Monday, August 11, 2014


Hello Dear Blog Peeps!

A few weeks ago, Linda, from the blog Lady Linda, asked me if I would participate in the Blogland Tour.

Linda is a dear blogger who loves dolls, her grandchildren and husband, Jimmy, the artist Mary Engelbreit, all things Tasha Tudor, tea and life, itself!

My blog, Writing Straight from the Heart, is truly a labor of love, as all our blogs are.


My five year blogversary in blogland is coming in October!  Can you even imagine that?

The Blogland Tour is an opportunity to meet other bloggers and read their individual blogs!

What fun!

I am supposed to answer four questions so here goes:

1. What are you working on?
 Around here, there is never a dull moment. Usually I have numerous irons in the fire.
But one thing I'm working on is a dollhouse yard. 
Miniatures and dollhouses are hobbies of mine that fill my heart with pure  joy.
The flower pots seen in the photo were all made within the past couple of months as well as the cushions for the white iron furniture!
Next will be some steps for the front porch! 

2. How does your work differ from others?
Even though it's recommended, I don't have a niche for my blog. 
My posts are just written from my heart and are slices from my own life.
When first starting the blog , I had no idea if anyone would actually read it. 
Now, almost five years later,  I'm awfully glad they do!
 I LOVE my Followers.They are kindred spirits and are very precious to me.

 3. Why do you write/create what you do?
You know how important it is for us to breathe?  Well, it's equally important for me to write and take photographs.
It makes me so happy to share my photography and writing with others. Both have been "constants" for my entire life.
I like to think  my blog is my humble contribution to making the world a more gentle, loving and happy place!

4.How does your writing/creating process work?

Rarely will you find me without my handy little Panasonic Lumix digital camera.  One just never knows when a perfect photo opportunity is going to arise. I always  think "Oh, that shot would be perfect to share with fellow bloggers." Then, snap, snap, snap!
As for writing in my blog, I share what is happening in my life--- baking, cooking, creative projects around the house, day trips, dolls,  flowers,  hobbies, interior decorating, and on and on.  

This world is so exciting and filled with immense possibilities!  I think it would be virtually impossible to run out of things to write about.
Many thanks for reading this post today!
I am so happy, honored and privileged to participate in the Blogland Tour!

Now, I'd like to introduce you to Sandie who writes the blog Chatty Chrone.

She will be featured  on the Blogland Tour next Monday, August 18th.
Sandie is a darling woman who lives in Georgia.  We have never met face-to-face (yet) but we are truly kindred spirits.  She feels like a sister to me!
She is caring, courageous, funny, genuine, honest, humble, and has a heart filled with love. Please be sure to stop by  and read all about her blog next week!


Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

What a lovely idea Susan,love your photo and post x

BECKY said...

Great Blog Tour!! And I have been fortunate enough to meet Sandie at Chatty Crone...and she's everything you described. I feel like you and I are also kindred spirits, Susan!

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hello Susan... I really enjoyed your Blog Tour.
I love your dollhouse and the yard and garden you are making.... it's so lovely... the seats and cushions are gorgeous.... Hugs and blessings..
Barb xx

Lady Linda said...

Good morning my dear blogger friend! You really did a nice job with your blogland tour and once again, I do thank you! I loved seeing pictures of your dollhouse. Kindred Spirits. Your camera takes really nice pictures. I have often wondered what you used to take your photos. Your blog is always a comfort and a ray of sunshine in my life. Love to you and enjoy the rest of summer. I am happy to be back from my trip, but it's sooo hot. It is a nice weather break in Alaska.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I'm so glad to have met you through blog land. Have a great week. Tammy

Anonymous said...

Susan, great idea, beautiful photos. All my best and happy time.

diane.stetson said...

You are the queen of hobbies and collections! You take great photos and are also very photogenic!

Marta said...

Hello from Spain: I returned from vacation. I I missed your blog. I follow the blog of Linda. She is very cute too. I enjoyed reading your answers. I like your dollhouse. Very beautiful and elegant. Awesome porch. Congratulations on five years. I am happy to know your blog.Tus photographs are always amazing and very inspiring. I will visit the blog of Sandie. Keep in touch

mamasmercantile said...

Popped over from Lady Linda. Loved the dolls house what a great garden you are making. said...

Your blog tour is lovely Susan.
You have everyone's attention so pretty all.

Lady Sandie suggested your blog to visit. I am glad I came in today.

You have a nice day and continued week. I will be back.

Rebecca said...

A YARD! Why haven't I thought of that?!? I absolutely ♥ what you've done/are doing with yours :)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh where to start first???

You look terrific there girlfriend.
And I know some facts about you.
You are always busy with lots of irons in the fire for sure.
You always speak from your heart.
I love your dollhouse.
I know you love your followers and blog - they mean a lot to you.
It is important to you like it is to me - to look for the beauty in the world and to be positive.
And you are a great writer.

Me - oh my gosh that picture of me is huge! Too big girl! lol

Susan said...

Hello Sweet Readers....

Let's send out a warm welcome to Sparkle, this blog's newest follower.

One of her blogs is "Imagination."

Thank you so much for following and may you pop in frequently!

Sending hugs to all on this sunny day in August! Susan

Sandra said...

I found you today on Chatty's blog. I have been blogging since 09 and love it and i also write and take photos because i love to do it.. i have always loved doll houses but never had one. i like the miniature furniture. yours is so pretty

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello Susan,
You will have to come over and visit today, as I am participating in the blog tour also! This was such a sweet post, and I loved it all. That doll house makes me wish that I kept Nel and Jess' from when they were little. I always enjoy your pictures, your words, and most of all, YOU!


Ann Thompson said...

I came over from Sandie's blog to say hi.
My blog doesn't have a niche either. It started out that it was going to but now it's just whatever I feel like blogging about.
I love your dollhouse. That is really awesome

Betty said...

Sandie sent me.

Your dollhouse is looking great. Would you believe I have a doll house that I started in 1981 and have never finished? Then a couple of years ago one of the cats climbed on the roof and chewed most of the trim. I've got it in a safe place now and need to fix that trim. The outside was the only part that was finished...until the cat got to it.

jack69 said...

Enjoyed the read. A sweet place in blogland for sure.
Sandie sent me over. You described her well. She is one of my loves and a winner.
Nice to see ya!
jack & Sherry presently in the Poconos..

Bookie said...

Nice job, Susan. I'm glad you have no niche...enjoy your blog just as it is! Been traveling a wee bit to see grandkidees. Life wild here and not keeping up with blogs well.

Vee said...

Sandie sent me over and I'm glad that I followed that link. What stunning photos you've shared of the lake and those white birch(?) trees...just marvelous.,

Ginny said...

Hi, I come from Sandie. Your blog is beautiful! And you and I are the same. I adore writing and photography! I think my camera is attached to my hip! Your pictures are wonderful, I love the white birch!

Ginny said...

OH, I forgot...I LOVE your dollhouse!! It looks like a pink Victorian, how awesome! I always wanted a dollhouse a a girl. The only one I ever got was a Barbie Dream House, and that was only because I had my tonsils out! I see Sandra here, too, we are blogging sisters.

Susan said...

A warm welcome to the writer of the blog "Say What," this blog's newest Follower.

Thanks so much for Following. Hope you stop by frequently. Susan

Stephanie said...

What a lovely blog tour, Susan. I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you, sweet lady.

Have a great week!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I'm visiting from Sandie's blog. I loved your post and photos. And the dollhouse is beautiful! I'll be back to visit again!

Rose said...

Love your blog tour. I adore Chatty Chrone. I noticed you mentioned a friend named Linda that loves dolls.

I maybe moving in the near future and I have two curiors filled with a doll collection. I know they won't fit into the smaller housing unit I maybe moving to.

Do you think Linda would be interested in my dolls? I can forward some photos.

Hugs, Rose

Valerie said...

Dear Susan,
You are beautiful inside and out. Love your dollhouse miniatures! Just lovely. I truly enjoy reading your blog. It is a ray of sunshine,

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Susan, I am also here from Sandie's blog today to say HELLO. Any friend of Sandie's is a friend of mine. I hope to meet her too sometime...

You have a beautiful blog....

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Well, this is so nice to learn more about you. You know you have always been an inspiration and motivation to so many of us. Your happy spirit and light shine through all of your posts!

mail4rosey said...

You're talking nice about Sandie, she's over at her place talking nice about you... there's just a lot of blog loving going on around here. :)

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Ok came via a link on Chatty's blog and liked what I have seen, if you had a follow via email option I would indeed to do that then I would be here with each post like an annoying fly buzzing around

Granny Annie said...

So happy that I stopped by at the urging of Sandie as Chatty Crone. Love your miniatures and wish I had moved forward with such an endeavor in my life. I guess it is never too late. I might go for it now.

Maggie Ann said...

Your dollhouse is wonderful...I've never seen a prettier one!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Popping in from Sandie's blog- nice to meet you!@

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