Friday, July 24, 2009

The Time Has Come - At Last!!!

PLEASE NOTE!!!!! Due to my dad's hospitalization, I am extending this through midnight Eastern time on Friday night. I'll do the drawing as soon as I can after we get him home, but I'm not sure yet when that will be - I'll keep you posted! B.


I wanted to do this to celebrate the 10,000th hit on my blog. But just a week or so before I got there, my hit counter went AWOL, and I didn't know when that 10,000th visitor came. Then there was vacation, two more trips to the hospital with my dad, and yada, yada, yada! I just never got around to it.

But now, it's ON!!!

The first ever Camellia Cottage's Hearth and Home giveaway!!! I've been obsessing for weeks over what I wanted to give away. You know our budget is in a crunch these days, and anyone can go buy something, but I wanted to do something special! I wanted to give away a collection of things that meant something to me, so that you would know it was from the heart, and not just to get MORE hits on my blog!

I've been blogging about a year now, and I've met some wonderful people, and learned so much about such a wide spectrum of things. I've gained much more than I ever expected, and I want to say "Thank You" by sharing some of my treasures!

The giveaway is made up of a collection of seven goodies, a few I've bought at estate sales or the Goodwill shop, others I've made using bits of vintage chicken feed sacks from the 1950's. I know they are from the 1950's because they held feed used at our chicken house when I was a child, and my mama lovingly took out the stitches, washed, dried and folded and kept them, and only a couple of years ago gave them to me. You can read more about that HERE.

So, shall we start with the goodies???

A little pillow (about 5-6" square) I made from an old feed sack with purple cherries and green stems and leaves. There is a tiny packet of lavender inside, so you get just the lightest of lavender scents. This could even be used as a pincushion if you liked.

The center has a button covered with the same fabric on both sides.

A pretty bow (corsage) I made that would go great on a denim jacket! The lace is relatively new, but the fabric is more of the feed sack scraps from my stash. I've had the watering can button for ages and ages! There's a large safety pin sewn on the back so you can pin it onto a piece of clothing, or whatever you choose.

This precious little glass plate (or bowl) that I bought at an estate sale. It's about 6-8 inches across, and I've not been able to find a chip or crack anywhere.

A mini pincushion, also handmade by me! It's about 2-3 inches tall and 1 1/2 inches across. The blue checked fabric is more of the feed sacks, and when I was a little girl, one of my favorite dresses was made from a piece of this same fabric. (Did I tell you we were poor, and most of my clothes were homemade, and many from feed sacks???) The pink lace and ribbon rose are new.

Next up is this precious vintage tea cup I bought at the local Goodwill shop a while back. The gold on the outside is lovely, but the pink rose on the inside is precious!

There are no markings on the bottom, so I can't share a brand or pattern with you, but even if you don't use it for tea or coffee, it would be great for paper clips and such on a desk!

And this is something special! Remember THIS post about sweet Helga who shared her vintage doilies and things with me??? Well, she wanted me to share them, so I'm sharing two of these pretty vintage doilies. They are off-white, and can be used either as squares or diamond shapes. I think they would be lovely on a table underneath simple candlesticks or bud vases, or maybe even sewn onto a pretty pillow!

I'm showing them on an old chicken feed sack, and I think I may have to make a pillow or two for my sofa and sew some of these on them!

And last, but definitely not least, my little BLOOM pillow! I hand embroidered the word bloom onto an old piece of white feed sack while at the hospital with my dad a few weeks ago. I then made a pillow using pink and white gingham for the back.

On the back, there's a pocket that holds a little gingham pouch of lavender buds. This way, if you don't like, or are allergic to lavender, you can remove it.

Well, that's it! Here is a picture of all of the bits together >>>

One lucky winner will receive all these goodies, and to be entered here's what you have to do:

  1. You have to be in the US. I'm sorry, but I'm just not able to afford international shipping charges.

  2. You must either leave me a comment on this post, answering the question below, or send an e-mail answering it to

  3. For an extra two entries, post about this giveaway on your blog, and let me know about it so I can put your name in two more times.

  4. And the question is . . . On yesterday's post (Thurs. 7/23) I talked about 'sensory delights'. Some of my best memories are triggered by sensory delights! The smell of hot biscuits coming out of the oven reminds me of my mama, the smell of freshly mowed grass takes me back to my childhood when I loved to walk barefoot in the cool grass. There are many, many more. But the question is:

What is your favorite 'sensory delight'???

Is it the smell of new mown hay, the sound of a newborn baby's cry, or the taste of a fresh strawberry right off the vine??? And what memories do they trigger? Share with me, please!

The entry period will end on Wednesday, July 29th, and I'll announce a winner sometime Friday, July 31st.

Thanks again for sharing this blogging community, showing love and kindness, even lifting prayers when my dad's not doing so well. Each and every visit, comment, prayer, WHATEVER, is so much appreciated! Blessings friends, Becky!


My name is Teresa said...

Wow B what a great bunch of beautiful things! You are so generous! & Congrats on your 10,000 hit! I would be honored if you would enter my name in your drawing! I think my favorite sensory memory is soap! The scent of ivory reminds me of staying with my Grandmother.. Different ones remind me of different places. I have so many of them! Its hard to choose! Thanks for the giveaway! ~ T

tara said...

Becky, I love this giveaway, perfect!! Happy 1 year of blogging as well, I am so glad that I got the pleasure of meeting and chatting with let's see, ticking clocks remind me of my grandma's house when I used to spend the night with her, she has since passed but I will always be reminded of her by a ticking clock. I actually just bought one at the Farm Chicks and on occasion it ticks and I get all excited! Thanks for the giveaway Becky!

Ladybug in TN said...

Congratulations on your blogs success. It is always fun and interesting to read. You definitely do write from the heart in sharing your life with us.

There are so many things that I could write about but the first that came to mine was I so remember the smell of my Mama Tolleson's big farm house. We walked in on the back-porch and the smell of fresh veggies would welcome us. Opening the door into the kitchen was the aroma of the fresh bread and biscuits as well as what ever she was cooking. There was always a special Mama Tolleson smell in that kitchen and house. As you walked through the dining room to the living room the wood burning fire place over took your nostrils! At Christmas, a warm house, the fragrance of many homemade dishes and baked goodies and the cedar Christmas tree will always remain with me.
That is just one of my memories. There are many, many more of my own parent's home, barnyard, fields, woods, firing tobacco, hot chicken feathers when we killed a chicken to the big black kettle filled with side fat rendering lard. Those will be for another day.

aimee said...

hello:) 10,000 hits that's so awesome! you are so thoughtful to put this giveaway together from some of your treasures. i love each and every item and have a special place for each one. my sensory delight is fresh cut grass. it reminds me of my dad cutting the lawn and of me going out to help him by sweeping up the clippings. this smell brings me back to my childhood evreytime and i can see my dad cutting the grass and see my shadow on the sidewalk as i sweep. have a sweet day.

Debbie @ said...

Good morning Camellia, wow what a post and what great things you have made. I love that little bloom pillow you embroidered. That turned out beautiful! You do beautiful handwork. Please add me to the giveaway list! I love coffee, the smell of it in the morning. When I was growing up I would come into the kitchen and my mom would have coffee made....I love the kitchen smells and noises in the mornings!

aimee said...

came back to say thank you for adding me to your blog roll. when i saw it my heart skipped a beat! this is the first time i have seen my blog on a blog roll. so exciting! thank you again :) what a great idea you had to ask what our favorite sensory is. so many memories :)

StrawberryPia said...

Hi Becky!
I haven´t heard from you lately and I´m missing you! Hope all is well! Take care! /Pia

Linda said...

Hi Becky all sounds great! 10,0000 hits wow. I'd love to win, but I'm in Canada

Prim2Pink said...

Congrats on having 10,000 posts!
Please enter my name in your giveaway. I love the handmade items that you have.
I'll put a button on my sidebar for you too.
My favorite sensory is the "fishy" smell from our lake. It reminds me of the times that my Dad came to just sit on our beach and snooze (whoops, I mean fish)! I sure miss him!!

Sue said...

Becky, what a great give away. Everything is so perfect, especially the teacup with the rose inside. As for my favorite sensory memory, it would have to be the smell of bread baking, which reminds of my paternal grandmother and my mother. Both of these women excellen bakers, and I have enjoyed many loaves of bread and pans of cinnamon rolls.