a two year giveaway - NOW CLOSED

Thank you to all who made such lovely comments on my last two posts, I loved and really appreciated them! You bloggy girls really are the best!

It will be my second blog birthday on the 29th of this month so I thought I would celebrate with a giveaway and have three things to put in the parcel.

The first is a pair of earrings made with 1940s Japanese glass rondelle and lampwork beads and a pretty 1930s salmon-pink stone which is ridged and iridescent so quite unusual. The daisy earwires are made of lead and nickel free plated and lacquered brass but if you prefer, I can fit plain gold filled ones instead.

The second thing is a purse made from the remnants of two dresses you may be familiar with. The outer fabric is from my most recent make and the lining is from this red dress. It has a length of vintage cream lace on one side and a cheery, cherry red zip.

And thirdly, I have a small but stylish A6 note book which will fit neatly into your handbag or by your bedside. I don't know about you but I have taken to putting a pad next to my bed because I quite often think of something that needs to be done for next morning and writing it down is a lot less hassle than getting out of bed!

If you would like to join in the giveaway all you need do is leave a comment here .. perhaps you could tell me what you're planning for the Half Term holiday, if you have one that is. If you're a follower (new ones are more than welcome) or a regular contributor you will get a second chance and if you're prepared to put the header photo on your blog, let me know and you'll get a third. I am prepared to send to anywhere in the big wide world and will close the giveaway at midnight GMT on Saturday 29th. The winner will be announced on Sunday 30th.

Meanwhile a big, huge, massive thank you to everyone who has followed, made comments and generally tolerated my words and pictures over the last 24 months, that's quite a lot isn't it?

Have a great week, everyone!


  1. Ooh, half term ... a dim and distant memory here I'm afraid, younger son will be 21 in a matter of weeks! Which makes me feel incredibly old, although I should add that I started young ... at his age I was married and with elder son to follow within the year!
    Half term always meant parties and treats here as elder daughter's birthday invariably fell in half term week.
    Just discovered to my surprise that I was not already officially a follower here ... quickly remedied :D

  2. What a beautiful giveaway! I love everything! Please put my name in the draw....and I am a follower (have just become one, but thought I already was one!). I think having a notebook to hand all the time, including by the bed, is essential for crafters as you never know when a great idea might strike....Have a happy day, and thanks for offering such a generous giveaway. Helen x

  3. Happy 2nd bloggy birthday :) I'd love to enter your giveaway - I'll add your pic to my sidebar in a tick.

    My plans for half-term - get rid of this plaster and then spend some time outdoors with my boys :) They deserve a big treat for all their help recently so we shall be heading shopping and out to lunch :)

  4. happy blogiversary!
    those goodies are super nice :)

    i follow too :)

  5. Hi kate..a delectable pair of pink earrings there..they would be so much fun to win, not to mention the bonuses of the zippy pouch and notebook! Thank you for the opportunity to win these. Of course I am your follower.

  6. There's that pink again - I wish I could wear earrings as they are utterly gorgeous.

    Happy bloggy birthday for the 29th and good luck to all.

    Nina xxxxx

  7. Oh what precious gifts you have!
    Happy blog-versary and I wish you many many more!
    My heart stuck on the pouch because that lace is simply gorgeous!

  8. Congratulations on 2 years of blogging Kate, time really does fly when you're having fun, doesn't it!
    What a really generous giveaway, the earrings are so beautiful and I know how how lovely your purses are and this one is no exception. You can never ever have enough pretty notebooks either!!
    Sadly my half-term days are over, when my two were little there always seemed to be a new Disney film out at half-term it was always one of their treats. Lion King, Pocahontas, Little Mermaid, ah those were the days, enjoy it while it lasts!
    Vivienne x

  9. what a lovely give-away, happy 2nd blog birthday, i'm hoping for a lazy half term but having signed the boy up for football training i'm going to have to be up & out the house by half 8! still it will make for more peaceful mornings!

  10. What an exciting giveaway! I have enjoyed your blog over the past months -- can't remember when I first found you. But I think of you too when I use my fabric labels which I ordered from your recommendation.

  11. Hey, what a lovely giveaway. Congrats on your two year anniv. This is one of my very favourite places to visit. Half term, we will be possibly maybe moving house (fingers crossed, touch wood, solicitors allowing ) and beginning a whole new life on the edge of the Cotswolds. It was our one year anniv last week, so we'll be just behind you on the giveaway front. Laura x

  12. ... and I've put your button on the sidebar. Laura x

  13. Congratulations! What a lovely giveaway!
    I only have one left at school now and as he's 17 we don't really do much! in fact I'll probably see less of him than during term-time!!

  14. Hooray! and congratulations on the 2 year anniversary. No half term for me, boooo but we do have thanksgiving coming up which means jetting off to New Mexico to have some lovely late autumn fun in the mountains and with R family. Your prizes are lovely, I am keeping my fingers crossed. - Annie

  15. Happy 2nd Birthday Harmony and Rosie!

    Plans for half-term include visiting the city museum, baking cakes, making halloween decs and seeing TinTin at the cinema.

    Have a fantastic half-term and birthday.

  16. Would be honoured to have a bit of Harmony & Rosie dangling from my earlobes and fingertips.

    It's the beginning of the last term of school for the year here before we break for the Christmas/summer holidays - it's also exam term for mine - so we plan on getting through our days as best we can. The hardship of the beach beckons...

    Congratulations on your blog. It's lovely.

  17. Beautiful stuff. I stumbled over here from a pin of your wonderful pin striped dress. I LOVE it.
    Your blog is lovely.

  18. OMG, those earrings are beautiful! I bet those two years blogging just flew by, didn't they? They sure did for me. Happy Bloggiversary!

  19. Don't say tolerated! Your posts are far more interesting and inspiring than that would imply - I have been a follower since back at the beginning two years ago and have always enjoyed your posts.

    We have lots of B&Bs in at half term, but Princess Bunchy and I will take a trip to London for a bit of culture - she's keen on the V&A, I am tempted by the Degas at the RA so there will be negotiations I am sure.

    It is a lovely giveaway - a very generous one, too, and I will put your button on my blog.

    Pomona x

  20. I have enjoyed your posts so much over the past two years Kate - my goodness doesn't time fly!

    Yes please pop my name in the hat. This is a lovely and generous giveaway - those earrings are stunners.

    I will endeavour to put the link on my blog.

    Happy bloggy anniversary!


  21. Wow! This is one stunning giveaway! I love it all although I am hankering (very privately) after those earrings... Pink being my favourite colour.

    Half-term. Mmm, my eldest daughter is off to Normandy (where we lived before) to visit friends. My mother is visitng from England so I guess I shall be negotiating cleaning the house with a ransacking toddler at my side. We shall also be visiting my in-laws in Brittany.

    It'll be so good just to spend time creating and making with the children.

    Goodness, that was boring.

    I love your blog and although I have just become a follower I have been stalking you for many months now.

    Warmest wishes,


  22. Amazing giveaway, what a lovely way to celebrate and mark your 2nd Birthday. We were due to have the builders start in the half term, very relieved that they are running late on their current job, roll on the lie's and lazy mornings for a glorious week!
    Best, From one of your recent followers x

  23. What a gorgeous giveaway. Your creations are always wonderful. Hmmm half term, I think we will be down the marina bit fishing, pottering around the garden, maybe a bit of playdough and craft and hopefully I will get some craft tiem too :-) xxx

  24. They are all such sweet things Kate and beautiful colours. It is tempting giveaway. No half term here for us. Holidays have just finished and we are back in the swing of final term with hot days and christmas concerts looming.

  25. What amazing ear rings, so beautiful! Hasn't half term come quickly, I'm sure they've only been back at school about two weeks. We are off to North devon in the caravan, hoping for dry days on empty, windswept beaches.

  26. Oh happy birthday Kate!! Sadly, we don't have half term in Canada, but I am counting the days down to Christmas break. When I found your blog (those photos of the model in her dad's refashioned dress shirts), well over a year ago I was completely smitten.

  27. Congratulations on your blogiversary. Those earrings are so pretty and I love the lace on that little pouch. What a lovely giveaway!

  28. I am back to let you know that I have added your header photo on my blog. I have also linked to your blog on my latest post.

    I was so very grateful for your kind, kind comments about our little cat Sakura.

  29. Oh my! Can't beleive I almost missed this - happy bloggy anniversary to you.
    My half-term plans are very dull - lots of lazy time at home with a few gentle domestic duties if I really must!

  30. Hip hip hooray, Happy Bloggy Birthday to you, hope I can make it to two years..... would love to win those most beautiful earings and purse in your very generous giveaway .......I'm a follower and will pop your blog button on my sidebar. x

  31. Happy Bloggy Birthday! I'm not a follower but I am a regular reader so does that count? We're having a very lazy half term but we all went to see the new Tintin movie yesterday, very good! This afternoon I've spent a happy half hour cleaning more gunk out of my nana's old singer and got it working beautifully! Hooray for backup machines!
    R x

  32. Happy Blog anniversary and what a great blog it is : D your gift items look fantastic I would love to own them.

  33. Happy 2nd year of blogging - two years of inspiring and beautiful posts.
    I am busy organising my lovely son's 10th birthday - dealing with his Asperger's has made it an interesting and challenging 10 years but I wouldn't swap him for the world.
    Your giveaway prize would make a great 10 years of mothering present to me!!

  34. Phew - caught this just in the nick of time. Happy happy blogiversary. I've spent the last week like a whirling dervish, choosing everything from tiles to paint to light fittings to fabric for every room in our house by the sea. Lovely and stressful in equal measure -so much to choose and so little time. The kind of thing that should be done at leisure over a number of months, not in ten days! Still, really excited about moving now.

    Such a fab giveaway, thank you.


  35. Happy Blog Birthday Today, Kate! Here's to many more....and hope to see you soon, too!

    Had a good half term?

    Diana & Walter xxx

    Ps lovely goodies you're giving away!

  36. Now if you say my stitching is Ok, that really does mean something! Thank you so much! I still want your dress by the way - been back to the post for two more looks! I may have to find a lady who can to make me one! Ah, Housepoints - was so lovely wasn't it? Hope you are having a lovely weekend,

    Sarah x


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