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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1,400 Responses to “On the 7th Day of Christmas… A Wendell August Forge Giveaway! (Winner Announced)”

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  1. Sheila on December 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

    I liked you on facebook

  2. Olga on December 9, 2011 at 12:54 am

    My favourite ornaments are ones that we got as favours at a wedding- crystals with our names on them.

  3. Bella on December 9, 2011 at 12:57 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my daughter made, they make me smile and bring back fond memories of when she made them. :)

  4. Bella on December 9, 2011 at 12:58 am

    I subscribe my RSS to your blog :)

  5. Becki H on December 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

    These little bells made of beads that my Nana made.

  6. Bella on December 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I added you to my favorites on my facebook page :)

  7. Becki H on December 9, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I am a fan on Facebook.

  8. Izzy on December 9, 2011 at 1:03 am

    My favorite ornament is a marshmallow snowman sitting on a chocolate bar and graham cracker. I always put it in the front of the tree!

  9. Izzy on December 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I subscribed to your email

  10. Jewish Girl on December 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I’m Jewish, so I don’t have any Christmas ornaments of my own. I do love this cute shimmery pinecone hedgehog from Anthropologie! http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=22681357&navAction=jump&navCount=

  11. Kim L on December 9, 2011 at 1:05 am

    All the ones my kids have made for me thru the years – especially the ones with pictures. Those make me feel all sappy and instantly induce a mad flurry of hugs and kisses.

  12. Jewish Girl on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    (I subscribe via RSS!)

  13. Kim L on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I follow your tweets

  14. Harvitron on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    My favorite is a little llama!

  15. Harvitron on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I also subscribe to RSS

  16. Kim L on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    I subscribe to your Rss feed.

  17. Hannah on December 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

    My mom has an ornament that is my favorite. It is a little tiny dog inside a hollowed out egg shell. It’s very fragile and I always liked to put it on the tree when I was little.

  18. Hannah on December 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I subscribe to the RSS feed.

  19. Hannah on December 9, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I’m a fan on Facebook.

  20. Jess on December 9, 2011 at 1:17 am

    My favorite at the moment is my bronze snowflake tree topper, similar to the ones on the tray actually :)

  21. Nosey on December 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is (was?) a Santa cookie my older brother made in the first grade. It lasted 22 Christmases before it finally crumbled.

  22. Stephanie on December 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I love a clay snowman I made in 2nd grade that looks ridiculous but reminds me of the fun of Christmas.

  23. Nosey on December 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

    Also, I just subscribed to your RSS

  24. Stephanie on December 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

    I subscribe to your blog

  25. Stephanie on December 9, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I’m a fan on FB

  26. Jessica P on December 9, 2011 at 1:26 am

    My favorite ornaments are the ones my brothers and I made together when we were little. They bring back such great memories.

  27. Jessica P on December 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I am subscribed via email.

  28. Jessica P on December 9, 2011 at 1:27 am

    I am also a fan on facebook!

  29. Meg on December 9, 2011 at 1:36 am

    I love this 60+ yr old ornament my mother has. I think it’s make of bamboo and yarn, it’s a little skiing snowman guy.

  30. Chelsea on December 9, 2011 at 1:54 am

    My dad has a giant ceramic scuba diver ornament. Somehow it just screams “Christmas” to me : )

  31. Chelsea on December 9, 2011 at 1:57 am

    I also follow on twitter!

  32. Margaret on December 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I love stars and angels ornaments!

  33. Chelsea on December 9, 2011 at 1:59 am

    Tweeted your message!

  34. Margaret on December 9, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I subscribe to your RSS feed!

  35. Margaret on December 9, 2011 at 1:59 am

    I like you on Facebook!

  36. roseann on December 9, 2011 at 2:34 am

    my favorite ornament is a glass pickle!

  37. roseann on December 9, 2011 at 2:35 am

    i subscribe to your feed and read your blog through google reader!

  38. roseann on December 9, 2011 at 2:35 am

    i follow your twitter account!

  39. roseann on December 9, 2011 at 2:36 am
  40. roseann on December 9, 2011 at 2:37 am

    i follow you on facebook!

  41. Kristin on December 9, 2011 at 2:40 am

    My favorite ornament is a really ugly reindeer that everyone else in my family tries to hide at the back of the tree, but I think that just makes me like it even more.

  42. Patricia on December 9, 2011 at 3:06 am

    My favorite is an ornament we were given when we were first married the date just two weeks before Christmas 34 years ago. It is as treasured as our marriage.

  43. Patricia on December 9, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I follow BEB on Facebook.

  44. Patricia on December 9, 2011 at 3:07 am

    I subscribe to BEB via RSS.

  45. Gabrielle on December 9, 2011 at 3:08 am

    I was given this beautiful, delicate porcelain dove by a friend. I make sure that every year it “flies” on my Christmas tree.

  46. Pop on December 9, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Our Nativity set.

  47. Nicole on December 9, 2011 at 3:32 am

    My favorite ornament is one that my grandma brought home from Europe for me when I was little. It is a porcelain doll dressed in a pink dress with a pink headwrap. She is just beautiful!

  48. Nicole on December 9, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Fan on facebook!

  49. Nicole on December 9, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Fan via email :)

  50. Shelly on December 9, 2011 at 3:53 am

    My favorite Christmas ornament is my daughter’s first Christmas one! It’s a little pink polka dot onesie that say’s baby’s first! So cute!

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