Friday, December 24, 2010

Twelfth Day of Christmas: Bali Drum giveaway {Closed}

Alright, I cannot for the life of me figure out google docs (and thank heavens it seems like I am not the only one) So I have gone back to Media Fire... not a huge fan but unless I start taking advertisers it is the only free option :) So, the patterns for the Lady's Apron can be found HERE and the pattern pieces for the Tea and Crumpets apron can be found HERE. I am in the process of uploading the Potterybarn PJ's but our internet is soooo painfully slow and they are a lot of pieces, but it will get there! I am sorry for all the hassle and I am hoping this solves the problem. Please keep in mind that I am a mommy of 3 at christmas who is doing all this for the love of it so please be kind in your emails. 
I decided instead of making homemade drums (which is not all that original) instead I would do a fun give away, a pair of handmade drums from Bali. 
The artwork on the bottom is beautiful and I love that the imperfections make it one of a kind
The tops are smooth leather:
If you leave a comment on this post you will be entered into the drawing. The giveaway will be open until Monday night Timor time. I have really enjoyed doing this 12 days of Christmas and am looking forward to doing a wrap up. But that is going to have to wait until after Christmas. I hope you have been able to enjoy all the wonderful opportunities the Christmas season offers. We were lucky enough to go to our Orphanage yesterday and deliver the food purchased with the money gathered from a fund raiser at the boy's school. 
We were accompanied by a visitor at post who is here for Christmas. It was a special visit for her as she was adopted from an orphanage in Indonesia when she was a baby. 
I brought some items I had received from readers that I thought could be used by the children. Including a cute Hello Kitty backpack, some soccer balls and a teddy bear for each child. 
I also had some Frisbees that was hilarious to teach the kiddos how to use. After frisbee we played a little duck duck goose
The kids caught on quick and had fun running around
Then we moved on to London Bridges. 
The kids thought it was hilarious to be "all locked up"
I was thrilled that Alianza was wearing one of the skirts I had made
Doesn't she have the best smile?
The kids loved the candy canes and cookies our visitor brought
After we got them all wired on candy cookies and games they performed "We Wish you a Merry Christmas" in Tetum. 
We sang it back in English and then the girls performed their version of Jingle Bell Rock
They have started keeping a log of when people come to visit and it was great seeing all the different countries
They were all set with a Christmas tree and a huge creche. 
We are so lucky to visit with these amazing children around this time of year. Their tender spirits and kindness are wonderful examples of how we should be 
I hope your Christmas is as filled with love and happiness as ours in Timor has been. 
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Timor!


  1. oh i would love to win these so unique and awesome looking, and i love when you post pictures of the orphanage children your such a rockstar kelly...just love it i hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas and an awesome new year to come :)


  2. What an awesome post! I mean the orphanage part, of course, although I'd love to have the drums. Well, me and every other person who reads this, I'm sure. Merry Christmas!

  3. Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours! What wonderful photos of you, your children, and the little ones at the orphanage. Thank you for sharing!

  4. What a wonderful thing to share with the kids - kindness and generosity and fun! My daughter's class has been learning the 12 days of Christmas song so this has been fun to follow along.

  5. First of all, I love your blog. I found it when you were featured on MADE and have been hooked ever since. I love that you are so generous. It makes me want to be a better person and be more giving year-round. I love all of your creative ideas. I was inspired by the "Ladies Apron" and was able to create my own (without your pattern) and I think it turned out really cute, although there are things I would do differently if I ever attempt it again. I think my sister-in-law will love it, though. Also, I'm so impressed that you have been able to do all of these crafty things, put tutorials and patterns up, blog, take care of your kids, visit orphanages, AND get ready for Christmas all at the same time. I can barely take care of my kids. In fact, in getting ready for Christmas, it's a good thing my husband is off work so he can take care of the kids! Speaking of my husband, I would LOVE to win the drums for him. He teaches music at a college so he would be really excited about it. Thank you for your generosity and have a merry Christmas!

  6. It's so great to take your kids with you--serving young means it will continue throughout their lives! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Great pictures of the kids! Thank you for sharing, I love to see what you are up to with them.

    Also, I follow a few blogs and your Days of Christmas has been my favorite so far this year. Thanks for the great ideas!

  8. I look forward to every new post and admire your creative genius. The drums would go so well with our rain stick. Thank you for brightening many a day!

  9. I have enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas. I can't wait to make an apron for myself. I love the drums and would love to have them in my home.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family:)
    The drums are beautiful! I have loved your 12 days of Christmas posts:)

  11. I love what you do there. You are a great example. Thank you.

  12. I loved seeing the pictures from the orphanage. It is wonderful that your family and others are able to brighten the kids' days even with the simplest things. What a blessing for you all.

    The drums are beautiful! It would be so exciting to win them. My son would love them!

    Oh, and I plan on making one of your aprons after Christmas for a friend. I love all you do!

  13. Thanks for the giveaway!

    rebekahricker at yahoo dot com

  14. Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!!!! The christmas card turned out great...thanks again:)

  15. Hey. Next time someone sends a rude email (for the love! you're not charging for this!) send me their names and I'll hunt them down. Just glanced through your 12 days projects...I can't figure out how you pull it off! I have three kids too, so no excuses. I just can't do it! But I like to look!

  16. HAve a wonderful Christmas and thank you for all you do on this blog! It is an inspiration. :)

  17. What an amazing thing you are doing for all those people. Those drums are just beautiful. I would be honored to win. Thank you for the chance. Have a wonderful Christmas.
    vburr at charter dot net

  18. Such a wonderful opportunity you have to go visit with those children and make their season a little brighter! I love it!

    meglutenfree at gmail dot com

  19. Those children's smiles are priceless, what a sweet post!! Have a wonderful christmas with your family! Those drums are awesome!!

  20. What a great post! Love the pictures of the kids... what a happy bunch! Hope you have a great Christmas!

    nd (dot) farrell (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. What a wonderful post. The children all look so sweet and happy. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

    Thanks for the 12 days of Christmas. It has been enjoyable!

  22. I am shocked that you would have to ask people to be nice in their emails to you! Especially at this time of the year. It's just a pattern!

    Anyways......Merry Christmas! I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months! And those drums are gorgeous :)

  23. Merry Christmas. The Drums are beautiful. Thanks so much for the beautiful and inspiring blog.

  24. I love those drums!
    Those children are all so beautiful, they have great spirits!
    P.S. Forget the pattens, go enjoy your family. :)

  25. The smiles are those children's faces are exactly what this season is about! Thank you so much for sharing them.

    Also, I love those drums! Beautiful!

  26. What a wonderful post to read this Christmas Eve day! Love the looks on the faces of the children:).

    My daughter has been asking for drums just like those and we didn't find any we loved before Christmas. Please enter us in the giveaway...and Merry Christmas!

  27. It's so beautiful! It sounds like a wonderful experience. I hope to have many of those in the future. Thank you for the generous giveaway :) I would love to have one.

  28. It seems to be a great thing to do for christmas, to remember the true meaning, its not about getting but giving.
    I hope to win a drum those are beautiful

  29. Those drums are gorgeous, but nothing compared to the smiles on those children! You are such an inspiration! I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I can't wait to make the Pottery Barn PJs. That is going to be my January project!
    Thanks for everything you do and Merry Christmas!!

  30. Oh I LOVE these drums, especially because they have elephants on them. I used to play similar ones in college and when I lived in India elephants became my favorite animals. What a wonderful idea, Kelly.
    And Happy Christmas!

  31. OK, as your sister I am sure I am exempt from any prize winning, but I REALLY like these drums, so you can consider bringing me home something like them in May ;)

  32. Those orphanage kids look just perfect and lovable. You seem to have great opportunities for teaching your children what Christmas is really about.

    Also, those drums are an amazing giveaway, how generous of you

  33. Oh, count me in for the give away!! FUN! Love your photos of all the sweet children. Thanks for sharing. :)

  34. those drums are amazing! I love what you did at hte orghanage too. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Simply love reading your postings and those drums look amazing. Merry Christmas from Finland!

  36. I loved your twelve days of christmas, especially the lords a leaping slippers. I can't wait to make some for my niece. And those drums are beautiful!!!!

  37. That's such a fun Christmas thing to do - with a great focus! I want to do something similar with the kiddies are a bit bigger! :)

  38. Beautiful pictures! The drums look really fun too.
    amo72 at ymail dot com

  39. My husband would love to have the drums for our twin boys I'm certain! Beautiful photos and experience you shared at the orphanage. the photo of your kids was too cute!

  40. I have so enjoyed reading your twelve days of Christmas :) Thanks for all you do.

  41. What a fun and unique giveaway to end the celebration! Your pictures are gorgeous and I can't wait to hear more :)

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  42. I have really enjoyed your 12 days of Christmas. You are so creative and that you share them with us is just awesome!! I can't wait to make an apron and the boys pjs. Thanks so much!

  43. You are so creative and those drums are beautiful. I would love to win.
    moodykelly at gmail dot com

  44. Thank you for sharing with us the pictures of the beautiful children (both yours and the gorgeous children at the orphanage).

    reggity at sbcglobal dot net

  45. your blog. have started stalking ...oooppps...following you. What a great give away. Just what I am needing for the coming year. Thanks . Happy holidays to you and your family.


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