Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pink Saturday & Awards

Photograph by Kim Cornelison

This is the cover of Country Home, another magazine no longer in print. Frequently I’ll clip out decorating ideas from magazines. I love flea market finds, antiques and mixing old and new. While our house here is very traditional with wing chairs, ancestral portraits and old rugs, our little pied- a-terre in Florida has a more funky twist. I would love to find something for it like this cool crackled pink chest or the sassy painting of the girl. The fun is in the hunt, as they say.

Debbie of Dining with Debbie is a great gal that I met through blogging. She’s from Arkansas, my home state. She hosts Crockpot Wednesdays if you would like to join and she is also participates in the Pink Saturday fun, hosted by Beverly of How Sweet The Sound. She passed the Honest Scrap Award to me and I’m honored and pleased. Thank you very much Debbie. Because it’s Pink Saturday, I used the powers of Photo Shop to change the color of the Honest Scrap Award to pink. It’s really supposed to be orange.

Here are the rules as they were presented to me from Debbie:
- Post the (orange) Honest Scrap award on your blog. Present this award to seven others whose blogs you find brilliant in content and/or design, or those who have encouraged you.
- Tell those seven people they've been awarded HONEST SCRAP and inform them of these guidelines and ask that they link back to you.
- Share "Ten Honest Things" about yourself.
- This is the most important part. Use the “Orange” Honest Scrap Award, which is below. Please do “not” use the pink one. I changed the color from orange to pink just for Pink Saturday.

Original Honest Scrap Award

Here are a few things about me.

- I wake up in the mornings in a good mood, with almost no exceptions.
- I believe you’re as happy as you make your mind up to be.
- My given name is Suzanne, which I no longer use. I go by Sam, a nickname my husband gave me when we first met.
- If you believe that it’s possible to come back in another life, I would like to be either a singer or a wealthy person’s spoiled and pampered golden retriever.
- If I had to do it all over again, I would change only one thing: We would live in France for a while and remodel an old mas (farmhouse) in Provence.
- I think good manners are extremely important and are a part of learning to be a lady or a gentleman.
- I don’t like to drive. When we lived in the islands, we had no need for a car. We had a go fast, run-about boat (to take us to town) and a golf cart to get around on our tiny cay (a cay is smaller than an island), rather than walk in the heat to visit our neighbors. The cart was driven on a narrow, old coral road with not much traffic other than a few people walking along from house to house and a couple of other carts. Also, in the Bahamas they drive on the left, which took me almost the entire ten years we lived there to get accustomed to. When we returned to the states, Interstate 95 frightened me. It looked like the Daytona 500 with cars racing by on each side.
- By now, you've figured out I’m a blonde and for some reason I've had more than my share of "blonde moments" this week.

Here are some friends I’ve met recently. Tag, you’re it for the Honest Scrap Award.

Maggie B ~ Normandy Life

Roz at La Bella Vita recently had an interesting post regarding commenting on blogs. I was one of the people who responded and she passed a wonderful award to me, amont others– the Nice Matters award.

Thank you so much Roz. I agree that nice most definitely mattera. Roz says there aren't any rules with this award, you don’t have to post it if you don’t want to, nor do you have to link back to anyone. I’ve been saving the Nice Matters award for the perfect time to say thank you to the right person. This week several people have gone out of their way to be nice to me, so I would like to say a big thank you to these three special friends and pass the Nice Matters award along to them.

Thank you Beverly of How Sweet the Sound for hosting this fun event. Happy Pink Saturday everyone.


  1. What a nice post. I really miss Country Home magazine - I always found an idea or something I loved when I picked it up. That's a great cover you chose, too. I usually participate in Pink Saturday, but this week I joined a blog Halloween party instead. Stop by if you get a chance. Have a lovely weekend. :)

  2. What a lovely & well written post, Sam!!!

    Congrats on the awards & congrats on the winners too!

    Have a great weekend!! Enjoy!

  3. Dear Sam,
    Thank you so much for choosing me as a recipient of the Honest Scrap Award, I'm very touched.
    I'll take some time over the weekend to think about who to pass it on to.
    Love your French pix, I always enjoy seeing other parts of La Belle France.
    Maggie @ Normandy Life

  4. Loved your little tidbits bout you. The description of the golfcarts, boats instead of driving is charming! Congrats on your awards!

  5. So many great magazines are going by the wayside but I guess the economy just isn't going to support them all! Enjoyed looking over some of your lovely blog and have joined as a follower! Congrats on your awards! Have a great pink Saturday and be sure to come visit!

  6. Thank you Sam, for the Honest Scrap Award. I'm very pleased to receive the award and will award it and post about it early next week. Enjoyed your post today and enjoyed the things you shared especially living on a 'cay'. I, too, think good manners very important.....Sue at CollectInTexas Gal.

  7. I loved your description of I95, but I'd have to add it's like the Daytona 500 with semi trucks thrown in.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I loved your post today! I miss County Home too. Thank you for sharing!!
    Have a wonderful pink day..xo Tami

  9. Thanks for sharing Sam and congrats on all of the awards. When we were in Mexico and staying on a small island we loved getting around in a golf daughter loved it too because she was able to drive before she was 16.

  10. Oh Sam - thanks so very much for Honest Scrap Award - what a nice way to wake up on a Saturday morning (in a good mood). Love the post - I have a traditional home with "touches" of country. "touches" of Italian. And more than my share of "touches" of pet fur! Happy Pink Saturday! You've given me sweet things to think about!

  11. I agree nice matters. And I accept your award. It was awefully NICE of you!

    But seriously, I was happy to talk photo with your husband. In fact it was a pleasure. Never hesitate to reach out if you need more photo tips, or anything else I can provide... GREG

  12. Well, now I know why I never find Country Home. I was blaming it on where we are! lol!!
    I enjoyed your post and congratulations on "2" awards. I think manners and being nice are more than important...we, somehow, have to get back to that and maybe things in our great country would settle seems no one as boundaries any more.

  13. Congrats on your award. I enjoyed reading the ten things about you. It's amazing how many of us have so much in common. Have a great week and Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  14. Good Morning, Sam! Thank you so very much the sweet award. I'm honored!

    I loved reading your answers. We have much in common. I-95 scares me to pieces, and good manners are something that I think are imperative to make the world go 'round. And even though I'm a brunette, I've had some major moments of my own this week. LOL!

    I'm thankful to Beverly, too, for hosting this event as I've met some of my favorite people on Pink Saturday which would definitely include you!

    Hope you're having a happy one!


    Sheila :-)

  15. Great pink post ! I love it.
    Happy pink Saturday and nice weekend !
    Love Rini the Netherlands

  16. As usual, I am not disappointed with all of the pink goodies I get to see on Pink Saturday. With fall in the air and the days getting shorter, Pink Saturday is going to be more important than ever to bring a little sunshine into my home.

    Your post this week was extra special!

    Wishing you a weekend filled with good food, good company and much l♥ve.

  17. Thanks so much, Sam, for thinking about me! I appreciate your kindness and I enjoyed learning a little more about you. I don't like to drive either, and I often take public transportation rather than my car whenever I can. It's also better for the environment.

    I miss Country Home -- I was a long time subscriber.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  18. Sam - Thank you so much for the honest scrap award! I loved learning about you, especially the part where you do no like to drive! I am the same way! I hate it and am so blessed that my hubby loves to drive, haha! I'll definitely be posting this on my blog!

  19. Love your blog! We just returned from Paris...I love it there. Wish we could of visited the south part of France. I will be back to your blog to read more! Happy Pink Saturday.


  21. Hi Sam,

    Thanks for popping over to say hello. I swear, its like all of my favorite magazines keep going under. I so miss Country Home and Home Companion. Sigh... Anyway, Happy PS and I will have to try some of these yummy recipes that keep calling me from your side bar!


  22. Nice to learn more about you Sam. Congrats on the awards. Hope you're enjoying our cold weather this weekend.

  23. You sound like I would enjoy waking up and helping you with breakfast, we would laugh and wake everyone else up!

    I saw the post on the magazines, and saw a news report while fishing yesterday (well we stopped for pizza) and Ruth R. was giving tips on disguising herself during her restaurant critique stints. I heard she is writing a book. Lovely woman, and I had to chance to work with her during a wine and food tasting event in Dallas.

    I hope the economy recovers soon, it is affecting my work as well...

  24. Oh, now it's PERFECTLY clear why I like you so much.

    Too bad you don't have that mas.

  25. You're so funny (your blond moments)...I love hearing a bit more about you :D

  26. Hi there, I'm just now making my rounds. I totally agree with you about manners! Please come visit my blog-I'm doing a giveaway through Friday, 10/24. Hugs, Leslie

  27. I honestly love your blog. It was really wonderful to learn more about. Thank you again for all of your help. I had a blast joining Pink Saturday. Its was a lovely idea. You're the best!

  28. Happy Pink Saturday, Sam.

    I love having fun and funky things in my home that bring me smiles. I recently got a new chandelier for my dining room, and it is definitely a bit funky, but I love it.

    Congratulations on your awards, and thank you so much for thinking of me.

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  30. Congrats on your awards, perfect pink for Pink Saturday :)

  31. Sam, Congrats on your well-deserved awards. Thank you so much for the "Nice Matters" award. I will cherish it, for sure.

  32. Sam, I'm back from Japan, and came over here to thank you for the 'honest scrap' award. (I love that name). I'm really touched and veryvery pleased to receive it. Thank you.

    I didn't know you were from Arkansas! Small world. I lived in LR for 11 years--I went there to teach at UALR. I loved it. Where did you live?

    We're home for a week, and then we're off again. Again? I KNOW. This will be our last trip this season, though, and then we'll be home till Spring.

    I"m still trying to catch up with everything. I"m glad to be home. For a while, anyhow....


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