Sunday, December 13, 2009

Your Favourite Song - a Giveaway!

Yes, it's true. I'm having a giveaway.

The other day, the generous folks over at CSN Stores approached me to provide an item of my choice either for review and to keep, or to offer up as a gift to one of my loyal visitors by hosting a giveaway.

A review was out of the question. It's just not the kind of thing I'd like to do with my blog, but I thought it might be fun to be able to offer a gift to my readers, as a thank you for their many visits and warm comments.

Having never done this sort of thing before, I still wasn't sure. I hemmed and hawed and badgered their representative with a lot of questions, and finally decided to go for it.


I pored over a few pages of options for my giveaway. I saw cookware, dinnerware, wine_racks and gadgets. I was instructed to select something for up to $75 and eventually, I settled on an item which I hope my readers will like.

It's the Euroquest 3 quart stoneware casserole pictured below. You can read more details about it here.




Unfortunately for my many wonderful overseas visitors, this giveaway can only be shipped to Canadian and American addresses. I'm sorry about that restriction but if you can provide me with the Canadian or U.S. mailing address of a relative or friend (excluding yours truly), there's no reason why you can't be included.

Once the contest closes, I'll select one name by random draw.

Here's how to enter:

• The deadline for this contest is Wednesday, December 16 at midnight, Eastern Standard Time. You have until then to enter for this draw.

• Before the deadline, simply leave a comment on this post telling me the name of your all-time favourite song.

• Be sure to leave me your email address so that I can contact you if you should win. I
f you do win, please be prepared to provide me with a mailing address in Canada or the U.S. via email.

• If all goes as planned, the winner will be announced on or before the weekend.

• If I don't receive an email and/or comment reply from the winner within 7 days after that announcement, I'll redraw, and award it to the next name drawn.

The casserole will be sent out to the winner by the good people at CSN Stores.

Good luck to all who enter.

Now tell me.. what's your favourite song?

69 comments:

gaelikaa said...

Best of luck with the giveaway, Hilary!

Valerie said...

It's a lovely casserole for some lucky person to win. Heehee, I can see I shall have to relocate.

Blog Princess G said...

"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered."

That's very nice of you to be giving this away! And that's not just the name of my favourite song, but often my state of mind. Hee hee.

Hilary said...

Into the Mystic, of course.
You probably knew that!

Shrinky said...

A wonderful choice, and a really lovely gesture, too. I don't actually qualify, but you've got me to thinking - goodness - ONE favourite song? Blimey, that's a tough one to answer, it kind of depends on your current mood, doesn't it? I guess today it would be "Wild Horses" by Susan Boyle - but it might not be by tomorrow!

Protege said...

Ah Hilary, what a kind gesture on your part.;) And you chose a wonderful item as well, this will please the lucky winner.
Of course I am not eligible for your giveaway, but I wish everyone good luck.;)
Have a lovely Sunday my dear friend.
xo
Zuzana

Andrea said...

What a lovely gesture....and you chose such a beautiful item! :) My favourite songs changes all the time...but right now I am loving Puddle of Grace by Amy Jo Johnson. (My email is on my blog, Hilary.) And thank you for your kind comments over on my site the other day. :)

Daryl said...

What fun, I know MPM and she's gonna be here insisting whoever wins that give it to her .. but till then... my favorite song .. going to iTunes to look ... what I can tell you w/o that. Its Hall & Oates .. Abandoned Luncheonette.. wait .. clearly my all time fav would be a 'standard' ... As Time Goes By is right up there but you know I cant narrow it down to that because I love Sir Paul's Memory Almost Full ... Ever Present Past .. and That Was Me... so .. guess I cant play .. too may absolute favorites and I am sure I will be agreeing with a lot of your other reader's picks...

Tabor said...

Wow, a lovely casserole. My sister has a set similar. Good luck to all who enter here!

Country Girl said...

My favorite song? The all-time favorite? I have no idea because I love so many. So I'll have to say that it's Bruce Springsteen's Thunder Road.
Wonderful giveaway, Hilary. Wow!

Michelle H. said...

What a wonderful thing! And you picked a great prize! The person will definitely be grateful to win such a gift for a song.

Brian Miller said...

how very cool and thoughtful...

i will have to give the song some thought...will get back to you.

thanks for the warm wishes for my mom the last couple days...she is looking a whole lot better today...learning how to use a walker...may go home tonight or tomorrow from the hospital.

Alix said...

How exciting, Hilary! And I LOVE the casserole. I want it. And I'm feeling particularly lucky.

My favorite all-time song is "You Raise Me Up" as sung by Josh Groban.

Check it out here:

http://www.lala.com/#search/you%20raise%20me%20up%20josh%20groban

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. You rock!

Breeze said...

Wow.that is a beautiful casserole...and I'm in Canada so I qualify. My all time favourite song..likely The Pretender by Jackson Brown.

Breeze
breezedaze@gmail.com

carla said...

Right now they are -

Favorite Christian Song: Through It All by Andre Crouch.

Favorite Rock and Roll song: Layla.

Shammickite said...

Wow! never heard of this before, what a generous giveaway!
My all-time favourite song??? I have to admit... The Teddy Bear's Picnic!
Ok, everyone, let's sing along...
"If you go down in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise!
If you go down in the woods today
You'll never believe your eyes!
For every bear that ever there was....." etc etc etc.
I loved this song as a child and I still love it, it reminds me of days when we didn't have to worry about guns and knives and bad news and jobs and mortgages ... all we had to do was sing along and play outside with our friends... ah, the good old days! Sigh...

solarity said...

"Deh vieni" from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro. (Favorite song from favorite opera from favorite composer....)

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Maggie May said...

And may the best man/woman win!

Nuts in May

Jen said...

What a beautiful casserole.

All time favorite song? I don't think I could pick just one but at the moment I am driving my kids crazy by playing Ordinary Miracle (theme song to Charlotte's Web) by Sarah Maclachlan. Usually her songs are on the top of my favorites list. I think you have my email but it's redheadshesaid@gmail.com

Rain said...

Hi Hilary! What a great idea to have a giveaway! That's so neat! I would love to enter! My favourite song is.....there are so many....but I'll pick a current one! "Crab Bucket" by K-Os!
:)

bspinner said...

Sorry I missed your give away. This looks like my Polish Pottery.

~JarieLyn~ said...

What a great prize to win. I'm entering for sure.

My husband would say that every song is my favorite but one of my all time favorite songs is by Echo and The Bunnymen, "Lips Like Sugar"

My email address is on my blog.

Thanks for the opportunity, Hilary.

lakeviewer said...

This is an easy one for me:

"I can't make you love me" by Bonnie Raitt.

The casserole is deep and substantial, just like the song I mentioned.

Thanks for the contest, Hilary.

smiles4u said...

What a cool give away. I love music so have many favorites...hmmm must think about this for awhile and come back! Happy Sunday!

Leah J. Utas said...

"Moon River" as sung by Andy Williams.

Reb said...

Wow, what a lovely casserole. I have so many favourite songs, but I guess "Moonlight on the Colorado" would have to be one near the top of any list I made.

sibupegasus @ gmail . com

SandyCarlson said...

All-time favorite? Melissa Etheridge, "I Have Loved You Before."

That's a beautiful piece.

An Imperfect Perfection said...

My all time favorite changes with the tides...so I'll say "Last Christmas" by George Michael - from my High School days. It's my favorite singing in the car all time Christmas song!

animperfectperfection@gmail.com

Lovely casserole! Thanks for the chance to enter!

Jo said...

That's a lovely casserole dish. You're a very kind soul...!

My favorite song is an "oldie but goodie" by Mel Carter called ”Hold me, Thrill me, Kiss me”. I did a post about it once, and posted the YouTube video on my blog, and he sent me an e-mail thanking me.

Sarah said...

Oh Hilary..what a wonderful giveaway!! The casserole dish is stunning. Please add me to your list!
Hmmmm favorite song..The theme from "The Last of the Mohicans"...gives me goosbumps.
Thank you hon, Sarah
cottagegardenstudio@gmail.com

SandyCarlson said...

PS I remember seeing a similar pattern in a Vermont Country Store catalog; the pottery came from Poland. Apparently, this was a traditional pattern....

edmontonjb said...

What a beautiful dish! It is almost impossible to pick ONE favorite song. I like so many different kinds of music and so many songs. My favorite song as a kid was Don't Cry Joni by Conway Twitty and it's still one of my favorites, so I'll go with it since I've liked it the longest.


dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

Joanna Jenkins said...

That's an easy one! My all time favorite song is "What A Wonderful World" by Louie Armstrong. It was the first dance at our wedding.

This is a fabulous giveaway Hilary! Thank you so much. You picked a fabulous gift!

I'm heading out of town this week and won't have Internet access. I'll catch up on your posts when I return.

Have a great week.
xo

kcinnova said...

That is a gorgeous piece of Polish Pottery! I recognized it right away (as would just about every military family member who has lived in Europe).

Leah & I share a favorite song: "Moon River" as sung by Andy Williams

I think you already have my e-mail, yes?

Dave said...

Though I can't win it Hilary, my favourite song at this time of year is "Oh Holy Night" by Billy Gillman - Dave

Tammie Lee said...

oooh, you picked a gorgeous piece!
favorite song, wow, that is a hard question. I have been loving the group: Elephant Revival's latest album and the song 'Ring around the Moon' is pretty wonderful.

Cedar said...

You Can Leave You Hat On - Joe Crocker

Cabo said...

What a cool & thoughtful idea!

Brett Dennen "Ain't no reason".

JC said...

Favorite song, Amazing Grace but I don't know who wrote it. I've always loved it. Great choice for the give away. I love the dish, I need the dish, I want the dish. Oh, never mind, you did say the drawing is random, begging and pleading won't work. HA!!! I've been out of the loop but trying to catch up.

Suldog said...

Hilary:

I'll withdraw my name from consideration for the prize, as we have more than enough cookware, but I'll give you my favorite songs, anyway!

"Highway Star" by Deep Purple

and, for Christmas, "Silver Bells".

Gaston Studio said...

OMG, what a gorgeous piece!

My all time favorite is La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaff. My email address is jggaston@yahoo.com

Great choice Hilary, just great!

Mental P Mama said...

My favorite song is "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison. And I LOVE that casserole! Thank you for doing this!

liward@aol.com

Unseen Rajasthan said...

All the best from my side too !!Unseen Rajasthan

Meeko Fabulous said...

That's a gorgeous casserole dish!

I've always had a bit of an eclectic taste in music . . . So here goes nothing . . .

My favorite song is Ojos Asi by Shakira.

My email address is available in my profile. :)

Thanks!
~M~ :)

Hilary said...

Thanks you all for commenting.

I won't be replying to your comments separately but I do want to let you know how I appreciate your interest. The giveaway continues until Wednesday at midnight EST so there's still plenty of time to be included.

And lucky me, I'm being introduced to some new music. Thanks for that. :)

Michael Manning said...

You are very thoughtful with this gift, Hilary! :)

annalene said...

Thats a really tough question but I'd probably go with Simon & Garfunkel's "The Boxer", I never get tired of it!

Thank you so much for the giveaway, such a great pick!

-annalene
email address is visible in blogger profile

Susan said...

What a beautiful piece!

My favorite song ever would have to be "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". I fell in love with it as a teen and was so happy when it came back into popularity with the Lion King.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Ooh, how fun! And it's an excellent choice of a prize.

How to choose a favorite song? There are so many!

Kind of obscure, but one that comes to mind is a Mary Black song, "Dimming of the Day," that always makes me cry.

http://www.ilike.com/artist/Mary+Black/track/The+Dimming+Of+The+Day

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Anonymous said...

...please where can I buy a unicorn?

Nancy said...

Yay! Love it, and love that casserole dish - okay so my all time favorite song is Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison.

ethelmaepotter! said...

ONE favorite? Are you kidding?!!
Okay, maybe Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, or Tchaikovsky's Waltz of the Suagr Plum Fairies. Or The Impossible Dream, sing by Jim Nabors. Or Penny Lane, by the Beatles, of course. Or maybe Love is Blue, by Paul Marriat.
I'm going with Tchaikovsky.

LadyFi said...

Such a shame I live abroad. I love the colours on that casserole dish.

the Bag Lady said...

Ooooohhhhh - that dish would match my kitchen perfectly!!

Picking a favourite song is extremely difficult - there are so many! Errr..... ummmmm.....

"Unchained Melody" Or "Stand By Me".... geez. I can't decide. (This is too hard.) Does that mean I can't win the giveaway 'cause I'm a fence-sitter?

Okay, okay, I'll go with "White Christmas" (but only Bing Crosby's version!)
NO, wait....
what about Joe Cocker's version of "You Are So Beautiful"... or Willie Nelson's "Always on My Mind".... and almost all the music from "Les Miserables".....

Dammit, Hilary! I can't pick just one!

*wanders away, muttering "pick ONE favourite... sheesh...didn't even get to the Golden Oldies like String of Pearls...."

lime said...

well, how lovely.

i was stopping by to make sure i took a chance to wish you a happy hannukah and found this.

i'd have to say my favorite song of all time is cass eliott rendition of "dream a little dream of me."

JC said...

I love polish pottery ... love love love it ...

Please add me to your giveaway drawing ...

** please help me find a home for the boys .. stop by my blog and mention them on yours **

Land of shimp said...

I'm not going to enter, Hilary :-) It's a lovely dish, and a wonderful thing to be doing...but I have a lot of bounty in my life, and I think it's only fair to bow out in things like this.

However, I'm commenting because I was in the midst of bringing you something. One of the blogs I read is the pale observer's, Holli's Ramblings, and today she had a link to the blog of an photographer living in Kenya.

I loved her photographs, and immediately thought of you, with your deep appreciation for imagery. Check it out if you have time, some of the shots are just magical:

http://www.scarlettlion.com/

TSannie said...

For the Love of You by the Isley Brothers. LOVE that song!

photowannabe said...

What a fabulous casserole. Its gorgeous.
Its hard to name just one all time favorite song...anything from the Sound of Music would probably be a winner.
Thanks for a chance to enter the giveaway.
Sue

Bachelor said...

I have so many favorites.. but at the moment I'll have to say "Belle Notte" from Lady and the Tramp sung by opera singer Bryn Terfel.... marvelous husky voice.
tomspad727@yahoo.com
very nice thing you're doing here...good luck to the winner!
The Bach

Bachelor said...

I guess I have two tickets in the drawing... DUH... how did that happen... :)
The Bach

Louise said...

I always feel guilty about commenting on giveaway posts, but I just have to tell you that casserole is SO gorgeous.

And I can't refrain from telling you my favorite song is "Hornpipe" from Handel's Water Music.

Dianne said...

that's a beautiful dish!!

I have more than my cabinets will hold so I'll pass

my fave song is 'American Pie'
and then about 1000 2nd most fave :)

steviewren said...

Hilary, I don't know what my favorite song is, but my favorite music is Vivaldi's Four Seasons. I keep the CD in the car and play it on the way home after especially trying work days. It calms me and I can feel the stress of the day melt away.

The casserole is lovely.

Kelly H-Y said...

That dish is gorgeous ... and it's the blue is the accent color in my kitchen! Very pretty ... nice choice!
One song ... just one?! Oh my gosh ... well ... since it's Christmas, I'll share my favorite Christmas song ... "I Need A Silent Night" by Amy Grant.

Lori ann said...

Hi Hilary,
I had been meaning to come over and introduce myself, I always enjoy your comments out in blogland. And here I've found a giveaway. If it's okay to put my name in (I LOVE the casserole!) since it's my first time here, then please add me.It's really nice of you to do this. Oh, the song is Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World. by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
I'll be back again to look at your photos. :)

lorigrahamx5@gmail.com

scarlethue said...

All time favorite? Sheesh, that's a hard one. I'd have to go with "Wildflowers" by Tom Petty.

Margo said...

ooh! that's a gorgeous piece! Favorite song of all time? That is a toughy. I think it's... well for now, anyway - The Waiting by Tom Petty

Elizabeth Bradley said...

Wonderful contest. Hard to pick just one favorite, but I'll go with Neil Young's Harvest Moon.