Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's My First Blogiversary! - GIVE AWAY

First as in first off - thank you for the memories of an adventure totally "outside of my box"!  My first post was on April 28, 2009.  It's my first Blogiversary and I am celebrating with a give away!


French General (Moda) Rural Jardin
1 Butcher Apron, 2 Kitchen Towels to match
Plumcute Designs by Tracy Souza
1 Harvest Queen Pattern for pincushion (7.5" x 14.5")

Someone once joked about my/our blogging friends as being imaginary friends.  NOT!  Experienced being a winner of a Give Away and  having a Give Away this past year.  Sending my Schnibbles quilts off to Mary (Quilt Hollow) in my "online" Schnibbles Group, across the country, to be quilted is real, yes, I did get them back and beautifully quilted!  Meeting a blogette, Eileen (My Quilting Porch), on the East Coast and standing in her front yard picking acorns (love acorns) with my grandchildren is real.  Finding out that on the same trip I was so close to another blogette and did not even realize it - next trip - Kelly Ann!  It has been fun reading blogs from "down under" like GranyLoz and her love of stitching adventures and Jenny of Elefantze, who took us all on a ride across Australia when her husband's work was relocated.  Kim and I even sent quilt blocks for quilting angels (Tracy and her gang), who put them together for the Australian fire victims.  Heckety in Ireland and I are still fighting over one of Kim's red and white polka dot mugs.... I learned how compassionate blogettes are when a tragedy strikes someone in their family.  Terry (Terry's Treasures) and her husband have taught us so much through their very difficult journey after the accident that took his leg.  Laurie (A Yankee Quilter) put out a call for quilt blocks to make a quilt for Terry and her family, we sent them, I think there were hundreds that came in from around the world and people like Mary, (Quilt Hollow) volunteered and quilted one (maybe more - sorry I can not remember Mary...) of the three huge quilts tops that Laurie made.   I love Yvonne's (My 365 Day Challenge) photos of her cats.  Jan (Quilting in Davie) has the sweetest heart and little Yorkie to go with it.  Right now Paulette (Sweet P) is returning home to Victoria, B.C., after being a "Snow Bird" all winter long in the South West of the USA - her quilt shop adventures/classes along her journey have been great to see.  (FYI - Canadians who go where it is warm during the long cold winter in "the old country" are called "Snow Birds").  Speaking of the "Old Country"  Anna (Quiltmom's Journey) comes from the same "dirt" as me, except her dirt is not as old as mine.... Sinta (Pink Pincushion), Pam (Orcsmom), Jen (Punkie Pie) all started blogging last year about the same time as moi.  They knock my sock off with their quilting adventures.  You know if you ever want a good laugh check out Dianne (A Month of Sundays)!  Pat (Silver Thimble) and Laura (May You Bobbin Always Be Full) have given me encouraging and kind comments letting me know they have read my blog. (Thanks!!!)  It has been a rich experience to get to know all of you (and many more, I am sorry I am missing some of you - you know I love you because I leave you comments....) and I have learnt so much from you over this past year — my maiden voyage into the blog world - Quilting Style!  My DIL and sons have enjoyed the ride too, and always chuckle with a twinkle in their eye, when they chat with me  about the "things" I have shared on the blog i.e., "The Adventures of You be Thelma.  I'll be Louise."   Even DH can not resist, when I am sitting and laughing out loud in front of my lap top, he wants me to read what was so funny - and he laughs too. 

Who new that the words "Give Away" would take on a new meaning in my life.  How about yours?  I find it exciting to see what a blogette wants to share (a Give Away) in celebration of something special to her.  


Give Away Guidelines

1. Leave a comment  = one entry
2. Become a follower and leave a comment on this post = one entry
3. Blog about my Blogiversary Give Away and leave a comment on this post = one entry
Total possible entries per person = three
Drawing will be Saturday, May 1st, 8 PM, PST and I will post the winner shortly after that.

Thank you for reading wading through my chatter, grammar and spelling - I am excited about it being a year tomorrow!  

85 comments:

Laurie said...

I'm so glad you are celebrating!! It really is a wonderful world here in blog land isn't it! So glad you're a part of it - and it's always a pleasure to read your posts! Congratulations on one year and here's to many more :)

Shelley said...

Wow, Gran! One year....that's a lot of blogging! I hope I make it that long too. I look forward to reading you for the next MANY years! And you know I am already a follower:) Huggies, Shelley

Laura said...

Congrats on your Blogiversary! I know my mom reads your blog too, although she never comments online, she's told me how much she likes it!

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats and loved your post! I follow and I wrote a post today for your giveaway too.

SoozeM said...

Congrats on your blogiversary! I have only been blogging for such a short time but am totally addicted :)
soozemoroney@gmail.com

SoozeM said...

I am a follower.
soozemoroney@gmail.com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very sweet post! Congrats on your one year blogiversary! Wishing you many more to come. Thanks for entering me in your sweet giveaway :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am now a follower ;-)

PunkiePie said...

Has it really been a year already?! Time flies. What a wonderful post, Gran. Thanks for the shout out!

PunkiePie said...

I am a follower ;)

PunkiePie said...

Blogged!
http://misspunkiepie.blogspot.com/2010/04/blogiversary-celebration.html

Carol said...

Hi Gran, very nice giveaway, please consider me for your drawing. Mary @ Quilt Hollow sent me to give you a visit. I also enjoy very much reading the blogs from all the people you've mentioned and some other great ones as well. Check out my blog sometime: carolscraftblog.blogspot.com. I have signed up to follow your blog. Happy Blogaversary.

Bridget B said...

Happy anniversary. I also enjoy reading others blogs. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Brenda said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. I am a new blogger. Still trying to get in a routine of blogging weekly..

Brenda said...

I am a new follower.

Bridget B said...

I am a follower.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Sign me up! I love aprons. And as you can see by my blog, I love all colors too!

Sara said...

Happy blogiversary!

Sara said...

I'm a follower

free indeed said...

Congratulations goes out to you! Internet friends are real and wonderful! I so totally love this avenue of meeting people!
(just love that Ruenneries fabrics too)

Diane H said...

Congratulations! I am a new blogger too and would never have imagined the wonderful new friends I have made. Thanks for putting my name in - I off to explore your blog! Quilt Hollow sent me over. http://sideroadstitcher.blogspot.com/

sbmeeks said...

Your apron is so pretty!! I think it would make the perfect mothers day present for my mom! :)

sbmeeks said...

I'm a follower

Orcsmom said...

Congrats Gran on your 1st year. You and Kim are such a big inspiration to me and I am sure a lot more! Please enter me, all 3, I have posted news of your giveaway, although from the look of things, you are going to need no help from me! :-)

Hugs!

Pam

Melody said...

Happy Bloggaversary! I just found you through Mary/Quilt Hollow. Thanks for the chance to win your lovely gifts.

Melody said...

I just became a follower/stalker. ;-)

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your blogiversary. Isn't it fun all the friends you meet. I too have a son with a TBI he was 18 at the time, is now 29. It's been a long time and changes ones' life a lot. Anyway, Happy Blogsday a day early! Cyndi

paulette said...

Hi Gran!!
Congratulations on blogging for a whole year..time flies when you are having fun...you knot-y lady!! Please throw my name into your give away hat!! I am a follower and I am off to blog about your anniversary Give Away right NOW!! Take care!!
Paulette

Robin C said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging. I just found your blog from Paulete and will be back. Please enter me in your giveaway and I'm a follower.

Mrs Quilty said...

What a beautiful apron! I'd love to win and what a nice way to say, our blogger friends are REAL!!

Mrs Quilty said...

I have become a follower and would love to have you become of follower of mine at thegoodlifeatmyhouse.blogspot.com!

Mrs Quilty said...

Happy Blogiversary!! What a way to celebrate, mentioning all your followers and how they mean something to you!!! I love your giveaway and hope I win!!

Connie said...

Hi, I got your blog from Mary at Quilt hollow, Like what I read and put you on my follower list. Congratulation on your first year, I got away to goes before my year is up. would like to be in on the giveaway. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Rhonda said...

Greetings and Congrats one your first year. I've been a follower for quite awhile and have loved your blog. Blogging is a special world where wonderful people meet, exchange ideas and inspire one another. I look forward to the coming years with you.

Delores said...

Congratulations on your year of blogging! I came to you via Paulette (Sweet P's) who is actually a former workmate of mine! Would love to win your giveaway!

Linda said...

Hi Gran Congrats on your first year. That year went fast. What a lovely giveaway, I'd love to win.

Rana said...

Happy Blogiversary to you! And congrats on one whole year, Yippee!

quiltdolls said...

happy anniversary. i hear kim talk about you on her blog all the time. you have a very sweet giveaway. I would love to win.

kim from san diego

Fiesta said...

great giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win. Mary from Quilthollow sent me.

Elizabeth said...

Congrats! I really enjoyed reading your post - friends are friends, period!

Elizabeth said...

I'm a follower.

M.J. said...

Hi Gran! So here's my comment: I just love you! And I'd follow you anywhere, and now I can, being a follower. I love, love, love all your giveaways! See you soon, Mona

Deb said...

Found your blog from Mary over at Quilt hollow. Happy 1-year Blogiversary. I'd love to be entered to win your giveaway.

Diva Kreszl said...

congratulations on your anniversary...one year blogging is quite an accomplishment! It's amazing how many lovely people you meet here :) please count me in on your very generous giveaway!

Diva Kreszl said...

Just to let you know I am now a follower too !!!

Sinta Renee said...

Happy blog anniversary Gran! I didn't realize that you started blogging right after me! I love your giveaway... so please enter me in for a chance to win!

Sinta Renee said...

I am a follower now... should have been before. Maybe there wasn't an option before... oh well, now I am!

Gale, Ky quilter said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm not brave enough to blog yet - maybe soon. Beautiful apron and nice gifts. Please enter me.

galew417@comcast.net

Gale, Ky quilter said...

I am a follower now, too!

galew417@comcast.net

isa & marta said...

Feliz bloguiversario. Tienes razón no son amigos imaginarios, estamos aqui compartiendo todo lo que amamos, lo que hacemos, lo que nos pasa. Un abrazo.

isa & marta said...

Siempre paso por aqui, a veces sin dejar huellas de comentarios por falta de tiempo, pero hoy soy oficialmente tu seguidora. Gracias por compartir.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Love everything Rural Jardin!

Linda said...

Hi Gran, very nice giveaway, please consider me for your drawing. Gypsy Quilter sent me to give you a visit. I like embroidery and aprons and everything else you have mentioned. I have also made some very sweet blogging friends and I have met several too. I love your term: blogettes...cute. Check out my blog sometime: Living4quilting.blogspot.com. I have signed up to follow your blog. Happy Blogaversary. I'll now play catch up to read your blog...hugs, Linda

quiltmom said...

My dear blogging friend,
What a truly lovely piece you have written for your giveaway- Do I dare enter- I was so lucky and won the last one... VBG
I love coming to visit your blog- it is a wonderful place to meet new blogs to me and catch up on my California friends. May you continue to enjoy your blogging experience. I know you are on my blog list. I will check and see if I am a true follower.
Have a great blog anniversary.
Hugs,
Anna

quiltmom said...

Hi Gran,
I am now a true follower- a blogette follower- as long as that doesn't mean that I need to dance like a rockette then I will be just fine LOL
Your giveaway prize is truly lovely - just like you.
Regards,
Anna

Marcia said...

Well, I don't see my comment so will attempt this again. Happy April 28th anniversary. Your giveaway prize is sweet. I relate to your blog because I also write in a "stream of words". Thank you for your blog. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Lorraine said...

Congrats on the one year in blogland! It is an exciting place to be and I have "met" so many amazing people....the giveaway prize would look perfect in my new kitchen..LOL...looking forward to many more adventures!

Nancy said...

Congratulations and happy blogiversary! That is a lot of writing. I agree that it does seem like you know people who are writing back to you.

Nancy said...

Just became a follower too!

polly said...

Congrats! Keep up the good work!

polly said...

Just signed up to follow!

Kim said...

Hey! Look at YOU and all these comments and followers! No, don't enter me in your giveaway--just getting to spend time together as your friend is enough for me. Congrats on your anniversary though!

Sam said...

congratulations! Did you make the lovely giveaway apron?

Cara said...

Congrats on a year! Bloggy friends are so great aren;t they?!

Cara said...

I'm happy to become a follower

Patricia said...

Happy Anniversary! Because of you, I too call my daughter in law my daughter in heart! And she loves it.

Kelly Ann said...

You my friend are RICH with friends....congratulations on 1 year in hanging out in blogland...I'm happy to call you my friend...xoxo

dianne said...

i love you, Gran ... happy one year!

p.s. - Auntia says to tell you that SHE loves you, too!

p.s.s. - you don't have to enter us, either - we just wanted to tell you thanks for being here.

Carol said...

NIce to meet Gran who I read about often on Kim's Quilting Adventure blog. I don't remember reading you have a blog before. But it was a nice visit and congratulations on your 1 year blogging. I read while on the treadmill in the mornings and I learn so much---and the time passes in a flash!

Nancy said...

Happy blog-a-versary!! I can't believe it's been a whole year... time sure flies... What a great giveaway...

Nancy said...

I AM a follower...

Gayle said...

I'm glad Kim told us about you & your blog - I've enjoyed my visit! LOVE the apron and other goodies you're giving away

Jan said...

Ohhhh Gran, "Happy Blogaversary" my dear and what a wonderful and thoughtful post! God Bless you for including me ... you made my day. Glad you're feeling better and I loved seeing "Peter Pan" and "Tinker Bell" below! Such gorgeous kids :)

Yvonne said...

I'm really glad that you decided to start blogging....Happy Anniversary! I look forward to hearing more about the many escapades of "Thelma and Louise".

Carrie P. said...

Mary from Quilt Hollow sent me to wish you Happy Anniversary. blogging is so much fun.

pinsandneedles said...

It always amazes me (fairly new to blogging) all the great people (and talent) you get to know thru blogging. Congratulations on your blogaversary! Thanks for a chance to win your give away!

pinsandneedles said...

I'm a new follower! Thanks again!

Teresa said...

I am here via Quilt Hollow, but will be adding you to my bloglines and signing up as a follower. I so enjoyed reading your blog this afternoon.

Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

Your blog is wonderful congratulations on your Anniversary. I enjoy stopping by and thanks for the shout out!

Pat

Anonymous said...

I heard you had starbucks with kim....lucky both of you. Congratulations on your first year. Love you lots!
Julie-Julia

Louisa said...

Congrats - I've been reading about you from Kim's blog. Love the wallpaper. - L

Anonymous said...

Had a great time today. Hope to show my tote soon! Enter me in the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

opps. Forgot to say good bye as Sandy. Blame my lovely friend, Julie-Julia

Enter me in the drawing.

Sandy from the tote class.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. Don't enter me...I just wanted to make sure I could access your blog. Wilma from Tote class

Shasta said...

Hi, happy blogiversary.