I was going to post our bedroom reveal today, but it's going to have to wait until next week because I just wanted to take the time today to say THANK YOU.
For the second time this week I was stopped by someone in my local shopping centre who told me they read my blog and how much they enjoy it. I was so thrilled to meet these lovely ladies and so touched they had the courage to come up and say hello. Apart from the fact it always happens on the day I rush out of the house with no make-up and my kids are having tantrums, it is so wonderful and rewarding for me to meet you face to face, and know that out there are real people reading and enjoying what I'm doing. Blogging can be a very lonely and isolating hobby, and it's great to know you are putting in all these hours of effort to be read and enjoyed.
So to everyone who reads, follows, likes, comments and emails me I am truly grateful and appreciate of your time and commitment to this blog, because that is why it endures and what gives me the incentive and encouragement to continue.
I know most of you don't comment on posts, but I know you're out there because I see the numbers. So when I can put a face to even one of the silent majority it gives me a thrill. I also really enjoy hearing from you directly by email, and answering your questions about renovating and decorating, sharing my experience, details of the house and offering whatever advice or ideas I can.
I have met some wonderful ladies through email, been overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity, many of whom I enjoy a lovely email friendship with. It's strange how you can be such good pals with girls you've never met! It is this side of blogging that is so rewarding.
So as a thank you I am going to have my first GIVEAWAY ever. I had planned on doing this properly in a few weeks, but prompted by this post I am going to give away the most beautiful embroidered and beaded cushion cover by Callisto Home, New York. I ordered this from Callisto when I was at the gift fair in New York last year, to consider as one of the stock items for my online business.
The cushion measures 22x22" or 58x58cm. It is made of heavy blue/grey linen with intricate ivory beading. These cushions retail for about $250 each. I won't include an insert as it's too bulky and expensive to post, and I want to be able to send it anywhere. So this giveaway is open to all countries.
In order to be eligible to win this beautiful cushion, I ask you to do something for me.
Step One: LIKE Georgica Pond on Facebook here and say hello.
Step Two: FOLLOW Georgica Pond on one or more of these social media networks. The more you do, the more chances you have of winning.
Step Three: Leave a COMMENT on this post telling me you've done so, and what is it you like most about the blog.
That's all. The giveaway ends at midday Friday 9 November, 2012 and a winner selected randomly. I will announce the winner the following Monday and the lucky person will have until Friday 16 November to contact me or the prize will be redrawn and a new winner announced.
PS Don't be afraid to stop and say hi! Have a great weekend.