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. Lauren on December 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    I subscribe to BEB.

  2. Lauren on December 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I like BEB on Facebook.

    Now I’m off to shop for my MIL. She would love this stuff! :)

  3. Matt Y on December 9, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I picked up a silver plated Lenox Rudolph babies first ornament this year. It is my new favorite.

  4. Cami on December 9, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I love making little folksy felt ones and that platter is lovely

  5. Denise on December 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    My favorite ornament os one that my 7 year old made for me 2 years ago. :)

  6. Denise on December 9, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I tweeted!

  7. Denise on December 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I follow on Facebook! :)

  8. Chris on December 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I top my tree with a “twig” star my daughter made. It’s better than all the store-bought ornaments could ever be…..

  9. Kelli on December 9, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    my favorite Christmas ornament is a homemade one with a photo of my parents, myself & my brother taken at my dad’s 40th birthday party (now 31 years ago).

  10. Erin T on December 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook

  11. Mary on December 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a gumdrop snowman that has been on our tree since I was a little girl.

  12. Erin T on December 9, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I am subscribed via email

  13. SEAS on December 9, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    The ones that my children make!!

  14. Nancy on December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Nutcracker

  15. Nancy on December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I’m your fan on fb

  16. Nancy on December 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I’m a subscriber

  17. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the ones the kids make and bring home from school or church….since they don’t do them in school much anymore.

  18. Susan Smith on December 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    I don’t have a favorite ornament because we don’t decorate as of yet, but I’m sure I will have one once our girls are older.

  19. Tiffany Arnold on December 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    My favorite ornament is a little train I used to play with as a kid at my grandma’s house. She gave it to me a few years ago, and now my kids play with it!

  20. Tiffany Arnold on December 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    I also like you on Facebook.

  21. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    My favorite ornament is a bear holding a heart that says “Friends are forever”. It was given to me by my friend Keri in first grade.

  22. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I subscribe to email.

  23. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I am a fan on facebook.

  24. Lori on December 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a manger scene given to my sister by my grandparents in the early 1960′s. My sister died 22 years ago at the age 34. My BIL gave me the ornament as a keepsake. It’s not Christmas until Cathy’s ornament makes it on the tree.

  25. Rebecca B on December 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    My favorite ornament is a penguin from when I was little that used to squeak. Even though it doesn’t it still goes up on the tree every year!

  26. Emily on December 9, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    My favorite ornaments are a set of little wooden carousel animals that my mom has had as long as I can remember.

  27. Emily on December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I also subscribe to your RSS feed!

  28. Rebecca B on December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I follow on twitter!

  29. Rebecca B on December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  30. Rebecca B on December 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway, too!

  31. Karen on December 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    My favorite ornament is actually a set of ornaments with different animals from Noah’s Ark. My brother and I used to fight over who got to hang each animal!

  32. Karen on December 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I follow you via RSS

  33. Cheryl Newton on December 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    I think it’d have to be the little glass pacifer I got for my older son’s 1st Christmas, in 1999, when he was 6 months old. They’re both so far out of the baby stage now that any reminder that they were once adorable little babies is very welcome.

  34. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on December 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a ceramic baby Jesus I was given when I was born.

  35. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on December 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I follow you through RSS

  36. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on December 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I follow you on Twitter (@rachelkyle0402)

  37. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on December 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I like you on Facebook (as My Naturally Frugal Family)

  38. Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family on December 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway (@rachelkyle0402)

  39. cori c on December 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    my cowardly lion from a college friend

  40. Dawn C. on December 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Facebook fan!

  41. cori c on December 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    i follow you on fb

  42. cori c on December 9, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    and i subscribe to your rss feed

  43. Karla on December 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I love all of the ornaments our children made when they were little. I also love my little Danish girl ornament.

  44. adrienne on December 9, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, so gorgeous! Thank you for such an amazing giveaway!

    My favourite christmas ornament is the snowman medal hanging on my tree. I received it after registering for a holiday race, and they were giving out old medals re-purposed as ornaments. I’m amused whenever I look at it :)

  45. MS on December 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    My favorite ornament is of Santa on his sleigh

  46. MS on December 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I’m a fan on FB

  47. adrienne on December 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I follow your blog via RSS. Thanks!

  48. MS on December 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I subscribe RSS on iGoogle

  49. edna murga on December 9, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    My favorite are the homemade ornaments my kids made at school when they were little…thanks for the cahnce to win…e*

  50. Sarah on December 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    My favorite is a pair of porcelain ballet shoes that my grandparents bought for me when I was a small child. It reminds me of them and of childhood Christmas’s past.

  51. Sarah on December 9, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    I follow you on facebook

  52. Jen M O on December 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is my sand dollar ornament. It makes me think of the beach even when it is freezing outside.

  53. Jen M O on December 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I subscribe to you by email.

  54. Elizabeth on December 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Baby’s first Christmas — for son, daughter and grandson!

  55. Jen M O on December 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    I follow you on twitter.

  56. Elizabeth on December 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I follow you on Facebook

  57. Elizabeth on December 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I suscribe via RSS

  58. Jen M O on December 9, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  59. Carol on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Subscribed!

  60. Meagan on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    poinsettia barbie

  61. Carol on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Following on Twitter!

  62. Carol on December 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Tweeted!

  63. Dawn McPherson on December 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    my favorite ornament in my mercury glass!

  64. Carol on December 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I subscribe via RSS

  65. Carol on December 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I have you liked on FB!

  66. Dawn McPherson on December 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    i follow on twitter:)

  67. Dawn McPherson on December 9, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    and FB!

  68. Dawn McPherson on December 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    just tweeted!!!

  69. Jen M O on December 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I tweeted about the contest.

  70. Jennifer on December 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    a reindeer from my mom

  71. Jennifer on December 9, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I’m a facebook fan

  72. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    an angel that my grandma gave me the Christmas before she passed away

  73. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    follow on FB

  74. Erica on December 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is one my daughter made for me last year in daycare. It is a frame ornament with a picture of her wearing a Santa hat. Soo cute and the best ornament. Hands. Down.

  75. Erica on December 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I subscribed via email. :)

  76. Ginny on December 9, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    All of the ornaments that my children made me when they were young.

  77. Erica on December 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I am now following you on twitter. (sounds creepy, lol)

  78. Pam on December 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids make every year. They are precious one of a kind and each one is special!

  79. Erica on December 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I am currently a fan on facebook.

  80. Kylie on December 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Favorite Christmas ornament=it is still on my parents tree but it is one I made when I was 3 yrs old for my grandma. It is nothing but a piece crayon scribble on cardboard. But now having my own children I know how special these piece are and the stories they tell.

  81. Colleen on December 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t think I could pick a favorite–I have WAY too many! Maybe the “kitchen witch” riding her broom?

  82. Pam on December 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my kids make every year. They are so precious and every one is very special!

  83. Kylie on December 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I am a Facebook fan too.

  84. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I treasure the folded star (or pinecone) ornaments made by my friend Carol, who passed away in 2009. We were going to get together that fall and make some together, but never got the chance.

  85. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I subscribe by email.

  86. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    I follow BEB on FB.

  87. Tracey on December 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Growing up my mom had a collection of vintage ornaments. My favorite was an elongated bobble covered in glittery swirls. I love glittery swirls!

  88. Tracey on December 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I subscribed via RSS.

  89. Tracey on December 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I liked Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

  90. Robin on December 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    My favorite ornament is a folk art Santa…

  91. Robin on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I subscribe to BEB email

  92. Robin on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I like BEB on Fb

  93. Natalie J Vandenberghe on December 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is one I received last year from my oldest daughter. I told her that I had heard an idea to buy a plain glass ornament and put paint on a child’s hand, then have the child put their hand around the ornament to make a hand-print. Last year, my grandson was only 8-months-old in December, so you can’t really tell that it’s a hand print. I hope to get these ornaments for the next 17 years! Thanks for the giveaway.

  94. Robin S on December 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my daughter makes! Love the pine cones with glitter and all the crafty ones she brings home from school!!!

  95. Kel on December 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    great question! We have an ornament my husband’s grandmother made that we cherish

  96. Rin on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My favorite ornament is a little black kitten with a Santa hat on it, bought for me by my step mother when I had to put a cat I had for years to sleep due to a tumor in her paw. It goes on the tree every year!!

  97. Kel on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    I am a RSS subscriber

  98. Natalie J Vandenberghe on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    email subscriber

  99. Natalie J Vandenberghe on December 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    @Lexiquin follows you on Twitter

  100. Natalie J Vandenberghe on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm
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