Garden clubs go on garden hops, and quilters go on quilt hops. Maybe it's time that bloggers go on a blog hop. How about it? Let's go!
The blogs we'll visit on Gracious Hospitality today are some of the blogs from people who commented during my recent give-away comment time. Drawing randomly from my container with each comment carefully printed out and trimmed, the first blog on our hop today is Kimmie from Over the Moon with Joy. She's a mama to six, one homemade and five adopted. She and her dear ones are waiting for word on a new adoption and it's been a sad day for her, as the situation for Guatemalan adoption looks bleak right now. I'm sure she could benefit from a hopeful word from you and our prayers.
Over at Dream, Create, Inspire Sandy had an exiting week-end! Not only did she go to a huge craft show in Atlanta, but she attended her husband's 25th high school reunion with him and posted a lovely picture of the two of them. But cutest of all are the pictures of her adorable puppies --- Beck and Posh. Don't they just make your heart melt? They had to stay at a kennel this week-end. I hope they had a posh time (sorry, I couldn't help myself!).
Patty at Morning Ramble is enjoying a lovely rainy day. She shares her thoughts and comments about her need to spend time in the freedom of nature and took some pretty pictures of her walk today. Yesterday she visited an IKEA store and came home inspired with the design lines of their furnishings and their colorful linens.
Next we stop by The Inspired Room to visit Melissa. Her blog is always filled to the brim with creative and unique decorating ideas. Wait until you see her ideas for some totally amazing swings! Yes, the kind that hang from a tree in the front yard. . .but I suspect you've never seen anything like the ones she posted. Her post today was about Blog Action Day (tomorrow) which is a day to voice your concern about the environment in a way that is meaningful to you. She encourages finding new purposes for existing furnishing and accessories. . .recycling what we have, thereby saving precious resources (time, energy, materials, and money). Great idea!
I've been reading Katie's blog for a long time. She's one of the first I linked to my blog. She's at Simple Katie. Katie's models simple hospitality and concern for the environment. She lives in Montana, God's country, and frequently shares abot gathering and preserving food. On the left-side of her page you'll see her list of all the foods she has preserved for the coming year. Incredible!
Judy's Front Porch shows many beautiful nature photos. I especially enjoy them because she lives in the same community my mother grew up in. I like to picture how it must have been when my mother was a child living there. Today she tells about beautiful old books she bought at the Rotary Book Sale. Remember Dick and Jane?
Lucy at Quilting with the Past is making free-form baskets out of beautiful fabrics. She says she's out of her comfort zone, but I know her final project will be lovely! She's a gifted quilter from the Netherlands.
Hedgerow Hollow is a fun place to visit! Lynda has great ideas --- and this week is sharing creative Halloween decor ideas. But what if you scroll down the page a bit farther, you'll see her exquisite Thanksgiving table with her beautiful blue transferware. She's successfully combined blue with autumn colors to great effect.
Now, please skip on over to What Matters Most to visit Lovella. She is sharing delightful news this week! By the end of the year she will not only be a grammie to one, but to two new little ones! She and Terry are converting a guest room into a nursery. Two darling cribs --- set side by side. Bliss!
Are you still with me? I'll draw one more from my stack of comments and we'll stop at ten.
Carrie at Oak Rise Cottage is discussing the creation of personal rituals and shares some that she has established for herself. Scroll down the page and you'll see her beautiful transferware. I share that pattern! It was one that my mother and I started collecting when I was a teen-ager. You'll also see that she has the beautiful lettuce-green dishware that Lovella is sharing soup with on her blog today. We should all get together for one huge party!
I enjoyed visiting everyone's blog who visited mine with a link. And I tried to comment back to everyone who posted a comment. Unfortunately some of you have the 'no reply comment' feature enabled on your blog and I couldn't respond. I'm sorry --- but I loved hearing from everyone! There were about 250 comments during the course of this drawing period.
Please come back again! We'll do another drawing in a week or two --- something this time with a winter theme. A winner has been selected for the little cross-stitch picture and I'll be announcing it soon.
I hope you are enjoying a happy day!