Monday, August 1, 2011

It's my Blogaversary... and a Giveaway





I started this blog last August before Mr. Romance and I were heading off to France for a few weeks vacation in Brittany.  I called it "on vacation with Doc and di". The original idea of the blog was so our children and a few friends and relatives could follow along on our trip through France. You can check out some of the posts here, here and here.
After we returned home from vacation, I would write random things on the blog. After a few months I realized the title did not fit. I changed the name of the blog to Random Thoughts do or "di" since I write about so many different things. I started posting family things and then I started searching and discovered quilting blogs and photography blogs and cooking blogs...all things that I enjoy. I incorporated these things into my blog and I have become an avid blog follower and blogger!
In February, I got involved with the One World One Heart blog tour and gained a few followers. Now this was fun. I am going to do it again next year. It is renamed to be Our World Our Art.
I have learned so much from other's blogs and that started a real desire to quilt and sew more. I really enjoy the blogging world and the friends I have met along the way. I even got to meet one follower in person last Friday. Cindy was coming to California with her husband, for business, and asked if I would want to meet her at the Long Beach quilt show last week. We met and it was great fun. We'll be seeing each other again when we both attend the Sewing Summit in Utah this October.
The majority of my followers are quilters, so in honor of you I am celebrating with a few give aways all month long. Now if you notice on my side bar I am NOT sponsored. So, I have made a bunch of little gifts and will be having a drawing each week for a small prize. They will get a little bigger as the month goes on.
This week's prize is a mug rug.

So to enter this week's drawing leave me a comment. I will pick the winner on Friday. All entries must be in by Midnight, Pacific time, on Thursday, August 4, 2011. All are welcome, I will ship internationally.
1. Tell me how you found my blog...for one chance to win.
2. Become a follower for another chance. Be sure to leave a comment to tell me you are a follower. If you follow by RSS feed, you can leave a second comment for that, too.

I will be having a drawing at the end of the month for followers only.

Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win. If you are a no-reply commenter and I am not able to contact you, I will draw another winner.
Thanks for stopping by,

"di"





25 comments:

Geri Centonze said...

What a darling post - Happy Blogversary! Would love to win your mug rug! I was one of your first followers! I found you because you're my sister =)

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Happy Blogiversary Di!
Loved reading how you got started. Love that precious mug rug too. Pretty.

I am not sure how I found you- did you find me or did I find you? Either way, love your blog and look forward to meeting you in person in SLC.
:)
Happy day!

Jan said...

Happy Blogversary! I started blogging in Dec. '07, and did OWOH the next Feb. I still have blog friends from the gals that won my necklaces. (I wasn't quilting at that time.)

Ella said...

Hey! Happy blogaversary! I found you when I joined New Bee on the Block! (Thank you so much as well for the tomato help. I ended up using CDs and have gotten a few the birds didn't.)

Karen said...

I am a follower of yours. I found you through H2H challenge. I enjoy reading your blog. Congrats!

Annabella said...

Happy Blogiversary Di!! Woot woot! I think I found you through Fresh Sewing Day over at Lilys Quilts - all I remember is that I loved the look of your blog and you were on a cruise at the time. The mug rug is super cute although as your No.1 fan (does that make me sound like a stalker?) all that you make is wonderful. Looking forward to playing during the month.

Annabella said...

I am already a follower!

Jessica said...

Love your mug rug and congrats on the blogaversary! I honestly do not remember how I found your blog! :)

Jessica said...

I follow via GFC :)

Katy Cameron said...

Happy blogiversary :o) What a great way to get started.

I think I found you on a mad blog hopping type 'Alice In Wonderland rabbit-hole' sort of a tumble into quilting, so I could have come from anywhere that you posted lol

Katy Cameron said...

I follow you too :o)

Cindy Lou said...

Happy Blogaversary Diane! I found you through Sarah over at "Confessions of a Fabric Addict" and I am so glad I did. Can't wait to see all the fun stuff you are secretly making.

Cindy Lou said...

Thanks again for meeting up with me on Friday at the quilt show. It was more fun to have lunch than go to the show!

Marilyn said...

I am Cindy Lou's mother - she was so pleased to meet you at the quilt show and emailed me to be sure and see your blog. It's great! Happy Blogversary!

Toni said...

Happy Blogiversary! I don't remember exactly how I found you. Probably either through Ellison Lane or Gen X Quilters. Either way I am glad I did. Thanks!

Dianne Neale said...

I think I found you via a comment on another blog about starting a travel bee. I thought we seemed to have quite a lot in common, not least a good name!

Dianne Neale said...

I am a follower too

Michelle said...

Happy Blogaversary! I enjoy the fact that you have so many facets to your life and are willing to share them with us.
I found your blog while looking over another blogger's "Blogs I Follow" list. I was drawn in by your title and have enjoyed reading your posts ever since.

Helen in Switzerland said...

Hi Diane, you know I really can't remember how I found your blog - maybe via Annabella's, but I'm really not sure! Anyway I've been checking in daily for a good while now and love catching up on what you've been up to!

natasha | sohobutterfly said...

Happy Blogaversary!! Hope there are many more to come. :o)

natasha | sohobutterfly said...

PS: I follow your blog through an RSS reader, ever since we started the quilting bee together.

gill said...

Happy Blogaversary!
I love your pretty mug rug!

gill said...

I'm a follower!

Beth said...

Happy Blogversary! I've been at it about 18 months and it's been and still is a wonderful experience.
It has stimulated my creativity immensely.
I don't quilt and tried to take a class once, but the teacher wasn't quite prepared for such a fumble fingers like myself. It was a busy time in the school year and I ended up dropping out. :(
Anyhow, I love the mug rug and am adding you to my sidebar so I can follow you. :>)

Beth said...

Oh and I found you through Artsie Blogger which is already on my sidebar.