Tuesday, July 27, 2010

five hundred hugs and a giveaway!!!


i'm celebrating today......in a five-hundred-blog-posts kind of way!!
five hundred posts!! woo hoo!!!
i've got my party shoes on, along with a fun hat and a cute noisemaker....
but wait, a party just isn't a party without a door prize, right?!
so i wanted to create something a little "five hundred" special .
it all started with this fun teal and black doodle paper
and i couldn't resist adding a few of my own doodles using my white uniball signo pen!
then i covered a couple of davey boards with it......


after that, i found myself pawing through my party-paper-stash, and started folding all kinds of fun things to write on.....graph paper, plain paper, ledger paper, lined paper, colorful decorative paper.....and i even found some kraft envelopes.....for tucking in all of those other important papers that are top, top secret!



once it was all folded, i poked some holes in the boards and the papers, took six needles and some waxed linen thread and did some coptic-stitching.....just to bring all of those delicious papers together in proper party fashion.....



and just to make sure that everything is tucked neatly inside and won't wander off,
i added an elastic band to the side to keep it closed!
and presto.......a five-hundred-blogpost-doodle-journal-door-prize!!

so let's get this party started!!!
grab a balloon and a piece of chocolate cake (before i eat it all)!
and to make sure your name gets in the party hat for the door prize,
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!!

{important note: even with hats, noisemakers, and door prizes,
YOU are what makes this celebration so special!!!
my heart is filled with thankfulness that i have met so many
fabulous artists and sweet, sweet people over
these past five hundred posts.......
it truly is one of the most unexpected,
and greatest gifts that i've received!!
thank you for hanging in there with me, encouraging me,
and inspiring me.....
i give you five-hundred-times-ten bloggy hugs!!! }

edited midnight thursday: comments are now closed......
thank you SO much for joining my party!
winner to be announced friday!

81 comments:

Cristi Baxter Clothier said...

Count me in and congrats on 500 posts! Big hugs to you, Lori!

debi said...

Congrats on the 500 posts! I would love to win anything you make! Have fun....don't eat tooo much cake!

PaperPumpkin said...

500+ hugs back to you, Lori! You are so wonderful, that I am thanking YOU! I am so happy we met and share. Thank YOU for your support. Thank you for 500 wonderful, encouraging, sharing, caring posts.♥Love and congrats to you, ~Kath (adoring that new 500 party journal! Very clever and creative---like you.)

sara's art house said...

Love this! Hope I win!!!! Congratulations :) :)

K said...

500 posts, that's so wonderful, since everyone of them is so creative!! Congratulations, sending back 500 hugs - squared! And pleeeeeease, enter me in the draw for your giveaway :D

Jenn said...

PARTY PARTY! You are so sweet to be having a giveaway, I love that doodle paper! Congrats on 500 posts.

Gina Lee Kim said...

I love what you did in creating this book AND your blog :) Congrats on making your 500th post. Wow.

Good luck everybody!

Ludid said...

i can truly say that you know how to throw a party. glad to be part of it and congratulations with all my heart.

Mary said...

oh a party!! i'll bring the margaritas - they go great with chocolate - but what doesn't??!! :)

thanks Lori, this journal is gorgeous!!

Dolores said...

I love popping in - you make it extra special every time. Doodle journal in my favourite colour.
What a wonderful milestone - 500 posts. A HUGE congratulations Lori. I too love to create.

Janie Husband said...

beautiful journal, lori....

Gwynnie B said...

Woo Hoo! I love a good party: especially with lots of hugs and a little pretty made by you :)

Big congratulations, Lori!!

CelticWoman said...

Lori this is just stunning, as they all are but just a little 500 special was added me thinks. Hugs

rachel awes said...

i'm all in!
your creation is delicious!
fingers crossed!
xox

Jill said...

congrats! I'm in love with that journal!
http://thingswithwingsartjournal.blogspot.com
paperprayers(at)hotmail(dot)com

Ophelia said...

What an awesome accomplishment! And, I do love a party! Awesome journal too!

Sue K said...

500 posts!! That is an accomplishment! I always have and always will enjoy resding your fun posts. Makes my day!
Oh, please put me in the drawing for this colorful journal! What a cutie it is!
Heres to looking forward to the next 500!!
Have a super day! hugs, Sue

Catherine said...

What a stunning, whimsical book. Congrats on all the hard work!

Marie aka Grams said...

WOW, 500! Congratulations, and may we all enjoy 5,000 more from you.
Your books are the most amazing! You rock. (Hey, I'd even be happy with a party hat.)

gea said...

Congrats on the 500 posts !!!! I like to join in for the candy !

Kim Hambric said...

Congratulations on sharing with your readers 500 times. I just happened to be eating a bonbon while reading this, so I felt like I was celebrating with you.

This book looks like loads of fun. I've got some travel coming up & this would be a great way to record and collect bits and pieces.

Kelly Warren said...

yay Lori! Congrats on 500 posts! what a wonderful little celebration prize! Count me in and thanks for all you do to keep us all smiling every day. :-)

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Is it bad to pray to the random integer god? I wanna win! That looks like another of your highly fun, highly creative creations. And thank YOU for such an enjoyable blog to come to and for the fun comments you leave.

Sonja said...

Looove your handbound books, they're so full of color. So I'm sending you 500 hugs back and asking you to put my name in that hat also.
Waiting for another 500 posts :)

Marcela said...

Great give away, I find your work most fun ad cheerful!! please count me in!!!

Bridget said...

congrats on 500 posts!! love your blog :)

bridgetsmithcalligraphy@gmail.com

Sarah Anderson said...

Congrats on your five hundred posts lori!! Your book looks yummy, so colourful and happy :) I so want a tiara to wear on my birthday, if I had one I'd wear it now for your party :) So glad we met in this world that is blogland. Here's to the next 500 posts!

Marji said...

Congratulations on 500 posts. Each of your posts is a special treat; winning the book would be lots of extra frosting on the cake.

Claire M said...

C.O.N.G.R.A.T.U.L.A.T.I.O.N.S....!!!! on this amazing milestone of 500 posts! That is amazing!

This is a delightful book that you've created -- it looks perfect for 'party time'. I smiled when I saw "I Love Gelato" on the cover - that is certainly true for me.

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

500th post! Wow! Congratulations. I would absolutely love winning one of your journals. They are beautiful and sound so fun to use. Please put my name in the hat to win.

Lee Ann

PrairiePeasant said...

Congratulations on your accomplishments! You are a much more regular blogger than I am! I'll make a cake for you and hope the icing won't melt in this heat...looking forward to the next 500!

Createology said...

Congratulations on your 500 posts. That is quite the feat! Your journal is worth far more than 500 hugs...it is priceless!!! A labor of love that I would be honored to win. Happy creating...

Diva Kreszl said...

congratulations!!! what an amazing accomplishment, you are my hero :)

DymphieM said...

Congrats on the 500! We al have to thank you for all the inspiring posts.

Do you ship worldwide? In that case please enter my name in the drawing. If not, don't worry, I will be happily reading all your coming blogposts and enjoy that almost daily colorbliss on the screen (and grumble a little *lol*)

wv said...

like a milestone
i mean a kilometerstone
after all, i am from europe

congratulations!

patricia e said...

Lori, you're so sweet ~ congratulations on your 500 posts!! Woohoo!! Go easy on that cake, but if you have to you could have a little piece for me...Thanks for all you do & of course I love this journal :)

Eden said...

Lori, 500 posts, Wow!!! You've been a busy blogger! You're so right about meeting such interesting people! I've learned so much out here in blogland. It's been fun getting to know you too!

That journal ROCKS!! I know whoever gets it will love it! I'd be so tickled to get it :D

Julie Bagamary said...

Congrats on 500 posts Lori. Your work is so inspiring. Now you just need one of my quilted art party hats :)

Tara said...

Awesome giveaway! Looks like I got back in the groove just in time! Love it!
So wish I could of met you while in Florida.
Maybe next year.
Have missed you!
Hugs,
Tara

Sarah said...

Congratulations! That's some dedicated blogging! The journal is beautiful :)

Sarah x
wrappedupwithstring.blogspot.com

Patty S said...

yeeeaaaaaaaaaaa!
{insert party horn blowing here}
congrats on ***500*** posts! amazing! i'll be back for the next 500!!!!!
love and hugs, patty :-)

Shelley Malone said...

CHOCOLATE CAKE?! I'll be right over!

Wow, five hundred posts, that's amazing. Congratulations, that's a ton of gorgeous projects, and a lot of kindness and sharing and love and creativity you've put out into the world. Can't wait to see the next five hundred!!

xoxo
Shelley

Jo Miller said...

Congratulations! That is an awesome accomplishment. Thanks for all your posts and keeping us motivated and smiling.

Dawn said...

aw lori! You are so sweet ;) What a gorgeous book!! Congrats on the 500 posts and YOU are amazing for always supporting me.

Linda said...

Hi Lori, congratulations on the 500 posts, and I love this journal. Everything you make is wonderful. What a great party. I'll bring the ice cream and whip cream to go with the cake. Yum! Linda E.

Lainie said...
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Lainie said...

Lori,
I'm glad I met you, too. Happy 500 posts!

Nancy said...

Congratulations....WOW 500 posts..
I would love to have one of your journals so please add my name....

Pat said...

500 posts is monumental and definitely a reason to celebrate! The door-prize journal is one of my favorite Lori creations ever! Someone is going to be so lucky to win it. (I hope it's me...I hope it's me...I hope it's me...)

ale balanzario said...

Bravo for you, 500 posts!!!

Count me in, thanks for this great giveaway.

Becky Shander said...

Congratulations on reaching your 500th! You've already given so much of yourself through each and every post you've shared, and this extra prize offering is another fine example of your generous spirit.

Pat said...

Wow, congrats on the 500! Love your work and inspiration, would love to win some of your art. Love the book I purchased BTW!

Shirley said...

Congrats on the 500 post. I would love to win. I really like your doodling as you call it. I doodle when I am talking on the phone. You have a great day. Your Missouri Friend

Crystal said...

Yay Lori!
I'd light 500 candles for ya but we don't want to melt any of that chocolate cake! ;-)

Best wishes for 500 x 500 more!!!

Gorgeous journal. Please add my name to the hat!

Hugs,
Crystal

Sophia said...

I AM so thankful I met you. Your love, support and encouragement has meant so much to me. I have found great value and worth in our bloggy friendship.

Congratulations to you! You deserve it. We should be giving you a prize! BUTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT since you are giving things away, count me in. Tee Hee hee.

Much love to you! xo :)

Rachel said...

Congratulations on 500 posts, and what a beautiful giveaway prize! I would love the chance to win it! I found you via Lillalotta, and I love reading about your creativivity!

bernie said...

I love your blog and I am lucky enough to own one of your journals but another one would be loved just as much!! Hugs to you and keep up the posts.
Bernie in Oz

anne said...

You're an inspiration! I love your blog. Congrats on making it to 500 posts!

Anonymous said...

Lori, congrats on number 500 and thank YOU for your sharing and inspiration to us! Clare
paperclare@yahoo.com

Elena said...

Congrats on the 500 blog posts! Whoo hoo! Love the journal as always. And yes, send cake!

Ken said...

Happy 500th! And I've read every one of them.

An Altered Wonderland said...

Congrats on the 500 posts! I did a little happy dance when I reached 100. lol. I love the doodles on this journal. sooo pretty.

Linda said...

I can't wait for every one of your blogs! I love your style, your printing, and your beautiful books! Please keep writing.

Linda said...

I can't wait for every one of your blogs! I love your style, your printing, and your beautiful books! Please keep writing.

Christine said...

Congrats on reaching 500 posts, wow! Count me in on the drawing I just love the journal and the Elsie paper is just too cute!

julie king said...

congratulations, lori!! sweet hugs and thanks for all you share on your blog!!!

Ellie said...

Congrats! How fun and amazing! I look forward to more of your creative work! I love your give-a-way! Toss my name in your
hat, please...xXx

Ellie said...

Congrats! How fun and amazing! I look forward to more of your creative work! I love your give-a-way! Toss my name in your
hat, please...xXx

tami said...

Whooo - Hooooo! 500 posts. Congratulations. You are awesome and so if your blog.

Lisa Lectura Creations said...

Hi Sweetie! A big Congrats on your 500 posts! I got my chocolate cake in hand along with my party shoes dancing away. Your doorprize is *F*A*B*U*L*O*U*S*! I love all the special details you added. Count me in too! :)

Vixen lily said...

ooo think I just scraped in, well done with so many blogs, something I aspire to :)

Ann Purdy said...

Woohooo!!! Congratulations, Lori! I love your blog...don't stop posting all your lovely work.

Count me in on the draw!

(annpurdy@shaw.ca)

Beedeebabee said...

Wow Lori, 500 posts!!! HOLY COW! I don't think I'll reach that number, even if I'm still blogging in 10 years! ... and what makes it even more special is I know each and every one of those posts is just packed with sweet, adorable, Lori cuteness!

That's one positively gorgeous "five-hundred-blogpost-doodle-journal-door-prize"! I love it!

Congratulations Lori, and 500 x 10 big bloggy hugs right back to you too! xo Paulette ;)

wv said...

can husbands participate?

thefishmonger said...

Congrats on 500 posts! Wonderfully creative journal... love the coptic stitched spine!

Atticelf said...

I love visiting your blog - it makes my heart happy and my imagination take flight. Great inspiration! Congrats to you on #500.

DeeJae said...

This is my first visit to your blog and I have enjoyed seeing your lovely art. So many beautiful and creative journals, and this one, what a wonderful giveaway gift. Congratulations of 500 posts!

~Valentina~ said...

WoW! BIG congrats :) The journal look *DELICIOUS*

Linda said...

Congratulations Lori on your 500 posts, and I love, love, love the journal. Linda E.

Vicki Robison said...

Congratulations, what awesome doodles

Glo said...

A wonderfully creative giveaway :) Congratulations ~ and thanks for sharing your talent!

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