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  1. Just like many of you, we were glued to the television last night watching news of the new Royal baby and wish Kate and William many congratulations and lots of happiness. I was a massive fan of Princess Diana as I was a child during her days as a Princess and she certainly epitomised a true Princess and Kate has certainly followed in her footsteps. We can only hope that Kate has many more happy days than Diana and that her and William bring their new baby up with the same love and affection that William and Harry certainly seemed to have. As yet the baby is unnamed, with lots of speculation as to the chosen name. To help us celebrate and add to the speculation, we are running a competition to win some lovely Union Jack heart shaped bunting. All you have to do is leave your name choice below, or like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or tweet about our giveaway!

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    How to enter:

    • Complete the Rafflecopter form below to confirm your entries made via blog comments, Twitter, Facebook etc.
    • This giveaway will close on 27th July 2013.
    • Please read the rules below.
    • First timers: Please watch how Rafflecopter works (video)! It is 46 seconds long. It explains everything.
    • Make sure you do complete the form, otherwise you won’t be in with a chance to win!
    • You do need to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or leave a blog comment in order to enter. This will be checked after the closing date.
    • Want more chances to win? If you are really desperate to win this prize, you can come back each day to make separate entries!

     

    Rules:

    • Only open to UK mainland participants over the age of 18. Sorry to anyone from further afield or younger readers.
    • There is one set of bunting to giveaway. There’s no cash alternative to the prize and the prize is not transferable.
    • Entries using any software to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
    • The winner will be picked at random using appropriate software and then contacted by email.
    • Winners will have 7 days to respond and after that time, if we have had no response from the winner, another winner will be generated.
    • You do need to follow us on Twitter, leave a blog post, tweet about us or like us on Facebook to be eligible for  the giveaway. If you are the winner, your entry will be checked!

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  2. Just like us, you are probably tired of this chilly, dreary weather  and looking forward to some sunshine and planning some parties. To celebrate the Easter weekend and bring on some sunshine, we are giving away this beautiful cake stand from Bombay Duck. With three ceramic heart-shaped tiers and some butterfly and diamante detail, it is the ideal centrepiece for any Spring and Summer celebration.

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    How to enter:

    • Complete the Rafflecopter form below to confirm your entries made via blog comments, Twitter, Facebook etc.
    • This giveaway will close on 15th April 2013.
    • Please read the rules below.
    • First timers: Please watch how Rafflecopter works (video)! It is 46 seconds long. It explains everything.
    • Make sure you do complete the form, otherwise your lovely dogs won’t be in with a chance to win!
    • You do need to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or leave a blog comment in order to enter. This will be checked after the closing date.
    • Want more chances to win? If you are really desperate to win this prize, you can come back each day to make separate entries!

     

    Rules:

    • Only open to UK mainland participants over the age of 18. Sorry to anyone from further afield or younger readers.
    • There is one cake stand to giveaway. There’s no cash alternative to the prize and the prize is not transferable.
    • Entries using any software to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
    • The winner will be picked at random using appropriate software and then contacted by email.
    • Winners will have 7 days to respond and after that time, if we have had no response from the winner, another winner will be generated.
    • You do need to follow us on Twitter, leave a blog post, tweet about us or like us on Facebook to be eligible for  the giveaway. If you are the winner, your entry will be checked!

     

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  3.  As a celebration of our new website and as a thank you to our followers, supporters  and customers we have decided to start a series of giveaways! After such a lot of spoiling we have received over Christmas, we thought its only right to turn the spoiling to our gorgeous furry friends...so this giveaway is for a new year treat for your dog! Choose any product from the category "Walkies Time". If we dont have your dog's size showing in stock, don't worry, we can order it for you (or failing that we will ask you to choose another product).

     

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    How to enter:

    • Complete the Rafflecopter form below to confirm your entries made via blog comments, Twitter, Facebook etc.
    • This giveaway will close on 13th January 2013.
    • Please read the rules below.
    • First timers: Please watch how Rafflecopter works (video)! It is 46 seconds long. It explains everything.
    • Make sure you do complete the form, otherwise your lovely dogs won’t be in with a chance to win!
    • You do need to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or leave a blog comment in order to enter.
    • Want more chances to win? If you are really desperate to win this prize, you can come back each day to make separate entries!

     

    Rules:

    • Only open to UK mainland participants over the age of 18. Sorry to anyone from further afield or younger readers.
    • There is one product of the winner’s choice from the Walkies Time category on www.sugarplumcottage.co.uk as the prize. There’s no cash alternative to the prize and the prize is not transferable.
    • If the product of choice or appropriate size is not available, the recipient may choose another product from the same category.
    • If Sugar Plum Cottage does not have the chosen product in stock, it will be ordered from the supplier and we will deliver it as soon as we have it.
    • Entries using any software to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
    • The winner will be picked at random using appropriate software and then contacted by email.
    • Winners will have 7 days to respond and after that time, if we have had no response from the winner, another winner will be generated.

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  4. So, this is both an exciting and scary time, my first ever blog post. I have followed some blogs, quite a range in fact from a baking blog to a ballet blog and from a literary blog to my friend Heathers' blog who loves all things vintage and pretty. I don't want my blog to just be some kind of business blog, advertising my products; after all you can easily see these here and who isnt relieved that we can now fast forward our television adverts (especially those Boxing Day furniture and car showroom adverts!!). My aim is for it to be a little place where I can be creative, expressing myself and getting into some discussions with you about things I like (and on a grumpy day, those I don't like!!). And maybe, if we get some really lovely new stock I may have to share some of my excitement!

     

    Maybe you are wondering where Sugar Plum Cottage started? I have always loved buying "bits and bobs", as my Grandma would call them. I liked nothing more than buying a new little notebook or a souvenir eraser from a holiday gift shop. I didn't spend money on sweets; I did have sweets but with my Grandad who once a week took me to the local paper shop for some "rock" (a good old Leicester expression for any confectionary, not just the sticks from the seaside!). Instead, I preferred to spend my money on hairslides, pretty "bits and bobs" or anything related to ballet and frogs (a strange childhood obsession collecting frogs, not the real type, just cartoon versions!!). Spending money wasn't the only side of retail that I dabbled in as a little girl; as an only child I had to play creatively and loved a bit of role play (with pretend friends and customers!!). I loved nothing more than playing with my post office, market stall and supermarket sets, especially loving operating the till with the plastic money. So maybe I was always destined to be in retail?!

     

    When plastic fruit and pretend cheque books became a little passe, I concentrated more on what was to become my career, my passion, my lifeblood; dancing. I work as a dance teacher and just love it but with such fudning cuts in education and the arts (surely another subject for a blog post), dance becomes more and more sidelined in schools and work a little sparser. I wasn't prepared to give up, I love it too much and believe too much in the work that I do but I did need some other work that would fit in with my life. After reflecting on my other childhood dreams (by dancing, I was already living one), I began to sell on Ebay; its a great platform for selling, especially when you are testing your products and market but I felt a little confined by designs and the inability to sell some brands. So the next phase began and a website evolved. I knew I had to sell something a little different to set myself aside from the busy market.....Aside of ballet and pretty things, I love dogs; they are fun, happy and love cuddles, what more could a girl want. I have two dogs, Rosie and Meg and my old dog Poppy will always have a place in my heart (she is definately the subject of another blog!). So whilst selling lovely things that evoke flowers, hearts, love and sparkle we also sell lovely accessories for dogs, for people who love their dogs just as much as I do!

     

    Sugar Plum Cottage has certainly been a labour of love and probably always will be but I would like to invite your feedback on the site and products and if any guest bloggers or artists would like to contribute or commission us,then please do get in touch. Lets make life prettier and dogs more loved xxx