Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Today is The Book Blog’s one-year anniversary! Please have a cupcake.

One year ago on June 3rd:
* Photographer Dan Mayers (who shot the sweet treats, above) and I had just signed a book contract from Gibbs Smith for our Cozy Waterside Cottage book.
* I had just quit my job.
* My son Fred was entering his senior year at UCLA, and
* I was waiting for my new baby chicks to arrive.
* The book is in production
* Dan is the father of 5-day old twins.
* I am working on the text for another book with a California designer.
* I am a regular contributor to Log Home Design magazine.
* I have two other major projects in the works
* Fred has gotten a great job at KAA Design Group in Los Angeles, and
* I am enjoying fresh eggs from my full-grown chickens.

Enough about me, let’s talk about YOU.

ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY: As a little thank you, I will send one lucky reader a surprise box of tantalizing decorating books. Just leave a comment and you’re entered. One name will be selected randomly on June 18th.

Why June 18th? Last year June 18th was the day, I finished the first chapter of Cozy Waterside Cottages. This year, it will be the day I arrive back home from a trip to the west coast -- with photos of Fred wearing a cap and gown.

It’s been an exciting 365 days. Thank you so much for your encouragement, creativity and support.


Natasha Burns said...

Congratulations on all your wonderful achievements in the past year Barbara! You sure have been busy!!!
Feel free to stop by and enter my giveaway too if you'd like! : )

TinaTx said...

You have had quite a year! Congrats!

Jen r. said...

Oh congrats!!! It's amazing what can happen in a year!Jen R

Alison Gibbs said...

Barbara what a wonderful year you have had both professionally and personally.Good Luck to Fred at KAA Design

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Barbara, congrats on your book, your book blog anniversary and all the other wonderful things going on. I would love to be entered into your giveaway.

Cucina cara Mia said...

Congratulations on your 1st anniversary. It is amazing when you look back and see all the changes that can occur. Life is good!! Love love your photos!!

Susan said...

Congratulations on you anniversary! You have accomplished quite a lot. What an exciting year to look back on.

Cathy said...

Congratulations on such successful life achievements; both professionally and personally. You've certainly earned your blessings!

Cathy said...

Congratulations on such successful life achievements; both professionally and personally. You've certainly earned your blessings!

Kathy said...

Those are wonderfully-inspiring milestones! A close girlfriend in PA has chicks and I love visiting her as my task is always to gather the one or two eggs they leave for us every morning!

I love seeing the wonderful things that shape the lives of others in a span of twelve months!

Look forward to your book hitting the market; can you share the name of the publisher so I may keep on eye out for it?
Stop by the shop anytime! Tea on some days...croissants and other goodies on the days I'm feeling like I need an extra boost! :)

The Feathered Nest said...

Happy Blogiversary Barbara!!! What wonderful milestones to have reached this past year! I would love to be entered into your giveaway ~ xxoo, Dawn

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

Barbara ~ Congratulations on the one year of blogging! I'm glad you have one, I enjoy popping in for the inspiration. It's fun to look back on the past year, to see all that has happened.

~ Jennifer

Brenda Kula said...

How exciting for you! What an accomplishment, publishing books! I am so envious. And I love baby chicks too.

Shari said...

Nothing like coaxing me out of lurkdom with the possibility of winning decorating books!

Congratulations on the one year anniversary of your blog and all the exciting accomplishments you and those close to you have achieved during that time.

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Happy blog anniversary! Isn't it amazing the difference that 1 year can make! Sounds like you've had a wonderful year(me too)! Those are the best type of years, when you can look back at all you've accomplished and feel proud!

Those cupcakes are so beautiful! Tell Dan congrats on the twins and I love his photography!

I cannot wait for your book to come out!

Terri said...

Congratulations on one very exciting and successful year!

Deborah said...

How wonderful for you! Congratulations on your anniversary and on your book!

Wouldn't I love to have one of the delectable cupcakes!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Barbara! Congrats on all the accomplishments this past year. I'm looking forward to your new book. Have fun at your sons graduation - congrats to him too!

Claire said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love your blog, btw. I found you on the blogs of fame list over at TSWC.

Hope we get to see many more years of inspiration from you!


NeereAnDear said...

Barbara...I dont think congratulations even comes close for all that you have achieved... You must be proud and excited... butterflies in the stomach and doing the happy dance all at once...

Kudos to you... I tried to make sure I spelled everything right this time... but just for fun....

Con grad u lay tions



Adla said...

cOngratulations Barbara, what an exciting year it's been for you and such a sweet way to celebrate with a giveaway. Do please count me in , I'd love to win decorating books :)

Btw am enjoying the cupcakes, the are so pretty.
chat soon, Adla

Deb said...

I LOVE those cupcakes! I wish I was talented enough to create such beauty!
God bless you in all your creative endeavors!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

What an amazing year!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm in awe!
(I did take your advice and went to my sisters' home to take the pictures myself!).

M ^..^

Cathy said...

Barbara, Congratulations on all your milestones and accomplishments. I can't wait to see the book published.

I've so enjoyed reading your blog this year.


Dianne Wood said...

Hi Barbara,
Congratulations on such a successful and amazing year.
AND....TWINS...what a blessing for Dan and his wife.
Thank you for including me on your blog and helping me grow. You're the best....:)
Can't wait for your books..!!!
Hugs to you,

GeorgiaPeachez said...

Hi Barbara, it's been a very good year! I've enjoyed your blog tremendously and I am looking forward to owning your book. xo, suzy

Mandie said...

Congratulations of your 365 days of great accomplishments! Have a blessed day!!!

Fifi said...

Congratulations! Lots done and VERY WELL done, as usual!
May I have just one cupcake, please?...Wait! On second thought a glass of Champagne would go nicely with it ......I will drink to your achievements, of course!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Barbara, I have been reading (lurking) your blog for a while now. Congratulations, and please keep blogging. You are an inspiration. Susan

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

CONGRATULATIONS~~~ What a wonderful list of acievements! Congratulations to Dan on sweet baby twins! And, congratulations to your dear son! I wish you the best of luck with your new projects!


Catherine Holman said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love your blog and can't wait to see your new book.

PAT said...

Hi Barbara

Congratulations on a year in blogging and especially congratulations on your wonderful accomplishments, this past year!! I am looking forward to the book!

Congratulations to Dan. Wow! Twins, it's fabulous!

And last but not least, congratulations to Fred!

What an amazingly wonderful year!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! And those have to be the loveliest cupcakes in the history of cupcakes.

Katelyn said...

It's amazing you've done so much in such a short time. I love your blog. It always has such gorgeous pictures.

carolyn peeler said...

I just discovered your blog in a link through the cat's meow site. I'm enjoying looking through your archives. Congratulations on your bloggaversary.

Lisa said...

What a fantastic year of accomplishments. It's must be great to reflect on a year filled with so much good news.

All the best for another wonderful year of great things.

Shabby Rose Chic said...

What a year you have had! I wish you continued happiness and success. Can't wait to see the book. ~ Sandra ~

Collecting said...

Happy one-year anniversary to you! I always like looking at your blog and what a year it been!
You have had a very exciting time in travels too.
I know you are very proud of your son. Congratulations to Fred!
Cant't wait to see your new book!
Twins Wow! now that too sweet!
from the heart of Texas!

Anonymous said...

Whew Barbara! When we stop and count our blessings it's amazing! Bravo!!! Give yourself a hearty pat on the back!
Always a beautiful and inspiring post. I'm so happy for You, Dan and Fred!
OMG, those babies must be so darned CUTE! Tell us more... and I can't wait for your 'baby'! (the book)

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Congratulations on all of your amazing accomplishments over the past year!
You are one busy lady. :)

I look forward to seeing and reading more in the years to come.

Oh, and I would love to be entered in your generous giveaway.
Kimberly :)

Liz said...

Wow, that's an inspiring 365 days! Many congrats to you, Barbara.

Susie Q said...

Oh Barbara! Congratulations on your one year anniversary!
Such a busy, joyous, exciting year it was too!
Getting to know you here, and being able to glean inspiration and knowledge FROM you has been such a blessing to me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I would love to be entered into the giveaway and know you have so many fans here...it will be a HUGE number of folks dropping by to say congratulations!

Here's to another super year and many, many blessings!

The cupcakes are yummy and please tell Dan congratulations on the twins! How exciting!!

Love to you...

Kathryn Bechen said...

Congrats on all! Kathryn :)

daisy cottage said...

Congratulations Barbara!
Congratulations Dan!
(please tell Dan that I said hi and I am sooo thrilled for him - Twins..how WONDERFUL!)
What an amazing year you have had and it should be celebrated indeed! We are very thankful that you shared your journey with us!

I cannot WAIT to own a copy of your book - I know that it will be a true treasure to keep and enjoy time and time again. I can only imagine how exciting this must be for both of you.

Here's to another year of sweet accomplishments AND special moments to cherish.


Trisha said...

What happy news all around! Wishing you even more joy and success in the coming year!

Trisha Evans
a vintage white

Sara said...

Wow, a lot has been accomplished in 365 days! Congratulations on your one-year blog anniversary; your blog has been consistently beautiful, like a glossy magazine...I've enjoyed visiting and I know I can always come here for visions of loveliness and things of beauty.

Lori Bee said...

Sending you heartfelt congrats on such an amazing year! :)

Hoda said...

Hi Barbara,

I recently found your website and I feel you read my mind. I love the look of everything I have seen so far.

Congratulations on a year with the blog site and new book being published. I can't wait to see it and I can't believe I just found your blog. Wish I had found it earlier but that is what archives are for, right?

Have a great day,
Hoda :)

Molly said...

Looking forward to the book because I am dreaming of a Waterside Cottage!

Barbara said...

What a difference a year makes. Lots to congratulate you on here Barbara.

BailiwickDesigns said...

Sounds like a productive year! Here's hoping the next year will be just as wonderful. ::Jill

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

We send hearty congratulations on everything, especially the book, the twins and the eggs!

Marilyn said...

I just discovered your blog a few weeks ago - Love it! Congratulations on your successful year, and I'm looking forward to your next one!

Our Prim Nest said...

Sounds like you have had a great year. Great blog, Kim:)

a pink-bee said...

Happy blog birthday :)

rochambeau said...

What a year Barbara! You've achieved much and are a great inspiration to me!
Here's a toast to you, for all that has come your way for all the bright and happy and wonderful things you have created in your life today.
I'm glad we met!

ps Nice Cupcakes. Did you make?

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful whirlwind year you have had! So many great things have happened in your life. I am so glad I got a chance to meet you. Congrats on everything including the farm fresh eggs!

I would love to be included your your giveaway!!

Jamie said...

Love to visit your blog. Congrats! Enter my name in the giveaway! Jamie V in MT

Rosehaven Cottage said...

A hugs congratulations is in order! It's so wonderful to hear how your life has evolved and bloomed over just one year. That's so exciting!

Hugs and best wishes for the coming next year,
Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Barbara said...

Thought you would like to know Barbara that we visisted Rita this morning. We drank coffee and spent one and a half hours chatting.
She lives about 20 miles away.
I also got to see all the photos of your Mum's party (and you). That was fun.
I'll be meeting a blogging friend this week. Coming from California to stay in my home. All will be revealed in time.

Brook said...

Hi Barbara. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!


Sue said...

Congratulations on your Blog Anniversary! I have so enjoyed following your adventures.

Miss Sandy said...

Oh my stars, I came by to see if you had posted any new garden photos and ended up at a give away! I'd love to enter. You have had an amazing year, may the next one go so well.

Patsy Clairmont said...

Your hospitable site is a visual pleasure...

Many blessings on your creative work.

Twins...congrats...even better than fresh eggs. ;-)

Patsy Clairmont said...

I love celebrating and your year calls for hats and horns!


Anonymous said...

Wow!! What a mover/shaker you are. I'm so impressed w/your talent. I aspire to have in inth of your vision. I love your heading. All your magazines your have edited have been on my reading list forever. I'm so glad I discovered your blog by chance.

Julie said...

I just happened to stumble across your blog and love it! I am a small ranch/farm owner. We breed sheep and horses and our next endevor is going to be chickens..but we have yet to construct the hen house!

Please enter me into your drawing and I will be keeping my fingers crossed!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Sounds like a joyful year! And congrats to Dan on the tiny ones.

emily said...

Congratulations on your achievements! Thats so wonderful! Can't wait to see the book!


Anonymous said...

Wow!!!! So many achievements in such a short time. Congrats, I'm looking forward to your new books. Love your blog, smile, cathy at cboyd5737@yahoo.com

Marcie said...

I am new to the blogging world and continue to be amazed at all the wonderful talent and getting to know people. Your books look wonderful and I would love to have them. Your pictures of Habersham's newest line are wonderful. I have a Habersham trestle table I purchased about 30 years ago, it is the only table I have ever used. My kids all argue about who gets to inherit it!!

joyce said...

I'd love to win the decorating books. I'd spend lazy summer mornings on my backporch, sipping a cup of coffee, reading and dreaming.

joyce said...

I'd love to win the decorating books. I'd spend lazy summer mornings on my backporch, sipping a cup of coffee, reading and dreaming.

Ney_Strokes of Magic said...

Congrats! I am looking forward to your new book!


Anonymous said...

Thank You! Barbara for your blog! I happened upon it as I was looking for how to make mosaics! You had very good instructions from Penny at Lavendar Hill Studios! Keep the blogs coming!I enjoy the eye candy as they call it-- have an associates in Interior Design.

Mad Red Hare said...

Congrats on your many accomplishments!

DebbieCalif said...

Yipeee! Wow I am amazed at what you have done in this last year. I can't wait to get your book. I know it will be as inspiring as your blog.
Just an idea, you could take the best of your blog and turn it into an idea book!
Good luck, Debbie

mexicanmom said...

I read your blog regularly, cause I find your pictures amazing! Congratulations on your first anniversary!


What an exciting year! Congratulations on all your accomplishments. I'd love to be entered in your giveaway. Thanks, Maggie

Linda said...

Wow what a busy 365 days you have had. It's great to look back on the past year and have something wonderful to show for it.
Cheers Linda

Tina said...

You have a very interesting blog!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

It always amazes me how things can change in one year. Your achievements are impressive and inspiring. Congratulations...and those cupcakes are gorgeous! Susan

Helen said...

CHEERS...to you Barbara. Whenever I need a little pick me up. I just click on your blog. Thanks for giving me a year of beautiful days.

Best ~Helen~

Betty Jo said...

Congratulations! What a busy lady you are. A year can bring so many wonderful changes. Please enter me in your giveaway!! xoxo

Theresa N. said...

Love reading your blog and first read your work throught Country Victorian magazine. Congratulations!!
Theresa n

MimiG said...

Hope I'm not too late to enter. Always love to "dream" while looking at decorating books..