The Great, Gargantuan, Giftmas Giveaway Winners!

How are you feeling?  Pretty good?  Full of hope and optimism?

For 5 of you that feeling is warranted.  For the rest of you … get ready for crushing disappointment.

Before I get to the list of the winners from all 5 contests last week I must thank you for making the contest a resounding success.  Views on my site increased because of all the Pinning, my sponsors gained a whole new slew of fans and YOU got to the chance to win thousands of dollars worth of STUFF.

Every pin you made got you an entry into the contest.  The winners were chosen randomly, not by who Pinned the most.  However, the more you Pinned, the greater the chances are you’d win.

It is at this point I tell you how difficult it was to keep the computer away from the fella.  He has somehow appointed himself “Declarer of all Winners” based on his skewed view of the world.  Last time I had a contest he picked the winner based on how far away the winner lived and whether or not they used their kids photo in their profile picture.   He is annoyed by people who use their kids for their profile pictures.  I have no concrete proof, but he seems to be unperturbed by the use of a Siamese Cat or a French Bulldog.  Boston Terriers seem to make it under the wire as well.

THIS time he was determined to pick the winners based on whether or not they Pinned pictures of him and whether or not they referred to him as hot, a stud or awesome.

These are people who have never had to fight the converter away from him during a “Moonshine, Tanks and Random Exploding Things”  marathon.

Rest assured I didn’t allow him to take over the contest winner pickings.  I did it my own self.

Without further blathering, I have for you the list of winners of each prize package …




Winner #1

Winner 2




Winner 3




Winner 4




Winner 5


Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all of my sponsors.  Without them … I’d have nothing to give away.

To all of the winners, please email me at to claim your prizes!

Didn’t win?  Don’t worry about it.  I have a few more contests to come before the fat man squishes down the chimney.


  1. Debbie B says:

    congratulations winners!!

  2. Carole McGinnis says:

    Congrats to the winners. I am soooo jealous. I wanted to win so bad – all the packages were wonderful. Good job Karen and all your sponsors.

  3. Linda says:

    Gulp….*tears*….THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I had a peek at your blog this morning before running out the door for work…..I was late….SO WHAT….I WON!
    Now that it’s lunchtime….I get to do my happy dance! WoooooHoooooo
    Thank You to the sponsors of the Gargantuan Giftmas!
    I think I’ll go buy a lottery ticket today (I’m not greedy) and if I win big, I’ll share with all the *nice* people here!!!!!
    THANK YOU KAREN! *kisskisshughug* :-)

  4. Brenda J. M says:

    Cheers Folks!

  5. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    OK..I think a good consolation prize would be a poster of the Fella without his t-shirt..cause he is hot, a stud & awesome..Hey…I might be old but I’m not dead yet Honey..Congrats to all winners and Happy T-giving Day to all you Americans out there!!!

  6. Marion says:

    meh. congrats I guess. Good thing it’s Thanksgiving here in the states or I would be more upset. But who can be upset when they’re about to stuff themselves silly with turkey?! omnomnom

  7. Patti says:

    Congratulations to all of the winners! That was a fun one, because it made me dig for the projects I had been all like “I’m totally doing that” back before Pinterest, and now it’s all in one place.

    So then, I put the Fire Broth Soup on my dinner list, and went out to get all the ingredients, and can you believe that I couldn’t find small green chilis, canned chipotles OR sweet potato at the grocery store (they were just sold out of the SP & chilis)? So, Karen – I know this is off topic, but since we’re both living in Southern Ontario,could you tell me what store and what section you find the chipotles in? I think I was totally looking in the wrong spot.

    Yay! Contests are great!

    • Karen says:

      Patti – If your grocery store has a “Mexican” aisle, or “International” section the canned chipotles would be in there with the refried beans, pickled jalapeno peppers and such. Basically wherever the taco kits are is where you’ll find the chipotle peppers! ~ karen

  8. Laura Bee says:

    Congrats to the winners. (Especially Raymonde ~ I would have loved that Cattails gift package) And congrats to me ~ I’m going to win a getaway to the Heart of Ontario Hamilton, Halton, Brant. Hope it includes two nights in the coop.

  9. CheekyMomma says:

    Crushed. Disappointed. Don’t know how I’ll survive this supposed Thanksgiving in America today. Sigh. Someone pass the wine. Please.

  10. What if one of your sponsors says the fella is hawt??! I think the sponsors should get prizes too *smirk*. Ahhh never mind, I already have a fella that hogs the converter, and the sheets. xx

  11. Ann says:

    So sad. Didn’t win again. Oh well, guess it keeps me coming back

  12. Melanie says:

    Aw man. This stinks. Im going to go ahead and say BOO WINNERS YOU ALL STINK LIKE A BIG BUTT. And congrats, I guess. :/

  13. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations to the winners!

    Karen, thanks for the opportunity to play along. I will continue to pin, because I think EVERYONE should partake in what I think is the greatest blog evah!

    (Wait…what? There is no consolation Prize?????)

  14. Mary says:


  15. Lisa M says:

    Ok..I wake up in a cabin in northern Manitoba (I’m away for work)..pour a cup of up the laptop hoping the internet gods are blessing me with a signal this chilly morn.While waiting I am pondering my 6 hr drive home into the incoming blizzard and then there it is… the proverbial..OMG!!!!I WON!!Really??..I WON??

    WOW!..I still cannot believe I see my name here! I’m gonna text my cats and share the wonderful news while I have a few electrons still beaming my way!! And of course email you,Karen..LOL..Thank you so much!..Love,love your site!!

  16. Moe says:

    Through my veil of depression at being a great big LOSER, I want to take this time to congratulate the winners. Congratulations Winners :) now back to being a depressed loser :(

  17. Judith says:

    Congrats to all the winners! I’m dragging my non-winning tail a little but am thankful to you, Karen, for pushing me to lose my Pinterest virginity. Now I’m pinnin’ like a fool and I love it!

  18. Wendy says:

    I can’t believe I won something! Whoot! And the one with the money manage package right before Christmas and a day after I came home $346 poorer after going to Winners yesterday! I didn’t even buy anything for Christmas and hubby was not happy with me :( I think it was meant to be, do you think it’s fate?! Thanks so much Karen! Emailing you right now!

  19. Angela says:

    Yes, but I would have won if the Fella had selected the winners!

  20. Heather B says:

    OH MY GOD !!!!!! I WON! I WON! I WON!!! WINNING!!!!!!!!!!!

    Okay, Okay I’m calming down….. IIIIIIIII WWWOOOONNN!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow! What a wonderful surprise for Thanksgiving :-)

    I’d like to thank my mom, my cats , my teddy bear, my husband, and THE ART OF DOING STUFF @ Karen. (Not in order of importance). Oh and the sponsors too :-)

    Now off to try and sleep ( doubtful with how excited I am). I have lots to bake tomorrow and be thankful for :-)

  21. Raymonde says:

    I’m screaming, pinching myself, doing my happy dance and laughing!!!! I won!!!!! I won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Oh thank you , thank you, thank you Karen! The kitchen package was my favorite and now it’s mine!!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!
    I will be sending you pictures of those beautiful things being used in my old house! :-)

    • Karen says:

      Congratulations Raymonde! Don’t forget to email me so I can forward your information to Tricia and Brenda, your sponsors. ~ karen!

  22. Diane says:

    I feel so … defeated. I begrudgingly say congrats to the winners.

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