It’s My Blog’s 1st Birthday! Time for some GIVEAWAYS…


Time certainly does fly!  I launched this blog last year, on August 1, 2010, and can’t believe how quickly the past 12 months have passed.   This is my 134th blog post – yowza! I love blogging, and hope you’ve been enjoying my posts and website.

Because it’s better to give than to receive, I’m celebrating my blog’s first birthday with three giveaway prizes & three winners.  Wanna know more?  Read on!


The Prizes 


If you enter the giveaway, you could win one of the following three prizes:

A $15 iTunes gift card – Let the music play!  Oh, and if you don’t already have Adele’s album 21, I highly recommend it!

A five-pack of my handmade photo greeting cards – Blank inside, the cards are versatile and are suitable for many occasions.  This pack of cards retails for $15.

A $25 Visa gift card – Purchase $25 of whatever you’d like – on me.  Something practical, like groceries?  Sure.  $25 worth of gumballs? Go for it!  The choice is yours…


How to Enter


For a chance to win one of these three prizes: subscribe to my blog and leave a comment on this post.  You must do both to enter.

Already subscribed?  Great! Thank you!  You’ll just need to leave a comment.

Have yet to subscribe?  Please use the subscribe feature along the right side of this page, or go to my website’s subscribe page once you’ve left your comment.  (Please note: you must subscribe via my email-based subscription feature instead of the RSS feed in order to be entered in the drawing.) (

When you comment, please share which types of my blog posts are your favorites.  Arts/crafts? Haiku? Recipes? Travel features?  Other?  Alternately, if you’re a new reader, please let me know how you came across my website and blog.  Thank you in advance for your feedback, dear readers!


Entry Deadline


The winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, so please subscribe and comment by Monday, August 29, 2011.  Good luck!


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: thank you for following my adventures here at  I’m glad you’re here…

Warm regards,


*All three prizes are being provided by yours truly – no third party provided these items.

** And yes, I did bake cupcakes just so I could take a photo of one with a candle for this post.

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  1. Posted August 2, 2011 at 8:00 am by Wendy Telford | Permalink

    Loved the pic of the cupcake. Wanted to eat it myself!

  2. Posted August 2, 2011 at 10:07 am by Terry | Permalink

    While I’m partial to the haiku posts, I think the ones that resonate with me are the “letting my inner child out to play” posts. Those are always fun! Congratulations on one year of awesome blogging! Your site is great and I always find something interesting, insightful, or inspirational when I stop by. Happy Birthday, Blog!

  3. Posted August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am by Lillian Mederak | Permalink

    Love your blog im all ready subscribed


  4. Posted August 2, 2011 at 10:28 am by Destiny Lawyer | Permalink

    I love your blog and look forward to finding new postings in my inbox. I want to say I found this blog from winning something on Twitter from Catherine Ryan Hyde??? I like all of the features, honestly, but the cooking ones are fun, even though they make me drool. I really just like the fact that it is a variety of passions and not just one thing. Keep posting!!

  5. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:21 am by Sherry Winchester | Permalink

    This is a great idea, Melody! And very thoughtful on your part, too….You know, I’m always up for your lovely photographs, but your recipes are tops, too…I like the variety you offer…haiku is wonderful, too…I can’t decide…just love them all! …Oh, and by the way, Happy Birthday!!!!!!!

  6. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:34 am by James Mason | Permalink

    Kudos on your blog’s 1st birthday! Well done.

  7. Posted August 2, 2011 at 11:54 am by Denise Daniel | Permalink

    Happy Blog-aversary! To many more years to come. Thank you for sharing you passion for creating.

    Blessings, denise 😀

  8. Posted August 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm by Vanessa Johanning | Permalink

    First off CONGRATS!! ……..ya!!
    I am already a subscriber, and I love your crafts!! Your comments, and your writing style!
    Hope you have an awesome Week!!


  9. Posted August 2, 2011 at 4:20 pm by Diane Chen | Permalink

    Happy Birthday to your blog! Thanks for having fun giveaways!
    I like your art/craft posts the best, but the photography & haiku are great too.

  10. Posted August 2, 2011 at 10:24 pm by Pam Morgan | Permalink

    Happy Birthday! My favorite type of your blog posts?? Photos….no, travel….no, recipes…. Uh, do we have to choose? Just keep it all coming so we can enjoy.

  11. Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:05 pm by Colleen | Permalink

    You had me with the paint experiment! What a clever idea! And a good way to defeat the artist’s block. I’m borrowing that…

  12. Posted August 3, 2011 at 10:41 pm by susie c. | Permalink

    congrats on your 1 year! i enjoy all your posts, but if i HAVE to pick – 🙂 – as a fellow artist i’m partial to art related posts…

  13. Posted August 4, 2011 at 10:36 am by Trece | Permalink

    Congratulations on your blogiversary!! (I missed taking note of mine. . .)
    I don’t really have a favorite, I just love reading whatever you have to say, and drinking in your lovely images. I am a subscriber, and I think I found you thru your work with children and art journals.

  14. Posted August 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm by Darlene | Permalink

    Been following you since the beginning! Love ya, d

  15. Posted August 4, 2011 at 5:49 pm by ho young yu | Permalink

    happy blogging anniversary! 🙂 i like your artsy posts. it makes me tap into my artsy side even if for a little while. 😛

  16. Posted August 6, 2011 at 8:52 am by Charity S | Permalink

    Good luck on your wonderful blog, and I wish you many more blog anniversaries.

  17. Posted August 7, 2011 at 6:11 am by Rebecca T. | Permalink

    I am a new subscriber via Google Reader RSS feed. I came across your blog through Google. The cupcake looks delicious!

  18. Posted August 11, 2011 at 8:31 am by lorraine | Permalink

    i loved your iphone photos and happy birthday for your blogsite!

  19. Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:12 am by Ellie L | Permalink

    Congrats on 1 year!! That’s a great accomplishment and commitment.

  20. Posted August 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm by Liz M. | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m a new subscriber, and I love the arts & crafts posts!