Friday, July 4, 2008

One year today and a Give-Away

Happy 4th of July

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


One year ago today, I set sail and posted for the first time….
I never intended to start a blog, I spent the first few months standing on the sidelines and peeking in at all the wonderful talented people out there in blogland…
The first blog that I was introduced to was Ullabenulla (talk about starting at the top). I was doing a Google search on what I do not remember but it brought me to one of the most fascinating art blog …
I spent some time reading but mostly looking at all ULLA had to share. And then I followed some of her links and before you knew it, I was hooked….
After a short time I decided to do a private blog, I figured why not no one will see .

I would write a post, add pictures and delete… OH, I loved that delete button at the beginning….
On July 4th 2007, I decided
I was going public. I did this in five minutes; I had to do it quick before I changed my mind. What I didn’t know at that time was that
my life would alter a little, new friends and kindred sprit would be found. I would discover etsy, enter
give-aways, have give-aways and join in on swaps…. Feel the sorrow and cry a little, laugh a lot but mostly I would be just
Amazed at all the talent and be inspired ….I would be invited along on trips by way of pictures and post…be giving recipes and
Little artist tricks of the trade

I had no idea where this
blog would take me from day to day..but I think I went around the world in less then 80 days.
and I so enjoyed the ride…

I know my blog is a humble little thing and will never match the beauty of many other blogs out there in blogland but I do keep trying…
Thank you my friends for coming along on my journey and letting me visit with you and
For the time you spend here…
For this, I am grateful and truly honored..
To celebrate

One Year I am have a give-away….

Just leave a comment on this post
and I will add your name...
It is open to anyone who stops by....

There will be two names picked form the Hat
On July 14th 8:00PM EST.

The first name picked will get a copy of my favorite issues of Somerset Studio,
a black journal sprinkled with Gypsy color beads and sequins.
a few note cards
and a pink glitter bottle from Marilyn from out side the lines.

the second person will get a fairy journal made by Kris of blissfull elements and a bottle of pink Sugar scoop glitter.

please make sure I have a way to contact you;
a link back to your blog
or leave your email address with your comment..



LiLi M. said...

Yesterday I wanted to visit you (and I did, but left no comment as the rainbow post wouldn't allow me) and I saw your one year blogger celebration would be today. So of course I decided to come back today and to congratulate you on one year blogging.
I think your blog is great! One of the recent high lights are the secret messages at the Mad tea party. I know exactly what you mean by saying that others have such great blogs and that you'll keep on trying, I just want to tell you that you succeed! I hope you have a nice day, with all your blogging friends popping over and say nice words to you too.
Please enter me in your give away. Have a nice fourth of July!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh Oh Oh..I would LOVE to win one of those lovelies..
Congrats for finally being brave and posting a year ago..

In you I found a good friend..and a kindred spirit..

Happy 4th and Happy Blogiversary.
lovingly ..deena

bluemuf said...

Louise, Congratulations on one year of beautiful inpiring bog entries. I hope you have many more.

I loved the rainbow post.

Have a Happy 4th

Hugs Karen

Storybook Woods said...

Happy blogiversary, I look forward to the nest year and have a relaxing 4th. Clarice

Lynn said...

As you know, I love your blog. It's to all our benefit that you started one!


Fete et Fleur said...

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! WOW one year!! Congratulations Louise...your blog is always such a beautiful place to visit. I would say you don't need to try you are succeeding!! What a lovely giveaway too. Please enter me.

Big Hugs!

quitecontrary1977 said...

isn't blogging the best? i'm doing my first giveaway, too! please come by and check it out!!

ceekay said...

Congratulations on your year anniversary! You sound just like I was starting a blog. Who knew? Now it is my favorite pastime!

Charmingdesigns said...

Thank you for coming by so I could meet you. Your blog is wonderful! Please sign me up for one of your lovely giveaways!! Laurie

Bunny B said...

Congrats on your one year!! Woohoo! What a sweet giveaway! Have a rockin' weekend!

bunnybox9 at gmail . com

Sandi said...

I love your blog. Congratulations on your anniversary and please put my name down for your give-away!

Lori said...

Sweetie, Your site is a visual dance in a candy store! You always keep me wanting more and celebrating a return to you with each visit. I am so sorry due to my health lately I don't visit as often but I always back read each and every post I miss! Congrats for keeping on and I welcome the next year ahead of yummy posts and pictures, God bless, love,Lori


Happy One yEar!!! Glad you took the plunge a year ago!!! You have a wonderful blog!!
Have a Blessed 2nd year in your blogging endeavors!!

Jennifer said...

Congrads on one year...I wish you many more of creating and blogging!! This is my first time to your site and I will be back for certain...all is lovely. :)

Mya said...

Congrats to you. It really is a wonderful world here in blog land isn't it. I loved your post today, I felt every word. Your give aways are fantastic. Here's to many more years of blogging.

Angela said...

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary! Please enter me in your drawing...both are gorgeous giveaways!

cpullum said...

Congrats! You blog is so beautiful! The music is perfect!!

Janet said...

I'm very happy that you decided to go public! Happy Blogiversary to you.

Dorothy said...

Happy First Anniversary of your blog. I keep you in my blog roll because I think you have one of the nicest, prettiest blogs in blog-land. Although I do have a blog, I am not a very good blogger, and only do so occasionally.

Katherines Dream said...

Congratulations.....and please include me in!
I felt much the same as you about starting a blog...seems a bit scary at first!
I wish you many more happy brithdays.
Carol xx

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! I am so happy you decided to take that leap and start your blog! I have so enjoyed getting to know you this past year.

I would be honored to be entered in your one year anniversary!
Hugs to you my FRIEND!!

Pocket Full of Prettys said...

Congrats to you! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. The 2 prizes look great. Hugs***Renea

Ulla said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! I am delighted and thrilled that a little visit to my blog opened your gate so wide! Pun fully intended! I hope you continue to find as much joy as I do in this wonderful world of bloglandia!!

Miss Rhea said...

Congratulations !!! I just passed a year and spaced it out, hee hee !! Oh well, the effects of age I guess !! Well, I am glad you started this pretty blog and hope you are here for many more years !! Hope you had a good 4th !! :) The doll is just gorgeous, is she German ?

ShabbyInTheCity said...

I hear your joy and share it!!!
Congrats and thanks for stopping by :)

Ragged Roses said...

Hello and congrats on your first anniversary! Blogging makes such a difference doesn't it? Hope you had a great 4th July and many thanks for your sweet message

Victorian Lady said...

Congrats Louise! I love your blog and I loved your post too! Thank heaven for little blogs! :)


Rebecca Ramsey said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I'm so thankful that Vanessa had the carnivalee, so that I could meet new friends like you!

Marina Capano said...

HI! Nice post! so cute!

FrenchGardenHouse said...


Your blog is an absolute delight! It is such a lovely spot to land in blogland. Congratulations on your blogiversary!
xo Lidy

Debi said...

Oh my, Happy One Year! I just loved reading your blog! I am new to blogland and am having so much fun today! Penny introduced me on her blog to everyone and I can't thank her enough!
I will be back soon!
PS thank so much for visiting me!
Will add you to my blog favorites!

Ginger said...

One year oh my Congratulation on your great blogging where does the time go.Your blog so good and enjoyed it.Love popping see what your doing.
Hugs ginger(lovestodream)

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Louise,
A belated happy fourth of july to you!
WOW! a whole year of visual delights and dreamy sentiments..hand picked and lovingly put together,you should be very proud as your blog is just lovely as i am sure are you..happy 1st birthday my friend.
Love and hugs Kristina XxX

SweetAnnee said...

Just stopping by to say hello..
smiles, Deena

Charlotte said...

You have a beautiful blog. I always enjoy my visit here. I know how you feel about blogging. I didn't jump right into it either. I'm sure glad I finally did start though. I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Keep on bloggin'.

Regina said...

Hi Louise
Louise your blog is always such a place to visit.Loveley giveaway.
The doll is very pretty.I like it.
Your rainbow post is wonderful.
Please enter me in your give away.
Have a nice week!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Hi Louise,
Congrats on your one year anniversary! I love visiting your blog, it such a peaceful, inspiring & very beautiful place to visit!
Please enter me in your fabulous give-away!
Carol Anne

I have added your blog to my favorites, hope that is ok.

Julie said...

A belated blogging anniversary to you. Please don't be modest about your blog - it is wonderful.

I love Somerset Studio and have every issue.