Wednesday, 3 March 2010

I'll have to disappoint you........ but I do have a surprise!

I didn't manage to make the second pillow today! Our darling Poppie girl had to go in for her operation today, you know, THAT operation, and I was way too nervous to do any decent sewing. We took Hector out to the Firehills twice for long walks just to keep ourselves occupied and from worrying too much. We were told to phone at 1pm to find out about the op, and were really relieved to learn that everything went really well and that she was being a really good girl. We were allowed to take her home at 3.30 and I am so glad to have her back with us. I know its not a huge operation, but you just never know. I'd probably worry about a broken nail, lol. So, the second pillow will have to wait til tomorrow.

BUT.................. its not all disappointing news, because I did say that I had a little surprise for you today, and of course, thats one thing I can't keep from you. I know I'd go nuts if I was waiting to hear about an exciting little surprise and then didn't find out about it for ages. So, here is the story -

A few days ago, I logged on to blogger first thing in the morning and was totally amazed to see that there were 100 followers! ONE HUNDRED! Now for me that was a giant milestone. When I started this blog last year, errmm, in May I think, it was just meant as a joke, because my dear friends JJ and Joy and myself were calling ourselves Lalalanders United, as the three of us were seemingly permanent residents in lalaland, lol. I had soooooooooooo much with the blog though, and somehow it grew, and people kept reading it and beautiful friendships were formed. It has become part of my daily life somehow, to catch up with friends all over the world, to share news and projects, to get inspiration from so many talented people out there.

I was really excited about the 100 followers, and wanted to do something to celebrate straight away, but I couldn't quite believe that the magical number would actually stay that high. After all, people come and go. So I waited, and instead of the numbers going down again, they went up, and now I feel almost safe to have a

100th FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!! Woohooo, yay, hurrah, yippeeeeee!

Now, what am I going to give away to one of you? Well, it seems that people quite like the idea of the lavender pillows I am currently making. How about one of those as a gift? You could email me a photo of someone/something you would like on the pillow, I'd print it onto fabric and make something similar to this

with it. Just for you. It will probably be a similar to this one as well, approx 25cm square-ish.

I also want to include a few other bits and pieces.What? Well, that depends on who wins, because I really want to the winner to be happy. So, if you are into paper collages, I'll include paper bits, ephemera, photos etc. If you like laces and buttons, well, there may be a little lace bundle and a bag of buttons waiting to find a new home. Embroidery? Threads and patterns, perhaps? Vintage fabrics? A little stack could be yours. Is beading/jewellery making your thing? I may have, ahem, a few beads, which I would love to share with you. The winner can tell me what makes their heart beat faster, and I'll try my best to get it right.

If you would like to be in with a chance to win this giveaway, then


If you feel like spreading the word, then you could copy the giveaway button in my sidebar and put it on your blog. Of course, you get a SECOND ENTRY for doing that. Just leave me a second comment telling me that you have done so.

I'll leave this giveaway open until Sunday the 14th, and will announce the winner on the 15th.

Well, that all folks, I gotta go and cuddle my Poppiegirl, she needs lots of love at the moment.



bekimarie said...

This probably has to be one of the best giveaways ever, very kind of you.
I'm not surprised you reached 100 followers, I love popping over here for a visit.
Glad all went well with Poppie.

Beki xxx

Kissed by an Angel said...

Good news about Poppy!! Now, I'm really not surprised that you have over 100 followers!! You blog is fab, and you are fun!!! Congrats!!
Please may I enter your celebration giveaway!!

Floss said...

Well what an offer! I would love to have the chance, Liz. So glad that the op has gone well. Believe it or not, we inherited Raja 'un-operated' (perhaps you're not surprised, knowing the French). She's nearly 10 years old but we're still rather cautious with her...

Isobel said...

Glad to hear that all went well with your little girl. It reminded me when we had our kitten operated too.
Your giveaway is so generous. Congratulations on your milestone. Even been a new follower I love coming to visit you.

made with love said...

Firstly I am so pleased to hear good news about Poppy, what a relief. Also many congratulations on your 100 followers, though this is no surprise. You have a gift in making people, me at least, smile. Your funny stories never fail to amuse.
Please include me in your lovely giveaway and thankyou for being so very generous,
Have fun,
Rachael XX

Quiltnbee said...

You are one of my very favourite bloggers! I usually save yours for last, like the cherry on the top of a luscious dessert =-) Congratulations on your 100! Ohhhh, the giveaway is in perfect time for my fingers are crossed =-) Glad your baby is fine...we worry so much about all our little "people" don't we?

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

I wanna play I wanna play!!
Congratulations Gorgeous Girlie!
100 followers! Not that I'm surprised at all, you are too Fab for words x
Gonna go and post the button in my sidebar now sweetie x
Crossing my fingers, ears, eyes and legs to win this one! ( actually better scrap the last crossing, I'll never make a baby that way!! ) LOL!!!
Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely prize x
Annie x

Gerry said...

I have been following you for a while and enjoy all of your post! Congrats on your 100 + followers. I have been admiring your pillow since you posted the first pix...Love it! Please include me too...I am going to look for the button...thanks for the chance..I will be glad when I get enough followers for a give-a-way!!!LOL

Elizabethd said...

What an amazing giveaway, so generous. I would love to enter, please.
So glad your Poppie is fine.

Anonymous said...

Glad your Poppie is okay. Congratulations on your 100 followers. I am not surprised either. I would love a pillow like that and will put your button up for sure. Love to come visit.

nattyj said...

Hi there! Congratulations on having over 100 followers! What a wonderful feeling, pray it may continue to grow and grow! xxx

Debby said...

Congrats on your followers. Glad to hear Poppy is doing okay. Your pillow is so gorgeous, love it.

Kim said...

Lizzie!!! Sorry, didn't mean to shout! I love your blog and have had such a pleasure getting to know you better. You have always made me feel so welcome. Thank you for that! I would love to win one of your beautiful pillows! hugs,Kim

Kim said...

Just added your giveaway button to my blog, right at the top! K

Sarah said...

106 followers now! I'll admit it, I am envious of this very grand number but not surprised at all. Your blog is fabulous, just like you.

Now would I like to enter you very generous giveaway? You bet I would!! What a wonderful prize. And of course I'll like to your blog. Actually I'd like your other picture too if I may.

Michela said...

Hi lovely!!!
Best wishes to Poppy, glad all went well with her operation and many many congratulations on reaching the big number!
(please, don't count me in, I would be so embarassed to win such a fabulous prize! He he!)

Wipso said...

Congrats on your 100 followers. It doesn't surprise me because your blog is lovely and your work is really beautiful.
Thank you for giving us the chance to win one of your special lavender pillows.
A x

Dorthe said...

Good to hear your Poppie is feeling better,-
and wow congratulations, what a wonderfull giveaway sweet, I would ofcourse love to win that lovely lavender pillow, and some of all your extra goodies.
Have a great day dear.
Hugs ,Dorthe

Andi's English Attic said...

That is a very generous giveaway. How lovely.
So pleased the op went OK. It's nice to have them home again, isn't it. xx

Juanita Tortilla said...

And may there be another 100 more! :)

Oh Poppy, a changed girl. What about Hector though. Will he become a changed man? (Fluffy's a changed tom-cat when we adopted him. Maybe that's why he is extra lazy, or simple spoiled rotten, ha!)

What a clever giveaway idea!!! :)

Floss said...

You're on my sidebar now, Liz!

Tumbleweed Trails said...

Congratulations on all of the followers. Your pillow is beautiful. Thanks for the surprise giveaway.

Tumbleweed Trails said...

I am helping to spread the word over at my blog.

Croap Queen said...

Hope Poppie girl has forgiven you now and is feeling better today. Erm, is Hector next for the chop? Ouch.

Ladies, I can vouch for the fact that Miss Lizzie does indeed have just a few buttons and beads in her eyrie. I have witnessed the shelves and drawers groaning under the weight for myself. Oh, and should you wander into her eyrie by mistake and have trouble finding them, they're parked near the brookstick in the corner on the right. (Leaves blog quietly and waits for rude comment by phone....)

JJ xx

Mary Poppins said...

What a wonderful and special giveaway. Please give Poppy an extra cuddle for me and thank you so so much for the paper, I have bloged about it if that is alright, I had to spread the word how lovely and kind you are. Well done on your 100 followers, well deserved.

Please enter me into your fantastic giveaway and I have popped your beautiful photograph along with a link here too.

Love and hugs


Dorthe said...

Hi Liz, I`m here again,

you are on my blog,-please count me twize, hi,hi--

Have a wonderfull evening.
Hugs, Dorthe

Jille said...

Well done on 100 followers. Love your blog. Your giveaway looks amazing and very generous
Jille x

hlcarroll said...

Congrats on your 100 followers! and I'm glad to hear poppie is ok! Thanks for the chance to win this, I want one!! Hannah xx

Kate said...

109 now!! You're forever having Giveaways - lovely, count me in?? x

Kate said...

You're on my sidebar now. Also in my excitement of seeing your giveaway, I forgot to say how pleased I am to hear Poppie girl is restored. x

Polka Dot Daze said...

Oh please count me in! That is an absolutely stunning giveaway!

Kelly said...

Hope Poppy is ok, she has to be well for when I steal her (oopppps now you know my plan!)
Lovely idea for a giveaway! Oh and are you going to part with some of your gorgeous buttons? :)

Yaya Chique, Home of debi lynn designs said...

Hey sweetie!

LOVE the give-a-way...what a loving and generous gift! I will post it on my side bar on the blog...and thank you again for sharing your talent with all of us! xo...deb

Romeo said...

I am so glad that Poppy is doing well!! Yes, always a concern, no matter how common the surgery.

What a wonderful give-away! I have also done a post to include it. I tried to add it to the sidebar but it is not cooperating at the moment. That's why I reverted to embedding it in the post. Being the new cat, I'm still working to figure everything out. I will. I am one smart cat. And when I do I will change it to the side bar.

Anyway, Congrats to mew!!!

Rustique Gal said...

Hello, Romeo sent me-Actually I've seen your comments on other blogs and was curious, too. Your giveaway is sweet! I just made your 110th follower. Isn't this fun? Visit me sometime at, where I will now attempt to embed your pretty button. Ta Ta! Sherry

Rustique Gal said...

I did it-it worked! I have your giveaway button on Rustique Gallery. Did I mention that I LOVE the pillow? and everything else you mentioned too. I think we must be kindred spirits! Glad to meet you...Sherry 110

Isobel said...

Hi Liz, just to let you know that I am putting your giveaway button on my blog. :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Liz, I would love to win one of your beautiful creations! Please count me in! I'v put your giveaway on my sidebar!
Hopefully Poppiegirl is doing fine!
Have a lovely weekend!

Becky said...

I've been away from the blogesphere for a while now, so I've had to take a little while to catch up on your latest posts. I'm glad I haven't missed out on your give away. I'd love to be counted in please!
It was interesting to read about your creative process, getting a glimpse into the symmetrical dilemma. I'm going to keep that in mind, inviting friends to witness the process, not just the finished piece. But what a beautiful finished piece it is! A wonderful tribute to your Mom!

Doni said...

Oh what a beautiful pillow! I've just found your blog and will become a follower immediately! Thanks for the opportunity to win, and I'm looking forward to catching up with your blog!

mrsatch said...

What a perfect way to honor my Grandma. I can't believe it been almost 2 months...

skoots1mom said...

congrats on your 100th!
beautiful pillow!!!!!
put my name in, too :)

VintageCrafter said...

Coongratulations on your 100th! Your pillow is so amazing! I would be absolutely thrilled to win one of your creations.

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog through OC Cottage- such a beautiful pillow- What a neat way to celebrate your 100th!


Low Tide High Style said...

Congratulations on reaching 100 followers and what a wonderful pillow for your giveaway! I'm a buttons and lace girl all the way!

Kat :)

Angela said...

A beautiful pillow! found you via Red Gingham and have enjoyed reading the blog. I love crafting with papers and lace too.
lenten Blessings x

The Paper Princess said...

Wow, what a special giveaway this is - I think I would do the Happy Dance if I won! I love both collage papers and lace/buttons but I'm on a lace and button roll right now - especially after seeing all of the lovely creations on your blog! I even have mine all organized, as I've been posting on my blog!

Anyway, I ramble - just - pick me, pick me! (smile)

Ramona :-)

The Paper Princess said...

I have also added your fabulous pillow to my sidebar at Create With Joy - AND the link to your blog to my Inspiration links so I can easily visit you in the future!

Stop by and check it out when you have a moment!

Ramona :-)

Cathy said...

Wowza, what an awesome give-away. That is one of the best things about blogland, people are so wonderful and generous. I would love to be added to the list of possible "winners".

Have a great Sunday,


Denise Marie said...

I'm in and what a beautiful give-away. You are helping some sweet winner have a legacy pillow. I'm gonna have a 100th post give-away soon.

Purvail said...

Would love to win some of the goodies you are giving away.Count me in


~Deborah~ said...

You made that lovely pillow?! Amazing! I would love to win one like it!

Deborah in NC

Toronto Girl said...

So pretty! Please include me.

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

I LoVe it!!! I am so glad I found your blog...If I win, I love paper OR lace....your pick...thanks and many hugs from Wisconsin! Chris

Maple Ridge Vintage said...

I have posted a link for you on my sidebar too!!!

Sandi said...

Please count me in for the drawing. I would love one of your pillows and all the rest.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Temps perdu said...

I would very much like participate in the giweaway! The lavender-pillow is absolutely adorable;)
Good luck to all of us!

Temps perdu said...

I´ve also copied the giveaway button in the sidebar and added it to my blog. Jeeeeeeeee!

vitadolce63 said...

Congratulations! 116 followers now! I want your giveaway!You are on my sidebar...Hugs from Italy! Annavita

The Lone Dollier said...

I love the pillow - thanks for joining in on Giveaway Saturday with us (I'm participating also).

Recycled Rita said...

Your pillow is gorgeous! I would love winning this! karen....

LiLi M. said...

I love this, I love (and collect) old lace, I love (and collect) antique photos. I don't have a collection of pillows yet, so what do you think? Right!! Pick me!

Myrna said...

Oooh! Glad I saw this! Please enter me in your fabulous giveaway!
I've become a follower, too!

A Bee In My Bonnet - Leslie Anne said...

I would love a chance to win one of your lovely pillows! What stunning work you do! Thank you! Leslie Anne

P.S. I simply could not figure out how to place your giveaway button on my sidebar. I thought a code was needed for that & just couldn't find one! L.A.

Kim said...

I am new to your blog and just love it...and your pillow is gorgeous! Congrats on 100 followers and thank you for the opportunity to win!

tabithalenox at gmail dot com

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

What a fabulous blog you have! I found my way here via Troc Broc & Recup, and I am so glad I did! Your pillow is gorgeous! And I just love the neutral colours of lace you've used ~ I'd love to enter your generous giveaway (and I'm following your blog now, too). =)

cri-cri said...

I just discover your blog, but already love it...and what a beautiful pillows... so congrats with your 100 followers...I hope one day I'll be there :-)

Teca said...

Please count me in for the drawing.

katy73 said...

My name is Caterina and I jumped to your blog through Manka.
I like your blog a lot, and like the idea of lavender pillow!
Have a nice day!

katy73 said...

I've just posted the link to your blog to my blog.. :D
of course i would like to join your contest! :D

ben... MinnieM... mais toute seule... said...

I have just posted the link !!!
I wish I won !!!
have a wonderful week-end !

tales from an oc cottage said...

Just wanted to thank you for linking up and joining in out first Give Away Saturday!
We really appreciate the support!!!!

m ^..^

Bobbi said...

Hi, Wow, what a fantastic Giveaway this is! Please enter my name and thank you so much for this chance to win one of your gorgeous pillows! I already know what I would like on mine if I should win this Giveaway! It would be a picture of my mom that had passed away suddenly a few years ago. gosh, I miss her so and one of your pillows would be such a wonderful tribute to her! Congrats to you on all your followers!
I hope you have a beautiful rest of your evening!

Bobbi said...

Hi again, I also posted about your Giveaway on my right hand side bar at my blog. I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous Giveaway! please count me in!~~Becky

luverlie said...

Hope I'm not too late to enter the giveaway. Beautiful blog! Love the pillow.

Barbara Jean said...


I tried and tried to leave a comment last night, but there was something wrong with blogger. (I tried on several posts, on several blogs!) frustrating.
I actually thought i had singed up but could not find my name on the list.
anyway, hope it is not too late.


barbara jean

PS I sure do love it when i see you have come to visit.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Congrats on your milestone but it looks like your going to reach another before the giveaway is
I am your newest follower but not for your giveaway and would appreciate being given the chance to win it.
Also check out my giveaway that ends midnight April 1st. It is my first sponsored giveaway of Paul Dean pans.
It is funny how we start these sites and then you start meeting a bunch of really great people. So nice

Tilly Rose said...

Hi hunny! Congrats on 100 friends! Lovely giveaway.....have my fingers and toes crossed!!!
I would any of your lovely goodies around sewing please...
I will put a link on my blog for you....

Karen x xx

Beetle said...

I would love to win this pillow. I have been scanning old family photos from 1800s to 1970s!

Mom E. said...

Beautiful lavender pillow! I wish I had been following you at this point in time...I hadn'teven started to look at blogs...I was recovering from debilitating anxiety after my mom died and a few hundred other tings I was holding over my own head. What a welcome relief this would have been!
I LOVE your "joke" and am so glad you kepting the "laughing" going!
Hugs and bloggy love,