Happy New Year...My Blog-a-versary and a $75.00 CSN Give-away too!

Happy New Year Everyone!
And Happy Blogging Anniversary to me!  Yes indeed it was exactly two years ago today when I sat down to the computer and tried to create a blog.  I had no idea what I was doing but hubby was engrossed in football and I had several hours to read and try to figure it out.

Now I never, ever thought that I would even get a follower.... but I somehow got quite a few!
So today I am celebrating with a give-away and a great big thank-you to all of you!

First to the give-away!
CSN has graciously offered to give one of my readers a $75.00 gift certificate.  To enter, just leave me a comment and let me know what you might like to buy if you win~

CSN has over 200 on-line stores where you can find everything from stylish furniture, modern bedding or
great cookware.

Here are a few items that I like!  This could work for a boy or girl and I have baby bedding on my mind right now!

I really do love this hall tree!

And you can even buy some unfinished ones like these and paint them to match your decor!

Oh I just love this warm and cozy throw.
The colors are so soft and the texture is just wonderful!

So just leave me a comment and I will pick the winner on Wednesday, January 5th!

I feel so lucky that I have found such a wonderful and supportive on-line community.
The amazing thing is that I have now met so many of my closest friends made through blogging.
Dan and I are meeting Keetha Eclectic Company and her hubby for dinner next Friday night!
Keetha lived in Indiana and recently moved to Wisconsin having lived here as a child.

And then I am on to Arizona to visit my son and meet up with several of my blogging friends that live there!
Think Marty, Karen (coming in from California), Ceekay, Jamie, Sherry and more!

Dan and I visited the lovely Chari, Happy to Design and her wonderful hubby Russ this past summer!
I even was lucky enough to sleep in the Famous Tea Rose Bedroom!

And we've had two delightful and fun week-ends with Jane -Blondie's Journal and her hubby Al!
And we have plans to get together next summer as well!

My advice to a new blogger would be to visit lot's of blogs and leave lot's of comments!
Write about what you enjoy and if your stumped for a post try a blog party.
There are endless blog parties on a weekly basis and you surely will find something to spark your interest and give you ideas for a post!

And I can't do a post like this without adding a picture of my darling grand-baby!
Here's Addison ( who will be 3 months old on the 3rd)  wearing an outfit that Jane (Blondie's Journal) bought for her.

My wish for all of you is a happy and prosperous New Year.
One that is  filled with the simple joy's of life!

Happy New Year and Good Luck!



  1. I'd love some Timberland boots for my sons!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

  2. Hi Cindy! Happy Blogaversary! Two years sure do fly by don't they?? I, too, have "met" many of my now close friends thru blogging and even though I haven't had the opportunity to meet any in real life yet, I still treasure all of the new friends I now have, including you! Your blog inspires me on a daily basis and I smile every time you post a new picture of that precious angel Addison. She is growing like a weed!

    I would love to be entered into this wonderful giveaway. I have never shopped CSN but based on the pics you posted, I see lots of things that I would love to have! That hall tree is awesome!!

    I hope 2011 holds only the best for you and your family!

  3. Congratulations on your Blogiversary. Addison is such a cutie! I bet you are a proud Grandma.
    GSN has so much to choose from that it is awfully hard to pick something. Since such a cold December my thoughts are going to spring and outdoors with some of their garden decor. Like a fab new birdbath.

  4. Oh my gosh! What a beautiful baby! I am so jealous of all the people you have actually met! That is awesome. Please enter me in your fabulous give away, too!

  5. Cindy,
    Happy Anniversary! Your grandbaby is so pretty and I love the outfit Janie got her!
    Happy 2011!

  6. Congrats Cindy on your 2nd blog-aversary!!
    So excited to see you when you come to Arizona!
    Love that blogging has reunited us after many decades!
    AND now we're both Grandmas!

  7. Congratulations on your blogoversary! How fun that in 2 years you have met that many fellow bloggers. I enjoyed seeing all their photos and I always love seeing your precious granddaughter. I am hoping 2011 brings us a grandchild so I would use the CSN for a grandma's nursery :)

  8. Love your blog. I'm thinking I can limit myself to one lamp I just love.

  9. Hi Cindy and Happy New Year to you! Would love a CSN gift and have been trying to win one 4 ever! Just haven't been that lucky yet. Hey, have a great time in Arizona... we lived there for many years so in a way it's home to me.

    Many changes happening in our life this year and who knows... I may just end up being your neighbor. (grins)

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  10. I can't believe how fast your granddaughter is growing. She is just adorable! I hope you have a Happy New Year.

  11. Happy New Year's Anniversary, Cindy...It has been nice getting to know you- Hugs- Diana

  12. I would love to purchase a desk chair that is comfortable. The one I ma using now is so not.
    msgb245 at gmail dot com

  13. Congratulations on your 2 years of blogging!! So enjoy looking at your site-I am a fellow Wisconsinite so it is fun to follow a "neighbor." Thanks for the wonderful give away and I can sure see that Hall Tree in my entry!.....

  14. Cindy,
    Congratulations on your blogaversary! What a way to bring in the new year! I love stopping by your blog, it always brightens my day! I love unfinished furniture and have been looking for a bench to paint to put in the master bedroom. Happy New Year!!

  15. HI CINDY!!!!!
    I AM Coming up on my @ year anniversary too!!!
    gosh I am so glad I met you!!!
    You are a person people feel a connection to and that is why you have met so many cool people!!!LOL
    I am so excited to see you in a few weeks, I sure HOPE it warms up before you get here, it would be nice for you to have 60-70 degree days!!!!
    Not in the 40's and 50's!!!!
    Have a fun day and little Addison is so adorable, I love her outfit!!!
    hugs 2 U,

  16. In this great wide world of blogging, one of the happiest days, Cindy, was when I found your blog! You are such a blessing to so many, and I love you to pieces. Congrats on your anniversary!

    I am hoping that we can talk you into visiting Florida at some point as Rhonda (Shell Belle) and I really want to meet you! Janie, too, as well as several of the other bloggers you mentioned that I know!

    As to the giveaway, I think I might buy some more cookware. I won a CSN giveaway that had these neat casserole dishes, and I absolutely LOVE them!

    Speaking of love, sending you bunches of it along with all my best wishes for a wonderful 2011!


    Sheila :-)

  17. P.S. I adore that outfit that Janie gave Addison. SO cute! :-)

  18. Hi, if I won I'd buy a set or 2 of the Noritake Breeze Amber 13 oz. All-Purpose Goblet - 816-109. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    maddiemb (at) comcast (dot) net

  19. Happy Anniversary! Always good to read the advice of those who have blogged for a time! And Happy New Year!

  20. Happy New Year.... ! Addison is just adorable.... sooo happy and innocent...

    If I won Id buy a hall tree... one of those would be happy in my victorian house!!!

    Happy blogging.

  21. That little darling could enter baby contest..she is ADORABLE!!!

    Happy Anniversary friend.Wow 2 years..I was just pondering that this morning..how long do we keep blogging..how many stories and pictures do we share..and I heard a quiet voice..till I tell you to quit!!I have to remember it was that voice that encouraged me to do this also.
    All of you have been such blessings to me!

    Thank you for being my friend!!

    I would buy new bedding for our bed. Thanks for doing this..mine will be in Feb.

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  22. Oh what a fun year. Love all your choices from CSN. I want a small demilune table, so I would look for that.

    Can't wait 'til you get here. We have plans to meet at my house and then off to GW, then to my favorite fabric store and then around the corner to some super Antique shops. Of course we will eat our way through all of this too. See you soon, I am so excited. Hugs, Marty

  23. I have been looking at a few things I really like some of thier iron wall art, and some of the tea cups set.

  24. Cindy,
    Happy New Year and Happy blogaversary! You are one of the ones that encouraged me when I started blogging almost 2 years ago. I have enjoyed your blog and getting to know you.
    p.s. If I should be lucky enough to win your give-away I am sure I would find something for my home.

  25. Happy New Year Cindy and happy blog anniversary!
    Being a new blogger myself, I can't wait to hear more from you this year!

    Many blessings,

  26. oh my your granddaughter is adorable...you are so lucky to have actually met so many of your blogging pals...if your ever in North Texas...we will have to meet up and compare Grandpma stories...

  27. Happy New Year, Cindy! Stay happy, cozy and warm.

  28. I'll become a g-ma for the first time in April. I'd certainly LOVE some of the baby items. Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  29. I'd buy some Rachel Ray cookware or bakeware.
    Happy New Year!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  30. Hi Cindy! I'd LOVE to be in the CSN drawing - - - I want a football lamp for my football cave!

    Thanks for the shout out on your blog today!

    I'm glad you told me to check 'cause I'm pretty much buried down in the cave today watching bowl games and I MIGHT have accidentally missed it!


  31. Lovely! Thanks for the chance.

    Happy blogging birthday!

  32. Hi Cindy,
    I love the Rachael Ray cookware!

    Congrats on two yrs. It really does go so fast.
    Addison is such a doll!
    You are going to have so much fun with all the gang in AZ.
    I hope it warms up a bit for you. It's been cold there.
    Happy New Year!

  33. Congrats on your anniversary. I have never shopped or been to a CSN store, but sure would like to give it a try if the opportunity arose. Meeting up with bloggers? I keep saying what fun that would be. Several of us Mississippi folks have been talking about it, so maybe 2011 will bring us together. Ya'll have a great time and Happy New Year.

  34. Happy 2011, Cindy! So many of us started around the same time, so funny!

    I need some new throws since I changed the colors in my den, so that's what I would use it for!
    I have been looking!

  35. Happy New Year! I would love to win your giveaway. I would definatly purchase some new bedding, mine is over 20 years old.

  36. Congratulations, Cindy! And what an adorable little granddaughter you have! I would like to enter your giveaway. If I were to win, I would purchase some dinnerware - perhaps some more of my Friendly Village pieces.
    Happy New Year!

  37. Congrats on your anniversary- I love CSN stores- they have such an awesome selection. I would probably get some new bedding for my sons room- he needs an upgrade.

    emsfsemsfs at gmail dot com

  38. Happy blogoversary!
    I'd love to get some new knives and maybe a Le Creuset pitcher!

  39. Cindy I am a new blogger and am working on my site Cathy's Cupboard Calamity. Great site, but since I am in Texas I have to say go TCU. But loved seeing all your blog friends you have connected with. CUTE grand baby. I would love to enter you giveaway and would have to have the Treble Clef flatware.

    Happy New Year!!!

  40. Hi girlfriend, You have taught me a lot from you fabulous blog: what a blog is; what a tablescape is, and how beautiful it is to to do them and to change them; what you can use to make beautiful table linens; make something fab out of nothing!!!what Met Monday is; wonderful, charming, simple but elegant decorating ideas all around the home; how talented you are; how much patience you have; what an adorable grand daughter you have; decorating on a dime; how glad I am it is you and not me in all that beautiful snow; how jealous I am about all your talents and how you put them to use.

    Please enter me in your drawing. What would I get? Hmmm, I don't know, but when I see it I will know it. I am looking for a baby gift and some spring decorating ideas so maybe I can get them.

    But best of all I have your blog and is like winning the lottery!!! You rock, girl and so does that cutie pie Addison!!!!!

  41. Congratulations on your blog-iversary!!! Isn't blogging fun, fun? I haven't met any bloggers in person yet but sure hope to do so someday. Little Addison is growing so quickly and just getting more & more precious:) Oh how I'd love to win the CSN giveaway!!!! There are so many things there I'd love to have...I've been trying to look for a computer desk to fit my needs and $75 would definitely help toward that. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Happy New Year...hope it's a great one for you and yours.

  42. Such cute pictures! I'd love the cloud b twilight sea turtle night light. Would be perfect for my friend's new baby! :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  43. Congrats on your blogaversary, Cindy. I certainly enjoyed reading each and everyone of your posts. Sign me up for the giveaway, maybe I'll buy a bench, or maybe more dishes, lol. I am so jealous that you have met so many bloggers personally. Hopefully, we can meet someday too! Little Addison is so cute, so pretty in the outfit that Jane sent. Happy New Year!...Christine

  44. I'd love to get my boys a Step2 workshop.

  45. Happy New Years/blogiversary to you!!!!!!!!!!!
    May you have many happy bloggy years ahead of you full of fun and wonderful things to write about.
    I would love to get a nice big crock pot! That would be just wonderful!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Cindy, Congrats on the blogaversary! And although it can be time-consuming to sit on one's arse to read hundreds of post at a time, meeting new friends, whether virtual or in person, is always a plus. Wishing you all good things in 2011, my friend! hugs, Sue

  47. CSN has some beautiful quilt racks so i would probably get one of them


  48. Hi Cindy my name is Karen from
    I come to via my blogging buddie Julie,
    I just wanted to stop by and introduce myself,
    Congrats on the beautiful ne grand baby.. I am a grandma too..and just got our newest addition of a grandson as a christmas present in the beginning of Dec.
    Well I hope you will stop by and visit me some time soon.I will be back to visit again soon. until then God Bless your 2011

  49. You know I am in on this one ... I love ALL the roses items they sell, but to pick one, the rose bowl dish for the terrace. Oooo-la-la!

    Addison is such a beauty, Cindy. Have fun in Phoenix, sorry I wasn't there to see you then.

    Have a beautiful New Year ...
    Hugs, Marydon

  50. Hi Cindy, Just stopping in to wish you a very Happy New Year and see you have a give-away happening. What fun and I would love to be entered. You sure have met lots of bloggers this year. You are a lucky lady indeed. I was beginning to think there were no bloggers in my area and all of sudden I am meeting lots of them. There are plans to meet two of them for a little junkin' and lunch on Tuesday. :)

  51. Cindy - I found your blog through Marydon's but I will be back. I enjoyed it very much and have signed up as a follower.

    Hugs - Marie

  52. HI Cindy and Happy New Year to you and a Happy Bloggaversary! I'm so glad I found you! Isn't Blogland just wonderful? I always enjoy coming to see what you're up to. You're just such a beautiful person - inside and out. Now look at little Addison! She is so precious, Cindy and that little outfit is darling!
    Thanks for popping in to see me and my little headers.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  53. Thanks for the great giveaway! I can't say for sure what I would buy; but I would definitely have fun shopping! Maybe something for my granddaughter or just me!
    Happy New Year!
    ~ Julie

  54. Congratulations on your blog birthday! I would have a hard time choosing between something that I need or something that I want. Thanks for giving me a chance to make that choice.

  55. Hi Cindy Sweetie...
    Oh Congratulations on your Anniversary and how exciting to also be giving a BIG CSN giveaway. I love CSN and I have several items I am looking at. I love their bedding, and I am going to redo the bedroom. That is always a fun way to spend some money, but I also fell in love with the unfinished furniture that you shared. I had NO idea they also had that.

    Hope you guys have a great time while you are here. Maybe the weather will warm up for you by then. We had ice in our bird baths that was 1/2 inch thick yesterday and for Phoenix, that is really cold.

    Love your year in review. It has been so much fun looking back. Love the photo of you and Jane as well. Addison is SO precious. She looks beautiful in pink. I believe that is going to be her signature color.

    Many hugs sweet friend and SO much love, Sherry

  56. Happy Blog-A-Versary!
    If I am lucky enough to win, I will use the CSN Stores GC to buy a KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender w/Polycarbonate Pitcher in White - KSB560WH
    Thank you for the chance!

  57. Congratulations Cindy! I've loved getting to know you and getting to visit your wonderful home through your blog. (Wish I was one of the lucky bloggers who had been able to meet you in person). I KNOW I could find something I really NEED (cause you know how much I need stuff) at the CSN! What a nice giveaway! Love those little ruffles on the boodie of Addison's outfit. She is such a cutie. Wishing you and your family a wonderful 2011! laurie

  58. What a little doll she is! Cindy, they do not come any cuter than that!
    You have been so much fun getting to know these past two years. You and I began blogging at just about the same exact time. It's been fun...and what a time it all was learning how to do everything. I am still finding my way about.
    More fun coming in this new year? YOU BET! :)
    Love and hugs,

  59. Happy New Year! I'm glad I found your blog.
    I'd love to get an OXO Mandolin Slicer.


  60. Good to meet another Cindy from Wisconsin! I'm hopping over here from Cindy at Rick-Rack & Gingham's blog. I really love all the neat things you have on your blog and will be going back to read about the porcupine. They are nasty little critters. LOL

    I live in Madison, but spend the nice months at our cabin up by Superior. Too cold and too much snow up there in the winter. So nice that most of it has melted here.

    Happy New Year from another Cindy

  61. Happy anniversary! The outfit is so cute. Addison is really growing - she is so cute.
    Not sure what I would buy - need to go look around.
    Happy New Year!!

  62. congrats to you and your blog
    i would buy my son a plasma car in red for his 3 year b-day
    tcogbill at live dot com

  63. Happy Blogaversary to you!!! How fortunate you are to meet so many of your sweet blogsisters.

    That little doll of your get more beautiful every time I see her!!! What...no arguments??? Heeehehehe!!!!

    If I won I would shop for a new blender...mine leakin' my health smoothie when I make it or new pots and pans...my nonstick is startin' to show through...

    God bless ya and have an incredible New Year Sweetie!!!

  64. Congrats on your anniversary. And what a beautiful pink princess you have. Hope you have a blessed New Year.

  65. You have a really sweet grandbaby!She is beautiful! Happy blog anniversary! I would like to enter and I would buy a really heavy rolling pin or some photo easels.kim at sillshill.blogspot.com.

  66. Goodness you could get lost for days at that site!! They have some really fun wall clocks I would love to have.

  67. Hi Cindy, I am glad I popped in. Happy anniversary of your blog! Wow, two years. I will reach the one year mark at the end of the month. It is amazing the friends you make. You sure have been lucky to meet so many in person and to spend time with them. I'm not real sure what I would get if I won they have so much to choose from. Thanks for the chance.

  68. Congrats on your 2nd anniversary. Thank you for the giveaway. I would choose a scale-I took cooking classes in Paris and they weigh everything.

  69. Addison is beautiful!!
    I believe I would buy a new iron...mine isn't working too well.
    I'll be having a CSN giveaway soon too. They're a wonderful company to work with.
    Have fun in Arizona...I hope they don't have snow there :-)

  70. Thx for commenting on my blog. I would love to be entered into your wonderful giveaway. I have not shopped CSN but based on the pics you posted, I see lots of things that I would love to have!Terry

  71. Congratulations on your 2 years of blogging!!! I've been perusing through all the LeCruset pots/pans on CSN....they have SO MANY wonderful things to pick from. I'd love to win your giveaway and have the dilemma of deciding what to get! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway...and I love your Apple Cottage in the snow.

  72. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. How fun that you've been able to visit many of your bloggger friends.
    I've seen many unique accent pillows at CSN that I would LOVE to have! Please enter me in your Give-Away.

  73. If I won, I'd buy the Chilewich Table Runner.

  74. Happy Blogiversary! I think I would like to get an ice cream maker - I've seen one on CSN that looks really nice.


  75. Happy bloggiversary! I would get some new cookware if I won!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  76. Congratulations on 2 years! It goes by so quickly doesn't it? I also was shocked to have even one follower!

    I love that baby...she looks adorable in the outfit!

    As for winning from CSN...I'd buy a new breadmaker. Mine bit the dust and while I don't bake bread in one, it is so much easier for mixing the dough!

  77. Happy Anniversary and what a smashing giveaway. I really love CSN so much to choose from. I need a new crock pot. And I am a follower.

  78. Congratulations on this milestone! Happy New Year, and enjoy your travels. Your choices for the giveaway are so tempting..I liked all of them!

  79. Good Morning girl, WOW!! don't you love how they come out of the woodwork when you have a give away ha ha!! any hoo don't enter me girl I have too much stuff now to dust ha ha!! Hope all is well in your world and congrats on 2 years..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  80. Congrats, Cindy! Looks like you have met quite a few bloggers in person - lucky you! Your little grand-daughter is adorable in that outfit with the "sassy pants". Happy New Year to you, too. Linda

  81. I love that baby! Congratulations here..wow, how fun is all of this?! Have a great month :D

  82. Hi,Cindy,
    I'm probably too late to sign up for your wonderful giveaway, but I'd love that warm and cozy throw. :)
    Sounds like you've had an amazing year, and your graddaughter is a real cutie!
    Happy New Year!

  83. Happy Anniversary, Cindy. I started blogging a month before you!

    Love that cute outfit on Addison...she is such a sweet pea! Keep posting pictures of her, I like watching her grow!

    That is an awful picture of me!


  84. Pink cuteness! I wanted to wait until after your giveaway to leave a comment, since I already won my fabulous dishes from you.

    Happy New Year, a bit late, but the sentiment is there. Thank you Cindy for a wonderful year of blogging friendship. I hope one day I will get to meet both you and Jane. I almost got a job as an innkeeper for a B&B in the panhandle. Not that would have been a fun place to have everyone come to! I'm next on the list if the new guy doesn't work out, so you never know.

    Hugs my Sweet Friend from Sunny Florida


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy