a special gift, just for you…
Posted in (blog)house news, handmade, homewares May 3rd, 2010 by pia

I’m not the least bit bashful to admit that I’m quite alot in love with haven workroom.Β  This wonderful atelier based in London is run by New Zealander Cassandra Ellis who creates custom-made contemporary quilts, cushions and lampshades from vintage silks & cottons, as well as restoring and up-cycling vintage furniture. It’s a dreamy space (both online and offline) of inspiration, great ideas and loads of gorgeous fabrics for making all kinds of marvelous…

Cassandra runs quilting workshops at the papered parlour (i’ll write more about this fab place in coming weeks), and has also recently started taking orders for quilts made with your own personal collection of fabrics (read more about it here)…

…a little montage of inspiration I compiled from haven workroom.

A couple of weeks ago while I was in isolation-writing-retreat mode, Cassandra wrote to me with a very special thought: she wanted to offer you guys, my dear readers, one of her beautiful handmade cushions in lieu of my absence. I thought that was the sweetest and most thoughtful idea ever!

So we chatted back and forth (a bit of “no don’t be silly!” from me and a little of “it’s my pleasure, don’t think twice about it!” from her and so on) and I decided that instead of announcing her offer to you then when I was not blogging so much I decided to wait until today, in celebration of me (and hopefully you) being back regularly here in the (blog)house…

Cassandra even let me pick out the cushion to offer you from the haven workroom online boutique and since I know how much we all love shades of aqua, turquoise and ruby red combined, I thought this one would be utterly perfect…

This gorgeous cushion is made from vintage japanese silk backed in hand-loomed cotton and measures a generous 50 x 50cm, for more of a look-see, click here.


Now I must admit, I’m a little envious that you guys get a chance at owning this cushion! But I know you will love it as much as I would and that makes me happy. So what do you have to do to be the lucky recipient? Well I’ve decided that it would be wonderful if you could all visit cassandra’s blog, website, or shop – have a browse, have a wander and then all you have to do is leave a comment below: It’s about sharing the love really.

That’s it!! That’s crazy good.

I will choose and announce a winner randomly via some fancy-random-selector-computer-application-thingo this Friday, May 7th. But you have to make sure you have left a comment on this here post otherwise you will not be in the draw. Cassandra will send the cushion to you the following week.

As you know, giveaways don’t come by here regularly (the last one – and first one – was over a year ago!) so you know then that this is super, super special.

Thank you dear Cassandra! And thank you, my dear readers,Β  for your company, generosity, enthusiasm and encouragement over the past 2 or so years that I’ve been a blogging lass.

xx

PS tomorrow I will announce the details of the amsterdam: made by hand book launch! Oh, this week in the (blog)house is already so gooooooooooood…


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147 Comments

  1. Melissa says

    How sweet of Cassandra to offer such a giveaway! And such lovely colors in this cushion you chose, Pia! I already know exactly where I’d put it if I won : )

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  2. Sibora says

    I love the Cassandra’s blog! And the lampshades in her shop are some of my favorites. Thanks for this offer! I surely hope that I win.

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  3. Sarah says

    Cassandra’s blog is lovely, her shop is beautiful and that cushion is well chosen! How kind of her to offer it to your readers! I would love to enter thanks!

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  4. Julie Macintyre says

    Such a wonderful giveaway! Loved Cassandra’s blog and website. Lampshades are great too.

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  5. Nuria says

    It is a wonderful designer!!!!

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  6. Claire says

    I agree — her blog is full of beautiful colors and cute things! I saw the image of the finches on the guitar, and listened to them play online. Wow. I wonder if the birds have any idea that this noise is being made by them … doesn’t seem as if they make the connection. The pillows are amazing, of course, and wonder if this will be the contest that I finally win… πŸ™‚

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  7. Linda says

    The cushion is gorgeous, as are all the fabrics in her shop – thank you for sharing Cassandra’s blog site, Pia. I’m crossing my fingers because one of my daughters loves Japanese prints.

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  8. Ellen Marie says

    What a nice surprise! I really like the colors on this one escpecially, so please count me in. πŸ™‚

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  9. Louise says

    I thought you’d like to know that I am singing the wannadies very loudly, mainly out of joy for your special give away but also in payback for my neighbours excessively loud sneezing! x

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  10. KAREN HUTCHISON says

    So nice of Cassandra to offer the cushion, it is really beautiful, it would really brighten up my old french sofa.. I never win anything so fingers crossed this time…

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  11. nolita*wanders says

    Cassandra’s blog is such an inspiration! The quilts are ever so beautiful, reminds me of my beloved quilt that I used to carry around when I was a little girl πŸ™‚

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  12. Rachel says

    Ohhhh beautiful things! The lavender brights quilt in her shop is almost too lovely!

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  13. KellyA says

    Gorgeous stuff. Love her blog. I could provide a very nice home for that cushion!

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  14. Afton says

    I’m all about the upcycle! The hand painted cushions by haven are divine. But I also agree with the above…the lampshades are beautiful. I hope to be the lucky winner! xo

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  15. Christine says

    Wow Cassandra’s work is beautiful – just had a lovely wander around her blog. And I’m eyeing up a workshop for my birthday weekend πŸ™‚
    The cushion you’ve chosen is just gorgeous. Fingers crossed I get picked! x

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  16. Julia says

    Hi! This is the first time i’m visiting your blog and what a chance! Il loved it so much that i can’t leave it anymore. And i loved cassandra’s work…

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  17. Carla says

    Cassandra’s work is a soft spot for me! Artisan, textiles and beautiful colours… all in one object. Something to dream of!

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  18. Alison MacPherson says

    I’ve been following Cassandra’s blog for a little while and love how peaceful it makes me feel. I adore Haven’s cushions and quilts so this would be a perfect addition to my home.

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  19. Tara Bradford says

    An irresistable offer, after all – who could refuse? Cassandra’s work is so lovely. And the quilts! Such temptation.

    Looking forrward to seeing your new book, too! xo

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  20. Ingeborg says

    It’s a lovely gesture by C.! I’m in love with the cushion you picked. It would be such a perfect match with my ruby red door and high red ceilings. Fingers crossed!

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  21. Hana K. says

    This is such a great giveaway!

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  22. b.hart says

    Love the subtle color combinations…would love a pillow!

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  23. Gillian says

    Wow! How beautiful! I love the blending of colour and pattern!
    Glad to have you back in the bloghouse πŸ™‚

    Gillian

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  24. petrina says

    Hi Pia
    Great to see you’re back on board. Hope the book writing went well. Thank you for introducing us to Cassandra’s fab work x

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  25. Sarah says

    Beautiful cushion! That’s very generous of Cassandra. I’m so glad to see you’re back to blogging, Pia!

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  26. zina says

    ooooh! lovely. my goal for this summer is to make a quilt, and cassandra’s work is such gorgeous inspiration!

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  27. Yvette says

    As soon as I clicked on Cassandra’s blog I was in love! She’s now a permanent fixture in my Reader. What amazingly beautiful things she creates – and I love the idea of the risotto and citron tart! I know this is going to be a popular one!!!! Fingers crossed!

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  28. Linda Maria says

    I`d love to own this beauty!

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  29. Moocy says

    I stumbled upon a link to her website a while back and have been in love ever since! Her combinations of color and pattern are to die for. The pillow is amazing!

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  30. Jo Watts says

    Hi Pia and Cassandra, I am a complete novice at blogs, and have been meaning to write a comment for ages. I have just visited Cassandras shop/blog and I am inspired. I have had a artistic/creative block for about 8 years now. But both you (Pia) and Cassandra have inspired me…I wish I could attend her classes. I love Lavander Brights quilt! Who ever wins this fab cusion is very lucky. Much Love Jo

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  31. sarah r. says

    what a lovely giveaway! πŸ™‚

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  32. Isabella says

    I’m always super picky about cushions, but I fell in love instantly with this one! Cassandra’s blog is absolutely lovely, I’m sure it will be a new daily blog for me now. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  33. Natalie says

    Hi Pia!
    Lovely to have you back in the blog-house, we’ve missed you. And thank you so much for introducing us to Cassandra, her work is just gorgeous. As a New Zealander myself, I am always so proud to fellow creative kiwis such a success overseas!

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  34. Caroline C says

    This is wonderful! I adore everything, but in particular I love all of the lampshades!
    I would love to win. This pillow is to die for.

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  35. Emily says

    How generous of you both. Those colors…unbelievable!

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  36. Michaela says

    Oh how lovely! Her eye for fabrics and textures is exquisitely focussed. What a great celebration of your return and a generous offer on her behalf!

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  37. Lyn Hotchin says

    The true essence of beauty! Would love it for myself, but would probably raffle it to raise money for the school we have built in remote, rural Cambodia.
    I would pass my love for this cushion over to someone else……and help 1010 children in the process!

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  38. Jan Fawke says

    What a revelation! I’m in London in July and must find the shop! Meanwhile,turquoise,aqua and red are the colours of my bedroom. It would be perfect.Thank you Cassandra,and welcome back to Pia. I’ve missed your lovely blog.

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  39. Rodi says

    What is it about red and seafoam green together that is so visually satisfying? And now I’m lusting after the Lavender quilt… I too hope to work on something quilt-like this summer. Thanks for the motivation and the opportunity to win such a lovely thing!

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  40. Ladesha says

    So nice reading Cassandra’s Kiwi lingo! Beautiful inspiring work.

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  41. Sofia says

    I’m currently trying to change my previously very black and white flat into something more colourful, this cushion would definitely make a difference! It’s beautiful!

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  42. Whitney says

    I love her style…also excited to hear more about the book!

    May 4th, 2010 | #

  43. Anali says

    Great giveaway! Thank you so much to both of you. Whoever wins is one lucky so and so! ; )

    May 4th, 2010 | #

  44. Etincelle says

    Great blog and great products!! I am in love with her quilts, just what I am looking for, but very much out of my budget πŸ™
    Great inspiration!! Thanks

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  45. Michelle says

    I love the beautiful strips of fabric used in the pillow. Reminds me of Kyoto in spring! I also love the “striking medashi” cushion on the Haven Workroom site. Georgous print!

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  46. Brittany says

    oh yes please!

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  47. Nikki says

    Aw! This is so lovely!
    This reminds me of Kyoto a lot!

    I would love to have one!

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  48. Ruby says

    A fab introduction to a delicious world – thank you Pia.
    Oh dear, another addiction to go with my morning coffee!
    That fabric, her talent, her blog, those spectacular creations! Cassandra evens remembers the music playing when the cushion was sewn. Will she tell us??
    And…she is Kiwi!

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  49. unicellular says

    Wow this would be a great gift for my friend! I love the details in texture!

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  50. danica says

    i’m in love with all of her creations: lampshades, pillows, quilts. such beautiful colors and swatches and patterns….

    May 4th, 2010 | #

  51. pygmy says

    what a sweet idea! I really love her designs…thank you for introducing us to this Pia!

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  52. Lisa says

    What gorgeous fabrics and colours! Thank you for introducing me to this artist. Her blog is lovely.

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  53. Maria says

    Thank you for this offer Cassandra and of course of your marvelous idea, Pia! All the best to your book πŸ™‚
    I hope to be the winner:) Who dont?
    Efcharisto..

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  54. Sonya says

    I’ve known about Haven for a while- it’s the most beautiful idea to be able to give someone talented all your treasured fabrics and have them come back as a quilt. And NZer’s too! As a kiwi living in Amsterdam, it’s so nice to see others over here doing something they love.

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  55. sammy & glenn says

    good to see you back here pia.

    and beautiful giveaway …. we saw cassandra’s website & blog a little while back now – I think she found our blog & website via your blog actually. Her work is lovely, we especially like her lampshades.

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  56. Harriet says

    This cushion is beautiful – as are all the lovely things on the website. The fabric choices are just divine. H xx

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  57. ibabe says

    What a beautiful cushion! it is lovely. And it is lovely to have you here regularly again. A great pleasure to have you writting from the boat house.

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  58. Maria says

    I think the entries going to exceed the 100.. lets see! Best of luck for your book about Amsterdam.. i wish I was there in Amsterdam next to the beautiful canals and rivers πŸ™‚
    Lucky you Pia:)

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  59. maz says

    ah i’d love cassandra to go through my stash and make some sense and beauty from it.
    a cushion by her would be nearly as good.

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  60. sonambula says

    The mix of colours she uses are amazing.. and the Subtle Peacock cushion? Want it. A lot.

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  61. Lisa says

    Hi Pia, so glad your back I missed your stories and photos. The pillow is beautiful would love to win it Lisa πŸ™‚

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  62. Sarah says

    Oh I would love to wake up wrapped in one of her quilts if the weather in Amsterdam continues like this… What a talent and great find! Thanks!

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  63. Françoise Monier says

    I’ve always wondered what I could do with the old fabrics/linen/clothes that I inherited along with my grand-parents’house. (Getting rid of them was never an option)Now I know! This site is a mine of ideas and pure eye candy. Such a shame I can’t sew…

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  64. Catalina says

    so kind of her! and so beautiful work! I have known the workroom for a while now (I wish I lived close!!!!)

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  65. Sally May says

    I love random acts of generosity combined with talent and gorgeous fabric. Thanks to you both for the chance of receiving.

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  66. Antonella says

    I must twitt about her blog! Thanks for letting us know! Cheers

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  67. Bobbie Arvidson says

    How inspiring your site and textiles are. As an ex-pat New Zealander living in Western Australia who has just this week started my own etsy shop, it helps me to see what potential there is for those of us who love fabric. I’m sure growing up in New Zealand with my mother, aunts and grandmother constantly making things has instilled an urge to create which can’t be avoided! Well done to Cassandra, and thanks to Pia for your lovely site.

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  68. Bec says

    delightful! i had a wander over to her blog, and immediately had a smile on my face from her beautiful words! she writes just like she’s having a lovely conversation and we’re best friends. Such amazing sewing! thanks!

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  69. woolf says

    yes, haven is heaven. thxs for reminding me.

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  70. Marguerite Berkeley says

    The act of ‘engaging the heart’ with every moment in the day is something I aspire to. To be surrounded by beautiful textiles while being heart-felt must be heaven. I love the idea of upcycling our family hand-me-downs – great for the environment and continuing family memories and traditions. Thanks for sharing your talents.

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  71. Katharine says

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter – how exciting! Having looked at the Haven website it all look really stunning. Much appreciated.

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  72. klara says

    love the cushion, love the site and love that i may have found the perfect treat for a friend in the form of one of the classes catherine runs, thanks.

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  73. jen says

    Pia,do you think you could do me a huge favour please?would you mind running for president of ireland?I know the not living here thing could be tricky but I’m sure there’s a loophole there somewhere to get round that.you’re like a magical magnet for all things magnificent.
    if you don’t fancy the presidential role(it is a big responsibility,i grant you),i would be more than sufficiently compensated with Cassandra’s elegant cushion.i’m feeling relaxed just looking at it.i can only imagine how nice it would be to hunker into it.Thanks Pia,or rather lady president! πŸ˜‰

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  74. Terry says

    Such beautiful work from such a generous heart! Thank you so much for this opportunity. Love has recently brought me from NYC to Chicago, and my husband and are busy creating a new haven for ourselves. Cassandra’s talent and intentions clearly shine through her work, and I find that so inspiring.

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  75. Else says

    What a treat! Everything looks really yummi…

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  76. judith b says

    Dear Pia,
    It is sooo good to have you back! I love Cassandra’s blog and just-opened shop (she is going to have trouble keeping it stocked, methinks!) and mindset! Has everyone noticed she is offering a discount to the “Pia Club”?
    Winning the lovely cushion would be la cerise sur le gΓ’teau…

    xx

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  77. Iels says

    wowsie, how lovely does her work look! it’ll add some extra sunshine in our house for sure!

    good luck with your book Pia, I think I’ll be there@the launch!

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  78. Karina says

    Hi Pia!
    Thank you for the opportunity- it is gorgeous!

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  79. Mrs. B. says

    I love it. You picked well with the color combo. Adorable. πŸ™‚

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  80. Grace says

    I love the patten and the color Cassandra used on her work. All her work look so fresh and unique.

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  81. Gail says

    Thanking you Pia,for the creativity and passion you so generously share with us. Cassandra is also a bright star in the sky, I’ll be following you both.

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  82. Olga says

    Oh please, this is delightful. I could probably tell some sad story how CUSHIUN HAS ALWAYS MENT SO MUCH TO ME and AS A CHILD I NEVER HAD ANY COUCHIUNS, but I wont. Just do what you want. I will, Im telling you, appreciate it. So much.

    Thank you.

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  83. ann jarrett says

    Haven Head and Heart.. Thank you… a inspirational online site. beautifull vintage fabrics. The cushion reminds me fo the surrounding area where I live in Central Queensland Australia….Red of the evening sunsets….Teal Green landscape and bird life after the summer rains….Mauve of the distant mountain ranges….Aqua Blue and White ocean surrounds and gleaming sandy beaches…

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  84. Alison says

    Inspiring fabrics.. A cushion covered with cobwebs & cranes….

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  85. Lara says

    I’m swooning over everything! Those quilts, however, have given new purpose to my penny jar…

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  86. Christina Diaz says

    I love the website and her work. The fabrics are so beautiful and bright. My favorite are the pillows made with the Uzbekistan fabric and velvet on the back! I’m glad to hear you are back to stay for awhile!

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  87. Jeannie says

    Oh my gosh, the work is incredible! I especially love the blankets. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, too!

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  88. Edina says

    I LOVE the bursts of colours!

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  89. jan.s says

    Simply beautiful….allowing us to enter into the realm of harmony within & without

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  90. Sarah B says

    What gorgeous goodies, the quilts are stunning!!
    Love japanese fabrics, love cushions!!

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  91. Amy says

    If i close my eyes I can imagine my beautiful abode full of gorgeous fabrics cushions, lamp shades and the likes…..

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  92. Luna says

    what a lovely giveaway! Cassandra is one creative lady!

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  93. Cate says

    So lovely…… the cushion, the artistry, the sharing and giving. Life is expanded beautifully when you look beyond your own backyard.

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  94. Michelle Brown says

    Pia and Cassandra – THANK YOU for your generosity.

    The Haven site is gorgeous. I love the idea of “giving back” with your “A House Built of Books” project; reading always brings me joy and I can endure any wait or trial as long as I have something to read. For those who need to improve their reading skills, books are a necessity.

    And I love the “Things we love” page – a great idea to bring together pics with little rhyme or reason other than what you love – a good enough reason for me. And did I spy a familiar book cover amongst the pics?

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  95. Bec says

    this is just so glorious! everything is just so so beautiful! thankyou, Cassandra, and thankyou Pia! x

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  96. Nicole says

    What a lovely pillow. My husband is such a bird nerd, he’d love it too.

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  97. kristine says

    I’m in love!
    She makes such beautiful things.
    So please pleas please….. PICK ME!

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  98. Gloria says

    Hello Pia, I just discover your blog! You are lovley and I enjoyed so much your notes. Its wonderfull meet you and I really would like to read your books here in my country, Argentina. I will wait for them. Kisses and good luck to you!!!!Gloria.

    May 5th, 2010 | #

  99. catie says

    LOVE cassandras blog and have only just skim read (i’m at work) have bookmarked it for later. LOVE your blog too pia…thanks for all the inspiration!

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  100. Lila says

    Such handsome fabric, my gosh, my heart went a little pitter-patter looking at Cassandra’s online shop. I would LOVE to have that pillow!

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  101. Maria says

    gosh beautiful – our cat Widmerpool & I share a special chair that this would make even more stunning.

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  102. Carolyn says

    I absolutely love Haven – I’ve been subscribed for a while! Cassandra’s quilts are gorgeous, and so inspiring. As a new quilter, I just can’t get enough of her blog. LOVE IT!
    Thank you to both of you for the chance to own a beautiful cushion – it would be wonderful to win! xx

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  103. Edwina says

    Kia ora Pia
    cassandra’s work is gorgeous! I haven’t been blogging for a wee while but I’m glad I have had a chance to wish you lots of aroha for your magical new book! Your Paris one is soooooooobeautiful!
    I hope you have a wonderful launch!
    I am about to set off on a 2 month adventure to the nth Hemisphere…5 nights in Paris i can’t wait! i wonder if Cassandra needs any more Burger Rings bought over???
    Thank you always Pia your images and words are gorgeous!
    Arohanui
    Ed πŸ™‚ xx

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  104. Clare says

    Thanks for sharing Cassandra’s blog…it’s lovely. I linked up with yours, Pia, through Dumbo Feather.

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  105. kelly l says

    a Kiwi! I consider NZ home & it’s so great to reminded of the talented souls I have as friends, and that are living around the world creating.. lovely.

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  106. Karina says

    Hi! I am from Latvia (Baltic states), (possibly you don`t know were it`s :)) and I want to say, that i`m big admire of your blog, because what you do make my days shiny and happy, despite the rainy/cold weather we have all year long. And I thought that this amazing beautiful cushion could make my life more happier, because unfortunately we don`t have opportunity to buy such beautiful and unique thing here in Latvia and I`m so jealous of you :)))

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  107. Cassandra says

    Thanks everyone so much for you lovely words. It’s been really appreciated and you made my Ed get watery eyes! I’m thrilled that this cushion will find a home with one of you. Cassandra

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  108. pia says

    cassandra you just included yourself in the draw, that’s cheating! And now I’m in too!

    no, I promise everyone, I will exclude comment numbers 107 and 108 from the draw.

    now, as you were…

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  109. Caterine says

    As a cushion and textile addict in general I am in looove with Casandras work. Bright colours, beautiful patters and inspirational images that all put a great big smile on my face πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing and for such a lovely giveaway!

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  110. Syeira says

    Stunning combination of colors and textures! I hope I’m the lucky one.

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  111. celine says

    such an amazing contest! whoever gets it is a lucky person!

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  112. alison mcquade says

    pia, my sister marie introduced me to your blog and i must say i totally love the originality of it. she’s based in edinburgh and i’m based in san francisco – it’s lovely to connect via our common interests. thank you for sharing Cassandra with us – i love the colours on her website and on the lovely cushion…..

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  113. Amanda says

    How beautiful! Thank you for sharing – such exquisite work, Cassandra! I’d love to be the recipient of this gift – do pick me πŸ™‚

    Much success with your new book!

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  114. leslie says

    i never want to miss an opportunity to have something authentic in my life! what a great give a way!

    thank you!

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  115. Ana says

    CassandraΒ΄s work is such an inspiration, thanks for sharing! Colours and composition are so beautiful in her pieces, thay make me feel like sheΒ΄s painting – only with fabric and thread.

    (My new sofa would love this cushion! And so would I… πŸ™‚ )

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  116. Len says

    The textiles in the cushion are beautiful and very inspiring. I love Japanese textiles!

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  117. Steph says

    I’m in love with the quilts in her shop. Thanks for the great giveaway, Pia & Cassandra!

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  118. Luana says

    What a gorgeous cushion! And Cassandra’s blog is lovely – thanks for sharing it, another fabulous read πŸ™‚

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  119. Miss Reglisse says

    thank you for sharing Cassandra’s work, she has exquisite taste and a great talent

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  120. alyssa says

    Stunning cushion! thanks for the great giveaway.

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  121. Louise says

    I wish the political candidates were as vibrant and interesting as cassandra’s blog…

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  122. mindy b says

    Oh, I’m so glad for your facebook post today: Cassandra’s statement on her site (Hello) about being driven by the emotional connections of family and friends was so heartfelt and lovely! Thanks for sharing her work and thoughts with us. πŸ™‚

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  123. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    What beautiful, beautiful things they make!
    I just love their “mission statement” under ‘what we do’, if only more people would find joy in the handmade.
    Their workshops look like my mothers home atelie. I feel so grateful for having grown up in such a creative environment, and glad to know people are passing on those values.

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  124. michelle says

    i’ve seen this woman’s stuff before. They are gorgeous

    May 6th, 2010 | #

  125. Glenda says

    Love her blog and her stuff! Count me in please.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  126. Glenda says

    Great blog and items. Count me in please.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  127. hanna says

    such pretty quilts!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  128. Amy says

    What inspiring use of color! Cassandra’s blog and items are stunning…Such carefree talent. Love!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  129. kristina says

    ‘haven’—there couldn’t be a more perfect name for a shop selling those beautiful, whimsically patterned quilts & cushions.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  130. trittoli says

    I’ll try… it’s a very nice cushion and I love japanese silk..

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  131. Nicole says

    Thanks for the links to Cassandra’s sites… great philosophy on life and making and keeping precious handmade skills alive.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  132. Naveena says

    What a beautiful shop! A great discovery – If I don’t win I’ll be saving up for a cushion!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  133. Helena says

    Oh sooo pretty:) Yes please, count me in.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  134. pam says

    Gorgeous!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  135. elissa says

    I agree. Gorgeous. Love her shop.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  136. Krystyna says

    I’m a quiet reader but I think I’ll have to break my secrecy for an opportunity as beautiful as this! Count me in!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  137. nadia says

    honestly it makes me happy- the colours the creativity behind it and i love how cassandra curates such a lovely blog that in itself is a gift!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  138. renee bonorand fleming says

    love the colors – and the craftsmanship it entails to make such a great giveaway…hope i win.

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  139. Inka says

    How lovely, please count me in too πŸ™‚

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  140. itsasne says

    Helloooo….
    Such nice work, I’m really enjoying going through her blog and taking a peek into all the ‘things they love’ in her website. It’s a great idea to turn vintage dresses etc into a quilt, I’d love to do that with some of my mum’s. Now I know what you where talking about a few posts ago, when you mentioned that ‘it’d be great to have someone making a quilt for you out of fabric you’ve been collecting’ πŸ™‚
    I’m also quite in love with her lampshades!
    And some of the books she recommends, like that amazing one on botanical drawings. wow.
    Big hug O

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  141. Janet Maddison says

    Absolutely devine..fabulous Kiwi creativity!

    May 7th, 2010 | #

  142. carla crompton says

    The combination of ‘down under’ creativity, beautiful Japanese vintage fabrics and the possibility of reading cassandra’s blog in my little Hobart studio here in Tasmania, while craving for Pia’s Amsterdam and remembering all it had to offer when I lived there in the late 60’s, is absolutely crucial to my daily life happiness. Actually owning this gorgeous cushion could only enhance this above feeling with a ‘waauw!’

    May 8th, 2010 | #

  143. jojo's circus says

    I found Cassandra’s place in Jan and feel in Lurrrrrv, sadly I was an expat on my way home and didnt get to relish my find for long…….go the gals from the southern hemisphere!

    May 9th, 2010 | #

  144. Claire says

    I love it!! Please count me in!

    May 9th, 2010 | #

  145. mary says

    That’s so lovely, hope I’m not too late to join in.

    May 9th, 2010 | #

  146. NYinker says

    Amazing. Make my days when I need it πŸ™‚

    May 9th, 2010 | #

  147. Celia Erickson says

    What beautiful items you have. I love them.
    Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!!!
    Celia

    May 11th, 2010 | #


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