favorite things giveaway


 i am so excited to be sharing a few of my favorite things with you for the 3rd year in a row, but even better… i’m giving it all away!  and get this, there’s more: 29 of my creative blogger friends are giving away their favorite things, too!

Favorite Things Giveaway Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke guide

to enter-

  • check out the gift collage above
  • scroll to the bottom to see the details for MY favorite things giveaway
  • enter to win my gift basket at the giveaway below
  • HOP to all of the other sites to enter to win their gifts!
  • look around and enjoy the sites of the creative bloggers–they will not disappoint!
  • *note- if you receive an error message from a broken link, click to the blog’s home page until the link is fixed




1. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke // 2. Bombshell Bling // 3. C.R.A.F.T. // 4. LandeeLu // 5. The 36th Avenue //6. Pick Your Plum //7. TidyMom //8. Your Homebased Mom //9. Live Laugh Rowe // 10. How Does She

11. Crazy Little Projects // 12. Tatertots & Jello // 13. Or So She Says //14. A Pumpkin and a Princess // 15. The Crafting Chicks // 16. The Pleated Poppy // 17. The Girl Who Ate Everything // 18. My Sisters Suitcase // 19. No Biggie // 20. Classy Clutter

21. Click it Up a Notch // 22. Entirely Eventful Day // 23. Thirty Handmade Days //24. kojodesigns //25. Something Swanky // 26. Eighteen25 // 27. Lolly Jane // 28. The Diary of Dave’s Wife // 29. Yellow Bliss Road // 30. Two Twenty One

there will be 30 WINNERS!!! you must ENTER TO WIN ON EACH BLOG, for the gifts you want most. so you must HOP to each to enter!

My Gift Up Close


i got all of my gifts from world market (not sponsored).  while anthropologie is one of my favorite stores for fabulous gifts, its a bit out of my price range, and world market has some pretty comparable items that are equally drool-worthy, but at a price that allows you to not only justify buying some gifts, but maybe even some for yourself!  if you just can’t handle waiting to see if you win all these goodies, i’m including links below for you to purchase on your own.


batter bowl /  mini colander /  measuring spoons /  bakers twine /  egg dish


hazelnut syrup /  “good morning” coffee mug /  “note to self” paper pad


dish soap /  hand soap /  tea towel /  dish towel


a Rafflecopter giveaway

don’t forget to “hop” to each blog above to enter their giveaways, too!


giving gifts is not my gift

confession:  i am a terrible gift giver.

terr. i. ble.

i’m surprised i have any friends left.  i still have a family because, well, they can’t leave me.

one of my closest friends is a wonderful, thoughtful gift giver (see her gift to me here).  her birthday is the day before mine, so in theory, we should get each other’s gifts at about the same time.  nope.  she sends mine at least a few weeks early, while i send mine at least 3 weeks late.  i’m nothing if not consistent, people.

i decided that if i’m going to be late, at least i could get her something thoughtful.  but i couldn’t think of anything!  so i decided to just keep a look out wherever i went for the perfect gift.


i was at aaron brothers, buying colored pencils for my kids, when i was the sucker at the checkout counter.  they had these beautiful hobnail candles that i just loved!  the colors were so pretty with the gold lid.  and the scent… so yummy.  kind of a pina colada flavor.  but really, i bought it because it was pretty and i knew nicole would appreciate it.

so i’m super pleased with myself and think i’ve nailed the gift.

then this happens.


somebody who i couldn’t get mad at accidentally dropped the glass candle jar on the garage floor when she was trying to help me get all my junk out of the car.



thankfully, i went back to aaron brothers and the cashier helped me find a 50% off coupon on my phone to get the candle at a huge discount – yay!


i also gave her a couple of my copper & leather tassel necklaces and the sweetest oregon scarf i found at our thrift store (she lives in oregon).


i wrapped it all up in the scarf and it was done… just a few weeks late.  also known as: right on time!