Friday, June 22, 2012

One Year Gone. Really?

A Whole New World

A year ago today, I began blogging. It's all I expected and more. I've met some of the most wonderful people and struck up friendships far and wide (like all the way around the world 'far and wide').  When I wrote this post last year at this time, I guess I had an inkling of what I'd be doing here. You see, for the most part I stuck to plan. Who knew? I wrote: 'It's certain that I will touch upon many subjects including, but not limited to: interior design, graphic design, gardening, writing, pr, food, art, advertising/marketing, and the good life in general.'

I'd also add to this list:

tutorials like 'make a paper star'

{still one of my favorites}

a good dose of creativity and crafting thanks to people like Kristen from Milo and Molly

hosting parties so others had a chance to promote themselves and so I could introduce followers to some truly talented people- a group of crafters.....artisans.....bloggers extraordinaire.

like Amy from Maison Decor.......

and Cari Jane Hakes of Hybrid Handmade

Aurora Borealis Ring with Labradorite and Silver by Cari-Jane Hakes, Hybrid Handmade
via hybridhandmade

Falling into the category of the 'good life', I guess you can put 'nature' and 'free things'.  I have really enjoyed sharing sunset meadows, our walks with you, and fun free designs

What I'm trying to say, is it's been a really fun ride and I hope you'll stick around for the rest of the trip.  I'll be Thelma to your Louise, or vice versa.

Oh, I forgot to add one thing to the list, something I know you've all been waiting for...........GIVEAWAYS. I've been able to host some really fun giveaways. What? You want to know who won the giveaway to end all giveaways? The fantastically wonderful blogavesary giveaway?

First let me thank my sponsors again, because without them it wouldn't have been much of a giveaway. Give them a little of your time, would you? They're worth getting to know.

Kristen from MiloandMolly:  blog, twitter    
Duni from PeriDotbyDuni: blog
Angela from Garden and Sea: blog, twitterpinterest
Paige from Little White Chapel: blog, twitter, pinterest , flickr
Bonnie from {PaperKeeper}: blog, twitter, facebook 
Leona from Lee'sWhimsy: facebook    
Amy from MaisonDecor: blog
Garrett (aka G-Man, Gar, dh) from Lia Artisan Concrete Designs: website

While we're on the subject of sponsors, I'm a lucky gal to have Large Rugs & Carpets on my team. If you're looking for....well it's kind of obvious.....a 'large rug or carpet' (wink wink), you must visit their site.....Personally I'm very fond of the Kermans.

Back to the giveaway. All I can say is this woman has the 'green thumb' of giveaway luck lately. In fact, she recently one a beautiful design by the lovely Ms. Cari Jane Hakes (jealous).  Today, she can count herself lucky again thanks to Rafflecopter (which by the way made this giveaway easy peasy from this end). The winner of my blogaversary giveaway, picked randomly by rafflecopter is...........Are you sitting down Leona?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you all SO very much for following along. A special shout out to the new people who found me via the giveaway- I look forward to getting to know you all better.

You'll never know how much it means to me that you're all here.

Freeform Friday

I know I've freeformed this before, but just because we had so much fun dancing to this and many other songs at the wedding last Saturday--
oh yes we did-

 and because it gets me in a 'hey, the weekend is here' kind of mood....get your scarf out and give me your best Jagger moves. Go on. Nobody is looking. I swear.

Another busy weekend ahead. The G-man and I will be celebrating our 24th Anniversary a little early (it's Monday but always fun to lengthen a celebration, don't you think?).  We'll probably enjoy dinner out, which always makes both of us happy. We will also be planting our garden. We are ridiculously late with that. It's been a crazy Spring between weather, going away to NYC, niece's wedding, etc. It just kept getting pushed off. I will also be spending time in the pool, which we are still playing 'cloudy' games with, but when it's this hot, I couldn't care less.

How about you? What's your weekend looking like?

Ciao for now,


  1. Happy anniversary Pamela!!! Congrats to Leona!!! This weekend, I really hope to hit some garage sales and do some gardening of course, followed by a lot of baking that includes chocolate hahaha! Xo, Ashley

    1. Ashely, the chocolate sounds fabulous, but the baking....not so much. It's HOT here. We've had all the windows closed up, shades drawn, ac on for last three days. The pooch is wiped even with the fan blowing right on him.

      Haven't been to one garage sale yet this summer. After July 4th, I feel a few in my future. Have a blast and find that 'million' dollar item!

      Thanks for being here Ashley. You're always so nice to comment! PS- have I told you I love the name of your blog? Ideas at Midnight....why is that always when they come?

  2. Oh, man, I really thought I was going to win! LOL!! Congrats to Leona, and I can't wait to send her the note cards. Happy one year Pam! It's so nice to know you. :)

    1. LOL! Hate to disappoint you, but you can blame it on rafflecopter (have you used that yet....really made things much easier). I'll send you leona's address when I get it. Thank you SO much for sponsoring and for hanging here on the Muse. It's so nice to know you too. Let me know if you ever come up this way.......we do have a great beach for bubble toes and buldozer man.

    2. Would that happen to be Hampton Beach? You know how much I love it up there.

    3. yes it would be hampton beach. good memory. of course, you know i'm in nh and there's only 19 miles of coast so you probably could have looked it up easy enough.....;) nothing like a day at the beach in the salt air to make two munchkins sleep soundly

    4. Thanks, Kristen, I can't wait to get them!!! :D

  3. Happy Blogiversary! Looking forward to many more of your posts!

    We'll be spending a lot of time in the pool this weekend too!

    1. i'll be spending time in the pool too. gar will need it more than me though....he currently has the filter apart trying to figure out why some sand is flushing back in. oy. kinda hot for a project like this. thinks he might have figure out, fingers crossed. either way,cloudy water or not, i am in like flynn.

  4. Pam, as you know, I am speechless!!!
    Well, almost...
    Thanks so very much!
    I am one lucky girl!

  5. Awesome! So fun and thrilled the winner is someone I "know" !! :) congrats Leona!
    Happy blogiversary Pam -I so glad to have been part of your first year [and you mine :)] - enjoy the weekend and your other anniversary too! Great job on the giveaway, even if I didn't win :)

  6. Congratulations on your first of many more anniversaries to come for your wonderful blog!! and thank you for hosting such a wonderful and generous giveaway ..Leona is one very lucky gal!

    Happy early anniversary to you and Mr. G. ...may the week-end be filled with endless celebration...hugs, C. (HHL)

  7. Happy Blog-a-versary! I'm sure to stick around :)

  8. Happy blog anniversary! All the best! Kellie xx


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