Saturday, March 20, 2010

~100th POST at LAST!!!~

It's time to celebrate "Home is Where the Heart is" 100th Post!!!

I can't believe it's only taken me since June 2008 to finely get to this point. June is when I began creating "Home is Where the Heart is" but did not publish the first post until August 6, 2008. So if my math is correct it has "only" (I'm laughing here) has taken me 1 year, 6 months and 14 days to get to my first blog giveaway!. I think I am probably the only person in blog history to have taken so long to write 100 posts!.

I have tried to post as much as I can since Gary and I have a very long commute to work. Many of you know we commute 5.5 hours a day to work, I know you all think "we" crazy and yes you would be right, but we love where we live it's peaceful for us, and we sincerely hope to retire in 3 more years.

I can't began in put into words, since I'm not the best writer, how much you all mean to me. Many of us will never meet in person, but I feel as though I know you. I look forward to reading all about your families and seeing all the beautiful things you make by hand and how you decorate your homes. I think one of my most favorite things about blogging is the "Caring" for one another and being supportive in our sadness and in our joy. "Sharing" of decorating ideas, the creative sewing designs, cooking recipes and stitching patterns with each other (I really love that).

I have been blessed to meet Becky from "Sweet Cottage Dreams" and she is truly a sweetheart.

Many of you know my love for all home made, and I have purchased many of your creative and beautiful hand made treasures. I still have many more to buy. Since I love to do all kinds of needlework I wanted to give one of you a knitted gift in celebration of our 100th post. We are calling it the "Comforting Shawl" The pattern is from a prayer shawl book that they called the ribbon trimmed shawl.
I just love the pattern and it was a fun project to knit while I was laid up on the couch healing from foot surgery. By the way I am all better now just a few pains and some swelling as it just takes time for broken bones to heal. Here is our "Comforting Shawl"
To comfort you while in prayer.
Or all curled up on your favorite chair reading a decorating book.
Just leave a comment here that you would like to wear our "Comforting shawl" and Gary will do the honors and draw a name next Sunday March 28th and I will post the winner on Monday.. That's all you have to do.

Thank you to all who follow, it just amazes me how many sweet and kind hearted ladies there are.
You all have touched my heart and my life in so many ways!

Until next time, enjoy your weekend and keep creating!

Big, Big Hugs ~ Elizabeth~


Connie said...

You must commute to the Bay area then, sugar! Hubs and I lived there before we retired to Idaho. I don't know if I could do the "commute" thing anymore but Modesto is a lovely place to live.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Oh my goodness, Elizabeth! This turned out so beautifully! I love that it is a prayer shawl. Nothing more comforting than to be snuggled up reading God's word - and to top it off with your handmade shawl - simply glorious!

I hope you and Gary are doing great! Off to work in the yard today.

love to you,

Melanie said...

i just started reading your blog but i love it! When i get my own house i hope to make seem as much as a cottage as it possibly could be :) congrats on your 100th post, and i'd love to enter for the shawl!
happy crafting!

Lallee said...

Elizabeth, the shawl is beautiful. What a very thoughtful give-away! Congratulations on 100 posts. How on earth DO you find the time to write with your work and commute?????

I so enjoyed your post with your blooming orchids. They are so lovely. My two had some damage this winter when I had to neglect them. I'm hoping they will recover and bloom again.

I also enjoyed seeing how nicely you revived your uncle's tables. What a loving thing to do!


Melinda said...

Bless you two for making THAT commute. I know I couldn't do that!
Congratulations on your 100th post!
What a milestone.
Please enter my name in your drawing. I love the shawl.


Anonymous said...

Hi Elizabeth, The kind words you have said about all your blogging friends is the same way all your blogging friends feel about you i'm sure...I'm so glad that I met you and that I was able to put a little touch of me in your beautiful home...congrats to you on your 100th post and cheers to hundreds more!!!! The prayer shawl is gorgous just like all your needlework...Have a beautiful weekend...Hugs, Jennifer

Vee said...

Oh it doesn't matter at all how long it has taken to arrive at 100 posts...the journey's the thing, well, unless it is a killer commute. (Oh my! I hadn't known that before.) Everything that you say about Blogdom is true or at least that has been my experience as well.

My mom received a comfort shawl while she was recuperating and it meant a great deal to her. I think it's wonderful that you were creating this while you yourself were recuperating. It's a beautiful creation.

Vee said...

Oh goodness! I forgot to congratulate you for the achievement, so here's congratulating you and here's to the next 100!

Carolyn said...

Glad you are mostly better and congratulations on your 100th post!
Your comfort shawl is a lovely gift for some lucky winner.
Take care,

Cottage Rose said...

Hi Elizabeth; Congratulations on your 100th post... your shawl is just beautiful,,, my goodness you sure can knit... drop my name in I would love a chance to win it.....a lovely sweet and generous gift.... have a great weekend.


Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Elizabeth Sweetie...
Congratulations on your 100th post. I am so happy for you sweetie. It is a milestone for us bloggers. What a wonderful milestone too. I so love to come and see what is going on in your life from day to day.

I have always dreamed of owning a prayer shawl. I am praying about this one, and please put my name into the hat for it. Gary do you take bribes? I am a pretty good cook. No seriously, please add my name to the drawing, I would consider myself so fortunate and lucky to have something touched by your hands to comfort me when I read my prayer journal at night. I keep in a journal, the people from my blogging and family who have special prayers of need, and then before I go to sleep I pray for them. It is a ritual for me. How lovely it would be to have a shawl.
Thank you for the opportunity sweetie, any one of us would be so lucky to own this beautiful gift of love.

Have a wonderful Sunday. Country hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

Jaclynn_kyuss said...

Congrats on post #100! I love you guys and your blog :)


A Southern Rose said...

Happy 100 posts! I feel the same way you do about my blogging friends. They mean so much to me. I get so much inspiration from so many of you and many of you help me even when you don't know it.(Just with life in general.) I love the shawl that you made. So beautiful! I'm glad to hear that your leg is healing well.

Hugs to you both,
Lee Laurie

Laura said...

That is a crazy commute! I hope that your retirement plans work out just perfectly so you can be released from that ASAP! Then you can do another 100 posts and make more beautiful shawls. Congratulations!

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh Elizabeth, the prayer shawl is beautiful! I would love being snuggled up with it while reading my Bible. Sheesh! Your commute makes mine seem like a walk in the park! I have been commuting for 10 years and am really getting tired of it. I cannot imagine making the commute you and Gary are doing. Mine is 45 min each way, sometimes a little longer depending on traffic.

~ Ttacy

BECKY said...

YAY for your 100th post, Elizabeth!! You are just delightful and I am so glad you are getting all better!! Believe me I know how it feels to have to recuperate! UGH!!

The shawl is so lovely...definitely has your touch to it!! Thanks so much for offering this special giveaway!!

Sweet Blessings to you, gal!
Hope you have a joyful week!!

Miss Jean said...

Elizabeth: the shawl is just beautiful. It will remind us that when we are in prayer, as always, the Lord has His arms around us. You did a wonderful job.

Liz said...

The prayer shawl is beautiful. It would be enjoyable to use while praying.
Congratulations on 100th post.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your 100th post, Elizabeth! I haven't been blogging as long, but I enjoy it for all the same reasons that you have expressed - especailly the caring and sharing! :)

Your prayer shawl is beautiful, and such a thoughtfful giveaway gift!

Thank you again for your sweet comment at my blog. It's always a joy to hear from you! Oh, and yes, everyone is creating their own embroidery design freehand in the 39 Squares project - it's so fun seeing what everyone creates.

Wishing you & Gary a lovely week!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Congratulations on your 100th post!!! Lovely work and I so enjoy reading what you're doing.

I did not mean to imply in my recent post, "Meet Little Sprig" that Jeff and I built her. We collected all the materials from Habitat for Humanity ReStore and antique shops and stored them for years, but our friends built the shed. I clarified this below your comment in the comment postings.

I love the folks in Modesto and have done a couple of talks there. I debuted my book Trowel & Error there in 2005 at the Modesto Garden Club. They sold over 450 copies in the matter of two hours. I signed books until my hands froze into place.

All joys to you and yours,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Sharon Lovejoy said...

P.S. Jeff painted two coats on the exterior and also stained the floor a moss green and the walls a driftwood gray.

I just had to give credit where credit is due!!

All joys,

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I would love a chance to win your lovely shawl...I am having a giveaway too...stop by! Thanks

Michelle said...

Congratulations on reaching your 100th post! It took me awhile too.. just remember, blogging is about the journey. Your shawl is stunning ~ you do such lovely work.

Have a wonderful week!

The Strawberry Mallard said...

What a beautiful job! I love seeing the different patterns that people use when making these! A wonderful way to connect with God!

Sandy said...

Congrats on your 100th post Elizabeth! I was excited when I reached 100 too just a short time ago. My hubby and I use to have long commutes too when we were working in the Chicago area riding the trains downtown everyday. Ours was about 3 hrs plus per day round trip. And that was if our lousy train didn't have any problems. I don't miss those days since we retired! I was lucky my last 8 years of working after we moved from Chicago was as a teleworker (work at home) so my "commute' was going down one flight of stairs to my office. LOL! Goodness how I loved that. Hang in there your 3 years to retirement will go quickly. We can't believe it's been over 2 years since hubby and I retired together.

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

kanishk said...

I love that it is a prayer shawl. Nothing more comforting than to be snuggled up reading God's word - and to top it off with your handmade shawl - simply glorious!
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Unknown said...

G'morn, Elizabeth ~ Oh, we've done that commuting stuff ... don't miss it one bit. You do live in a beautiful area, tho ...

What an exquisite comforting giveaway ... one of we ladies will be very blessed to snuggle up in it.

Love the inside peek of your home, it is so warm & rich.

It has been wonderful getting to know you & Gary, sweetie. I am just having a terrible time getting back into writing since I was sick ... I'll get there, tho. TY for sticking with me. You are so sweet .....

Happy Spring!
Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Mami said...

congratulations on your 100th post!! I am always inspired of your decorative home. Now amazingly your shawl is obviously beautiful and you are really really clever.
And glad to you are better now.
Congrats once again!
Have a wonderful spring!!

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Just to know that you made it with your own two hands and your sweet heart would be the best gift ever!!!
It is beautiful...
Glad your foot is totally healed...God is good.
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Susie Homemaker said...

Hello Elizabeth...
Beautiful Prayer Shawl...I love the color you chose. Sorry to hear you were layed up.
I am so excited to catch up with you and everyone...

Blessings for a beautiful day,

Dee said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. I was just traveling around blog land and was fortunate enough to find your blog in time to be in on the drawing of the beautiful prayer shawl you made. Even if I do not win the drawing I will be coming back to visit your lovely blog. Dee

Dena said...

Oh Elizabeth, the prayer shawl is truly beautiful! I can just imagine wrapping up in it reading the comfort of the word. Now, I also must say that I feel sort of embarrased about the complaining I am doing about my new commute that came with my new job. I have an hour on both sides and I thought that was a lot! Thank you for this perspective and congratulations on 100 posts! I'm so glad you are here.


Unknown said...

Congratulation on your 100th post. I love your shawl, it is beautiful. I just bought my sister a book on creating prayer shawls. What a beautiful creation, what a beautiful purpose.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

What an incredibly beautiful work of art! It's lovely!
Congrats on your 100th post! Yey!

CIELO said...

Good morning Elizabeth.... what a lovely shawl... a generous give-away, and thanks for letting me know. Have a blessed day...


Cindy said...

You must really love where you live, to commute so far. I would love to own your "Comforting Shawl", it is so pretty and looks so warm. I often cover my shoulders with a blanket early in the morn and later in the evening, especially when I pray. So I would make good use of it! I just found your blog, so I am looking forward to perusing it further. Hugs, Cindy S

Barb said...

Hi you two!
Thank you for stopping by. You know, those same pillows (well, not the same ones-hehe) went to Belgium and The Netherlands.
Your comfort shawl is truly beautiful. I love the idea behind it.
Please enter me in your giveaway.

Congrats on 100 posts. It took me awhile too as I don't post as often as i would like.

Big hugs,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Elizabeth your not that far from me girl...I live in Pioneer,Ca right above Jackson...and Medesto is about an hour and half from me...Girl congrats on 100 posts...does it not seem funny that you can end up doing that many...I know when I started blogging I didn't think I would ever get there ha ha !! Beautiful shawl you made girl...Hope you have a GREAT day on your piece of Calif. my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shirleyanne said...

Hello Elizabeth, the shawl is beautiful. I don't know how you find the time to do so much with such a commute to work!
Take care

Shirleyanne said...

P.s. forgot, Congrats on your
100th post! Brilliant. Enjoy following your blog.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Happy 100th post, Elizabeth! Congrats to you & here's to many more. Your shawl is beautiful.

Domestic Designer said...

Wow!! What a beautiful piece. You are a talented artist. I have made several prayer shawls but none as lovely as yours. So glad that your foot is healing. Congratulations on your 100th post. Thank you for your kind comments today. You made my day! God Bless!

Unknown said...

Congrats on your 100th post! Beautiful shawl and gorgeous blog as always! Have a sweet day!

CIELO said...

Hi Elizabeth... thank you for your comment on my blog and for letting me know that my new cake dome can be turned upside down and use as a bowl.... How clever! Thank YOU! Have a lovely weekend...


Red Felted Heart said...

It's been a delight to read your journey of 100 posts! Your prayer shawl is absolutely beautiful!...blessings

Erin said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. Wow!

Susie Q said...

Congratulations sweet lady..your shawl is just a treasure! Our church does prayer shawl's and each recipient is always blessed by it.
You are such a talent! A gift from God!

sandy said...

Well darn, I missed out but congrats on your blog anniversary....I've really enjoyed your blog so far. And your commute, wow...I'm not sure I could ever handle that daily.

kanishk said...

I so enjoyed your post with your blooming orchids.
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prashant said...

I hope you and Gary are doing great!
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