Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Blog Award & Thank you.....

I feel very honored to have been awarded the “Super Comments Award” by Mona from Providence ltd Design. Mona has been with me since my first day of blogging leaving wonderful comments for me along the way ever since, for that I truly thank her.

The way this works is you answer a series of questions about yourself and then pass it along to seven others who have left wonderful comments so without farther ado…..

1) Why do you blog?

I keep wondering that myself since I work ten plus hours a day and time has always been an issue for me but I can’t help myself. I only just discovered blogs last year. I mean I saw them listed but didn’t know what they were so always skipped over them. Last summer I opened one and I was enchanted. I mean here were all these people opening their worlds to us, sharing their homes. That first day I spent the entire day reading and after a month I wanted to be a part of that circle, so I took the plunge and dived in for better or worse.

2) Name your three best memories:

First is my Dad who’s gone now….riding around on my Dad’s foot when I was little. I remember plopping on that poor guys foot the moment he walked in the house and he never minded and always gave me a ride…remember doing that? He also taught me how to tie my shoes and ride a bike, it’s the little things that make me smile now that he’s gone.

Second was the day I moved from Phoenix, AZ to New York City, NY to be with my future husband. I loaded up a large truck and drove across country all by myself. If you’ve ever driven a 22-foot long truck you’ll know how much work it is coupled with the fact I was changing my entire life and leaving everything I knew. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever done but also the best. It showed me that I was capable of doing anything and from that moment on if I wanted to try something I did!

Third was the day we brought Dylan dog home four years ago. I hadn’t had a dog in thirty years, dating myself here, I’ve had Persian cats. My husband really wanted a golden so I said lets get one and I’ve never regretted it. Dylan’s great company, almost to smart for his own good, great to cuddle up next to and loyal beyond belief. But I think the best part about him is his eyes, you look into those golden brown eyes and you see love shining back!

3) Name four of the best fiction books you've ever read:
I don’t have four favorites, I read all the time and there are to many to name. Some favorites I like revisiting are:
Beauty by Susan Wilson 
 The ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
I love mysteries by Mary Higgins Clark and Nora Roberts
I read a lot of textile, art and decorating books too but what I like reading is all over the place.

4) What are the five best movies ever made?

Again I don't have favorites because I watch everything under the sun but when I'm alone I like light hearted movies, nothing serious and never anything scary...hate scary movies.

5) Name five things you cannot live without:

My family and friends. My best friend Deb is the sister I never had so I feel very blessed.

My antique textiles, I feel like I’ve finally figured out what I’m supposed to be doing in my life. It gives me a great sense of peace!

My computer, I have my web site/business on here and it's easier to talk to my friends overseas.

My monthly facials, it's relaxing, keeps my face in place and one of the few things I actually do just for me.

Auctions! I love auctions, the thrill of the hunt, the adrenaline rush just before you bid and sometimes winning, it's very exciting!

6) If you could change your name what would it be?

Chase! I saw a movie once with Rene Russo in it and her characters name was Chase, it was a really cool name. I like my name, Debra, but I introduce myself as Debra and people always say "hi Debbie", I HATE BEING CALLED DEBBIE! Not that there's anything wrong with being called Debbie.....:)

7) Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.

I can build! I decide one day to build a garden room in our side field and the first thing I needed were raised field stone garden beds. So I went out and bought a book, read it and went to work. See up in the far left corner my pile of rubble…these poker flowers are in a perfectly round garden bed that’s twelve feet wide, I built that. You’ll see better pictures in the spring, promise, now I’ll bore you with my ability to build!

8) What do you love best about yourself?

My ability to do whatever I set my mind too. I believe everyone can do anything just stop talking about it and go do it. I’ve accomplished everything I’ve set out to do in my life so far, yes, it really is that simple. Just do it!

9) If you had a freaky Friday experience, who would you change places with?

Honestly, nobody because I like who I’ve become as a person. I’ve worked dang hard to become who I am why would I want to give that up? I’d like to have past and present people to dinner to pick their minds but trade places with them…nah!

10) What is the best thing about being a woman?

The ability to multi-task if I didn’t I wouldn’t get half the things done that needed to be done.

Now it's time to pass this gracious award on to some of the people who have brightened my days:

Stacey at: Style Addicted Mom
Jermaine at: French Kissed
Deborah at: Boxwood Terrace
Vanna at: lvroftiques better known as Delusions of Grandeur
Debra at: 5th and State


I can't believe I actually won something but I did and it's fabulous! I want to thank Debra over at 5th and State and her nephew who chose my name, for the wonderful dessert cookbook by Chef Alain Roby. I can't wait to try out one of the recipes this weekend!


Divine Theatre said...

Congratulations! I know I enjoy reading your posts. I am really impressed with your 12 foot circle! I did two six feet circles, does that count? LOL!
As an aside, do you still have kitties or just your doggy now? I am having the hardest time with my kitties adjusting to Napoleon the puggle. Imagine six cats running in all directions! That is why you will never see small objects on my flat surfaces. They have either been broken or given away! LOL!

lvroftiques said...

Oh Debra thank you so much for thinking of me! I will NEVER call you Debbie! *winks* My husband has the same problem. He's a Michael and everyone wants to call him Mike. I grind my teeth each time it happens.
You are a very accomplished lady my friend. That driving across country by yourself in a moving truck would scare the poop out of me! Give me the building project instead please! My building skills are about on par with my gardening ability...but I won't go into that now *winks* I do agree with you though, like Nike just dig in and DO it! I'm constantly surprised at what I find I AM capable of.

I'm so glad you're finding the time for blogging. I know how difficult it can be to balance the blogging with real life. But finding so many others with the same passions is addictive isn't it? *winks* Vanna

for the love of a house said...

hi debra!
congratulations! loved reading your list! I could eat up that little baby dylan in that photo... like a creme puff! too precious.
thanky you for naming me, I am honored that you thought of me!


quintessence said...

Congratulations Debra for your well deserved award. I always love learning more about the person behind the blog and your wonderful revelations did not disappoint. You are an inspiration with you positive can do attitude - love it!

Stacey said...

What a fabulous post Debra and big congrats on the award! I enjoyed learning more about you from this post too:-). XX

Mona Thompson said...

Just got back in town and so I was popping in to catch up. so glad that I did. I absolutely loved getting to know more about you. Makes me feel even more of a soul connection with you. I don't even know Dylan but one look into his eyes in that photo and I'm completely hooked. I cannot believe that you drove a 22ft. truck filled with your belongings across the country to New York ALL BY YOURSELF!!! You are one strong woman. And I agree, you don't need to change places with anyone. You are just delightful the way you are. Have a great day. Mona

sharon santoni at my french country home said...

Thank you Debra for naming me, and congratulations on your award. I am very happy that you are part of my blogging world, I always look forward to your comments, and appreciate our occasional mails tremendously.
I promise you I'll never call you D...ie !

Design Elements said...

congrats! lovely greetings

Snippets/Sarah said...

Congratulations Debra! How wonderful for you. I'll always remember you because you were one of my first "followers" on my fledgling blog. Your answers resonated with me so much. Basically, this last move has taken the "umph" out of me. I just don't have the motivation to get "out there". My kids are so busy with teen academics that it is taking all of my energy. This blog is a wonderful outlet for me. I don't even care if I walk around the house saying "Well, Acquired Objects said......" My family is beginning to wonder if I'm in the "loopy" category now. How fun to win something!!

The enchanted home said...

Congrats on this award, you sound very deserving! I so enjoyed reading about you, your 3 cherished memories are incredibly endearing. And we have a lot in common on our likes, dislikes, the best thing about being a woman, we are the uber multi taskers of the world and what you love about yourself....ME TOO!!
So nice to meet you!
Take a look if you get a free minute at my new post today about my Paris trip with lots of pretty pictures!

Olde World Pillows said...

Congratulations! A well deserved reward my dearest friend and kindred spirit! I even learned a few new things about you too.

It is so much fun to read the comments and see that you are as endearing to others as you are to me. Your imagination, creativity and eye for the most unique captured my admiration many years ago. Your caring and sharing way made me love you. Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us the wonder of the world through your eyes!
Big hugs to Dylan dog too who's loving eyes sparkle ever brighter as he grows.

The enchanted home said...

Hi, would LOVE to see the pictures of the lanterns!! I miss them already...fell so in love with them. If you get around to it and don't mind sending a picture or link that would be amazing..thanks so much!
you can send to theenchantedhome@gmail.com.


Karena said...


I so love that you did this!! I was given the award as well and it was interesting to answer the questions, made me think.

You are a strong woman indeed!!
Come and see more about moi!

Art by Karena

Stacey said...

You've got such a sharp eye. I was chuckling at your comment today because it shows how well you know me or how long you have been a part of my blog. I have lost weight(though i haven't been trying to since i am naturally a skinny girl). However, Baby Z never stays still(literally) and with moving, selling the house and now dealing with the new one, i have been going nonstop. I can't wait to be finally settled so i can really relax:-). Baby Z is tall, isn't he? He's not even yet two and he's as tall or even taller than most 3 year olds. XX

lvroftiques said...

Debra thank you so much for sharing your expert opinion. It was very appreciated my friend! Despite my little bag being worth only a fingernail *winks* I will still go forward with images of all your beautiful textiles spinning in my head...You just never know when you night stumble on something amazing... As for the chairs, I will approach them with caution and try to have them restored as closely as possible to original.
I'm so glad you didn't have coffee in your mouth when talking to that client. Spurting beverages can be so annoyingly hard to explain. *winks* Vanna

Maggie said...

Hi Debra/Chase,
I came over to visit you after reading your comment on Vanna's chairs just now.
Congratulations on your award, it was interesting to get to know your through your answers, so I decided to become your newest follower.
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life

savvycityfarmer said...

hope I didn't offend you with the sick joke on the ice house.

you are so deserving of this award.

loyal to the end, that's you.

I met the chocolate chef's wife a few weeks ago
at fifth and state. real life!


savvycityfarmer said...

I love renee r.

thomas crown affair ...steamy hot she is ..

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Congratulations! It has been fun getting to know a bit more about you. Dylan is absolutely gorgeous and I imagine you are head over heels in love with him!

designchic said...

Love getting to know more about you. Totally impressed you can build!! Happy Monday ~

lvroftiques said...

Debra I bought it for a Christmas tree stand. I have no idea what many of the things I buy actually are! *winks* I like the odd and quirky.....Tend to like it in people too. Vanna

Acanthus and Acorn said...

So much fun to read this! I have a golden girl, so I just love Dylan! And, I totally get the nickname thing...not a big fan and I call many of my friends by their given name and they seem to like it better!

Unknown said...

Congratulations! you have inspired many! including me!mini-storage

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