Giveaway Time!

I can’t believe it’s already November – I promised you a giveaway this month and I’m doing just that! This month will be my largest value giveaway to date! It’s for 8 of my hand painted fan art ornaments – Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs!

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To enter to win, please go to my YouTube channel at  https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft – subscribe to the channel and leave a comment and like on any video between now and Friday night at 8:00 pm CST.

The direct link to the video with more information about these is at: https://youtu.be/Jh9ZbSUTWpY

This – and all my giveaways – are to truly thank you for being around…for your interest, for your kind words and for you taking the time out of your own life to be a part of mine. Lots of love to all of you ❤

Here are the official rules:

No purchase is necessary and a purchase does not enhance your chance of winning. This giveaway is being hosted by Rhonda James, Artist of The Cozy Loft. Winning artwork does not transfer rights. Contest void where prohibited. 

Contest begins November 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST and ends on November 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm CST. After all entries are compiled on a spreadsheet and assigned a number, the random number generator will be used to determine a winner. Winner will be announced on November 9, 2018 at approximately 8:10 pm CST. 

To be eligible, you must be a subscriber of  my YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft then also leave a comment and like any video during the contest times and dates as mentioned above. One entry per person per video. This contest is open worldwide to all ages 3 and up. It is your responsibility to determine if glass ornaments from Tennessee, USA are permitted in your location. If the winner is disqualified, another winner will be selected. 

November’s prize to be given away: 8 glass fan art ornaments, hand painted. One of Snow White, one of Doc, one of Grumpy, one of Happy, one of Sleepy, one of Dopey, one of Bashful and one of Sneezy for a total of 8 ornaments. 

By your entry in this contest, you are giving your consent to The Cozy Loft to use your name/user name in the same manner of which you entered the contest as well as the general country and/or state in which you reside. Otherwise, all information is kept in confidence.

Odds of winning depend upon number of entries. One winner will be chosen for the November giveaway. Once the winner is determined, it will be announced on https://www.youtube.com/c/thecozyloft and you have 24 hours to contact The Cozy Loft with your name and complete address (including country). 

Good luck and thank you for entering! Please be sure to check back often. There will be at least one more giveaway between now and the end of the year. 

Warm wishes from The Cozy Loft! 

 

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Giveaway Winner + Fun Week

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The giveaway for the 3 hand painted ornaments I mentioned wrapped up last night with the winner being Regina Pruett. Congratulations Regina!

This week was fair week here in town and I have to say, I really painted the town so to speak with it this year. I went a total of 3 nights and stayed almost until it closed down last night. With so much fair food, I’m quite sure I won’t come down from this sugar high for a week or so. And, yes, there is an unopened bag of cotton candy on my kitchen counter but I’m sharing that with my family…I promise.

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For several years, I didn’t go to the fair at all. I lived in another town and didn’t come back here for it even though it really wasn’t that far away. When I moved back here to my hometown and started going again, I’d forgotten how much fun it was! Since I’ve been back, I’ve not ridden anything but if someone were willing to ride with me, I would just have to do it. Let’s just say there wouldn’t be a need of any arm twisting.

A couple nights, I went with two of my cousins and we had SO much fun. We laughed until we almost cried so many times. It’s always refreshing to be around happy, positive people. Something tells me there will be more fun adventures in our future…and I can hardly wait.

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Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. Much love!

xoxo, Rhonda

Giving It Up

I’ve made it no secret that I’m a Christian.  I try to always do the right thing, though sometimes there are limitations that cause me not to be able to do everything I want to do.

While I was doing a quick catch-up on Facebook this evening, a friend had posted about Lent. I sit here typing this to somewhat ashamedly say I’ve never participated in giving up anything for Lent before. Maybe it wouldn’t have meant to me in the past what it means to me this year. I don’t know why it’s never been something I’ve been led to do, but I truly believe your heart has to be in it for it to be a blessing. My heart is definitely in this.

So I typed up this little challenge on a sunset photo I snapped this week from my home. If anyone feels so led to join me, I’d love that! Or, you can observe my baby steps through my first Lent participation.

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I’ll post more about it as we go during the 40 days. Here on Day 1, I have this sweater that I’ve chosen to give up:

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There’s something so special about doing this that has given me a sense of purpose and deeper meaning than just “donating something” or “cleaning out my closet”. It’s more than that. Neither my closet nor my pantry are overflowing with an abundance of items, so I feel that this is an appropriate experience for my life right now.  I can’t describe it. But it feels much bigger than me, my little house, my little town, my little state, my little world.

xoxo,

Rhonda

Paying it Forward

Often, I try to pay for someone’s meal in a vehicle behind me in a drive-thru. Most of the time it’s in November and December it seems. It’s awesome, though, I hear of more and more people doing this. Today, to my delight, it happened to me! I was at Chick-Fil-A this morning and a little down because I had a whole lot of driving to do and I’d rather have been in my studio creating. When I pulled up to the window with my money to pay for my meal, the cashier told me the lady in front of me had paid for my meal! So, I paid for the one behind me to receive even more of a blessing from this very generous gesture of the dear lady who’d so anonymously paid for my meal. To my delight as I drove off, I saw the lady behind me pulling out money to pay for the car behind her. I was in tears, I had chills, I felt overwhelmed. So many happy faces left that Chick-Fil-A this morning. Maybe they were having a day like me or maybe they were having a really bad day. At any rate, a bunch of strangers did something completely out of the kindness of their hearts for people whom they will most likely never know.

I may never have a meal paid for again by a stranger in line in front of me…or I may. But, this day, I am truly thankful and grateful to have had that flood of emotion. So many times, it’s the negative stuff we read about or clutter our minds with…but I made it all the way to my destination grinning and happy because of that sweet lady today. And, hours later, it’s still on my mind to share with y’all on here. So one kind gesture can really be more to someone that you can ever know.

Thank you to the dear lady who started the kindness today. I pray you are truly blessed in many ways for your most generous gesture. You absolutely made my day!

xoxoxoxo,

Rhonda

Appreciation of YOU

This evening, I plan to have something new created to show y’all but for this post…I wanted to say THANK YOU. Thanks for being here, for liking what I’m doing enough to come back, for your “likes”, comments, follows and just in general reading my blog.

I definitely hope it doesn’t look as though I’m just promoting my creations. That’s definitely not it. At this moment, it just seems that creating IS my life, so that’s what I have going on every single day. These days, I’m working really hard to go full time with my art so I’m 100% full throttle on creating and following the path I feel God’s put in front of me.

With that being said, I did want to take the time to say I sure appreciate y’all being here. I realize many of you may not personally know me and vice versa…we may never meet or even speak to one another…but you matter to me. There are still wonderful, beautiful, special people in this world despite what our newsfeeds, newscasts, or news papers (READ – NEWS) says to us. It paints an awfully grim picture because it seems 99% of the time it’s the negative we see and hear…and really the majority of people are good. No matter what, I’ll always believe that. And, when we can do the right thing when the wrong thing is in front of us…well therein lies what seems to me is a lifelong test of our souls, our hearts and our minds.

Love to all of you on this beautiful Tuesday morning!! xoxoxoxo

Rhonda

Overwhelming Sadness Followed By Pride

Ever have one of those deep in thought days? I’ve felt a blanket of sadness all around me today. I’m sure I know what the cause of it is…it’s 9/11. I know most everyone was in the hustle and bustle of their day, carrying on with life when the news of the attack upon our country hit our televisions and radios, computer and phones. Even though whatever we were doing may have been different, I’m pretty sure our feelings regarding all of it were the same. Shock. Disbelief. Anger. Hurt. Loss. Pain. Sickness. Terror. Then, I’m sure it became pride. Pride in the heroes – from the ones who died in the planes, in the twin towers, in firefighters, in police officers, in our military, in an average citizen who risked his/her own life to save another, in health care – both mental and physical, in the families/friends who lost a loved one, and most of all pride in this country. We stood together as we had in no other time that I can recall in my life. No matter what area of this United States of America we were from, there was no separation. One of us were attacked, we all were attacked.

I’m so very proud to have been lucky enough to be born in these United States of America. I’m proud of all of us. We have work to do on this country, just as it has been in the past and as it will be in the future. But we stand tall. We stand proud. We are Americans. May God Bless Us All. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

“Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.” ~ Credit

Giveaway + Facebook Fan Page

I’ve been working on a facebook Fan Page for my cozy loft etsy shop and finally published it yesterday. There’s still lots to do but it is up and available for you to see and become a fan if you would like. Just click here to see it.

Also, I’m collaborating with a lovely lady named Leslie who contacted me about sponsoring a giveaway on her blog of some of my goods. There will be two prizes to be given away from my shop – a scrabble tile pendant of the winner’s choice and a sachet pillow of the winner’s choice!

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Be sure to go by her blog and see all the ways you can get an entry:

http://livelovelaughwithleslie.blogspot.com/2009/06/cozy-loft-etsy-giveaway.html

This lady is super sweet and has such a nice little blog. I’m sure you’ll be so happy you visited there. Good luck!!

Also, happy father’s day to all you daddies out there! I hope your day has been super special and full of spoiling you rotten!! 🙂