Monday, August 29, 2011

Changes and a HANDMADE GIVEAWAY

Things have changed.
It is all good...
... but...

I don't have as much time for blogging as I used to.
I don't have as much time for leaving comments.
I don't have as much time to enjoy new blogs.

Suddenly weekends have become very precious again.

On my way to work every day, I have to drive past one of my favourite places...the WAC.
One of my favourite haunts for vintage items.
It is all shut up because it is way too early of course.
There is always, always, always the furtive glances at the window though, as I crawl my way through the traffic.

I love my new job and I am where I am supposed to be, but I have promised myself I will always make time to take photographs and to blog.
 For me, it is really important to keep up my creative side and it is also equally important to share this side with all of my lovely followers.
So, I am going to...





Because you have all been so supportive and very welcoming over the last 16 odd months - yes it has been that long - I have decided to give something back. Something I have made myself that I am hoping you will like.


A giveaway...and a choice of two of my vintage style floral cushion covers for two lucky followers. All you have to do is to choose which one that you would want to win and let me know in a comment on this post. Feel free to spread the word and share the vintage love.

This is number one: Vintage chenille with CK Ikea Rosali Fabric Cushion Cover

 This is number two: A classic 1950's vibrant red rose fabric Cushion Cover

This giveaway is open to overseas followers.

An insert will be optional for an Aussie winner.
For an overseas winner, I will be posting the cushion cover only, just to keep the postage costs down.

I will draw the winner on Monday evening 5th September. Good luck.

Giveaway has now been extended until Monday 12th September!


I love blogging and will keep it up albeit a bit slower.
Check out Posie's really interesting post about why some of us blog and the challenges of competitive blogging.

Pam x

44 comments:

Junk-it Junction... said...

I know how it is ,juggling work and play is a challenge, but so important!
Love the first one!

flowersandhome said...

So glad everything is OK and you will keep on blogging. I love your posts!
Love your pillows too, both of them actually. I'd love to enter your giveaway but I really can't choose between the two pillows. I love them both, so I'll leave the choice up to you.
I read the post from your friend about competitive blogging. I blog for fun, purely a hobby for me and of course I love it when people leave an honest comment and have something to say or add to one of my posts.
Bye,
Marian

Makeminemidcentury said...

I'm glad you'll keep blogging. It's hard though trying to find the time, and then you also have to find the time to take your beautiful photos.

The weekends are way too short, I've discovered.

Driving past the WAC everyday without being able to drop in, must be extremely frustrating!!

vintage mum said...

Hi Pam so glad to hear your not going to stop blogging.
Thank You for the chance to join in the giveaway, I love both of your cushions.
just going to have a read about why I blog :)
Cate x

Blondie's Journal said...

It has been harder for me to blog, too, Pam. Now that the kids have gone back to school it is a little easier, but it seems I have to let go of something else that needs to be done in order to blog. But I do love the connections I have to people and just try a little harder!

The cushions are lovely!! It's hard to pick a favorite!! I do love pastels, so I will say the 1st one is more my style! Lovely job!

XO,
Jane

Belle Inspirations said...

Pam what beautiful cushions, I especially love the first vintage one.I Love your blog so keep calm and continue blogging when you can, Have a lovely week xx

PJ said...

i'd love to win the second one!

Deb said...

Ooh, count me in! I love #1 and I'm glad you're going to keep blogging. I love your poster.

helen tilston said...

Hi Pam

So happy to hear your new job is going so well.

Wishing you continued joy
Helenxx

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Wonderful that you love your new job Pam and wonderful too that you are going to keep blogging! :)

Thank you for this gorgeous giveaway! Tough decision, but if I am lucky enough to win I would choose the 50's rose cushion! xo

brismod said...

Oh! You are sounding very much like me - so many other things going on here too! And count me in on your giveaway. Number two please. xx

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Pam..so glad that you can fit us in to your busy work week! I love cushion number two..love the vintage vibrancy of those red roses.

Kate Lewis-Driver said...

ooh, what a lovely giveaway! both cushions are stunning! i would LOVE to win one! i hope you have a great week Pam :)
Kate x

Raine and Sage said...

Ha! I have an antique shop I always do the same with when driving the kids to school. Glad to hear you're staying calm and keeping on blogging. I'm a fence sitter as I like both the cushions.

Deb H. said...

Yes please keep blogging I love following, and with work you do at time miss out on the wonder of the day. I love the Roses cushion cover, so very me!!

theoldboathouse said...

Dear Pammie, I miss seeing you, feels like it has been ages. Glad the new job is going well. /i have been really struggling with blogging lately but have become a bit zen about it now. xxx Katherine

Just Martha said...

Vintage one for me and I would give it away to a very special friend who would l-o-v-e it with all her heart. And, I would love giving it to her..... You are very generous you know...

Trish *Spring Blossom* said...

I'm so glad you've decided to continue blogging - I'll still be following even if you can't post as regular.

Small world - I did a few markets in Canberra when I lived there and had a stall next to Posie!!

Tiff said...

Oh Pam, it is hard when you work all week....I find blogging makes me happy but don't have lots of time, so I just try and take it easy and not feel too stressed if I miss some of my friend's posts. I still need time for family and creations! I often catch up with blogs while I watch the kids play or fish at the beach (thanks to my ipad!). Count me IN for the giveaway... I adore that chenille cushion and nearly bought it.... but I could't justify it... I don't need it.... I just LOVE it! X

Rose H (UK) said...

I know exactly what you mean about blog-time Pam ;o)
I love the second cover - well Rose is my name!
Thank you for the opportunity to take part in the draw.
Enjoy the week :o)

Linda Lilly Cottage said...

Hello gorgeous Pam, I miss you..I still haven't chatted to you about your new job but it sounds like you love it...oh course we still have weekends...but then...oh we will find time to play....in the meantime if I was so lucky to win your giveaway I would love the chenille one as I have been lusting after it since you made it!
Speak to you soon my lovely,
Kiss Noises Linda

Vintage from the Village said...

Hiya
Glad all is going well and you are going to keep up your lovely blog.
Both cushions are lovely, please can I enter for the rose one.
Best wishes to you
Sue x

Stylish Settings said...

Hi Pam

Thank you for sharing this post and the link to posy's patchwork. I've been struggling with the blog thing - such a steep learning curve.

I was probably naive when I started. I was doing it for therapy and as a way to meet people who shared my passion for decoration. I soon got caught up in stats and followers. The high you get when someone leaves a nice comment and the hurt when somebody 'unfollows' you.

At first I thought people followed you because they were interested in what you had to share, but I've learnt some people follow you so you'll follow them back, or they follow you but are invisible. You never see them again. I also learnt that some of the big blogs I follow often have very little content. The posts are filled with 'ads' for products/people/blogs and very little original content.

I love your blog. It truly inspires me. The photos are your own. Your content is original and varied. I enjoy seeing everything from a cushion you have sewn to crabs on the beach at Moreton. Keep it up. Find a balance. It should be fun, not a burden.

Even if you only post once a month, know that we will all be here for you.

Cheers
Kylie

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Pam
I love them both!!
Good to hear you're liking your new job...I guess not just a new job, but a whole new routine.
Good also to hear you're going to keep your lovely blog up to date, when you can of course, I love the way blogging has become a little more relaxed, doesn't seem to be the pressure element there used to be
Gail xo

Sarah B said...

Blogging can be super time consuming bug I cannot imagine not doing it - if miss my bloggy friends way too much!
What a beautiful giveaway. I am seriously unable to choose so would live to be in the draw for either one!
Xx

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh how kind & thanks for the mention about my post, it has sparked quite a few conversations. This is a gorgeous giveaway, if i'm lucky, you can surprise me. I love the WAC Antiques Centre, i go there every time i visit Brisbane, which is often now as my husband lives there. Thanks again, love your work & we'll be here whenever you pop in to blog or blog lots!! Love Posie

polkadotpeticoat said...

Fingers crossed...I love your pillows!!!!

Michaja said...

I see we have a bit the same problem when it comes to blogging!
Will love to join your give-away. Will go for n°1.
Take care ad take it easy my friend.
xxx
Michaja

duchess_declutter said...

Glad to hear that you are going to keep calm and carry on. I'd love to be in your giveaway and would love #1, if ever so lucky!

Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life said...

I'd LOVE to be in your giveaway... it's just too hard to choose, I'd enjoy both, but if I'm choosing, I'll choose #2.

I'm a follower and I'll post your giveaway on my sidebar!

Thea said...

I almost feel guilty entering this since we make our own cushions but I really love yours! x

Barn House Antiques said...

I love them both, but number 2 is my choice!!!

Delisa said...

Hi Pam! Beautiful blog, and I love your pictures, my goodness, they are just wonderful. I was referred to your blog by Brenda at "It's a Beautiful Life". My name is Delisa and I live in the state of Georgia, U.S. I just had my one year blogging anniversary, I know what you mean, my time blogging and writing has become very special to me too. Congratulations on your new job. I would love to enter your drawing for the pillow. I especially like the first one with the chenile! What a lovely giveaway. I do contests on my blog too sometimes. You are welcome to come over and visit anytime! Have a lovely evening! Delisa :)

Romi and Bob said...

The cushions are beautiful. I have yet to see the Rosali fabric in Ikea, sadly. I like number one best, please count me in!
I understand what you mean about having less time for blogging and commenting. I think you just need to do what you can and do your own things too. xx

Jenny said...

Gosh, where have I been - I almost missed your gorgeous give away. Please count me in Pam, I love your work and I love that first cushion. I hope you are enjoying your new job and still finding time for some crafts. ;-)

Natasha in Oz said...

You might recall that I have been in this same quandary a few times but I am just going with the flow and it's working well. I haven't been very good with commenting but I get there in the end! Good on you for doing what you love and enjoying your weekends. That is what life is all about!

Take care, best wishes and happy blogging when you feel like it!
Natasha.
xo

Janet, said...

Hi, I just saw your comment over on Delisa's blog. I live in West Virginia, quite a ways from you and we are now entering fall, which is beautiful here. I love your pillows, especially the second one. It kinda reminds me of vintage tablecloths, which I collect. I once made a teddy bear from a beat up old tablecloth. I love making things out of vintage tablecloths and bedspreads, tho I don't have as much time to do that as I used to. It was very hard for me to keep blogging this past summer, it is such a busy time here, but like you, I hung in there. You have a lovely blog and your pictures are beautiful.

Ally said...

your blog is just lovely.....glad you are loving the new job. how lucky you are to be doing what makes you happy. you are a very talented lady. i love the first cushion.....im a sucker for anything vintage really!
its an addiction im sure you understand. Ally :)

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Oh how I can relate to the 'no time but still want to blog', and I am now retired and therefore have so much spare time....not! I only run a small business, but with home alterations and family committments I genuinely don't seem to have as much time as when I was at work. I am so glad you will continue with yours, it is beautiful (as is your new guest room). Please enter me in your giveaway, I love both cushion covers and would not mind which I received.
Jenny

kit and nancy. said...

oh count me in! the second 50's floral just stole my heart. glad you will still be blogging...i try and blog once a week and that makes me happy...sometimes more depending on time and creativity level. just relax, have a cuppa and keep on blogging. love xx

Joolz said...

Both cushions are gorgeous but I do love chenille so I think it would be my first choice!

Glad you're still blogging, I love all your wonderful photos.

Life in the Country Lane said...

Somehow I missed this post and hope Im not too late to enter. A gorgeous giveaway Pam. I love both but my favorite is the vintage chenille.
Rebecca x

Esther said...

I know what you mean about trying to stay in touch with your creative side. My counsellor says it's a good indication of how things are going in my life.

I hope I'm not too late to enter the competition. I'd love the chenille one if I have the good fortune to win. It would go with so many things in my house. I wouldn't be able to decide between putting it on my bed or lounge chair.

rosenresli said...

Oh Pam,

the chenille pillow is so fantastic - I wish I could make it too. But unfortunately I´m not talented in sewing. I must learn it! Fast!
Today my first crocheted pillow is ready and shown on my blog. But your pillow is so much prettier - I love it.

Have a nice weekend,
Tanja