Friday, June 4, 2010

A Giveaway and a Treasure!!

I am so excited today as I am announcing MY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!! The details about the Giveaway are at the end of the post, so read on and join the fun :-)

Its amazing what treasures you can find in your home when you are not looking. I was cleaning out some stuff in my kitchen when I saw these lovely china plates that my mom had given me a few years ago.

I knew they were my great grandfathers, and therefore, very old. The engraving on the back of the plates said "GDA France" and I was dying to know more. Here's what I discovered after some research on the net.


These plates are part of the Charles Haviland china. They were originally created in 1872 in Paris. The ones that I own are from the early 1900's. Patterns on these pieces were hand painted using a liquid clay known as "Haviland Barbotine." This new way of painting on porcelain attracted the attention of great French artists, including Manet and Monet. As a result, many of the Haviland patterns were influenced by the Impressionist movement in the mid-1800s in France.

Haviland china is highly collectible due to its historical and artistic significance.


I am fascinated by the history of these lovely plates, and thrilled with my discovery :-)

Now for the Giveaway!!

A chance for my readers to win a $40 dollar gift card from the fabulous online store CSN.

CSN is the largest online retailer of home furniture. I am on the lookout for new furniture for my family room. Their choice of sectional sofas and other sofas is pretty amazing. You can use the gift card to purchase anything you like at CSN. They carry a wide range of housewares and home decor products amongst, other things!!

To enter this Giveaway all you need to do is:

1. Become a follower of my blog on my sidebar and leave me a comment. (I would love to make new friends and hear from you)

2. If you are already a follower, then just leave me a comment.

3. Announce this giveaway on your blog and let me know in another comment. If you don't have a blog, please leave your email address in your comment.

This will give you two chances to win!!

This Giveaway is open to people living in the USA and Canada only. I promise to have another giveaway for my friends around the world:-)

I shall announce the lucky winner on Sunday, the 13th of June.

52 comments:

Mami2jcn said...

I'm a new follower.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Low Tide High Style said...

I love your beautiful china and how wonderful that it is a family heirloom as well! I am a follower and thanks so much for the chance to win your great giveaway!!

Kat :)

Sudha said...

hey anuradha
I am so excited ...:)....count me in...am a follower already and count my comment for the entry....oh! i seem so greedy ;)

Sudha said...

Hey

I wrote about it in The Design Enthusiast as well :)

http://adesignenthusiast.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-dream-canvas-annouces-giveaway.html

Nesty Girl said...

The china is beautiful; thanks for the history of it, as well. I love the elegance of white and gold or white and silver china patterns; simple and classic!

I have to admit, for a second there I thought you were giving away your heirloom china! I was screaming (NO!! NO!!! inside my head ;)

Gorgeous blog by the way! Now following.

Victoria said...

Hi Anu! Thank you so much for visiting my blog:) Yours is lovely, your photography is gorgeous...I'm a new follower.

I just won 2 giveaways in less than 2 weeks so I'm trying not to enter anymore...I'm starting to feel like a giveaway hog!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend:)

susitravl said...

Follow your blog via GFC

Katie said...

lovely giveaway! I love CSN :)

i follow you under kshuttle btw

kshuttle@uoguelph.ca

Sherry said...

I love your china. Very pretty. I also like your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine. Yes, please enter me in your giveaway.
Thanks,
Sherry

Debbie~ said...

Hi Anu, thank you for visiting my blog and now I'm a follower! I looove your Haviland China, how lucky you are to have something of your Great Grandfathers! I hope you find the perfect furniture pieces for your family room.Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

Susan said...

Dear Anu...
I am your newest Follower! I was so happy to see that you visited my blog and left a comment, too. Your blog looks lovely. So sign me up for the giveaway, too. Susan

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I just love your Limoges. I collect them and yours are stunning. Thank you for sharing. Please enter me in your giveaway. I have joined your blog. Thanks, Martha

AF_wife said...

I am following your blog!

stephanie_dunbar07(at)hotmail(dot)com

AF_wife said...

I blogged about your giveaway
http://thetravelingcoldwells.blogspot.com/2010/05/csn-store-giveaways.html

stephanie_dunbar07(at)hotmail(dot)com

Style Sisters said...

Enter me in! I am also a new follower. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It's nice to meet you.
Karin

Melanie said...

The china is lovely and I love that it has a great history behind it. I am a new follower and I appreciate you stopping by my blog. I hope you will come back:)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Your heirloom china is just gorgeous, so glad you came by my blog, I'm joining as a follower, please enter me for the great Give-Away!
Debra

Shoba said...

I am a new follower, and my e-mail is shoba_sreedhar@yahoo.com I enjoying reading your blog and all the beautiful pictures you post. You can say that I am addicted to your blog :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Hi Anu~ thanks for visiting my blog. I'm your newest follower!

Kathy said...

Hello! thank you for stopping by! I have become your newest follower! I will blog about your giveaway and get back with you when I have done that!
Thanks again,
Kathy

marlis said...

ooh thanks for the neat comment on my blog.. i'm so glad I found yours.. I'm not stuck in looking at it ALL!! great job.

Terry said...

Hi - thanks for the nice comment, I'm now following your blog, so please enter me in your drawing!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anu,

Now, I'm a follower (officially:-) and my email is maheedhara_s at yahoo dot com.
thanks for giving me a chance to win a gift card.

Sarita

miss corner cape said...

those dishes really are a treasure. they are so different with their scalloped edges. beautiful!

thanks so much for stopping by the cape on the corner, and i am glad you like my spray painted planter. much better that way, right?

GB said...

I just signed up as a follower, though I have you down as one of my daily reads for quite some time now....Thanks for the great giveaway!

Gagan

gdbinvt[at]gmail[dot]com

GB said...

Haven't started my blog yet, but would still like to be considered for the second entry- thanks again!

Gagan
gdbinvt[at]gmail[dot]com

Debbie said...

Hi Anu...I just saw your beautiful home tour over at Poppies at play. I am a new follower too now!~

Beach Vintage said...

Hi Anu, I love this beautiful China. So delicate and sweet. Thanks so much for dropping by Beach Vintage and I hope to see you again soon.

Madhuri said...

Hey Anu, truly amazed with the history that plates. such a pleasure to own that...

eileeninmd said...

Anu, Beautiful china and photos. Thank you for visiting my blog.

Carol said...

Hi Anu, lovely blog! I'm a new follower, please come follow me back!

Shelia said...

Hi Anu! Your china is simply glorious! I've never seen that pattern before and what a history it has! I have the "Blue Garland" patter of Haviland and just adore it. But I don't believe it holds a candle to yours!
Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Small City Scenes said...

Hi Anu, thanks for visiting my blog. Where North of Seattle do you live? I live North of Seattle Also. Stanwood about 60 miles away.

Those plates are truly beautiful and now with the history even more so.

I will check out your give-away. MB

Bobbi said...

Hi, very beautiful! I hope that you have a wonderful day!
Hugs...
Bobbi

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Wow!! What a find and beautiful they are too. Valerie

glenda said...

thanks for stopping by my blog...
beautiful dishes...
blessings,
glenda

N said...

Hey..i am here Anu. I do have a blog but its something private, so i like when people who don't know me read it...u have an excellent taste sweetheart..love...Nidhi

★All Thingz Related★ said...

Your plates are beautiful! I'm a follower, great giveaway!
{Rebekah}

Stephanie said...

I'm a new follower
thegrants(at)live(dot)com

Stephanie said...

I blogged
http://thegrantsgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/06/my-dream-canvas-40-csn-stores-giveaway.html
thegrants(at)live(dot)com

Jodi said...

I'm a new follower through GFC!

dealia79(at)gmail(dot)com

kim said...

I am already a follower and need to visit more often. I was just admiring your photos of your home on your sidebar. Just beautiful. That china is gorgeous. I am having a $60 csn giveaway. Don't miss out if you haven't signed up.

Colleen said...

I am following. I have an amazing collection of china, too. I love the old stuff, and for me, it is important to use it. I can't stand having it stuffed away in a cupboard. Then why have it? Your china is gorgeous!

Nelsby said...

I am publicly following your blog on Google Friend Connect (username Nelsby). Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win!
Aimee
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

EMSFS said...

I am a new follower- thanks for a great giveaway!
emsfsemsfs (at) gmail.com

Pixie said...

new follower!

PS I want to come live at your house, it looks very nice!

Sweetimpishpixie(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Cecilie Braathen said...

I will spend my morning treasure moment visiting your blogg today. I really look forward to it. Thank you for your comment, my first abroad follower on my site. What an honour! I will follow you, as well.

julieann said...

Sweet Sweet plates. Oh and a history lesson as well. Nice blog. Cant wait to see if I win....
Oh heck, I never win.... Ill be happy for the one who does...

Debbie said...

I am a follower!
And I love those plates:)
fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

edmontonjb said...

I'm a new follower

dftrew(at)gmail(dot)com

Kristine Michelle said...

I am a follower on GFC - Kristine Michelle
allmycrazycats @ aol.com

Kristine Michelle said...

I blogged
http://kristysstuff.blogspot.com/p/csn-contests.html
allmycrazycats @ aol.com

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