Garden Gnome and Give-away Winner

10/26/2009 05:09:00 PM Posted In , Edit This 7 Comments »
Today I went to Frankenmuth, Michigan with some lovely friends of mine.  One was a delightful woman I met today - she's a friend of one of the other ladies I went with and is a most interesting world traveler.  For those of you who've never heard of Frankenmuth, it's a small town that specializes in everything Bavarian and Christmas.  There is a world-famous gigantic store there called Bronner's that's open almost everyday of the year.  They close on Christmas day, and there may be 1 or 2 other days of the year, but for the most part, they're open every single day.  Busloads of tourists and shoppers arrive there daily from all over.  Frankenmuth is also famous for its chicken dinners (which we did not eat ... we were too busy shopping).
So, I went with 2 things in mind (other than having a really nice time, that is) which were:  1.  Find a Christmas stocking for CC (our toddler grandson), who will be here for Christmas this year from Nashville, and 2.  Find him a Gnome Christmas ornament to commemorate his Halloween costume.  Well, happily I was able to get both things!  I also found some cute ornaments for our sons and their wives.   I had a 15% off coupon which I thought entitled me to 15% off the price of one item, but I was wrong.  It was for 15% off my entire order!!!!  Yippee!!!
When we left Bronner's, we went to a discount shopping mall called Birch Run, where I found some stocking stuffers in a kitchen shop, dog cookies made in the dog cookie bakery, a hand blender (which I've been wanting for a long time to use when I make cream soups) and a new pair of shoes!
We ate at a restaurant called Uno - I guess it's a chain, but I'd never heard of it before.  The food was good (and I have enough left to take to work with me for lunch tomorrow), and the company was even better.   All in all, it was a splendid time!
Now, for the winner of the 2 books:  (Pretend you hear a drum roll, please)..... the winner is funkycrafter!!  I've emailed fc, and will send the books off asap when I have an address.  In the event I don't get a response, I'll move to the next person generated by the  on-line random number  thingy I used.  So, funkycrafter, email me asap!! 
Here's a picture of CC's gnome.  See ya later!


Hazel said...

He is beautiful!!!! I love gnomes....


arlene said...

excellent! I love these guys!

Timaree said...

Well congrats to funkycrafter!

The gnome is cute.

Alex said...

What a story, and yep.. the Gnome is cute! :D I wonder if they do come alive at night when no one is looking ^^
good post Nancy!

ParisMaddy said...

Sounds like a great trip and Frankenmuth/Bronner's brought back memories of my unforgettable visit there when labor started prematurely (over 3 months early!) for my son. From what I saw, it's a really fun place to visit. Thanks for sharing your story.

ScaryCheri said...

what a cute gnome. I love them also. Got one for my son when he came back from Korea as he had mentioned once he liked them too. Hard to find ones i like. What a cute idea having an ornament. Congrats fc on the win. Thanks for sharing your story Nancy. Hugz, ScaryCheri

funkycrafter said...

i sent you an e-mail with my snail mail address. i hope you got it. thank you so much for your generosity. the books are so fantastic. can't wait to read them.