Monday, December 13, 2010

"It's Your Wonderful Life" Party, Mrs. Christmas Apron Giveaway, and Winner of $75 CSN Gift Code!





Hi everyone and welcome to my "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party! As you might have guessed, this is my favorite Christmas movie. This movie was also a favorite with the star, Jimmy Stewart. The Merry Network has an interview with Jimmy Stewart, the star of  "It's a Wonderful Life." I have used these quotes from the interview with the Merry Network's permission. You can click HERE to see the whole interview. "It's a Wonderful Life" Images from Google.  The $75 CSN gift code winner is announed below, as well as details on the Mrs. Christmas Apron and the Link-Up for the "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party.


  • "Production of It's a Wonderful Life started April 15, 1946, and from the beginning there was a certain something special about the film. Even the set was special. Two months had been spent creating the town of Bedford Falls, New York. For the winter scenes, the special effects department invented a new kind of realistic snow instead of using the traditional white cornflakes."



  • "And although it earned several Oscar nominations, despite our high hopes it won nothing. "Best picture for 1946" went to The Best Years of Our Lives. By the end of 1947 the film was quietly put on the shelf.  But a curious thing happened. The movie simply refused to stay on the shelf. Those who loved it loved it a lot, and they must have told others. They wouldn't let it die any more than the angel Clarence would let George Bailey die. When it began to be shown on televison, a whole new audience fell in love with it."

  • "Today I've heard the filmed called "an American cultural phenomenon". Well, maybe so, but it seems to me there is nothing phenomenal about the movie itself. It's simply about an ordinary man who discovers that living each ordinary day honorably, with faith in God and selfless concern for others, can make for a truly wonderful life."
Thank you Jimmy for being such a great George Bailey!

Winner of $75 CSN Giveaway
The winner of the $75 CSN code is comment #42 Kelly Massman.  Kelly is the host of an inspiring scrapbook blog entitled "Uniquely Me, Imperfections and All."  Merry Christmas Kelly!

Mrs. Christmas Apron Giveaway Information



The new giveaway for this week is the Mrs. Christmas Apron.  This is handcrafted by my very talented and creative sister Jacqueline who hosts the blog Purple Chocolat Home.  It is made of Moda fabric designed by, for the most part, Kate Spain.  Can't you just see Donna Reed, Mary, in the movie wearing this apron?  I will place the Mrs. Christmas Apron in the mail on the 20th and with just a bit of Christmas Luck, you might get it before Christmas!  This is the ultimate in Christmas aprons and I know the winner will love this WONDERFUL Mrs. Christmas Apron!



1.  First Chance.  You must be a GFC Follower of Red Couch Recipes.  Tell me in the comment that you follow Red Couch Recipes.  If you are not a current follower, you can sign up on the left hand side of my blog.  
2.  Second Chance.  Follow my sister, who made the apron's blog and tell me that you are a follower in a comment.  Why wouldn't you want to be a follower of my sister's blog?  She has an incredible blog!  Click HERE to follow Purple Chocolat Home.  Stop by and say "hi" to her!

3.  Third Chance:  Post a picture of the Mrs. Christmas Apron on your Sidebar with a link back to this post.  Please tell me that you posted this to your sidebar in a comment.

4.  Fourth Chance:  Post below anything WONDERFUl to the "It's Your Wonderful Life" Party.  Please write in a comment the name of your post.

  • Available only to those living in the United States and Canada.
  • The Contest ends on Sunday, December 19th at 10 pm MST.
  • The winner will be decided with the aid of Random.Org.
  • I will notify the winner by e-mail so your e-mail must be visible on your blog or be posted in your comments.



"It's Your Wonderful Life" Linky Party


87 comments:

Sue said...

I follow your blog Joni, and love it!

Sue said...

I also follow your sister's blog, and love it too:)

Meghan said...

I follow your blog. Thank you!

Meghan said...

I follow your sister's blog. Thank you!

In Krista's Kitchen said...

Following!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue said...

I posted "Gingerbread Truffles" to your "It's a Wonderful Life" party.

The Christmas apron is DARLING!

La said...

I'm a follower.

La said...

I follow Purple Chocolat Home.

La said...

I posted Oh Christmas Tree.

Jocelyn said...

I follow your blog! I absolutely LOVE that apron! Please pick me!!!

Jocelyn said...

I follow your sisters blog too!

Jocelyn said...

I linked up my yarn snowman to the party:-)

Trisha said...

I just recently started following your blog!

~Trisha

Trisha said...

And I have been following your sister's blog for a short time too!!

~Trisha

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

I'm a follower :)

Joycee said...

Congrats to Kelly on winning the CSN giveaway! the aprons are just too cute! I have a new Mrs. Claus apron to wear over the holidays!

Christy said...

i follow your blog....faithfully :) hubster just told me that jimmy stewart was a General in WWII and Vietnam (air force)--can you imagine? Makes me love him even more! Thanks for hosting this great party.
christy

chocoholic said...

I follow your blog!

rachel.beasley AT converse.edu

chocoholic said...

I follow your sister's blog too.

Kelly Massman said...

I'm so glad I follow your blog! The recipes are so much fun, and obviously the giveaways are amazing! That apron is SOOOOOO pretty--good luck and congrats to whoever wins it! I'm also so excited to have won the CSN gift certificate!!!!!! What a great Christmas gift! Thanks so much! I've emailed you!

Anonymous said...

Pick me, pick me, I wanna win;) Yes I follow your blog. Lena lenatemplin@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Yes I follow your sisters blog, thats how I found you. Merry Christmas Lena
lenatemplin@yahoo.com

Damaris said...

1. YES!! I am totally a follower of your blog!! XXOO, Damaris

Damaris said...

2. YES!! I am totally a follower of your sister's blog!! XXOO, Damaris

Damaris said...

3. Blogging at this very moment!! XXOO, Damaris

Damaris said...

4. Perfect timing!! We are now watching, It's a Wonderful Life"!! XXOO, Damaris

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Joni, First of all, I am a happy follower of your blog! Linda

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi again! I also love chocolat, purple, and Jacqueline's home, and I am a happy follower of her blog too! Linda

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Third time: I put your apron link on my sidebar! My daughter and I love aprons and this one is so cute! Hope I win!!!! Linda

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Fourth time's a charm, I hope! I linked to your party with my post: 'Tis the Season Giveaway! My wonderful life post shows the birds in my yard, the sunrise I see each morning, and a wonderful shop near my house! Hope you think it qualifies for your party! Come see me and enter my giveaway if you have time! Linda

Jamie said...

I follow your blog, and enjoy all the wonderful recipes you share.

Jamie said...

I linked a wonderful recipe called Spiced Pretzels. They are a nice alternative to all the sugary treats during the holiday season.

Jamie said...

I also follow your sisters blog, and one of these days you girls are going to teach me how to get a working signature. I have tried two times and failed miserably.

All of her aprons are adorable!

Holly said...

I'm a follower!!!

Holly said...

Of course I follow your sisters blog!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am a FOLLOWER and LOVE your Yummy Blog!!! Please enter me...

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I am a FOLLOWER of Jacqueline's blog... I LOVE IT! and what a Beautiful apron she made... Please enter me AGAIN!!!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I'm Posted a picture and linked it back here of "Your DELICIOUS apron"... Please enter me THREE times!!! This is SO EXCITING!!! Thank you so much for the chances to win... Hugs to you and Jacqueline... You are BOTH So Sweet!!!

Elle Belles Bows said...

The apron is just fabulous. I would be proud to wear it in my home. Thanks for hosting. I am a follower of your blog. Kerri

Elle Belles Bows said...

I am now a follower of Purple Chocolat too! Great blog. Kerri

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

I am a new follower and so excited to have found your blog, can't wait to read more :)

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

I'm now following your sisters blog :) lots of fun stuff over there!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Thanks for a chance to win the cute apron Joni! I follow! Sounds like you and Jacqueline had a great time making toffee-I'm gonna give it a try:@)

Elisabeth said...

I'm a new follower although I have been reading your blog for awhile. What a cute apron you're offering.

BTW, I really enjoy your tablescapes.

Elisabeth

Sourkraut said...

I follow your blog.

Sourkraut said...

I also follow your sister's blog.

Sourkraut said...

I also posted my Christmas pudding cupcakes to the link party.

Superjaxster said...

I am a follower :)

Superjaxster said...

I also follow Purple Chocolat Home.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm happy to already be a follower of yours and Jacqueline's, Joni :)

Congratulations to Kelly and the apron giveaway is wonderful! I knew your sister could cook and decorate but I didn't know she was a master at sewing as well!

daylily777 said...

Hi ,Great blog & Great Party !I am a new follower.
Blessings,
~Myrna

Jessica McCann said...

I always look at your blog, but I have never become a follower till now. You do such a great job!

Jessica McCann said...

I am a follower of your sister's blog, or my mother's blog. She always gets after me for not commenting. But I love the things both of you do. You are both very talented! I am working on being more creative.

Bonnie said...

I'm a faithful follower.

Bonnie said...

I posted Caramel Marshmallow Chocolate Krispy Treats to It's my wonderful life.

Bonnie said...

I follow Purple Chocolate Home.

Bonnie said...

I posted your giveaway on my sidebar.

Cathy said...

I follow Red Couch. Love the apron!!!!!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

This makes me want to watch the movie again.

I love that apron. I've decided between you and your sister, there is little talent left over for the rest of us!

I follow you!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I also follow Purple Chocolat Home...I think I may move in there after seeing her kitchen!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Joni! I am a follower of your blog!.. So please do count me in for the Mrs. Christmas Apron! ~tina

Beansieleigh said...

I am also already a follower of Purple Chocolate Home!

Beansieleigh said...

You will find that I've posted your apron giveaway under the giveaways section on the right side bar of my blog!

Sassy J said...

I am a follower, love your blog and follow faithfully.

Sassy J said...

I am a new follower of your sisters blog!

Sassy J said...

I have posted on my sidebar! I would so love to win this precious apron, I love to wear aprons when I cook! What a sweet giveaway!

Bonnie Bee said...

following now !!!!! the apron is beyond gorgeous for Christmas,,,

Bonnie Bee said...

AND.. I am following your sis too... no sibling rivalry here!!!!

texas511 said...

I really enjoy your yummy blog and your sister's as well~ The apron is incredible!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh I just had to put my name in for this beautiful Christmas apron! Love it -- I'm a follower and I'm following your very talented sister too (Love her pretty tablescapes and yours) What is my favorite part of "It's A Wonderful Life?" --- why, when the angels get their wings, of course!

CAS said...

Okay, I just love the apron. I wear aprons all the time because I'm messy when I cook. I am a follower of your blog and also your sister's blog & you are both in my blog list. Good luck to everyone.
CAS

Char said...

I'm following your blog and love, love, love the Mrs. Christmas apron. Would be so happy to win it.

Char said...

I'm following your sister's blog also. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love all of the aprons!

Karen said...

I am now following your sister's blog. Love it also. Thanks for the chances to win the beautiful apron!

Karen said...

I am also following your wonderful blog. Thanks for all of the inspiration to be creative in our homes. I look forward to your posts. You sure help me with my parties!!!

Kate said...

I follow and I love your blog!

The Burge Family said...

Following your blog - love it!!

The Burge Family said...

Following your sister's blog too!!

Abby said...

I just found your blog and became a follower!! I would LOVE LOVE this apron!!!!

Abby said...

Added my awesome Bloomin' Onion Bread to the link party! Can't wait to watch "It's a Wonderful Life" this week :)

Entertaining Women said...

I am a new GFC follower of your post. Thank you for the opportunity to win your sister's precious Mrs. Santa Apron. Cherry Kay

Entertaining Women said...

I am a follower of Purple Chocolate Home. The two of you have a pair of my most favorite blogs. So neat that you share the passion of blogging and gracious entertaining. Cherry Kay

parTea lady said...

I'm a follower of your blog. That is a great Christmas apron for your giveaway.

parTea lady said...

Yes, your sister does have an incredible blog and I'm now a follower.

Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your blog, just found it in the nick of time to. Good stuff.
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Anonymous said...

I am a follower of your sisters blog as well. you guys are absolutley amazing. Keep up the good work.
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Kathy Parham said...

I am a Purple Chocolate Home follower, you are blessed to have such a talented and generous sister!

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