Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WHATS UP WEDNESDAY 3-23-11 & GIVEAWAY!

Spring has sprung here in Georgia and so I continue my love/hate relationship with it.  I love the flowers and how beautiful the world is after winter's sleep.  I hate the headaches and congestion from my allergies!  Sigh...like I said love/hate!

I just got a new phone....an Android and I love it.  Checking emails and the web when out and about will be fun!  I'm still learning all the ins and outs but think I will be happy with it.  
We are still on Baby Watch.  Sara is due April 10th but was told she probably won't make it that long and could go into labor any day!  We are hoping it won't be until April so that Tiger will get a little bigger!  Sara is feeling great and doing well.  This was last week when I visited her.  We washed baby clothes and got everything ready!
She is all baby in the front!  

I just realized that I had gone over the 500 followers mark!  WOW!  I am so happy that so many of you out there enjoy my blog and my thrifty finds. 
So of course we have a giveaway!
I made a Spring vignette for you!
This plate is 'Wildflower Meadow' by Marjoleim Bastin 
A white porcelain bird 
and a creamer you can add flowers or a candle to the vignette!  The soft gray picks up colors in the plate.

I also will include these
So many of you commented on the egg cups from yesterdays post, so they will be included along with this cute Easter kitchen towel!  

How to win?  
1) You MUST be a follower!  This is a followers giveaway so that makes sense right?  Leave one comment that you are a follower of
A La Carte.

2) Tell me you favorite thing about Spring

That's it!  Two chances to win! 
I will pick a winner and announce it next Wed March 30th 
Thanks again to everyone for all your support of my blog.  It is such a joy to have made so many new friends sharing what I love!  

Hugs to you all!
Linda

84 comments:

Diann said...

Good Morning Linda!
You will have to let me know how you like the new phone! Sara looks adorable. I keep waiting to hear that Tiger has arrived! Your giveaway is wonderful. of course I am a follower!

Diann said...

Favorite thing about Spring....hummm. So many. I think being able to open the windows and let fresh air in after a long stuffy winter.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I'm a happy follower and I'm with you on "Tiger Watch"!!!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

The best things about Spring?....longer days, beautiful flowers (the non-allergic kinds!) and YARD SALES!!!

Douce France..... said...

Hi Linda! The little one hasn't drop yet, an April baby like my last one! You are my most important follower on my side and following you is like looking over at my big sister.

Douce France..... said...

Spring is a always a new beginning for me.
It's hope. And of course, yard sale's season!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Hi Linda! Congrats on 500-What a fun give-away! Lovin' the plate and those egg cups are adorable! I'm a follower:@)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I agree with Diann, my favorite thing is being able to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air:@)

De tout, de rien said...

Follower here! I'm so excited for you about the upcoming birth of your grandchild! That'll be YOUR favourite thing this spring!

And my favourite thing are TULIPS! So bright and cheerful.

The Joyful Thrifter said...

Spring is such a lovely time of year! Full of pretty colors. My favorite thing about spring are the lovely walks that can be taken in the park! I love to be outside when the weather is so pretty!

Lovely giveaway with such fun colors!

Smiles,
The Joyful Thrifter

laxsupermom said...

I'm a follower. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway. Lovely vignette. I know I was one of the ones admiring your egg cups, so thanks for including them in the giveaway.

My favorite thing about spring has to be being able to leave windows and doors open. I'm so sick of winter right now. Another 10" is being dumped on us today.

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I am a follower and I love, love this giveaway!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Nama Halacy's Comfy Cottage said...

I love Spring because it means new beginnings and Easter!

shellyhectic@yahoo.com

Deb said...

You are going to love being a grandma, grand-mother, nana, grams......
Your give-away is wonderful and that plate is just gorgeous. I love Spring mostly because it's time again to see all the green outside. The sun is warmer and of course, I walk more because of it. Bring it on! Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Linda,
Loved seeing your "Grandbaby"...and I hope it's an April birthday too!
Congrat's on 500 followers...
Thanks for having a Spring Vignette giveaway! Love it all!
Warmly,
deb

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I LOVE Spring cause it's my birthday, the weather is finally warm, the flowers are blooming and folks just seem Happier! And EASTER is my favorite holiday! What a gift from God!
Warmly,
deb

Thanks, again!

Scarlett Fontaine said...

Congrats on the 500 marker - blooming fantastic! Of course you blog is fab so it makes sense. Would love to be entered into your giveaway, very generous! Fave thing about spring is the sunshine but not the heat (not very good with full on heat). Thanks so much for adding my giveaway to your blog - i really need to learn how to add a button. Good luck with my giveaway too :o) Scarlett x

KobysCache said...

Oh yes, I'm a follower! (I'm really loving your top photo of the Eiffel tower. My girls just returned from Paris and took tons of photos of the tower and all the sites!)
My favorite thing about spring is - yes tossing open the windows, but to hear the birds SING!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Congratulations on your 500+ followers!

Sara looks great! I remember the countdown when my DIL was pregnant and I am not sure which one of us was more anxious for Little Darling to arrive!

I am a very happy follower and would love to be entered into your giveaway! What a fabulous vignette you have created. You probably already know how much I love birds! The 'Wildflower Meadow' plate is very pretty and those egg cups are absolutely adorable!

Hugs,
Tracy

Betsy said...

I am a faithful follower on your wonderful blog. Congratulations on 500 plus.
An April birthday would be so nice, it's great that you had this prep time to spend with her.

Betsy said...

Let's see, my favorite thing about spring would have to be the flowers in bloom. Of course, I can't forget all the yard sales popping up all over either.

Erin said...

Of course I am a follower(Sara is looking great by the way!)!!!

Erin said...

My favorite thing about Spring is the awakening, and life force that starts flowing again!

Ms. Bake-it said...

To me, Spring means a time of renewal and awakening. Earth's beauty awakens after lying dormant during the winter months and it is a time for fresh beginnings. I love spring, it makes me feel so revitalized.

~ Tracy

Becky said...

Hi Linda! ~ I am a faithful follower and love your blog! I am like you with the love/hate relationship with Spring. My favorite part of it is going up to Callaway Gardens and riding my bike through the azalea gardens! They are OH, SO beautiful!

Ames said...

I'm a follower Linda! And I love the flowers and birds!~Ames

Susan said...

Hi Linda! I'm excited for you and Sara over the little "bunny" who is coming!

Yes, I'm a Follower.

Flowers and Farmers Markets are my favorite things about spring! Susan

lvroftiques said...

You bettcha I'm a follower!

And I too have that love/hate allergy thing with spring *sighs* but my favorite thing?.....The beginning of garage sales!! YAY!! Lol! Vanna

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Ugh, i am struggling with allergies too!! Feel better!

I'm a follower :)

my fave thing about spring is finally getting to spend some time outside!

Thank you!!

Susan said...

Linda I am a follower!! I think I told you how cute the egg cups are yesterday!! I really love the tea towel too!

Sharing Shadymont said...

I am a follower and enjoy your blog. My favorite thing about spring is the rebirth of all things! I especially love when the leaves on the trees are that yellowy green color. MMMMMMM love it!

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

I am a follower! Actually have been following awhile but only recently figured out how to go from following anonymously to publically. LOL!

Carolyn @ Adrift on the Lake said...

My favorite thing about spring are the returning of the birds. Each morning before work, no matter what the weather, I go to my back deck and listen. (I usually hear the birds before I ever see them.) This morning, I heard robins, cardinals and killdeer. I have seen many robins and killdeer -- but those cardinals are very elusive!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a happy follower! And I LOVE those egg cups! heehee! ♥♥♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the warm temps! Spring in Florida means shorts and Tevas...or flip flops! I LOVE IT! ♥

Jacqueline said...

It is good to have a follower's giveaway, because then old followers like me, who aren't official followers, become official!!!!! I am now official. Can't believe I wasn't before.
BTW - I love your header and background. (You have probably had it for a while and I just didn't notice!)
Everything is so cute. I adore the bird and the little egg cups. I have a theory that the random generator always picks in the middle, so maybe I will be lucky.

Jacqueline said...

I am with you, I love the spring flowers the most, and I love to go to the gardens here and see the Tulip Festival. (I will have to blog about that!) I hate the allergies too - bummer. I have to say, our first two days of spring have had snow - yuck.

Congratulations on 500 followers! That is just awesome.

Chatty Crone said...

I am a follower (in your orchestra) and I am so happy to be in the 500 - wow. And I love the giveaway so please count me in!
sandie

Chatty Crone said...

My favorite part of spring would have to be the colors. sandie

chedeb5353 said...

I am a follower. Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

chedeb5353 said...

Warm weather and flowers!!! Deb chedeb5353@hotmail.com

Patti said...

Well, you know I'm a follower. My favorite things about spring are warm weather and green trees. I am about to lose my mind because of the ugly barren trees. It's been almost 6 months since the leaves dropped from the trees (early October).

Sara looks great. Can't wait to hear of the little one's arrival (in April, though!!)

Love,
Patti

Sue said...

Spring always means a refreshing attitude for me after a long, cooped up winter! I look forward to the warmer weather and the anticipation of long, fun days in the sun. Gotta love my estate/yard sales, too! Congrats on the 500+ milestone! I follow and would love my name being thrown in the hat for your give-away. hugs, Sue

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Linda, congrats on 500 followers! of course I have followed you since I began blogging.
My favorite thing about spring is going to buy pansies...getting my hands dirty planting them!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Linda, I am a follower and I love spring mostly for the new growth on the trees....the color is so inspiring!

Your pictures are wonderful.

Barb

Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...
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Sir Thrift-A-Lot said...

I could have sworn I was a follower, but I guess not!

Absolutely adore the bird statue. My favourite thing about Spring is robins. When I was younger, my grandmother & I used to have a contest every year when Spring arrived - who saw the first robin & who saw the most robins in the first week of Spring. I still love Spring for robins, still point them out to my friends, who don't really get it. Seeing a robin is quite rare for me. You don't get to see them when you are a concrete princess.

bj said...

Hello, girlfriend, when you get a chance, come by and see my new header..:)))

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I don't want to miss out on this lovely giveaway. So throw my name in the pot. I am of course a follower already:)
XO

Marigene said...

Please toss my name in the hat, too...yes, I am a happy faithful follower...my favorite thing about spring is the warm weather it is supposed to bring!

grammy and papi said...

Linda, what a lovely giveaway. I've found your just in time for Junkin Finds Friday to end. However, I've enjoyed looking at some of the blogs and will continue to follow you. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

grammy and papi said...

I love the anticipation of "new life" that Spring brings. That new life comes in many ways.

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

Vintage Gal said...

Congratulations on 500 followers~! yes, I am a follower ~ and my favourite thing about spring is everything is waking up from it's winter's sleep. Arise and bloom all flowers ;-)

Susan said...

Linda my favorite part about spring is being able to open the windows and here the birds chirping!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Hey Linda! I am definitely a follower of your wonderful blog. I am just not the best follower of any blog regularly right now as my own life often takes over. I would love to be entered into your wonderful contest. I think that is so sweet, and such wonderful goodies too! I also wanted to let you know I completely understand about turning the party over and do think it will bring you a much needed relief with the expected new joy that is about to arrive. I know I will still be on the lookout and enjoy seeing your great thrifty finds. I'm sure that won't change! I think Dianne is a great choice and will honor that position just as you did from Debbie! Glad you posted about this again today as I almost missed it! :)))

Vonlipi said...

Hi Linda, I'm a follower of course!

What I love about Spring? I love the longer days, the song birds that greet me in the morning when I leave from work and the earthy smells. I also love to see the crocuses and snowrops peeking in the snow! :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

I can't wait to see pictures of the little one

Cindy said...

hello,

what i love most about spring is simply that winter is done.....this was an especially long and cold snowy winter for us this year....i really need spring this year to get here..... :)

i am a new follower...thanks for the chance to win..

hugs, cindy

Red Couch Recipes said...

Linda, I am a follower. Congratulations on reaching 500! Joni

Red Couch Recipes said...

It has to be the flowers. Joni

middle child said...

I am a follower. Who wouldn't be?

middle child said...

Spring? The clean, fresh breezes coming in and gently poofing the curtains away from the windows.

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

Hi Linda, you know I'm a follower from way back! Your daughter looks so cute with her baby bump. You must be so excited!!

Ⓙ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

I follow. I don't enter many giveaways, but I really like this vignette.

My favorite thing about spring is a new favorite. When my mom was dying, she told us that during her near death experience 35 years earlier that she'd been to heaven and it was like a perfect spring day...she knew she wasn't supposed to stay that time. In her last days, she told us she could see it again and it was the same.

I'll never think of spring as anything else but heavenly.

Rose @ Confessions of a Curbshopaholic said...

What I love about spring is new life! Everywhere you look flowers, trees, birds, it's all fresh and new. My firstborn was born in the spring, March 27th, and we call him our sunshine boy because he was born at sunrise on a beautiful sunny spring day. That's what spring is all about to me. He turned 31 yesterday; my how time flies!
Congrats on reaching over 500 followers. Isn't it great to have so many friends?

BECKY said...

Hi Linda! 500 Followers?! All I can say is "Wow"!
Yep, you know I'm one of them, too! I would LOVE to win that vignette!! Everything about it just screams "Becky"!!

BECKY said...

Okay...my favorite thing about spring......I'd have to say I always think of a funny poem my dad used to say when I was a little girl...a LONG time ago!
Spring has sprung.
The grass has riz.
I wonder where
the flowers is. ☺

Kathy B. said...

Congratulations on 500+ followers! Holding my breath on "Tiger Watch" with you as well--hoping and praying everything goes well for everyone. Love the giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win such a generous vignette!

Laura said...

I am new to following but I am here.
Such pretty things you are giving away, how sweet.
A spring baby, now there is something to celebrate about this spring!
My favorite thing about spring is knowing that soon I will be gardening and beautiful flowers
will be everywhere.

Kathy B. said...

Okay, I just went back and reread the directions, and I am supposed to tell you I am a follower. So, I am a follower.

~~Carol~~ said...

How do I always miss the good stuff?! Please enter me in your Spring giveaway Linda! What's my favorite thing about Spring? Probably the warmer temps, so that I can be outside again. I live outside in the summer!

~~Carol~~ said...

Of course I'm a follower. I'd follow you anywhere!

Kathy B. said...

I also read in the directions to enter that I am supposed to tell you what I like about Spring. I like just about everything about Spring, but most of all the smell--fresh and new, mixed in with a little bit of fertilizer (sounds strange, I know!) and flower seeds. The fact that one doesn't have to wear boots and a winter coat here in the Midwest is a big plus as well!!!

MeMeSue said...

Howdy!! I am a new follower! I followed on over here from Writing Straight from the Heart! What a BeaUTiFuL Spring give away!

The reason I love spring is watching the new awakening that takes place every year! Living on the East coast and being stuck in all the "white" stuff for what seems like too long...I yearn for the brightness of sunny days and warming air with the scent of growing flowers and tilled earth!

Blessings coming your way!

Sue

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Congrats on over 500 I love your blog!!!
My favorite thing about spring is that I can enjoy sitting outside not too cold or hot and watch the birds and all the new plants taking growth!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations! I hope I'm already a follower, because Blogger won't let me follow anyone else. What a great giveaway! I love everything you are giving away. laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you that hearing the birds sing and chirp is my favorite thing about Spring. laurie

Elaine said...

Yes-Yes Oh I love this giveaway....I'm so glad I am a follower.

Elaine said...

Spring is my favorite time of year. I wait with antisapation to see the first robin and hear the first thunder storm of spring.. I can't wait to see what pops up first to bloom. Mother nature is hard at work this time of year.

Knatolee said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm a follower now. My favourite thing about spring is seeing that my honeybees survived the winter and are venturing out of their hives to get some sun and fresh air!

Donnie said...

Hi Linda. Loved her baby bump..lol...and I'm a loyal follower.

Donnie said...

My favorite thing about spring is we get to come back to North Carolina where my family is. Love that.

Laurie said...

Congratulations on 500 followers, that is huge! I hope to get there, someday, too! I am excited for your upcoming grandchild, for you. I think my favorite thing about Spring is watching the birds make their nests (often in my front door wreath!)

Bonnie said...

I am a new follower!

Bonnie said...

What I love about spring is the chance to bring out my spring dishes! Believe it or not, I have several pieces of the Marjolin Bastlin plate that you are giving away. I have a platter and bowl in the same patter and I love it.