And The Oscar Goes To …

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Oooooops! Cheeky Oscar is my next big GIVEAWAY!! Ha! Only kidding, Oscar!

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I meant: “And The Bavarian Crochet Knee Rug Goes To …”

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Well, I can’t tell you just yet! (I’ve drawn this GIVEAWAY out for so long – I’ve got to do it just a teesy bit longer!!)

And no shooting down to the bottom of the post (OK, you can if you really want to …) because I’d really like to try and build up some suspense and show you some amazing figures that will dazzle you!

And, I want you to see my foolproof, scientific method for drawing a winner!

Forgive my deliriousness this morning – Teddy and Tottie have gone back to school today and I feel as though I could sleep for three weeks solid! It was a busy Easter holidays – BUT – I digress!!

So, dazzling with numbers …

Have a guess how many times you amazingly supportive, wonderful blogging/blog following people supported my giveaway by leaving a comment during the GIVEAWAY period?

110 times.

Amazing! Fabulous!

Thank-you so very, very much for supporting my first ever GIVEAWAY!

I’m blown away!

YES, YES, GET ON WITH IT!

OK – so the scientific process of selecting a winner was actually borrowed from Pauline at The Contented Crafter.

And it goes like this:

a) I have written 110 names for each comment on 110 exact sized, shaped and weighted pieces of paper.

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b) I have scrunched each with the same amount of vigour and placed them in my Super Bloggy cup (given to me by my sister, The Crazy Dog Lady).

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c) I have been standing on one leg shaking said cup feverishly with another hand over the top to avoid spillage (The Committee has just called out from another room to see if I’m OK).

d) After exactly three minutes of shaking and mixing, I am ready to draw the winner (really you should all win because you have been so supportive of my blog, but it would take me 576 years to make you all a Bavarian Crochet Knee rug – well, slight exaggeration – yes, I know, get on with it!!

e) With the bemused Committee as my witness, I reach into the Super Bloggy mug with a trembling hand and closed eyes. My hand emerges from the depths with one scrunched up piece of paper.

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f) I slowly unroll that one scrunched up piece of paper to reveal the name of the winner of my inaugural  GIVEAWAY:

And the PERSON RECEIVING THE BAVARIAN CROCHET KNEE RUG SOMETIME SOON IN THE MAIL IS:

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Congratulations to gorgeous Alys at Born To Organise and thank-you so very much to everyone who entered.

I have enjoyed it so much that there will be many more GIVEAWAYS – so stay tuned!

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Gigantic GIVEAWAY … last chance!

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Would you like to win this warm, cosy Bavarian crochet knee rug – handmade with love?!?

All you have to do is leave a comment anywhere on my blog up until midnight Monday 21st April, 2014, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

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One lucky commenter will be drawn out of my super dooper bloggy mug at midday Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, Australian Eastern Standard time.

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Every person who has left a comment since my Happy April Everyone post is in the draw to win the rug, worth $250 in my Etsy shop.

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So, if you haven’t commented yet or you would like to maximise your chances of winning, please feel free to leave as many comments as you like dotted around my blog like an Easter Egg hunt.

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Speaking of an Easter Egg hunt …

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There was plenty of excitement in TeddyandTottieLand this morning as the traditional Easter Egg/Small Change hunt took place.

Everyone waited patiently at the front door for the official signal that the 2014 Easter hunt, taking place in The Oasis, had begun!

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And here is the signal:

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Thank-you Slinky.

Goodies were found in trees …

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Yipee!

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And in flower beds …

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We think this coin might have been overlooked in last year’s hunt!

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The search seemed never ending …

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another treasure …

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high and low …

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The Oasis ant served one up on a platter …

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The wind chime tree was guarding some treasure …

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And the birdhouse roof was full of surprises …

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The officials were busy keeping an eye on proceedings …

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And even pitched in and helped with the search

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when the going got tough …

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Everyone was well satisfied …


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 with the final result!

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK WITH THE GIVEAWAY!!!

Eduardo’s Easter

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It may seem as though the occupants of TeddyandTottieLand are on a permanent holiday because here we are again all cosily set up in our old debonair caravan, Eduardo, down by the sea.

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But, really, I think it’s just that the time between Christmas and Easter school holidays has gone past in the blink of an eye – so our lovely summer holiday here, here and here seems to me as though it was last week!

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This time around we’ve made our way to the Victorian coast, rather than the South Australian coast, and we’ve plonked in a caravan park not far from The Givers (my parents – for any blog newbies!) and The Crazy Dog Lady (my sister) and her family! Yay!

The Committee (T & T husband/dad) came to help us set up Eduardo and then had to head back home for work and cat-minding duties. And, Jet is having a lovely little holiday at The Givers’ house with doggie cousins Hamish and Mullen.

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There is a definite Autumn/Easter chill in the air but, really, we’ve been very lucky to have some lovely sunny days.

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Tottie, the Female Giver (Granny) and Teddy have enjoyed various activities on the beach.

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We are enjoying nature in all it’s glory!

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And the culinary skills of talented people in the area …

with yummy soy burgers and …

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and pancakes and fruit being Teddy and Tottie’s all-time favourite meal here.

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Mini-golf and the caravan park’s jumping pillow have been very popular pastimes …

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As have shopping expeditions up the street … where Teddy snared this clapperboard to add some authenticity to his and Tottie’s movie making!

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This afternoon, Tottie, Teddy and their Cousins, The Beautiful Brainy Bomber and The Gardener/Musician Extraordinaire!, are off to play par 3 golf with The Ambo, their Uncle, and The Male Giver, their Grandpa.

The Crazy Dog Lady, The Female Giver and The Mad Cat Woman (me) are off to some AMAZING vintage shop! Super exciting for me!

Then we’ll all meet up tonight for dinner at The Givers’ house.

HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!!

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Don’t forget my MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY winner will be drawn next Tuesday (22nd April) so please leave a comment anywhere on my blog if you wish to be in the draw to win this:

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Anyone who has commented on my blog from this post onwards is automatically in the draw.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

More Lady Edith than Audrey!

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OK, so I looked a little more Downton Abbey than Breakfast At Tiffany’s for our big EVENT this morning.

Do you remember last week I was trying to channel my inner Audrey Hepburn, with hats and gloves being a prerequisite for a mysterious EVENT!

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Well, I’m the first to admit that in the fashion stakes I was a little off the mark – and so was the weather …

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I had a lovely garden setting for the EVENT in front of the veggie patches in The Oasis (not in front of the pond after all because I never did get to tidying it up!) …

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… but the weather rained on my parade …

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… or, rather, my super exciting … drum roll, please …

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international …

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Super-duper, splendiferous …

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… multi-national tea party!

Yes, THE EVENT was a Skype, international, hat-and-glove wearing, poem-reading tea party organised by the amazing Boomdeeadda, featuring bloggers from Canada, the USA, New Zealand and little ‘ol me in Australia.

Somehow Boomdee worked out all the time differences, co-ordinated everyone’s available times and pulled the whole amazing thing together!

My shortbread got a bit soggy …

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Tigger took over my high tea table when I moved inside to escape the rain …

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And my rarely-worn mascara began running down my cheeks from a combination of rain and laughter as we all valiantly battled our way through a few Skype technical hitches.

We could all hear each other, but most of us couldn’t see each other.

I was one of the lucky ones because I managed, by complete dumb luck on my behalf, to see the gorgeous Gardening Nirvana – all the way over in California, USA! And she could see me! So exciting!

But, at the start, I could only see Boomdee’s stylish gravatar – and only hear the beautiful ladies from The Contented Crafter, Life On The Bike And Other Fab Things and Defeat Despair.

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Casper instantly fell for Gravatar Boomdee’s charms – and thoroughly enjoyed the range of accents and conversation …

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We all decided that despite technical difficulties – just hearing each other’s voices was fabulous enough – and we talked for ages about all sorts.

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Finally, after reading out poems we’d selected for the Skype tea party, the extraordinary organiser of the EVENT appeared before my very eyes.

Yay! Boomdeeadda!

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Thank-you for organising such a wonderful, exciting event!

I feel as though I have been on an overseas holiday this morning (without the scary plane ride or the hole in my bank balance!)

Aaah! The wonderful world of blogging just got even better!

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Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog (anywhere) to automatically enter the draw for my BAVARIAN KNEE RUG, HUGE, MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!!! See this post for more details.

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*** Happy April *** ***** Everyone! ***

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Why so happy?

Well it’s GIVE AWAY time here in TeddyandTottieLand!

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Yay!

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Yes, it’s finished and it’s time to GIVE IT AWAY!

What is it?

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It is one 87cm (34 1/4 inches) x 87cm (34 1/4 inches) Bavarian Crochet Knee Rug handmade by me using 8 ply, 100% wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills - and it’s up for grabs!

All you have to do to be in the running is comment on my blog!

You can comment as many times as you like over the next three weeks and on Tuesday 22nd April, 2014, I will draw and announce a winner in a post!

Every day from now on I will write your name on a piece of paper each time you leave a comment anywhere on my blog and I will put it in my super blogging mug (given to me by my funny sister!).

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The super blogging mug with names shall be kept in a super safe spot for three weeks until one winner is drawn!

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I so enjoyed making this rug (see my Bavarian Crochet Tutorial here if you’d like to have a go at making one yourself!) that I am also advertising this one in my Etsy shop as an example of custom work I can do.

If you would like one made for you it would take two months and cost $250. I know – Yikes! – but there is over $100 worth of good quality wool in one this size – and it does take me a long time to make.

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Here is a small sample of vintage items soon to be listed in my Etsy shop also.

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I am also in the process of making a Bavarian crochet baby/pram blanket for Tottie’s gymnastics teacher.

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I will soon be listing custom-made baby/pram blankets of approximately 50cm x 50 cm in my Etsy shop.

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So, thank-you for reading and hopefully participating in my first, ever blog GIVEAWAY!

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GOOD LUCK!

Putting On The Ritz

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In the next few weeks I’m going to be channeling my inner Audrey Hepburn. Ha!

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You see a very exciting event is taking place soon, which requires a hat, gloves and a certain level of decorum.

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I certainly do not have to tell you that Audrey Hepburn had the above in truckloads, including beauty, poise, grace and style!

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Please, Audrey, allow me to borrow some of these qualities for one little morning in the next few weeks.

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I can’t spill what is happening just yet because I don’t want to steal the thunder of the amazing blogger  who is pulling it all together. Suffice it to say, aside from a hat and gloves I will need a grand setting – preferably in a garden!

Well, how very lucky because I have my beloved Oasis – so I know just the setting – I’ll set up a table and chairs right beside the beautiful pond – and – Uggggh! Uh! Oh! OK so I haven’t really been tending to the garden around the pond lately.

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There are weeds galore, grass plants growing into the pond (poor fish!), stray black hoses, random rocks, some runaway yuccas and a general overgrown mess!POND AREA CLEAN UP 2

I’m sure Ms Hepburn would even politely agree that this setting needs an overhaul.

But, where to begin?

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I know —–  I can thin the yuccas first and then tackle the multitude of weeds …

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But, gee, it’d be a shame to throw the thinned yucca branches in the compost when I’m pretty sure they strike reasonably easily … oh, yes some spare pots and soil – and waaalaaa!

A morning spent doing this …

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 Some new yucca plants that will hopefully grow roots over the next month and be growing nicely by school fete time at the end of the year.

Oh! yes! and I can remove the little baby plant growing from the yellow Clivia to give to The Givers.

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And I’ll just organise my succulents to take cuttings soon …

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 … and perhaps some Salvia cuttings …

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… and, uh oh! I did get distracted!

Time’s run out!

There’s limited time during the week for gardening – and that’s it – I’ve used it all up!

But what about the garden around the pond – and tidying up for the special event – and Audrey?!?!

OK – breathe, relax, it’ll get done in time … I hope!

In the meantime, my Bavarian crochet knee rug is having the finishing touches applied  (a million ends sewn in) … and …

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… Oscar’s given it his wink (and paw) of approval …

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And it’s almost ready for its HUGE, MID-AUTUMN GIVEAWAY!!!

Woooo hooooo!

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You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Food For Thought

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Some beautiful animal lovers I know regularly donate to an animal welfare organisation called Animals Australia.

Recently they received an e-mail from Animals Australia discussing their new campaign to make “battery hens” history.

I really wanted to share it with you on my blog because not only do I strongly believe “Battery Hen” practices must stop but also because Animals Australia are using an interesting approach to try and get their message through – and I’d love to know what you think about it.

Please note: The majority of the links below lead to the same TV ad about Animals Australia’s new campaign featuring well-known Australian comedians and Little Miss Sunshine (just stay tuned to see a wonderful video at Edgar’s Mission where Little Miss Sunshine shows us just how clever chickens really are) and some of the links below lead to videos containing extraordinarily sad and confronting images of battery hens. I just wanted to forewarn you because, although I feel and act very strongly regarding this issue, I do press STOP when those images begin on my screen because they upset me so much.

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 Watch this, and try not to laugh.

Can you picture Carl Barron, on a date, with a chicken?

When we introduced five of Australia’s top funny men to a rescued battery hen, something extraordinary happened… And it will melt your heart. Watch this 2-minute video to see for yourself.

The brief was straightforward: create a TV ad calling on Australians to make the battery cage history. Enlist the support of much loved Aussie comics. And recruit the star of the show — a hen with the perfect mix of street smarts, wit and personality. The end result is captivating audiences across Australia.

But it’s what went on behind the scenes that has everybody talking and saw five top blokes vying for the heart of one gorgeous soon-to-be celebrity hen named ‘Little Miss Sunshine’.

 

Keeping Little Miss Sunshine awake was our first challenge — she was getting a little bit too comfortable in the warm embrace of Mick Molloy!

 

Her first on-screen kiss with Lehmo was one of those moments that even the most experienced director could not have scripted! (Hope the lip is healing, Lehmo!)

 

In between takes she’d check her feathers and happily strut her stuff for the film crew!

 

Just seconds after this image was captured, our leading lady discovered that red roses taste even better than they look! (Lucky we had 11 more on standby!)

 

Arj Barker tried serenading her with his own personal and hilarious rendition of ‘So that’s why you crossed the road’!

Watching Little Miss Sunshine ‘perform’ as if she was born to be on the stage made it even more inconceivable that, not long ago, she was waking up each day in a cage. She had never seen sunlight. She had never known kindness. She was valued only for the ‘cheap eggs’ she produced.

Fortunately it was not her fate to live and die a battery hen and she now lives a divine life at Edgar’s Mission. But most hens in Australia who are just as remarkable, just as intelligent, and just as inquisitive as Little Miss Sunshine, aren’t so lucky. You can help change that.

The key to them spreading their wings and having a life worth living — is us spreading the word! It’s impossible to watch this glorious video and not want to put the chicken before the egg! Which is why we hope you will sign the pledge and make someone’s day by sharing this heart-warming video.

As Kath and Kim’s Pete Rowsthorn says in our TV ad, she just wants the chance to “spread her wings and live a little”. Such a simple request. Please help us to spread the wordbecause together we can make cage eggs history.

Lyn White

Campaign Director

P.S. Already, Animals Australia supporters have freed over 100,000 hens from cages by pledging to refuse cage eggs, or go egg-free! If you haven’t already, please help free more hens by taking the pledge today and invite your friends and family to join you.

P.P.S. And read about how one simple act of kindness set Little Miss Sunshine on a journey from battery hen to celebrity hen … her story will inspire you :)

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What do you think about their campaign?

Do you think it will make a difference?

Do you love Little Miss Sunshine as much as I do?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this …