Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Thanks Blogland!

 Sometime this month - January - I will start saying I've been blogging for two years.

I like to call myself a moderately unsuccessful blogger. 

I say this tongue-in-cheek because I know a few things, that if I was willing to do them, would make me more "successful" in the eyes of those who have blogs with followers in the 4, 5, or 6 figures and make lots of money via blogging.

But as any of you that are bloggers know - blogging isn't all about being "successful".

So - no. This post is not about that.

A cake tester that Miss Bliss from Bliss Ranch sent me. It really works!

Or even about all the things I've gained or learned over the last two years of blogging. 

It is about one thing I've gained and learned over the last two years of blogging.

Are you ready? 

This is it.

Online friends aren't so bad.

In fact - they're somewhat awesome.

This is a tea towel from Tina at What We Keep made for me. Isn't it adorable? She has also sent me something else, but it gets it's own post...

Before I started blogging I didn't even do Facebook. I didn't feel the need to throw witty quips or pictures of food out to 500 friends. Or 50. Or 5 for that matter. 

So actually writing whole paragraphs and putting them out into space was (still is sometimes) a little weird for me. 

But then people were nice to me. Not everybody. But enoughbody. 

I found out that there were people in the world that liked making stuff as much as I did.

And I liked that.

I don't like everything that everybody makes.

And they don't like everything that I make.

Fiona (I like to call her Fi) at Just Paint It White sent me this linen twine bag that she made. And she surprised me by including some driftwood from her beach. Isn't it beautiful?
But they are kind. 

And I like kind people.

They make me happy.

It makes me want to live next door (or down the road) from them.

A fruit of this kindness is that sometimes people have sent me stuff.

I hang my twine bag here so I can use it for gardening.

You know I LOVE STUFF. So getting stuff makes me happy.

This post shows you some of the stuff that's arrived in my mailbox this year.

Last year I even had a Valentine Pal. We traded Valentine stuff. The stuff she sent me had chocolate in it. That makes it better than the stuff I sent her!

My Valentine Pal was Shell at Bunglow Bling.

Shell makes blingy stuff and sells it at a few shops in Snohomish, WA.

Snohomish, WA would be a great place to live!

Most recently I got this package in the mail.

Look at the special effort in packaging and this cute little Valentine tag!

I was reading a post over at Donna's place the other day. She was sharing a book that she picked up while thrifting. I was intrigued. I really wanted to read this little sex ed book from 1930. I'm a health educator and I've done my share of sex ed so I thought it would be fun to read this little book.

A little photo bomber here...

I haven't had a chance to read all of it yet. It looks promising. All these lovely pictures. It's nice to know that the children of the 1930s were well versed in the mating habits of animals.

You may or may not remember that I scored a rug this year too. I had to pick it up. But that was OK because I got to meet the lovely Linda.

I even have a box of a special something from Curaco that I got Karah to send me over a year ago. This spring - yes I am committed - I will used that something to make something and write about it. 

I'm really mysterious aren't I?

Anyway, I just want to say thanks.

Thanks for sharing your stuff and looking at my stuff.

And thanks for sending me kindness. 

And stuff.

Make something wonderful today!


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French Country Cottage


Kirby Carespodi said...

Yay for Peeps! I love Fiona's bag, by the way--and all the other goodies. Online friends are way cool.

Bliss said...

Well I got all choked up. Two of those pieces of driftwood came from Lake Superior. Bet it was some sick twisted person who sent only two of those.

Donna Wilkes said...

Blogging buddies are always ready to help or ready to bring you joy. Enjoy the book. Love this sweet post. I am just glad I am in the enoughbody category!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Congrats on sending it out in space for two years now, Karen! I've been doing the same for one year, but there are some genuine friendships forming. It's nice.
Rita C. at Panoply

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

... and thanks for coming to visit with me in Chicago and having lunch and stuffing that rug into your car (I still have no idea how) without help from me because my fingered was just "surgered!"

You friend,


Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Geez you just reminded me about mine! Happy blogiversary! You got great stuff but the friendships are the best. So glad I got you meet you at Haven. Oh you forgot to mention that. Hope you have many more and I will get to see you again soon!

White Lace and Promises said...

It's taken me three years to find my connection in blogville. But yes, my new-found friends are wonderful-so giving-so compassionate-so thoughtful!

Nita Stacy said...

I'm not into Facebook at all but almost from day one when I started blogging I met so many like minded people. I'd say I am moderately successful at blogging too. If I could all the things done that go through my head...I'd be ridiculously successful but the best thing about blogging are all the people I met.

Stuff being sent to me has been a real surprise each and every time. I look around my house and see all the things and think about the special person that not only gave it to me but went to the trouble to go to the post office and MAIL IT! I think that is a major thing as i hate going to the post office. So to think someone would go to the post office to mail me something that really is amazing.

Glad we connected. I always enjoy your posts!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

loved this post. So sweet. You have a lovely treasure trove of gifts- I think the best one are the friends you make along the blogging way (or the real
It is amazing for me too--To see the people that are kind enough to read and comment at my blog.
happy anniversary on your blog!
...I can't even remember when I started blogging, :/

Art and Sand said...

What a fun post.

You made me stop and think about my blogging and I realize Art and Sand just had its second birthday.

You received some wonderful things this year. What I love about blogging is the giving and receiving of fun gifts.

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Blogging certainly has been a wonderful experience and the enoughbodies make it worthwhile for sure! What a lovely post Karen!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Haha! I love all of your things. And that there are enoughbodies or is it enoughbodys being nice to you to keep you going. I think that's all it takes. Success, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And you know I can't wait to see what something you make with the something that came from Curacao. :)

fiona anderson said...

Finding like minded people is the best thing about blogging. Although we don't all have the same taste, it's great to communicate with others who understand one's need to create and decorate, and who simply understand us.
It was my pleasure to send the twine bag and I'm so glad you use it, love Fi x

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Yeah for blog peeps! They are friends. But not to be a debbie downer I felt I lost so many blog friends since I was out most of last year sick and that makes me sad. It's kind of like you only as good as your last "post" :-}. Now I'm really depressed because I've never received anything in the mail. Does this mean I am a bad blogger? (this is in fun). Congrats on almost two years and I consider you a successful blogger!

Leslie Harris said...

Karen I was chuckling (do people still use that word?) to myself as I read this post. I'm proud to say that I'm included in that "moderately unsuccessful blogger" category. And yes (sigh) I know there's all sorts of things I should be doing to 'build' my blog but honestly, I'm just happy to get an occasional post out these days. I did have fun looking over all your gifts and 'things' and I wholeheartedly agree with you about the blogworld. There are some amazingly fun, talented and kind bloggers out there who still thrill me whenever they visit my blog. You included.
happy blog birthday!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Great post, Karen. You have a wonderful blog, and you are so generous about sharing your techniques and recipes. It's not all about the numbers. I would rather read a blog that is sharing and caring than one who posts pics from Pinterest and who knows what else. Stay warm.


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