Friday, November 16, 2012

It's That Time of Year

 
If you've been reading my blog for a while you know each year I have a Holiday Polka Dot Palooza Giveaway.  Well guess what?  It's time.  I have a prize for my US readers and one for my International readers.  We all know shipping rates are hefty but I don't like leaving out my fellow International polka dot fans.  That is the reason for the second (lighter weight) prize package.
 

Tissue paper, gift bag, tags, paper napkins, swankie, bandaids, buttons, 2 fat quarters, note pad, Mary Engelbreit journal and pencils, ribbons, and a handmade spotted string table mat.


Buttons, ribbons, gift bag, tags, swankie, and a handmade spotted string table mat.

I dislike giveaway rules.  You do not have to become a follower, although it is nice if you do read my blog.  Lurkers always welcome!

COMMENTS ARE NOW  CLOSED

Here's what you do have to do:

*Leave a comment on this post only.
*In your comment tell me if you are a US or International reader.
*Also please tell me this --  if you play any games during the holidays what is your favorite?

Our family gets pretty rowdy playing Uno.

I'll randomly select the winners one day next week so I can get the prizes mailed in time to be useful during the holidays.

~Piecefully, Stephanie

98 comments:

Judy said...

Stephanie, thank you so much for your giveaway!!! I just love, love, love dots. I am a US reader and I look at your blog every day. You have some awesome looking recipes. I really want to win :-)

I don't play any different games during the holidays, but my favorite game to play all the time is sudoku. I play it any time I have to wait for something or someone.

Thanks again for the giveaway.

Judy

Contented Caroline said...

What lovely giveaways - so generous. I am international - being in the UK, my favourite game to play on Christmas Day is a game called Pictionary - after a couple of drinks it can be rather amusing. Doubt I'll be doing any drinking or game playing though this year as I have a baby due round Christmas time!!

Kristina said...

Hi, I am in the US. We are a family of 9...so games are always rowdy! We love the game of Life, Monopoly and Uno...but nothing beats a game of softball.
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

QuiltSwissy said...

I am US based! And we do play a game called Headbandz. You put a card on your forhead. You ask questions and try to guess what it says. We play this on cruises with our cruising buddies and always draw a big crowd!

Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!

glen

Jodi said...

I live in Rhode Island, USA. We love to do a Yankee Swap at our family Christmas party. Thanks!

amber said...

I am a US reader! We love white elephant games. This year is "homemade" gifts...you never know what you'll end up with!!
Great giveaway :)

Pat said...

What a great giveaway. I love Christmas and this group of prizes says that holiday big time! Would love to win.
Dominos is our favorite game to play anytime of the year.

Sunnybec said...

I am one of your International followers (France). We don't play games now as it's usually just me, hubs and the dog! But we have had loads of fun when we do get together with family and friends and I have to say that games on Wii is my favourite, and it can be good exercise too!!

Dolores said...

Ha, games! A couple of years ago one of my sons and one of my daughters decided that we needed a yearly Olympics. So, we have a 3-foot race down the street (no snow yet) and a marshmallow sculpture contest and then there is the magnet toss where you have to lie down on the basement floor and see if the magnet sticks to the cold air register. My sons have that one pretty much covered since they had years of practice. Now we also do washoos (similar to bean bag toss into holes cut into a plywood base but we use big circle, metal washers.) Thanks for the chance to win your international prize.

~Niki~ said...

what a great give!

I am in Arizona, USA :)

We play outburst and have lots of fun with that. We also play Apples to Apples, fun fun!

Happy holidays to you, my friend.
niki

Laurie said...

I'm from Massachusetts. We play pictionary every holiday! With the girls winning most of the time!

September Violets said...

Hi Stephanie, I'm in Canada, and love polka dots. What a lovely giveaway you've created! We play games when we are camping, and our favourite is a card game called Bull in a China Shop...very strategic! Wendy

Maria said...

Well - I have to give it a try too this year! Still love my Polka Dot socks!!! I´m "International" and in my family we play lots of different card games.

pdrue said...

Polka dots are the best! I'm a US follower. We've been known to engage in some pretty cut throat Apples to Apples games during the holidays!

carol fun said...

I suppose you knew there was no way I could pass up this giveaway. Such cute polka-dotty goodness! (insert girlish squeal - LOL) Over the holidays my family likes to play Scrabble but we cheat - a lot - but a good time is had by all!

ok - US resident - Ohio - the heart of it all!

marie said...

I'm in the Pacific NW and after dinner we play Mexican Train. Love the dot paper, thanks for the give away.

Sharmond said...

What a nice treat! I am a US reader. Enjoy your blog. My family usually looks for a new game each year. My son is actually working on a new game design. I love Scrabble!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I just had to stop in and say, FUN!! I was lucky enough to win this last year and I loved everything Stephanie had in the giveaway.
Good luck to every one and thanks to Stephanie for this fun giveaway!

TJO said...

What a FUN post! I am from North Dakota, USA. We love games at Christmas time. Something tells me though that this year the guys will be busy hunting on the Wii while mom and I play in our fabrics. :)

Deb said...

Beautiful giveaway. I always enjoy reading your blog. I am a US reader.
My grandparents taught us at a very early age how to play Pinochle. They may be gone, but we still play every year and teaching our kids.

Anette J said...

Oh i love this giveaway - please let me win. Im one of your international followers - from Denmark. We are also playing UNO in our family. But after iphones and ipads we all play something different. Some play angre birds and some makes soduko and such things.

Thank you for this lovely giveaway.

Anette

Cardygirl said...

Hi Stephanie...I am an Aussie polka-holic so would love to see your parcel arrive downunder! I love games...Trivial Pursuit has a long and tightly contested history with us, but we also love our Scrabble!

Kigwit said...

Oh I love the polka dots! My sons are still little, 5 & 7, so we play Candyland a lot. The older son was just given Battleship so we play that in teams.

I'm a US reader.

Mrs A said...

International- New Zealand. We play lots of games with our boys through out the year so they just continue through december. They do love the lego games :D

Jennifer said...

I love polka dots! Thanks for the chance to win some. I am in the US. We love games at Christmas, especially uno and scattergories.

Ginger said...

International :-)

We play lego games mostly but my favourite is scrabble - can't wait until the children are big enough to stand a chance against me.

Susan C said...

I read your blog regularly from South Carolina. Our family enjoys playing Bananagrams and Apples to Apples when we are together.l Lots of fun and laughter!

Alisa said...

I am from Canada - thanks for including us! :-)

Our family LOVES playing games. Some of our favourites are Dixit, Qwirkle, Bohnanza, Ticket to Ride, Lost Cities, Dominion and Fits. You won't find them at a regular department store but at a specialty game store. Playing games inside while it's gloomy weather on the outside is so fun!

Lynn said...

I'm in the US. I love the holidays (and vacations too), when the kids aren't in school and we can play games. We play a extremely competitive ugly game of scrabble and banangrams, also skipbo and gin rummy.

Lynette said...

In the heart of Kansas!
Would love to win the polka dot giveaway, I have my eye on the spotted table mat!! ;-)
Our family has been playing games together since the kids first learned to turn a card over for Candyland! In fact we usually get a new game every Christmas! This year our daughter and son-in-law got a couple of new games that they will bring along home for the holidays. Zombie Dice and Ticket to Ride!!!

Marie said...

This is fun!

I'm from Canada and, in true Canadian form, on Boxing Day we get together for a big (rather unorganized) game of road hockey. Everyone and anyone can play - skill is not a requirement. One year my mother played goal using a broom! Anyway, it's tons of fun and helps us wear off just a little of the turkey and goodies that we seem to inhale this time of the year. Indoors we like to play dominos while sipping on some pretty tasty homemade eggnog. No wonder I love the holidays!

Elizabeth said...

I am an international reader and subscriber (Canada - eh).We like to play trouble. My son (20 yr. old) requested rock em sock em robots for Christmas this year - seems like only yesterday that I was asking Santa for the same toy. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

stitchinpenny said...

Hi Stephanie - I am a US reader and I am almost through with my Block Island Sunset quilt that began with your Sparkle Plenty Pattern - I had to buy black today for the binding. As for the games - I am forbidden to play games with my family - I am too aggressive.

pam said...

US here
We play the 'steal the preset' with dice. Also, Christmas bingo with white elephant gifts.
When the kids were young and still home for New Year's Eve we would always play Trivial Pursuit.
Thank you for the opportunity to win some Dots!!!
pam
sydney bean put at g mail dot com

Quilt Hollow said...

You are surely the polka dot queen! US here. The game my sons love to MAKE me play is TABOO. They are really good at teaming up against me and DH. Ive been lurking here and leaving few comments. But for dots I'm in!

Renea said...

I am from the US. Our family use to do game night on New Years Eve. We would have all kinds of different snacks and get out all of the games. Our favorite's were Monopoly, Yahtzee, and UNO. Now that they are all grown up we don't do this anymore but they all talk about the fun New Years Eve we would have. Thanks for the cute giveaway.

Lizzie said...

Hello there! I am one of your avid international followers from over here in the UK. I love your blog :-)
At home we love playing Carcassonne at Christmas (or any other time in fact ) and, as I am a teacher, at school this year my students have voted to play thieving Santa at the end of term......

debbie said...

We love to play train dominoes. Great giveaway!
I am from the US.

quiltingathome@earthlink.net

Love uno, also!

Johanna said...

I'm a US reader. We love to the Rudolph edition of Monopoly. Monopoly seems to be our go to game when the power goes out too. It takes a couple of days sometimes, but we get through it an hour or two at a time! Needless to say, I never win that game! Darn kids! They are getting the Hello Kitty Monopoly this year as a gift. Don't tell!

Pieceful said...

Holy Polka Dots Batman! I am from the US way up here in northern ME near the Canadian border. We play games when the family gathers for 4 days at Thanksgiving. I LOVE Banangrams!

Mary said...

Hello from Missouri! Love all the polka dots. We play a lot of Scattergories at holidays.

Carolyn said...

Hi! I'm a US lurker, I've been reading your blog for awhile. We usually play Apples to Apples at some point over the holidays, it's so much fun!

Brandie said...

Stephanie you know how to throw a giveaway! Polka dots galore.
Us Californian Campbell's, like all games. We pull out Monopoly, Mad Grab and even Alien Autopsy during the holidays. But our favorite is Balderdash. We spend hours on just one round. We love it!
Have a Happy Holiday!

Jackie said...

What a generous giveaway!

I'm a US reader and enjoy reading your blog.

We don't play games during the holidays. I can see how it would be great fun! I am looking for a couple to play canasta with though. I used to play that with a family friend and her parents when I was a kid. Love that game!

Kathryn said...

Thanks so much for your bright and cheerful polka dot giveaway. As one of your US followers, I look forward to your generosity.

My family likes to play Trivial Pursuit, still.

JoyceLM said...

I'm in the US - thanks for the chance to win. When my family gets together, even during the holidays, we always play cards, and Fantan is one of our favorites.

barbara woods said...

good old usa , georgia thanks for the chance

Jill said...

Looks like fun. I follow and live in San Diego. Thanks for a chance.

QuiltieComments said...

Hi, I'm from the US and my sewing buddies and I like to play Left, Right, Center with fat quarters! What an awesome prize that looks like...thanks for the chance!

Outback Crafter - Debra said...

Oh Stephanie, how lovely.
I am an international follower from Australia.

Your spotty collections are wonderful.
My family like yours are UNO fans and the favourite of my kids is "Whack a mole" we can play for HOURS and laugh super side splitting laughs.
Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Tammie Stiletto Quilts said...

Hi Stephanie,

I am a US reader. My family loves to play Apples to Apples. It is so much fun with lots of laughter!

Thanks for the giveaway. Love the polka dots.

Tammie

The Woolen Cellar said...

I live in Minnesota USA. Every year the adults in my family play 'Card Toss'. We take all the Christmas cards and use them to 'toss' into a basket. The one who gets the most cards in the basket wins. While this might sound rather simple and boring, after a few holiday drinks we have a lot of fun. We've played this little game since we were kids. And, yes, your gift package is so pretty and would love to see to come to Minnesota. Happy Holidays

Sue said...

Stephanie, love the dots and what a great giveaway. Down under in Australia we as a family don't play many games on Christmas day but when my husbands family get together they play cricket in the backyard.

The Boxing day cricket test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is the most important game that gets played here at Christmas time. This year Australia is playing Sri Lanka and I hope to be in the grandstand with 100,000 others - well that's what the stadium hold, not sure if it will be full.

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I'm a US follower. I love dots! You have a great eye for finding them. We generally don't play games, but we always set up a puzzle over the holidays. Thanks for the fun!

Kaaren said...

Canadian dot lover here.

We don't play games since there's only Mr. PQ, Frankie, Ollie and myself around. However, I'm sure there will be plenty of entertainment provided by "the boys" to keep us amused...that and food, of course. *wink*

The gifts are lovely and thanks for the opportunity to win one.

LC said...

I'm a US reader. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is staying up really late with my parents and brother on Christmas Eve, drinking eggnog (the good kind, with booze in it) and playing spades. My mom usually gets so excited about giving everyone their presents that we end up opening them at some crazy time like 3:30 am.

Sharon said...

Wow, what a super giveaway - and so dotty! Be still, my beating heart! I'm in the U.S. and I read your blog every day. I am a follower too. Thanks for the chance to win this dotty-licious giveaway!

We play lots of games in our family. Let's see...dominoes, yahtzee and cribbage are big hits with us. We can get pretty rowdy too!

Jenny of Elefantz said...

I LOVE your polka dot giveaways!!
A few years back we bought a brand new Monopoly game that can only be played on Christmas Day. I may practice a bit with Princess Sophie beforehand because they always whip my butt. ;-)
Hugs
Jenny

Tamara Shelton said...

I live in Southern Maryland. Have been following your blog for a few months now. Haven't played games in a few years. Used to love playing Balderdash with our sons. Going to see my 4 grandkids, next month. My grandson who is turning 4 loves games, so I am ready for a mean game of magnetic fishing and Connect 4

eva said...

You are amazing and I love reading your blog - although I myself have not blogged in a while I will get back to your full time. This is fun because we also have Uno as favorite at the moment! Must surely as international reader take the opportunity to possibly win your delicious giveaway!
Here we have not had any snow that remains yet but it's probably not far off because the temperature remains around zero. And I love the snow, especially around Christmas!
And now I keep my fingers crossed;-)
hugs
eva

Angela Bullard said...

What a fun package! I'm a US follower. We always have a fun, friendly game of Texas Hold'em after lunch. The best is when I beat my husband, who thinks himself a top notch player :)

Mistea said...

Beautiful goodies.
I'm a down under lurker.

My family don't play games as such but there is usually a big jigsaw out with lots of hand slapping - as in move out of the way so I can put the next piece in. It sure is good to be able to relax around the table together.

Thanks for sharing

Cille said...

Polka dots galore! I always think of you when I see anything polka dot... And with good reason :)
We don't have any particular games over Christas but Maja ( a card game) and Africa's Star ( a board game) is always popular here.

DianeM said...

Good Morning - I am a U.S. reader. Please enter me in your AWESOME giveaway - thanks so much for your generosity. What has become our family tradition is to play Bingo on Christmas afternoon...with Lottery ruboffs as the prizes - I came up with this idea to kinda make the afternoon more fun after the excitement of the morning has begun to wear off.
Smiles, DianeM

Jane Holbrook said...
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Jane Holbrook said...

Happy Holidays Stephanie!

I am so grateful to have connected with you through our mutual friend Candace at Squash House Quilts. Like Candace, I am a US fan, living in the back country of the Idaho Rocky Mountains. I am looking forward to holiday family gatherings and the many games we play. Uno and WI Pictionary are two favorites that get very silly.

If I were picked for the darling polka dot package, I'd re gift it to my sister, Pam. She quilts, too, and loves polka dots even more than I do. Thank You!

Carrie P. said...

I just don't know how you find all those polka dot things. Such cute goodies. Thanks for your annual giveaway. I am in the US.
I like to play games and our family always played games when we camped but we never play during the holidays.

Denise in PA said...

What a wonderful giveaway - thanks! I'm a US reader - love your blog! We don't really play games at the Holidays, but we eat a lot!! Oh, and maybe some wine o:)

Couch Meow said...

This is so exciting! I'm from the US, but sadly I don't play many games during the holidays. Uno is definitely one of my favorites.

i've got two new stepsisters this year who are very young and jewish. I'm going to try to introduce them to Christmas this year, and they're going to get their first Christmas tree! I'm really excited!

Margaret said...

thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway. I love polkadots. I am from the US. We get together with friends for New Years and always play games. I favorite is Catchphrase. We usually play guys against the gals. We also love to play Apple to Apples.

rutigt said...

I´m not a follower by the book, but I do visit your blog almost every day! I live in Sweden, which make me an international reader. Can´t remember any game we played, now we don´t, but we were dancing round the tree, singing christmas songs!
Gun, Sweden
gun@lapp.se

Polly said...

I'm a US reader and we play Phase 10 and Pictionary!! Huge tournaments and men who try to cheat like crazy!!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful assortment of goodies! I am a US reader and love your blog!!
Christmas means lots of games - pictionary, monopoly, catchphrase to name a few!
Because we only see our three granddaughters on Christmas my favorite game is whatever they want to play.

Joy said...

Wow fantastic spotty giveaway. I'm in UK and we love to play a horse racing vuideo game at my daughters on Xmas eve. We all have a flutter it's hilarious. I also love board games and want the game called Sequence, It's a lot of fun xx

Deanie said...

Love polka dots anything! I'm a US reader and have played Yahtzee over the holidays but not in quite a while. deanie dot dreams at gmail dot com

Tracy said...

Love those dotty buttons! I'm in US. We get together with friends and love to play Catch Phrase!

Kallie said...

Thank you Stephanie! Love, love, love polkadots especially for Christmas!!! I am a follower from Calgary, Alberta here in Canada where it is already looking a lot like Christmas. We don't play many games but I thoroughly enjoy making loved ones work for their gifts by sending them in "treasure" hunts or wrapping their gifts in several layers.

Thank you for the opportunity for the lovely polka dots!!

Kallie

m t nester said...

Just found your blog today and love it! I am a US reader. During the holidays my family plays Mexican train dominoes. It was my now deceased mother's favorite. It's a way to keep her with us during the holidays!

principeta said...

This is so lovely and generous of you,and so sweet of you that think about us international readers.So when you still putting that adorable table mat I don't mind that is lighter package,just hope to win =o).

Farm Road Ramblings said...

Love the polka dots! And those colors. I'm from Nevada. Thanks for opportunity to win them! We love Scrabble here.

Celia said...

Hi, Stephanie,
I am a US reader who loves your site!
At Christmas my family (we are all adults now with teen aged kids and grand kids) go crazy for Farkle! It gets wild and rowdy and we all laugh a whole lot!
Thanks so much for the chance to win!
Blessings,
Celia

Regena@QuiltnQuiltthings said...

Fun polka dots. I'm from Idaho . I guess our family game would be zap.
I hope you have a great holiday
Regena

AnnieO said...

Oooh, a polka dot palooza indeeed! You are tempting me with two favorites, polka dots and red/green. Count me in! Our family plays a marble game similar to Sorry, one that was invented by a man from my Dad's hometown. I'd say its a vintage came now, and lots of fun for all ages. The men play cribbage or hearts or pinochle.

Christie's This 'n That said...

I love your site (US reader) and I also love polka dots! My husband, Mother-in-law, and a close friend play phase 10 each year round and the Thanksgiving and Christmas editions can go all night! The Thanksgiving one is played in Dallas after the Cowboys game and can get quite rowdy--which makes it even more fun considering it's in a hotel!

Hope your Christmas is very merry!

C :) '94
Christie

Carol said...

I'm a US reader. My husband's family plays SCAT but they cheat so bad that I have never figured out to play it the right way.

Kelly said...

Hi. I'm international. We like to play Upwords

Jilly said...

Hi,

I am from England. I am subscribed to your blog and really enjoy reading it. You make some beautiful stuff. I love your idea of a giveaway.

We have a large family. 5 children all with partners plus 4 grandchildren, plus my Dad and sisters family. It gets noisy. we like charades best.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Jilly

Michele said...

What an amazing giveaway Stephanie! Wow! Dots galore :-) I'm a US reader. I love reading your blog and hearing about Abby :-) UNO has a bad reputation in our house. When my boys were much younger, we decided to play UNO, and by the time the game was over both of them were crying and upset. I don't even remember exactly why. So now when they think things are unfair or someone is grumpy we say, "Who wants to play UNO?", remembering the game that was supposed to be fun, but didn't end well. At all. So I'm not sure what game we'll play this holiday season, but it probably won't be UNO! LOL!!

* said...

I am a regular reader who frequently reads late. I love your dots: I have made one dotty quilt and, in fact, am currently sleeping under it. I live in the US. We don't play games: I tend to not be competitive. Besides, we are now down to just being two most of the time. I guess our games are the football games on TV (he watches and I am in the studio). ;-)

Yvonne W said...

Hi Stepahnie-- I am from Australia. Have been introduced to your blog by other fellow bloggers. I love playing Scrabble and a card game called 500.

PatSloan said...

oioioi.... I've just fainted over this polka dot delight!!! Games? Well we must be dull as door knobs... my family has not played games since there was a kid in the house.. mmm.. what game should a family like mine play? US!

thethimbleroom said...

I'm glad to hear that other families have rowdy game sessions too! We play Scrabble - with a stack of dictionaries close by. The dictionaries tend to stop the rowdiness from turning into feuds. lol

I'm an international lurker... :)

MissesStitches said...

Just found your blog and I love it! At Christmas our family likes to play our Markam train game. I live in California, US.

Unknown said...

I'm a west coast Canadian who really enjoys your blog and polka dots too. Thanks for the chance to play, and our family's game of choice at most holiday get togethers is Rummoli. Merry Christmas - Karen

MJMR said...

Thank you so much fir the Christmas give away. I live in the US and we didn't play games, but would put puzzles (500+ pieces) together. Out came the card table and the puzzle was not put up until it was finished.

Quie said...

I am a international reader and love the polka dots you are giving away :)
In my family we did not play any games when I grow up but now every second year we spend with my in-laws and sisters and sometimes we play multi player on wii or playstation 3, and have great fun!

Alyce Rodriguez said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway! At Thanksgiving, we don't usually play games, but we always watch a game... the Dallas Cowboys football game (we're big fans here). At Christmas, the kids will usually put on a talent show consisting of singing, playing instruments and artwork.

Grandma M said...

Thanks so much for the lovely give away.

At our house we tend to do more jigsaw puzzles than games during the Christmas holidays. Still a great family activity.

By the way, I live in Canada.