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. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I follow you on facebook!

  2. Peggie on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    A santa face made out of dough – the beard looks like noodles.

  3. Peggie on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I subscribe through Google Reader.

  4. My favorite ornament is little red, white and green flip flops we picked up in Maui on our honeymoon. Such a fun trip and our first memories as a married couple.

  5. Melissa on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I have a few favorites, but if I must choose, my favorite Christmas ornament is a Charlie Brown Christmas Ornament which is Charlie Brown and Sally Brown sitting in an oversized chair ready the sunday comics. It reminds me of my husband and I every Sunday reading the Sunday Paper together :)

  6. Kristen Sandstrom on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I subscribed to the RSS feed on my Google reader! :-)

  7. Lindsey on December 9, 2011 at 10:08 am

    My favorite ornament is my fireman ornament from my uncle. He died right after I got it.

  8. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    My favorite ornament is a wooden mermaid I got while living in Hawaii.

  9. I follow you on FB :)

  10. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I follow you on fb=)

  11. Christina on December 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    My favorite ornament is a gold glittery angel made out of a paper plate, the wings are the 2 year old hands of my now 13 year old son, and the angel’s face holds a tiny picture of a chubby cheeked little boy – complete with a crooked halo. I just decorated our tree last night. What a joy every year to unearth these memories of my now 6 foot plus sons.

  12. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I subscribe to you by email as well!

  13. Elise W. on December 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    My current favorite is my Nyan Cat ornament I got from etsy! I love it!

  14. Marsha O on December 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    My favorite ornament is a Christmas stocking that was made for me when i was 2 months old…happy to say I’m faring better that it is!!

  15. Lindsey on December 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  16. Elise W. on December 9, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

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

    My cabbage patch doll in a wagon.

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

    I subscribe to your daily blog via e-mail and like you on facebook

  19. Sally on December 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My favorite ornament is one my daughter made in kindergarten. It’s a plastic ball with her handprint made into snowmen.

  20. Janelle on December 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My favorite decoration is a red ornament with a big S on it. It is the first ornament my husband and I bought together.

  21. Larissa pavei on December 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I have one that i made when i was just a few years old….and I still put it on the tree to this day!!

  22. Marsha O on December 9, 2011 at 10:11 am

    …following you via email!

  23. Amanda on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My Favorite Ornament is my Philadelphia Phillies ornament!

  24. Marsha O on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    ….and love you on Facebook!

  25. Brooke on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    My favorite ornament is one that my grandmother hand knit for me…little white bells.

  26. Heather on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    A ballerina made of a little wooden head, glittery tulle, and pipe cleaners. My grandma bought it from the Milwaukee Ballet when I was very little and I always loved it. She gave it to me a couple years ago.

  27. Sally on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I follow BEB via twitter – @sallybway

  28. Amanda S on December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am

    That is seriously the most beautiful tray I’ve ever seen – so gorgeous! And my favorite ornament is my “baby’s first christmas” ornament that my mom handed down to me now that I have my own home and tree to decorate :)

  29. Sally on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I’m a FB follower, too.

  30. I follow you on Twitter

  31. Amanda S on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    And I follow via RSS!

  32. Bex on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Love everything i have made from brown eyed baker !!!!

  33. Brandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones with my kids school pictures on them. I get a little teary eyed every year when I pull them out and see how much they have changed over the past few years.

  34. Laura on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    My cupcake ornaments are my favorite!

  35. Amy Boyett on December 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    The one that is personalized with my family’s names.

  36. Amy Boyett on December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    FB fan!

  37. Sadie on December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The noodle angel I made in grade school.

  38. Ashley A. on December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    My favorite ornament would have to be one that my mom got me the year I turned 21. It’s a bedazzled mini wine glass that says “naughty” on one side and “nice” on the other :)

  39. Carol F. on December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    My favorite ornament is a set of porcelain booties for my little one’s first Christmas.

  40. Emily Dalen on December 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    We go to a Bible camp every summer for family camp. While there we make an ornament for the Christmas tree. Our collection of these is growing.

  41. Brandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I am subscribed via RSS. :)

  42. Alana on December 9, 2011 at 10:15 am

    My favorite ornament is the the classic star that sits atop the tree.

  43. Brandy on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I follow on facebook. :)

  44. Brandi on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    My favorite ornament is the house from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. It is covered in lights and when you push the button it lights up and sings “Hallelujah!”.

  45. Maria on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I fondly remember an ornament from my childhood: a dangly-legged wooden Santa with a pullstring, so if you yanked on it his legs and arms would flap around!

  46. Carol F. on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I am a subscriber.

  47. Brandi on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I subscribe to you via RSS.

  48. Maria on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I’m a fan on fb

  49. Maria on December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I also subscribe via Google Reader!

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