Saturday, November 28, 2009

Four years in the making...

My blog birthday post is always one of my favorites to compile. I love looking through the blog posts from the last year and re-living the highlights. This blog is truly a creative diary for me. Looking back at the last four years gives me so much joy. To have this format to share my life with so many others and find so many like-minded people never ceases to amaze me! If you'd like to get all caught up, see my first birthday post, my second, my third and now here is my fourth! What a fun ride it's been. Thank you to all my blog reader's. You inspire me and motivate me to keep sharing myself authentically in this little corner of blogland. I'd love to hear about what have been some of your favorite things about visiting this blog. It's also become my tradition to share photos of my favorite local inspiration spot Nature's Harvest in my birthday post. All photos are from their marvelous store. There are also lots of links embedded to link you over to my other posts over the last year. Enjoy!
This year I created one of my favorite scrapbooks ever. I printed out over a hundred pictures of my favorite estate sale finds and compiled them all together along with a bit of journaling about where I found the item or what it's significance is. I love how it turned out!
I shared 16 random things about myself here.

My big project for the year was my Year of Color blog. It was a lot of work and a ton of fun. I hope that those of you that have been involved enjoyed it. I look forward to a new project next year!
I hosted several swaps: All the I Love, May Basket, Sweet and Sinister and more!

Started a style journal and became journal buddies with Hope. Am looking forward to continuing to work on the concept of style in this class next year.
Traveled to ArtNest in Utah and hung out with some of my favorite people and made the most amazing projects! It was a wonderful retreat.
Discovered my style statement after working through the book in my own journal. Then attended a firestarter session this summer with Danielle LaPorte.

I was honored to be published this year, here and here and here. I hosted a huge online book release party for Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey. I hope to self-publish another book this coming year.

Journaled about where I'm at in my life right now.
Attended some amazing estate sales and a few that were truly memorable.
Interviewed Anita Kaushal. Her books are so inspiring!

ArtsyMama.com, the web site was born! Thanks to Hope, after her wonderful visit here this summer.
Took a birthday challenge. Have to admit, it's definitely been a challenge and I've caved at times. However, I'm keeping my head up and am going to keep striving!Attended the Junk Bonanza for the fourth year and Silver Bella for the third year. I cannot wait for next years junking event. It's going to be bigger and better than ever. Can't wait to tell you more!!
Thanks again for being here, it means the world to me!

21 comments:

Pink & Green Mama said...

Happy Birthday to YOU!!

Thanks for sharing such a wonderful post today, I love the scrapbook you made of all of your treasure hunts and finds, the colors and inspiration you share on your blog brings a smile to my heart : )
Wishing you many, many more years of wonderful finds, living creatively, color and glitter!

Fondly,
pink and green mama
MaryLea

Fiona said...

Happy birthday Kari! What a fab four years of inspiration and generosity. You really are a inspiring, lovely lady. Thank you for sharing a slice of your life and art. Here's to the next year!

Fiona

L Melohn said...

Congrats on your 4th blog birthday!!! Love your blog and year of color!

andrea creates said...

Happy Blogiversary!
It looks like you've had a busy (fun) year.
I still read through my Blogging for Bliss book-thanks for hosting that -I was (still am) so happy when I found out I won :)

pinkglitterfae said...

Happy Anniversary! Today's post was wonderful! I love eye candy, and your blog gives me lots of it.
You sure have done a lot of memorable things over the years!

snowbear said...

Congrats on 4 years already Kari!! The time has just flown by! I love the pictures you post.. they are inspiring and thought provoking... these last Christmas pictures you've posted are wonderful.. Everything is enjoyed... it's fun to see what keeps you occupied and inspires your life. Thanks for sharing all of it with us!

Suz said...

Happy birthday, special woman! Needless to say, I love your blog and thank you for the ways it has stretched me.

Ellie said...

Happy Blog Birthday....thanks for all the inspiration, your blog has brought to me! and many more....

Diva Kreszl said...

Happy Birthday!!! I just love all the pictures, so scrumptuous!!!

paperbird said...

Happy Happy Blog birthday- you are a talented girl Kari and I love coming to visit your blog.

Tricia Samsal said...

Wow, Girl! What a year! I've followed your blog for the last 2 1/3 years now and just love it! It's crazy when you spell it all out like that!
Hugs, Tricia
VintageBliss

Elizabeth Holcombe said...

Kari, I enjoy your blog so very much! Eye candy is always de reguer in your corner of blogland and I so appreciate you sharing your heart and creative life. Happy anniversary1~~~XXOO, Beth

Bonnie said...

Happy blog-aversary Kari! I have enjoyed the journey with you and love your posts, always fill of life and color and fun!

Gayle said...

Congratulations! I love seeing your pics and reading your words. What is the source of the darling houses? I went to the store you mentioned but didn't see any there! Thanks, Gayle

thea said...

they're so shimmery and gorgeous!!

AWESOME blog, and happy birthday!!!

thea.
xx

Dianne said...

Congrats to 4 enchanting blogging years. You have such an uplifting blog and I can count of finding sweet photos, especially of your children.
Happy belated anniversary too!

Shell said...

Happy Four years of blogging. Your blog is always full of beauty, color and creativity which is why I enjoy coming here.

Nancy said...

What a great post! It is such a joy to read your blog and look at all your wonderful pictures. Happy 4th Birthday. I'm looking forward to many more years of enjoyment through your eyes.
XO Nancy

chicroses said...

Just purchased Blogging for Bliss and came across your page in the book with your blog. I love all your xmas houses. My favorite things to collect..xmas decorations.Oh old ones. So am hoping that this book will help me to put my blog together better.Now I just need more time. Your blog is really good. Sally

Katie Runnels said...

wow! What a year! coNgratulations on four amazing years! you have been such a great friend and inspiration to me! Thank you!!! and best wishes for Many many more fun and fulfilling creative years ahead!! XoxO

DinDin said...

Happy Birthday to your wondful blog :) Thanks for sharing with us.