Wednesday, July 1, 2009


To celebrate the release of Waterside Cottages, I’d like to start a new blog feature called Waterside Wednesdays. But...(Photo by Dan Mayers)

I’m not sure what WW should showcase. And I’d appreciate your help.

Should Waterside Wednesday be a beach worthy recipe?

A coastal craft project?
(Photo by Dan Mayers)

A waterside photo?(Photo by Dan Mayers)

All of the above? Something entirely different?

Something other bloggers can participate in?
(Photo by Dan Mayers)

Please leave a comment with your ideas and suggestions.

Also, my Win A Copy of Waterside Cottages Contest is still open! Although Amazon has received their book shipment (thanks Suzie Q for letting me know), mine are still en route.

*** BLOG DU JOUR ***

This isn't a blog but I think you'll be inspired by this slide show of store displays. Good design is good design and the same principles apply whether you are selling cupcakes, creating a web site or arranging a tabletop vignette in your home.

Looking at these displays convinced me that color placement can be more important than which colors you choose. Visit VMSD magazine's slide show by clicking on the words slide show (above) or cutting and pasting:


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

All of the above! I love seaside recipes...even though I am land locked I have a great seafood market in town...Love to see any type of craft projects and waterside photos are so calming.

Can't wait to get my book...hurry!!

Simply Dandy said...

I say do something different every week, everything sounded very appealing to me.

Have a safe and happy 4th.


Molly @ Star Cottage said...

Wow! Love your header!
I was blog hopping and I am so glad to have found you. What lovely inspiration! ;)
I grew up on the coast of New England but after getting married, had to move out to upstate NY. So sad. I miss the ocean and my family terribly. And my hubby has gained a love for the ocean as well. So he and I have been trying to move back to the Maine coast ever since.
Congratulations on your book, I can't wait to pick it up.

Maya said...

Good idea..., something different every week..., where we can all participate!

Dianne@Poof...Happy Home said...

I agree. All of the above and something different every week. Sounds like FUN...

Denise said...

I love blogger photo groups and participate in two. Since not everyone lives near the water an open interpretive theme might work for most. have a great fourth. I'll be watching the fireworks at the Beach!

Marie Antionette said...

Hello Barbara dear,I think varity is the spice of life and it keeps one coming back to view new and different things.The seaside has all kinds of subjects to choose from.Explore them all.I hope you are well.You have a wonderful 4th,stay cool..XXOO Marie Antionette

Alison Gibbs said...

What a great idea. I think a different theme each week would be fun.

Enchanted Treasures said...

Great idea Barbara! I'm with everyone else and say something different every week!

Enchanted Treasures said...

p.s. perhaps keep it consistent.
1st wed. recipes; 2nd photo; 3rd craft; 4th decor or something like that....

parasols and maryjanes said...

You have the best ideas of all, and I vote for all of the above. I couldn't even choose a photo I liked the best.

NeereAnDear said...

I too like the idea of all of the above but with a mix...... with the summer evenings becoming doesnt feel much like cooking so some great recipes would be fantastic... photos...oh to live vicariously through a good photo especially if its Dan or perhaps some guest bloggers who might submit a photo or two.... then of course crafts... I always love getting new ideas that I can incorporate or get inspiration from... so I say GO for it!!!

Ok .. so ...I know I have mispelled something ...I always do when I write to you *snicker ...*wink

Cant wait to see what you come up with are definitely one of the most creative people I have ever met


Wagonwife Designs said...

I was blog hopping and found yours.
So glad I did. I can't wait to get your book. Another book to dream over until we retire and I can have that beach cottage of my own!!! Until then just collecting pieces to treasure each visit.
I think a new item each week would be great.
Happy 4th ,

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Barbara,

I say do whatever you want each Wednesday...always doing something different adds spice for everyone. That way readers will not know what to expect when they visit each Wednesday, it will always be a new surprise.


skoots1mom said...

i think just keeping the 'waterside' as the general theme and then touching on all of the different 'watersidey things' is a great way to keep it fresh...sometimes the same old themes get boring

beautiful book...know you had fun writing it and preparing for production

Mama said...

Hello Barbara, All your photos are beautiful and I think different variations of a theme is so much more interesting, your book looks gorgeous I went back to have a sneak peek, congratulations and happy days, Kathy.

Forever Vintage said...

I vote all of the above...perhaps it could be all of those but alternate every week?..and so we can all participate.

Debbie said...

I think Waterside Wednesday should be anything to do with seaside. It could be recipes, crafts, and especially photos. I live in landlocked Phoenix and yet, I love the ocean and miss it. So, I would love to go on a virtual vacation every Wednesday. From the desert to the sea by simply reading blogs. How fun!

Beach Vintage said...

I think its all of the above. But its that last image that I love most.

Amanda~Weekend Host said...

Oh, great idea - I'm sorry to repeat what the above comments have been, but I would enjoy all of the above ideas too (although I live in the country, I do love reading seafood recipes!). Congratulations on the launch of your book - you must be extremely proud.

Amanda~Weekend Host said...

Oh, great idea - I'm sorry to repeat what the above comments have been, but I would enjoy all of the above ideas too (although I live in the country, I do love reading seafood recipes!). Congratulations on the launch of your book - you must be extremely proud.

I'm Julia said...

Ditto! Recipes, coastal crafts, water photos, beach life... do whatever strikes your fancy on any given week... whatever feels fresh & fun to you, I know we'll all enjoy.

Christine said...

I preordered your book and just received it today! It's beautiful!!! I love it...

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Barbara, thanks for visiting my blog last week, it lead me to yours and I am just happy as a Wickle Pickle (which are available nationwide, thanks for asking).

Waterside Cottages? Sounds like a book we need around The Hut!

Waterside Wednesdays? Great idea! I'm with those who say all of the above every week, then everyone can participate every week. While some of us do all these things, others may not do crafts or cook. Plus it would be a lot more fun to not know what to expect on the next blog.

Now I'm off to visit your website. Thanks again, and drop by anytime, there's always margaritas and pina coladas waiting at The Hut!

Julie said...

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very happy 4th of July! Have a wonderful weekend.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

I just discovered your beautiful blog and tell you I'm already a "huge" fan... Can't wait to order the book.. I will definetly share your blog with my daughter. She is "over the top" about anything having to do with the water.. I hope you have a safe, fun filled Fourth... hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Lester said...

Congratulations on the new book! It looks beautiful and makes me long for the beach. I hope you have a great holiday weekend, with plenty of time to feel the sand between your toes.

Gail McCormack said...

I think anything to do with Waterside Living, it would be great if other bloggers could participate

Sounds like fun

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Barbara! I just wanted to congratulate you on your book, and wish you much success. What a wonderful looking book it is too! Congratulations to your husband and son as well for their recent achievements. Wishing you a very happy and safe July 4th!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)
Jacaranda Cottage~Australia.

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Barbara,

Goodness -all of the above sounds wonderful. I love waterside decorating, crafts, art, recipes and beautiful photographs and would love to see a little of each.

Happy Fourth of July.

TattingChic said...

What a cute idea! I love it.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend celebrating the 4th of July!

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog today! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Barbara! What a great blog you have! Thank you for visiting my is a humble start to what I hope will be a place of creativity and real beauty; I have been blogging since January but am under the obligation to finish this thesis. I am doing well so far, and I believe I can finish it this year. Thanks for your visit, please come again! Anita

Sandy said...

What beautiful photos!! So wish I was on a boat with my family enjoying the sea water and sun!
Seaside recipies would be awesome!
Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

Restyled Home said...

Congratulations, Babara, on your beautiful new book! I know it has been a lot of work, and it must be so wonderful to have it in your hands finally. I can't wait to get my hands on one, either!!


Julie said...

I agree with ALL of the above for your Waterside Wednesdays. It would be a varied and enjoyable blog to scroll through!
Hope it's not to late to get my name in to win a copy of your book.

Shabbyfufu said...

So nice to chat w/u Ms Barb! I think it might help sales of your book to allow others to participate, perhaps with their own recipe or craft. Looking forward to THE BOOK~ xo~

RobinfromCA said...

All of the above but with a different theme each week! One week a recipe, one week boats, the possibilities are endless! If we linked up via Mr. Linky we would know who is participating. What fun!

Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts