enter to win one if there's something here that strikes your fancy!  Leave a comment with the one or two things you like the best.  (You might get bonus points if you throw in some suggestions of what you'd like to see at Ordinary Lovely as I start planning blogging for the new year!!)  If more than four people "enter," I'll organize a very fair, highly supervised drawing from a hat Monday night.   Winners will be announced on Tuesday morning, December 16.  And... if I get your address in time, maybe your gift will arrive before Christmas.  And if it doesn't, surely you'll accept it as an Epiphany gift instead! 

(Item 1) 

Set of 6 Crocheted Nesting and Stacking Bowls 

in brown and pink colors
My girls love these as toys and I think they'd make a sweet gift for a littler one, or you could keep them for yourself to use as jewelry organizers, office supply storage, or ___ (fill in the blank!)___ 
The largest bowl measures 4 1/4 inches across and 2 1/4 inches high.
The smallest is 2 inches across and 1 1/2 inches high.
The six bowls stacked together measure approximately one foot tall.

my girls love theirs and use them for all kinds of things...

(Item 2)

Child-Size Kitchen Apron 

A reversible apron in green and white polk-a-dots and friendly snowmen.
Perfect for winter-time baking and helping around the kitchen :)
The apron measures 20 1/2 inches from just below the neck strap to the bottom.
(if you want to make your own smaller, toddler-size version, here's the link to my pattern and tutorial.)

Ruth is modeling it for you.  She's an average size 4 1/2 year old.  I'd say the apron could fit up to a 7 year old, and could be adjusted to fit down to a three year old.  

(Item 3)

Holy Family Painted Wooden Peg Dolls

Small and sturdy for little hands.  Simply painted for imaginative play.
Mary and Joseph measure approximately 3 1/2 inches tall.  Baby Jesus is approximately 
1 1/8 inches tall.  
They are finished in a glossy varnish to seal and protect the paint and to make it easy to wipe off pencil scribbles / toddler artistic expression (ask me how I know...)

(Item 4)

Women's Size "In Bloom" Crochet Beret

Crocheted in classic Oxford Gray.
A super soft blend of wool and acrylic.  Washable.
Light weight for warmer climates, but covers your ears for when and where it's colder!
It's stretchy, cozy, and comfortable - in fact, I can't wait to make one for myself!!

look!  I even went out in real snow to model it for you :)

If you see something you like, I hope you'll enter!  I'd love to extend my love for handmade gift-giving to my lovely and frequent readers!  Don't forget to enter before Monday, December 15, 10 pm Eastern Standard Time.  

Thank you to all the Ordinary Lovely readers and the friends I've made here!  
And (almost!) Merry Christmas!  


  1. I can't tell you how much I love this giveaway! Your crocheted baskets would be so. much. fun! over here! Love that you painted your saint dolls (a new found hobby I am loving over here too!) and I heart the crochet beret too! Honestly, any of it would be wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful gifts!

  2. This is so generous of you! I like it all, but I'll "put in my entries" for the peg dolls and the apron :-)

  3. What a fun idea and such great items! I'm not entering, but I did want to say that I am always so impressed by you. Can't wait to see you and fam soon. 143 Rachel

  4. You are awesome. I always love homemade gifts, the making, the giving, the receiving. The stacking but was and hat are my favorite.

  5. Ahhhh, I love them all... but if i have to choose I would take the apron and baskets! Your blog is really so lovely Theresa, i enjoy reading your posts every time you link to them on FB. I really can't think of any suggestions, the variety of your posts are just perfect!

  6. So sweet! Happy two years of blogging! I'd love to win the nesting bowls for Maria!

  7. Just wanted to say I'm loving our online friendship too:)xx Whilst I'd love item 3 I'll resist entering (postage to Oz will shock you!) but I love all your talent, I admire talent!

  8. The Holy Family dolls or the hat (I love hats!) but those nesting bowls are high up there too.

  9. Oh! This is one of the loveliest giveaways I think I have ever seen! I love it all but will put the nesting bowls and hat at the top of my list. And... Bloggin for the new year absolutely must include more pics and links and a general showing off of your beautiful handiwork!

  10. Theresa, this is so generous of you!! Am I allowed to enter? Because I am :) I think the bowls or beret would be most used around here! But everything is beautiful!

  11. Thank you so much! :) I love all of them! But my two favorites are the peg dolls and the hat. :)

  12. Please add my name to the hat!! I love them all!!

  13. Wow, these are all lovely gifts. You are very talented and generous. My favorites are the Holy Family and the beret.

  14. Thank for this giveaway! You are so talented and I would
    Love any of these gifts ESP since I could never make any of these without looking like it was a handmade by a toddler!!

  15. I actually try not to enter giveaways--don't know why (perhaps I don't like losing?)--but these items are so lovely I can hardly stand it! My very favorites are those nesting baskets!

  16. This is such a sweet giveaway! I love them all but would get the most use out of the hat. For the new year, maybe some more freezer recipes? Perhaps "healthy" recipes to keep up the new year resolutions.

    1. Hi! Thanks for your comment! Could you please leave your name to enter the giveaway? Thanks :)

  17. Theresa this is so sweet of you! I would like to enter for the nesting bowls! Love them.

    (Also, I love how you did Mary's sleeves ;) )

    Next year....I love hearing about all your stuff and would love to know more about the "little" things you do to bring the Faith to your kids....(I noticed the banner on the mantel and that's what made me go hmmmmm, what other "little" things does she do!)

  18. oh my goodness!! This are so adorable. You have talent! It's so generous and friendly and amazing of you to offer so much in a giveaway. I love the nesting bowls and hat, because they are amazing and I can't make pretty things out of yarn to save my life. ;)

    Would LOVE to see more about freezer meals, and maybe collaborate more on Embrace the Ordinary? ;)

  19. I love the holy family set! It is just beautiful!

  20. Theresa - this is Holly - please enter my name - I love them all!


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