Thursday, February 2, 2012

1 year blog anniversary: inspired by my mom..:)

Happy 1 year anniversary to my blog 
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my followers and fellow bloggers who have inspired and supported me and my blog this past year.  Although I don't have the amount of followers that many have after a year of blogging, I feel that I have learned and accomplished all that I set out to do 1 year ago!....My mom would have loved that I'm blogging about my love for thrifty, cottage home decor.  She was my original inspiration.  We enjoyed many weekends hitting the tag sales and small cottage boutiques as well as hunting through the shelves at TJ Maxx & Marshalls.....My mom was painting furniture way before it was the "thing" to do.  I remember years ago when she painted her formica countertops and I thought she was CRAZY!!, I lost my mom 3 1/2 years ago. In celebration of a year under my belt,  I am posting a few pictures of items in my home that remind me of my mom and times we spent sharing our love for cottage decor...Love & miss you dearly mom...this post is for you!!

xo, Mariaelena
My mom gave me this iron vase at least 10 years ago for a birthday this day, one of my favorite gifts and things in my home.

We both LOVED hydrangeas!

This was in mom's home.  I fill it with different items depending on the season...

We both shared a love of iron and birds....

Mom's pitcher that I incorporated into my bathroom design.

Her crystal vase...I LOVE glass and am sure it is because of my mom...

Here is a pencil sketch that my friends daughter made for me of the iron vase in the first photo.

I framed it and LOVE it!

I recently added new dried hydrangeas from my tree.....I never tire of them.

I am looking forward to another year of blogging with inspiration, new friends and knowledge!
xo, Mariaelena


  1. Happy Blogiversary! Love the inspiration from your blog and your nice tribute to your mom. My mom loved to go thrifting and shop TJ Maxx, Marshalls, etc. I think she'd get a kick out of us thrifty bloggers, too.

  2. What a beautiful post Mariaelena and Happy Blogiversary my friend!! I absolutely LOVE that wire vase your mom gave you!

  3. I am a new follower and what a wonderful tribute to your Mom here. I am sure she is looking down from Heaven and smiling on you...and that you feel close to her because of the memory pieces you have surrounded yourself with. Blessings and Congrats on one year of blogging. xo Diana

  4. Mariaelena what a beautiful post! I too have lost my Mom. It will be two years this March. There's not a day go bye that I don't think of her and miss her. I have many things throughout my home that were my Mom's. In fact, the one thing I have that I treasure more than anything is a necklace that she wore everyday. I now have it and I wear it everyday. You have such beautiful memories and treasures. Blessings to you and Happy Blogiversary Mariaelena, Gail

  5. Happy Blogiversary! You have a lovely blog.
    The iron vase from your mother is beautiful. I love it with the hydrangeas. I love the pencil sketch of it too.
    Here's to another great year of blogging.

  6. Congratulations on your blogiversary Mariaelena! I love the wire vase that your Mom gave you. The hydrangeas look really stunning in it.

  7. Congratulations on one year of blogging! Your my inspiration although I will never have the knack that you do! Your Mom is watching over and is proud! I can not wait to see what year no 2 will bring! HAPPY DECORATING! Love you!

  8. Congrats on your Blogiversary! Your mom would be proud!

  9. Love this sweet post honoring your mom. Happy Anniversary!

  10. Happy Anniversary Mariaelena! What a sweet way to honor your mom. I'm sure she'd just love it!
    The wire vase she gave you is beautiful.

  11. What a beautiful tribute to your mom, how lovely for you to decorate your beautiful home with all the elegant items she once loved. You have her impeccable eye for finding treasures, as does Hannah Mae!

  12. Happy Anniversary! I love your post and also your blog.
    Your mom would be so proud!
    I am your new follower! By the way, I am also Maria Elena! LOL

  13. Congrats on your one year anniversary! Sorry to hear that you lost your mom, but happy to see that you enjoy her things in your home. The apple doesn't fall very far:)


  14. happy one year!
    Your mom sounds a lot like mine. I look at all the things I love to do and she did the same when I was a little girl. So glad you have those memories of her.
    Thank you SO MUCH for the bag! It is adorable and perfect for a day outing.....maybe a trip to the spa :) OK just dreaming. Thank you so much, you are a wonderful friend and am so glad you started blogging!
    Lots of love

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