Wednesday, March 31, 2010

And the winners are...

Hello my beautiful friends! I bet some of you thought I fell off the planet since I've been gone for more than a week, but no. I'm afraid one of my wisdom teeth has gotten the better of me here lately, but that will be fixed soon, thank goodness!
I do apologize for the delay in announcing who won my giveaways - it's amazing how much teeth can disrupt your life! Thank you to all of my lovely readers who entered - I wish I could give all of you something. Everyone's name was entered into a hat and here are the lucky winners:
Kathie @ Just A Happy Housewife won the Anne Taintor book
and
Leann @ The Old Parsonage won the Victoria's Secret bath collection
Congratulations to both of you! And again, thank you to all of you who stop by and pay me a visit. I am so lucky to have found so many kindred spirits in the world of blogging.
Also, be sure to stop by later this week: I have been lucky enough to have been given a few awards here lately and I will be passing those on as well over the next couple of days.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring is here!


Happy Spring, all! I hope the season brings you lots of color and beauty. If you haven't already, don't forget to enter my giveaways, which are open through today.
~Bella

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day! (And don't forget to register for my giveaways)

Photo by queenie13 via flickr

I have been sooo busy this week I have not had time to finish the posts I've been working on, nor pass on awards that I have been given. But I didn't want to let St. Patrick's Day pass without sending out some good wishes for you.
As the Irish say:
May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!
Happy St. Patrick's Day! And don't forget to register for my giveaway if you haven't already. It's open through Saturday, the 20th. Click here to register.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Pink Saturday has gone to the dogs... and a giveaway (or 2)!

Giveaway information is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Emily Elizabeth, aka Stinkerbelle. Isn't it ridiculous how beautiful she is? And yes, those eyelashes are real. Everyone asks.

Russ, aka Piggy. This is one of my favorite photographs of all time.

Emily on her favorite bed.

Wally, aka Wallypoo, (on the bed) and Abigail Grace, aka Chewbacca. Abby died a few years ago, and then we got Emily.

Nicholaus, aka Nick.

Happy Pink Saturday, all! I thought this week I would share some photos of my dogs enjoying all the pink in our house (including pink dog beds). Some of you may have seen some of these photos before, but I've never compiled all of them together with a Who's Who.
Emily is our little Shih Tzu - a complete and total princess who also has never met a mud puddle she didn't like. Tomboy to the hilt. I've tried very hard to teach her manners, but she's so excitable, she forgets. My boys are very well behaved and listen incredibly well - Emily, not so much. But she's adorable and loves people and they love her and she's convinced that's enough to get through life - why should she have to listen to me, too? She'll be 4 later this month and is still as rambunctious as she was the day we brought her home as a puppy, despite her docile appearance in these photos.
Russ is my oldest - he was also my first dog and is the reason I love dogs so much. I rescued him from the pound nearly 13 years ago when he was about 9 months old and we've been together ever since. There's something unique about Russ - he has this sort of "old soul" vibe that a number of people have commented on to me over the years. He's incredibly intelligent (seriously, the stories I could tell you...) and the most loyal companion ever. His hearing and eyesight are going, he has trouble with his back legs and he doesn't eat anywhere near as much as he did back when he was young enough to earn the nickname "Piggy," but despite all that, he is still vigilant in his mission as my protector. He is one of the great loves of my life.
Wally is another rescue, as is Nick. Wally and Nick are both odd dogs, but in very different ways. Wallypoo is little and lithe and has problems seeing - which is why he barks at everything until he gets close enough to see what it actually is. He's also quite grouchy. Not mean, grouchy. There is a difference. Mostly, he just doesn't want to be bothered. He's quite lovable to those who love him, but the circle is very select. He'll be 12 on Halloween - for some reason I always thought that him being born on that day really suited.
Now Nick, well, Nick is special. He is an overgrown lap dog, bless him. He's also possibly the most neurotic dog on the planet and has a very real fear of smooth surfaces, like linoleum. We rescued him when he was about 6 weeks old from the pound - he shouldn't even have been away from his mother. In fact, he was so little when we got him, he fit in one hand. He was quite sick, full of worms, etc., and it took us awhile to get him well. As a result of him being sick for so long, he stayed small. And then, almost overnight, as he got better, he was huge. He grew so fast that his suddenly long legs always seemed to get tangled up in each other, and he always seemed to fall on smooth surfaces, hence the fear. Nick is also not the the brightest bulb in the pack, which tends to add to his various neurosis. But what he lacks in brains, he more than makes up for in love. Nick really is just love. He'll be 11 in June.
Well, that's everybody. And in case you're wondering, the boys have never once objected to their pink dog beds. :)
As always, thanks to Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for hosting this weekly tribute to pink. Please stop by her blog for a complete list of participants.
And don't forget to register for my giveaways if you're interested. Wishing all of you a beautiful weekend!

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OK, on to the giveaways...
I wanted to say thank you to all the sweet people who come by my blog to visit. First, I'm giving away a group of bath products from Victoria's Secret. The scent is Sweet Daydream - apple, raspberry, vanilla combo - and it smells really nice. Not too heavy, not too sweet. And it's pink!
The set includes the body wash (seen above), the hydrating body lotion and the refreshing body mist.
My second giveaway is this fabulously funny Anne Taintor collection, in paperback:

OK, the details. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post and let me know which of the giveaways you want to enter. You do not have to be a follower to enter - you just have to leave a comment and let me know if you want the bath stuff or the book. My blog followers, however, can enter BOTH giveaways, as a special thank you from me to them. Again, just leave a comment and let me know.
I will leave the giveaway open for a week. Winners will be announced on Sunday, March 21. Best of luck!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A little spring color...


The wind is blowing with an unusual ferocity today. Coupled with the storms we've had in the past week or so, I'd say March is coming in like a lion. I'm hoping that means it will go out like a lamb and things will calm here in the next couple of weeks and spring will begin in earnest. In the meantime, I'm indulging my need for spring color. Hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pretty little cakes for spring days...



Few things are more tempting than beautiful little cupcakes. So little, you think, surely one can't hurt. And so pretty - really, how can one be expected to resist such beauty? Cupcakes are so great because they are such an easy way to brighten everyone's day. And it takes very, very little skill or experience to make such pretty little creations. (Click here and here for some decorating ideas and here for a good basic cupcake recipe.) What could be simpler than a little pink icing and a big strawberry on top like the ones above? And they are great seasonal desserts - aren't all these perfect for spring?
Wishing all of you dreamy little cupcakes to accompany your days...


Monday, March 1, 2010

Spring is in the air...

All photos from Midwest Living


Spring is most definitely in the air where I live. What better way to welcome this beautiful season than with a gorgeous flower arrangement? Pink peonies are perfect in a plain glass vase and would brighten any table. A watering can makes a perfect vase for tulips - not to mention a clever replacement for a front door wreath. What could be more cheerful than a display like that (except perhaps the one below)? I haven't quite figured out how they would use an umbrella in such a way - and keep the flowers watered - but isn't it lovely? It's a perfect illustration of spring.


I have been busy getting my home ready for the change in seasons. You know, out with the winter colors, back with the soft pastels and furniture covers that I adore so much. We have a beautiful basket of tulips that are well on their way to blooming in a few weeks, and various other plants outside have started to reawaken. I realize for some people still inundated with snow, spring seems far in the future, even though it's less than three weeks away. Even if its arrival is belated, I hope you'll remember to take advantage of its special gifts and surround yourself with its beauty.