This blog started with the arrival of the cicadas. I couldn't figure out how to use Typepad then, and a year later I still can't figure it out since they recently changed how we compose posts. Typical. I started this blog with the goal of learning something new and as a way to record the little things for my kids. What I didn't expect was the instant connections I made with so many of you. We have a need to be accepted and listened to, and blogging provides those needs. I know this sounds sappy, but this blog has helped me inch closer to the person I want to be because it forces me to pay attention to the positive moments in my life.
Your blogs are inspiring and beautiful; the photographs, crafts, ideas, and funny stories have opened my eyes to a whole new world. So to say thank you for reading and encouraging me, I have a put together a giveaway. The first prize is a picnic basket filled with goodies;
This picnic cookbook that I had to restrain myself from keeping:
...and a Japanese craft kit; everything included (except directions in English), to make a cute tote. Just think how mysterious you will appear sewing at a picnic reading Japanese;
I dusted off the sewing machine and made these picnic place mats. As a side note, my sewing skills are weak, so please understand that if you win;
The second prize was donated by The Wee Garden; a garden book full of ideas and one miniature watering can to get you started. Thank you so much Jill for providing such a lovely gift:
To enter, leave a comment by Sunday, June 8th, 5:00 p.m. central time. I will announce the winner Sunday night or Monday. If you are new to this blog or have never left a comment, please don't feel shy. Good luck and thank you for sharing this year with me.