Fab Freebie: Gotta Hand It To You

***This giveaway is no longer accepting entries – see who won below!***

Thanks to random.org, we’ve got a Merry (belated) Christmas prize going out to… Kristin Aune (who made t-shirts for both of her kids, ornaments, buckeyes and has been trying to perfect her fudge pie recipe). Congrats!

Wahoo. Hope you guys all had an awesome holiday weekend (you can see a sliver of ours here). As we mentioned on Friday, we’ll be stopping in with one quick post each day this week (amongst family hosting, feverish book-deadline writing, and priming & painting all of our kitchen cabinets). But we couldn’t wait to share today’s giveaway that we wrangled after seeing so much amazing stuff at our local Handmade Holiday craft fair. So this week’s lucky winner will get:

  • An 8×10 letterpress print (any choice of quote & color), a set of blueprint notes (airplane, boat, golfcart, knots, wave, or lighthouse) and a leather blank book from Almanac Industries. These Baltimore-based bookbinders and letterpress gurus bring a wonderful worn and masculine vibe to these printed prizes.
  • $50 towards Funnel Cloud Studio on Etsy. Obviously we love her Virginia-themed art, but she also has a bunch of cheerful patterned prints and cheeky illustrations to choose from too.
  • A 26-letter ornament set and this green vase from Turnerbots. And we thought our J, S, C and B initial ornaments were cool. Someone’s about to get a whole alphabet full of candy colored ceramics, along with a V-A-S-E.
  • $50 towards Zou Zou’s Basement on Etsy. We loved the bunny print that we bought, and this $50 is enough to snag two of her colorful prints.


  • PRIZE: Everything mentioned above
  • TO ENTER: Comment on this post with the words “HAND IT TO ME” and tell us…
  • BONUS QUESTION: … what you’ve made with your own hands recently. Did you bake something for the holidays? Did you give a handmade gift this weekend? Or have you tackled a DIY or homemade art project recently?
  • GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, December 28th at 8pm EST or at 10,000 entries (whichever comes first)
  • PRIZE SHIPS: The 50 United States (although we do try to wrangle as many international giveaways as possible)
  • DISCOUNT: 10% off any item in Turnerbots’ Etsy shop until January 15th, 2012 with the coupon code YOUNGHOUSE.
  • USUAL STUFF: One entry per e-mail address is permitted. The winner will be selected using random.org and announced on Thursday as an update to this post. That’s right, come right back here on Thursday for the announcement of our winner. Good luck…

Note: We aren’t paid or perked for hosting these giveaways, we just do ‘em to thank you awesome folks for stopping in. See our Giveaway FAQ page for more info. Pics courtesy of Funnel Cloud Studio, Turnerbots, Almanac Industries and Zou Zou’s Basement.


  1. Ginny says

    Hand it to me!

    I made homemade cinnamon rolls for our Christmas morning breakfast. We’re enjoying the leftover ones today!

    • Meghan says

      Hand it to me!

      I made a big felt wreath for my house! I cut out 330 felt circles and also made small felt wreath for my closest friend here in VA.

  2. Amanda says


    Pies and the holiday dinner. Everything taste better from scratch. Except for pie crust. Making that from scratch is just crazy talk.

    • says

      Amanda — if you have a Cuisinart, it’s really easy to make pie dough from the recipe that comes with it — it does all of the chopping of the butter and all of the mixing; the hardest part is getting the dough out without slicing a finger on the blade (a rite of passage, I’m afraid).

  3. says

    I recently bought a 1955 ranch house, complete with knotty pine panelling, metal kitchen cabinets, all wood trim ( never been painted),
    with plain walls and the oh so divine pink and green tile in the bathroom. I have had my bathroom tile and tub reglazed in beautiful pure white, put in new sink and toilet, and have painted EVERY room in the house. Still not finished. :) I’ll be painting more today. My hands are tired! :)

  4. Tangee says

    Hand it to me!

    I tried some new recipes this weekend (Spanakopita puffs and Apple Dumplings). I also made some Christmas ornaments.

  5. Michelle says

    HAND IT TO ME! I made hot fudge sauce (a Pinterest recipe) to hand out to friends and framed an inspirational verse for a friend’s daughter who just had preemie twins! I also made a casserole for her to put in the freezer for those hectic days when the babies come home from the hospital. Now I’ll have to shop for the babies as my sewing skills are nill…

  6. lisa acosta says

    Hand it to me!

    I made a fireplace backdrop with my son, using brown paper bag paper and a sponge for the ‘bricks’! I also hung shelves over it to look like a mantle! It actually came out super cute and best of all – free as I had all the supplies on hand. :-)

  7. Lindsey says

    HAND IT TO ME! {please}

    I did a hand made Christmas this year:

    The puppet show was a total hit for the kids! Totally worth the hours of sewing! Totally NOT worth the time however was the huge traditional Christmas meal I made for the in-laws… which no one said thank you for. :(

  8. Mandy says


    I actually hand made a lot this year. Wreathes for my parents and in laws, a blanket for my niece, and homemade dog treats for all the dogs in my life :)

  9. Kim says

    HAND IT TO ME! I made Fanny Farmer’s macaroni and cheese. My 8 year old son’s favorite food for Christmas Eve dinner.

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