Friday, May 1, 2009

~ The Decorated House in .......... Artful Blogging Summer 2009

A little sneak peek, pg. 84 & 85
of the wonderful 6 pages.

(Artful Blogging Summer 2009
Roses on Front by Me!)

A very special Thank You! to
the wonderful people at Artful Blogging
for choosing The Decorated House blog
to be in their Summer 2009 issue.

I don't quite remember the first time I picked up Artful Blogging. But I was impressed not only by the blogs which were featured, but by the beautiful editing and layouts as well. It is an eclectic mix of very colorful blogs and then more neutrals ones like mine and Sara of Sadie Olive. That's her picture of the man & baby on the front. Although Staci found my blog, and first asked if I would like to write an article for the magazine, I worked with Christen Olivarez to finish it up. Thank you to both of you and to the editor. They did a fabulous job with my blog and work. I think it turned out beautifully. Let me know what you think when you see it.

Thank you also for the very sweet notes here, and the emails. I appreciate them very much. It was so nice of you to take the time to write.

When my dear friend Kim of Daisy Cottage was in Artful Blogging last year I was totally thrilled. Although Kim is not a traditional artist in the way we might usually think of, she is an artist with her blog. And like many artists, what she creates for her blog comes from her heart. As more and more blogs are doing advertising to receive money each time you click on their site, Kim remains true to her guests. You always know she is welcoming you exactly as she would a guest in her home. Just for the pleasure of your visit.

The trip to Savannah was fantastic. Come by for the next few days if you would like to see pictures and hear about it. I'm am certainly no expert on the city or traveling, but I love Savannah and I know it was so helpful when I found blog posts about visiting there before we went the first time.

Were you wondering if I looked for my old friend, and maybe about how she was doing? (another photo) Sorry to say she still has not found love. The houses on each side of her are so beautiful. I wasn't sure if she could be still be saved. But Sweet Hubby said look up. She has good bones you know. I am still hoping someone will come soon and take care of her.

Look at the lovely haight blue porch ceiling still waiting to keep the old place happy.

This is the house next door. Doesn't that just call out to your heart?

See y'all soon!


  1. Hi Donna,
    Congratulations on being selected to be in Artful Blogging. Your site is lovely and filled with inspiration. I started blogging a couple months ago so I am still learning the ropes, but it has been fun meeting new friends and sharing ideas. Happy May Day. ~Cathy~

  2. Congratulations! You are a role model for many of us learning the ins and outs of blogville. Thank you so much for all you share with us.


  3. Oh Donna I am SO excited and happy for YOU!

    You are truly so deserving to be a part of Artful Blogging! You are a true artist and one that I have admired for so long and feel so lucky to also have as a dear friend. I can't wait to get my copy and I will keep it forever. I am sure that your feature is as beautiful as YOU are.

    Congratulations sweet girl.. and of course, thank you for always being way too kind about me!
    I love you Donna!!!


  4. Congratulations on being featured in 'Artful Blogging'. Can't wait to get a copy ...I love that magazine. You deserve the praise and admiration are an inspiration to us all.

  5. I love Artful Blogging. Such beautiful images and heartfelt words from people who started a blog and never knew where it would go. So I congratulate you on this achievement. I shall have to pick it up.

  6. Congratulations! You deserve it - your work is so beautiful. I love it!


  7. Well look at you! You're a STAR!! :) Congrats, Donners!

  8. Oh My Gosh! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to pick up a copy - it's such a fun magazine (especially when you "know" the featured people)! I'm truly thrilled for you!

    I totally agree about Kim. As more and more blogs just become about how much traffic they can generate it's nice to know that some people just blog because they have something to share and no other agenda!


  9. Congratulations Donna! I have never seen a copy of this magazine. Where can I find it?

  10. Congrats! Your lovely blog & art are getting the attention you deserve :D

  11. Thanks for introducing me to Artful Blogging - sounds like a great publication - and congrats on the feature!

  12. Congratulations! I've picked up the last two copies of this mag, looking forward to seeing the new one. And to know someone in it is an added bonus!

  13. Ohhh congratulations Donna!! No wonder they chose your blog, you have such a beautiful one and your down to earth conversations with your readers is always inviting, like sitting down with an old friend with a cup of coffee and visiting for a while :)

    Can't wait to see it, I haven't missed an issue yet!

  14. Donna congratulations, your blog is so beautiful, no wonder it was chosen:-) Christen is a doll to work with isn't she? I just love the peaceful feel here.

  15. Thank you so much!!
    Your kind comments mean so much. I am thrilled to be in Artful Blogging. For some reason this was a bit more exciting than being published before. Maybe now I'm old enough to appreciate it. :)

    Borders almost always has the magazine. The larger Barnes & Nobles, does sometimes as well as Michael's and Joann's. The stores decided which magazines they carry I think.

    Also issues can be ordered from Amazaon.

    Thanks again, to each of you!

  16. Thanks for the link to Artful Bloggers and big congrats on being featured....yes I think we yearning for blogs...and lift in be connections of likeminded people who want to share with us but ask nothing in return...

  17. Thank you for your kind comment and for your visit to my blog.
    You have a gorgeous blog- I love your art work- I am going to add you to my etsy favorites.

  18. congratulations to you as well- the cover of this artful blogging was especially beautiful- your roses were lovely.

  19. Donna I am so happy for you I can't wait to see a copy of this magazine I have never heard of it.

    I hear you about Kim she is one of my faves :) Don't know how I missed the article about her..

    Thanks for all the info on Savannah, I am dying to get there.

    Happy Mother's Day,
    Kathy :)

    ps I am no longer the Susan Lucci of blogland, I won over at Fifi's LOL

  20. Donna,

    Congrats on being featured in Artful Blogging! You definitely deserve it. I love the Savannah pictures too. On our beach trip, we were 30 minutes outside of Charleston, not far off of highway 17 (the Savannah Highway). Many years, we take a day trip into Savannah and I truly love it there as well. It's truly difficult to choose a favorite romantic Southern city when they're both so lovely. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip!I'm looking forward to seeing you in print in Artful Blogging. Now, where did I put that coupon? : )


  21. Congrat's Donna,
    You deserve the recognition. I have enjoyed your art and stolen glances of your beautiful home. Happy Mother's Day.

  22. I think Savannah would be fun anytime of the year. It is one of my favorite places to visit. We were there Dec. 1999 and stayed at the Hampton Inn, downtown and the lobby was decorated for the holidays and it was breathtaking! The interior of that hotel has beautiful furnishings and I could have stayed there for a few more days without any problem. We took a narrated bus tour which really helped because our stay was short too, but I'd love to go back in the Springtime when the city is in full bloom with the Azaleas,etc.
    Thanks for sharing!

  23. Hi there. I'm in the UK and have just received my copy of Artful Blogging. I am now on my second attempt at keeping a Blog and wanted to thank you for your lovely article which was written in a way that I found both inspiring and easy to understand! Thanks.


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