God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
& all of Christmas, which is Christ.
--Wilda English

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Two Years!!!

The time sure has flown!  When I started this blog 2 years ago, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.  I sort of posted about, well, not much of anything as I can recall.  I had my second giveaway 2-1/2 months later. I must hold some kind of blogging record for that giveaway because a whopping 6 followers out of 38 signed up for it ... lol! Unknown to me at the time, that giveaway was going to thrust me back on the path of cross stitching.  Yes, I had two stitching lives prior to this one.  The somewhat brief recap of these lives & how I ended up cross stitching again can be found by clicking here.

I never imagined having 38 followers let alone the 370 I have now!  I have made many good friends I never would have gotten to know if I hadn't started blogging.  I've been the recipient of prayers, good advice, support, laughs, & more.  It's been a great 2 years!  I thank all of you for being on this journey with me ... long-time followers, new followers, & all the followers in between   : )  
I wanted to have a special giveaway to celebrate this blogiversary.  More than 6 followers signed up this time ... lol!  A total of 44 followers signed up.  How I wish I could give a gift to all of you, but since my name isn't Shirlee Gates, that is not possible.  This was not an easy giveaway to keep track of with 7 categories & 44 followers each having sometimes similar, sometimes vastly different interests.  I thought about doing the random generator thing but it just seemed so impersonal somehow, so I used the "throw the names in a hat (plastic bowl actually) for each separate category" method.  The winners are ...

Cross Stitch Related - Calamity Jr (no blog)

Knitting Related - Angela CG (Stitching at the Zoo)

Crochet Related - Simply Victoria (Simply Victoria)

Prim Decor - Sara (Salmon Falls Primitives)

Sheep - Jennifer768 (The Country Mouse)

Handmade - Marie (Creative Thread)

Gift Certificate - Carol (Stitching Dreams)   



Vickie said...

Hooray for everyone! Your the BEST Shirlee! ♥

Michelle said...

Congratulations x

Catherine said...

Congrats to all of your winners!!!

cucki said...

Happy blogoversary deary..me thinking of you so much and sending you lots of love..
Congrats to all the winners x

Nancy said...

Congratulations on your 2 year blog anniversary! I am glad I found your blog. You do have a way with words. Congratulations to all of the winner also.

Chris said...

Woot! Congrats to your winners!
So glad that I can call you a friend.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Congrats to all the winners.

Happy 2 years blogging dear friend. :)

Simply Victoria said...

Oh! Thanks, Shirlee! I am so surprised and blessed to have been chosen. :) Congrats to the other winners as well.

marly said...

Happy anniversary Miss Shirlee! Hoping you'll be entertaining and enlightening us for many more.

~Sara said...

Wow Shirlee! Thank you so much!
You are amazing. All of those winners. How generous of you.
Congrats on the years of blogging and her's to many more. Blessings~Sara

Trace4J said...

Congrats to you friend.
And to all the winners.
Woolie Blessings

Melody said...

Congrats to the winners, and glad you find your blogging adventure so rewarding.

jennifer768 said...

Congrats Shirlee!Thank you so much,how exciting to have my name drawn.You are so kind and generous.I am so thankful to have found your blog and the best gift of all is your friendship!Congrats to the other ladies.May you have many more blogging years.Hugs,Jen

Carol said...

I'm just thrilled with my win, Shirlee--thank you so very, very much!! And congratulations to all the lucky winners!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Happy Blogaversary! We started blogging at about the same time it seems. I'd like to celebrate the day I started following your blog if only I knew when it was!
Congratulations to all the winners.

TheCrankyCrow said...

Warmest congratulations to you and all your lucky winners!! WOO HOO!!! Two years!! Yea!!! Hope you're around blogging for 2 years x manyfold.... And hopefully, I'll be around to enjoy it!! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Kaisievic said...

Well done, everyone and especially to you, Shirley, my dear one. Two years - Woo Hoo!
Hugs, Kaye

Mii Stitch said...

Congrats to all the winners but most important: Keep on Blooging, we love reading your posts! :D xx

Sally said...

Congratulations to all the winners! Happy continuing to blog Shirlee!