Monday, January 31, 2011

One World, One Heart ... The Great Worldwide Blog Tour

Thank you VERY much for stopping by to visit me in Hartwood today.  This post is an introduction, meant for visitors who are here for the first time, or for regulars who might have missed something along the way, and it is my participation in the One World One Heart worldwide blog event.

Hartwood is a small village in north central Virginia (USA) ... not a village in the most literal sense, you understand ... it's really only a Post Office, a church, and a bunch of farms.  It's a very beautiful, very rural place to live, and I love it here.

This is our house.  It was built in 1848.

This blog started two years ago as a way for me to document what was happening in my rose gardens and at my rose nursery.  I grow 900 different types of heirloom and modern roses, and there always seemed to be something to interesting going on.  As I learned about my roses, I wanted to share what I learned on my blog.  (A few weeks ago, I did a post about how to prune and train rambler roses, for example.)

This is not a fake photo.  It's what my Rose Field REALLY looks like in May and June.

I love photography, and my roses are very willing subjects.  During warm weather, I can often be found outdoors photographing my gardens.  I can think of no better way to spend a day than being surrounded by roses.  My pets are also featured in my photos.  We currently have 4 indoor cats, 1 outdoor cat, and 2 retired racing greyhounds.  (I worked in greyhound rescue for many years.  Friends and I now run Greyhounds Rock, a nonprofit charity that raises money for canine cancer treatment and research.  The link to our web site is on my sidebar.)

This is my friend Kim's dog, TJ, who is currently undergoing treatment for Osteosarcoma (bone cancer).

As time went by, I began to include a bit of history and some DIY with respect to the restoration of our old house.  We bought this house in 2002, and we spent 5 full years on a whole house renovation before we could move in.  I was the general contractor, I did all of the design work, and I did much of the demolition, paint stripping, and carpentry work myself.  This is my dream house, in my dream location, and I feel blessed to wake up here every morning.  Things are far from finished, so sometimes I have blog posts devoted to construction and decorating projects, as well as subjects specific to old house issues.  (I did a tutorial in a post just last week about how to install a subway tile backsplash.)  Take a look at the sidebar, and you will find links to blog posts that introduced some of the rooms of our house, our barn, and the evolution of the house itself.

A really bad flash photo of me, say "Cheese", taken by the Husband ... as I was working to cut and install the top of my rolling work island.  Click HERE to see the full post.

As part of the One World, One Heart event, each participating blog is offering a giveaway to the readers who visit.  To celebrate warmth of our Hartwood country setting, I am offering item an item designed to chase away the winter chill ... a hand-crocheted scarf, with roses (of course) will be sent to the lucky winner.

Everyone who has a blog is eligible to enter.  Leave a comment on this post, including a way for me to contact you ... it's as simple as that.  I will draw the winner and contact them on the evening of February 17.

Thank you, again, for stopping by to visit.  If you like what you see, I would be honored to have you come back to visit again from time to time. Hartwood is a beautiful, friendly place, and I try to share that feeling to my readers.


P.S.  I post here at least every day or two.  This post is going to get a little bit stale, as One World One Heart continues through February 17th.  If you want, click HERE to go to my most recent post and you can see what else is going on around here.

This giveway is now closed.  Thank you, all of you, for dropping by to see what my blog is all about.


  1. Your blog is beautiful and everything a blog SHOULD be. Love visiting you here!


  2. Just stopping by to say hi! and I didn't want to miss any photos:)

  3. Hi Connie, I've already told you how much I love your home and the roses are gorgeous! Please drop by and enter my giveaway for OWOH too.

  4. Connie, that is a beautiful scarf and wow you are one handy woman. You do the handy work that my husband does. I just do the painting he does the rest. Love your roses and wish I could grow them.

  5. Connie you are as cute as a button doing your handywork! You know I love your blog and it was fun to read a little 'history'. That scarf is gorgeous! hugs, Linda

  6. Connie how beautiful your home your business your life!!

    I would love to win your precious scarf. I wear one every day. (it is frigid here with another storm coming in!)

    Oh and do come and join my amazing giveaway from Splenderosa!

    Art by Karena

  7. You have a rich life, Connie, and your blog is great reading.

  8. Hi there....i just came over to your blog from Modern Country Style & see you too love to garden! Would love for you to link up to Cottage Flora Thursday's (garden party)looking for others who enjoy cottage gardens! xoox
    Hope to see you soon! xoox

  9. Lovely stuff! Isn't renovation fun? We've been in ours for just over a year now. We have a long way to go.

    This spring, i want to start a formal Italian-style rose garden (small) in front of the house in red and white. Any suggestions? I am not rose knowledgeable at all!

  10. You know how much I love your blog! I have been out of the loop for the last two weeks because my 27 year old kitty became sick and passed away. I have been absolutely heartbroken and really not in good shape for blogging. I'm sure you understand. This is my first day back and I had to come say "Hi". It is always so wonderful to see your beautiful pictures and your inspiring words.

  11. Oh Connie, how could I possibly have missed that fact that you live in that amazingly gorgeous house? I'm literally drooling *wipes keyboard* and not just a little bit jealous.

    It's inCREDible. You lucky, lucky thing.

    Please may I be entered into your scarf giveaway? It's beautiful.


  12. Connie - you have it all going on!! I want to pop in sometime when I'm racing back and forth on the highway. And please do come sit in the garden in old town. Bring roses!!

  13. I am in envy!!!! Beautiful roses.. home.. and you look so happy! Count me in for the ride!
    Cat@ Tatteredrebel

  14. beautiful roses...would love to win...

  15. Hi Connie,
    Your home is absolutely stunning and the roses are divine! I would love to win that scarf, please enter my name in your drawing.


  16. it is gorgeous! please add me to the draw and, if you have a chance, please swing by my blog...


  17. Oh my gosh, your homeis gorgeous, the barn is beautiful- I am going to hang out here and look at your restoration project. I grew up moving from house to house as my parents bought/gutted/restored homes over and over.
    This scarf is absolutely beautiful!
    Thank you for offering this item up!
    Heidi #259

  18. Your house is beautiful and your rose garden is the most beautiful one I have ever seen! You are so vaery talented! Please enter me in your giveaway and do stop by and enter mine. I am going to follow your blog- really neat!
    Best Wishes,

  19. Thank you for taking the time to offer this lovely gift and thank you for the opportunity to win!

  20. You have such a lovely home! I had a greyhound years ago, until he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. I enjoyed visiting your blog, and I hope you will visit mine, too (#307).

  21. Hi Connie - this is what I totally Love about this event - a chance to meet the neatest folks ~~~

    I love heirloom roses - have them in my yard and enjoy them all summer long. How wonderful that you own a nursery - you can be my new best friend!

    I am honestly not rushing through all of the OWOH blogs - I really do want to make new friends and find some folks that share a similar interest. I am also a yarn obsessed passionate knitter.

    I am signing up to follow your blog in my Google Reader so that I can be sure to see your beautiful roses this summer. Here at my house - my husband is the passionate Gardener and he has his own fan club on my blog.

    I am so very happy to have met you through this wonderful event - I wish you well on this blog hopping journey!

    And oh my goodness - that scarf is so far the most beautiful creation that I have seen on my "travels" so far! I would think I was pretty fancy if I won that treasure!


  22. Stunning!!

    Thank you for being apart of the OWOH journey!

  23. Such a beautiful home and rose field you have! The scarf is also lovely.

    homemakerhoney@ gmail .com

    My OWOH giveaway:

  24. Hi Connie...Just dropping by..Your garden looks so beautiful as well your house. I really love your house and the surrounding peaceful and you also so talented doing many things.

  25. Lovely introduction! You're so creative! And your scarf is so unique and so sweet! Someone, somewhere is going to be very happy with your beautiful giveaway...I can only dream it's me! :)

    OWOH is a great trip around the (blog)world! I enjoy it, thanks!

    Sweet greetings from Belgium,
    Saskia :)

  26. Wow! Love your home and your roses!
    Loved reading your blog....and seeing all of the renovations.
    Love the rose scarf. Will be coming back for more visits.

    Irma :)

  27. Your Life Story is wonderful, ma'am!

  28. What a beautiful, beautiful house! And your gift is gorgeous. Glad I visited.

    Jeanie Callaghan
    I am #249 on the OWOH list.

  29. Greetings from Canada. Nice giveaway!
    Visit me at #336 at Shimmer and Tulle.

    Gorgeous house!!! I am now following you!

  30. Greetings from Vermont.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving warm comments.

  31. Such a pretty scarf! I need it today with -40 temps!
    Stop by and enter my OWOH! I'm #50!

  32. Hope you have oodles of fun during OWOH. I've enjoyed it so much over the years. Thanks for your generosity and participation in the event. What a great post and blog. Love all of the photos you share. Dount me in Please.
    visionquest2020 AT msn DOT com

  33. Your pup is a beauty! And look at you creating your own furniture! This is a beautiful giveaway! Thank you! #357 jinglesells at gmail dot com

  34. Roses!!! Roses and two most favorite flowers! Maybe you may know of the name of a tiny light pink heirloom rose I have inherited that was my grandmother's? Your rose scarf is beautiful!! I would love to be included in your giveaway! Thank you so very much!

    Kindest regards,
    Dale Ann ~
    OWOH participant
    #195 Chronicles of Whimsy

  35. What an amazing place to live...I'm in awe!

    Happy OWOH! Nice to meet you :)

  36. Great giveaway!!
    Count me in please.

  37. A beautiful Scarf to Go With a Beautiful Blog Post! Please put me in the pot for your OWOH Door Prize!
    Thank You,Tee

  38. What a lovely home you have! The furry children are cute too! Love to win this scarf!

  39. What a beautiful home! I'd love to live in that :) Oh wait that's not the offering is it ;)

    Your scarf is so beautiful! I'd love a chance to wear it. I love scarves!

  40. I would adore to win this scarf!

    Please stop by my blog and enter my OWOH giveaway also! I'm #590.

    hoerauf at comcast dot net


  41. A very lovely item. please include me in your drawing.

  42. OMG, Reading your 'crib notes' Blog then had to wander a little further (sort of like into your garden) I was raised in a house that always seemed to be full of animals (no not just siblings) and my father always seemed to bring home an unwanted dog, very often greyhounds... they are the most beautiful streamlined gentle creatures on earth!! By the way I'm pleased to meet you (I'm Shelle from Sunshine Coast Australia) If you have time I'd love you to come on over check out my giveaways & comment at my OWOH post too :) One World One Heart... It's a marathon BUT SO MUCH FUN!!!! hope to catch up again!!! PS Your house rocks it was built only about 60 years after they colonised Australia!!

  43. I really hope to win this scarf for my daughter. She would love it so much. It looks so warm and snuggly. I really enjoyed reading about your house and I really like the photo of your friend's dog too.

  44. Your home and garden are truely lovely! All your hard work shows in the beautiful presentation of both! Please enter me to win your gorgeous scarf!

  45. You lucky girl....your home is beautiful as is your rose garden!
    I bet you get lost in it in the summer..... I could spend hours and hours enjoying all those beautiful roses!

    I love love love the roses scarf!
    Perfect and beautiful for our yucky michigan snowy weather!

    I am going to follower your blog so I don't loss you!

    Come and visit!

    Smiles, Dolly

  46. Thanks for visiting my blog. I have enjoyed visiting your little corner of the blogosphere. I envy you the beautiful house you live in. I'd love to win your beautiful scarf

  47. Beautiful home! Thanks for having us over :)
    goodasgoldie at yahoo dot com

  48. what a wonderful place to call home, I love your rose garden and your barn is scrumptious. I love to photograph barns. Thanks for letting me visit you today and please sign me up for the lovely scarf. I would love for you to stop by my blog and see my giveaway also

  49. Your home is lovely as is the beautiful crocheted scarf. I hope I win and crossing everything that I do..Thanks so much.

  50. Your dog is beautiful..good luck

    I enjoyed visiting your KEWL blog

    Please stop by mine OWOH 2011

  51. Your home is so pretty ,and thanks for the lovely door prize. I am a dog lover and I hope your dog will be alright. What is the prognosis?
    Pop on over to Irish Muses at #678

  52. Hallo , nice to meet you.
    Thank you for giving us the chance to win your great doorprice.
    This is really beautiful.
    I would love to win that.
    Please count me in.
    Come visit me on my blog,I join the OWOH- event too.
    Regards from Germany and happy OWOH

  53. Your home is beautiful, and your roses!! I would love a chance to win..
    I'm OWOH participant #502

  54. have a new fan...I love roses.

  55. Your house and roses are beautiful - how fortunate to live in such a lovely old house.

    Love your giveaway...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

  56. Hi Connie, so lovely to meet you! You have the type of house I've always dreamed of having...I know the renovations are a lot of work but what a labour of love I'm sure:-) You really are a "Jill of all trades"! hehe

    Please add my name for your giveaway, I would so love to win your gorgeous scarf:-) I love roses and my middle name is even Rose!

    Make sure you come by and enter my own giveaway if you haven’t done so already!!

    Hugs, PEA from Canada xox

  57. Lovely giveaway, the roses on the scarf are beautiful. I am in love with your house and your furry children, oh and the roses of course but your house is amazing.

  58. Thanks for the giveaway, you really must love roses a lot!

  59. you are every so much smarter than I as we lived in the house while we were renovating. what an absolute mess but we wouldn't trade those memories for anything. the scarf is lovely and it would be a pleasure and beautiful to wear. when you've time, please visit Thistle Cove Farm.

  60. I love roses...and would enjoy the scarf! And your rose garden really is amazing! I can just imagine the wonderful scent in the summer months! Thank you! ♥ Visit me soon! I'm # 389 ! ♥

  61. What a beautiful scarf and a beautiful place to live Great art thanks for inviting us over

  62. Wow! Your scarf is soo beautiful! Roses are my most favorite flower to grow and smell and just look at! Visit me at #123 for my giveaways of all natural body butters.

  63. Hi, nice to meet you. It sounds like you have an idyllic lifestyle surrounded by your roses and your pets. I love roses but I can't imagine looking after as many as you have.
    Beautiful scarf (with roses) too, really lovely.

  64. What a beautiful home you have, I am looking forward to following you.Your gift is gorgeous. Thanks for the chance to win. Please pop over to my blog and enter mine #636

  65. Hi,
    gorgeous house and garden, thanks
    for showing those photos and for this chance to win!

    I send you greetings from Finland,
    very nice to meet you here at OWOH event,
    I'm number *451* Mervi;-))m

    leikkaan AT

  66. I love roses!! Please enter my name in your wonderful drawing. Many thanks

  67. Hi Connie, your scarf looks soft and warm. Don't be to hard on yourself, I think the photo of you saying Cheese is very nice. You look beautiful.

  68. Beautiful scarf! Oh please enter me in your OWOH Giveaway! If I am the winner, you can contact me at Take a moment to visit my blog and enter my OWOH Giveaway at


  69. Hello from Ohio! Nice meeting you and getting to know your blog! The giveaway scarf is great!I love your roses!
    gabriela #439

  70. Hi Connie~nice to meet you!! I've enjoyed visiting your blog. I am "mom" to 3 spoiled cats and 2 toads. We would love to have dogs, but are not home enough to give them the attention that they need.
    My BIL lost his doberman to osteosarcoma~Thanks for raising awareness :)
    Your roses are gorgeous~as is the scarf you made.

  71. Ciao! I am so happy to meet you today on the wings of OWOH! Thanks for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway - your roses are beautiful as is your scarf!!
    Hugs, ♥ ♥ ♥ Antonella ♥ ♥ ♥
    wing stop #153, snowy New Jersey
    Please stop by #153 for a chance to win my giveaway!

  72. Roses are my favorite flower--your scarf is beautiful. Please toss my name into your hat! I hope you have a chance to stop by my blog & enter my giveaway, too! #331

  73. I'm so happy to *meet* you today through OWOH and get the chance to see your beautiful home and roses! I adore older homes and my hubby and I have done more than our fair share of reno work over the years in a number of them. Unfortunately, I have a terrible "black thumb" and would never get my flowers to bloom like yours (but I can dream, right?!) LOL

    I would love to win your sweet rose scarf (and I know I wouldn't kill it! LOL) Please stop by my blog (#347) for a chance to win my giveaway too.

    ashlyndesign (at) comcast (dot) net

  74. Hi Connie! I live in WA right outside Portland OR. I too am a rose fanatic... especially heirloom roses!!! I've even won trophies at the Portland Rose show during the June Portland Rose Festival. After I leave this comment, I'm heading to your website to snoop around!

    It's great to meet you here on OWOH!

    thecreatorspalette at gmail dot com
    #14 "Melanie's Journey

  75. Hi Connie! You live in my dream house, a brick Victorian. I do live in a 110 yr old farm house that has been remodeled too many times but it's pretty. I garden like crazy too!The old trees and big boulders on the property are great. I'm coming back to your blog and following, I often head to VA to see family and love roses.

    cathyguitarteacher-77 at

  76. Wow! Your home and gardens are incredible! It is like a dreamland.
    Thank you for participating in OWOH 2011.
    Pop by my blog, #51, if you get a chance.
    hugs from ON, Canada

  77. Connie, I am SO bookmarking your blog. It is beautiful and I take an added interest in it because I, like you, am a Virginian. I live in Alexandria at the present but dream of the day when I can "retire" to the Charlottesville area where I used to live. My mother-in-law, who lives there, is an avid Master Gardener who would love your roses. Can't wait till I have a little more time to come back and read your tutorial about your snow pics. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.


  78. Your home is beautiful! I love Virginia - I spent much of my childhood there and now my oldest daughter is there in college.

  79. Your giveaway is so beautiful!!! I would love to win something so special! I LOVE scarf
    Thanks for the chance to win :D

    Come to enter my giveaway if you have time!

    Hugs !!

  80. You have a beautiful home! I would love to win your lovely scarf! Please enter me in your drawing, and stop by my blog to enter mine!

    :) Michelle

  81. your house is beautiful! And so is the scarf!
    binafan at hotmail dot com

  82. Greetings from Oregon, USA! Your rose farm and the giveaway scarf are exquisite! Stop by and say hi at my OWOH post...I'm # 457 All the best, Susan Faye

  83. What a lovely home and garden you have. Seems like you are living the dream. : )
    Love your crocheting too.
    Please enter me in your draw and come on over to my blog #348 and toss your name in the hat if you wish. Thanks!

  84. you are such a gifted woman surrounded by so much beauty you are creating!!
    please come visit my blog #30 on the list,
    warm hugs & blessings from Montana.

  85. Your blog is wonderful, I'm glad to have found it and to have met you on my journey. Hope you have a wonderful time on the OWOH, I know I am. Hugs!

    Vintiquities Workshop
    Creep Softly Studios

  86. Your house looks fabulous! Ours was built in 1901, so we are youngsters... :o)
    And your scarf is FAB-U-LOUS!
    Caryl OWOH #270

  87. I am totally impressed with your home. I love the "roses" you have chosen for us, too. I'm number 11 and hope you drop by.

  88. Hello from Florence, Oregon. I am so happy to meet you. Your blog, and home are amazing.

  89. Your home is beautiful! Your work on the home is inspiring and that rose garden is to die for. It really does look like the perfect place to live (and relax). I'd be honored to win that wonderful scarf.

    Thanks so much for the chance,

  90. Oh you have such a wonderful blog and great give away! Your home is just gorgeous! Visit me too #220 needlewings at

  91. This is just beautiful... I'd love to own it! come by my blog to see my falling ladies...

  92. Hello from Oregon! Thanks for inviting me to peek around in your blog and enter your giveaway! The scarf is gorgeous. Love the roses.
    Feel free to come to my blog, look around and enter my giveaway for some homemade cards.
    :) Gale

  93. your blog is beautiful . How is TJ ? please visit mine #425
    my giveaway is a ooak polymer bunting baby

  94. So pretty, and lovely photos. So nice to see you and your blog on my journey around OWOH 2011. Enjoy the rest of OWOH. Kim (No. 724)

  95. I think this is the most beautiful scarf I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing.
    Have your best OWOH ever.

  96. Hello Connie, it's lovely to meet you - you sound like a lady of many talents! Your house looks beautiful. Love your giveaway scarf, also beautiful and it had to have roses on it didn't it!

    I hope you'll stop by and see my giveaways too on my blog.

    Sherry from England, UK

  97. What a lovely home and rose garden! I only have about 12 rose bushes, all needing pruning. Your scarf is sweet! I started knitting about two years ago and want to learn to crochet as well.

  98. Hi Connie,
    I love your house! Old homes have such character. Your scarf is beautiful-would really come in handy right now in upstate NY!

  99. Hello from Navada! I love your giveaway! Please count me in! Thank you!!

    ¸.•´¸.•*´¨) ¸.•*´¨)
    (¸.•´ (¸.•´Keisha

  100. Your beautiful rose scarf would be perfect for our very cold winter months here in Canada!
    Please check out my blog, Art of Humungous Proportions!
    Best wishes to you ~
    OWOH #602

  101. Wow-roses and reaserch and rescue and carpentry! You're a real Renaissance woman! And you still find time to blog?

    I hope to learn a little horticulture here- and I understand your small not-a-town experience! I think the nearest townlink property to us is best considered a post office and a barbecue joint!:) Happy OWOH!


  102. Hello from Thailand!

    Wow! your place is so beautiful! You've really done a great job in its restoration.

    And I love your giveaway, it looks so sweet.

    Here's my OWOH post..please click here.. :)

    laetriciajaniel (@) gmail (d0t) com

  103. What a beautiful home you have! And your rose garden is just lovely. Thanks for sharing a part of your life.
    Please include me in
    your giveaway.
    Come visit me at

    Thanks Teri

  104. Wow what a lovely giveaway! Please add me to the list !Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  105. I am so jealous of where you live and your amazing house. PLease throw my name in the hat for your lovely prize. Pop on over to my blog too if you would like. I am going to follow your blog because it's just so very lovely!

  106. What an amazing place to live!
    A big hug from Spain.

  107. PRETTY!! Happy OWOH to you!

    If you get the chance, stop by and say hi--I'm OWOHing, too!

    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

  108. Hello Connie,
    I had a most enjoyable time getting to know you through your blog today. I can smell the roses while I take a fantasy walk through the fields and gardens. Hmm, heavenly. I've always loved the "wilder" varieties, except for Sterlings, my very fave. Not very aromatic but so lovely, extravagent. The bookstore I work at sponsors the Greyhound Rescue League once a month. Some amazing dogs up for adoption and care. I love the home you have created, thank you for saving it for all the ages! Our histories are becoming obsolete to our young people. I think the scarf you've crocheted is beautiful and keeps with the ideals of your homelife. Offering beauty, warmth and comfort. Tina

  109. Greetings from Kansas, You have a very interesting blog. I enjoyed my visit and I love your roses field. Wow!


  110. Connie, what an amazingly enchanted home and Rose Garden. I love to wander through Rose gardens.
    Hello and it is so wonderful to meet you. I would be so excited to be a part of your OWOH blog giveaway. Please come and visit during your journey through Blogland.
    Wishes and Whimsy
    Wendy from Wonderland

  111. Well, hello there from snowy Arkansas! You have such a cool blog! Please enter me in your fantastic giveaway and if you haven't already, be sure to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway, too. #215 on the list.

    Warmest regards,

    Wanda Eash
    Two Crafty Mules

  112. Hi Connie! What a beautiful rose field and house you have!! I'm definitely clicking on your "Follow" button! Have a wonderful time with OWOH!

  113. Greyhounds!!! LOVE them. I have a sweet, 6.5 year old brindle named Ramona. Awwww....

    Love your work here. Oh, and THANK YOU for not having music play automatically when I come to your site :)

  114. so nice to meet you through this event. I hope that you'll stop by for a fun seeing all the creativity across blogland.

  115. just dropping by to say hi!! its a lovely scraf! I love roses too.

  116. Thisis soooooooooooooo beautiful. I would love to win this!

  117. Wow Connie! What an INCREDIBLY beautiful life that you live!! Amazing! I can't imagine what your rose garden smells like when in full bloom! And the scarf is a perfect door prize to represent your corner of the world...please enter me in your giveaway and if you get a chance, please pop in to my blog, Lost Coast Post! Cheers, Michelle

  118. How lovely to meet you. Your life seems so idyllic that I am inviting myself over for a visit especially to see your beautiful home and rose garden :) Please add me to your giveaway and come over and visit me too. I am No. 229 on the list.

  119. Hi from Canberra Australia I love your work and would like to enter your "door prize".
    Please swing by my blog and enter mine as well.
    Doreen #573

  120. Oh that is a beautiful scarf! And your rose! Sounds like you are with roses like how I want to be with daylilies someday. Planning on hybridizing my own, and have lots that I want to plan :D Thanks so much for sharing!

    Rayna - Minnesota
    northstarshetlands AT
    OWOH Giveaway Blogger #836

  121. Beautiful scarf! Love the history about your house!
    :-) Gina #299

  122. I hope you are having as much fun with One World One Heart as I am this year!
    Thanks for the opportunity to come and visit your blog and your amazing roses
    If you get a chance stop by my blog and check out my giveaway
    I am number #25
    trinaxxl (at) yahoo (dot) com

  123. Hello from central Minnesota!
    Your scarf is gorgeous and so are your roses and your house is beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

  124. omg, i can only dream of living in such a beautiful place ... perfection! Your restoration work and decorating is gorgeous ... as are roses ... rose fan here! I had a wonderful time exploring your blog

  125. Hi from chilly Kent England. Thanks for letting me peek into your world, what a stunning house - I would love to live somewhere like that and with beautiful roses - wow! Love the scarf, please count me in and if you get a chance pop on by my blog #404, warm welcome awaits.

  126. What a gorgeous old house--you must be so very happy to live there! I am so glad to have discovered your blog, and I will be back soon for a longer visit! Please come by and enter mine, as well--I'm #702. Smiles, Jann

  127. The scarf is beautiful and your home is stunning. I always wanted to live in an old two storey house However- these days I would find all those stairs challenging so I will have to admire your home from afar.
    I hope that you are having a great OWOH festival and finding the opportunity to visit some of the other participants. There is much to view and be inspired by..
    Regards from a Western Canadian quilter,

  128. Beautiful rose garden! My dad had about 80 roses in his yard; I miss all of them, but do have a few!
    please enter me!

  129. your house and your garden are amazing! thanks so much for the chance to win your lovely giveaway. if you haven't yet, i hope you can drop by my blog at (#544) and join my OWOH giveaway. blessings!

  130. Hello from Cody, Wyoming, USA. I enjoyed visiting your blog and getting to know a bit about you. I love your beautiful home, and your roses are absolutely awesome.
    Thanks for participating in OWOH. Please enter me in the drawing for your lovely gift.
    If you haven't done so yet, please stop by and enter these giveaways too.
    # 385
    # 132

  131. Hi Connie! Greeting from Colorado. I'm glad to have the chance to visit your blog. It's lovely! And your rose garden is beautiful. My blog and my Etsy shop both have rose banners.

    Thank you for sharing the warmth of your home and your gorgeous rose scarf. I have my fingers crossed!

    I'm a jewelry artist and have some goodies to give away too! Please visit if you haven't already! #696 Peace~Debi at

  132. Great blog and a truly gorgeous scarf - would love it wear it in thses chilly months

    Hope to see you at mine maybe

    Sarah 662

  133. What a lovely giveaway! I am just starting to crochet and knit. Thank you for entering me.
    Shannon from NY

  134. very feminine, love it

  135. I've never seen a Rose pad...and yours is just lovely. wow~you would have to just go out and look at all that beauty daily.
    Your giveaway is just lovely too. Thanks for the chance of winning
    tamschrm at aol dot com

  136. That scarf is beautiful and matches your roses perfectly! I wish I could visit your farm!

  137. I love the rose field photo! What a lovely scarf. I really like roses and you do very nice work.

  138. What a fabulous house! I love the barn and well....your rose garden. How lucky are you...VERY! Photography is a passion of mine and one of my favorite things to take pictures of is flowers...they are so willing aren't they...LOL! We rescued our Great Dane/Pit Bull mix and will adopt another dog again. I think rescue animals make the best kind. Oh, before I forget...the scarf is beautiful and I hope I'm the lucky winner :D...cheese!

    Bright blessings,

  139. Your home and gardens are beautiful....I enjoyed your photos. Thanks for the chnce to win your lovely scarf. It would be great here in cold and snowy Ohio!

  140. Greetings from Ipswich, MA

    You have such a beautiful home, and it's a pleasure to meet you. Your scarf offering is lovely. Please enter me into the OWOH give away.

    I hope you will visit my blog, too.
    I'm offering a shabby chic denim necklace. I'm #509

  141. Hi, I want to read more on your pruning of roses and learn more about roses. I have a rose that is a cutting of the bush that my great grandmother brought with her on a flat boat to marry my great grandfather. I feel lucky to have this bush but I really don;t know how to take care of it. Also I would love to find the actual name of the rose. I would love to win your giveaway.Please visit my blog and see my giveaways.
    Carolyn Kight from Michigan, USA


    Another email: (I like this one the best.)

  142. your blog is beautiful, as is your home! i've been enjoying poking through your blog this evening, and would be honored if you would add me to your drawing! i can tell i'll be spending quite a bit of time on your blog in the future, too!

    joe in montana

  143. Hi Connie. Greetings from another Virginian (transplant.. I am actually from Canada but live just outside of Williamsburg). I just love your blog, and your scarf if absolutely beautiful!

    I would love for you to hop on over to my blog for a visit. I am #78 on the OWOH participant list.

  144. Hello! I'm so glad I found One World One Heart and was able to visit your blog! I'm pretty new to the blogging world and I love seeing the different ways of blogging. I hope you will check out my blog and maybe find something useful there. I'd love to be entered for your door prize, thanks for adding my name to the list!

  145. Hi Connie,

    Oh yeah, "" is a real downer, as I -- just like you -- tend to answer my comments via email. Hah! Great minds think alike... But I disgress...

    I really like your house, but even more than that I like how much free land there is... Gardening must be a challenge, but then again such a free view and the wonderful garden is really rewarding! I guess I have to follow your blog, so that I can enjoy everything along with you. :)

    Thanks also for the chance to win the lovely scarf with roses -- it's a treasure!

    Greetings from Germany,
    # 66

  146. I love your house...lucky you!! And, your roses are spectacular! I would love to wear this lovely scarf!

    I would be honored to win.

    isastephanie at yahoo dot com

    I invite you to stop by my blog and enter my giveaway at:


  147. What a lovely scarf....
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  148. Hey Connie,

    I think old houses are the best. Yours is beautiful and your rose field is stunning. Planting more rose bushes this spring is now on my to-do list.

    Your scarf is lovely. Please count me in.

    ~Michelle, OWOH #598~

  149. Connie! I'm so glad I found you! Your blog is just wonderful! We have so much in common...I am also restoring a historic home. Ours was built in 1869. Have you discovered that living in and restoring an old house is a practice in patience?! You either love them and are in for the long haul, or you just don't attempt it. It's a good thing my husband and I are persistent and a little crazy, otherwise we would have abandoned this particular project a few years ago! HA! We are also big supporters of our local Humane Society and perform rescues of precious furry friends on a consistent basis. We live with our sweet animals, two dogs, two cats and various other critters that find their way to us. Both my husband and I are artists who work at other jobs by day and practice our craft in the evenings...after house projects, time with our sweet son, general upkeep on animals and said house, and a bit of time for conversation. In other words, we work that in where we can...even if it means in the wee hours of the morning. I bet you know how that is!

    The scarf is absolutely gorgeous, and you are going to make one lucky person very happy!!! I certainly hope it's me, but even if it's not, I feel as though I've won a prize by finding your lovely blog. I'm signing up to follow you so that I can come back and visit again soon. Hope you'll stop by and visit with me when you have some time.

    All good wishes!

  150. Connie - what a fabulous blog! i really soaked up that tutorial you did on photoshop - thanks for that! i love the way you're recording the progress on your home - it's beautiful - and i am green about your roses!!
    Please toss my name in the hat for the really beautiful scarf - and if you have a chance, please stop by for a visit. #657

  151. Hi Connie, I would love to win your beautifully handcrafted crocheted scarf art project. How sweet! Please visit my blog, too. I am the author of "16 x MOM: A Mastery of Motherhood." I am giving away my book and a couple of laminated 4 leaf clovers.

  152. I adore the crocheted scarf!!!! It was so nice to stay awhile and enjoy a coffee with you. If you get the chance I would love you to visit me downunder (Australia) so I can return the favour. #819

  153. Your doggie made my heart melt, I hope is responding well to treatment. You have an incredibly beautiful home and your rose garden, well, what can I say, I don't think I have EVER seen that many roses in one place. The scents must be absolutely wonderful.
    And you have roses on the scarf as well, perfect, I'd say! I would love to wear it. Thanks for the chance of winning it. Liz (831)

  154. I hope that your dog is healing-your roses are lovely and the scarf is sweet-I would love to have it around my neck

    thank you

    chocolate and croissants at yahoo com

    please stop by.

  155. Oh, it's beautiful! No wonder there are so many entrants! Love the picture of the roses too. A place can't have enough, I always feel...just wish I had more and can't wait until they are all in bloom again. I miss the smell and beauty of my roses so much. Anyway, thank you for the chance. ;)

  156. I wish I had a house and a rose-garden like yours! <3

    Please come and visit my blog too if you didn´t do it already! Thank you :)

    Warm regards
    Susan, nr 471

  157. ...this is ** scarf-tastic ** great give-a-way..thanks for the opportunity

  158. Lovely scarf and house, I so jealous. Loving this OWOH and meeting everyone. Come by for a visit Leslie

  159. Thank you for a chance to win your fabulous giveaway! Don't forget to visit me too!

    Monica #340
    giddygreetings at yahoo dot com

  160. Dear Connie, I can smell them now! I love the scent of roses. One of my grandmothers (born in 1900) would bathe with rose water and she always smelled wonderful. Your garden is amazing. I admire anyone who can grow a rose. One of my brothers (Troy Howell) lives in Fredericksburg. He is an artist. You may have seen some of his art on 'Fred' the city buses. You live in a beautiful home and area. The photos of your home show all the love and time you have invested. Just lovely. Blessings in the journey, Rebecca #393

  161. Well your house is simply lovely! I LOVE your Xmas's so "Little Women" black and white...just love it...too bad about losing all that ginger bread...I actually had a house that had that as well...I loved the meantime the doors in the foyer...the green one in particular...right up my alley...actually I just recently posted about my redo in the master bath of our house (I'm the "love connection" lisa spoke of, we are in the middle of redoing everything)...only I painted my doors to look like that...I'll have to come back and check out the rest...geez, I got so involved with reading that I have completely forgotten what your gift is...but I'm sure I'd love to win...soooo much fun looking at your work..thx for sharing, june #75

  162. Can you feel my jealousy across the ocean? What a beautiful, beautiful place to live. All that land, all that space. And truly YOURS and yet still steeped in history. *sigh*

    Thank you for the chance to win your lovely scarf - I'm still flying around the list – did I sneak in under the wire?

    Please feel free to drop by my OWOH post too - it’s open till 5pm UK time today :)

    OWOH #365

  163. Greetings from Washington State, USA! I love your blog and will be back to browse further! I especially liked the barn restoration photos. Just amazing. One of our dreams is to get property with a barn to restore. You've inspired me! Cheers!
    natureswalk at comcast dot net

  164. Greetings from the Jersey Shore!
    I love your home, it is beautiful! and I share your love of animals (and roses...but the deer just keep eating them so I gave up) your scarf is STUNNING! please include me and please come visit #209
    Thanks, Susan
    (Pieces of Fate)


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