Well it's that time again.
Oh alright, it's actually well past that time, but I'm not exactly known for my promptness, so maybe I should change the contest name to "Blue Yonder's First Monday (or Thereabouts) Contest."
Anyhow, before I get to the new contest, I need to announce the winners of LAST month's goodies.
Man alive, your mamas were a talkative bunch, weren't they? I had so much fun reading all the wise words that the women in your life passed down the line. And let me just tell you that it was H-A-R-D, HARD to pick the winners. But, here you have them:
First, for spunkiest mama, the peppers and Haiku Mama book go to Sarah, whose Nana sure fit the bill with her "people in hell want ice water" (a saying that my Dad also dished out with regularity) and my personal favorite, "He can kiss my ass on Grand and Olive." You gotta love a woman who doesn't mind telling you to smooch her posterior, and not only that, but you can do it out in the street for all the world to see too. It doesn't get much spunkier than that, now does it?
Next, the prize for sweetest mama saying goes to Emily, whose nana insisted that all her loved ones "take a sweater" when they ventured out into the world, no matter the temperature. There sure were a lot of sweet mamas in the bunch, but this one really stuck with me because it just sums up motherhood so perfectly – wanting to wrap your family up in protection before they go, hoping the world is kind to them when they are out from under your wing.
Finally, for all the funny sayings that came from your mamas mouths, there was one that made me giggle for days. It might not be the funniest to any one else but me, but well, it's my contest, so I get to be the judge, right?
The prize goes to Erin, for "The turkey is done. You are finished." I loved this one because I have a special woman in my family who has a million of these sayings. "Wash the dishes, shampoo your hair." "Paint the house, polish your fingernails." "Wear scallops (with a short a sound), Eat scallops (skahhhhllops)" It just made me grin and grin to think of all those funny little sayings meant to whip my hopelessly unsophisticated, preteen self into shape. Thanks, Erin for the grins and fond memories.
Ladies, email me your info, and I'll get your prizes out to you!
Now on to June's contest!
Since I'm in my post-vacation, sappy, nostalgic mood, I thought I'd ask about your best summer memories.
Remember back when the teachers made you write essays titled, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation"? Well, if you were to write that essay about your very BEST summer memory, what would it say?
It can be anything – the comfortable sights and smells of your granddad's farm, that summer you fell in love, an unforgettable month volunteering at a soup kitchen, your first job washing dogs, sticky nights spent sneaking into the drive in, anything goes.
You can tell me your story here in the comments, or tell it on your own blog and then post a link here in the comments section. Or, you can email me your story at blueyondergirl (at) mac (dot) com.
My two favorite entries will receive one of these two prize packages:
First, this lovely pendant from the incredibly talented Eva at Green Leaf and Owl.
People, I LOVE her work. I have not one, not two, but THREE of her necklaces and would love to have several more. They are funky, fun, original, and plus I love the thought behind the new one of a kind pieces that she's doing.
The winner of this pendant will also receive this groovy vintage trivet that reminds me a whole lot of our Rosemary.
The second winner will receive this gorgeous necklace (also from Eva).
and, this vintage-inspired Italian paper from Cavallini.
It's really hard to photograph, as it's poster sized (20X28), but you get the jist, right? It's made up of little sections, each containing a bird, eggs, or nest. I think it would look really pretty framed, as is, or you could cut up the sections and frame them individually. It's made of heavy, quality paper, that feels a bit like linen or parchment.
Alright, let's hear it – how did you spend your best summer?