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Five Years Blogging Anniversary Celebration Begins!
Submitted by Pam on Wed, 10/30/2013 - 20:55
Five Years Blogging Anniversary! In blogging years that is a milestone! And cause for celebration!
Officially November 1 is my fifth blogiversary. But I am starting the celebrating a couple days early this year - beginning with little celebrations of two of my favorite childhood memories.
I am gathering and roasting beautiful red chiles andÂ…
...lighting piÃ±on incense.
Two of my strongest and most beloved memories of growing up in Santa Fe: the intoxicating aroma of roasting chile on golden fall days, and the smokey fragrance of burning piÃ±on logs on cold clear fall and winter nights. For me, now living in the Pacific Northwest, roasting chile and burning pinon incense is a way to keep those precious memories alive. And a lovely way to say goodbye to fall.
As of right NOW - it is officially Christmas on Gingerbreadsnowflakes! And time to celebrate five whole years of crafty blogging with five giveaways! But more about those in a moment.
First, I want to thank every single one of you - those who have been with me from the very beginning and those who have just recently arrived! With all of the changes that have occurred in the blogisphere in the past couple years, I am more grateful than ever for your visits, comments, e-mails and support. We all - me included - seem to have more distractions and less time to comment these days, so every communication you share is considered a huge gift.
The blog is always evolving and of course because I am a dabbler at heart there is no clear path you can expect me to follow. But if nothing else, I hope this little blog is a refuge from what is often the noisy cacophony that the internet has become.
I hope that visiting feels like it does when sitting in a big comfy chair next to a warm, crackling fire, sipping hot cocoa and nibbling sugar cookies - letting the mind wander in a daydream of creative possibilities.
A place to find a bit of inspiration and instruction as well as an eclectic celebration of the creative spirit as it finds expression in art, craft, cooking and cultural traditions.
Being a participant these past five years in this global sharing of artful expression in it's many forms has been both satisfying and rewarding; and the friendships made along the way are my treasure. And I thank you one and all for making it all possible.
Before moving on to the giveaway, there are three new adventures added to GBSN that I want to point out!!
1. I am on Instagram - have been now for a couple months and I am loving the experience! I hope you will join me - the button is at the top of the blog along with all the others.
2. I have begun an international cookie baking project - "Winter Holiday Cookie Recipes" - which I am adding to each month. The button is right at the top of the "cookie" buttons on the side bar and by December you will find six links to posts sharing recipes for some of my international favorites. The series will continue through at least all of next year - with "new to me" cookies! I hope by sharing a bit of history and technique and recipe testing I can take some of the mystery out of "new to you" cookies.
3. Lastly, there will soon be a button at the bottom of "This Season's Projects" in the sidebar that will whisk you away to my Flickr sets where you will find that all the tutorials I have ever written are organized by season and type of craft. It is my way of providing a visual index to tutorials appearing on GBSN in the past 5 years - and beyond! Click on a set, then find something that you want to explore further and click on that image. Under description you will find a link to the post.
Until that button is installed - here is the link!
So now - let the celebration begin!
I will post five separate giveaways - one each day for the next five days - beginning today with the very next post following this one and ending with the last on November 3.
All giveaways will remain open for entries until November 5th at midnight PST. Winners will be announced on November 6th.
Enter as many giveaways as you like. International readers are welcomed.
Entries MUST appear here right on this blog. Please, newsletter readers, leave your entries here on the blog if you wish to be included in the drawing.
There are no giveaways attached to this particular post. But I will be happy to hear from anyone wishing to say hello!!!
Good luck everyone! And thank you in advance for stopping by to celebrate!