Aqua Wednesday Giveaway

Aqua and Brown

Day Three of color-themed sample giveaways in honor of the third anniversary of The Well-Appointed Desk is all about the aqua (with a little brown). Featured in this giveaway is a Cavallini Paris pocket notebook, a couple Hallmark notebooks, an Angela Adams Chronicle Books notebook and a notebook/pen bandolier made of leather and thick black elastic. Also included will be some pens and pencils in the theme color. Some items may have been used for writing tests and review but are practically new (or brand new in some cases). More items may be added.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me your dream trip. Where in the world would you like to go, if time and money were not an issue?

FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Thursday, June 20, 2013. All entries must be submitted at, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Friday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone β€” pinky swear. Shipping via USPS first class is covered. Additional shipping options or insurance will have to be paid by the winner. We are generous but we’re not made of money.

(Shoutout to JetPens and all the other nice folks who’ve given me samples to review over the years)

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  1. My dream trip would be a year in a cottage in the English countryside. I’d make periodic trips across Europe but use the cottage as a home base. πŸ™‚

  2. If money and time were of no issue – I would road trip through Ireland. I’ve been to Galway while studying abroad, but it was for 2 days and the trip just left me aching for more of their mesmerizing countryside. So I would load up a van with a close friend (and maybe a trusty dog sidekick) and see the entire country. Dublin down to Cork, Killarney to Galway, over to the Aran Islands and anywhere else that caught our eye. We would stay however long we wanted and have as many pints of Guinness as we could stomach.

  3. Oh, man. So many places… I think if the time piece was no issue, I’d go to Australia. I studied abroad there and want so badly to go back for an extended vacation.

  4. I would love to travel to Southeast Asia, especially India and Nepal. See the sights, eat the food, meet the people!

  5. I’ve always wanted to spend a considerable amount of time in a cottage in Ireland or England, or even a castle in Scotland. The location isn’t all of it, however. I want to be sure there are copious amounts of tea and biscuits, which I’d consume as I leisurely spent the entire vacation writing (in a journal and in letters to people) and drawing and sipping tea. No computer. No phone. Just me, tea, paper, and pen.

    A cat wouldn’t be bad, either. I’d probably throw in a few books to read by a fire in the evening, where my feet would be up. Absolutely no alarm clocks whatsoever.

  6. My dream trip would be to England, Ireland, Scotland, pretty much any where I think that is exciting! But most of all England I’ve never been really outside of the U.S. expect maybe to Mexico and Canada. But to go to the U.K. and explore and to dive into a culture that is different to my own would be fantastic! That where I would love to go!

  7. Let’s see…..
    January – March: cottage located in English countryside
    April – June: cottage located on coast of Maine
    July – September: cottage located in small village in Ireland
    October – December: cottage located in mountains of North Carolina

    I would travel with the following “companions”: hubby, 2 cats, camera, books, pens and journals!

  8. My dream trip would be to Greece. I love the scenic views and it’s rich ancient history. I would love it if it was just me with the person I love most, pen, paper, tea, and my DSLR just to document everything that happens and all the sights I have seen.

    Thank you for holding this giveaway πŸ™‚ x

  9. Dream trip would be to go to Hawaii. Never been, but I’ve always wanted to go (for at least two weeks).

  10. If money was no issue…. I’d love to go to Ireland, England and France. Since money’s no issue, maybe I could add a couple weeks in Russia.

  11. My dream trip would be to go to the UK. I’ve wanted to visit Dublin since I read Ulysses and I’ve always wanted to visit Great Britain!

  12. My dream trip would be to paris circa 1930 when Anais NIn lived there in a houseboat. If I could stay there for six months and live carefree with expenses paid. I would spend each day in the cafe writing. When I return my book would be published. Guaranteed.

  13. A month in Sicily for me, A month in Ireland for the wife and a month in Germany for both of us…maybe a slow boat back to the US afterwards.

  14. Wow, I’d like to travel everywhere if I could but for now I’m thinking someplace warm and beach-y maybe the Bahamas or the Caribbean. πŸ˜€ Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ˜€

  15. I actually have three dream trips — one is to go to Australia & New Zealand, especially after seeing the amazing scenery in NZ in the LOTR films. Another is to go to Japan. The third is one of those things where I wouldn’t want to stay long, but I’d LOVE to see Antarctica.

  16. Anywhere in the world? Easy: Mars. Imagine doing a pen and ink drawing there. Better bring lots of red ink…. But a return trip, please.

  17. I’d love to go to Japan. I learned more of its culture through watching anime and browsing through the internet, and it’d be wonderful to one day experience the festivals, customs, and places with my own eyes.

  18. Barcelona is next on my dream travel list–hopefully next spring! Here’s to dreaming of great new travel.

  19. This is my favorite color. I would like to travel the world searching for birds to add to my life list. Yes, I’m an avid, passionate bird watcher.

  20. My dream trip would have to be a road trip through all 50 states (although I suppose getting to Hawaii and Alaska would have to be done via airplane).

  21. My dream trip would be going on a road trip with my boyfriend, not using any gps or maps, just driving and not caring where we end up. <3

  22. thank you for the giveaway.. I’m entering for the fun.
    For me, my dream holiday is to visit Peru and to see the UNESCO Site of Machu Picchu and learn about the History of the Inca Empire.

  23. if money, time & crazy fears were no issue then i’d say Japan. It’s crazy! (I’m claustrophobic, crowds kill me!).

    fears included – i’d go back to Fiji and sleep on beaches for the rest of my life

  24. If money were no issue i would love to go back and visit Edinburgh, tour the English gardens in Spring and visit Provence.

  25. A month long trip through Europe seeing all the sites with a stop in France for a stage of the Tour de France.

  26. My dream trip would involve myself, a few spaced out caches of food, a full set of Appalachian Trail maps, and possibly a small note book or two in which to record my observations.

  27. My dream trip would be to visit Cuzco for a few days, drinking Chicha and drawing the local scenery in a notebook, and then traveling up into the Andes to see Machu Piccu.

  28. My dream trip is a road trip to Scandinavia and I hope, that it will come true one day… But if money and time are no issue … some sort of abandoned island with not to hot weather, internet connection and mail delivery would be nice πŸ˜€

  29. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris for my honeymoon. Since I got married last summer and did not go to Paris, that would be my first choice now!

  30. I would like to go to Paris and London. I’ve been to Europe but not those two places and I’d really like to see them.

  31. Even though I am originally from China, I never got to travel around. I would love to travel to my heart’s content & taste all the awesome food.
    Food is definitely a big component of travel for me. I just wish I wouldn’t gain weight…

  32. I would love to (finally) go to Paris, including some side trips to the countryside and, yes, a trip to Disneyland Paris. Maybe in the next year or two, if I can manage to save up.

  33. My dream trip would be a lazy Mediterranean cruise that gave me plenty of time to relax and write, and hit *all* the old Greek, Roman and Egyptian sites.

  34. Is it a cop-out to want a world cruise? I’d take a year or two and do one of those smaller cruise lines where there’s not a million people on board with you and you spend a few days at each harbor, where I’d eat all the foods and buy all the stationery, and while at sea I’d write all my letters and postcards and bring along a suitcase full of books.

  35. I want to visit Utah, I love the mountains and would love to visit someday. If I enjoyed my visit, I would love to move there. <3

  36. My dream would be to have a hobbit house in Denmark which is a neighbourland of mine. πŸ™‚ P.S.: I love these aqua/turqoise color theme you picked for the giveaway. My life is a lot in turquoise and my desk and I will need it, (I hope this comment entry isn’t double because I had trouble commenting.)

  37. Oooo Aqua. Definitely “me”!

    I would love to take several weeks and spend them in England, Ireland and Scotland. See the sights, fondle the fibers (they have so many sheep!) and enjoy the local brewery offerings!

  38. My dream trip would be to Hawai’i! I want to eat shave ice on the beach and just watch the surfers, maybe try myself. I want to look at the sharks and fish, and just enjoy everything hawaiian. πŸ™‚

  39. I know it sounds weird but my dream trip is actually Antarctica. I love penguins and snow. And looking at photos, it looks beautiful down there.

  40. So these are so the colors of my wedding, love it! My dream trip to take with my hubby to be would be to Ireland! To see the lovely green mountains!

  41. There are just too many! I would love to go to Austria, where decadent dessert, fabulous stationery product, great music, and good friends are in one spot!

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  42. Can I just say “everywhere”? Well, I guess if I had to choose just one place I would choose Paris with my wife and two beautiful daughters.

  43. Japan, without doubt, probably mastering the art of war with japanese swords… a nice pen to write my journals would be a great asset πŸ˜‰

  44. definetely America cross country, driving all through, from disneyland to LA, San Francisco,route 66, Seattle etc etc… and with my free pen I would write on every petrol’s station WC my initials LOL

  45. I would love to visit Paris and brush up on my French! Ideally, I would backpack across Europe but stopping by Paris for a couple of days is definitely a must.

  46. Italy… With my Daddy. And Ireland with my Mommy. Oh, I guess hubby can come along too!

  47. I’d like to visit the moon! It seems like it would be beautiful to see something uninhabited so close up. Also, being able to look down at the Earth from so far away would be amazing.

  48. England and France for the summer. My youngest has been there and I would love to see the contrasts of centuries old architecture mixed in with post-modern construction. Then, drop into northern France for a couple stages of the Tour de France.

  49. next on my to-visit list is sweden.

    a “dream” trip would be to spend at least a month in europe — sweden, france, the netherlands. see all my friends that live abroad. stay long enough in each place to get a feel for it.

  50. I’d visit Rome. I’d love to stand in the Roman Forum, where so many great orators(like Cicero) debated.

  51. My dream trip would probably be everywhere in south america. South America and then Costa Rica. I really want to go to Costa Rica soon!

  52. Would love to go to Rome and have my husband guide me through all the places he saw and experienced as a student in that city. There are so many stories I’ve heard… πŸ™‚

  53. My dream trip is a river cruise on the Rhine with frequent stops to see the sights and eat the local food and drink the local wines while I keep a travel journal in one of my beautiful new Aqua notebooks.

  54. If money or the ability to vacation there weren’t factors, then I would want to go to Cuba or New Zealand because the land is beautiful and are environmentally protected.

  55. I would like to swim in the dead sea! My dream is to travel through swimming. Swim in all the bodies of water possible.

  56. Oh, easy entry! I would go on a grand tour of Europe! I would be hard pressed to narrow it down to one place when there is the Tuscany region, Paris, Austria, Belgium, Greece, Ireland . . . . I could go on and on!

  57. Oh the places I would go, but first the Palace of Versailles. As Mel Brooks says, “it’s good to be the king.”

  58. I’d love to visit Scandinavia one day. I enjoy a lot of music from Finland, Norway and Sweden, and would like to learn more about their culture first hand. I’d also like to experience Nordic weather.

  59. I would go somewhere in the Caribbean and I would rent that one house that had the glass wall that opened up to the pool that I saw on HGTV. :o)

  60. I want to go to Siberia. I’ve adored its weird, stark beauty since I watched a National Geographic special on it years ago with my now-husband. Of course, that’s only if money were NO object, since there are so many other, more tourist-friendly places to go first πŸ™‚

  61. Italy, I would spend as long as it took exploring all the wine regions tasting wine and eating local specialities. Keeping a detailed journal of it all.

  62. My greatest travel dream is to crisscross the United States on my bicycle, until I feel I have seen the US in it’s entirety. Then I’m move on to the rest of the world.

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