Friday, February 5, 2010

First Anniversary Giveaway!


A year ago I had a little trial session on Blogger, to see if I could make it work. Here is my first ever post. I wanted to blog for my mum, over in Scotland and needing regular updates on our life in France, and also for myself, having seen some super blogs out there! As so many people have already said, I could never have anticipated the fun, pleasure, learning experiences and true friendships that I would gain through blogging. It is delightful to know that there are so many people out there with interesting lives and common hobbies and concerns - I feel less alone than I did a year ago. A lot less. So thanks to you wonderful blogging friends, old and newer and new, and here is a giveaway for any and all of you!
You can see most of it here, but part of it will be personalised for the winner. Let's itemise the goodies:
  • a very fine white cotton piece with one end beautifully embroidered, as you can see. I have picked up a few of these this year and am not quite sure what they were made for - any ideas?
  • a vintage (1967) French agricultural tea towel - slightly marked but oh so stylish!
  • a sweet embroidered floral mat (actually I am wondering why I am giving this away)
  • a remnant of red Provençal-style oilcloth - I am keeping one piece and the winner will get the other - it could be good for jam pot covers, perhaps! All of the above pieces were thrifted in France over this last year of blogging. In addition:
  • a much-cherished book of children's crafts, to reflect the family activities side of my blogging
  • a piece of Laura Ashley wallpaper border, thrifted ages ago in England, which I've been using in my own projects recently. And finally:
  • I will add one item specially chosen for the winner. Please let me know what kind of French vintage items you really admire (within reason, obviously!) and I'll look through my collection or go out shopping at a Vide Grenier for you!
This is going to be a very basic giveaway - I'm not feeling up to fiddling with lots of double and tripple entries! Please leave a comment here if you would like to enter, letting me know where your interests lie in terms of the final gift - perhaps sewing items, paper ephemera, books, lace, buttons, maybe figurines or jewellery - small things I could reasonably post anywhere in the world, please!
If you're not a follower and you think you'd like to come back to visit again, please do click on the followers' button, but I won't insist on it to enter. Similarly, if you'd like to copy the top photo and make a link to this post on your blog I would be delighted but it's not an obligation.
Just comment and you have a chance to win, while I get the chance to keep in touch with friends from the past year, and make yet more for the year to come! I'll draw the winner on February 24th.
Feb 24th I'm just tidying up the comments here so that eqch one represents one entry, and then I shall make the draw and post the winner...

74 comments: said...

Hello Floss! What a lovely giveaway! I know , blogland is certainly an amazing place with amazing people, it really does rebuild your faith!
suzie xxx

Kali said...

Giveaways are fun, I'd love to enter! ♥

Angela said...

Happy blogversary - it has been such fun reading your blog this past year! It's a lovely giveaway selection [re final item - books or sewing bits - but no more buttons or lace!]
I DO hope you are feeling stronger soon

VintageVicki said...

Happy Blogversary to one of the first bloggers I found :)

Am definately a button girl at the moment.

TheMadHouse said...

Happy Blogiversary. I love your blog and your attitude. I also have to say the Pause in Advent was one of the most enjoyable things I have done. It made a real difference to me family wise, so thank you for that.

If I am lucky enough to be chosen, then buttons or anything to do with sewing or crafting with children please.

Mami said...

Happy giveaway!! I absolutely learn from your blog. Arigato!!
To myself anything from you is special!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your anniversary Floss! I shall add your button once home (am at work at the mo.). Anything sewing wise would be lovely should I be the lucky winner.xx

Serenata said...

Gosh you sorted this out quickly Floss! Congratulations on your giveaway - you certainly picked the right year for the teatowel :-)

I've added your giveaway button to my blog. If I were to win your giveaway anything from you would be special.

Maria said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary Floss, I will add your button to my blog x

Jackie said...

Congratualtions on your blogiversary Floss ~ I would love to be in with a chance to win all these lovely goodies ~ I wouldn't mind what you sent me if I was lucky enough to win ~ anything would be lovely :O) xx

Anonymous said...

I love visiting your Blog every now and then to get my 'fill' of things French and English! I am a British Francophile living in the USA and love anything French, especially laces, fabrics and sewing items. I was prompted to leave a comment as the give away also had lots of red in it-my favourite colour!
Congratualtions a year of Blogging and may you enjoy many more.

Kate said...

Congratulations Floss on your anniversary! I shall add your button to my blog. Did you ever make it to a Marches aux Puces? And more importantly, is your mother a reader of your blog?

Take care xx

The Curious Cat said...

Happy Anniversary hun! Always good to celebrate and so many people have been having their one year anniversary lately and have all said similiar sentiments about how wonderful the blog world is! It is so wonderful isn't it? I don't really know what extra vintage thing I would ask for - I think it is lovely you are doing a give-away in the first place! :) xxx

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Happy Blogaversary, Floss! I have so enjoyed reading your cheerful posts over the past year. I would love to enter your very generous giveaway! You've put together such a lovely collection of treasures.

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hello Floss
It is a lovely giveaway, love that rose border!
Please count me in, thank you

Have a lovely weekend
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Lola Nova said...

Happy blogging birthday! I am so sorry to hear your test results were not what you wanted to be. It must be rather frustrating to say the least.
Wow, such an amazing giveaway! I like it all:)
I will try to post about it later today on my blog, depending on my own Doctors appt. Have a wonderful day.

Catherine said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! What a lovely way to celebrate!

Autumn Mist said...

I am very new to your blog, but think it's wonderful, and would love to have a chance in your giveaway please. I would love anything I can use in card making, any interesting paper, buttons, ribbons or bows would be brilliant. Here's to another year in Blogland, then!

Sarah said...

Oh, yes please count me in. I would be grateful to win anything crafty so have no preference at all!
Happy Bloggy Anniversary by the way!

Anonymous said...

Conratulations dear Floss on a year of beautiful blogging, I wish You many more xxx
Your Giveaway is so generous and very Lovely. I am particularly fond of trimmings - buttons, ribbons, lace(especialy lace).Yes, please do count me in :o) I'm not blogging for a few days due my daughter and self having heavy colds, but hopefully will be back in time to mention your giveaway on my post.

A happy weekend to you xxx
Hope Your health is still improving



Heloise said...

Hope you will soon be feeling much better. Great giveaway to celebrate your blog anniversary. Should I be lucky enough to win a surprise would be lovely.

I think you are going to get of comments.

Yappy Dog said...

Hello Floss, I would like to enter, your collection of pretty things is delightful.

Yappy Dog said...

p.s. February 24th is my birthday, but if I don't win your give away I won't mind (there's nothing worse than a girl sulking on her birthday!)

Country Cottage Chic said...

lovely giveaway Floss! the embroidered-on-one end piece could be a chair back/arm cover - an antimacassar.

as you know i like vintage buttons so that would be a nice extra!!


Rebecca S. said...

Just catching up on blogs this morning and flew over to get my nice dose of eye-candy from yours.
I love that tea towel! I also like unique lapel brooches or pins, but I am sure your more crafty followers deserve the prize package more than I do.
Happy happy anniversary to your blog. As someone famous said, "All great thing begin with love", just like this blog started for your mom.

Thecraftytrundler said...

I love blogging too, and sooooo pleased I have made so many bloggy friends!!
I would love to join in on your giveaway, and congratulations hun!!
Hope you feel better now : )

Sharon xx

P.S. Love the embroidered linen best!!

mitmot said...

Hi Floss

Your giveaway would be perfect for me as i was born in 1967 on a farm, in fact i still live on a farm :-)so no extras needed for me - i just want the teatowel to hang up in the kitchen :-) I am keeping everything crossed xx

summerfete said...

Well done Floss on a great year of blogging!

You know fabric is my passion!

Clare xx

Sophie - Chez Sophie said...

Hi Floss
Joyeux anniversaire.
What a wonderful giveaway, with lovely goodies.
Buttons are calling me at the momment.
Hope your thyroide is getting back to normal.
Luv Sophie xxx

Lululiz said...

I am sitting here actually singing "Happy Blogiversary to you", not quite at the top of my voice. Thankfully, DH has just taken the dogs out for a walk, No1 son is out, and No 2 son is playing his guitar. Phew.

Great giveaway, Floss, and the only thing you could add for me to make it even better would be some French ephemera, I seem to have developed a real passion for papery stuff.

bad penny said...

Ah Floss Congratulations ! We do feel rich and warm through blogging don't we ? I have met some wonderful people - yourself included !

Should I win your lovely give away I'd have to say lace as my lovely family lace was lost forever in our move back to England from Spain.

chandlerguera said...

Hi Floss, Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! Should I get drawn, I'd love anything from France and I do a lot of paper crafts.

Lorrie said...

Congratulations, Floss! Blogging has a way of enabling connections between like minded people around the globe. I, for one, am glad to have found you this way.
I'd love a bit of French lace or some buttons, or vintagey paper.

I'm posting your magazines this afternoon.

amanda said...

Hi Floss Happy anniversary, and please don't feel too down in the dumps, think of all the crafting you can do!! I am so jealous of you living in France, as i love everything French. I adore french lace, and everything in the goody pack, so thank you for a chance to win, Amanda

lanky said...

Happy Blogging Anniversary!
I love all vintage items but especially embroidered linens and old buttons!


Sarah said...

Oh how jolly frustrating for you. Keep feeling positive and you'll get there faster. Don't let those results stop you from feeling a bit better.

And wow what a fabulous giveaway!! Love every thing in it. Now what would I like as a little extra? Yep you guessed it, buttons please! I still have some of the ones you sent me but I am treasuring them and being frugal with them.

Tas said...

Oh wow. What a gorgeous giveaway. Any of those things you listed would be more than welcome additions but I am certainly partial to sewing things and love papers.

Juanita Tortilla said...

Hey Floss, you know, I don't know if it would be unfair for me to join this giveaway. I have, after all, been fortunate enough to have your friendship! And you have sent me some great goodies my way for my birthday last year!!!
I'm here for the moral support, and also greed (*ashamed*). That is a handsome-looking giveaway selection, and I cannot resist!

Will be posting the picture on my sidebar. And I JUST realised I haven't yet put up the No Frills one. Will be adding that right now.

A Bun Can Dance said...

Congratulations on your first twelve months, Floss! I had always imagined you'd been blogging for longer than me... I love to come along and read about your piece of English life in France and to find out more about the French lifestyle. You've inspired me often and I am very grateful for that. I'm hoping you will soon be back to full health and able to do all you want in the year ahead.
Your collection of giveaway items is pure Floss - and by this I mean generous indeed! Thank you for the offer, I'll have my fingers and toes crossed for my name to come out of the hat!
Have a lovely weekend,
I'm off to read your first post now!
Denise x

Mary Poppins said...

Ohooo Floss what a beautiful giveaway, so special and lovely. I wish everyone good luck as I know whoever wins it would bring the biggest widest smile to their face :0) Congratulations on your 1st Blogiversary and hope you are feeling better. I shall pop one of your pretty photographs on my sidebar with a link if that is alright

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my procrastination, really meant alot.

PS Pretty Jewellrey always makes my eyes sparkle ;0)



claire said...

Congratulations Floss :)
I too thought you had been blogging much longer...I do think that this teeny corner of the web we occupy is the most friendly, most generous and just downright lovliest!!!
Please do enter me in your giveaway..:)

Pom Pom said...

Hi Floss!
I'm an English teacher, too! Congratulations on your year of blogging. I quite agree with you - the joys are surprising and endless. It's a rich world - the world of the bloggers!
Happy day to you!

Val said...

bon anniversaire à ton blog si charmant et que cette aventure dure encore pour notre plaisir!

Ticking stripes said...

Gosh Floss - only a year and all those followers! Well done. Hope your health is back to normal soon. Loely giveaway, Wend

Lyn said...

Oh so many people love this giveaway!
Please count me in and I will post about it tomorrow.
Vintage french postcards would be fun!

Florence and Mary said...

WOW what a fabulous giveaway.

Isn't it fun sometimes to go back and read your first post!

Victoria x

Temps perdu said...

Congratulations, well done! You have a fantastic blog.
Floss, thank you for all your kind comments, and most of all, thank you for taking the time to write. I appreciate it highly.
I´d love to participate in your First Anniversary Giveaway, and what comes to any surprise adding, you have such great taste, I have no further wishes;)

Della said...

Wow- super giveaway Floss! Count me in. :)

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Hello Floss,
Thank you so much for dropping by and for the kind words. I would very much love to enter for your wonderful giveaway. Thank you for entering mine.

marble rose said...

Hi Floss
What a lovely GIVEAWAY! Please do include me! Just to say thank you for all the comments you leave on my blog, you have been so helpful, more than anyone, and I do so appreciate it! You were my first follower so love to keep in touch as much as I can!

Congratulations on your anniversary! And don't stop!!!


Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Oh what a sweet giveaway! I'd welcome anything French, but if I had to choose, maybe just a little piece of vintage lace or buttons.
Have a wonderful week.

twiggypeasticks said...

Congrats !! what a lovely giveaway. I love fabric and buttons and David Tennant, but I don't expect the impossible :)
Twiggy x

jus said...

Happy Year 1...!
I have an alarming love of buttons... that's not a hint I hasten to add, but I feel so much better now I've got that out there, x

The Hausfrau said...

Congrats on a year of blogging! What a lovely blog and sweet giveaway. I love buttons, books, sewing items--lots of things, really. Glad to be following you now...

Lalabibaby said...

I was sure I'd left a comment Floss ... forgive me if I've posted twice .... I'm at a funny age .... happy blogiversary x

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. Anything in the sewing line for me please.
Gill - The Vintage Gardener

lemonade kitty said...


Please enter me for your fab giveaway, its my mams birthday on 24th so here's hopeing I'm lucky enought to win those lovely goodies Lucey xx

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your first blogoversary, Floss !!!
I´m blogging since 3 years and won´t miss it anymore! Also I learned to know a lot of new friends with blogging.
This is a lovely giveaway !

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Hi Floss,
wow...a year and a give-away...and look how far you have come!
What a lovely lot of brocante (?) you have there!
Blogging does take time, and sometimes I wonder whether I need to do it, but as you say, it's the people that you meet that keep it worthwhile.
I too feel less lonely, and can really attest to blogging as a way of re-connecting with people when staying at home with little ones, is often difficult to do.

Six in One Hand said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging!!!

I don't know why I've never seen your blog before, but I love it and I just became a follower!!

Keep up the good work.
Thank you for your words of kindness. :)

Anonymous said...

Great giveaway, Floss and I'd like to partecipate in it. I love your blog and appreciate your visits and kind comments on my blog.It's nice to know about you through blogging.Because of lack of time I can't visit you every day , but I try to come when I can.Next time when I post, I'll mention your giveaway in my blog ,too. Thanks for the possibility, Floss.
and if I'm the lucky winner , well, Floss ,- a tiny French cross stitch booklet, I admire their cross stitch style so much ....

Country Bliss said...

Lovely giveaway and congratulations on your blogiversary.
Yvonne x

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

Oh, I just found you today (Through your comment on Lorrie's blog) and I'm so glad I did! I look forward to getting to know you and learn about your life in France.

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to win a few of your thrifted treasures - I love anything vintage, and anything fabric, lace, ribbon, buttons, etc. so this would be such a joy to win!

Nice to meet you, Becky

Kata said...

Dear Floss!

I 'accidentally' found your blog today morning. It was the right time :) The giveaways are fantastic, and i'd like to join in!
Happy Blog Anniversary :)


Anonymous said...

Hi Floss, what a fabulous give away! You are so very generous!
I would love some vintage tea towels as the final gift, as they are so beautiful and can be made into cushion covers, or sewn onto a piece of bathroom towelling to give it a more pretty look, plus you can fold it very small to send in your parcel, so it's a bonus all round. :)
Take care
Love Melanie xxx

Pondside said...

Congrats on your first year, Floss. I've been away and have been having fun catching up on all the posts. I love bits and pieces of old cloth - if I'm lucky enough to win the draw!

Freddie said...

Hello Floss, although I am not on your official list of followers, your blog is on the list of the blogs I read regularly. I am French living in the UK and your blog is a nice way for me to read a bit about what's happening back home x

pinkfairygran said...

Well, who can resist a giveaway? I just had one on my own small blog, knitting themed, to celebrate my 100th post. I have just a handful of loyal followers, nowhere near the realms of yours. I would love to be in with a chance to win your gorgeous goodies, and really don't mind what the extra little something would be... I am a knitter, writer, collector of little jugs, love fripperies, things I wouldn't buy myself but would buy for a friend, even though I'd love it for me!

Clare said...

Ooh please enter me into your lovely giveaway! Those pressies look wonderful!

~Tonja~ said...

Hi Floss...I just found your wonderful blog through Mary Poppins blog and am now a follower...
What a sweet giveaway I would love to be entered in for a chance to far as the extra anything would be great...I love to sew and gonna give my hand at making some cards and such too....
Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings...

RR said...

Sewing, crafting, card-making, I love it all.

Emma said...


I've just found your blog & am new to it too. What a great friendly place the world of blogging is! I'm partial to a lovely frayed edge!

Forest View by Jayne-Marie said...

Hi Floss,
Happy blogg anniversary. Im glad I stumbled upon you blog as we miss everyday France so much and can pick up bits from you blog and relive some of our memories. including the depot vents and vide grenier's. A give away is a great idea. perhaps it's something I should consider, as I still only have 4 followers after 5 months of blogging. Perhaps Im just too boring !!
have a good day, Jaynex

Cottage Garden said...

Oh my gosh I'm late with this one Floss!

Many, many congratulations on your imminent First Anniversary and may you have many more.

Your giveaway is much too generous anyway but if I were to be the lucky winner, paper and book related stuff would be just wonderful.

Jeanne x