Spooky skull votive giveaway – contest has ended

Designed by Ludvig Lofgren – photo from Kosta Boda

I love Halloween and shiny things so to celebrate the upcoming holiday I’m giving away a Kosta Boda Still Life Votive (the clear glass, as pictured). Whether you are into Halloween, pirates, or human anatomy, this votive is pretty great. There is a long-standing history of high quality glassworks in Sweden. King Gustav Vasa founded the first Swedish glassworks in Stockholm in the 1500s but such large amounts of fuel were needed for the glass production that the industry grew in the region of Småland with it’s large forests. Kosta Boda is the oldest glassworks in Sweden, established in 1742 and this particularly spooky votive made it’s debut in the fall of 2008.

Thanks to everyone who entered. The contest has ended and the winner is Curtis Kidd. Congratulations Curtis, and Happy Halloween!

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I'm an American immigrant to Sweden as of 2008. My blog is for people who like food, Scandinavia, or just think Swedes are hot.

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50 Comments on “Spooky skull votive giveaway – contest has ended”

  1. Matt Ferrell
    October 4, 2011 at 12:01 am #

    Would like to win the skull because it’s perfect for this time of the year! 🙂

  2. Matt Ferrell
    October 4, 2011 at 12:02 am #

    Liked Semiswede on facebook.

    animasou @ comcast . net

  3. Matt Ferrell
    October 4, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Followed @semiswede on Twitter: @Matt_Ferrell

    animasou @ comcast . net

  4. Matt Ferrell
    October 4, 2011 at 12:03 am #

    Tweeted:

    animasou @ comcast . net

  5. Marla Trowbridge
    October 4, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    Already likes semiswede on facebook.

  6. Marla Trowbridge
    October 4, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Marla Trowbridge
    I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo

    semiswede
    semiswede.com
    sort of about Sweden, and sort of not.

    Like · · Share · 2 seconds ago.

  7. Marla Trowbridge
    October 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    I love reading Semiswede. Not just because of the lady who writes it, though that is a huge factor, but because I to am part swedish and I know little about my heritage in that area. My family has had a great time following the posts and making several of the recipes posted here. We had an especially tough and fun time making the Princess cake but it turned out great. We would love to see the recipe for Semlor sometime if possible.

    I would love to win the Kosta Boda skull votive. I have several Kosta Boda snowballs that are absolutely beautiful and the skull is a very festive and fun way to have their stunning work in our home. Also ties in greatly with the Halloween season. The look of it in person, with a candle in it, would be very very cool!!

  8. October 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I want to win a cool skull votive! Why? Because candles are cool. And you can never have enough decorations for halloween. And I’m reading the whole Game of Thrones series and the picture of the votive reminds me that I’d rather be reading right now.

    Plus, this contest may actually be winnable if nobody else signs up. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  9. October 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    And now I’m a fan of your FB page, so I get two entries!! Woot!

  10. October 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    LOL, and now I’m following you on twitter, and it only took me two tries to remember what my dang password was. So that’s THREE entries!

  11. October 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I must really want this skull votive, heh. Because I just tweeted it as you asked. I feel led by the nose, at this point. And you must now, that that tweet was the first tweet I’ve done in TWO YEARS.

  12. October 4, 2011 at 10:47 pm #

    Phew. Made it to the finish line. Just added it as my status on Facebook.

    You know what, if I win, you can go ahead and send me a Christmas card too, LOL.

  13. October 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    My hubby is an MD and this skull would look great in his office next to his jar of “ashes of problem patients” he he he he he (hear witch laughter). Besides, then we do a family rendition of Hamlet! Alas, poor Yorick. I knew him Horatio!!!! 🙂

  14. October 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    liked on FB….drooling on keyboard reading applesauce recipe….

  15. October 4, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    I want that skull, I believe it to be one my more fragile ancestors. That and I’m a freak for swedish glass!!! I’d definitely follow you on twitter, but alas I haven’t made an account. Maybe for the skull I’d consider it!

  16. Sarah Thompson
    October 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

    I put this on my Facebook status

    I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo

  17. Sarah Thompson
    October 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    I would love to win the scull!
    It would fit perfectly in our home during Halloween:)

  18. Sarah Thompson
    October 4, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    I meant “skull” in my last post, of course;)

    I am a fan on FB already, does that count;)

  19. Moa
    October 5, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    I like you on FB 🙂

  20. Moa
    October 5, 2011 at 12:46 am #

    I would like to win it to give it to My anatomy crazed physio sister 🙂

  21. Roberta Meacham
    October 5, 2011 at 1:01 am #

    I follow the blog and fb. I love the skull. Reminds me of a kid I went to school with. Actually, it is a beauty. I LOVE Halloween.

  22. Roberta Meacham
    October 5, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    I would be honored to have this skull. Love the SemiSwede pages.

  23. Roberta Meacham
    October 5, 2011 at 1:03 am #

    Would love it/

  24. Jane Larkin
    October 5, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    I would love to win the crystal skull to celebrate my favorite holiday!!!

  25. Bob Pendleton
    October 5, 2011 at 4:47 am #

    Love Skulls…. Yep, wife of 19 years and I love Halloween!!! Salem MA is a fav place to celebrate this day! But, not only does the skull represent Halloween to me – But the Swedish connection hits home! Spent 6 mos of my life livin in Stockholm with my dad!!

  26. Bob Pendleton
    October 5, 2011 at 4:52 am #

    Fan on Facebook!

  27. Bob Pendleton
    October 5, 2011 at 4:53 am #

    Follow on Twitter!

  28. Bob Pendleton
    October 5, 2011 at 4:55 am #

    Posted on FB!!!

    Best of luck to you!! You and your family remain dear to me!!!

  29. Bob Pendleton
    October 5, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    Oh ya- also tweeted!!! Somehow comment on thus didn’t post in order:)

  30. October 5, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    Our Halloween stuff is somewhere in storage….this would be a cool way to get our celebration started again!

  31. October 5, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo

  32. October 5, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Having lived in Sweden for a couple of years (a couple of decades ago, now), and with Halloween being one of my favorite holidays, getting a skull decoration from Sweden would make for an absolutely awesome addition to my Halloween decorations. That’s why I’d like to win it…*grin*

  33. October 5, 2011 at 9:22 am #

    I’m already a Facebook fan of Semiswede, too.

  34. October 5, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Also just posted about entering the contest (and tagged a couple of friends in the comments because I think they’d be interested, as well!)

  35. October 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Would love a creepishly cool skull because our decos are in storage and I love all things Kosta Boda! Very fun to read your blog and get my Swedish fix.

  36. October 5, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m already a fan of Semiswede on Facebook.

  37. October 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    I posted

    I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo

    on Facebook.

  38. October 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    I love crystal votive holders. I like how it scatters the light. Plus, being a skull, it would be great at Halloween.

  39. jennaladue
    October 6, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    I never knew that a crystal skull could be so Swedish. I would love that skull because my son and I just finished playing Lego Indiana Jones 2 and the Kingdom of the crystal skull. He would LOVE it!

  40. David Windham
    October 10, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

    I want a crystal skull ’cause they remind me of the set of monkey skull shot glasses I made in Soderquist’s class in high school. And because they are just AWESOME!

  41. David Windham
    October 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    And of course I’m a fan of Semiswede on Facebook.

  42. David Windham
    October 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    And posted on Facebook.

  43. Beth Clarke
    October 11, 2011 at 4:46 am #

    Emma thought this was really cool, and I always get her a new Halloween decoration every year. Last year, I got her a HUGE rat at Value Village, so this would be perfect for Halloween. I’m already “liking” Semiswede, and I’ve told my friends about it, too!

  44. Emily
    October 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    I’d like to add more Kosta to my small collection!

  45. Emily
    October 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m now following on FB.

  46. Emily
    October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    And have posted the message on my FB too.

  47. Emily
    October 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    You’re now being followed on Twitter as well 🙂

  48. Emily
    October 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    I just tweeted I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo on Twitter

  49. October 12, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    Swedes and their flippin’ sweet obsession!

    WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING TO YOUR TEETH?!

    http://thenorthernplights.com/2011/09/16/dispatch-17-food/

    ~The Dippylomat esq,
    (a closet Swede fan)

  50. Pam Rodriguez Otten
    October 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I just entered to win a Kosta Boda skull votive on http://www.semiswede.com. Enter here: http://wp.me/p1kq7R-vo

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