Saying Goodbye to Summer with a Giveaway

Am I the only one who is hanging onto summer with a death grip? Can you tell that I’m not quite ready to embrace Fall? It isn’t like my last post was about using sea shells to make a matching game or something beach themed! 
Dark sky and light ocean at Topsail Island.

This past weekend we made one more trip to the coast. We stayed with my stepmom (aka the famous author) Diane Chamberlain and her significant other, the very talented photographer, John Pagliuca. They own a great condo at Topsail Island. The view is stunning since the ocean is right off their deck.
Diane and Jet (one of her two shelties)
One of John’s many beautiful photos, for sale HERE.

We had a fabulous time, but my favorite part of the weekend was sleeping on the deck at the foot of the ocean with Pretty Handsome Guy. Nothing can compare to being lulled to sleep by the ocean!

That’s me asleep on the condo deck.

Some of you noticed that I have a new profile picture. I am forever indebted to John for taking several pictures of me specifically for my blog. (Being the photographer in our house means that I have very few photos of myself.)

So, since I still have summer on the brain, I wanted to go ahead and introduce you to these beauties that hold bottled up beachy goodness in them.

Bottles filled with shells and sand.
Teeny tiny shells circle the nautilus and starfish stoppers.

If you have been one of my readers for a month, you may recognize these from the tour I gave of the Painted Cottage in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Leigh is the owner, and she was so sweet to offer something to give away to my readers. That’s right, these two beautiful glass bottles could be yours. And, because I REALLY want to thank my followers, I’m giving you five chances to enter the giveaway.

It is pretty simple. Here are the ways that you can win these two adorable beach in a bottle accessories:

  1. Become a follower of Pretty Handy Girl (Subscribe via email on the sidebar or follow with Google friend connect which can also be found on the sidebar). Then leave me one comment letting me know that you are (or already were) a follower.
  2. Become a follower of The Painted Cottage blog HERE. Then leave me a comment on this post letting me know that you are now following The Painted Cottage.
  3. Become a fan of The Painted Cottage on Facebook HERE. Then leave me a comment letting me know you are now a fan. (Not sure how you become a fan of a facebook page? It is easy, simply click the thumbs up “Like”icon at the top of the page.)
  4. Do you tweet? Did you know that Pretty Handy Girl tweets? Become a Twitter follower of PrettyHandyGirl and comment back here to let me know you are now following on Twitter.
  5. Finally, if you like this giveaway, share it with your friends. Tweet (using #PrettyHandyGirl), let your friends know on Facebook or blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment letting me know where you shared the giveaway love.

Be sure that if your comment profile is “anonymous” that you leave me your name and email address in your comment, so I can contact you if you win ;-).

Wow, you have up to five chances to win! On October 1st, I will pick a winner using I’m looking forward to sending some summer beach love to one of my readers. Good luck!

Okay, now I need to try to get in synch with the autumn spirit. How about if I just stare at John’s beautiful “Fall Colors” photograph!

Fall Colors by John Pagliuca


  1. I am a follower here!

  2. I now follow the Painted Cottage blog!

  3. I follow The Painted Cottage on FB!

  4. Korrie@RedHenHome says:

    I'm a follower!

  5. Caitlin Campbell says:

    I'm a follower!

  6. Caitlin Campbell says:

    I follow Painted Cottage on FB

  7. Caitlin Campbell says:

    I follow Painted Cottage Blog now and am about to share the giveaway on FB :)

  8. Caitlin Campbell says:

    Oh and I am now following PHG on Twitter too!

  9. Breanne & Shannon says:

    I follow pretty handy girl :)

  10. Breanne & Shannon says:

    Following the painted cottage blog :)

  11. I am a loyal follower!

  12. I fpllow The Painted Cottage. What a great giveaway!

  13. Followed you on Diane's blog & Facebook for some time now. Enjoy all of your beautiful work and have used some of your ideas at my condo on North Topsail Beach. Thanks :-)

  14. I have been following PC's blog and am a friend of Facebook too. We must have stopped at the store 5 times over our week at Ocean Isle this summer. I've been thinking of these bottles ever since. :)

  15. I became a follower of Pretty Handy Girl!

  16. Jo Dumoulin says:

    Hi Brittany..
    Just wanted to say what a great photo your new profile picture is.. you look lovely.
    Jo x

  17. I am a follower!!

  18. Just this... Alice says:

    I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the post.

  19. Just this... Alice says:

    I am following The Painted Cottage.Nice blog.

  20. Just this... Alice says:

    I am a facebook fan of T P C as of now.

  21. Just this... Alice says:

    I shared on FaceBook

  22. I am a follower on Friend connect!

  23. Posted on my FB page! Loverly giveaway!

  24. Liked THE Pained Cottage on FB!

  25. BillieBee (billiemick) says:

    I'm already a subscriber.

  26. Love your Pretty Handy Girl blog, following you on Twitter, and following the Painted Cottage on Facebook! Shared on Twitter!!!
    Happy Fall!

  27. Hey, I'm a Painted Cottage fan!

  28. I'm following the Pretty Handy Girl.

  29. Twitter follower and tweeted your blog!

  30. Happy Fall! I am delighted to follow the Painted Cottage blog.
    You are awesome for all your suggestions, keep them coming. I just love love Pretty Handy Girl's blog…………..

  31. I'm following. & want to win

  32. Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal says:

    Love these. I am a follower!

  33. I live near Topsail! It's actually where I was when I was on vacation last month (remember it took me forever to respond to your email).

    Oh and I am now a follower :)

  34. Kathleen M. Kelly says:

    Hi, love your blog and just became a follower~

  35. Kathleen M. Kelly says:

    I'm following the painted cottage,too!

  36. Kathleen M. Kelly says:

    I'm now a fan of the painted cottage on facebook. I love your give away!

  37. I am a follower now. I can't believe you would give them up! Thank you!

  38. I am now a follower of The Painted Cottage, also.

  39. Ashley @ The Hillside Home says:

    I'm a follower!!! :)

  40. I am now a fan of The Painted Cottage on Facebook.

  41. I'm a follower!!

  42. Connie Babe says:

    I am a followerer!

  43. I'm a follower!

  44. I'm a follower of your blog and I'm "fixin'" to become a FB follower! I'd love to win the beachy bottles!


  45. I am a follower!

  46. Laura M. Phillips says:

    I am now a follower…love your fb page and website. Can't wait to get back to Ocean Isle so I can visit the store!!!!
    Laura M. Phillips

  47. Annie of Blue Gables says:

    I follow your pretty handy girl

  48. Annie of Blue Gables says:

    I now follow painted cottage as well

  49. Laura Moss Phillips says:

    I shared the giveaway love on my fb page.
    Laura Moss Phillips

  50. Hi there! I am now a follower of yours!

  51. I am a follower of The Painted Cottage.

  52. I am a fan of The Painted Cottage on Facebook. I love your blog. I love that you slept on the deck. How funny. It must have been like camping as kids with your best friend. How lucky are you to have a writer and photographer in the family. There are not a lot of photos of me either as I am the family photographer, as well. I like your new profile picture. You look very relaxed.

  53. yeoldesandwichshoppeva says:

    I am a follower of your righteously awesome blog!

  54. yeoldesandwichshoppeva says:

    I am a follower of the Painted Cottage!

  55. Hi, I am a new follower of your blog. Love your beach decorating ideas!

  56. I don't see that it shows my email on my comment…so here it is

  57. I've been following for two months and am a real fan. Pretty Handy equals Pretty Awesome!

  58. I follow you on twitter.


  59. I "Liked" you on facebook.


  60. - Marybeth I. says:

    follower of Pretty Handy Girl

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

  61. - Marybeth I. says:

    follower of The Painted Cottage

    misaacmom at gmail dot com

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