Saturday, October 31, 2015

Birds, Butterflies and a Giveaway

 Saturday was the fall seminar for the garden clubs in our district and what a great time we had with two excellent speakers, lunch and socializing.
Oh yes, and there are always lots of door prizes, each society brings one.  Above is the front of the gift from the Oro-Medonte group, cleverly done by Janis in calligraphy with a fall arrangement instead of a bow. I've added a frame and a sparkly stars to enhance this gorgeous package. 


Three award winning designs from the flower show, our district has some talented floral designers.
Source - Bobbex website
I purchased Bobbex from one of the speakers, an environmentally friendly spray to deter rabbits and deer from eating your plants. I hope to keep the rabbits from gnawing my shrubs down to nubs this winter and encourage them to visit another yard for a change.
I had been looking forward to Carol Pasternak, the monarch crusader giving her presentation on raising monarchs and purchased her revised and updated book on 'How to Raise Monarch Butterflies - a step-by-step guide for kids'. (and adults of course!)
One of my favourite backyard birds are cardinals and we have them year round. 
I have quite a few accessories with these birds too.
I was excited to find teacups in Homesense recently and bought a couple.
Some of the indoor cardinals came to check them out. 
And now my giveaway....
Knowing how much others like cardinals I actually bought three teacups - one is still in the package for me to send to one of my tea loving blogging sisters. I'm going to include this little resin cardinal, some Murchie's Christmas Tea and who knows what else will be in the box!
If you'd like a chance to win the cardinal gift package please indicate in your comment that you would. Unfortunately Canada and USA only due to shipping costs. 
I'll announce the winner by Friday this week so I can get the parcel off in the mail before the Christmas cards start mailing.
I'll be linking to:
Mosaic Monday (please visit my link page to join)
Sandi's new meme 'No Place Like Home'. (Tea Time Tuesday has been cancelled)
Bernideen's new meme 'Cottage and Garden Party'

56 comments:

  1. I'd love to enter the giveaway! Thank you for the chance.
    Cathy
    CraftyCat

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  2. A delightful post with some very lovely arrangements!!! I too would love to enter your giveaway. Thank you. I will not be available to check my Blog for about 10 days so I'll check in then. Happy Halloween!!!

    Cathy Keller
    A Bit of the Blarney

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  3. I need to get some of that stuff to keep deer from our yard. They kept coming in this year and ate all our green beans. Lovely give away, please enter my name.

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  4. I'd love to win too! I love Cardinals and we have some that live on our property! They always make me happy to see them.

    What a lovely event you had! Very talented garden designers, indeed.

    Deanna

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  5. Beautiful thank you. Have a great day

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  6. I just love Bernideen and this is first time here with you and not my last... I live in So. California and we do not get Cardinals here, but was fortune to see one a few years ago in Wisconsin during the summer...I was shocked....just a chance to enter this giveaway is fun. Thank you.

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  7. Cardinals ! I believe they are among the most beautiful birds and saw them all the time at our feeders when I lived in Virginia many, many years ago. We don't get them here in Washington state. We do get purple and red finches and though they're not as colorful they are red and various shades of pinkish red and so pretty at the feeders.

    Your garden club has some amazingly creative talent and I bet you're among the talent !

    I did not know people actually raised monarch butterflies. I will be looking this up because I find that possibility intriguing. Thank-you also for the new links to tea parties. I have missed my Tuesday tea times and have been looking forward to renewing my tea-time blogging celebrations . ( That's how I came to see your blog and am so appreciative. )

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  8. A very lovely post. The red Cardinals are so beuatiful. Have Fannie Flagg's book´A Redbird Christmas´
    PS! Today I can´t find out how to link to Lavender Cottage!

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  9. What a beautiful and interesting post, Judith! Let us know if Bobbex works! :)
    Your cardinal photos are wonderful and I like especially much your collage. It makes me think of... Christmas.
    Have a lovely new week!

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  10. Hello Judith, what a lovely post. I especially love the 2nd and 3rd images, they are cool! The cardinals are lovely and tea cups are beautiful. I am not a tea drinker so you can leave me out of your nice giveaway. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week!

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  11. These are some very creative art work designs Judith. I particularly like the ones made with seeds and birch bark. You have a nice collection of cardinals and are fortunate to have them visit your garden often. I would like to be entered into the drawing for the teacup, etc. I wish you a happy new month of November. Pam

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  12. Oh, your post brought back a bunch of memories for me... when I was a member of the Garden Club in Annapolis, Maryland. We had such interesting speakers and fabulous flower shows. I loved it... but that was years ago and another lifetime, I am afraid. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. What a treat it would be opening a package with all those goodies in it. Have a great week.

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  13. Loved the natural art pieces, especially the third one with the driftwood, bark & seeds! Makes me want to give something like this a try too :) You have a wonderful collection of cardinals, and I'll bet there are a few more hiding out of the camera's range? Cardinals are such a pretty and shy bird, despite their bold colouring. I've had a pair in my yard all summer, but haven't seen them since it got colder. The teacup is beautiful, and I would love to be entered in the giveaway! What a generous gift Judith. Have a wonderful week! Wendy

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  14. As a kid, i lived on a farm with a long field road to wander. The monarchs were plentiful in those day. Despite tolerating the milk weed in our garden to attract the monarchs, here we are very lucky to see any. One did flounce it's way through the yard a few weeks ago after everything had gone to seed. My dad taught me how to look for the caterpillars and then put them in a gallon glass jug to watch them change. As for the cardinals, alas it would be a rare day indeed to see one here; although there have been sightings in the area. Rare. So of course I'd love to enter the drawing for the cardinal cup. Have a great week ahead.

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  15. What wonderful creations! Sounds like you had a great seminar. I love the cardinals! Your photo of that handsome fellow in the tree is just lovely. Would love to win your giveaway so please add my name to the hat! I saw those teacups at our new HomeSense and I behaved myself and didn't get one. The tea sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing and joining my new party, Judith. It will be up at 11 AM tomorrow. Enjoy you day.

    Autumn blessings,
    Sandi

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  16. I enjoyed seeing the creativity of the door prizes you shared. They are delightful! Please add my name to the draw. Thanks Judith!

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  17. Cardinals are my favourite bird. They visit our garden all year round and I'm always taking photos of these gorgeous lens friends. I'd love to win the cardinal teacup Judith, it would go lovely with my cardinal teapot. The seminar sounds like it was a great place to be. I'll have to check into Bobbex for as much as I love seeing the cute bunnies I hate the damage they do to shrubs.

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  18. Cardinals also are in our yard all year round I like taking photos of them to . Lovely photos and sounds like the seminar was very fun and informative to ! As for the deer and rabbits Miggs keeps them at bay for us lol ! Thanks for sharing , and good luck to the winner of this pretty tea cup and saucer . Have a good day !

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  19. I so enjoy watching the cardinals when the come to our bird feeder. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks!
    Jocelyn

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  20. It sounds like you had a wonderful Saturday. I'm sure you see lots of friends at these events which makes them even more fun, right?

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  21. Until I started blogging and met other bloggers online who were so fortunate to have those beautiful red birds in their world I had never seen a photo of them. Now I look forward to winter posts because I get to see their gorgeous shots. And one day maybe a real.live one...

    I'd love a chance to be entered in the giveaway.

    Jen

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  23. Please enter me in your giveaway. I love cardinals. Don't see them where I live now, but I remember them from my youth back east. I enjoy your blog so much.

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  24. I loved seeing the floral designs, Judith. I sure hope the Bobbex works for you and the deer and rabbits munch somewhere else.
    Someone told me that when you see a cardinal, it's a visit from heaven. I'm always thrilled when they visit my yard. I loved the chance to win the pretty teacup. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  25. What a beautiful teacup ! my daughter loves cardinals, this would sure make a nice treasure for her when she is a lil older please include me in the giveaway .

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  26. I've been keeping an eye out for the Christmas cardinal teapots, but haven't spotted any at the HomeSense stores I've visited. Please enter me into your giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a pretty teacup!

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  27. Love cardinals & will miss them! Living in the north east New Brunswick they're not as common as when I wintered in London Ontario. It delighted me to see the beautiful bright red cardinal on the white winter days. Many Blue Jays here & the wee Chickadees come out of the woods to the bird feeder.
    A sip of tea in that beautiful cardinal teacup would make my heart sing again with delight!
    I enjoy visiting your blog often, this is my first comment...you really got my attention Judith.
    Have a great week!
    Cynthia

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  28. When our kids were young, we would capture monarch caterpillars, feed them milkweed, and eventually watch the beautiful monarch butterfly emerge from its chrysalis, dry it's wings, and fly away. It was always so exciting. I'm still struggling to like tea, but I do love cardinals and those darling tea cups. I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity.

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  29. Cardinals are just so beautiful! I enjoy watching them every day in our backyard. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
    kellam.susan@yahoo.com

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  30. Hello Judith, I was wondering what is used for the backing on the natural art images. They look so pretty. Thanks for hosting! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

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  31. Oh these designs with the seeds, etc are just amazing...so beautiful !

    I'm a cardinal lover as well; you have such a nice assortment of collectibles featuring them :)

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  32. Oh, I love cardinals and everything red. I actually have a little red lantern like yours. Thanks for a chance to win something nice to enjoy this winter. Happy Mosaic Monday Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  33. I am so sorry, Judith, that I put up the second 'Mosaic' post before reading the notice to post only one. :-( Hope you have a lovely Monday.

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  34. Beautiful cardinals in your home and yard, and on your teacup! We have cardinals year round here too. Have a good week, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

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  35. I love cardinals and every single thing in this post is just lovely .... The garden club arrangements using seeds and other natural materials as well as flowers are fascinating . (You know about my traveling lifestyle, so that is why I won't enter your lovely giveaway).

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  36. I'm speechless over the garden design entries.
    All your photos are great today.

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  37. The seed art is spectacular! What fun! We don't have Cardinals in this area that's I've seen...and we don't have a Home Sense either! There may be on about 2 hours away, but I'm not sure. Actually got organized enough to do a mosaic this week again! WooHoo! Have a wonderful week!
    Ruth

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  38. I enjoyed seeing the floral and seed designs, Judith. I visited the Denver Botanic Garden last week and there were still many flowers as we have not had frost as yet. I've heard of Bobbex. When I went to price it at our local nursery and was shocked at how expensive it was! Please let me know if it works, as if it does I may invest in it to keep the deer from eating my shrubs.

    I love the cardinal teacup and saucer! I have not seen any cardinals in my yard the 3 years i've lived here, and I miss their cheerful color and beautiful song.

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  39. I miss Cardinals so much! If I don't win your giveaway, I will definitely be looking for my own teacup or mug to brighten up the grey winter days.
    Your mosaics are lovely - what a glorious day that must have been, surrounded by all that colour!

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  40. You know Judith - we don't have cardinals in Colorado but we WILL in Missouri! Love your photos and those works of art made from seeds - amazing. I think we did roosters like that in Vacation Bible School as a child. Your photos brought back a memory! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. You always have the most wonderful garden club presentations...fabulous door prizes...and I love the cardinals. Just saw a pair in the garden today!

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  42. Good morning!
    They are so pretty. Your mosaic is beautiful. I really like the color and design.The seeds arrangement surprised me! How wonderful!
    Thank you for hosting! Happy Monday,

    PS..My mother-in-law is spending in her daughter's house for three days. I will go to Kyoto,today!
    Your friend 95 is our hope! Thank you Judith.

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  43. These are some gorgeous arrangements...truly works of art. I am glad we also have cardinals around all year long...love them as well. I would to throw my hat in the ring for your giveaway...what lovely items! Thanks for hosting Mosaic Monday, Judith!

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  44. Hi Judith - I have a Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal living here all year, too. They are so beautiful. Your tea-cups are gorgeous. That's a fun give-away. I'd love to enter. Deb

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  45. Loved the colors and variety of sensory triggers in this post, Judith! Have a great week. Jackie

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  46. Those seed mosaics are really works of art. It would take a lot of patience to create them. I'd love to enter your giveaway, and I'll be visiting Home Sense to look for a cardinal teacup, too. They are such pretty birds. We had them in our yard occasionally in Ecuador, but I've never seen them here on the west coast.

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  47. I would love to win! That is a beautiful tea-cup and the tea sounds wonderful!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  48. You did show us some beautiful floral work, Judith. Love the way you displayed your new Cardinal tea cup with all the birds on your table...very pretty. It's always a pleasure to visit here.
    Debbie
    xo

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  50. Cardinals are my spirit animal and I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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  51. Wonderful artwork in those natural elements. Hope that product works! A lovely cardinal tea cup. Please toss my name into the cap. Thanks!

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  52. I don't think I've ever seen a cardinal in real life. They aren't in our area of the world. But they are such beautiful birds. Your collection must be a real delight for you!

    Yes, please, I'd love to be in your giveaway draw.

    Wishing you a beautiful day...
    Brenda

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  53. How awesome - a giveaway! And a tea cup at that! I haven't seen a cardinal here at our feeder yet (we just moved in this summer), but I am hoping I will! Cardinals are such a beautiful spot of color in the winter, aren't they! My mom loves cardinals, she collects them too. The flower show you attended had some amazing flower arrangements - wow! And I hope your spray for the deer works for you! So happy to visit with you today :)

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    1. PS - Do enter me in the drawing, pretty please :)

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  54. the cardinals are so lovely. And it looks like you have some wonderful floral & garden designers. I think I need to find some environmental deterrent for the rabbit that seems to be living in our yard. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  55. I would love to have the cardinal gift package most definitely
    thefiggtree@yahoo.com

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