11/23/2011

Our First Year!!! Giving Thanks and a Give-away



We are ecstatic to be celebrating the first anniversary of our blog. 
We posted our first entry last year on November 24.

I had begun to follow several blogs and was intrigued by their power as a source of inspiration. I could see how some of the bloggers were really dedicated and paid attention to detail. They took pride in what they delivered. One of my favorite blogs was Trouvais by Trish.Here To my surprise, she blogged about us one day.  It turns out she had seen Trinidad selling at the Alameda here and later she came to one of our container sales and again blogged about it. Here Meeting her really prompted me to work on creating our own blog. We also discovered that Christina from Greige had included some of our photos in one of her postings.Here and here 




          Jardiniéres here      Ma Petite Maison d'Hotes here

Our first posting was about our "garden house." here. I had cleared out the shed we normally used as storage and created a sort of garden house. I staged it with the items we had just brought in our most recent container, took some photos and posted them.  My goal was to create  a blog that would cover the different styles of  merchandise we offer to our clients, which we bring from Europe. I wanted to create vignettes of items to combine and integrate in interior as well as exterior environments.  I also wanted to post about vacation spots, other businesses, our travels and our experiences hunting for antiques and other treasures in the markets of France and throughout Europe. I had all this in my mind but the truth was I did not feel equipped with the writing skills to do it. My first postings had but a few descriptive sentences of the content. We also didn't get but a couple of comments. 

Johan


Ile de Ré here and here            En Route here 

When Johan started blogging for Atelier de Campagne I was mildly curious, but was still not sure of how blogging would support the growth and development of our business. I am a self-admitted technophobe and was definitely not interested in blogging or even following blogs. Johan tried to get me excited about it, but I wasn't buying it. Teasingly, I told him he just wanted an excuse to "play house" which is what I used to call the time he'd spend on creating vignettes and taking photos even before he started blogging. "Johan, did you spend all day playing house?" I'd ask him when I'd get home and he'd have some area staged in a special way. Even though I teased him about it, I recognized his talent and the importance of experimenting with design. He'd always do a great job at our store, and at the fairs and gift shows.



       
Top left Aging with Grace and Beauty here 
Tor right Creations D'Ambiance here 

One day, while selling at an antique show, a customer approached me and said, "Trinidad, what is going on? I am following your blog, but you guys have not blogged in a few weeks." I didn't know what to say, so naturally I blamed Johan. LOL! I said, "You know, Johan has been busy and he is just learning." "Well," he said, "I think he is doing great and he needs to do it more often." I remember calling Johan that night and saying playfully, "Johan, your fans are clamoring for more postings!  "Some guy came up to me and was somewhat upset you haven't posted lately." Johan followed the humor and said, "What? Fame at last!"  I said, "Seriously Johan, people who read the blog will expect more constancy." He laughed and said, "People who read the blog? Trinidad, I barely write a sentence or two. You should write it, you are so good with words and your writing is more engaging" I did  not want to give in because I was still working as a consultant and teacher educator and flying all over the country. Then a few other people blogged about us and I started getting excited. 





Style Industriel here  Aging with Grace and Beauty here    Baskets here  


I remember Andie from Divine Theater here posting about us with a sentence, "I cannot believe this site has only a handful of followers?" here I decided to write one of the postings with the condition that Johan would still be in charge of the photo selection and the technical part. My first post was in February and I wrote about baskets.Here. I was thrilled that I got eight comments! Well, Johan and I started sharing the task of writing and selecting topics and photos. We started getting a few more followers and then a few other people blogged about us. Glenda from The Paper Mulberry here & here and others started to include us in their blog rolls. It was exciting to know more people were finding us and that they liked what we were doing.


The Sign of the Time here

Sometimes, it's hard sharing the task of blogging with Johan living in Belgium, and the difference in time. I am getting ready for bed when Johan is waking up and vice-versa so we have to find the right time to get it all together. Tonight, we have already talked a few times on the phone. We are not always in agreement as to which photos to use and how much text to include.  Even though I have always enjoyed writing, I was timid about sharing my writing publicly. Not that I now think of myself as a "professional" writer, blogging seemed casual enough as to not feel intimidated to make my musings public, and you are all so forgiving. 


Rassembler les Tresors here



 

Bring France to Our Garden here

It has certainly been an enjoyable process and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who follow us, especially to all of you who comment and give us feedback. Our gratitude to our fellow bloggers who have taught us so much, and to all the folks who have given us more visibility by blogging about us. We are so indebted to so many folks! We are looking forward to another year and plan to include more topics. This first year we tried to establish ourselves and focused mostly on ourselves: our merchandise, events, etc. Our plan now is to be more inclusive of others, but continue to share about our work and of course images of the treasures we find for you.

Trinidad



 Bezier, Avignon, and a bit of Isle Sur La Sorgue here

I normally don't have a role in the writing of the blog and have just recently joined Team Atelier, but I have been able to see how this blog has developed. Sometimes I get to hear these two (Johan and Trinidad) argue about the topic or the photos or whether the posting will be done by a certain time or when to post, but I have also listened to the joy when they read the comments, and enjoy when customers approach us at the fairs and exclaim,"I follow your blog! I love it!" As we traveled on our buying trip through Europe last summer, which was a first for me, we would all take photos and Trinidad and Johan posted along the way.Here. It was cool to read comments of people who said the photos and writing made them feel as though they were traveling along with us. The trip was an amazing experience and it was also gratifying that we could share it with others via this medium of blogging.


Martin



GIVE AWAY
We'd like to celebrate this first year and this Thanksgiving holiday by giving away a copy of the French Atmospheres book to one of our regular followers, and a holiday issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living magazine to a new follower. If you are a new follower, please introduce yourself, and make a comment telling us about something you feel grateful for this year. We will select one of the entries or comments of a new follower and one of the names of our frequent visitors. You will be notified on our following posting if you are a winner.




We also invite our new and old followers to peruse through or archived posts and give us some feedback. We always appreciate your comments.



Trinidad, Martin, Johan

113 comments:

La Dama said...

Felicidades Amor!
Que give away mas lindo.can you give away one of your piesas? I would take lots of photos with all your magical creations.
I am greatly grateful for mi familia/My English familia too and the oh so many blog friends that inspire me everyday.
Besotes

La Dama said...

oh se me olvido preguntarte en la foto,cual eres tu, el de rojo?
si miran bien agusto celebrando.

shabbyloft said...

Hi I am a new follower..... LOVE your blog and your stuff. Would I ever like to visit.

I am thankful for my wonderful family and getting to have them all around me. Stanna

shabbyloft@aol.com

A Few Pennies said...

Your writing ability is absolutely eloquent--along with the fabulous merchandise. Like probably several hundreds others--I rarily leave comments, but so look foward to your postings. Gorgeous, gorgeous blog; please, please continue!

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

I truly love your blog and your style!! I was so sad to not see you at Long Beach on Sunday, but I understand why you didn't come.
Hopefully I'll get to shop with you soon!
Congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary and what a generous giveaway!!
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Oh, I forgot to say that I've been following for a while.
I am grateful for my amazing and loving husband who always lifts me up and makes me believe I can do anything, and for my beautiful children, I couldn't be prouder of them!!
Sincerely,
Melinda

Splendid Sass said...

I am a follower! Love your blog. Such beautiful posts.
Congratulations on your blog. Today is my second anniversary! Isn't it wonderful.
Have a nice weekend.
Teresa
xoxo

Rachel Pallas said...

Such a wonderful post! I am a follower of your blog and facebook page!:) I am so thankful for my two sons. I feel blessed beyond words to be their mom~ Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and many blessing to you all!! xoxo Rachel

French Farmhouse 425
www.shabbyfrenchforme.blogspot.com

Becky C said...

Hey guys! I've been following along for a while now. Always love your photos and gorgeous displays. Such an inspiration to me!! This is a sweet give away! Congratulations to you for one year of successful blogging :)

Room Seventeen said...

Congrats on your blog anniversary, and wishes for many more happy years to come !! Keep blogging!

Beth said...

I love your blog and have been following your blog for quite some time. I love your style and look forward to more of your inspiring posts. Thank you for having such a delightful giveaway. My contact info is bwrawling at gmail.com

Blessings,
Beth

Amber and Brad said...

I love your blog and your style! What a great eye for detail you have. Although not new to finding you, I am now a "new follower."

I am so grateful for my wonderful family and the pure joy they bring to my life.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

Kim said...

Of course, I've been a follower for a while now, and am so inspired by your blog considering my love of all things French. Thanks so much for hosting such a wonderful giveaway. I hope I'm the lucky winner of the French Atmospheres book. I am thankful for great blogs such as yours! Happy Thanksgiving!

Ido said...

Your blog is so wonderful that I didn't think twice and followed you since the first time I saw it. I have always admired Johan's incredible talent for creating beautiful vignettes and Trinidad's great writing skills (do I see a book coming in the future???? I think you have it all, you should go for it) Thank you Johan, Trinidad & Martin for bringing us a piece of Europe with your blog and incredible talent. I've been sick and out of the blogging world for some time but I'm back! I missed a couple of your posts but I'm up to date now. Thank you guys for your generosity, love the giveaway. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! God Bless You!!!
XXXX Ido

Anneke said...

I just want to say that I LOVE jour blog!!! gongrets whit this anniversary!!
have a nice day,
XOXO
Anneke, from Holland

Atelier de Campagne said...

Thank you all for comments, wishes and blessings. Happy Thanksgiving to you all and for those in Europe and other places in the world, the weekend is coming up so hope you all a marvelous weekend
Johan

Sharon said...

I'm a totally new BLOGGER not to mention follower...I started blogging in October and somehow, by sheer chance by browsing someone's blog, I found your irresistibly beautiful BLOG, it has everything I love...so from one fellow blogger to another, congratulations on your new blog and hopefully I'll also be celebrating my own anniversary in a year's time!
Best wishes! Sharon

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm sure you're not tired of hearing how much I love you guys. You're well aware of how much I admire your style, talents, generosity, and charm. However, you may not know that of the many things I'm grateful for, you are one of them. I truly appreciate your support of my humble blog. I became a follower of your stunning blog quite a while ago. I wish you continued success, a happy anniversary, and a wonderful Thanksgiving.

De tout, de rien said...

Congratulations on your first year of blogging! You always have the most incredible pictures, they are so inspiring. You have picked up a lot of followers and your number will only grow!

I know blogging requires an extra effort, we are all busy, but you're doing a great job and it's a great way to promote your marvellous business.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Heaven's Walk said...

When I first stumbled in to your awesome blog, I couldn't tear myself away from it. It was irresistible. I didn't want to come up for air. I wanted to recreate your beautiful vignettes in each room of my own old JDA-inspired farmhouse. So, that said...I am grateful for YOU guys who continue to inspire me, motivate me, and keep my creativity flowing! Keep up the great work and for hosting this wonderful giveaway! :)

xoxo laurie

Acquired Objects said...

What’s not to love about your blog, great antiques, atmosphere of sorts, to die for images and three great guys! You guys always deliver the best and what a great giveaway.

I wish you, Trinidad and Martin a very Happy Thanksgiving! Johan I’d give you a big hug if I could just for being you!

Enjoy!
Debra

rubyrose805.blogspot.com said...

happy anniversary! you guys are so inspiring, we love your style and class!

Claudia Camp Antiques said...

Oh my gosh, if people saw me at night with my computer glued to my fingers, they could see the completely wide eyed look on my face, as I longingly go from one picture to the next. I am completely a servant to your blog and facebook page. I am so thankful for being able to know all these people who have become my "friends" through the internet, it is my pleasure to know you one and all.

sissie said...

I've been following you here and on Facebook and have been in love with your style for a long time. You always have the loveliest of things and all displayed so well.

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway too.

hugs
Sissie

Kris said...

Hi Guys,

Of course, you know who I am...I am the one with the smile! LOL You guys are GREAT! I love your blog and follow you on Facebook too. When I look at your photos I fall in love! So beautiful are the vignettes and items in your shop. When I see that chandelier (the one above) my heart is all aflutter! It is gorgeous.

Thank you so much for your inspiration and the beautiful items that Johan brings back from Europe and the many other things that all of you do to bring France to us.

P. S. You are a great writer Martin!

Kris

Dorothy Blum Cooper said...

I stumbled upon your blog just a few days ago. I absolutely love it!! Congratulations on your first year! I look forward to reading and viewing more! Happy Thanksgiving!

Dorothy~

Faded Charm said...

I've been a fan and a follower ever since I found your lovely blog. It would be a dream of mine to be able to meet you guys at one of your shows someday:-) Your talent and style amaze me!

I don't have this book yet and am dying to thumb through it, so please enter me into your giveaway. Thanks for your thoughtfulness.

xoxo
Kathleen

Theresa said...

OHhhh I would love to dream my way through the French Atmospheres book! I have been following for a short time now and just love the treasures that you sell. You have all of my favorite things! Happy Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the love and support that I have from my family and from the blogging friends that I have made! Thanks for the chance! t.xoxoxo

Frankie said...

I am a follower LOVE your blog!! So much inspiration...so right up my alley!!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Al said...

Following your blog is a pleasure! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with loved ones and cheer. Your blog friend, Al

Glenda said...

I have been a follower for sometime now... Never do to many days pass that I don't stop by your blog. I go through your pictures again and again, the cement, the furniture, the metal, the mirrors, and never the least the writing. It has been Atelier de Campagne, that has educated me, a midwestern girl, on French design. I love this blog... Just one time I would love to step on your property for your famous container sell. My gratitude is to you for sharing these images with us, your followers. Maybe I need to comment more often...lol...I had alot to say.
~G~thanks

the vintage bricoleur said...

I am a follower. I am inspired by your blog and what I have seen at shows that we have done together. Thank you for hosting this Giveaway. I am thankful for our friendship. Terry

Meegan said...

I have been following your blog for the past 6 months. It has inpired me and sparked a desire to change the look of my home. Everything makes me feel right at home now that I am following your looks and designs:) Thanks for the giveaway.

Burlap Luxe said...

Hi Trinidad,
I have been a follower for some time now! and am in wow with all your French finds, your site speaks to me soulflly.

I am always inspired when I visit and also wishing I had one of everything you post.

What a wonderful GiveAway!! Please count me in.

Have a beautiful Thanks Giving, looking forward to what you will share with us over the holidays, such beauty in all things French.

xx
~ Doré

Maureen@CheekyinBlue said...

Congrats on a year filled with amazing inspiration for us all! I am always drooling at your acquisitions from all the fabulous places, and really do appreciate how much work it takes to bring it all together!

Fishtail Cottage said...

I am a follower & love popping over to visit your blog (also on my side bar)....I am thankful to spend Thanksgiving with my beautiful family and making happy memories together! Hugs to you. Tracie

Greet said...

Beautiful items!! Gorgeous!!
Zie ik daar een Belgisch pintje ,Johan?!!
Groetjes,
Greet

Wonen in wit said...

Congretiolations with your 1 year anniversary.
I am a follower off day one and I enjoy your lovely pictures and treasers you always know to find.
Thank you for this and keep an showing us more lovely goods
I still hope you will sell your treasers in the Netherlands one day, till then, I will do with your inspiering blog and keep an dreaming

Warm greetings,
Tamar

flowers on my table said...

Hi Guys, I am so glad you decided to blog. I found you via Room 17.I love the photos of your stock, they make me positively drool. I also love to hear about your travels, where you get to and who you meet. I also love to see the way Johan arranges all your lovely peices into room settings and charming vignettes. I am thankful to you for this amaxing blog, and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. Love Linda x

flowers on my table said...

sorry for typing error!

Glynis said...

Hi there, I'm a new follower (but have lurked for a while!).
I am thankful for my family and friends and the good health of those I love.
Your blog is wonderful.
x

eclecticrevisited said...

I am a little late coming to the party..but I love your "from the heart" posts..they are so personal and you three are so personable..
we in the blogging community are grateful that you are here..you lend a completely different take on decor that enriches and inspires your readers...
Happy Thanksgiving...
best,
maureen
btw, I'm a regular follower.. ;)

George said...

Hello - I am a new follower. Love your blog very much. I was first introduced to ATELIER DE CAMPAGNE a few years back when I was in California and visited the outdoor market in Petaluma -- your objects are beautiful, enchanting.

I am grateful for my family, friends and good health --
Happy Thanksgiving -
George

Liz at Chictiques said...

Happy Thanksgiving and congratulations on your one year anniversary! I am a new blogger and follower of your fascinating blog.You're an inspiration to me, I love your style and can see that I need much improvement. I will continue to follow and enjoy, and hope that someday I will have a blog as lovely as yours.

Katherine said...

The thing I love about your blog is having an open door view of Atelier de Campagne. It is easy to see that you FEEL the heart of all of the pieces you lovingly gather. You inspire me to dig deep and explore for a pulse in everything I create.

Congratulations on your ONE'derful year.

summersoul said...

Congratulations you three. I love your blog and have followed since I met you at Alameda. thank you for bringing such beautiful treasures to us. Today I am grateful for my health and my family! Happy thanksgiving! I hope that you enjoy your day.

xo
Michele

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

You've come a long way from no comments to 46...a wonderful blog that supports a fabulous business. Wish I lived close enough to come to your sales. I just get to drool over your fabulous images. Happy Thanksgiving. Mona

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I have been a follower since Trish first blogged about you. It is always so lovely to meet up with you at different sales,and I have also enjoyed blogging about you. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Your blog is always so beautiful and inspiring and I love chatting with you whenever we see each other.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

Sandy said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am a regular but new follower from the Midwest who found you through savycityfarmer. Your photos are beautiful --your merchandise marvelous which means your taste is magnificant! I would love to see more on your blog & to come to one of your container sales. I would take tons of pictures. It so easy to take great photos of things you love. Which brings me to my family and those I'm thankful for this thanksgiving. We are truly blessed.

Sandy said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I am a regular but new follower from the Midwest who found you through savycityfarmer. Your photos are beautiful --your merchandise marvelous which means your taste is magnificant! I would love to see more on your blog & to come to one of your container sales. I would take tons of pictures. It so easy to take great photos of things you love. Which brings me to my family and those I'm thankful for this thanksgiving. We are truly blessed.

The Paper Mulberry - Glenda Steel said...

Happy Anniversary to you all my dream style team! I for one am so thankful that you chose to share your combined creative genius this day one year ago. With hugs to you Trinidad, Martin & Johan and warmest of wishes sent from an old farmhouse in England - Glenda xxxx

Karen T. said...

I enjoy your beautiful blog, am a regular follower, and would be excited to win the beautiful book! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving day!

G-style said...

I am a follower and I really love your blog and style . I like to join your give away !

greetings from Holland
Gea

LA CONTESSA said...

YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!Since I dont go to ALAMEDA anymore I donot see you often but I adore your photos and all the goods you hunt down!Your photos are DIVINE!A real admirer..........Contessa from the HEN HOUSE in LAFAYETTE!Take a peek at ROMANTIC COUNTRY LIVING winter issue........Page 52!

Ormolulu said...

Happy Thanksgiving, dear friends!!! It seems our first connection to you was through Atelier's beautiful website--we saw amazing things, presented in stunning format, and we were hooked! I (Debi) was persistent to connect . . . but never knew we would all grow to become friends through Judy Watkins' Remnants of the Past Show in San Luis Obispo.

For whatever reason we were * brought together*, we are grateful. Just.want.to.say.that! On this Thanksgiving, we're so happy that we met ALL of YOU!!!

xoxo

Debi and Jim

joyce janes said...

You guys are AMAZING at what you do!

When I found your blog, through another blog, I was Awe-struck!
Every piece is to die for and the displays are over the top gorgeous. You should publish a coffee table book called "European Eye Candy - Not For The Faint of Heart", because your photos take your breath away and make your heart skip a beat.

Keep up the good work guys. And keep on blogging. I always look forward to the next one.

P.S. I'm thankful and grateful for your new post and beautiful picture. Congratulations!

~Joyce

Tamra said...

Saw your beautiful things at the Remnants of the Past show and am now a follower! Love your stuff guys!!

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Lisa Gatz said...

I am a new follower! I have read your blog but hadn't signed up to become a follower. I'm a fan!!

Lisa Gatz said...

I forgot to say that I am grateful for a new outlook on life that I have been granted!

VintageLalo said...

Beyond mere decor...atelierdecampagne and jeanne d'arc living feed our hearts and souls with pure enlightenment. and we are grateful.

Veronica said...

Congrats!!! Your blog is wonderful and your writings engaging and the pics, well, positively swoonworthy!! Hence the fact that we "borrow" them all the time for your own blog posts! So between you three please continue your great work. I chucckle as I too went through the same blog and techno phobia and still struggle but I love it all the same!

Hugs

VEronica

Zuzu said...

I have been following your beautiful blog for some time now, but am one of those quiet followers - too shy to leave a comment.

But I wish to say how very much I enjoy your always inspiring and beautiful blog. Congratulations on your first year of blogging & thank you for everything you share!

~ Zuzu

time worn interiors said...

Well I have been reading your blog for sometime now, but didn't realize I was not following! I fixed that! I am a follower now and would love to be considered for you giveaway! Happy Anniversary!
tot

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Congrats on one year of blogging! I just found your lovely blog and I have been browsing your archives. I am now a follower.
xo,
Shrry

Wonen con Amore / Casa Shabby Chic con Amore said...

Hello - I am a new follower. Love your blog very much. I like to join your give away !

greetings from Holland
Barbara

pam in oregon said...

I love your blog and your style, and am a follower. I'd love to make it to CA someday to visit your beautiful shop.

I'd love a chance to win the book, it's been on my wish list, and I'd love to own it. I am thankful to have my 87 year old mother with us today as we are celebrating her one year anniversary since her 5-Bi pass, open-heart surgery on November 29th.

Thanks for the chance and I hope you'll continue blogging!

blossoms vintage chic said...

Dear Trinidad, Martin, and Johan,
Your talent speaks to my soul and I still remember the moment I laid eyes on your incredible booth at the Long Beach Flea Market. Trinidad you were incredibly kind and it was my pleasure to visit with you. Congratulations on your one year Anniversary...I am so grateful for all the inspiration you give with your beautiful posts.
I have been and will continue to be a follower of yours!
xx
Debbie

Gracefully Vintage said...

Beautiful Inspiration as always..Im already a happy follower-i Visit your booth every month at Alamdea-and drool over your perfect eye for rustic Beauty..SO SO Thankful for the Opportunity to do What I love so much..Search-Hunt-re-invent old lost pieces-Upholster them and see the wonder of transformation,and better yet get a lil shoppe to share & sell them in.SO Grateful Everyday..
Happy Holidays Boys..
Karryann
Gracefully Vintage

Ticking and Toile said...

I love your blog!! It's so amazingly inspiring & pure eye candy!!!

I am a new follower (last couple months).

I'm so grateful for all the friendships I've formed through blogging!

And I'm grateful for all your inspiration!

xo,
Shellagh

Trouvais said...

Happy anniversary...but how is it possible it's been an entire year?!! Love how generous you are with sharing your travel stories (so wonderful for those of us who wish we could tag along)as well as giving us mini-educations on your lovely finds (must be the teacher in you, Trinidad). Johan is such an excellent "picker" and stylist.He makes me want things I have absolutely no room for! You are such a great team, and so talented. Wishing you all the best in your second year. Hope to see you Sunday. XOXO Trish

Carol said...

Yippee, Skippee, I'm a new follower. And in such good company. Your blog is so lovely. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Smiles,

Carol

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Gary and I first stumbled across you through Trouvais. I was blown away by the youtubes of your sales. I posted them on some garden blogs. As far as my style, you hit the head on the nail.
I am very thankful for my job, historic house, family, friends, and especially my adopted rescue dogs and cat.
I just signed up to receive your posts through email. Keep up the GREAT work.
Gary in Connecticut

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm a new follower and just found your blog tonight...hopping over from Ticking and Toile! I live in Florida and love everything about the ocean! My hubby and I love to travel and enjoy local events. (we went to an art show at the library today!) Thanks for a chance to win! And congrats on lots of wonderful blogging! ♥

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Your blog is where I go to dream. There is nothing like this where I live in the Southeast. You are on my list of places to see if I ever get to the West coast! I am thankful for another year of blessings amidst trials. There are always silver linings if you just look for them! We adopted five children 4 yrs ago and watching them become whole again is always a blessing although it's a trial by fire I think! LOL Thanks for the chance and keep on doing what you do....gorgeous....

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

I'm an older follower, what a lovely book, thanks!

xo

Sandy

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your blogiversary!!! I have enjoyed perusing your blog over the past year and so enjoyed meeting you in person too- can't wait for the spring container sale and our next girls trip to visit! :) Of course I would love to be entered to win this absolutely gorgeous book! Thank you for the chance! :)

christina @greige said...

Hey boys! Congrats on one year! I am so excited to have been able to get to know you and how wonderful you are. Wishing you many more to come.

Best,
Christina
greige

Al said...

So happy for you on the celebration of your first anniversary! I am an avid follower as you know, and would love the honor of winning your fabulous giveaway. Your blog is an absolute favorite of mine. Always an inspiring visit, when I stop in at your lovely blog. Keep up the great work for many more years. Cheers! -Al

Anonymous said...

Gentlemen this is my first time viewing your eye-appealing site and like you Johan I love the XIX century and growing up in the South I love the Antebellum homes and the beauty of the marvel of the workmanship.....this is when man had pride in doing his best in his profession and it was lasting for us to enjoy today.

Jeanne d' Arc is one of the Saints I greatly admire and enjoy viewing the different films about her as well as different books...some authors are better historians than others. I am also new to this magazine..I have not seen one before but I am a fan of Romantic Homes, Victoria and Traditional Homes..I used to subscribe to Colonial Homes and still have most of the copies.

I feel especially grateful to the Bon Dieu for my dear one of 59 years. We are looking forward to our 60th wedding anniversary next year. We have been blessed with many graces and must always give thanks for that as well. My dear ones first language is French...so another reason we love Jeanne d' Arc.
Rest assured I will peruse more of your site.
With gratitude,
~Sylvia Faye

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