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A Sweet Giveaway Win and Fun Photos...

I recently won a wonderful giveaway from Carol of The Polka Dot Closet !  She is such a nice blog friend and was recently featured in the September 2010 issue of Romantic Homes Magazine for her charming paper doll projects!  She did a post about it~ if you didn't see the magazine, you can see it here ~ and she had a great giveaway of one of her beautiful framed pieces~ this one is Taylor!  So sweet, and I love all the little fun vintage accents, too~ the millinery flowers, a doily, button and trim...and of course, the polka dot background!

some of her cute tags...

and her cute cards!  She also has pieces available at her online store The Polka Dot Closet !  Be sure and visit her fun blog and online store!  Thank you so much, Carol~ I am SO happy to have little Taylor and your other fun goodies in my home!

 Before I go, I thought I'd share a couple of fun photos I took recently!  We had a sudden storm with heavy rain and hail which stopped as suddenly as it started!  It was followed by this beautiful double rainbow...the second one is a little hard to see...

Also this week, I spotted this huge iridescent dragonfly on our porch window screen...

Look at the markings on the head~ like a big eye ~

I thought it was just beautiful...

Hope your day has some beauty, too!
Until next time...


  1. I love dragon flies, great photo. Cute many giveaways have you won? wow!

  2. Morning Linda....!

    CONGRATULATIONS on your LOVELY win....!!

    LOVE your dragon fly pics....The markings ARE amazing....!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

  3. I'm sorry to have missed that giveaway, but I'm glad you won! She's adorable. Love your shots of that beautiful dragonfly!
    Happy Labor Day!

  4. Hi Linda~~that photo of the dragon fly is amazing! He looks like a cyclops with one eye! Your prize is wonderful, and so very cute!

  5. Hi there,
    I found you through Bonnie's blog (Creative Decoratong on a budget) and thought I'd stop in.
    Darling blog you have and wonderful Give away, sorry I missed that one:)
    I have a fun Give Away going on right now if you'd like to join in on the fun:)

  6. congratulations on your win, Linda! What a darling creation! I also love your pictures. I enlarged the dragonfly so that I could see him up close. Amazing. Also loved the rainbow -- it reminds me that God keeps His promises. I need that right now, my friend.


  7. What a cool shot of the dragonfly. Congrats on your win....could not be more perfect for you.

  8. you had a great week. poppin' in from cottage style blogs. :0)

  9. Love your new blog decor...great look!
    Lucky you on the Giveaway! Taylor is precious!
    The rainbows are beautiful, don't think I've ever seen doubles. And that dragonfly is such a cool photo...if he were only purple...LOL! I'm probably the only one around that's old enough to remember the song One Eyed, One Horned Flying Purple People Eater! Great post Linda! Vicki

  10. Very nice treasure from Carol :)
    I so see the eye on the dragonfly...that is so COOL!
    Got a little work done in the garage for the sale on Thursday.
    If you want to come, email me and I'll give you my address! You never know what you may find!
    deb :)

  11. Your blog banner and redesign looks great, Linda. Rainbow shot is pretty cool too!

  12. Congratulations on winning the giveaway! Love the rainbow photo. We had some rain last Thursday and had the most vivid rainbow! Unfortunately I didn't have my camera.
    Have a great week.

  13. I loved playing with paper dolls when I was little! So glad you won such a darling giveaway!

    And I've never seen a dragonfly like that one before! The rainbows are so pretty too!

    Kat :)

  14. What a sweet win! :) And the dragonfly is really quite pretty. I have a friend who loves and collects all things dragonfly-related, so I think I'll send her a link to your post.

  15. Hi Linda
    Congrats on winning the giveaway! The paper dolls are so sweet! How neat that she was featured in Romantic Homes, I did see that (I can't imagine how exciting that must be to be featured in a magazine!!). The double rainbow is beautiful, and I love the neat dragonfly too!

  16. Congratulations on your win!!

    I had my eye on those, LOL


  17. Linda, Thank you my Minnesota Friend! That was a more than kind post! I am so glad Taylor made it in one piece, wow it came fast! So, that was a dragon fly, I thought it was a mosquito, that is how I remember them!! LOL

    Thank You again for your sweet words!


  18. Hi Linda, I have a soft spot for paper dolls as my daughters loved to play with them!! So cute! I love the new look of your blog, by the way ~ Looks great! Love, Julie

  19. Great dragonfly, and I love that stormy rainbow photo! Also, your new header looks great!

  20. First, congratulations on your win! Who doesn't love paper dolls?

    Oh, that dragon fly is gorgeous! What a great photo. And the double rainbow is magical.


  21. The paper doll is beautiful! I used to LOVE to play with paper dolls when I was little! I just bought some colorform paper dolls for my granddaughter in fact! Also, what a great shot of the dragon fly!! Have a great week!!

  22. Gorgeous pic of the dragonfly! I did read that feature in RH. Didn't know her though.

  23. Linda,
    I love the Polka Dot Closet!
    How lucky you are to have won such sweet things.
    And you porch!!! I would love to sit there and look at dragonflies!

  24. Hi Linda! Your wins are so lucky you are!!! And I love your rainbow picture!

    I would love to get a chance to say hi and meet you at Junk Bonanza. My friend Jill is trying to coordinate a little blogger get together for Fri night...check the Junk Bonanza blog in the next few days for details as I think she was going to post about it.

    Hugs ~

    :) T

  25. Hi Linda!
    That was a great
    photo of the
    I haven't seen
    one that big;
    mainly just the
    skinny blue ones!
    Sweet little paper
    doll vignette, lucky
    girl : )! Hope
    your week is going
    well and I will
    look for you next
    Friday at JB!
    xx Suzanne

  26. I've seen some big ones around my yard - that's a beauty!

    Those paper dolls are so charming! What a lovely win!


  27. Linda, that dragonfly is exquisite! It reminds me of some of the amazing jeweled dragonflies I saw at the Grand Bazaar in Turkey (only yours is real, and therefore much more magnificent).

  28. Linda, I really like your new blog look. I love those paper dolls - how many of us played with those as little girls, I know I did. Thanks for keeping the quote from Leo - it is so true - and you have multiplied that sentiment many times through your blog.

  29. That is just toooo cute!
    Perfect for a nursery or little girls room!
    Love it!


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