Friday, June 1, 2012


Ok everyone! It is time for you all to go to a brand new website!  I have been truly blessed since starting this blog, but have felt confined to only one topic, so I created my own website, and would love to have you join!

To get you over there, here is the list of prizes to be given away.  You have until June 8 to enter!  So do it soon!

Here is what you need to do and the prizes you can win!

1.  Please pick a blog or blogs that you would like to follow by email.  There is a little follow button that appears at the bottom right hand corner of each blog.  Please hit this and fill out your email address and information.  You will then receive an email asking you to finish your subscription.  Please follow those instructions.
2.  Leave a comment on the blog or blogs that you chose to follow, along with your email address.  This way, I can be sure your name is entered in the drawing.  To leave a comment, please click on the title, scroll down and you will find the comment section.  If you join all four, your name will be entered four times. If you are one of the first 100 people to subscribe, your name will be entered twice.  (So if you follow each blog, and you are one of the first one hundred, your name will be put in the drawing 8 times.)
3.  If you are one of the first 30 people to subscribe,  I will email you a coupon code for my shop BitsofthePast.
4.  I will accept entries from June 1 to 8.  On June 8th I will draw names of followers only.
So now on to the prizes.
The first drawing will be for an E-Book by Renee Tougas of Fimby.  She has donated a wonderful book about how to nurture your creativity, and make it a priority in your life.  To read more, please click on the picture below.

Please also go to her website to receive daily inspiration.  Believe me, you will be inspired.
The next prize will be an adorable coin purse made by Nuckin' Futs Knitter.
Nesting Doll Patch Coin Pouch
Nesting Doll Patch Coin Pouch
Isn't this awesome?!  Handmade, I might add!  I know you want it!
Please visit her blog and shop to support her!  She is amazing!
3.  The third drawing is for my Antique Barnwood signs.  This barnwood is 100 years old.  The barn was torn down, but I was able to salvage some of the wood, and have used it for many different things.  But I love to make signs with them.  They have so much character.

These have a $30 dollar value, and come with hardware to make them easier for you to hang.
4.  Ok, now the prizes are getting bigger!  I have tried to give away items that fit with the many themes that are present on my website.  Wisdom from the book, handmade and vintage, now for adventure.  Since it is summer, and all of you will want to do some sort of travelling.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of this book.

This book is based on a weekly column written in the New York Times.  The column is devoted to the weekend getaway!  It tells you where to go, what to do and how to get the most out of your short weekend getaway!  To find out more, or to just go ahead and purchase a copy, go here.
5.  Finally, the grand prize.  Because it is summer, and I absolutely love mine, I am giving away an electric ice cream maker.
Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream/ Sorbet Maker
I love, love,love mine!  I adore home-made ice cream, but I hate the mess of the more conventional ice cream makers.  Call me lazy.  This is easy to use and easy to clean.  You can also play around with different recipes.  I make mine with pudding mix.  Really creamy!
Here is a description:

Enjoy tasty cold treats anytime with the Cuisinart Automatic Frozen Yogurt/ Ice Cream/ Sorbet Maker (ICE21). This 3-in-1 electric machine can produce up to 1-1/2 qts of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet in as little as 20 minutes. It's also a cinch to operate -- all you have to do is put the ingredients in and turn the machine on. And with the ICE21's heavy-duty motor, fully automatic paddle, and double insulated freezer bowl, it's both easy and fun to make your favorite healthy frozen snacks.
In addition, this automatic maker features a large spout for adding ingredients and a transparent locking lid for watching your ice cream being made. Plus, it's easy to clean so you can can spend more time enjoying your frozen delights and less time cleaning up the preparation process!
    • Easy To Use:

      Simply place the ingredients in the machine and turn it on
    • Curb Your Cravings:

      Hungry? Not a
    • You're The Chef:

      Put your own spin on your favorite flavors or invent a new one
    • problem. You can enjoy home made frozen treats in as little as 20 minutes
Found here

Now go to my new site and sign up!!!

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

I Know it is Early

Well, it is May 31, but those of you who read this blog, will get a head start on the prizes. 

So, I will no longer be posting on this particular blog.  It has served me well for a while, but it is time to move on. 
I now have a website!  This has been a great deal of work, and I hope you all like it, and follow it.  There are four different blogs for you to choose from, but I also want you to look at the website home page daily.  There will be coupon codes, awesome sponsors and changing pictures through the seasons.

Wonderful prizes are offered to those who follow by email.  All the information you need, you will find at

                                        Bits of the Past and Present!!!

Come on over right now to enter your name!  

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

June 1 is Getting Closer!

Well, it is Wednesday, and June 1 is Friday!!!  I cannot believe it is almost here!  Looks like I have some of your attention!

I will be giving away a set of those terrific signs on my blog, as well as a few more prizes.

Some wonderful individuals have graciously donated items.  Here are two of the sponsors.

Renee Tougas over at FIMBY, a great site on living more simply and thoughtfully, is giving a copy of her e-Book away!

To read more about this awesome book go here:

Nuckin Futs Knitter over at Etsy, as graciously donated one of her terrific knitted items, which will be announced on June first!

There will be other great prizes on June 1 as well!  This is just a little teaser.

I was asked for a hint, so I will give one to you.

When you come to visit, you will be directed elsewhere.

There you go!  That is all I am going to give you, and I hope you guys are just as excited as I am!

See you soon!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just to Wet Your Appetite

So, as the big news approaches, I wanted to show you a prize that will be given away to one lucky winner! 

These antique barn wood signs.  I acquired this barn wood from a 100 year old barn that had to be taken down.  Sad, isn't it!  But the wood has been given new life through many projects around my home and now through these signs.  I sold a set of these signs in my shop for $30.  And now I am going to give them away.  Soon, real soon!!

This is just a sample of the fun that will be happening.  I have some wonderful prizes donated by sponsors that will be sure to excite you, and I will be sharing those in the days to come!

Remember, June 1!!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

It is Getting Closer!!!

Oh my goodness!! I am getting so very excited about the big reveal!!!  There are some great prizes in the works! 

11 more days to go!

And so much to do!!!

See you soon!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Stay Tuned!!!

I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but that's life right?

I have been working hard on new endeavors, so please stay tuned!

Return to this site on June 1, and I will redirect you to my newest endeavors!  Stay tuned for prizes, grand re openings and new fun adventures!

Count down to June first launch party!

Only 17 more days!!!!!!