Friday, July 31, 2009

Giveaway Winner and Some Fun for Everyone!

Good morning, everyone! I want to thank you all for your interest in my 200th post Giveaway.

The winner of Family Fragrance is SongbirdTiff, which is ironic because hers is a blog I enjoy reading regularly. (I asked T to pick a number, and then I went through all the entries--some of you had more than one--and found the corresponding number)

Please contact me with your info. so I can get your prize to you. Enjoy!

Now, on to the fun part!

One of the things I love most about blogging is getting a peak into the lives of other bloggers! Some of my favorite posts to read on other blogs are the ones where a homeowner shares parts of her home, and the way she has feathered her nest.

But I'd wager to say that just about all of us have one or two (or ten!) problem areas that we'd love to have some help with.

This is where my fun announcement comes in:

I am going to host my first ever blog party!

On August 12th (a Wednesday), I'm asking you to link up to me with a post featuring something in your home you'd love to have some input on.

I don't care if it's something as small as "what color should I paint this chair?", "where should I hang this new chalkboard?" or something as large as "Help! My kids set fire to the Living room and now I need to redecorate! What do I do?" OR you could even post some before and after photos of solutions you've found for your Decorating Dilemmas. Inside, outside, crafty stuff, thrifty stuff, decor, organization...I don't care! Just have fun with it!

I'll ask everyone to swing by each other's blogs and leave a helpful suggestion or two (in kindness, "Your bathroom is the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my life" comments).

I'll try my hand at Mr. Linky, but if he won't work with me, we'll just do links in the comments section.

I am awarding a prize to the blogger whose post I like best.
I don't particularly have any criteria for this prize....I might even just choose randomly.


and this
and maybe another little something if I can get my act together. I thought these magazines, which are new for the Fall, looked like fun reads. (Edited to add: This giveaway is for linky party participants only. Gotta have some incentive, right, ladies?)

So what do you all think? I know for sure that I have at least twenty one project I'd like to work on that I'd love to have some input from my bloggy friends. We all love to showcase our triumphs. Why not share the areas that might need a little boost?

Let me know if this sounds like fun to you...commenting in no way commits you to the party! I'm just curious to see if it's something you all might enjoy. Right now, my sister and Xazmin promised they'd play. Even if it's just the three of us, we'll have a blast.

Let's help each other out and have some fun doing it.

I'll post some more reminders as we get closer, and if you want to include my "button" in your post (it's really just a picture because I can't figure out that html stuff!) that would be great!

{Mark your calendars, friends!}

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  1. Sounds like a blast!! Can't wait!! I will take all the help I can get!

  2. This sounds like fun! Does decluttering count as decorating? That's my next project....

  3. Great idea! I hope to particate, but I'll be back at work by then and can't promise anything. I will definitely read all of the posts and really look forward to it.

  4. Sounds like fun. My DIY projects never look as good as others. Definetly need help in that area.

  5. Oh I'm in!! Great idea! Those prizes are da bomb too. ;)

  6. Wanted to drop by and say thanks for the sweet commentyou left on Teachable Hearts, on my guest post. Drop by and see my blog anytime.

  7. I'm in, I'm in! Now to narrow it down to 1 project of my many, many decorating dilemmas!

  8. Amanda, Thanks for stopping by Porch Days. I'll mark Aug. 12 on my calendar. I have been enjoying your blog so much that I just listed you in my Blog List with a thumbnail picture.

    I recently joined BlogHer but was disappointed to learn they have no groups in Virginia. Could we start a group? Do you know others? I am near Charlottesville. It would be nice to have others to talk with about our blogs and how to do things. Finally learned how to change the html code to make my photos larger! One of my sons advises me. I am happy to share my limited knowledge.

    I will click on "Email follow up comments to Porch Days" in case you want to respond.

  9. I want the do it yourself magazine. I'm really into re-purposing items I find around the house. I love learning new tips and tricks to decorating also.

  10. That sounds like a fun linky party!

    Please count me in for the giveaway too!

  11. Me have a decorating dilemma? Never...:). Actually I'm laughing out loud because I'm still fighting with my master bathroom...yeah, you thought it was done...I'm not so sure.

    Have a great weekend!

  12. What a great idea! I think I know just what I need some input on! Great prizes too!

  13. OK, I'm in. I'll try to do some sort of before and after or decorating feature that day.


  14. Woot!!! This has been the best birthday ever. :) Thank you!!!

  15. Love those mags. Have a great weekend Amanda.

  16. that sounds like a lot of fun & i'll be looking forward to participating.

    i want to hear about the burlap project you're working on. sneak peeks?


  17. Sounds like fun, Amanda. Come on by my blog when you get a sec. I've got something for you.

  18. Girl that looks great! I'd take up your entire party with a room by room list of dilemmas... most having to do with the lack of moola to finish my projects:) I'll see what I can work up for a post!

  19. Sounds great...count me in too! I have a million and one things to choose from. What to pick?

  20. for you...

  21. Well we must have the same ideas, I just blogged for Rhoda's party and shared a dilemma or two there. I am sure I can come up with another one for your party, I'll put my thinking cap on.

  22. This sounds like a fun party! I'll be there! Going to add your button to my blog now! Shall I link to this post for now?

  23. That sounds wonderful.
    My biggest problem area right now is the hall at my store.
    Would i be able to get some help with that??
    Let me know.
    blessings and great idea.

    barbara jean


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