Falling for Bridges of Madison County & Handmade Scarf Giveaway

The first time we visited the Bridges of Madison County in 2000 was actually a last minute decision.  We and our friends Mark and Ron  went to the Nebraska Husker game at Iowa State Cyclones in Ames the first weekend of October.  The day of the game should have been around 54 degrees (average). Instead, we froze at around 36 degrees.  It was a good thing we had coats with us.  We huddled with the wind coming at us from the end zone.  BUT, the next day, I asked the guys if we could do some site seeing, and tour the covered bridges of Madison County. We enjoyed a sunny day with temps in the mid-50s.  That trip has always been a favorite memory of mine with good friends, and the best of the fall season – football and beautiful colored leaves.

Madison County is more than just bridges as we found out when we visited the Covered Bridges Festival last October.  There are great shops, people, history, a historical museum and more.  However, the bridges and the festival make a a great reason to head to Winterset, IA in Madison County this fall season.

If you want to see these treasures for yourself, make sure to check out the details of the 45th Annual Madison County Covered Bridges Festival in Winterset, IA.

To celebrate our 3rd Blogging Birthday we have some great treats in our first present giveaway!  We have items from Madison County and to keep you warm on a possible chilly fall day, a handmade scarf.  This scarf is courtesy of another local Omaha blogger Nicole who blogs about her crochet creations at Colie’s Crochet.

Madison County
Bridges of Madison County Novel
2014 Bridges of Madison County Festival poster
Bridges of Madison County coins (from past years)

Colie’s Crochet
Handmade ribbed infinity scarf (I have this scarf right now in my posession and let me just say how soft and warm it feels).


Nicole is a stay-at-home mom of 3 and has a passion for crochet. She learned to crochet at the age of 8 and has crocheted ever since. She has had her Etsy shop for almost 2 years and started blogging, designing and writing her own crochet patterns in March of this year. Her designs feature bright colors and whimsical characters. Nicole’s designs cater mostly to children but she has items for all ages in her shop and on her blog. She offers most of her hats in 9 different sizes! She loves to do custom work and almost any item in her shop is fully customizable. The Chunky Ribbed Infinity Scarf is her latest design and the scarf pictured is up for grabs right here in our giveaway! If you crochet, you can find the pattern for free on her blog here: http://coliescrochet.com/2014/09/25/easy-ribbed-infinity-scarf/ and you can find the scarf for sale in her Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/204948629/chunky-crochet-ribbed-infinity-scarf?
Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ColiesCrochet
Blog: http://coliescrochet.com/
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