Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Linen & Leather (Giveaway)

I always have to touch.

When I was little and went on grocery store trips with my mum - I would touch everything. I would reach up and touch the bunches of lettuce, poke at the tomatoes... I loved texture. I am the same way now. I like to feel different textures - from the soft silkiness of a satin pillowcase to the gentle graininess of running my hands through a bowl of uncooked rice.

That is what drew me to New Ivy Style. This gorgeous store sells beautiful handcrafts as well as delightful vintage pieces - a variety of textures and color. I adore the soft colors and the peacefulness I feel just by looking at each piece. Iro-Ivy (aka Ivy Style 33 on Flickr) runs her gorgeous Etsy store from Frankfurt, and her items certainly reflect that European simplicity. She is mostly inspired by nature because of it's endless color combinations, her favorites being light blues, shades of gold and powder pinks.


Going on travel adventures also inspires Iro-Ivy. Exploring new cultures and learning about how different people express their feelings really interests her. Some more of her loves include decorating, crafting and admiring the river and parklands around her. She finds them all to be relaxed ways of engaging into things. Her favorite dessert is a warm chocolate soufle, served with ice cream and strawberries in the summer.

Iro-Ivy is generously giving away a prize to one lucky reader! To enter, please leave a comment here telling me what makes you feel at peace, and also let me know which prize you would rather win - the Leather Heart Mobile, the Vintage Ceramic Vase, or the Set of six Mini Cards. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

(PS. Come visit me over at The Brightside Project for more goodies!)


Madeline said...

I absolutely love the heart mobile and would choose that!

I feel very at peace in a room with sheer gauzy curtains, letting just a little sunlight in, and a big ruched duvet cover to sink into for a cat nap. :)

Cara said...

I adore that gorgeous ceramic vase. I choose that!!!

I'm most at peace when my focus if 100% on the Lord and I'm in His presence and fully consumed with Him. I love moments like that.


weezie said...

I would choose the beautiful ceramic vase.

I am most at peace when i am with my family and my beloved ragdoll cat bellini. when we are all in the same room, sheer bliss. now that my father has passed away it is something i miss so much these days.
weezie33 at hotmail dot com

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

I love that ceramic vase!

I feel most at peace when I'm at home with my husband, and we are snuggling on the couch... All is right with the world!

Jingle said...

Creating. It gets me through everything! I would choose the leather heart mobile. I love it!

Melissa said...

I just love the ceramic vase! I feel at peace when I'm running or exercising in some way, as well as when I'm listening to certain music (like Bon Iver or Beirut). omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Katie said...

i love the leather heart mobile!!!
what great choices thank you so much for the chance!


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I loved your spotlight at Brightside Project!

melina bee said...

funny, I did and still do (when I can) touch stuff in places.... a lot people forget as they get older that touch provides a wealth of information about the world around you.
I guess I'm most at peace on hikes in green wooded areas. Guess that's pretty typical and cliche, but it's true. I'm a pretty anxious person unfortunately but I know that the green gets my liver all activated positively to get rid of worry hormones (according to my acupuncturist). Also, in order to be truly calm, I actually need to be physically active, (funny since I was always picked last for sports teams in hs.). I guess keeping so many of my senses alive all at once is what gives me that total sense of peace.
also I'd like the vase most cuz my mom complains she can't find a vase she likes and I want to give it to her.

Sharon said...

I feel most at peace when I'm exercising. I guess it's the endorphins and knowing that I'm keeping healthy!

I'm a big snail-mail gal, so I'd love the set of cards!

Julia said...

I feel at peace most when I'm out walking in the bush or by the sea, and stop to rest and notice the quiet, with just the sounds of birds, wind, water. I'd love the set of note cards.

RamblingTart said...

Writing makes me feel at peace, and sitting on my creek bank in the sunshine. :-) I love the little notecards. :_)

sEy said...

doing things I love the most like blogging, after attending the Friday Mass makes me feel at peace.

those mini cards caught my attention.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I would like to tell you that you have an awesome blog. All the pictures are great and perfect.

JennTRC said...

all are great, but I'd choose the ceramic vase :)

I'm most at peace when I'm near the sea.

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Wehaf said...

I feel at peace in those drowsy moments just before falling asleep, when I'm warm and cozy and snuggled up against my boyfriend.

I feel at peace when I take a long walk in the woods with my dog, and the air and the scent of green growing things clears my head and my thoughts.

I feel at peace when I sing my niece to sleep.

I would love the vase.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Peace for me is about good health, love and support.

If I am lucky enough to win, then the vase would be a fantastic addition to my apartment!

Thank you both for organising this lovely giveaway. Will xo

Jill Turner said...

I feel most at peace when I have finished all of my school work and I'm laying on the beach! :)

I love the sweet note cards.


TopHat said...

Having my husband home makes me feel at peace. Life is easier to tackle when you're on a team!

If I won, I'd like the vase, I think. It's so hard to choose, though!

Meg said...

I feel most at peace when I have had a fun-filled, productive day with my family and then have bathed children sleeping safe and sound in bed.
I love the mobile!

fisiwoman said...

I feel most at peace when I'm alone at home!

I love the mobile

Ana Belén R.M

very married said...

I feel at peace while in stationary stores!


that's why i'd pick the notecards!

kittycat said...

vintage ceramic vase! sooo beautiful :)

being in my boyfriends arms makes me feel at peace.

Kelli Lee said...

I feel at peace in a dimly lighted bathtub full of sweetly scented bubbles. The vintage ceramic vase is beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.


McCarthy Designs said...

What a beautiful giveaway! I feel at peace when I am looking out at the ocean watching the waves roll in!

My favourite is the set of 6 mini cards! xx

Kitty Baby Love said...

I just started yoga and it makes me feel at peace. More specifically, feeling connected with my body makes me feel at peace.

I'm rooting for the Vintage Ceramic Vase :D

Amber said...

Yoga really helps me feel at peace and I would love to win the leather heart mobile.
Thank you for the giveaway :)

Samy said...

I love that vase!

Tea, a good night's sleep, taking deep breaths outside, and just being held by Aaron make me feel at peace.

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

Kristen said...

I like the mini note cards.

What makes me feel at peace is having the people I love close to me.

couponboss at gmail dot com

Gigi said...

I feel at peace after the kids are in bed and I have a quiet moment with my husband. I'd love teh leather heart mobile. Thanks for the giveaway.

k. davis said...

what another great giveaway!! I'm loving the set of six mini cards... I think it's because I'm a "snail mail" kind of gal!

thenextarrow said...

reliability makes me feel at peace. so does the smell of amber + chinese take out with my family. a freshly mowed lawn does the trick as well.


xo Alison

p.s. i love the vase!

{lovely little things} said...

What makes me feel at peace is hot tea, a warm blanket, a good book, and my cat and bf curled up next to me.

I would love to win the mini-heart cards. Delightful!

hailey said...

I feel most at peace standing barefoot in the grass, looking up at the sky and just letting the sun warm my face. Cheesy, but true!

I love, love, love the ceramic vase!!

Maricela said...

Going on a drive in the country with my husband and kids makes me feel at peace. The kids love looking at all the sights and animals, and feeling the "bumps" on the curvy roads. It always makes things a bit better for us!

My favorite item is the heart mobile :)

poetees at gmail dot com

denise said...

listening to some of my favorite tunes and writing always makes me feel at peace.

The vintage ceramic vase is gorgeous :)
qwaszx024 at gmail dot com

The Purple Finch said...

Lovely prizes I like the Linen runner.

I feel at peace after a massive work out at the gym, Also on a cold day having a lovely cup tea and scones.

FEDERICA said...

Those mini cards are lovely!
Wish you a beautiful day darling!

*Evelyn* said...

I love the Leather Heart Mobile

I feel at peace when I'm relaxed at the beach with my family ....

beautiful gifts...

Anonymous said...

I love the ceramic vase! I actually love everything Iro-Ivy...

I feel at peace when I'm near the sea or river with my husband, looking at my boys playing...

tonka021 (at) yahoo (dot) com

uglygirl said...

I love Ivy's blog - I follow it and also regularly check out her flickr photos.

I feel at peace right before I drift off to sleep...and also when I wake up in the morning and realise have time to sleep in.

I would choose the heart garland.

Thanks for having this giveaway!

Tender Branson said...

I'm a toucher too. A lot of times I will find myself walking through stores and just squeezing things or running my hands over things. I like the feel of uncooked rice as well, on of my favorite foods to play with.

Heather R said...

I am most at peace relaxing in the arms of my hubby, when we seem to stop time and nothing else in the world matters during that moment. From a 5 second embrace to a cat-nap on the sofa. I thoroughly enjoy his company and feel so at ease when we find time to tune out the world around us and just.. be.

Adore that Vintage Ceramic Vase!! It would look amazing in our home office. Thanks for the chance. :)

Kelly Irene said...

My husband brings this up every now and then: we were visiting the modern art museum in Chicago and there was a beautiful display of textures on one wall with a large sign that said, "DO NOT TOUCH" with a rope and sensors blocking it off. He also said, "don't touch it." I couldn't help myself. I didn't mean to. I just had to...touch the darn thing. and the alarm rang. Soooo embarrassing! I swear I didn't mean to! hahaha!

I feel at peace when I am in the mountains. That is my favorite place in the world.

Thanks for the giveaway!

aj said...

I love the heart mobile ( :

A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

debbiekl said...

Tough choice! I'd have to go for the notecards. Thanks!

Allison Williams said...

I love the Heart Mobile!

I feel at peace when I've overcome frustration with a fun, engaging creative solution.

cupofsnowflakes said...

I feel at peace everytime I land in Stockholm :)

I love Ivy ideas and the way she tells about her on world.

The leather heart mobile would be my favourite prize.

Mommy in the Making said...

Oh man... I can't choose between the mobile and the vase! Am I allowed to say either?!

I feel at peace on the weekends when we the stars align and we get to have 'family nap time'. Baby, daddy and I all curl up together and when I know those two are soundly asleep and I smile a little to myself and then get to drift off... I love it.


Digital Misfit said...

Hand embroidery makes me feel at peace. The repetitive motion of the needle and thread, the tiny detail work - it helps me focus.

I would choose the lovely leather heart mobile. Gorgeous shop!


Katie said...

I'm most at peace when I wake up in the morning and have a moment to be still and pray and think about my day before I jump out of bed.

And I love the leather mobile! But everything is just lovely.

Sara said...

I love the heart mobile, and what makes me feel at peace is sewing with the children asleep at night with a cup of tea.

ofamityandallure said...

What a great giveaway and wonderful reminder to pay attention to the wonder in our lives and amidst the hustle and bustle of our lives spinning ever faster... peace is attainable when we know where to find it.

For me, it's listening to my son's "thank-you, Jesus!" before bed, breathing in his freshly washed skin and hair and then spending a few precious moments marveling over how blessed I am- and how amazing God is to have made such a beautiful boy and given him to ME- as he falls asleep, hugging his bunny to him... that is peace.

I love the ceramic vase! Good luck to all!

xoxo Joy

Lauren said...

I would love to win the vase!

I feel most at peace when I'm clipping coupons. I kind of zen out and ignore the world. It's nice.

lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

Monica said...

Your font is really small but I really like your style of writing its nice.

Tali Schiffer said...

What makes me feel at peace is a stroll on warm sand at the beach, just before sunset, when it's still warm, but the sun's not pounding, and you can look at the sea, towards the horizon and just be.
If I won I would be happy to receive either the vase or the leather heart mobile (I can't choose between the two...)

Anja said...

I love the set of mini cards! They are lovely! What makes me feel most at peace is riding my bike in an area surrounded by trees on a warm day. It's really relaxing and allows me to put worries that trouble aside during that time.

anja.lju at gmail dot com

Ladytink_534 said...

I like the vase. It matches my bedroom. Listening to traditional Bristish and Celtic folk music makes me feel at peace.


Barbara said...

I like texture in my food as well, Dionne!
What lovely things Iro-Ivy has! Love the mini cards.

What makes me feel at peace? Looking out over the ocean.

Linda Kish said...

Taking a walk in the early morning with my dog brings me peace. I enjoy the quiet.

I like the vintage ceramic vase

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Val said...

the ceramic vase is just awsome. I feel at peace,when I am sitting on the grass with a cup of tea, a good book

Gaia said...

I love the runner...
I feel at peace when I'm barefoot at the beach, feeling immediately good!
Have a great weekend darling... i've seen you at the brightside...great!

Crystal P said...

The leather heart mobile is beautiful! I feel at peace when I am writing or meditating on top of my hill!

crystalmarieporter at gmail dot com

Crystal said...

I find peace in my favorite music and bands..i need to hear them everyday!!
I think that the Set of six Mini Cards are really nice:)

cyclona66(at) aol dot com

Abi said...

Hi Dionne.. hope you are well. I am at peace when my dogs have had a bloomin good long run and are all tired and asleep, and leave me in peace to make dolls!!!

I'm not fussy, I love ALL the gifts!!

Ann said...

I love the beautiful ceramic vase!!

I am most at peace when my daughter is right next to me, regardless of where we are.

loann1314 AT hotmail DOT com

ishtar olivera said...

I adore Ivy´s style!!!
and she is also a very sweet and nice person! :)

deltay said...

Sitting in the Springtime sun in the back yard is always relaxing.

The vintage ceramic vase looks really cool!


babalisme said...

I have a young daughter fascinated at everything above her eye level, so mobile heart for me^^.

I'm at peace when I :

Doing yoga
watching my baby sleeping
taking my time, mmm potty time I mean, undisturbed

Heather said...

I love going to the water and just chilling... Whether it is fresh or salt water - there is just something peaceful for me...
The vintage vase is great...
jswandrn at gmail

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

Water makes me feel at peace. Whether the rain, a lake or my bathtub !
I´d love to win the vase !

I´d love to win !

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

poppyweed said...

Rain or shine, a quiet beach makes me feel at peace.

The vase is stunning.

jrnewhook at hotmail

Anonymous said...

I am at peace walking my dog in the morning! I'd like the leather heart mobile best. scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Abby said...

Peace for me would be sitting inside my room looking out the window, watching the rain wash all the bad things away. At least for a moment I can just stay like that...peaceful

Although I'd love that cool vase, it sure would be hard to ship so I'll settle for the mini cards!

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Kim said...

I love the vintage silver bowl!
I feel at peace when I have a sleeping baby in my arms :)
kimhigueria at gmail dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments. This giveaway is now closed.