Monday, January 10, 2011

SoCal New Year's Blogger's Bee GIVEAWAY

Goody Bags.

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In my previous post, I told you about the SoCal New Year's Blogger's Bee that I hosted the other week. It was so much fun, and as always some very talented, generous Etsians made the whole thing happen, with sellers donating lovely items for each guest's Goody Bag. Here is what was in their stash.

You probably saw the lovely bunting from A Fabulous Fete in my last post. Well Lauren designed some lovely little drawstring bags and inside was a little bunting strand for each blogger, along with some ADORABLE little cupcake flags. Aren't you just in love?!

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Mates & Rubbish also were bringing their A-game packaging. They contributed the cutest little wooden magnets, each one looked different, and I love the way they packaged them. One of the bloggers that came - Ashley - has lovely red hair, and coincidentally, her magnet featured a girl with red hair!

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Another store that had darling packaging was Kallia's Wonderland. She donated gorgeous silver ring pendants, and each pendant came in a cute matchbox. Everyone oohed and aahed over it.

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Each blogger also received a lovely set of soap and lip balm from Belle Terre. The soap smelled LOVELY, and the lip balm was perfect for the cold winter weather. Such a great little set. I love that they're all-natural. And another one of the goodies that the bloggers got was a darling rose hair clip from Coco Rose Couture. The colors were absolutely perfect - bright and fun to chase away any winter blues. And they were nice and light, so it didn't feel like your head was being weighed down like you get with some other hair accessories.

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Twirlie Whirlies provided each blogger with whimsical pinwheels in two different sizes. They looked so cute peeking out from each goody bag. And the three little children that were there were mesmerized by their colored spinning. They made such a lovely party favor.

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Greece-based photographer Steph Mel provided an assortment of stunning photography prints. I was excited to see the lovely still-life shots and imagining what they would look like framed when I got home. And then there were the beautiful textile brooches from Hey Miemie. They were so delicate and soft and well-crafted. Many of the girls immediately clipped theirs on that day. They seem like something you'd see in Anthropologie, but dare I say better? Yes, BETTER!

And what's a Goody Bag without something sweet? The amazing I Heart Tart provided delightful cake balls for each guest. They were truly delicious, and adorable to look at. They also mailed really well, and were the perfect sweet addition to the bags. In fact, I am craving some right now! And then for the boys, we had Zombie Pops. The perfect un-girly treat for the nice husbands who agreed to tag along with their wives. Starling Skies had such a great idea with these - I think they're hilarious. A fun, unexpected treat.
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Being a Blogger's social, everyone there likes to write, so I thought that the gorgeous photography note cards from Shannon Blue Photography were perfect! I love the style and imagery she uses. My favorite is this heart tape ribbon one. Isn't it perfect for a Valentine's Day card?

The last prizes were for the Door Prize, and the lucky winner was Tracy. She scored some fun retro-themed kitchen towels from Kitch Towels (don't you love the patterns on them?), a great store for kitchen linens, totes, all with that cute retro vibe. Along with that, she won a charming necklace from Le Petit Foyer, a beautiful store with a great range of lovely treasures.

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So as you can see we had some terrific sponsors this year! A big thanks to all our great contributors. And you'll be thanking them too because I have two spare Goody Bags to give away. For your chance to score one of these beauties, leave a comment here telling me how you spent your first day of 2011 (not New Year's Eve, but New Year's day). I will announce the winners next week.

(PS. The winners of the Holiday Gift Guide giveaway are Junebug, Oh My Darling, Cars on the Freeway, and Kelly J.R. The winner of the C.C. Creations Giveaway is Shealennon. You have two weeks to claim your prize.)

196 comments:

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

What a great giveaway! I spent New Year's Day with my friend in NYC- we slept in then had brunch. I then took the train back to Boston.

Jessica said...

Such cute stuff!! On New Years Day I went to my husbands parents and had Christmas with his extended family!

melsutton said...

i spent new year's day with the flu. bummer, but still watched the rose parade and had black eyed peas and cornbread!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I love the brooches from Hey Miemme! They are so pretty! I spent the first day of the year ice skating with my boyfriend & moving into my new condo! =) Count me in please!

Melanie's Randomness

Ashley said...

Hey Dionne! I have attempted entering the world of blogging:) It's rather intimidating, but I am enjoying it. I have always loved your blog but will be a better follower now!
What was I doing on New Years Day? Well driving most of it. We left New Years Eve in a snow storm here in Denver and drove like crazy people through the night. We arrived at my parents in California about noon, had a lovely nap and then had Christmas with my family. Dinner, presents and all!

Birgit said...

I spent New Years Day ... oddly enough ... sleeping in *lol* and had just a very low key lazy day, really.

danaan at gmx dot at

P.S.: I hope this giveaway is international *keeping fingers crossed*!!

Marta said...

We spent New Years Eve in a little town, with some friends who had invited us. On New Years Day, my husband, my son, our friends and I went to buy some cheese in a picturesque little town in the Pyrenees. It took us almost 2 hours to find the place but, hey, the cheese was good! :)

JuneBug said...

Awesome party, very great photos from it! Kind of wish I lived in SoCal (for SO many reasons!) But I couldn't live without snow :)

Thanks for "picking" me as a winner from the gift guide giveaway, I just emailed you my info and am so excited about it!

And for my entry on *this* post? New years' day was spent driving from Long Island to New Jersey and back again to spend time with my hubby's grandfather, and my girls' great-grand-poppy.

Lisa said...

Well, I spent the wee hours of New Years on the phone trying to keep my sister who was stranded in the airport for six hours awake. Then after getting some shut-eye, I awoke to breakfast made by my dear mom. Then my younger brother, mom, and I spent the day stocking up on groceries to make New Year Day's Dinner.
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va said...

I spent it at home and I went for a walk . spent time with my hubby at home .. not much

tumblemumbo at gmail.com
thanks / intl

Joanna said...

I spent New Year's Day at the dog park with my pups and then at home with my husband, a movie and some yummy food. No better way to begin day one than with the ones you love.

jmeyer814@yahoo.com

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

I went with my mom to watch The Tourist, one of my favorite moments when I go back home!
What a great goodie bag! LOVE!

Anne said...

My husband and I literally did nothing. We did not get out of our pj's until the morning of January 2. It was awesome.

Lillian Chang said...

Wow, what a fabulous goody bag! :)That blogger's meet-up must've been really fun :)

New Year's Day - well, I was in Taiwan, so after sleeping in until the afternoon, my friends and I all took our time getting ready, and we went out for delicious hotpot and singing karoake after! :)

alicia said...

My New Year's Day started bright and early when my 9 month old houseguest (and niece) woke up. After spending the morning playing with her I sadly had to take her (and her parents, of course!) to the airport to send them home to Chicago. Then I returned home and took a long, lazy nap.

agoodbuild said...

wow such great stuff!! I spent it by driving up to my In Laws and then siting in front of a nice fire, chatting and playing cards! It was nice and relaxing.

olivia said...

I just spent time with my family and relaxed. It was lovely. :)

BoutiqueKarma said...

I spent New Years day having a delicious brunch of omelettes stuffed crepes with the family. The rest of the day was blissfully quiet and relaxed.

blue eyed night owl said...

That's awesome!
I just found your blog and have been enjoying the pictures and cute things a lot.

New year's day was spent at a friends house, they hold this little gettogether each year. It's always fun with a bunch of people and lots of food;)

becky said...

I spent mine cleaning the house. Hopefully a good indicator of increasing organization for this year!

squirrelgonutz [at] yahoo [dot] com

Phoenix said...

Hah! My green pinwheel is already in a vintage green 7-Up bottle that sits on my kitchen window ledge, and my "Hooray" flag is hanging up over my mirror in my bedroom. Awesome stuff, Dionne! I loved all of it (and am still so grateful that I got to spend New Year's Day with you.)

Val said...

I had such a low key New Years!!! I'm loving every image in this post. I hope you have an amazing 2011 and can't wait to see what you do this year.

Jrsygurl4life said...

I'm loving this goody bag! The brooches look amazing.

New Years Eve is my mother's b-day. So, New Years day was spent at our home with my mother, husband, and my 4 month old daughter. We just enjoyed the day talking, watching TV, and playing with my daughter. Very low key.

Mary Lee said...

What a wonderful giveaway!

I spent New Year's Day with my two favorite men, my husband and my son...just enjoying each other's company and eating leftovers from our traditional New Years Eve feast!

maryleebythesea(at)gmail(dot)com

Abby said...

Saturday I spent time with my family! I think I also went shopping as well. This seems like such a wonderful giveaway, with lots of lovely things!

thedarkside.angel at gmail.com

Michelle said...

I spent my New Year's day at Knotts berry farm with my closest friends, and they even forced me onto some scary roller coasters that I was always too afraid to ride. The first four days of the New Year was already super fun since we also went to Disneyland the next day :) 2pmishere(at)gmail(dot)com

craftink said...

I waited my bf to come from the night out he had with his friends in order to sleep in each other's arms the first night of the year (I consider it bad luck not to do it and 5 years now we always spend the first night together). I woke up late, I had a lovely lunch with my family and bf with last night dinner's leftovers, then I took my 15 year old brother and 16 year old cousin for coffee. Then I returned home, had a nap and then have dinner with my uncle and aunt.

That was pretty much what I did the first day of the year!

Sophia.komninou at gmail.com

JennTRC said...

My boyfriend and I spent new years day playing with our pug puppy, watching a Dexter marathon and making breakfast for one another! It was great!

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

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Jess said...

Yes please! These goody bags are adorable! We of course spent New Years Day making some Hoppin' John for the in-laws (Black-Eyed-Peas & ham) and then had our friends over for dinner and played the Wii :)

TaylorMade said...

This new years was my first with my husband. It was so great to be together on this day. We spent NYE on a pallet of pillows and blankets watching a ton of movies and on NY day we enjoyed each others company and of course a great cup of Starbucks coffee.

It was simple but sweet, I enjoyed every bit!

Taylorgketchum@gmail.com

lisaroyhandbags said...

Those are amazing goody bags!
Me and my guy had cinnamon buns while we watched a marathon of Grey's Anatomy on PVR. Total couch potatoes! :)

Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful said...

Oh so much fun!
I pretty much slept all day. I didn't make it home until around 2 am, so part of my first day of 2011 was spent on the way home from a church service while the rest was spent sleeping and watching Doctor Who while I was awake!

-Many Smiles!

Anonymous said...

I spent the morning watching the Rose Pararde with my family and then I took a long nap.
sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

Krafty Krochet Kreations said...

Spent the day at the mall with girlfriends and saw a movie together. A great way to spend the New Year for me :)




kraftykrochetkreations@yahoo.com

L. Fields said...

I actually spend the day working, but it was pretty slow so we all had a pretty fun time.

lindsayfields at live dot com

Notes from Holly St. said...

sounds like the best goodie bag ever!! i especially love those brooches...so pretty!

Ashley said...

Hooray! I smile every time I'm at the fridge.

Caroline said...

How much fun!!! Love everything!!

ManaRose said...

I spent New Years Day doing nothing with my hubby....in our pjs all day relaxing at home : )

Nora said...

I spent the first day of 2011 with my fiance watching movies at home. :)

photojoy said...

Looks like it was the great success! Thank you for leaving the comment in my blog. Now as to answer to your question, I thought it'll be a good idea to introduce my recent post here. All right? Thanks:D
How did I spent my New Year's day?
My answer is : http://mummekkan.blogspot.com/2011/01/first-visit-to-shinto-shrine.html

Marija said...

My oh my. Gorgeous stuff! I spent the day lounging with my boy, baking cookies, and getting caught up on some movie watching. Nice and low key.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

I spent New Year's day working from 8am - 5pm. It was AWESOME lol. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!
Kristin15172004 AT yahoo DOT com

kelly ann said...

unfortunately, i was sick for new year's, but that wasn't a totally bad thing! i got to sleep in, stay in my pj's all day, cuddle up on the couch with blankets and family and football, drink coffee, and eat yummy food. it was a totally relaxing start to 2011. :)

Emily R. said...

What a fun giveaway!

I didn't do much. Just lounged around with the family. Watching movies.

HarajukuGirl92@gmail.com

The Lavender Daisy said...

I spent New Year's Day cooking and enjoying the day with family!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Gorgeous! Love the hot zombie pops!

Ruri said...

I spent New Year's Day sleeping and relaxing :)

ruricloth[at]yahoo[dot]com

Natalie Nicole said...

To explain New Years day, I have to explain the three days leading to it.
There's this guy who is a friend, and these feelings I've had for him are unlike any other I've ever experienced. It really might have been my first love.
Wednesday was the end of that, and my heart broke. I cried and felt such crazy despair that not even a James Stewart movie could alleviate it. Early New Years morning (Jan 1), I prayed to God for Him to comfort me. I fell asleep and could actually feel that he would. I awoke later that day, and my despair was gone.

mixdspice said...

I think we spent it with family...my memories so bad lol.

This is an amazing giveaway :)

perrijewell(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

spend the new year's day in a flight to get back to my darlin husband :)

Thanks !

niki

nitika.nagpal.1 at gmail dot com

saltcityspice said...

I spent New Year's Day driving home after a weeklong visit with family - it was great to see everyone, and even better sleeping in my own bed that night!

saltcityspice(at)gmail(dot)com

BEadECLECTIC said...

I spent New Years day working on my blog! I made a traditional NYE cake along with a couple other new recipes that I was excited to share. :)

bead.eclectic at gmail dot com

wizardewu said...

On New Year's Day I went to my health club and worked out on the treadmill and stretched. In the afternoon I went to a friend's open house and ate some good food.

eugeniewu at gmail dot com

TheBlissfullyBlessedWife said...

New Year's Day was spent sleeping in with my husband and going out to eat Chinese for our niece's birthday. :)

Megan said...

My husband and I went to the San Diego Zoo and enjoyed laughing at the warty pig who decided to bury himself in his pile of hay (lunch!) :) great way to start the new year haha!

stanech said...

I spent my New Years with three friends who flew in from out of town. We enjoyed one another's company, went to a Christian fellowship, and had late night In-N-Out to round out the day :)

stanech at gmail dot com

photojoy said...

I'm glad about the coincidence. Above all that's what many friends want to know about. So do I. This is one of the great points about your blog. You give us many chances to share ideas. Thanks!
It's my lunch time at home in Japan. Bye for now.

Apple Hu said...

What cute things! I went ice skating with my friends on Jan 1st... so much fun!

Candy said...

Ooh!! I'd love to win a goodie bag! :)
I spent the day indoors with my honey. The weather wasn't so great, so we stayed in, cooked together, and watched a movie!

oohmybento at gmail dot com

Mary Rebecca said...

I had a late night so I spent most of New Years Day in bed with my boyfriend. We ordered in and just watched TV. It was great!

Schoolgirl said...

Great giveaway! I spent most of my NY's day sleeping.I woke up at 4 pm.:D we stayed home and watch a movie, played WoW..etc.

Roni said...

I spent New Year's day at home with my family, playing games with our 4-year-old son

Dancing Branflake said...

Talk about a perfect meet up! Wow- all the details were incredible!

oksana said...

I celebrated New Year's day with my family: all grandmams and grandfads came to us to celebrate together with me, my lovely hubby and our little princess :-)

Thank you for the Great Giveaway!!!

ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

peapod said...

I spent New Years Day (in the UK) relaxing with my sons after they had spent the night away with their Boy Scouts troop!
Lovely goody bag - thanks for the giveaway :)
petra.redmond at virgin dot net

snobrdnchik said...

I spent New Years day visiting my sister and new niece Mackenzie, who was born on new years eve.
Such a great giveaway!!
katie_ollmann@msn.com

a little bit of sunshine said...

My 2011 got off to the BEST start ever: I spent New Years Day with my fiance and our families. My fiance and I started our morning by attending "Fukubukuro," a local shopping tradition. And since both our dads have birthday's on Jan. 1st so we had a nice quiet lunch with one, and a large family dinner with the other.
PS. Thank you for having everyone comment about how they spent NYD, it's fun to see how everyone started their 2011 :)

aj said...

I spent my New Year day by going to mass, dinner and watching a movie with my family.

Thanks for the giveaway.

A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

Kallia's Wonderland said...

Ohhhhh...It seems you had quite a beautiful time!!! Glad you like your goodies :))

So, Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Love,
Kallia from KalliasWonderland

Marty said...

I spent the first day of the new year being a kid again, as I played (and played and played) with my 3 kids and there new toys :D

poetees@gmail.com

ligata said...

Hello!
My first day of the New Year started with a looong sleep until 1 p.m and after that I went ice staking with my friends!

vena.nedkova@gmail.com

avatarlady said...

I spent the first day of 2011 at home for we can never be happy outside with all the hustle and bustle especially when my mom is not home since Christmas -- it's sad. But she called up to greet us. I found myself making some banana float to make everyone at home happy and content for the moment.

lifeis.oceanbliss at gmail dot com

Nina said...

We went to mass and then went out to have a lovely Chinese dinner with the family.

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Kimmie said...

What a great giveaway! On New Years Day, we had NO plans (rare) and I got to snuggle up inside the house (we live in Iowa) with my hubby and kids! Kimbarsness at yahoo dot com

kiddo said...

I spent the first day of 2011 crafting. Sewing plushies to be exact. =D

Opinions of a Moody Mama said...

I spent the first day of 2011 celebrating the New Year and my birthday with my in-laws eating the traditional beans and greens! :)

mommylovescooper@gmail.com

Tali Schiffer said...

It's events like these that make me regret ever leaving Los Angeles!
Everything looks so fabulous!!
How did I spend my first day of 2011? Well, It was the first Saturday in a million years & a half that I didn't have to go to work! Yep, I had that Sat. off, and so I actually spent the first half of that day sleeping in! Then a bath (haven't had one in a long time too...) and then I packed up for our two weeks away (which was on Monday). My honey was away on reserves duty so I spent that day on my own

Anonymous said...

Tara


I spent my first day...sleeping. Seize the moment I say.

theycallhersunshine@hotmail.com

Carissa said...

these are such fabulous goody bags! anyone would be lucky to win one! I felt so spoiled by all the treats I found inside. thanks again to the wonderful sponsors, you rock! and I was so glad to spend New Years Day with you Dionne. I hope you have recovered from your whirlwind vacation! :)

Angie said...

Such cuteness! I owuld have been in heaven!! I spent my first day of 2011 curled up all day on the couch with the fam watching movies, except my daughter who had a stomach bug! we let her curl up on her own coach...yuck!

Angie
rennieangie at gmail dot com

Hayley said...

Great giftbags! I spent New Year's Day in bed, sickest I've been in forever! I did get to read all day, so that was nice! :)

Rachel Levine said...

new year's day. eeek. walked in the woods and then slept off the night before.

petmyrhino at hotmail dot com

www.etsy.com/shop/bigdoglittledog

avant garde design said...

hi! these goodie bags are beyond amazing! so much better than commercial and typical. just love them ;) oh, and how i spent my new year's day (i actually had to think a minute!) well...we hopped in my love's truck, last minute and took drive along cape cod, heading towards the beautiful chatham where we love to walk a particular beach. then tried to spy seals but none were flirting with us that day. then to a beautiful inn for 2 (yeah that's right, 2) glasses of wine and onward to home again. very relaxing, very lovely! hope yours was just as relaxing!!

mframe said...

I spent the day watching the Rose Parade in bed with my kids. Then we took down our Christmas tree.
mframe00@gmail.com

Violetta said...

Beautiful goodies! :) I spent the day with my hubby,watching really bad Christmas moovies,baked some cookies,worked on my knitting and spent the evening with some friends. :)
violettarakic at gmail dot com

Brooke said...

I spent it at home working on my computer. :)

Hope I win. This is the prize of all prizes. :D

whitsend@live.com

VintageQueenGF said...

Everything is so cute! What an amazing goodie bag : )
I spent new year's eating collard greens/cornbread/and pinto beans while playing board games with my family.

<3
Rachel

Athina said...

I spent New Year's Day in bed with flu...bad way to start a new year I know... but now I'm well :)

Thanks!

is_tavrit (AT) hotmail.com

Camille said...

I spent the day in Florida with my boyfriend and his parents. We played some pretty awesome billiards together!

cam22190 at gmail

Chani said...

What a fantastic giveaway!
I guess the first day of the new year I spent sleeping and breaking a few new year's resolutions. Just joking! We spent a wonderful calm day together with our family.

blancetcaramel@gmail.com

Julie said...

I spent New Years day with my hubby and daughter and we relaxed!

jmatek AT wi DOT rr DOT com

Rachel said...

What a great giveaway. I've got my fingers crossed! I spent New Year's Day in the kitchen making soap. So the year started off right. :)

Rachel said...

Oops, forgot my email address
musiccitysuds[@]gmail.com

Colleen Elizabeth said...

I spent the first of 2011 on the road between Midland Ontario and my own dear Michigan. Many blessings in the New Year!

jhitomi said...

what fun party and prizes. I spent that day totally unexcitingly at home, but glad not to be stuck in the airport with those poor people I saw on tv.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Charity U said...

I spent NY Day unpacking, since we got home from C-mas vacation the day before. :)

photographer4ever832[at]gmail[dot]com

Wehaf said...

Sadly I was sick in bed; it was not an auspicious beginning to the new year!

urchiken at gmail dot com

nannyems said...

I spent mine hanging with my friends and family!!

Dita Maulani said...

Greaaattttt giveaway!!
I spent my first day of 2011 hanging out with my boyfriend and few friends, get wet in one of local favourite holiday place :)

Dita
dita.maulani((at))gmail.com

Jingle said...

Oh, how delightful! We spent New Year's day sleeping in and hanging out at home - Just the two of us and our pups. We went out for Mexican for lunch (our favorite!) and just really enjoyed our time together! It was wonderful!

Carmilla said...

what a pretty giveaway ^^
On New Year's day I lighted a fire to burn things I didn't want to bring with me in the new year, mainly my ex boyfriend memories!


erica(dot)terranova(at)gmail(dot)com

erine said...

My New Year's Day was lovely, yet low key. A little football, a little nap and a little time with some sweet friends.

Thanks for doing such a sweet giveaway!

TopHat said...

We were all sick on New Year's so we played video games. Not that exciting.

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I spent New Year's Day cuddling on the couch with my hubby and daughter as we watched movies and drank hot chocolate.

D
dbyrne1[at]gmail[dot]com

moonsword said...

I curled up with a classic John Dickson Carr mystery, a warm blanket & a sweet friend.

fisiwoman said...

I was at home with all my family!



Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

Lee said...

Thank you for a lovely giveaway. I actually spent new years day w/ my best friend whose mum had passed away and her funeral was new years eve day.

emcSquared said...

I spent New Years Day with my family! We went out for lunch and the Art Museum then crashed in front of the TV watching Christmas movies. So much fun! Thank you for the chance.

em9499 at gmail dot com

JaMean said...

This is a fun giveaway! We spend out New Year's Day in our PJ's eating everything we could find and playing our new Wii game, Wipeout! Thanks for the contest!

MoonRae said...

Spent the day layin' around eating and napping and eating and napping,eating some more (you get the idea) A rare lovely day, just hubby and me....
Thanks for a great giveaway!!
~Sharon~
lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kaye Prince said...

Those goody bags seriously rock Dionne! Hmmm, let's see...what DID Alex and I do on New Year's Day? Well one thing that I did NOT do was go to work - I usually work on Saturdays so it was absolutely lovely to have a Saturday off. Oh oh, now I remember - I quilted and sewed (Alex's anniversary present) all day long (and by all I mean from very early in the morning until after midnight with basically no break) and Alex went over to our friend's house to watch the Winter Classic.

Our anniversary was on the third though so, other than going to my first class of the semester, we spent that whole day together.

Michelle said...

Wow, awesome goody bags! I spent New Year's Day sleeping in and then putting away my Christmas decorations with my kids. We stayed in pajamas and played games, etc. Very lazy, low key day, which was a perfect start to a new year. Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

Sunflower Skies said...

I spent new year's day baking cookies and watching old movies with my two brothers :) Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

Forever Vintage said...

I spent the first day of new years having a huge feast with my sister and my boyfriend....then we went shopping and for coffee ...had a lovely time.Fingers crossed .Marian

mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Crystal said...

I spent New Year Day with my boyfriend,it was our 15th New Year together..wow! We got cable recently so we stayed in and watched tv :)
I am looking forward to checking out all of the shops,great giveaway!
Thanks!!

cyclona66 at aol dot com

PringlesPalo said...

wow you had such fab SoCal New Year's Blogger's Bee :) all nice items! i've spent the first day of 2011 spending time with my family: cooking for them, watching dvd's, and had a good rest (after the entire fun and tiring holidays activities).
pringlespalo(at)gmail(dot)com

k. davis said...

spent New years day...snuggled up with my hubby on the couch watching movies :) We were both a little under the weather, and we needed some quality time with each other :)


What LOVELY gift bags, wish I was a SoCal Blogger ;)

Anonymous said...

We spent New Years with close friends and sci-fi enthusiasts watching the annual TWILIGHT ZONE marathon on TV.
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome goodie bag! HAPPY 2011 to all!!!!!!!!
Zoe0825@verizon.net

RJ @ A Life Designed said...

I spent New Year's Day snuggling with my hubby and our kitty ~ enjoying our last kid-free New Year's!

BuTtOnZ said...

I spent NYs day with my family. My mum cooked a lovely dinner and we played the boardgame Logo - girls against boys, the girls winning by a mile!!!

rbailey1958 said...

I spent my new years day by going to my daughter's for the day

pkbailey@charter.net

malkatz said...

I spent my day in my pajamas, watching the Disney channel and reading old Seventeen magazines with my two friends. We're so grown up. (We're all 21.) Hah!

:)

fashuneesta[at]aol[dot]com

icitea said...

Hm... My new years eve was great, but i spend the day working. All day. Not the best way to spend the first day of the year, but at least the money's rolling in from the start!

le.paradis.found at gmail dot com

jennifer ▲ i art u said...

such an incredible giveaway dionne! i'd love to make it to one of your blogger meet-ups some day! thanks for a chance to win!
j.

jennifer ▲ i art u said...

oh nooo..i forgot to answer the question...i spent new years RELAXING! it was so good, so perfect after a crazy holiday season!
j.

danit said...

Hi Dionne
This is a great giveaway!
Living in a non Christian country, the first day of January is usualy just another day. This year it was Saterday, and unfortunatly, instead of having some good family fun, we stayed home as both my kids were down with the flu.

amy b.s. said...

new year's day was spent recovering from the previous night's festivities, watching football, making gumbo and completely relaxing. it was the perfect way to start the new year!

aldigikadarun said...

Volunteering. Nobody wanted to work that day:)

Amanda said...

Lovely giveaway! I spent the day with my hubs eating and watching the Rose Bowl.

Jacqueline said...

i spent my 1st day of 2011 watching my friend jump into the atlantic ocean for the polar bear plunge! jmmccarr@gmail.com

very married said...

ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

oh my gosh. we spent it recovering from new year's eve! we ate some falafels and watched tv :)

Mai said...

It was spent pretty simply at home hanging out with my boyfriend :)

dancinbluegirl90 at gmail dot com

Julia said...

We spent New Years day hanging out watching movies and eating treats with friends we hadn't seen for ages.

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Kayla Corbin said...

Hey there! I know there are a lot of posts on here already, but i thought it'd be fun to enter myself :) Uhm well, i spent my new years with my grandmother, thats a big deal to me because she's basically my best friend. I'm young and could have easily texted or called a friend saying "Lets go party" but instead, decided to stay up at night watching the ball drop with my Gram, and then watching multiple episodes of Law and Order laughing the entire time. Not very extravagant or exciting, but something that will always mean a lot to me :)

shuddupandkissx@aim.com

turtledove said...

I spent new year's day going to a bunch of free art museums with my mom and munching on blue cornbread. :)
eva.rose.dougherty@gmail.com

Marzena said...

I spent New Year day at home with my family. It was wonderful time.I live abroad, so I can spend time with my family only 2-3 times a year

marzutek@gmail.com

Glo said...

I spent the first day of the year skiing

contest82[@]gmail.com

Laarnie said...

these are adorable!
i spent my first day of 2011 with our lovely daughter and my husband just snugglin in bed on this cold winter season in japan. it's our daughter first new year at home after a long (more than a year at the hospital)and hard battle at the nicu.

JBlanton said...

1/1/11 was spent laying around watching some football and snacking, just a nice much needed rest.

ejxd95@gmail.com

Vanessa said...

I spent it wrapping my friends presents. :)

Ms. M said...

I spent my first day of 2011 cleaning the entire house to sweep away bad luck!

fablanche3petal@gmail.com

Koco & Viking said...

We spent our first day of 2011 snuggled up on the couch, ate cinnamon rolls, watched the Rose Parade (and cringed every time they said NODI and not NORI!), and took a stroll in Redondo Beach... So Cal in the house! Thanks for sharing this with us and for the opportunity!

your friends,
koco & viking

info[at]kocoandviking[dot]com

kocoandviking.blogspot.com

Line said...

On New year's Day, we drove to my parents' for a family lunch.
It was just great to be able to see everyone on my father's side(we're scattered around France) and finish our lunch as we used to when my cousins & I were younger: looking at old pictures from the 1930s to the late 1990s!
Have a lovely day!
linedupuy(at)hotmail(dot)fr

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

My sister and I and our families shared in bringing over to my 88 year old Mom's "condo" (retirement village) for a family celebration. It was a lovely way to welcome the New Year.

Now this is a giveaway truly fitting of a brand New Year! Thank you all.

jessterlyn(at)aol(dot)com

ArtsyChaos said...

Spent the first day of 2011 doing a lot of napping with the hubby! Sounds boring, I know, but I think it's heavenly!
hiwendyhi at yahoo dot com

heroin_e said...

watched KL (Kuala Lumpur) fireworks from the balcony for an hour; woke up later and went for chili pan mee (noodles with minced pork, dried anchovies, chili sauce and a soft-boiled egg - possibly the best thing ever) with best friend and family; clothes shopping with mother and sister; dinner with family and sister's best friend at a Japanese place which did *excellent* sashimi.
... yeah, it was a good New Year's Day :)
flory(dot)leow(at)gmail(dot)com

Michelleesque said...

I actually spent New Years sick! :( I was up all morning and night working on a project for school (I'm in fashion school right now) so it wasn't a very "happy" New Years haha.

michellemlhuynh[at]gmail[dot]com

Reniazen said...

Unfortunately, Jan 1 was a day spent caring for myself and my husband as we had the flu:*( Winning the contest would sure help us feel better:)

ashleyrn@gmail.com

ladyblueeyez1960 said...

Thank you for such a unique giveaway

I spent New Years Day just relaxing with the love of my life me sweet dear Husband of 5 years.

LLMG1960 a gmail dot com

liz said...

My new year day is with my familly. In the morning, we go to the church, and after that lots of familly comes to our house to celebrate new years together with eating, talking a lot, watching tv, etc :)

Much Thankies for the chance dear
Good luck for me and everyone :)

liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Marci J said...

I just spent time with my family, ate a lot of SNACKS, and played games.
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Lyudmila said...

I visited your blog in first day of NY
lusizova at gmail.com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your entries, this giveaway is now closed.

Nocazita said...

My first day of 2011 was spent studying for a final exam... not a great day but it was worth it because I passed the exam =)

nocazita at gmail dot com

danga said...

I spent the day with my husband and 4 wonderful daughters. Just how I want to spend all my future new years days.

Christina said...

I spent New Year's Day with my family just hanging out and going shopping. We to the kids to lunch and watched a DVD that night.


grahamcrackerbabykisses(at)gmail(dot)com

Cerena-Leigh said...

I had been fighting a really terrible flu-type illness since Christmas, so I spent my new year's in bed!

Cerena Leigh
Luckycldh(at)aol(dot)com

Loretta said...

Love your blog. You are very talented with all of your photos. Very clear and eye popping. My husband, daughter, son and I spent a family couch potato day... just watching movies and playing games together. Great family time and a great way to start the New Year!

Trisha said...

I love your blog!
I spent New Year's day getting a jump start on my New Year's resolution....getting my craft room more orgainzed. I have devoted at least half an hour a day to it....and it looks better than ever. I LOVE being in this room now!!!

Trisha
mahgwi21 (at) yahoo

oksana said...

I spent New Year's Day hosting a party for my relatives-grandmothers anв grandfathers from both sides of the family!

Thank you for the chance!

ksyshenka(at)yahoo(dot)com

fisiwoman said...

I spent New Year's Day in my own house. I was studying :(

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

va said...

I spent it in the house watching movies .

JaideyBug said...

Spent the night with my friends on NYE, so we woke up and had a big breakfast together. I spent the rest of the day taking down my Christmas decorations.

jacy468 at aim dot com

Amber said...

I spent my first day of 2011 watching The Holiday with my mom and cooking chicken noodle soup!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Windowfog said...

Actual New Year's Day 2011 I spent driving up the Eastern US coast. Went to visit my family for the holidays down south and wanted to beat the rush coming back. It was a long, tiring drive. While everyone else recovered from their partying, I was pumping gas and driving home!

windowfog [at] gmail . com

Heather said...

I spent new years day driving (all day) to visit my sister & her new baby! Perfect! ;)

Anonymous said...

Our family spent the morning in bed, then ordered breakfast from the coney island and spent all day together hanging out and playing with the kids.

Amazing family time.

Shannon
rs_mathena@yahoo.com

Libbi H. said...

I spent it celebrating Christmas with my Dad's family :) And drinking coffee haha

libbilogs@gmail.com

Basia Marie said...

I spent my day going to work, and later meeting up at dinner with a friend who just got out of boot camp.
-Basia :)

bozthefreak@hotmail.com

ana carina said...

I spent my day on pajamas with my friends, watching cartoons and eating leftovers :)

nanoukedesigns at yahoo.com

clenahan said...

I am the luckiest girl in the world! My brother invited me to go on a Disney cruise with him and his partner! We had so uch fun together!

Allison L said...

I spent my first day of 2011 sleeping and watching movies...unambitious, but that's what I did!

allibob1 @ gmail.com

ArtsyAndi said...

I spent the first day of 2011 cuddling with my husband and son while we watched some great movies. Popcorn included. It was wonderful!

elaine said...

My hubbie and I spent New Years Day taking down the Christmas tree and putting away all the decorations for another year.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Anna Maria said...

This is pretty embarassing (and sad!) but... I really don;t remember how did I spend my first day of 2011! It's not that I was drunk after the new years eve or something (I don;t drink alkohol at all)... I just REALLY don't remember hmm (trying to remember...).... hmm... nope. Nothing. I love the giveaway though! And I hope that my entry counts after all ;)

stockroomdoko at gmail dot com

asuka said...

I spent it at my boyfriend's house (after new year's eve I stayed at his), and we spent the day in pajamas watching movies on TV and playing some video games. :)
so.kitsch at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Went skating with DH :)
It was a lovely day.

Thank you for the giveaway
Amy at valuedcustomer(at)live(dot)com

Ainsley said...

I actually worked New Years Day (I'm a barista) and then had a lovely dinner with my boyfriend.

lilainsface(at)yahoo(dot)com

L. Fields said...

I spent New Years Day at work in the morning and then came home and did some crocheting :)

lindsayfields at live dot com

skipthelaundry said...

spent my new years with the kids, we made a homemade pizza and cookies
skipthelaundry at gmail dot com

The Smith Family said...

Awesome giveaway! I hung around the house with my favorite people...my hubby and two sweet girls. :)

Lorie

marcandlorie at embarqmail dot com

Amber said...

I slept in and then spent the day watching The Holiday with my mom and just talking! It was so relaxing and just lovely.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

monapete said...

I spent New Years Day on a plane form Virgin to California

monacart32 at hotmail dot com

lin3arossa said...

Just stayed and home, baked and played with my family.

Erin said...

I am from Australia and had been at a four day festival. I spent the day in 100 degree heat, driving 3 hours back to Sydney and trying to ignore my hangover! But it was lots of fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

guinnesspaws(at)gmail(dot)com

Diana Dang said...

Well, what about New Years morn? LOL because on New Years eve I went to watch a free concert and fireworks in Toronto and it lasted for me until like 2 AM in the morn. To be honest I didn't do much on New Years day because I can't remember at all!

faked_sugartone at hotmail

Anonymous said...

Hanging out with relatives.
amazing giveaway
thank you for the chance
Amy at valuedcustomer(at)live(dot)com

alexandra_digiorgio said...

I spent it with my family because it was my fathers 58th birthday! my grandparents were here and it was so nice to spend time together!

AmbreRose said...

I was pretty boring, I worked :/ ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Aimee said...

On New Year's Day I watched the U of M football game at home with some friends.
aimeeeldon at hotmail dot com

Homemaker Honey said...

Shopping with my mum-in-law in Brisbane!

Deborah
Homemaker Honey
homemakerhoney.com
homemakerhoney @ gmail . com

Heather said...

I slept in and then spent the day with family.
jswandrn at gmail

Jessica said...

I spent my first day of 2011 at home watching movies and cuddling with my man and our 2 dogs
jesage@asu.edu

ajoeynamedroo said...

Honestly, I think I slept most of the day away. New Year's Eve extended a little too far into New Year's day!