It is such an honor and most particularly so when bestowed by two absolutely charming, sparklingly chic blogs like The Entertaining House and Une Femme Curieuse.
Each gave me the Sunshine Award. Thank you, thank you, thank you. What is interesting about these two young women is that they both, I believe, share the same honorable, sophisticated, well-mannered, gentle approach to life. These sentiments and their hope and happiness pour from their sunny blogs.
The rules of the game:
1.) Thank the givers -- check.
2.) Choose 12 blogs and give back -- check (but extremely difficult)
3.) Tell the bloggers they are the new, proud owners of the Sunshine Award which they in turn must pass on to others -- check.
Four bloggers who hold a very, very special place in my heart because they were there from the beginning, kept coming back and were ever supportive, kind and generous (and one of the most exciting moments was actually meeting Une Femme, what a calorie-laden gossip-fest we had and then she tied my scarf (you know she's an expert):
Other special favorites, one visit if you don't already know them and you'll understand why:
Everyday Adventures of A Curious Gal -- touching, kind, lovely.
My Carolina Kitchen -- wonderful in every way -- and she cooks and then tells us how she did it intermingled with the places she loves. Sam is sunshine.
Materfamilias -- a delicious mix of intellect, frivolity (red shoes, but then again perhaps they aren't at all frivolous), beautiful writing, warm family tales and knitting. Everything, quoi (!)
Beaudet Art -- Jennifer's striking, feminine -- sometimes teasingly sensuous -- paintings.
The Bottom of The Ironing Basket -- because everything Simone does is unspeakably beautiful and you leave her blog feeling up-lifted by her aesthetic.
Gypsy Purple -- Romantic with a French aesthetic -- how could I resist (?) -- with just the sizzle of the gypsy's magic.
And finally, I am about to bend the rules:
At the top I mentioned bloggers who were great cheerleaders and to whom I am so grateful. Below are the two followers, neither of whom has a blog btw, who were with me from day one (along with a handful of friends and family), and have stayed all these many months, leaving comments and encouragement on an almost daily basis.
I would like to give the Sunshine Award to: Carole and Marsi who have become great friends, albeit virtual for the moment although I hope one day we shall meet in real time. (Both are knitters btw.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you. You know how much you both mean to me.
Et voila. xoxo