Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thank you. And Call Me Crazy.

First things first: A great big thank you! Thank you for following along--for basking in moonbeams and chasing fireflies with me. 

100 followers! When I started blogging less than six months ago and my children and a couple of friends started following, 100 followers seemed as far away as the Man in the Moon. 

In fact, I didn't really think about followers--until I realized how much fun it was to have online friends who had something in common with me. I truly appreciate every one of you.

To mark this exciting milestone, I want to give a special shout-out to Annette from Chasing Lightning Bugs, my 100th follower. Is that coincidence or what?  Another firefly lover!

Annette is a talented artist whose handmade quilts, journal covers and fine art collages blend nostalgia with a wonderfully fresh flair. I hope you'll visit her site and check out her beautiful works of art.

I haven't ventured into the giveaway arena, yet, but want to host a giveaway to honor my wonderful followers. With the holidays upon us, though, another giveaway might get lost in the hustle and bustle of the next few weeks. 

So . . . stay tuned for a fun giveaway in January when lives settle down a bit and we're ready for a diversion from the winter doldrums.

BTW, as a giveaway novice, I'm hoping some of you might have some tips for me on how to host a fun and successful event. If you have experiences to share, comment below. I welcome your input.


You might think I'm nuts, but I'm already thinking ahead to January, when all the Christmas glitz and glam has been returned the storage tubs and stowed out of sight in the attic.

In that bitter cold, uneventful stretch between holiday gatherings with family and friends and the first turn of soil in the garden in the spring, I plan to tackle refinishing and repurposing this wonderful piece I purchased at a thrift store this past summer.

This is a vintage mail cabinet from an old hotel. Nothing fancy, but unusual as far as what you'd normally find in a thrift store. In fact, there were two identical pieces available. I bought both. The second one is now serving as extra counter space and a divider between the kitchen and living room of my son's studio apartment.

These nice pieces originally were marked $49.99 each, but had been marked down to $19.99 each. Can you believe I got both for $40? I think that's a bargain.

Watch for the transformation (and a giveaway) in the weeks to come.

Make it a great day!


  1. Congrats on your milestone Ann. Wishing you many more.

  2. Congratulations on reaching 100 followers.
    Look forward to what you do with the vintage mail cabinet and your giveaway.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas

  3. Hi Ann. Congratulations on reaching that goal. I remember how I wondered if I would ever reach even 25 in the beginning. I've been following by email because it seems the only way I have time to catch up on posts but now I'm following via gfc too. The cabinet was a great find. Looking forward to seeing how you use it.

    Merry Christmas...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  4. Great cabinet!

    I love visitors and the follower count is one way of tracking visitors! I love seeing the number go up. :)

  5. Ann, congratulations on hitting a big blogging milestone! Here's to your next 100!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17

    Just a reminder that if you leave a comment on the post before 5:00 Eastern Time today, you'll be eligible for the drawing for the $25 Hodgson Mill gift card.

    Warmest wishes,

  6. Happy for your good news. Love what you just you too:)

    Following your lovely blog. I am also inviting you to join Autumn Blog Hop 2011 at Momma's Lounge ( http://olahmomma.com/momlounge ) where you meet more mom bloggers; shout away; add your giveaways and/or blog and business links; and get featured by sharing your crafts, recipes and interesting musings.

    Happy Holidays from http://olahmomma.com

  7. Hi Ann,
    BIG congratulations!!! This is totally awesome and can you imagine her blog name? That just seems like destiny, doesn't it? WOW, I'm so excited for you!

    What I have found for giveaways is that people like things I make--so, I think they would be thrilled with something made by you. That way, whoever wins really feels a connection to you!

  8. What lucky finds! Sounds like you have some amazing ideas in store for them! And congrats on all of your followers, too!

  9. I can not tell you how long I have looked for something like this!! WOW I am stunned. I hope someday I am lucky enough to find one and what a great price. Happy VTT

    1. I love it! I will buy it if you don't find a use. Don't paint it!!!

  10. Can't wait to see the transformation!

    Thank you so much for being a part of the holiday spirit at Rook No. 17 last Tuesday. Can't wait to see what you have to share today!

    Warmest wishes,

  11. What great finds--can't wait to see what you do with them! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday--Happy Holidays!!


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