Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Webby Wednesday: Camp Honeybelle and vintage giveaway

You know how we bought this house for $27,000 and you all said that was insane and incredible?  Well prepare to have your socks knocked off even further because today's Webby Wednesday features Nina, maven of the retro Etsy shop Camp Honeybelle, who bought her house for.....wait for it....FIFTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. That's one, then five, then just three zeros.

Ohmygoodlord, right?????  I too almost fell out of my seat when I found out.  You are not alone.

Is it any wonder that she and I became fast bloggy friends?  Also, her husband and my husband have the same name.  True story.  Clearly it was meant to be.

So please, go read all about her crazy adventures in her 1884 house on her blog The Adventures of ArtsyNina.

Nina, as an equal-opportunity lover of old stuff, not only likes to buy old houses but also buys old things.  And then she looks at all the adorable goodies she has just purchased and says "There is no way I'm going to be able to explain all of this away." So she puts it in her Etsy shop and then you and I get to ogle it and say things like "I've always wanted ceramic bull napkin rings.  Give them to me now!"
yours for just $7.99
Or "That pristine 1960's pink sheath dress is so Jackie O and is in perfect condition.  Send it to me this instant!"
you know you wanna see more...
Or "Oh my 'stars', it's a delicious Starry Night vase!" (see what I did there?  Yeah, I'm pretty much a poet.)
a truly remarkable piece
Everything in her shop is unique and remarkable in some way.  Go there.   Click through her fabulous collection.  You won't regret it.

To commemorate this most sacred occasion of being featured upon this blog that you, dear reader of excellence, are enjoying, Nina is giving away this absolutely adorable vintage Singer Sewing book to one lucky reader.  May I please get a whut whut?

Singer Sewing Book
by Mary Brooks Picken

Printed in May 1961
(first edition was 1949)
260 pages of vintage sewing goodness

With this charming dedication:  
This book is dedicated to women and girls- and especially to teachers of sewing everywhere- who enjoy the feel of fabric, the beauty of textures, the precision of stitches, the smoothness of seams, and who delight always in appropriate fabrics carefully cut and made up for a happy purpose.

Even if you don't sew (although you should.  Trust me.), this is just a perfect coffee table book that you and your guests will get a kick out of perusing.  Yes, I do say "perusing" in real life.  I really do!

To enter, please hop over and like Nina's facebook page.  Then come back and tell me you did so and presto, you'll be entered.  If you already like her page, just tell me and voila, also entered.

For a second entry (I know.  I don't usually make it so complicated.  Please don't cry!) you can like the fan page for this here blog.  If you do that or have already done that, leave a second comment as your second entry.

Please enter by 9 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 6th.  Because that's the random time I picked and this is my blog so I do what I want.

And guess what?  I would be totally jealous that I'm not eligible to win, but the other day I TOLD Nina that and she was all "Well, I do have a second book that you can have just for being so awesome and featuring my shop..." and I was all "Shazam, woman!  Give it over!".  Anyway, it hasn't come yet or I would snap you a photo, so you'll just have to imagine me doing my lunatic happy face while hugging a vintage sewing book, okey dokey?

So check out Nina's shop and her blog, then go like her fan page to be entered to win that snazzy book.  It'll be fun, and seriously who doesn't LOVE winning?

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  1. I need, need, need this book! Eeeek!
    (I liked Nina's FB page!)

  2. (and I like your FB page!)
    Did I mention that I really, really want to win this one? :-)

  3. Well, of course you need ceramic bull napkin rings - I thought that everyone had them

    Actually, I just saw Dolphin salt and pepper shakers today and I instructed the kids that they were to bring Daddy to that store and show him when he starts talking about what to get for Momma. :-) The salt was the head and the pepper was the tail - I mean, who wouldn't love that?

    On an off topic note, is your social bar at the bottom new? I don't remember seeing it last time but I just added that same one :-) I think I like they way you have the colors matching your site better though - I think I'll have to play with it further...

    Recent Post: Do Field Trips to McDonalds Count?

  4. I am soooo there! I just liked Nina on FB!

  5. I am sooooo here! I just liked you on FB.

  6. I liked Nina's FB page! This book would be wonderful! and I'm thinking that Singer Illustrated Dress Making Guide looks helpful, too.

  7. I also liked your page! You rock!

  8. I love Artsy Nina's blog. And that Camp Honeybelle with all that retro stuff... Way cool. Besides, she's a Minnesota girl, like me...

    And, really, she and her hubby bought their house for only $15,000. What a deal.

  9. I'm a fan of Nina's fb page! I love all of her unique finds :)

  10. I am a fan of Nina's FB page. This book would go very well with my new to me 1957 Singer Sewing machine.

  11. I am a fan of Houseunseen's FB page. Love reading your blog :)

  12. I like the House Unseen FB page!

  13. I already heart Nina's blog and her FB page, heart yours as well, Dweej!

    Kind of hearting a soggy box that arrived on my doorstep from you that contained a damp, cranky, sniffly and demanding monkey. He's currently having a time-out in our guest room while he works on some attitude adjusting, the little monkey butt!!

  14. I already <3 Nina on Facebook but went and gave you some <3 now, too!!! 1 + 1 = 2 entries, right?????? Would LOVE to have this and so glad you are giving a shout out to our sweet Nina!!! I love her shop and am thinking of her all the time when I see vintage! Thanks for the great give away! Cheers!

  15. I like her page, I also love the bull napkin rings

  16. I liked you on facebook

  17. I liked her. Thanks for joining Market Your Biz and Giveaways

  18. I say perusing in real life, too.

    And I just like Arsty Nina on facebook.

  19. And, I like you and your arbitrary deadlines, too.

  20. Shoot me, now I WANT those bull ceramic napkin rings!!! Arrrrgh! I see what you mean by Artsy Nina's talent in finding diamonds in the rough!

  21. There are a lot of great houses in my great neighborhood -- College Hill, Ohio, part of the City of Cincinnati -- available for less than $40,000. Foreclosures, you know, and a fair amount of very old people moving to nursing homes, etc., after not having updated their homes in 50 years. Most of them are bungalow style homes. So if any fun creative people want to move here, come on over! On my street alone there is a fantastic house for sale for $141,000... and a cute foreclosure with a Florida room (rare in Cincinnati!) for $40,000. Wouldn't that be a great buy? Hmm?

  22. Hello I just found both you and Nina and liked you both. What an interesting story about her house! I found a sewing guide in French at a used bookstore, and of course I had to have it. This one looks equally cool!

  23. Pick me!! (Just liked Nina's page)

  24. Pick me!!! (Now waving arms and jumping up and down) (I have always liked your page. Like for years)

  25. LOVE Nina. LOVE Camp Honeybelle! Great giveaway, girls!


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