Sunday, August 29, 2010

Celebrating ~ Giving Back with a Gift

Hyacinths for the Soul is celebrating its First Year Anniversary with a Giveback. The winner will be announced on September 1, 2010. I hope everyone will join in the fun.

~ The Gift ~

~ A Package Containing ~

Something Old

That would be this vintage tea table cloth that I purchased last spring at the Round Top Antique Show. 30" square and made of white woven cotton, it is full of lovely details and in perfect condition. Four beautifully embroidered bouquets fill the space in each quarter as delicate pink appliquéd ribbons gracefully weave in and out among the colorful blooms. The workmanship on this piece is gorgeous!

Something New

A friend gave me a set of these "Friendship" glasses sometime ago. They are classic vintage style French glassware with the expression: Un Verre D' Amitie which means "friendship glass" or "glass of friendship." I've so enjoyed using my set of these charming glasses, that I picked up a set of four to include as part of this gift.

"I raise my glass in friendship to each of you!"

Something French

Just for you, I contacted The Frenchy Bee and placed an order for some of my favorite cookies and caramels from Brittany. Barnier's Sucette au Caramel au beurre salé are petite salted caramel lollipops. Each is wrapped in a blue and yellow cover decorated with the Quimper faience figures depicting a Breton man and woman in traditional dress. Barnier has been making candies in France since 1885. The galettes are pure butter cookies, the traditional favorites from Brittany. These thin and crispy cookies come packaged in their own Quimper motif tin. You can read more about these collectible tins in a previous post here.

And Certainly Something Blue

Included in the gift package is a set of 4 porcelain dessert plates, each featuring a different toile design. This set was spotted on eBay and purchased specifically for this anniversary giveback. The plates come in their own little round box featuring a beautiful blue toile design.

So there you have it, and I do hope it will please the one who wins. It is a small token of appreciation for all that I receive from each of you who visit and leave encouraging comments. I wish I could send every one of you a gift. My blogging friends have definitely enriched my life this past year. Thank you!

If you want to take part in this Giveback, leave your entries on the original post HERE.

Thank you to the following hostess. Please visit their blogs to see a list of others participating this week:


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. What a beautiful and generous give-away! I'm so excited for the chance to enter, thank you:@)

  2. Hi Sarah! Congrats on your 1st year! It is truly something to many wonderful friends out there:)
    Your giveaway is beautiful and all are some of my favorite things!

    Is it ok to post your Giveaway badge on my sidebar?

    Take care and have a enchanting evening~

  3. Everything you are giving away are all so pretty and so adorable, Sarah. You sure have good taste!....Christine

  4. I hope I win! Everything is just perfect. This is a fantastic giveaway celebrating your blog anniversary!

  5. Hello there sweetest Sarah!

    This interwoven colour story of blue, in all of it's breathtaking hues is just so refreshingly pretty!~ What beautiful blue and white plates and giftware in this collection of giveaway lovelies!.., Wow!

    Also, your very lovely post from last week's tea was so breathtakingly fresh and beautiful with the greens, the patterns on your exquisite Quimper ware and the foods, with the spice and also the very yummy looking chocolate brownies; even iced tea, all so very artfully arranged!.., Pure visual delight dear Sarah!

    ..,(I have been out of the office taking such much needed vacation, 'R. and R.' time); yet I wanted to thank you so very much also for partaking with last week's little tea parties!..,

    Thanks so much for for sharing this loveliness as well as being a precious part of our, Tuesday Tea For Two' and 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'; 'Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland", experience dear lady!..,

    I always love having you join us!

    Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee
    and also

  6. What a pretty package! I've had fun just enlarging the photos and having a good look!

  7. Sarah you have gathered togather a whole cornucopia of wonderful things to giveaway on your 1st Anniversaire.
    Although I would love to win (the plates & glasses are especially lovely) please don't enter me for the draw.
    Bon chance tout le monde.

  8. Who wouldn't want those gorgeous blue plates?

    Happy Blue Monday, Lynn! Check out my book giveaway.

  9. What a great giveback. WOW... everything is gorgeous and I would love to be entered.

    Thanks for visiting me over at Pittypat Paperie and leaving a nice comment about my rooster tassel.

  10. I like those vintage looking glasses!

  11. Sarah,
    What a geneous giveaway. Each piece that you selected is a reflection of how special you make everything.

    Aren't we so blessed to have created this haven in the Land of Blog. I can understand you desire to give back. Thank you for being so generous.

  12. Hi Sarah. What a beautiful give away. I love your plates and all such beautiful blue. LOvely mosaics

  13. Hi Sarah. What a beautiful give away. I love your plates and all such beautiful blue. LOvely mosaics

  14. You have provided all your readers with some lovely blogs Sarah. Congratulations on your 1st Anniversary of blogging. I admire all of you who take time to do this.

    Here's to the coming year, looking forward to many more of your enchanting photos and stories.

  15. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You ~Ron

  16. Congratulations on your year of blogging. Your FIRST year!
    Your blog is lovely, and your "giveback" is charming and generous. Have a lovely week!

  17. Oh Sarah...It's so wonderful to hear how much you've enjoyed blogging this past year. I think everyone should create a little blog to share their "stories" with the world. Plus, it's always so nice to get a sweet comment or special note on something that you have shared with "the world".
    Keep up the wonderful words you leave for all of us.
    ♥•.*.Thank you.*.•♥
    ♥•.*.from Vicki.*.•♥

  18. Congratulations on your first year of blogging! I would love to be included in the giveaway, what wonderful gifts. I will keep my fingers crossed, I would love to see them arrive at my doorstep!!
    Drop by for a visit sometime,
    Heidi - Heart and Home

  19. Hi, Congratulations on your 1st year Anniversary! Happy Mosaic Monday to you!
    Your giveaway is most generous! Your choices are incredible!
    I hope that you have a lovely week!

  20. Hi Sarah

    Your give away gifts are all beautiful and so thoughtfully chosen. Your winner will be very lucky!
    I am back home from a two week vacation in California. We had an amazing time and I enjoyed the cooler weather there so much.

  21. Those blue plates are so sweet!

  22. Oh, Sarah...You are so sweet and generous! That is a lovely and very frenchy giveaway package! I hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

  23. I raise my glass back to you! What a beautiful giveaway which is so fitting such a beautiful blog.

    Happy Anniversary!!!

  24. OH MY GOODNESS SARAH, what a wonderful and generous giveaway, and of course I LOVE everything you are giving away. OOOOO, what a lucky person it is who wins this giveaway. Thanks for the chance! laurie

  25. Wow Sarah, what a generous giveaway and special care and thought you've given~ Anyone would be THRILLED to have ONE of these items!

    Thanks for your concern for us on the east coast...we are far enough inland but my heart goes out to those on the Outer Banks who are bracing themselves.

  26. Wow, what a beautiful giveaway. I am probably too late....but I sure love those glasses!!

  27. What beautiful gifts, Sarah! Very generous of you!


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