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So, I had my 500th post while away in Barcelona. Exciting and kind of scary that I’ve been going for so long now! I’m thankful to still be enjoying it lots, even if I have had a little less time than previously to spend on doing in-depth posts and commenting – though I hope to get back into it soonest. It’s so nice that people bother to read and comment, and I can’t imagine being without the blogosphere community!

ANYWAY, to say thank you, I have a super exciting and wonderful giveaway! There are three goody bags to be won, each packed with lovely handmade and vintage things from various etsy sellers! Here’s what they are:

goodie bag 1

Goodie bag 1 contains:

* A scarf from the Felt Elf
* A cute ring from Handmade by Alison
* A safety pin necklace from the Pale and Pallor Princess (see also her blog)
* A postcard made by Kate Broughton from Vertiline in Love
* a set of 5 ‘Save Ferris’ postcards from Citylight (and the blog)

goodie bag 2

Goodie bag 2 contains:

* a vintage silk scarf from second fiddle crafts (also blog)
* an A4 ‘Lingerie’ print from Citylight
* a heart brooch from me, Oranges and Apples
* a necklace and earring set from Handmade by Alison
* a lavender cat from Vertiline in Love

goodie bag 3

Goodie bag 3:

* a handmade skirt from Veronica Darling (and blog). It’s an Australian 10-12, which I’m pretty sure is also a UK 10-12, and a US 6-8.
* earrings from Handmade by Alison
* a necklace made by Katie of Interrobangs
* a set of 5 ‘Ring Ring’ postcards from Citylight
* vintage earrings from the Koru Branch

Thank you to all the lovely people who donated prizes! Also I should say that these are very much virtual goodie bags, and the things will come to the winners in different packages rather than as a one-er. Much more fun that way anyway!

To enter, this is what you need to do:

* please leave a comment, telling me which of the three prizes you would most like (all three will be won, of course). If you’d like, I’d also appreciate any feedback you have on this blog, so that I can make the next 500 posts even better (ha!). If you’re new here, or haven’t commented before, maybe you could tell me a little bit about yourself as well – it’s nice to ‘know’ everyone!

* You get an extra entry for being a follower of this blog. Please leave a SEPARATE comment telling me how you follow.

* You also get an extra entry for blogging or tweeting about this giveaway. Again, a separate comment with the link would be ace. I’ve made the giveaway banner downloadable on flickr, if you want to use it.

That’s it! I’m gonna leave this open until 30 June. GOOOD LUCK!

Edit: I’m promoting this on free!grechen, have a look over there for other lovely giveaways!

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Magatha-May 14 June 2010, 3:36 pm

    congrats on 500 posts – wow! Thanks for the great giveaway – put me down for goodie bag number 2 please, but I would be thrilled to win any of them.

  • Razmataz 14 June 2010, 3:44 pm

    Wow, 500 posts is a LOT! Greatblog. I am a recent follower just gettign to know you. Follow with Google friend connect.

  • Razmataz 14 June 2010, 3:46 pm

    I think I would pick the second package. I know that skirt in the 3rd, lovely as it is, wouldn't fit me. I am a sucker for hearts so the heart in package 2 got me.

  • Magatha-May 14 June 2010, 3:55 pm

    oh I follow you through Google Friend too.

  • Clare 14 June 2010, 4:30 pm

    Also, I follow w/Google Friend Connect/Reader!

  • Clare 14 June 2010, 4:32 pm

    (sorry, I had to delete my first comment because I forgot to say which goodie bag I liked best! :-/)

    Congrats on 500 – that's fantastic!! I'm drooling over Goodie Bag #1!! I adore everything about your blog. Your eye for aesthetics, your insightful essay posts, your fun outfits. Can't wait for the next 500!

  • Clare 14 June 2010, 4:34 pm
  • Lizzie 14 June 2010, 4:54 pm

    Hooray for 500 posts! I think my favorite goody bag is the first, but all of them are lovely! I really love your roundups of other blog posts you've been reading–I've discovered so many great bloggers through you, so please do keep that up!

    [amaryllis at geocities dot com]

  • Sarah O. 14 June 2010, 5:28 pm

    Congrats on your 500th post!

    My favorite goody bag is the second.

    chickface (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  • Sarah O. 14 June 2010, 5:29 pm

    I would also like to add that I am a regular follower of Oranges and Apples through Blogger. 🙂

  • Anna 14 June 2010, 5:47 pm

    Congrats on 500!!

    I would pick bag number 3, that braided necklace is amazing! What a great giveaway, so many great things.

  • Anna 14 June 2010, 5:48 pm

    I follow Oranges and Apples through Blogger. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog!

  • Katie 14 June 2010, 6:46 pm

    i would love to win number 3! But i love all 3 sets 🙂

    thank you for the wonderful giveaway and congrats on so many posts!! You remind me that i should head on over to my blog and write something haha


  • Danni and Maria 14 June 2010, 7:31 pm

    Gosh this is such a lovely giveaway- lot's of very original things!
    If I had to pick one it's definitely have to be number two- I just adore the print, and the heart is so cute!!

    I'm a follower too but shall leave a separate comment in a mo…



  • Danni and Maria 14 June 2010, 7:32 pm

    …back again 🙂 I follow via google friends follower. Congrats on the 500th post – you work so hard!!


  • AmyE 14 June 2010, 8:06 pm

    wow – 500 posts!

    What fantastic prizes! i think my fave would be prize number 1!

    Amy x

  • AmyE 14 June 2010, 8:14 pm

    Following you too!

  • The Small Fabric Of My Life 14 June 2010, 10:13 pm

    I vote for Goodie Bag 3.
    Thanks for joining the challenge. Look out for the next one in September!
    Jane X

  • Is 14 June 2010, 10:56 pm

    I love those ferris wheel postcards in Bag 1. I found your blog through your comment on my black and white post. 🙂


  • Is 14 June 2010, 10:56 pm

    I'm following you on Google Friend Connect.

  • April 14 June 2010, 11:28 pm

    yay! congrats on 500 posts! that's amazing!

    Hmm…I'll pick goody bag 1. But I think they're all great! 😀

    And I love that you love color!!

  • April 14 June 2010, 11:28 pm

    2nd entry: I'm following you through Google Friend Connect 🙂

  • Kaytoe 15 June 2010, 2:44 am

    All the goody bags are lovely, but I would most like #3 – so many bright colors!

    I haven't commented before, but I've been reading for awhile & I love your sense of color – I tend toward bright 'pops' of color but you inspire me to be more adventurous!

  • Kaytoe 15 June 2010, 2:48 am

    ..Also I follow you through Bloglines.

    Congrats on post 500!!

  • Henria O. 15 June 2010, 5:20 am

    3 neat packages…it's hard to pick one! But if I have to, I'd pick #1.

    Congrats on your 500th post and here's to many more to come!

    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  • Henria O. 15 June 2010, 5:21 am

    I'm following your blog via Google Friend Connect!

    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

  • Debi 15 June 2010, 7:34 am

    Hi! I just found your blog via Veronica Darling! Love it and great giveaway! Put me down for #2…..I blog over at: http://fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.com and I also live in Fife.

  • Debi 15 June 2010, 7:36 am

    I also just started following your blog! YAY!

  • Panda 15 June 2010, 9:49 am

    I love the bright colours you wear, and you've even inspired me to go and buy myself some lovely raspberry coloured tights!

    I'd like Goodie Bag #1 please.

  • Panda 15 June 2010, 9:50 am

    Btw, I've been following you for a little while now, thru Google Reader.

  • Mathild-e 15 June 2010, 2:21 pm

    Hello! Congratulations for your 500th post! I really like your blog because of the original and wearable looks, nice photos and excellent writing. Donc bravo et bonne continuation! (and I like bag number 3 the most!)

  • Mathild-e 15 June 2010, 2:30 pm

    Ps: I am now following you! (I thought I needed to have a blog to do that, but turns up that no)

  • Biba 15 June 2010, 6:49 pm

    Hi, Franca, first of all I'd like to say that I absolutely adore your blog. I'd told you several times before that yours was the inspiration to start my own blog!
    So, congratulations on your 500th post! I always enjoy reading what you have to say and I particularly enjoy your pics.
    As far as the giveaway goodies go, I'd choose package number two (difficult choice, though…)!

  • Biba 15 June 2010, 6:51 pm

    I follow Orangesandapples with Google Friend Connect and love every minute of it!

  • Lorena 15 June 2010, 8:51 pm

    500…. OMG!
    I would pick package number 3, although it was a tough choice.
    Was here last week and about a month ago… so yes, I am new here.
    COngrats on 500 posts… I'm gonna go and check out what I have been missing !

  • Bad Taste Toast 15 June 2010, 10:06 pm

    Bag number 1 is my favourite, especially this ring!

    Congrats on your 500th post! I follow you for one or two months now and I hope you will continue as colourful and cute as before 🙂

  • Bad Taste Toast 15 June 2010, 10:07 pm

    And I follow you via Google!

  • Bad Taste Toast 15 June 2010, 10:08 pm

    And I added your giveaway to my sidebar (if that counts as blogging about it?)

  • anne-marie 15 June 2010, 11:21 pm

    Congrats on doing so much blog stuff – I'm new to reading fashion blogs and so far i love it! I'm drawn to Goodie Bag #1– it makes me wonder if i could pull of that scarf!! I really like your blog! I love all the colors

  • Callipygian 15 June 2010, 11:47 pm

    #3! Or any of them, really!

  • Eyeliah 16 June 2010, 1:04 am

    Congrats, wow! I like #1 the best but they are all fab. 🙂

  • R... 16 June 2010, 5:18 am

    New to your blog, found you via academichic! I like goodie bag #3. Off to read some of your past entries!

  • LyddieGal 16 June 2010, 5:47 am

    Wow, great giveaway! Congrats on 500 posts!!

    Tough, to choose, I will say goodie bag #1, as I really love the ring.

    Chic on the Cheap

  • Biba 16 June 2010, 7:50 am

    I've just blogged about your giveaway as well, so this is officially my third entry! Fingers crossed!!!


  • Rhianne 16 June 2010, 9:42 am

    Hi, I'm new to your blog and I love this giveaway, especially the skirt and the vintage scarf, lovely.

    Something about me – I have far too many vintage cameras but I still want more 🙂

  • Return to Sender 17 June 2010, 2:51 pm

    yee goodie bags make me feel like a kid 🙂

    Enter me 🙂

  • Missa 17 June 2010, 5:28 pm

    Wow, what an excellent giveaway! I am in love with absolutely everything in goodie bag no. 1, hoping!

  • Missa 17 June 2010, 5:28 pm

    I follow you on Bloglines 🙂 Still hoping…

  • Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes 18 June 2010, 9:36 am

    I think this is a great idea! I like the third one the best.


  • Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes 18 June 2010, 9:37 am

    and ofcourse I am a follower! via google.

  • Samy 18 June 2010, 5:31 pm

    I love number 1! (Although, I also really like number 2…) 🙂

    samyrocks92 at msn dot com

  • Samy 18 June 2010, 5:31 pm

    I'm a follower 🙂

  • Chelsea 18 June 2010, 6:43 pm

    how on earth to choose my favorite? I'm going to cheat and tell you I'd pick the safety pin necklace, the earrings with the pink stoned earrings, the rope looking necklace, and the oranges and apples heart 🙂

    keep on keeping on Franca! your blog is perfectly you and lovely 🙂

  • Chelsea 18 June 2010, 6:43 pm

    and I am a follower!

  • Shilpa 18 June 2010, 8:59 pm

    I adore goodie bag 2… too cute!!!

    I finally discovered your blog after creeping your etsy store for a while ahaha! Congratulations on 500 posts… I wish I was that motivated -___-;;. Keep up the deliciously fresh writing and the cute designing! <3

  • Jo 18 June 2010, 11:57 pm

    Congrats on 500 posts! The goodie bag I love the most would be the first! 🙂

  • Jo 18 June 2010, 11:57 pm

    I follow you through Google Connect as well 🙂

  • harriethu 19 June 2010, 2:10 am

    i would like the second goodie bag! i found your blog through freegrechen, but i'm loving it so far. congrats on your 500th post!

    harriatsu @gmail.com

  • harriethu 19 June 2010, 2:11 am

    i would like the second goodie bag! i found your blog through freegrechen, but i'm loving it so far. congrats on your 500th post!

    harriatsu @gmail.com

  • harriethu 19 June 2010, 2:11 am

    i'm following now! though anonymously, but i'm not sure how to undo to make it public.

    harriatsu @ gmail.com

  • Dovile 19 June 2010, 12:21 pm


    I'm new to your blog, but I'm a regular on freegretchen, so that's where I heard about it.

    I'd like the 2nd goodie bag, because I like the lovely scarf.

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Dovile 19 June 2010, 12:22 pm

    I'm also following your blog via GFC

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Anonymous 19 June 2010, 2:51 pm

    Wow 500! Great. I'd love Goody Bag #2. It has everything in it to die for. I also just found you and am know following you!

    gingerpye at gmail dot com

  • carly 19 June 2010, 3:10 pm

    i love good bag number 1!
    congrats on your 500th franca!
    that's a huge accomplishment.
    if you can get to 500 you can do 500 more!
    just keep doing what you're doing!

  • carly 19 June 2010, 3:11 pm

    i'm a follower

  • Benita 19 June 2010, 5:21 pm

    Many congrats! I would be happy with any of these packages, but forced to choose, I'd say #2. I adore….adore the silk scarf.


  • Benita 19 June 2010, 5:21 pm

    New follower via GFC.


  • elnajay 19 June 2010, 6:15 pm

    Congratulations on 500 posts! That's quite impressive! (and very enjoyable for the rest of us who read them, too!) Been following your blog for a while and am always inspired by your love of color!

    I'd be happy with any of these beautiful packages, though the third is my favorite! Thank you for the lovely giveaway.

    elnajay at gmail dot com

  • elnajay 19 June 2010, 6:16 pm

    Also, I follow you through Google Reader.

    elnajay at gmail dot com
    Adventures in Refashioning

  • puneet 19 June 2010, 9:09 pm

    hi, i'm puneet, i just started getting into blogs and ran into this from free!grechen.
    i would pick the 2nd goodie bag. thanks!


  • Jessi 19 June 2010, 10:18 pm

    Goodie bag 3 is my fav! Great giveaway!

  • Elphie 19 June 2010, 11:59 pm

    Bag three is my favorite, but it was not an easy choice! The vintage earrings were the deciding factor 🙂
    Thanks for the great giveaway. I found you through Divine Caroline and I'll for sure be back!
    here is my email (in case I'm the lucky winner):
    chirpatme at rocketmail dot com

  • Aik 20 June 2010, 3:39 am

    I love bag #2 the most! It's really hard to pick a favourite!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  • Elena 20 June 2010, 11:47 am

    Congrats on 500 posts! And thanks for the great giveaway!
    I love all the three bags but the 2 is my fave! I hope I win!


  • Elena 20 June 2010, 11:47 am

    I follow you via GFC


  • gustosa 20 June 2010, 12:35 pm

    congrats on your 500th post
    if i win i like the goodie no.2
    i'm also new here i'm from japan

    black11angel at yahoo dot com

  • gustosa 20 June 2010, 12:36 pm

    follower via gfc
    black11angel at yahoo dot com

  • DG 20 June 2010, 9:37 pm

    congrats on your 500th post! I like goodie bag number 2 – that scarf is so lovely! 🙂

    thanks for the entry


  • DG 20 June 2010, 9:37 pm

    blog follower through gfc – DG


  • DG 20 June 2010, 9:39 pm


    I tweeted this giveaway 🙂


  • Andi B. Goode 21 June 2010, 7:36 am

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I did mean to enter this but had forgotten. =D I like the third goodie bag.
    -Andi x

  • Andi B. Goode 21 June 2010, 7:37 am

    And I follow with the google button thingie (how very articulate of me), I think!
    -Andi x
    P.S. Hurrah for 500 posts – here's to another 500. =D

  • parakeetpie 21 June 2010, 10:31 am

    Your 500th post has come so quickly and what an amazing giveaway you're having to celebrate.

    They all look so delicious but I'd love to have number 3. I remember Veronica Darling's post about making that skirt and think it would be such a cool blogworld circle if I won it on your blog!

    Here's to the next 500 posts.

  • parakeetpie 21 June 2010, 10:32 am

    And count me in for another entry for goodie bag 3 please because I follow using the google friend thingemybob.

  • Annika 21 June 2010, 1:13 pm

    You can put me down for the goodie bag nr.1.

    What can I tell you about myself? I am a crafty little bugger, I love everything hand made and I try to make as many things myself as humanly possible.

  • Annika 21 June 2010, 1:13 pm

    I am a follower.


  • aj 22 June 2010, 4:09 am

    I love goodie bag 2.Thanks!

    A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

  • Karitsa 22 June 2010, 4:50 am

    i'd love to win goodie bag #2! unfortunately the skirt in the third goodie bag wouldn't fit me :/ but i'd love to win that vintage silk scarf!
    karitsaj at gmail dot com

  • Jean 23 June 2010, 1:24 am

    I Would love to win the #2 Goodie Bag! I absolutely love thr vintage scarf and the jewelry would look nice with it. And the lavender mouse is just adorable. and hey hey to thee sexay lingere

  • Kim-Anh Nguyen ART 23 June 2010, 9:10 pm

    i'd love to win the goodie bag 1 !!!


  • Kim-Anh Nguyen ART 23 June 2010, 9:11 pm

    I'm following you now and what can i tell about myselft? i'm drawing and painting, searching for a tattoo apprenticeship… i'm posting my sketches on my blog and making just right now a giveaway.

  • Kim-Anh Nguyen ART 23 June 2010, 9:12 pm

    just retweet it : http://twitter.com/kimanhart

  • futurowoman 23 June 2010, 10:56 pm

    Congratulations! I would love any of them, but esp. #1. 🙂

    This is my first visit to your blog! I am a university prof. of history and a photographer who is known as "futurowoman." You can see my flickr here:

    Thank you again! 🙂 off to explore your blog!

  • danyukhin 23 June 2010, 11:30 pm

    That's a nice package you got there=] I'm danyukhin(as in danyukhin.blogspot.com). I do some gaming-related crafting which cannot be released into public just yet>.> I'd love the 1st bag, pwease=)

  • Katie 24 June 2010, 3:10 pm

    I love goodie bag #3! I'm Katie… I love etsy anything, vintage anything and estate sales! 🙂
    kkondek at gmail.com

  • Katie 24 June 2010, 3:10 pm

    New follower – ktkatherine
    kkondek at gmail.com

  • Katie 24 June 2010, 3:11 pm
  • danyukhin 24 June 2010, 6:22 pm

    BTW, I follow you with Google Friend Connect!

  • danyukhin 24 June 2010, 6:28 pm
  • Eli 24 June 2010, 9:05 pm

    oh my, such cute stuff! Congratulations on your amazing 500 posts! I would choose goodie bag, number one! The ferris wheel postcards are adorable!

    eli. x


  • estroJen 25 June 2010, 1:37 pm

    Hi, I am a new follower 🙂

    I like goodie bag #2 because it's romantic and that's how I have been feeling lately…lovely and romantic!

    Congrats on your 500th post!!


  • Charlotte 25 June 2010, 4:36 pm

    I've been following you by having clicked on the "follow" icon at the top of my screen on Blogspot.

  • Charlotte 25 June 2010, 4:37 pm

    …and the first bag is my favorite of the three, although all three are pretty fine.

    Congratulations on your 500th post!

  • Caitlin 25 June 2010, 5:23 pm

    I'm a new reader, that's great you've reached 500 posts!

    I would love goodie bag #2!

  • Caitlin 25 June 2010, 5:24 pm

    I just became a follower!

  • Alli 25 June 2010, 5:31 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 500 posts, Franca!

    Each goodie bag has so many lovely things, but I am just swoony over the skirt and earrings in #3!

  • Alli 25 June 2010, 5:32 pm

    Also, I follow you using an RSS feed on my Google homepage.

  • elaine 26 June 2010, 10:36 pm

    Congrats to you! The Goodie Bag #2 looks lovely to me.

    Elaine R

  • sanchez 27 June 2010, 3:54 am

    Congradulations on 500 posts.
    I'm new to this blog, but I've seen bits and pieces of your blog every now and again.
    obviously you must be doing something right with so many lovely people following you.

    My favorite goodie bag is number 2.

    keep up the good work, I look forward to your future posts 🙂

  • sanchez 27 June 2010, 3:54 am

    Congradulations on 500 posts.
    I'm new to this blog, but I've seen bits and pieces of your blog every now and again.
    obviously you must be doing something right with so many lovely people following you.

    My favorite goodie bag is number 2.

    keep up the good work, I look forward to your future posts 🙂

  • sanchez 27 June 2010, 3:55 am

    Also I follow via blogger.

  • sanchez 27 June 2010, 3:58 am
  • Walter Helena 28 June 2010, 10:26 pm

    What a lovely energy your words have 🙂

    I love goodie bag #2. The heart is adorable!

    I'm also having a giveaway over at my blog if you are interested in visiting (for a fauzx-polaroid 8 x 8 giclee print of a WHP original).



  • Hands to Work, Hearts to God 30 June 2010, 6:43 am

    Hello from the Philippines! My first time on your blog so I will wander around a bit after this. My favorite is goodie bag no. 3. I love those earrings!!! Patsy from

  • Hands to Work, Hearts to God 30 June 2010, 6:46 am

    Decided to follow! :^)

  • Jamie Ferraioli 1 July 2010, 1:24 pm

    congrats on 500!

    #2 is my fave