Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spread the Word!! Giveaway!!

"Naked I came into the world, but brush strokes cover me, language raises me, music rhythms me. Art is my rod and staff, my resting place and shield, and not mine only, for art leaves nobody out. Even those from whom art has been stolen away by tyranny, by poverty, begin to make it again. If the arts did not exist, at every moment, someone would begin to create them, in song, out of dust and mud, and although the artifacts might be destroyed, the energy that creates them is not destroyed."
- Jeanette Winterson Art Objects

found again at Whiskey River but read, 
and re-read here at La Rivière

Been reading alot of Jeanette Winterson lately. So mesmerised have I become by her eloquent story telling that I race to bed every evening just to be rocked to sleep on a tide of words as wave after wave of emotion washes through me.   

On Friday, in the wee hours of the morning, my Messies and I will take to the skies on an A380 (which, incidentally are made just down the road from us so it will be soooo amazing to be in one instead of watching it circle gracefully from underneath) from France to Australia. With Beaker here to hold the fort and feed the raging beast faithful hound, and my dearest Mama in Australia to look after the grandchildren she hasn't seen for a few years, I can safely embark from there on my humble journey to Dharamsala.

If you have missed the reason for my trip you can read about it here. Wish me luck friends. This is the adventure that is my life and I know not where it may lead!

In the mean time, as many of you will have read, I've been sorting through lots of chippy crap (to coin the phrase most often used by dearest US  bestie) as I gaily set up the new studio in preparation for my return and the multiple surges of inspiration I'm sure to have after 2months away from my nest. Fingers crossed. Toes crossed!

This means I have accumulated a little trove of French vintage treasures that are just 'trop' (too much) for me to tidy away. So I thought, "Why don't I just share them with my wonderful friends out there in Blogtopia?!!!" With that I have devised and can now officially announce the 

(And thanks for helping me reduce the chippy crap collection)

Unfortunately, I managed to have a camera failure today so we will have to wait for tomorrow for the 'official' photos.

What will be included in the package?

Ahhh - you'll have to wait till tomorrow for the photos ;-)
All I can tell you is that it won't be these little piano parts off an early 1800's piano 
as I haven't made them into anything yet ;-)
It will consist of pretty bits and pieces.
Definitely vintage
Definitely French
 oh and...

all packaged up in special packages
with more handwritten words
of friendship and good will
from moi

There will be three winners.

You don't have to be a follower.
Anyone can enter by leaving a comment on this post.
Even if you don't have a blog.
But I'd love it if you would 
by putting me up in the sidebar of your blog
(for which you get an extra entry)

As that is to be the new name for my ethical art project

See you tomorrow with more...

Oops! Forgot to say that the 3 winners will be announced
on Wednesday October 13th
at midnight Toulouse time.


  1. Ah, this is meant for me. I have a great vide grenier surplus armoire ready and waiting, expectant and dusted. Only the quiet ticking of the clock in the room marks the time till the armoire is filled with its great vide grenier surplus bonanza. Have a trippy trip!

  2. I miss you already. I am so excited for your trip!!! You are going to have the most amazing time!!!

  3. FANTASTIC Ange!!! Holy smokes (or should I say Holy Dalai Lama)India. Your interview at Inspiration Studio was great. Just reading it and realizing your positivity, your courage, and how truly inspiring you are gave me chills! Love "Spread the Word" and "Positive Planks Project". I know your adventure will be amazing.

  4. Count me in! Will add to my sidebar also. You've been on my roll for some time now.. Have a safe and transforming trip.


  5. Just can't wait to hear all about your trip! Do enjoy, and inspire!

  6. Dear Ange.
    Well with a bit of luck.. I won't miss you too much!!!! [you know what I mean.. hahaha]... boy i just realised I haven't replied to your email and time is ticking away...

    So my friend... surplus chippy crap sounds pretty perfect to me... So does that book.. I must search it out.. you know I had no art for 35 odd years but seem to have found it again... I could not imagine being without now... Have a lovely week preparing for the big trip!!! ciao xxx Julie

  7. Hello! I'm so glad to "see" you! What a fabulous giveaway! I'm off to spread the word and will add you to my blog roll!

    Take care!

  8. My dear friend, Small Footprints, fowarded this to me because my jewelry is named Tres Chic Designs Jewelry, and I love anything French~ so I would love to be considered for this give away. my direct e-mail is

  9. Tonight I sleep and DREAM...of your fabulous giveaway ~ and for the 13th I await with anticipation of mysterious things to come....., I am off to count the sheep and add you to my side bar! Goodnight my traveling friend! What an amazing time you will have!

  10. wow, it will be an incredible journey, no doubt.
    you ROCK
    ~laura xx

  11. If your shoulders feel a bit heavy during your trip Ange, that's only us, your dear bloggie chums sitting there & watching your every step!! I know you will make every moment a huge one - big hugs to you & safe travels.
    Millie ^_^

  12. Ahh vintage supplies, right up my alley. I would LOVE to win these items so I can continue to create and create and create!

  13. I am so jealous of your trip! Heck, I'm jealous of the fact that you live in France, as well. Next year, I'm housesitting.
    Best of luck in Australia, sweet friend.

  14. Enjoying your blog... Loving your artwork...
    Please include me in your giveaway.
    Enjoy your travels.

  15. Oh wow Ange! Wish you the best in your travels to Dharamsala. It seems you are making this happen quickly, no? I love that! I too am a Jeanette Winterson fan. Can't wait learn more about this project!

  16. Bon Voyage and 'accentuate the positive'!

  17. ooooh, thanks for letting me know, I would like to be in the give-away and I will spread the word and do a tweet about it later :)

    Amelia.xx :)

  18. Ah you are a treasure indeed. Have a wonderful adventure :)

  19. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
    Sparrowrose Howard Thurman

    ~morning dearest ange...i am so happy to have heard from you this weekend...your words i have greatly missed! when i was reading your post this quote came to my eyes and through reading your seems this is what you are doing just so....coming alive...on this adventure you will be embarking on not knowing where it will are taking a chance that may change you in a way you never thought have been guided by your heart and art and
    i wish for that passion that resonates in your soul to remain always...i know only greatness will come to be...thank you for offering up your mystery giveaway...if you have a moment i too am having a giveaway of 3 gifts and it closes the sneak well and safe travels...much l♥ve and light shining brightly upon you and yours always~

  20. Beautiful blog, beautiful soul! Would love to be entered in your giveaway ~ thanks!

  21. Very cool and interesting! Love the mystery. It will be a pleasure to follow your blog-Angelique

  22. Un petit bonjour de Suisse ... merci pour cette belle initiative !

    Pleins de bisous

  23. Such a worthy and monumental project! Good luck to you in India! I'm now a follower of your blog, and would love to enter the giveaway. Thank you ~


  24. ADVENTURE! How terribly exciting, I admire you so for following your dream and making it happen. Cannot wait to hear all about it!
    And YES please enter me in your delightful giveaway :)

  25. whilst scrolling down your entries, I realized I have stolen many of your followers to become my own...but great minds think alike and the women that I follow amaze and amuse me to no end. Include me please in your giveaway..I have just returned from my journey so no time to post it on my blog as it seems to have slipped away from me..Your upcoming journey sounds amazing.

  26. oh lovely a giveaway!! and you are so generous Ange!! xox

  27. Lovely, very nice

  28. How exciting- a a give away and the news that you will be travelling Down Under! I so hope that your time in India will be special for you and that you accomplish everything you wish for and more. Take care and be safe. I will be thinking of you.

    Best wishes always,

    PS If you make it to Brisbane make sure you email me!!!!

  29. I wish you all the best and much success on your journey! I will add your giveaway to my sidebar!!!
    Have a great week...

  30. Happy to find your blog! And what a fabulous giveaway, too! I look forward to reading more! Jamie V in MT (USA)

  31. I put a new link to you on my sidebar...actually you were there already, but I put your banner up with Positive Planks, Spread the Word, not really for the giveaway, but because I love what you're doing.

  32. I do so like the look of your chippy crap! So, yes, ever so pretty please enter me in your giveaway, and I have added a link to my sidebar. xx

  33. Wonderfull project!! Wish you a very good jouney and I'm sure you'll meet lovely inspiring people.
    Your art is beautiful, words and art can make a difference.
    Good luck!(I must read Jeanette Winterson)

  34. How did I miss this post about such a wonderful trip. Enjoy my friend. I can't wait to see how your well is filled with treasures from such a colourful continent. Speaking of treasure... what wonderful contents of your giveaway chest. Fingers crossed! Have a wonderful, wonderful trip.

  35. oh my, such a mysteriously wonderful lot of goodies and stuff. I love having your charms around my home.... to think of you when I see them. I will be putting you on my art sidebar today!

  36. ...found you via 52 Flea!
    such a poetic soul...I'd love to join along your artistic journey and admire your visual delights!
    ~ besides, I thrive on please enter me too:)
    xo, Rosemary

  37. wishing you a wonderous and safe journey Ange...looking forward to the recount.

  38. safe journeys! make your vision happen, inspire us all . . .but, remember to post!

  39. Oh my! Such loveliness in this blog of yours! I just discovered you and am so thrilled... need to go back and read a bit about your upcoming adventure...thank you for hosting such a fab giveaway! I'm adding your button to my blog to help promote! All the best to you on your adventure :) mercedes

  40. You will return a different person.
    I went to India about 19 years ago in my late forties and with rucksack on back for 5 weeks I travelled on trains and camels etc.
    I will never forget it, I came back a better person and long to go again.
    One day I will.
    Have a wonderful time.

  41. I hope I am not too late but please add me to the list. I just came here from 52 Flea and am happy to have found a new blog to follow.


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