Thursday, 26 January 2012

My gift to you ~ Jeanne D'Arc Living Treat

Long time no speak....

So, by way of a little treat to my fellow bloggers, followers and customers to say thank you for your continued support and comments, I have a little giveaway...

The current, most lovely and inspirational issue of Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine!

I have been selling this gorgeous publication via my website and at fairs for just over a year now and have built up a great following of subscribers and regular customers ~ thank you for loving it as much as I do!

This is a really inspiring issue. Sometimes I look at beautifully styled photographs of interiors and feel that they are unachievable in our real, often less than perfect lives and homes, but this week I decided to experiment and tried to re~create some of the ideas in the magazine. OK, I know my house is not on the same scale and I probably don't have the same budget either, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could take just a little inspiration from the pages and bring the concept to life. I used items that I already had in the cupboards or in stock ~ here are my interpretations of the photos...

Photo ~ Jeanne D'Arc Living

Photo ~ Ali

I have this Edwardian silk bodice already hanging on hooks in my dining room and just moved it to an old grey painted cupboard for the photo...

I loved this collection below of vintage candlesticks ~ I have a selection dotted around the house and tucked away so gathered them altogether to recreate the look...

Photo ~ Jeanne D'Arc Living

Photo ~ Ali (the fireplace in my dining room)

We have a conker brown leather sofa in the kitchen, normally piled up with old French floral pillows, but liked the idea shown in the magazine of using simpler linen cushions with old printed text and remembered what I had in stock waiting to be photographed for the website...

Photo ~ Jeanne D'Arc Living

I just need to source an old leather trunk or suitcase for a coffee table to complete the look...

Finally, I loved this feature on how to transform a printer's tray. I have a couple of these that I use in my workroom to separate beads and buttons. Before Christmas I reworked this smaller modern wooden tray and used old wallpaper, book pages and white paint.

Photo ~ Jeanne D'Arc Living

My own effort!

If you would like to win the latest issue of Jeanne D'Arc Living magazine, just leave a comment at the end of this post ~ the giveaway is open to all wherever you are in the world. To be entered twice and double your chances, just post a link back to this page and mention my blog and don't forget to let me know!

The giveaway closes next Tuesday 31st January at midnight and the winner will be announced on the 1st February.

Good luck!

Ali x


  1. Well Ali,
    I'm first to post which I will take as a good sign! You're brilliant with your beautiful vignettes, had you not told us which was which I honestly wouldn't have may just have a future in this business!
    Hope you're well, love your photos!

  2. Hi Ali
    Your little displays are absolutely gorgeous, I particularly love the Edwardian silk bodice hanging on the hooks. That magazine is so inspiring, it makes me want to paint everything white but with five Pugs not a good idea! I would love to enter your giveaway please.
    Jo xx

  3. i love the printers tray!! xx

  4. What a good idea to use the printers tray to keep your beads and buttons in, I've been on the lookout for one for a while but so far no luck. Please enter me in your wondeful giveaway, I could do with something nice to read while I'm stuck in bed with the sniffles, Lucey x PS I will post a link on my blog too. x

  5. Oh how I would love to win this so please enter me. I really like your collections that you have displayed.
    Ruth x

  6. Hi Ali,

    What a great post - please include me in your giveaway. I have to admit that I like your photo of the corset hanging on the chest better than the Jeannne D'Arc one! Great idea for the printers tray - using old pages from a book to line it is a really good idea.

  7. What a lovely magazine, so many ideas. I think you have done some lovely makeovers. A great giveaway, can I enter please.

  8. Love the printers tray idea - all I need to do is find one.

    Leeann x

    p.s. merci beaucoup for offering such a fabulous giveaway!

  9. Hi Ali,
    Great blog, please enter me in your giveaway.

  10. Hi Ali
    I've only just found your lovely blog and am so glad that I have. I've recently sold some printers trays - now I wish I'd kept one!
    All best, Essie x

  11. Please enter me for the 'give away'. I have not seen the magazine before. Thank you, Lynne x

  12. Hi Ali,
    I love your recreations of the images presented in Jeanne D'Arc Living. In this dull January, a pale, textured creative interior, mixing old, beautiful & unique is inspirational. It is an appreciation of beauty which keeps me uplifted in the dullest months of the year. Even a piece of trimming is enough, when put together with some beautiful fabric, a feather or beading. Last week it was a copper brioche tin with some hyacinths; today a scent eminating from the welly room and pretty flowers.
    Inspiration is everything......
    Thank you for sharing yours with us.

    28 January 2012 20:26

  13. I've looked at these magazines on your blog several times and they look full of lovely ideas and inspiration! I would love to win the magazine! Sharon

  14. Love the way you have displayed the bodice. Hope all well with you & yours. xxx

  15. Im new to your blog and am glad I found it. Your pictures are very inspiring. I'd love to be entered for a chance to win the magazine. Nice to meet you. Katie xxx


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