Thank you so kindly for offering pearls of IT wisdom regarding blogger and photographs - I have shrunk these using rinkydinks (!) and this seems to work. A bit of hassle but at least it seems to work for the time being.
Thank you also for kind words regarding sadder times - we all have them don't we. I tend not to talk too much about personal stuff on this blog as this is where I like to 'tra la la' and leave real world far behind. Here everything is rosy and I am cosy.
I had bigger and better things planned for giveaway - maybe next year. Truth be known (what with all the loin girding etc) I have run out of steam a little at the moment. Lost compulsion to make things on the whole - I did a vintage fair a few weeks ago (lovely to meet you again Eco Ethel and Deborah). I get it all wrong I think and came away with a £15 deficit/minus/negative equity (and that does not include petrol or the cost of making things etc in the first place so in reality it would be much more). Most things were £2- 4 so did not feel that I had priced myself out of the shopposphere - I sold a pin tin for £2, a book for £2 and a lovely vintage tin full of vintage buttons for £5 (a few days later I bought a lovely vintage tin full of vintage buttons for £3.....). Deborah was very kind about my stall and said that it looked very pretty - maybe too much so and that people did not wish to ruin my display...I may have been glaring a people who did not put things back where they found it (ha ha).
Not to worry because one of my sisters came to visit and she returned home with the usual car load of stuff - including a Lloyd Loom linen basket (which I had to empty of lovely Witney blankets first!), umpteen vintage tins, some linen tablecloths, a pile of vintage children's annuals and a Partridge in a Pear Tree. No space cleared in the house though because as well as the export there was also some imported goods from my sister - a few vintage books (ironically a copy of the very same one I had just exported!), a very nice tea towel (was in dire need...) and an Airfix fairy doll.
I had also recently being buying embroideries like fury on Ebay - my friend and I had a plan to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (previously we have done one of those two days walks in the Peak District.....there must be an easier way I thought...). There was a fatal flaw in my plan so now have a small mountain to clear....oh dear. I fear that I will never clear the spare bedroom for my grand plan!
Are you Ebay, Etsy or Folksy? Mmmm - I wonder which you are? I have not tried selling anything on Etsy or Folksy but as some of you know I sell things on Ebay from time to time. Just in case those of you who have found me (I like to keep my worlds separate) and were thinking: 'How can she bear to get rid of that' I tend to deal in multiples so will usually have more than one of something......cripes.....Mind - you might also be thinking: 'She's got a brass neck getting rid of that!' Most things that I sell start at 99p - you've got to risk it for a Swisskit!
Back to the giveaway - a little wreath that I made decorated with vintage Christmas bits and bobs, a pseudo Sindy type fairy doll (?60s I think??), a Peek Frean tin - not a reproduction so comes with original wear and tear (!!!) and a little embroidery hoop with a neatly stitched deer (in truth I have not cut this to fit so can be removed and used for something else if so desired).
Please leave a comment if you would like this to be yours and also can I request that you are a follower that I can get in touch with (after my other giveaway my conscience meant that I gave the unclaimed purse to Bronte - so a bit of a shame really).
This was the setting up stage at one of my stalls - not quite 'The Paradise'!
I shall draw the giveaway on the 14th of December (hope that leaves time to post!!