Monday, June 4, 2012

{exciting news + a giveaway}

Happy new week friends!

I'd love to show you all what has been consuming my passed 48 hours ...


Isn't she a doll? She's the newest member of our family and we couldn't be more thrilled. She is a 4 month old Tibetan Spaniel and we've named her Yoki. She's full of joy & I know she will bring a lot of love to our home. As many of you remember, I lost my Pomeranian in October so it has been over 7 months without the pitter-patter of little feet around here, and it was way too quiet for our liking.

So you may see a photo or two of her around here in the future ;) I'm getting used to my new Canon Rebel T3i so hopefully I can learn enough to take some frame-worthy photos. I'd also love to create a coffee table book of pictures, so I am so excited that I was able to connect with the fabulous people from Blurb when I attended BlogPodium. Blurb allows you to create your own beautiful, bookstore-quality books; I fell in love with the examples they had on display:


You can create just about anything, there were examples of wedding books, blog books, even books filled with pictures taken on instagram! What a neat idea!



And of course I loved all the pet-lover examples too ;)

Well, the best part is that Blurb is giving away a $35 promo code for one lucky Canadian reader to create their own personalized Blurb book. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what type of book you would like to create with Blurb!

Contest is open to Canadians and will close next Monday, June 11th at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. Bonne chance!

PS. Oh, and if you have any puppy training tips feel free to leave those in your comments as well! So far so good, but I'd love your feedback!

38 comments:

Sadie + Stella said...

What a perfect baby! Adore her!

Laura Trevey said...

She is Soooooo Adorable ~ what a cutie pic. Have fun with her and hide your shoes :)

MGDP @ Mosaicology said...

The other day I saw the cutest dog in the park and I wanted to take it home with me! That was the first time I ever wanted to grab a pet to take it home! XO

Debby Steele said...

OH, soooo cute! I'm a big dog lover so I get the house was too quiet thing. Enjoy her. I will have to check out Blurb. Might be nice to put all my prints into a book. xo

Amy Walters said...

Ooh your new puppy is adorable Nancy!
Blurb looks AMAZING. Love this feature and giveaway!
I would make a book with shots of vignettes I've styled. Sort of like a little catalogue of my creative, styling work!

Nina said...

I would like to create a memoire for my best friend of 33 years who is turning 40 next year!

Emily Davis said...

Oh my goodness!! She is an angel! So excited for you to have a fur baby... they provide SO much love and joy. Please share pics of her here on the blog!

xoxo, Emily
www.mainstreetchic.blogspot.com

Emily Davis said...

Oh- and my best puppy tip would be to have a crate training schedule. When we were training our cocker spaniel, she really started to thrive when we implemented a very strict schedule. She learned SO much quicker how to potty outside once we started this. Good luck!

xoxo! Emily

Brandi@ Flights of Whimsy said...

What a sweet face! Congrats to you on the new baby. I can't imagine life without my two dogs and cat.

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Oh my that pup is just the most adorable thing ever!!!!! Best of luck with the training, it has been years since I trained a pup so no great tips or ideas...well, maybe the Kong + peanut butter ;)

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Nsancy...your little York is seriously too cute to handle! I can only imagine how soft and snuggly she is :)

Those Blurb books look amazing!!! I've been wanting to get into making photo books for so long now, and I just checked out their site. Beautiful! I'd love to make a blog book.....and an instagram book.....and a book for each of my boys' first years....and a book of our family pictures from each year. Oh my....I could go on ;)

modern jane said...

That little face just made my day! Is there anything better than a sweet soft cuddly puppy? So happy for you! I remember you were considering a BT as well. Love mine but great choice!:)

Sherry said...

I would love to create a family 2011 annual. Or a decade of xmas pictures - that would be fun too.
Enjoying your blog - keep up the good work :)
Sherry

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Ah...LOVE her- so so cute!!! And I'd love to do an Instagram/family blurb book - so fun!

Carissa @ the Fabulous Design File said...

Oh!!! SWEETEST little face ever! I need to make up a vacation book... the blurb credit would be perfect!

Shellilee Ballum said...

What a cutie!
I'd love to make a book about my daughter's first year:)

Segreto Secrets said...

Soso cute!!! I can't wait to get your first book!! xo Leslie

barbara@hodge:podge said...

You got her!!! Yay! Welcome Yoki.

As for the Blurb book - I would love to make a family cookbook to give to my daughter when she goes away to school!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

oh sweetness!!
How fun would it be to make an instagram book?! LOVE the idea :)

Hannah said...

Ohhh congratulations!!! You will be kept busy that is for sure....she is a doll!!!

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Tim said...

yay!! one thing I didn't show you Nancy when you were in town was my Sarah's Books! Yes I have one per season and they are my go-to reference guides!! Would love to make one for Sarah 101 Season 2!

fingers crossed!

Pamela Ravek, OR DESIGN glassworks ORDESIGN.com said...

Enjoy your new sweetie! So adorable!
I would love to create a Blurb book to have on hand when people wonder what we create with glass!

I'd create a book filled with wonderful close up colourful images showing the beauty of textured and tactile glass, of functional and decorative centrepiece bowls, tables and vessel sinks, and our new sculptures in iridescent clear glass!

Laura G said...

Awww baby Yoki!

I would like to create a book of photos of my puggy.

Haus and Home said...

Congrats on baby Yoki, so exciting!

Kim K said...

Congrats on your new fur baby! Such a little cutie :)

For the Blurb book I have been wanting to do a travel book for a long time now.

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

Yoki is adorable! She has such a sweet little face :-) Congrats on your new family member - I'm sure she's going to fill your life with lots of love and smiles :-)

Weren't the Blurb books awesome?! So many fun & creative ideas. There were a couple of cookbooks that were really impressive. {Please don't include me in your giveaway seeing as I already have a coupon code from Blurb :-) }

SHERRY HART said...

Just wanted to congratulate you on the new puppy!!! They do bring you so much joy :)

Nancy said...

so envious! a puppy cures everything! She is adorable. Best of luck! One tip: CRATE TRAINING :)
Nancy
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Erynn said...

Congrats on the new addition...so cute!

For the blurb book - I would like to do one of my miniature dachshund - considering that 80% of my photos are of her, it would only be logical!

Andrea Johnson said...

What a sweet puppy Nancy! Those blurb books are a great idea, I would do an Instagram book!

Darlin_Gurl said...

Awww your new pup is so sweet! Love the name :)

I absolutely love the instagram book! What a great idea. I have a 7 month old daughter and my instagram is essentially all of her so that would be a great way to get these pictures in a book as a keepsake :)

Meagan, in house nester said...

Oh I love the Blurb books! I would also make an Instagram book! I need somewhere to put all my images :) Love your new pup! I was THIS close to getting a new pup myself last night (at the Humane Society), but the wee pup got adopted just before I got there. Was sad but glad she got a home :)
Good luck with Yoki!
Meagan

The Glam Lamb said...

Congrats on the new puppy!!! So cute!
xoxo
Hallie (glamlamb)

Sharon@house58blog.com said...

What a sweet baby girl! Dollbaby face! Enjoy her!

Melissa Hare said...

Congrats on your newest addition! Too cute!

I love the instagram book! What a great idea!! I'm always snapping photos of my son!

Danielle Hardy said...

I LOVE your new pup!! She is the cutest!!! yay for you guys!
I just got the very same camera last month. It's fun to play around with and I want to take a course soon..
Happy weekend friend!

MrsF said...

LOVE puppies - hate the housetraning! And that's coming from someone who finished toilet training a child last year.

I'd love to do a book of my eldest's birthday party. My house is about to be descended upon by 14 superheroes-in-training and a book would be a great way for the birthday child to remember all the fun.

Vintage Home said...

oops must have left a comment on one of my back reading ...Love your new sweet YOKI! Great name & the cutest face!
You will love Blurb we use it here & it is so nice to have documented trips etc!
Have a great week!....Colleen

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