We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Dec 28, 2007

One Year, (thoughts and yes a giveaway)

I started this blog a year ago with the idea that it would be a place for my friends and relatives to see pictures of Alder and hear about what was going on in our lives. It started with Snow, and it did a lot of that last year in Denver. It would snow and I would bake, it would clear for a few days and we would go walking around the city, until the next snow, when more baking would happen. Then in the evening I would blog.

Of course this is how most blog stories start and like the rest of them I also started to look and see what other sorts of people were out there blogging. That's when I stumbled upon an entire world of people who, for what ever reason want to share pieces of their lives with others. Some days I wonder how my children will look on this practice of blogging, is it a form of journal with staying power or is it a fad?

Mainly I am amazed by all the people I have met who's lives have some moments of intersection enough that I like reading about their days and ideas. I've learned from people who have children older than Alder as well as other artists and writers. And I've made friends, all from sharing a little bit about our days with each other. Especially with moving across the country it has been nice to have a community that has stayed constant.

Since the trend has been to have a little give away on the anniversary I thought I would create one, this is a little different than the ones I've seen before. Basically I have two different prizes I have to offer and who ever is chosen can decide which one they want. The other one will wait until I'm inspired to do another one of these. To note all of the parts to these are things that I have around the house nothing is being bought for this, other than stamps.

Giveaway #1 The stuff for making things, this is a tote I've made with all the pieces for making your own Japanese stab bound book, including the paper, waxed linen thread, a few different pieces of cover paper and some decorative paper, and directions. There is also some paper ephemera from old books.

Giveaway 2# This is about seeing things differently. This includes a copy of Keeping a Nature Journal (for some reason I have multiples), a set of colored pencils and a handmade journal (by me) to start journaling with.

Leave a comment to have your name in the drawing, I will draw a name on Monday night and post the winner here on Tuesday morning.

Thank you for making this year have some consistency in the midst of chaos.


Christy said...

I'm coming up on a year soon. It is hard to believe. I hope my second year of blogging gives me much more to talk about, like starting a new farm!

cloth.paper.string said...

happy blog birthday to you! i only found you a month or so ago, but i've been enjoying the snippets you share and how they resonate for me.
i love your giveaway goodies -- there's something about a handbound book, as well as bookbinding that is so so satisfying.
wishing you the best in the new year, sarah

*camerashymomma* said...

happy anniversary stacey! i'm glad to have found you in this wide yet small world of blogging!

The Grocer said...

Congratulations on being ONE Stacey, I'm in the draw just to give you the big post problem. Nice entry and nice idea about the giveaway, I might pinch it and do a big food giveaway in afew weeks as I''m coming up to being ONE too.
Happy New Year and thanks for all the shared moments.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog on holisticfamily.org. I am pretty new to Bennington too, and it is nice to hear about how other newbies are settling into the community. I check your blog often and enjoy hearing about your days...

ikkinlala said...

Congratulations on a year of blogging!

emily said...

happy one year to you! i'm always interested to learn about how and why people start blogging. fascinating.

here's to year #2. may it be as wonderful as the first, and more.

patricia said...

happy blog birthday. your giveaways are sweet.
it's patti as my other self

Wendy said...

I just celebrated the end of my second year of blogging! It's exciting, isn't it, and the one thing that I love about blogging, that you mentioned, is the community of people I've met whose goals and lives mesh nicely with mine, at least virtually :).

Happy Blogoversary ;)!