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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Let’s Celebrate the Completion of Our Backyard Transformation With a Give-away!

 

 

Give-away Now Closed

looking towards house

On Monday, I posted about the completion of our backyard landscaping project.  You can see that post HERE. What I forgot to do in my haste and excitement was to announce that I’d be sponsoring a give-away to celebrate this momentous occasion! The give-away is being sponsored by Hometalk, an online site that I discovered and joined in June. Hometalk’s site is filled with lots of inspiration for home improvement and decorating ideas.  We can always use a little more of that, can’t we?

I’ve been sharing our backyard transformation on Hometalk over the course of the past month.  I’ve also been browsing some of the site’s many categories and have gotten a lot of good information from professionals and regular people just like you and I.  In addition to sharing on Hometalk, I recently won a $50 gift card from the site in a give-away sponsored by Janet @The Empty Nest. Thanks, once again, Janet!

So to help spread the word about Hometalk, I’m offering you an opportunity to win a $50 gift card to Lowe’s. And if there are 500 entries to the give-away, Hometalk will increase the prize amount to $100.  These folks at Hometalk are a friendly and generous bunch, let me tell ya! 

                                            Let me start by giving you some information about Hometalk.  I’ve taken the following information from their website.

                                                                                                                                                                      hometalk

                                                                                                                                                                 click on button to visit Hometalk’s site.

 

                             

                                                                                                   Hometalk reshapes the way you improve and repair your home.

                      When you join Hometalk, you have access to a multitude of categories for home improvement projects and ideas- some of which are:

                                                                                                      Décor and design 

                                                                                                      Decks and Outdoor Spaces

                                                                                                      Concrete and Masonry

                                                                                                      Electric and Lighting

                                                                                        

                                                                                                              You can do all of this-

  • Search

    Find existing answers, photos and more, posted by homeowners & professionals who have worked on similar projects.
  • Ask

    If you’ve got a question, the Hometalk community is here to help. Ask the ‘Hometalkers’ and get the answers.
  • Share

    Add updates on your latest project. Review a contractor. Share pictures, videos, and helpful advice with the community.

     

     

     

                                                     ~These are the rules for entering my give-away~

    There are five entry mechanisms in the bulleted list below that are available to you as entry options.  You don’t have to do all five, but the more entry comments I receive, we’re on the road for the prize amount to be doubled!                                                                                 

     

                                                                      Please note that each entry must be a separate comment.

  • 1. Join Hometalk on their website, then leave me a comment saying that you did so.   

  • 2. “Like” Hometalk on Facebook, then leave me another comment saying that you did so.          .

  • 3.  Visit my post HERE about the completion of our backyard project, then come back to THIS post and leave a comment telling me what your favorite part of the transformation is.   

  • 4.  Leave a comment telling me that you are a follower via Google Friend Connect, whether you’re new or you’ve been reading me for a while.  

  • 5.  Post this give-away on your blog and tell me that you did so. Please use the button code below.  Depending on your format, it might be a bit large for your side-bar; in that case, you may have to put it in the body of your post!

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    I’ll announce the winner on October 7th. Remember-  if there are 500 comment entries, Hometalk will up the ante to a $100 gift card.    

  • Just think- it would would only take 100 people to comment with all 5 entry mechanisms in order for Hometalk to raise the prize amount to $100!    

  • Please share this info!                                                       

                                                          Good luck to you all!                                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                         

  • 123 comments:

    Sherry said...

    Sue, your backyard is gorgeous! Congrats on it's completion.
    Sherry

    Barbara F. said...

    Sue, thanks for the notice! I am a happy follower of yours for a while now. And you were one of my first followers! xo,

    Barbara F. said...

    I already joined Hometalk a while back. xo

    Barbara F. said...

    I liked them on FB a while back too, xo

    Barbara F. said...

    I read your post when it was first published, and I think I commented on the leaves. Still get a kick out of the 'strategically' placed leaves (courtesy of Mother Nature), but I could sit by that firepit and drink coffee and read or just daydream for hours. xo,

    Linda@Coastal Charm said...

    Sue,
    I have already joined this awesome site and love it too!!! I could so use some cash for DIY projects:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

    Linda@Coastal Charm said...

    I follow them on facebook.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    PS-Sorry I guess the hit the button twice on my first comment.

    Linda@Coastal Charm said...

    My fav is that awesome water feature...as I said on Monday...I have dreaming about one...maybe my dream will come true:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

    Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

    All ready joined Home talk, and already liked their FB page. I love your water feature the best.

    Linda@Coastal Charm said...

    I'm an old friend:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

    Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

    I've never heard of Hometalk, but I just joined!

    Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

    I also clicked the "like" on their Facebook page.

    Linda@Coastal Charm said...

    I posted your giveaway button on my sidebar...I hope you have a fun time with the giveaway Sue.

    Blessings,
    Linda

    Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

    Hi Sue~I'm a follower! I think I have been for about 1 1/2 years now!

    Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

    I joined Hometalk.

    Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

    And I like them on Facebook.

    Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

    I think my favorite part of the transformation is the little flagstone terrace where your bistro set sits.

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

    Hi Sue!

    I just joined Hometalk!

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

    I also joined Hometalk'
    s facebook page!

    Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

    I am also your follower and enjoyed the post and commented on your backyard transfromation post!

    Please some over to my blog and enter my current give away! Thanks!

    Debby said...

    I joined Hometalk.

    Debby said...

    I liked Hometalk on FB.
    .

    Debby said...

    I follow you, oh yes I do.

    Debby said...

    I like the water features in your new landscaping and all the decks.

    Sandy said...

    I would love that gift card so put me in the drawing... thank you so much!
    I bet your so happy with your new yard design.. It's beautiful!
    sandy

    janet said...

    Woah!! I get to enjoy this giveaway...consider me
    entered!!

    Janet xox

    janet said...

    I already belong to the Home talk site and love it!

    Janet xox

    janet said...

    just tweeted

    theemptynest janet metzger
    sullivanandmurphy.blogspot.com/2011/09/lets-c… I want to win this one!!

    Janet xox

    janet said...

    Already 'LIKE' them on FB

    Janet xox

    janet said...

    Just posted to my Facebook!

    Janet xox

    Kathleen said...

    What a transformation! It is beautiful!
    I thought we were going to party with those gorgeous workers! :)

    I will go check out Home Talk.
    Of course I am a follower, forevah!!

    Blondie's Journal said...

    Your yard and garden turned out gorgeous!! I know it was a long road but well worth it. I am thinking about redoing my backyard next spring...it's been 25 years!! time for a change!!

    Great give away! Hometalk sounds great...I joined and did the LIKE on Facebook. Thanks so much for the email and the opportunity to win the gift card. We sure could use it on our kitchen remodel!

    XO,
    Jane

    Blondie's Journal said...

    1st comment for following.
    This comment for joining Hometalk

    XO,
    Jane

    Blondie's Journal said...

    This comment for liking Hometalk on Facebook.

    I am such a klutz!!

    XO,
    Jane

    bj said...

    I joined...:)

    bj said...

    I "liked"....:))

    bj said...

    Your back area is just breathtaking. My favorite..the waterfall..and at night, it is magical. I also LOVE the fact that it took you 4 minutes to take care of the lawn. :))

    bj said...

    I am a happy follower..thanks for the chance at winning such a generous prize.
    xo bj

    bj said...

    I am taking your giveaway to my sidebar for all the world to see..sure would love to see you get 500 and then, me win that hundred. woo hoo....:))

    Katherines Corner said...

    Sue I'm so excited for you it all turned out so beautifully it would be impossible to pick one favorite thing. It is all just like a backyard paradise!! thank you for the giveaway opportunity Hugs

    Katherines Corner said...

    Joined their website

    Katherines Corner said...

    liked them on fb left a not about you!

    SavannahGranny said...

    Sue, I am a member of HomeTalk. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

    SavannahGranny said...

    Sue, I like Hometalk on facebook. Ginger

    SavannahGranny said...

    I have visited and commented on your backyard reveal and my favorite element is the firepit. I wish I had one. Hugs, Ginger

    SavannahGranny said...

    Sue, I am a long time follower. Thanks for sponsoring this great giveaway. I am doing my part to get us to the 500 mark. Hugs, Ginger

    SavannahGranny said...

    I am taking your giveaway button to my blog. That makes five. I did my part. Thanks , Hope I win. LOL

    Bunny Jean said...

    Well I'm here to win! Since I have never won a giveaway before I believe this is my time. lol

    1) I went to HOMETALK and joined right away. What a wealth of information!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Bunny Jean said...

    2) I am following then on FB and even liked your backyard project and entered another one of their giveaways.

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Bunny Jean said...

    3) I love your fire pit gathering area!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Bunny Jean said...

    4) You gotta know I've been following you FOREVER!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Bunny Jean said...

    5) You are on my last post...

    After my rant all about the new blogger changes and the "Dynamic Views".

    Anyone out there like the new blogger changes?

    xoxo Bunny Jean

    Rettabug said...

    The backyard is GORGEOUS! Party time!!

    I'm sorry I can't enter your give-away, as I'm not a member of FB but good luck to the others. Nice idea!

    fondly,
    Rett

    Claudia@DipityRoad said...

    Oooh wow what fun!

    I am a FB er -- but really bad at understanding much :)

    Love love your back yard hon!

    Claudia

    Kathleen said...

    I joined.

    Kathleen said...

    I liked.

    Kathleen said...

    I follow!

    Veni, vidi, vici

    Shel said...

    I'm a HomeTalk member

    shel704 at aol dot com

    Shel said...

    I like HomeTalk on Facebook: Michelle Hudak
    shel704 at aol dot com

    Shel said...

    Your backyard is fantastic...my favorite part is the fire pit. I always wanted one and yours is so much better than those store-bought pits.

    shel704 at aol dot com

    Shel said...

    I'm a new GFC follower
    shel704 at aol dot com

    Shel said...

    I added your button to my blog's right sidebar
    http://auntiethesis.blogspot.com


    shel704 at aol dot com

    Randy said...

    Hey Sue, Please enter me in your give away. I've fulfilled all of you requirements. Love your new outdoor space. Randy

    At The Picket Fence said...

    Hi Sue. Just signed up for Hometalk!

    Heather

    At The Picket Fence said...

    Following Hometalk on Facebook. :)

    Heather

    At The Picket Fence said...

    A very happy follower of you through Google Connect.

    Heather

    At The Picket Fence said...

    Not sure if it's even possible to narrow down my favorite feature since every bit of it is so fabulous! I would say I LOVE the stream/waterfalls and the multiple patio areas for entertaining. It's all just so stunning Sue!

    Heather

    La said...

    Hi Sue!

    I've been out of the loop lately.

    Your backyard looks great. I love the fire pit and the water element.

    La said...

    I'm a reader of your blog.

    La said...

    I added your button to my sidebar.

    Have a great week!

    bjt said...

    Hi Sue,

    I posted about your giveaway on my blog. I am not really sure what I am doing yet.

    bjt said...

    Hi Sue,

    I really like your backyard transformation. My favorite part is the waterfall feature throughout. I know it is a relaxing oasis. Enjoy!

    Rettabug said...

    Popping back in to let you know I have your give-away posted on my sidebar!

    You know I've been following you F-O-R-E-V-E-R, right??? LOL

    Rettabug said...

    Oh poop...forgot to say its the water element I like the best but the curved tops of the fencing are a close second!
    BEAUTIFUL!!!

    KAT said...

    I added a link to your give away on my post today (Oct 3 )

    hope it helps
    - KAT -

    KAT said...

    I am a follower

    - KAT -

    Pam @ Frippery said...

    I liked them on facebook too. Even had a question to ask.

    Pam @ Frippery said...

    Joined the site too.

    Pam @ Frippery said...

    I would follow you anywhere, haha. I am a follower.

    Pam @ Frippery said...

    Torn between the fire pit and the waterfall. The whole area is fantastic. Someday soon I will bring a bottle of wine to sip with you after we hit the vintage shopping trail!

    Mrs.Doll said...

    joined hometalk

    Mrs.Doll said...

    liked hometalk on fb

    Glenda/MidSouth said...

    If I had to pick a favorite it would probably be the water feature, but I like it all.

    Honey at 2805 said...

    I am already a member of Hometalk!

    Honey at 2805 said...

    I liked Hometalk of Facebook!

    Glenda/MidSouth said...

    Have been a follower for a long time.

    Honey at 2805 said...

    What do I like about your backyard? Does "all of it" count. If not, I like the firepit area, and the boulders, and the trees. ;)

    Honey at 2805 said...

    I am a faithful follower! And I like you too! ;)

    Honey at 2805 said...

    I have posted your giveaway on my sidebar!

    Rachel Pallas said...

    Wonderful giveaway Sue!! Would love to win~ xo Rachel

    Jo said...

    How do I pick just one like? I guess it would have to be the lower area with the bistro set Wait...how ab the water feature hmmmm

    Jo said...

    I joined the fb site

    xinex said...

    I love your backyard, sue. I think my favorite is the waterfall...Christine

    xinex said...

    I "like" Hometalk on Facebook....Christine

    xinex said...

    I have been your follower for sometime, Sue...Christine

    Crystal Rose Cottage said...

    Hi Sue....I love the water feature the most and the different levels of the patios.

    Crystal Rose Cottage said...

    I am a follower for a looooooonnng time!

    A Hint of Home said...

    Hi Sue,
    Thanks for letting me know about your giveaway. I love your backyard and left a comment on the small post above. Sorry I left it in the wrong place.
    I've been following for quite a while and love my visits!

    Theresa said...

    Sue, your backyard turned out wonderful. And you'll get to enjoy it all fall long, and beyond :).

    Hugs,
    Theresa

    {Bellamere Cottage} said...

    OH SUE! Green with envy... first of all.... look at all that space! WOW.... My whole yard is about the size of your lower patio. :-) It looks just beautiful. I am in love....

    My favorite part? I have to pick? Well, I think it's the stream.... but I really love all of it.

    xoxo
    Spencer

    {Bellamere Cottage} said...

    I signed up for Hometalk.. I have never seen this before. Looks like lots of fun! I can't believe we've gone from Rate My Space to all of these wonderful decorating and idea sites. Great! Love Pinterest too.

    xoxox
    S

    {Bellamere Cottage} said...

    Friend of Hometalk on Facebook.

    {Bellamere Cottage} said...

    Following you too.... although I've come to visit a gazillion times anyway!

    xo

    Sharon said...

    I am a member of Hometalk.

    Sharon said...

    I follow Hometalk on facebook (Rust Hawk).

    Sharon said...

    I just love the design of the stream and the way it fits in perfectly. I can imagine sitting there listening to the water flow ....so peaceful.

    Sharon said...

    I am following you on GFC.

    Edie Marie's Attic said...

    OOPS!

    1 - Subscribed to Hometalk

    Hugs, Sherry

    Edie Marie's Attic said...

    2 liked hometalk on Facebook

    Me again

    Edie Marie's Attic said...

    3. LOVE the waterfall and the patio space out yonder!

    Still me!

    Edie Marie's Attic said...

    4. I've followed you FOREVER!! And love you and your blog of course!

    yes still me!

    Edie Marie's Attic said...

    5. I posted an ad on my sidebar for your giveaway to drum up some business for you sweet Sue!

    Ok I'm done now... hugs, Sherry

    nylece said...

    I liked Hometalk on FB

    nylece said...

    I joined Hometalk too!

    nylece said...

    Love Love Love the transition to the lower patio...great job

    ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

    I'm a follower and would be thrilled to win! Thanks! ♥

    ~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

    I love that you have brought water features into your backyard...makes everything so nice! ♥

    Liz said...

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a HomeTalk member!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

    Liz said...

    I like HomeTalk on Facebook!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

    Liz said...

    I'm a new GFC follower!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

    Liz said...

    I love that you have your own stream!!!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

    JKStamy08 said...

    I am now following Hometalk on FB! Thanks for sharing that link, it looks very interesting. ~Kendra

    JKStamy08 said...

    Hmm...My favorite part about your back yard.. Probably the nice, clean, brush free area in the woods lol.
    Actually my fav is the stream, Jason and I want that when we get our "forever home".