Friday, October 28, 2011

~ Give Freely ~ GIVEAWAY~ Romantic Homes Magazine ~(Now Closed)

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Hi friends
My talented friend Andrea Drexelius, The French Basketeer, is featured in the newest issue of

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The feature "Give Freely" is written and styled by Andrea Drexelius.
Photos are by the talented Jacqueline DeMontravel.
When Andrea asked me if  I would like to do a giveaway for my friends/readers here at 425
I was so excited to share this giveaway with you all! :)

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Andrea made the beautiful large burlap lavender pillows( in the photo above ) that were featured in the new Romantic Homes issue.

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 And also this darling burlap wine or cider bag

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In this feature Andrea gives cost effective, french inspired decorating and homemade gift giving tips and ideas for the Christmas Season.
I love the candles she simply wrapped in burlap (above)
and the candle holders wrapped in old plaid pjs, so creative! 

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The lucky winner will receive:

* Two large burlap lavender pillows (above)
* One burlap wine bag
All featured in the newest issue of Romantic Homes Magazine

To enter:
1. leave a comment here on my blog about your favourite Christmas gifts to give
2. Visit Andrea, The French Basketeer  and become a follower of her lovely blog/leave her a comment
3. Blog about the giveaway or put on your sidebar
(Leave a separate comment on my blog for each,so you have three chances to win!)
(This giveaway is open to everyone)

p.s.
Andrea is also the basketeer to the stars!
Basketeer to the Stars 
(click on photo to read about it)


~ THANK YOU Andrea for your generousity ~

Good luck friends~I will pick a random winner on Saturday!

xo,
Rachel


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93 comments:

pballard said...

Thanks for the chance to win. I love to make my gifts for Christmas. Mostly having to do with photo's and memories. Just became a follower at French Basketeer as well. I tweeted also.

Tynk said...

Hiya! I just bought and read that same issue of Romantic Homes and saw those monogrammed pillows.. thought to myself how cute are those! I would LOVE to win. They are sooo pretty! Thanks for the chance to win!
Sherri

Tynk said...

Just became a follower of FB, too for my 2nd entry. Happy to do it, she has a beautiful blog with so many neat ideas and delicious pictures!

Anne said...

Thank you for this lovely giveaway!

Jackie said...

I love this giveaway and already getting ready for Christmas. I have given many different gifts and I always try to give something different and special.

NanaDiana said...

I am loving this magazine! I got my own copy a week ago and have not had a moment to even look at it! UGH.... Now I can't wait to see that feature-maybe later today.

I will let someone else go for the giveaway as I have won several this year already! Good luck to the entrants! xo Diana

SueBee said...

A great giveaway just before Christmas. I love the idea of monogramming the burlap bags! I have 2 friends in this same issue, so I need to do a post on them.
Thank you Andrea for being so generous! I hope I win.

SueBee said...

And now I'm a follower of French Basketeer! Can't wait to try some on Andrea's recipes.s

lisaroyhandbags said...

what a lovely giveaway! lately my favourite thing to give has been a handmade clutch :)

polkadotpeticoat said...

Wow I have not received this one yet.....lovely!

kathi @ traybella said...

thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win something so lovely. i too love homemade gifts. usually created in my kitchen and wrapped up beautifully. it's all about the packaging! ;)
kathi

Linda said...

Andrea is the ultimate basketeer and I am a follower of her blog. The lavendar pillows are darling. I hope to win this one.
Linda at lindarubin@centurytel.net

Linda said...

I am also a follower of your blog and am always delighted to see what you have to share. This is a fabulous giveaway.
Linda at lindarubin@centurytel.net

she dreams big! said...

Unfortunately, my kids have EVERYTHING so money is usually my gift to them. But there is always, always a little handmade something for them too. I'm thinking knitted scarves this year. I'm so glad that I am already a follower of your blog (LOVE it) to have found out about the French Basketeer. I just know I'm going to enjoy her blog too! Count me in please!

she dreams big! said...

Thank you for introducing me to Andrea! I'm her newest follower. I'm going to enjoy visiting her blog very, very much!

Ashley said...

I would love to be entered! My favorite gifts to give is something personable, something that would just light the face up of the receiver! Thanks Rachel...Xoxoxo ~Ashley

Debby said...

I follow you and would love a chance to win this beautiful giveaway. I love to give something personal to everyone on my list. Something just for them. I love giving homemade gifts as well. For my granddaughters, I love giving them dolls.

Debby said...

I signed up to follow The French Basketeer. What a lovely blog. I can't wait to see the magazine.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

What a charming giveaway! My favorite gifts to give are Ling Chang calendars and Mistral holiday soaps.

Peggy said...

Hi Rachel,
My favourite Christmas gifts are always homemade. I love to make jewellry and am going to try making some clay tags this year as well to put on little burlap gift bags. Thanks for the chance to win!
Peggy

Peggy said...

I became a follower of Andrea at the French Basketeer....her blog is beautiful - thanks for sharing!
Peggy

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win these beautiful items!

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

Now following French Basketeer! Thanks again for the opportunity!

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

I love the ideas I get from Romantic Homes. I think handmade and beautiful things are so homey and cozy. I am looking forward to getting out the Christmas decorations again. Thanks for the inspiration and for the great giveaway opportunity.

Danielle

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh please count me in Rachel!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

And I'm already a follower of French Basketeer. YAY!

Ruffles and Relics said...

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!! we make alot of the gifts in jars type for presents... Have a great day!!

Ruffles and Relics said...

I became a follower of Andrea at the French Basketeer....looking forward
to her blog Thanks for sharing!!

Karena said...

Dear Rachel,

Thank you for featuring my friend Andrea! However do not enter me in the Giveaway as she has already sent me something special!

I love to give beautiful scented candles at the holidays!

xoxo
Karena

Art By Karena

A Thrifted Market said...

Love the giveaway! My favorite gift to give is anything from the heart!! Beautiful blog!!

fleurcottage said...

a lovely giveaway!

Jamie said...

A wonderful giveaway! You are a generous and creative person! I love to make gifts for Christmas - usually some kind of ornament that my kids can collect for when they have homes of their own!
Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
amzanioli@yahoo.com

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Oh my, I LOVE everything! It's all so pretty. Okay, my favorite gifts to give are things that are homemade. One year, everyone in our family agreed to only make their Christmas gifts...even the men :)

Fabulously french said...

Count me in too! Love the idea of wrapping the wine bottle in Burlap - it looks gorgeous.

Leeann x

michelle said...

What a beautiful giveaway.
I love making Christmas gifts if I can or my favorite in the last years has been taking old slides of my mom and her mom and making them into photos.
xoxo

Trisha said...

Fantastic giveaway! The best kind of gifts to give are just like these-homemade with love! Crossing my fingers!

~Trisha

WhiteWhispers2u said...

Hello! Sweet Giveaway, I enjoy giving handmade Christmas Gifts whatever that be might be a ruffled pillow, treats or a handmade sign.
I always try to make one Christmas gift a year for my girls.I have made a necklace also a necklace holder.I try to find something even if it's just treats in their stocking.~Cheers Kim

WhiteWhispers2u said...

I am also a new follower of French Basketeer~Cheers Kim

Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi Rachel-

My favorite Christmas Gifts to give are ornaments!!! I love finding unique ones that fit the person I am buying for. I also love getting them:)))

The ad looks great!!! Thanks for adding us to the bottom of this fantastic giveaway!!

xo
~Cheryl

Beth said...

Thanks for hosting such a lovely giveaway. I just looked at that issue of Romantic Homes yesterday and thought it was beautiful. I love to give simple, elegant gifts such as linens, candles or something homemade. Thanks for the opportunity to win. My contact info is bwrawling at gmail.com.

Blessings,
Beth

Beth said...

I also wanted you to know that I love your blog and always find it to be beautiful and inspiring! I also have become a new follower of the French Basketeer. Thanks for introducing her to me. My contact info is bwrawling at gmail.com

Blessings,
Beth

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Rachel!

What a lovely giveaway! I saw her beautiful items in the Romantic Homes Mag - sooo beautiful! :)

Let's see, during the holidays, I really love to bake homemade treats for everyone and put them in lovely packaging. :)

Just followed French Basketeer, and will also put this on my sidebar too.


XO's,
Jessie

P.S. I also have a Shabby Chic Inspirations Giveaway going on right now...it would make a great gift for the upcoming holidays, if you win. :) Would love for you to enter too.

Shannon said...

I love giving meaningful ornaments away or my favorite smelling candles! These are two items I love receiving as well.
Love her pillows, I'm off to visit her blog right away :)

Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

Rachel, what a lovely give away. I collect & make Chritmas stockings. So every year I make new stockings for my friends too. They are usually filled with home made edible goodies, like chocolate truffles. This year it will be...... pistachio & cranberry biscotti;almond & cocnut clusters

Heaven's Walk said...

Sweet giveaway, Rachel! My fav Christmas gift to give is one that I make. This year I'm thinking of stamping some burlap or linen and wrapping some votives. Or I might make some runners (since I actually straight-line sewed one the other day....woo hoo!). lol!

xoxo laurie

Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

I've just become a 'follower' of The French Basketeer for my 2nd entry

Heaven's Walk said...

Just got done drooling all over her blog (the linens! the food!)and left her a message, Rachel! Thanks for the link!

xoxo laurie

Fishtail Cottage said...

So excited for the opportunity to win such a fabulous giveaway...I am a follower! xoxo
~tracie

Sandy said...

Thank you for the give away! For the Holidays I make my Christmas cards and tags-and we like to give handmade gifts, from Krum Kakkes (a Norwegian cookie) to other food gifts, wood projects my husband and I work on together, lots of different things...

Fishtail Cottage said...

Posting on my sidebar & fb too!

Fishtail Cottage said...

My favorite gift is to give my niece something with the word "vision" - read this post if you have some time! http://fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/2010/12/sentimental-gift.html

gilda said...

I am very happy to have found ... and to meet you:)
I love this style and your blog, I will follow you happy ..
Have a good day, a hug.
Gilda

Debbie said...

What beautiful pieces! The photos are lovely as well.
My favorite gifts to give are photo frames that my family can use for their vacation photos.
What a wonderful give away!!

THE FARMHOUSE PORCH said...

Cool! I am so loving that magazine. I also love the stack of fabric pic.

♥Linsey

Garden to Ewe said...

I like giving personalized gifts for Christmas. This year I am doing Monogramed Acrylic cake Plates and a yummy treat or mix under the dome.

Sweet Young Journey said...

Hi Rachel! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a lovely giveaway!
hugs, Cheryl

Katherines Corner said...

What a beautiful and generous giveaway. I make the cards and tags and decorations that go on the gifts. Always something that reflects the personality of the the recipient.
Hugs and thank you for the opportunity to enter.

decorator to the stars said...

my favorite christmas gift to give is a "handmade with love" one, please pick me :) GIO

Gloria said...

I love to give handmade gifts for Christmas - special and made with love!! Thank you for the giveaway and I sure hope I win because I love, love the monogrammed pillows!! E-mail: york_gl@ascog.org

Faded Plains said...

Her lavender bags look amazing...thanks so much for the chance!

New York State of Mind said...

What a fantastic Give-Away! Thank you!

My favorite Christmas gifts to give are the ones where you know the recipient is really touched because you found the perfect item for them and it tells them just how special they are. These are the gifts that create lasting memories and smiles :)

I am a new follower and am looking forward to your blog. Thanks again!

New York State of Mind said...

I follow The French Basketeer blog and LOVE it :)

Pristine Cristine said...

Hello Rachel~ What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win such lovely items. I adore personalized gifts-things like monogrammed stationery (there is nothing like a handwritten letter), a basket full of pretty lotions or soaps in scents that I know the receiver enjoys. The beautiful things from the French Basketeer will make fabulous gifts (although I might have to keep them for myself ;-)

Cristine

Pristine Cristine said...

I just became a follower of the French Basketeer

Cristine

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I thought I already entered Rachel!! What a wonderful giveaway! :)

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

What a beautiful giveaway! I love to make homemade gifts for the holidays, or purchase from my favorite crafty lady! These are also the best gifts to receive!

~Shanon

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

....and I am now following the French Basketeer! What a beautiful blog, thanks for sharing with us!

~Shanon

Blessings from Cindy said...

I, too, make my gifts for Christmas. I enjoy making personalized ornaments & gingerbread men cookies for the kidlets. I also like making personalized baskets with goodies that fit the person's personality. Thanks for a chance to enter such a beautiful giveaway!
Blessings,
Cindy

Blessings from Cindy said...

I am now following the French Marketeer!
Blessings,
Cindy

Blessings from Cindy said...

I just added a link to your giveaway on my giveaway list!
Blessings,
Cindy

Di said...

My favorite!! I just saw these in Romantic Homes and loving them. My favorite thing to give at Christmas is handmade gifts that include collectible finds. Di@cottage-wishes

Di said...

I became a follower of French Basketeer, thank you for bringing us there! Di@cottage-wishes

Vicki said...

A favorite gift for me this past year was a small bag of homemade pizzelle cookies with a handmade tag. Thank you for entering me in the giveaway!

Vicki said...

I have visted her blog, commented on a beautiful post and I'm now following.

Secret Garden Cottage said...

What a wonderful giveawy, Rachel! Thanks for the heads up. I just loved this issue of Romantic Homes, didn't you? Especially that all white Christmas feature... so pretty.
I've been meaning to congratulate you on your beautiful feature in RH's Site Seeing section... yay! I'm so happy for you! :)
xo,
Jo

Secret Garden Cottage said...

I'll add your lovely giveaway to my sidebar. :) Thanks again!

Jeannine said...

I love to give handmade gifts. Lately I have been making aprons. I love the votive holders in plaid in the photos.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I love to give a family gift that is related to a philanthropy...this year, each family will receive a glassybaby and Fran's chocolates.

My goodness, dear Rachel, you are very close to 1000 followers.

Your blog is such a gift for the eyes. I started following you a year ago.

I am celebrating my one year anniversary today. I too, have a give a way. I invited you to enter if you wish.
~Lynne
[w/L]

Caroline said...

This year I am making quilted pillows and stockings for everyone! Thank you for the giveaway!

Dutchgirl said...

Love your site, love your music, Love french country anything.
I have a tradition every year for my grown children and their families, we give a current movie, popcorn, soda, candies, a container to put it all in always something reusuable like a basket or bowl, and a pair of warm fuzzy socks for everyone to put on to watch the movie together. I'm told it's always welcome especially after the Holiday, it's a time to unwind together.

Mindi said...

I love to make either food gifts, or cross stitched items.

maggie said...

I adOre those burlap lavendar pillows. I became a follower at French Basketeer...lovely blog.
I like to make Christmas gifts for friends and family. I also shop etsy for many gifts.

Shelly VanB said...

I love to give homemade jelly - wrap the jars in leftover plaid fabrics...
I love the beautiful burlap wrapped candle, that might be a new favorite for me. Love this whole article!!
Shelly Van B
jsvanb@sasktel.net

Rrebeck said...

I love giving fleur de sel caramels out throughout the holiday season. i package them in kraft bags and stamp various holiday inspired images on them.

Judy said...

I love giving homemade gifts for Christmas, last year the gifts were Mason Jar candles.

stoneandrose.com said...

We make all of our gifts for my husband's side of the family draw. He carves things out of stone and I like to sew (medicine bags usually) or bake.

Thanks!!

Bring Pretty Back said...

I would LOVE this!!!
Thanks!!
Kristin

Gretchen said...

I would love to win this. Congratulations to your friend for the honor of having her lovely article and items she's created int he Romantic Homes magazine. That is such a wonderful opportunity.
I try each year to share some of my jewelry designs with people that I know will love and enjoy them for years to come at Christmas time.
Gretchen

Allison said...

What a lovely and generous giveaway! I love to give homemade gifts at Christmas. Nut breads, cookies, jams and bath salts are some of the things I love to make. Thanks for the opportunity on your giveaway!

Allison said...

I'm a follower on French Basketeer!

Sandi said...

What a lovely giveaway and thank you so much for the chance to enter!!
I love to give handmade items, but also store boughten ones that are picked especially with the recipient in mind.
Blessings~

Red Gate Farm said...

What a fantastic giveaway! I make jams, jellies and other goodies every summer/fall to give at holidays. This year will be homemade tomato sauce and homemade pasta!

~Chris

Red Gate Farm said...

And I'm French Basketeer's newest follower.

~Chris