Thursday, May 27, 2010



For our wedding anniversary in 2013, my Mr. AGPMan and I have a trip planned to visit Europe.  I am more excited about it than I can say!  We plan on touring all the beautiful places we've only read about since we married in 1978.  Three years seems like a long time to wait...but, the years will pass by anyway and we might as well spend part of them planning something very, very special.

I've been in love with all things Italian since I was seven.  It was around that time when Anne and Dominick Ducato immigrated from Italy and moved into the tiny track home directly across the street from our family.  It was also the year that I learned that really good spaghetti was NEVER going to be found in a can (Chef Boyardee comes to mind here!).  Today I continue to love Italian Cooking and faithfully watch Lydia's Italy on the CREATE Channel.  I'm in love with vintage Italian linens and have been known to look far and wide to find great prices on textiles produced by Sferra Brothers (Tuesday Morning is a great place to find new, off-priced Italian Linens).

Today I'm back in my studio working on some sweet projects for my website, but I couldn't let the morning hours pass without sharing with you two gorgeous women who have blessed me and my business...and they just happen to live in Italy!  Because I love to put a face with a name, I asked begged each of them to send me a picture showing them in their homeland...

From all accounts, and from what I understand about both of these beautiful ladies, they are the BEST of friends.  I hope someday, when we finally make it to Italy, I will be able to meet them in person, dine with them, and thank them personally for their friendship as well as all the business they've given me over the years.  I've been more blessed than I can say.

Aren't they beautiful women?  Thank you Valeria and Debby!  You mean more to me than I can say!

Blessings as you value the friendships you've made both here in America and abroad.

 Love to you~


Terra said...

Yes, your friends are lovely. What fun you will have planning your trip. I love Florence and the old areas of Rome, where my dh and I spent two weeks. But we didn't visit Venice (insert tears here). We read The Agony and the Ecstasy while in Florence, which helped us feel the history. You might want to read that book.

Julie Marie said...

Hello Rebecca... such beautiful ladies, and how fun for you and Mr. AGP to plan a wonderful trip to Europe... my uncle Tony was Italian and I loved hearing his stories about Italy... he is gone now, but I will always remember the beautiful country he described to me... I loved your previous post about little Miss K as well! What is her given name? She is precious!!! xoxo Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

How nice Rebecca!I have many many friends abroad.I find that so fun in the sharing of other cultures and places.I was born into a family of greek people on my mothers side and they in turn married Japanese,Iranian,Philipino.So I know what your saying here.Even though some have died since Ive gotten older they were precious, and the friends of mine now are still precious as well.

Have a nice rest of your week!

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

Hi Rebecca, I loved this posting of yours and I can understand how you feel about Italy. It is such a wonderful country and was one of the places Reubs and I thought we would visit one day. Enjoy it when you go and I will feel as if we are there and look forward to the photographs that you will share! Maureen......

Oklahoma Granny said...

Your friends are lovely ladies. I so hope you get to meet them on your trip. Three years will pass in the blink of an eye. You must be so excited!

Tanza said...

Hi Sweet friend,
What pretty, lovely ladies they are .. How strange to think they live soo far away, but yet, your hearts can bring you altogether when you write or speak to them .. And, they LoVe and aDoRe PiNk and RosEs .. See, I already LoVe them too .. Wonderful little story here .. Have a happy day sweet girlie ~
~tea~ xo

Beth Niquette said...

What lovely ladies! And your anniversary trip to be sounds wonderful. Marriages which last as long as yours are few and far between these days--it is so lovely to know there are others out there, who, with hard work and God's help have healthy happy marriages!

Rita said...

Hi Rebecca,
thank you for your visit and comment. Your Italian friends look lovely and your anniversary trip to Italy sounds really exciting.
hope you'll have the chance to finally meet your wonderful.

Unknown said...

Isn't it amazing how the blog/internet can create friendships that blossom into such beautiful heart friends forever!, to one day meet & become close bonds of the heart to treasure & grow.

I am sure you will love all of Europe, as have we so many times ... there are such lovely place to hold beautiful memories forever in your heart & mind.

Have a beautiful day, sweet friend ~
Hugs of love, Marydon

myletterstoemily said...

it's not too early to plan! it will heighten
the excitement and help you decide all
the places you want to see.

your post reminded me of a lovely story
from the "mitford" books about an
italian family.


One Shabby Old House said...

Thank you for your kind comments today. I love the idea of planning for your trip. I hope to one day go to Italy too. So as you dream please share.

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Hi Rebecca :) How wonderful to be able to plan a trip to Europe! 3 years isn't too long away, you'll have plenty of time to work out exactly how and where you want to go and visit.

It's so nice to be able to put a face to Valeria! She has purchased some of my items before :) She is a lovely and very beautiful lady!

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Warmest always, Brenda

peggy aplSEEDS said...

what a wonderful plan! i would love to go to europe again! such a beautiful place!

Rita said...

Are friendships not just the most wonderful in the world? I've been blessed with two lifelong friends and thank the Lord for both of them!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rebecca, Well, you know I love all things Italian being Italian and my Grandma from Naples, Italy. We too hope to plan a trip for our anniversary.
I am so thrilled to see a pic of Debby as she has been a valued customer of mine as well. She is a delight and I just love seeing her in your pic. They both are gorgeous gals and as Debby said to me once, Since I am Italian living in the U.S. she would not hold it against me since my Grandma is from Naples. LOL!! I just love her.

Friendships are so special!!
Rebecca, I am trying to list your button but having lots of trouble with opening the code. Help!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day and weekend.
Love, Celestina Marie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

They are both lovely, but then again, so are you!

Getting ready to email you about your bloggy win! :-)

Thanks for making Fred's birthday such a happy one with your sweet wishes.


Sheila :-)

GwendolynKay said...

How exciting!! I have never been out of the country ... I take that back, have been to St. Marteen. twice. I would love to tour Europe. Your friends look like lovely people. I think the 3 years will pass quickly for you.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful trip to look forward to...Italy is one of my favorite places!! I have been lucky enough to have gone there twice and I LOVED everything about it, even the pinches on the butt!!!
Your two friends are beautiful and isn't it nice to have friends who live in a much different place then you do so they can share their culture and foods with you!And won't it be such fun to meet them in person one day!!
Italian food is my favorite, too!!
I remember the FEASTS that were presented to us at the restaurants we dined in...WOW!!
Time will pass quickly while you wait and dream....big hugs, Francy

Unknown said...

Hi sweetie, I think your plans for a trip to Italy for your anniversary sounds wonderful. Meeting your friends in person will be the icing on the cake.
I have missed a couple of wonderful posts here Rebecca, I love the sweet story about Miss K shopping with you for 'dead people's stuff' as Kelley would say. And the frame you painted turned out gorgeous. I love it when you explain just how you make things so beautiful! Try as I may though...I will never paint as great as you do!

Dolores said...

I think it's wonderful that you have three years to plan and think about this wonderful trip. For me, planning and thinking about an upcoming trip is half the fun and excitement.

Your friends are so pretty, but so are you..... three pretty women.

Have a great weekend!

Rose said...

time will go fast and then you will be on your trip. maybe you can connect with these womwn. rose

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Hi Sweet...... I can guess how excited you must be planing your trip to Europe..... I hope you have France down on your list, my most favourite country & where I would love to retire to. My best friend has Italian parents & when she visited Italy she couldn't get over what a beautiful country it is. Thank you for your email Hun, it meant a lot to me. Oh & meeting up with your friends is the icing on the cake.....

Wishing you a great weekend....

Lyn xxx

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