Saturday, April 17, 2010

Celebrating 200 Posts!

Okay, sound the trumpets!

Start the drum roll!

Tah tah tah tah tah tah! In just a few short days this blog will reach the 200 posts mark since it began about six months ago! Can you believe it? (I sure can't.)

To commemorate the 200th post, I'm going to have my very first giveaway. Because I love used books so much, there has to be three of those. One is "Living a Beautiful Life" by one of my life mentors, Alexandra Stoddard. While we have never met personally, she is a kindred spirit and her writing and suggestions have enriched my life immeasurably.  (Check out her website.)

"How to Care for Aging Parents" I referred to a lot but no longer need because my Mom and Dad have gone to the other side and no longer need my help.

Lastly, "A Little Bit Wicked" is a book sent by one of my sisters. Admittedly, it didn't appeal to me too much so it wasn't read but the title appeals to me! Ha!

A funky little handpainted vase will also be part of the giveaway. It has a pastel yellow background and daisies would look gorgeous in it. It's shown here with yellow daffodils.

To enter, all you have to do is be a Follower of this blog and leave a comment, indicating you want to participate in the Giveaway. I'll put all entries into a basket until April 26, the day that marks the 200th post, and the winner will be drawn.

Early last October, my husband and I went to see the movie, Julie and Julia. Of course, Julie wrote to people on her "blog" throughout the entire movie. I had no idea what a blog even was but thought it looked like something interesting to do if I could find out more about it. Shortly thereafter, the local library offered a three-part free blog workshop so I immediately signed up.

Before the third session, Writing Straight from the Heart came into being.

Since then, my journey through blogland has been fascinating. At times, when there were computer glitches or something I couldn't figure out, I'd start crying out of total frustration!  During those times, my adult "children" thought their mother had gone slightly mad but I just wanted to post.

The people, fellow bloggers, I have met have been wonderful. Every follower who has signed on to read this blog frequently elicited a happy yelp from me. 

So there you have it. Hope you want to participate in the 200th post giveaway.
Sending lots of warm wishes and love to all!  SUSAN


burlap+blue said...

Happy 200th post, Susan! That is a huge's to 200 more!!:)
thanks for visiting me earlier today!

Linda said...

Susan what a great post! I love hearing how people get started on their blogs! 200 posts in 6 months! BIG Congrats! I am so glad I found you and you found me or however it happened and that we are now friends. I love books and those look wonderful! PLEASE Keep on Writing Straight from your Heart!



diane stetson said...

Congratulations!Two hundred posts and 59 followers....wonderful. Good Job Susan!

Rhianna said...

Hi Susan, thanks for stopping by, it's nice to meet you. We have tons in common,cranberry glass, O brother where art tho,and best of all Cindy inspired me as well. I had written "my life on the water" type of blog but it was more a diary than hers. I enjoy the decorating, cooking, thrifting,crafting stuff, so thought I should share my knowledge in this type of forum. I am having a blast so far. I look forward to checking out your site in more detail.Cheers, Rhianna

Cindy~ said...

Hi Susan! Congratulations on your 200 post. Your blog looks great and you're doing just fine infact, I love the way that you write. Your words just flow. I'll be back to read more.

Thanks for visiting me earlier today...or um, I mean "yesterday" since it's so late now. (:
Feel free to stop by anytime!


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Susan: I just love to read your posts. Congratulations on reaching 200. That's the writer in you. I would love to be a part of your give away. I did get your email about my button. I just do not know how to do it. My friend Sares does all my buttons for me. Have you tried asking on your blog? That is how I found Sares. I just asked if anyone would be willing to help me and she volunteered. Wishing you a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats my friend. Love your blog because I know what you talk about you do feel treasured in your heart.

I would love to win those books - so put my name in - I am a follower!

You know how I always write a tidbit of whose birthday it is - Julie and Julia - I have about 3 more months to go!


T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Susan, I've been MIA for a while but just got caught up on all your posts. I have a small collection of safari animals too. It's easy to find those types of things on this side of the world. Love those brightly colored Indonesian kitties. I have a couple of wooden carved cats that sit on either side of our tv room. Congrats on your upcoming 200 posts. Wishing all the best for the rest of your weekend. :) Tammy

Andrea said...

Susan, I recorded that movie today and can't wait to watch it. Of course, you know how much I love books, so please enter me in the giveaway. How nice of you!!

Susan said...

Hello Everybody! I was thrilled you all came to visit while I was away from the computer. It's so nice to read all of your comments and see who wants to be entered in the giveaway.

Hope each of you has a great Sunday. Come back soon! Sincerely, Susan

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan....!!!

I love Alexandra Stoddard...!!

yes, please enter me into your contest!
i'm also having a colouring contest...if you know any little ones...enter them to win a free copy of my book!

ciao bella
creative carmelina was here....

ps...pick me, pick me!!!! lol

Kansas Amy said...

Congrats on your 200th post! I just posted my 100th post and have a giveaway too! Come by to enter! I also added you to my blog roll, and would love to be added to yours! Happy Blogging!

Susan said...

P.S. to Kansas Amy. Amy, do you want to be entered in the giveaway? Sincerely, Susan

Susan said...

Hello Carmelina! I love Alexandra, too. I'm so glad you want to be entered in the Giveaway! Until soon then. Sincerely, Susan

pinkstilettos said...

Congrats on your 200th post!! Now I am going to check out the rest of your blog.....Thanks for visitng mine!

Susan said...

Hello pinkstilettos: Please stop by to visit anytime. You will always be welcome! Sincerely, Susan

Rebecca said...

When I first came over to your blog, I thought maybe the give away was one of those cheese/raisin turnovers! They sound absolutely WONDERFUL!

Congrats on your 200th. What a nice selection of books (and vase). I'd LOVE to win :)

That corgi :) said...

hi; found out about your giveaway from a comment you left on Sandie's blog so I thought I would come and check it out; added myself as a follower; sounds like a great giveaway! congrats on 200 posts!!! that is an accomplishment for sure :)


Susan said...

Hello Rebecca and That corgi! Thanks for stopping by. Well, put you both in for the Giveaway!

Welcome, That corgi! So happy you chose to Follow. My Followers are so special to me! Take care and come back soon! Sincerely, Susan

Karen Lange said...

Don't know how I missed this! (Busy weekend I suppose:)

Congratulations on your accomplishments; your blog is lovely. I would love to be entered of course, and heartily celebrate your success with you. Blessings to you,

Susan said...

Dear Karen...You are officially entered in the Giveaway! Thanks so much for your sweet compliment. I'm so happy you are a Follower! Have a great day. Sincerely, Susan

BECKY said...

Hi Susan! I am as pleased to be one of your followers, as I am that you are a follower of mine! Your blog always has beautiful photos and beautiful writings...all coming straight from your heart! :) Congrats!

Susan said...

Thanks, Becky! I appareciate that! Sincerely, Susan

Susan said...

p.s. to Becky....Do you want me to include you in the Giveaway, Becky? Sincerely, Susan

Leslie, the Home Maker said...

Here I am playing nicely, and putting my name where it should be :)
By the way, the very first decorating book I ever read was this one, by Alexandra- I borrowed it from the library and wanted one of my own!! It's true!
It's a fun giveaway!

Susan said...

Oh, Leslie, that's a kicker. I love Alexandra Stoddard! She rocks. Take care. So happy you are participating. Sincerely, Susan

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