Monday, 13 May 2013

Free pressies up for grabs

Do not fear, Meanqueen is here. We've had a weird weather day today. It couldn't make up it's mind what it wanted to do. Brilliant sunshine and blue skies one minute, and black clouds with torrential rainfall the next. Bloomin annoying when you want to do stuff outside.
This is my lunch today, I thought I would try grilling slices of polenta. I didn't add anything to it, and I must say, it tasted of nothing at all. It definately needs spices and flavourings to make it palatable. The scrambled eggs with mushrooms was very nice though. More experiments tomorrow.
Who likes this shopping bag? I ran it up on the machine in about half an hour. I must use up some of the fabric I got from the Scrapstore ages ago, no point in it lying around in my storeroom. This very nice posh shopping bag is free to the winner of the prize draw. So if you want to win it, let me know in a comment and I will put the names in a tin or box, or something suitable and draw one out. I will post it to anywhere in the world.
It's a very strong bag, made of thick fabric with a rubbery backing, so it may be waterproof. I have enough fabric for two more, so I'll get sewing pronto and three lucky people will get a pressie coming their way. Closing date 12 noon on Wednesday.
Toodle pip.

43 comments:

  1. Dear Ilona. Please enter me into your prize draw. I would love to have one of your bags, they look really sensible and very useful. Love Ann x

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  2. Hi Ilona, I would love one of those, blue my favourite colour. Weather was the same in North Norfolk today too - which is very unusual, we do not seem to get as much rain as a lot of the country, just their share of wind.

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  3. That's a lovely bag, please enter me in your giveaway.
    Thank you for sharing your meals, it always gives me ideas too.

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  4. Ooh, these look lovely- please enter me Ilona xxxx

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  5. You know I have to enter! An Ilona designer bag? Yes please!
    Polenta begs for a spicy tomato sauce or something like that otherwise it's like chewing air.
    Jane x

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  6. The weather has been the same here today Ilona. Not that it matters because I have been busy indoors cataloguing my book collection. Haha :) x

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  7. A beauty.

    In all honesty, I'd love to buy one of your catfood pouch bags for my son's girlfriend who is cat crazy.

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  8. Hello from the States, Ilona. Please put my name in your draw. If by chance I do win, I'll be happy to send lolly in advance to offset overseas postage. (It would be so easy via PayPal. I've been away for a while. Did you enroll?) Warm regards from Elaine near Philly once of Grantham, eh438@aol.com.

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  9. Lovely and useful bag Ilona, please can you add my name to the hat / tin whatever?

    I have bought some haloumi type cheese today, looks like your polenta but I hope it tastes more interesting :0)

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  10. Wow Ilona what a stunning bag I so wish I could use a sewing machine :( I would love to be entered in to your giveaway please.
    Much Love
    Claire xx xx xx

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  11. Hello from northern Idaho, USA. Please enter me in the draw. It's lovely!

    I've never eaten "polenta," but I've had plenty of cornmeal mush, which is about the same thing. You may like it better if you fry it in a little butter, so it is slightly crispy, and eat it with pancake syrup. Sometimes I flour the slices first, but not always. Good with eggs and breakfast meats.

    Raining here today, too.

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  12. That is a lovely bag. Please enter me into your giveaway and I'll keep my fingers crossed that my name gets drawn out of the hat!
    Thanks.

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  13. Ilona, I'd be excited to receive a parcel (or even a postcard) from you! Thanks for including my name in your drawing...

    Sharon in Alabama (USA)

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  14. That bag is beautiful...Thanks for putting me in and you might try some honey or brown sugar with the polenta.

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  15. I'd love to be included in your drawing, Ilona! Thank you. And I am having a giveaway at the moment on my blog also, for a skein of sock yarn. I know you aren't a sock-knitter (yet!) but feel free to enter for a friend - or if any of your readers are knitters, they may be interested :)
    I agree about polenta - it's all about what you serve it with.

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  16. Please enter me in your prize drawing. It looks a lot better than the ratty one I'm using, and I like your name embroidered on it.

    I agree with another person's comment about eating polenta for breakfast, fried in a little butter and served with syrup. Yummy!

    Thanks from Illinois, USA

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  17. Ilona, Hello! I would love to win your bag! I would use it proudly!

    Kathy in Oklahoma (USA)

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  18. I would love to win one of these, it is a very generous offer from you. I enjoy reading your blog, and seeing your photos!

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  19. Please add my name I would love to win something made by you! I have also never gotten anything mailed to me from another country exciting and I love the fabric you chose! I have never tried polenta though have a great day :)

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  20. Dear Ilona,

    please include my name in the tin box! thank you!

    Noor, Malaysia

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  21. I love the lovely pattern of the bag....I can see myself going to do my shopping with it, so please enter me in your draw Ilona....thanks for your kind giveaway offer.

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  22. id love to win your bag it looks amazing
    x

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  23. The bag is lovely! I would love to be entered into the draw please.

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  24. Wow an Ilona original! Who wouldn't be tempted by that. Please include lil ole me in your giveaway :)
    x x x

    p.s have you ever thought about selling a few handmade things through your blog? I think it would be really popular with your readers.

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  25. What a great bag, where do you get your material from, I can never find interesting pieces at a good price? Would love to be entered into the draw.

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  26. That's another lovely bag, you do have a talent there, please enter me in the draw I would love an 'Ilona original'.

    I must admit to never having tried Polenta, although I have eyed it up on occasion at the supermarket, maybe after following your trials I'll give it a go with whichever is your favourite method of cooking it.

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  27. I love the colour of the bag but please Do Not enter me in your draw as I have enough and can sew more if I need them. You are very generous

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  28. Please could you add my name to the draw i'd love to be in with a chance of winning. Many thanks B

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  29. Any chance of a tutorial on how to make the bag?

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  30. Ooh such lovely bags, and the winner will get what the ladies at the fair didn't! :) I would very much like to be entered in your draw as well Ilona, thank you!

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  31. It's got your name on too! Yes, please, would you include me in the draw? Thanks.

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  32. Lovely bag. I could use another bag for my collection that I use all time, especially when I go grocery shopping.
    Myra, from Canada

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  33. OOh Please can you pop me in the draw the bag looks amazing.

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  34. Hello Ilona. I'm another avid reader and admirer of your blog - and follower of your walks! I really would love to win that shopping bag; it's far better than the usual branded 'Bags for Life' and to be hand-made by you is a bonus. x

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  35. Love the bag. I like the print and the blue color. I would say put my name in to win the bag but I don't want you to have to send it all the way here to the US. You did a great job on it. You're very handy! Thanks for the offer though.

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  36. Danneke here, Would love to go in the BAG DRAW I sure do need a new shopping bag, I had to go into M&S yesterday and looked at the bags there, soon put one back on the rack,it was heavy and so was the price £30 . I am sure your bag Ilona will last a lot longer than the £30 one.
    I tried Pollenta years ago, I did not like it but it can be used in cakes, Its a semolina I think and does need a lot of flavouring added to make it more palletable. The scrambled eggs look good, I like mine with some strong cheese added to it. Goood luck to all in the draw

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  37. Can i please be in your prize draw? your bag looks lovely.

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  38. I'd love to win your handmade bag. Just beautiful.

    sweetiesuzy@aol.com

    Wisconsin, U.S.A.

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  39. I enjoy your blog daily and get a vicarious kick out of your walks. Oh, to be in England (I've been twice but didn't see a lot of countryside) I love the bag and would actually buy it. As it is, should I get lucky I'll pay postage (I'm in US)

    jesinalbuquerque
    (jesbillings@yahoo.com)

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  40. I would love your bag if I don't win could I buy one the same. I LOVE shopping bags

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  41. I'd love to be entered in the draw. Thank you!

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  42. The deadline has now passed for entries into the prize draw. Good luck everyone, the winners will be announced soon. You can still comment on this post, but won't be eligable for the draw. Thank you.

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