Let’s Celebrate!! {And A GIVEAWAY!!}

by Hope Sewell on July 17, 2011

in blogging

Yay!!  I am just TICKLED PINK, GIDDY and PUMPED today!!  I started Seasons With The Sewells in January of 2011 really to just have an outlet for some creative writing.  I really thought I’d just blog about my children and life in general but it has really morphed into something that I never envisioned….until I got started that is!

I LOVE sharing with you the seasons of our lives.  I am a minimalist.  I like to keep things SIMPLE.  And simplicity touches every area of my life.  I have one small make-up bag that contains 2 colors of eye shadow, and 2 colors of blush aside from my foundation, 1 eye liner and 1 mascara, that’s IT!  When I’m cooking or crafting, the less the steps and ingredients/supplies the better.  For me, LESS really is MORE!!  It just helps to keep me sane with a husband and 3 children in this house!!

I don’t know the exact time or post that made me want to go to the next “blog level”….where I’m not just documenting our daily lives but also getting YOUR creative juices flowing.  I want to show you ideas for simplifying your own life.  Everything you have seen on this blog thus far truly comes from our everyday life.  I don’t craft nor do I cook for the sake of blogging about it.  You will see my children helping me with LOTS of these dishes and projects because that’s the season I am in now.  Plus, they LOVE to help mom in the kitchen or at the craft table.  Well, they LOVE to help until it’s time to clean up.  I made Ruthie (7) and Tobin (6) wash dishes recently.  Dishes were piled up and it was mostly their plastic bowls and cups….I’d had enough so I gave the job to them.  They got set up at the sink and were discussing who will do what, rinse or wash.  I overheard the conversation and heard Ruthie say, “Well, we’d better hurry up and get busy ’cause you know Mama will make us sit here all night until we get this done!!”  I had a good hearty laugh (that I kept to myself)!!!  I enjoy getting to observe them so closely in these short early years.  They make my heart smile.

So, why am I celebrating today??  It’s going to sound so silly to you….I know it is!!  But my chalkboard place mats were FEATURED on Yesterday on Tuesday’s  crafty soiree link party!!!!  I noticed a lot of buzz on my little tiny blog last week.  I checked it out and stumbled upon Yesterday on Tuesday and saw MY KITCHEN at the top of the page!!!!  I nearly jumped out of my skin.  I really am amazed that anybody reads anything I post…much less LIKES it!!!  Not only was I featured on Yesterday on Tuesday, but some sweet soul actually pinned that pic on Pinterest!!  I’ve been pinned!!  I feel the need to say, “They like me!  They really like me!!”  It just does my heart good to feel some love ya know!!

Are you wondering….when is she ever going to get the the giveaway part??  Well, here it us.  Just because I am so excited over this “success” I want to give you something to create some crafty magic as well!!  Some of my FAVORITE things!!

Chalkboard Contact paper

AND!!  Chalk Markers!!!

This giveaway is now closed

Here is how you enter:  Leave a comment here on this page telling me what your favorite craft or recipe is from Seasons With The Sewells.  OR you can also just say hi!!  😉

Extra Entries:

  1. Follow me using the Google FriendsConnect.  You’ll see a “join this site” button on the left hand side of the page.  Come back here and leave me a separate comment letting me know you are a Google Friend Follower. If you are already a Google Friend of mine just let me know that and that counts as an extra entry as well.
  2. Subscribe to Seasons With The Sewells by email.  Comeback here and leave a comment letting me know that you have become an email subscriber.  If you already are and email subscriber, leave me a comment that says so.
  3. Subscribe to the Seasons With The Sewells RSS feed.  Come back here and let me know that you have done so.  If you are already a subscriber leave me a comment that says so.
  4. Getting the word out.  Post on Twitter or Facebook about this giveaway and comeback here letting me know you are spreading the fun around!!  A sample post: Head over to Hope Sewell’s to win some free craft goodies!! Enter here http://bit.ly/oKUlvh

You will have until midnight Monday, July 25, 2011 to enter.  The winner will be chosen by a random drawing and will be notified via email.  The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.  If they do not reply within that allotted time, a new winner will be chosen.  This fun package will be mailed to the winner’s address within the U.S. only.  This give away is sponsored by me and only me.  😉  Good luck to ya!






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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

monica July 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

Yay Hope! How awesome…I am on a quest for simplicity in our home…clutter just messes me up. The battle rages:) I need your help!


Dee July 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I love these!!! I would love to win!!!! I follow you
I also posted on my FB page.


Hope Sewell July 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Yay you just got 3 entries.


Leigh Riley July 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I love your blog! I love how you involve your kids with everything you do and I can’t wait to try the rice coloring with my Kindergarteners this year at school!


Hope Sewell July 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I STILL remember the “rice center” in my kindergarten class!! LOVED it!! Thanks for stopping by!


Leigh Riley July 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I follow you on Facebook and posted you on my wall too! :)


April Simmons July 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hey Hope! What a great idea!! I get so excited to see you have a new blog on Facebook and I am always amazed at what all you come up with and how you wisely spend your time! I am a follower now, and look forward to more posts!


Jamie Perry July 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hey friend, I’m a Friend Follower and subscribe using Google Reader. I’m not creative at all but love your ideas on keeping it simple and your yummy recipes :)


Jamie Perry July 19, 2011 at 10:29 am

I posted you on FB too!


Kristina July 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I am so glad you invited me to join!


Kristina July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I follow you on GFC!


Carolyn | homework July 19, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog and inviting me over. I saw your placemats on Yesterday on Tuesday – so I’m going with those as my favorite craft. 2nd favorite – your Mother’s Day cans. Thanks for the chance to win a fun prize.


Melanie July 20, 2011 at 10:07 am

I really like the way that you added labels to your fridge! My hubby definitely needs some of those!

And I can totally relate to you about being a beginner blogger, as well. It is fun, purposeful, and addictive! Thanks for the chance to win these great items. We are also have our first giveaway on our site- low entry so great chance of winning- feel free to enter! http://bearrabbitbear.wordpress.com/2011/07/16/our-first-give-away/

Thanks so much!


Melanie @ bearrabbitbear July 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Following on Google Friend Connect!


Melanie @ bearrabbitbear July 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Subscribed to the blog, as well!



Jay July 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for the chance to win a neat giveaway!


Taylor July 20, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Hi this is taylor from the Hannah Handmade team. I was just dropping by to say I love your stuff! It is super cute!!!! I’m your newest follower. Come follow me back? :)



Hope Sewell July 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Many thanks!! I’m your newest follower as well!! Really diggin’ the painted espresso cups!! BEAUTIFUL!


Terry July 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment on my blog! Just read about your daughter and her surgery…I sure hope this isn’t anything serious – I’ll have to check out more of your blog to find out what’s going on…fantastic giveaway and you have a wonderful blog…Where in the world do you find chalkboard contact paper? I’d love to win this, got a super and most likely exhausting decluttering project that I could put this to use…take care-sending warm wishes to you and your family!


jamie July 21, 2011 at 7:17 am

I usually don’t enter giveaways because I hate “stuff”… but this is a really good one!!! ;o)


Leigh Ann Phillips July 21, 2011 at 9:20 am

I like the colored rice! I’m definitely going to use that in some way. I follow you and I posted on Facebook.


Michelle July 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

The strawberry lemonade chillers sound delicious!


Michelle July 21, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I’m a follower!


Michelle July 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Your strawberry lemonade chillers sound delicious!


Cassie July 21, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I thought the chalkboard markers looked fun!


Kayla July 21, 2011 at 11:19 pm

My favorite craft is the sponge balls


Kayla July 21, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I follow you via gfc


Kayla July 21, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I subscribed to your email


Kayla July 21, 2011 at 11:23 pm

I subscribed to your RSS feed


Rebecca July 21, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I didn’t even KNOW there was chalkboard contact paper!! Now I am just dying to get my hands on some, thanks for sharing!


Hannah Handmade July 22, 2011 at 8:12 am

All I can say is woah! My little sis would LOVE that! Digging the blog! Also, I am a new member of the sight! Would could come check out my blog?

Also on FB!


Hope Sewell July 22, 2011 at 8:26 am

Thanks so much!!! Already a follower friend. 😉


Lisa Shirley July 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I love everything Hope cooks and everything crafty that Hope creates!!!!!


Jackie July 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

You’ll be happy to know I pinned you too, for your gorgeous 4th of July Strawberries! They would be great for lots of holidays and look so simple! I just found your site from Delightful Order and will be checking out your other recipes as soon as I hit “submit.” :)


Hope Sewell July 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm

oh how sweet!! Many thanks and WELCOME!!!


Jackie July 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I officially “follow” you too!


nikki July 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

ok Hope I have done all the above to enter this contest!Now I want those diapers;) LOL! Baby #4 would appreciate it:)


nikki July 25, 2011 at 2:53 pm

ok just realized it’s not the diapers your giving away.sorry!Misread! I still wanna play!:)


nikki July 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

just realized it’s not the diapers your giving away.sorry!Misread! I still wanna play!:)


Jackie Creel July 25, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I love reading your blogs. Wished I would have done something similar to that when Monette was growing up. I am a simple homemaker.


Lauren Justiss July 25, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Hey!! I love everything about your blog!! I too enjoy blogging about daily life and love doing hands on crafts with my 2 boys… I love the ideas you share… I used the baby shower wreath and made some chalkboard placemats this past weekend!! My William is lOving the placemat!! Thank you for opening yourself up and sharing life with us!!


Amy Pollard July 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Our family enjoyed making the Roy G Biv cupcakes and the teacher gifts. Thanks for the ideas! :o)



Rhonda Bridevaux July 25, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Hi! Love reading your blog! Hope y’all are doing well.


Elaine Harris July 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

I love your blog, and I L O V E love your diaper cake!!!! Keep up the good work, and we will all keep reading and doing!!!


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