The winning ticket has been drawn from the Simply Be hat and the winner is……
JULIA MORAN MARTZ!
Thanks to everyone for entering and again, thanks for all the birthday greetings! More contests soon!
By far the coolest thing I’ve seen all week….
You can’t really tell from the photo as you can’t see all the cables that would be at the bottom of the pic, but the sewing machine is powered by the stationary bike. The person on the bike pedals away like a maniac while the artist stitches their portrait as they cycle, interviewing them and incorporating tidbits of their concise life stories into each piece. Its a fascinating process to witness and the skill and precision of the artist is mesmerising.
The artist is Harriet Riddell and the event is Craftspace. Now in its third year the event has grown from a one day event into a 5 day crafting minifest incorporating hand and machine embroidered textiles, jewellery making with cardboard and live music. It’s held in St Phillip’s Cathedral Square (more commonly known as Pigeon Park) and it really made me feel proud to be a Brummie.
I was so impressed. My beloved Birmingham used to get a lot of stick for being generally a bit rubbish, but my city has really pulled its socks up and is making its mark. It’s great for big brand shopping but it’s the independents that really make me beam. The vintage elegance of Agnes & Norman shoes, the eclectic homewares of Handmade Boutique, and the delicious eats at Yorks Bakery Cafe are among my favourite places to visit in the city centre. Not to mention our brand spanking library (which looks like a gigantic wedding cake) which is fast becoming my number one spot to relax. Oh yes, its a good time to be in Brum.
PS- I did consider having my own portrait stitched but I started to think….. Can I cycle non stop for 15-20 mins? Will I look like a sweaty heap? Will the bike collapse underneath me? OMG everyone’s looking. I’ll just watch….
I can hardly believe that this month marks five whole years since this blog started. We’re all used to the old adage that time flies when you’re having fun, but seriously- five years? If my blog was a child he or she would be about to start school. If it was a marriage we’d we celebrating our wooden anniversary, and if it was a wine it would be nicely mature. It really makes me think about what direction I want to go in next.
I’ve met some great people over the past five years, and had some fantastic opportunities like appearing on the telly, writing for an online magazine, meeting up with other bloggers that I love, going to press days and preview events- and of course- all the freebies! Who doesn’t like freebies? Freebies don’t drive me but they are certainly a bonus.
I’ve had an absolute ball, truly and I want to thank you all for your support. Every reader, commenter, every person who’s sent me an email, shared a link to this blog, or told someone about it. a big, superhuge THANK YOU. You make a difference.
Here comes the good part.
To celebrate, and say thank you again, I’ll be running a series of contests throughout the month of September with a variety of different prizes. Like I said- who doesn’t like a freebie? Watch this space for more info.
Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner. Thanks for all your entries and it was great seeing what items you would choose if you were to win. Thanks also for all the 500th post congratulatory notes.
The winner has been drawn at random from all entries, and that winner is……………..
Everyone else stay tuned because I will be giving away loads more stuff next month when the blog turns the ripe old age of FIVE. Crikey- where did all that time go?
The Anna Scholzl Black Label collection is one of the ranges that I look forward to each season. I like the classically Anna Scholz print dresses from the White Label collection, but love the edgier vibe that the Black Label emits.
This season the look of the label is quite solemn and sober but with a military feel, and just enough magenta to crack a smile onto the face of a very serious colour palette.
I LOVE that magenta skirt, it has my name all over it.
And while we’re on the subject of Anna Scholz, I’ve got to show you my favourite piece from the White Label Collection-
Typical me really. Graphic print, bright colours- whats not to love?!?!
The Black Label Collection will be available online later this week.
Contest now closed. Winner will be announced soon!
Okay, so after slating an Asos item only 48 hours ago, here I am hosting an Asos giveaway. Slightly duplicitous perhaps?
Anyhow. Its been aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaages since I did a giveaway on here so I’m shaking things up a little at FGLNCT HQ, and giving one of you lovely readers the chance to win a £50 Asos gift voucher, courtesy of my new friends at Appliances Online. Fifty squid for you to spend on anything- as long as its not those grey dungarees.
Unfortunately, the contest is only available to UK entrants (I know, I know, I know- soz).
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what your current favourite Asos item is and sha-bam- you’re in the draw.
Competition ends at 10.pm GMT, Thursday 8th August, Good Luck!
PS- This is my 500th blog post. Hurrah!
Simply Be- what have you done? You gave three bloggers the opportunity to design their ideal dress and make it available to the world, and now one of my favourite new plus size brands is running a contest with a similar theme! Take it away OneOneThree…