Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Award!

The very talented and kind Elizabeth at Pine Cones and Acorns has honored me and four other marvelous blogs with the Blog On Fire award!! THANK YOU ELIZABETH!  For those of you who are not familiar with Elizabeth's blog, her place is like a cozy visit to a dear friend. She is a gifted writer, an extraordinary baker, a francophile, a bibliophile, art lover, and one of the kindest friends you will meet in blogland! I am humbled and honored....
Please click HERE for a little something I dedicate to dear Elizabeth!

And now, for the rules:
Tell five facts about yourself, and present the award to five other blogs!
So, here goes...

1. I adore all things French, and have been learning the language since the tender age of ten. I don't know why, (like Elizabeth says, a past life??), but it was just calling to me. I remember going to the library and checking out the language learning tapes. Since then, France has been an all-consuming obsession. I have made six trips so far, but I do hope to go back soon!! 

2. I love water. I love it so much that I have had fantasies of living on a houseboat! (Hello Dianne!) Yet I am terrified of swimming. Go figure. To try to conquer my fear, I received  Scuba Diving certification. In a pool. Did not have the guts to make it into open water. So my final "certification"  remains on hold until that dreaded lake dive!

3. My dream job would be in the field of performing arts. I come from a family of musicians, and grew up attending countless rehearsals and performances. Sadly, I did not pursue this in college. I am now kicking myself.  Perhaps community theater?

4. I love to entertain! Whether it is a holiday, tea time, birthday, dinner party...making friends and family feel welcome and loved is one of my passions. The Silver Palate cookbooks have not left my side since my early teen years! I wanted to learn from the best ;)

5. I love to belly dance!! I took classes many years ago, but I still practice, and would someday like to teach!

                                                      And the Blog On Fire Award goes to these wonderful people...

The fascinating and lovely Jane and Lance will keep you entertained and informed about the most interesting of subjects. Beautiful, historic architecture, great art, their intriguing travels...they write brilliantly about all this and more. And what kind and dear people they are! I look forward to every post with great anticipation...

The unique and talented Jennelise always has something beautiful up her sleeve. Not only is she a wonderful         photographer, but she is a very gifted illustrator! Her work is effervescent and enchanting, and I cannot wait until she opens her Etsy shop...

The incredibly talented and creative Penny at Angelsdoor is such a kind soul! She makes the most darling figurative sculptures..they take my breath away. Visit Penny, and your day will be brightened by her touch of magic! She is a very gifted relief artist and painter as well.

Ok, just the name of this blog speaks to me so! But you really must experience the beauty that is found in this most magical place. Dawne is an extraordinary photographer. Her altered images will transport you to a world of dreams and French fantasy. Just beautiful, beautiful work! Lovely Dawne and her husband also take groups to France for "image making adventures"!! Doesn't that sound exciting?

Genie is an amazing photographer. Her perspective is brilliant, and her daily images of Parisian life are delicious. She is kind and generous, and visiting her takes me to my favorite city (every day!) without leaving my computer. I adore her blog!

Please visit these wonderful blogs when you have a chance!! 

(Sorry for the different fonts, Blogger is acting up again)



  1. Hello Irina:
    How very, very kind of you to honour us with this award. We did not realise that you had a second blog and so have signed ourselves as Followers to stay in touch with all your marvellous posts.

    We are so pleased that we have found each other across the Blogosphere and we appreciate your loyal support of our blog. Your kind and generous comments are always a thrill for us!

  2. Oh, Irina!!!! How touched and thrilled I am to receive this award from you!! You are so kind to do this!! I have never had a blog award, so this is very special for me, indeed. And I enjoyed reading your 5 "secrets", especially when I pictured you belly dancing!!!!! If you read my post on Quiddity 2 today, you know I am leaving for Paris tomorrow, and am in a bit of a tizzy. So do you think I could wait until I get back to play the game? I DO want to play!!!
    Thank you so much for this honor , and congratulations to the 4 other lovely bloggers as well!!!

    Great big MWAH!!!

  3. Dear Irina
    I am truly honored and very grateful to be a recipient of this award.. To think that I crossed your mind touches me. My deepest thanks for your kindness and most generous comments, here and on my blog.. I always look forward to your notes at my door..I am so happy we found each other..

    I am very familiar with Genie's beautiful photography skills, have not yet had the pleasure of of meeting the other wonderful people listed above. I am off to visit.
    Blessings dear friend,

  4. Oh, Irina!! I was posting about your award on Quiddity when you were commenting on Bayeux!! It's like we were hi-fiving out in Cyber-Space!! I'm so glad you love Bayeux! I hope you did not stay in our horrible hotel!! Which actually was kinda fun! I would love to live in Normandy or Brittany, but for now I am just happy to spend some time there.
    Thanks again for your sweet comments and the honor you paid me.
    Hugs in the air,

  5. I LOVE ALL THESE PEOPLE! And I have to send Genie something; she was my 1000th follower!!! Don't you just love EVERY SINGLE one of these talented people? MUCH LOVE TO YOU MY DEAR!!!! Anita

  6. Goodmorning Irina! Congrats on your blog award my friend and also thanks for always visiting and leaving such lovey comments.Much appreciated.


  7. Congratulations to you. xoxoxo

  8. Good morning my dearest.....just passing through and thanking you for coming by...Anita

  9. congrats on your blog award, it looks like you fully deserve it. I simply love your blog, I shall definitely return here :). Kisses.

  10. Hello my friend,

    You are so kind and I am so humbled by both your chocolate dedication to me and the kind words you have written above. I am laughing out loud because my husbands dream is to live on a sailboat, in fact as we speak he is doing that for a week to get some sailing certifications. I have lived by water my entire life, either the great lakes or the ocean. I love water but I do not believe I want to live on it unless it's a barge on the seine in Paris! I too have learned to scuba dive, I do have my open water certification but you do not want to be my buddy, I do not share my air. I took my ope water certification in a natural hot spring in salt lake city Utah in the dead if winter. I will tell u the whole store another time but let me tell you I had a panic attack 40 feet under and decided I could live in the hull of the sunken ship instead of continuing the exam. I haven't been out since.

    Although I snorkel a lot.

    I loved reading all of the great aspects of what makes you, you!

    I too love to entertain, I love trying new recipes and I have all of the silver paler books too! I think we are kindred spirits.

    I so hope that we have the opportunity to meet, share a meal, hot chocolate of course and wonderful conversation, with Anita along too!!

    Enjoy you weekend, and thank you again for your kind words and always wonderful comments.
    Xo elizabeth



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