Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My first birthday....

This blog is one year old this month, and I'm simply can't believe it! Really. How can it have been one year? Before I started blogging I probably spent an entire year pondering it. I had to think it through. Why would I blog? Would I be seeking external validation when my aim in these last few years has been about giving myself my own kudos and not worrying so much about what other's think. In the end, I think I simply needed to share... and to see what it was like. Honestly, I love my blog community.

I have connected with so many in ways that I might not have otherwise. It has broadened my universe. I am embarrassed to admit that I am a girl who has never physically travelled outside of the North American continent. But in my research, my conversations, my readings, and finally in my mind and heart, I have travelled far. This blog has helped me to communicate with so many I might have not otherwise met. My life is deeper and more rich.

So... as a sort of thank you, I want to offer up a giveaway. (Sorry for the terrible lighting of these photos. I need a professional, people!) These are a set of patchwork potholders that I've made. If I were a wealthy woman, I would give everyone a gift. Really. I would. Instead, I will make it a bit of a game. Nothing new in the blogging world, but not too complex either. Just leave a comment! I will close the comments to this post on July 31 at 8 pm eastern standard. (That's the time of night when my brain is mush and I'm sooo done for the day.) I'll announce the winner on Aug.1, Saturday. I know blogger can be tricky for some to log into, so feel free to log on "anonymous"; just be sure to sign an identifying name and email on your post. If you haven't left me an email, no biggy, but you'd better check back in. International shipping? Bring it on! (I just hope you don't cost me a small fortune. Honestly, though, I can't bear to leave out my Australian friends.) One last request, but no obligation... spread the word about my blog/giveaway/shop, if you will. I would love to connect with even more people in the next year. Life is simply an amazing adventure. Thank you for being a part of mine.

22 comments:

Melissa said...

Oh, I get to be first. yay. I've been meaning to tell you how much I LOVE the owl bag (and that little extra bit-- hmmmm, the possibilities!) Happy Blog-Day!

Annette said...

Happy Blog Birthday!

jen dB said...

happy birthday!! even those of us close to home love keeping up with you in blog-land... :)

cygnetsmall said...

Happy First! I'm glad to have found your blog, especially love the updates on the bees. Maybe someday I'll keep some of my own.

Cheryl Arkison said...

A year already? Congrats.
Love those potholders. I'm working on a project in similar colours...

Dana said...

Happy birthday!! Beautiful pot holder. Is there anything you make that isn't beautiful?

Blue Yonder said...

Oh fun!!! Happy first year!
You are such a sweetheart - always so encouraging and uplifting. The bloggy world is better because you're in it!

Erin said...

Lovely potholders! Congrats on a year of blogging. I've just started a blog of my own and I'm really enjoying the process so far. This is my first visit to your site (found you through your comment on Blue Yonder) but I'll be back.

Valerie said...

happy blog birthday! glad you sent this out...now i will remember to resubscribe so i can keep up with your beautiful words and art. hugs!

Brooke Dickson said...

mmm! mmm! you are an inspiration!! much love Brooke

jennifer everett said...

Only one year? I feel as though we have all been enjoying your blog for much longer! It is such a relaxed and easy little reprieve for my days when I tune into yours. Thank you so much for your inspiration and for being brave to open up this little part of your world for the rest of us to share in,
Jennifer Everett

Wendy said...

While I don't see you NEARLY enough, your blog is an awesome window to your soul.
Much Love, Wendy Wright

Peggy said...

I just found your blog and love it. Happy Birthday to your blog!

Miss Prickly said...

I have to tell you, that your header is so attractive. It really brings your blog alive.

Anonymous said...

I stop in almost every morning as my "fun time" with my coffee and cereal. I stopped in today after a particularly defeating day yesterday still has me questioning... what can I say... your blog is my little pick me up that makes me remember the world rather than just my world. You've given way more than pot holders this last year through your blog. Is there a virtual cake that a one year old blog can stick its face in? If so, I want pics. -c

pattynubs said...

Congrats on your blogging birthday! The potholders are great. I would to have a chance to win them.

Becca said...

Sticking at it for a year is impressive! I'm just starting my 3rd month and it's getting a little sparse already! Hope your year anniversary will give me some needed inspiration!

Wendy said...

Happy Blog B-day, the potholders are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

beautiful! marilyn

Anonymous said...

Happy blogaversary! As always, your wok is lovely!
Tracy

Angela said...

congrats on your first year! cute pot holders!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

Cute! I totally need potholders too. Happy Birthday!