Sunday, 23 September 2012

One year on ... and a giveaway

Hello

I can hardly believe it has been a whole year since I commenced blogging under the title Heart.Hearth.Home. When I started out taking tentative steps into the world of blogging, I had not appreciated how much I would enjoy being part of a unique community. 

During the past year, I feel that I have grown as a person. Blogging has helped me to express myself in a way that I would not normally have thought possible. Family and friends have had a huge role to play, providing me with plenty of occasions to write about. The blog has allowed me to share courses I have taken, lots and lots of photographs, and opportunities to join with other bloggers by participating in storytelling, mail art, scavenger hunts and many other things.

Having a Blog has been about writing my stories, getting things out of my head and into print. It was one of the driving forces in the beginning. Researching family history has made me aware of how important it is to record memories. There have been so many times that I now wish I had paid more attention when family stories were being handed down. This blog has given me a place to embrace that wholeheartedly and pass on those stories to my daughters and grandchildren. 

This year, I have met online some wonderful people, people who I perhaps would never have met other than through blogging. It would be great to think that one day I might meet a few in person but for now, I appreciate the bond that blogging has created.

As I move into my second year, I want to widen my horizons even more. There seems to be endless possibilities to where blogging can lead. I am moving forward on a much wider path than the one upon which I took my first step.

Now... if you would like to help me celebrate, please leave a comment below and give yourself the chance to win a box full of scrapbooking goodies. If you would like to comment on the holiday season, all the better. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced on Saturday 29th September 2012. Here's a taster of what could be winging it's way to you very soon wherever you are on the globe. Did I mention there will also be washi tapes, ribbons, surprises...


Good luck, and don't forget to check back next Saturday to see if you are the lucky one!

11 comments:

alexa said...

Many congratulations on your blogging anniversary! It's been a pleasure to come and visit, and I look forward to seeing what's next. :) (I am already struggling with the supplies I have, so would like to not opt into your very generous giveaway - there'll be many others who would benefit more! But thank-you).

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary of blogging. I came to your site through the 2012 Scavenger Hunt, and am staying because I enjoy it. When I started my blog, it was with the intention of share family stories with our many nieces and nephews who never knew the members who passed. Their grandfather died so young that only a few even remember him. Since then my blog has grown to include my scrapbooking and knitting achievements. Don't know what I would do without my blog to get memories and events down in writing.

Louise said...

happy anniversary Irene...looking forward to the next year of blogging x

Maria Ontiveros said...

Congratulations! So glad I met you this year. That's a lovely paper collection, and I have lots of Christmas photos still to scrap.
Rinda

Melissa said...

Oh goodness, did you say washi tape and other scrapbooking goodies - I have my hand up to be in the draw! What a great giveaway.

I've enjoyed getting to know you through your blog recently. I agree that the blogging community is so much fun & such a supportive and encouraging group. Congrats on one year!

I just scrap a Christmas layout a couple of days ago, and I think I'm ready to start thinking about whether I want to handmake any gifts this year.

Jimjams said...

Happy Anniversary - it's addictive isn't it?! I found your blog through Storytelling Sundays and it's been a pleasure getting a glimpse of your life and scrapbook pages. Keep it up and enjoy many more Blogiversaries!

Anonymous said...

Irene, congratulations! Your enthusiasm is contagious and appreciated. I, too, cannot wait for JYC this year. Emily P.

Sian said...

Many congratulations on your first year of blogging! It has been a real pleasure getting to know you, and I like to think that we will meet up some time in the furure. You never know..

Here's to many many more happy blogging years Irene. Keep it up, you have plenty of fans!

Beverly said...

Congratulations on your first anniversary, i look forward to seeing where blogging takes you in year two. Lovely Christmas goodies in that stash :)

Sharon K said...

Oh I'd love love love to win this!! I lost everything in the flood in Hershey PA and this would help me get moving again!! Lettering is needed badly, as is the embellishments.
Thanks for the chance to win!!

scrappyjacky said...

I too 'met' you through Storytelling Sunday.Congrats on your blogversary.I think what I love best about blogging is being part of such a supportive community.
Your giveaway looks wonderful....perfect for a Journal Your Christmas album.