"...at its core....art is simply the language of the soul" -Robert Redford

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Saturday, July 25

It's my BLOGversary!!

It's my 1 year BLOGversary and I am having a party but YOU get the gifts!! :)

I am LOVING my blog and sharing my ART. It has been a real learning experience for me.....and I'm still learning as I go. I hope you've enjoyed the first year and I look forward to the future.

So, what gifts will I give?? I have been thinking about this for quite awhile. I have decided on some of my fave ARTand a surprise or two!!

So, what do you have to do to qualify for the gifts??

You have to leave a comment on
and share the link on your blog, in your group or with your friends. Thanks so much!!

Make sure I have a way to contact you should you be a lucky winner.

I will let Hubs and Wonder Boy draw for the prizes at the end of the day, Monday, July 27th, my 24th Wedding Anniversary. I guess "versaries" are everywhere. :)

While you're here, I hope you'll stay for a bit and look around. I'm sure you'll like it here.

My philosophy is simple: ars gratia artis.....art for art's sake

So, on to the gifts.....

Giftie #1 - I have been having a great time making these fun and flirty crocheted cuffs. I shall be giving this one to the first name drawn from the hat.

This one is perfect for fall with it's earthy tones and vintage orange trim.

Giftie #2 - Another passion is making handmade paper. I will send you a packet for your ARTing pleasure. My paper has been sized so you can stamp, write and print on it.

This is an assortment of yellow,natural and green papers.

Giftie #3 -Yet another pastime is beading. I will be sending winner #3 this necklace.

This one is crocheted and braided silver wire with an assortment of clear beads
It is perfect with nearly ANY outfit.

Giftie #4 - Another necklace. It is crocheted with assorted gemstone chips.
It has such a great "feel" to it with the natural stones. Aren't the colors amazing?

My rooster thinks she looks Divine with her new jewels!!

Giftie #5 - TBD I'm still thinking on this one....but aren't surprises just deliciously fun??

Remember, if you don't win, you can always stop by my Etsy shop and pick out a giftie of your own.....including a custom giftie!! http://www.shellyraewood.etsy.com/

So who is bringing cake??

Please share this give away.
I really want to have fun and that means lots of participants.

I will keep adding prizes as I get more partiers. :::smiles:::
Thanks again for stopping by......Shelly


Pat said...

Yea! I'm the first one here. That can be prize #5.....lol. I've been refreshing your blog page for the last 1/2 hour.....ROFL. Happy Anniversary Shelly and many more years of bliss.

Happy Blogiversary, Pat from ARTHaven Creations Friendship

I don't have a blog yet, you can reach me at tricatoo@niknakcandlewax.com

AlteredByMe said...

Happy Blogversary and Happy Anniversary Shelly. I'll be tweeting and posting your link to Facebook!


KV Creative Designs said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! Going to explore more!
Artful Blessings,

Anonymous said...

Happy Blogoversary, my friend! Hard to believe you've only been doing this for a year...yours is one of my favorites, and I always enjoy my visits.
I will go to my blog now and post this link. Hope you have LOADS of people come to your party!

Diann said...

Happy Blogaversary - wonderful freebies you are giving away! Your friendship is so special so I want to be wishing you a Happy Anniversary too. I'll put this on my blog! Diann

Julie Ann Grakowsky said...

Happy Blogversary!!! It sure looks like you've had a bunch of fun over the past year!! Here is to all your art over the past year and to your many wonderful new creations in the year to come! *Champagne toast!!*

Congratulations on your anniversay, too! I hope you have a great time celebrating this weekend :) *Hugs*

Nancy said...

Happy Blogaversary! Thanks for doing a great give away.

Angie Hall Haviland said...

Well, of course I'll bring a cake and I'm wearing a pointy party hat too!! CONGRATS and Happy BLOGversary!! I left a post on my blog about your PARTY!!

Jeri said...

Shelly Rae, I've got my party hat on and I'm ready to help you celebrate! I've brought some mint chocolate chip ice cream to add to the party table. Happy Blogaversary to you and enjoy the day. I'll share this with one of my "other" groups.

Autumn said...

Pick me for lucky necklace no. 5 - love it! Your blog is always fun and inspiring, so glad you take the time to share with us! Best of luck during the coming year of blogging...
~ Autumn Clark
Visit my Christmas in July posts!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations girl on your Blogiversary!!!! I'm excited for you!!!!!!

Dragonlady said...

Happy Blogiversary!..What wonderful prizes....really love all of them..

Barbara Rossman said...

Wow, Happy Blogversary - I'll bring some party hats and horns. I'll put a link to your blog on WW Creations.

Sharon from the library said...

I'm SOOO glad I found you and a very happy blogaversary! I do not have a blog, but I have spread the news to all my friends.
This is Sharon, your buddy from the library.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Blogversary! Shelly! Your blog is one of my favorites, keep up the great work!

Sharon said...

you have some talent congrats on your blog http://sharonsfamilylife.blogspot.com/

Tamara Putvin said...

Happy Blogversary. How exciting and congrats. You are having beautiful prizes. I shared your Celebration on my blog.

Wishing you abundant blessings,

Suzie Button said...

Happy Blog anniversary! What lovely gifts you have, yoo-hoo! I agree it's a blessing to be up to the elbows in craft glitter, glue and paper! Suzie purrpage3[at]verizon[dot]net

Chrystal S said...

Happy Blogversary Shelly! I love your blog... :)

Ann said...

congratulations on your first blogaversary and wishing you a fabulous wedding anniversary. you have a lovely blog. I came by from Eileen at artsaveslives.com,a wonderful woman and artist. I have absent from blogging and visiting for a few weeks...just feeling up to getting back into the swing of things, and glad I did.

Karlasue said...

Happy Blogversary & Happy Anniversary tomorrow. You know how computer challenged I am without you here to help me, so I hope I am doing this right! Anyway, I'll bring a homemade from scratch angel food cake from someone you know and how about some homemade cream cheese mints? Or a pizza from Angelo's? Have a great day tomorrow and may you be blessed with many many more years of happiness. Love ya. Auntie K

Heidi Davenport said...

My pal, Eileen, pointed me in the direction of your blog! I LOVE it! I will post a link on FB and on my blog!

lotsa scrap said...

Congrats on your two versaries. I can't believe you are giving away these beautiful creations. I'll post a link on my candy bar.

jackie said...

You're sharing some very lovely gifts! Please add my name - and Thank YOU!!

Ink and Paper Creations said...

Congratulations on a great year, Shelly!

nanael said...

Do do enjoy your blog and etsy sights. You are a talented lady with lots of tips, love using the straw for my strawberries.

Anonymous said...

Sure do enjoy your blog and etsy sights.

brspeer said...

Hey! I love to see what you have been up to in your artsy world! I actually took you crochet cuff idea and had my friend knit me something similar (I'm not quite that artsy). But getting a gift made by you would totally make my day. Tell Woody he is being commanded by the alien forces to pick Brandi's name... hehe!

Carol's Crafts said...

Happy Blogiversary!!! I don't have a blog yet, but I will tell all my friends about it.

Gloria Ketter said...

Hey Shelly! It's Gloria K from AAWA here. Happy Blog Anniversary!
Gee, I should make a card for this occasion...maybe after I win one of your prizes....here's hoping!
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