Monday, August 03, 2009

I blog for bliss




My 1946 edition of The Winston Dictionary defines Bliss: 1. the highest degree of happiness; heavenly joy
Today I'm feeling quite blissful over the release of Tara Frey's new book "Blogging for Bliss" in which I have the honor to be included. I have to admit I have not seen it yet and am dying to get my hands on a copy.


To find out more about all the creative persons featured in the book, please head over to ArtsyMama's book release party where you will find links to their sites, as well as an interview with Tara Frey.


In celebration of the book I thought I would share what blogging for bliss means to me, and as having to write is not my favorite task {I would rather sew/craft/knit/bake anyday :)} I will just let the pictures do most of the talking...

Blogging for bliss is sharing the simple pleasures that bring joy to my everyday.


Bliss is baking a lemon cake with simple ingredients and eggs fresh from the henhouse.

Bliss is crocheting a colorful wool blanket from leftover balls of yarn.


Bliss is sitting quietly in the sunroom with a midmorning cup of English Breakfast tea, a freshly baked cookie, and some knitting on my needles.

Bliss is using all my flea market finds::floral dishes, old mixing bowls, bread tin, linens, and vintage furniture~to make my kitchen cozy.

Bliss is learning a new craft.


Bliss is sewing something useful using linen and floral cotton, and embellishing it with some embroidery.


Bliss is making the laundry room a place in which I don't mind spending time.


Bliss is thinking about all the women before me who loved to sew and giving new life to what they've left behind.


Bliss is combining aqua with red.


Bliss is learning to sew patchwork, combining new and old.


Bliss is the whole creative process.


Bliss is having a business doing what I love.

Bliss is making a house a home.

Bliss is enjoying the fruits of our labor.


Bliss is feeding my family from our garden.

Bliss is taking a nature walk.

Bliss is the arrival of new baby chicks each Spring.



And,
Bliss is readers who offer kindness, encouragement, and support ~ thank you for stopping by to visit, it means a lot.


128 comments:

  1. Beautifully put!! love all the lovely pictures ~

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  2. Lovely post! I've been a long-time reader of your blog. I always look forward to new posts! Thanks for sharing your blog bliss!

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  3. Congratulations Deb! Love *all* the photos and thoughts you shared:-)

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  4. I just wanted you to know that I have really enjoyed your posts. I have had your blog linked to my site for some time now. I enjoy seeing your flea market finds and your creative touch in breathing new life into them. I absolutely love your drawstring bags with the knitted bottoms. Your pictures are great. Also, I love the leftover ball blanket...so beautiful.

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  5. Beautiful post Deb! I can remember visiting your wonderful blog long before I had my own ~ it's always been a favourite spot ♥

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  6. What a lovely post. Such beautiful images that gives a blissful view into your creative life....
    You forgot something...it bliss to read you blog, I enjoy visiting.

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  7. Wonderful post! I've been reading for sometime. I love stopping by to see what you are doing...

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  8. Ahhh..thanks for sharing 'your bliss'. Beautiful pics.

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  9. really enjoyed this post

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  10. Beautiful post! I've been reading your blog for some time now and love it! I think you have a beautiful house and love the gorgeous things you make. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  11. What a great post! I love seeing all your pictures and wonderful finds. But mostly I love seeing your garden it makes me excited to get mine ready for next year.

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  12. Bliss for me is reading your blog and getting ideas from it so that I can make my own bliss here. Being creative has always been my personal bliss. Sitting on the front porch in the woods with a hot cup of coffee in the fall just smelling the fall mold and mildew of the leaves falling to the ground. I so enjoy your blog and your creativity. It inspires other to find their own happy place.

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  13. Thank you for sharing with us. Your blog is always something I look forward to. You definitely have an impact on the blogging world.
    Marilyn in NM

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  14. What a beautiful post! I agree with every single word. Bliss is being able to visit a blog like yours!:-) Have a wonderful day!

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  15. love your blog. thank you for sharing. whenever i'm at my desk, on the phone, waiting on hold, i'll scroll through all your photos, they bring me bliss. :o)

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  16. I think I just fell in love with your laundry room..
    Such wonderful photos!

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  17. Reading your blog makes me feel blissful! Thanks for sharing your life with us Deb!

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  18. Bliss is also visiting with you as you share your life!

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  19. Your blog is bliss to me. When I first discovered blogs, your's was one of the first ones I found. I used to get so frustrated because I wanted to leave a comment and didn't know how! Your blog has always been the standard by which we hoped our blog would live up to. We can't even come close. Your post today proves that you are the queen of bloggers to me. Your post today makes my heart sing. Twyla

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  20. My very favorite post of yours ever. Hoorah for you for making the book - I can see why.

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  21. What a beautiful life! :o) I too hold dearest to me the simpler things in life.
    Congratulations on your contribution to this new book! :o) I can't wait to see it. I have been hearing about it all over the blogging arena! :o)
    Many thanks for your inspiration and special blog!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  22. Anonymous10:21 AM

    You provided a perfect moment this morning - a stroll into a calm and beautiful home and garden. Thank you for sharing your bliss - it was a 'heavenly moment'!

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  23. beautiful and lovely- i enjoyed this post very much! your lemon cake looks decadant- i hope you'll share your recipe sometime :)

    blessings!

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  24. Nice post, DEB!!
    Always a pleasure to visit.
    xo

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  25. What a beautiful post! and Congratulations on making it in the book!

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  26. I love being a part of your "Bliss"...

    Your blog is probably one the most refreshing reads out there. I love that I found it a while back. I do enjoy checking in on a regular basis.

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  27. Congratulations! You deserve to be included in Tara's book--your blog is lovely and am a faithful visitor. Today's post--blissfully beautiful!! :)

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  28. I so enjoyed this post. It was so blissful to read it(smile)...yours is truly a beautiful life. Congrats on your part in the book...thanks for sharing.

    Blessings,Shelley

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  29. The book is great. I just bought a copy last week! I love this post. Such wonderful photos and I believe what you believe is bliss is what I believe is bliss!!!

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  30. Very nice post. You describe bliss exactly how I would. Thank you! :)

    Debbie

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  31. Bliss is reading your blog!
    Thank you for all the wonderful pictures, the good ideas and the recipes for cooking!
    stefanie

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  32. I LOvE your blog.
    you sound like one busy lady.
    i enjoyed all the photos.
    i will be stopping back by to see more of your lovey blog soon.
    have a merry day!
    sandr

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  33. I think you write beautifully and the pictures speak volumes. I share your ideas of bliss. Your blog is a wonderful place to visit for that very reason - sheer bliss.

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  34. Bliss for me is being able to read the insprirational blogs of generous and gentle women like you. Thanks for giving us an insight into your life

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  35. Lovely! You have a beautiful home and it feels very inviting!1

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  36. What a lovely post. Bliss is reading blogs like yours that inspire.

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  37. I love your blog - such simple ideas, but so beautifully done. I love the idea of enjoying the everyday simple things. We all need to remember to enjoy each day more.

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  38. Beautiful post, I totally agree with you. I love a post with lots and lots of photos. Have a nice day!

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  39. Congratulations on beng in this book Deb! I've always loved your blog! You inspire me to try new things!

    Manuela

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  40. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time and enjoy each and every post. I LOVE your peaceful photos and beautiful words. Visiting you is a real treat. Looking forward to the book! Blessings, Heather

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  41. Heyya chickadee!!
    I love your bliss!
    Thanks for a wonderful party on your blog!
    Big Mermaid Hugs

    toodles-
    Sarah

    ps come to my party!

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  42. Loving the pictures and your blissful things, well, they look totally blissful! I'm thankful to enjoy my simple pleasures each and every day too, that's what life is about!

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  43. chris miller6:16 PM

    Your blog brings me bliss and peace. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  44. I just discovered your blog and was thrilled to have you put into words what I feel. Great posting. I will enjoy visiting often.

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  45. How absolutely blissfully lovely!

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  46. Love your sentiments and your gorgeous photographs. What a wonderful way to share your bliss with us. I can't believe how big your pumpkins got! I tried growing them this year and none have been pollinated. Thanks for playing along and cheers to much more blissful blogging!!
    Kari

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  47. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog through the blog party! Love your post about blogging!

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  48. The bliss I have in blogging is all the wonderful frinds I have made, like you xoxoxo Clarice

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  49. sweet post. i love your home. i also love vintage things.
    blessings,
    aimee

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  50. For me, Blogging Bliss is about connection and a new kind of community. The encouragement I receive from blogging is a total surprise to me--I'm a newbie, and I'm hooked. C.

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  51. Congratulations Deb!!! I just love your blog and your creativity :) Thanks for the great post and beautiful photos. I love my Webster's dictionary :)

    have a blessed day!

    Sharon

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  52. I think I'm one of many others who stumbled across your blog and have been reading it for several months, but am guilty of never having commented before today!

    I truly enjoy reading your blog, the way you so beautifully share your love for your home and crafts and vintage finds.

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  53. I have that book and it is great! I actually found you through Artful blogging! This post was bliss. Thanks for all you share. I just recently knit up some of your waffle weave dishcloths! They are fabulous.

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  54. 2DoubleStitched.etsy.com11:23 AM

    A very lovely post, and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to your blog.

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  55. I love your blog. It's an a joy to ready and your home is eye candy. Thank you!

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  56. I've followed your blog for a long time, never commented though. I always feel so inspired and calm after visiting here with you, so thanks!

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  57. It's blissful visiting Homespun Living. Thanks for making your blog a friendly, happy place to be.

    Jody

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  58. LOvely post, Loved all of your photos, Your blog is filled with so much warmth and love.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  59. Such a beautiful post with wonderful photos too!
    Rachel x

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  60. That is a lovely laundry room, indeed!

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  61. Bliss....is homespun living:)

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  62. Thank you for the reminder of the many blissful things in our lives.

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  63. Love all the pictures! Your idea of Bliss is absolutely right.

    God bless.

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  64. Hi Deb:
    What a lovely post. Isn't it wonderful that we were invited to the party?
    Hope you'll have a chance to stop over and say "hi". I'm having a 100th Post Giveaway on Friday. Perhaps you'll be free then.
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  65. connie9:03 PM

    bliss indeed.
    thank you for sharing so much with all of us!

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  66. Lovely post!
    Those pumpkins made me pause for a moment and then I realized they couldn't be this years yet!

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  67. Really enjoyed this post...great photos and a lovely message!

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  68. Beautiful post! Your world looks just lovely.

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  69. Bliss is experiencing vicariously your bliss through your beautiful photos and writing, and enjoying the fruits of your talented eye. Thanks!

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  70. What a warm and lovely post, Deb. Thank you for sharing your happy life.

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  71. Congratulations!!! I can't wait to see the book. I enjoyed this post so much. Such beautiful photos. Each one is wonderful to look at and enjoy.

    Ruth

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  72. Wonderful post and beautiful photos! Really enjoyed my visit via Greenberry House; thank you.

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  73. Bliss is reading this post! Lovely eye candy. Many congratulations on the book.

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  74. Your idea of bliss is very similar to mine! Congrats of being in Blogging for Bliss, which I have been reading since I bought it last night.

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  75. What a beautiful post and inspirational pictures. Truly blissful!

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  76. Well, I'm a little behind on things. It's going to take me awhile to read ALL of these wonderful comments. I also love all your bliss"es". I appreciate that you creative useful things that are also beautiful. I just bought Blogging for Bliss. Congratulations on being a part of it.

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  77. Such wonderful pictures, and yummy fabrics and crafty goodness.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  78. what a gorgeous post!...it was just ...blissful :)

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  79. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!!!

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  80. I just LOVE your blog! It always makes me smile.
    Thank you!

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  81. I read your blog often, coming back for a visit when I need that little touch of calm and creativity. I just printed your waffle dishcloth pattern and plan to settle in with a chick flick and knitting a little later on. I'm curious about the Pain Free book on your side bar. I have fibromyalgia and wonder if it would be relevant for me. I try to watch my pennies. I can always request it from the library. Thanks for your constant inspiration.

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  82. Wow I love all your photo's! I've just discovered "blogs", I picked up the Blogging for Bliss book and I'm hooked and inspired! Thank you for a beautiful post!

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  83. I agree so completely-- beautifully written blog and beautiful photos. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  84. What a fantastic post and such lovely photographs. Thanks for reminding us that the simple things in life are the best. I think that this must be the best blog I've found! Johnson

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  85. Oh, gorgeous!

    You have a beautiful home, delightful photos, the works! Thank you for the time it takes to put together an amazing blog.

    I love colourful crochet, country life (even in the city), red and aqua. Any way, I recently discovered you and You're a real inspiration.

    Thanks again.

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  86. What a beautiful post...I love your home, it seems so warm and inviting!!
    Elise

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  87. Wow, 87 comments!! I feel lucky if I get 5! Anyways, I stumbled upon your blog while searching for a "mug cosy" pattern. And I'm so glad I did. You may not even get down this far, but I am adding you to my blogroll. I so much want to make a living doing what I love to do...crafting.

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  88. Aaahhhh such a sweet post, just lovely.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  89. nice post. lovely life, you have!

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  90. I purchased "Blogging for Bliss" and I LOVE it!

    Your blog is always such a peaceful stop for me.

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  91. Reading your blog is bliss! Like taking a little vacation!

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  92. Debbie: I enjoyed seeing your blog and knitting... I thought the lemon cake looks so delish! Will you be sharing the recipe with us? I look forward to that. Keep us entertained with your blog!
    Debbie IN

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  93. Anonymous8:11 AM

    Deb,
    I have to agree with Debbie1085... your lemon cake look so awesome and delicious... Are you planning on telling us where we can obtain the recipe or share it with us? Your blogs are always interesting to read and follow...

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  94. Debbie: I enjoyed seeing your blog and knitting... I thought the lemon cake looks so delish! Will you be sharing the recipe with us? I look forward to that. Keep us entertained with your blog!
    Debbie IN

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  95. I purchased "Blogging for Bliss" and I LOVE it!

    Your blog is always such a peaceful stop for me.

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  96. Aaahhhh such a sweet post, just lovely.
    love
    Alison
    x

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  97. What a beautiful post...I love your home, it seems so warm and inviting!!
    Elise

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  98. Lovely post!
    Those pumpkins made me pause for a moment and then I realized they couldn't be this years yet!

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  99. Hi Deb:
    What a lovely post. Isn't it wonderful that we were invited to the party?
    Hope you'll have a chance to stop over and say "hi". I'm having a 100th Post Giveaway on Friday. Perhaps you'll be free then.
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  100. Thank you for the reminder of the many blissful things in our lives.

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  101. Love all the pictures! Your idea of Bliss is absolutely right.

    God bless.

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  102. LOvely post, Loved all of your photos, Your blog is filled with so much warmth and love.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  103. It's blissful visiting Homespun Living. Thanks for making your blog a friendly, happy place to be.

    Jody

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  104. 2DoubleStitched.etsy.com4:57 PM

    A very lovely post, and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. I always look forward to your blog.

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  105. I think I'm one of many others who stumbled across your blog and have been reading it for several months, but am guilty of never having commented before today!

    I truly enjoy reading your blog, the way you so beautifully share your love for your home and crafts and vintage finds.

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  106. sweet post. i love your home. i also love vintage things.
    blessings,
    aimee

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  107. I'm so glad to have discovered your blog through the blog party! Love your post about blogging!

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  108. I just discovered your blog and was thrilled to have you put into words what I feel. Great posting. I will enjoy visiting often.

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  109. chris miller4:57 PM

    Your blog brings me bliss and peace. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  110. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time and enjoy each and every post. I LOVE your peaceful photos and beautiful words. Visiting you is a real treat. Looking forward to the book! Blessings, Heather

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  111. Beautiful post, I totally agree with you. I love a post with lots and lots of photos. Have a nice day!

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  112. I love your blog - such simple ideas, but so beautifully done. I love the idea of enjoying the everyday simple things. We all need to remember to enjoy each day more.

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  113. Lovely! You have a beautiful home and it feels very inviting!1

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  114. I LOvE your blog.
    you sound like one busy lady.
    i enjoyed all the photos.
    i will be stopping back by to see more of your lovey blog soon.
    have a merry day!
    sandr

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  115. Bliss is reading your blog!
    Thank you for all the wonderful pictures, the good ideas and the recipes for cooking!
    stefanie

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  116. Very nice post. You describe bliss exactly how I would. Thank you! :)

    Debbie

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  117. I love being a part of your "Bliss"...

    Your blog is probably one the most refreshing reads out there. I love that I found it a while back. I do enjoy checking in on a regular basis.

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  118. Nice post, DEB!!
    Always a pleasure to visit.
    xo

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  119. Anonymous4:58 PM

    You provided a perfect moment this morning - a stroll into a calm and beautiful home and garden. Thank you for sharing your bliss - it was a 'heavenly moment'!

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  120. My very favorite post of yours ever. Hoorah for you for making the book - I can see why.

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  121. What a great post! I love seeing all your pictures and wonderful finds. But mostly I love seeing your garden it makes me excited to get mine ready for next year.

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  122. really enjoyed this post

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  123. Ahhh..thanks for sharing 'your bliss'. Beautiful pics.

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  124. Wonderful post! I've been reading for sometime. I love stopping by to see what you are doing...

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  125. Thank you for sharing with us. Your blog is always something I look forward to. You definitely have an impact on the blogging world.
    Marilyn in NM

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  126. Thank you for sharing with us. Your blog is always something I look forward to. You definitely have an impact on the blogging world.
    Marilyn in NM

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Thank you for taking time to leave a comment--I love reading each and every one! I will try to answer any questions you have in the comment section. Due to the amount of spam, I am sadly no longer able to accept Anonymous comments....Kindly, Deb

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