Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Because We Love You: Kamille's Class Giveaway

Where friends wind up. That's the cute slogan at Kamille's, and it's certainly true. Almost as soon as you walk into this specialty yarn and knitting shop, you find new friends to be made. Fellow customers, sitting comfortably in one of the shop's sitting areas, working those crochet hooks and knitting needles.

Today's Giveaway
Not quite sure how to work such equipment? No worries. Kamille's offers a variety of class options, from beginner courses to more advanced, and this is your chance to win! More on that at the end of this post.

Incredible Yarn Selection
Kamille's has been a popular spot in Gardner Village for eight years now, and it's easy to see why. Not only is this a friendly place to be, it also carries yarn from all over the world, including the biggest selection of alpaca yarn in the western United States!

Alpaca yarn is perfect for anyone allergic to wool or simply looking for a very soft and lovely option. Other yarn varieties include: Alpaca Blend, CoBaSi (cotton/bamboo/silk), sock yarn, New Zealand Merino, wool, remix (a mix of all non-wool, recycled), and lace (from very fine to extra chunky). Yes, this colorful specialty shop pretty much has it all when it comes to yarn.

You'll also find a complete line of in-house pattern options to choose from. Not sure by simply looking at an image on a pattern? Stop by Kamille's. There are incredible handmade displays throughout the store, showcasing the patterns and classes available.

Monthly Knit Alongs
New this year, Kamille and her staff are introducing monthly knitting blocks. By particpating in this popular program (feel free to join at any time), you'll end up with 12 blocks in total--just enough to complete your own afghan. Customers are loving this concept. In fact, I was just in the shop again yesterday, and I overheard a customer raving about how much fun she's having working on her afghan.  Each block you'll create will have a little scene. Here is what is out thus far:

A pretty winter pine scene.

Two lovebirds perched in their nest.

Can't wait to see what's in store for March!

Take a Class
Want to learn more about the yarn arts? Or maybe you want to introduce your children or grandchildren to this glorious hobby? Either way, there's a class option for you. Kamille's offers parent/child classes for children 7+. Rather have a little "me" time without the kiddos? There are adult classes as well. Or perhaps you simply want help completing a project from a pattern you have? Bring the pattern in ahead of time (at least 2-3 days), and the staff at Kamille's will design a class completely customized to you and your pattern. Now that's service! Classes are very affordable at only $30 for a two-part class (two sessions that are each two hours long). For more on their classes, call Kamille's  at 801.282.0477 or stop by for info.

We Love You Giveaway
Speaking of classes, now's your chance to experience the class atmosphere completely free of charge! One lucky winner will receive a gift certificate, good for two two-hour sessions at Kamille's. To enter, simply comment on this post between now and Monday, March 2. We'll announce our winner on next Wednesday, March 4. Good luck!

And now, to announce last week's winner of the stunning floral throw from The Village Quilt Shop. Three cheers for Katee. You're the lucky lady who gets to wrap up in this pretty blanket.

"What a beautiful throw! I love all of the bright and happy colors!" --Katee 

Please e-mail for details on claiming your prize. Thanks for entering! 

See You At Kamille's
That's all for now. I hope you and I wind up at at this friendly shop together sometime soon. 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Because We Love You: A throw giveaway!

Don't let its name fool you. The Village Quilt Shop is far more than just quilts on shelves. It's two stories of full room display areas, showing impressive ideas for decorating your own living space. And, of course, their stunning quilts are at the heart of each display.

Because We Love You!
Before sharing some of my favorite shop displays with you, I must tell you about this week's giveaway. One lucky winner will go home with the stunning Gabby Throw, valued at $42.95! I'll provide directions for putting your name in the hat and also announce the winner of our crazy candy giveaway at the end of this post. Please stand by.

On Display
As I mentioned, this shop is so inspiring. Want to give your home a fresh, spring look? Absolutely check out their room arrangements. The colors used and textures paired will make you want to run home and start redecorating.

Love the furniture you're seeing in these shots? It's your lucky day! The Village Quilt Shop also sells the pieces on display, so you could have this exact room if you wanted it. Nice!

Feel yourself being bit by the redecorating bug? Me too! Since The Village Quilt Shop has something for every budget, updating the home is easier than ever. With both high-end, designer quilts and quilts that only look like the cost a bunch o' bucks (queen quilt + two standard shams starting as low as $59.99), you're sure to find something to fit your style and price point.

Throw Pillow Parade
This shop should really be called The Village Quilt AND Pillow Shop, as their collection of throw pillows cannot be beat. I don't know about you, but I'm a sucker for a cute accent pillow. Check out just a few of the MANY styles you'll find available.

That L-O-V-E pillow is definitely on my birthday wish list this year. In fact, I would welcome so many of these cuties with open arms. :)

This jumbo jet, with its delightful knit case, is called a continental pillow. These pillows come down-filled and are always marked at amazing prices at The Village Quilt Shop. Looks like a dream, don't ya think?

Giveaway Time
Ready to put your name in our drawing for the fabulous and cozy Gabby Throw giveaway? Its colors are going to be so nice this spring, but it's sure to keep you warm and cozy until then, as winter winds down. To enter, simply leave your name and a comment on this post between now and Monday, Feb. 23. From the comments received, we'll randomly select a winner, which we'll announce on next Wednesday's post. Good luck!

Winner, Winner
Speaking of announcing winners, we'd like to congratulate the winner of our divine candy-basket giveaway. Congratulations to... Megan C. Quilter

"Oh how I would love this! Chocolate makes me weak in the knees :-) I love Gardner Village!" --Megan C. Quilter

Please email for details on claiming your glorious prize.

Don't let these oddly warm days we're having fool you. It still gets chilly at night, and a cozy quilt is where it's at. Hope to see you at The Village Quilt Shop sometime soon.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Nothing says “Valentine’s Day” like delicious chocolates. But don’t settle for a store-bought box of chocolate when you can have hand-dipped delights from The Chocolate Covered Wagon. This post really requires few words. I mean, just take a look at this decadence. 


Before we go into a chocolate coma, I want to tell you that there’s another Because We Love YOU giveaway attached to this post. How would you like to win this giant basket full of delicious candy indulgences? It’s a $75 value for this sweetness. More on how to enter, as well as the winner as last week’s Pamper Package Giveaway, at the end of this post. 


Did you know the Chocolate Covered Wagon dips fresh fruit daily? Resulting in some of the most delicious chocolate covered strawberries, raspberries and even grapes! 

Want even more to make your mouth water? How about taking those divine berries and adding toppings, such as chopped nuts, toffee and even crushed Oreo?


Perhaps apples are more your speed. Only extra fancy Granny Smith apples at Chocolate Covered Wagon. Like the berries, their impressive variety of caramel apples are made fresh in their store, using their special homemade caramel recipe. 

To see a complete list of apple options -- the recipes are quite fantastic -- check out the Chocolate Covered Wagon website. Your gift apples will even come gift wrapped with a pretty red bow! 


Valentine’s Day can be a busy one when it comes to buying gourmet goodies. Here’s a tip from Chocolate Covered Wagon that will have you making the most of your time so you have more time at home with your special someone. Call ahead and place your order. 

Simply call the store at and make your purchase ahead of time. There will be a separate pre-paid area set up so you can get in, get out, and get exactly what you want. To see what your numerous options are, visit the Chocolate Covered Wagon website.

Didn’t think to call ahead? No worries. The awesome candy makers basically pull an all-nighter the night before to ensure they have enough treats to go around. Come in the day of, or even the day before, and you can pick out precisely what you want to make your crush smile. 


Perhaps you want to make your own candy-coated fruit. Come in to Chocolate Covered Wagon and ask for their free handout, which gives you all the info you need to know to make your own sweet treats. 


Does that $75 basket of sweets have your name on it? We think so. Simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, February 16 for your chance to win. We’ll randomly draw a winner, who will be announced on next Wednesday’s post. Good luck!


Thanks to all who entered our Spa Pamper Package giveaway. Because we love you, we’re giving this prize valued at $150 to . . . drum roll, please . . . 

"This sounds wonderful. I'm a stay at home mom that doesn't get much pampering so this would be perfect! I'll keep my fingers crossed :)" --Melissa M. Morris

Congratulations! Please email us at to claim your prize, Melissa M. Morris.

See you with another lovely giveaway next week. In the meantime, we wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day!

Megan Hoeppner

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Because We Love YOU: A $125 Spa Package Giveaway!

Warning: Spa treatments will leave you feeling relaxed and pampered. Enter at your own risk.

After visiting the warm and inviting Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon yesterday, I felt the aforementioned warning necessary. I enjoyed a facial as part of their Bed of Roses package, and let me tell you, I’ve not felt that relaxed in a looong time! 

Guess what!? Whether you visit the spa or not, you can take a relaxing piece home in the form of this Pamper Package, valued at $125. More on this fun at the end of the post. First, let's talk R and R. 

Life is busy, rarely do we take time away to treat ourselves. Seems Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to change that. So why not drop a hint to that sweetheart of yours that a spa treatment sounds like just the ticket this Valentine’s Day? Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon has a variety of options to choose from, including the most soothing facials and massages, making it easy for your special someone to pick something just right for you.

Better yet, why not purchase a couple’s spa treatment for the both of you to enjoy? A couple’s facial or massage is just what you and the love of your life need to connect and relax as you celebrate your love.  

I'll walk you through my experience, just to give you an idea of the delights that await. As soon as I stepped foot in the Cottage, I was greeted by the most relaxing aroma. I wish I could create a scratch-and-sniff post, to show you just how tranquil the aroma truly is. I was immediately made to feel at home with the offer of a cool beverage. I went with lemonade, but there were many options to choose from. 

Even though I was there for a facial, I was first treated to a relaxing foot soak. During the month of Feb, this includes drops of fragrant rose oil in the water, to make the most of the romantic and relaxing setting. Be still my heart!

Following my sensational soak, I entered the calming facial room, where rose petals lined the bed and calming music filled the air. Oh, and the facial bed was heated, making it all the more inviting. 

Let the magic begin. In addition to the best face treatment I've had in years, I was treated to a foot rub and a scalp massage. Talk about head-to-toe tranquility! I'm not quite sure what I did to deserve such lavish treatment, but I know I'm not unique. Anyone who goes in and asks for their own Bed of Roses package during the month of February will experience the same VIP experience. 

For more on the options available to you, check out the Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon website

I assure you this is one place you'll want to visit soon, whether you're doing a romantic package or simply want to have your hair done. (The salon part of the spa is just as welcoming as every other area you'll encounter!)


Before you reach for that phone to make an appointment or purchase a gift certificate, don't forget to enter our Pamper Package Giveaway.

All of the spa delights pictured, as well as a $50 gift card for the Cottage Retreat Spa & Salon. Total value of this crush-worthy gift: $125!

Simply leave a comment on this post between now and Monday, Feb. 9 to be entered. From the comments received, we'll randomly select one lucky winner, which I'll post on next Wednesday's post, so make sure you check back soon to see if that winner is you. Oh, and here's a secret, we'll have another giveaway to enter then, too, because that's just how much we love you! 

Happy February!
Megan Hoeppner