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Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Contest, Happy 8 years blogging! Paint Party Friday!

 It's a Celebration!!!

When I started blogging  eight years ago Sunday it was an exercise of dedication to writing and very little about art! It was more about leaving a legacy for my family!

Many changes have transpired over the years.

My blog has made almost as big a transition as my dear 
son-in-law  Beardo who was only twenty in this photo!

At twenty eight he's a full grown Beardo talented man full of confidence and love, just like my blog! None of us the same,  we have all grown and changed along the way. Unfortunately I have grown a little wider in my chair too!!
For the record Cupcake doesn't like this face...... that's okay because
 even though she is quite a serious lass, I like her gypsish way!
During that first year I turned fifty, wrote a fair amount of poetry, and tried my hand at digital art! I visited  blogs and recorded a bit about my life for my family. 
As I trudged along, I saw the world through new eyes and  discovered my artist self!
Instead of posting photos like the above mosaic hand,  my favorite  piece done by an unknown artists,  (note my old magenta walls).....I now post photos of my art journey. 

Dear Happy Tiler 

Your name evolved
from my love of scrabble tiles
together the last eight years
we've walked so many miles

On my  creative journey
I've met those who touched my soul
I discovered the authentic me
the one that makes me whole
You my blog have held my hand
as I expressed sentiments galore
About my creative process,
about love, grief and more!

 I've learned my style of writing
is serious, yet fun at times
As I enjoy life lessons
with wisdom, heart and rhymes
My love of color is more evident
as it shows up upon the page
My soul sings a joyful tune
when black lines set the stage

Many quirky characters
appear in my art
a symbol of the frolic
that lives within my heart
 Dear blog I thank you most
for  artist friends  I've met
The like minded souls
People I'll not forget!
My message is one of passion
It's never too late to begin
celebrating  the beauty of your soul
and the uniqueness within!
Love Giggles

Tell me one thing unique about you!

 For a chance to win my 40 page "Quotes to ponder" shoe book, and a tote,  just say "I'm in" on the comments!  Next Friday, April 4th,  I'll use a random number generator to pick a winner!
 I adore  every visitor and appreciate all the wonderful connections I have made over the years! Thank you so much  for all your love and support it's has been an amazing ride!
Quotes to ponder and a
 a tote bag with my " Burst of Joy" artwork!


Marji said...

8 Years! Congratulations. I haven't known you that long, but I am happy to have been along on your creative journey for a few of them. Happy Anniversary - and here's to many more!!

Lynn Cohen said...

I'm so glad I've met you! I enjoyed reading your journey poem, seeing your art and arty family!i love reading what you write each week, as it usually demands that I think some, usually deep thoughts! Often stirs memories. When you get to my age you realize you have more past than future so there's a lot to remember about! Not sure what makes me unique. I can think more things I claim that others do too. I don't think I'm all that special or different. But I like that I'm enjoying life now probably better than ever before and value each and every new day like found gold!

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful post, congrats on your 8 years blogging, and long may it continue! Hugs, Valerie

Laila said...

Congrats on your 8 years! Lovely post and so well written. I'm not sure it's unique, but when something catches my interest I always jump right into it, both feet, and doing alot of mistakes.I like to tell myself it's Learning by doing. LOL
By the way, I love the shoes in your header, makes me smile.

Jez said...

Well yes Giggles, "I'm in" of course. Think how proud I would be to walk along swinging that gorgeous tote bag!
Well, that aside, your post is so interesting and colourful as usual, and a very thoughtful poem. I remember the first time I 'found' you, I don't know how, but it was clearly a memorable day. I remember looking at the post and thinking 'WOW, look at all that gorgeous colour". I can't remember what you had said, but the colour and vibrancy really hit me and had me hooked as a regular visitor for my colour "fix". You are a special lady, and you spread your joy and thoughts to so many of us.
What a difference 8 years can make in our lives - at this end of my life there are obviously many sad things, but so much to love and celebrate as well, and I thank my stars for the invention of blogging and the blogging art community.
Can't think of anything that makes me unique, but that's OK with me.

Netty said...

wow 8 years, you have obviously been on a tremendous journey and a lot of fun along the way. Great post and of course I'm in.......Happy PPF, Annette x


froebelsternchen said...

AMAZING post - congrats on 8 years blogging!
I specially like your fantastic son in law...
always fine to see foto's from this happy and pretty couple!

Unknown said...

Wow! 8 years. That is amazing! Huge congrats! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and beautiful and happy art! Thank you for sharing your creative journey with us!

Jenn Jilks said...

Good for you! I began blogging when we moved away from family to look after my ill parents. My daughter reads my blog at work on her lunch hour!
I blog for many of your reasons!

(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Faye said...

Absolutely I'm in! Your life wisdom permeates every post. We all learn from you. And of course I do love the quirky art as well. Congratulations on your 8 years of blogging.

jywheeler said...

Congratulations on 8 years of words, art and life! :)

Christine said...

I'm in! Congrats on 8 wonderful years Giggles!

Gill said...

I'm in!

denthe said...

8 years! that's quite some time! It must be wonderful to see the progression during those years. I'm certainly glad you took up blogging, as I enjoy reading your wonderful stories every week and seeing your quirky colorful art. One thing unique about me ... Hm, let's see. I think it's my enthusiasm. I can get very excited about things that "normal" people don't even notice, and I don't hide it. Which makes people give me weird looks sometimes, but I don't really care... ;-)
And I'm in ..... Of course I'm in!

GlorV1 said...

Hi Giggles, yes please count me in too. Congrats on 8 years of blogging. Thanks for putting up with me for a few of those years. It's 8 years for me too. Your post was wonderful to read and as always, food for thought. Enjoy the day and keep on blogging. I always look forward to your "colorful" posts. ::hugs::

SLScheibe said...

Congratulations on many years of happy blogging and a fun art journey!

Annabelle said...

Beautiful post Giggles. I started blogging for the very same reasons and was pleasantly surprised to discover some new things about myself : )
Congrats on eight years,almost a decade and 10 years always seems to be a marker.
Wishing you many, many more!


Annabelle said...

Oh, forgot to say I'm in and something unique about me……………………………………forgetful : )

I agree "It's never too late"

Some little bit of trivia I didn't know until recently….. Grandma Moses started painting at 76 years old, very inspiring for me in so many areas.


Carol said...

I'M IN!!!!!! I'M IN!!!!!! Congrats on the 8 years :) It's been an amazing journey and I love the part I've shared with you. I always look forward to your beautiful and enlightening posts♥

Zana said...

* years that's great, congrats. Love how you combine the quirky funny art with the serious messages, that's unique! I am in, Whats unique about me? My soul of course!

Linda Kunsman said...

First off-hell yeah I'M IN!!! Congrats dear Sherrie on 8 years of blogging-wow! Your poem is so heartfelt and you know how I LOVE your colorful art and meaningful words. Your gypsy lady looks like a fortune teller looking down into her crystal ball reading someone's future-could it be yours? Hmm...I guess one unique thing about me is that I will try most anything-no matter how "woo woo" or "out there" it seems if it brings me to more spiritual growth and being connected.
Now go and celebrate your wonderful self and accomplishments!

Neesie said...

8 Years! wow that's brilliant. I've only just arrived so I hope you'll carry on for many more years.
Your artwork is so vibrant.
Hmm...something unique about me...well I've tossed a caber in the Highland games celebration whilst living Brunei!
I go weak when I think about that now but I was fit back then ;D
I'm in too please.

ann @ studiohyde said...

I love your posts and especially this special one - 8 years of blogging...how time flies.

Saskia said...

Congratulations on 8 years of blogging! I'm so happy that I discovered your blog, recently!

Smiles, Saskia :)

Robin said...

Great post! Happy 8th year out here in Blogland. Times flies by here doesn't it? This month was my 4th year. Your poem and pictures are awesome! Oh and "I'm in". The one unique thing about me? Hmmm...I don't follow instructions or patterns. I have to learn by just jumping right in!

Gillena Cox said...

its always a joy the time spent here at your blog; your vibrancy of spirit shows in your art; Happy blog Anniversary

I'm In

have a nice Friday

much love...

Debbie said...

I'm in! I love your colorful art, and your blog has always been so interesting to read. I really feel like I've gotten to know you since I found you through PPF! COngrats on 8 years of blogging!

Ariel said...

Congratulations dear Sherrie of completing 8 years in blogland. This is so wonderful. I love your posts- filled with color and humor but at the same time always coming up with relevant truths about life-:)
You are always an inspiration

Renee Dowling said...

Giggles, I really enjoyed your heart filled poem. It is interesting how a decision to blog can change one's life so much. Congrats! I like seeing and reading about your evolution! Keep on creating! You are inspiring to others!

I'm in!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I enjoyed reading about your journey into yourself and Blogosphere, finding all the creativity. It's an amazing trip, and I've felt so many similar feelings since I started my first blog in 2005. Little did I know then that I would fill my days with writing, painting, photographing and handicrafts.

Life is a trip worth taking for, this shows in your colorful, happy paintings!

Carola Bartz said...

Yes, I'm in!!!
Congratulations on 8 years of blogging - that's a lot of posts!!! I can't remember when I fist came here, it was during PPF, and I immediately liked your style of writing, your humor and your honesty. Not to mention your art - quirky is wonderful!!
Let's get started with the next 8 years!

Ritu Dua said...

Wow wow wow ...that's what comes to my mind !!!


Nadya said...

HáPpŸ blog-iversaty! 8 years and so delïghtful! I've been a sporadic blogger for awhile (have to look how long up!) as you say, adding more art these days as well

unique: I heave lived in a worker owned retreat center in the heart of the Oregon Cascade Mountains, and I Play the folk harp!

I'm In! of course!

Marianne said...

How fantastic to remember.
I guess a lot has happened during the 8 years.
Love your artwork :)

Cindy D. said...

A very inspiring and impressive blogging tale! And oh my goodness, the photos of your son-in-law are terrific. And not what I expected to find here lol. The little mice with the chair - SO CUTE.

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Dear Sherrie,
I'm in!!!!!!!! Of course and lucky for me and you that I just opened my blog and noticed a comment that had to be confirmed. Thank you for showing up just now! <3 I'm so grateful that I have met you through blogging! Congratulations with your anniversary!
I'm the lonely loving loony ;-) but you know that already!
Thank you for being you!

I think I should win your fabulous giveaway :-)

Love from Ilona

Tammie Dickerson said...

Wow! 8 years! What an accomplishment - and so fun to see the growth and changes that occur in such a time! Beautiful work - I always love your color! Happy PPF!

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