As I was putting the finishing touches on my little love gifts to pass out at Blissdom, I couldn’t help but be reminded of my very southern roots.   I made the cutest little bookmarks and very heavily-iced mocha cupcakes for my friends {old, new and yet to be made}, all the while listening to Tim McGraw’s song from the movie The Blindside called Southern Voice. It reminded me of so many things that I love about ‘the Southland’. I grew up on old school country music and can recite many-a-line from Coal Miner’s Daughter. I regularly say y’all, monogram far too many personal and household items and often get a little happy with the eye-shadow. I hug everyone, use too much butter, make a killer pan of cornbread and love everything Elvis and Johnny Cash. And though I rarely listen to country music these days, I’ve always had a teeny little crush on Tim McGraw. I think it’s because he resembles my own hottie husband and seems to be a devoted family man. Are you following my stream of consciousness here?

I’m going to Nashville for Blissdom…
which reminds me of my country music raising…..
which reminds me of how strange we southerners must seem to outsiders….
which brings me to butter cream icing.

For you see, butter cream icing breaks down all barriers—-and all arteries for that matter—–and buttercream icing seemed to be the most perfect way to welcome you to the south. That and Tim McGraw singing about cicadas, sweet tea and Hank Williams. Something about heading to Nashville makes me wanna put on my boots, make buttercream icing and listen to a little Tim McGraw.    I can hardly wait to get there.

I’ll see y’all tomorrow.



I made the bookmark as a pdf file so you can download it, print it off, laminate it and bedazzle it. Love to you all!  And don’t worry, if you’re not going to Nashville, I’ll take good notes and share everything I learn.  My partners in crime are Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy and Krist from Pink and Polka Dot.

34 comments on “Blissdom Bound Y’all”

  1. beautiful bookmarks … I’m from up North but my Dad’s family is from Arkansas, so I feel like a Southerner sometimes – just by association. Can’t wait to meet U!

  2. Oh Edie, I guess I will have to wait to meet you some other time. I told Darby I think the 3 of us would be fast friends. Not that I know Darby either except through her blog. LOL It’s an amazing, crazy ride, isn’t it thanks to blogging! Hope you have a blast! AND precious gifts! xoxoxo, Mott

  3. That blessing is one of my absolute favorites. Makes me smile every Sunday when our Pastor says it.

    I wish I was going so I could meet you and Kristi!! Instead I’ll settle for printing off one of your bookmarks.

    Have a fabulous time!!

  4. Oh, I can’t wait to meet you IRL! I made my husband read this. I did a cut/paste into a word doc and asked him what he thought. He said it would be a great post and then wondered where the cupcakes were. I told him it wasn’t me, but he looked skeptical. See y’all in Nashville!

  5. I hope you have a wonderful time. I live about an hour from Nashville and could just drive by and yell real loud at everyone. No one would notice, I’m sure.

    Born and raised in TN and love living here.

    God bless and be safe.

  6. Love that song and everything from the South. That music takes me back to the days when my granddaddy played steel guitar for his bluegrass band. So wish I was there to meet you. Have fun!!

  7. Have so much fun!!!! I’ll be there with my boots on next year, I promise!

    I’m so excited that you are rooming with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy…don’t know her but love her…something that can only happen in Blogland!

    And now, I’m going to Pink and Polka Dot …wanna get to know her now, too!

  8. Have a wonderful time. Wish I was going, too. Those cupcakes look so very delicious. Thank you for sharing those wonderful bookmarks with us. Can’t wait to hear all that you learn.

    Have a super time!!!!!!!!!!!!


  9. Ahh…I MISS Tennessee!! I love living in southeast TX, but the mountains of East TN are in my blood! I love being in a place where tea without sugar is the exception! Have fun, love your blog!

  10. I am strongly considering the mocha cupcakes since I will have plenty of time on my hands this weekend with the impending blizzard . Last prediction was 18-24 inches for my house. That’s serious, fill up the bathtubs and check your toilet paper supply kinda snow.
    And butter cream icing does make everything better. It’s the first thing I made in my Kitchen Aid mixer.

    And I am right there with you about all things Southern. When I am missing my TN family and friends, I often flip on the Food Network just to listen to Ms Paula Deen- who also is a bit butter cream fan.

    I see your Tim McGraw..and raise you Indigo Girls- Southland in the Springtime. You will have to cut and past the link or Google it since I can never make the html work here. I will also ad a linky to my blog to listen in.

    Fave lyric-
    When God made me born a yankee he was teasin’
    There’s no place like home and none more pleasin’
    Than the Southland in the springtime

    Ya’ll have a blast at Blissdom! No stalking Tim McGraw!

  11. Edie, I met you briefly last night at Blissdom (near the dessert bar) We talked about God’s grace.

    I hope we get a few minutes again before Blissdom10 is a memory.

    There are no accidental meetings!

  12. Thanks for the bookmark! I am reading in Numbers this week so it is perfect since I just read it. ;)I get all the “southernisms” because I am a southern gal too! A few scenes from Coal Miner’s Daughter was even filmed in my county.=D

  13. we used this prayer at the end of our wedding ceremony! i love it! what a great way to bless your blissdom friends! 🙂 have a great time.. checking your blog with baited breath!! 😉

  14. Edie you are such a doll!!! I am so glad we could meet and talk super fast fashion….plus I just saw the word buttercream a lot and I appreciate that.

  15. I forwarded the link for this post to my baby girl, born and raised in Nashville/Franklin, but who now calls LA her home. She says she can see a Southern woman coming from a mile away and it always warms her heart. Thanks for sharing.

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