Sunday, July 26, 2015

Starfish Giveaway; Christmas in July

Giving away this cute little double starfish ornament
in honor of Christmas in July!

It kinda came and went with very little fanfare this year, didn't it?

Some of you know that where I grew up
Christmas in July is a very big deal for all the folks
who live in "vacationland" in the summer,
yet never see their summertime neighbors at 
the true December Christmastime.

So many tourists really go ALL OUT -
 decorating cottages and yachts...

And many businesses have themed specials at the pubs and stores!

So when July 25th comes around my spirit is with them.
In my heart and mind I am home on the lake for Christmas.

Last year I celebrated here hosting a Christmas tea for my niece.

Here's a sneak pic of it:

But this year has been quiet and peaceful.
My two youngest nieces are at their two-a-day cheer practices,
my eldest niece is babysitting
 because she turned 16 last month and needs gas money.

This year my daughters had a big bbq party with their friends
hosting a "Couples Night Out Pub Crawl"
for my daughter Katie's and her fiance Jeff's
 bachelor/bachelorette party.

They wanted theirs to be together, not traditional.
That's not their style at all so this was perfect for them!


(They're getting married August 29th!)


This delicate and precious vintage hand painted Japanese teacup
 is a recent and lucky  thrifting find.

It is paper thin, and is a subtle nod to a Christmas in July tea!

It somehow just belongs nestled amongst the flowers outdoors!

Back to my double starfish ornament giveaway!

Simply leave a comment below
 if you'd like to enter to win it
is the only requirement.

I should be delighted if you'd be a follower of my blog,
but the "follower police" won't be after you if you are not.

Non-bloggers may enter as well, of course; 
but I will need a snail mail addy sent privately 
if you aren't so that you may be reached if you win.

Not just restricted to US this time, for once!

I will pick a winner next Sunday Aug. 2nd.

And I will close with this lovely poem by V. Watson:

As always, thank you for your visit!



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  1. Oh, I'd love to win it! It's adorable, and would fit in nicely with our living room 'beachy' decor where the tree resides each December. Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  2. What a lovely tradition, Christmas in July. A really lovely ornament. Exciting times with the wedding so near.

  3. I don't think I knew that you grew up in a touristy area...Where at? I always thought that would be so fun! The ornament is adorable...and the vase with the flowers is so cute!

  4. what a pretty ornament, hope the wedding goes wellxx

  5. I have seen the Christmas in July celebrations this year far more than years past. I am still in summer mode but I do love Christmas. What a sweet and adorable ornament and the tea cups are beautiful Michele.

    Enjoy the wedding.


  6. Hello Michele!
    I owe you an apology. You sent me a very sweet email a while ago and I don't think I ever got back to you. Please forgive me! I'm back to blogging - finally. It's been quite a year so far. Your blog is as lovely as ever! It's always so calming to visit. I hope all is well with you and your family. Hugs, Cindy

  7. Love Christmas in July. I simply adore the starfish ornament. God Bless.

  8. Such tempting goodies, yet having hit the jackpot so recently here, it would not be fair. Have finally achieved page 100 in Blackberry Wine...I am liking it more and more as I go on. I had not fully realized that another daughter is getting married this summer. Are you still wearing the boot? So much to do and, if wearing a boot, a double challenge. Have fun with your giveaway! Would you like it announced or do you prefer to have it for those who regularly visit here?

  9. How is your foot doing, Michele? I'm hoping that you're healing and will be ready for the big wedding day!! I know it will be a beautiful event!
    Your new pine cone teacup is a beauty! I found a similar one last year, and just love it!
    Your starfish ornament is so pretty, and I normally would love to be in the drawing, but my tree has pared down these days. Some lucky reader will soooo enjoyg your Christmas in July giveaway.

  10. Hi Michele,
    Congratuations on your upcoming family wedding in August! Wow! Soooo exciting! My son got married last year and it really was magical. Your Christmas in July teacups are so pretty and how kind of you to giveaway starfish. Good luck to all! Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Karen

  11. Hello again Michele! I hope you're seeing all of my comments on your blog. For some reason, for every comment I left yesterday, I got the following email message "Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently" etc. etc. It seems strange since I didn't send you an email, just posted on your blog! Anyway, I hope you're having a good day, my friend! Thanks so much for your message on my blog! Big hugs, Cindy:

    1. Hrm, that is super strange, Cindy.

      Ill try to look into it - hate if I am missing anything......but sounds like I may be. DANG!

  12. Christmas in July isn't that big here on the Island. I do acknowledge it most years but it skipped right by me this year. Hubby being on vacation would be the reason. Your starfish is adorable and I love the teacups. Hubby and I don't like separate parties either. We have always done everything together. Thanks for joining me for tea and have a super week, Michele.


  13. Oh how wonderful that you will be having a wedding soon! I know that as the kids get older it's harder to spend time with them. I have found this with my older grands. Little 9 year old Paityn wanted to spend the night last night so we have been having a bit of fun today. Playing games, making jewelry, baking, having tea, and eating. lol! I love the thrift find teacup and saucer. I have a few winter pine cone dishes that are fun pulling out after Christmas. Your starfish ornament is sweet. Thanks for offering it to one of us lucky readers.

  14. How sweet of you! I would love to have a starfish ornie...I always have a small tree with seashells every year! Thanks! Sweet hugs, Diane

  15. What a charming tradition to celebrate Christmas in July. I recently visited the "Christmas and the City" store and couldn't resist buying a teapot ornament for my tree.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win the starfish ornament!

  16. Sweet post! I love the starfish! Thanks for visiting Quaker Hill Farm also. It means a lot!

  17. I love the starfish, but then I would :) Thank you for stopping by The Starfish Studio, and most of all for your sweet comment. Your photos are lovely! I'm happy for you that there's a family wedding in your near future!

  18. I've never heard of a Christmas in July celebration but I like the idea. - Loved that Tea Cup with the Pinecones, so pretty. - Also that is a darling Starfish Ornament. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  19. Hi Michele :)

    I've never practiced Christmas in July, but I've heard of it. I think it's a lovely idea though.

    I love your new thrifted tea cup and also the china in your last post. And of course that starfish ornament is darling. Thank you for the chance to win, my friend :)


  20. Hi Michele! Oh, Christmas in July sounds fun to me! I love your pretty tea cups and that is a darling little starfish ornie! Poke my name in the hat! Thanks for popping in to my travel blog and hope all is well with you.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. Happy Christmas in July! I can see why Christmas would be delightful in the throes of summer!


  22. Oh, that starfish ornament would look so cute in my daughter's bathroom! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. I would like to be in vacation land for about a month LOL
    The star fish would look good on my big bowl of sea shells

    And a wedding in the near future sounds like fun I love going to weddings

  24. Michele, I think the Christmas in July at the ocean sounds like the neatest tradition. I guess that one has passed me by - this is my first time hearing about it. You are so sweet to offer the starfish ornament.

    It sounds like you have the neatest relationship with your nieces. :)

  25. Love the poem and your artistic arrangement of it, Daisies are my favorite flowers!

  26. Daisies were my mama's favorite flower and I like them, too. :)
    My son and family brought me a Sea Horse spoon holder from their Florida vacation and I NEED this beautiful starfish ornament to add to my beginning SEA collection.(I didn't KNOW I was starting a Sea collection but I love the idea..:)
    Thanks so much for offering your generous's beautiful.
    xo bj

  27. A beautiful giveaway Michele!!! I also love your pretty, pretty teacups. I have a real thing for teacups and don't even like tea :))))
    Your poem and bouquet of daisies was just what I needed today!
    sending hugs...

  28. Hi Michelle, I agree Christmas in July on the coast sounds like a wonderful tradition! Thank you for hosting this lovely giveaway, and the beautiful daisies! Have a fun weekend!

  29. I love Christmas in July, a fun way to get through this heat! What lovely tea items, a delight to any winner.
    Glad I didn't miss out!

  30. I love Christmas in July, a fun way to get through this heat! What lovely tea items, a delight to any winner.
    Glad I didn't miss out!

  31. Starfish are wonderful to decorate with in ANY season...that's for sure! xo...Janet

  32. I'm too late for the giveaway (but hey, I am indeed enjoying a rare and blessed day of "catch up" today), but I did want to say how much I enjoyed this post and seeing your lovely Christmas teacups! That thrifted find must have made you jump for joy!


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