Friday, August 23, 2013

Passing It On


Life has been a little crazy here with Little Lulu controlling my time.

Thankfully, her new routine is to sit on the window seat with me in the early morning which gives me time to look at blogs and catch up on magazines before her wild antics begin.

I finally had a chance to read the magazines I received in a package from Kris of Junk Chic Cottage


Artful Blogging ran a feature on Kris's wonderful home and decorating style.


I was one of several winners on Kris's  Giveaway - a copy of Artful Blogging


with a copy of Somerset Home thrown in.


Receiving such a sweet gift from Kris made me want to pass on the gesture.

I decided to combine my crochet skills with the time on my hands (housebound with a 10 week old puppy) to create my own Giveaway.


I sewed 4  napkins out of 100% organic cotton and crocheted the edges - each piece has a different edging.


With the left over fabric, I made a little table runner.


The beautiful decor of Junk Chic Cottage and White Lace Cottage were at the back of my mind while I was making the napkins and imagining the napery in a crisp white vignette.


To embellish the table setting, I made simple tags and attached tarnished "Love" hearts.


I also like the look of crisp white napkins in a colorful table setting.


If you would like to win the set of napkins, table runner and 4 simple tags, please leave a comment.


I will throw some other little trinkets into the box -  it will be fun to match the trinkets to the personality and style of the winner.


The Giveaway will end on September 1 - can you believe it is nearly September?

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I am joining these lovely ladies

The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday

Twigg Studio - Sunday Showoff Party

The Tablescaper - Seasonal Sundays

Creative Home Expressions - The Creative Home and Garden Hop

Shabby Art Boutique - Shabbilicious Friday

My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday

Silver Pennies - Sunday Link Party

Boogieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday

French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday

Dwellings - The Heart of Your Home - Amaze Me Monday

Alderberry Hill - Make the Scene Monday

Rain on a Tin Roof - Give Me The Goods

Etsy Cottage Style - An Entertaining Party

Jennifer Rizzo - Fabulously Creative Friday

From the Farm Blog Hop

81 comments:

Suzan Sweatman said...

How absolutely GORGEOUS Carol !!!
XOXO

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Carol,
Thanks for the shout out on my two magazine features. I am so happy you loved them. Please put me in the give away those napkins are so pretty. Have a great week end.
Kris

Lindley @ The Grinning Labrador said...

Love your creativity! Crisp white napkins are always beautiful in any table setting. I wish I learned how to sew as a young girl... I remember my grandmom taught me while I was in elementary school and I was wholly dedicated for a full day until I moved onto something else!

Sharon Spiller said...

Hello,
I love your blog! You are so talented.

Sharon

Sharon Spiller said...

Hello,
I love your blog! You are so talented.

Sharon

Sharon Spiller said...

Hello,
I love your blog! You are so talented.

Sharon

Mimi Sue said...

OK so these are adorable! When you crochet around fabric, do you punch holes in the fabric first? What kind of thread (yarn) do you use? Am I asking questions that you've already answered? I have four crocheted-edge napkins already but I'm in need of about 12 more! Mimi

Anonymous said...

I love your Blog! Living by the ocean is my hearts desire!!!!!!!!!! I also love your wonderful little colorful cottage...
Debbi
Orlando,Fl.

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Those are two wonderful Magazines. I'm sure you had such fun reading and looking at all the fab things inside.
who would not want to win your gorgeous napkins. I cannot make beautiful things like this ,but I love them all the same. Some people just have talent with their hands. I may make dolls. but mostly I drape...LOL.
May God Bless...and your new pup too,
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Scribbler said...

You are so talented! Your creations are really beautiful.

NanaDiana said...

What a wonderful, wonderful giveaway. I won't sign up because I have won several giveaways over the past year so I will let someone else have the joy of winning. How lucky THEY will be! AND I just love Kris and Anne! xo Diana

My Garden Diaries said...

No I can not believe it is September!!! What in the world!!! I am so speechless over your work here friend! The napkins and table runner are beautiful! And oh your pup just sounds so cute!!! Ok where have I been...I have never heard of that magazine called Artful Blogging?!?! Sounds so cool!! Have a great weekend with LuLu!!

xinex said...

How pretty! I would love to have a chance of winning. Thanks for inviting me over....Christine

Vicky Hunt said...

Sweet giveaway you won and that you are hosting! The napkins, table runner, and napkin ring tags are just beautiful! I love the crisp white....:) I especially love that you use different etchings on them like you did with your curtains.....makes them unique! Have a wonderful weekend and give Lulu a pat for me....she is just too cute!

Blessings,
Vicky

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Beautiful work on the napkins and table runner. You are so talented. I don't know how you had the time with Little Lulu.
Hope the Bitter Apples worked.
Please put my name in for the drawing.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Mary

Brittany Ruth said...

Goodness, I wanna win! I have no formal table setting napkins for a formal dinner and would love this!

-Brittany Ruth

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING CAROL! How I chuckled as I read about you and little Lulu! teeheee..oh you poor thing...it must be like living with several toddlers!

HOW LOVELY are these dainty white napkins. There is nothing more impressive than to set the table in white linens! Since I recently received the most beautiful give from you, I will decline on the giveaway, but they will make a lucky blogger very excited to open her mail from you!

Wishing you a magnificent day by the beach! Anita

Dawn said...

The napkins are perfect. You always stay so busy with all your projects, I don't know how you do it all.

Nantucket Daffodil said...

Oh my talented friend! You have created such a lovely giveaway! I am in!

Mary Clark said...

You are so talented! I'd never heard of the blogging magazine before, that's interesting. Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway.

Charlsey said...

I am so glad your blog starts with an "A" ~ it means it is the first one I read every day. I always look forward to what you do next. Sweet table linens are my weakness. Thank you for sharing your talent

Old Red Barn said...

I'm going to buy these magazines when I'm in the US this Fall. The shipping costs weer too high. I featured Kris on my blog this week.

Goedele

pugsmom said...

I love getting to know and love a new puppy. Soon they become cherished members of the family. I have four pugs. My first little pug was an expensive gift I gave to myself and my late husband used to say she was the best gift I ever gave myself. Now she is 8 and has some problems. I worry. My next five pugs were rescues. One of them has crossed over the rainbow bridge. I love hearing about your Little Lulu. She is so beautiful. All four of my pugs try to sit on my lap at the same time, so I have to go off in a room by myself to check my email. LOL Sprinkling this morning in Milwaukie, OR. Have a wonderful weekend.
Sandra

Patty Lucas said...

I would love to win these beautiful napkins but I would also love to learn how to do that. My wonderful mother-in-law taught me how to crochet but I have never done napkins. Love your posts about LuLu.

Barbara said...

They are just gorgeous; this must be one of the nicest giveaways I’ve seen.

Acorn to Oak said...

Congratulations on winning those wonderful magazines from Junk Chic Cottage. I love that blog. She's so talented and her house is so pretty. :-)

I'm amazed at how fast you make crochet edged pretties...like the curtains you recently made and now these beautiful napkins and the table runner. You're amazing! They're all so pretty! I love the idea of those tags you made for each of the napkins. Very cute! All of your photos are great too! Your house is always so pretty and the light is so perfect. It must come from all of those bright windows and living by the sea. :-)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a thoughtful and sweet giveaway! And thanks for the tip off...I don't know how I missed it! I love seeing glimpses of your home, so colorful and full of personality...the pretty table linens are just perfect here!

XO,
Jane

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Hi Carol, your napkins are so pretty and really look so nice with your red dishes. Love those little napkin cards. I was one of the lucky ones to receive the magazine from Kris also. Don't you just love her style and personality. I would love to be considered for your give away. That is so nice of you..Happy Weekend..Judy

20 North Ora said...

Carol - What a wonderful giveaway! I love anything hand made and adore the napkins and tablerunner with the hand crocheted edgings! Thanks for the chance to win them!

Judy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow! This is an amazing job and how great that each napkin is slightly different from the others. I'm loving Lulu even more if she let you do such great projects! And please, don't mention September as I begin work again on the 2nd!

Anne said...

Those are absolutely beautiful! And they look amazing on your tablescape.LOVE those tags! Thank you for the shout out.I am fortunate and have met Kris a few times and now call her my friend.Her home is even more beautiful in person if you can even imagine that!
xx
Anne

My Little Home and Garden said...

The napkins and table setting are just beautiful and the tags make things even more special. I looked at my book on learning to crochet, and it looked at me, but we have yet to come to any understanding of how to work together. What will you do next. I'm in awe.

-Karen

Ivy and Elephants said...

I'd love to win such a sweet, made with love set! Just lovely! Kris and Anne are both so creative and inspiring ladies. Thanks for the chance to win!
Hugs,
Patti

Shannon said...

I just love how dainty and beautiful these items are and even better they are handmade!
I'm gonna have to keep an eye out for that Somerset Home magazine, it looks great. It's always so fun to win a giveaway. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Stacey said...

You crochet too? Oh my, I would love to just hang out with you and have some of that creativity and skill ooze over my way. The napkins are beautiful and the tags are fun!! The table runner is beautiful too. Since we moved here I've reconnected with three of my great friends from high school. Wouldn't it be fun to have them over for lunch or soup supper and use those napkins? Just saying. :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

Melanie said...

Oh, Carol, I am *swooning* over this giveaway! Your napkins and runner would look absolutely perfect in my kitchen. And you know how much I've always admired your handiwork. I hope I win, I hope I win!

I was also one of the winners of Kris' copy of Artful Blogging. She only lives 15 min. away from me but we've never met in person - yet! I hope we do some day. :-)

Burlap Luxe said...

I adore Kris at Junk Chic Cottage she is a doll, love her creative home and enjoyed the issue she is featured in. I am going to be in the up and coming issue of Artful Blogging, I am over joyed to be included with the wonderful ladies and their blogs before me. This is a beautiful GiveAway! Your beautiful work will be treasured, they are a piece of art work that can not measure up to the mass produced ones.
I would love to be included in this beautiful White GiveAway!

Thank you my friend for taking the time to visit my place and the saw horse side table that I so know would look great with a place setting and your white delicate napkin to blot with or maybe just to look at.

See you soon and all the beauty you inspire.

Blessings
Xx
Doré

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh what a generous give-away! I am impressed that you tackle the delicate crocheting of a napkin edge and so happy the art is not being lost. Please count me in, I would be honored to own something you made.

robyn smith said...

Your napkins and table runner are beautiful. How nice of you to have a giveaway for such special items. I would treasure them!

beachcomber said...

beautiful giveaway! you're so clever. love the white napkins, table runner and the tags!!
x

Julia (Grammy) said...

Very Pretty... Love seeing when you have a new post. After reading all your posts since the beginning, I was thrilled to learn about PICMONKEY. Your photos are so beautiful. Count me in on the give away.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful linens and setting. I have never looked at one of those magazines before. Must find them.

francis said...

Hi Carol
I admire how you are adjusting to little LuLu and
stil know to be creative .
That will be my inspiration . have a good time with your new friend .

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

Congratulations on your win! Oh my gosh, those napkins and runner are beautiful! I would love to win them!
Enjoy your time with Lulu!
Pam

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Your napkins and runner are just lovely! Delicate and feminine, oh-so-pretty! :)

Diane said...

Well, Carol, you know that I would love to win - lol!! Your table is so pretty, especially with the red added. I do crochet, but I have never tried to make napkins. Yours are so pretty and the tag idea is brilliant! Love it!

Susanne Hefner said...

Congrats for your win and now you are paying it forward. Thank you. The napkins and table runners are beautiful and I would love to have them in my home. Thank you for the give away.
Susanne

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

That's really nice. I love how you displayed your napkins against the red. It really pops.

Gayle said...

These pretty napkins are so fun - and the tags you made for them make them even more special! Thanks for the chance to win!

Elizabeth Pollock said...

Well gosh yes please count me in! What a lovely gesture and lovely napkins and table runner! I've never tried to crochet the edges on fabrics but have always wanted to try on plain pillow cases. Maybe this is just the kick in the backside I need to give it a whirl, lol!
Hugs and thank you for a chance to win this sweet giveaway!
Beth P

The Refeathered Roost said...

The whole set is so lovely and elegant. The tags look perfect with them. Give your sweet puppy a hug from me. I always say dogs are my favorite people! Melinda

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Darling Carol,

thank you for visiting today; my post was short due to getting ready to go to week-long meetings, and trying to figure out how to fit in blogging with writing POETRY! I'll figure it out; but today was a short but hopefully important message. You are just wonderful to come and visit. LOVE! Anita

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

You are so talented and have such a way with display. I have never seen that magazine. Oh I would love it I think.

Betty said...

Please enter my name,I would love to win your wonderful giveaway. I can't believe that September is that near too. Just seems like August just started.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are simply perfect little white napkins! Such a fabulous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win and give Lulu a hug for me!

Linda

chateau chic said...

The napkins and runner are beautiful Carol!! What a lovely giveaway!
Mary Alice

Sarah said...

Carol, you can definitely count me as one who would be thrilled to have this set of darling textiles on my table. Love white napkins, and your special little crochet edging makes them all the sweeter. Darling idea to add the tags. Your creativity makes for a wonderful giveaway.
Thanks! ~ Sarah

Jann Olson said...

I don't know how I missed this Carol. My, I adore your sweet handiwork on the gorgeous napkins. They would be perfect for so many occasions! I saw that you won one of Kris's give aways. So happy for you. I love that each edge is different and the tags are adorable. Thanks for passing it on my friend!
hugs,
Jann

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Carol,
You are so gifted and I love everything that you make. Please enter me in your beautiful giveaway.
P.S. Lulu is adorable.
Have a lovely day,
Blessings, Erin

Botanic Bleu said...

Oh, yes, I would love to win these beautiful hand-crocheted-edge napkins and table-runner. I love the little 'love' embellishments you attached to the cards.

Judith

Patty Antle said...

Please enter me too! Another one of you beautiful creations, Carol. I have never crocheted napkin edges. Looks so pretty!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh my goodness Carol! You've done such a beautiful job and I would be honored to be the lucky winner. Love them!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a sweet and thoughtful giveaway! I love the crocheted edges! Oooooo I hope I win!

Donna Wilkes said...

Love the crispness of the white - beautifully crocheted edges. Of course the tags just add flavor! Please enter me in the giveaway.

must love junk said...

I would love to win those lovely linens! :)
Susan

Down by the sea said...

Lulu must have been so good to allow you another time to make those lovely items. I love the edging you have added.
Sarah x

Miss LindaLee said...

I would love a chance of winning these beautiful items. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I am always inspired when I visit here.
LindaLee

sharing1 said...

These are gorgeous. I love white and crocheted edges on fabric. The tags are cute as well. You have a nice blog.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

OMGoodness! Your handwork is beautiful!
Please throw my name in the hat!
That Lulu...she's a dollie!
Thank you for popping to visit!
w/L.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How sweet of you! And you know my style...whatever you like, I love, too! Enjoy your week my friend! Hugs!

Sue said...

I have to agree with the ladies above that this is one of the nicest giveaways I've seen. Just knowing you and being able to enter to win is fun thinking about. Thanks for all your hard work.

Debby said...

What a sweet giveaway. Love to win this. Not as many giveaways these days. I think I need to do one soon.

pugsmom said...

Oh my gosh I'd love to win this give-a-way. Pick me random picker, pick me, pick me, pick me!!!!! Love this blog and would love to win this give-a-way. If I don't, I still LOVE this blog. :-)
Sandra of PugsMomSays

Lady of the Manor said...

I just found your blog and what a wonderful find it is!!! Please enter me in your give-a-way! Those table linens are gorgeous!!!

Trisha said...

Great giveaway! I would love to see these in person because I know they are absolutely beautiful! How sweet of you to offer such a lovely gift to some lucky person!

~Trisha

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol-love the linens!, someone is going to be VERY happy! It won't be me, cuz sisters-in-law can't enter!

CandoCanda said...

I just skipped over to your blog after seing your heart swag on Sue's (simply vantageous by Suzanne) blog. And I am glad to have arrived!!!! I love your style and the name tags on the napkins. I am all about the presentation for a dinner party because the cooking is my husband's domaine. Those napkins are awesome idea. I am going to have to do some back reading and then pop in again to see what ideas I can steal....oops borrow. because I think you have quite a few.....Have a great day.

Jana@Transformations From the Heart said...

What a sweet gesture and beautiful napkins, love the added little love hearts!

P.S. Can you tell, I'm having a hard time pulling myself away from your blog this morning?! Loving it. :)

Cindy said...

You have made some beautiful and sweet treasures and you've made them very special with the little edging on the napkins. I would love to be the winner! Hugs, Cindy

Danielle said...

So pretty! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays.

Pondside said...

The house is empty - all the little visitors and their parents have just gone down the driveway, towards the ferry and the long trip home across the mountains. It feels like a fall morning, and time to think about doing some things with friends - adult times, perhaps lunch with dear friends. I'd love to enter the draw! Thank you!