The Great Gargantuan Giftmas Giveaway 2014




2 years ago I introduced the world (you) to The GREAT GARGANTUAN GIFTMAS GIVEAWAY!  It involved an entire week of gift giving from my incredibly loyal sponsors.

Last year I took a year off from being nice.  It was my year of evil and selfishness.  Instead of organizing a giveaway I watched television and and ate a bag of chocolate chips.    But the year of good has returned in a big way.

One single winner is going to win this entire prize package valued at $2,000.

This contest opens today and closes on Thursday at midnight.

This contest would not be possible without my sponsors who have donated all of the prizes as a thank you to you for supporting them throughout the year.

You can continue to support them by clicking on their links and returning to their sites for your holiday shopping.


Cattails Woodwork:  Brenda Watts has been quietly creating beautiful, useable objects out of wood from her studio in the woods of rural Prince Edward Island for the past 11 years.  As a thank you Brenda is offering 4 wood mason jar lids (your choice of size), and a beautiful, glowing, personalized 16″ chef’s block.





lab Consignment: Lauren from lab Consignment has for you this brand new  TIFFANY PENDANT.  Yes.  The real deal.  The iconic, sterling silver key pendant from Tiffany & Co. is something you will own and love forever.  And ever.  Check out Lauren’s consignment site for new and used designer stuff.  Purses are her speciality.




L’il Barkles – Selina will create a charcoal portrait for you just in time for Christmas.  There is no Photoshop,  no trickery.  Just charcoal, paper and talent.  (portrait to be based on any photo you choose of one subject like a family member or pet).





Ellenoire:  Noelle has been creating custom scented and hand made products since before it was cool.  Before Etsy existed even!  She’s offering you a completely head to toe collection of her organic, handmade body products including body lotion, body wash, body scrub, foaming face wash, Rosy Glow face mist, Satin Doll face cream and an Aquis Adventure towel (the hair towel I talked about a few months ago that I LOVE so much).





Rough Linen:  New to Tricia Rose’s ever expanding collection of hand made linen products is the monogrammed  linen Christmas stocking.  She’s offering 3 of them to the lucky winner.





Craft de Ville: Stacy is offering a REALLY fun package.  It’s everything you need to make the “Supertote!”.  The kit comes complete with pattern, all the notions needed and $40 worth of any fabric from the Craft de Ville site.  Don’t sew?  No problem.  This makes a perfect present for someone who does.





Design the Life You Want to Live:  Lynne, decorator, blogger, woman of the world, is offering a few select jewellery items from her collection of Balinese art.  Both the beaded necklace and bracelets were hand made and purchased by Lynne in Bali.  The wood wheels are Amish made and perfect for barn door hardware.





Photo Jewelry Making: Susan has been advertising her homebased jewelery making business on The Art of Doing Stuff for years.  She JUST got in these floating photo charms that I love.  She also has a collection of photo gift tags available now.  Either of which you can choose to purchase with your $100 gift card, which can be spend on anything in her online shop.


Eye Candy Popper: Need some rest after the hullabaloo of the holidays?  Need a rest after realizing you just used the world hullabaloo?  This is the package for you.  An organic cotton & lavender eye pillow, grapefruit bath salts (not the kind that make you eat other people’s faces off), peppermint foot scrub, lemon oatmeal face scrub, and an all organic cold pressed soap.



Diamond Dust Studio:  Amanda has some of the nicest tea towels I’ve seen on the Internet.  She’s allowed me to hand select 6 tea towels for you. I chose to go with a blue and red collection of my favourites.  I think the blue skull is absolutely beautiful.  I hope you do too.  Because if you don’t, there’s something wrong with you.  And that would be sad.






Disposable Art Shop: Jeff at Disposable Art Shop realized that not all of us can afford world class paintings and not all of us want them.  Sometimes it’s very satisfying to just print off and frame some fun images and hang them on the wall.  And when we decide we’re bored with them and want to change them up (as we often do), we can just print off some more.  With this $100 gift card you’ll have enough prints to last you for years of fickle indecision.





Bainbridge Farm Goods:  I can’t exactly remember how I came across Susan’s charming signs, but I do remember it was love at first site.  Much like my reaction to a cheeseburger when I first thought I invented it.  Susan is offering a tee shirt and any two signs of your choice, so browse around her site and pick out a couple!




Cubits: Laura is one of my two favourite seed providers.  Her seeds are always viable, interesting, rare and I’ve never once planted what I thought was a purple carrot, only to have a white one come up.  You’d be surprised at how often that sort of thing happens with seed suppliers.  Laura is offering a hand picked selection of 20 seeds for you packaged in two cute tin boxes.  One will be filled with rare, heirloom, seeds for a rainbow hued edible vegetable garden.  The other a selection of herbs.




Sweet Sally’s Soaps:  If you haven’t used chunks of handmade soap you don’t know what you’re missing.  They have better scent, lather and feel to them.  Plus they’re just fun.  And what’s MORE fun than getting a surprise in the mail every month!   Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Long live UPS.




Caustic Threads:  Erica is screen printing artist extraordinaire.  Not only does she burn and print all her own screen printing canvases, she does it from her own art work.  For you, Erica has a GREAT package of anything of your choosing.  1 hoodie (with any print from her shop), 1 tee shirt (with any print from her shop), 1 canvas tote (with any print from her shop) and a fun grab bag (I’m such a sucker for a surprise) that could include jewellery, pins, bottle openers or other miscellany.  If it were me, I’d pick the Kitchen Aid mixer tee by the way.  In one size larger than I should take so as not to accentuate my ever growing back fat due in part to the overuse of my own Kitchen Aid.  But that’s just me.




Dripping Springs Ollas: Laurie moved to Dripping Springs, Texas several years ago with the hopes of starting a vegetable garden.  Water is in short supply in that area so she and her husband decided they’d do what they could to use only rainwater for whatever they could and to use even that as wisely as they could.  And Ollas were the way to do that.  These clay pots are submerged in your garden soil. Then they’re filled with water which slowly and naturally seeps out of the clay to the roots below.  A perfect solution.  A perfect gift.  The winner of this Giftmas Giveaway will be receiving a clay Olla from Dripping Springs Ollas.


Curious Citizen: Daniela runs one of the most honest, well written blogs I know of.  There’s nothing showy, pretentious or fake about her or her writing.  She doesn’t write about her perfect life. She writes about life.  Included in that life are really great posts on travel, food, style and design.   Since Daniela is a blogger, I didn’t expect her to have anything to contribute for this giveaway because she doesn’t sell anything but she surprised me this one and offered up an “O” Clock watch.


(contest open to everyone in North America)

There are 24 different ways to enter.  You can enter using any or all of them.  The more times you enter of course, the greater your chances of winning.

Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form you see below. I know it looks confusing and scary but it isn’t.  Just click on it and you’ll be given alllll of your options for entering including leaving a comment on this site, following my sponsors on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and more.  It’s all done in the Rafflecopter widget below.  So get entering!

This contest closes Thursday, November 20th at 8:00 p.m. E.S.T.   Winner randomly selected as soon as the contest closes. The winner announcement will be on Friday, November 21st in the blog post, where one lucky winner takes all!   [shareaholic app=”share_buttons” id=”5342563″]

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  1. Sarah says:

    What a great giveaway! You’ve truly outdone yourself.

  2. Patt says:

    Just love your blog!

  3. Julia Smith says:

    This is amazing- Karen you are amazing!

  4. Becky says:

    Holy crap!! All of that? My UPS man will be busy!

  5. sara benson says:

    Great give away – thanks Karen!!!

  6. Robin Van Jura says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Can’t wait to visit the different sites. Really enjoy your blog and your sense of humor!

  7. Kathy K. says:

    WOW!!!! Amazing…..I’m always so amazed at people’s generosity. Your sponsors are very good to you.
    Just want to tell you I find your posts fun and honest, and I’ve learned quite a bit too.

  8. Janet W says:

    Holy schmoley that’s one heck of a give away….

  9. Olwen says:

    What a great giveaway! I wanna win!

  10. Michelle says:

    Wow! You are amazing!

  11. Janice says:

    The Giftmas gift that gives forever…..or a least a pretty long time. Thanks Karen.

  12. Kailee H. says:

    Wow, what generous advertisers you have! This is an amazing amount of stuff.

  13. Emily says:

    Wow! One very lucky winner…

  14. Janice says:

    The entry for the Design the life you want to live in the list of entries above links back to subscribing to the art of doing stuff….which I already do. Is that working correctly?? Lynne’s blog….not going there. Just FYI.

  15. Carol says:

    These products represent sugh great talent out there!

  16. Elise says:

    Oooohhh. This is!!! Thank you Karen!!! — This would sure make a dent in my Christmas Pledge shopping list! :0)

  17. Becky Wade says:

    This is a great contest. Lots of different kinds of things. Fun.

  18. Lori says:

    Surely it must be my turn to win

  19. Sara says:

    What an amazing selection of gifts! Thanks for sharing. Fingers and toes are crossed to win! Thank you.

  20. Janice says:

    One more funny thing…the Caustic Threads has a blank line but I had no clue what to put in there so I put their Http address that came up with the link….if it aint right I am sorry. I wish I was psychic and not psycho.

    • Janice says:

      and the rough linen. I must be missing something.

      • Karen says:

        Thanks Janice. I got those all fixed up. The box just randomly appeared. You didn’t need to do anything with it. I’ve gotten rid of it though so as not to confuse people. 🙂 You’re quite a handy little reader to have around, lol. ~ karen!

  21. Jenn says:

    Exciting stuff. My eyes lit up and my jaw dropped a bit when considering all the goodies.

  22. Grammy says:

    Oh, my! Something for me, for each if my sisters, my sister-in-law, my daughter, my neighbor… So many beautiful things. Your sponsors are great, and you are wonderful.

    • Grammy says:

      I don’t do Pinterest or Twitter (I’m old, and busy, please don’t judge me harshly) but I did go to all the other links and actually really liked some of them so much I’ll be going back again and again, and signed up for some. Thanks for creating an incentive to make us go look at “what’s good for us”.

  23. Lynne says:

    I guess I won’t be getting to bed early tonight !!! Thanks for all the great links.

  24. Erica Jamieson says:

    Hello! Pinterest wouldn’t let me pin the image. It said it might lead to inappropriate content. What have you been up to Karen and what juicy stuff am I missing???

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Erica! It works for me, but someone else on Facebook said they had trouble with it. I’ve changed one little thing, so you can try Pinning again. Let me know if it still doesn’t work. (I do tons of inappropriate things but not in this post. I don’t think. Who knows, lol!) ~ karen

      • Erica Jamieson says:

        It worked. Thanks! I like the inappropriate things-just thought I missed some in this post. The inappropriate things are why I told my mom to start reading your blog…and why she told my dad to do the same. 🙂 Thanks for the quick response.

  25. Leslie says:

    What a haul! Thanks for the opportunity, Karen.

  26. Katie says:

    Oh wow! I am already planning who I will gift which items to. This is going to be a major disappointment if I don’t win! (I almost never win anything so I better get the tissues ready.)

  27. Amy says:

    Great way to start the holiday season. Super fun and unique gifts . What a bunch of wonderful sponsors.

  28. Dee says:

    Best contest ever – lots of fun. Thanks, Karen

  29. amanda says:

    omg that blue skull tea towel is sick as fuck. i want to buy a bunch and give them as gifts!

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, I normally go for black with that sort of thing, but the blue for some reason is sucking me in. ~ karen!

  30. Tasha says:

    I’ll comment on this! Just checked the Christmas calendar, and we’re still on track! I love that calendar.

  31. Lindsay H says:


    Sorry wasn’t sure exactly what you wanted….just working my way down the list 🙂

  32. Jen says:

    Great giveaway!

  33. Lori Diaz-Lane says:

    Wow! Thanks for a great contest! I entered everyone except pinterest wouldn’t let me pin your pin 🙁

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lori – A few people had problems with the Pinterest button for some reason. I’ve changed a couple of things in the “guts” of the giveaway. Give Pinning another shot. I think I have it fixed now. 😉 ~ karen!

  34. seriously, I want that O watch!

  35. Jackie says:

    Woo hoo! Great ideas for Christmas gifts too! 🙂 thanks Karen!

  36. Mel says:

    omg this looks awesome! since i live in australia and won’t be able to get any of the food prizes (boooo), if i win, i’ll donate them to a second prize winner! would that work? 😉

  37. Jackie B says:

    I’ve been following you for quite some time. Love everything you do.

  38. Missnicoleo says:

    Wow! Impressive list!

  39. Melanie T. says:

    Super gifts & ideas!

  40. Pat says:

    Wow! Amazing prices! Can hardly wait…..

  41. Pat says:

    Fantastic prizes! We all want ’em……

  42. Laura Bee says:

    There’s not a single thing I wouldn’t love. Wow! But a bunch, I know would be great gifts because someone I know would love them even more! Wow, you and your sponsors are so kind & generous. I might finally join Twitter over this.

  43. Angela says:

    Love it! By the way, I share your tip about soaking sheets in oxiclean with so many friends!

  44. Sue says:

    Cannot believe all the goodies being offered. Thanks for the chance!

  45. Linda Penrose says:

    You really make my day, Karen. I don’t keep chickens, but love to hear all your adventures with the feathered flock. You got me started with D.S. Ollas. I’m in Kelowna, but have picked them up in Tacoma WA and Portland OR; when I travel by car, I check the D.S. website to see if a rep is near. Your recipes are often followed. Your blogs re antiques (love them) and home reno (do it often) are always of interest. I may even buy a Blue Star range based on your blog; I’d never heard of the brand before. I’m originally from Toronto and can relate to many southern Ontario comments. You inspire me often and make me scream with laughter always. I’m not on Facebook or Twitter so can’t enter the contest via those websites; this blog post will have to suffice.

  46. Dana says:

    I’m so excited to explore yiur sponsors’ shops!

  47. Bambi says:

    W00-hoo, what an awesome giveaway! I live 30 miles from Dripping Springs so if I win I can go pick up the Olla myself. Would I get extra chances if I promise to kick-back the savings from the shipping to you?? Seriously, I love your blog and have visited some of your sponsors before. I bought a pinafore from Rough Linen and I love it so much that I refuse to wear it and risk stains. It just hangs in my studio looking lovely.

  48. Karissa says:

    What a fantastic giveaway! I have some ideas on who I could give all of those goodies to, but those tea towels would be all mine! 🙂

  49. Shirley Curtis says:

    Fabulous give away! I can always count on hysterical laughter when reading your blog! Keep up the great work! Love your fluffy chicken bums!

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