Wednesday, February 17, 2010

400 hugs and a giveaway!


four hundred posts ago i wrote this, my very first blog entry:

thank you, martha, for encouraging me to start this blog...a digital journal of growth and progress in my world of art. i look forward to this crusade...armed, of course, with a bar of chocolate and a bag of potato chips.

and four hundred posts later, i'm celebrating the fact that things are still growing strong here in elvie studio, i'm still having fun being creative, and i'm still eating chocolate and potato chips...


but mostly, i'm celebrating you.....and thanking you for hanging in there with me through four hundred posts of babbling, blathering, and yada yada's. i could never truly express how much i appreciate your checking in with me every day, leaving such heartfelt and encouraging comments, and inspiring me by inviting me to over to your blogs to share in your world. meeting you and becoming friends with you has been the absolute highlight of my bloggy journey.....and i'm grateful for you four hundred times over!!


but what kind of celebration would this be without a door prize?!! my very first blog entry featured a handmade journal, so i'm following that lead, and i've created this little journal using repurposed hobby lobby gift cards and offcuts of my favorite decorative papers, and then bound it all together with some waxed linen thread and a coptic stitch.....and just to help keep your secrets safe inside, i've included an elastic band to keep it closed!

to make sure your name gets in the hat, just leave a comment on this post by midnight thursday (one comment per person, and please make sure i can contact you!). i'll use the random integer to choose a name and announce it on friday!!

and in the meantime, i'm sending you four hundred
woo-hoo-bloggy-hugs.....!

edited: thank you all for participating!! i'll be announcing the winner of the journal tomorrow!!!

58 comments:

Jenn said...

Awe congrats on 400 posts! Wow, time flies right?

Xandra Zamora said...

cONgRaTULaTiONs, Lori!!!

Your work is just delightful ... and when I grow up I want to make books like yours! : )

Marie aka Grams said...

WOWEE! That's quite an accomplishment. Am I ever so glad I get to read your blog posts? YESSss.
Keep it up, Lori.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

It's absolutely amazing isn't it?! I just passed 500 and thought, well that was nothin'...onto 1000. I'm glad you're here, congratulations! And, thank you Martha!

Jane Farr said...

Congratulations Lori! Here's to the next 400 posts! :-)

Diane Duda said...

We're so happy to have you here in blogland (thanks Martha!).
Congratulations on 400 posts!
xo
Di

jan farnworth said...

congrats on your 400 hugs. have a great day

wheatley_jan@hotmail.com

Ludid said...

when i found your blog many months ago, i knew you were a keeper. here is one item on my to do list this week: go back to the beginning of your blog to read and take in all your creativity. congrats!

Jancalligrapher said...

Congratulations on 400 posts! That is dedication for sure. Love the little book. Your stitching looks so fabulous. Have a great day!

beedeebabee♥ said...

Ooooh, how pretty!!! ;D ... And 400 "woo-hoo-bloggy-hugs" right back to you, Sweet Lori! Am I ever thankful to both Martha, for encouraging you to share your many talents and much adorableness with all of us, and also to Lisa, for telling me about you both!!! I wish every town was as special as Bloggytown!!! Wishing you many, many more wonderful posts...and videos (we need those too!) I love your blog!!! Big Hugs, xoxo Paulette

PaperPumpkin said...

I wish you another happy 400+ posts, 400+ potato chips, 400+ bags of chocolates (not just 400 individual pieces, mind you) and at least 400 more incredibly irresistible handmade journals to be created, so I have something more to oggle over! Oh, and 400+ hugs to you, lori!! Congratulations! Wah hoo!♥

LadyCat said...

Congratulations on 400 blogs! And I love potato chips and chocolate...the 2 major food groups : )
Your journal is beautiful! Black & blue together are one of my favorite color combinations. And the little bird is just the right touch.

Marji said...

Congratulations on 400 posts. And we who follow are the beneficiaries -- thanks so much for the tutorials and examples. You are so generous to share which supplies you use to create your masterpieces.

Jill said...

keep up the great work!
http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com

K said...

400 posts, congratulations! That's a huge number and I for one loved every post I read :)

Doda said...

That's a whole lot of posts. Congratulations.
I've loved every post!

sara's art house said...

Congratulations!!!! I LOVE that journal- it is the cutest thing ever! Keep up the great creating and great blogging!

Kelly said...

yeah! Congrats on 400 posts Lori! This little journal is awesome!

coprnca said...

congratulations.... or as we say in my language - cestitke.

coprnca(at)gmail(dot)com

Sarah Anderson said...

What a very sweet little book, beautifully stitched! I LOVE it :)

Sonja said...

This is sooo cute, love it :)
Love your ilustrations.

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

hi elvie: i found your blog thru paulette (beedeebabee) and boy am i glad i did. you are one super talented lady and i am loving your work. i am now a follower - you don't think i want to miss any of this do you?????? would love for you to come by my blog and say hi. and who wouldn't love to win that awesome journal! it's gorgeous.

hugs ♥

Gina Lee Kim said...

Hi Lori....400 hugs right back at you. Good luck everybody!

Butterfly Works said...

I always look forward to stopping by and seeing what you're up to and you're always up to creating fun.....and beauty...
Congratulations on your 400 posts...
Hugs and Blessings,
Butterfly

Shelley Malone said...

Congratulations Lori!! Wow, 400 posts, that's amazing. Thanks for the regular dose of inspiration and humour. I'm sure glad Martha talked you into this!

Becky Shander said...

400 posts...WOW! I'm all eyes and ears looking foward to your next 400.

Shonna said...

Congratualtions on 400 posts. I really enjoy reading your blog!! And that journal is adorable and would look so great on my art desk. :)

Meg said...

Wow! 400 posts - that is quite huge! Congratulations, Lori! And thank you for the chance to win that lovely journal. You know how much I love them..

Dolores said...

I love paper - always have and I love popping in to see what you are up to. Always interesting. I love your work - and so do my girls.
A big congratulations on 400 posts!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on 400 posts!! I think I'm on 24 so far...a long way to catch up, ha! Great blog :)

http://wrappedupwithstring.blogspot.com/

Mary said...

Congratulations Lori! I am thankful to have found your blog. There are a few I try to visit each day, yours is one!!

Hugs!!

Yum, chocolate and potato chips!! Don't ya just love the sweet and salty!!!! :)

Tess said...

Congrats Lori, Yours is one of my very favorite blogs to visit. And I must add I got a Hobby Lobby gift card from hubby for Christmas. I've already spent half he put on it. What a wonderful way to recycle. Here's to the next 400, cheers!!
Tess

Pat said...

Congratulations Lori! 400 posts later and your still true to your chocolate roots. Gotta love that! The little book is as sweet as you.

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Yea!! That's for not only reaching 400 posts, but for still being "able" to eat chocolate and potato chips (I've put myself on semi-restriction :)). Congrats to you! I sure do enjoy coming to your blog...

Bridget said...

love your blog and the cute little handmade journal :)
BridgetSmithCalligraphy@gmail.com

chrissy said...

i had to procrastinate a few more minutes to enter your lovely giveaway.
you are just delightful and i am so happy to have found your blog.
thanks for sharing your bloggy wonderful self with us!
400 hugs! wow!
that.s HUGE. GIANT. LOVE!
c
(p.s. i.ll be in los gatos until monday!!!)

Creative Potential said...

Yea!!! that is SO exciting. Isn't it amazing how a simple string of single entries can add up to 400!!

Nice job...I am glad I found you...even if it is a bit along your journey

Tara said...

WOO HOO HOO...
CONGRATS to you!
Isn't blogging wonderful?
I am receiving those 400 hugs and sending as many back to you.
So glad I have had the priviledge of connecting with you through the bloggy world. You are one talented lady.
Hugs!
Tara

aimee said...

400 posts? wow! sign me up please! happy bloggy birthday!

Patty S said...

yea! congratulations on your 4ooth post!!!! i am so glad i found you!
xo, patty :-)

Sophia said...

Wow! Are you serious?!?! 400?!!! What an accomplishment! I just posted my 100th post and that feels like NOTHING compared to this achievement. :D

Sara said...

Wow! 400 hundred posts?! How will I ever catch up! Visiting you is one of my favorite parts of the day, Lori! You are just the sweetest and most creative bloggy friend! xo :)

snowc38.at.yahoo.com

Claire M said...

400 blog posts -- that is truly amazing and quite an accomplishment! It certainly is time to Celebrate!

My mind starts racing when I try to think about all of the lives that your posts have touched and how many days you have brightened! You are a Joy and I'm glad our paths have crossed.

Congratulations!!

janil said...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! You have a lovely work, I've just found you thanks to Beedeebabee and I'm so happy! It's a lovey journal...

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Anonymous said...

Happy 400 posts Lori!! What an accomplishment to have developed such a cute blog that I and many others love to visit. You give us a chance to look at your beautiful creative goods and you give us a piece of your heart each time. You are sweetness bundled up in a little package of goodness...
Happy to have met you on her!

Patricia

Lauren Maurer said...

WOO HOOO! 400! Wow that is really something. All your posts are so happy and clever and creative and inspiring! HUGS!!

CelticWoman said...

Lori, beautiful, congrats and let me say I love love your blog, so much inspiration. Thanks for sticking it out. Hugs

Sue K said...

Mucho congrats on your 400 posts! I always find it a joy to come to your blog daily and see what you have been up to. Thanks for the many inspiring posts, the lovely journals and your joyful artwork! This little journal is just too cute!!!

Kim Hambric said...

Congratulations on your 400th post. Wish I had been around in the beginning, but I tend to show up on the late side.

Adorable journal. I'm feeling lucky!

treasurefield said...

Well obviosly you should be in blogland! Congrats on this milestone!
I'm a journal freak and that one is SO charming. If I should be so lucky, my addy is mrs treasure field at g mail .com (no spaces).
Keep up the great blogging!!
~Alisa R. :)

Cristi - 2 If By Sea said...

Lori, you have such a generous and kind soul! Many congrats to you on your blog success. I'm so glad you decided to blog and share your creations with all of us.

Crystal said...

Happy 400 Blog Posts to You,

Happy 400 Blog Posts to you!

Happy 400 Blog Posts Dear Lori-iiiiiiii,

Happy 400 Blog Posts tooooo you!

Ok, now blow out the candles! :-D

(Congrats Lori :-) I found you thru Paulette. Your videos are just fab - you're such a natural!)

Warmest wishes,
Crystal :-)

julie king said...

congrats on your 400th post, sweet friend!!! i'm so glad we stumbled into each other's blogs!!!

((hugs))

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Lori! A Big Congrats on reaching 400 posts! Your presence here in blogland has been so inspirational. So glad to have met you! Thanks also to Martha for sweetly encouraging you! Your creative journey has been a blessing to follow.

Big Hugs,
Lisa :)

Shirley said...

Congrats on your 400th post. I just found your blog through Paulette and I have enjoyed reading it and I marked your blog as a follower so that I may come back to see you again.
http://shirleystitches blogspot.com

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love your blog, too and I'm glad you are enjoying your 400 posts! Time really does fly! Thanks for the nice giveaway...and the hugs! Happy blogging! ♥

walther said...

i am glad to be your 57th comment
ditto to be your 57 year old husband
xXx

Lancerika said...

lori,your creative energy,
and kindness,and *chocolat FuN*
+ 400 wonderful reasons
for a great celebration :))
Happy W'end!

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