Tuesday, August 3, 2010

One Year Blogiversary

Last weekend marked the first anniversary of my Eastlake Victorian blog. I have been so inspired by all my blog friends. It brings me such pleasure to be able to peek into your amazing lives and see all the great ideas you have!

So to honor you all, I thought I'd do a special post of my All-Time Favorite posts from you, my wonderful friends. So as to not play favorites, I've listed your blogs in alphabetical order. You are all special and remarkable people, and I cherish you all.

So here goes:

Holly from 1881 Project: A Victorian House & Garden uses blogging as inspiration for her stamping and watercolors.

Linda from 1893 Victorian Farmhouse is an expert at painting and is working on restoring and decorating her home and adding an art studio on their property.

Dana from A Cat in My Lap has a great way with words. She blogs about weaving, crafting and decorating and has a cute cat named Daisy that helps her every step of the way. One of my favorite bloggers!

Gwendolyn from A Charming Home blogs about family, friends and life in general.

Zuzu from A Cottage In The Woods has gone back to the basics and is living a simple life. I'm new to her blog, but I was drawn to her photographs.

Estelle from A Modern Day Victorian Lady is a living history reenactor who loves all things Victorian.

Suzie from Cat In The Moon mostly blogs about Halloween, but also cooking, gardening and nature.

Debbie from Debbie-Dabble loves the color pink and shares a lot of her flea market finds.

Rose from Delightful Clutter is a wonderful photographer and blogs about her antique finds and artistic influences.

Diane from Diane Knott's Musings is an accomplished mixed media artist who sells her wares on Etsy.

Jann from Forever Jann blogs about altered art and mixed media, and her daily life and inspirations.

Mary from Framed & Tagged blogs about family, donkeys, nature and her garden with beautiful large photographs.

Grandma's Rose Garden doesn't post often, but when she does, it's about family, gardening, quilting and poetry.

Kathie from Hillbilly Debutante blogs about her life and her new book.

Janis from Rust & Ruffles (formerly Junk Dreams) loves to repurpose junk and vintage items into lovely treasures.

Katy from Katy Elliott was the first blog I followed. She takes us on a journey through her life of restoring her home in Marblehead, MA, her design and thought processes, and some great recipes.

Terry from La Bella Vie blogs about her DIY projects, family, her cats and gardening.

Yvonne from La Petite Gallery talks about art, travel, life in general, and doesn't hesitate to speak her mind.

Katie at Le Beau Paon Victorien is an expert at decorating and beautifying her lovely home. She shares her knowledge of setting the proper table, gardening, and more.

Teresa at Leaves Roots Flowers Shoots is a personal friend and a superb gardener. She blogs about her great gardening tips for growing perennials, annuals, herbs and vegetables.

Martha from Lines From Linderhof is an expert at setting a gorgeous table and entertaining in style. She also blogs about her home and shares her amazing recipes.

Teresa from Marigold Manor blogs about gardening, dollhouses, tattoos, home and travel.

Michelle from Michelle Palmer is a talented illustrator who shares her work and inspirations.

Miss Sandra from Musings From Harmonie House loves nostalgia, tea, poetry and lives a genteel lifestyle. Her cat, Mr. Knightly, is always by her side.

Sea Witch from Musings of a Sea Witch lives for the sea, and blogs about her adventures and antiques.

Andrea from My Feathered Nest blogs about thrift shopping, her pets, books, her garden and life in general.

Nancy from Nancy's Notes writes about her life, family and fun times.

Deena from Nestled In The Singing Woods writes about the flora and fauna of the woods that surround her, and her struggles with cancer.

Marilyn from Our Victorian Cottage writes about everything from her beautiful home and garden, to embroidery, projects, family and life in general.

Ken from Passion For The Past is an historical reenactor and historian who loves to bring history to life in his real life and on his blog.

Christine at Pecan Place Victorian writes about her beautiful home, its renovation, her historic neighborhood, and her life in general.

Shades Of The Departed is a genealogy blog. The author collects old photographs and has an online magazine where you can page through the issues.

Suzi of Silk Stocking Row has written a book about her hometown. Her blog follows its publication and book tour.

Percival from Swell and Dandy writes about traditional values and the role they should play in the modern world.

Veronica from Tea and Scones shares really yummy recipes. She's also a talented doll and bear artisan.

Cass from That Old House has a wonderful way with words. Her post titles crack me up! She writes about her house and her life in general.

Machelle from The Blackwood Cottage crochets and decorates her lovely cottage in St. Louis. This creation really caught my eye!

Anyes from The Dusty Victorian discusses renovating and beautifying her gorgeous Victorian home in Ontario.

Michele from The Northwest Nature Nut has some fantastic photos of plants, animals and scenery from her home base in Portland.

Greg from The Petch House is a guy doing major renovations to his home in Eureka, California. He really gets into the details.

Marcie from The Rustic Victorian blogs about her home, her treasures and her inspirations. I thought this bathroom was so cute!

Sara at The Steampunk Home blogs about the steampunk style and her inspirations. This post was fascinating!

Sweetbrier Cottage has a cat named Cassie, and blogs about archeology, decorating, antiquing and family.

Kim from The Victorian Parlor likes Jane Austen, Queen Victoria, tea, antiques, and she has a cute cat named Kramer and 3 sweet dogs. I always look forward to her posts!

Maritha from Victorian Vignettes posts Victorian digital art for blogs.

Valerie from Wanderlust & Pixie Dust writes about Victorian antiques, books, style and fashion.

Leah from Who Moved My Cheese Straw? has a great sense of humor as she blogs about etiquette, tea, gardening, food, and other fun musings.

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Well, there you have it. Some of my favorite posts from you all this past year. It was hard to chose just one from each, believe me!

Some of the bloggers I've followed have abandoned their blogs. Others took different directions and lost me somewhere along the way. And some of the blogs I follow are not Victorian, cat or garden-related so I didn't include them in this list (you know who you are!). There are even some blogs I can't figure out how to follow! So please do not feel slighted if I did not include you in this post.

I look forward to my next year of blogging, and continuing to be inspired by you all!



Blogger Miss Sandra said...

Dearest Pam,
Happy one year Blogiversary!! It's wonderful knowing you and following you in your beautiful Eastlake Victorian world. I wish you many more blogiversaries and may bliss follow you always!

Thank you for the mention of Harmonie House. It's such an honor to be on your list!


August 4, 2010 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Miss Sandra-

Thank you so much! I always look forward to your posts and will remain a loyal follower! :-)


August 4, 2010 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Historical Ken said...

Thank you for the remarks!
And congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary!
What a fun outlet this has become for me, and through it I've gained many new friends.
It's been a double blessing!
Here's to many more years of sharing our passions!

August 4, 2010 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Hi Ken-

I love history and always learn something when I read your blog. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to your future posts!


August 4, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger lady Estelle said...

This was a beautiful idea. Thank you for your recognition. I always enjoy your blog and I am happy that I can be a source of inspiration to you. "Happy blogging"

August 5, 2010 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Lady Estelle-

I'm glad you liked my idea! I love reading your blog and learning from you. And I love seeing your amazing dresses!


August 6, 2010 at 6:49 AM  
Blogger Mrs. D said...

Hello to my favorite victorian lady, Pam.

You are proof positive, "the more you do, the more you can do." You are an inspiration.

You always go the extra mile to entertain and teach. It is a lot of hard work on your part and such a joy for the rest of us. Thank you so much.

August 8, 2010 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Thank you for your nice comments! But truly, you inspire me. You always have multiple projects you're working on, and I love seeing the beautiful results. You have such great talent!


August 9, 2010 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Pam...what a great idea !!
...AND I am so very HONORED you like my blog too...you and I have such similar tastes in Eastlake and Victorian.
What an AMAZING colletion of Eastlake, Victorian and related blogs you have here...I will be lost in blogland forever now.
SO LITTLE TIME ! IT's NO wonder I am up half the night surfing the BLOGS.
I thakn you for your kind remarks about my photography...I have been so hampered since I hurt my leg/knee in May..but things SEEM to be getting better and I will be doing MORE Still Life and Antique hunting photography again soon LORD WILLING.
I send my love.
I get my images that I share from MANY different Yahoo groups that I belong too..that do nothing but share the images they find...some are just too precious not to
re-share..so they go on my blog usually.


August 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Sea Witch said...

Congrats on your blogaversary...and thank you for mentioning mhy blog as one that you enjoy. I am always flattered by other's interest in what Ihave to share. I personally adore visiting your blog as Ilove the Eastlake style. I had many Eastlake pieces in my home in Illinois. It was a grand old lady of a Victorian with two parlors. It was a joy filling it with Eastlake pieces. I look forward to reading many many more of your posts. Sea witch

August 9, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


Thank you for being such a great blog friend! Yes, I think our tastes are similar in many ways. It is true, the more terrific blogs I find, the more time I need to spend keeping up with them all! Working full time doesn't help! :-)


August 10, 2010 at 8:35 PM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...

Sea Witch-

I wish I had even more to share about the Eastlake style, and sometimes I find it hard trying to stick with the original "theme" of my blog! I would have loved to see your old home. There's nothing quite like old homes... there's always a mysterious feeling about them, and a sense of nostalgia. Sometimes I feel like I lived in that era in a past life! :-)


August 10, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Blogger The Rustic Victorian said...

Happy Belated Blogiversary,...boy I am behind as it is Sept 9th today..Shocked to see me here! You sweetie you! I will be doing visiting, how nice to share these links,,thank you.

September 8, 2010 at 6:08 AM  
Blogger Eastlake Victorian said...


I'm always falling behind on reading my favorite blogs, too! Since I work all week, I try to catch up on weekends, but lately that's been difficult with all the summertime weekend activities!


September 8, 2010 at 7:03 AM  

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