Friday, May 1, 2009

Why I Love Blogging...

Welcome to

Joy's Blogging Party!

Come on in...I've been waiting for you!


Introduction please...everyone quiet down...(ping ping on the champagne glass). Thank you everyone, I'm so glad you could make it today to the most beautiful BLOG PARTY in the land, hosted by our most charming friend Joy.

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To my dearest friends, thank you for sharing this special day with me and for those darlings whom I've never met, it's so nice to meet you! Let me introduce myself please...

My name is Jodie and I love blogging!

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Hmmm. Where do I start? Well, how about I start from the beginning. August 2007.  I hardly knew what a blog was.


I was flipping through my favorite magazines published by Stampington & Company (they host a variety of Somerset Publications). I was intrigued with the beautiful artwork and I noticed that most of the published artists had their own blog. An address of sorts...

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So I ventured, deep in the realm of blog land...and I got lost. Lost in the midst of the most beautiful and interesting places known to man (or woman). A land where beautiful photography reigned and authors and poets were plenty! I was in heaven! This was my new home. I needed real estate here and I needed it fast.  TypePad, Blogger, WordPress...which address would be cozy enough for me to spend the rest of my life in? I knew what I had to do to find out...

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I took the plunge after 9 months of lurking and stalking beautiful blogs and I finally left a comment on my favorite blog, Pink Roses & other passions. Lucky me, Suzanne's door was open and she welcomed me to the neighborhood with open arms. She helped me set up house and gave me the tips of the trade. Since then, I've never looked back.

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I've met so many wonderful people in blog land. Some are just around the block, some just across the highway. No one is out of a finger's reach. But the best part about my new neighborhood is that everyone is as close as a post and we stay in touch often through heart felt comments.

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I love the idea that I can wake in the morning, knock on my favorite door and see what's new. See how the kids are doing, how the flowers are blooming, what's cooking, or rave with delight about my neighbor's newest creation. There is so much beauty out there! I love to leave a comment and let them know that I was thinking of them today. Sometimes that's all a person really needs to hear.

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Oh, and I love to check my mail! I must not forget to mention that! In some cases, I have met friends that have not made it to this neighborhood yet. They do not have a permanent address in blog land so they keep in touch via sweet of them.

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I love when my neighbors to come visit me. It's always a delight to have them sit with me and chat. I enjoy telling them of my heritage, my travels, my day to day life! It's such a treat to be in such company as a warm visitor! Don't you agree?

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I love that we meet at party's such as these...Cheers (raise champagne glass). It's always a great time to celebrate here in blog land. Everyone is so positive and kind in my neighborhood, always serving up tips under the sun and tutorials in a wicker basket so we can all go outside and play together.

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I love blogging. I love that it has opened up a whole new world for me. I love that I have met so many people I can call "friends". I love the fact that I can get lost and escape to a beautiful place, even if it is just for a moment. I love that I can share my life with people who appreciate what I have to give, whether it be art, words, photography or... just myself.

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I love that you came and read all the way through. I love the time we shared together. I love seeing you. I love meeting those of you for the first time today. But most of all, I love wishing that you'll be back for another visit soon. I'll be here!

Thank you Joy for being such a wonderful hostess. (hug hug) I had such a wonderful time. If you excuse me now for a moment, I am off to mingle with the rest of the crowd.

Cheers to all of you. Blog on...


Please enter Joy's beautiful blog and join the party! You'll be able to find all of the lovely attendees who love blogging as much as I do! Go ahead now...have a great time!


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Hi Jodie! I'm so happy to meet you! What a lovely post and I just love your dress forms! Your blog will now be on my list of pretty places to visit. I'm in on the party too! sure to stop on over to Stacy's Shabby Shoppe and say hello! ~Stacy~ xo

Stephenie said...

Jodie, I just loved your post...Your pictures look so amazing..That manni is just stunning to...You really summed up what blogging means to me...I'm so excited that we crossed paths here in blogland...I always enjoy reading your blog and you really inspire me...

Saucy said...

Dear Jodi,

What a nice opportunity to meet you and see all that we have in common. Blogging brings out the best in all of us!

Joy was right, Bloggers "get" each other.


Cher said...

Lovely post. Lovely pictures. Lovely party. I'm off to work the room, so to speak.

The Texas Woman

Linda said...

This is such a beautifully written and presented post! Wonderful! You sum up my feelings exactly ~ it's a wonderful blog world.

Blessings to you always,

Geralyn Gray said...

Cheers Jodieeee ooooh I have some.......thing....caught in my throat.....oh they are beads......silly me.......I toast to you a common love of blogging and I am so glad to share this goblet of beads with you as we cheer each other on in this wonderful world of blogging.

Debby said...

Jodie, I am on the blog party trail and so happy to have come upon your blog! It is really wonderful, you are a very good story teller, I have that yet to learn. Your blog is full of so many wonderful things and oh, how I love that dress form!

SarahD said...

Hi Jodie so lovely to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to say Hello.

HUgs Sarah xx

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

Hello, Jodie, So glad to finally meet you. I enjoyed reading through your blog. I was smiling at the "I wish you were here" pictures. Yes, I wish I was there too...=)
Love your post. Happy Blogging!!

Gabriela said...


Awesome photos and such a great post!
Blogging is so wonderful!

~ Gabriela ~

Carla said...

hello Jodie, good to 'meet' you. I so relate to what you say about bloggers being like neighbours...And I love your pictures
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Anonymous said...

Hi Jodi. It's nice to meet you. I love everything vintage. I guess I should. I'm pretty "vintage" myself. (72)
One of my nicknames is Jody.

Laura said...

Hi Jodie! This is such a charming post and a warm welcome...I am so happy to have found you and will be back again....
Be well, Laura

Deb said...

Great post and photos! I love your blog name ~ I love "everything vintage" too :-)

The French Bear said...

Yeah Jodie!!! Amazing post, love the photos and all your decor! I love my blogging family, it seems that we are so close and everyone is checking in on us and leaving such encouraging comments!
I am happy that we have met through this wonderful community of artistic people!!
Margaret B

Valerie said...

Wonderful post! So nice to meet you. Your blog is beautiful as are your photographs.

Happy Blogging Party,

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

It is nice to find out that your little comment was just what someone needed to hear, huh?! (Great pictures!)

m ^..^

the wild raspberry said...

very well stated....and i love the pictures as well...
have a great weekend.

jeanne said...

Hello Jodie, your love of blogging was a great read. Your photos are a bonus. You, are the reason I love blogging. Thanks for a big welcome in blogland.


Lori said...

You have a beautiful, inspirational blog! I am so jealous. I am a collector of vintage items, but don't have a blog pertaining to that---yet! I joined the blog party for the sole purpose of finding new inspiration, friends and followers. My blog pertains mostly to the paper arts--scrapbooking mostly. It's a work in progress that's for sure! Hope you stop by.

lori said...

I think I wrote the wrong addy for my blog! Try this:

Anonymous said...

Hello Jodie, It's so nice to meet you. I truly enjoyed reading your heart felt post ♥ I like how you added all of the photos to go along with it. Very pretty indeed.

MaygreenFairies said...

I've really enjoyed visiting your blog, I look forward to my next visit. Mandy x

Glenda said...

Wonderful to meet you and thank you for inviting me into your home.

It's opened a hole new world, this blogging.


dragonflydreamer said...

Hi Jodi. I just saw you last night or maybe it was the wee hours as my son was furiously working to dress up my blog for the party. I loved reading why you love blogging. I love reading everything you write. You are such a gracious hostess and party guest so I will be sure to return again very soon. Have fun at the party.

Paula -Teaberry Cottage said...

Missed the party, came across Joy's page a day too late. Maybe next time. The cake looked so delicious.
Glad to have found you. I am a new blogger and it has been very exciting.

Hope you have a great weekend.


Celestial Charms said...

Lovely to meet you Jodie. Your words totally encapsulate the meaning of why we blog. Beautiful photos, also.

The Chick said...

Beautiful presentation, Twin!! I am so happy to have you not only as my Blogland neighbor, but as one of my "BBF's" ;o) Thank you for sharing why you love blogging, it was lovely.

Have a Happy Day,

Teacup Mosaics said...

Cheers to blogland, you say it so well and I am one of the lucky ones to be part of your blog neighborhood. Have a great weekend. OX, Kelley

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Just SO wonderful to meet you via Joys party. Really enjoyed reading your post!
Alicia ~ from Australia!

The Victorian Parlor said...


Here's to you (clink, clink). I absolutely love this post! I agree with everything that you said:) Blogging is a wonderful neighborhood filled with kind and gracious people-it brings joy and friendship. As always, your blog is one of my very favorite places to visit. It really is like visiting the home of a close friend where I can laugh and be inspired all at the same time:)

Happy Blog Party!!!



Sue said...

Absolutely beautiful and inspiring


p.s. - first lace jacket is done!

KBeau said...

Nice to visit your blog for the first time. You've expressed my feelings as well.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jodie,

We do have lots of neighbors now, do we? :-) This has been a great venue to meet beautiful people from different parts of the world.


Shabby Chic Junk said...

Dear Jodi,
I'm so glad to have met you today. You are so sweet and kind sharing your beautiful blog. I started this new adventure into the blog world. I can't wait to learn more and share my thoughts along the way. I will be hinting to my family for being a good Mom :) a new camera to take pictures of our life and what I love to do, create.

Linda B said...

I am so glad to have met you through Joy's party! Do stop by sometime. It was very nice meeting you:)

Alison Gibbs said...

Hi Jodie thanks for visiting my blog during Joy's blog party.
It has been fun reading through your posts and getting to know you. Look forward to reading lots more.

June said...

Jodie, this is such a great post. You put into words everything I love about blogging, and you said it all so much better than I could. I love your blog!
Hugs, June

June said...

By the way, can I borrow that 'to die for' belt you've got on?

Cyberdelia said...

What a great post! Love your blog; I'm going to follow you. :-) Great to "meet" you via the blog party!

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hello Jodie! I wanted to stop by and thank you for participating in the Beautiful Blogging Party!! Your post was so creative and fun and I enjoyed seeing your lady travel around! I hope you enjoyed the event and also enjoyed meetings lots of new bloggers. Have a beautiful week ~ Joy