Sunday, August 22, 2010

Shaping up the Shop & a GIVEAWAY!

A few months ago I showed a few pics of our shop/warehouse.  It is an old building in need of lots of tlc.  The building was once a T G & Y store for those of you who might remember that discount chain, similar to Walmart before the SuperCenters.   The building has changed hands several times and was last an antique mall with individual booths inside.  Some walls were put up which made three rooms across the front of the building.  One is a large room that customers enter into.  To the right of this is a small room I have painted and papered using leftovers from my house.


This is picture of the wall shown above with the paper and drapes, before doing anything.  The whole building looks like this inside!!!



I painted the side walls.  The light fixture attached to the wall wasn't needed so it's been disconnected but kept in place.  I saved the toile drapes I designed and had custom made for our old house.  They are attached to a board and hung with 'L' brackets  perfectly fitting over the light fixture to conceal it.  Below is the room after papering the back wall and painting the two side walls (same place as the first pic!).  This room faces the store front.  Opposite the curtains is a big window looking into this room/shop.


  I do lots of custom plate arrangements for clients walls so I'll use this room to showcase some of the red transferware I sell.   I brought in some Wheat Back French chairs accented with French document pillows from Word Garden and some needlepoint rooster pillows I already had. 
 On one wall I've placed one of the fireplace mantles we carry.   

A Country French footstool holds books and a cup of tea.  
The rug is also salvaged from my old house. I've still got lots to bring in and fill this small space but it's beginning to take shape.

The French document pillows come in a variety of sizes.


Sally, from Word Garden, makes all kinds of fun and beautiful decorative pillows, including the ones shown above.  A few months back I showed some of her work including this romantic floral pillow that I have in my entry way.
 This week I added another of Word Gardens pillows to the chair on the opposite side of the Chippendale dresser in the entry.  This one matches the floral pillow materially, but has a bird motif' instead.


The pillows bring me to this weeks giveaway.  Sally, from Word Garden has generously offered a pillow of choice from her Etsy shop to one of my readers.  She's got about 100 designs in her shop right now so you're sure to find something you'll love.  My new favorite design of hers is this 'Your City is Famous Too' pillow.  Sally will insert 'your city' name on the pillow where you see those very words.  Isn't this adorable?

So go on over to Word Garden, choose your favorite pillow and then come back and post a comment telling me which it is.  That's all you need to do to enter this giveaway.
You may get additional entries by becoming a follower (or already being one), tweeting or mentioning on Facebook or your blog.  Leave a comment for each entry.
I will announce the winner next Sunday, August 29th.  Please make sure that I am able to email you.




Linking to:
Attic Mag - Home Decor & design 
Vignette FridayMetamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Flaunt it Friday at Shoestring Decorating
Show Off Your Cottage Monday
Just Something I Whipped Up
Making the World Cuter
Mellow Yellow Monday
Make It For Monday 
It's So Very Cheri 
Ruby Tuesday
Rednesday
DIY Showoff

117 comments:

  1. I love the vignette you made with your red toile curtains. I would love to have a wall like that in my house.
    Please enter me in your give away.

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  2. Talk about a blast from the past-TG&Y stores-my grandmother always called it TYG.I saw some beautiful pillows, but my choice would be the city pillow.It's not likely that I would ever see Starr,S.C. (pop.175) on another one. LOL

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  3. I love all the pillows but those sweet birds on the branch are delightful as is the crown pillow and pretty in pink! What a cool giveaway! Anne

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  4. I will post on the blog and Face Book

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  5. Love it, Love it, Love it! Cannot say enough about how beautiful all of those photos were and how absolutely talented you are! I know I'm gushing but truly, it was a feast for the eyes!
    Vanessa
    http://southerninmyheart.blogspot.com

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  6. Hi Nancy, I would pick the Petit Birdie pillow if I won the giveaway..I love birdwatching and I am a frenchy fan (as you know)! I loved reading this post because it answered some of my questions about your storefront etc. So it was a timely post for me and I think the store is looking amazing with what you have done to it. YOur home looks like a grand mansion in England with all the details and the dark wood furniture! I love it!

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  7. My favorite is the Beautiful Blackbird Pillow, but I am also a fan of the Bee NO.12 pillow and the Renoir flowers in the vase pillow. They are all wonderful! Please enter me too!

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  8. I am already a follower! Entry no.2

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  9. Renoir's flowers in a vase pillow, the beautiful blackbird and the quotation pillows. Those are my favorite Your displays are beautiful.-I always look forward to a new post from you -I am mesmerized by your talent and sense of style.

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  10. Beautiful arrangements! Love the red chairs and ottoman. Love the script and crown pillows

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  11. Thanks for sharing your storefront re-do.....what a miraculous change! Good work! Please include me for the giveaway. I have been a subscriber for a while and tonight became a follower as well.
    I love the French Document 18 inch pillows and have my eye on a particular one I would love to own!!! Thank you for hosting such a nice giveaway!

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  12. ooh thanks for the chance.. the 12 x 16 paris document. wow. nice store front!

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  13. So pretty. I am going to add your chicken recipe to my yummy recipes POST tomorrow.

    Cheri

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  14. That is the most gorgeous display! I love the drapes and valance. Just beautiful!

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  15. You've done a lot of work on your shop space, and it looks gorgeous - well done! I adore those French document pillows, but the quote pillows are pretty cool too.

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  16. Nancy, I like all of her pillows, but the 12x16 Paris Document pillow really speaks to me.
    Your shop looks great! Wish I could visit it in person. ~ Sarah

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  17. Nancy, back to say that I'm a follower. Thanks for the entry. ~ Sarah

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  18. I love the "Queen Bee" pillow.
    mandreel@gmail.com

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  19. You did a great job at your new place. This will be great. I'm a follower. count me in!
    mandreel@gmail.com

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  20. already a follower... and ANY of the BEE pillows would BEE perfect! BeeK

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  21. What a lovely room. I also like the pillow. :)

    Happy MYM!

    Liz @ MLC

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  22. Hi Miss Nancy,

    Have you opened your shop yet??? I'll be in Tulsa on Sept. 30th, would love to come by if you are open! I love what you did with those ugly before walls...such talent you have! Just beautiful!

    Miss Bloomers/Sonia

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  23. i love the bird lovers pillow and the monalisa pillow is a second fave!
    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  24. I'm already a follower!
    mrunamistry at gmail dot com

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  25. I hope to be able to decorate as beautiful as this one day.
    Have a great day,
    Kim
    http://agypsyangel.blogspot.com

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  26. Great giveaway Nancy! I love the document pillows or the great shopping in Paris one- beautiful!
    xoxo Pattie

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  27. And of COURSE I'm a follower!
    xoxo Pattie

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  28. Hi Nancy, What a great giveaway. I love your rooster pillows they would look great in my diningroom. I also love the your city is famous pillow too and mine would fit right in there. But I also love the framed bee pillow.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  29. Love your blog so Im a follower too.

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  30. I love the Word Document-Paris pillows. So elegant.

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  31. I have been a follower for quite a while. Enjoy checking in on you!

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  32. Would love to win one of those lovely pillows. I can see the city pillow in my wingback chair.

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  33. I love your blog and am a follower.

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  34. I am in love with toile, so I just adore your gorgeous wall paper and curtain treatment! I would love to visit your shop if I lived closer! And those French document pillows are tres chic! Thanks so much for visiting,and for your nice comments!

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  35. I like the birds on a branch pillow, the Eiffel Tower pillow, and think that the chalkboard pillow is very clever!

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  36. I love the Bird Lovers Pillow!! Thanks for the chance to win something beautiful.

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  37. I added your giveaway to my sidebar on my blog. Thanks again for hosting a fun giveaway.

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  38. Hi Nancy! Oh, you're good - everything is so beautiful!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  39. Hi Nancy, I would pick the "your city is famous2" pillow, cos the thoughts of Dublin being in the company of New York and Tokyo tickles my fancy.
    Your pics and decor ideas are, as always, beautiful.

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  40. And I am already a follower!

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  41. Hi I would choose the Elegant Crown No. 2 Pillow Cover. It is just beautiful!!
    Kristen
    padodts@ptd.net

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  42. Gosh, I really like your blog! And those pillows are magnificent. The enchanting castle oillow would look so incredile in my bedroom!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  43. I'm following so I can learn more!
    quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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  44. I love the chalkboard pillow so much! But the Eiffle tower pillow would be perfect for a friend of mine...so hard to choose haha

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  45. I am already a blog follower under kshuttle :)

    kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

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  46. Hi Nancy, Your shop looks wonderful and I Love the wallpaper you used. Word Garden has some of the prettiest pillows I have seen and it was really hard to pick a favorite. I really love the French Document fabric so I would choose the 18" pillow. xo, Sherry

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  47. Beautiful post! I love the Elegant Crown Pillow!

    Barb

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  48. I posted to my FB wall
    http://www.facebook.com/dogmomdiva

    Barb

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  49. I love the Bird Lovers Pillow! :)
    xlacrimax@gmail.com

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  50. I'm your blog follower :)
    xlacrimax@gmail.com

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  51. omg!! i love love love loooooooove the Bird Lovers Pillow!

    saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

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  52. I love the Paris Document Pillows. :)

    ja9_nina(at)yahoo.com

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  53. I'm a GFC follower

    ja9_nina(at)yahoo.com

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  54. Tweeted

    http://twitter.com/ninskylabjusip/status/21997532944


    ja9_nina(at)yahoo.com

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  55. I love Pillow Paris Document 18 by 18 Inches

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  56. I'm already a follower via GFC.

    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  57. Post it on my FB: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000825276857&v=wall&story_fbid=125594520821528


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
    Spain

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  58. "Great Shopping in Paris" - it's my fav pillow by the name alone! :)

    bluemartini at hotmail dot com

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  59. I would have to choose a Paris Document pillow, it would look too cool in my little studio!
    Thanks
    monkeychild92 at gmail dot com

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  60. Great blog. I'm now your newest follower.

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  61. Georgia Jácome
    Following as: Georgia Jácome
    e-mail: gjc9 @terra.com.br
    Brasil

    luv the Paris Documents!

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  62. Georgia Jácome
    Following as: Georgia Jácome
    e-mail: gjc9 @terra.com.br
    Brasil

    luv the Paris Documents!

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  63. I could stay in your shop all day, Nancy. I love the store and I love the items you sell. Pretty mantel, furniture and love the columns. What a great giveaway. I love the postage pillows, Paris, bee and birds. I think I love them all....Christine

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  64. I have been following you for quite a while now...Christine

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  65. coming from cheri's...i love the bird on the crown pillow

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  66. The little area you decorated in your shop turned out brilliant! So warm and welcoming and so french! Ooooh Laaaaa Laaaa!
    I hurried over to Word Garden. Who could choose? But if I must, I love the queen bee pillow and it is so reasonably priced. I just might have to buy it and when I win... I'll pick another pillow!
    So nice to see what you are up to! Always so nice to visit!
    Yvonne

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  67. Nancy,
    I am a faithful follower too!
    Yvonne

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  68. My favorite pillow is this one:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/48519564/pillow-12-by-16-inches-paris-document

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  69. I'm already following your blog via GFC

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

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  70. Oh my , what a whole lotta work you have been doing.
    Looks great !!!

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  71. Just hopped over to Word Garden to check out those delightful pillows. I would choose Two Women at the Beach if I am the lucky winner.
    Thanks so much....

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  72. ...and BTW, I have been a faithful follower of your lovely blog ever since I discovered blogging.

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  73. I always love to see your things and visit the store. Will check out the word pillows.

    Since you have a giveaway on I cordially invite you to stop by this Friday 8/27 and link it up at our new Giveaway Friday (details are on the site now). Plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Please join us. Jane F.

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  74. Your blog is beautiful. . Love the vinettes. If I were to win a pillow from Word Garden, it would be the Queen Bee. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing.

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  75. ooh, I'm here from Rednesday to visit and I'm so happy I did. LOVE your blog!!!

    I love the I Love You in French!

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  76. It's on my Facebook blog page!

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/posted.php?id=151254951552381&share_id=147967251891571&comments=1#s147967251891571

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  77. I love the Shabby Chic Chandelier Pillow! This would be great in my bedroom!

    Blessings and Giggles,
    Jeanie
    jeaniecullip@yahoo.com

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  78. I am following you on English Transferware FB!

    Blessings and Giggles,
    Jeanie
    jeaniecullip@yahoo.com

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  79. I am following you on twitter!

    Blessings and Giggles,
    Jeanie
    twitter jeaniejcullip
    jeaniecullip@yahoo.com

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  80. Shared the giveaway on my FB (jeanie cullip)

    Blessings & Giggles,
    Jeanie Cullip
    jeaniecullip@yahoo.com

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  81. Retweeted Shaping up the Shop & a GIVEAWAY! http://goo.gl/fb/WlQpn as jeaniejcullip on twitter

    Blessings & Giggles
    Jeanie
    jeaniecullip@yahoo.com

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  82. Everything is so lovely and elegant!

    Happy Rednesday,
    Sally

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  83. Hi Nancy, I love what you have done with red toile. What a lovely area! If I ever get to your part of OK, I'm shopping!!
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  84. Love all those pillows!
    What a lovely blog you have too. Will be back soon to read through all the other posts…

    Happy Rednesday!

    LOLA:)
    btw My Rednesday post: “Can you give me directions?” Do stop by!

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  85. What a beautiful transformation of the space. I do remember TG and Y stores1. You have some really pretty stuff and display it in a great way!

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  86. The shop looks great! Loved the Mark Twain pillow.

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  87. You've done a beautiful job on this ~ the wall color, the wallpaper, curtains, etc. Love all the red! Just wish your shop were closer. :-)

    The I Love You pillow in French or the document pillows would be my choice. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    Pat
    txfunladi@sbcglobal.net

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  88. GREAT vignette! :) Love your store, and what a beautiful job you did with that wallpaper and the drapery! So lovely. Thanks so much for linking up this Friday, I'm SO glad you did, and I value your participation! Hope you'll link up next week too!

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  89. I love the Chandelier pillow.

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  90. Blog follower

    allisonsbj3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. Nancy, was here yesterday but I'm back to say thanks for stopping by to link up your giveaway at our first Giveaway Friday! link up. We are so grateful for your pioneering spirit and support. Jane F.

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  92. I love the crown no. 12 pillow! What a cute giveaway! :)

    srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

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  93. Well that wasn't easy! So many gorgeous pillows. But I think the Queen Bee pillow is my favorite. I'm following--and also have you linked on my blgo.

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  94. Love your blog!! I like so many of the pillows, but I think I would chose the chalkboard/burlap pillow - haven't seen one like it before. Gina020885@yahoo.com

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  95. Gorgeoous display! Makes me want to buy the whole grouping! Great job!!
    Blessings,
    Myrna

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  96. I love the French Handwriting pillow cover.

    dhesh at webmail dot co dot za

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  97. Nancy the french pillows are gorgeous! Your blog is so beautifully done. Thank you for sharing all the beauty with us.

    Please come by for a visit more often and follow along if you would like. I would enjoy having you sweet friend!

    Have a blessed weekend.
    Warmly, ~Melissa :)

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  98. Oh my I love this post! You are one true talent girly!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  99. Love your blog... I'm new to collecting transfer ware... I love the French Handwritten pillow... but if I had to choose it'd be the birds... I'm a sucker for birds.. thanks for the giveaway!

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  100. Great giveaway! I'd love to be entered.

    I like the Bird Lovers Pillow.

    Please count me in. Thanks.

    avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

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  101. I love the look of her pillows!! My favorite is
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/53744897/bee-no-12-pillow-cover-by-word-garden

    Of course the bee one would be my favorite!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  102. wow, what a gorgeous shop you have!!!!
    I popped over and love her vintage romance crown pillow...just beatiful, thanks so much for the chance.

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  103. Gorgeous shop space, I could move in!
    Live your blog and thanks for the give away, those pillows are all great, hard to decide.
    I became a follower too, so I can see more.
    Enter me for the Queen Bee Pillow!
    Thanks, enjoying your posts!
    Linda

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  104. Your store is lovely. My fav pillow is Bird on a branch.

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  105. I'm crossing my fingers that Im not too late. I love the famous city pillow.

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  106. hi i love this
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/55151662/singing-bird-on-crown-pillow-by-word

    heglesATinwind.it

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