The Conservatory Overcoat GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

February 15, 2009

opera houseHow did you spend your Valentine's Day. As you can see Brian and I spent ours at the Longwood Gardens conservatory. Not that we intended to go on Valentine's Day to take the photos. That was just the way things played out. Unfortunately for us, about 1,000 other people thought a romantic day at Longwood was a good idea too.

opera houseI'm an easily embarrassed person. So, posing in front of many passing strangers with clunky camera equipment wasn't exactly what I had envisioned when I suggested that we take Valentine's Day themed photos. I'm fairly certain it wasn't Brian's either.

HOWEVER, after getting past the first 20 minutes of uncomfortable stares we started actually enjoying ourselves. And in the end I left with a sense of satisfaction about the day, albeit with very sore feet and one lost lens cap. Unfortunately for us, we over spent our stay by about an hour and missed our Valentine's reservation at a nearby bed and breakfast we had visited six years ago.

Little did we know that this grave oversight would cost us dearly. On our way back to Lancaster we thought to have dinner at one of the many eating establishments on route 30 in the heart of Amish Country's tourist trap.

As with the gardens, about 50,000 other people had the same idea. To make things worse the only thing I had ate was a packet of cheese and chives crackers. I swear, even the Chinese buffet had a 45 minute wait.

opera houseWe ended up at a Thai restaurant called Lemongrass and I don't think food has ever tasted so good. I was of course, delirious from starvation but I'll concede that the chef had something to do with it.

In case you might be wondering, the tulip in the photo wasn't pilfered. It was a part of the bouquet Brian sent to me by delivery service on Friday. Sentimentally sweet!

The overcoat is made with a soft linen-like material with a muslin quilted liner sewn into the inside. The front of the jacket bears a heart shaped neckline with a gathered collar on either side. Three-quarter sleeves make this overcoat appropriate for springtime and a pleated empire waisted skirt make it equally feminine.

opera houseThese photos were the first I've taken with my new 50mm f/1.8 lens. It takes the best, blurriest, most glamorous photos! Speaking of Valentine's day and cameras. While dining at Lemongrass Brian let me open my Valentine's Day gift. I'll give you a clue, it was something that I can share with you!

I let out a happy gasp as I saw the numerical prefix for a speedlite that I have been keeping an eye one for many months. If you haven't heard of a speedlite, it's basically the coolest little accessory any fashionable camera 'must have'.

With my new speedlite I can bounce the flash on the ceiling or the wall and make all my flash photography look so natural and soft. UGH! I can't tell you how much I LOVE IT! I feel like such a professional:)

Brian received a special gift too. You can see it in our photos. Aptly named, the Diana Dreamer camera. It's a reproduction and you can only get it at Urban Outfitters. So retro. So analog. It's been known to take dreamy, etherial photos. It has quite an underground following but you have to use special film and get it developed online.

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I haven't gotten film developed film since the 90s. But a part of me is looking forward to opening that package after waiting for a week to send it to the lab.

I bought him two types of film, color and infrared. It's the infrared
one I'm especially excited to see him use. It's b&w and supposed to make skies dark and whites glow. Surreal.

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Let me end by mentioning that along with the
camera, I received another Valentine's day gift that Brian didn't have to spend a dime on and that was the memorable photos we took together. I'm sure it wouldn't have been the first thing he wanted to do, but for me, he did. And it's been so
long since we did something like this, I was quietly grateful.

opera houseLast day for posts is Friday 2/27/09. Winner will be announced Sunday!

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this overcoat just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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Kate said... Best Blogger Tips


This coat would be ideal to get me through the cool German spring. If I don't win I would love to see it available in your store!

millerhomestead said... Best Blogger Tips

That is beautiful! Please enter me into this wonderful give away! Thanks, Jamie

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips

What a perfectly femine & beautiful coat! I can see it on me allready! ;-)

Gwen said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I love this coat! What a fun blog.

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful coat! Your photography is wonderful too, you are very talented :)

ww said... Best Blogger Tips

Love these photos and love the overcoat - hope to win! Thanks, Wendy

Shab-n-Chic said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the coat, but it would be for my daughter. It would be perfect for her. I linked to your giveaway, thanks for putting it up!


Melody said... Best Blogger Tips

I just blogged about the giveaway at my blog at:


mel_88_88 at hotmail dot com

Patina said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, this is the first time I've seen your blog. Your pictures are so GREAT. Everything is so bright and colorful.

I will post a link to your GIVEAWAY on my sidebar.

Thanks so much!

kbhull said... Best Blogger Tips

love it!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

So beautiful! I just love it and am amazed at your talent! I love your new camera too!

Samantha said... Best Blogger Tips

That jacket is beyond adorable! I love it! And those pictures are so fun -- I love the one of you on the chair, and him jumping! Priceless!

Amber Monson said... Best Blogger Tips

Very Cute. I love the coat..and the pictures. I hope I win. Wonderful color for a coat...I love RED!!!

Aileena said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, you are awesome. I hope that one day I can sew like you! And your photography is fantastic too.

Naomi said... Best Blogger Tips

Darling coat and I love the bold red color.

LoriAnn / altered-posh said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely Adorable! Love the coat, and the photos are unbelievable! How romantic and fun...You're a doll!!

LoriAnn / altered-posh said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, I linked!!

Ben and Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the coat and I love your photos, you are an inspiration in creativity. I just found your blog today and I can't stop looking at all the great things you have on it.

guru said... Best Blogger Tips

What beautiful pictures. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Thanks for the giveaway.

Claire said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a gorgeous coat! And the photos are beautiful too.

aspadgett said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE it!!

Graceful Oven said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh so pretty. I love it!

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow-I am so glad I found your blog. Very inspiring! I hope one day to be able to sew better. Love your photography and REALLY love the coat! (It would look great on me! ;)

Sandy said... Best Blogger Tips

I love love this. I want it for my daughter!! You are so very very talented!! Love looking at all of your neat things.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a beautiful coat! I love the color and the pattern. I blogged about this a couple of days ago. By the way, I LOVE your pictures. They are always so creative.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

awww...the photos are so sweet. i love them all. you two make just a great couple.
that jacket is amazing too.
so my only question is in order to be entered to win, all you have to do create a link on your blog that links to your coat giveaway thing, correct?

Tanya Peacock said... Best Blogger Tips

Count me in! This one's for Kelly.
And your photos are gorgeous!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

It says the winner for this coat will be posted Sunday (yesterday) but I don't see it anywhere. Am I missing something?

Kristi said... Best Blogger Tips

love it

Tammy said... Best Blogger Tips

What precious pics! Thanks so much for the giveaway, I'm pretty sure this would look great on me. lol! You've been linked at

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful! :)

Liz said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it!

I added a post about you!


Sheila Nielsen Photography said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG! This is such a sweet coat!

Zach and Cecily said... Best Blogger Tips

This has becomen my new favorite blog. Ever.

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in awe of your amazing gift God has given to you! I posted a link to this on my blog.

sarasophia said... Best Blogger Tips

I was wondering Miss Kathleen, when you will announce the winners of this contest and the Opera gloves and headband giveaway....

Kind of dying here of the whole "needing to know" business:P

I keep on checking the *winners* link but can't find them listed there....

<3 sarasophia

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely pictures!! This red jacket is so attractive and has gorgeous style... She is looking beautiful in this!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice Overcoat !

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