Sunday

~Post Three Hundred & Giveaway~

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When I began my journey into the land of blog two years ago, this month, I had no idea what blogging was about!

Little did I know I would publish 300 posts. I thought I might blog a few months, run out of things to write about and move on to some other interest.

It’s been an interesting journey, I hope to continue for a long time.

When I celebrated my blog anniversary, earlier this month, I asked for questions from you, my readers. I will attempt to answer those questions in this, my 300th post.

Before the answers, I want to share a few dishes and some flatware, I found the other day at Osage Beach Outlets.

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threehundredthpost10Friday, I shopped Tuesday Morning and the Oneida Outlet, where I found the Spode Blue Italian 10 inch dinner plates and divided serving dish, shown in the top photo; wonderful prices! I also purchased two 20 piece sets of American Atelier Asian Toile. I think it will be beautiful in the blue dining room. I found the white dotted with blue rim coolers, shown in the flatware photo, at Tuesday Morning. After leaving TM, I went to Oneida. The store is closing, with the last day sometime in April. I found a few pieces to add to my Louisiana flatware, last time I was there. This time, the prices were dropped even more. Friday, I purchased pieces in Sharona, Brahms, Marquette & Louisiana. I mixed and matched for four place settings. I also bought seafood forks in Louisiana and a pierced dessert server, also in Louisiana. The Brahms pieces are baby spoons, to be used as demitasse spoons. I believe I’ll have lots of fun setting tables with these purchases.

~J’s Lodge~

A few photos of J’s lodge for those of you who haven’t seen it. These photos are from a May 2007 post.

threehundredthpost1Photos, in the grid, include the post card table; postcards, under glass, from family and friends. A handmade table, vintage pack basket with birch logs, a log house, made of lath from a renovated building in Historic St Charles, Missouri, are among the room’s furnishings.

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The binoculars, in this vignette, once belonged to J’s great aunt. I painted the lane, that led to our home, on the farm.

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The room is furnished with things J collected over a 40 year period. Many pieces have special meaning for both of us. The plant stand, in this photo, was made by my Granddad.

~Answers~

1. Do you have a housekeeper?

We do not have a housekeeper or cleaning service. J and I share the work.

2. Do you have formal training in decorating?

I have no formal training. I’ve learned through magazines and books. I’ve had an interest in decorating since I was a child. My first attempt at redoing a room was when I was about 15 years old. It was the bathroom in our house. Mother was very pleased with the results.

3. Runner Mom wanted to know about the Knock Out Roses and how she can grow them with her pup who likes to dig.

I’ll let Molly answer this one. Molly says, “My dad put the roses on a high narrow wall, where I can’t reach them!!! Otherwise, I might be tempted to dig around them!”

4. What camera do you use and what lenses, etc?

My camera is a Canon Rebel xti. Most of the time I use a Tamron 18-200mm lens, macro. The macro is used for close up. I borrowed granddaughter Xanti’s macro lens to do the shell photos, I framed for the hallway at the condo. I’d love to have a lens like that one. I subscribe to Photography magazine and research online. It’s an ongoing education. Classes are helpful. If you would like to see some of my photography, click the camera on my sidebar.

5. How many Knockout Rose plants are beside the steps to the back porch? Do you prune them?

There are two rose bushes beside the steps. They were planted in 2005. They are not pruned.

6. Do you still have the shutter screen on the back porch?

Yes, it’s still there, becoming more and more weathered, with each season.

7. What are the purpose of chargers in table setting?

I believe the purpose of chargers is aesthetic.

8. Where do you store the cushions, rugs and other things used on the deck at the condo?

We usually put them in the smaller of the two guest rooms, when we leave the condo. We’ll probably store the cushions under the bed over winter.

~The Giveaway~

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The giveaway rules:

Leave one comment, on this post, between today, Sunday March 22 and Sunday March 29th.

I’ll choose by Random Number, Monday March 30th and announce the winner, that day.

The book, The Hard Way, is a pass along book. When you have read the book, please sign it and pass it to someone else to read and pass along. The other items are a tea for two set, napkins, note cards and stickers.

Thank you for visiting the Back Porch, over the past two years. I truly appreciate your visits, comments and e-mails. It’s been wonderful getting to know you!

***This is my first attempt, using Windows Live Writer, for blog posting. It's a learning process. I like this option.

Thanks to Rhoda of Southern Hospitality for telling me about Windows Live Writer.

162 comments:

Carol said...

I would love to be the winner of your giveaway!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Your home is lovely and I read your blog almost every day. You have lots of great decorating ideas!
Hugs, Susan

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Pat,
I'm so glad you are still blogging! You are one of the nicest bloggers I know!

I would love to enter your giveaway!

I would love to know more about Windows Live Writer!

Noodlegirl said...

Wow 300 Posts!I am at 99 right now I never thought I would get into blogging either! I love the idea of the book if I win I know exactly who to pass it along to too!

Betty Jo said...

Congratulations Pat!! Your blog is just wonderful and I'm so glad to have met you in blogland. I adore the blue and white pieces.

Please enter me in your giveaway too! ♥

Lynne said...

Congratulations on your 300th posting. I found the responses quite interesting. I think you are right on with taking a course in photography. I do plan to do so once I earn my business degree. Thanks for sharing, it is a gift in itself! Blessings!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

Well, I'm glad you've stayed around, Pat. I just found Windows Live Writer last week. Love it. Makes things so much more versatile in terms of photography and styling. You homes have such a cozy ambiance to them. Makes me feel warm and lit up inside.
Brenda

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Those dishes are so pretty! I have willow dishes. I think they look pretty.

I hope I win! ;)

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

congrats on so many posts!! Love reading your work, travels and progress!

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

Congratulations on your 300th post!!! Your pictures are beautiful. Being a sentimental woman, I can appreciate when others keep goodies around. I've enjoyed looking around your blog and promise to come back again. Back porch friends are usually the best kind....

Love your giveaway and I hope to win!!!

9405018--Pat said...

Congratulations on your 300th post...I read your blog every day....Love it... I would like to enter your great giveaway...thanks...Pat H

pattygary@kc.rr.com

Chari said...

Hi Pat...

WOW...300 posts! That's a milestone for sure...Congratulations!!! Your tea set gift giveaway is gorgeous, I'd love to be the winner...hehe!!!

Love the beautiful blue Spode dinner plates and divided dish and all of your new flatware...such pretty patterns! I also enjoyed your vignettes using the binoculars and little fishing basket...so sweet!

Hope that you're having a super Sunday, my friend!
Warmest wishes,
Chari

marty39 said...

Wow, 300 posts. I have only done a few and alredy have no idea what to post. I am just amazed at the talents you have and all of the wonderful posts you do. Please enter me in your giveaway and I would love to see 300 more. Hugs, Marty

Miss Belle said...

Happy anniversary! So enjoy the beauty of your site!

Juanita said...

WOW! Congrats! Please put my name in for your wonderful giveaway! have a blessed day.
Juanita

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Congratulations on post 300. I'll have to check out Windows Live Writer.

paintergal said...

Pat, congrats on two years of blogging. That's a lot of sharing. :)
No need to enter me in the drawing- just wanted to pop in.

Deb said...

Hi Pat! The dishes that you bought are beautiful! I enjoyed your question and answers, and it's nice that you and J share the work around the house. When my husband retires I hope we'll do the same. LOL!!! Count me in on the giveaway those items are very beautiful. They are my favorite color too!Deb

Cherrie said...

Put my name in, I would love to win.
I love the flatware!

~♥~ Monica S said...

What a great post! :-)

Love your photos!!! They are so warm and welcoming! :-)
And what a great give-away!! Sweet!
I can't belive you have done 300 posts!!! WOW!

HAve a great day!
Monica

Lisa said...

I used to not like the blue dishes so much. Now, the more I see them, the more I like them. Especially with yellow or white accents. You did good. I hope I can make it to Osage in the near future!! I'd love to take part in your giveaway. The passalong book sounds quite fun!

Leigh of said...

Pat, I get much of my decorating inspiratin from you! You have such a gift!
I am excited abotu your giveaway! Some great items. Thanks for your graciousness!
Come see me!
Leigh, Tales from Bloggeritaville

Tootsie said...

congrats on such a great milestone! 300!!!! and I can't wait to see 1000!

Momovthree said...

Congrats on 300 posts! And on to another wonderful 300. :)
~Michelle

MomMom said...

Love your blog and would love to be a winner of your give away!

Traci said...

Congratulations on your 300th post!! Love your blog!!

Traci

Melissa Miller said...

Pat Congrats on your 300th post! That is amazing.

I just passed thirty posts and can't imagine getting to three hundred.

Your giveaway is superb.
I would love to win.

Happy Spring to you!
~Melissa :)

Piecefulafternoon said...

Oh the lovely new things- I'm sure we will see more of them in days to come on your lovely tables.

What a fun giveaway - thanks for being so generous.

xinex said...

Happy 300th Anniversary, Pat! How long did it take you to reach that? I LOVE everything you bought. Very pretty and would really look good in your gorgeous home. Beautiful lodge too!...Christine

{ Kiddos and K9s } said...

Do love your blog... and the idea of a pass along book... sweetness. Thank you for letting us sit on your back porch! ~ kim

tam said...

Hello Pat, Wow three years is a long time-congrats on that! I have enjoyed your blog very much the short time I have been blogging and I am hooked! I would have thought you were a pro. designer with how lovely you decorate! I hope I am the lucky winner of your sweet give away!~Smiles~Tam!

Terri and Bob said...

It was delightful to get to know better one of my favorite bloggers and Missourians!

I'd love to know more about Windows writer, if you care to post a tutorial some day!

Deb said...

Congratulations Pat on 300 posts!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Congrats on 300 posts Pat! It has been so wonderful to get to know you over these past two years. I really enjoy watching you decorate both of your homes and the changes and progresses you have made.
Hugs,
Penny

Gypsy aka Tam said...

Hi Pat,
congratulations on your 300th post.
I'm so glad you haven't run out of things to blog about since your blog is one of my favorites. I love all of your new dish treasures. Just lovely.
Please count me in on your generous giveaway and have a wonderful Sunday,
Tam

salmagundi said...

Congrats on your anniversary - you are celebrating with a great post. I enjoyed the question and answer section; and, of course, your photos are always great. Sign me up for your giveaway. Thanks for your continuing excellence in blogging - I've enjoyed every post. Sally

Charli and me said...

I wish we has a store like that near us. Your dishes are beautiful. I loved seeing all your pictures. I have no idea what window writer is. Is that something new? I have enjoyed coming to your blog and I hope you will always continue. I have learned alot here. Yes, I would like to be considered in the give away. Congratulations on your anniversary!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

You have such a beautiful blog. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. Please enter me in your giveaway, and happy anniversary!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for mentioning Tuesday Morning. I used to stop in there once in a while, but never seemed to find anything. I thing I'll venture over there this week!

"Blossom" said...

You have given me some decorating ideas and I hope to put those ideas together soon. YOur home is so beautiful. I need to go look at more of the items you blogged about.

BECKY said...

Wow!! 300 posts, Pat!! Congratulations!!

It's so interesting to think about the people we wind up connecting with in the great big blogosphere! I think I found you through Susan at BNOTP, but I'm not sure. I'm just so glad I did!! I don't think any of it is an accident!!

Thanks for your lovely giveaway!! Please include me!!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and I want you to know that I always look forward to visiting your blog!!

I hope you blog for a long time, too!!

Blessings and joy,
Becky

Gaston Studio said...

I'm fairly new at visiting your blog but I thoroughly enjoy it and visit everyday.
Congratulations on such a long posting history. It's obviously something you enjoy.
You can enter me in your giveaway as well... what the heck.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, Congratulations! 300 posts!! Wow! 2 years!!! Wow!!! I enjoyed reading the answers to the questions and learning more about you, and I love, love your new china! Wonderful pictures of the lodge. Please enter me for a chance to win your generous giveaway. laurie

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. I believe I have read all 300 of them :-)

Here's to 300 more!

Craft Tea Lady said...

I found your blog recently, fell in love, and put it in my bloglines. 300 posts is wonderful!

Congrats!~G

Gina (aka CraftTeaLady)
www.xanga.com/crafttealady
www.crafttealady.etsy.com

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Congrats Pat on 300 posts! I hop you have at least that many more!!

Susan

Adrienne said...

Hi Pat -
What a great post! I love the blue and white dishes, your Oneida pieces and the wonderful things you found recently. I always enjoy seeing the details of your home but I especially loved reading your answers to the questions we've asked. It's fun to learn to know you better. And what a give-away. Yes, please add my name. I would be thrilled to win!
~Adrienne~

Carol said...

Pat,
Congratulations on your 300th post. I read your blog faithfully, and always enjoy your decorating and photos. I would love to enter your giveaway!
Carol

BittersweetPunkin said...

Congrats on the blogaversary...I think I am coming up on one soon too. My posts have been fewer and farther between so it's taking a little longer!

bec4 said...

Happy 300th post. I love the idea of the pass along book!

Picket said...

Hey girl...congrats on 300 posts that is fantastic! I loved seeing your pretty dishes and silverware...I didn't know you painted..I loved that picture you did...I think the lodge is such a comfort zone with all those family treasures in it...great give away girl...throw my name in the pot for sure and have a great week!

Light and Voices said...

Yea, if is finally Spring! Congratulations on being able to come up with 300 posts. I'm loving those blue dishes.
Joyce

Lisa said...

Congratulations on 300 posts!

I've really enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months.

Thanks for the entry for your giveaway.

Lisa

Boom Boom said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! I always thoroughly enjoy reading your blog because I am from the area in Missouri and miss it very much. You allow me to feel a little closer to home. Thank you and here's to another 300 posts!

Catherine Holman said...

Congratulations on your 300th post Pat! I had no idea that you could paint. The painting is beautiful!
Hugs,
Cathie

Cynthia said...

I am amazed about the 300 posts, that is really something! I love your decorating style and your photography. Cindy

extra good mom said...

Wonderful blog! I hope I can get to 300, as well! You are my inspiration - you have great ideas!!

Our Red House said...

Please count me in. I'd love to join your giveaway.

I love your blog.

Kate

JKW said...

Hi Pat,
I follow your blog. You have a variety of subjects and the pictures are priceless. Please enter me in the giveaway.

I love the idea of passing on books it is an excellent way to expand ideas.

Thank you, Jan (FL - originally IL)

Joanne Kennedy said...

Congrats on your 300 posts! Sure do hope you have many many more.

I would love to read the book and pass it on. Please add my name to your giveaway.

I'm going to post your giveaway on my blog.

Hugs,
Joanne

ldsmommyof12 said...

I gleened inspiration from your living room makeover for my own living room. I also love checking out your other blog friends and their ideas. Thanks a lot! Carol in NC

ooglebloops said...

Congratulations on your 300th post - time flies, doesn't it??? Great blog - and great giveaway!! Good luck to all!!!

Lady Katherine said...

Congrats on your 300 posts! That is wonderful! I loved the question answered. Fun to know more about you. Your give away is lovely. So lucky person is going to enjoy! I want to know about the windows live! When you get a chance.

Dottie said...

Pat,

Love your blog!! Here's to the next 300 posts!! I love the pics you take "out and about" around Missouri. I grew up there, and did a great deal of traveling the state as a sales rep. Thanks for the pics!
Dottie

Tracy said...

I'm a fairly new blogger, a bogger babe just a few months old, but I stumbled upon your blog, and have been enjoying your photos and blog for quite some time. You make your home so warm and welcome, and that's what appeals to me the most about your decorating style. You've inspired me to try new things. Thanks for sharing your talents with us!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Pat, it's been an honor to know you all these years & to blog with you for 2! What a fun journey for both of us. I'd love to be in the giveaway!

And I see Joanna got your blog all prettied up too. Looks great!

I'll be sure to do a post about Windows Live by this weekend (maybe a Sat. post), so everyone can hear about it.

Nancy Jane said...

Hi Pat- Congratulations on 300! It's always such a treat to visit you. Look forward to the next 300! Nancy

Twice as Nice said...

Congratulations on post 300. I love reading your blog and getting decorating ideas. You have more decoraing skills than many with formal training. I wonder if you even realize how good you are.
I'd love to be a part of the give away.

sharonavinger said...

300 posts is quite an achievement! Congratulations! I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at your talented decorating. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Sharon
mavinger@sc.rr.com

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Wow 300 posts in 2 years, that's amazing! I found you shortly after you started your blog and it just keeps getting better and better! Congrats and please enter me in your lovely giveaway!

jeanne said...

Pat, your 300th post. WOW! I loved reading the questions and your answers. You are a wonderful photographer. My favorite camera is the Cannon Rebel as well. I can mess up but the camera is so good. Your dishes are perfect for your tablescape 'art' as well as your good buys on flatware. I wish we had some of those stores around here. J's lodge is great. So many treasures in there. We did our cabin with a lodge look. We love that look, so homey and comfy.

I would be so pleased to be in the drawing for your sweet give-a-way.

Thank you for your recent visits to my posts. I have been busy and I am trying to catch up.

Have a wonderful day and congratulations on your wonderful 300 posts. We have reaped the benefit of your many posts.

Hugs...Jeanne

cindy said...

Pat, I met you over at Great Impressions, I was so impressed with your pictures there and I still love to see anything that you decorate. You do beautiful work. I would love to win your give away. Hugs, ~cindy s~

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Can you believe that it's your 300th already! Time does fly by so fast when you are meeting new friends and haveind a ball. It was a great day when we found each other. I knew I was hooked on your blog when I saw your photos. You have such a gift and I love being able to share that gift through your eyes and your photos. Im so exicited and look forward to your next 300....thanks for you precious frinedship Miss Pat. I adore you~

Mary said...

As we started around the same time Pat, I have to admit I feel I know you well having enjoyed so much of your beautiful homes and the talent you always display when decorating. I kick myself often that we didn't meet when you visited Asheville - next time hopefully!!!

Congrats. on this anniversary and thanks for continuing to be one of my best blog friends.

Happy Spring hugs - Mary.
ACROSS THE POND.

♥ Kathy said...

I really enjoyed your answers Pat :) Congrats on 300 posts!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Congratulations on your 300th post, Pat! That's great. I think it was about a year ago I discovered your blog and I've enjoyed every minute of it. :-)

Happy To Be said...

Oh Pat I just drooled on my keyboard over the Blue and white dishes you got...and girl you knew I would..And 300 post!! Way to go..Pat I am still trying to get 100 and don't know what to talk about half the time...love all your flatware you got and oh to die for J's lodge how cool is that?? and look at your follower list how do you keep up Pat ? I would have cob webs sitting at the comupter leaving comments on that many...Now toss my name in the hat..just to have something from you would be special..May you have a Great day dear friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Pat and congratulations on 300, yours is one of my favorite blogs...I love your style !!

I would love to be entered in your giveaway....

Here's to many. mnay more posts !!

Kathy :)
jokaj@comcast.net

Cecelia---Sis---Mom said...

You have a beautiful home and I love your decorating style.

I enjoy looking and finding new ideas to "borrow" for my house.

Cece

Sharon said...

I am glad to hear you plan on keeping up with the blog! I love coming here and seeing all the beautiful pictures you post. I also get lots of good ideas for decorating. I would love to be entered into your giveaway. tsjjcoy@yahoo.com

bj said...

The answers to the questions was such a delight to read.
Congrats on your 300th..I am nearing my 500th..oh, my!
Your new dishes and flatware..just to die for! So glad you found some bargins. I love those.
I know just who I will pass the book to if I should win your generous gift..and, again, if I win, I sure will be glad that I don't have to pass the other great items to her, too!! haha..
Have a wonderful day..
xo bj

Becky said...

I hope you have a wonderful Springtime. I can just see all the pretty place setting you will create using your beautiful dishes.
Congratulation on your anniversary.
Thanks for sharing such inspiring blogs
Becky

Rue said...

Good morning Pat :)

Gorgeous finds and they're perfect for your blue dining room!

Congratulations on two years and 300 posts. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to be entered :)

I'm so glad to have "met" you on your blogging journey. You and J have brightened many people lives and it is always a joy to see what you two are up to. Thank you for letting us be a part of our it :)

(((hugs)))
rue

Rue said...

Oops! I forgot to mention that I love J's lodge room! It's one of my favorites and so cozy looking :)

Dana and Daisy said...

congratulations on both your anniversary and your 300th post! Keeping my fingers crossed for your giveaway! I love the idea of a book that is passed along purposefully!

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Happy 300th post! You have a beautiful blog. Thanks for the camera information!

~Kim

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, congratulations on your 300th post...that is really something.

Your blog is inspiring and lovely....just as you are!

Barb

free indeed said...

What lovely eyecandy everywhere I look! What peace and calm reign at your doorstep....love to visit. Nice giveaway to share with a friend...a double bonus!

Sandi McBride said...

What lovely dinnerware and flatware. I wish we had an Oneida outlet nearby! I'd haunt it's halls, lol! Please include me in the giveaway...and don't forget I'm having a giveaway too. Mine is up March 31st...I'm pretty sure I've already got you on my list of entries...
hugs
Sandi

the pleasures of homemaking said...

Congratulations dearest Pat on your 300th post! Hard to believe it's been two years already! You, Rhoda, Andrea, & Mary were some of the first bloggers to visit me when I had my other blog. I've always appreciated your kindness to me and have have always loved looking at your beautiful pictures!
You're one of the nicest bloggers around and I wish you many many more years blogging!

Manuela

P.S. Love those beautiful dishes and silverware you bought!

Mrs. G said...

Congratulations on your 300th post anniversary Pat! As a fairly new reader I look forward to a time when I get a few minutes to read some of your previous posts.
I am so going to try to get to Tuesday Morning sometime this week to see if our store has any Blue Italian. I am pretty well set with dinner plates but do need some serving pieces.
I enjoyed your question and answer segment. In response to the commenter that asked about the chargers I was thinking that another purposes for them would be to protect the table. My dining room table was badly damaged when we served heaping plates of hot pasta and sauce on regular dinner plates that were setting on top of placemats. Chargers may have stop some of the damage to the table in the form of large whitish marks that I have not been able to completely get rid of. Just a thought~
Love all your new items. I'm glad you invited me over to sign up for your generous giveaway too.
Hugs,
Sue

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat, and thank you!
Congrats on your blog anniversary.
Wow, that is a lot of posts, and all wonderful!
I enjoy you and your blog so much.
You are such a sweet talented lady.
I think you should do a decorating book someday!
Chat soon,
Rosemary

Cyndy said...

Congratulations on your 300th post. I would love to win your giveaway.

Could you tell me what macro lens your daughter has?? I have an XTI, also. I've been looking for a macro, but can't decide which on to get.

Love your blog! Here's to the next 300 posts!

Hugs,
Cyndy

Bo said...

Hi pat...those blue & white dishes & knobby coolers are going to look spectacular in your dining room...I'm happy for you that you found them. I enjoyed reading your Q&A post too...;-) Bo

Maureen said...

Lovely dishes Pat! Congratulations on your 300th post! WOW!

Helen said...

300 posts ... it's hard to comprehend that. Like you, I thought I might blog until I ran out of subjects and/or photos. But so far I find the most simple daily activities inspire me. Way to go!!!!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

#00 post. My what a wonderful give-away...m..

Becca Watson said...

Congrats on your 300th post!! I would love to be entered into your giveaway!

Rose said...

I just wanted to add my happy congratulations, Pat! Yours is a favorite blog, thanks to the originality of your content, the gentle narratives and the beautiful photography.

I'm so glad you found some tableware on your trip; I know it gives you so much pleasure and you use them so well! (Another thing I like about you: you use what you buy, it's not just "for show.")

Thank you, Pat, for the gift of your blog!

marcie said...

I Love all the Idea I get from your blog. Congratulations on you anniversary

Marcie

auntpittypat said...

I have loved reading every one of those 300 blogs. It has been such a wonderful way to see what you have been up too!

It feels like winter again today in Wisconsin. Yuck.

Sorry to hear the Oneida store is closing.

Love to you both!!

Janie's World said...

Hi Pat,

Happy 300th blog! I love your blog. I look at it daily!!!
I really like the new dishes you found. So unique with an Asian flavor.

Thanks for answering those questions, very interesting!

Anonymous said...

look forward to your blog every day and enjoy every update
you have such an eye for color and decorating
sse6@juno.com

Connie A. said...

Congratulations on your 300th post! I just love your blue & white!

Connie

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Congratulations on turning out 300!! WOW! I am new to blogging and can't image...! Would love to know more about Windows Live Writer.

You have amazing gifts and talents!

Best to you,
Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

imjacobsmom said...

Congratulations on the Big 3-0-0! I'm so glad I found your blog - I love your style! ~ Robyn

Anonymous said...

your blog is fantastic! I love your home! I drool over the dining room and the kitchen island almost daily! Congratulations on your blog!!
Brenda
pyramid@tctwest.net

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I always enjoy your blog, everything is so beautiful!

I'm featuring a friend's home tour if you would like to visit!

Katherine

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Congrats on your 300th post! Love to read your blog and see all of the beautiful pics!

Hugs :)

Irma

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Congrats Pat on your 300th post ! You didn't think you had that much to say did you ? LOL .

Cottage Contessa said...

Happy 300th post Pat sweetie! Beautiful dining pieces, as usual, great taste! Wishing you an awesome week dear friend!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Congratulations Pat! I am so glad you are a blogger, I am always thrilled to pay you a visit!

blessings,
melissa

Vinita said...

Beautiful pictures. Your home has a great ambiance. Keep posting more, so that i may look and enjoy

Rowan said...

The blue and white Asian Toile sets are really lovely - such a delicate design. Congratulations on your 300th post - I've a good way to go before I get to that point:)

LMH said...

I too have Blue Italian, as does my oldest daughter. I love it.

Laura

www.whitespraypaint.blogspot.com

Joycee said...

I'm new to blogging, just since February and everyday I find new blogs to love. I loved your "finds" and I too have a weakness for dishes! I'm going to Branson, Mo. this weekend for a family reunion and hope to fit in a little outlet shopping too. Come for a visit to GrannyMountain.
Joycee

Beverly said...

Pat, I am so glad I found your blog. You graciously share your eye for beauty and your love of life with all of us. I am grateful.

Congratulations of number three hundred, and thank you for the gracious opportunity to win.

Love Where You Live said...

Happy Anniversary!
I just started my blog in February....what fun!
I love the plant stand made by your grandfather. Truly fits into my philosophy of loving where you live. Best, -susan

Fifi Flowers said...

300 posts! That is a lot of work and a lot of wonderful photos and writing! Congrats!
Thank you for stopping by to catch up... it is hard to keep up with soooooo many wonder blogs to read... sigh!
ENJOY!
Fifi

Shirley said...

A wonderful post...I enjoyed getting to know a little more about you. Please stop by. I've left you a little award.

Victauria said...

Congratulations on keeping us interested for 300 posts! I also love dishes, and am currently adding pieces to my Grandma Estelle's Johnson Brother's English Chippendale. I inherited hers, and have added to it to replace missing pieces. It makes me smile when I see my table set, and it makes me think of happy times growing up at her house, having lunch on those plates and playing Canasta and Yahtzee. They are not just dishes, they are a memory! Some people just don't understand this, but I'm sure YOU do! Have a great day, and keep posting! Love the photograaphy too!

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on you blogging anniversary! I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Gretchen
birdnestcottage.typepad.com

Mama Kat said...

I really enjoy your blog. I expect 300 is just the beginning!! Talking about salmon patties, the best thing with them is syrup, good southern cane syrup.

Debra said...

What a delightful site! I've just found you and will certainly be back to see all your delightful ideas!

Mitzi said...

I am very new to blogging-happened on your blog and quickly added it to my "favorites" list. I will soon be visiting in Kirkwood Missouri. Any suggestion for shops for me to visit? Would love to win your give-away. Mitzi

Brenda said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!Recently, I discovered your blog and have become a faithful reader. Looking forward to even more great entries, as always! God Bless!

Charity said...

Hi Pat,

I love your blog. You and your husband are so cute! I love your decorating ideas!

MimiG said...

Ooh, I hope I'm the random number. I've loved your writing and pics for years - through your blog and GI.
MimiG

skoots1mom said...

what a nice giveaway...i'm getting ready to have my 200th post and trying to decide what to give away.
enjoyed your post
thx 4 sharing

sarah @ a beachcottage said...

enjoyed reading this post and your journey in blogging

and thanks for the heads up on live writer, not sure what it is but off to look...

Sarah

Kathleen said...

I love the dishes, and would have loved to have gone shopping with you!
Congrats on your 300th post..many more!

Robyn said...

I do love coming here and seeing everything! Such a great life you lead!
Hugs,
Robyn

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Hey, Pat! I was thinking of you the other day when I came across a picture of my youngest granddaughter wearing her "I'm a Little Pepper" outfit we'd gotten her last year. Everytime I see anything from Dublin Dr. Pepper, I think of you. lol
Hope all is well your way - sounds like it's all going wonderfully.

I'm still not over the election (ha!), but I'm working on it. I may never fully recover, but that's because I'm so hard-headed. I think of you everytime I hear political stuff, too. I like to think you're sitting there shaking your head just like I am. lol

Kari

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

And P.S. : congrats on 300 posts and 2 years of blogging! I treasure knowing you.

Kari

hutch said...

I love your blog. I am new to all of this and I just started my own blog. I hope I enjoy it as much as you have. Your photos are inspiring...Thanks!

Shanda said...

Pat, please include me in your giveaway. I have never partisipated in reading a passalong book with signatures. That is such a neat idea. Hope I win. Shanda

Allidink said...

Great giveaway thanks!

All the best,
Allison

Bev C said...

Blue and white china is always beautiful. Congratulations on your anniversary. Happy days to you

Kaye said...

I always enjoy your blog! I'm a former Missourian, and you always make me a little homesick. Luckily, I have relatives in southeast and southwest Missouri, so I go there fairly often.

Joy said...

OMG, there are a lot of commenters here. I love the blue and white dishes you bought. Looks like a fun giveaway!

Runner Mom said...

Please tell Molly that Runner Mom really appreciates her answers!! I'll share them with Scarlette O and hopefully, she will be just as good as you are!!

Hugs,
Susan

Sugarplum Cottage said...

This is my first visit but it will not be my last. Your home is very beautiful and to be reaching 300 post is wonderful. I love all your decorating ideas. Hugs, Rosemarie

Carol Ann said...

I am a new Blogland reader and enjoy it immensely. Your blog has been added to my favorites and I read several blogs every night.
Congratulations on your300 posts.


Carol Ann

Pamela said...

I tried Live Writer but wasn't thrilled with the results.

Congratulations on the three years.

What is so nice is that you haven't lost quality -- and kept your own unique style.

Joyce said...

Congrats on 3 years. I have been reading blogs for a few months now and finally started my own this week because it is blogs like your own that inspired me!
Joyce

curtissann said...

ROFL about how many entries! You are a busy girl! Thanks for this stupendous post. I love your blog.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Congratulations, Pat! I love your blog, and I would love to sign up for your giveaway!

Thanks much...

XO,

Sheila... who loves your blue dishes and new flatware! Can't wait to see what you do with them when you get home! :-)

~~Mikki Jo said...

What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!!! I am having a Donation Drawing Giveaway over at my place so stop in and please tell your friends!

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of blue and white anything. Love the dishes in your Sunday post. LindaW

Linda said...

Way to go Pat! I got to do one this weekend for my 200th too.
But I would love to enter your give away, thank you!
I always enjoy your blog so much!
Linda Q

Polly said...

Congratulations on your beautiful blog, Pat! It was the first one I ever read and is still the one I check out first thing each morning! Some time ago, you mentioned that you would show us your linen closet. I'd love to see it, as well as how you organize all of your dinner ware. You must have a huge storage space in both homes.

Miss Janice said...

300 posts...that's a lotta blogging! Congratulations! I enjoyed your question and answer post today and also your photos of the lodge. Would love to be entered in your sweet giveaway!

Bonnie said...

ooooooo, love your give away!!!! I can see that you are the one who is beating me to the antique shops and getting the beautiful tableware! lol. Everytime I show up, its a sure bet all that is left is some old corelle. Great blog... I'll be a regular! blessings

Shannon said...

I enjoy your beautiful blog, your lovely rooms and inspiring photography!

Daisy said...

You've created beautiful rooms! Congratulations on your anniversary.

welltraveled said...

Very impressive 300....
Please add me to your giveaway... Lovely gifts..Thank you..

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Whew!! I barely got in on this give-away Pat. I would love to be entered. What is window's reader writer?

cindy b said...

congratulations on your 300th post! i just love the "pass along book" idea.

cindy b
mamamokonzi@aol.com

Kathy said...

Just found your blog and love it!! What a lovely giveaway. I am becoming inspired to start blogging so can't really fathom 300 yet. Congratulations! Just copied recipes and plan to check on your blog daily.

Suzanne said...

Happy Three Hundredth post Pat! I'm glad to have found you in blogland.

Debbie said...

please add me to your fan club. I loved visiting your blog
Keep up the great blogging I want to visit again soon. Debbie

Lori said...

When I found your blog several months ago I had no idea you had been at it so long. Congratulations! Hope you're around for a while yet. I really like your style in blogging and your homes.