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This is where I have spent the summers of my life.

Cape Cod.

With my toes in the sand and my face turned toward the ocean breezes.

This is where I hunted for sea glass and played hide and seek in the jetties and searched for sand dollars and crabs and little random bits of absolute nonsense that washed up on the shore.

The days were long and lazy and full of adventure.


And then in the blink of an eye…..without warning…..summer would be at an end.

I remember wanting to hold on to the feel of the sun and the sand and the smell of the beach when I returned to the land of sweet iced tea and “Bless your heart.”

I would fill a bag with sand and take it home…..trying to hang on to that sea glass sand dollar Cape Cod summer.


Cottage Coastal Store


I’m still trying to add a little coastal cottage to my farmhouse.

It reminds me of a simple lazy days filled with ocean breezes.

Maybe because I wish I was still digging for sand dollars.

Maybe because I wish I was still walking along the jetty.


Or maybe I’m still trying to bring home my bag filled with Cape Cod sand 🙂


Cottage Coastal Store


Today I don’t have a bag of sand to bring a little coastal cottage decorating to your home.

I have something so much better.

One of my incredible sponsors…..Cottage Coastal Store  is giving away a beautiful coastal cottage pillow cover.



Perfect for the upcoming Christmas season….the winner can pick their choice of a White or Oatmeal Canvas Duck. 18″ Pillow Cover.

It has the cutest grommets on the side tied with a red ribbon.

I love it.


And it’s so much more decorating friendly than a bag of sand.




How to enter:

(1)  Visit the Cottage Coastal Store  website.  Tell me what your favorite item is from the website that  you would like to have in your home.  

Get ready to be inspired.


Wait until you see this:












and this….


and this…..


For extra entries you can:


(2)  Shout out about the giveaway on Facebook (you can use the Facebook share button at the bottom of the page).

(3)  Shout out about the giveaway on Twitter (you can use the Twitter share button at the bottom of the page).

(4)  Shout out about the giveaway on Pinterest (you can use the Pinterest share button at the bottom of the page and feel free to pin any of the pictures from the post).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry (total of 4 chances to win)!


PS  Contest details:

Open to residents of U.S. only. Custom prints and print of the month are not included in giveaway.  Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EDT October 23, 2012. Winner will be chosen by and will be notified within three days of the giveaway end. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email and claim their prize. Any prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be forfeited and another winner will be chosen via

PPS  This post is sponsored by Cottage Coastal Store but my opinion on this cute pillow cover is strictly my own.  Visit my disclosure policy for more information.

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  1. Image for Michele Michele

    OOOOhhh what an AWESOME STORE! I got a bajillion gift ideas perusing the pages. But if I have to narrow it down I would snap up the surfboards pillow cover in unbleached natural with chocolate brown ink for my youngest daughter, and one of the countless incredible elephant things for my eldest daughter who collects eclectic elephant artwork! But then my little sister (my bff) owns an island lake house so, gulp there are SO MANY items for her as gifts too. And there's that Hot Coffee kitchen sign..................another gift idea. MY favorite for ME is the cream and beige coral pillow cover - it fits my neutral vanilla world beautifully, all those pretty off white and creamy beige items do! Dear Santa, I have been very very good this year.............................. Thanks, KariAnne for this opportunity and to Cottage Coastal store's generosity.

  2. Image for Laura Laura

    I kind of got lost in the store. When I looked up, I was into the next decade. Why oh why do I have to make a choice of my favorite. Okay, if I must I guess it would be the wire heart wall decor .......or was it............................Sigh!!! HUgs, Laura

  3. Image for Lisa Cooper Lisa Cooper

    Oh my! I want to live in that store!!! It is hard to pick what my favorite item was because I want them all..... The driftwood heart really made me think of my love for the coast! Thank you for introducing me to Cottage Coastal and for the great giveaway!

  4. Image for Cathy J Cathy J

    Love this store! I would definately go with the beadboard picture frames. I have been looking for a round bead board frame forever! Beautiful!

  5. Image for Leen Leen

    one of my favorite stores of all time! One of my favorite items is the Picket Fence Islander Fish, they would be so cute in our newly remodeled bathroom!

  6. Image for Lesa Lesa


  7. Image for Margie Margie

    Hi There, Thanks for such a great giveaway! The pillow is super cute! Their website is filled with so many inspiring gifts as well as ideas! My favorite item would have to be the Seaside Retreat Vintage Ruffle Starfish or Seahorse Throw! Margie

  8. Image for Mary Kay Mary Kay

    What a great store - I grew up at my grandmothers' cottages on a lake - so I hear the call of the water too!! I just loved those little picket fishes for a kids room and the pillow cover with the green turtle - my sister loves sea turtles! And the linen tea towels - I don't know if I could pick just one!

  9. Image for Jane Jane

    I am in love with the picture frames done in beadboard! This is such a great giveaway and so thoughtful. Your memories of summers on Cape Cod are so sweet and I thought about you while I looked through the fabulous things in this shop! Thanks so much! XO, Jane

  10. Image for Susan @ Afford Your Passions Susan @ Afford Your Passions

    I don't need to be entered into the giveaway, but had to leave a comment to tell you that I envy that you used to spend every summer on Cape Cod - I'm a serious fan here - so much so that when I was looking to buy a house here in north Texas, I fell in love with a community where the homes are based on "Cape Cod" style - our teeny little part of our large community has houses with siding and large front porches, and white fences - totally different than all the other brick developments around here. Since living on Cape Cod isn't feasible at this point in my career, I'll just have to live with my own little Cape Cod right here :) Your post made me smile :)

  11. Image for Teresa Vanselow Teresa Vanselow

    So many cute things there, it was so hard to decide on one, but I really like Red Sky at Morning Wooden Painting .

  12. Image for Dianne Callahan Dianne Callahan

    I love this store!!! I have always wanted one of their whale wall signs!! I would love to add the noel pillow to my holiday decor though. :-) Dianne

  13. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi Karianne, I love that room and the store too. Thanks for the walk on the beach this morning I really needed it today. There are so many lovely things to like but one item that I really like is the "You Are My Sunshine" block set. Thanks for the chance to win this great give away. I'll Twitter it. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  14. Image for Carole m. Carole m.

    Wowsa. I have never seen such a huge selection of the most beautiful frames ever! They are definitely my favorite! How have I never seen this online shop before- for sure need to spend much more time looking it over. Thanks for the generous offer

  15. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Hi Karianne, I'm back to say I've shared the post on Twitter! Thanks for the second chance. Did I tell you I need that pillow cover to begin making my coastal room? Hugs, Linda

  16. Image for Nicole Shah Nicole Shah

    Beautiful hard to make a decision but would love the "Maritime Blessing" lumbar pillow. Thanks so much for the generous offer!

  17. Image for Susie Susie

    What a fabulous giveaway!!! That store has incredible things and it was really, really hard picking one favorite thing. I love the Handcrafted Grey Blue & Cream Striped Frame.

  18. Image for Kristi Kristi

    I love the W is for Whale sign! Our last name starts with W and we are always looking for cool ways to showcase it!

  19. Image for Regina Regina

    What cute STUFF!!!! My personal favorite - - It's the "You Are My Sunshine" yellow plaque. I used to sing that to my babies! I would so live at the beach if I could! Hurricanes? Bah. We have tornadoes here!

  20. Image for Sharon L Smith Sharon L Smith

    What a great store/site to visit.........enjoyed the journey! Especially love the "meadow glassware". Thank you for the opportunity and the introduction!

  21. Image for Jen Jen

    What a great shop!! There are so many things I fell in love with but I'm a sucker for a pillow and there was so many to choose from. My 2 faves are the North Pole burlap pillow cover & the Letter for you linen pillow....Gorgeous!

  22. Image for Wendy Wendy

    Wow! I spent a lot of time at the website. I love everything! The ALWAYS pillow is darling. That is my fave. ♥ Thanks for a fun giveaway. :)

  23. Image for Kelly Kelly

    Well I have to say I love everything in the store...Some of my favorites are: Sugarboo frames and the Picket Fence Coastal Fish, so adorable! Thanks for the chance to the gorgeous pillow giveaway.

  24. Image for Lisa Conforto Lisa Conforto

    I also vacationed in Cape Cod growing up so I know exactly what you are talking about, I love the quaint old fashion town that is filled with talented people. I got lost window shopping but I love signs ,I would buy the Blue Plate Special vintage looking sign I love the look of it. Thanks for introducing me to Cottage, A Coastal Store!

  25. Image for Ruth Ruth

    WOW!!! A wonderful collection of all those things I recall from summers spent combing through piles of shells for some tiny treasures to come home with me! So many pretty things and the Canvas Bags were so versatile. But, my most favorite of all was the Missing Socks Canvas Bag which would make that challenging chore of the Mystery Sock actually fun! Thanks for another great give away!

  26. Image for carolyn carolyn

    Such an awesome collection to choose from. The driftwood hearts are gorgeous, also loved the fresh coffee could you ever choose just one thing? Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway!

  27. Image for Bethanie Henry Bethanie Henry

    Love this lost for awhile. Loving so many things, pillow covers, frames...what an awesome give-away!!

  28. Image for Yvonne Ester Yvonne Ester

    Thank you for this special giveaway! I loved the Vintage Seaside Starfish linen pillow and throw. Great store !!!!

  29. Image for Lisa Lisa

    Love it all....but love all the pillows that are shown. What a great touch of summer when the leaves are turning and the air has a chill. A perfect addition to any room or bed. Love the lobster claw cover!!

  30. Image for Michelle Michelle

    Thank you for introducing me to Cottage-A Coastal Store. They have an array of amazing products. My favorite if I had to chose one would be the canvas picture frames. Love all the texture.

  31. Image for Cheryl S. Cheryl S.

    Love, love the Malie Kauai Coconut Vanilla room spray, but unfortunately it's no longer in stock.....hope you will bring it back again.

  32. Image for Stacey Stacey

    I'm so glad you called attention to this website! There are so many great items on there. If you force me to choose a favorite right now I'd say the Everyday I Love You sign needs to come to my house....but also those Nostalgic Round Frames make my heart beat fast. :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this give away. Woo hoo! Off to post it on Facebook and Pinterest.

  33. Image for tina tina

    I have three kids who are all involved in little league, travel clubs and school ball teams...that is a lot of teams, a lot of time at the ball field and a ton of pictures of kids playing ball. I love "take me out to the ballgame" wooden sign...I would make a great centerpiece for a large collage of pictures.

  34. Image for Heather Guerard Heather Guerard

    I would have to say my favorite is the Antiqued Wooden Angel Silhoutte although it was tough~I have a fondness for anything beach or angel! Love your story above and of course the picture of beautiful Cape Cod. I am fortunate to live only an hour from this little slice of Heaven and spent a beautiful week on Wellfleet this Summer with my family. I'm off to share this on FB! Thank you!

  35. Image for Wendy Battistel Wendy Battistel

    I love all of the pillows. I really love the one with the intitials. I just might have to get that one! Wendy

  36. Image for Rachel Rachel

    Ummmm....EVERYTHING!! I really dig the bag shown with flowers in it, with lobsters on the side. The dog fish wall art...I am a vet tech, so that totally fits in my house. of my abl solute favorite..the This is the beginning wall art. Swoon.

  37. Image for Carolynn "Chenille Cottage" Carolynn "Chenille Cottage"

    What a wonderful giveaway. I have had so much fun visiting your shop with all it's seaside charm. You have so many lovely coastal items. Iloved your "Beach House Rules" sign with it's soft gray-blue color. It reminds me so much of my childhood growing up along the blue Pacific on the coast of Oregon. Thank you for this generous giveaway! BFair weather and following seas, Carolynn

  38. Image for Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

    I am with everyone else...hard to pick a fave! Love the wheel though and the driftwood hearts stole mine! I summered on the cape growing up too...that's where I met my husband! What town were you in? We summer now in Plymouth and do many daytrips down the cape!

  39. Image for Tona Haggermaker Tona Haggermaker

    I love the "You Are My Sunshine Blocks" and lots of other things :) The kitchen linens are beautiful, too. Tona Haggermaker Athens, Alabama

  40. Image for Kristin in Oregon Kristin in Oregon

    Loved to read about your memories of Cape Cod. My husband and Iived in Falmouth for the first two years of our marriage. It was like an extended honeymoon! Since we're about to celebrate our 25th anniversary, I'm guessing our summers over-lapped! My favorite item in the shop is the Sugarboo pillow "When In Doubt Relax, Turn Off Your Mind and Float Downstream".

  41. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    The driftwood heart is amazing. And I adore all the signs, especially the wall sealife (crab) and the subway sign about the beach. Great shop. Have to follow on FB.

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