Thursday, March 28, 2013

WELCOME to my "Vera Grateful" Giveaway!

Thank you for the love and kindness
            that you send my way~~

Your comments and emails have shown
 such wonderful support for me
 and my blog.

I am humbled and so

My recent Grow Your Blog event was my gift to all of you--
a way for you to meet new friends and
grow the readership of your blogs. 

Never - EVER--
did I expect that I would receive so much love in return
from all of you!

Over 300 of you
left comments and personal emails
that were so touching --
at times I was truly moved to tears

So many of you have stayed
to become a part of MY own blogging family.
I love you so much for your incredible support.
I am grateful beyond words~

This is my own special way of saying
to ALL of you!
My little chance to show my sincere
for all the love and support
that you send my way.

to my

All of these Vera Bradley Tote bags
will be gifted to YOU --
my faithful readers and followers.
~~(I love  you!)~~

To enter~
Simply leave a comment here on this post.
(Please -- make sure your email address is available to me.)

This beautiful "Hobo" purse
will be gifted to
one of you who is nice enough to share
my giveaway
with your own friends. 
Some of your friends may be readers of my blog also .
If you wish to help spread the word about this giveaway --
please leave a second comment here on this post.

Isn't this Vera "Grand Tote" lovely?
This beautiful bag will be gifted to one of my FOLLOWERS.
If you are a faithful Follower of my blog
please leave another comment here on this post.

These lovely "Tote bags"
will be gifted to four of my readers who leave a comment
on this post.

I'm so happy to be able to host this
beautiful giveaway!
(I've been saving my pennies so that I could make this so very special for  you!)

The contest will run until
May 5.
I will announce the winners HERE on this post.
One of our precious grandbabies
will draw the winners.
Good luck to everyone~
Thank you again - from the bottom of my heart
for all the love that you send my way

About the photo shoot~

Our Spring has been so slow to arrive --
actually, I'm still not sure that it is here yet!
~I've been waiting forever
on these silly daffodils to bloom.

You know it's always a big production
when I set off to do a
 photo shoot.
Thankfully -- I have my trusty little red wagon
to help me with my load.

I just want to show you my new knitted hat~
(I will have some of these in my etsy shop later this fall!)

~all finished~
This contest is now closed. 
UPDATE  5/5/2013
and the winners are~
Monica (The Hoopless Stitcher)
Fat DorMouse (Fat DorMouse Getting Thinner) (this one is going to France!!)
Sharon (WildFlower House)
Kathy (Kathy in Ozarks)
Terri (Cache Mire) (winner of the Grand Tote- Follower prize)
Linda Lee-(Cross'N My Stitches) (winner of the Hobo bag - for sharing my giveaway) 

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for your comments and for all the love that you continually send my way.
I wish that each of you could be a winner~
Another wonderful giveaway will be coming soon! 

Now that you are all here~~ I want to share some blog related news -- a little something that makes my heart sing!

My friend Lynn has returned to her beautiful
After an absence of more than a year,
she has quietly tip-toed back
into the world of blogging.
If you were once a visitor to Lynn's beautiful blog
then I know you share my excitement that
she has returned.
(Those of you who do not know Lynn, will surely want to visit!) 
Her blog is ethereal~
her images are stunning~
she speaks in whispers
and her words leave footprints on your soul.
Welcome back dear Lynn!

Coming up next~~ another look at those Shabby Chic nests. They have evolved and are more beautiful than ever~



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Susan said...

We are the lucky ones to have your blog

okcamp said...

They are all stunningly lovely. I'm a follower.

Joyful said...

Those are colourful and beautiful bags. Perfect for Spring. Like your town, our Spring has been very slow to arrive but at least the sun has finally made an appearance. Hugs and Happy Spring!

Pamela Keener said...

I love what you have done with Vera Bradley products.
Love & Hugs

Pamela Keener said...

I love what you have done with gorgeous Vera Bradley products.
Love & Hugs,

The Painted Garden said...

Dear Vicki,
Oh my goodness - what a beautiful and fabulous giveaway you are having. The photos and Vera bags are just shouting SPRING. Love the photos of you and your adorable hat and red wagon.
I am getting caught up on your blog and as usual the photos are stunning (I have not visited for a while as I thought you were on a little blog break)!

Wishing you and you family a Happy and Joyful Easter.
Blessings, Erin

Jane S. said...

You are so sweet! Those bags are beautiful and I really love the floral bouquets that you've displayed in them. Thank you for the nice giveaway. :)

Jane S. said...

I'm a happy follower of yours, using Bloglovin. :)

thewovenspoke said...

Thpse are beutiful bags and thanks to you my blog followers became at least 1/3 more than before. I do follow you . thanks again

Lesa said...

Your blog is always beyond lovely! And it's so kind of you to offer such a lovely thank you, but as Susan said, we're the lucky ones. I absolutely love your new hat!

Gone Country said...

What a HUGE giveaway! I love Vera Bradley bags but the only one I have is a cell phone case that a friend bought for me as a gift. Crossing my fingers!

Gone Country said...

I'm also a follower of your blog. I love your creativity and your beautiful knitwork. You've inspired me to learn to knit! Slow but sure I'll get it!

Anonymous said...


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DreamChallenge said...

Vicki don't put my name in because others need a space. I am blessed to already have your gifts to me of friendship
This photo shoot is SPRING. I am so ready. God bless you and yours. Jan

Cheeky Rose Boutique said...

Happy Easter Holiday Vicki! Those lovely bags would be wonderful for the Vera Bradley display case I recently found! Take a look on my blog!

Debby said...

I'd say we are the lucky ones. What cute photos of you and you wagons of beautiful Vera bags. Love your new hat.

Caprice said...

I can't believe you say I got the talent in the family! You totally amaze me with all your talents. You write, knit beatifully, blog, work for charities, travel and still have an important position in a profession where you are highly respected! Where do you get the time or energy? I love the time and creativity you use in your photo shoots! I am family, but I am a follower also.

A Scattering said...

Darlin', you must have shares in Vera B. by now! Your giveaway and photo shoot are fabulous.

Only sign of spring around here is a pot of tulips I bought in the grocery store....

Monica said...

What gorgeous pictures. You are so lucky to have grass and flowers. All we have is snow, Snow and more SNOW! Your hat would still come in handy here. What an opportunity! Haven't seen a post from you in a little while, this one is a doozey! Thanks for the chance to win one of these fabby bags!
mgoodreau at charter dot net

Linda Smith said...

Beautiful bags, i follow your blog all the time. Love the beautiful pictures and enjoy reading about your travels as well as the grandkids and the knitting!!

Carole said...

I love the bags Vicky, they are so beautiful as are the lovely bouquets. You looks adorable hanging out in the garden. Happy Easter my wonderful kindred spirit! Love, Carole xox

NanaDiana said...

Vicki- I am off to visit your friend- I don't know her blog. Good luck to everyone on the Vera bags- I love her stuff! xo Diana

gigi knits said...

Love the blue hat noticed it right away... I love reading your blog each time I feel like I'm visiting a very friend..

Unknown said...

These are beautiful and I absolutely love your photo shoot! I am a follower...thanks:)

Unknown said...

I will post to my sidebar:)

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

My goodness sweet lady, I would love to win a beautiful Vera Bradley Bag. Thank you for all you do for us! Di@Cottage-wishes

Di@Cottage-Wishes said...

I am a faithful follower. Di@Cottage-wishes

Barbara F. said...

Oh Vicki, this is such a wonderful and very kind thing for you to do! These bags are beautiful and perfect for spring and summer. I am a happy follower of your blog. xo

Barbara F. said...

Oopsy, maybe I needed to leave a 2nd comment for being a follower? xo

Emily C said...

Love the bags. You use such pretty colors. Seems spring has appeared at your house. Send some spring our way, we still have snow and 30 degree weather.

Emily C said...

I'm a follower.

Debbie said...

Thank you for all you do/share with us!

Your Vera Grateful giveaway photos are wonderful! Definitely Spring.

Bonnie said...

What a nice gift. The bags are wonderful.

Bonnie said...

And I regularly follow your blog as well.

yaya said...

I smiled at all the flowers in the sure know how to spread Spring! Love the bags and I really love your hat! I noticed that right off! Have a wonderful Easter and thanks so much for a lovely and very generous giveaway!

yaya said...

I'm thinking that another comment will be OK to send for this giveaway? You know I'm a faithful follower and now I'm going to visit your friend's blog!

sandy said...

You changed my whole blog around and so many beautiful people came to visit and follow me. I was so overwhelmed. Thank you!

The bags are soooo beautiful, just like you ♥

Patty C. said...

Waaaaaaaaa- i'm so excited! LOVE the bags!!!! I am a follower & i too enjoyed the Grow your blog party!!!

Thank you for all you do!!!

Patty C. said...

I posted your giveaway on facebook & will post on my blog as soon as i can get my kids off my computer! Lol

Patty C. said...


Mary said...

What a generous and beautiful giveaway - thank you for the opportunity. I've subscribed to your blog for some time - love it!
Thank you for the recommendation for your friend's blog

Mary in MN

Ellen said...

Wow, beautiful totes, love them! Love those flowers too!


Ellen said...

I just found your beautiful blog and become a follower!


Sherri said...

I love your hat. Its knitted but I love it anyways:) Im a follower and devoted reader. Happy days.

Tanya said...

Hey, Vicki...just back from a quick trip to Denver, and catching up on reading...lots of reading, evidently. LOVE the hat for Avila - AND the cookies ROCK. AND your new blue knitted hat! No need to enter me in your drawing - I won the beautiful Vera towel from you last year, and did VERY well during the blog party...just wanted to drop by and say "Hey"...can't wait for April!!! Hope your weekend is as wonderful as you and your giveaway - you're gonna' make "someoneS" VERY happy! XOXO Tanya

JShelby said...

I follow by email and that wagon is precious! Your hat is deliciously funky - I'm sure it will be a big hit in your etsy shop.
I am quite enjoying the look of spring in your yard but where is Yeller Feller? Has he finally decided you are allowed taking pictures without him?

LisaS said...

Lovely bags! The flowers are so nice too.

LisaS said...

I just tweeted this fabulous give away!

Cheryl said...

Ahh You know I am a follower and I love your special heart and blog. I love Vera bags tooo :-)Have always wanted to buy myself one!! P.S. Love your Hat!!!

Berina RGA said...

lovely bags!! very cheerful!!

Una said...

I follow your lovely blog because the pretty photos always cheer me up and sometimes even make me gasp. Keep on keeping on!!

Christine said...

What a generous giveaway, and I absolutely love the way you have photographed the bags

Sea Angels said...

My dear and beautiful friend your heart is so big and so generous and so full of love your amazing enthusiasm leaves me breathless. Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful words about my blog (big smile)thank you.
What a wonderful display you have made it just sings colour and Spring all tumbling out of those amazing and beautiful bags.
Ooooh and that gorgeous hat I love it, you are so clever Vicki xx
Have a wonderful holiday and a Joyful and Blessed Easter.
Love and hugs
Lynn xxx

darla said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I always enjoy visiting your blog.

Unknown said...

Wow you are so generous - but then we already knew that from all the good works you do for people. I don't think you even needed flowers in those bags - just the bags themselves in the almost spring setting were bright and happy. Of course I've been a follower for a long time and love when you post. Thanks for sharing the other blog and I'm going to take a look now. Hugs!

Suztats said...

What a wonderful giveaway, Vicki. Love the spring photos (here, the snow is still on the ground, though it has begun to melt) and it's so nice to see the bags of flowers. Cute hat, too!

kathyinozarks said...

good morning Vicki what a gorgeous blog-and I love all the flowers in your bags-your home must be filled with all these lovely flowers.
and what an awesome giveaway thank you so much. I just met you threw a friend that had purchased one of your nests and I had visited just in time to join the blog party-I am forever greatful for that too.
I have been a follower since I first visited you then thank you for the giveaway chance

kathyinozarks said...

oh thank you so much for the giveaway such beautiful bags

kathyinozarks said...

and for my next chance to win one of these gorgeous bags-I will link up to you and spread the word about your giveaway-thanks again

Faith said...

Spring has arrived right where you are..look at all those flowers, surrounded by bursts of color straight from God's coloring book...Good luck to all the participants. I'll be sure to pop over and see your friends blog...
I too am already a folower..

phaedra96 said...

What a sweet give-away. I came over here from Modest Peacock, and am staying! Wish we were Springing...well, maybe we are now. Snow showers again Monday. Ucky!! I signed up for your newsletter, too.

maggiegracecreates said...

Good morning Vicki. Love the flowers in the bags. Will use the idea myself for table decorations in the very near future.

maggiegracecreates said...

I've been a follower for a long time. But I just switched over to following you on bloglovin from google reader.


Hello Vicki,
You look so very happy out in your garden. Nothing blooming in mind yet. very sad face. Your smiley bright and beautiful daffodils are a heart warming site to see.

The lovely Vera B. Bags are also very bright and sunny to see filled with all those lovely flowers.

It has been a JOY to get to know you through your blog. You are very Thoughtful and Kind and Generous with your time..

I wish you and your family a Very Very Happy and Blessed Easter Holiday Weekend. Take care My Friend. Hugs Judy

lanybleu said...

They are gorgeous, thank for having such a fantastic givaway.

lanybleu said...

I follow you on bloglovin.

Sylvia said...

Hello Vicki,
I enjoyed your Grow Your Blog Party.
Thank you for the fabulous giveaway too.

Sylvia said...

I am also your newest follower!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been off of blogger for a week or so and catching up today came across your post. Your blog has really given me some eye candy today with your beautiful Vera bags filled with flowers. The Grand Vera bag picture is one of my favorites. You see for spring is really almost non-existent here in Northeast Iowa and your pictures really feed my soul for spring right now with the beautiful Vera bags filled with flowers and sunshine. Thanks so much. Always love following your blog.

Robin Sanchez said...

Beautiful bags! I just love the yellow one.

I cant wait to see your nests :)


Cache-Mire said...

Vicki, you are amazing! I truly believe that when we give, we get blessed beyond our wildest imaginings. You are such an inspiration. Thank you, my blog friend:-)


Mel said...

Wow, this is an amazing give away. I found you from a friends' blog. Thanks to Kathy, I got to witness a wonderful blog.

Charlene ♥ NC said...

Wow - that's a very generous giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

Charlene ♥ NC said...

I am a new follower to your blog, too!

Maggie said...

Dear girl, your generosity of heart & spirit continues to amaze me and now you're giving away Vera bags!
They are all so perfect for spring, which has at last arrived in Normandy despite the horrendous snow storm 2 weeks ago.
Of course I'm a follower have been for years (!)

Maggie said...

I'm going to mention the Vera giveaway on both of my blogs, Normandy Life & just scrapping, just so I can increase my chances of winning!!
Joyeuses Paques

Sue Kosec said...

Well, girlfriend. You got me with those forsythias poking out of those beautiful Vera's. I sure miss that "up North Springtime welcome" ... we don't have those down here in the big "D" and I miss them.

Your Followers should be showing sincere appreciation for all the love and support YOU send our way - you are the best ever! Truly.

I'm going to be sharing your blog with my sister. She's new to the papercrafting world and has a blog so you'll be hearing from her, I am sure. I'll PM you with her name, etc.

I cannot wait to see which of your grandbabies will be pulling the winner's name. They are all just as sweet as can be and the photos you post just warm my heart thru and thru. LOVE your blue hat - will the names be in that?

Ohhhhhhhh - thank you for telling me Lynn is back. Sea-Angels is one of my favorite blogs - the simplicity and beauty ... like no other. And as I scrolled down, before even seeing your name, I just KNEW those were your nests high up on her shelf. See ... you're well known in all corners of the earth.

Vera Bradley NEEDS to see the beautiful photographs you took - who knows: maybe you'll be approached by them to be their new photographer!!!! You're THAT GOOD.

Can't wait to see those shabby chic nests - I know they're going to be fabulous!

Ronda Walker said...

You are so generous, first hosting the Grow Your Blog party and now this. The bags are beautiful.

Ronda Walker said...

I'm also a follower.

Elderberry-Rob said...

The Grow Your Blog was so much fun, I found new blogs to follow and my own blog following increased by about 30 - I discovered so many creative people - thank YOU for being so imaginative! Your giveaway is lovely, I haven't heard of these bags before, they certainly are pretty. Blessings and a Happy Easter Betty

suzeeez said...

Such beautiful spring pictures ! I love the bags . Please enter me into your give-away !

Thank you, Sue

suzeeez said...

I'm also one of your loyal followers ...please enter my name for a second chance to win a beautiful bag.

Thank you, Sue

val said...

Here I was, stopping by to say I have a new scarf on my blog that I've made for your Pink Scarf project.
But...those totes are too lovely to resist so I must try to win.
I am a follower of yours also.
The hat you made is AMAZING!

Bianca said...

What a lovely and generous giveaway. Those bags are beautiful, and look even more beautiful with the flowers. I would love to be entered in a chance to win.

PoetessWug said...

What beautiful bags, Vicki! I LOVE all of the flowers!! :-) I also love the knitted hat!!

Kmcblackburn said...

You are truly the gift that keeps on giving! :)

Cache-Mire said...

I am also a faithful follower and look forward to each of your posts and photos! These are just beautiful!!

Wendy said...

Hi Vicki! It's definitely spring in Alabama (finally!) and I'm celebrating with my Woodland Nest -- I have a tendency to pat and fluff it, enjoying those beautiful fibers. Easter blessings to you and your family!

Wendy said...

I'm sharing your blog with my knitting group -- all pediatric nurses(!) and some avid hat knitters. The photos of your yummy hats will give them 'itchy' fingers! :-)

Wendy said...

Here's my "Old Faithful' follower post. THANK YOU for the color, joy, and inspiration you've sent me! Hugs --

Katherine McNeese said...

your spring flowers are beautiful!

Carol said...

WOW! What a beautiful give away!!!!! There are going to be some extremely happy people out there and I would love to be one of them :) Been following you for some time now and truly LOVE ♥♥♥♥♥ your blog :)

Carol said...

I have also shared your give away on Facebook :)

KimM said...

What a wonderful way of giving back. I hope, someday, to have as many faithful followers on my blog as you. You are an amazing lady.

Terri Patillo said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gifeaway! I'd love to be entered, thank you! I am a follower of your blog!

Terri P
pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

Gill said...

I'm a follower!

Terri Patillo said...

Shared on my blog!

Terri P
pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

gracie said...

A very generous give away..please enter my name in the draw....

Mosaic Magpie said...

Truly a "Vera" beautiful giveaway! I am wondering how you ever found a day pretty enough to take the photos!?!

lynda said...

Thank you much...for the grow your blog event. I have found so many new friends because if this event and discovered so many wonderful blogs that I never would have found otherwise.
I would love to be entered in your very generous giveaway! Thanks so much!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Love your giveaway!

lynda said...

I am also a follower of your blog! and you have given me a great idea for displaying those lovely bags! Thank you!

lynda said...

Lastly, I have also posted your giveaway on the giveaway page on my blog. And thanks for the link to the Sea Angels blog. It is lovely, and from there I found another wonderful blog with beautiful artwork! Thank you!

Kay Eyles said...

I loved the grow your own blog event, it is always fun to find lovely new blogs. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway too, they are incredible.

Kay Eyles said...

I am a happy follower too. Happy spring to you.

Dorthe said...

Dear Vicki,
and you are a treasured person in my private blogging family-
you are the most wonderful friend, and such a giving and loving person- I so admire you for that.
I would ofcourse love to win one of the beautiful bags, but having your lovely friendship, is what means most to me.
I LOVE your new hat pattern- it is WONDERFUL my sweet.
Happy Easter to you, -Hugs,Dorthe

Kare said...

I love your humble life, you inspire me!

Anonymous said...

You're blog and life are an inspiration to me!

Sallybelle said...

Thank you for introducing me to so
many new blogs. I've enjoyed yours
so much and now have more to visit
everyday! Happy holiays!

Jan Thomason said...

I'm a little slow on the uptake, my sweet friend.
went to the doc's on wed. last week. News not good. I need to talk to you.

IN THE MEANTIME, I'm a follower of your blog.
I get a second entrance because you follow mine.
Oh, and because I write this from your favorite place, Florida. So that's three...........kidding! That's one.

#2 i'm going to Tweet this.
#3 I'm going to put this on Facebook.

I hesitate to blog about anything, even my things, until i finish my mom's story. am having trouble with the title - that's what keeps me from writing it and moving on in blog land. I'll get to it soon. Maybe this week in Floriday.
therefore the tweet:)


Connie K. said...

Lovely giveaway and your blog is beautiful! I follow you by email.

M.K. said...

Oooohhhh! Those are so very gorgeous!! How generous of you! I'm also excited that "Sea Angels" is back. I live near the sea, and I adore all things from the sea. Please do enter me in your giveaway. I participated in that wonderful blog party, although somehow I missed the list :) But I love your photos, which are so calming. Blessings on your day!

Miss LindaLee said...

Oh my goodness. You are so thoughtful and such a dear, dear lady. You always make my heart smile. What a lovely giveaway. I would love to be gifted with one of these beautiful bags. I will let my followers know on my blog that you're having this. Thank you so much.
LindaLee from
CrossN' My Stitches

Anonymous said...

Oh Dear Vicki!
You are truly a sweetheart and I am glad everyday that we have met and become cyber friends! I am a loyal follower of your blog but please do not enter me for your fabulous giveaway. I have a sister-in-law with a pocket book fetish and I just don't have any need for another pocket book so if you pick me please just gift it to another loyal follower... your friendship is more than enough to fill my heart with joy... don't need anything else :D
Beth P

Createology said...

Vicki Dear you look beautiful in your new blue hat with all of your Easter "baskets" filled with flowers and your little red wagon. Thank you for such a generous give. I definitely follow you and your warm giving heart! Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts...

Janet said...

Thank you for this amazing giveaway. All of your photos shriek SPRING. So lovely!

marda said...

Your photos are just beautiful as always. Love your new hat.
It's early for spring here in the N.W. but we do have about 5 little itty bitty spring flowers blooming.
A wonderful give away Vicki. A wonderful blog to read too. Happy Spring and Happy Easter.

Marsha said...

Hello Vicki!
Your photo shoot was a whomping success! The photos are beautiful... Please don't ever stop, we all would miss you terribly!
^..^~~ Marsha

Marsha said...

Hello Vicki,
Your photo shoot was a huge success! Please don't ever stop being the wonderful creative person that you are!
xo Marsha

barbara woods said...

I follow you , love all the pictures

Our Hopeful Home said...

I especially love the orange one. So much so that I have a purse with that pattern on it!

Our Hopeful Home said...

I'm a happy follower!

Patty said...

Wonderful totes. I am so glad I found you and am a follower. You do such great work.

Pam Gardner said...

I love your blog and enjoy all the beauty you bring to us from sharing. Stunning bags-would be great to win one

Createology said...

I couldn't resist this wonderful give and had to post it on my blog. Thank you for the extra chance. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

Acorn to Oak said...

I love reading your blog, seeing all of your beautiful photos, reading your wonderful posts and...most of all...having you as one of my blog friends. I can't believe you're having such a generous give-away too. You're so sweet! Those bags are beautiful! Looks like you had a lot of fun filling them with flowers and carting them around on a beautiful, sunny day to take photos. :-)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Good Morning, Vicki, and Happy Easter to you and yours. You have another lovely and useful giveaway, thank you. If you ever decide to teach a time management class, please let me know. I think you accomplishment more in a 24 hour period than anyone else I know! You're simply amazing!
Spring has been slow and this last snow storm has been particularly difficult. Everyone talks of the bitter cold, high winds and winter just dragging on and on and on...
It might be warm today, it might also rain...still yet, it's better to be on the side of earth where I can see the flowers bloom.

Kadee Willow said...

Oh, my goodness... NO! Thank YOU for doing the blog hop! It grew my blog and I'm so ever grateful for that! Promoting oneself is not as easy as I would like it to be. But due to your generosity, you made it so much more enjoyable. And in return, I met so many lovely bloggers who write such delightful posts! From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and wish you a blessed Easter!

Jonette said...

Would love to win. Do not have a blog but shared on facebook. Happy easter!

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Vicki! Please do count me in for your giveaway!.. And LOVE your beautiful new hat! Enjoy your weekend! Wishing you and yours a blessed and very Happy Easter! ~tina

Beansieleigh said...

I did post a mention of your giveaway on the right-side bar of my blog. Thanks again, and ((hugs))!! ~tina

Linda said...

Greetings, Vicki!
I just stumbled across your blog and am so glad I did!
First of all, I am a breast cancer 'Thrivor' and love your Pink Scarf Project! I got 'kicked out' of the Cancer Clinic a year ago and am doing well.
While on medical leave, I began a project of my own that is 'growing' and you are welcome to visit me at my "Beautiful Ideas" blog (You'll see the Facebook link to 'Pink Days In Bloom' in the sidebar. The Pink Tree Project is also just taking root!)
I think it is truly a beautiful thing that you are doing for those who are struggling through breast cancer and THANK YOU, too, for your being a nurse for so many years! You are truly a special lady.
I am just on my way out the door and promise I will come back and sit down with a steamy cuppa and poke around your blog for awhile. You won't be able to get rid of me! Lol
Those Vera bags are stunning! They just make me smile to see them, all the fabrics are so cheerful! It is so sweet of you to do this for all your readers.
And, what a knitting talent you are! That wrap is stunning and so feminine. LOVE LOVE LOVE
Easter Blessings to you and your loved ones, dear woman!
Linda at Beautiful Ideas

Elke said...

Hi, I´m a follower of your lovely blog and I would love to win one of your wonderful bags.
Greetings from cold Germany with snowy Eastern outside colder than Christmas, Elke

Elke said...

I love your very nice bags and would love to win one for myself.

myriamkreativ said...

Hi my sweet friend,
thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures... so spring! I would love spring to come here in the end.... still snow *sigh*.
Hope you will have wonderful easter with all of your lovely family! Enjoy every single minute!
Hugs & kisses

Lisa said...

You bags are beautiful! The blog is alive with spring! Would be very excited to win anyone of them!

Lisa said...

I am a follower of your blog and love it!

PegC said...

New follower --love the photo shoot --especially the blue hat/sweater combo!
Thank you for the opportunity to enter.

Nancy Page said...

I have just started following your great blog. You have so many good things to share. Thank you for this great giveaway.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

lynn cockrell said...

Vicki, these Vera Bradley bags are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for posting all of the beautiful pictures. Your blog is always a treat to visit and this post makes me feel that Spring has truly sprung! I skipped over to Lynn's blog and it is wonderful and I am glad you told us about it. I will sign up to follow her! May you be truly blessed!

PegC said...

I've added this to my blog:

Lisa said...

I shared the link to the giveaway on my blog here for an entry into the "HoBo" bag. Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway!

Fundy Blue said...

Vicky, you are so generous! The bags are lovely. I'm going to follow your link to Lynn's blog and follow her. Have a Happy Easter!

Robin said...

WOW, what a nice treat. You are so generous. What do we stitchers love more than a project - a project bag! Please count me in. I have been a follower for awhile. I will post a link on my blog to your giveaway too. Thanks for the great opportunity as well as your always pretty posts!

Anonymous said...

hi Vickie what a lovely giveaway!!
I would say us readers of your blog are the
lucky ones. you are funny and light and just
so refreshing to read.
Thanks for the chance to win a vera
Happy Easter have a great day
Darlene N

Catherine said...

Just found your blog via one if your followers ~ Patty C.
What a beautiful blog you have ~ I looked back through some of your posts and look forward to taking the time to look through more.
Happy Easter!

Catherine said...

I forgot to say, I am now following!

pippirose said...

The bags are beautiful, the flowers just gorgeous! Our snow is rapidly melting, but this morning, we woke up to it snowing, again. Thanks goodness it didn't last long. I so want to see some colour other than white!

pippirose59 at gmail dot com

DreamChallenge said...

This is
Grammy showed me the photo shoot outdoors of VB...they are really pretty...miss you...Happy Easter

DreamChallenge said...

Hi Vicki! This is Sydney! Love your pictures! Happy Easter!

CatieAn said...

Oh Vicki
What a beautiful gorgeous spring inspiring photo shoot! One week ago it was raining, hailing and snowing on the first day of spring!
Now the day before EASTER it is 65 with a forecast of 68 tomorrow!!
I hobbled outside when no one was home to spray down the patio. (shhh still on crutches so don't tell)I want to set it and the deck up for spring while the kids are still visiting from out of town!!!
I would love to win a vera bradley bag and if not thank you just for the pleasure of the photo shoot.

hueisei said...

I love your beautiful flowers! Great post!

hueisei said...

I'm a follower

Dodie said...

Ooohhhh. Oooohhhh. Ooooohhhhh.

Vera bags are bee-too-tee-full all by themselves. Add your purty flowers and they turn into works of art.

(Trying to catch my breath.)

Dodie said...

Ooohhhh. Ooohhhing. Ooohhhing.

Vera bags are bee-yo-tee-full all by themselves. Add your flowers and they are even more purty.

kareninkenai said...

LOL - Vicki - two days and already 158 votes... you are quite something, my friend. How sweet of you to offer such an amazing giveaway. And, Vera Bradley is the BEST. Much love to you, who gives so much to us. God Bless on this beautiful Easter. Hugs from Alaska. Karen

kareninkenai said...

OH YES - BTW - I will definitely pass on via my blog to others... Hugs. Karen

kareninkenai said...

LOL - Vicki - two days and already 158 votes... you are quite something, my friend. How sweet of you to offer such an amazing giveaway. And, Vera Bradley is the BEST. Much love to you, who gives so much to us. God Bless on this beautiful Easter. Hugs from Alaska. Karen

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello my sweet friend - Yes it is our turn to be giving back to YOU for all you do for bloggers. I am lucky enough to have your friendship and to be able to work along with you also which I so appreciate - that gift is enough.
Thank you so much for just being you!
Much love and Easter Blessings to you sweet woman,

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Vicki I have already placed your Giveaway on my sidebar with much pleasure and, of course, I am following you.
Love again!

Art and Sand said...

My blog friends grew through my participation in your party. Thanks to you, I met many wonderful new friends.

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

You just keep giving. The bags are just beautiful. Please count me in on the contest :o)

I'm excited to see a nest update coming.

Happy Spring.

~Sherrie (Bird Lady)

I am also a follower.

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Shared your giveaway with my friends and family on Google+

~Sherrie (Bird Lady)

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Hi Vicki.

I just shared this great bag giveaway on Google+ and Facebook and Twitter!

What great bags you are gifting. My favorite is the yellow paisley one, I think. They are all so pretty, it's hard to pick a favorite.

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

A follower here. Since the GYB party!

~ Sherrie (Bird Lady)

Rebekah said...

I Love your hand knit designs ( I am a knitter too!). My email address is

Rebekah said...

I would also like to say that I am a follower! I am a newer subscriber-sometime around the beginning of the new year I think.. anyways, I get your emails and read them :)

Carol R said...

A generous and wonderful giveaway. Please enter me into your draw

knitalatte said...

Wow! You've got some really beautiful bags displayed. Love the shots with your little red wagon, and you wearing your new knitted hat...adorable.
Hugs for all you do, your blog is still my favorite to visit. Happy Easter to you and your family Vicki!

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear lady... first off, Happy Easter to you and your family!... also, my stunning Shabby Chic nest arrived and I love it so much, thank you!... so soft and pretty!... sorry I did not write sooner, still under the weather some... love your daffodils and your Spring hat is too cute!... you are such a blessing to us all... I would love to win one of those beautiful Vera bags... please enter me for a chance to win... you arranged them all so pretty for their photo shoot!... much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

I am your follower since I found you... in the process of adding bloglovin now so I don't miss anything, xoxo Julie Marie

Julie Marie said...

Also, adding your giveaway to my sidebar now... xoxo Julie Marie

Diana Seal said...

WOW, Vicki, you are amazing! What a generous giveaway, the bags are gorgeous!!!
Wishing you and your family a wonderful and happy Easter!

Cindy's Stitching said...

How really nice of you. They are all beautiful. Blogging brings great joy to a lot of people.
Happy Easter. Cindy

ekewin said...

The bags are lovely and so nice of you. Happy Easter

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right~ I loved seeing your new knitted hat ~ and all of the wonderful bags. I look forward to your blog showing up in my reader every day!

Kathleen said...

Love your blog! I always feel inspired by it!
I just knitted a scarf inspired by you. I got so many compliments on it. I just shared your blog with one of my knitting buddies, hope she enjoys it as much as me.

Mimi Head said...

A beautiful and generous give away! Thank you!

Fuzzy Slippers said...

When I think of all the happiness that has come to me from finding your blog. The travel advice, the Harvest Nest I was fortunate to be able to get, the followers who found their way to me from your blog, the new blogs I have begun following... And you continue to give to us with this giveaway! You are too good to us! ;)


Eugenia Maru said...

Querida Vicki, qué arco iris de colores de flores! cada cual tan hermosa!
Las bolsas están hermosas y el sombrero precioso. Me gusta mucho el color.
Nosotros hicimos un corto viaje el fin de semana, dentro de nuestra zona. En mi blog están las fotos por si te interesa verlas.
Bueno querida Vicki, sigue siendo la hermosa persona que eres.
Un beso

Faith... said...

How so very kind of you to offer a Vera bag to your followers! I would love to be entered...and I am still checking out the Grow Your Own Blog Party! Have found many wonderful blogs to follow as well as gained followers!

Faith... said...

I shared your giveaway on my blog!

Marlynne said...

You are so kind! Love your posie filled Vera Bags. Te yellow one is calling me! So looking forward to your Shabby Chic nests. Going now to visit Lynn's blog. Marlynne

Patty said...

Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway. VB bags are the best, especially for springtime!

Patty said...

I have been following you for quite some time, Vicki. You were one of the first commenters when I started my blog and I will always remember your kind comment. I thank you for hosting the GYB party. I have made many friends through it.

Patty said...

I have posted your giveaway on my sidebar!

Fat Dormouse said...

Recently I lost all my bookmarked blogs - and somehow (Lord only knows how!) I forgot about your beautiful blog. Luckily I came across it again, and it's now firmly on my "bookmarked" pages. Your blog is always so beautifully photographed, decorated and written.
Thank you again for Grow Your Blog - it was great fun finding other blogs that I love.

Anonymous said...

Your pictures (and blog) are just beautiful. What a generous giveaway. Glad to have found you

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Kathy H said...

Vera bags are so beautiful as they are and then you put those lovely flowers in the bags. What a treat to look at. Still cold here in Pennsylvania so aim looking forward to all of those spring colors.

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, I would love to enter your giveaway. You know I am one of your followers and friends. I couldn't get my picture to work on my side bar so I did a post about you using one of your pictures about your giveaway. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Pam L said...

Your new Shabby Chic nests are beautiful. Saw Karen's on her Toldowen blog and loved seeing all the beautiful yarns and laces. This give away is fun and the photo shoot was great.

Ann said...

Hello, I am a new follower and have posted a picture of the bag in my sidebar. I can't wait to see all the fun things you share.

Anonymous said...

What a pretty post to cheer us all! We've been having such miserable weather here in the UK, it seems as if Spring will never come, so this ray of sunshine was so welcome!

Anonymous said...

I started following you recently and look forward to your regular updates now. Wouldn't it be fantastic to win one of those gorgeous bags!

Angi in hana said...

hi vicki! you are so sweet! count me in! after your great blog party, now this! i have to babysit my baby grndtr today but i will post this on my blog too! aloha, angi in hana

Tammy said...

These bags are absolutely beautiful and have a spring feeling. I would use them to carry my tablet to the beach in the summer. I can surf while I sun!

gigi knits said...

Love my newest Nest..what a beautiful bridal gift it would be to give a new Bride!!!!

Valerie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I love your "vignette" style of photography. I've been trying to think of ways to make my photos more interesting, and maybe I'll have to try something like that. Cheers! -The Unfashionista

Tanna said...

I am so looking forward to seeing your Shabby Chic nests, Vicki!!! You are such a wonderful inspiration to all of us!!! XOXO ~ tanna

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