March 13, 2009

Blogoversary Partay and Giveaway

Oh Hai! My blogoversay was actually in February. I've been putting off posting this because I meant to make a video. The video has yet to be made, though, and this is getting ridiculous. So, without further ado, I give you:

Edited to ad: I'm extending the giveaway so people visiting from the Ultimate Blog Party can enter. I'll draw the winners on Monday, March 30. Thanks everyone!


Hello there and welcome to my blogoversary celebration.

I'm celebrating big time over here... Come on in, grab a cosmo - the drink I once said I was most like because it's "pink and tasty, but surprisingly strong." Hmmm... I must have been drinking a cosmo when I wrote that. Heh. Also there's cake! Can't celebrate a blog birthday without cake! And ice cream! And a nice low fat veggie tray because we have to keep up appearances, after all.

Well. I have a song and a giveaway to share. So off you go to read the rest of the post.

My Blog Story

One year ago life was challenging. Buddy was in his first year at school, my husband was in law school, my youngest was throwing roughly one hundred and seven tantrums each day and I was doing the same thing day after day. I was feeling disillusioned with my role as family caretaker. I was overwhelmed. I was kind of bored. I was (though I hate to admit it) sort of lonely.

Then one day I was reading a blog written by Jen Lancaster, Jennsylvania. I'd read Jen's books and loved them so I decided to check out her blog. I read it, archives and all. It looked like she was having so much fun that I decided to resurrect the blog I'd started in 2005.

Well... Imagine my surprise.

I found the blogging thing hugely fulfilling. I was creating something and putting it out there. People were actually reading and commenting. I was meeting people. They told me they liked what I wrote. That I was funny. That they could relate to my experiences as a mother (and as a reluctant housewife - it's actually kind of comical how often people tell me they can relate the my blog title). It was great. It still is.

Now, a year later, I have 310 posts under my belt and some really great bloggy friends. I have tens of readers daily. TENS I tell you. But I try not to focus on the number of readers, instead, I focus on the fun I have here.

Thank you so much for reading.

Now on with the celebration!

Look at me! A year gone by

Here's a picture of me from around a year ago wearing the pink hat and scarf I made as one of my first crochet projects (left) and a picture of me from last month wearing the pink hat and scarf I made for my sister-in-law from the same yarn (right).

Oh how I've aged... Wait a second. I look pretty much exactly the same. Except I look happier in the more recent photo. Hun. Interesting.

My Vocal Debut

Look! I made a video (not). On this video I sing a song to the tune of Jenny From the Block by J.Lo. I wrote new lyrics in honour of my blogoversary. I call my version Melly From the Blog. Lyrics can be found under the video (which doesn't actually exist - so just use your imagination) if you'd like to sing along (which I encourage - sing it right out loud, you know you wanna).

But can she sing? I hear you ask. My brother once told me that I don't sing badly enough to be one of the featured really bad singers from the audition shows of American Idol. Thanks, bro! So you have my assurance (and my brother's) that I will not be bad enough to make your brain melt out your ears (I could still make the video sometime... maybe). So, on with the song:

Imagine non-existent video here.
(It is truly fabulous. I totally rock it.)

Melly From the Blog
(sung to the tune of Jenny From the Block by J.Lo)

Children grow and women producing
and they're working
ouch! Glass ceiling
Everyone's got to make a living

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I blog on

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - I had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I blog on

From no readers on the list
To more than 6, to a few more, to this 46
I stay grounded as comments roll in
I'm real, I thought I told you
I'm real, but I don't know Oprah
I'm just me
Nothin' phony, at least not usually
what I am is what you read

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - I had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I blog on

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - I had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I blog on

I'm on the net like this
blogging this business
making not a buck
writing posts and loving it
my humour's got me laughing, kid
I write my blog, but the trick
is to put kids first
And don't forget to make meals!
Cause eating's like breathing!

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - I had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I blog on

Don't be fooled by the year that I got
I'm still, I'm still Melly from the blog
posts - I had a little, now I have a lot
No matter where I go,
I know where I came from

From the blogs!

My Giveaway

Oh Hai!


You want something for FREE for putting up with me for a whole year?


I can see where you're coming from there.

So okay. 3 items up for grabs:

1. A crochet hat, handmade by moi. No picture yet because it does not yet exist, but I can made a summer bucket hat unless you're from the southern hemisphere and heading into fall, in which case I'll make a beanie. Okay? Cool. Check out my hats at my crochet blog Lulu's Hook.

2.Bead earrings handmade by moi. These ones, to be exact:
Lulu's Hook Circle Sphere Earrings.

If you love them and you don't win them, they can be purchased at my Etsy shop.

3. A copy of the Jan/Feb issue of Crochet Today magazine (because I have 2) which has lots of great projects and some crochet instructions in the back, a crochet hook and 2 balls of cotton yarn.


um okay here's how to enter:

First let me say this: You don't have to leave a comment for each entry - I can see my followers. I'll know who you are.

1. Leave a comment actually commenting on something for heaven's sake. Don't just say "Just dropping in to say HI!" or "Yes enter me in your giveaway!". Communication is key.
2. Followers will automatically get one entry. So, for another entry, follow me. I'm fun. You'll be glad you did, I promise. (Disclaimer: this promise is not binding by law. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.)
3. For another 3 entries (yes 3! it's okay if you want to do a happy dance, I won't judge), grab a button from my sidebar (there are 3 buttons to choose from scattered around my sidebars) and put it on your blog sidebar and don't forget to let me know you've done it. If you already have a button, let me know! As an added bonus for grabbing a button, you'll also get to be my new best friend! #3 is all benefit, no sorrow. (See disclaimer under #2.)
4. For a further entry, blog about this post. It's a party... invite your friends. Don't forget to let me know you've done so!
5. I have nothing to add for #5. Nothing at all... I just like groups of 5.

And voila! A whole slew of entries for these handmade-by-me products. I just realized something! With that "3 more entries" thing I'll have to pull the winners out of a hat... Oh shoot, I'm making work for myself here, people. See how I adore you all? So, yes, I'll draw the winners from a hat one week from the date this post was published.


So what do you want to do now? Charades? Trivial pursuit? Twister?

Hey where is everybody going?

Thanks for stopping by!





Godiva said...

Stopping by through SITS to say hello!

The Blonde Duck said...

You need to record that. Seriously. That song had me in tears. I love it.

John Deere Mom said...

You are so funny. I love your blog story. I just read all 3 "Bitter" books. I liked the 1st and 3rd ones...LOVED the 2nd one. Congrats on the blogiversary!

Karen said...

"And don't forget to make meals!
Cause eating's like breathing!"
Hahahaha that's awesome! Love your blog, as you know, so happy anniversary and keep doing it!

scrappysue said...

what a cool post mel! you are very clever with those song lyrics - a missed calling perhaps? i don't know if i'm following, but you ARE on my blogroll - AT THE TOP NO LESS! surely that counts.

i just want one of those pink eyeball toys - you know i do and it's my birthday soon you know.....

happy blogoversary - after italy, i'm DEFINITELY coming to canada!!!

DawnS said...

Love the song - hopefully I won't be singing it in my head all day! I am also married to a great hubby but horrible househusband - I can soooo relate! I was completely thrilled when after a year he hung up the coat hooks by the entry door, but I'm not bitter or complaining - cuz he makes me coffee every day and I love him dearly! Happy (late) blogoversary!

Mama Wheaton said...

Your jewelry is awesome! I came over from SITS. I just started to learn to knit but maybe I'll try crochet(sp) next.

sAm said...

That song was too funny - I'd love to hear it! Y'know the stuff you wrote about regarding the personal satisfication you've gotten from blogging really hit me - I'd have to agree. Who'd a thunk that simply writing down my thoughts in such a public forum could be so validating?? Anyhow - sweet giveaway. thnx.

It's Always Something Around Here said...

HI there! Visiting from SITS.

Happy Blogiversary!!!

I love those earrings!!

Juls said...

Oh my, I love your Song...I was getting all dancy, singing along to it... If you make a video, I'm so in on being a back up dancer...

Kim/ungourmet said...

Fun blog ya got here! :)

Brittany Ann said...

Hey there. I gotta tell you, your message rings clear and true here. Sometimes it's hard to be a SAHM. I've watched women for years who seems to happy with it, that it was a struggle for me when I wasn't sure I enjoyed it.
Don't get me wrong, I love my children,a nd I think I should be home with them, rather than working. But it's nice to read from someone who understands the crazy ups and downs of housewifery!
Thanks for doing the giveaway. I'd love to win! Have a great day!

Our Crazy Life said...

I love crocheting and can always use new ideas!! I also tink your jewelry is beautiful!!

Melissa said...

Stopping by from SITS

That song is so cute!! Congrats on the blogversary!

I would love to win these earrings. I have recently gotten into earrings and I love them!!

Rachel Ann said...

Stopping by from SITS and asking to be counted in your contest...way cute earrings and I'm sure the hat is way cute too!!

Happy blogoversary as well...what an accomplishment! Hooray!!

Wanda said...

Girl...I am so feeling you! I too understand your one year ago feelings. I have felt them myself a time or twenty.
I found blogging this last year and am truly in love. I just wish I had more time to do it.
I love what it's done for my brain. I feel a little more confident thanks to blogging.
Your blog is great! Can't wait to read more.

HoneyB said...

LOL, I am new to SITS, but I have to say I am already having fun and yours is my first blog to visit!! Your blog is really cool. I love your funny verse!!

BTW, I love the earrings too!

Cher said...

lmao! luv your song girlfriend! you really oughtta send that in lol...Im happy yer happy! The hat is adorable in the pic...the earrings veryyyyy pretty too...I never win but keep I will say ty for the chance..u keep us coming back cuz u are yes..I follow (and let a few buds in on this too) as I have no blog :) ty for the chance...big hugs to you ! Cher

Shannon said...

Your post is funny. You do look a bit happier in the second photo. I love the scarf too! Maybe I need to go buy me some yarn!

christyzee said...

you seriously made the hat and scarf?? I'm so jealous! I can't walk and chew gum at the same time, let alone MAKE something with my own hands! I think I stopped by before and voted who your husband looks like...I was out-voted, oh well, great blog anyhow!
oh hey, grabbed a button too, (I could use the decoration, hehehe)

AP said...

I am an etsy addict!! love the earrings. I am trying to learn to accessorize, so I can use all the free jewelry I can get, haha

Michelle said...

Very creative. But I have to ask the real question... you're cool with being at home now? You have your outlet and don't feel like you're missing out and not getting mentally stimulated enough and all that?

And I've added me as a follower :)

Sturgmom said...

Those are gorgeous earrings!! And congrats on your blogaversary. I'm always so impressed when people have so many followers after blogging for a year. WTG, you!!

Diva Scrapper said...

Hello..I'm just stopping by from SITS...the earring are super. I would love a crochet beanie made just by toi...nothing sweeter than a handmade gift.
Congrats on blog-aversary!!

Elaine A. said...

First, HAPPY Blogiversary!! WAHOO! I think I've been reading you since pretty close to the beginning... hmm...

Anyway, you know I enjoy your Reluctantness quite a bit! And you are quite talented with your crafts too (I totally want those earrings, yo!) ; )

Oh and I love your song, it's totally you. I will be waiting for that video to come out my friend! : )

Michelle said...

I just found your blog through SITS. You are so witty. Your earrings are gorgeous! Any time you play trival pursuit, count me in! Ha Ha!

Ginny said...

You do look happier, see blogging is a happy thing :)

Cool you look the same though, that means no nasty wrinkles popped up or anything :) :) :)

Found you from sits by the way!

CC said...

Hi. Just stopping by.

Bwhahahahaha!!! Can I still enter even though I said the forbidden words? ;)

Mom101 said...

Just came for the free cosmos.

Um, I mean to wish you a happy anniversary!

(Also the cosmos.)

Parent Club said...

I don't know you - yet I so "get" you.

Your blog is now one of my favs. Happy Blogaversy!

B said...

Don't give up your day job of blogging for singing. And not because you are terrible, but because too many of us would miss you.

Now, I do follow, but I won't show up on you side bar because blogger likes to make my life miserable and won't let me follow anyone publicly. Really I think it is scared I will embarrass myself or something.

Michaela said...

I think I need to stop by here more often! I was coming over to say thanks for stopping by my blog last week, but I think I'll stay and enter your giveaway =) Happy belated blogoversary!!

Michaela said...

I put a button in my blogroll - it really does roll... really =)

Beth said...

I love the Housewife Appreciation Button. Gotta put that on my blog.

And - you're so good. I've been blogging for over a year and ummm - never gave anything away for my blogaversary.

Have fun, Beth

Girly said...

I love those earrings - so cute.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Happy blogoversary. How fun. I will be celebrating my blogoversary next month. It has been one year for me, as well. I agree with you, the blogging community is great. I had no idea how many friends I would make!

Just wanted you to know that I am now following you.
I also just grabbed one of your buttons and added it to my scrolling blog button sidebar collection. Woo HOO!

I am now going to go check out your Lulu creations, since I am a crocheter, as well.

carma said...

I suck at crochet (will that do as a comment :-)

Suzanne said...

Where have you been in all my blogging explorations? I know, you were hiding from me, weren't you! Admit it.

Well, I found you now and you won't get away again. I have a Flip and come record your song/ Oh wait, you're talking about knitting hats, so it must be COLD where you are. On second thought, I'll come help you out and tape that song -in June.

Suzanne said...

I added your button to my review blog

Suzanne said...

#2 I added your button to my review blog

Suzanne said...

#3 I added your button to my review blog.

One Cluttered Brain said...

ACK! Where is your button so that I might add it to my blog? You are awesome! I am so glad SITS featured you on their blog!