Friday, June 14, 2013

Announcements, Thank You's & a GIVEAWAY

sometimes good luck comes in 3's doesn't it?

& for me this has happened in the form of receiving
3 of the most wonderful, delightful & beautiful books.

all gifts.from 3 different bloggers

1st from Anita @ Castles, Crowns & Cottages HERE
Vicki Archer's fabulous book,
won as her giveaway on the blog party "France, Simply Irresistable."

one cannot begin to imagine the heartfelt writings of Vicki until you hold this book in your hands,
it will be with me as long as I live.

2nd, another giveaway for the French blog party
from Irina @ Gypsy in Me HERE

a witty observation by an American woman on the ways of the French women.

3rd, from Mariterese, dropped at my door, a copy of
this tabletop book
by Susan Hawthorne of Romancing the Home HERE

this is a huge book, a perfect gift for any woman alive, of beautiful tabletops,
table-settings, recipes for entertaining, and inspiration X10.

I simply cannot tell you how beautiful this book really is.
it can be purchased directly from Susan's blog.

Mariterese, thank you for your amazing generosity !!

this book is sitting where everyone can see it, I know they would want to see it
as it's so interesting as well as beautiful.
wonderful job, Susan, I congratulate you!

and now, on to the giveaway which is happening over at my girlfriend's place,
Maryanne @ The Garden HERE

she is celebrating her 100th post and is giving away a
Aquamarine Colored Stone Flowered Necklace

it's one of Splenderosa's necklaces, so you know it will be lovely.

you must visit her & then follow in order to be eligible to win,
& I encourage you to do so.
her blog is a visual feast for people who love the fine art of gardening and landscape.

it is a treat for me to visit her each post.

we have a very sick Labrador at our house today, Duchess,
she's 12 years old and has been suffering from arthritis for a long time,
+ she has a bad limp on a front leg which is caused by a benign tumor
pressing against her lymphatics.
when we awoke this morning she couldn't move & had tremors throughout her body.
she is at our vet's now, we don't know anything yet.
so the 3 other dogs and us humans are all awaiting word on her prognosis.
we are praying she isn't afraid and that she will be home soon.
light a candle for her, please.



  1. Marha,my dear friend....

    I have opened your post with hard volume...and I have a candle lit for your dog Duchess...:(*

    I HOPE SO much....

    Congrats with all your beautiful won Give Aways:)))*
    Such perfect books nd really fantatsic gifts!

    I do enjoy Vicky Archer's blog so very much!
    Each item is a special and always very interesting to read.


    I wish you good weekend:) hope so much for a positive message for you about Duchess....


  2. I hope Duchess is feeling better...thinking of you all.

    You are so lucky to win such lovely books....I followed Maryanne's blog...what a lovely gardening blog!

    Have a good weekend...xoxo

  3. Oh Marsha. Everything is so lovely, but I cannot get my mind off Duchess. We, too are lovers of Labrador Retrievers. I hugged The Chocolate Gousse and lit a candle as soon as I read this post.

    You coffee table holds the best of blogger brilliance!

    I am on my way to Maryann's to take a chance on the lovely aquamarine Splenderosa!
    Thank you!

  4. Thank you Marsha! Would love that gorgeous necklace! Love your friend Maryanne's blog, I am now following it. I LOVE gardening and am married to an Architect who loves to make my surroundings beautiful. I hope your Duchess is better today. It's so hard when your beloved pet gets older and sick. I have a very old scaredy cat who loves and needs me more as he gets older.
    Wishes for a lovely weekend. Carla

  5. Thinking about you and Duchess this weekend. Hope so much that she is better. The necklace is beautiful!

  6. Wow so much goodness and beauty here. But first hope Dutchess is on the mend very soon nothing like seeing our best friends not feeling their best. I really hope she is OK, will say a prayer for her.

    Had no idea Susan H. has a book...I am getting it she is sooo talented. And own Vickis already which I adore and love.

    Gorgeous necklace Marsha..going to go pay your friend a visit:)

  7. MARSHA! You lucky, lucky girl YOU! THREE? That is truly a sweet miracle. The books are lovely, aren't they? I am so glad you won, that you are enjoying Vicki's book and may you treasure the memories always. Have a super day! Anita

  8. I just said a prayer for you and Dutchess! I know it must be very hard for you... and her!
    I'm praying for comfort for all!
    Marsha, what a lovely necklace!Thanks for pointing us to such beautiful books and Maryanne's blog! What a fabulous giveaway!

  9. It's always so nice to receive unexpected gifts from friends - enjoy the summer reading! However, my main reason for commenting was to know that our family (including our English Cockers - Chip and Chandler) sends their best and most loving thoughts to you and to the Duchess. Whatever comes your way, you'll do what is best and she's lucky to have you!! MMR

  10. Congratulations on all three wins. Wonderful books! I'm going to order these for our library. Hope your sweet Duchess improves. I've said a prayer.

  11. Marsha, One of the loves of our lives was a black Lab. Someone stole him.
    Sounds like you have had Lady Luck on your shoulder. Congrats. That table setting is
    just gorgeous. Have a great weekend, our thoughts are with you. yvonne

  12. Get well soon, Duchess. We are lighting a candle for you. Fondly, Leslie in Portland, Oregon, with her dogs Henry the Golden Retriever and Bob the Long-Haired Dachshund

  13. You are so sweet to say that Marsha... I am very touched... xv


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