Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Celebrating with a Giveaway

It did take a while to get to it but I have finally arrived.  This is post 1000!  It's hard to believe that I have actually written that many words.  Of course, anyone who knows me is probably not surprised.  I can talk a lot, too.

I want everyone to celebrate along with me and so I'm offering a gift.  I have made so many friends - and hope to make more - during the five years I've been blogging.  It started out kind of slow and sporadic with infrequent posts.  I challenged myself to increase my posts per month until I got to one post a day.  That was made easier by a trip around blogland one morning.  It was just a random blog hop based on the followers of a couple of blogs I followed.  And I found some really interesting people and ideas.  And some fantastic photography.

Last year, I participated in the A-Z Challenge and I plan to do that again.  What a wonderful way to find new friends.  And the same for all the blog-hops and blog-fests that can be found.  I will be participating in the Birth year reading Challenge 2012, too.  I love the challenge part of blogging.  Sometimes it's a challenge to write something.  Other times, it's a challenge to get around and visit everyone.  But for me, a challenge is a pleasure.  If there were none, life would be pretty boring.

I have found friends whom I know I would like to meet up with for real.  I'm not a huge traveller, so am not likely to have the opportunity.  But never say never.  And the invite is always there for a meet if anyone is in Vancouver.  The support and encouragement from everyone is amazing.  It's wonderful to have a place to share interests with bloggers doing the same thing.

So, did you guess what the gift is?  Yes, it's some hooking.  A tiny mat - just 6 inches in diameter - that could be a large coaster or a small hot pad for your dinner table.  The design is called 'Celtic Heart' and I remember seeing something like it in a tattoo parlor.  Just window shopping...really!  I've included two photos because I thought the first one was boring but showed the color better.  The second has a more interesting background. I hooked this one back when I was selling quite a few mats on ebay.  When that wound down, this one was left and I just packed it away with about three other items.  And then I got busy doing other stuff.  If you are interested in seeing the hooking I was doing then, you can see it all here

If you want to participate, just leave a comment on this post.  I'll do a random number generator thing next Sunday night (Jan 22) and post the winner on Monday morning.  Let's just pretend that I did it at midnight because you all know I wouldn't actually be awake then.


Kim said...

Wow, 1000 posts! That's great. You made me just realized I passed my 500th awhile ago. Oops...

Rudee said...

For as long as I can recall, I've enjoyed trips to your site and love reading about your projects, no matter what they may be.

Congratulations on this milestone. The blogosphere is a better place with your voice.

Farm Girl said...

That is really great 1000 posts! I love reading and seeing what you have been doing. I think it has been so much fun to make friends from all walks of life in all parts of the country.
I would love to be entered in your drawing.
I am very thankful I got to meet you.

Lola said...

1000 posts - congrats on a lovely blog!

Have a lovely weekend too!

EmptyNester said...

I WANT IT! Oh, I mean, wow! Congrats on 1000 posts! No, really. I WANT IT! ME!!! LOL I want a tattoo so bad but I am terrified of pain. All of the lovelies have tats. Birdie just got a second one last week. Anyway, pick...I mean, enter, me please! :)

deb said...

Not sure I believe the "window shopping" at the tatoo parlor! ;) But it is a lovely design none the less. Congrats on your 1000 post! I've enjoyed reading them & keeping up to date with what you've been up too.

Ginny said...

Congratulations on 1,000!!! What a generous way to celebrate, I love this Celtic pattern!

Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Congrats on your 1000 posts! I so enjoy popping by your blog. I love the's very unique! I would love to enter the giveaway and give it a new home!

Mimi said...

Lol at Eampty Nester's comment, cos that's exactly how I feel too!!

1000 posts and 5 years are great achievements...CONGRATULATIONS!

I'm one of the lucky ones to have met you in person, and we had a good evening and a nice bite to eat.
I enjoy all of your posts, Stephanie, and would assume that you were never challenged in coming up with a post.
Please enter me in the giveaway if it covers followers so far away, and if it doesn't, of course I understand.

Dreaming said...

I'm really impressed at your productivity when it comes to blogging.... and rug hooking! Wow! (At first I wrote 'productivity when it comes to hooking'... and well, that didn't sound so hot!)
Put my name in for your giveaway for sure!
I have just been reintroduced to rug hooking. I did some, with yarn when I was first married, but I used a punch needle tool. I am loving the hooked rugs and mats I've seen recently. I received a beautiful one from Courtney at Sassafras and Winterberry as a Christmas exchange set up by Patrice at Everyday Rurality. I'm thinking this is something I want to investigate.
Anyway, thanks for stopping by my blog about my Dad and commenting about the ability for some folks to fall asleep at the drop of a hat. I'm only finding I can do that after a second glass of wine and a busy day!

Patrice said...

Count me in on your giveaway, Stephanie!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Please throw my name in the hat, Stephanie!! I love your Celtic Heart!! I am just amazed at 1000 post... I think I am somewhere around 300 and I can't even imagine 1000! Congratulations to you! blessings ~ tanna

Rose said...

Congratulations! I appreciate your blogging and the time you take to comment on mine (and I'm sure many others). I would love to win your gift! Thanks again for your beautiful blog, Stephanie!

Joanna said...

Congratulations on your 1000th post. I think I've missed the giveaway deadline but I wanted to express my gratitude for your blog. It's been my inspiration as I've explored my blogging life. I'm well behind you in numbers of posts though at 604.

koko said...

Congratulations, Stephanie! Hope to see you soon.


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