It's my blog's first birthday! I can hardly believe it's been one year (more on that later). To celebrate I am going to have my first Giveaway! Have I mentioned that I know how to make jewelry? Yes, my poor husband, if I'm not into one thing, I'm into another. I handmade these earrings last night just for you. The gold ones are a yellow jade, and the orange pair I believe is carnelian. The gold wiring and earring is gold filled. So, here is how it works: Simply add a comment to this post (tell me which earrings you prefer, the gold or the orange) and I will add your name into "the hat" for a drawing. If you have or add a link to my blog on your blog I will add your name in twice. That's it! I will hold the drawing in two weeks on the 22nd, just in time for Thanksgiving. After the name is picked I'll post the winner and my email address. You (if you're the winner) will simply email me your name and address and I'll send it off! Outside of the USA is fine, the earrings are small and light. Enjoy!
Now, other business, two days ago, just shy of Love Cook Create Knit's first birthday I was given my first blog award from The Domestic Goddess! Thanks Dawn! Her dry sense of humor alone is worth the visit. So, as it goes with these awards I am supposed to recommend and award a favorite blog or two of mine, which I will do with pleasure. However, I cannot insist that they in turn post the award or "pass it on" just because that type of pressure on someone else makes me feel uncomfortable. I'm sorry, I hope I'm not upsetting the blogisphere. Apologies.
The blogger that got me into this whole blogging thing is Raingarden. I had just started my journey to live more environmentally responsibly. I'd googled options for plastic sippy cup alternatives and was led to her site. She is an inspiration to me because about two years ago or so she and her family picked up and moved to an adorable family farm in the country somewhere in Minnesota. Frankly, I'm green with envy. Until that moment, I'd never even been onto a blog. I thought it was the most amazing experience ever. So on a whim one day, I started plugging away at creating my own. It's just not that hard. And (this is hilarious) when I received my first comment that happened to be from Raingarden I literally dropped everything and called my SIL Tanya and screamed into the phone "The Raingarden Girl commented on my blog!!!" Awww, so cute.
Now, my other favorite I found more recently. Plain Old Kristi lives down in New Orleans and like Raingarden has her own little farm with chickens (jealous, jealous), an extensive garden and orchard. She too is a wealth of information on living simply, saving, cooking from scratch, making your own laundry and dishwasher soaps, and growing your own food -- not to mention some yummy authentic New Orleans recipes!
So, thanks Domestic Goddess! Happy Birthday Love Cook Create Knit! And, love and thanks to Raingarden and Plain Old Kristi for great information and sharing your journey online. Be well! -Sandy