Sunday, August 16, 2009



Lifeguard chair that was left on my front deck

When my friend, Jean, brought me the lifeguard chair shown in my August 12th post, my creative juices started flowing. I’m not sure what direction to take with the chair, but I’d love to have it sitting at the edge of my swimming pool. I decided to have a contest so my readers can help me come up with an idea to convert this chair into something spectacular. I imagine it as the bright, cheery focal point of my swimming pool, but I need some ideas to get from my vague notion to the finished work.

Close up of chair

If you would like to have a chance to win all of the items pictured in my last post, this is all you have to do. If you have a blog or if you have a page on a website like Facebook, Myspace, Flickr, or Twitter, post a link on your blog or page to my contest at (If you don’t have a blog or a social networking page, you might ask a friend to post a link for you on their blog or page. If none of these is an option for you – well, go ahead and enter anyway. I don’t want to keep anyone from joining the fun!) Then send your idea for the chair and the address of your link (if you have one) to That’s all you have to do. I will then decide which of your ideas has most inspired my final design for the chair. It doesn’t matter whether you have been to my blog only one time or are a regular follower: anyone can enter my contest.

Give as many details as you can about your idea. By the way, about four people in my family immediately said I should put a mermaid in the chair. Okay, if that’s what you think, too, describe that mermaid: what materials I should use, what colors, etc. Keep in mind that this chair will sit outside all winter long, and that it freezes and snows occasionally in Roanoke.

I’m so excited because this is my first giveaway. The items I have chosen are representative of everything I love and write about in my blog posts.

Here are a few more close-up pictures of the lifeguard chair.

Notice the holder for an umbrella or a flag or a ?

The chair is made of wood and is about seven and a half feet high

Once again, here are the items the first place winner will receive.

To see details of all these gifts, please check my August 12th post

Since my last blog post, it occurred to me that I may end up with several good ideas and have a hard time choosing one winner. So, I’m going to give prizes for the second and third place entries as well!

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time, August 24, 2009 to enter. I’ll decide which idea inspires me the most and post the first place winner within the following few days after the contest is over. The second week after the deadline, I’ll post the second place winner, and the third week, I’ll post the third place winner. But remember, all entries must be in by the end of the day August 24th.

I’ll show you the second place prizes on my next post.

I wish to thank all of you for following my blog. I hope you’ll continue to do so because I think you’ll find a lot of interesting ideas and stories ahead.

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