Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What is Emerald Cove?

When I started this little blog I really had no clue what I was doing!!
I knew that I wanted to try to promote my jewelry (which I have not done in ages) and had heard from several sources that having a blog is a great way to get the word out.
So, I signed up!
I made a few posts about jewelry and what a pain it was to figure out the finance part of a home business, but then starting seeing all these wonderful and glorious blogs about the sea and beach and decorating and I instantly fell in love!!!

I have always loved to decorate and fiddle with things in the house but never beyond my wildest dreams did I know that you could talk about it with people that love it too!!

The first blogs that I came upon were Maya's Completely Coastal and Marie's Sally Lee by the Sea, then I found Kat at Low Tide High Style, Melanie at The Frosted Gardener and Rene at Cottage and Vine.


Ok, Michelle, you are not really defining your blog!??

I know, I am trying! This was way harder than I thought! :)

I know that I love to decorate and I looooove the sea and combining the two has been so much fun thanks to all of YOU!!
YOU inspire me and honestly gave me the courage to do the things that I do.
Ok, combine that with a love of painting everything and I have had the best year!!!

So, how do you define all that?
Here it goes....

My goal for my blog is to show you who I am through my love for





and whatever else my wonky little heart comes up with that day while somehow tying all those into the place where I feel the most at peace....

the sea.

Ok, so maybe that is not really a definition and it is a bit scattered-brained, kind of like me, but I will fully embrace it and use it to the best of my ability. :)

And like my header says, I just want to find the simple joys in life and that is what I hope that I can do and not only learn from you but show you as well.

Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for following me along, commenting, lifting up my spirits, giving me friendship and love and the courage to open up my heart, mind and eyes to see all the beauty that is everywhere and showing me that there is still good in this world.

I am linking up to:



Anonymous said...

It is so hard to define, but you've done a great job Michelle. Is gonna be a great party. I think at the bottom of my definition I need a "subject to change" clause.


Sylvia said...

It is not always easy to define yourself , because to define your blog is basically to describe yourself , isn't it !?..You , Michelle, did a great job!Warm , thoughtful,positive and grateful is your 'blog'!

A Rosy Note said...

Ahhh great post Michelle! I've loved getting to know you through your wonderful blog :)

I already did my post for Sarah's party too and now after reading yours I don't like it so much anymore...LOL.


Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

What a great post. You did a great job and I always enjoy coming by here. I would have a hard time defining mine. I'm a bit scatter brained myself and I tend to babble :)

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Michelle- I think you defined your blog very well, there!


Desire Empire said...

That was lovely and we are all the better for having you around. I love all your comments and I think your blog is beautiful.
Best Carolyn

Anonymous said...

Super! You defined yourself and your blog perfectly. I see you over there finding the joy amongst chaos! I crush on your blog, daily. More like hourly... if we are being honest, haa! I've enjoyed getting to know you, Meeshell! Your style has really taken off! Coastal Living will be calling soon :)

Big hugs for sharing your heart! XO

Vintage Barn 27 said...

Love your post on describing (you) your blog. Also I love stopping by and reading each and every one of your posts. Great job on the description!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh dearest, blogging has been such a source for defining my mission in life, really! Because WRITING is an important skill and key to understanding your mind. Reading fills your mind, talking about it makes you ready and writing makes you exact- Sir Francis Bacon.

Now, time gives us even more surprises; I have been blogging for two years now, and every 3-4 months, I begin to see even more reasons to write. The best thing about it however, are the people you meet along the way; some are passersby, some become great pen pals, and others become MUST-MEET FRIENDS for life. What a blessing it all has been, non?

Wishing you a lovely day my sweet friend, Anita

Jessie said...

I love your blog, Michelle! And you are such a sweetheart!

When I first started blogging (a whopping few months ago;)), I was wanting more of a decorating blog. BUT, since we are still in our rental, it has become more food based. Which I am not so sure I like. Hopefully the weather will warm up, and I can start redoing my furniture! Those are the projects I LOVE!!

You and your blog are wonderful!

dedeetsyshop said...

Wahoo for blogging! Thanks for sharing- you have some wonderful ideas you have shared and I can't wait to see what else you come up with! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post and please keep them coming!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was a bit "wonky", but I GET it! I just wish that all of us in Blogland were neighbors so that we could all get together regularly and hang out! Considering I live in New Brunswick, Canada, kind of hard to, I guess, lol!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

thanks for sharing, michelle! i like hearing people's reasons for blogging!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love your wonky little heart!!! You're so lovely and kind and I think your love for God, family, friendships and decorating come over completely through your writing. Thank you SO much for joining me today.


American in Bath said...

Just visiting from Modern Country Style. I had a really hard time with this as well. I think you got it just right.

the fishermans cottage said...

You did such a good job defining your lovely blog, you always make me smile with your photos and kind words x

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Very nice post! I'm trying to define my blog every day, because I keep seeing new things I want to try. So you did a good job! Cheers

High Street Cottage said...

Gorgeous post, gorgeous blog. There are a few Coastal inspired blogs I visit, being a California Native, who's lived a great deal of her life by the Sea. I now miss it, and find a good visit to Emerald Cove tends to make me miss it less. Not to mention, it's Author. xxx tami

becky said...

You have lots of space for experimenting with a title like, Emerald Cove. You never want to limit yourself too much...eventually, when you get through your house phase, you can also include some posts about your jewelry again :)

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

Just discovered your gorgeous blog via Modern Country Style, and so glad I have, it is beauutiful! I spent a lot of my childhood close to the sea, and there is nothing like being by the ocean! Look forward to following your posts, belinda x

laxsupermom said...

Great post! I'm inspired by some of those same blogs you mentioned. Love that last pic! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Marie said...

HI Michelle - You are really one of the sweetest girl I've found in blog land! I'm so glad to have found you and honestly, I adore following all your adventures and posts. Keep on rockin' the blog world!


michele at hellolovelyinc said...

sooooo beautiful, Michelle!

this was a tough task for me today too. how to sum it all up when i feel all over the place and hesitant to commit to a few things.

i found myself saying YES throughout your post.




I am joining Sarah's lovely party from my vintage apartment in Chicago. So glad you joined, too.


Gg - Notes on the Journey
Link #26

ps. It sounds like you have found your blogging voice, Michelle.

Jenni said...

I think you have done a wonderful job defining your blog, Michelle! I can't even seem to form a correct definition for mine, so I am reading versus writing this time! :)

But really and truly, your blog is one of my most favorite places! It is always uplifting and inspiring, always truthful, and of course, always beautiful! :)

I hope you have a lovely day, my friend!

Blessings and hugs,

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

You've hit the nail on the head, my sweet blogging friend. Your joy of life comes through in each post you write. Thank you for the love, beauty and inspiration which you provide to me each new day.


Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle, I'll go with your definition too, sounds sincerely honest. Just popping over from Sarah's party to say hello :)

Brandi said...

I am so happy to have connected with you Michelle! You have a beautiful blog and such a sweet personality!

Romi and Bob said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. I am happy to have discovered yours, you have a beautiful style. It looks gorgeous where you live. x

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love your blog and your purpose. I always enjoy visiting!

Deborah said...

Im so glad that you blog and that God led me to you...
Emerald Cove...
even the name is so fitting of you...
your blog is a cove,
a safe place,
a haven.
Its "emerald-like"...beautiful and pure
and theres a precious jewel who lives here.
Its a place where the sweetest girl pours out of herself to others on a continual basis,
giving of herself to others,
and who blesses us over and over again,
and inspires us to not only dream dreams,
but to run after them and see them realized n our lives,
its a place where deep friendships are born
and nurtured and treasured.
You are such a true blessing to me my sweet friend and I thank you...with all my heart xo
Love you dearly xoxo

Deborah xoxoxo

Laura said...

So cute to know you better, sweet michelle...

A Cottage Muse said...

Great post Michelle!

You must add helping those in me a few months ago! You really calmed a few of my nerves and knowing a bit of what to expect on the other side was very helpful too!

I tip my hat to you!!

Robin said...

No matter what words you use to discribe it, your blog is always a delightful daily stop. I have so enjoyed being one of your followers. You are a constant source of inspiration for me even though I'm not "costal crazy" like you, I'm more "farm crazy" LOL!

Keep it up dear friend, you can bet I'll be along for the ride! YeeHaw!

beth said...

I know what you mean - blogging's addictive! I love those red stools!
Beth xx

blessedmom's simple home said...

Very well said Michelle. I did a similar post last month. I'm still not sure who I am, but I do love blogging!

Bohemian said...

Yes it is so hard to define... I defined mine by my Passions... of which I have MANY! *Winks* And which is constantly evolving... so my Blog will also...

Dawn... The Bohemian

House Revivals said...

Hi Michelle, I just saw this party. I think you've done a great job defining how you feel about your blog.

Love of the Sea said...

What a sweet and wonderful post. I love your blog and I have really enjoyed getting to know you a little better. I hope that we have the chance to learn more about each other as we have so much in common!!

Infatuated with Homes and Gardens said...

I always love your blog, love the beachy style, you have defined your blog perfectly:)

Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

Love visting Emerald Cove:) Blogging is the best thing since sliced bread, isn't it? LOL:)
big hugs,

Shellbelle said...

I like that term — wonky, it's even better than quirky. Well, now you must know that I adore your blog because of you. You're such a sweetheart and I'd read it no matter what you posted about.

I adore blogs that mix it up, you never know what you'll find. We all have so many different facets to our personalities and while we each post about our favorite things, it's nice to see the other sides of the person also.

Have a wonderful weekend, I hope those breezes are still coming in your windows!

The Frosted Gardner said...

Hi Friend!

You are so sweet to mention our blog! Because inspiration and friendship is what I find when I come here! You have been one of our biggest supporters from day one! And we cannot thank you enough. I really mean that.

I love your inspiration and how your home is so welcoming and comfortable. You amaze me with each project! Keep it up!


Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

I am definitely having a difficult time in defining my blog as it goes every "wonky" direction but it is a reflection of me, my lift is going in a bazillion directions right now. I intend to enjoy the ride!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi dear Michelle
I know we are 'new friends' but I was instantly at ease with your calm happy style and find many things to love here... our mutual love of sea.. and my long term 'want' of a beach cottage.. hahaaha...

I don't think my blog has any specific style.. all over the shop.. but it's a process yes?? a journey of discovery..

Have a lovely weekend.. glad to have discovered you.. ciao xxxx Julie

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Funny Michelle that you'd write about this... it took me about an year to define what my blog was supposed to be about. It didn't start off at all with featuring crafts or interiors..., more like random coastalness! Until I discovered all the blogs that wrote about decorating and crafting..., and then I wanted to make a little income for myself too..., so I pretty much deleted a hole year of "weird" posts (always been a slow bloomer, haha). But it is good to think about it, know what's important and know why you do what you do.
I'm so glad you're around!!!!
Hope all is well!!

Cat & Cricket said...

I linked up..but haven't posted yet..I AM SCARED!
You did a fabulous job....
And I am glad that you are here.."defining" yourself....
You are one amazing mermaid!

Pearl Maple said...

well done and congrats on defining your blog theme, sometimes it takes a while but in the process you get to meet lots of fun folks and explore new ideas

Karena said...

Michelle, it does take me awhil, I really try to get to visit all of my blog friends.

What I try to do the most is promote other artists and artisans,the arts, small business and anything unique!

Come over and enter my fashionable Giveaway from The French Basketeer...

Art by Karena

Rose West said...

Same here - when I first started blogging, I just wanted a place to express myself. I didn't realize there were so many cool bloggers that shared my love of coastal living. It's a joy just sharing this thing we have in common - the sea.

Heaven's Walk said...

♥ It's why we love you so..... ♥ :)

Hugs ~

xoxo laurie

Erin said...

I do love your blog Michelle, and have since I first clapped eyes on it. I may be slow, but you know I will always be here:) You are a beautiful person inside and out and that transfers to your blog:)

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

However you define your blog is fine by me. I will always read it :)

Michelle said...

Michelle; You totally are meeting your blog goals! You have been such an inspiration to me, a friend (and I barely have even talked to you in the couple months we've known each other in blog-land) and I also feel peace not only at the ocean, but when I read your blog! You convey that peace to your readers and you also make us laugh and make us feel like we're lucky to be your friend.

I just realized that I somehow did not have you on my list of favorite blogs and so I added you! Thanks so much, you are the best :)

New England Style

Low Tide High Style said...

How on earth did I miss this beautiful post?! Your blog is so inspiring as are you, and I'm thankful that I not only get to read your wonderful posts, but also to call you friend!

Kat :)

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Great post! I think a great many of us who started a blog at least a year ago might say that there blog started for one reason but has not evolved into something entirely different. I know why I started a blog but somewhere in the middle I lost track of that and I'm know trying to find my way back!

Dr.tarik farooq said...

The house itself is lovely. The views are devine. I agree about the emerald cove. I don’t care for the orange at all. I don’t think I care for the style of the stager overall as I feel the house could be SO much more. But that’s just me.


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