June 30, 2010
June 23, 2010
Well folks, this has been quite the exciting day!
First, I had a very real life experience of being 18 floors above the ground during a 5.0 earthquake. YIKES!! If you hadn’t heard, we in Ottawa were quite close to the epicentre of an earthquake centered in western Quebec (A on the map below).
As I was working away at my day job in IT, about halfway up a 27 storey office building in downtown Ottawa, the floor began to shake, then shake a little more, then the walls and pictures began to visibly shake. It lasted only a few seconds but was certainly scary! Having only experienced earthquakes from the first floor of my little bungalow years ago, this was certainly a new aspect to earthquakes – not one I’d like to relive thank you very much!!!
I quickly tried to check in with hubby and daughters one and two, but land and wireless lines were either down or overloaded. It is interesting to note though, that Twitter carried the news at record speed – I even tweeted my experience (@donnahargrove) and checked in with my many twitter pals to make sure they were OK. Eventually, contact was made with family and all was OK – phew!!! And when we arrived home everything was as it should be and the pups were safe and sound.
And then after all of my daytime excitement, tonight I get to draw the winner of my very first blog giveaway! I was so lucky to have connected with Jane from The Earring Lady on Etsy to put this giveaway together. If you missed the giveaway, please give Jane’s Etsy shop a gander – she does beautiful work! Thank you so much Jane!!!
And now I know you are wondering about who the lucky winner is, aren’t you? Patience my friends, patience…
In order to randomly select the winner, I printed out the comments and numbered them as seen here:
Then I went to www.random.org to use their true random number generator. I entered from 1 to 44 and clicked on “Generate” to select the lucky winner.
Drum roll please…………………………………
Nancy of Marcus Designs!!! Congratulations Nancy! From Nancy’s previous comment she selected the Turquoise Briolettes as her favourites. Aren’t they gorgeous? Great choice Nancy!
Congratulations again Nancy – I know you will love these beauties!
Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter the giveaway! Hosting my first giveaway was fun and I will definitely do it again, so stay tuned!!!
June 20, 2010
Here’s what Dad’s everywhere should be doing today!
- Lounging on a very cool hammock:
- Planted in front of a large TV with FIFA:
- Grilling on a top of the line BBQ (ok Mom might like this one too):
- Fishing in “the spot”:
- Sailing the Abacos Islands (Bahamas):
- Watching the lawn mow itself:
- Enjoying the scenery from the back of this yacht:
- A “leisurely” drive in the country in this car:
Whatever the Dad in your life is doing today, I hope he is enjoying himself!
Happy Fathers Day!
June 14, 2010
Over on Twitter the the Moggit Girls (@moggitgirls) from the Moggit blog have started a revolution :-). It’s a Nate Berkus revolution. Last month it was announced that Nate Berkus would be starring in his own show, which will air September 13th.
Well Joy and Janet (the real Moggit Girls) are huge Nate fans. They’ve suggested to Nate that he have one show where the audience is full of design bloggers, and Nate and his producers AGREE! To show how serious they were, they suggested that design bloggers prove their love of all things Nate by doing a post on June 14th of their favourite room of his. And so, today is Nate Berkus Day!
It was very difficult to pick one, so here are a couple of my favourite rooms – and I’m just touching the surface here …
Happy Nate Day!
June 12, 2010
I am very excited to announce my very first blog Giveaway, and I KNOW you are all just as excited as I am!
A couple of months ago I was browsing through my blogroll, visiting one of my favourite artists - Laura Trevey - on her Bright Bold and Beautiful blog. I love Laura's blog. Every post is an inspiration. If you love watercolours check out her blog – she is very talented. Anyway, Laura did a post some time ago about an Etsy find of hers - The Earring Lady.
Well, I love earrings and I love handmade goodies, so after just one click I found myself in “earring heaven”. So much so that I purchased not one but four new additions to my “earlobe” wardrobe (hey… that rhymes)! A short time later these arrived in my mailbox:
I have had nothing but compliments on these sets and I can think of no better way to thank Jane than to turn my blog friends onto her beautiful work. Hence, my very first “Giveaway”. If you check out The Earring Lady on Etsy, you will find goodies like these:
Visit The Earring Lady and leave me a post telling me which pair of earrings you absolutely MUST have.
Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment on this post telling me so. If you are already a follower, leave me a comment saying so.
Do a blog post about the giveaway and leave me a comment with the link.
Share the giveaway on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me so.
Tweet about the giveaway (using hashtag #dhdsgngiveaway) and leave me a comment telling me so.