Thursday, March 18, 2010

100 Followers Gratitude Giveaway

When I was younger I thought the number 100 was magical. I remember thinking that 100 pennies must have greater value than a one dollar bill. Of course with that line of reasoning, 500 pennies obviously were greater than a five dollar bill, up until the weight of all those pennies broke my little kiddie purse strap letting loose those shiny copper bits all over the floor of Mattson's Paint store. Much to my mother's dismay.

Of course in grade school, 100 was the coveted grade to be achieved, which I usually did; however, not in Math. Again to my mother's dismay. But we have talked about this subject before. It is my personal opinion that creativity and mathematical aptitude can not coexist. The only time I am accurate in the use of numbers is with baking (okay more chemical than mathematical) and when I am doing my taxes (which is unfortunate because that is when I should be able to be more creative). Oh well.

We use the number 100 as a milestone, to represent an accomplishment, a tally or list of greats i.e. top 100 inventions, movies, or pivotal moments in history. Not everything has to be on the scale of the 100 Year's War. It can be much simpler but equally as important, like opening up your blog one day and seeing that you have 100 followers. That is a significant and very meaningful day, as it was for me. The realization that there are 100 people who decided that they liked what they saw or read, enough so to join me on my wonderful blogging journey, that was a truly magical moment.

I am still just starting, really. When I published my first post, the gardens had been put to bed, my beloved garden shed and retreat was closed up for the season, and all the other outdoor projects lay dormant in both my mind and actually out in the garage. Any time with my sewing machine had been abandoned and replaced with fall cleaning, Christmas shopping and decorating. The environment at my self employed work had drastically changed, which necessitated more hours being spent in Microsoft Word and Excel than with blogger.com.

Thankfully, I did have the holidays to write about and to display my photos (which are getting better but I need to learn how to do the mosaic images). In December I did present what I consider my best post about my then 3 year old daughter helping to decorate "The Perfect Christmas Tree" (If you like, please click here to read). It had only one lone but lovely comment but that there was only one comment didn't matter. As soon as I clicked on the publish post button, I felt as important as any published writer, it was official, my words were out there for the public to find. That is what really matters anyway. This is my blogging journal as well as my blogging journey. I am glad to be able to share, my thoughts, my aspirations, my found treasures, my own works of art, even my family stories ....... and if along the way, I entertain, I educate, I make you laugh or maybe even roll your eyes and shake your head, than it makes me happy.

After I had posted about reaching 100 followers and an upcoming giveaway, my blogging buddy Linda @ A La Carte, remarked that soon she too would hit the 100 mark for followers. Well, upon reading that, I immediately raced over to her lovely blog to add my name as a follower. It was such serendipitous timing that I was in fact her 100
th follower! How fun was that. It made me giddy with excitement. Linda is also doing a giveaway, celebrating 100 followers as well as her 100th post! Her giveaway ends March 22 so please be sure to stop on over to help her celebrate.

Speaking of being the 100
th follower, I want to say a Big Thank you to Marcia at Blessedmom's Simple Home for being my 100th journey companion. I hope nobody minds that I am giving her 2 extra chances at my giveaway. Of course there has to be a giveaway!!!

I would deliver cake (red velvet) and balloons to each and everyone of you if I could, but hope you will settle for these few trinkets that I have assembled to say a grateful thank you for keeping me company. Yes, you will notice that there is a pink and brown theme. I am very driven in my decorating (again please refer to Perfect Tree Post
for an explanation). Here is my coordinated color-theme gift for you.

First I have these drapery sample squares. They would make a lovely pillow or two.

Here is an adorable little bunny, brown with pink nose, and perfect for Easter, along with a paper fan, a set of linen/silk screened napkins, tan makeup bag or purse with flower, and a little pretty-in-pink piece of costume
bling.

A few quilt pieces found in a long forgotten box of
yardsale fabric finds.

A butterfly shaped box, a vintage pink crocheted edge hankie, 3 pink beaded fabric ornaments, and a mounted vintage welcome baby card. It is an original piece and not a reproduction. I am adding a few more pieces (I forgot to show the vintage buttons) to the giveaway prize, but the rest will be a surprise.

Okay, you all know the rules:

1. Please leave a comment under this post.

2. Please become a follower of my blog (thank you so very much) for a second chance at winning and/or let me know that you already are a follower.

3. Please link back to my blog post about this giveaway with a post on your own blog. Then please come back and let me know about your link. You will then receive a third chance at winning.

I don't have a real button or special giveaway photo, although I do show an amateur attempt at the top of my sidebar. I haven't yet figured out how to make my own one, properly so. But this does give me great incentive to figure it all out in time hopefully for the next celebration for 200 followers. I look forward to the challenge.

The giveaway ends April 15
th. I hope I can make that day a little better for the lucky winner. Thank you all for participating and bringing such smiles to my day. I am truly honored and grateful. Thank you.

Have a great day.
Sherrie

55 comments:

Marla said...

congrats on your 100 followers,I hope to be there soon myself. I am at 53, whoo hoo! Thanks for the chance to participate in your giveaway! Marla

luverlie said...

Please enter me! I would love those waverly fabric pieces! and the rest would be icing on the cake.
Thanks
luverlie@gmail.com

luverlie said...

I'm now a follower!
Thanks
luverlie@gmail.com

Linda said...

Yeah we made it! Thanks so much for being my 100th follower! You are special anyway but that was a great coincidence to me. My comment #1 is that I love your blog and remember when you thought about changing your name and I'm so glad you did!! Love your giveaway package!

Linda @ A La Carte

Mimi said...

Congratulations on your 100 followers! Love your blog, Sherrie and try to visit each time you have a posting. And, yes, I have been a follower since I discovered your blog a while back.

Linda said...

Entry #2 Yes I am a follower of your wonderful blog!!!

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Sherrie, what a generous giveaway! Congratulations on all of your followers and a happy time blogging... I became one of your followers when we met, I believe it was during Vintage Christmas Monday... xoxo Julie Marie

~~Carol~~ said...

This was a really great post Sherrie! It's amazing the things we learn here in blogland, and continue to learn as we go along. Congrats on 100+ followers! I enjoy every visit to your blog since I discovered it. Thank you so much for the chance to win your very generous giveaway, and of course I'm a follower!
Have a great weekend!
Carol

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Congrats on 100!! What a great giveaway!! Please enter my name and I already am a follower!
Debbie

Yvonne said...

Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway.
I just nominated you for the Sunshine Bog award. If interested, come check it out.

Yvonne said...

I have been a follower for awhile now and love it.

Athena said...

Congrats on reaching 100 followers! What a lovely giveaway- please enter me. I'm already a follower. :)

elle said...

Hi, Sherrie. I am checking out the sunshine nominees. Congratulations on a very lovely post and the significance of 100's. I shall be back to check out The Perfect Tree post after I get my own decorating project all assembled.

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Thanks so much Sherrie for the extra chances at your giveaway. It's a wonderful one. Congratulations again for hopping over that 100 mark!
Blessings,
Marcia

Linda said...

I posted about your giveaway on my side bar! This is all so exciting!

Candy said...

Loved your story about 100 and I would be honored to join and put my name in the hat for your collection of reds.
MIL just made a red velvet cake this week...yum ;-P
Here's hoping....

Candy said...

Just became follower #110 and also posted about it on my sidebar.
Good luck and enjoy the fun ;-)

The Lone Dollier said...

Beautiful. The winner is going to be so lucky (I hope I'm the one LOL).

Smiles~
Marilyn

The Lone Dollier said...

I'm already a follower.

Smiles~
Marilyn

The Lone Dollier said...

I'm posting your giveaway to the sidebar of my blog.

Smiles~
Marilyn
www.DollsEtc.blogspot.com

Rebecca said...

Hello
Thank you for stopping by and congratulations on 100!!!
I had forgotten how improtant 100 was when I was young but you are right...I rememeber how proud I was when I could count to 100
Thanks for the reminder
Blessings
Rebecca

quiltmom said...

Sherrie,
Congratulations on reaching 100 followers. I discovered your blog during the OWOH event and enjoyed reading it so much that I added it to my blog list. I now have become a follower.
Your giveaway is lovely but your blog is lovelier. May you continue to enjoy meeting other bloggers and gain readership in your next 100 posts.
Warmest regards from a Western Canadian quilter,
Anna
http://quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com/

~Tonja~ said...

Congrats on your 100+ followers I just reached that myself not to long ago...what a sweet giveaway would love the chance to win all those goodies...
Have a Blessed day...
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

~Tonja~ said...

And yes I am a follower of your sweet blog....
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Sherrie,
Congratulations on your 100! You are so wonderful that soon enough it will be 1000! Please enter me and of course I will put your giveaway on my blog. I am already a faithful follower. I'm so excited and I love your giveaway items, I'll keep my fingers crossed!
Thanks for stopping by and reminding me, my mind is a jumble this week!
Sincerely,
Melinda

McCarthy Designs said...

Congratulations on your 100th + followers! I have just discovered your blog and I am pleased to become a follower. I am looking forward to reading your posts! xx

McCarthy Designs said...

Congratulations on your 100th + followers! I have just discovered your blog and I am pleased to become a follower. I am looking forward to reading your posts! xx

Stella said...

Please count me in for your give away. All the reds are very much my style. I am sure if you wrap my cake carefully it will arrive in good condition. Congrats on your 100. Stella

daylily777 said...

I am a followers too.

daylily777 said...

Hi, I think my first comment didn't make . Congrats on your 100 followers ! Please enter me in your give-away !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Pam Ponder said...

congrats on your 100 followers I am one of your newest followers 116 to be exact, I would love to win your giveaway there are some real goodies, thnaks for the chance

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Congratulations on 100 followers! You have lovely things to share with us all.

I am already a follower so please give me that second chance! :)

~Alison~ said...

Congrats on your 100 followers! I'm nowhere near that yet!

Thanks for the chance to win a great giveaway!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and congrats on 100 followers! Every blogging milestone is important and amazing.:-)

I am so weak for that bunny. I've always been a bunny lover and have many in my collection. Of course, that fabric is wonderful, too, and I could use some new pillows! ;-)

All the best,
Shirley @ gfe

gfe--gluten free easily said...

I followed!

Shirley @ gfe

Melissa said...

What a gorgeous assortment of goodies you have! Congrats on the 100!

Melissa said...

I am a follower, too!!!

~Tonja~ said...

I have posted your giveaway on my sidebar with a link back to your blog and you can find it here...
http://woodshomestead.blogspot.com/
Sweet Blessings...
Tonja

Laurie said...

What a mouth watering giveaway! I would love a chance to win! Thank you!

Laurie said...

And, congratulations on hitting 100! I am a follower, too!

The Happy Homemaker said...

I'd love to win this giveaway!!!Please enter my name:)

The Happy Homemaker said...

I'm a follower and I'm posting a link back to you on my blog.Thanks!

canngil said...

I have had you bookmarked for a while, guess this is a good time to become a follower! I am a Goodwill shopper too, and love to see what you find!

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Sherrie, just found your lovely blog!..would love to be entered in your giveaway!

Barb

Dogmom Diva said...

Hi Sherrie, I just becme a follower!

Barb

icitea said...

Wow, 100+ followers! Congrats~ Thanks for sharing the celebrations for this milestone with us!

icitea said...

Before i forget to mention it, i'm a follower.

Sally L. Smith said...

Oh, yes, please enter me in your give-away. I loved the story of your daughter's generosity. I know that kind of training comes from Mom, so congratulations and give her a hug from me.--Sally

helenabelle said...

I just became your 137th follower!!

Diann said...

Congrats on 100! And what a fun giveaway!

Diann said...

okay, make that 138 followers celebration giveaway! LOL

I just became a follower!

collecteddust said...

OH PLEASE LET ME WIN.....I JUST NEVER WIN ANYTHING. [BOO HOO! ]
lOVIN' THE BLOG

Lisa-Color My World said...

Congratulations on your blogging milestone!! I just found your blog, lucky me!!, because I just love, love, love fabric!! Your blog is great! I became a follower tonight, and also posted info and a picture-link to bring some new people here fast!!

Pam Ponder said...

WHOO HOO I am so excited to have won!! I emailed you my information!! I love your blog it rawks! :-)

Betty's corner of the world said...

Yes I am a follower ..how could I not be ... I love your blog and "I LOVE RED" ... I'm trying not to say this ..but .."I wanna win"!
I can see the pillows now. :^)
Congratulatins on having 100 followers ..I can see why ..we all want to see what you're up to.
Keep posting...I will add your link
to my blog.
:^)
See you at the "Goodwill"
Hugz ...Betty