P52 Week 4 – Self Portrait (and I’m giving away something too!)

I love that Project 52 has forced me to get my camera out and actually think about taking a picture, at least once a week.  And hey – we’ve made it to week four so way to go fabulous folks!

This week’s theme was “Self-Portrait.”  Let me walk you through my thought process of this one.

Self Portrait?  Really?!

That means I have to brush my hair.

And find my tripod.

Ooooh maybe there should be something sparkly in my photo, because I love sparkles.

Well, what else do I love?

I love my house, even though it has been a headache lately.

Brrr.  I am so cold in this house.  Hot tea would be great right now.

I love decorating my mantle.

I love purple and gold.

I love to travel.  A trip to a warm island sure would be nice.

I love my giant “make a difference” mug.

Oh, I do love giving people presents too.  How could I incorporate that into a photo though?

After much, much more of that nonsense above I decided on the photo, a few of the things I love to put into the photo, and a giveaway I can host on my blog!  No, it’s not a trip to a warm island.  Sorry folks.  The sales job just doesn’t pay enough for that.  
After many attempts with lighting and posing, this was the last shot I took.  By that point I was getting tired and needed to get some more real work done.  I felt like this photo would give you a little more insight into my life.  I am in love with scarves and wear them as much as possible, even when I am indoors.  I am half way through redecorating my mantle for Valentine’s Day.  If you look closely at the fireplace you can see the santa hat on my snowman decoration that is still out from Christmas.  The quilt in the right was hand made for me by my aunt and my grandmother.  I wear fake pandora jewelry (but no one can tell.)  I like tea.  Oh and wine too (notice over my shoulder?) Hey!  The island vacation made it in the shot too!  See the 5 o’clock somewhere sign with palm trees?!  I totally didn’t plan that!  Score!
What’s that you ask?  Oh right!  I did say something about loving to give people presents!  Well get excited.  We are having a little give away here at 2 Cats & Chloe.  Do you see that blue teapot?  It’s not mine.  But it might be yours!  :)

My family has our own little tea cafe & restaurant in North Carolina.  It’s called The Carriage House.  I was talking to my mom about how I want to try to grow my blog this year, and that I thought it would be fun to do some sort of giveaway.  Together we came up with this brilliant plan!  Here is what you can win:

A cute blue teapot
Five 2 oz bags of a few of my favorite loose leaf teas
T-Sacs to help with brewing
And a loose leaf tea infuser
What teas are you going to get?  Like I said, a few of my all time faves:
Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos – It has a delicious creamy vanilla flavor. I love this one!
Monk’s Blend – Just a good go-to tea for me
Cochin Masala Chai – Probably my most favorite chai we offer at the cafe! Add some extra sugar and milk… chai tea latte?!  Yes please!
Carriage House Apple Spice – This one reminds me of fall :)
Peppermint – This one was a last minute decision.  If you are sick or have been fighting with a seasonal cold, you need this.

So what do you have to do to win? This is the easy part.  You have FIVE options.  The more you do, the more times your name is entered to win.  And there will be only one winner, so why not do all of the below and up your chances!?
Your name will be entered once for each of the below:
1.  Become a follower through the Google Friend Connect on the right hand side of my blog (if you are already a follower, your name is already counted) or register for my emails.  You must do one of these in order to win. 
2.  Like the brand new 2 Cats  & Chloe Facebook Page!  (www.facebook.com/2catsandchloe) Then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did this! 
3.  Comment on any of my past blog posts.  (You can comment on as many as you would like, but I am only going to give a max of 5 entries for this.  And it has to be more than “hey” or “… :) ” are we cool?)
4.  Post something on twitter or facebook about this giveaway with the link.  Then come back here and tell me you did it.  Send me a link if you can.
5.  If you have a blog – mention my blog or add my button.  Or hey, just tell your readers about the give away.  Who wouldn’t love a nice cup (or twenty cups) of tea?!  Then come back here and show me your link. 
Do you think you can handle this?  As I said, my goal for the year is to grow this blog and become a bigger member of the blogging community.  In just a couple weeks I have ‘met’ so many wonderful people.  I can’t wait to meet the rest of you!
Have a question?  Email me at: 2catsandchloe@gmail.com

*This giveaway starts on Saturday January 24, 2012.  I will draw a name for a winner on Friday February 10.  Winner will be notified that day.  
*I will ship the prize anywhere in the USA. (Sorry, I know I have some loyal fans in Europe and Australia…)  
*These items were provided by my family’s cafe The Carriage House.  If you want more information on the cafe and shop please visit the website at www.thecarriagehousenc.com  
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10093678995653714452 – Lesley

    i am already a follower of your blog (:

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07470306593323990269 Foursons

    So I don’t know if commenting on this post counts, but I do love your shot. I love that you incorporated so much of YOU into it. And your mantle- I adore it. :) (I also collect teapots by the way.)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10093678995653714452 – Lesley

    i am following you on facebook – lesley ds.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10093678995653714452 – Lesley

    i also put your button on my blog!
    i love tea so much and i hope i win!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10093678995653714452 – Lesley

    i have already left a comment on the holy j crew post. love it!

  • http://www.brownsugartoast.com/ Christa @BrownSugarToast

    Love the shot! And I am a big tea & scarf fan too!! happy blogging:)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14990442292393696689 Jenn

    Um, hello, tea??? Sign me up! : ) I’m a follower, obviously!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14990442292393696689 Jenn

    Commented on “I surrender” – but I promise I did it before I saw this post and knew I could sign up for this, so my sympathy is genuine ; )

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14990442292393696689 Jenn

    Aaaaand commented on the blogging linkup post. Again, before the contest : )