Monday, March 29, 2010

Merci Beaucoup

And that's about the extent of my French . . . 

I am very honored and excited because I recently was awarded TWO blogger awards!

 Kerry over at A Tranquil Townhouse recently gave out some awards and I was one of the lucky chosen. She broke the rules a bit (which I love) and let the honored bloggers she selected choose which of three awards they wanted to pass along. I chose the Happy 101 award. 

 I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy and then pass the award on to 10 other bloggers but I am only going to pass it along to three, because I think it makes the award more special and because three is my favorite number!

First, 10 things that make me happy:

1. Seeing my nine year old daughter Imani's big smile when I pick her up from her after school program each day.

2. Holding hands with my husband, Jason (it makes me feel 16 all over again)

3. Dark chocolate with raspberry creme filling

4. Seeing my vision of a renovated room to completion

5. Receiving real letters in the mail

6. Sand beneath my feet

7.  Slipper jeans (let's just say, my Dad is short)

8. Flying to New York City to see my sister on a private jet. (Thank you Lori!)

9.  Knowing I can call my mom whenever for whatever and she'll be there.

10. Knitting 

It was really hard to limit myself to just ten! I realize there are so many things that make me happy!

And now . . . I figured I would give these three awards to bloggers whose blogs make me happy.

1. Lola B's - If you haven't read Kasey's blog yet, get on over there quickly.  I usually am not a big fan of music on blogs, but I like hers!  Kasey's posts inspire me to be an even better mother.  LOVE her site and get so giddy when she has a new post.

2.  Katie at Philigry.  This is the blog I just happened across when I found a pattern I liked on Ravelry.  I discovered Katie's life and became envious it wasn't mine: stay at home mom who knits, sews, bakes, has an amazing eye for decorating and has chickens! Ahh, the life.  Katie and Layla over at The Lettered Cottage are the two who inspired me to create Decorating Addiction.

3. Micah at The Yellow Front Door.  Micah is chronicling her home renovation projects too.  I like what they've done around their place and I like that they painted their front door yellow!  That alone makes me smile. 

Thanks Kerry, for choosing me for an award!

The second award I was given was The Sunshine Award, which was given to me by Three Ring Cottage, I am quite honored to receive this award because it is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others. Thanks so much Three Ring Cottage!

And now it's my turn to pass it along. I am going to pass it along to three people (although I think the rules state that you are supposed to pass it along to 12 people but who cares about rules, right?). 12 just seems like it takes away from being something special. Three is my favorite number and it just so happens that there are three bloggers who are very special to me right now.

1. Meg at House Notes. Meg and her husband are fixing up their house and blogging about it just like Jason and I are doing over here. I like to check into Meg's site almost daily to see what they've got going on. It's inspiring to see other couples who are re-designing their house. If you get a chance, head on over and check out all the work they've done.

2. Deborah at The Fairfield House. Deborah was the first person who consistently commented on my blog who I didn't know. Her comments really kept me in this blogging world for my first month! Thanks Deborah. Oh, and she is an amazing writer. My favorite posts are: .Awakening, Bearings, and  Bottom's Up And if her writing isn't cool enough, she is also hosting a postcard exchange. Once she gets a postcard from every state, she is giving away a New Jersey themed box of goodies. You don't even have to have a blog to participate, so head on over and get with it. All the cool people are doing it. :-)

3. Jessi over at Yankee Belle Home. Jessi has an absolutely adorable site and she has a great sense of style. I recently copied her burlap table-runner, which I will be showing later this week.

Thanks again to Kerry at A Tranquil Townhouse and thanks to Three Ring Cottage for the awards.  If you have a minute, check out both of their sites.  You are sure to be inspired.

Congrats to all the newest recipients. Feel free to pass along the awards if you so choose. If not, that's fine too. I won't be offended at all. Just know that I love all of your sites and I'm watching you even when I'm not commenting! :-)

To everyone else, thanks for reading my blog and commenting. I love to know I am inspiring someone. If you get a minute, stop by some of the other blogs I follow. There are some amazing bloggers out there. Don't let them pass you by!


  1. I knew there was something I liked about you besides your posts. 3 is our family number which makes it my favorite number too! Congratulations on the other award as well. You must be doing something really right (and I like how you broke the rules a bit :)

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment. I was feeling very unsure about some of my recent projects and your comment (and some others) helped give me more confidence. Thank you! You never know who you may help out!

  3. Well done you! Nice passing on!! I look forward to checking out the blogs you gave your awards to...if they're anything like yours I'll have a lot more following to do.

  4. Thank you SO much made my day;-)

  5. So glad our blogs crossed now that I found yours I will be back very often. Your blog is lovely, bright and happy! Love that! I'm your newest follower and looking forward to your future posts... Have a happy Tuesday, Stephanie!

  6. Stephenie,

    Congrats on receiving TWO well deserved blogging awards. I suspect you will soon need a page dedicated to them, because you will be receiving so many! Others are learning what I knew all along - how wonderful your blog is.

    Also, thank you for your sweet comments about my blog.

    - Deborah

  7. Thank you so very much Stephanie! I was feeling sort of bummed this morning, and this made me cheer right up. It's a little bit o' sunshine in an otherwise rainy day here in my neck fo the woods. You are a sweetheart!

  8. Wow, thanks so much Stephenie! I'm flattered! :)

  9. Just found you and looking forward to following this wonderful blog!!

  10. Hi Stephenie, congratulations on your awards, I enjoyed reading the 10 things that make you happy, I am intrigued about the private jet! Lucky you. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog. I am looking forward to reading more about your renovations. Your guest room chandelier looks gorgeous! xx

  11. I am so excited you won the necklace for the giveaway. I can't wait to see you were it. I will have that in the mail to you this week.

  12. OK, so I'm totally embarrassed! I thought I'd thanked you, but apparently never left a comment. How rude of me!

    Thank you so much, Stephenie! You are a huge inspiration to me! I remember that when I first looked at your blog, I thought, "Wow, now this is my style!" You have the instincts and flair that some of the not-so-naturals (such as myself) dream of!


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