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My First Give-away! And Be My Guest ...part 3

At last...The next post on my upstairs renovation.


My very First Give-away!

I decided to do this give-away for 3 big reasons:

  • The most important reason is simply to Thank you all for stopping by and blessing my day with your sweet and encouraging comments!

  • Next...I have been working on refilling my tiny Etsy store with treasures and kick it off by giving some of them away!

  • And finally...I love presents! And thought that you might too!
So here it is:

From my new collection of goodies in my Etsy store:

An appliqued and embroidered canvas tote bag.

A Handmade 12x 16 boudoir pillow  made from white quilted cotton. It has an envelope back and antique lace edging. Embroidered with ""Bonne Nuit" and filled with a down filled insert.

A friend of mine, Karen, made this delightful hangtag garland that spells out the word "Wish".

A  heart sachet made from the old lace gown and filled with french lavender.

A handpainted lace votive holder,
 heather and hycinth votive... all tied up in a lace hankerchief!

A handcrafted notebook to track your journey thru life... or in search of bliss.
with a brown polka-dot writing pen.

And a $10 starbucks gift card in a handmade sleeve.
This is my favorite size!
 It can be put on your key ring... and always have it with you!

That's it!
A lovely tote filled with wonderments for your journey in search of Bliss.

I only have a few favors in order to qualify for this give-away....

  • If you are already a follower of this simply need to leave me a comment to let me know you have stopped by.

  • If you blog about my little give-away...I will give you another entry!

  • Become a new follower and leave a comment. a follower and leave a comment! That's all you need to do!

Ta Da!
That's it!
 I will draw a winner  this Friday, March 26th!

I wish each of you the best of luck!


The 3rd post on my finished upstairs.
I was going to show you the little hallway as well, but I think I will save it for another post.

Last Spring, When we first completed this little room, I did a post on it.
At the time, I didn't show you the room with the bed down.

Here it is:
Mr. Bill constructed the bed in such a way that it only takes about 5 minutes to go from this:

To this:

Tucked just below this little window seat are two old dresser drawers that we added casters to.
The drawers hold all the bedding and such.

This is the smallest room in our home, When the kids aren't here...It is a wonderful place to sit and read.
When they are here...This is the room that they all want...go figure.

This is "Bessie" and we refer to this little room as Bessie's Room.

(To see more pictures of this tiny space go back in my older posts.)

OH.....I Almost forgot!

Here are the photos of my finished window shade.
You know...the one I made from my old gown.

I love it! I hope you do too!

Check back on Friday to see who won the Give-Away!

God bless~donna


  1. Hi Donna. Congratulations on creating such a wonderful room to relax in. Such clever use of storage! Well done Mr Bill!!
    I love your window shade, it's beautiful.
    Good on you for having a give-away and what a beauty it is.

  2. Each of your guestrooms is sweeter than the last! You'd be in trouble if I came for a visit...I'm not sure I could leave.:)
    PS Your giveaway is wonderful. I'd be too thrilled to win!
    PSS I am a devoted follower.

  3. How wonderful, beautiful and lovely.....
    Rhonda Lou

  4. This room looks so cozy and beautiful!! Great job.

    Your giveaway looks wonderful too! Definitely throw my name in the hat! lol I am a follower too!!

  5. Oh Donna, this room is just beautiful. What a genius Mr Bill is, to build such a bed!!! That is the coolest thing ever. I love the beautiful window shade that you made!!! I won't be able to ever toss a nightie again. I think I would love to come and stay with Bessie. Her little room is darling too.
    What a gorgeous giveaway too. My many awesome goodies. I would love to enter.
    Thank you Donna for showing us around your upper floor. It is beautiful.

  6. Hi Donna...
    I'm one of your followers and enjoy stopping in to visit, even when I don't comment.

    Love the photos of your room. So pretty!

    You giveaway is very generous, and I'd be thrilled to be your winner.

    I'll be back to comment again after I post your giveaway on my blog.


  7. Hi again, Donna;
    I just posted your giveaway on the Giveaway Page of my blog at Brynwood Needleworks. Hope you'll stop in to visit and enter my giveaway as well.

    Here's the link to my post about your giveaway:

    Here's the link to my giveaway:

    Best Wishes,

  8. Yay! I love giveaways.. I love to play along! Beautiful room! ~lulu

  9. Bonjour Donna, the room looks fabulous - love the blind!

    Fabulous giveaway aussi.

    Leeann x

  10. Good morning Donna! I am really enjoying the tour...the rooms look wonderful. Love the way you have worked with the space.
    And please enter me for your give away. I'll be sure to share the news all looks perfect ~ What beautiful treasures...keeping my fingers crossed. :-)
    Wishes for a beautiful day to you ~ Rebecca

  11. ...fabulous giveaway! Please enter my name too ~ I am already a follower of your inspiring blog!
    xo, Rosemary

  12. What a wonderful selection of goodies - count me in!

  13. Yay! Everything looks great! How exciting...your very first giveaway! Count me in! I will post about it as soon as I get a chance.


  14. The room looks wonderful and your giveaway goodies are amazing! I am a new follower.

  15. Hi Donna:) WOW!! What a gorgeous room you have created, I love every inch of it!! I love the colours you have used and your blind is GORGEOUS!!! I am so happy to have found your blog and am now going to go and have a peek at your previous posts! Wishing you a wonderful day ~ Tina xx

  16. Hello talented girl!
    Thank you for stopping by and writing such a sweet comment, and for putting me on your blog role.

    Your site also looks amazing. I'll have to investigate more when I have more time. Good luck with your etsy site....too fun.
    always, lori

  17. girl, i'm picking myself up off the floor...fab give-aways....i'm swooning again!!

    have a wonderful day, donna!


  18. yay for give-aways! Thanks for letting me follow your blog. April is always bragging about your talent!

  19. Hi Donna,
    What a sweet blog you have. I'm a new follower and look forward to visiting often.

    Please count me in on your awesome giveaway!


  20. Hi Donna! Your room is adorable! You have always been able to do the most amazing and creative things! I am always saying that I wished you were still here to help me pick colors and to shop with.
    I love the giveaway! I am working the estate sale this weekend, so I could use a pick up like all your wonderful goodies! :-)


  21. Hey!

    Just wanted you to know that I posted about the giveaway on my last post. Have a great weekend!



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