and the winner is……

Last week I celebrated my first year of blogging which was very exciting. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I embarked on the journey just over 12 months ago. It has been alot of fun and I’ve met some wonderful people out there who all have similar interests and tastes to me.

There’s a number of things that draw me to different blogs – location, personality, humour, great images, interest in decor and colour. I can’t imagine how I could get through a day without visiting someone via their blog. It’s a constant source of enlightenment and inspiration for me.

Keeping up with what’s happening in the world of colour and design is also high on my list and learning about different events that are on in Sydney and further afield is great. One such event I discovered through blogging was The Finders Keepers Markets. Unfortunately my planned visit to the December event was curtailed when we lost our beloved Ming but on Saturday I finally made it.

My pick of the stall holders were Elkhorn Design and Nell Design. Elkhorn had some lovely screen printed cushion covers and table runners as well as some fashion items. They have an Etsy shop but it’s a bit bare at the moment. Maybe they recalled all their stock for the market.

Dahlia Table Runner by Elkhorn Designs

I first met Nell a few years ago at a Business Planning (read boring) workshop. She was just starting out and has made great inroads. Her designs are so simple yet so beautiful. Her stand was extremely busy on Saturday so she’s probably back behind the sewing machine.

Striped Cushions by Nell Designs

And now for the winner of my giveaway. A-M it’s you! I couldn’t believe it when my daughter pulled your name out of the bowl. We’re very sophisticated with our drawing here.

For those of you who don’t know (like where have you been?) A-M has spent the last few years building a house. She has written about it at The House That A-M Built and was one of the first blogs I started reading. Maybe it’s her Brisbane roots that drew me in, or her gorgeous sense of humour. So when you pass the newsagent this month and see the enlarged version of Home Beautiful being advertised, that’s her porch on the cover.

The House That A-M Built

Thank you to all those readers who left a comment and those that read but chose not to. I look forward to having you with me for another year.

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  1. Congratulations on your first year of blogging. I’ve had a great read through your blog. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I laughed about the No more gaps comment. Yep, it must have some structural properties. And yay for A-M winning your give-away.

  2. Unbelievable. I have never won a thing in my life and what wonderful timing…. thank you so much! A-M xx

  3. Congrats! My blog is almost a year old too!

    Your blog is lovely. Will return to read more.


  4. Just read your post on Ming – it was beautiful. Brought tears to my eyes. I have a five-year-old shih tzu-maltese and can’t imagine the day we have to say goodbye.

    Happy blog anniversary!

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