Friday, May 1, 2009

Cuttlebug Spa Weekend: Relax, Rejuvenate, Be Inspired

Roses are Red, but VIOLETS are Blue
and with this BLOG HOP the winners are YOU!!


African Violets are said to be the one plant that people desire most to have in their homes because it makes them feel happy. I love them, especially because they remind me of a very special Aunt who had a great knack for growing them. Her windows were always filled with beautiful purple blossoms. Any time I see them, I get that happy feeling in my heart.


How do you relax? My favorite relaxation spot is my lanai, which in Florida is a sun filled room, with windows on three sides, and mine has African Violets, and is decorated with a Bee Theme :) (Are you surprised?) I am surrounded with treasured items like a quilt, wall hanging, figurines, windchimes, wreath, and other gifts, all from dear friends, andall with bees on them (of course! )This is my warm and sunny spot to read, which is my favorite type of relaxation. I have a rocking chair, so my big cat, Rusty, and I can cuddle up and read a good mystery. Oh, and don't forget the chocolates!!

My word for the blog hop is "Violets" ; and after you check out my card, sign up as a follower or a subscriber, and leave me a comment, (so you are eligible for my awesome BLOG CANDY CONTEST***!!!, plus all the other great contests on CBC), you head on over to see what Karen Maldonado has to share, and get the next clue in the BLOG HOP! When you get all of the flowers, go to CBcontest@gmail.com and you will be entered into the drawing for those magnificent prizes that you saw on CUTTLEBUG CHALLENGE BLOGSPOT!!!

Thanks to these great sponsors!

Blythe terrarium
Monogrammed Robe By Tammy
Bella Bee designs
Ferris Wheels Wonderful gift set for PC comfort..Etsy Store
Delicious fun Handmill soap from SavonShoppe
Java to help us rejuvenate? Kathreyn
and Five Star Sweets!
How about a set of Handpainted coffee mugs? Mary W. Ibis
Blooming towel basket?Christie's Creations
Indulgent bath soap? (Fragrance may varies) Nicki Leigh
Set of Manicure and pedicure kit? Visit Erzulie's Cosmetics
Complete Spa basket with bath salt, eye pillow etc..Tuttieloo
How about Divine chocolate soaps? See Southern VT Soaps
Spa Gift Basket from Connie's Boutique

I hope you are really enjoying the wonderful things that you are finding here at the Cuttlebug Challenge Spa Retreat Weekend! There is so much going on, and much more to come!!! This is the place to be coming back to all weekend...you don't want to miss a single thing!!

Happy scrapping, this National Scrapbook Day week!!!
Have a hunny of a day!

BettyBee

141 comments:

cpbunch said...

Can I come down and relax with you on the lanai??? Sounds good to me!! Love the hop . . thanks so much!

Wanda said...

Love the violets they are sooo pretty.. I subscribe to you site and also I'm a follower now.. Thank for being part of the blog hop
Lots of Hugs
Wanda

silvia said...

Violets remind me of my mom (she passed away when I was 9). She always had them around the house. I absolutely ADORE your "Magnificent Butterfly"

Meda said...

Hi Betty! I Love violets too.

Chloe said...

I too love violets!

I hope you enjoy the Spa Weekend!

Beth said...

Hi BettyBee,
Hope you are on your Lanai enjoying a beautiful morning GF, and your violets remind me of my grandmother as a child I remeber her having some real beauties.
Hugs
Beth

Christina said...

Hi! I've subscribed to you thru google reader. Awesome site you have here. :)

Tonya said...

Oh your relaxation spot sounds fabulous. I will be right down! *giggle*
I love to curl up on the couch with a cup of hot coffee to relax.......throw in some music or a magazine and I am good to go. >:0)

Ellen said...

Hi Betty
What a fabulous Blog Hop, now I visit some blogs I've never seen before. And I like yours!!
I also love your way of relaxing, sounds good to me!

Ellen

Christina said...

I've subscribed to you thru google reader. Cool blog hop!

java diva said...

Betty, my mom has been growing african violets since I can remember! (30 years?)

JillyBelly said...

i love the blue violets betty! ;D and this bloghop rocks!

jeanie nieva said...

enjoying this blog hop so far. thanks for sharing. :)

Mimi said...

Just recetly I started 12 varities of the african violet! I can't wait til they start flowering!

stampinsueco said...

Your lanai sounds like a great place to relax and all the violets would certainly make it lovely. The little bear on your card is so cute. I'm so sorry about the accident with the ink pad. I've had the same accident with an ink pad myself. So frustrating!!

ellen s. said...

oh a lania! awesome. happy nsd!

Terrie B x said...

Fab way to relax!!!I am following!!!
Have a great weekend:)♥
`Thanks`:)for a great Blog Hop...

stampinsueco said...

My comment didn't show up so I'm trying again. Your lanai sounds like a great place to relax and the violets would make it so beautiful. Sorry about the ink pad accident. The bear is darling.

joni said...

Well, you are certainly warmer on your lanai than I am on my back porch in Colorado!!! Love the inspriation on your blog! I signed up and am looking forward to the rest of the ride! lol Have a great day!

Mandy said...

Violets are so pretty. your lanai sounds so relaxing.

MrsETaylor said...

what a great blog. I'll "bee" coming here often for inspiration.
Thanks for the chance to win.

Jen said...

love your blog!!! I collect bees too :) I love to relax and read a great book :) and smell all those fresh flowers...

Made by Mandy said...

I love to relax by cardmaking in my little room with a nice cup of tea.

Love the colour of african violets. Got some tiny violets it the garden right now. Would you believe my Grandma's real name is Violet and she doesn't like it. She prefers to be called Molly. I know which one I'd prefer.....

butlerfly24 said...

Yeah I want a lanai too! I am going to share with the world that for the first time in my plant growing career I FINALLY got my african violets to bloom and not die!!! SOO excited.

Off to the next stop, thanks betty.

Katarina said...

I would love a room like that! Although I can't complain since my hobbycorner is drenched in sunlight and I have a great balcony and view.

lisa808 said...

I just love African Violets. I am already a subscriber--it's great getting E-mail updates when you post.

Lynda said...

Can't forget the chocolate, that's a mini vacation itself.

Liz said...

Relaxation awesome... violets gorgeous..have a great weekend.

soccerboyzmom said...

I love your relaxing room -- I only use the living room, but do the same thing with a dog. I love the different shades of purple african violets, but I seem to kill them since I don't have the correct light.

.................... said...

I'm now a follower!

craftylin said...

I have one violet plant and love it. This hop is really fun.
Linda Peterson

Denise said...

My mom used to grow African Violets too. I remember having a shelf of them in front of our dining room sliding door. So pretty! I am now a follower of your blog and hope to check in often.

akagreenhouse said...

You are in my google reader! I love African Violets. My grandmother had a very green thumb when it came to them. Hers were enormous and beautiful!

Baba said...

The women in my family have always grown violets from generation to generation. It's a beautiful flower.

MMG said...

Joining in on the blog hop! And now I'm a follower!

Some sun sounds nice right about now -- sounds like everyone needs their one place like your linai!

MMG said...

Joining in on the blog hop, and now I'm a follower of yours!

I think that we all could use our own spot like your lanai.

Regina said...

african violets always remind me of my aunt!

BishopsMommie said...

I hopped, I am a follower, and I love violets too.. I kill them..not on purpose..just happens..Thanks

Brenda said...

I love violets too! I used to have many, but alas, not any more. Love your blog; will be back.

I love to relax in my backyard swing surrounded by birds, bees, flowers, and wild rabbits.

cottagerca said...

Betty, yes you are correct violets are special. A lady I know grows violets and would sell them to everyone in our office. She had a green thumb like no other when it came to growing these beautiful plants.

Linda said...

Violets always remind me of my grandmother....she really had some beautiful ones in the window sill.

Daniela said...

I love Violets, one of my favorite flowers. Love the little bees :)

Eveline said...

The African violets are beautiful. I always buy them in the spring. I would put them outside but our dog is very good at digging up my plants so I just put them in containers inside.
I love to read too. Great way to relax and if I read in bed our cat sits on my stomach and purrs away, too comfy for words.
Eveline.

Sandi said...

Violets so romantic. Love the blog hop. I could relax around a few violets.

Sandi

Arlene B. said...

Wow, checked out your blog, that butterfly is beautiful. I will have to check out how that was made again sometime in the future. I remember that my Mom had and still does always have violets blooming. I can't seem to keep them going. Oh well, I enjoy hers when I see her.

connie said...

I wish I had a "Lanai" to relax in! I became a follower of your blog.

Helen F. said...

Love your flower choice ~ I think I am the relative/friend everyone thinks of when they see African Violets ;o) Living in FL also, I have so much sunlight spilling into my home that growing them is very easy -- I have 12 currently.
Thanks so much for a fun tour!

Colleen said...

Oh my goodness, I haven't thought of Violets in years, my grandmother was the only person I know who could keep them alive. Thanks for the memories.

Sharon said...

Love the violets!! I am already a subscriber!! I am so excited!!

artycrafty said...

What a wonderful place you have on the blog. This is so much fun. I did plant violets in my garden but I'm going to have to hunt them down as other plants are taller and grown over top of them.


ooops

Beth Norman said...

I am so jeleous of your sun room full of violets. Now that's what I call relaxing!

Calie said...

I love your cards! They are very beautiful!

Sandra said...

Hi Betty,
My way to relax is to snuggle up on the sofa with a good book!
Thanks for sharing!
Sandra :-)

rlovew said...

I would love a sunroom in Florida- enjoy yours.

Kay said...

African violets are so pretty. I can remember my mother growing them; I always thought they were adorable.

Teresa (aka tmom) said...

Love African Violets, but can't grow them just love the kill them :(
fun blog hop!

EstherNZ said...

What a fun blog! I am a follower now and can't wait to see more of what you do. I love that published the "oops" :)

Kelli said...

I like to relax by sitting out by the pool with my doggy!

SMK said...

blog hops rock :)

Mary Jean said...

what a nice way to relax....

I love your card! And I'm glad I'm not the only one who has dropped a inkpad...

Parker and Emma's Mom said...

Violets are one of my fave flowers!

jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

Debra Johnson-King said...

I love violets - african violets are particularly gorgeous

Amber said...

Betty your ideas for relaxing are amazing, maybe I'll have to get some African Violets! Enjoying reading everyone's posts for the blog hop!
Hugs
Amber

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

Thanks for being a part of the hop!

Viviana Martínez said...

Ohhh! Violets are so beautiful...

anne2411 stempelträume said...

Relaxen , I make that with our cuttlebug challenge when I read it.

And I read a nice Book.

glg anne

Deanna Cosgrove said...

love the violets' shade of purple-blue! lovin' the hop......deanna

www.girlsinthecraft.blogspot.com

Ramona West said...

Thank You for participating this weekend. This is soooo KOUUUUL! I am having a blast!

Janet said...

Thanks for sharing. The pic is so nice....very summery and I'm only starting on spring.

Ramona West said...

Thank U for the chance to win. I am ready to relax this weekend!

Carol Ann said...

Your relaxation room sounds wonderful! My late mother-in-law grew African Violets unfortunately I never managed to keep African violets for any length of time they all died on me :)

Martha said...

Love the violets. Love the blog hop!
Have a great weekend!

Martha said...

Love the blog hop and violets!
Have a great weekend :)

Jewls said...

Hi Betty :)
I love violets too.
Sounds like you have a beautiful spot to relax.

Greta said...

Thanks for all the fun with the blog hop! :)

Reneeromero said...

This blog hop is a lot of fun.

Susan McRae said...

Your lanai sounds like a great place to relax.

Dawn W said...

The violets are just beginning to emerge here in my yard, I love them too.

Daintry said...

Bummer about the card! That would annoy me to no end! :( And it was super cute! I love to relax by reading, and sitting in a bubble bath! Thanks for the chance to win!

I2BZ2W8 said...

Just hopping in to say hello and that African Violets are also one of my favorite flowers.

NANCY said...

I'm a follower!.........

Melissa said...

The lanai sounds cute so was your card bummer with the stamp pad I've done that to. I like to relax with my favorite twilight movie and my scrapbook toys. Thanks for hosting. This is fun. -Melissa

Anonymous said...

I like to relax with some ice tea and my little lap dog. Love your blog.

Sandy D.

sdul at insightbb dot com

Britiney said...

I do love african violets, I'm just not very good at growing them! love your blog.

Dawn said...

I love the wild violets I have growing around my yard,they remind me of my childhood.

Foxcraft said...

Hi, I'm really enjoying this blog hop .... truly inspirational!

sandyh said...

your lanai sounds like the perfect spot to relax!
sandyh
sandyha@comcast.net

Sheila D said...

I am so enjoying this blog hop so far. Thanks for sharing and being a part of it. Chilling out on the deck with a good book relaxes me.

*BJ* said...

I am a Betty also.. my middle name is Jean.. thus the BJ. Wish I had a lanai like yours. I want to create one in my back yard some day..

*BJ* said...

Love flowers.. great idea for this blog hop..

Traicee said...

I love violets too :)I subscribed to your blog- looks very inspiring :)

Carol said...

Violets are beautiful. Love your blog....

Crystal said...

I am loving this hop! YAY!

kreativeimagination said...

Happy NSD! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. I am a follower.
Have a superb weekend!

PaperDreams said...

It is very relaxing to do hopping your Blog an watch all your cards and stories about flowers

samiam said...

I love violets also, but can not grow one to save my life.

nanalady said...

Violets are about the only flower that I can keep alive! Love them! Thanks for this great fun and all the inspiration!

Deanna said...

Love the violets! they're so dainty and femenine to me. Great choice!

Chris said...

I'm a follower and remember how much my Mom loved violets

Melissa said...

I'm waiting for the days when I can comfortably sit on my front porch and read books. I love relaxing in the sun!

fresh as a daisy said...

Violets are so pretty! Lanai sounds wonderful! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Sue said...

Just dropped in to say hi ScrapinNannyof5 grvdger@suscom-maine.net

HappyHappyJoyJoy said...

I love African Violets! So, so gorgeous! Appreciate the blog hop -thank you so much for doing this!!

LISA said...

Betty the violets are beautiful.

Ladybug said...

I can certainly u/stand how your fav. place to relax is your lanai. It sounds divine, w/ all of your special things surrounding you!

Smullis said...

I love violets...all varieties. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.

Christi said...

I love your cards! I just started making cards and love to find blogs like yours for inspiration! Thank you!

JanetintheJaw said...

Love your blog and your creations. Now on my regular 'must visit' list. Happy NSD!
Cheers....

KerrynF said...

Love your blog Betty. I am having a ball

Savor the Journey said...

When I see African Violets, I think of my special Aunt .. and the variety of violets she kept. Currently, I have only one plant, but when I find a frilly-edged one, I'm going to "need" it! ;)

~Bev

jinxi~ aka angi said...

LOVE your bee theme! I love honey bees too... so cute!

I have an african violet at work on my desk.. Im always so proud to see it bloom. It does make me happy!

Anonymous said...

Love the idea of your lania

Chrissie said...

Enjoy your relaxation and now I follow your blog maybe some good karma will come my way!Chrissie

Donna said...

I love that woodland violets grow wild in a corner of my yard. They're so pretty!

eugenie said...

really pretty flowers!!!!
good luck everyone
kisses
eugenie

Jill Haddad said...

Love violets - but I can't grow them. I think I overwater - I used to get one each year on Administrative Assistant's day but the past couple of years they've given me cyclamen instead. I think they figured out the African Violets were a waste of money on me! LOL!

Kim Marie said...

What a fun hop! And a beautiful blog!
Kim Marie

Carol B said...

Violets are so sweet especially wild ones.

I love your filagree butterfly. I learned something new today.

I relax by crafting with my 5 yr old grandaughter. She loves to crank the handle on the cuttlebug. It is such a delight to see the look on her face when the finished product comes through.

Make yourself a GREAT day!

Allison said...

such a lovely little flower
AllisonX

TraceyT said...

Love violets!!

Lisa McDowell said...

This is a lot of fun and you picked a beautiful flower...

Brit Swiderski said...

Ohh violets are so pretty. Thank you for the chance to win!

Patricia St Martin said...

I love violets. I have about 12 myself. I have one that the leaves are almost all white. Your card are so cute and the coloring is beautigul.

Monika/Buzsy said...

I have just signed up for your blog updates. What a great blog hop this is. I just love checking out all the great projects and pretty flowers. :o) Hope your guests are feeling better! TFS!

Beth said...

Violets are sooo pretty. I read your blog daily & love it.

Gloria said...

K=I love violets. Thanks for blog hop!

valerie said...

thanks for the memories.my beloved grandma had a sun just as you described,full of violets and other plants.i too love tosit inmy recliner with my peke and read a good mystery especially by james patterson.have a great day!

Nancy G. said...

Violets are pretty. I remember y mom had an African Violet and she was always trying t keep the leaves from getting too wet.

bevyb said...

Hi BettyBee
Violets I love them but have been unsuccessful in growing one.
Living in an apartment, a lanai sounds like a heavenly place to relax in. Thanks for sharing...I lol cause I've done the same thing with ink pads. On to the next stop.

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

I think it's a gift to be able to grow these! Although they are gorgeous, I've never had the gift.

Veronica said...

Buzz Buzz...Hoppin on by...LOVE your bee theme!!

Shelley said...

My Nanny always grew African Violets too and I've inherited her knack for growing them. Makes me smile and think of her when I see them flower. Thanks for the fun and hope your weekend gets better. Sounds like you'll need that lanai when the company leaves, lol. ~ Shelley

Brianna B said...

Pretty flower! I'll keep on going-I'm a follower now

ALLY said...

I love relaxing by curling up on the couch under a blankie and watching a good chick flick! I love the simple beautiful of the violet too!

Susan said...

Your blog bees are so cute!

SanDslnrs said...

The violets are so pretty! I'd love to go with you to lanai also, sounds relaxing.

Sandy

Rona said...

I love african violets as well! I am not great with plants but the violets in my kitchen windowsill have lived for years (and through 3different moves)!!! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

lorena b. said...

a lanai sounds wonderful, i live in the desert!

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

fun, fun, fun, gotta keep movin the clock it ticking. Thanks for a chance to win!!

Rebecca said...

African Violets are such pretty, happy flowers. Happy NSD weekend!

Charo said...

Great project!My colors are purple and all shades coming from there.