Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Today is Sophie's Birthday & My First Giveaway!

Happy Birthday Sophie!

Today I am celebrating my little Sophie's 15th birthday and my very first giveaway!  First I would like to say how much fun I have had making new friends through blogging.  I started this adventure in April not knowing it would turn out to be such a wonderful experience.  It's been a pleasure meeting all of you, sharing the same interests and learning new things from a group of such talented ladies.    Now on with the birthday celebration!  

Sophie was 7 weeks old when we brought her home weighing 2 lbs. 10 ozs.   She was a little pistol!  Hard to believe a little dog less than 3 pounds could have so much energy!  I was sure she would think we named her "NO" because that's what she heard for months!  Now if you had told me this little puppy that was so mischievous and full of energy would turn into such a sweetheart I would not have believed it!  We have been truly blessed!  Now hopefully I don't bore you too much with all these photos. :)

In the pictures with Sophie are my niece Michelle and my youngest son Darrell.

The top left picture she is sitting with her grandpa (they LOVED each other so much) and the man without the head is her daddy! LOL

 The picture of her with her first birthday cake she is sitting with her grandma. Okay we aren't going to win a photo contest with these pictures!

The sweet little girl napping with Sophie is my granddaughter Gracie.  Sophie actually shared her couch.  What a good girl!  As you can see Sophie really enjoys her naps!  

Last but not least and hopefully I didn't bore you too much.  Sophie and my little grandson Caleb!  Thanks so much for stopping by to help me celebrate Sophie's 15th birthday! 

 Now on with my first giveaway!  If you have visited me on Teacup Tuesday you have seen some of the beautiful tea cups I have shared from Porcelain Treasures.  I mentioned I used to sell her treasures on a web site a few years ago.  Well as luck would have it I have some pretty pieces left!  I decided to use one of them for my giveaway.  It's a very beautiful Tea For One in the Summer Rose pattern.  All you have to do to enter is leave a Happy Birthday message for Sophie today through Friday(that's one entry) and being a follower will give you a second entry. You have until Friday evening 9:00 pm Pacific Time to enter. Pretty easy huh?  The winner will be chosen Saturday August 7th.  Here are the pictures of the very beautiful Tea For One.  Good luck everyone!

Have a wonderful day everyone!


  1. Hi Denise,
    Happy Birthday Sophie !! What a sweetie PiE she is !! Your photos are lovely !! you have captured many precious moments with sweet loved ones I must say !! Adorable I must say !! isn't it something how puppy love can get soo deep into our hearts ... Soo sweet .. Happy day to you sweet one ~
    HuGs ~TeA~ xo

  2. A very happy birthday to your sweet Sophie. She is a definite cutie!!

    It really is amazing, isn't it, how our little pooches become such a part of our families. We have two furry ones (both beagles), and last August, the little one (then about 8 months) got REALLY sick. We almost lost her, and were it not for two days and two nights in the animal hospital, we would have. She is SUCH a part of our family (even in those few short months) that we were willing to spend alot of money to get her well.

    Your giveaway is beautiful!!! How gracious and generous of you. I would love a chance to win. I am a follower of your beautiful blog.

    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

  3. Hi Denise :) Well a Big Poochie Smoochie Happy 15th Birthday to Miss Sophie! I loved seeing all these wonderful photos of her; what a cutie pie she is!! Now tell her not to party too hard, lol :)

    Love this tea-for-one you are having for your giveaway!! Such a wonderful and generous giveaway, and hopefully I will be the lucky winner :) I do wish everyone Good Luck!!! Truly I do :)

    Have a great day celebrating Sophie's Birthday!!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  4. Happy Birthday Sophie!!! Enjoy your big day and your chicken and pilaf dinner and your birthday cake. It was fun looking at the pictures of our family and remembering the good times we had. See you next week for our sleepover.

    Auntie Karyn

  5. Happy Birthday Sophie!

    I remember when you were a little puppy racing around the family room. I can't believe you're 15 now. I hope you get lots of love and treats today.

  6. Hi,Denise! I'm Debby and I'm writing from Italy!^_^ I always stop a moment to read your blog (unfortunately I don't have a blog myself)and it's time to tell you how much I appreciate your home (wonderful taste) and what you tell! HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your delicious SOPHIE!! I imagine how you must love her..*_* The teacup is lovely,so I hope to get one chance to win it,even though I'm far away! Kindest Regards Debby

  7. Me again :) You already know I am a follower of your sweet blog, but I wanted to let you know that I've put your Tea for one picture on my sidebar letting everyone know about your wonderful giveaway, and it links right back to this post :) I hope it gets more people to come and stop by your blog :) Hmmmm, this might lesson my chance of winning...ah, that's okay, LOL :)

    Toodles, warmest, Brenda

  8. Hi Denise!
    Oh my you are definitely the Queen of Mosaics! You really outdid yourself on these! But of course such a special occasion deserves the best of the best :-)
    Always lots of poochie smootchies for Ms Sophie and 15 extra today from me and Baby Maxxie!
    The pictures are all so cute I can not pick a favorite but I must say that the one of her sitting on someones lap in front of the birthday cake will keep me smiling all day.
    Thanks for letting us share in her special day!
    Great big hugs,

  9. Hello again!
    Geeze Louise I forgot to comment on your fabuloso giveaway! That is the most darling T-4-1 that I've ever seen!
    I posted a link on my sidebar and of course am already a happy follower :-)
    Take good care and enjoy the special day!
    More hugs,

  10. Hi Denise,
    Happy sweet birthday to your cutie pie Sophie! She is so adorable. You are so lucky to have her! I can't have a dog because of my allergies! I know you through my dear friend Lynn from Teacupstitches who told me to check out your blog! Please enter me in your first give a way. It is so pretty!
    Thanks for being so generous.

  11. Happy birthday, Sophie! What a cutie! This is my first time visiting your blog, and I'm so glad I found it! Your flower photos and your garden are gorgeous, but the idea of entering a contest by leaving a birthday comment for Sophie is just great! So happy birthday, Sophie! And Joey, my Golden Retriever, wishes you a happy birthday, too!

  12. Oh Denise, Sophie is such a little doll baby! Happy Happy 15th birthday from Rosie (my lil Shih Tzu), Sissy (JRT) and me!!

    How could anyone be bored with such adorable pictures! She reminds me of my mother's Precious (another shih tzu!). When we were going thru my daddy's suits to find just the right one to bury him in, we found a pic of Precious with the caption "My name is No-No-Bad Dog!" in one of the suit pockets. Thanks for bringing back that sweet memory today.

    I adore the gorgeous tea for one set! Please enter me for a chance to win this great giveaway!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie, Rosie, and Sissy
    Angelic Accents

  13. Hello Sweet D....

    Just stopping by to say hello and to wish SOPHIE GIRL and happy happy birthday! I'm sitting here looking at all your pictures and I can't help but think what a beautiful, lovely life you have. You can tell you love and are well loved.

    Love to you~ Rebecca PS: I'm finally getting around to putting you on my sidebar! :) Sorry it took so long. CRAZZZY-BUSY life!

  14. What a sweet companion, tell Sophie, Happy Birthday. I am so happy you have been able to share the last 15 years with her and many more to come.

    I love your tea set for one, I would love for you to enter my name in the giveaway.

    Take care and have a lovely day.

  15. Happy birthday, Sophie! I would love to enter the tea for one giveaway.
    Best wishes.

  16. Hello Denise,
    Happy Belated Birthday to sweet little Sophie!! I hope she enjoyed her birthday treats!
    I have visited your blog before, but have just started following now. I see from your profile that you live in "Roseville"! How lucky is that?!! I just love roses, too! I have many David Austin roses in my garden, but they are having a bit of a quiet time rightnow. One of them, Graham Thomas has started producing more buds, so I should have some lovely yellow roses soon.
    Please stop over for tea!
    Hugs, Laura

  17. HELLO,





  19. What a party your sweet Sophie had! It looks like you all had a fabulous time.

    Best wishes always,

  20. Hi Denise,
    Wish Sophie the happiest birthday ever. Ladies should always be treated well. I love the little bows in her hair. I love your blog. I am a pink lover, a teacup collector and I love to share tea with my friends. I hope Sophie enjoys all of her treats because I know she will probably have many.

  21. Oh no, I'm late. Well, Belated Happy Birthday to Sophie. She is the sweetest little thing ever ;-)

  22. Oh, and I am your happy follower, so please add me for the giveaway. That tea for one set is adorable.

  23. Oh how pretty, oh how fun,
    A little teapot, just for one!
    One pretty teapot, one pretty cup,
    All because of one special pup!

    So happiest birthday Sophie girl,
    When I pour my tea, I'll give it a whirl,
    And think of you so cute and sweet,
    A birthday puppy that can't be beat!!

    Happy Birthday Sophie!
    Pick my name to win!!!
    blessings, Doni

  24. Now here's my comment, a follower I be,
    It's late and I'm tired, I'm sure you can see,
    That when I'm tired I rhyme and play,
    Instead of sleep for the upcoming day!!!!
    ; ) Doni

  25. Happy Birthday Sophie girl!!! She looks so much like a doggie friend I once knew many years ago,her name was Dolly.Many happy years to you!
    I love this tea giveaway so much!!! If I win it would be the perfect gift for my sweet mother who loves pretty things,especially nice tea things!!!Please count me in!

  26. Hurrah! I'm not late!

    Sophie love, happy birthday! It's been a while since you joined your family, but you still look as cute as ever. However do you do it? Maybe it's from all those beauty naps... in any case, I hope your birthday is a lovely sunny day, full of ZzzZzz's and things for you to play! (And remember to be good; it's the way to your master's heart <3)


    le.paradis.found at gmail dot com

  27. Oh! by the way, I'm also a follower. Your blog is absolutely lovely, and so is your lovely little dog. And have I mentioned the tea set? I'm a stickler for beautiful things, and only recently have I discovered the joys of afternoon tea with a nice teaset. Sadly, I don't own one that matches yet... most of the money must go to survival, not pleasure. I do have one inherited teacup though; its white with a rose design on it, so it would go well with this set. In any case, I'd really, truly love to win. If there were any more ways to enter for this, I'd gladly fulfill every one! Alas, this is all I can do...

    wish me good luck!


  28. Happy birthday, Sophie. Such a darling little dog - I enjoyed seeing her pictures.

    Thank you for your giveaway. That is a beautiful tea for one set. The pink bands and roses are lovely.

  29. She is just beautiful. I just found your blog, I am going to be a follower now. Please come by my blog sometime...
    Happy Friday,

  30. Sweet Sophie, Sweet Sophie, Today is your day.
    I wish you sweet blessings and a dog treat bouquet. I know you'll be happy. for your family loves you. And all of your doggy dreams,they will come true... Happy Birthday Sophie.... Puppy kisses...

  31. Hi! Just found your blog and it's so adorable! I love everything to do with tea and the Victorian Era! I want to wish Sohie a big Happy Birthday! My lab will be 12 this month and I also have a yorkie and a jack russell. Plus 2 cats! I would love to try for a chance for your giveaway, and I'm becoming a follower!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  32. would love to win your beautiful tea for two giveaway Denise! Pink roses!! bring um on, cause they are my fave!!

  33. How blessed you are to have Little Sophie still so healthy at 15! I have two little Shih Tzu's..one 12 years old..blind and deaf..and the other 10 years old..and just plain mischievous! I can understand all the photos..have way more pics of my 'boys' then I ever had of my daughter! She's precious..such a sweet face! Best, Abbie at Specialjays