Thursday, April 28, 2011

Chasing Dreams Home

The ninety and nine 
are with dreams, content,
but the hope of the world
made new is the hundredth
man who is grimly bent on
making those dreams
come true.
~ Edgar Allan Poe

She dreamt a dream
of a sweet little house
in the country....

A house with a soul ~
good bones
good karma
surrounded by barns
and fields and trees....

Not content to merely
imagine such a place,
she was the hundredth
{wo}man....The one
grimly bent on making
those dreams come true.

And, she did.

My mom and I had already
chosen the Hill Country of
Texas for my 2011 birthday
trip before I even discovered
Anne's beautiful blog, 
Fiona & Twigg.  Months of
sharing Anne's hopes and 
aspirations through her blog
as she and her husband chased
their goal ~ finding just the right 
slice of Fredericksburg heaven ~ 
led me to my own dream:
To meet Anne when I
got to Texas and maybe 
even get a glimpse
of her new home.

And I did.

And it was more than a glimpse.

Much, much  more.

Would you like to see it, too?

Then come with me.
{Y'all ready for this?}

Let's turn into
her long gravel driveway.
I'll lead the way, 
seeing as how I feel so
much at home here, now : )

First, the barns {yes, she
has two ~ count them, two!}
 and the peaceful fields...

You already saw the darling
gate that leads you to
the front door.....

Don't be shy; give it a
good rap.  I know she'll
be happy to see us!


Here's the lady of the house, now.
What a warm welcome!

It's sooo hot outside,
but the vestibule is nice and cool.

Let's sit for a spell 
and catch our breath.

Ooh....look up there.
So pretty!

Anne is still in the throes
of moving in, but her
darling blue and white
kitchen is ready for guests.

Wanna take a peek?

Her love for this
little gem of a house
is found in every detail.

Here are a few more
to send us on our way.

Love, love, love.


Nothing happens
unless we first
~ Carl Sandburg

I know that today will
be a day for royal toasts.
I want to add one more,
from me to you:

Never be afraid  to
grab for those dreams,
whatever they may be,
big or small....

Be that hundredth person,
rather than 
the nine and ninety.

Anne is!


[All images,
Privet and Holly, 
taken on location
in Fredericksburg, Texas!]

Click to check out 
Tricia's blog : )


Teacup Moments said...

ooooh, i love the details you chose to photograph, suzanne! what a gem, her house. and i love he toast. cheers!

A Rosy Note said...

I love the quotes on your post Suzanne. I think that sometimes it's so hard to get over your fears of following your dreams though.

I'll bet that was a lot of fun meeting up with Anne. You sure captured some pretty pictures of her home :)


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh Suzanne, these images are just gorgeous!!!
That one of the gate turned out even dreamier than I thought it would.

Wow, I LOVE how my world looks through your lens. :-)

You are the best, wish you lived next door.


Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures are beautiful, Suzanne. They capture Anne's home in just the right light. I enjoyed the tour. You are both my favorite people. Although I'm late, Happy Birthday and thank you for a another wonderful post!


Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Suzanne! So nice to meet you! I have been a follower of Anne's sweet blog for ages and found you today thru her! Looks like the two of you had a glorious visit! Your photos are incredible.

Please come by and visit with me anytime!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Suzanne what a LOVELY post....Isn't Anne a PEACH....Alas....I've not MET the GORGEOUS girl myself But have had the pleasure of ALMOST seeing her at Round Top last year & of course I've visited her blog many a time....!

I' so glad you had a WONDERFUL Birthday Trip & got to visit Anne's new home....!

Have a FAB weekend Lovey....!

Cheers from Oz,
Tamarah 'Dreamin' my HEART out for all I'm worth' :o)

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Lovely post of a wonderful visit! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of Anne's charming farmhouse through your lens!

Indie.Tea said...

What a lovely place. So cozy and peaceful. It almost just makes me wish I lived in the country...with barns and fields. It seems so serene...

Annas Vita Rum said...

So nice to read this and to se all the photos, thankyou!

Rozmeen said...

How lovely that you have met Anne. She is a beautiful person with a beautiful home just like yours..

A big hug,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh how this has been my RECURRENT DREAM...and it finally come true for me too. WIth only some exposed beams to install in the family room and some minor exterior details with the landscaping, RABBIT HILL will have been transformed into my little dream too. Maybe one day you could do a photo shoot? LOVELY HOME OUT HERE IN TEXAS....I have had the pleasure of getting a visit or two from this lovely lady! HAVE A GREAT DAY DEAR SUZANNE AND THANK YOU FOR THE CARD!!!! Anita

traci said...

it is so wonderful that you two got to hang out and really get to know each other. two amazing souls. her home looks so gorgeous.

lisaroyhandbags said...

You lucky girl! I'd so love to see Anne's home in person - it looks like such a lovely setting. Sounds like the perfect birthday trip!
I hope our paths cross someday - heck, if you're ever in Dubai... xo

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Always striving to be that "100th" person and your posts always prompt me on a bit further. Happy weekend and

Alicia said...

what a fun trip! wow cool that you got to meet bloggers along the way too :) thanks for the peek!

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Suzanne, it was fate that you should meet in the manner and time that you didn. How wonderful! No doubt you had an absolutely fantabulous time. Memories to last a lifetime. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Farmgirl Paints said...

oh i just couldn't wait for this post. can't believe you actually got to see her charming little cottage...SO JEALOUS!

i should be sitting there with you both. i'm sure it was a match made in heaven since the two of you are about the sweetest bloggers i know!

Morning T said...

You're both lucky to have met each other! Great photos of Anne's lovely home. ;)
Happy Friday to you,

Sarah said...

Beautiful! Glad you two had this time together. Anne is a sweetheart. ~ Sarah

A Vintage Chic said...

How beautiful, Suzanne! I've been a fan of Anne's for a long enjoyed her search for the perfect home--so glad you got to see it up close & personal!

Love the quotes you used here...being the hundredth person...a good thing to remember.

Wishing you the loveliest day, dear friend...


Theresa said...

Oh Suzanne, I really enjoyed walking along on the tour of my sweet friend's home! I have followed Anne for a long time and just love her to pieces!

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful day with me! Perhaps one of these days I will meet her too and see that sweet home with my own eyes!

Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Little Leslie said...

It must have been jaw dropping at every turn. I loved it. So calming. Thanks for the pics.

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Wonderful photos of Anne's lovely home. It is so nice that you met and had time to spend together. What a wonderful trip you and your mom had. Thank you for taking us along.

Cozy Little House said...

I use to travel to the Texas Hill Country, living just a few hours away once upon a time. Lovely place to visit! Haven't been there in ages, but would love to go again.

Linda Makiej said...

Beautiful photos!!
So glad I found your blog!

Amanda said...

I so enjoyed this post! Your photos are so lovely! I especially loved the dreamy gate! What a wonderful opportunity you had to meet Anne and tour her beautiful home! Thank you so very much for sharing the experience with us! I'll be following you! I can't wait to come visit again!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I've never been to that part of Texas, but you are making me put it on the list :) Happy belated Birthday, chica. You know all brilliant bloggers were born in April, right?! XOL

Linda said...

Oh Suzanne...this is just lovely...made me feel like I was part of the visit! Your photos are stunning~especially love the first photo with the gate~ and the quotes are beautiful and inspiring! Thanks for sharing with us!

Stitchfork said...

Two of my favorites in one spot! Score 100th persons!!
xo Cathy

hometown girl said...

her home is just a beautiful and warm as she is! your photographs are just lovely too! what a blessing that you were able to get together! xo susan

Jenny Schouten Short said...

How absolutely delicious, Suzanne! I identify with the dream. Yesterday I had my doubts but just read your words today and I will continue with the dream. I was hoping you bought the little farmhouse in Fredericksburg. That is a wonderful area to live. xo Jenny

A Rosy Note said...

Hi Suzanne! I just wanted to pop back over and thank you for linking your pretty post to Photo Feature Friday!

Tricia :)

A Cottage Muse said...

Thanks for sharing this dream come true for you!

Your photos are just beautiful!
Anne's home looks great!

I also love the snapshot of the two of you!!

Pam said...

What a great idea to take a birthday trip with Mom. Love your photos. Glad you had a great time!

simpledaisy said... amazing for you:):) Love all of your photos!
ps...i'm having a little give-away on my blog! Stop on over if you have a minute:)

Frizzy said...

My husband's family lives near Fredricksburg TX and that town is just so quaint and sweet. Love all the special touches and seeing her home through your eyes, photos and poetry.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi sweetpea,

Well, I opened your present yesterday on my birthday....and it's gooooorgeous!! Thank you so much. I really, REALLY like it a LOT!!!

Well, missy, you do get around meeting lots of bloggers, don't you? I'm really hoping my turn will come before too long!!!


Dumbwit Tellher said...

Hi Suzanne; visiting your blog is always so good for the soul. I cannot believe you were just about 2 hrs. away here in Texas. I have yet to visit Fredricksburg, sadly enough. Anne sounds like a wonderful lady and her home is so charming. You girls look beaming having the great privileged of getting to finally meet. I'm sorry I've been so bad @ visiting. Just can't seem to get my act together of late. Happy be-lated birthday and I hope you had a great time in the Hill Country?! xo xo Deb

Princess and the Pea said...

Looks like you had a great time!

I dreamt big for the royal wedding and organised a wedding dress walk (yes, in my wedding dress) from the church where I got married to the hall where I had my reception where we all watched the royal wedding on a huge screen, followed by a British tea party, a singer, comedian and a dance lesson! I sold out of tickets and raised £1300 (about $2000) for the Japan tsunami appeal!

People kept telling me I couldn't pull it off... but I knew I could, and I did!

I've uploaded some video footage, photos and a radio interview to my blog if you're interested! Http://

K x

Anne Marie... said...

I'm so jealous! Anne is one person I really want to get to meet someday - I got to meet you already :)

now you both can meet 1/2 way here at my farm (lol)

anytime Suzanne....just say the word! would love to see you again
xo+farm blessings,
Anne Marie

Vicki said...

What a lovely post about your trip and meeting sweet Anne. I really loved it.

Little Leslie said...

Hi Suzanne, Thanks for coming over to my blog. I've been following for the last year Fiona and Twigg. I just love her house and would love to see it in person. It might take me a while because I'm in California, and still owe my son, in Arizona a visit.
I will definitely post photos of what I'll be doing with my finds. I love to merchandise, and then shoot the vignettes. Take care, and I will become a follower on your blog.

quintessence said...

What a charming house and a wonderful birthday trip. I never stop being amazed by the marvelous connections we all make here!!

Cindy said...

I came across your blog thru Fiona and Twig! What a lovely blog! I love the quotes and photos. I look forward to reading more..

pretty pink tulips said...

What a slic of heaven for Anne and her husband! I have always loved Fredricksburg and am tickled that you've visited my home state. Might you start using y'all now?!!

xoxo Elizabeth

A Vintage Green said...

Great visit.
Appreciate the close cropping of your photos - brings the detail into focus.
Thanks for sharing Anne and husband's home. Found you from Fiona and Twig.
- Joy

Low Tide High Style said...

What a lovely place to visit! You and Anne look like long lost buddies, those are the best kind!

Kat :)


I love Annes blog and how lucky you got to meet her. I can tell from her smile she is sweet.

Jeanie said...

I can't decide the part of this post I love most -- the message? Yes, indeed! The photos? Without a doubt -- especially the one of the lavender in the white pitcher. What a perfect way to remember your visit!

Lili said...

This was so much fun to see photos of you two together and of course to see those lovely shots you took of that awesome vintage farmhouse of hers! xoxo ~Lili