Summer Fun...Meeting Cindy & Dan!


Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
I love summer...there are always so many fun things to do!!! Summertime is always the busiest time of the year for us! As many you know...I took a little blogging break last week. My sister and brother-in-law from Texas came for a visit...we had a great time! However, before my sis got here, we had very special visitors from Wisconsin...my sweet friend Cindy and her husband Dan from Applestone Cottage!
Ohhhh...what fun we had!!!

My sweet friend Cindy from Applestone Cottage
Yes, it really was a dream come true! When I found out that Cindy and Dan were planning a vacation to Colorado...I just did my "happy dance"! Of course we made plans to meet...I was soooo excited!!! Cindy and I met about three years ago on HGTV's Rate My Space and we have visited back and forth through our blogs and emails all this time. To finally meet "face to face" just made my entire summer!!!
Ohhh...and let me tell you, we had a "gab-fest"...BIG TIME!!! Hehe! Were your ears burning? Hehe!

Cindy's honey...Dan
It was such a pleasure to meet Cindy's husband Dan as well! He really is the sweetest man...very easy going and easy to talk to! Dan teaches a high school vocational/construction class. He is such a talented man! Ohhh...you should see some of the fabulous furniture that Dan has built for Cindy!

Cindy brought me the most beautiful bouquet of red/orange sunflowers! Isn't that sweet? I just adore fresh flowers! I believe the long stalks of beautiful greenery are called the Bells of Ireland?

Ohhh...sooo pretty! Thank you, Cindy!
By the way...I am drying these fabulous sunflowers in the basement right now. I think they'll make a beautiful Autumn arrangement!

As if the gift of the beautiful flowers wasn't enough...Cindy came with the prettiest pink gift bag in hand. Sheeesh...I got lost in the excitement and forgot to take a photo of these special gifts in their wrap!

I do believe that this is a lady after my own heart...just look at this beautiful bottle with the gorgeous decorative topper that she gave me! I would have picked this myself! Hehe! I think my sweet friend knows me pretty well!


I think the decorative topper looks like a crown...I love it!!!

Cindy also gave me this darling set of bird salt and pepper shakers! Ohhh yes, she knows how I just adore birds!!! You're the best, Girlfriend!!!

Aren't they just the sweetest little birds!!!


Just taking photos of my sweet gifts...I thought the decorative bottle looked pretty next to the green apple!


Did I mention what a GRAND time we had? Hehe!
We talked and talked...and talked!!! Of course we talked blogs...and we talked decorating...two of our favorite subjects!!!
In fact...even the guys got involved....

Dan was just tickled pink to get a gift basket...and Russell loved the tablescaping book!!! Hehe...they really were such good sports to let me take this photo of them!!! What great guys!!!

Ahhh...such a lovely couple!!!
We really did have a wonderful time!!! It was such a pleasure for Russell and I to have Cindy and Dan stay with us for a couple of days!!! It was the BEST!!! I'm hoping that we can do this again! Cindy and Dan has invited us to come to their place in Wisconsin...I would lovvvve to go! Thank you, Cindy and Dan for your sweet friendship!!! Love you, guys!!!
Well my friends...I'm so happy that you came by today! Thank you for letting me share my experience of meeting one of my bestest friends with you! Who would have ever guessed that blogging would have led to such sweet friendships! You all are such a blessing to me!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!


shannon i olson said...

Oh What fun! Nice gifts, beautiful flowers!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Chari,
This is such a lovely post girlfriend! OMG, it's weird to see such big pics of us! hehe.
Dan got a hoot out of the pic of him and Russ. They are such good sports!
And you are the hostess with the mostest my friend! The visit was a blast!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fun visit! It's always so great to meet our best blogging friends! Cindy is beautiful...like you! And the guys look cute! I'm so glad you got to meet! ♥

Gypsy Heart said...

Wow, how lucky are you? Well, come to think of it, Cindy is too. :-) I'm so glad you were able to have this special visit! The bottle topper is gorgeous...looks very much like my wreath holder and another holder I have in my bathroom. The flowers were beautiful too. It's just amazing to be able to meet blogging friends in person and I hope to do that some day.

Thanks so much for sharing your lovely visit.


Marilyn said...

Lucky Cindy and lucky YOU! Thanks for sharing your fun with us! ♥♫

Nancy's Notes said...

What a great post, so happy I dropped in! I think you must be the hostess with the mostest!


Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time. And the gifts Cindy brought you are fabulous. Thanks for sharing your photos of the get together. I love the pic of the hubs with the girly stuff. Too funny. They are definitely great sports.

Keetha Broyles said...

VERY fun post!!!

I LOVE the picture of the hubbies holding the blog props!!!

So funny.

No name said...

Hi Chari,
What a great time! Those are called Bells of Ireland. I really like them. That bottle topper is beautiful along with all the other gifts.

Love the pink gift basket idea. :))

Blessings to you :)

Braley Mama said...

what a fun time! Were you featured on that show. I would love to see!
I love your salt&pepper shakers. I think I could easily be a collector of salt and pepper shakers:O)Hope you are well!!!

Anonymous said...

Chari by the looks of all the smiles , it looks like everyone had a super time!! So glad you were able to get together with Cindy- she really is so sweet!

Are you done with company for awhile? I have a friend who has promised me a ride on her pink Harley trike and will be here sometime before she has to get back to school! It will be a fun Birthday present!!

bee blessed

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Theresa said...

Oh my goodness, looks like a wonderful time was had by all of you! Love the gifts from Cindy, especially that bottle with the crown top... gorgeous!

I also love the little birdie salt and pepper shakers:) too cute!

Have a blessed day and thanks for sharing this wonderful visit with me! It sure looks like a memorable visit!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun time, Chari! I wish I could have been there with all of you. I'm thrilled that you had a chance to meet! And what neat gifts!


Sheila :-)

Beth said...

I'm so glad that you and Russell got to meet Cindy and Dan. Hope Russell enjoys his tablescaping book! he he he I have missed you but really glad to hear that you had a wonderful time with all of your company, Chari! You take care!

Sonia said...

Oh how fun...you two must have just been hoarse from talking!! So glad you got a much deserved break and got to spend it with family and friends. I love Cindy's blog too!

Miss Bloomers

Melissa Miller said...

Chari how wonderful and happy everyone looks!!! I know you all had a fantastic time! Love your pretty new goodies too. :)


Hi Chari, I'm so happy that you got to meet Cindy and her husband, I'm sure it was a thrill for you. It looks like she brought you some lovely gifts. Thank you for sharing and I feel truly blessed to have your friendship in blog land, your the sweetest most talented lady!

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