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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. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My favorite ornaments are the salt dough ornaments we made when our kids were two and five.

  2. Brandi on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I follow you on Twitter:)

  3. Cindy Pena on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My favorite ornament is a glass ball with a feather in it, and it has a saying about- A feather from Heaven…. In Memory of my sister who lost her battle to cancer 4 yrs ago

  4. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I follow you on twitter

  5. Gayle215 on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My two favorite ornaments were on my tree as a small child, one is a funny gnome made out of a pinecone & the other is a bendy jack frost with a porceline face!

  6. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:17 am

    May favorite ornament is a Smurf in a winter scarf that I received at a pre-school gift exchange. I always find a place for it on my tree, even if it doesn’t fit the “theme” that year. :)

  7. Gayle215 on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I like you on facebook!

  8. Brandi on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I tweeted!

  9. Alice B. on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    my favorite ornaments are the ones people i <3 have given me :)

  10. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I retweeted on Twitter

  11. Kate on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    An open book ornament from my parents…perfect for me!

  12. Brandi on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I am a fan on Facebook:)

  13. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I follow you on Twitter

  14. Christi D on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament(s) are my Swarovski snowflakes (1 for each year we’ve been married). I put them in the windows, and they glisten in the sunlight!

  15. Gayle215 on December 9, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I subscribe by email. That is one beautiful tray.

  16. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I follow you on Facebook

  17. Christi D on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Also a Facebook fan :-)

  18. Theresa Sea on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I found a set of ornaments the Christmas after our wedding in our wedding colors with interlocking circles (like wedding bands!) I have no idea how that happened to be, but I bought them on the spot, and they’re my favorites. :)

  19. Theresa Sea on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

  20. Jessica on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Thank you for the giveaway – the tray is beautiful! My favorite ornament is a miniature gumball machine. My sister and I each had one when we were little, and only the one made it through the years. We love seeing it on my parents’ tree every year!

  21. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Facebook Fan!

  22. Michelle S. on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I subscribe by email.

  23. Theresa Sea on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I ‘like’ you on facebook!

  24. Erica on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    We have a tiny, fuzzy squirrel that my grandma knit years and years ago…and every Christmas, I’m tempted to carry it home with me.

  25. Wendy on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    The annual Swarovski Crystal Snowflakes!

  26. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Glass ornaments from my mother!

  27. Wendy on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I follow you on facebook.

  28. Corrie on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    My great grandma and grandma crocheted some beautiful snowflake ornaments…those are my favorites.

  29. Jessica J on December 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love anything vintage or traditional ornaments from my parents we all get yearly.

  30. Wendy on December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I subscribe to your emails.

  31. Joanna on December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Tweeted!

  32. Juliana on December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I love the one of my whole family in it! it is very special to us all.

  33. Juliana on December 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I am already a fan of yours!

  34. Juliana on December 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

    and I love your emails! Thanks!

  35. Elin on December 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Up until this year, my favorite ornament had been my Jaromir Jagr one. This will be the first year I won’t be putting it up. I know he’s played for other teams since leaving us, the Pens, but I just can’t do it this year.

  36. Hilary on December 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a Santa Claus pull-chain “puppet” thing. I’ve had it Christmas I can remember. :)

  37. Victoria @ Toriology on December 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Fan on Facebook. :)

  38. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    My parents took me to the mall to pick out an ornament when I was FAR to young to have an opinion other than “ooh! shiny!”…which is why I ended up with a set of gold bells, which are looking a little bit worse for wear and several are broken, but they’re so precious to me.

  39. BonBon on December 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    A homemade ball ornament from a good friend

  40. Vicky on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    My favourite would be the angel tree topper. It’s a little cheesy because it’s been around forever but it’s still a favourite.

  41. Hilary on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m now following you on twitter. @hvcaudill

  42. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    My favorite ornament is in the shape of a martini glass!

  43. Cheryl on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    My favorite ornaments on our tree are the handcrafted ornaments.

  44. Vicky on December 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m subscribed by email!

  45. Vicky on December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I follow you on Twitter!

  46. Cheryl on December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I am a BEB follower on facebook.

  47. Eileen Lee on December 9, 2011 at 10:26 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is a Lenox tired wedding cake that we received at our wedding last year, it reads ” Our 1st Christmas 2010″ :))

  48. Eileen Lee on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am a fan on FB!

  49. Oma Tabby on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My favorite ornament is actually a set of felt ornaments my mom made when I was a little girl. The set is Dorthy, The tin man, the Cowardly lion and The Scarecrow. I have had them since I was 8.

  50. Leanne on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    My favorite is a handmade metal dragonfly. I ordered both the Penguins ornaments! They might be my new favorites when I get them. ;)

  51. Hilary on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Tweeted! :)

  52. Michelle on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I received a gold plated angel holding a bell in 1977 when I was very young from my Gramma’s neighbors who are such wonderful people, and still have it today.

  53. Eileen Lee on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I follow BEB on Twitter!!

  54. Oma Tabby on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I am a fan of Brown eyed baker on Face book

  55. Victoria @ Toriology on December 9, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Follow on Twitter. :) Also, thanks for featuring them! They have amazing items! Bookmarked them to do a little shopping.

  56. Hilary on December 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    And, I’m a fan on facebook! :)

  57. Eileen Lee on December 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I subscribe to your blog via Google Reader & + read it every morning as I sip my coffee :))

  58. Elin on December 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    I’m an email subscriber.

  59. Eileen Lee on December 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Tweeted!!!!

  60. Vicky on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I tweeted about your giveaway http://tinyurl.com/bnszyla

  61. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Lovely tray! My favorite ornament is a pink rocking horse I’ve had since I was a baby.

  62. Vicky on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook

  63. Elin on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Tweeted!

  64. Victoria @ Toriology on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Oh, favorite ornament….now that I am a Momma, it is going to have to be all the little ones made so carefully with so much thought by the little fingers of babies I love more than I ever thought possible. They outshine the rest by far.

  65. Hilary on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I also love getting your emails!

  66. Elin on December 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  67. Moonlight on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I would have to say The White House Annual Collectible ornaments that my mom has been giving me for years.

  68. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I follow you on twitter.

  69. Mary Ann on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    My favorite ornament is a nativity ornament!

  70. Stephanie on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    My favorite ornament is a bear in a pink blanket. It was one of my first ornaments, and even though it’s falling apart and not very cute, I still love it!

  71. Elin on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I also like you on Facebook.

  72. Mary Ann on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I follow you on facebook.

  73. Dessiree on December 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    I love any ornament covered in glitter so the lights catch it!

  74. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I subscribe to RSS.

  75. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I’m a facebook fan.

  76. Rachel on December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    I tweeted!

  77. Mae on December 9, 2011 at 10:31 am

    My favorite ornament was given to me by my in-laws at our wedding. So lucky to have married into an awesome family!

  78. Christy on December 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The ornaments we’ve collected during our travels. I never knew how much joy it would bring us to see them and remember the trips every year

  79. Heather C on December 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I truly love every ornament because all of ours have special meaning. I cannot pick one!

  80. Michelle H on December 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My favorite is one of those cheesy 80s Technicolor stars.

  81. Ashley on December 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    my favorite ornament is a frosty the snowman one

  82. Heather C on December 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I’m most definitely a Facebook fan too!

  83. Micaela on December 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    My favorite ornament is my parent’s first ornament they had as a married couple! We still have it after 30 years!

  84. Micaela on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    i follow you on twitter!

  85. Jacqui on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My favorite ornament is a gingerbread house one with all of my family members names o it :-)

  86. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is one my mother gave me about daughters… she passed away 19 years ago on Pearl Harbor day.

  87. Micaela on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am a big fan on FB :)

  88. Jacqui on December 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I am subscribed to the Brown Eyed Baker email feed

  89. Michelle H on December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I subscribe via Google Reader.

  90. Jacqui on December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I follow @browneyedbaker on Twitter

  91. Cindy on December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I follow Brown Eyed Baker on facebook!

  92. Jacqui on December 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I am a fan of Brown Eyed Baker on Facebook

  93. Kristen on December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

    My favorite ornament is probably the one of Lucy and Ricky from “I Love Lucy” — it’s them dancing from my favorite episode – the one where she tells him she is pregnant! I even put it on a spinner so they spin on the tree branch like they are really dancing!

  94. Michelle H on December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am

    I’m a Facebook Fan.

  95. Courtney on December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    My favorite ornament, I can’t name just one. I love all the ones my kids made with macaroni, paint and glitter over the years.

  96. Linda on December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The sand dollar ornament my husband and I bought at Hotel del Coronado on our honeymoon.

  97. Courtney on December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I am a fan on facebook!!

  98. Linda on December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I subscribe via reader!

  99. Micaela on December 9, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Just sent out your tweet!

  100. Jenny on December 9, 2011 at 10:39 am

    My favorite ornament is from when I was a kid, it is one that I used to swipe off the tree and take to school because it was cool. I don’t know why, or if others agreed. Now it is at my sisters because I don’t put up a tree….

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