Thursday, October 21, 2010

Willow House Giveaway from Southern Fried Gal

When I first heard that Southern Living at Home was closing its party-at-home doors, I was sad for about five minutes until I read that they were reappearing better than ever as the newly designed Willow House. My friend Carmella from Southern Fried Dreams is a Willow House consultant, and the newest sponsor here at Serenity Now.

She agreed to offer a $40 Gift Certificate this week to one lucky Serenity Now reader! Come and see what Carmella has in store for you!

I was curious as to how the company chose their new name after such strong branding with Southern Living, and Carmella's reply made perfect sense. Willow House embodies "grace, warmth, and a bit of magic." The company might sway with the trends, but it is certainly not overpowered by them. Willow House roots are "firmly grounded" as consultants "impact with the world...with a feather-light touch."

I like that standard of business, but most of all I like knowing that Willow House continues to provide beautiful, quality products with that same intrinsically Southern feel! When I took a peek at Carmella's online Willow House shop, I was pleased to see some new products, some oldies but goodies, and lots of eye candy!
Carmella got her start with Willow House in 2005, when it was still under the SL umbrella. After shopping at some home parties, she was excited about the idea of purchasing the starter kit and receiving some beautiful products at a steep discount. She didn't intend to stick with it past a month, but now Carmella is a leader in the company, earning full-time income on a part-time schedule! Most of all, she enjoys being able to stay home with her six year old son, who is already learning about entrepreneurship by helping his mama with little tasks around the house. I'd love for him to come and teach a seminar to Natalie and Michaela Byrd!

Carmella's best selling item, and--coincidentally--my favorite item in her shop, is the French Wire Tiered Stand. Check out the lines on this beauty. I can see so many uses for this piece: holding ribbon in a craft room, as a serving stand for mini quiches at a brunch, or for displaying treats at a party, as they've pictured below:

Speaking of parties, we have some major holidays coming up! If I should ever {ahem!!} get to host a holiday in my own home with my family, I'd want to make it as lovely and memorable as possible. Willow House offers all sorts of lovely products to make entertaining a joy:

Who says you have to serve your Thanksgiving dressing (for my readers in the North, that is like stuffing, but in a casserole dish--wink--) in an old baking pan? That Highland Casserole Caddy will dress your dining room buffet right up.

You can't expect your guests to wait around all day for a turkey dinner, so why not indulge their appetites with one of Willow House's special mixes? I think the Pound Cake or the Ciabatta Bread look scrumptious!

My most favorite holiday of all is right around the corner...Christmas! Carmella's shop featured some really pretty pieces. I love the whimsical Roxy Reindeer line, and the "Jolly" stockings (which can be embroidered) are too much fun!

I was also excited to find a Willow House Outlet on Carmella's site: a spot with items from past product lines. The items are deeply discounted, but only available online and for a limited time. Most items ordered online ship within a few days...this is an excellent alternative for busy wives and moms who don't have time to attend local at-home parties.

When Carmella is not busy in sales, she enjoys blogging to stay sane. Her blog, Southern Fried Dreams, showcases her favorite recipes, door decor, kids' projects, and Willow House products.

Carmella is generously giving away a $40 Gift Certificate to one reader! You have have until Sunday night at 10 (ET) to enter. Please leave a separate comment for each entry!

1. Visit Carmella's Willow House shop and leave me a comment here with the name of your favorite item (mandatory to enter)
For Extra Entries You Can:
2. Link this Giveaway on Facebook.
3. Link this Giveaway on Twitter.
4. Blog about this Giveaway.
5. Link up to my Weekend Bloggy Reading party, which will open at 8 am Friday morning. The code for the party button is below.
Weekend Bloggy Reading


{Good luck, and happy shopping!}


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53 comments:

  1. Wow! Can we only pick one? =) I love the Hyacinth Ramekins and the mini hurricane and the apple slicer and many other items! Would LOVE to win this!

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  2. So much cute stuff, but I LOVE the Avery Birdhouse Trio!

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  3. beautiful stuff-love the star fireplace stocking holder-i've been looking for stocking holders for my kids' stockings

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  4. tweeted http://twitter.com/7alltogether/status/28023981866

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  5. Wow, there was a lot to look through. But I definitely love that tiered stand!You could use it in so many different ways!

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  6. I really loved the farmhouse tiered basket. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Hannah

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  7. so many choices! i love the 3 tiered stand that you featured in your post today, but i also love the jolly holiday runner!

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  8. Yay! I'm so excited to be a sponsor! Thank you for the generous write-up - you rock!

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  9. I love the Large Prism Glass Ornaments. I LOVE Christmas ornaments! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  10. You want me to choose just ONE favorite!?! Seriously! Ok...the Italian Stitch mug set.

    Have a great day! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  11. I am posting this on FB, too!

    Hugs!
    Kim

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  12. Great giveaway! I'm in love with the jolly holiday table runner, it's perfect for holiday entertaining.

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  13. I am in love with all the holiday stuff! The stockings are ADORABLE!!!

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  14. Too many gorgeous things to choose from but I love the jolly holiday table runner, it's so festive & cute. :-)

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  15. oh wow everything is beautiful but the napa tray would look so amazing in the kitchen i am redoing!

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  16. I just love Carmella and Willow House! I also am totally in love with Beaumont Container which is shown with a big ole bottle of wine in it. I don't drink much wine, but the container is gorgeous! WAAAY to many pretty things!!

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  18. I love their products so much. ONe of my favorites sets is the Belle Meade canister set.

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  19. It's all awesome! I love that Farmhouse Tiered Basket.

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  20. I'm in love with the French Wire Tiered Stand!!!!! Awesome giveaway!!!!

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  21. Without a doubt, the Napa tray. I've had my eye on that one for a long time! :-)

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  22. I only have a few more minutes on my lunch hour so I had to make a mad dash over there. I was there just long enough to fallin love with her Florentine Napkin HOlder. I just bought pretty paper holiday napkins and found my pewter napkin holder has disappeared!Enter me and lets see if I have time enough to facebook this giveaway :-)

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  23. Oh, the Galveston Hurricanes in either size! Love, love, love!

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  24. I love the Framework Urn - I have an area above my TV that's been tough for me to decorate and I think the urn would look fab!

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  25. I hadn't heard about this! I'm so surprised to hear that SL is no more. My neighbor is/was an SL rep and I've gotten several beautiful things from her parties over the years.

    I'm absolutely DYING to have the Lady Jane Bottleneck vases--one small, one large, please! (Is there a medium one I didn't see? I'll take it, too!)

    So glad to learn about this. Thanks, Amanda! :)

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  26. I love the Berry and Bow Door Bucket.
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  27. EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKK!!!!

    I love it!!! OK...here are a couple of my favorites! The baguette holder, the two tiered plate holder, and the terra cotta wall plaques!

    Please enter me!

    Thanks,

    Mary Joy

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  28. I like all the products but one of my favorites is the Berry and Bow Door Bucket :)

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  29. Wow I love all the stuff! I particularly love the Christmas stuff you've liste buttt I think I have o choose the Avery Birdhouses! So CUTE! They would look amazing hanging outside amongst the greenery!

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  30. Really pretty items. I could do without looking at the same burnt up corning ware at my next festivity! Please enter me. :)

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  31. Ooo, pick me, pick me! I love the french wire tiered stand, so many uses for it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. The Holiday Door Bucket would be perfect on my door this year! I love it! I love many of her items!
    Wonderful giveaway!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  33. I really like the Berry and Bow Door Bucket. It would be really cute on my side door for Christmas!

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  34. I really like the memo board and iron stand, very cute!

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  35. What a great giveaway! I want that tiered stand so bad! :)

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  36. The Lady Jane Bottleneck Vase immediately caught my eye. I'd love to have that.

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  37. I like the italian stitch soup bowls!

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  38. I love the Covington Serving Tray!
    teresacline2001(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  39. I LOVE the lady jane bottle neck vase in large....gorgeous!!!

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  40. And I linked up to the weekend bloggy read :)

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  41. So many things that I like....!!! But I'll pick the Hathaway Soap Rest, I need it for my guest bathroom

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  42. I love the cinnabar accent plates.
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  43. Linked on fb here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=124194524304349&id=100000865341565

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  44. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/suburbsanity/status/28597069387

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  45. I would love to win this giveaway! I am in love with the Berry and Bow Door Bucket. Thanks for the chance!

    epfaulkner@gmail.com

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  46. I linked up to your Weekend Bloggy Reading party and added the button to my blog.

    epfaulkner@gmail.com

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  47. I tweeted.

    http://twitter.com/#!/epfaulkner/status/28598573848

    epfaulkner@gmail.com

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  48. Added a link on my Sunday Song post for your giveaway!

    http://paigefaulkner.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-song-sailing-on-ship.html

    epfaulkner@gmail.com

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