Hello everyone, I hope all is well! 

I am very excited to be  participating in this blog tour.  It was such an honor when Doreen from House Honeys thought of me.  Well, here goes:

A little bit about  me; Cindy from Cloches and Lavender, I have a wonderful husband of 26 years, two miniature short-haired dachshunds that are the loves of our lives.  We have recently completed (finally!) a new home on one level.  We designed it mainly for me to be able to live an easier life.  I have MS and getting around our old home was an issue.  I struggled with doing the things I loved to do when living in our old home.  Taking care of our home became a struggle,  as well as cooking and baking.  I’m now looking forward to getting back to projects, decorating the new house and of course, posting!

I have been following Doreen’s blog for a bit now.   I enjoy hearing about her wonderful cabin and enjoyed following her when she made a beautiful broach bouquet for her daughters wedding this year.  Make sure to hop on over and take a look it turned out, just gorgeous.  It is so creative and unique and I think this was a beautiful and touching thing to make for her daughter that she will have forever.

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 So let me get started telling you about Cloches and Lavender
 Here are the four questions I’m supposed to answer:
 
1) What are you working on right now?
Right now my attention is going to be focused on our new home.  We have been building our home over the past year.  Yes, a year, the winter was so harsh in NJ it has taken some time.  After unpacking tons of  boxes, the projects will begin slowly.  I would like to paint our dining room furniture,  I am not loving the color against the paint color we chose for the walls.
2)  How does my work differ from others in this genre?
The one thing that may differ my blogs from others, is that I have a HUGE passion for baking and cooking.  With our new home being easier for me to function in I will be able to really get back my freedom of baking and  cooking.  I will be writing some posts with this in mind for the future.  I have really enjoyed blogging and with the house taking me away from projects for a year, I must say I took time to really try and learn as much as I could, reading and following many of my favorite blogs. 
3)  Why do I write/create what I do?
I started to blog when I wanted to share my passion for decorating, painting, baking and cooking.  Our home is very important to me, so, I thought it would be fun to take my ideas and the love of these things and share them with people.  I thought this would be a great opportunity because I have MS, and it didn’t allow me to follow a dream that I found I had in my 30’s.  That was, taking design and decorating classes.  I decided this was a way I was able to fulfill that dream.  I have completely fallen in love with this venue. 
4)  How does your writing/creating process work?
 I don’t really have any particular way of writing to be  honest.  I would  have to say, when I have a project I choose to tackle, I get the project finished and just sit down at my computer and let  it come to me.  I would like to work on getting more organized with writing some posts in advance but, that may take a while, LOL.  I touched on this above, I have used this time to read, read and read.  I think my style of writing is improving as I go and that is what I felt needed to be done for my blog to flow better.
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Thank you so much again Doreen for thinking of me and giving me this opportunity.  I hope you will take the time to take a look at Cloches and Lavender and follow me on our journey in our new home with our small but great family.

I am now going to introduce you to two fabulous bloggers that I have been following from the beginning.  They each are very talented and have fantastic style.

They Are:

 

Hi Everyone! This is Jennifer at Town and Country Living!

Town and Country Living is a blog about living life where the suburban streets of Chicago meet the country roads of Illinois prairies.

I truly have the best of both worlds here. Heading east, we enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city. Heading west, we’re greeted by farm fields and meadows.

My blog focuses on cottage and farmhouse-style decor for affordable and easy living. Throw in a few DIY projects and recipes, and you have what my blog is all about. And on occasion, I’ll write about local points of interest.

Thanks again to Cynthia for featuring me and my blog!!

 

Hello…I’m Heather from New House New Home New Life

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“I’m just a Canadian girl who’s lived in and around the big city for most of my life. Until three years ago, when my big city husband took a job in a small town in farm country. So I retired from a stressful job, moved to a small town and started restoring an older home, bringing the gardens back to life and pursuing all things domestic including refabulating furniture. My blog, New House New Home New Life tells this story. At the top of the page, you’ll see my logo – “Domestically obsessed and blogging about it” Well, that just about sums up my life.”

Thank you Cindy, for thinking of me to join the tour.