Monday, April 12, 2010

This weekend, like every weekend brought with it many interesting moments. One of the fun moments for me, was going to the mailbox on Friday afternoon and receiving a package from Cynthia's Cottage Designs. Please allow me the privilege of taking time to share with you a few very important facts about this dear lady. I have been visiting her blog for the last two years,and always...yes, always I come away inspired by her and her creative talents. Most people have their favorite designers, those whom decorate and create in a style that appeals to their tastes. This lady would be in that category for me, and apparently for many of you out there in blogland. She certainly has a following, and when you visit her blog, you will understand "why?".
All of this to tell you that she recently had a special and quite generous giveaway that I am sure everyone commenting on her blog, hoped to win. Unbelievably so, I won.

What did I win? Well, in the package that I received was a beautiful ruffled pink and white apron, a book titled "Plates" by Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion. The picture of the dining room at the top of this post, is one of the favorite pictures that I discovered in this book. I would love to sit down and enjoy dinner at the table pictured. Also, included was a small flower sign which will look perfect on my porch. But...the most amazing part of this giveaway, is...
...a free design consultation...worth 150.00, with Cynthia. Just imagine this, I get to have this professional designer's advice on any room in my home...for free.
This is truly a special gift. I send her pictures of any room in my home...she then shares her skilled, artistic, professional advice on what changes I could make to advice from someone who I admire...a real gift. What I like most about her decorating skills is the cozy, warm, inviting feel she gives to the rooms that she decorates. You will know what I mean, if you spend any amount to time visiting her blog.
I have to think through this, but let me tell you, I will share the "before" and "after" pictures with you when it is completed. In the meantime, I am sure you would enjoy visits to her blog at
Thank you, Cynthia. It produced happy moments for me this weekend.

Another joy in my feeding brother. Help is needed in many forms with this group of little ones...and is always most appreciated. It reminds me of one of my mother's quotes..."many hands make light work".

My husband took these two on a visit to the dairy farm, much to their delight. They loved the hands-on moments that were provided. This is their first experience of feeding the cows. They saw the peacocks, and the kittens.
They each had a cookie and cream small ice cream cone from the little dairy store.
Thought I would share a few of the "happy moments" from my weekend.

Life has many moments that are not happy...that leave one feeling sad and discouraged. But, on this Monday morning I chose to share only the good moments with you.


Love Being A Nonny said...

What a wonderful weekend! I know it can't always be this way...but don't you LOVE it when it is??

Precious picture of brother feeding brother! I love it!!

Happy@Home said...

Congratulations on your exciting win! Lovely gifts you received and a free design consultation from Cynthia is going to be so fun. I look forward to seeing the results.
Your weekend pictures are all so cute. I can't believe how big one of the twins looks as his brother is feeding him.
I had to smile when you said your mom uses the saying "many hands make light work." That was something my mom always said. In fact, I was just thinking about how that generation had so many little sayings like that.

Judy said...

Some happy moments indeed! What a great giveaway you won. I'm looking forward to seeing what the two of you collaborate on through the 'design consultation'.

It looks like you had many happy moments this weekend...your grands are so precious! But we know that life is also made up of many sad moments...and you choose to share with us those only those things that encourage and uplift. May God give you comfort and strength for the 'not so happy' things that come your way.

lindsey said...

What a fantasic post and great photo's. That is a brilliant gift, to have advice on a room in your hosue, cant wait to see the before and after photo's. Such a cute photo of the baby feeding session too....I can only try to imagine how your daughter manages with all her little ones after just spending a week with our twinnies!

Unknown said...

That is the sweetest picture of little brother being fed by big brother! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

colavdaWhat a great gift, & how exciting. I loved your post thanks so much for sharing it.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Judy, I always feel good visiting your blog as I always appreciate how you and your family enjoy all the special little moments of life together as well as the big ones.

Congratulations of your wonderful prize win!

Melinda said...

Sounds like agreat weekend to me.
Congratulations on your win--looking forward to seeing the transformation.
Have fun!


Stacey said...

Hi Judy! Your grandbaby pictures are so precious today. I just love the baby cows. There's nothing sweeter than little kids and baby cow noses. :)

You lucky girl winning Cynthia's give away!

Tracy said...

How wonderful! I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you won that incredible giveaway!!! Wow! I can certainly understand your joy and excitement. Looking forward to seeing the project you and Cynthia undertake.

The weekend photos are precious! The one of big brother feeding little brother is especially so.

Thank you for sharing these bright spots! = )

a woman who is said...

Judy thanks for sharing this blog with us. I can't wait to head over there. What a treat for you to have won this give-away. Congratulations!

What a precious time you had with your grands. I love the sweet picture of the Helping Hands. So cute.

Prayers are going up dear friend.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your win! I always love to see pictures of your grandchildren. they are all so sweet. It looks like they had a fun time at the farm. Loved your post ♥

Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

Hi Judy,

I am so touched by your post! You really are one of the sweetest bloggers out there, so I could not be more happier you won! I am so looking forward to helping you when you're ready! You have always been just the kindest person and anyone who knows you is the "lucky" one! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement always!

And oh my! What an adorable picture that is! again, you are one very lucky lady! Gorgeous grandchildren and that's a picture to treasure forever! You can show them it later if they have little disagreements as they get older (lol)and they'll always remember the love they felt for each other!

Have a wonderful week ahead sweetie and thanks again!

Hugs, Cynthia xo


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