Thursday, January 20, 2011

~ a huge, simple thank-you ~

i was recently given a couple of sweet awards
by a couple of sweet friends

michelle at shells shabby shack

they both awarded me this

how sweet are they??
thank you so much, my new friends! be perfectly honest with you
i really don't see myself as being a stylish blogger

just a simple one, really

just a christian gal who wants to share 
a little of her life
her loves
her rooky-ish crafts
with her friends

while lurking
drooling over
be crazily inspired
by you awesome blogging friends out there

my cup runneth over with gratitude!

 in order to accept this humbling award, here's how it goes:

  • thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award
  • share 7 things about yourself
  • award 15 recently discovered wonderful bloggers
  • contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

7 things about myself

1.  i have vacationed twice on a tiny little island, called caye caulker, located off the coast of Belize and loved the bohemian, 1970's, hippy feel to it.
i would still love to travel to Australia, and Prince Edward Island, Canada someday.

2.  i fell through the ice on a lake many years ago while riding on a snowmobile with my hubby.  
we were in 8 feet of water. 
do you know how cold that water can be 
and how heavy a snowmobile suit becomes once waterlogged?
i've never been snowmobiling, skating, skiing, or walking on ice since.

3. i am an only daughter
i am spoiled
and will readily admit that

4. i played piano for 8 years as a young girl, taught myself flute for a year, 
and have always always wanted to learn how to play the guitar
(i'm just a renegade hippy at heart...)

5.  some foods i love:  thin crust veggie pizza, creme de mint ice cream, crab legs,
diet sierra mist, caramel skinny lattes, mashed potatoes and gravy, 
and chocolate-covered cherries

6.  some things i love:  playing volleyball or tennis, porch swings, mowing my 3-acre lawn,
vintage 1940's pick up trucks, writings by Thomas Merton, 
spending 'gad-about days' with my hubby,
and, of course... shopping

7.  i have always wanted to design and build a house.
i have the design already imprinted in my mind
and can see it completely finished
right down to the cupboard pulls
and doorknobs

7 1/2.  i had a beautiful arabian/thoroughbred gelding when i was 18-22 years old 
and learned how to barrel ride 
which was so much fun!

(sorry....just had to add #7 1/2....) 

now i must choose 15 blogs
which is next to impossible for me
i am inspired by so very many of you
not only because you 
teach me
but because you
bless me ~
so here is a special shout-out to some of my favorite recently discovered friends!

1.  tricia at a rosy note
2.   donna at an enchanted cottage 
3.  jane at blondies journal
4.  ginger at cottage on rosewood
6.  leslie at feathers in my nest
7.  elizabeth at just following jesus
8.  jennifer at keswick country
10.  hilary at sweet as june
11.  cindy at the heart of your home
13.  alicia at time worn style
14.  elizabeth at my tattered rose
15.  laura at my summerhouse

be sure to check each of these fabulous bloggers ♥

they will open your eyes to beautifully styled homes
wonderful crafts
yummy trinkets and treasures


go do something crafty, 
then take a break and and pay a visit to my new friends!

{ grateful hugs }


  1. I love your 7 things about you. I never knew you were such a cool hippy soul. We used to ride our snowmobile all the time, but how scary to fall through the ice! Oh my gosh!
    I love mowing! On the rider of course. It's one of the things I miss terribly- we have a mower guy now. It's so peaceful mowing.
    Love your share and your photos- wonderful and congrats on the award!
    Hugs- Tete

  2. How neat to learn more about you. and of course you should add the 7 1/2...what a wonderful experience in your life to have a beautiful creature as sis Debbie LOVES horses and being around them...Still praying for your dear sis Debbie. I do hope she is already feeling on the mend. God bless her with NO cancer! Hugs to you. Enjoyed my visit as always...

  3. Wow Laurie, you are not simple at all. You are an incredibly stylish woman and I am so blessed to have found your blog! Congratulations on your award!

  4. Hi Laurie,
    I hope you get to visit P.E.I.! I know a good place for afternoon tea!!!

    Congrats on the award and I know some of the lovely blogs you found but not all so I will check them out.
    Take care,

  5. Hey there Laurie!

    So fun to learn a little more about you. I'm so jealous that you play piano. Learning to play is a life long dream of mine. I'm gonna do it :) You have had some wonderful adventures, minus the snowmobile one. Scary! Looks like we have so many things in common. I love tennis, porch swings, vintage pick-up trucks and caramel skinny lattes. We could! Glad you added the 7 1/2. Awesome! Hope you get to build your dream home one day!

    Best of the day to you!

  6. Hello there darling! I love learning about you and I love that we have some more things in comment! We are going to have lots of fun this summer!! I am so glad that you survived the snow mobile indecent, I love you in life girly!!! :)

  7. Laurie, you are just too sweet for words. Thank you so, so much for the beautiful award. I know several of the blogs you mentioned, and will be visiting the ones I do not know.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your beautiful sister at this time. How wonderful that she is home and that you were able to talk to her.

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend. (And I wish I played any instrument at all!)... Donna

  8. Thank you is a privilege to be listed as one of your favorite recently discovered friends! Bless you sweetie! Cindy

  9. Hi Laurie...designing a house eh? that is an ambitious and very neat dream!

    Anne Marie

  10. You can't imagine how honored I am to be placed on the same list with your other choices. Thank you VERY much. :) I am equally happy that I found your blog; I enjoy it so much.

  11. I love you Laurie...but you know that! Nothing else to say, girl! Hugs-Diana

  12. You my friend ARE A SCREAM!

    I play the piano and the guitar...NO FLUTE THO!

    Now...if you are serious about a simple machine I'd get something inexpensive like a BROTHER or a WHITE. They make some decent lightweight models. Just don't plan on doing heavy duty sewing on it (like blue jean stuff) as they aren't made for that!

    I LOVE YOUR BLOG! It always makes me smile!


  13. Congrats on the blog award!! Loved learning all the things about ya. Cant imagine falling through the ice--Glad ya made it out safely. Love your music on your blog! God bless,Deb

  14. Wow, I loved reading this post. Thanks so much for adding me to your list!!! I think we're very similar in our likes (mmmm mashed potatoes).

  15. Dear Laurie...Thank you so much for the mention of my blog. You are very sweet. I always love to read about your adventures, projects, and life. You are inspirational. Love your blog and the soft, lovely music, too. Susan

  16. You are an amazing person {and stylish}, sports, designing a house, horse! I love learning new things about my friends! And thank you for passing the award on, although I am not nearly as interesting!! ;-D


  17. I love what you shared about yourself. I think you are a pretty amazing lady with lots of talent and abilities from God.

  18. So did you get a chalkboard for your verses? I choose mine by praying and then picking! It's hard, there are so many great ones! I enjoyed your comments about what books you want to read as well. I thank God for you my new blog friend!

  19. AAAAW, Laurie, that is just soo sweet of you, thankyou!!!! You must tell me if you do ever come to australia, cause you will HAVE to visit me!! No questions!!! I cant believe you fell through the ice on a lake... You are so lucky to be alive!!! You should post about it... tell us everything... I am hanging out to know all the details now... its like the cliffhanger on a tv show!!!
    Will visit the other blogs for sure!! Thankyou again sweet lady!!! big hugs out to you accross the oceans!!!
    Laura xxx

  20. I love your 7 things about you!! So interesting!!! You should tell us about your incident with the ice!! Amazing:)

  21. Laurie, thanks so much for including me. Wow you have some quite interesting experiences and we have quite a bit in common. Pizza yum...I also played the flute and would love to design and build my own home. Maybe someday. Thank you again and you are very deserving of the award yourself.

  22. Hi Laurie! I love your 7 1/2 things. I would have added that last one too...I have always wanted a horse. Thank you for including me on your're so sweet ♥

  23. Oh I too long to visit Prince Edward Island. Anne fan?

    Thank you for visiting Metis.

  24. Love getting to know you better Laurie...and love that you have your dream home imprinted in your mind...your so cute ;o)

  25. Every time I get a chance to learn something new about you, Laurie, I like you even more! :)
    The falling through the ice experience sounds so scary! You're one tough cookie, my friend!
    Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Jo :)

    p.s. I finally got my package, so will be sending yours this week. ;-)

  26. Laurie you are such a sweetheart! Trust me to be late to the party to collect my award but I hope you will forgive me :)so so nice of you, I do love how you pop into visit me in my little slice of blogland! Ok and off to boast about my award on my own blog ha!!


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