Monday, June 3, 2013

First Milestone

YIPPEE!!  I reached my first milestone of more than 25 followers.  I promised my first Give Away would be an awesome one.  Hold on to your hats......

Have you heard of Limoges boxes?  I fell in love with these little porcelain marvels in the 70s while in college and on a Chicken Pot Pie Budget (I could buy them for 19 cents each when they went on sale.  I can truthfully say I haven't been able to look at chicken pot pie in the face since 1978).  You can surmise I could barely afford food, let alone a Limoges box.

Here's a little background on Limoges boxes:  the origins of these petite hinged boxes date back to mid 17th Century France where the fist discovery of the beautiful Limoges clay was discovered.  The original boxes were known as TABATIERES or tobacco boxes.  The very wealthy would also use these intriguing boxes as containers for jewelry, perfume or snuff. Through time these amazing boxes have become valuable collectables.

Each box is unique in that skilled French artists fit each box with detailed metal frames and clasps.  I purchase them as "blanks" (i.e., completely white porcelain) and hand paint them with a 17th or 18th Century design.  Each box is fired in a kiln (at approximately 1450 degrees) numerous times to achieve the affect I want.  Because each box is hand crafted and hand painted, they possess minute variations in color, brush strokes and form that make them unique.

OK.  Can you guess what ONE of the items in the give away will be?  Here's a photo of the Limoges needle case.  I will paint the winner's initials in 24KT gold on the inside of the box to make it even more special.


It measures 3 inches long, 1 inch wide, 7/16 inches deep

Here's how the give away will work:

1) Put a comment on this post and you are entered into  the giveaway.
2) If you are already a follower then your name is put in twice.
3) Put the photograph of this giveaway on your blog and then get another chance.
4) If you blog about this giveaway in a post on your blog then you get another chance.

Please let me know if you have done any of the above. Invite your friends to enter- the more, the merrier.

The winner will be randomly chosen on July 1st, 6PM CDT.   

Next week, I'm adding more goodies to the give away - watch this space.

Cheers!!

61 comments:

  1. How pretty. I am a follower on Bloglovin. A lovely giveaway.

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  2. Oh my goodness Kim! Your talent is astounding. I am still figuring out if I am more stunned by the beauty or the generousity! Oh my! Oh my! My colors!! Please count me in. =) I am glad I am already a follower. Thank you!

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  3. So very generous of you! And such a lovely gift!! Laura

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  4. Hello what a beautiful painted porcelain item.
    You have really done huge job with it
    I am a follower and read your blog via blogger bloglist
    but I live in Finland at the Northes part of Europe .
    I totally understand if the posting to my country would be far too expensive !

    Lovely painted porcelain anyway ! :) :)

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  5. Oh my goodness! How sweet of you to share your beautiful talent. I'm a follower so please, please include me twice!

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  6. Oh, I am so playing along...what a lovely needle case. I have a soft spot for containers of all kinds, and it was fun to read the history of Limoges! I'm one of your followers, too! This one is enchanting, and you've got such talent!

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  7. Oh my gosh!!! This is beautiful, how talented are you?!!!! lol

    I love it, please enter me for a chance of winning this beautiful gift.

    Congratulations on hitting your first blog target.

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  8. Kim, the little needle box is beautiful! I am a follower and enjoy reading your postings!
    Lisa

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  9. Congratulations on building up your followers list, Kim! What a wonderful and generous prize you are offering! I would love to have a chance. I'm one of the first followers of your blog. I posted about your giveaway on my blog with the photo. http://debbiescrossstitch.blogspot.com/2013/06/giveaway-links.html

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  10. It is a beautiful box! I just became a follower.

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  11. That is beautiful and I would love to own it!!! I added your blog to my reader so you can add another follower :)

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!

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  12. That box is beyond beautiful! I am a new follower. I would love to be entered in your giveaway if I'm eligible. Thank you!

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  13. I'm a new follower. What a beautiful box.
    Thanks so much for such a generous giveaway!

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  14. This is just so beautiful, I have never seen one of these before. I am also a follower xx

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  15. This is a beautiful give away - I saw your giveaway at http://debbiescrossstitch.blogspot.com - and I had to join in...

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  16. I just became a follower, so I don't know if that counts - but thanks for the chance to win this lovely little box.

    greyowl60@yahoo.com

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  17. Love the little treasures. That is an amazing gift. I hope to set up a blog someday. It is a great way of sharing your gift and knowledge is invaluable.
    I'll keep checking back.

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  18. Congrats on your followers
    What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to be included in the draw. I am a new follower, having come from Debbie's blog. I have posted on my blog and sidebar the details and photo of your giveaway.
    http://firefliescatsinthegarden.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/giveaways-galore.html

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  19. What a lovely giveaway! I just recently found your blog and look forward to getting to know you. I have signed up to follow too!

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  20. Wow that needle case is so pretty! And I could definitely use one too (always worrisome when needles go missing). I've been reading your blog for a while now but just joined officially as a follower. Love love love your work! Thanks for the giveaway

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  21. This is so beautiful, thank you for an amazing giveaway. I have signed up to follow, it is always lovely to find new blogs.
    ks(dot)eyles(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  22. Hi Kim, I am a new follower, I came across from my DF Noni's blog. You are being incredibly generous - I so love all of your pink items. Whoever wins will be a very lucky person. I have posted about your giveaway on my blog, including pictures and I have also put it on the sidebar of my blog.

    Good luck, I see now that you are up to 48 followers - yay!

    hugs, Kaye

    http://kittenstitching.blogpsot.com

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  23. Congrats on your blog milestone! I have really enjoyed meeting the stitching folks in blog land! Keep on stitching. (Porcupine Needle)

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  24. hellooo :) popped over from Noni's blog and Kayes to see you .. welcome to the world of blogging and looking forward to seeing more of your posts :)
    gorgeous wee needle case too ... and love the story behind them :) good luck to every one :) love mouse xxxxxx
    www.talesofastitchingmouse.blogspot.com

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  25. Hello, I am a new follower and would love a chance to win. this is such a generous give-a-way. I am overdue for an update blog post so will include your give-a-way!
    Hugs
    Rose

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  26. Hello dear it's me cucki from South Africa ..
    It is such a sweet giveaway gift..please count me in..I am a happy follower :)
    Thank you
    Hugs
    Cucki x

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  27. I don't have a blog. I'm on the fence about doing one. Right now I enjoying reading about other people and what's going on in their lives. I think your giveaway items are beautiful. I would appreciate if you would enter me in it. Thank you. Melanie Johnson

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  28. Just beautiful! Congrats and Thanks for the chance to win your generous giveaway!
    I am a new follower of your blog!

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  29. I am a follower. What a wonderful giveaway!!!

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  30. You really know how to do a giveaway! lol! I'm now a follower of your blog. Looks like a good blog, too! Thanks for the chance!

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  31. I am new to your blog, came here via Kathy Ellen. Love your beautiful giveaway gift, sure would love a chance to own it! Thank you! I am a new follower of your blog!

    Hugs,

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  32. 63 followers! That is fantastic, Kim! I'm so glad I was the first one. :)
    Still reading faithfully. Not always commenting though.
    Please throw my name in the givaway.
    I'll be back to report when I post it on my blog.
    Teresa S

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  33. OK- I posted on the sidebar of my blog.
    This is exciting!

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  34. I just found your blog and its wonderful. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I love Limoges and I love pink! Thanks for the chance.

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  35. I'm a new follower. What a sweet blog you have. Please enter me in your giveaway. Ill post about it in my next blog post.

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  36. Nothing like a fabulously beautiful giveaway to boost the followers list....... Good luck to all who enter. I've become a new follower so please don't include me in the draw, but I will be back to visit and see what you've been up to. It's always nice to find new blogs through regular ones. Happy crafting!

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  37. Beautiful gift! I am a new follower. Don't have a blog or I would blog about your site.

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  38. Gorgeous! I just found your blog. Please enter me for this lovely gift. Thank you!

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  39. Hello Kim,

    I would like to take part in your giveaway.:)
    I am a new follower.I will post about your giveaway tomorrow,as it is night in our country,but until then I will put it it on my sidebar.
    My blog:
    http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/
    e-mail:
    betikarauski@gmail.com

    Greetings.:)
    Bernadett

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    1. I have just posted about you giveaway.:)

      http://petite-armoire.blogspot.com/2013/06/giveaway.html

      Have a nice weekend.:)

      Bernadett

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  40. Hi Kim,
    I am a new follower & came via Kaye's blog. How absolutely precious is your giveaway. Congrats on your milestone & many thanks for a chance to be in this.
    e-mail: zamba@iprimus.com.au
    Heartfelt thanks - Anna :0)

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  41. hello!
    amazing!
    I like your works! You are very smart! congrats!
    please enter my name...
    I post in my sidebar...
    I am follower: sabo eva
    lapappilon@gmail.com

    Hugs
    Eva

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  42. Thank you for joining my giveaway and sharing it.
    So for the instructions:
    1) Put a comment on this post and you are entered into the giveaway - tick
    2) If you are already a follower then your name is put in twice - unfortunately only found you recently
    3) Put the photograph of this giveaway on your blog and then get another chance - tick ... in the following post
    Book reviews and blog giveaways ... what else can one need?
    4) If you blog about this giveaway in a post on your blog then you get another chance - tick (previous post + will add a sidebar)

    Very gorgeous items you are giving away. Good luck to all the entrants.

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  43. Hello, what a beautiful box. Thank you for a chance to win.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  44. I also just signed up to follow. Thanks and congrats on your milestone.
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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  45. I would also love to enter your giveaway, i am now a follower - Amanda

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  46. Yes, please enter me in your giveaway. I have just signed up to follow you (hurray!) and wish you many happy blogging milestones to come.

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  47. Oops! If you need it, )isdihara at verizon dot net(

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  48. Now I follow =o).Can't believe it,this is amazing giveaway,so generous of you,thank you for the chance to win it.

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  49. Such a generous giveaway, please include me in the draw.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  50. Congrats on your followers! And thanks for so pretty giveaway! I post about giveaway on to my sidebar and follow via GFC

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  51. Congrats Kim!! This is so very pretty. You've done a lovely job on the painting. I would love to be included in your giveaway. I've been following you for awhile now but I thought I had included my name in your followers. Turns out I had added you to my reader but forgot to add myself as a follower. I have done so now as well as posted about this on my blog. I see you've added some more wonderful goodies as well! Thank you for this opportunity.

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  52. Hi, I (like others) am new to your blog. What a fabulous give-away!

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  53. Congratulations on your first year of blogging, Kim! They do pass by quickly, don't they? I just found your lovely blog and would be so happy to throw my name into the hat for your giveaway. Just became your 88th follower... I'd love to have you stop by my blog for a quick visit, too, if you have some time :)

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  54. I just found your blog and became a follower. I've so enjoyed getting caught up - especially love your fleur de lis! Congrats on your growing followers list and thank you so much for your generous giveaways!

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  55. The wee box is gorgeous...do you sell these by chance? I would love to be included on the giveaway!

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  56. What a lovely prize and I adore the colors! Congrats on the blog and I have added you to my follow list. Please include me in the draw.

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  57. Just blog hopped and found you and I am so sad to have missed this beautiful giveaway... but your blog was lovely to read and I am now following it.

    Happy Days

    Chris x

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