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On the 7th Day of Christmas… A Wendell August Forge Giveaway! (Winner Announced)

UPDATE: The winner of the Wendell August Forge Wintersong Hostess Tray is:

#1,378 – Lorna: Her comment on being an RSS subscriber was the winner, but her favorite ornament?
“My husband started a tradition where we make a new ornament with our picture each year; those are my favorites. :)”

Congratulations Lorna! You should have already received an email from me; make sure you reply with your mailing address so I can get your new platter shipped out to you!

Thanks everyone for entering, and good luck as the giveaways continue next week! :)

Welcome to Day 7 of the “12 Days of Giveaways”!

Today I am featuring a gorgeous hostess tray from Wendell August Forge, which was founded in 1923 and is headquartered about an hour north of Pittsburgh. I have received a couple of their pieces as gifts in the past and recently have purchased every single ornament they have created along with the Pittsburgh Penguins over the last couple of years. They are known for their handcrafted aluminum giftware, ranging from platters to home decor pieces, ornaments, jewelry, and everything in between.

I was invited up to their factory for a tour and to get a close-up look as to how their products are made. Let me first say that every single person I met with could not possibly have been any nicer, just wonderful people. And secondly, I was utterly blown away by the amount of precision, detail and painstaking work that goes into each and every piece.

One of my first stops on the tour was the room where die cutting takes place. On the left, a gentleman was using hand-crafted tools to etch out a new design. On the right, another gentleman was using a machine that enables him to go over a sketch with his right hand, and an engraving tool copies his movements onto the metal below.

Below on the left is just one row in a room that has metal plates for every single design that has made its way into a Wendell August piece. There were rows and rows, with thousands of die plates. Truly incredible.

On the right is the picture that I most treasure from my trip to Wendell August. Although I couldn’t talk about it at the time because it hadn’t been announced yet, Wendell August partnered with the Pittsburgh Penguins to make Christmas ornaments from the roof material of the Civic Arena (which is in the process of being torn down). What you see on the right are actual sections of the Civic Arena roof that had been delivered to Wendell August for the ornaments.

I honestly can’t say enough great things about this company – from the craftsmanship that goes into their work, to the kind and generous employees that I met. I am thrilled to be giving away a gorgeous Christmas serving piece to one of you! I’d also like to encourage you to check out their website – if you are stumped about what to buy someone for Christmas, you just might find a treasure there! They have everything from serving pieces to ornaments, home accessories, and even jewelry. If you’re like me, you’ll end up buying a bunch of stuff for yourself :)

(Just a reminder that there will be no giveaways over the weekend; they will resume on Monday for the final 5 days of giveaways!)

Giveaway Details

The winner will receive one (1) Wintersong Hostess Tray (pictured above) from Wendell August Forge

How to Enter

To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post and answer the question:
“What is your favorite Christmas ornament?”

You can receive up to FOUR additional entries to win by doing the following:

1. Subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by either RSS or email. Come back and let me know you’ve subscribed in an additional comment.

2. Follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter. Come back and let me know you’ve followed in an additional comment.

3. Tweet the following about the giveaway: “Day 7 of “12 Days of Giveaways” from @browneyedbaker: Win a gorgeous Wintersong Hostess Tray from Wendell August! http://wp.me/p1rsii-3T9”. Come back and let me know you’ve Tweeted in an additional comment.

4. Become a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook. Come back and let me know you became a fan in an additional comment.

Deadline: Today (Friday), December 9, 2011 at 11:59pm EST

Winner: The winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced here tomorrow. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours, another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by Wendell August Forge and Brown Eyed Baker.

GOOD LUCK!!

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  1. Leann Lindeman on December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful tray….. I sure hope I win this!! My fav ornament is a babys first Christmas ornament…. It has my daughters baby picture in it…. she is 23 now!

  2. Kathryn Martinez on December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    My favorite ornament is the Sock Puppet I made when in Kindergarden.

  3. Patty Thomas on December 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I am a subscriber to Brown Eyed Baker by email.

  4. Patty Thomas on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

  5. Becky on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite ornament is a beautiful opaque white and gold angel ornament!

  6. Patty Thomas on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway.

  7. Kathryn on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    My favorite ornament is the the hands my niece and nephew made for the tree.

  8. Patty Thomas on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook.

  9. Kathryn on December 9, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I am subscribed via email!

  10. Kathryn on December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  11. Renee on December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve moved so much as an adult that I haven’t been able to amass any Christmas ornaments. But as a child I had this huge ballerina in a long pink tutu. It was so heavy. It always got a special place dancing on the tree.

  12. Melisa on December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    My favorite ornament is a little mouse dressed up as a tin soldier, complete with thimble hat, that my grandma gave me years ago.

  13. Leann Lindeman on December 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    New email subscriber.

  14. Melisa on December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  15. Kathryn on December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I have tweeted the following: Day 7 of “12 Days of Giveaways” from @browneyedbaker: Win a gorgeous Wintersong Hostess Tray from Wendell August! http://wp.me/p1rsii-3T9

  16. Melisa on December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  17. Leann Lindeman on December 9, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Fan on Facebook.

  18. Pat on December 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    My favorite ornament is one created by my son when he was three — twenty-four years ago!

  19. Miriam on December 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the white lights on the tree.

  20. Miriam on December 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  21. Dianna on December 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Email reader. I love the ornaments my kids made when they were growing up the best!

  22. Mary on December 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    My favorite is an angel made out of a seashell that my aunt gave to me when I got married and moved far, far away…

  23. Gena on December 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    I went to Grove City College, and I love Wendell August Forge. However, my favorite ornament has to be the sparkly (read: tacky) silver bird that I made in kindergarten!

  24. Gena on December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I am also a fan on facebook.

  25. Meagan on December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    My favorite ornament is one I got from work a few years ago, it’s a red glass dog bone that says I love my dog :)

  26. Anne on December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    We have one I really like from Maui – from our Honeymoon!

  27. Liz on December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    My favorite ornament is a little wooden gingerbread man.

  28. Meagan on December 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I subscribe to BEB by email

  29. Meagan on December 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I like BEB on facebook

  30. Heidi on December 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    My fav ornament is the one my son made in 2nd grade!

  31. Valerie on December 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the lace crocheted angels that my mom made when she was first married. They’re darling!

  32. Alice on December 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    My favorite ornament are my mother’s glass icicles. They are very subtle but sparkle with the strings of lights

  33. Heidi on December 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    My fav ornament is baby’s first Christmas; my baby 33 years ago!

  34. erin johnson on December 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

  35. Alice on December 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  36. erin johnson on December 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I subscribe to your emails :)

  37. Brittany B on December 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    It’s a sledding snowman!!

  38. erin johnson on December 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    my favorite ornament is my son’s baby’s first christmas ornament. it is a baby in a walnut shell and he looks for it first every year!

  39. lindsey on December 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    A handblown glass humming bird that my boyfriend (now my husband) gave my grandmother a few Christmases before she passed away.

  40. Aurora on December 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Wendell August is a great go to gift idea for someone!

  41. kathleen on December 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    My favorite ornament is a walnut shell with an itsy bitsy baby Jesus in it, that I made in Brownies, in the 1950”s.

  42. kathleen on December 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I subscrobe to your emails. Fave ornament is a walnut shell with baby Jesus in it, from Brownies, Troop 1084, 19553.

  43. kathleen on December 9, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I am a fan on facebook

  44. Sarah h on December 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    My baby’s first ornament :)

  45. Sarah h on December 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I subscribe to email too

  46. Lydia on December 9, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    My all-time favorite Christmas ornament are these delicate glass icicles that have been passed down through generations in my family.

  47. Lydia on December 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I follow you on facebook :)

  48. Carol C. on December 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Favorite ornaments are pinecones and red berries–rustic looking.

  49. Catherine on December 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a ceramic hot air balloon I got for my first Christmas! 27 years later, I still hang it up!

  50. Kimbely Yue on December 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones we had on my tree as a child. I’m starting a collection for my daughter, too–every year I get her a mother-daughter one. Love this time of year!

  51. Kimbely Yue on December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I tweeted

  52. Kimbely Yue on December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I follow on facebook

  53. Kimbely Yue on December 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I follow you on facebook

  54. Kimbely Yue on December 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I get your daily emails :-)

  55. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    This post brought back lots of memories – I went to college right near the Forge. My parents have a wind chime of theirs that has been hanging outside for almost 20 years.

    Now to answer your question: my favorite ornament is a very old cheap pink plastic one that has a foil “blade” that spins when you position it above a light on the tree. Simply beautiful.

  56. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Oh and I signed up for the RSS feed (which I would have done even without the give away – I love your stuff) ;)

  57. Meg Pelletier on December 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I follow you on facebook!

  58. Dina Holton on December 9, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    My favorite ornament is the one my daughter made for me in preschool last year. It’s a glass ball with her school picture inside of it.

  59. Dina Holton on December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I am an email subscriber.

  60. Dina Holton on December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Following in Twitter.

  61. Meg Pelletier on December 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the ones that my husband gets me. He has picked a new one out for me every year since we got engaged!

  62. Meg Pelletier on December 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I get BEB emails!!

  63. Dina Holton on December 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I tweeted!

  64. Dina Holton on December 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  65. Brie on December 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite ornament is a white crocheted snowflake that my mom always put on our tree.

  66. Sarah @ pão e queijo on December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I love classic Christmas decoration– white lights, pretty ornaments… but no ornament in particular!

  67. Ashley A on December 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Ones from when i was a little girl~

  68. Sarah @ pão e queijo on December 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I am now following Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter!

  69. Sarah @ pão e queijo on December 9, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I am also a fan on Fb (as pão e queijo blog).

  70. Amelia on December 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    “What is your favorite Christmas ornament?”

    My favorite ornaments are the small old wooden angels that my parents used on their first tree.

  71. Amelia on December 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

  72. Amelia on December 9, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I follow you on FB.

  73. amy marantino on December 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    my mom has a bunch of very old, and very worn, fuzzy fruit ornaments. many have been chewed on by the dog or otherwise aged. they are charming and aweseom.

  74. Kristy on December 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite ornament is the large glass ball with the ribbon on top. :)

  75. Kristy on December 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Love your blog – have been subscribed for quite a while!

  76. Amelia on December 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  77. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on December 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    my parents have a set of goldilocks & the three bears ornaments. even though i don’t live at home anymore, my mom still saves them for me to put up! :)

  78. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on December 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    facebook fan.

  79. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on December 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    i follow you on twitter.

  80. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on December 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    i tweeted. (@thepajamachef)

  81. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on December 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    i subscribe on RSS

  82. Rebecca on December 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    My favourite one has to be the giant angel at the top of our tree.

  83. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    My favorite ornament is Our First Christmas ornament featuring our wedding photo. It’s only the second year it has been on our tree. :)

  84. Hannah v on December 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love trees decorated with all white lights and ornaments, so clean and beautiful!

  85. Chhaya on December 9, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    This is the first year that we are having a christmas tree at home, so I am sure that we will be having fun collecting ornaments !

  86. Magi on December 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I have one I bought years ago because it reminded me of my grandfather. My grandfather was a man with a curmudgeonly appearance with a heart of gold. He absolutely loved Christmas and would go overboard each year. One year, he was even talked into having a portrait taken with him dressed as Santa. I treasure it. He was also a pilot. The ornament is a balsa wood plane with a papier mache Santa.

  87. Magi on December 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I subscribe through Google Reader

  88. Chhaya on December 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I follow your feeds on RSS

  89. Dawn W on December 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    My favorite ornament is a handmade snowman ornament with the word Mom on the front that was made for me when I adopted my son.

  90. Bobbi on December 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    My favorite ornament, is one my son did at school, It was one of those paint the clay ornaments it has his handprint and its one that I would be very sad about if i lost it! I would love to win this Wendell August Forge giveaway!

  91. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Mine is from my 3rd Christmas. It is a bear in a stocking and it has the year written on it. It wasn’t anything special, but one year it was hanging too low on our tree and our family dog (the only pet we ever had) nibbled on it a little bit. We kept the ornament, even though it was a little chewed on and even though our dog is no longer with us, the ornament always reminds me of him!

  92. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    My favorite ornament is a ballerina my aunt got for me when I was super little

  93. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I subscribe via RSS

  94. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I follow on Facebook !

  95. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I subscribe via email

  96. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Subscribed

  97. Ann on December 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    My Mother’s family is from New Castle and everyone has collected Wendell August pieces for years- starting when the “factory” was in an alley in a garage! I have passed pieces onto my children.

  98. Ann on December 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Love the snowmen. Can’t wait to make these with my 8 yr old twin grandsons!

  99. Bobbie on December 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I have an old, antique glass ornament that is pale blue with the moon and stars on it. It is now so old and thin that my son won’t let me put it on the tree. It’s beautiful and fragile. My favorite ever!!!

  100. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Silver ornament from pier 1 imports.( with lots detail, almost like the tray)

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