Monday, January 25, 2010

a give away in the "neighborhood!"

There have been times when Ive said , Oh I wish so and so in blog land was my neighbor! I say this often about Elizabeth of creative breathing.. everytime she adds a new entry to her blog! (because she is awesome!) I always think how nice it would be to live right next door to her. Because it would be! Not only just Elizabeth, but so many others of you as well. Then I got to thinking.. we really are neighbors, so to speak. When we go blog hopping, we are in a virtual way, taking a stroll through the neighborhood, stopping to say hello over the white picket fences, across the street and down the country lane greeting our sweet neighbors as we go. We are often invited in for a little visit, to have a peek at what are friends are working on, how they've just decorated, oh even for a taste of something they just baked. we share in their joys and their sorrows, keep tabs on their kids and their pets. We offer virtual hugs and encouragement and gather inspiration and friendship along the way. So though I do wish we all lived right in the same neighborhood together.. I also love that we are neighbors with girls that live so far away from us as well. I have neighbors in tasmania, canada, singapore, turkey, australia, germany, italy as well as across the state and in all directions across the country and even some that are only an hour away!
I live in a very small town but my "neighborhood" is much bigger then most of the people who live here could even begin to imagine! I'm glad youre all my neighbors! (lol! I feel like Mr. Rogers! )
Speaking of sweet neighbors.. this little package below came from this little house above ....(one of my favorite neighbors!) my dear friend Elizabeth of creative breathing! how sweetly it was packaged !

and look at all the wonderful little things that were in the box! I was soo excited to recieve it! I immediately set about my craft room trying to find the perfect way to display them!
They are perfect in this little glass shadow box.. sitting right beside my computer! there are other things in the picture below from many of my bloggy neighbors as well! And so much more all around the room.

IN honor of my 400th (404) post.. I'm going to do a little giveaway for my bloggy neighbors! so be sure to leave a message and I'll pick a winner this weekend!


Nancy said...

Gosh Viv, your post was so sweet it brought tears to my eyes. You certainly hit the nail on the head in describing our blogging neighbors. Your gift from Elizabeth is darling. So thoughtful. Have a great week and give those kitties a love from me....Frannie and Friggy too!
XO Nancy

April but some call me Prilyy said...

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!! h we are the people in your neighborhood in your neighborhood in your neighboooooorrrrrrhoooooodddd :)how lovely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cottage Cozy said...

Wow Viv...what a lovely goodie box to receive from Elizabeth.

I would love to be added to your "jar" and i will post about it on my sidebar too! 400 posts!

Stay Cozy, Carrie

Diane said...

Congratulations, you must be thrilled to reach your 400th Post that is way cool. And yes it is a lovely neighborhood we all live in. I love Bloggyland Street it sure is my favorite place to be. oxox, Diane

Moriah said...

Hi vivian! i just recently found your blog. I just love getting things in the mail from blog friends! This Christmas was especially wonderful as I received many from various friends. You must have been giddy when opening that awesome package! Congrats on the 400 posts!

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hey Viv. It is amazing how we have so many friends now because of blogland. And the best part about it is what other neighborhood could you live in with so many others loving the same things you do. Thanks for letting us share in your gift from E. Pictures are almost like being there, right.

Congratulations on so many great post but we're the real winners even without the giveaway.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Pixie said...

congrats on your 400th post. How are those furbabies?

Lirael said...

Hey neighbour! Love the way you wrote about our 'neighbloghood', sounds lovely :) I bet ya there will be loads of flowers in it once spring arrives!
The package from Elizabeth is great, especially the little squirrel, how cute is he!

bojojoti said...

I'm glad you are my "neighbor."

I was looking through your post for kitties--how could you post without kitty photos?--and I saw the shadowbox with our silly pictures in it. It still makes me laugh to think of us as a butterfly and bee!

Heather said...

What lovely goodies!!!

Ok... hopefully the mice have arrived, or will soon arrive! They were sent out before the deadline!

If you absolutely hate your mice, and would prefer one of my one foot mice, please let me know!

I had been making you one of those, then realized there was a size restriction on the giveaway and that a one foot mouse was too big!!! So I made some tricksy smaller mice... but I will happily send you a larger one if you hate them!!!!!


Sycamore Moon Studios said...

I have the Mr. Rogers song in my head now. Its true...things have changed from years ago and neighbors might need to be redefined!

400 posts is nothing to sneeze at, either! Wow!

kathy said...

Viv , such a sweet post -- Yes , so glad you are in my neighborhood
,dear friend --- It wouldn't be the same without you .
Many blessings to you and yours --
delightful presents -- such talent in stitchery - Kathy - ga ♥

Linda in New Mexico said...

Viv, I'm also new to your site. I'm like the new neighbor that has not introduced herself yet.
Your notions on the neighborhood are so spot on. Ain't it grand? I love all my new friends and love the time I get to spend with all. Please include me in your giveaway. And I am with the others in saying my whole family, especially the 5 year old was wondering "where are the kittens hiding"?

Luna, Luzie and Olli said...

Hello neighbor ;D Congrats to your 400th post. I love to read your blog and I enjoyed your post today so much.
Sometimes I wish to visit one of my blogging friends to have a nice cup of coffee and a chat about all the cute things I´ve seen in the blogland.

big hugs

Emily said...

I couldn't agree more...I live in a small town too and am amazed at how many people I know through blogging. Amazing to see how lucky we are in this day in age! :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

400th??? You're amazing!!!
I always loved it when Mr. Rogers sang, "Won't You Be My Neighbor". And I agree with you...blogging has definitely enlarged our neighborhood. What a gift.
And speaking of gifts...I love the way your displayed Elizabeth's lovely things!!! : )

Fran said...

WOW!! Love everything Elizabeth sent you.

Love your thoughts on we are the people living in your neighborhood. We post back and forth, we get to know each other. What fun it is to go from Blog to Blog to see what everyone is doing. Love the swaps, etc.

Frannie and Figgy are the GREATEST! Love the way Figgy loves and takes care of Frannie and all the babies. I just want to reach in and give them all a hug. Figgy is one special Daddy. OH! and one special Hubby Cat to Frannie. He amazes me.
Love & Hugs


Congrat's on your 400th post!
How are the little pumpkin heads going??!!
It's nice that you and Elizabeth are such great friends!
Please enter me for your giveaway!
You make darling treasures just like your friend and it would be awesome to have something you made.
Thank you!
Deb :)

Maybe you will visit my neighborhood one of these days!!

T=ME said...

Dear Sweet Viv, Congrats on your new little family. I am so enjoying all your photos. I keep saying I'm gonna update my blog but never seem to do it.
I would love to email you but can't find your addy so here's mine
Hugs my friend, Terri

Just this... Alice said...

It's so sweet for you to get such a lovely package. May I add my name for your neighborly give away. Thanks and Best Wishes.

Nancy D said...

Your post was the best smile of the day!! The best part of the internet is the virtual "joined hands" around the world. Your 400th will have to post more often to catch up to you.

Suz said...

I so enjoy your blog. I am rather new to all this and, in the last year, have found some wonderful "kindred spirits."

Kai said...

Oh, am I EVER behind reading blogs! YIKES! Darned old computer headaches! Let me try to do teeny comments here instead of on EACH post I've read but not yet commented on. The kitties are so adorable I can't STAND it! I just want to reach in and TOUCH them! I love the red & white goodies you received! How cheerful are THOSE??? And congratulations times a MILLION on your LARGE number of posts! We all love you, too, you know! You are so fun and adorable, Viv! I believe you are exactly as you SEEM to be! Just 100% for REAL! Love you, love you, LOVE YOU!

Whimsical Creations said...

I am so glad you are my neighbor.

Hope the kitties are doing well.
hugs, melanie

Malissa said...

How Nice, and fun! Crossing my fingers!

Mrs Twins said...

Hello Viv,
I agree with everything you have said. Blogland is fantastico! Such wonderful inspiration to be found in every country possible.
You know us ladies are pretty clever when you think about it! All making such wonderful unique beauties!
Congratulations on your 400th post! Wow! What an achievement! Do you have a blog book? I've just had two made of my blog for my twin daughters! Great idea. Nice keepsake. Always worried about the Pc going down and losing it all.
Hugs and Love Suex.

Sandy Michelle said...

Man those are some cool gifts!! I'm going to go check out Elizabthe's site now..

Sandy XO

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I am so glad that you are my neighbor and friend...m..

Bearly Sane said...

Great post Viv...very touching. It's nice to see you consider Oz as part of your neighbourhood. The internet has certainly made the world a much smaller place and made people who work from home, feel a lot less lonely.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane

barbara burkard said...

one of the sweetest posts..(well that one directly above..(meow meow meow) does take precedence...hee hee...wouldn't hat be a hoot to be in the same neighborhood? oh goodness.what a racaus (is that right...sounds like we would cause!!! CONGRATS ON HITTING THE BIG 4-0-0!!! blogging makes one age gracefully!

Margaret Cloud said...

You are right about blogging, we are all neighbors in a way. I enjoy going to each and every one when I can. That box of goodies sure is pretty. Have a nice weekend.

natalea said...

I'm glad I live in your neighborhood!...kinda!
Those kitty pics in the next post are way too cute!
happy 400th post Viv!
xo nat

martha brown said...

Happy # 400! Of course I'd like to be entered into your giveaway draw! Well, I only live a few hours away from you, so we're almost neighbours. Too bad that I don't know how to drive :)

Sandy said...

Hi, I have come by via Elizabeth at Creative Breathing....your blog is wonderful! And I love the kitties! I really liked this post. You are so right we are all neighbors and we all benefit from each other in so many ways....thanks for having this giveaway!

Merci-Notes said...

Congratulations on 40 posts! hmm, maybe you should send out a cute little kitten from the litter :) What would the post man think with a box mewing.... well, of course he would report us! IF we were neighbors and I won, then I could just come over and pick up the sweet little kitty :)
Well, I am going to the previous post to catch up some more... my computer ate too much and had to go to the Doc's 4 times. Wish I could just click and drag my extra lbs. to the trash can :)


Meri Wiley said...

I would be honored to receive something from your giveaway, please include me. Your blog is sweet and yes Elizabeth rocks!


catieann said...

what a nice post sweetie.
Thanks for entering my owoh giveaway. Please enter me in your bloggy make the most amazing things and I lvoe the little siamese kitty!!!

Farmchick said...

Not sure if I am too late to enter your giveaway.....have a great weekend! :)


Congrats on your 400th post. What a beautiful post. You are so right. Wonderful giveaway also. You will miss those kittys when they are gone...they are just the sweetest kittys ever. Linda

Scrap for Joy said...

Hi Viv,
I agree with you 100% about blogland neighbors. I always say I am so blessed to have so mnay friends I've never actually met. I hope I'm not too late to sign up for your 400th blog post drawing. Congratuations on that substantial achievement! You always have such cute things going on over here...craft projects or kittens...always somthing cute!