Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Featured Friends and Vintage Wedding Pics!

I had prepared the following post quite some time ago and didn't realize that I never hit "publish".....
another one of my duh moments!
I would like to introduce you to one of the sweetest young gals in all of blogland ~
My dear friend Olivia of Olivia's Romantic Home.
She is a lover of all things shabby and chic and romantic and pink and such a caring and genuinely kind person.
I never visit her blog without being in awe of her creativity and lovely home.
And she is always one of the first to visit me and leave comments whenever I post, too!
I just love her and know you will, too!

She had a giveaway recently and drew my name for one of her
beautiful decorated bottles! I love it, Olivia, and wanted you to see that I have placed it on
 my antique washstand in our family room for all to see and admire. It is frilly perfection,
and I love it and I love you!!
Everyone needs to go visit sweet Olivia here ~ you will love her blog!

She also gifted me with a beautiful cherub notecard and some sweet tiny paper wedding cake
decorations......and we all know how I am about weddings......

She also included this sweet lil vintage style book

Next, I would like for you to meet a newer friend of mine, Lorene of The Gilded Cherub.
She is a realtor and an interior decorator and it shows! Her attention to detail is amazing. She started blogging in mid November of 2010, so she hasn't been "at it" quite as long as some of us,
but wow, has she got it going on!
She has such beautiful inspirational posts, you really must go take a look!

She had a recent giveaway (actually 3 surprise giveaways) and I was fortunate enough to have
won one of them. She gifted me with this amazing lace and crocheted pillow, and believe me when I say that my pics do not do it justice. It is large and over the top pretty!

She also sent this adorable cream metal napkin holder with the yummiest of
rose printed napkins!

And a pretty satin gift pouch.....

of the best smelling soap ever!

But what really REALLY surprised me......

and touched my heart the most was this......

She knew I am an avid collector of Gone With the Wind memorabilia......
and decided to share one of her dear mother's GWTW Scarlett dolls with me!!
I will forever treasure it Lorene, because it is from you and was once your dear mother's.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

I'm going to try to post a bit more frequently between now and the time for my linky
 Wedding party on June 10th,
so here are a few of my favorite old photos to end my post today.....

~ Hope you can come to the party ~

Click HERE to read all about it!

Big Hugs,

Linking with:
Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesdays
All Things Heart and Home All Things Inspired
Kathleen Faded Charm White Wednesday
Free Pretty Things for you Whatever You Want Wednesday
Sherry No Minimalist Here Open House Party Thursday
Rhonda Blue Creek Home Treasure Hunt Thursdays
Liz Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Stephanie,
Your gifts are beautiful. I'm in love with the pillow and will gladly take it off your hands! LOL!

Can't wait for your wedding party!


Susan said...

I love Olivia and her blog! She is one of the sweetest people in blog land!!
That cushion is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Victoria said...

Wow, you've been a lucky one with those wins! How wonderful that you received the Gone with the Wind doll, it's gorgeous!!! She must've known it was going to a loving home:)

I love your old wedding pics!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Hi Stephanie, what beautiful gifts.... I was lucky too and was one of the winners of Lorene's giveaway, I like to have fell over when I opened all of the goodies that she sent.... they were over the top gorgeous! Their both really sweet ladies, it's so nice to meet such wonderful people here in blogland.
hugs~~~ Daphne

JudyBug said...

Love the old wedding photos. So elegant..modest...am I old?

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Olivia is so sweet. Love all your gifts. And the vintage photos are adorable. Love the last one with all the little girls dressed alike.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Hi darlin' .. oh you have some wonderful friends and got some special goodies !
Yup I noticed I had the 20th but darn haven't had time to fix it yet but I will ! dont want to miss the parteeeee (())

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow congrats on your lovely win. I know you must be loving your gifts.
Just wanted to come by and say hello

Unknown said...

Love those vintage photos!


clustres said...

Beautiful wedding photos!

Annesphamily said...

Lucky lucky winner girl! You should buy a lotto ticket! HA HA!
You are well loved.
I will get your items packed up and on their way soon.
Hugs Anne

P.S. Love these old photos.

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, Stephanie, that Barbie is so amazing! I have not been to visit Lorene before so thanks for the intro. Isn't nice to meet so many wonderful people through blogging?!

Congratulations on your wins. I can't think of a nicer person to win these beautiful gifts.

Best wishes always,

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Goodness Stephanie, I bet opening up all that was a real treat. Everything is just wonderful. Was taking photos for the "wedding party" yesterday and could not find a vintage bouquet I bought the other day. I was just sick about it. It was full of orange blossoms and just so pretty and had that wonderful age fade on it. Off to visit Mom today. You have a great one.


Congrats on your win!!! Love old wedding photos, and you have some great ones! I hope to join in your wedding party. It reminds me of the post I did last summer after our daughters got married, I showed 3 generations of wedding pics. Wedding dresses are so beautiful!
Visiting from Time Travel. Have a great day!
~ Julie

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie! What lovely gifts to behold! Your pillow is just gorgeous! I'll have to go and visit Olivia's blog. What lovely wedding photos too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

d e l i g h t said...

What beautiful gifts. The pillow is stunning. I love the second wedding dress and photos. Gorgeous!

LV said...

My first time atteding a vintage wedding. Nicely done.

Christie Hines said...

Hey Stephanie,
Those are such treasures that you recieved from your blogger friends...that GWTW Scarlet is awesome...that green dress was one of my favorite that Scarlett sported! I will have to make my way over to meeting these ladies that you have featured today :)
Hope you are having a happy week!
Big hugs,

Honey at 2805 said...

Love Stephanie! I'm looking forward to the wedding party!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Such pretty photos! Thanks so much for linking this up to our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!

June said...

Oh Stephanie what lovely gifts you have been sent. WOW! Don't you love going to the mail and seeing a package waiting?
Your wedding pictures are so pretty. I just love old vintage wedding pictures.

I wanted to come by and tell that your message to me about Landon was a gift. I thank you for your dear words!
sending hugs...

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

Wow what awesome photos!!
I love them!!!

Holly said...

Hi Stephanie~
Love this post (too). So, what is the name of that elegant soap that smells so good? The packaging is lovely.
No, I don't have a button for my blog....that's on my things to do list. Do you know of tutorials for that?
Looking forward to June 10th!

Holly said...

Awesome, Stephanie! Thank you so much.
My email is hollyglewisatgmaildotcom

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Stephanie, Thank you for sharing your beautiful wins at my party. Looking forward to your wedding party.