Saturday, October 31, 2009

Az. Blogger Lunch

Our group photo. From left sitting is Oliva, Majia,Laurel,Margarite and Ceekay, then standing is me, Linda and Laura. On the right we have Jamie, Aiyana, Myra, Karen, Cyndi, and Sherry hiding in the back. Standing is Char and Liz.

Yesterday we had the Az. Bloggers lunch, and what a great time we all had. It was fabulous to meet fellow bloggers and make new friends. We had lunch at a cute little Tea Room call Gooseberries in Phoenix. There were 17 in attendance and just the greatest and most fun ladies you could ever meet. We all had such fun.

We had huge surprises in store also. On the left is Cyndi (Applestone Cottage) from Wisconsin who was here visiting and on the right is Karen (Some Days Are Diamonds) that drove over from Calif. to surprise her. They've been blog friends for years but had never met. It was a wonderful meeting and surprise. Tons of laughs and hugs.

Ceekay was also so surprised that Karen drove all the way over here. Keeping this a surprise was hard, but such fun.

Everyone talking at once and getting to know one another, you can just imagine all the laughs and giggles.

Jamie, Char and Liz.

Myra,Sherry and Aiyana.

More posing for pictures. Seems like we've known each other for years.

Cyndi and Karen.

Laurel and Margarite.

Ceekay, Linda and Laura.

And of course when you get a bunch of bloggers together there are always gifts. This is Laura showing some darling "Boo" letters.

Myra and Aiyana unwrapping their treasures.

Jamie showing her teapot tassel.

Char with a darling burlap pumpkin.

and I'm overjoyed with my treasures of candy, a bundle of wheat, a lovely halloween box, halloween flag, a pendant and sparkling cider. I was definitely the most spoiled of all.

Just the neatest group of ladies you would ever want to meet. Everyone one of them so charming and warm. It felt like we had all know each other forever.

This is a look at all my stash of goodies that I came home with. Aren't bloggers just the most generous people in all the world.

Here is a list of all these wonderful ladies blogs. If you havn't met them, please go by and get acquainted. You will absolutely love everyone of them, and such fabulous and talented ladies. I sincerely thank each and everyone for a wonderful day. I had the greatest time.

Majia ( Char (
Jamie ( Linda (
Liz ( Sherry (
Ceekay ( Margarite (
Myra ( Oliva ( Laura( Karen (
Cyndi ( Aiyana (

P.S. Does anybody know why the first picture isn't always showing up on the dashboard directory? I see that some pictures are just a sliver and others don't show up at all. Anyone have a clue?


  1. Oh Marty, thank you for making me feel so welcome yesterday! You are the MOST-est hostess, n' I had such a grand old time (despite that pix looking like I'd just swallowed something unpleasant - LOL!)
    Wherever, whenever ... I'm looking forward to doing this again!

    Have a great weekend, my friend!


  2. Marty, You had a great turn-out for your little party! How fun it is to meet. The Buckeye Bloggers have a plan to meet after the holidays. I look forward to meeting some of the girls I hear from but have never met, and re-connecting with those I've already met but haven't seen for a while.
    So glad all of you had so much fun!
    hugs, Sue

  3. What a wonderful experience! I had to click on this post because I was born and raised in Arizona! :)

    It looks like the fellowship was lovely. What special memories to have.

  4. Marty, this looks like such fun! You had a great turnout, and everyone looks like they are having a blast. I'm so, so happy that Sherrie was able to attend. I just know that everyone helped take her mind off of her families loss. And sweetie, you are adorable!! I cannot believe that you have great grands. Do you have a portrait hidden in the attic haha. Thanks for posting this, it really made me grin from ear to ear! Hugs, Kat

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  6. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! Perhaps I can make the next one!


  7. Oh what fun you must have had, Marty!
    This is great that you could get together with fellow bloggers and have a Luncheon.
    Glad you shared pictures. It looks like a very nice gathering.

  8. I am soooooooooooo jealous! I would so LOVE to meet you all! I am glad you had such a wonderful time.

  9. Looks like you all had fun getting to know each other. Sounds like great fun.

  10. It is so much fun to put faces to names, and you, my friend...your blog picture does not do justice to how pretty you are in these pictures!!

    The goodies were flowing, I can see. Handcrafted by the most talented ladies on the internet!! I can just see how much fun this gathering was.

    Excellent pictures...and next year I will have Cindy pick me up on the way to Arizona!!


  11. It looks like you beautiful ladies had a wonderful time!!

  12. Marty, you AZ girls had a huge turnout for your gathering. How wonderful! I loved seeing all the photos and reading about your lunch together. Looks as if all had a terrific time. I totally agree, bloggers are a great group of friends. I was thrilled to meet Laurie a few weeks ago, and hope there are more opportunities for blogger friends to connect in person. I'm already a follower for many of these ladies, but will definitely go visit the others. Thank you for introducing me to some new blogs. ~ Sarah

  13. I would be overjoyed to get to meet so many blogging friends! Looks like so much fun.

  14. Marty, how fun for all of you. You all look like you were just old friends getting together, such a happy group. You my dear look marvelous, 70yrs young!!! Hugs Kathysue

  15. I am still talking about yesterday...btw...Laura is the one with the Boo letters...

  16. Oh my gosh! What fun! I love all the photos! I bet Ceekay was so surprised that Karen was there!
    What a nice time y'all had!

  17. Marty, apparently there are only beautiful bloggers in AZ! What a great looking group of women, and oh, I am so jealous of all of the fun it looks like y'all are having! laurie

  18. Oh Dear Marty! What a wonderful time you all must have had! I would have loved to have been there too! Love putting the pretty faces together with the blog names! How sweet to receive all of those goodies! Have a Happy Halloween.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  19. Hi Marty! Thank you so much for organizing everything. You did such a wonderful job. I had so much fun and it was truly a delight to meet all of these talented ladies. I will be doing my post tomorrow. Thank you again!


  20. HI MARTY!!!!
    I have not stopped talking about our fun day!!!!! I told my sister, my Mom, of course my daughters and my husband, I did not get home last night til almost 9, so he thought I made a complete day of it!!!! I met my daughter at the mall she had a work meeting at the mall, and then we did some fun things from there!!!!!!
    Thank you so much sweetie for organizing this and I have to tell you NONE of us seem like sad depressed people to me!!!! I will either call you and tell you this story or I may get brave and blog about it!!!!!
    E-mail me your phone number cause I think I just want to hear your voice again!!!!!Haha
    you are a true friend, I can always count on my blogging friends for support or Prayers!!!!
    hugs and love,

  21. That looks like so much fun! I was blog hopping and read in Laura's that she was going to a luncheon..and it was yours!
    Great gifts, enjoy them!

  22. Hi Marty...well this post just put a huge smile on my face..Isn't it wonderful meeting other bloggers and yes they are a generous got such great goodies....The most we had for lunch has been 12 and a few of us are getting together this Wednesday..but just 6 of's still such a bonding experiance and you are exactly's like you have known these ladies all your life....Thanks for sharing....Sue @ Rue Mouffetard...

  23. Well, now -- THAT is a blog party!
    17 bloggers? Fabulous! Arizona is fertile ground for imaginative ladies, that's for sure!

    Love seeing all of you together and smiling and just enjoying the contact with one another. What fun!

  24. Hi ~
    You girls looked to have a great time ! I loved seeing all the pictures of the girls ! I bet it was hard keeping it a secret !!

  25. What a great looking group of ladies! When I met up with 3 other bloggers from my area back in August, it was like I already knew them and had a great time. Then went to a bead show & sale and lunch with one of them a week ago and had a great time. I walked away from both experiences with the attitude of "time well spent" and am looking forward to another get together.

  26. Oh I missed out!
    How much fun! I was off having a root canal boo hoo...
    Next time.
    harvest greetings.

  27. Sherry jabbered about what a wonderful time you had last night when we spoke with one another ... wish I could see a good pics of her here. What a great gathering.

    Have a BOO-tea-FuLl Halloween. TTFN ~Marydon

    ** Watch for huge giveaways that start tomorrow for several weeks.

  28. Looks like the perfect venue for such a gathering of kindred spirits! Everyone looks like they are having a fabulous time. Sure with I could have been there. Thanks for sharing your photos!

  29. Oh Marty!
    What fun!
    It was enough fun to last for quite some time to come. Loved every minute of it. Marydon, said she wished she could see a good pic of me. I am there, but you titled me as Debbie. (Myra, Debbie and Aiyana.) Marydon I am right there sweetie. There are a couple of good pics of me. Look again.

    Thanks again Marty. You are the hostess with the mostess. I so look forward to the next one. Thank you for sharing this special day with all of our blogger friends. I would say AZ. has the most friendly and sharing bloggers around, and boy do we have a good time when we get together. Loved it sweetie. Just loved it. Much love and hugs, Sherry

  30. Got it, Marty. TYSM, I thought I was seeing things ... lovely time you all had, obviously it was great fun.
    One day ................. it was fun viewing some of the other beautiful gals I have written to also.
    TTFN ~Marydon

  31. Hi Marty!
    It was so nice meeting you!!! I had a wonderful time, and it was a great pleasure meeting all of the amazing ladies! Thank you so much for organizing and hosting such a great event!

  32. Hi Marty,
    Thanks for hosting such a great get-together. It was fun meeting other bloggers, especially ones who blog about subjects so different than I do. Great food, great people and great conversation. Can't ask for much more!

  33. Hello Marty.... OH what a fun time every one is having... Love that sweet tea room... That is one of my goals to be able to meet some of my blog friends... I Pray that some day that will happen... Thank you for sharing your lovely time together... I so enjoyed it... have a great weekend.

    P.S. You are so right blog friends are just the best friends and so very generous at heart..

  34. What a wonderful group of women, it looks like such a fun day! I'm glad you had such a great time.


  35. What a wonderful party you had, looks like everything was perfect - great tea room, great turn-out, great gifts, etc!

    I might add also that all of the ladies are so attractive!

    Thanks for sharing your fun with us!


  36. Hi Marty,
    Thank-you so very much for such a wonderful, fun, fabulous time! It was so wonderful to meet you and I only wish it could have lasted longer, I could have sat there all day long! You are such a lovely lady and boy do I love your Texas accent, it's so sweet! Tomorrow morning it's back home and back to reality but what a fabulous surprise to meet Karen too! You two are really good at keeping surprises! Thank-you again for planning this fabulous party and I will be seeing you again when I get back here! Hugs, Cindy

  37. Oh Marty, What a wonderfulget-to-gether. I could tell there was a large amount of talking going on.

    So glad you all could have a fun day, hoping some of us in Texas will do the same.


  38. Marty how fun! Everyone looks beautiful and like they are having a blast! :)

  39. Oh Marty, I've said this're so lucky to have so many blog friends in your area!! Looks like you made off like a bandit! Have a great day! Luanne

  40. HI there!
    I'm home. You know . . . that 6 hour drive was SO WORTH IT! I'll do it again in a heartbeat! I had the best time! And I think you and I did pretty good in keeping the secret!!!
    Many thanks to both you and Sherrie. You guys made for a wonderful day! This is just so awesome that we got to meet everyone and can now put a "voice" to the words, and a face to the love and hugs we send each time we hit "send".
    I just had the best time. I could've sat there all day - next time we can just meet in my hotel room and then we can be too loud and stay as long as we want! I didn't get to talk to everyone - there was just so much to say to those around me.
    What fun!
    Thanks again! Had a BALL!!!
    And I SURVIVED Hobby Lobby! I literally just looked at my watch after one hour and said to myself - "don't look left or right, walk straight to the cashier and GET OUT OF HERE!" :) Very fun!
    Big hugs! Karen

  41. Thank you SOOO much Marty for hosting such a memorable, lovely luncheon. You made me feel so welcome!!
    I just posted about it on my blog. I hope you don't mind, but because my memory card was full, I didn't get a group shot... so I posted your pic of all 17 bloggers. But I linked to your amazing blog so they could come see your other pics.
    Thanks again Marty! I am blown away by such talented women and their breathtaking blogs!

  42. Sorry it took so long to come by-Oct was a crazy month but I am excited to show all my projects this month, especially the tutorial that will be up tonight.


  43. Wow how great and fun that you all got together. I would have been there too if I were closer. Good times!
    Thanks for sharing the photos and taking us along too this way.
    Linda Q

  44. how neat! bet the conversation never was at a lull either. lol!

  45. What a wonderful time you all must have had. I can see that this will keep getting bigger and better each year!
    Bets wishes always,NM

  46. What a fun afternoon you had....and I love all the great pictures, Marty! This opens up a whole new list of blogs for me to visit & I thank you for that as well as sharing the good times with us.
    I had 2 of my older sisters out there in AZ visiting my youngest sister at the time. I'm kicking myself that I didn't go too!!! :( Next time.

    ♥ Rettabug

  47. Marty,
    I am so happy for you and all the girls. It looks like you had so much fun.

  48. What a great looking group of ladies....That just sounds like so much fun...thanks for listing them all...I love to find new blogs/friends!

  49. Your pictures all showed up beautifully on my blog! Everyone looked to having such a wonderful time!

  50. Oh Marty, what a lively and lovely group. You are all so happy and having so much fun. Big group! So nice to see you all, I can just imagine all the laughters and conversations that went on and on. Thanks for posting this but you made me jealous again....Christine

  51. How fun! Everyone looks so happy and I bet the time just flew by too!

  52. Oh I am so upset...I didn't see your invitation to this wonderful event until today! I would have loved to meet you and the wonderful ladies of AZ bloggers. I live in Phoenix so please let me know if you have any plans for more in the future! It looks like you had a blast!

  53. Marty...looks like everyone had a great time!! How fun to meet blog pals. You all looked beautiful! Hugs!!

  54. Marty, this is such a treat to get to see all these wonderful pictures and your sweet faces! It looks like you all had a grand time. Thanks so much for sharing this with all of us. I love it!

    Barb ♥

  55. What a day to remember! I was so sad that I had to leave early.
    Hopefully next time (there will be a next time right?) I can stay awhile longer.

    Such fun!

  56. Marty,
    It looks like you all had sooooooo much fun, wish I lived closer.

    Have a super day.

  57. Marty, It seems like all of y'all had a great time! It's great to see all the photos!
    Take care!

  58. what a wonderful time you all had! I just love my blog friends and neighbors.

  59. Oh Marty I wished I could have been much fun you gals had...its shows by all your smiles...I bet you each talked all at one time ha ha!! What a great thing you put together my friend...I'm trying to find ones from Calif to see if maybe I could do this next year...Oh and that sweet Karen...I bet she was broke in half driving that long wow!! Thanks so much for sharing this fun day my friend...May you have a great day...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  60. Hi Marty, Wish I lived in AZ! This looked like a wonderful gathering! And all the goodies ya'll got, I'm really jealous! :) Aren't blogging buddies the greatest! Ya'll were blessed with such a great meet! ~hugs, Rhonda

  61. Oh Marty!!! I would have loved to be there!!! you are so special...I can only imagine how great it was to see all of them in person! I wish...anyone want to come to Canada??? I'll bake cookies?? (okay I'll buy cookies...but still)

  62. What fun! Really need to think about doing a blog party in San Diego. Glad you were all able to meet and enjoy each other's company.Cute restaurant.


  63. This was certainly a wonderful nice to meet in person!

  64. Hi again Marty.
    Did anyone get back to you about the pictures in the dashboard directory? I had been wondering about that myself and then I changed the site feed function to Full and it seems to have worked. Not sure if this is any help...
    Best wishes, NM.

  65. Hi Marty, what a wonderful get together you all had. How I would love to do that with some of the gals. Looks like you all made great friendships and had a lot of fun!

  66. Oh, what fun! It's so great that all your lovely ladies could get together. The tea room looks nice also. Looks like there were lots of goodies for everyone.

  67. What a wonderful time you must have all had! That is just great. Thanks for sharing with us!