Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Seed Packets (+ Giveaway!)



As I've said before, I often create something with a particular person in mind. These are for Glenn. Glenn was connected to me even before I was born, but it wasn't until after I became a mother myself that I really met him. His wife, Eleanor, was childhood friends with my grandmother. Then my parents happened to move to Wyoming, where Glenn and Eleanor lived, when I was a toddler. We didn't live there long, but Glenn and Eleanor stayed in touch with my parents and grandparents through the years.

My grandfather passed away shortly after my daughter arrived, and when family and friends gathered for the funeral, Glenn and I were reintroduced. He discovered my amateur interest in gardening, and I learned he was a Master Gardener. The following autumn, a package arrived on my doorstep from him. Inside were rolled-up paper bags, folded envelopes, and old prescription bottles full of seeds that he had gathered from his magnificent garden to share with me. Carrots, dill, larkspur, columbine and so many others – a wonderful gift from a terrific man.

Glenn passed away a couple of years ago, but I think he would have liked the idea of these little seed packets. I think he would have found them a handy way to pass along the bounty and knowledge from his garden to a burgeoning gardener like me.

I said awhile back that I'd do another giveaway, so here we go. I'm offering up a set of Personalized Seed Packets to a random winner – for yourself, or for you to give as a gift to someone special. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner on Friday morning, September 25, 2009 at 9:00 am CST. Please leave a comment below to enter, and be sure to check back then so I can get the necessary info from you. Thanks for entering.

56 comments:

  1. These are lovely.
    Your new shop site looks great!

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  2. This would be so great for my green-thumb sister! Lovely give-a-way! Heather

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  3. so wonderful. i just moved into my first house and this would be so lovely to start my garden with :)

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  4. These are so sweet! I love giving away seeds--just feels so "bigger than me".

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  5. ahhh so cute! i hope i win!!! :)
    shop looks amazing
    j.
    jmt413@gmail.com

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  6. Great story! The design of the seed packet is simple and beautiful.

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  7. What a beautiful story and a beautiful design - my mother would adore these, she is always giving away seeds but in plain boring envelopes!!!!

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  8. beautiful idea!! and such a sweet memory :)

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  9. Please enter us. We want to preserve our seeds :)

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  10. i love these too.... and the story behind them makes it even sweeter. enter me in the giveaway, please!

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  11. from the earliest I can remember, my grandmother would always give us lavendar seed packets. These remind me of her.

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  12. these are so lovely, what a wonderful idea! and the story is so sweet...

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  13. justhappilyeverafterSeptember 23, 2009 at 12:00 AM

    These are so pretty and meaningful. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  14. beautiful story! as a fairy tale! I'm sure Glenn would be very happy. Passing skills and seeds to plant is a very beautiful gift.

    Your envelopes are just so pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. What a awesome story. I just started gardening myself and this was my first year to save seeds!

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  16. I love those! They can make for a very pretty gift... if I would be able to give them away ;O)

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  17. those are lovely! If I win, I'll give them to my mom :)

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  18. beautiful design and wonderfully touching story!!
    thanks for the chance :)

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  19. Wow what a touching story! It's those little things in life that make it memorable. It's great you have such a fond memory of Glenn :)

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  20. so pretty & practical... my favorite combination! lovely narrative as well.

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  21. Such wonderful inspiration for these lovelies! That's the beauty and power of gardening — it brings people together. Yay!!

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  22. oh they are lovely :)

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  23. I really want to win - those are so cute :)

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  24. Sweet story. Great way to carry on a tradition! I love receiving seeds as gifts. It is a thoughtful gift.
    Lovely envelopes too!

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  25. i enjoyed reading your story. if i won these darling seed packets i would give them away at my father-in-law's memorial service this sunday, as a way to celebrate life. thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  26. these are just beautiful. thanks for the opportunity.

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  27. These are lovely... *crosses fingers too*

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  28. I love these. I think Glenn would've liked them :)

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  29. Wonderful! I love collecting and sharing my garden seeds

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  30. Lovely story, lovely seed packets !

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  31. they are beautiful and i'll link to this post on my next one :)

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  32. Your story is so beautiful and touching just as your seedpacks are...truly lovely!

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  33. What a lovely story & giveaway- thank you!

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  34. sweet items with even more character given the petite histoire.
    tamara

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  35. what a beautiful story, I wish my grandfather was still around to give me some garden guidance, I loved spending time with him helping in the garden shed.

    thanks for sharing such a lovely memory : )

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  36. A really wonderful story and really cool packets, Christy!

    Amy L.

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  37. Your work is beautiful! I would love to win a set of seed packets.

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  38. lovely, lovely story of the roots of this fantastic (and beautifully executed) idea!

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  39. Lovely packets to complement a lovely story. I enjoy giving seeds to my friends as "think spring" gifts. These would make the perfect "wrapping." Thank you for offering the giveaway.

    Clara

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  40. Such a beautiful story, and such ispiration for beautiful seed packets, too.

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  41. Aww, wouldn't it be lovely to put a seed packet on a gift like a gift tag and give it away? Or as wedding favors!

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  42. what a wonderful idea and such a nice story!

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  43. Oh, I'd love to give this to my friend! She collects seeds and plants them in her garden.

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  44. these are brilliant. love the kraft and green - what a wonderful design. and really enjoyed your sweet story.

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  45. What a lovely story and waht lovely seed packets. It's great that you connected with Glenn and so sad when these people are not around but you are carrying on with his legacy.

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  46. Thanks, everyone, for entering for the seed packet giveaway, and for all the kind comments. The winner is number 23, Lili. Congratulations! Please email me (christy[at]thepetitepress[dot]com) so I can get the necessary info from you.

    I'm so glad you all stopped by to visit this week, and hope you'll come back again soon.

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