Friday, October 1, 2010

vacation is over - follower giveaway starts!!

    Hello my dear blogging friends,        
we had a wonderful time at Lake Tahoe but now I'm glad to be home again.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and wishes for a great vacation.

Now on to my "follower" appreciation giveaway.
                                                  Win this giftbag with a surprise inside.

Most of you I know pretty well and could say in a heartbeat what you like. But there are also a number of followers which I don't know so well, so this will give me the chance to get to know you better.
Here is the deal: just leave a comment and tell me what makes your heart sing !
That way I will learn more about you and I can be sure I will be sending out things the lucky winner will like. Just make sure I have a way to contact you. I noticed some of you don't have a link or e-mail. I will anounce the winner on October 8.   Good luck to all of you!
Thank you so much for being a follower and for playing along.
Looking forward to hear from you.
 Wishing you all a wonderful weekend my dear friends.
                                        Hugs and love,


Feathers and Flight said...

Hello Marie!
So Glad you had a Wonderful Vacation and are Back Home Safe and Sound! You were Missed!
What Makes My Heart Sing.. There is actually Two things that comes to mind. Spending Time with my Family. My Husband and Children as Well as the Rest of the Clan. Sitting and Visiting after Dinner is Very Special to Me.
Secondly ..My Art. Mixed Media Collage is new to me and I am so Loving the Learning Process! Also it is a True Representation of me.
Sorry I Rambled on so!
Thank you for Hosting this Give Away Marie!

Terry said...

Let's see Marie!! There are many things that make my heart sing! Now with this hobby of mine, I would have to say new Sizzix Die releases and finding interesting embellishments! In my personal life, Family, when my DH gets home on Friday's, hearing my dog bark! Going to lunch on Saturday's to my favorite Mexican restaurant! Oh, I could go on! Glad you had a great vacation and have a great weekend!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Things that make my heart sing - Family heirlooms, sparkly things, old photographs, jewelry, vintage linens, old recipe boxes full of handwritten recipes, things that have been loved a lot from long ago. I guess I am a sentimental romantic type of girl.


she dreams big! said...

Hi rested Marie! Know what really floats my boat? Every time I post, I can count on a comment from you! And your sweet words always make my heart sing. Give me bloggy friends over everything else!

Welcome home!

Hugs ~~ Connie

MosaicMagpie said...

I am glad you are back and had a wonderful vacation. We missed you!
The kind of things I like you already know, because they are right here on your blog. Love the bag you made, the buttons add a nice touch.

artistamyjo said...

My heart sings everytime I hear the birds sing or just hug my dog or cats. I have a great love of animals. Plus I just love blogging and seeing what other people do and create.
Hugs, Amy

Dianne said...

Hmmmm... what makes my heart sing? My grandchildren, autumn breezes, glimpses of rarely seen birds, the beach at sunset, Luna moths fluttering in my headlights... not a complete list, but it's a start...

Anji Johnston said...

My son - plain and simple. Camping under the stars in Shenandoah, a hot cup of good English tea (PG Tips!), dragonflies and a gorgeous, multicolored sunrise.

sonya said...

Welcome back Marie! My #1 thing that makes my heart sing is my 3 yr. old grandson. He just melts my heart. My #2 thing or things I should say are my crafts. Creating with my hands and giving these pieces to my friends and family really is a joy to me. And another joy is seeing what others create as well...And...:)
Blessings, Sonya

Burlap Luxe said...

Awwwww!! Marie,
You are way to kind with your comments over at my place.

To answer your question abouy helping you out with your little table, Wellll!! I am on my way over girl get out the painters drop cloth :)

see you soon :)

PS. Tahoe looks as beautiful as I remember it...Great ski trips
when I lived in Northern California :)

sharon said...

Gorgeous photo Marie, and so glad it was good for you!

Please don't enter me in the giveaway, but good luck to all the others, your generousity overflows
with love!

Xela said...

Die Bilder sind ja traumhaft, bekommt man voll Lust auf Urlaub. Schön dass du wieder da bist :) Und bei deinem Giveaway da will mitmachen, ich liebe Überraschungen. liebe Grüße Alexandra

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi, dear Marie, I'm glad you had such a lovely vacation. It's good to have you back though :-)! Well, I guess I don't have to tell you what makes my heart beat since you know me so very well :-).
Have a great weekend too!

Miss Iowa said...

Welcome home, Marie! It's been quite a few years since I've been to Tahoe, but the scenery looks as breathtaking and serene as ever. I hope you had a great time. Your vintage and lace collage bag is absolutely darling. Love the photo you used. I'll email you some information because I have a feeling I'm going to win it. LOL!

Dorthe said...

Hi sweetie,
Happy to hear you are back home, again-now I can send your packet next week-Marie.
My heart sings ,seeing the beauty on your blog,dear-and being with my grands....
The giveaway presented here is so very,very, beautifull.
Happy week-end and hugs.

Lululiz said...

Hi Marie, it is good to have you back in blogland again, welcome back! Your photograph brought back so many memories from my trip to Lake Tahoe 35 years ago. It still looks exactly the same, such a beautiful, serene place.
Now as to what makes my heart sing, I think you probably know, lol, old rosy fabrics, laces, buttons, old photographs, those darling little frozen charlottes, dinky little things for mixed media projects..... is there a character limit on comments, lol, because this could easily turn into a book. I can get enthusiastic about so many things. Your giveaway looks beautiful, it has everything I adore. So my fingers are well and truly crossed.

Kathy said...

Glad you enjoyed Lake Tahoe. It's a fabulous place! I love a good sunset. I mean the kind that make you pull the car over to the side of the road, get out and just gaze in awe! (silently cursing the fact that you did NOT bring your camera with you, darn it!)


WendyW said...

Hi Marie, hope you had a wonderful holiday break. Thank you for thinking of your blogging friends with your kind gesture. The gift bag looks exquisite - wonder what is inside! What makes my heart sing (apart from being with my family) is getting lost in my sewing room, dreaming up and creating all the many ideas that buzz around in my head and coming up with something truly beautiful to keep or give away! (my email address is

Marilyn said...

Marie, what a truly lovely give away. So Victorian, lacey nad romantic. Please enter my name as I would be honored to be the winner. Hugs, Marilyn

Linda Rapp said...

Chocolate makes my heart sing! As well as old lace, buttons and fabric! Love the gift bag!

just me jan said...

My first time leaving a comment HOWEVER I've been keeping a file on your wonderful posts for some time now...glad to hear you had a wonderful respite in Tahoe! As for what makes my heart sing....hmmmmm....I would have to say first off it would be the happiness of my sons and husband when we manage to find time together. Secondly, it would be puttering around in my office/studio fiddling with bits and bobs of paper, creamy lace, buttons, rhinestones etc. you get the picture...pretty much the same things YOU play with! LOL Which is why I adore your blog so much! Keep up the wonderful work!!

just me...appreciative...jan

stampdiva said...

Hi Marie. Lake Tahoe looks so beautiful.
Your art makes my heart sing - it's beauty, they way it is so inspirational, how you make your art appear as though it were made many lifetimes ago and rediscovered in Grandma's trunk or attic.
Also - sheet music, lace, trimmings, flowers, pages from foreign books, Vintage images, buttons, MOP buttons. That is what I want to work with. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for the opportunity to be part of your Giveaway. Wishes. Lynne x (almost forgot, thank you for your lovely comment for the Flapper card on my Blog)

Jo said...

Oh Marie, this is such a beautiful giveaway. Good to hear you had a lovely time away and a good rest.

Now to what makes my heart sing - my darling husband who makes me laugh so much, my kids of whom I'm so proud, my dog and cat who constantly amuse me, the wild birds who I love to watch as they feed from the bird table in my front garden, charity shops and the treasures they present, and my artwork which gives my brain a rest and allows me to relax and enjoy. There, you asked, I told!

Pleeeeeeeeeese put me in your draw!

Have a lovely weekend, xxx

Mary Anne in NJ said...

I love vintage, lace, cloth, paper, pictures...pretty much I love everything you make...thanks for sharing your beautiful inspires me..Mary Anne (

JoAnne said...

Hi Marie,
Glad you're back and that you had a wonderful vacation. That bag alone makes my heart sing!!!!! Truly I admire any and every thing you make. I love vintage-lace, buttons, scraps, millinery, bits and baubles, pieces of jewelry, doilies, you know.

minnamarika said...

Hello Marie, and thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog.

I love my family, nature, animals...
painting, crafting, decorating and my friends in blogland. Your blog is one of my favourites! Beautiful and inspiring. I admire your artwork :) You are very talented.

Hugs, Minnamarika

Martina2801 said...

Hallo liebe Marie,
so wie es aussieht hattest Du einen tollen Urlaub? Jedenfalls ist es schön, dass Du wieder da bist.
Gerne würde ich mich auch an Deinem Giveaway beteiligen. Es wäre also nett, wenn Du mich in Deine Lostrommel wirfst.
Schönen Sonntag noch und liebe Grüße

Lesley said...

Welcome home. What makes my heart sing? Lace! I must admit I'm a lace addict. Blessings

Viola said...

Schön, dass Du wieder da bist, Marie!
Das glaube ich, dass Ihr einen schönen Urlaub hattet! Sieht ja ganz toll aus dort! Und ich schließe mich Dorthe an: Freue mich auch immer Deine wundervollen Sachen zu sehen! :o) Wünsche Dir einen wunderschönen Sonntag! Ganz liebe Grüße!

Lady Pamela said...

I love white, cream, lace, vintage, crafting with my grandchildren and everything I have seen on your blog. I get so excited when I get the post directly into my email box. This is such a fun giveaway idea. Come visit my blog , I am going to have a 100th follower giveaway soon.

Anonymous said...

Marie, welcome home! Vacations are too short, aren't they!

Ah...what makes my heart sing? Waking up to morning sunshine, rosy red sunsets, my marriage, my daughters, having something to do and being blessed to rarely be bored.

Actually, I have a very long list! It's all written on my heart.

I hope you have come home rested and inspired.

Hugs, Diane

Gaby Bee said...

Your gift bag is fantastic, Marie!

Glad you had a wonderful vacation. I've been to Lake Tahoe many years ago and I too love this area. Your photo brought back many happy memories:)

Nothing makes me more thrilled than a good flea market find ... especially rusty stuff makes my heart sing ...

Riki Schumacher said...

Hi Marie, what a nice idea. I love the question, what a great idea. What makes my heart sing is getting kisses from my puppy and my husband...noticing the cloud formations, taking a deep breath on a long walk, smelling the fresh air after a get the picture. Oh, and making a piece of jewelry that I love and talks to someone. Take care, Riki

Nelly said...

What an awesome gift bag!! That is definetely somethings that makes my hear sing. Its right up my alley with vintage photos of kids and soft shades, old fabric, lace, old buttons and bling.

Thanks so much for your generosity. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for your blog.

sugar Creek said...

Thank you for the comment on my jewelry! I needed some other critics besides my mom, she likes everything! I love the gift bag. yes that would make anyones heart sing, but for me I would say my family makes my heart sing!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

what makes my heart sing? hmmm...ANYTHING your heart and hand create mon amie! ANYTHING!

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Marie!!! I'm so glad you had a wonderful vacation...that photo is just gorgeous!!! Let me see, so many things make my heart sing...hugs from my babies, and my little Clara, the love of our precious Lord, my sweet family, beautiful old things that have a history....and so many dear friends I've made here in the land of blog!!! I would be honored to win anything you giveaway sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

Holly Loves Art said...

Oooh thank you for sharing a picture of Lake Tahoe. I've spent dozens of summers there through my lifetime. It's one of the most special places in the world. So gorgeous. In the old days I even used to go water skiing!

Things that make my heart sing... art, music, delicious food, my beloved friends, family and four-legged one. Life is good. :)


sasa said...

Enjoying the peace and quiet of countryside walk on my free day... realising that life is indeed good and I am truly loved...

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