Spotlight: Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin

Sally Cronin

I met Sally Cronin in the blogosphere, simply by casually checking out bloggers and reading their stories. I liked what I was reading on Sally’s Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and I wanted to be part of her world. “There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t met yet” ~ William Butler Yeats said it, and I made it my philosophy.

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Sally Cronin's Covers for 2018

Sally Cronin’s Covers for 2018

In her words Sally says: “After a career in customer, facing roles in the hospitality, retail, advertising, and telecommunications industry, I wrote and published my first book in 1999 called Size Matters, about my weight loss journey, losing 150lbs in 18 months. This was followed by 11 further fiction and non-fiction books, including a number of short story collections. My aim was to create a watering hole on my blog to provide a wide number of topics to chat about…..This year in September 2019, Smorgasbord in its current format, celebrated its 6th anniversary. I cannot take all the credit for the blog as I have an amazing group of contributors who bring their expertise and talent to the weekly line-up.
As important as my own promotion is, I believe it’s important to support others within our community. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog, linked to my social media”

Latest book: Tales from the Irish Garden
Get social with Sally Cronin here: Amazon, Blog, Linkedin, Twitter, MeWe

I congratulate her on the 6th anniversary of the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and the willingness to share her journey in losing weight, one of the hardest things to do for everyone embarking on this enterprise. Well done Sally.



As a sign of my gratitude for her participation in my book launch, Sally is receiving a color reading based on her zodiac sign. Sally, being an Aquarian, Jan. 20-Feb.18, is a very generous person and has a broad perspective on things that matter. Her element is Air and the ruling planets are Saturn and Uranus. Due to various gas surrounding these two planets, Saturn takes on a beautiful pale yellow with hints of orange and light brown; for the same reason and the addition of other molecules, the planet Uranus takes on a beautiful blue-green color. These are the major colors for Sally, with an immission of turquoise and violet.
Aquarians have an amiable, cheery disposition and abound in social charisma.

On her Smargasboard she featured one of my curious posts about the trick of wine and fennel. I gather she likes to eat in good company and engages in interesting conversations. I envision one of her table settings for “al fresco” dining, conceived with her native colors. Her table will be covered with a pale yellow tablecloth, on top of which I will place turquoise plates and drinking glasses with all her colors. Bronze flatware will be in perfect harmony with the air element of her sign and so are the funky colorful chairs framed with black wood. One of her stones is the black pearl, not a good thing. Instead, I want to give her something to make the “al fresco” dining a real fun experience: turquoise glow in the dark garden pebbles stones made by UNIME, that she can put in all her pots or scatter around a pathway.

Aquarius Colors Dining

Aquarius Dining Colors

I would do this for my home, in fact, I just ordered those glow in the dark pebbles. I hope she likes it.

My book launch will continue for a few days, please allow me a bit of shameless promotion for my new book release of ©RED – A Voyage Into Colors – Second Edition . It happened at the end of last month and a lot of fine authors or artists are helping to take the book on tour.


Red-A Voyage Into Colors - Second Edition

Red-A Voyage Into Colors-Second Edition

The book is all about colors, color emotions, color vibrations, color atmospheres, color compositions, color analysis and any which way one wants to use them: in design the interior rooms of any space, in fashion, in food, and/or in more mystical ways. Just remember, colors speak a message, your message…
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Copyright © 2019 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina with short hair

Valentina Cirasola is an interior-fashion designer, author of 5 published books so far, a storyteller, and a blogger of many years. She has conceived a few new books of various subjects to which she is working simultaneously. Her books are non-fictional, practical ideas to apply in the home, fashion, cooking, and travel. She never gives up trying new things and doesn’t fear failure. A couple of years ago, Valentina became a TV producer/host. Valentina Design Universe is the label under which she produces her shows in the studio and online. The goal of her shows is to entertain, inspire and inform, while she is living her passion. Get a copy of her books on
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60 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jim Borden
    Nov 16, 2019 @ 22:03:54

    Sally is not only a successful author in her own right, but she is also a selfless, tireless promoter of other people’s work. Nice to see her profiled.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. CarolCooks2
    Nov 16, 2019 @ 00:47:38

    Loving your colour profile, Sally Hugs xxx

    Liked by 2 people


  3. dgkaye
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 22:05:03

    Social Charisma – you nailed it Valentina, that’s our gal Sal. Loved the astrology picks and where on earth can we find glow in the dark pebbles? Fabulous!!! ❤ Hugs xx

    Liked by 1 person


  4. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 20:07:39

    Congratulations to the anniversary too, Sally!
    What a wonderful artificial honour. Copied from a song i just listening to: “We need more of you, anything less wouldn’t do!” :-))

    Liked by 1 person


  5. John W. Howell
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 20:04:19

    Sally is a treasure. Thank you for featuring her today, Valentina.

    Liked by 1 person


  6. Bette A. Stevens
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 17:17:40

    Lovely Spotlight for Sally, Valentine. Congrats, dear Sally! ❤

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Jacqui Murray
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 15:44:11

    Lovely post. Thanks for spotlighting Sally!

    Liked by 1 person


  8. Andrew Joyce
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 13:47:31

    I never knew Sally was an Aquarian. A friend of mine used to refer to her as Ms. Spicy. Now it all makes sense.



  9. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 12:31:36

    Here’s to many more years of happiness! Love that you have been placed in the spotlight.

    Liked by 1 person


  10. Stevie Turner
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 10:28:36

    Pale yellow and turquoise – sounds a lovely combination.

    Liked by 1 person


  11. joylennick
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 10:03:23

    What a colourful, vibrant world Valentina inhabits, Sally.Happy Anniversary! Hugs xx

    Liked by 1 person


  12. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 09:08:18

    Thank you very much Valentina.. and today is also our 39th wedding anniversary and I will make sure to add some of these lovely colours to our dinner table tonight. ♥♥



  13. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 09:06:43

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    How exciting Designer and author has kindly done a spotlight for me and included a colour palette for my zodiac sign Aquarius .. and hit the spot as to my favourite shades including turquoise. If you missed Valentina’s new book that has just been released here is the link to her post – Brighten up your home and your life with Red… thanks Valentina..



  14. cindy knoke
    Nov 15, 2019 @ 07:00:06

    Happy Anniversary Sally! Thank you for posting.

    Liked by 1 person


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