February 02, 2012

a pop of yellow

Yeeooow- it was -5C this morning! Hard to get out of bed, harder to scrape ice of the car and get the kids to school on time. But now, although still freezing, it is absolutely winter-beautiful outside and I am about to take Rolo for a big hike across the nippy, light-filled fields. Before I go, a couple of cheery things to share in this perhaps least cheery month of the year.

First up, potted bulbs indoors help cheer up February enormously at the Acre. Catching the first of the morning sunlight, they really do seem to promise Spring is not as far away as it feels this morning.

There are muscari and white hyacinths waiting to burst in that basket too - come ON Spring!

The other lovely suprise this week was winning a give-away I spotted on twitter. Some of you will know I have a bit of a conflicted feeling about giveaways, I recognise the lovely generosity of those giving, but sometimes feel a bit queasy about the grabby nature of entering, and the idea of following someone on twitter/FB etc for material gain. I had recently decided not to enter any more of the strings attached type simply because I didn't want anyone to feel I was following just for the giveaway, it just doesn't sit easy which is probably daft - I would just rather follow when I simply love the blog content etc. Except I had forgotton I'd entered this lovely giveaway on twitter for anyone wanting to give crochet a go. I was given a few crochet needles at Christmas (thank you santa!), and it has been on my mind to try it, but I am totally clueless so this giveaway with instructional book, wool, needle etc was a real nudge and I entered by following on Twitter. But also, and for my quirky hesitancy about entering giveaways this mattered to me, I also really like the tone and humour of her tweets (@LforLemonade), the friendly blogstyle too (emma-lemonade.blogspot.com), so to be honest I would have followed without a giveaway. Are you thinking I need to lighten up about this, and just enjoy the fun? You are probably right!;) Yesterday this lovely bundle arrived in the post, all easybreezy lemon yellow, with washi tape - swoon!

How lush is that?! I so love that heart, perfect on a jacket. Thanks Emma! But infact the best thing is, it has been a really nice new connection with a fellow crafty-type, and other crochet nuts have popped out of the ether to encourage me on, so the friendly little network spreads. And I suppose this is the real point of good giveaways, to make new connections with people, to discover other folk out there with similar interests and/or businesses. What is your take on giveaways, do you enter, would you do one, are you comfortable with them? I'm still not quite sure, but this has been a lovely experience beyond the winning of some crochet goodness, so I am having to rethink.

Certainly, February seems a great month for a new, cosy type of hobby that can be done with a fire crackling and cheeky Bailey's hot chocolate nearby! So if anyone can give me any tips, I'd be very grateful. Keep warm and cosy where ever you are. xxx

p.s. are you on twitter? I am sort of getting the hang of it slowly at B_wildacre, so if you would like to catch my blogposts, quick chats, tweets and twitterings there, please hit the follow button there and I will do likewise. If FB is more your thing, Wild Acre has a business oriented page - just hit the grey FB on the right hand side of the blog. Blogposts are published there, as are lots of background jewellery and flowers chit chat and photos plus news that never makes it to the blog. See you there.  (ooh, and a final heads up, I'm divulging secrets, quite embarrassing ones if you are interested, on the fabulous blog that is Lotte and Bloom.)


  1. such lovely crochet goodies, can't wait to see how you get on. I am with you on giveaways, I don't like the strings attached, but it's lovely to be gifted something. there's a giveaway on my blog right now (ends friday) for a tiny little vase care of a website, no following,tweeting or anyother hoops to jump through. please enter. x

  2. Morning B., I have been the recipient of several wonderful giveaways,but they were from blogs I already followed so it was a no brainer to comment as usual.

    But you know, why not? I have been tinkering with the idea of remembering crochet but have no idea where to begin. I would have joined that one in a heartbeat.

    And your loot is sweet as pie.

    I also get emails from companies offering products for me to give away on my blog. Some are pretty cool but since I'm not a BIG blog it seems rather silly for me to feature their products.

    I mean what, write about the Lab and offer up house numbers simultaneously?

    Off to work. Talk later.

    xo jane

  3. I know what you mean about giveaways, but as a blogger I know I am greatful for any sort of exposure, in the hope that people will love my blog enough to stay.

    Funny to read this post actually as I have just posted my first giveaway about 20mins ago! Except technically it's not a giveaway, I'm asking for some inspiration in return. Maybe that will alleviate your discomfort!

    What do you think you will make with your new bundle?

  4. I won a giveaway last year, it was on a blog I read every day, so didn't feel too grubby, but I know what you mean. Lovely photos, anything that cheers up Feb is so welcome.

  5. Lovely blooms and massing them together is much better than my solo pot.
    Congratulations on your win.
    I have a giveaway on my blog right now. It's a book on French Chic that was sent to me by the author.

    Hope that you enjoyed your hike this morning.

  6. Belinda, thank you so much for your kind sweet words about me - I am quite taken aback (and may have a little happy tear in my eye too), you really have made my day and gladdened my soul :)

    I think for me, giveaways are things to be entered only if a) you actually want/need what the person is giving away and b) like what the person doing the giveaway is all about. That being said, I do sometimes enter giveaways purely for a "I'll never win but I won't know if I don't enter" kind of thing - like a Tetley tea "win a teapot" one this afternoon, but I certainly don't make a habit of it.

    The best thing about hosting a giveaway for me was "meeting" so many new crafty types on Twitter, and the cherry on the cake was definitely pulling your name out of the hat (sewing box!) and being able to send the goodies to someone who I know will appreciate and use them, and the warm glow inside of knowing I've made someone else's day.

    Thank you for being a wonderful giveaway recipient :) x x

  7. I love your pots!!! Swoon.

    I can give you crochet lessons in exchange for gardening tips?! :-)

    Nicki xx

  8. That's the book I'm slowly learning to crochet from ... good luck, and have fun!

    I have already hosted one giveaway and will be hosting another no-strings one soon, I see them as a way of thanking the kind folk who read knitsofacto and as a bonus of meeting new folk who might pop by in the hope of winning some goodies.

  9. Gorgeous, reminds me I must order my spring bulbs today (southern hemisphere). I was wondering how you manage the cane basket arrangement i.e. do you line with something for ease of watering etc or do you take outside to deal with this? I'm a techno dinosaur, I'll try twitter - one day!

  10. Your photos are so beautiful!! Lovely spot of color for February.

  11. Those baskets of bulbs are just gorgeous. Keep cosy! Kx

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