Inspiration, I am sure you will agree, may be found in many corners of our lives. These past few days I have looked for it in the books I read whilst snuggled up with Angélique*, and in the merry profusion of wild flowers, sparkling in the September sun, which, I swear, seem to lift their swaying heads as I approach them on my way to the vineyards.
Enchanted flower meadows don't just exist in Belle Ile En Mer; I've stumbled across quite a few here in France and there's even one a few minutes stroll away from our home. A 'Van Gogh cornfield or a mad technicolor Liberty print' as Katherine Swift describes them, they are composed of a clever mixture of native and non-native hardy annuals which flower over an extremely long period from mid-June through to early November. The one nearby, alive with bees and brilliantly charged with colour, boasts blue cornflower, brown-eyed susans, toadflax, yellow corn marigold and self-heal amongst others I cannot name yet.
A fabulous source of inspiration.
And so, dear friends, to celebrate your kindness and generosity and the past two years of Millefeuilles I have created Mademoiselle Flower Meadow as a GIVEAWAY to you.She has been such a joy to stitch. A little Liberty lawn (from the fabric used to make Angélique's summer dress), the softest merino fingering yarn from The Uncommon Thread in the Meadow Grass colourway, a few strands of hand-dyed silk and cotton threads to embroider those meadow flowers and my last piece of 1890s pale yellow lace to trim a pair of bloomers. Oh, and I mustn't forget the 1940s ivory lace on Miss Hare's skirt either!
So, if Mademoiselle Flower Meadow finds favour with you there are three ways to win her and you can try all three ways to give yourselves some extra luck.
First, all you have to do is to leave a comment at the end of this post. Everybody is welcome regardless of where you live or whether you are a regular reader of Millefeuilles.
For a second chance, if you wish, you can mention this giveaway on your blog or put a link in your sidebar. Please feel free to choose the picture your prefer for that.
Finally, if you are on Facebook, there is a post about this giveaway on my page which if you LIKE and SHARE will give you another chance to win. Don't forget to leave another quick comment here once you have done the deed to let me know.
This giveaway will close on Tuesday 17th September and I will be using the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.
Thank you ALL for your encouragement and for leaving such kind comments.
* The four illustrations above are from three books all of which are illustrated by my current favourite artist; Charlotte Gastaut.
Charles Perrault, Les Fées
Charlotte Gastaut, Le Grand Voyage de Mademoiselle Prudence
Hans Christian Andersen, Poucette