Friday, February 12, 2010

We Have a Winner


I asked if you had a love story you’d like to tell,
and I was so happy when so many of you kindly
took the time to share your marvelous stories
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Each one was incredible and so much fun to read! 
It was impossible to choose a favorite.
So I used the Random Generator to choose a winner.

So without further ado
The Once Upon a Time Giveaway winner is…
  

 The lovely Rita of  Rita’s Shabby Chic Rose 
 If you haven’t been over to visit yet you need to go now
and spend some time at her delightful blog.
     Her wonderful love story is proof of the power of love!  
  Read on and be inspired!
Dearest Mimi, 
what an adorable and enticing theme for a post...
*** TrEs RoMAntIQuE *** My Hubby and I were set up by mutual friends when we both were at college. We both come from the same town and went to the same college some 100 km from home. As customary in Italy we dated for several years before getting engaged
and eight years after our first date we finally got married.
Sad note is 2 years after our daughter was born we got legally separated (never divorced though). But luckily enough there is also a bright side to this since our love proved to be very strong and firmly rooted and a few years later we got back together.
We love each other very much and he's helped me out a lot during the roughest and toughest times in life, last of which my mother's illness and death. Not only is he my true love but also my best friend and so am I to him.
It might not be the best love story of all but it's so very precious to me and I'm very thankful that your delightful post gave me the opportunity to count it, once again today, among my blessings and share it with you.
I've enjoyed very much reading all the romantic love stories that have been
shared so far and will come back again for more.
Hugs Rita
********
I found a few thing on my antiquing adventures
here in Paris that  I hope you like Rita! DSC00088 redoSilver-topped glass shaker for body powder, sugar
or even sparkles, two beveled mirror hearts
and two porcelain votive holders

                     Félicitations! 

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                  Rita, please email me from my profile page
                    with your address and I will send out your package. 

                Merci beaucoup to everyone!


                  Put a Little Ooh La La in Your Life!
           Mimi Bleu

27 comments:

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

A lovely second chance love story, wins in my book even without a random generator. Lovely post and have the best Valentine Day.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Rita's love story is a great one. Love is not always easy and most often require work and tenacity. So happy to read her story tonight. Lovely..creative idea for this Valentines Day. Thank you too for your 'expat' advice. I wanted you to know how much I appreciate you taking the time to write. All my best to you for a lovely weekend xx deb

Francy said...

Congrats to Rita. And what a great story!

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Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh ma belle,
What a treat for dear, dear Rita! I just love her and she was the winner of a give away that I had......Oh I have to send it to her!!! This was such a wonderful idea, Mimi! And your sweet gifts to her are just so kind and beautiful. I am going over right now to congratulate my friend Rita. Bisous! Anita

Jacqueline said...

Oh, I'm so pleased that Rita won. The random choice was a good one.
I loved Eita's story...I guess that love can go wrong sometimes but, this was obviously too strong to end and, after a little blip, love won through.
A lovely giveaway and a deserving winner.
Enjoy the weekend.
A toute a l'heure. XXXX

Natasha said...

Just lovely and oh so romantic! Isn't this a wonderful time of year!

Best Valentine's wishes to you dear Mimi.

Natasha.

Dragonfly said...

Congratulations!! Lovely story with a happy ending too :-)

Catherine said...

Congratulation to Rita!Happy St Valentine hugs catherine

Desde mi ventana said...

Congratulations to de winner!
Hapy Valentine's Day,
Hugs

love lives in the kitchen said...

congratulations to the winner! her love story i very cute!
wish you a great san valentine's day!
many hugs,
justyna

Duchess of Tea said...

Bonjour darling, what a great idea you had. I enjoyed reading the love stories your bloggers left on your post and I must say you picked the sweetest of all. Congratulations to Rita, I am now off to visit her blog.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

A wonderful love story, congratulations Rita, not only on the second chance with your man, but also winning this wonderful giveaway. :-)

Eve said...

Dear Mimi,

congratulations to Rita and her heartmelting story ! Sometimes life is better than a movie could paint it :-)
Thank you so much for your giveaway and your kind words regarding my "accident". Please take care and have a very romantic Valentines day !
Eve

Couture Millinery Atelier. said...

Congratulations to Rita! Such a beautiful love story, very touching and makes you believe that there is no grater gift than love! Wishing you the most wonderful Valentine's weekend filled with love and joy. :-)

Belle Vie said...

Bonjour~
a beautiful love story with a happy ending. I'm certain Rita will enjoy her lovely antique treasures! Congratulations to her!!
Have a wonderful weekend and
Saint-Valentin Heureuse!
xoxo, B

Paris Pastry said...

Congrats to Rita, what a great story!

Btw, I have an award for you at my blog French Mademoiselle. If your blog is award-free, no worries! Just to let you know I enjoy your blog!

Have a great weekend!

Marina said...

Congratulations to Rita ... and what a lovely happy ending!

Have the most beautiful valentines weekend Mimi!

♥♥

Blondie said...

Congratulations to your winner! What wonderful treasures...she is so lucky! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my Valentine's day post honey...have a great weekend! Kori xoxo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

C O N G R A T S to Rita! Love your beautiful red balloon pictures!!

Happy Thoughts!
Saskia

Sara Ballstaedt said...

what a fun idea for a give away :)

lady noire said...

hello bonjour romance, thanks for dropping by my blog. aisling is a irish name, and it mean a vision or a dream.
happy friday
Aisling

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling, Wishing you a lovely weekend and a loved filled Valentine’s Day.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Viva La Fashion said...

oh, i love valentine's day. :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh sweet Mimi! Yes! Destiny is true....every day proves that with the good times and the not so good, but love reigns!! I send you big hugs and a kiss on each cheek, Paris style, for une magnifique St. Valentin!!! Thank you for coming by dearest! Anita

Laura in Paris said...

What a lovely story! Happy Valentine to all!

Rita said...

Dear Mimi,
I feel so honored that I've been chosen by your Random Generator to be the winner of your contest.
Never expected I would win, as I was only most happy and content that I'd been given the oppportunity to share my own little love story. BTW, if you go over to my blog you'll see the a pic of the man behind the story...together with our DD.
Your giveway is soooooo beautiful and I will surely enjoy each of the treasures you've set fo this event.
Again thank you sweet Mimi for giving me the opportunity to put it down into words how much I love my MH and how much he truly means to me.
Have a wondeful week
rita

Inspiration in Italy said...

Wonderful story, congrats to Rita!!! xxx