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. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    A snowman ornament that I got in 5th grade….I have no idea where I got it, but I took it to school and had all my friends sign it, and it’s funny to go back and look at our 5th grade signatures every year.

  2. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    And I subscribe via RSS!

  3. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    And I’m following on facebook!

  4. Angie on December 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

    A little blue ornament with my toddler’s hand print on it

  5. Hannah Fedorowicz on December 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    My favourite ornaments are the ones my children make for me. They are all misshapen and funny looking but they are so proud to hang them on the tree year that when I look at them I see their smiling faces.

  6. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    My favorite ornaments are three tin angels playing instruments that were given to my daughters by their piano teacher many years ago.

  7. Hannah Fedorowicz on December 9, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I’m a fan of yours on Facebook

  8. Hannah Fedorowicz on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I follow your blog by e-mail. Love it

  9. Jeanne ODonnell on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    My favorite ornament is a glass blown reindeer that my girls got me about 16 years ago. It’s the last one left of the glass ornaments that they got me every year that store was open.

  10. leah on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    My favorite ornament is a homemade one that my son made this year. He’s 2, so this is hopefully the first of many special ornaments from him.

  11. Jeanne ODonnell on December 9, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I like you on facebook.

  12. leah on December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I subscribe via email.

  13. Jeanne ODonnell on December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I subscribe to you e-mail.

  14. Debbie on December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I am now a fan on Facebook.

  15. leah on December 9, 2011 at 8:28 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  16. Carol Bumpers on December 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

    My favorite ornament is my Christmas tree spider that my sister made.

  17. Gwen Donnelly on December 9, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Each year I make an ornament using circles cut out of our Christmas cards.

  18. Kim Q on December 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I love all the ornaments that my daughter has made at school, especially ones with photos. Sentimental favorites. I can’t wait until my littlest starts bringing home ornaments too. Right now she would probably just chew them though.

  19. Kim Q on December 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    I follow via google reader.

  20. Barbara on December 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Well my favorites were the twelve days of Christmas, but we had a fire and I lost all of my decorations this year. I guess I will have to start looking for another favorite now.

  21. Halle on December 9, 2011 at 8:37 am

    My favorite ornament is a Faberge-inspired egg my nana gave me. It hinges open and plays music. inside, she placed a little handwritten note that says, “I’ll always love you.” I treasure it!

  22. Mylene on December 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a glitter star that my mother made when she was 12 in an arts and crafts project. We still put it on top of the Christmas tree!:D

  23. Deb on December 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    My favorite ornament is of a small painted rabbit – a gift from my husband when we were newly married. It is something I lovingly put on the tree each year, and I remember those happy, sweet days of early married life, and I am so grateful that all these years later, he is still that same person.

  24. Mylene on December 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I’m a facebook fan!:)

  25. Mylene on December 9, 2011 at 8:38 am

    I followed you by email!:)

  26. Ann on December 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My favorite one is a favor on a swing.

  27. Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie on December 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My favorite ornament is our cake topper from our wedding. I made it into an ornament after the wedding.

  28. Kathi S. on December 9, 2011 at 8:39 am

    My favorite ornament has graduated glass bells with everyone in the family’s names
    painted on them. A friend gave it to me.

  29. Ann on December 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    oops, I mean fairy on a swing

  30. Kathi S. on December 9, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I subscribe to your email.

  31. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am a fan of BEB on Facebook

  32. Kathi S. on December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I also “like” you on Facebook

  33. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I follow you on Twitter too :)

  34. JoAnna on December 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

    my 12 days of christmas ornament set

  35. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I receive your e-mails via RMS

  36. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway on Twitter also. :)

  37. Debby on December 9, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I became a fan on facebook!

  38. Debby on December 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is the mini Ford truck with the Christmas tree in the back

  39. Angela on December 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament, isn’t really an ornament per se, but the Angel on the top of my tree. My mom gave it to me as a housewarming present for our first Christmas in our new home several years ago.

  40. SheilaM on December 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I love snowmen ornaments – anything snowmen! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  41. SheilaM on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Subscribe via email.

  42. Sean on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    This is certainly cheesy but my favorite ornament is the one my wife and I purchased the first year we were dating. We still reminisce about the day we purchased it and what fun it was.

  43. Sean on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Already subscribe to your email.

  44. SheilaM on December 9, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Fan of brown-eyed baker on FB!

  45. Sean on December 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Also already like you on FB.

  46. Alina on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I subscribe via email.

  47. Nikki on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I LOVE WENDELL AUGUST FORGE! My mom tried to win one of the ornaments! And my best friend just got her ticket from the last game at Mellon Arena framed! My favorite ornament is this one that was specifically made for our family with all of our names on a little christmas tree!

  48. Nikki on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Already follow you

  49. Nikki on December 9, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Already like you on Facebook!

  50. Josephine on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    The ones my kids made in preschool using their handprints. They were so little then…

  51. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    My favorite ornament is the “engaged 2011″ ornament that my fiance and I got this year :)

  52. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on December 9, 2011 at 8:51 am

    I follow you on twitter!

  53. Tara gallegos on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    The ones that my kids make. My kids color a new one each year. I just love the way they decorate them.

  54. Alina on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Already like BEB on facebook.

  55. Amy @ The Savvy Kitchen on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  56. Emilie on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    My favorite ornament is one that my mom gave us when my fiance and I got engaged-it has two snowmen that look like us and the date of our engagement :)

  57. Eva @ Eva Bakes on December 9, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Since I’m a figure skater, it’s one of a skating boot!

  58. Alina on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Favorite ornament would have to be these clear glass spheres I purchased on a whim in Germany. They are so beautiful.

  59. Eva @ Eva Bakes on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  60. Kpage on December 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

    An old handprint of mine from when I was in preschool.

  61. Kpage on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I’m a fan on facebook.

  62. Kpage on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  63. kborner on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my children made in school. Yes, I kept most of them!

  64. Sandy on December 9, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I have a few very old ornaments my Mom gave to me – she’s gone now – so they really mean alot to me.

  65. Sandy on December 9, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I also subscribe via email.

  66. KAPP on December 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    i like old timey ornaments esp. in traditional red, green and gold :) thanks for the giveaway

  67. Anne Weber-Falk on December 9, 2011 at 8:57 am

    A skinny Santa that my mother used to hang on her tree when she was a little girl. When I was ready to venture out on my own Mom told me to pick one ornament from home to hang on my own tree. That is what I chose and it is a treasure to me.

  68. Anne Weber-Falk on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I subscribe!

  69. Anne Weber-Falk on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    I am follower on FB!

  70. Brianna on December 9, 2011 at 8:58 am

    My I Love Lucy ornament! It shows Lucy on the phone and plays one of her telephone calls with Ricky

  71. Krissy on December 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My fav Christmas ornaments are my handmade snowflakes that were handed down to me from my Mom. They were handmade by her step-mom years ago.

  72. Sherry on December 9, 2011 at 9:00 am

    My miniature nutcracker

  73. Leslie on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    we mad handprint ornaments with the kids this year for the first time. It is my favorite one right now.

  74. Krissy on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I subscribe to Brown Eyed Baker by email.

  75. Sherry on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I subscribe to your emails

  76. Leslie on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    i’m subscribed to your rss feed.

  77. Krissy on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I like Brown Eyed Baker on facebook…..

  78. Leslie on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    I like you on facebook.

  79. Noreen Thompson on December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    My favorite ornament is the ones my sons painted when they were 4 and 2. I hang them on the tree every year. They are 40 and 37 now and are not exactly thrilled with that.

  80. Sherry on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I am a fan on facebook

  81. sarah on December 9, 2011 at 9:02 am

    My favorite ornaments are glass blown ornaments.

  82. Gloria Pflipsen on December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    My favorite ornament is a little mouse sleeping in a walnut shell.

  83. sarah on December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    I get your emails!

  84. sarah on December 9, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I like you on FB!

  85. Leah from Sweet and Sour Showers on December 9, 2011 at 9:05 am

    My friend just made a beautiful ornament for me that has my wedding invitation on the inside. So special.

  86. Leah from Sweet and Sour Showers on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I am a blog follower.

  87. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 9:06 am

    I like you on facebook.

  88. Suzi Decker on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I get a new Crayola-themed ornament every year, and I love them! So cheerful and colorful! My husband gave me a Precious Moments ornament for our first Christmas together last year, though, and I think it’s become one of my favorites.

  89. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Every year my grandma gives me an ornament from her travels. This year, my boyfriend and I put up our own tree, and the one she gave me this year (a little rolling pin…how fitting) is the only personal one we have on it, so it’s my favorite.

  90. Sara on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    My favorite ornament is the Baby’s First Christmas ornament that my parents got for me when I was a baby. So cute!

  91. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I follow your blog on reader

  92. Suzi Decker on December 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I’m subscribed to your blog!

  93. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I follow you on twitter

  94. Suzi Decker on December 9, 2011 at 9:08 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook!

  95. Rebecca on December 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I’m Jewish so I don’t have any ornaments… but that tray is gorgeous, so I’m going to comment anyway. :-)

  96. Carrie on December 9, 2011 at 9:09 am

    My favorite ornament is a penguin my grandma gave me. I also have matching penguin socks!

  97. Erin on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    My favorite ornament is probably the one with a picture of my dog with his face covered in snow when he was a puppy :) Always brings a smile to my face.

  98. Erin on December 9, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  99. Suzi on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    My favorite ornament is always the one my husband gave me that year – each year, we exchange ornaments :D This year, it’s Hallmark’s 2011 Season’s Treatings – it’s a cooling rack with a cute little gingerbread house on it.

  100. Lesley Fitts on December 9, 2011 at 9:12 am

    I have many favorite ornaments…any that my kids make!

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