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!



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!


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!


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!

Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

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

Can I live here please?

30 Aug

Ok, so I love my flat. I really do. But if I was only a couple of centimeters tall, then this doll house would be my dream house! Isn’t it adorable?

Dolls’ house from the home of the people behind CharlieCharlie – spotted on Dos Family

Friday I'm in love… with summer

27 Aug

This week there’s been extra blankets on the bed, I’ve considered putting the heating on… and then on Wednesday someone said to me it was only 4 months until Christmas.

Yes summer is rapidly turning into autumn – even though it’s still only August.

But what happened to summer? I would like more days of long, glorious, languid sunshine please before I submit to another stupendously cold Scottish winter.

So this Friday in celebration of all things summery, I thought I’d share these lovely finds… maybe if we can all will it not to be autumn yet if we try really hard?

I love the colour of this playsuit… it looks ideal for prancing about a meadow in. (Not something I’ve ever done but it’s what I imagine me doing in summer!)

I’ve wanted to play croquet ever since I saw the film Heathers… it also looks like the sort of sport you can play with a cocktail in hand!

A pretty little paper plane necklace for wearing with my playsuit obviously…

Sunshiney yellow teacups for drinking some cocktails out of!

Love this swimsuit (and the hairpiece)… definitely one for posing by the swimming pool, going ‘This old thing? I’ve had it for years!’.

A lovely little wicker saddle bag… for flinging over my shoulder (once I’ve stopped posing at the pool of course).

A pretty hankie for the hay fever snivels… well, it is summer!

And of course a Diana so I can happily snap away all summer day long!

Happy Friday everyone. Hope you have a wonderful weekend xx

1. santokivintage 2. leapinglemming 3. SparklePeach 4. trixiedelicious 5. ladramaqueen’s shop 6. GetYourVintageOn 7. BirdandBanner 8. TheLightFantastic

Weddingnesday… one year on

25 Aug

Friday night, 21st August 2009, my other half took me on a rather elaborate mystery trip involving maps and much secrecy.

Sunday morning, 23rd of August 2009, he asked me to marry him.

He’d been planning how he was going to ask for months and ‘had known for much longer’ that he was going to ask. In the run up to asking, he’d been sweating buckets whenever anyone said anything negative about marriage in front of me in case I agreed wholeheartedly. On the Saturday night before asking, he couldn’t sleep a wink for stress.

Meanwhile I was fast asleep, totally and blissfully ignorant of what he was going through.

(For those who haven’t heard the story of how we got engaged, click on the Weddingnesday button and that will tell you everything you need to know!)

Saturday morning, 21st August 2010, and we’re on another mystery trip.

Yes, the OH decided he couldn’t let the anniversary of our engagement pass without more secret plans. (There were more maps too.)

So here’s a little photo story of what we got up to one year on…

Yes, we were down in London town again…

We went to markets, meandered in and out of cute little shops, and just had fun. (You’ll notice the coffee cup and bag of cookie in the OH’s hand… I know him too well to attempt such thrift trawling without caffeine and sugar!)

Not the smallest cookie I have ever seen…

But it didn’t last that long…

It was so warm and balmy that I was sorely tempted to jump into this water feature too… but on seeing just how soaked people were coming out of it, I thought better of it!

We also dropped in on a pop-up beach and popped in to an indoor garden party…

They’d turfed the whole bar which was pretty cool…

On top of all this, we did some rather fine eating, most excellent chilling in our hotel and just talked about life, the universe and everything in between.

What we discovered was that we’ve both been really really really stressed/tired/worn out by juggling jobs, diy, getting our old flat ready for selling and all the other things that life has been throwing at us.

Seems an obvious one but it’s amazing how a change of scene can change your perspective.

We also started talking about our wedding again… and spent ages just talking about all the fun, silly stuff we’d like to do until we were grinning like idiots. (We do that a lot when happy.)

So we returned home tired but happy tired.

Surprise weekends really are the best.

Happy Weddingnesday everyone xx

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