Monday, January 25, 2010

Dreaming of Summer Give-Away!

I can't tell you how much I appreciate how you've stuck with me during the past few months of moving to the Squash House! Your friendship and generosity has meant so much! Mr. Squash and I are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel in getting the house put together. We're also already dreaming of the summer to come - fly fishing, gardening, and being in the great outdoors in our area!

So I thought I would show my appreciation by having a "Dreaming of Summer Give-Away"! Please leave a comment telling me what your summer vacation plans are! I'll pick three winners - at random - on Friday, January 29th.

The first winner will receive these Morgan lap quilting stands! On the right is the 7/10 frame setup. Two hoops are separated by legs to make a unique stand for all your needlework projects. They raise your work to reduce neck and shoulder strain and give you the choice of two hoop sizes at the same time. The 14 inch add-on at the left comes with legs to attach to the 10 inch hoop. These are great for all of your quilting, rug punching or needlework projects! The second winner will receive this table-top ruler holder! (Rulers are not included). I own two of these and they're great for all sizes of rulers from your large 24" rulers, down to your little 4 " square rulers! I keep one loaded with my favorite rulers on top of my cutting table at all times!
The third winner will receive this Sew Necessary "Art To Heart" project book and a charm pack of L'Amour by Sandy Gervais for Moda! The book has all kinds of fun small projects to help organize your sewing area - pin cushions, thread holders, scissor fobs, needle holders, etc! And of course Valentine's Day is nearing and who doesn't love some fun Valentine's fabric?

Most of you know that there is always a little something extra included with my giveaways! I do ask that if you post anonymously, that you include an email address so I can contact you if you're a winner...this is a MUST for you to qualify. I can't wait to hear what you'll all be doing this summer! Good luck!


Quiltbug said...

First, I love your blog.
I am going to England this summer to visit my daughter. She moved there 10 years ago when she married the man of her dreams. I miss her very much and am excited that i'm going over to see her again.

Jo said...

We don't have any summer vacation plans as of now...and to be perfectly honest, I don't think we'll be going anywhere. We just got back from a few days in California. Hopefully we will squeek out a couple long weekends. I sometimes like them just as good.

Darlene said...

I'd love to tell you that I have huge travel plans - taking a cruise around the world; a train across Europe; flying in a hot air balloon across the Napa Valley but we're just not travelers. :-) My ideal vacation would be to rent a cabin in a cooler area (see, it's hotter than blue blazes on the Surface of the Sun in the Summer)for approx a month and just sew, sew and sew. That would be blissful.

Wonderful giveaway, Candace. Once again it's nice to 'see' you. :-)

DianeH said...

Summer vacation usually is a staycation for us. We love to stay home on our rural property and relax. When you commute long distance to work it's a pleasure to park the car. Thanks for a chance in your generous giveaway.
Love your blog.

esquiltingpassion said...

My name is Elaine and I am new to blogging. I been having some difficulty with linking to other sites. I love quilting and I love meeting and hearing from quilters.
I have many UFO projects and my goal is to try to finish some. I would like to enter the dreaming summer give-away. I am on an limited income and don't have any plans.
my blog

Kigwit said...

My summer vacation includes my sister and her family moving home from Europe. She and I attending the Gilbert & Sullivan show instead of me dragging a reluctant DH. We hope to get out to the lake for a bit of fishing and camping. And sitting and looking at the water. That's the most important part!

free indeed said...

Having a farm, we don't go anywhere in the summer time as we are needed here, but we do plan lots of bonfires and picnics either on the hill or down by the river. THe Kids love roasting hotdogs over an open fire and then there are smores! We sometimes will take a long weekend to visit some of the grandkids, but more often then not, they come to us in the summer!

Linda B said...

Well, you have certainly picked some great items to give away! I'll give it a try. As you know, we will be going to Sunriver, Oregon for 9 nights, kids included. We missed it last year.

Anonymous said...

Such a generous giveaway! I have both items #1 and #2 so can I put my name in for #3 only? :-)
I was thinking that I would go fishing! I was invited afterall!! Hee!
Seriously...we are "talking" about what to do with the on week he took off in June. A cruise has been talked about but ultimately we will have to wait and see what taxes do to us. Between car insurance with two teen boys, college tuitions...we should just take a quick little holiday under a rock. :-)

Linda said...

So pleased that you and Mr Squash are nearing the end of all the improvements and will have time for yourselves and one another. No plans for a US summer holiday, but dh and I plan on taking an Aussie summer holiday. We're hoping we can fit it in around my dd's cruise that she's had planed for ages. So hopefully this Christmas or early new year we plan on being in Australia in one of the hottest months. Such a generous giveaway Candace.

Kathleen said...

Love reading your blog! We don't have any plans as yet but we will probably go away someplace within driving distance for a week. The rest of the summer we take occasional day trips to 6 Flags, etc. My husband & children like to go on the rides, I bring a book!

Piecefulafternoon said...

Glad your house is coming along so nicely.

This summer we are going to the Palouse area of Eastern WA to watch the wild horses run. It has been a dream of mine for years - to see wild horses running free - and this next summer is our time to go.

Ellen said...

Such a sweet gift! Thank you! I will be going up to Oklahoma with my parents and brother and his wife. We have a week of fishing and laying around! I'm learning to fly fish this year!

Kim said...

We haven't really decided what we will be doing this summer. Usually we hang out at the beach alot and take a short 4 day trip. This year I really would like to go to Solvang for a couple of days and maybe camping.

Sherri said...

We haven't finalized summer plans yet, but hoping for a week in the mountains and a week in Southern California...I love the beach and didn't get there last year...hopefully this summer!

Janet said...

We will be hiking at lake O'hara in B.C. It is beside the Alberta border. It is the most beautiful spot (to me) that I have seen in the Rockies.

Moneik said...

We're headed to the Twin Cities for a family vacation/wedding. It should be lots of fun. I love the L'Amour charm pack! It's one of my favorite lines this year.

Stephanie D. said...

Wow, what a great giveaway!

We haven't even begun to think of summer yet, though we are planning a trip to the beach in March, hopefully. Since we are empty-nesters, we don't see summer as the only time to get away.

Also, we should have 2 more credit cards paid off by summer (good Lord willing and the creeks don't rise), so maybe we'll think about a fall getaway to somewhere nice.

Carol said...

Have enjoyed following your blog and the renovations and move to Squash House. Some good ideas there! No plans for this summer yet as we went to Alaska salmon fishing last summer. As we are retired, our travels tend to be more off season.

ferne said...

I am dreaming of the garden I will have this summer in my new yard and of going to farmers markets and meeting my new neighbors.

Cindy said...

Candace, I want to throw in there that I also TRULY enjoyed when you shared your story of Mr. Squash and your wedding. I hope many read it because it was a story worth taking the time.

We have one big summer vacation already planned. We are RVing up to and around Oregon (I think you know the area...LOL) We're looking at approximately "around" the tenth of July. Hubby even says we can be in Sisters, Oregon for their big quilt show on the tenth.

Now that's a nice hubby - and get this - HE suggested Sisters on the tenth because he's heard me talk of it so many years. He had looked up the dates even BEFORE I knew the exact date this year. We live near Prescott, AZ so it'll be a substantial RV trip - and one I look forward to. And yes, we take the three Weimaraners with us whenever we do a jaunt.

Oh we'll take other RV trips this summer but the Oregon one is our BIG trip this year. Last year we went to Yellowstone.

This is probably all more than you cared to hear about. But - can you tell - I'm VERY excited about it? (P.S. - and I ALWAYS take my sewing machine when we RV)

Jean said...

Wat a lovely thing you are doing... The give away is a great and it takes away the winter blues... :)
As for summer vacation, My grandson and his dad will be visiting this summer for two weeks and I will be able to do so much stuff ie, zoo, kids museum, parks and much more... This will be the first time that my gradnson will be here since I moved here two years ago... But, I may do something else with my sister's family this summer... We have not decided it where we are going...But, Thanks for asking... :)

But, I did plan to go on a shop hop, Chicargo's quilt show and then off to paduka for their quilt show... :)
I love following you blog... :)

Screen Door said...

My Summer plans-- are all dreams at thispoint, but here goes. I'm hoping to be moving into my new(TO ME) home in a new town because my husband will have found work. I hope I'm scrambling to plant a garden, looking for a new vet for my pups, and my biggest worry is where am I going to plug in my sewing machine......

gill said...

our plans are pretty much the same as the last twenty or so years!!
we're off to ireland with the children - fishing.walking,canoeing


Barb said...

What a wonderful giveaway....I would love to win all three (yes, very greedy of me, sorry)....

I really don't have any plans for the summer (actually here in Amerika Samoa it is summer right now)...we have US shipping rates....

Gran said...

Yes, you were missed yet I knew where you were and that you were coming back - the most important of them all!!!

This summer does seem so far away because of the comings and goings before then. Yet, I know that it will be full of the outdoors, backyard variety. Gardening and canning. July brings grandchildren from the East coast and we are preparing a plot for them to have in the garden with something growing for them ready to harvest and room for them to plant seeds too.


Anonymous said...

We don't have any firm summer vacation plans but will probably go to Long Beach Ca in July for a visit to our son. Quilt show is there at that time too! Dori

In the middle of America and lovin it....... said...

Add me to your list. Enjoy your goings on. I'd give my right toe to live in Washington. Lived there in the 60s. My vacation plans....staying home. My husband doesn't believe in vacations. So we have mini trips to relatives. I wish so much to be traveling about, but I do enjoy watching my summer birds and the garden......Keep writing....

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh my goodness what a very sweet giveaway! We don't have summer plans right now, but we may be heading to the slopes for some snowboarding (them not me :-) Thanks for entering me in your giveaway. The frame is awesome and the charm pack and book look like great small projects.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your recent move. I loved sharing with you especially the story about the trip with the cat. Our summer plan is to take a tour to Alaska to celebrate our 50th. wedding anniversary. norma

Nova said...

I 'll probably spend some of my time at the beach. :)

Rhonda P. said...

Wow what a great giveaway! Don't have any summer vacation plans as of yet. May be just relaxing around the pool.

Anne said...

Summer vacation plans? Hmmm, hadn't even given it a thought, but when you live in a tourist area, you tend to stick around home and enjoy the same things the tourists enjoy. I just hope I'm not going back and forth to Calif anymore! LOL (very generous giveaway, by the way)

kathyalden said...

This summer we will attend a family reunion in Colorado in July then head east and wait out the hurricane season. If there are none this year like last, I plan on sewing to my hearts content!! But, I plan on taking the Bernina 730 instead of the 430 so I can embroider on my quilts!!

Sharon said...

We just made the campsite reservations this morning. The phone lines opened at 9 a.m. and someone, no me, got through and have booked a group campsite that is out of this world. Private beach, lots of room, big covered firepit....whoohoo. I missed camping last year, had lumpectomy instead!

Donnelly said...

What a great giveaway!

We were going to travel to Alaska for the wedding of our middle daughter, Cassie. But she and her fiance, Chris, have decided that the economy isn't good enough for them to save enough money for the wedding of her dreams and for all of their family to travel.
I am just going to enjoy the 3-day weekends I get each week in the summer. I am going to spend time in my little garden, making it better. I am going to craft. I am going to hit the thrift stores and yard sales in my town and just slow down and enjoy life.
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

What generous prizes Candace.

We have no vacation plans for the Summer at the moment. I expect we will have the odd few days in the Lakes. This half term we will go back home to Oxfordshire for a couple of days.

Anonymous said...

Wow, vacation plans? We're probaly going to drive our two kids from CA to South Central Oregon to visit their almost grandparents. Well, that's the dream, it's a loooong drive - last year it took us about 12 hours one way.

AnnieO said...

What a great giveaway, Candace, everything is just what a quilter/stitcher REALLY needs! I am hoping to get away for a few days this summer to Pismo Beach with my DH. We have not been on vacation together alone for more than seven years!

Orcsmom said...

Well, since this is our 25th wedding anniversary, we are either going up to Canada, not sure where yet or a tour of the National Parks in the Western US. Please enter me in your drawing!


Ulla said...

Summer seems so far ahead, but we have already booked the same cottage in eastern Finland as many years before, and will spend our whole holiday of 4 days there, flyfishing and enjoying the nature. - Amazing prizes to win!

kimland said...

WOW...what a generous giveaway. We are in the midst of making plans from my SO's(significant other) parents 50th anniversary. Their request is no BIG party, just their 3 kids, spouse or SO's, and the grandchildren. Everyone is throwing in their 2 cents worth. "Our idea" for what it is worth is to "trap" the families on a house boat on Lake Powell (Arizona & Utah borders) for an extended weekend. Very relaxing and a good "get away" from it all kind of place!

Lisa J said...

What a great giveaway! I've enjoyed following you and Mr. Squsah on your journey!

We plan to take the kids somewhere to look for fossils and sharks teeth! They love digging and finding all sorts of "things" in stone.

Anonymous said...

Only plans so far include a trip to Canada to see our daughter, some day trips, family reunion and the usual enjoying time in the flower garden.


Mary said...

Summer plans!!! What's that???

Anonymous said...

What lovely generous gifts you are giving away. As far as summer vacation plans I do not think we will be venturing too far as our grand daughter (lives with us) will be home following her third year of college. Where does the time go? However we are going to try and make it down to So. CA for a high school friends reunion in the late summer months probably August. Not a big one just our close group of friends. Should be fun! Louise

Love 2 Quilt said...

My summer is going to be wonderful. I am going to Chicago to visit relatives and I am going to be a grandma in July, so that will be the highlight of the summer. And I'll get to spoil the baby because they live close enough to visit often!!

GloJoeSews said...

This summer I'm going to a once in a lifetime family reunion in Cantabria, Spain! I'll be meeting family that I've never met before. I also plan on visiting my brother's family in Oregon and my aunt in Colorado. Since I'm a teacher I'll have the whole summer to enjoy! Lovely blog and thanks for the giveaway opportunity1

Sally K said...

We hope to spend some time at the beach, hopefully Destin or somewhere on the gulf coast.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

How sweet of you Candace to have this great give away!!
This summer I will be hugging!!! Yes, hugging. My first grandbaby will be born in May and my only daughter is moving back to Minnesota after living way too far away for the past eleven I will be hugging my grandbaby and my daughter this summer!!
Hope your summer in your new home is wonderful.

SewCalGal said...

I think it is good sign you are already dreaming of too! And how fun to have a giveaway thinking about summer. Count me in!


deborah said...

What a wonderful giveaway...all perfect for our indoor winter activities (stitching, sewing and organizing..) If my husband's health permits, we hope to get to the Beach at least once. A 10 hour drive, but one that both calms and re-energizes me. Always come home with a fresh perspective on life! If we can't go, then we enjoy the summer sitting on our porch watching the birds and we do a lot of fishing!

arlette said...

Can I participate?, I'd love to be entered, but I'm not in the US, so I don't really know for sure, I love the goodies you're giving away, I really would love to win!, well, we're in summer right now, it's going to be with us until early May. I'm going to go to the beach for Valentine's, and I'll spend the weekend there, can't wait for it!

Jan said...

What a great give away. Our summer is going to be low key, this year. Lots of time with the grandkids, one of my daughters is flying in for my hubs 70th. It'll be great.

Deanna said...

Love the getaway--the only thing that looks like summer here is seed catalogs. We have about 3' of snow in the front yard and expect more tomorrow. I could sure use a few dreams of balmier days.

Doina said...

Great giveaways! This summer we plan to go two weeks in Canada to visit some relatives. Thanks for the chance!

cockermom said...

I am planning on traveling to Va for the birth of my #2 grandchild. Since Daughter had #1 grandchild in July 2009, I figure she might find me useful..LOL! She told me she wanted to get all of the 'having baby stuff' done early and get it out of the way, I see she intends to keep her word on that since we are getting 2 in one year!
Until then I plan to quilt my fool head off..isn't it wonderful to be retired?

dianne said...

i'm gonna be stay-cationing ... again ... sigh

Nanbon44 said...

My summer plans: Once again my plans are to stay close to home and work in my gardens. Each year I take a spot around the house and transform it into a lush garden area. Last year was a pond in front of my husband's barn style workshop.

sharon said...

Have to take pity on me, I work the summers! I get part of the winter off. So until the lottery knocks on my door, I will just have to dream about it---sigh. Thanks for the give away. Sharon j

Brenda said...

Summer seems very far away, but I know I'm going on a road trip with my three great guys in our VW camper, and along the way we'll bike and cook outside and maybe even stop at a quilt shop. Thanks for a chance at your giveaway.

*karendianne. said...

Of course we'd stick by you! You're such a sweet heart and a treasure. I love what you're giving away, too. Just wanted to say that. My friend, no summer vacation plans here. Not this year. ...foiled again.

Annie said...

It's been inspiring watching you get settled into your new home. My family and I just moved to Wyoming from Arkansas. We are also settling in. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the goodies!!

Carrie P. said...

Wowee!!! what a giveaway you are having. You know we have not even talked about summer vacation this year. We will probably just take weekend trips since we had a big vacation last summer to the Outer Banks.

julia said...

Hi! I'm reading & enjoying your blog for a while now and just wanted to say *thanks* for sharing pieces of your life with us...
Summer vacations? I fear, that will happen without me, again...but I really hope to get at least one weekend to the sea...Baltic Sea that is...of course it's never warm enough here in Germany (at least when I'm not at work...sun always shine when we can't enjoy it, doesn't it?) but walking at the beach, enjoying the breeze,...oh I wish I was already there...!
Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway!

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

No summer plans, but i am preparing for 2 weddings, my nephews and my daughters are both getting married within a month of each other and my sister is going to have a baby and my other niece is getting married at the end of this year, very very busy!

Gayle said...

Our summer plans include a trip to Yellowstone with my mom (her first time), and I'm also heading to CA for a rug hooking camp - WooHoo! Of course, we'll do some camping with the family and some 4-wheeling, and some boating. Might even fit in an Alaskan cruise to celebrate our 30th anniversary!

Anya said...

I'm afraid my summer plans include getting prepared for an empty nest when my son goes off to college. Thanks for the chance!

SheilaC said...

AMazing give away, thank you for the opportunity to enter.

I don't have any plans for summer vacation yet... I will probably be taking graduate classes so I won't be able to go to far. Maybe day trips to the lakes or mountains.

Thank you!

Rannyjean said...

No real plans yet, but I know it will include at least one trip to Seattle, one Ferry ride and probably a few short day trips to other places around Washington we haven't been to yet. Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I would love to win for my wife and daughters they are the quilter's around here

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

How sweet of you Candace. I think moving is one of the hardest things to do. And you've really held up. Good for you and Mr. Squash House. I'm dreaming of spring! I'm going to St. George for a little half week retreat with nedra of cactus needle and kim of bitty bits and pieces and Lori Holt of bee in my bonnet fame. It is warmer there and it will be nice. But this summer I'm teaching a retreat in south central utah and going to Star Valley Wyoming to my sister's ranch! oh I'm excited thinking about all of it. My son will get to fish, which he loves.

Anonymous said...

Love the items you're giving away!!!, love to be entered in the drawing!, we're in summer right now, it's very hot here, so we use to visit the beach and swimming pools often to refresh us!

Anonymous said...

Late replying. Read your blog yesterday. It is such a lovely read. Just came in from shoveling the driveway on a cold, snowy, blustery day and having dreamy thoughts of summer. Will be in Cape Breton with family & friends. The beautiful blue of the Bras d'or lake, the squeals of children and the not so young as they jump of the raft the campfire and singing at the end of day..... Oh to but dream ....
Thank you for the nice give away.

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