Thursday, August 02, 2007

A Victoria give away

I've been corresponding with the very nice people from Victoria for a few months off and on. I am so excited that Hoffman Media are behind the revival of Victoria. Not only do I already enjoy their magazines but they have the nicest lady working for them (lady in every sense of the word).

They have provided a copy of a most gorgeous book called The Entertaining Touch; Recipes and Inspiration For Every Occasion. It is Southern Hospitality at its' best with lovely pictures, recipes, and ideas for entertaining ...whether it is an informal tea party, an outside party, something special for the family, or a fancy, "lets' get out the china and silver" occasion.

You'd love the pictures alone but the recipes are excellent, most are easy to prepare. Each "chapter" gives another idea to show hospitality to family and friends. I told their representative I was tempted to enter my own give away. :)

Along with the book, they will be giving you a gift subscription to the new Victoria!

I am slipping in a copy of the original Victoria just for old times sake.

All you have to do is leave a comment. You can remain anonymous if so desired. If you do not have a blog on Blogger, you can leave a comment as anonymous, too. Just leave a name I can use at the drawing on Monday morning. The winner will have to e-mail me their address (using the e-mail address on the blog). I will send you the lovely book on hospitality and an issue of the original Victoria. I'll also be e-mailing your information to Hoffman, who will contact you regarding the subscription.

For more information on the new magazine, click on the name Victoria in the first paragraph.

Oh, I have seen the mock up of the magazine. Lovely! What else would we expect from the publishers of Tea Time?

Although this date for the give away has been planned for weeks, it comes at a good time. I need a little space right now...time to ponder so to speak. Our Vet is ill so we will be having our girl with us one extra day, taking her for her shot on Friday. She has been shown a lot of love. Thank you so much for your comments and e-mails. You will never know how much they mean to me. I am as ready as one can be in the situation.

I'll be back Monday morning.


Lallee said...

Brenda, what a lovely and generous give-away. I'm already signed up for a subscription, so let me just say congratulations for one year of blogging. I always enjoy what you have to say. Instead of putting my name in the hat, would you email me? I have something private to give you if you would be interested.

Thinking of you between now and Friday. May you experience God's comfort and love. I have a long time Internet friend who just had to put her precious kitty down yesterday.


danny said...

Pick me! Pick me! I never win these things, but a LOVE to "enter." I love your blog!


Suze said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers constantly both today and tomorrow.....

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Oh, Brenda, I'm praying for God's perfect peace for you just now.

You are so generous and sweet to be hosting a drawing just now. Yes, please, I would love to be entered. I can't wait for the new Victoria to come out again.

Peggy said...

wow what a great give away! Please count me in.

Samantha said...

It is indeed a great give away. I'm not sure I'm allowed to enter, because I don't live in the US. But if I'm allowed to, I'm in!


Linda said...

Thanks so much for this opportunity. I wish all the best for Victoria magazine and can hardly wait til November. Thanks again.

Susan said...

Hi Brenda,

I enjoy reading your blog.

What a beautiful book! Please enter me in your drawing.

I enjoy Tea Time magazine, and have heard so many good things about Victoria.

Thank you.

Me said...

I am in. I used to read Victoria when I worked where I worked. Somebody would bring in their old copies with the name and address snipped out of the corner. Loved it.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing.
I had a cat live to be 21 years old. I grew up with her and it was oh so difficult to say goodbye. My thoughts are with you.

Sue said...

WOW, what a sweet thing to do, I'd love to be entered in your special drawing, and I love your blog, it's been a good year! Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I've entered a few contests here and there but haven't won anything. THIS is one I REALLY want to win! I'll be praying all weekend, lol. :)
Brenda, I've been thinking of you throughout the morning. I'll miss your Sunday post. I pray you have a very restful weekend. Lots of love coming your way sweetie.
joanna :)

Margaret said...

Victoria was 'my precious' when I was in high school/college. :) I am so happy to see its return! Please add me to the fun contest.

Our prayers are with you as you say goodbye to your friend.

Janel said...

I am so glad to hear that you've seen a mock up (lucky you!) of the new Victoria and think it's lovely. Just what I was hoping. :)

Would you enter me in the drawing? Many thanks! :)

May the weekend bring something for you to greatly enjoy...

SharonB said...

Hi Brenda, just dropped in by way of "middle years". Hospitality...such a lost art these days.

Morning Glory said...

That's a wonderful giveaway. Please count me in.

Our Family of Five said...

I just discovered your blog. It's beautiful! God Bless, Lynn.

Susan PA said...

I'd love to enter. :)

I really enjoy your blog. I'm sorry about your kitty.

In Jesus, Susan (mama to eight)

A Dusty Frame said...

I'd be delighted to win:)

I'm so excited about Victoria coming back!

Mary said...

Hello Brenda,

It has been a while since I posted a comment to you but I read your blog faithfully. I am so sorry about your kittie and am praying God's comfort for you.
Congratulations on your first year of blogging. Your posts have touched my heart many times.
I will be thinking of you and your family on Friday. Take care and God Bless!


Stephanie said...

I want it!! Oh, my, I have been spending too much time with a two-year-old...I mean, "how lovely, would you please include me in your drawing?"

your daughter

Steph said...

I would love to be entered in your give-away! I used to love Victoria magazine and hated when they stopped publishing! Looking forward to seeing them again!

meg said...

Oo-oo-oo! (Hand waving frantically in the air) Please add my name, too :) I'm so thrilled Victoria is coming back- like the "Cottage Blogs" I wander now, it gave me pleasure to page through all the beauty & creativity.
You all will be in my thoughts & prayers tomorrow.

Donetta said...

I hope this finds you well. Fluffy feline is, I hope enjoying her days more now.
I spent so many hours in our early marriage collecting Victoria Magazine only to have my sweet husband convinced me to let them go a couple of years ago. The gift of hospitality is a wonder and beauty is so soothing to a soul.
I would enjoy the offer if it were to come my way. Please include my name. Thank you,

Sheila said...

Please enter me. I'm sorry about your upcoming loss.

martha said...

It's a beautiful prize, described with grace.

Still praying for you and your household.

Susan P. said...

Brenda, you were in my thoughts so much today and will continue to be tomorrow. May God grant you peace and comfort that only He can give.

Carina said...

I have been lurking on your blog for some time now and enjoy checking in with you daily. And now, with such a generous and lovely give away, I couldn't "lurk" anymore! :) I subscribed to Victoria the entire time it was published and was so happy to hear (via your blog) that it was returning. So yes, please include my name in the drawing!

Mrs. H said...

What a wonderful giveaway - I definitely want in! I'm eagerly awaiting the new Victoria. I subscribed back in the '90's when I was in high school and absolutely loved it. I'm always kicking myself when I hear of people buying old copies because I have no idea what happened to my copies!

Thanks for sharing with us!

Mrs. H

Cathy said...

I also would like to enter the drawing. And I, like Susan, pray God will give you peace, and that He will comfort you.

Tealady Tammy said...

this is such a lovely thing for you to give away. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. I pray God will surround you and your family with love and comfort.

Cindy said...

I am usually late to the Internet parties but I am very excited about this give-away!!

KJ said...

Hi Brenda!

I have enjoyed perusing your beautiful blog. I, too, am excited by the return of Victoria! I was a long time subscriber until they changed their direction. There is so much buzz about the magazine's return that it's sure to fly!

Yes, count me in and thank-you for your generosity!

In celebration of my first month of blogging, I am giving away 1 pound of whole bean Ethiopian Oromia Medium Roast Coffee from Higher Ground. You are welcome to visit and enter!

Best Blessings, kj

SHARON said...


Connie W said...

I was another subscriber of Victoria until it ceased to be. I would appreciate being included in the drawing.
So sorry about your kitty, I know this is a most difficult time.

picketfencemom said...

This is such a lovely surprise for your readers! I received Victoria for years before it 'changed'...and I plan to subscribe once more now that Hoffman Media is in charge. I receive Southern Lady and Taste of the South, and I LOVE I know we will be in for a treat with the re-launch of Victoria!
I will be thinking of you and praying for you!
Thanks again for your generosity!

Marcia said...

Hi, Brenda ~

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. How wonderful to have a blogging anniversary to celebrate right at this hard time.

I'm praying for God to send a special hug your way over the weekend.


Kimberly said...

Please enter me in your drawing. It sounds delightful. I've been wondering if there's a way to do blogging for Victoria...They used to do the Friends of Victoria Newsletter, why not make it more up to date with blogs? Just a thought that's been going through my mind.

I am sorry for the loss of your cat. We do become so attached to our pets, don't we?

JoyFULLWifeMom said...

Thanks you for having such a neat give a way!!!

I would like to enter!

Chrissy T.

sharonm said...

Brenda, I have never left a comment on someone's blog before. I read your blog everyday. You never fail to always have something to encourage at the right time. I sometimes have my husband read also. Please enter me in your giveaway. Know that I will be praying for you in the days to come. Losing your little reading partner will be heartbreaking. May the Lord be with you for he cares about everything that concerns us.

Love in christ

Alisa said...

I love your blog and read it daily. I really do feel your pain, saying goodby to your friend-i've done it myself and its so hard. take as much time as you need to grieve.

Anonymous said...

I would please like to be entered in the giveaway drawing. Thank you very much.

Mrs. Harris

Carol at Magistra Mater said...


It is so hard to say good-bye.


Blessed be the name of the Lord,


PS I'd love to be in your drawing.

SMA said...

The book is wonderful indeed! People have to learn again how to make their lives beautiful. Thank you for the chance to read about it. I'm so far away from your country.
God bless you! Sma

Miss Paula said...

Thanks for the treat! Especially when you are caring for your sweet kittie!

Mindy said...

Hi Brenda,
What a wonderful giveaway! Please count me in! Blessings to you and yours for a peaceful weekend!

Sandra said...

This is a great giveaway! Thanks Brenda, count me in. :o)

I will also will keep you in my thoughts and prayers today as I know it will be a difficult day.

Patty said...

HI Brenda, I am remembering you in prayer today...I now it has been a tough week for you.

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! What a sweet give away..and to have it at such a difficult time. (( Brenda))
Blessings, Patty

MrsDianna said...

Such a sweet gift; how exciting. I also never win these things; truly the only thing I ever won was a cake at our local county fair back when I was the young age of 8, lol.
Please include me in your drawing.


Anonymous said...

<< I was listening to a call-in radio program last weekend, one on which the hosts offer biblical insights into their callers financial difficulties. The hosts ended every call saying, "We'll be praying for you about this." I wondered about that. Do they really pray for each and every caller and the assortment of woes? Perhaps they do. If so, it must surely take up a good bit of post-airtime hours.
How often do we end our conversations with those same words, "I'll be praying for you"? Hopefully lots of times--when we really mean it. But are there times when we use those words as nothing more than the alternative to "Hope it works out; see ya later" and then walk away with nary a backward thought (or prayer)? Using the promise of prayer as nothing more than a parting slogan trivializes a vital part of fellowship, obedience to God, and an active opportunity to love our neighbor. It turns a commandment into evangelical jargon.
If we say it, let's follow up and pray it. >>

I am! I am! I really am praying for you!
joanna :)

Lady Dorothy said...

Ooo, I've been waiting with anticipation for the first issue of the new Victoria. Please enter me in your give-away. Thanks!

Sandpiper said...

Please count me in on the draw!
I'm so excited that Victoria will be published again. I have missed that magazine. I have a stack that I've saved(some date back to the early 1990's) and I keep re-reading them!

Also, I may not visit your blog daily, but I do enjoy it when I stop by!

Renee said...

I'd love to be entered into the drawing. I am new to your blog and it is lovely!!! God Bless! Renee

Misc. Muse said...

Please put my name in the hat.
( : your coffee friend, Linda

Leslie said...


I was catching up on reading your blog, as I usually reserve reading it when there aren't any distractions. ;) I'm so sorry about your cat. I know your sorrow. Please be thankful that you got to say good bye to your friend. My cat, Solomon (of 15 years) got loose when we were moving, & I was not able to stay & look for him. He was old & declawed & it was Colorado. How I've mourned. So sad that I wasn't able to protect him.
Thank you for all That you've shared lately. It really touched me when you shared about The Song. I'm only 36, but I've had a bumpy life following my Savior's lead. Circumstances this summer have been rough, & yet there is such joy & yes, thankfulness. When you finally allow the thought that you don't deserve ANYTHING seep into your brain, it becomes natural to be thankful. Thank you for being transparent. I needed it...we are so much alike!

Cindy said...

I would love to enter the drawing. Your blog is a delight to visit.

Haus Frau said...

Thank you for providing this 'give away', Brenda. I'd love to be considered!

Blessings to you concerning your sweet kitty. ((((hugs))))

G.L.H. said...

Praying for God's comfort and love to surround you this weekend.

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! put my name in the hat, please!


the feathered nest said...

Hi Brenda, just catching up with you today. Sorry to hear about your kitty. We had to put our beloved cocker down in March due to kidney failure, so I completely understand how hard this all is!

This is such a lovely giveaway and I'd love to be entered. Thanks!


Betty said...

Please enter my name...what a wonderful prize!
Betty at Country-Charm

Anonymous said...

I love Victoria and had the subscription for years. Please add me to your drawing.


Anonymous said...

The book sounds beautiful. Please enter me in the drawing.

Kingsdaughter - Ps. 45:13

Trena said...

It is your because of you sharing your life that we (I) come to "visit" you. Keep sharing. I have never had the privilege of enjoying afternoon tea with a copy of Victoria...but I would love to. May God comfort you as you say goodbye to a dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brenda ~ love your blog! What a fantastic give-away. Please add my name to the "hat".


Thyen Party of Four said...

What a beautiful give away!! :)

Ruth :)

deb said...

Hi Brenda...just catching up on your blog posts from the past week when I've been away. Glad I read about your drawing tomorrow! By the way, Happy 1st year Blogging Anniversary!

Yes, please enter my name for your wonderful giveaway. Do you know that I've never seen a Victoria magazine?! But I'm sure I would LOVE the recipes and articles!

Sooo sorry about the sadness you're feeling for your kitty. I don't even want to think about how I'll fare when our pooch gets to that point. My thoughts are with you.

Melissa said...

Oh, how lovely! Please enter my name in the drawing.

Your blog is a restful place to visit. :)


Andrea said...

How fun! I used to receive Victoria, and am glad to see that it's coming back!

agodlyhomemaker said...

ok i'll leave a comment! :) you have a beautiful blog so it's no surprise you would choose a beautiful gift! is my addy in case i am the winner ~smile~

Jenn said...


I just love Victoria magazine too and have all my old issues. Please enter me in the drawing too.

Jenn said...

Okay, I'd like to go in the bowl, too. Oh Brenfa, I am *so* thankful to know that God held you close through the immense sadness and pain of goodbye. So thankful that you were able to be there, I'm sure it meant a great deal to your tender heart. Still thinking of you and praying for you. Much love to you, dear Brend.
xo Jewels

Anonymous said...

I'd love to be in the giveaway! What a wonderful idea. ~jane

Jenny said...

I'd love to be entered in the drawing. So sorry about your sweet kitty.

Mrs.T said...

What a lovely giveaway! I too subscribed to Victoria for many years and still have all of the issues. Too beautiful to throw away.

Thank you for hosting this at a very difficult time in your life.

God bless,