Friday, June 26, 2009

3 TODAY! And a Giveaway!

During the summer of 2006, 3 years ago today to be precise, I wrote my very first blog post. It's been a wonderful three years and I have enjoyed the rewards that come with being a part of this supportive community.
I would like to thank all of those who have visited my blog over these 3 years and also all those who have found the time to leave a comment to a post, or to send me a personal email.
These are for you!
And why not help yourself to a cupcake too?! After all, we are celebrating, aren't we?....
It would be nice to make a wish as well, I think...I know I'd wish for more time to read all the lovely blogs that have been set up by so many creative and inspirational women over this time. There are many wonderful places to visit in this cyberworld...but so little time to make contact. I seem to be busier than ever these days...and my rag dolls don't make themselves! (Plus I have a second blog to keep maintained now you know! ;-))
Anyway, a 3rd Blogoversay seems like a good day to show a pressie that I received this week. It was my prize from Kelly's photography competition...and was I spoilt? Yes, indeedy!
Flower magnets and vintage lace, a citronella candle and tissue wrapped surprises...
A 'Victoria' magazine, a handmade vintage fabric bag and a charming French plaque.
A selection of loveliness which has arrived just in time to add to the decorations in our summer house. Yes, the painting is finally all complete and I can start playing house! I'll reveal all here when I've had my fun! ;-))
In the mean time, I hope that you will enter my Birthday Giveaway. It is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, from the UK or overseas. (Please be aware, if you are the winner, I will need to email and confirm a delivery address for your prize)

All you need to do is to say 'hello' via my comments below and you will have entered!
I shall use a random number generator to pick a winner on the 3rd of July - that gives you one week to tell your friends to join in too!
And the prize? - This selection of vintage goodness!
It includes a hand knitted tea cosy in soft yarn, a rose calendar from 1931, a vintage rose corsage, one of my hand made pincushions - made using antique fabrics, a Victorian china vase, a pretty postcard, diamante necklace, a reel of rayon thread and a card of linen buttons. Hope it appeals!
Have a lovely weekend,
Niki x
My Giveaway is now closed, 03/07/09 at 115 comments - thanks to all who entered and congratulations to Isabel of Maison Douce!


  1. Claudette8:39 am

    Bonjour Niki!
    mmm...number to say hello...what are the odds?!

  2. Hello and congratulations on your third anniversary! I hope my blog will be as fabulous as yours one day

    Morwenna xx

  3. A very Happy Anniversary for your lovely blog. Please count me in on your oh so lovely giveaway!!

  4. Congrats on your third blogversary!!
    Thats some going!


  5. Happy Anniversary Niki! Here's to the next 33 years for you! x

  6. Hello and many happy returns for your gorgeous blog!

    You make such lovely things and I always enjoy having a peep at all your fantastic finds as well!

    Have a gorgeous weekend

  7. well done on three years blogging!
    Josie x

  8. Happy Anniversary! I've just started blogging and I hope I manage to reach my first anniversary never mind three! Well done you...your blog is an inspiration! Alexandra xx

  9. it certainly is appealing! sweet little items! happy blogaversary! YOu have a lovely blog and I'm sure a good following of people who love to visit. I LOVE that kitten card by the way.. LOVE it!
    have a great weekend!

  10. A Big HELLO and Congatulations on your third year of blogging - it is always a delight to read and to see the lovely pictures.

  11. Happy anniversary! I always enjoy your blog -- I'm a lurker usually, but I love to get my little taste of England here.

  12. Congratulations Niki on three years of beautiful blogging. Yours was one of the first blogs I read and inspired me to join in. I never cease to be enchanted by your photos and your style. Here's to the next three years ...
    Have a wonderful weekend

  13. !Que cosas tan bonitas publica!
    Me encantan

  14. Hello Niki! Congrats & happy anniversary! hope to see more of your writings in many more years to come! do add me in your giveaway! would love to win.. hehehehe..

    have a great day!

  15. Congratulations on your 3rd blogiversary - doesn't time fly!

    Victoria xxx

  16. Hello Niki,
    Congratulations on your 3 year Blogiversary. Hope we can look forward to 3 more years of your wonderful blog.

  17. Congratulations! I have really enjoyed all of your delightful posts since I've been a blogger. Thanks for sharing your world with us! Your prize is wonderful!

  18. Hello Niki! thanks for your wonderful blog. Please enter me!

  19. Julie Bell, Oxford12:56 pm

    Hello Niki, here's to many more of your wonderful postings. Cant wait to see the summerhouse. Best wishes Julie.

  20. Maureen1:00 pm

    Hi Niki,

    Happy "Blog" Birthday, well done,
    Have a good day, and here's to many more years of
    blogging, Love your blog and goodies for sale.


  21. Happy Third Birthday Niki!
    Your blog is so enjoyable to read & always inspiring.


  22. Congratulations for three years of beautiful posts, Niki, and here's to many more! =)

  23. HI Niki, Read your blog every day from sunny HOT San Antonio, TX. Hubby & I visited in your area a couple of years ago and lived in Bedford England in the early 70's and fell in love with your country.Love to see all the goodies you have. Thanks for a wonderful blog.

  24. Congratulations !
    I come by often as you have a wonderful blog !

  25. Congratulations on three years of blogging, I always enjoy reading your posts and looking at your wonderful photos. Today is and anniversary for me too as it's my birthday.

  26. HaPPy 3 year Blog Birthday :)I so enjoy your blog and your book ~ so filled with haPPy things :)

  27. Hello Niki!
    Congratulations on your 3rd Blogoversary!
    And thank you for the cupcake!
    As I'm new and overseas..can I join in your lovely giveaway, please?
    Greetings from Italy!


  28. Hello Niki!

    Your blog is just beautiful! I enjoy all of your updates and posts. Have a wonderful weekend!


  29. Hi I just found your blog a few days ago and love it! You are so creative.

  30. Anonymous4:38 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I can see why you were sent a copy of Victoria magazine - your photos & content remind me so much of it :)


    dollfinii @

  31. Contratulations on your blog-birthday Niki - that's some staying power! It was nice to see you on Sunday, I didn't manage to stay as long as you did, I think I gave up about 2.30 with aching feet!

  32. Janet K.5:52 pm

    I would love to win your very generous giveaway. That tea cosy is so sweet and would be a lovely gift for my Mum. They are so difficult to find here in the good old U.S. Love your blog! HTH Janet @

  33. Hi there Niki...a very happy birthday! It's been a pleasure to 'meet' you!
    I wish I had discovered you sooner! ;-)

  34. Wonderful giveaway! Congratulations on your anniversary, you have provided many hours of enjoyment!

  35. Anonymous6:36 pm

    Hello Niki, Congratulations on three years of fantastic blogs. Here's to many more. Your birthday giveaway looks fab.
    Very best wishes,

  36. Hello from Caroline W

    We are holidaying in Somerset this summer. Where would you recommend for vintage?

  37. *3 Today*
    Yay, congratulations.
    Wishing you many more wonderful years of blogging.

  38. Anonymous6:45 pm

    Congratulations on your Anniversary! I just love reading your blog. You are very inspirational. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

  39. Happy 3rd anniversary Niki. i always love to read your's a bundle of eye candy everytime!have a good week

  40. Anonymous7:08 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday! Here's to many more!

  41. Hi sweet Niki!!!! Happy 3rd Birthday sweetheart!! I love your blog and precious treasures you share with everyone ~ I wish you many more years of posting AND sharing! I would love to be entered into your giveaway....wishing you a wonderful weekend, xxoo, Dawn (be sure to stop by and enter mine as well :)

  42. marsha7:37 pm

    Love reading your blog - please enter me in the draw for your lovely giveaway!

  43. Gosh 42 comments already! Happy Blogoversary Niki!
    the cup cakes do look tempting!

  44. Happy 3rd blogaversary! Loved the cupcake, thank you it was very scrummy!

  45. 3 years? WOW! That is some achievement...well done!

    Thankyou for my fix of nostalgic loveliness!

  46. Anonymous9:55 pm

    Happy Birthday, Niki!! I love your blog! It is a visual vacation. Sooo beautiful. I hope you keep on bloggin' for years to come!
    Judy in TX, USA

  47. Hoooray Hoooray!!!

    Happy Blogiversary!!

    Thank you so very much for all of the incredible inspiration and eye candy you share with us all!!

    I just adore your blog to bits!!!

    Here's to many many more years in blogland!!

    Love from the Jersey Shore!
    xoxo Jenny

  48. Happy #3!!! How great! I just hit my 100th post and you are at 3 years! I just love blogland!!
    Thanks for offering a giveaway! Your offering is great and the one you won is really neat!!!
    Hugs, Lisa

  49. Hi Niki, I'm pretty new to blogs and yours is makes me want to visit England! Congratulations on your three years and many more.
    Laurie in the US.

  50. Dear Niki, I promise I was coming anyway! What a gorgeous prize you are offering and your photography prize is beautiful too. Happy third blogday to you! May I reach such an anniversary - with inspiration from your gorgeous blog, sure too! Suzyx

  51. Anonymous3:03 am

    Oooooooooooooo! Pretty! Please enter me in your lovely give-away!
    Kathy Frazier

  52. Kate Craig3:33 am

    Happy anniversary! I read your blog almost every day. Love your style and your flare for words. Plus you hail from the UK which makes me love your blog even more. Thank You.

  53. Happy Anniversary! You have such a beautiful blog. I enjoy stopping by and looking at the eye candy!

  54. WOW! Three years, that's impressive. You are one of my favs! I look forward to more from the UK! xo, suzy

  55. Congratulations! Thank you for such beautiful and inspirational posts...

  56. Sue S7:36 am

    Congratulations on 3 years of excellent blogging. Love the stories and pics, best wishes Sue x

  57. Hi Niki
    Congratulations on your 3rd Birthday, don't eat all those cakes at once!!!!
    Lizzie x

  58. Happy anniversary - your blog is an inspiration for a newbie! :-)

  59. Congratulations on 3 years of blogging

  60. Happy third! ....and many many more.
    You're a great read!
    mini hugs

  61. A happy third birthday. I will be celebrating my first in a few weeks time. And yes please enter me, I can't resist a giveaway.


  62. Hello,

    and my best congratulations for your blog-anniversary.
    The victorian china vase is so beautiful, maybe I could be the winner? These flower painted porcelaine is in germany very seldom offered. I looked so long after it and have only one plate, lol.
    The other gifts are beautiful too!

    best greetings from germany,

    P.S. I love your interesting blog with the beautiful pictures very much and I love england - was there for 3 weeks as a schoolgirl.

  63. Congratulations and a very Happy Anniversary, Niki!! Everything in your blog is beautiful, warming to the heart, and nostalgic!!

    God bless to you and your family, your business, and of course, your blog!


  64. Hello and happy 3rd Anniversary. I need to go and do some back reading now to catch up.


  65. jan ford6:14 pm

    Hello Nikki always a pleasure to visit your site for a little while. love jan

  66. Hello Nikki,
    Happy Birthday, really enjoying your blog xxxxxx

  67. Congratulations on your 3rd birthday, i wish you many more happy days of creating and being wonderful!!

    I hope you wish was a good one!
    Much love

  68. Congrats, Niki! I follow your blog on a regular basis - thank you for all you do! With love, Esther

  69. Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary. You truly have a beautiful blog. I have enjoyed it for years. Please enter me in your give away. - Sandra.

  70. leilani11:35 pm

    Winning this lovely packet would be grand on my 70th birthday but just enjoying your blog is grand too! Happy Anniversary.

  71. Anonymous2:48 am

    Congratulations on three years! And best wishes for many years to come! Thank you!

  72. A very happy 3rd anniversary to you! It goes by so fast but during that time it's just great the way we all share our lives,ideas,and creativity.
    Please include me in your great give away. And keep on blogging!
    :o) Sue

  73. 3 years wow...happy bloggiversary!! Your giveaway is are being so generous and I want to thank you. Please throw my name in the hat and I look forward to the next 3 years reading your blog!!

  74. Happy 3rd bloggiversary :0) Your blog is always a pleasure to read, keep up the good work, here's to many more years blogging. x

  75. Hi Nikki, it's been a while since I have stopped by, life has been very busy. Daughter is having a bridal shower today and son is having a baby shower soon and I am going crazy. You looke to have won some lovely gifts in the give away congrats. Please enter me in your giveaway I'd love to win! :)

  76. Nikki, wow! Three years go by so quickly. Isn't blogland wonderful! Congratulations to you...sharon

  77. Three years and your blog still delights, congatulations on managing to keep us entertained for so long.

  78. Congratulations! Love your blog!

  79. cheerfulness7:19 am

    Happy Anniversary. I've been enjoying reading your blog over the last few months.
    New to vintage and loving it more by the minute!

  80. Hello Niki,
    Three years of happiness ! Congratulations and Happy Birthday !

  81. Congratulations! Happy Blogiversary! I hope there are many more!

  82. arden2:52 pm

    Happy to you. I love looking at England. Everything is so pretty on your blog....arden

  83. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I have only recently started blogging and can't ever imagine I would be still here 3 years later! Well done! I love your blog it is a great source of inspiration, I would Love to be included in your draw for your wonderful giveaway!
    Moe x

  84. Karen in SC3:47 pm

    Hello...lovely blog!

  85. Hello! Happy 3rd Blogversary!
    What a lovely giveaway!!

  86. Well don't those flowers smell just lovely...and I will just put my feet up ooh those cakes looks so scrummy...Happy Bloggyday tra la la la la laaaaa.
    Beautiful, beautiful give away how could I resist.
    Hugs Lynn xxx

  87. Hi love your blog just found it I love crinoline ladies dont think Ive seen any on your blog

  88. A very happy blogoversary to you! Many happy returns of the day! I just stumbled over here by way of The Common Room and I must say that your space here is just lovely!

  89. Anonymous8:38 pm

    Niki, your beautiful blog is essential reading for me. Your gorgeous pictures of vintage items and crafts can't be matched and I enjoy the the photos in your calendar on my wall every day. I am now enjoying your second blog too. What a fantastic showcase for your talent! A very happy 3rd anniversary to you. Tania

  90. congrads! love the goodies

  91. Wow!!! Three years is a long time..I can't wait to see what the next 3 years bring...I know lots of beauty...That's for sure...Hope all is well...

  92. Wishing you a VERY Happy Belated Blog Birthday Niki..
    I have so much to thank you for .. as if it were not for your beautiful blog... I would never have taken my first step in to the wonderful world of blogging..
    and met so many wonderful friends..
    I hope you celebrated in true style.. with flowers, friends, tea and cake..

    Much love
    Michele x

  93. Niki,
    One or two years ago is when I discovered your blog accidentally. I have enjoyed it and your vintage/antique finds & your creations ever since.

  94. Congratulations on your 3rd Blog Anniversary! What a lovely parcel you've gathered together to celebrate ~ I'd love to be entered, thankyou Niki!

  95. Hello Niki

    Happy 3rd birthday! It is a wonderful blog which always inspires me. The time bit is what I wish I had more of too. I have been trying to write my latest post 2 or 3 times over the past few days but other events take over...
    Gorgeous giveaway!!!
    Take care
    Isabelle x

  96. NIkki,

    Happy third blogiversary to you. I have so enjoyed your notes over some time now. And the vintage wedding photos that I bought for my daughter from you are so treasured. Thanks so much for sharing with us all.

    Carol Casey

  97. Hi -
    I just found your blog through Cynthia's Cottage Design. Happy 3rd Bloggy Birthday :) Your blog is beautiful, so happy I found you. I'm off to visit you for awhile and enjoy all the eye candy you have :)

  98. Hello Niki
    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    What beautiful things in your giveaway I would love to win

  99. Happy Bloggerversary! I always enjoy reading your blog, so here's to the next three years! Cheers!

  100. wow 3 years!!

    sam x

  101. Anonymous9:03 pm

    Hi Niki as inspiring as ever, I just love reading your blog and visiting your website. happy 3rd birthday
    love alison

  102. Happy Blogiversary! I love what I've seen of your blog so far :)

  103. Congratulations. Please count me in your giveaway. Constantly came to read but mostly to look closely all the lovely items in your shops.... love them all.

  104. Hi Nikki,
    just have to be in this, and congratulations.
    My friend was very happy to get the present ,bought from you-the black hanger-
    your work is so beautifull.

    Hugs Dorthe

  105. Anonymous9:05 am

    WOW Niki, I've been away to the Lakes, back just in time to enter your birthday give away. Hope to see you again in Nov. Looking forward to seeing your summer house too!
    Have a great week.


  106. Congratulations on three years of blogging Niki! I am looking for a some new inspiration through your blog.

    Hugs ~

  107. Happy Anniversary to you and your wonderful blog, I would love to enter your beautiful giveaway.
    Thanks so much for all your effort in keeping up such a beautiful, inspirational blog.

  108. Has it really been three years?! I think I have enjoyed every single one of your blog posts. Your pictures always coming back for more! Congratulations!

  109. Anonymous9:45 am

    Hi there! I don't know why I am bothering with this because I never win competitions but i do love your website and your stand at the V& H Fair was definitely the most beautiful, can't wait for November. Kind Regards Dawn Robson

  110. Congratulations!! What a wonderful giveaway, please count me in!!

  111. Hi, congratulations on your blog's 3rd anniversary, here's to many more.
    Yvonne x

  112. Anonymous11:55 pm

    Hi Niki,Congratulations on your anniversary. I just love to read your blog. Your roses are so beautiful. Will you please tell us the name of the roses when you have a picture of them. you are such an inspiration.
    Best Wishes,
    Dianne S.

  113. Hi Niki

    Congratulations on your third anniversary.

    Thank you for giving us such a wonderful 'vintage' experience.

    Long may it continue!

    Lots of love

    Flame Lily

  114. Happy anniversary! I'm a new visitor to your blog, but it is inspirational and just beautiful.

  115. Love reading your lovely blog Niki. You have a beautiful garden.Gorgeous roses. Wish I was back in UK at the moment (I came from Kent many years ago), it's bitterly cold here in Australia.
    Congratulations on your 3rd blogiversary.


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Niki xx