Sunday, 14 December 2014

Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners!!
My Giveaway Winners PLUS Some News!

Hello everyone!  I hope you are all well & getting into the Christmas spirit!
No matter what religion you are or where you are in the world it is always lovely
to have a time where you prioritise friends & family & enjoy catching up with them,
not to mention some extra spoiling of oneself & perhaps even a vacation!

In South Africa, where I live, this time of year is the height of Summer which
means glorious long days, with night only falling at 8.30pm!  Currently I am
away with my family in Cape Town, 1 600kms from Durban, where we live.
It is COMPLETELY different here.  The indigenous people are from different
tribes & there are a lot more Afrikaans speaking people here, whereas in
Durban most people are English speaking {or Zulu speaking}.

I have taken MANY photos of our road trip as we took ''The Garden Route"
to travel here, which took us THREE DAYS! but that was partly due to our
car breaking down!!  Due to lack of space in our vehicle, with our 4 kids
tagging along too, I used mainly my iphone for photographs along the way,
so don't have any to share here at the moment but if you are interested
in seeing some you can head over to my Instagram account HERE.

Photo credit

Finally, one year in, I am seeing the benefits of Instagram & enjoying it,
& do recommend it to anyone who is a really visual person like me.
I love the inspiration it gives & eventually you build up a little
 comeraderie too which makes you feel at home!  

Now onto the business at hand - my giveaways!!

Firstly, my apologies for drawing them a month later than anticipated!
The last month has been HORRENDOUS for me on every level.
3 deaths in our family & the loss of my kitten who was very ill & needed
around the clock attention from all of us.  Plus getting our house prepared
for our house-sitters requires a lot of organisation in Africa where there
are so many security situations to consider.  Finally - IT'S ALL DONE
& we are away enjoying the beach somewhere totally secluded!!

I took this photo off Google but that IS an African penguin 
& we do hope to get to visit them this trip too - they are adorable!
So without further ado here are my winners!

You have won the prize shown above!
Please let me have your postal address :)

langeatheart said...
I am of course a follower of yours :) Your work is what led me to try out for SATW! I love your blog. You explain your layouts perfectly and I like your photo tutorials. I also like to watch how you experiment and adapt your style with mixed media. Loving the lighter side! I have shared on FB . All the best! :)
I just adore your beautiful talent! ! And love a Video! ! Thanks for the tutorials love the one with the frame of empty tags I would have trough it away! 

Hi Helen I have followed your most inspiring blog forever would be lost without. I do like all the interesting photos you put up on Facebook as with your wonderful words and thoughts. xo

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my giveaways & rest assured 
THERE WILL BE MORE!! I love to share my stash with my followers & 
have a very tiny studio that I need to maintain in an organised manner 
{so as not to lose my DT stash hehehehe} so don't worry if you didn't win - 
I will have another giveaway in the first 1/4 of the year!
 But for the moment...I'm at the...


Ava Gavloski said...

Great update post to share with us Helen. Your world is so different from my snow covered Love the commercial photo's they really are lovely. Take care, enjoy the kids on the road


Lisca said...

Thanks for the update. Sorry to hear you've been through the mill a bit, but do enjoy your special away time.
The photos are beautiful. Please post some more when you have them.
Happy Christmas

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Congrats to the winners!! And enjoy your well deserved vacation!!!!!

Elaine coustley said...

Wow i'm so happy to be a winner.Thank you . Enjoy your holiday and don't worry about a thing xx

Helen Wallace said...

Enjoy your well earned break Helen. Sorry life has been challenging of late. I must check out's on my list of things to do. :)

Unknown said...

Congrats to the winners :)
Sorry to hear how tough November was for you Helen and I'm pleased you are now enjoying your break. I've been enjoying the warm summer weather here Down Under too and I've been loving your photos. Please keep them coming. :)

langeatheart said...

Thank-you!!!!! And I have been vigilantly watching your journey unfold! I am so jealous as we have headed into winter! Snow, heavy boots, fur coats ugh! It is on my bucket list to visit Africa one day! It looks beautiful nothing like I thought! Enjoy your trip all is under control here! :)

Margaret Mifsud said...

Sorry to hear that life has been such a challenge of late Helen, hope things are getting better now. Love seeing the photos of your trip and I hope you thoroughly enjoy your time away. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!! ox

Unknown said...

Don't know why my comment didn't post the last time... Congrats to the winners. I'm so sorry that things in your life have been in such disarray lately. Wishing you all the best in this Holiday Season.

Denise van Deventer said...

Have a good break Helen and enjoy the's gorgeous down there! Have a super break and hope you come back refreshed and invigorated! Hope your sore throat is much better already! xx