Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Met a Blog Friend for Real!

Remember the saying, "Blog friends are real friends"? Last week I got to meet a blog friend in real life, and it was wonderful!!!

You see, Maria of Pretty Things Ireland blog was traveling to San Francisco. Portland is just over 600 miles (1000 km) away from San Francisco and a little shorter than a two-hour airplane flight. Years ago I'd flown to San Francisco for the day to attend a friend's wedding, so why couldn't I do it again?

Maria, her sister, and her daughter 

So that's what I did last Thursday. I flew down and spent five wonderful, fun hours with Maria, her sister, and Maria's daughter. They were all such lovely people, and we had a blast together! Maria is warm and friendly, just as you'd expect. She's a good hugger too! We chatted non-stop and giggled nearly the whole time. :-)

First we went to The Hobby Company of San Francisco for dollhouse miniatures, of course! They had a small but nice selection of dollhouses, miniatures, and diorama supplies. Maria and I both found a few miniatures there. They also had a small but lovely selection of beads, which caught everyone's attention, especially Maria's daughter, who makes gorgeous jewelry.

Next, we ran around like real tourists taking photographs of houses and all of the gorgeous flowers in bloom:

And then we walked to Baker's Beach and sat on the sand next to the Golden Gate Bridge:

Maria and me, Golden Gate Bridge in the background

Finally, we took a long and crowded bus ride, down steep hills through Chinatown, back to where we started, so that I could catch my plane back home. I was very sad to say goodbye to all three of them. They were the loveliest people, so warmhearted and fun. Thank you, Maria and family! It was wonderful spending time with you! Blog friends are so much fun! xoxo Jennifer


  1. que bueno, como me alegro por las dos!

  2. Bellissime!!!!che bel viaggio si e' fatta Maria!un bacio a tutte!!

  3. Bonitas fotos y bonito encuentro. Enhorabuena a las dos.

  4. Oh how lucky you both have been. It is a dream come true, to meet miniature blogger in real life.
    Hugs to you all

  5. Oh wow, that's amazing!! When Maria wrote on her blog about meeting a very well known blog friend while she was on her holidays, I had a funny feeling it might be you. I wish I could have been there too, all that hugging and giggling sounds like so much fun :0) The photo of you and Maria on the beach is so lovely and I'm so pleased that you all had such a great time. Thank you so much for this lovely post, it's heartwarming to read!!
    hugs ♥ Vicky ♥

  6. Hello Jennifer,
    Oh I'm so glad you got to meet and have fun together. It looks like you had a wonderful day and the pictures are lovely.
    Here's to blog friends meeting everywhere!
    Big hug,

  7. Felicidades, estos encuentros son una maravilla!!

  8. Hi Jennifer! Ah, this is just wonderful, meeting a blog-friend in real!!! Looking at these pictures it is for sure that you had a whole lot of fun :-)))) and I love the last picture of the of you in front of the Golden Gate Bridge! Hugs, Sandra

  9. What a lovely meeting! Isn't it a lot of fun to meet a blogger in real life? :) I am so happy for both of you! It's easy to see you had a good time.:)

  10. You're so right saying blog friends are real friends. It's always a lovely and exciting experience to meet a blog friend.

  11. Oh, my lucky girls! I am so happy for you. I know how great and exciting it is to meet a blog friend. Surely you had a lot fun.
    Hugs to you both! :)

  12. Hello Everyone! Thank you for your lovely comments. It truly was a thrilling day with Maria and her family. I forgot to mention that Maria will give her report next week, so you can see her write-up on her trip on her blog at when she gets over her jet lag! ;-) xo Jennifer

  13. What a great post :) Yes, blog friends are real friends. Unfortunately we can't all live in the same city, but when there is a chance to connect it's such fun. Thanks for sharing, look at those bright smiles!

  14. It's fantastic to meet blog friends.
    I agree with you "Blog friends are real friends".
    I'm glad to see the photo of Maria.
    Kiss Faby

  15. How utterly wonderful! My two favorite online friends together! I am going to transfer your photo to my album. So happy you had fun and enjoyed your meeting. (And a little envious too.)
    Hugs, Drora

  16. What wonderful news. I see it in your faces, it was a great fun. Oh, I would also like you and Maria meet in person. Maybe? At some point? Your purchased treasures you have to show us, please.
    Hugs from Craftland

  17. How lovely! It looks like a wonderful time was had by all! Memories to treasure! x

  18. Hi Jennifer, what a lovely surprise!
    Oh how I wish I was there with you and Maria :)
    The beautiful pictures shows us how much fun you had, thank you for sharing them.

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  19. Hi Jennifer! How lovely to read you had a great time and fun together. What a lovely post with those pictures of you both :)! Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Ilona

  20. Felicidades por ese encuentro y que guapas que estais!!!
    Unas fotografías preciosas Jennifer.
    Mil besos...Julia.

  21. How wonderful! It sounds like you had the perfect day together.


  22. How neat to see two of my favorite bloggers hanging out together! It's always extra nifty to have faces to put to the blogs. Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  23. Very lovely post! It was a wonderful meeting! And how lovely pictures!!!
    I loved to read your post!
    Blog friends are real friends!!!

  24. Encontrarse y ver a personas con las que compartes una afición es MARAVILLOSO, ver y abrazar a Maria, debe ser una gran experiencia, mis felicitaciones a las dos (la hermana e hija de Maria son muy hermosas también)
    Eres muy especial Jenni por haber realizado ese viaje, solamente para conocerlas.
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

  25. Felicidades por el encuentro que tuvisteis. Se os ve muy felicices.

  26. esos encuentros con amigas de aficion son muy bonitos, me alegra mucho de que tomaras la decision de ir hasta alli para poder hacerlo y de que os lo pasarais tan bien felicidades a ambas , estais muy bien en las fotos



  27. Hi Jennifer, Beautiful photos! How exciting to meet a fellow blogger! Thanks for sharing your day with us. :)


  28. Woohoooooo - that's truly spectacular! What a fun day for all of you - looks like it was a perfect day. I love that picture of Maria and you in front of the Golden Gate Bridge!


  29. Goodness, Jennifer, this sounds so great that I got goose pimples! The world of blogging is amazing. Hugs Sanne

  30. Ha valido la pena que te hayas desplazado, para tener ese precioso encuentro con tu amiga.
    Siempre es un placer pasar ratos divertidos con amigas que comparten los mismos hobbys.
    besitos ascension

  31. Aparte de la historia emotiva que demuestra tu sensibilidad, los contrastes de color de la foto son el marco perfecto.
    Que disfrutes mucho

  32. wow, I can't believe you guys actually got to cruise the City! it looks like you had a wonderful time too.

    Marisa :)

  33. Siempre es una alegría un encuentro entre personas con las mismas aficiones, se os ve muy contentas. Un saludo, Eva

  34. O what a lovely storey, thank you sharing your photos.

    Debs X

  35. wow what a nice and lovely trip you got, and so nice to see two good friends there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You got alsso very nice and beautyfull gifts.

    greetings Petra


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