Letting Go...

This is the day everyone pauses to reflect on their year. And to try and figure out what they want to focus on in the coming year. 

Do You Recognize This Blogging Icon's Home?

Does this look familiar?

Have you figured out who she is yet?

Many of us "veteran bloggers" cut our teeth on this whimsical and colorful blog.

Some of you may never have heard of her. For she stopped posting on this blog in 2011.

She began it in 2006. September 2006 in fact.

She was legendary in the home and garden genre of blogging. She took gorgeous photos, and we hung on every color-filled one.

In case you haven't guessed by now, which means you are a fairly new blogger, she is Kim of Dear Daisy Cottage.

I can't really put my finger on it, but she had a way of taking photos at all angles that mesmerized us.

She could take a photo of a bowl of cereal and it looked magical.

I told myself I'd just grab a few of her photos to spotlight. 

But her blog is kind of like a bag of potato chips. You can't stop at just one. 

So I just kept digging farther and farther into her posts. 

Kim was a blogging icon back in those days. She showed us that color was to be embraced.

And embrace it we did. Those of us that are lovers of color.

Thanks Kim, for being at the forefront of colorful blogs. We miss you.

Wherever you are, whatever you've chosen to do, we bloggers that followed your every post will never forget what you taught us, even though you probably weren't trying to. 

Color is magical. The gift that keeps on giving.  

And we thank you for helping us learn that.

Claire Donovan's Craft Room At Heart Handmade

Some of you are already familiar with the blog HeartHandmade. I discovered it earlier this year, and I adore Claire's colorful site.

So let's take a look at her craft room. See what inspires her.

Love the patchwork door!

Claire began her blog back in 2010.

And you can tell she loves crafts!

She highlights and features decor from all over, and I so enjoy seeing what she comes up with each day.

Do you think you could possibly feel inspired in Claire's craft room? The colors make me swoon. Not to mention all her organization. She's one talented girl!

Tweak It Tuesday #71

Design Till It Shines came up with a very interesting collage of photos.

Happy Harris & Her Colorful Caravan

Many of you are already familiar with the very colourful (they always add the "u", so today we shall too) Happy Harris from Happy Loves Rosie. This girl is colour happy!

Let me introduce you to her vintage caravan. Here we call them vintage trailers. But I think vintage caravans sounds much more appealing. This is her 1952 Vintage Holivan.

She lives in Rochester, United Kingdom. She has a daughter, Rosie. Hence, Happy Loves Rosie.

Happy Harris also makes colourful blog headers for folks. I think Happy follows colour and colour follows her around. Which means she is a veritable magnet for colour!

Oh, can you imagine this sweet caravan with white geraniums growing right outside? How divine.

As you can tell, Happy is full of whimsy and delight. I doubt she's ever boring.

Here are a few tidbits about Happy Harris...

Can't stand....Turkish Delight...The colour purple, Liver, egg mixed with beans (the first meal Freddy cooked for me! Yuk!) Hyprocrits, Raspberries, red currents or blackberries...any pippy fruit really.....Greed!....Bad tattoos!

However I do like....lindt lindor....bright colours, calzones at the Isis Restaurant...happy people...Sailor Jerry Tattoos...whimsy collectables....feet, french enamel....staying up all night!....drum and base (not all just certain tunes with a good beat)...1950's and 1960's fashion and design...and Rockabilly gals and guys!

You can visit Happy Loves Rosie at www.happylovesrosie.com

The Colors Of Yvestown

I just love visiting Yvestown. I guess I'm really into foreign spots right now.

This blogger hails from Belgium. She has lots of pink and pastels.

And dots.

Her colors are soothing. Reminds me of cake. Icing on cake.

And smells of lavender.

Even the bathroom is full of color and pattern.

It is a place that beckons you to come in and sit down. At The Yvestown Blog.

Homemaker Cherry Menlove

Have you ever read the blog Cherry Menlove? That is her book above. She is a true homemaker, through and through. And proud of it.

This is her "book nook."

She says she likes her books the colors of jewels. Except she spells it colours.

She takes the book nook outdoors in the summertime.

She manages to do a lot. She is married and has young twins. They are darling! And she teaches online cupcake classes and writes books and is just a whir of activity. 

Here is an interview with Cherry Menlove by Recipes From A Normal Mum.

This week it’s Cherry Menlove. Now I was a reader of Cherry’s blog before she became a blogging pal. I used to salivate over her house whilst I tried to block out the boxes sitting in our hallway still not unpacked 3 years after moving from London. Yes, she’s the UK’s answer to Martha Stewart and she even has a shop. She’s warm, she’s friendly and she’s full of love. If there’s any blogger’s house I’d like to be a guest at, Cherry’s it would be.
What’s your name? Cherry Menlove

Where do you come from? I am currently living in beautiful West Sussex and will live here forever.

How old are you? 38
What’s your educational background? Did you leave school at 16 or finish with a PhD? I studied classical theatre and gained my degree from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama

What’s your blog called? cherrymenlove.com

When was your blog born? The first version was 2006 and this version was 2009

Sum your blog up in one sentence: Homemaking with a Homewares shop attached.

Why did you start your blog, where did you think it would lead? I started it as I was slightly bereft of something creative to do in my life at the time. I had no idea at that time it would lead to all that it has.

Name 3 blogs you like: Yvestown, Brene Brown & Kelle Hampton

What’s your most popular blog post? There’s been quite a bit of drama over the last couple of years so the posts where I write about the birth of my twins, my husbands illness and moving house (again and again) are always popular.

How often do you check your blog stats, truthfully?!  Every few months, if that. I literally don’t care any more. It was driving me mad.

What’s your biggest kitchen disaster? Serving a turkey upside down one Christmas many moons ago. We still managed to feed 12.

What’s your advice to fledgling bloggers? Find your niche and perfect it.

Is there anything you’d have done differently? Yes, but I’d probably be sued.

Blogging high? When I know I’ve helped somebody.

Blogging low? Not knowing who is out there. It gets lonely writing out in to a vacuum.

Who inspires you? My kids, my husband and my surroundings.

Do you have a day job? My kids are my career.

What keeps you awake at night? Thinking of my kids shutting their fingers in a door. I know, you don’t have to tell me how stupid that sounds.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? On the school run and very happy.

What would be your 3 desert island items? My son, my daughter and my husband. Oh, I’m not allowed them. OK, my spotify account, my kindle and my pillow.

What advice would you give to your schoolgirl/boy self? Be confident. 


She makes cushions. We of course call them pillows.

She sews aprons to wear when she works out in her garden.

I have been reading her blog on and off ever since I first started reading blogs.

She has really evolved, both personally and business-wise. 

Treat yourself to an afternoon of exploring the blog and online shop of Cherry Menlove.