Thursday, August 13, 2009

The post you've all been waiting for.

Yes, that's right; it's contest/giveaway time! I'm sure you've all been waiting in breathless anticipation since Matthew mentioned that he wanted his contest to be better than mine. I mean, since I hadn't even said I was having one yet. I think, when all is said and done, that you'll all agree that mine far surpasses his, because I'm actually giving something away.

The reason I'm calling it a contest/giveaway is because I'm giving something away at random and someone will be winning my contest. Hopefully, that is. Confused enough yet? Excellent. On we go!

The House-Naming Contest/Giveaway Rules:
In order to enter, you must...
1) Leave a comment suggesting a name for our house. We've decided we want to be cool like the Brits, who name houses left and right. We're having trouble picking a good name, though. We need your help.
2) Leave a post on your own blog/facebook account/bulletin board, announcing my contest/giveaway and how to get here.
3) If you'd like an extra entry for the giveaway, be/become a follower.

The winner of the contest gets the joy of naming our house; Matt and I will be picking that one out based on our own preference. Hopefully we can agree on one. Winning this part of the contest is a pride thing, really. Probably this part will be more popular with my male readers, who seem to be slightly more competitive than most women (except my friend A.W.--you know who you are).

The winner of the giveaway part will win by chance. I'll be writing every entry's name down on cute little pieces of torn-up notebook paper and putting them into a teacup, then drawing one out. Remember, if you're a follower, you get two little pieces of paper.

It's possible the same person could win both. If that happens, I promise I didn't rig it, unlike my husband who does that sort of thing unabashedly.

Here's what you win for the giveaway:

They're little labels for gifts. They're really cute, even if you never use them, but merely sit and look at them, like I often do.

These are punch out labels, also suitable for gifts, or possibly labeling your spices. There are a lot of them.

You will probably never run out. I didn't know this when I bought five packages of them on clearance. Realizing that I would never run out, I decided to share my bounty with my darling readers. By the way, those 88 tags are NOT duplicates. Choosing my first tag to use was a really long, delightful business.

Note on Naming the House: Evidently naming your house takes into consideration the type of people who live there, the type of things they do, the personalities of the dwellers: Cozy Cottage, Chaotic Villa, etc. If you've never heard of such a thing, you might peruse this site, bearing in mind that I've seen all the suggestions on that page already and none of those were quite right on their own. If you need inspiration, you might visit: here, here, and here to see the inside of my house. God speed, dear House Namers!

One More Note on Naming the House: Honesty compels me to tell you that Matt did pick a name for our house last weekend, but I had to veto it due to the difficulty in pronouncing it for everyday use. I'm hoping to be able to say "Let's go back to The Winning Name." He picked out: La Casa de la Gente Ridículo Apuesta, which translated via Babel Fish is: "the house of the ridiculously good-looking people." See what I mean? Just not very homey.

I think I'll run this contest/giveaway until late Sunday night and then post the results Monday morning.

Have a great weekend!

p.s.--No, Doug, you cannot just suggest the name "Bob" with any hope of winning.

***Rule Modification:

If you don't have a blog, facebook account, other public outlet, but you really want to play, you may enter if you tell 2 or 3 of your most computer-minded friends about the giveaway and maybe slip them a piece of paper with my blog address written on it. Assure them that it will be worth their time because I'm just so funny, smart, photogenic, or something like that. Encourage them to find the splinter story if they like gore or the Mexican casserole if they like guys who pretend to be hispanic. That'll do.


June said...

So.....we can win those darling labels just by entering? Excellent. I will submit my suggestion later. I will wait until later this afternoon when I am fully awake. :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

I am posting your giveaway later today on my blog! Also, I think you should name your house, "El castillo para el Amor latino" (Castle for Latin Love)

I know it's long... but still, I think it really says it all. I do what I can to contribute.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Okay girl, I just posted your giveaway.

And now, for the sake of balance, I have to get off this dang computer.

Later gater

June said...

The story of Matt and Chris and their precious kids is one of the most beautiful examples of God’s love and Grace that I have ever witnessed.

My name for your house is:

Grace Cottage

Jules said...

I found your blog through Lemonade Makin' Mama. I figured if you're a friend of hers, you're a friend of mine.
About naming your house...I looked at all your pics. I am drawing a blank. It's late, and have been on this computer too long tonight. (need some balance) I will come back tomorrow.
I'm going to follow too... :-)

Chris said...

Jules: Thanks so much for stopping by! It might help you to know that I stay home with our 4 children who are all under 6 years husband is a partly Japanese guy who gets mistaken for being hispanic frequently, and we LOVE having friends over. Oh, and I have the same twisted sense of humor as Sasha. There, now you know a little more about me. If you want to peek a little further, feel free.

Sasha: Thanks for the sweet spot you gave me. You're too, too kind. (And yes, I know that I'm the funniest person you know. And yes, you do really know me, just haven't met me yet.)

Donna: Go ahead and give me all the suggestions you want. It doesn't change your chances at the giveaway, just ups the chances I might pick one of your names.

...And to all, a goodnight!

edie said...

Here I sat trying to think of a great house name. So I started messing with your names. I used the first letters of the names you most commonly go by, and starting with Matt, I get “mccnkd.” I’m a little disturbed because it looks like it is trying to be “McNaked,” and that’s just not right.

Then I try the first two letters, and get “machchnakeda.” And there “naked” is plain as day.

Now, pardon me, but I don’t want to imagine any of you naked, no way, no how. So I’m really getting freaked at this point. But I’m not any closer to a good house name, so I trudge on.

Going for what I know to be true, I figured something along the lines of a “funny Mexican house” would do the trick. After playing around with a few alliterations, I give you:

The Absurd Adobe

p.s. I posted your giveaway on my blog, and, of course, I’d follow you anywhere. Just please, don’t jump of any cliffs. I’m not really into that.

Anonymous said...

I have two house names, but they're so similar I thought I could get away with it...

La Casa Amistad (Friendship House)
La Casa de los Amigos (the House of Friends) (nod to the Superfriends)

or you could change casa to casita (little house) if you prefer.

Hm... is it cheating to give so many options? :^)


"Gumby" said...

Well well. We could do this the way the Germans do:

Das Haus (Das Boot, usw.)
Das Haus des ernsthaft gestoert

Or if you really want it to sound British:

Quaintness Cottage
Cocoa-mo' Cottage (you chocoholic, you)
Yews Rule! (c'mon, you know you like it, even though it doesn't mention the house ...)
Sixpence Sanctuary
Drury Lane Bungalow (you'll have to change the street name)
Two shillings and fourpence place
Blogspot Bungalow

That's probably enough ...


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great glad that I stopped tonight. This summer has been so crazy that I have not visited some of my favorite blogs often. I always enjoy stopping by yours. Have a Happy Sunday! I have a giveaway going through Monday morning.
I am a follower..and am brain dead tonight and cannot think of one title...may be back....

June said...

Matt and Chris your home represents so many beginnings…the beginning of a marriage, the beginning of a family, and the beginning of many, many friendships; yet at the same time it also holds the promise of all of the remarkable things yet to come as God continues to work in your lives. So here is another submission.....

"Genesis House"

Or, in a similar vein……

La Creación de La casa (Creation House)

Because of all of the wonderful things that have come into being as a result of God working in your lives


Milagro casa (Miracle House)

awooten said...

I think this is very fitting. And you know since Matt is mexican it fits even better ;-)

La Cámara de muchos niños
(The House of Many Children)

edie said...

Oh, House of Floyd,
Oh, House of Floyd,
How lovely are thy branches.

(I put thee on mine Facebook.)

Oh, House of Floyd,
Oh, House of Floyd,
How lovely are thy branches.