Thursday, December 17, 2009

My First Blog Award!

I woke this morning and turned on our computer to find the loveliest surprise awaiting me… thankyou to the gorgeous Anna from Lona de Anna who has passed on the above award to me. I am so very excited! I love Anna’s blog so it is a real compliment getting this award from her. The rules of this award are that I must list 10 things that make me happy and 10 bloggers who brighten my day…
  1. Paul & Grace – my husband and daughter mean the absolute world to me.
  2. Our house – I get immense satisfaction from renovating and decorating our humble home.
  3. Cooking – I love trying out new recipes.
  4. Blogging – have found some lovely fellow bloggers and it always brightens my day to see people have taken the time to comment on my blog posts.
  5. Shopping for homewares - it's always exciting to find something new for our house.
  6. Interior Magazines – I eagerly await each issue of Real Living and Ideal Home.
  7. Cups of tea - English Breakfast tea gets me through each day :)
  8. Sewing – I like the challenge and sense of achievement (even though each project usually involves copious amounts of unpicking and restitching!!)
  9. Beautifully wrapped parcels – hence my love of Etsy :)
  10. Flowers – fresh flowers in my house always make me happy

  1. Catherine from Little Glowing Lights has long been one of my favourite blogs. She has been so encouraging since I have started Homely One and hers was one of the blogs that inspired me to start my own in the first place. Catherine takes amazing photos which are always perfectly styled and is very creative.
  2. Simone from Beach Vintage has been very supportive of Homely One since I started out. I love the way she has decorated her own home and I always eagerly await her posts.
  3. Belinda from The Happy Home has been a longtime favourite and is a constant source of inspiration for me. I love all of the clever ideas she comes up with for decorating and life with littlies. I’d love to be a kid in her house!
  4. Erin from The House of Turquoise always sources the most amazing eye candy. I adore browsing through her blog (blue is definitely my favourite colour).
  5. The Wifestyle Files has the loveliest sense of style. It's author (whose real name I've just realised I do not know!!) sources great products and images for all things stylish and I always look forward to her posts.
  6. Angie and Kristin from Blonde Designs Blog write one of my more recent blog finds. As former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, they have some great ideas on their inspirational blog.
  7. Candace from A Pretty Trip shares some lovely finds and writes some great posts on her blog. I always appreciate the comments she leaves for me.
  8. Sarah from Molly’s Maison has been one of my favourite recent blog finds. I enjoy seeing her own homely projects and reading the lovely comments she leaves for me.
  9. Nicole from Bubby Makes Three writes a lovely blog. She has great ideas for everything from decorating nurseries to first birthday parties.
  10. Lesley from Life At Number 10 always leaves me lovely comments. I have really enjoyed seeing the renovation projects she herself has been undertaking.

There are three other blogs I must give a mention to also. The lovely ladies from The House that A-M Built, Ada and Darcy and Brabourne Farm have all been so incredibly supportive since I started Homely One and leave me the most encouraging comments. I remember being so excited when A-M wrote about one of the recipes I had posted about :) These lovelies all have such stunning blogs and are definitely on the top of my list of blogs to visit each morning. I would have passed this blogging award on to all of you, but seeing as Anna already has, I didn’t want to double up :)

And to the lovely Anna, I am so glad I discovered your blog. I truly do look forward to your posts – you source the loveliest images, leave me the most thoughtful comments and I adore your sense of style. Thanks again for making my day!


  1. Tissues please :)= = = I am so glad I read your post after just posting mine( which you probably haven't read but it put a smile back on my face...and it has just confirmed to me..even more...that the people that I chose were and are "SO DESERVING OF IT"

    Thank you for such heart felt words Amanda..and thank you for mentioning alot of blog pages that I haven't stumbled across yet..but look forward to visiting.
    Your a darling x

  2. Oh congratulations you sweet thing. You deserve it. It's a wonderful forum this little bloggy secret world of ours isn't it! A-M xx

  3. That is so cool Amanda! You have done such a lovely job with your blog, we can all see how much of 'you' that you put into it... thats why we all love reading it! Congrats...

  4. Thanks Anna and A-M. I'm so very glad that I decided to give my own blog a go. Flick - I always appreciate your lovely comments too x

  5. Congratulation Amanda on getting your very sweet award. Your blog is always lovely to read with a little bit of everything sweet.:)

  6. Thanks for the great mention and the award Amanda...that's so lovely of you!


  7. awww thanks Amanda --- you are such a supportive reader to other people's blogs and I always appreciate the time you take to leave comments on my little blog. I have been enjoying your culinary delights of late; god knows there is little 'delight' in most of my culinary endeavors! Keep it up! xo

  8. Hi Amanda, thanks for mentioning me in your list, very sweet of you. It's funny, many of your list of things that brighten your day would also be on my list!
    I really love being a part of the blogging community and like you, it brings me so much joy to share things and receive lovely comments! Thank you!

  9. You are all very welcome ladies! I am so happy to be part of the blogging community with all of you x

  10. Hi Amanda, congrats on this award and thanks for nominating for it. Your comments are lovely and I thank-you.

  11. aw shucks, thank you! and congrats to you! x

  12. Amanda...what a sweetie! Thanks for the mention, That's really kind of you. I love checking out what you've been up to...have a great Chrissy

  13. Oh Amanda, you're such a sweetheart! Thanks so much!! I love your blog, I'm so glad to be part of this lovely creative community.



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