Thursday, November 18, 2010

My favorite things: a giveaway!

Darling Melissa from 320 Sycamore is having a Favorite Things party this week. I think this is a great party for Melissa to host, since she's definitely one of my favorite bloggers! Here are a few of my favorite things.

Beverage napkins. So useful, so pretty, so easy to keep on hand! Here's one of my favorite drawers in my kitchen:


It doesn't look too bad at first glance, but every one of those stacks contains four packages of napkins. . .


I may have a bit of a napkin fetish.

Welcome signs. Right now I have two on my front porch, one on my back porch, and one in my back entrance hall. I love the very word "welcome"; that's the feeling I try to evoke in everyone who comes to my home.


Snail mail. I love email and use it all the time, but there's just something about getting something out of the mailbox--something other than catalogs and bills, that is. So I like pretty notecards, too--like this beautiful one hand-made by Leslie from Goodbye House, Hello Home:


Books. I dearly love to read, both fiction and non-fiction. Some of my favorite books are like old friends. I read and re-read, underline and highlight. One of my favorite authors is Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline and Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. His books are just splendid.

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Candles. I love candles and candlelight. Leather-scented candles from DeeJay's Candles are my all-time favorite.


Crosses. I have a collection of crosses that started many years ago with an Easter gift from my husband. Since then, I've enjoyed finding a special cross as a souvenir of the places I've traveled. My newest one is from Notre Dame in Paris! Most of my crosses are on display in my living room, with many of them on this wall:


That's my kind of gallery wall.

And if I need to choose a line from "My Favorite Things," I'd have to go for "brown paper packages tied up with strings." I hope that's one of your favorite things, too, because I'd like to send a package to one of you!



I've collected a few of my favorite things to give away--beverage napkins, a welcome sign, pretty notecards, a book by Richard J. Foster, some leather-scented candles, and a cross. It'll make a nice brown-paper package tied up with string, don't you think? Leave a comment to enter; I'll choose a winner one week from today. Just click on "Comments" at the bottom of this post; you don't have to have an account to post a comment. (If you're reading this as an email, you'll have to click on the title of the post to go directly to my blog; then you'll see "Comments" at the end of the post.) You can simply check "Anonymous" and leave a comment--but be sure to leave me an email address or some way to get in touch with you if you win! And you don't have to be a follower to enter, although I'd be honored for you to follow along if you like.

Check out all the Favorite Things posts at Melissa's!

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93 comments:

CaryManda said...

I,too, have a fetish for cute napkins and note cards! Actually, it may extend to most paper products. :)
What a sweets for the giveaway! Thx! :)

Rachelle said...

That's quite a collection of napkins! :) Love candles too! I have one going right now... mmmm baked pie.

xo

Esther & Janna said...

I would love to win your brown paper package! I love all your favorite things - although I've never smelled the leather candles - they sound wonderful!

Kim's Treasures said...

I Love this giveaway!!! I always send my sister in law packages with my favorite things. So much fun!

I love all the things you love and cannot wait to get a house here in Illinois to have a place to keep it all!

Thanks for offering your favorite things!

Erin said...

I agree about the cocktail napkins; my collection has spread to guest towels. It is really rather silly because the only person who ever gets to use the guest towels is our babysitter; I can't leave the towels out or the children use them all up! I'm looking forward to putting out my Tom Turkey guest towels when she comes this weekend.

My most favorite thing right now is a fleeting moment of peace and quiet when I can take a deep breath and appreciate and give thanks for my many blessings.

Designs on 47th Street said...

Oh! I love your napkin drawer! It is filled with such fun and colorful napkins and THINGS that look "happy". I too love napkins (cloth ones too). Love candles and other things you mentioned. Your cross collection is awesome!

Donna

Love the Decor! said...

I love all of these beautiful things and I often pick up cute napkins too. I also love that welcome sign
Would love it all!! Thanks for the chance!!!

Karen said...

Wow that is some napkin collection! I absolutely love your cross wall. It speaks volumes about your faith. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win such a generous gift. Blessings!

Karen said...

Love all of your favorites! What a nice giveaway.

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Sweet giveaway. I love this post. Very fun. I got a little giggle out of all of your napkins. I always want to buy cute napkins when I see them but I never do.

Terri at Finder's Keeper's said...

What a thoughtful gift. I remember when my mom said it is the best gift when we give the things we love away.

Here's hoping!! I can even share with my daughters (4) for Christmas.

Thanks for the chance.

Ann said...

How generous to give away some of your favorite treasures. I can relate to the napkin collection. When I go shopping to the Caspari store in Charlottesville, VA I get the shakes-so many napkins and other pretties!!

Melissa Miller said...

Richella what beautiful and elegant lovelies are your favorite things. I can see why they are. I adore your organized napkin drawer. How pretty it looks. I think I would open it just to take a look at it throughout the day.
The cross wall is simply beautiful too.

Thank you for the chance to win your precious giveaway. You are so kind to host it.

Happy weekend to you.
~Melissa :)

The Starr Family said...

Oh the napkins kill me! My mother collects them also and is always pawning them off on me... which I certainly don't mind!

Visiting from 320 Sycamore...You have a beautiful blog!

Louisiana Belle said...

I've just recently found your blog and love it. Your home is lovely and I appreciate your sincerity in all that you share!

Autumn Mist said...

Somehow I think I'd feel really at home in your lovely home, as so many of your favourite things are mine, too. What a lovely post.

Paula said...

I have a bit of a napkin fetish, too. I think a pretty napkin makes a guest feel extra special. Melissa's party sounds fun. I'll have to check it out!

Bonita said...

Richella, those are beautiful gifts. Then again, I'd treasure anything that came from you!

Nadir@StitchSense said...

I love your wreath! Did you make that? I have an unhealthy obsession with pinecones & acorns this season for some reason :-) What a sweet giveaway too! Hope you have a great weekend! :-)

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I just had to giggle over your napkins collection. That's so fun and I would love to be entered in your favorite things giveaway! I love receiving snail mail also.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to say, I have the same fetish for napkins and candles!!! So comforting to know that someone else has a napkin collection too. Love all your beautiful and inspiring posts!!!!

Sherry

Mammy said...

I feel like you've been parking in my driveway! We love all the same things. "Celebration of Discipline" is one of my most favorite books ever. Even if I don't win the giveaway (and how sweet of you to include one!), I am so happy to have found your blog. I'll be back!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

I didn't know you had a napkin fetish! Look what you learn at these parties :) Love the giveaway as well~you are so thoughtful, as always.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite things! I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Wow you have a nice organized kitchen drawer! :) Love 'welcome' signs. What a beautiful cross collection! You are so sweet to giveaway some of your favorites collection!

Kelli said...

Great list...I love this link party. My husband laughs at me because so many things that I have say welcome. I love it! I also love mail...it is hands down the best. I make cards and try to send mail often.

Sarah said...

Love your favorite things! And snail mail is the best isn't it? My mom always had a drawer filled with beautiful stationary, and it would always be open to us to use whatever we wanted. I loved it!

Heather said...

I am so happy to have discovered your blog. It is beautiful. I love your crosses, and I am impressed with how neat your kitchen drawer is. :)

The Homemaker said...

Hi, Richella! Your beverage napkins are so neatly arranged. Love that :)

Jessica of Amaretto Vineyard said...

Hello! Thank you for the opportunity to win this nifty little giveaway, and for sharing your life so honestly - I follow your blog via Google Reader and I truly enjoy 'getting to know you' through your posts! :)

(p.s. I AM IN LOVE with your cross wall! Is it a bad thing to covet thy cyber-neighbor's religious decor?) :)

Erin said...

What a fantastic list!!

You have a wonderful blog! I'm glad I found you today. :)

Judy @ Southern Style Home Decor.com said...

I love your attention to detail, and those cute napkins are exactly that!

Leanne said...

WHat a great list. I might have to start collecting beverage napkins, just because they're so cute. I love candles too and receiving and sending cards in the mail. It seems so thoughtful and special now. How sweet of you to think of a favorites giveaway too. I'll try to remember that for next year.

Kerrie said...

Your giveaway is so thoughtful and adds such a personal touch.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!, My mom collects crosses just like you, but her collection is way smaller than yours so I know she would love to receive another one!
Have a great week!

rebeccagonzalezg@hotmail.com

Tonya said...

I've admired your cross gallery wall for a long time!!! It's so stunningly beatuiful!

You're so sweet to give away a few of your favorite things!

Along A Widowed Road said...

Hi Richella,
I'm visiting from Kelly's Korner. I love your blog. I will be back to visit. When I had a home with storage space I collected placemates/napkins/napkin rings. I loved the whimsey effect of setting a table.

Have a blessed day,
I'm Viola over at;
www.alongawidowedroad.blogspot.com

Deb said...

Would love to win something from your precious home!!! Love the crosses!!!

Dawn said...

Love the pine cone wreath. I too have an obsession with napkins,candle & note cards

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

"Candle fetish." I love it!!! :) Your Welcome sign is so pretty!! :)

Judy @ A Meek Perspective said...

What a sweet giveaway! Tell Jack hello for me. We saw Ken & Teresa again a couple of weekends ago. Our son has decided to attend Harding University.

Have a good weekend!

Judy :)

Carrie said...

I just love your home and your sense of style. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Denise said...

Hi Richella, what a delightful post, I knew you liked crosses but reading all about your other favorite things was super fun. I might have to think of a post like that for next week?
You should send me your snail mail addy, I love sending cards and letters ;) I joined Kimberley's snail mail swap exactly for that reason and was given two partners, we're in to week 4 at the minute and it's wonderful getting letters in the mail again after so many years of email (not that I don't love email too) ;)
Happy Friday my sweet friend.
xxxx

The Abramowski Family said...

What a great giveaway! I would love to win!

twolittletots said...

I would have to agree...I {heart} getting snail mail! It just makes my day!

His Doorkeeper said...

Well, I am feeling much better about myself: If you could see the drawers, yes, drawers, of decorator napkins I have. I could be on that Hoarders show.....I love matching plates/napkins.etc. I could have a party for 8-16 for just about any occasion/color scheme you could think of. It's an illness, I'm sure!!

I love Note cards too and candles...Are you sure you're not my daughter??

Vicky said...

I love your napkin drawer. I also love cards and candles. I have lost count of how many I have but I have never seen one with leather fragrance.

Peggy said...

I enjoyed reading about your favorite things - they are all very comforting and 'homey' feeling. Your giveaway is a winner!

Holly said...

Your list is so cozy, Richella! And what a great giveaway...I'd love to win :)

southerninspiration said...

Love this post....I do love me some pretty, pretty napkins, too! and I usually have a quick hostess gift if I need one, because I manage to have way too many....
I have more probably!!! I love the looks of your sweet package..how generous of you! I love all the things you love!

Suzanne
I need to do a list of my own!

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

My husband once told me he was leaving if I brought one more thing into the house that had "welcome" on it!

Dorothy B. in TN said...

Richella, I can so relate to the napkin and candle thing. I may have to order some candles from DeeJay's. Anyway, thanks for this great give-away of your favorite things. BTW, I'm now an official follower. Love your blog!

Anonymous said...

I love the snail mail too!
I'm always looking at note cards!
I love candles!

very nice give away!!
thank you for offering it!!

Tina
mom_bjl@hotmail.com

Laura Burciaga said...

You're so generous! Love the napkins!

jovialjudi said...

Fabulous favorites list and giveaway! Happy to say I am your latest new follower. Love your style of writing. Thanks for sharing and for the chance at winning! Hugs, Judi

Steph said...

Great giveaway! I just recently became a follower and love your blog!

BDL said...

Leather scented candles? I think I'm in love! Cute stuff!

Peggy said...

Great napkin storage! What a nice giveaway. Count me in. Peggy from PA

Anonymous said...

Hi :) I too have a collection of crosses, begun when I scattered my husband's ashes on the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC. I am always eager to add to it :) I need to look up that author you recommended; his books sound fascinating. Thanks for this post :) With gratitude, Heather (chacounne@gmail.com)

Deenie said...

What a wonderfuol list of beautiful things

Grammy Goodwill said...

Well, aren't you nice to offer all those goodies? I love napkins, too, but I've made myself start using my stash. Why shouldn't I enjoy their beauty?

Holly said...

Love, love your cross wall! My mom has a fetish for cute napkins and note cards, also! :)

Crystal said...

What a beautiful package that will hopefully bless someone! I think I started on my Facebook page about an hour ago, traveled to the Inspired Room, and now have about 20 windows open with all sorts of new, wonderful bloggers I've discovered tonight! Can't wait to follow & read more =) E-mail is CLR(underscore)LPC(@)yahoo(dot)com

Hillcrest Acres said...

What an amazing giveaway. I too am obsessed with napkins and candles. I have an antique dresser full of napkins for every occasion.

Anonymous said...

I love napkins and setting up a pretty table too! It does not take alot of time, but I think it is always so thoughtful. Thanks for the giveaway!
deblmoore@att.net

Bobbie said...

I see you do have a napkin fettish!! But there are so cute and ue-able!! love that wall of crosses/

Deni said...

I love Welcome Signs too! I have a wreath on my front door right now (though it doesn't say welcome). But I have a welcome mat, and a welcome door hanger on our closet.
In the summer, I think I change our welcome wreaths or signs every other month!

Thanks for doing a lovely give away!

New Every Morning said...

What a great giveaway! I, too, love napkins. I realized the other day that my stash is getting low.

Beverly said...

I would love to win your giveaway. Everything looks so beautiful. In this economic time, we don't always get to "treat" ourselves, but this package would definitely be a treat. Thanks

andersonbeverly@bellsouth.net

Traci said...

Great List! Beautiful wall!

Jennifer said...

I love getting mail, real mail, in our box. Especially cards. And my toddler loves to help check for mail everyday.

Manuela@TPOH said...

Ooooh love your big gallery wall of crosses!!! I have a mini one but would love to expand it. I love your napkin drawer. It's so organized!

Warmest Thankgsgiving wishes,

Manuela

HeathahLee said...

I recognize one of those crosses! ; )

My favorite thing to collect has got to be birds and/or nests. I lurve them! Last year my husband gave me a Susie Harris sign for Christmas, and instead of fleur de lis he had her use birds. It is my favorite favorite thing. : )

Laura said...

I absolutely love your cross wall.. so beautiful!!

Cherri Engle said...

I love all things paper...napkins, note cards, scrapbook paper, etc. I could go on and on. Thanks for the give-a-way opportunity. These are some nice things for you to part with.

sonya said...

I love all the things you do Richella! One can never have too many beverage napkins!

makingthemostofbeingathome said...

I love your cross wall what a unique way to decorate your home xx

I love candles and have so many hubby thinks I should open a store lol xx

Please may I be entred into your giveaway xx

Patti said...

I Love that drawer...everything right at your hands for a party!! Also love your favorite things to giveaway, so count me in! Stop over to enter my giveaway, too! Happy Thanksgiving

pinks said...

I must admit I found myself here by follwing the link from your Best Pumpkin Bread Ever recipe! Thanks for sharing both!!

kendra@wesleycc.com

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Love the Decor! said...

Have a blessed Thanksgiving Richella!!

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

OOOH! One can only hope- but I never win N E thing!!
(This is my first comment!)
You posted the card I sent you! Too neat!
Still adore your cross wall-I have a cross stairwell, but only about 8 crosses in it right now :)
I think you DO have a napkin fetish, and I would too, only I started using cloth ones... but I need some for the holidays!
You inspire me! Thank you!
~me

Mandi said...

If I win or not it doesn't matter to me, just looking at your favorite things is warming, welcoming and inspiring.

:)

Suzanna said...

What a fun giveaway. I love the welcome signs too!!

Kristi said...

Perhaps another one of your favorite things has become sharing yourself here with us, Richella? Thank you for doing so with such gentle, loving grace. May you and your men have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

rskmom said...

Love the napkins - they remind me of my Mom (now deceased) who loved pretty napkins!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Thank you for this opportunity. cwray@cox.net

Melanie said...

Oh Richella, this post is so you! We have never met in person but each of those things that you listed just represent who I think you are. Pretty, smell good, organized, a christian, smart.....Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Dawn said...

am i too late?
it doesn't matter :) i am finally in one of my favorite places- here! i have not made time for blog reading, but here i am catching up. i was missing you!

Traci@ Beneath My Heart said...

I love your favorite things! :)
Happy Thanksgiving, friend!

Gailanne said...

What a WONDERFUL and just plain ole nice thing to do, thank you!

Denise said...

Love your blog. Your posted are down to earth and very centered. So many of your favorite things are mine too! How neat.

Southern Lady said...

Your crosses and neatly arranged napkin drawer are my favorites! Carla

Bette Baker said...

What a thoughtful give away, its lovely. I like your blog also and will try the pumpkin bread asap.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your
have a wonderful day...

Regards, Susie
susanafreeman@msn.com

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