I first heard about (in)courage and DaySpring when I was at Blissdom this winter. They hosted an open house / room party one night, and I was amazed by all the great items they carried - all Christian-themed and gorgeous.
The DaySpring cards were both inspiring - and frequently witty. They covered all the situations you may need from thanks to missing someone to birthdays to First Communion (and boy do I have several of those coming up in the next month!) and beyond.
(in)courage had all sorts of home decor and gifts that we previewed from a truly nifty ceramic kitchen note board - I'm thisclose to buying one for myself - to coffee mugs to absolutely gorgeous tableware and jewelry and more. They have gifts for every occasion, and their styles will fit just about any home.
Let's just say I was drooling by the end of the night. Then I got lucky. When I arrived home last week, I had a package waiting for me from (in)courage. Inside - lovingly wrapped to ensure there was no damage, I was happy to see - I found their Grace tray.
I adore it.
It's a great size, enough to hold more than just a single plate (14" by 14"). I currently have it displayed on my buffet in my dining room, and I've already gotten more than one comment on it. It has a great sheen of old patina to it, and the messages are great - without being too overbearing for my nonobservant friends.
If I could live my life by these ideals - and my family could achieve them - I could ask for nothing more. They are the perfect reminder, and I'm considering making a place for this tray in my kitchen just so that I can view its reminders more often.
I've been using it to carry items back and forth, as well as displaying special items like Mister Man's birthday cupcakes. One night, the wee ones were having a very special Movie Night With Mommy where I even allowed them to eat dinner in the family room instead of the kitchen - a first. The tray for their food made it even more special!
Even better? This tray is currently on special for the month of April - 50% off. You can get it for $24 if you order before the end of the month. You can also get $10 off the Grace Hanging Tile set (love this!) or the Everyday Faith Handmade Cross during the month of April.
This isn't the only style of items that they carry, however. Many of their pieces are far more modern, both stark black and white, as well as full of bold color. And one lucky reader will. I have a $35 gift certificate to DaySpring for someone - just make sure to use it by July 31, 2011, when it expires. Note that shipping charges will apply.
So what do you have to do to win? First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!
This contest is open until Tuesday May 3 at 7pm CST. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment or be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. Winners will be selected via random.org and must respond within 48 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.
Mandatory Entry: What item would you choose from the (in)courage or DaySpring site if you won?
Bonus Entries (leave a comment for each entry - if you put it all in one comment, I'll count it as one entry):
1) Earn one additional entry for following me on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following tweet: "Need some inspiration? Find it with a $35GC to @incourage from @honestandtruly http://bit.ly/f9nGcu" (leave a link to your tweet as your comment and make sure you do all the steps!)
2) Earn one additional entry by following this review blog publicly via Google Friend Connect.
3) Earn one additional entry by following my “regular” blog Honest & Truly! publicly via Google Friend Connect.
4) Like my blog on Facebook and let me know what name you used to like it.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was provided with a tray from DaySpring for review purposes only. There was no compensation involved, and all opinions expressed are my own.