...and the awards go to


Earlier this month, just three weeks after I began my blog, I was awarded this lovely prize of appreciation by my friend
Poppins. I was so tickled and have thought about how I can reciprocate, not only to her, but some others too. So, now it is my turn to give it to three "blog beauties" who need to know that...

Poetic Home...we met on-line soon after I joined Flickr. I lusted after one of her vintage pieces ~ these cool metal scroll bookends that she said used to be finials ~ and I wrote to her about them asking if I could purchase them...so sad for me they had sold. It was then that I found out that we were both UC Berkeley alumni and used to shop at the same flea markets in the Bay Area. Grace has a beautiful collection of eclectic vintage pieces and her photography is simply divine. She takes us on tours of homes, shows us how to re-invent old stuff, and scouts around flea markets looking for unique pieces to restore, re-use, re-sell, and share with us on her blog. I would love to go shopping with her. I do...vicariously.

Daisy Cottage...who most of you all know I am sure...is such a delight! Kim welcomed me immediately when I first commented on her charming blog after seeing her colourful, vibrant, and beautifully composed photographs on Flickr. I have received many, many visits on Italian Girl from friends of Daisy Cottage. Kim, I thank you for not only sending new friends my way, but also being one. And thank you too for sharing your "Daisy Cottage" with us! It is a joy to read.

Country French Antiques...Shawn has a gorgeous collection of home furnishings and accessories in her store, which you may also visit on-line, but most of all her blogs take you away to the French countryside and the "Country French" way of life. They are elegantly written and photographed. I almost feel as if I am taking a class in college on the "Country French Style of Living"...and I just know I would get an "A+" because it is so enjoyable. I'm about to fill my car up with expensive gas and drive to Kentucky to personally see your shop Shawn, but for now I will visit your blog often and I encourage all of you to also. It is divine!

Now, I thought that I could create my own special award to give as well. I want to give this to Ingrid, a lovely Scandinavian who lives in Umbria, Italia. Her blog, Vita Lenta nel Bel Paese ~ Ingrid in Umbria is luscious! If you have not already, you all must take a journey and visit her paese. Every time I visit her blog, I am back in Italy.

I thought this would do, what do you think? I made it myself. (You all may pass it along to your favorite peach if you would like to ~ just copy and paste it.)

Thank you Ingrid for being a friend and inspiration and...getting me to practice my Italian. (My Webster's New World Italian Dictionary sits on my desk all the time now.)

Poppins also gave me this award, The Tree of Happiness

and the task of listing six things that make me fell happy now. Right now I am happy for...

1. Being home and having a lazy Sunday with my two favorite people, my husband and my son.

2. My husband making me a yummy cheeseburger!

3. The cooler weather, the beginning of autumn, and that my flowers are still blooming in the garden.

4. The "dance party" we had last night ~ just the three of us ~ and it was silly.

5. All the new friends I have made since I started my blog last month ~ my pen pals from all over the world.

6. Because of "No. 5" I am inspired to stay creative in my art, photography, and writing ~ it feels good!

and I have to add one more...

7. I am happy to also give this to Poppins!

Now it's your turn, girls...Have fun! Ciao amici.