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!