Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Annoucing a winner... and awards...

Drum roll, please... This lovely ideal of Scottish beauty, as imagined by a French photographer, has an announcement to make.... Out of 117 possible entries, a random number generator chose the number 78 from my excel list...
This means that the winner of my first, Franco-Scottish giveaway, is Olga, of the excellent blog 'Where are you, Olga?' The 'Scottish' lovely above is the extra vintage photo I said I'd add - she has some 'English' and 'Irish' friends on the same photo... So, Olga, congratulations and please email me your address, and I will get posting!However, Olga and everyone else should keep reading, because Melanie, of A Country Dream, has very kindly given me this award. Thanks so much, Melanie - you have a lovely blog yourself! I need to pass it on to 10 other blogs I think are lovely – only 10? That’s always the problem, when there are so many wonderful blogs and kind bloggers around…
But I have managed to narrow it down to 10, so here are some blogs I would recommend to all, each with a very charming and friendly blogger:
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Olga, whose blog ‘Where are you, Olga?’ is an almost daily glimpse into an amazing part of the world or an inspirational art form. Olga is Polish and wonderfully well travelled! (I have to tell you I wrote this bit this morning, so I had no idea that you were going to be a double winner today, Olga!)
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Fleur, from Marble Rose – what entertaining things she finds and makes! I’m also currently envying her piano stool…
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Mandy, from Live, Laugh, Love – you can do all those things by following Mandy’s blog – it’s lovely to keep up with her family and her vintage news…
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Stacey, at Polka Dot Daze (I like the pun in the title), who is an incredible crafter, making wonderful things for her charming children, and blogging about everything so sweetly.
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Sarah who loves Red Gingham so much that her blog is both named after it and full of it! I love reading about her family and her crafting activities in New Zealand (Stacey is in New Zealand too – the world seems smaller through blogging!)
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Lululiz, who can be found in Lalaland (!?) and has some seriously good vintage shopping finds at car boot sales. She also makes soap and has a cottage in France which she can’t currently visit… read her blog to find out more…
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Julia at Vintage Heaven – just looking at her blog title pictures makes me smile; I don’t even have to get as far as the beautiful posts before I’m grinning…
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Joe, at Josie-Mary, another really friendly blogger who you just feel at home with when you read about her crafting, shopping or life…
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Beck, at Dandelion, who is a country-dwelling Australian who has taught me more that I ever thought I’d learn about organic garlic farming, and generally about living the Good Life, Australian style!
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and last but by no means least:
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Jeannette from Sans Soucis, who has one of the first blogs I ever read – it is a beautiful inspiration for calm vintage style (as opposed to my own) and has the added treat of letting you see everything written in Dutch as well as English, which is fun.
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I realise that awards can be a burden as well as an honour, so if you have time you are asked to pass this award on to 10 more 'Lovely Blogs', but if you don't have time, please just relax and know that I think you really do have a lovely blog - surely that's all you need to know...
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I am going to take a day off from the computer tomorrow (Wednesday) so if you find me sneaking a look at your blog and leaving a comment after this evening, tell me off!

24 comments:

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Congrats to those lucky ladies!
Enjoy your break Floss - you deserve it!! (I don't know any other blogger who comments as much as you ;-))
I so enjoyed your shopping post - the second hand goods in France are too delicious!!
Niki

Mandy said...

Oh thank you so much for my lovely award! I have put it on my blog with pride. And the lovely lovely comments you made about my blog xx
thank you so so much again xxx

The Whispering Poppies said...

Congrats to Olga! She is a sweetheart - I found her through your blog and we have been commenting on each other's blogs ever since! =)

Shabby Chick said...

Congratulations Olga! I am very jealous heehee

Mel xxx

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations to the winner! :)
Glenda

Jackie said...

Congratulations to the winner! I can't complain as I have just found out that I have won the beautiful quilt that Aneela was giving away on her lovley blog Comfort Stitching :O)

Marie Reed said...

Hip Hip Hooray for Olga and Floss' giveaway fun!

skippinginthemeadow said...

Just a flying visit today, catching up on the posts I have missed. So sorry I haven't responded to your comments in a while, I have been (still am) so busy and my computer was unwell for a few days. I hope to get back to my normal routine after the bank holiday. When I will look up the lovely blogs you've linked us to above. Congratulations on your award. Have you chosen one of the awards from my award post yet? I definitely want you to have one.
Looking forward to having more time to read my friends blogs soon.
Have a lovely week
x
Sumea

Elizabethd said...

Congratullations Olga!
Have a good day off Floss, no peeking now!

Lululiz said...

Awww, Floss, if you were here right now, I'd give you a huge hug, thank you so much for the award! I am chuffed to bits.

And congratulations to Olga, what a great giveaway to win! I'll now go and have a little looksie at her blog.

Thanks again, Floss!

PS - the handmade lace is safe!

Ragged Roses said...

Congrats to Olga and to you on your well deserved award!
Kimx

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Congrats to Olga and to you for the award. I will have to check out your links, as I don't know any of them and love to branch out and meet new kind souls. Bonne journée~ Tracie

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Olga is so lucky!!! I'd love to see what she does with all that great loot!

Olga said...
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Olga said...

IT REALLY FEELS SOOO GREAT TO BE THE LUCKY WINNER!!! :) Thank you so much, Floss, for the great give away and perfect prizes and I am so happy to have won those wonderful treasures :) And it feels even more special to be the double winner today! Thank you very much ALL for comments and congrats here as well ;) I feel very honoured my blog got 'One lovely blog award' as it is still quite new - it feels so special when others like what you write about - thank you very much again, Floss :)! Your post and comment on my blog really lightened up my evening today after I came back from work tired.. I will drop you an email very soon! ;)

Sarah said...

Wow, lucky you Olga! I'm sure you are going to enjoy opening that lovely parcel.

Thank you VERY much for my award Floss. What a lovely surprise! I wish I knew how to put it on my blog, but I'm really new at this and haven't worked everything out yet!! I do feel lucky though to have been given it. Thank you.

Jeannette said...

Sweet Floss,
you made me blush. ;) I was away from home all day and then I just read your post. So so nice, thank you for the award. And it means a lot that it comes from you! You´re such a sweetheart!
I will come back on it later on my blog.
Congratulations to Olga! And tomorrow I have to check on all the other award winners. They all sound like a must read...so see you all later! ;)
Have a good days rest and enjoy it!!
Big hug, Jeannette

Olga said...

Floss, I have posted about the lovely gifts from you on my blog and added your picture of them referring to you - you might want to check this out and hope it is ok :)Thank you again!

marble rose said...

SQUEAL! Thank you so much for my Award Floss - I am thrilled to bits!!!! (like Sarah I just have to figure out how to display it with pride) My first award!!! I love getting your comments and am still thrilled you found my Cow & Gate babies for me!!!!! Clever and talented - you SO deserve this award!!! Thank you for your lovely blog.


Fleur
xxx
Oh and congrats to Olga - no I'm not a bit jealous.

beck said...

Oh wow, thank you so much for the award and the lovely comments!!!! You have really made my day. I'm looking forward to visiting all the other awardee's when I can find some 'me' time! Gosh life is busy, but fun, isn't it? I've really enjoyed meeting you through blogging and always look forward to your posts, have a lovely day and thanks again, x

gingerwine said...

Floss
Thankyou so much for the magazines!
I havent had chance to have a really good look, but I will tonight!

Love samxx

comfortstitching said...

Well done to Olga!!! Such a bounty of a prize.
And many thanks to you Floss for all the bloggy linky love!
Enjoy your day off!

Polka Dot Daze said...

Oh what a nice surprise to get your comment on my blog - how nice of you to think of me as one of your top 10 lovely blogs - I'm honoured! Like I said on my latest post I'm just new to this and get overwelmed with everyones kindness. You'll have to bare with me to respond to it on my blog, I am a bit behind on everything at the moment (mainly housework) but will start thinking about my top 10! Have a good day in wonderful France (you lucky thing)!

Josie-Mary said...

Thanks for the award Floss :)