Sunday, November 01, 2009

Sentimental journey and blogoversary give away info

So last night I did some time travel
(no it has nothing to do with stupid daylight savings time)
I spend an hour or two going back and reading my blog from the last four years.
I found that when I started my blog I had a 1 year old, a 7 year old and an 11 year old. I still worked at the IRS and we were still making 2 house payments. In the course if those four years I have lost 35 pounds, gained 20 back and lost 17 of the 20 again, I have lost my tonsils, a length of tendon in my big toe, a bunch of bone in my nose and the hole in my heart.

I went through the pain of my grandmother getting sick and passing away all over again, I had the joy of seeing my kids grow and change. I found that I was much more insightful then (at least it seems that way), I read as I started this journey from "gosh I feel crudy all the time" to a final diagnoses of CFS.

I started this blog as an avid scrapbooker with a handful of close friends have become and a rabid quilter with friends all over the world.

Thank you for letting me share my ups and downs, my rants and my rambling, thank you for being there for me when I needed an ear and a shoulder (even a virtual shoulder has helped so much)
You have lifted me up in your prayers and I have found many reasons to thank the Lord for you and to ask for things on your behalf.


NOW on to the part you are really reading this about...
The Blog-o-palusa 4 year blogoversary give away, I thought since it was 4 years we would have 4 prizes and because I like do be different we are going to have 4 separate drawings.

So here is how its going to work to enter drawing 1 for these 5 FQ's of lovely fairy frost fabrics ( I decided the 4 year blogoversary is the metallic fabric blogoversary maybe when its 25 years I will give away something silver) Leave a comment on this post you will be entered into the 1st drawing.
For our second drawing for this awesome book become follower or if you already are a follower on my blog leave me a comment here (a separate comment please) telling me you are a follower, bingo you are now entered into the second giveaway.
For the 3rd drawing please blog about my giveaway, and yes leave a (separate) comment ON THIS post telling me you did (I will be checking) and you could win a collection of 4 patterns that cover different aspects of fabric crafting ( a quilt pattern, a wallet pattern, a stitchery pattern and an applique pattern.
Now for the fourth and final giveaway
(this one will require a little, just a little effort on your part)
to have your name in the drawing for the fourth giveaway item, please go back in my archives and tell me what your favorite old post is, what it was about or who and why you liked it. Again post that comment here on this post so it will count towards the drawing.
Oh you want to know what the prize is of course well here you go

Its a kit for a darling wall hanging 34x40, fabric, pattern and adorable pink box included.
So four prizes, four (separate)comments on this post telling me what you did, to be entered into the 4 separate drawings. Drawing to be held on my Blogoversary November 14th.

Oh and I have been busy this morning I also updated my quilts and stuff slide show at the bottom of my blog if you are at all interested in what I have done over the last few years ;O)
HUGS!

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59 comments:

Library Gal Quilts said...

Congratulations Carin...wow, I reread your post a couple times it was so intense! I am very very happy for your
Comment 1: I am first! Hooray Carin. Congrats
Comment 2:I thought I already did follow but now it's official!
Comment 3: I love your star book for the giveaway and those patterns really do represent so much of what I love about quilting!
Comment 4: Ah, I'd have to say your Thanksgiving post in 2008...we really do have so very much to be thankful for. Your blog being one of the nicest!
okay, hope I did my homework correctly! xo Pam in Chico

Regina said...

What a wonderful post - makes me want to go back in time on my own blog, too!!!

thanks for sharing your world with us! Congrats!

Regina said...

Oh - I am now a follower, too!!! Thanks!

Barb said...

wow....that is amazing to go back and look through 4 years of blogging and find the changes of life and unexpected adventures.

I loved reading about you but the weight loss intrigued me...you did great.

Barb said...

I am a follower....

onlymehere said...

I love the unique way you've decided to do this give-away! The fabric and patterns are divine and I'm sure the wall hanging is delightful too! Cindy

onlymehere said...

I'm already a follower!

Greg said...

A comment.... There I left one.... :) Thanks for the goodies, I know I may actually win one. Can we win multiple times??? Congrats on the 4 years. I really enjoy your blog. (Like I needed to tell you that!)

Greg said...

You lead.. I gladly follow...

Greg said...

I came, I saw I blogged about your give away...

here

Greg said...

I love your minivan story of Oct 20 2006... I can see you in a custom painted VW bug convertible with the kids hanging out the back!!!

Anya said...

Congratulations and thanks for the chance! Nice blog.

MamaBug said...

I was here. :D

MamaBug said...

I follow where you lead. (Scary, huh?!)

Gene Black said...

Happy 4th! Glad to meet you. Greg blogged about you so I came to see. I will limit myself to the comment for the 5 lovely FQs. I like fabric with a bit of BLING. hehee.

Kim said...

Congrats on 4 years.

Kim said...

I like the bottle cap post. What a way to make your day. I also have to say I was so impressed with your post on the giveaway. It is funny to look back and see how far we have come and what has come and gone.

Kim said...

I am now a follower of your blog. I love the metallic fairy frost. I think I have some left of the pastel version from several years ago. But all your gifts are awesome.

Kim said...

I have added a link to my blog.

Millie said...

I noticed your give away on Greg's blog. I love that fairy frost fabrics and that is so generous of you to give them away.

Millie said...

I am now a new happy follower. I love the Star Book and I hope I am going to be happy and if not...I know someone else is going to be. Thanks for entering your give away.

Melissa said...

Hello! So very nice to meet you! I followed Greg from flatoutquilting here to visit! Congratulations on your 4th!

Melissa said...

I am a follower now!!!

Karens Hopes said...

Lovely words from the heart...
yes I would like to be entered into the draw.
Karen

The Calico Cat said...

Happy blogiversary. (No gifts for me.)

MamaBug said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog. :D

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations on 4 years of blogging. You sure did have a lot happen in those 4 years. Here's wishing the next 4 years of your life and your blog are just fantastic.

Cynthia said...

Happy Blog-o-versary!

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Carin! Happy Blogiversary! Isn't it funny and a little surprising to take time to look back over a shortish period of time (say, four years!) and find that you have fitted SOOOOOOOO much living into that time! As one of your bloggy buddies, I have to say I have enjoyed 'meeting' you and sharing little bits of our lives with each other and look forward to future revelations! :0) Bear Hugs! KRIS

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Carin! Forgot to say that your fairly recent post on the 'study' of a mother with sick child stuck in quarantine had me in stitches, so would be one of my faves of your posts. Hoping the Geneva Convention has now been updated to prevent the "Harrison Ford Aging" method of torture to spare the world from more atrocities! :0) And I feel the theme-song-humming-induced-infanticide would indeed be justifiable! Tee! Hee! Hee! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Reenie said...

wow..4 years! Lol..I just hit 4 months of blogging!! Congrats!

Reenie said...

Already am a follower!

Reenie said...

So glad to have an opportunity to blog about you. Your blog is great!

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SewLindAnn said...

I enjoyed your slide show. I love hexagons and aprons, and all things fabric I guess. I was especially touched by this blog about your journey. I'm planning on starting a blog in January because a lot that you said. The connections made thru the blog-land are priceless. Oh yeah, I'm following.

Diane said...

4 years! Wow. Reading you post it sounds like this has been an eventful time in your life and that the blog has helped provide support so yea!

Diane said...

Follower! yea!

Melissa said...

Carin, I just blogged about your giveaway and I just realized that November 14 is your blogoversary and it is also my birthday! I'm feeling lucky!

Rosa Robichaud said...

WOW!!! what a creative way to give away 4 gifts! *grin*

Well, put me done for ONE, for now, anyhow...

What I've done in the past? Why, in 2004 - I believe - I started quilting and I've been obssessed with this, since then! LOL

Rosa

Rosa Robichaud said...

OKay, I'm now a "follower".... put me down for the 2nd prize draw, pls? *grin*

Rosa Robichaud
robich@rogers.com

Mom Taxi Julie said...

It's amazing how much changes in our lives in a few years!

Colleen said...

Congratulations on 4 years... WOW! This is comment #1 :o)

Colleen said...

I am now an 'official' follower! I forgot to do that! You know you have been in my blog sidebar for quite awhile now ;o)

Colleen said...

Okay, my favorite post was your political cow joke.... Lol.... :o) Comment for #4.

Thanks for the chances!

Narelle said...

Congratulations on 4 years!
A lovely idea to revisit our own blogs and a very interesting giveaway. So this would be comment #1.

Narelle said...

Comment #2 ... I'm a happy follower!

Narelle said...

Comment #3 ... sharing your giveaway on my blog as I comment.

Carol VR said...

Cool, cool, cool.

I love giveaways and as always congrats and keep up the great blog.

Smiles :)
Carol

Carol VR said...

I am a "private" follower. Hope that stilll counts.

Smiles :)
Carol

Holly said...

Wow 4 years. Has it gone by fast? The older I get, the faster they go. Congrats. Now I am going to go be a follower. Hugs.

Fabric Mom said...

I am now a follower and look forward to reading more of your posts.

Fabric Mom said...

Just posted about your give away on my blog.

Fabric Mom said...

My favorite old post is from October 26th. Your oldest/inherited UFO. I love that you saved it from going to the dump. I am sure you will cherish it always. My grandmother is still living and by far one of my most favorite person. I cherish everything she makes me. I wish I could make her live forever.

Rae Ann said...

I loved it that you went back through 4 years of blogging. What a wonderful thing to do. It is fun to see all the changes over the years.
This is a great giveaway and I just signed on as a follower. Thanks for always following my blog! :-)

Carol VR said...

I finally got around to posting about your blog...

Smiles :)
Carol

Carol VR said...

Favorite post of old I've found... February 26, 2008.

Your first finished scrap quilt.

Smiles :)
Carol

Dandelion Quilts said...

Congratulations, Carin. I really enjoyed this post...amazing how time flies, right? Comment 1: Congrats. Comment 2: Follower, I am. Comment for drawing 4: I enjoyed your post about Easter...your kids are darn cute coloring eggs, and I particularly like that bunny ears hat. HA.

Have a happy week.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Hey....what a great giveaway you are hosting....stop by....I have a little something for you at IHAN :)

I'm following now....looks like fun over here too :)

Kelly

Lynn said...

Hi Carin, thans for doing a this fun giveaway. I've been a follower I think since I read this post from Monday Dec. 1, 2008. It was about your little boy and it made me realize that in addition to sewing we quilter/bloggers have lots more in common. I am wondering though - do you still drink the swamp juice?