Friday, April 18, 2008

My 100th Post !

Today marks my 100th post! Why did you begin blogging? Why did I? Originally this blog was to be another form of journaling for me and to help me reconnect with art. I became interested in blogs while searching for online art journals. I always like to keep up on the latest techniques and trends in everyday art. A great way to do that is through any one of the wide variety of Somerset publications. That was exactly what I was doing when I came across an article about artful bloggers. I didn't know what a blog was but decided to investigate. After reading a particular article about Corey of Tongue in Cheek, I pulled out the old laptop and typed in the site information given in the article and became enchanted with the blogging world.I admit to quizzing my son and daughter on the subject and learning how to click on links and off I went on a fantastic journey around the world to visit fascinating places, meeting interesting people, viewing amazing art, collections, home decor, receiving how to tips and recipes, finding inspiration and encouragement, and in general getting a peek into the lives of others that I may have never had the chance to meet. To me this was better than any magazine I'd ever perused! The more I looked, the more I became hooked.My very first post was on August 16, 2007 and here is a quote I used as well as a portion of my very first entry:
"Come in the evening, or come in the morning,
Come when you're looked for, or come without warning,
Kisses and welcome you'll find here before you,
And the oftener you come the more I'll adore you."

Thomas O. Davis - The Welcome

"Welcome to Quill Cottage where words and art coexist in blissful harmony. I want to welcome you to my world of creativity and writing and introduce myself to the world of blogging.
I am all about faith, family, friends, and home. I love living a creative life whether it is through God's creation, the work of my own hands or that of others. My life philosophies are living out my faith in everyday life, being grateful, people are more important than projects (they are the only things we get to take to heaven with us), laughter IS the best medicine, being positive, perseverance, and persistence pay off, and each day is a gift to be celebrated. Each and every morning we wake up to a new and fresh beginning with no mistakes in it (that is until we mess it up), each space on the calendar is full of endless possibilities, 365 new sunrises and sunsets, 52 fresh weeks, 4 new and changing seasons to cherish, and 12 months of holidays and ample opportunity for memories to be made. My hope is that you will feel welcome, find inspiration, share ideas, and make new friends."To me blogging was just going to be an extension of journaling that I been doing for years on paper. This was going to be a visual chronicle of glimpses of my life, another part of my legacy of who I am and why I am here. I had no expectations as far as readership as this was an exercise in creativity for me and the opportunity to stretch myself out of my comfort zone and dip my toes into technology, which I mostly avoid. I have to say my family is extremely proud of me for all I have learned about navigating and operating a computer. My computer and I have learned to become friends. They can't believe that this pencil and paper dinosaur has taken to key tapping so quickly, nor can I.I knew I wanted my blog to have a spirit of welcome, even if I was the only one entering. I wanted my blog to be a positive place where a spirit of celebration existed, even if it was only for me. I knew it had to be about what I was passionate about and I feel thus far I have lived up to my mission statement in that very first paragraph. Little did I know that I would find so many special people to call friends.

I think some of my original focus has shifted and changed as I didn't delve as deeply into the art process as I first thought I would, it became more about the words. Maybe the art part is in the past, I had my shining moments in that world and was successful in my chosen fields and blessed to make an income from something I truly loved. Life has moved me away from that arena and perhaps my next endeavor will be as a weaver of words, a different but equally satisfying art form.I don't know where this blog is headed, what direction it will take next, how long it will last, or when it will end, I am just enjoying the journey. Much to my surprise, somehow, others actually found my blog and even more amazing to me, read it and left comments! I am still a bit puzzled over that as I guess none of us think we are that interesting and why would total strangers want to read or view what we have to share?

It is a generous community, this one of blogging buddies. I need only look past my tapping fingers to the screen and to find friendship and encouragement. I want to thank each and every one who has ever visited my blog, welcomed me into your world, and enhanced my life by your presence. You have been and are the best encourager's, cheerleaders, inspiration, friends, and supporters. Thank you so much for the generosity of your time, attention, and friendship that you so freely give of when you visit. I am honored and blessed by each and everyone of you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making me bloggy blessed!On Monday I will picking a winner for my 100th post give away! Peppered throughout this post are pictures of some images from my personal ephemera collection. As part of the give away package I scanned 100 images from my collection and put them on a CD which will be included in the goodie box! To sign up, go HERE.

As a special gift to all you bloggy buddies, please feel free to snag one or all of the images from this post for your personal use!

Miss Sandy

P.S. As a side note that Corey would get a kick out of ~ After visiting her blog and becoming a frequent visitor I got up the nerve to leave a comment or two. I got really bold and left a little comment on one of her posts about an item she had in one of her guessing games in the form of a story of the item. The next day I had an email from her in response to what I had written and commenting on my blog. I happened to have company arrive at the time I was checking my mail. I jumped up and squealed and and was blathering on about the famous lady who lived in France and SHE wrote something to ME! I was totally star struck! I have to be honest, no one but me thought this was such a big deal and I can't explain why it was to me at the time or that it still is. It was just that her blog inspired me to start mine and it felt like one of those full circle moments, she gave inspiration to me and I gave her a roaring good laugh in return!


Andylynne said...

I really enjoyed your post today, I love your blogg and love to visit and see what you have woven ( see we do read it all) today. I'm not sure where I came in on post wise, but I very glad I found you. Have fun with your give away, and may you have hundreds and hundreds more posts. Have a blessed weekend.

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Sandy, what a beautiful post!! You are such a sweet, kind soul and I'm so glad that I've been able to meet you here in the Land of Blog! Congratulations on 100 posts and I hope and pray that you have hundreds more as you are always one to lift us up, cheer us on and delight us with your beautiful writing. I'm so thankful to call you friend and am ever so grateful for the gifts that you have sent me for my artwork and as random acts of kindness....your thoughtfulness and kind heart are truly Christ-like ~ much love to you and I'm just so glad you're here! xxoo, Dawn

The Feathered Nest said...

Sandy, I found it!! On the vintage ephemera page with the girls and patterns with the crumb brush, right?? It's built a nest inside the opening of the wall!! xxoo, Dawn

Sarah said...

Happy 100th blog. Yes! This blog land leads us on a fantastic journey of discovery. I started my blog back in January. I love the women I'm crossing paths with and their artistic ability. Life is all about the journey and the people we cross paths with in our life. I, too, am thankful for this neat experience called blogging!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congratulations on your 100 blog post Miss Sandy!

This is avery touching post as I know exactly how you feel, as you expressed so many emotions I've had since I began blogging in December of '08.

I am happy to have found your blog!

Hugs, Pat

Anonymous said...

Happy 100th post! You have a wonderful blog home, it's very beautiful and I enjoy it very much. Thank you for all your beautiful artwork and words. Have a wonderful day Miss Sandy!

Kathi :)

Vee said...

Miss Sandy, you are a delight! You make me laugh and you've even made me cry. There's power in them words of your'n! :>

I, too, have been starstruck so to read about your response to Corrie's email had me chuckling in total recognition.

Hope that your blog goes on and on for years and years for I can't imagine being without it!

Big hugs!

Cape Cod Washashore said...

What a beautiful 100th post! Actually, ALL your posts have been beautiful! You have a lovely way with words, and I've always found inspiration from my visits here! Thank you for the kind words you leave on my blog, too! I've blogged for a little over one year, and I STILL get excited whenever I see that someone has left comments on my blog! Here's to 100 more beautiful posts, Miss Sandy!

Cape Cod Washashore said...

PS - I just noticed your giveaway ends Monday - that's my birthday (April 21). =) Now THAT would be a treat! heehee

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

lovely, congratulations on 100!!!

Catherine Holman said...

You are definitely the weaver of words and I love reading each and every one of them.

bluemuf said...

Miss Sandy, Happy 100th posting. I am looking forward to the next hundred. I think you would do well with your writing, I always enjoy every word you write.

Hugs Karen

Lynn said...

Hi Sandy,
Congratulations on your 100th blog post, it certainly is a beautiful post :) I enjoyed reading your journey online, it sounds very similar to mine, I had no idea what a blog was or why people would do such a thing LOL, now it's a part of life. Thank you for making it special:)

Cindy said...

Oh Sandy, it is we, who are so blessed by you and your contributions to our community. I always enjoy your posts. Congratulations on 100. And yep, I was the same way, only my "first blog" was Rosy Posy Little Things. She sent me back a email and I was beyond thrilled. And there is that "falling down the rabbit hole" fun of going from link to link to link isn't there? Congrats again.

Anonymous said...

glad to have found your blog! So beautiful and congrats on teh 100th post!

Artifax said...

Happy 100th blog post!! I am so glad you joined the blogging world and added your voice to this wondrous thing that is the blogiverse!!!

You are definitely a weaver of words and I have enjoyed reading your wonderful blog posts. Here's to your next 100 posts!!

Sherri said...

Your posts are lovely and I am glad you are going to keep blogging. I would have squealed too...Thanks for sharing your life and loves with us!

Kathy said...

Miss Sandy, you are a celebrity to me! I enjoy your blog so much. Congratulations on 100 posts. What a blessing to read your blog and to be inspired by you! ~Kathy

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