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Friday, March 21, 2014

My Favorite Five~ Bonnie

Hi, I'm Bonnie from Living With Thanksgiving. I feel very blessed to be a guest blogger today for Laura at Decor To Adore. Laura's series called "Favorite Five" has been fun to follow. Here are my "favorite five " with spring as my theme.

1. Photography is a passion of mine, however, I am still a work in progress.  Since I began blogging I have made thousands of pictures. Making family pictures is a large part of my photo cache. I love to record family vacations and photograph nearly all the food we eat as well as what we do. People other than bloggers think I'm crazy.

Since, we are all yearning for spring I immediately thought of this photo. It evokes such happiness for me. The French faux bois bench and blooming cherry tree cast it's spell on me in St. Rèmy, Provence. Other favorite photography pics are posted here.


Keep reading for four more of Bonnie’s lovely favorites!

2. Traveling: One of the thrills of my life has been the blessing to travel abroad the last few years. There were many “pinch me, is this really me” moments. I don't have words to tell you the thrill I felt traveling through France, England and Italy. The gondola ride in Venice ( pictured below) was exciting and beyond my expectations.  I think of the many beautiful and exciting sights and experiences we enjoyed on our wonderful trips all the time. Thank you dear husband for these beautiful memories. I could go on and on because traveling is quite addicting. You always want to see another place. I am hoping to organize my travel posts soon and do blog buttons to make viewing easier.

Here are links to a few travel posts:  Paris and  Rome.


3. Tablescaping: My first blog post was a Thanksgiving tablescape which evoked the name of my blog~ Living With Thanksgiving. I love to "play in the dishes" as I've heard it called. Again, it is hard to pick a favorite. It would be fun to see which tablescape  you would pick. Thinking spring, I will share this one: 


4. Gardening: I enjoy gardening and it has brought me great joy and satisfaction.  My garden is primarily a shade garden dictated by my location. I love all flowers but hydrangeas and camellias are high on my list. I enjoy being in a local garden club and was glad to have the opportunity to complete the master gardener course a few years back. This is my hydrangea garden below.


5. Flower Arranging: I have so many vases I am running out of room to store them all.  Selecting just the right vase and arranging flowers is therapy for me. It is a delight to cut flowers from your garden and fashion an arrangement to enjoy in your home. When you have a vision for something and it turns out well, it is very satisfying.  I get my love of flowers from my mother and remember fondly how every flower thrilled her. The image below is from this post.


Do you see how each interest of mine plays on each other? I love to grow flowers, arrange them for centerpieces and preserve the memory with a photograph. I  enjoy traveling and never tire of making hundreds of pictures of each destination and every family outing. Therefore, blogging is a large part of my life sharing with those that share similar interests. Thank you Laura, for inviting me to be a part of Decor to Adore today. It was an honor.

Bonnie you are truly a lovely rose in my garden of friendship!



the cape on the corner said...

ok, i am so going to check out her paris post for my upcoming trip. thanks!

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

Bonnie is one of our nicest bloggers and I've enjoyed getting acquainted with her. I always learn something from her blog posts, and I love seeing her beautiful home and flower garden. Those hydrangeas make me swoon! They are one of my favorite flowers ever, and I have yet to try my luck with growing them. A lot of people I know in our region don't have good luck with getting them to bloom. I think we don't have the best soil for them.

Bonnie is such a talented person, and I look forward to her posts and especially her pictures. Thank you for sharing Bonnie's Favorite Five with us today, Laura! Have a lovely day. :)

Denise at Forest Manor

Lorrie said...

Many of Bonnie's favorites are mine, too - travel, France, hydrangeas, setting a pretty table. I'm going over to check out her blog.

Bonnie said...

Laura, thank you for featuring my blog on your "Favorite Five" series. I am so honored to participate in this event. Have a great weekend. Hope your weather is pretty. Bonnie

Lulu said...

How wonderful to see Living With Thanksgiving featured here. In her blog, Bonnie comes across as a wonderful, giving and talented person as her comments so well illustrate.

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I've just recently discovered Bonnie's blog, and now I know even more about why I was drawn to her! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and story on her. Can't wait to read more from both of you!

Rita C. said...

What a great post. I love spring, gardens, playing in dishes, and hope to travel to some of the places Bonnie has been. Thank you, Laura, for sharing Bonnie's blog. Thank you, Bonnie, for introducing us to your world - I'll come visit you on your blog!

Sarah Morgan said...

I love the photo of Venice. The colors are so vivid and it somehow feels like it is recalling a bygone era. It is inspiring me to think of anything in my house that I could paint that beautiful green. said...

Bonnie is so gracious in person and in her words and photos~ I get such a peaceful feeling just looking at all those gorgeous blooms! I am thankful to be a new friend of Bonnie's and I look forward to coming back here to see more of your featured favorite fives guests

Kim Burdette said...

Bonnie, you are a delight, both in person and in pictures. You have inspired me in so many ways. I love the hydrangeas.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Bonnie is an excellent choice as a guest blogger. I concur with her choice for favourite 5, and love her images and garden. I am now following her via email.
Warm wishes Laura

Kelly said...

I follow Bonnie's blog and always enjoy seeing her beautiful home and garden. We are both native southerner's so we have that in common too. I don't get the opportunity to travel worldwide very often, so it's always nice to see her travel pictures. I can live vicariously through her!

Maxine Moates said...

Bonnie, I always enjoy your blogs. We seem to ejnjoy the same things - antiques, flowers, table settings,and decorating for the holidays. Your creations are always so tasteful - I sometimes get "carried away" with my designs. Love the photographs you selected to share on Laura's blog. You are so talented! I wish I had your "green thumb". You should have a "Spring Garden Tour" of your yard. It's as pretty as any garden in Charleston! Maxine Moates

Blackberry Lane said...

Hi Laura & Bonnie! Bonnie, It is a pleasure to meet you and I enjoyed your lovely photos. Blogging is a wonderful way to share all that we love!

Happy Spring Weekend to you both!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Beautiful post Bonnie. I must say, I'm just a tad bit jealous of all your huge hydrangeas bushes.


Jacqueline said...

Laura, thanks for featuring Bonnie! What lovely photos and she and I are definitely kindred spirits as Anne of Green Gables would say!! Those five are some of my favorites too!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

We enjoyed meeting you, Bonnie. I love that tablescape, and flower arranging is a favorite here, too!



CraftyHope said...

I recently got to meet Bonnie in person, but seeing this post definitely gave me much insight into what she's all about. What a lovely choice of a feature!

Mary said...

Bonnie is a sweetheart and I always enjoy her gardens, flowers, tables and travels! Thanks for featuring her today!

Mona said...

Thank you for featuring Bonnie.. she is one of my dearest blogging friends.. like having a next door neighbor in cyber space. I am now following you along...I just know you have to have a wonderful blog if you featured Bonnie...
Thanks again for featuring her..
Love, Mona

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Bonnie has long been one of my favorite bloggers and I am glad she lead me this way to enjoy your posts, too, Laura. blessings ~ tanna

Alycia Nichols said...

I definitely can see how each of your favorites links to the others! That's a GOOD thing! It keeps your mind streamlined! :-)

What beautiful photos, Bonnie! That totally ties in with your affinity for taking photos! You picked a really good one to demonstrate your love of tablescaping, too!