Sunday, June 9, 2013


Hello everyone,

Today, I'm contributing over at Brenda's
Hope you'll drop by and visit! 

The following was first published as the first contributing post I wrote for  Cozy Little House, in May of this year, to celebrate Poppy View's one year anniversary.  Have a look!

One cold winter afternoon, while wandering around the thickly populated blogosphere, I suddenly stopped in my tracks, as I found myself standing in front of the the cutest, most colourful house I had ever seen in the land!
I immediately felt at home, identifying with its cottage-y, farmhouse feel, where cows and chickens lived harmoniously among primary pigments printed on crockery, quilts, artwork, and fabrics. Polka dots, checks, stripes and floral patterns featuring red, my favourite colour, had me doing double takes; this could easily be my house, I gasped!
My red rooms
I needed to find out who was behind all this serious fun and flair! First, I went into marathon mode and read her beautiful blog from first post to last! Then, I visited every day and felt like I was getting to know this very honest and humble lady.
From helpful tips on bettering one's blog, to eloquent excerpts on personal experiences, I was so intrigued that I wanted to tell her how her simple and whimsical style had made me smile, (after collecting my jaw from the floor, that is!).
So, I wrote Miss Brenda a long letter, telling her just that: how much I had admired her cozy little house, and if she had the time, I would love for her to visit mine - a new blog, barely a week old! 
Of course, being the sweet soul that she is, Brenda wrote back right away, boosting my confidence, cheering me on and giving me valuable advice. She extended her hospitality by introducing Poppy View to her many devoted readers, on her very unique Welcome Wagon Fridays, a kind and generous invitation.
Poppy View debuted on my daughter's birthday, May 18th, 2012. A few days ago, Brenda asked me if I would consider becoming a regular contributor here, at this warm and wonderful space. Needless to say, I was ecstatic! And so, today, I thought it most fitting to celebrate Poppy View's one year anniversary, here at Brenda's cozy little house, which for me, has been more of a home, as its gracious hostess always takes care of her guests, in the most attentive and delightful ways. 
In addition, I'd like to thank everyone who visits Poppy View. Reading, commenting and simply saying, 'hello', are treasured gifts and your presence inspires me to joyfully communicate to you, colourful creations, in pictures and words, from my own little house, in the hilly fields, of the pretty, Cretan countryside. 
Until next time,


  1. Thank YOU, Poppy! Your blog is one of my favorites, and I make time to read as many of your posts as possible. I often enjoy them, in between appointments, on my Iphone and can't leave a note. And I love it when you show us your beautiful garden and the colorful Cretan countryside.
    x Loi
    PS - Look forward to discovering Cozy Little House!

  2. I need to visit Cozy Little House. From what I can tell, you'll be a wonderful contributor over there!

    Ricki Jill

  3. Absolutely beautiful! I love to visit Poppy View. :)

  4. I do believe that is how I found you! From Brenda's Welcome Wagon Fridays! So glad I did too!
    xo Kris

  5. Αγαπώ το σπίτι σου με τα ζεστά χρώματα.
    Το blog για το οποίο μας μίλησες είναι
    υπέροχο. Θα είμαι εκεί συχνά.

  6. I found you from Brenda's blog as well! She's a very generous blogger and creates lots of good blog karma!

  7. thats great... love that your gonna contribute over at Brenda's..
    gonna call ya'll the Red Twins:)

  8. I just love coming to your blog. It is always so cheerful and colorful. It brightens up my day.

  9. You have a lovely blog and love the title.

  10. Visiting from Mary's Mosaic Monday. Your have a lovely blog and images. I love poppies and I enjoyed the visit. Have a happy week!

  11. What a lovely blog and I love all your colorfull photo's

  12. Very lovely and colour photos! Lovely mosaic too.

  13. I have loved Poppy's View from the very beginning! Beautiful blog!

  14. Happy and colorful and full of life!! Beautiful, Poppy!

  15. Hi Poppy
    I visited your post at Brenda's and like how you decorated the bathroom. The reds you incorporate into your home are always tastefully done. I love the photo of the field of red poppies.

  16. Am a regular reader of both yours and Brenda's blogs and love how both of you like to decorate with cheery colors, especially red. :-)

  17. Happy anniversary Poppy View! Your blog inspires me and every post is always a delight to read. Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise.

    Wishing you more blogging years to come.



  18. Oh such fun, Poppy! I will go over to Cozy Little House right now. Happy one year blogiversary!!

  19. Cosy Little House was one of the first blogs I followed!!!

  20. Hi Poppy,

    I will head over to Cozy Little House! thanks for the introduction! Your blog is always such a treat and makes me smile:) The colors are gorgeous against the background in which you live. Your garden is stunning!

    Have a wonderful day. xxleslie

  21. Poppy
    Such a beautiful post! And what a good friend you have in Brenda.
    I'm visiting today from Sunny Simple Life. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I'd love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tues-Sat for Brag About It Link Up Party

  22. So pretty love all the beautiful red flowers. I really enjoy Brenda's blog too. I've been visiting her since I started blogging a little less than a year ago. Congrats on your 1 year blog anniversary. Your posts are always so inspiring!

  23. I am enthralled. Absolutely hooked on this charming blog. I'm so glad I saw you at Cozy Little House, and your beautiful bathroom. Now I have seen your darling kitchen, and finished up by looking at your Christmas label posts. Then I stopped and went to my blog to add you to my blogroll as I don't want to miss a single new post. And I have the pleasure of your other posts to catch up on, think of that!

    Thank you so much for visiting at my blog and commenting!

  24. I'm so glad I read this, I just started a little over a month ago, and it is very encouraging to me to find out that you have only been at it a year and look how great your blog is!!! I would have thought you'd been at it for many years. There is hope for me after all. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  25. Hi Poppy!

    We so enjoyed your post and the beautiful pictures.

    Thanks for linking up with us this week at BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Tuesday Link and Hop.

    If you haven't already we'd love you to link back to BeBetsy at the bottom of your post.

    See you soon!
    Sharon and Denise

  26. I am here via the French Country Cottage party and I knew even before I clicked on the picture that it would be a post by you. Your photos, color and style are totally distinctive. I always look forward to reading your posts and looking at all of your lovely photos.

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. Love meeting new people through blogs. This is my first time here and I'll have to check out Brenda.

    Thanks so much for sharing at The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Looking forward to seeing what you share this week!

  28. It is marvelous to find Kindred Spirits through blogging - you both have marvelous blogs and homes - looking forward to seeing all you share. I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  29. Poppies are one of my favorite all things red!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  30. So Delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday, too ;)

  31. So Cool that you are doing that! I can totally see how you two would work well together.:)
    Thank you for sharing for Fresh-Cut Friday!



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