Monday, July 28, 2014

Blogland Tour


The lovely Kimberly from
kindly invited me to join the Blogland tour a couple of weeks ago.
I was quite thrilled, honored, and a little nervous.

To begin with, Kimberly has a beautiful blog and it's always a joy to visit her place.


She lives in Canada and as most of you know I lived in Canada for several years
and have many family members still living there so we have a little something in common :)
Kimberly is very creative 
and I love that she can make an incredibly beautiful item with a small budget.
She also has a great eye for decorating.

Moving onto the questions. . .

What am I working on?

At the moment I am taking it easy in my craft room due to the lovely summer days
and have only two projects on the go.
A little while ago I came across some darling summery fabric at Hobby Lobby
as well as a simple and easy skirt pattern.
The pattern was only 0.99 cents - what a steal!


Besides the skirt, I am also working on "something" else which is 
made from some old quilted shams that my dear mom gave me.
The shams are torn in several places 
so I thought it would be perfect to cut out the pretty squares
and turn them into something usable and pretty.
I will be adding lace and maybe doilies for the finishing touches
and I will show you soon what the shams are created into :)


How does my work differ from others?

Hmmm. . . I honestly don't know how to answer this one
since "my work" is simply the work of my hands - doing what I love.
I find joy in creating something lovely out of the simple, ordinary things
such as this Styrofoam plate wreath. . .


or re-purposing an old item that's headed for the closet or trash
and turning it into a piece of beauty.


I love taking photographs of lace, tea cups, roses, and music.
I guess it's " just in me" to want to share beauty in a feminine, delicate way.


Baking desserts is something I also thoroughly enjoy.
I will tell you all something. . .I would much rather bake than cook a meal
which is probably why I don't often share dinner recipes.
I would gladly bake cakes, cookies, dessert bars, etc all day long :)
And I would gladly eat them all day long too! haha
I find great satisfaction in the beautiful, ordinary, and simple things of life.


Why do I write/create what I do?

You know, this blog started out as a place where I could share my craft ideas.
When I started The Enchanting Rose I didn't know what I was getting into,
but as time passed my love and passion for vintage, roses, old hymns, baking, tea cups,
and sewing came out and flowed onto the pages of my blog.
I love to be positive about life - do I have bad days, yes!
But the bad days don't have to win 
because I am constantly surrounded by God's love and beauty
and this blog is an outlet where I can share that with others.
I have a motto which is from a quote I read a while ago,
Be Happy. Be Bright. Be YOU!


And that's my desire for this blog -  I want it to be a happy place, 
a place where God's love shines forth, 
a place of sweet loveliness,
a place of gentleness and charm.

How does my writing/creating process work?

To be quite honest, I don't have any rhyme or reason for the way my blog works :)
Sunday's I know will always be focused upon the Lord
and most often that is when I share old hymns with Scripture and poetry.
Sunday's are always a favorite of mine and I love digging up the history of old songs.


Other than that I don't really plan ahead for my posts.
I might be baking something and if it turns out than I'll snap pictures and share the recipe.
A lot of times I will spend quiet moments outside taking pictures of flowers
that will later be used for certain posts that come to my mind farther down the road.
When I'm working on a craft, many times I will start with an idea
and once I get into the whole process I end up changing the craft completely.
This happens about 85% of the time :)
I simply go along with the flow. . .


Well, those are the questions for the Blogland Tour.
I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing this post.
Thank you, Kimberly, for this wonderful and fun opportunity.
Once I started writing the post I found it to be not so daunting as I first thought it would be.

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Now let me introduce you to two very sweet and dear ladies
that will also be joining the Blogland Tour . . .

Meet Libby from Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth.
She will be posting her Blog Tour on Wednesday, July 30th.


Hello!  
My name is Elisabeth, but since Kindergarten I've been known affectionately as "Libby".  
By profession I am a middle school teacher, 
but here in the blog world, I get to share my other passions.
Back in June of 2010 I became the official name behind Artistic Expressions by Elisabeth.  
I chose that name because I think it suits who I am as a person.
I love so many different creative outlets that I can't choose just one.  
My expressions may come in the form of crochet, photography, cooking, crafting, sewing, and knitting.  
Let's also throw in there that I change my hairstyles quite frequently - another expression!
One thing I love about this thing called the internet, 
is that I can be free to express my creative interests 
and to communicate with other like-minded people of all ages.  
And that I think is pretty cool!
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Meet Linda from Lady Linda.
She will be posting her Blog Tour on Monday, August 4th.


"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." 
- Proverbs 16:24 - 
Welcome to my dream ~ my own little blog.
I now have a place to share the many blessings God has showered on me 
and a way to record my journey through life. 
My cozy home can be found in the beautiful Northwest. 
My husband and I have enjoyed 40 years of marriage along with two wonderful grown daughters. 
My baby is married to a great guy and they live in Seattle. 
My oldest is married a cool guy and he has a little daughter who we adore. 
They had a baby boy on July 25, 2013 and he is just the cutest little guy ever! 
Jim and I are enjoying our retirement! 
We are blessed with a busy and fun life. 
Oh, time for tea,a Tahsa Tudor book,quilting,gardening, friends or maybe a new craft! 
Don't forget a good Estate Sale looking for treasures for Jim's antique shows or my Etsy shoppe.

39 comments:

Lady Linda said...

Good morning my Friend! Your blog post is lovely. I have Ava here, babysitting grandma again, but I got up early to see your blogland post. It is YOU dear Stephanie! SO beautiful as always! I enjoyed reading your answers. It is fun to learn more about those we have met on the internet! I have posted the link and done my homework for next week. Two very sweet and kind friends have agreed to join the tour...thanks guys!I know they will be make you and me proud! Love ya lots.
Linda

Brandi said...

Hi Stephanie! Stopping by to say hello from Kimberly's blog. So nice to read more about you. Your pictures are all so pretty.

Vee said...

So are you saying you blog by the seat of your pants? LOL! You have a beautiful blog no matter how you're doing it. I will be most interested to see what you do with the quilted pillow shams as I have several floating about.

Susan said...

Dear Stephanie...

Love your attitude toward and philosophy of life. Truly we are kindred spirits, trying to make the world a tiny bit better place just by living our lives in the best possible way.

Thank you for being you! Susan

Debby Ray said...

This was a lovely post, Stepahnie. I remember feeling just like you when I was asked do this a couple of months ago...it was really QUITE daunting and I let out a big *sigh* when it was finished! It seems like many of us "fly by the seat of our pants" as Vee stated...lol! I know that's how I do it too! Your photos are amazing and I just want to slurp up those yummy desserts right through the screen!! Have an awesome day, my friend!

Debby Ray said...

Ooops...sorry for the typo on your name :(

Julie Corbisiero said...

I totally enjoyed this post and learning more about you! When I have a chance I will visit the 2 ladies blogs that will be on the tour. Have a great day and week.
Julie

Loretta said...

I found your FB page recently and am enjoying it so much. I love your photos. Your blog is really pretty too!

Marcia Pilar said...

Stephanie, I LOVED reading this post giving us a closer look at you and your blog. I can understand it would be difficult to answer how our work differs from others, but from where I'm standing, I can clearly see that the heart behind your blog is what makes it so special.
Always a pleasure visiting with you.
xoxo

camp and cottage living said...

Thank you for being a part of the Blogland Tour, Stephanie!
Your post is full of beautiful photos and I loved learning how your blogging process works too.
I look for ward to visiting Libby and Linda next week on their BlogLand Tour.

Prairie Patch Quilts said...

I am so happy to come across your blog through Lady Linda's post this morning. I will enjoy visiting with you often.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hi Stephanie, I enjoyed reading your responses! The skirt you got to make a skirt with is adorable. I can't wait to see what you do with the old pillow shams. Your positive attitude is contagious. :)

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I am also a wife and mother. I just discovered your blog thanks to the recommendation of Lady Linda. Your creations are beautiful. You have a lot of creativity. I have a blog dedicated to Barbie dolls. I'm back collecting dolls in my adulthood. I invite you to visit: all4barbie.blogspot.com I became a follower of your blog. Keep in touch

Vicky Hunt said...

Your blogland tour post was just lovely Stephanie. I love all the photos and projects you chose to highlight...perfect! I look forward to visiting your friends. Have a blessed day...Vicky

Valerie said...

Dear Stephanie,
I so enjoyed reading your post. I am looking forward to seeing what you do with those gorgeous shams. I know it will be lovely. You have such heart and talent in all you do. There is always such a warmth and kindness in your posts. It is always such a joy to visit with you and learn more about you.
Blessings and Sunshine sweet friend,
Valerie

mamasmercantile said...

Popping over from Lady Linda to say hello. You have a beautiful blog, which I will now follow with interest.

Beatrice Euphemie said...

HI Stephanie, I enjoyed learning more about you and your creative process- I find that when I create, I also end up with something totally different than when I started. Your two blog nominations are very inspiring ladies. I have followed Linda for a while, and look forward to meeting Elizabeth. I hope your week is lovely. Hugs xo Karen

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

Love you.
m & jb

Robyn said...

I really enjoyed this post, Stephanie, and I empathize with your trepidation about writing it - I was exactly the same way! lol.
I have loved everything you do - your beautiful pictures, your crafts, the baking, and yes, the cooking, too! And you brought your mother to us and that has been a true pleasure to get to know her.
Most of all, it's just you, Stephanie. Your sweetness and kindness that you extend to everyone really makes a difference in their lives. I'm blessed to know you, friend, and so glad our blogging paths crossed and connected. :)

TLady said...

What a fun post! I enjoyed learning more about you Stephanie & your friends! It all sounds like fun to me! GORGEOUS PICTURES!!! :D

kitty said...

I love your motto, sweet friend, and it fits you perfectly! You use your hands to beatify the world for your family and for so any others. Your photography skills are so impressive. Your take such wonderfully, dreamy pictures. Thanks for sharing your lovely world with us. xo

Mrs R said...

Stephanie, love all your pictures and answers. You have such a sweet spirit. {{HUGS}}

Gail Dixon said...

A great post!! I enjoyed reading more about you. Hope the blogland tour is a huge success. I love that fabric picture frame. How did you do that?

Debbie Harris said...

This was just beautiful, Stephanie. You have such a sweet and tender heart that radiates here in your precious blog home.
I find peace and comfort when I visit here.
I too am anxious to see what you are doing with those quilted shams. :-)
Even I have to wait.
Love you, Mom

my cozy ❤ little space said...

beautiful all what your making...i just love all your pictures...blessings

Denise said...

So nice reading all about a few little things I didn't know about You.This does sound fun, if I'm not too late to really enjoy.I have known though that You radiate Christ, like I've said before and We do have a lot of the same interests.Now,I must figure this party out....on to explore. Love In Christ, Denise

Anne Payne said...

Of course, everything is always beautiful here, including you! I can't wait to see what you are making with the shams :)

Anna said...

Lovely post, lovely blog !!!! Your creations and pictures are beautiful !
Thank you for your kind visit !
Have a wonderful day !
Anna

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post! I admire your feminine style and all of the beautiful things you share here on your blog. Hugs to you!

JES said...

That was a very enjoyable tour, thank you for sharing :)

Sophie said...

Very beautiful and romantic blog!!!Kisses from Greece!!!

Linda P said...

Such lovely reading sweet Stephanie. It's so nice to get to know you more. You are so talented with your crafts, your writing, baked goods,etc. It gives us a glimpse into your mind and see what Stephanie is all about. It's a pleasure to know you and I remain totally grateful to have connected with you dear Stephanie. xo

Conniecrafter said...

Great post and once again some amazing pictures, God sure has blessed you with a great ability to capture his Beauty. Can't wait to see your project done, what I see of it, it looks lovely!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh dear Stephanie, I enjoyed this post for so many reasons. I loved the vintage frame, and there is nothing more beautiful to me than an old black and white photo. The picture of the tea cups, pearls, and music was so soft and pretty. And those raspberry cookies, oh my! I want one right now to go with my coffee. I love the saying, BE HAPPY, BE BRIGHT, BE YOU. I will have to remember that one. I heard one time that grateful people are the happiest people. Thank you for your gentle kindness, and I'm so thankful I met you in blogland.

love,
~Sheri

Nikki said...

Stephanie,
Your blog is always such a beautiful place to stop. :) You are so creative and make such pretty things. You take beautiful pictures too!!!

Debbie said...

oh this was so fun to read, to get to know you a little better.

we are alike in many ways. i enjoy cooking, but i love to bake. i love to create/craft anything and everything, especially from nothing.....

i am not a writer but a lover of words, so no process for me!!

what a fun entry, thanks for sharing!!!

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Dear Stephanie, I have so enjoyed your lovely post in the blog tour. Your process is wonderful and reflects your creative heart and beautiful spirit.
It is always a joy to visit you.

Thank you for introducing two other lovely bloggers.
Blessings Be Yours Always,
Hugs

Libby said...

Stephanie, you know I adore your blog. I enjoyed reading this post because I learned even more about you. I really like your super feminine style and how you add that feminine touch to everything you make. I know the skirt will look great!

I'll check out Linda's blog next week. :-)

Jazzmin said...

So lovely to enjoy your blogland tour this morning, dear friend! Your crafts and baking are always such a delight when you share them. As for your desire for your blog, I believe you have achieved it and then some. Your blog is the epitome of loveliness in godliness and is always bright and positive and encouraging. I can't tell you how much I look forward to your sweet posts!

So neat to see your craft projects. That fabric for your skirt is so pretty, and yay for .99 cent pattern days as Hobby Lobby! ;) I can't wait to see your creation with those beautiful quilted shams.

I hope you have a blessed week, Stephanie!
Your blogland tour was so wonderful to take and was yet a further reminder of just some of the ways your blog and your friendship is such a blessing!

Hugs and love,
Jazzmin

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