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

    I subscribe by RSS

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

    I follow you on Twitter. @mrspunkin

  3. Lesley Fitts on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am
  4. Jess on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    Real gingerbread men/cookies are my absolute favorite – plus they make the house smell even more like Christmas!

  5. Mandi on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    The green pickle ornament!

  6. Jess on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I already follow you on Twitter

  7. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I love the ones I got every year growing up. Hard to choose just one. They all have a special memory.

  8. Kara on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    My favorite ornament is a carved wooden egg that I received from my mom.

  9. Lesley Fitts on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I am a facebook fan.

  10. Suzi on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I follow you on Twitter

  11. Jess on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    & on FB too!

  12. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  13. Suzi on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway.

  14. Kristin W. on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My nutcracker–I went every year with my mom when I was growing up!

  15. Katie on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    I get the emails!

  16. Amy H on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    A styrofoam ball that is decorated with ribbons and lots of sparkly things that I decorated with my grandma when I was a little girl.

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  20. Pattypro on December 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a tiny nativity scene, given to me as a baby.

  21. Pattypro on December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I subscribe to your RSS.

  22. Elizabeth on December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    My favorites are probably all of our angels made out of things like pinecones. Very rustic!

  23. Pattypro on December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I’m a Facebook fan.

  24. Debbie Driggs on December 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    My favorite ornament is my daughter’s first Christmas! It brings back wonderful memories.

  25. annie on December 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

    I’ve kept Christmas ornaments that my son crafted in grade school…they always hang on the tree, and of course, my Christmas Angel.

  26. annie on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I subscribe via e-mail.

  27. Debbie Driggs on December 9, 2011 at 9:17 am

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  28. Lisa on December 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    My favorite ornament is a hardboard snowman (my sister had a teddy bear). It had jointed legs and arms and a string you could pull to make them move. We have had those for as long as I can remember. Mom gave me mine on my 40th birthday a few years ago.

  29. Gabby on December 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    My favorite ornament is a wood carved one i got on a trip to Germany.

  30. Eleni on December 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    my Ravens one!

  31. Megan on December 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    my favorite ornaments are Krinkles…they are super cute!!

  32. Megan on December 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I follow you on facebook!

  33. Christina Marie on December 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

    homemade crochet snowflakes!

  34. Megan on December 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I also recieve your e-mail updates

  35. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My favorite is the glittery metal angel on top of my tree!

  36. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    My favorite is a wooden train.

  37. Tina V. on December 9, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I treasure the handmade ornaments from my children but I can’t lie..the snowflakes and stars are my favorite ornaments on the tree! I absolutely love the Wintersong collection from WA! Thanks for sharing this :) I hope I win!!!

  38. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I subscribe in Google Reader

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  41. Tina V. on December 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

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  42. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Thank you! My favorite ornaments are our Lladro nativity. They can be hung on the tree, but we set them on the piano.

  43. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    I tweeted you!

  44. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

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  45. Tina V. on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

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  47. Stacy on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    a gator since I went to UF for undergrad!

  48. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I subscribe via RSS.

  49. Vera on December 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I am from Pittsburgh(although I live in WNY) and my favorite ornament is a green Heinz pickle.

  50. Jennifer s on December 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What a gorgeous tray. My favorite ornament is a Peanuts ornament that I had as a little kid.

  51. Jennifer s on December 9, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I am a fan on Facebook too

  52. Vera on December 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I subscribed via email

  53. Candice H. on December 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

    my favorite christmas ornaments are these crystal stars we have. they are plastic of course but since I was young I always had to be the one to put them on the tree

  54. Jennifer s on December 9, 2011 at 9:29 am

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  58. Margaret on December 9, 2011 at 9:30 am

    my favorite ornament is one from my mother’s childhood- a wooden angel in flight holding a caroling book, and printed on the book is a teeny version of Stille Nacht (silent night)

  59. Jodi Boatright on December 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

    A baby in a bassinet that my mother got me when my first son was born (also the first grandson on both sides of our family)

  60. Margaret on December 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

    the angel my mom gave me that sits on top!

  61. Laurie on December 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a little painted teddy bear I got when I was very young. It was always the first ornament I would put on our tree.

  62. Jennifer M. on December 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    oh my gosh, I was just looking at this exact tray in WA’s catologue! I absolutely love it, and all of their other products! (I’m from Pittsburgh, too, and my parents always used their stuff for gifts when I was growing up!)

    My favorite ornament is my parents’ first christmas ornament in the shape of wedding bells with their name and wedding date on it. I hang it every year. My mom passed away when I was little so its very special to me!

  63. Laurie on December 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I follow you on Twitter (@lauriethewriter)

  64. sarah on December 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

    My favorite Christmas ornaments are the kid’s first baby ornaments with their baby photos.

  65. Sonnet Bee on December 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    That tray is breathtaking! Okay, my favorite ornament.. gosh, I have two. We have an adorable Mr. & Mrs. ornament we got the year we got married. Every time I take it out, I get sentimental. My other favorite ornament is one my mother made for me when I was born. It’s the old fragile glass ornament with glitter that STILL is holding to this day and I’m 32. :)

  66. Jennifer M. on December 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I follow you on twitter

  67. Laurie on December 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

    I also am a fan of you on Facebook.

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  70. Sonnet Bee on December 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I follow you on twitter. :)

  71. Sonnet Bee on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I tweeted to all my many followers on twitter about this giveaway. :)

  72. Sonnet Bee on December 9, 2011 at 9:36 am

    I am a fan of your blog on facebook, too.

  73. Pam on December 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

    I love traditional balls with all different glitter and sparks in or on it

  74. Vanessa on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a black lab puppy with a string of lights around him that he is tangled in

  75. Pam on December 9, 2011 at 9:38 am

    I do receive ur email updates .. Great to have them in my mail

  76. Vanessa on December 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I receive your emails

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  78. Vera on December 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Following you on twitter.

  79. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on December 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a personalized reindeer ornament that my parents bought me as a little girl :-)

  80. Vera on December 9, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I just tweeted your giveaway for today.

  81. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I subscribe via RSS

  82. Judy on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    My favorite ornament is a red hand blown glass reindeer we bought a number of years ago while on a trip. I also enjoy several ornaments that were on the Christmas tree when I was growing up.

  83. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m also a Facebook Fan

  84. Judith on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Favorite ornament is the Angel that tops the Christmas tree.

  85. Martha in KS on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    The tray is gorgeous! My favorite ornament is a sand dollar given to me by a student in my kindergarten class over 30 years ago. I think of Kevin every year & wonder where he is.

  86. Judith on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I subscribe via email.

  87. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m also a Twitter follower!

  88. Libby on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love old blown glass ornaments!!

  89. Martha in KS on December 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I’m a FB fan!

  90. Judith on December 9, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I follow you on FB

  91. Laurel Prosoco on December 9, 2011 at 9:44 am

    My custom ornaments that we get each year of our growing family!

  92. Allison on December 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    My favorite ornament(s) are these two rocking horses my sister and I were given as babies – mine is so much uglier, and I LOVE horses! So we goof off about it every year.

  93. Allison on December 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  94. Allison on December 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

    I also follow you on Twitter!

  95. Allison on December 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

    And I subscribe to the feed!

  96. Crystal Garcia on December 9, 2011 at 9:48 am

    My fave ornament is a glass bell with a carousel horse dangling inside

  97. Emma on December 9, 2011 at 9:51 am

    My favorite ornament is a little white Christmas tree shaped out of sugar and decorated with icing and ribbon. Sounds weird, but it’s super cute and we’ve had it for as long as I can remember…the trunk of the tree is even a little sugar cube!

  98. Meghan B. on December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    my favorite ornament is actually a little reindeer toy that we sit over the branches on the tree. The dog kind of ripped off an antler but it still makes an appearance every christmas.

  99. Amy on December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    I have my kids decorate the tree with ornaments I have given them and that they have made and I really love all of them and how they remember each ornament as they put them on the tree.

  100. Jana on December 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    A little porcelain dove that I got when I was a baby…I don’t know why, but I LOVE it.

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