A Plethora of Thanks



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Time for me to brag and show you some of my lucky windfalls of late. Giveaway wins and thoughtful gifts that have come my way from some very special bloggers. Each and everyone deserving of a post in itself.. However, since I think they all look so pretty here together.. and the fact that I like the word 'Plethora', I'll swamp you with my good luck all in one hit!
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Gypsy Brocante
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First up is my gorgeous new tote bag which comes to me from the lovely Gypsy Brocante, all handmade by Jill herself. I think I showed you this win a while back but didn't get to show you the beautiful inside fabric, so I think it is worth another outing. Yes the bag is reversible.. and I'm quite partial to the floral print which is a perfect companion for the beautiful spring weather we are having in Sydney. I'm pretty sure these gorgeous colours are starting to influence my decor.
[ps the golden reverse fabric can be seen further down in the heart shot]
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Attached was this lovely fabric blossom..
Extra sweet to me as my mum made similar flowers back when I was a wee thing.
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Thanks Jill
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I love them more and more each day
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Drawn To The Sea
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Next we have my very special present I received not long ago from the sweet Julia of Drawn To The Sea blog. Julia is such a sweetheart.. and each and every post reflects her thoughtful nature and eye for beauty in the everyday... Well her timing was perfect.. Right when I needed a little lift, this gorgeous heart turned up to turn my frown around. The heart comes from Cottage In The Sun Etsy shop [here].. and is made from ceiling tin [love it!!!]. If you can't have tin ceilings, then the next best thing is to have something made from it I say!..

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... Thank you dear Julia for thinking of me ...
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La Petite Coterie
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Now I'm a little late in showing you this giveaway win. Some time back I won this fabulous king size burlap cushion cover from the talented Michelle from La Petite Coterie .. Beautifully handcrafted from quality burlap, the pillow cover fits a standard bed pillow and is removable which I find quite convenient as I like to change things around a bit. As with all Michelle's cushions, it is trimmed with a silver religious medallion [mine being St Bernadette] giving it that thoughtful extra touch ...
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Michelle hails from the USA, but just last week I was excited to spot one of her cushions displayed in our own aussie publication ... Home Beautiful Magazine.. Congrats Michelle.. and thank you again for sending this beauty my way.. I'm pleased to say it is very happy here in Australia.. and excited to see some of it's relatives migrate here too!!

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Chic Little Shop
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OK.. Another cushion cover.. but this time in beautiful belgium style linen. This lovely cushion over comes from sweet Julie at Chic Little Shop blog and Etsy.. If you've been reading my blog lately you would have seen the giveaway Julie sponsored from her new range... Well I was fortunate enough to be able to 'road test' one of Julie's products... and am happy to say it is as well crafted and beautiful as I expected. I'm sure those who missed out on the giveaway are even more jealous now... Don't be jealous!!! just pop over to Julie's shop.

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Thank you so much Julie for your lovely gift
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Angie Muresan
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Those of you who know Angie, know that she can weave a tale that will feed both your mind and soul... Her ability to take you on an imaginary journey is one of her lovely gifts... Another is her generosity of spirit. I was lucky enough to win a book over at Angie's blog.. entitled 'French Women Don't Sleep Alone'.. Sadly it's still packed in a moving box so I don't have a photo.. but perhaps I should get to that unpacking and see if these pearls of wisdom can quite possibly shift the 'spinsterish' state of my being!!!

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Thank you dear Angie... your stories and friendship brighten our world
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McCarthy Designs
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And most recently.. I won four tickets to the upcoming Better Homes and Gardens expo from lovely Nellie at McCarthy Designs blog. I'm pretty excited about this win as hopefully I am going to meet up with another blogger to attend [more about that later].. So Dear Nellie your generous and thoughtful gift will be spreading even more joy and hopefully I'll get some shots of the day to share with you all.. My tickets arrived with this fabulous card [below] shot by her talented husband Nick .... This card is extra special too as these very same red phone booths play an important role in my teenage memories... long hours in conversation with best buddies and hopeful romances were spent inside these very same red phone booths.. which.. no longer exist in Sydney..
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Thank You So Much Nellie & Nick

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Phew.. Still With Me?
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I've also been the recipient of some lovely awards from generous blogging friends which I'll bring you in another post.. I suspect you may already think me greedy!!!... But... One more gift to show today, Is the lovely pink rose in my front garden. The first for spring and hopefully many more to come. So that's it for now.. Greedy Julie signing off till next post... September's Full Moon... serendipity permitting. Thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who sent me these gifts.. If you get a chance, pop over and visit a few via the links above.


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IMAGE SOURCE:
All text & photography by me - [Being Ruby©]

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28 comments:

Sheila said...

Absolutely beautiful! These will be treasures for you I know!
Thanks for sharing..:)

Chic Little Shop said...

Hi Julie
Wow, you've been busy getting mails.(smile)
I love how you showed off. They all look gorgeous. Lucky you! My cushion cover looks so adorable in your home.
Thank you..
Julie in Mel. xx

Patyclau said...

Dear Ruby ¡What a wonderfull photos¡¡¡¡¡

I really like the bag, and the heart and the McCarthy`s card....everything.

Hugs

becky at abbeystyle said...

Oooh, it's as if you won the lottery!!! congrats on your gorgeous gifts! They all fit so nicely in your home.

Giulia said...

Yes, congratulations. And thanks for the lovely rose photograph for all of us.

xoxo

Splendid Sass said...

Well aren't you the lucky lady! The gifts are absolutely beautiful, lucky lady!
Have a nice day.
Teresa

Blondie's Journal said...

You have received so many pretty treasures, it's hard to keep count. The tote bag is fabulous, I adore the fabric. I'd love to have a sofa made from it! And the fabric blossom is beautiful. My daughter just started making them and it looks like a lot of fun! And the pillow? Love it. How lucky you are, Julie!

Enjoy!

xoxo
Jane

oldgreymare said...

Are you sure you are not Irish? You are sure having the luck of the Irish.

Wow, greedy little you :0..sweetie no one deserves it better. Spring is bringing your spirits up, I can tell...YAY spring!

xxx

z

DAVID McGRIEVEY said...

What about those diamond earrings I sent you? I see no photo of them, nor a mention of the polo pony I shipped at great expense.
X David

Fifi Flowers said...

Pretty post!!!

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

~*~*Julie you are such a lucky girl!!!! ;) I LOVE all your goodies!!~*Thanks for sharing~*~*Rachel ;)~*

Just Martha said...

Dear Julie - I couldn't resist the enticing title today!!! It made me zoom in to you straight away. Congrats on all the winnings. How simply divine!!!

simon said...

crikey! You are certainly getting looked after by your bloggin' buddies! great huh!??? :o)

I must say they are all very stylish ( very much so)

I travel with mine, and perhaps the best trip was cathcing up in El Rocio (Spain) for a retirement bash.

blogging is GREAT!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well, my goodness you have been lucky lately! I'm so glad...you deserve it:) You have some wonderful new things, I'm glad you shared with us!

La Petite Gallery said...

Aren't you a lucky Lady. All of them are wonderful.. Enjoy. I love the hand bag..
so french yvonne

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

It's as if they all went shopping with you and picked it all to go in one room. It all blends so well together. Lucky you!!! but well deserved!
You've done a great job photographing them in such warm yummy lighting. Makes me want them even more.
xo,
Carole

Ruby@Ruby'sMusings said...

You are one lucky lady...I am green with envy over most all of it!! CONGRATS!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Oh my goodness...you are one lucky lady!!
Love everything...
Congratulations on all your wins!
Thanks for sharing all your treasures!
:)

Killiecrankie Farm said...

You must so look forward to seeing your post box - I would with this sort of affection being delivered !
What a splendid selection - I'm guessing a Provence penchant ?
And as always Julie - gorgeous photos and set :)
have a great thursday (i've made myself sick on baklava & coffee)

Chatelaine said...

Wow, windfall! I guess so. What fantastic gifts. I would be proud to display any one of them in my home.

Actually I do have one, a pillow from La Petite Coterie and I love it!

Congratulations on your well deserved awards as well!

Drawn to The Sea said...

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I'm so glad you like the heart, dearest Miss Julie. You photographed it & all the other goodies so beautifully. The universe loves you, & so do we all :-)

Hugs,
Julia~

nerines said...

Your so lucky!! I'm with Killiecrankie I would be super excited about checking the mail box rather than the hesitancy I approach it with now. Bills bite! Beautiful photographs! Hope your having another great day:)

mise said...

All beautiful, beautiful, and all the more beautiful for being beautifully photographed by you. When do we get to see more of your lovely place...? I'm lagging behind in the style stakes and must urgently get me some of those cushions.

Les Cotrions said...

Congratulations lucky Julie! All the gifts you received are so beautiful and special! But you know....you deserve them all!
I'm very busy...we'll open a new exhibition in some days...not enough time for blogging!
Wish you a nice day and a faboulous week end!
Ciao
Vale

McCarthy Designs said...

You have been very fortunate Julie, congratulations on all of your beautiful wins and thank you for your lovely mention of my blog. You are a sweetie. xx

Dash said...

I don't know about greedy Julie but lucky Julie springs to mind, you have a gorgeous hoard of treasures there and you have photographed them beautifully.

Sorry have not been around much lately am busy trying to catch up with everybody.
XXX

erin said...

congratulation, you certainly are deserving. actually, YOU are the GIFT to us.
happy fall,
erin

Life love, clutter and other beautiful things. said...

Wow!!! What a gorgeous collection. Congratulations xox