Meet two of my very dear friends: Kristin and Chris Anne. These two have been best friends for years – Kristin lives in Baltimore while Chris Anne lives in Minneapolis but they used to be neighbours.
Over our long and lazy conversations from kitchens to paddle boards to Voxer, I’ve come to realise how incredibly blessed I am to have these two women in my life. I love listening to them talk – do you have friends like that? – I just like to give them a topic and listen to them chat together, laughing and dropping wisdom like it’s no big deal. They are real women without any masks or pretensions. When I grow up, I kind of want to be just like them. I find that I rely heavily on their wisdom and insight, particularly when it comes to grown-up friendship, mothering the tinies as they grow up, family life, marriage, and most particularly living a seamless life between “what I believe” and “what I actually do.”
These two women really live the Gospel in a beautiful way – far from stages, book deals, and the attention of the Church Industrial Complex, you know? They just get on with it, they live their whole lives as an invitation. They don’t preach or pontificate much but boy, am I ever challenged by them. I don’t have a big sister myself so I kind of imagine that this is what that must feel like. (At least, they’re the kind of big sisters that I would long to be.)
Anyway, all of that to say that together, they own LoveFeast which is an online shop of inspiration for a beautiful life. Their shop has been featured all over, from The Pioneer Woman‘s blog to Better Homes and Gardens. LoveFeast’s shop includes everything from decor to feast to gifts and style. (Sidenote: I have this gorgeous little bag that I use for my knitting bits like the finishing needle, stitch counter etc. Very handy.) They also have a blog where they write about all of their passions related to those four things. (Kristin also writes at A Deeper Story – check out her posts here. She’s the real deal.)
LoveFeast is the shop behind those famous velvet pumpkins that we all see everywhere in design and decor magazines and Pinterest.
And today, we have a joint giveaway for you to celebrate the start of autumn! That’s right – it’s finally the perfect time of year. Let’s light the spice-scented candles, pour a pot of tea, put on your yoga pants and a sweater, then curl up with a little yellow book and enjoy these beauties on your fireplace mantle or kitchen table.
One commenter will receive the Large Velvet Set of Pumpkins from Love Feast AND a signed copy of “Jesus Feminist.“
I have one of the tiny pumpkins on my mantle right now and it is one of my favourite little things about autumn. The pumpkins are plush velvet, handcrafted with heirloom quality and then finished with a natural stem. They are gorgeous. I don’t mind telling you, I envy the winner of this giveaway. This large set features a 6″ in Sage, 6″ in Acorn, 5″ in Putty, 4″ in Sangria, 4″ in Spice and 2″ in Stone pumpkin. Here’s a picture:
And for those of you who haven’t had a chance to read Jesus Feminist yet, it’s my own book that was published last year. You can read more info about it here. Or if you HAVE read it, perhaps you could pass this along to someone in your life? Either way, I’ll sign it and send it along to you, too.
To enter to win this combined giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favourite thing about autumn.
Unfortunately due to shipping restrictions, this giveaway is one of the rare ones here that is United States shipping addresses only. Womp womp. Make sure you include an email address so that we can contact you if you win. I’ll choose a winner randomly next Friday 3 October. Retail value of the pumpkins is $187 and $14.99 for Jesus Feminist (USD).