Monday, 24 February 2014

The Mystery Giveaway

Hello all my Lovelies out there, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We did here as my eldest Son came over to stay so we had plenty of quality time to catch up with all his news.  He is a active traveller and enjoys many treks in all parts of the world - the next long one will be to base camp at the foot of Everest so it was really interesting to hear where he will be going.  I hope you all have some relaxation time and enjoyed being with your family and friends. 
This post will be quite short (sigh of relief from all of you!).  I was going to do the mystery giveaway yesterday but completely forgot to ask my Son to pick out the winners.  I had to catch up with him this morning and get him to pick out two numbers - I am sorry Folks but haven't worked out how to do it online yet, apologies.  However I do have three little photographs to show you which I will explain in the next post. 
We met up with our Little Peeps recently at Blist's Hill which is a Victorian village and spent a magical day with them there.  One of my favourite shops of all time is the draper's shop which is full of magical things all of us bloggers like.  For some reason she doesn't stock any yarns and I meant to ask her why as knitting was very popular then.   The photograph below shows the shop window and my two girls (and me) spent ages looking at all the little things in it.  The linens from around that time are just so lovely but must have taken ages to starch and iron - unless you were rich and had servants of course.
Here is the lady on her machine in the shop.  She makes such gorgeous sun bonnets and aprons and I was tempted to buy the girls one each - however - they are becoming much more fashion conscious now even at there young age and I don't think they were too happy about wearing one!  You can see one of the bonnets on the stand on the counter - she uses an old Singer machine with a treadle and said that it works wonderfully well.  The ribbons are just fabulous and I will show you more of these in the next post.  What I wouldn't give to have that shop, although I am not sure I would allow customers in as they stop you crafting!
The little bed below with the quilt on really caught the girls' eye and they have now asked me to make these for them - I have been talking about a quilt for ages haven't I so there is no excuse - and I wanted to start small anyway!  The lovely little quilt reminded me of a gorgeous blog which I follow - the second I saw the quilt I thought of her - that's right - Helen Philipps.  I am sure most of you have found her blog by now but she has such fabulous makes and I always find inspiration in her books.  If you haven't seen her blog do pop over to have a look.
Well Folks this is short and sweet as I have to leave for a meeting now but will do a longer post about Blist's Hill I promise.  But what about the giveaways you are all shouting - I have just spoken with my Son and he has picked out two numbers.  One of the winners is directly linked to the photograph above - yes, that is right.  Helen you are a winner so please get in touch and I can sort out sending you the prize.  The second winner is the lovely Amy from the fabulous love made my home blog - do pop over and catch up with what Amy is doing.  Well done to both of you - do get in touch soon and I can send your prizes.  I will be doing another giveaway in May as it will be a year since I started my blog - cannot believe how time has flown.
I will speak to you all very soon, meanwhile do take care and have a lovely day.  Sending you lots of hugs and loves, Dorothy :-)xxxxxxxxxx 


  1. Congratulations to Helen & Amy! The shop does look like a wonderful place to get lost in :) I'm glad you had a nice weekend with your son home telling you of his adventures. Enjoy your week Dorothy! Wendy x

  2. Dorothy you are so very kind, thank you. Congratulations too to Helen. Your visit to Blists Hill looks very interesting, and I look forward to seeing more of your pictures when you can post them. Hope that you have a good week. xx

  3. I do wish I could have visited that shop with you. It looks fabulous!

  4. Congrats to Amy and Helen and well done to you lovely Dorothy, for your kindness! That shop looks wonderful! Glad you had such a lovely time catching up with your boy and his adventures - family - you can't beat it! Much love, Joy xoxo

  5. I went to Blists Hill on a school trip many, many moons ago, it is a fabulous place glad to see it is still going strong.

  6. What a wonderful place Blists hill sounds and my goodness what a shop!
    Congratulations to the lucky winners!
    love Jooles x x x

  7. That sounds like such a lovely day out, Dorothy. And congrats to Helen & Amy - both well deserved, their blogs are just lovely too.
    Hugs xx

  8. What a lovely surprise, Dorothy!! Thank you so much!! Congratulations to Amy too :) Your day out looks amazing, and I adore that little bed and the tiny postage stamp quilt on it, just adorable!
    Helen xox

  9. Sounds like a lovely day - I adore the teanie tiny quilt x

  10. Hello lovely, sorry I am a little late in catching up on blogreading. It looks like you had a really enjoyable day out! Sending much love xoxo