Blog Candy Bonanza

Hi everyone! Well, in 23 days I'll be celebrating my 2 year Blog-a-versary! And since I'll be right in the midst of another Verve release right about then, I decided to start the celebration a little early! Thanks to all of you who've been reading these past 2 years. Your comments and support are a daily inspiration to me. Thanks for taking the time to stop by my corner of the world each day. :)

What kind of a celebration would it be without a prize? Well, I've gathered a few of my favorite things, including a donation from my favorite stamp company owner, Alma of The Cat's Pajamas, to offer up as blog candy. Sorry about the poor photo - I hit the limits of how much stuff I could cram into my little photo box. :)

Here's the Loot...
Stamp Sets:
Elegant Christmas
Aargh! Piratey
Loving Mew
Thankful Blossoms
Seeing Stars
Wonderful Wishes
Snowflake Splendor
Cupcake Affair


Other Goodies:
Pearlescent Watercolors
American Crafts Swiss Dot Ribbon
Stardust Stickles
Pearlized White Cardstock
Cut N Dry foam (my favorite custom sponges for adding ink to my projects)
Assortment of 6 x 6 papers
Assortment of Vanilla Hodgepodge
2 Copic Sketch markers (BG09 and B93)
And who knows what other handmade goodies might just hop in the box?

So how do you win all this loot?
Just leave me a comment on this post telling me a few of your favorite things in 2008. They can be items, events, things that happened to you, accomplishments, etc. Just something that makes you smile when you think back about the past year. Leave your comment before midnight on Wednesday, December 17 and you'll be in the drawing for this bountiful blog booty! I'll announce the winner on Thursday, December 18.

Here's mine... In 2008 I fell in love with Copics, Nestabilites, and the Twilight series! My favorite day was sitting FRONT and CENTER at an Alanis Morissette concert. My favorite accomplishment was designing Beautiful You, a tribute to my amazing design team.

So how about you?

Comments are now closed. Thanks to everyone for celebrating with me!

564 comments

  1. I also fell in love with copics this year and already have more than my wallet likes :). Another great thing this year was my holiday to Crete (Greece). Can't wait to go again!

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  2. Oh wow, I started stamping this March, so less than I year, I became so obsessed with collecting stamps lol :)
    My kids growing up, and the new challenges that come with it., Im happy and grateful for them.
    And my husband that was able to get a better job, to support my habit lol ;)

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  3. Hey Julee! WOW! 2 years! A big, big CONGRATULATIONS! I've only been blogging for a few months and believe me, I've learned so much just by visiting blogs like yours. I've also learned about (and fell in love with) Copics! I can't wait to own them all - someday! But what I did learn was how to be more creative with your sketch challenge and other color challenges. I was always one to CASE until I visited here and SCS. I took a deep breath and started with a sketch challenge. So, thank you so much for helping my creativity to come out!

    Stef H

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  4. Great blog candy Julee! Hmm... the best things - In 2008 my hubby and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary! We built our own house and moved in last month! My brother in law came home from Afghanistan! I think my artistic abilities have matured a lot! Too many to fit in one comment! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Congrats! A few of my favorite things are definitely family and friends. That's #1. I'm desperate to try copics, so that could be one of my favs shortly. I love spellbinders.

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  6. Hmmm...well, I discovered the fun of coloring in stamped images and opened myself up to a whole new world! We moved into a new apartment out of our big old house and we love it! That is probably the best thing about the year - a wonderful place to live! I also participated in lots of challenges and even won a few! I got the chance to be a guest Design Team member on a favorite blog and that was a big thing for me, too. I guess there were some gun things this passed year! Thanks for the reminder!

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  7. One of my favorite things of 2008 is definitely the inspiration I get from reading blogs like Poetic Artistry.

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  8. Oh my goodness, what an amazing giveaway! Happy 2nd Blogaversary!!
    I found copics this year as well...only have about a dozen but LOVE 'em!
    Also lovin' Bic Mark Its!

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  9. This has been a busy year! I fell in love with the Twilight series too! I got married this year! I celebrated my son's 1st birthday! I got involved in Stampin'Up get togethers and spending lots of money on stamps! I got BACK into my scrapbooking!! And I got an awesome job that I love this year! Busy! Great blog candy too! Thanks for the chance!

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  10. An amazing giveaway, Julee! Conrats on your two year blogaversary!!

    My favorite things this year: ditto to the Copic markers, being a part of two amazing DT's, my stamp club members, and of course the newest addition to my family (Mattias, born in February!).

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  11. Happy Blogaversary!!!

    My fav. things, finally got published, teach, and be on DT for the craft I love.

    Got to celebrate hubby's big 40 w/ a giant iPod cupcake cake! Stamp stamp stamp and watch my shows of course. ;)

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  12. Wow that is an amazing amount of Blog Candy!
    The best thing that happened to me in 2008 actually is happening to my Brother. He badly injured his spine during a work accident in February. He was told he would likely never walk again. I am so happy to say that with a ton of PT, and an a never give up attitude he has regained an amazing amount of movement, and with the use of leg braces he has started walking in PT. Truely, for me it is the best thing that has happened in 2008! -Molly B

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  13. While I love stamping, my favorite moments over the past year have nothing to do with that. Last year my MIL was on life support twice and miraculously made it through both times. Even when the doctors had given up we didn't. In October she was able to join us on a huge family trip to Disneyworld for 10 days! The idea to go was hers 9 years ago. It really doesn't get much better than that!

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  14. Happy 2nd Blogaversary! In 2008 I too fell in love with the Twilight series! =) I just recently found stamping & started a nice "little" collection. I recently found copics & nesties, which I am sure I will love in no time. I have loved watching my 3 yr old niece & 1 1/2 yr old nephew grow up, they are at a really fun age. I also have enjoyed spending more quality time with my DBF.

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  15. I fell in love with twilight too! I have read all four books multiple times! In 2008 I found SCS and have felt like a part of a big family! It is so great! Also Just everyday accomplishments from my kids make me stop and be grateful for them in my life, their birthdays are so much fun when they realize they are older and can learn more and more things! What an amazing giveaway, too generous! Congrats on your blogaversary coming up, wishing many more!

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  16. HAPPY BLOG ANNIVERSARY!!

    2008 was a year I realized that I really can accomplish alot of GREAT things in my art career when I put my mind to it! 2009 is going to be even better!!!

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  17. My favorite thing this past year was being pregnant (yes I loved every minute of it) and then in the delivery room when my husband announced it was a boy! Everyone was sure it was going to be a girl, but I knew different! Also, my hubby & I celebrated our 1 year anniversary 2 days after Alex was born!

    I just wanted to say I love your blog & your challenges, they've really helped me become a better stamper! Congrats on your 2 years, and I hope you have a million more!

    Arielle

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  18. What an awesome prize package. I also fell in love with copics and nesties. I don't know how I ever created without them. This year was my 5 year wedding anniversary and my husband surprised me with a nice supper and beautiful diamond earrings.

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  19. Hmm, one of the best things craft-wise (or worst from my wallet's point of view) was discovering the world of blogging! I've gotten so much inspiration from all the wonderful blogs out there. Watching my 16-month son learn to walk and talk has definitely been a family highlight this year.

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  20. The highlight of the year was taking our very first cruise as a family. We got to swim with the dolphins. This was my ultimate moment in 2008. The year ends very well taking a 12 week online class with Cathy Zielske. LOVE it!!

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  21. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago and I am so happy I did. I love your sketch challenges!
    2008 was a crazy year for me. The best thing that happened in 2008 was that I got out of a very bad 2 year relationship, moved back home and reconnected with my family. I also found more time (and money) to stamp and make cards which has been wonderful. I also got to go see my best friend in Baltimore. And now as the year is closing I am beginning to date again and see what the world truely has to offer me! I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store.

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  22. Oh what a fantastic prize!!!

    I fell in love with Stamping and blogging!!

    Julie x

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  23. I discovered and fell in love with scrapbooking and cardmaking through my friend Maja whom I met at the European Polymer Clay Carnival in Nottingham in summer. I am also constantly falling in love with stamps, card sketches and cards that I find on your and other cardmaking blogs.Thanks for great inspiration and congratulations on your blog anniversary.

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  24. Happy early anniversary!

    In 2008 I was introduced to Stamping! My family and I took two trips, one to Mexico and another to California to visit my step kids and grandkids. All in all I'd have to say it's been a pretty good year!

    Lindastamps

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  25. Congratulations Julee! This has been a wonderful year for lots of us out here in blogland. I celebrated the birth of my 5th grandchild and went sailing and snorkeling in the British Virgin Islands. I started a blog and met some wonderful people online who provide me with an endless source of inspiration. Your blog is one of the first I started reading and I really appreciate all that you share with us. Thanks. ~chris

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  26. Congrats!!!!

    My favorite thing is the birth of me second child. My son Hannes.

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  27. Congrats on your 2 year Blog-a-versary and thank you for the chance.

    For my favorite things for 2008, i would have to say that i'm able to blog hop everyday and see new inkspiration from everyone and for Keith Urban...LOL!

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  28. Happy bloganniversary! This year I have been very creative and I made lots of gifts for friends and family. I love my hobby!

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  29. WOW, Julee - you are amazing! Whoever wins this is a lucky gal!!

    Okay, my favorite things were... I finally got my craft room this year!! I also got a new camera - something I've wanted to do for a long time.! I got to stamp a lot. And I LOVED getting such inspirations from your blog, as well as all of the other fantastic blogs out there.

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  30. Congrats on two years of blogging!

    My absolute favourite part of 2008 was finding and moving into our house, which has the most amazing backyard. I'm quite overwhelmed by all the gardening, but it's worth it!

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  31. Congrats on the 2 years!

    Let's see...my favorite things this year would have to be spending time with my 2 daughters and watching my 1 year old learn to walk, and my 2 year old start talking.

    On the crafting side, a few of my favorite things I discovered this year: copic markers, verve stamps, and a bunch of other stamp companies that let me branch out beyond SU...the cat's pajamas, pink cat studios, magnolias, sugar nellies, PTI, whiff of joy. Oh, and did I say copic markers?? :) LOVE THEM!!!

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  32. Wow! This is an amazing blog candy, Julee! How exciting!

    My list of faves in 2008 is longer than a comment would allow :)..some of the highlights:I too, fell in love with Copics and Nesties. I also had the amazing opportunity to be invited on some design teams, watched my kids turn 8,6,6 (yes twins:) and 3 and enjoyed watching them grow so much...I also discovered life with DVR and now watch too much TV LOL! Some great new shows in 08 too!!!

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  33. My favorite things this year were picking up card making as a hobby, finally feeling more comfortable with painting with oils, and finding wonderful blogs like this one to gather inspiration from!

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  34. My best moment of 2008 happened 3 days ago - my sister gave birth safely to a healthy niece for me! It is the first grandchild on our side of the family and my first niece. Our whole family is so excited about this early Christmas gift!
    Thanks for a chance to win!

    Connie K.

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  35. WOW! Congrats on your blogiversary! My favorite things of 2008...spending time with my kids, finally joining the nestibilities crowd, getting on my first design team, my husbands work merger going smoothly and of coarse being introduced to the Twilight series!

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  36. I Love, love, love with my cuddlebug and cricut and I got the software for the cricut that is awesome.

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  37. It has meant so much to me this year to feel well and be able to spend time with my family. I also fell in love with stamping and have become a collector of all things related to it...cardstock, printed paper, inks, embellishments, you name it!

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  38. I love the new cuttlebug Embossing folders they are so cute!! I also fell in love with Stampendous's Manger Kisses and with Paper Pretties lasts release of Christmas stamps like the Nativity and the Drummer Boy, sooooo cute!!!

    Merry Christmas!!!

    Raquel

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  39. I actually started checking out the Splitcost Stampers website in May (even tho I signed up fall of 07), and have enjoyed it SO much. Stamping - what a wonderful creative outlet. It also gives me lots of time to just ruminate over things that go on in my life.
    BUT ... I have to say, I think I should win cuz I've never touched a Verve stamp - I know - Hey, I didn't go outside my Stampin Up box until Splitcoast came along ... I'm working my way through all the different stamp companies, lol.
    Congratulations on your Anniversary!!!
    Best Wishes

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  40. Happy -early- blogaversary!
    My favourite thing in 2008 was leaving my old career, that didn't fulfilled me, to follow my dream of studying Graphic Design on 2009! :D

    On products... humm... I guess the Slice by Making Memories is my favourite thing! (and on top of my wishlist ;)

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  41. Congratulations on 2 years! My favorite new-to-me product this year has been Nestabilities - so versatile! And my favorite event has been moving to a new apartment - such a fun neighborhood with so much to do.

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  42. a few of my favorite things in 08.
    Spending time with son, moving , blogging, meeting fun people via internet, and most of all all the great information i can find at the touch of a button

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  43. Congratulations on 2 years Whoo Hoo!! You go girl. I also fell in love with Copics and Nestabilities this year. My favorite day was the day I had Lap Band surgery. And my favorite accomplishment is loosing 77 lbs so far.

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  44. wow, what a give away! If I won, this will become my favorite thing, okay? LOL, but no ... I had my thrid baby boy this year, I made the CT of three of my favorite designers this year, I started PAINTING and DRAWING this year ... expanding my creative wings is definitely a nice thing about this year!

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  45. How fun! My favorites from 2008 include learning how to color with copics (I can't get enough coloring mediums) and Magnolia stamps (that are great to color). My favorite day(s) include the fabulous time I had with my DH over a weekend going to a movie and shopping - something so simple was so very special. Also, the day that I met Kasey Kahne in person really sticks out - and then I got to talk to him again! I was so very fortunate.

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  46. The best day of the year was by far March 27th, the day I gave birth to my baby Jack. :) Other highlights include making it onto some DT's (woot!), and getting my new Canon Rebel XSi! Thanks for the chance to win, and congrats on your blog-o-versary!

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  47. Ooooooweee this is awesome stuff! Favorite things in 2008...the first rain of the year and the smell, the pink clouds, nestabilities, my amazing friends...there's SO much!!

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  48. WOW -- 2008 - favorites?? Copics - definitely- finding new cyber friends.. watching my daughter grow..discovering awesome new stamp companies..

    There's really so much!

    Happy Blogaversary!

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  49. Yay!! Congrats on your upcoming blogaversary!!! I Love your blog and I love your stamps!!! (new to me this year :) Our little kitty cat came into our lives, and I got to meet Michelle Zindorf in person!!!

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  50. My favorite thing this past year was my "mothers day" gift. My hubby and I brought a 2008 Ultra Glide Harley. I love getting on the back! Congrats on 2 years!

    Jannette D.

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  51. Congrats on 2 years!! Thanks for all the inspiration you have provided!!

    This year has been for many reasons but mostly the time i have spent with my nephew Kaden!

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  52. I fell in love with Nesties, with SU cardstock and inks, and the Tonic border punch system.

    My family makes me smile every single day.

    I started a blog and have met so many other wonderful and kind bloggers through my blog. I share my blog with my friend Donna and that has been a lot of fun.

    Favorite days are always the holidays when my entire family is here at the same time :D. And the days {I do mean days too ;)} that I am decorating the house for Christmas.

    Congrats on your blogaversary and thanks for a chance to win your awesome blog candy! Have a great week!

    Barb

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  53. Wow, congrats! This has been an exciting year for me. My older daughter got married, and my son got engaged! Starting my blog and being on a design team have been exciting too.

    Thanks for offering up all that yummy blog candy!

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  54. Well my son started Kindergarten so both kids are in school. I started a blog, got a Cuttlebug and a bunch of Nestablities.

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  55. Congrats on 2 years!!! What a wonderful talent you have, thanks for sharing!

    My favorite things were falling in love with stamping and cardmaking! I also got to go to the New Kids on the Block Reunion tour concert! What a blast from the past!

    ncole1701@aol.com

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  56. Congratulations Julee! I love my Cuttlebug, and my Scor-Pal. Next year if you ask me this question it may just be my BIA. :) Thanks! ~Julie

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  57. A few of my favorite things in 2008: I went to AZ with my stampin' gal pals. I also completed by Christmas cards this year (early for me). I moved.

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  58. hi julee congrats on the 2 year blog a versary! the best things of 2008 for me.. first off i awoke every day! thank you GOD! ( also so thankful that my precious daughter and those others i hold so dear also did)
    i acquired 2 new furbabies, bought a new house discovered YOUR blog and challenges among other blog challenges. you and others have just helped my creativity tremendously! happy holidays! xx shelly

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  59. my fave thing this year is the new house we are in and and watching my last baby take his first steps!!!! it has been a crazy year!!!!!

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  60. What a fun contest! Let's see, a few favorite highlights from 2008 are trip to Lake Powell with good friends, family reunion, seeing my son finish his Eagle scout project, finishing our basement, and discovering the blogging world. It has been quite a year!

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  61. My absolute favorite thing in '08 was having my son! He'll be 1 next month! I fell in love with Copics and Nestabilities this year. And I love avocados all of a sudden. Random, huh? Looking forward to next year. :) Congrats on your blogaversary!

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  62. My best things of 2008...I found my mojo with making cards and thanks to blog challenges (like your fabulous mojo monday) I am getting better all the time. I'm happy that I'm still alive and my family is alive and well. I'm happy that I made the decision to go back to school to finish out my Bachelor's Degree. I'm thankful my aunt beat cancer AGAIN...oh so many wonderful things about 2008!

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  63. Congrats on 2 years!! In 2008 I fell in love with stamping even more. I am finally coming into my own as far as being a stamper and companies are starting to notice (which is super exciting). I fell in love with Nestabilities (in a BIG way), Copics, and oodles of embellishments. I also have fallen in love with my boys even more (if that's even possible). Watching them grow up is the highlight of my life.

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  64. I fell in love with copics as well and actually have some coming in the mail to me.Watching my son grow and just being around him is something that is so good all year around. I am looking foward to broading my stamping and scraping horizons in the year to come..

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  65. Congrats on Two years Julee!
    Ummm.... favourite things.... seeing my Mr's experience snow for the first time ever earlier this year; getting to know crafty blog friends in real life and becoming real life friends; finishing up my study this year; and getting comfortable with my Style of crafting - whatever it actually is!! LOL

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  66. Congrats on your almost-anniversary!

    My favorite things in 2008:
    1. Buying my first home. It makes me happy every day.
    2. Getting to spend a long weekend this summer with some of my bestest buds from SCS, many of whom I was meeting for the first time.
    3. And, taking my cue from you - the Twilight series!! My favorite books of the year for sure, and one of my favorite movies too!

    Thanks for the chance to win this AMAZING stuff!

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  67. Congrat's on your blog-a-versary, and the chance to win some candy.

    I am so thankful for having yet another year to spend with family and the wonderful friends I have.
    Thanks to Barb, Lori and Diana (they are such enablers)I am the other half of Barb's blog. I too have a collection of nesties, tonic punches and more stamps than I thought I would ever own, but love them all.

    have a wonderful week and your blog is great.

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  68. congrats on 2 yrs! i love Verve & your products are actually responsible for my obsession with clear/acrylic stamps!

    there are SO many things to be thankful for this year. the first being that my husband & i have recession-proof jobs. he's in medical sales & is on track to make quota so we should have a nice bonus to spend on home improvements and, of course, our favorite hobbies! ;p our jobs also afforded us opportunities to travel - ireland was my favorite! i also fell in love with the twilight series this year - i went to the midnight movie opening (with all the crazy teenagers!) & i'm going to the convention in dallas in july! it was so great to find a series as good as harry potter. but i think, most importantly, i'm thankful for my wonderful family & friends who support me in everything i do. i really don't know where i would be without them!

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  69. I discovered Nestabilities too - How did I ever do without them? Taking an intensive French course has moved me on massively (I'm British living in France). Biggie of the year was becoming self-employed as a card-maker and craft supplier.
    Most grateful for: our life and health here.

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  70. Congratulations Julee! You have such an amazing blog. This past year I've learned so much about stamping by blog hopping, trying sketch challenges, and buying all sorts of fun stamping toys. I've also learned that even though I'm a mother, it's okay to have "me" time and do something that I love (stamping of course) to rejuvenate myself.

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  71. Happy Blogaversary to YOU! Wow this is some fabulous celebration candy you are sharing with your readers.
    Here's mine... In 2008 I fell in love with Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, & Nestabilites. My favorite day was when our moving truck was unloaded. My favorite accomplishment was moving from Missouri to Tennessee and having a bigger stamping room.
    Thanks so much for a chance.

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  72. Happy anniversary!!

    My favorite event of 2008 was the birth of my beautiful (and much dreamed about) baby girl Sadie! What a blessing she is. We all love her and I enjoy watching her and her big brother together!

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  73. 2008,I can't believe it's almost over.
    The biggest thing that I will remember 2008 for is that it's the year my baby started kindergarten.
    It's also the year that I decided to quit Stampin' Up! The year that 25 friends or family welcomed babies into the world. It's also the first year that my husband of 9= years actually remembered to buy me a birthday gift! And the year that I found a new passion, belly dancing. :)

    Congratulations on your Bloggaverary! I know I really enjoy coming here and seeing the amazing things you make, and trying out the mojo monday sketches. Thanks! You are a HUGE source of inspiration.

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  74. The best thing in year 2008 was our holiday (with the whole family) in Denmark. And my boys started judo, that's good.
    And it was this year for me too that I started stamping. It's something you just can't get enough (stamps, pens, papers etc.)...

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  75. Happy Blogaversary!!!!
    I also fell in love with copics (I am getting some for Christmas) and nesties, as well and the Twilight books. Thank you for the chance to win such fabulous blog candy.

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  76. I also fell in love with the Twilight series. For my 30th birthday my wonderful husband gave me all 4 books, and I read them in about a week. Some other great memories were my children's birthdays. My daugther turned 2 this year, and my son turned 1. His cake all to himself was so much fun.

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  77. This year my son started grade 1 and my daughter turned 1yr old. My hubby and I had a holiday together while family looked after the kids - my first holiday in 8yrs! Craft related - lots of firsts, ordered for the first time stamps from Verve, TCP and ODBD and I LOVE them all!!! Fell in love with Nestabilities and have been selling my cards to help support my rubber habit!!! :)

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  78. My best thing in 2008... to know that my husband's cancer can be treated and that I will keep him with me for several years. The doctor told us that this cancer won't kill him. Isn't that great.

    Sorry if my poor english is rather rough.

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  79. Wow, what a great giveaway! My favorite stamping-related things for this year are nestabilities and sizzix die cutting tools! My projects go together quickly and look great!

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  80. The best thing about this year has been finding a great neurologist for my son. He has said that he will not give up on his difficult case.

    As far as cardmaking supplies, I love my cuttlebug. I also love embossing powder, my stampin' up inks, and I love the blog world. So much inspiration out there.

    Have a wonderful day.

    pscole3467 at gmail dot com

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  81. What an amazing cady!
    I fell inlove with paper crafting this year, and with the copic markers as well (they are part of my wish list on my blog LOL)
    Ive been bloging for a yar and a half (thats on my hebrew blog) and not so long on blogspot. But I`m loving it!
    Fell inlove with all of the wonderfull blogs I am visiting, they are all so, so Talented!
    In May 2008 my daughter was One! It was the most amazing thing in the world, he is an IVF baby, and we are so lucky to have her!

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  82. oh boy, this is so special! Merry Christmas Everyone! The best thing of 2008, is my husband and I going to EUROPE before the meltdown :)... and i found google reader so i keep up with many great blogs; yours is always so informative and creative! thanks for sharing your creations and thoughts!

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  83. My absolute favorite thing was I became a first-time Great-Grandma to a little girl. Precious.

    I also bought my first Nestabilities...how did I get along without them?

    Thanks for your awesome blog candy.

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  84. hey, congratulations on two years!!! I have had a blog for a year and a half, but have only just created a card-related blog as of today!!!

    This year my thing was going to Australia! Went for three weeks, with a weekend in the middle for my cousin's wedding in Adeleide (we are now waiting for the baby - any day now!!!). It was fantastic to see Sydney Opera House, swim with Dolphins, enjoy the gorgeous hot and sunny March!!

    Next year?...I actually have Nestabilities on the way for Christmas!! And I have eye firmly on a shop in a local town that sells Copics!!!

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  85. Congrats on TWO years of blogging Julee!!
    As for 2008... the best has been moving to BC, being able to go home for Christmas to see my family and friends, discovering Nestabilities and Copic markers, my hubby giving me loads of time to scrap all by myself!

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  86. This is the year that I started thinking about scrapping. It's slow getting started because I NEED EVERYTHING!!! Any blog candy would be welcome!!! Honestly, I'm already addicted. I heard the word "copic" a few weeks ago. I don't own any yet I'm waiting till after Christmas. Everybody before me...that's the way I look at gifts. I started my blog in 2008, I'm here many times a day. Congrats to you!!! Hope 2009 is even greater for you.

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  87. Happy blogoversary, Julee! I played w flikr and mosaic for my favs and posted 'em here:
    http://sueblondin.blogspot.com/2008/12/year-in-review.html

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  88. Congrats Julee with 2 years of blogging. My favorite things are my Copic markers. I learned so much about them by visiting al this blogs. After 2 years of study I have got my Master Special Educational Needs. I learned so much and know i have more time to stamp and make cards. I also love to listen to the new cd from Ilse de Lange Incredible.
    Sending you Happy Chritsmas Wishes. Hugs Marja

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  89. Happy Blogaversary!! We went to Disney in Feb., I was lucky enough to be a guest designer for a stamp company twice this year, and my son started gr. 1. It's been an amazing, eventful year! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  90. wow what fantastic blog candy ... congrats on your blogaversary. Some of my favs this year would be copics, nestabilities, new cuttlebug folders.

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  91. wow- congrats Julee and thank you for the AMAZING blog candy! For my favorite remembrances of 2008 it would have to be some personal accomplishments. I was able to serve on some wonderful design teams and some of my cards were published and these were my first magazine publications. All in all I am so blessed and 2008 has been a pretty good year.

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  92. I fell in love with blogging this year. I started in one Jan just to keep my family updated with the kids. Now, I look at so many great blogs and it feels weird if I don't get to look, even for one day.

    Leslie Syme

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  93. Congratulations!! What an incredible loot giveaway - WOW!

    I, much like you, fell in love with Copics this year. I also learned to love 'my' style and not feel the need to please anyone else with my creativity, that sounds funny, but I think people fall prey to that too often.

    We watched our oldest enter middle school and do the BEST she has ever done in school - who would have "thunk it" in MIDDLE SCHOOL!

    Watching our other two grow and become their own little people.

    Blessings beyond belief from our Heavenly Father.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  94. Congrats on 2 years of blogging. In the stamping world a few of my favorite things for 2008 were nestabilities, Verve(!) and I also joined the copic bandwagon. On the home front, June was a huge month for us. My second oldest nephew and his wife had their first baby (a boy) and 3 days later my youngest nephew got married. Then in August we celebrated my parent's 60th anniversay. It's been quite a year!

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  95. Congrats on your Blog-a-versary!! My favorite things in 2008 definitely include the birth of my 3rd baby in September. I also became a Stampin' Up! demo and I discovered some great sketch blogs that I like to use when I create cards.

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  96. First of all, congrats and thanks for your generousity. My favorite thing of 2008 was my wedding (April 19th). I love being married to a wonderful husband. I've been blessed beyond measure.

    I really appreciate your blog and you sharing your talent!

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  97. Congratulations on two years.
    In 2008, I decided to commit to becoming a "Hobby Demonstrator" for Stampin'Up!, I discovered some incredible blogsites like Poetic Artistry and Capture the Moment as well as many many others, and my rubber collection is evolving into unmounted on cling vinyl - thanks to my successes with using Verve stamps and other clear stamp collections. Thank you for this opportunity to win several wonderful clear sets. Marilyn Wolk

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  98. Two years already? Wow time really flies by doesn't it! Well lets see, this year I found copics which I now love as well, I have been loving finding new companies to stamp with, such as your beautiful verve stamps, so many more bloggers, and lots more stamping friends. I loved the last year, and I can only wait to see what is coming next!

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  99. I got to attend the Copic training class this year and that was a highlight. Not only did I learn more about the markers, but I got to meet Marianne, Lori Craig and Sharon Harnist!!!! I think the most amazing thing that happened this year is watching God heal my aunt! We spent a week at Mayo wondering how she would pull through. She had a staph infection around her heart and her pacemaker. Most people never come home from the hospital. God is good!! She came through the surgery and is doing well! Another highlight was traveling to Vancouver with my beloved husband! It was a wonderful week spent together!! I cherish those times! One downer to 2008 is that my basement got water in it the morning we left for Vancouver. Guess where all my craft stuff is?? Yep, in the basement. I've pretty much been MIA in the stamping scene since then. I've got it mostly put back together...now just to find time to stamp again! Oh how I miss it!! Thanks Julee!!

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  100. I finally learned how to use the manual controls on my DSLR this year - now I'm addicted to taking pictures!

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  101. Wow, I can't believe it has been two years already! Congratulations!! Let's see my favorite things of 2008. I have been very blessed in the stamping industry with some amazing opportunities. In my personal life, my favorite is my family's health and happiness. We've had some small issues, but everything turned out okay. For that, I am always grateful.

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  102. My favorite thing this year is kinda a selfish one--our daughter caught the bug--the stampin' and craftin' bug that is!! And now we have so much in common and are closer than ever because of this wonderful hobby that we all share. Love the blog candy. Thank you and congrats.
    Cheryl Sims

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  103. Congrats on your 2 yr blogaversary--love your company and thankful to have been a guest designer for you this year! I'm also thankful for our family trip to Disney to connect with our kids before they hit the teen years in 2009!

    hugz,
    Suzanne Dean

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  104. Wow this is great candy! Thanks for this great opportunity!

    This year I fell in love with nestabilities and hotfix and hotfix stones. They are both so many times the perfect thing for a card!

    I also love that this year for the first time a few of my cards have been published in a dutch magazine. :)

    And the last thing that I discovered this year: participating in challenges!! It is so much fun to do a card sketch or limited supplies challenge, so I really want to go on with these in the next year.

    Greetings from Holland and congratulations on the 2th birthday of your blog!
    Larissa

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  105. I discovered card making again. I stretched myself and came up with my own ideas for some cards and my cardmaking is improving. I have discovered a lot of new "toys" for cardmaking that wasn't around 5 years ago. I have loved them all so far. I think my favorite is my Cuttlebug. I haven't discoverd Copics yet but from reading these comments and yours I need to check them out.
    My relationship with my children just keeps growing stronger.
    The most important is that the chemo treatment for my husband's cancer has been working great.

    Thanks for this opportunity to reflect and congrats on 2 years!

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  106. Julee, you're too kind :) I learned to love the Twilight series as well....I love how it gives me something in common with my students...we've had such great converstions about it. I also branched out and discovered anything paper craft related NOT made by SU....oh boy, my bank account has not been looking so good since :) The best part of 2008 was a month ago when my niece was born. I love that little gal to pieces :) Happy blog-o-versary!

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  107. I'm in! Wow, to look back at 2008...we enjoyed 7 months in the States on our first furlough...got to meet some precious PSFs...went through a scary medical 'thing' with my husband, which he continues daily to deal with and as a family we are still adjusting to...also got to return to our ministry location in Indonesia and have the privilege of continuing to be a blessing here, even though we're going through a hard time. To frivolous stuff...getting to design for some of my favorite companies has been really cool! Love seeing my own stamp designs in rubber too. And blogging has brought me in contact with amazing people from all over the world, and given me a support system that has been such a blessing. Alright, you got me going.......! Hugs to you - blessings in the coming year.......

    Dina @ mamadinis

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  108. We got our Springer pup this year, and she's such a sweetie!

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  109. Wow! It has been a great year for you Julee! I've loved following your blog during the past few months and I cherish my original card by you (from an SCS verve swap) LOL! This year was an exciting one, I quit my job to stay home with dd (great move!) pushed forward with my stamping, started a blog, joined several awesome design teams, and discovered many fantastic new stamp companies, and read the Twilight series 3 times! Sigh. I love those books! It really has been a great year!

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  110. Awesome Candy!! Big Congrats on you 2nd Blogaversary!!
    Well my fav. things, be on my first DT Our Daily Bread Designs. I discover that there is whole lot a stamps out there beside Stampin up. I Love your stamps.
    Sita

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  111. I finally found some ink to make me fall in love with my Copics. lol I read all the Twilight books and a lot more books (I love to read). Another thing I am really proud of is that my co-workers voted me Teacher of the Year for my school. I am so honored that they picked me!

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  112. Wow, you were front and center for Alanis Morrisette?!! That's awesome! One of my fav's is Copics also, but I also found Prismas and OMS and Nesties!!! I am so glad that I finally went to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

    Happy anniversary and thanks for the chance at a wonderful blog candy package!

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  113. Well, My favorite thing of 2008 is a toughie--because it has been a hard year.
    But it would have to be road tripping with my stamping buddy Shelly (Stamp with Shelly) to Akron, OH to work the Rubbernecker booth.

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  114. I am another one who has fallen madly for copics and nestabilities!!
    Other wonderful things from the past year include my youngest settling into kindergarten, and being able to see him on the playground each day (as i also work at the same school!!), and watching my oldest son excel at soccer, and truly love it so much!! I love cheering him on!
    I can't wait to see what 2009 brings to my life!

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  115. 2008 was a memorable year because I desperately did not want my younger son (22) to go into the Army. We talked it through very honestly, and he went anyway. We both learned what army strong means and we both found enormous pride in our country.

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  116. This is awesome and Happy 2 Years!!!

    I fell in love with spellbinder dies and prisma pencils! I'm happy to make it thru another great year with all the people that I love and my health being good...I'm so grateful for that!

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  117. I also fell in love with copics, solid color pencils,elzybells, all the great clear stamps (yours of course included!)

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  118. Happy 2 yr blog-aversary!

    I fell in love with Nesties!!! My fav time was celebrating my 10 yr anniversary in NYC and not having to plan a thing...hubby did it all! :)

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  119. Congrats on your soon to be two year blogaversary! 2008 has been eventful with my youngest graduating and heading off to college, a car fire on a busy interstate on Christmas day and a car accident with a black ice and a snowplow...blessings abound as no injuries either time. Favorite crafting stuff is my Cuttlebug and Nesties and all the talented ladies who share via thier blogs. Awesome candy, thanks for the chance to win. jmniffer

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  120. Some favorite things this year...I discovered Verve and Papertrey Ink this year. Ipod Shuffle. Getting a Library card.

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  121. I love my prisma pencils and nestibilites. I enjoy looking at blogs and getting inspired by everyones creative ideas. I am so thankful for my family and friends.

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  122. My favorite thing for the year in crafting has to be the threading water punch by Fiskar's. Use it often. Best time was cruise I took with family to several islands. Some wonderful accomplishments this year for my daughter in treating her Autism is the ultimate thrill for me. I am so proud of her!

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  123. my stamp related favorite things this year are
    1. the addition of several clear stamps to my collection.
    2. I was able to attend some clases this year and broaden my array of stamping techniques
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  124. Wow, congratulations on the 2 yr. mark! What an accomplishment. Thanks for showing us so many terrific creations. I haven't tried the Copics, but did get the Koh-I-Nor pencils and love them this yr.

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  125. Congratulation for coming up on the 2 year anniversary of blog! I enjoy your blog and am one who is glad for the inspiration you provide. I think that some of the things that have made 2008 special is discovering where I want to take my stamping career, discovering that I do have a wonderful talent and it has brought me so many opportunities, and just have the opportunity to share my love for stamping with all. Probably the biggest thing I am thankful for is that on Dec. 15th I will be having surgery for a new knee.

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  126. Congratulations on your two year blogaversary!

    This past year my husband and I have had more time to enjoy our family. Another grandson was born in August, and we'll see him again in a couple of weeks. The other 5 grandchildren range in age from 18 months to 8 and are so much fun to be around. We have been so blessed!

    Merry Christmas everyone!!
    Hugs,
    Colleen

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  127. Wow thats alota loot! My favorite things that happened this year....first and foremost was my DD that is developmentally delayed graduated High school with HONORS!!! Resource room Honors but she succeeded school and graduated with her class at 19 1/2 years of age! Yippee!!!
    We flew my Mom out to see her Graduate from across the country.

    Another favorite thing is all the wonderful blogs that gave me inspiration that in turned made my stuff turn up a notch! Thank you bloggers

    And finally I would have to say that my other DD also Developmentally delayed entered High School and has finally made some friends! She didn't have any in Jr. High because she was diagnosed with Scoliosis and then had to have surgery robbing her of 7th grade. So We are BLESSED and very happy!

    For the stamping/scrapping world...my favorite thing is everything in my scrap area!

    Thanks so much!

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  128. Congrats on 2 years! I love visiting your blog, and I'm so happy for you that it's such a success.
    And WOW-WEEEE on the amazing blog candy!! Oh how I would love to win that. I wonder if there's still time to write to Santa, asking for your blog candy ;)

    My MOST favourite thing of 2008 was that my parents moved to Canada, from South Africa. So now I get to spend time with my mum making cards and scrapbooking - YAY!!! It was horrid having her so far away for so many years.

    My second favourite thing of 2008 was getting my cuttlebug and nesties. I'm still in love with them!

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  129. My favorite thing in 2008 was our family trip to Europe. It was wonderful! Craft wise I love my cuttlebug, copic markers and nesties too, those were all new for me in 2008! I am looking forward to more adventures in 2009.

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  130. Wow Julee! Congrats on the blogaversary. And how generous you are!! After a long battle and several years of working on my son's behavioral problems, we got him into a special pre-K program at a very good Elementary schools in our area. That was such a relief and has been amazing. On the crafting front, I've embraced cardmaking (I'm a scrapbooker of 11+ years), and discovered the wonderful company forums on SCS (including yours). I'm having a blast at the release parties and participating in challenges when I can. Thanks for bringing some joy to my life!

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  131. Hi Julee, In 2008 I discovered the Cuttlebug, which I love. I developed an interest in stamping and started my own blog. Bloging has been great, I have found new friends and widened my crafting (and IT) skills by visiting blogs like yours and I have become more adventurous, thanks to experienced crafters like yourself. Thanks for this, and for the chance of your candy offer. Congrats on two years of your inspiring blog - long may you continue.
    ikki

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  132. 2008: i found my bff from high school after a 10 year estrangement and she introduced me to all things paper, rubber and ink...i'm having and awesome time!

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  133. Happy Anniversary to YOU!!!! This year I discovered blogs. Does that give away my age range? I never searched blogs before, but WHAT was I thinking???!!!! I died and went to Art Heaven! :) Another really special thing this year, was my dad's 90th Birthday Party. My dad is blind but otherwise fairly healthy. I have been his caretaker since my mom passed away in 1999. Then my grandson Ryan's 1st Birthday party is this weekend. That is two VERY SPECIAL Birthdays this year!

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  134. The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was the opportunity to move back to Montana (got married and lived in Indiana for 7 years). Unfortunately since the move back my hubby and I are separated, but who knows what will happen. I also fell in love with copics and have quite a collection. Now I need to find more time to use them!

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  135. Happy Anniversary to YOU!!!! This year I discovered blogs. Does that give away my age range? I never searched blogs before, but WHAT was I thinking???!!!! I am in Art Heaven now. :) Another really special thing this year, was my dad's 90th Birthday party. My dad is blind but otherwise fairly healthy. I have been his caretaker since my mom passed away in 1999. My grandson Ryan's Birthday 1st Birthday Party is this weekend. That is two VERY SPECIAL Birthdays this year!

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  136. I became more dedicated to stamping, landed myself on my first design team, and finally got some people to read my blog! LOL But I think my favorite thing of this past year was learning to be happy with life and where I am in mine.

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  137. WOW Julee congrats on two years. I'm so glad I found your blog!! My favorite thing about 2008 was becoming an aunt!! My sister had her son in june and it's nice to have a baby around again and still get sleep;)

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  138. Nesties would have to be the thing I fell in love with this year. Also the cuttlebug embossing folders (I got my cuttlebug for Christmas last year). I think the next favorite thing is all the blogs that I found out there and all the inspiration that I get from them. Happy Blog Anniversary!!! I love your blog.

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  139. I fell in love with my kids all over again this year. They are heading into middle school and changing so fast. How did they get as tall as me. It is challenging but also fun! I am so greatful for the life I have with them. Life would be boring without them.

    I'm also thankful for spellbinders inventing Nestabilities. They are my must haves right now.

    Thanks for always sharing on your blog. I visit it often and especially love your card layout challenges. They are the best around! Keep them coming.

    Ann

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  140. I just started stamping and making cards this past year and I love it! I love reading all these blogs and getting great ideas! My favortie thing of the year was my 8-10 cheerleading squad getting FIRST place at all of their competitions! They made me so proud!

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  141. In 2008...my favourite day was stumbling across Poetic Artistry!We have had lots of things to reflect on - Hubby had a double shoulder re-construction, we moved into a much nicer house, we celebrated 6 weddings with dear family & friends,we celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary & we are hosting our family Christmas gathering next weekend but the most special 'moment' of 2008 has been watching our darilng son grow, learn & enjoy his first year! First birthday plans are under way for 27 December...BUSY!Thanks for the chance to win AWESOME blog candy-you're the best!!

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  142. Congratulations and happy anniversary!

    My favorite thing has to be the birth of our first grandchild - in October.

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  143. Don't wanna win - just started participating and coming to your site, Julee. But congratulations on 2 years - hope you have more fun in the coming year and even more good luck with Verve.
    - Michelle in Boise

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  144. 2 Years! How awesome!
    This past year has been so much to me. I lost my job but yet got to stay at home with my two boy's and enjoy them! I also realized that I needed to do what I wanted to do and I went back to school to pursue Nursing. That is what 2008 is to me=0)

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  145. Wow 2 years already! Happy Blogaversary! This year had it's up and downs, but I did have some amazing moments: got engaged, saw some amazing live concerts (my favorite being Robert Plant and Alison Krauss), happy moments for my 3 childhood friends (one married, another bought a condo, and the 3rd moved back home after 10 years on the west coast), and a new nephew should be here any moment now! Thanks for sharing your beautiful inspiring projects and also designing beautiful stamps!

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  146. WOW...That is some Major Candy!!!

    My Favorite 08 things were my son starting Kindergarten, being accepted to 4 Design Teams and getting Published!!!

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  147. My favorite things about 2008...My children all stayed healthy and happy. My oldest son started pre-school and is now such a big boy; but I'm glad I still get to keep his little brother at home a bit longer! My daughter was inspired by the Olympics and is now so excited to be taking gymnastics. My husband is a US Marine and his accomplishments always make me swell up with pride. Finally for me, I discovered the world of blogging and my creative juices are free and fast flowing on a regular basis! (Thanks in large part to you and many others!)

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  148. This July I went Vegan. It has been one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. I feel fabulous!! Congrats and thanks for sharing
    Cynthia

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  149. God, where do I start!! Got Married, went to Italy, discovered Verve Stamps & Copics, all the Nesty's, going with my BFF's on the Stamp & Cruise, my new Craft Room, starting my blog, and of course my amazing Daughter Joely who loves cards as much as I do! I could go on much more but I am running out of space on the post...LOL! Thanks for helping me discover Verve Julee, I love them! Merry Christmas!

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  150. What a year! The launch of Scrapbook News and Review- I am thrilled to be on staff...my work on my Dt's...my family is healthy and happy, I am growing in the Lord---it has been an awesome year!!

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  151. Wow! That some blog candy!!!

    Grateful I've found the world of blogs!! Y'all are so fun!

    Getting to keep my granddaughter several times this year for extended times!! What a giant blessing she is!

    Congrats to you & Merry Christmas!

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  152. Yes, so many favourite things! My card making has really exploded once I found out about Blogs on the internet! I love my nestabilities and all my new ribbon this year. I also love how my son and husband have come into my classroom and helped out :) And I love your blog!! Congrats and thanks for a chance to win.

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  153. In 2008, I discovered a cupcake shop in a cute little neighborhood across the river (yum!) and had a friend teach me how to make crocheted beaded necklaces. Congrats on your blog-o-versary and thanks for sharing so much great inspiration!

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  154. Oh, let's see, favorite things of 2008? Umm, one would definitely be getting to know you and Mark better! Going to my first SU Convention, and all the friendships that came with that experience, was definitely a highlight. I started blogging, and that's been a good learning experience, too! Merry Christmas!

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  155. 2008...my most treasured memory is getting to hold my daughters firstborn before he was a half hour old. I'm grateful for the continued health of my friend in assisted living, who still takes every card I send her to the dining room to show her tablemates.
    And how lucky can i get...my new Daughter in law is also a stamper! Life is sweet!
    Pam in Northern Illinois

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  156. The past year has brought me so many favorite things... including a vacation to California, my husband being baptized, and on the creative side I am using my talents making cards, bookmarks, post-it notes, etc. for our ladies ministry at church... it also brought me to blogging... which is how I found out about Verve & your beautiful work. Thanks for your creativity & congrats on the 2 years.

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  157. A very delightful happening came in helping my 11 yr. old niece, Joanna, to learn papercrafting techniques. She learned soooo quickly and has pressed on by herself to make a memory making photo journal of her life thus far! What a treasure!!
    Also I found many inspiring papercrafting blogs in the past year! Oh!... to know that there are others willing to share their love of all things fun and beautiful!
    Abundant Christmas blessings to you and yours.....~Sandie

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  158. Congratulations on 2 years! A few of my favourite things from this year are: deciding to become an SU demonstrator, starting a blog that allowed me to discover many other great stamp companies (like Verve), moving away from home and getting engaged!

    This year was actually a pretty rough one for me. Our family suffered through a lot of deaths, severe illnesses and many surgeries so this year seemed so crappy until you made me think about it - so thank you!

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  159. Congrats on your 2 year blog-a-versary! very exciting! My favorite thing of 08 was getting engaged! :-) Can't complain now that I have my man and my stamps. ;-)

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  160. Congrats! And WOW that is some awesome candy!!! Maybe winning will be my favorite thing for 2008 *wink*! So far, my favorite thing in 2008 was taking the most awesome vacation we have ever had.

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  161. The best thing about 2008 for me was my supportive hubby gave me the option to go after a dream that I have always had and never shared with anyone (not even him)! At 28 yrs. old I am back in college pursuing my Bachelor's Degree and hope in 2 1/2 years to be a CPA. Without his support I could never have done this! I am also so thankful to have found this blogging world...I have made so many friends who are like family to me now! And of course there are my Copics...how did I go through life without them! :)

    Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful candy! I would love to add these babies to my stamp collection!

    Hugs~ Kim

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  162. Let's see... I finally got my own craft room!!!! and my 2nd son finally went to kindergarten, 2 down.. 1 to go!!! I think it was this year, i finally started branching out from strictly being a SU customer. There are so many awesome companies, and obviously, Verve is right up there!! and i found some awesome blogs to visit every morning to start my day!!

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  163. WOW! You sure know how to celebrate! My dear husband bought me a new car! That makes me smile!

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  164. I also fell in love with Copics this year, just a few weeks ago actually. Hubby and I finally got a second car recently. We've been trying to save for a long time, so I can work too, and I lost some weight! =)

    Congratulations on your Blog-a-versary! Wow! What awesome blog candy!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  165. The biggest thing for me this year was finally changing my lifestyle so I'm eating better and getting excercise. I've lost almost 30 pounds and feel GREAT! Congrats on 2 wonderful years!

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  166. the favorite thing for me is that after a triple by pass and septic shock we will celebrate Christmas with my Dad :)

    ox
    S

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  167. This year I finally got to quit work to be a SAHM. I became comfortable in my role as a mom and I went to Disneyland for the first time.

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  168. Oh wow!!! What amazing candy!!! Let's see......in 2008....my daughter turned 18 and is truly a wonderful new "adult" that has started stamping with me and we truly have made some precious memories!!!! We also moved into a fantastic cabin in the mountains....I truly am blessed and so thankful!!

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  169. WOW!! This is so generous!

    My favorite things in 2008 have been my amazing boyfriend, starting my nursing degree, and meeting many incredible people through that. :)

    Oh yeah, and the possibility of a puppy!

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  170. I graduated my first homeschooled child this year -- two more to go. On a lighter note, I bought a Cuttlebug and also fell in love with Nestabilities. I also acquired many more Stampin Up sets and Cuttlebug Embossing folders.

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  171. Nestabilites reeled me in this year. And my new (actually used) VW beetle! And blog reading!!

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  172. Congrats! Happy Anniversary! :)
    My fave thing this year was that I finally could do a headstand!!! :) It's awesome because previously I envied those who could do it, and now I can do it too!! I envy myself LOL!

    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  173. Congratulations on two years Julee!! I love your blog! And wow what an amazing bundle of loot! The best thing that happened to me in 2008 was the birth of my sweet baby girl! I'm also proud of my stamping accomplishments this past year, being lucky enough to serve on two wonderful design teams. Yay 2008! :-D

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  174. I would like to say I had the change to have fallen in love with Copics but alas I haven't purchased any yet...:(

    One of my favorite things this year was attending my first Convention for Stampin'Up!! I meet amazing women and made lasting friendships... I also found great new blogs for insperation.... I also became addicted to Card Challenges!!
    Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas
    Brooke

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  175. Congrats on 2 years!! My favorite things of 2008 are Nestabilities, dew drops, all the new stamps available and of course Lola our 6 mo old lab pup!!

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  176. One of my favorite memories for this year is the reunion with cousins in Idaho and seeing such beautiful country and visiting with family (some not seen for 20 years or more).

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  177. Wow, congratulations on nearly 2 years! I love your blog and visit when I can! Some of my favorite things in 2008 included spending more time with my grandchildren and learning new techniques in card making, which I've only been doing for 1 1/2 years.

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  178. Congratulations on your anniversary! This year I got my Cuttlebug, I got a new cat named Ajda :)and my darling and I decided to get married. Yes, we decided together, he didn´t propose but that´s how we are. :) So I went shopping for my wedding dress and shoes and was so much fun. AND I started blogging, I have no idea what I was doing before, because this is amazing!
    x Natasha x

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  179. Oh, my favorites! It is mostly accomplishments. I have my daughter now potty trained during the day and I canned and preserved more fruit, vegetables and herbs than ever! I discovered Kaisercraft self-adhesive pearls and I love them! They look beautiful with my new Verve stamps! And, my new Favorite for this year is Basic Grey designer papers (I know, I'm behind the times on this one, but I still love it!) Thanks for the chance to win, it's quite a haul!

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  180. What fantastic blog candy. A major highlight has to be becoming a Grandma for the first time, baby is overdue by 6 days but I can't wait. Also, conquering my fear of heights when we flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter and walked over the Golden Gate bridge. My son getting the job of his dreams has to be up there too!

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  181. My favorite things in 2008 are nesties, discovering blogs like Poetic Artistry, playing frisbee with my sheltie Will, and baking cookies with my niece Nicole.

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  182. As for stamping, I developed a greater appreciation for Nestabilities, chipboard, and Stickles (I slather that stuff on anything within reach...including husbands).

    Personally, I finally made it to Europe (Ireland and London), wrote my first book, and have had the opportunity to explore my faith.

    It's been a great - though transitional and downright uncertain at times - year.

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  183. Oh my, what a fabulous give-away..so much goodies to play with!! Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary!! There were so many beautiful things that happened to me this year. Aside from discovering COPICS and actually owning them..the very best part is my 5 year old daughter (who is a special child) became the STUDENT OF THE MONTH last month (Nov)!! My husband and I were/are sooo happy and proud of her!! And seeing her on stage smiling so big made the day the best(est) day ever!! And that, I will never forget!! Thanks soo much for the chance to win!! Again, happy blog anniversary and keep it coming!!

    ~Armie :o)

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  184. I got to see my baby girl take her 1st steps (amazing!), change my hours at work so I can have more time to capture her growing up, and going to Hawaii and experience what it's like to take a baby on an airplane! CRAZY! Congratulations on all your success, I love your stamps!!!

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  185. Another lottery, how fun! LOL
    Some lucky person is going to have
    a wonderful goodie package in their
    mailbox. Happy Blogaversary. I have enjoyed following your blog.
    As for newsworthy notes. This has
    been a quiet year, but I got caught
    up in reading Nora Roberts Sign of
    Seven Trilogy and just bought the third book but haven't had a chance
    to read it yet. Hope I win. It's my birthday on the 18th.

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  186. Julee, congrats on 2 years blogging. I love how you pull everyone into your blog....you are my hero, I want to grow up to be just like you in the creative department. Rubber Hugs.

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  187. Congratulations! My highlights were becoming pregnant, winning two card competitions, and watching happy children.

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  188. Oh Julee! Your blog has been so fun to follow this past year! There have been so many fun things this year, but here are a few of my fave!
    I found VERVE!
    TWILIGHT (Edward, that is)
    Got to go home for three weeks
    Healthy and happy Hubby and puppies:)

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  189. 2008 & what has been special to me, where do I start.

    My husband & I celebrated 14 years of happieness together, he is not only my husband but my best friend & soul mate.
    Snowdrop came into my life, my 16 week old white & ginger short haired kitten.
    I have lost 87 pounds & continue to lose more.

    Congratulations on your bloggin milestone, I bet it feels great doesnt it?

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  190. Hi Julee,CONGRATULATIONS I very much enjoy checking out your blog daily.

    So many favorties this year but the two things that come to mind are being introduced and learning how to use Copic markers and starting a blog or my own.

    Thanks for all your daily inspiration.

    Nettie

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  191. Well, 2008 started out rough. I was having major problems at my job and was putting me in a funk.

    It started looking up in April, I left this job and found another one. 5 months later I got the BEST news, I'm pregnant! After my husband and I tring for 4 years it finally happened! Our first baby is due in April and is a Boy. I can't wait!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sarah

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  192. My husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary this year...a huge milestone these days I think sometimes. My children are all healthy and doing things they love...I made a resolution last new year's to try to scrap/play in my craft room at least a little everyday, and I've come close. Great year all around. Thanks for the chance to win some awesome candy. (PS I also read the Twilight series...and loved the movie..can't wait for more.)

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  193. My gratulations !!!!!

    One of my favorite things of 2008 is my Family !!!!!

    And my friends !!!!

    And my work !!!!

    Salute !!!!

    lengow

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  194. I've never felt closer to my family than I have in 2008. It's so nice to love and be loved.

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  195. 2008 has been an incredibly wonderful year...my dh retired from USN on Dec 31, 2007, so that set the tone! My best two weeks all year were end of October and beginning of November, when I applied for and made several design teams. I was one of the soloists in a musical w/ 3 churches during that time, and let me tell ya, I felt like such The Diva! I was on Cloud 9! I'm so grateful that God has blessed me with the joy of singing and stamping!

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  196. Hmmm, let's see: in 2008 my little baby ;) started school, my big girl started to play cello like she means it, our orchestra gave a couple of good concerts and ... I stopped playing Trafian and discovered stamps and Tria markers (blushing) ... It was a good year!
    Bye, Kitty

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  197. My stamping and crafting highlights this year were definitely getting my own Big Shot machine and all those lovely Cuttlebug embossing folders - and then along came nestabilities! WOOOHOOO!
    And, crowning glory - being featured by Scrapbook.com! My blog was hit with a flurry of visitors and generous comments.
    Hugs from sunny Cape Town!
    Helen

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  198. What what a wonderful thing to do, you are amazing!! My favorite thing was having my hubby get a new job and loving it. I love the nestabilities also and have had so much fun with them. Another favorite thing was finding these blogs like yours and getting this wonderful inspiration and ideas to work with. Thank you so much!! Karen W jkwallace@mchsi.com

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  199. A few of my favorite things... I'd have to say blogging. It's like finding a whole new world. LOL.

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  200. Congratulations on your 2 year blog anniversary. I have had a wonderful year. My only grandchild turned one in March. I have watched him turn from a baby to a loving little boy. I have seen the world from a different point of view. He is full of fun and always has a smile on his face. He follows me everywhere. He is golden sunshine in this world of ours.

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