Friday, August 1, 2008

50 Posts and a Giveaway!

Today, I have published my 50th post!

I certainly had no idea where this "blogging thing" would take me. I have visited so many beautiful, interesting blogs and met the most fascinating people! I can't even remember what it was like not to take my first cup of tea straight to the computer to catch up with everyone. And I really miss that time when I am without my PC for a few days!

I have learned to look at the world from new perspectives. I have been inspired by you, and taught by you, and have experienced tremendous personal growth as a result. Each and every one of of you who take the time to read and comment are very special to me. I feel an affection for each of you that I would have thought absurd a few months ago. I am excited to strengthen these friendships and to see what and who the next 50 posts will bring into my life!

In celebration, I am hosting a giveaway!

The gift will be one of my very favorite books, Nell Hill's "Entertaining in Style" by Mary Carol Garrity. This book is full of the most beautiful photographs of her table settings, holiday vignettes, and even a recipe or two. You'll receive it just in time to use some of her Fall decor ideas. (I just HAD to get my new leopard print reading glasses in the picture! *Ü*)

Your chance to receive this gift is as easy this:

Leave a comment on any post from today, August 1 through Friday, August 8th to be entered. I will draw the recipient's name on Saturday, August 9th. Feel free to spread the word - the more the merrier!

Good luck! Chris


  1. Ooooh! How exciting! Looks like my kind of book! But, um, do I really have to tell everybody about it? C'mon it hurts the odds! (Sigh), I guess I'll be a good sport and spread the word!

    p.s. LOVE the glasses...I noticed them right off! ;o)

  2. Woo Hoo Chris! Congratulations. You are right, you meet the most wonderful people in the blogosphere. I would do cartwheels if I won that book. Well, not really. I'm way past the cartwheels stage, but I'd be happy.

    Thanks so much for all you do. You have a nice place to land here.

    - Suzanne, the Farmer's Wife

  3. Congrats on reaching your 50th post! It is amazing how much you learn and how many wonderful people you can meet by blogging. I agree. I have to drag myself away from the computer to watch TV anymore! I'd rather see what my blog friends are up to.

    I love books like these. This one looks beautiful. So enter me for the giveaway, please! Thank you! -Julia :-)

  4. Hi Chris!
    Thank you so much for stopping by to visit me! It's so nice to meet you!

    Congrats on your 50th Post! I would love to be entered in your Fabulous Giveaway. The book looks and sounds like it is Terrific! Would you like for me to advertise your giveaway on the sidebar on my blog? Let me know.
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs, Sherry

  5. Congratulations on your 50th post! Yeah! I can't imagine life without this blogging either. It is such fun and I really can't wait to read all of my favorites. I love your title, "Refining Life" and your music goes so well with it. You have done a very nice job.

  6. How fun!

    I just found you from Edie Marie's blog...and here I am posting for the first time on your blog, trying to win something! lol Where are my manners?

    Very nice prize and very nice to meet you :)


  7. don't you just love blogging Chris? I would have never thought I would get so caught up in it. the book looks really interesting .
    Have a blesed day .

  8. Happy 50th, Chris! I just lately met you, and glad I I look forward 50, 100's more posts! :o) Do count in on your pretty, generous giveaway. Happy Days celebrating ((HUGS)) Oh, I'm celebarating too--do stop by for some gift giveaway fun at my place to celebrate 2 yrs blogging! :o)

  9. Oh, Chris, you're so generous! The book is right up my alley.

    Congrats on your 50th post. I am looking forward to mine, too. Blogging has really inspired me to be more creative and I met a lot of nice people who share my passions. It's really nice meeting you.

    Have a wonderful day!

  10. Congratulations on your 50th post!!! Looks like a great book sweet of you to give it away as a prize :o)

  11. Hi Chris, thanks for stopping by and for your grilled fig recipe, sounds very tasty. I must try soon.

    Congrats on your 50th post! I too will soon be reaching my 50th post and will be planning a giveaway soon, so please come back to visit.
    Please enter me in your giveaway, love these kind of books.

    Irma :)

  12. Congratulations, Chris! How wonderful! I started blogging earlier this year too and I love it. I'm totally addicted. It's so much fun to meet new people and I've enjoyed reading your blog. I hope we can be cyber friends also. You don't need to put me on your giveaway pot because in Hawaii our potluck parties are so so casual that you just stick the food and plates out and that's it.

    We have those "security" services for termites over here, too. A lot of people buy them. We opted not to. I hope we don't regret it.

  13. Hi Chris... Can the leopard print reading glasses be a runner-up prize?? They're just plain adorable (while getting the job done at the same time)...

    Congratulations on your 50th post!!! I always enjoy and learn from your wonderful thoughts and writings.....

    What a generous present... I'll go look for the perfect corner for reading it and getting a jump-start on fall... (How'd that happen?)

    fondly - janice

  14. Yeah... a give a way! I have made some smaller tassels in the past. Maybe I will list a few in the store. Thanks for asking.. Susie h!

  15. I want to join the celebration. Congratulations. What a lovely prize. I hope I win. Your blog is a winner. I know that.

  16. Just the way you have diplayed the book that you are giving away is inspiring to me. Congrasultions on the 50th.

  17. Congratulations!!! YEAH!!!!

    Oh, I hope I win!! I love winning! (but don't very often) LOL!!!



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