Sunday, July 4, 2021

Giveaway Winners & a Birthday ......................................

Greetings lovely friends & readers

Late one night last week I went through all the comments on my Giveaway post & gave each one a number. I had 75 comments altogether (not counting a couple of replies & a spam)  I wrote the numbers 1 to 75 on separate pieces of paper, folded them & put them all in my vintage twin-spout teapot.  Then I got The Mr to draw out 2 numbers.  First he drew out 44, then No 3.

The winner of the 1st Prize is Christine from the blog MacDonalds Patch & the winner of the 2nd Prize is Janet from the blog Roque Quilter

Both winners have been notified & I will be posting their parcels off overseas to them tomorrow.  I So enjoyed this Giveaway & would love to do these more often - I just loved reading everyone's comments about their favourite season.    I did a tally in case you are interested ......  Autumn (fall) was the winner with 36 votes followed by Spring at 23 votes, then Winter at 8 & Summer at 7. Some people didn't name their favourite, some named 2 seasons & two people said every season has its own special rewards to look forward to ... which is absolutely right ❤

As for myself - it was always Spring for me - the season of Hope after a cold winter & watching the garden come to life again.  But I have to confess our Autumns now are just beautiful & mild, so I think I might love them both equally.

Last week I also celebrated another birthday - I turned 61.   We had a simple informal family tea on the Sunday night & my daughter in law made me an Orange Cake with cream cheese icing - it was indeed delicious & moist.

I had a fairly quiet day on my birthday, which is what I wished for ... but I got thoroughly spoilt with some lovely gifts from family & friends.

The Mr had given me some money to buy a birthday gift about a month ago & I chose this vintage looking wrought iron planter.

I took it with me to the Garden Centre last week & bought this terracotta pot to sit in it along with the beautiful pansy - a new variety called "Eyelash Pansies" πŸ’•

This old teapot had been sitting in a box of junk treasures so I gave it a coat of chalkpaint in the colour "Pumice"  ....  & some remnants of Re-design transfers to embellish it. 


I was able to remove the pin from the lid & put it on backwards as I have a pot that sits perfectly in this.  I will plant it with some babies tears ... a gift for a friend.

Longtime readers of my blog may remember reading in * this post *  how pleased I was with my 3 baskets of hanging geraniums. I have been able to start more cuttings from my main plant & potted them up this week - two of these baskets are going down to my sister-in-law as she asked me to do some for her.  I have tucked them up under my covered deck area as the heavy frosts we have had this week can burn the foliage.

I got up early this morning & made another Fridge Drawer Stew as I had pumpkin going soft & broccoli that needed using up. These stews are so warming during these winter months & use up all those leftover veggies in the Fridge - The Mr would have this every night if he could.

When I've peeled all my veggies I take the bowl of peelings out to my worm farm ... on my way back to the house I noticed Blackie asleep in the catcher of the ride-on lawn mower because of course - there are No Nice Comfy Places to sleep anywhere else on the entire property πŸ˜‰

Thanks so very much for your visits here today dear friends & thanks to all of you who took part in my Giveaway.
If I could - I would give a prize to each & every one of you. 😊
I am off down to my Mum's for a few days to help her out so I shall catch up with all your blogs on my return,
With much love & friendship to You All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x0


  1. congrats to the lucky 2 winners, a belated Happy Birthday Julie, I hit the big 60 in December, scary stuff, love your teapot, enjoy your time with your Mum. Chris xoxo

  2. Happy Birthday Julie! Happy to see that you were spoilt!πŸ’œπŸ’œ

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet kind comment Jennie xx

  3. Hi Julie, congratulations to your winners and many happy returns for your birthday :) I love the picture you have with the quote from Ecclesiastes 3 (my favourite chapter in the Bible). Your teapot turned out well, you would never know it was stainless steel, I would never have expected chalk paint to adhere to it either! The wire planter you chose for your birthday is lovely. Gerraniums are beautiful and smell so lovely, I think they would look good hanging indoors as well as outside. Betty x

  4. Congrats to the lucky winners and happy belated birthday greetings to you Julie. Looks like you had a lovely day and I love your new birthday teapot, as well as your upcycled teapot. A red trailing geranium would look fabulous in it. I also love your vintage planter. You have such great taste Julie. Have a good

  5. Wishing you Late Birthday wishes.
    Congrats to the winners.
    Love your post you are such a busy bee ,
    Have fun.

  6. Happy birthday, lovely lady. it looks perfect in every way. x

  7. Happy Birthday Julie. Looks like you had a wonderful day with lots of lovely gifts. Love the teapot. Those pansies are so pretty. Hugs, xx

  8. A very, very happy Burfday Julie..
    Love the cake and ALL the prezzies!
    Hope the furry ones made a big fuss
    of you to...if they were awake, that
    is..! :).

    I've just acquired a couple of hanging
    baskets, as my next door neighbour died
    a month ago, funeral was last Friday,
    one of the boys said if l wanted anything
    from the garden, help your self..!
    Actually one of the hanging baskets was just
    full of various pansies..My most favourite
    Also had a few things from his deep freeze,
    mostly game..! Pheasants etc..

    Love the saying to...
    So...As it's Sunday..
    "Give us this day our daily thread"..
    "When your feeling low, it's time to sow"...

    HeHe! Bless! BIG (((Hugs))) X's for the furry
    😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼 🐾🐾 😼

  9. Happy Birthday Julie. Love Blackies sleeping spot.

  10. Congratulations to your two lucky winners! Lots of lovely things going on at your place as usual. Lovely birthday gifts too -Happy Birthday! xx

  11. Happy Birthday, Julie! And the wrought iron hanger with lovely pansies was a good way to celebrate. Aside from the delicious cake. Congrats to the winners of your generous prizes. So much detail and stitching went into every thing they are going to receive. I'm potting up perennial seedlings to plant in my fall for next summer. And you are potting up annuals to keep over your winter. And Blackie ought to know better than sleep in a hard spot. Precious is terrified as we nutty humans think our July 4th Celebration is all about the fireworks. In our area they have been shooting off noise makers, like mini bombs, all week and will continue for the rest of this week. Enjoy your stew, it looks great. Lynn and Precious XX

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment Lynn - yes the wrought iron hanger is beautiful. I have just returned from posting the parcels away to the Winners. I did not know that July 4th was celebrated with fireworks ... I can just imagine poor Precious as neither Pippi nor Blackie like Fireworks either & they are terrified of them. I wish they would ban them in this country. Have a lovely week Lynn & Precious xx

  12. Congratulations to the winners! And a belated happy birthday to you! Sounds like the perfect celebration! It's summer here in Kansas and I am spending lots of time clipping and tidying up the yard and flowers. Enjoy your time with your mom.

  13. Happy happy birthday to you and lovely to see the different things at your place.... so skilled at decorating and making it look gorgeous....

  14. Happy belated birthday Julie. Your cake looked delicious, as did all the gifts. I especially like what you spent on the Mr’s contribution. Such pretty pansies too. Have a lovely visit at your mums and don’t work too hard. xxx

  15. A belated Happy Birthday Julie. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and were thoroughly spoilt just like you deserve.
    Enjoy your time with your Mum :-)

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment Pam & also your birthday wishes,
      I hope you have a great week,
      Julie xx 😊

  16. Very happy birthday Julie, looks like you had a wonderful time. Congratulations to Christine and Janet. The tea pot you have repurchased looks wonderful, isn't it great when you can create more plants from one you already have. Ah Blackie that must have been a warm spot. Safe travels to your Mums.

  17. Happy birthday Julie and congrats to the lucky winners xx

  18. Hi Julie, happy birthday for last week. Another July 1960 baby, we are such wonderful people aren't we!! Had to say it.
    Your plant hanger from your husband is absolutely gorgeous.
    I love what you did on your old teapot, looks wonderful. Pleased you had a lovely day, sometimes it nice to have a quiet one isnt it.

  19. Happy Happy belated birthday wishes Julie! Your birthday cake looks delicious;orange cake one of my favourites :-) It looks like you had a lovely time and lots of presents. I do like the planter! I haven't seen a design like that before. Congratulations to the lucky winners. Really gorgeous prizes :-) Received your latest email ... thank you Take care Amanda x

  20. A belated happy birthday, from me too. I like your teapots, I have a little collection. Very little as they are bulky. You received lots of cards, this is very nice. Unfortunately, here in Italy, this habit is not too much practiced and now above all the social networks, people don’t think at them!
    Congratulations to the winners and enjoy your mum.
    Have a nice week,
    Miriam from Italy

    1. Thank You so much for your sweet comment & your birthday wishes Miriam. I love cards too ... there is something special about a nice card with a nice message written inside. You are so kind Miriam - thank You.😊 Julie xx

  21. Congratulations to the two winners! Belated Happy Birthday!! The old teapot turned out beautifully. Honestly, You make old things prettier than anything new that can be bought. You are simply amazing!! Wonder why kitties find the most uncomfortable looking places to nap. Smokey does the same thing. Love, Henny

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  23. Many Happy Returns Julie. Just enjoyed a lovely stroll through your blog. The little teapot is very pretty.
    Jean. xx

  24. Happy birthday for last week Julie. You chose well with your iron planter. I was very excited when I received your email letting me know I was a winner. That is a very unusual teapot. I don't think I've ever seen one with two spouts before! I hope you're having a lovely time with your Mum. xxx

  25. So glad you enjoyed your birthday, the teapot looks fabulous I just love your upcycling ideas. Have a good week.x

    1. Thank You so much for your kind comment ... I hope you have a good week too. 😊xx

  26. Happy Belated Birthday Wishes to you Julie and congratulations to the winners of your give-away. Love your new plant hanger. Have a lovely week. Cheers, Janette

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