Thursday, 6 June 2013

a floral giveaway



... does anyone still ask for a nasty plastic supermarket bag anymore... I know they must, in fact I see them do it with my own eyes but it does seem incredible that with so many alternative options available that anyone even has the gaul to not bring their own bags to the supermarket... ok, we're not all perfect and sometimes life gets in the way but now that we're all a little more aware of the damage that these seemingly endless supply of plastic bags can do to the environment it seems a little odd to me that they're still available as an option...

... the brilliant dotcomgiftshop have a large selection of very cute shopping bags, amongst some other lovely gifts on their very user-friendly website... they recently asked me if i'd like to review a couple of items and sent me to their site to chose what I wanted to receive... after suffering a small embolism from the choice of retro-chic goodies I settled on this adorable mini milk-bottle crate complete with 6 mini milk-bottles as they reminded me of the time when we were given a small bottle of milk during break at school.. I realise this ages me tremendously and that many of you won't have such rose-tinted memories of being forced to drink warm milk at school but I loved it and I thought these little beauties would make very sweet wild-flower vases... and after raiding The Viking's glorious garden for some stunning specimens I'm sure you'll agree...



... the good people at dotcomgiftshop also gave me one of these lovely French Daisy Shopping Bags worth £14.95 to give away as a gift to one lucky reader of my blog... the bag is made from oil-cloth and has a very cute 50's inspired daisy pattern on it and would be very handy to stuff full of lovely pic-nic goodies to take to the beach... all you have to do to be in with the chance of winning the bag is complete the rafflecopter thingy below... good luck to you!





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76 comments:

  1. Oh yes, bottles of warm milk - I hated them. Happy to drink in the winter when cold though. School and food do not combine to make happy memories for me. Your milk bottle stand is rather cute and the Viking's stolen flowers are just lovely.

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  2. I just discovered your blog through another one mentioning your recipes challenge (I'll definitely be giving this a go!!). Love the look of your blog, I'm now going to go back and read through previous entries!

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  3. I think I'd put my picnic in it too although I'm too far from the sea here it would have to be picnic in the park instead of the beach, less sand in the sandwiches!

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  4. Dom: I remember those same milk bottles in elementary school and recently purchased some!! I have some very nice grocery bags that stay in my car for toting, not only groceries, but other shopping items. On the off chance, that I do end up with a plastic bag, I use it to line a trash can. Thanks for reminding us to do our part for the environment.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  5. Ugh, school milk. I was always very good at sums, but used to deliberately got some answers wrong in tests because as a special treat the people who got the best marks were given an extra bottle of milk in the afternoon break, by which time it had had another 5 hours sitting in the sun and was starting to solidify.

    Anyway, back to the bag, I'd use mine for carrying competition leaflets when I go out hunting for them (shameless plug for Grape Vine there)

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  6. As Jane well knows, I have a horror of milk too. I went to school in Devon, and our daily ration of (compulsory) milk was about three quarters cream. Horrible! I would always try to find someone to drink mine for me. Now if they had offered us cheese instead, that would have been a VERY different matter!
    I think the supermarket plastic carrier bags serve a purpose - they are OK if you have genuinely forgotten your shopping bag - or popped into the supermarket for an impulse buy - but should not be used as a metter of course.

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  7. Put me right in the most summertime mood, reading this post! Must be flowers and sunshine on your terrace! And yes, I remember glass mini-bottles of snack milk at school! Loved it too! Ours was always cold milk, though ... and we collected the little paper lids that popped from the inner bottle rims ... they were decorated with pictures of the Presidents of the US or state flags or kinds of trees, depending on the 'series de month'. Fun memories, Dom!

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  8. Wipes and nibbles for the little ones, treats for the dog, keys, purse, phone, sunnies, umbrella and tissues!

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  9. It would be great to take to the supermarket when I just pop in for a few items.

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  10. I'd use it for the multitude of toys & entertainment that I have to carry around with me, with three children under-three! :)

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  11. The flowers are so pretty and easy to look at. There aren't a hundred different stems to appreciate, just a few very select lovelies. I must admit, that sometimes I forget my re-cycled bags:(

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  12. I would put all my lighter shopping items in there as it looks like quite a big bag.

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  13. If I won this bag I would carry all of my farmer's market finds in it! :)

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  14. These are good for knitting to be carried around on trains as the needles don't pearce through and stab anyone. Equally good being stuffed full of fruit and veg or milk as being oiled if there are any breakages you are not immediately in dire straits.

    I remember that warm milk uggh!

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  15. I'm one of those annoying people who always seems to forget their fabric grocery bags---thanks for the reminder!

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  16. I'd stuff in a book, a bottle of juice, sunglasses, sandwiches and I'd head off to the park.

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  17. I would use it on holiday and put all my essentials in - sunglasses, lip gloss, hat and anything else hubby does not want to carry.

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  18. I'd fill the bag with fresh fruit and veg from my local Walthamstow Market

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  19. Oh gosh....school milk, I HATED it, warm in summer and icy cold in winter the exact opposite of what you wanted it to be. The only good thing was blowing down the straws and making bubbles until the teacher caught you !!

    I ALWAYS take my reusuable bags to the supermarket, they live in the boot of my car so I don't forget, if I forget to take them in with me (which happens) then I put all the shopping back into the trolley after paying and pack them at the car.

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  20. I HATED school milk - although it was only seven or eight years ago I had to stop drinking it *shudder* I'd use the bag going out shopping for clothes or birthday present shopping - it's not only supermarkets that give away plastic bags!

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  21. Nice picnics to take to the park with the children

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  22. Loved school milk but NOT when it was warm in the summer.
    Lovely bag which I would use to transport my equipemne when I go to scrapbooking crops

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  23. perfect picnic bag, to hold those goodies

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  24. This is a lovely spacious bag. Ideal for collecting those small items from my local greengrocer.

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  25. would take it everytime I went shopping :)

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  26. I would take my lunch to work in it, then use it for shopping on the way home, double the use!

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  27. I'd use it for shopping.

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  28. Lots of lovely food from the supermarket

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  29. I think I'd use it to carry my lunch to work and make all my colleagues jealous :)

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  30. Shopping, chocolate and spare shoes

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  31. Flowers, cheese and chocolates

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  32. Picnic stuff! Homemade quiches, drinks, fruit etc!

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  33. my shopping because you have made me feel guilty that I am one of those that ask for those 'nasty plastic supermarket bags'. Sorry

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  34. I'd use it when I go to our local farmers market, fab produce and a lady who makes the best handmade choccies I've ever had... really need a BIG bag! Thank you

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  35. Magazines and cookery books to read on a sunny afternoon in our local pub!

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  36. all my shopping from the local shops

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  37. would be great for all the bits I buy in the local shops, my re-usable carrier bags have seen better days!

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  38. I would use it for baby stuff like nappies, wipes and all the essentials x

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  39. MY KINDLE SPARE PAIR OF COMFORTABLE SHOES WET WIPE SUN TAN LOTION A PACK UP SO I CAN HAVE A PICNIC IN THE PARK AND MY IPOD FOR SOME GREAT MUSIC ON MY ME DAY

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  40. What a lovely bag. I would put my craft things in it. x

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  41. EVERYTHING, but it looks like a really good size for library books, and I go almost every couple of weeks

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  42. I would take it to the fruit and veg guy. He always uses ugly carrier bags so this would be perfect!

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  43. Uuurgh! The milk in those pyramid bags. Yuk! But now I'm a grown up I could stuff this lovely bag with bottles of wine!

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  44. I would use it for my knitting

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  45. I would use it for shopping, its much prettier than a plastic carrier bag

    Maria Molly Taylor

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  46. I probably wouldn't get chance to use it for long as I think my daughter would be running off with it to put her lots of things and books she needs o take everywhere

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  47. A book, my phone and my car keys, drive somewhere pretty and sit in the sun somewhere, for a bit of peace!

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  48. This would be great for carrying my books and lunch to work every day x

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  49. i'd use it for college for books, lunch, work which usually is really heavy :)

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  50. i would use it for shopping and it would be a great bag for school. its such a great bag i would use it for anything!

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  51. I would use it around the market

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  52. I get the "you know what" taken out of me at work as I am always carrying my shopping bags round with me (one stuffed inside another) for anything I need on my way home. What people don't get I guess is that I don't have transport atm so I can't leave my bags in the car oh no they have to come with me. through lack of transport and combined with living in a caravan (long story had a house fire) and lack of space its shop on regular basis. So atm I am using Tescos own jute bags but with a pretty floral one like this I would "hide" them all in there - much prettier. I guess those that do laugh at me carrying the bags round probably don't understand what its like to not have a car and/or rather get lots of carriers in the shops - where I say reuse where you can! Each to their own.

    Cheers

    Jx

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  53. I'd use it to carry my booknote and writer-related stuff with me, that'll free my handbag :) I love pretty flowers !

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  54. Lovely bag I'd use it for walking bag with my shopping, much better than weak carrier bags.

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  55. I would use it for everything from shopping, going to the library to going on pic-nics. I love it.

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  56. My beach gear, towel etc
    karen s
    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  57. stuff to go to the beach! towel, ball, sunglasses, food, drink, camera, flipflops

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  58. I'd use it for our beach stuff whilst its summer and then I'd use it for all my paperwork in winter - I'm a primary school teacher do a decent strong bag to hold all the kids heavy books is vital :)

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  59. books, sketchbooks and other relaxation items

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  60. All the little things I'd lose out of my pockets during festival season

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  61. It'd be great to fold away in my handbag for when I pop to the shops on the way home from work...so I would stuff my food shopping in there x

    carlahollands@hotmail.com

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  62. I'd use it to bring my shopping home, sick of the flimsy bags they give you ... for 5p! 5p and it breaks as soon as you leave the shop! Useless! Anyway you asked for a comment not a rant so I will stop now lol x

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  63. I'd use it to pack some fruit, my camera, a good book and head off on a long walk.

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  64. I think I would use for my daughters stuff when we go out much nicer than those horrible ones

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  65. I would use it daily to carry my lunch and other bits and bobs for work

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