Thursday, February 25, 2010

Spreading The Sunshine (Awards)

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


Metropolitan Mum said...

I'll have to check out these blogs as soon as I am back to rainy London. At least, something to look forward to!

Marsi said...

Tish, you are the bloggy sunshine of my life! I've said it again and again and again (probably because I like to hear myself talk), but every posting brings value-added content, something I can take away and use for myself. One of these days, I'm going to get a three-ring binder for the print-outs of my favorite postings so I can refer to them. You have so many great old posts way back at the start -- and I urge anyone who hasn't read from the beginning of A Femme d'un Certain Age to hurry up and do so!

Mille bisous, mon jolie amie!

(Or is it amie jolie? My French is so dreadful.)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Tish, merci beaucoup for the lovely Sunshine Award. You made my day. In fact tomorrow I'm flying off to the land of sea and sun - our old home in Abaco.

But I must add that you my dear are the deserving one of the Sunshine Award. I love my visits to your blog. You and Cherie have taught me so much about how to be French and what would we do without you and Edith to make our wardrobe choices so chic?

Bonne journee,

James said...

Visits to your site always bring sunshine, thank you!

Bonjour Madame said...

Tish, I thoroughly enjoy your blog so much and your personality and wit are what shine through for me. Thank you so much for this award. It means a lot coming from you!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Congratulations Tish!
Well deserved for your wit and consistency in interesting subjects!!!!Maryanne xo

Deja Pseu said...

Awww, merci beaucoup! Your blog is fabulous, and so are you!

muummmmeeeeee...... said...

Congratulations on your award! Some of the blogs you mentioned look great and I'll definitely be checking them out x

materfamilias said...

Congratulations on your award -- very well deserved! I am so glad I discovered your blog, which I love!
And thank you very much for passing it along to me -- I'm honoured, and I'm so grateful for the kind description of my blog.
Finally, thanks for the introduction to so many blogs I haven't yet discovered -- only problem is, how am I ever going to get my student papers marked when I've found the perfect procrastination!?

BigLittleWolf said...

New spots to discover! Delightful! (Can we have the 28-hour day now please, also??)

Wonderful stuff. Sunny indeed.

Cathi said...

Thank you so much for the Sunshine award, that makes me smile and congrats to you too. Your blog definitely brightens my day and I get to live in your part of the world vicariously thru your wonderful posts! Have a beautiful day, Tish! xxoo :)

Queen "B" said...

Aloha, so fun to see your awards and happy blogger friends, I always enjoy my visits to see you, sending warm sunshine from Hawaii

Duchesse said...

That's wonderful, congratualtions!

notwavingbutironing said...

What a wonderful way with words you have, Tish (she says, using the most hackneyed cliché in the book. Oooh, there goes another one). You have a way of bestowing a compliment that leaves the recipient glowing. Please tell me you're a miserable, twisted old cow in real life like I am?

knitpurl said...

Thank you Tish, you brought tears to my eyes. I've been a lover of all things French since high school. Your blog came into my life at the best time, being of a "certain age".
You've improved my lifestyle --there is more black in my closet than I ever had! And your fabulous wit, what can I say. All of us have profited from the smiles you've given us. I've often wondered how many of your articles I read, enjoyed, and laughed over in our previous lives.
You have a heart of gold and have become a dear friend who has given me so much. Of course, we'll meet in the real world. And I hope Marsi will be there too. Merci, my friend,
xo, Carole

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Tish,

I am honored that you come to visit; I consider you an incredible writer and kind soul! Thank you for indulging my whims and traveling with me to a place of calm! You are forever welcome to come for some dreaming. My next post will involve Paris....

FIONA said...

Congratulations on your award, and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

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Gypsy Purple said...

Thank you soooooo very very much....this is an honour for me.....coming from someone who loves your blog as well!!!!!

How wonderful it is to do something you love and bring enjoyment to other people as well....isn`t this world of blogging fabulous....

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Congratulations Tish! xoxo

Shelley said...

Tish, first of all, congratulations on having been awarded the Sunshine badge. Your cheery, funny posts are certainly deserving.

Second, thank you so much for honouring me with it. I'd no idea that I was one of your earlier readers. You've certainly come a long way in a very short time and I expect you will continue to gather followers at an impressive rate. I will have to sit down and think about who I can pass this to, not that I don't think there are many deserving candidates, but it does require some thought.

Thank you again, I'm really touched by the accolade (a word etymologically related to 'embrace'). Consider yourself hugged back!

JBeaudetStudios said...

Hi Tish! I haven't been keeping up with blogging too much lately after my little break but I'm so honored to see you've chosen me for this award! Thank you so much for this. Congratulations to you too! I'm hoping to do a post about my trip but I'm so busy with my daughter's college stuff! It's a bit overwhelming. Thanks again!Talk to you soon! Jennifer:)

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