One Year Blogiversary :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

Thanks for coming by today to help me celebrate this momentous occasion!

I hope you were blessed yesterday by our special guest, Melissa from The Inspired Room.  What a treat!

We’ve been talking about extraordinary friendship and friends the past few days… 

One of my favorite things to do is to gather my friends, set a pretty table, and enjoy light refreshments and good conversation.  So if you will indulge me today, I’ve set the small sideboard in the sun room for an intimate gathering of four.  The perfect size for chatting.  Friendship & Tea.

 

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I’ve brought out the cocoa set which you might remember from St. Patrick’s Day.  Since the violets are blooming in the lawn, I thought this set would be perfect for the occasion.  These lovely white French plates decorated with violets do not match the cocoa set, but I think they coordinate rather nicely.  And they are just right for our banana bread and pastries.

 

Violets Tea Set :: AnExtraordianryDay.net

 

Though this is an official cocoa set, I think we can enjoy using it for coffee or tea.  Which would you prefer?   Me?  I’ll choose tea.   One of my favorite teas in the winter is chai, but I’ve been enjoying green tea lately.  It’s nice and light for spring.

 

Since the budget is quite tight these days I wasn’t able to purchase any flowers for our table.  However, just the other day I noticed a single clump of purple Johnny Jump-ups blooming along side the house.  They weren’t there last year and have somehow managed to push up through the well weeded mulch.  I stepped outside in the drizzle and popped them out of the ground and planted them in this silver sugar pot.  I love how God provides even the littlest of things to show His love for us.  What a wonderful blessing.  And they are just the perfect color for our tea.

 

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I am a bit disappointed in myself that I had forgotten to pick violets from our chemical free lawn to sprinkle on our plates.   After the bread was eaten, the teapot emptied, and my sneaky cats had nibbled the flowers off the potted plant, I remembered.  Please forgive me.  It certainly helps me appreciate those who never miss a single detail.  Don’t you appreciate it when your hostess is thoughtful and creative?  I do, it makes me feel really special.  Now I need to say one thing…I know that when it comes to friendship & tea…it’s the friendship that counts the most and these other little things…they are the sugar sprinkles in life.  I think we love them because our beautiful world is full of them.  Just look at all the spring blossoms erupting around us.

 

Friendship Tea & Banana Bread :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Lately I’ve been experimenting with a new banana bread recipe which we have come to love at our house.  Now I hope you don’t get upset with me…but I think this post will be too long if I go on to talk about it and share the recipe, too.   I know, I know the first photo was about friendship & tea & banana bread.  I tease.  I hope you’ll forgive me and come back tomorrow for the super easy, yummy recipe.  Okay?

Thanks for coming by today and enjoying our little virtual tea time.  Sometimes, we just need to get together to celebrate the good things in our lives, to share our hurts, and to just be.  It refreshes our spirits and bonds us together.  That’s an extraordinary friendship & tea time.

 

 

Today’s Extraordinary & Inspiring Giveaway!

 

One of my favorite extraordinary bloggers, Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed, painter of furniture and all things creative, published a book that made its debut this past November, “Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home.”  The book is filled with beautiful inspiring photos like her living room in this photo and Marian even shares how to’s including a tutorial to make the ottoman you see here:

 

Miss Mustard Seed's Living Room - Ottoman

 

Raise your hand.  Who needs a little bit of inspiration for their heart and home?  Yup.  I thought so.  So many times we get ‘stuck in the mud’ or maybe we get stuck in Pinterest.  Miss Mustard Seed wants you and me to make a home that tells our families’ stories.  Not a home that looks like a magazine…but a home that represents our hearts and souls.  I love that.  That’s what an extraordinary home looks like.

Miss Mustard Seed - Inspired You - Book Cover -1400320887

 

And that’s why I asked Marian if she would giveaway one of her books to a lucky reader for my blogiversary.  I know the book has been out for a little bit.  But, most of us have good intentions and just don’t get around to things like ordering a book, no matter how fabulous it is…and it is.  Any guilty parties here?  If you can’t wait to win a book…order yours here.

It’s easy to enter this giveaway….

Leave a comment and let me know what makes your home or gathering extraordinary!

Want an extra chance or two to win?

“Like” An Extraordinary Day on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you do.  Or…using the sharing buttons on the side, share this on Facebook and let me know you did.

Follow me on Pinterest!  Leave a comment saying so with your Pinterest name.

Contest ends Tuesday, May 7, at 9 PM EDT.  Winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail.  Thank you to Marian Parsons for graciously providing the book, “Inspired You” for the blogiversary.  I was not compensated for this giveaway.

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations to Katie of Katherine’s Corner!
An email has been sent…please reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

 

There’s a new giveaway each day this week.  You still have time to enter:

  • Monday’s giveaway
    ~ a subscription to Celebrating Everyday Living with Jennifer Carroll.   Click here and enter.
  • Tuesday’s giveaway
    ~ a fine art print by Jennifer of Studio JRU titled, “You Are Extraordinary.”  Click here and enter.

 

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Comments

  1. I’m extraordinary just because The Creator made me.

  2. I “liked” you on Facebook. Thanks for the chance to win Miss Mustard Seed’s book. I’ve been wanting it for since it came out.

  3. I’m following you on Pinterest. My Pinterest name is Merry.

  4. maria jenkins says:

    I feel extraordinary because 6 years ago I had a major stroke & I have made a lot of changes but I am still around to enjoy my family & friends. God has been very generous with me and I am grateful.

  5. Suzy Wilkinson says:

    Just love your Blog !! When I saw the tea pot with the violetsthey made me think of my Grandmother. If I could have a day with her again it would be an Extraordinary Day !! She was a extraordinary woman !! Thank you for sharing with us !!

    • That would be extraordinary Suzy!!!
      This was my grandmother’s, unfortunately I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting her. You have wonderful memories to treasure. 😀

  6. Any extraordinary in this gal is bestowed by the grace of God, without him I am nothing!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  7. “Liked” on Facebook!

  8. Following on Pinterest!

  9. Would love to win a copy! Your tea looks yummy and the jolly-jump-ups are really sweet. Funny how such a tiny flower can add such a touch of loveliness to your table. Thank you for sharing and stopping by my HOME. Have an extraordinay day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  10. I’d love to sit at that table!!! And, banana bread…..my fav!! I’m already following you everywhere! ha ha!! Happy Anniversary! Love MMS too and would love her book!~~Angela

    • Oh thank you Angela! I’d be delighted to have you for tea! Too bad we so far away from each other. 🙁
      You are free to comment 2 more times on this post just say something about FB or Pinterest. A girl needs to do what she needs to do to win! Hahaha!

  11. Glenda Kremer says:

    wow! wish I had been one of your guests for tea!
    hugs
    glenda kremer

  12. Jane B says:

    I “liked” you on FB a while back, and also follow you on Pinterest – both under the name of Jane L Bowers.
    Goodness, it’s difficult to think of myself as extraordinary! And yet I think my 3 yrd old granddaughter Annabelle does think I’m extraordinary ;0) She’s the light of my life….

  13. Thanks so much for the invite to your blog anniversary. Congratulations on one year! I love your tea service…just beautiful. My kids make me extraordinary. Thanks for the chance.

  14. Happy Blogiversary..that’s quite an accomplishment. I am extraordinary because I am happy to be me…..
    lovely tea set..
    Love, Mona

  15. I do love that God provided those lovely blooms for your table. I’m always amazed at His goodness and kindness. Your chocolate pot is so lovely. Love the cake plates too. A very, very welcoming and warm table. Just gorgeous. xo marlis

  16. You are already LIKED on FB and follow you on Pinterest. Your photography is truly extraordinary and it amazes me how beautiful your pics are.

    • Awww…Cookie…I do see you on FB and Pinterest. 😉 Thank you. That is just the nicest thing to say. You have truly blessed me. [hugs]

  17. I’m extraordinary because I went to a one room school with no bathrooms, an electric pump house for water coming out a pipe…just six or eight kids…and yet I moved to CA and was far ahead of everyone in academics and had a fun social time too! And grew in stature and favor with God and my teachers!!

  18. Congratulations! Love the gorgeous cocoa set and all the goodies that go with it!

    – The Tablescaper

  19. What a GREAT idea to capture those Johnny Jump Ups to grace your table!!! You have an eagle eye there!!! And it was even MORE creative to plant them in the sugar pot! Very Victorian!!! 🙂

    Don’t worry that you forgot to add a few violets. We ALL forget things until after the fact! Just wait ’til you get old like me…you’ll forget EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME!!!!! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful tea with all of us! Have a wonderful week, and Happy Blogiversary!!! ( I would have left a comment telling why I’m extraordinary, but I couldn’t think of anything! I’m just kinda…here! Nothing out of the ordinary great about me at all! Kind of pitiful, actually! ) 🙂

    • Oh my goodness Alycia. You just left the sweetest most encouraging remarks. You are the ultimate tablescaper. And you are a child of God. Now, my friend…just those three things alone are a few of ‘many’ ways you ARE extraordinary!! [hugs]

  20. I love your tea table, the delicious looking banana bread and the pretty pics of it all! Happy Blogiversary to you. What a lovely giveaway! Why am I extraordinary…hmmm, I just keep plugging along, keeping a smile on my face and trying my best to be kind and care for others. Not exactly extraordinary, but trying to do my best.

    • Thank you so much Kitty!
      Ah….just the fact that you have a great attitude and think of others first means…you ARE extraordinary!! [hugs]

  21. Such a beautiful tea! I love the purple violas and the lovely tea set!!! Congratulations on your Blogiversary!!!! YEA!!! LOVE Miss Mustard Seed’s book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. I drool every time I see your chocolate set, it is beautiful!

  23. I liked you on facebook Diane. Of course “I liked” you before 🙂

  24. I loved the photos of your tea party. How the set and plates didn’t exactly match, but were meant to be together. I love Johnny Jump ups. For years, I thought that johnny jump up was my mother in law’s private pet name for the darling little flowers. So I think of her whenever I see them (or they’re mentioned).

    I’m wracking my brain for extra-ordinariness. Beyond-ordinariness. Which really, if you think about it, we all are. Like snowflakes or fingerprints…in the end none of us are the same; each are remarkable. But. Me, specifically? I’ll pick this one: the capacity to see people. To want to know them inside and out. Also, I have a great memory for random, unimportant plant relationships. Like did you know that Russian olives and lilacs are related? And roses and raspberries (and apples!) are distant cousins. For some reason, these relationships delight me.

    Happy blogiversary! Your blog is lovely. Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

    • I love your “extraordinariness” Lynaea!!
      Thanks you your sweet story…love it…and your warm words.
      You ARE Extraordinary!!

  25. What makes ME special??? Well, I take time for people and I think for myself.

    Thank you too for your sweet comment on my blog, Di. It’s nice you appreciate things I do for readers. And you’re welcome to all of it!

    Happy anniversary to you!

    • I love how you care about others, Rose. 😉 What an extraordinary quality.
      Thanks for stopping by and for your good wishes!

  26. liked you on facebook,
    https://www.facebook.com/finecraftguild

    and while I’m at it, would like to invite you to LIKE OUR PAGE too:
    https://www.facebook.com/guild.fine.crafts
    and so stay in touch better.

    Have a wonderful day, Rose

  27. I just adore that set–and the plates are perfect for the table. And I could sooooooo see me with my little garden shovel, digging up the yard to plop flowers in a sugar bowl. *laughing* I’ll have to see if there’s anything out there that can visit the house. Geeze, I better hurry up and do that before the snow starts…..YES, SNOW! Which means I’d be just fine with tea of hot cocoa, tyvm…..but gosh, I’d hate to disturb the prettiness you have set up there! I’m amazed at how you transform that wee spot, over and over again. How can anyone pull up a chair and not be wowed by the efforts you’ve gone to to make the moment special.
    Notsomuch me! LOL I still have bunny placemats down in the coffee nook. LOLOL Right….I’ll rectify that soon!

    What’s extraordinary about the house? None of that’s probably my doing….more so the fella that’s got a whole basement filled with a wee train complete with villages and farms..it goes allllll the way around the room and puffs smoke and clangs its bell and is just a lovely, relaxing place to descent into with your visitors–with a mug of coffee and some nibbling things tossed in, it’s a great little place to just sit, watch and wander to take in the details.
    *snickering* I put the wee penguins in the ice house. They belonged there! 😉

    • I think you two just might be having the time of your lives….except for those crutches that keep getting in the way. 😉 I’m pretty certain bunny placemats are okay….they sure are hopping around our neighborhood these days. Then again…maybe you should put out the ones that say winter… um. Maybe that wasn’t so funny. ;/
      Hope your day is extraordinary! I’m pretty sure it will. 😀

  28. Congratulations on your anniversary. This is great news for you and your blog! The warm weather and sunshine make my house extraordinary! Have a wonderful weekend!

  29. Happy Blogaversary my sweet friend. How nice to see Marian featured here today. Oh how I wish I was at that beautiful table with you. What’s extraordinary at my house…the sunlight as it prisms through the etched glass on our front door. It leaves a rainbow of beautiful colors across the floor.
    You know I am a happy follower xo

    • Thank you Katie!!
      Your word picture of the rainbow light sounds lovely!!
      Yes…I do know…and I’m grateful, my friend.
      Blessings!

  30. I do follow you on pinterest as KatherinesGifts 🙂

  31. left some ♥ on your facebook page too

  32. Loved especially the first two tea pictures in this blog. Miss Mustard Seed was among the first blogs I found and it would be truly special to win her book. I have no blog but do have a US address.
    Thank you for having this wonderful giveaway and for the caring post for today. Will check out the banana bread receipe.

    • Sylvia, that is so nice of you to comment about the photos you like best. 😉 I always wonder when I post photos which ones connect with people.
      No worries…your email is here and should you win I will contact you. No blogs necessary!! Thanks so much for coming by and taking time to ‘chat.’
      You ARE extraordinary!

  33. Yum! I prefer tea, I think! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for your banana bread recipe. I can’t seem to find one I like! Visiting you from Sandi’s HOME party. Hope you’re having a nice week. I’ve posted the new Homemaking Party for the week and would love to have you link up, if you’d like!

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

    • Well…tea it is Sarah! Thank you for joining me here today.
      If you make the bread…please let me know what you think. 🙂
      Blessings!

  34. What a lovely tea setting. Liked on fb.

  35. Lovely tea party among the violets! Beautiful! I had an extraordinary day today – I had coffee with good friends – my usual weekly thursday coffee group. Blessed to have those lovely ladies in my life, I love their friendship and sincerity … everyone should be so fortunate! Catherine (new follower)

    • Absolutely….everyone should be so blessed!! That is extraordinary these days!!
      Thanks for your sweet words, Catherine, and for joining in the community here. 😉 [hugs}

  36. dgmills says:

    Your table looks extraordinary and my mouth is watering just looking at your banana bread. Your “free” flowers just make your table.

    I think what makes a home or gathering extraordinary is simply have good friends and family to share it with.

    dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

    • Thank you for your warm words of encouragement!! 🙂
      Oh yes! I couldn’t agree more…it is always all about relationships. 😀
      Thanks for popping by! Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  37. dgmills says:

    I liked An Extraordinary Day on Facebook…
    dgmills@tampabay.rr.com

  38. The tea table and banana bread look inviting! Happy May 🙂

  39. our house is a HOME and that makes it extraordinary…. its livable and lovable… thanks for hosting and congrats on one year!!

    • I love that your house is a HOME, Emily! I am certain that you have made a lovely haven for your sweet family. 😉
      Thanks for your kind words. Hope you have an extraordinary weekend!

  40. Carolyn says:

    Diane! You knocked the ball outta the park this time! Wow! I am a lover of tea & all its accoutrements, beautiful table settings, pretty vignettes where least expected & inspirational writings. Guess we’re soulmates & didn’t know it. Someday soon all God’s children will be united in the biggest event of them all; God’s table will be sublime!
    I’ve often wondered if God will allow me to have a little corner in His home, somewhere that I can decorate just as I would like, w/o financial limitations. What fun that would be!
    Congratulations on this momentous landmark of 1 whole year of blogging! Blessings always!
    –Carolyn. ( the tealadie)

  41. Carolyn says:

    My grandmother’s name was Viola so I never see Johnny Jump-ups or Violas without thinking of her. Your chocolate pot with its lovely handpainted violets, together with matching cups & saucers are priceless. The memories of our grandmothers are precious as well. My grandmother loved the Lord & all of us, she crochetted lovely things but was famous among all of us for her knock-out homemade cinnamon rolls. They were scrumptious & totally made with love!
    Thanks for memories awakened! Blessings always!

  42. What a beautiful post! I’m excited for you that God provided you some beautiful flowers for your table and for the cat’s enjoyment! That bread looks so yummy, but the chocolate pot and cups are gorgeous. They really caught my attention! Congratulations on your blogiversary too! I appreciate you sharing your lovelies with us for my party!
    Blessings,
    Doni

  43. Oh, I can almost smell that delicious-looking bread! Yummy! The chocolate pot is so gorgeous and your flowers were perfect!

    • Thanks Diane!! You are so sweet! Tomorrow I’ll be making another loaf. I wonder how long it will last! LOL!!
      Hope your weekend has been extraordinary!

  44. Mmm, tea and banana bread. Sounds delightful! Thank you for sharing at our Pinteresting Party!

  45. My home is extraordinary because the Lord is my guide, creator, strength, and comfort! Without Him I am nothing! He is truly AMAZING!

  46. I like you on Facebook

  47. I follow you on pinterest

  48. Such a beautiful tea set! The purple violas are stunning and I’ve never met a slice of banana bread that I didn’t enjoy ;o). Congratulations on your Blogiversary! How I would love Miss Mustard Seed’s book. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower on Pinterest. Why am I extraordinary? I try to turn ordinary days into extraordinary. I enjoy the smiles it puts on my friends and family’s faces.

  49. Sounds like an awesome book! My cats make my home extraordinary – they help me to fill it with love!
    I follow you on Pinterest – Create With Joy (CreateWithJoy1)

  50. Susan Kellam says:

    I think our home is extraordinary because when I look around I see things that have been personally chosen or because I loved them or they “spoke to me”. You would never find our home in a decorators showroom with all matching pieces–it’s just a conglomeration of what we love and are comfortable with.

  51. Congratulations on your Blogiversary! Fellowship with special friends and family makes our gatherings special. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway. This book would be a great source of inspiration!

  52. Diane, Your cocoa set is absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful tea you’ve prepared. Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings, Beth

  53. Rhondi Mullins says:

    Happy blogiversary!
    What a great giveaway. I would love to win it! Thanks for giving us the chance to win.
    Rhondi

  54. Jan Slager says:

    Spring is my favorite season. I can’t wait to try your banana bread recipe. Also, I love you honesty about life that you share in your blog. Have a blessed week.

  55. i can almost smell that banana bread!! 🙂

    i love that most of our home is decorated with not-new-things. old things, hand-me-downs, family pieces, garage sale finds with a fresh coat of paint. makes it extraordinary in my eyes! 🙂

    • It’s so yummy Jennifer…I just made more this afternoon. 😉
      Your home sounds beautiful. I love that look….I’m a bit like that too. 😉

  56. i follow you on facebook! 🙂

  57. i follow you on pinterest too! @jennifer {studiojru}

  58. Suzy Wilkinson says:

    Just love your Blog !!

  59. What a sweet post:) Love the color combination on the tea set. So pretty! Thanks for sharing at the Cabin’s BUDGET DECORATING PARTY!

  60. I must admit I am a coffee drinker but I do enjoy a cup of tea now and again. I used to do dress up tea parties at my old store location and loved them. The girl’s always got a kicj out of sipping tea from “real” vintage tea cup. I have a couple of tea sets and just adore them.

    • How fun Lisa!! It sounds like there were many memories in the making at your old store location.
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope your week is extraordinary!

  61. I got behind in my reading and was too late for your celebration, but I know you had a wonderful week here last week! So many fun posts and giveaway. I so enjoyed seeing your lovely tea set again too. Thanks for sharing your inspiration at A New Creation. Congrats again on your blog anniversary!

    • Oh…I’m so sorry you missed it! But…I know that family and work consume your time and bring you joy. Thank you for your good wishes!
      Blessings!

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