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Friday, January 24, 2014

My Favorite Five

Hi, I am Cindy and I write the blog Applestone Cottage. Today I am very excited to be guest hosting at my friend Laura's blog, Decor to Adore.

I first met Laura through blogging.  But how we met in person is pretty amazing.  I came to visit my son who lives in Arizona I also got to meet in person, for the very first time, with many of the friends I've made through blogging.

Since that very first meeting about five years ago, several of us get together whenever I come to visit.  I am so excited because I am coming for a visit next week.   Blogging is a blessing in so many ways.

Laura has a new series called my "Favorite Five" and although I find it hard to pick just five, here goes.

1. My kitchen cupboards

My talented husband Dan was able to completely transform our cupboards.  Same old cupboards, brand new look and for a cost of about $150.  You can read about that here.

2. Lilacs

My all time favorite time of year is when my lilacs are in bloom.  And maybe because it's so short, or maybe because they are so beautiful, but they never fail to thrill me when they are in bloom. This past year we had a bumper crop.  If you would like to read more click here.

3. Travel

One of my all time favorite places to visit is Door County in my home state of Wisconsin. If you would like to read more, click here.  

4. Sewing

I  am sewing more since becoming a Grandma for the first time 3 years ago. I love that there is so much inspiration now through blogging, pinterest etc. and I am enjoying making simple but fun little projects.  I was inspired to make this little peasant dress for my grand-daughter.  You can see more here.

5. Friendship

Whether it's from blogging or making a new friend in my neighborhood, I appreciate friendship. Here is a picture of my Arizona blogging friends.  I think this one was from a year ago.

Thank you Laura for letting me hostess today. See you very soon!

Blogging is indeed a wonderful way to meet truly fabulous friends. I can’t wait to meet Cindy for lunch.

Next week we will have Kathy from Creative Home Expressions.

I’m currently looking for Irish and St. Patrick’s Day themed favorites. Please leave a comment if you are interested in guest posting.



Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Cindy and Laura. Cindy, your kitchen cabinets are very nice. I also love lilacs; their scent is so sweet. What a precious little dress for your granddaughter. Wishing both you ladies a nice weekend.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

How fun, I can't wait to see her. Hugs, Marty

Rita C. said...

Another great post in your series, Laura. Cindy, I love your take on the favorite five, and your granddaughter in that dress is simply adorable. What serendipity to actually get to meet Laura and become more than just virtual friends!

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

love love love your kitchen ,Cindy..

thanks for posting all these pretties..

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love Cindy's cabinets and lilacs! The dress she made her granddaughter is beautiful. What a cutie with her boots!

Looking forward to next week, Laura! : )

Karena Albert said...

Cindy your lilacs are gorgeous! You are so fortunate to live near my friend Laura!

The Arts by Karena

Lorrie said...

Hello Cindy and Laura - how great that you can visit face to face from time to time. Lilacs are so wonderful - full of fragrance and beauty. They just don't last quite long enough. Your photo of the sea with the grasses in the foreground is really lovely.


it was fun to "meet" Cindy. Amazing kitchen on a nice budget!
Grandchildren are a huge blessing and how fun to sew her pretty clothes.

p.s. Laura, I used a internet expolorer to read blogs, helped!

Beth said...

Good post, Cindy and Laura. Love the picture of you blogging friends. Loved seeing Cindy's 5 favorites - her lilacs are so gorgeous, and so is her kitchen. Dan is very talented. Always enjoy reading about Cindy, Dan, and Addison's adventures.

Debbie said...

I love her kitchen!

Shelia said...

Love that Cindy and all she does. Her kitchen cabinets are so nice and I love seeing little Addison and all that Cindy makes for her. This was fun.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! I'm back to say I read your comment about me on FB. If you think I could play in your Favorite Fives, I'd be happy to. Just let me know.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bonnie said...

I'm jealous of all of you bloggers getting together. Love all the favorites today. Thank you Cindy. Your lilacs are very beautiful. The only time I have been able to have lilacs were when we lived in Alaska. It is too warm in Alabama for lilacs. Your kitchen is super and you are blessed to have a talented husband.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Amazing post ... loving your cabinets!!!!

The Boston Lady said...

Love this Cindy and Laura! Cindy i love your kitchen cabinets as white is my choice for those too. Your Lilacs are so lovely snd i can imagine their smell! They were a favorite of my mother. Thank you both! Ann

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

It makes my day when I run into a fellow blogger.

Cindy's cupboards give me hope for a Summertime makeover in the kitchen here on 34th street!

HIGH FIVES to Laura and Cindy for inspiring us so!

GSGreatEscaper said...

Ab fab cabs! We painted ours white but the beadboard really makes yours special.

Maybe thinking about the lilacs to come can help us accept this cold weather....

Thanks Cindi and Laura. And now I have a new blog to follow!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I loved this!