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Thursday, December 17, 2015


International Blog Party

So long, Farewell,  Auf Weidersehen,  Goodbye

with this post I'll be signing off the series known as
an international collaboration of well-known bloggers
all commenting on the same topic.

we have had a super run, a hugely successful run,
lasting over 5 years, but like everything else in life...
in order to go forward,
sometimes we must leave something behind.

& this is me, now.

life is a series of cycles, just as business has cycles,
or fashion, or fads, or trendy things...
it's completely normal.

the support of my group has restored my faith in the beauty of humankind and the amazing ability to know someone well enough to call them friends, although virtual friends.

blogging has changed, just as my life has changed,
and my desire is to create something in my blog which is truly
inspiring and magical.

soon Splenderosa will become
my own name.

I'm looking forward to this new beginning.

But most of all I wish to thank all of the beautiful, talented, inspirational women who have been

YOU are the reason we were successful.
As a combined group we were unique &
really special.

I love each one of you & will always hold you close to my heart.

please scroll down to see the girl's who've linked in with me,
to read how blogging has changed and/or impacted our lives.



  1. I have loved "by invitation only"; and I wanted to contribute to the last one....my business and my trip to New York collided with my time.....and I just couldn't!1

    I have loved your blog and your whole thing here!

    Thank you!!


  2. This has been amazing darling!! So excited to see what you have in store for us!
    Much love always,

  3. Good morning Marsha,

    I look forward to seeing your new site next year... :)

    Have a wonderful holiday season and thank you for all.. xxv

  4. Thank you for so many special times with ' BIO ' Marsha and for all of your hard work. I have thoroughly enjoyed writing every post and being part of the BIO family from the beginning and I'm going to miss it SO much. No-one could have done a better job so, once again, thank you for allowing me to be part of it.
    Sending so much love to you from the UK and I wish you continued success with all that you do. XXXX

  5. I enjoyed the series and good luck with the next project!

  6. I am very excited for you Marsha.....I come to your site everyday...not always commenting, some haven't
    worked and some have.....its all good.....I have loved coming to visit you here.....you have been very
    generous and so kind.....all things change, XOXO

  7. Marsha, thank you for hosting this wonderful linkup. I'm glad to have been a part and have discovered so many wonderful bloggers thanks to you.

  8. So well done for a long time Marsha! Thank you! And good luck on your next venture!

  9. YOUR MUSIC is WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!AND IT is SILENT NIGHT............and I AM CRYING!!!!!
    YOUR POST Is SO ELOQUENT and FINAL.It truly is BEAUTIFUL...............
    As for YOUR New BLOG NAME!!!!OMG...........I LOVE IT!!!!!!A perfect NEW YOU to STEP OUT IN STYLE and SEIZE the WORLD.I THANK YOU from the bottom of my mended HEART for this opportunity these last two years..................I have had a WONDERFUL TIME coming up with subject matter and PHOTOS!GRAZIE MILLIE GRAZIE...............CIAO CIAO.............off to blow thy RED nose!

  10. Good morning, Marsha-What a fabulous run you've had with the 'BIO' blogger series. I think the topic of blogging is very fitting for the final installment. I look forward to reading the blog posts from this inspiring group. I'm looking forward to following your new site. I'm sure it will be fantastic. Thank you for including me in this wonderful group of bloggers.
    Merry! Merry!
    xx, Heather

  11. Wow, Marsha. Five years! Incredible. I so enjoyed the time I was able to participate and forever grateful for the initial invitation. What a wonderfully talented group of bloggers you pulled together. And you were able to do that because you are a very talented and special person. Good luck with everything you have planned in your future. I will certainly be reading your new blog. Mona

  12. Sending much love to you too, dear Marsha. Thank you so much for the incredible experience of being a part of this amazing group of women. I was really proud to have done so and for all that we have accomplished! Brava!

  13. Dearest Marsha,

    It's been grand and, the best part of our time together in BIO venue is you. We were friends before and will be forever. As I can never say enough, you are an inspiration.

    Love to you,

  14. It has been such a privilege to be part of this group the past few years. I am so grateful for the new friendships that I have made and the amazing blogs I have discovered as a result. And you, Marsha, are a marvel. We could not have asked for a more gracious and helpful host for this international party.

    I look forward to your next chapter of this blog and wish you a beautiful holiday season!


  15. OK between the beautiful music, your parting words and reading over the comment so on my blog I am teary eyed:( I HATE change so i am going to very much miss these fun 'get together's" we got to share once a month but as I said on my blog...I am just so happy I got to do it at all! And I know we are not going away and will stay connected. THANK YOU for paving the way and having the vision to bring to life such a fun and anticipated gathering of great minds! A very very happy holiday greeting and all the very best to you Marsha in 2016, cheers!!

  16. Thank you Marsha...for every blog....for every word and heart felt thought you have shared.....your gift of word and tenderness has touched so many of us....me included.
    I am listening to the music and thinking of your past and present...and wishing you the most amazing future> filled with love and health and daily new found happiness.
    I hope you come back soon and spread more joy among us!
    Happy Holidays...
    Stay well...Stay Happy,

  17. Thank you, Marsha. It's been wonderful!

  18. Marsha, thank you for sharing yourself and your beauty with the world. I am so looking forward to what you are up to in 2916! Happy holidays.

    Xo Elizabeth

  19. Dearest Marsha,
    I have been an infrequent commenter lately for which I apologise..I was sad to see the final day today for your wonderful 'by invitation only' I have enjoyed every single post.
    Your treasured group of friends who have each contributed their unique insight,often on an evocative subject..have delighted your readers around the world.
    Marsha, you are so dear to me...a wonderful and beautiful person who gives and shares so much and I am excited for your new direction with your blog, I will follow always
    Much love to you
    Sally xx

  20. Marsha I am so excited to see what you have in store next my dear!!


  21. Dearest darling Marsha, thank you!
    These last five years have been such fabulous fun! And, II cannot wait to see your new website, how exciting!!!
    Have a wonderful Christmas! And a fabulous new year ahead!

    Much love , Coty

  22. Marsha,

    I only came to know your group in the last year, but have come to love it, look forward to it and aspire to contribute to it. I'm sad to see it go, but look forward to your next venture. Wishing you only good things in the future and a wonderful New year!!

    All the best,
    Lory at Designthusiasm

  23. We were honored to participate in the last few posts of "By Invitation Only" and were thrilled to be a part of this wonderful group. We wish for you and your family the merriest Christmas and all the best in 2016!! xoxo

  24. Dear Marsha,
    We say goodbye to this special blog-event you've created with a tear in our eyes. 5 years of interesting and thoughtful posts. You brought the world together! Thank you again for all the effort you made to make it work.
    We will certainly stay in touch. I'm looking very much forward to your "new" blog and many beautiful posts!
    Take care, I'm thinking of you.

  25. congrats on your next adventure- I loved reading your beautiful blog.
    -Linda, NY


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