Sunday, 19 February 2012

What Do Charles Perrault, Miss Clara And Embroidery Have In Common? A Giveaway!

Dear readers,
On February 15th we celebrated Tristan's birthday for which I baked the grand sum of 45 cakes (some large some small) all inspired by the colours of this work from our artist in residence.  
I simply love the fact my one and only son was born the night after Valentine's Day and because at the grand age of eight he is already a romantic I am gifting him this treasure entitled The Birds' Wedding Day created by Celia Hart of Purple Podded Peas.  (He also got a shiny, new bicycle.) I have also decided to take heed of Monty Don who claims February 15th - his wife Sarah's birthday - to be the first day of Spring whatever the weather.  (For his beautifully penned words on this date please refer to The Ivington Diaries.)
I have drawn inspiration from this book (I was certain I would).
The yarn is Koigu KPPPM
and have drawn lessons from my children on the fabulous art of delaying tactics while I should have been embracing the challenge of casting on My Rosebud Cinnamon Girl instead.
The yarn is Madelinetosh DK in Sugar Plum
I have gently told myself that part of my delaying devices were pardonable as they were working towards my Very Exciting Project which will be unveiled on the first day of Spring and which you will all be awaiting with bated breath, right? 

All these Spring colours have made me hungry for more and so I turn to eighteenth-century Versailles fashion.  I have succumbed finally to acquiring this book which relates the life and work of Rose Bertin, Marie Antoinette's dressmaker. I wonder if somone knows of English publications on this fascinating lady?
I have also been concocting a giveaway for you.

There are so many treasures I would like to gift you but I think it is time to celebrate my French origins. Merci Maman

As a child I was raised on the seventeenth-century writer Charles Perrault's fairy tales and decades later had the immense joy of weaving some of his texts into my thesis writing.  (What a privilege to be able to touch and scour through his original manuscripts!)  Some of you may remember my post last year on the artist Miss Clara's version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.  Many of you expressed your enthusiasm for her work and for this reason I have decided to offer you Perrault's disconcerting story Peau d'âne - Donkey Skin - illustrated by Miss Clara herself. (Click on the link and you will find a fascinating short clip of the artist in her atelier.  It's in French!)
Her illustrations are exquisite.
Of course not all of you may feel the urge to read this tale in French so I am also offering this recent translation of Charles Perrault's Fairy Tales which I find rather good.
My third gift moves into the realm of embroidery but also remains French in essence.  Are you familiar with the shop Les Brodeuses parisiennes?  It specialises in embroidery and cross stitch designs capturing the beauty of gardens, Paris and the aesthetic pleasures of French patisserie.  I have chosen for you a vintage style linen tea towel with a joyful parade of cakes and 1950's Parisian ladies to cross stitch (please note that the DMC embroidery thread references are provided but not the threads themselves).
So if you would like to win these gifts simply leave a comment choosing either the two Perrault books or the embroidery.  What a delicious dilemma!  Do not feel obliged to become a follower of Millefeuilles unless you want to.  Should you kindly add a beautiful and splendid link to this giveaway on your blog you will get two chances to win.  Just leave me another comment to let me know you have done so.  The Giveaway will close on March 3rd.

Bonne chance à tous!

ps Great news!  Mademoiselle Toadstool arrived in one piece at her destination!


  1. Oh the Perrault books... i simply feel at home in them! how lucky for who ever will win it, the illustrations in Peau d’Ane look so wonderful...

    This post is enchanting in itself though; cakes, froufrou, knitting, art and books. life doesn’t get any better!
    xo sandra

  2. Happy belated birthday to your son.
    The little sweater is beautiful as is the other a most lovely colour.
    Your gifts for a give-away are very thoughtfully chosen... who would not want one of those.
    Susan x

  3. It was a birthday week for my family as well! Just another excuse to bring family closer! (my children are grown--grandchildren, sadly, not all close by!) How they would adore that Perrault book!!! Your give-away is very very generous. Good luck to all!!!

  4. What a beautiful, enchanting post!
    And what an exciting giveaway! Please enter me - I would LOVE the chance to win the books. I can't get over those illustrations - they're just amazing!!!

  5. Fabulous giveaway would like to enter the giveaway for the book please x

    Happy belated birthday to your son x

  6. dear stephanie,
    why am i not surprised that your now eight year old son (happy birthday to him and to you too mama!)is a born romantic?
    'the birds wedding day' is exquisite, i book marked it and plan to visit it regularly.
    your posts are always a wealth of information, you introduce so many new ideas and i wanted to thank you for that.
    and thank you for the incredible giveaway! please add my name to the pot, and i will direct any readers that come to my place, to add their names too. if i were lucky enough, the books are lovely, and the embroidery made me gasp. it's too hard to choose.
    thank you for putting this out there, it's always fun to have a little thing to hope for!
    xxx lori

  7. I certainly agree with Monty....what a wonderful man!
    How kind you are....the embroidery is so beautiful, how lovely it would look in my home ( fingers crossed ).
    Happy belated Birthday wishes to your son.
    Much love.

  8. Beautiful pictures as always!
    I would be thrilled to win either!

  9. Stephanie, every time I visit I feel like I have just come to a most magical enchanting place! Not to mention the items I must research for more magic to experience....I shall be so happy to win anything at all....such a pleasure to visit you, always!! Your staging of the books and project pretties is brilliant! Much love, N.xo

  10. Oh dearest, PLEASE put me in this giveaway! You know I am a faithful follower, and I LOVE MISS CLARA! Et aussi, je parle et lis français! What a terrific giveaway this will be for a lucky winner! Miss Clara has inspired me in her paper art and I even had the wonderful opportunity to exchange emails with her twice.

    Dear heart, I love your blog. Your colors and new header, your knitting, your tender heart. What a sweet SOEUR you are, and I appreciate your visits so much. Thank you for your kind compliment on my posts; it means a lot to me from everyone, but especially from someone doing her Ph.D. thesis!

    I wish you a cozy evening, enjoying ton petit gars, et toute ta famille.



  11. Wow such a lovely giveaway! And with such a story and meaning! So lovely! It's very hard for me to choose! But as I would love to learn to cross stitch and embroider, I think I will have to go for that! Thank you! xxx

  12. Dear Stephanie,

    You have shared such a beautiful post, and I enjoyed my visit today.
    Happy belated birthday, to your Son - a good date, 15th Feb. is my brothers birthday too.
    Love the sweet knitting you are doing the colours are gorgeous.
    The gifts you have chosen, are wonderful and generous -the Peau d"Ane illustrations are magnificent and I love doing cross stitch.
    Wishing you a happy new week.


  13. Hi Stephanie,

    Happy belated birthday to your son! What a sweet mother he has to give him such beautiful and delicious presents.

    Such interesting give-aways you have. I never read the fairy tales by Charles Perrault, so I would love to take part in the draw :-)! If it's ok I will put a link to your giveaway on my blog? Please let me know.

    Happy new week!

    Madelief x

  14. Winning the books would make my heart happy, as does reading your blog.
    So, I am content if I win, or don't win :)

  15. Happy belated birthday to Tristan. It's my son's 17th birthday today, I don't know where the time has gone. What a wonderful and generous giveaway, I would love to be included please. So hard to choose between the prizes, but if I won I think I would like the tea towel, it's so pretty. I have put a link to your giveaway in my sidebar.

  16. Oooo a story please!
    thank you for all the lovely comments you've left on my blog. Glad to have found yours.

  17. You are generous! Happy (belated) birthday too! The illustrations are lovely xxx

  18. Hello Stephanie, I would love to enter your give away please, the Perrault book is just beautiful.
    I hope your son had a lovely birthday. I too have the book vintage flowers ...full of inspiration and beautiful things. Thankyou for your comment on my post Time....treasure those happy memories xx

  19. P.S I have added a link, to my side bar! x

  20. A very happy birthday to your son, his art is wonderful!!
    What a beautiful, generous giveaway, 'Peau d'Ane' is so lovely and would definitely be my choice. :)
    Thank you for the opportunity Stephanie and have a great new week,
    Vivienne x

  21. Belated Birthday wishes to Tristan! Oh my! Such a wonderful giveaway! I am torn between the choices but I think I would have to say books. The illustrations are inspirational and stunning. x

  22. I think the books are lovely, how fun to be having a giveaway!! I hope you enjoy it!

  23. What a gorgeous linocut, and what a lucky young man. Happy birthday to him.

    I will not enter your generous giveaway, but good luck to the ones who do!

    The Rose Bertin book looks fascinating. Such an over-the-top era for fashion, but I love that period. So much femininity, and bows on everything.

  24. So your son and my daughter have birthdays only one day apart! The 15th and the 16th! We just had a Pink Party. I will take this to be a very good luck sign that I WILL WIN THIS GIVEAWAY! (The Perrault book please!!!) And I will be sharing the news of this giveaway on Facebook tomorrow, yes yes.


  25. I have to share because I know you will love this if you haven't seen it yet :)


  26. What beautiful books - I, too, am lucky to have been able to weave Charles Perrault's fairy tales into my studies, although my thesis is on Katherine Mansfield, who you've posted on so beautifully in the past. I would love to enter my name for the new Christopher Betts translation of Perrault's fairy tales, thank you for posting such a magical giveaway :)

  27. Happy belated birthday to your son!!!
    that cake looks delish! how many cakes?????????
    what a beautiful beautiful giveaway, it's a VERY tough choice but the embroidery is literally pulling at my heart strings :o)
    your knitting beginings are looking stunning....those colours...
    love jooles x

  28. Yesterday, Roman and I were admiring your embroidery and saying how lovely it is and I was telling him about that lovely shop. Dream shop!
    happy birthday to your boy. He has a lovely name. How brilliant that he is turning out to be a budding romantic. There is too much boozy macho culture here and I think more boys should be brought up to be like this.
    I love Miss Clara. Infact, I spent most of Saturday admiring her illustrations, so your giveaway is spot on for me.
    The fairytale book sounds lovely. I read one of Grimm's fairytales to Eliska the other day and it was an odd story, but these stories are a good thing to fill their little heads with.
    Have you heard of Arthur Machen? I heard a very strange story by him on the radio the other day called 'The White People.' Very sinister and strange, but enjoyable.
    You are lovely and generous.
    The little rabbit is very happy in her new surrounding but has been asking for cake a lot, the cheeky thing.
    Love to you. xxx

  29. just added a little linky picture to my sidebar x
    love jooles x

  30. Hello Stephanie! wishing much happiness to your Birthday Boy no doubt off exploring on his shiny new bike ...
    until a few moments ago I had no idea that some Madeleine Tosh would suddenly become so essential, how beautiful is that colorway?
    and I am very happy to link to your lovely giveaway, just as soon as I take some photos and become slightly more organised to actually finish a post!
    Barbara x

  31. Oh Stephanie, you bought memories of my childhood rushing back to me when I saw that beautiful dress, I used to draw dresses like that all the time and would dream of myself in them. I would love the books and I know my granddaughter would love them too.
    Happy Birthday to your dear son, a fine artist. Love your yarn :) the colors are gorgeous.
    xx Sandi

  32. Dear Stephanie,

    I am a follower and also have your blog in my sidebar blogroll (can you tell that I love your blog?), and I saw this post yesterday - but I was having so much trouble with my computer internet service that I was not able to leave you a comment. Your blog post title that included the words "Miss Clara" and "Embroidery" caught my eye because I love them both so very much! This is truly a most generous and gorgeous giveaway!

    I visited Les Brodeuses Parisiennes this morning and bookmarked it. Such a lovely shop - it reminds me of one that my sister shared with me in California almost 30 years ago. She had a hard time getting me to leave the shop. :)

    You do make it difficult to choose as I love both of your giveaway gifts! But I guess I would choose the two Perrault books - they are so very beautiful! Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in your giveaway!

    Wishing you & yours a lovely new week!


  33. I enjoy the way you mesh the world of books with yarn in delicious hues. As for your question, I checked Amazon.ca; just one book, and not solely on Bertin, appeared.
    Regarding your generous giveaway, I think the anthology would be welcome here.
    Enjoy your week and thank you for the kind comment on my cards.

  34. Stephanie, what a wonderfully generous giveaway. I would like to choose the books, as they look utterly enchanting and my daughter would enjoy them, although the cross stitching looks really interesting too! I love the sugar plum yarn, it is a wonderful colour and texture. I can't believe you made 45 cakes, you must like baking a lot!

    Many thanks for your visit and sweet remarks,love Linda x

  35. Hello again Stephanie, I am attempting to put a link on my sidebar. Finger's crossed! Linda x

  36. your post touches my heart...all this beauty in books. Of course the fashions of Marie Antoinette facsinate me. So beautiful...so over the top.
    Happy belated birthday to your son.
    He is a lucky boy.
    Have a great week,

  37. Hello Stephanie, thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. I'm sorry I haven't visited for a while. I have been taking time to be gentle with myself and although it's been lovely, it has meant I'm not always getting to my favourite blogs as much as I would like. It's lovely to be missed though. Your giveaway is so beautiful. I would love to be considered for the books, please. I actually gave a little gasp when I saw your photos of the illustrations. They reminded me of the ballet "Coppelia" which is one of my favourites. How are you? It has been a lovely week here, snuggling under my blanket! Em xx

  38. This is a most beautiful post full of soft colours and enchanting images. I would love to enter the give-away for Perrault's Peau d'âne en français.
    Thank you for putting such a lovely comment on my blog. I was so touched.

  39. Yes, it's a cookie cutter, an old one :-)
    Looks like you had a wonderful time at Tristan's Birthday, Stephanie !
    I've been so busy with my texture work and Flickr that I missed this post, I do love Miss Clara's illustrations, thanks so much for mentioning and I would love to enter this lovely giveaway !
    Nice evening,

  40. Fabulous give away.It's the embroidery that catches my eye.

  41. I love Celia's lino prints too, the one you have chosen is very special.

    What an "embarrassment of riches" you have presented us with! I love the embroidery but know that I would never ever finish such a project, however lovely. So, if I made a wish it would be for the fairy tale.

    I enjoyed following the links about your beautiful rabbit Mademoiselle Toadstool.

  42. Happy Birthday to your son ... that's a LOT of cakes you made there my friend!

    And what a glorious giveaway ! I would love to win the Perrault books, I have the English edition of The Snow Queen that you featured and it is wonderful. You are going to make two readers very happy here!

    I will pop back and comment again when I've added a link to your giveaway to knitsofacto. And do watch out for my next giveaway, coming at the end of the week :D

  43. There, link added. I shall be so hopefully excited come draw day!

  44. How very kind of you! I love Miss Clara's illustrations and would love you to enter me for that. Merci beaucoup :)

  45. What a great giveaway.. both are beautiful. I would love to have the embroidery.

    A very happy belated birthday to your son!


  46. Beautiful. I hope your son had a wonderful birthday.

  47. I just came to your Blog through Little Bear Studio and I love your Blog!
    Wishing you Son a belated Happy Birthday :O))))
    The little Cardigan looks so wonderful! Such a lovely colour!
    And the books you have shown are fantastic! I love the one with the Embroidery and Crossstiches!

    Wishing you a happy day, and I wil come back soon!


  48. Hi Stephanie,

    Your posts have not been appearing on my blogroll. It's happened to a lot of blogs i'm following at the moment. So I have re-followed you and I hope that solves it! Beautiful post. I am TOTALLY in love with the third picture. I could actually stare at it all day long! The yarn is GORGEOUS.....the picture in the book too. I would love to see the end result, I bet it will be AMAZING. Belated Birthday wishes to your son.....ooooh I could just eat a bit of cake right now! ha ha!

    It would be rude not to ask to enter the giveaway! The books look stunning, truly beautiful....but the embroidery has the edge.....totally gorgeous!

    Take care and have a wonderful Tuesday!

    Vanessa xxxxxxxxxxxx

  49. Oh my goodness! Donkeyskin by Perrault was one of my subjects I chose to make a study of at college and I made a sculpture of it too!!! I love fairy tales and have several copies already that I read again and again! I absolutely love the way you take photographs, you have such a talent with colour, it's a joy to see. Thankyou for the link to Miss Clara, she is amazing.
    Jess xx

  50. An elegant offering indeed! Just seeing that lovely variegated yarn lovingly cast on to the needles is eye candy alone!

    Sweet cakes, books and stitching with my morning cup of coffee - a delightful way to begin this snowy day in the Northwoods.

  51. Well, a dilemma indeed! What gorgeous prizes you have to offer us, I will have to go for the tea towel though, how fabulous are those fifties ladies? :-)I'm just off to post my giveaway and will add a link to yours too..... even though it means more competition for the prize for me, lol!

    Gorgeous cake (happy belated birthday to Tristan) and beautiful coloured yarns for your knitting too.

    Lori xxx

  52. How absolutely lovely! I just love fairytales and the art they inspire as well :) the stories have such a timeless feel and are haunting, aren't they? I'm so pleased to see you're doing a giveaway! please include me as well :)

  53. Beautiful books all, but my favorite would be the embroidery one. Un geste très généreux!

  54. Ah bonjour! Joli nom, Tristan! Great stories, but I'd love the embroidery, please!

  55. You always give me inspiration with your blog. A belated Happy Birthday to your son. I would love to enter please..... :0)

    Lou xxx

  56. Hello Stephanie...Happy 8th Birthday to the wonderfully talented Tristan...I hope he had a fabulous day..
    I would very much like to be included in your lovely Giveaway Stephanie and if I have to make a choice it would be the Perrault books...so beautiful!
    Hope you have a great week,
    Susan x

  57. happy birthday to the birthday boy :-)
    your yarns are so pretty!
    I would like a chance to win the embroidery...

  58. Happy belated birthday to your 'baby' (my oldest baby is nine this year - gulp!)
    What beautiful embroidery on your header - did you make it?
    I'd love to be entered into your giveaway please - the books really look lovely. (I've got a giveaway at my blog too, if you'd like to enter?)
    Emily x

  59. Hi Stephanie
    I’ve just become the newest follower of your inspiring blog.

    I love your post today - with Monty Don’s book and especially your knitting sitting so beautifully upon the page!
    Such interesting wool, no need for boring any more is there.

    Felicitations to Tristan on become that grand age of eight. I have a French granddaughter Zoé the same age and she is a delight – I will be flying over to see her in June/July.

    What could be more romantic than 18th century Versailles – I would love to find the English version of that book too.

    What a stunning giveaway – I would love to be lucky enough to win the embroidered linen tea towel.
    Promise I will blog about it tomorrow (it’s 11pm and past my bedtime)!!

    Stephanie, do come and visit me and I’ll get out my prettiest teacups and make you very welcome!
    Shane in New Zealand

  60. Dear Stephanie

    There's a link in my side bar and I will be doing a post in the morning.

    Bonne nuit
    Shane x

  61. Oh these books are just devine..i absolutly adore miss Clara, and admire her creations so so much....
    Thank you too for your very kind comments over at my blog, you always say such lovely things and most definatly include me in the draw.....my little pixie fingers shall be kept crossed. hugs xx

  62. such a lovely post!...sorry ive been trying to get around bloggers i love and im so slowww your blog is a really delight!- a fairytale of inspiration!...;0)x
    those giveaway goodies look fabby, count me in ;0)xx

  63. Donkey skin? I can't understand why I have never heard of this, I thought I was familiar with most fairy tales and now must face the truth that there are many holes that need darning in my education. what beautiful books they are.

  64. Hi Stephanie,

    Have written a little post with a link, of your generous giveaway.
    Hope that you are having a happy week


  65. Feeling quite sorry for myself today I remembered a comment left on my blog by a most enchanting artist and young mother in France, and decided a visit to her world was just what I needed. Ah, I am lifted out of my melancholy and I'm smiling, happy in your company dear one.
    Should I be chosen for your giveaway I would be delighted with embroidery, oh yes indeed. I do so love the little cross stitch additions to your creature's clothing! And do watch for a link to you on my blog soon.

  66. Hello Stephanie, I haven't visited you for such a long time so have been having a good old catch up. Happy belated birthday to your resident artist, 45 cakes is certainly a lot so I hope he is very accomplished at brushing his teeth. And welcome to gorgeous Gaspard, what a handsome boy you have there, I'm sure he'll be perfect for the children - and you too!!
    As for your giveaway, I would love to enter, thank you. I think the books have the edge, I would love to cosy up with my girlie and read those beautiful pages.

    Have a lovely week.
    Kate xx

  67. Hello it's me again, letting you know I have put a thingy to your giveaway on my side bar!

  68. That tea towel is so amazing--I would plan a whole party around it. I will be dreaming about it , no doubt. Wonderful giveaway.

  69. Bonjour! J'adore tous les "giveaway items" (still learning French lol) so I would be happy to be in the draw for either.

    gulnoza UNDERSCORE akhmedova AT yahoo DOT com

  70. So many cakes you baked! Sounds like a lovely birthday fest.
    I love the photos of your knitting :)
    The giveaway is very generous and as you mentioned a delicious dilemma! I think I like the beautiful illustrations by Miss Clara the most.
    And speaking of illustrators, thank you for mentioning Silke Leffler on my blog. I was in a hurry to press the "publish" button and the moments were ticking away before the first little bear came home from school, but I did mean to credit her. I too have many old calendars from her which I cannot throw away!
    xo Karen

  71. Hi Stephanie,
    I would love to enter your beautiful giveaway and if I was lucky enough to win I would chose those divine books!!!
    I hope you had a special day with your son on his birthday. I too really feel like spring arrives mid-february, it's such a lovely time to have a birthday.
    Hugs and thankyou so much
    vicky xxxxx

  72. Tristan's picture is lovely - beautiful colours.
    I remember very well your post about the snow queen and thinking what a beautiful book it was - I'd love to win the books! Thankyou for the chancce. Juliex

  73. I hope your son had a super birthday.

    Spring starting on 15th February? Ooh yes, I'm liking that very much!

    So many beautiful things (and fabulous links) in your post Stephanie. I should love to be included in your giveaway please - the books look charming. There was an item on the news a few days ago about the growing number of parents not reading fairytales to their children because they're considered too grizzly and not politically correct. So terribly sad.


    PS. I'll be sure to pop a link on my sidebar. :-)

  74. Just discovered your delightful blog and those divine books - please enter me for either (I teach French) - link to your page as I write xx

  75. What an incredibly generous give away Stephanie and oh the illustrations in Peau d'Anne by Miss Clara are exquisite and you are right could be stared at all day. I am a romantic at heart and love beautiful enchanting stories and would love a chance of winning Perrault's fairy tales.
    I always but Alice a children's illustrated book each and every birthday and will continue to every birthday for as long as I live. life would not be complete without beautifully illustrated books xox

    ps. I love the sugar plum M.Tosh yarnod my, such romance xox

  76. Hello Stephanie. What wonderful illustrations and what a lovely lovely giveaway. I would really love the chance to enter - thankyou! Happy stitching to you x

  77. I have just discovered your lovely blog. Thank you for offering a giveaway! My choice is the tea towel which reminds me so much of Spring. (said to be right around the corner)


  78. Thanks for your complimentary comment on my blog and for letting me know about this giveaway. I would love to win the embroidery - I'll let you know when I mention you again on my blog in a day or two.

  79. Oh no, I can't decide! Maybe the Perrault and I could share them with my grandchildren. It is funny that I just read a comment by you on Purple Podded Peas to the effect that you sometimes feel you should be living Celia's life. I quite often feel exactly the same when I read your blog!

  80. Oh yes please! I would lovvee to be entered in this gorgeous giveaway, I'd definitely like to choose the embroidery as it's so so pretty.
    Thank you for putting together such a brilliant giveaway.

    Ashley xxx

  81. So pleased I've not missed this beautiful giveaway, I've been so slow commenting on blogs recently! Would love a chance to win the gorgeous embroidery tea towel, what a beautiful prize. Jenny xx

  82. Hi! Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment! I'm so happy I found you and your beautiful blog! Your books and knittings are so lovely and the photos really inspiring!
    Happy Birthday to your son! What a fantastic painting!
    Thank you for a wonderful give away! I love the illustration on those books and would love to enjoy them!
    Sunny wishes from Greece! x Teje

  83. What lovely books - I'd like to ender the giveaway for them, but also thank you for informing me of a new (to me) lovely shop in Paris. I'll make sure to stop by on my next visit.

  84. Hi! I'm a follower of your blog and love this giveaway. I'd like to win the book "Les Brodeuses parisiennes", I love cross stitch!

    Have a nice day! xoxo

  85. This is a separete post to tell you I have posted your giveaway on my blog sidebar: http://wagapapacreations.blogspot.com/


  86. Dear Stephanie,

    What a delightful cake, yarn, and giveaway! :) I would love a copy of the books, if you're willing to ship them far, far away. :)

    I hope that you're having a lovely start to your week,


  87. I popped in to thank you, somewhat belatedly, for your charming and consoling comment on my vagueness some weeks ago. And I find that your artist in residence has the same birthday as my partner, though his mother insisted on celebrating it on Valentine's Day. Maybe people born at this time of year are indeed blessed with the rise of spring. I hope he enjoyed his day.

    I would follow, but I'm hopeless without a linky thing.

  88. oh, the books, the books. what a pretty post!

  89. Dear Stephanie,
    Thank you for 'finding' me again. :-) The 'footprint' you left on my little blog is very lovely. Thank you for your kind words.
    Your blog is candy for the eyes. And, I must tell you that your 'Roses are Pink' cardigan from last summer's post is the sweetest thing in the world! I just love it!
    Wishing you and your loved ones a beautiful evening,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  90. happy birthday Tristan! Hope you had a wonderful time.

    Cross stitch for me please! Hurrah!! Thank you for alerting me to your giveaway, don;t know what's going on with my blogger reader thing.


  91. Happy to find your Blog today. So wonderful your pictures!

  92. Stunning colours in this post - I love the way that you combine literature, art and your craft - a clever lady. Either gift would be amazing, the book looks enchanting and the embroidery would give some creative touches to our upstairs we have recently just finished. Good luck to everyone.

  93. Hi there stephanie,Happy birthday to your one and only Son,I hope he had a lovely day and loves his new bike,The cake looks so yummy,Thankyou for popping over to me and for your lovely comment.have a lovely week,hugs juliexxx

  94. sorry ment to add please may i be included in your lovely giveaway?loljuliexxx

  95. Hello and thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog. I am always delighted to find lovely new blogs to read :)
    Belated birthday wishes to Tristan, I love his themed birthday cakes and I'd imagine for an 8 year old they were just perfect, I know mine would love such a theme.
    I would love the chance to be included in your giveaway and what a dilemma two beautiful books and the gorgeous embroidery, I think if I won I would like to receive the embroidery as it is so lovely and I'd not have the opportunity to acquire anything so lovely elsewhere.

    Thank you again for visiting me, I do hope you come again.

  96. Gosh your blog is just beautiful, thank you for your compliments on my knitting ....I am definitely stretching myself a little too much!

    Tristan is a real creative, what a clever boy.

    Having flicked back over the past few posts, I have such admiration for the way you write and your subjects, the topiary, that gorgeous cinnamon cardigan and Gaspard is adorable. We have a new beagle puppy, Chester and it is definitely like having a fourth child for me!

    I would love to be entered into you lovel giveaway for the lovely ooks if I were lucky....thank you!

  97. The Perrault books please! I love good old fairy tales, and being supposedly bilingual Canadian, the French would be a good challenge to share with our nephew. Thanks very much!


  98. The illustrations are simply wonderful the books look amazing. Although having just discovered crafts again, currently I'm learning crochet the embroidery tea towel design looks tempting. But I think it has to be the books.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

  99. I find your blog very inspirational and have selected you for the Versatile Blogger award....


  100. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, I am catching up on comments and I am so glad you found me because now I have found you! Love your lovely bunny with the knitted sweaters, and your puppy is simply adorable. The books you have posted about are so beautiful.
    Hope you have a wonderful day,

  101. I would love very much to be included for consideration in this exquisite giveaway. Very tough choice! But I think I shall go for the embroidery. Take care and have a lovely day!

  102. Oh ma chère Stephanie,

    Merci pour tes commentaires et compliments si gentils! Oui, au lieu de trente années, il m'en semble dix, au maximum! Je te souhaite une bonne semaine, et j'attends avec impatience de savoir qui va gagner ces cadeaux!!!

    Je t'embrasse fort, Anita

  103. What a wonderful post and giveaway!
    The illustrations are beautiful,and the embroidery gorgeous, and had I not been tardy in visiting you and been in time to throw my name into the hat I should have been unable to choose between them anyway!

    Have a great week!

    Gill xx

  104. Je viens de découvrir votre blog – c’est surtout le nom qui m’a fait envie… il y a bien longtemps que je n’ai mangé un bon millefeuille. Les Contes de Perrault! Je les ai lu quand j’étais petite fille, mais je ne me rappelle pas bien celui de Peaux d’ âne.

  105. I love that your commenters are a mix of French and English speaking, French is so beautiful, as the written word and the spoken word. Gosh, what a generous giveaway Stephanie, and I'm so pleased you've got so many people joining in, splendid! I must admit, I've already won one of your giveaways (your exquisite embroidery is still on my bedside table, being admired before I sleep each night, and the book was the most wonderful read, so elegant and peaceful), so I should probably be disqualified from this giveaway, and give someone else the chance of winning. Although I can't resist saying I would love to win the Perrault books! To have a romantic son must be a beautiful thing for a mother, if you are person of poetry as you are Stephanie. You're blessed with your children. Vanessa xxx

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