Saturday, January 19, 2013

French General Giveaway

I'm keeping my promise from last week to offer you a giveaway today.  If you haven't been to Elderberry Street before, here's what you'll find here.  Or not.  
There are plenty of antiquing and thrift store trips.

You'll see my ever changing decorating attempts.

 I've recently taken up hiking for exercise.

 I play around with Instagram, Photoshop and my new OlloClip lens.
Sometimes I walk on the beach.

I do cook occasionally.
And there's always something being created, with embroidery or knitting.
Speaking of which. . . you thought I forgot, didn't you? Made you look at all these pictures first.  It's kind of like having to walk through the ENTIRE grocery store just to get to the milk. Well, I'm giving away a wonderful book personally signed by Kaari Meng of French General, called "Home Sewn, 30 Projects for Every Room In The House". It's crammed full of good ideas, patterns and instructions. You'll love it.

All I ask is that you leave a comment.  I'm not asking that you follow me, although that would be nice.  I'm not trying to wring every last new follower out of this.  You won't find advertising on my blog.  I'm not selling anything.  I do hope that you'll come back for a visit and leave messages for me.  It's all about making new friends that have similar interests.  At least that's why I blog.  How about it? You can also find me at Follow Me on Pinterest or  This giveaway is open until February 1st. 

Linking up to the "Grow Your Blog" party at 2 Bags Full.


  1. Great blog and it's wonderful to meet you :)


  2. yay!!
    love the new banner!!
    great give away...thanks for the opportunity.
    happy weekend, friend,

  3. Love reading your blog! Always jealous of where you live because you have mountains and ocean! Let's see, I have concrete and lots of shopping (and more concrete)!!!! Thanks for introducing me to French General! Love their look, too.

  4. You know I love you :)

    Elderberry Street is a great place to find so many lovely things - a couple of my favorites are Skinnytaste and Just Something I Made.

    I'm happy other friends are finding you, too!

  5. Your new header is beautiful! I love following your blog Karen. This was a great post, but you forgot to mention that you occasionally knit! oxoxox

  6. So pleased to meet you through Vicki -- your blog is lovely...I've been enjoying scrolling around and looking at all your photographs!

  7. So nice to find your blog with the lovely photos. Vicki has done a marvelous job. I'm looking forward to your next post.

  8. I'm a new visitor to your blog (from Australia). I'm a novice thrift shopper and love to see what other people find.

  9. It's great to find your blog and meet you! I'm envious of your visits to the ocean! Loving your photos! The French General book would be a lovely treasure to have! Jamie V in MT

  10. i love those Christmas lights. those owls are perfect in any size. i love instagram, so i am finding you soon. glad to have found you thank to the blog party. wish you well. please stop by my blog. take care. ( :

  11. Deleted? Well! Hmmmf! Just kidding. Here's another one...

    I love your new banner! What a generous and wonderful give-away prize. That book looks awesome! Have fun at the party!

  12. So nice to meet you. I love French General fabrics, so I would think this book is awesome. Thanks!

    Jocelyn @

  13. New follower and I am participating in the Blog Party too!
    So glad to have found your blog it is absolutely wonderful!Love your photos.

  14. I just love the French General...beautiful blog. I hope to win. Thanks, Di@Cottage-wishes

  15. You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

  16. I love French General - been there twice. I have a few things I purchased each time I was there and I lovingly use them so I won't run out.

    You said you were on the other side of the mountains from me so I am trying to figure out what beach is in your lovely photos.

  17. I don't know whether I left my comment correctly...hmmm! Will have another go but please delete one if I've duplicated. Just wanted to say what a lovely place you have here, love your decorating attempts especially the candles and pic over that fireplace. Your pics are great too. And I have to say I think your hair looks fabulous! Thanks so much for visiting my blog. x

  18. nice to meet you! i'm visiting from the blog party, it was nice to get to know you a little from your pictures :) i like the vintage bulbs. What a lovely looking book :D

  19. Hi, I'm visiting from "Grow Your Blog" and love your site! I love all things vintage, repurposed, nature - especially walks on trails and on beaches...we have a lot in common! I've been looking and looking around and have become your newest follower - I don't want to miss your next post! Greetings from Texas, it's nice to meet you!

  20. Hello ,
    What a wonderful way to meet like minded women. So glad that Vicki "Grow Your Blog"has gone to such an effort to showcase so many blogs. Creative and generous...Your blog is very creative and inspiring.

  21. Glad I found your blog. Looking forward to reading your posts.

  22. I enjoyed my visit to Eldrberry Street! Your photos are lovely and your giveaway is scrumptious!! Take care E

  23. Lovely Blog post :):) Happy hopping:):)

  24. Hello! I enjoyed your post and taking a peek around your blog-especially the post about The Art of Craft. Someday I'll get there! :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Hi, I am Robyn! I am sure I will be back, I love what I see here!

  26. Hello,

    Nice to meet you in this party.:)

    There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

    All the best.:)

  27. I just found your lovely blog not too long ago and already you are having a wonderful give-away! Thank you!

  28. That's ok I like meandering thru your grocery store to get to the milk:) its always a great visit. Love following you on IG as well as it's always something different be it cooking,antiquing or travel etc !!!!!

  29. I am a follower now :D
    Beautiful blog and I love your lovely giveaway...
    Thanks for the chance to win

  30. I've been a follower for a long time :) and will keep being a joyful one. nice post.

  31. Hi, Always enjoy your posts. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

  32. I love your photography and creativity -and would like a chance to win your very nice prize! I am definitely going to be a newbie follower

    Lesley x

  33. Fun to find you through the GYB event. The project in your blog banner is stunning...I love it! I also really like the little strawberries in the next post down, and the cuff a ways below that. Lots of fun stuff to see here!

  34. Dang girl... you got a fabulous blog! and a cute hubby to boot? How did you get to be so lucky? hmmmm?
    big hugs,

  35. What a feast for the eyes! Loving the gorgeous delights here in your blog! I do envy you - over here in the UK there isn't the wealth and diversity of art and craft events (or maybe I just haven't found them?) I'd love to have the opportunity to go to these sort of gatherings!

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog earlier - you're definitely going on my blog-list so I can keep up with your posts! ;-)

    SueH The Knitting Assassin!
    Twitter – @Librarymaid

  36. Hi Karen,

    It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely as well as your antiques! I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

  37. I just discovered your blog and I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  38. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog.
    I'd love the chance to enter your giveaway. The book looks marvelous!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  39. Hi!
    I LOVE Kaari Meng's books! I love your blog header. I'll be stopping by to see what you have to say!

  40. Ohh...anything French General! I got to take a class with Kaari at Silver Bella a few years ago and visiting their CA store is on my bucket list! I love just about everything they do...what a great giveaway! Nice to meet you!

  41. So very glad I found your blog! I am new to this and have not "followed" many, but will be looking forward to seeing yours. We have many of the same interest. Blessings to you from east Texas

  42. What a great book...sewing is so relaxing and creative. visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and am following; I invite you to visit Thistle Cove Farm, leave a comment on my GYB post and follow me.

  43. Very fun blog and great pictures.

    It is great to meet you through Vicki's GYB party. I am a quilter and love French General fabrics.

    If you have a chance, please drop by

  44. I most definitely WILL come back and visit - lovely blog...dropping by from Vicki's GYB Party, and glad I did! Hope your weekend is wonderful - good luck with the hiking/exercise plan this year! :-) Tanya

  45. Karen - I really love the velvet cuff bracelet you made! Also - I'd like to tell you that you are the WINNER of my giveaway! Please email me your address and I will get it shipped off ASAP. I will be back often to visit your blog! Go here to see a reminder of what you won! Thanks for stopping by to visit Remnants! Jamie V in MT

  46. I have followed you because you have such a beautiful job and interesting; I look forward to spending more time perusing asap. Thanks. Karen Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

  47. I'm still plowing through the long list of the Grow Your Blog talented people, and so glad I've come across yours! The stitched cuff in your header is SO wonderful, and wow, what a great giveaway. I think I'll become a follower and see what else you have up your sleeve :-)

    Stop by my blog and giveaway if you get the chance--


  48. Love your strawberries in the post below! Happy to come across your blog in the GYB hop!

  49. What a great blog. I'm enjoying your photos. I'm having great fun at the Blog Party. Hope you'll visit me back.

    Will follow...

    Aloha from Vicki

  50. Hello Karen

    How lovely to meet you via our dear friend Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party!

    It's been lovely meeting up with new like - minded bloggers like you! I love hearing people's stories and like you I enjoy things creative too and I'm not selling anything on my blog either!!

    What a beautiful Giveaway, I often borrow this book out of the library - in fact I've even got a photo of some French General fabrics on my GYB post!

    I'm your newest follower.

    I do hope you'll pop over and see me too and enter my GYB Giveaway!

    Shane ♥


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