Saturday 25 January 2014



Hi everyone, today I am joining

who has the inspiring blog
"2 Bags Full"
for her 2014

Thank you dear Vicki for continuing to host
this wonderful event.
We are all so grateful for the time you
dedicate to helping others in all sorts of ways. 

We love you Vicki
you are inspirational!

to everyone who pops in to say hello to me
it's lovely to meet you

most especially if you are visiting my blog

for the first time and as part

of the


Let me share with you a little about me and in return I will
visit your blogs and do the same!
It's a great opportunity for us to meet new people and learn a little
more about what others are doing in our world.

My husband and I having fun in the snow in France!

My name is Shane and I live in New Zealand.
My blogging life began in April 2010
when my original reason for doing so was to share my
day to day life with our daughter who lives in
 However, she doesn't have time to 'play' on the computer
as she has a young family and is a very busy mum!

So the upside was that I started meeting a
whole bunch of new friends - lovely bloggy girls
who had similar interests to me.

We share our interests and find common ground.
With some it goes even further and
we meet up in person when possible!

I will start off by telling you....
 I'm a  Francophile
France is in my blood
(well not literally or by parentage)
but I've always been drawn to all things french.

So if you have those tendencies too
then we are going to get along fine!
I visit France most years to see my family 
(my daughter happened to marry un homme français)!!
....truly, I promise I didn't coerce her!

 anyway on with the story...

  while I'm in France
I love to visit the village brocantes/vide-greniers.
 I'm always looking to add to my collection of vintage
linens and lace and other pieces I can use in the
collages, tags and books that I love making.

 It's awfully hard to find these things in New Zealand
and I'm so envious when I visit your blogs
and see the "stash" you've acquired on
your thrifting jaunts!

I'm also very much a home girl
I love my garden and can be found there most days
just pottering about.

So that's enough about me!
I'm off to the party
so I can meet you all too!

Please take a moment to enter my giveaway
if you are interested.

 I have designed and created a sweet collage for you!
Using some of my treasured pieces of
vintage fabric, laces and trim
from my collection
some of which I bought when I was in France.
It's pretty and feminine just what I love!

The sweet little crochet butterfly was given to me
by my bloggy friend Karen of Todolwen blog.

I've created a little pocket on the reverse side which
I am filling with treasures including
buttons, tags and surprises!
I'm addicted to pockets too!

Please leave me a comment on this post.

There are no fixed rules

so you don't have to be a follower to enter
(although naturally I would  love you to
become one via Google Friend Connect
so I can grow my blog)!

Leave me a comment and you are in the draw!!!
As with all the Giveaways at this party
the draw will be on
Saturday 15th February.
I will post the winners name on that day.
Bonne chance mes amis!
Please make sure I can contact you
via your blog or email.
If you don't already have a blog
then please write your email address in your comment.

Dear Vicki
Thank you again for giving so much
to so many people.
You are indeed one of lifes real


I'm joining my friends for
Mary's Mosaic Monday party here
You might like to join us!

Thank you for visiting my little corner in blog land!
I'm looking forward to visiting you all.

Merci à bientôt
be kind to one another!



  1. Shane, what a beatifull giveaway..I'm your follower from some time and like so much your works:)

  2. Wow Shane! Could I be the first to visit your Party?
    What a beautiful post you have put together! Your collages express your loves and interests so beautifully my Francophile Friend!

    Your collage using your precious pieces of lace from France and the central image are truly gorgeous and I loved that you have used one of Karen's little butterflies in your embellishments!
    I feel sure that many visiting bloggers will be truly inspired by your lovely creations especially the Giveaway collage!
    Enjoy the party and I will return!
    Love and hugs,

  3. Non so se posso partecipare dall'Italia, ma sono molto felice di conoscerti

  4. Hi Shane, It's so nice to hear your story. I've admired your blog and exchanged thoughts with you for awhile. I love anything French, linens, lace etc. too. And your giveaway is divine. Love your photos especially of you and your husband.

  5. Hi Shane

    I found your blog via the GYB event, and wow what a beautiful blog it is! I look forward to following future posts. It's also always nice to find another Kiwi blogger :-)

  6. Hi Shane, how nice to see a picture of you and your husband and to put a face to the name. I've been following your blog for a while now, and love all your vintage pieces.

  7. How lovely to find your blog through Karen at Todolwen. Your collage is just beautiful. I have never been to France and its much nearer to me than you and one day I hope I'll make the trip. It looks fascinating. Margie

  8. A beautiful post...lovely things to look at and admire...beautiful grandchildren...I have a few of the vintage pieces...a wonderful era of beauty back then!!

  9. It is such fun to meet lovely blogs with this party. Many years ago I lived in France for 18 months and it still has a part of my heart, I also love to bake, read, and sew. Thank you for a beautiful giveaway too.

  10. Hello Shane, I enjoyed reading about you and your journey into blogging. It was lovely seeing the photo of you and your DH. All your photos are beautiful. Your creation is most gorgeous and creative. Hugs Judy

  11. I am so happy to have found your blog through Grow your Blog! I am visiting France in September - it will be my fifth visit! I love to blog about my travels to France and now you have inspired me to try my hand at lace collages! Your give away is tres belle and I am now a follower. Please pop in to visit my two blogs and maybe become a follower too! Hettienne

  12. How beautiful....YOU, your blog and your sweet giveaway creation! You're one of my favorite blogs and it's fun to get to know you even better! Enjoy your weekend my friend!

  13. You know, for as long as I have come here, I have never seen a photo of lovely you and your handsome husband! I'm so glad you posted it -- I have a "face" now when I think of you!

    Your embroidery is so beautiful. Someone will be lucky indeed.

    And to all your new readers (who read the comments before they write) -- returning here is a little haven. You will love it very much!

  14. How lovely Shane. What a lovely blog post and nice to meet you. I have been to France and understand your love but I have especially enjoyed my time in New Zealand. Great memories. I just acquired a lovely piece of vintage lace that I am prepping for beading. You collage is just lovely and so thoughtful. Cant wait to spend more time visiting.
    Catherine of

  15. Shane I am a follower of your blog and do so enjoy it. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  16. I bet you'll get new followers as a result of this party! I've enjoyed getting to know you for a while now, and your photos are always a sensory delight. Your giveaway prize is beautiful! You have such a wonderful creative spirit.

  17. Hello from Virginia in the USA! I think you've visited my blog, This Sweet Life, before, and I'm starting to visit yours on a regular basis. I love your taste in vintage things! Hope your blog grows and grows - it's a beautiful one!

  18. Thank you for explaining the "French Connection". It's funny how we feel at home in certain places. Every time I visit Yorkshire in England, I get the distinct impression that I must have lived there in a former life. I just love it.

  19. If I could pick one place to visit this year, it would be NZ. Fortunately, there are a lot of great bloggers there! ;)
    Enjoy the GYB Party!

  20. Dear Shane,-
    Such a lovely woman you are, (first time I see a photo of you ), and so wonderful seing your collages showing your heart interests , they are all things I love,too.
    Your beautiful and generous giveaway, is stunning my dear, and so sweet with the butterfly- and the pocket behind is a gorgeous add,- love the way you added the seambinding !!! I will love to be a lucky winner !!!
    Thank you for a lovely post about you, my friend!
    Love and hugs, Dorthe

  21. Hey Shane, good luck in growing your blog. I don't comment a lot these days, but am still reading your blog via feedly. It was great to put a face to the name!

  22. Shane what a beautiful post and fun to learn more about you. Your embroidery is so lovely, as is all your other artistic things. I think many of us share the same loves--which is why we all enjoy each others blogs so much!

  23. Love this post and learning more about you. How fun to play mahjong. We have a shared love of all things French. I swoon just thinking of my three visits there. Oh how I would love winning your collage, it is beautiful!

  24. Hi Shane,

    I know you ... LOL. I'm dropping by from the Grow Your Blog party. You have put together a sweet giveaway. I do hope you will drop by and enter my giveaway as well. Enjoy the party! Hugs - Donna

  25. Greetings, Shane! I love your blog and creations! I'm a new fan! Blessings, Jan

  26. Hi Shane
    Good to meet you!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  27. I remember the post with those pink books in it! Always one of my favorite places to visit!

  28. Gorgeous post Shane.. I already follow you.. Lovely to find out more about you and your love of all things French... Your giveaway
    collage is breathtaking ... Thank you for the chance to win... Hugs May x x x

  29. Hi Shane! It was so nice to meet you and explore your lovely blog!


  30. Sounds like there's a fun party going on and I plan to go 'round and do some visiting too, even though I'm not officially on the tour! Hope you get lots of visitors.

  31. Hello Shane
    As much as I know about you from following your blog, I've learned a few more things. It will take us some time to get around to visit the participants.
    Please enter me for your giveaway, a lovely feminine creation.

  32. It was nice to learn more about you Shane. Hope you have a wonderful time at the party:) Take care. Jen

  33. Beautiful collage, great giveaway. Would love a chance.

  34. Shane, you are so talented! Thank you for sharing your family happenings. I look forward to traveling and exploring vicariously with you.

  35. I am so happy to meet you during Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I love everything you have shared. Your works of art are beautiful. France is in my future. Your collage is lovely. Creative Blessings...

  36. Hello Shane, it's so nice to learn a little bit more about you. Best of all is the photo with you and your husband. You're a great-looking couple.
    I've followed you for several years, now with Feedly.


  37. Such a lovely post as always! And what a generous giveaway too, yes please do pop me in the hat. Enjoy the party - it's so much fun isn't it?

  38. Such a splendid idea to do a giveaway dear Shane :) Hope you are having a lovely weekend my friend.

  39. Hi Shane. What a lovely blog you have. I also love France and go most years but I also love New Zealand (my father-in-law is from there) and we are looking forward to our next trip in a couple of years time. You have a new and excited follower.

  40. Hello dear Shane, what a most stunning piece of art you're giving away... wow, that is so gorgeous! And so generous of you too.
    I'm always happy to visit your blog, because a) I'm a francothingie too (I'm born a French girl by the way, did I tell you that before?) and b) I love love vintage and laces and roses and and... and c) I love eating yummy sweet things, so those cupcakes look so appealing to me...
    Wishing you a happy GYB-bloghop!
    Hugs all the way from the Netherlands, Wendy (of

  41. Good morning Shane, I was glad to meet you from last year's party-your post is always so beautiful and inspiring. and would love win something that you created.
    enjoy the party! Kathy

  42. I am a follower and would love to win your beautiful creation!! I to love all things French. Di@Cottage-wishes

  43. Hi Shane, wow what really beautiful photo vignettes!! I love the pic of you and hubby-so nice to "meet you in person" :)I guess I too am a Francophile although I am more than half French and have family in France. I love pretty much anything French ad so I'd love to win your gorgeous giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. Only sorry I missed the sign up date to participate too.

  44. hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

    i can't recall how i happened upon Vicki's blog ... but i am sure glad i did ... she is just a real jewel of lady. love her trips too.

  45. I am having fun finding new bloggers to sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  46. Shane I always enjoy visiting your blog and I think most of us gals are Francophiles. Just think Paris and French songs,etc.

    I believe once people read your beautiful post they will be followers.


  47. Hi,,visiting from the GYB party and very happy to find your wonderful little place in blogland. Love your creations and getting to know you. Thank you for such a beautiful giveaway... a new follower, xx's

  48. Hi Shane, I'm new to your blog, visiting through the Grow Your Blog party.
    It's incredible how in the blogland there are no boundaries. I live in California, but here I am "visiting" you in New Zealand.
    I have visited France twice (last year, and the previous one), and now I'm becoming a francophile too :-)
    I also like crafting and baking. And from your beautiful photomosaics I see that I will find lots of things of interest on your blog.
    Have a wonderful week,

  49. Dear Shane,

    Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog! I added yours to my sidebar so that I am always up to date when you have a new post. I just like the mix of things you blog about, your photos and your spirit!

    xoxo Silke

  50. Shane, it is nice to learn more about you! A lovely post, the photos of your grandchildren are adorable. The trips to France to see your family must be wonderful..Your cupcakes look yummy! Enjoy your week!

  51. What a delightful home you have! Thank you for sharing! Cathy

  52. Hi Shane,

    I so enjoyed this post for its beautiful photography, wonderful projects, and your lovely narrative telling us a little bit about you and your family. What a charmed life you lead, travelling to your beloved France, visiting with your daughter and grands, and frequenting those brocantes you love so much!

    Wishing you a splendid week ahead!


  53. You blog is full on wonderful things to enjoy, so now I'm following on GFC.
    Theresa N

  54. Lovely blog and thanks so much for visiting mine at Fiberluscious! This collage is beautiful and I have my fingers crossed.

  55. What a great giveaway and beautiful pictures. Coming over from Mosaic Mondays

  56. A lovely post Shane and so nice to get to know more about you. Your collage give away is beautiful. Have a blessed week. Pamela

  57. Such a beautiful blog, Shane! And those grandchildren are the jewel in the crown!! Thanks for letting us see into your life through your blog!

  58. Dear Shane,

    Loved your post today and seeing all your gorgeous photos, especially the one of you and your husband having fun in the snow (you are beautiful) and your sweet grandchildren.
    I love your sweet collage - all the pretty laces and the little pocket in the back - such a kind and generous gift. Hope you are enjoying Anniversary day and wish you a happy week ahead

  59. Hi Shane. Nice to meet you. Popping in from Grow Your Blog. Awesome blog and great photos.

  60. Hi Shane, thanks for stopping by, your blog is lovely and so is your giveaway gift!
    I hope you meet lots of new blogging friends and have fun on the way!
    I think I'm already a follower but if not I plan to be one. Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs Marilou

  61. Hi Shane, it was great getting to know a little bit about you. Your giveaway collage is absolutely stunning and someone will be extremely lucky to win it. I hope you are having a great day.


  62. Shane...i miss this post yesterday,...shame on me ...(((...i love to join your give away....!! are such a good blog friend to me you happy week Ria...x !

  63. Wow, I am Scottish and my daughter married a New Zealnader making New Zealand my second home. Next visit in 7 weeks time. I loved New Zealand long before she met her hubby, isn't it wonderful when your children live your dreams. LOL

  64. Ooooh yes please, Shane!!! I LOVE lace and vintage and your blog is just beautiful :) Thank you for visiting mine - can I check, would you like to enter my giveaway - the green om necklace? I'm entering names of folk who showed interest but didn't comment on the giveaway post (I made it a tad confusing, I fear!). I just don't want folk to miss out of the giveaway...
    Blessings x
    PS I'm now a follower :)

  65. I couldn't resist your giveaway, and just had to enter for a chance to win. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog, too. Lovely to 'meet' you!

  66. Good morning Shane (that's my husband's name, so easy to remember!)

    What a lovely blog you have and how interesting it must be to live where you do. And such a beautiful giveaway. Generous!

    Happily following you. Have a wonderful Monday! xo

  67. Sweet Shane,
    You are so sweet to include one of my little flutter~bys in your beautiful creation! Now it will truly travel the world.

    I hug you my dear friend,

    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

  68. I thoroughly enjoyed reading so much about you, Shane, what a lovely post. If you visit France again this summer, do let me know :-).
    In the meantime, I would love to enter your giveaway, your collage is so beautiful!

  69. Hi Shane, it's so funny because I seem to be one step behind you in visiting blogs in the GYB party. In about the last 5 blogs, your comment is right ahead of mine. :)

    I love your photo collages, seeing a photo of you and your sweet grandgirlies who are getting so big. Gosh how time flies!

    And of course, the handmade college is so very beautiful! Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

  70. what a gorgeous giveaway!!!!! i would love to win!!!

  71. This was a fantastic post, so fun to get to know you better.
    The collage is very beautiful.

  72. I so enjoy visiting your blog, Shane. Your images are always so lovely, and it's fascinating to read about your time in France as well as New Zealand. I, too, love cupcakes, vintage linens, needlework and my garden. (And my beloved grandchildren!) Wishing you a lovely week.

  73. Oh Shane! You are a girl after my own heart! I truly love everything French, oh yes, indeed!!! I can't wait to follow your creations and life adventures! xoxo Jen

  74. After you left a comment on my blog, I stopped in to pay you a visit. Reading your introduction made me smile. I am just learning Crazy Quilting. I need to relax a little more with it. Some of the ladies where I live started playing Mahjong about a year and a half ago. Although I am not very good at it, I do enjoy the game.

  75. Hello again, Shane, thank you for your lovely comment on my 3 small stones :)
    I forgot to add the link to the January Mindful Writing Challenge which is on all my other small stone posts

  76. Bonjour! Such gorgeousness and intricate detail here! OOOO LA LA...please count me in for a chance to own this lovely treasure! Aloha

  77. Well that was a nice post. It was nice to know more about you. Valerie

  78. You're completely lovely! I mean - comPLETEly! What a wonderful and beautiful blog- utterly captivating! You have a rare and precious gift for bringing smiles with your honest writing and lovely photographs - and on top of all of that you are wonderfully talented with the cooking, the collage, EVERYTHING! Thank you so much for visiting my blog - you're a rare joy in this world and I'm glad I found you. Sending hugs from Shroo:)

  79. So lovely to read your story Shane although I knew you were a Francophile. How could you not know:-)Your picture mosaic is wonderful. I too love my embroidery, laces and bric a brac. Your gift is truly beautiful, Oh I do hope I might win that.A lovely photo of yourself and your hubby.Shirley.

  80. It is so nice to meet you Shane via the blog hop...your collage is just beautiful...I will be back to browse through your blog at a leisurely much inspiration to be found here...thank you for such a lovely giveaway...

  81. Thank you for visiting my blog. Love your work and photos. They are very beautiful

  82. Hi Shane...ty for visiting my blog. We DO have a LOT in common. I am happy to find you and follow you now. Love your blog.

  83. Hi Shane. We found each others blog some time last year and I am forever grateful. Your entries all makes me happy to view and read. It was fun just learning more about you and your blog too. It is a wonderful thing this blogging community...I have been forever blessed by it~

  84. Hi Shane, Your blog is the most beautiful one that I have visited. You have a lovely family. Your lace creations are gorgeous as is your photography. I inherited a lot of lace and buttons when my MIL passed away. You have inspired me to create something beautiful with it.

    Nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Judy in Colorado

  85. I truly enjoyed your blog, and the collage is beautiful, I would be pleased to win. Your Easter cards must have put smiles on the girls faces. I'm smiling myself looking at them. be safe. T.

  86. Greetings Shane! I love your Grow Your Blog post and the lovely pics. Thank you for the very nice comments and becoming a follower. I am happy to do the same. Look for me to stop by in the near future. Blessings, Jan

  87. Salut,
    Thanks so much for stopping in my blog and leave a comment, its so nice to meet you!
    You have a beautiful blog, Im so lucky to meet you when you have a giveaway!!
    For sure I will keep visiting you, now I go to see more in your blog!
    Good luck to all!!

  88. We have much in common - I too love my home and to putter in my garden. I love all things French, but have only visited once. Now that I am retired, we want to go to France for an extended period of time to visit friends who are fortunate enough to live there.

    I would love to win your lovely giveaway.

  89. Hi Shane, thanks for the lovely comments on my blog. What gorgeous photos you take. It's one of my regrets that I never saw more of France while I lived in London. I would have loved browsing the flea markets there. It's always good to find fellow kiwi bloggers. I shall be adding you to my blog list.

  90. Hi Shane,
    You have made such beautiful collages of all the things you love!!
    What a great post. Yes, we have a lot in common,so pleased to meet you too!! I'm a new follower now.
    Thank you so much for your very sweet comment and signing in on Shabby Royale.
    I love the collage in your Give away, it is beautiful, thank you !!

    Hope to visit you a lot more,

    Blessings to you,

  91. Hello, Shane! Thanks for popping over to my blog ... we DO have a lot in common! I love mentioning to my husband, "Oh, I'm visiting a blog friend in New Zealand." Sounds so exotic. I love all things French also, ever since taking French as my foreign language in high school. Then I visited there for 2 weeks in my 20s. I'll enjoy reading your blog -- I subscribe via a feed reader. Blessings!

  92. So lovely to met you Shane, I like you have been drawn to all things French and I guess you could say that migth be the reason I married my French Gardener (another story over tea) I notice we have a lot in common, girls, tea, picture taking and a daughter away and busy with young children,lol. I seem to remember this little girl of mine expecting a bunch even though we were busy.
    I've never visited France but would love to some day. If I can be taken away from my house and home long enough, lol. A True home body I am, and love it. Oh I also bake, and enjoy that as well.
    I should let you get to your work, wonderful post and life. I love lace and your creations are most admired I'd love to be entered in your giveaway, or I mean I'd love to win your giveaway.

  93. Beautiful pictures and artwork! Pockets are so much fun. My Grandmother used to always have to add pockets to my cousins dresses because she HAD to have pockets. My GG Grandmother came to America from France and we know almost nothing about her, so I try to find out more. Thank you for sharing and I will be checking in again!
    Thanks, Lyn

  94. Oh my goodness Shane! I adore your blog! The photos, projects and places are beautiful! I'm in love and most definitely adding you to my feed too! :) Thank you for stopping by SarahSweethearts. Please do enter me into your giveaway too. Hope you have a beautiful week!

  95. Well I am certainly glad I found your blog , I love vintage laces and embroidery and use them when I can in my work . Your blog is delightful and your photos are excellent . Thanks for the visit to my blog and I look forward to visiting often .

  96. Hello Shane, thank you so much for visiting me and your sweet comments. You have such a pretty blog! I love New Zealand - our trip in 2008 was a lifelong ambition and I hope to return one day! Lovely to meet you through GYB, I am following via Bloglovin'. Jules x

  97. Beatiful photos and divine makes. What a lovely blog to peruse. Glad to have found you via the blog party!

  98. what a beautiful giveaway! I am visiting from the GYB party, and really like all the things here. I, too, would love to pick up treasures in France! Please stop by my blog for a giveaway, too. I am your newest follower. Merci!

  99. Your blog is so beautiful - it is a lovely oasis! I'd love to be in your drawing. The prize is so pretty!

  100. Oh Shane thank you so much for the opportunity to win this BEAUTIFUL collage! I have come to visit via GYB and I can't tell you how much I appreciate your visit to my blog and for your kind words! So glad you'll be back again from time to time ... I look forward to your visits!
    What a beautiful life, family & blog you have. I will be joining you and I have no doubt I will learn a lot from you & what you have to share!
    Take care until we meet again ... soon I'm sure!

  101. How lovely to meet you, Shane. I am coming to you from Sheila's Quilt World and am another Nova Scotia quilter/craftsperson. Actually, only part time. I spend 6 months in S. TX with my daughter to escape the cold winters. Lovely blog!! I enjoyed my visit.~karen

  102. Shane,
    Just adding my name to the blog giveaway list, I recognized the butterfly as one of Karen's on the picture on your other post, So fun to share with friends and be the recipient of that sharing!
    My Grands live in Germany so I understand your wanting to visit them even though far away. I have enjoyed the flohmarkt in Germany, and hope that next time I go I will be able to get to France and attend a brocante as well! Love your beautiful Blog that reflects your beautiful heart!

  103. Hi Shane, I'm a bit slow today with my blog visiting, but wanted to say thanks for visiting and to ask you to please enter me in your giveaway. I'm already a follower. I love your blog and enjoy seeing places that I only dream of visiting. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  104. Thank you for visiting my embrodiery/redwork blog! I have a mahjong, I just need someone to teach me & my mom how to play!


  105. Shane, I love your blog, it's so pretty! Lucky you, getting to visit France almost every year plus living in beautiful New Zealand. Thank you for following my blog, I'm following you now, too.

    Victoria from Brushstrokes

  106. Hi Shane, I love your place and we have things in common, I think I DO need to get to know you better! I am following you via google connect as well as via bloglovin as that's my feedreader. I love France too, but have the advantage of living about an hours's drive to the frontier ;-)
    I love the pictures of your garden, of your porch and that embroidered Kiwi is just special!
    I will be back!
    Tina in Germany

  107. what a lovely post. It was so nice to get to know you. New Zealand has always seemed like such a different world to me and I don't know very much about it. We do have a friend from Australia. I've noticed there are quite a few bloggers from that area. I am one of your newest followers and look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. You have a lovely family and how lucky that they live in such a wonderful place for you to visit.

  108. Thanks for visiting my blog, Shane! (Are there many female Shanes in your part of the world?=))

    Lovely blog, lovely photos. Nice to have connections in several countries, isn't it?

    I haven't entered anyone's giveaway from the GYB Party as, frankly, I have more than enough stuff already and am trying to cut down, so I'm holding off on collecting more. Still, I'm sure the winner will love her collage!=)

  109. Those cupcakes looks so delicious! And pretty! And, I too love French style. I just did a mantle-scape in my home with the theme, "Springtime in Paris." But I don't have anything quite so pretty as the lace collage. Gorgeous!

  110. Hello Shane, what a gorgeous collage. Please enter me in your giveaway. Lucky is the person who will receive your beautiful work. As soon as I finish this comment, I will be signing up for your blog. So glad I found you. Pat Champagne.

  111. would love to win but would love to get to know you too. It seems we have a few things in common and I love to meet new people. Found you at Little Red House

  112. Dear Shane, how wonderful to see you have so many lovely comments for your giveaway. I just popped over via the Tag Tuesday link to check it was still working and it was lovely to see the picture of you and your husband and to discover a bit more about you than I already know. Your grandchildren are beautiful. Well, must go as need to do a little stitching before bed ... but it was lovely to visit you today. Much love, Carolyn xx

  113. Bonjour Shane! Just stopping in from the GYB party. I am a new follower. Your collage is very lovely. Enjoyed my visit. Stop by for a chance to win my nifty fifty giveaway.

  114. Dear Shane,

    What a pleasure it is to meet you and to explore your beautiful blog! I love your gorgeous collage! Collage is one of my favorite art forms and I'd be honored to own it if I am the lucky winner!

    Thank you also for visiting me at Create With Joy! I would love for you to follow and connect with my creative community! I no longer have GFC on my blog because I am on WordPress and Blogger (where I got my start) took that option away from us awhile back - but I'd love for you to connect with me via email, Google Plus, BlogLovin or one of the many other subscription options I offer!

    Have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to getting to know you!

  115. It is so wonderful to know about you,Shane. You have a beautiful family.
    Your blog is always lovely.
    I am a late visitor. I have been away from my PC for a while!
    I visited France 30 years ago!I recall my trip to France and am surprised how quickly time flies. I miss France.
    Enjoy your week!

  116. Dearest Shane- your post is so beautiful- as are you. You share so much beauty with all of us-- your blog is a haven for all things lovely.

    Thank you for being a part of this years party-- I can see that you have already made lots of new friends:)

  117. Hello Shane, what a pleasure to visit your lovely blog. So much to see and many beautiful treasures. I'm delighted to have met you and plan to follow by email. Carole xox

  118. Good Morning, Shane - slowly working my way through the Blog Party list (started with the "Newbies" first)...Ooooooh la la - there is SO much beauty here! Newest Follower - off to look around a bit more before moving on. Happy Friday - Tanya

  119. Your cupcakes are way too pretty to eat!

  120. Thank you so much for your giveaway. You have such beautiful treasures.

  121. Shane, hello from France! Love your work and lace. I am following you on bloglovin that way I actually look at them.
    Jean from French oddities( owner of way too much lace )

  122. What a truly beautiful blog. I have enjoyed looking at some older posts and think it is wonderful. What an exciting life to be able to fly off to France and find such beautiful laces and such. Your giveaway is so sweet. I am a new follower.

  123. I love your lace! so pretty. It is nice to meet you through the GYb hop.

  124. You are very talented and this is quite unique!

  125. Enjoying this enormous blog party, Vicky

  126. Hello Shane, my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 46 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site

  127. Hi Shane, Pleased to meet you and discover your blog via this GYB hop. I´m working my way through all the participants. You have a beautiful, interesting blog. I have become a follower. Pretty giveaway. Hope you will have time to visit me and enter my giveaway too. best wishes.

  128. So lovely to 'see' you dear Shane and learn more about you too ♥
    I certainly could not be more pleased that we've met here across the miles and get to "visit" with one another now and again.
    This post showcases your beautiful New Zealand along with your precious family and varied interests brilliantly
    your collage is exquisite both front and back...
    thank you for the chance to be the lucky winner (altho I must confess the beautiful swan hanging you made for me still delights me each and every I am already a winner :) )
    Here's to many more years of blogging and sharing and fun ♥

  129. It's nice to visit your blog from the grow your blog party. I love your creative style. Your photos and the things you've made are really pretty. The embroidered kiwi is very cute!

  130. Such a lovely blog and fabulous giveaway! How wonderful to have relatives in France- we were just there last Fall and wish we had an excuse to go back- so jealous! Visiting from Vicki's party and now following

  131. Hello from the Yukon! I hope you're enjoining this party as much as I do!

  132. What a lovely intro to your blog for the party your blog gives such a welcoming feel to it. Oh yes I love France too! I lived in Brussels Belgium for almost 5 years so France was just a hop away. and we had some pretty good brocantes in Brussels! I do miss this. And oh my how lucky are you for your daughter to marry a french man - a REAL excuse to have to travel there!!! Thank you so much for visiting me in Singapore! and I have been to NZ - the hubby goes again in April but I will be going to the states for my yearly visit so I will miss out on this trip.

  133. My Goodness Shane! I think I am the 137th. comment here!
    What a beautiful piece you are giving away. It is so kind of you. I wouldn't want to part with such a beauty.
    Of course I know your story about your French family but it was so nice to read again and see all the wonderful photos. I especially like the pic of you and your husband! It's so nice to put a face to the name!
    Sorry I havent been by lately but Freddie is progressing well
    Love and Blessings my dear,
    Jube xxx

  134. Hi Shane- Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog and for becoming a new follower. I will do my best to make it interesting. Your blog is glorious and I am looking forward to following you. I love French things also but it is difficult to find in Oklahoma. It is so nice to meet you as a visitor from Vicki's g
    YB party. Looking forward to all your wonderful posts. New Zealand looks awesome and friends who have visited fell in love. Happy blogging!! Dawn

  135. Oh Shane, what a fabulous blog you have! Thank you for popping over to my blog during this great GYB party and leaving such a sweet comment! :D We indeed share a great deal as I love everything French as well. Lucky you to be able to make trips to France for laces and fabrics! I love Nellie Wortman and am just in the midst of working on one of her class projects! This is going to be a great friendship... I'm just tickled I found you, well, you found me first! LOL!
    Your giveaway is gorgeous and I would love to have a chance to win it so please count me in!
    Hugs from New Hampshire USA,
    Beth P

  136. Julie said...
    Shane your collage is just beautiful - as are all that you do :-) Please may I enter your draw for this lovely piece of your handwork. x0x
    27 January 2014 14:37

  137. Shane
    Great blog and your collage give away is so romantic and lovely. Loved the GYBParty nice to see new blogs and make new friends .... Thanks for the comments you left for me.

  138. Hello Shane. Thanks for visiting my blog from far away NZ.We have a lot in common, so I'm sure we'll get to know each other when we visit. Your lace collage is so pretty, please drop my name in the hat. I'll be back again soon when the GYB party is over . Just going to sign up so that I don't miss seeing you.

  139. just gorgeous!!! i would love to win this!

  140. Hi, I'm Wanda. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier this week ( I'm happy to return the visit.

    Your collages and photography are very well done. The best part of GYB for me has been finding the many unique ways people have of creating art. Thanks for sharing.

  141. Hi Shane,

    I'm finally able to visit some of the blogs from the GYB party and have really enjoyed looking at yours. Your photos are great as are your lace projects. I'm really glad to make your aquaintance and would love to enter your giveaway!

    Alison x

  142. Hello Shane, I see that you have a giveaway going on and I would love a chance to win your beautiful creation that you made! I think that it is pretty and I love the lace on it. Take care and do have a nice day and week. Whoever is the wins will be a lucky winner!
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

  143. Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. Great blog hop and meeting such interesting people. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  144. Gorgeous giveaways!! I'm starting to create some fabric and lace collages, and one day i would love to be able to create such a gorgeous collage like yours :)

    Currently i'm working on building my blog, so for now my email is shnabbystudio(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks for the chance to win~~ :D

  145. Thank you for such an interesting post! It is strange how life turns out. Maybe soon you will be connecting with the youngsters instead of your daughter.

    Enjoy the party!


  146. A very beautiful blog - I share a connection with you (if only a small one) - my daughter-in-law - is French - although she and my son now make their home in Vancouver, Canada. We certainly live in an international world. I have subscribed to your RSS feed.

  147. Hello Shane, I dropped by the see what you were up to today and stumbled across this very nice overview of you. I feel like I know you a little better now.

  148. Such a beautiful bog! And your giveaway is just exquisite with all of those bits and pieces of precious laces. I'm signing up to follow!


    kerrie of sea cottage said...
    Just simply beautiful!
    27 January 2014 17:05


    Jeanie said...
    I think I entered with my earlier comment but I have to say seeing these detail photos that this one is especially stunning.
    28 January 2014 02:56


    Haworth said...
    You do such beautiful handwork, Shane! Truly lovely. And so precious because I know it represents your travels and the lovely things you've purchased there.
    28 January 2014 07:05


    Arty Tea said...
    Absolutely gorgeous! Incredible detail that can be appreciated much, much more up close and personal...hint hint!!!
    28 January 2014 10:20


    Peg said...
    Beautiful, beautiful!
    29 January 2014 04:56


    alissa said...
    I love your fabric collage. Its beautiful .
    30 January 2014 04:43


    creations.1 said...
    I Shane - a lovely blog - I am now a follower - thanks for visiting my blog - it is a wonderful world this bloggy world!! Your giveaway is beautiful!
    31 January 2014 01:55


    Mary said...
    Absolutely gorgeous Shane.........and that beautiful woman is holding daisies, one of my favorites because of their simplicity.

    The lucky winner will definitely be spoiled with such a delicate and pretty collage to hang.

    Thanks for the opportunity dear .
    Love, Mary
    1 February 2014 10:12


    Teresa Young said...
    What I love about this Grow Your Blog is the opportunity to find new blogs like yours! Thank you for stopping by mine and your kind words. You are so correct, when you said that we have many common interest. I visited France for the 1st time this year at the invitation of a blogger that I met online. I had read her blog for over 7 years and was invited to her home. What a treat that was. And there my love affair with France began. Your collage made with the vintage trims is amazing. I would love to do something like that. Amazing work. I look forward to coming back soon. Thank you again.
    7 February 2014 13:19



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