One year ago on August 28, 2008, after lurking around many of you for awhile, I wrote my first blog post. You can read it here.

It's so interesting to look back at that post. Nobody commented and that was ok. For a long time I was embarassed to tell people I had a blog. Sometimes I still am embarassed because it seems like such a frivolous way to spend time.

But in this past year I have said, "I love my blog!" so many times. It's really not just the actual blog itself but the connections I've made communicating with you. You are the nicest group of people. It's just so cool that we can connect in this way and discuss things that we have in common! You all inspire me to cook, decorate, plant, pray, learn, and be a friend. Those are good things!

I want to tell who I met first in blogland...though she didn't know me. I first found BJ at Rate My Space. I loved her decorating style and how friendly she was. Now I can't remember exactly how I found out about her blog. Seems like it was mentioned somewhere on RMS. When I visited for the first time and was just stunned by the world that opened up there. BJ, I used to sign my name Stacey in Oklahoma before I had my own blog. :)

Anyway, I just want to say THANK YOU to BJ and all of you from the bottom of my heart. You have coffee with me every morning and I just enjoy it so much! If you are ever coming through town I would love for you to stop and have a chat!

To celebrate this anniversary we will have a give away...be on the lookout...I haven't been shopping yet!


bj said...

OOO, Stacey girl...thanks so much for the kindness you are showing to me and others. I am so happy that we've "met" and Oklahoma isn't all that far from Texas. Who knows...one of these days I might just surprise you with a phone call and a "can we have lunch before we go shopping?". How fun that would be.
Blogging came at the perfect time in my life. I now have more time to do things that I love doing...blogging being one of them. I have more dishes, roosters, cookbooks, toile and my tablecloths and napkins have increased by ....a bunch!...all since blogging. It's so much fun!!
Love to you, sweet one..

bj said...

oops..me again.
I was trying to find your blog button earlier today and couldn't. So I hope it's ok that I took your front door photo to my sidebar, with a link back to you. When you get a button, I'll come get it, too! :O)

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Congrats on your blogging anniversary! Looking forward to seeing many more posts! -Jackie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Congratulations Stacey! I think we are all absolutely amazed at the friendships we have formed in Blogville. Who would ever have thought? I'm glad that I "met" you, and I've enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to visiting it in the future. laurie

Nancy said...

Hi Stacey, Happy Blog anniversary!!! All I can say is DITO to your words about blogging! I enjoy your blog and I have really enjoyed getting to know you over the past year! I look forward to another year to come!!!! Blessings to you! Nancy

squawmama said...

Congratulations Stacey... I know that BJ is just one of the sweetest women in blogland. She always is so positive and always makes me happy to read her post. Thanks for all the great posts...


southerninspiration said...

Really? I am amazed...I thought you had been blogging a long time when I found your blog; I actually started on Aug.18, I think....anyway, it has been a very fun year getting to know you and maybe one day we will have a TX/OK blogging friends meet up! How cool would that be???


Every Day Blessings said...

Hi Stacey, Congratulations on your blog. I really enjoyed checking it out.I can say that I also enjoy blogging and getting to know other people and learn about all kinds of girl things.

D said...

Hi, Stacey,
I was just thinking the same thing the other day. Bloggyville is so wonderful. I actually found lots of other people that like to decorate for the seasons, etc.
I look forward to checking out the blogs every day, and it IS such a great group of sweeties.
Congrats on your one year anniv. I enjoy your blog.

Sue said...

Happy One Year Anniversary, Stacey! It is a whole other world out in bloggie land, isn't it? The friendships, the networking, the like interests.... I undertook this adventure in March and am enjoying it so much. I enjoy visiting you always. Sue


Sit A Spell said...

Happy first yr! I haven't been here mush this summer, or any blogs for that matter, cause my life is upside down (we are moving)and I have missed my visits. It has been delightful visiting you this past yr.

Dawn said...

Congratulations Stacey! I also found my way here from RMS. It's such a nice community. It's so fun to make friends and see all the creativity out there.

Sit A Spell said...

OH...guess I should "give props" to Stacey too for being a mentor of sorts for me when I first started blogging...thanks sooo much! Have a great weekend.

Blushing hostess said...


Marilyn said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy that you blog---I love your blog. It is fun to meet or lurk at other's blogs. Your front door decor is beautiful! Enjoy this coooooool Saturday! Marilyn

Amelia said...

Always great to read the happenings of a fellow Oklahoman. Keep up the writings - looking forward to many more in the future.

Amy said...

Congratulations on your aniversery. I too feel a little funny talking about my blog to my non blog family and friends. I feel they really can't comprehend the whole blog thing until they experience it. Have great weekend and to another memorable year in blogging!!!

Colleen said...

Happy 1 Year Anniversary!! I love visiting your blog and look forward to another year of Poofing the Pillows!

Darlene said...

Hi Stacey,

Happy 1 year anniversary!!!! I KNOW we are going to meet sometime since we are only about an hour away from each other. I sure hope it is soon!!!!! You have a fabulous blog and I always enjoy coming over to visit!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Stacey, congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I am certainly glad I found you....you are warm, funny, graced with style and all the things I like in a gal.

Isn't Blogland wonderful....the friendships we make are special. And, yes, BJ, is awesome...she is a great gal.

Hope you have many more happy blogging years!

Barb :-)

Tee said...

Well said, and congrats to you, Stacey! Your blog is such a happy place to visit!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats on your one year anniversary. Isn't it amazing the fun and friendships that are formed via the internet. Your blog is truly beautiful.. Bj is a dolly, always so kind and generous. You struck gold when you met her.. Again Congrats darling..
hugs ~lynne~

Zuzu said...

Hi Stacey,

I'm pretty new to blogging and just wanted to say 'Congratulations' on your Blog Anniversary, and thank you for encouraging us "newbies" to keep going!

Have a great day!

Lisa said...

Happy Bloggy Birthday! You have such a great blog and you are such a sweetheart, I always enjoy stopping by for a visit!

Carol said...

Congrats on achieving one whole year of blogging! I enjoy your blog so much! Having you as a blogging friend has been a joy! Thanks for leaving comments so often on my blog.

Just a little something from Judy said...

Congratulations my friend! Thank goodness you started blogging, and thankfully I discovered your blog. I have had so many joyfilled visits here and continue to learn a lot from you. Thank you for blessing my days with your kindness, warmth, creativity, gardening skills, and vibrant "reds".

Domestic Designer said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love blogging and getting to know wonderful friends like you. Thanks for your inspiration and kindness. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sincerely Yours said...

Morning Stacey! Call me a moron but I have been sitting here trying to leave a comment up in that big gap between comments!lol I have been swearing at how slow my computer is then I realized dummy scroll down further!!!lol lol Anyway --- Congrats on anniversary! Glad you found BJ and I found Dot (yes Picket at RMS started all this for me!!) Amazing how one thing led to another and another! Enjoy your weekend and be sure to KEEP ON BLOGGIN!!! Sincerely, Jeannette

Dawn said...

Hi Stacey, I was wondering if you could help me out with one of the blog gadgets. I've been trying to find the one at the bottom of your posts that shows the 3 photos of other posts and says "you may also like". I looked through blogspot and searched on line but couldn't find it. Do you remember where you got it?

Kat said...

Congrats Stacey! I agree...Blogging has been a wonderful experience for me too. I'm so glad we "met".


(btw...thank you so much for your sweet visit and comment this morning)

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I alway enjoy visiting your blog! Congratulations on your 1 year Anniversary and many more to come!

Tootsie said...

congrats lady! we love you too!
BJ is awesome isn't she?
now...you asked....my grass is Kentucky blue grass...and a lot of fertilizer!!! but you guessed that already didn't ya? lol

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Stacy,

Congratulations on your first year. The Blog World is such a wonderful and small world - I found your blog because of BJ. She was also one of my first visitors and blogged about my blog. She is a lovely and dear person and so are you.
Best wishes and may you have many more happy years blogging.

Jan said...

Hi Stacy,
Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I am an avid follower and enjoy your blog so much, I smile all the way through!

Have a blessed weekend!

Bill said...

Hi Stacey,
Just stopping by to say hello and wish you a very happy one year blogging anniversary!

It was so nice that you paid tribute to BJ in your post. She's wonderful, and it says very good things about you that you appreciate and honor her "wonderfulness!"

Bye for now,

St. Michael's Wife said...

Congratulations, Sweet Friend!

XO! Pamm

Melissa Miller said...

WOOHOO! Congrats Stacey!

You have done a fantastic job with your blog this past year!
Yours is one of the first I check for a new posting daily. LOVE it!

Thank you being such a wonderful friend to me. I appreciate it and "you" very much.

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

House and Homes....etc. said...

Greetings from Chicago Stacey:

I snuck down to the computers at the hotel this a.m. to read and check blogs...boy am I addicted or what!!

Anyway, Happy Anniversary on your blog. I agree..blogging for me has been wonderful. I have found so many awesome ladies who share the same passion I do and who also love the Lord and that is way cool!

Have a wonderful Sunday, we are off the Cubs/Mets game.


Cathy said...

Happy Anniversry!!! I am so glad that you decided to start blogging one year ago...so that you can be my blogging buddy today...YEAH!!! I look forward to "getting together" with you everyday and C can't wait to go throught the holidays "together"!!!

I am a huge fan of your wonderful blog and YOU!!!

Have a wonderful Sunday!!!

Shauna said...

Congrats on a year of blogging! I'm so glad you liked the pizza. If you have any leftovers it's really good cold too!

Brenda said...

Hey, I have my morning coffee with you guys too! Best way to start the morning!

Suzy said...

HI! I have read your blog often. It is quite welcoming. I am from Texas, but I have recently developed a cozy little connection to Oklahoma; I just moved my youngest child (a daughter) into her dorm for her first year at OU. Great state, and I find that I like it a lot, and she LOVES Norman. Thank you for a nice blog!

Colleen said...

I love looking at everyone's roosters too! There are so many and they are just fun. They can be fancy or silly and they are all just lovable! I honestly don't see me ever tiring of having them in my home.

prof en retraite said...

Congratulations on your blogaversary, Stacey! Isn't it funny how so many of us came here from RMS? Blogland is sooo full of wonderful people! It's amazing how close you can feel to people you have never met! And, yes, I have also dog-eared the frenchy wire things in the PB catalog. Did you see that there are chargers, too? lol Happy week!...Debbie

bj said...

Great idea about changing the shade on the little lamp on my hutch. I also thought of hanging a rooster tassel on it. I'll have to look around and find one.
Hope your weekend was a good one...I had Deeds over and we went fishing at the park..no fish but we sure had fun together..:) (oh..Deeds is a granddaughter..)
Again, happy blog anniversary!
xo bj

A Collector At Heart said...

Hard to believe that our friendship spans some 20 years now!
Am I really this old!?! Are our babies really 20 and going to turn 20 this year! :(
Without your encouragement I would never have had the courage to start my own blog! And you know it really saved me at the time!
You and I have talked more than once about what we get from blogging! I loved being on the phone the other night, talking and going from blog to blog!
I can't ever say enough how much your friendship has meant to me over the years! Here's to the next 20 years!
Love you,

An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh Stacey,

You are the best and I love getting to know you and your sweet boys. I love your blog too.


Nola @ the Alamo said...

Isn't it wonderful, all the benefits we get from blogging? I've met so many great people and learned so much!
Your blog always gives me great ideas, and I, too have my morning coffee with my blogger friends!

Kathleen Grace said...

Congratulations on your anniversary of blogging:>) It's such a wonderful, fun thing to do, and I love your blog!