Let's see if you grew up in my house. Here's your first test. What do you do when I say the word "Oklahoma"? If you just can't stop yourself from singing really loudly about waving wheat and how the wind comes right behind the rain, then you may have grown up in my house. (This impromptu -Broadway-show-tunes-extravaganza also happened/happens when anyone said/says the words "I've got chills", "tradition" or "76". If we were/are really lucky my mom might throw in a couple of the old Cougar Marching Band moves with that last one.)
(If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, don't worry - you'll like the giveaway stuff anyway.)
Well, warm up those voices people. Meet our February giveaway sponsor - Mostly Magnets from ... Oklahoma (Norman to be exact). This cool shop was founded in 2007 and introduced into the Etsy landscape in 2008. Run by sisters (insert lyrics from White Christmas here), Marie and Malin, their shop specializes in glass magnets and push pins, many of which are made with their original art work.
My favorite thing about their sets (besides the prospect of prettying up the refrigerator by replacing the Pizza Hut and Chem Dry phone number magnets) is that they make great, little inexpensive gifts. Pick a person. Pick your favorite magnets. Pick something you want them to hang up with the magnets and... Presto. Instant gift karma. (Think a child's work of art for a favorite teacher ... or... a stack of notes telling your amazing wife how amazing she is for Valentine's Day... or ... pictures of the kids for your mom on Mother's Day.) (I love giving pictures of my kids. I edit them in Picasa (which is easy and free), have them printed out by Ritz photo or Costco (which is easy and $1-ish), throw in a set of magnets for stylish fridge hanging (easy and $6.50) and I am the favorite daughter/daughter-in-law for yet another year.)
So ... in honor of gift giving, we will have TWO winners this month. One lucky reader will win a set of the owl magnets and one will win a set of the monkey magnets. If you think these magnets are as cute as I do, read on...
To be entered in this month's giveaway please visit Mostly Magnets' Etsy shop. Hustle your pants right back here and fill out the entry form found at the end of this post. I'm using the entry form method so that I can protect your email addresses from blog crawling harvester bots. Honestly, I'm not totally sure what the heck these things are, but I've read about them and I just keep picturing something out of that movie Arachnophobia. Better safe than bitten to death by a bunch of crazy blog crawling harvester bots, I say. It's only 3 questions - name, email address, and your favorite item at our sponsor's store. Totally painless and totally worth it. Doing that gets you ONE ENTRY and ONLY ONE ENTRY. (No duplicates please, that's cheating.)
If you just can't stand losing and would like to rack up some additional entries, listen up. You can earn ONE ADDITIONAL ENTRY EACH by following Rants In My Pants (my blog must show up on the "blogs I'm following" portion of your dashboard or it doesn't count), linking to the giveaway from your blog or website, posting a link to the give away on Facebook, Tweeting about the giveaway, taking one the buttons from my sidebar for your blog, and/or writing a post on your blog about the giveaway.
If you purchase something from our generous sponsor (in the month in which they are featured), you will earn 5 ADDITIONAL ENTRIES. (I'll need an invoice number or some other type of verification so that I can double check with our sponsor. Like I said, I don't want cheaters to prosper.)
YOU MUST fill out a different form for each entry. (For example. if you pick a favorite item and become a follower you fill out the entry form twice.) If you don't, don't blame me when you don't get your rightful chances. I will use random.org's random number generator to pick our winner. The winner's name will be posted on Rants In My Pants and will be notified via email. They will have 24 hours from the time of the post with the big announcement to claim their prize. If the prize is not claimed within the time limit, everyone (except the "too bad for you" winner) will stand up and cheer, because we'll try again with the random number, claim it within 24hrs. thing.
This deadline for entering this giveaway is February 22, 2010 @ 5pm PST.
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
Must be 18 to enter. If you're not 18, get your parent to enter for you.