Thursday, August 12, 2010

Princesses and the splendid Splendarosa..

Hello my dears and sorry for the lack of frequency here at the moment.. Isabella's asthma has played up again and the past week has been ridden by intense worry as well as night wakes making sure she is ok. A 'silent virus' hit her respiratory system out of nowhere and we ended up in hospital on Friday, and were kept under close watch until her little lungs started responding to the medication again. Since we were released on Saturday I am giving her Ventolin every three hours around the clock. Though it will be a few more days till I breathe a sigh of relief (no pun intended..),  Isabella is looking a little better this morning and the wheezing starting to fade a little. Needless to say we are all exhausted and emotional after this ordeal but Isabella has (as always) been an absolute champion through out and I am so proud of my little princess! xxx

My beautiful Isabella in character.. :)

Speaking of princesses.. There is is this other wonderful lady that I love (I know you do too!) and that is Marsha of 'Splendarosa'! She is not only a witty, smart, talented, creative and inspirational woman but also a warm, kind, and caring friend who I value so much. For those of you who read her blog, you will know that Marsha has a way with words that leaves us all spellbound and her flirty, girly, fabulously yummy blog is always such a delight to visit!

 Click HERE to jump across to Marsha's lovely blog. You won't regret it!

This multi-talented lady is also a skilled designer and fashion stylist. Her razor sharp eye for style and amazing fashion brings us couture & jewelery treats from all over the world. I am taking notes.. !!

 Pictures via Splendarosa

I have gotten to know Marsha through our blogs and I love that we chit-chat over email across the globe. I often read her posts in the morning (first up). I leave a comment and then scoot off to have a shower. By the time I come back there's an email from her - full of warm energy and genuine friendliness. It's such a nice way to start the day for me. Thank you for always being there Marsha! xx

 Pictures via Splendarosa

The other day when I opened my mail, there was a message from her letting me know that she had nominated me for an award - the 'Super Comments Award' to be precise. And this award comes from the queen of lovely comments!! What an honour Marsha! I was truly delighted by this! Thank you!! x

As you know, I love awards! I think they are a brilliant way for us 'blog chicas' (and chicos too..!) to share more about ourselves and thus getting to know each other better. What it's really all about, don't you agree!?! This particular blog award asks the receiver to post the 'award icon' on the blog,  to thank the person who gave it to you and of course link back to their site.. All of this done, I will dive straight into the core of the award. Namely these 10 questions;

1. Why do you blog?
2. What are your 3 best memories?
3. Name 4 of the best fiction books you've read.
4. What are the 5 best movies ever made?
5. Name 5 things you can't live without.
6. If you could change your name what would it be?
7. Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.
8. What do you love best about yourself?
9. If you had a 'Freaky Friday' experience, who would you change places with?
10. What is the best thing about being a woman?

Marsha's answers were wonderful and I so enjoyed getting to know her better.  Please do click HERE to read her award post and take your time looking through her blog whilst you are there.

Here are my answers..

1. Why do you blog?
The addiction aside.. (oh yes, I know you know what I mean.. :) It all started on a whim after I had been reading a few blogs and thought it would be fun to try. Initially I started a private little blog for my family back in Sweden, then I added a 'work blog' (HERE) which is more of an 'online gallery' of my artworks after I started getting a lot of orders & requests from overseas Clients. Then came Space for Inspiration.. that came about at a similarly worrying time with Isabella about a year ago. Again she was very very sick and having spent a week in hospital we got back home with strict instructions for how to care for her throughout the night. I couldn't sleep and began blogging as a way to keep myself sane and distracted whilst sitting next to her in bed. It became my lifeline and the friendships I formed along the way quickly become very important to me. Little did I know that there was such a vast community of gorgeous people in this virtual world, and that I some of them would become some of my best friends. I love the connections, the hearing back, the comments, emails and messages. Every day I chat to my special friends and without you guys blogging would be no fun and the purpouse would be lost.. So thank you! xox

2. What are your 3 best memories?
Ok so not counting the births of my children, the first time they told me they loved me (OMG!), the two times I  told my parents they were going to be grand parents, the day I knew I had met the man I wanted to marry, our wedding day, the endless moments of closeness with my family and close friends... It's hard and there is an abundance of amazing and 'best memories' to choose from...

Diving into air filled submarinal caves in the remote island of Linosa, every time I arrive home in Sweden since living abroad, watching the volcano of  Stromboli shoot sparks into the air on a clear & perfect night whilst listening to Mozart on a sailing boat, learning to bike ride, perfect powder whilst skiing off-piste for the very first time in Chamonix, delivering a speech to 1500 people at the London Hilton, moving into my very first flat, flying first class to LA from London on my very first photo shoot, climbing a stunning ridge ca 1700meters above seal level in Norway,  the smell of freshly baked Swedish cinnemon scrolls, my mother's cooking, swimming with tropical fish & dolphins in Australia, visiting Capri for the first time, graduation night, & receiving a scholarship , para-skiing off a mountain at 1800m, watching the first snow fall of the season, climbing Sydney Harbour bridge, drinking a rare bottle of Fragolino wine in Rome, watching the sunrise from the steps of Sacre Coeur in Paris,  my sister's wedding, wrapping a boa around my neck, growing up in Sweden, my first time at the opera, living in London, every Christmas morning, numerous skinny dips in the lake by our former summer house, clearing a grade 5 rapid whilst rafting in the remote North of Sweden, being in love in Paris, staying at a private castle in Switzerland, watching my grand father perform on stage, my first bra, waking up to a perfect morning whilst camping at 1200m in Norway, my first kiss, arrival of Spring after a long Swedish Winter, my first job offer, eating wild strawberries straight from the bush, my first blog comment.. The list goes on and on, but here are three little snippets drawn at random..

The very first time I saw fireflies.. At the time I was in Tuscany,  a guest of a fabulous Italian host at a private estate in the divine Sinalunga, near Siena. It was early evening and we were walking cross the vineyard to have dinner at the restaurant owned by my host. The night was filled with the scent of lavender, lemon trees, rosemary, vines and fireflies.. The whole plantation in front of us was full of swerving fireflies and I had never seen anything so beautiful.. It was like out of a fairytale and all I wanted to do was to dance with them.. Which of course I did! :)

via Ali's fabulous Escapade

The second memory would be when I passed my driving test.. God knows I had tried several times before I finally succeeded..and when I did I ran home and jumped into my car and drove all the way to Stockholm just to buy an ice cream with my friend Karin.. The roof was down, the wind in our hair, Peter Tosh playing loud on the stereo and I felt so free and independent.. :)

The third would be when I accidentally ran into the arms of Piers Brosnan down on Kings Road in London.. I was coming out of a shop and didn't watch where I was going (lucky me!) and ended up with my face on his chest.. Though the man is a tad too smooth for my liking, I didn't mind falling into his embrace..  Short of anything clever to say, I asked if I could do it again.. (can you blame me?!?) We both laughed.. :)

3. Name 4 of the best fiction books you've read.
I love love love books (!) and always have a few going at once, but here are four some that I enjoyed very much:

One: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, by Jean-Dominique Babuy

I know I am cheating here because this is no fiction book at all. In fact it is the French memoir (Le scaphandre et le papillon) of the late journalist and editor-in-chief for Elle, Jean-Dominique Babuy written by himself after he woke from coma having suffered a severe stroke. Though physically paralyzed with the exception some ability to move his head and eyes (of which the right was sewn up) he was mentally aware and sound (can you imagine..). He wrote the book using a transcriber that repeated the French alphabet (letters arranged by  frequency of use) and that changed letter each time he blinked his left eye lid..! With over  200,000 blinks over 4 hours a day for 10 months the book was completed and became a best seller world wide. Needless to say, this is a story everyone should read and it will give you insights to the life on the other side of 'locked in syndrome'.. Life is precious!

Two: The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron

A must for all artists and writers, who most likely at one or another time will experience a blockage of the creative mind. This book is an absolute bookshelf staple!

Three: Let me sing you gentle songs (also called 'Astrid and Veronika') by Linda Ohlsson

Linda Ohlsson is Swedish but lives in New Zealand. Interestingly she wrote this book in English first and translated it to Swedish later. It is a beautiful story about friendship and life. I can highly recommend you read this one. 

Four: The Millenium triology, by Stieg Larsson

I know I am not alone in loving these books. If you haven't had a chance to read them yet, do! They are brilliant! Also let's hope the Larsson family can resolve their issues and release the fourth book sitting on the late Stieg's hard drive..

4. What are the 5 best movies ever made? 
This is SO hard.. I love movies and get so into each and everyone I watch. My husband will testify that every time I watch something I love, I declare that it was the best one I have ever seen.. But here are five (ish) that stand the test of time for me..

One: Il Postino, by Michael Radford

Two: As it is in heaven, by Kay Pollak

Three: As good as it gets, by James L. Brooks

Four: The Godfather triology, by Francis Ford Coppola

Five: Chocolat, by Lasse Hallström

5. Name 5 things you can't live without.
Apart from my family, friends - they are an absolute given.. I'd find it hard to carry on without an abundance of lip balm, hand cream, filtered tap water, fresh air, blueberries, changing seasons, and a readily available modem (ahem)... I bless my soul that I live in a time where my modem means I can chat, Skype and generally access my family at any time from anywhere whenever I want. It sure does living in Australia a whole lot easier when my family lives in Sweden.. And blogging of course.. xx What else..? I could not live without genuine kindness, thoughtfulness, love, morale and respect for others as well as the beautiful world we live in. I would also find it hard to exist without paper & pens, colour, good chocolate, the ability to travel, flowers, laughter & humour (mine is very dry..), freedom of choice, education & access to information, and generally just being able to connect and interact with people boundlessly.

6. If you could change your name what would it be?
..I have always wondered what it would be like to be Mrs B. Pitt.. :)  No really, I am quite happy with my name as it is now.. Though I remember how I as a young girl once I booked a hotel room  (in London) under the name of  'Contessa von Rosen' and felt so fabulous doing it.. and what was even better was that the hotel went along with it.. It was so much fun to be a Contessa for a day..! :)

7. Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.
I hold two university degrees & graduated with straight As and honours only to abandon all that to pursue my dream, did my internship with one of the key organisers of London Fashion Week, have climbed a tall mountain, have para-glided off another very tall mountain, once ran away with the cast of American 'Up With People' in pursuit of becoming an actress, grew up in Sweden but have since lived in six countries, suffer post traumatic shock since nearly 15 years, must read a few pages in a book to be able to sleep, drink at least 2 liters of water a day, get hiccups when I eat lemon muffins, have no sense of direction, am terrified of worms but have kissed a snake, am very intuitive, have skied from France to Italy but forgot to bring my passport (..), can tap dance & yodel, (if allowed to drink enough wine first..), am still best friends with a guy I met at daycare at the age of 3, will always consider Sweden home, have lived at more than 40 addresses around the world.. To mention a few..
8. What do you love best about yourself?
That I am kind and genuine.
9. If you had a 'Freaky Friday' experience, who would you change places with?
Having read this somewhere in the blog world, I would love to swap places with my kids for one day to see the kind of parent I am. What an eye opening and amazing learning experience that would be.

I know I am incredibly fortunate to have been able to carry and give birth to two beautiful children. The ultimate gift of life to me!

10. What is the best thing about being a woman?
Being able to have babies, eat pink cup cakes, paint our nails in pretty colours, being allowed to cry over almost anything, change our hair colour every month of the year without anyone raising an eyebrow, being able to kiss all our friends regardless of their gender without social judgement, have a wardrobe of shoes & handbags, wearing tights, short skirts and sexy lingerie, be allowed to be indecisive, not have to shave our faces every morning, living longer, enjoying 'female intuition', our incredible strength and courage through history, our continuous strive to improve and grow.. and so much more. I wouldn't change it for the world, and thank my lucky star that I am fortunate enough to be born & live in a part of the world where I can take freedom, equality and respect for granted...

Just couldn't resist this one.. Cracks me up.. Found somewhere on Tumblr..

Before I go, I'd like to pass this award onto the following gorgeous girls
who always leave such lovely comments for me:
Tina 'Komma Hem'
Julie 'Being Ruby'
Manvi 'Mochatini'
Kelly 'Style Attic'
Catherine 'Shiny Pebble'
Leigha 'Elle Oh'
Sue 'The Zhush'
Louise 'Table Tonic'

You girls rock and I can't wait to read your award posts. xx

Last but not least. Marsha, once again, I am so sorry about your friend Lisa. My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts & prayers go out to you and her family. Sending you all my love & hugs! xx

xx Charlotta


Stacey said...

I can't stop staring at your daughter Isabella! Ella es muy bonita y me gusta el nombre, Isabella:-). Since her name is Isabella,i had to say that part in a foreign language:-) I'm happy to hear that she's feeling much better. Thank you for the award and Congrats to you on getting such an award. It is well deserved. Also, i love the movie Chocolat too! I guess i have to get cracking on my award post:-). Happy Wednesday my friend!

Design Esquire said...

I loved learning more about you! And your daughter is just precious! I hope she's feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful post Charlotte.
So happy your beautiful daughter is improving...I have asthma can be a nasty ordeal as you well know!
Enjoy your week.

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Charlotta!
Thanks for sharing these tidbits about yourself! And thank Ms Splenderosa for the lovely pictures...Oh I entirely forgot about the movie "the postman!!!!" I loved that one too!!!!Maryanne xo

Nuit said...

ok I was temporarily in shock by this statement "accidentally ran into the arms of Piers Brosnan" whaaaaatttt???!!! i love him! what a funny moment too!

OK now, let me get serious and tell you just how touched I am by your beautiful lil' princess's strenght. My son is the same way, my best wishes for a prompt recovery :)

I agree with your book/movie choices and I loved this post and being able to learn a little bit more about you darling.


Nuit said...

oh forgot to say i LOVE Marsha too =D

Style Attic said...

Charlotta, I am so sorry to hear Isabella has had such troubles! Man, she is gorgeous!! If you ever want to chat about it, my oldest has suffered from it as well. He's been in and out of the hospital much of of his life. The 1st 6 years has been a roller coaster, but the last 2 have been a bit of relief. I will add her to my prayer list. As for you and Marsha, I conquer, you are both warm, welcoming individuals and I cherish any chats we've shared. Your answers are truly genuine and I laugh at the fact we both share in the horror of earthworms! Thank you and bless you for the mention. I am honored and will get to work and post mine for the weekend. Much love. XO! Kelly


The timing of your post accepting your award is perfect, just like you. The words you wrote about me melted my heart, and my heart has been broken because of Lisa. I am smiling now, Charlotta, and want you to know, publically, how much love I have for you. Your little Isabella is beautiful & looks so much like you. Maybe, in time, she will grow out of this condition.
I ran into Pierce Brosnan in the bar at the Plaza Athenee in NYC, we were both staying there. Shock & awe moment, like yours. So, see, we really are connected !!
How many women on the planet could say this, and actually meet each other? 6 degrees of separation.
sending love right back at you from Texas, mon amour. Stay well, we all need you.

Amber Whitehouse said...

Ahhhh, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly!! I must read the book since I've watched the movie! So tragic!! But I LOVED it!! I cried my eyes out. Looks like I'll have to read Astrid and Veronika next :)

Leigha said...

Ah, sweet Charlotta. How kind are you?!?!
I may have to table the award post for a few days - but I will get to it!
P.S. I love adding to my reading list...thanks for the suggestions.
P.P.S. Isabella is utterly adorable.

A Woven Life said...

Your daughter is an angel! I'm so glad to hear she's feeling better and I'm sure she'll be running around tirelessly very soon. You are blessed with great people and events in your life. There is no doubt it's just the icing on the abundance sure to come into your life. I loved reading this post and getting to know you a bit more. I laughed at the fact that you get hiccups from Lemon cupcakes. I seem to have the same result with any fizzy drink...except champagne.
=-) I'm so grateful to have found your blog. It's unique, heartfelt and refreshing.

Krystal said...

wow i hope your daughter is ok :(

Cath said...

A truly splendid post, and so nice to hear more about your wonderful life experiences to date. I hope your gorgeous girl gets better soon x

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Dear Charlotta
firstly.. congratulations on a well deserved award... visiting your blog is always a delight and this post shows us all why.. Marsha sure knows talent when she sees it...

Well Isabella is an absolute princess and I am so sorry to hear she is struggling with asthma [certainly an east coast problem here].... I hope in time it will improve for her and know she is in good hands with her mamma looking out for her...

Thank you so much for thinking of me Charlotta.. what a sweetie you are... You know Il Postino is one of my favourite movies... and I've recently been searching for it but have heard it is not on DVD??? Do you have it?? haha.. [email to follow].. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is on my list .. must get to it.. and The Artists' Way is out in the garage... must be time for that too yes??

So I've been a little naughty lately and have a few awards and thank-yous I need to post.. this lovely gift is a timely reminder..

Thanks again and have a wonderful day bumping tall handsome men!! xxx Julie

Amanda said...

Wow Charlotta, I just loved reading your answers to these questions - and I'm so pleased you went over and above with your answers. Loved the Pierce Brosnan story! And what a quick comeback!
Hope your wee girl continues to get well. It is just so frightening when our little ones are sick - especially I should imagine when their breathing is so laboured. Chin up! xx

Alkemie said...

What an amazing post. Your daughter has the most gorgeous eyes. I sincerely hope she feels better as I know that Asthma is no fun at all. I loved reading about all of your likes and favorite things. Great photos as well. Thank you for sharing.

Karen O.

Mariska Meijers said...

Kids are such fighters. I am happy for you all Isabella is doing better!
I ony had time to "scan" your impressive post and my attention was immediatly caught by The Artist's Way. A book that was an important part of "my process". I will look up my diary that I kept while reading/studing the book and see whether there is anything worthy to share on my blog.
Big hug from Amsterdam also for Isabella xx

katrina lauren said...

charlotta....sweet friend! loved this so are such an interesting & amazing women. glad to hear that your beautiful baby girl is doing better...she is such a doll!
loved the pierce brosnan run in story...too funny, i get hiccups from lemon poppyseed cake...too weird, and your thoughts on being a mama made me cry a little. i hope i know what that's like someday too....
always love stopping to see how you are....

Solid Frog said...

Nice, interesting and long post :) "As good as it gets" is indeed a good movie!

Alexandra said...

So nice to get to know some more about you. :-)

And as always...really nice inspiring pictures.

Kaffe blir alldeles underbart. let me know!


Lilla huset på prärien said...

WOW Charlotta!! Vad HÄRLIGT att läsa detta inlägg! Jag älskade att läsa om "lucole" för jag har varit med om nästan samma sak i Italien. Underbart var det! Var med om någonting liknande med lys-plankton när jag dök med hammarhajar också :) Ville bara simma med dem ner i djupet då kan jag säga...

Och jag skrattade så gott när du skrev om Pierce Brosnan - vilken snygging han är!!

Stor kram Jenny

Everton Terrace said...

This is my first time visiting your blog (thank you for stopping by mine) and I guess this is just about the perfect first post to read. I feel I know you already. I am sorry to hear about your daughter, nothing is scarier than your child in harm. Prayers for continued recovery. Looking forward to more visits!

Anne said...

Dear Charlotta,

Congratultions on the award. You are one of the best commenters out there, always brightening my day with your reflections and your wise words.

I am sorry to hear that darling Isabella is struggling again. I will keep her and your family in my thoughts and send some comfort your way. She is so precious!

You have led an amazing life! If your ever decide to publish a memoir, I will be the first to buy it! I love the way you seem to embrace life as a citizen of the world. You are passionate about life itself and have a wonderful way of passing that on to those around you. The memories you shared, especially the one about the fireflies seem magical. And your story about being a contessa fpr a day is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing these bits about yourself. The inspiration I find here is YOU!

I appreciate you thinking of me when doling out awards. I will do my best to carry the torch.

Take care, dear friend. Big hugs to you!

Terri said...

Dearest Charlotta - you always make my day when you stop by my blog! You shared some of the best tidbits about yourself that were so much fun to read.

So sorry to hear about Isabella... she's such a brave girl and I hope she starts feeling better soon!

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

oh Charlotta, such an amazing post! Isabella is the most precious girl I've seen! hope she's felling better. I loved knowing more about you. xo

A Perfect Gray said...

Charlotta, what a precious gift you are to us all. I am so honored just to know you. I have read and re-read this post several times over the past two days and I love and cherish every bit of it. How freely and lovingly you give yourself to us. I hope you know how very much that means to all of us. We treasure you.

Thank you so much. Every day, you teach me how to open my heart a little more.

Healing kisses and hugs to Isabella...

Love, Donna

Acanthus and Acorn said...

I hope your beautiful Isabella is on the road to good health. It is so scary to have a child in a frail state. My daughter spent the first 2 years of her life fighting.

This was such a wonderful post and I truly enjoyed reading it! I simply adore all your insights!!!

As far as Pierce Brosnan...I am crazy jealous! I adore him and can not believe your good fortune to "run" into a man at the top of my fantasy list!!!

Vintage Simple said...

Just know I'm thinking of you and your beautiful Isabella, dear.

Sending a huge hug your way.

much love,

The Zhush said...

Charlotta! Thank you so very much!

As to your beautiful daughter (who looks so much like you!) I do hope she is feeling 100% better! I always feel so anxious when my children are under the weather.

As to this post, I thoroughly enjoyed every last word, getting to know you even more was the best!
And...we have the exact same taste in movies, which leads me to believe that I need to pick up those books you recommend here.

Thanks again!

Louise (Table Tonic) said...

What a wonderfully insightful post. It's easy to feel we know so much about our fellow bloggers, but deep down, we don't know much at all - and lord knows, it's going to be a while before we all enjoy a coffee or meal and a long chat at the same table, so for now, posts like this are invaluable.

Thank you so much for the honour of being on your shortlist!!! As frantic as things are right now, I will do my darndest to pass it on!

Kisses to your amazing, brave and BEAUTIFUL princess.

Have a magnificent weekend.

Tina said...

Hi there Charlotta!
First, I hope your daughter is feeling better! She is so beautiful!
Second, Thank you so much for the award. I think you know how happy that makes me feel!
You are truly one of the most loving, helpful and giving persons ever croosing my way. I can tell you are all beautiful inside and out and I really hope you get a lot of it back!
Third: Really enjoyed to get to know a little bit more about you. Your writing is so good and I have no idea how I´m going to make it. But of course I´ll do my best.
Loved the story about Mr Brosnan.It made me laugh. It must be such a great memory to tell everyone about.
I too love the film As good as it gets!
Lovely pictures as well!
Thank you so much!
All my love to you!

Debra Phillips said...

isabella is a princess indeed, a very lovely princess! prayers and good wishes are being sent your way for your darling little girl.

loved this post charlotta, learning about you, the photo's (i have that one with the leaping dogs too and it is a fav.)
i will have to get your book recommendation and see some of those movies again.
big hugs

Carole said...

Hi Charlotta, I am so sorry to hear that Isabella has been poorly again.
I have been away travelling and haven't been blogging or reading blogs for two whole weeks. Talk about cold turkey!!
Yours was the first blog I clicked on and I'm so glad I did. I'm never disappointed. I love your posts. I alway leave with a warm feeling in my chest and a renewed appreciation for all that is dear to me.
I can get design inspiration anywhere - to you I come for inspiration of the heart.
Lots of love,

pretty pink tulips said...

Hello Charlotta! I just wanted to let you know I went through this delightful post and so enjoyed a larger peek into who you are! I recently finished Astrid & Veronika - and enjoyed it very much.

I hope that Isabella is feeling much better!!!

That last photo and message is so important and I think the blogging world illustrates it very well.

xo Elizabeth


Hi sweetheart! How I've missed stopping by while I was on vacation. I brought my computer with me and had planned on staying in touch, actually that was a big part of my vacation that I was looking forward to, getting to leisurely sip my coffee outside on my patio on the bay while I purused my favorite blogs. But my hard drive crashed on the second day of vacation so no such luck. Oh well, I still had a lovely time and am a very lucky girl :)

Thank you so very much for the award! I am so very grateful. And congrats to you on receiving it. It's so well deserved.

And I have to tell you that your daughter is absolutely gorgeous. I hope that she feels better soon. I have many close people in my life that have been affected by asthma. I hope that she grows out of it. I've seen that happen to some people with age. Hospitalized as a child but now they barely have to use an inhaler. My best wishes are with you.

Hope you have a lovely day, sweetie and thanks again so much for the lovely award. I'll be posting about it soon :)


Splendid Willow said...

All beautiful! But sorry dear, nothing impress me more than your precious kids (Isabella is so beautiful. We think of her often).

How fun w. Mr. Brosnan! I would have stayed for as long as I could -- on his chest that is! I have a crazy silly story to tell you about Peter Gabriel one day. Something I even will tell the grand kids. As I am sure you will do to yours!

oxox, Mon

Charlotta Ward said...

Hello my friends and thank you all for your kind comments and for enduring this marathon post.. :)

Stacey - Thanks hon. Gracias! x Yes, her being better is a relief beyond belief.. (didn't mean to rhyme there..!)

Design Esquire - Thanks. xx

Ingrid - Thank you. Poor you who are still suffering asthma. I grew out of mine but remember how it felt being short of breath.. Not nice. x

Maryanne - Thanks for stopping by. Yes 'Il Postino' is amazing. xx

Nuit - Yes the Piers moment was hilarious. He smelled good too! :) Thank you re Isabella. Yes she is strong and brave. I am so proud of her! xx

Kelly - Thanks my dear. It's been so nice chatting to you this week. Hope you are having a great time in NY! Please hug Sue from me. xx

Marsha - I am glad. You are in my thoughts daily and I hope the shock is starting to ease. Hang on in there! Pierse.. yes. Let's share him! :)

Amber - Yes I cry heaps when I read it. So beautiful, tragic and moving. All at the same time. xx

Leigha - Thanks my dear. Am so glad you accept the award. Can't wait to read your post. xx

A Woven Life - Yes Isabella is truly an angel. Sometimes a very cheeky one.. :) Yes, my life is truly blessed and I have had a lot of fun! xx

Krystal - Yes better now thank you. xx

Cath - Thanks my dear. Yes lots of great experiences and many more to have. Life is fun! x

Charlotta Ward said...

Julie - Thanks J! Yes, Marsha is fantastic. What a woman! I emailed you yesterday. Let's chat soon. xx

Amanda - Yes.. I went over board a bit.. A personality trait. I love sharing.. :) Thanks for your sweet words re Isabella. Things are better now. Thank God! xx

Karen - Thank you! x Yes, Isabella's eyes are amazing. So full of life and an unusual colour. Aqua and grey at the same time. xx

Mariska - hello artist girl! Thought of you this morning. Yes, you must keep the Artist's Way close. It's such a rock to hold on to when the creative juices stagnate. Hugs back at you. xx

Katrina - Hello my love. I am always so happy to see you. Thank you for your kind words. You know I love you too. Am giggling at the fact that you get hiccups from lemon poppyseed cake.. xx

Mia - Yes very looooong.. :) Tack for ditt mail. Jag svarar snart. Vill garna visa Marshall ditt galleri. Kommer att kopa nagot. xx

Alexandra - Toppen min van. Jag mailar narmare avresan/ankomsten. Kram

Jenny - Ja visst ar lucole fantastiska. Jag var som i ett dromtillstand nar jag sag dom. Och jag vet precis vad du menar med lysplankton - nattseglade genom Eolie oarna en gang for manga ar sedan och sag dessa. Enormt vackert! Hammar hajar!.. nagot jag aldrig skulle vaga prova.. Mamma mia! :)

Everton Terrace - Welcome here. So glad you came. Your blog is lovely and I look forward to getting to know you better. xx

Charlotta Ward said...

Julie - Thanks J! Yes, Marsha is fantastic. What a woman! I emailed you yesterday. Let's chat soon. xx

Amanda - Yes.. I went over board a bit.. A personality trait. I love sharing.. :) Thanks for your sweet words re Isabella. Things are better now. Thank God! xx

Karen - Thank you! x Yes, Isabella's eyes are amazing. So full of life and an unusual colour. Aqua and grey at the same time. xx

Mariska - hello artist girl! Thought of you this morning. Yes, you must keep the Artist's Way close. It's such a rock to hold on to when the creative juices stagnate. Hugs back at you. xx

Katrina - Hello my love. I am always so happy to see you. Thank you for your kind words. You know I love you too. Am giggling at the fact that you get hiccups from lemon poppyseed cake.. xx

Mia - Yes very looooong.. :) Tack for ditt mail. Jag svarar snart. Vill garna visa Marshall ditt galleri. Kommer att kopa nagot. xx

Alexandra - Toppen min van. Jag mailar narmare avresan/ankomsten. Kram

Jenny - Ja visst ar lucole fantastiska. Jag var som i ett dromtillstand nar jag sag dom. Och jag vet precis vad du menar med lysplankton - nattseglade genom Eolie oarna en gang for manga ar sedan och sag dessa. Enormt vackert! Hammar hajar!.. nagot jag aldrig skulle vaga prova.. Mamma mia! :)

Everton Terrace - Welcome here. So glad you came. Your blog is lovely and I look forward to getting to know you better. xx

Charlotta Ward said...

Anne - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! xx You are the sweetest. Yes my life has been amazing so far and I love living. The world is too exciting! xx

Terri - Thank you my dear. Yes Isabella is so brave and I am thrilled she is better now. xx

Caroline - Thank you! Your blog is looking so great these days! I can't get enough. Please please add an email subscription. Will send you the link details..xx

Donna - You are such a dear friend! I know I went on and on here.. but am glad you enjoyed it all. xx

Rebecca - Thank you. Yes she is better now. I was so shocked re your daughter. Your email was profound. You are so strong and I am very glad our roads crossed. xx

Maria - Thinking of you daily hoping things are better. Will write you during the week. Hugs back at you. xx

Sue - :) Yes we are quite similar Isabella and I - in every sense. Thank you for persisting through this post.. I know I went on and on.. Hoping you have a fab time in NY with Nate!! xx

Louise - Yes, wouldn't it be nice if we could all teleport over to a fabulous destination and actually meet face to face! This will have to do for now.. And I can't wait to read yours. Thanks for the kisses for Isabella. Will pass on. xx

Tina - Tack min van! Yes she is better now. Am so glad you accepted the award and enjoyed your post. xx

Debra - Darling thanks. Wrote you yesterday and will get to that 'intro' very soon. The leaping dogs are fabulous! They make me giggle! Thinking of you every day. Hope all is good. xx

Elizabeth - Thank you! Yes that book is wonderful. Such a beautiful story and she writes so well! Isabella is better. Thanks. xx

Charlotta Ward said...

Dawn - So glad to have you back! You've been missed. Completely convinced the computer crashed for a reason - so that you could fully relax and kick back. Very glad you accept the award. Can't wait to read your post. Thank you for all your sweet words and well wishes for Isabella. All is better now. xx

Monika - Yes, you are right. My kids are amazing and I am so proud of them. Isabella is incredibly strong and I never stop boasting over how lucky & blessed I am! Mr Brosnan - yes, a nice place to rest for a while. Smelled good too! :) Can't wait to hear about Peter Gabriel.. Sounds like a good story is hiding there! xx

Thanks again everyone - you are the best!
xx Charlotta

Anonymous said...

Your daughter is so sweet, what beautiful eyes! I feel so sorry for her and your family. I used to have asthma and I still remember how scary it was to NOT be able to breathe - it is seriously one of the most frightening things that can happen - you can't help but panic. I sincerely hope she gets better soon and you get some rest.

The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Loved getting to know you a bit better. Perfectly paired images. :)

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