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

Monday, May 31, 2010

Honoring Our Heroes

Memorial Day is a special day of remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their very lives, and also for remembering and honoring those who continue to serve!

I am proud to pay tribute to my father, father in law, brother, brother in law, uncles and most recently, my own son who served with 2 deployments to Iraq! Thank you for serving our country, putting your life in harm's way and helping to protect our freedoms! You are not forgotten!!


May you have a Blessed Memorial Day, as you celebrate with family and loved ones! God Bless America!!

Friday, May 28, 2010

My First Giveaway!

I love contests, don't you? There is something about the idea of winning something that makes my heart race and gets me excited!! I imagine the moment when it is time to find out who will win! I hold my breath, and pray really hard that somehow MY NAME will be the one on the piece of paper that is pulled from the box all the other pieces of paper are secretly resting in! Drum roll please!! And the winner is........

Having said all that, I am having my first Giveaway and hope you will take part and perhaps even win!! The details for entering are located on my blog sidebar. I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to have a Giveaway soon and this seemed like the perfect time, as we get ready to welcome in the summer season. The two prizes are both things I have made and I thought I would tell you a little about each one.

The first is a Prairie Stump doll, 9 1/2" T, made with a sweet pattern by The Olde Primitive House, and is completely stuffed with fabric snippets. She would look great resting in a bowl or on top of an old book or just propped up against an old box like I have done in the picture. The other is a Strawberry Pincushion, an old Folk and Whimsy pattern, made with vintage wool and stuffed with rusty pins and lots of hand stitching. You can use it or just display it as you wish! The winner will be announced on July 1st.

I hope you will have a lovely Memorial Day Weekend as you remember all the brave men and women who gave their lives for all the freedoms we enjoy, and that you are able to spend it with loved ones, eating great food and making new memories! Be blessed today and thank you for your visit!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Getting To Know You In Blogland!

Blogland.....oh, the mysteries of this amazing place where we can meet one another and share our thoughts, ideas, and whatever our little heart desires!! It is the modern day, "Dear Diary" and yet the big difference is that instead of storing our musings and secrets away from prying eyes with a little key, we welcome all who are interested and get excited by the growing number of "followers" we add to our list!

Today as I reflect on this, I find myself wondering who all of you are who are reading this right now......yes, YOU!!! I know you can find out about me because I put lots of personal info there for you to read, plus even a picture, so if you never met me before in person, you can at least recognize me in a crowd, if we happen to cross paths!! You have been allowed access into my "blog world" and you are most warmly welcome!! The sad thing is that you may come for a visit and I will never get the chance to know you were here, or who you are, or what you thought, or really anything about you! I can check my stats and see your email addresses, and for those of you I personally invited, I know you get a notice of a new post, but in reality, I never ever know who was here!! It makes me curious and wonder about you....that I would like to get to know you too!! Not just an email address, but a person with a name......YOU!!!

Here's a suggestion for you! If you stop by for a visit to read what I am up to, would you do me a huge favor and let me know you were here? How can you do that? I'm so glad you asked me that!! First of all, you can just leave a comment about the post! It is super easy and is right at the bottom of the post! Just click on comment and let me know what you thought!! You could also become a follower and then I could see who YOU are and get to know you that way. Or just say "Hi Julie!" I would LOVE that too!! Or, you could visit my picture trail and sign my guest book! In the future, I would like to do a Giveaway and if you leave me your name and email, I can sign you up for that! I guess what I am trying to say is, "Thanks for taking the time to get to know me, and now let me get to know you!" Simple! Easy! Pain free!! So many options!! All from the comfort of your home!!

Ah, Blogland! There is no place else quite like it!! See you there my friend!!!

Strangers are just friends waiting to happen. ~ Rod McKuen, Looking for a Friend