Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lilyfield Life Give Away for my 400th blog post

Wow as of today I have published 400 blog posts. That is a lot of painted furniture and a few recipes and chit chat along the way.  Thank you to everyone who stops by and reads and comments and sends me lovely emails or asks me "how to" questions and a special thank you to all my lovely customers who actually buy my furniture. It means so much to me that I can continue what I love so much - painting old furniture and blogging, and being part of a lovely supportive and creative community.



Some recent work above and some of my original work below. 


What a journey! As a thank you to you for reading here, I wanted to give you the opportunity to win the following:

Open to everyone, everywhere:

a copy of Annie Sloan's most recent book - Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture. This is a brilliant book that I hope will inspire you on your painting journey.


a copy of Marian's book "Inspired You"
(Miss Mustard Seed)
Marian shares a lot of her home and family in this book as well as a load of DIY tutorials.



and of my original design necklace/pendants in Turquoise, Howlite and Amazonite on leather


and if you live in Australia, I will also send you
one of my blue/grey striped tablecloths 
(sized 250cm by 150cm)




I will ship anywhere in the world 
(although as stated above the tablecloth will only be shipped to Australian Residents)

to enter please

subscribe to my blog (via google, RSS or email) and leave a comment below letting me know a little bit about yourself

for additional entries you can also:

Like my facebook page

share this giveaway on your facebook

follow me on Instagram (lilyfieldlife)

tweet this give-away

one additional entry for each action, please leave a separate comment for each so I can use random.org for the winner selection.

Competition closes on 8pm AEST Wednesday 5th of June and announced the next day.
All prizes paid for and provided by me

A big thank you to you all

Fiona xx

97 comments:

  1. I love your work, you are very talented.

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    1. oh thanks Marianne - not sure about talented - just practised!

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  2. love your blog...and whats the deal you been sitting on the couch eating Cheetos....lol...goodness you have done some great work. I often think how pretty homes are since blogger Diy painting took over.....congrats

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    1. I am so with you there about DIY blogging -my house is a million times nicer since i started blogging and i am so grateful for that.
      laughing about your couch comment - you can imagine how much relaxing i do!!
      have a great weekend
      Fiona

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  3. Wow Fiona,congratulations!
    You are an inspiration and so selfless in your sharing.
    Always love popping into your blog and as a Sydney girl also, I can really relate to your pictures.
    Have a wonderful week..xx

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    1. thank you so much Tara, I am a big believer in sharing knowledge. We'll have to have a sydney painting session (or even just coffee) one day.
      have a great weekend
      Fiona

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  4. Congratulations! I have probably read almost all 400 posts. It is a great giveaway; please enter me. Thanks.

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    1. hi Teri. thanks so much - that's a big effort!
      good luck for the giveaway
      Fiona

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  5. Wow 400 posts, congratulations! Hope to read 400 more.

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  6. Good work on reaching a big 400 Blog posts. I do enjoy all the inspiration and especially now we are back in the suburbs after 32 years. I am having fun re- discovering all my family "treasures" in a brand new setting - helping keep a bit of country in the city :)

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    1. thanks Sandra - love a little bit of country. Are you finding that things look not as good in their new context or better? I think some of my mum's stuff I brought back was much nicer at mum's than mine. Not sure if it's just what you are used to - I'm not the best at change - if you can believe that!
      have a lovely weekend
      Fiona

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    2. For now, most things actually look better I think Fiona ! A few things could do with a lift however. We're enjoying the big change but only I suspect, because this way it feels like we still have a foot in the other camp.:)

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  7. I'm a blog subscriber in Pennsylvania USA and I love your projects!

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    1. Welcome from Pennsylvania! thanks so much Deidre.

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  8. I just liked your fb page too! I enjoy seeing all the pics of Australia too. I like that you do so much in white. I love the crispness! You inspire me to take the plunge. I've started whitening up my furniture as well!

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    1. that is great news about whitening up your furniture -you will be addicted in no time!

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  9. I always look forward to reading your blog, I love the way you transform furniture and share your methods! I am a country girl living in Perth - you know the saying "can't take the country out of the girl........"!! Country life is something to hold onto. Good luck for your future, it's great you are getting into home decor mags and are able to share your work and home.

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    1. thanks so much Roberta - I so agree with you about country life. and i have the coast also in my veins. nothing better than the mix of the two i say.
      thanks for all your support and lovely words
      Fiona

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  10. Great giveaway! Love the tablecloth! Have a wonderful day xx

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  11. Thanks for doing this, it's a great give-away. Anyway, I just like that you're "local" (i.e. in Australia) as it's nice to see that "locals" are doing/achieving fabulous pieces of furniture and that people (like us) have great taste!!!

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  12. Jodi & Glen GibbsMay 29, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    O My goodness I cannot believe your generosity of time you put into your blog sharing with the wider community let alone the lovely prize to be won by the lucky 400th person. I have always wanted to painted furniture and now got the confidence to start. I also have a gorgeous cavoodle (Poppy) whom appears to have as good a life as your Charlie. Hoping to paint a bookcase this weekend if I can get some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, we are on the Far North Coast NSW. Thanks Jodi (and the family)

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  13. Love your blog Fiona! Your are very talented and inspirational. I have been painting lots of my furniture since discovering your blog after reading the article about your house in Country Home Ideas. I had painted a few pieces years ago but they weren't very good. But your tutorials are fabulous and have helped me with my recent transformations. Looking forward to reading the next 400 blogs!

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  14. Always love your pictures and your posts on diy are great-love dee x

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  15. Hi Fiona, Have been following your blog for about 12 months now, thanks I love it! So impressed with you 400 Blog articles, congratulations. The chair tutorial is great. Thanks again. Would love the copy of Annie Sloan's Book. Would be a great addition to my DIY Library.

    Thanks Again

    Karen

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  16. Hi Fiona

    Love your blog and sorry I did not get to meet you when I picked up my beautiful tablecloth. Have also tried lots of your recipes. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful painting jobs you inspire me with your painting - still have to read up a bit more on how to do all of this painting - only used to painting the walls in the house. Congratulations on your 400 blogs
    Anne

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  17. Hi Fiona,

    I'm recently married and finally starting to get my house looking like 'mine'. I am really hoping to follow your lead, by restoring vintage furniture for my house. I just love this look! You are extremely talented. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Love Lilyfield Life and the miracles you do with furniture. And as I'm an Inner Westie too am hoping to bump into you one day to thank you for your beautiful 400 posts.

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  19. And shared on FB (btw you have the blond version of my Schnoodle Sydney).

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  20. Hi Fiona, I discovered you on Instagram and have since followed and loved your blog. Your posts on painting furniture are my 'go to' advice. Thank you for your generosity.
    Angela

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  21. I follow and love your Instagram posts!
    Angela

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  22. I'm a Lilyfieldlife Facebook FAN!
    Angela

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  23. Congratulations on 400 posts! I also keep hens in a suburban backyard.

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  24. Wow big achievement for your blog..... And all the painting you've done! I would love some book inspiration, but your tablecloth looks amazing! Keep up the great work! Xx......I am a follower!

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  25. I follow on Instagram too ! Xx

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  26. Hi Fiona, I'm a fan and have passed your blog onto my sister I live in Brisbane and soon will be moving house, with that will come painting of walls and painting of furniture, I'm 62 and still painting, 43 years married and Oh my have painted much furniture, have loved you blog, love the look of Annie Sloans paint I would love a win, funny that hey, once again thank you for great blog entries, you are re inspiring me, as one paint brush holder to another thanks, oh and very big thank you for the section on washing and caring for ones brushes.
    Lyn

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  27. Congrats on 400 blog posts :) I'm living the crazy life of a renovator and find your blog inspiring!

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  28. Hi Fiona, What an inspiration your are! Love all of your projects and I follow you on Facebook and Instagram as well. Your posts are always informative and you are generous with information and your time. I have been dabbling in painted furniture for about a year and find it to be a rewarding "time out" and an ever growing obsession!! I have bought my first tin of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and I can't wait to use it this weekend! I look forward another 400 blog posts!
    Many thanks
    Michelle

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  29. I can't remember exactly how I came across your blog, but I know I was looking for ideas on painting furniture. We have just built a house, and new furniture is not high on the list of needs :) so I am slowly starting to paint what we have to update. I appreciate all of the information you freely give to do with painting furniture - it has helped me a lot!

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  30. Wow, 400 posts! That is a lot of painted furniture and gorgeous blog posts there!

    You know I adore your blog, you are so helpful and generous with your knowledge and time. I am a woeful painter, and I am slowly learning. I have learnt so much from you about bleed through and how to ensure a smooth finish that I realise now a tiny chest of drawers I painted a few years ago needs to be redone. It is a shocker!!!

    Here's to 400 more lovely blog posts! x

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  31. Love what you did with my table....looking forward to more collaborations!..Linda B.

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  32. Thank you,your blog has saved me! My husband has just retired and to fill our long days ahead together (all you women out there know what I mean), we have decided to join forces and re-love our sad 80's pine furniture, as well as each other of course! So brushes in hand we are armed and ready to paint, paint, paint. Who needs scenic river cruises in retirement when a trip out into the garage can be just as fulfilling!

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  33. Congrats on reaching 400 posts! I hope to follow in your footsteps in the near future! I gave you a Shout Out on my blog. Here's to 400 more! Love your blog.

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  34. Hi Fiona
    I have been following your blog this year and love how you make things seem doable and real. Your blog is such an enjoyable mix of lifestyle and creativity. I especially enjoy you and your family's enjoyment of your neighborhood.Congratulations on your first 400 as I look forward to your next 400. Britt

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  35. I love your blog and your furniture!! Mary

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  36. I also like you on FB.
    Britt :)

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  37. Love your blog fiona, thanks for the give away
    thanks Kirrily

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  38. Cathy Rollins GuyerJune 1, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I was introduced to chalk paint fairly recently, intrigued by it I began to research it some. I came across your FB profile and blog. I have only been following you for about six months but I have gone back and read so many of them. Your talent, creativity, enthusiasm and love of your family and the work you do is such an inspiration. I have always wanted to visit Australia now when I do it would be wonderful to meet you. Thank you Fiona for sharing with us. Cathy

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  39. Love the collage of all your painting work. Congratulations on the 400 posts.

    Great giveaway and I'd love you to throw my hat in the ring. Thanks.

    Carolyn
    Desire Empire

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  40. I like you on FB
    Carolyn
    Desire Empire

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  41. Like you on twitter
    Carolyn
    Desire Empire

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  42. Following on Pinterst
    Carolyn
    Desire Empire

    I'm giving away a family pass to Western Plains Zoo Dubbo. Not sure if you are into that, but it's running over on my blog if you care to enter.
    Carolyn

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  43. Hi Fiona...you know how much I love and admire how you can transform a piece of furniture with the flick of your paint brush....but really its your Dad that's the miracle worker...my citrus trees have never looked better!!! xxx
    Seriously.. congratulations on your 400th post, I have really enjoyed getting to know you over the last couple of years...xx

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    1. thanks so much Stacey, dad is going to love that! and I also have loved getting to know you as well
      Fiona xx

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  44. Have been a fan of yours since reading about you in my local paper (Manly Daily). I love all the great info you generously pass on. I really admire your energy with all you have on in your life. Congrats on your 4ooth post. Have subscribed on email and a big like on FB. Thank you, Judy

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  45. Love your Work!! I have adapted your thinking of " looking past colour" as anything can be stripped down and given a new life! I have Facebook liked/ shared and subscribed.
    Thanks Laura

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    1. thanks Laura - yes always look past colour!!
      enjoy your weekend
      Fiona x

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  46. Hi ya

    I'm Judi and I'm a follower from the UK. I only recently developed a new interest in my home and in doing so started searching for fresh ideas on the internet. I found you! Your work has really inspired me, and I would have loved one of your beautiful tablecloths, but sadly am not in the running not being located in the right place. However, I'd be absolutely thrilled if I won the books, so keeping my fingers crossed.

    Judi in the UK

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    1. hi Judi! thank you so much for your lovely comment.
      Fiona xx

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  47. I liked you on Facebook too!

    Judi in the UK

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  48. Congratulations Fiona, a wonderful achievement. I love your attention to detail and quality finishes. I'm following would love to go in the draw :) Jo x

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  49. Already liked you on Facebook from my personal and page accounts :)

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  50. Your work inspires me. I am madly ebaying and op shopping and I'm off to buy a Bosch Tacker so I can reupholster my newly acquired rocking chair. Thanks for your blogs they are awesome

    Roxanne Salt

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  51. Hi Fiona
    When I lived in Sydney I used to go to Lawsons Auctions very near to you and when I read your great blog I get very homesick!! It reminds me of the fun to be had finding those little pieces of furniture and seeing your transformations is so inspiring!! Thank you so much for sharing your talents and encouraging us all to have a go!! I'd love to win the Annie Sloan book as it's hard to find in Melbourne and as yet we don't have a stockist for her paint. Love your blog such an inspiration.
    xx

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    1. Lawsons is great. You can order the Annie sloan book on book depository very cheaply!

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  52. Ye it worked this time!!

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  53. Hi Fiona!

    I've followed your blog!.... love your work!

    Samara

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  54. Following your facebook page already!

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  55. OMG! I love your work simply beautiful!!! I recently bought a house that has a shed full of antique furniture, my head is spinning with all the ideas and potential for some of these pieces. Thank you for sharing your ideas and tutorials truly blesses me!!!

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  56. OMG! I love your work simply beautiful!!! I recently bought a house that has a shed full of antique furniture, my head is spinning with all the ideas and potential for some of these pieces. Thank you for sharing your ideas and tutorials truly blesses me!!!

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    1. Monika - your shed sounds amazing - lucky you. that's my dream house.
      thanks for your lovely comment
      Fiona x

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  57. Love your work, so inspiring! We now have Annie Sloan paint in Wollongong and I'm hoping to do a day workshop in how to use it.
    Thanks so much. :)
    Mary M.

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    1. Enjoy the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Mary, you will love it!

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  58. what a great giveaway Fiona which I'm excited to be a part of. Congratulations on 400 posts it probably seems a lot to you but we can never get enough of your beautiful works.
    I love the wax tutorial...thanks.
    Bec x

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    1. thanks so much Bec, really appreciate that and glad the wax tutorial helped.

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  59. shared this on facebook!
    Bec x

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  60. following on twitter.
    Bec x

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  61. Love your tried and tested works! You are an inspiration.
    Jen

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  62. I look forward to following your tutorials and adding a bit more life into my bedside tables (relics from the 70s).

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    1. good luck with it Angela - Im sure they will look beautiful.

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  63. Just shared your give away with my facebook friends :)

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  64. I can't believe I forgot to enter! I'm following via Bloglovin'

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  65. And I've just shared via my facebook page! I would LOVE to get my hands on those books!

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  66. And I've followed your blog for awhile now, love it. Congrats on 400 :)

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