Some lovely morning cheer to you, on this Sunday morning♥ Why, just look at the calendar......it's Sunday, the first day of March......and in calender terms, for us here downunder, the first day of autumn. Yes, summer will soon leave my little place, making way for autumn and the explosion of all those glorious burnished colours that will swirl around and around. But, the purpose of this post is not to lament over summer abandoning my little part of the world (and I do) to the northern hemisphere, but to celebrate an anniversary. Seven years ago on this very day I entered into the fascinating world of blogland, clicking the publish key for my very first blog post. Gosh, when I look back at that very first post it was as if I took baby first steps. It was short and brief (how that has changed) and hardly any photos (can you believe that!!!!). I was as a babe in the blogging woods. Hardly anyone read my post and just one lady commented. Though it is a wonderful thing to have people visit and bless my day with sweet comments, I suppose I blog because I love to write, I adore styling photo shoots, and the taking of happy snaps gives me much joy. I consider each post to be a chapter in my book.
So, what happened at my little place this year?? As I strolled through past posts I see that I didn't seem to finish a lot of pretties. Though I did fashion 3 quilts; one which was completely machine stitched and two which were a combination of machine piecing, hand applique and hand quilting. I seemed to have spent a lot of time enjoying hand stitching this year, thus the reason why there is not a veritable quilt shop to showcase. So, I suppose with the hand quilting of two of my queen bed size quilts which took a little while, I didn't do too badly.
Shall we skip along the flower-lined path that was this past year??
As well as three quilty finishes, more flowers 'growed' from that magical packet of seeds for my flower garden quilt. Not many, but a few. Perhaps my quilt where flowers bloom all over will be the subject of next year's blogging anniversary. We can but live in hope, can we not??
It wouldn't be me if there wasn't a post, or two, or three.............gushing about the garden and all the pretty flowers that bloom within it. Nor would it be me if there were no happy snap after happy snap of all the blossoms that gift me daily with their beauty. I am smitten with flowers. Indeed, all the flowers inspire the pretties I fashion. As Hans Christian said all those years ago "Just living is not enough, said the butterfly. One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." AND.....I must, must have a little flower!
As I sit here and reflect upon this blogging caper it strikes me what a wonderful place 'The Land of Blogging' is. There are those of you, who though I have never met in person it is as if I have known you all my life. I get a sense of "oh.....you too". I feel you and I would have many a merry natter, drinking tea in pretty tea cups as we while away the hours. I say this a lot, but I feel you and I are kindred spirits. Each time I visit your lovely blogs you inspire me with your uniqueness, your beautiful imaginations and your amazing creativity that you imagine. It is delightful to take an armchair ride each time and stroll through your lovely homes; to admire the pretty cushion that you have lovingly stitched which takes pride of place on the sofa, or indeed marvel at the pretty cross stitch so beautifully framed, hanging on the wall. Then there are those of you where I take a peek in your sewing room, or the place where you sit and crochet; or indeed the kitchen where you whip up concoctions of delicious cakes. There are those too, who each week invite me to partake in a virtual tea party so beautifully laid out with pretty china tea cups and teapots, sweet embroidered tablecloths and a vase or two of flowers. Aah....yes, this blogging caper is a most delightful phenonenom.
Now......before I go, it wouldn't be an anniversary if there wasn't a little something to gift one of you, just as a thank you for your many kindness you have blessed me with throughout this year. I fashioned this bag a little while ago and thought that maybe some of you (there must be one or two of you, who wouldn't mind being seen in public sporting this pretty....surely) would not be adverse to receiving this pretty in the post. If indeed you hanker after a bag oozing with purple and green, boho loveliness, fringing, vintage needlepoints and pretty fripperies, then could you please say so when you comment. If you are a no reply blogger, then you will need to pop by here, in a week or so, to see if you are indeed 'the one' who might be seen out and about town with this pretty slung over your shoulder.
As it is Sunday, I am thinking I will enjoy a little relaxing, Sweet Sunday stitching later this evening. A few more sweet hexies have been stitched.......many, many more to go.
Here's to more posts as I skip along the fun-filled road of blogland. You are invited to skip along with me, too. Skipping down flower-lined paths is so much more beautiful, when shared with a friend. Here's to more skipping along the bendy flower-lined path penning my muddly thoughts; a few more posts waxing lyrical about the next pretty I have fashioned; a few more posts oohing and aahing.....gushing over some gorgeous blossom I have picked from the garden......or some other funny story that tickles my funny bone. This blogging caper is really rather akin to keeping a visual journal of my days, after all.
The blogging community is one of encouragement and friendship. It is a place filled with beauty, oodles of inspiration, affection and love. A heartfelt thank you to those of you who have many times this year, taken precious time out of your day to pop by and gift me with your sweet comments; your beautiful words. Again, it is with a grateful heart I say, thank you♥
Until the next time........
Linking up this week to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.
Well congratulations on your blog anniversary. I have been blogging about 6 1/2 years and had only a few page views and comments in the early days. We just had 3 days of snow and wind and the sun is finally out and it is supposed to start raining this week. That should encourage the early daffodils to pop up their little heads.ReplyDelete
That purple looks darling. I am sure my 3 granddaughters would fight over who would get to use it.
Happy Blog Anniversary--I love all your pretty flower quilts--wonderful job you did putting them together--ReplyDelete
and love your flowers in garden--living in Fl I really really miss the regular flowers(too hot here for most of them) but I love sunshine and the heat--soo!!
have an awesome week--
Happy bloggiversary! I remember these finishes! All so bright and cheery. I love your tarted stuff (I would love this bag)! Enjoy your day.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I love all your quilts and I want to make one next Winter. I am busy mending the vintage one I found. The Colonial Lady.ReplyDelete
I have a collection of vintage evening bags but none from your region. I would love that bag but you have far to mail it. It is so pretty with needlepoint. You are so nice to offer it to your blogging friends.
Then.......I will put your name in the 'hat' and fingers crossed your name is the lucky one, Thelma. As for mailing to the ends of the earth, what is a little 'mortgaging-one's-house-to-pay-postage', between friends. =) Seriously though it is my pleasure to post my little bag to anywhere. Thank you for your beautiful visit. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. Perhaps a little stitching on that lovely Colonial Lady quilt you are mending?? Kim XXDelete
Many congratulations and Happy Anniversary. I hope for many, many more years of your beautiful flowery, quilty posts brightening my days :) You've made a beautiful collection of things this year. Your quilts are all stunning. I hope you'll have a lovely Indian Summer to relax and stitch in your lovely garden before Winter sets in :)ReplyDelete
Happy blog anniversary Kim! All your handiwork is simply lovely! I have enjoyed your beautiful words and works since I discovered you. Thank you so much for sharing your talents! ♥ReplyDelete
You are so very kind, Gina....thank you♥ If I can share a little beauty in this sometimes dark world, then it is a good day. Thank you for visiting my little place, and blessing me with your beautiful words. Kim XxDelete
Congratulations on your Bloggiversary!Your artwork is stunning and your magic world with fabulous flowers is enchanting,heavenly...You always make me smile with your adorable posts.Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, lovely Maristella. You always make me smile when you pop by my little place and gift me such sweet words. May I say, it is always a wonderful day when I visit your place and look at the beautiful china and other pretties you showcase. I am quite simply amazed at your exquisite china collection. Kim XxDelete
Your post scared me a little bit - is it Sunday already? Okay, we are fine, it will be Sunday soon enough. Happy Blogiversary! I would love to have some tea at your table surrounded by beautiful floral quilts and maybe even a flower or two. Officially spring starts on March 19. Thanks for sending some warm weather our way!ReplyDelete
Time goes by fast. I am so glad that I found your blog years ago. I don't think I have seen anyone as talented as you. I adore your crafts and your handbags are so beautiful.ReplyDelete
Happy Bloggy Anniversary dear Kim. Oh I just want to sit in that chair where that girl is quilting beside that beautiful dresser filled with vintage pretties & sip tea with you. It has been a busy noisy weekend & that little spot looks so peaceful. I love with when your posts pop up on my blog roll - I am always guaranteed a vision of beauty & the most wonderful flowers. Thanks for the chance to enter your gorgeous Giveaway my friend xxxReplyDelete
Congratulations on your blogaversary! So many beautiful pictures to look through, it always does my heart good to read your posts. My other favourite flower quote is Claude Monet "I must have flowers, always and always." I agree!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jayne. I once wrote a post around this very quote. It is one of my favourite quotes. Claude Monet is my favourite artist. His paintings and his use of colour always resonates deep within me. A little flower every day always adds a little beauty to one's day. So glad you love flowers, too. =) Thank you for visiting my little place and gifting me with your beautiful words. Kim XxDelete
Seven years with gorgeous creations and pictures !
It's a pleasure to visit your blog and read your post !
May they continue to delight us !
Congratulations on reaching your seven year anniversary! It's lovely to see your past accomplishments and your posts in the depths of an English winter always bring warmth! Your bag creations are a delight too, who wouldn't want to own one?ReplyDelete
Congratulations Kim, keep up the good work on your wonderful blog always a joy to read and lovely photos. Would love the bag it is so different.ReplyDelete
Best wishes Kay c Xx
Thank you so much, lovely Kay♥ Here's hoping my little bag will be seen around about in your town. =) May I say, thank you for your beautiful visits and gorgeous words every week. Thank you for taking precious moments out of your day for both popping by and gifting me with your sweet comments. You always make me smile. Kim XxDelete
Well...Happy Bloggyversary! :-) One of the things I enjoy most about your blog is all of the wonderful colors! The flowers, the quilts....always a happy place to visit! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
I do love colour! I most definitely am not a 'chroma-phobe'. =) I love colouring my little place with a rainbow of happy colour. So happy you find a little enjoyment each time you visit me here. Your sweet comments have coloured my day in a most beautiful way....thank you♥ Kim XxDelete
I am too far away to win the bag ... but someone nearer you will be very lucky... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY my friend <3 I have only been blogging a year or so over you :) I can still remember the nervousness when I clicked the publish button... now look! You are popular and your quilts are amazing and you share your garden all the way across the world to me <3 Thanks!ReplyDelete
Happy Blog-versary! I went back to read your very first post because I hadn't met you then. Then that sent me off wondering how long I'd been blogging and I discovered my first post was March 20 2006!!! I always love your posts Kim - always such a riot of colour and inspiration. It was a delight to look back through the past year and see all the pretties you created once again. Here's to many more years of blogging joy!ReplyDelete
It was 7 years for me in January! It is lots of fun seeing and reading what everyone is doing. Love all your flower gardens. We are deep into winter here in Canada so it is refreshing seeing all those wonderful colours, I can almost smell the flowers!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on 7 wonderful years of blogging and friendship, dear Kim. I always love stopping by to Ooh and Ahh over your creations and to see your lovely garden in your piece of heaven. It is awesome how we love friends that we’ve never met, but “know” their hearts from their words, pictures, and sharing. Some lucky person will be honored to receive your giveaway. Love and blessings are sent to you.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the walk down memory lane! I enjoyed so much seeing all the wonderfully beautiful and creative things you have made and done. Your blog is one of my favorites. Thank you for such an uplifting read.ReplyDelete
Aww.....thank you so much♥ I am so happy you love to visit my little place. So thankful that you find enjoyment at my little place. A very big thank for your beautiful words, they have sprinkled many smiles into my day. Kim XxDelete
Kim, Happy Blogiversary! You & I started in the same year. :) It's been a pleasure getting to know you and visit your world downunder. Your flower therapy, both textile and plant, are good for my soul. The handbag is truly exceptional. What a wonderful way to connect with readers, and us with your hand skills. Thank you for the opportunity!ReplyDelete
Did you and I start blogging in the very same year....really?? Why, I will have to investigate and read your very first post. It's amazing isn't it, how our blogs grow into themselves, grow into a comfortable fit. As for my little bag finding it's way to your place, fingers and everything else is crossed for you. I feel 'it' would love to live in that condo of yours among all your amazing furnishings......oh....and then there is that view of the city and river beyond. Here's hoping. Thank you for your beautiful visit and sweet words, lovely Rita. Now, I am off to investigate your blog♥ Kim XxDelete
Happy blogiversary! We blog for much the same reasons, love of writing, love of photography, love of creating, love of sharing. I just passed my six year blogiversary.ReplyDelete
Happy blogversary! Who says we have to make a quilt or more a month? I think 3 lovely quilts a year is plenty, especially with all the hand work on them. It is March 1 but spring is still at least a month away, possibly more. Enjoy the start to your autumn!ReplyDelete
Happy bloggoversary Kim and may there be tons more! The blog world would be a dim, sad place without blogs like yours and I am delighted to be a steadfast follower of anything happening in your corner, whether it is styling pretties, tarting up artful pieces or quilting little hexies. And I mustn't forget the flowers, because your garden always tickles my soul and brightens my spirit! Hugs and kisses dear friend!ReplyDelete
Good Day Kim, and happy Blogiversary!! I don't recall how long I have been visiting here but I saw a lot of projects that I have seen you share with us. When I think of you, I think about the stunning floral pieces that you have created. The world will never have enough flowers. Your bag is beautiful. Anyone would be proud to use it.ReplyDelete
Have a wonderful flowery day!
CONGRATULATIONS on your Blogiversary! I love all your quilts, buntings, flowers...well, everything. I would love your bag but I live in the States which is a bit far probably. I think one thing I would love to see in your journey is a YouTube video. Doesn't have to be long or often. Have you ever considered making one? I watch all my favorite craft makers...quilters, cross stitchers, crochet and recently found a sweet little 81 year old woman that shows how she makes planters out of concrete and some other crafts like covering items with glass chips or stones. In the backyard you can watch the birds coming to feed and bathe. She's in Georgia. We are soon to be in the Spring Season but can't plant anything until the end of May or there about. I do see daffodils sprouting and I hope we don't have a freeze or anything that will harm them. Take careReplyDelete
Happy bloganniversary! Your pictures are gorgeous as always, garden and lovely quilts! I always love to visit!ReplyDelete
You share great beauty with the world through your creativity in stitching, in photography and in blogging!
Cheers to many more years to come!
So Happy Anniversary Kim! I thought that maybe we had started blogging the same year but then when I checked back I found that I started in 2012 so a little before you. But it is only over the last couple of years that I found your delightful blog and have so much enjoyed following along your flower filled path. Such lovely creations over the last year especially that beautiful flowery hexagon quilt. Looking forward to the next 7 Kim. xx Oh yes, and that bag is absolutely delightful and I would be very happy if it was to wing its way to me. xxReplyDelete
Happy blog anniversary. Your little place, as you call it, is such a wonderous place to visit... even back when there were only baby steps. Did you mention a book? How beautiful a book filled with your floral delights would be! And, of course, I would absolutely love to have your oh-so-gorgeous bag!!!ReplyDelete
Why, I think the "oh-so-gorgeous" bag would be perfectly at home at your lovely place, Mary. I believe it would be a perfect fit. Fingers crossed that it wings it's way to you. About 'that' book. It is a dream, probably an improbable one, but who knows.....perhaps one day. But for now, I will just keep writing chapters and illustrating those chapters with pretty happy snaps, and keep on hoping that my little place sprinkles a little beauty to others' days, shall I?? Thank you for your beautiful words. You have sprinkled a little beauty into my day. Kim XxDelete
Kim congratulations on your Blog Anniversary. Your work is so beautiful and soothing to the eye. Love all your flowers in the garden. I would be proud to wear your bag out and about. Enter me please MarionReplyDelete
Thank you, lovely Marion, for your sweet visit. Thank you too, for delighting my day with your beautiful words! Fingers crossed that my little purple and green bag finds a new home with you. Kim XxDelete
Muchísimas felicidades por tu 7º cumpleaños-blog.ReplyDelete
Creo que los comienzos de casi todos los blogs suceden de un mismo modo:
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lo cierto es que me encanta asomarme a las ventanas de los blogs y ver los proyectos y trabajos con los que tantas personas disfrutan, yo también disfruto de ver... mirar.... y de leer post tan llenos de maravillosas flores como el tuyo.
En cuanto al bolso, seguro que quién sea la afortunada de recibirlo tendrá un gran honor en llevarlo colgado de su hombro, es una maravilla, como todos tus trabajos.
Your blog is a feast for the eyes and inspiration for sure! Your flower gardens are just stellar. Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. Blogging takes a lot of time. I have one, but haven't been active with it for a couple years.....have gave in to the speed of facebook. Sigh! I would be honored to sport your tarted up purple and green back if you be glad to send it my way in Iowa of the USA. Thanks for your beautiful sharing, I look forward to each one. Sheri in Iowa firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Hola otra vez.ReplyDelete
Acabo de leer tu primera publicación y ¡¡vaya cambio!! tan solo dos fotos y una casa oscuraaaaa....... ahora tu casa y tu blog resplandecen con flores y colores.
You made me smile, Arish. Yes, my very first post was indeed sadly lacking in content and pretty happy snaps. But.....as I kept posting I found me. I found my written voice and I discovered I love to style photo shoots and take photographs. My imagination was rather akin to a runaway train! This little blog of mine has been a learning curve, but now, all these years skipping down my flower-lined, blogging path it's as natural to me as breathing. Thank you for your sweet visit, lovely Arish. Kim XxDelete
Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Your blog is such a delight and a comfort to read. I would be love to wear your bag. It is so pretty. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thank You MarilynReplyDelete
I most definitely will put your name in the hat, Marilyn. Fingers and everything else is crossed for you. =) Every time you visit my little place you bring sprinkles of sunshine with you.....thank you, lovely lady. KimXxDelete
Happy blog anniversary! 7 years, it's a big kid 😉. Please do again for another 7 years, I love to read your posts, admire your beautiful flowers, and your sweet quilts 🥰ReplyDelete
Happy Blogiversary! I adore that pixelated flower urn quilt. Your blog is always so much fun to read and your photos always make me smile. That beautiful bag has one my favorite colors and I would love to have the chance to use it.ReplyDelete
By the way, I adore the hexie with the little dress on it. How pretty.
Many congratulations on your blog anniversary. I just had to go and check when I started too, it was October 2009, that's while ago now.ReplyDelete
I always enjoy your happy colourful blog, full of the wonderful things you are working on and your gorgeous garden too, of course. Your lovely purple bag is so nice and a great prize, especially as it has been hand crafted by your own fair hands.
Happy Blogiversary! I enjoyed the recap of your year. I love the little crocheted lady on your hexie. So cute!ReplyDelete
Happy blogaversary! I’m so glad that you have passed beyond a few short words and photos. It is always a flower explosion when I come to visit. I’d say that you had a very productive year. I LOVE that pixelated flower quilt and those heroes are just incredible. Your bags and jacket are a piece of art. I’ll bet you have a lot of compliments when you wear that jacket. I would love to have a chance to win your lovely bag. Thank you. Enjoy your autumn. I am glad to see spring arriving where we are.ReplyDelete
Congratulations Kim, you've created such an amazing space here, so pretty and fun and creative, I just love my visits! Keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Lovely quilts, showcased beautifully in your home.ReplyDelete
Oh Kim it has been so nice to get to know you too, and to always have such beauty to feast on when I stop by your blog!! Your creations just amaze me and I love them all. To see your beautiful garden no matter what the season although the spring and summer is my favorite with all the beautiful flowers!! You are just so sweet to allow one of us to have one of your beautiful creations, that bag is just gorgeous, and I would be honored to receive it. Wishing you many more years of blog land to come!!ReplyDelete
Happy Blogiversary. Your writing is so inspirational (and often humorous) and anyone one who reads your posts would move through their day with a spring in their step and a smile on her face. I know I do. When I first found you, I went back to read your posts from the beginning, but alas, I haven't finished that process yet (another UFO). Anyone would also be delighted to receive your charming bag. Did I mention that purple is my favorite color and pansies are one of my favorite flowers? Thank you for creating such a cheerful, creative and lovely blog.ReplyDelete
Hello dear Kim! Yay for long-term blogging! I love your blog!ReplyDelete
One time our daughter said to someone, "Her blog. She just takes pictures of flowers and stuff." Ha! Kinda true! The flowers at the grocery store are gorgeous. I should have snapped a few photos today!
I've loved your garden and your quilts every step of the way!
Happy blogging anniversary, Kim. I can only linger on about my thank you to you; how I enjoy every post you write. I love your way with words, your fabulous quilts, the adorning of your home, your amazing flower garden, and just you, generous Kim. It was such fun to see the pictures again of the last year...marvelous. BTW, I will again begin reading the older postings; I have not forgotten. May you continue to grace us with more and more of YOU.ReplyDelete
Wonderful to celebrate this anniversary with you, Kim - congratulations! I remember the first time I happened upon your beautiful blog and I was immediately smitten! Your sweet nature and wonderful creativity shine in every post and makes us so happy to share your blogging journey. You are a true inspiration and a joy! Sending hugs xo KarenReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Karen. I feel the very same way about your lovely blog. Every time I visit your lovely place and 'stroll' around the lovely vignettes of your home and read your lyrical words in each post, it sprinkles many sunbeams into my day. Thank you for your beautiful words. Kim XxDelete
I am so glad you decided to start blogging 7 years ago. I love visiting your blog. I love your writing, all your beautiful pictures and all the beautiful things you are creating. And I love seeing your little corner of the world there in Australia. I am looking forward to seeing your pictures of the transformation into fall for you. Our winter is definitely coming to an end and I am so excited for spring. I am beginning to plan the little vegetable garden I will have this year.ReplyDelete
Happy Anniversary! :)
Happy blogaversary! Seven years is good going. Hand stitching always slows the output but it's such a lovely way to work that I think it's worth the trade-off. Your beautiful work certainly bears this out.ReplyDelete
Congrats on your anniversary. I enjoy you blog and your interest in flowers. Lovely bag. Thanks Darlene email@example.comReplyDelete
Thank you, Darlene, and a lovely welcome to my little flowery place. So, so delighted you visited and gifted me with your sweet words. Kim XxDelete
Kim, this post sums up why I find your blog so enjoyable - all of these colorful, enchanting photos of flowers and handmade quilts!! Thank you for sharing your gorgeous world and creative life with us these past years! Looking forward to MANY more delightful years! ZReplyDelete
Kim - I remember my "babe in the blogland woods" days - how little I knew then! And perhaps the thing that has most surprised me (in a wonderful way) is how many lovely people I have "met". I agree with you - there are many kindred spirits in blogland, and I can't imagine a week without visits to my friends! I would be honored to sport your lovely bag around town, if you would consider me!ReplyDelete
Sweet precious Kim! Congratulations on seven years of blogging! My life has been incredibly blessed, enriched, and inspired by your beautiful creative blog over the years. How I've oohed and ahhhed over your creations, each one so remarkable in design and full of glorious beauty. I've loved every one of your gorgeous flower pictures, and the incredibly gorgeous scenery you get to enjoy around you. But most of all, your sweet friendship has been such a blessing to me. How thankful I am to county you as one of my dearest friends! I delighted over each beautiful quilt and "tarted" up delight you created this year. The purse you are giving away is gorgeous, and whatever forever home it wings its way to, it will be such a blessing! Much love to you sweet friend... I'm grateful for your friendship, and the beauty you bring to our little blogland community!!!ReplyDelete
Congratulations on seven years of blogging. You made beautiful quilts and I think the first one, which can also be seen on both sides of your blog, is the best.ReplyDelete
Although, everything you have made, especially your amazing bags, are of an exceptionally high quality.
It is always a pleasure to read your wonderful stories.
Another special thank you for your kind comment to my story "Mother". ♥
Thank you so much, dear Loes. Your beautiful story of you and your mum brought tears to my eyes as I read of the beautiful mother/daughter relationship you shared and all those gorgeous memories you hold in your heart. I am thinking of you with much love. Take care, beautiful lady♥ Kim XxReplyDelete
You accomplished so much last year, Kim! Pretty hand-stitched quilts, lovely bag and jackets that are very you. If it wasn't for the blog-world, I would have never got to know you. It's always a pleasure to visit your lovely and cosy place and your garden.ReplyDelete
Oh, I missed the party of your blogging anniversary, so I am here now to say Happy Anniversary and many, many more lovely posts to you!! I have been away on vacation for a week and home a week trying to catch up. Checking in on your blog is on my catching up list. I am so sorry to have missed the chance to get that lovely bag but I am sure it will go to someone just as lovely as it is.ReplyDelete
As always I so enjoy your posts, your pictures and your flowers!