Saturday, November 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Love Cook Create Knit!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ... thanks for playing!
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


Crystal Adkins said...

I would love to win the orange ones :)

Crystal Adkins

a. borealis said...

I can't believe you've been blogging for a year. Happy Bloggiversary!

Now my side of the story: I started noticing on my site counter that someone from Rhode Island was spending an inordinate amount of time on my blog, much longer than the usual 1-2 minutes. I was flattered, but didn't know who it was until I saw on that someone had been referred into Rain Garden via LCCK. Mystery solved. Sandstone! =)

It has been a pleasure to get establish a reciprocal connection with you, to say the least. It is always enjoyable and enlightening to see what you're up to. And I've got to give you props on your bread-making skillz. Wow - you are amazing!!

Your earrings are beautiful - I love them both. You are already on my blogroll, so I've got that base covered. Sign me up!

Are you on Facebook? Look me up - Shawna S-o-d should be sufficient to find me.

Alex said...

Happy Bloggiversary, I love it! I would love the gold pair.


Mathra said...

Is there anything you don't do? :)
Mike saw your laundry hanging in the fresh air and said "Ah, yes!"
Guess where my laundry is drying? :)
I would love the drop gold earrings doll! Hugs, Martha

Anonymous said...

they're both beautiful Sandy!

Katie said...

Okay, so I'm new at posting and somehow came up anonymous. Will try again - guess who?

Katie :o)

a. borealis said...

Doh! I was purposely vague, but hoping it was somewhat clear. SOD are the first three letters of my last name. I was hoping you could look me up in FB with my first name and the first part of my last name and recognize my picture.

Let me know if it doesn't work!

Maria Fernanda said...

Hey Sandy, I can´t cease to be amazed by you. How do you manage to find time for EVERYTHING!!!!!

Congrats for the 1-year blog anniversary. I should start one soon... I did one on work matters, but I should have a personal one too.

Both earings look great and either one of the would suit me just fine ;)



janet said...

This is my 1st blog comment ever. Great site, Sandy.
And I'm hoping this enters me in your 1st ever drawing. Great fun! My guess to Katie's comment is that she is our newly married New Hope Chapel secretary? love, janet

Amy said...

I would like the orange ones. Yay..I love contests!

Amy from RI said...

oooh! What fun... and how lovely!

ms said...

i found you thru raingarden, who also inspired me to begin blogging. i love your earrings and am looking forward to another blog to read that writes about some of the many things i love!

Jean Ann said...

I just got the perfect sweater to go with the orange ones. It is no surprise to me that you can make earrings. I have over the years seen your creativity in many areas.
"Happy Winnings to all"
Jean Ann

Anonymous said...

I only recently started reading your post, but I am enjoying doing so. Your work is beautiful. I would love the orange pair!

Anonymous said...

Congtratulations on your blog birthday! I really have enjoyed your thoughts on being green, and the recipes are great! I think the yellow ones would go great with a fabulous neclace that someone special gave to me:)


Sal's Girl said...

Happy Bloggiversary! Both earring sets look great. I'll take either!
Sal's Girl