Monday, August 3, 2009

100th Post and "Favorite Things" Giveaway!!

Wow!! Five months have gone by and I'm already to my 100th post!! My short-lived blogging journey has been interesting and fun and thought-provoking.

Here are a couple of mosaics of some good memories:

Indulge me with one more mosaic!

These pictures bring back a smile or a smirk or a sigh!

After my brief 5 months of blogging, I have a list of 5 things I love about blogging:

1. Blogging is a great way to chronicle what's going on in our lives on a daily basis. I certainly wasn't doing this kind of journaling before!!

2. You readers have been a blast! You make me laugh, give great advice and give me little peeks into your own world. It's so enjoyable to meet people from all over the globe whose lives you would never touch without this amazing, slightly surreal, world of blogging.

3. My commitment to "finding humor, beauty, and joy in the everyday-ness of life" has required me to keep my eyes "peeled" to actually find these treasures. And as a result, I've been richly rewarded in the finding.

4. Blogging is a wonderful, creative outlet when I've had just a little too much vacuuming of dog hair out of carpets, collecting wet towels from various corners of the house, or scraping burnt waffles out of the waffle iron (please tell me why I should have to grease a non-stick appliance!)

5. Blogging gives me something to do with my free time : )!! Ha!

So, to celebrate 100 posts I'm going to do a "Favorite Things" Giveaway. I thought it'd be fun to share some of my favorite things with you.

First off, since you know I love knitting and crochet, I have knitted a dishcloth:

And crocheted a dishcloth just for you:

Remember when I was knitting at the pool and getting a thrill from the blue and the green together? Well, that was all for you, my dears! You were on my mind!

These were knitted/crocheted from the luscious Blue Sky Alpaca 100% organic cotton yarn in the color "pear." Most yummy cotton yarn ever created, I do believe.

If you've read my gardening posts, you know that I have been gifted with neither great desire nor great ability in this area. However, my theory is, if you can't do something well at least look good while doing it. These gloves are included in the giveaway, and they make me look like a downright professional! They're thin and tight so you can do things like tie your tomato plants onto stakes, but they also give your hands great protection.

And if your hands are still a little work-worn, whether it's gardening or bread baking or carpool driving you're doing, here is my favorite, favorite hand cream. A true classic. Your hands will thank you.

Lastly, you might remember me posting about my fabulous brother's fabulous bakery.

I'll be sticking in this little giveaway package some of his delicious freshly-baked biscotti, of course all organic and hand-made, in your choice of chocolate hazelnut or cranberry pecan. I can't show you a picture of the biscotti because I'm going to buy it fresh the day I mail the package!

So, there you have it! Can't wait to send this package of dishcloths, gardening gloves, hand cream, and biscotti off to one of you! Just leave a comment on this post to be entered. But do it by Friday because at the end of the day Friday the giveaway will be closed. (And for those of you who like to comment by e-mail instead of on the post, feel free to enter by e-mail.)

Woo-hoo! Here's to another Happy 100!


  1. Ooohhh-- what a fun package this would be to receive!

    You know I love your little corner of the web.

  2. Congratulations on 100 posts!!! I have so enjoyed your blog and getting a glimpse of your world. Your pictures are so beautiful and you always have something to say that blesses and entertains me... :)

    The package looks most excellent. I will be crossing my fingers and closing my eyes (at the same time!) in hopes that I can feast my eyes on that in person.

  3. Happy 100th post - time certainly 'does' fly by especially when your having fun! And what a generous give away I 'love' the cloth!!

    Congratulations again,

    Nina x

    ps. I have the same waffle problem!

  4. Congratulations on 100 post! That did come quick. I'm so glad I came across your blog and I'm enjoying getting to know you.
    I would love to win this giveaway. You put a great package together.


  5. Nice work! I've been writing in my blog for two years now and haven't hit 100 yet :) Although I just started reading yours - I've much enjoyed your stories and encouraging comments you've left on my blog. What a treasure of a basket to recieve. You are so thoughtful!

  6. Congratulations on #100 blog. You are truly talented, and I know you are glad you found something to do in your sparetime :) ! In my sparetime I read your blogs. They truly have been a blessing (and an entertainment) to me.

  7. Shelley,

    Congratulations on your 100th post! I, for one, am thrilled that you started this blog. I love reading about your world and I love being lifted up and blessed by your words on a daily basis. You have certainly given me some sweet comments in times when I needed them most.

    I also love those goodies you are gifting some lucky girl (I mean, or guy? You know, just trying to be fair.) I want to learn to knit at some point. I thought I would this summer, but the summer is running out on me!

    Have a great week.

  8. Hi Shelley...i have stumbled upon your blog a couple of times reading your musings but all too often get dragged off half way through. Your knitting, crochet is inspiring me...almost finished a large coat, then i wnat ot wisk up some little lovlies too. Congrats on the 100th i think i am light years from that point of the journey. Nice to meet you and catch up soon i hope, happy day :)

  9. Hi Shelly,
    i love your ripple knitting, its lovely, 100th post yippie!! its nearly mine, but im feeling so pants i dont feel up to making anything, i know i feel ill when i dont want to crochet!! fliss xx

  10. Soooo. I want to steal your idea and give something away. I don't know what. Diapers? Leftovers? Hmm. I'll keep thinking about that. But first, I want to win this stuff. Really. I'm not going to beat around the bush here. This is really fun loot!

  11. Your knitted dishcloth would make a lovely shawl or stole if larger (of course). Mmmm, if I had a brother with a bakery I'd never fit through a regular sized doorway again. Carbs rock! Cheers!

  12. Wow! 100th post huh? I love your blog. Its refreshing, fun, and inspiring. Keep up the great writting and photos. Lovin' your giveway! :)

  13. MMMM, I like the pictures of the bakery! And your brother owns this? I think I would be there everyday! :)

  14. Happy 100th! That is an amazing achievement. Your blog is great to read so it is wonderful that you have enjoyed the journey too. What a shame my life has been so chaotic and I haven't been here for a few day because that giveaway looks fabulous! Congrats and here's to the next 100!