Friday, February 22, 2013

Happy Birthday and a Giveaway

When I posted about amethyst and violets for a February tea this past week, special to me because my birthday is in February, the comments I received were kind and inspiring.  Gayle invited me to her blog to see the purple cake she had made and I thought, why don't I make one too?
So, I set about to make a birthday cake for a couple of bloggers who who share this month.  Kitty and I are only a day apart and I'm not sure about Vee's date.
The cake is yellow, a recipe I use for cupcakes and the frosting, a lavender cream cheese.


It is delicious, along with a cup of tea on the side.  Happy Birthday to us!
A birthday giveaway sounded like a good idea and I pulled out a book that I can part with that British and tea lovers would like.
 The front.
 The back
A couple of pages in between.
I make my own greeting cards and have 2 of these stamps, so one is part of the giveaway.
 
A journal showing friends having tea on the cover. 
A packet of crystal soil bolls.  These little bolls when soaked in water become larger and jell-like.
Here's a few in a dish I found on the web.  They're perfect for keeping fresh flowers in a vase hydrated and make a clear vase pretty.  Complete instructions will be enclosed with them.  Sometimes you see them scented in apothecary jars in stores and as they shrink, they can be rehydrated again to last forever basically.
Just a few things for a February giveaway.  Anyone can enter, it would be nice if you are a follower.  If the items above are of interest to you, leave a comment saying you'd like to win.
I'll draw the winner on February 28.

41 comments:

  1. WOW your cake looks super yummy- how thoughtful of you.

    I just feel so connected - knowing Kitty, Vee and you- such a special thing.

    As for your giveaway I would LOVE to win it..I read a book about Paul and Princess Di a long time ago and found him fascinating...but not as awesome is Di herself!

    I think all the items are GREAT!

    I used clear jelly balls over Christmas in a long vase with cut evergreen boughs and it lasted he entire season, in fact it was way past Christmas when I had to just put them outside, it was time for Valentine decor, haa.

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  2. Happy Birthday:
    Judith - your cake looks fantastic!

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  3. Wow Judith what a wonderful giveaway! How nice to share your birthday with tow special ladies.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  4. The cake you made is just beautiful! Looks delicious as well! Happy birthday and thanks for a chance at a great giveaway!!
    Karen

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  5. Love the cake!! Happy Birthday Wishes and what a grand way to celebrate! Thanks for the chance!

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  6. Wow. That cake looks delightful! I don't need to be entered into the drawing but I will say that afternoon tea something I cannot live without. It makes for such a lovely break during a hectic afternoon.

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  7. Wow that cake looks great! Happy Birthday to you.
    I loved Princess Diana.

    Have a great weekend! I just had my neighbor over for tea today. :)

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  8. What a lovely idea. Your cake looks wonderful. I hope you have a great day.

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  9. Delicious looking cake, so beautifully decortated.
    Wonderful give away. Now if I was to win I would love the tea stamp, and I would re-gift it to my daughter, also a tea lover, and maker of cards.

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  10. Oh how sweet of you! That cake is beautiful and looks delicious. Virtual cake is the safest kind for me, too! I'd love to have my name tossed into the mix...wonderful giveaway. I am a follower.

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  11. Judith, the purple cake is so beautiful! I love it and I'm sure the birthday gals will too. I love the teacup stamp. Put my name in for your lovely draw please. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Pam

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  12. Hello fellow Canadian blogger/gardner/freelance writer/tea lover! I live on the West Coast so our winter isn't as bad, just relentless rain! Well, having said that, the sun just did actually peek thru the clouds just now. (Apparently it won’t last) I know how you feel (last post about beautiful white flowers); I’m dying to get out in my garden too. Happy birthday to you, you Feb baby, I’ve got one myself, my middle daughter. Feb people are lovely. I’m glad I found your blog, thru Vee I think. I’m off now to go read some more posts. :)

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  13. Terrific cake Judith! and such a pretty lavender color. Happy birthday to you.
    ~Clara

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  14. Beautiful cake!!! Looks so yummy. What a fun giveaway. The book is lovely and I'm sure full of fun information. Happy Birthday and enjoy the cake!
    ~Tanya

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  15. Happy Birthday!! I am a new follower, thanks for the chance to win such an awesome Giveaway! I love gardening too - can't WAIT for spring...

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  16. You made a lovely job of the cake,it's so pretty. I am going to attempt a cake I found on Pinterest which is chocolate and has Kit kats all around the outside. It has little pink pigs playing in the chocolate on top (don't think i'll put the pigs on though) as it is for my grandsons 18th Birthday. Nice to try something different.
    I love your give away gifts,I would love to win,that is if you post to Australia. If not I understand. Postage is so expensive these days.
    x

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  17. Happy Birthday to you and your friends! Your cake is beautiful. Must admit I have never seen lavender icing - it's so pretty. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Have a lovely weekend!

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  18. The cake is gorgeous! Happy Birthday!
    That book sounds like something I would love to read. Please, add me to your giveaway too.

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  19. I just found your blog and became a follower by email. Your giveaway is really fun and I love to make cards. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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  20. Your cake is gorgeous, Judith! Will you be sharing with Kitty and Vee? lol Have a wonderful birthday, Judith. Please enter me in your giveaway - how generous you are!
    Hugs, Beth

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  21. Just WOW!
    greetings from Holland!
    with love,
    Ineke

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  22. Just WOW!
    greetings from Holland!
    with love,
    Ineke

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  23. un très joyeux anniversaire
    sous la couleur violette
    un très beau et bon gâteau
    que l' on aimerait partagé
    avec tous
    très bonne journée
    toute ma tendresse pour un si beau
    jour
    edith (iris)

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  24. Hi, first of all a very Happy Birthday to you and your friends.
    The cake looks so scrumptious !!
    Eventhough I am new here and from The Netherlands, I would love to participate in the give away fun. I hope that is alright ?
    Have a wonderful day.
    Greetings from The Netherlands.

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  25. Oh my gosh! The cake is not only beautiful (beyond!) but I can just imagine how it tasted. How lovely! You always create the most wonderful things.

    I just won a fabulous giveaway so please don't enter me :( as I would feel GUILTY if I won another one. Thank you so much tho!

    You bless us all.

    Love, Rebecca

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  26. Happy Birthday!!! Your cake looks amazing, so very pretty! I would love to have that book...looks like a good one.
    Have a GREAT weekend,
    Cindy

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  27. Happy Birthday! My Hubby's has a February birthday. The book in your give away looks amazing. Please enter me in the drawing.

    Sandy

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  28. Oh Judith you are so clever! I love the cake! And Happy Birthday! Of course I would LOVE to with the cookbook! Thanks for your generous giveaway!
    Ruth

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  29. Oh my goodness! I love, love, love the cake!! What a fantastic giveaway! I hope you are celebrating your birthday all month long.

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  30. Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!What a gorgeous cake!
    Sop nice of you to share those beautiful things with us!I just love your stamps!

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  31. That cake decorating class really paid off, Judith. Your lavender creation is just beautiful with the little butterflies on the top!
    -Karen

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  32. Happy Birthday to you! I also have a February birthday. The cake looks delicious and what a nice giveaway.
    Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  33. LOVELY blog and LOVELY pictures!

    Have a great weekend...
    Titti

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  34. What a gorgeous cake! I can taste it now... :D Oh yes please enter me for your giveaway... anything Princess Di as well as that adorable tea cup stamp... Well, and you know I am already a follower, :D
    Looks like we missed most of the storm, so far a smidge of sleet and that's it... I know, the day and night are not over yet, lol!
    Hugs and enjoy the rest of your weekend...
    Beth P

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  35. Happy Birthday Judith....I love your blog and really enjoy it. Thank you for having such a great giveaway.

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  36. What a lovely giveaway, Judith. Thank you for the birthday wishes and such a wonderful cake to share. Bernideen's birthday is in February, also.

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  37. Happy wonderful birthday, Judith!!! xo

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  38. Judith wishing you the happiest of birthdays...love the cake and how sweet to have a giveaway!

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  39. Wow!! beautiful cake and Happy Birthday!! I hope it was a beautiful day filled with lots of love!

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  40. Beautiful cake, and looks yummy! I'm not entering your drawing because I already have the book and journal. It's a lovely drawing and whoever wins will really enjoy the book.
    ~ Phyllis

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  41. Your cake looks. Love the colour!
    Happy Birthday!
    :o)
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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