Thursday, April 19, 2012

Cottage in the Oaks - Great Blog is Having a Great Giveaway!

One of my very favorite blogs, Cottage in the Oaks, is celebrating her one year blogoversary with a fantastic giveaway! Make sure you head over and enter to win. But before you do that, take some time to check out her blog, it is really amazing. I love her sense of style, which I would describe as beachy/cottagey (I know that isn't a real word, but you know what I mean!). She writes about crafting, food and general interest things. I always look forward to what she has to say and what new idea she has come up with! I am constantly amazed at the level of creativity she has and am in awe. I have copied many of her projects and her tutorials are easy to follow and photographed well, which is not true of all blogs. She also has an amazing Etsy shop, so make sure you check that out as well.

Okay, I think you can tell I am a true fan of the blog, but I know you want to hear about the giveaway, right? Who doesn't want the chance to win free swag?! Well, I will give you a tease about what she is offering, but you have to head over here to see it all! I will say it is valued at over $500, which is a very generous gift to her followers.

Some of the items included in the giveaway are; A mini tabletop French cafe chalkboard, A European grain sack Candle jar cover, A set of four EAT napkins and A personalized leather cuff to name just SOME of the beautiful things included in this package!

You're welcome! :-)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Still Kicking

Hi out there in blogging land! I haven't been posting for quite some time, and frankly I hadn't even been following other blogs regularly for some time. Those of you who are ill will understand. Sometimes life gets in the way. Mom has been very ill and that has taken most of my "healthy" hours in a day. I recently started to follow some great blogs again, but this time more in the crafting/DIY/home decor/food genres. I have begun crafting again after a long hiatus and was looking for inspiration and fellowship with other crafters. I think I was also looking for a break from being identified as chronically ill. Nothing has changed in that regard, if anything it has gotten worse, but I am choosing to focus on other things. At some point, hopefully in the not too distant future, I plan to start another blog that will be more along those lines. I do not intend to hide my illness, just not make it the focus of the blog as it was here. I will keep this blog, but I won't be posting as regularly as I was when I was active with it. I intend to keep in touch with my chronically ill blogging friends, I just need to express my creative side in a different way right now and I hope you will understand. I also wanted to write this post for those of you who may have gotten my blog information when I commented at your blog and came to follow. Feel free to follow, or feel free to wait and follow when I start the new blog up. Thanks! I appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read my posts,comment or even keep me in their prayers - it means more than I can ever express!