Oct 14, 2010

Country & Country Magazine!

Way back is the spring...
the very wet and cold spring :-)

Cinzia D'Agostino an editor at
 Country & Country Magazine
a lovely Italian magazine
contacted me and asked to feature me!

I had only been blogging a couple months
and had very few high quality photos to offer
and the horrible spring we had was no help
in producing blooms:-)

I asked if she would give me a little time..
she was gracious and patient!
I finally mailed her a bunch of photos
a couple months ago...

Since then
I have kept my fingers crossed...

(click photos to enlarge)
(that's my photo on the bottom right!)

Then a big envelope showed up
in my mailbox a couple days ago
 covered in Italian stamps!!!

I am so thrilled...
I never thought I would be so lucky!

I am sure you recognize most of the photos
from my blog...

 Truthfully if it were not
for you and my blog..
and the encouragement you offer me,
I never would have realized this dream..
so I am sending everyone a big hug and thank you!

I planned to translate the text for you...
but you know how that can go
some things are just lost in translation :-)

It is a dream come true
to be feature in a magazine!!
My head is so in the clouds :-))

Tonight I am linking up to
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

Thanks for visiting me today!


A Garden of Threads said...

Oh Bella, This is fantastic! Congratulations, I am so happy for you. The garden is so beauitful it deserves to be in a magazine:)

Char said...

Bella, congratulations and you deserve it all. What a wonderful surprise and honor. I am so very happy for you. Char

* French Farmhouse 425 * said...

Congratulations!!! So exciting to be featured..I dream of that day!!lol.. Love your name too..the shop I work at is called Bella!! ;) Hugs, Rachel

Mari said...



milka said...

Congratulations Bella!! I'm proud of you! That is my dream too, (haha).. Your garden is beautiful and you deserved all the compliments! :)

High Street Cottage said...

Hi Bella, Wow! Congrats! I've not heard of this magazine but will certainly have a look. Well done young lady! tami from the high street cottage

Love of the Sea said...

This is fantastic. I am so happy for you! Amazing and lovely. Your photos are wonderful and you have amazing talent.

texasdaisey said...

Great job! Beautiful pictures & such great news! Blessings to you

Christie said...

So deserved!! JUST LOVELY! Coming over from Show and Tell Friday! Congratulations on a dream come true! christie at www.threepixielane.blogspot.com

NanaDiana said...

Oh Bella- I am so proud of you! You so deserve a special place in a magazine like this one! Congratulations to you-sweet Bella~ xxoo Diana

Jane said...

How exciting! These are wonderful, and the magazine displays your beautiful pictures so nicely. I keep forgetting you haven't been blogging for years, your site is so professional, and your pictures just amazing. I'm sure you've got many more requests to showcase your work coming in the future.

Victorian1885 said...

Wonderful Bella..you are a true designer and decorator therefore.. should be published!! Congratulations..I know it won't be the last time we see you in magazine print!

Cabin and Cottage said...

My goodness Bella! How wonderful! Those are some of my all time favorite pictures on your blog! I'm thrilled for you! The article looks fantastic and really does you justice. Congratulations! Jacqueline

Cozy Home Scenes said...

How exciting! Your pictures are so pretty it's no wonder they wanted to featur you. Congrats!!!!

chateaudelille said...

Congratulations! That must be so exciting. I would love it if that happened to me one day.I look forward to really enjoying your blog. Fiona

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

It is a beautiful feature. Congratulations to you! Your garden is amazing and deserves to be shown all over for people to appreciate (not just blog land). So happy for you!

Mariette said...

Dearest Bella,

Wow, congrats to you; your tenacity and hard work in every way paid off big! That is quite an honor for being featured in such an elegant Italian magazine. Knowing what this thrill is myself, I am so proud of you. I've been featured in German, British, Canadian and Australian magazines but that was professional. The blogs we do is a mix of living, romance, garden and decorating with flowers... So it is something for having that much inbound traffic that they FIND you.
Savor the moment and too bad the print is too small, I would have loved to read the text as well. We lived and worked in Italy and even though I'm not as fluent with speaking it, reading has never been a problem.
Bet that this has been the best medicine for you... A real: Tira-mi-su or pick-me-up from Italy!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Becky C said...

I'm so happy for you, Bella! You deserve to be in magazines. Your photos and flowers are always a sight to see. I want to get this magazine! Wish I could purchase one here in Louisiana. Congratulations to you!
Becky C

meemsnyc said...

Wow Bella! Congratulations! How exciting! Your photos and garden looks amazing in the magazine!

meemsnyc said...

Wow Bella! Congratulations! Your photos and garden looks amazing in the magazine. How wonderful!

It's me said...

O Bella what a exciting news !!....i wish i could by that magazine in Holland !! o it is fantastic !! ...you must be a proud woman ........lovely weekend.....hugs from me....

Dawn said...


I am SO SO thrilled for you.

I have often said what beautiful photos you have and they are right to ask you to appear. You have a stunning garden and home and you take wonderful photographs that transport me to your wonderful home.

All through the summer it's bee SUCH a pleasure and now you have a great spread in this (Italian) magazine so chique I would of thought the French would have grabbed you first though ha ha

Congratulations, your beautifuy home/garden and all the hard work you put in to it doesn't give just yourself pleasure but the many that get chance to visit through blogland and now the magazine Well done!

Fantastick news

Love Dawn xx

Heather said...

How exciting Bella - just fantastic! Congratulations!!

rosarod said...

Hi Bella, congratulations! is a great achievement, your home is beautiful and your garden has borne fruit! Rose marie blessings

Atelier de Charo said...

Hi Bella, congratulations!!! I´m so happy for you.


karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How beautiful, what a spread!!

They have contacted me too, I hope I get a package in the mail someday with the pictures I sent in a magazine.

Atticmag said...

Congrats! It's so affirming to see your taste in print. Jane F.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh Bella, Congrats! what a beautiful spread! your home and garden are beautiful and deserved to be published in magazine like this one! have a great weekend!

Sandy said...

It's about time a magazine discovered you. There's more in store for you. And your pictures look STUNNING - KUDOS!



Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Bella, Congrats on the spread! It turned out great. Have a good weekend....Julian

Brenda Kula said...

Oh, I'm so thrilled for you! That is very exciting news! So much can happen in Blogland.

CIELO said...

The same happened to me a while ago... this editor contacted me about publishing my garden, but my camera isn't the bes and my photographs were 'quality' ;( Oh well... maybe at another time...

Have a wonderful weekend, Bella!


Carolyn said...

Hi Bella,
Congratulations!!! The photos are beautiful and it is a well deserved honor - your garden is so romantic.


maría cecilia said...

Dear Bella, lots of congrats for your dream come true, your home looks absolutely lovely in the magazine... so good many more people will have the pleasure and ispiration of knowing your gorgeous and lovely home.

Lavender Cottage said...

Well done my friend. The photos of your garden and places in it reflect your warm personality and passion for country Victorian decor.
A large step up from a black and white photo of your hollyhocks. :-)

Linda said...

Just beautiful. I don't even know you and I am so proud of you.


Hélène GLEHEN said...

Dear Bella,
Congratulations to you ! Your blog and beautiful photos of your flowers and garden deserve it.
I was featured in the previous issue and was very happy with Cinzia's work.
Carolyn was also featured in the May Issue I believe.


WoW! Congrats, Bella! All of your pics are beautiful in the magazine. What a spread!
~ Julie

Tricia said...

Gorgeous photos! Congratulations!!!

Marianne said...

I knew it!!!! I knew you had to be in a magazine somewhere, sometime - your photos are just too amazing. Congratulations, Bella, and many, many more successes!!! Oh, I do love when talented people succeed.


Deborah said...

Bella congrtulations!!
oh my this is such a dreamy place you have..you must adore it!
Oh my goodness..I love your photos and the beauty you have created..no wonder you are featured in a magazine!
Just lovely Bella!!
I havent been by in a bit but Im so happy I came by..your blog is such a special place of beauty!

Deborah xo

Sher said...

Dear Bella,
Absolutely Gorgeous photo's and blog. Found you by chance and put you in my favorites. What a wonderful place to be and so very beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. I hope to visit often.
Sherry from Maryland

Nas Quatro Estações said...

Oh it is latter but you an artist with your heart in your hands. To be in the Italian magazine is great and I am happy with you. I am a new friend from Brazil, but love roses and gardens.

an angel at my table said...

Very pretty! Congratulation to the magazine and the images is breathtaking as everything in your blog! All the best Mari