Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Happy blogoversary to me!

To all of you who have indulged my thoughts - no matter how random, silly, or vain - this past year, THANK YOU!

I wrote my first post in January 2007, but being a perfectionist, it was another 20 months before I made my public entrance into the blogosphere. When I created this blog, I was mulling over the idea of starting a small custom scrapbooking business (I got only as far as creating the website), so I thought this would serve as a "behind the scenes" look. Putting my business idea aside for the time being, I didn't know what the blog would morph into. Should it be a scrapbooking blog? A "life update" blog? I felt pressure to force it into a niche, much in the way I felt obligated to post regularly. But the flip side of that was I didn't want to feel pigeon-holed. Ultimately I threw the blogging "rules" out the window and decided to post what I want when I want. Free of limitations and obligations, I'm a much happier blogger. J

So now it's time to celebrate! I have three fabulous gift packs to give away that I think represent my interests nicely, and each comes with a surprise gift. Enter stage right: a pretty-handed home shopping lady...

1. The "Green" Gift includes:
-a reusable coffee cozy from Two Florida Girls

Here's a close-up of the pattern:
Fold this cozy up, stick it in your purse, and use it whenever you go to Starbucks. Fashionable and environmentally conscious. Love it! (This one is so hard to give away because I love the colors, but I cannot forsake my Gator coffee cozy.)

-a reusable canvas bag from Hot Topic
This bag is nice and roomy for a quick trip to the store, and it has a long enough strap that you can carry it on your shoulder. And the best part about the bag is that the proceeds from purchasing it go to helping keep art and music programs in schools, a cause near and dear to my heart.

-a surprise green gift J

2. The Scrapbook Gift includes:
-Pink Paislee Office Lingo Clear Stamps

I absolutely love the stamp that says, "This memory is one of a kind and will never be duplicated. Keep it close to your heart." And isn't that what scrapbooking is all about?

-American Crafts Remarks Sticker Book (Accents Book 1, Color Sets 1 & 3)
So many shapes and sizes, and the colors are awesome!
I purchased these scrapbooking goodies from Peachy Cheap- a site I'm totally addicted to. Their prices are unbelievably low!

-a surprise scrapbooking gift J

3. The Vampire Gift includes:
-a set of Twilight Trading Cards
Did you really think I could have a giveaway without showing some Twilight love?

-a True Blood keychain, featuring Eric Northman (handmade by yours truly)
(front & back pictured)
Note to self: make one of these for me.

-a surprise EDWARD gift J

How to Enter
There are SIX chances to win! For each of the following you do (or have already done--some of you are ahead of the curve), leave me a comment. Each comment is an entry into the drawing, meaning if you do all six things, you need to leave me six comments on this post. Winners will be drawn by random; the first person selected will get first pick and so on. Comments after 11:59 pm EST on Monday, September 14 will not be counted. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 15.
  1. Tell me what your favorite post is, or just leave me a random comment.
  2. Tweet about the giveaway.
  3. Blog about the giveaway.
  4. Add me to your blog roll.
  5. Become a follower or subscribe.
  6. Add my button to your blog's sidebar.
*If you tweet or blog, leave me your Twitter name or blog address so I can follow you back if I'm not already. J

And for those of you who are newer readers of my blog, here's a trip down memory lane with my top 10 non-scrapbook related posts (in chronological order because I'm OCD like that) that will help you get to know me a bit better:

And if you made it this far in the post, you should win a prize just for that. J Thanks for your continued reading. Here's to another great year!

21 comments:

Amy Croley said...

My favorite post is My Name is Cheryl and I am addicted to Bad Tv...I love Charmed too!

Amy Croley said...

I am a follower!

Amy Croley said...

posted about giveaway on my blog

Amy Croley said...

added your button to my blog

Amy Croley said...

added you to my blog roll

~Kristen~ said...

I loved your post from the other day: The One With The List! Both for the Friends reference and it was hysterical!

Happy Blogoversary!!!!!!

~Kristen~ said...

I am a follower!!!

~Kristen~ said...

Added your button to my blog!

~Kristen~ said...

added you to my blog roll!!!

Teena in Toronto said...

Happy blogoversary!

Yvette said...

Since Im pretty new to your blog I would say that my favorite post(s) have been the ones with your trip! I've really enjoyed seeing the photos of your trip.

Yvette said...

I'm a follower

Jenny said...

Happy bloggy-versary to you! :) well, I think I can check it all off the list except blog about your giveaway...but I intend to take care of that tomorrow. After all, this IS Nablopomo! I guess if I had to pick a favorite post, I'd pick the Dear Neighbor. Just because it did crack me up...although I did love The One With the List. That was a lot of fun. I just couldn't get into this week's Girl Talk Thursday topic.

Enjoy the rest of your vacation -- and, when I win, I'm SO getting the coffee cozy! :D

Jenny said...

Ok, here I am, back to clarify...I added your blog button to my sidebar! :) (love the gator)

Jenny said...

I tweeted about your give away - and retweeted. :)

Jenny said...

You're on my blog roll, girlie.

Jenny said...

I am a follower!

Jenny said...

And I blogged about your giveaway in my "Super Saturdays" post. :)

Leigh (Modern Mommy) said...

Hey dear, you know I love your blog. You've been on my sidebar and blogroll since the start. ;) I can't pick just one favorite post, though! So I'll be a dork and say "My Twilight Zone" because you got your DH to blog with you. About Twilight. Total win. ;)

Leigh (Modern Mommy) said...

Okay, so here's another comment because you're on my blogroll. And I want the Eric keychain because it's hottttt. ;)

Leigh (Modern Mommy) said...

Aaaannnnddddd I also have your button. :)