And the winner is…

Twelve people entered my blog-birthday contest, which asked entrants to name the three things they’d take with them to a desert island (and explain why).

In spite of some similarities (many said they’d bring an Internet-connected computer–who needs to bring a boat to use to get off the island when you’ve got e-mail and blogs to keep up with, right?), there was a lot of variety in the responses. Food items such as coffee and good wine made it to the list, as did spouses, children, and pets. Some people thought in terms of basic survival (Leatherman tool, anyone?), and the knitters all put yarn on their lists (though one declared that he wouldn’t need to bring needles because he’d make his own from twigs–talk about resourceful!).

I posted my own answers, too, and briefly considered making those items the prize package for this contest. But a solar-powered computer was way out of my budget, and tastes in yarn vary wildly (and not all entrants are yarnophiles). And Chuck Norris said he was too busy.

pa017357prize.jpgSo I opted for stuff that I think would be nice to have on a desert island but didn’t necessarily make my list. (Come on, it’s hard to top a computer, yarn, and Chuck Norris, you know?)

Reading material: The Man Who Planted Trees, by Jean Giono. (And I’m delighted that the end of this contest coincides with Buy a Friend a Book Week. Hooray!)

Sustenance: Cherry Moon Green Tea (mildly caffeinated, so you can be alert when the rescuers arrive!), and chocolate from Iceland’s Nói Siríus’

Skin care: Pure shea butter soap from the Out of Africa project (the soap is handmade by women’s cooperatives in Benin, West Africa, and a portion of the price helps fund children’s education in Benin), and all-natural lip balm (with “NO FAKE CRAP” on the label–love it!)

Optimism: An affirmation ball (because when you’re marooned on a desert island, more than ever you need to be told nice things like “You smell nice” and “You rock!”)

pa017353winner.jpgIt took some coaxing, but I managed to get Sylvia to draw a name from the hat, er, mixing bowl. The winner is Jennu!

Thanks, everyone, for playing! I really had a fun time running this contest and seeing what sorts of things people came up with. I can definitely see another contest in my future. Soon. Stay tuned.

5 Responses to “And the winner is…”

  1. Ginaon 02 Oct 2007 at 9:32 am

    Congrats, Jennu!

    Look how cute Sylvia is with that little dress! It looks handmade, Marsha? Did you make it?


  2. Pshortenon 02 Oct 2007 at 1:03 pm

    I love your not necessary “survival kit” that’s just great. I put “The Man Who Planted Trees” on my reading list after your mentioning it. Cute idea for a fun contest.

  3. Bethon 03 Oct 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Yep, I had every intention of entering and oops I forgot! Welcome October.

  4. Kellion 05 Oct 2007 at 6:30 pm

    Fun! Can’t wait to see future contests.

  5. kristi and otison 07 Oct 2007 at 5:46 am

    OK – So I looked everywhere trying to track down your e-mail and I figure this will get to you. I wanted to send you an official and heartfelt thank you for the Gnome Swap package – I loved it ALL! I’m drinking the coffee as I type, the snacks were gone within seconds of opening the package – that nut medley thing was delicious! and I have already earmarked the yarn for a scarf project – I love the colors. Thanks again!