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it's lottalosten.coms 6th birthday today! Hurrah!

Every year on this date since the very beginning in 2008 we've celebrated together with a giveaway and who am I to stop this glorious tradition?!
Model: Ida-Lisa.
Lime Leaf Pendant.
This year I'm taking the opportunity to give you a combined sneak peek and a chance to be one of the very first people to own a piece from my brand new, not yet released, collection!

So let's start with letting you in on the secret that is This Growing Collection!
Oak Leaf Pendant.
A late summer/autumn collection of Leaf Necklace Pendants all inspired by natures own jewelry pieces: Leaves!

Every single one of these leaf pendants are completely one of a kind and made by my hands.
This Growing Collection will be officially released in my etsy shop on monday august 11th.
Lime Leaf Pendant.
And so to the giveaway!

Up for grabs is: A Leaf Necklace Pendant (chain included) from This Growing Collection.
The pendant will be custom made for the winner!
The possible style choices are Lime, Oak, or Avocado leaf (seen in pictures) and can be made in almost any color.

The winner will be randomly picked from a hat/teacup/shoe/other container of some kind on tuesday july 1.
Avocado Leaf Pendant.

Write a comment to this post letting me now what kind of leaf you would like to win and why.

For extra entries you can:

• Like my facebook page.

• Favourite my shop on etsy.

• Tweet about this giveaway. "Win a Leaf necklace pendant by @lottalosten on"

• Follow me on instagram (@lottalosten)

Please write each additional entry in separate comments.
And don't forget to leave your email adress so I can contact you if you should be the lucky winner!

This giveaway is open until tuesday july 1st at noon (CET) and the winner will be randomly picked and announced at around 2 pm the same day.


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This thursday was the first day I went outside for almost a week. I've been totally knocked out by this cold, but now I'm feeling almost like normal again (well, what is normal, really?).
So, on thursday I took my camera, put on a vintage lens that David bought on a fleamarket a while ago, and walked out in spring ready to capture the day.
I took photos the entire day so you get to tag along.
Outside the door! Fresh air! New socks! READY!
Spring really took it's time this year, but during my week inside it finally arrived -complete with bursting buds and tiny leaves.
This was my destination for the morning. An italian café close to where I live.
They sell italian icecream that looks AMAZING but I was there for breakfast this time.
My date Ida. Since she's a freelance journalist and gets to plan her schedule herself and I work evenings and weekends we have started a tradition of meeting up for breakfast regularly. Our previous favorite breakfast place turned out to have really bad staff regulations so now we are on the lookout for a new favourite place in the neighbourhood. It's hard because there are not too many cafe's to choose from and the ones there are don't qualify for all our high demands.
It needs to be cozy enough to sit there for a couple of hours.
They must have a toilet (because we want to sit there for hours).
They need to serve breakfast.
We haven't yet found our new place.
She is a cutie pie.
After our breakfast date we said goodbye for today and I had some errands to do in the shops.
Little old ladies with red berets were enjoying the spring.
Dandelions! Sure sign of spring.
At Olskrokstorget (the town square I live close to) the flowers were newly planted.
Went to the fruit shop. Fruit is my biggest addiction after tea. I just love to walk around in fruit stores, look at the different kinds of fruit they have for the day, pick the most beautiful, exotic, tasty, lovely smelling ones and leave the store with far too much fruit for one person.
I just can't restrain myself when it comes to fruit. Guess there are worse kinds of addictions though...
Look how pretty! Fresh herbs and oranges. Sounds like a name of a restaurant, doesn't it?
Compulsory elevator pic.
Camera hand.
Love this.
I like to ring the door bell when I know David is home because I love to see his face in the doorway when he opens for me. I mean, look at him! The sweetest.
We got mail.
Important mail.
The application for our marriage!
We are good to go, apparently not related in any way and not already married with somebody else. Good.
I celebrated by choosing my bridal couple teacup.
I needed some help from David with the computer program. Took pictures of his nice hands.
And silly self portraits where the camera lens looks like it is a mouth. A very surprised mouth.
And still life of jewelry in my window sill waiting to be photographed for my shop.
And the ever pretty seed pods from South Africa.
Worked for hours.
Many receipts to look through.
When I was finished it was high time for food!
David made pizza.
I took care of the dishes.
Garnished and ready for the oven.
It was so tasty!
While we waited for the pizza to be ready I entertained myself with taking photos of things around the kithen. Like basil.
And an avocado sputnik.
See the decanter? Remember?

The evening was very still (I was so tired after my first adventurous day since before the stupid cold). Probably it involved listening to music, reading blogs, watching Buffy the vampire slayer and almost falling asleep on the couch.
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