Let your soul stand ajar, always ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. ~ Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

One Year Anniversary Giveaway!!


Can it really be one year ago that I started this blogging journey?? My, how the time has just flown by!! I can still remember my husband Jeff asking me if I wanted to start my own blog, and my response to that question!!! I had several, as a matter of fact! "Why would I want to have a blog? What would I write about? Who would read it???" And then the biggest obstacle in my mind was that I just didn't know HOW!!! I was afraid to step out and try something that seemed scary and unfamiliar.....after all, what if I FAILED???? Jeff patiently listened to my fears and hesitations, and reminded me that I had LOVED writing in school, was a creative and interesting person and that even if only my family read it, it would be a great way to challenge myself to grow!! Finally, he told me to JUST HAVE FUN, BE YOURSELF, and WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU LOVE !! Great Advice!!! And guess what??? I HAVE!!!

Originally, I figured that my family members and some close friends would begin to follow, because they wanted to encourage me, and initially, that is what happened. Then I began to follow other blogs and met so many amazing women who shared personal stories, wonderful pictures and tremendous talents and I have been so encouraged and blessed by them. I have learned many things this past year about myself, but also about all the special women out there, women who are passionate and creative, who are generous and loving, who are strong and gentle, who are funny and kind!!! Women like you, who are reading this post!!!

On this one year Anniversary, I want to say Thank You for impacting my life with yours....for offering friendship, kindness, encouragement, and prayers, and most of all for BEING YOU!!!

My Giveaway gift is very special to me as it really symbolizes all that I am trying to express from my heart!! What better way to do that than to give a PRIMITIVE HEART!!!

This heart is made from a well-loved pattern called "TATTERED HEARTS" by my friend Chris, better known as WALNUT RIDGE PRIMITIVES, and is a very special design that I have loved making!! The heart is quite large, measuring in at 15" H x 6" W and is mounted on an old textile bobbin, embellished with lot of rusty pins, an old skeleton key, MOP buttons, and 2 vintage doily pieces. One is hand stitched to the back, and then all wrapped with old store string. I love the simplicity of it and feel it will grace any home with a beautiful reminder of how important love is!!
To enter, please leave a comment on THIS POST, sharing something special about blogging! You do not have to be a follower (but are kindly invited to) and you do not have to post this on your sidebar (but if you would like to, that would be fine as well). The deadline for entering will be 10:00 PM (Pacific Time) Sunday Oct. 24th, and the winner will be chosen Monday, Oct. 25th.

Good luck to each one who enters and thank you again for taking part in this special time!!

Blessings Dear Friends~~

Julie

43 comments:

Cheyenne said...

Julie-

What a special thing to be giving away-it truly does represent your blog. I always enjoy reading what you have to say and comments you leave on other blogs are always so encouraging. You are an inspirational person!

I think blogging is special in itself because it's a form of a creative outlet for people, connects you with others, and helps you understand those around you better.

Your giveaway is so generous!

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

I absolutely love this heart. While some think hearts are country or passe, I still love them just as much as ever. I would love to be entered. I am a follower. I am posting on my sidebar.
My favorite thing about blogging is being able to record memories and pictures in cyberspace forever. I also love finding people with similar interests and lives.
Congratulations on one year!
★Linda★

WalnutRidgePrimitives said...

Absolutely wonderful!...Your work, your words, and of course, you!
Happy Anniversary, Julie!
Wishing you the very best,
Chris

Jennifer @ Stitchin' Thyme said...

What a beautiful post. My favorite part of blogging is it has enabled me to meet wonderful and creative women and share my crafting adventures with those who care to listen(read). Happy 1st anniversary, and I hope you have many more to come.

Tammy ~ A Primitive Place said...

Hi Julie,
Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!

I felt the same way when I started mine.
But I am so glad I did it.
There are so many amazing ladies out there (yourself included) that share a love for the same things I do. I most definitely consider them my friends.
And to think, we would have never met if it was for the wonderful invention of the internet.

I would love to be entered to win your fabulous heart. I am follower of your blog.
I also will post about your giveaway on my sidebar.

Congrats again!!
Tam

Farmhouse prims said...

Congratulations Julie on your one year blogging anniversary!!! Your blog rocks!!!

I love your heart and I would give it a good home. He He

I was really scared starting my blog, because I was no crafter, I knew everyone would think my blog a big bore.

But I started mine for the prim friendships, and the new friends I have made have been all worth it. I love my prim friends.

I am a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway. I will also post it to my sidebar.

Hugs,
Lecia

Myglorystars said...

Congratulations on your 1 year!!! I love your heart you are offering, I would love to be in your drawing!! I love sharing the things I make on my blog, and I most love meeting new friends and reading what they are up to and what they have to share. Thank you!!! Rhonda

Sheila said...

HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY!! Thanks for the AWESOME giveaway! Please enter me in the giveaway! I LOVE the heart!!
Blessings~
Sheila

lovetheprimlook said...

Congrats to you !!! I love your blog!!!

Hugs, Angie

primitivebettys said...

What a great giveaway! Happy Blog-A-versary! :) I would love to be entered. I enjoy my blog bunches! In fact, I catch myself thinking really silly throughout the day... because something crosses my mind & I make a mental note thinking it would be great to post on my blog! :)

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Oh I think blogging has opened up a whole new world for me..I have found some great friends and kindred spirits that share my love of prims, machine embroidery, etc..I have been affiliated with some wonderful groups and even opened up an etsy site and joined the OFG team..I find so much inspiration from you all.wonderful craft ideas, and I get to peek inside your homes which I just love..and see how you all decorate...;) what a wonderful giveaway...please enter me in..who knows I might win yours again.:)

Megan @ Stitchinthedayaway said...

Happy Anniversary to Ya!! What an awesome giveaway you are offering :) I have been a follower of yours for awile now & always enjoy reading your posts!! I would love to be entered for a chance to win.....
Thanks for such a kind offering ~
Take care ~
Megan

Joanne said...

Julie what a lovely gift you are offering from your hands and heart! Happy Anniversary!

Blogging - feel pretty much the way you do about meeting wonderful people - and it has given me the opportunity to know some people in passing much better.

Kattywhompus Primitives said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary Julie. I'm so glad you decided to step out and share your thoughts and ideas with the blogging world. :)

I've SO enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to many more cyber chats. I feel like I have definitely met a kindred soul in you my friend.

And of course I would love to be entered in your drawing. Something made by your hand would be a special treat. (And Chris happens to be a friend of mine too.)

Thanks for generously sharing yourself and your work Julie.

Rhonda

Donna said...

Hi Julie Congrats on your 1 year Bloggaversary hon!!! Love your Giveaway!! To me the most special thing about blogging is all the wonderful friends I have made..and hopefully will continue to make!!! hugs!!

Primitive Post said...

Hey Julie!

Congratulations on a successful year of blogging!!! I absolutely love your blog and this beautiful giveaway! I am one of your newest followers and I am thrilled to have an opportunity to win this fabulous prize! I have been blogging for a few months now and I am enjoying every minute of it! I have met so many wonderful prim friends on this new adventure and I hope to continue it for a long time to come!!!

Harvest Blessings,

Kate

Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

Aww, how pretty Julie. I'd love this and be honored to display it in my home. I love blogging so much for getting to meet so many people from all over the world. Makes it seem like a small world:)
I am a follower. Thank you for such a precious and generous giveaway.
Hugs~Carol

cottageprims said...

Julie~ I love your giveaway please enter me.Congrats on a year! I just started blogging.I followed others for a while but was nervous about doing one myself.Well let me say people in prim blogland are the most lovely people you could ever find.I'm so glad I took the leap as well.Harvest Blessings!~Amy

Jean said...

The heart if fabulous!! Would love to have that in my home. I love your blog - I want to start one but am a little anxious to try but I will - glad to hear you had the same concerns that I do.
Keep up the good work!!

Rabbit Hill Primitives said...

Hi Julie!

This is lovely and please enter me :)

Congratulations on your 1 year!

I felt the same way about blogging but then realized how much I loved it and the people also!!

Thanks for your kindness and for letting me know about this great giveaway! Have a wonderful day.

Sending hugs ~ Jenn

Gayle said...

Julie - Your blog is delightful - congrats on your anniversary! One of my favorite things about blogging is that I have been able to meet some local bloggers - I never knew there were so many like-minded people who lived near me - it's been a lot of fun! Hope I'm your lucky winner!

Lorna/Live Oak Primitive Peddler said...

Julie, please enter me in your giveaway, I will post on my sidebar as well. Blogging has been the greatest experience. I have met so many nice people and made new friends. The first thing I do in the morning is check the blogs while I have coffee and see what everyone is up to. I feel connected to so many.
Blessings,
Lorna

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hello Everyone!!
Normally I try to answer each comment individually, but since that may prove to be too challenging for me, let me just say to all of you how very pleased I am with all you have shared and how amazing it is that we ALL have been touched in special ways by blogging!!
Thank you for all your lovely, encouraging comments, and welcome to all you new followers!! Keep enjoying the journey!!!

Happy Blogging My Friends!!

Blessings~
Julie

Teresa said...

Please enter me....I am now a follower and love your little heart....I love blogging because it gives me a chance to make many new friends and to share so much with others...Thank you

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Congrats on your first year of blogging. I love it too and love sharing pics of the cross stitch pieces I make, helping fellow cross stitchers with questions and making new friends all the time.
Your prim heart is adorable and I would be thrilled to display it in my home.
Smiles,
~Nan

Primsue said...

Hi Julie, I just discovered your blog through My Colonial Home. I am new to blogging - just in my second month - so I can relate to the feelings you shared about starting a blog. But I am so glad I did - I have already met many kind, encouraging, creative friends that I would not have met any other way. The heart you are giving away is indeed special and I would love to be entered in the drawing. I am going to check out some of your past posts and get to know you better. I invite you to check out my blog: http://primsue.blogspot.com/.

Blessings,
Sue

Rugs and Pugs said...

Julie ~
Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I'd love to be entered in your give-away.
When I started my blog, I was afraid that no one would care to read what I had to say. I was so wrong. I have made so many new hooking friends, pug friends, and just wonderful readers who are such a caring bunch of people. I'm lucky to have "met" so many. I've even had the privilege of meeting a few face to face.
Pug hugs :)
Lauren

Calico Rabbit said...

Julie,
Congrats on your anniversary!
I have been blogging for about 6 months now and I really enjoy it. I have made so many blogging friends and have found so many talented people! Love the heart you made and all your make dos!

Here's to many more successful blogging years!
Prim Blessin's
Kerri

dee begg said...

Would love to be entered in your giveaway. I just found your blog through Tammy~A Primitive Place's blog.

I started blogging becuase my good friend, Sharon, wanted to start a blog. With her being tech challenged, I decided to give it a whirl and work out the kinks...she was gonna call me to help whether I had a blog or not! LOL! So now I post more than she does! LOL! And I gotta say that I am so glad that I did start mine as I've come across so many, many lovely gals, that I wouldn't have otherwise "met".

I'll post your giveaway on my sidebar, and am now a follower. Have a great day.

D

Cat Haven Crafts said...

What a sweet blog you have. Since blogging (only a few months)I have found so many sweet people to visit with. I've learned alot of stitching secrets too! Please enter me in your lovely giveaway. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary, too! I will post your giveaway on my sidebar.

old crow said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary!! Both you and Jeff have done such a wonderful job on your blog!! You have such lovely descriptions and beautiful pictures!! You do such beautiful primitives and what a wonderful way to let everyone enjoy them!!
Hugs to you both!! Congratulations!!

Andy said...

found your blog through my friend Lecia. Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Hi Julie...CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ONE YEAR BLOGAVERSARY!

Thanks too for always showing up on my blog. I think I have way too many things going on because I don't get to the blogs as often as I'd like to. Sometimes I need a jump start!

Your Anniversary offerings are so appropriate - and I'd be so happy to be included in this great give away.

Hugs, Karen

Jean @ Prim Crafts said...

Hi Julie,
This post is so eliquently written. I enjoy visiting your blog.

I started blogging in January of this year, basically to try and promote my Etsy site, but then I decided to close my Etsy shop and just do blogging. I was unsure of what blogging would be for me, I like you was scared no one would want to read about my life, creativity or anything else. To date I have 130 followers and am amazed by all the wonderful people I've met and the fact that they live all over the world.

I feel that visiting other bloggers is a way to visit the rest of the world without having to pay all the traveling fees 8).

I would love to be entered in your anniversay giveaway. Your gift is so sooting for this milestone.

Prim Blessings,
Jean

Hi, I'm Denise said...

Congratulations on your Blogaversary!!
I would love to be entered into your giveaway - I love Primitive Heart.

I've been blogging for 5 years now. I started out with one blog and now have four, three are crafting blogs. I blog to help promote my website and to network with other primitive bloggers. I've met so many wonderful women from all over the world. I love it.

kklprimitives(at)verizon(dot)net

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Happy Monday Everyone!
I appreciate reading all your lovely comments about blogging and thank you for taking the time to share them with us!!

Also, welcome to all of you who are new followers!! I am humbled and touched by your interest!! Thank you!

One more week to go!!!

Blessings~
Julie

Christine LeFever said...

The nicest thing about blogging is meeting wonderful bloggers like you!

basketsnprims said...

Hi, Julie ~ congratulations on your anniversary. I love your prims and this one is so special, Chris is an awesome lady & has the greatest patterns. Please enter me in your generous giveaway. Thanks so much and best wishes to you on your 2nd year of this wonderful world of blogland.
hugs,
Pam

Cindy Surber said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I love Chris pattern .
And she such a sweet person too.
I now am a follower and could you please sign me up for our wonderful giveaway. Thank you
Cindy

Primnheart said...

Love your hearts give away !!! I love blogs, there is so much information you can find out about. Any where from tutorials to how to, to decorating ideas. You are all wonderful at your talents. Please enter me in your give away.
Micheleh3116@aol.com

windycindy said...

It has made my day finding your whimsical
blog! I adore handmade primitives and yours
are fabulous...
I don't have a blog, but certainly enjoy visiting many of them; especially, ones like yours.
Handmade is very important to me...
Many thanks to you!
Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

NANNAlee said...

Julie~
Congratulatios on your one year anniversary! I anticipate in the years to come many more of your lovely prim creations and wonderful blog descriptives. You are GIFTED dear friend and you share it straight from your HEART with no STRINGS attached.
Warm hugs, NANNAlee

Old Goat Primitives said...

congrats on your one year anniversary...I just hit my 1 month!! this is been such a great experience and i have already met some great ladies on here..I can only imagine what it will be like in 1 year!! would love to be in your give away!! thanks so much!!

Deana