Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Of Serving Trays and Giveaways

I was so excited when I was asked to review the Wonderful Grace Tray for (in)courage.  I've been lusting after the tray for a few months now.  I know, I know. I shouldn't say "lusting" when describing Christian-inspired product.  Let's just say I greatly yearned after this tray.

(Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end of this post!)

The tray contains these words ringing around its edges: wonderful grace, simple joy, unending hope, authentic peace, unfathomable love. The carved flowers on the sides add to the beauty of its message.  At 14" x 14", it's perfect for your serving or decorating needs.

I've had fun figuring out where to use my Wonderful Grace Tray.  I tried three different locations in my house and then played around with what to put on the tray.

First, a look at the serving tray I currently use in my living room.  I don't have a coffee table due to space constraints so a serving tray on the ottoman is a perfect fix.

I've been meaning to find something to stash remote controls- it's actually a candle holder with a couple of wine corks to stabilize the bottom.  The magazines now have more room to breathe.

Next, I considered using it with my PartyLite Thai Inspiration Candles in my office.  I thought the contrasting woods might add some extra drama.

Not bad but not quite what I was going for either.

As to the tray's final resting place, look no further than the kitchen counter/bar.  The Grace Tray provides an anchor to the space, allowing me to feature seasonal decor or whatever currently inspires me. Plus, it forces me to put papers away, instead of letting them accumulate there.

I love grouping various items from my house.  I started with a Ball jar that collects pennies, then I added the Anthro candle, a votive, and the dried gingko leaves from last fall.
For another touch of color, I added the fantastic red graphic bookmarks my friend Val made me.  I loved it!

But then I thought about how it's spring and this seemed to be a very fall arrangement.  It happens easily enough in my home, given that fall and its colors are my favorite.

I set to making a more springlike arrangement and came up with this:

I'm sure in the coming weeks, I'll tweak it a bit more.  Either way, the Grace Tray has helped me see my home in a whole new light!

(in)courage is kindly offering a $35 coupon code to DaySpring to a reader!  (A coupon code is the same as a gift certificate here.) This might be a good time to mention that the Wonderful Grace Tray is 50% through the month of April.  Or perhaps you'd like something else from DaySpring.  The choice is yours!

To enter the giveaway:
* Leave a comment telling me what you'd like from DaySpring if you win. Or tell me why you like spring. Or what color you're wearing today.  Just comment about something.
Opportunity for 3 extra entries:
*Subscribe to HopefulLeigh through Google Friend Connect or Feedburner.  Or like HopefulLeigh on Facebook.  Then comment that you've done so. (If you already follow through one of these options, you can comment that you're super cool and ahead of the crowd.)
*Tweet about the giveaway, then comment here with the link.  Bonus points if you incorporate @HopefulLeigh, @incourage, or @DaySpringCards.  (Bonus points are symbolic only- tweeting will only earn you 1 extra entry.)  
 *Post about the giveaway on Facebook and comment here letting me know.
This means you can enter for the giveaway up to 4 times!  The giveaway will remain open until Saturday April 16 at 9 am CST.  The winner will be chosen at random and posted soon thereafter.  The winner will have 2 days to respond, then I'll pick a new winner.  

Disclosure: (in)courage provided me the Grace Tray for free for review purposes, with no expectation that I would provide a positive review.  The thoughts, opinions, and reactions are entirely my own. It's always nice when I love the product I've been given!


  1. I'm super cool Leigh, but you already know this. :) I love this (and really all your posts!). I've been eye-ing DaySpring's Hanging Tiles for a while ( They'd be a great addition to my walls!

  2. I think this is great! :) After spending a lot of time over on the site (seriously), I've concluded I am going to be getting a couple books and artwork sometime soon -- giftcard or no giftcard.

  3. I like HopefulLeigh on Facebook! :)

  4. Just tweeted... and totally should get bonus points! :)

  5. Well...I'm not quite as cool as Traci (she's super cool) but I know you think I'm ok for a mom. : ) I really like your tray, Leigh. Not enough time to check out their site now, but I get notices from them from time to time. They have a wonderful selection so there are LOTS of ways to spend a $35 "gift certificate" (es- pecially when I'm not spending my $ on myself these days.) I like that spring represents hope & newness of life, and I am wearing periwinkle with my raspberry sweatshirt. : )

  6. Ooh, lovely tray that would tempt me indeed. Also really like the Fruit of the Spirit wall art. I like spring because FLOWERS come back. Lilacs = rapture. I'm wearing black today. Not very spring-y, but a nice canvas for a green scarf and a colorful bracelet. Thanks for the opportunity to enter and win!

  7. OMG, I'm DaySpring obsessed! I totally understand your lust. :) I am dying for some of their artwork! It's beautiful. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway!

  8. I am totally a Google Friend Connect follower!

  9. Last but not least, I tweeted it! I love Twitter. Hoping that now is my lucky day to FINALLY win a Dayspring gift card! Thanks again! :)

  10. I'm wearing super awesome green plaid pants.

  11. Let's see, I like so many things on their site: like the Ever Grateful Pitcher. I mostly like the blue skies of spring up against the blooming trees. I'm wearing a combo of blue and gray right now. :) Have a good weekend!