Friday, August 30, 2013

Be Inspired # 154: 4th Anniversary Give Away!

Hi Everyone, and Welcome 
to A Special "Be Inspired" Celebration!
I'm running a few months behind in celebrating my 4 Year Blogging Anniversary with you all. It falls in June, but this has been a crazy Summer, and I'd been waiting for something really fun and different to share with you for a Give Away. Then last month in my search for all things "Sunflower", I came upon an Etsy Shop, Elliott-Heath Designs, that filled the bill for a Give Away Gift that any of you could enjoy...and we all know... Hey, we can never have too many pillows.

I shared my beautiful French Document Botanical Sunflower Print Pillow with you a few weeks ago. I love it's wonderful vintage graphic in rich Fall colors. Then just last week, my Vintage French Document Sheep arrived; soft muted neutrals, that fit right in to my Dining Room decor. I thought that if I loved these pillows, you all would too, and enjoy an opportunity to pick your own.

This has been an amazing 4 Years, as I've gotten to know and love you all. I love sharing my day with you, good and not so good, the ups and downs of life, and all the fun decorating and projects along the way. Funny, how it takes a few years to actually know where we each fit in within this big ol' blogging universe. I've realized my favorite bloggers are not so much about what they "do" but who they "are". I'm someone who loves to share ideas, inspiration, and a dose of real life.

now, back to the Give Away...

Heather, from Elliott-Heath Designs has so many wonderful designs to choose from, I knew that no matter what your decor or style might be, you could find something beautiful that was perfect for your home.

Here are just a few of the many design choices you have. Each pillow is 18x18, the cover is professionally printed on organic cotton fabric using overlocking throughout, and the back is an envelope style burlap fabric. Pillow insert is not included.

thank you so much Heather!

Don't you love these?

So my way to say a big "Thank You" for your friendship and support these last 4 years is to offer a wonderful pillow cover to two of you out there. You get to pick your own design from all the amazing possibilities. Here's how to enter:

1. Please leave a comment letting me know you're a follower of Common Ground.

2. Please go by Heather's wonderful shop Elliott-Heath Designs and LIKE her on Facebook. There's a button under her shop logo where you can press LIKE to get Facebook updates. Then find the pillow you'd love to have and come back letting me know by name, which one that would be. 

3. If you'd like another entry then share this Give Away with all your peeps on Facebook, Twitter, or your blog. Leave a comment for each extra entry. I have a graphic on the sidebar you're welcome to grab.

(If you live outside the U.S. go ahead and enter. If you win, I'll make sure you get it, and mail it to you personally.)

Since I was MIA last week, I'm sorry I don't have any highlights or features from last week's party, but I know you understand. That's what's so great about you all, you're actual "friends".


Now, on to Be Inspired!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Sunflowers on the Sunporch

I'm counting down the days to September...

And I'm transitioning my decor to those early Fall textures and tones. Of course Sunflowers are my flower "du jour" for late August, as they have those wonderful muted colors of golds, greens, and browns that I love so much. My Summer flowers are starting to go, so before long, mums will be showing up on the deck and front porch.

I love having a seasonal wreath on the mirror which hangs on the old chippy door. It always sets the seasonal mood out here on the porch. This is one I've had for a couple of years, but I still love the colors and the "dried" sunflowers look so real.

It's been a slow week around here, since I've been restricted on driving until later this week.  But last week I had taken pics of the settee's new quilt "outfit" for Early Fall. (last week it was "Late Summer", this week it's "Early Fall") So I'm just now getting to show them too you.

Please ignore my messy drawers peeping through.

My ticking pillows are pretty much a staple out here no matter what the season. Their black stripe is so easy to mix with florals and plaids.

Faux Sunflowers in an old painted white wooden ice cream bucket.

My washed gray basket from last week.

A little Sunflower bouquet in a white ironstone pitcher.

My Hull apple things are still out, but come next week,
the pumpkins will arrive... yay.

Always love the colorful illustrations in this little flower guide from 1945.

and now a question...

do you remember this amazing Sunflower Head from two years ago?
I've been trying to find another large one like this for ages. This one still had too much moisture in it and it molded inside the cloche. It made me so upset that I hadn't realized it was happening, and now I cannot locate a source for another one. Does anyone out there grow these that I might purchase one from you? It doesn't have to be this big, but I would love to have another one, and cannot find one anywhere. Let me know if you do or know someplace I could find one. I loved this look! guys are in for some fun this Thursday!! Since I was MIA last week, I'm dedicating Be Inspired to my 4 Year Anniversary Give Away. You have to wait, but be here with bells on, Thursday, because I have a Give Away for 2 lucky followers out here. I can guarantee you'll LOVE it!

House Party at No Minimalist Here
WOW us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farm
Inspiration Gallery at Ella Claire
DIY by Design

love you bunches,

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Marketplace: Etsy and Online Boutique Showcase

Hi Everyone,  and Welcome to 
The Marketplace!

from Vintage 541

from Love Squared Designs

from The Zoe Bird

from Seaside Rose Creations

from Glass Bead Treasures

Today Leslie Janson is in the Sponsor Spotlight. You'll want to check out Leslie's fun new designs in her Etsy Shop. Grain Sack pillows and wonderful repurposed items into cuffs and necklaces are her specialty. Check her shop often, as she has new designs each week.

thanks so much, Leslie!

OK, time to link up to three of your individual items that you have for sale in your Etsy or Online Shops. You don't have to have a blog to join in, but if you do, it would be nice to have you grab the image below for somewhere on your blog sidebar, just to let your readers know about this shopping and selling venue. (certainly not mandatory) If you have a blog post about your items that's great too, just please only link up items that are FOR SALE. Remember, this link is open all week, so stop back by to check out new items being listed.

Thanks again, have a great week, and be sure to stay tuned this week for a fun Give Away to celebrate 4 years here at Common Ground. So glad you're here...

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Falling For Autumn

I've been resting these last few days after a little scare I had earlier in the week, (click here if you don't know about the fun I've been having) but I've been wanting to share this great magazine photo shoot with all of you since it came out a few weeks ago. My good friends from Leola's Vintage Home and Garden were featured in the Fall issue of Vintage Style Magazine, and it's just such a fun look at their annual Fall Harvest Party.

(You can click on any image to biggify
and see the yummy details)

Owners of Leola's: Jan, Kelli, Judy, and Linda

Judy, Linda and Jan are sisters and Kelli is Linda's daughter,
 and they are some of the most talented gals in the biz-nezz!

Check out Jan's Blog, Summer Sundays for more info and inspiration.

I always enjoy their Open Houses,
 but it's no secret that the Fall Open House is always my favorite!

 If you haven't yet picked up the magazine, you'll want to look for it. I found mine at Barnes and Noble. It's a wonderful issue, full of so many Fall ideas and inspiration. The Leola's Open House is scheduled for Sept. 5-8 in Ozark, Missouri. Check their Facebook page for the details and if you'd like to see what their Open House is like, just click HERE, and HERE for last year's fun. I'm planning on being there!!

Thank you all again for your love, prayers, well wishes and support. I'd love to personally email each of you with my love and gratitude, but right now that just feels a little overwhelming. Hope you know that I read each comment more than once and so appreciate each of you!

I'm trying to get back with the program, 
so I'll see you all tomorrow for

joining in on these weekly parties:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Ranch


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