seriously. you guys are amazing! i honestly can’t say it enough. i am beyond thrilled and totally humbled that over 300 people are following inspiredbycharm.

so thank you. beyond all words i could say, thank you. it really means the world to me.

so as a little way of showing my thanks i wanted to do a special giveaway. i just received some new mugs that i ordered for the bed and breakfast so i thought this would be the perfect thing.

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and to make it a little extra special, i’m including a lavender candle from zum and one of my favorite styles of bracelets from viva beads. i know it’s an odd combination but i was thinking you could relax with the hot beverage of your choice in your mug as the scent of lavender fills the room while remaining quite glamorous. and gentleman, should you win, you can do the same. i don’t judge. (or it could make a nice gift for a special woman in your life.)

so as with most of my giveaways … here’s how this works.

to enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling me your favorite song. (either of the moment or of all time … i love finding new music!)

to enter again post about this giveaway (with a link back here) on your blog, facebook or twitter. then paste the link into another comment.

that’s four ways to enter people! 

you can comment through monday, jaunary 24th at 11:59 PM.  after that two, yes you heard me right, TWO names will be selected at random. i will announce the winner sometime tuesday.

so good luck. and thank you again. you are all amazing!

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  • Paul at

    Favourite song? Of all time? Well only because of cherished memories of my teenage years I’d have to say WOOD BEEZ by Scritti Politti. And the song I’m listening to a lot right now is Evelyn by The Hurts. Such a powerful, dramatic song. BTW Love the mugs and how you’ve paired them with the Zum candle. So darn well co-ordinated and stylish. Px

  • Christina R. Griffith at

    I love a good giveaway and love coffee mugs even more!

    Fave Song: “Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk

    Was our first dance at our wedding…tear

  • Leanne at

    i love anything by jann arden (canadian girl)…does that count? lol yay for 300!!

  • Meadowlark at

    Favorite? Isn’t that a bit um… impossible???

    Anything Rat Pack. Or acoustic Metallica. Or Gogol Bordello. Or Handel. Or Junior Brown. Or…

    Nope. Im-poss-i-ble

  • Grammaduh at

    “Lucky” is my favorite because I really am in love and married to my best friend! I really do enjoy your blog and all your creative ideas.

  • Amie at

    My favorite song? Hmmmm, at the moment it’s that silly Tim McGraw song “Felt Good on my Lips.” So catchy, it’s always stuck in my head.

  • Danielle at

    You’re My Home by Billy Joel

  • Carrie Rosalind at

    Yay! Congrats on 300 followers! Right now my favorite song is “Thinkin’ Bout Something” by Hanson, although my all-time favorite song is “Let It Be” by the Beatles – I even have the song lyrics tattooed on me!! Crossing my fingers that I win!

  • Mrs. 5C at

    ooo! How decadent! My favorite song… of today… because I’m far to fickle for any “all time favorites” is… The The’s “This is The Day”. I’ve had the Empire Records movie stuck in my head all day.

  • alexandjess at

    My all time favorite song is Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.
    Thanks for the giveaway – you’re so sweet!

  • alexandjess at

    My all time favorite song is Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.
    Thanks for the giveaway – you’re so sweet!

  • Jeanne Muir at

    Michael, I love your blog and am completely jealous that you are so talented as a fellow innkeeper. My fav song of all time is “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel.

  • Suzanne@Meridian Road at

    Hi, Michael. My favorite song of all time is “Sea of Love”. Honeydrippers version. My favorite song of the moment is “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele.

    This is a really nice giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. I really enjoy your blog.

  • Ali Richardson at

    Hmmmm. My favorite song. That’s a tough. I’m a bit of an old sould when it comes to music, so I would have to say Either Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkle, or You can close your eyes by James Taylor. See, I told you, do those sound like favorite songs of an almost 32 year old “young” lady?? Oh well, not changing my mind, those are my picks πŸ™‚

  • KatiePerk at

    What a smashing giveaway!
    Laundry Room by the Avett Brothers! And I love new music too!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Congrats! Love the mugs and the saying. Adorable. I don’t think I really have a favorite song, but I do listen to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce every single day at the start of my workout. Strange? Perhaps.

  • Jenni at

    I have so many different favorites to suit my many different moods. Currently I am loving Andrea Bocelli with Celine Dion singing The Prayer.
    Congratulations on reaching ever bigger numbers following your blog – and on making and hanging your very own curtains. You have many achievements recorded here for us all to admire. Do, please, keep it up!

  • Melissa at HOUSEography at

    So cute! Can’t wait to stay at your inn sometime! New favorite workout song is Dynamite!

  • Ashley at

    Well, my favorite song would have to be “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts because it was our first dance song at our wedding. So, every time I hear the song, I go back to that day. Um, so, LOVE the bracelet by the way, and the mugs are CUTE!

  • Sara at

    My favorite newish song is “Little Lion Man” by Mumford and Sons.

    Favorite all time is probably “Don’t stop believing” by Journey

    LOVE your blog:)

  • webmailaddress2 at

    What an awesome collection of stuff to give away! I’m also impressed by your curtain making skills!

    My favorite songs of recent are “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles and “‘Forget’ You” by Cee Lo Green. Both are so peppy and yet have pretty bitter lyrics.

  • Taija at

    My favorite song of all time is “We’re not gonna take it” by Twisted Sister. Crazy I know, but it makes the work outs a blast!

  • Julie at

    I love the mugs! My all-time favorite song is ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison.

  • Tammy at

    Favorite song: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”, composed by Franke Previte and sung by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes. Love love love it!!!

  • Stephanie F. at

    Song of the moment: Undo it – Carrie Underwood.

    Love your blog. The wooden signs are killer!

  • Dave and Brigette at the Inn on Mill Creek at

    I just found your blog and I LOVE it! Beautiful curtains btw. I (Brigette) have two (very different) favorite songs — “I Will Love You” by Fisher, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put A Spell On You”.

  • ann @ my life as prose. at

    here’s my first entry… my current favorite song is probably “hey #3” from the musical “next to normal.” whenever i hear it, i get it in my head and i love it πŸ™‚

    thanks for having a giveaway!! πŸ™‚

  • Lisa at

    hmmmm…..too many, but one of my fav’s is BIlly Joel’s Scenes from an Italian Restaurant. Or anything from Simon & Garfunkel!

    Just found your blog and having fun looking around!

  • Ericka at

    Right now my favorite is Uprising by Muse. Congratulations on 300!!!

  • Laura at

    My favorite song (at the moment) is “Murder in the City” (sounds terrible, but it’s a beautiful song about the love of family) by the Avett Brothers.

    Great giveaway!!!

    jwpbride at gmail dot com

  • LissyLou at

    I completely love Colbie Caillat ‘you got me’ xxxxx

  • notsopictureperfect at

    Well Michael I can’t pick just one favorite song, so I have a few! I’m currently loving Taylor Swift’s Back to December, will always have a soft spot for Moonlight Serenade performed by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and just an old relaxing one is “Theme from a Summer Place”

  • Gabriela at

    Huge congratulations on your 300 followers. It’s easy to see why you and your blog are such favorites. One of my many MANY favorite songs is La Malaguena or as some call it, Malaguena Salerosa. The music and lyrics move me to my very core and transport me right back to my childhood, my parents, my roots.

  • Jennifer at

    Favorite song? I actually thought about it for a while then realized I have to get back to work.. daggone it’s tough to pick one song, so I’ll just say Mother Natures Son by none other than the Beatles. Especially when my dad plays it!

  • Christine - Tutorial Addict lol at

    Ohhh favorite song right now is Never Grow Up by Taylor Swift … and yes, I am over the age of 17 πŸ˜‰ lol I can’t help it, made me cry lol.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife at

    I’m your newest follower! Loving your blog..the chalkboard wall is amazing! = ) So glad that I found you!

    In other news…my favorite song? Hmm…at the moment I’m enjoying Stereo Love by Edward Maya. Just a little trendy song that I like to listen to while driving. Haha!

  • Sandi at

    I have just read your post for about a year back. Love the quilt project. Love your blog too. It is refreshing to read your post. Light and not as serious as some I have found.

    Will be following you.

  • Sarah at

    Hi Michael!
    I just recently discovered your blog and I love all your creative painting projects. You inspire me. πŸ™‚
    I recently stumbled upon the music of Joshua Radin while looking for music for my wedding… it’s all so good, his voice is extra smooth. I like “It Brings Me To You” a lot.

  • Katie @ EyeSpyDIY at

    Love the idea of leaving your favorite song! I love the song ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes. It’s the song I go to if I need to smile. Also love the Black Keys ‘Tighten Up’. Another favorite is Cage the Elephant’s ‘Ain’t no rest for the wicked’.

    I could go on for days listing my favorite songs, but think I will leave it at 3 for now!

  • Katy at

    Right now I diggin’ on Katy Perry’s firework and she’s normally not one of my fav’s. 2nd one I’m digging – Stand up – Sugerland – good stuff! And good giveaway! Glad I found you recently!

  • at

    have just found your blog and will be returning – my favorite song – Jesus Loves Me –

  • Mom's Lifesavers at

    LOVE Katie Melua’s; I Cried For You. It’s a very cool song! πŸ™‚

  • Lori at

    I want in on the fun, pretty please. Just found your blog from funky junk interiors. I’m following you now. But you have to take away word verification for more comments.

  • My Blessed Serendipity Life at

    My favorite song? Happy birthday because that means I am probably gonna get a piece of cake. πŸ˜‰ Just signed up to follow you. Love your blog.


  • Anonymous at

    Right now, I’m into Boston’s “More Than a Feeling” and Queen’s “It’s a Kind of Magic.” Perhaps with spring feeling a bit far away, I’m trying to get hope and optimism through music. Something is just around the corner, I can feel it…

    –Amy (from McEl)

  • Nicholas at

    Favorite song. This is a toughie.

    I think I would have to go with “You’ve Got a Friend,” but the version sung by Carole King. I think there’s something to a song when it is sung by the person who penned it. It reminds me, for some reason, of summer drives with my mom, singing at the top of our lungs with the windows rolled down.

    Also: Those curtains are faboo.

  • gretchen at

    Love and Happiness by Al Green, it just says it all for me.

  • LindaHG at

    One of my favorites is “Never Saw Blue Like That” by Hayley Westenra.

  • Knitting with Beer at

    Oh wow, this is crazy hard. I can’t say I have an all time favorite. I have tons of favorites and they all depend on the time in my life. I will mention one here that will add a little interest to the mix I have seen posted so far, “He Stopped Loving Her Today”, but the amazingly talented Mr. George Jones. How about that! Real country music – it’s good for the soul. πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer at

    HI Michael –

    LOVE the mugs! WOW, you are already up to 361 followers now!

    My fave song is “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce.

    Love the curtains too,by the way. See, sewing is not hard at all. Easy & fun!

    I’m heading over to post about you on my facebook page & twitter!

  • Jennie at

    Any song off the new Maroon 5 cd…LOVE IT!! Thanks for the great giveaway! πŸ™‚

  • Bethany Dirksen at

    My favorite song of the moment is this cover…

    I LOVE IT!!!

  • suzieQ at

    favorite song…like right now? Songs are so special and change with moods. I am LOVING listening to Frank Sinatra lately, who knew? I guess, to answer your question, I will say, Tears of a Clown, written by and sung by Smokey Robinson. Gosh, I do not like having to choose.

  • Catherine Elise at

    Congratulations on 300 followers, Michael!

    My all time favorite song is “Don’t stop believing” by Journey. It always puts me in a good mood.
    My fave song of the day though is probably “I and Love and You” by The Avett Brothers.

  • Athena at

    Favorite song of the moment is “That’s Important to Me” by Joey + Rory.

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  • Kelsee at

    My favorite song is “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson. It describes my husband and I perfectly. Woo hoo on 300! -Kelsee

  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Seriously? Only one? I can’t choose. I can’t. “Ruby Soho”…”Summertime”….anything by Sublime…”Jar of Hearts” on the radio right now….I worship at the altar of Green Day…”Angel” by Sarah McLachlan for very sad reasons…the theme song for Toot and Puddle…I’m all over the place, who am I kidding. πŸ˜‰

  • cawehler at

    The House that Built Me by Miranda Lambert. Michael, you truly are amazing. wow, come decorate for me.

  • Janine at

    Right now anything from Lady

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