Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Okay, here's the giveaway!

Merry Holidays Everyone,

I'm here with the promised giveaway.  It's been a rough year financially here at ImagiMeri's Creations Studios, and yet it's been one of the most blessed years, too.  After a very difficult year, last year, caring for my mother, my two months of detoxing from very high levels of narcotics this past summer, losing 45 pounds of excess FAT by cutting sugar out of my diet, my husband being out of work for almost a year and our house going into foreclosure...........I am happy to report that we have saved our home from the auction block!  My marriage is the strongest it's ever been (I adore my husband), my children are all living their lives and experiencing successes, and my mother's health has vastly improved and she's had a great year.  She still has lymphoma, but is currently considered non-active, but she gets routine check ups every couple of months and Pet Scans and injections to boost her immune system.  I've got so many wonderful blog friends as well as one of my best friends Sandy, and I consider myself excessively wealthy in that respect.  I've grown rather fond of many of you and would love to meet so many more of you either in person or through blogging.  This giveaway is a way for me to insert myself into more lives......I just don't get enough of chatting, sharing art, and meeting new people.  So, there's only a few of small hoops to jump through for this giveaway, and they are:

1.  Be a follower and post my button on your blog with a link, please.
2.  Post about this giveaway.
3.  Leave a comment telling me you have done the above two steps and sit back and wait to see who gets picked!

I have two vintage ornament wreaths to give away, and they each have a substantial amount of ornaments on them.  This first one is comprised of between 60-80 ornaments of varying sizes and colors.  It also has some vintage wooden ornaments and a small vintage china angel on it.  It is approximately 15" in diameter and quite whimsical.  Approximate value is close to $100.

This second wreath is the one from my tutorial HERE, and is comprised of vintage and some newer ornaments.  It has a plaster plaque filling in the center with a vintage decal on it, and touches of platinum garland and a blue bow as accents.  It is approximately 13" in diameter and has about 30-40 ornaments on it.  Approximate value is $85

As you can tell, I will have two winners that I will announce on December 13th, and once I have addresses I will ship them out, hopefully in time for the winners to display them this year.

So, that's it in a nutshell..........I wanna' meet more people, and I'm asking you all to help me out.  Please spread the word.

Thank you all for being such lovely friends and followers..........good luck.



Debby said...

I am a follower and I will try to post your button......I'm not very good about that. But I will try.
I am so happy that things are much better for you.

Sandy said...

OK! I am a follower, I will post the button and I will see you tomorrow!!!! Hope I win! :) You know which one I would want...:)

RetroSandie said...

Hi Meri!
I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to win one of your wreathes, especially the one with vintage ornies and it would go so well with all of my vintage and retro stuff! I would display it year round!! I already follow you and have you on the "Follow" list. As soon as I figure out how to get the BUTTON on my blog, I will add it! I am new at this blogging, but determined to learn to get what I want WHERE I want!! LOL Please bear with me, therefore, it WILL be there!!!!
Oh, and so happy things have turned around for you. That is GOOD news! And also thanks for such a generous giveaway!!!!!

Shirley Hatfield said...

I hope I did it right...but I am a follower and posted your button on my blog...I get nervous adding new things to my layout. Your button is so cute, by the way! =D

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Thank you for your sweet note. I can only imagine how much you miss Woody! Those shelties are so dear! We've had shelties as pets for over thirty years! Love them all!!!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Hi Meri-
I'm so happy to hear that things have taken a turn for the better recently! You deserve that!
I just added your super cute button to my sidebar.
I'll do a little post about your generous giveaway later tonight.
The wreaths are beautiful, and have that "Meri" touch to them!
Erica :)

Kim K. said...

It does sound like a year to celebrate!! So many accomplishments, Meri. I just got done making another vintage inspired wreath so I will happily let someone else win one of your very special creations. I am a follower and have added your button to my blog though.

Christmas hugs, dear Meri!

vivian said...

meri, I'm so glad youve had a blessed year! YOu deserve many happy blessings because you are a doll. I would love to win one of your wreaths, but I have been blessed with a most adorable kitty creation of yours, so let someone else win.. but I will try to remember to add your button to my page.
love ya!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They really are gorgeous. I am mentioning your giveaway in my post tomorrow! Sweet hugs!

Jenny said...

OH NO! YOU AND SANDY ARE BOTH SKINNY NOW! I've found all your fat! ha!

I'll put up a link to this on Alphabe-Thursday for fun!

See you tomorrow!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So happy about your home! That is always a scary thing!! And also so happy about your Mom!!!

vintage grey said...

Hi Meri, I am so happy that things are settling and working out! Such a true blessing!! I will definitely add your button to my sidebar for the giveaway! Thank you so much for such a generous and beautiful giveaway! xo Heather

Jim said...

You do good, Jenny. I am glad that you had a much better year than when it started. Almost losing your home must have been scary. When I was in the service we were so poor that the Red Cross paid my wife's and the tiniest twin's hospital bills. We didn't have a home to lose or it would have gone.

I don't do followers on blogs. I do have a link to yours and that is all I put. There were a few buttons but as the memes stopped I hadn't done buttons for the new ones. Sorry. I do have a few followerss. I can't see them because I still use the OLD BLOGGER (that makes putting buttons on really hard too, need to do it with HTML.

I do thank you for doing this post and the others two.

Carol L McKenna said...

Beautiful giveaways ~ Am so glad things have improved for you and your family ~ lots of healing hugs coming your way ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^ artmusedog ^_^

Autumn Ferns said...

I'm a new follower. I LOVE your Blog! I shared you on FB and Pinterest. I am crazy about all things vintage and would just love to have one of your wreaths!! Especially the first one. Thank you!

My Vintage Mending said...

Get out...these are beautiful. I can't believe how generous you are. We are all so blessed to know you. You single handedly bring strength, inspiration and laughter to us all...Thank you..I am happy to post and you know I would follow you anywhere. Smiles..Renee

Lynn said...

I don't have a blog to post your button to but I just wanted to say I am so happy your life has taken an upswing. Sometimes I think if we had known what was ahead of us we would have thought it impossible to get through. We are stronger than we know! Wishing you all the best for this holiday and the coming new year!

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

So happy and glad to hear everything is looking up for you! I'm a happy follower, I don't know how to add your button though, I would love to have you on my side bar! :) I will keep trying! :) Thanks so much such a wonderful and generous giveaway!! :) xo Holly

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh yay! I did get it on my blog!! :) :) xx

Tammy Cummings said...

I'm a new "official" follower, but have been reading your blog for a very long time. You are so very talented and I can't imagine a better Christmas present to myself than to win one of your giveaways!

Tammy C.

Melissa said...

Here is my link:

I'm also a follower. Thank you!

Sandy Camarda said...

OMG OMG I sooo want to win one of your GORGEOUS wreaths! Thanks so much for telling me about it! I just followed your blog and posted the button and your link here:

Thanks so much for entering me in the give-away! I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

BTW, Viv and I were saying the same thing the other day- about how our lives are more enriched because of blogger friends. I am glad your year has turned around for the better too. I am hopeful that 2013 will be even better for all of us!

Sandy Claus xox

Michelle S said...

Congrats to you...I am sure you had a hard time and you should commend yourself..God Bless your Momand your great husband who has supported you through it all!!

Naperville Now said...

wishing you health and much happiness in the year ahead. love your wreaths (and would love to learn how to make one).

Chenille Cottage said...

Blessings, Meri!
Thank you for being so real and for sharing about this past year. I'm so glad your Mom is stable and that you were so gracious to help her. Congratulations on your weight loss. I have lost 30 pounds this past year and feel so much better.
About two years ago when the housing market where I live plummeted our home lost half it's value. We nearly lost our home because of a 60% loss in my husband's income. It's amazing just how much we have learned through this. So many things were not "needs" but "greeds" in our life. Just like you and your sweet husband, Mark and I have grown closer through it all. Isn't it wonderful having a faithful, loving husband by your side when times are difficult?
Blessings and much happiness to you, my friend!
Thank you for your incredibly generous Giveaway. I would love to be included.
Merry Christmas!
Carolynn xx

Chenille Cottage said...

OOOps...I almost forgot to tell you that I am heading over to my blog to share about your Giveaway...and, I have followed you for a long long time.
Carolynn xx

HollyC said...

Hey Meri, I love the beautiful wreaths! I have wanted to make one for a while but can't seem to part with my tree ornaments. I am gladly following you and figured out how to add your button :) and even included your giveaway in my most recent post :) It is so sweet of you to part with your two beautiful wreaths. I am so happy for you that things have turned around for you and your family. The images that you have upload are awesome! I am going to include some of them on my neighborhood's newsletter that I hope to finish tomorrow. Thank you for such wonderful inspirations and for coming over to visit me on my blog. Have a wonderful night, Holly

Tealovinglady said...

Hello Meri,

I too love your wreaths and all your vintage goodies! I am a new follower to your blog and will enjoy coming back again and again to look at your lovelies.

I am so glad that your life is now on a uphill climb and things are turning around for you. God is good!

I am going to post about your blog and your wonderful giveaway now. I will add you to my blogroll but do not know how to add your button but I will definitely try to do that to as I would love to win one of your wreaths especially the first one. It would go great with my holiday decor!

Happy Holidays! Donna

stefanie said...

wow!!! you know the real meaning of and thankfulness!!!

E said...

Hi Meri,
Sign me up ! I finally figured out the "button" posting issue so we are up and running ... and thats one cute button by the way !! Thanks so much for all the sweet images you share :) Glad to hear things are looking up you've had a rough year. Elaine

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I am follower. I have posted all about your giveaway! And here's my comment! These are gorgeous!!! Crossing my fingers!!


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, Meri! Awesome give away and I hope an awesome year ahead for you! I know I'm ready for some happy! Those trials need to take a vaca!

Thanks so much for a chance to win. I follow, I posted and I have your cute button on my side bar (which I would have done long ago if I could remember!)

Autumn Ferns said...

I am completely new to blogging, but yours has inspired me! My first post includes a mention of your blog. I couldn't figure out how to post a button though. I'm glad to see that things are looking up for you. God Bless.

A Vintage Chic said...

Ooooh, Meri! There's not much I love more than a fabulous vintage Christmas wreath, and these are FABULOUS!!! I particularly love the multi-colored one--makes my heart go pitter-patter!

I've already added the info to today's post & you KNOW I'm a follower! {keeping my fingers crossed!!!}

So glad things are going better for you & yours this year--same's always a good thing to count our blessings, isn't it?!

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear friend!


Cheryl said...

Praise God for all your blessings Meri! What wonderful news all around! Next year is going to be even better :-)
big hugs,

Pollyanna said...

This is my first time visiting your blog and I am now a follower ... sorry its been a hard year for you, but grateful that you have the wisdom to see the good that comes from adversity.

I just did a post about your contest and put in a link so others came come join in the fun .... of course in my heart of hearts I am hoping I win as the wreaths ARE amazing!!

Kim Covell-Campbell said...

Here is the link to my blog post:

I am a follower and I adore your creations and posts!!! I have always wanted a wreath like this!

SueLovesCherries said...

I follow you, you're on my sidebar, and I love you! Hey, did you see my Rednesday post this week? Opening photo . . .

donna said...

Oh Meri your wreaths are beautiful. I am already a follower and I posted about your give away.
I am so glad everything is work out for you. You are such a sweet person.

Blessed Serendipity said...

My goodness you and your family have have your challenges this year. I am so happy to hear that things are getting better and your positive attitude is so wonderful! It is so sweet that you are giving away some awesome pieces you have created. These are so gorgeous and anybody who wins will surely LOVE and cherish it. I have posted your button and link on my sidebar right at the top of my blog. I follow you. :)


AllyJo said...

I followed and shared. Of course I want to I'm following you now because 1. Gorgeous blog. 2. Been there done that. It's all very painful and I'm happy to see you smiling and cheerful and going forward. Blessings to you.

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Meri, I'm so happy about your house. I'm also happy you are happy, and all of your family is doing well. Yaaaaay for Mom getting stronger and doing well, I knew she could do it! My mom actually had a two week streak of doing pretty well, moving around a bit better, and it was encouraging. I guess it will come and go, but it gave us hope that we can keep her home longer.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. I'm so bad about making time to post. I really try though. I guess I will add that to my list of New Year's resolutions! Love to you and Mom.
Big hugs,

A Vintage Chic said...

Silly me...somehow I missed your button--it's up now, though! I think I was so besotted by the image of the wreath that I didn't see the button! I need to learn how to make buttons--something I STILL haven't figured out!

Sending love your way, my friend!


Jann Olson said...

Oh my, these are absolutely gorgeous! I have wanted to make one but don't have nearly enough vintage ornaments. You are so generous! I can only imagine the hours these took to create. I thought that I was already a follower, but didn't see me. Happy to be one now. Posted your cute button on my sidebar. You really have been through alot. The trials are so difficult when you are going through them, but obviously you have been blessed. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family.

Kim Budash said...


I do not have a blog to post your button; however, I LOVE your blog and all that you do and hope I am able to be eligible to win one of the two wreaths that you have up for a drawing. I read your blog ALL THE TIME; however, I am not an official follower. However, I will go and try to become a follower. Thanks for a chance to win something that is as excellent as your wreaths are. Even if I dont win, I will still continue to read and immensely enjoy your blog and all that you do. Thanks!!!

Lynn Stevens said...

Meri, I had no idea you had so much going on this past year. Hoping that 2013 brings you all things good as you deserve it so!

I'll be happy to spread the word. I'll post on my sidebar, but let someone else be the winner as I've already been so lucky to have won in the past.
Hugs girlfriend. Have a wonderful Holiday season.

Dorothy Crutchfield said...

Hi Meri,
This is so sweet of you! I've posted about your giveaway, told all my friends! Count me in!
Have a wonderful Christmas and a very good New Year!

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

Meri I am so glad to hear that things are on the upswing for you. What a generous way to celebrate by sharing with us in blogland.

I am a follower.

I am delighted to post this beautiful giveaway on my blog.

Merry Christmas,

Liveandlearn78 said...

Wow! You are a trooper! I don't have a blog, but I truly enjoy reading yours. Just want your to know that I will keep you in my prayer for a beautiful 2013. Love your work!


Liveandlearn78 said...

Just wanting you to know how I admire your work. You are such a trooper. You're the epitomy of the old adage...When the going gets tough..the tough get going! I will remember you in my prayers. Hoping God sends you a
blessed 2013. Love, love, love the big vintage wreath. SO full of memories for a girl born in the 50's like myself.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I'm so glad things have turned around! Wonderful news!

I added your button to my sidebar

Dragonfly Treasure said...

I forgot to mention I'm a follower too ♥

I was happy to post about you giveaway too!

Perfectly Printed said...

I am pretty sure I'm a follower, I can't check that at work, I will at home...I did put a post about your I just have to figure out how to put your button on my blog!!


Judy Biggerstaff said...

I am a follower and what a great giveaway. Love them both.

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog at

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I am a follower too, love them both.

Kathy said...

Hi there - So glad that things are turning around for you. I understand. This has not been a great year for me either. Hopefully the New Year will brings much needed joy. I tried to post the button, but I do not have a blog. I posted your giveaway on my Facebook page, and am a follower of yours. H ave a happy holiday season. Take care!!!