I know, I know, how do you win the free stuff? I’ll get to that but I want to give you the background first. Please? Good.
I started this blog the first week of February 2011. I wanted some way to gather my thoughts while I was recovering from open heart surgery. So, I just set it up and posted an introduction. It was super crappy and has since been dropped. I made one more post on the blog then my wife was hit by a truck and shattered her femur. I didn’t revisit it again until April. For this reason and others I have put off the birthday giveaway a little so it would hit somewhere in the middle. The blog in its current form has only been around since October 2011. It has been an interesting year here in Paraguay and God has blessed us. I look forward to another, maybe with you in tow here via subscription. To those of you who have been with me for a while, thanks for the support. To my new friends, hop on board, ’cause it’s going to be fun.
A little about the giveaway prize
Paraguay has a tremendous commercial cattle farming industry. They export cows and meat all over the world. What this means is…you guessed it, Cow Pies. No, I will not be giving away a steaming hot cow patty.
A by-product of the cattle business is truck loads of cow skins, leather. From this abundance of hides comes a cottage industry. Here in Paraguay you find almost anything covered in leather.
This is my daughter’s cold water thermos. It holds 2 1/2 liters of water and ice. It is covered in tanned leather and a hand-stitched traditional needlepoint called Ñanduti. Here is a side view so you can get a look at the hand tooled leaf designs. So cool, huh?
This is a guitar case made entirely from leather. It is carved and stained after it is tanned but before it is formed. Absolutely beautiful.
This is a book cover. This particular one belongs to my wife. She carries various things in there. You could put a big book or a couple of small books or even a book and a notepad. These make great covers for a Bible. There are pockets and everything.
Then, there is my very own travel coffee mug. A friend of mine had this covered for me for my birthday over three years ago. It has been used multiple times a day, every day for three years and still looks great.
Here is the prize package. This handsome leather-covered coffee thermos and matching travel mug. That’s right. One of you lucky readers will get to call these beauties yours.
Imagine your swelling pride as you fill this coveted thermos with your favorite blend of bean juice. Then the prospect of toting this envy-inspiring gear into your workplace causes your little coffee-loving heart to jump. Sure, your work companions will ask, “Where can I get one of those?” With your head held high, you’ll say, “You can’t. I got this from The Barba and it was specially made for me in Paraguay.” BOOYAH. Coffee street cred.
It’ll be a random drawing, but you have a chance to put your name in the pot multiple times. Just do one OR MORE of the following to make your dreams come true:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
By the way,you can follow me on Networked Blogs, and stalk my wife’s blog about our ministry here. That will NOT earn you another entry but I would like it. Thanks. It would be great if, once you have the prize, you could send me a photo using it. I want all the folks out there to see it in action.
We’ll be posting the winner on Friday, April 13th. You did all the work in the Raffle box but you can still leave a comment if you like.
BTW the blank on the front is where we can have your name branded into the leather. What do you think of the prize?