Giveaway #16: Pack Your Bags

For this giveaway, we’ll be taking a virtual tour of some of the World’s most well-known tourist destinations. Your task–should you accept it–is to use the list of clues provided to determine the city and country we are visiting. When you think you’ve found all ten locations, submit your answers via the e-mail link on the sidebar (one entry per person please). Entries will be accepted until 12:00 a.m MST on Saturday, April 30, 2011.

For your sleuthing and miles of travel, you’ll be rewarded with a special travel-themed prize package. Among your goodies: a brand new “Pack Your Bags” Cricut cartridge, a set of Imaginisce’s “Scooter’s Vaction” embellishments including mirrored sticker, three-dimensional stickers and rub-ons, a LaBlanche silicone stamp entitled “Dogwood” (not pictured) and a few surprise goodies.

Your Travel Itinerary:

01. I am museum which holds the world famous painting ‘Las Meninas’ among its collection, as well as the largest collection of Spanish paintings in the World. Where am I?

02. I’m located on the North Island and known as the City of Sails. Where am I?

03. I was designed by Daniel Hudson Burnham and became an icon in my city. Some say I am also responsible for the phrase “23 Skidoo”. Where am I?

04. I’m located on the Burrard Peninsula and contain the landmark Robson Square. Where am I?

05. Unscramble me: LARVA ACE SAUCE ZEN. Where am I?

06. I was established as a trading town by King Gustav I of Sweden and originally named Hellssingeforss. My official languages are Finnish and Swedish. Where am I?

07. I am a fictional French speaking Belgian detective appearing in 33 novels. My creator and Guiness Book of World Records title holder was born here. Where am I?

08. I am a symbol of eternal love and a mausoleum. I am also the World’s finest example of Mughal architecture. Where am I?

09. Unscramble me: OBSIDIAN ALIEN. Where am I?

10. I am the capital city of this country that shares borders with the Atlantic Ocean, Angola and Botswana. Where am I?

(REMEMBER: Your answers should include the city and country of where your clue takes you. Bon Voyage!)

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Giveaway #15: Winner!

Can I just say that I have a bunch of savvy and smart readers! Nearly every entry I received in the “Freshly Picked” giveaway had all the correct answers (including the bonus). The correct unscrambled herbs and spices were:

01. my sorer a
(rosemary)
02. red navel
(lavender)
03. cedar iron
(corriander)
04. died well
(dill weed)
05. karma clad comb
(black cardamom)
06. lamer songs
(lemongrass)
07. no rag rat
(tarragon)
08. legal in
(nigella)
09. love me banner
(lemon verbena)
10. orders his ah
(horseradish)
11. cheaper pinups
(sichuan pepper)

All of the correct entries were placed in a random draw and the winner of a new Cricut “Freshly Picked” cartridge is Ms. Susan Beauchaine.

Congratulations Susan! If you would please forward your mailing information, I’ll get your package on its way. Thank you to all who participated. I really appreciate all of the participation and comments. Be on the look out for Giveaway #16 very shortly…we might be going on a trip. Hmmm….?

Giveaway #15: Freshly Picked

Once again, it was a year without snow in my part of the desert. Though, I have to say there have been many a morning where the temperature has dipped low enough to put a major chill in the air. I realize many of you have been frozen under layers of snow for more days than you care to recall. In that spirit, I thought the next giveaway should remind us that Spring is somewhere on the horizon. The cycle will start anew and gardens will be begging for new seed and tender love and care.

So to get us in that mindset, I am giving away a brand new Cricut cartridge, “Freshly Picked”, that celebrates new harvests and life’s never ending cycle. Along with the cartridge, the winner will receive a set of hand-picked embellishments and goodies to help inspire your creativity.

Now, as many of you know, most giveaways on my weblog involve nothing more than answering a random question and a bit of luck. A few giveaways ago, I tried a little word scramble contest and it really seemed to go over very well. Not only did more people participate, but I think the challenge was fun. So, I’m going to do it again. The theme for this contest is “Herbs & Spices” as a nod to “Freshly Picked”.

Below, you’ll find a list of the names of ten (10) herbs and/or spices that have been dropped off the produce shelves and are a bit worse for the wear. Each one has been scrambled up and it’s your job to help put things back in order. For instance, say you were given the following string of letters: be a flay. With a little re-arranging, “be a flay” becomes “bay leaf”.

The person with the most correct responses will be declared the winner. If more than one person solves them all, then the winner will be determined by a random draw of the names of all those who solved the puzzle. To submit your entry, send your list of answers via the e-mail link (“contact me”) on the sidebar by the contest deadline of Monday, February 7, 2011 at 12:00 a.m. MST. One entry per person please (and no sharing of answers, lol).

01. my sorer a
02. red navel
03. cedar iron
04. died well
05. karma clad comb
06. lamer songs
07. no rag rat
08. legal in
09. love me banner
10. orders his ah

*Super Bonus*
11. cheaper pinups

Giveaway #12 Winner!

Bet you thought I forgot!? Truth is…I almost did; But don’t tell anyone. The winner of a brand new Cricut “Summer Vacation” mini-cartridge and a Stampin’ Up! wood-mount “Awash With Flowers” stamp set is:

Sharon DeBrocco says (August 23, 2010 at 5:37 pm):
“Love the colors of the leaves and grass. The smells that remind me of my grandmother – the pies, cookies, soups and fresh laundry on the line on a frosty day. Thanks for the chance to win.”

Congratulations SHARON! If you would please contact me with your mailing information, I will get your prizes on their way to your home. Thank you all–as always–for playing and for reading. Watch for Giveaway #13 very shortly!

Giveaway #12: The Last Hurrah

Summer is a curious beast. On one hand, I love Summer because among other things it’s my Birthday, lol. But seriously, Summer is a time for picnics, family get-togethers, beaches, vacations, flowers, fairs, and Mother Nature’s miracles. On the other hand, I kind of get to a point where Summer starts to dangle on a bit too long for my taste. I think that stems from the fact that I live in the middle of a desert, and this year in particular, the heat and humidity have been unbearable at times. Many have said that I’m just really a cold-blooded person. I think it may be that I’m too warm-blooded. Whatever the case, I, for one, am completely ready for Fall to take the stage.

As a last hurrah to Summer, I thought I’d have this Giveaway feature prizes in honor of two of my favorite things of Summer: flowers and vacations. The winner of Giveaway #12 will say goodbye to Summer with a prize package that features:

  • one (1) brand new Cricut Limited Edition Mini Cartridge: Summer Vacation (a $24.99 value);
  • one (1) brand new Stampin’ Up! rubber stamp set (wood block mount): Awash With Flowers (a $39.95 value); and
  • a collection of surprise goodies and embellishments
  • To enter for a chance to win Giveaway #12, leave a comment on this post answering the following question: “What is your favorite sight or smell of Fall?” (One entry per person please.) The winner will be selected by a random draw of all those who participate. The deadline for entering Giveaway #12 is Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 12:00 a.m. MST.

    Giveaway #11 Winner!

    Girls and Boys, let me first say that I’m impressed by the brain power of my readers! You all did a wonderful job with a game that was far from simple. Thank you all for playing–and I think this Giveaway has had the largest participation thus far. Many of the entries had all ten fruits correctly identified. Here are the correct answers:

    01. poem at range: pomegranate

    02. affirm like: kaffir lime

    03. rad man it: tamarind

    04. game nest on: mangosteen

    05. bulk cry here: huckleberry

    06. rate fur pig: grapefruit

    07. ice lent men: clementine

    08. pianist for us: passion fruit

    09. road turf gin: dragon fruit

    10. arc teen in: nectarine

    Interestingly, some of these fruits appear on the “Preserves” cartridge. The winner (by random draw of all correct entries) of a brand new Cricut “Preserves” cartridge and embellishment package is:

    • • Ms. Celeste Billman ••

    Congratulations CELESTE! If you would please contact me with your mailing information, I’ll get your prize package on its way to you. Once again, thank you everybody for visiting and playing. Giveaway #12 will be posting shortly.

    Giveaway #10 Winner!

    Thanks to all who entered for a chance to win the Giveaway #10. The winner of a prize package that includes a brand new ProvoCraft “Summer Vacation” Limited Edition Cricut cartridge, the Stampin’ Up! “Happy Moments” stamp set and a selection of Summer themed embellishments is:

    Shirley Obermeier says: June 15, 2010 at 6:47 am
    “I love the beach, so my favorite sounds are water on the beach and that distant call of seagulls. I also love the smell of suntan lotion. The beach is my “happy place.” Thanks for the chance to win.”

    Congratulations SHIRLEY! If you would please contact me with your mailing information, I’ll get your goodies on their way to you!

    Watch for Giveaway #11 to be announced shortly.