Monday, March 7, 2011

You like me, you really, really like me!

You like me, you really, really like me!

Even though those are not the exact words spoken by Sally Field after receiving an Oscar in 1985 for her role in Places in the Heart (she actually said, "…I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!"), they are the words as we recall them. AND they are the words that express how I felt after reading your comments and your emails regarding my driftshell pieces and the upcoming opening of my Etsy store.

I am so moved by your response to my driftshell pieces that I'm left tongue-tied on how to express how much you all touched me and lifted my spirits. WOW! Who knew? I certainly didn't, that's for sure! I swear, I couldn't sleep that night, I just kept thinking about what a wonderful world I have found myself a part of — I blog with the most AMAZING people.

You never cease to inspire me with your thoughtfulness, your compassion and your just plain ol' neighborly ways. I wish I could have each and every one of you over to my house. I'd put on a pot of coffee and chances are something yummy would be coming out of the oven just as you arrive…



Could you all just imagine how much fun we would have if we all lived in the same town?

There would have to be one LONG white picket fence down Main Street…



so that we could hang out, chatting over the fence…

Copyright Bolton Council from the Bolton Museum and Archive Service collection.
Or one of us would have to have a really BIG front porch with lots of comfortable seating suitable for visiting for hours and hours…

Front Porch

That's probably more than likely never going to happen,

but what if we could all get together somewhere?

Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all take a holiday from working…


and take a break from housework…


and get together for a real…


You just know there'd be a gift exchange between us.

We could choose Secret Sisters!

Yeah, we could pick a date and a spot to meet…



Then we'd have to arrange for transportation. We could go…

by train…plane


or automobile! Carpooling would be fun!


Others might be close enough to

walk together or ride their horses (while wearing their tiara)…


or by carriage would be nice — racing would be allowed…



There is no doubt in my mind that one of the Pinkies will show up in something like this…


We do know that once we get there, we'll have to have

one really long table that would stretch…

Mosaic by Shellbelle from photos found here
Can you imagine the fun all our tablescaper friends would have getting together and sprucing up these tables?

Then of course we'd have to have…







Food Galore

and let us not dare forget the desserts…


viz



I know we can depend on our Foodie Friends to help with this!


Then what would we do?


Well, of course, we could don our suits and go to the beach…


or do a little skiing if we choose a colder climate area…


To please everyone, we could wear our bathing suits (and high heels) in the snow…


or maybe we could head out to the rodeo…



On the other hand, we could go to the gym and work off all those calories from all that food…


Don't worry, this is NOT going to happen!

We'll shed those pounds by doing some…


POWER SHOPPING!

viz

I'm sure we'll all come away with some real cute and thrifty vintage goodies…

viz


There are so many things we could do to enjoy our time together! There's always…

Canoeing

Fishing or cycling — either by motor or pedaling


gardening

a rousing game of soccer

or perhaps a tennis match

or we could head to the beach for a test of strength

We could always form a band and…

viz

serenade some cows!




Of course, we could always just sit and relax over a…

cup of tea

and indulge in some idle chitchat about…

our families

or talk about what it was like when we were young

Don't forget we need to get some…

sewing and craft time in.



Oh, and someone better bring a camera…



because there will be lots of posing…



and horsing around…



and we'll want to capture every cherished moment together for our blog posts!


Then as the day draws to a close, we'll don our favorite dresses, from the era of our choice…




and proceed to party like there's no tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!

Let's pretend we could have a gathering of bloggers anywhere in the world and the only thing on the agenda was FUN, where do you think we should go and what do you think we should do?

I'll be waiting to hear from you…


All vintage images, unless otherwise noted, are from the Library of Congress and various state archives.


Update: Diane and Jane, the first two people to comment on my post today, both remarked on how long it must have taken me to put this together. They're right, it took FOREVER! I had planned on writing my thank you post and having it up by 9am and you can see it didn't go up until 5pm. I had started at about 7am, so it took me roughly 10 hours to put this together. Once I got the idea of A Gathering for Bloggers and started searching the archives for photos, I just couldn't seem to stop, lol.

I wanted to do something special for all of you and this is what I came up with. A wish, a dream that one day we could all meet up and have an incredible time together. As I started finding the vintage photos, an idea for another would pop into my brain and I'd start searching for that. When I found the one of the ladies sitting on the porch knitting, I couldn't believe the one on the end was holding a camera. Now, if she were alive today, you know she'd be a blogger! Perhaps her descendant is one of us! Wouldn't that be fun? I think, throughout history, there have been women who have supported each other.  I know there are those out there who know someone who doesn't have women friends and I think that is just plain sad. I know this isn't true in our online community, because I see the love and compassion that abounds throughout our friendships. I think this is incredible and I sincerely meant it when I wrote, "I just kept thinking about what a wonderful world I have found myself a part of — I blog with the most AMAZING people." 

Then I have to take all the photos into Photoshop and clean them up a bit and why would I just ask where we should go, when I can take a map of the world and create a little smiling X-guy to help us pick a spot? Oh, and I love doing the mosaics. Call me crazy or just downright anal, but I love doing this kind of post for you. Of course, this means I didn't get out to visit much and the laundry is still piled up and I forgot to take something out for supper, but boy, I had a good time and I hope you did as well!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I adore you all and if I ever win the lottery, you can bet we will all be getting together!




39 Thoughtful Comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I just have ONE question...how LONG did it take you to put that together! AMAZING! I'm going to go back through again! heehee! I still have to decide whether to ride the horse wearing my tiara or wear work out clothes for the gym! lol You are TOO much!!! I'm game for whatever you want to do! ♥♥♥

Jane said...

LOL What a hilarious post! You must have spent HOURS finding all those wonderful photos!!! The photo of the bathing beauties in the snow brought back memories...In college (Mercer in Macon GA), the FL girls in my sorority donned our bikinis and sunglasses and headed out to the snow for what we thought might be a once in a lifetime photo op. The snow was up to our knees!!! I treasure that photo...
Can't wait to see your treasures in person on the 19th!!!
Hugs,
Jane

The Decorative Dreamer said...

This was fun! I would love to be the party girls in last photos! LOL! Of course,shopping, dining,crafting and socializing would be a blast too! Oh what fun we could have! I enjoyed all these old photos so much! We women really should do this more, don't you think? This is a great post!

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What an adorable, hysterical post! You crack me up! That must have taken you forever. The old pictures are just priceless. You must have had so much fun putting it all together!
I gotta run - I have some cows to seranade!
Take care!
Shelley

Della said...

It sounds (and looks) so fun! This is such a great post, and you put so much into it :D I'm kind of a girly girl, and wearing dresses from our favorite era, sitting on the porch sipping tea, and getting into the food sounds like a fun get together. Shelling would be a nice activity!

I'm so excited for you to open your shop! If you ever have questions, just ask, I'm just a convo, or an email away!

Cat & Cricket said...

I am glad that question was asked girl.. bc I was winded!!!! Awesome though! But I would not expect anything less from you!
You go girl!
Smiles~
Cricket

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I really DO like you! This was fun...I vote for Savannah, great food, shops and a beach very near. Just let me know when to be there and I'll polish my tiara!

Kaybe said...

Somebody has got their joy back :D
I have a bucket of whorls for you!

Seaside Style said...

Wow, Not only original post, but cute, fun and entertaing!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun, cute and amazing post! Love it and you!! hugs, Linda

Blondie's Journal said...

You did a wonderful job on this post, Rhonda and I can see why it took you so long. It's amazing, the pictures fun and fabulous and the idea of all of us ladies getting together sounds FANTASTIC! I think I am out of adjectives!!

I feel the same way you do about the blogging community and you have expressed those feelings so well. Hats off to you!

XO,
Jane

Love of the Sea said...

I love this post. It was great. I really enjoyed these photos. Especially the gym shot. My goodness...that is a funny shot.

Tybee Bound said...

Love love loved it. I'm like Sue I'm partial to Savannah. We could head to Paula Deens ( Lady & Sons) for lunch of fried chicken and collard greens and of course any of her world famous desserts. Then we would head out to Tybee Island maybe to do a dolphin tour, we would hit the beach find some shells then we would end the day with dinner on the water at the Crab Shack. Wow now that's a day.

Karen said...

What a fun post!! I feel like I went on a mini vacation! - love all these wonderful photos..and the idea itself is awesome!! Perhaps one of these days!!!.....count me in!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm glad you wrote to tell me about the update! I thought of so many comments to make on this post! But most of all I just want to add that I treasure our friendship! Having girlfriends like you makes blogging worthwhile...it makes LIFE worthwhile! Hugs, my friend! ♥♥♥

Kat said...

Rhonda, I LOVED this post. This must have taken hours, but I can tell that you had loads of fun doing it. Love the vintage pictures - the more things change, the more they stay the same, at least the important ones. I think this would be the trip of a lifetime! Beach, vintage clothes, desserts! You had me at desserts LOL. Hugs, Kat

Julie@beingRUBY said...

I perfectly understand how many hours you can spend putting a post together dear Rhonda.. sometime it is a labour of love. and well.. beware the perfectionist.!! hahahaha

Love the excitement that is coming through in this post!! it is palatable!! ... and well deserved..

PS.. I'll take the big front porch!!! oh and love some of those vintage shots too!!!

Have a wonderful week.. I'm sure you will.. ciao xxxx Julie

gpc said...

I'm sending in my RSVP right now -- I'll be there with bells on!

Beach Vintage.com said...

I love that pink caravan!

Carol said...

What a fun and creative post! I really enjoyed it.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

A huge get together on that porch would be awesome..., and so classy!

Sunshinemeg said...

I'm totally up for all of it, except the standing in the snow with our bathing suits and heels. I'll sit that part out = ) Us Bloggers are lucky to know you as well, my friend. You keep it cheery and light and have the greatest suggestions and ideas. Thanks for being you!

Diane said...

What a totally FUN post!!! Thank you for all the time it took! Diane from Lavender Dreams sent me over. It made me smile! And a get-together would be FABULOUS! I'd participate in everything except the gym part! LOL! I'd be having seconds of that dessert instead!
Hugs!!
And smiles!
Diane
from Diane Knott's Musings

ShirleyC said...

Darling post! I'm glad Lavender Dreams suggested we come and look.

AshTreeCottage said...

What a charming and heartwarming post. I am your newest follower because I don't want to miss out on getting to know you better. Stop by my cottage and Bentley will give you a big greeting!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Terry said...

This is the best, most uplifting sisterhood post I have ever read. You will bring hours of joy to viewers...many more than how long it took you to make this post. Thank you for your kindness.

jmac said...

Oh geeze rhonda....I am rolling on the floor laughing and grinning from ear to ear with this post!! Whew...lots of work!
Now, this will prolly be long but I have to tell ya. Your dream CAN become reality!! When the Divine Secrets of YaYa Sisterhood books came out, I was scared. You see, I went to high school with the author and the books were entirely written about my hometown and all the people I grew up with. I held my breath as I turned each page, not knowing whether I would show up as one of her characters! So, long story short...I and another friend formed an internet message board about the books..spun another one from that original book club to form a friendship circle that came to include hundreds of women from all over the world. And guess who hosted the gathering of the yayas?? Yep! on a weekend one july, 28 women from all over the U.S., canada, and the UK showed up at my lakehouse! We had talked on the board, phone, emails...but not one of us had ever seen each other face to face until that weekend. It was the most memorable and fun weekend of our lives....and long lasting friendships were formed...that gathering was 10 yrs ago and we still remain friends to this day!! So see?? It CAN happen if you dream it!!!

suziqu's thread works said...

OMG what a lot of effort you have put into this AMAZING POST! I came via Diane above. We all appreciate you so
much for this from many women to one woman and I hope you make lots of new friends who want to join you along the way.
Many thanks and a big hug,
Suzy

bobbie said...

Wow, what a fun post!! I just happened on this blog and have already bookmarked it.
I too love the beach and think our gathering would have to take place by the water.
Can't wait to read more of your blogs.

Bobbie

Desert Dreaming said...

I could never begin to put it into words how much I enjoyed this Blog...funny, cute and wow, did some of those pictures remind me of stories that my Grandmother would tell me about "her era", especially the women talking over the fence, and so much more. I know it took a lot of time to put it together, and it was so worth it, just adorable, I was already in a great mood today, but this just made it better.

Joni

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was such a wonderfully enjoyable post to read, Shelle belle! I love all the vintage images you used and more importantly your wonderful sentiments about blogging!
I also feel like blogging has made the world a smaller, friendlier place and I cherish all the wonderful people I have found through it!

Marydon said...

Rhonda, what an adorable & cute, clever share ... there is nothing more fun that the blogettes gathering. We did it last year & had a ball.

Thank you for such lovely pictures to enjoy, some to reminesce.

Also, Rhonda, THANK YOU for your support & sweet note while hubby has been sick. We are not out of the woods & he has more done in a couple of weeks. It just makes me smile & my heart melt when I receive such fabulous support from you & other friends ... you are precious & so appreciated.

Have a beautiful eve ~
TTFN ~
Marydon

merrilymarylee said...

It just kept a'comin' and got cuter and cuter! So glad we stopped for food! Not sure you'll get me in a swim suit, but it sounds like a major fun.

If I ever need an imagination transfusion, I'm coming to you for a pint!

Loui♥ said...

Shelle~
you leave me both breathless and speechless..
I'm not rattling on for a minute as I am up to my ears and elbows getting this house in order so that it can run itself while i'm away..
plus trying to get packed.. am just at the clearing of the bed stage so I'll have a place to pile and pack selected items...
no rambling!!
I love you from the bottom of my heart for so many many reasons.. but mostly because God chose us to be sisters of the heart and sea..
and never do I question His choices,,
okay.. off the 'puter . back to work..
well maybe a little sustenance first.. am to the brim with coffee..so it's iced tea time!!
warmest sandy hugs.. filled with overflowing love!!
Loui♥

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Oh how I have missed you and the AMAZING vintage artwork you find! This post may actually take the cake. And it is why I needed to come back to blogging, really, I promise not to disappear on any extended blog breaks again...unless that pink pick-up and trailer shows up at my front door, in which case I'm outta here. ;-)

The one photo of the cover of the old Needlepoint magazine -- there was a house on the Ocean Grove house tour a couple of years ago that had that cover framed AND painted a replica mural of it on the facing wall!! I know I took a picture of it but don't think I ever posted it on my blog...I'll have to look through my pictures to see if I can find it.

CHERI said...

What a wonderful post. It is truly one of the best I've read in all of Blogland! Great job! That one picture of the gals having the wine party...there is one girl that looks like me when I was in my 20's!!! Seriously. At first I thought it was me. She's the one on the far right. I've been away from blogging for a couple of weeks so I'm off to catch up on yours. I always enjoy it!

CHERI said...

Just saw your post on your new endeavor. Your driftshells/frames are gorgeous! I am so happy for you and know you will do well. I have lots of these types of shells myself. I also have tubs and tubs of gorgeous shells that my mother-in-law collected. When she down-sized I just couldn't stand to sell them. Don't know what I'll ever do with them. Maybe I need to give them to you:)

Ms. Bake-it said...

WOW!!!! Just when I had pretty much come to the conclusion of shutting down my blog, I see a fabulous post like this. It reminds me why I love to blog and that I have met some absolutely wonderful women through blogging and have gained a lot of inspiration.

This is a fabulous post Rhonda and I love all the vingtage images you used. I am not one bit surprised that you were so detailed in putting it together. It is worth all the effort!

You know my answer as to a location - it would be in a warm place by the sea!

Hugs,
Tracy

CrazyCris said...

Hours and hours for that post... I believe you!!!

We definitely have to meet on a beach with plenty of shells! I propose Wineglass Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania... it's got gorgeous white sand, trees down to the water, plenty of shells... and wallabies to join us for tea time! ;o)

PS: what is an ETSY store?

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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