Friday, July 29, 2011

Embellished French Perfume Bottle and Notecard Trio GIVEAWAY

Hot Summertime greetings!
I hope you are keeping cool and refreshed during this record-setting hot spell! I heard on the news that it is 110 degrees in Kansas YIKES! That makes our 100 seem kinda chilly . . . I keep telling myself that ;-)
I think it's about time for another giveaway don't you?? Today is my sister Cindy's birthday and that's a good reason for a giveaway celebration!
The favorites have been for my Embellished Bottles and this one has a unique twist!
This giveaway (#15) includes a crystal clear embellished glass bottle ~ sans image this time ~ and a trio of French Perfume Bottle Notecards fashioned after some of my previously sold bottles! A natural progression from glass to paper :-)
The bottle is 5-3/4" high including the removable ball style glass topper and is complemented with pretty pink ribbon and vintage lace bows, vintage 1940's millinery rose, silk rosebuds, teensy ivory posies, a rhinestone flower and silvertone bow and heart charm.
Personally I love them empty and sparkling with the sun shining thru but you can fill with tiny buttons, pearls, beads, bath salts, etc.

The 3 ~ blank inside any occasion notecards ~ showcase some of our favorite Frances Brundage images. Two sweet Victorian girlies and the ever popular Southern Belle! They have ribbons, roses, a heart locket and mini skeleton key and a faceted crystal stopper. Just a hint of fine glitter for a bit of shimmer.

The original designs were created by me using vintage images, old graphics and some hand-drawn items too!
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The rules are simple and you have the option of receiving up to 4 ENTRIES!! At the end of the giveaway duration, each comment is numbered 1 thru ?? in order from the comments left on this Giveaway post only and the winner will be drawn AUGUST 15th using the Random Number Generator.
1. Leave a comment about this giveaway.
2. Become a new follower and then leave another comment here to let me know. If you are already one of my sweet followers just leave a comment and let me know you are an "oldie but goodie" :-)
3. If you post a link to this Giveaway on your own blog you will receive yet another entry! The link to this giveaway post is on my top Right sidebar. Just come back and leave another comment on this post that you did it!!
4. And for a 4th entry just add my regular bloggie link on your sidebar (or comment that it is already there!) ~ you can "grab my button" at my top left sidebar. And yes ~ sigh ~ you must leave yet another comment on this post so you will get another entry :-)
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Good Luck to all!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Perfume Bottles ~ and Cards ~ and Sachets oh my!

Ok, I can't resist asking . . . Hot enough for 'ya?! Eegads I can't remember when it's been quite this mugwummpy hot and humid! And this fall/winter loving gal is not enjoying it one little bit!
But thank goodness for airconditioning :-))
I have been a happy busy bee putting the finishing touches on some embellished bottle custom orders but have snuck in time to work on some new things!
I've mentioned too many times how much I love creating the vintage image label "perfume" bottles and am almost at #200! Now that's a lotta bottles!!
All my favorite Frances Brundage girls have graced many a label and this one will be on ebay later tonight with her coordinating perfume bottle notecard.

Isn't it sweet? Almost a mirror image! I have lots in the works with coordinating cards for ebay and Victoria Rose Cottage . . . and maybe etsy if I ever get to learning their listing method. I KNOW it's not hard but sometimes this ole dog doesn't like to learn new tricks :-)

Cupcakes have been a really "sweet" decorating motif for a number of years and I created this design with a whimsical appeal. This card will be available with a number of different sentiments and here is the first with a matching sachet pillow! Oh yummy!!
Life is Short ~ Eat dessert first!

Keep comfy and cool and stop by again soon . . . another GIVEAWAY is coming!!
Hugs and Smiles,

Friday, July 8, 2011

GiveAway Winner & what I've been up to

Greetings! I hope you are enjoying the same gorgeous ~ not so hot ~ summer day as we are here in Midwestern Illinois!
The winner for my embellished bottle giveaway is Debbie from Debbie-Dabble! Congratulations Debbie ~ I will contact you for your shipping info and hope you enjoy. Check out her inviting porch!
Please stop in again very soon for the next giveaway.
I have just finished up a batch of custom bottle orders for some special ladies at Victoria Rose Cottage and as you already know they are my very favorite things to create! They love the very foufy fancy ones!
I have been a busy busy bee and really need to get over to eBay and get some things listed before I run out of room HA! I had a really nice response to the smaller embellished bottles I made for eBay so have about 20 more to list . . .

 plus darling vintage lace patchwork pincushions . . .
(Update - all 5 of the pincushions are SOLD)
loads of original notecards sets which include hang/gift tags and cute teabag covers . . .

 and of course pillows . . .

I get caught up in the creating and forget about the biz part!

Hugs and Smiles,

Monday, July 4, 2011

Safe & Happy Independence Day Wishes

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Wishing you all a safe and happy Fourth of July celebration! I hope the weather in your area is to your liking and you are spending the day with family and friends.
I found the vintage American flags in the photo above about 10 years ago at a fabulous antique shop in Glen Ellyn, IL called The Sign of the Whale. They were $1.00 each so of course being the hoarder collector that I am, I had to get all 26 of them :-) The dealer picked them up after a 4th of July parade in the 1960's in Milwaukee, Wisconson.

They are 25" tall and have wooden dowel flagpoles with gold painted wood cappers. The flags are cotton fabric, machine hemmed on all 4 sides, and the colors have softly faded with age.
I thought you would enjoy seeing them!
I will be announcing the winner of my GIVEAWAY #14 in the next day or so ~ so please stop in again to see!
Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue and God Bless America!!
Patriotic Hugs from the Land of Lincoln,