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Finally! Fab 40 October 15, 2007

Filed under: Authentic Living — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 5:13 pm


Thank you to the four wonderful people who presented me with this award. I really am greatly touched to be thought of and enjoy each of your blogs, and you, so much. You are all special and deserve the award back again:

Kathy’s Cottage

Lavender Hills Studio

Pear Street Studio

Vintage Pastiche

Ok, there is no way to choose people for these awards. I would make a lousy judge on American Idol. I’d pick everyone. How can you decide who makes you smile? Well, the truth is, you all do. And many times with these awards I have just given it back to everyone because everyone deserves it.

This time, since I was honored to receive this award four times, I am taking advantage of how many people I can nominate and I decided to make a list. And while there are DOZENS more that make me smile, I had to think of a way to stop at 40! That was really tough, so I decided that at the moment I started this post on Sunday, I would look back at the 40 previous commenters on my blog. Sure enough, each of them had made me smile! Perfect!

I took just that list of 40, minus the four ladies who gave me the award, and used that for my list. The people on the list made me smile because not only did they take time out of of their day to say nice things (and we all like nice comments!) but I have visited their blogs and been touched or inspired by what they do. Yes, they all made me smile. Those 40 and so many more.

Commenters are special and when you do leave a note, you not only brighten someone’s day but you show your caring heart and allow the blogger to know you are out there hearing them. You are all commended today for being people who do that!

I want to honor these 40 here, for each of them has something special and unique to offer. And in turn, I hope you will visit them and encourage them. And I hope they will pass on the award to 10 others.

If you have just received this award, as many of you have, you can just let people know in your post that you received another one (you still deserve to mention it, it is still an award no matter how many times you receive it!), but don’t feel an obligation to pass it on again unless you want to.

Lastly, I am also touched by people who left comments but did not share a blog address. They are not included in my list but they have not gone without notice. I appreciate each one.

Here we go! Be sure to visit them and congratulate ’em for being smile-inducing commenters!

  1. A Haven For Vee

  2. Esther Sunday

  3. Neutral Dwelling

  4. Sweet Cottage Dreams

  5. Cre8tiva

  6. Sophie Honeysuckle

  7. A Nurse’s Walk

  8. Flea Market Queen

  9. An Indian Summer

  10. Photos-City-Mine

  11. My Bella Colle

  12. Somewhere in Time

  13. Little Red House

  14. Scrap To My Lu

  15. Reflections on Radiance

  16. The Feathered Nest — Manuela

  17. Rang-decor

  18. A Thing For Roses

  19. McMaster & Storm

  20. Poof You’re A Frog

  21. This is Glamorous

  22. Design for Mankind

  23. Moonlight Musings

  24. Paris in Autumn

  25. Becoming Home

  26. Sophie Rose Designs

  27. Cozy Egg

  28. Nunnie’s Attic

  29. Back Porch Musings

  30. Essemia

  31. Celebrate Creativity

  32. Artful Creations

  33. I’m A Little Teapot

  34. Bittersweet Punkin

  35. Eight Crazy

  36. Farmhouse Style

  37. Ramblings From An English Garden

  38. Counting Your Blessings

  39. Brilliant Asylum

  40. Bunny Rose Cottage


41 Responses to “Finally! Fab 40”

  1. Cre8Tiva Says:

    i am touched and honored by your nod to me…because you inspire me every day with your beautiful words and georgeous photos…i aspire to live like that…thank you from the depths of my heart…blessings, rebecca

  2. WOW! Thank you! We really need to grab a cup of joe together soon.

  3. WOW. A true honor coming from someone as stylish as yourself. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    And a big fat ‘right back atcha!’

  4. Laurab Says:

    Hey thanks! I’m so happy to be on this list. I’m so happy to have found your blog, you’re going on my blog-envy list 🙂

  5. Arch Says:

    That is so sweet! Thanks for the honour:-)
    Glad I found you:-)


  6. Ruth Welter Says:

    HI Melissa, Thank you so much for the smile award. You have made me smile this evening, all the best. Ruth

  7. Sweet Cottage Dreams Says:

    Oh, for Pete’s sake! You are making me smile, AGAIN!!! Thank you, thank you for my award. I am going to pass it on this time…30 times to be exact..and will probably be duplicating. I hope that your week has started off well. Thank you, sweet Melissa (isn’t there a song called that?) for always being a loyal blogging friend! I just love you!

  8. anindiansummer Says:

    Melissa, I am very touched! Thank you so much for the honor…I am so glad that we have the technology today to help people across the world reach out to new friends and forge such beautiful relationships..

    Thanks again!

  9. Thanks so much, Melissa! I love this award 🙂

  10. Esther Sunday Says:

    MELISSA! How very, very sweet! I am touched! Thank you! It is so rewarding to ME to bring a smile to your face! And, to be awarded along with these wonderful bloggers? Gosh, thank you! Love ya! Esther

  11. Melissa,

    You are so sweet! And guess what? You made me smile today too!!! Thanks so much!

  12. Michellethea Says:


    I am touched to be included in your Fab 40! Continue smiling!

  13. Michelle Says:


    I’m sorry for the previous post if I typed something wrong..

    Thank you for including me in your Fab 40! I am touched..


  14. Shannon Says:

    Thank you so much! I’m glad I was able to bring a smile to your face. Your comments have done the same for me!

  15. Melissa, you are such a sweetheart! Thank you so much!! You made my night 🙂


  16. nimi Says:

    Thank you ever so much!! I don’t feel like such a novice blogger anymore. I’m looking forward to checking out the new blogs as well. You’re wonderful Melissa!

  17. Christine Says:

    Hello! You truley deserve this award… You have made me smile! I am honored to be counted among the lovely folks you have listed!!!Thank you.

  18. Lisa Says:


    You are so sweet! Thanks for honoring me with this award. I never in a million years would have guessed how much fun blogging would be or how many truly fabulous people I would meet and you are definitely one of them! We should get together sometime. If you are ever coming thru my town or want to meet in Portland sometime, let me know.


  19. Julie Says:

    This is why I wanted to nominate you in the first place. You have such a knack for making people feel good. Thank you so much for this honor and I am privileged to keep your company and so many others.


  20. Elzie Says:

    Thank you so much for picking me out among all the lovely women that is blogging. I really feel honoured. I will try to make my best to nominate 10 people.
    Love Elzie

  21. Melissa, first off Congrats on the award you truly, truly deserve it. You’re a lovely, caring, funny woman and I’m enjoying getting to know you. I’m really touched that you would place me with all those other wonderful women! Thank you!


  22. Pat Says:

    Melissa, what a sweet message, this morning. Thank you so much! You inspire me! Pat

  23. kara garbar Says:

    Thank you for the award. Wow, & I thought awards ended in Grade school. Fun to receive them as adults. Everyone likes gold stars, right? Frankly, I just love all these amazing women, so much talent and inspiration! Thank you Melissa! Back at you for an instant award, you are great @ what you do!

  24. Vee Says:

    What? An award? I love that it’s a “You Make Me Smile” award and honored. Thank you!

    (Let me know if there’s something special that I am supposed to be doing as I am new to blogging and very new to awards. 🙂 )

  25. Robin Says:

    You are such a sweetie….you make me smile too!
    Thank you so much!

  26. Lisa Says:

    Wow, thanks for the honor Melissa. What a great list of new blogs to explore. That will be fun!

  27. mary Says:

    Dear Melissa,
    I am so honored to be among your “Fab 40!” Thank you so much for thinking of me. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there, and I feel like a kid in a candy shop each time I discover another kindred spirit!

  28. Michelle Says:

    Thank you so much! I really appreciate the award and that you took the time to take a look at my blog and comment as well. I’m leaving the link to my other blog (where my house photos are) this time, if you get a chance to peruse there as well! Thanks again!

    Michelle (Cozyegg and Cozystyle)

  29. Melissa, Thanks so much for the honor and for all of the inspiration YOU provide. It made my day!

  30. AJsMom Says:

    Melissa, Wow, I don’t even know what to say. Thank you so much for including my new little blog with such a wonderful group of people. I am very honored and I feel very blessed that I found you. God Bless!

  31. jenny Says:

    Great site! It’s my first time here. Something I read made me laugh–your comment about driving around at night so you can see inside people’s homes! Just last night, we went for a drive after dinner. I told my husband, “Oh, good! It’s dusk! This is the perfect time to be out. People don’t realize it’s getting dark and their blinds are still up!”

    I actually do this, too! How funny.

  32. I love reading your blog. And, unfortunately for most people, I love commenting too =) Thank you for the award and thank you more for the fellowship! Blessings… Polly

  33. Oh thank-you so much for thinking of me-I am truly touched!!! Congratulations on receiving it yourself-so well deserved because your blog is such a lovely, inspiring read! Your posts have given me so much to think and smile about (you know exactly what I mean here lol!!!)
    Thank you again,
    Love Sophie xx

  34. Barbara Says:


    Thank you so much for this award. It really makes my day to know that I can make someone smile and makes blogging all so much more worthwhile. Appreciated.

    Thank you for your kind comments.

  35. Melissa…
    Thank you, I am not worthy!
    You are too sweet & your blog always puts a smile on my face too…thank you!

  36. Rhonda Says:

    Thank you Melissa! I am honored to be included in a list with so many of my fellow bloggers who I consider so much more talented at expressing their thoughts and feelings than I.

    You have made me SMILE:)


  37. Linda Says:

    Thank you for including me in your Fab 40. It is very sweeet of you and such an honor. Congrats to you too. Linda

  38. Mari-Nanci Says:

    How sweet of you, to call me a Smile Inducing Commenter. :-)))) That’s a very nice thing to hear.


  39. Erin Says:

    If I didn’t mention this before, thanks! Still loving your blog!

  40. Lisa Says:

    I’m glad you get a smile from me because I always get one when I visit you. Thanks so much.

    I love that you have such a long list. I’ll be doing lots of browsing at all the wonderful new sites tonight.

    Have a great week!

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