Saturday, February 16, 2008

Fan Mail & Paying It Back

I'll be honest, there's not been a ton of knitting going around here aside from the mystery rotten watermelon WIP and the Hurl Yourself Off the Bridge NJ/Go Spurs Go TX socks (which I need to post a picture of--I'm LOVING the way that color is knitting up).

I've been busy getting stuff ready to restock my Etsy store.

I've also been receiving an embarrassing amount of boxes in the mail. Y'all are nuts, and I mean that in the most endearing way.

Seriously the fact that someone's out there reading this typographic dribble of mine is just enough.

In and effort to pay it back a bit to everyone whose given us support of any kind--comments, reading, or anonymous and not so anonymous mailings--I'm having a contest.

What's the contest?

Inspired by The Yarn Harlot and her piss poor (in my opinion) analogy of blogging--it's the UGLIEST COUCH CONTEST!

Here's the rules:

Email me a picture of your couch no later than February 24, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. midnight EST. Send your email to rkbezzie @ gmail . com --take out the spaces there obviously!

There will be two ways to win: a random drawing and Reader's Choice of Ugliest Couch. I'll post all the entries after the 24th and allow you to vote on who you think has the ugliest couch.

I'll break the ice and post a picture of my couch.

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Complete with Squeaky licking her butt! It's actually a futon. The guy selling it to us insisted we upgrade for $25 to a better mattress or it would get compacted and shitty looking. But um, aren't futons supposed to look like that? I wasn't about to spend an extra $25 on a mattress that would probably still end up looking compacted and shitty.

What will you win?

Maybe a cool knitter magnet...(or crocheter one, I don't want to exclude the crocheters!)

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Or maybe a set of my new sheepy greeting cards...

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Email those couches!!!

(I'll be stocking the store this weekend with new items if you are convinced you have no luck when it comes to random drawings and your couch is too damn pretty.)

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28 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

Oh, my local newspaper had this same contest about a year or two ago (winner got a brand new couch), and it was too funny looking at the pictures people submitted! My couch is about 7 or 8 years, and beat up, but the design is still pretty so I can't enter. : ( Now, if you were having an ugliest bedroom furniture set, I sure could enter that! I'm embarrased to even say how old my bedroom set is.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

This is going to be funny! I love getting a peek into people's furniture. Weird, I know.

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh! I am like your sister T....I have furniture commitment problems. My "couch" is a loveseat really and is pretty BAD!! It is 12 years old and laced with cat hair and fabreeze!! As for bedroom set I have a 30 year old cedar dresser that has a plywood board added to the top to make it into a computer table, a bed that is just a mattress put on a frame made of 2x6's. The best thing in my bedroom is an Amish sofa server that we use for a nightstand. Yeah....I am not going to enter this....my sense of decorating is if you can use it it's good. Love, Mom

1:35 PM  
Blogger IrishgirlieKnits said...

Love the contest idea. Just perfect.

And love the sheepie cards!! Of course, impatient me, they aren't in stock yet!!!

1:47 PM  
Blogger T. Budnik said...

I am so gonna win this one! Just wait until your readers see my couch!

-T.

Of course, if the fine print excludes relatives of the blogger, I'll be happy with just having my picture posted.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Disco said...

Will there be a booby prize for best couch?
:-)
I like your sheepy cards too :-)

3:02 PM  
Blogger Zonda said...

Heh, I have a pretty couch..at least I think so! Cute card!

3:11 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Well, I can win the ugliest couch thing hands down! My couch was nice when we bought it 10 years ago. But with cats and kids and wear and tear, it's pretty gawd-awful now, mostly owing to the giant holes in the cushions through which the foamy guts emerge. I'm trying to hold out one or two more years to replace it, so that I can trust my kids not to use it for a trampoline and trash a new one. Pictures will be on the way!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

But I just got rid of my ugly couch...*wails* Hmm, I do have a picture of the new couch with ugly pillows, though....

3:48 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Or maybe I can "uglify" it.....

3:53 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I wish I still had the photo of our first couch, a hand me down. I actually loved the style. But the cushions were orange and black and brown flowers. Not dainty pretty flowers but big bold 70's era flowers. I made new cushions and kept it for years. It's still my favorite couch.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

I wish I still had the photo of our first couch, a hand me down. I actually loved the style. But the cushions were orange and black and brown flowers. Not dainty pretty flowers but big bold 70's era flowers. I made new cushions and kept it for years. It's still my favorite couch.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

I wonder if I can find a picture of the couch after it flooded. But that would be cheating right?

5:01 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Meant to add... I like my couch but I'll enter it anyway because I don't know, it may be butt ugly!!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Batty said...

I wish I had my old grad student couch, but it went away. The kitty shot is cute, though, even if it's a butt licking one.

5:30 PM  
Blogger sgeddes said...

We just got a new couch. Our old one would have won a prixe for the grossest couch though. It is amazing how dirty it got once we got the dog.

Now, a butt licking kitty picture I may be able to get!

7:20 PM  
Blogger cpurl17 said...

I love that your mailbox was filled with boxes of good things vs. bills and letters from the IRS.

8:13 PM  
Blogger Rebel said...

dude! Do we get extra points for having a butt-licking cat on the couch? Because I can totally hook that up!

Squeeky your tush is looking nice and clean there - good job. ;)

8:46 PM  
Blogger janna said...

I like my couch -- except for the corner that Harley's scratched up, but I still like it! Now, if I had the ugly sofa bed we got while I was married....

9:14 PM  
Blogger Stacie said...

yer a goofball! how to choose, when all of my couches (3) are so freakin ugly!

12:15 AM  
Blogger Miss T said...

Cute card! I've gotten rid of all the ugly couches...but I can't wait to see everybody else's.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous joymama said...

Ha! I don't have a couch. I left it back in TX and now I'm in the process of shopping for a new one in OR. Can't wait to see everyone's pictures. The couch I left behinf was really nice but 16 years old and a huge sectional. Time for something new.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

My couch is not really pretty, but it isn't by no means ugly. I love my couch. It is about 10 years old, a sectional, which once upon a time, were called pit groups. I like the name pit group better. It has a more hippy, free spirit sound to them, and that is right up my alley :)

Did you make the stamp yourself? Those cards are cool.

BTW, we have a futon that we keep in my husband's shop. It looks damn near the same as yours, except the mattress is black. Boy does it show dirt and dust....another reason it is out in the shop.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

Oh, I have to add that while my couch isn't bad, my flooring is, and I have entered a local Ugly Flooring Contest. For the love of Maude, I really could use some new flooring. While my kid was living at home, her damn Jack Russell had it's way with my carpet. Bitch of a dog, and you know how I love my animals. It ruined my gray carpet....yeah, gray, so it shows freaking all types of stains...no matter how often I clean it, and I clean it often. Grrrr....

12:54 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Mmmmwahh!

6:45 PM  
OpenID bufanditas said...

Compared to other couches I've seen, yours does not qualify as 'ugly'

3:28 AM  
Blogger Magatha said...

I don't think your 'fans' (fans?!? Oh dear me. ;-) expect any sort of payback. However, an ugly couch contest could be fun.

I have one 16 year old couch and one 8 year old couch. They both still look good, (no kids, no pets) but how do they smell? An entirely different story. The old one is called the 'gorilla nest'.
Have we learnt to send smells over the Internet yet?!?

4:05 PM  
Blogger Alisha said...

Well I am out of luck...you had to pick the couch? The one thing that ain't so bad. It is from Ikea lol It is the darn best cough ever....space to hide stuffies and it pulls out!

10:39 PM  

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