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Saturday, December 17, 2011

So, finally...

Taken at Galleries Layfayette, last month in Paris.  Oh what a store!!!

...I'm taking a short break from my Christmas preparations so that I can finally continue with my part of the award given to me by the very sweet Irina last month: The Blog on Fire Award. She actually awarded my Photography blog French at Heart , but I don't write on that one, so I hope it's okay to write from here... Thanks again for the honor, Irina!

If you recall, I am supposed to tell you 5 things about myself that you don't know, and then award 5 other blogs that I think are just amazing, and they will tell you 5 things about themselves.  So here goes:

1. I live in a 170 year old farmhouse with 4 generations under one roof..5 to 95. We're sort of a crazier version of the Waltons.

2. I didn't go to college after high school...I went to Hollywood to become a star.  Fortunately Johnny Matthis talked me into going home.  He said Hollywood would eat me alive.

3.I was caught in quicksand when I was 9. I was up to my chest. God saved me by a miracle. He had plans for me.

4.  I was the class clown when I was in school.  Oh, not as a student, but when I was the teacher.:o)

5. I've see The Bourne Identity 37 times. When we rent a car in France, and pull back into the underground garage in Paris to return it, we always wait a beat, and then my husband says, "We can never come back to this car, understand?"  Then he makes me change my hair color.
This will only make sense to those of you who have seen The Bourne Identity 37 times.

So, now on to the awards!

My first award goes to
Zsa Zsa Bellagio

ZsaZsa says that her blog is "like no other" and I must agree. You HAVE to check her out!!! This spectacular collection of images comes into my inbox everyday and simply blows me away!!  Each day is not just one post, but 10 or 12 posts of some of the most beautiful images on the web! Not a lot of talking, just the best eye candy imaginable!!  ZsaZsa, I applaud you and can't wait to find out who you are and much more!!

Next, I have to honor another friend who shows up in my inbox each morning, Maureen Bower of 

Eclectic Revisited

Maureen is indefatigable, searches out all the best interiors, and always gives me a little dose of decor with my morning coffee

whether it be romantic



or just plain...ballsy

Her decor offerings are simply top-notch, and always eclectic!  She's had lots of blog awards, but I do hope she shares 5 things about herself.

Next award goes to another decor blogger, but one who inspires me to 


Kelli Wright is a true artiste when it comes to restoring vintage and just plain old furniture.  She is a whiz at painting with chalk paint, and one of these Wednesdays I'm going to gather my courage and link up with her 
Restored It Wednesday

Doesn't it just make you want to go out to the barn or to a tag sale and get an old piece of furniture and just start painting?

My 4th pick for great blog goes to one of the most whimsical, féerique, enchanting blogs on the net 

merveilles en papier

I love the world that Laetitia lives is truly a French Fairytale, populated by fanciful creatures and delightful domiciles, all created from Papier Maché.  Her larger pieces are for sale at La Maison du Roy,

24/26 Passage Jouffroy
75009 Paris 

I really hope Laetitia tells more about her artist's life in France!  Oh, and her blog is written in both French and English, which helps those of us still struggling with those French idioms!

My final blog needs no introduction, for EveRYoNe knows AniTa Rivera of Castles, Crowns and Cottages!!!!!

But don't try to follow this link, because the most awful thing has happened...
Someone has hijacked her URL!!!!!
 I know that things will work out with Blogger eventually, but it is so frustrating not to see her most recent post, which starts out so beautifully, until it switches to some other interloper's site.  Still I must award this award to Anita, because she has been so sweet, and is really responsible for me even being in the blogging world, and most of you who follow me came here through her. Is there anyone more faithful in commenting on everyone's blogs?  Is there anyone more enthusiastic? So Anita, dear, even though you've probably received numerous blog awards, and even though you are a legend in the Blogosphere, I have to honor you and thank you in this most public way...
God Bless you, and lets get that blog back!!!

UPDATE!!!  YAY!  Anita's husband found the bug in her gadgets [ whatever that means!] and her blog is now back in the Land of the Living!  Now you can follow the link!

Bisous à tous,


  1. I'M BACKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! Thanks to my husband's GOOD EYES, HE CAUGHT THE BUG IN MY GADGETS!!!!!!!! YIPEEEEE ANd.....I am totally excited to be back, to see these FABULOUS WOMEN that you have featured, AND....TO SEE THESE WONDERFUL WORDS!!!!! OOOOOOOOOO YOU ARE JUST SO SWEET! Now, I have lost a lot of friends coming by today...please come when you get a chance; it is FIXED MY DEAR! THANK YOU for all the links to these wonderful women! BISOUS!! Anita

  2. Enjoy a happy happy merry christmas....may you carried by the light love


  3. Oh, you mean so much to me Dawne, you really do. I feel so much better now, and do you know, that I too believe this is my best post. I want to create poetry, and I slowly have been learning to to write in free verse. But this post came from a source within, without forcing anything. I truly felt, for the first time, that I created a real poem. I was so crushed when several people were trying to view it but were unable. Thank you again for your sweet friendship and SUPPORT! LOVE!!! Anita

  4. Dawne,
    you are so wonderful to include me with your fantastic round-up of stellar blogs...I'm humbled and honored...
    I will do a post an and include 5 things about myself but I certainly can't top your list-class clown!-sheesh..!but so wonderful hearing that you have a sense of humor as well :)

  5. Dawne Dearest,
    I so enjoyed your list of 5 things. Laughed so much about the "Bourne" comments. Will go visit those blogs, and Anita's post is so glorious! So glad it is now working!!!

    Can you believe Christmas morning is only one week away? Didn't December just begin?

    Love and Joy to you,

  6. Oh Dawne,
    First off, I want to say how much I appreciate you taking so much time to comment on our blog. Blogger is frustrating sometimes, isn't it? Are you enjoying this glorious season as much as I am? I am going to have to check out some of these blogs that you mentioned. And sweet Anita... I was just telling her how incredible it is that she has all these things going on in her life, yet she still manages to write the most sweet and sincere comments ever - Love her. I wanted to wish you a Very Merry Christmas. You are a special soul, and I'm so glad to have met you. That is one of my Christmas presents this year. Love you too,
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  7. Your house sounds amazing...and how sweet to have 4 generations under the same roof. Very sweet.

    I totally agree with you about Anita's blog. She is one of the dearest bloggers out there.

  8. Hi Dawne, it was wonderful to read the 5 things about yourself. And thanks for mentioning those blogs. Some of them were new to me and I look forward to visiting them. I hope you have a wonderful blog break and get to do everything you need :)

    Love, Kristin

  9. Hi Dawne,
    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment about my blog. I loved your 5 facts, I kept thinking "really?? wow!" to yours...very fun. You have a beautiful blog!

  10. I want to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays filled with many sweet moments!

    Kristin ♥♥♥

  11. Dawn,
    "We can never come back to this car again" what a hoot. I must have seen that film an equal amount of times, that and Die Hard -why?

    A well deserved award for you. I am definitely going to visit your suggestions, and of coursed the wonderful Anita!

    I hope you have a magnificent holiday season Dawne, it's been great getting to know you this year.
    Bless you!

  12. DEAREST DAWNE!!!!!!! I was out all day long yesterday and was detained. BUT WHEN I BRIEFLY saw your comment last night, I WAS SO DELIGHTED to see that you came by, JUST just CONNECT and wish me a happy holiday. BLESS YOU DEAREST! MAY GOD RICHLY BLESS THIS SPECIAL TIME to reflect upon the greatest gift OF ALL!!! And your friendship means the world to me Dawne, IT REALLY DOES! BLESSINGS TO YOU! And I cannot believe that we are almost there...this year HAS truly gone by so quickly....


  13. Ah! I see you enjoy some of the same blogs I do...Castles, Crowns, and Cottages with dearest Anita, and Merveilles En Papier...both blogs are absolutely stunning~ I would love to be able to make creations out of papier mache like that.
    Please come visit my blog...I love God and Jesus too!
    Have a blessed new year~
    Teresa in California

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