Monday, 11 July 2011

It's Giveaway Time (Finally.....) !!!

Hello Everyone!

It seems an age since I last posted, but I see it's just a week ago.
How time flies!!!

I do hope all is well with you all, my lovely friends in Blogland!
I have missed you as I have not been blog hopping since last week, so once more I am in arrears with my visiting.

I shall look forward to catching up with you over the next few evenings.

I hope you will forgive me for my lack of posts and lack of comments on your blogs - to try and coax you into forgiveness I have a little incentive here - a rather overdue Giveaway in celebration of reaching 100 followers and as a Thankyou to you all!!!

The Giveaway is................

Either .............a Peg Apron made from vintage linen and hand embroidered in red with the word "Pegs"

Whoops! Mirror image!

The apron has long white cotton tape ties that makes the apron fit any size, and it can be worn tied behind or wrapped around and tied in front as below 

It is made from a vintage Parkertex floral linen, with a large pocket in vintage natural linen.

I have hand embroidered the word "pegs" in red thread on an old piece of white cotton cut from a vintage tablecloth too damaged to use as such

In the middle of the apron there is a tape hanging loop which can be used to hang the apron with the pegs inside the pocket.

The large pocket is stitched at the top in the middle to prevent it falling open.
 Or..........a vintage fabric covered Journal with integral bookmark - a choice of two journals.

Either a vintage striped fabric with cream lining

The Journal covers fit a standard A5 notebook so once you have finished the notebook that comes with the cover (60 plain pages ) you can replace it with a new one.

The journal is lined in cream cotton, and the bookmark is made from an East of India woven cotton ribbon with a vintage silk tassel attached at the bottom.

Or..... a vintage english floral linen (which matches the linen on the Peg Apron) with faded red homespun lining and blue gingham ribbon.

And...................a bookmark made from a cheerful red vintage French fabric with a vintage silk tassel.

To enter my Giveaway, all you need do is leave me a comment here on this post, saying which item you would like to win, either the Peg Apron, the Striped Journal or the Floral Journal.

For a second chance to win, click on my Giveaway button on my sidebar or at the beginning of this post, and add it to your sidebar, linking back to my blog, and leave a second comment here to say you have done so. Thats it.

Good Luck!!!

The Giveaway ends at the end of July (31st).

We've had a few courgettes and climbing french beans from  the garden

The last week has flown by for me, catching up on housework, gardening, coffee mornings with a few friends, decorating the study/bedroom, shopping and chauffering Bella around as she does her work experience in a Primary School.

One of the interesting things discovered by Bella is that the teachers here are terrible gossips!!!!

This surprised us, I don't know why - I guess I thought all you clever teachers out there were too lofty for gossip, too full of more important things like planning lessons and marking books and planning fun things for the kiddies to do to behave in an ordinary, gossipy kind of way like us other mere mortals!!!!

Maybe its just at this school???!!

Any teachers out there, is it true of you all?

Are you just normal gossips like the rest of us?

We need to know!!!

Hope you all had a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to catching up with you soon!

Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the Giveaway!


  1. Hello Gill:
    What really very pretty, and useful, gifts which have so obviously been made with a great deal of thought and care. We are torn between them all but, if we were fortunate enough to win, then we should love the striped covered journal which would immediately replace our very worn, and rather full, 'interiors' notebook.

    The flowers you show are especially appealing as we always consider that rather shocking cerise to be such agood foil to so many other colours.

  2. What a fabulous giveaway Gill.
    If I were lucky enough to be chosen and I would be VERY lucky, I would LOVE to win the peg apron. It's a genuis idea, instead of chasing a bag around the washing line.
    I hope Bella enjoys her work experience.
    Nice to have you back!

  3. Lovely giveaways and if I was fortunate to win the peg apron I would be a happy bunny. And yes speaking as an ex primary school teacher, isn't gossip the food of life?

  4. What a wonderful giveaway. If I were lucky enough to win I'd love the flowered journal, I just love stationery, and this stationery is gorgeous. Hope Bella is enjoying her work experience. I did mine in the primary school which I'd attended (many many moons ago) and some of the teachers who taught me were still there. I felt very naughty being in the staff room, it was totally out of bounds when I was a pupil there. Logan's hair is growing back, he's so cute.

  5. I forgot to mention, I've added your giveaway button to my blog.

  6. Hi Gill, what a lovely giveaway, I L*O*V*E* the apron, such cool hand embroidery too. Your home veg looks scrummy, we have just started to eat our beans too. Enjoy ;0)
    Jane x

  7. What a beautiful giveaway. I would love to win the peg bag ... no, the flowery journal ... ah, no maybe the striped one. Darn, they are all so nice I can't choose! OK, striped journal it's got to be.

    I am about to add your giveaway button to my sidebar this very secondo. M x

  8. Flowery Journal for me! (But all lovely stuff!) Glad to have you back xxx

  9. ... and it's on my blog now xxx

  10. anything at all will do for me. I'm only reading blogs for a few days as R has taken the camera cord fishing! see what I can do on Thursday.

  11. Oh Gill - so hard to choose!
    The flowery journal??

  12. Hi Gill,
    What a lovely giveaway! It's very hard to choose but....I would love to win the Floral Journal.
    Thank you for offering. :)
    Vivienne x

  13. Hi Gill, well yes, most of the teachers I know are terrible gossips! When I entered teaching, much later in life I was shocked by their behavior. While it's not all teachers in all schools it makes you think. Bella's smart to recognize it now!

    Your giveaway's are just beautiful. I'm going to "register" for the apron! It's so sweet! And congrats on 100 Followers!

    The photos of the flowers are just lovely and how cute is Logan smacking his little pink tongue in that last photo!

  14. What a lovely giveaway! I'd love to enter, and if I was lucky enough to win, I'd choose the peg apron, as I currently have a metal bucket for pegs, and I'm always clunking my head on it! Your apron is a genius idea. Congratulations on clicking up more than 100 followers!

  15. Hi Gill,
    What lovely giveaway gifts. Welcome back to blogland from your week away. I look forward to doing a giveaway too when I get to 100 followers! Your apron and book cover look lovely.
    xo Susan

  16. Oooo, I love a giveaway! And such lovely items as well. I think I'd go for the stripy journal cover.

  17. You are so very talented. I do have a penchant for aprons, and the fabrics you chose combined with the hand embroidery makes yours extra special. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers! :)

  18. What a lovely giveaway. I think my pick is the peg bag, the embroidery is so sweet. Yes, I think teachers are mere mortals and therefore enjoy a bit of a gossip :)
    Ps isn't Logan looking cute :)

  19. Gill, I don't know how you can bear to part with any of these lovely things when you have put such a lot of work into making them.
    They are all beautiful but the striped journal would be my choice as I was hankering after one on a craft stall at the Royal Highland but it was very expensive.
    Enjoyed your pics and have done the link thingy!x

  20. Your garden is full of pretty flowers right now. I especially love the cosmos. Everything you make is beautiful and your giveaway prizes are no exception. I would be happy to win any of them. My favorite would be the English Floral Journal with the blue gingham bookmark. (If you are shipping overseas.) I think in general, people should think before they talk. If someone has entrusted you with personal information, you should do everything you can to keep it private.

  21. Hi. What a wonderful giveaway. They are all fabulous but my favourite has to be the striped journal. Fingers crossed that I win it.
    As a teacher- yes we are all gossips and we are occasionally allowed out of school! I met one of my very young pupils in the supermarket and he was amazed as he obviously thought that I lived in school and never did " normal" things.
    Chrissie x

  22. Hi Gill, fab giveaway. All lovely things but I love the floral journal best and I know they'll be beautifully made too.

    Love that fuchsia photo, those pinks are just so vibrant. I'm going to try and do that linking thing with the giveaway, I still haven't worked it out, so here goes...

    Glad you're back.
    Lesley x

  23. Hey Gill, I did it! My first linking thingy to your giveaway!!!! That's made my day. Lesley x

  24. I would dearly love to have the peg apron, but would be delighted with any of the prizes! I shall mention you on my post this week and will try to do the buttony thing!

  25. What a great giveaway, I would like to win the striped jornal.

    I have also added the button to my side bar.

    Leah x

  26. Gossip? Me? Never! I just don't know what you mean (hem, hem)! I am a little intrigued, but going to make a stab at the gossip being targetted at the parents? Obviousy you can't share, but often what travels around the playgound usually ends up in the staffroom!
    Gill, I adore the peg bag which you have lovingly embroidered and would be delighted to be entered in the giveaway for a chance to win it.
    Hope Bella's enjoying her time in school, gossip and all!
    Becky x

  27. Love your flower photos :o)

    What a lovely giveaway!
    Oooo.., please enter me. I'd love the floral notebook if I win, but you've given us all quite a hard choice :o)

    Take care and have a great week Gill.
    Keep your eye on crafty Logan ;o)

  28. I just added your giveaway button to my latest blog post and it will publish sometime tonight... I'm editing right now.

  29. I'd love a chance to win the striped journal! What lovely things!
    Thanks, Maria x

  30. How sweet of you! I would love to win the floral notebook cover..but these are all very special! It's hard to choose! Thanks! ♥

  31. Just come here via Catherine Daniel- nice to meey you! Blogging *does* take up time, but it is enjoyable. I'm making friends with mine, and I've met some for real too!!
    (the stripey book cover is nice...I only do flowery in a corner of the allotment!)

  32. Hi, I just came over to visit from Camp and Cottage (you left a comment there) and to meet you! I'm glad I did, I love your blog, the fabric is gorgeous all over your blog, everywhere! And it seems I'm just in time to enter the giveaway, so I'll say I love the apron very much! Thanks for the offer.

    Mary a/k/a Ms. Redo
    Redo 101

  33. Hi Gill Please can I join in your giveaway, I would love the apron and I've grabbed your button . Great to find you.

  34. Thank you for the lovely giveaway! I would love to win the striped journal it is very pretty :)

  35. I have also grabbed your button


  36. What a gorgeous giveaway, Gill! I am rather spoilt for choice, but I think that if I was lucky enough to win I would love the striped journal please as I am having a bit of a stripes craze at the moment! Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway.
    Helen x

  37. Gilly I hope its not to late to enter......please!

  38. wonderful giveaway! If I am lucky enough to win, the floral journal is beautiful! Thanks, I am enjoying your blog!

  39. Hello. So pleased to come across you. I am crossing everything to win one of your lovely, lovely giveaways. Love them both but I do have a great passion for aprons, but there again I am always scribbling in a journal! x

  40. I can't imagine how I missed your original post. Only saw it in the reminder!

    I'd love to win the journal giveaway.

  41. Just to say.. I've added you to my sidebar.

    Ashley xxx

  42. It 's all so lovely, your garden, your fabrics, the give-aways.. I am gasping for breath!

    If I would be a winner I think I would appreciate the peggs-apron very very much.
    Thank you for your visit at my blog, so nice! I am a relative newcomer in the land of blog as well as in gardening. Oh I love them both!
    Have a NICE day!

  43. Hello :o)
    thank you for your lovely comment on my blog leading right here to a delight!
    your garden is so pretty and your give-away is fantastic.
    what a choice, a very hard one to make, but i think I would love the apron if i were to win, I dare not even imagine :o)
    don't forget to pop over to my blog next week for my first ever give away
    j x

  44. I love everything,but my favorite is floral journal>I like pegs apron but not use it,lovely idea.

  45. hello Gilly,
    what a nice idea. I think I could try this for my blog, too. I follow your blog since a few months, but I realize your give away today. Most I like the striped journal.

  46. Hi Gill, I have just found your fantastic blog and would love to enter your lovely giveaway! I would like to win the pretty floral covered notebook - it would be perfect for my wedding planning.

    I am having a giveaway too, please check it out! x

  47. Oh and I've added your button to my sidebar! x


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