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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blogiversary + Giveaway

Hey guys, guess what... it's my 1 year blogiversary! I can't believe it's been that long... it feels like just a short while ago I was thinking "maybe I would like this blogging thing." I didn't really expect anyone but my mom and a few friends to read it, and now I have faithful readers all over the world. Pretty crazy. 

I decided to blog for one reason: to enjoy the beauty I saw around me. Not to make money, to become a career blogger, or to promote myself... but just to focus on the pretty things that made me happy. Sometimes the beauty is a good recipe, a lovely home, a crafty project, or glamorous fashion. But whatever it is that day, it inspires me creatively and brings a smile to my face. I hope it has done a little bit of that for you too.

When I began, I challenged myself to write a post every single day (M-F), and I've managed to stick to it. Granted, sometimes that daily post came very late at night, but it was there. As I begin my second year of blogging, I'm re-thinking a few things. From this point forward, my goal is to post at around 3-4 times a week. These posts may be spread out over each day, or I may group a few together. I think this will be more manageable and enjoyable (that is the purpose, after all).

I'd love some feedback from you. Are there any features you particularly like or don't like? Sick of recipes? Want more home-decorating? Whatever it is, let me know.



In honor of this momentous occasion,  I've got a little giveaway in store. I'm working on some new designs for an upcoming craft show, and these earrings are a favorite of mine. Warm gray roses dangle gently on aged brass kidney loop earrings. The blooms are large, measuring approximately 4 cm x 3 cm. The size makes them a great statement piece, and the neutral tone keeps it from going over the top. Just leave a comment to enter! The winner will be announced Friday.

Thanks for a wonderful first year!

25 comments:

Mandy said...

The blog has been a joy to read and the roses are beautiful!!!

Gwendolyn said...

Um. My ears definitely need those. I love your blog and I love you and I love those earrings!

Jennie Raff said...

Love love love your blog! :)

Jill Edwards said...

Happy Blogiversary! Have truly enjoyed your insights and am always inspired by your creativity. I live in Greenville, also, and keep hoping our paths cross sometime!

Blankenship said...

I love following your blog! Some of my favorite posts are the recipes (I've used a lot of them!), crafts and your weekend glimpses. ;)

CaJuan and Marcy said...

I enjoy the recipes, pretty things, and your weekend glimpses with pictures! Happy Blogiversary! Please keep writing!:)

Anonymous said...

Erin, I love reading what you post... The recipes are wonderful and always look absolutely amazing! I miss you and hope you're all doing well!
Much love, Cousin Samantha

Allison Ritchie said...

I really enjoy your blog! The recipes and photos are always so helpful. The rose earrings are lovely, too!

Christin said...

Congrats on the one year Erin! That's so exciting! I love 17dovestreet and the variety of posts - the decorating posts are my faves, though!

Jessica said...

I love your blog Erin! Emily Pitts introduced me to it, and now it's a favorite. I enjoy your before and afters, and all your recipes!

lg. said...

Happy One Year! So excited to see what the next year brings!

Julie said...

I really enjoy your blog too! Thanks for posting! I don't think I have a favorite topic though.

Bekah Rankin said...

I adore your lovely blog, Erin! I especially love the recipies because they inspire me to break out the fine china and make every day a little party. I used just about every one of your recipes for my daughter's first birthday party.Thanks for the inspiration and keep it coming!

Amanda G said...

I love your blog! You always find the most incredible things to share with us :) I especially love seeing the home design stuff! Also, fabulous earrings :)

Hannah said...

I'm so glad you blog, Erin! I love keeping up with your savvy style advice and activities. Love the earrings, by the way.

rachel said...

congrats on one year! i have very much enjoyed your blog and its lovely variety.

Ashley said...

Happy anniversary! Your blog is always so inspiring. Love it!

Meredith said...

Such a lovely and inspiring blog from an equally lovely and inspiring person. Fröhliche Geburtstag!

Michelle said...

So proud of you and your awesome blog!!! Congrats!

The Ruse said...

Yippee! Happy One Year! I love your blog...especially your recipes and DIY crafty projects!

Meg said...

Your earrings are very pretty!

Sarah Jean said...

Erin-
I have SO enjoyed reading your blog over the past year! I think I started reading it 3 or 4 posts in. I have especially enjoyed the recipes, DIY, and Weekend Glimpse segments. Oh, and the beautiful photo you've included in each post! I've found something to like in each post because we share a lot of the same interest. :D It's a running joke between me and my husband that I refer to your blog as "That Girl's Blog"- and he knows exactly who I'm talking about. Your blog was the first I started following daily. It has inspired me to start blogging again, be it few and far between, but still more than it has been in the past! :) I hope you blog more than your 3 or 4 days-a-week goal, but I understand that it is time consuming! It was nice to learn your inspiration behind your blog and it makes me think "Why do I blog?"
Cheers to making it a whole year!
Sarah
P.S. Looking forward to seeing your new jewelry creations!

Annie said...

do sisters count, or am i disqualified? i can totally see those hanging off my lobes.

Sarah said...

congrats on your blogiversary! the earrings are truly lovely--love the combination of copper and gray.

Laura @ LPC Interiors said...

Love your blog! Love all the parties and recipes- I think the mix is perfect as are the earrings!

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