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Book Swim Winner

The interweb gods have spoken:

And the winner is Ellen, miss #25!!!  Congratulations Ellen!  You won a 3 month subscription to book swim.  I’ll email you to set it up.

For everyone else who wants to read on the cheap, check out book swims plans Here.

or, mull it over for awhile:

Archive II by architect David Garcia

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Reading Rainbow (and a Give Away)

Don’t you just love give away days?  I j’adore them because it makes me look benevolent and kind and awesome and all that junk.  Well, today is no exception, I’m going to be looking pretty rad when I bestow one lucky commentor a three month subscription to Book Swim.  Pray tell, what is book swim?

I’m so glad you asked.  Book Swim is the cure for my shrinking bank account and my increasing amount of laziness (look, I’m cooking an entire human here, it’s work).  Book Swim absolves me of all my television watching guilt.  In a word:  Book Swim is awesome.

Book Swim is the Netflix for Books.

Yes, the netflix.  For books.  It’s about time, right?

While titles from design heavyweights like Wearstler and Adler are noticeably absent from the Book Swim selection, I did manage to find the above.  (Can you guess which ones are in my queue?)  For the most part, I’m pretty impressed with their selection, about 80% of the titles I searched for were found in their database, including obscure reference books and random collections of short essays.  All and all I’d consider the selection pretty good considering that there must be, like, a gazillion trillion books in the world.

Want to try it out?  Of course you do.  Leave a comment on this post between now and Thursday, 7/1 at 6:00 pm Central time.  The winner will receive a free 3 month subscription to la Swim.  Check back on Friday when I announce the lucky duck.

If you can’t wait that long to get your read on, go sign yo self up HERE.

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Good News & Bad News

Good Tuesday All! I’ve got exciting news: Poketo give away winners are listed below; and lame news: computer problems big time. See, I was actually trying to be a proactive blogger by installing a wordpress update, somehow amidst all the fancy code my computer and my server stopped talking to each other and now I can’t get any work done in blogland or otherwise. Whant whant whant. So, my mac is in the shop and I’m relegated to shamefully using my husband’s yucky PC, which has (gasp!!!!) NO BOOKMARKED PICTURES OF PRETTY HOUSES. It sucks to say the least and now you dudes have to pay the price by reading this short post.

HOWEVER!!!!! These 3 people should be mighty excited:
#31 Anita
#8 Connie
#17 Alma

I know that a couple of these winners are frequent commenters but I want everyone to know that these were the true random number generator results and I actually thought long and hard about spinning the wheel again lest you dudes would think there was funny business going on. I decided that I best not tempt fate and that hopefully you trust a gal who’s been bringing you daily love for 2 years now. Right?

For those of you the random number generator didn’t pick, you can still grab a recycled tote at Poketo here.

And just because I love you all dearly, here’s a picture of my new fantasy wallpaper. I’ve been dreaming of this ever since Nelya posted it at head over heels last week:

stay tuned for a guest post tomorrow…and praise the lord you don’t have to sit through another miserable day of me using Matt’s computer. All should be well by Thursday where I maybe maybe will show you some pics of my backyard remodel.

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Poketo Give Away!

Praise halleluia everyone, it’s a give away day! Today 3, yes THREE lucky winners are totes going to win a tote from everyone’s favorite accessory shop, Poketo. You know, Poketo, the adorable company we recommended in gift guides here and here. The ones that make these adorable goodies:

note, none of these are included in the give away, you’ll have to scroll down for that, but you can buy the yummy items above by following these links:

crayon rings $12
Secret Tees, pack of 4 $60
Tools of Antiquity Journal $40
Blackbird Fly Twin Lens Reflex Camera $140
Irana Douer Print $48

Last week, Poketo launched a new line of recycled handbags including:

These awesome recycled bubble bags (made from used and donated clothing)

tote bags made out of (wait for it) recycled suits

and finally, the ones we’re GIVING AWAY:

These colorful recycled street banner bags are my personal fave and I’m totally jealous of the 3 (three!!!!!!) lucky winners that get to take one home.

Here’s the deal: you want one? Just leave a comment in the comments section. Comments section is closed next monday, May 3, at 5:00 pm CST at which time la random number generator will pick 3 winners. I’ll announce it on the blog Tuesday and 3 of you will get to do your grocery shopping with a nice earth-saving smug grin plastered across your mug. Got it? Now go, comment.

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A Giveaway to Dine For

As Erin mentioned yesterday, next week we will be posting our world famous holiday gift guide.  Yep, 5 full days of non-stop recommended shopping action.  It’s going to be massive.  In preparation for our extravaganza, I suggest you take note of the two shopping rules I live by:  1.  Never shop on an empty stomach and 2.  Always get something for yourself.

In preparation for the e-commerce bloodbath, The Inglenook Decor is making sure you can check rules one and two off your to-do list.  The lovely ladies that run Inglenook contacted Erin and I offering up holiday plates for your dining, self keeping and overall holiday pleasure.

You dudes know the drill:  swoon, comment, and maybe maybe win.  La random number generator will pick a winner next monday and I’ll contact you via email on Tuesday.

The winner gets his or her choice of either of these two lovely holiday plate sets:

Option 1:  Haute Holiday Dessert Plates, set of four* plates in a lovely gift box

*sorry, I had originally posted that there were nine plates but I was mistaken… the plates are 9″ wide and come in a set of 4 :)

Option 2: Four Calling Bird Dessert Plates with 24 karat GOLD!!!!!!  Have I reminded you lately how I love gold?  Le sigh!  These babies come in a set of four.

If you just can’t wait until we post our guide next week to get your holiday shop on, perhaps you could cross a few names off your list with any of these gems from the Inglenook (note, these items are NOT part of the give away, I just feel like showing them to you.  So there)

Clockwise from top:

Gold Leaf Metal Birds Nest With Silver Spoon, $26.00

Amelie Luster Glasses, Set of 6, $36.50

Brown Shanghai Links Needlepoint Pillow, $53.50

Avocado Bamboo Pillow, $77.50

Ok everyone, start your engines… Pick a plate set and leave a comment and hopefully all your holiday wishes will come true.

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