Sunday, January 22, 2012

I'm Back and Thank You!

Sorry I’ve been so quiet the past week or so but Mister Man felt the need to share his cold from H-E-L-L germs with me and I’ve been laying low mainly because I didn’t have a functioning brain cell. I’m hoping it’s on its way out of my system so I can get back to my life and blogging.

During the holiday Season I was lucky enough to win not one but two fabulous giveaways. The first a beautiful book from Trinidad, Martin and Johan over at Atelier de Campagne Antiques from the French magazine Jeanne d’Arc Living called French Atmospheres.

If you haven’t seen this book yet don’t wait rush and find a copy on the Internet, sorry I looked and it isn’t available on Amazon. It’s filled with beautiful French images sure to make your heart swoon. Thank you guys I love the book!!!

The Second giveaway I won was a fabulous French giveaway with not one but four treats!  Caroline over at Boho Farm and Home blog is always hard at work around her urban farm and if you’ve never visited her do so you’re in for a treat.

Two of the items she sent along was Boho Farm Rose Jelly made by Caroline from her very own tea roses and is all organic …love that. I even tried it on my pancakes this morning and if Caroline shares this jelly may I say BUY SOME! The second item in my box was some Kusmi Christmas Tea and I’ve been drinking that all last week thanks to my bad cold.

Another item in my box was a French Azure Urn Tea Towel, nice and big and in my colors since I use green in my kitchen as the only accent color.

Last but not least was this fabulous book by Kathryn Ireland called Summers in France She has a wonderful laid-back way of styling beautiful things and it’s full of helpful tips. Reading and looking at the pictures in this book makes me want to own my own home in the French countryside. Thank you Caroline I truly do appreciate everything you sent!

Now I need to ask for your HELP!

I wantedo let you know that blogger seems to be acting up here and there and I’ve been unable to leave comments for some of you. I’ve tried over and over and the screen goes white and doesn’t come back on. So if anyone else is having this problem and knows how to fix it I would appreciate the heads up.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and stay well!


debra @ 5th and state said...

glad you are feeling better!
if you were doomed to get sick your timing was perfect.....since you were in bed at least you were surrounded with new treasures

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Wow! You and I both have had a streak of luck lately!
Great gifts.
Hope that you feel better, Debra.

An Urban Cottage said...

What wonderful gifts; you really scored!

A few people have also told me they've had problems leaving comments on my blog but they come back later and it's okay. I had a few problems with Blogger hanging up or freezing when I tried to open a site but not necessarily commenting. Not sure what that is.

Glad you're feeling better. It's been two weeks for me and I'm not totally symptom free. It's very strange.

Maison de lin said...


Welkom back my dear!!! and you are lucky, believe me!!

take care my friend

Fashion-isha said...

Hi Debra,
First of all I hope you feel better soon! Secondly it may be your computer because that never happens to me on my mac, and third of all, thank you so much for your sweet comment and advice on the winter blues. I am going to do research and find out about those lightbulbs!

A Perfect Gray said...

you lucky winner - those things are great. feel better - and YES! I'm having the same problems. not with commenting but with screens 'whiting out' on me when I try to view blogger blogs. seems to do that when I click from my blog roll on to the title of daily posts. BUT it works OK when I click on to the name of the blog. Does that make any sense? Try it and I hope it helps. your friend, donna

Gina said...

Hi Debra, Glad you're feeling a little better.

I had to change my comment settings from "Imbedded" to "Full Page". Or you can choose "Pop Up". Google is supposed to fix the problem. Until then, you might try the above. Gina

Unknown said... sorry to hear your been battling a monster cold. My son has a cough that would scare a bear and won't go away. Kept him home from school...but the doctor said, "he's fine". Great. your give away winnings. You swept up! What lovely, lovely items. That book is a must.

Welcome back...and I haven't noticed the comment issue, but like the suggestion from Gina above.

Here's to a healthier week!
xoxo Elizabeth

michele said...

dude, those are great prizes! congrats! hope you are feeling better now, and i haven't a clue about the blogger issue. what a pain.

here's to a wonderful new week!


La Dolfina said...

So glad you are back in the land of the have been missed. Your giveaway booty sure came in handy during your downtime.
Welcome back!

Be sure and enter my giveaway too

eclectic revisited said...

so glad to hear you're getting over the nasty cold-ick!! and so wonderful to have won some lovely giveaways!!! yay.. and I've been having problems with blogger not accepting my comments from wordpress but if I indicate another platform blogger will accept it...go figure..

Karena said...

Debra the bug going around has really hung on!! What better treats to have though, the warming tea, the most wonderful French Books!

Art by Karena

Bohemian said...

Congrats on winning such fab prizes and I'm glad you're feeling better. I have the Summers in France book and love it, will now look for the more elusive one. Yes, Blogger did some enhancements that didn't quite work out... my understanding is that they're working on getting the bugs out of it.

Dawn... The Bohemian

Anonymous said...

I have a penchant for beautiful décor books and these both look fabulous! I'll have to look for them. I have been trying to make it to the bookstore forever. Feel better... lots of chicken soup. Make Mr. Man wait on you since he gave you the cold! hee hee

Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Wow, I'm sure those beautiful giveaways were just the thing to perk you up. I also have problems with commenting from time to time. If I persist, it seems to work eventually, but one doesn't always have the time to keep at it. x Sharon

Atelier de Campagne said...

Hello Debra! We are sure glad you liked your gift! And also glad you are felling better. We also got some of that nasty flu that was going around during the holidays and now poor Johan is in the middle of it back home in Belgium. Both Johan and Martin send their regards. We'd like to remind folks that we have the book French Atmospheres available, so they can follow our link to contact us.


Taylor Greenwalt said...

Hi Debra,
So glad your feeling better. I have had some problems with blogger, but not that one. I have not been able to leave comments on some blogs and they haven't been able on mine. I also went to add a photographers name onto an old post and the whole post disappeared. It was one of my favorites. If you know how to retrieve posts let me know. I am going to have to go and look at both of those books. Katheryn is one of my favorite designers.

Boho Farm and Home said...

I am so happy you are feeling better Debra! I still think it is going to be your year...beside the cold from hell. This little package of love couldn't have gone to a better blogger or friend and you getting treats from the boys at
Atlier de Campagne-love them-that is whole lot of French beauty to enjoy!

I too have had difficulties commenting and also viewing blogs through reader...idk?!


Anonymous said...

Glad your back and feeling better! Now you can enjoy those wonderful giveaways!

quintessence said...

WOW - luck you Debra - what incredible wins!! And I'm glad to hear you're feeling better!! I'm going to start searching for French Atmospheres right away - looks marvelous!!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Congrats! I enjoyed the pics of the gardens on the other post. So beautiful Thanks for sharing...........Tallulah

Room Seventeen said...

Wow, beautiful Give Away presents!
You must feel better now :-))!

Stacey said...

So sorry that you got sick Debra! I was wondering since i didn't see a post from you. Congrats on your fab winnings. Lucky girl!! XX

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Stupid blogger, and shame on Mister man for sharing his ick!

I've been having trouble today leaving comments, some blogger boxes are completely locked up!

Anyway, I'm glad your feeling better and I bet those books and treats really helped!

Heather Robinson said...

Oh yowza! Please feel better Debra! No one likes a terrible cold. No siree. I hope that everyone in your household (and that includes Dylan) is taking good care of you!

I am hopeless at anything technical, good luck!


lvroftiques said...

Hi Debra!
So glad to hear you're feeling better....Hopefully all your lovely wins will balance out the karma? *winks* Oh my goodness those books look wonderful!
I had the same issues with comments...getting white screens etc. I downloaded google chrome and haven't had a problem since. I've found this helpful on multiple occasions when MSN has been glitchy. So anyhoo you can use one or the other, you can pick and choose... (If that makes sense?) Vanna

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I hope you are feeling better. Sister called this morning and she has the crud now too. Yuck...I told her to stay away today. Ha! Love all your new presents. Just left you an e-mail. XO, Mona

savvycityfarmer said...

I think the entire nations had this germ ...
take care to get all the way well ...

summer's a comin!


Leslie said...

Feel better soon! Everyone seems to be under-the-weather ..

Beautiful books! I love the french urn. Thank you for sharing!

Splendid Willow said...

Debra - you attract goodness!

I tried to leave you a comment at the airport (!)(thank you for stopping by) but your comment template would`t pop up!

I am hoping that this note gets through. It is coming all the way from Sweden this time!

ox, Mon

The enchanted home said...

Hi Debra, just stopping into a few fave blogs to say hi. Sounds like you have been on a serious winning streak. Hope you are feeling better. I was sick too but finally coming out of it. What a combo, being sick and moving! Thanks for the heads up on these books, I will to get them, being the design book junkie that I am, take care!!

Amy Chalmers said...

Had to laugh when you described the cold from hell...ugh. I just survived a mini cold, but nasty none the less. I loved Kathryn's book, kind of like a diary where she shares all~the other book looks so inspirational!

La Brocanteuse said...

hello Debra,
thank you for your much appreciated visit to my blog, always so nice to hear from you. you are one lucky girl to have received these lovely books, I have both of them and such an escape! your deserve to be the lucky one. enjoy! hugs Colette

A room with a view said...

Looks like you got some great the idea of the jelly and the tea...glad you are feeling better. Blogger has been playing up similarly for me and I have just tried to revisit sites later or emailed my comment..too many internet issues lately and so I have just decided to be more patience although it is frustrating and time-consuming. I am sure they must be aware of the problem and hopefully will resolve it soon.

pve design said...

Double whammy right, being sick and then not being able to leave comments is not my idea of fun....but winning those beautiful goodies would certainly make it a bit less so.
Hope you are feeling better and that google has corrected the problem. I read about a black out day last week somewhere.
I am going to be doing a give-away soon...still working on it.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I had this very same bug...I felt exhausted for at least two weeks after. It is crazy! I hope that you are feeling better. Make sure to get as much rest as you can, it seems like the only cure.

The books are fabulous! I love a beautiful design book and if it is French even better!

Thank you for your kind thoughts and moments. Hope you have a great day. Get well soon.


LaPouyette said...

Dear Debra,
I do hope that Mr. Man is feeling better and it looks like your brain is 'working' again :)
Otherwise - welcome to "the club"!
Our house is like a hospital ward, with Oskar's broken leg, Mr. B's treatment, my flu and a computer bug!

Congratulation for all the goodies you've recieved, you definitely deserve it!
Beautiful images and a very lovely post!
Keep warm and well,
best wishes xxxkarin

Sorry for late comment, but just today our main computer is somewhat working again. Waiting for the PC doctor who took my 'crashed-down' laptop to repair or so.....

LaPouyette said...

By the way - forgotten to ask - can I see a German grain sack in your images?

And sorry, cannot help with your comment-problem. It looks like there is a nasty bug infecting several systems throughout the world.

Decor de Provence said...

I'm off to try to get "French Atmospheres"! Looks like an amazing book! So sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well... it's been a long winter for me as well. My kids get sick and before we know it we're all sick - it drags out for a month I swear!! Anyway - glad to see your back and feeling well! Thanks for this informative post... you know I LOVE your taste!

much love to you,

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh Debra, I hope you are feeling better. Be sure to take it easy for a while because it comes back on you, which is what happened to me. I'm fine now but still dragging in the energy department.
Yes, Blogger was having problems but they are clearing up now. I experienced the same thing while trying to leave some comments. I just kept trying and things seem to be finally working now. Continue to feel better and congratulations on all your lovely winnings.

designchic said...

So glad you're feeling better. What great goodies...may be adding this book to my ever growing collection!!

Mary Anne said...

I have seen your name here and there and I can't believe it has taken me so long to stop by!~

Your posts (I looked back a few) are fab! I will be joining and I will be back!

ox m.a.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


Thank you for coming by! I hope that you are feeling better!

As for the vacum purchase, that is always an exciteing thing. Especially the first time you use it and you see all the dirt in the bag and wonder if your last vaccum even picked anything up!

I am looking forward to hearing your exciting news...

Have a wonderful week! Elizabeth

Divine Theatre said...

Seems you are still Missing In Action? I hope you are recovering?
Sometimes switching to Google Chrome can solve the problem you have been experiencing. So frustrating!
Kisses to Dylan and Kitty,

Ispirato Design said...

I was wondering if you were sick- well, glad you're feeling better! my little guy was down and out yesterday but feeling much better today.

Well aren't you lucky- those are some beautiful gifts you've won!


Poo Poo for the cold....Yea for the winnings.....lucky. I have only one one thing in all my tries and the only reason I won was because there were only 3 people who my chances were pretty good.

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