Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Giveaway and a Thank You


Two and a half months ago, on January 28, I wrote my first blog post.  In it I tried to explain my choice for the name and the reason for using this medium.  In essence, I wanted to create a forum where my ideas and those of my readers would be shared and discussed.  A place to ask and answer questions.  A place to help each other out.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that only a few weeks later, 100+ wonderful, intelligent, eloquent, and generous people would be willing to share so much in my little world.  A handful of these people know me in real life...  another much larger number is letting me in their lives and I hope to meet them all in the real world someday.

To celebrate my first 100+ friends,  I would like to share with you all the most beautiful item donated by my very first sponsor, csn.  They have generously let me pick an item from their extensive list of online stores, offering anything from dog beds, to corner tv stands, to high end china and crystal.  I found this lovely plate, big enough for serving a celebratory cake in it.  This beautifully handcrafted piece will accommodate many design tastes --  from the folk inspired imagery, to the modern simplicity of a two color scheme. And the owl... my son would approve (see here and here).

All you have to do to enter is write a comment under this post saying that you are a Follower (I prefer Friend), new or otherwise, by Friday 4/30 at midnight CST.  Unfortunately, this giveaway is open to American and Canadian residents only.  The winner will be announced the very next day.


Also fitting of this giveaway is the fact that it is a plate, which also helps me celebrate the kick off of the Designer Challenge, beginning this Wednesday.   Don't forget!


And to top it all off, and bring a wonderful close to my week, I would like to thank Mackenzie over at Design Darling, for awarding me the Beautiful Blogger award.  Thank you so much, darling.  I am tickled pink that you picked me.  Since this is my second Beautiful Blogger award, I think I need to direct you to this post.


Have a wonderful weekend you all!

I am linking to show and tell friday to pass the word.

36 comments:

LMD5FF said...

I am a friend! I love this plate and your blog. Congratulations on your second month...very inspiring.

Cathy said...

Wow...you have 100 followers already...congrats...nor real surprise...your blog is GORGEOUS! I love visiting here and I am thrilled to be your friend!

Thanks for stopping by earlier...I love hearing from you!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Jill said...

Thanks for visiting! Congratulations on 100 followers my dear!
xo~Jill

Carol said...

As a friend and follower, I would LOVE that plate for three reasons: 1) it's beautiful 2) I am moving into my new house and it would be a great addition and 3) I work at Rice U and we are the Owls!
Congratulations on your blog's success, Catherine! It is well deserved!

Kelly at Chatelaine Ranch said...

Gorgeous plate, even more gorgeous
friend! Congratulations!! What a fun milestone to celebrate! xoxo

Emily said...

Congratulations on the fast success of your blog. I have Kelly at Chatelaine to thank for introducing me to your site. And thanks for the chance to win this beautiful plate!

Sandra said...

Congratulations on 100 plus followers! I am always so inspired every time I look at your Beautiful blog.

Herself said...

Iittala is magic. I have a few pieces from when we lived in Finland and I love it--such fantastic artistry and quality. A wonderful giveaway! Congrats on 100 plus followers! I count it a badge of honor to have been one of your firsts! xxx

Schmidty said...

Your blog is charming, warm, and inviting. Count me as a friend.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

you certainly are a beautiful blogger!!! so glad you blog... i've enjoyed your posts oh so very much! thanks for hosting this super fun giveaway! i'm most definitely already a friend!

ceo said...

Thank you for your beautiful posts and congrats on the followers way to go!!

xxx
CEO

Karena said...

Beutiful plate & the color palette is lovely. You have become a dear friend, and I am so proud of all you have accomplished!

Karena
Art by Karena

Tamsyn said...

I'm in Australia so I'm not eligible to enter, but I just wanted to say hi and congrats on having 100+ friends!!

OneCraftyFox said...

Congrats on the major success of your blog! And congrats on the award, they are so fun to receive.

I am a happy friend :)

Have a gorgeous weekend, and enjoy your gardening.

The Buzz said...

The Buzz is your 108th friend! I thought I was already following but now I definitely am! Love the owl plate...

North of 25A said...

Hello! I am delighted (and inspired) to have found you @ PVE - one of my favorites. Your blog is terrific - I cannot believe you have over 100 followers already - I have 11 - lol! But, it is fun! Great to meet you and am now a friend so I will be back.
Best,
Colleen

Charlotta Ward said...

Happy 100 lovely!

Am just writing about you in a post that will go live soon.

Hope you're having a great and relaxing weekend!

xx Charlotta

Paris Pastry said...

Hi there! Just wanted to pop in to say I have an award for you on my blog French Mademoiselle! If your blog is award-free, then that's fine. Just wanted to let you know I enjoy your beautiful blog!

Housewife Bliss said...

Hello my darling friend, just adore the plate! Stunning shades. Looking forward to being stateside soon so I can enter the next fab give away

Cathy M~(checkitoff) said...

I also found you via Kelly @ Chatelaine Ranch! Congrats on 100+ followers! That is quite an achievement!

Laura said...

Hey-
yes indeed, I am a follower.
I am excited about the giveaway.

I always enjoy visiting,
Laura
White Spray Paint

Pemberley said...

What a thrill to take this ride along with you. Maybe we will be in a beachside cafe 10 years from now saying "remember that whole blogging thing?!" You are a rock star and a fab friend.

wallflower said...

Can I be a friend?
Please?

edmontonjb said...

I'm a new follower

dftrew(At)gmail(dot)com

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I've always admired this pattern and have been on the cusp about buying a few mugs in it. I pass it daily at dean and deluca and LUST. I just may have to break down and buy them. I would love to win a matching cake stand! Sign me up please, friend :-) Good luck to me!

nkp said...

Friend all the way! I have been thinking about this beautiful pattern for months and months now. I think it would make for a beautiful set with some simple restaurant china. So I am positively thrilled to enter your amazing giveaway. Sign me up! Oooh, I'm crossing everything in hopes of taking this one home!

Thank you Catherine!!!

Struggler said...

Silly me, I had not clicked Follow until now! Luckily you were in my RSS feeds already :)
Love this plate and I'm heading straight over there to check it out for real!

Jen said...

Hi! Beautiful plate...and beauiful blog! I am a new friend.

Betty said...

Consider me a new friend as just found your blog. What a wonderful giveaway....love the plate.

Rebecca said...

Weekly I have been looking forward to reading your blog. Congratulations on your first milestone. Having lived overseas for a number of years I would love to add this plate to my collection -- Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco. Please consider me a new friend. Rebecca

Annie said...

Fun giveaway! I am a follower

Allie and Pattie said...

I LOVE this giveaway (you KNOW me and dishes!) Congrats on a fabulous blog!
xoxo Pattie

Blondie's Journal said...

Hello there!!

I just started following you and read about your giveaway. You certainly attracted a lot of friends straight away! That's the sign of a great blog!!

xoxo
Jane

Donald's Garden said...

I love your blog! It always brightens my day! :) The plate is cool. It inspires me to finish re-decorating my dining room! It may sound tacky - but I'm hanging my groovy melamine plate collection on the walls. :)

Susan said...

Your blog is wonderful and so is your give away!!

Paula said...

Just found your blog via the link from Greige. From now on I am a friend! Love your blog so interesting and unique. Also love the plate. I am not a resident in the US or Canada (although Canadian), however my son lives in Canada, does this qualify?

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