Friday, February 17, 2012


Hello ~ I am so glad you stopped by!
I am in a great mood today and want to share my happiness with you all!
You see it was a year ago today that I had my successful open heart surgery to remove the benign tumor from my heart.
I am feeling just wonderful and want to celebrate...

Also, February 10th marked my second year of blogging!
Another reason to celebrate!

I am ever so grateful for the friendships I have made these last two years and wish I could share a little something with each and every one of you...

Just know that you all hold a special place in my (improved) heart!

I treated myself this week to two new books and curled up in my big comfy white chair last night with them...

Rachel's book is absolutely beautiful and inspiring!!

To celebrate how lucky I am, I decided I would give away a copy of one of these books ~ winner's choice!
And, just in case some of you may already have these books, another choice for you is the book that my son gave me for Christmas...

Maybe you still do not have a copy of Fifi's first book so I will offer it as a choice too...

Finally, I wanted to include this other good choice that should be arriving at the shop soon...

The new issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine!

Now I like to keep things simple.
To win your choice of one of the following...

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces
Thrifty Chic
Pale and Interesting
Romantic Prairie Style
Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine 2nd edition 2012 must already be a follower and all you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me which one you would choose!
It is that simple.
You can be a current follower on Google Friend Connect or the new Linky Follower, both of which are on my sidebar.

The giveaway will end Tuesday, February 21st.
I will announce the winner next Wednesday.

Good luck to you all!
Have a wonderful weekend!


Carol said...

Yippee Skippee! It's official, I'm now a follower. Don't you just love a cozy place to relax with a good read? Itt just makes it for me. I would be happy to relax with any of these treasures, but I think it would have to be the new Rachel Ashwell book since she has her new adventure right here in Texas, and I am a Texas gal.



decorator to the stars said...


Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

How wonderful that your surgery went well and you are healthy and enjoying life! I'm one of your newest followers and enjoy reading your posts and the lovely photos posted along with them.

Please sign me up! I would love to win the Fifi O'Neill Romantic Prairie Style book! Congrats on your 2nd year of blogging!

All Things Chic 2 said...

Happy for you!!!I love your collection of home magazines they are very hard to get hear in Canada...I invite you to stop by my new blog for a visit...Blessings to you and your family...Lori Always looking for new followers....

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

congrats on that amazing accomplishment. and here is to many more healthy years to come.
I'd love the pale & interesting - atlanta bartlett book- she rocks..
now off to blog about your giveaway so you have tons of entries..but you know to pick me right?

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

So glad that you are healthy and feeling wonderful! That is really all that matters! And congrats on your blogversary too...Your give away is a great idea and most generous. My pick would be Pale & Interesting...don't have that one! Hope you have a great Friday and even better weekend! :)

Sandi said...

This is a hard decision , but I think I would choose Rachel's book. This is the only one of hers that I don't have.

So happy your health is great now Sandi!! :)

outjunking said...

I can't think of any thing better to blog about than ones victory over health issues. So glad you shared. Plus blog anniversary also exciting. But if you wanna be so generous to have a great giveaway may I select the Thriftychic book.
Have a great weekend from an old time follower,

trash talk said...

Girl...what a blessing to celebrate. God is good!
Congratulations on two years of sharing your heart with us.
P.S. Don't make me pick. You know how much I hate to think!

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Wow!! That is definitely an awesome reason to be a happy girl!!

Thank you for your sweetness giveaway ~ I think I would chose the Jeanne D'Arc but they are all wonderful ~

Petite Michelle Louise said...

I well remember the "events' of 1 year gao. Has it already been a year? Oh my...I am ever-so-happy that your surgery went well and that your life is back to "normal" once again. I can only imagine what a crazy time it must have been for you and your family but look at you NOW girl! amaaaaazing!! Two years of blogging under your belt and soo much to celebrate indeed! I am delighted to be a part of this wonderful celebration mon amie! ;)

summersoul said...

Wow! I am so happy to hear that you are healthy. And congrats of the blogiversary. What a generous giveaway. I would be so happy to have any of these. But I guess if I were fortunate enough to win I'd choose the RA one.

Have a great day

Rusty Hinge said...

I would love one of these fabulous books...what great choices!!! I have been happily following and love your blog!!! Also what a testimony with your surgery last year!! So happy that you are well!! :)

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Sandi! Such a lot to celebrate--congratulations! I remember last year when you had your glad you're feeling wonderful now! And congrats on the anniversary--isn't blogging fun?! Can't believe I'm in my fourth year already--amazing!

So glad I checked in today (I've been a bad blogger lately...busy and sick!) What a sweet thing to offer beautiful books! Gosh--what a tough choice! I think for me it would have to be Rachel Ashwell's book...but I've heard so much about Jeanne d'Arc magazine...!

Of course I'm already a follower!

Wishing you a beautiful day of celebrating, my friend!


Rusty Hinge said...

Wow, what fabulous choices! They are all great books! I would choose Pale and Interesting as I don't have that one yet. I already happily follow your blog and love it!!! What a testimony with your surgery! I am so glad you are well!! :)

The Little Red Hen said...

I would pick thrifty chic. I love to recreate disguarged items into love and cherished pieces.

Darla P. said...

Much to be thankful for! I subscribe by RSS and would probably choose ThriftyChic. Thanks!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Congratulations and how wonderful of you to celebrate by giving! So hard to choose though, I would love to have that Pale & Interesting book - I'm a big Atlanta Bartlett fan! I'm now following you on the Linky too!!

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...


I like Thrifty Chic, very surprised I've never heard of it!

Will follow on the new follower thingies.



Debbie said...

I think Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic book would be wonderful to have. Thank you for this offering Sandi.
What a blessing you are to the blogging community. What a great anniversary you are celebrating!!
You are an amazing person.

Trisha said...

That is quite a wonderful milestone to be celebrating! I don't know which one I would pick...I haven't had the chance to read any of them so any of them would do me just fine!


Fresh Vanilla For C said...

Hi~~ Yes, I would say that you have a reason to celebrate. That is so wonderful:))I am so happy for you and happy that I got to find your blog this year and follow all the wonderful things you have done.

If I was to win, I would love the new Rachel Ashwell Book. I actually cant believe I don't already have it.

have a beautiful weekend

Little Vintage Cottage said...

What a wonderful giveaway... but could you have made the choice any harder?! LOL! I think I would choose "Thrifty Chic"... could change my mind tho! ;)


Julie L. Light said...

Oh my goodness...I need both of those Rachel Ashwell books! I'm going to ask for them for my birthday if I don't win them :)
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your kinds words. I am following you on Pinterest and via Google connect and Linky.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Blessed Serendipity said...

One year since your successful heart surgery is every reason to be celebrating! What a blessing! I have followed your lovely blog for some time now and have just signed up with linky followers too. Thank you for offering to giveaway these beautiful books. I would choose Romantic Prairie Style if I should win.


Posy and Co. said...

...from my heart to your healthy, happy heart...I'm so honoured to be a part of your celebration. With regards to which book I would select to add to my would have to be thrifty chic! I've had my eye on it for a bit and LOVE it cover to cover. Much love, Lisa

Susan said...

Happy anniversaries Sandi! I'm so glad you are feeling well and celebrating two years of blogging. Wow!! You have inspired me for much of that time. :) many generous choices here. I think I'd like the latest Jeanne D'Arc, as they are hard to come by once you miss an issue.
Thanks so much for this chance, and have a great weekend!!
- Susan

Victoria said...

How weird Sandi, I was just thinking about your heart surgery the other day and I can't believe it's been a whole year already! If I recall, you did have quite the speedy recovery:)

These books are so gorgeous, I don't have any of them and would love to win:) I am a follower but I think you already know that!

Alainas said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate! I am so happy for you. What I would give for the book "Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces". I've been looking at it forever, but we are in the middle of renovating our home built in 1862, so we are OOM (Out Of Monday)!!! Love your blog, Melanie Sieberth

katskahnne said...

I love your blog! Congratulations, continued good health! If I'm the lucky one, I'd love a copy of Thrifty Chic - sounds perfect for me!

Voluptuous Muse said...

How cool is your blog? I'm anxiously awaiting your post on Easter. I am preparing for Easter NOW. I saw the link to your page on my niece's page (Sandy Lee Foster) and thought I'd slide in and view ya! Great stuff. I'm not a shabby chic girl (I was about 10 years ago) but I love reading your posts and your designs.

Tutti Chic said...

Sandi-happy & healthy anniversary to you this year!!! All of those books are great reads-the pale & interesting one is my new favorite though. I keep picking it up. lol-hope you enjoy 100 more years of great health! :) chris

Anne said...

I just recently discovered your blog and became a follower.Congrats on your successful surgery and one year later of recovery.
I would love Fifi's romantic prairie style book.

Jackie said...

I think I'd go for the Rachel Ashwell book, and I'd take it to brim and hope she showed up so I could ask her to sign it. I had no idea about your heart! Lordy I'm so glad you are doing just fine now. Please tell me more about your shop, or do you mean Wrenthan? Have a great weekend...


Faye ~ Wild Rose Vintage/Cabin Creek Designs said...

OMG Sandi! I had no idea!!! I'm still a newbie I guess. I must have found you after. You sure do have reason to celebrate...I'm so happy to have met you! Your blog has been one of my favorites.
The only book I have of all of those is Romantic Prairie Style. I'm thinking Thrifty Chic fits me quite well!
xoxo Faye

Pamela said...

Oh my goodness Sandi that is really big stuff having open heart surgery!
Congratulations on your recovery. This is not something to take lightly! Wishing many many more healthy happy years!!
Pamela xo

thistlewoodfarm said...

I am already a linky follower and a google friend follower. And you know I am your biggest fan :) Please enter me to win!


NanaDiana said...

Well, first of all, the give away is wonderful but the best gift of all is that you had a successful surgery and are doing well. We don't realize what a gift good health is until our lives/well beings are threatened. God bless you and I hope that you never have to go thru anything like that again. Congrats, too, on your blogging anniversary.

I don't often sign up for giveaways but you said the magic word- BOOKS! xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

Well, first of all, the give away is wonderful but the best gift of all is that you had a successful surgery and are doing well. We don't realize what a gift good health is until our lives/well beings are threatened. God bless you and I hope that you never have to go thru anything like that again. Congrats, too, on your blogging anniversary.

I don't often sign up for giveaways but you said the magic word- BOOKS! xo Diana


I would pick JDL on the off chance that I won. Pick me, pick me!!!


LizlovesVintage said...

What great Books. Very inspiring! Please enter me Friend.
Have a great weekend.
xxx Liz

Cheryl said...

I would love a copy of Rachel Ashwell's book "Thrifty Chic" but more than that I would like to share my praise for God for for the success of your surgery from a year wonderful He is! And thank you for sharing your life with us through your pretty blog!

Polly said...

That is something to celebrate Sandi! I remember when you went through your surgery and shared it with us here. So glad it was successful and you are doing well!!

congrats on 2 years of blogging also!!

So sweet of you to do a giveaway! it's always nice to curl up with a good read....and even better when it's in a comfy white shabby chair!! :-)

I would choose romantic prairie style!



Dee in BC said...

I'm now a follwer!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a wonderful reason to celebrate:) Think I will go with the THRIFTY CHIC book...hard to believe, huh!


Bente said...

Hi. Just found your blog, and I love it. Follow you now.
So fantastic that you feel good after such a serious illnes. Understand that you want to celebrate.

Have a nice sunday


On Crooked Creek said...

I love your post about the JOY that is happening in your life as you celebrate another year since open~heart surgery! I found your blog by visiting a blog friend, Mary! Your little round backed white chippy chair caught my eye...and your blog has been "eye~candy" inspiration ever since! I am a follower, and though I don't ususally take part in "give~aways"...being the hopeless romantic and living on the Prairie, I would adore a copy of Romantic Prairie Style should I be lucky enough to win. Have a blessed weekend, dear friend. Keep the inspiration coming as you enter another year of blogging!

Privet and Holly said...

I already follow
you through my
Google Reader, but
just signed up to follow
you through Linky.
I added this new way
to follow on my blog,
as well....just in case : )
Love your selection of
books! Can we ever
have TOO many??

Celebrating your sweet
heart today. What a journey
you've had!

xx Suzanne

Cindy said...

Can you believe a year has gone by, and all that is waaaay behind you. Wow... Thank goodness!
I think it would be a toss up for me of Romantic Prairie Style, or the Rachael Ashwell book, but the paintings on the front of Rachael's new book finally win me over. I love that artist's work... So it's Rachael's book I'd love to win.
What a cool giveaway!
And congratulations of 2 years of blogging!


Patti said...

I think I would choose Thrifty Chic - very hard to choose! Congrats on the blog anniversary and especially a year of " good heart health"!

Evi said...

Thank goodness you are doing so well. Yes, that truly is something to celebrate!!!!!!
I wish you all the very best for the future.
I loved that heart made out of sweet.
Since I like Rachel Ashwell, I would choose her book "Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and beautiful spaces.
I have and love the other books. Great choices.
Congratulations on your blogger anniversary.
Hugs, Evi

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

I so love decor books! I would choose Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Inspirations and Beautiful Spaces.

You truly have reason to celebrate!

I am a follower.
Deborah in NC

Ana said...

Oh Sandi, can this be a sign? I was just at a book store looking for Romantic Prairie Style, but they didn't have a copy....Oh could it be because I was meant to win it here? Oh you know I will be crossing all my little fingers...Anyway, I am so happy to hear that your heart is beating strong and healthy after a year of your surgery...Praise God! Sending you a great big hug.

Hugs and Kisses,

Ms. Redo said...

Happy anniversary! I've been your GFC follower for quite a long time, but today I also followed you on Linky Tools. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway, I would choose Thrifty Chic. Hugs ~ Mary

Passionate for White said...

Happy Healthy Heart Anniversary!!! I would love to win Shabby Chic Inspirations...thanks for the opportunity.

Gypsy Brocante said...

Congratulations to you ... you deserve to celebrate!!! ... and how generous are you to think of others by offering such a super giveaway. ... Now that's a true sign of a healthy heart ; )

I'm already a follower ... but now I'm a linky follower as well.

Choose between such wonderful books? That's tough.
1.) Rachel Ashwell because it's the only book of hers I don't have
2.)Thrifty chic because I'm ALWAYS on a budget
3.)Jeanne d' Arc ... because I'm ALWAYS on a budget ; )

Stay healthy and happy!!


Heaven's Walk said...

Woo hoo! What a sweet giveaway, Sandi! I would choose "Pale & Interesting" for sure! (Just got my JDA mag today!!!). Thanks for being so generous, sweetie!

xoxo laurie

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh.....and I'm a follower.....of course! lol!

xoxo laurie

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

I am celebrating with you, my friend!
The world is a more beautiful place with you in it. :-)


BECKY said...

Hope I can sneak in a little late! I am up late visiting because with the's the only time I have!!

Sue (Vintage Rescue) said...

Catching up on blog reading, and am sorry I missed this post to congratulate you on your year anniversary! XOX


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