This would probably win the 'strangest giveaway in blogworld' award if there were such an award. I hope you don't think it's tacky that these are "previously loved" by my children. They are in like new condition and I just want to share (and I'll even pay postage). I could easily sell these (don't we buy/sell used items all of the time?) but I wanted to just give them to someone. These are made in Italy, authentic Fontanini figurines. Nice enough for a main Nativity and sturdy enough for little hands to use.
In case you are not familiar with Fontanini, here is the Amazon search. If you have a few moments take a look around: Search Amazon.com for fontanini nativity
Somehow in my enthusiasm when the olders were little I accidentally collected 2 sets of figurines. I would get one or two at a time after Christmas when they were on clearance. Of course I could never remember from one year to the next what I had already gotten. When we were putting out Christmas decorations this weekend dc decided to let a set go. I thought maybe one of you would like these. If no one enters I'll take the hint, lol.
My photography skills leave a lot to be desired but here they are (mat not included). Mary and Joseph are approximately 3 inches tall. Details on the giveaway are below.
This will need to be a quick turnaround. To enter leave a comment with your first name, last initial only, and state or town (in case more than one have the same name). That worked well for the Graphics Factory Giveaway. I will have to make the deadline 7:00 am Central Standard Time on Thursday. When it is announced Thursday morning the winner will have until 8:00 am CST on Friday to send their snail mail to me so I can mail it Friday morning. If I don't hear back I'll have to re-draw a winner. They will be mailed Friday... somewhere. I'll include my e-mail when I announce the winner. Contiguous United States only, sorry! If you are on e-mail subscription and enter the drawing then you may want to just check the website Thursday morning since I'm not sure what time the e-mail updates go out during the day. I will accept e-mail entries as well like I did last time.
Here's a picture showing the family's spaghetti noodles (on the left) and my spaghetti noodles (on the right). I sauteed cabbage shreds and then topped with the same sauce as everyone else was eating. Even though I had some regular spaghetti for seconds, it still cut my carb intake by more than half (my second serving was much smaller than my first!). It tasted pretty good too - I didn't miss the noodles. Spaghetti squash works really well for this substitution also.