Friday, November 02, 2012

***Giveaway CLOSED***It's MY Birthday, but I want to give YOU a present...

***CONTEST NOW CLOSED***WINNER ANNOUNCED AT BOTTOM OF POST

Good morning!

I hope you are having a wonderful day! It's been a bittersweet one for me already as I have just sent my oldest out on his first class trip and on my birthday, too! The house is eerily quiet without him and I think I miss him already!

But speaking of my house and my birthday (what a segue, I know), I am excited to share a little of both with you today. Recently I have had the honor of working with Little Yellow Bicycle and my amazing friend Courtney Walsh in promoting LYB's new release, Acorn Hollow, and celebrating Courtney's brand new Sweethaven book series. 

Courtney's heartwarming novels include themes including friendship and scrapbooking (Hello!!)  and they pair so amazingly well with Little Yellow Bicycle's fall line Acorn Hollow so I absolutely jumped at the chance to work with them both.

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Here's a little bit about my challenge from Courtney and what transpired:

From Courtney---One of the most important things in my life is that sense of "home." Perhaps that's why it was so important to include the word "Homecoming" in the title of my second novel... because I think there's something universal about that feeling of belonging that you only get when you're home. It's a common theme throughout the novels as Sweethaven is the place my characters can go and truly feel like themselves...

Having moved around a LOT the past few years, Home is more important to me than ever...which is why for this second Sweethaven-inspired prompt, I asked my sweet and hugely talented friend Kelly Goree to create an Acorn Hollow layout that highlights the things she loves most about her home.

I didn't expect that topic to strike such a chord, but for Kelly, it's the home itself that has the most meaning. Having been in her family for four generations, there's something special about those four walls...and what better way to document it than in the pages of her scrapbook?

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And here is the page I created with Acorn Hollow based on Courtney's prompt:

One of my favorite things about my home is my home itself. It was once my grandmother's and four generations of my family have lived here. The layout is a replica of my house and the doors and windows all open to show features of the house as well as provide journaling about why this house is special to me.


The detail shot of the front door pretty much shows you exactly what you see when you open my front door which I thought was fun.

And a couple more images:


And as I mentioned, I can't share pretty paper without having a giveaway. Besides it's my birthday and I want to do something nice and fun for you. So what is better than ONE giveaway? Why, TWO of course! So here is how you can win:

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And the WINNER IS:


Congratulations! PLEASE Contact me at kelly(dot)goree(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize!
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 GIVEAWAY 1 - Hop on over to the LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE BLOG where they are giving away a copy of Courtney's book A Sweethaven Homecoming. Just tell them what home means to you and they'll will choose a lucky winner from the comments left on their blog.
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GIVEAWAY 2 - RIGHT HERE!! Just leave me a comment letting me know what you love most about fall and you'll be entered to win your own collection of Little Yellow Bicycle's ACORN HOLLOW!

Have a wonderful day!
xo, 
k.

73 comments:

Kelly said...

the LO is gorgeous! I love the changing leaves. My son and I were noting them each drive to church each week and how the colors changes.

Charlotte Brochu said...

The thing that's the greatest about Fall has got to be the riot of color that you are surrounded with! Hope you have a very Happy Birthday, even if your son is gone!

Tracey said...

Happy birthday!!! Hope it is a great one!!

Fall is my favourite time of the year! The colours are amazing!

KellyG said...

Love your layout, so creative! Hope you have a great birthday! I love the changing leaves and all the fun fall things that my son and I do together including playing in the leaves and going to the pumpkin patch!

Miriam Prantner said...

This is fantastic! I LOVE this layout, so so cool, I'm pinning it! My favorite thing about fall is the crisp cool air, the leaves, and the apples!

Ashly said...

THANKSGIVING!!! I dont know why, but its my FAVORITE holiday. Maybe its the family all together or the lazy day hanging out and playing games but if Im being honest, I think its the FOOD :)

Nicole Mantooth said...

Kelly first, Happy Birthday.

I love your style of scrapbooking, it is beautiful. Such detail that you put into it is just amazing.

I love fall so much. I love the colors, the smell, the feeling it brings. It is a reminder to me of all the things in my life I am happy for. I know through the year I don't quite acknowledge them just like I really should. So fall always brings me back to those reminders, big and small.

Hope you have a great birthday.

~Nicole M.

serenarepsold said...

Happy Birthday Kelly! Enjoy your special day! Your layout is stunning. It's so clever--like a piece of interactive art. I am going to attempt a similar project. Anyway, my favorite thing about fall is taking pictures of the changing leaves. I'm such a visual person and the leaves are so stunning. I love documenting their color changes. Thanks for the opportunity!

andrea said...

Happy Birthday Kelly! Have a great day! I've been enjoying playing around with the Acorn Hollow as well, I just love it...have to go replenish and try to find the papers in the collection my local store doesn't carry. The paper has been great to feature the wonderful blaze of colors we had this fall, I love the many colors of the leaves and hearing them crunch beneath my feet on a park trail! Favorite time of year, hands down.

Judy Ray said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY. IT'S MY DAUGHTER'S BIRTHDAY TODAY AS WELL. LOVE THE ACRON HOLLOW AND ALL THINGS FALL.

Dorina D said...

Happy Birthday Kelly and here's to celebrating many more in your family house. Your layout is amazing. I love that the 4th generation is living in the house. The doors that open to your living room and the window coverings open up for your journaling make this layout so special. Thanks for sharing.

JPScraps said...

The page is amazing! Thanks for the chance.

Cindy said...

Happy Birthday Kelly! What a fabulous layout you created. My favorite thing about fall has to be all the pumpkin-flavored food that is to be found ... pumpkin-spice lattes from Starbucks, pumpkin ginger cupcakes that we make from scratch, pumpkin waffle mix from Williams-Sonoma ... and the list goes on and on!

Sue D said...

Wonderful layout! Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the colors, cooler temperatures and the crunch of the leaves.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Lisa P said...

I love the sense of peace that fall brings to me. I just love that the weather is cooler but not too cold, the leaves are changing and the gorgeousness of God's creation just seems to shout out with beauty, the family activities seem to multiply...Fall has always been my favorite time of the year.
The house you created is absolutely stunning. Your detail is amazing. What a special page.

Lisa P said...

And Happy Birthday to you! I hope you can find joy in it even with your oldest gone :)

LuAnn M said...

Happy Birthday Kelly! Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are beautiful, its not hot, and I get to take the kids to the pumpkin patch.

Margie said...

I love the colors, cooler weather (because I get to wear sweaters&boots, and make soup!)!

Jennifer Cowan said...

I love pumpkin flavored everything...beer, ice creams, bread, muffins, etc.....yum yum!

juliescrapbook said...

I love the fresh crisp air and the beautiful fall foliage we have up here.

MNJackson said...

I love the get together of my family where my sister, mom and me whip up hot apple cider and apple crisp with the orchard picked apples. Yummmm
HAPPY, happy birthday Kelly!! The very best to you :)

Romy said...

Happy birthday! How wonderful to have birthday in fall:) It's actually my favourite season. Just love the colours and the leaves.
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Jingle said...

I love the cool, crisp air and the sweet smell of the air! Happy Birthday!!! Your layout is so neat! What a great concept!!!

Sereknitty said...

Hi Kelly - Happy Birthday, to you! I love the colours of Fall and all the wonderful textures, but what I really love, is jeans, boots and my handknits to cuddle up in.

Erica Hernandez said...

No need to enter my name in the giveaway but I had to at least say Happy Birthday! (and that layout is way too cool...you are a genius!)

Decker Family said...

Happy Birthday to you!!! What a wonderful time of year to celebrate you. At my home the outdoors is exploding with happy and vibrant colors . . . in celabration of YOU. Have an amazing day. I love the happy and warming colors fall brings.

Kelly Massman said...

i love fall colors!!! TFS!

Angie said...

I love so many things about fall; the scents, the colors, sweater season..but my fave has to be the family outing to the pumpkin farm! Happy Birthday! :)

Robin B. said...

Happy Birthday! I live in Michigan so what I love about fall is the gorgeous leaf colors, cider mills and the crisp, cool air.

blupixy said...

I love taking walks, crunching along in the leaves. Thanks for the chance to win!

crazydebbi said...

LOVE the fall colors and the cooler weather. Your layout is very cool!

Amy Garigan said...

I love the cooler weather and the beautiful colors and having hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Monica E said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I love the fall colors and the fresh crisp air!!!
Thanks for the chance to win.

Carla said...

I love watching football and seeing the leaves change color in our mountains. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Carla from Utah

Cynthia B. said...

Happy,happy Birthday, Kelly! Your page is absolutely beautiful - so many details (love the stone walkway!), and what makes it even more wonderful is the notes you've made about the special parts of your home.
Now...what do I love most about fall? It's got to be the weather. I live in S. Texas, and fall is a welcome respite from the heat and humidity of the summer, but it's not too cold just yet. I love getting into a sweatshirt and jeans and under blankets. :)

Jeannine H. said...

Happy birthday Kelly! I hope you get some extra special treatment today. Love your layout - it is so original and special. I have so enjoyed the LYB fall collection week! My favorite things in fall are the colors of leaves and the light, especially at the end of the day. The colors of the leaves are made even more beautiful!

Latrice said...

Happy Birthday kelly! How great are you to give us the gift. I came over from the LYB blog. I adore your page and Courtney's book looks amazing! I love the air of Fall. It's cooler, crisp and fresh. My favorite season for sure.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Latrice

Jessrose21 said...

Happy Birthday, Kelly! My birthday is next Friday so winning this collection would be an awesome gift! Other than my birthday, my favorite thing about fall is the colors on the trees and softer light outside. When it's not raining, that is! (It's NY. It rains a lot in fall!)

Laura said...

I love so many things about fall -- the return to scheduled life after the spontaneity of summer, the changing colors on the trees, pulling out sweaters and snuggling with blankets. Football and Halloween, then the giving heart that comes with Thanksgiving. PS, my son shares your birthday, he was seven today. Happy birthday!

rush said...

i like the coolness of fall. a good reason to get out all of the sweaters and other warm clothes. rush88888 at gmail dot com

Nancy Wethington said...

Happy birthday! It's my birthday month as well. I love the fall colors, the smell of crisp air, cool nights and crackling leaves.

Cathy Caines said...

I love the fresh new beginnings that Fall seems to represent!! And who doesn't love the way nature turns from green to orange to red to yellow!

Kimberly Rendino said...

What an absolutely gorgeous layout!! My favorite thing about fall is the smell of the leaves....

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

Love your layout! Fall has always been my favorite season. Who wouldn't love those gorgeous colors! Hope you had a happy birthday.

Lee said...

The layout is fabulous! It is difficult to pick one thing about the best about Fall as I love all of it! I love the Fall holidays I think the most! thank you and happy birthday (mine was Monday so maybe I will get lucky!) have a wonderful day!

Terri H. said...

Happy Birthday Kelly. This layout might just be your best in terms of genius creativity. Love it. As for my favorite part of fall, I love the colors of the changing leaves. They remind me of this beautiful tree I used to admire from my college dorm room and they inspire me to create with fall colors. Thanks for the chance to win some LYB. :-)

Cheryl Hutcherson said...

I love the cooler weather and the change of the leaves! Love the new LYB Acorn Hollow Collection!! Thanks for the chance to win....and happy birthday!

Melinda AKA medialady said...

I love this awesome project!!! This is such a great idea and I plan to make one like this. My favorite thing about fall is all the awesome colors and beauty of the season!

Bella's mama said...

I love all the rich colors of fall...changing colors of the leaves and pumpkins and candy corn!

Marcia said...

I love the warm days, clear blue skies, nature's show - so beautiful. Your house layout was the most amazing layout I've ever seen. Happy birthday.

karen In Houston said...

Happy Birthday Kelly....

What I love about fall, the change of season to a cool refreshing air and the changing of the tress, I just returned froma visit to Northern NY and the colors of the trees were so awesome. Since I live in Texas I do miss the crispness of fall and the beauriful array of colors nature gives this time of the year.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday! I love the warm days and the colors of the nature. Your layout is awesome.

Ange said...

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fabulous day!!

I love watching my kids play out in the leaves and yard.

Pam said...

Happy Belated Birthday Kelly !! (That's my daughters name too !)

Living in SOuth Texasmy fave thing about fall is that it FINALLY starts to cool down. In fact I'm out on the back porch making cards this afternoon. Love this time of year.

Kim H said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! ! !

Love your project, it inspired me to do something simular with our remodeling of the upstairs bedroom into a nursery. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So pretty! And happy birthday yay!!! I love the leaves that me and my son get to play in during fall!

April said...

First of all, I hope you had an AMAZING birthday!!!

Secondly, I loooooooooooove what you created! The shots underneath are such a creative idea. ;)

Third, what I love most about Fall are the amazing leaves. We live in the mountains and the leaves turn the most gorgeous colors!!

Thanks for the chance to win!!

Yvonne Morentin said...

Happy Birthday, wishing you a day filled with love, fun and presents.
Thanks for the chance to win. I love the collection.

Betty Sue said...

Happy Birthday!!! Your layout is wonderful! It captures home perfectly! Thanks for a chance to win.

Renee said...

Oh my goodness this LO is so amazing, I could go on and on - but I'm sure you're aware you rocked it!!!! My fave thing about fall is the reprieve from scorching temps :)

Donna said...

Happy Belated Birthday!!

Michelle said...

Happy birthday, Kelly!! I love fall for the colors, the trips to the state parks tromping through the trails with the crunchy leaves. I love making apple crisp with my boy. I love Thanksgiving and looking forward to making dinner with my kids and hubby.

Jean said...

LOVE shuffling through leaves!! So much fun even though it freaks the dog out:)

Jackie H said...

I love the fall because it is a cozy time of the year. Also the beautiful colored trees (they don't last very long}The smell of the air. I love walking in leaves and hearing them crunch under my feet!
I hope you had a Happy Birthday.

dee said...

Fall when the high winds of the desert stop blowing and the sand stops pouring into our homes! I do love the autumn colors and the cool morning air as well.

Mary-Anne V said...

Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a great one! I absolutely love the fall colours...the leaves are just so brilliant this time of year.

Scrapycandy said...

I absolutely love your house. My mother tried to keep a traditional home and she loved to decorate. I like to decorate for the seasons and try to keep things low key so my sons love hanging around. So far, they love coming home for the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

Gill said...

It has to be the colours!!

Michelle L. said...

I love the gatherings that accompany fall & harvest time. Good times with family & friends!

Trish said...

I love all the get togethers with our families. It's great seeing all the cousins playing together and the adults get to catch up!

Anonymous said...

Love the colors of fall, the cooler temperatures and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks!

{VICKI} said...

Fall is my favorite time of year--- I love the crisp cool air!

Kim said...

Your home layout is amazing! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Take care. :)