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It’s been a while since I visited these pages. I’ve been involved with a passionate, committed group of families working to start an environmental charter school in our area. After a 2-year journey, the school was finally approved in mid May, and now we’re on a whirlwind path to opening the doors in Fall 2009. Even though I haven’t been checking in at the shop blog of late, and likely will have little free time over the summer, rest assured that we are still working behind the scenes to keep Quiet Hours humming along and continuing our search for new handcrafted items for your family.

Just as the blog has seemed a little neglected of late, so too has our run of Giveaways. As serendipity would have it, I was contacted by Amy Thompson of Progressive Pioneer  shortly after I learned about her blog over at Design Mom. I had just visited her site – an ode to urban homesteading, bee keeping, whole food cooking and natural family living in Salt Lake City, Utah –  thoroughly enjoyed her posts and decided maybe it was time to get some backyard chickens after all…when she got in touch.

I’m so glad she did, because now we’re hosting an “almost summer” giveaway over at her place. On offer are: your choice of a set of nesting birds from Apple & Eve or a Sock-a-phant, a set of Cheryl Smith’s springtime finger puppets (gnome included) and a bag of Camden Rose’s fantastic, more-bang-for-your-buck Building Sticks (images above).  You have until the end of the week to post a comment at Amy’s site and enter. Treat yourself to some free goodies before school lets out, and indulge in a little vicarious living through the pages of her blog!

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