Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My First Giveaway!

W hen I first started blogging I thought it would be just another place where I could unleash some of my creativity. I never really expected to find and connect with so many people that shared my passion for all that is romantic, shabby chic, vintage and creative.

I often wondered if there would be anyone out there that would be interested in anything I had to say. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would bond with so many people and develop so many wonderful friendships. I am so blessed to have met what I consider to be some very talented, sweet and kind people.
I remember the first time I realize someone had decided to follow my blog...MY Blog. It was the best feeling ever. Of course, it was only my niece, but it was still very special to me. For our anniversary this year, my husband surprised me with a Christie Repasy original oil painting. I already owned several of her canvas prints, but nothing compared to the thrill of being the proud owner of one of her originals... or so I thought.
To my surprise, my wonderful hubby had forwarded my Anniversary Gift blog post to Ms. Repasy. You can read that post here if you are interested. She became my second follower. I couldn't believe someone I looked up to and admired so much would be interested in my blog. It was a very humbling experience. After that, 98 more to follow, and each one was just as special as the first.
Today I celebrate my 100th follower. WOW! Can you believe it? I wanted to celebrate this wonderful event in a very special way. I have decided to have my very first giveaway. All you have to do to qualify is to leave me a comment on this post no later than midnight, (Pacific Time) October 23, 2009, and you are automatically entered.

Edited 10/15/09:

If you don't have a blog and wish to enter my giveaway, please make sure I get an email address where I can reach you in case you win. Thank you.

So what's the giveaway you ask? Drum roll please.... It's one of Ms. Repasy's canvas prints!




This beautiful print is titled Blush Pink Rose and it is personally signed by her and dated 1997 on the back. The canvas measures 5x7 , but framed it measures about 8x10.

I want to thank each and every one of you for making this such a wonderful blogging experience these past six months.


Good luck to all of you!




Hugs and Kisses.

78 comments:

'T' said...

perfect for my Victorian bathroom! 'T'

Stacey said...

I am so glad to have found you and your blog. You have inspired me in many ways. Not to leave out you are as sweet as can be!!

The painting is absolutely gorgeous!

Atelier de Charo said...

Hola Ana, la pintura realmente es exquisita, me encanta.
Muchas Felicidades por tus 100 seguidores!!!
Cariños
Charo

Sandra said...

Hi Ana! Congratulations on your 100 followers! I just wanted to say "back at ya" :) I love love your blog. You are really such an inspiration to me. I love your decor. The romantic, chic, vintage, etc.
What a beautiful painting. "Roses" :) I love it!
Have a wonderful day.
Sandra

GWENDOLYN said...

I am so happy that you love to blog and it has been a happy experiance for you. I love all the kind and wonderful people here with such lovely blogs and things to show and share. Including you and yours! Please sign me up for your wonderful give away! thank you and blessings always!
Gwen

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Oh Ana, I would love to win that beautiful print, but your friendship alone is first prize! I adore you and your blog and look forward to each new post you do, as well as still browsing through your older ones too... you are such a sweet, giving lady... I signed on as a follower the first time I visited I believe! Love to you! Bisous... Julie Marie

susan said...

Ana--I just stumbled here and am happy to be #101--congratulations on your milestone. I look forward to catching up on your older posts and reading your new ones!

Gina said...

Wow...100 followers! In such a short time, I have found out just how talented & sweet you are, so I'm sure the other 99 followers feel the same way about you as I do!

Sea Witch said...

Congratulations on your 100th follower. What a lofty number. You are such a delight and your blog is such a reflection of your sweet heart. I am glad to be one of your 100 followers. Sea Witch

Kate said...

Congratulations on your 100th follower! You are such a sweet and dear lady and I am delighted to follow and be inspired by your talent!

Kate

loscoloresdesole said...

Hi!!Congratulations for your 100followers.I come from Charo's blog.My name is Soledad and I liked verry much your site.I started with my blog a few month ago and I'm verry happy too.If you want to know more about me I invite you tou visit my blog. Cariños,Soledad from Uruguay

kayleeg2005 said...

wow, the big 100!! good for you! thanks for entering me!!

Vicki said...

Hello, sweet Ana,
I am not surprised at all you have so many followers! I always enjoy my visit with you in your sweet cottage home! Congratulations on your 100th follower! It is so kind of you to have a give away. I love Christie Repasy's art. Thank you for entering me in your give away. Blessings and much love to you! Vicki

elmundodetrapito said...

Hola Ana TE FELICITO POR TUS SEGUIDORES Y ME
GUSTARIA PODER PARTICIPAR EN TU SORTEO TE DEJO CARIÑO SUEÑOSCUMPLIDOS

Lydia said...

Ana,

What a beautiful picture! How luscious!

I posted White Wednesday in honor of Jenny/Victorian Vignettes & C. Hope you can stop on by. Lydia

Thank you for your warm words. la

BellaRosa said...

Ana Congrats on hitting and passing the 100 followers mark!! I remember when I had 1 follower too..my daughter, I thought that was just the neatest thing :) Your blog is lovely and so is your personality that is what draws everyone :) Please put my name in for your gorgeous giveaway. Besos, Rose

The Feathered Nest said...

Hi sweet Ana!!! Happy 100th Follower! My dear friend Rose told me about your beautiful giveaway gift and I just had to enter your generous giveaway ~ What a beautiful blog you have....blogging is so much fun, so many wonderful friends are here, xxoo, Dawn

Sares said...

It's Gorgeous Ana! I can never see enough of a pretty rose! Congratulations on your 100th follower. I started off small too, I had a private family and friends blog and when I went public and got my first follower that didn't know me, it was a very special experience. It's been a pleasure to get to know you and your beautiful blog and I look forward to many more visits!

Lori said...

what a lovely giveaway Ana!!!

Sally L. Smith said...

Hello, Ana. Oh, yes, a Repasy print would work just great in my "cottage style" home. I love her works and now I'm off to visit the rest of your blog. Come visit me, too. Congratulations on your 100th.
Sally

Rita said...

Hola Dear Ana,
congrats on your 100th follower. That's qite an achievement and wish you to soon be able to celebrate twice or even three times as many.
Oh my, that canvas is so beautiful and would be perfect to fulfil my immense love for roses. However, I do undestand that it might not be possible for overseas blog friends to run for your precious giveaway, so, with much regret and a wee bit of jealousy,I wish the best of luck to all your followers.
Your blog, posts and your every sweet comment do show the wonderful Petite Cottage Lady you are.
Have a great day!
XOXOXO
Rita

Utah Grammie said...

Well, count me as 103 - I just found you by way of Dawn @ the Feathered Nest and I'm quite glad I did.

I look forward to visiting all of your past writings to get to know you better, but so far, it looks like a lovely place to visit :-)

Congratulations on the 100+ followers!

Kathy said...

Ana glad to meet you!!! and your sweet blog! Having a give-a-way is a great way to get your blog out there...Everyone starts networking about your blog and well....it workd for me, I finally found you! Glad your lovin blogging...such a wonderful, caring group of people. I love all the interaction and sharing that goes on. Congratulations on your 100+followers, of which I'm more then happy to be a part of! Have fun with your give-a-way (georgeous, by the way)...would feel right at home in my little cottage too! God Bless and stop in for a visit anytime, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Claudia said...

Congratulations, Ana! I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with Christie. When I was working temporarily in San Diego this year, I met her at the Barn Sale and we became friends. She is the nicest person in the world, sweet and generous. I have a few of her prints and love, love her work. But, lucky you, you have an original!!!

I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

peppermint said...

Congratulations!...how wonderful for you! You have a lovely blog. Please enter me in your giveaway! I have signed up to follow you. Please stop by sometime and visit me! Thank you...
Hugs and glitter,
Patti

stephanies cottage said...

ohhhh your blog is BEAUTIFUL!!! That is so awesume that u are giving away such a wonderful treasure !! hristy Repasy is my fav artis!! i own 4 of her prints on canvas!! and i could always use 1 more *wink* hehehehhe

chicroses said...

Hi Ana, Just discovered your blog. Followed it to your sweet parakeet Crispy. So sorry for your loss. I remember as a child having a parakeet.I just loved him so much. Still remember burying him and making a cross.Anyway Love your pics of you home. I would love to win your print. I just wished I could paint like Repassy..Congratulations on 100 follower..sally

June said...

Hi Dear Ana,
Coming here everyday to see what's new in your world alone is a gift. You have a sweet spirit and it comes through in everything you write. So, it is no surprise that you have so many followers.
What a lovely giveaway. I fell for Christy when a few years ago I saw a program on HGTV of her beautiful home. She has the gentlest spirit and is so gracious. I have always loved her art too.
Hugs,
June

Dragonlady said...

Beautiful painting, I just found you via Dawn @ The Feathered Nest..and glad I did
hugs
brenda

Desires of the Heart said...

Hi Ana, Congratulations on your 100th follower!!You have a beautiful blog and I'm so glad I found you through Dawn @ The Feathered Nest. In my wildest dreams would I acutally own a Christie Repasy print! Here's hoping!
Blessings to you, Linda

Chandra said...

I love Ms. Repasy's work...please, pretty please count me in!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Ana.....Congratulations on your 100th follower and I have to tell you I feel the same way as you and you stated it perfectly! Never in my wildest dreams would I ever think I would have a follower but there are women out there who have become good friends without ever laying eyes on them in person! Amazing the power of the internet! As for the giveaway I am in....I don't own one single rose painting and how exciting that would be to have a signed print! ~Hugs, Patti

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Ana, you and your blog are so lovely.

So glad to know you, sweet girl.


Barb ♥

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Ana,
What a sweet blog you have! I feel the same way as you do; I was so surprised and pleased that anyone would actually read my blog, let alone follow it! So, congratulations on your 100 followers. I absolutely adore Christie's paintings although I'm sorry to say, I don't own one. Would love to enter your Giveaway. Who knows, maybe I'll win it! I would be beyond thrilled! Have a beautiful day, dear friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

WOW....I have very few followers and have yet to follow anyone.

I deleted my blog roll and still need to add everyone back...half the time I forget everyone's blog names unless they leave on comment on mine~lol

Yours is one I check everyday though :)

I love roses and have always wanted to own one of her pictures too.

Please count me in.....and when I get the following thing figured out.....my blog hopping will be so much easier!

Carla said...

Your blog is deserving of the followers, Ana. You have a lovely eye for capturing your home for us. Your love is evident. Congratulations on 100 (110 when I joined)!

Ana said...

Just wanted to thank everyone for all the wonderful comments. Thank you! Good luck to all.

I also wanted to add the following email from another sweet friend:

Oh Ana, I loved your post today. 100 followers! Congratualtions!!!

I too love Christie Repasy, and the gift your husband gave you on your
Anniversay must be very special. For her to become your 2nd follower
must have been a delightful surprise.

Ahhh. I am still not able to leave a comment at your blog. :( I
think it might be my browser, but I don't know... so I can only email
you. Would it be possible for you to cut&and paste this into your
comment box so that I could enter your sweet giveaway? I've never won
anything, but I love entering. :) I'm thinking of having a giveaway
on my 100th post, but haven't decided on what it will be yet.

Anyway, thank again for coming by and visiting me so often. I love
reading your sweet comments. OH, and please come see what happened to
me today - too fun!

In friendship,
Zuzu

Collected Treasures said...

Hi Ana....would love to be entered into your generous giveaway.....please stop by and visit me to enter my vintage Christmas ornament giveaway...congratulations on your 100th!.....xojana

Sherry said...

You have a wonderful blog! Congratulations on reaching the milestone of having 100 followers! A Repasy print would be a treasure so please include me in your drawing. I'll be back often to enjoy your blog.

Sherry in Little Rock

debi said...

Ana, Congratulations on 100 followers!
I just found you through Dawn's blog, and have enjoyed my visit here. You have a beautiful blog!
I'm off to explore some more!
Hugs, Debi

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hi Ana,

I have been to your lovely blog several times now. What a gorgeous Christy print. Oh my, that would look so beautiful in my home. I have always wanted one. Please enter me in your giveaway, and congrats on your 100th follower. :)

Debbie

Fairy Footprints said...

Hello what a lovely blog, I am a follower and I have a button on my blog about your giveaway. Please enter me. Thank you kindly.

Blessings,
Heidi

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

What a beautiful Giveaway!! Please include me. Stop by when you can. I have just opened Cottage Loft Boutique. Hugs Connie

Cindy said...

Oooooh Ana! That is such a wonderful gift to have for a give away...I want to win it sooo badly. I know what you mean by meeting so many wonderful, sweet, kind people who actually read our blogs! What a blessing this has been to me, and to you too, I am sure. Hugs, Cindy S.

The Faded Cottage said...

Hi Ana,
Congrats on having a 100 followers!!. I peek in on your blog all the time and have you saved on my own blog roll as well, and thanks for having me on your blog roll! I have a the perfect spot for that fabulous painting! Please enter me in your sweet give away. Sweets to you, Janice

maría cecilia said...

Hello Ana, there`s been a while since my last visit to your charming blog and now I´m so happy for you. Your experience encourages me to continue on my blog, wich I was kind of tired. I do love visiting so many great blogs out there that inspire me and brighten my day and soul.
Congratulations!!!
muchos cariños
maría cecilia

she dreams big! said...

All I can say is 'what a generous and beautiful giveaway'! You have a lovely blog and I am sure will have 200 followers soon! Thanks for the chance to win! uffda_68787@yahoo.com

Ticking and Toile said...

what a gorgeous picture!! And of course your blog is beautiful! Congratulations on your 100th follower! yay!! :-)

Shellagh

Iphigenia said...

Your blog is just as pretty as the print! Congratulations and you sound like a very happy and sweet person. Have a nice day !!!

Kathy said...

Ana girl! ...I'm still laughing from your Darla from the Little Rascals "Romantical" comment"...The hubs laughed too! Your a hoot! Have the best weekend ever!, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Congrats on 100 followers. Someday I hope to get there too!

Fairy Footprints said...

Hello thank you for stopping by and entering my giveaway Ana. I love your giveaway also, its adorable. I hope your evening goes well.

Blessings,
Heidi

Jann said...

One of the most fun and rewarding aspects of blogging is the discovery, through blogging friends, of a new and beautiful place to visit-and thus, more blogging friends! I found you through Dawn of The Feathered Nest, and your blog is just lovely. Congratulations on having 100 followers--now you have 101! Smiles, Jann

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Ana. Congratulations on 100 followers. I'm sure it's more than that by now because I'm following you too.I just found out about your blog from Dawn at The Feathered Nest. Your blog page is so pretty and so is your painting. Please enter me in this lovely give away.
Hugs & Sweet Blessings, Tracy

P.S. Please stop in and visit me at http://cottonpickincute.blogspot.com anytime.

Morita said...

ANA:La pintura es muy hermosa, me encanta.FELICIDADES !!!!!por los seguidores,te mando un fuerte abrazo ..... hasta pronto...Morita * *

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Love your blog. I was introduced to you by Dawn at the Feathered Nest. What a lovely giveaway.

Karen said...

Hello Ana. I celebrated my 100th follower a few weeks ago too! Isn't it fun? Who Would've thought?
Your blog is yummy. I've had fun this morning going back and reading through older posts.
Please enter me in your giveaway. The gift is darling. Very fun indeed.
thanks
Karen @ Some Days Are Diamonds

Kerrie said...

I would like to enter your giveaway. Your site is beautiful. Kerrie

Shelley said...

Hello,this is my first visit to you but,I would love to be in on your Give Away. Your blog is just beautiful. I am sure to visit often....blessings

Nita Jo said...

Your blog is lovely. I'm glad I found it (through a link at The Feathered Nest).
Please enter me into your drawing. I love pink roses, and that painting is beautiful.

Blessings!
Nita Jo

Sarah said...

Ana, how nice of you to have this give away. This is a beautiful piece of art.

Victory said...

Oh, Ana, that is so beautiful!!! I would love to have it in my home. (hope hope hope!)

All My Yesterdays said...

Just found your blog through Utah Grammie and will follow. Love your background colors and will take time to get to know you also...
I'm loving my followers too and hope to meet more as I blog. Congrats on what you've done.

christin said...

This is a gorgeous prize! So glad I found your blog...I'm loving it:) Thanks!
christinbanda(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

6p00d83451ead569e2 said...

I know exactly what you mean! Blogging turned into much, much more than I ever expected it to be. congratulations on your 100th!

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

OMG you can count me in (; What an awesome giveaway and congrats on your 100th follower, how exciting! I remember when she left me a comment one time, I was so excited I could hardly contain myself!!
Hugs~Kelly

blushing rose said...

I see my name written all over this, Ana. I LOVE it! TY for accepting my entry.
Have a lovely week. TTFN ~Marydon

fiberdoodles said...

What a wonderful give away. I so enjoy following your lovely posts!

Chany said...

HOLA ANITA, ME AGRADA Anoto!!! Cuadrito BELLEZA QUE ESE ES UN SUEÑO, AMOR CUANDO PUEDAS PASATE POR MI NUEVO BLOG, este blog es amigas solo para mis chicos que estoy cosechando Porque ahí pongo cosas de mi casa,, etc .. http://mihogardondesoyfeliz.blogspot.com
También acá estan tambien los blog donde participo como el porche, cositas AEE, te invito, reciclando y, tengo zapalllos .... Un abrazo Chany .-

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I am so glad I found your blog. It was though, Heidi. I cannot believe you are giving away such a beautiful picture. I love her work. It would be great to win this. Blessings, Martha

Vintage Lizzie said...

Congratulations on your 100th follower!!...That's so cool! LOVE Christie's work!!!...She is so very Talented!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Congrats!!! Fabulous giveaway. I just reached 100 followers on my blog too. I need to have a giveaway. I just need to come up with something.

susan said...

Congratulations! You are so kind to host a giveaway with this lovely canvas print! Please count me in!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Anna!
Congratulations on your 100th, it is always such a milestone. I have so enjoyed your blog. I have been away for several weeks, so am trying to get back into the swing of things again.

I am a follower, and please add my name to your drawing. The painting is absolutely beautiful.

Many thanks for the hours of happiness you have brought to me in visiting your blog. Country hugs, Sherry

stefanie said...

ta da, 100......hooray!!!! i love give aways, i think that what is sooooo fun about blogging!!! its meeting wonderful people and all these great give aways...please enter me, i would love this amazing gift...have a wonderful day and congrats...there will be a 1000 before you know it!!!!

Mary said...

Congratulations, Ana! I feel the same as you do...when I first started my blog, I couldn't believe it when I saw my first comment! Someone actually looked at my blog...I was stunned. And when I got my first follower, oh my gosh, that was unbelievable...who would want to follow ME? But I'm finding that this is a place to grow, to stretch, and to be there for someone else, as much as receive from all that they share. Its truly a playground full of friends! And you are one of them...I always enjoy visiting your blog, and am always happy when I see that you've left a comment on mine. You have a way of reaching out to hearts and making people smile. I'm happy for you, and wishing many more followers and many more stories and photos to share with all of us who love you!

God bless,
Mary

wmoss said...

I just love reading your blog. I don't have one yet, maybe soon, but please enter my name in your drawing. Wilene

A Rose Without A Thorn said...

I hope I'm not too late, I hope I'm not too late for a very important give-a-way!!!