Friday, October 17, 2014

The Winner

Thank you everyone for your kind words in the last post about my 1001 blogging post!  The winner will be announced at the end of this post.
While my sister was here visiting last week, one of the things we did was go to the Biltmore Estate.  I know I have shown you pictures of the house before, but I thought I would show you how beautiful other parts of the estate are.  The picture above and the one directly below are shots of the estate from the back side of the home.  We had packed a picnic dinner and sat by the lagoon to dine.  This is the view we were looking at.
We went back the next day and wandered around the estate.  We spent some time in the gardens.

Then we spent some time in the greenhouse and conservatory.

We also walked around the bass pond - which is totally different and separate from the lagoon where we had our picnic the day before.

Did you notice anything about the pictures above?  There were thousands of people on the Biltmore Estate that day.  And yet we found places to enjoy without the crowds. In second to last picture above, you will see the only evidence of other people. There are cars going over the bridge. 
If you are ever in the Asheville, NC area, I highly recommend checking out the Biltmore Estate.  This is NOT a sponsored post.  We just love it there and I wanted to share it with you.
Now on to the winner of the Amazon gift card (which is also not sponsored, but paid for by me.). 
The winner via drawing is number 17.  Mary from A Breath of Fresh Air.  Congrats Mary!  I will be emailing you.
Before I end this post...just one more picture to share of the Biltmore Estate.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

1001 Post Giveaway!

Giveaway now closed.  Thank you for entering! 
I can't believe that I am writing my 1001 post today.  I started blogging way back in 2006.  It was a different blog then, called Lavender Hill Studio.  I don't blog from there at all anymore, but it is still up, if you want to see it.
Over the years, blogging has changed a lot.  I am the type of gal that rolls with the punches, so I have enjoyed most of the changes.  Everything has to change or it gets stale.  I plan on making some much needed updates on my blog over the next couple of months.  There might even be a blog name change...we shall see.
What I am really appreciative about is that a lot of you have followed me all of these years.  You know that song, that says, "Make new friends, but keep the old ones.  One is silver and the other gold."?  You are my silver and gold.
So, in appreciation to all of my old and new blog friends and my 1001 post, I am giving away a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.
To be entered in the contest, just leave a comment below.