May 20, 2011

Bloggers in My House

"The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of my favorite things about blogging is that it can spill into real life. We can be friends, you and I. And one of my friends, Beka from 'Hold On, Love...', painted a picture just for me! All she asked was what styles I liked based on some of her other paintings, and my favorite quote by e. e. cummings. She wrote a little about it, and I gushed about it, but now it's finally up on my wall. And every morning, I get to look up and see a bit of this world wide web as something beautiful and personal. (P.S. Go check out her paintings on Etsy!)

Her sweet note

Opening the box and loving the smell of the coffee she so sweetly included 

I love it!
Hanging proudly in my living room

I also won a couple things this week (strange because I am known for my horrible luck in contests)! 

I won this handmade print from Miss Alana's Miscellany. Isn't it lovely? The blue even matches my painting. I'm glad something other than green is overtaking my house- I can't handle any more green around here.

And I won this locket necklace from the saucy No Model Lady. She made this from a vintage brooch. I have to admit, seeing this caption on her blog made me laugh. A cameo has never been so sexy.

And finally, a blogging item that stays in blogworld. I was given this award from J at Life as a Secret Squirrel's Other Half. Thanks, J! The instructions are to share 7 things about me and to pass it on to a favorite blogger:

1. I just wrote an article for Homefront United Network, and cried all the way through it. I know it's normal to cry sometimes when you read things, but is it okay to cry when you're the one doing the writing? Hmm.
2. I'm wondering if "versatile blogger" is code for "I haphazardly post whatever strikes my fancy at that moment and tend to have no cohesive themes or niches." If so, I deserve this award.
3. I got a Target giftcard for Mother's Day (from my mama), and happen to also have a coupon for this brand- I have been debating this dress. What do you think? Is it too old for me? I have no clue what kind of shoes I'd wear, either. I've also drooled over this shirt and this tank top for a while. Have I mentioned how in love I am with Target?
4. I like 'kid candy'. Everyone else my age seems to have moved on to sophisticated things like chocolate, but I still prefer Fun Dip, candy buttons, Skittles, gummy bears, etc.
5. There are still a few years before I turn 30, but I already think about it a lot. 30 sounds like something that parents do. Yes, I know I'm a parent. That's not the point. I'm too young for 30.
6. While Sky was still in Afghanistan, I talked to both a National Guard and an active Army recruiter. I was serious enough to completely fill out the Guard application. But Sky got home, and I never turned it back in. I can't even imagine what life would be like now if I had gone through with it.
7. I sometimes wish Millie's clothes came in my size. Not because I want to be all mother-daughter-matchy about it, but because I tend to like her outfits much better than my own.

I think that's it! There are ever so many blogs I could pass this award on to, but that would probably bore you, so I'll keep it to a few for the sake of time:

-Obviously, miss Beka from Hold On, Love..., Alana from Miss Alana's Miscellany, and the lovely No Model Lady. Thank you for all my beautiful things, ladies!
-Moewenackie and Consider the Lilies- two awesome fellow National Guard wives.
-Vintch, who is a beautiful writer.
-Nicole from Being a Marine Wife. I feel like I've gotten to know her a little through blogging.
-Deanna from Everything and Nothing from Essex. She can't write a bad blog post!
-My grade school friend Amber, from Life Not Finished. I'll be guest blogging for her very, very soon!
-My high school friend Alice, from Reading Rambo...partially because she writes about good books, but definitely because she cracks me up in a way no one else can.
- I also would have nominated Charla from Heart Like Mine, but she just got this award! Oh well- you get it again!

Yikes...that turned out long anyway...I should have just posted my Google Reader list!


9 kind comments from you:

beka said...

i get what you mean about the code for versatile blogger! lol. totally me too.

i want gummy bears now, thankyouverymuch! and we don't have any in the house. sad face.
[chocolate...sophisticated...i like how you said that:)]

honey, tell me about it! kids have it way better than we do. cuter clothes, easier life, everyone taking care of you.....
check out alyssa's sneak peek to her etsy coming out this summer! talk about cuteness!!!

ahem. i can't imagine being 30 yet. i hope to have met a lot more people by then, painted a lot more canvases and maybe more wals by then, and ....i don't know. that'd be cool if i met someone really special by then, also. :)

thanks so much for the award! you're sweet. and i have to mention it again; we're both so darn versatile by that definition. ;)

Melissa said...

I love it!!! I love all of her canvases she does!
And I love that you won Ladys giveaway! I just love everything about this post! :)

Mr. Superman & Mrs. S. said...

How sweet! I love it!

Katie said...

That canvas is beautiful!

Bonnie said...

I love that canvas!! I'll be ordering from Beka as soon as we land back in the states and have a house :D

Nicole Marie said...

Love, love, love! :)

Thank you!

Amanda C. said...

i LOVE that painting!!! it's gorgeous!
and the Target dress is super cute, but I love the sshirt WAY more. Adorable.

Dolli-Mama said...

Thank you so much!

heart like mine said...

i love that beka painted you that canvas; she is the sweetest thing.

and congrats on getting that other canvas and that brooch, which is GORGEOUS and of which i am also extremely jealous ;) love no model lady's caption on that, too!

i loved hearing these facts about you. kid candy is, indeed, the best. i looove that second link you posted from target; that shirt is incredibly sweet and gorgeous.

and i can't believe you almost joined the Guard/Army. i liked hearing that fact; something i would never guess about you. sounds like everything worked out the way it was supposed to, though.

thanks for the award again, love! you are the sweetest :)

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