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04 February, 2013

Cowgirl Up Party #52 with Your Guest Host...Me!...Confessions of a Plate Addict

Woo hoo! Guess who is the guest host at the Cowgirl Up Party this week!'s me! So put on your cowgirl boots, come on over and join us! 

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our cowgirls!!  (If you're here, that means you, unless you're a guy.)

This week is week 52, and guess what? We started Cowgirl Up one year ago. (Oh I guess you figured that out with it being week #52 and all.) 

This party is special because of you dear friend.  You are the special ingredient that makes this party work.  We're taking off our hats to you.  Now I'm ready to introduce our special guest host, Debbie from Confessions of a Plate Addict. I love her and I know you probably already do, but if you don't know her, I'll let her speak for herself. Take it away, Debbie...

Hi, Cowgirl Up readers!
I am Debbie and I am so excited to have been invited to join all of those wonderful ladies from Texas… 
Anita, Samantha, Linsey and Amanda
for the Cowgirl Up linky party!
I already feel right at home here since I had the honor of hanging out with these talented ladies for their Christmas in July party!

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Let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I blog at Confessions of a Plate Addict where I am aided by my sassy feline staff.
 In a nutshell, I am a retired French teacher who loves anything French.
I am also blessed to be the grandmother of three wonderful boys!

And yes…I love plates!
And I have to show you my favorites…my vintage French Quimper collection!
Why plates? 
My addiction began when I was living in France for a year (What a experience!) where lovely plates are an essential part of life!

The birth of my first grandson brought me back home to Georgia...
but not without some ideas for making my home into my own little corner of "France"…the best of both worlds!

And so I embarked on a mission to create frenchiness…on a budget!
(I am a retired teacher, you know!)
I am a natural born copy-cat, so I have created my own “vintage” French linens…

…and put French words on anything that sits still long enough to let me!
And once I figure out how to make something, I share how I did it…
so my blog is packed with lots of tips and tutorials
so you can add frenchiness to your home, too, if you would like!

Add in some fun thrifting and antiquing…

…and top if off with places where French is spoken, of course…
and there you have my blog!
 So I hope you will drop by, make yourself at home and have a look around!  
You are always welcome!
And thanks again to the Cowgirls for inviting me to co-host! 
Now…let’s get this party started!

** Want to be a Guest Host here on Cowgirl Up? Just leave a comment with your name and blog address below! If you are selected, you will be introduced in the Cowgirl Up post for that week, and we'll include a link to your blog. We’ll send you the code for the party ahead of time. Lots of fantastic exposure for you, and the post is written for you!

On to this week's features chosen by
Anita of  
Cedar Hill Ranch

(I hope you got to see my blog featured in the February issue of Romantic Homes magazine

You can click here for more info.)

Here are this week's features.

Petticoat Junktion - MMS Milk Paint

Texas Girl in Philly - Lavender Heart Sachets

Now about this week's party... You link up on my blog and your link shows up on FIVE blogs.

More exposure, less time.

We are looking for the latest and greatest projects, tutorials, ideas, crafts, recipes, decor, and inspiring stories. Anything that you are proud to show off.
Cowgirl Up! is the link party that saves you time and brings you inspiration.
What blogs will your link appear on? Check us out below!
Linsey with The Farmhouse Porch
Anita with Cedar Hill Ranch
Samantha with Crafty Texas Girls

*PLUS our Special GUEST HOST: 
Debbie of Confessions of a Plate Addict

The four of us are all Texas bloggers, but you don't have to be Texas, country, western, or own horses to participate in Cowgirl Up! You just need that "can-do", cowgirl spirit!
Cowgirl Up! Link Party Guidelines

(Please read the guidelines before participating)
* When you link with Cowgirl Up!, your link will automatically show on four different blogs. Awesome!
* Please follow your host blog before linking up on GFC (and if you have a linkyfollow account, then please follow that way too.)
* You may link up decor, DIY, crafts, guest post, recipes, giveaways, sewing, inspiring stories, and anything that you feel related to the listed categories.
* You may link as many links as you want.
Be sure to include the Cowgirl Up! Button or text link to Cowgirl Up in your linked post, (mine can be found on my sidebar.) Mandatory to be featured!!
* Be courteous and visit the two links before yours. Several projects will be featured each week!
* By linking up you are agreeing that the photos are yours or that you have permission to use them,  that we may use those photos to feature your project in a blog post, on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter with a link back to your blog of course. 
*If you pin a project shown here, please, please pin from the original source.

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  1. Beautiful things, settings and incredible inspirations for Valentine's. Although, I'm not a Cowgirl, I am a "Plate Addict", that's for sure. I am a followert and I have follwed all your ruler for joining this fun party! Thank you for hosting this week.

  2. Thank you for hosting! I have noticed that I am drawn to pretty plates and my small collection seems to be growing! Happy to be a new follower via GFC!

  3. Congrats Debbie!
    I feel like I have known you since before you became famous! Ha!
    Anyhoo, so many great projects, such a wonderful blog you have created.
    Here's to continued blogging success.
    I remember when you were a wee bitty blog.
    Hugs friend,

  4. Okay Debbie, I am jumping in this week. I hope I am doing this right.

    In any event...thanks for guest hosting. Now I need to make a couple of visits.:-)

  5. Deb I love the way you showed us bits and pieces of what feeds your creative soul!! You are the DIY queen without a doubt and everything you do is impeccably done. Love you friend,
    xo Kathysue

  6. Thanks so much for this wonderful party this week, glad to be here. Happy Monday!{Hugs}

  7. Debbie this looks like a fun party! Being born in Texas, my Mama says I will always be a Texan! I'm so glad you got to guest host today!


  8. Yay, so glad you are an honorary cowgirl girl. We always love to party with you!!

  9. How fun to get to host this party...thank you so much! ~Ann

  10. Hi Debbie, Congratulations on hosting Cowgirl Up party. You know how I love all your faience and all things in your kitchen! Of course the copy-cat projects are awesome..........Thanks for hosting. Hope I've got this right. I'm off to visit some of your guests now.

    The French Hutch

  11. Hello Debbie, Nice to meet you, I do like your pics,especially your linen and the blue and white dishes. Thanks for hosting. :)

  12. Thanks so much for hosting!!
    I linked up my V Day trees and a Wreath Re- Do!!


  13. Thanks for this fabulous party! I'm so sorry, I've accidentally linked my gallery wall three time and I have no idea how to remove two! My apologies.

  14. Me too. I love plates especially when it is design with vintage look. I love also French plate with rebus design and besides rebus ceramics were popular for important lunches and wedding parties.

  15. Debbie,
    Congratulations on being hostess this week...Week #52 of Cowgirl Up!!!
    I love all of your copy~cat projects and your tutorials!!!
    From your inspiration and your encouragement, I was brave enough to become One~with~the ~Machine, and made the cutest Christmas Stockings ever this year!!!
    Thanks for being such a dear blogging friend~~~my best to The Staff!!!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie