Thursday, April 8, 2010

5 Fabulous Girls

photo by me
I am featuring five new blogs today! These blogs were chosen from the Annette Tatum Duvet giveaway entries!
When I started blogging over 2 months ago, you all made me feel so incredibly welcomed.
One of those girls who has made me feel so welcomed I will be featuring next week I can hardly wait!

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I want to make other girls feel the same way. I decided to do mini interviews with each one of these bloggers, so you can get a little idea of who is behind the blog! I can tell you with emailing back and forth with all five of these girls, they are all incredibly sweet, and have hearts of gold. So I can hardly wait to share them with you!
I think next time I will feature one at a time!
This is really long, but I hope you can take the time to read it.

photo by me
There isn't any specific order that they are listed either!
Just be warned I love lilacs and have been taking a lot of photos with them over the past couple of days! There will be more to come, hopefully you don't mind.
I separated the blogs with these little spice jars.

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Robyn is the girl who won the

Here is what Robyn emailed me after she won
I'm again so excited, that I can't even tell you how thankful we are! I'm already thinking about my paint color for the walls...we really DO need to paint that room! As you know, often as a mother, our room gets neglected. I'm so excited to have a mini makeover on it! I'll tell you why...Last May I had a lumbar spinal fusion, it was the third spinal surgery for me in 9 months. Please don't misunderstand, I'm NOT feeling sorry for myself. I'm THANKFUL every single day that it is ONLY a degenerative issue. It's not life threatening and MOST important of all, it wasn't happening to my children or my husband. That being said, I currently have to lay down about 3 hours a day, so I'm spending soooo much time in my room. Way more than normal. I could "possibly" be having another surgery to re-fuse and then fuse 3 more vertebrae. I'll find out on Tuesday. Knowing that I'll have a "happy" lovely room to stay in makes it just seem a little more "fun" for lack of a better word! ;-) I also CAN'T wait to show the transformation on my blog! THAT's going to be fun! We already have plans to go to Heaven (I mean Ikea) to get a fluffy down comforter to put inside the duvet as our "gift" to our selves for our 17th wedding anniversary!

I think she is pretty deserving of that new duvet!

photo courtesy of Whimages

What inspired you to start a blog?
I originally started a blog called Whymsey Works . I had been making mini-scrap books to sell (just add photos and journal). A local scrapbook store opened and she contacted me about teaching there. (I was already holding classes in my basement about every 2 weeks). The whimsyworks blog started because I needed someplace to direct students and future students about upcoming classes, techniques and past classes in case they didn't finish. I also shared family stuff and funny stories and photos I had taken. As the classes progressed, many of my students would ask millions of questions about my photos, often saying their book didn't look like mine because of the photos. People started asking me to take family photos and then Whimages was born. It's a play on words of Whimsy and Images ...Whimages. Because my photos are a little bit more "real life" than the posed ones that are common in this area. Then I opened Whimages . As always I shared all kinds of stuff on my blog not just photos, recipes, crazy things my kids said, boxer rescue information (I've volunteered since I was 18 for rescue groups, dog rescue is extremely close to my heart), decorating ideas, links to fabulous stuff on the web etc. Eventually I only used the Whimages blog. Now that I'm not photographing families because of my back, I still share all the other stuff.

What do you hope readers will gain by reading your blog?
I hope readers gain a friend from whimages as well as an occasional giggle, new recipe, cheap decorating idea or a new website they haven't seen. Also, the two most popular searches where my blog is found are: painted black cabinets and various spinal issues. I hope I can share some insight into back problems and various procedures with people all over the world that may be having the same problems. For example, when I had done a web search for one of my procedures (radio frequency ablation, they go in with a 7 inch long needle and burn away the nerves that are hopefully causing the pain with an extremely high radio frequency) all of the info I read from individuals said it was incredibly excruciating, it was barbaric, etc. It totally was not for me. Not that it was a walk in the park ( I didn't even need a sedative) but I'd hate for someone to NOT give it a chance when it could possibly change their life for the better because of the bad reports they read on the internet.

photo courtesy of Whimages
How would you describe your decorating style?
I'm going to say our decorating style because my husband and I are very much a team when it comes to our projects. Our style is definitely cozy, kid friendly (DOG friendly) and on the eclectic side. We LOVE beautiful multi-pieced moldings painted bright glossy white, board and batten walls for a casual feel and hints of color on our walls like the light buttery yellow in our kitchen and foyer and the muted robin-egg blue in the family room above the board and batten. My husband is EXTREMELY handy with tools and wood and if he doesn't know how to do it then my father certainly will. We enjoy mixing new pieces with pieces that have a history to them. Our house always has EXTRA kids in it and on the weekends we usually can't walk across the family room floor because of the misc. kids sleeping on it. I WANT my house to be happy and for everyone to feel welcome. It's loud and chaotic but I wouldn't want it any other way!
photo courtesy of whimages
How has blogging impacted your life?
I enjoy blogging immensely. I know sometimes my posts are even written just for "me"! It feels great to just get something down in writing and we all enjoy going back over the past 4 years or so and reading the stories and looking at the photos. Some day I'd love to pick and choose our favorite posts and use a company like blurb to put them into a book so we can refer to it. I often go to my own blog and put a recipe in the search engine because it's easier than looking it up! I love when my friends say they enjoy reading it because they feel like I'm just talking to them. I write basically as I am talking to a friend and I think that's the best compliment. My friend Stephanie says she feels I'm just writing for her! LOL

lilac photo by me

The second blog I am introducing is Zaira's blog, Little Emma English Home.
She is a sweet girl and I can hardly wait to follow her blog as she just moved into her first home she can call her own. I love all the inspiring pictures Zaira provides us with on her blog. She also has a great giveaway going on right now as well.

Sweet Zaira in Scotland on holiday

What inspired you to start blogging?

I started blogging because I felt not satisfied about my life, especially about my job. I felt that I was ignoring my interior life and needed to do something about it. I also felt “blocked” about my life choices. One evening I was at the cinema watching the movie “Julie & Julia” in which the protagonist changed her life by starting a blog, so I thought it could be a good idea to do something nice for myself. I didn’t know much about blogging before that night…

photo credit Anna French

Inspiring photos found on Little Emma English Home Blog

What will readers learn from your blog?

I’m conscious that there are many “professional” interior blogs and many blogger who do this better than me. They do an extraordinary work and I learn a lot from them, they inspire me and teach me how I can make my blog more interesting. When I started, I just wanted to create a space where I can share what I like and who I am. But now has become more than this and I feel a sort of “responsibility” towards the affectionate people who follow me day by day, I wish to find new ideas for them, new inspiring blogs, or simply share something more about my life with them. I hope they could find a sort of virtual place where we could all meet and share a nice time together. Some of them have become my friends, they write me wonderful mails, encourage me, are happy for my success. I sincerely want to share all those things with them, I really care.

photo credit~ Mari Eriksson ~Helena Skarp blog

I discovered this blog because of Zaira

What part of the country are you from?

I live in a small town south Milan called Lodi. It’s an historic town, very pretty, although the area is often grey and foggy in winter. But in summer I like to walk in the beautiful squared piazza or just drink cappuccino in one of the cafes that are all around the square. I like it because it’s very closed to important cities like Milan, Parma, Piacenza, Cremona. So sometimes, on Saturday morning, when I have nothing better to do, I get into my car and drive down there for some shopping at the markets or just to visit them.

How would you describe your decorating style?

I really don’t know how to describe my style. I like to mix many things: country, shabby, Scandinavian, french. I like romantic accents but not too much flowers or pink and not too many laces, vintage…I am a simple girl and I like simple things, neat shapes, daily life objects to be used in an alternative way. I like natural tones but also accents of colours. For example, I’m planning my kitchen with white furniture, white woods on the walls but all my utensils and fabrics are red. And for my bathroom a sort of Provence theme with lavender soaps, lavender towels and pictures on the walls. I like to give a colour theme to the rooms but without monotony. I am very attentive to the colour combination, the palette, it’s essential to me because I think they can warm or cool a room, they make the difference.

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inspiring photos found on Little Emma English Home

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

I’ve been thinking a lot about it, I wanted to find something that could reflect my love for English culture and its way of living, for it has always fascinated me so much. Emma is the name I would choose for my daughter, so the name of the blog refers to the kind of home I would build for my family.

How has blogging had an impact on your life?

Blogging gave me the courage to do those things I’ve always delayed because I felt not ready: find a house, search for a new job, do something for myself. Now I’m really addicted to it…And it gave me the chance to meet wonderful ladies not only from Italy,but from around the world. They inspire me a lot and I really hope to meet some of them in person sooner or later. I would like to finish this interview saying thank you Maria from the bottom of my heart, I feel honoured and happy to be here in your beautiful blog.

lilac photo by me
The third blog is Tara's blog from Between You and Me.
She is one sweet girl I just love this family photo of hers. She has a very cute inspiring blog.

Photo courtesy of Between you and Me

What inspired you to start a blog?

I found my first blog, Bring the Rain, about 3 years ago. I was so inspired by Angie's story and her faith in the midst of losing a child. Her honesty and transparency reached into my soul and touched me in such a deep way. I had no idea that there were decorating blogs out there until I eventually stumbled onto My Sweet Savannah, Life in Grace, The Inspired Room and Nesting Place. I was so inspired by all of these women and the lives that they are living that I decided to join the fun!

photo courtesy of Between You and Me
How did you come up with name of your blog?

I have to admit that coming up with a name for my blog was SO hard! I'm sure that I jotted down about 50 names before settling on "between you & me." Naming my children wasn't near as hard as naming this blog! I wish I could take credit for the name, but my husband actually came up with it when he was tweaking a picture of our family with our kids between us for my very first header. When he said it, it stuck! The name explains what the purpose of my blog is, which is to share my life with my readers, in hopes that they'll be inspired.

Photo courtesy from Between You and Me

What do you hope your readers will gain from your blog?

I love living life intentionally and transparently, and I want my readers to be inspired to love the life that they are living and not be afraid to live it before others.

How do you describe your decorating style?

I guess most would say that I have an eclectic style. I'm most inspired by cottage style living and farmhouse living. I've definitely become more confident in what I know that I love and want to surround myself with in the past several years. I'm no professional, but here are some of the decorating rules that I live by...I love mixing old with new. I love creamy whites with punches of color! Bright sunlight and plants work magic for any home. I'm a fan of buying art that you love, and I prefer a few big spectacular pieces of furniture over a lot of little pieces any day! You can learn a lot about your decorating style by looking at all the pictures featured out in blogland. If I'm drawn to a picture, then I like to think about what aspect of the picture has inspired me and then find a way to implement it in our home

photo courtesy from Between You and Me

Thanks Tara! She is the sweetest girl!

Between You and Me

lilac photo by me

The fourth blog is the talented Tracey's blog from

What inspired you to start a blog?

My life-long friend, Michelle, has a blog and was always telling me that I would love blogging if I gave it a try......and she was right :) I'm hooked!! I had no idea there was such an amazing world of lovely bloggers out there, and once I got looking around at all of the inspiring blogs, I couldn't wait to start one of my own.

What do you hope your readers will gain from your blog?

I feel so honored that there are people out there who would ever be interested in my little blog! I hope that in some way I can maybe inspire others in the same way I've been inspired by other wonderful blogs like Dreamy Whites! I'm all about thrift shopping and making things I love out of otherwise unnoticed/discarded items. Maybe in some way my blog will help someone to see the potential in an old piece of furniture or those half-full paint cans in the garage!

How do you describe your decorating style?

I am all over the place with my decorating style, and it just seems to evolve every day. I have loved vintage furniture ever since I was a little girl, and just can't get enough of it. My style is a little bit shabby-chic, a little bit modern-vintage...and a little bit romantic. With a bit of a retro flair. I love all things girly....which proves to be a bit difficult in a house full of boys! Somehow I'm managing to pull-off the huge pink camellia in my living far no complaints.

photo courtesy from My House of Giggles
How did you come up with name of your blog?

I am so blessed to live in a happy home full of giggling and fun. My boys have the most contagious giggles and I just simply can't get enough! I wanted a sort of light-hearted name for my blog...and I think it sums us up pretty well.

photo courtesy of My House of Giggles

How has blogging impacted your life?

Blogging has made me feel like "me" again....and not just a 24 hour nursing/diaper-changing/sleep-deprived mama :). I am a stay-at-home mom, with a business background, and as much as I adore being a mom (and feel very lucky to be able to stay at home with my boys!!), I love how this world of blogging gives me a little outlet to the "real world". It gives me that little extra push I need to get things done around my house! I appreciate each and every comment that is left for me, and get great encouragement from them all.
photo courtesy of My House of Giggles
Where are you from?
I am from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tracey also has a giveaway going on!! You don't want to miss it.

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The fifth blog is the sweet Flaviana from Maison Des Lilas blog, I love all these pictures she took!

photo by Flaviana
Tell us something about you!
About me, I live in north east Italy, about 30 miles from beautiful Venice. I am a senior executive at a company that exports furniture all around the world. My job is brilliant because it allows me to know many interesting people of all nationalities and I can speak my favorite languages (English and French!).
What inspired you to start a blog?
I decided to start my humble blog because I had just finished decorating my new, first house and was so full of excitement and enthusiasm for everything “interior” related. I wanted to share that with others women like me. I am so happy I did! At first I was sure no one would have ever read it .. But then I started to receive the first comments of encouragements, of friendship and a whole new world opened up to me. Sometimes I think one of the best things ever about blogging is having the chance to get to know, even if in cyber space only, fantastic women who inspire me and spur me to be more daring and creative and open to the world. The things I’m learning are countless! The kind words I receive everyday make me burst with happiness, I don’t mean the compliments (which of course I like !!) but it’s the words of encouragement, even just an “hello, have a nice day” that brighten my day the most ! Some girls I can call friends now and that is really priceless!
photo by Flaviana
How would you describe your blog?
My blog is like me, simple but colorful, romantic and full of ideas..well at least this is how I hope it is perceived ! It’s my happy little place where I can daydream freely.

photo by Flaviana
How did you come up with the name for your blog?
I chose that name mainly because lilac is my favorite flower but also because once, when I was traveling through the French countryside I saw a beautiful, small and old farmhouse surrounded by lilac trees ..I fell in love with it and couldn’t get it out of my head (I still can’t!).
What is your favorite decorating style?
My favorite decorating style.. oh, that’s a tricky one! Surely everything French, but also English cottage style, rustic, Scandinavian.. I like to mix and match!

photo by Flaviana

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I hope you all get a chance to say hello to these incredible girls!
I have had so much fun emailing them this past week. They are all very inspiring!

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I will be hosting another giveaway at the beginning of May, and I will choose 5 blogs to feature from the entries. I want to thank all of you for participating in my last giveaway.

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I also want to thank Annette Tatum for sponsoring such a generous giveaway. Which by the way you should make sure you check out her blog! She has a very inspiring blog. Not only is this woman an extremely gifted designer, she is an incredible person. I can't say enough good things about her book, The Well-Dressed home! You can purchase her book on her website for a discounted price~ Annette Tatum! Also you never know when she might be giving away something incredible from her House Inc. Line!

photo by me
Thank you again for all of your friendships! I am loving the journey that I am on right now!
You girls are the ones who make this journey so much fun for me!!!

Thank You!

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cranberry cottage said...

I already know two girls Flaviana, and Zaira, whom, I adore!!!!

Thankyou for introducing us to the other girls and I will be checking them out also!!
You must be a whizz on the computer did you do all that?

Tattered Goods said...

Wow! You are quite the Bizzy Gal, aren't you? I love all of the blogs, thanks for the introduction :0 BTW I am having a giveaway on my blog, stop on by;


Cielo Azul Jewelry said...

SANTA MARIA!!! There are just SO many great blogs out there. Thank you so much for featuring them=0) I have not been blogging very long, so I'm still figuring it out, LOL! I just love looking at all these great pictures from all over the world.


Rie said...

What a wonderful post highlighting all those lovely blogs! I love all the lavender too! We just picked a bunch today and our house is filled with aroma. Mmm, there's none like it!

Katie said...

Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! How sweet of you to feature these ladies on your awesome blog! Thanks for all the inspiration! :)

Robyn said...

MARIA! You my friend are too sweet! This post looks GORGEOUS, your photos are stunning and I can't wait to meet these lovely ladies and their awesome blogs! THANK you so VERY much for posting about my blog. I can't wait to meet new friends! ;-) Maria, YOU are the BEST!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Thank you Maria, that's an awful lot of work there, getting those interviews together! And thank you for introducing me to a couple of gals I didn't know before...they're all just lovely. :-)

Beautiful lilacs!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Kathy said...

A great post !
A very dedicated time allotment putting together all these gorgeous blogs for us to visit!
Thank You for perservering and I'll enjoy visiting each one.
Blogland is an amazing place for sure...
Amazing how we can enter each others lives from such a distance...
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Anna said...

Maria..what a beautiful subject to post about..thanks so much for sharing such lovely bloggers with us..will be sure to swing by and pay them a visit ;) x

nat said...

Maria! How sweet of you to continue to feature other blogs on your 'famous' blog:) I already follow two of the fabulous blogs featured this time and I will now be following the others:) Thanks for letting us know about these other great ladies!

P.S. Those lilacs are gorgeous!!



KarenSue said...

That was wonderful! I live in Orlando and already follow Tara and now I have more to follow. I have enough trouble getting things done. Oh well!

Jenny Fowler said...

Oh my gosh - there is so much inspiration here I am spinning. You picked some good ones, that is true. Glad I stopped by today.

Between You and Me said...

Maria...Thank you for your kindness to celebrate other bloggers!

I love the post...and I'm thankful for you tonight!!

:) T

Mirela said...

this such a gorgeous thing to do thanks for sharing.nice to meet new bloggers i actually have already meet Michelle from house of giggles ( shes her blog) i will have too take a visit and meet some of the other beautiful girls you mentioned. :)
p.s i love your blog too always puts a smile on my face when i read your posts XXX

Melaine Thompson said...

I love ya!!!

Razmataz said...

Maria, Again, such lovely pictures!! No lilacs here in Toronto yet, but hopefully soon.

You picked some great blogs. I have been over to each and they are all so worthy of mention. Thanks for the introductions. ( my blog reading list just keeps gettign longer...)

Laura PARING DOWN said...

I so appreciate the time it takes to feature these other blogs. They are all beautiful; I'm excited to spend some time visiting each one!

Felicity said...

Maria, how wonderfully kind you are for going the extra mile and introducing these gals to us all. Thank you for sharing the joy, you are an inspiration to us all. Kind regards....Felicity

Tamarah said...

THANKS Maria for introducing me to FIVE more yummy blogs....LOVE your lilac pics....!

Warm wishes from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

Susan said...

Thank you for a wonderful post. I now have 5 more beautiful blogs to follow! LOVE LOVE LOVE your lilacs!

Jessica Hills said...

Whoops I commented on the wrong post! I am so glad that Robyn won the giveaway - she sounds VERY deserving and I wish the best to her and her family! Also, I love all these blogs and am already a follower of a couple!

Melanie said...

You have the most generous heart, Maria! The time and sincerity you poured into this post is a perfect example of your lovely spirit.

I don't know if you got my e mails the other day. I sent the same one to both of your accounts. Now I sound like a stalker:) I did get a forward from you but somewhere in cyberspace, someone is having a huge laugh at our expense. :)

I hope all is well with you, my friend!

Enjoy your weekend!

Melanie said...

I almost forgot to mention.. I can smell those beautiful lilacs from HERE! :)

Linda @ Painted Whyte said...

just started reading your blog and had no idea that you were so brand new to blogging - i have just started mine (stumbling with it actually but i'm sure it will all fall into place eventually ... i hope lol) I love your blog - love all the pictures - did you just take those lilac pics? If so i am totally jealous - i live in Edmonton, AB Canada and we are in the middle of a nasty wind/snow storm tonight and i was just in shorts this morning ... honestly! Anyway, thanks for all the inspiration :)

Linda @ Painted Whyte

Flaviana said...

You are the most generous,kindest, sweetest girl !
I'm so honored to have been featured on your blog and to have found ,again, new wonderful blogs to follow thanks to you!
This post was lovely to read and I do admire you for the really hard work! The lilac are heavenly..gorgeous pictures
Maria, I heart you!

Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh my how lovely and well done this post is! I love the international mix. I haven't encountered any of these blogs yet and can't wait to dive in. Love the last post about Sweet as a Candy. Love the Lilacs! Love your blog. Jacqueline

Elizabeth said...

Just discovered your blog....
What lovely interviews!!!
I also began blogging 2 months ago I still got lots to learn and a long ways to go.... I'll i gotta say is WoW!
You Go Girl!!!!!

DustyLu said...

Great post Maria! Love all these gals. Between you and me is one of my favs! Hope your have a great day. Your vignettes and photos look fantastic. Love the ladder and all the bottles on them. Great idea numbering the blogs with those cute jars. Very creative my friend! ~lulu

Tina said...

Such a lovely feature Maria! I am so happy to see three of my bloggy friends featured, yay Tracey, Zaira and Flaviana big hugs to all three of you XXX I do not know Robyn or Tara, so thank you for sharing them and their blogs with us! You are such a sweet hearted person my friend! Wishing you a wonderful Friday and of course weekend ~ Tina xx

ZAIRA said...

Maria, I didn't know this post was already published when I mailed you this morning!!! I was so excited and happy about it when I discovered....!!!You did a great job with this post, I really thank you for what you did, it's so generous of you. Thank you again, I feel very honoured about your attention and kindness!!!

Flaviana and Robyn are already my sweetheart friends, I'm so happy to be featured with them!! I will get in touch with the other girls very soon.

You're really a sweetheart, THE BEST EVER!! If so many people love you so much there's a reason...

A great hug from me, my friend!!

Irene b said...

you are a rare woman. our soul is sweet and gentle...the world through your eyes is always better!! Have a nice weekend

Irene b said...

sorry i meant "your soul"...

Moa said...

Such a great idea with these interviews! I love all the inspiring photos too :)

Your blog is so sweet and I'm so inspired by all the pretty photos :)

Have a great weekend!

It's me said...

Woww Maria !!!

A great post !
A very dedicated time allotment putting together all these gorgeous blogs for us to visit!

I follow all these blogs now.but nice thing the last one Flaviana.i follow her already !! it is a small world..........and a nice world blogging !! but do you have a blog for two month and have you so many followers???

How did you do that???

I spend a lot of time here today i must do some house working...............have a great day !! my dear hugs from me..........

Lynda said...

oooooooooooh Maria, I could kiss you;)!!!!!! I'm looking at a mountain of laundry to iron.......but now you have given me an excuse te leave it for now......I just HAVE to read your post again, and I need time to visit those lovely ladies you interviewed!!!! So, thank you!!! A lot.....5 more nice blogs to spent my time at;)!

have a nice friday!


Canadian Cottage said...

Hi Maria! Wonderful post, I can't wait to check out the blogs I don't know yet. Your lilacs look gorgeous, ours just have tiny buds on them now so this gives me something to look forward to! Hope you have a lovely weekend

AnK said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful bloggers. I think that what you are doing for new bloggers is marvelous. It's tough having a new blog and wondering if you are doing the right things.
I love to see your phoots so keep them coming.

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LuLu said...

Maria, you have such a huge heart. Thank You so much for featuring these amazing blogger to me! I can't wait to pour a cup of coffee sit on my deck this morning and savor each new blog! You are a gift to everyone.
Have a wonderful day!!

paige said... to visit your friends!
love your photos maria, honestly
love your photos

trash talk said...

Maria, this is such a lovely thing to be doing....not to mention such a time saver for me. I spend way too much time surfing the web looking for beautiful places to visit and you've saved me a lot of hours. All I need to do is drop by here and I'm on my way to beauty. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

Hana said...

Hey Maria! Thanks for introducing us to these lovely ladies! How sweet of your to share the blog love! You have such a sweet spirit! Have a wonderful day!!

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Roxanne said...

Hi, Maria! I love you, your precious family, this gorgeous blog you've created and your entire amazing story! ...and now your are passing it on to bless others. What a lovely woman you are!

I couldn't help but smile when I noticed the lilacs scattered throughout todays post. Last Monday I picked some and painted them in my studio. In fact I painted them twice! So pretty and fragrant. Maybe you'll drop by and take a peek. If you like the style, I'd love to give you one for your home. :) Just let me know...


Georgia @ simplydirtyprettythings said...

She deserved that duvet set!!! :)

Cathy M~ said...

Super post! I am a lilac girl & will check out these girls blogs too! Thanks so much!

Alicia ~ time worn style said...

I dont know any of these blogs (till now!) thanks so much for a wonderful introduction AND the lilacs, can smell them all the way over here in Australia (i wish lol!)

A Cottage Muse said...

My many beautiful photos and beautiful blogs in one post...thank you so much! Great reading for the weekend!!

Tracey @ My House of Giggles said...

Oh maria!! This post is more lovely than I could ever have imagined!!! You are such a complete sweetheart for taking so much time to put it all together, and for ever choosing me to feature with this lovely ladies! I feel so completely honored. I love love love your beautiful photos (as always) and you are so creative to think of using the little Anthro jars to number the blogs! love it! I'm having a great time visiting these amazing ladies!

Thanks again, and I hope you have a perfect weekend!


Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

Hi Maria.
That was a really nice post to read. There are so many amazing blogs out there - and I can't wait to check out the blogs you mentioned here. I love lilacs and I like how you used the little numbers jars. Very beautiful pictures! It is also so meant to be that the duvet went to someone who will really benefit from and enjoy it. I like how that happens!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

What delicious photos! Thank you so much for helping us find these lil gems tucked into the blogging world! Always such a pleasure to visit your blog! ~LaurieAnna

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Hi Maria-
What lovely features, so nice of you to introduce us to some wonderful new blogs! I'm so glad the cover went to Robyn, she is deserving of it! Have a great weekend!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Such inspiring post. You picked some lovely features, Maria.

Have a great weekend! xo

beachhouse etc. said...

House of Giggles was one of the first followers to my blog so I was so happy to see Tracey featured on your infamous blog..honestly it's amazing how quickly you were discovered...just goes to show good taste travels fast...your blog is awesome... i really think it is important to mention the blogs that we all are inspired by as we all know it is sometimes a Labor of Love learning and deciphering what works for each individuals blog... but never the less it's just putting yourself out there to the world keep up the great just keep spreading the love girl...suzanne

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Thank you thank you thank I have five more great blogs to read. These girls are awesome! Have a great weekend my friend~

love lives in the kitchen said...

this is a gerat post! you make us discover fantastic new blogs and wonderful personalities! i appreciate a lot! i already know maison de lilas and i'm glad to meet the others!
have a sweet weekend and thank you!

love lives in the kitchen said...

this is a gerat post! you make us discover fantastic new blogs and wonderful personalities! i appreciate a lot! i already know maison de lilas and i'm glad to meet the others!
have a sweet weekend and thank you!

A Life In Focus Photography said...

thanks so much for sharing these inspiring women!!!

OneCraftyFox said...

Thanks so much for sharing, have a wonderful weekend!

Morning T said...

I adore Tara and Tracey and can't wait to check out the others.
Another great post here Maria~ you're the best!
Happy weekend to you.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

what a great post, thanks for the intro, will certainly check them out!

Zuzu said...

FABULOUS post! I JUST met Tracey this week, and I look forward to visiting all the others. Such beauty and inspiration you share - thank you!!!

Marcela said...

Hi María!
I so appreciate the time it takes to feature these other blogs. They are all beautiful!!!!

Lissa said...

Hi Maria~ I was just outside taking pictures of my lilacs yesterday but am waiting for enough to make a big bouquet. I just love the smell of them! My mom always had big bunches of them growing up. I went around and peeked at these blogs a little bit. I just love tara! She's a doll! Oh and after looking at your blog the last few times I feel like I need some light blue glass. Everything I have is clear. Do you think it would go? When you did your beachy pictures I thought they were so amazing.

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Creamy White said...

Beautiful blogs Dear! Thanks to introducing them! And the pictures...just DREAMY!
Have a lovely weekend,
Li :-)

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Thank you for the links to such inspiring blogs!

vosges paris said...

Always s nice to see the woman behind the blogs It makes me realize every one out there is unique ;)
gave a great weekend

maría cecilia said...

Hola Maria, I have enjoyed so much your blog, your so beautiful pictures and meeting these ladies and their great blogs... thanks so much, lots of work!!!
Greetings from Chile,
Maria Cecilia

Apple said...

Hi Maria..
wow!!! there are a lot of italian girls in your blog!!! I love it! But, above all, i love your blog!
Best wishes...
Diana (Italy);)

Lara said...

Hello!!!Your blog is fantastic, I read it every day!!I dedicate a blog award,come on my blog.....excuse for my a basic english!!!Have a nice day!!

Katrina said...

Oh what lovely photographs you took, and what a great idea to introduce some bloggers! Just thought I'd let you know I stopped by from Desire to Inspire's Easter reading guide - you have a beautiful blog (this post must have taken you *forever* to complete!).

dkoperski said...

Had a wonderful morning reading your blog. what a nice thing to do(featuring other blogs). Love the lilacs. Waiting for mine outside the kitchen window to bloom. Blessings to you!

red ticking said...

such a sweet, kind and informative post... will definitely ck out all of their blogs... and i love yours...have a lovely weekend xx

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

Well, I just stumbled upon your blog and I love the lilacs too. Will have to get some for myself since I love photographing flowers too.

Anyway, congratulations on the popularity of your blog in such a short period of time.

Do come for a visit sometime when you can find the time. Please leave me a comment when you do so that I know that you have dropped by :)

Jan @ BellaCasa

Ana said...

Great post and wonderful blog!!!
Blessings from Costa Rica,

Kerri said...

Thanks for the post, it's always nice to find some fabulous new blog addictions! I've been a follower of Flaviana's for some time and now I have some new ones to add to my list. And as for lilacs, I love them too and only wish I could grow them here in sunny Queensland!
K xx

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