I wonder if these come in my size??

Reading through my favourite blogs, I came across one of Dooce’s recent posts. She has received a pair of customised Converse trainers for her baby daughter – I want them!! I’d love to be able to draw and paint well enough to try to do something like that for myself – I love the clouds and hippos!


Diary/notebook – what a good idea!

I spotted this Moleskine diary/notebook on Frugal + Urban today, a website that I found via the Simple Green Frugal Co-op. And what a good idea it is. On each double page, one side has the diary for the week, and the other side is lined note paper. For me, as someone who makes lists regularly, but then forgets or loses said lists almost instantly, this would be a really useful memory aid to make sure that I do things in the right week!

I’m definitely going to try to remember to ask for one for Christmas!

Another great giveaway!

For all of you who like home made items, this giveaway is a must! At http://www.gocksfrocks.blogspot.com/, Kristen is giving away lovely things like a gift voucher for her Etsy shop and a beautiful patchwork cushion cover. I’m entering! If you win after seeing it here, please share your prize with me – I’ll be your best friend for ever!

But seriously, there are dozens of giveaways going on right now. What has got into everyone? The generosity fairy has been busy doing her rounds!

Apron giveaways

Lots of apron giveaways on at the moment. In developing my self image as someone who really wants to clean my house, and who doesn’t see it as a super-huge bore (=where I am right now) I thought it would be an excellent idea to try and get a really nice apron which might encourage me in my domesticated pursuits!

I found all these at the Apronista website, and intend to do my best to enter them all – more chances to win!

calamity kimCalamity Kim is, I think, offering the entire contents of her kitchen! But seriously, this is a HUGE giveaway, with miniature apron, tea towel, books, stationery and many many other kitchenalia items!

amyquarryAmy Quarry is giving away any two items in her shop – this isn’t limited to aprons, although I do like the red apron to the right, and that would definitely be something I’d choose. Her Etsy shop sells items which she has made from repurposed and recycled fabrics, mixed with new, funky fabrics. I like the thinking!

At The Apron Goddesses, a mother and daughter apron set by Twinklebelle is on offer. You just have to go to the Twinklebelle website and pick your favourite apron to comment on, the comment on the giveaway post written by The Apron Goddesses (my favourite is the Raisin Flower apron).

The PolkaDotBarn is offering a swishy, satiny, gleaming pink apron in return for choosing your favourite item from her shop and leaving a comment. In her shop, I like the antique thimble birds’ nest. It’s the little things that make you happy!

Aunt Daisy’s Shoppe is giving away a 1930’s style reversible apron to celebrate the grand opening of her shop. She is selling some very cute pincushions, if you’re in the market for one.

And finally, Country Mom has a contest for a very cute pink and brown paisley half apron (waist down), which is very feminine and sweet.

So, now I’ve reported all of the giveaways, it’s time for me to go and leave some comments. Then I will be adding them all to my Google Reader, because I think it would be tremendously rude to expect to be included in any of these giveaways while not reading any more posts. Besides, I have found some of my most favourite blogs to read in this way. Wish me luck, and keep your fingers crossed that I win one of them!

Fancy apron giveaway!

Apronista is holding a giveaway for a choice of one of three very snazzy aprons over at her blog. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment telling her which of the aprons from the collection by Mingle Aprons would be your favourite (mine was the Madeline, although I liked them all!) – you can get extra entries by telling her your favourite party food or drink, and also by blogging or tweeting about the competition. So wish me luck – I think I’d look very glamorous in one of these aprons!

Win one of three gorgeous quilts!

Today, I was directed to the Old Red Barn Co. blog for this quilt giveaway.


I’d LOVE to win one of these quilts; quilting is something that I’ve always been interested in doing, but have never found the time to do properly. My mum made a patchwork quilt when I was younger, and I was really envious of it! I went as far as to make a couple of small sections of my own quilt, but there, I’m afraid, my patience wore out!

Anyway, the closing date to register a chance to win one of the quilts is Monday (17th November) so get over there NOW if you fancy your chances!

Cheese Scones

Thanks to the inpiration and temptation of my new blogfriend Suzy I made some cheese scones for our tea this evening. I used mexicana cheese rather than cheddar and they went down very well with my family!

If you fancy making some you should head over to Suzy’s blog where she recently posted recipes for both sweet and savoury scones – mmm! Just the thing for autumnal afternoons!