Saturday, February 1, 2014

Night 1 Of The 14 Nights Of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway

Welcome to night 1 of the 4th annual 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway. Make sure to stop by our main Giveaway Post and enter to win a $400+ Prize Pack full of decadent treats from 16 fabulous shops! Tonight we have the first movie from the Valentine Movie Marathon. Follow along daily for extra entries and the chance for a bonus 20 entries at the end of the giveaway. You can also play the Guess The Movie game for even more entries. But that's not all! Keep reading to find the first feature on one of our participating shops. Enjoy and have fun!

Vintage Ladies In Hats Compact ~ Style H

Purchase any item(s) from Laughing Vixen Lounge through February 28th and receive 10% off your order. Use code FEBRUARY10 at checkout.

Featured Shop ~ Alluring Antiques
Alluring Antiques is run by Alura from Derby Line, Vermont. Her shop is filled with antiques, vintage finds and rare books.

Antique Book Of The Month Club

How did you choose your shop name?
"Alluring Antiques came from my name, Alura. I felt it was fitting to get my name into the title of the shop somehow."

Vintage Silverplate Trays

Why did you choose to make/sell what you do?
"I love antiques and vintage and love selling my finds. I couldn't possibly keep everything. I wish I could as I've had some wonderful antiques pass through my hands!"

Antique Cream Cheese Box

"I also enjoy making soaps, bath and body items and paper arts. Those are my hobbies turned professional. I feel that I'm more of an artisan rather than a crafter...."

Jules Verne Limited Edition

What inspires the designs/creations you make?
"For my paper arts, I find inspiration in Edgar Allan Poe, Marie Antoinette, Vampires and Gothic themes. My cards range from dark Victorian to Gothic to Rococo in design!"

Edgar Allan Poe Card

What new designs/creations would you like to add to your shop in the future?
"I am on the look out for Victorian Curiosities, not too gross but odd things. I also want to offer more Victorian antiques as well."

Vintage Lusterware Trinket Box

 Miss Alura in her workshop.


You'll have a chance to win a pair of antique printing plates from Alluring Antiques. Enter now on the main Giveaway Post.

Vintage Centerville Estates Printing Plates

Visit Alluring Antiques and use coupon code ALLURING at checkout for 25% off your order.

Since it's February, I asked the shops to share their favorite love story movies.
"Gone with the Wind. They just don't make movies like this any more! I've watched GWTW since I was a kid. I identified with Scarlet because of her black hair and green eyes..."

14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon
Follow along with us for 2 weeks full of classic and modern love story movies. On each daily post  there will be a review of the next movie in our marathon. Leave a comment on the post, with your opinion of the movie, and you can receive 2 entries in the giveaway. Each day you comment you can receive 2 entries. You will find the daily entries on the Rafflecopter on the main Giveaway Post.
*You may start following the marathon at any time and comment on past posts to catch up.

Plus, if you comment on all 14 movies you can receive a bonus 20 entries. On the last day of the giveaway you will find the magic phrase you can use to unlock the bonus entries on the Rafflecopter. *You must comment on each movie to qualify for the bonus entries.

Guess The Movie Game
Each daily post will have a clue to the next night's movie. Leave your guess on the Rafflecopter widget, on the main Giveaway Post, for 2 entries in the giveaway.
*Guesses must be posted the same day as their clue to receive the 2 entries.
*The Rafflecopter widget will reset to a new day 24 hours after you left your last guess.
*Please do not post guesses anywhere else on the blog or they will be deleted and not count.

Tonight's Clue ~ Love via a magic mailbox.

Night 1 ~ The Man From Snowy River

Tagline ~ The story of a boy suddenly alone in the world. The men who
              challenge him. And the girl who helps him become a man.

Directed by George Miller (All the Rivers Run and The Neverending Story II) and released on November 5, 1982 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Rated PG). To earn money to save his father's farm, Jim (Tom Burlinson) moves to the lowlands of Australia to work. There he meets and falls in love with Jessica (Sigrid Thornton). But of course, as we all know, love is never an easy road!

For the last two years my mom has picked the first night's movie. The first movie she chose, Raintree County, had an overwhelmingly warm response from our readers. The second movie, Hachi - A Dog's Tale, surprisingly was not well received! I guess the majority of our readers drew the line at sad animals. Oh, poor Hachi.

This time she chose a wonderful movie from the 1980s called The Man From Snowy River. At the time this was released it was a box office success and even spawned a sequel, Return to Snowy River. It is a classic story of boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, girl's father deems boy not worthy, boy must prove himself, all set against a beautiful Australian backdrop.

The most iconic scene from this movie is Jim's famous cliff ride where he rides the horse down the cliff. No worries, these horses really do that!!! Quite an impressive scene.

You can currently find The Man From Snowy River on Netflix streaming.

Take a look at the original trailer.

Some trivia about the movie.
1. "The Man From Snowy River" was a poem written by A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, and published in The Bulletin, 26 April 1890. Patterson himself, along with the words of the poem, are immortalized on the Australian $10 note.
2. This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project.
3. The movie contains numerous references to A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, besides being based on his poem. Patterson himself is a character in the movie, as is Clancy from the poem "Clancy of the Overflow" (Clancy also makes an appearance in the poem "The Man from Snowy River") Harrison's wife was named Matilda. Patterson wrote the song "Waltzing Matilda" and the melody can be heard at the very end of the movie.
4. Tom Burlinson performed all his own horse riding stunts in the film
5. Burt Lancaster and Robert Mitchum were also considered for the dual role played by Kirk Douglas.


  1. Love, Alura's Shop! Good luck everyone!

  2. I've never heard of this movie. It sounds really nice though. Will have to look into it

  3. I've never seen this movie-I'm not usually into love stories but it sounds good. Raine

  4. I've never seen this one but I love romances.

  5. never seen it, I am intrigued!

  6. I've never heard of this movies. Sounds interesting.

  7. This is one of my mom's favs, too. Though I don't recall watching it all with her, I do recall the gorgeous Australian 'backdrop' and some of the stunts.

  8. i have never seen this movie. doesn't sound like something i would really like

  9. I haven't seen this... I didn't know it was a love story. I thought it was a "boy meets horse movie". I'll have to try to find it.

  10. I've never seen this...I will have to check it out.

  11. I watched this movie when I was little and don't remember much about it.

  12. I have never seen this but it looks interesting. And by the way, I loved the Hachi movie, though it was sad because it was memorable (and a true story too).