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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Meeting Matthew Mead and a GIVEAWAY!

Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Matthew Mead Decorating for the Holidays presentation at Company C in Concord NH. Lianne really wanted to attend event to but had went to represen the both of us. So I apologize for the bad photos..that iss usually Lianne's forte.

So I did the hour drive to Concord NH to check out the presentation, not really knowing what to expect. The event was held at Company C, a retail store full of colorful modern home furnishing. They set up a large screen in the middle of the store, showing the cover of Holiday with Matthew Mead. I spoke to one of the sales people and they said they were expecting approx 130 people at the event. I wasn't able to get a seat but I did manage to work my way towards the front of the room to snap a few pics.

Here is Matthew Mead introducing himself to the crowd and sharing a little about his background. If you haven't met Matthew before, he is a very friendly apporoachable creative gentleman. His hour or so long presentation was full of behind the scenes stories (which I personally love to know) and photos of the process of creating and producing his new holiday magazine.

During the presentation he also invited a few people in the audience to come up and see how simple and easy a lot of the projects and desserts are to create that were featured in the book~azine.

Here is the red paper wreath along with other wreath samples that is displayed on the cover of the magazine. Matthew explained to everyone how simple it is to recreate this for your own front door.

There were two tables full of items that were featured in the magazine.

After the presentation Matthew took some questions from the crowd. I found out that Matthew is hoping to make his magazine quarterly and the next issue will most likely be Summer. We were also treated to taste some of the yummy cookie recipes that are in the magazine. I got to sample the Austrian Chocolate Ball cookie..it was yummy!

Matthew then stuck around to meet a great and sign copies of his book~azine. So, as always I was thinking of our wonderful swirly blog readers, I picked up an extra issue and had Matthew sign it (see above image) for one lucky swirly reader....

So here is all you need to do for this early Christmas Gift GIVEAWAY!!

One lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of Holiday with Matthew Mead.
Just leave a comment on our blog sharing something to do about the Holidays (an idea, tip, color, memory... anything goes).

Contest will end midnight MONDAY DECEMBER 6TH (EST) we will pick one random winner and send them this wonderful autographed book~azine just in time for Christmas.

FIVE Optional Bonus Entries - Leave each extra entry in a separate comment.
• Follow Swirly Designs on Twitter and let us know in your comment
• Like Swirly Designs on Facebook and let us know in your comment
• Follow the Swirly Blog and let us know in your comment
• Join our e-mailing list and let us know in your comment
• If you have your own Blog, spread the word about our giveaway on your Blog and let us know in your comment, with a link.

~ Good Luck!!



  1. What an awesome experience! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, Halloween a close second. One of my favorite Christmas traditions is our family feast that we would have as a kid growing up. All my aunts and uncles would come. Everyone would bring a favorite snack or dish of some kind of yumminess. So many wonderful memories from all those christmas gatherings. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome magazine!

  2. & I just followed you on facebook. Can you tell I really hope to win this giveaway? ;)

  3. I also joined your mailing list & will be spreading the word about your giveaway!

  4. Would love to be the lucky person. This is one of my favorite time of the year I love baking cookies with the grandkids...gathering with all my famiy and friends...

  5. I just love this time of the year...decorating..making cookies and spending time with your love ones

  6. Thank you for the insight to Matthew Mead's event, Paul. (I like the behind the scenes stories the best too!) I would love to have a read through his new Book-azine. It looks like a fabulous publication!

  7. Picking out a tree has turned into a fun family tradition! We buy a new ornament every year to add to our collection. My daughter loves it. Thanks for the chance!

    tee at thatsitmommy dot com

  8. Hi! Congratulations on being in all those magazines! I saw you in Country Woman! I love your ornaments & can't wait till they're listed on your website for purchasing! Please enter me in the drawing for Matthew Mead's new magazine!

    My Christmas idea is that this year I'm using some of the things I already have setting out, such as my birdcages. I'm adding some Christmas greenery, ribbon, & ornaments to the tops & putting some glittery birds inside, which I'm making out of scrapbook paper & of course, glitter! Patti in TX

  9. I loved your work in Matthew's magazine.

    My favorite holiday tradition is one we started with our twin girls. The Elf on the Shelf arrives on Dec. 1 and is hiding a new place each morning. Our girls love it and I love that the elf looks like one from my childhood.

  10. I"m excited to receive your email and to be entered in your Holiday Magazine giveaway!! For the holidays I fill glass vases with white lights and place them all around the house. Makes everything sparkle!!

    tina williams

  11. ljscreativecraft@aol.comNovember 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM

    Oh, how I wish I could win that magazine singed by Matthew Mead and with so many wonderful ideas and stories including those from Swirly Designs and Nienie's family!!..I've been laid up with bronchitis and possibly pnemonia for the last week and a half and winning that magazine would absolutely be a huge Christmas treat!..This is the most loveable holiday of the year! Since I'm sick I have not been able to start my decorating, other than making my Christmas cards.. I can't wait to find out who you choose as the winner..and I can't wait to see your new ornaments!! Linda

  12. Thanks for the chance to win one of Matthew Meads Book-azines! My favorite part of the holidays is spending all day on Christmas Day in my PJ's watching the kids play with their new toys!

  13. How fun... What a wonderful experience to be able to meet and listen to another artists thoughts, views and techniques.
    What inspiration !!!!

    I love the Christmas season with beautiful lights, decorations, sites, sounds and smells all that lends to the festive feelings. It also gives those of us who love to create the chance to go all out & try new techniques or supplies that we may not necessarily use in our normal daily crafts.
    My annual traditions that I look forward to are making all kinds of cookies (try a new recipe) hand made Christmas and gifts, cards and decorations for our home.

  14. Who wouldn't love a copy of this mag - SIGNED! Thanks

  15. Who wouldn't love a signed copy! Thanks.


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