23.5.14

An introduction.

Hello, hello, and welcome to Michaela's brand-spanking-new blog! What do you think of the design? (Picmonkey and Photobucket are my best friends, not to mention Google with it's awesome selection of tutorials for HTML dummies like me. ;) ) I kinda like thinking of Quaintrelle as a virtual coffee shop. A place to sit about sipping mugs of frothy deliciousness while sharing Spiritual journeys, giggling, bonding, growing, wanderlusting, and whatnot.

A lot has changed over the last year or so, and I am hoping Quaintrelle will reflect that. We'll call it, hm, "cleaning house." To make a long story as short and painless as possible, I experienced a situation (involving a guy) that left me, not to mention my old blog, a miserable, confused, bitter mess. To put it mildly. Recently I wrote in my journal a comparison of my feelings and circumstances THEN and NOW, and I am blown away by God's healing and grace.

That's why I'm really excited about Quaintrelle. The word means: (n.) a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of lifes pleasures. And that, my friends, sums up just about perfectly the purpose of this blog. I want it to be a place that is fun, inspirational, motivational, beautiful, and well, the type of blog I personally enjoy--the creative little corners that brand a personality and show the color of an individual. This is my canvas, if you will. A bit of my brain, and the artwork of who I am. Happy and alive and so blissfully free.

Yep, the sappy writing-style hasn't changed much. But hey, this is me.

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(because you wondered what those circle-things were with the funny names in my sidebar)

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You know that place, usually early in the morning, maybe affectionately thought of before bedtime. . .when the world stops, and nothing exists but you, the richest, deepest aroma, and a toasty-warm mug? I call it procaffeinating. Join me for a cuppa (or tea, whatever the preference,) for a word or two of encouragement, a peek into my life, or a spotlight from fellow bloggers and/or friends.


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This series will feature all the random and crazy things that catch my fancy. Dream destinations, quirky places, anything that just needs sharing. Sighing over Bucky Barnes is 100%, totally legit.


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While this isn't a ""fashion only blog", fashion is big part of the Quaintrelle universe. I will be sharing posts on personal style, clothing, favorite beauty products, tips, tutorials, etc. And because it was a popular feature on Rhapsody in PINK, Awkward and Awsome Thursday may be joining us every so often. 



My motto for 2014 is: do not let the opinions of others shape who you are. I hope through these ramblings you'll see that there is another gal in the world just like you; a gal with a big heart and a bigger imagination. An imperfect sinner striving to follow a perfect God. :)

From one cup to the next,

Michaela

28 comments:

  1. Yay!!!! Cant wait to read your posts Michaela. :)

    p.s. my new blog is hisbrunetteblogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much, Blythe! I'm really excited about Quaintrelle. God is already using it to touch my life and the lives of others! I can't seem to find your blog though, or I'd be happy to follow you. Send the link again? :)

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  2. This is wonderful, Mich. I look forward to more. If you want to share in my journey you can follow my blog at http://catherine-30andbeyond.blogspot.com. Love ya!

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    1. Love you too, Catherine! Following. :)

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  3. so very excited about this, Michaela!

    charmant

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  4. No joke, just yesterday I was wondering if you were still "alive" in the blogging world. :D Super glad to see you're back!

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    1. haha. . .well, it feels good to be loved. ;) Yes I am back, and have a completely different agenda up my sleeve. (that sounds evil. ;) ) Can't wait to put it all into action. Blessings to you!

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  5. I'm with you all the way, girly. Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve! :)

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  6. so excited Mcihaela! love everything about it already! and you just had to bring up Bucky, didn't you (sigh). Looking forward to this :)
    xoxo madi :)

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    1. But of course. I just HAD to torture you. ;) Love you so much, Maddie!

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  7. Your new blog sounds and looks lovely, Michaela! I look forward to reading what you come up with on your posts ^_^
    I blog rather sporadically on Fullness of Joy blog, joy-live4jesus.blogspot.com =)

    Many blessings in Christ!

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  8. Aw, I'm certainly looking forward to your new posts Michaela! Best wishes in your new blogging journey!
    -Lauren
    musingsofaflowerchild.com

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    1. Thanks for the support. :) PS--I love your blog template.

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  9. Hello!!
    I followed your other blog(though I rarely commented on it), so I am looking forward to see your future posts.

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  10. Hi Michaela!

    My name is Emma, and I believe I saw you and your sister Anna at a ball in January in New York. We weren't formally introduced, but when I found your other blog, I recognized you immediately. :-) I love your new blog and I'm looking forward to reading more!

    God bless,
    ~Emma

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    1. O-k, I think I remember. What a small world. I'm sure we'll make it up to another Ball one of these days, so then we'll be "formally introduced." Looking forward to getting to know you better!

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  11. Your new blog is beautiful, Michaela, and fresh starts are always so exciting!! I can't wait to see what kinds of beautiful and inspiring things we'll get to share with you here! <3

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    1. Aw, this note really blessed me. Thank you so much, Vicki! Smiles and hugs*~

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  12. This sounds like a wonderful concept for a new blog, Michaela! I've missed reading your posts — you add joy, humor, and gentle insight to the blogging world. ^_^ So excited to see how the Lord leads this new venture!

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    1. Girl, you know I've missed you and your sister? It seems like ages since we've talked! o.O Both you girls were some of the first I "met" in Blogdom. <3 I appreciate the kind words, and can't wait to catch up!

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  13. Oh yay!!!! I can't wait to see more. Your posts!!!

    XX Hannah

    LovehannahB.com

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  14. Yay! I always loved where you posted pictures of your outfits on your previous blog! Can't wait to see more posts!

    by the way, I love your owl necklace in the header photo....so cute!

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