Sunday, April 10, 2011

Were giving away an Spring Basket on The Old Painted Cottage !!!


My friend, the fabulous blogger extraordinaire, Jennifer Grey, who writes The Old Painted Cottage and I have gotten together and cooked up the most fabulous giveaway!

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You should rush over to her blog and read all about it. If you would like to get your hands on a beautiful handmade spring basket.



Good luck to every one participating in our wonderful giveaway! I’m looking forward to getting to know all of Jennifer’s peeps! Your arrival is a cause of joy, and I will try my best to greet you all !!! For those of you I haven’t met yet,  see my brag sheet below.

About MEE  . . .

In June 2008, I was abruptly terminated from my position as a Broker Liaison, a direct result of the slumping housing market in Southern California.  Shortly thereafter, my dear friend Jennifer, encouraged me to launch my own business - which was always my dream, so it was either sink or swim. I began my Etsy shop last year with my staple French inspired burlap table runners with much success.   As time went on, Bella evolved into offering not only the runners and various handmade pieces, but also beautiful vintage antique items as well.   I am truly living my dream!  Jennifer has inspired me into wearing a plethora  of different hats. Seen below are JUST a few of my creations.  Thank you, Jennifer!


Vintage inspired linen pillows . .

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Burlap pillow collection  . .

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French document burlap pillow on the left, Fleur-de-lis lumbar on the right. .

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Linen and fluffy down pillows, timeless and elegant . .

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Burlap ottoman w/ French inspired grain sack script . .

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 Charcoal grey medic cross pillow and vintage army bolster.


Vintage French linen ottoman with lovely ruffle. .

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Slipcovered arm chair with French script and Chateau BRADBURY pillow on right. .

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Burlap and grain sack  holiday decor with hanging tassel. .

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Burlap & organic cotton stockings with petite ruffle. .

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I heart drapery rings to hang my holiday stockings.

It adds just the perfect stroke of sophistication.

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Burlap starfish stockings . .

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I was so excited when Jennifer said she would be the mistress of ceremonies for this fun giveaway! Thank you Jennifer for your wonderful post and for helping me with this fun and fabulous giveaway.

Hurry on over to The Old Painted Cottage (click here to enter our giveaway) and read all about it. Leave a comment and you might become the winner!

Good Luck!!

Today create something truly beautiful !!!



  1. Luv the look of the garden arera! And the fabric looks great in a outdoor setting. Gives me an idea. Thank's so much for sharing this............TALLULAH'S

  2. Thanks for being part of the lovely giveaway with Jennifer. I left a comment on her blog also. I get so inspired looking at all of your photos and finished projects--I can never come up with any original ideas like that! The natural talent really shines through!!!

  3. Hi, Laurie! Great giveaway! So glad that I found you...I love your style!! I have enjoyed looking at the pictures of your work. You are truly talented. So happy to be your latest follower!!

  4. I really love your style. It's so simply elegant. Thanks for the giveaway. Looking forward to following you.

  5. I love your pillows! I am going to look at your Etsy store next as I am looking for something to go on my new love seat. The basket giveaway is stunning!! What a beauty! I am going to follow your blog in Reader! :-)

  6. love the look of the garden arera too... happy new week!

  7. Your blog is aptly titled...such creative inspiration!! I would love to win your gorgeous basket! Thanks for the opportunity to put my name in the draw!

  8. Hi Dear Laurie
    Thanks for popping over my way.. I love your linen pillows.. gorgeous.. both the ruffled and plain edges... The styling of these shots if just lovely also..

    I'll pop over and say hi at your friend's blog.. have a lovely week.. ciao xxx Julie

  9. Your blog is super gorgeous!! What style and panache! So glad to have found you....

  10. Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! I guess losing your job was a blessing in disguise:)

  11. What beautiful things you have in your shop and your blog is just as amazing. Thanks for the chance at winning the adorable basket.

  12. Hi there! Sent over here from the Old Painted Cottage-what an amazing blog. You have so much talent!! So excited for the basket giveaway!

  13. I can tell your shop is not going to help me at all with my etsy addiction. Your pillows and other decorative items are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway over @ Jennifer's. I am visiting from her blog!

  14. Hi Laurie....You are a very talented lady. I love the garden area and I love anything made with burlap. Thanks for sharing the giveaway. I am now a follower thanks to Jennifer at The Old Painted House.

    Linda at

  15. Hi Laurie,
    I am popping over from Jennifer's blog and it is so nice to meet you and visit your beautiful blog. I love your charming French basket and all of your work. You are so talented and creative and I wish you much joy and success with your new business.
    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway Jennifer is hosting.
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  16. Hi Laurie,
    I'm stopping over from Jennifer's blog! Your beautiful things are just amazing! I'm so glad Jennifer was able to show you off to the blogging community. Thanks for contributing such a lovely basket for the giveaway!

  17. Really like your pillows, they are my favorite. Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful basket.

  18. Hi Laurie, I think you are so talented! Your things are so elegant. I visited Jennifer and signed up for the giveaway. Thank you for your contribution! It is lovely!

  19. Hi laurie, You have the most gorgeous pillows and the pictures are beautiful. Love the basket and I am headed to Jennifer's to enter the giveaway.

  20. Love your things. Wish I could visit and see everything close up

  21. You inpire me!
    I love all of your creations.


  22. Great giveaway!! Thank you!! Love your beautiful items!

  23. Oh to have a basket created by you! Please enter me in your draw. Patty/BC

  24. Hi Laurie, Love your things. And I'd love to win the basket. have a great week.

  25. Great giveaway. So glad I found your blog.

  26. Gorgeous,Gorgeous Pillows !! I saw the give-away.Which is generous .Love your blog.I will be a follower and add you on my blog.Have a bright and creative day...Chickie

  27. Your shop is gorgeous!!! I love everything that you have in it, it is all so unique.
    I love the little basket that you have in the giveaway! What a joy it would be to win it.
    Hugs, Cindy

  28. Hi Laurie! So happy to have found your blog! Please include my entry, I adore the spring basket and will include your wonderful site on my daily trips to blogland..Lorri

  29. Hi Laurie - What a great giveaway!! i would love to win the basket!! So glad to have found your blog thru cottage8. Getting ready to go browse your shop!!!
    Thanks! Shelley

  30. Your eye for designing is marvelous! I adore everything you design and create...
    Many thanks for a chance to win your lovely
    spring basket!

  31. Laurie,

    So happy Jennifer pointed us to you. I am loving everything I see and will be back to go through older posts -- once I explore your online shop! Thank you for hosting the giveaway and for the chance to win the beautiful spring basket.


  32. What lovely creations! Thanks for the chance to win your beautiful basket!

  33. Ms. Laurie:
    A HUGE HIGH FIVE to you in being able to follow your dream. Your blog is past beautiful. I cannot wait to sit, in the wee hours, with my cup of java and drool over all your gorgeous photos! WOW. Do you have the talent!!!!!
    Hats off to you - from another California gal!
    (tho I live in Florida now) Congratulations on the best decision you ever made! Remember, "things happen for a reason".

  34. I love burlap and adore those stockings!

  35. Your items are simply GORgeous! So glad Jennifer sent us your way. I am loving every inch of your garden space with pillows and flowers and trophy!
    Thanks for offering this nice giveaway.
    I am going to go shopping at your store now!


  36. What a beautiful Blog!! I'm just now "getting" the burlap thing, and falling in love.

  37. Hi Laurie, Just popping in from Jennifer's blog. You have the most gorgeous items in your etsy store. I covet them all.

  38. Your photos always amaze me. Every detail is pictured, and I love the way items are displayed, giving me so many ideas I truly want each and every item you post on Bella, and always check to see what's new. I can really tell you're living your dream!

  39. hi Laurie! I just love your items! Can't wait to work with you! I've added you to my side bar of FAV blogs!! :) Missed you today..we will have to get together soon, xokathee

  40. ...thanks for inviting us... with a giveaway! Everything you have is so beautiful in such a very romantic way. Oh my gosh. Everything is wonderful! I will definitely keep visiting!

  41. What a gorgeous inspirational site you have created! I'm so happy to have found it!

  42. Beautiful blog and I love your Etsy shop. I sure am hoping to win the beautiful basket.

  43. Laurie, you blog is wonderful and so are your fabulous pillows! I just came over from Jennifers blog, love the basket you are featuring. Count me in. I am adding you to my favorites.


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