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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. Natalie J Vandenberghe on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I like you on Facebook

  2. Donna on December 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    My favorite ornament(s) are old glass balls from my grandparents.

  3. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    My favorite ornament is from elementary school. Why have I kept it this long? Cause it’s too darn cute.

  4. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    subscribed via email

  5. Haley on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    My favorite ornament is a snowman that looks like he’s an ice cream sundae– he’s sitting in the glass with a spoon. We have an entire tree just dedicated to food ornaments!

  6. Kate A. on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    I like tinsel!

  7. Katie @ Epicurean Mom on December 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    So pretty! I follow you on RSS

  8. Katie @ Epicurean Mom on December 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Follow you on twitter!

  9. Katie @ Epicurean Mom on December 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I follow you on FB

  10. Katie @ Epicurean Mom on December 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    A tweeted! :)

  11. marty on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite ornament is an ornament I bought in Alaska to remember my first vacation with my fiance.

  12. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a black and white photo of my families old scottie “Cooper” hanging in a wreath frame. He was such a great dog!

    • Katie on December 9th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

      family’s**

  13. ellen on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    My favorite ornament is the rotating star on the top of the tree and the ting ting.

  14. marty on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I tweeted about your giveaway.

  15. marty on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I follow you on Twitter

  16. marty on December 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I’m subscribed via email.

  17. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I am subscribed via email!

  18. Mya on December 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Ohh I seriously can’t pick a favorite.. I love unwrapping all our ornaments and feeling nostalgic and excited to see them again.

  19. Eleni on December 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Liked on facebook!

  20. Eleni on December 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Added the feed to my reader :D

  21. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

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

  22. Mya on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I subscribed via email :)

  23. Jennifer Oquendo on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a wooden vintage Mickey Mouse. When you pull his string his arms and legs move. My grandmother gave it to me on my first Christmas in 1987, and saved it all this time to give to my twin daughters on their first Christmas. My girls absolutely light up when I pull his string. Seeing them so happy is what makes it my favorite of all our beautiful ornaments.

  24. Mya on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I am a fan on facebook.

  25. Michelle on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    My favorite ornament is a daughter gingerbread with a tray of cookies :)

  26. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Already a facebook fan!

  27. Eleni on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Followed on Twitter!

  28. Jennifer Oquendo on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    I subscribed to Brown Eyed Baker via email

  29. Jennifer Oquendo on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook

  30. Eleni on December 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    A star collage I made with each member of the family on a point when I was little. Best ornament ever!

  31. Jennifer Oquendo on December 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Followed Brown Eyed Baker on Twitter

  32. Treva Fendrick on December 9, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    my favorite ornament is my beautiful red blown-glass Santa Claus

  33. Jennifer Oquendo on December 9, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Just tweeted about the giveaway!

  34. Marcia on December 9, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    My very favorite ornament is a blue “Star is Born” star with a baby on it. It was attached to a gift I received at the hospital when my oldest child was born.

  35. Marcia on December 9, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I subscribe to your e-mails.

  36. Marissa on December 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Mine is the ornaments that I got for my first Christmas!

  37. Craig on December 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Favorite ornament is the one honoring my daughter’s first Christmas. Christmas just means all the more after you’ve had a child of your own.

  38. Meaghan on December 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    My favorite ornament is a glass ball with a tiered cake painted on it that has my name and my husband’s, our wedding date, and “our first Christmas”, which is what this one will be. I couldn’t be more excited to finally share my favorite holiday with him!

  39. nicole on December 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I love clear glass on a tree…this will not be on my toddler attacked tree this year!

  40. Mindy @Clueless Nut on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    My favorite christmas ornaments are homemade ones because they are closest to the heart.

  41. Mindy @Clueless Nut on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I subscribed by e-mail!

  42. Mindy @Clueless Nut on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I follow you on Twitter.

  43. Mindy @Clueless Nut on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

  44. cara on December 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Any ornaments that my kids make me!

  45. cara on December 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I like you on Facebook

  46. nicole on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I follow your blog

  47. nicole on December 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  48. Stef on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    The christmas tree that holds a picture of my dog and me when he was a puppy.

  49. Caitlyn on December 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    A my third Christmas ornament with a little moving reindeer — my parents still hang it on their tree!

  50. Claudia on December 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Doesn’t feel like the holidays until that one is on the tree

  51. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    crochet snowflakes : )

  52. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    I am a facebook fan!!!!

  53. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    My favorite ornaments are my boys first christmas ornaments…they really are just so special!!!…

  54. Connie the Cookie Monster on December 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    my favourite chrismas ornament has got to be the star on top of the tree!

  55. Heather Dietiker on December 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Mini pink disco balls! They were placeholders I turned into ornaments!

  56. fran vanStaalduinen on December 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    my favorite ornament is a hedgehog made from a pinecone.

  57. Julie @BananasForBourbon on December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    A nutcracker with my name and the year i got it handprinted in gold pen. I love it!

  58. fran vanStaalduinen on December 9, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I follow brown eyed baker on FB

  59. Julie @BananasForBourbon on December 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I subscribe via RSS

  60. fran vanStaalduinen on December 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I follow brown eyed baker on twitter

  61. Julie @BananasForBourbon on December 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    I follow you on twitter

  62. Julie @BananasForBourbon on December 9, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    I tweeted the giveaway!

  63. Julie @BananasForBourbon on December 9, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    I like you on facebook. :)

  64. Amanda Hays on December 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    My fav ornament is one from my Grannie!

  65. Amanda Hays on December 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I follow on Google Reader.

  66. Amanda Hays on December 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    I follow on Twitter.

  67. Amanda Hays on December 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I like your facebook page.

  68. Cathy J. on December 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I love angels, I got the best ones from Pier One several years. They’re made of wood and are beautiful. I hang them on my post board at work all year long!

  69. Vimwac on December 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    My favourite Christmas ornament is a hand-painted dish my Grandmother gave to me for Christmas a few years ago.

  70. Vimwac on December 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    subscribed to the rss.

  71. nicole on December 9, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    retweeted

  72. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I follow via RSS

  73. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    My favorite ornament is one that I made in 6th grade. One that you paint and then cook and it looks like stained glass. One of the few things from my childhood that I have.

  74. Lorna on December 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    My husband started a tradition where we make a new ornament with our picture each year; those are my favorites. :)

  75. Lorna on December 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I follow with a reader

  76. Lorna on December 9, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook.

  77. Betsy Kim on December 9, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    My favorite ornament is an old one I remember from my childhood. It was a see-through cylinder that had a type of fan inside. When you blew on it, the fan moved.

  78. chelsea rose on December 9, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    my favorite ornament a little skiing nutcracker my grandma bought me in switzerland, it reminds me of her :)

  79. chelsea rose on December 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    receive emails!

  80. chelsea rose on December 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    follow on fb!

  81. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    My favorite Christmas ornament is this little female deer in ice skates. My sister and I used to take turns taking her off the tree and making her skate all over the living room…and the rest of the house. We still have her, decades later…and I actually just unwrapped her tonight while I was at my mom’s house :) So special!!

  82. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I am a fan on FB

  83. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    I follow via google reader (RSS)

  84. ChrissieNer on December 9, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    My favorite ornament is the one I helped my 3yo make yesterday. :)

  85. ChrissieNer on December 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I subscribe to BEB via email.

  86. Teresa on December 9, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    my family decorates the tree with spun sugar ornaments which get eaten throughout the holiday (including by santa, mary, and the 3 wise kings’s camels).

  87. ChrissieNer on December 9, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    I’ve “liked” BEB on Facebook too!

  88. Teresa on December 9, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    and i follow you via googlereader

  89. Gina on December 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    My favorite ornaments are the ones of my kids handprints made over the years.

  90. morgan matthews on December 9, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    My little Day of the Dead skulls from Mexico make cute little ornaments.

  91. Sandra on December 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    My favorite would have to be a wedding ornament we were given the year we were married.

  92. Sandra on December 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I follow via rss.

  93. Sandra on December 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I follow on fb

  94. melissa j on December 9, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    My favorite ornament is a stained glass ballerina my grandmother gave me when I was a little girl.

  95. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    For our very first Christmas as a married couple, a dear friend of ours gave us a wooden cross with a clear acrylic heart inside the cross. That is the first ornament placed on the tree & it’s always placed just below the angel at the top of the tree. It’s been in that place for the past 21 years.

  96. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I receive BEB emails.

  97. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I’m a BEB FB fan.

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