Once upon a time in a land far away before I ever started blog writing…
…I was a blog reader.
Every morning with my cup of coffee and my imagination I’d sit down at my computer and sigh.
Those blogs inspired me.
They made me think.
They gave me ideas and inspiration and hope and kept me company when my kitchen was nothing but a pipe in the floor.
And my favorite of all those blogs?
The one I checked every day.
The one I read and re-read and pinned and wished was my next door neighbor?
Courtney from French Country Cottage.
One day I became a blogger and started writing my own story and six months later I went to a blogging conference called Haven.
I attended sessions on how to grow your blog and how to market your blog and drank coffee and laughed and met new friends and sat in the lobby and jumped up and down with excitement when I learned something new and told stories and wore sparkly flip-flops.
The last day of the conference, I was sitting on a bench right outside the exhibit hall when suddenly I saw her.
The blog I read.
The picture taker who I had coffee with every morning.
The person who inspired me to buy a bicycle just so I could put flowers in it and lean it up against a tree.
I didn’t know what to do.
Should I walk up and say hello?
What if she dismissed me?
What if she ignored me?
What if I did it and it was awkward and I felt silly and then I regretted it and I’d have to go home and sell my bicycle?
I gathered up my courage and my determination and walked right up to her and introduced myself. I told her I adored her blog and her decorating style and her photography and her heart.
But most of all.
I loved her flowers.
She smiled in the middle of my speech and I knew that I knew that I knew….
…I had found a friend.
We’ve laughed about that conversation many times since and now Courtney is one of my closest friends in blogland. She’s real and authentic and amazing and creative and the editor of an amazing magazine called Romantic Homes.
She makes me laugh.
She makes me smile.
She makes me want to be the very best person I can be.
And the best part?
Those flowers that I loved?
Two weeks ago she sent me some for my home.
She created an entire line of faux flowers and wreaths and garlands for Balsam Hill. I know, right? When she called me to tell me I was full of joy for her. Her own line of flowers and arrangements? It sounded like an amazing opportunity. She wanted me to see them first–to see if I liked them–to see what I thought.
And when they arrived and I took them out of the box? I literally gasped. They look so real. There are tons of other arrangements—you can see them on her post here. This one is called the Loire Valley arrangement. The hydrangeas and anemonies and juniper berries and eucalyptus look like I just cut them from the garden and placed them in this adorable white metal tin.
I’m so proud of my friend.
I’m so honored to share her creativity and her heart.
I’m so happy my bathroom shines a little brighter because of her.
And I’m so thankful that all those years ago in a land far away….
….I walked up and said hello. 🙂
PS Next time I ride my bike? I’m taking the flowers along for the ride.
PPS Here are some other friends sharing their arrangements today.
Stop by and say hello. 🙂
PPS In the super exciting news department….
….THE PLANNER LAUNCHES TOMORROW.
I know, right? I’m so excited for you all to SEE IT!
I’ll be at Kirkland’s in Dallas tonight with the planner (see all the details here) if you are in the area and can stop by for coupons and shopping and discounts and giveaways.
One more day to pre-order and get the video decorating course for FREE.
If you’ve already ordered and are having trouble accessing the video course—just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org