Monday, November 8, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On


Recently I won a couple of amazing giveaways!  One was an incredible $200 gift certificate to Modern Bird Studios which I won from the lovely Sherry at No Minimalist Here!  I can't wait to use my gift certificate and have Modern Bird create a one of a kind piece of art from one of my photos...now I just have to settle on a photo!!!  Thank you Sherry and Modern Bird Studios!!!
 



The other great giveaway I won was from Dee at French Bleu Vintage.   Dee not only has a wonderful blog which you can find HERE, but she also has a wonderful shop filled with all sorts of lovely things!!!  Click HERE to visit Dee's shop!




Over on Dee's blog I won this beautiful pillow, which I love!!!  I've mentioned before my love of everything English, and this pillow is quintessentially English due to the saying embroidered on it.  You see, back during WWII, this message was created to encourage people to "Keep Calm and Carry On," despite the war!  This particular saying never made it into store windows, or train stations as it was actually being reserved for the potential invasion of Britain by the Germans.

According to Wikipedia, a series of 3 sayings graced posters across the UK, and this particular saying was rediscovered about 10 years ago, and as we all know it has since found it's way onto everything from coffee mugs to home decor!

"Keep Calm and Carry On was a poster produced by the British government in 1939 during the beginning of World War II, intended to raise the morale of the British public under the threat of impending invasion. It was little known and never used. The poster was rediscovered in 2000 and has been re-issued by a number of private sector companies, and used as the decorative theme for a range of other products."  via Wikipedia.

Thank you Dee for this lovely pillow!  If you would like your own pillow, Dee sells these in her shop!  I know that when my daughter sees this she will try and steal it!!!

Remember there is still time to enter my cute Santa Rug giveaway from Jellybean Rugs!  Just click HERE to find out how to enter!!!

21 comments:

  1. You have been lucky! Congratulations on winning such fun prizes.

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  2. Kat that is such a fascinating fact. It really adds a whole other dimension to it for me now. Congrats you lucky lady you! xo ~Lili

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  3. Congrats Kat! You were due for a good old fashioned "win".

    -Rene

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  4. The saying illustrates the incredible spirit of the British people.

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  5. What fabulous wins! I love the pretty things you won...and gift certificates are the MOST fun! Hugs! ♥

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  6. Kat, what wonderful wins!! You won some really lovely things! Lucky you!!

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  7. Good advice under any circumstance, German invasion or not.

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  8. Inquiring minds want to know ... What are the other two sayings?

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  9. That was so interesting. You won some lovely things. There are so many talented bloggers out there.

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  10. Congratulations on your wins. I am convinced that Blogland must truly be "the gift that keeps giving". Not only do we pick up hundreds of ideas and pieces of amazing inspiration (on a daily basis) but we get to win great prizes as well! Enjoy... ;)Sharyne

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  11. Congrats! That's a great pillow!

    E+J

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  12. My goodness.. it's like Christmas!! Lucky girl with all those goodies!

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  13. Hi Kat, You take such amazing photos I know Modern Bird will be able to create something wonderful for you. Congrats on both wins and I appreciate the mention.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  14. What a great giveaway!... congrats!.. and I love her tag too.. beautifully vintage.

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  15. Kat, that is very nice to know. I did not know there was an actual meaning behind that saying. Love the pillow.

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  16. Congrats on all the giveaways! You should play the lotto! :) I had no idea what the meaning was behind that pillow and only recently saw them when I went on Etsy. Very interesting! I can't wait to see what great photo you pick to use for the art. You have so many beautiful photos, how do you choose!? Have fun!! :)

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  17. Wonderful lovelies
    to win, Kat. Couldn't
    happen to a sweeter
    youngster {hee hee}!
    Off to enter your
    giveaway!
    xx Suzanne
    PS: Have I ever told
    you that I love your
    music??? I do.

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  18. Congratulations on your wins Kat, you have certainly been very fortunate. Lovely things happen to lovely people. xx

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  19. Hi Kat ~ Your pillow looks lovely.The Anglophile in me loves a good history lesson as well. Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy ~

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