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Christmas Peeks and I Finally Ordered it!

I have been busy as a bee getting the house decorated for the first of 4 parties to be held here this season-  just time for a few peeks
I am trying to simplify my decorating this year-

These pictures are of what is happening in the dining room this year-
There there was this exciting news while I was decorating this week!
"Hi, Mary Ellen! You won the Silhouette Studio Designer Software Giveaway on my blog."

This is the lovely message I had in my inbox the other day from Amanda at Serenity Now.

Well ladies it was just the push I needed to go ahead and push the Buy Now button on the Silhouette site for one of their awesome Cameos.

Can I tell you a little story about this whole thing?

I have been wanting a Silhouette for ever since they came out - several years ago now and everytime someone had a Silhouette giveaway I would sign up for it, alas, never to win one.

Earlier this summer so precious folk who support our ministry wrote us a note along with a wonderfully generous check for each of us stating it was not for ministry but to use for a personal gift for each of us.  We were totally flabbergasted and humbled and blessed our socks off too!

It was enough to purchase this awesome craft tool but I kept hesitating as I just wasn't sure I should spend so much on me.

When Amanda had her giveaway for the Silhouette upgrade software  I said a little prayer that, if it was ok for me to go ahead and buy this that maybe I would win this giveaway, think that's what you call throwing out a fleece as some would say.

Well, I don't know if that is a good thing to do or not, but God showered His kisses on me by letting me know He loves to give good gifts to His Children and , yes, it's ok to spend that money on me and a fun Silhouette machine! Yippee Jesus!

I am so excited and looking forward to doing some great project like

I have been so blessed again with winning several giveaways-

Sweet and Talented Amy at Vintage Marketplace sent me this yummy and oh so soft and warm scarf that she crochet.  I love scarves!!    Thank you Amy~ i love it!
Amy has an Etsy store with all kinds of lovely things she creates- just look at these Victorian Christmas paper pockets,

I also was contacted by Karen from Styles by Karen that I had won a CABI Gift Certificate.

This giveaway is sponsored by consultant Lori GilmourCABI stands for Carol Anderson by Invitation., a clothing show in your home!  Doesn't that sound fun!  Well Lori and I will be having a phone consult it sounds like to see how to spend my gift certificate.

Thank you Karen and Lori!

Joining - Friday's Show and Tell
Old Time Party,   Blissful Whites Wednesday


June said...

You will have so much fun with this Mary! I'm so glad you won!
Wanted to let you know how much I love your house all decorated so beautifully for Christmas. I loved your previous post!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh congrats on all the wins. I know you will really use that silhouette and I am just thrilled that you won. Hope all is well, love the decor. Hugs, Marty

Leann said...

Ohhh I'm jumping up and down for your win on the Silhouette!!!! I love all the other wins too - but it's the crafting that excites me!


Adrienne said...

Congratulations on your win, dear friend! Yes, it's OK to buy something for YOU!!! I'm so God has blessed you this way - think of the things you can do with it. Not just fun things for you - you can blessed others, too. That's part of your ministry. Can't wait to see what you create once you get going on it. I sat here and visualized your dining room. Would rather be sitting there, but I could almost 'see' it from here.

On Crooked Creek said...

Sounds as if there has been a downpouring of Blessings @ Mary's Meandering!!! Amen!
I, too, put out a fleece prayer once and was astonished that I recieve an answered prayer immediately! I don't know why...Scripture tells us to ask and it shall be given unto us!!! I do know that the experience deepened my Faith Walk and I became more outspoken to our Youth in our Church and Community on the wonder of our Lord and His Salvation!!!
EnJOY your newest Blessings and the JOY of the Lord fill you with abundance in His name!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh my goodness!! You are one lucky and deserving girl! I have wanted one forever too. And all of your other wins..You are on a roll. Good things happen to good people!! OK, quit reading and get back to decorating!


Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries® said...

Hahahah...I LOVE this story Mary Ellen. Personally speaking, I throw out fleeces a lot (probably too much ;).
Congratulations on your new silhouette ! I know you will put it to such good use...looking forward to seeing all you'll do with it!
Tracey xox
P.S. you DO have quite the lucky streak when it comes to giveaways! I remember you won two of mine a few years ago!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh your Christmas decor is so pretty! It makes me feel so cheery and festive.

I'll see Ceekay on Friday!

May the peace and joy of the season be yours.

Antiques And Teacups said...

Congratulations on your prizes! How wonderful. Obviously it was your time to be blessed! Enjoy you new things! Love the decorating!

Old Time Cindy said...

Congrats on all your wins, what fun! Your little white tree is adorable. Thanks for boot scootin' on over to join in at the Old Time Party!
Farmhouse hugs,

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Someone has been a very good girl ! Don't you looove getting blessings.

ohiofarmgirl said...

I love the joy garland! Dianntha

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