Tuesday, March 2, 2010

happy blogiversary to me!

two years ago today I wrote my first {lame} post.

I had no idea how much blogging would change me.
how many dear friends that I would meet, both online and in real life.
the amazing projects that I was able to be a part of.

some days I am simply overwhelmed with thankfulness for every moment that you take out of your busy days to read my random silly, deep, sad, happy, ramblings.

I still remember my first comment.
(thanks crystal!)
it was a full Julie & Julia moment.

every single comment is still so very special to me.

So as a teeny little thank you, I made a necklace.
a happy, giant, random, jumbled, glittery, messy, little piece of me.

I would like to send it to one of you.

just leave a comment.
tell me something.
anything.
about blogging,
coffee,
sparkles,
anything.

thanks for letting me write, sew, cry, grow, serve, dream.

I'll pick a winner on Friday March 5th.

323 comments:

  1. ok. this is not a tiny tiny thank you! it is an amazing thank you!

    how cute is this!

    i have loved following along with you.

    xo
    monica

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  2. Love all the colors!Sure would brighten a person up after all this snow.

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  3. Love reading your blog! Thanks for letting us all be a part of your journey :)

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  4. I absolutely love coming to your blog and feeling uplifted. It is always such a happy and bright place that always puts a smile on my face! Thank you for sharing your life and crafts with us!!! xoxox Holly

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  5. gorgeous necklace. i want it. pick my number. so happy that you have such a fab blog. it's presh... i enjoy every single post.

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  6. Happy two years to you!!

    I have not followed you for all those years but I have enjoyed the time I have. You have inspired lots of projects.

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  7. Happy Blogiversary, Julie! I just discovered blogs a few weeks ago. (Where have I been?) I have read through your whole blog and I love it and feel as though I know you and your wonderful family. You have inspired me to dig out my sewing machine, clean out a room and move all my crafting "stuff" into it and now I have a sewing/craft room and I LOVE IT. I have a new granddaugher who I am beginning to sew for. I look forward to your blogs and the inspiration they give me. Peace out!

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  8. Thank you for posting this blog. I have never commented before, but I love this blog. thanks!

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  9. you were born to blog :) seriously!! what a gift you are to all of us who have the joy of reading, seeing and sharing in your creativity...your an inspiration!
    Thank you & CONGRATS!

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  10. That is a wonderful thank you! My daughter would love to wear it and March 5 is her 20th birthday.
    Love following your blog!
    booharts@comcast.net

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  11. Congratulations on 2 years!!! New to the world of blogging I started following your blog about 1 month ago...always brings sunshine to my day! :) Thanks for sharing and inspiring! God Bless...

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  12. So beautiful..you were actually the first blog I ever found!!!

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  13. i love your blog! happy blogiversary!

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  14. I would love to win!!

    I've been following you for a while now and you've inspired me to embrace color....now, if I could find the time to actually decorate my house with a lottle color that I've found!

    melissa
    jakemelissajakea@aol.com

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  15. Awesome!! I just celebrated my 1st blogiversary last week and did a little giveaway too! Now I don't feel so silly! ☺

    Happy Blogiversary to Joy's Hope!! Your blog is so unique and happy!

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  16. How fun! I love checking your blog to see what fun things you've been up to!

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  17. Your creative talents are amazing. I first saw your pics on DrewB blog and was totally amazed.

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  18. yours was one of the first blogs I found and I am so thankful for that. happy blogiversary, friend! here's to another 2 fabulous years.

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  19. Congrats on your blogiversary!

    Looking forward to another year of posts.

    -Kim @ www.feathersfromournest.com

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  20. I love your blog - you're so creative and thanks so much for sharing that creativity with all of us! :-)

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  21. Blog on, Blogger! Love glimpses of your life!

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  22. aw! Happy Blogiversary! I may be new here but I'm already glad to be on the journey with you!
    Blessings,
    Heather

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  23. wow! happy blogiversary! i am a new blogger and look to fabulous ones like yours for inspiration. the necklace is BEAUTIFUL, and much like your blog, a perfect mix of color, organization/mess, glitter and white space! keep the blogging coming- thanks for sharing all you do!

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  24. No, thank you, seriously! I enjoy reading every post. You were born to blog girl, so PLEASE don't stop! By the way I LOVE the necklace, to cute!

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  25. Congrats on your blog-iversary! You are so talented and inspiring- I have really enjoyed reading your blog!

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  26. Happy Anniversary! :) I've enjoyed gleaning new ideas from your posts!

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  27. I am a teary eyed weirdo right now...only because you mentioned your first comment. Well, YOU my long eyelashed cute necklace making friend, were my very first comment EVER. It was last year around this time. My very first post. My very first comment. I will never forget that. You were also the very first blog I had ever read back in 2008 and you inspired me to start my own. Seeing you document and create have inspired me to do the same. Thank you for being the BEST first comment leaver EVER! And if I win that necklace I will seriously get on a plane AGAIN and come give you a real life "HUG-E-GRAM" or six! Happy Blogiversary!!!

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  28. I love reading your blog and seeing all the fun things you make and do! Especially all the bright colors :)

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  29. Hola! I love your blog. I love your style. My husband has recently informed me I have slowly been switching our home decor to aqua- so subconciously I'm trying to be you! :) Hook me up with your cool necklace! Peace- Ashley

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  30. What a sweet idea! I think I discovered you through I Heart Faces? I loved your blog design and started following you.

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  31. you wrote my very first comment!
    about the green paint, before i even started posting. the blog was just there for a while.

    so yeah, i think that pretty much guarantees me the necklace, don't you?

    i am so thankful i stumbled across joy's hope! what would i do without you?

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  32. I've followed you ever since DrewB first posted pictures of your family. Happy Blogiversary!

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  33. You inspired me to begin blogging! I love you for that. Happy blogiversary! (I had to retype that a couple times)

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  34. I found your blog quite a few months ago- you're on my google reader so i read it whenever you post.
    I love the colors in your pictures, I love how artistic you are
    and
    I teared up when I saw what happened to your dishes...i felt your pain but mostly I wish I could have cleaned it up so you didn't have to.
    happy blogiversary.

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  35. It has been fun to follow you and watch your fun creations. Thanks for brightening my day.

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  36. I love reading your blog and hearing your perspective on life and motherhood. I'm always excited to see what you've been doing and love how you write about it all. You have a gift for making others feel happy and joyful and I appreciate you taking the time to share that with all of us. And I LOVE the necklace - would be perfect for our upcoming family pictures. :)

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  37. Happy Bloggyversary!! I love your blog and the adorable things you do. You are so good at spreading joy.

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  38. NO WAY!!!!! I would DIE if this was mine. Happy Birthday to me :) Happy Blogiversary to you. This is unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  39. Hmmm...anything...hmmm...I am giving up all fake sugar. There. Happy Blogiversary!

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  40. Happy Anniversary!! You're my blog mentor!!
    Love that necklace the star is an awesome addition.

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  41. OMG i love reading your blog and how random and uplifting it always is regardless of the topic(s)/ramblings....your tone and spirit are sooo good and loving and truly God-felt. I absolutely love this creation/necklace! I sew/create also and just love it & love to see what others create as well!! you are blessed by God!

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  42. What a fun, festive, creative piece of artwork! Love it as usual and thankful you're a blogger. Love reading you posts always!!!

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  43. Happy Blogiversary! I just recently started following your blog and LOVE it!!

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  44. I absolutely adore your blog! You are so cute and your daughters are just adorable!

    Happy 2nd blogiversary to you!!!

    We are so lucky to have you!

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  45. julie...thank YOU! your blog is a bright real place to visit each day.....thank you. :)

    your Thank you is awesome! i loved your necklace in the family pics....adorable.

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  46. I have a Gabriella Joy waiting on me...she's around 7, our years, learning at Jesus' feet.

    Love your blog, love your honesty, love your craftiness & your randomness :) And, I cRaZy LoVe your use of teal Rit!! :)

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  47. Thanks for inspiring me...and entertaining my children because they love looking at all your pictures too! What a gorgeous showstopper...perfect for ME :)

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  48. I love your blog too. I tried to start my own but I haven't quiet yet. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!

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  49. Congratulations! I always enjoy your cheery, funny posts! (not the dishes one, that one wasn't funny.) I LOVE blogging, and if I was truly honest with myself, I'd say I'm addicted!

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  50. wow, are you seriously giving that away?? ITs too cute! the best moment i have had since i blogged was being a part of the Cora Paige Playground Fundraiser. Thank you so much for including me. and i am going to be totally honest,but i just want to be your friend. I feel like you are the popular girl in school that everyone loves because she is so fun, kind, and kooky. Well, thanks for posting all the time. i look forward to reading your posts daily. :)

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  51. Happy Anniversary! Sparkle Flowers!

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  52. Congrats on your anniversary! I love the colors of the necklace, whoever wins is so lucky!

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  53. congrats on your 2 years & all you have achieved!! You have put otgether some great things!!

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  54. What a great necklace. I love your blog...you're very inspiring. What I love about blogging is how it can keep me connected to so many people and makes it possible to create new friendships. Thank you!

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  55. Happy blogiversary to you! The "little" thank you necklace is AMAZING! I love reading your blog. Jami

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  56. love your blog, and love this necklace!!

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  57. Happy blogoversary!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and watching you decorate! Thanks for always inspiring and lifting me up!
    ~Molly P

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  58. I don't comment very often.. but LOVE your blog:) It's always such an encouragement!

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  59. O Happy Day! I love your blog...even the color scheme you have is inspiring!
    Keep up the good work cuz we love readin it:)
    Sarah
    handbagsnpigtails.blogspot.com
    esgutierrez4@msn.com

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  60. Thanks for the chance to win, and happy blogiversary to you!
    When I sit down to blog sometimes I think, WWJD (What Would Julie Do). Then I just write something stupid and completely non-Julie-ish because that's the best I have. But thanks for the great posts and the inspiration~ love reading each and every one.

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  61. Wow. I've been reading your blog for almost a month now and really enjoy it! You always share such wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing this. And Happy Blogaversary!

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  62. Your blog is one of my favorites! I don't know that I have commented in a while - I don't know why. I'm sorry...
    My verse for today is very appropriate for you...
    I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
    You are amazing!

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  63. It is so pretty!
    I have recently just discovered the joys of sparkles. I'm a late bloomer!

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  64. Wow! Your happy-giant-random-jumbled-glittery-messy-little-piece-of-me necklace just made me smile. Thx.
    Enjoy your day.

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  65. I absolutely love reading your blog. I first fell in love with the colors you used to design it, but now I come back for the wonderful posts!
    Keep up the good work!!

    Crystal

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  66. I just wanted to say thank you for letting us follow your life! I love reading your blog and you are such an insperation. I actually just started blogging myself...And I heart it, In a BIG bad way:) What an awesome necklace to giveaway....you are so creative!!

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  67. Your blog makes me smile. Thanks for sharing yourself with the rest of the blogging world! And that necklace is SPECTACULAR!

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  68. oh wow! i love that starfish! & i have loved every single minute that i have spent reading your blog, even when you make me cry :)

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  69. SO glad that you stuck with the blogging... your blog is part of my daily routine... I absolutely LOVE getting to be a little part of your life! Happy blogiversary!!

    P.S.
    The necklace is perfect! Love it!

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  70. too cute. love your blog and love your funny take on life. and your great ideas!

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  71. I love your blog and would love to win your beautiful necklace!!

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  72. Hello! I'm not a super long-time blogger, but I have absolutely fallen in love with your blog! It brings a huge smile to my face every time I read it! (And that necklace is gorgeous!) Here's to many more years!

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  73. Absolutely STUNNING! I have been blogging about 3 years, I love it... In fact I no longer read the paper in the morning, I start up the laptop and read blogs...

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  74. That necklace is seriously gorgeous and something I'd love to win!! What a great thank you!

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  75. what a cheery necklace, thank for a chance! your blog is always such a bright spot!

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  76. Love the necklace and of course would love to win... but that is not the motivation for my comment... I love coming here. your thought process is very similar to mine... And when you say that every comment is special to you, I believe it. You have taken the time to reply back to things that I said and I appriciate that. Makes me feel special :) Happy blogiversary!

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  77. love your blog.

    love the colors. love the life. love the happiness. love your honesty.

    and love this necklace!

    thanks for sharing so much.

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  78. Yay for blogging! That necklace is so dazzling, I just love the starfish!

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  79. happy happy blogiversary!! I love your blog and your creativity--your blog is really a joy to read!!

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  80. "happy blogiversary to you, happy blovigversary dear julie, happy blogiversary to you" :)

    tell me something. = i heart you & your little blog & your stinkin' cute little family... especially that little bald assistant of yours :)

    anything. = i have a serious crush on this awesome boy... he doesn't know :) (you said anything)

    about blogging. = blogging has broadened my horizons in so many ways & i never expected any of it.

    coffee. = will be the death of me... or maybe everyone around me :)

    sparkles = that sparkly turquoise starfish just called my name. seriously... i heard it. it wants to make a trip to the east coast.

    anything = truth time. thanks for sharing your life, your faith, your story, your heartache, your talents, and most of all your lovely heart here on this blog. it's been such a blessing!!

    -april

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  81. i love your blog, i love your story, i love your style!!! I love that necklace!!!

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  82. Happy Blogiversary!
    ...I love you - I love that necklace!!

    (so, is that the starfish I saw in your tweet earlier today?) :)

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  83. blogging DOES change our lives, doesn't it!? it's so hard to explain to non-bloggers. i'm still a rookie around here, but the rewards for this little world are huge! there are so many people, so many great stories, so much inspiration and ideas and ...
    woderfulness! thank you for being a part of that.

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  84. I LOVE your blog...by far one of my favorites and most inspiring. Miss you and your wittiness when you don't post! And I H.E.A.R.T the necklace.

    P.S.
    You were one of the first to post a comment on my new blog...Yippee! Cause you're cool like that!

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  85. Such a gorgeous creation!! Full of fun & whimsy!
    Your stories really help me get through what seem to be never ending tough days lately!!
    I can so relate to so many posts & feelings!!
    Thank you for being an inspiration!!
    Keep up the amazing work & talent!!

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  86. Happy Blogiversary! haha You are such an inspiration to sooooo many people, and your blog has changed so many lives through your courage, strength, and creativity! I am so blessed to be your friend! Love you tons!
    ~Alyssa~

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  87. wow that is so pretty. I love your blog. Thanks for sharing so much with us.
    -Crystal

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  88. I'll take some coffee, your blog archives, and that sparkley necklace for my birthday on Saturday!

    You rock. Happy blogiversary to you!

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  89. I think we should be thanking YOU! You are the one that has inspired so many of us. Cheered us on and given us hope for different things. I {heart} your blog! Happy 2 years to you. And that necklace is awesome! I sure hope I win :)

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  90. *serious swoon* what a thank you! and happy, happy, blogiversary! so thankful you do! You are precious!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  91. OK, so I just found your lovely blog, I feel bad now that I'm commenting on this post because I really just wanted to say that you have great blog and I've enjoyed jumping around here! It is an extremely cool necklace though, so I wouldn't turn it down if you picked me.LOL

    Andy
    www.poppiesatplay.blogspot.com

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  92. Happy Blogiversary!! I love reading your blog and love these big, fun necklaces. Cheers to many more blogiversaries to come:)

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  93. I started blogging this last year and I too can relate with how special the comments are that people leave...so grateful for them. I'm grateful for other bloggers too that I gain so much inspiration from...you my friend are one of them! God bless you and your future blogging!

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  94. happy blogiversary julie! i heart your happy, honest, creative blog so much. nearing my own (small) one year blogiversary and isn't it mad and fascinating to be able to look back on the day-to-day?

    you're totally rad ;)

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  95. Happy Blogiversary!! Love this necklace and only dream of being 1/2 of creative as you one day!

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  96. I enjoy your blog so much!

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  97. You are such an inspiration to me! Love reading your blog! Can't wait for the next year.. and the next!

    Helen
    helen_ono(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  98. I love, love, love your blog....but I love your heart more & how you share it with us! PS. the necklace is fantastic!

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  99. That is one of the prettiest things I have seen in a while! Congrats on your two years of blogging. I enjoy reading it. God is good.

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  100. I like your stuff, style and sass...hope I win.
    Dena

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  101. That is one of the prettiest things I have seen in a while! Congrats on your two years of blogging. I enjoy reading it. God is good.

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  102. happy day to you and congrats on two years - love the new necklace - great for a beach trip...

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  103. That necklace is amazing.

    I love reading your posts...I too have three kids and am a youth pastor's wife...but I don't have an ounce of your creativity.

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  104. I love blogging too! I talk a lot anyway, might as well have another outlet. And my blog readers appreciate my sewing bits much much more then the men in my house. ;)

    I am new to reading your blog and really enjoy your writing! I have 3 children waiting for us in heaven so I really appreciate your posts on Joy.

    I love this necklace!! Your projects are so right up my alley. ;)

    Joyce

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  105. The odds that you'd pick me are next to none, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

    Julie, I could sit here all day and write about how much you inspire me to be a better woman and a better follower of Christ. I'm stoked to get married one day because I want to put into practice all of the sewing, crafting, cooking awesomeness that I've learned from you.

    You are neato cheeto and definitely hot off the griddle of awesome. I love your blog and your heart for God & His people.

    Thanks for opening up your life and allowing God to use your trials and triumphs for His glory.

    Love you, Mrs. Carson :)

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  106. happy blogiversary to you! i felt the same way when i started my blog...this is so lame and i can't believe i am doing it. now i love it!

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  107. SUPER cute and crazy necklace!

    Re: your last post: I also CRAVE quiet.

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  108. Happy blogiversary! That necklace is so pretty :)

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  109. The glitter, the starfish... it all makes sense now! Happy Blogiversary!!!!!!

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  110. love love love this blog. and possibly love the things you make even more. rock on!

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  111. Your blog is very inspiring! Thanks! And congrats on 2 years!

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  112. WOW! Happy Blogiversary!!! What a fabulous little piece of you that you've created! You are always so honest, open and I have loved following you - your posts ALWAYS brighten my day...AND your family pictures have inspired me to quit hiding behind the camera and step out and get pictures taken WITH my family and to create those memories! Thanks again!

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  113. Thank you for Blogging because your fabulous!! Happy Blogversary :)

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  114. Blogging...such a funny word. I am suprised at the amount of info and support out there. Great company for thoses sleepless nights. Happy Blogiversary to you!

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  115. How sweet are you to give a gift for YOUR anniversary! Cheers to you, and for being an inspiration to so many. :)

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  116. your blog makes me smile :)
    Happy blogiversary

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  117. you are inspiring. i enjoying reading your blog!

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  118. I love the necklace, and your blog!

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  119. Oh, I LOVE this necklace. I've been drooling over the one you wore in your family pictures.

    Thanks for sharing your life with us!!!

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  120. I've only been visiting for a short time, but how fun it has been. Thanks for blogging along!

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  121. happy blogiversary to you! your posts always make me smile and you are a fantastic writer and such a creative mama. i'm always inspired!

    let's see...today we found out that baby #3 (due late July) will be a girl! so excited!!

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  122. so glad you wrote that 1st post~ you are a blessing and such a joy! truly!

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  123. Love reading your blog! You inspire me, make me, cry, and thankful. Thanks for all of that!

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  124. Julie - this is crazy gorgeous!! {With all of your free time} you should make and list these beauties!!

    Thank you for this blog - it is always one of the highlights of my days! I feel blessed to have gotten to know you through the blogosphere, and in real life!! Lucky me!!

    Happy Blogoversary!! xoxox!

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  125. congrats! LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!!!

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  126. I love your blog! Thank you for sharing a little part of who you and your family are! You are a beautiful woman.

    ps. LOVE the necklace too! You're quite talented ;)

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  127. Congratulations to YOU!! I love reading your blog and seeing your every so often in real life.

    hugs.

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  128. I discovered your blog through a friend who had it on their blog page. I love reading your journey through this life....thank you for being so real, for being you (even though I have never met you).

    I love reading it all and your crafts are wonderful! The necklace is ADORABLE!

    Nicole

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  129. Julie, i just love your blog... i found you a little over a year ago and follow you and read your blog all the time. you taught me how to make hair bow, and I even learned some sewing tips from you. Wish I knew you IRL... Your kids are adorable and Joys story touches my heart so. Funny, inspirational and beautiful. I just love reading your blog... thanks for all you share- just love it. PS- read about your tooth, I have acne scars from my early 20's and I hate them. I totally edit my scars with the airbrush feature all the time... you made me feel so much better with your "real" post about that... pss- the necklace rocks...

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  130. oh..if you knew how bad i want that necklace....your blog is wonderful...xo

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  131. I ♥ this necklace! Congrats on your blog. I love reading it!

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  132. Congratulations on your blogiversary! I get so much inspiration from you, both creatively and as a mother. No pressure or anything... but keep it up!

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  133. that's a pretty awesome thank you!! I feel the same way about my comments and really enjoy experiencing all of the wonderful people and ideas here in bloggy land : )

    Happy Blogiversary! here's to many more...: )

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  134. Beautiful Necklace, Beautiful Blog!

    Blogging is a kind of therapy in my book, just so much joy experienced in Blogosphere!

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  135. I totally enjoy your blog! Thanks for making my days brighter! That necklace is happy!!

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  136. I love reading your happy, bright blog. What a fun necklace!

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  137. Yay!! Happy Blogiversary. Thank you for your blog. It is such an inspiration to me. I love your happy sunday posts, each time I feel like they're posted for me alone. I love sparkles too! I teach dance (ballet/tap/jazz) and think that this necklace would be an awesome addition to my pretty. messy. flowers. that I'm already sporting to class!

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  138. Not sure how I found your blog- friend of a friend's friend, maybe?- but I love it! Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

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  139. THAT IS the cutest thing ever!!! Happy 2 year anniversary!!!

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  140. I love your blog! I stumbled upon it one day and it has become one of my favorites. I would LOVE to win!

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  141. I just found your blog today, and I love it! It is so inspiring because I just started my blog in January. I can only hope it becomes as cute, genuine, and followed as yours. Also, I love the Lord, and it's wonderful to see other women who enjoy praising him!
    -Emily

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  142. Happy anniversary! Well I feel excited today; my baby just started walking and she is only 9 months. It's nice and sunny outside and I just feel happy.

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  143. I love your blog! Thanks for sharing a part of your life with us! I love reading blogs, kind of feel like a secret, under cover blog reader, because I don't have a blog myself..... but wish I did. I can't wait until I have something to blog about!

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  144. hi, I found your blog about a year and a half ago. I have always enjoyed it! I have never commented before. My husband and I lost our first child at birth in 2006. We are now blessed with two little girls. I have related with many of your post. thanks,
    Juile

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  145. your "gosh darn that tooth" post cracked me UP! my good friend has the exact same issue. One tooth that most days she forgets about UNTIL that dreaded photograph, when it always shows up!! Made me laugh out loud, which is necessary some times to appreciate because life with 5 kids 2-13 isn't always laughs.
    HapppY Blogiversary to you !
    ~Ada in Coastal Cali

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  146. I love all your colorfullness you bring to your blog!

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  147. Yours was one of the first blogs I started checking religiously. And found myself thinking, "I wonder what Julie's got to say today." LOL silly, I know. Congrats on two great years.

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  148. I have so loved reading your blog over the past few months! what a story and what beautiful girls!

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  149. Thank you for your blog, the inspiration you give me both in crafting and in ways of remembering my own sweet angel babies. I love how you have "Joy" in your photos. Thank you for always showing us ways that we can help and serve others. SO thanks for inspiring me to be a better person.

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  150. I just came across your blog a couple weeks ago and, my oh my, how you've motivated me! I was just thinking of your beautiful necklace today. It must be a sign that you now have one to give away :) I look forward to your future inspirations! Thank you!!!

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  151. You have changed the way I view hair accessories! <3

    And coffee is best served with peppermint and chocolate :)

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  152. Happy blogversary!! I read your blog all the time... your story and your posts inspire me to be a better mom and a better person daily. Thank you for being such a wonderful, cute, funny and STYLISH influence on all of us!

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  153. blogging has changed my life, too.
    coffee is like life-water for me.
    sparkles are very sparkley, but a pain in the kniz-eck to vacuum up.
    and, glen hansard and jeff buckley were meant to be our boyfriends, but i'm just sayin'.

    love you, love your blog, love your stupid tooth (i've got one, too...thank you, jc for picnik).

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  154. love reading your blog! happy anniversary!

    Susan

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  155. beautiful! i am always inspired by your words! Thank you!!

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  156. Julie-you have a gift to give and you are giving it-yourself! His super on your natural is transforming lives for eternity. You will have no idea how many lives until Jesus takes your hand and introduces all of them to you in heaven. From one life who knows-Thank you!

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  157. loveth the necklace and love my mornings with you :)

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  158. i have loved following you... my mom & i both read your blog. i admire so much about you... your faith and the many lessons you've shared. thank you!!

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  159. To another year!
    Love your blog.
    Jennifer W.

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  160. through it all your ability to keep it real (yeap, i said that) is pretty amazing. thank you for all the inspiration :)

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  161. I really enjoy reading your post each day. As far as coffee goes...yum...I'm a coffee snob...and my favorite coffee Holiday Grogg from Coffee Express.

    Blessings to you.

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  162. That necklace is just CRAZY HAPPY!!! I need it, I want it, pleeaaassseee! If I don't win, will you sell me one in your shop? Remember me... I'm drowning in this long, cold, dreary winter in Kansas!

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  163. I'm envious. My blog is 3 1/2 years old and I don't have a following at all. It is not near as cool as yours, though.

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  164. I love, love, love your blog! I think you are an amazing woman! You do so many amazing things! You are so amazingly creative and wonderul...you are just A-MAZ-ING, in case you couldn't tell that's what I think ;)

    I could never think of all the cute things you come up with...I'm so envious of your creativity!

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  165. Love the necklace...and love that because if blogging I met wonderfully and beautifully made Y-O-U!

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  166. Happy blogiversary! You are an inspiration to us all--I can always count on you to make me smile.

    Thanks for keeping my life full of color and hope!

    xo

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  167. I love your blog and am so glad that you share with all of us your happy, silly, sad... moments.
    I am so new to this, but it is fun, and comments are SUCH a great part of any day!

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  168. ooooooo I love all the fun colors in this little beauty.

    Happy 2 year blogging. You are such an inspiration. I always enjoy popping for my little visits.

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  169. Love your blog? ...so inspiring!

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  170. Love your blog? ...so inspiring!

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  171. Your blog is beautiful! You are a very talented chick! Loved your last post on "quiet", was life ever quiet? I stay up late too, after everyone is asleep to read my kindle in " quiet".
    The necklace is funky fabulous!

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  172. I found your blog a few months ago and have been so encouraged by the words you speak (write). Thank you for being so real!

    That necklace is ADORABLE!

    brooke.lynn12@gmail.com

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  173. LOVE the necklace and LOVE your BLOG!!! Thanks for making my days brighter... I love stalking your BLOG and getting cute ideas even though I have a boy... oh well!!! KEEP IT UP!!!

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  174. happy anniversary & thank you for bringing a little {joy} into our lives!

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  175. I heart your blog!! That necklace you made would brighten my day and anyone who comes my way!

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  176. Thanks for sharing about Joy - I lost a stepson 1 year ago and reading your story has helped and different posts about her and feeling has helped me a lot with understanding my husband a little more. I love your blog and joy it brings. That necklace sure would bring some CA sunshine to Kansas.

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  177. "tell me something.
    anything."

    you're awesome and FAR too generous! Keep blogging, I love your ramblings! You could make dirt sound cool! ;)

    Blessings,
    Caroline

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  178. Julie, it's been a joy to "get to know you" thru your blog and our quick 2-minute face-to-face meet. may God bless your family!!
    xoxo

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  179. Happy Anniversary!

    Love your blog, your style and your love of life!

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  180. Okay I'm commenting not so much because I want to win (which, not gonna lie, is always nice) but because I want you to know how much I love your blog and your ramblings and your tears and your servant's heart and even your silly stuff.

    Because of you we have a church home. Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully answer a reader's random email!

    I just know someday I'm going to see you around town--be prepared to be gushed over like a celebrity!!

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  181. Happy Anniversary!!

    I love following your blog. =D

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  182. When I recommend your blog to my friends I tell them, "she makes beautiful things but I love her heart the most." Thank you for helping me love our Jesus more and more. =) theatkinsonclan at earthlink dot net

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  183. ~ So instead of telling you how great your blog is (I mean almost 200 comments can't be wrong!), I will tell you that here in Orange County, NY we have about 3 feet of snow. However, seeing your necklace make me think that spring is just around the giant snow mound at the end of my driveway.

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  184. I love your blog and can't wait to see your new kitchen!

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  185. Happy 2nd Blogiversary! I remember the day I found it in the fall of 2008 right after I had Claire. It was one of the first blogs I started reading after I started mine. I so look forward to your posts, they make me laugh, cry & smile. If it weren't for blogging, we would have never met! (and, if it weren't for you, I would have never been inspired to learn how to sew) I am thankful for you, your blog, your heart (and that we share a love of fonts!)

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  186. it was really late one night. i don't remember how i found your blog but i did. and i read it from one end to the other. cried, and laughed too. i'll never forget it. and i am so happy i found it :O)
    xo

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  187. i love, love, love your blog! i think you're fabulous! (and i'm not just saying that to win the necklace)
    dupremd@comcast.net

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  188. I cannot believe you have only been blogging for 2 years. You do it so well I thought you had been blogging for much longer.
    I wanted to say thank you. I found your blog about a year ago when I was reading a friends blog and clicked on the little "next blog" button. I have been hooked ever since.
    I also wanted to say thank you because of your blog and how much I love to read it. You were the inspiration for me to start my own blog.
    I'm sorry this is so long. I never comment. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your blog and everything it has done for me.

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  189. Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for making my day every day:)

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  190. Congrats to you!! I'm very thankful for blogs. I LoVe to learn new things, and you can learn ANY.thing. from the right blogs. I even learned to quilt this summer - totally thru blogs. Here's to the next two+++ years :)

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  191. Your blog makes me happy.
    You are creative and honest and real and I heart you.
    I'm pretty sure we'd have a weekly coffee date if we were neighbors.

    So why don't you just move on up here to NorCal, 'k?

    Happy Blogiversary!

    ~Keri

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  192. OhMyGoodGravy--
    this is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen!
    TFS!
    xoxo.

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  193. i love sparkles and love your blog. thanks for taking that first step!

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  194. Happy Blogiversary!! I love following your blog...you are great inspiration!! Maybe one day my blog will be as good as yours. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

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