Southern Dots

It’s Tablescape Thursday and we have a GIVE-AWAY! Oh, happy day!

donnaMy very good friend Donna Butler Douglas is one of the most talented people I have ever known. She is a very talented musician and composer and is just one of the most fun people you could ever know. Donna has started a new business called Donnadots. Even the name is fun. And, you know what you can use these dots in soooo many ways. Check out the tablescape that Donna put together using the Donnadots.

Even better, Donna has agreed to GIVE AWAY a set of Donnadots to one of the wonderful readers of A Southern Life! So, how can you win?

  • Leave a comment on this post for 1 chance.
  • Go to and choose your favorite Donnadot and then come back and leave a comment telling me what you chose for a second chance.
  • Write about this give-away on your blog and then leave another comment telling me you have done that for a third chance to win. (If you don’t have a blog, email your friends with a link to A Southern Life and then let me know that you did that).

Next Thursday, the winner will be announced here at A Southern Life! It is that easy. I hope you enjoy Donnadots and whether you win or not, go get some and “Dot Your Day!”

Okay, check out what Donna did with some of the place card dots.

Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Perfect for Valentine's Day!
Hey, there are even dots on the plates.
Hey, there are even dots on the plates.
What a lovely napkin fold for a Donnadot.
What a lovely napkin fold for a Donnadot.
Love the silver heart holding the Donnadot.
Love the silver heart holding the Donnadot.
The come in different colors!
The come in different colors!

Here are a couple of other ways to use Donnadots:



Aren’t they fun? Good luck to everyone! Don’t forget to leave your comments to win your own set of  48 Donnadots!

with Between Naps on the Porch
with Between Naps on the Porch

Today’s Lagniappe:  Donna’s Red Velvet Cake
This is Donna’s own recipe for Red Velvet Cake – one of her family’s favorites and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

½    c. shortening1½  c. Sugar

2     Eggs

Cream together.
2     oz. (2 bottles) Red Food Coloring2     tsp. Cocoa Make paste with food coloring and cocoa.  Add to creamed mixture.
2 ½ c. Cake Flour1    ts. Salt

1    c. Buttermilk

1    ts. Vanilla

Sift flour and salt together.  Add to mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Add vanilla.
1½ ts. Soda1    T. Vinegar Add soda to vinegar and blend into batter.  DO NOT beat it in.  Bake in 3  8-inch round cake pans at 350º for 30 minutes.
FROSTING:1    16 oz. pkg. Cream Cheese (soft)

1    sticks Oleo (soft)

1    boxes Powdered Sugar

½   c. Pecans (chopped) (optional)

Cream the cream cheese and oleo until soft and creamy.  Add powdered sugar.  Add nuts last. Spread between layers and on top and sides of cake.  Sometimes I double the frosting recipe.






61 responses to “Southern Dots”

  1. […] me what a beautiful area we live in! Wednesday Feb. 10th is the last day to enter to win the Donnadot give away. Don’t miss it! Be entered by 4:00 p.m. central time to have a chance to […]

  2. Chari Avatar

    Hi Christi…

    I’m just coming back by after checking out Donna’s fabulous site! I love all of the Donnadots but I think my favorite is the beautiful black and white…or red and white swirly medallion with the name initial in the center! Gorgeous!!! Ohh yes…I could find many way to use these beautiful dots!!! Many thanks again to Donna for her generous gift! Ohhh…I am crossing my fingers that I may win!!! Saying a little prayer too…is that cheating? Hehe!

    Thank you, Christi!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  3. Chari Avatar

    Hello sweet lady…

    What a sweet thing to do for us…I love the Donnadots and they are so versatile! I can think of many ways that I could use them!!! Ohhh…and what a lovely tablescape! Love those pretty black polka dotted dishes…and paired with the red…fabulous!!! Please extend my thank you’s to your sweet friend, Donna…for her generous gift of Donnadots and her gorgeous table!

    Well my friend, I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit but I have really been enjoying my sweet daughter and grandchildren’s surprise visit from Texas! Thank you so much for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites and for doing this sweet giveaway for us!!!

    Have a wonderful week, Christi…
    Chari @Happy To Design

  4. Fine Craft Guild Avatar

    btw i like this dot the best:
    V1 Greetings… i think you are showing that one here as well. it might be slightly different, but i like the swirls on red and the clear center

  5. Fine Craft Guild Avatar

    wow. very classy. very, very nice.

  6. Nicole Avatar

    I’m a piano teacher and I would LOVE those treble clef stickers with the nice music quote on them.

  7. Kathy Avatar

    I like the monogram dot.
    The one that is divided vertically.
    I would use the dots to seal cards, personalize books,
    place on recipe cards when sharing with others.
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  8. Kathy Avatar

    What a great give-away.
    I Hope I win 🙂

  9. […] There are still a few days to enter to win the Donnadots. Check them out and see how to win at Donnadot Giveaway! […]

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