And The Winner Is...

Two weeks ago I held a giveaway in honor of 5 years of blogging.
Again I will say that it is YOU, sweet friends and followers,
that make this blog possible.
Your kindness and interest inspires me to sew, create, and share my love
for God, baking, and crafting.
I can't thank each one of you enough 
for your faithful support and gracious words over the years.
Each one of you is a beautiful gem.
Many, many thanks for the precious comments. . .
some of you made me cry!

My little munchkin
{who is not so little anymore}
helped with the drawing of the winner.
Sweet Melly Belle is patiently waiting to pick the lovely name.

She placed her cute little paw in the bowl. . .

and pulled out a name.

And that name is. . . 
Marilyn McLeod 

My dear Marilyn,
please email me at kekepania525@gmail.com
with your mailing address.
Congratulations, sweet lady!

And since this has turned into a cat post
I thought I would share some recent pictures of the kittens.
These little sweeties are now 4 months old
and incredibly active!

Like mother like daughter.

These three enjoy hanging around my feet 
while I cook in the kitchen.
I guess they are always hopeful that I will drop a little treat.

This one is Duke and he is quite the lover. . .and cry baby.
Whenever he is alone he will "cry"
and often he will come cuddle up with me.
I don't mind at all.

Stripester is very easy going and quite the beggar.
She goes crazy when she smells food of any kind.
As you can see she loves to curl up with my son's stuffed Dalmatian.

And here is the sweet and petite Melly Belle.
One word can describe this little one and that is. . .
Someone asked how I can tell Duke and Melly Belle apart.
Duke has green eyes and is quite solid.
Melly is smaller and has bright yellow eyes.

And before I say goodbye may I just say. . .
Happy August to you, friends!
It seems like I was just wishing you a "Happy May"
and now here it is August.
Since we're talking about the months I thought I would give you a heads up 
that the 11th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange will be taking place 
in just a little over a month.
Registration will begin on Wednesday, September 13th.
I made a button for you lovely bloggers 
who want to share it on your blog.
You can simply add it to your sidebar to let others now about the fun event.
Simply add the link below to the picture so that others can find it:

The button is a smaller image
so here is a regular size image for those who might want to share it in a post.
I hope that makes sense :)

You can also add your email address to THIS LIST
and I will email you a reminder the day registration begins.
If you are new to the exchange
please visit my exchange page where you can read all about it.

Hugs to you!


Elizabethd said...

Stephanie, your kittens are so gorgeous! I'd love you to mail me one!
I'll be registering for the exchange, how quickly that has come around.

magnoliasntea said...

Congratulations to Marilyn! Those are some cute kittens. :)
Have a lovely rest-of-the-week.

Debby Ray said...

Congratulations to Marilyn! And oh these sweet black & whites of your precious kitties are fantastic! I am sure they can get into all kinds of mischief! Blessings, dear Stephanie!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Adorable cat photos! Such sweeties! Hugs!!

hobbyloes said...

Ahhh, the kittens are so sweet and cute!!

Chris Lally said...

Congratulations, Marilyn!
Glad your kitties are giving you so much joy, Stephanie!!

Karen said...

Congratulations Marilyn!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to the lucky winner and THANK you for sharing your adorable cats. I love each and every photo. They make life fun, don't they??

Deborah Montgomery said...

Congratulations to your winner! She must be a lovely person with such a sweet blog name.

Those kitties are adorable!! How much fun to see their different personalities. I'm sure they keep you all entertained.

Looking forward to the teacup exchange!

xo Deborah

Anonymous said...

Great photos of the kittens! Marliyn will be getting a wonderful gift! Happy for her!

Oh it's exciting to hear about the upcoming Tea cup exchange. I have told several ladies about this.


Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sweet Stephanie, Congrats to Marilyn. What a fun giveaway. She will be delighted. Love seeing the little kitties who are not so little anymore. Such cuties. Can't believe it's that time once again for the teacup/mug exchange.
How fun!! Happy August my friend and blessings always. xo

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe look at your little kitties ❤️ Congratulations to Marilyn . Yay, another exchange . I'm happy. Hapoy, happy . Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Tamago said...

Awww Melly Belle did great job helping you with the drawing! Congratulations to Marilyn!
Your kittens are all so adorable. They are growing fast! Goro was about four month old when he came to our home, and gosh he was super active!
Happy August, Stephanie!

Cheryl said...

A big congratulations to Marilyn!!!! Hooray, another mug exchange!! I can't believe how quickly the months go by, and I will be looking forward to it, sweet friend. Thank you for all you do to put this together for us. You are a blessing!

Debbie Harris said...

Melly Belle was such a sweet helper!
Congratulations to Marilyn,a blessed winner I deed. :)
Those dear kitties are just precious and each unique in their own sweet way.
I'm looking forward to your next tea cup exchange and once again, thank you for holding it so those of us can can enjoy the pleasure that it gives.
You are a dear!!!
Have a happy day~~

Olivia Bell said...

Congratulations to the winner! I know she will have much enjoyment out of it! {{smiles}} And Mrs. Dundson your cats and kittens are absolutely adorable! AH, sooooo cute! I just want to scoop them all up for a cuddle! And how you had one of them draw the winner was the neatest thing I have seen lately, haha! {{smiles}}

You don't know how excited I am for the up-coming teacup exchange! Its one of the most look forwarded to things of the year for me! {{smiles}} Thank you so much for putting together such an amazing event!

Rose L said...

I love that the cat picked the name! So cute!

Cynthia said...

Hahaha! Those kittens are TOO cute! And clever!

Karen said...

Congratulations to Marilyn. That was a beautiful basket of pretty things. Stephanie, Your cats are sweet and adorable.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Dear Stephanie, your post is adorable. I'm in love with your kittens. Sweet Melly Belle is such a cutie and her paw work so precise. Congratulations to Marilyn, I'm sure she will be overjoyed when she sees this post.
Have a truly wonderful August :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Congratulations to Marilyn! I do believe your Melly Belle is a Black Burmese like my Cyrus. They grow up to be big, solid cats with personality plus! Cyrus looked like Melly Belle when he was little. So darn cute!!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Thank you Stephanie and thank Melle Belly for picking my name! I'm beyond thrilled! Wow what a wonderful basket full of goodies.. and I'm going to go and check out each Etsy shop! Your kitties are darling.. we have some wild kitties that climb our back fence and they look very similar... such precious little things... unfortunately we can't adopt them all! We've already adopted two from the same mama. Our newest adoption kitty (Rudy) loves to play with his dry food.. he takes his paw just like your little one, and scoops up one little piece of food... puts it on the floor, and then eats it! He would be great at drawing names! Again.. thank you so much Stephanie! I'm emailed you my address. And I'm looking forward to the mug exchange.. I saw it last year but didn't join. I'm going to make time to join this year! Hugs... Marilyn

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Congratulations to Marilyn and to sweet Melly Belle for being the quite the name drawer extraordinaire! All your kitties look so sweet, Stephanie, and growing like crazy!
Thank you for letting us know about the upcoming teacup exchange. That's always an exciting event! Love to you, dear friend!

Lowcarb team member said...

Congratulations to the winner.
Loved all of the photographs of your beautiful kittens.

Sending Happy August Wishes your way.

All the best Jan

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Marilyn! Stephanie, I love your kitties. They are so adorable. I love that one of them chose the winner. ♥

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Congratulations to lucky winner Marilyn! Melly did a wonderful job of picking a name (and deserves special skritches for her excellent work). Looking forward to the exchange!!

Mimi said...

Sweet little kitties! You are so generous to gift pretties to a lucky reader Stephanie. Love, Mimi xxx

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

Well done to Marilyn and what a wonderful way to have your name chosen, by the cutest cat xx

Henny Penny said...

The kitten are adorable! and I can't believe how perfect that sweet kitty drew the name and picked a winner. Those kittens are so lucky to have you. You are just beautiful!!

Margie said...

Congratulations to the winner! Your sweet kitties fulfilled my need for cuteness today.

As usual, summer is just flying by. Your teacup exchange will give me something to look forward to in the fall.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Congrats to your winner!
Those kitties are so sweet and it's nice they all have a different personality.
I look forward to the teacup/mug exchange and since I'm not blogging any more I'll be one of the ladies sending a photo to you. That's OK, I'm enjoying my freedom and ease of posting on IG.
Happy August Stephanie!

Mari said...

Congratulations to Marilyn and thanks to you for doing this.
Your kitties are all so cute!

montse v said...

Congratulations to Marilyn! And yes, I'm looking forward to your next tea cup exchange.



Amy at love made my home said...

Congratulations Marilyn!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OHHH HOW CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kitty picked very well. teeeheheee

Vee said...

Oh I am smiling to see the kitty choose the winner. Congrats to Marilyn! And now I am grinning to think of all the ladies who are excited to think about next month's tea and mug exchange. Hope that you're gearing up because it'll be a busy one.

Anna said...

Great pictures !!!!
Congrats to the winner !

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness that is just the cutest watching Melly Belle pick the winner, she did a fabulous job!! A big Congrats to Marilyn!! wow they are all growing up so fast aren't they!! Yes I agree this summer is going by very fast. I hope you all enjoy what is left of the summer :)

Lillie said...

Your kitties are adorable!
Exciting new!! So looking forward to the exchange. Thanks Stephanie!
Wishing you a wonderful month of August too.

So Sunny Day said...

happy 5 year blog birthday! I love that your kitty helped with the drawing. so cute!

I am looking forward to hearing more about the exchange. Sounds like fun!

Hope you had a fun evening with your kitties. {meow!}

~ Emily from So Sunny Day

Ida said...

First let me say I'm so sorry I haven't been by and commented in a long time. Life is very busy now taking care of my mom. Her memory issues (Dementia) is getting worse so I am often at her place making sure she is doing okay.

Now let me just say those kittens are so cute! I love that you kept them and momma kitty too. Such pretty photos of them. I really like the stripped one.

Mary E. Stephens said...

Your cats are really cute. :-) We only have one purry furry at present, although we have considered getting another one. Cookie hates all other cats, though, so we've put it off, knowing she will be very grumpy about it if we do get another one.

I can't believe it's already time for another exchange. I'm afraid I may not be able to work that into my schedule this time around. My parents' 50th anniversary is in October and I have some things on my mind that I want to accomplish for that, if possible. That means I may have to let some things go until after October. I'm sure everyone who does participate will enjoy it, though! :-)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh my goodness, what a hilarious personality Miss Melly Belle has! I love the black and white pictures you captured of her helping you out, that is just so amazing... I can never get our cats to do something when I want them too, lol! And I know all about how the beggars work in the kitchen... we have our fair share here too, lol!

Sweet Marilyn! I'm SO happy she won your giveaway, what a precious dear heart she is, and what a blessing for her to have such a treat sent her way! You are a dear for putting together such a lovely giveaway too!

I can't believe it is already time for another tea exchange! Hard to believe that fall will soon be upon us, oh my! Definitely looking forward to it, my friend! Hope all is well with you... give those precious fur balls some extra love and hugs from me :)

Little Wandering Wren said...

What an adorable kitten draw - I love the way you have all your photos in black and white until we get to the colour of the Tea Cup and Mug exchange which pops off the page - Inspired! The last Exchange was one of my Blogging highlights this year - I just love the new connections you have made for me with Lillie and Andrea. Thank you for all your hard work with this!
Wren x

Anne Payne said...

I love your kitties!!! Sweetness abounds in your home. :-)
I'm looking forward to participating in the exchange this autumn.

Unknown said...

Have a lovely rest-of-the-week.


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