Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Magic Carpet Giveaway


Hello and welcome to Texifornia! If you're coming here by carpet ride you may be wondering what strange place the magic carpet has brought you! Let me introduce myself and show you around a little.

I am a mother of three little boys who moved to Texas from California long before any of those three little boys were born. I was homesick as crazy at first, and had a lot of trouble with the culture shock....which is how Texifornia came about.

Texifornia is a little spot I created for Californians in Texas (like me) and Texans in California. It's a place where you can find news, humor and other tid-bits about California and Texas (and especially anything that relates to BOTH states) and meet other Texifornians. This blog is just part of it...there's graphics and jokes and more on the main site.

So, from wherever around the world today, Hello and welcome to Texifornia! And, now...on the the giveaway:

I am giving away one of the following (your choice):

A Post Card from From Texas (From Me)

No, this isn't the actual one you'll get. It's a picture I found on Flicr and doctored up (with permission - love Creative Commons!). The real one I haven't bought yet, but it will most likely have one of the following on it: Wildflowers, The Texas State Flag, A Cowboy and a Sunset, or Cows (specifically Long Horns). Note also that my real handwriting looks better...that's mousedrawn and blurred to look like pencil using the Gimp. Cool huh!

...or you could have:
A Free Coupon for a Large Tea at Bush's Chicken

Again, I didn't have a picture of the coupon, so here's a picture of tea...ICED TEA of course, for anyone who lives outside of Texas and therefor might think the tea was hot. In Texas, you can order tea when it's 20 degrees out and it will come served with ice unless you specify otherwise. I don't think Bush's Chicken even serves hot tea. But, anyways, Bush's Chicken can't be found worldwide, which is why I'm giving everyone a choice between that and the post-card. If anyone wonders, Bush's chicken was started by a football player named Keith Bush...and as far as I know has nothing to do with the former presidents George Bush (Jr. or Sr.). It was however, started in the town I'm living in, Waco, TX...which is practically shouting distance from Crawford, TX, where former President George W. Bush still lives.

I know these aren't big prizes, but the main idea of the of the One World One Heart Giveways is to explore and meet some fun people around the world...the giveaways are just a good excuse to do that.

Leave a comment below saying where you're from, where you are now, and where you've been in between! Or, if you rather (and this would make my day) make up a crazy word for where you've lived (for instance, I'm a might be an Carolinayorker, or a Canadimarican, or you might be from Oklahio.) Make sure to leave an e-mail where I can contact you ( myemail at hotmail dot com is a good way to do it to avoid spam-bots ). And if you happen to have a blog or website, please leave your link so I can visit! After all, this whole things is about exploring! You can let me know whether you wanted the tea or the post-card after you win.

Anyone can participate, worldwide. Giveaway ends the last day of February 14th (formerly I had said the 31st, but there is no Feb 31st, and as it turns out we are supposed to announce all these on the 15th, which is a little detail I missed. Thanks Birgit of Swapping Howdies for pointing that out. Honestly, it wasn't a sneaky way to make this giveaway go on forever, just me being my absentminded self. ) Winner will be chosen the by random number generator (or, if there are less than ten entries, by my son picking a number out of a hat). The winner forfeits their prize if they don't provide a working e-mail or if they don't respond to my e-mail within 1 week.

Here are some other giveaways on my blogs you might be interested in (not all of these are OWOH giveaways, so read rules carefully and watch for hoops - easy hoops, I promise!):


  1. I'd LOVE a postcard from Texifornia!!!! :-)

    my email address is:

  2. Great giveaway! Please enter my name! Pop over to my blog (#92 on the magic carpet) for a chance to win, too! :)

    from Canadacanada! :)

  3. great prize idea!

    I'm from Newyorcticut.

    Thanks for entering me in your drawing.

  4. I want to win the postcard!!!
    Thank you for a lovely stop on my magic carpet ride.
    Outrageous joy,
    Kathy over at Everyday Bliss
    #111 on the blog tour!

  5. count me in!

  6. Your sense of humor is AWESOME!!!
    I'm going to credit the Californian in you (though..i might be a little bit biased...).
    I'd love either! Mayhaps a postcard with a picture of iced tea? Hmm...
    Thanks for visitng my blog, too :)


  7. Cool! Thank you so much for your giveaway and please come to my blog and participate in mine #626
    Thanks again,

  8. How funny! This is great! I'm #736.

  9. I would love a postcard from Texas!
    Will be visiting there in September!

    What a cool giveaway. do drop by my blog - #16 on the list.

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  10. Please enter me! Great giveaway!

    Thanks! #252 on OWOH, I'm giving away hand-made soaps and a TUTU! :)

  11. Great Give away.. Thanks so much for entering my name for a chance to win..
    Hop on the Magic Carpet and fly over to my blog to enter for my prize.(I'm #362) Isn't this fun!

  12. What an imagination! I suppose I'd have to choose the postcard, unless I give the tea coupon to my son, he lives down in Texas! So count me in!

    Pearl Avenue Studios

  13. Pls visit #470 on our OWOH ride!

    As a Texan living in Philly, I think that your card would like to visit me!

  14. As you will be able to tell from my blog name: I live in AZ by way of Texas. Yep, born & raised in Houston. In between, I lived 15 winters in Minnesota. Can you say: EXTREME? I seem to do everything on one end of the spectrum or another. We don't have Bush's Chicken here, and even McDonald's is trying to serve sweet tea, but just can't seem to get it right. So, a letter from "home" would be so lovely. Thank you for the fun and imaginitive gifting. Tina

  15. Greetings & Salutations,
    Fun OWOH Giveaway!
    Fly by my blog when you get a chance...
    Forbidden Planet Giveaway #242 On The List @:

    Cosmic Blessings, Lyndy Ward

    P.S. I'm a Valley Girl born & raised in Sunny California. Still tip toeing through the sands dunes of Malibu. But I'd like to be a Hawaiifornia...

  16. What a great giveaway!!!

  17. Please enter me in your draw! Also pop over to my blog, have a browse around and enter my give away. I’m number 303 on the magic carpet :)

  18. Thanks for offering this great giveaway and Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  19. Thank you for a chance to win such a great offering!!
    OWOH #473

  20. I hope I didnt fudge that up...Im from Austin...we are neighbors lol...swing on by 485 and have a seat...I would love some tea...


  21. Oh my goodness, what great giveaway ideas!!! I would love to receive a postcard from Texas. Please enter my name into your wonderful drawing.

    Also, I would love for you to stop by my blog to enter my giveaway - #548.

  22. Anonymous12:37 PM

    What fun....I'm from Baltimore, Maryland and I never left, I'm still in the house that I grew up in...though, my husband and I would love to live in Ireland.

    Take care,

  23. Hi there,

    I have been to Texas myself, falling in love with the state. Yeehaw! A postcard from Texas is always welcome. :)

    By the way, you might want to change the date for the giveaway's end. ;)

    I will soon post my own OWOH giveaway. It would be a pleasure to welcome you at my blog then.

    Greetings from Munich,

  24. I’d love to be entered in your drawing. Stop by my blogs to be entered in mine.


  25. Thanks for visiting me in China. I'm so happy to find you in Texifornia. I never even knew there was such a country :) I'd love a postcard! Hope your day is full of sunshine and bluebonnets.

  26. It doesn't matter how big or small it is, it's from the heart and that's what this is all about. My OWOH giveaway is #79 on the magic carpet ride.

  27. Lovely,lovely! I would love to be entered to win your wonderful gift!

    Please stop by and enter my give away as well! I'm number 290

  28. Such a lovely give-a-way...It's been a great carpet ride visiting the many participants this year. Thank you for making my journey a great one!

    I'm Arya from Idaho...

  29. I would love a postcard. Please sign me up

  30. I don't need a prize, just wanted to say Howdy!
    And to point out that Texans do not have Southern accents. We have Texan accents. There is a heap of difference.
    I was so shocked the first time a friend from England served With sugar! AND milk! Sugar I had at least met before (not everyone here does the sweet-tea thing, but I'd met people who did) but milk?!? Yeesh, I thought. No wonder we had to have a revolution and chuck their drinks in the ocean.
    Now, of course, I love some hot milky teas. But Ice Tea, by the quart! is still my first drink, forever.
    Also, I maybe should apologize for taking up your comment space here, but you know how it is-- I am legally forbidden, by state law, from letting a chance to Wax Lengthy pass me by.;)
    Glad you joined the Ride!
    OWOH Ticket Holder #21

  31. I am not familiar with Bush's Chicken (though I do love me some iced tea!), but a postcard from a new friend is always a wonderful gift.
    Thank you for hopping aboard this magic carpet ride. I hope you get a chance to visit my blog #258 on your journey.

  32. Hi Gale, what a lovely idea and post you have. I love the postcard. I'd love to win. I absolutely love your gifts. Please take time to visit my blog, too, for a chance to win my book, 16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood. I'm working on getting all the country flags. I promise to revisit your's too.


  33. hello!!! I would love to receive a postcard from Texifornia!!!
    drop by my blog too for a chance to win!

  34. Nice to meet you and visit your blog! Love this giveaway! I am having so much fun looking at all the wonderful blogs. I don't have a blog, due to arthritis I cannot type much at all but I enjoy surfing the net. Thank you for a chance to win.

  35. thank you for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway, please visit mine #772! queendragonfairie at

  36. Hi dear!!! I like your give-away very much!!! If you enter in my blog, you will have seen that I collect differently postcard!!! I will be so glad if I won!!! ;))))
    Have a nice day!

  37. I'd love a postcard....

    Please enter me in the draw and don’t forget to enter mine.

  38. ha ha ha ... love your blog. I'm a Texan now living in California. Last year my oldest dd married a guy from Canada for we had a Texifornadian wedding! Fun...

    Please enter my name in the drawing and come by my blog to see what I'm giving away, too.

  39. I'd love a postcard from Texas - and being in the UK I can't live without tea - hot or cold!

    Greetings from Wales.

  40. Hello from an Okie with Yankee roots. I left OK with a big plan of never, never coming back, took a one way ticket to meet my European penpals, the first being a Welshman in London. 21 years later I'm back in OK living the good life with my TaffyOkie (aka OkieBlokie). ;) It'd be a treat to get a postcard from you, and you can even have one back.

  41. POSTCARD! :]

  42. Thank you for entering me in your giveaway.

    Grace in California's Mother Lode

  43. A card from texafornia might be very nice!
    When you get a chance, fly by my blog on your magic carpet, I am OWOH #907.
    Thank you so much for participating in OWOH.
    It is so very very nice to meet you.

  44. I collect postcards, so to win the postcard would be wonderful. I live in St. Amant, LA, have lived in Texas, and am headed for neck surgery Monday! That about covers it LOL.


    PS. We keep a pitcher of ice tea in our refrigerator all the time. That's about all my husband and son drink!

  45. Thanks for the chance to win, its lovely. Trianna from Victoria, Canada.

  46. I'd love a postcard from you! T'm collecting postcards from around the world. I certainly don't have one from Texifornia!!!! LOL

  47. I would love a postcard, please add my name to your draw :)

  48. Beautiful and charming blog! A fun giveaway!!
    A beautiful and stunning postcard treasure !
    I am visiting from Connecticut.
    My blog #937

  49. Thanks for stopping at #541 on the Magic Carpet ride. I am a Wisconexan! Please enter me to win.

  50. Please count me in your lovely giveaway and come and visit my blog too and enter my giveaway as well!
    Kind regards from a snowy Sweden!
    I´m a "Finlaswedian" ;)
    Susan, nr 821

  51. I would love to be included in your wonderful drawing.

  52. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  53. I would love to win your postcard as my 11yr old and I collect them! We don't have one from Texas OR California yet!

    I am English, from England, live here now, but I once lived in Illinois for a very short time....maybe Englinois?! Or Illinand?! LOL :)

    Great giveaway!

    Please visit my blog at #711 on the magic carpet to win a designer Cath Kidston bag, handmade by me!

  54. Hi from England. I am 11 years old. Thank you for entering me in your lovely giveaway! I'm not having a giveaway but my mum chose the nicest ones that she thought I'd like to enter :)

  55. This idea is sweet, I'm from México, I live in Mexico ^^. I would love to win the postcard and know more about you ^^

  56. Hello from the north of 60°, land of the midnight sun and Aurora Borealis. No Bush's Chicken here but I would love the post card. I hope that you are enjoying ride on the magical carpet as much as I do. Please enter my name in your draw.

  57. Hi Gale,
    thanks for visiting my Aussie blog(885), I am working my way around blogland on my very slow magic carpet. I would love to win the postcard.
    Gail :-)

  58. It's nice to meet you! Thank you for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! Don't forget to visit all 3 of my blogs as I am giving away something at all of them!
    giddygreetings at yahoo dot com

  59. How pretty. I would love to be entered into you drawing. So glad OWOH brought me to your blog. :-)


  60. This is funny! :)

    Christina from Manila, Philippines here! Nice to meet you!

    I hope you can also drop by #615!

    ♥ Blessings! ♥

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  62. I would LOVE to win either of your giveaways. Do include me for the draw and be sure to stop by mine when you can, if you haven't already. =)

    OWOH #931

  63. I love postcards. I hope I'm not too late. I would love a chance to win.
    Sophie in Montreal, Canada

  64. I would love to be your winner!

    Stop by my place, OWOH #653.


  65. Great giveaway - thanks so much for participating in OWOH :)

    misaacmom at gmail dot com
    #752 OWOH ticket holder