Sunday, May 30, 2010


I don't usually win giveaways (or anything for that matter), but I just won 2 in the past week and I'm so excited. 

The first one is this lovely book, Room for Children, from Elizabeth at Pretty Pink Tulips which arrived a couple of days ago.  I had to show it to you with its pretty pink ribbon around it (which happens to match the pink peonies from my garden) and it came with a sweet note.  Thank you Elizabeth - I'm looking forward to being inspired!

The second is the magazine, Home Beautiful, from A-M.  The magazine has an article about A-M's beautiful house that you can also see on her blog The House That A-M Built.  The magazine hasn't arrived yet but it's coming all the way from Australia and that's a lot of ocean to cover.  Thank you A-M, I can't wait to see your amazing house in more detail.

Now on to the winner of my Cottage Charm Giveaway.   I am thrilled at the response to my giveaway and want to welcome all the new followers - I hope you enjoy the random bits of my life I put out here on Sense and Simplicity.  I also have to say I was blown away by the amazing flower and snack suggestions.  You guys are a creative lot and I was having to wipe the drool off the keyboard reading all the yummy things you would put on those plates.  

I used the random number generator to pick a winner and here it is - drum roll -
The 38th comment belongs to Stephenie at Decorating Addiction, who said:
"I would have something bright on those plates -- probably a variety of bright red strawberries, diced pineapple and some mango! In the vase, I would definitely put some flowers my daughter picked for me."
How great does that sound (and healthy too) - I hope you enjoy the plates and vase.  You should pop over and visit Stephenie's lovely blog called Decorating Addiction, where she discusses renovating their 1940s home and more recently the process of selling it.  Once I have Stephenie's address the goodies will be on their way.


  1. Congratulations to you and Stephenie. I'm pleased to say both of you are favourites of mine!

  2. You lucky duck. I'm jealous. Two in one week!
    Congratulations to Stephenie!

  3. Yay for winning things! I won a gift card week before last, and it felt almost like the lottery.

    Congrats on both the winning and on your own giveaway!

  4. PS - I am a goof, sometimes. I think half the comments I leave on various blogs don't post because I think I'm done when I click "submit comment" and then navigate away before the captcha.

    Grr...Will try not to do that anymore!

  5. Congrats on your booty and I am so envious of the winner of those lovely plates.

  6. This has been one lucky month for you Grace!
    Giveaways and awards!! You'll have to celebrate!
    Hope your enjoying all that heat...could you send some here!!
    Pamela xo