forget about you? never.

I bet you guys thought I forgot all about you while I was off on my trip to Norway and Scotland.

sailing away from Bergen, Norway

And really, who could blame me with scenery like that to distract me?

I didn’t bring a laptop or anything like that with me on my trip, just my phone.  And my cell service was spotty at best.  For some reason I couldn’t get my email to load on my phone after the first couple of days either (remember, I’ve said it before, I’m not very good at the techie stuff).  I had been planning on at least attempting to respond to some blog comments while I was away, but that didn’t happen.

None the less, I was still thinking about you guys!

I wanted to bring back a fun giveaway and I remembered that I brought some German decorating magazines home after my Danube River cruise and they were a big hit.  So while I was hanging out in the Copenhagen airport I checked out the magazine stand and found some great stuff.

Now, I’m not entirely positive, but I think this first one is a Norwegian publication (can any of you confirm that by reading the cover?).

You may be thinking ‘why would I want a magazine that I can’t even read?’, I will counter that with ‘come on, do you really read the articles or do you mostly just look at the pictures?’

But I also grabbed a copy of the British edition of Country Living just in case you really do want to read the articles.

The tiny french garden chair in this article has me drooling all over the page (see it below in the lower right corner?).

But the really exciting find was this!

Jeanne d’ Arc Living magazine, right off the newsstand!  I got so excited about it because getting your hands on a Jeanne d’ Arc Living magazine in the U.S. is a bit more complicated than just heading to your local newsstand (although you can easily order them online from my friend Michelle, and they will be in English).

Of course it’s silly of me to be surprised.  This is a Danish magazine after all, so why wouldn’t it be right there on the airport newsstand in Copenhagen?!

I bought a copy for myself and a copy to give away.  The clerk at the cash register asked me if I realized I had two of the same magazine.  ‘Yep!’, I said.  And then I explained how excited I was to find them and she mentioned that she envied the quantity and variety of magazines that we have in the U.S.  The grass is always greener, right?

Anyway, this is the Danish version of the magazine, so not in English.  But still, again, the pictures …

Don’t need any translation to appreciate the pictures!

There is a great article about a garden house made from old doors.

How funny is it that the only thing I can read on this page is ‘Linda’ and ‘handy woman’?!  Seems as though this magazine was meant to wind up in my hands, and possible yours as well!

So now for the fun part, I’m giving all three of these magazines away to one lucky reader.  Would you like to have them?  All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment on this blog post by Friday, June 9.  I will draw a name at random from among those who comment and ship off the magazines to the lucky winner.  Maybe I’ll throw in some milk paint too.  How about it?  Should I also add some milk paint?

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible to win!

115 thoughts on “forget about you? never.

  1. Ah, the lure of ‘perfect’ home settings in a magazine from another country. Isn’t that a fun idea? I would love to look at them because they will probably have many more antiques in their rooms. And a new perspective on decorating, since they have different influences. Thanks for thinking of your readers!

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  2. That’s sweet of you to think about your adoring fans! haha! The magazines don’t have a translate button in them, do they? I would love to get my hands on some milk paint! Thank you!

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  3. I am so in need of a garden shed and need the right inspiration/plan. The old doors idea sounded great. Sounds like a wonderful trip. Welcome back

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  4. Sooooo cool…would love to win the magazine…oh and YES some milk paint LOL. I missed you while you were gone but so glad you had a fantastic vacation!!

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    1. Thanks Amy. It was a beautiful sail away out of Bergen. Bergen is called the rainiest city in the world (although I’m sure there are other cities that also claim that title), but we had a lovely sunny day while we were there.

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  5. How wonderful are those magazines, like your photos from your trips, they say ” a picture is worth a thousand words”.
    So imagine thoughts and dreams amongst thoughs pages!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  6. Oh, my! Decor magazines “as found” in Denmark! What an enticing give-away! ‘Hoping to win and then to hover over the photos, each and every one! 🔍

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  7. Milk paint and wonderful Magazines? I’m in! You are so wonderful to think about all of us. We appreciate you😊

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  8. I would love to win those magazines to see the decor of other countries and milk paint too!! I hope you plan to share more photo’s of your trip -such beautiful country! Welcome back! I love all your posts.

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    1. Well, you are in luck Susan because I do plan to share a lot more photos from my trip. I suspect some people will roll their eyes and think “not another Norway post”, but hopefully I have more readers like you who will enjoy them.

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  9. Yes, I want them! And the milk paint too! I am addicted to any and all decorating magazines, language is no object! Love your work and your posts, hope you had a great trip!

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  10. Your blog posts are so fun to read. As a fellow Minnesotan, I hope to get to one of your carriage house sales some day. You have fabulous style!

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    1. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m thinking I might not have a sale this year. I’m afraid to say that out loud, because I know a lot of people will be disappointed, but I have to say it was a huge weight off my shoulders to just think it. I’ve missed the bulk of my usual neighborhood sales this year and just haven’t been able to accumulate the quantity of vintage goodies that I usually have for my sale. At this point, I’m just saying ‘we’ll see’. But even if I don’t have one this year, I’m sure I’ll eventually have one that you can attend!

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  11. Oh, my goodness, would I LOVE to win one of these magazines! And the milk paint — well, what an added bonus! I’ve yet to use milk paint but would love to give it a try. And who cares if I can’t read the magazines — I love foreign words in my home and from any one of these countries would be perfect (they’re all from my heritage)! Welcome home, Quandie!

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  12. I love your work! It has been the source of much inspiration for me in my own painting endeavors. I hope you had a wonderful trip, and have returned relaxed and recharged.

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  13. Who wouldn’t want any of these decorating delights!?! Count me in, for sure! I’m always interested in how other people live, whether they be next door or half a word away. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  14. Yes and yes yes yes. Just from the little peeks you gave us it looks amazing!!! Antiques inside and out!? I would love these 🙂

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  15. Welcome back…you were missed! I can’t wait to see more of your trip and of course…your projects. I love magazines and would love to win your selections… and the milk paint. Thanks for thinking of us.

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  16. I’ll have to look at your copy. It looks pretty interesting and I’m good with just the pictures in those magazines.

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    1. Norway is so worthy of a dream trip. It’s a beautiful country, the people are so friendly and welcoming. I hope you get a chance to go there Terri!

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  17. Linda, welcome back. The magazines look great and with so much eye candy who needs words? The garden room made of doors is beautiful. I have lots of projects to get to this summer so some milk paint would be great. So nice of you to think of all of us with a giveaway. And there will be no eye roll from me when you post your vacation pics. Looking forward to seeing all the beautiful scenery.

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  18. Ooooh! I would love those magazines! I’m new to your blog…found it just as you were leaving for vacay! So happy you’re back. And, yes, you should add a milk paint to the giveaway. I’ve never used milk paint… Only chalk paint for years. Might be time to try something new and those magazines are perfect inspiration! Thanks for your awesome blogs!

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    1. Welcome to my blog Christine! Yep, you should definitely give milk paint a try. It’s definitely quite different from chalk paint! Best of luck in the drawing 🙂

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  19. Can’t wait to see your pictures … and I love the idea of a magazine and milk paint combo give away…hoping I win so I can share the magazines with my friends!

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  20. Love that magazine! I actually have a subscription to both it and one called “lifde Brocante”. Still, can’t ever have enough milk paint!

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    1. Fun! I’ve never heard of that other magazine, I googled it and found liefde voor Brocante, is that it? I’m betting it is because it looks very similar to Jeanne d’Arc Living. You must love it when these magazines show up in your mailbox!

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  21. Hey Linda, Yes, I suppose the first one is a Norwegian magazine! Although I live in Germany and you probably think I get hold of these magazines more easy – nope, I would have to get them in Danmark also so I would love to be the lucky winner! Although I am not sure if you would ship to Germany. Probably not. If not – good luck for the others and a great compliment for your blog which I really like!

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    1. So far I’ve never had anyone win one of my giveaways that wasn’t in the U.S., so I don’t really know just how cost prohibitive it might be to ship to other countries. But if I draw your name, I guess we’ll find out 😉 In the meantime, I’m including you! And danke schön for the compliment 😉

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    1. Oh, you are missing out Robin! It’s a lovely magazine, but can be a little bit pricey here since it’s imported. My sister asked me how much I paid for it in Denmark and I had to admit I don’t really know! So I’m not sure if I got a deal by buying it right there in Denmark or not.

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      1. Update: I just dug out my receipt for the magazines and had to laugh. The Jeanne d’Arc was the cheapest one, both of the others were more expensive. The Jeanne d’ Arc was 79.00 Danish Kroner, or about $12. So I only saved a couple of bucks buying it there, but it was still fun!

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  22. I would love to win the magazine as I have a slight magazine addiction. 😊
    I also have never tried milk paint so that would be fun. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I just came across your blog tonight via pinterest! I love your home and i would love to win the magazines and the milk paint! I have used chalk paint and love it but I would love to try milk paint! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

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  24. OMG!!!! I have such an addiction to magazines! These would be wonderful to put on top of the stack! I love to paint and decorate. Thanks for sharing and I would love to be a part of your sharing!

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  25. I am glad you arrived home safely. I would love to have any of those beautiful magazines. The pictures look so pretty!
    Blessings

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  26. I would LOVE to win this! I used to buy magazines just for a beautiful photo but I’m more frugal these days. Plus MMSMP is my favorite paint! I love your blog by the way,,,

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  27. I am holding on to my hat and hoping I win these books and I might even learn how to etchy paint. Glad you are home safely luv and best regards Betty from Ontario, Canada
    I have not seen my friends yet to ask them if they were with the crabby chap on the tour of the Isle Sky, bu will do so.

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    1. Our guide was a woman, and she was Italian. That should be enough clues for your friends. I’m pretty sure they’ll know immediately if they were on my tour if you tell them it was an Italian woman! There were only 8 of us on this particular tour.

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  28. Even with Pinterest and so much online eye-candy, I still love my magazines the most! There’s a woman I follow on Instagram from Norway solely because I love her photos. The designs don’t need translation 🙂 Was thinking of you on your trip. I went to a sale I most definitely would’ve been texting you from! Let’s get out there soon!

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  29. I am a magazine junkie who would love to own those magazines and I a milk paint beginner who drools over your dressers in hopes that some day I might get one to look like yours. Thanks for thinking of us while on vacation.:)

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  30. Love reading your blog..always blown away by the beautiful pieces that you paint..very often I cringe and say no you didn’t paint that and then you show the after and I’m blown away every time…great blog and I cannot wait to see pics of your trip..we just came back from our European trip..France, Switzerland and Holland and I’m ready to go back! lol Such a beautiful part of the world

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  31. If I make you laugh, does it increase my chances of winning?! 😉 On the chair pic, you wrote … see it down there in the right hand corner … I thought you were talking about your drool! LOL Seriously, how awesome and generous are you to always have a giveaway? Thanks for sharing, and yes please to MMS milk paint 😀 Take care, Cynthia

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