Saturday's giveaway… The Red Door Gallery

11 Sep

The Red Door Gallery is where all my friends tend to go when they want to buy me a present (and I love them very much for it!).

It’s where I go when I have money. I can’t go when I don’t, as I honestly can’t step into this shop without leaving with something.

In fact, every time I’ve mentioned this shop (such as here) I’ve said that it’s bad for my bank balance… so it must be true!

So you can imagine how pleased I am that Sarah from The Red Door Gallery has offered you all the chance to win your favourite item from the shop!

(I had problems even picking what pictures to use for this post so I know this is going to be a tough one!)

To win, here’s what you have to do…Visit The Red Door Gallery, pick your favourite item, then come back here and leave me a comment saying what it is.

The winner will be chosen at random next Saturday – and will win their favourite item! (I do not envy you lot having to choose one thing!!)

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck my lovelies!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS…

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Friday's giveaway… Moleta Munro

10 Sep

Back in December 2008, I wrote a Christmas list for Santa, which featured a certain Pinocchio rug stocked by Moleta Munro.

Based at the end of the Royal Mile, next to the lovely Lickety Splits, Moleta Munro is a one-stop-shop for design porn. (I was go to say loveliness but the actuality is it’s design porn!)

They sell such drool-worthy stuff as this Bold & Noble print…

And these gorgeous Donna Wilson fox cushions…

And the supremely fab Carrie bike basket (which I have in white)…

For the giveaway, Moleta Munro are offering up an Anorak Kissing Animals picnic blanket…

… and a super cute giant pencil sharpener pencil holder by Suck! (Try saying that one fast!)

To win today’s giveaway, here’s what you have to do…Visit Moleta Munro, pick which picnic blanket you would like, then come back here and leave me a comment saying which ‘kissing animal’ print you want.

The winner will be chosen at random next Friday – and will win the blanket of their choice and the pencil holder too! (A double prize!!)

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck Friday folks!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS…

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Thursday's giveaway… Gillian Kyle

9 Sep

Last August, just before we got engaged, myself and the OH took a wee trip through to Glasgow – mainly to see U2 – and there I discovered the rather awesome work of Gillian Kyle.

It was the Glasgow Breakfast tea towel that totally won my heart. As an ex-Glasgow gal, I have seen many a wee soul chugging back Irn Bru and munching on Scotch pies first thing in the morning! (Actually, switch that Scotch pie for a macaroni one and I’ve been that soul on a hungover day!)

But the clincher for me was when I discovered she was doing things with Creamola Foam on them!

Like many Scots, I adored this drink as a child. It was sugary, it was sweet and it must have been soooo bad for you – exactly what you want as a kid! I was allowed to have it every now and then at my grandparents’ house (along with a slice of toast with Golden Syrup!) and I must have been bouncing off the wall after having it!

So when we last went to Made in the Shade in Edinburgh, I had to buy Gillian Kyle‘s Creamola Foam mug… ok, so I’m drinking green tea out of it but I can pretend it’s really bad for me!

So I was super happy when Gillian said she would be part of the blog birthday giveaway… and not just because I think these Scottish Plain bibs are the cutest thing ever!

To win today’s giveaway, here’s what you have to do…Visit Gillian Kyle, pick your favourite thing, then come back here and leave me a comment saying what it is.

The winner will be chosen at random next Thursday – and will win their favourite!

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck chucks!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS…

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Weddingnesday's giveaway… Showpony

8 Sep

Today’s post is a two-in-one… yes, it’s still part of the blog birthday giveaway but it’s also a Weddingnesday post!

That’s because the lovely Emma who runs Showpony not only does the most fab bags, cool kitchen commandments tea towels (I may have bought quite a few of these for friends in my time!) and these awesome natural hot water bottle dogs (which I think would make an excellent birthday present, hint hint!)…

… but she also made these super sweet tea towel favours for her wedding.

I’ve stolen this quote from her blog as I thought this described them best…

When Michael and I got married we wanted to give our guests something they would remember, or at least find useful. The commemorative tea towel was Michael’s brainwave, I did the graphics, we printed them up and gave them out to all our guests on the day. Since then we’ve not heard the end of it from our friends and family, it’s still about all they talk about.”

If you fancy having your very own Showpony tea towel favour, you can order them here

Have to say I love the idea of a keepable favour – wish I’d thought of it!

And on to the giveaway part of today’s post…

Looking back, I’ve blogged about Showpony’s lovely stuff three times (including in one of my first Friday I’m in Love posts)… I’m guessing you can probably tell how happy I am when I come across someone doing something very cool and they’re Scottish to boot!

Anyway, for the giveaway you can now win your favourite item from Showpony… including these amazing ‘trompe l’oeil’ canvas bags and the lovely hot dogs!

To win, here’s what you have to do…Visit Showpony, pick your favourite item, then come back here and leave me a comment saying what it is.

The winner will be chosen at random next Weddingnesday (when I also have our friends’ awesome response video to our Save the Date to share with you) – and will win their favourite item!

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck my dears!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS…

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Tuesday's giveaway… Hannah Zakari

7 Sep

I love Hannah Zakari. I really do. I’ve blogged about the ace things from this wonderful shop 5 times now. I’ve probably bought from the shop more times than that!

My favourite item (still) is my sloth necklace. He cheers me up on gloomy days.

My second favourite is probably my bunny vase… not the most practical item I’ve ever purchased but I love him so.

There’s now a real-life Hannah Zakari shop in Edinburgh… which sadly I’ve not been to yet.

(I’m trying to be good at the moment and not buy anything while we’re selling the old flat… and I sooo know that I couldn’t go to Hannah Zakari without buying anything!)

So I was very happy when Rachael from Hannah Zakari offered a very lovely £25 voucher for the giveaway…

Here’s what you have to do to be in with a chance of winning… Visit Hannah Zakari, pick your favorite thing, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what it is.

The winner will be chosen at random next Tuesday – and will win the £25 gift voucher. (How gorgeous is the design by She Draws?)

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS… […]

Monday's giveaway… Miso Funky

6 Sep

Back in May 2009, I blogged (twice) about how much I loved these uber cool samplers from Miso Funky.

Since then I’ve bought the ‘in case of emergency breakdance’ kit – it seemed appropriate given that my OH’s party piece used to be breakdancing.

(By breakdancing, I mean launching himself towards the floor – at high speed – and usually breaking something, such as a rib or part of his foot!).

Anyway, since I’m huge fan of this emo-broidery, I was delighted when Miso Funky agreed to be part of my blog birthday giveaway!

So here’s what you have to do… Visit Miso Funky, pick what your favorite item is, then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what it is.

The winner will be chosen at random next Monday – and will win their favourite thing. (How cool is that?)

If you’re one of my Facebook fans, you can also leave your comment there. Follow me on twitter? You get an extra vote for tweeting about the giveaway!

Good luck everyone!

UPDATE: AND THE WINNER IS…

So the OH wrote all your names on post-stick notes for me…

And we popped them into our popcorn bowl…

Then I did some shuffling…

And the OH made fun of my shuffling technique…

And then some choosing… turns out post-stick notes stick together when folded so this was harder to open than expected!

That’s my ‘oooh, we have a winner’ expression…

And the winner is Holly June… if you can’t read my OH’s handwriting!

Holly June wins her favourite item: ‘the “What Would Nigella Do?” plaque because obviously she’d just bung it all in a bowl and look sexy. A good way to live I think!’

Well done!

Friday I'm in love… with birthdays and giveaways

3 Sep

A week today is this blog’s birthday.

It’s hard to explain to people who don’t blog just how much of a difference blogging has made to my life.

I’ve ‘met’ so many lovely, wonderful, supportive people… and your opinions, suggestions and general banter make me laugh, giggle, grin, and occasionally furrow my brow as I go ‘huh?’!

(I’ve also met some of you in real life too which proved that you really were wonderful and lovely!)

But there’s more to it than that…

Blogging has made me a much braver, happier person.

It’s hard to explain here but when I started blogging I wasn’t in the best place.

But a couple of years have made a HUGE difference. I can’t even put into words just how much happier I am now than I was back then.

Of course it’s not all down to blogging…

(There have been a lot of other changes in my life too!)

But it was this blog – and all your lovely selves – that first got me smiling again.

Your comments and blogs reminded me that life was a little more shiny, sparkly and hopeful than it seemed to be. For that, I will always be thankful.

Ok, so enough of the sappy, emotional stuff… on to the fun bit!

Because of all this, I wanted to do a little something to celebrate…

So starting next week, some of my favourite crafty types and shops based here in Scotland are very generously giving away some rather lovely things!

They are in order Miso Funky, Hannah Zakari, Showpony, Gillian Kyle, Moleta Munro, The Red Door Gallery, Cut Copy Create and Emily Hogarth… and there will also be a special prize package made up by yours truly and my OH!

If you’re a regular here, you’ll recognise the names as I’ve blogged about them before… and they’re all ace.

I’m very excited about this so hopefully you all will be too… I just wish I could win everything too!

Happy Friday everyone – see you Monday for the first giveaway xx

1. katrina shafer 2. eirin victoria 3. a bare foot 4. maple syrup only 5. theres no pretending 6. we heart it 7.justjessikah

Weddingnesday… our sweet Save the Date

1 Sep

We’re getting married. We wanted to tell our family and friends to save the date… but we didn’t want to spend any money doing it.

We wanted to do something that would them an idea of the kind of wedding they were being invited to… and what we’re like as a couple.

So we shot this video…

(Well, actually we shot a different video… this version was made just for you my blog friends as you guys are all invited to the virtual version of our wedding but we don’t have room for you all at the real venue!)

Hope you like it… turn the sound up loud for the true experience!

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14587841]

Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

p.s. if the video isn’t working, try clicking here: our save the date

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