Thursday, January 24, 2013

1st Blogging Anniversary and Giveaway

One year ago today I published my first blog post.   256 posts, 41,744 pageviews, and 50 followers later, I'm celebrating my 1st Blogging Anniversary.  How quickly the time has passed.  Heartfelt thanks to all my readers, followers, and those who've  left comments all year long. 

It's amazing how the Internet has made the world so small.  I enjoy viewing my stats from time to time, and my greatest audience [understandably] is the United States, followed by  France, then Canada and the United Kingdom [tied], and six other countries with smaller numbers of viewers.

I'm especially grateful for the time-honored tea leaf.  Without it, my blog would never have come into being.

To celebrate this milestone I'm sponsoring my third giveaway, which  is not restricted to US followers.  The only qualification is that you are a follower.  If you're not, you can be eligible to enter the drawing by becoming one.  Below are the giveaway items:

A gold colored metal and rhinestone teacup brooch, measuring 1 1/4 inch high by 1 1/2 inch wide. When I attended the 2004 "Weekend of Tea and Roses" in Sandestin, Florida [sponsored by Southern Lady Magazine], I purchased an identical brooch in their boutique. Imagine my surprise when I recently spotted the same brooch while browsing in my favorite antique store.  I purchased it immediately for this giveaway.   There are no markings, so I have no idea who made it, but it's very pretty.    

The second item is the book [never used] that I mentioned in a post last week.

A new lace decorative wall hanging with the phrase former first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Nancy Reagan made popular.

And lastly, two new Garden Party Tea Towels by Sandy Clough.

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment by Thursday, January 31st.  I will announce the winner in my Friday, February 1st post.   You have one week to enter.  Good luck to everyone!


  1. Congratulations on your blog-anniversary! I look forward to reading your blog every day, although I have not been an official "follower" - I need to change that, so I will become one today. It has been such fun to get to know you over this year and to discover what kindred spirits we are.

  2. Congrats on your anniversary! Time flies.......

  3. I am very excited you are celebrating your first Blogiversary. Congratulations! What a great giveaway!

  4. I've been following your blog for several months and finally decided its time to become a follower and learn more about blogging. I really enjoy your posts. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  5. Congratulations on your blog birthday. I would love to win the pretty pin...I am indeed a follower!

  6. Beautiful broach and tea towels; also love the book! What a nice giveaway - thank you. Congratulations on your one year blogoversary! I'm so glad to have "met" you!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  7. A major milestone - congrats!

  8. What a nice assortment of giveaway gifts! Please enter me in your drawing. Your blog is a favorite of mine and I always look forward to hearing about your tea travels!

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary!! Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks.

  10. Happy Anniversary, Phyllis!
    I can't believe it has only been a year.
    The give away is a wonderful and generous one. Thank you for entering me.
    Looking forward to another year of tea posts.
    Happy day, Ruthie from:

  11. Happy Anniversary, Phyllis, and thanks for all you have taught me in the past year! And yes, please enter me in this most generous giveaway!

  12. What a grand way to celebrate your blogging anniversary! Such fun! Thank you!

  13. Congrats on the 1-year blog anniversary! Please enter me.

  14. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! Your blog is beautiful, I hope there will be more anniversaries to come. :)

  15. Congratulations on your 1 year blogging.
    I am a new follower on GFC
    sarah(dot) tennyson at gmail

  16. Happy Anniversary and thanks for the beautiful giveaway!
    dj_onassis at yahoo dot com

  17. I'm new to your blog. I discovered it via Tea With Friends then Friendship Tea, so it was a journey to get here, but a very pleasant one. Happy One Year Anniversary. I do enjoy my cups of tea, although usually from a mug.

  18. Happy Anniversary! I'm a new follower, and am looking forward to reading more of your lovely blog.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  19. Hello Phyllis
    You know I'm a follower, not always leaving a comment but for your generous giveaway I better so you know I was here.
    Isn't the little pin sweet, and a book I don't have, not to mention the other goodies.
    Happy blog anniversary, it's always a pleasure to read what you have to share.

  20. Dear Phyllis,

    It is a pleasure each day to read your latest offering. My best wishes on your First Blog Anniversary. It is indeed something to celebrate and be proud of. Thank you for sharing your sweet spirit with fellow tea lovers and friends.

    Sending a hug,
    Mary Jane

  21. Happy Anniversary, Phyllis! So happy we have met up in blogland and I am happy Follower. I really like your generous Giveaway and would love to be entered. Thank you.



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