Thursday, December 13, 2007

A very special holiday treat ...

Last week, Maureen at Penchants, Ponderings and Posies (I just love that name!) gave me a Friendly Site Award, which I thought was very nice and ... er ... uh ... well, friendly of her! I very nearly forgot to acknowledge it - sorry, Maureen!

There are several blogs that I really enjoy visiting and Maureen's is one of the tops. She is what I would consider a bit of a Renaissance woman; even though we've never met in person, I've known her online since 2001. Mo is a highly skilled photographer, with a tremendous eye for framing a photo in her lens. When she went to Italy (yes, she even speaks Italian), her camera was often in hand as she shot the countryside and places she visited. Some of her most wonderfully engaging photos are a series of door knockers that she captured; they're elegant and beautiful (and I've often thought would make such pretty notecards!).

Maureen's artistic talent isn't just in photography; her home is jaw-dropping gorgeous. She has a way of creating beautiful environments with lovely details throughout, yet with a comfortable, welcoming feel that makes you smile the minute you step in her door.

Christmas time at Mo's is a special treat I look forward to each year and she's recently posted some pics of this year's
decor. Weaving shimmery bronzes and coppers with soft lime greens and warm browns ... mixing natural garden elements with family treasures (where natural-looking birds festoon willow branches with deep kiwi-green ribbon) ... and then topping it all with the sparkle of mercury glass, mirror and silvery tinsel ... she has created a look rich with the magic and wonder of Christmas!

Please visit Mo and enjoy a very special holiday treat for yourself:



Lynn said...

What an extraordinary woman! And I don't just mean you, Rose. I so admire people who are creative, I don't have a single bent that way at all, but I have a keen eye for appreciating people who do.

And no one could deserve that award more than this blog, and YOU, Sister by the Stream. You exude warmth, friendship, peace and love. This is the most inspirational, loving space I've even visited, and I have hit many, many blogs.

Wishing you warmth, love, peace and comfort this season...and always.


Maureen said...

Oh my GOSH Rose! I am honored that you're honored. I've been cleaning all afternoon, stopped off in my little study to log in for a break, your kind post surprised me! I am humbled by the praise..I really love sharing ideas and things that I love, whether an idea or a thought. I think when we share our gifts, (and I don't nessesarily mean trappings or posessions), we glorify him. What better time to do that than this time of year. You are so awesome in sharing your gifts with your thoughtful blog, so that award is well-deserced. Now, don't forget to pay it forward! You need to pass that on to another friendly blogger! Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

Britt-Arnhild said...

Thanks for the link :-)

C├ęcile said...

I agree, Maureen is one of the most talented women I've 'met' when it comes to decorating and photography. Her home is just fabulous and I also look forward to seeing her Christmas decor each year.

Rose said...

Congratulations, Rose. You so deserve this award! Your kindness knows no boundaries.