Saturday, May 17, 2008

Gone to the Beach and Giveaways!

It's beach time once again! Last year we went here and had a great time, so we're going back to the same place to soak up some rays and have some relaxation in the white sugary sands of Florida. The chocolate chip cookies are baked and ready to go....gotta have some good snacks.
These books are going with me...they should keep me busy for a few days.

This is what we'll see every a.m. when we rise and look outside. Can't wait for an early a.m. walk.
Signs from Cottage & Bungalow.com
And this is exactly what I'm going to do every day next week.....Seas the Day, I love it!

Vintage set of prints are up for the giveaway...and all the things below.

So, while I'm gone, we are signing up for a BIG giveaway and when I return, I'll randomly draw 5 names to win some prizes. I'm cleaning out my stash closet, so take a look and see if you see something you like and sign up on this post. There will be 5 winners and I'll draw randomly. Winner #1 will get to choose 3 things and the other 4 will get to choose 2 items each, in the order that I draw the names. Get ready to win! I think there is something for everyone's taste here.

This is a great time for all of you lurkers to come out and play! I'll be back in one week and will announce the winner on Monday, the 26th! Be sure and send all your friends over too. If you don't have a blog, please leave me your email address in the comments so I can get in touch with you.
Ethan Allen Style BookNew Set of stamps for you crafty paper girls Faux stacking books with drawers
3 Iron finials
Blue edged linen doily
Blue & white small plate
Blue & white birdhouse
Set of 12 black paper chandelier shades
Wine box
Set of 2 small gold framed mirrors, from Bombay Co.
Gold & creme planter
Silver heart jewelry tray

Have a great week. I'll miss you all, but will find plenty to keep me busy at the beach. I'm taking a much needed break from blogging and will come back refreshed and ready to go with some new inspiration!

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Anonymous said...

Rhoda, Enjoy your time at the beach! Don't forget to pack the sunscreen. Mary

Dana said...

Have a great get-away! Looks like you have some nice items to "share"---I've got my eye on a couple of them!

Songbirdtiff said...

Oh, I'm so jealous you are going to the beach! Enjoy your mornings in the sand. :)

Tiff

Carole said...

Rhoda,I look forward to reading your blog.It is the first one I read each day.Love the way you decorate,you've given me some great ideas! Count me in on your giveaway.

KittyScraps said...

Hello, I'm a lurker lured out of hiding by your generous giveaway, lol
I have enjoyed reading your blog over the last few months! I love your decorating style and hope I have a chance at being chosen for some of your stash goodies.
Enjoy your beach vacation, I'm so jealous!

Marie said...

This is no simple giveaway...it's plundering through a treasure chest!!! WOW!

Have a wonderful time at the beach! I'm envious!

pammiejo said...

There are several items that catch my eye. I envy your trip to the beach - I would love a good mystery book, the sound of the waves, and something to sip on!! Have a good time.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Oh Rhoda,
Sand between your toes! Sounds devine.
Ciao- I'll be in Italy!

Michelle said...

Rhoda ~ Have a fabulous time at the beach...hope each and every day is a special one for you!

Blessings~
Michelle

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Have fun at the beach. The giveaway sounds wonderful.

Jennifer said...

Rhoda -
I love to read about your yard sale finds each weekend. Even though I cannot get to as many sales as I would like with little ones, I always know I can get my yard sale excitement from your blog. Thanks and have fun at the beach!

TinaTx said...

You made some great yardsale finds! I really need to get caught up around here so I can get out and do some yardsaling! Just not enough hours in a day.
Hope you are having a wonderful time on your vacation - sitting on the beach (in the shade, of course) and reading the day away sounds just wonderful!
Look forward to reading all about it when you return.

OKGardners said...

Have a great time at the beach. That sand and water is beautiful! Looks like the perfect place to relax.

I would be honored to be the recipient of any of your Giveaways.

I'll be anxious for you to get back and start writing your blog and sharing your pictures.

Betty in Oklahoma

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Have a wonderful time at the beach...sun, sand, and reading....oh yeah.....

:-) Rosie

Bebe said...

Hi Rhoda ~

What great fun you are going to have at the beach ~ the sand, the surf, the sun!! Can't wait for you to get back and tell us about your adventures.

I'd be delighted to win any of your giveaways ~ so many goodies from which to choose!

Beachy Bliss to you,
Bebe :)

Kate said...

Ooooh, the beach...have fun! :) Great giveaway....relax and recharge!!

Anonymous said...

Rhoda,
I have been reading your blog for several months now and I look forward to it daily. Great blogs such as yours helped to inspire me to start my own, so thank you for that!
I am really new to the blogging world and don't know much about the giveaways, but your gifts are beautiful.
Have a wonderful time at the beach.

Yaya
ASouthernSunset.blogspot.com

Legacies For You said...

Hope your days are sun filled and blissful. Your "give aways" are definitely treasure chest finds! Your announcement of a Florida escape reminds of the lovely time my husband and I had in St. Augustine, even in February!, as we began preparations for our son's upcoming fall wedding. Relax and enjoy!

Mim said...

Rhoda,
A comment on your teak furniture steal... I have an idential set as well as a bigger set wtih 8 chairs.
However having lived in Singapore where we purchased all of our teak, the experts there advise no poly, but instead oil yearly or more, with teak oil.
I brought teak oil back with me to the US to use; however I have sourced it on line and it can be found.
Once or if you use poly it changes the nature of the teak and I have found better to use the teak oil to refurbish. The power washing does work well for cleaning it before applying.
I hope you enjoy the teak set but it is labour intensive to keep the color nice. But you lucked out on a great bargain.
Enjoy the sun and sand.
Mim

Lynn said...

Dear Rhoda,

What a perfect time of the year to "Beach It." Enjoy it my dear. I wish I were there. We are in Spring here in North Pole, Alaska. Beautiful, sunny days. 55-65 degrees during the day.

I see a few things I'd love. You have made me want to re-do a few rooms (It just gets really tight on a missionary budget.) The Lord knows what I need. He also knows my wants and desires. So, dear Rhoda, count me in on the giveaways.

Love,
Lynn
John 15

Elaine said...

We'll miss you while you're at the beach! The view is unbeatable. ENJOY every moment and seas the day - just like the sign says!

Anonymous said...

Rhoda, I l read your blog daily - can't wait to see what you are up to next. Have fun at the beach.
Donna

Faye said...

I stumbled across your lovely Blog and love your style and all the unique things you find.
Have fun at the Beach :)

Anonymous said...

I'm one of the lurkers, put me in your give away. I hope you have a nice time at the beach.

Elizabeth in Alabama

PAT said...

Have a great time Rhoda! We're ready for a little "getaway", too! Even if it's just a couple days at the lake.

Looking forward to photos, upon your return!

Pat

martha said...

That sand looks so very soft. What a lovely vacation spot!

Please count me in on your giveaway.

cheri said...

Found your blog a few months ago as we prepared to move from the Northwoods of Wisconsin to the southern hills of Tennessee. And our son will be working in Birmingham this summer, we hope to come visit him in a few weeks!

Love your decorating ideas and love that you love the Lord!

Have a great vacation.

Beverly said...

Have a wonderful time. We'll be here waiting to see your great pictures.

Anonymous said...

please put my name in for the giveaways
i enjoy your blog thank you

jshirley9 said...

Have a great time at the beach...I have spent today planning a trip for our daughter's first trip to Disney World.
Just the thought of vacation has me in a good mood!
I would love to be put in the drawing for the giveaways...you give us great ideas and goodies...Wow!
Charlene

MotherHen said...

Enjoy your break and have a wonderful vacation!!! Can't wait till you get back. Drop my name in the giveaway hat, please.

Gretchen
http://www.xanga.com/MotherHen1966

Anonymous said...

Hi Rhoda,

Have a great time...WOW what a giveaway...pls. count me in.

Thanks much,
Kathy :)
jokaj@comcast.net

Sue said...

Rhoda,
Hope you have a fun relaxing time at the beach. One of these days I hope to get to the Seaside area too.
Sign me up for the give away, I've already got my eye on three things that I love.
Travel safe.
Hugs,
Sue

Jen r. said...

OOOhhhh,, sign me up! I hope you have a great time! It looks relaxing! Jen R

Judy said...

Girl, I NEED those black chandelier shades so here's hoping I win!!!

Have a wonderful time at the beach. I'm going back in June to my friend's place for 4-5 days...can't wait.

Judy

PamperingBeki said...

Have fun at the beach!

That's a heck of a great giveaway!

~Beki

Bonita said...

I hope you have a peaceful week doing what you love to do. The beach pictures look so inviting!

June said...

Have a great time at the beach! Please include my name in your give away, I love all your prizes.
June

sheila said...

have fun :) I know you'll have lots of great photos when you get back...with lots of great finds!

Sign me up for the drawing, please :)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! And wow, some really cool giveaways! Hope you have a fun, relaxing time at the beach!

TXRosebud
(vlgos@yahoo.com)

I hope I win!!

Dawn said...

The beach looks fabulous...I would LOVE to enter your giveaway...I see a few things I would LOVE...

Rhondi said...

I hope you have a wonderful time Rhoda. Make sure you use your sunblock!
Wow you sure are giving a lot of things away. What fun. I've picked out a couple just in case Iwin.
Enjoy yourself
Hugs, Rhondi

Charm & Grace said...

Hello from a fellow Magic City dweller. I found you by way of Tales from Pixie Wood, where I noticed your comment about the weather in AL. How funny that one can be in the same city as another blogger as talented as you are and not even know it! I am glad I found you, and I'm glad to have a chance to catch up on your older posts while you enjoy your beach trip.

Blessings,
Christi from Charm & Grace

deb said...

Okay i can tell you are at the panhandle of Fla for sure...that sugar sand gives it away every time...hope it is a relaxing week and you come back ready to draw my name..I LOVE your blog..one of the first sites i visit daily!
dortt@bellsouth.net

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

RELAX!!! And enjoy that beach for me!!!

What a great giveaway!

Blessings
steph.

Sandi McBride said...

Hope you take advantage of every spare second while at the beach...don't forget sunscreen! See you when you get back!
Sandi

Tonja said...

Have a wonderful time at the beach! Wish I could tag along! Find some pretty shells for your collection!

Fabulous Finds Studio said...

All of these things would look wonderful in my home (especially the blue/white plate, which I collect!). I could definitely put those rubber stamps to good use, too.

I hope you have a fabulous time!
Julie

AnnieH said...

Hey Rhoda,
Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing vacation! I'll be there in June, and I am sooo looking forward to it! Looks like you have some great items for the giveaway. Count me in!

AnnieH
(ahawkins@mchsi.com)

Donna said...

Have a wonderful time!! I see several "sweet things" I could use.
I know you will have lotz to share with us when you get back!!
I went to a couple of yard sales Saturday, didn't fair as good as you did - but check out my blog to see what a friend did to my patio for my birthday!! I am soooo excited!!

Donna Kay said...

Sorry - that's me up there - went in under a different account.
Bless....
Donna Kay

Kari & Kijsa said...

Enjoy your time off!! What a fabulous giveaway!! Sign us up!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Jen said...

What great giveaway items! Count me in.

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOL ohhh Rhoda...you have the best things...I do wish I was at the beach with you though.
What fun to be able to choose what you want...(())

parTea lady said...

Sounds like a great beach vacation. I love the FL gulf beaches. I have stayed at Santa Rosa beach that is close to where you are, although we were chased out by mandatory evacuation during hurricane Ivan. We thought it was a gorgeous place.

Thank you for entering me in the giveaway. Have fun!

Rhonda in OK said...

hope you have a wonderful time at the beach.
your giveaway is great!

Carrie said...

Have a great time during your beach getaway.

Karla said...

I'm jealous, but hope you have a great time!

Berry Family said...

Rhoda,

I'm back! We were out of town for the week and returned this afternoon. I couldn't wait to see what I missed on your blog. Looks like your at the beach. Have fun!

Brandee :)

Lizzy-Beth said...

Hi Rhoda - Lurker out of hiding here...Hope you're having a wonderful vacation. have loved reading your blog. thanks. elizabeth

Suzanne said...

Love that place on South Walton Beach. I've bookmarked for further reference...and perhaps a stay. My father was raised in the Florida panhandle. I love those beaches on the gulf side. They're like white sugar.

- Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

Sweet Surcees said...

Nothing like some prizes to motivate me out of lurking! I love your blog - I've "borrowed" a few of your decorating ideas for my house! Have fun at the beach!

deanna said...

Have a fun and relaxing time at the beach. Thanks for all the inspiration you give on your blog. I really enjoy reading it!
DeAnna :)

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Love that "Seas the Day" quote... too cute. Have fun soaking up some sun, grab some for me to will ya?

Stephanie said...

We don't have as many fabulous yard sales in our area that you seem to find in yours. I am a little envious and live through you & your great finds.
Have a great time on vacation!!!

Steph said...

You know you can count me in! Have fun at the beach! Saw some pics on Kat's blog, looks like fun so far!

Debbie said...

What a fun giveaway. please sign me up.
Also, I must comment on your amazing yard sale finds! I can't believe the prices. Everything here is made of gold. ha! Those were some good buys!
Debbie from homewithhospitality@yahoo.com

Mind Your Manors said...

I always enjoy your writings, pictures and ideas so much!!! You are truly a talented woman! We tell many of our friends to visit your blog, and they too see your passion through all you do. Keep it up!
Amy

MimiG said...

Of course I want to be entered in one of your give-aways!!!
Have fun at the beach!
MimiG

Letty said...

Hi Rhoda! I'm new to the blogging world...don't have one, but I LOVE reading yours! Have a very blessed time at the beach :-D

Meri Handley said...

New to your blog and love it. Hope you get lots of sand between your toes!

Kimba said...

Count me in for your giveaway! That's some fantastic stuff!

Have a great time at the beach.

Kim

Mandie said...

EWWWWWW, what a great giveaway!!! Please sign me up. Hope you have a great time at the beach!

Picket said...

Oh lucky you girl...Go on and have a great time at the beach..I bet you won't even miss us! lol Take care and make plenty of memories!!!

Cena @ Unexpected Necessities said...

When you have a chance, stop by my blog and look at the shade that I put on the milkglass lamp. It's not a clip on, but it fits over the "stem" of the lamp. I found it at Wal-Mart for $5.00 + I added some pom pom fringe.

Have a great vaca!

daisy cottage said...

Hope you are having lots of fun in the sun chica - thinking of you and sending you big hugs!!!

xo,
Kim

Rosemary said...

Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach Rhoda!!
Enjoy,
Rosemary

Mrs. Jones said...

Count me in, por favor. :-)

Anonymous said...

Please include me!
mduke62@yahoo.com

Holly said...

Have a great time!

Deborah said...

Go - seas the day and have a wonderful time!

I see several things I would love to win! Don't forget to put my name in the pot!

xoxoxo,
Deborah

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Hey, I'm on vacation too. . . in San Antonio, TX. Having fun as well. What a great city this is!! The San Antonio Spurs won tonight so the city is all out celebrating. . . honking horns, yelling out of car windows, waving signs, etc.

Have fun, keep on the sunblock and come back refreshed.

Blessings,

Sher

Nancy said...

Rhoda, I really enjoy your blog!! It's the first one I look at!!! Hope you have a restfull vacation. I see a few things on your give away that I could use, so put my name in.....Nancy

KJ said...

Ooo, I hope I just squeezed in! This sounds like FUN! Please include me.

And, check out my blog. I am having a Giveaway, too!

I am fighting jealousy over that idyllic beach scene. "Seize the Day," is one of my favorite sayings! How appropriate to say "Seas the Day!"

Tootles, Kj

Michelle said...

Surf*Sun*Sand....what fun!!!
Hi Rhonda,
I enjoy reading your blog. Your one of my "daily dose" in the mornings. Thanks for sharing all your decorating ideas.
Michelle in Tx.


ovrwkdmom3@yahoo.com

Vickie said...

I love your blog and relish in the decor! Add me to your wonderful giveaway list! Have a blessed time at the beach!!!
Blessings,
Vickie@PursuingSimplicity

Mrs. B said...

Oh, I'm so jealous! Your trip sounds wonderful and it look so pretty there!

Have a great time and please enter me in the drawing!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Have fun in the sun - and I would love to win.
ai2007fan@yahoo.com

Amy said...

Hi Rhoda!

Enjoy the sun!

Would love to be entered in the contest!

Darcy said...

Wow, what a great giveaway, count me in!

Isn't the beach just the best place to be? I think so....

:)
darcybrynn@yahoo.com

Beaufort Belle said...

LOVE the banner!! And where can I find one of those "Seas the Day" signs? I love it! As always your blog is a delight to peruse. Have a great trip to the beach!

Jennifer

Swampgirl said...

I have "Beach Fever" - and your pictures just kicked it up to the next level! Please enter me in your giveaway :)!!!

Susie Q said...

Look at all your comments!!

Have a blast at the beach sweetie...I just saw your pictures at Kat's and wow. Two more beautiful bloggers there just could not be! I know you are having such a good time. Relax and refresh and enjoy!!

Love,
Sue

Betty Jo said...

Rhoda please have a wonderful time at the beach. Looking forward to hearing and seeing photos of your trip. Sign me up for your giveaway. I'm having one at my blog too until May 31, so pop in and sign up if you would like. xoxo

Bunny B said...

Have a great time at the beach, Rhoda!! :) Wheeee...!!

bunnybox9 at gmail dot com

The Tomball Three said...

We'll miss you!!!!

SammiCat said...

Beautiful pictures! Makes me warm just looking. We are freezing here in Montana~~rain & 42 degrees right now. I am so jealous! Enjoy your time on the beach.
I am one of those lurkers you mentioned. I have enjoyed your blog for months now, you really have an eye for beauty & I love your yard sale finds.

Donna Lynn said...

Hi Rhoda,
Well girlfriend it looks like the lurkers have come out of the woodwork for your blog give away! :)
Hope you have a wonderful time at the beach with your darling hubby, the water looks so blue and inviting, reminds me of the years we lived in Hawaii!
Bless you this week,
Donna Lynn

misskp said...

Have the best time at the beach! Love the reading pile...enjoy!

Donna said...

Have a wonderful time at the beach, Rhonda! ~ it's my most favorite place to go.
Please enter me in your giveaway!
Hugs,
Donna

pagefamily said...

Hope your vacation is wonderful!!! Thanks for being so generous with your giveaway. You are very kind to think of others.

Beth said...

I just happened to click on you from Boomama's blogroll, and would LOVE to be included in your faboo giveaway!

I have to be honest, though... I am SOOOOO jealous that you are in Florida! Lucky girl!

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Have a great time at the beach, Rhoda! And enjoy your blogging break!

xoxox

Toni from NC said...

Count me in -- and great blog!

Mary Isabella said...

Wishing you loads of fun and lots of rest...Mary

Janet said...

Hi Rhoda,

The beach looks lovely! Hope you enjoy your well-deserved break...

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Rhoda, just dropping by to say Hi, hope you are relaxing and soaking up the rays.
Hugs, DebraK

Sonya said...

I love that blue and white plate! Count me in!

Hope you have fun at the beach! Seeing your pictures makes me want to go to the beach!

Reynie said...

Enter me please! Love that book!

Hooked on Houses said...

Wish I could join you on the beach! That looks wonderful! Hope you have a wonderful vacay. Enjoy it. -Julia :-)

rachael5297 said...

Seaside is the most wondrous beach I've ever been to. We love the cute cottages there and the little market is just fun to walk around in. Hope you have a great week! ;o)

my wonderful men... said...

Glad I found your blog.

Beach looks like such a relaxing time.
Amy

Anonymous said...

Rhoda,Please enter me in your giveaway. I've been you reading your blog for about one year now.I love your decorating ideas and the great bargains you find!Hope you're having a great vacation.
Sophia- swwbutterfly@aol.com

c.elliott said...

Oooh, I know what I want!! Pick me, Pick me!! Hope you have a grand time at the beach!!

Janera said...

Have a great time! And please do consider me entered in your giveaway.

Stephanie said...

Hope you are having a wonderful relaxing time at the beach! Thanks so much for offering some great goodies, too!

Please stop by my Friday Flea Market if you get a chance!

Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Elaine said...

Oh my goodness....it's like a second Christmas around here :)

You have such a lovely blog and I've been enjoying your posts very much. I always look forward to being inspired when I visit!

Thank you for including me in your wonderful giveaway.
Elaine

Theresa N. said...

Have a great vacation, there's no place better than the beach to relax. Your giveaway prizes are wonderful!!
Theresa N
weceno@yahoo.com

Midwest Nest said...

Hope you are having a great vacation. The giveaway sounds great!

Cre8Tiva said...

rhoda...have a great time here in florida...i have missed so much while i was distracted...hugs and blessings, rebecca

Pam said...

I just got back from Destin, hope you had a roaring good time. I would love the Style book

Jenni B said...

Rhoda, how fun! I'm glad I found your blog. It's great. Your beach pictures look fabulous! I would definitely like to enter to win some of your fun items. Those lamp shades would be PERFECT for my kitchen chandelier. I've been looking for some!

Anonymous said...

gREAT FIND ON THE TEAK BUT YOU WILL SOON FIND IT IS VERY HARD TO TAKE CARE OF, I HAVE HAD IN THE PAST BUT NO LONGER

Tasha said...

I love your blog.....Thank you for entering me in your giveaway.....I could really use those chandelier shades ...hope you have a great time at the beach.

Tasha
new4younow@hotmail.com

Julie said...

I hope you have a wonderful restful vacation!

Ribbon Rock Star said...

I wanna win!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope you enjoy the beach. We were there last week.

Linda

M.E. said...

Oh, I so love a giveaway! What fun one, too! Those finials are awesome!
Love checking out your blog!

Brown-Eyes said...

Hi Rhoda...Hope your vacation is as good as your Coconut Cake...LOL.
I just made it yesterday for my DH's 71st birthday this weekend...it will take the two of us all wk-end to eat it, but we both LOVE it...Thanks for sharing!
Brown-Eyes

Brown-Eyes said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my email addy for you...it is :
bon-jo@charter.net
Haha...another Senior Moment

joan said...

Hi Rhoda,

I hope you had a wonderful vacation and are all rested and tan.

KJ said...

Woo woo! I'M EXCITED TO HAVE WON!!!

Just let me know when it's my turn to pick. I can't even look at anything until I know what's left. No doubt, I will pick things that someone already has dibbys on. Just let me know, Rhoda. And, THANK-YOU!

KJ