Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A Winner and an Award !!

A Winner

Katherine Cromer the creative genius behind Blydesign Jewelry offered the fabulous Hammered Brass Necklace from her collection. It is valued at $230!The winner chosen by Random.org
running the numbers 1-176 is #6

Carla Aston of Design in the Woods and Aston Design Studio Blog

Congratulations to Carla!

Also...................Renae of  

Renae Moore Designs is a fabulous Interior Designer and has so generously awarded me the Super Comments Award.
I have ten burning questions to answer (I know you can't wait!)

1)Why do you blog?

K: Blogging has truly been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have friends throughout the world who follow me. I respond and visit their sites to chat as much as I can.

2)name your three best memories.

K) My son's wedding which was so special, so heartwarming.

 Going to London for my late husbands 40th birthday! It was a dejavu experience for me. I loved the city and all of the theatre we experienced,The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Mouse Trap.

 Going to Montreux Switzerland and taking The Orient Express through the Alps seeing Mont Blanc, stopping in villages in France and Italy along the way. Magical!

3)Name 4 of the best fiction books I have read.

K) Oh so many, a few would be Pillars of the Earth, Loving Frank, Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, Brave New World, Jane Eyre. Almost any Art, Interior Design and Architecture books as well.

4) What are the 5 best movies ever made?

K) I know there are many published lists on the best 100 etc...for me Gone with the Wind, Holiday, Pay it Forward, Dream Girls, Chicago. For fun What about Bob.

5)Name 5 things you cannot live without.

K) My family and friends. My computer and camera.Books that take me away. My Art-Painting. My Memories. My cat Miss Belle.

6) If you could change your name what would it be?

K) In a way I have, because my legal name is Karen Roederer Tremonti Albert. I love my French heritage and thus my artist and blog name has become Karena.

7) Tell us a unique and interesting fact about yourself.

K) I am much stronger than I look. I can come out of major surgery, must put my best face on, showing those who love me that I shall survive!!

Oh and that I would have loved to be a prima ballerina.

8) What do you love best about yourself?

K) My faith, my capacity to love, share. being the eldest of eight gave me the ability to be strong and be responsible.

9) If you had a Freaky Friday Experience who would it be with?

K) Josephine Bonaparte or Audrey Hepburn in her later years.

10)What is the best thing about being a woman?

K) For me, it is the ability to have great strength, a true intuition, to be able to always be open to love. In this age to be able to break all barriers and glass ceilings.

Whew! That was a lot and really had me thinking of how fortunate I am. Thank you all who have joined me in this adventure, for there is much more to come!

The Super Comments Award and torch is passed to:

Andrea of the French Basketeer

Anita at A Dreamers Den

Collette Van Den Thillart at NH Design

Eddie Ross of Eddie Ross!

Julia at Belle Vivir

Stacey of quintessence

Also I am in the midst of moving the blogs I am faithfully following to the front of my site, somehow they are divided half on front and half on back!

Art by Karen



Glad you got this award . . . so we can read all these fun facts about you.


michelle said...

Congrats on the award and I love getting to know the great woman that I blog with! You have experienced so much and are truly talented my dear!

Silvia C said...

Congrats on the award. It's nice to get to know more about you. Take care.

French Basketeer.com said...

Karena I love to hear more about you; The Orient Express~ I can't imagine, and hope we can hear the tales over a glass one day in Beaune. You are such an inspiration, I almost forgot, thank you for passing along the award~ xxoo A

ArchitectDesign™ said...

oh great answers -i love getting to know everyone better through these quizzes. Your trips to Switzerland and london sound amazing: the orient express -wow!
Thanks for the mention -it's an honor to be nominated ;-) Tis oscar season afterall!

Unknown said...

Karena, I'm so thrilled to win the necklace!!!! Thank you so very much! You have such great giveaways. Love Blydesign and loved reading more about you!

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Purple Flowers said...

Congratulations to the winner! Karena: it is nice getting to know more about you.

Simply LKJ said...

Congratulations on the award! I enjoyed learning more about you.

Ricki Treleaven said...

Congrats, Karla, on winning the lovely necklace! And congratulations to you, Karena, for your award. I appreciate your taking the time to answer all the questions. It's fun getting to know more about you, the things you like, etc. And I agree: What About Bob rocks out loud! *giggles*

Julie at Belle Vivir said...

Congratulations to Carla and a big Thank you to you Karena for giving me an ward. It's always a pleasure to comment on your interesting posts.

P.S. I'm Not sure what I have to do now.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a great read! The Orient Express must have been breathaking.

Congratulations Carla! Stunning necklace!


Unknown said...

Congratulations on the award! I enjoyed your 'interview' and getting to know you better! ;)

Kelly Frances Dunn said...

What a gorgeous acceptance speech! I love your memories :) You name too! XOXO

quintessence said...

Karena - Thank you so much - I'm thrilled to be included with many of my favorite bloggers. So much fun to hear more about you - I had actually wondered about your name - now I know!! Your travels sound marvelous and Loving Frank is one of my favorite books as well - beautiful written about an incredible story!!

Colette said...

Many congratulations Karena....looking forward to more and more. And thank you so much for the torch - so flattering and appreciated. Colette

anita said...

Congrats to the winner of the Blydesign necklace! Lucky!
Thanks so much for including me in the awards! (Am I to answer those questions as well?!)

Annemarie said...

Loved reading more about you! I couldn't agree more about the movies. Pay It Forward is fantastic and I am so happy 'What About Bob' is receiving some credit! I adore that movie- too funny! xoxo, Annemarie

Parisienne Farmgirl said...


designchic said...

Wow...Karena, what wonderful memories and fabulous trips. Loved learning more about you!!

Norwegiantage said...

What a great post! :)


Kathy said...

Karena, You deserved that award...You are always so wonderful with your comments.
And P.S.......I love London as well...when you mentioned "Mousetrap" it brought back great memories...k

Bring Pretty Back said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! YES!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! I am so proud of you! Pretty panties are important!
Have a pretty day!

Bring Pretty Back said...

ALSO PROUD OF YOY for the whitening, new FUN glasses , the great cut and color! You are really bringin pretty back! I love it !
Have sa pretty day!

Thea Beasley said...

I am so happy for you! And, I loved reading all the bits about your personal life and feeling like a know you a little better!

Renée Finberg said...

Josephine Bonaparte??
what a great choice.
i wear her perfume.


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear Karena,
What a lovely post and a great way of finding out more about you !! It's lovely to know that you love London. !!
I have been given the same award, twice, so, I must think of my answers and do my post on it.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment.
Have a great weekend. XXXX

Kirsten Randolph said...

Congradulations my dearest Karina,
Again, again everytime I fall deeping in love with your paintng "Pink Sunsets"...feeling ever so near and I had many thoughhts of your painting last summer. Thank you my blog friend,
Ps. Wonderful interview!!!

Mona Thompson said...

Congratulations on receiving the Super comments Award. So well deserved. I really loved learning more about you. You are a dear. Mona

Danielle Sigwalt Interiors said...

Oh I wish I found out about this sooner...that necklace is stunning, but happy it's going to a nice lady!

Kellie Collis said...

I enjoyed reading through your answers! A very well deserved award! Enjoy the beautiful weekend, Kellie xx

Raven said...

That is such a beautiful picture of of that lady! Love it...

Dovecote Decor said...

Karena: You You You!! deserve the faithful commenter award. I was telling Jane in PB that I thought you were the most amazing person in the world. We had a wonderful time shopping and got along wonderfully!! Thanks for the award, but I do not deserve it. I have to say it is wonderful to make friends with the kindred souls out there.

annechovie said...

Congrats to Carla and thanks for sharing more about yourself with us, Karen!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Congrats to the winner on a fabulous necklace!

Karena is such a beautiful name, it suits you especially now that I got to know you a bit better...this was so enjoyable to read!

emma wallace said...

What a fun post! Your trip to the Alps sounds awesome!

Low Tide High Style said...

Congratulations on your well deserved award and also to the winner of your wonderful giveaway! I loved getting to know more about you, clearly you are a woman to be admired!

Kat :)

Jill said...

Eldest of Eight!! Wow...I used to think being an only child was sometimes too crowded!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

I love getting to know a little bit more about you!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

Hmmmm... You want to dance and I want to sing... Perhaps we could do a lounge act... LOL!

*Chic Provence* said...

Karena so nice to get to know you better, and congratulations! thanks for the visit!



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Renae Moore said...

I have been out of touch for the past few days....so sorry! Great post and congrats to the winner of the fabulous jewelry!
Blessings Girl! Onward and forward!

Unknown said...

Congratulations on this award! Well deserved!
So wonderful to read about you and your passions, life and art!
I can follow you...
Love the way you describe liking to be a woman!
Much love to you!

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Lisa Porter said...

Dear Karen,
I loved reading more interesting tidbits about you, your art, and blogging. I have to say that I too have found writing a blog to be such a rewarding and learning experience.
Karen you are always so supportive of others and are such a positive star among bloggers.
Congratulations, you so deserve this award!
xo Lisa

Lisa Porter said...

Good morning,
I stopped back by to look at your slideshow...how'd you do that? Also wanted to visit Enright Gardens. Beautiful place!
Have a great weekend!

Unknown said...

I just received the necklace yesterday and it is just stunning! I love it! What a great giveaway. I feel so lucky to wear this piece of art around my neck! Many, many thanks.

Decor To Adore said...

Congratulations to the winner!

It is so much fun to learn more about you. We like many of the same books and movies. :)

But I know what is important. You are good and kind and I am happy to know you.

k said...

Loving Frank has been one of my favorite books also :)

Kate (Embarrassment of Riches) said...

It's so nice to know more about you! I am jealous of your trip through the Swiss Alps on the Orient Express.

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