Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Amongst Lovely Things Giveaway

We all live amongst lovely things.

In the midst of our everyday shuffle, we don't always notice the truly lovely things that dwell amongst us. The sunlight filtering through sheer curtains in the morning, the sizzle and crackle of eggs frying on a stove, pretty little drops of condensation on the mirror after a refreshing shower, the smell of freshly mowed lawn...


I am taking a pledge this Spring to compile a list of the Lovely Things that are part of my everyday life. Every day I am setting aside a few moments to observe my surroundings and be thankful to God for the beautiful little objects, smells, notions, relationships, sounds and feelings that I usually leave unnoticed.

This is perhaps one of the reasons why I love this shop and it's name Amongst Lovely Things. J has truly presented us with a store filled with lovely hand-painted porcelain to brighten up your home. Her gorgeous pieces pay homage to the beauty of nature, and has something to delight everyone from the Cottage Farmgirl, to the Smitten Francophile.


J is inspired by the lovely and romantic - Paris Flea Market Style, 20th Century Ornamental Art, Art Deco, Edwardian Filigree, Gypsy Wagons, and Embroidery Flourishes. J's husband's grandmother paints porcelain, and that, along with J's nostalgic and warm inspirations are what gave her the idea to sell her wares on Etsy.


In addition to painting porcelain, J also enjoys crocheting, tatting, and working with paper. Her favorite colors pop up often in work, if you look through her darling store, you will find lovely nods to soft Dove Greys, Dusky Blues, and pops of Robin's Egg Blue. She also keeps up with her pretty blog over here.

With all this love for the romantic, pretty and nostalgic, OR COURSE lovely desserts are encompassed in her favorites. Being a professed Sugar Fanatic, J couldn't just narrow it down to one favorite dessert - so she chose two - Lemon Custard Tarts adorned with Fruit and Berries, and also fine, decadent Chocolate.


J is giving one of you lucky readers the chance to add one of her pieces to the lovely things that you live amongst. For your chance to win the lovely Strawberry and Blue Butterfly Bowl pictured above, leave a comment here telling me THREE everyday lovely things that you often take for granted. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

(PS. City of Dionne has made it into the Top 20 Art & Craft Blogs!!! Thanks to your votes a few weeks ago, I made it into the final round. Now to see where I sit in the top 20. If you like my little bloglet, please vote for me here. Thanks!)


BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Hmmm... Three everyday lovely things...

1. The sound of wind chimes throughout a quiet morning with coffee
2. The way my hair tangles after a ride in the Jeep with it's top off
3. The feel of freshly washed sheets and quilts after a long day

I could go on and on!

FEDERICA said...

Love this post and your photos!
Hope you had a great Easter,

emcSquared said...

How green the grass has become in just the last week! The birds that wake me up in the morning with their singing. My cat's whiskers, they really are perfect, just ask her!

Thank you for the chance.

em9499 at gmail dot com

Sandy a la Mode said...

I love this post and the giveaway bowl!!

Three things:
1) Beautiful flowers on trees that are just blooming.
2) The grass that stayed green over the winter!
3) My MIL's dilligence in sending me Joann's coupons so I can buy fabrics!


Sarah said...

1. All the beautiful tulips in our front yard opening and closing every day.
2. Being able to put hot pots on my granite countertops- no more trivets!
3. Opening up the windows every morning and letting the breezy spring air blow through the house.


Kristin said...

I. am. in. love. Seriously, that is the most gorgeousest shop I have seen in a very long time! So unique and beautiful!!

Anyways...three everyday lovely things I often take for granted: soap suds in the shower (how great are they?)...a warm Bearski-bear on my feet (aka my doggie)...my imagination (there are lots of wonderful things in it that just slip by the wayside in the busyness of the day - I wish I could capture the good ones, but I should usually be doing something else!)

MYSAVIOR said...

The birds chirping in the morning.
The sound of the children laughing and playing at the bus stop which is right outside my window.
The warm feeling of the sun when I sit out on the deck.

Jingle said...

1. The fluffy beautiful clouds in the sky.

2. The flowers and leaves that are so beautiful that I pass every day.

3. Time to create.

Hannah said...

1) singing birdies
2) each of the 80 degrees outside
3) the letter Q

Jennifer said...

Her art is SO pretty! What a great giveaway!! So... three things...

our big yard. there may be lots of sticks and leaves and grass to mow... but it's beautiful.

our cardinal. we may not always like hearing it peck and the window every morning... very early... but it is a beautiful bird and sings so pretty!

dirt. I may complain about the dust and dirt in the house, but I love living in the country.

Barbara said...

I went to her site...those are lovely things, no question!
(I voted for you just now! Good luck!)
Three everyday lovely things? (And I don't take them for granted...I am thankful for them every day!
1. Warm Florida weather and green grass all year long.
2. Talking to and seeing my darling daughter every day via Skype.
3. My friends.

that's what she said said...

Ok. Three things. Here goes:

1)My cat Gilbert's little paws when he stretches his legs while he's sleeping and then curls them back up around his head.

2)The refreshing feel of the air conditioning hitting my hot skin in my car.

3)The smell of fresh coffee filling my kitchen after I get out of the shower in the morning. Nothing beats that!

Carissa said...

what gorgeous things! I love all the hand-painted details!

it is easy to take lovely things for granted, especially when they are in our everyday. though, this morning, I woke up to light streaming in the window and thought, wow, it is such a beautiful day outside! I don't usually wake up that way, but it was such a nice feeling!

there are other lovely things around where I live that I sometimes notice but usually take for granted. these include the rolling hills that surround Simi Valley, new buds blossoming on the trees in my apartment complex, and little birdies flying and chirping about (I hear one now...). sounds like spring to me! :)

Jill Turner said...

I am a college student, but I am spending the semester in Washington DC . I have realized that I take a lot of lovely things for granted.

1. My cute apartment, which is filled with a lot of lovely things. In DC I share a room with two roommates, and I miss my private little nook at school.

2. My mother is a DIY master, and I love all of the lovely chairs she covers and tables she stencils.

3. My relationship with my boyfriend is lovely, and sometimes I forget just how special it is...

Lola said...

Those bowls are so pretty! I love the positive messages.

1. Opening my eyes in the morning and feeling alive and blessed with good health.
2. The aroma of cappuccino that makes my husband smile.
3. A mom that is always there for me.

Kim said...

1. That I have happy and healthy kids that can go to school!!

2. How hard my husband works to provide for his family!!

3. Having a fantastic mother who is also a best friend!!!

thanks for giving me some time to reflect! I adore the giveaway!! sooo lovely!!!

kimberly.long at gmail dot com

Hilary Leister said...

I take for granted...

1) The flowers around the AU campus, (they used my tuition money to plant every color of tulip... well worth it!)

2) The beautiful desserts behind the counter of my Whole Foods bakery... (soooo delicious!)

3) All the beautiful blogs on the internet. I could browse through them all day and be happy forever, haha!

Gali said...

Things I really take for granted:
- good working stapler at the office (once it disappeared and it was rather bad)
- week-end calls to my parents (when they're away and cannot be easily joined it stresses me so much because I will miss those week-end talks)
- great immune system (knock on wood it continues this way!)

Marci J said...

1) a cup of hot tea
2) a soft mattress and pillow at night
3) having the internet at my fingertips :-)
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Elena (Tickled Pink Knits) said...

What an exquisite bowl! Thank you for the giveaway!

3 things -

- bird song - taking the time to hear and listen to various bird sounds

- the smell of fresh linen when my tired head touches the pillow at night

- blooming trees in spring - they change not only every day but sometimes from morning to evening too

Jenn said...

What gorgeous items!! they are so whimsical. My three things are:

- the "sound" of perfect silence when you first wake up in the morning
- my kittens who want to cuddle right on top of you
- music. my life would be empty without music, yet i often forget to just LISTEN to it without interruption.

Erin said...

1. The gazillion daffodils popping up everywhere right now!

2. The absolute calm the morning after a storm.

3. The way my cat snuggles up between my legs every night.

Wild and Precious said...

saw your comment on passport & wanted to hop over to say hey!!!

I'm giving away a vintage ring I think you might like!


Emily said...

Three lovely everyday things:
1) waking up in the morning
2) walking around my neighborhood and seeing people I know and feeling a sense of community
3) knowing that I have a place to come home to at the end of the day


I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Wow, I love the look of your blog! I will vote for you. I love how the photos are in little frames and you write things at the bottom in that nice font. I wish my blog were fancier!

Three things: my two year old daughter's smile, the smell of yellow sweetgrass through the window and fresh pasta I made last night.

Anna said...

1-kids laughing together
2-smell of laundry detergent flowing through the house
3-quiet moments


Lovely bowl!

J. Nisbet-Hoyle said...

How lovely all of these lovely things are! I am so inspired now! I can't wait to see who wins. It was such a pleasure meeting Dionne and being a part of her wonderful blog.

AM said...

How nice small waves feel against the body.

Reading a good book.

And the fun of busting up with laughter with someone else.

(I've been enjoying spring!)

(email in blogger profile)

Martha Carolyn said...

Three everyday lovely things that I take for granted:

1. the breeze blowing through the trees

2. the sounds of nature

3. seeing birds fly overhead

Meghan said...

Just voted:)

Three things I take for granted:

1. The sound of traffic from my balcony. Oddly enough, it's pretty soothing.

2. Laughing with my hubby.

3. Quiet walks to and from the store.

paintedladyfingers said...

I am a big believer in simple pleasures so I had to really consider these three things. :)

1. Rain. There's something invaluable about the weather urging us to stay indoors and commune.

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables: I love eating healthful food. I am lucky to be able to enjoy fresh ingredients.

3. Street trees: Foliage is such a pleasure when living in a city environment. I appreciate the shade and the clean air benefits these green residents provide.

Thanks so much!


Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

1. The soft breeze of nature's kisses always help to rejuvinate me.
2. The bark of sea lions on log booms reminds me that adventure waits around every corner.
3. Laughter, it will be a sad day when we cease to laugh.

Thanks so much for this giveaway, they are so beautiful <3

bitt of raw said...

I try not to take anything for granted, especially the lovely things! But here are some things that deserve more appreciation:

1) a sunny day
2) a cat's purr
3) my own two feet

fisiwoman said...

I love this giveaway ^^. Enter me!

1- Laughing with my boyfriend
2- Cooking
3- Sleep while it's raining

Ana Belén R.M

Beathag said...

1. The sun. I took it for granded in Greece. I realize that in Glasgow is a luxary
2. Good food! Just because my flatmates and I can cook nice not all can
3. The spring flowers! So lovely!!!

sophia.komninou at gmail.com

Kaye Prince said...

Gorgeous shop and I love that bowl - I would definitely put it to good use!

Hmmmm, let's see: the smell of apricot scones in the oven, the whirr of my sewing machine (one of the bes sounds in the world!), and ice cold water (I drink water all the time and don't know what I'd do without it).

Jadyn's Garden Bowtique said...

1. Hearing my children laughing as they are enjoying each other's company.
2. the smell of the air right after it rains in the summer.
3.Jesus's mercies that are new every morning.

Anna said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!:) I love yours!! Your pictures are beautiful!

photojoy said...

I love your description of your surroundings in every day life as well as your illustration. Thank you for this post to know another beautiful artist.
By the way I've just voted for you! How exciting!

kelly ann said...

1. the fruit & avocado trees in our backyard that have beautiful blooms and give wonderful shade... and they're all perfect trees to hang lanterns and lights from. so beautiful :)

2. sweet friends who know my heart and my dreams and always, always, always encourage and inspire me.

3. jesus and his enduring, beautiful, wonderful love!

anthy said...

What a beautiful bowl! I'm totally crossing my fingers and hoping I win.

Lovely everyday things I take for granted:

1. My cats. They are adorable and wonderful and I ignore them far too often in favor of distractions like the computer.

2. Libraries! Couldn't live without them.

3. Good-tasting tap water. I really miss this when I go vacationing in some places.

Thank you very much for the giveaway!

anthy_stl [ATT] yahoo [DOTT] com

Kim said...

1. The big smile my 17mo daughter gives me when I go in her room in the morning
2. My 4yo son saying "I Love You" at least 12 times a day
3. A nice hot cup of herbal tea at the end of a long day


Abby said...

Beautiful bowl!

Lovely things I take for granted are

My wonderful husband
the cute meow of my next-door neighbor's cat
Sun streaming through the skylight!

abstoner at comcast dot net

Samy said...

1. The melodies that birds sing to say good morning to the sun

2. My bed- sleep is soul food

3. How lucky I am to be surrounded by people who love and care for me

Thank you for this lovely opportunity :)

samyrocks 92 at msn dot com

Amber said...

Wow, these pieces are gorgeous!
I take the sunshine for granted, the way the flowers bloom every Spring, and the birds chirping to wake me up in the morning. All lovely things that I need to fully appreciate more.

I voted for you, I was your 14th vote, I hope you win!! :)


shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

K. Davis said...

there are soooo many lovely things, how can I choose three?!?

1. the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning.
2. the kiss that I receive on my cheek every morning when my husband leaves for work, and I'm still sleeping in bed.
3. the birds chirping/singing to me in the morning.

Roza said...

Those are very cute trinkets, the art is beautiful!
well...let's see

three lovely things (after a lot of brooding and innie-mini-my-ni-mo)

un) being able to breathe in fresh air (properly) every morning on my way to campus - unfortunately i can't do that at the moment, i've got a cold :(]

deux) my six year old sister who will always give me hugs and kisses and saying things i love you and i miss you every minute. she's growing up so fast i feel like i'm missing out.

troix) knowing that he will always be one call away every time i need him, regardless of what happened and how i treated him (due to my mood swings)

3.5) summer! :p

Elsie said...

The windy breezes, the birds singing, the stars at night!

Often I am walking, talking...without looking up, listening quietly, or just feeling the wind...

I will try to be more aware! Thanks for the gentle nudge!


sabrita said...

Three lovely things...
1. The spring flowers , especially the flowering trees.
2. The longer days with daylight savings time.
3. How lucky I am to have so many wonderful people who love me and whom I love.

Thank you.

Splendid Things said...

my tummy has butterflies because i am so excited about this giveaway!!! i hearted this shop a while back and have since hearted quite a few items. i would heart all the items except i was afraid the shop owner would think i was some kind of weird stalker! :)

* getting to be home with my 3 year old son
* watching my oldest play soccer and enjoy himself so much
* being involved in such a wonderful school and being able to help out with the pto. love it!

thanks so much! cheers, jeanette at thealldays@msn(dot)com

jc said...

Such a lovely giveaway, thank you!
3 things:-
* A cup of hot coffee
* The birds singing in the garden when you wake up
* The newspaper promptly delivered to your doorstep

Amber said...

Three things I often take for granted are my health, my loving family, and the great library in my town!
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Daya, muito prazer... said...

Daiane Negretti
follower: Daya, muito prazer...

1- My family and my boyfriend
2- My brother's memory
3- My little kitties

uglygirl said...

I've voted!

Three things:
1. My family (no brainer)
2. My health (I work in a hospital and realise every day how much I take it for granted)
3. The fact that I was born in Australia

Lovely Scribbles said...

Oh my goodness, I'm seriously considering buying that cake pedestal! Okay, okay, here are 3 things I often take for granted...

1. The amazing gift of marriage (my hubby rocks!)
2. My health - being able to walk, talk, breath in the wonderful smells of spring
3. Being raised in a home with 2 parents who love the Lord

crumbsoflove said...

1. My little girls pure laughter
2. The kind things my husband does on a daily basis
3.The smell of fresh baked goods wafting from our oven

Wow... how nice to stop and think of these things. Thanks!

Tender Branson said...

I take for granted the lovely sound of rushing water which I am enjoying out my window right now. Thanks for getting me to slow down and pay attention to what is happening around me.

olive juice photography said...

im not a coffee drinker, but i LOVE that coffee pot! i would definitely find some alternative uses for it! :)

come by my blog for a giveaway :)

@ByHandGiveaways said...

The cool morning air

The feel of the pillow against my face

the sound of nearly silence!

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Lily said...

1. the smell of trees
2. ladybugs
3. lemonade

Lauren said...

1. The mountain view
2. The silence of living in a rural area
3. Honeybees

lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

Emily Taylor said...

1. Time I have to spend with my 1-year old. Sometimes I think too much about what I need to get done, when I could just hold him, and read to him.

2. Living close to my Mom.

3. Fresh Air. It's a great scent.

Heather Taylor said...

1) Water. Warm for the shower and to clean with and cool to drink.
2) Eyesight. It's only when your eyes ache and are in pain that realize just how much you truly depend on them for everything.
3) Creativity in all things.

Amy B. said...

What a great reminder.

1) The wonderful smell of my shower gel.
2) The contagious excitement of my pregnant coworkers.
3) The beautiful natural highlights in my sons' hair.

Allison Wonderland said...

1) My parents (being a high-schooler, it's easy to get caught up with the small things)
2) My cat when he wakes me up in the morning
3) Life. It isn't owed to me, and it's a privilege I don't stop and appreciate often enough.

Linda said...

3 lovely things...
1) warm spring days
2) daffodils
3) summer thunderstorms

Nicole Marie said...

everything is so bright and springy! congrats on the top 20!!

biyagko_barbaru said...

3 lovely things I often take for granted:

1. the air I breathe everyday
2. the water that keeps me hydrated
3. mushrooms sprouting everywhere


Tanya said...

3 lovely things I take for granted:

1. My husbands great sense of humor
2. The sweet smell of roses
3. The warmth of the suns rays

Sweet giveway.

Lyudmila said...

1.sun after rain
2.Calm After the strong wind
3. night after the day


avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!

Here are my three things:
1. My little sister smiling
2. The flowers blossiming in spring
3. Chocolate.

Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo [dot] it

poetees said...

This bowl is just beautiful. And I love the entry for this contest! Here are my three things:

1) The sparkle in my daughter's blue eyes when she's happy
2) My bedspread--it is bright, comfortable worn, and so cozy
3)The beautiful sunshine here in CA.

Thank you.

p.s. I am holding a giveaway until 4/13 at www.notquitetwins.blogspot.com. 3 prizes...please stop by! Thank you!

Chanelle said...

Thoughtful requirement... :) And quite a beautiful bowl might I add...

1.My little boy's screaming - one day he will not even be in the house! :(
2. Silent exchanges with my husband
3. Simply breathing

Thanks for putting a smile on my face.

chanellerf at gmail dot com

Abby said...

1. The scent and sight of flowers.
2. Breathing....sigh....
3. Freedom.

Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Danielle said...

Three things I take for granted every day:
1) the birds singing in the morning
2) ladybugs that look so pretty as they eat the aphids
3) those who are giving up so much to ensure my freedoms

The Happy Wife/Danielle
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

Rinei said...

three things i granted:
1. my beloved cute husband
2. my beloved hamsters
3. my internet connection


stash mama said...

three things...
*My daughters fast moves...i have a hard time keeping up with her...
*my husbands cooking
*trees...espescially in the spring...so beautiful
Thanks for the fun giveaway...making me a little more grateful!
corpesa14 at yahoo dot com

ecodog said...

1) a hug in the morning
2) going for a walk
3) a warm towel

thanks for the giveaway!!

eco dog at live dot com

TigerLily said...

wow those are gorgeous dinner/drinkware, love it so much!

1. The way my cats purred when they near me
2. The sounds of little birds chirping in the trees on a light windy day
3. The warm coffee in the morning

yuri.kristi at gmail dotcom

Wehaf said...

1. How much my dog loves me.
2. How pretty a redbud tree is in bloom.
3. How delicious freshly baked cookies are.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Selene said...

1. My family and friends
2. The smell of freshly baked bread
3. A home cooked meal.

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Lindsey said...

What a beautiful idea...I love that you take the time to be so grateful. It's a romance, you know, and just like our husbands love to hear how we appreciate them, God does too.