Friday, January 29, 2010

Plate Raffle!

We are raising visa money! When we get the call (hopefully soon) we will have approximately 10 days to get our little buns over to meet our future son or daughter. That means a rush on a lot of things and if you have traveled anywhere~ when you HAVE to be somewhere FAST, the airlines, hotels, visa folks KNOW you are in a crunch and quick travel arrangements come at a premium. Expedited visas cost approximately $350.
So.....If you've been to my house and seen them, I have collected these beautiful plates for years. I started out getting a plate here, a plate there. Then one year Chad stumbled upon the entire "Snowmaiden" collection from Russian artist Devyatkin Kholui. We snatched it right up, now I have a few duplicates. So I bring you our FIRST ONLINE RAFFLE!
Just use the chip in widget to buy a chance to win for $1. Then post a comment on this blogpost. I will choose a number at random from the comment section on February 28th and announce the winner on March 1st. Remember- if you "Chip-In" more than $1, please leave the number in your comment, so I can assign you additional numbers.
Sarah says "Pick Me! Pick Me!" I entered 3 times.
Now Sarah is Raffle ticket #1,2, and 3. You'll also need to leave me your e-mail address or blog site so that I can find you if you win! If you don't want to do that, then make sure you check back on March 1st. If the prize is not claimed by March 5th we will pick again.

Here is the information I could find on the plate:

"The Snowmaiden and Her Parents"
Diameter: 7.5"
Bradex Number: 60-K24-1.2
22-karat gold trim
Artist: Devyatkin (Kholui)

The tale of Snegurochka, or The Snow Maiden, is often beautifully depicted on hand-painted Russian crafts. This Snegurochka is the daughter of Spring and Winter who appears to a childless couple as a winter blessing. Unable or forbidden to love, Snegurochka remains indoors with her human parents until the pull of the outdoors and the urge to be with her peers becomes unbearable. When she falls in love with a human boy, she melts.
The story of Snegurochka has been adapted into plays, movies, and an opera by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Happy Raffling!!! I hope you win!!!


  1. I would love to win this for Emma!!! Corey

  2. Sarah, I love reading your blog. I've been following it for several months now; in fact, it was the first one I ever read on someone adopting from Russia. We have just started the process, and we are looking forward to hearing about your good news soon! Shelly

  3. Celebrating my Russian Princess Maria's 12th year with our family! Love, Shawn