A Friend, a Party, and a GIVEAWAY!

By Kate Riley June 1, 2010

Greetings friends, I’m baaaaaaack from a whirlwind trip to Southern California.  Sadly, we drove south to pay our respects to my beloved uncle who passed earlier in the week.  Despite the circumstances, I reconnected with aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family – that was completely wonderful.  

I had a chance to meet up with fellow Californian and blog buddy JJ from The Blah Blah Blahger who I met at the Blissdom conference back in February.  

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JJ is so much fun, it was great to get some gal time with her and chat all about blogging and life and our shared passion for great wine.  That’s what I love about this blogging adventure, the opportunity to mix and mingle with great people from across these fruited plains.  Big hugs JJ, can’t wait to meet up again in Sonoma !

I also spent two days in Carmel-by-the-Sea, oh me oh my, talk about gorgeousness all around in one charming town.  Will post pics later ! 


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It’s party time peeps !

I’m not one to throw blog parties very often, but since I love the Fourth of July, and since we’re throwing a patriotic bash this year, and since YOU all are a fantastic source of inspiration, let’s have a party gang ! 

No doubt many of you are getting your craft on in anticipation of the upcoming Fourth, plus I know many of you love to bring out the red, white, and blue in July, plus I also know many of you can whip up some amazing summer recipes, so let’s celebrate, shall we ?  

Mark your calendars ! 

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Anything decorative or DIY or delicious will do, as long as it has something to do with the red, white, and blue.   Just about anything related to the Fourth of July works for me, so link up with your decor related posts, or party planning tips, or scrumptious recipes!  I’ll be sure to work up something snazzy as well. 

And I’ll try to get some sort of button thingy in the sidebar. . . . HTML – it boggles my mind sometimes. 


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102Before I forget, the lucky winner of the Geezees giveaway is none other than lucky #102, Heather S. who won because of a Tweet, congratulations Heather !

Heather will choose these words for her personalized canvas, “I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.”  

Oooooh, a fellow Beatles fan, I love it.  Heather, send me your contact info in an email so you can collect your lovely prize.



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Finally, today I’m excited to bring you a giveaway from The Pleated Poppy !  

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The Pleated Poppy offers all sorts of fun and feminine accessories, from zippered pouches to notebook covers to stylish aprons to pleated poppy pins !

 pleated poppy collage

I’m in love with these petal pusher ruffle pins – perfect for adding just that dash of panache to your lapel, your hairband, a purse or hat.  

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Call me eccentric, but I do believe these would looks fantastic on a banded lampshade, wouldn’t that be so flirty ?  

There will be two lucky winners of this giveaway !  Each one will receive a $30 dollar shop credit to The Pleated Poppy

Eligibility to win one of two $30 dollar shop credits to The Pleated Poppy: 

1) Hop on over to The Pleated Poppy and pick your favorite item.  Come back and tell us all what you’d choose if you won in a comment, that’s it ! 

2) For a second chance to win, either post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, OR tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (with a link), then leave a second comment telling where you linked (either FB or Twitter). 

Giveaway ends Saturday June 5, 2010 at 8 p.m. PST.  Two winners chosen by Random.org.  

Good luck friends !




  1. Oh, I am so jealous that you got to hang out with JJ!! I might be a tiny bit more excited about the Pleated Poppy giveaway, I stalk Lindsey’s shop all the time. :)
    My favorite product of hers is definitely the notebook cover. Just adorable.

  2. Gee, am I the only one hanging out here this morning??? I guess it is 4am in Cali. So…anyway, I posted a link on Facebook. So far, I’m liking my odds in this giveaway!!! I’m sure that will change very soon, though. :) Have a great day Kate!

  3. Oh I ADORE The Pleated Poppy!!….I love her zippered pouch, aprons, and checkbook covers!

    Love your Stars & Stripes Party idea!!!…..I will link up yesterday’s Patriotic Delight that I posted!!

    Thanks for hosting all the fun Kate!!

  4. Wow cute stuff! I am torn between the zippered pouches (amazing design combos!) for something to keep all my tiny things in (I carry a huge purse! lol) or the cute posy pins! Those are amazing and something I know I’d get lots of comments on!

    Thanks for the awesome opportunity to possibly win something sweet and handmade! Good luck to everyone!!!

  5. Love the Petal Pushers, would esp. like one in a bright, periwinkle blue.

  6. The zippered pouches are so sweet. I would also get a petal pusher! Great giveaway…

  7. Love the petal pusher in watermelon – and snow white. Also love the posy pins! And I love the stars and stripes party idea – hope to link up later!

  8. I love the chocolate and pink marshmallow apron! So adorable–nothing like cooking in high fashion now is there? LOL!
    Thanks for the chance to win!


  9. I love the 4th of July, so I am so in. I am actually making some DIY red white and blue projects this week.

  10. Pleated Poppy has such adorable stuff – I think I’d choose either the apron, or the bloom bag (even though it’s sold out).

  11. What a fun giveaway! I love all of the hair accessories, including the potential hair accessories (petal pushers)!

  12. I think I would pick the zippered bag 135, love the colors or the pedal pusher in snow white. So pretty!

  13. I can think of a dozen things to do with those adorable petal pushers. A $30 credit is enough to grab two! Love them.

  14. I Love the full apron-apples and raspberries. Great site…I see some definite Christmas shopping there in my future.

  15. ooh I have been dying for one of those covered notebooks! Fan of the posey pins too. Fan of everything in her shop too thou..

  16. Black and white houndstooth ruffles on the striped “Sour Apple” apron are so chic! Love the touch or red and orange on the poppy! I think i need this one :)

  17. since we just found out we are pregnant, I would LOVE to get one of those headbands (if its a girl)! if its not, I will give it as a gift for a friend who is having a girl!

  18. I wouldlove to win anything from The Pleated Poppy! If I win this give away I would chose the Chocolate and Pink Marshmallow Apron. Great giveaway!

  19. I love the watermelon flower pin…but it’s sold out :( If that’s the case, I like the white flower pin!

  20. I like the zippered pouch and the pleated poppy. And that bloom bag is great too….very cute stuff. :) Lisa~

  21. I might get one of those cute super hero capes for my daughter, or maybe a petal pusher….sooo cute!

  22. Love the pedal-pushers and the aprons!! Also the zippered pouch makeup bags are adorable.

  23. I would definitely get a zippered pouch and/or a crayon roll. I love her fabrics!

  24. Oooh, great site! been searching for a fun apron so I’d get the Apples & Raspberries apron and the check book cover

    jamiedelight@ gmail.com

  25. I would love to pick a pretty checkbook cover if I won! It would make writing checks a little more pleasant =)

  26. I would love the posy pins#436 or the snow white petal pusher. Everything is so cute!

  27. I would choose a notebook cover, since my favorite item, the aprons, are more than what the gift certificate covers. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  28. The full apron – apples and raspberries is so cute!! Also, the checkbook covers are adorable.

  29. I love the tea towels and the posey pins!
    So excited for the red whit and blue party!

  30. Sorry for your family’s loss, but happy for their reunion to remember.

    I would wait for watermelon petal pusher to be back in stock, and love the zippered pouches, particularly 137. They would be great gifts.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  31. Ooh – I’ve been coveting some of her things for a while now! So hard to choose – the apron, cute tea towels, notebook cover, ruffled zip pouch… Pick me!

  32. I’d have to get a cute zippered pouch, but I also love those ruffled aprons! Cute stuff!

  33. Just stopping by to express my condolences for your family’s loss. If there is any place that can heal the soul, it’s Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’s one of my very favorite places ever! If I were loaded (and not the boozy kind ;-) of loaded), I would so snatch up one of those quaint and fabulous cottages for weekend getaways. ::sigh::

  34. I would get the boy’s cape. My son’s 2nd birthday is June 25th and this would make a wonderful present for my super hero! Thanks so much.

  35. Oh wow! I love the pleated poppy! Completely in love with her ruffled tea towels!!

  36. There are so many good things to comment on today, Kate. :)

    1. I love bloggy meet ‘n greets. I was hooked after I got to meet Richella from Imparting Grace. :) Y’all look so cute together!
    2. Did you make your own button for the Stars n Stripes party? It looks great. I’ll be sure to link up…it sounds like fun. :)

    I love the Apples and Raspberries Full apron. The Pleated Poppy is so much fun!! :) Great Giveaway.

  37. If I won I’d choose posy pin 436. That way my daughter and I could share. Although I really like the petal pusher in watermelon.

  38. I’d love the petal pusher – watermelon, its sold out but I can wait! I’d also love the sterling one.

  39. I’d like a tea towel for myself and hair pins for my little girls! Thanks!

  40. LOVE zippered pouch 135.

    P.S. Just found your blog yesterday and I am in love with it and admire you!

  41. I would love the posey pins… you could put them on anything… I especially like the last one on the page… with the greens and blues, my favorite colors.

  42. I love the full apron in sour apple. I’ve been wanting an apron for so long!

  43. I love the pink zebra striped zippered bag. It’s much cuter than the quart-size freezer bag I’m storing my makeup in now!

  44. i would definitely put it toward an apron. they’re too cute and i’m in need!

  45. I love the posy pins and the ruffled tea towels! What a wonderful giveaway!!

  46. Ooooh, thank you so much to you and Pleated Poppy! I am crossing my fingers VERY hard on this one! I need a new checkbook cover MUCHO, so I would love #62, and I would also get the ruffled tea towel #2 (in yellow and turquoise). Very cute!

  47. I would choose those awesome posey pins!! Or maybe… those cute ruffled tea towels. SO cute!!

  48. I LOVE the Pleated Poppy! Her stuff is all so adorable. It’s hard to choose, but I really like the Bloom Bags and the Posy Pins. Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Cute stuff! I’d either get the tea towels, the apron in apples & raspberries or posey pins #441. She has such cute stuff. Her ags are adorable too!

  50. Those tea towels are soooo cute! I would love to win – thanks for the chance!

  51. Oh, I love the Pleated Poppy! I really do love everything she makes, but if I won I’d pick out some posy pins or posy hair clips (for me AND my girls =)

  52. I’m a big fan of the petal pushers too…they remind me a little bit of the ones by Emmersonmade, y’know? But way more reasonably priced! (c:

  53. Could the petal pusher be any cuter it has so many possibilites. Now what color would I choose???

  54. I looove the chocolate and pink marshmallow apron and those posy pins are too cute!

  55. Oooh, I love the 4th of July ~ I’ll be thrilled to help participate in your Stars and Stripes Blog Party!!

    I’m having a WEDDING BLOG PARTY on June 25th (my first ever to hostess!) so please stop by if you are interested and read about it ~ I’d love to have you join us! And there will be a sweet giveaway, too!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  56. Love, Love, Love the little boys cape!! I have a 3 year old who would fly miles around the house with it:)

  57. I love the Bloom Bags, but The Pleated Poppy is still sold out of those, so I guess I would pick one of the ruffled pouches. This is still a hard selection because I also love the notebook covers.

  58. Either the zippered pouch (was just saying I needed a new make-up bagfor my purse!), or a checkbook cover — they are too cute!

  59. I LOVE the pleated poppy…I have been eyeing those fabulous petal pusher pins! Love them!

  60. I love the zippered pouch and the crayon roll (perfect for on the go with kids).

  61. I swear, The Pleated Poppy is everywhere! Her stuff is SO gorgeous :) Great idea about the July 4th party, I will try to come up with something worthy!

  62. I adore everything but if I had to choose it would be the petal pusher in watermelon for me or the little boy’s cape for my son.

  63. I LOVE the petal pushers and think the white one is my favorite but I’d probably have to buy two!

  64. It’s a toss up for me– either the sour apple apron or a few of those tea towels (#2 & #3). SO darling!!

    And, excited about the 4th! I LOVE the holiday but am usually at a loss for clever ways to decorate/ entertain.

  65. I’m loving some of the zippered pouches and may have to start a collection if I’m the winner. The super hero capes are super cute too though!

  66. I would no doubt pick the covered notebook-83. I have a weakness for anything paper related! Love the idea of the party for the 4th. I hope I can find a way to participate from my dad’s place.

  67. Ooh! Such fun! I’d probably get the covered notebook (83), a sterling petal pusher, or a head band.

  68. Love, love, love the super hero capes! They are adorable! I also really love the covered notebooks. I am a sucker for a beautiful notebook, diary, journal, etc. They are fabulous!

  69. I have some Pleated poppy pins and LOVE THEM! I have always wanted one of her aprons.

    Thank you for hosting a great giveaway!

  70. All of Lindsay’s creations are cute! The zippered pouches are adorable.

  71. I would get two crayon rolls! Perfect for a teacher and a future mother! Thank you:)

  72. HI! Great giveaway! I’d choose a crayon roll and posy headband, both for my little girl!



  73. I would love a petal pusher in every color. It’s the perfect fussy but non fussy looking embellishment for all things summer … hair, bags, tees, kids, purses, lunchbags, camera bag, etc.

  74. I love the covered notebooks, though I’d also love those adorable crayon rolls!


  75. The zippered pouches, specifically ‘124’, are so adorable! who could resist those colors and ruffle detail?? everything on this site is right up my alley <3

  76. It would have to be one of the ruffled pouches! It would make a great makeup bag :)

  77. I love the petal pusher for myself but I would have to get a couple of crayon rolls as gifts for a good friends boy and for my grand neice. Those are just too cute!

  78. This is a great giveaway! I love the petal pushers in various colors. tbsmidget at gmail dot com

  79. I would put the give certificate towards the green sour apple full apron! It is beautiful!

  80. I love the petal pushers, especially the heather grey & sterling ones.

  81. Petal pusher for me please, in colors watermelon or the pewter/gray/charcoal…

    Thank you much!

  82. Well, I know my Son would LUV the super hero cape…but I would chose the Covered Notebook – 81…and use it to write down all the inspirations I get from reading your blog! I have so many things I want to do, and of course, not enough time to do them…but I love, love, love your remakes, remodels & refinishes…Thanks!

  83. I adore the petal pushers! The crayon rolls would be so cute for my budding artists.

    Thank you for the chance.

  84. I love the Pleated Poppy! I would probably choose a zippered pouch. I love the scissors print. Or, maybe some hair clips. Thanks for offering a giveaway!

  85. I am absolutley torn between an dapron for myself or a superhero cape for my nephew. Then, of course, my purse wouldn’t be complete without a chelcbook cover. Thanks!

  86. Oh, I just love the Full Apples and Raspberries Apron! So cute (and practical, too)!

  87. I think I’d choose a zippered pouch and a check book cover to organize my purse beautifully! Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. I LOVE the full apples and raspberries apron! How adorable! I would love to see the ruffled aprons, but apparently they’re all sold. :[ I’ve been wanting an apron for a while… too cheap to splurge on a super cute one though, haha. Thanks for the awesome giveaway– love reading your blog!

  89. I would love the Sour Apple full apron! However, I’m thinking a zippered pouch would be ideal for carrying my asthatic son’s inhaler, etc. Much cuter than the ziploc I have now!!

  90. so hard to choose but I guess I would go with the petal pushers, too!

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