Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy 4th of July and a wee giveaway

It's the 3rd of July, my friends! Hopefully that means you have the day off and are already enjoying your holiday weekend.

We are mixing things up this year. I'm the Registrar at the girls' preschool, so felt compelled to jump in the float we will have at the Redmond parade. The kids get to throw candy and are really excited about it. Then we are off to a BBQ with pool time. A low key day.

I wanted to share a layout I did for my recent article at True North Parenting. Somewhat similar to my Project 12 challenge, I simply highlighted our day with some of my favorite pics. I used the American flag as a backdrop for this layout. Easily done!



Speaking of which, if you are sticking around the house this weekend and looking for a creative push, please check out my Project 12 challenge for June. Lovely prize, eh? I decided to go with that one because I'll be teaching a fabric album class at my LSS in August sometime, I think. I can't wait to share what I've been up to!

Before I go I thought it would be fun to do a little holiday giveaway. A few months ago Denise won my project 12 challenge and a wonderful Upper Crest punch from Fiskars. Unfortunately, at prize shipping time, I could not locate that darn punch ANYWHERE. I had to get her another one.

As luck would have it, the punch has resurfaced, and is ready to make it's place in somebody's home, as I already have one and use it every month. Do you have one? Would you like to add one to your collection? If so, just leave me a comment on this post about your weekend plans. Let's keep it to my US friends this time, okay? I love my international friends but the post office does not love me, lol.

I'll leave the comments open through Sunday and choose a winner bright and early Monday morning. Then I can ship your punch after we are done with swimming lessons.

Sound good?! Have a great weekend! Davinie

62 comments:

  1. Ethan and I are utilizing a picnic backpack we got for Christmas, and heading out to the park today for a lovely spread. Tomorrow we are going to be tourists in Seattle, taking in some of the touristy sights we haven't done before (since we live here...). We both took time off this weekend and were planning to head out of town, but changed our plans so we can save some money for a big vacation next spring, so.....staycation it is!

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  2. We'll be experiencing small town 4th of July for the first time! We moved here last August so I'm excited to see what all our little town has to offer. DH is on call though, and holiday weekends can be a bit dicey with injuries and the like, so I may be single-parenting it.

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  3. I hate to say it but my 4th of July plans this year are going to be lonely. My 2 teenagers are going to a County Fair and my hubby has to work. I have no family in the area so it will just be me and the kitties at home. Maybe I'll get some scrapping done though. :o)

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  4. Meeting my 26 year old son in Lake Placid for the 4th. I have 2 border punches, i love them.

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  5. DH&I are doing some hiking again tomorrow at the Henry Cowell State Park, by Capitola, CA area...it close to Santa Cruz Beach also. Then we are hanging out with fam and friends for some BBQ fun. I have pork ribs in marination mode as I type this note. Happy 4th!

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  6. Love that 4th layout! One of these days I'm gonna get around to your monthly challenge too....

    As for the 4th, we are BBQing with friends. It's the first time we've actually made plans for the 4th in awhile, so I'm looking forward to it.

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  7. Love that background on that layout!

    This weekend is full of garage sale-ing, BBQ's, small town festivals and fireworks.

    It's gonna be a good weekend, tater! LOL!

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  8. I am swimming with friends and family, just hanging out enjoying the weekend!

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  9. We are having some friends over for a bbq. Can't wait. Our kids haven't played together in a while and I love when they come to visit.

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  10. we're having friends over for dinner tonight. Tomorrow a picnic!

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  11. Today we're buying a tub and tile for the bathroom then a nice relaxing evening. Tomorrow it's a party at the pool all day, it should be fun! Happy 4th!

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  12. Arcodauz12:41 PM

    My son and his girlfriend are coming for a BBQ but most of the weekend I'm just going to relax and maybe make a few cards!

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  13. Happy Fourth to you and yours! We're having a BBQ, complete with big inflatable water slides and fireworks. Fun times!

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  14. Jennifer L who reads your blog referred me here from the CK message board. What a great find! Love your 4th of July layout. 2-pagers are my favorite. I hope that you won't mind if I scraplift this one.
    I would love to have the punch if I'm the chosen winner.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    I'll be back.
    JayKaye

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  15. Happy 4th! We're sticking around home this 4th, celebrating by painting the outside of our house and enjoying the fireworks that are set off a block away from our house. Hubby will grill, I'm sure and we'll eat yummy food as we celebrate the independence we have every day. WOULD LOVE TO WIN THAT PUNCH!!!!!

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  16. so excited about tomorrow...we're still vacationing with family, so we get to take my kiddos to my family's neighborhood 4th of july parade...i loved it as a child and can't wait to share these memories with them--the last time we went my oldest was 9 months old.

    the uppercrest punch is definitely calling my name :)

    enjoy your weekend dav!

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  17. Happy $th! Spending time with family.

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  18. I don't have this punch yet but have been eyeing it up. Would love the opportunity to win one.

    We are celebrating the 4th by going to a hometown parade and then having a picnic where we will also celebrate a high school graduation. And then fireworks, of course.

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  19. I just got back from a week helping with my youth trip...which means a week of no sleep...which means my weekend plans include a LOT of catch-up sleep and maybe some fireworks! =) Enjoy your Fourth!

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  20. We aren't celebrating on the 4th. Today (3rd) we are going to BBQ with the in-laws and then on the 5th we are celebrating my Oma's birthday.

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  21. We are staying home! We have an incredible view from our deck of several different fireworks displays in the horizon, not to mention the ones in our own subdivision. So... why fight the traffic when we can sit on our own deck, BBQ & have a glass of wine? :-)

    Happy 4th weekend! :-)

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  22. I just love this layout. I hope to take lots of pictures at our work BBQ tomorrow. It's been quite a while since I actually made a real scrapbook page. I've been on a card kick for too long.

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  23. I love border punches, How lucky for us that it was lost then found! :)
    We spent the day at the pool today. Tomorrow we will be BBQing with family, a little more pool time, and then fireworks!

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  24. We have a huge neighborhood cul-de-sac party that we are attending. You know how badly I need this punch, right???? (: Hope you have a great 4th, and I love the LO!

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  25. Happy Fourth Davinie! We are heading to Manasss, VA for a pool paty, local festival, and cookout with my parents, aunt and uncle! So much fun! Hope you have a good one! :)

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  26. We ar going to Lake Tahoe for the Fourth, we try to go every year... it is beautiful!
    Love the layout, great for multiple pictures.
    Have a great weekend.

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  27. My girls and I will be going to the Camp Lejeune activities. I've heard they are fun so I'm hoping it's also not too, too hot! Oh, and I'll be preparing for my husband's return from Iraq on Wednesday!!!!

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  28. ooooh...I love this punch !!! My biggest plans for the weekend are to remember our military (today & every day) who devote themselves to our beautiful country...many of whom are overseas and cannot be here in the states to enjoy the holiday with us (including my beautiful brave daughter who is currently in Iraq)Happy 4th of July to you & yours & thanks for the give away.

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  29. My DH and I are going to go to a parade where our DGD is in the Little Miss July 4th pageant. She just turned 4. I am hoping for some really cute pictures of her and hoping the rain stays away!!

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  30. We started off our vacation by taking the boys to a minor league baseball game, total fun for all of us. Tomorrow is our town's 42nd annual Parade, got to love the floats and all the fire trucks, they even get all the antique ones from near by towns,then the country fair on the common. Picnic food and then off to see the fire works and the Boston Pops. Fun. Sunday is more low key... hopefully the weather will cooperate for a zoo trip. Phew. Hope you and your's are a grand time! Enjoy riding the float!

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  31. We are VERY LOW KEY this year: my husband is on call and our baby has a high temp. virus, so there's lots of just staying around the house for us! (Perhaps a bit of scrapping too?)
    Would LOVE that punch!

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  32. WOW... I happened upon your blog today... You are busy... love your 4th LO. I haven't seen online you in a long time... finally found your blog!

    This weekend we are staying home... it is really dry in the PNW and all of our neighbors have very large displays they do. We are a bit concerned about fires this year.

    One fun thing this weekend is going to a few antique stores this weekend! Happy 4th!

    Thanks for the give-a-way... love that punch!

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  33. sandra m.9:50 PM

    We spent the day at an amusement park, tomorrow is parade, mini donuts and fireworks with the family.

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  34. We are having a cookout at my house for the 4th of July. That will be followed by fireworks. Our neighbors put on as good of a show, if not better, than the city does.

    I also plan to do some scrapping on Sunday. I really want to finish the alphabet book I'm making for my grandson.

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  35. I'd love that punch - thanks for the chance to win! Our weekend plans include cooking out, parade, fireworks and loads of family time.

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  36. stunning LO davinie... i just l♥ve your work!
    totally unexciting 4th of July here for us today, unfortunately... the hubby is in Afghanistan, my oldest son just broke his arm and is awaiting a cast...
    looks like i'll just have to burn some meat on the grill & hang out with the kiddos here at home today.
    happy 4th to you & yours!
    ♥rae

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  37. We are heading to my Aunt's house for a good old fashioned American BBQ and hopefully a little baseball in the park behind her house. Then definetly fireworks in the evening. Can't wait!

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  38. Love the red, white and blue on your LO! The Fiskars punch rocks! I don't have this one...would love to win it! :) Happy 4th!!

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  39. Happy Fourth to you! Our plans this weekend include fishing, a BBQ with family, and going to hear Louisian Leroux play at Bouligny Plaza downtown. I can't wait to hear them play New Orleans Ladies! And then there will be fireworks. Have a freat weekend and thanks for the chance to win!!

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  40. We are headed to a baseball game with fireworks after. Fun stuff!
    What a great 4th of July layout!! And that punch!! I love it and can not find it - anywhere!!

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  41. low key weekend as we are having a family reunion next weekend with abut 200+ family coming into town. we just remodeled our basement so I'm spending the weekend relocating my scrapsupplies with the hope of scrapping, snacking, and lots of movie watching with the family.

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  42. heh! :) happy 4th darling.. and no, I'm not commenting for the punch :) *hugs*

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  43. Love your layout :) I hope to spend today with my mom and siblings out on the river. Nothing better than boating in the summer! Happy 4th!

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  44. We are having grandchildren and some friends over for a cookout, fireworks (we live way out in the country) and homemade ice cream. It's hot outside, but the kids don't mind. They run & play and the adults watch. It's a tradition and we love it.

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  45. Krisg4:43 PM

    Fun included a day at the county fair and now a quiet night staying in. Happy Independence Day!!

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  46. We just got back from going back home to visit family for the 4th. They town has a big parade and doings every years. Unforunately there was a bunch of rain this year :-(

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  47. DH and I are enjoying our first 4th at home with our 4 month old daughter, Elise! :) Our dog is a big chicken of fireworks, so we stick close to home! Have a great weekend!

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  48. Jarie8:17 PM

    My plans started on Thursday when my grandson and I went to Georgia to visit my parents and my brother and his family that were coming in from Texas. Great seeing family. Watched the Wiliams sister play tennis and then headed by home today.

    Jnaet

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  49. We went over to our friends' house for hamburgers & hot dogs. The kids had a blast playing. When it started getting dark we headed out to watch the fireworks. Addyson (2 months old) LOVED them! It was a great day!

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  50. This weekend my hubby and I just took it easy and spent some much needed time together. Yesterday was a day with a friend and some swimming. Today we went out to celebrate our 3 month wedding anniversary at Melting Pot for some YUMMY fondue. Tomorrow we are beginning a week long body cleanse and it's inspiring me to clean up other parts of my life as well which is good since we are moving later this month.

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  51. We have the biggest fireworks show in our state...practically in our front yard. THe neighbors all ride their 4 wheelers up the street to the best vantage point and we just chat and chill....then ooh and ahhh. So nice.
    The upper crest is one of the FEW border punches I don't have...so I'd like to add it to my collection.
    Thanks!

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  52. i had a picnic with family. then we shot off fireworks.

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  53. We kept a low profile all weekend. Saturday we made a trip to the Farmer's Market and Ikea, then it was home to get ready for BBQ and fireworks. After and afternoon of washers and lasso golf we had dinner and watched the kids with pop-its and sparklers. It was a great 4th!

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  54. We spent the day at the lake with friends and then bbq'ed. Drove to a high spot in town to watch the fireworks and avoid the crowds!

    Oh, and today is my birthday does that get me extra credit? lol

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  55. We had a great weekend at my in-laws home. A little swimming, eating, fireworks and family. Couldn't of asked for much more!!!!

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  56. tons of bbq for 4th of july weekend! happy 4th to you!

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  57. Our plans were calm and simple this year . . . after my 8-mile run we went on a two-hour canoe trip in the Yakima River . . . took a nap when we got home for about 4 hours . . . I was pooped and completely drained and sunburned to boot, BBQed and then lit off fireworks. It was nice that we didn't even have to leave our front yard! :)

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  58. My family and I head up to OKC to spend time with some friends to watch the fireworks. Unfortunately we didn't get to see any this year because it got rained out. :(

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  59. this will be our first 4th of july without family in hawaii... it's bittersweet but at the same time ryan is home and not out on deployment... it's always great to have him around :) we're bbq-ing in our teeny tiny backyard, and then walking down the the beach and watching the fireworks :)

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  60. no special plans because i'm in France... I'm going to do a big picnic on the park

    kisses

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  61. Cyndi Speelman4:23 AM

    I have been eyeballing that punch for quite awhile! You sure know how to rock it on your Studio Calico layouts!
    Cyndi S

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  62. Gotta hate it when those punches hide themselves! Great for the new winner though!

    I love your 4th layout. Perfect!

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