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Birthday Girl & Upcoming Hooplas

by | Jan 13, 2008 | blogging

Birthday Girl & Upcoming Hooplas

Thank you, Jenn & Jacqui! You made my birthday the best EVER by giving me my dream house! THANK YOU SO MUCH. And thanks to all of you who have been leaving me sweet birthday wishes, my heart is bursting! Monday the 14th is my real birthday, I’ve just been stretching it out to make the most of it! :-)

Check this out, this is in my REAL DREAM HOUSE FILE! I took this photo near my daughter’s school. I think Jenn & Jacqui are definitely on to something, white houses with big wraparound porches and sweeping front lawns would be SO ROMANTIC! I think I found my dream.

Birthday Girl & Upcoming Hooplas

I was a little peeved at my computer a few minutes ago because my entire post for the day was obliterated, but I’m doing the best I can to keep a smile on my face as I recreate a small portion of it. I basically just wanted to say that I have BIG THINGS planned here on the blog for the upcoming weeks.

Sneak Previews:

◊ This week (not sure yet what day) I will have a post on one of my favorite topics: Inspired Rooms. We are going to talk about this part of my blog tagline “When life inspires your home…”. I’ve got some ideas to share on having an inspired home and I look forward to you sharing your ideas with me. We have a “inspired” decorating dilemma to help solve for one of our blogging friends and I bet YOU will have some great ideas for her.

◊ In Friday’s Sweet Escape I will share one of the things I did for my birthday. You don’t know this yet but I took you all on another DRIVE BY! Yep, I had a great time exploring and generally causing a wild ruckus with my crazy “camera in the bushes techniques” in some of Portland’s finer neighborhoods. And I’ve got some real beauties to share!

◊ Then, coming up towards the end of the month, THIS IS HUGE, girlfriends: stay tuned for another INSPIRATION WEEK. Remember how much fun we had back here? This time, we are going to be soaking in the inspiration for BEAUTIFUL AND ROMANTIC LIVING. In honor of my favorite topics for everyday living AND the most romantic holiday of the year we’ll be getting ourselves in the proper mindset and armed with inspiring ideas and photos. I know we’ve done some of that here already but I’m talking major HOOPLA inspiration. I’m thinking we should have a prize and just do all sorts of best girlfriend stuff. I’ve got friends who are going to help inspire us and I hope you’ll join in with your inspiration too! It should be fun. We’ll find out more as I make it up! (yeah, I do make these things up as I go along!). If I can figure out how to make one of those buttons to announce it I will post it on my sidebar soon.

Alrighty girlfriends, have a great Monday. If you are a new blogger like me and feel a bit blog challenged at times, go visit my friend Felicity at All Things Bright & Beautiful. She is hosting a series of posts to help new bloggers! I love that idea! I’ve learned a few things already so be sure and stop in if you need some help! Give her a hug for me.

Birthday Girl & Upcoming Hooplas
thanks again to Jenn & Jacqui for all their sweet cartoon renditions of me. xoxo


  1. All Things Bright and Beautiful

    Happy Birthday to you,
    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday miss melissa,
    happy birthday to you!!


    thanks so much for the lovely mention you dear girl you!!

    I found it was your birthday by seeing your message on housepeepers !:-) SO I RACED ON OVER HERE TO SAY HI!

    (OPPS CAPS LOCK ON!) caps lock off now!

    thank you too for the post mention!! I’m totally chuffed:-)

    and I am laughing here just thinking of you lurking in rose bushes with your camera – the things we do for blogging!! I can totally understand!!!

    this message has gotten so long I could have made a post out of it!!

    hugs to you:-)

  2. All Things Bright and Beautiful

    wow! i really am the first person to leave a message on this post!
    I’m doubly chuffed to be the first to greet you with well wishes!

    OK I’ll stop now! :-) :-)

  3. Neutral Dwelling

    Happy Birthday! The house from your Dream File is terrific! I love the porch too!

  4. all the best

    It’s wonderful!!! A very happy birthday!!!

  5. Annechovie

    Happy Birthday, Melissa! I hope this is your best year yet!

  6. Kathleen Grace

    What is this about a birthday? How did I miss the announcement? A great big Happy Birthday to you Mellissa! I hope you have a week of wonderful surprises and joy:>) I am looking forward to Inspired Rooms and a new Inspiration Week!

  7. Jenn and Jacqui

    Dear Melissa, Happy Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns :) Hugs and love from your friends always :) Jenn and Jacqui xoxo

    PS. Can’t wait for the Hoopla! And we look forward to a FANTASTIC year of visiting your inspiriational and gorgeous Blog!

  8. Vee

    You’re looking so darned cute!

    Have a happy, wonderful, blessed birthday!

  9. kari & kijsa

    Happy Birthday to you sweet friend!! Just bopped by to wish you a wonderful one filled with blessings!!

    So sweet of Jenn & Jacqui- always have the most fun treats!!!

    The hoopla sounds great- looking forward to all the inspiraton!!!

    kari & kijsa

  10. Barbara

    Well first – Belated Happy Birthday. Those wrap around porches are wonderful for balmy Summer evenings. I am not speaking of England of course, just brings back memories from when in your country.

    If it makes you feel better blogger was doing similar to me last week. Took me forever to get a post out.

  11. Lorrie

    Belated Happy Birthday to you, Melissa. I hope the celebration continues for a few days and tints your week with your favourite colours!

  12. Cre8Tiva

    happy birthday my dear one…i hope all your dreams and wishes come true…soon…my new blog is all about inspiration today…great minds…blessings today, rebecca

  13. Pat

    Happy Birthday, dear Melissa! I missed this, somehow. I’ve been in and out on the blogs, the past week.

    Trying to catch up from the lake getaway. I’m in the market for a laptop, with the hopes I can use it at the lake. Cell phone reception is hit or miss, so I imagine computing can be interesting, as well. I sure miss my blogs when we’re there, so hope it works out!


  14. accessoryalamode

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELISSA!! May all your dreams come true :O)!!!

  15. Tam

    **Sorry, I just realized I left this comment on the wrong post!**


    ¡Feliz Cumpleaños! You say you love the big, white plantation homes and wrap-around porches? Living in the South, we see those everywhere–you’ll have to come by for a visit. My dream home is a toss-up between a southern plantation home and …Tom Hanks’ apartment in “You’ve Got Mail”.

    Make sure you read my excuse, er, letter on my blog…


  16. Passementerie

    Happy happy birthday! And yes – I love wrap-around porches, one of the features I *love* about American vernacular architecture.

  17. the feathered nest

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you! Hope you’re having a fabulous day and the week you have planned on your blog sounds fun!


  18. Sue

    Happy, happy birthday dear Melissa. May it be filled with joy!
    I am new to your blog but promise not to be a stranger! I love it here!

    I hope this year will be a blessing to you!


  19. {this is glamorous}

    Happy Birthday, Melissa! Let’s raise a (virtual) glass of champagne and wish you the best day and ever and a year of inspired living!

  20. Lynda

    Happy Birthday, Melissa! I can’ wait for all the wonderful things you’ve got coming up … it seems like we’re the ones getting the birthday presents!! Have a wonderful day! ~ hugs, Lynda xo

  21. Lisa & Alfie

    Happy Birthday Melissa! May the brightness of your birthday shine on every day of this new year. You bring so light to our days.
    Love Lisa & Alfie

  22. Mari-Nanci

    Happy Birthday!!! Happy On The Real Day Birthday Wishes!!! -giggles-

    Oh and it sounds like you have such gooooodies planned for us, here. Yummmmmmmmmmm!!!


  23. Mary

    Happy birthday, Melissa! Hope it’s a good one! :)

  24. Debra W

    Happy Real Birthday, Melissa!

    May the coming year bring you as much health, joy and beauty as you deserve! You bring so many lovely things into my days, so I just want to say thank you. You are truly a blessing.

    Big birthday hugs!

  25. Barb

    Happy Birthday Melissa!

    And wishing you all good things in the coming year!

  26. Nan

    Happy, happy, happy birthday to you!

  27. Becky K.

    This is your day! Make the most of it!!!

    Happy Birthday, Melissa!

    Becky K.

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  29. carol eldridge

    thanks for stopping by..I was in Atlanta at the Gift Show trying to find some new clients for my designs.

    love to have you come by anytime…and…have a wonderful happy birthday.


  30. Daisy Cottage

    Happy Birthday dear Melissa!!!!
    I hope it is as special as YOU are!!!


  31. Terri

    Dear Melissa,
    Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you! I love birthdays and think of them as an opportunity to celebrate one’s birth and also the blessing of them in our lives. Although we have never met, I know you are a very bright star out there in the universe, that you are a warm and wonderful and compassionate woman. And just knowing that you exist is a blessing to me. Plus, you always write nice stuff and post pretty pictures and you’re a great writer too. Seriously, you’re such an inspiration, with the love you show and the care you take, and the way you invest in others. Thanks for being in MY life in our little e-way! And if I am ever in Oregon again…(I will be some day…still want to go back to Cannon Beach!!!)

    xo and HAPPY HAPPY Birthday! Sorry this comment is coming late – hope you get it before bedime. Terri xoxo

  32. Teresa

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day…Happy Birthday!

  33. Penny, Mosaic Artist

    Happy Birthday!!
    I meant to ask you where that cute pink cup came from in your last post? I want one!!!

  34. mary

    happy birthday miss melissa from Italy baci MARY

  35. JO

    Well I looks as if I have missed a LOT … Happy Birthday to you… sorry so late… but better late than never…
    LOVE the house… Jenn and Jacqui are two sweet darlings… I adore them so…. cant wait to see what you have in store for us…. sounds like loads of fun…



  36. mary

    Hello, going from my blog I have left an OSCAR for the emotions that bad when you step! You can go to 10 blogs that time you send your emotions hello mary

  37. Robin

    I’m sorry I missed your Birthday!! I hope it was an absoultely delightful event!!
    HUGS to you!!

  38. todayscreativeblog

    Have I wished you a Happy Birthday yet? I can’t remember when I was here last……….I never know where I’ve been.
    I hope your day was full of cake!!!

  39. Polly

    Happy day after! Blessings… Polly

  40. rochambeau

    I’m late to the party, but came by to wish you Happy Birthday Melissa!! WOW a Barbie Dream House!! Such a gift! :~)
    Wishing you the BEST YEAR YET!!

  41. Catherine

    Happy birthday! Love the dream house and the cartoon that Jenn and Jacqui did of you!

  42. sandy

    Happy Birthday, Melissa!
    I hope you had a wonderful day, or even week – celebrating!

    4 Reluctant Entertainers

  43. beachy

    The Happiest of Birthdays to you (though I’m a bit belated, so it’ll stretch out your celebrating for another day)! =)

    PS – we have some houses that look very much like this on the Cape! Hopefully I can get some pics for you someday soon! =)

  44. JO


    I am very curious about where that cup came from too…

    Its darling


  45. Camilla

    Happy birthday to you, a little too late!! Beautiful ” wraparound porch house”:)

  46. Pam

    Happy belated Birthday Melissa! I hope you had a wonderful and peaceful day! Here’s to another wonderful year!

  47. Elizabeth

    Happy belated birthday! That is a spectacular dream house! As always, you have excellent taste.

  48. Esther Sunday

    Oh, my friend, Melissa – Happy, happy birthday to you!!! I love J & J’s pic of you! Perfect! Hope you enjoyed your birthday to the fullest!!!! Love, Esther

  49. Terri Steffes

    Oooo I am sorry I missed your birthday! Bad blogger. I promised to read all your posts next week.

  50. shelbi

    oh my gosh, i missed your special day! dear sweet melissa, please forgive me … ! i would love it if you could email me your mailing address…i have a little something coming your way!

    ps. no need to worry….your comment was so sweet. i am still here! just not able to blog as much as i would like!!! life!

  51. Lisa

    Happy “belated” birthday. I can’t wait to see all your upcoming posts. Your selections area always wonderfully delicious.

    You have such a great eye!

  52. Sweet Cottage Dreams

    Ok Miss Melissa – I have to tell you that I have been a very bad blogging buddy – egg on face here! I totally missed your birthday! HOWEVER, I know that you must’ve had a beautiful day – how could a sweetheart like you not have a delightful birthday. Jenn and Jacqui blessed you with a very fitting cartoon and Mr. Winston looks rather handsome I should say! You are just a cutie pie, too!

    Forgive me….



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