Monday, February 14, 2011

My One Year GIVE-AWAY!

Our Lilac Lane

On February 24th 2011
it will be one year since I 
started this Blog.

I still find it amazing that I actually
had the nerve to do such a thing.
But...I did it...and I've had a ball.

I have met some WONDERFUL 
people through Blogging..
made some friends..
I have even got to visit far away countries
without ever leaving the farm!

When I sat down and wrote my first post
and then hit that PUBLISH POST button
I didn't know what to expect.
I really figured that it would just go out
into Cyber Space and that no one would 
see it or find it interesting enough 
to leave a comment. 

I can still remember the thrill I got
from seeing that first comment!

Driving up the lane to the cottage

Catherine from 
who lives in France
and has a wonderful Blog 
was the first person to leave me
a comment.
She was so kind and helpful
and yet here she was....a stranger.
She told me where I could get pretty
backgrounds and then how to 
get music and she was the first blog 
I followed.
We are now good 'blogging' friends and
one day I hope that we will get the chance to
meet in person.

Blogging has opened up a whole new 
world for me.
Living way out in the country like we do
you sometimes feel a bit isolated
but Blogging has brought 
the world to me.
And for that I am truly grateful.

To celebrate my first year I am having a

First there is a wonderful Banner
Maryjane who's blog is called
Maryjane makes beautiful banners 
and tags and mini journals.
The winner may choose a banner
from Maryjanes collection!

She has quite a few to choose from.

Second I have a wonderful purse by
The Sak
It's a perfect size for taking to garage sales
or flea markets and you can slip it over
your head and shoulder so that you can
use BOTH hands to HUNT for treasures ;)

Third is a medium sized Journal
with an attached pen
that you could use for writing 
down idea's for your next
blog post ;)

Forth is a set of
3 pretty tea towels
and a dish cloth.
The tea towels have
cloth tabs on them so 
you can hang them up.

Fifth is a Russian Jade
Necklace with matching
The earrings have
stainless steel 
shepherd hooks

Sixth is a pretty Bookmark similar to these.

So...if you would like a chance to win
this is what you have to do.

1) Leave me a comment here telling me
when you first started blogging.

2) For a second chance to win...already be
a follower or become a follower.

3) For a third chance to win mention
my give-away on your blog or add
it to your sidebar.

The draw will be made on February 28th

THANK YOU to those who have found my blog
interesting enough to follow.

Maura :)


Kimmie said...

I am a follower of your blog and have been blogging just over a year now. I would love to enter your giveaway.

Thank you kindly


Sherry@ Ties2ThePast said...

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I LOVE your blog, especially the name! Lilacs are my very favorite flower....I miss them so much since I've moved from Iowa> I have a pitifully small lilac bush in one of my flower beds that will sometimes give me a bloom or two so I can drink in the heavenly fragrance. They don't grow as well in GA!
Love your photos & your stories! I'm so glad I found you!!!!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I too could not believe I was blogging. My first blog was September ,1 2010. Just 5 months ago. I love every minute of it. I am also a follower. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!!

Pattie said...

I became a blogger about the same time as you. I started last Jan. 2010. Right about when I lost my job. So I started finding blogs on line and became hooked! Congrats on your one year. 8>)

Pattie said...

I have been a follower for a little while now. Love your blog.and what a great giveaway! 8>)

Vintage Gal said...

Maura ~ I would love to be entered in your lovely giveaway ~ congrats on one year of blogging! I am a follower and I will put this giveaway on my sidebar Happy Monday, Valentine's Day ;-)

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to win these wonderful things.

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

I am a follower. Congrats on the 1 yr. anniversary!

Kritter Keeper at Farm Tails said...

hi maura, this is really really generous of you! congrats on your first year! i am already a follower and have been for a few months now. i began to blog in february 2009 a year after dad died. just wanted to slow my life down and bit so i wouldn't forget as his death was a harsh reminder how time flies. i look forward in visiting your two friends, and will click on their links. happy valentines day!

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

WOW - what a wonderful giveaway, please count me in.

I posted my first on my Blog on 7/2/10
I follow you (always)
I will put your Giveaway on my left side bar.


Deb said...

Hi Maura:
Happy Valentine's Day. I have been following your blog now for most of the year. I, too started last February and will be celebrating one year very soon. Your give-away is fabulous and I would love to have my name thrown in. I have enjoyed your blog so much because you know I love animals especially the cats and your decorating style makes me smile. Have a wonderful day celebrating your 1 year anniversary. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x5

Linda said...

OMG Maura, What a lovely giveaway. Happy First Blogaversary! I believe that I have been a follower of yours from the beginning. I love all your interesting quotes about your beautiful home and surroundings.

Linda said...

I started blogging 2 years ago and have never looked back. It's great to have met so many talented people from all over the world.

Cheryl Ann said...

I started blogging in January of 2008, so I've just had my 3 year anniversary! Like you, I had no idea of the friends I would make online. And, with 5 horses, 3 dogs, and 5 cats, and a garden and job, there's always plenty to blog about! Please count me in!

Cheryl Ann said...

Oh, and I'm a follower already and I've mentioned your blog and your giveaways on my sidebar! :-)
~~Cheryl Ann~~

Linda said...

Maura, I also mentioned about your giveaway on my blog...

Verde Farm said...

Hi Maura, Congratulations on one year. Wow--you have done so well and have such a great blog. I just love visiting lilac lane cottage. I am a loyal follower and I will also add this to my sidebar. The giveaway is awesome!! How fun :)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I think all of us should understand how you felt that first post.
It is truly wonderful meeting new people.
Happy Valentines Day!

Diane H said...

Sweet Bloggy Blessings to you, Maura! It is always such a pleasure to visit you. Thanks for such a generous giveaway.

Julie said...

One year Congrats! I think one of the best parts of having a blog is making new friends!

Gunda said...

Uhhhhhhhhhhhh I just saw that I had my 1 year blogging anaversery @ the first of February. Thanks for reminding me. You picked such lovely items. Thanks a lot for that great giveaway
Hugs Gunda

Gunda said...

You have now 245 follower
Happy Valentines DAy
Hugs Gunda

Gunda said...

I have a button to your giveaway @ my sidebar
Hugs Gunda

Pondside said...

Congratulations, Maura! You know I'm a follower - I don't want to miss a single post. I first started blogging in February 2007 on the Country Living (UK) site and then was able to move (most of) my blog over to blogger.

Windy Meadows Farm said...

What lovely music...and a sweet celebration! Congrats on one year. And by the looks of those followers, you have succeeded...yay! Wishing you many, many more years...we love visiting! -Mary

Finding Pam said...

How wonderful that you are about to celebrate your first blogaversary. Your gifts are so lovely.

I started blogging almost three years ago in July of '09. Like you I live deep in the countryside, but I started blogging to help me deal with an bad childhood. I have met some amazing bloggers out there, yours included.

I feel a sense of community and friendship with blogging, sort of like pen pals. I adore your blog and your sense of style.

Have a great day.

Jeanette said...

Congratulations on one year blogging. It is a wonderful thing to meet so many people from all over the world practically! I've enjoyed your blog and the pretty pictures that you post. The first two on this entry make me long for Spring more than I already do!

Kath said...

I can't beleieve where this year has gone! I have so much enjoyed your posts about your beautiful family and cosy home. happy Blog birthday Maura!

Catherine Holman said...

Congrats Maura! Not only is this your blog anniversary, but you are the winner of the Valentine print giveaway on mine! I need you to email me your address so that I can get it in the mail. I've loved following your blog.

Beatnheart said...

I’ve been with you since the beginning. We were babies in the nursery together! Here’s to many, many more years of sharing and friendship. I love ya kiddo! I’m putting you up on my blog ( I think I can finally do that now??) HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Mozi Esmé said...

Beautiful giveaways all! And congrats on the anniversary of your beautiful blog...

I started blogging in August 2007 as a way to keep friends and family up-to-date on my little girl's life, and it sort of took off from there.

Aileen Clarke Crafts said...

Hi Maura. What a generous Give away! I love your blog. It is always a lovely and relaxing place to visit with such inspirational photos. I feel the same about blogging in that living in a cottage in the country can be quite isolating and yet we can travel the world and make friends through our blogs : )
I mainly started my blog as a way of sharing a little bit more of me and my work with the world. When we take the time to make unique arts and crafts by hand, it is nice for people to know a little bit more about the processes involved and the artists behind the work. Not only has blogging helped my business grow but I have learned so much from others. Just checked the date on my first post and it's 3 years in March since I first started! Doesn't time fly : )

daysease said...

I began in April 2008. It has been a very wonderful journey.

daysease said...

New follower, here... I love lilacs... and... I am aching to smell them once again. You have a lovely lilac lane... Must be heavenly when they are all in bloom. AND, I posted about you at

Cindy said...

Hi Maura,
Congratulations on one year of blogging. It really is a wonderful adventure, isn't it. Please throw my name in the hat for the giveaway.
And thanks so much,
Hugs, Cindy

Cindy said...

Hi Maura,
I am a follower now, too. Talk to you again.
Hugs, Cindy

Oma said...

I did not know about your blog but read about it on Linda at Lavender Cottage's blog. I know that I am going to enjoy reading it. I will be following you through google reader. I have always wanted to live in a cottage and maybe one of these days I will!!

Laurie in Maine said...

January 21, 2006! Mine's a mom blog - I write like I'm keeping my daughters up to date mostly. Anyone's welcome to drop by anytime ;)

gill said...

I don't have a blog! Can I still join in????

gill said...

I'm a follower!

John Gray said...

Istarted to blog after a rainy lonely day on the beach with my then ( only two dogs)
I knew nothing of blogging, I knew nothing about the many varied stories of life, love and occassional pain the blooging canvas tells every day...I just knew that my adventure of moving from an inner city lifestyle in South Yorkshire into a tiny welsh village, needed to be transcribed........ and it needed to be transcribed just for me.

so I started.....way back in 2006
My blog has been a friend when I missed my city chums
It has been an emotional support when I have been low and it has been a forum for celebration and for those many little joys in life that we sometimes miss if we dont write them down and reflect on....

hey ho

Celestial Charms said...

Hi Maura,
I've been absent from blogging for 3 months, and so glad I finally came back...just in time for your Anniversary and giveaway! Yippee. First, congratulations...your year has gone son quickly.
I started blogging about 2.5 years ago, and find that it has been a blessing. I'm happy to say, I was one of your first few followers, and now look how many you have! :)
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Maura!

Congratulations on 1 year of blogging! One of the best things you have ever done, right! It has changed my life too! You have such a darling farm, most girls dream!

You are very generous with your giveaway! Sweet you! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day Maura!


Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Maura, I'm already a follower and I love your pretty header as well as your blog. I love lilacs, I think they may be my favorite flower...the scent is heavenly.

I've been blogging since November 2009 and I'll mention your blog in a post this week. Congrats on your one year anniversary! And Happy Valentine's Day! Hugs, Cheryl

Beth said...

I am not a blogger but have been reading and following blogs for a couple of years now. Hard to believe I got to it so late, and equally hard to imagine I went for so long without "visiting" so many people daily.

Thanks for the giveaway, and congrats on a year of blogging!

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Marcia W. said...

Congratulations on reaching a major milestone of one year - awesome to me because I'm blogless. About a year and half ago, I began reading quilty blogs, then made comments, and am tentatively following a few. It is a regular part of my day now to seek inspiration from blogs like yours. Thank you for all the work in keeping your blog. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well. Happy V-Day!

Marcia W. said...

I follow your blog. mlwright29 (at)hotmail (dot)com

free indeed said...

I don't have a personal blog, but I remember the trepidation I had to start reading blogs and putting my information 'out there' to get a google account...I was kind of scared! Then almost 2 yrs ago, I became a team author on a blog...I really don't have any say on that blog, it isn't mine, but everyone who participates in the block lotto can post. I'm still an avid reader of blogs and sometimes wonder if I would have anything to say if I should start my own...right now, I am content reading other's blogs. Congrats on one year!

Kim said...

Following along, of course. Who wouldn't? Looks like a great giveaway!

Rural Revival said...

Congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone. I, for one, am so so happy that you started blogging, and then that you found me! I always treasure your posts and your comments and get a kick out of the fact that we're both Canucks! : )

Maura, I couldn't imagine this blogging trip without you along for the ride!

Hugs ~Andrea~

Country Gal said...

WOW ! Congrats on 100 posts .
I didn't start blogging till May of 2010! I love it. All the wonderful people you read about and meet on blogger! Loved your post and your new blog look is wonderful.
Have a great day !

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Maura,
Congrat on one year!
I love your blog and I love coming to visit!
I know exactly what you mean by living out in the country and feeling isolated sometimes.
Blogging really opens up a whole new world!
Your give-away is lovely and I always love seeing your lilacs. That is what drew me to your blog.
I started blogging two years ago in January and I am still loving it!
I am a loyal follower too!

Anonymous said...

I have been blogging a year this past January. It has been such a nice experience and has connected me with others who share my interests that otherwise I wouldn't have "met." I love lilacs and cottages so why wouldn't I love your blog??

Sunnybec said...

Hi I have been blogging since October 2010 and my story is exactly the same as yours. I live in France (but originally from the UK)and started following DianeH. She helped me with my blog, showed me the ropes and has become a very very good friend, I also dream of going to Canada to visit her. Thanks for the chance to win such a lovely giveaway.

Sunnybec said...

I am now a follower

Mystica said...

I started my blog on 19th July 2009 and it has always been a wonderful experience!

Sherri said...

Congratulations Maura!! What a wonderful accomplishment!!

I have been blogging since 2/3/08! WOW, I didn't know it had been that long until I looked it up! Blogging is so wonderful and I'm so glad I started it!

Sherri said...

It's me again! I am a follower of yours!

Anonymous said...

hallo Maura, I am Kiki from Italy! How are you? I'm fine! Happy birthday to your blog..I don't remember when I started to follow you..I think october or november 2010.I make a post on my sidebar for your giveaway. Your blog is amazing, tender...a dream for my eyes.From Italy to USA, hugs and kisses,Kiki ♥

Catherine said...

Hi Maura !
Congratulation o your First anniversary. Glad to have met you on blog land! already one year!We are both still here. I think you will have more to tell us about the farm and your little animals.I did not have time to put it on my blog as I was not too well, but i wanted to send you a mail because you have won my giveaway!you have the little doll and some other goodies. I will send you a mail.Thank you for mentioning my blog,love your new blog and music!

quiltzyx said...

Congratulations on your one-year blogaversary Maura! Linda at lavendar Ridge sent me your way, and I am so happy that she did. Your photos are beautiful & I'm looking forward to seeing more.
I've only been blogging since last September, and it really is a lot of fun :^D

quiltzyx said...

I'm a new follower.

Dog Trot Farm said...

Dear sweet Maura, congratulations on your one year of blogging. Your photos are lovely and Lilac Lane Cottage so beautiful. Blogging has opened up a new way of making friendships...Please enter me in your wonderful giveaway. From snowy Maine, Julie

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Congratulations dear Maura, you've come a long way in one year !
I'm already a follower, you are already on my sidebar, all that's left is to leave a comment.
Your giveaway is overly generous, as are your delightful comments, always the sweet Maura.
Glad we have become bloggy mates, I've so enjoyed our visits back and forth throughout the year.

Tonya said...

Hello I'm a new follower of your blog and it's just lovely I have been very blessed looking around and reading. I'm also new to blogging just started it's such a joy for me though. The gifts you are offering are all very beautiful. Congratulations on your one year anniversary of blogging. Blessings.

Gloria J W said...

Hi Maura... you have come a long way in only one year. I must admit that I have lapsed lately and must start again. I so miss my online buddies. You have a very generous line up of goodies.. so please enter me
Hugs Gloria

Rural Rambler said...

Congratulations Maura on your One Year Anniversary! It has been so nice to have met you. Would have never happened without blogging. Your Lilac Lane up in your header looks gorgeous and I would love to be standing there taking in the Spring smells!

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Maura! Congratulations on your anniversary! Just found you through Brenda's "Cozy Little House" blog...what a good day to find you!

So love your farm-life photos & what I've seen so far--I would LOVE to live down a lane lined with sweet lilacs--how dreamy! My sister lives in Kansas, and I really enjoy my visits there...

Would love to be entered in your wonderful giveaway! I started blogging at the end of 2009--was so nervous, but am so glad I did! I've met so many lovely people since then!

I'm your newest follower, & look forward to getting to know you better!

I'd also like to invite you over to my "place"--I'm also having a giveaway right now!

Hope your day is wonderful!


Dolly said...

Hi Maura, Happy Anniversary to you!
What would we do if we weren't blogging?
I am so amazed at times, I have met so many wonderful gals who have the same interests and who "get" me and my style!
I can't believe I have been blogging since 2007.
What a fun rise its been!

Smiles, Dolly

Dolly said...

I meant what a fun ride it has been! :-)

I am a follower!


Dolly said...

I am adding your wonderful give away to my side bar!

P.S. my birthday is February 27th! :-)


Needled Mom said...

I came over from Linda's blog to wish you a happy blogaversary. Hasn't it been an amazing journey. I am impressed everyday by the helpful bloggers out there.

I have been blogging for three years now and I still get a thrill with people stopping by and leaving comments. It never gets old.

BTW----I LOVE lilacs and cannot grow them where we live. :(

Muffy's Marks said...

I just found your blog, and I LOVE it. I have been reading blogs for a couple of years, and finaly started my own the beginning of this year.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I have been blogging for a few years. I started a blog for family...and now my creative blog! I love blogging! ♥

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I am a follower! And LOVE the necklace in the list of pretty things you are giving! I's just what I LOVE to wear! ♥ Hugs! ♥

Jennifer Joshua said...

I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance.

Jennifer Joshua said...

Congrats on completing one grand year. May you have many more years of happy blogging. Heard about your wonderful blog from Linda at Lavender ridge

Naturally Carol said...

Hi Maura..I have just become a follower. I began blogging on August 29th 2010. For the first few weeks I was invisible..I had started it so my sister in NZ could see what I was doing and not even she appeared to be looking at it. It was so exciting to have a comment..I laughed at your excitement 'cos I know just how you felt! I hope you have a lovely second year too.

Scufty said...

Congratulations on a job so well done! I've been enjoying your blog since you started and wish all your followers good luck. Those prizes are beautiful! I've totally enjoyed reading your blogs and staying so close to you with them. It's wonderful to see how much you're enjoying it ... keep up the good work!

Love ya! Scufty

Alica said...

Hi Maura,

I just found your blog yesterday, through Farm Friend Friday! I've only been blogging since August of 2010,at the encouragement of a couple of friends...and it's been great fun! How generous of you to have an anniversary give-away! Congrats on your first year!

Anonymous said...

Hello Maura--congratulations on your first year blogging anniversary! Soon it will be a year for me too, and I've enjoyed every minute of it. I just wish I had more time to post!

The items you are giving away are all beautiful, and I'd love to enter! Thanks for the opportunity.

Laura from The Wood Garden said...

I am also now following you--I had to use my Google account, but it's Laura Jeanne from


Oregon Country Gardener said...

You have a wonderful blog! Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary. I love to see your ideas and pictures. I started blogging in 2005 as a way to let my far flung family watch as our house in the country came together.

Michaele said...

Hi! Love your blog! I became a blogger about the same time as you but did not open it up to the public until last June or July. Glad to have found you and I would love to enter the give-away. I will mention it on my blog also. Thanks!

Riviera Brides said...

I started to blog back in 2004 thought the blog was a diary kinda of. Didn't connect with anyone back then, didn't know how to find anyone and such. Then again last autumn (with another blog, started back in 2009) something made click and I understood how it really works.

Riviera Brides said...

I am now following. All the best, talk soon

Anna said...

Congrats!I'm from Italy,can I participate?I started blogging two years ago and I can't forget my first post!Anna

Anna said...

It's me again!I'm a follower of yours now!

Anna said...

For having three chances,I added your link to my sidebar!Kisses,

Sharon said...

I found your blog through Verde Farm. We share the honor of being "Chicken Picked". I love the picture of the lilac bushes growing on the side of your lane. I can only imagine how breathtaking they are when they are in full bloom. They are my favorite!

I started blogging last summer right after I retired and have had so much fun with it. I have been amazed at the wonderful people I have met.

I have become a follower of your beautiful blog and look forward to reading about your farm in the future!

from my front porch... said...

You know me! I am the girl from down the blog block!
Been blogging two years now and it is wonderful, sweet friends who keep me coming back!
xo, misha

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Happy Birthday to your blog! I'm your newest follower! :)

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I started my blog in Nov last year. Prior to that, I had a little family blog. I soon started finding home decor type of blogs and knew I had to join in on the fun. It's been a blast!

Elizabeth said...

I just found your blog today for the first time. Like you, I LOVE lilacs - the scent, the color, the look - they have always been my favorite flower. I've been blogging for almost two years now!

Judy said...

Dear Maura: I am so happy I stumbled across your blog. What a beautiful life you must have on the Farm. You are very blessed.

I, too, live in a little Victorian blue cottage in the foothills of the Mother Lode in northern California with my husband, a big red dog and a little grey cat. I feel very blessed also.

I have one lilac tree in the garden and I can't wait for spring. You must be over the moon when all of yours are in bloom.

Thank you for sharing your life with me and now I will share my morning coffee with you.



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