HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Happy Anniversary Girlfriends!  MUSICA 

celebrate!

Today is the day we’re going to begin our June celebration for two wonderful events ~ It was June 11, 2009 that we started connecting with our wonderful Friends on Facebook.  Two years wildflower Dame's Rocketlater, on June 9, 2011, the Blog went live (still quiver when I think about it) and our connection to our Girlfriends began! That’s pretty good! But it makes me wonder, why June?  I didn’t plan it that way, in fact I was kind of surprised to see how close the dates were.  Maybe we were inspired because it’s such a pretty month. I’ll tell you one thing, it smells like heaven here on the island.  The Beauty Bush and the Mock Orange are in bloom (to name just two), I picked my first four strawberries today and look at the foxgloves!

magicMagic. One more reason to celebrate.   

Three years ago, when I first started blogging I had NO idea how it would go ~ “going live” was so scary! I wondered how people would find me, and if they would even come.  I  knew how I wished it would go and tried my best to make it something ironing anyoneeveryone would like, hoping everyone liked dishtowels, dishes, and old movies as much as me! Any of you with a blog knows exactly what I’m talking about. Saying to yourself as you are writing a post or putting something up on Facebook, “I hope they like this!” then letting the chips fall where they may! Scary! And first time you’re “liked!”  Or, then, to be “shared!”  How wonderful it is to get your first comment!  How amazing to have your first give-away! And that excitement and amazement really hasn’t gone away.  Traveling to England together put the frosting on the cake. I loved it so much, we’ll definitely do it again (yes we will!).  I just wish there were more hours in the day for blogging. Such a creative way to connect with kindred spirits.  So how do we celebrate?  Easy:  By saying “Thank You” to everyone who helps to make this dream come true.  Which would be YOU, thank you very much. 

If you can dream it

As many of you know, it has been my dream for years, way before there was any such thing as a blog or even the Internet, that the people who’ve written me such wonderful personal letters (since 1987 when my first book came out and I started getting mail), could meet each other. The letters were so nice, so full of love, I always thought it would cheer people up to know that despite what we see and hear on the news, the world is filled with wonderful home-loving, creative, family-adoring people, in all countries, all parts of the world, and even in countries where we might think our “enemies” live.

little things Nelson Mandela Even there, the cities and towns are filled with regular tea-drinking, flower-growing, music-loving, tender-hearted, soup-making, peace-loving kinds of people just like you and me.  You just don’t hear that much from them because the other kind are so obnoxious and loud.  But there are many more of our kind of person in this world than of the obnoxious ones. Truly. No matter how different we may look from each other on the outside. And we need to band together in our appreciation for beauty and a gentle way of life.  It must be scary to live in a land where the maniacs have the keys to the castle. You would probably feel trapped and worried about your children all the time.  Let’s pray for them, and then give them this place, and each other, to meet and celebrate the little things that make life sweet ~ and especially, all the ways we are so very much alike. They like apples, we like apples. They like gorgeous blue tablecloths ~ we like gorgeous blue tablecloths.  They like picnics and the sounds of nature and going barefoot, and we do too! They like starry nights and big moons and us too! It’s an amazingly wonderful beautiful world.

Imagine all the people, living life in peace ~ You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one . . .music

So, to celebrate all of this and all of us, we are having not One, not even Two, but Three Give-aways in this blog post, and this contest is open to everyone everywhere on the planet! If someone in a faraway land is chosen in this drawing, we will mail their package to wherever they would like it to go.  Because it is true, we are the world. What the Internet has brought has surpassed my wildest dreams . . . I thought it would be good, but I didn’t know it would be this good! So here we go, let’s start off with some inspiration! Mas Musica? Frank? Oui! 

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quilts

inspiration

You should probably get a cup of tea or something cold to drink . . . this could be a long one!  The inspiration for this giveaway came from a request in a Girlfriend’s comment a couple of months back ~ she asked, “Could we see more of your quilt collection.”  Oh boy, yes, you can!  Here we go!

quilts

From the very first quilt I got, which happens to be the one my Great Grandma made for my Grandma who then gave it to me, it’s always been the colors. I love the old-fashioned fabrics, the soft pastels and simple patterns and I love that they used lots of white. These are the colors that inspired my watercolors.

quilt stack

A little worn, a little faded, and never signed.  Just so lovely and artistic, and humble and oh, if they could talk.  You know they were made by creative women, and often in groups.  Could we please listen in on one of those conversations, oh dearest back-in-time genie?

If you do it with heart

quilts

All those tiny little hand-made stitches. I have so much appreciation for this art.

homemade-happy-life

quilts

It’s easy to relate to the hearts that made them.

needle

quilt

I made a few quilts when I was young, never as beautiful as this one, but then I learned to paint, so I painted quilts instead, and I learned to go to antique stores and there I found old quilts . . .  which I’ve collected for years . . . now I drape them over sofas . . .

guest room

It’s not a huge collection, and I don’t have all the scientific information on them, I just like to drape them on bedroom chairs . . .

peter rabbit room

at the ends of the beds . . . so I can look at them and be charmed and feel happy.

kitchen

I like them in the kitchen in the winter, folded over the back of a chair, even though it really doesn’t make any sense, I just like to look at them . . .

at the store

At one time I had a “Heart of the Home” store on the Central Coast of California where I sold a few vintage quilts whenever I could find them (or part with them).  These were in a pile in a corner of the store, they weren’t for sale, only for inspiration, so my shopper Girlfriends could see how pretty a stack of quilts can be and begin the search to get a stack for themselves.

colors

From the beginning, my watercolors were influenced by the beauty and the colors of these quilts. I painted what I loved. I don’t make stitches so much anymore, I paint them.

creativity

lots of stuff

You can kind of see quilt-influence in the things I’ve made in the past . . . everything feels a little like a 1930’s quilt.

dishes

The other big influence on my watercolors was the dish variation of the quilt.  To me quilts and dishes have everything in common: home, practicality, love, beauty, history, delicacy and most of all, that color again. They also reach out when I walk by at a flea market, take my hand and say right out loud, I’m going home with you. And I say, thank you, I could not agree more.

pink teapot

I love painting my own rendition of pattern ~

dishes

Almost as much as I love finding and collecting old dishes…

quilty dishes

You see? Dishes  and Quilt fabric  ~ See the resemblance?  Kissing cousins.

tea party

Especially when it’s me choosing the colors.

tea party

This is fabric from my long extinct “Tea Party” Collection of fabric.

tea party

tea party

And lots more than quilts was made from those designs. These were made at the wonderful embroidery studio at Crabapple Hill. They sell the great old-fashioned embroidery patterns you see here and in the photo before this one and lots more.

designing

Even this Tea Tin is a “sub-unit” (made that up, like it) from the design of quilt fabric.

everything but Jack

And because of the fact that all of this fabric is now gone from the market place, and there’s no more available anywhere . . . except right here in my hot little hands, the First Give-away turns out to be everything you see here . . . except of course Jack.  He is not included. He is a sub-unit of me.

giftI hope everyone likes yellow, because the words “everything is included” means this bolt of several yards of “Honeybee Yellow” fabric.

lambkins

In addition, I found a yard (or maybe a little more) of each of these three fabrics, from my “Sweet Baby” collection, the dot, the check and the lambs with the hearts. In they go!

fat quarters

And yes, “everything” includes a complete set of the “Tea Party” Collection in “Little Fat Quarters.” 

a stash

Little Fat quarters and the bolt of bees (and the little lambs), and also a gift card from me to the winner of the drawing with love.

fat quarters

You can see better some of the fabrics in the pile of Fat Quarters.  I hope someone out there can put them to good use!  OK, so that is Giveaway # 1!  This officially puts us on . . .

pins and needles. . .’cause here comes the rest of the Give-aways!

new calendars

Next? OK, this is Give-away number #2.  Again, the cat is not included (but try taking a picture without him in it!). What these are are the unbound proofs for our brand new 2015 Wall and Mini Calendars ~ you can’t hang them, but they’re just too nice to throw away. The color is beautiful, they’re on heavy paper so I thought possibly, someone would like these, maybe to do some scrapbooking with?

jack and the mini calendar

Here is Jack with the Mini Calendar, you can see, the pages aren’t hooked together . . . every time I try to take a picture, he jumps into the middle of it, he makes me laugh. Kissing occurs.

the mini calendar

But here’s more of the inside of the Mini Calendar — lots of bookmark-making or card-making possibilities here too!  Knowing you, there are a 1000 possibilities!

wall calendar

And here’s some of the art from the Wall Calendar.  Both calendars have been approved and the finished products should be arriving at the Studio any day now.  So this is Give-Away #2, both of these brand new calendars, and both signed.

blotter

(Oh, don’t worry, in case you were, the big Blotter Calendar is still on schedule for shipping in late August.)

hearts and flowers

And Now, Number Three Give-away to celebrate our FOSB Girls and our Blog Girlfriends, this 53″ x 74″ quilt made with my “Martha’s Vineyard” Collection of fabrics, also quite extinct and no longer available (except for today, here).

hearts and flowers

The pattern is called  “Hearts and Flowers” ~ I designed it and it was made and presented to me by the fabric manufacturer. 

hearts and flowers

And I signed it with the year it was made . . . this little quilt is behind door #3 of our Drawing.  I hope one of these doors suits your fancy!

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And FYI, we still do have a few bits and pieces of some of the fabric collections, still have a few patterns for aprons, pillowcases, and appliqued dishtowels, many of which are free (especially our really cute gored apron).  Just go HERE.

Girlski

Girl Kitty thinks it’s all just lovely. She likes quilts too.

Autumn

One more rather exciting thing! My AUTUMN book went to the printer yesterday!  I’m so very proud to announce that the Tenth autumnAnniversary Edition of AUTUMN from the Heart of the Home will be in stores by October first!  Autumn will be published in the USA by Spring Street Publishing, and just so you know, this new edition is exactly like the first edition in every way except this one comes complete with a ribbon bookmark and will have a different publisher.  (We weren’t completely in charge of the ribbon the last time, this time we are, so voila, we get one!) 

autumn

All my most favorite recipes and most inspiring ideas for Autumn fun, both indoors and out, are there. Pumpkin Cheesecake!  Corn Pudding! 

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Autumn

Including crafts and sewing, because Autumn is the most creative time of the year, all that good Back-to-School energy never goes away! First whiff of September and I want to make something!  And Yes, we are having a Pre-sale for the book, beginning TODAY.  our walk in autumnWe have ordered an early shipment of books to be sent to the studio just for our Girlfriends.  We always seem to run out of everything (no matter how carefully we plan), it seems to be our M.O. but if you have ordered a book in our web store, you are guaranteed to get it the minute they come in, before we begin shipping to the bookstores and Amazon.  Although the publication date is October first, we will start shipping your books by the middle of August and maybe even sooner if we get lucky!  Perfect timing, because by then, we are going to be yearning for those fall breezes.  (But not yet.)

leaves

Book Combo

And one more thing, if you are the kind of person who likes to do their Christmas Shopping early, here is a combination that will give you something to give away and something to keep, a win-win.  To celebrate our Anniversaries, we’ve bundled the two books for a very special, limited-offer, thank-you-for-being-here price.

to all a good night

You all know how to enter the drawing ~ it’s easy, just leave a short comment below and in a few days we’ll draw names. (For those to whom the blog is mailed, you should click here www.susanbranch.com, scroll to the bottom of the post, look for the tiny letters that say, “comment” ~ click there and leave your comment. I don’t know why, but the senders of the email blogs do not include a way to leave a comment.)

exercise girl  I will warn Vanna to exercise a bit more this week, clear her head, get that arm pumped ~ she has a big job choosing three winners!  The first name chosen will win prize number one (fabric bundles) the second name chosen will get the calendars, and the third will have the signed quilt. And I’ll email the winners and let them know the minute I know.

garden

I’m going back to the garden.  I’m reading Gladys Taber in preparation for next week!  Very exciting!  Makes for a very nice life, reading this book, and smelling the flowers.  Hope the same for you.  Love you, Girlfriends.  Happy Anniversary! XOXO

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3,920 Responses to HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

  1. Ashley Page says:

    Hi Susan! I always enjoy reading your blog, that is feeled with art, gardening, receipes, your cozy home and most of all inspiratation. Thank you for brightening my days. Happy Anniversary!!

  2. Kathy Jaynes says:

    These quilts remind me of my paternal grandmother’s house. She was an exquisite seamstress, cook and gardener. Thank you for taking me back to that special time and place. You have put a smile on my face!

  3. Patsy Ronat says:

    Love your fabrics, and winning any of these “prizes” would be wonderful……but honestly, just scrolling through your blog and the wonderful photos of all this good stuff is almost as good as winning!

  4. judith waller says:

    Hi Susan,Happy Anniversary. I have been off the laptop for a few days. Hope it’s not too late to be included in your lovely giveaways,especially for us that “live in a faraway land”.I am still trying really hard to find your books here in Australia,maybe some your other Aussie fans might be able to help.By the way did you know that in Australia we celebrate Father’s Day on the 1st Sunday in September. Have a nice week. Judith

  5. Rebecca says:

    Hello Susan,
    I just realized I made a comment on your blog daddy post and not this one – whoops! I would love to be entered in the drawing, so here I go again I hope I’m not too late 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful weekend at Stillmeadow. Thank you for being a ray of sunshine in a sometimes gloomy world.
    Rebecca

  6. Bobbe Simpson says:

    I really like your products and would love to win one of the drawings.

  7. Donna Lee says:

    I’m always inspired to get creative when I see your page. Summer days are calling for me to get busy and make the world a prettier place with a quilt, embroidery, and art work. Thank you for so many wonderful ideas.

  8. Ann says:

    Morning Susan! I hope I am not too late to enter. I was leaving on a trip last week when I saw your blog pop up. I tried to access my email on my phone to send you a message, but I could not send the comment. I am home with tremendous jet lag, but I want to thank you for giving us all a happy place to visit. I settle down to read your blog with a cup of tea. I have to reread it to be sure I always catch everything. Your Fine Romance book is next to my bed. I look at it frequently. In our busy, crazy world, your work is a bright spot and a blessing! Thank you!

  9. Marcia Latimer says:

    You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you!! Hope I made it!

  10. Melody says:

    Susan,
    You are such a joy, and I so look forward to your uplifting blog and all of your creativity, drawings, quotes, and beautiful pictures of your life. Thank you for being such a inspiration to us. I have most of your books and refer back to them often. Also, I am enjoying your tea’s. Thank you……

  11. Julie says:

    Hi Susan, I love your blog so much. Its so homely and cosy. I love your painting and always inspiring. I would love to enter into your giveaway, but at 3780 already ,I dont think theres much chance of winning.
    Thankyou for your lovely blog anyway . Best wishes julie xxx

  12. Debbie B. says:

    I hear the words “Susan Branch” and I immediately think of:

    – Creative, books, calendars, quilts, pastels, flowers, birds, family, beauty, dishes, linens, England (since I have been there too!), lovely, delightful, kitties, lambies, a friend (I get “lost” in your books!) and you “create” a beautiful life for all of us! Thank you!

    Blessings to you!

  13. Monika says:

    I hope I am not to late to enter this contest. I went on vacation and it was a disaster. I am glad to be home healthy and all in one piece. This morning with a hot cup of tea I ventured onto your site for a bit of enjoyment and found a wonderful give-away event. I always knew that there is No Place Like Home, wrapped in a quilt and a cup of tea in hand. Thanks for all that you do!

  14. Ramona Owens says:

    Good Morning Susan….Thank you for sharing your “Thoughts & Inspirations” with us all in the world of creativity. My prayer for you is that you will be “Blessed More” with those aspirations.

    In His Love, Mona.

  15. BARBARA says:

    Susan,
    Hope I’m not too late to enter–do you know, when I was a young girl my mother would have dishcloths that look just like your pictures. When it was cold & snowy, mother would teach me different stitches, (she was taught perfect & intricit stitches by Miss. Moffett @Radford State Teachers College, VA.), as a class, isn’t that wonderful? Of course it is no longer a class.

    Just as when I took Home Economics in high school; when my daughter was in high school Home Ec. wasn’t taught, what a waste! I have however, taught her these arts & she has a great eye, I couldn’t be more proud.

    After my radiation treatments I came home & often read everything I could find with your beautiful colors of accessories. Thank you for your lovely & soulful writings.

  16. Jacki Lawson says:

    Hi Susan…
    I read your blog daily and always enjoy your beautiful pictures and sweet and uplifting words. You remind me of the way I wish the world truly was. Thank you!

  17. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for taking me back to great memories of living with my Grandparents and whenever school wasn’t in session, being taken with my younger sister to Grandma’s quilting club meetings. Most of the women lived on farms, all were in the country and only one or two drove so it was an early start to get everyone together. My sister and I had to be quiet so we did plenty of “listening” to great stories while watching quilts in the making. They all took turns working on one giant quilt at a time. I still have one I was gifted with and your blog makes me want to do it all – get my paints out, play with my fabric stash, get busy like I used to more often. It is so easy to get bogged down sometimes – your words did their magic once again. Heartfelt appreciation for the reminder of all the goodness that does exist.

  18. Judi Weinkauf says:

    Ohhhhh…..I love all of them!!! Love the the fabrics most of all! So sad they are no longer available. Pleeeeease choose me…….. : )

    Miss Judi

  19. Peggy W in ENGLAND UK says:

    Please count me in for the Anniversary Draw, love everything about your Blog – it is so ‘Homey” and I am a BIG fan of Poirot – sorry I mean Jack the Kitty.

  20. 3870 comments!! Oh my … Well, I’ll comment anyway. But you said … what? The kitty is NOT INCLUDED? Boohoo!! 🙂 I love your blog, the world you create not just with art and beauty and home and dishes and kitties, but with your happy, optimistic personality. You keep all of us looking “on the sunny side.” Thank you, Susan!

  21. Genevieve T. says:

    Hello Susan!
    I have been reading your blog from its beginnings and I must say I am a huge fan. The pictures, the words, the art: everything is so inspiring. I already have your Summer, Autumn and Days books and return to them frequently. I would love to be entered in the giveaway: any of those lovely gifts would make me sooooo happy! I hope I am not too late. Happy Anniversary and thank you!

  22. Susie says:

    Hi Susan Is it too late to get in on the drawing? My birthday is June 20, so it would make a great birthday present. So many wonderful things happen in June : ) Plus I can always use more Susan Branch fabric. Hope you had a wonderful time at Gladys Taber’s. You’ve gotten me interested in her writings too.

    • sbranch says:

      Not too late, in fact, the nick of time — I’m “moderating” these last few comments, and then, time for the drawing!

  23. Cathy Horneman says:

    Your site brings such a feeling of “Happy” when I read it . Never before have I sent a comment but I have been following you for years and thoroughly enjoy all your writings, pictures, insights, love and wisdom that gives me a connection to someone who loves the same things I do and shares them. I love quilting, gardening, reading, being outside, and with family and friends. Thanks so much for being an inspiration in all these areas. God Bless!!

  24. Sue Sabaloni says:

    When I need a lift after a day of “real life”, I click on your blog and am totally in another place. The pictures, the recipes, the drawings, and your cute comments delight my heart beyond measure. I think I have almost every book you have ever written!

    And I am so thrilled to hear that the blotter calendar is back. Last year was such a disappointment because it’s one of my favorite ways of starting a new year with color, beauty, and just plain “cuteness”.

    I just completed a photo scrapbook of yours that I have had for about 12 years. The inspiration was our oldest granddaughter’s graduation. I had so much fun choosing which stickers to use and what paper and all the cute sayings. It took me two weeks of intense work and I truly loved doing it. The hardest part was giving it away.

    My prayer is that you will continue to make creative things like this and your recipe books (of which I have several and have completed one). And that some day a company will have the foresight to start making puzzles from your amazing and delightful artwork.

    God has given you a marvelous gift and I am so thankful you use it to bless so , so many. Thank you for sharing some of your “stash” with three lucky winners!

    Many blessings, Sue

  25. Kathy says:

    Hi Susan! I’ve been a fan since way back when your recipes were in Country Living and I would frame them. Your blog is simply a breath of fresh air. Was lucky enough to meet you at a book signing over ten years ago. Thanks for all you do 🙂

  26. Kathryn Oliberos says:

    Thank you Susan for all of your wonderful blog messages. Your sight is always the first thing I check each morning to see if there is anything new. Makes my day so much brighter!

  27. Judie G says:

    I may be too late for the drawings. I’ve been very busy lately and behind in my readings. Doesn’t matter if I am. Just want to leave a note to “Thank You” once again for a wonderful blog. I look forward to all of them. They take me away from everyday duties and give me a chance to relax and enjoy. It’s more like visiting a friend!!!

  28. Tammy M says:

    Yowza! I am LATE to this party! Happy Anniversary, Susan! Look at all these great comments from so many loving girlfriends!

    I am HOME from ENGLAND and I have been meaning to let you know about my our English Countryside Adventure for some time now. My daughter and I had a FANTASTIC trip! We hit several places you suggested from “A Fine Romance” and we also took a little side trip to Ireland! Ireland is a very beautiful country and the people are beyond friendly. I most certainly want to return someday. As for England…we simply had the most wonderful time in London, poking around in all the markets and seeing West End shows! We even got to attend the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower! (as you probably know, it is by invitation only:)) We ate delicious Fish and Chips from walk up stands, had Sunday Roasts in pubs and even enjoyed High Tea! We traveled up to the beautiful Lake District and walked the paths of Beatrix Potter(one of our favorite days). We took at boat ride on the Coniston Water, had cream tea at Lindeth Howe, and spent some very special time at Hill Top Farm and in Hawkshead. I even bought the special edition “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” that Beatrix had privately printed! Another day we took a train to Alton and walked to Chawton to visit the home of Jane Austin! We enjoyed High Tea at Cassandra’s and then toured Jane’s house and gardens. My daughter even got to give mini-concert for the docents and other visitors on Jane’s piano! Lauren was thrilled! We walked on to Steventon to see the church where Jane’s father preached and where her mother and beloved sister are buried. This was definitly another favorite day. We walked on footpaths and through kissing gates and fields full of sheep! Oh, to be in the English countryside in the spring….lambs, flowers, thatched roof cottages…so beautiful! We did visit Bath and Oxford with their rich history and we even got to take the tour at Highclere Castle. What a treat for die-hard Downton fans! As for renting the car….well, that was not so great…we got a flat tire on the second round-a-bout we came to and ended up on the side of the road for 2 hours! (Quite stressful and expensive…so we returned the car!) We did not let that stop us from getting around and having a wonderful time! There were places we could not get to without the car but that just gives us something to discover on our next trip! We will never forget our incredible Mother/Daughter adventure and all the special memories we made together! Thank you for all your inspiration and help with planning to make this one of our best trips ever!

    • sbranch says:

      It doesn’t sound like the problem with the car slowed you two down at all! What a fantastic trip! Was fun to read and remember with you, Tammy! Welcome home.

  29. Joanne says:

    We’ve moved and just got our computer hooked up. Just catching up on your recent blogs, so hope I’m not too late to enter for the drawings. Thanks for all your beautiful drawings and wonderful inspiration!

  30. Denise says:

    Thanks,Susan, for making my life richer through sharing your writing and drawings. Happy Summer!

  31. Julie Zeigler says:

    I’m a newcomer to your blog and I thoroughly enjoyed it! As I was reading,I realized that I own one of your books and had one of your calendars last year as well! I love your style, thanksgiving so much for the giveaway -very fun!

  32. Sheryl says:

    I am number 3901 and I may be too late, but I just want to add my comment; just in case I am not too late.

    I am happy to read the blotter calendar is available this year. I missed it for last year very much.

    Thanks for being so generous and making our lives a bit more exciting with your give-a ways. I love your spirit!

  33. grace says:

    this is a cool site, lots of cool quilts really had fun checking it out

  34. Deb Brewer says:

    I am not sure if you have drawn this either, I am behind on my blog reading! Amazing giveaway, I would be so chuffed to receive any of the items. It is extremely generous of you to offer such amazing prizes. Am looking forward to your new book Deb x

  35. Risa Taylor says:

    Just started reading A Fine Romance! Ahh…Summer Love Story. Have suggested it on the Top Ten Must Summer Reads! Luvvin it..Thank you Susie 🙂 ~BLeSSinGs~

  36. Gail says:

    I am amazed that you are giving away this beautiful and rare quilt! Thank you for this inspiration blog, I love your pictures of dishes and have collected many of the same patterns. I use the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz for my everyday dishes. Just love this pattern.

  37. Liz from Michigan says:

    So excited about the Autumn book coming back!! I purchased a copy when it first came out and gave it as a birthday gift – I never had my own copy!!! So happy that I can get one for another dear friend who enjoys Autumn so very much! Another birthday present! But, this time, I’m getting a copy to keep!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m excited too! We just received notice that the cover is on the way to us now for color approval. It’s all coming right along!

  38. sharon radford says:

    I’m sure I’m too late for your drawing but I too love old quilts…I have on on our bed that was pretty tired but I repaired it and love it…love the history old quilts have…so meaningful..the time and love in making them!!

  39. Darn lost my whole comment..as I was saying I love your blog with all it’s sweet little flowers etc… It seems I missed the whole deal here.. I have been taking care of my sick Mom who recently passed in Middle of March,, there is so much to take care of when someone leaves this world.. but I first found a book by you way back at a Good will and made the Chicken soup which was wonderful I blogged about it… I have been wanting to purchase things from you if I remember correctly you have items to buy.. well Im sorry I missed out on this give away but boy 3000 thousand comments.. lovely blog and I love your kitty Jack with love Janice

  40. Lynn says:

    Something is amiss with my computer and I no longer get email alerts that there is a new blog post, so I am way behind… just wanted you to know that the 2015 blotter calendar is going to be much adored here… I put three months worth on my office door, they are a visual calendar and a lovelyl decoration… I have been struggling with a stand-in during 2014! Thanks!

    • sbranch says:

      I’m so glad we got to do them again, the world needs fun blotter calendars! Try signing up again for email alerts. Something happened in the dark recesses of Internet world that affected all blogs (is what I understand) — changes were made, but I think it’s been fixed, so try again.

  41. Judy McElhaney says:

    Have followed your newsletters for a while now, and look forward to reading each new one (re-reading some over and over again). They all are like reading a letter from a friend. I started reading your blog before your latest work was out and couldn’t wait to get a copy. Read it, re-read it several times and LOVED IT!!- Felt like I was traveling along with you. In turn, I told everyone about the book and
    gave a copies to several of my friends and daughter-in-law. Looking forward to reading your new book and your next blog.

  42. Sharon says:

    Wow, three years blogging. You are so creative, many of my ideas come from your blogs. Keep up the great work!

  43. I could never find the winners of the giveaway. I was looking for my name! lol Was it announced in a special post? Enjoy your Sunday sweet lady! Hugs, Diane from Florida

  44. jennifer weaver says:

    I just discovered your site, although I have been familiar with some of your products for years. I enjoyed your walk to the beach (3-14-15). Thank you for sharing. As I read through some of your writings and saw that you too are entertained by jig saw puzzles, I started to search the web in hopes that you have created a few puzzles. I found none, but hope this may be a project on your horizon. I’m sure many folks would enjoy them. Thanks. Have a beautiful spring.

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