Sunday, October 25, 2009

100th Post & A Giveaway!!

Little did I know that when I sat down at the computer
last May and decided to start a blog
that I would come in contact with
so many wonderful people.

I blame Kim as she is the one that started me off.
I would sit in the mornings ~ with my coffee
and read her blog and look at her beautiful images.

Zizette started too
writing about her family and
transformations in her new home.

Then Simone jumped on the bandwagon
she truly has an eye for beauty
her posts bring a smile to my face every day.

So ~ I said to myself
"You can do this"
by no means am I a writer
but I love a good story
and pretty pictures
and taking pictures...

I have poured out my heart
and had so much fun
going down this road to 100

I have been inspired
I have laughed
and cried

There is so much truth
and beauty in the words I read
and the images I see
every day.

So bring out the cake

and blow up the balloons

because I am celebrating!

Now for the giveaway
I thought of many things
what could I do...

Then I remembered these

I think they are beautiful
I really do!

I have decided to give away a $35.00 gift certificate

drumroll please
The Vintage Pearl

her stuff is gorgeous
it really is!

it's all personalized
which is why I decided to go with a
gift certificate

So ~ here's what you have to do to win:

~ be a follower...
leave me a note and let me know what you
love about blogging and what surprises you have
had by doing so

~link this giveaway to your blog for a 2nd chance to win
again ~ let me know so I can put your name in twice!

Had to leave you with the next image ~

because it is too funny and I love it!

I will draw the winner on
Friday ~ Oct. 30th



Unknown said...

CONGRATULATIONS my lovely friend!!!!!

100 posts....can you believe it, how fantastic!!!

I love all the images, especially that last one....and the one with all those balloons too :)

Why do I love blogging? Well, I love that it has brought out a whole other part of me that I almost never knew existed and given me a creative freedom which I just love.

Surprises....well, who knew that there were so many fabulous blogs out there....and so many fabulous bloggers....proof that a girl can never have too many friends!!!

I love this giveaway....these items are gorgeous :)

Well done Lori....I love your blog and love that it's yet another journey we are on together....thank you for supporting me on my blogging journey too, you're a good friend..

Happy 100.....does that mean it's cocktail time....cos you know me and Jackie are always available for those!! ;)

Hugs to you,
Simone xoxo

(You did know you weren't going to get a short comment from me didn't you!!)

Christina said...

Congratulations on 100 posts. It is amazing how many wonderful bloggers there are out there. What an amazing and generous giveway!

f8hasit said...

100 posts!
Can I get a collective WooHoo! {WooHoo}

My friend Chrissy got me started blogging. I used to read everyones stuff and it would inspire me. So I too started a little blog.

I've friends so many places now! It amazes me daily.

I'm going to bust over to The Vintage Pearl pronto! I need me some of those earrings!

mimi charmante said...

Clearly I am not going to compete with the book Simone wrote (and plus, I agree with everything she said!) so I will simply congratulate you and tell you how very much I love visiting your blog each day. You already know that I adore you, and being able to sneak a peek into your life makes it seem as if you aren't so very far away. I am so happy that you discovered your creative inner-writer as you are a gift to those of us who know you.

I am obviously a follower, I have done a little post about you today, and I will be crossing everything I have until Friday. You know how much I need one of those circles with all four boys' names on it!

xx said...

HEY! Where did you find my pic? I thought no one was looking when I "borrowed" that candle!

Congrats on your anniversary! You are such a sweetie. I would have to say the best thing about blogging is meeting wonderful people like yourself that you now call friend!

Much love on your anniversary and here is hoping for more to come!


Kelly said...

Lori -- I'm not a blogger, but I love sitting down in the morning with my cup of tea and catching up on all the blogs that I have bookmarked. I read them for inspiration, to laugh, and to see how much I could (and should) be doing with my time!

Thanks for offering this giveaway, and cheers to 100 more!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, my new friend. What an accomplishment and a great post to go with it.

I've just recently started blogging and have been so delightfully surprised. It's a though I have a whole neighborhood of new friends...

and the talent is unbelievable. I look forward to going through your posts and learning more about you. In the meantime, I will post your giveaway on my blog!

Uncanny Festoon said...

Congrats! I started about the same time and also just celebrated 100. I must agree with all that you have said. The added friends that I have come to know is whithout doubt a bonus unexpected. Tops though for me is finding a dear lsot friend...we were so much alike...I found here blog for just that reason...we were following the same blogs!!! I get chill bumps just writting about it..

I am now a follower!


Cathi said...

Congratulations, Lori! I am so happy that I came across your blog, as your images and words truly brighten my day! You are one of those special people that just truly make me smile!

It's amazing this blogging world we have - so many wonderful people out there that I have the pleasure of getting to know thru their words and images, and the talent is just awesome!

I started out just reading blogs, never intending to have one myself, as truly, I didn't feel that I had anything to say...sometimes I still feel that way, but I am hooked now - I just love it and all the awesome people that I have "met" thru blogging...

So Cheers my wonderful friend - keep up the awesome work you are doing on your blog - you are fabulous!

P.S. I'll join you, Simone and Jackie for a drink's always noon somewhere....haha...XXOO

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Lori!
Congratulations! Your words echo my feelings about this community. I hope to see more of your lovely photographs and creative ideas...
Take care, Laura

Nori said...

What a great giveaway!
Blogging has been a great outlet for me. I have loved connecting with some incredibly talented people out there. Something surprising that has come out of it is having some of my projects featured on a couple different sites. When I'm at home working on my projects, I'm just happy doing it and sometimes I'm really pleased with the results. It's so cool when someone else likes my projects too! :)

cindy@cottage instincts said...

Just found your place from Maggie's and love what I see. I'll be a follower :O)
I've only been doing the decorating blog for a couple months, but I've blogged for years. I love to write, to express, to vent! And it's so cathartic to read and see all the other awesome blogs out there. Makes me feel normal. And heck, how many of us will be featured in a national magazine??? This way, we get a little bit of the pie in the sky...our 15 minutes of fame, sharing with other like-minded creative women (and a few men).
Congrats on your 100th post. I'll be looking forward to reading/seeing more in the future.

Blue Muse said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I love your blog, and I think I found you via Kim - but regardless, I'm glad that I did. My favorite thing about blogging is the people I have met - it was the biggest surprise and gift that I received when I started my little photo journal of our house renovation - which has turned into more about life along the way haha.
Congrats again, and here's to the next 100 of your lovely posts and beyond!
xo Isa

Amy said...

I'm so happy to be introduced to your blog...from the lovely Kim. What do I love about blogging? Well, reading blogs is my preference, I'm not really a true blogger. I love connecting with people who have the same interests that I do, or blogs that introduce me to new things I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to.

A giveaway? Who could resist? A circle necklace would be devine!!! I'll be back to visit your blog again! :o)

Jennifer White said...

Congratulations on 100 posts! It's no small feat! I found you through Kim and you have a beautiful blog...looking forward to perusing through...I'm newer to blogging, and just as with you I am amazed at the people that I have met... congratulations again!

Love the Decor! said...

Congrats on 100 posts!!
Blogging has been such a fun way to meet people and connect with others who have similar interests as I do
I have laughed with people, learned from them, cried with them. and prayed for them. It is a whole other avenue of friendship I would have never known if not for blogging!

Love the Decor! said...

I am a new follower and look forward to your next 100 posts and beyond :)

Jboo said...

Hello there -- am definitely becoming a follower and many thanks to Mimi Charmante for leading me to your blog and such a lovely giveaway. I enjoy blogging for the wonderful people I've met and as a way to remember what my family has been up to as I am not a scrapbooker! Best wishes. Lovely giveaway!


Cherry Blossoms said...

Congrats on your 100 Posts! Wow! I love blogging because it takes me away from my life where I have a place to be me and write about what I want to write about!

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Cherry Blossoms said...

I blogged here:

Congrats again!

CherryBlossomsDesign at hotmail

Carol said...

I've enjoyed poking around your blog. Your pictures are amazing.
I started my blog a few months ago and I have really enjoyed it! It has helped me be more productive during the day too. It's so fun to see what everyone is up to. I really enjoy the comments I get to.
Congratulations on your 100th post, and what a great giveaway! I'm now a follower too!

Carol said...

I blogged about your giveaway!

LuLu said...

Congrats on your 100th post! I just discovered your blog and I couldn't be more excited... my favorite thing about blogging has been the amazing, inspiring bloggers I have come across and have touched my heart, I see things in an entirely new way now that I blog, i feel contected to people I would have never heard their stories if i had not started blogging, and everyone has an amazing story,
I just became a follower!!

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I have joined you as a follower, so thank you for the generous opportunity to win such a great prize. I have been amazed by the friendships I have made across the globe through the blog world, and the connections I have made to some really wonderful and talented individuals!
xxx kim

Farmgirl Paints said...

Congrats Lori! You are such a sweet blogger. I have loved getting to know you and I think that is my favorite part about being a "blogger", it's all the wonderful people I have had the chance to meet. Looking forward to the next 100 posts:)

Joyce said...

Congrats on your 100th post. This is my first time visiting, but became a follower so I will be back. Your blog is wonderful. Mimi Charmante gently guided me over to your blog. The jewelry and spoons are so beautiful!!
I started blog as something to do, during my health recovery. I have met some wonderful blog friends and some I haven't met, but feel so close to.
Have a golden day! xoxo
PS thanks for doing the giveaway.

Varinia said...

i love blogging because it gives me something to show my son when he gets older. i wrote to him while he was in my tummy. I think that those times are the best. I love looking at other peoples blogs because it gives me ideas and I love to see what fun stuff people come up with. CONGRATS on your 100th post! hope to see more : )

Wendy said...

I love blogging because it is such a great creative outlet..I guess I have been most surprised by the wonderful, supportive community I have found here in blogland!

I follow via Bloglines.

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Well, get those party poppers out, squirt that silly string and get a whole tray of cocktails out for us all...especially you, me and Simone !!!! Many congratulations on your 100th post, Lori...I'm just over 50 and can't believe that, so 100 is amazing...I'm in awe.
I just love looking at your posts. They are full of beautiful images...especially the ones that you take.
Now, what have I got out of blogging...well, I have made great friends, like you, Lori. I want to thank you for being such a supportive blogging friend. I can always rely on you for a comment full of wonderful words and support.You were one of my first blogging friends and I can't tell you how much that means to me.Thank you for your generous words and support.
I have to say that the last picture is my favourite all month.
All the best, Lori and here's to your next 100.....Lots of love and CHEERS. XXXX

she dreams big! said...

Congratulations on 100 posts! I feel the same as you about blogging. What a creative outlet to visit inspiring blogs like yours. I am always surprised when someone visits my blog and actually leaves a comment! I have become a follower and I mentioned your 100 posts accomplishment on my blog! Looking forward to your next 100!

Heather said...

I'm new to your blog, but look forward to the entries. I blog at livejournal and love connecting with people who I'd never meet otherwise, who have become my greatest supporters in life.

Without it, I think I'd be just another floating head in the internet bloggisphere without buds to connect with nearby.

:) Heather
msbluerasp at gmail dot com

Karen said...

Hi, Congratulations. I am new to your blog (bounced over from bobbypinsboardwalk), but must say it is lovely. I will be following it now and here's to 100 more.

I am a very new blogger and for me the best surprise has been that some of my favorite bloggers enjoy mine too. I am not a great writer but I hope others enjoy what is going on in my world, as I am enjoying what is going on in theirs.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 100 posts!! I became a follower and blogged about your giveaway on my post.

I got into blogging because of moving away from the only place I ever knew to somewhere where I knew no one. I was surprised that I would come to love so many women through the avenue of internet!


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

When I was forced into medical retirement I started reading blogs and like you one day said, I think I can do this! Congrats on 100. I love the picture of the rainbow cake!

stefanie said...

what a gorgeous blog, so glad i found you, and in time for a give away, please enter me.... the photo of the woman lighting her cigarette is histrical, lol

Wanda said...

How stinkin funny was this post? So cute!
Happy 100!!!
I'm in love with blogging myself!
It's like some sort of therapy, huh?

I will gladly follow your blog! I love it!

Relyn Lawson said...

I just found my way to you from Mimi Charmonte, and I am so grateful that she pointed me your way. I love your blog and your wonderful jewelry. Congratulations on your 100th post. What an accomplishment! Isn't blogging just he greatest thing ever? I am eager to meet such a new and talented friend. And to explore all the linky love in this post. I guess I just wanted to say, "Hello, friend."

Karen said...

I have blogged about your great giveaway.

P.S. Although it says i am in Mexico, I have a US address also.

Relyn Lawson said...

I did post about your giveaway on my blog. The best thing about blogging for me has been the relationships. I have formed some amazing friendships that sustain, encourage, and uplift me.

Delena said...

I came across your blog through Relyn. It is going to be wonderful to read as I am a fellow Canadian living in Canada 6 months and Yuma AZ 6 months. The "snowbird" thing! I love blogging as it leaves a footprint of our life hopefully to be cherised by our chldren and grandchildren now and in the future!

Delena said...

I just made mention of your beautiful blog on my blog. Have a nice day!

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

Congratulations on the big 100! I found you over at Serenity Now and she wasn't kidding when she said you had a great blog!
What do I love about blogging? As the saying goes..."let me count the ways.." I would have to say one of the best perks about blogging is the community and friends we make along the way from all parts of the world. From Argentina, England to Australia and India...the world is an oyster and everyone is a little pearl within!
I'm a follower and I'll be back!
Congrats again...XO Alicia

The Feathered Nest said...

Happy 100 Posts!!! I'm so glad that I found you through sweet Relyn ~ I wish you many, many more post to come as well!! What a sweet giveaway, I would LOVE to be entered to win and I'm off to follow!!! xxoo, Dawn

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

my greatest enjoyment from blogging has been the inspiration I have received from so many talented people, so many willing to share their ideas and thoughts

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

stop over to Pandora's Box for YOUR chance to win at a Giveaway!

suvarna mollerup said...

Happy 100th! This truly is a wonderful, wonder-filled community.
Relyn sent me here.

Alison said...

Hi! Congrats on your 100 posts! Thanks so much for the chance to win such a great gift!

I'm new to blogging and I seem to blog about Food A LOT! I blame my Gram, she talks about food A LOT!

I've been surprised that people (that I don't know in real life) actually read my blog and care about things I talk about! How's that for a surprise?! haha!

Great blog! I'm going to sign up now to be a follower!!!

I hope it's not too late to enter!