Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Winning isn't everything

.........................but it sure is fun!
I was the lucky winner of not one but two giveaways. The first one was a $45 voucher for Buyster rugs that the lovely Anna from Lona de Anna hosted.
The 2nd win was a $50 gift voucher from Buyster that the very talented Belinda from Nest Design Studio hosted.
Both of these generous ladies have amazing blogs and they are definitely worth a visit. Anna is studying Interior Design and Belinda is an Interior Designer specialising in Nurseries and children's rooms.
Maree from Buyster was very helpful and accommodating and I was able to combine both vouchers in order to purchase a rug. I finally made my decision and purchased this one.
Once I made up my mind Maree took care of all the details and placed the order for me. My rug arrived within 3 days, how exciting!!!!
I wasn't sure how the rug was going to look in our house. We haven't replaced the carpet in our house yet and it is disgusting! We get it cleaned and within weeks the stains start coming back up and look horrible. I wanted something to cover up the ugliness until we get around to replacing the carpet. I ordered the biggest size it came in!
I am really happy with it but the animals have strict instructions to stay OFF! Light coloured cat and dog hair doesn't look great on black!
See that coffee table book? I finally got around to doing something (not a lot) with our wedding and honeymoon photos. We didn't get a Wedding Album made up straight away as we just had too much going on to concentrate on it properly and well....... we still don't have one!
But I did order a Coffee Table book of some honeymoon photos as a trial run,
I was really happy with the way it turned out,
The colour is good and the program was easy to use to upload the photos to.
The only problem I had was that given the size of the photos it took an awfully long time to upload them and I actually gave up the first time I started because of my lack of patience.
Seeing as I was so happy with the quality of the book I ordered a canvas from the same people.
We've been married two and a half years and we finally have one hanging up. It isn't that we forgot about it, we found it really hard to decide on a photo that would look good in twenty years time and that we would still enjoy looking at.
I am not 100% happy with the way it is hanging on the wall and I need some height on the left hand side of the photo but for now it will stay as it is.
I need time to convince WH!
Thank you again to Anna and Belinda for their great giveaways and to Buyster for their generosity.
Have a great Wednesday!


  1. Hi Nellie. I love everything you've put in this post. Great rug, beautiful reminder of a wonderful time...and that canvas is gorgeous!

  2. The rug looks awesome and ties in beautifully with that cream throw on the lounge and the cushions, esp the damask one. And your wedding canvas looks GORGEOUS! take a close up so we can have a squiz at the beautiful bride :)
    That is a great idea getting a honeymoon album make up. It looks like it came out really well.

    p.s. I'll be posting your print this afternoon!!!

  3. Wow that carpet is a wonderful win! Congratulations.

  4. Congratulations on your giveaway wins Nellie! The rug you chose is gorgeous and looks lovely in your home! I love your wedding photo on the wall too, it is beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday ~ Tina xx

  5. Hi Nellie!
    Thanks for stopping by and all your sweet comments!
    LOVE that rug!
    And the canvas is gorgeous!
    I've always wanted to get you've got me going thru my pictures!

  6. Anonymous30 June, 2010

    Hi Sweet Nellie,
    Your rug looks absolutely fablous!! It really makes the room pop. I hope you have been well. Thank you so much for your kind comment today, it really lifted my spirits!
    Talk to you soon.
    Sincere Blessings,

  7. Oh Nellie...Im so happy that you were able to combine both vouchers..and the rug looks certainly did take your time with was worried that you never got your rug?
    I love it...and yes..our cat has the same strick instructions for staying off my Zebra rug.
    Love the photo print..looks fantastic..such a beautiful must feel so very pleased with how everything is coming along in doing up your living space..looks so cosy and stylish. Love it..XO

  8. Hi nellie
    congrats on your win HOORAY!!!! Yes Lola is an American Bulldog and we love her something awful. Thanks for stopping by. Love your photos and your canvas wrap of your wedding photo, precious.

    Have a wonderful 4th


  9. Anonymous30 June, 2010

    Nice one Nellie! 2! How fantastic you could combine them.. lovely choice too, that rug looks gorgeous, and I couldn't notice any carpet at all so it's going a good job!
    You photos look amazing in that book, what a great idea, and the one on the wall is beautiful! If it makes you feel any better, I have been married for 8 years, and we don't have one wedding photo up, or any albums... I am slack, but our photographer didn't do the best job..
    :) Flick

  10. Hi Nellie, how fantastic winning two giveaways and how wonderful that you could combine the two vouchers. Your rug looks fantastic!! Great choice! I love your album and canvas print. When we were married we didn't get an album either and at the time, those Photobooks weren't around so I just haphazardly put something together myself. Now that you can make your own coffee table books, I was thinking of doing something similar to what you've done that I would actually be happy to display. Which program/company did you use for yours?

  11. Wow Nellie , love your rag & it looks fabulous in your room. What a great idea for a coffee table book, Im sure it makes you smile everytime you walk in the room. Your canvas looks beautiful. I have been married 8yrs & still havent displayed anything bigger than a 10x8 in a frame in the bedroom so don't feel bad, LOL!!!

  12. Awww, lucky you! How great is it that you got to combine your wins! Your rug looks great!
    I think those photo books are a great idea - it looks as though you had a wonderful wedding and honeymoon :)

  13. Gorgeous everything, Nellie! And since I am half Tahitian, I am particularly impressed with your honeymoon destination!!xx

  14. hi Nellie,
    Your loungeroom looks just beautiful and the rug is gorgeous! How lucky to have tahiti for your honeymoon destination, I really really want to get there sometime. I think you will never tire of looking at your wedding canvas, I was also wishing I could see them all a bit closer, you look so sweet!
    xxx lauraxxx

  15. Nellie the rug looks awesome! I also and really loving the pillows on your sofa, very cute! I am so glad you won two giveaways! I don't usually win, so it's nice to know you have such good luck! :)

  16. What an awesome rug, book, and picture. I'm getting married in May and I always wanted a picture like that for my house!

    Thanks for following my blog and leaving such a lovely comment!

  17. Anonymous30 June, 2010

    Hey Nellie,
    I am loving that rug, great choice!
    Thanks for popping by my blog & leaving such beautiful comments. I have really enjoyed reading your blog & looking at your awesome photography. (I lurve photography!)
    I am giggling at you choosing a wedding photo to hang on the wall because after 12 & a half years we still haven't got our favourite photo up! Fab choice for yours may have motovated me to get ours framed & hanging!
    Have a great week, I have popped you in my faves & will be back often.
    S x

  18. The rug looks awesome!
    Hope you're having a beautiful day!

  19. Congrats, Nellie!!! You are a lucky girl!!! And I love your wedding picture. I have mine beside my table and I've been married for 14 already and just to tell you I love to look at it and remenber how fun we had on our wedding day and still have!!!
    Have a beautiful day,
    Li :-)

  20. Hi Nellie!! Lucky girlo, your rug is awesome!!! I love your Honeymoon photo book!!! I've made a similar one for the first bithday of my daughter!!


  21. CONGRATULATIONS on BOTH your wins Nellie....LUCKY you....!!

    The rug you chose is just AWESOME & looks PERFECT in your space....How's that for service with a TINY three day turn around....??!!!

    LOVING the look of your Wedding Album & am FRIGHTFULLY envious of the pic of the little huts on the water....Tahiti no less.... :o) !!

    Cheers for now,
    Tamarah :o)

  22. You are one lucky lady! The rug is gorgeous!! And I love the wedding picture. So cute!

  23. Anonymous01 July, 2010

    Congratulations!! Love your rug. It looks great in your living room!
    Your coffee table book of your honeymoon turned out wonderful, and your wedding photo is beautiful!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs ~ Jo :)

  24. Congratulations Nellie on your win, nice to see your living room with that rug and i especially love the idea of compiling your wedding and honeymoon photos into a coffee table book...i want to have my own too (envy)...the canvas print is definitely fab --a moment to treasure:)