Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Inspirations and Friends

For the By Invitation Only November topic, Marsha asked us to share how we got started in the blogging world. Who influenced us, who befriended us in those first few months as we took our tentative steps. I bet you remember your first few friends... 

Several years ago, the only blog I had ever come into contact with was called Fauxology. Created by Regina Garay, it was full of eye candy for decorative painters. Regina still remains an icon in the industry, does beautiful work and is the friendliest person you would ever want to meet.

It goes without saying that I am a gardener through and through and when I discovered Deborah Silver's blog, Dirt Simple, I was, and continue to be, amazed. Deborah is the proprietor of Detroit Garden Works, a fabulous garden store just north of Detroit. She is extremely knowledgeable, and generous with that knowledge. If you want to get hundreds of ideas for your pots and garden, visit Dirt Simple.

There are so many others that have inspired me over the past few years, including Trouvais, La Pouyette and The Shiny Pebble. All of these blog creators are vibrant, passionate women and I am proud to call them my friends.

Blogging has truly opened my life, urged me to explore and has allowed my family to meet folks from all over the world.

Here are some inspirations from our travels in the past few years, both abroad and at home.


  1. Delightful to see you online. I have missed your wonderful visits, lovely comments and inspirational blog. Bisous

  2. Annie, we have all missed you, I think. This is a wonderful post telling us about your 2 friends. I love gardening and absorb all the information I can about plants. Going to visit both of these ladies. Thank you for joining us this month...trying to figure out how to top ourselves for December's post. xx's

  3. Hi Annie,
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful sites with us, I'm on my way to visit them now!
    Such beautiful photographs!

    x Sending hugs from down under, xx Coty

  4. Annie, I have missed you as well...our business has grown so, that I don't have near enough time to blog and keep up with friends...I so hope that all is well with you, and would love to catch up. XO, Mona

  5. Dear Ann,
    so pleased to see you back!!! You were certainly missed!

    Lovely and warm post, and thank you to include me to your favorite blog circle!
    Hope all is well at your end and that we might see a few more posts of you in the future, they're always special!

    Best wishes, greetings, also to Pieter,

  6. There is so much beauty here it is hard to take in all at once! I keep scrolling up, scrolling down and will look forward to discovering the blogs that I don't know. Lovely Karin is already a favorite!
    With all of my Best from Provence,
    Heather at Lost in Arles

  7. Hi Annie...thank you. I am awed by the beauty you create..and see! I've gotten pretty far as an amateur ( a sloppy painter!)
    Wish I had just a tiny bit of your talent! I've been out of the loop for awhile. Nice to reconnect! XO Trish

  8. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very often. I’m extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog.
    Thanh Le - HomeDesignLove.Com

  9. Lovely post and yes, Regina's blog is one of the best out there. But yours isn't too shabby either, I must say. lol

  10. Hi Annie, the art & intricacy so inspires me! I must vist Regina, it has been awhile.


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  11. Finally, got what I was looking for!! I definitely enjoy every word you ponder in this post. Glad I stumbled into this article! Smile I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post
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