Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Happy Blogiversary to Me!

Today is my 1st blog anniversary! It all started with this post. I know I've said this before, but I simply can't believe how much having this blog has meant to me these last 12 months. I have met so many truly wonderful people I now call friends through this little blog. Who would have thought so many of you have "a thing for roses" just like me.

I have been a stay-at-home mom for almost 15 years. I have had a few part time jobs, but have never had to leave my kids in day care. That has always been important to me and my husband. I started the whole antique selling five years ago and that opened up a creative side to me as I am also able to make/fix up many of the treasures I sell. But until I started a blog, I really didn't get much in the way of validation for what I did. I had no annual review from a boss who told me I was doing a good job. No yearly bonus for a job well done. Now that I am putting myself out there on a regular basis, I get such wonderful feedback from people from around the world. And that is just a bonus as I never really started this blog to get "validation" (something my husband teases me about mercilessly). I just thought it would be a fun new hobby.

So thank you fellow bloggers who visit on a regular basis and also those who only stop by once in a while. Your support through comments means so much to me.

I wasn't going to do a anniversary giveaway as I just did a birthday giveaway a couple weeks ago, but since this is a special day, I will give away to one lucky winner, a vintage wallpaper package. Just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a name on Friday morning.

As promised, here are the cute things I bought at the Barn House sale last weekend.

My first purchase of the day was this cute vintage cart. You probably know what I'll be doing with it.
Next I got this adorable little pink cash register. Not sure why I got it, don't really need it, but hello, it's cute and it's pink. I'm sure I'll find a place for it.

I thought that was going to be it for me, but then I poked my head into the barn and found this cutie. It's going to go in my living room above the big window. It is just a smidgen too short, but I'm sure I can make it work. I'm a sucker for anything with scallops. In case you are wondering what it is, it's a wood cornice box/shelf.
Next, I spotted this adorable little shabby coffee table in Joe's booth. Right now it's on my front porch, but eventually it will be hanging out in the front room with the day bed I got. It is taking me longer than I thought to clear that room out, I blame it on all the shows I've been doing this summer as this is where my stuff ends up hanging out. But soon, maybe this fall, I will really get to working on it. Anyway, this coffee table is going to get some glass and some black and white family pictures on it.
And finally since I hadn't spent all my money and I really wanted one, I got this cute tri-folding mirror from my buddy Lynne. I love the little pieces at the top. Please ignore the mess in the reflection. That is my much talked about messy front room.
On Friday, I will be doing a post for Tiffany of Shabby Scrap's Show us your Dress Forms Party. She has over 50 entries! That's a lot of dress forms. Should be a fun time. Well, better get back to cleaning. TTFN!
*Added note: I have been doing this for a year now and I am still having trouble with my pictures and text going where they want to go rather than where I want them to go. Ugh! (ha ha)


Kim's Treasures said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I totally agree with you, on feeling validated for all you do! Since I started reading blogs like yours I have felt more inspired to create and do more! It has really helped me a lot! Thanks for the inspiration! I love everything you picked up at the show! I really love the shopping cart!
Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

happy anniversary to you! thank you for your inspiration! adore your blog! ann-marie ;)

Babsarella said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary!!! Love your cool cart and can't wait to see what you will do with it.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Wow - you find so many shopping carts - I really like the shape of that one. I had the cash register when I was little - except that mine was red. It was a favorite.

Becky said...

Congrats on your Blog Anniversay.

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I didn't mean to be anonymous. The entry about the red cash register is mine.
--Vicki K

Station 521 said...

Congratulations on your Anniversary! Because of your Blog I found Monticello and the Barn House Sale! I love your space at Monticello and drug my husband up to the Barn House last weekend and we had a blast. Congratulations again, and I really respect the way you and other bloggers put yourself out there for all the rest of us. Thanks again, Debbie

Timi said...

Happy Blogiversary!
Love all your fantastic finds!

I tagged you this morning for a meme if you would like to participate. Go to my blog to check it out.
Have a wonderful day

misskp said...

WooHoooooo..a blogiversary! Congrats. I've loved reading your bog, and would like to say: Validation. Validation. Validation for you~ your projects are beautiful and inspire me!

Anonymous said...

I am happy for you , GRATULERER !

Lallee said...

Lisa, congratulations on another year of blogging! It's such a great way of finding kindred spirits.

Oh that pink cash register is just too cute!


Patina said...

Happy Blogiversary Lisa! Your blog is always so much fun to read.
I love those tri-fold mirrors it's something you can sit on any cabinet without putting nails in the wall, perfect!

Connie said...

Happy, happy, happy blogiversary to ya, sweet rose chick!! I'll have to do this when my blogiversary comes up! Isn't it fun???!?!! I just love sharing my antics, misadventures, opinions and squeeeeeal....PHOTOS on here!! Wooohooo, life's fun, ain't it, sweetpea?!!!!

MrsReaux said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! I stumbled across your blog and I love it - I will be visiting often

cherished*vintage said...

I'm so glad you started this blog a year ago! I love checking in daily to see what you've found and what you're up to. Congrats on this your 1st blogiversary. I'm looking forward to many more inspiring years!
btw, I have that same cash register! Mine is red, and I've had it since I was little. Gosh, I wish mine was pink! :o)

Victoria - Florence and Mary said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!

I love that cash register... too cute!

Victoria x

Anonymous said...

Your blog is sweetness to the junker/shabby chic soul. Thanks for all the inspiration and fun finds. Love it and keep it up!

Maison Douce said...

Happy blog anniversary, Lisa, you have been my inspiration for starting my own blog!! Love,

Lateda said...

Congrats on the ONE year celebration! You are an inspiration! Keep up the good work, and YOU should feel great about all the people you touch by blogging!
Much Love

Elizabeth said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I'm looking forward to seeing your vintage cart all dressed up--it looks just like mine and I'm sure I'll be inspired to finally do something with it. Love all your beautiful pictures!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your blogaversary!! Thank you for the inspiration in each and every post. Way to go chickie... keep it coming.


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!
Your Blog is has been such an inspiration to us all and I hope we will continue to be inspired by it for many years to come!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Congratulations on your blogversary, and thank you for sharing all the inspiration with us!! :)

Recycled Rita said...

Happy Anniversary!
I really enjoy your blog, found it a few months ago and it is one of my favorite haunts! I too love thrifting...the adventure of treasure hunting!
Thanks for having such a nice place to stop by!
karen b...

Anonymous said...

What an inspiration you are to so many people!!!! I have been toying with the idea of a blog,tooooooo.... maybe one day soon!!!! Congrats one your anniversary!

PamKittyMorning said...

Happy Blogiversary! Love keeping up with what you find and what you're up to. I loved Monticello when we were there for quilt market.

I wish I could find a great cart like that, I love the scallopy top. Too bad I don't live close enough to buy it at the shop!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Lisa. You were one of the reasons I started my blog. i had run into you at Monticello and we were talking blogs. I mentioned I was thinking of starting one and you were so enthusiastic about yours. You were a blog cheerleader! Happy Day!

Adrienne said...

Hi Lisa -
Happy blogiversary! Congratulations on finishing your first year. Can't wait to see what you have to share this coming year.

I took out-of-state family to the airport this morning and stopped off at Monticello on my way home. I visited your booth and enjoyed everything you had there. Sorry I couldn't buy it all! Such a great place to unwind and browse. I'll stop by again.

Debbie Kay said...

Lisa, sweet Lisa:

I was a winner on your blog before (yeah first time) and maybe I will be a winner again. Your blog is a winner in my world!!!

Lots of love and look forward to your blog everyday!!

Debbie Kay

Angie said...

Happy Blogiversary! I often just lurk around your blog..but sometimes i just have to comment! i found an adorable little vintage cart last weekend, too. i am gonna have to post a pic of mine soon. now i just have to bribe you into making me one of those amazing cart liners..hehe...


p.s. boy do i wish we had barn sales like the one you went to around here...looked like heaven!

Anonymous said...

Hello hello!!
Happy Blogiversary!! I just wanted to tell you how much I adore your lovely photos, creations, and world! Totally brings a smile to my face! : ) I found your blog through Flickr!

I look forward to visiting often! Here's to the next fabulous year!!

Happy Creating! Happy Hunting!

love from the Jersey Shore!
xoxo Jenny

Linda said...

Happy 1st Anniverary....I alway enjoy my visit and and your latest treasures.
Looking forward to's going to be fun seeing all the dress forms...I keep looking for one. Hugs, Linda

Mrs. Cherry Heart said...

Happy 1 year Miss Lisa!

Love your blog!

Hugz, Dolly

Kathy said...

Hi Lisa, congrats on a year! I have really enjoyed your Blog. Thanks Kathy

shirley said...

wow I luv luv luv your blog!My lovely friend and fellow vintage lover Leigh introduced me to your blog a few months back and youve been on my favourites list since.
Congratulations on your blogging anniversary,we follow your blog from New Zealand yet feel a part of your life!
Vintage and rose scented regards from Shirley

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the anniversary!! That pink cash register is adorable - I would have bought it too, even without a "use" for it!

terri said...

Congrats on another first! I just found you and love your posts.

Anonymous said...

Please count me in! How could you pass up the cash register, glad you didnt! it is adorable

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I love coming to your blog to see all the fun things you find.

Jamie said...

I love to visit your blog - you always have such great stuff to share! Jamie V in MT

Lilli in Vancouver said...

I feel the same way that you do about our amazing blogging crafters community. I don't have any crafty friends where I live, but I have tons of them online :)

Goodie Gumdrops said...

Congraulations on your first year anniversary. I have been a reader for along time. Keep up the great blogging - you fabulous!

Unknown said...

Hi Lisa! I found you through Tracey at Cottage Industry. Your goodies are wonderful! I'm seriously coveting the scalloped cornice box. Happy Blogiversary! I sure would love to win those pretty wallpapers!

Michele said...

Congratulations on your blogversary! Your found some great treasures...I love the pink cash register the best!


Katie said...

Hi Lisa...Happy Anniversary! I'm about to go do a post about my trip to the Portland Expo in July...You will be in it, as your booth was so great!...Take care, Katie


HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. I a month plus new blogger and I am so into it my husband now calls me "Blogging Queen" so maybe I should change my name. I have the same problem with getting the pictures with the text..ugh...
Your treasures are nice. Do you sell on Esty or anything? COme visit me sometime.
Warmly, Deb

bee'nme said...

Happy, Happy Blogiversary sweet Lisa my friend! I remember when you were just starting out - seems like just a moment ago but it also seems like a lot longer than that. From the get-go you have been so very approachable and genuine (on top of very talented and funny) and I think your current readership is a testament to that. I love junkin' with you vicariously and can just tell that it would be the most fun thing in the world to dig through the bins at a thrift store with you then have ice cream or something together.

I'd love to be in on your giveaway...feel free to hop over to my place as I'm having a giveaway too...there may just be a pink rose item involved...

Congrats, belated happy birthday, and all the best to you, our blogland girl-next-door!!

Hugs and Blessings,
Becky S.

Alison Gibbs said...

What lovely wallpapers for your giveaway
Congratulations on your 1st Year Anniversary

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Conrats on your blogiversarry!! I so love visiting your blog and seeing all your fun vintage treasures!! That vintage wallpaper is SO pretty!!

Swampgirl said...

CONGRATULATIONS! oh, how I wish I lived closer to you! The places you go look like so much fun! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

Maria said...

Congrats on your blogiversary!! That pink cash register is too cute. Us girls can never have enough pink.

Leigh said...

Lisa, congratulations on the anniversary of your wonderful inspirational blog. I check you and your friend's blogs regularly. I adore seeing American vintage!! Our NZ vintage is similar. It's comforting to know that there are kindred spirits out thrifting and crafting on the other side of the world.
Kind regards
New Zealand

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The Tattered House said...


This is our first time to your blog and we love it! Congratulations on your anniversary. Sandy and I often travel for treasures for our shop. I think Oregon is in order. Thank you for your beautiful pictures.

Have a great weekend!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Happy Blogiversary to you, Lisa! Has it been a year already? Time sure flies by. Thank you so much for sharing life, collections and stories with us. We are blessed to have YOU in our world of blogging. Keep up the wonderful work! You are such an inspiration!!

I would love to be added in for your drawing of those wonderful old wallpapers. I can think of plenty of uses for them!!


KatCollects said...

Congrats on your Anniversary! This is so funny, my friend Tiffany and I were at the barn sale and I actually saw you carrying out the long white shelf you bought. Small world : )

Pat said...

Lisa, Well, I am probably too late......but did want to wish you a happy blogaversary! I read your blog all the time and enjoy it very much. I wish you all the best!!!! pat

Anonymous said...

Well as usual I'm a bit late for the giveaway but I really wanted to wish you a happy blogiversary. Love visiting your lovely blog and enjoying the crinoline I purchased at the Farm Chicks. HOpe to make it out to a Oregon to hit some of the great sales/shows there. Here's to another year! Laura

Anonymous said...

Congrats I love your blog,so inspiring and Mannie's I just bought my first one!
I have a pink chippy cart for Brimfield!

Lydia said...

Hey- That's my old kitchen scalloped shelf!!! :) Got one just like it . That shelf got me into selling art and antiques for 8 yrs! We sold the last house w/an adorable little kitchen w/that shelf.

Lo and behold, they expanded the kitchen and had it out for the trash. I drove by and my old neighbors told me it was for the trash and that I should take it. They're now good friends as we had been. What luck!!

Cute other treasures as well:)- Lydia

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