Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Anniversary Giveaway & A Few Other Things.....

Blogger has not been playing very fairly for me, so I had given up - just about. My last post took hours to load the photos. I had tried last week and nothing would load for me, so I gave up.

So, another go today and here I am!!

My newly painted and renovated furniture came back. I am so pleased with how it has turned out. The couch above was on Nan and Pop's back verandah for as long as I can remember. It was almost black, the varnish was so old. The man who painted it for me sanded it back and then had to put five coats of paint on it. It has an old wire base that is a bit saggy, so I will have to get a board for the base and a new mattress. At the moment I have this quilt on it. I hope to just change the covers around as I feel.


I am thrilled with the hutch. I didn't take a before pic - so just imagine 80's style pine hutch. It has a lovely new moulded top and new shaped base. I also had the very thin ply back replaced with VJ's. The new knobs match the glass ones on the kitchen cabinets. These two pieces are in the same room and make the space very light and bright. My china looks so pretty displayed in the hutch now.
We have had lovely rain here overnight. So some beautiful water in my tanks to water all those flowers I have been planting. I'm sure the new roses will just love the rain. I am still waiting for my mail order to come. The soil will be lovely to plant into when they do.
With the school holidays here we are finally into a slightly slower pace. I have still been working at our bakery but it's so nice not to have to go anywhere in the afternoons. I have been enjoying some time in my lovely little room and even got some stitching done.
Time flys by just too quickly I think. In the last two weeks it has been my one year anniversary in the world of blogging. It has been a lovely journey, with so many new people to visit and chat with. I just love visiting blogs and get an absolute buzz when people visit me and especially when they leave comments. I think back to that first post, wondering if anyone would ever find my blog, let alone leave a comment. Over nine thousand visitors later I am thrilled to celebrate my first anniversary of Eleanor and Ruby.
So in the tradition of blogging Anniversaries, I am having a GIVEAWAY to celebrate.
I have been having a lovely time looking at Rosie's beautiful new book Gift and I have made a little something from it to be part of the giveaway.
A bit of a long winded post - but I just love chatting with all my blogland friends. Don't forget to comment - I am sure you will love the gift.
So, leave a comment here during the next week and on Tuesday the 15th July I will choose a winner. I hope all those lurkers out there who very rarely comment will enter, I would love to meet you!!! Or, of course those people I know visit and don't comment - you can even enter too!!!! You know who you are I'm sure.

47 comments:

chook said...

congrats on your 1 year blogging
I love the look of the bed and hutch so fresh
hugs Beth

quitecontrary1977 said...

congratulations! may there be many more in your future!

Pat said...

Congrats on one year of blogging. I love your day bed. Lovely.

nicolette said...

Congratulations Leisa! Hope to read many many more posts and to see lots of your wonderful pictures!
Love the Hutch!

kamewh said...

Congrats on 1 year!!

Susan Cahill said...

Congrats on one year! I am so envious of your bed and hutch, they turned out so beautiful, and would lovely in my home.
Please throw my name in th ehat for the giveaway and thanks for sharing.
Sue Cahill (sbonetsue at yahoo dot com)

Maree said...

Your Furniture looks just Lovely Leisa, especially love the hutch, I have one still in the pine stage but have trouble convincing DH to change it to white, one day!!
thanks for sharing
maree

queenoftheclick said...

Congratulations on one year!
The furniture came out beautiful. Your house is very charming.

Lorraine said...

congratulations on your first year of blogging...I started my blog over the Easter weekend this year and am really enjoying it...I have only just discovered your blog but will be back to visit (and leave comments)!...love what you have done with the furniture...I was just looking at my pine hutch the other day and thinking about how to give it a bit of a face lift...perhaps a coat of paint!! I love furniture that has memories attached like your day bed..which looks great btw.....!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Hello. I found you from Barbara's site (oodles & oodles). I love your newly painted furniture. xoxo, Joanna

Janneke said...

Hi Leisa,
How nice to meet a new blogger again :) I've taken a look at your last post and it seems you are also into white paint at the moment, hahaha.
Many congratulations on your blog anniversary !!!!
Greetings from the Netherlands.
Janneke.

Outi said...

Happy blogoversary! The couch looks very fresh and pretty!

scj said...

Hi, just discovered your blog through Vintage Magpie and love your photos. The hutch looks terrific painted white. I am a fairly new blogger too - just started back in September last year. It is great fun.
Thanks for all you are sharing.

Sheila

Bobbie Lynn said...

The hutch turned out fabulous! All your pretty dishes look lovely in it. Regarding the posting, I was there in your shoes a few weeks ago and it is so frustrating. I really need to learn more about computers, web pages and blogs. When things go wrong I always have my Husband to fix the problem and boy guy, he is on the phone with the computer help desk for hours. I think its time for me to learn. : ( Rain, I wish we could get some of that rain here in Southern California. At the moment we are having hot (100 degrees) and humid weather, but that is what summer is all about. Happy Gardening and Happy Blog Anniversary too!

Curlew Country said...

Hi Leisa, happy anniversayr to you too. What lovely furniture, I'm so impressed with your kitchen. Wish mine looked like yours! What a peaceful looking home.
Stephx

Sal said...

Congratulations Leisa,I'm glad I discovered your lovely blog. Gorgeous furniture too!Sal;-)

mellyandrosie said...

wow, your furniture looks fabulous!! I can understand why you are thrilled with it!! Happy blogiversary too!!! So exciting, hey!!!?

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogiversary ;-) Have come out of lurkdom to say hello!
Blessings
Janelle (aka Janellybelly)

anne said...

Love the newly painted furniture. I have an old pine hutch that would look good painted white and sitting in my dream sewing room,mmmmm one day. Congrats on your 1 year. Happy stitching

opalin said...

Congratulations to your first year of blogging. I just came here from Rosalie Quinlans blog. You have really lovely furniture in your house! Greetings from Switzerland.
Sandra

Ineke said...

Hi Leisa,

Congrats on both your bloganniversary as on winning the redwork pattern from Rosalie. You are a lucky girl.

Hugs from Holland,
Ineke

Lyn said...

Congratulations!!I came over from Rosalie's blog-you must be excited about 1 year of blogging and winning those lovely patterns- I have enjoyed looking at your blog for the first time
Lyn

Stephanie said...

Congrats on winning the Redwork patterns. I found you through Rosalie Quinlan's blog. Beautiful hutch.

Flutterby Angel said...

Happy Anniversary! I am still fairly new to blogging and found you through Rosie.
I love your blog and your furniture....just yummy!
I have a very similar 'bed' that belonged to my grandparents also.
We are about to embark on the painting story...I hope it comes up as well as yours!
Take care

Kris said...

I came here from Rosie's blog too! I came to congratulate you on your win and find you are having your own give away! Karma!!! I love your furniture. Your home is so pretty. Congatulations on your anniversary!

catherine said...

hi and congrats on 1 year of blogging....i came to find your blog through rosalie quinlan...glad i did...love your newly revamped furniture-gorgeous.
blessings
catherine

Sal said...

Hi there..I left you an award on my blog..Sal ;-)

Alison Boon said...

Well done for a year of blogging. The hutch looks amazing.

Lisar said...

I have just stumbled across your blog and just LOVE IT!!!!...your garden is delightful...

Helz said...

Congratulations on your Blogoversary!!! Have just discovered your Blog over @ Rosie's congrat's on your win that Redwork is gorgeous... Off to read your Blog now ... Have a Great Day!

paula said...

congrats on 100 blogs, i have come over from rosalies page, congrats on winning. I love your furniture,i wish i had a peice like that in my house

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. I am so enjoying your blog. The hutch looks great in the soft white.

And thank you for the lovely comments on my blog. Don't these sweet comments just make your day?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Lisa
Knitty, Vintage and Rosy

marian said...

Love the couch and the quilt makes it look even better...I remember a similiar couch at home when I was a wee tacker...lovely memories :))

Bev Cooper said...

Congratulations Leisa on your first year of blogging. Love the photo's of your garden and home. However did you let your son fly in a plane it is scary enough on the roads. Oh well at least he doesn't have to reverse park!!!

Tanya H said...

Hi,
First time I have visited your blog (referred from Rosie) and I think I had a brother or cousin of your Joseph, looking at your photos made me nostalgic! Lovely blog, I have just discovered blogs and what a fun way to spend my time!
Tanya

linda said...

love the photos of your home and garden all very pretty,first time i have read your blog, will be back

Jane W said...

Happy blog anniversary!

Love your hutch - I'm so envious. I'm wondering if I ask my hubby nicely if he would paint our old pine dresser (and find a space somewhere in the house to put it!).
Jane

Jules said...

Hi Leisa, I am a lurker and you have asked for us to come out and comment. I enjoy reading your blog. I am new to blogging and I am still not sure if I will continue. You are very inspiring. Our tastes are quite similar. Well done on 1 year of blogging.
Jules

materialjunkie said...

I found your blog through rosalie quinlans' blog. She was right..you have an adorable blog. Love the furniture redo and all the white..it looks so cosy there. I enjoy reading blogs from abroad (I am from Canada)and see what they do on the other side of the world. The quilting over there usually has alot of stitchery where here it is more block construction. I will be back to visit. Congratulations on your one year blogging anniversary and please enter my name for your giveaway.

Tozz said...

Congrats on your blog's anniversary and such a lovely blog to read. I absolutely love your decorating and wish I could get you to come to my house and help me decorate here. I hope you have many more years of blogging :)

Annette said...

I love your furniture. I have an old hutch of my grandmother's that I've restored and treasure. You have a great blog. Congratulations on your year achievement.

trelly said...

Congratulations! The "new" forniture look like perfect! I love your blog. Lovely

Leanne said...

Congrats on the anniversary....Love looking into your lovely home.....I find it easier to up load photos to flickr then copy and paste them into a post.

Sharon Thornton said...

Hi Leisa, I am living in Highfields and I think I met you at the Stitcher's Day Out last year? I have just discovered your blog and LOVE it - already a regular!! I have to leave a name only comment - as I keep forgetting my password (embarrassing I know) I just adore your decorating style and wish I could be as fresh and creative... Please count me in you giveaway and also as one of your new regulars!!

Evonne said...

Happy 1st blogiversary!! I am so glad I discovered your blog and enjoy reading your posts. Your furniture has turned out nicely and your day bed looks like it would be a nice place to sit and do some sewing. Evonne xx

Liz said...

Happy anniversary and thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in the draw.

Patricia said...

Congrats on your first blog anniversary. your new old bed is amazing. To paint it white was a very good idea. I also like the quilt that lays on it.
Keep on posting,
thanks,
Patricia