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French Shopping & A Surprise Giveaway

by greenrabbitdesigns

Now I know I said there wasn’t going to be any more holiday posts but this one really is a shopping post.

The above photo shows some of my French shopping.

I just had to visit the beautiful La Droguerie for some yarn and fabric shopping. I also paid Phildar a visit too, I love their yarns as well!

Then there are the markets, where I picked up the gorgeous buttons in the photo.

I also love all the lovely linens and ceramics that are available to buy, all of them are so tempting and many of them so inexpensive.

For example the jug in the photo above was only 4 euros and the little linen cloth that it is standing on was only 99 cents, how about that for a bargain!!!

I was also thinking of you my bloggy friends when I was away and how lovely it would be to bring you all a little holiday souvenir, well that would have been a bit difficult but what I did do was bring some things for a holiday souvenir giveaway!

There are two French vintage inspired postcards and a little net of French lavender up for grabs.

Now how do you enter the giveaway, well you can’t, not anymore, it’s already over and a winner has been picked!!! So you’re wondering how you missed it, well truth is you probably haven’t. I decided that it would be a surprise giveaway and all those lovely people who commented on my three holiday posts were entered into the draw. If you commented on all three posts you had three entries, twice gave you two entries, etc.

In total there were 44 entries (entries closed midnight Mon 28th May, British Summer Time) with number 1 being the first comment on my first holiday post and number 44 being the last comment on my third holiday post.

Using the Random Number Generator the winner picked was ……………………………………

comment number four who was Jooles from Sew Sweet Violet!!
I’ll be in touch with you Jooles for your details.

Thank you all again for the lovely comments on my holiday posts, sorry there wasn’t a gift for you all! I actually liked doing the giveaway this way, I think I may do it this way again.

Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks as always for ‘dropping in’ to see me, I hope you all have a wonderful week with lots of sunshine! 🙂

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Jane May 29, 2012 - 6:55 am

What a terrific idea for your giveaway Vivienne and well done Jooles. Your shopping is perfect and that apple vase is so pretty and so reasonable. It’s always fun to bring home some holiday memories isn’t it. The sun has stayed as well 😉
Enjoy the week and your garden.
Jane x

Margaret May 29, 2012 - 7:09 am

What a yummy shopping haul Vivienne. The little bowl with the aqua flowers is so pretty and what a lovely giveaway – congratulations to your lucky winner Jooles.

jooles May 29, 2012 - 7:37 am

Oh my goodness Vivienne!!! i am so excited! what a wonderful thing to do, thank you thank you thank you x
The post cards are so pretty and i was thinking about buying some lavender only the other day and didn’t but wish i had.
I feel like i have joined you on your fabulous holiday just by reading your blog.
thanks so much
love jooles

Karen May 29, 2012 - 7:43 am

What a sweet giveaway! Lovely. xo Karen

Gill May 29, 2012 - 8:01 am

Well done to lucky Jooles, and what a great way of doing a giveaway!
Love the pretty china you found especially the sweet dish with the blue flowers, and all your other pretty purchases – they will remind you of a great holiday.
Have a lovely week Vivienne!
Gill xx

Patty May 29, 2012 - 8:25 am

HI Vivienne, more lovely things, I always enjoy seeing the holiday purchases. That’s a good way to do a surprise giveaway and well done Jooles, it’s quite appropriate sweet lavender for sweet violet, bet it smells divine and I love the lavende postcard. Have a good week, I think the sun has gone here, overcast today.
Sally x

julie May 29, 2012 - 10:46 am

I’ve really enjoyed browsing through your wonderful pictures from France Vivienne. It looks idyllic and a wonderful place to get away and indulge all of your senses. Glad you had a lovely time and I hope that the sun is helping you adjust to being back home again x

Gina May 29, 2012 - 11:06 am

I think that’s a brilliant way to do a giveaway! I love Phildar yarns too but didn’t realise you could still get them.

Amanda May 29, 2012 - 11:46 am

What a great way to do a giveaway! I don’t think I could resist a little shopping there either ♥

Christina May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

That was an exciting surprise! How fun! Now if only I can get my lavender to grow… Happy day!

Fleur Cotton May 29, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Well done Jooles! How did I miss that giveaway? Probably because I’ve been spending too much time in the garden!!!! Love that beautiful linen cloth under your new vase ….beautiful and simple. I love to bring pretty things back from my hols, it’s just so lovely when you see them around the house and then remember back to where you were when you bought it.

Hope you are enjoying the sun now you are back….not sure what it’s like in NI but here in Cheshire it’s beautiful…just like the South of France!

Happy Days
Fleur xx

Helen Philipps May 29, 2012 - 2:16 pm

What a lovely lot of goodies you brought back form your holiday, Vivienne! And your retrospective giveaway idea is such fun…a new idea too! Congratulations to Jooles for winning it 🙂 And Phildar wool….my house used to be full of it in the early 80’s….I bought so much in a local wool shop and brought some packs back from France too. I haven’t seen it here for ages so it was nice to hear you can still get it!
Have a lovely week.
Helen x

harmony and rosie May 29, 2012 - 2:45 pm

What a brilliant idea Vivienne and lucky you Jooles for scooping the haul! I am so jealous you went to La Droguerie, I want to go there SO much, I hope you’ll be showing us what you came away with.
By the way, I am going to comment on every single one of your posts from now on Vivienne .. not going to miss out on the next one 😀
Kate x

Simone May 29, 2012 - 3:35 pm

A lovely giveaway and a wonderful surprise for the winner! I can just imagine the scent of the net of Lavender. i bet your luggage smelt gorgeous! Have a great week Vivienne. x

Anne May 30, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Congrats again to Jooles for winning the “giveaway”. I guess, next time I’d better get writing. WIsh I could smell your French lavender; I did find some lovely Italian lavender.
Enjoy the buttons and all of your yarn, Vivienne.
ALmost June!!

PlumCreek22, etsy

Annie @ knitsofacto May 30, 2012 - 9:49 pm

What a fabulous idea. And congratulations to Jooles.

I see you got your priorities right and bought yarn ;D

Mia May 31, 2012 - 5:49 am

Lovely things, Vivienne, happy Jooles to get a piece of France! And of course shopping needs a special post after every travels, it’s so essential part of our holiday! I am drooling over those buttons on the first picture, I tend to get buttons too where ever I visit… Light(and pretty) in your luggage too!

Have a wonderful day, I wish it’s sunny at yours also!


mynestofyarnandbuttons May 31, 2012 - 12:38 pm

Hi Sweet Vivienne, I love your shopping purchases. The buttons are great. I love picking them up, when I travel too. The bowl and vase are so pretty and especially with the flowers. So happy you had such a fabulous trip, thanks to your photos I feel I have been along for the ride.
Love the postcards too, also a great think to collect and easy to carry.
Happy day to you! xoRobin❤

Susan May 31, 2012 - 5:12 pm

Hello Vivienne….Your photographs are beautiful…I have just been catching up on part 3 and you really do have some stunning pics there!
Congratulations to lucky Jooles on winning the Giveaway… I do love dried lavender and the vintage inspired postrcards are such a lovely souvenir.
Gorgeous treats that you have brought home Vivienne and lovely memories of your holiday,
Hope you have a wonderful Jubilee weekend,
Fingers crossed that the sun shines for us
Susan x

dorothy May 31, 2012 - 7:26 pm

just catching up on your riviera posts 2 and 3, your photographs are wonderful! what a treat 🙂
i’m sorry i missed your giveway, congratulations to the lucky winner.
i love your finds and the white stocks are gorgeous! i really adore their smell.

wishing you a very lovely weekend xxx have fun with the red white and blue! 🙂

Susie June 1, 2012 - 2:01 am

I think that’s a lovely idea – a surprise giveaway – and congrats to the winner!
I now have button envy! Those green ones are gorgeous. I look forward to seeing how you use them. Have a lovely weekend Susie x

thelinencat June 15, 2012 - 5:27 pm

I agree with all above, a really nice and generous idea for a giveaway. I have yet you read your holiday posts (soooo far behind in my reading) so best hope along and get envious at the lovely time you had. Bethx

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