Feb 14, 2012

Happy Anniversary to me

and Happy Valentine's Day to you all!  I want to thank everyone for participating in the Prairie Schooler offer and Shar seems happy to be the winner.  She doesn't have any Schooler Santas so I hope she enjoys stitching these designs.
You know those lovely sweet women that call you honey and hug frequently, laughing and joyous, warm and open, caring to all, a joy to be around?   That's not me.   I wish it were, but it's not.   I admire and envy them.  So if I don't say it enough, please forgive me.  But when I say that I am touched by all of you, taking your time to visit here, to offer help, or just a hello, I mean it sincerely.  This last year, as I mentioned before, has tremendously helped me to move on, has motivated me, and continues to do so.  I'm amazed and very appreciative as followers continue to join.  I mentioned before about disturbing happenings, and my mind isn't focused right now.  There have been many dogs stolen (bait for dog fights), some horrific dog abuse in a neighboring area, and an unexpected botched surgery that is taking my sister's dear friend very quickly.   So you will be making the decision for me, by choosing the shop for the offer.   I will purchase a $30 gift certificate at one of the following online shops in your name if you win.  I chose these because of the accessories offered, linens, thread variety, and dookies (little goodies).  You can browse and decide which shop has what you would like, offers the best discount, and let me know your choice.   Just in case my fogged mind is not stating this clearly enough - the winner will receive a $30 gift from ONE shop of their choice.   I plan on adding a few other items also, and will hopefully have them ready soon.    Here are the options.....
The Silver Needle
Down Sunshine Lane
Anita's Little Stitches
ABC Stitch Therapy
Elegant Stitch
The Cottage Lane
123 Stitch
Blogger is not allowing me to preview this post, and all my pages are blank, including your blogs.  So hopefully it will appear at some point.  This is the post where you need to leave a comment to be included in the anniversary offer.  If there is a problem with it,  I will redo tomorrow or whenever Google cooperates.  The drawing will be held next Wednesday the 22nd, and I will post before then with a reminder and anything else that I add.  Do not leave your shop choice in the comments - if you win, you can make the decision then.
Have a great week - thank you so much for visiting - and good luck!

80 comments:

JillMN said...

Happy Anniversary and Valentine's Day! I can't wait to stitch your Peacock Needlekeep. Thanks for your generous giveaway!

Jeanne said...

Count me in !!! What a wonderful give-away. Happy Valentine's Day !

Keeper of the Crowes said...

So sorry to hear that you've been experiencing some real difficulties. You are in my thoughts. I want to wish you a very Happy Anniversary and let you know how much I enjoy reading your blog. I would certainly love to be considered for your give away.
Linda

Barbara said...

Marly, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I want to wish you a happy anniversary and I would feel blessed if you would enter me into your wonderful giveaway. Congrats to Shar for winning the PS Santa. I know she'll love stitching it.
Blessings!

Carla said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine's Day to you! I know you have had some troubles and sadness and am glad you have found it in you to keep up this blog. I enjoy it tremendously! You have a real wit about you and you are so very talented. Thank YOU for keeping me entertained!

Margaret said...

Happy anniversary, and Happy Valentine's Day! You're so sweet to have this giveaway. Hey, I'm not a huggy type either. Doesn't matter. You have a good heart and that's where it counts. Anyway, thanks for the giveaway!! Sorry about all the stressful things going on. :(

Elizabeth Ann said...

I am so hoping this year will be a sweeter year for you. Losing one's mom is truly heartbreaking and I am sure only time will help each day get easier for you. I have enjoyed seeing all your beautiful pieces that you have stitched and hopefully will continue to stitch. Happy Anniversary to you!

Sweet Sue said...

Hi ya Marly, finding your blog and striking up a kinship has brought joy to many of us, happily including me! The sharing of not only our stitching but everyday life unifies us, supports us, keep us strong ~ wait just a darn minute ~ this is starting to sound like a bra commercial ~ got cha! Happy Anniversary and V-Day! xoxo

Peggy Lee said...

As I was reading this post I thought I was reading about myself! I too am not the sweet lovey type. I do try to be but as you say, it's just not me. I ride along on my husbands trails because EVERYBODY loves him! He can get along with ANYBODY!

I won't take part in this very generous giveaway because I was the lucky recipient of a recent giveaway of yours.

Melissa said...

Happy Anniversary & Happy Valentine's Day, Marly! Yeesh, sorry to hear about he bad stuff going on. I hope things resolve themselves in a good way soon!

Thank you for the opportunity of the giveaway!

You take care!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
Happy Valentine's Day to you!
I'd love to be entered in your give-away!
Hugs :)
Lauren

Kristy said...

Happy Valentine's Day. I am thrilled to be entered in your give-a-way. Kristy

Mary A said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Sorry to hear about your troubles. Prayers to your sister's friend and I hope they find the dog nappers!!! Please enter me into the giveaway. Mary A

Del said...

Hi ya,
just a hello and happy, happy Anniversay and Valentine's Day. I enjoy your blog and come for inspiration and... you and others out there make my day by blogging. I don't blog but don't know what I would do without you people. I do appreciate your effort. Hope your next year is filled with happy moments.

Angie said...

Hi Marly~
What a wonderful and generous giveaway~please count me in!

Penny said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine's Day to you Marly!
I'm sorry things have been rough for you lately. :( Hang in there! I always enjoy your posts - always full of interesting things. :)

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary and Valentine's Day. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

Linda

Ellen said...

Happy Valentine! Sure would love to join your generous giveaway, thank you for the chance!

Printed your freebie and plan to start stitching soon, thank you for the design!

Hugs,

Laurie in Iowa said...

Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Anniversary. I'm so sorry that you've been having a difficult time late.y and hope that changes for you very soon.

Thank you for your very generous giveaway and the chance to win.

I'm not the 'huggy' type either.

Andrea said...

Oh dear Marly, I hope everything is OK...so sorry to hear about that stuff going on around you....my heart goes out to you. I just called animal control on a neighbor across the street when I saw a beautiful boxer tied up in their driveway in the back, on about a two foot rope! :-( I had the immediate thought that we needed to move if animals around us are being mistreated by our own neighbors!!! But sadly, some people treat their animals like crap :-( We never, ever leave our pugs outside by themselves (even in the fenced in yard), because sadly, pugs are often stolen for bait. Makes me sick.
Oh dear. Well, I love your posts and am glad you took up stitching again. You always make me smile.
Happy Valentine's Day and blog anniversary :-)
xoxo
PS. I used to not be the huggy type either, but have gotten that way the older I get...I also tell people, even ones that aren't family, that I love them, which is probably disturbing to some folks, but life is short and I'd rather tell people while it's possible ;-)

Vanessa said...

It never fails to amaze me how some people can manage to be so cruel to helpless animals, but it is an unfortunate reality. Sorry to hear of the troubles you are dealing with, but you bring a bright spot to anyone reading for your blog...so many beautiful things. This is a very generous giveaway and I would love to be entered for a chance.

samplerlover said...

Happy Anniversary and Valentines Day. It has been a joy us to get to know you. Ialways enjoy stopping by when I can.

I'm not the huggy type either.

~*Shar*~ said...

It's me again...lol please enter me in your very generous giveaway hun; Happy Valentines Day & a very Happy Anniversary;your a sweet, caring lady; you don't give yourself the credit you deserve; I know it's hard to do...don't doubt yourself; your a sweetie in my eyes...:)

Hugs, Shar

Rebecca said...

Happy Aniversary. I hope you had a lovely day. I would be honored to be in your drawing. You are always a favorite blog of mine to follow. Your stitching amazes me.

Ginny said...

Congratulations on one year of blogging. I love your blog because you are so real, something I find lacking too often, not just in blogs, but in everyday living. I would love to be entered in your drawing. Thank you!

Mouse said...

happy anniversary and Valentines day (bit late but catching up ..lol)
would love to be entered into your generous giveaway ... and coo love all the shops you have chosen to pick from :)
sorry to hear about things that are going off ... I hate animal cruelty and hate it when you hear that an operation has gone wrong too ... life sometimes is so unfair ....
I hug more than I ever do and also give lots of (((HUGS))) this way to you too .. my arms won't stretch that far across the pond ...lol
good luck to every one :)
love mouse xxxxxx

connie said...

It really upsets me when people are cruel to animals..It seems like thats all you hear about lately..very disturbing.I would love to be entered in your drawing..thank-you

Patty C. said...

Sorry for your troubles - but it seems are are facing them in the perfect manner - focusing on your blessings !!!

Happy anniversary to you !
Thank you for offering such a lovely Giveaway :)

Chris said...

Hey Marly!
Congratulations on your Blogaversary! It has been wonderful having you here, I look forward to seeing your posts.
Please count me in the giveaway.

Dina said...

Thank you for your blog. You are an inspiration to me and I managed to track down the book so I can also make the mail carrier Santa.

denise said...

happy anniversary and happy valentine's day!!!! count me in .denise[cheermom1954@aol.com\

CATHI said...

Happy Birthday to you! :o)

Cathi

Siobhán said...

Happy anniversary and a belated happy valentine's day! Sorry to hear about the goings on there. Botched surgery--I am so sorry. It must be horrible to hear of the agony that your sister's friend is going through. The animal cruelty is just too disturbing--I can't get over how some people treat animals.

I'm laughing at the term 'dookies' for little goodies--in our family, what we call dookies definitely aren't of the good variety! LOL

Shirlee said...

Marly ... My thoughts & prayers are with you. Please do add me for a chance to win your wonderful giveaway! Blessings, Shirlee

Vickie Niggemann said...

Marly, I too have prayed for you and the nasty things going on there. You are very generous. You ALWAYS make me smile. Please count me in. :)

Loraine said...

Hi Marly,
You are about as sweet as you come! You are VERY kind, and generous, and I have learned a lot from you. I'm really behind in reading your posts, so I will do that this morning. :)
So sorry to hear of all the sad things going on in your life right now. I do hope things start to improve. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Happy Anniversary!!!! We should be buying you a $30.00 gift! LOL. Have a great one.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What a generously lovely offer! May I be included please? :)
I think just as you do - blogging has brought much goodness, happiness and general lovliness to my life. Happy Valentines Day!

Anonymous said...

oh what a wonderful offer!please
count me in. Happy Anniversary! and hope you had a wonderful Valentines day.
Thank You for the chance
Darlene N

Pat Matejcek said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentines Day! I would love to be included in the generous giveaway. Thanks so much...

Darla said...

Please include me in the drawing!

http://darlasbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/

Vera said...

Hi Marly! Happy Anniversary. So sorry to hear of all the issues you've had to deal with over the past year. You're in my thoughts and here's hoping that all improves quickly. Thanks for the wonderful opportunity. I'd love to be included. Vera

Kris said...

Happy Anniversary! I would love to be entered in your drawing. So very generous of you!

Dee L said...

I'm fairly new to your blog, but you are so real that I can't wait to read each new post. You may not be huggy, but your heart is so full of caring that it cannot possibly matter. Please enter me in your amazing giveaway.

cucki said...

happy anniversary dear..please count me in for this sweet giveaway..
big hugs cucki xx

Simple Pleasure said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine's Day! I find your blog to be very inspirational...please keep posting.
Thank you for entering me in this generous giveaway.
Busy Hands...Happy Heart
Patricia

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a generous giveaway. I always enjoy your posts and am happy I found your blog. Congratulations on your anniversary! I'll cross my fingers I may be the lucky one. Hugs!

Orlythe said...

Bless you for your abiding concern for animals. Who needs "honey" and hugging when a tender, loving heart like that beats within?

Happy anniversary!

Orlythe

Kathy L. said...

thank you for such a great givaway, please count me in.

I love reading your blog.

Happy Anniversary

Kathy L.

Anonymous said...

Happy the day after Love your designs and the items that you are doing. would love to be entered in the contest. Thanks Gayle

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

joyeux anniversaire !!!!

bisous xxx de France

Deb said...

Happy Anniversary!! I hope that this year and the future is much better for you! Big Hugs. And I'd love to be entered into your giveaway. I so enjoy reading your blog and am glad that I found it!

Kay said...

Thanks for being so generous - I would love to win!

Terri said...

Happy anniversary! Please enter me into your very generous drawing!

Tpatterson1961@gmail.com
www.rosystitches.blogspot.com

Thanks

Lisa V said...

What an awful thing to happen to the dogs in your area. I own an English Staffordshire and they are sometimes stolen to be trained up to fight. My boy is a big softie and when he was younger I was terrified he would be taken to be used this way. They treat them soo badly.
Please include me in your very generous giveaway.
Thank you

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Dear Marly:
It's sickening what is happening to the animals in our world. It upsets me so much.
I would be happy to be in your giveaway. I use 123 stitch for my supplies, I was happy to see that as one of the shops. They are all great though.
Hugs,
Susan

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

It's me again - I can't follow directions apparently. I included the shop I like in my comment. Sorry.
Hugs,
Susan

Theresa said...

Happy anniversary~~ I hope this year and every year after will be good years for you!!!!

Thank you for this generous giveaway!!!

Karen said...

Happy anniversary! Hope your year goes a little better..... and I hope you still keep blogging your wonderful projects!

Carmen Sutton said...

Boy what a nice give away, I would love to be entered. Thanks so much for your help on my blog the other day. Happy Valentine's Day and Anniversary1

lynda said...

Happy anniversary! I just discovered your blog yesterday and had so much fun looking through your posts. I would love to be included in your giveaway...thank you so much for the chance.

Carol said...

Happy 1 year Anniversary, Marly! I can totally relate to how much blogging has brought to your life--I've been inspired and touched by so many caring stitching bloggers out there during my three years of blogging...

I'm not entering your drawing as I have been very lucky lately--just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and I hope you'll be blogging for many years to come!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed seeing your Santa Collection. Very inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us.
Please enter me into your drawing.
Take care.

Isobel -Argante- said...

Happy Anniversary! I would love to be entered in your drawing. So very generous of you! And I have red all the post, I'm very sad for the dogs, I love them so much...
Hugs my dear :-)
You're a great stitcher :-)))

jonette said...

Happy Anniversary! Would love to win!

Carol in MN said...

Happy Anniversary and a belated Happy Valentine's Day. Wow - what a generous give-away. I'd like to be entered please. Sorry to hear such sad news going on around you. Please stay positive - it's always the best way.

Paula said...

You are so very generous. I enjoy your beautiful blog and handwork. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.
Happy Anniversary!
Paula

Anonymous said...

I would like to be entered in your giveaway! I enjoy your blog and work. I hope things around you improve. Hope you had a great anniversary and Valentines Day!

Debbie

Faye said...

Ahhhh...February, the month of love....I would love to be included in the fun of your fantastic giveaway....Hang in there my friend, Faye

Faye said...

Ahhhh...February, the month of love....I would love to be included in the fun of your fantastic giveaway....Hang in there my friend, Faye

Patti said...

Happy anniversary! Please enter me in your generous giveaway. Blogging definitely helps keep sanity in the midst of daily troubles.
Blessings, Patti

Natasha said...

Sorry to hear of the hard times your going through. **HUGS** are being sent your way.

what a very kind offer please count me in. Wishing you sunshine on your face :)

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

What a horrible thing to happen with those poor dogs! Our dogs, Sophie and Buddy, were both rescues and I can't imagine how I would feel if something were to happen to them ~ they're our babies!

I do so much enjoy your blog ~ your insights on menopause are hilarious and mirror exactly what I've gone through...

I have really enjoyed your "tutorials" on your finishing techniques and such.

Thank you for the generous giveaway ~ hope you had a Happy Anniversary and Valentine's Day!

Wagapapa said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for this great giveaway, please count me in.

Have a nice day! xoxo

pj said...

Marly, Happy Anniversary and please know that we love reading your blog. I appreciate the time you take to keep us up to date with things and share your finishing tips. I would love to win your giveaway and hope you know it is a generous offer. Keep up the great stitching! pj from iowa

Nan ~ Threadwork Primitives said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope this year will be much better for you and bring all the joy needed. Your blog is just a blast to read and I have enjoyed every visit. Thanks for your sweet generosity and best of luck to everyone.
Nan

Solstitches said...

Congrats. to Shar on the previous giveaway. I hope she enjoys stitching all of those lovely PS Santas as much as you did.
Happy blogaversary. ldingou originateI'd love to be entered into this very generous offering.
Margaret

Marilyn said...

Happy Anniversary!
Sorry to hear about the troubles you are having.
Please enter my name in your generous offer.
Thanks!
Marilyn

Terry said...

A year is a great accomplishment- Happy Anniversary! Your blog is wonderful-informitive, interesting, & entertaining. Dealing with life & our bodies at our age can be difficult. You're doing a fine job. Less stress & more joy in the coming year. I'd love to be entered in your generous giveaway.

Lillian Carol said...

Please count me in on your drawing. I have been reading your blog for some time now and it never fails to bring a smile. Love your sense of humor. I am an Ohio girl living in Philly for the moment...are you far from Poland, Ohio? Almost ready to retire back there.
Lillian Carol

Cathy B said...

I've only started reading your blog recently (what's wrong with me?) Love your projects and am going to go back and read some of your older posts!

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